Saturday, 29 December 2012

Stacking the Shelves #4


                 I got a lot of really great books this week that I'm so excited to read!


The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)  Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)  Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)  Defiance (Defiance, #1)Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)  Touched (Sense Thieves, #1)
Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)  Virals (Virals #1)

The Pledge - Kimberly Derting
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole
Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini
Virals - Kathy Reichs
Die For Me - Amy Plum
Dearly Departed - Lia Habel
Defiance - C.J. Redwine
Touched - Corrine Jackson

Second Hand Bookstore:

Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries, #4)  Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)  Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)  Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Graceling - Kristin Cashore
Dime Store Magic - Kelley Armstrong
Industrial Magic - Kelley Armstrong
Dark Reunion - L.J. Smith


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #16

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that we're eagerly anticipating!

Asunder (Newsoul, #2) 

Title: Asunder
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
This is the second installment in the Newsoul Series.

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

I am so excited to read this book! The first one was good and I can't to find out what happens to Sam and Ana next!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Full-Blooded Review

Summary: Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Review: Well where to begin... I suppose I'll start by saying I didn't think it was possible to have so many hot, sexy guys in one book! Like I mean get out your fans ladies - you're gonna need em!

The idea for this book was super cool - Jessica is the only female werewolf... And as if that's not enough she has a crazy myth surrounding her saying that she'll be the one to destroy all werewolfs! Needless to say, this story packed quite a punch from the get-go!

As for characters, Jessica herself was a kick-ass heroine! She's got super self-control, she's stubborn, she's pretty, and she's a werewolf! Like hello! Can you say awesome?! Not to mention the fact that she is surrounded by a multitude of gorgeous guys... including her own brother. Her brother's hotness is from my perspective by the way not hers... that would just be creepy lol.

As for the other guys I'll start with my personal favourite - Rourke. I can't go into too much detail over him because he doesn't really become a big part of the book until later on. But I will say that he plays an incredibly awesome role! His character is strong and tough... and yes, CRAZY HOT!!! Haha you will absolutely love his connections to certain members of the Pack...

Then we have Danny - hot, incredibly funny, and British... a perfect combination to me! There's also James... Ooh I love James! Tall, sexy, and a part of  a scene that will have you blushing for days.

Overall, Full-Blooded is an action-packed, funny, adventurous novel filled with hot guys (damn I just can't get over them!) and a great heroine! Very well-written with not a single boring or slow sentence. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone... well actually I'd say you should be at least 13-14.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Twelve Months Review

Summary: Don DiMarco has a very good life – a family he loves, a comfortable lifestyle, passions and interests that keep him amused. He also thought he had time, but that turned out not to be the case. Faced with news that might have immediately felled most, Don now wonders if he has time enough. Time enough to show his wife the romance he didn’t always lavish on her. Time enough to live out his most ambitious fantasies. Time enough to close the circle on some of his most aching unresolved relationships. Summoning an inner strength he barely realized he possessed, Don sets off to prove that twelve months is time enough to live a life in full.

A glorious celebration of each and every moment that we’re given here on Earth, as well as the eternal bonds that we all share, TWELVE MONTHS is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Review: First of all a huge thanks to Steven Manchester for asking me to review this book and then to his publisher for providing me with a copy! 

When I first read the synopsis for Twelve Months, I knew I was in for an emotional read. I figured it would be something along the lines of a Sarah Dessen type novel so I agreed mainly because she's one of my favorite authors. However, Twelve Months was much different than what I expected - in a great way! It was definitely a very emotional book but the whole novel didn't have a.... depressing air to it. It was actually very sweet and exciting though of course there were sad moments. 

Basically, this story describes how an older man gets through the last year of his life - through the good times and the bad, Don DiMarco and his wife lean on each other during an extremely trying time... but they make the best of it! It goes through all of the new and wonderful things that Don experiences now that he has limited time. It also goes through and explains his family members and what they are feeling.

 Overall, this novel will bring you many laughs and tears, but it is definitely a must-read. Twelve Months is written beautifully and deals with an ever-present issue in a great way. It truly teaches everyone a life lesson and you won't regret giving it a try :) 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Stacking the Shelves #3


So I went to the library this week and got a ton of great stuff!! :) I also received a couple of e-book review copies! Here's my haul:

For Review:

From Man to Man - D.E.M Emrys
Twelve Months - Steven Manchester

From Library:
A Fractured Light - Jocelyn Davies
Enchanted - Alethea Kontis
Through To You - Emily Hainsworth
Arise - Tara Hudson
Destiny and Deception - Shannon Delany
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
Tempest - Julie Cross
Incarnate - Jodi Meadows
The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa

From Man to Man A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark, #2) Enchanted Through To You Arise (Hereafter, #2) Destiny and Deception (13 to Life, #4) The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) Tempest (Tempest, #1) Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Still On My Mind (1)

Hey everyone! This is a new meme that I just found today and have decided to be a part of! It's hosted by Haley at Ya-Aholic. Basically what you do is post a book that you read months (or even YEARS!) ago... but it's Still On Your Mind! Haha genius!

Summary: Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything"—at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store.This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help,maybe Annabel can face what happened
the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
Oh boy, I can't remember when I read this but it is definitely still on my mind! Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors and this is the first book I ever read by her. It's absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to anyon who likes a good YA fiction/romance type of novel.

Monday, 12 November 2012

From Man to Man Review

From Man to Man

 Summary: ‘I’ve traded my old enemies for just this one…’ The axe thundered home. ‘I miss the old ones.’

Every man has a past, none more so than Draven Reinhardt. Abandoning his old life to settle down as a villager, he struggles to fit in, let alone hold down a job. When opportunity offers the much needed coin, Draven is torn between a promise and a purpose.

But, what’s one last job if you’ve already got blood on your hands?

‘From Man to Man’ is the story of how one man can change – or not – for the best. Prequel to the upcoming novel ‘It Began With Ashes’, the short (6400 words) introduces the reader to a world of suspense, intrigue, and action.

Rating: ♥♥♥
Review: I was given a free review copy of this short story by the author in exchange for a review. (Thank you!)

D. E. M. Emrys has a great style of writing and it really comes through in this debut piece. It was very flowing and well-written.

This short story is a prequel to "It Began with Ashes." I found that it started out, perhaps, a bit too slow and just a tad confusing but as it got going, it got alot better! I was introduced to more characters that really pulled the story together and made it enjoyable.

There's an entertaining fight scene at the end - a couple gory bits but hey! What good fight scene doesn't have some gore?

Overall this was a very quick, enjoyable read and it definitely introduces the reader to what promises to be an exciting hero and an even more exciting novel. I'm interested to find out what Emrys plans to do with this...

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #15

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that we're eagerly anticipating!

Title: Dead Silence
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 16th, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
This is the fourth installment in the Body Finder series.

Summary: Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

The Body Finder series has been praised as a “delectable blend of mystery and romance” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books), a “fast-paced, compelling read” (ALA Booklist), and as “imaginative, convincing, and successful suspense” (Kirkus Reviews). With a perfect blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, Dead Silence continues this gripping series, delivering unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

I am so excited to read this book! I absolute love the Body Finder series and to be honest, I had no idea there was going to be another installment! I just found out recently, and I'm ecstatic! I just can't wait to see what Kimberly comes up with. :)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Stacking the Shelves #2


So yesterday I went to the Second Annual Ontario Blog Squad meeting and it was awesome! I pulled in tons of great books and met some awesome new poeple :) Here's what I got:

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior - Maureen McGowan
Among Others - Jo Walton
Deviants - Maureen McGowan
Red Moon - Benjamin Percy
Fuse - Julianna Baggott
Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger
Sever - Lauren DeStefano
Natural Order - Brian Francis
The Edge of Courage - Elaine Levine
Speechless - Hannah Harrington
The Gypsy King - Maureen Fergus
The Vanishing Act - Mette Jakobsen
Goddess Interrupted - Aimee Carter
Envy - Elizabeth Miles

Envy (The Fury Trilogy, #2)Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)The Vanishing ActThe Gypsy King (The Gypsy King, #1)SpeechlessThe Edge of Courage (Red Team, #1)Natural OrderSever (The Chemical Garden, #3)Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Fuse (Pure, #2)Deviants (Dust Chronicles #1)Among OthersCinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales, #1)How I Came to Sparkle Again