Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #5 by TheJay2xA



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

My Teaser:


"Oh my... Nora says, standing back to look at me, and Julie says, "Huh". She tilts her head. You look..."

Teaser Tuesday #2 by Era Penera



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

(Guild Hunter Series, #3)

My Teaser:




“You asked me once what you should call me."

Elena scowled. “I think you said something like ‘master,’ but I’ve decided I had to be hearing things.”


“What would you like to call me?”

That made her pause. "Husband" was too human, "partner" factually wrong for a being as powerful as an archangel, "mate"... perhaps. But none of it was quite right. "Mine," she said at last.



Talking about cheesiness! I know that could be lengthy enough as a teaser but I just had to add this one more. Illium is just too smexy!




Illium, with his wings of silver-kissed blue and a face designed to seduce both males and females, not to mention his ability to do most impossible acrobatics in the air, would provide a worthy diversion. The fact that he'd decided to ditch his clothing was just icing on the cake.




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Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #4 by TheJay2xA


It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.


What I Finished



[REVIEW TO COME]

What I'm Reading



Synopsis

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

-Goodreads



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[Review] Replay by Keira Lea

Replay
by Keira Lea
Kindle Edition
Published April 12th 2011                                      

Kelsee Lewis has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Throw in a self-obsessed mom and an absent executive dad, and it’s no wonder she has panic attacks—complete with time-warp special effects. When Kelsee meets comic book maven Quinn, she realizes the attacks give her the ability to rewind time. 

Replaying life seems like the best way to erase mistakes. But will second chances leave Kelsee flailing in the orchestra pit alone?

-Goodreads

My thoughts?

First I want to say that this books is an original, of all the books I've read this one really stands out story wise and character wise. I like the characters as well as the story telling. Reading this book is really fun it is enjoyable through out the whole read. I somehow found myself giggling with some of the lines. Another thing I also like is the very unique chapter titles.

Replay is a story of Kelsee Lewis who has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Then she met Quinn a comic lover, after that she found out that she has a super natural power to turn back time.

What if you could rewind time? this line made me read this book. I honestly don't know what to do if I have the powers to rewind time? Will I use it for my own benefit or for benefit of others?

All in all this has been a great read but it's not really my taste in books, for me it is Original but it somehow lacks the things I really look for a book.


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[Review] Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh



Archangel's Kiss

by Nalini Singh
Publication Date: February 2, 2010
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Original edition


Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

-Goodreads


My thoughts?

Now I already loved the first book, the Angels’ Blood, so I’m not even surprised that I felt exactly the same for this one. This is as stunning as the first book, perhaps even more. It has bewitched me in a serious way.


Nalini Singh has yet again showed us the darkly beautiful world of the angels and vampires in her second installation of the Guild Hunter series, the Archangel’s Kiss. This book followed the awakening of Elena, the Guild Hunter, from a year long coma to find out that she now belongs to the dangerous but dazzling Archangel of New York, Raphael.

And then here comes Raphael’s Seven – the beautiful and dangerous group of three vampires and four angels who vowed to protect their Sire even if it would cost them their own lives. They have different characters and I find them really intriguing. And yes, I felt the urge to mention them in my review because I felt like these beautiful men were one of the reasons for my fascination of this book. Seriously, some of them have histories that are itching in my mind that I couldn’t wait to be unraveled.

The story itself was captivating. I’ve always liked mystery and action and this book has given me exactly what I wanted. And yes, this is also seriously told in an explicit way. But I bet many would like it for that matter. The relationship of Elena and Raphael has been really entertaining, I guess. And anyway, Raphael could do or own anything he wants to, he’s that powerful. Was that a little shady? You can read it and it wouldn’t be that shady anymore.

The world wherein the Guild Hunter series have been revolving really fascinates me even until the second book. I should be able to already get the hang of it and yet, I’m still enchanted to the deadly world of the angels and vampires and how they interact with the humans.

And somehow, I get this feeling like the Archangels are of some sort of like the Greek gods or something. They rule their own respective territories and they try so hard to somehow, dangerous and cruel as they already are, minimize their viciousness to avoid abhorrence from their subjects. This book gives me a feeling like it’s in some kind of a mythological world somewhere and is not really in this dimension but yet it has the territories’ names that are actually in use in our own good old home planet right now.

Now I can’t wait to read the third book of the series, the Archangel’s Consort. I have no doubt how amazing it’s going to be. So I’m really looking forward to it. There are still mysteries yet to be discovered so I will not miss it for sure. And even having not finished the whole series yet, I can say that these books are ones of my favorites in the paranormal world.






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It's Monday! What Are You Reading #2 by Era Penera


It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.


What I Finished



Guild Hunter Series, #2: Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh


Ashfall by Mike Mullin
My Review


Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderon


What I'm Reading


Guild Hunter Series, #3: Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Synopsis

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.

The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

-Goodreads


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

[Review] Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella



Shopaholic Takes Manhattan 
by Sophie KinsellaPublication Date: January 1st, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 388 pages
Published:March 2nd 2004 by Dell
 (first published September 3rd 2001)               
The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot is back! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic.…
With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to pack light. But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business—and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury boutiques.
Surely it’s only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills miles away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan—but will she have to return it?
-Goodreads


My Thoughts:

Reading Shopaholic Takes Manhattan is just pure BLISS! Just when you can't laugh any harder, here strikes Rebecca Bloomwood again in a crazier, funnier and wittier second installment of the Shopaholic series! Absolutely, Becky is my most favorite chick-lit character. EVER. With a character just so outrageously funny, totally entertaining, and one who will drive you crazy, this is a wonderful book simply I could not put down and just the thought of this book even after I finished this, it doesn't fail to make my lips curve upward. (:

In the second installment, Becky goes to the Manhattan with Luke, in attempting to making it big. I've witnessed her misadventures throughout the book, and she's just utterly entertaining! Who would have thought of wearing her clothes on top of each other just to bring her whole wardrobe on a three-day trip, or faking out your boyfriend is around when he's nowhere to be seen? I swear, I would lost count if I try to count the times I laughed my head off! But oddly enough, she wasn't able to contain her control again, and she was in a skyrocketing debt. Again. Because seriously, staying in Manhattan where welcoming shopping stores are around, she just couldn't resist. But she tried! So there comes her hilarious excuses again and all, and of course, when you read the first series, now you'll get the picture. She just would do anything. But as much as she keeps me laughing all the time, I couldn't help but really feel sorry for her downfalls every time. I love Becky and I hate it when one day she's at the top of her game, and the next... everyone is turning her down. I mean, she makes mistakes. She can be careless at times, but she doesn't deserve to be treated as a joke by everybody else. I immensely love Becky not just because she makes me laugh, but because she's also a character to admire. She's a strong woman, and at the end she didn't fail me because she tried to fix every single mistake she did.

And unmistakably, Sophie Kinsella is such a delicate writer! I commend her skills of writing such a light, funny, fast-paced and inspiring piece which will lighten your mood after a bad day. I am thankful for her for a Rebecca Bloomwood, because she's such an inspiration! I totally missed her the second I finished the book, and I sure will complete reading the whole series! :D


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[Review] Ashfall by Mike Mullin



Ashfall
by Mike Mullin
Publication Date: 
Expected publication: October 11th 2011
Hardcover, 466 pages
Publisher: Tanglewood Press


Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet. 

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.


-Goodreads

My thoughts?

Okay so the first thought that came to my mind when I reached the last part of the books was, “That was it? Are you serious?” Clearly, I’d like some more of it. The book is great. I love it.


It was a little funny that when I was reading the book, I was thinking about the apocalypse that will supposedly happen this year. But no I am not a believer or anything. And aside from that, I was also thinking of that ancient city in Italy called Pompeii after the Mt. Vesuvius eruption. Yeah, did I mention I also got a liking to the male protagonist, Alex, because we are also a little alike in our fondness of History? And it’s pretty cool that a nerd like him can also fight.

I have read stories about survival and the like and I couldn’t grow out of it. This book is fast paced and you just had to ride your skis so you won’t be left with the flow. Why skis? Well read the book and you’ll get what I mean. Anyway as to the journey our hero has taken to find his family, I couldn’t stop myself from worrying about him actually. And the thing with this novel is it isn’t anything like you could just imagine from out of nowhere. It can seriously happen. And at some point, it’ll just come to you like this Ashfall would be in the near future. This is too realistic.

But aside from that all real stuffs of course, as a young girl with raging teen hormones, I get excited every time there’s a moment between Alex and Darla. Darla is a tough girl. Alex is the ever understanding and caring taekwondo blackbelter of a boyfriend. And you couldn’t just not love them together.

If other people had those times when they couldn’t put the book down or stop reading, I also have those moments when I just wanted more. It didn’t even occur to me that what I was reading at the last part was really the end. Seriously, I feel like there should be more. I’ve grown to love Alex and his adventures. This one is a five star book and check out the label for a five star on the right side of this blog and you’ll understand more of what I mean.




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Saturday, May 28, 2011

On My Wishlist #1


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Publication Date: January 1st, 2011
Hardcover, 231 pages
Publisher: Point  
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.
Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.
-Goodreads


Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: September 29th 2011
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Dutton
In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, the outfit - more sparkly, more fun, more wild - the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door. 
When the family returns and Cricket - a gifted inventor and engineer - steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
-Goodreads

Audition
by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Publication Date: October 13th 2011
Hardcover
Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Once you've been chosen,
what step can you take...?
Seventeen-year-old Sara's dream of becoming a star ballerina is challenged when she falls for Remington, an older choreographer. Instead of success onstage, she becomes Rem's muse, which is a future she never considered--and one that threatens to break her heart.
-Goodreads

Whats on your Wishlist?
~Happy Reading~




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Feature & Follow Friday 5.27.2011

This week’s featured blog is 


book bliss!
Louise from Book Bliss



To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a join effort between bloggers. First you leave your name here and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them hi in their comments. You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win.

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. The Feature bloggers are chosen randomly from participants in the Follow Friday or through twitter and blog introductions. If you are interested in becoming a Feature let me know!

Q. How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

I always try to read at least 3 books a week, but it always depends on how much my week is going to be if it's gonna be a hectic week then I might at least read one or two ebook. I seldomly read paperback but I always try to read at least 1 or if theres nothing available then ill go completely on ebooks. I rarely listen to audio books since its not that widely distributed here in our place.


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