Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Twice Lost

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

This week I am super/beyond excited for:
Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco. 
There she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile under the docks of the bay. These are the Twice Lost: once-human girls lost first when a trauma turned them into mermaids, and lost a second time when they broke mermaid law and were rejected by their tribes. Luce is stunned when they elect her as their leader. But she won’t be their queen. She’ll be their general. And they will become the Twice Lost Army—because this is war.

Expected Publication: July 2, 2013
Published by:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover:  480 pages

Why I'm Waiting on This One

1.  Holy crap beautiful cover!  I think I'm in love and will give my second born child to get my hands on this book!!  Okay that's a bit of an over statement but not by much.

2.  One word:  Mermaids!!  Seriously do you need any other reason.?

3.  The story sounds absolutely and undeniably amazing.

4.  1-3 should sum it all up nicely :D

What are you waiting on this week?
Link me up!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

**REVIEW** Wicked Woods by Kailin Gow

Briony had to move to Wicked Woods, Massachusetts to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after her family disappears on vacation. The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie's inn is filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly. Among them is a beautiful boy name Fallon who saves her one night in the woods. As Briony gets closer to Fallon, she learns he has a secret, as do most of the residents of Wicked Wood.

Release Date: November 25, 2010 
Published By:  The Edge Books
Paperback:  234 pages



  This was yet another fast and easy read for me.  This doesn't come as much of a surprise to me though as Kailin Gow never seems to disappoint.  Wicked is filled with things that you don't want to run into day or night.   Though I didn't find it overly horrifying there was definitely a certain creep factor that lay within the pages.  I mean living at the edge of the woods where your entire family disappeared holds a certain amount of creep to it.

  The story itself is both predictable and not.  I know confusing right but there are things that you see coming but there are a few things that really did surprise me.  The town was vivid and easy to see and become a part of and love.  Though the people are most oblivious to what goes on around them, I guess it is a case of people see and believe what they want to.  This made me want to pull my hair out a few times but I did kind of learn ignorance is bliss at times.

  Briony herself is a dream.  She is strong, determined and is willing to do what she feels is right.  She has lost her family but not her way and although to start she's a little freaked and panicked, there is still something about her that you can't help but feel drawn to.  Maybe it's the fact that she has been thrown into a completely different world from what he is used to yet she still pushes on.  Not only that but the fall from queen bee of the school gives her some startling revelations.  At this point she became more human, more relatable.  Time and time again Briony grew and developed and this is only the first book so I am excited to see how much further she will develope.

  The romance is going to be a love or hate thing I think for many.  There is definitely the makings of a triangle.  First there is Fallon he's sweet and genuinely seems to care for Briony but their relationship felt like a friendship.  Well it did to start but then it seemed to hit a fast forward button and they were saying the "L" word.  I was baffled but accepted what was until Fallon runs off.  Then Kevin steps in and though Briony is a little more hesitant with him.  The passion and tension that goes on between these two I much more desirable.  Both of these guys hold secrets and both want Briony but I am routing for Kevin.

 I am looking forward to picking up book 2 now and getting more Wicked.  Kailin Gow has created another fun read and group of characters that I want to follow.  Not to mention the action that happened all in the last half and the ending that seriously left me in wanting!  That is a common problem I have when it comes to Kailin, I always seem to want more.  The up side is that I have Shimmer on my shelf an will soon be tearing into it!


"... I tell you, Briony, my life got a lot easier the day it became possible to be ordained a minister over the Internet.  Also, it's kind of useful when we have couples come through looking to get married."

"I've got to be going. I have things I should be doing." "Chasing monsters, throwing wolves about and rescuing damsels in distress.""Laundry mostly."Well, presumably even heroic rescuers had to do that kind of thing sometimes.


Monday, October 29, 2012

**REVIEW** Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
Release Date: October 11, 2012 (first published September 27, 2011)
Published by: Tanglewood Press
Hardcover: 466 pages


Perfectly fitted to the book, don't you think?


  I read this book awhile back but at the time I didn't do reviews, but with Ashen Winter releasing I decided I wanted to reread this one.  Mike Mullin has created a realistic and horrifying wold in which the impossible has become possible.  The fact that this could happen makes the read much more riveting and addictive.  Despite the fact that this was my second time brought the book I was just as glued to the pages and still held my breath through certain points and got a wee bit emotional at others.  It's the type of book you grip and push forward because you need to know what happens.

  It's very obvious the amount of research that was put into making this novel.  The ease in which the writing flows is proof.  This means not only do you get the terrifying possibilities of the world after this super volcano eruption but you get in detail the human reaction to it.  Sometimes the brutality was hard to swallow but it was real.  Lets face it if the event ever happened most of society would fall apart and the worst of humanity would most likely come out.  The gore and graphic details aren't always the easiest o digest but they made the story more believable.

  The main character Alex was masterfully written.  He was your typical rebellious teen boy.  Meaning he fought with his mom, was more concerned about his video games than going visiting family and isn't really anybody special.  That was before the eruption though.  Once all of the events unfold Alex turns into so much more than a rebellious teen boy, he becomes a strong and determined man.  Though the
growth came a little quick for a few chapters I kind of understood given the circumstances.  It is a fight
for your life or loose it situation frequently so I guess you do what you have to do to.  I appreciated that Alex didn't wait around or just try to survive, he acted and even if sometimes his character did makes leaps of progress instead of steps his character was still wonderful to red.

    There wasn't just Alex throughout the book (obviously) but many other well written characters.  Small or large very character had a clear purpose.  Some were a little heart breaking and others heart pounding.  Darla was the next important to the book outside if Alex and man did I love her.  She is strong, opinionated and yet she is vulnerable as well.  I forgot to mention that she s very intelligent as well.  Basically she is everything you would want on your side in an apocalyptic event.  Though she does have a tough exterior she is only human and is entitled to her weaknesses.  Believe me when I say that you will also fall for Darla and her quick tongue.

  There is no super natural element to this book.  No alien invasions or people gone zombie coming after you.  None of that is needed to make this read addictive and yet terrifying. There is simply a natural disaster that is 100% possible.  The super volcano that this is based around is in Yellow Stone Park and has erupted before.  Though the frequency is not consistent and it hasn't happened in millions of years but that just makes it all the more terrifying.  This also makes it unique.  I love my apocalyptic books that have the zombies or mutations but the realistic ways of this novel really had my attention.  Though I don't know how I would react in this situation I would be lying if I didn't admit that parts of this book gave me the willies.

  This novel is in my top 5 for apocalyptic reads without a doubt.  Even reading it a second time did not take  away from the horror that is this possible event.  Between being wonderfully written and set perfectly this book is not one to be overlooked.  Desperate human conditions create desperate people
and Mike Mullin captured this perfectly.  When you pick this one up brace yourself for a terrifyingly possible and at times graphic novel.  You won't regret this choice!

My nuts knew where that shotgun was pointing, too; I could feel them trying to climb into my body for protection.  All my muscles tensed and my eyes widened, adrenaline coursing through my system.

I made corn porridge with bits of rabbit for dinner.  Darla fed some of it to Jack.  We'd make a cannibal out of that poor rabbit yet.

"Um, so we're eating this pig...""Yeah?" Darla replied around a mouth full of pork."And this pig ate part of that farmer.  Doesn't that make us cannibals?"

Maybe it had something to do with death, with how closely I'd come to the end.  The awareness of it sat in my chest like a knife, making me short of breath.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Weekly Report

Weekly Report is my way of showing you from week to week (most of the time) what new books I received and what has gone on in the past week.  
So basically it's a report for all the awesome that I got and shared!
(Originally I post IMM by Story Siren this is just my version)

This was a slow week but I am okay with that because the stuff that 
I did get is AWESOME!!  Also I have to apologize for the Instagram pictures
again as my lap top is still protesting a start up!  Ya it's working on become a pile 
of pieces soon and me ordering a new one! Anyway... Here's the goods from this 

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

So due to the crappy grey day my hubby decided that he wanted 
to go out.  I wanted to stay home and read.  He bribed me with a trip 
to Chapters...   This only worked until I pointed out it would be cruel
to take me there seeing I don't have the budget to purchase this week
and seriously who goes into the book store to not buy books?!   He 
then pointed out OBVIOUSLY he would buy me 1 book...  As you 
see there are 2.  I love my hubby <3 

Weekly Happenings

Libera Me by Christine Fonseca HERE
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence HERE
Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer HERE
Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate HERE

Libera Me by Christine Fonseca HERE
Shifter by Kailin Gow Release Day Blitz & GIVEAWAY HERE

Shifter by Kailin Gow Release Day Blitz & GIVEAWAY HERE
Waiting on Wednesday- The Elite by Kiera Cass HERE
Contest Feature Friday: EPIC Favourites HERE

Well that's it for this week.  Let me know what you got or what 
happened on your blog!! I love to visit and love the comments <3

**REVIEW** Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer

Maddy Swift is just a normal girl—a high school junior surviving class with her best friend and hoping the yummy new kid, Stamp, will ask her out. When he finally does, her whole life changes.
Sneaking out to meet Stamp at a party one rainy night, Maddy is struck by lightning. After awakening, she feels lucky to be alive. Over time, however, Maddy realizes that she’s become the thing she and everyone else fear most: the living dead.
With no heartbeat and no breath in her lungs, Maddy must learn how to survive as a zombie. Turns out there’s a lot more to it than shuffling around 24/7 growling, “Brains.” Needing an afterlife makeover is only the beginning of her problems. As Barracuda Bay High faces zombie Armageddon, Maddy must summon all of her strength to protect what matters most—just as soon as she figures out exactly what that is.
Release Date:  March 24, 2011
Published by: Medallion Press 
Review Copy: E-book (Kindle)  


  What a fun and easy read.  I was done this one before I knew it and I loved every moment of it!  Meaning while on holiday this Ebook travelled to the beach, the pool and lunch.  It didn't make it to dinner.  Honestly it was that good.  I love the zombies, the way thy com to be and even their world.  This isn't your typical "brains, need brains" zombie book... Well they do need brains so there are brains but not in the decomposing, dragging limbs behind them kind of way.  This is a much more original thought through take on zombies that steps away from the stereotypical look that they have from television and movies.

  There is also the matter of the humorous, witty and  brilliant story.  I mean for a book of this length I didn't find myself wanting or needing a break.  It was more like I had people looking at me for laughing out loud while reading.  The love definitely started when I read the chapter titles.  They are amazingly suited to the chapters and so much fun, by the time I got to "You Might Be a Zombie If..." I realized I was completely and utterly hooked.  There isn't really any down time or the feeling that you aren't going anywhere either.  This is a constantly moving, got your attention and not letting it go kind of novel.

  Maddy was wonderful.  Full of bad luck but wonderful.  For a girl that is comfortable with who 
she is, who she's friends with and her kind of strict but loving father she sure knows how to keep life interesting.  If sneaking out and getting all zombie'd doesn't qualify as interesting I'm not really sure what would.  She then has to learn how exactly to be a zombie and I know you are thinking what?!  But hey there are rules and regulations if you want to be a good zombie and stay alive(ish).  Maddy seems to adjust well for the most part but struggles at times with the things she has to hide and the stuff she has to give up.  

  The romance didn't really get a chance to gain much ground but I am okay with that.  The time was spent developing a story and the characters but the potential for some serious romance is there.  Dane is really something else.  I think given a choice I would totally route for him with his understanding and laid back demeanour.  Stamp is another open possibility but I wasn't near as fond of him.  Though he isn't a bad guy I just couldn't get the none tigon with him that I had win Dane.  Both these guys do have potential and I am actually glad that there was no rush to put Maddy in a relationship with one guy or the other.

   With how awesome this book was, I'm totally psyched about picking up anything by Mr. Fischer in the future.  He has a captivating and intriguing story laid out that has me presently hooked.  It's not an embellishment by any means to say that this story is brilliant and witty.  It doesn't matter if you are a Zombie lover, Zombie hesitant or new to them this book is sure to draw you in and lead to laughs and a serious Rusty Fischer addiction. 

I watch him go - well, a certain part of him go, anyway - until I can't see that perfectly shaped derriere anymore,...

I've never dated a jock before.  What if that's just what jocks do?  Hang their landing strips out to dry in front of the boys' locker room every day and see what sticks?

And that's that: Dad in a nutshell.  His daughter is a Goth; either I'll grow out of it or he'll get used to it.

"So, basically, I've been a zombie for, what, less than two weeks and I've already killed more Zerkers than you two?  Unbelievable, just... unbelievable."

Friday, October 26, 2012

**REVIEW** Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

In the beginning, there was an apple—
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.
Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.
Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by:  Feiwel & Friends
Hardcover: 291 pages


  So total confession, I had this book pegged for something else for the first little bit.  Actually I was positive that I was getting into a dystopian or something along that lines when I picked this up and started it.  I was wrong.  Flat out this book is more less set in the present day.  Though I am not positive if it is now or a few years ahead.  This surprise although totally unexpected gave the book an edge that I'm not sure it would have had if it was what I had expected and I enjoyed it.  There were a lot of things that I didn't have as figured out as I thought I did that also added to   the allure of this read.

  Despite the fact that I thought the book was going to have some serious religion behind it due to the title and the apple stated in the synopsis, it didn't.  Actually the way the apple was worked in was really neat and I gotta say different.  The apple is there in the start and even at that moment things are moving.  The book is kind of a hit the ground running kind of deal.  I am a fan of books like that because they tend to hold your attention right from start to finish and you don't even realize until you hit the last page.  The only thing I can really say was missing was a little more detail with certain things but with a pace as quick as this some thing are bound to be left out.   

  Eve (Evening) is given the task of creating what she feels is the perfect person by her mother.  This is made out to be just to stop her from constant boredom and I think under it all give her something to keep her mind occupied so she doesn't ask too many questions.  The simulation is about genes and the different possibilities and seeing she is a teenager of course she chooses to make a guy.  Though her best friend is outgoing and experienced with guys Eve is a little more picky, so this is her chance to believe that she can make her perfect partner.  Eve isn't as simple as that though and learns about what is really going on at her mothers facility.  This leads to the choice to tell or not to tell.  I mean despite it all Terra is still her mother right?!

  Solo is yet another interesting addition to this novel.. As his name suggests he isn't really mister social but he is taken by Eve.  In fact the poor boy doesn't even really seem to want to admit just how much he likes her.  I really liked Solo for many different reasons.   He was mysterious to an extent, for awhile what he really had planned (though I thought I had a good idea) wasn't really known.  Also what part both him and his parents would play was much more than I had ever anticipated.  Though he is far from a  saint I think that he has noble intentions when it comes to Eve.  Even though he has some serious issues just showing it.

The world and the characters that are created within these pages are wonderful and well presented.  The writing duo behind this story did a phenomenal job with creating different and strong characters that will keep your attention and are not easily forgotten.  Even Aislin, Eve's best friend is wonderfully unique and completely unforgettable.  Everyone brought something different and important to this story.  Also be warned that this is about way more than genetics and creating the perfect guy.  It's about learning the truth about those around you and even learning things about yourself.  Finding out the darker secrets that you never imagined possible about the things you thought you knew.  Because how do you ever really know someone?

  Basically I overall loved this novel and can't wait for the next book.  Though I don't know how it will play out with how it all ended.  This is a fun and enjoyable quick read that you can pick up, submerge yourself in and come out a coup, hours later satisfied.   Despite the fact that the synopsis is a little misleading this is still a good read.  Fans of action and sci-fi alike will be able to enjoy this read.


Genetics.  I like genetics, the rules, the order.  My best friend, Aislin, says its because I'm a control freak.  Like mother, like daughter. -Eve

I make a mental note: When I'm putting finishing tweaks on his brain, I need to remember that a little hyperactivity might not be a bad thing.  Maybe some bundle of genes that will make him crave the outdoors. -Eve

I know a thing or two about project 88715, and its a whole lot more than some educational widget you threw together after a few bong hits. -Solo

Sure, Eve mentioned she was at the spa all day, but its two-something in the morning and the woman looks like she just stepped off the cover of Hot N' Scary Moms magazine. -Solo


WELCOME!!  Thanks for stopping by to visit this weeks CONTEST FEATURE FRIDAY!! This is my way of sharing all of the awesome contests going on in the blogging community that I have seen/entered.  

This week I am featuring many blogs that do showings here regularly!
The reason behind that is not only do they have amazing reviews, interviews,
guest posts and more  but they always seem to have one or more amazing
giveaways going on as well!   So to sum it up these are awesome giveaways with even more AMAZING Bloggers!!!

Run by the ever beautiful and super sweet Evie.  Evie has
an amazing blog and is someone that inspires me and she also
encourages me.  She's a great blogger and almost always has 
a fun giveaway(s) going.  Plus the reviews, guest post & more
are EPIC!!   Right now she has her Shelf Cleaning Giveaway 
going on!  4 Boxes of books up for grabs and to top it off it's 
So just click the button and be taken away to Evie's Epic Giveaway!! 

Joyous Reads
Joy is my favouritest hoarder in the world!  I mean her book hauls 
are epic and beyond drool worthy.  To top this all off she has the most 
honest reviews and they frequently make me smile.  I have 
followed Joy almost since she started her blog and I will continue 
as long as she blogs!! Currently Joy has decided that she should purge 
some of her book surplus....  I was shocked to hear Joy had surplus
 but hey the result is Giveaways!  The first one is for the first 4 books
 in the Jessica Shirvington Violet Eden series!!!  Ya she had them 
shipped from Australia!! 
Click the pretty books to be taken to Joy's blog! 

Jean Book Nerd
OMG if you have never visited Jean's blog you have missed 
out!!!  She has a constant stream of reviews & giveaways
with authors that most of us know and love.  There's also some
that you may not know but totally should!!   So as much as I would
love to give you one specific giveaway going on right now I think you
should go poke around and see all the awesome stuff she has going
on right now (this includes giveaways).
Jean BookNerd
Once again click to be taken away! 

Chapter by Chapter
MaryAnn from Chapter by Chapter has been one of my biggest 
supporters since I started blogging!! Her blog run by her and her 
wonderful daughter Gabby is another blog that inspires me in 
many ways.  They have constant reviews and more!  Frequently
more than one a day <3  Right now there is many giveaways
going but most importantly the are celebrating their 
Blogversary!! Yup awesome isn't it?! So although there is like a 
million (okay like 17 but isn't that close?!) but I am linking you to
the Blogoversary because it's AWESOME!!!
You will be taken to the first week make sure you check out all
the awesome going on!!!

Well that is it for this week... Good luck and enjoy guys! 
Oh, if you have a giveaway to share post it below & share the 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

I can't even tell you how BADLY I need this one:
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
Expected Publication: April 23, 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
Hardcover: 336 pages

Why I am waiting on this one:
  1.  I don't care who you are these covers are beautiful and super attractive!!  I am a sucker for pretty dresses and covers with red.  Basically this is a dream cover.
  2. The Selection was an awesome read and I am seriously excited to see where Kiera Cass goes with it.
  3. I want to see the growth in America.  She was starting to become someone stronger at the end of the first book and I can't wait to see where that takes her!
  4. Can you say Maxon *swoon*

What are you waiting on this week?! Link me up so 
I can check it out!!! 

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY!! Shifter (Wicked Woods #6) by Kailin Gow

I am super excited to bring you (via SupaGurl Tours) the 6th and
final cover in the Wicked Woods series!   Sad that a series comes
to an end but the cover is pretty!! 

The Final Showdown.  The threat to Wicked and to Palisor forces Briony into the inevitable, an alliance with Josh, the Werewolf King.   As Josh’s role becomes clearer in Palisor, and the people are demanding higher security, Briony is forced to make the most important decision in her life.  The worlds of the Wicked and Palisor collide in this stunning conclusion to the Wicked Woods series, winner in Best Horror for the International Book Awards.
Read the internationally-award-winning book series by Kailin Gow that has been optioned to become a web series.
Previous Books in the series:
Wicked Woods

About the Author 

Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are:  The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more.  A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film.  She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had travelled extensively around the world. 



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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

**REVIEW** Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself. 

Release Date: October 9, 2012
Published By: Delacorte Press
Hardback: 416 pages


I love finding out that my cover love more than just a pretty cover.  Yes I did read the description and was interested but we have all been there where it all looks pretty and sparkly but inside just isn't.  Mystic City was the total opposite for me.  Actually truth be told it was better than what I had expected and completely different.  The expectations that I had ended up being met but in a different way and in some ways they were exceeded. When I put this book down I found myself thinking of it and once when at work I actually rushed my second break by a half hour just to get back to it.  This is due to the fact just when I thought I had it all figured out Theo Lawrence threw one heck of a curve at me. 

  The story itself was kind of like a futuristic Romeo and Juliet or so it seems.  Only problem is Aria (Juliet) can't remember her forbidden romance.  Like none of it, not even Thomas (Romeo).  In fact besides the fact that she finds him undeniably attractive she doesn't even think she loves him.  Oh, did I mention hat they are now engaged?!  All I could think was WTF?! because with no memory and being from feuding families how did this happen.  There are feelings that she has and glimpses of her past that she gets but none of them are clear.  This gave me a better idea of what was going on but still left a lot open.  Though some parts I found predictable there were many more that had me glued to the pages wanting to know was was going on.

  Aria almost turned me in this book to start.  I know you are all thinking about how much I said I loved this book and I did.  But that's more than anything because I ended up loving Aria.  To start she was super impressionable and weak willed.  I get that her father is one of the most powerful in the city but I wanted to smack her wen she so easily followed orders, including the marriage to a guy she doesn't remember!  She grows though and starts thinking for herself.  Well as much as she can but above all she is trying to find what she lost when no one else seems to be worried about the massive gaps in memory.  Despite her flaws she is an awesome character and I just found they made her more human.  

  When it comes to the guys in this book I  had a clear and instant choice but I did have moments of doubt but then I would read on and feel silly.  Thomas though he was attractive and Aria's to be husband there was a feeling that I just couldn't shake when it came to him.  He was supposed to love her and want nothing more than to spend his life with her yet many of his actions screamed the opposite.  Then Hunter walked onto the scene and for me all bets were off.  Though he wasn't as perfect as Thomas he was better looking and had  a personality.  The fact that Aria wasn't immediately taken by him also helped spark my interest as well.  This also made for a more interesting go at things because they came from two worlds further apart than two feuding families. 

  The romance is actually not really up front and centre with this one.  I mean its there and all but 

the book is more about Aria trying to find her memories and who she really is or at least that's how I felt.  In all truthfulness I'm glad that it wasn't.  This ensured that there was no insta love and what romance there was, was developed.  I half expected Aria to just fall for Thomas just because her family wanted he to and that's what s right.  She does try but nothing feels right with him and even the spark isn't really there.  Things aren't always what they seem and the romance does shine in the end but everyone has to wok for it.

  Before I forget I should mention just how awesome the world the Theo Lawrence built is.  There are really two separate worlds to consider: Aeries and the Depths.  Both are distinct and well written places.  Aeries is where the feuding families live.  The Roses and the Fosters.  East and West that has always been divided and at war.   The Depths is where the poor and the mystics live.  It is not beautiful or even really fantastic conditions.  The saddest thing about it is that it's not only horrid conditions but the way the people are treated in that area that are sad.  It's a case of rich getting richer and using the poor to get there.  There is also a BIG shocker but hold on because its worth it.

  I highly recommend this novel lovers of dystopian, fantasy and love a good story.  Theo Lawrence is a creative and talented writer that has officially hooked me into this series.  The characters growth and the all around growth of the story is wonderful and my heart was totally in this book by the end and I was already wanting more.  Aria is strong and a heroine to look out for and the lack of a triangle will have many readers smiling.  Give this one a go because it is worth every page!!


My father emerges from the shadows.  He aims the wicked barrel of his pistol at my head.Inside me something bursts.I always knew this story would break my heart. 

On the surface, my story is a simple one.  I fell in love.  I took a drug.  I had a bad reaction, and and I'm suffering some temporary memory loss as a result.

We used to be great people who helped build this city.  Now look at us--reduced and powerless.  This carnival, this bit of excitement... it's the happiest I've seen anyone all year.

"Oh Garland, that's so sweet," Franny replied.  They remind me of a young Jack and Jackie Kennedy, only less interesting.  And less Catholic.

Monday, October 22, 2012

{Tour Stop} Libera Me by Christine Fonseca *REVIEW & GIVEAWAY*

 Today I am super excited to be the first stop on the Libera Me by 
Christine Fonseca!! I am lucky enough to bring you a early review
& a giveaway!! So sit back and enjoy(hopefully)!!!  Also check out
all the other stops by clicking the banner above!!

What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost? Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.
Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - his feelings for Nesy. 
Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed. 
The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.
Release Date:  October 30, 2012
Published by:  Compass Press
Paperback:  --


  Oh how I had dreamed about this day.  The day that this beautiful book would end up in my 
hands and I would get to page through it's glorious story.  You want to know something?  Despite 
my self made hype and the excruciating amount of time I had to wait after reading Lacrimosa, this
book was every bit worth the wait.  In fact I knew 4 pages in just how worth it, it was!  Yeah I am 
talking that good and then some.  Although I hated the wait the end result was worth it and Christine has outdone herself once again.  I was blown away and completely entranced in this novel and the amount of detail and thought that was once again poured into its pages.

  The plot truly thickens in this novel.  It's like everything you think you know you don't and everything you don't know can happen at the turn of a page.  Things are really changing and not all of it for the better.  Starting this book was like walking into everything I had wanted, to start.  Aydan has found the one he believes to be Nesy and they seem to be working to help her remember.  But there is more at play than the two of them as Zane now means more than anyone knows.  It was heart breaking at times watching what everyone had to go through, had to fight for and what the results were for each individual.

  This novel isn't as much about Nesy as it is Aydan and Zane.  This is a huge change of pace and on that did wonders for this book.  I did expect more from Nesy's pov but it totally worked without it every step of the way.  Gone is the strong, sure and determined Nesy now anyways.  She is a shell of her former self now that her memories are gone.  There were times when she broke through it seemed but for the most part she is no longer herself and is confused.  Well confused or denying who she could be, who she really is.  It was sad to see her so lost and broken because she is such a pillar in the story but Christine as done this in such a way that I still love Nesy and still want to reach out to her.

Aydan is still struggling to loose his past and his past mistakes but he has grown.  Boy has he ever grown and is becoming stronger than I ever imagined.  Not that he was ever weak but his new persistence and devotion to Nesy is endearing.  Though they had something previously this time around he tries more.  He doesn't just push his worth away and believe that they aren't meant to 
be.  In fact this time around he has to fight for her and their future together.  The strength and 
determination that he has discovered within himself when I comes to her is wonderful.  He does 
make some mistakes though and it costs more than I though it would.

  My wonderful Zane is a large part of this novel.  I love Christine for having him be such a large part of the story and I know she didn't do it for me but she knew th affection I felt or Zane.  It only deepens in his instalment and I found frequently my heart going out to him.  He has given up so much just to save someone that doesn't know just how deep his feelings run.  What he has lost cost him and he battles his own demons now, fights through what everyone now calls his weakness.  But isn't that what we do for the ones we care about?  No matter the consequence Zane continues to disobey orders and fight for the truth he believes in.  In this aspect Zane has grown so much an become a more imporant part of everything and I just fell further for him.  His pain though pulled at my heart much stronger and more than once I felt my chest constrict.  Zane is who I fell for and so much more now.

   I was left breathless and shocked many time as I read this book.  The last 40% of the book refused to let me do anything but read.  The 60% before that had pulled me in and captured every free moment of time I had.  This includes being pulled into the kitchen with me while I cooked and through a minor break down when I ran out of power and had to stop to charge.  There is so much I want to write in his review but can not find the right words.  Truth be told I am so blown away that I'm not sure any words, including the ones already written can do it justice.  

  This work of art is just more proof of Christine Fonsca's  brilliant mind.  The writing is beautiful, fluent and absolutely mesmerizing.  Even those that are wary of Angel novels will most likely love this book because it is so much more than just an Angel story.  This is a book about friends, truths and the fight that we have within ourselves when it comes to love.  If you haven't started this series I suggest you do and if you have I can say that I honestly believe you will love this one just as 
much if not more than Lacrimosa.


She may not believe me when I tell her of our lives  together, may not remember being angelic.  But I know who she really is.  And it's definitely more than human. 

I can still hear her tell me of Aydan's love for Nesy, a love I can understand but can never confess.
But I do.

Zanethios, this is not your fault.  There is always evil.  It grows, just as we grow.  You cannot hold yourself to blame.

"Look" she says.  "I know you want her to love you back.  And I'm not saying that's a bad thing.  But before you risk it all for her, shouldn't you make certain she wants this?"

Note: Page 185 (85%) gets an OMFG!!

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