Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 15

Finished The Immortality Virus! Now to really read Original Sin!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 11:49 PM
Pages Read: 188

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th
Pages Read: 368

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th, 11:11 PM
Pages Read: 397

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy  by Ally Carter
Started On: July 31st
Finished On: July 31st, 1:47 PM
Pages Read: 263

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 31st
Finished On: July 31st, 5:09 PM
Pages Read: 266


The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden
Started On: July 31st
Finished On: July 31st, 11:09 PM
Pages Read: 212


Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers
Started On: July 31st
Currently On: Page 49 of 398

Books Read: 15
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 4301
Reading Next: It's Not Summer Without You

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 14

Finished Queen of the Dead! Great book and seeing the characters again! Now to read Original Sin!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 11:49 PM
Pages Read: 188

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th
Pages Read: 368

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th, 11:11 PM
Pages Read: 397

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy  by Ally Carter
Started On: July 31st
Finished On: July 31st, 1:47 PM
Pages Read: 263

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 31st
Finished On: July 31st, 5:09 PM
Pages Read: 266

The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden
Started On: July 31st
Currently On: Page 4 of 212

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers
Started On: July 31st
Currently On: Page 41 of 398

Books Read: 14
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 4089
Reading Next: The Immortality Virus, It's Not Summer Without You

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 13

Finished Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover! Great book, can't wait to read the next book next week! Now to read either Queen of the Dead or The Immortality Virus!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 11:49 PM
Pages Read: 188

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th
Pages Read: 368

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th, 11:11 PM
Pages Read: 397

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy  by Ally Carter
Started On: July 31st
Finished On: July 31st, 1:47 PM
Pages Read: 263

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 31st
Currently On: Page 12 of 266

Books Read: 13
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 3823
Reading Next: The Immortality Virus, Original Sin

Bout of Books 5.0 Sign Up

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am Monday, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 5.0 team

Standard info:

-Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, run from 12:01am on Monday, August 13th through 11:59pm Sunday, August 19th in whatever time zone you are in.
-Bout of Books is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
-How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
-Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required. Co-hosts are there to facilitate blog hopping and interaction between participants.
-Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

Well, it's that time again! I've participated in 3 previous Bout of Books, and read quite a lot. And this week, man, what I have planned to read this week! Goals post will be closer to the start up, plus, since I'm currently participating in the Olympic Read-a-Thon in which things are past their 10 000 page goal. Yep. Happy reading! Sign up here!

Teaser Tuesday #69, July 31st

Teaser Tuesday 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!

Today's teaser comes from Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter, page 14.

"'Are all the women of the Gallagher Academy as striking as the two of you?' Macey spun on him. 'Actually, striking is what we do best.'"

Well, I love that line, and it's really funny, considering that the Gallagher Academy is a spy school for girls, though described to those not in the know as a rich, pampered girl school! Yep. What are your teaser lines? Happy reading!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 12

Finished Samurai Game! Oh, loved it, wish we could've seen the 1 girl die, and the meeting between Azami and Sam's family, but  yeah, loved this book, really good! Now to read Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 11:49 PM
Pages Read: 188

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th
Pages Read: 368

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th, 11:11 PM
Pages Read: 397

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy  by Ally Carter
Started On: July 31st
Currently On: Page 16 of 263

Books Read: 12
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 3560
Reading Next: The Immortality Virus, Queen of the Dead

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 11

Finished Size 12 and Ready to Rock! Loved reading about Heather and Cooper again! So cute! Love them together! Now to read Samurai Game!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 11:49 PM
Pages Read: 188

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Started On: July 30th
Finished On: July 30th
Pages Read: 368

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan
Started On: July 30th
Currently On: Page 24 of 389

Books Read: 11
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 3163
Reading Next: Ashes, Ashes, The Immortality Virus

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #60 July 30th


It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #59
Teaser Tuesday #68
WWW Wednesday #68
WOW #64
Will the Time Come #60
Third Sentence Thursday #51
Random Reads #35
First Lines Friday #56
Follow that Blurb Reading Challenge Update 57
A-Z Book Challenge Update 30
The Reward Challenge Round 50
Follow Friday #38
Last Letter First Letter Reading Challenge Update 18
Wrote that Review Update 11
2012 Dystopian Reading Challenge Update 27
In My Mailbox #59
I Have An Update #58

Week 30 Reviews:
Third Grave on the Right
Rapture
Until I Die
Epic Fail
Forgiven
Illuminated
Variant
Arise
Dreaming Awake
Angelfire
Personal Demons
The Ghost and the Goth
A Beautiful Evil
Havoc

Tours:
The Fallen Queen: Interview and Giveaway
Hot Coco: Guest Post and Review
Vestige: Review and Giveaway
The Doorknob Society: Review and Excerpt

Olympic Read-a-Thon:
Start Up
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6
Update 7
Update 8
Update 9
Update 10

OK, so I got 46 posts in 7 days, with lots of great books read, and I got to buy a few good books, Samurai Game, and Awaken Me Darkly! So yeah, pretty darn good week if I do say so myself, and the books below to read look really amazing! Happy reading!

So this week I want to read The Best Girl, Midsummer's Knight, Bargains and Betrayals, VestigeBorn at Midnight, Princess For Hire, Ashes, Ashes, A Touch Morbid, The Doorknob SocietySize 12 And Ready to Rock, Samurai Game, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Queen of the Dead, Original Sin, It's Not Summer Without YouTreachery in Death, Fins Are Forever, The Immortality VirusCloaked, The Poison DiariesZombies Vs. Unicorns Anthology, Wings of the WickedCriminal, and Bloodline

Currently Listening To: Acting Out by Ashley Tisdale
Currently Reading: Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Currently Watching: True Blood/Teen Wolf/Alpha's Weekly Episodes

All Jane has to do over winter break is be the best man at her brothers wedding, but its not that simple. The bride is a famous heiress, the wedding is to take place at a posh ski resort, and the bellhop is the guy Jane has been crushing on all semester.
Dear Avon Books,

Where are my heroes? Whenever I'm reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I'm falling for the wrong guy -- not the hero, but the other man -- and what I really want is for him to have his own story.

Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas… that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got sick. And Ned Blydon in Splendid by Julia Quinn...he makes me want to learn to waltz! I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men -- when do they get their stories?

Sincerely,
A Romance Fan
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The following message is being transmitted by the request of The United States Government. An unknown number of citizens have gone missing. Authorities are trying to locate the missing persons. Residents are asked to stay in their homes. If you must go out, do not travel alone and carry proper identification.

Please do not call 911 to report missing persons. Emergency Call Centers and local law enforcement agencies are no longer fully staffed. The United States Military has been dispatched to assist local authorities.

This notification applies to all receiving this broadcast. Please stand by for further instructions.
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In the Midwestern suburb of LaGrange, something is amiss. Over a twenty-four-hour period, all the children under the age of thirteen along with many adults have disappeared without explanation. It doesn’t take long for those left behind to learn that this tragedy is part of a global event. As people panic, civilization begins to crumble. Luckily, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Daniel Grimshaw, has a plan to restore order. But first, every remaining person must be accounted for and tagged with a mark on their right hand.

Unaware of his responsibilities, seventeen-year-old Micah has been preparing for this day. His mother trained him and provided him with the proper tools, but she neglected to tell Micah about the family legacy, his legacy. Now that his mother is among the missing, will Micah ever discover who he is, or what he needs to do to save what’s left of humanity from the hellfire of perdition?
Chloe Masters’s world changed in a heartbeat - and all she did was touch a doorknob.

When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her father's magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.

When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses what is left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking about.
Summer break ... and the livin' ain't easy!

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead ... and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.

Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancĂ©. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.
In a world so dark and seductive, expect nothing less than a triple-cross in the explosive all-new Ghostwalker novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan…

In an underground club, a high-ranking public official spends his secret nights indulging in fantasies as exciting as they are depraved. For a seductive employee of the Dungeon, it’s her job to fulfill them. But she’s playing a far more dangerous game—one of blackmail, politics, and murder that reaches into the shadow world of the Ghostwalkers, and the creation of a spectacular, one-of-a-kind new weapon of defense.

But when a dictator makes his own catastrophic moves, the Ghostwalkers have no choice but to bring in two major players—a man and woman both driven by passion and revenge. Both expendable. Both with nothing left to lose.
When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.
After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this - ugh - “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is - ahem - willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.
Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

And not everyone will get out of it alive.
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades.

Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.
A dark, gothic tale of romance... and murder. In the right dose, everything is a poison. Jessamine has spent her whole life in a cottage close to her father's apothecary garden, surrounded by medicinal plants and herbs that could kill her -- although her father has never allowed her into the most dangerous part of the grounds... the poison garden. And so she's never had reason to be afraid -- until now. Because now a newcomer has come to live with the family, a quiet but strangely attractive orphan boy named Weed. Though Weed doesn't say much in words, he has an instant talent for the apothecary's trade, seeming to possess a close bond with the plants of the garden. Soon, he and Jessamine also share a close bond. But little does Jessamine know that passion can be just as poisonous as the deadliest plants in the garden -- for behind Weed's instinctive way in the garden is a terrible secret.
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

The Doorknob Society: Review and Excerpt

From Goodreads:
Chloe Masters's world changed in a heartbeat - and all she did was touch a doorknob. 

When she was young Chloe's mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her father's magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.

When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses what is left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can't stop thinking about.

My Review:
Ooh, I enjoyed this book a lot! Chloe's voice was really fantastic to read, and one that I enjoyed doing so, with the way that she saw things as she was pushed into this world! Really fantastic, and entertaining to read!

The power that she has-and this world that allows her to have it-is different and unique, and just what I love in books, because that's what makes it easier for me to identify and remember them! And I want to remember them!

So I was kinda reminded of the Harry Potter series, seeing that there's a person who gets introduced to this magical world later then most, and is important to that world, and that feel was really great, just all the more special!

I really enjoyed all these characters, her friends, her classmates, because they were just hilarious and awesome, and helpful, in finding her dad, and that journey! Which ends in a pretty big fight, and a pretty big twist at the end, too!

I did have a thing against the comma use in this book, but other then that, I really enjoyed it!

Author: M.J. Fletcher
Series: The Doorknob Society #1
Read: July 29th, 2012
Source: Reading Addiction Book Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like an excellent book!
Published: February 9th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books

4/5 Stars








Excerpt:
We stood outside the arched wooden door while Jess texted Nightshade that we were there. The cold night air was starting to take a toll and I wrapped my arms around myself rubbing my sides to keep warm. Slade stepped behind me, placed his hands on the sides of my arms and ran them up and down warming me up until I wanted to melt against him.

The door creaked opened, Nightshade stood framed in the archway. He wore jeans with his ever present skeleton key belt buckle. He was shirtless; his chest was not as thick as Slade’s though well-defined with a natural cut of muscles and with a patch of hair running across it. He lifted his hand sliding it through his messed hair. He glanced lazily around to each of us until he rested on me —or more precisely— Slade’s hands on me and then he shifted his attention to my face and I could have sworn I saw annoyance in his eyes.

“Jess, you didn’t tell me you were bringing Paladin’s cutest couple.” He laughed and stepped aside waving us in.

 Slade’s hands tensed on my arms and I grabbed one squeezing it gently and held on to it.

“Sorry, Jimmy.” Jess smiled and stood next to Nightshade after entering

“No problem, beautiful,” he said. His fingers slid across her cheek and she blushed.

He swung the door closed after Edgar, the last one to enter. We followed him up the stairs to a large open room that contained a couple of couches, a small kitchen tucked off to one side, and a breakfast bar and two stools protruding at the end.

“We need some help, Jimmy,” Jess said as he walked to the fridge, pulled it open and pulled out a can of soda. He turned and flipped it in the air toward Eddie who caught it and smiled.

“Thanks, Nightshade.” Eddie popped the top and drank.

“Anyone else? Lovebirds, I could give you two straws.”

“That’s it, Nightshade, one more comment…” Slade headed for him his hand pulled back in a massive fist.

Nightshade laughed and leaned against the kitchen counter and smirked. “Anytime you want to try Slade you go right ahead.”

 His mocking grin made my blood boil. “This was a mistake.”

“What’s a mistake?” Nightshade asked.

As much as I wanted to leave, I needed Nightshade’s help. I grabbed my phone, clicked the photo of the list of names and slid it across the breakfast bar to him. He picked it up and looked over the list.

“Okay so?”

“The SKG member on the list do you know him?” I stared into his strange colored eyes and waited for an answer, hoping and praying it wouldn’t be some lie to further his own ends.

“I recognize the name.”

“Can you help us find him?” I asked.

“No,” he said not even giving it thought.

“What? Why not?” My frustration leapt but I caught it before it reached my tongue and I spit words at him that I’d regret since I desperately needed his help.

“Jess.” He turned away from me to her. ‘What’s going on? Why are you helping non-guilders?”

“They took… Gran.” As soon as Jess mentioned Gran her control slipped. Tears rolled down her cheeks and she started to tremble.

 I moved to comfort her but Nightshade was there before me. He wrapped her in his arms and pulled her against him. She buried her head in his chest and sobbed. He pressed his cheek against hers whispering something in her ear that I couldn’t make out. He stroked her hair as he did, and I watched in amazement at how caring and loving he could be when I had known only his sardonic side.

Nightshade looked directly at me. “Give us a minute.”  He then took Jess and they walked out of the room and I heard a door close down the hallway.

“What was that all about?” Slade asked.

“She’s upset. It’s been a rough night,” I said as I slid down on the couch beside Edgar.

“I guess,” Slade said as he sat on the opposite couch. “Though I doubt it hurts that Nightshade’s half naked.” He laughed.

“What are you talking about?” I snapped annoyed at what his humor suggested.

“Didn’t you see the way she looked at him? I think Jess was angling for more than some comfort.” Slade winked.

“She’s just upset.” I got even more annoyed when Slade raised his hands in mock defeat. I didn’t like what he was implying. We’d been through a lot and I doubted Jess was thinking about getting James alone. And it’s not like Nightshade would fall for that anyway, his conniving nature would see right through it. 

Time seemed to slow down as we waited. Eddie rested his head back on the couch and was asleep within minutes. Slade was next stretching out on the other couch and drifting off to sleep. I sat alone with my thoughts, growing ever more frustrated that Jess and Nightshade had disappeared on us. I mean seriously, people, we’re running for our lives and she goes off with some guy and why? Because he’s hot with his shirt off?

After an hour I heard the click of a door and approaching footsteps. Nightshade entered still shirtless, his hair messier than before if that was possible. He looked around the room at the others sleeping and waved his hand for me to follow him. I got up quietly trying not to wake Eddie, who snored and rolled over on his side into a ball on the couch.

We left the room and at the end of the hall he touched a skeleton key on the wall and it fell away revealing a spiral staircase. James headed down; I took a deep breath and followed.

The staircase ended in a massive room filled with various makes and models of cars while several images of skeleton keys hung on the walls. In the middle of the room sat an old-fashioned car. It was deep blue and had red flames on the hood. James was standing by a workbench and grabbed a t-shirt off it and slid it on.

“What’s all this?”
“My garage, it’s quiet down here. We can talk and your friends can rest.”

“Talk about what?” I asked leaning up against the old-fashioned car. Nightshade stepped toward me, reached out and took hold of my arm. I looked down at his hand and back at him, and then he pulled me forward. My breath caught and I didn’t move.

“That’s a classic Hudson Hornet, please don’t lean on it.” 

I pushed his hand off me and stepped away. Men and their stupid cars. “Whatever, are you going to help us or not?”

“Jess, told me what’s going on. It seems pretty serious and it’s a damn bold plan, I give you credit for that.” He grinned.

“But?” I knew something was coming, though I didn’t know what.

“I don’t know if I’m willing to stick my neck out for the lot of you.”

“Jess is your friend and so is Edgar?” I reminded, trying the guilt tactic, hoping it might convince him.

“But I can’t stand Slade, and then there’s you.” His half smile taunted me.

“I know you can’t stand me either, I get it.”

“Is that so?”

“Yeah, it’s pretty obvious.”

“I hadn’t realized. I should work on controlling my emotions better.”

“Sorry, I’m not a shrinking violet like my cousin. I didn’t come here to weep on your naked chest. I came here because I need help and you’re the only one I could turn too. If I couldn’t work up tears for my lost father or injured grandmother, I doubt I can do it for you. Okay, I’m broken, and you can’t stand me. I get it, alright!” I took a deep breath angry at myself for letting him get under my skin again.

 He stared at me with those damn intense eyes. He didn’t say anything just stared, making me feel uncomfortable and stupid. Why do I always seem not to be able to shut up around him?

“Quit staring at me and say something.”

“I’ll help you on one condition.” He didn’t smile or smirk and he didn’t stop staring. It was as though he stared straight inside me and that made me more nervous than if he had worn one of his evil grins.

“Which is?”

“You and I have to go see him alone.”

“Alone?”

“He isn’t going to talk to a bunch of people from the different societies. He knows me and he doesn’t really like anyone other than Guilders. It will be safer that way.”

“Jess is a Guilder?” I questioned unsure of going alone with him.

“You and I that’s the deal take it or leave it.”

What choice did I have and so I wouldn’t debate my decision I quickly said. “Fine we go alone.”
He nodded. “You’d better get some sleep. We’ll head there tomorrow.”

I didn’t bother to ask him where, he wouldn’t tell me anyway.  I followed him up the stairs and part way down the hallway he stopped, opened a door, entered and waved me in.

“I’ll stay with the guys,” I stammered, though I entered the room.

“I don’t think so, they each have a couch. Take the bed; you’ll have it all to yourself.”

“Oh,” Did I really think he’d been inviting me to sleep with him? “Okay thanks.”

“I’ll be in by Jess.”

He turned and left through another door closing it behind him. I was glad he didn’t look back and see me flush red at his comment. I wanted to slam the door that opened onto the hall shut but didn’t want to wake the guys so I shut it quietly and turned into the room. I threw myself on the bed and took my frustration out on the pillows punching them several times. So what if James Nightshade and my cousin spent the night together… let them.  They deserved each other, they only thought about themselves anyway.

I pulled my hoodie off and slid it into my bag. My hand connected with a small metal object. I took the locket out and turned it over in my hand. When this was all over I was going to need to figure out what it was that I deserved.

Bio:
MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. he has also had comic book work published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society Saga is his first book series and he is thrilled with how it has turned out. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, dog and a crotchety cat.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:


Stops on the Tour:
July 18 - Oh! For the Love of Books - Review/Interview
July 19- Reading it All - Review/Giveaway
July 20 - I'm Addicted to YA Books - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
July 21 -The Book Belles - Review/Excerpt/Interview
July 23 - Reading a Little Bit of Everything - Review/Guest Post/Excerpt
July 24 -Book Lovers Paradise - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
July 25 - Nothing Better Than a Book - Review/Excerpt
July 27 -Book-A-Holic - Review/Giveaway
July 28 - FireStarBooks - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
July 28 - Reader Girls - Review/Excerpt
July 28 - Gothic Angel Book Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
July 29 - Unabridged Andra - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/ Excerpt
July 30 - Soon Remembered Tales - Review
July 30 - Words I Write Crazy - Review/Excerpt
July 31 - Taking it One Page at a Time - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
August 1 - The Book Faery Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 10

Finished The Doorknob Society! Very interesting, great, fun, exciting book! Loved it! Now to read Size 12 and Ready to Rock!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 11:49 PM
Pages Read: 188

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
Started On: July 30th
Currently On: Page 1 of 368

Books Read: 10
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 2805
Reading Next: Ashes, Ashes, The Immortality Virus

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 9

Finished Princess For Hire! Very cute, very fun, can't wait to read more!!! Now to read The Doorknob Society!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 239

The Doorknob Society by  M.J. Fletcher
Started On: July 29th
Currently On: Page 6 of 188

Books Read: 9
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 2617
Reading Next: Ashes, Ashes, The Immortality Virus

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 8

Finished Born at Midnight! Loved it! Must read more of the series next week! Now to read either Princess For Hire, or The Doorknob Society!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164


Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Finished On: July 29th, 3:38 PM
Pages Read: 398


Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Started On: July 29th
Currently On: Page 156 of 239

Books Read: 8
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 2378
Reading Next: Ashes, Ashes, The Immortality Virus

In My Mailbox #59, July 29th-July Week 4

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to talk about the books we got in the mailbox or inbox as the case may be!

So I got:

For Review:
Never After
The Bachelorette Project
Flight

Library:
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Rapture

NetGalley:
The Blood Keeper
The Demon Catchers of Milan
Pale
Beautiful Disaster

Yeah, such a great collection of books! I can't wait to read them, because they looks so great! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Vestige: Review and Giveaway

From Goodreads:
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
Civil Authorities have issued a Civil Danger Notification Until Further Notice.

The following message is being transmitted by the request of The United States Government. An unknown number of citizens have gone missing. Authorities are trying to locate the missing persons. Residents are asked to stay in their homes. If you must go out, do not travel alone and carry proper identification.

Please do not call 911 to report missing persons. Emergency Call Centers and local law enforcement agencies are no longer fully staffed. The United States Military has been dispatched to assist local authorities.

This notification applies to all receiving this broadcast. Please stand by for further instructions.
_________________________________________________

In the Midwestern suburb of LaGrange, something is amiss. Over a twenty-four-hour period, all the children under the age of thirteen along with many adults have disappeared without explanation. It doesn't take long for those left behind to learn that this tragedy is part of a global event. As people panic, civilization begins to crumble. Luckily, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Daniel Grimshaw, has a plan to restore order. But first, every remaining person must be accounted for and tagged with a mark on their right hand.

Unaware of his responsibilities, seventeen-year-old Micah has been preparing for this day. His mother trained him and provided him with the proper tools, but she neglected to tell Micah about the family legacy, his legacy. Now that his mother is among the missing, will Micah ever discover who he is, or what he needs to do to save what's left of humanity from the hellfire of perdition? 

My Review:
This was a creepy and good book! It is a review tour book, and one that's published by a very obscure publisher, which sometimes means that the book could use with a bit more editing. Well, the synopsis too, because it had the two parts, and was just a bit weird.

So what happened in in this book, well, yeah, not cool! Like the marked thing, just proves that the world better not end, because us humans, we'd react badly, and I would just prefer to not have that happen at all!

So like the synopsis says, Micah's had this training for this happening. But he didn't know that it was training for this, and now that his mom's gone, well, he knows that there's something he needs to know, but he doesn't know what.

And oh, that ending! I enjoyed it so much! This is a two book series, so yeah, there'll be more, so yeah, that ending was perfect and creepy and just really darned enjoyable! Just so great to read, and while I'm not sure I'll read the sequel, it is going to be out there!

This was a really entertaining book, great thriller, and I enjoyed it a lot!

Author: Deb Hanrahan
Series: Vestige #1
Read: July 28th, 2012
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tour Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like an excellent book, and it's a 2012 Dystopian book!
Publisher: Philyra Publishing
Published: June 1st 2012
4/5 Hearts
4/5 Books

4.5/5 Stars






Giveaway:
Is over. Thanks for entering!
Bio:
Deb lives with her husband and three teenagers in the Chicagoland burbs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry, she worked at a nuclear power plant for five years. She then left her career to stay at home with her kids.

Seemingly, overnight, she went from being crazy-busy to having way too much time on her hands. With her husband working long hours and her kids pursuing their own lives, she decided to write that novel she always wanted to write. Vestige is her second novel.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:


Stops on the Tour:
July 23- My Cozie Corner - Review/Giveaway
July 24- The Bookshelf - Review/Excerpt
July 25- Sweeping the USA - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
July 26- Kimmie's Bookshelf - Review/Excerpt
July 27- The Bookshelf - Review/Excerpt
July 28- A Dream Within a Dream - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
July 29- Words I Write Crazy - Review/Giveaway
July 30- Rea's Reading and Reviews - Interview/Excerpt
July 31- FireStar Books - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 1 - Gothic Angel Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 1 - Wonderland Reviews - Review/Interview/Giveaway
August 2- Bookishly Devoted - Review
August 2 - Whoopeeyoo! - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 3- One Page at a Time - Review/Excerpt

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 7

Finished Vestige, great book! Now to read Born at Midnight!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 11:53 PM
Pages Read: 164

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Started On: July 29th
Currently On: Page 23 of 398

Books Read: 7
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 1780
Reading Next: Princess For Hire, The Doorknob Society

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 6

Finished Bargains and Betrayals! What an ending! Must read more! Now to read Vestige!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 303

Vestige by  Deb Hanrahan
Started On: July 28th
Currently On: Page 12 of 164

Books Read: 6
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 1616
Reading Next: Born at Midnight

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 5

Finished Midsummer's Knight! Great story, and seeing Simon's, really good! Now to read Bargains and Betrayals!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 3:59 PM
Pages Read: 127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Currently On: Page 31 of 303

Books Read: 5
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 1313
Reading Next: Born at Midnight

Olympic Read-a-Thon Update 4

Finished The Best Girl, really funny, love Emma Harrison's writing! Now to read Midsummer's Knight!

My Reading Journey
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 281

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 8:50 PM
Pages Read: 287

Havoc by Jeff Sampson
Started On: July 27th
Finished On: July 27th, 11:28 PM
Pages Read: 343

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Started On: July 28th
Finished On: July 28th, 1:45 PM
Pages Read: 275

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Started On: July 28th
Currently On: Page 2 of  127

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delanny
Started On: July 28th
Currently On: Page 31 of 303

Books Read: 4
Goal: 10, 000 Pages
Pages Read: 1186
Reading Next: Bargains and Betrayals

Week 30 Review: Havoc

From Goodreads:
Emily Webb thought life would return to normal after the death of the man who attacked her and her fellow "Deviants." Or as normal as it could be, after discovering that she has nighttime superpowers . . . and she's a werewolf. But when Emily awakes one night to find an otherworldy Shadowman watching her, she knows the danger has only just begun.

So Emily and her pack-mates set out to find the people who made them what they are, and why. But as they get closer to the truth, they realize they aren't the only ones in town with special powers: The most popular girls in school might just have a secret of their own–and they might just have it out for Emily.

With shadowy beings stalking them, a mysterious company doing all it can to keep the truth hidden, and the secrecy of her new identity in jeopardy, life threatens to spiral out of control for Emily. Soon these dangers will come together in one terrifying confrontation that may force her to make the toughest choice of her life . . . so far.

My Review:
This book was so awesome! It's been a while since I read the first book, but things just go right into the swing of things, and yeah, it was just awesome to read it! I loved being in this world again, with these characters! It was so great!

I loved the plotline with the cheerleaders, it was epic! Because it's usually the popular girls who despise the abnormal, like witches, and yet in this book, they are the abnormal, and yeah, that was just really fantastic! And I really enjoyed their dynamic with Emily!

I enjoyed the lady who was transcribing what Emily was doing, comments! They were just hilarious, and then the back and forth with the other employee, just made them all the better! And I just can't wait to see how this fits in with the rest of the series, the main part of the book, even!

That ending! The weird Shadowman! I just want to know more, and I know we got a lot in this book, but I know we can get more, it's only the 2nd book, there's still Ravage, and yeah, I can't wait for that, because it's going to be so good!

I enjoyed this book so much, it was just the perfect sequel, no sophomore slump here!

Author: Jeff Sampson
Series: Deviants #2
Read: July 27th, 2012
Source: Library
Reason Why: Loved Deviants, and it's a LLFL Book and a Sophomore Reading challenge book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: January 24th 2012
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars