Saturday, December 31, 2011

Snapshots of 2011

The final day of the year always brings back memories, doesn't it? Whether good or bad, it's  a comforting thought to know that you get to start anew (...kind of) with the arrival of a new year. I for one had a spectacular year. This was my first year of blogging... and I'm hoping for many more!


This year I read 100 books, give or take a few. (Sometimes I forget to update Goodreads...)


My Favorite Reads of 2011:

  • Alex Rider: Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz - will miss the series! :(
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones 
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (re-read, with exception of Inheritance
  •  Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa 
  • River of Time by Lisa T. Bergren 
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 
My Favorite Movies:
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Forrest Gump (I know... it took me this long to watch it.) 
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 
  • Tangled 
My Favorite Songs (This is only a few of them, all linked for your viewing/listening pleasure.):
  • "Can I Have This Dance" by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens (Nothing like a little High School Musical... DON'T JUDGE. My sister and I relived our elementary Disney Channel obsessions over Christmas.)
  • "Capriccio Italien" by Tchaikovsky (By the way, that's me in the flute section. :D) 
  • "Just a Dream" by Nelly (Sam Tsui and Christina Grimmie Cover) 
  • "Tong Hua" (Fairy Tale) by Guang Liang 
My Favorite Couples (Book, TV, Movie):
  • Will and Tessa, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 
  • Blaine and Kurt, Glee   
  • Aiden and Alex, Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • Ron and Hermione, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2   
  • Meghan and Ash, Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa 
  • Chloe and Alek, The Nine Lives of Chloe King 
  • Gabi and Marcello, River of Time by Lisa T. Bergren 
  • Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries... Kidding, I'm kidding!
What I'm looking forward to:
HECK, YES.
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 
  • Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 
  • Artemis Fowl: Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (No... the ending of another great MG series!) 
  • Tributary by Lisa T. Bergren 
  • Maximum Ride: Nevermore by James Patterson (And the ending of another series that goes back to my middle school years. I'm going to cry.)
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 
  • Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton 
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano 
  • A Million Suns by Beth Revis 
  • Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter 
That is such an inaccurate picture of this year. The majority of my favorites came from the portion closer to the end of the year because that's what I remember best. So I may have forgotten to give credit to something I loved. :(


Enjoy the remainder of 2011, and I wish you all happiness and health in this coming year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow Friday (35)

It's Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read! Please comment and link your blog! I'd love to check it out!
This week's question is:
The New Year is here  and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp, and redo for 2012 on your blog?
Like I wrote in my blog post yesterday (the first in several months), there will be some changes. Mainly for personal reasons: to preserve my health and keep up with my schoolwork. Fewer posts (but only those "filler" ones), mostly, and the inclusion of older reads rather than only new and debut books for review. It'll keep me more interested in reading. :)

Have a fabulous weekend and New Year's celebration! Happy Reading!!
P.S. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Goodreads! And check out my Facebook page!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

And... I'M BACK.

I kid you not. After these months of spontaneous Tweets, a few Facebook status posts, and the occasional email update, I've decided that... I'm bored, okay? The break was nice, but I think it's time to get down to business.


Besides, I've missed you all. ;)


The blog will slowly be turning back into what it once was. I am still aiming to get a blog design. I don't know when that will happen, if ever. But it's not the most important thing.


I have learned that one should not over-stress oneself. Meaning I will not be doing weekly memes, well, weekly. I used to be one of those one-post-a-day (keeps the doctor away) people, but it's not necessary, and seems more like a filler. I'm sure you guys want more meaningful posts, right?


Another change: I love new books, I really do. But why read only them when there are plenty of already published books that could use some attention? I think it'll keep things interesting by doing a mix of both.


Since I've missed out so much, it'll be a while before I get back on top of things. I need to get back into the rhythm of blogging. Sadly, I've missed out on all these end-of-year celebrations. Hopefully I can join in next year. I will be doing a post of top 2011 books, as it seems like every other blog will be doing. Other than that, this year will be over, and I can't wait to start afresh with the new year. It's going to be awesome. I can feel it.


Enjoy the rest of your holidays, people. :) There's been a noticeable lack of postmen coming to my door. I can't wait to get back into this.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Giveaway Winners!


I have a few winners to announce. :)


Thanks to Beth Fantaskey for a giveaway, and the winner of her giveaway is...
Mary Preston


Thanks to Lisa T. Bergren and Jeane Wynn for the River of Time series contest! Lisa is currently out of the country and not available for judging, so we can just consider all of you winners. :) The winners of the prizes, however, are...
Samantha at Papercuts, whose song choice was "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift
Michelle A, whose song choice was "Breakeven" by The Script


Congrats to the winners! I will be emailing you soon.

In My Mailbox (28)

In My Mailbox is a meme designed by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie to promote blogger interaction and put new books on the radar.

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (ARC)
Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith (ARC)
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto (ARC)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Thanks to...
Macmillan Publishers

What did you receive in your mailbox? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eight Mini Reviews on Eight Novels

I've been reading, and reading, and reading, and reading...


And not reviewing, reviewing, reviewing.


So rather than to just sit there and let my to-be-reviewed stack grow any larger, I will kill them all with this one stone. Er, post.


Click on the book cover images for links to Goodreads. The website will provide you with more information!
Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
I read this book in the beginning of August. Dear readers, I introduce to you my best friend, Mr. Procrastination. He's not all that bad of a friend. It's just that knowing him can lead to severe consequences. (I tell that to myself over and over. I never listen.) Because I read it such a long time ago, I honestly can no longer understand the notes I've written on it. These incomplete statements do not make any sense to me. What I do remember: This book didn't really meet my expectations. Maybe I read it too fast, but I finished it without really feeling anything. I also wrote in my notes "sadistic people." I assume that from that comment I thought there were sadistic people in this novel. I liked Tris enough. But she didn't listen to her Mom and Four. I really hate it when characters repeatedly don't listen to instructions from their friends/family. Sure, be a stubborn donkey and fight for what you believe in. We love people who believe in themselves. But please don't cover your ears and go LA LA LA! I ONLY LISTEN TO ME, MYSELF, AND I! I didn't really get into the futuristic world set in Chicago. I don't think the world was built up enough. It was kinda flat and boring. (I may be the only person that thinks this.) I mean, yes, there's the factions and they're all split up and it's cool. But that's Pretty Much It. Where are the layers? What's going on in the rest of the world? Also, Four is a nickname. I really don't like his real name. A number is so much sexier.


P.S. I think I belong in Erudite. I guess that just proved I'm a wimp.
Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2)Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
I didn't write notes on this one. Lovely, because I can't really remember what I read. Or what I thought about what I read. Because I obviously know what I read: Awake at Dawn. Right. So, this is the sequel to Born at Midnight which I thought was a bit clichey and not really all that original and exciting, but I still enjoyed it. This one was a little more interesting. I remember a punch-in-the-stomach kind of curveball near the end, but thinking back on it, I had predicted it even as I was starting the book. Not like it really softened the blow. There was also a lot of talk about boobs. Now, I usually don't talk about stuff like that, but this book just... talked about it waaaaaay too much, so I had to mention it. I'm sorry, but using the word a few times was enough. Two thousand times? Completely unnecessary. Other than that I liked the book enough (even more than the first) and gave it four out of stars, which is a pretty good grade. It was much more exciting, especially in the end. I love prison break scenes. You like romance, fantasy, mystery, or all of the above? This book is for you.


P.S. Lucas is hot.
Now starts my contemporary YA "chick lit" streak. I find it hard to digest hardcore, dark, fantasy, romance type books with all that homework and school (it fries by brain enough as is), so I've been reading light and fluffy books.
My Life UndecidedMy Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
When I first saw the blurb, I was like "Oh God. This girl is going to get into big trouble. Who puts her life into the hands of some anonymous people on the Internet? That's like opening yourself up to be cyber-bullied or something." Anyways. As I was reading, I just couldn't stop thinking/being frustrated over the fact that this girl is stupid. I'm sorry, but there's no other word for it. Unless she had a mental impairment (and I don't think she did), I honestly don't think it's possible for someone to have such little common sense. But I found this book funny enough and it was all fluffy and full of rainbows, kinda like what I was hoping for at the time. (If you're ever down, and need something to cheer you up, don't get high on drugs. Read a contemporary YA chick lit book. Instantaneous Happiness Mix right there. Just add water.) This book was predictable (It's pretty obvious who she's gonna end up with. Plus, who would like a guy who smokes cigarettes? Ew.), and nothing really new or fascinating, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. I wrote "bubbly" in my notes. What a fun word. There's a trailer on this book, and it's really good for a book trailer. (I don't enjoy those OMG-SUPER-SUSPENSEFUL-ONE-LINERS-PLUS-PICTURES-FROM-GOOGLE-IMAGES trailers. This one was a legit trailer.)


P.S. I like unicorns.
Shut OutShut Out by Kody Keplinger
Another note-less book. I need to stop slacking off on that, too. So, I kind of found the idea behind this book kind of stupid. Yes, we teenagers can get a little hormonal sometimes. But honestly, I don't we're this hormonal. Or is there a secret side of high school I don't know about? I'm not a football girlfriend or anything. Either way, I found the book a little ridiculous and over-sexed. At least Cash was sweet. (I will never name my kid that.) Beware: There is this one super hot scene that requires the AC cranked way up and a million ceiling fans on full power. I gave this book four out of five stars. A really good read, and one that I would recommend.


P.S. The girl on the cover has a pimple on her chin.
The Unwritten RuleThe Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Are you getting sick of all these chick lit books? Yeah, sorry. I think I should accept the fact that most contemporary YA chick lit books are similar to each other, but I will love them anyways. So this book was predictable and cliche. But I liked it. That goes for all the other contemp books here. Ryan is super sweet in this book, but a little too weak in my opinion. If you don't like your girlfriend, and you like another (who likes you back), then break up with her, for crying out loud! That's just my opinion. I guess he was a "nice" guy, which is all fine and mighty, but... I root for the couple here. I always root for the couple. The girlfriend was kind of... enter-a-not-very-nice-word-here. There's a slightly darker side to this book related to family drama that brings you down a bit, and makes you feel really bad for Brianna, so it's not all cotton candy. The ending isn't a happily-forever-ever-after for everybody, but I guess that's expected. (There's a love triangle. What do you want?) Then there's this whole issue about the "Unwritten Rule." You like your BFFL's boyfriend. Now what happens? If this were real life, not fiction, then you would probably be called a enter-another-not-very-nice-word-here for stealing your friend's boyfriend. That said, it's only if you (the girl) take the boy. If only the boy manned up a bit and broke up with her himself, then I really don't see an issue. That's my opinion, so you can disagree with it all you want. I really liked this quick, fun read, and it's perfect for a rainy day. Or even a sunny day. Makes your day sunnier.


P.S. Root beer is gross. Sorry, Sarah.
So Not Happening (The Charmed Life, #1)So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
I really, really, really enjoyed this book, much more than I expected. You'd think it was another typical girl's-world-flips-upside-down-but-she-meets-a-hot-new-guy-and-everything-is-all-better kind of book, but it was so much more, and so much better. Unfortunately, the blurb kind of ruined it for me about who Bella (Uh. I've never thought of that name the same way again after Twilight.) was gonna end up with, which was kind of a disappointment, because I honestly wasn't sure at first. SPOILER ALERT: (I knew for sure it was not gonna be the New York boyfriend when the New York "best friend" started looking all nervous and guilty when talking about the Boyfriend. *cough* cheaters *cough*) SPOILER ALERT OVER: This book was hilarious. I find most books funny, and smile a lot, but this book really made me LOL. Like, laugh out loud LOL. Not LOL LOL. You get the difference? And it's a lot darker than you'd also think. We have a crazy killer out there. (I'm not telling you who it is!) I immediately purchased the sequel after finishing, because I want more Luke. That first kiss gave me shivers, even if it was just for throwing off their pursuers after being caught spying on the bad guys. At least, that's what Luke said. I'm sure he secretly liked it a lot more. I hope Amazon hurries up!


P.S. I don't care how much you hate a person, but I would never wish it on my worst enemy to have to climb into a dumpster and inspect its contents. Poor Bella.
A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful, #1)A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
I found this book really depressing. I know. Great start to a review, huh? But honestly, if you learn that your life is going to end in a few weeks and everybody you've ever loved/known is going to completely forget about you except for one person who thinks your death is beautiful, then that's a little messed up. This book made me sad, guys. I wanted to cry. (But I was reading it in the dentist's waiting room. Awkward.) It gave me chills. There's some creepy stuff. Don't let the sunshiny, yellow cover fool you. I enjoyed this book, and the ending left me hanging, so I will definitely be looking out for the sequel. One thing I didn't like about this book (and it's something that I don't like about all the books it applies to) is when the girl already has a boyfriend. Unless she meets a new guy later who becomes her boyfriend. Either way, I like to see the romantic build up, not just I'M GONNA GO MEET UP WITH THE MAN I LOVE NOW! No, no, no. I want you guys to slowly fall in love with each other. Sighhhh. This book is all about love and sacrifice, and it really makes you want to hug someone after reading it. I found it a very good read (even if I was hoping for something fluffier at the time) and I recommend it for reading on lonely days. It really makes you appreciate your life.


P.S. How many times have I said fluffy in this post?
The Son of Neptune  (Heroes of Olympus, #2)The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
This book made me want to scream. A lot. Rick Riordan is AMAZING. EPICALLY AWESOME, I tell you! EPICALLY AWESOMESAUCE WITH EXTRA SAUCE! (Kudos to Jen Armentrout for that phrase right there.) That's part of what made it scream-worthy. The other part? The end. It ended with a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers with a deep and burning passion, but this one really takes the cake. (Great market strategies, by the way, Mr. Riordan. I will definitely be buying book 3.) I honestly don't think I can survive another twelve months. *breaks down* I can't talk anymore. Just go read the book. Go read Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Go read The Kane Chronicles. Go read The Lost Hero. Rick Riordan is a total MUST-READ. I'm done. Now I will go re-read all the series I just named and cry about the end of this book.


P.S. I'm out of snarky comments, so I leave you guys with a few musings of mine. I've always found myself protective over Percy. Sure, the other new heroes are great and all, but we've known Percy for a much longer time. We want him to be the number one hero forever and always (at least, I do). I don't care how great the other heroes are, because nobody is as powerful as him. NOBODY OUTSHINES PERCY. So all you upstart demigods, don't even try to compete. Especially you, Jason. Back off. Who fought Kronos? Hmmmm?


Also, there are two love triangles in the series now (one of them is hinted at near the end of this book, so I won't spoil it) but SQUEE. I love love triangles! Unless the guy I'm rooting for loses.


Rick Riordan worked really hard to make this story work and make sense. A Roman Chinese guy? Rofl.


Speaking of ROFL, that phrase is in the book, along with ROFLcopter. I was ROFL-ing.


I'm still mad at you, Mr. Riordan, for that cliffhanger. Absolutely ridiculous.


P.P.S. SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE. Curious, now?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Visiting Robolobolyn's Universe of Books Today!

Robolobolyns Universe button
Hey, guys! I was interviewed today by Robyn at Robolobolyn's Universe of Books (that title is a mouthful, haha) and if you have the time, go and check it out! :D

The first snippet about me (Yes, I'm weird sometimes.) :
Lucia is the brains behind the middle grade and young adult fiction blog iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books. She began blogging in early 2011 when she decided she needed some buddies to fangirl about books with. Lucia is notorious for her unhealthy obsession of chocolate and cookies. Her literal closest friends are her kidneys, Martha and George. Lucia likes to chat until she wears herself out (a rare occurrence) unless she’s called away by her Ninja Master to some mission to save the world. She likes unicorns. She also pinky swears she doesn’t have ADD. Or OCD, for that matter.
Well, yeah! If you want to read more of me and my not-really-but-I-try-really-hard-to-be-funniness.... click HERE. :D 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Winners!

So... this is a little late... but I have a couple winners to announce!


By the way, Birthday Palooza winners, I will get prizes out to you guys VERY SOON. I've printed out the postage and everything. It's just a matter of getting to the post office. :)


The winner of the Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure giveaway is...
Alison Fees!


The winner of the Seers giveaway is...
Tayte Hunter!


The winner of the Crossroads giveaway is...
FairyWhispers!


Congrats to the winners! :) Please reply to your email notifications by October 12, or else another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (38)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
By Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 2012 (HarperCollins)

What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment and let me know!   

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (37)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at 
Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...
Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2)
Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2)
By Beth Fantaskey
January 10, 2012
It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. 

Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?
What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment and let me know!   

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The River of Time Series Contest

Hi, guys! I am happy to be sharing with you today one of my most favorite reads of the entire year (and maybe ever)... The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren!!


Lisa and I have put together a little contest for you, and it's super easy. All you have to do is think up a song suggestion (just one!) to add to the River of Time series playlist. It cannot be one that has already been suggested by Lisa on the Facebook page. Because there isn't actually a specific page for the playlist, I've compiled as many as I could find in the list below.
Drifting - Plumb (ft. Dan Haseltine)
Alive Again - Matt Maher
Dark Horses - Switchfoot
Why Can't I? - Liz Phair
Come What May - Moulin Rouge
This Is Home - Switchfoot
The Motions - Matthew West
Never Going Back to Ok - The Afters
Tell us your entry using the form below, and you're in! This giveaway ends on Saturday, October 15, 2011, and is open to the US only. I'm sorry, but I'm poor! :(


I think I'm forgetting something... OH YEAH. The prize! The best song choices (chosen by Lisa herself) will be featured on the list and out of them, one will receive a set of all three books in the series (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent), plus two signed bookmarks! From the remaining winners I will choose one randomly to receive a copy of Waterfall and two signed bookmarks.


If you have not read the series yet, never fear! You might get a good idea of the series from the recent River of Time series tour, my interview with the author and Gabi, the blurbs below, or by purchasing an eBook (Amazon, B&N) of Waterfall for just $7.99 - totally worth it!
Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.
Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”


Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.


But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.
When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series.


Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times. But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (36)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...
The Faerie Ring
The Faerie Ring
By Kiki Hamilton
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.


The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.


Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.


Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…
What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment and let me know!   

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (37)


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!
Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2)
"Antanasia, we both know that the law is clear. I will be detained. And although you are growing into your role"-Yeah, right-"you will need protection," he said. "More than Emilian can offer." His gaze flicked to Raniero, who was slouching, hands in his pockets again. "I trust Raniero to watch over you."
     I was terrified at the thought that Lucius might actually be jailed. But as I looked at Raniero, I almost laughed. He was going to guard me? Because he was less terrible than the taco on his shirt.
     Then I thought of the retired stake, and my eyes tried to trace his strange tattoos in the gloom. There was something there... and maybe some method to Lucius's madness.
~From Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey



Note: The text featured in this post is from an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC). Changes may have been made in the final proof.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or share your two 'teasers' in a comment here (if you don't have a blog). Thanks! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: Haven


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Standalone or Series: Series Book #1 (No Title)
Author: Kristi Cook
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA PNR
Features: Vampires, psychics
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Source: Won from Giveaway
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One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future. 
     But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven. 
     Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.
I finished this book on July 14. I am now writing this review on September 3. That, my friends, is how much I procrastinate. Do not learn from me.


There was a lot of hype around this book, and I was super excited to read it. Unfortunately, it fell a little for me. I found the plot typical and predictable, with one twist that was easily solved.


Violet was an okay character; I liked her enough. I found her friends amusing and interesting characters, so I enjoyed reading about them. (Although Marissa confused me. Bipolar, much?) Aidan, while definitely attractive, was a little mature. Of course, when you're a bajillion years old, you might sound a bit old-fashioned. I was hoping for a little more relationship build-up between Violet and Aidan, rather than the I'm-attracted-to-you-and-you're-attracted-to-me-OMG-we're-totally-meant-for-each-other! excuse.


The ending rushed by very fast, much more quickly than how the rest of the book went. Overall, it was a good start for debut author Kristi Haven, and I'm excited for the rest of the series. Are you a vampire fan? A lover of paranormal romance? Then this book is for you! (That totally just sounded like a commercial. Bleh.)

First Line: I'll never forget that first glimpse of Winterhaven as we pulled up the long, curving drive- gray stones bathed in the lavender haze of dusk, looking like an old European university, all flying buttresses and stone spires reaching toward the sky.

Quotes/Excerpts: 
Call me old-fashioned, but I wanted to be pursued, not the pursuer.


He called me "love." I liked that. A lot.


"I'm just glad you're okay," he said. "I heard you scream, and I ran right over."
Well, that's one way to get a guy's attention, I thought.



"So what's everyone else doing tonight?" I asked.
"Something with Jack," Kate said, smiling coyly. "Clothing is optional." 

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