nedjelja, 29. srpnja 2012.

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett



Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Harlequin
Summary:

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some CONFESSIONS to make... #1: I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

#2: I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who "might" be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

#3: High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry-get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.) (Sorry. That was rude.)



My review:


Confessions of an angry girl is the first book in the series Confessions about a girl Rose Zarelli and her high school experiences. This was a fun book to read. It was full  of different emotions, lots of growing up to do and kissing ;)  We see how Rose deals with the death of her father, her brother leaving for college and her mother barely speaking to her. She sees something in Jamie Forta but he has a girlfriend, a girlfriend namede Regina who is even worse tha Regina from Maen girls. I dont know how I feel about Jamie, I think he is not so sure how he feels about Rose, I think I kind of want her and Robert to be together. He is so sweet and he really loves her. She should have paid more attention to him. Now, her best friend Tracy is a real piece of work. I know at 15 you are allowed to make mistakes and then learn from them but a cheerleader and a striptease? Really? People would think that after so many bad things you hear about cheerleaders at least you would be carefel. But nooo. You have to be popular. Blah. Anyway, I loved this book. It was funny, insightful and interesting. I really cannot wait for the sequel, Confessions of an Almost - girlfriend which comes out in May 2013.




subota, 28. srpnja 2012.

Pushing the limits by Katie McGarry



Summary:

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series.


My review:


I really loved this book. I loved it´s main characters, Echo and Noah, I loved a few of the other characters such as Lila,Beth and Mrs. Carson. The story was sad, depressing yet full of hope. Everything that happened to those two, no matter how awful, in the end brought them together. It built up their character and made them the person each fell in love with. They really are right for each other. Some people in the book really went on my nerves, like Grace. She is not a good person and a terrible friend, if you could ever call her that. I cried during some scenes and smiled reading some others. I admire Noah, his love for his brothers and all that he was prepared to do to protect them. I also admire Echo, whou found her strenght to face her nightmares and courage to show everyone she is done being talked about. This may not be an easy read but trust me, this story is worth it. You will love both Noah and Echo and you will cheer for them throughout the whole novel. I cant wait to hear more about the sequel, Beth´s story. She is an interesting character. All in all, Pushing the limits is one of the best contemporaries of teh year and I congratulate the author on this amazing debut. 




srijeda, 25. srpnja 2012.

Waiting on Wednesday (2)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This is my choice for this week:



Skylark (Skylark #1)
by Meagan Spooner

Expected publication: August 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab



Sixteen year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret – but can she stay alive long enough to find them



utorak, 24. srpnja 2012.

Starters by Lissa Price


Summary:

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . .


My review:


This is one of the few dystopian novels I´ve read, and like Divergent and Delirium, it blew me away. The story is very original and interesting and it sucks you right in. I find the idea of Starters, Enders and body banks very refreshing, unique and I was into the whole story from the very first page.  Callie,  books main character, is a likable, smart and resorceful character and you cant help but support her every step of the way. The book is full of surprises, action and it has a little bit of romance. I really liked Callie´s younger brother Tyler for whom Callie goes to extreme measures to protect him, and her friend Michael, with whom I hope she will end up in the end. Blake, in the end, was not who I thought he was so I didn´t really get to know him but my gut tells me not to like him.
   Starters is an amazing book and a fantastic debut so if you like dystopia, you should read it. Seriously. It blew my mind.




ponedjeljak, 23. srpnja 2012.

Team Daemon FTW



Team Daemon FTW


Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be going up against Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars in the Young Adult Crush Tournament today (Monday July 23). Valerie from Stuckinbooks.com is Daemon's advocate.


To vote just head on over to


For those who don’t know Daemon is from the Lux series (Obsidian and Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. To find out more about the series check out Jennifer’s website, here. Also check out the book trailer for Obsidian on Youtube.


500 Votes: A Daemon teaser from Onyx
800 Votes: A Daemon POV teaser from Onyx
1000 votes: Signed ARC of Onyx (Pepe, Sztella, and me)
1300 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity and Cursed.
1550 Votes: Signed Daemon Invasion Tour swag
2000 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity, Cursed, and Unchained
2500 Votes: A signed copy of Diety
3000 Votes: A reeeeeaaaal good teaser of Onyx
Winning Vote: A deleted, unedited Obsidian scene between Katy and Daemon
(**Remember** If Daemon or Aiden makes it into the final four, I will share the unedited, special edition "Laptop Scene")


Also don’t forget to join in on the Twitter party that will be lasting all day. There will even be the opportunity to win some awesome giveaways. To join in just use the hashtag #TeamDaemonFTW


“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” - Obsidian


Go Team Daemon!






subota, 21. srpnja 2012.

In my mailbox (4)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren . I will share weekly the books and other book related goodies I got.


Zauvijek ( Forever )  by Maggie Stiefvater


I saw this awesome bookmark and had to have it. In english it would be A summer without men :P


I finally got this book. Beskrajno putovanje ( Across the universe ) by Beth Revis


Wonderful swag from Kimberly Sabatini :)


A postcard from Kimberly Sabatini :D Love it. <3


petak, 20. srpnja 2012.

Book watch : Touching the surface + GIVEAWAY





Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn't remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she'd rather keep buried. Memories of people she's hurt, people she's betrayed...and people she's killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she's hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves...even if it means losing them both forever.

Expected publication: October 30th 2012 by Simon Pulse

I cant wait for this book to come out, how about you? It seems really amazing. Since I received some swag From the author I am going to be giving away some for two international winners. All you have to do is follow this blog and leave a comment with a recommendation of a summer read for me and your email address. Be careful I havent already read it. You have my link to Goodreads on the right so you can check. The contest ends on Sunday 23 : 59 GMT. Here is what you can win:



GOOD LUCK :D

ponedjeljak, 16. srpnja 2012.

Book watch: The Curiosities




The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories
by Maggie Stiefvater , Tessa Gratton , Brenna Yovanoff


From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

So, are you curious now?


Expected publication: October 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Books



So, what do you think? I am extremely excited for this collection of stories because I am a fan of this three authors and I am sure it will be amazing. Also, it is a fantastic cover, isn´t it? 


AND you can win a copy over at Brenna´s page - LINK


Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Summary:

Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. 
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 
If I don't kill him first, that is.



My review:


This book, when I first read it, was a pleasant surprise for me. I dont usually go for books with aliens but I decided to read this one because of all the good reviews I read. I must say it blew me away. Our heroine, Katy, is a great character.She is smart, funny and brave. And she is also a book lover and a blogger which was a great addition to the book. Book´s main male character, Daemon Black, is(for me at least) the best male character in literature. I fell in love with him, his story, his rude remarks, his sarcasm, but most of all, his courage and the love and protectivness he feels for his family. This book is full of chemistry between Katy and Daemon, it has many funny moments and emotional scenes with a few very steamy ones ( blowing up laptops since 2011 indeed). Obsidian doesnt lack action and nerve-wrecking situations, jelaousy and attraction. It is a great start of the series and I believe the sequels will be even better because Jennifer can always surprise me,in a good way.




subota, 14. srpnja 2012.

JLA Reading Challenge!




The challenge is to (re)read all of JLA's books and post a NEW review/post about it from August 1st-December 31st, 2012. Jen has got FIVE, (plus a novella) coming out in the latter half of the year and wouldn't you just love the challenge of reading all her books and talking about them with other fans?! In case you didn't know, her upcoming releases for the year will be Onyx (Lux Series #2), Cursed, Unchained, Deity (Covenant Series #3), Elixir (Covenant Series - Aiden's novella), and Opal (Lux Series #3).




Got to Deity island and sign up. They are hosting this challenge and everything you need to know could be found there. You could win:

Physical copies of Onyx, Unchained, Cursed, Deity, and Opal
- eBook copies of Tempting the Best Man
- Preorder of ONE of Jen's 2013 releases (TBD as release dates are announced, details subject to change)

I am really looking forward to this. Are you?






Rapture ( Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate


Summary:

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.



My Review:


I was with this series from the beggining so I am sorry it has to end but after so many things that was went wrong for Luce and Daniel for thousands of years they finally got their perfect ending. Although Passion was a little disappointing, I see now it was very necessary for the storyline in Rapture. I adore this series and its characters, especially Cam, Arriane and Daniel. The final book has everything that makes a book amazing. It has action, amazing love story, unexpected surprises, death and it is packed with heavy emotions. I cried and smiled and fumed reading this book. Rapture is an ending to an amazing series and what a fantastic ending that is. I love every sentence that comes out of Lauren Kate´s head and I am looking forward to reading something new in the future but characters from Fallen will always be in my heart.




petak, 13. srpnja 2012.

In my mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren . I will share weekly the books and other book related goodies I got.




I got these today, I orederd them from Algoritam.
Dead man rising ( Dante Valentine #2) by Lilith Saintcrow
Chill factor (Weather warden #3) by Rachel Caine
Masquerade (Blue bloods #2) by Melissa de la Cruz




Melissa Buel sent me her signed bookmark and a signed ARC of The Crown of embers by Rae Carson


Megan Crewe sent me a set of her bookmarks for the giveaway coming by the end of July on the blog. 



Lily Crusell sent me a bunch of her bookmarks to be given away on my blog.


Signed bookplate by Amy Plum I won by Jean Booknerd


četvrtak, 12. srpnja 2012.

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon- THE END


So, this was my first read-a-thon and it was so much fun. I tweeted with the hashtag #OUreadathon my updates with challenges and my progress with my reading pile. There were many other bloggers participating in this read-a-thon and it was very interesting to see their progress compared to mine and to see what everyone was reading. Like I said, very fun. I read 6 books for this read-a-thon in 3 days, like I wanted to. I read them in this order:

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rapture by Lauren Kate

Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo

Degrees of wrong by Anna Scarlett

Starters by Lissa Price

Shadow bound by Rachel Vincent

All of the books are amazing and you can expect reviews soon but for Degrees of wrong I will post the review in August for the blog tour for the book. Also, keep your eyes open and check my blog often because a fun giveaway is coming soon. I also participated in 3 mini challenges for the read-a-thon which were very interesting and also fun. The links for my contribution to the challenges are below:
Mini challenge 1
Mini challenge 2
Mini challenge 3

I cant wait for next year and a new read-a-thon. Cheers :)