October 30, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway


Slide
by Jill Hathaway


Published: March 27th 2012
Publisher:Balzer + Bray
for HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 250
Series: Slide #1
Source: Borrowed
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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth - her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes.
She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance.
But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police.
Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
I've only seen this around like million times so it was about time for me to read it too. And I really liked the synopsis, 'cause the basic idea is pretty intriguing.
Vee is "narcoleptic", though in this case narcoleptic means "slides into someone else's head". It's pretty unpleasant, since she has no idea how to control it, and sees it more like a curse than a gift. And things turn from bad to worse when she accidentally ends up witnessing a murder through the killer's eyes. She has no idea who the killer is, but she's pretty sure her little sister is the next victim. She decides to find the killer and save her sister.
Along the way she manages to take control over her powers, but also wreck some relationships.

Okay, first I was going to give this 4 cupcakes, but as I started writing this, I changed it to 3.5 cupcakes. Because the more I started analyzing this, the more I started to notice some things I wasn't such a huge fan.
First, I really liked the slide- thing, but after a while, I started wondering if there's a reason why Vee doesn't use her "power" in her advantage, or hasn't she realize the possibilities? Well, she was just a little slow, and didn't realize the possibilities.
Other than her little slowness, I did like Vee. She's pretty much a loner, after everything that happened with her cheerleader friends (the same old story, used to be a cheerleader, her friends turned out to be bunch of b*tches etc., the usual way how people end up as loners, at least in books). She has one good friend, Rollins, but he's in love with Vee and that kind of complicates things. Don't worry, that's not really a spoiler, because it's so obvious. He starts acting like a jealouse crazy person the moment Vee starts talking with another boy, Zane.
It was really hard to decide which boy I liked more, because.. well, I liked both. And both had some huge dark secrets that end up causing some huge problems with their relationship with Vee. Though the other one is hiding some pretty bad secrets, but in the end, they're both great guys. Unfortunately Vee never didn't have to choose, because the author took the easy way out, meaning something horrible happens to one of these guys.

Plot was great, but like I mentioned earlier, Vee was pretty slow, meaning there was some very obvious things that took quite long for Vee to notice.
But it still managed to be pretty intense in occasions, even scary. Want to know the part where I jumped off my seat cause I got so scared? This is embarrassing, but here we go..


In my room, I snap on the light, and brightness blinds me. A face captures my attention in the corner of the room, but when I look, I realize it's only the face of the angel on the Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt.



I know, it's now official, I'M A WUSS. But the plot got so intense and then came along that part and I started screaming "OH NO NO NO THERE'S SOMEONE IN HER ROOM!!!!" and nearly started crying. First time ever when I'm scared of a t-shirt. In a book. Yeah, t-shirts are just scary. Time to change the subject.

If I had to compare this book to anything I've read before, I'd have to choose The Body Finder series, which has the somewhat same spirit and the whole "falling-in-love-with-my-best-friend"- thing also going on, though I must admit it was executed better in The Body Finder (..and in TBF, the main character is called Vi. Just saying). In this things were left open and the ending with Rollins was quite.. odd, in the sense of "Look at me, I'm ringing your doorbell after this long time and we're best friends again, let's play Pictionary!". Well, not exactly, but almost.
Plus, Vee chose to dye her hair back and loose the pink colour! No no no. You should have stayed pink, that's all I'm saying.

So, I'm not the biggest fan, but I still managed to enjoy this. And I did read this in one night, so it really wasn't bad! There just was occasionally some moments that made me wonder why Vee is so slow, because hey, they were just so obvious.






October 29, 2012

Resisting Velocity Release Day Blitz



Resisting Velocity
Xoe Xanders & Trinity Evans


Published: July 15th 2012
Format: Kindle edition
Series: High Velocity #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Elysium Fields, LLC
Cover Artist: Xoe Xanders
Number of pages: 185 pages through Kindle
Word Count: 60,000 words


As frontman of up-and-coming rock band, High Velocity, werewolf Zane Alexander has everything a man could want: Fame, fortune, friendship, and a pack to call home.

Well, almost everything.

Despite being able to take his pick of pretty much any woman, he wants the one girl he can’t have — the one girl who’s eluded his every advance.

Charlie Banks has always had a thing for Zane, but being the band’s head of security, she knows firsthand just the sort of guy he is. She’s determined not to become just another notch on his bedpost, but if doesn’t stop the want for a mate curling in her gut.
It’ll happen, someday — it just won’t be Zane. She’s decided that it’s time to leave High Velocity, to find a nice little home and settle down to live the rest of her life, away from sexy smiles and ripped bodies of rock stars.
But when someone threatens Zane’s life, she’s the only one he wants to protect him. Except, Zane has a hidden agenda. One that involves claiming Charlie as his mate, once and for all.



Excerpt


Breathing in short, sharp breaths, Zane followed her through the winding corridors of the Richter Stadium, past the women’s bathrooms and down a flight of stairs. He held his breath for a moment as he slid through the remaining security crew. His golden eyes zeroed in on the whipcord lean beauty, a few dark curls coiling down from the sensible bun she always wore it in.

She stopped, hesitating right outside the doors. Two more steps and he’d lose her to the nightlife, his identity keeping him from following her any farther. If fans saw him, his life would become a hurricane of screams and groping hands. He wasn’t in the mood to put on his usual charming-playboy air to deal with them and he knew that going furry on their asses would damage his career.

Now or never.

As she stepped out, he lurched forward, his pulse pounding furiously at his throat, and he crossed the floor in three strides. His fingers curled around her shoulders, firm and commanding, though he knew she hated it when he pulled the alpha role.

She spun and her lips formed a thin line, as if she’d been expecting this. She’d known. You couldn’t really lie to pack and get away with it.

“Charlie.” The one word was all he could say before her eyes pinned him. They were pale as a sheet of blue ice, staring up at him with a gentle ferocity that she’d only ever reserved for him. He had no doubts that she wanted him — he’d smelled it on her in the past, saw the way she looked at him sometimes, as if she was seeing through to his soul — but she was wary. Guarded. The walls around her heart were made of marble and he was left pounding both fists against the cool stone.

“You can’t leave.” His words were a statement. A fact.

“I can and I am,” she replied coolly.

“What about the guys? What about High Velocity? You’re just going to throw it all away?” He was surprised at the intensity behind his words, but he was far from done. “Are we not paying you enough? There’s always ways around that. How much will it take?”

She blew out a harsh expel of air and glanced down at his hand clamped around her arm, but she didn’t bother to pull away. Her winter gaze met his molten gold once more. “I’ve made my decision, Zane. You need to respect it. There comes a time in everyone’s career where they have to make a choice and take a stand. This is it. I’ve put in my notice, I’ve followed protocol. There shouldn’t be a problem.”

A growl slid up his throat, escaping with a rumble. “I don’t give a damn about protocol. You could flash your tits to the crowd if you wanted and we still wouldn’t fire you. I don’t care. You’re part of our group. And, like it or not, you’re part of the pack. My pack.”

“You and I both know that I’ve never really been part of the pack.” Her voice carried a touch of wistfulness. She was right — she’d always been a bit of a loner, keeping herself estranged from the members of Elysium, try as his parents might to welcome her in. But she’d never been distant with Zane and the guys and he wasn’t about to let that happen. Not now.

“You’re staying.”

She lifted a brow. “Since when are you my master?”

“Since you started talking crazy shit about leaving us!” He tamped his anger back down. He never had a temper. What was up with him? He took a deep breath, letting it whistle out his nose as he tried to soften his posture, tried to be less demanding. “We need you. Okay? I respect your decision to quit, but you don’t have to skip town and leave us. Just stay.” Please…

Her smile was tight. She shook her head slowly, like he just didn’t get it, and pulled free of his grasp. “Goodbye, Zane.”

His mind spun, thoughts bouncing off the walls of his head as he tried to scrape ideas together in a last-minute rush. He needed more time. He needed a damn good reason for her to stay, but damn it, he couldn’t think! She turned around, agonizingly slow, and he could see the muscles in her back through the crispness of her suit.

“Charlie. One last night.” His voice was soft, a plea in the undercurrent that he cursed himself for exposing. She stopped and he moved forward until his chest was pressed against her back, one arm wrapping around her waist. He pulled her against him, her body cupping his perfectly, like it was made for him.

She stiffened, but he didn’t let her go. His arm snug around her, he rubbed his chin lightly across the back of her neck, letting the stubble scrape gently against her skin. He murmured in her ear, using the sexiest voice he could muster. His beautiful-girl voice. “Go for a run with me. Tonight. One run.”

He’d figure something out between then and now. He’d get her back.


Trinity Evans is an upbeat, slightly off-color author with a wild imagination and a taste for the eclectic.
Born and raised in a small-town Americana, she loves the lighter and fluffier side of life with some paranormal spice thrown in.
She definitely enjoys the more comical side of relationships.

She adores hearing from fans and you can find her at trinityevans.wordpress.com.

Xoe Xanders is a quirky small-town punk princess whose ideas range from dark and dangerous to light and fluffy.
She enjoys writing in the vein of paranormal, fantasy, and soft sci-fi, all of it with a romantic edge.
She believes that love is love — no matter what gender, race, or color — and writes both straight and LBGT romance.

Wanna stalk her?
You can find her site at xoexanders.wordpress.com.


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October 27, 2012

Last Regress by Rachael J. Thorne: Excerpt


Last Regress
by Rachael J. Thorne


Published: July 15th 2012
Format: Kindle edition

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Alyssa Matthews
thought she had an explanation for
everything.

After all, as a slightly sceptical paranormal investigator that was what she was used to doing;
researching, observing and explaining.

So when she began writing a paper about a long forgotten case of death by Spontaneous Human Combustion, she assumed it would be a run-of-the-mill piece.

Little did she realise that she was about to be plunged into a situation that would not only force her to question her own sanity, but also her scepticism about the nature of the paranormal.

Not to mention the dreams that just wouldn’t go away...



Prologue


We watch them living their lives. We watch their hearts beat, they breathe, they grow, they give birth, and ultimately of course they die.
We watch all of it happening. We are always there but they do not know it, they do not see us.
Sometimes, only very occasionally, they think that they can sense something, but more often than not the feeling passes quickly and they barely notice the difference.

If we are careless and do not obey the rules set out for us, maybe they actually do catch a glimpse, just for a second or two, but the memory inevitably fades for most of them, all apart from the more sensitive ones, and we are once again safely forgotten.

It is strictly forbidden for us to interact with them in any way, we cannot help them, we are not allowed to communicate with them at all, and we are only permitted to watch.
Anything else would carry with it the threat of dire consequences, it would upset the delicate balance that we constantly strive so very hard to maintain, and most important of all it would likely bring about our own downfall.

This is what we have learned from our own mistakes; only the few, only the most sensitive, only the ones who have been chosen to share our fate can be allowed to know us, and so we remain in the shadows, and we watch.

It has not always been this way though. We have made our mistakes, we have felt the searing pain of bearing witness to the damage that we have caused, and for this we have suffered.

Oh, how we have suffered...






Rachael J. Thorne is trying to make it in the world as an indie author between tending her garden and being a geek!

She lives in Essex, UK with her husband and crazy dog.

Last Regress is her first novel and she is currently working on her second, Running For A Life.



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October 24, 2012

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues


34 Pieces of You
by Carmen Rodrigues


Published: September 4th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Ebook
Pages: 325
Source: Through Pulse It
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A dark and moving novel — reminiscent of Thirteen Reasons Why — about the mystery surrounding a teenage girl’s fatal overdose.

There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life.

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along....




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Remember my reaction to Thirteen Reasons Why? (No? Read here!) Overall, I wasn't very pleased with it, so when another book is compared to that, I feel pretty hesitant. Okay, nearly didn't pick up this book. But man, am I glad I did! The bad memory of TRW is nearly erased from my memory, cause this was nothing like it. This ended up being so emotional read, and I do admit I cried, a lot.

Ellie is a charismatic girl, who everyone feel drawned to. But like with so many other charismatic people, she has something dark inside her. Like there's a black cloud hanging above her head. She never trusts people enough to really give them anything about herself. The closest person for her is her big brother, Jake, who knows some of her secrets. But then he has to move away for school, and she's.. not taking it so well. And then..
Ellie's dead. Her friends and family are left behind, wondering what happened, everyone blaming themselves. And everyone has secrets, secrets that involve Ellie and mostly make them blame themselves even more. Through out the book we'll get to see what life is like after Ellie is gone, but also get to see glimpses of life with Ellie.

What I really loved in this book was the emotions. They were real, and like I've said many times before, I usually fell in love with that kind of books. They're real, in all the ugliness and beauty of life.
Characters were also that, both beautiful and ugly, sometimes kind, sometimes awful to each other, but that's just life. So the raw emotions were definitely the strong point in this book.
And of course, where there's emotions, there's relationships. Every person had their own kind of relationship with Ellie, but my favorite was with Jess. It was so beautiful, innocent, real, what ever the word you want to use. It was also the most heartbreaking part of the book, and I cried nearly in every scene they had together. And I ended up heart broken myself because of them, because what happened to them was just awful.

There wasn't that many things I didn't like, but I did have sometimes little trouble with following all the characters, since there was several POV's AND we jumped back and forth in time. After few chapters I did get the hang of it, but usually I strougle with so many changes.
I was also a little disappointed when there wasn't any "let's-gather-and-reveal-all-of-our-secrets!"- moments in the end. I'm kind of a fan of those kind of scenes, so I felt a little empty in the end, since there was still so many secrets left uncovered.

But, this was believable story about broken people and how they deal with the lost of their loved one. It was heartbreaking and painful, but I'm so glad I didn't miss it, since it was all worth it.


Thanks to Simon Pulse for providing a review copy!





October 17, 2012

Cover Reveal: Fire (Elemental #4) by Shauna Granger








Fire (Elemental #4) by
Shauna Granger



Expected publication
December 18th 2012

Cover Design
Mooney Designs

Cover reveal organized by
AToMR Tours



Demons, faeries, and mermaids.
Claws, teeth, and nightmares.

They have been beaten and bruised, set on fire, and nearly drowned, but manage to always find their way home.
Over their last Winter Holiday break before college, Shayna, Jodi, and Steven try again to put aside the magic in their lives for a little mundane fun.
But Shayna's mother is having dreams of fire and death. A mysterious stranger by the name of Liam has just arrived in town.
And Shayna's attempts to manage her new angelic powers are set back by Steven's insistence that the trio intervene in a riot outside of a concert, with disastrous consequences.

In her attempt to stop the riot, a man sees Shayna use her magical abilities – a man driven mad by watching his brother die at the hands of a black witch.
He stalks Shayna, plotting to destroy her and her friends. With her mother’s warnings echoing in her mind, Shayna is now in the fight of her life against an unlikely foe: a human man.







Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer.

Five years ago Shauna started work on her Elemental Series and released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011.

When not reading and writing, Shauna enjoys cooking and playing hostess whenever she can.



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October 16, 2012

Best day ever!


When it starts looking like this outside..
..it's great time to do this inside!

Meaning: It's snowing again! Oh the happy day! Best time to burn some candles, drink some hot chocolate from the awesomest mugg ever and knit socks. I try to avoid books, because I got Dark Shadows waiting for me!


October 15, 2012

Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop


Ties to the Blood Moon
by Robin P. Waldrop


Published: November 1st 2011
Format: Ebook
Pages: 152
Source: From author for review
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Genevieve is a teenage girl who moves in with her aunt in Alaska after the death of her mother.

Soon after her arrival she learns the things she was raised to believe only existed in fairytales are in fact a big part of her history.

When it gets to be too much she seeks refuge in the arms of her new boyfriend, William, only to find out he's not who she thought he was either.




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Genevieve's mother has just passed away, so she's forced to move in with her aunt, who lives in Alaska. There she's surrounded with eskimos. Plus one guy he instantly falls in love with. His name is William, and before you can say a cat, they're kind of dating or something. And of course there's this eskimo guy, who is a werewolf guy, and so on.

Sorry for the not-so-great introduction, but I just couldn't do it. There was so much similarities with Twilight, I just couldn't take it. Yeah, Twilight rocks, and other authors seem to know it too, since there's so, so, so many books trying to be the new Twilight. Sometimes that works, sometimes not. And you guess correct, this time it didn't work for me.

Usually great main character saves a lot, but in this case, I had huge problems with Genevieve. I actually made notes and there's few "Why is she being such a brat?!" and "Why is she whining nonstop??", because she was just so irritating! And she had absolutely no manners! Your aunt takes you to live with her, and you just complain and whine, and not really about your mothers death, but your aunt being too overprotective and suffocating you? Seriously.
She's also really aggressive, and yeah, I know there's some changes going on with her (more than just normal puberty), but it's still pretty rude to shove people around. Don't like.


“Who? Those creeps right there?”
I nodded toward the three approaching boys. “Let’s just say I hope everyone isn’t as unwelcoming as they are.”

My eyes followed them as they walked by. When they glanced my way, I narrowed my eyes at the one who’d been so rude.
He halfway smiled, and then out of nowhere wrapped his forearm around Luna’s head and gave her a noogie.

“Leave her alone, you cretin,” I yelled, and shoved him backward so hard he slammed into the wall on the other side of the hall.

If there was one thing I had no patience for, it was a bully.


Now who's a bully? I really had high expactations, but unfortunately I wasn't able to enjoy this all that much.






October 13, 2012

From Book to TV #5: Green Arrow



I have this habit to watch any tv show/ movie based on book. 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 know, it's been ages since I last posted FBtT, but it's fall again, which means tons of new TV series!
And since few days ago started new series, Arrow, I decided to go with that.





green
arrow then..



Green Arrow is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics.
Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941.

His secret identity is Oliver Queen, billionaire and former mayor of fictional Star City. Dressed like Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as glue arrows, net, explosive, time bomb, grappling, fire extinguishing, flash and tear gas arrows, as well as cryonic arrows, and even a kryptonite arrow.



..and green
arrow now



After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.

When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island.
While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was.
Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance.

As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.
By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be - flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle - while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness.

However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.




So far there's only one episode out, but it was quite promising. There was a little too much noise and action and bad hairdos to my taste, but guess this has potential.

I especially drool over the fact Laurel's father is played by my favorite wizard, Paul Blackthorne!

What wizard, you may ask? He played Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files, based on Jimmy Butcher's books!

Unfortunately that only ran for one season, which made me sooo sad. But he's back, I can drool again!



Laurel Lance is played by Katie Cassidy.

The last time I saw her, she was in Gossip Girl (based on novel series by Cecily von Ziegesar) as Juliet Sharp, who was quite the b**tch!

That's why I have hard time liking her, but hopefully I'll get over that!



The main character, Oliver Queen, is played by Stephen Amell, who I can't say I'm familiar with.

I've seen him in The Vampire Diaries (based on the novel series by L. J. Smith), where he tortured Caroline and was killed by Stefan.
Not yet sure how I feel about him, we'll see!








October 12, 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern


Published: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 387
Source: Borrowed from library
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The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it.

It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love — a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Did you know there really is magic among us? Or that's what I believe after reading this book. There's two kids, Celia and Marco, who are chosen to be part of some silly competition between Celia's father and Marco's trainer. They don't know the rules, they don't know the game, they just know they have to practise nonstop, so when the time comes, they're ready.
Then the circus comes. Circus filled with magic. And your life is changed forever.

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "breathtaking". Beautiful. Seductive. But I do feel conflicted. This book is amazingly visual, if you can say that about a book. There was just this magnificent beauty I can't get over with. And I must admit, I've never read anything like this. Author manages to paint the picture through words, and that is absolutely amazing talent (who can count "amazing"s in this review?). I just wanted to pick a brush and some paint and start painting the circus all over our appartment. I mean, how cool would that be?! Especially since I'm such a fan of black and white (if I could, I'd be wearing this dress nonstop!).
Not only does this author paint a vivid picture, but also manages to feed all the senses. Which you would think is impossible, but apparently not. All the smells and tastes are described so vividly, you can't help but get sucked into the story and picture it all. Actually, live it all.

And then to why I felt conflicted. At first I had some trouble with the Lemony Snicket- kind of voice, especially since I kept hearing the narrator from the movie. So that gave me some trouble, but after the first 50 pages I got over it.
Then there's the competition. I usually have trouble since I'm so curious, and this was the problem this time too. I did realize the basic idea of the competition, but it's really hard to follow competition where there really is no guidelines. What is the goal, when can you say the game is over (well, we did get the answer for that..), what is the point in this competition, what are the rules in magic etc. There just was so many questions and not enough answers.

I also did enjoy the romance, especially the few romantic moments there was. But I still felt like there was something missing, even though they were starcrossed lovers and I absolutely adored them. Guess the ending just kind of bugs me, and just makes me feel lost. I'm not sure if this was happy ending, or bad ending, or just a little satisfying ending or what. I'm officially confused. But still kind of awed most of the time.






October 09, 2012

Rape Girl by Alina Klein


Rape Girl
by Alina Klein


Published: June 4th 2012
Publisher: namelos
Format: Ebook
Pages: 129
Source: Through NetGalley for review
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"Hey, look. It’s that girl. That rape girl, right?"

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

RAPE GIRL is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength in herself to fight back.




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Valerie's mum's out of town, so what does a teenager do? Have a party, what else! And the party is kind of fine, never mind the fact she ends up throwing up. All over the guy she has a crush on.
It isn't until the next day, when Valerie's life gets turned upside down. She ends up being raped, and is haunted by the fact she didn't fight back. But she said no, shouldn't that be enough?

First of all, the name is quite extreme. But that's definitely the first thing that caught my eye. It's provoking, but you definitely won't miss this book if you see it!
And the title is quite accurate, since that's what Valerie ends up, a rape girl. She could've just let this whole thing go, but she decides to stand up for the truth, even when it means losing all her friends. But can you really call people who doesn't believe you friends?
But at least she has her family, who believes her, no matter what. Together they try to fight for justice, but sometimes, there just isn't such a thing. So this also becomes a story about surviving, when there's no hope left and you just want to give up.

Valerie definitely grows up during the story, but what else can you expect? First she's this quite naive teenager, who decides to throw a party with her little sister sleeping upstairs (this was pretty horrible!) and drinks for the first time. And has her first hangover. But in the end, she's almost a grown up, who gives support to her mother and learns to live a life with a horrible unjustice. She ends up being a survivor.

The ending left me feeling quite conflicted. I always wish there was at least some kind of a happy ending to everyone, but I guess it just isn't possible to always have the happy ending. Even though the justice wasn't served, Valerie manages to make the best out of her situation, and ends up being stronger than ever. This book also gives the lesson that no matter what, you should speak up, since it may save someone else. And for that, I have to thank Alina, since this really ended up being very inspirational book.


Thanks to NetGalley and namelos for providing a review copy!





Teaser Tuesdays #29

By Should Be Reading!






I thought of our last day together and wondered how he could have let me enjoy one of the greatest days of my life, when he knew it would be followed by so many of the worst.

Was it a particularly cruel form of torture he'd learned as an assassin, or was it designed especially for me?


First Light by Samantha Summers








October 08, 2012

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