Friday, October 24, 2014

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the picture.


Just please dear lord in heaven? Please?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Favorite YA Werewolf Book

Over the next few weeks, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with you. But these aren’t just any books, they’re monster books. Each day I’ll pick a monster-of-choice and tell you my favorite book featuring said monster. These posts were inspired by Katytastic’s “Creature of the Night Book Tag.”

The first monster on the list is WEREWOLF. And for this particular monster, I chose…

Blood and Chocolate
Publication Date: August, 1997
Hardcover, 272 pages, Delacorte Press
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

In "Blood and Chocolate", Annette Curtis Klause does for werewolves what Anne Rice has done for vampires.
Sixteen-year-old Vivian Gandillon is trying to fit in to her new home in the suburbs. But trying to act "normal" isn't always easy, since Vivian and her family are werewolves. It's glorious to have the power to change, and Vivian is a beautiful "loup-garou" with all the young wolves howling for her. But she wants no part of her squabbling pack, left leaderless by her father's recent death.
Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. If she reveals herself, will he relish the magic of her dual nature? When a brutal murder threatens the pack's survival, Vivian's divided loyalties are further strained. What is she really--human or beast?

My Reasons

God. I wish someone would write another werewolf book like this. Or better yet, Klause should write a sequel. It’s the first true werewolf book that I ever read, and I loved it. Vivian is an independent girl who does make mistakes, but that’s really what the entire book is about. And DON’T judge this book by its movie. That movie was AWFUL!

What’s your favorite werewolf book?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Kathleen Hale Debacle and My Thoughts

I'm not usually the type of person to comment on the "big issue" conversations happening in the book community. However, I went on No One Else Can Have You's Goodread page because I was curious about the book, and I saw some pretty terrible things. So I've decided to post my thoughts. I hope somebody finds them enlightening. And for those of you who don't know what this post is about, you can visit this link.



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I think it's kind of ironic that Ms. Hale chose to share her story with everyone, about how unreasonable people can be when protected by the anonymity of a computer, yet people are still hiding behind their screen names to say hurtful things. Yes, what she did was not right, but she admitted that. She is a human being with feelings and friends and desires and bad days and happy days. She could have chosen to keep this entire debacle a secret, but she didn't. She wanted people to learn from her mistakes, and to simply get something off her chest. Some people will swarm her information, and be harsh, and they don't realize how much words can hurt. Have they never seen what bullying does to a person? There have been countless suicide attempts, successful suicides, gun attacks, and more as a result of inappropriate online behavior. Think before you post. Please. If you were a writer, and your book had just been published, would you like to see something like Kathleen did? And to say that she doesn't have the right to look up her own book on a website is a little ridiculous. What she should have, is the basic human right of respect. She did no irreparable damage. There are worse people out in the world right now. Perhaps they should be the focus of our hate.

Does this mean that you have to read her books? Absolutely not. But I think it should be obvious that coming on to her book's Goodread page just to say how much you "[insert various cuss word here] can't believe an author would do that" is simply feeding the problem.

What are your thoughts in regards to the situation? Please, keep comments civil. We're all human here.

*Note: This post was originally just for Goodreads, however I thought I'd share it with my viewers so that I can get their opinion on things.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

The Orphan Queen
(The Orphan Queen #1)
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Hardcover, 400 pages, Katherine Tegan Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read Jodi Meadows’ other books, so I’m not sure about her writing style, but I’ve been seriously loving me some fantasy lately, and this looks promising. Plus, it’s got a beautiful cover. ;)

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Favorite Vampire YA Book

Over the next few weeks, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with you. But these aren’t just any books, they’re monster books. Each day I’ll pick a monster-of-choice and tell you my favorite book featuring said monster. These posts were inspired by Katytastic’s “Creature of the Night Book Tag.”

The first monster on the list is VAMPIRE. And for this particular monster, I chose…

Evernight
(Evernight #1)
Publication Date: February, 2009
Hardcover, 327 pages, HarperTeen
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

My Reasons

I read this book such a long time ago. I can’t believe I almost forgot about it until I was perusing my shelf in search of a vampire book. There was such a huge plot twist in this book and Bianca and Lucas are amazing star-crossed teenagers. I love this series. Now, the vampires in this book aren’t the evil serial-killing kind, but they’re still pretty cool.

What’s your favorite vampire book?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Which Team Are You? : The Selection Edition

I basically just post a book series every week and have people vote on what team they are. I know the YA Sisterhood does the YA Crush Tournament, but I just want to find out how much you guys like one love interest over another, in one series.

Last week's poll was over Team Dimitri or Team Adrian from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. Team Dimitri won!

  
So for this edition of “What Team Are You?” I’m going to ask you who your pick of hunky man-flesh is from the Selection series by Kierra Cass. 

You can choose from:

1)      Maxon 


or 2) Aspen


I’m not sure what team I’m on, basically because I sometimes thinks Maxon whines a little too much and doesn’t really do anything to solve his problems, and Aspen just wasn’t even really around in the books. If you had to choose one, who would it be, and why? If you haven’t read the books that are out right now (and why haven’t you?), who do you think sounds more appealing from the Selection summary below.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Which Team Are You?
Team Maxon
Team Aspen
Poll Maker

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: The Rick Riordan Edition

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme that is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

I traded in some books from my local used bookstore. They didn’t have a lot to choose from this week, but I did manage to nab this baby.


            The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the pictures.


I just want to hang his face on my wall. Oh… It’s already there. Well, I can add some more.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Most Anticipated October Release

October is a wonderful release month, there’s books like Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordian, all being released in the span of a few weeks. It’s mind-boggling!

However, there is one release that I’m more excited about than all of the others, and it is…

Stone Cold Touch
(The Dark Elements #2)
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Hardcover, 464 pages, Harlequin Teen
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

My Thoughts

Roth was my babe! And JLA is a writing genius, so this book is going to be amazing! I already know.

What’s your most anticipated October release?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

The Wicked Will Rise
(Dorothy Must Die #2)
Publication Date: March 30, 2015
Hardcover, 432 pages, HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.


To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Thoughts

I read Dorothy Must Die and I wasn’t too impressed. However, I’ve found myself missing the characters.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?