Sunday, July 3, 2011

[Giveaway] Help Me Pick a Book to Pre-Order

I have 4 books anticipating to be released this year! and I really can't choose what to pre-order first cause all of them are good!

So I say, Help me pick a book to pre-order and ill pre-order it for you!



Expected Publication Dates:
Cloclwork Prince - December 6th 2011
Lola and The Boy Next Door - September 29th 2011
Chain Reaction - August 16th 2011
The Iron Knight - October 25th 2011


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[Review] Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Ultraviolet




by R.J. Anderson
Publication Date: 
Expected Publication: Jun 2011
Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Orchard


Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.


Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

-Goodreads

My thoughts?

I so love the book. I was so intrigued. I had no idea what this book was going to be all about honestly, well except the synopsis probably. But then again, I am so glad I just read it.


Well I did mention about not exactly knowing what this is all about, I thought this would just be another scary mind trick that might lead our protagonist into oblivion and proves that we’re just reading a guilty mind’s point of view. So at some point, due to the many crazy movies and books I’ve read that somehow made the protagonists actually the guilty ones, I can’t figure out what’s really to believe. This is such a book that would bring you to thinking.

There were moments in the first part when I think of just not reading the rest but it’s always going to be overruled by the thought of some bigger stuffs has yet to happen. Somehow, I was hopeful that I haven’t been to the most important thing yet. So I couldn’t really stop reading this. And then there comes the exciting part that made me so glad I continued reading.

It was crazy, well how charming to use such a word to such a novel that has been talking about things that involves the “fragile” mind in such a way that would show insanity as easy as it can be attained and as evident when being judged. What Alison had gone through scares me  and would probably drive me insane if I was ever on her shoes. I mean what Alison has is kind of amazing, I guess. I would have never thought that such ability exists. It might as well be an extraordinary power or something. But I wouldn’t really want to be anything like it. I could just imagine how much trouble and hardships she had gone through because of it.

I was actually reading this with the idea that this might not be only a science fiction book. I was thinking, or probably hoping more like it, that this was more of it. And of course it was. I obviously did not realize that this was a genre-bending paranormal young adult novel.

But at some point, when things got unraveled one by one, I had still my guard up. I feel like there’d still be more revelations that will happen. You’ll have that carved in your mind until the end of it. It was also beautifully written by R.J. Anderson. There were words said that made me appreciate… things. And how it ended, I feel like there should be a second book. I don’t know but somehow, even though the ending was “it”, I just wanted to find out more and read more about Faraday and his amazing purple eyes. Now that would probably be a spoiler and you hate it when stuffs get spoiled. But I felt like it was a cliffhanger of an ending.

I still love it. It’s a real must read.








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Friday, July 1, 2011

[Review] Misfit by Jon Skovron

Misfit
by Jon SkovronHardcover, 382 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2011 by Amulet


Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother—well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much. Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.

-Goodreads


My Thoughts

A well plotted story that has the twist and turns that definitely want you asking for me. An amazing read!

Misfit is really good the moment I read the first two chapters of it I got really into it. It has this scary feeling while reading it like really make me feel scared in a good way because it was written and plotted so well that you can’t help but get into it and gasp every chapter your reading it. One of the few things I like about this book is how the story is told, it has the usual back to past then back to present kind of telling which I find not annoying for the first time since I’ve read some of a few books that have this kind of telling and it kind of bored me. This book is very different from other paranormal books out there and I really believe it stands out among of all; the story as I said is well plotted. With the mix of different characters and all the demons this book is one of a kind. While reading this I’m constantly looking at the book cover asking myself does the cover has something to do with the story? And then it struck me while reading it! Alas it has something to do with the story and you should really find out why!

At the beginning of the story I really thought that it was just like a normal book with a whole teenage drama thing that has problem fitting in, providing that I didn’t read the synopsis lol my bad. But then it turned out really good while reading it, the story of Jael Thompson and her journey of finding who she really is, is a great mystery for me that made me want to read more. All the characters in this book has played its part with the whole story, minor and even major character has worked its way for me for getting to know more of the story which I find really effective cause you can never forget one single character depending on how little his/her part it. One thing I don’t like is that Uncle Dagon being this poor little servant of Hell, I mean hello he should be a bad-ass uncle since he’s a demon king fish. But all in all the characters are all good! 

Misfit is a book that will have you grip and grasp from your seat, a book that can send you being scared while reading it. A dark and twisted plot that you’ll want more of it the moment you read it. You’ll find yourself being attach to every character in the book specially Jael Thompson and who she really is. I never thought I could care for each of the characters more and yes with her mother. All in all it was a great read!


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #5 by addictedToV





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

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Currently Reading

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom




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Synopsis:


Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.






To Read Next

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta



What are yours? (:

Monday, June 27, 2011

[Blog Tour] Replay by Keira Lea

Excerpt From Replay
by Keira Lea


By ten o’clock Sunday morning, I’m ripping old pages out of my spiral notebook and crumpling them into makeshift basketballs. I inherited Dad’s habit of playing wastebasketball when I’m nervous. And boy am I nervous—no, full-on FREAKED OUT—because the deadline is less than twenty-four hours away and I have more than fifty pages left to write.
Doing this by myself seemed like such a good idea at Miranda’s house.
I don’t know why I expected Dad to be of any help. When I called him last night to ask if I could come over today, he was all cool about it even though it’s not an official visitation weekend. Convincing Mom was a bit trickier, but I used the excuse that I needed to talk to Dad about the panic attacks. I know she agreed only because she thought it would make him feel guilty. I felt kind of bad for taking advantage, but really, she’s the one trying to play mind games. I just want to finish my script.
So much for planned guilt, though; ten minutes after she dropped me off this morning, Dad was running out the door with his laptop computer and a promise that he would be home in time for dinner.
So, here I am with all the peace and quiet in the world, and again, nothing’s going on in the creative department. I drop the notebook on the bed and stretch out next to it, my head propped on my hands. This play is not going to happen. The theater cluster will move ahead with The Scarlet Freakin’ Pimpernel and the budget crunchers will kill the creative writing program. Oh, and the first and last memory Patrick Martin will have of Kelsee Lewis, geek extraordinaire, is me turning pink and squealing in the school hallway. Can you tell me what animal that is, boys and girls?
Sigh. Some prodigy I am.
As I turn onto my back to stare out the window, I feel the familiar tightening in my chest. Oh, this cannot be good. What’s going to happen if I have a bad attack by myself? I’m on the seventh floor of a high-rise condominium building. What if I decide to imitate a bird this time?
These thoughts stumble through my mind as I try to turn on my cell phone, which I turned off earlier to avoid Miranda. The humming in my teeth starts, followed by that locked-jaw sensation. I manage to turn on the phone, but I can’t find the right buttons to select Mom’s entry in the phone book; my fingers will not do what my brain tells them to do. I suddenly regret blocking her from the walkie-talkie connection. I drop the useless phone on the floor.
I start to hyperventilate. Dr. Henry’s voice comes back to me (in a creepy Obi-Wan Kenobi talking to Luke Skywalker way) “Use the breath, Kelsee.”
I have only one option. I slide off the futon and twist my legs into an awkward lotus position like Mrs. Norwood has us do at the beginning of every yoga class. Then, with every bit of forced relaxation I can muster, I struggle to control my breathing.
In-two-three-four-five.
Out-two-three-four-five.
Inhale.
Exhale.
Inhale.
Exhale.
The vibration in my jaw lessens a little. I keep breathing on the same five-count pattern, pushing as many thoughts out of my head as possible. Nothing matters but the breath. Inhale and exhale.
Eventually, I realize that while the symptoms of the panic attack have subsided, I now feel weird on a whole new level. I’m too aware of the room around me: the way the sun slants in the window and illuminates the dust particles in the air, the whoosh of the air through the floor vent, the woven texture of the black futon cover next to me. I pull myself back onto the bed, hearing every creak and whisper of movement from the frame and cushion.
Instinctively, I reach for my notebook and pen to write down what I’m feeling. I flip to the first blank sheet of paper and begin writing, but what comes out is not a journal entry but lines of dialogue.

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About the Author
Keira Lea released her debut novel in April 2011. She is a devoted fan of the TV show FRINGE, a card-carrying member of the Apple cult, and a mother to two human children and three feline ones. She is working on a sequel to Replay.


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[A Week Long Guest Post] To Trailer or Not to Trailer


Welcome to A Week Long Guest Post today Frances Pauli is talking about Book Trailers!
Ok Frances the floor is yours!

To Trailer or Not to Trailer
by
Frances Pauli



A few years back I started to hear a lot about book trailers. They were the new thing, back then, and the buzz had reached something of adull roar. There were a lot of mixed feelings about the phenomenon, and a good percentage of the “experts” all went, “Yeah, no.”

They like to do that. I believe they had the same response to e-books around the same time. Go figure. But they made some good points. I, for one, was a big fan of movie trailers, and I just couldn’t see their application for print media. I’m happy to say that no one listened to me.

Book trailers are still around, and while they may not have continued to swell in popularity, you can’t really stumble around book circles without tripping over them eventually.

I suspect the recurring argument against them is: “There’s no evidence at all that they increase sales.” And to that I have to say, “So what?” I mean, sales are good don’t get me wrong, but does everything an author does have to produce measurable sales? Can’t we, sometimes, add a little something to the book—just for fun? I certainly hope so. I like the idea of putting out bonus material, extras and bells and whistles just because the reader might enjoy them.

In the end, that’s why I ended up making four book trailers. Because, after the first one (which was an accident—I swear) I figured out that it was fun to do. I like making them. They make me smile. I don’t need any better reason, particularly if they make at least one reader smile too.

So now that I’m hooked, I’m curious about what you all think. Do readers love or hate the infamous book trailer? Which side of the fence are you on and why? Does it depend on the individual trailer? (Personally, I’ve seen some that make 1970’s stag films look like Oscar winners) What makes a good trailer or a hideous trailer, in your book?

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today. Feel free to tear at my little trailer efforts too. They can be found at:http://www.youtube.com/user/FrancesPauli?feature=mhee
And more info on my writing and books at: http://francespauli.com

What can you say about Book Trailers? Do you like Book Trailers? What are your favorite Book Trailers? We would love to hear from you.

A big THANKS to Frances Pauli for participating on this feature *waves*If you'd like to participate on A Week Long Guest PostFind all about it here

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #6 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


Space Junque (Apocalypto #1) by L.K. Rigel


Spiderwork (Apocalypto #2) by L.K. Rigel

What I'm Reading
  

Bleeder (Apocalypto #3) by L.K. Rigel

Synopsis from Goodreads 

The King of Garrick wants to kill her.
The King of Allel wants to love her.
And shapeshifters stole her baby's soul!


It's been a hundred years since sea-level rise and global nuclear war wiped out most of humanity. Mallory is a chalice, one of the world's rare fertile females who contract with the kings of the Concord Cities to provide natural-born heirs.

It was supposed to be a pampered and uneventful life, but Mal becomes caught between King Garrick's scheme for world domination and the goddess Asherah's desperate plays for another god's attention.

In her struggle to survive, Mal must confront the most terrifying threat of all -- the truth of her past and the inevitability of her destin
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To Read Next 

Erm... 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

[Review] Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg


Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by 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

My thoughts?

Liked it enough. It's a fast, light read, but nothing spectacular. The scenes were bound to be predictable and honestly, stereotypical love stories are overrated.

Actually, I've read Pride and Prejudice way before but I didn't take it seriously so I can barely remember anything. Before reading, one thing that probably made it interesting enough for me is the term prom. I had guesses this will turn out fabulous since every girl in Longbourn Academy is obsessing about it, and I was hoping it'll be quite inventive. The story is narrated by Lizzie, a talented, hardworking girl who goes to an elite boarding school as a scholarship student and is constantly tormented by the rich girls. Unlike any other, she could care less about fancy clothes and jewelries, and had no intentions of going to prom. And when she met Darcy, whom she thought was an actual snob because of their social standing difference, I knew he's going to be the one. I mean, how many stories come up with that? Two opposite people, the rich and the poor, well that's quite easy to guess. Things aren't very much surprising.

Honestly, at the back of my mind, I'm quite thankful that I studied in a not-so-fancy high school but I know is somewhere I belong, where financial inequalities don't really matter. I think people with those kind of thinking are just plain dumb and self minded. Anyway, I don't know why but I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the love story itself. Yeah it's cute, but I was expecting a bit variation and uniqueness. But on the brighter side, the characters aren't too flat but written well.

I'm not actually saying that I dislike the book, and I still have some scenes in mind that I actually liked, but I'm not spoiling anything. This book just worked out fine for me and if you want something light, and some highschool themed romance, go for this book.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

[Review] Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh


Archangel's Consort
by Nalini Singh
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Original edition


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


My Thoughts?

I wasn’t really wrong when I said this book would be awesome. Judging from the previous ones of this series, I might as well ask Nalini Singh to never end it.


Archangel’s Consort is the third book of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. At this point, Elena has already been known, not as an archangel’s pet, but the archangel’s consort. Well, there goes the title. Not that Elena really gives a damn about the Cadre calling her Raphael’s pet, I mean she’s way too bad ass for that.

It’s the story really. I just couldn’t get enough of it. The way they were beautifully crafted was just amazing. The characters as well are just dangerously stunning. I might as well consider the Seven – a group of Raphael’s very loyal men – as some of the lead characters. Seriously, if Nalini Singh decides to write stories of any of these seven characters, I will surely read them. This book obviously just wouldn’t make you intrigued to the lives and the past of the protagonists; the histories of the other characters will make you curious as well.

It shows a relationship of a really strong, that could only be an understatement, archangel and a hunter he chose to be his consort. It’s pretty good to have Elena also being a tough ass. It keeps things going. Raphael’s character too has softened, not that you need an elaboration. That would be a spoiler.

Sure this book has a lot of sex scenes. I mean there are too many ‘acts of lasciviousness’ in here. Okay, ha! But anyway, it’s not just about that. Or if that sounds good for you then yeah, it’s mostly about that too. But I mean the Cadre and the Seven really can’t allow me to ever stop from reading, yes they're that cruel... or not. I just couldn’t handle the thought of not reading Illium or Jason or Venom anymore. Well, if you’re wondering, those are the three of the sexy Seven. And they aren’t just sexy, they’re also seriously good at fighting and each one of them has past that is very intriguing. I wish I could read those at the next Guild Hunter book, the Archangel’s Blade, which I will surely be reading.

I love every book of this series. As I’ve always said, this is a must read. Well I would just probably want to share the joy I had when I learn about the existing fiction characters that consists of the sexy Seven. Does that even make sense? Anyway, if you try it, enjoy reading. If you already have, I could only say, “I know right.”


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

[Review] The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset

by Kady Cross
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition



In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the thing inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch.

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
 Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her.


-Goodreads


My Thoughts?


It was a good book. I finished it after all. It was lovely too because of the mysterious atmosphere that surrounds it. I love mystery, and the action is just icing on the cake.

I think that this book has so many interesting ideas. But because of so many ideas, I find it now confusing on which part should be focused. Each one of the characters has special abilities, and I think that the lady protagonist has the most intriguing one but I was disappointed that it wasn’t that much highlighted. Seriously, I would have loved to read more about her to understand how her abilities work. There are scenes in which I get confused as to who I’m reading. This is probably because I haven’t read the prequel of this book? I heard there was one.

Don’t get me wrong but as much as this is Victorian England, I couldn’t help but imagine animes (the animation from Japan, yeah that) while reading this book. I don’t know but it gives me that feeling. I think it’s a good sign too because I love anime. It’s just that they are so into this certain mystery (that is related to their histories, by the way) and while in the process of uncovering the unknown, they have created a bond in such a way that could change the lives of each and everyone. And I appreciate it.

The characters here are likable, of course, but there was this notorious Dandy that I couldn’t help to admire. Sure he isn’t one of the main characters but I bet that he’s one of the most important. I couldn’t help but mention him. His character is so dangerously beautiful. If this is a spoiler, forgive me, but I would’ve loved to see him really hook up with the dark part of the lead lady.

You know what I think? You should read it too. And then you would see for yourself.   



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