Thursday, November 3, 2011

Giveaway Alert!

The lovely Joy of Joyous Reads is having a GIVEAWAY of November New Releases!

You can win awesome books like:

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman - November 1st
Crossed by Ally Condie - November 1st
Last Breath by Rachel Caine - November 1st

Liar's Moon by Elizabeth A. Bunce - November 1st
Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien - November 8th
The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell - November 8th

Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullogh - November 8th
The File on Angelyn Stark by Catherine Atkins - November 8th
Hush, Hush (The Graphic Novel) by Becca Fitzpatrick - November 8th

Darker Still by Leanna Renne Hieber - November 8th
A Love by Any Measure by Killian McRae - November 8th
Breathe by Melanie McCullogh - November 11th

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis - November 14th
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - November 15th
Lightbringer by K.D. McEntire - November 15th

Death Watch by Ari Berk - November 15th
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff - November 15th
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting - November 15th

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler - November 21st
Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Veguie - November 22nd
Belle's Song by K.M. Grant - November 22nd


[Review] Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi

Publication Date: November 15th 2011
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover, 342 pages

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.


Masterfully crafted! A story that will leave you breathless and wanting for more. An EPIC READ indeed! Literally UNPUTDOWNABLE!

This is one of the most anticipated releases for 2011 and oh boy I can attest to the fact that this is one book you should not dare to miss! The story of Juliette, a girl who has not touched a single soul for 264days and considered herself a monster has been freakishly awesome. Some may say that this is just like the story of Rogue from X-Men but I tell you not to be fooled by this assumption. Shatter Me has offered me a new kind of experience that I haven’t experience in any kind of book. This is one of the few books that left me hanging, in a good way I mean not the spoilery type. I cannot describe more how this book left me at awe for days. The story was delivered with great authenticity, it was just plainly AMAZING.

The characters are mainly fantastic crafted into perfection. Juliette as the protagonist is very tough and I really admire tough woman characters. At first I thought of Juliette as the damsel in distress type of character, the one tormented with the guilt feeling of a murder that was blame to her. But when the very luscious dreamy Alex came into the picture she learn how to fight which I think is the best comeback of them all. Alex is one fictional character that is totally SWOON WORTHY! I totally want to cry after his confession with Juliette, I don’t want to spoil but it’s very touchy. I think of Alex as the knight in shining armor, he’s tough and at the same time very admirable cause he’ll do everything to protect Juliette. Warner is the antagonist of the story, for a while I really liked him and I think up to know I really do. I compare Warner to Chuck Bass, I don’t know if you guys watch Gossip Girls but I really think that Warner is the type of guy who just needs love. His parent doesn’t care much of him so he wanted to be with Juliette. Over all the characters are just beautifully crafted in this epic story.

The cover of Shatter Me is just what you call beautiful! Though when it was revealed some people were disappointed for some reason, I say the opposite because it’s really amazing. I like the tagline MY TOUCH IS LETHAL MY TOUCH IS POWER; it just shows a great part of the book on how Juliette thinks about her gift. Also the title which was cut into half is a great giveaway, though I must say there were no slicing part in the book. I also find the cover model similar to the model of Shut Out by Kody Keplinger.

Overall this is a MUST READ and a MUST BUY book for 2011. I say do not dare leave the year 2011 until you have read this wonderfully written story. I recommend this book for dystopian fanatics who are asking for a pinch of diversity from the usual dystopian novel. Tahereh Mafi created a world that flows through out every page, every page turn is a must read, I didn’t find any dull moments for this book. I love love love it! 




Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #11 by TheJay2xA

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

When You Open Your Eyes 
by Celeste Conway
Expected Publication: March 20th 2012 by Simon Pulse

Description from Goodreads:

Tessa is in love with Lucien, the son of a European diplomat. He's French and sexy and artistic. With him, she realizes how naive and American she is, and just how alive she can feel.

But Tessa’s father forbids her to see Lucien. So they meet in secret, which makes their relationship feel all the more exciting.

The harder Tessa falls for Lucien, the more volatile he becomes. Suddenly it’s not just their relationship that’s breaking the rules—Lucien knows no boundaries. And Tessa must figure out how far she’ll go for Lucien…before there is no turning back.

6 Months Blogoversary!

It’s been six months since the blog has been open and it’s been a very fruitful 6 months of MeMes, Reviews, Blog Tours, Guest Post, Interviews and Giveaways. Blogging has not been easy to tell you, it requires dedication and a whole lot of patience.

This cause for a celebration!!! As I am currently picking a winner for the winners of the Follower Appreciation Giveaway and Spooktacular Giveaway Hop expect a giveaway soon this coming week :)


Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #13 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've Finished
Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

What I'm Reading

Saving June

by: Hannah Harrington

‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’ 

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why. 

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California. 

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs. 

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.


Chain Reaction

by: Simone Elkeles

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill. 

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules. 

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?


Sunday, October 30, 2011

[Review] Falling For Romeo by Jennifer Laurens

Falling For Romeo
by Jennifer Laurens

Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Format: Paperback, 204 pages

John can have any girl he wants. Jennifer's never been kissed. Everybody thinks he's perfect. She's got issues with pride and jealousy. They were best friends-once. Now, they're playing Romeo and Juliet. Virgin lips Jennifer must have her first kiss on stage with John, the guy every girl in school wants. The pressure and tension build along with each staged kiss. Both are shocked when feelings bloom. Can either tell which kisses are real and which are for show?


My thoughts?

If you want a break of reading those vampire-werewolf-human love affairs and is in the mood for the real deal Romeo and Juliet scheme, then this book is the best for you. It literally portrays the whole star crossed-lover drama, except that their families are like bffs and its the protagonists who are denying their feelings for each other and they have this dilemma of who’s going to spill it first. 

John Michaels the male protagonists has this perfect social status as leader of the track team, VP of the supreme student body, the chick magnet, the friendly dude, and well, he’s the one that almost everybody worships in school. Why just ‘almost’? Because there’s Jennifer Vienvu. Now that he’s also invaded the theater, which is actually her territory, she wants to prove everybody that she’s good and she doesn't want to live behind his shadow because she knows he isn't perfect and that somehow the guy has flaws. Oh she knows, alright. They are neighbors, they were childhood best friends and their room windows are practically facing each other’s.

With both sides giving hints and getting each other into cat fights led by their pride and cockiness, the novel narrates us the typical girl-boy story in which I could almost tell that its cliche (and I did hope that the writer wrote a lot more complicated rather than just having the two protagonists jumbled up their feelings in between the play and in their real life situations). But its texts and descriptions are well constructed and delivered even for an overly used plot, and I must say it didn't fail to tickle the side of me who’s still in for that typical romance story.



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