Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Requiem: Book Blitz

From Goodreads: 
Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie is stuck in the Underworld until she can find a way to be released from her newfound role as Hades. And the longer she remains in Hades the more secrets are revealed about her true origins. A confrontation with a Dark Angel brings two revelations to the Evie - the true identity of 
Daniel, the Master of the Irin's assistant, and who is he to Evie herself.

While a trip into the depths of Hades leads Evie into the fiery depths of Tartarus and eventually to the eternal peace of Elysium, will Evie find the peace she seeks? And what about the smoking hot Julian, god of Hades? How far is he willing to go to keep Evie at his side?


Author: T.G. Ayer
Publisher: Infinite Ink Books
Published: September 30th 2014

Giveaway:
*Open Internationally*



Bio:
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers,
my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever
remain cross-eyed.

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Teaser Tuesday #181, September 30th

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 Outlander by Diana Gaboldon, page 530.

"I was so upset at that, I straightened up and whirled round and yelled at him, 'Weel, why did ye no say so in the first place, ye auld fool! OUCH!!'"

Well, this is hilarious! Love it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Amy Kathleen Ryan Author Page

The Story: I saw Glow, and I knew I had to have it! And I got it, and I absolutely loved it, it was one of my favourite books of 2011, and yeah, I can't wait to read the whole series, because yeah, I want to have the whole thing!

Website

Series: Sky Chasers.

Sky Chasers: Glow and her site, my review, my reread, Spark and her site, my review, my reread, Flame and her site, my review.

Amy A. Bartol Author Page

The Story: My aunt had read the series, recommended them to me, so of course I read it! And then yeah, I read the whole series, and yeah, I can't wait to read more of her books! Because I've so very much enjoyed them!

Website

Series: The Premonition, Kricket.

The Premonition: Inescapable and her site, my review, my reread, Intuition and her site, my review, my reread, Indebted and her site, my review, my reread, Incendiary and her site, my review, my reread, Iniquity.

Kricket: Under Different Stars and her site, my review, Sea of Stars and her site.

Anthology: Take Me to Your Reader, and her site, my review.

Amanda Stevens Author Page

The Story: I saw The Devil's Footprints, got it, read it, and loved it, and then I got the Graveyard Queen series on NetGalley, and absolutely loved it, and yeah, I've just really enjoyed her books, and I can't wait to read, and reread, them!

Website

Series: Graveyard Queen, Soul Jumper.

Graveyard Queen: The Abandoned and her site, my reviewThe Restorer and her site, my review, my reread, The Kingdom and her site, my review, my reread, The Prophet and her site, my review, my reread, The Visitor and her site, my review, The Sinner and her site, my review, The Awakening and her site, my review.

Soul Jumper: Chrysalis and her site, Changeling and her site, Flutter and her site.

Stand Alone's: The Devil's Footprints and her site, my review, The Whispering Room and her site, my review, The Dollmaker and her site, my review.

Anthologies: Dead of Night and my review.

Amanda Hocking Author Page

The Story: I'd heard about the Trylle series, and when I got a chance to, I read it. And was absolutely captivated by this world, these characters, because it was so amazing. And then the same thing happening in the Watersong series! I guess that's just a writing talent of Amanda Hocking! I can't wait to read her other books, especially the upcoming Kanin Chronicles!

Website

Series: Trylle Trilogy, Kanin Chronicles, Watersong, My Blood Approves, The Hollows.

Trylle Trilogy: Switched and her site, my review, my reread, Torn and her site, my review, my reread, Ascend and her site, my review, my reread, Fresh Water and her site, my review.

Kanin Chronicles (Spin Off Series of *Trylle Trilogy*): The King's Games and my reviewFrostfire and her site, my review, Ice Kissed and her site, my reviewCrystal Kingdom and her site, my review.

Watersong: Forgotten Lyrics and her site, my review, Wake and her site, my review, Lullaby and her site, my review, Tidal and her site, my review, Elegy and her site, my review.

My Blood Approves: My Blood Approves and her site, my review, Fate and her site, my review, Flutter and her site, my review, Wisdom and her site, my review, Letters to Elise and her site, my review, Swear.

The Hollows: Hollowland and her site, my review, Hollowman and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Virtue and her site, my review.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Holly Hearts Hollywood: Review

From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer. 

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing. 

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey. 

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey's voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?

My Review:
I really identified with Holly. I'm plus sized, I'm shy, and I retreat into books, like music is her sanctuary-though I like to sing too, it's just for fun, not a dream like it is for her. And yeah, this was a nice, light book, one that I enjoyed!

I had a bad feeling about the contract, because it reminded me of the one scene in the musical Cinderella Story that stars Lucy Hale, where Hale's character sings, and her stepsister takes the credit, but on a much larger scale, and on contract, and she wasn't forced to do so, she made a decision between signing and doing what it said, or not signing, and probably not making it like she wanted. But really, signing it meant that it wasn't her that was making it, it was her voice.

And that's part of what she struggles with in the book, between fame and being nobody in the eyes of the world who nobody cares about you but your friends and family. And if it was the right decision for her to make, if she could've done things differently.

But where she ends up is a pretty good place, she's happy, things are going well, and yeah, the journey that her romance took, that was just incredible, and I really enjoyed them, and it was almost guy likes girl so he shows his affections through teasing, though some of it wasn't very nice at all, but they made it to a good place!

Yeah, this was a pretty great book, one I really enjoyed! Go on, go check it out!

Author: Kenley Conrad
Read: September 298th, 2014
Source: YA Bound Book Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded good! And it's a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Published: September 23rd 2014

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars











Bio:
I'm the author of YA novel, Holly Hearts Hollywood, which is currently available on Amazon! I'm a twenty-something cat lady who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. When I'm not working my office day job or writing books, you can find me either singing and dancing or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading #173, September 29th

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 #172
Teaser Tuesday #180
WWW Wednesday #180
WOW #177
Will the Time Come #173
Third Sentence Thursday #163
Random Reads #148
First Lines Friday #168
The Reward Challenge Round 104 Part 3
Follow Friday #151
How Well I Stuck Too It #2

Week 39 Reviews:
Innocent Prey
Deadly Obsession
Festive in Death
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
Dates From Hell
Blackbird
Robin in the Hood
The Memory Coder
Undiscovered
Unremembered
Glass Heart

Tours:
Black Hole Bounty: Review
Deep in the Meadows: Review
Stone of Thieves: Review

Write on Review-a-Thon:
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6
Update 7
Update 8
Update 9
Update 10
Update 11
Random:
Iris Johansen Author Page
J.D. Robb Author Page
J.T. Ellison Author Page
Some of My Goals
Jamie McGuire Author Page 
Julie Kagawa Author Page
Kathy Reichs Author Page
Laini Taylor Author Page
Lauren DeStefano Author Page
Lauren Kate Author Page
I'm Exhaused!
Lauren Oliver Author Page
Lynn Viehl Author Page
Aimee Carter Author Page
Alyssa Rose Ivy Author Page

OK, so I got 57 posts in 7 days, and yeah, I did a few things, and I made my goals, so yeah, I'm happy! Though now I have just over 400 author pages to do now! (And I counted. Though I might be a bit off, I got a bit lost with some authors with similar or the same first name.) What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Holly Hearts Hollywood, Unrequited, H2O.
Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer.

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing.

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey.

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey's voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?
Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend?

When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.

Isn't she?
It's in the rain...and just one drop will kill you.

They don't believe it at first. Crowded in Zach's kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach's parents' frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, "It's in the rain! It's fatal, it's contagious, and there's no cure."

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who's been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby's only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.

Alyssa Rose Ivy Author Page

The Story: I signed up to review Flight, and yeah, I just really enjoyed it, because yeah, it was just so good! And yeah, I just had to read the rest of the series, and when I finally make the time, the rest of her books! And I really can't wait, because I've really enjoyed them!

Website

Series: The Crescent Chronicles, The Empire Chronicles, The Dire Wolves Chronicles, Hazards, The Afterglow Trilogy, Clayton Falls, Mixology.

The Crescent Chronicles: Flight and her site, my review, my reread, Focus and her site, my review, my reread, Found and her site, my review, my reread, First and Forever and her site, my review.

The Empire Chronicles: Soar and her site, my review, Search and her site, my review, Stay and her site, my review.

The Dire Wolves Chronicles: Dire and her site, my review, Dusk and her site, my review, Dawn and her site, my review.

Hazards: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping and her site, my review, my reread, The Hazards of a One Night Stand and her site, The Hazards of Sex on the Beach and her site, my review, The Hazards of Mistletoe and her site, The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend and her site.

The Afterglow Trilogy: Beckoning Light and her site, my review, Perilous Light and her site, my review, Enduring Light and her site, my review.

Clayton Falls: Derailed and her site, my review, my reread, Veer and her site, my review, Wrecked and her site, my review.

Mixology: Shaken Not Stirred and her site, my review, On the Rocks and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Full Moons and Mistletoe and her site, my review.

Aimee Carter Author Page

The Story: The Goddess Test, I got it in New York, and yeah, absolutely loved it, and yeah, got the other books from NetGalley, and yeah, such an amazing series that I absolutely loved, and yeah, I've enjoyed her first book since then, and I can't wait to read more!

Website

Series: The Goddess Test, Blackcoat Rebellion.

The Goddess Test: The Goddess Test and her site, my review, my reread, The Goddess Hunt and her site, my review, Goddess Interrupted and her site, my review, my reread, The Goddess Legacy and her site, my review, my reread, The Goddess Inheritance and her site, my review, my reread.

Blackcoat Rebellion: Pawn and her site, my review, Captive and her site, my reviewQueen and her site, my review.

Lynn Viehl Author Page

The Story: I saw If Angels Burn on Goodreads, it sounded good, so I got it out from the library, and I just read right through the series! It was just fantastic, and I had to read more! Now I get to reread it!

Website

Series: Darklyn, Kyndred, Lords of the Darklyn, The YoungbloodsDisenchanted & Co.

Darklyn: If Angels Burn and her site, my review, my reread, Private Demon and her site, my review, Dark Need and her site, my review, Night Lost and her site, my review, Evermore and her site, my review, Twilight Fall and her site, my review, Midnight Blues and her site, my review, Stay the Night and her site, my review, Master of the Shadows and her site, my review, Incarnatio and her site, my review.

Kyndred (Spin Off Series of Darklyn): Shadowlight and her site, my review, Rain Lashed and her site, my review, Dreamveil and her site, my review, Frostfire and her site, my review, Nightshine and her site, my review.

Lords of the Darklyn (Spin Off Series of Darklyn): Nightborn and her site, my review, Nightbred and her site, my review, Nightbound and her site, my review.

The Youngbloods: Dark of Heart and her site, my review, After Midnight and her site, my review, Dead of Night and her site, my review.

Disenchanted & Co.: My Lord Mayhem and her site, my review, Her Ladyship's Curse and her site, (part of *Disenchanted & Co,*), His Lordship Possessed and her site, (part of *Disenchanted & Co,*), Three Gifts and her site, my review, Forget-Me-Knot and her site, my review, The Clockwork Wolf and her site, my review.

Her Ladyship's Curse and His Lordship Possessed are short stories in the book called Disenchanted and Co., and it is set in the Disenchanted & Co. world, here's my review.

Lauren Oliver Author Page

The Story: I saw Delirium, and yeah, I had to read it, and I did, and I absolutely loved the series, and all the books of hers I've read, because yeah, they were just that freaking good!

Website

Series: Delirium, Panic, The Curiosity House, Replica.

Delirium: Annabel and her site, my review, my reread, Delirium and her site, my review, my reread, Hana and her site, my review, my reread, Pandemonium and her site, my review, my reread, Raven and her site, my review, my reread, Requiem and her site, my review, my reread, Alex and her site, my review.

Panic: Panic Origin Story and her sitePanic and her site, my review.

The Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head.

Replica: Replica and her site, my review, Ringer and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Before I Fall and her site, my review, my reread, Rooms and her site, my review, Vanishing Girls.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 20

I reviewed Holly Hearts Hollywood, and I'll be reviewing nothing next. Because I finished just in time, with 4 minutes to go! I finally made my goal! Yeah! I am happy, now to watch show!!!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden, Double, Carrier of the Mark, Killing Me Softly, me@you.com, Blood Bound, Holly Hearts Hollywood.

Goal: 20
Done: 20

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 19

I reviewed Blood Bound, and I'll be reviewing Holly Hearts Hollywood next. Just one left to go! Yeah!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden, Double, Carrier of the Mark, Killing Me Softly, me@you.com, Blood Bound.

Goal: 20
Done: 19

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 18

I reviewed me@you.com, and I'll be reviewing Blood Bound next. I'm just about done, I hope I make it!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden, Double, Carrier of the Mark, Killing Me Softly, me@you.com.

Goal: 20
Done: 18

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 17

I reviewed Killing Me Softly, and I'll be reviewing me@you.com next.

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden, Double, Carrier of the Mark, Killing Me Softly.

Goal: 20
Done: 17

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 16

I reviewed Carrier of the Mark, and I'll be reviewing Killing Me Softly next. So I kinda had a slow streak, since I was doing other things, but I will reach my goal!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden, Double, Carrier of the Mark.

Goal: 20
Done: 16

I'm Exhausted!

So if you watch my blog with any regularity, you might notice that I have a lot more labels. Well, that's because yesterday, after I had finished doing regular Saturday stuff for me (Doing my WAYR post, all the links for reviews, and what I want to read this week) and writing 15 reviews, I was working on Author Pages.

And I was working on the page for Lynn Viehl, when I noticed I only had If Angels Burn popping up, and I was sure that I had read most of the series, and that there should be more. So I went to the start of my reviews, and looked at them.

And somehow, that turned into me opening every single review that was a book written by an author who I thought should have a label/tag. And I added it. So now I have 171 author pages to create, and to finish the Lynn Viehl one.

But I'm not done quite yet. I'm only in November 2012, and I know there's some more author label tags to create, which is going to up the number of author pages even more. So yeah, I'm exhausted, after yesterday, and what today's going to be like, because I still need to write at least 3 more reviews!

Plus, I'm going to be going back and editing all back reviews, up to 2012, at least, for spelling, since apparently my first computer didn't have a good spell check, and to add my now usual review things, author, series if there is one, date read, and potentially date reread, reason why I read the book, the publisher, date it was published, and my rating. So that's another thing of work.

Plus I might be adding to the reviews, and then writing the ones that I haven't quite, yet. Seeing as there's still a crap ton load of them to actually write, as well! So even more work to do, and I just don't have that much time. But creating the author label tags and adding it to the list of links, I have a system in which it's going pretty quickly, so I hope to finish doing that today! Wish me luck! Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #2, September 29th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 40:
Saturday: Nothing
Sunday: Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad, Unrequited by Emma Grey, H2O by Virginia Bergin
Monday: Nothing
Tuesday: Nothing
Wednesday: Nothing
Thursday: Nothing
Friday: Nothing

Tour Books: Holly Hearts Hollywood, Unrequited. Check.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: H2O. No check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA

Rereads: NA.

New Books:  NA.

So that's funny for the 2nd official of this, that I picked to have a pretty empty week, which means that these don't count, so yeah, while I didn't stick to it, this is pretty much a freebie week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 15

I reviewed Double, and I'll be reviewing Carrier of the Mark next. I've had that page to write the review Double for like, 2 months! Glad I got it written now! And now for more!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden, Double.

Goal: 20
Done: 15

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 14

I reviewed Garden of Eden, and I'll be reviewing Double next. Got it! All 2014 reviews are written again! Now to work on 2011!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three, Garden of Eden.

Goal: 20
Done: 14

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 13

I reviewed Three, and I'll be reviewing Garden of Eden next. Yeah, I only have 1 more review to make it back to all of 2014 reviews being written again! Whoot!

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords, Three.

Goal: 20
Done: 13

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 12

I reviewed Queen of Swords, and I'll be reviewing Three next.

Reviews Written: Innocent Prey and Deadly Obsession, Festive in Death, The Good, The Bad, and The UndeadDead Witch WalkingThe Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Dates From Hell, Blackbird, Robin in the Hood, The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered, Glass Heart, Queen of Swords.

Goal: 20
Done: 12

Week 39 Review: Glass Heart

From Goodreads:
Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger--knows how easy it is to lose control--but she can't resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she can do--what she has done--she finally feels free to be herself.

But as Wren explores the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away. Telling her to be careful. Telling her to stop. The more he cautions her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on her own. And by the time she realizes that Gabriel may be right, it could be too late to bring him back to her side.

My Review:
So this book deals with 3 things, I think. First, other people with power, especially with Bay and Fiona who may or may not use it for some bad things, and Jude who seems pretty good, warning Wren away from Bay, especially. Second, the truth about her dad, and what happened. Third, about Gabriel, and the headaches he has, the source of them, and more about himself, and his dad. Which we, and Wren, really needed!

I love how the cover is almost creating a scene from the book, Wren using smoke to create a balloon by blowing on it, and it looks like the cover model is blowing on the glass heart, so yeah, I really enjoyed that! Plus the cover is pretty!

I really enjoyed why her dad left-because he had power, but then it basically took him over, that it was a drug to him. And that being around other magic users-ie Wren's entire family-would tempt him into using it, and so that's why he had to leave. Which because Gabriel found that out before Wren did, that caused some problems, in how he acted towards her, and then when she found out. Yep.

And his dad, that he was a con man that used Gabriel's mom, then Gabriel, that was not nice for him, and yeah, his dad totally deserves to be in prison! And the one comment that Wren made, that she'd like to see his dad and Bay cage fight, because they were both pretty awful people!

The one thing that I didn't really like, was that Bay just ran away, and didn't have to deal with the consequences of his actions. Gabriel almost died, and the big thing was healing him-no big fighting the bad guy, which is too bad, but oh, well. I'm pretty glad where it ended. And hey, maybe this means we could get a 3rd book!

Favourite lines: "It's a little like walking into a snow globe before it's shaken, so perfectly Christmasy it's nauseating, until I spot the giant blow-up Santa in board shorts, holding a pina colada and waving from a porch roof a few houses down." That is pretty funny! "I think it was designed to torture prisoners of war." That is an over-exaggeration! Trig, from what I remember, was in the middle. Not too hard, not too easy. "I expected gravy. But I didn't expect my little sister to practically launch a rotten turkey into the room." Which would be bad, except that Gabriel and Olivia are in the know about magic, seeing his talents and such! "I assume you cheapskates-oh, I mean poor, starving students-want three forks, right?" Love this! Love the sarcasm! "I give it another half hour before a drunk sophomore tires to walk across the tarp." Which will not end well, even if it's Christmas, I bet the pool's heated! "Her shirt is half open, but since his hand is inside it, I figure she's probably plenty warm enough." Yeah, I'd think so! "Being wrong is a habit I'd really like to break." Yeah, that would be a good one to! "I think he and Robin would be pretty cute together, but maybe in a couple years. Like, five. Or nine." Talking about one of Dar's many siblings, it seems! (Older sister, Davina, then Dar, Dion, the he, Dex, then David, I think is the order they were born) And this is so cute! "Well, I never thought I'd see someone drive a car down subway tracks." and "I never thought I'd believe Rob Pattinson as an FBI agent. Still not sure I do, actually." and "I was just trying to figure out if it's physically possible to drive a Mini Cooper through the subway while you're bleeding out of your femoral artery." That must've been some movie! "...looking like every minute of his break was spent plotting either a new career path or ways to destroy us all." I'm guess the destroying! "Then there are the dreams where I'm running Bay out of town at the end of a flamethower, but I think that's just wishful thinking." Yeah, probably! "'We can starve together. It will be beautiful and tragic, and people will write songs about us.' 'With my luck, Katy Perry will write the song, and we'll die in glow-in-the-dark tracksuits.'" Yeah, this is too funny! "Maybe you can explain to her why summoning a living person is not ever the thing to do." Love this,  so much fun! "Not to mention the full force of everyone's power hurled at Gabriel like magical grenades. Peaceful, healing magical grenades anyway." That creates quite a weird picture! "I think she has a future as a spacecraft." I'd like to see that!

Yeah, this was a pretty great book, and I really enjoyed it! I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to get into it!

Author: Amy Garvey
Series: Cold Kiss #2
Read: September 26th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Enjoyed book 1, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: September 18th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 39 Reviews: The Memory Coder, Undiscovered, Unremembered



From Goodreads:
When a security breach is detected, the Memory Restoration Department is called upon to do what they do best: make you forget. But with every memory that's taken out, a new one must be installed in its place. It's a job that requires skill, artistry, discretion, and flawless proficiency in the language of memories. That's why only the best programmers in the world are recruited to work for the department. But diving too far into another person's memories is a dangerous endeavor. And for some, the temptation is just too strong.

From Goodreads:

Before the crash of Freedom Airlines flight 121... 

There was a top-secret research compound hidden deep in the desert.

There was a girl held prisoner in a restricted sector. 

And there was a boy who found her. And risked everything to set her free. 


Romantic and action-packed, Undiscovered is sure to thrill fans of Jessica Brody's Unremembered trilogy. In this 100-page novella, told from Zen's point of view, more secrets are revealed about Seraphina's forgotten past, the corporation that created her, and the boy who fell in love with her. Undiscovered also includes a sneak peek of Unforgotten, the anticipated second book in the trilogy.

From Goodreads:
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn't on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can't be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn't know, plagued by abilities she doesn't understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can't remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she's running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

My Review:
I don't know what took me so long to read Unremembered! I mean, I got it as an ARC, and I still didn't read it until well after the 2nd book has come out, and the 3rd and final comes out in just a few months. So I guess that means less impatiently waiting, which is good, but yeah, I means that I missed out on a good story for a good long while!

I really enjoyed Memory Coder, that it starts with a guy getting obsessed with a pretty girl, and then the guy who takes out and codes in new ones into the first guy's memory gets obsessed with the pretty girl he sees in the memories, and then when his memory is taken out by another memory coder, the 2nd MC seems to be started on the path of obsession with the pretty girl!

Undiscovered, it answers a lot of the questions that Unremembered raises, not all, but a lot of them, and yeah, that was just awesome, seeing how their lives were like before they came back in time, and how they came up with the plan, after the first 2 failed. So yeah, that was great!

I really enjoyed her foster family, though they did react a bit badly, the mom when presented with some evidence of who Sera really was, her strenth, the son, Cody, who was hilarious, when he eavesdrops on the conversation between Sera and Dr. Maxxer. Which sucks, because he was an awesome character!

Favourite lines from Undiscovered: "'No,' I said with a straight face, turning to wink at the kids. 'I'm poisoning their minds with the truth." Which would make said authority figure he's talking to, mad, which kinda isn't a good idea! "School. An institution for educating children. A large group of fish or sea mammals." That they share the same word? That's a bit funny!

Favourite lines from Unremembered: "Filling my mouth with the taste of salty solitude." That's strange! "I know that the female newscaster standing on the kerb at Los Angeles International Airport blinks fifteen times per minute. Expect when she's responding to a question from the male newscaster back in the studio. Then her blinks increase by 133 per cent." Three guesses why that happens! "If they're smarter than you, aren't you afraid they'll eventually destroy you?" Machines have logic, we should be afraid if that logic says that humans aren't needed! "Summer camp. Taking shelter in tents for the summer?" I suddenly see how hard it would be to know basic definitions, but not social framing for them! "My mother thinks I'm cool. I'm sure the freshman chicks are going to fall all over themselves." I can just see the dripping sarcasm! "Credit card. Credit: Commendation or honour given for some action. Card: a rectangular piece of stiff paper." Well, I'm pretty sure credit has another definition, but this is pretty hilarious! "Should we go find that lost mind of yours?" Love this, too funny! "You mean a male lover?" Yeah, that's the extreme form of a boyfriend, and in very plain terms, though not all boyfriends become male lovers! "The plane crashed and, at the exact same time, you magically just...fell from the sky! You're a fallen angel, that's it. Why didn't I think of it before? That would certainly explain the face." And the no memory, except for definitions of stuff, and understanding and speaking a lot of languages, though we only experienced Portuguese and Russian. Yeah, fallen angel is a perfectly valid explanation! "'You're not going to ask me to take you to Guam or something.' 'No.' I pause, considering. 'Unless the Internet is better there.'" And she's not joking! Love the fact that she doesn't really know anything about the Internet! "I doubt anyone in the history of the world has ever gotten this excited about a plant, but I don't care." And why should you, plants provide the oxygen we need to breathe! "What can I say. I was curious. You put a giant concrete wall in front of a guy, he's gonna try to find out what's on the other side." True, that! "Apparently alcohol is a very strong deactivator." Yeah, seems like it!

Yeah, this was a really great opener to the series, and while Undiscovered gives us most of the answers that Sera was looking for, there were still a few questions, which makes it come together really well! I really enjoyed them, and I can't wait to read more of the series!

Author: Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #0.1 I think, 0.5, 1
Read: September 25th, 25th, 26th, 2014
Source: Free, Tuebl, Tuebl/NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded good, and they're 2014 Dystopia Books and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Publisher: Tor Books, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Published: February 26th 2013, February 14th 2014, March 5th 2013

The Memory Coder:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Undiscovered:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Unremembered:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars