Saturday, December 31, 2011

IMM (3)

In My Mailbox is an awesome meme hosted by Kristin at The Story Siren!

So, here's my last book In My Mailbox for this year. I think that next year, I shall include movies since this blog does both. What do you think, peeps? :D


Arrived in the Mail:



The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
I'm still obsessed with Puck...and right now, as I read this book, I'm kinda mad at him. Thogh I'm still furious as Meghan for walking out on him. D: Let's just say I'm uber happy to get this book. :D
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
 I planned on waiting for this to come out in paperback, since I already have The Hunger Games in paperback and I hate having a series where its mixed like that. BUT. It's been like, what, three years? I don't think a paperback is coming anytime soon. So, I put it on my Christmas wishlist and here it is! :DD Can't wait to start reading it.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron was pretty good, so I put this on my wishlist to try.:]

If I Die by Rachel Vincent
Khj;lka;dslkfjas. I've been waiting for this book for SO long. I can't wait to read this book. :D

Inheritance by Christopher Paiolini
I pre-ordered this from B&N and gave it to myself for Christmas. I still have yet to finish reading Brisingr though. :d

The Raven and other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
I really like his work, and I'm kinda obsessed, for lack of a better term, with the Raven. :]

Then I  got these two novelty books, Peanuts Philosophers and  Curious Events in History.


What did you get in your mailbox?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

384033_2645709978620_1131776315_2817648_1872910421_n_largeHey guys! Sorry about the lack of updates recently but life has been hectic. I have some reviews to come and such, so look out for that. 

BUT! I wanted to drop off a quick post wishing you all a very merry Christmas! If you're Jewish, Happy Hanukkuh! If you're...I don't know what religion it is, but Happy Kwanzaa! :D If you're atheist/agnostic/any other relgion....Have a good day! However, I celebrate Christmas and I wanted to share this epic little tree with you guys. I'm going to attempt to make one (hopefully).

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: One Moment

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

One Moment 
by Kristine McBride
Release Date:  June 26th 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA

From Goodreads;
One MomentThis was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it's the one she'd do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below – dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?


I picked this book because I think it's a refreshing change from all the paranormal and fantasy books. It's more of the real life setting with an interesting plot idea. This would be a book that I'd actually buy.

What do you think?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: City of Ashes

Title: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date:   March 25th 2008
Format: Paperback (Borrowed)
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
City of Ashes is yet another sequel in a series that I absolutely love. Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series is so interesting and gripping, that I can hardly put it down.

I picked up the first book because the description sounded unique and interesting...and because there was a hot guy on the cover. However, once I read the book, I fell in love with even more. This book, City of Ashes, was just as good if not better than the first one.

Of course the plot is really good. That goes without saying. However, the number one thing I love in that book is Jace. He makes me laugh and he uses witticisms that I would love to be able to spew at the right moment. He is what makes the story for me.

Simon...I liked him int he first book, but now....not so much. I feel bad for Clary, because it seems that she's slowly losing her best friend.

Over all, its a really good book and I still recommend reading this series. On to the third book!

I gave it FIVE out of FIVE sporks

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Goddess Interrupted

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
by Aimee Carter
Release Date:  March 27th 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen

From Goodreads;
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.


The first book, Goddess Test, was a really interesting read. I remember reading it and thinking that I couldn't wait to read the sequel. And here it is! Sounds really good too. I'm not sure if I like the cover or not....the title font is super pretty, but something about the model and such doesn't work for me.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays 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!
It's Tuesday again! Here's my teaser: (I usually don't do just two sentences. Whatever it takes to finish the blurb.)

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) ""Not," he reminded her, "if it meant breaking the Law." 
"The Law!" Isabelle snapped in disgust. "There's a higher law than the Clave, Alec. The law of family. Jace is your family."
"The law of family? I've never heard of that before," Alec said, nettled." - pg 327 of City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: The Iron Daughter

Title:The Iron Daughter
Author:Julie Kagawa
Release Date: August 1st 2010
Format: Paperback (Bought)
The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
This book...

Oh my gosh...

Usually sequels are not nearly as great as the first book, but this is one exception to that rule. The Iron Daughter was two times better than The Iron King! I love (and hate! Yes, hate!) this book so much that I don't know where to start.

Okay, lets go with what I love. One word: Puck. Puck is back! The amazingly hot jokester is back and I squealed with joy when he appeared. He re-enters the story just in time to save Ash and Meghan's hides and he does it with style. He was also what made me start laughing while I read the book. (My classmates can attest to that. I'd burst out laughing in the middle of class...)

Second thing I love: PLOT. If you've read my reviews in the past, good plots are the number one thing I look for in the story. Puck and his amazingness alone will not even persuade me to like a book if it has a bad plot. That being said, The Iron Daughter's plot is well executed and keeps you on the edge of your seat during the whole, read. So many twists!

I also love how Julie Kagawa keeps expanding the world in the book and makes it come to life before your very eyes. This is one book you don't want to read before you go to bed, because you'll stay up thinking about it!

Now...what do I hate? The ending. This is no fault of the author's. It's only the fault of my heart..because I hate Meghan now.


She freaking left Puck behind! When Ash was banished from the Nevernever, and she tried to go after her, Oberon warned her that she too would be banished forever isf she walked through that trod after Ash. Puck finally broke down and pleaded with her to stay. To stay with /him/! What did she do!? She walked out of Nevernever without so much of a look back at Puck. Cold hearted little peri! I was so upset at that book that I just let loose and ranted on my nearest friend. Puck is destined to be alone forever!


So yeah. THAT'S why I have a love-hate relationship with this book. If you haven't read it yet...DO IT. Its amazing.

I gave it FIVE out of FIVE sporks

Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: City of Bones

Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry
Release Date:  February 19th 2008
Format: Paperback (Given by Amelia @ The Authoress)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

I remember picking this book up in hardback format when it first came out. I remember wanting to read it SO badly, and I remember taking it to my mom to buy it. She told me no, because of the cover. Yes, she judged the book by its cover. Blasphemy! But that's what mom's do. They don't like their daughters seeing sexy guys, even if the guy is barely on the cover of a book. So, I have waited many years to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I was finally able to when Amelia sent me a copy via R.A.K. To say I was excited is a bit of an understatement.
So, given that background, I started reading this book with anticipation that it was going to be great. Plus, I read many reviews on it giving it high praises. (Even my friends loved the series.) Usually, when that happens, I'm always let down. However, I was not let down in the slightest when it came to this book.

The plot of the story is fantastic! It starts out with what seems like an average teenaged girl's life which morphs into something more. That something more becomes a brand new world created exclusively by Cassandra Clare. The world borrows parts of general myth about fey and mystical realms and glamour but its all combined to form something completely original. If the characters weren't so awesome, I'd be even more in love with the world than I am. Whiiiccch, brings me to characters...Is there an adjective I haven't used yet that could accurately describe them? I don't think so. These characters are wonderful creations and they're planned out beautifully. All the characters seem to be well-rounded and diverse. Jace is the hot, witty, dangerous guy. Simon is the nerdy, cute, and funny dude. Alec is the "sparkly", snarky, sidekick. Isabelle is the beautiful, goddess-like, b**chy girl. Then, last but not least, Clary is the artsy, awkward yet bold, teenager. All of these guys put together pack one fantastic array of characters. Jace and Simon are going to make you laugh, no doubt. Clary is easy to sympathize with and she isn't annoyingly weak. Alec.....I can't describe him without giving away a juicy bit of the book! Isabelle...well, she's meant to be hated.  As diverse as these characters are, they still work together in a unique way. 

Anyway, I should cut short my fan-girling. So, basically, if you like a fantasy style, kick-butt adventure story with awesome guys and a fantasmagorical plot....then this is the story for you. If you've been deprived of reading it for the last few years like I have, find a way to get your hands on one! You won't regret it. 

I gave it FIVE out of FIVE Sporks
P.S. Fantasmagorical is a word I created years ago that I keep in my arsenal of words for special things. This is one of them.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Scarlet

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

by A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: February 14th 2012
Publisher: Walker & Co

From Goodreads;
ScarletMany readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.


I love the Robin Hood legend and I think that twists upon legends like that are SO interesting. Also, I love the time period and such. Not to mention, I LOVELOVELOVELOVE the cover. Seriously.  I would love a poster of it. It looks so elfy and pretty. And anyone who knows me, knows I love elves. So, to say I'm looking forward to this book is a bit of an understatement. :D

What is your pick?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays 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!
It's Tuesday again! Here's my teaser: (I usually don't do just two sentences. Whatever it takes to finish the blurb.)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)"She said nothing, biting the inside of her lip. She hated the idea of someone reaching inside her head, touching memories so private and hidden that even she couldn't reach them. "She doesn't have to do anything she doesn't want to do," Jace said suddenly. "Does she?" " - pg 167 of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Secret Society

Title: Secret Society
Author: Tom Dolby
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date:  October 1st 2009 
Formant: Paperback (ARC from Nicki @WORDforTeens)
Secret Society (Secret Society, #1) An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.
They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.
Secret Society comes with a wonderful synopsis to make you want to read it, and it has a very interesting plot to suck you in. At least, that's how it was for me.

After reading a quarter of the book, I realized that this book hadn't reached its full potential yet. The characters weren't fleshed out so there was hardly anything to relate to with any of the characters. The plot was fantastic but I think that it could have been so much bigger. The essence of the plot wasn't fleshed out either, so when I ended the book, I felt like I sort of wasted my time.

However, there are good things about the book! The main idea of the plot - a secret society that brands people and gives them all the success they want - is very alluring. I couldn't put the book down, because I wanted to now what would be the Secret Society's next move. It had a few surprises and confusing twists but that made it all the better.

Character wise, I first liked Nick and Phoebe best. Phoebe was an artsy teenager without a lot of money. Nick was the handsome, down to earth, rich guy. However, over time, Phoebe became a whiny, annoying character but Nick stayed the same. At the end of the book, I loved Nick and Patch the best. Patch was adventurous and challenging. He did things that most others would be afraid to do and I always was interested in how it would end for him. I was sorta surprised at his ending.

As a whole, there were some serious downfalls in the book but all its good things combined, I gave it three sporks. I'm not sure if this interests me enough to read the sequel, though.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Dead to You

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Dead to You
by Lisa McMann
Release Date: February 7th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

From Goodreads;
Dead to YouEthan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...


I like Lisa McMann's stories. They're easy to read and they usually have a great plot. I would love to read this, considering her writing style. I also wonder how the cover has anything to do with the story....?

What do you think?