October 31, 2011

Cover Crazy #8



Yet another Cover Crazy, Hosted by The Book Worms.



Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman





When high school junior Natalie - or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper - is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected - especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?



Love, love, love, love this!


I love this cover because :
* Huge big eyes, so cute
* Love the mustaches, so cute and funny!


Dislike?
* Huge lips with nude lipstick. I have a problem with nude lipstick!


Week Schedule!



I finally made some sort of week schedule, hopefully I will be able to keep it!


monday



Musing Mondays
Cover Crazy




tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays
Top Ten Tuesday




wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday
WWW Wednesday




thursday



The Time Will Come
Review




friday







saturday



On My Wishlist




sunday



From Book to TV
Review
In My Mailbox

Musing Mondays #2



A meme hosted by Should Be Reading!




This week’s musing asks…

Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger? More? Less? Why?

That depends on which time you compare to.

When I was younger, I read all the time. I read 5 Nancy Drews per day! I sat everyday in the library and borrowed few bags of books per week. And I had few stacks of books just waiting to be read.

Then I became a real teenager and mostly hang out with my friends. I still read few books now and then, though mostly horror and autobiographies. Even though I read very little when compared to my earlier ages, I still read more than my friends compared. Actually, I was the only one, who had ever finished more than two books in my circle of friends! I truly thought that was odd. And they thought I was freak, 'cause it's much more fun to get drunk and do stupid stuff than to read! Of course, I still didn't stop reading, just thought my friends were more freaks than me, I mean, who doesn't read books?? One of my friends read one book her whole life, and that was only because her teacher made her. So weird.

Then I moved, met my future husband, who is a bookworm. After that, I kind of found my love for books again. So, now I read less than I did when I was around 13 years old, since I occasionally have to work, take care of the house and kid. But I definitely read now more than when I was a teenager. So I guess I have to say more, the same and less? But now my books are thicker and mostly in English, so let's say more, right? :)


October 30, 2011

On My Wishlist #3



Meme hosted by Book Chick City! And since I didn't get any books this week (ZERO), I missed In My Mailbox. And that is why I'm gonna make this a big one.







Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)



Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
From Goodreads:

Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?




Babe in Boyland



Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
From Goodreads:

When high school junior Natalie - or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper - is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected - especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?




The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)



The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
From Goodreads:

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.




The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)



The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
From Goodreads:

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.




The Turning (Blood Ties #1)



The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout
From Goodreads:

I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.
So now I'm a vampire, and it turns out I have a blood tie to the monster who sired me. The tie works like an invisible leash and I'm bound to him no matter what I do. And of course he's one of the most evil vampires on earth. With my sire hell-bent on turning me into a soulless killer and his sworn enemy set to exterminate me, things couldn't get much worse -- except I'm attracted to them both.

Drinking blood, living as an immortal demon and being a pawn between two warring vampire factions isn't exactly how I'd imagined my future. But as my father used to say, the only way to conquer fear is to face it. So that's what I'll do. Fangs bared.


From Book to TV #1



First, a warning: If you hate tv shows/ movies based on books, skip this one!



I have this habit to watch any tv show/ movie based on book. Many times, they're just crab, but I haven't let that stop me! So I'd like to introduce some of those tv shows/ movies! If you'd like to participate, just leave a comment and a link to your own blog post!

I decided to pick a new show, only the first episode has been aired, which I just finished.



grimm


is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales.Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn The Beat Around") discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.

As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, Juliette Silverton, (Bitsie Tulloch, "quarterlife"), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby, "Lincoln Heights"), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.

With help from his confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, "Prison Break"), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers. Reggie Lee ("Persons Unknown") and Sasha Roiz ("Caprica") also star.

Drama/Horror/Supernatural

Click on their homepage!



thoughts


As you can probably guess, this show is based on Grimms' Fairy Tales. As we all know, originally these fairytales aren't really the Disney- type, but gory and scary. I started to read these when I was age 8 or 9, and I had bad dreams for a long time. But I still had to read every story I could get my hands on.

I really enjoyed this first episode. It starts off with Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" playing on the background and I turned the volume up in my headset, so I could really enjoy the music.
Of course, I should've known that soon I would be scared shi.. I mean, speechless. Which is only suitable, knowing the original stories. This episode included parts of "Little Red Riding Hood" brought to modern life.
I liked when the main character met the first "Big Bad Wolf", and it turned out, that he actually wasn't so bad, thanks to diet, drugs and pilates! If there's any humor included, I'm usually fan right away! I'm easy that way.

Definitely will be watching the episode 2, "Bears Will Be Bears", which will be aired November 4th, less than a week to go!


My first giveaway ever has a winner!



And that would be..



GrazingPages!



I've sent her a message, and after that she'll be a lucky owner of Hex Hall! Congrats!


October 27, 2011

Book Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick



Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Released : October 4th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 438
Series: Hush, Hush #3
Source : Bought from BookDepository
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository






synopsis




The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.



thoughts







*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
There will be lots of rambling, it's really hard to focus my thoughts with this. I guess I need to read this again soon.

First, the cover.. Not as pretty as I hoped. The cover of Hush, hush is just so amazing, that it's impossible to compete with that, so that may be the reason.

Okay. So Nora's kidnapped and forgets Patch and everything related. I had some mixed feelings when I realized that they're gonna recap the first two books. First thought was, "what the hell, you're gonna make a book about the first two books???", but luckily, the execution was way better than I expected.

Despite her amnesia, Nora is pretty much the same as always, at least in the beginning. I mean, you see your somewhat-maybe-bf in your dreams, and start whining?? SERIOUSLY? At that point I was only happy that Patch took all her memories of him. But we're lucky to see Nora growing even a little pair. First, she's hitting someone with a shevel! Yay! Finally! I've been waiting when the damsel-in-distress-behavious is over! And then she actually kills someone! Awesome! As I've mentioned earlier, I like my girls kick-ass!

Patch is as distant as ever. For the reader, at least. Of course, there's always drooling included from my side when ever Patch is around, but he's jut like a normal guy. You just can't tell what's going on in his head. Well, he's established to be in love with Nora, so we know that much, but that's about it. Of course, Nora is the main character, but it would be nice to know more about Patch, since he is in a kind of big role in these books.

Oh, and Scott is back! I'm actually kind of happy about that. Maybe, because I have that little weakness for those dumb lovetriangle-thingies. I reeeeally hope we'll see something like that!

And then the other characters. I really got pissed off because of Vee and Nora's mum. What the hell?! Someone has amnesia, so what do you do? Tell her absolutely nothing about anything? Seriously?! And what was this idea about Vee hating boys nowadays?? Guess someone thought she was too into boys, or something, so let' turn it around! Didn't work, at all. She was actually nice as her older self, so I was glad to see that at least Scott got some life into her. And Nora's mum, in love with Nora's archenemy. Acting like puppet. Truly annoying puppet! And Marcie was out of her edge, I liked her meaner. I never thought that would be possible.

And what is up with that everytime Patch and Nora are about to.. get down to business, something happens! Either Nora gets kidnapped or the-thing-that-happened-at-the-end-of-this-book (you have to read it to find out)! Just give them a break allready. There's always Daddy Dearest to interrupt their intimate moments, hopefully that's over now..

As I promised, lots of rambling. Characters annoyed me, but overall I loved this. Just not as much the other books. But now Nora is transformed into something more kick-ass, literally, so can't wait for the next book!



Rating:





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The Time Will Come #7



The Time Will Come is a meme hosted by Books for Company!






The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



Nevermore by Kelly Creagh







Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.



This haven't been in my bookshelf that long, but I can't wait to start this!


October 26, 2011

Remember my giveaway!



Few days still left before the giveaway is closed, so remember to enter!
Link to the giveaway


WWW Wednesday #3



WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should be Reading, found it through My Cute Bookshelf.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:



What are you currently reading?
Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia
Finally! Though, I'm on page 3, but I finally start it!











What did you recently finish reading?
Silence
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Just finished it this morning (and nearly got late to work..), there should review soon!











What do you think you'll read next?
Nevermore
by Kelly Creagh
I've wanted to start this for a while, but since I've promised to read Beautiful Creatures first, so it has to be. So this will be next, or Beautiful Darkness.






Waiting on Wednesday #2



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


My pick this week is:

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Release date February 7th 2012


A Great and Terrible Beauty meets Cassandra Clare in this spellbinding fantasy

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Why: First, I love the cover, it got my attention right away as I saw it. And it sounds good! What else can I say?


October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays #1



And yet another meme by Should Be Reading!




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!


My Teaser:

He was facedown on the ground, the tire iron jutting out of his back. He'd been stabbed with it.
p. 122, Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick



October 24, 2011

Cover Crazy #7



Yet another Cover Crazy, Hosted by The Book Worms.



Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey





The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge.

It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.

The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.

This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.



Ran into this in someones (can't remember whos!) blog, haven't heard about Drake Chronicles earlier, but I fell in love with this cover, and now they're absolutely on my to read- list!


I love this cover because :
* Extremely simple and elegant
* Love the ribbon
* Love the flowers you can barely see


Dislike?
* Almost nothing, since nearly everything is on balance. Except then I noticed the ring in the finger. Bothers me a little, would've been better without, though it's probably part of the story or something else, so what can you do.


Musing Mondays #1



A meme hosted by Should Be Reading!




This week’s musing asks…

Do you listen to audiobooks? Why, or why not?

At one point, I listened to audiobooks nonstop. I listened them while cooking, folding laundry, ironing, cleaning, knitting and so on. Then I kind of just forgot them, since I started to buy books again after a long break, and now it's all about reading. But I'm quite sure, that after I start in my new job, it's much more convenient to listen audiobooks while driving a car and so on. But of course, they don't beat real books.

If I have to pick a favorite, it might be either some book of House of Night- serie, since I listened them all as audiobooks, or Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor), the part one of his Millennium- serie.


October 23, 2011

Book Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton



Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Released : May 24th 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 405
Series: The Blood Journals #1
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository






synopsis




It starts off simply.

Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...

Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.

The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.

Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.



thoughts









*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
The first thing in my mind: Bloodmagic is wrong! Everyone knows that! You don't do it, never ever ever! Nothing good comes out of it, everyone knows that too! And I had some real trouble believing, that you could do something good with killing animals. Like.. Hello!? But, it was interesting to see this new idea of blood magic, and luckily I was able to look past my own opinions, and enjoy this book.

This book was written in a two point of views, Silla's and Nicholas's, which reminded me of Old Magic. In Old Magic, it didn't work, since you only got some shallow touch to the characters and the deeper things were forgotten. Luckily, this didn't happen this time, and I was able to connect with the characters.

I was quite doubtful in the beginning, since the whole book started with the main characters meeting in a graveyard. Surprise! It's either that, or they meet in a school. But it wasn't nearly as corny as I expected, it had some original twist, otherwise I would have stopped reading immediately.

Main thing missing was some humor. This was quite serious book, there was some extremely gory stuff going on (!!!), so it would have been nice to laugh at times. It was way too creepy most of the time, I tried to stop reading and was all "Oh no, that's disgusting, I can't read this, my fragile mind will break!", but I just couldn't. And that's why I would've appreciate some nice stuff too. Now there was just a pile of bodies, angry birds and Lilith as your evil stepmother. That's hardcore. And of course I would have bet my money on Lilith, I mean Mary, as the bad guy, but luckily it wasn't that simple.


It took me only half a day to read this book, which hasn't happened in while. I would have given this 5 cupcakes, but as I said, I need more sunshine to the rain. Obviously, I will be reading the second book, too, though it isn't published until some time next year, so I guess we just have to wait.



Rating:





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In My Mailbox #4







Here's some books I borrowed, bought and received! IMM (In My Mailbox) is a meme hosted by The Story Siren!



I entered this amazing Fall Book Exchange hosted by Ruby's Reads!






from Angela!




Torment by Lauren Kate (As a hardcover, OMG!)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh


Man, was I lucky, thank you Angela! Unfortunately don't know, if she has a blog, so can't link to that :(



borrowed from library




Blood Magic (The Blood Journals #1) by Tessa Gratton (And all ready read this one, right away, in a few hours!)



bought




Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins (As a hardcover, bought from Book Depository)
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent (Bought from Book Depository)






Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick (Bought from Book Depository, I just couldn't wait for this! Just reading it now!)



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October 22, 2011

On My Wishlist #2



Meme hosted by Book Chick City!







The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #1-2)



The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #1-2) by L.J. Smith
From Goodreads:

The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret - a secret that will change Elena's life for ever ...
The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray - and he'd rather kill Stefan than let him possess her ...





Blood Magic (The Blood Journals #1)



Blood Magic (The Blood Journals #1) by Tessa Gratton
From Goodreads:

It starts off simply.

Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...

Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.

The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.

Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.




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October 18, 2011

Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead



Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Released : August 16th 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Format : Paperback
Pages: 332
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Source : Bought from Amazon
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository






synopsis




St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.



thoughts




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
What can you say.. Gossip girl goes vampire!

Well, the beginning was quite intriguing with the whole girl-on-girl- action going on *smirk* Though after that everything was going so fast, that at first I was kind of out of it.

Rose. I actually liked her. Despite all the bad things about her, like being extremely confident about her looks and always wanting to start a fight. Usually I have a serious trouble with main characters, who think or know that they're really good looking and goes on and on about it, but it didn't bother me as much as I thought, I just started to think that man, she's hot! And I like my female characters kick-ass <3 She's a rebel! The biggest problem I had with her, was that despite her being a rebel, she's obeying the stupid rules and wants to live conventional life. Even when she, and Lissa of course, ran from the academy, she does what she's been taught, aka is a guardian. Yeah, sure, you're raised up to be a guardian, but.. Yeah. I have a huge problem with obediance and conventional ways.

And Lissa. I didn't like her nearly as much as Rose. In the beginning she's kind of whiny and annoying. Luckily, there's actually some character development, and she becomes quit the b*tch. Sort of. Reckless too, which I wasn't so fond of. Christian was obviously good influence, he's awesome.

I love the idea of Rose and Dimitri together, surprize, surprize. But it was sad, that only when they were under compulsion spell, they.. how should I put it.. "got romantic". Hopefully I will see more of them in the next book!

Overall, this was a good read. Dialogues were sometimes kind of wooden, this could have been a total ten if that area were better. As I earlier mentioned, I have huge problem with the conventional thinking and obedience, so that occasionally put me off a little. I don't like the class system, royals or authorities. And I was just horrified, when was revealed, that two guardians can't be together ever. Yeah, I'm a hippie, who thinks that people should be able to love who ever they want (if they're both adults in right mind etc.) and so on. But fortunately I didn't get too creaped out about that and finished the book, since the ending was quite exciting! Definitely will be reading the 2nd book.



Rating:

+ ½




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October 17, 2011

My first giveaway ever!







So here's the giveaway I promised in my earlier post! This is my first giveaway ever, so if I screw something up, please forgive me :)

The book is Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins, it's a paperback version and I've read this once. So there might be some little signs of my reading, but nothing major! And like I mentioned earlier, I'm giving this away because I loved it so much that I had to buy this as a hardcover. You can see the picture of the cover here, unfortunately I forgot to load up the batteries for my camera, so don't have better photos :(

Rules
* Giveaway is EU only
* You have to be a GFC Follower
* The giveaway ends 29th October 2011
* The winner has 72 hours to answer to my email,
after that there'll be a new winner chosen
* Just fill the form below!


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Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins



Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Released : April 1st 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Format : Paperback
Pages: 336
Series: Hex Hall #1
Source : Bought from Amazon
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository






synopsis




Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.



thoughts




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
I sooooooo fell in love with this one! It has creepiness, action, romance and it's just freaking hilarious! I bought this based on reviews, and was not disappointed. My copy was paperback, so now I ordered a hardcover-version of this one. Which means, soon I'll have one extra copy of this, which means.. my first giveaway ever!

This really was a brilliant read, which I'm always happy to find. When I was halfway through the book, I actually started to check if I was near the ending, 'cause I didn't want it to end, ever!

Of course, there's two guys mentioned, but luckily, it wasn't taken over the top, like in so many books. These guys actually have character and they're not all head over heels for the main character. They're not in war with each other and they're not like stupid drooling puppies! And yet again, there's the "good guy - bad guy"- thingy going on, but it didn't bother me. Except, of course I loved the bad guy.. What else could you expect?







It definitely had some new ideas with the whole Hex Hall- thing and I liked how even the origin of the witches etc. is explained. And I liked the mystery, too, 'cause it wasn't too obvious. Though the whole dead-grandmother-back-to-life- idea was creepy. Totally creepy. I had some trouble trying to read this in a dark room, all alone.

If I have to find some negatives about this book, I guess I wasn't really excited about the whole cheerleader-witches-idea, but fortunately I was proven wrong and they were taken so over the top, it was hilarious. And of course there's the same old "one girl/two guys/add-some-paranormal-thingies", but luckily it had some unique twists in it, so it wasn't too obvious and boring. And I was quite sure that we would see another whiny little girl as a main character, but she was actually really cute, occasionally whiny, but not too whiny!

So I truly recommend this to anyone, who's looking for a great and funny read!



Rating:



October 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #1



Yet another meme.. Forgive me! Found this through My Cute Bookshelf



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


My pick this week is:

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Release date March 13th 2012


Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Why: Because I loved parts one and two! And can't wait for this one, especially because of the cliffhanger in the seccond books end. Can't wait. Just can't!


WWW Wednesday #2



WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should be Reading, found it through My Cute Bookshelf.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:



What are you currently reading?
Fallen
by Lauren Kate
Only two more pages to read!











What did you recently finish reading?
My Soul to Take
by Rachel Vincent
Loved this one! Need to buy the whole serie.











What do you think you'll read next?
Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
I have to read this next! I suspect this will be a good read, so I've been saving it for a while now.






October 11, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #1






Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a meme in which a new and different top ten list appears.




Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time



1. Harry Potter serie by J. K. Rowling
I remember the day I borrowed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from our library. I just fell in love. Now I've read all the books for few times.

2. Twilight serie by Stephenie Meyer
I heard all this talk about some stupid-glittering-vampire-books, and had to check it out. I bought first book, read it in a day, went to bookstore next day and bought the rest of the serie. And read it few times in a row. HOOKED.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
I was probably eight years old, when my teacher read this book to our class. It was just so amazing. It took years to remember this books name again, but after that I read every book possible from Roald Dahl.

4. The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
I was six or seven when my aunt read this to us one summer. Every night she would read chapter and I couldn't wait. I've read this few times since, but of course the first time was the best. It was amazing. But I need to find a copy for myself too, maybe I'll read this to my daughter one day. And maybe she'll love it just as much.

5. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
I read this first time when I was ten or so. Now I've read it probably ten times, or more, I think the last time was about year ago.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Classic.

7. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
First english book I read! And haven't stopped since. Had to buy the whole serie after this first book.

8. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Just read this, bought the second book before I even finished the first one. And the whole time I read this, I kept checking if the end was near. 'Cause I didn't want it to stop! Unfortunately, it did. And so did the second book. *sigh*

9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Read this when I was around 12, and yet again, has read it only million times after that. Actually just borrowed it from the library, again.

10. Nancy (And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder) by Deborah Spungen
Read this about 10 times, should read again. And again. What can you do!


Cover Crazy #6



Yet another Cover Crazy, Hosted by The Book Worms.



Death of a Black Rose by Tish Thawer





A black Rose dies...

Now it's time to run...

The one I love lost... oh God, what have I done?

Book 3 in The Rose Trilogy. A YA paranormal romance that concludes with a heroine who's now the one to fear, a vampire who vows to save the soul of the one he loves, and a vampire clan whose new Sire is already facing extinction.

~ ROSE ~
I'm Rose Reynolds.
I’m now a vampire and everyone's afraid of me.
My blonde hair has drifted to black,
indicating just how "bad" I've become.
Christian swears he can save me....
... but what if I don't want to be saved?

~ CHRISTIAN ~
I'm Christian and I’m still in love with Rose.
She’s now a vampire, which is not a good thing.
She turned out darker than I could've ever imagined.
I know I can save her. I have to....
.... because my very existence depends on it.



Quite intriguing!


I love this cover because :
* The shades of black and red
* Silvery hair, I want!
* Girl's position


Dislike?
* Girls face is little crooked
* Reminds me of Jenny Humphrey


October 06, 2011

The Time Will Come #6



The Time Will Come is a meme hosted by Books for Company!






The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl







Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.



I didn't even read the synopsis from this, I just fell in love with covers that I had to have this one. Part 2 is also waiting in my book shelf, borrowed it from library, so I probably should start reading this one.


October 05, 2011

In My Mailbox #3







Here's some books I borrowed and bought! IMM (In My Mailbox) is a meme hosted by The Story Siren!



from library




Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern (finnish version)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures #2) by Kami Garcia
Hold Still by Nina LaCour


I actually forgot 2 books from this picture:
Magyk (Septimus Heap #1) by Angie Sage, Mark Zug
Flyte (Septimus Heap #2) by Angie Sage, Mark Zug



borrowed from my little brother




I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore



bought




Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins (bought from Book Depository a while ago, allready read this..)
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (finnish version, bought from flea market)


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