Friday, December 30, 2011

In my Mailbox 55






In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I got 4 books, 3 were bought with my Christmas/Hanukkah gift card! (Most of the gift card was spent on pre-orders) and 1 was a gift.

The gift was a UK copy of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate. I love the UK cover and it matches the Fallen series covers, my friend who lives in England was kind enough to sent me a copy as a birthday gift, she's my birthday twin YAY!






















The 3 I bought were:


Looking for Alaska by John Green.




















Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.






















and lastly  The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.





















That's what was in my mailbox this week, leave me a note and let me know what you got in your mailbox.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 11 in 2011

I have a list of the top 11 YA books I read in 2011. To make it simpler to decide for myself I decided that no re-reads would be allowed, no adult books are allowed and only 1 book per author.

So here is my top 11!



11)    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.



10) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.









9) Wildefire by Karsten Knight


Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.


8) Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard


It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin. When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their Badlands town. Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.



7) Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

 In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help-and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her.


6) Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

 “Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?







5)  Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins


 Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?



4) Passion by Lauren Kate


Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.
Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

3) Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

 After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this - ugh - “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.


Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.


Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is - ahem - willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.


Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.


2) Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend's fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course.
Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia.







And the number one top book I have read in 2011 is.........



1) Die for Me by Amy Plum


My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?


So, that's my list of top 11 YA books I read in 2011. What's on your list?



Saturday, December 24, 2011

In my Mailbox 54







In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I got 8 books, 4 I bought, 3 I won and 1 for review.

The one for review was: The Sword Of Righteousness by J.W. Baccaro.




















The books I bought were:


Revelations by Melissa de la cruz (Thinking it was book 2)



















The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz (Thinking it was book 3)


















By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters.
















Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst.


















The 3 books I won were:



Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Thank you to the people at Feiwel and Friends for the giveaway!
















Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory. I won this as part of the Frightful fall reviewers thank you Michelle and Kai!

















Night's Cold Kiss by Tracey O'Hara, also won as part of the Frightful fall reviewers thanks again to Michelle and Kai for hosting it!

















Well that's what was in my mailbox! Leave me a note and let me know what you got in your mailbox!
Hope y'all are having a wonderful Hanukkah and  hope you have great Christmas!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!



Hello y'all and Happy Hanukkah!

Getting ready to light the menorah here very exciting! It's the first time I have decided to observe the holiday. I'm a Christian, but I felt the need to celebrate Hanukkah as well since my Lord and Savior was born Jewish (and I wear a Star of David and Cross).

I found some awesome information about Hanukkah that I wanted to share with you all, I know a lot of people don't know what Hanukkah is about, so here is the story of Hanukkah copied and pasted from About.com's Judaism page.


The Hanukkah Story

In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. This upset the Jewish people, but many were afraid to fight back for fear of reprisals. Then in 167 B.C.E. the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus made the observance of Judaism an offense punishable by death. He also ordered all Jews to worship Greek gods. Jewish resistance began in the village of Modiin, near Jerusalem. Greek soldiers forcibly gathered the Jewish villages and told them to bow down to an idol, then eat the flesh of a pig – both practices that are forbidden to Jews. A Greek officer ordered Mattathias, a High Priest, to acquiesce to their demands, but Mattathias refused. When another villager stepped forward and offered to cooperate on Mattathias' behalf, the High Priest became outraged. He drew his sword and killed the villager, then turned on the Greek officer and killed him too. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked the remaining soldiers, killing all of them.
Mattathias and his family went into hiding in the mountains, where other Jews wishing to fight against the Greeks joined them. Eventually they succeeded in retaking their land from the Greeks. These rebels became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.
Once the Maccabees had regained control they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. By this time it had been spiritually defiled by being used for the worship of foreign gods and also by practices such as sacrificing swine. Jewish troops were determined to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days. But to their dismay, they discovered that there was only one day's worth of oil left in the Temple. They lit the menorah anyway and to their surprise the small amount of oil lasted the full eight days.
This is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit.

שלום חנוכה שמח

Waiting on Wednesday 7







Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I am waiting for Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay. Here is the cover art and synopsis taken from Goodreads.



My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love.

(If only it were that easy.

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer—from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She’s left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this “summer vacation” has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you’ve watched your parents’ affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you’ve lost it?

Love & Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.


 I'm excited for a new novel in verse! I really like the verse style of writing, it makes for an interesting read! Luckily, this title is out on December 27th! So I don't have to wait long! What are you waiting for?


 

Monday, December 19, 2011

On The Bright Side, I'm Now The Girlfriend Of A Sex god mini review.









  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (May 14, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0064472264
  • Author: Louise Rennison
  • Cover Art: I like the new art better.
  • Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: Local Library, purchased my own copy.








On the bright side, I'm now the girlfriend of a sex god. by Louise Rennison
Reviewed by Moirae the Fates book reviews.

Georgia Nicolson has started dating the Sex God (aka Robbie). So life should be perfect . . . except in Georgia's life, nothing is ever perfect. Her cat, Angus (the size of a small Labrador), is terrorizing the neighborhood. Her sister, Libby (who is slightly mad), hides her pooey knickers at the bottom of Georgia's bed.
Then the Sex God breaks it off because she's too young. It's time for a plan. It's time for a Red Herring. It's time for Georgia to become a "heartless boy magnet!" (Synopsis provided by Amazon)

This is book 2 in the Georgia Nicholson series. As usual, it's pretty funny. Even adults can find humor in this series and appreciate it. I love Georgia and the Ace Gang. Georgia is up to her usual antics in this book, she is now dating Robbie, the sex god, and we get to see their relationship develop and have some hard times.

Libby is her usual self in this one, we don't get to see her character develop at all in this one. If you liked book 1 (Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging) I would recommend this book.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

In my Mailbox 53


In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I got 9 books. 3 for review, 5 I bought and 1 was a gift (RAK).

First off is the book I received as a RAK. I was gifted a copy of Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Thank you so much @Luvdaylilies!















I won a gift card to my local indie book store so I went on a shopping spree at Powells books. 
The books I bought were:


The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper.

















Desperation by Stephen King.

















Lisey's Story by Stephen King.



















Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz.
















We Just Want To Live Here A Palestinian Teenager, An Israeli Teenager. An Unlikely Friendship by Syle Tempel and Odelia Ainbinder.














I was sent 3 books for review all from Candlewick Press Thank you!



The Obsidian Blade by PeteHautman. (This book is due out April 10 2012)
















The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind by Meg Medina. This is a YA debut novel! It is due out March 13 2012.














I was super excited to get this last one in the mail it was a copy of .....



The Princesses Of Iowa by M. Molly Backes. This is a 2012 debut novel due out May 8th 2012. I featured this on my WoW a few weeks ago.














That's all for me this week what did you get in your mailbox?



Friday, December 16, 2011

Shatter Me









  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0062085484
  • Author: Tahereh Mafi
  • Cover art: Awesome!
  • Overall rating:***** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: A gift from my Dad.








Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel. (Synopsis provided by goodreads.)



Most people who read my reviews know I am not a big fan of dystopian. However, I loved this book!
This is a dystopian book for people who don't normally care for dystopian novels. 
I found Juliette to be a wonderfully likable character, she had wit, a tender side and she could hold her own and kick ass when she needed to. Her and Adam's interactions felt very genuine. With the ending of this book I had very questions, Mafi did a stellar job in answering most of my questions by the end of this book. 
This book is brilliant! Run out and get a copy today! I would recommend this book to everyone!


I can't wait for book 2, it will be a long year to wait.