Saturday, July 30, 2011

Richelle Mead's Storm Born Issue #2

Book format: Graphic Novel

Publisher: Sea Lion Books

Pages: 37pgs

The Story

Eugenie Markham is a freelance shaman, guarding our world from the invasion of Otherworldly creatures. Those who try have 'The Dark Swan' to deal with. But Eugenie's about to cross into the Otherworld alone to rescue a girl that nobody else will. Will she make it back across alive?

The Review

A big thank you to Patrick from Sea Lion Books for sending me links to this issue!

If you haven't read my review on STORM BORN's first graphic novel issue, then you can read it here. For issue #2 of Richelle Mead's new graphic novel series, it picks up exactly off where issue #1 ends - diving straight into the action. After some hot 'love-making' with a guy named Kyo and even before the night ends, Eugenie is met with something unexpected - something otherworldly - and soon learns that Kyo himself isn't all what he appears to be. When a creature attack goes wrong and Kyo awkwardly disappears into the night, Eugenie knows she's in a big fat mess. Again like in issue #1 Sea Lion Books has published yet another great installment in the STORM BORN graphic novel series and the action scenes were very awesome, much like I expected them to be.

What I loved most about this issue was the action! There was definitely more of it in issue #2 and they were shown through amazing scenes, vivid colours, and the overall story was developed so very well - even for a graphic novel it's surprising. Anyway, in this issue I'm glad that we got to see more of Eugenie and her well . . . her personal life. Readers will also learn a little bit more under that hardrock shell of hers and will appreciate Eugenie as the main character. And also - I can't wait to see what will happen with Kyo, especially after the way things ended with him in this issue. But I already know what happens since I've read the books that the graphic novels are based on, but still . . . it'll be interesting what issue #3 will bring up next onto the table! So graphic novel and Richelle Mead fans, you should definitely pick up a copy! Well worth it! Thanks again to Patrick from Sea Lion Books for giving me the opportunity to read this very awesome graphic novel!

The Rating

5/5 stars

Friday, July 29, 2011

Richelle Mead's Storm Born Issue #1

Book format: Graphic Novel

Publisher: Sea Lion Books

Pages: 36pgs

The Story

Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she's been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld's most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past . . .

The Review

A big thanks to Patrick from Sea Lion Books for sending me links to this issue!

For those obsessed Richelle Mead fans like myself, then you're going to love this graphic novel adaptation of Mead's adult book series, the Dark Swan series - which can also be known as Storm Born. When I first heard Richelle Mead was going to have yet another one of her books published into a graphic novel, I was super excited for this! Not only because it's another Mead book to collect, but it's because I'm a major fan of anything graphic novel! Comics, manga, graphic novels . . . you name it!

For the first issue of STORM BORN it went beyond my expectations! The drawings and the colours clearly spoke for themselves and I have to say two thumbs up for Sea Lion Books! They did a brilliant job with this! It brought a wonderful feel to the story and since I'm a big fan of the adult novel series, it was super awesome to see some of my favourite characters brought to life in graphic novel form! The only thing I was disappointed in was the length because it made me want more and more of it! Bring on more Eugenie Markham please!

If you're a fan of Richelle Mead (which is a silly statement to make since you ALL have to be a fan of hers) or if you're simply looking for a great graphic novel to read, then be sure to pick up a copy of this first issue since it's a very cool new addition to the graphic novel book department since it'll become one of your favourites! Though be warned to younger readers of Mead's Vampire Academy series, this graphic novel does contain some sexual content. Once again, thank you to Patrick for allowing me to review this early!

The Rating
5/5 stars

Follow Friday

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Passion by Lauren Kate

Release Date: 14th June, 2011

Publisher: Random House


The Story

"Every single lifetime, I'll choose you.

Just as you have always chosen me. Forever."

Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross, before they fought the Immortals, they had already lived many lives. And so Luce, desperate to unlock the curse that condemns their love, must revisit her past incarnations in order to understand her fate. Each century, each life, holds a different clue.

But Daniel is chasing her throughout the centuries before she has a chance to rewrite history.

How many deaths can one true love endure? And can Luce and Daniel unlock their past in order to change their future?

The Review

In the previous novels Fallen and Torment, we've been given clues about Luce and Daniel's past lives and the curse they bear. For those who've read this series so far, we know that we sometimes get Daniel's side of the story, through his eyes, and I was really happy when I read PASSION and read alternating chapters with two different perspectives - Luce and Daniel's perspectives. It was a nice change to get away from one character and see what's going on with another. Torment left readers on a major cliffhanger, with Luce jumping into an Announcer and determined to find answers. Throughout PASSION readers will see glimpses of Luce's past lives, journeying further and further into the lives shared with Daniel. Little does Luce know there are angels and nephilim, with Daniel also hot on her trail, who are desperate to catch up with her before she ultimately . . . rewrites history. And rewrite her own future self.

First things first! I give a huge applause to Lauren Kate for writing multiple history eras because she dealt with them so very well that I, myself, felt surprised! From Italy to England, Tibet to Egypt . . . the history between Luce and Daniel is endless. It was great to see a variety of Luce's and Daniel's, along with the sometimes-civilized and sometimes-barbaric surroundings and even see how the couple came together and how they were torn apart. But like most novels, and while this is a semi-prequel to the Fallen series, I found myself some problems with the book. One of them was the supporting characters. Gosh I missed the supportings character like CAM and MILES! Sure they made some little appearances but no . . . they were hardly in it! *sigh when I think Cam got so little appearances* Another problem for me was the god-damn ending! What the hell is wrong with you Ms. Kate! Why must you torment me?! And what the hell with Bill?!?! BILL?!?! I . . . well, I won't say anything more. It would be spoilery.

As expected, nothing was really solved in this book. Nothing like I hoped. But there's one thing readers will love - we did learn a lot more about Luce and Daniel. Understanding Daniel more so and the reason behind why he's the way he is. As for the main character, Luce, while she remains a little selfish, a little annoying, and a little clueless at times, but I did appreciate that she made some decisions on her own without Daniel having his say. Even with the villain and the ending itself being pretty predictable and tad bit disappointing . . . but I can definitely tell that the fourth and final installment RAPTURE is going to end with a climatic showdown and I'm looking forward to seeing what Lauren Kate brings up next onto the table! Pretty please add more CAM!

The Rating

4/5 stars

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forbidden: The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver

Release Date: 5th August, 2011

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Pages: 416pgs

The Story

Hell has a plan for Riley Blackthorne . . .

Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzing feelings for someone who's got more secrets than the CIA. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option with Hell watching her every move.

One mistake will cost her everything - and that's the one she's about to make . . .

The Review

A big thanks to Lauren from Macmillan for sending me a review copy of this book!

Riley Blackthorne is back in the much anticipated second book in the Demon Trappers series. For those haven't read my book review on the first installment of the series, Forsaken, then you can read it here. When I got a copy of this sequel I was very surprsied to find this on my doorstep as I didn't expect it. The best book parcels mind you. Now, I admit, I wasn't a really big fan of the first book in the Demon Trappers series, one because it lacked a good romance and two because there wasn't enough things there to keep me invested in this demon world of Oliver's. However, some people like myself maybe surprised that this sequel was a lot better than it's first book.

In FORBIDDEN there's a lot going on in Riley's life. With her dad's body stolen by God-knows-who Necromancer and her boyfriend still recovering in hospital after an attack that readers experienced in the first book, things start to get messy. Throughout the book not many questions are answered, more like new questions begin to form. Who stole Riley's dad's body? Why is her suppose 'boyfriend' acting so weird even after she technically saved his life? Why is Riley having feelings for someone she thought she didn't like in that way? And why is the mysterious Ori so protective over her? But of course there still lies this question - what does Hell want to do with Riley? Without revealing too much of the plot, all I can say is I'm far more impressed with this book. I think the main reason why I liked this one more than its predecessor is because there's a nice consistent flow to the story and not a complicated one. I found in the first book it was more focussed on crazy events that didn't have much purpose to the drive of the story and it also focussed too much on a out-of-nowhere romance. So it was a great change in FORBIDDEN.

The only thing that disappointed me in the book was the romance. Yet again. I still didn't buy Riley's love for the religious and so-called 'nice' Simon. I've never seen the appeal of him. Same goes with Beck, the person Riley treats as an older brother. Unlike Simon, I don't mind Beck. His attentions to protect Riley are understandable but damn he's blind of his own true feelings. If you know what I mean. As for the newcomer Ori, who made a few appearances in Forsaken, he interested me for a little while and in the sequel his character actually grew on me. But normally when a character slowly grows on me . . . they end up disappointed me all over again. And let's just say something that occurs toward the end of the book . . . made me so mad. At Riley mostly. But I won't say anything more.

Overall FORBIDDEN is a great installment to the Demon Trappers book series. If readers were disappointed in the first book - like myself - then you will be pleasantly surprised by this sequel and what it has to offer. It's the type of read with a little bit of romance (but not too corny like the first book), a little bit of mystery, and the best part of all, there's some fun demon action for young adult readers with a love of fantasy and dystopian-like worlds! Definitely pick up a copy! It's worth it!

The Rating

4 /5 stars

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Release Date: August, 2011

Publisher: ATOM

Pages: 390pgs

The Story

You're an alpha, a leader. That's what we need. It's what we've always needed.

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. Then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save her pack - and the boy - she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials love can endure and still survive.

The Review

A big thanks to Laura from Hachette books for sending me a review copy of this book!

It's going to be a small challenge for me not to reveal spoilers in this review, since it's not the first in a series so I'm going to do my best here. For those who read the first installment, that being Nightshade, you'll know the cruel ending Ms Cremer left us in. It was not nice at all. However while I was in a dark pit of cruelty, I will say that the sequel has made me very happy! This book is awesome. I enjoyed Nightshade so very much - well maybe not Shay - but since I read this book and after several of its chapters flew by . . . I'm pretty much loving this book so much more! WOLFSBANE is a strong book, all around from beginning to end. We meet new characters, read from a different 'sort of' environment, and have some burning questions answered.

The thing I loved most about WOLFSBANE was the story within itself. The plot was fast-paced (exactly what I asked for) and every part of the book had you guessing. Everything. But what really drew me in this time was the characters Calla and Shay. For Calla I've always loved her as a main female protagonist. Sure she has boy troubles - then again who doesn't - but ultimately she's smart, kickass, and vulnerable at the same time. The thing about her in this book is that she's grown up and making choices for herself which a lot of readers will love. Same goes for Shay. Now don't go hating on me . . . but I disliked Shay all through Nightshade. He was the annoying pest I wanted gone. Then again, Andrea Cremer surprised me. I actually started to like Shay and perhaps love him. He was more confident in this book and I love him for it. But that doesn't me I'm on his 'team'. I'm forever Team Ren.

Ren . . . what can I possibly say about Ren? For the fact that he only got ONE single scene in the whole of the book, I have to say that that was my only disappointment in the book. Sigh. I do realize this book had to be more focussed on Shay than of Ren, but damn, I demand more Ren! When readers do see him . . . he only get's to say a few words and a few growls along the way, and he's not really the same Ren Calla left behind. I mean, dude he's heartbroken. Anyway, please don't do that again - with less Ren - in the next book Ms. Author! It's so unfair to us Ren lovers! Speaking of Ren, the Calla I know still loves him but it's always Shay-this and Shay-that. *cries* My poor Ren is all I can say. *tells mind to stop gushing over Ren*

Overall, WOLFSBANE will make you bloodlusting for more! The cliffhanger Andrea Cremer leaves us spinning in is beyond cruel - so, so very cruel - and I don't about you guys but I think authors will be the death of me. So if you haven't started reading this series yet, please do! You won't regret it one bit when it comes to these awesome adventures. It's a thrill ride you want to be apart of and I can't wait to see what will happen in the final installment of the Nightshade series! *still cries out for Ren* Rennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn . . .

The Rating

4 1/2 /5 stars

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner

Release Date: 1st July, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 227pgs

The Story

England, 1640. Sixteen-year-old Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father's radical ideas lead him into a suicidal stand against Oliver Cromwell's army. Taking refuge in Amsterdam and desperate to find a means to survive, Isabella finds work with an elderly printer, Master de Aquila, and his enigmatic young assistant, Williem.

When Master de Aquila travels to Venice to find a publisher brave enough to print his daring new book, Isabella accompanies him and discovers a world of possibility - where women work alongside men as equal partners, and where books and beliefs are treasured.

But in a continent torn apart by religious intolerance, constant danger lurks for those who don't watch their words. And when the agents of the Spanish Inquistion kidnap de Aquila to stop him printing his book, Isabella and Willem become reluctant allies in a daring chase across Europe to rescue him from certain death.

The Review

A big thanks to Lara from HarperCollins for sending me a review copy of this book!

I love anything with a good adventure and this book delivers! I've only read a couple of reviews of this book and readers seemed to really like it, so thanks to the amazing publicist, Lara from HarperCollins, I was able to read and review this amazing tale.

ACT OF FAITH is about sixteen-year-old girl named Isabella who lives with her scholarly father in England, a place that is torn apart by the conflict between Oliver Cromwell and Charles I. When they end up fleeing their home and travelling over to Amsterdam, Isabella's father is arrested which creates a small problem for the sweet and innocent Isabella. With the unexpected death of her father, drowned at sea, she has no choice but to work as an assistant for a Jewish printer, where her academic and language skills are put to good use and she soon learns there's a world where women and men are equals.

I admit, I wasn't too sure what to expect of this book. In general, whether it's standalones or shorter books, sometimes a lot of them don't offer the greatness that they deserve. But this book sure does! It was exceptionally well-written! I loved the history of the book and you could tell it was well researched. I loved the characters and the interactions between them. I most importantly I loved Isabella from beginning to end. Being a sixteen-year-old girl and living in a time of the 1600's, this period was a tough time to live amongst, where new ideas and philosophies were strongly under threat and where book were treasures - but very dangerous ones. The way Kelly Gardiner captured this element of the period, the way she describes the cities, the people, the printing, the action . . . it was something special that a lot of readers will enjoy.

With a great portrayal of the dark days of Europe under Puritans and the Spanish Inquistion, both of which really interested me before I even started this novel, ACT OF FAITH was definitely a nice, quick-paced, and an enjoyable read. While I found some parts of the book needed to be developed more, but I'm glad that Gardiner had written a character - that being Isabella - who is such a great role model for younger readers. She's smart and challenges the ideals of men being the 'suppose' stronger sex. You have to love that in a girl. ACT OF FAITH is highly recommended from me if you love adventure and a superb historical novel! And the author is Australian, which makes this book even more supersweet!

The Rating

3 1/2 / 5 stars

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Release Date: 8th February, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 233pgs

The Story

The community of Cryer's Cross, Montana (population of 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, sixteen-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany's empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on . . . until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear . . . and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating . . . and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon something ugly - and deadly - local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

The Review

Okay, I'm not going to lie. I've read Lisa McMann's FADE series and I wasn't a fan. When it came to this book however and seeing so many people give it 4 stars on the likes of goodreads, I thought maybe I misjudged the author and I should give this one a go. So here I am . . . I gave it a go . . . I really tried to give it a go . . . but *sigh*. Maybe it was just boring old me, but I couldn't - at all - connect with the story. Which ultimately sucks since I'm big fan of thriller and supernatural stories. My overall thought for CRYER'S CROSS: It was probably even more disappointing than McMann's other series. I found the plot itself lacking in so many ways as well as the characters who I didn't really care about in the end. It's an easy read and I get that part, but there were so many different directions the author could've explored in the book, directions that could've possibly hold more interest to its readers.

I loved the idea of McMann's character suffering from OCD (like me because I'm a neat freak all the way hehe) and that alone was the reason why I picked up this book. Oh and the "possessed" desk. But it didn't work the way I hoped it would. Same goes for the romance. I had a small issue with the romance . . . it was too forced and sudden. So, the book just didn't work. For me at least. I still have no idea what the book was really about because the main character was a mess. Sometimes we have a story about the OCD girl Kendall, sometimes we have a story about the aspiring dancer girl Kendall, and sometimes we have a story about the worried girl who's looking for an answer about the missing teens Kendall. It was a series of choppy mini-stories and I didn't feel anything was pulled off the way it should've been. That's the problem with short, easy-read books . . . it's very hard to pull off a great story with so little pages. I admit, the premise of CRYER'S CROSS was a great idea and I suppose a lot of other readers really loved this one but, I, however am not loving this one. It wasn't what I was hoping for.

The one thing I applaud about Lisa is her unique style of writing - it's fast-paced and straight to-point. Some may love this book because they're a fan of McMann's other books and some may love this book because it's a short read . . . so if you're one of those two things then you'll love this book. I may not be a fan but everyone has different tastes in young adult fiction. So give it a go if you're looking for something to read in your spare time.

The Rating
2/5 stars

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Release Date: 22nd March, 2011

Publisher: Puffin

Pages: 344pgs

The Story

Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?

That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.

It is 1941 and fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer. Then suddenly, her life is changed forever. One night, the Soviet secret police invade her home and forcibly remove Lina, her mother and brother, transporting them via cattle trucks from familiar Lithuania to remote Siberia. The conditions are horrific, the genocide unseen and thousands of lives are lost.

In this dramatic and moving story, Lina must fight for her life and for the life of those around her. Her harrowing journey and incredible strength of spirit will steal your breath, capture your heart and give you hope.

The Review

As soon as I heard about this particular title and watched this video here, I knew I had to read this novel. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY may have been a little out of my comfort zone - as I don't usually read these types of novels - but I'm so glad that I gave this one a go.

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY is told through the eyes of Lina Vilkas, an incredible young woman, who's inner strength is tested by her bravery and the willingness to live. She's not only a determined young woman but she's a fearless one too. She is always risking her own life to help her family and rarely thinking about the consequences of her actions - for herself and for others. Using her talents as an artist, she draws up the likes of maps layouts and secret messages that she hopes will one day reach her father and the list goes on. This girl is the perfect heroine. I felt for Lina throughout the novel because I must warn you . . . this book isn't all sunshine and butterflies. The author, Ruta Septys, spends a good deal of the book exploring a very grim environment and she doesn't dare cover up the horrors that were committed against these innocent people during this time. Despite Lina's situation she never falters and she never loses her spirit nor her incredible courage and she's definitely someone everyone should aspire to.

Although the novel has a slow-moving pace to it, but it didn't bother me since I was so wrapped up and invested with these characters' stories. Overall - without going through every single detail - what I loved most about the book was how the author focussed on the lives of those in the Baltic regions, those that were most effected by Stalin's reign of terror, because it gave the novel a sense of realism since so many of these innocent people suffered in silence long after the war was over. Sure, the novel is purely fiction . . . but I appreciated that some of the events of the book were real life accounts that were told to Ruta by survivors of the actual war. If you've seen the video above, you'll know what I mean. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY is an unforgettable story. Through it's gut-wrenching scenes to it's horrors in the work camp, this novel is unwavering when it comes the honesty of the perils of war and it's no wonder why so many people loved this novel's heart and soul! Definitely pick this baby up if you want to fall in love with it too!

The Rating

4/5 stars

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott

Release Date: 24th May, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 250pgs

The Story

Abby accepted that she can't measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby's life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but she'd never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could . . .

The Review

I've loved Elizabeth Scott's novels for years! Each time she brought a new book onto the table, I was RIGHT THERE to read and love it! From the very beginning of Ms Scott's career, each book that came out kept getting better and better. However, despite my excitement before this books release, I was 'little' disappointed with BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER. It kind of fell a little short compared to her other fantastic YA novels!

The thing I love most about Scott's books is that they're light, quick, and fun little reads that every girl will enjoy no what the story is about. You see, I don't read a lot teen contemporary books, but Elizabeth Scott is an exception. Same goes with the similiar likes of Sarah Dessen and Susanne Colasanti. When it comes to Scott, I love the way she deals with tough teen issues - especially with her teen romances - and in the end you get something supersweet! BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER may not be the strongest novel she's written, but I love the quirk in her characters and the sticky-little-emotional obstacles that the characters face throughout the entire book, events that kept me sucked in from chapter-to-chapter.

The main character, Abby, was a bit of a strange character for me. I don't about other readers but I found her a bit too weird for my liking. But of course we learn something that happened to her when she was around 14-15-ish and in that particular situation it is probably why she's the way she is. Unloved. Insecure. Lost. When readers finally get to know Abby and away from the shadow of her sister, you'll soon admire her strengths, her weaknesses, her devotion, and her adoration for her one-and-only sister. But trust me when I say this - I don't understand her love for her sister?!?! To me, the reason why Abby is so broken is because of her sister . . . because of her sister and all her drama which naturally made Abby feel so non-existent. Sometimes I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and say, "BE YOURSELF." As much as that troubled me, I enjoyed the world through Abby's eyes and her depiction of when her sister wasn't in a coma.

As chapters flew by, I started to fall for the love interest of the story . . . Eli. I thought his character was so sweet and it seemed crucial to have him invested in the story, because it also helped Abby's character develop into something less annoying. (Totally not saying you need a guy to fix things but in this case it did). Plus, he had the whole OCD thing going for him, which was good considering I have a bit of OCD myself. Clean freak. *smirks* Anyway, he too was a likeable character.

Overall, I wasn't absolutely CRAZY over BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER like Elizabeth Scott's other books - ones that have become teen classics - but I still enjoyed the story. It's sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes emotional, sometimes what-the-hell-crazy, and sometimes inspiring which is exactly what you get in EVERY single Elizabeth Scott novel. If you haven't read any of Scott's novels, than I suggest you pick up one of her earlier novels before you start reading this one. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more future titles from this author!

The Rating
3/5 stars

Monday, July 18, 2011

In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

Release Date: 1st May, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 313pgs

The Story

Two years ago, Brenna did the unthinkable. She witnessed the aftermath of a murder and accused her only true friend - the first boy she ever loved - of being a killer.

Now sixteen, Brenna returns to Oklahoma only to discover that Isaac 'White Bird' Henry isn't in juvie. The half-breed outcast is in a mental hospital frozen in time, locked in his mind at the worst moment of his life. When Brenna touches him, she's pulled into his hellish vision quest, seeing terrifying demons and illusions she doesn't understand.

Feelings isolated and alone, Brenna's up against the whole town: targeted by bullying former classmates, a bigoted small town sheriff and a tribe who refuses to help one of their own.

But when Brenna realizes she's as trapped by the past as White Bird is, this time she won't turn her back on him. She's the only one who can free them both. Even if she has to expose her secret - a 'gift' she's kept hidden her whole life.

The Review

Wow, wow, WOWWW! When I first read the synopsis of the book, I wasn't all that interested. Didn't think it was for me. But when I came across a copy at the library I then thought, "Why not? Let's have a go . . . " After finishing the book, I am most certainly very happy that I did grab this book! Honestly this book . . . OWNED me. From the first page to the very last. IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS is absolutely riveting - it's such an intense, emotional and a super cool story about a teenage girl in search of some redemption. Brenna is an outsider when you first meet her. She has always been an outsider, and probably will always be one. When she returns to the scene of the crime - you'll learn about what she sees as the crime and what the town sees for themselves - in which she must not only confront her fears, but she must confront the boy she accused of the murder. The boy she once loved and still does.

For once in a young adult book, I loved every moment of it! Of course there were some paragraphs that were la-de-da but the majority of the book was so freakin' fantastic! The book itself touched on so many different real-life issues - racism, bullying, trauma, relationships, and so much more - and it was something so unique that I can't compare it to any other young adult book on the planet! Well, unless you count the common theme of a girl with a special 'gift' but other than that, I say TWO THUMBS UP for Jordan Dane! IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS lands, hits you, and delivers in every possible way.

I can't even describe the complexity of the characters! Brenna was a wonderful heroine. She thought she was doing the right thing but then she's the one paying the price, and not only that, but she's carrying so much weight on her shoulders and is still willing to protect her mother from her own mistakes. As for the boy she loved, White Bird . . . yet again Jordan Dane has delivered another hottie. Like Brenna, he too is such a wonderful character. White Bird - which he prefers to be called as - is an outsider and with some flashbacks you get to see how him and Brenna formed a solid friendship. It was super sweet! Despite him being accused of murder, sent to a mental hospital, and living a hellish nightmare that is all in his mind . . . he's still so gentle and understanding. *sighs* When it comes to the other characters - like Brenna's harsh former classmates and her own mother - while they were so irritating at times, but ultimately each character had a purpose for the novel's drive and I love them for it!

Anyway, I better stop gushing over this book even if IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS deserves every bit of praise it can get! *happy dance* With thrilling suspense, a compelling mystery, a hint of Native American culture (the best bloody thing to add in a book by the way) and a fresh take of the paranormal genre . . . this book MUST be read by all wanting something new in young adult fiction! I'm pretty sure it's a standalone and I hope it is because it's the best standalone I've ever read in my life! Okay I'm still gushing here . . . so this stops NOW! The end. *forces hand away from keyboard*

The Rating

5/5 stars

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Want to read the first chapter of Richelle Mead's Bloodlines?

If you're a hardcore fan of Richelle Mead - like me, and like so many others around the globe - then you're in for a big surprise! With only a few weeks to go until the Vampire Academy spin-off book BLOODLINES hits our shelves, MTV's Hollywood Crush website has just released the first chapter of the much anticipated book of 2011! I read it and loved it! I literally can't wait to see what's in store for one of my favourite supporting-characters-now-turned-main-heroine, Sydney Sage!

Just click the link here

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cover Reveals + Some News

So, what do you think of the latest cover reveals?

Pretty beautiful right? Which one do you love?

For me, it's a toss-up between WHEN THE SEA IS RED RISING (which will be released in 2012) and SHATTER ME (which is coming out this year)! I can't wait for these books! Just hurry up already! I need to read them ASAP!

Anyway, today I've found out some great news about one of my favourite young adult series! The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen has been optioned for film! Yay! Bout time people! You can read more about the news here and here. *dances around*

Are you are Luxe fan?

Do you think it will make a great film?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Inside Out & Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

For today's post I'm doing something a 'little' different compared to my other past book reviews. Since I recently and FINALLY finished these two books in Maria Snyder's YA series, I thought it would be cool to do them together - but a slightly more 'mini review' form! Also be on the lookout for an upcoming contest featuring some Snyder goodies! *More details to come*

Release Date: Both books are out now!

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 315pgs / 326pgs

Inside Out

The Story

Keep your head down.

Don't get noticed.

Or else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own. Until I accidentally start a rebellion, fall in love with an Upper and become the go-to-girl to lead a revolution . . .

The 'Mini' Review

I'm a huge fan of Maria V. Snyder - both with her Poison Study and her Glass series - and since I love the trending dystopian genre and her work . . . I knew I would love this book series too! And I was right. This particular series took me a while to get into compared to my favourite Poison Study series (one of the best series by the way), but this novel certainly grew on me as I learnt more about Trella and of her world. When it comes to Trella as a main heroine, she has a lot of hard choices to make throughout the book and it's a real struggle for her as she has to cross the fine line between being told what to do and to do what needs to be done. You can tell once all these little pieces click together that the character herself begins to grow into a young woman but in a more positive way than the girl you first meet at the beginning of the book. She's in for the fight of her life - and she knows what's right - and I love that about Trella. But most of all . . . I fell in love with the cleverness in Snyder's writing, the emotional scenes with each and every page, and the sheer pleasure of reading Synder's words flow until the very end. So pick up a copy now! It's well worth it!

Outside In

The Story

A Leader?

Okay, so I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. A whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion between worker scrubs like me and the snobby Uppers who rule the world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I could go off on my own again - while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one Upper I think I can trust.

But then we learn that there is an Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

The 'Mini' Review

When I read the first book INSIDE OUT, I thought the whole EPICNESS had a WOW depth to it. Trella reminded me a lot of Katniss from the Hunger Games and judging by this book alone, I can definitely see the similarities in her personality and in her strengths. But when it comes to Snyder's sequel, OUTSIDE IN, she yet again WOWed me more than ever before. There's riots breaking out, there's some epic heart-stopping action, there's a race against time kind-of-adventure happening, and also there's some deadly bombings . . . the list is endless. What I love most about Maria Snyder is that you don't know what to expect when it comes to her new books and that's why I love reading every single book she brings out! Without revealing spoilers, I can definitely say if you haven't read a Maria V. Snyder book then please do! OUTSIDE IN gives us readers the mystery we want to endeavour, the danger we want to put ourselves in, the action we want to experience, the suspence we want to keep us on the edge of our seats. In the end, Maria Snyder will leave you wanting more and MORE! And I mean MORE! Great books we got here folks!

The Rating

(for both books)

5/5 stars

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

Release Date: 31st March, 2011

Publisher: Speak

Pages: 304pgs

The Story

A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of witch, and a treasure hunt - not to mention a princess for a roommate! - all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boardin school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

The Review

WAKE UNTO ME is an absolutely intriguing read from Lisa Cach. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up a copy . . . all I knew it had everything I love about a book 1) It's young adult. Check. 2) It's about a haunted castle. Check. 3) It's about a romance that isn't meant to be. Check. 4) It's got something to do with dreams. Check. And finally 5) It's got something to do with history and dreams put together. Check. Check. Anyone who loves what I mentioned above then this is your kind of book!

Caitlyn Monahan doesn't know what's wrong with her. All she knows is that she doesn't fit in, not with her friends, and certainly not with her own family. When she gets the chance to move to France, where she will attend a fancy French boarding school . . . it's the perfect chance to escape her town of Oregon. But unlike most boarding schools . . . there's something not right. Caitlyn is having strange dreams of a boy named Raphael. While it may freak the rest of us out, but she doesn't mind as her dreams bring her closer and closer with him. The question is: How can she truly be with him when he's from the past and she's from the present? And how does Caitlyn dream of him? Is there something of the supernatural behind them?

Okay, where do I begin? I can honestly say that the beginning of the novel was a little hard to get into . . . just a tiny bit. But once the chapters came together and you end up flying past them all to the end, WAKE UNTO ME was a pretty amazing read! Sometimes I was confused by Caitlyn and how exactly she dreams of Raphael and other whatnot . . . but by the end everything was cleared up nicely and she became a very likeable character. Now, when it comes to the past - Raphael that is - boy, that BOY is sooooooo hot! No wonder Caitlyn loved him because I loved him too! He was so sweet and I know many will love him as well when they get a chance to read this book.

WAKE UNTO ME is a perfect read for anyone who loves a little bit of dreaming sexy boys. *smirks* The story itself has a lot going for it and it makes me wonder whether there'll be a sequel. But overall, it would make a perfect standalone. Anyway, Lisa Cach did a perfect job of crafting this world of hers - tying both the present and past together. The mystery wasn't predictable at all and by the time I reached the ending . . . it had me on edge and not to mention I was glad that everything was cleared up at the end as well. For those wondering yes or no to this book, I think it'll appeal to anyone. Can't wait to see what Lisa Cach writes next!

The Rating
4/5 stars

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flawless by Lara Chapman

Release date: 10th May, 2011

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 255pgs

The Story

Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She's got killers eyes, gorgeous blond hair, and impeccable grades. There's just one tiny-all alright, enormous-flaw: her nose. But even that's not so bad. Sarah's got the best best friend and big goals for print journalism fame.

On the first day of senior, Rock Conway walks into her journalism class and, well, rocks her world. Problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too. And when Rock and Kristen stand together, it's like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her nab Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can doe - she agrees. For someone so smar, what was she thinking?

This hip retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is filled with hilariously misguided matchmaking, sweet romance, and a gentle reminder that we should all embrace our flaws.

The Review

FLAWLESS is the retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac and it's about a girl called Sarah who has an unusually large nose. While most people would find it horrifying and embarrassed, Sarah is content and happy with herself (nose and all). But when her classmates continue to snicker down the hallways, when her mother urges her to go under the knife to fix her and when an uber-hot new boy arrives in town, Rockford "Rock" Conway, she thinks she has a chance with him but wonders whether her nose is the problem. The thing that could change everything. However, the real problem is her best friend Kristen, who also falls head over heels for Rock, and urges Sarah to help, as she has a lot in common with him and a master of writing skills that could help Kristen win Rock's heart. Like according to plan, it looks like the guy of Sarah dreams is going to fall for her BFF!

I love the heart of the story, how it deals with true inner beauty and how two girls deal with the constant gawking and finger pointing due to Sarah's large nose - "Everyone take cover. She's gonna blow!" *smiles* When it comes to the main character, Sarah Burke, she was an interesting, intelligent, and a very likeable girl from the novel's beginning. Except she's shallow at times. Especially when it comes to her best friend, Kristen, who might annoy the hell out of you. Kristen on the other hand was not a likeable character and I don't know why, but maybe it's because she's the cliche dumb girl who get's all the guys to love her. Even though I loved how Kristen stuck up for Sarah when people made nasty comments about her nose, but I wanted to throw her off a building or at least SOMETHING that could make her see some sense in what she's making her friend do. She kind of reminds me of some people I went to school with, and sadly I won't mention names. *smirks* Anyway, not only did Kristen treat Sarah like a slave, but she also made her do things she didn't want to do and they both knew it was wrong . . . but they did it anyway. *fist shake* However, when it comes down to it, Sarah is the one to blame. I wanted her to come out of her shell and say NO for once. Mind you, I relate a lot to Sarah being the "good best friend" and all, because even I found it hard to say no but thankfully not anymore unless we're talking about my mother. *smirks again*

As for Rock (mind you it's a horrible nickname for a boy), the hot boy a book must always include, while I loved his literature hobbies and his overall personality, I however didn't like how he treated Sarah. From the very first meeting, you could definitely see he was into her and yet he took his damn time to admit it. Eh. *sigh* I hate it when guys go out with the wrong girl, especially if they know it too. Anyway, I love him as a character and I love the ending . . . except one thing ticked me off, something he said, "I've actually been thinking about what attracted me to Kristen. It really wasn't the way she looked, it was more about the attention she gave me" - really ROCK REALLY??? - "New kid in a big school getting lots of attention from someone like Kristen . . . it's pretty flattering." DIES. I seriously don't get guys. Of course looks are important when it comes to them. Attention is just a bonus . . . but pleassssseee boy! You can't tell me they don't consider good looks too? But anyway when I read this line I had an inner scream moment. Despite all this, he was an alright love interest. The only love interest really.

FLAWLESS offers a story about friendship, love, betrayal, and of course the most important, loyalty! It was definitely a great debut novel from Lara Chapman. Even with the predictable storyline, an easy following of words and a I-saw-this-coming-of-an ending, I loved this story through-and-through and the message it sent to young readers: Be happy with who you are, rather than what you look like.

The Rating

4/5 stars

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Release Date: 7th June, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 404pgs

The Story

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life - or her actual death - she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

The Review

Before I gush about this book - because you know I will - I want to say a big THANK YOU to Lara from HarperCollins Australia for sending me a finished copy of HEREAFTER. Now as a kid I always loved reading ghost stories, no matter how creepy they were, but over these last few years no ghost story has ever captured my attention nor my heart until I read this book. HEREAFTER is not only an interesting take on the "afterlife" but it also offered up a beautiful love story about a girl whose soul is dead and lost but wants to keep living and a boy who is actually living. I'm a sucker when it comes to these type of these stories and characters who are unforgettable.

The thing I loved most about Tara Hudson's writing is how she developed Amelia's character. From the very first chapter we were straight away introduced to the main character and we're only learning so little about her. Because she knows nothing about herself and her past life - not even how she died. She only knows two things: 1) she drowned and 2) she's obviously dead. For a number of years Amelia has been wandering in limbo . . . seeing everything without people seeing her. Her story is a very haunting one on its own. To lose everything you once lived for, to lose the only identity you've ever known, would be a very frightening way of living even in death. But once a boy enters the picture . . . everything changes. For her life and for his.

Joshua. Sweet, caring, boy-next-door and loveable Joshua Mayhew. After Amelia finds his body drowing in the river she once died in, there's an instant connection. As Amelia desperately tries to save him - even knowing she can do so little because she's dead and can touch nothing - there's something different about their first meeting. Joshua died briefly and in that time he could actually see her. After this near-death experience, a few days after the accident, Joshua returns to the scene, dying to learn more about his mysterious savior and then things begin to click into place. To be honest here, I've read A LOT of young adult books and love-at-first-sight relationships . . . but nothing can be compared to the honest and heart-felt relationship between Amelia and Joshua. From the intense touches they share to the life Joshua puts back into Amelia's hollow soul, all of it was so heartwarming and I want the sequel pronto!

Without giving the plot away, HEREAFTER is the perfect debut novel for young adult book lovers and a perfect start to an awesome series. For those - like me - who enjoy worlds of the living and of the dead colliding, for those who love intriguing mythology, for those who love touching romance, for those who love charming characters . . . then you'll love this book to death. No pun intended. HEREAFTER will lure you from its first page and bring you into the unknown as its story will haunt you forever.

The Rating

5/5 stars

Friday, July 8, 2011

Follow Friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Lisa at Parajunkee's View.

This week's question: Let's step away from from besties . . . What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

My answer: There are a few that I hated. Some I can't even talk about. But for today's question I would have to go with Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson. It's the first book in the Scarlett Wakefield series and it was just . . . well it was clearly NOT for me. But even after I found myself skimming the pages of the first book, I gave the sequel a go. And well . . . this is why the book is today's choice.

So readers . . . what's your worst book?

Have an awesome weekend you guys!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber

Release Date: 17th May, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 211pgs

The Story

The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville's old mill. Raven discovers Jagger has plans to open a new club, the Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville's teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike?

And as Sebastian and Luna's relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?

With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.

The Review

I've been a big fan of Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series, not because they are epic adventures or because they have vampires in it (yes there's vampires and don't go eye-rolling me!), but because despite the cheesy romance parts . . . they are the kind of books you will always find cute, loveable, and very fast-paced reads that are great for any book fix needs. Especially if you have nothing else to do or read. For me, I loved all of her Vampire Kisses novels so far except this one. Unfortunately. CRYPTIC CRAVINGS was missing something that the other books had . . . a little mystery perhaps. I wanted more action and excitement than the predictable scenes, but I guess having a book with so little pages, you're most likely not going to get much out of them. *sad face*

The main problem with young adult books is the number of them you bring in a series. You have standalones that can sometimes work magic, you have sequels that maybe brilliant for some series and some others that you can absolutely make no sense of, then you have your trilogies that I prefer to read when it comes to YA books . . . and then you have a little too much book series that can go way over the book limit of six and seven and eight books . . . which can make a loveable series turn nasty! Only a couple of stories can getaway with this number. Anyway, I read CRYPTIC CRAVINGS very quickly, almost in one sitting, and I thought it was pretty good for a short read. The only problem for me is: When will the mysterious vampire, Alexander, turn gothic gal Raven into a vampire? I was hoping this would happen in the book . . . but it looks like nothing of the sort WILL ever happen. Sigh. But maybe I'll be proved wrong when another VK book is published.

I can't review this book too much on here - since it's a short one and if I talk about it right now then it would spoilery so I'll save you from that - but if you loved all of the Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses books, then I can guarantee that you too will love this one too. While it's fast-paced and has all of the characters that you love and adore from the previous installments, I found CRYPTIC CRAVINGS not as exciting nor as interesting as the other books. Mind you, another book is coming out next year - Stormy Nights. So, I hope that one will offer me some happiness in the future.

The Rating

3/5 stars

Note: Don't you just love the cover?! I've seen the original but I love this photo!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cover Reveals

This post features two YA book covers that I've come across on the internet. And I don't about you guys but I think they are probably one of the best covers I've seen so far! Anyway I'll let you be the judge because I think the covers can speak for themselves.

Sequel to Beth Revis's Across the Universe

My reaction . . .
I just love this cover to the author's sequel. It's the perfect addition.

Sequel to Richelle Mead's upcoming spin-off series Bloodlines

My reaction . . .

Say whhhhhhhhattttt ?

OMG it's so lovely! The colour is great.


So what do you think of the two book covers? Aren't they so very awesome?! Personally I love them to bits!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Release Date: 14th June, 2011

Publisher: Egmont USA

Pages: 397pgs

The Story

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why he is so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult novel.

The Review

I love anything with science fiction. I love anything with paranormal. I love anything with time travel. As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that 1) I would have very high expectations and 2) I would love it even before reading it. And I was right. Yet again. It was even more brilliant than I thought it would be. *throws confetti around*

In HOURGLASS, Myra McEntire writes such an amazing story that can weave reality and the past together, creating something magicial. I hope when I eventually write my own time travel story that it's this good as HOURGLASS! I won't get into much of the story because that would ruin it for you guys, but I can definitely say that Emerson is one of my favourite heroines in young adult books. She's funny, snarky, courageous, and while she maybe a little unstable . . . but she's loveable in every way. I think what brought out those qualities in her was the dear gorgeous, mysterious Michael Weaver. Being the love interest of the story, I guess Michael was the big thing in the book and one that made the book feel so . . . complete. Unlike Emerson, he knows all too well of her ability to see Rips (people from the past), time travel and so much more. But my god he was sooooooo awesome and did I mention HOT?

Anyway, just when I thought things were getting interesting . . . by the time I hit the last 90 pages or so, Myra McEntire completely threw me into a curve ball and I ended being met with tons of action sequences and a lot of twists and turns. Then . . . that's when all the truth surfaces and all the lies are soon revealed. HOURGLASS was quite a journey for me to say at the very least and on the whole there's one thing that I loved most about the book and that's that there's no over-the-top romance but one that's believeable and easy-going. The whole romance between Emerson and Michael made me have butterflies in my stomach, much like how Emerson was feeling at the time - especially when the sexual tension came and went. It was pretty cute, sexy, and one hell of a read.

HOURGLASS is perfect for those sci-fi freaks - like me - and if you like the likes of X-men (like me) and maybe the likes of Doctor Who (well maybe not me there but I know there's lot's of Dr. Who fans out there) . . . then this book is for you! I'm also looking forward to reading McEntire's sequel to HOURGLASS and I really hope we get to see more Emerson/Michael romance (more hot kisses I mean), and of course . . . I demand more freakin' awesome TIME TRAVEL!

The Review

5/5 stars

Friday, July 1, 2011

Follow Friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Erika at Parajunkee's View.

This week's question: ACK! Your favourite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.

My answer: Oh boy that's a tough question for Follow Friday. But if it were me, I would have to say Harry Potter's Ron Weasley played by Rupert Grint. I just love that guy - both the character and the actor. Rupert seems like a super sweet and a shy guy - a lot like Ron in many ways - and he would seem like an interesting person to talk to.

As for my reaction if I ever got the chance to meet him . . . well here's my plan. At first I plan to WOW him with my charm and witty jokes! *smirks* Yeah apparently I'm a really funny gal so I would totally walk up to him like this . . .

But in reality I do something really embarrassing . . .

Then there's total silence and you're not sure what to do because the guy is really famous and you're a big fan of his work and you plan to say you're BIG fan but no words can form so it makes you feel even more nervous then you already are . . .

And then Rupert will have that awkward pause too . . .

Have a great weekend you guys!

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