Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Recap

First Blog Post: Cassandra Clare CoLS Cover Reveal and Prologue January 7, 2012

First Review: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent [Re-Read] February 17, 2012

Blog Followers: 33 followers via GFC

Twitter: 145 followers

Facebook: 13 likes

First official cover reveal: Cover and Trailer Reveal: Pieces (Breakaway #2) by Michelle Davidson Argyle November 5, 2012

First "Book Blitz": Frost Fire Excerpt + Giveaway December 10, 2012

First NetGalley eARC: Shadowhunters and Downworlders


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Song on Sunday (25)

 Rihanna - Russian Roulette
Significant lyrics:
And you can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
Said I'm terrified but I'm not leaving
Know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger.

Annabelle is forced to play Russian roulette two times over the course of the book. The second time she'll do anything to keep Ashton safe, even risking dying herself.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Releases: January 1 and 2

January 1
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.

The Essence (Pledge #2) by Kimberly Derting 
“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer
Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

 January 2
Altered by Jennifer Rush
When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Best of 2012: What I'm Looking Forward to in 2013

What I'm Looking Forward to in 2013

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

 Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

 Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

 Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Walking Disaster is Travis' POV.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

 Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

 The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America?

It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to the find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she–and her gang–make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken...

 You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Cover Reveal x2

 VALKYRIE SYMPTOMS is a short story prequel told from Tuck's point of view, one day prior to the events that take place in Valkyrie Rising.

Valkyrie #0.5

 Goodreads  |  Ingrid Paulson
With the threat of a werehyena takeover dealt with, Kess, Finn, and Rafe can finally enjoy the tentative peace Miami has to offer. As Kess moves forward with her decision to open up the territory to peaceful weres, she knows that the Keepers of Divine Order—a group of werejackal assassins—are watching her every move. If her plan fails, she knows they won’t hesitate to eliminate her and her friends.

When several werehyenas suddenly disappear and Mebis, the Keeper assigned to Miami, goes unexpectedly missing, Kess fears the worst. But even she’s unprepared for this latest threat: a hunter hiding in plain sight whose only goal is killing werecreatures. Can Kess and her friends survive this most dangerous game?

Moon #4

Goodreads  |  Jeanette Battista

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best of 2012: Best Book Boyfriends

Best Book Boyfriends

Augustus Waters
This book was raw and real, and so was Augustus. He is caring and sweet and supportive. But he also has his flaws, especially towards the end. But he has a way   of making you fall in love with him.
 Caleb Masters
He's so attentive and funny. I liked that from the beginning he didn't rush into anything with Maggie. He took things slow and he supported her in everything. I wish there was more to the series, but I'm also content with this last book.
 Aidan St. Delphi
He holds to his promises. I love that about him. The only thing that will make him break a promise is if Alex's or Deacon's life is in danger, but even then he feels extremely guilty. I forgive you Adan, even if Alex won't. <3
 Noah Shaw
Noah is sexy and snarky. I adore his humor. And the fact that he's sticking by Mara even when she's sure she's going crazy.
Daemon Black
I need me some more Daemon. Like, now. 
 Tod Hudson
Tod is super amazing! There are no words to describe his awesomeness.
Dank Walkers (aka Death)
Dank will do anything for Pagan. Even pretending he doesn't know everything about her, because her memory's been wiped.
Kaidan Rowe
 Kaidan is a typical bad boy. In a band, one-night stands, a nephilim. Oh, wait, that one's not typical. But it makes him super fantastic.
 Liam is sweet and caring, always thinking about Amber. I love how he does anything he can to protect her.

 Evan Mathews
Evan is amazing. He stuck by Emma through everything and he's doing everything he can to make her happy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012: Best Love Traingles

Best Love Triangles + Who I'm Rooting For :)

A Beautiful Dark: Asher vs. Devin
Team Asher
I'll admit it. I almost always root for the bad boy. My scale was always tipped more towards Asher and the end just sealed the deal. I can't believe Devin did that!  I still need to read A Fractured Light, but I'm sure I'll probably still be Team Asher.
Unearthly: Tucker vs. Christian
Team Tucker
I'm not opposed to Clara ending up with Christian. Actually, I'm 95% sure that that is who she is going to end up with at the end of the series. But Tucker is sweet, caring, and a cowboy. How could you not like him better?
Tiger Saga: Ren vs. Kishan
Team Ren
I like Kishan. He's a good guy(or is it tiger?). But Kelsey will never be really happy with him. Not when she's in love with Ren. She's actually starting to get on my nerves because she has this bond with Ren and she loves him, but she won't admit to it and is settling for Kishan. Kishan has even her admit that she loves Ren more than him. I can't wait until Ren and Kelsey get back together.
Starcrossed: Lucas vs. Orion
Team Lucas
I don't trust Orion completely and am not sure what to make of him. Lucas is sweet and caring and struggling with thinking Helen is his cousin and he's in love with her. But he really starts to change in this book, making things worse when he's trying to make things better.
Hex Hall: Archer vs. Cal
Team Archer
Archer is sexy, while Cal is sweet. Cal was pretty awesome but he was never a right match for Sophie. I love when there's closure to love triangles at the end of a series and the Hex Hall trilogy definitely provided it.
Throne of Glass: Westfall vs. Dorian
Team Westfall
Westfall just seems to care more about Celaena. Dorian was sweet and everything but Westfall understood her better, I think.
The Infernal Devices: Jem vs. Will
Team Will. No, Jem. No, Will. No, Jem. I can't decide!
Oh! The indecision that is Cassandra Clare's love triangle! I can't describe the feelings I have on this subject. Will is the snarky bad boy who pushes everybody away because those who love him are destined to die. And Jem is the sweetest guy imaginable but he's dying. How do you decide? How does Tess decide?
Covenant: Aidan vs. Seth
Team Aidan
Admittedly, there have been times when I've been furious at Aidan and leaned more towards Seth, but, in the end, it's always been Aidan. Especially after reading Deity. I want to kill Seth.
Soul Screamers: Nash vs. Tod
Team Tod
As I was reading the Soul Screamers series, I never realized that Tod was an option until suddenly, he was. And once he and Kaylee were together, I realized all the stuff that was wrong with her and Nash's relationship. Tod is like the most amazing person ever!
Darkness Rising: Daniel vs. Rafe
Team Rafe
Daniel will always be the best friend, as close as a brother. Rafe is just awesome. I love that he'll do anything for his sister.

Waiting on Wednesday (26)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

With All My Soul
Soul Screamers #7
Published: March 19, 2013

From Goodreads:
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America?

It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to the find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she–and her gang–make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cover Characteristic: 3+ People (23)

Cover Characteristic
(hosted by Sugar & Snark)
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 covers to post with that particular characteristic.
This week's theme:
3+ People 
 From What I Remember... by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

 Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard

 Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Red by Alison Cherry

My favorite cover of the week:
  The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Best of 2012: Best Covers

Best Covers