Sunday, October 18, 2009

In My Mailbox!

Books I purchased this week:
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (My review is now up)
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Bad Boy: A Memior by Walter Dean Myers


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
(Description from Amazon)


This whole review is pretty much going to be me gushing over this book.

Patch is AWESOME. Some times I thought he was SO cool and other times I thought he was SO freaky. I wasn't sure if I could trust him or not until about the very end. Fitzpatrick did very well on this character.

Nora is also very interesting. She isn't one of those one-dimensional heroines that you see a lot. She stand up to Patch and doesn't throw herself at him. Sometimes, though, she seems a little clueless (I think those of you who have read the book will know what parts I mean).

Also the "villains" I never would have guessed who they were.

The plot is pretty fast moving and definitely kept my attention.

You should go read it.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

It has literally been too long since I've posted. I promise I am going to post a LOT more regularly starting now. And now for the book review...
Can love last beyond the grave?

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

(Description from Amazon)

Let me start of by saying Clement-Moore has an amazing style of writing. I don't know what it is about it, but I love it and I couldn't put this book down. You feel really bad for Sylvie and can tell how much she wishes she could dance and how heartbroken she is that she can't. You also feel awful gor her because she thinks she is starting to lose her mind, which is also interesting to follow at the same time. Ryhs is amazing too and I love the way Sylvie and him talk to each other. Rhys' father is also pretty cool. Aunt Paula rubbed me the wrong way sometimes though.

The whole concept of the plot is interesting and this book keeps the pages turning. I recommend it to anyone!

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Hollow by Jessica Verday

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
(Description from Amazon)

The Hollow is a fantastic book. Verday depicts Abbey as a very believable character mourning her best friend's death. Caspian is a mystery and throughout the book, I wanted to know more and more about him. I also felt like I knew Kristen with Abbey's flashbacks and descriptions of her.

The plot is fast-paced and keeps you interested the whole time. There is not one point in the plot where I was bored. The descriptions of scenery are amazing and I love Washington Irving, who plays a big role in the plot. Everything in the story builds up to the very last pages when you finally learn the truth about Caspian and I LOVE how Verday wraps up this book. For some reason I absolutely loved the last line. I cannot wait for the sequel.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Night World 1 by LJ Smith

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

Secret Vampire...
Secret Vampire is an enthralling book. I love the main characters, Poppy and James. They are so adorable together and the whole books isn't all mushy with romance, which is good. It was a lot deeper. Also, I LOVE Ash. Ash is actually probably my favorite character in Secret Vampire. Just 'cause he's so cool. :P

Daughters of Darkness...
Daughters of Darkness is my favorite book out of the three in this volume. (Maybe the whole series, I still have to read the next two volumes so I don't know yet). Each of the three sisters are different and each of their personalities are very well thought out. Mary-Lynette is a very likable character...AND ASH RETURNS! Mary-Lynette and Ash find out they are soulmates and their constant bickering is very amusing to read.

I thought Spellbinder was a just a meh story, which surprised me becuase of how amazing the previous two books were. I thought Blaise was the most complex and interesting character. Eric was boring. Thea was boring, though slightly less boring than Eric. It has an okay story. I mainly just finished this one because I need to know the whole story behind everything when I read Strange Fate.

I can't wait to get started on the next book and get my hands on Strange Fate!

In My Mailbox 4!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren every week and created by Pop Culture Junkie :)

Dark of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne, which I just finished reading!

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Words cannot express how excited I am to read this). I was pretty much jumping up and down in the car on the way to Barnes and Noble.

So only two books this week. But what great books they are!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Create a Cover!

I saw this over at The Story Siren's blog and I thought it seemed like fun, so here ya go!

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

And my book cover.......


Kind of mediocre, I know. But I only had Photobucket to use to edit! Sorry!