Sunday, July 29, 2012

New To Shelves (#2)


New To Shelves is a meme where I share the books I bought, received, swapped, or got at the library. It's similar to In My Mailbox and Stacking The Shelves. It's a new name but still the same meme for Stacking The Shelves :)
So this New To Shelves is pretty huge. I haven't been doing them for a couple weeks and the stack is huge! :)
The past weeks I got were:

-Girl Coming In For A Landing by April Wayland - Were given at my library's summer reading program for the poetry workshop and plus it was signed! :D


-Semi Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky - For Review over at St. Martin's Press for sending me this! Thanks so much! I'm actually reading it and it kinda reminds me of Devil Wears Prada which is good! :)

-Masquearde by Melissa De La Cruz - Bought at my local thrift shop for only $2 I had to get it! I love this series so much its sad it's ending so soon. And plus this was one of my favorite Blue Bloods book in her series. :)

-Heist Society by Ally Carter - Won at my library and picked this one up because I heard so much great things about it! How was it?

-Jessica's Guide to Dating on The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskyes - Also won at my library and this one sounds like a super fun read with vampires and romance. I heard Beth is amazing so have to get to this soon!

-The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead - Bought at BN, read, loved, and reviewed. There's no much to say for this book... :) It was freaking awesome!

- Eden's Root by Rachael Fisher - For Review. Rachael actually contacted me on Goodreads asking me if I was interested in review it and I did so now I have a signed copy also! :)

Library haul:


-Saving June by Hannah Harrington It reminds me of Thirteen Reasons Why so it must me really good and I'm liking these contemps.
-Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg I'm reading Take A Bow and I love it a lot! There's alternate POV's and I love how its all a compitition for everyone in this book.
-Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Lots of amazing reviews for this book a while back and I finally can read it! It was one of my most anticpated reads of 2012 and I hope it doesn't disappoint!
-I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga Oooh! This one sounds really creepy and intense! Seriel Killers? Blood? Gore? I'm definetly going to devour it ASAP!

Now onto this week's haul:

Bought: 

Willow

-Willow by Jessica Hoban I found it at my library for only $1 in hardcover in great condition there was no doubt to get this book!

And that's it! Now What Is New To Your Shelves? :)


Friday, July 27, 2012

TGIF (#6) - Christmas In July


TGIF is Hosted @ Greads
This Friday's Question:
Christmas in July: If Santa  were to come down your chimeny in the middle of summer, which books would you want him to leave for you under the tree?
First off, I can get preorders Santa! And I do love hardcovers and paperbacks but ebooks I'm not so sure! O_O Who knows I might get them as a surprise from Santa!


by Cassandra Clare

I love Cassie Clare's books! Especially her Steam punk, Infernal Devices. They are so so good and amaze me each time I read them! And with a cliffhanger to die for in Clockwork Prince I NEED this book, Santa! And remember I love pre-orders! :)


by Tahereh Mafi

Omg, Shatter Me was amazing! I mean with a ending like that I could have literally died reading it! And is anyone Team Warner by any chance? O.O And I heard there are already ARCS people got from ALA so could Santa have got one for me? Who would know....?




       

And that's it for me! Now what is YOUR TGIF? :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#7) ~ Throne Of Glass


Waiting On Wednesday Is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

This Week I am waiting on Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and The Raft by S.A Bodeeen


Goodreads Synopsis:  After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.





I actually just found out Throne of Glass a few minutes ago! It sounds so so good and it kinda reminds me of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. And I love historical fictions and this one looks like a must read! :)

The Raft

Goodreads Synopsis:   Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way




I love a good survival type of book and especially the movies, so when The Raft came up on my mind I had to put it in my WoW. It sounds really good and the cover creeps me out! O.O And its a short read so I could devour it in one whole day. I NEED this book!

The Living Dead: This Is Not A Test-Courtney Summers

This is Not a TestThis Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Date Released: June 19, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 323 pages
Date Read: June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review by St. Martin's Press
Goodreads Synopsis:   It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.

When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?




My Review:

Tagline: "The end of the world. 6 students trapped in a school. The living dead constantly pounding on the doors"


"…I think it isn’t enough to survive for the sake of surviving…. Surviving should mean something like it means something to them. And if it doesn’t-
If it doesn’t."
Usually when people see a zombie book they usually think of all gorey details and no one suriving the living dead, but This Is Not A Test was no like that at all. It was more of how people react and see the world through the eyes of the survivors. This Is Not A Test will amaze you till the last page! Also, one of the very first zombie books I read and I didn't freak out like I normally do when watching zombie movies like Resident Evil. *gasps and looks relaxed* I was blown away by this book! :)

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“The thing no one tells you about surviving, about the mere act of holding out, is how many hours are nothing because nothing happens. They also don’t tell you about how you can share your deepest secrets with someone, kiss them, and the next hour it’s like there’s nothing between you because not everything can mean something all the time or you’d be crushed under the weight of it.”

This Is Not A Test starts with Sloanne Price, girl who's world has crumpled. She cuts herself and doesn't want the chance to live her life. When the undead comes and she takes refuge with 5 others at a local high school. Sloanne finally sees how other who actually want to live effect how she sees the world. Sloanne was surprisingly easily to relate too. Not that I cut myself or want to end my life but she was real and fresh. Courtney Summers really made a great character and shows how you can fight everyday even if you want it all to end. Sloanne really pushed me on edge with all her reasons to end her life, like going outside to rescue a person only to see it as an oppurtunity to die, but she was cutting edge and she really ripped me heart. *looks around*

All of the character was pretty intense. They would curse, freak out, cry, but its real and people really do that in situations like the dead. Rhys really stood out to me and I really like him as a character! He was always there for Sloanne and she would always push away but no matter what he was there for her. The other where also real but both Rhys and Sloanne really where the most relatble ones. It was a fight for survial for all of them and in the end it will surprise you what all of them do and what Sloanne does herself.

This Is Not A Test was a reiviting and intense zombie book. Courtney Summers blows you away with her take on the living dead and intense revalations with yourself. I'm definetly picking up her books again! [Deciding to read Cracked Up to be or Fall For Anything?]

DO NOT READ THIS QUOTE UNLESS YOU'VE FINISHED THE BOOK!

I move closer to the glass, as close as I can get to it, begging her, begging Lily, begging Grace, begging all of them to tell me what's left, to just tell me while the girl pushes against the window, turns her tiny hands into tiny fists, begging me for a taste of - life.
My life.
Lily disappears. Grace. They all leave, they're gone, they will never be here again. But the wright of what they've shown me is settling into my bones. I don't know if I will keep it, but just in this moment, however brief, I feel closer to it that I ever have before...
The dead girl presses her face against the glass. She wait for me to tell her what's next.”
 

Monday, July 23, 2012

An AMAZING Sequel: The Golden Lily-Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)The Golden Lily By Richelle Mead
Date Released: June 12, 2012    
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 418 pages
Date Read: June 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble


Goodreads Synopsis:  The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.



My Review:
Tagline: "In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher."

The Golden Lily was completely amazing! The kick ass action. Bubbly Characters. Steamy Romance. And drama. All if it was so so good! It was by far one of the best books I read this year :D Richelle Mead will engross you and lure you back in her amazing vampire world!

The Golden Lily picks off were Bloodlines ended, Sydney is happy for the praise she is getting for the situation with Keith and is back at Amberwood for a normal collage life. Angeline, Jill's new guardian that's super obnoxious and is obsessed with wearing no clothing joins the gang along with Dimitri and Sonya as they figure out how recent Moroi can be turned into a Strigoi. But for right now Sydney is faced with one thing, romace. The stakes are higher than ever!



I loved Sydney even more in this book! She is smart, quirky, and is akward especially with her romance with Brayden, a cute brainy guy that has so much in commom with her :)  I really didn't like Brayden that much actually. Sydney really grew on me a lot and in the end of The Golden Lily. She finally lets her guard down a bit with the vampires and maybe a little more to Adrain in this book. *nods*  I was in complete shock in what she did in the end with her romace!! Ahh, Sydeny you have no idea how long it took you too realize it!

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Plus, she and Adrian have lots of funny and serious sences in this book, which make it so much fun and awesome!

Let me say to Eddie and Angeline that I really never saw that romance coming! Angeline was so funny. She makes Sydney freak out and watches the show she puts on. Eddie gets more developement in the book and I'm happy to say I really enjoyed them both. Jill is also pretty naive with the situation she is in. She learns that she can't have her romance and she grows. I loved all the characters and I would so re-read TGL for them and their bubbly personalities! :D *gets book and starts re-reading*

The whole book really moved fast. I read it in 2 whole days and I still can't get enough of it! Richelle Mead adds layer of suspense with Ms. Terwillger, Trey, and Sonya even. I was always on the edge of my seat. It was kinda predictable at times but with everything eles in the book it didn't matter at all! We also get to see why Adrian is always so down and drinking because of his dad, which was really sad and heartbreaking.

The Golden Lily was awesome and stunning! Richelle Mead is my favorite vampire writer and there is just no words to describe how amazing, funny, hilarious, and great this book was! I completely loved the book no lie here! Everything was perfect and can't wait for The Indigo Spell! :D It was freaking awesome!


21 Jump Street


Friday, July 20, 2012

{Guest Post} From Ron at Emotobooks!


Guest Post by Ron Gavalik
I had the privilage to do a guest post for Ron @ Emotobooks and I'm super excited to share it with you guys today! :)  And its about: "The Fusion of Written Fiction and Expressionistic Art"
Thank you to Patrick of The Bookshelves Blog for allowing me to guest post.
 
As a writer and publisher, it’s always been a goal to bridge the gap between the cerebral gratifications of well-plotted fiction writing and the visual stimulation of illustrative art. The one day I had a mini-epiphany. Insert expressive, emotionally representative imagery in written stories, during moments of emotional consequence. By delivering a visual of what a character feels, the reader becomes more intensely immersed in the story.
 
Emotobooks are written fiction stories, not comics or graphic novels. The few emotional abstract images woven in the stories are the dream-like visuals each of us experience in the middle of the night.
 
The term Emotobook is a portmanteau word I conjured as a memorable label for the very first fiction medium for smartphones and tablets. For the first time, readers can now see actual representation of character emotions right on the page for a fun, interactive experience.

Stories are published as EmotoSerials or EmotoSingles. EmotoSerials are monthly-released, continuing stories, much like TV dramas or miniseries that continue until their climactic ends. EmotoSingles are individual experiences.
 
I launched
Grit City Publications in July of 2011, with the first Emotobook series titled Grit City, a seven-part story about Dillon Galway, an idealistic freelance journalist, who scrapes out a living reporting on corruption. Since then, we’ve grown the Emotobooks Catalog into an array of fun genre fiction titles in Sci-Fi, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, and Horror.

Each Emotobook title consists of three creators: the author, editor, and illustrator. It’s our philosophy that three contributors on each Emotobook delivers a richer, more flavorful story. The creators even offer Autograph Cards and suggest mood settings, such as food, drink, and music. This way our fans can achieve a full-bodied experience.
 
Emotobooks accommodate a new audience, who desire a fast “full story experience” on smartphones, iPods, computers, or tablet readers in about 30 to 60 minutes. They can be purchased from
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.
 
Our editors are currently seeking the best genre fiction for the Emotobooks transformation. It’s required that fiction writers read our
submission guidelines and the free handbook, How to Create Emotobooks, before submitting. Our publishing model is unique and we require long-term participation from authors for everyone’s success.
 
Now that you’ve been introduced to the Emotobooks Revolution, I hope you’ll join our
Readers Cult and begin collecting the coolest titles. We even offer free Autograph Cards to our fans. What it really comes down to is we write, edit, and illustrate the best modern fiction for our fans. Without you, we wouldn’t be here.

Thank you.
 
Patrick @ The Bookshelves: Thanks so Much for the guest post Ron! :)

Ron Gavalik’s Bio:
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ron Gavalik is a seasoned freelance journalist and fiction author of the successful Grit City thriller series. As Publisher for
Grit City Publications, he oversees the Emotobooks Revolution. Ron holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Point Park University. When not writing, you can find him in the outdoors of Southwestern Pennsylvania on his trail bike, hiking, or fishing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Where Did I Go?

As most of you know, my computer broke and I missed about 2-3 weeks of blogging! It had a virus and it had to be sent to the company to get fixed. So while that happened I missed lots of days to blog! :( But I did prepare post for this whole month so I hope it turns out good! :D 

I read a lot that whole MIA time! The Golden Lily. This Is Not A Test. Slide. Lots and you'll see the reviews around this week since I'm just getting my normal blogging routine again. Thanks for the new follows also! It means a lot! :) Blogging I'm ready!

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Blogging here I come!

Waiting on Wednesday (#6) ~ Clockwork Princess



Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

This week I'm waiting on: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?
 
I so need need this book! *puts hands up* Clockwork Prince was so so good, and the ending was a shocker I want this book now! And where was I when they released the cover for Clockwork Princess? O_O  Team Will!
 
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