Friday, January 27, 2012

Follow me Friday (#4)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Q: Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why? 

A: I'm a girl with many likes. Its hard for me to actually hate anything. You see this in my reviews, and especially in my ratings. I just don't find myself hating a lot of things. So I'd have to say I really don't know what book genre I'd avoid at all costs. I've read pretty much every genre, given them a fair try, and liked the book I read in the genre. (Okay, maybe not all, because some authors tend to make up their own genre, but the ones everyone is farmiliar with).

I know what your thinking, impossible for you to like every genre. Well its true! I love paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, romance, contemporary, mystery, science-fiction, thriller, action, tragedy, comedy, historical-fiction, educational, animal first-person, true story, memoirs, and combos of different genres. I've even read a western type book and enjoyed it. So you see, I can't really say I avoid any one genre. I've found a book in each of these genres I thoroughly enjoyed. Does that mean I like every book in these genres? Hell no!

So, yeah. There's my answer ^.^

How about you guys? Leave your links to your FF and I'll be sure to check them out!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: The Disenchantments

Title: The Disenchantments
Author: Nina LaCour
Pages: 307
Format: Print/ Paperback
Publisher: RazOrbill
Expected Publication: February 16th 2012
Won an ARC copy from Razorbill and Penguin Canada

Wow, tell me why I don't read contemporary more often? Talk about powerful. I think contemporary novels are the type that really keep you thinking about your life and the people surrounding your life. Although it is still a work of fiction, I think there is much truth behind the words of contemporary novels that just aren't behind words in paranormal or horror. I feel like contemporary speaks to you in a way other genre's just don't. There were so many messages, morals, ways to relate to these characters you just don't find in say, hush hush or Anna Dressed in Blood. This was quite an eye-opening read for me, so let me continue...

The story is told in the point of view of Colby. Colby is a guy, a very sweet, confused, funny guy. Four years ago Colby and his best friend, Bev, had planed to travel all across Europe. Except, once The Disenchantments start their tour, Bev confesses that she is actually going to college in the fall. Poor Colby is heartbroken and lost. Has no idea what to do with his life. Before I go any further I'll explain to you who The Disenhantments are. It is an all girl band made up of Bev, Meg, and Alexa. Colby is kind of the groupie I guess. He's their best friend and goes to everyone one of their gigs. Anyways, throughout the entire novel we see Colby overcome this sudden change of events. After all, for four years him and Bev planed on touring Europe. It doesn't help she kept this secrete from him until last minute.

Well, we learn throughout the novel how Colby overcomes all this. His love for Bev is still there, even when they get into little tiffs. It was quite a different and new experience to read Colby's story. I rather enjoyed it. Not only was it witty and fun, but the characters were great, especially Colby. Despite being a guy, I still felt connected to him. Maybe it was because I felt sorry for him, or maybe I could really relate, I just felt totally connected to the dude. I'm going to be right out honest with you guys and say I got a little emotional. Can't say a tear or two didn't fall while reading this. This really pulls at your heart-strings at points. I can't say it will do the same to you, but it did it for me. Why? Because it touched home for me, I guess. I'll be gradutating this year, I've got University in a big city awaiting me in September. Truthfully, I really don't know what to do with my life. I've got one side of me saying, teacher, but the other saying just be free for a year. Seriously, the devil and angel are wearing me out. This is kind of how Colby is thoughout the book. He's on a scale, one way leads to what he might want, the other leads to what he doesn't really want, but is a very possible future.

In the end he makes a decision that I think was best for him. I can't tell you what this decision is, you'll have to read the book to find out, but it was a good decision. You get to really know Colby's character, so I think his decision really reflected him, and not the girl. Just saying.

I want to sound convincing, and make you guys read this book when it is released, but I fear I'm not doing a very good job. If you enjoy contemporary, I think you'll really enjoy this. From start to finish, you'll be bobbing your head to the upbeat pace of this book. It was so hippish and 'rad.' Retro and adventureous. You'll meet some interesting charachters, laugh, maybe get angry at times. I think readers will really enjoy Colby's story.

So overall I say this book was completely rad. Truly something I'll be thinking about for the next couple of days.

My rating:
5 'rad' paint brushes (because Colby is a wonderful artist)


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: A Million Suns

Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 386
Format: Print/ Hard Covered
Published: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
This was purchased by me

My first few thoughts while reading the beginning of this book, perhaps 100 pages in, was: BOOORING! I'm going to be completely honest with you guys. The beginning was dyingly slow. I had started reading this at school during the time my teacher let us have 'free' time to do as we please. I thought, "Great! Now I can finally start this book." Well as I turned page, after painful page, I found myself wondering off into a different world. Presumably my world. Yes I was listening in on conversations from peers around me. No! I'm not a curious Tom, but I just couldn't stay focused on this book. BUT WAIT! Please don't let this stop you from continuing it. It actually started to pick up. Later on I found myself unable to turn pages fast enough. I even skimmed a few chapters, just to see what was going to happen because I couldn't wait. Yes! I know. I'm such a spoiler, but it can't be helped... *looks away guiltily*

She's the sore thumb on the ship. Everyone "looks" the same, but her. Her bright red hair, and pale skin sets her apart from everyone on the ship. They curse at her, sneer at her, ignore her, flinch away from her. What does this sound like to you? When I read about where Amy is coming from, I couldn't help but think about The Black Revolution. No. She doesn't gain power and such. I think about how African Americans where treated those years ago. Except in this situation, Amy's white. I hope I don't sound racist, because I swear I'm not trying to be. I'm just stating what I thought while reading this. I couldn't help but make that connection. What happens on earth, happens in space. The people on Goodspeed think their nothing like Earth. Pa-lease. Rebillion? Leaders? Chaos? Bombing? Sounds like Earth to me, but in space.

Anyways, at first Amy seems like the strong, don't bother me, type girl. However, her shield breaks and she looks to Elder for comfort. Finally, I must say, it took her long enough to go to someone other than her FROZEN parents. I tell yeah, if I had a frexing hot Elder willing to lend a shoulder, I'd surely take it. She is smart though. This book is a murder-mystery set in space. Of course there were clues, murders, mysteries and surprises. I couldn't keep up with the trill of it all fast enough. I just wanted to figure the entire puzzle out before anyone, even Amy and Elder. But alas, I couldn't. I was happy when Amy figured everything out (er, well most anyways). As a reader I didn't give her much credit at first. I thought she'd just run or go to her frozen parents when ever she was in trouble, but she proves me wrong in this book. I really enjoyed reading in her perspective.

I don't think he gave himself enough credit. Seriously, dude? No body said it was easy controlling a population. People are going to rebel against you. That's what you get for taking everyone off Phydus. Just saying. Admittedly, I sometimes wished Elder would cave and just distribute Phydus to everyone. It sure as hell would have saved the ship a few deaths. Than again, we wouldn't have an amazing story to read, now would we? You'll agree with  some of his decisions and disagree with some. You'll sometimes feel apart of the ship, in so that the choices he makes kind of affects you as a reader. It did for me, anyways. He has some strong points, but also some breaking points. Overall, I think you'll enjoy reading his POV at times. I said at times :)

Can I just say thrilling (after the beginning)? When it got good and shit happened, I was completely sucked into the book, as if sucked right into space. Right into the... stars. The murder-mystery aspect of this book is dot on. It truly is a murder-mystery. I love you Beth for creating something like this, in space, no less! I think because it takes place in space it's that more intriguing, exhilarating, fun, thrilling, mysterious. I've never been to space, so I don't know what would go on if I lived on something like Goodspeed. What I do know is that even if the government payed me a gazillion dollars, I still wouldn't be put frozen. No way hose-say. So you'll laugh, cry, gasp, sigh, fume, swoon, and any other emotion you can think of, you'll do it. Although the beginning could have been a little better, overall I loved the story-line.

So overall: Definitely a book you should pick up, especially if you've read and loved Across the Universe. I know this is completely irrelevant to this review, but while reading Across the Universe, I was constantly hounded on by people inquiring about whether it was a book based on the movie. Urgh! Just shut up and let me read, would you?

My rating:
5 frexing stars!

Why, even after the slow beginning? Because sometimes its hard to capture your reader. I understand that. And because that ending just suckered me into loving this book. And wanting to read Shades of Earth. I know the new year has only begun, but can't Shades of Earth come out any faster? Really? I have to wait until NEXT January? FREX!


Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) #3

WOW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I am waiting on Above by Leah Bobet. Unfortunately I cannot upload a picture. Frexing blogger is being crappy today. Grr! I hate days when blogger doesn't respond properly.

Anyways, here is the link to its goodreads page: Above by Leah Bobet
Expected publication: April 1st 2012
Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

Doesn't it sound awesome! I think this book sounds very promising, and I can't wait to dive into this world. And the cover, gorgeous! Of course you can't see the cover because blogger is being stupid. *Sigh*

Don't forget to add this to your to-read list on goodreads!

So tell me piggies, what are you waiting on?


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Little Blue Pig is now on Networked Blogs

Hello my little piggies, this is just a quick post about The Little Blue Pig officially being apart of Networked Blogs. We've all heard about the disappearing GFC taking place in March, and because of this I don't want my readers to lose contact with this blog, I've added Networked Blogs. If you'd like, feel free to also follow The Little Blue Pig via Networked Blogs.

Other ways you can follow this blog is through email. This is always a great way to get up to date information. Especially if you check your mail often.

On a side note, if you're wondering why I don't have twitter or facebook, it is because I am not a fan of those sites. I just don't like them. I much prefer just posting things on here than other places. I do have a twitter, but it is a personal twitter, and one I don't even use. I also have a personal facebook, but again, it's personal. Hope this clears up any curiosity of yours.

Well look out for a review of A Million Suns coming soon. I have my last exam tomorrow, so that means a week free for just reading ^.^


Giveaway: I've reached 250 followers!

Just a few days ago I reached the 250 follower mark here at The Little Blue Pig. You can guess how excited I am about this! Having had just 10 followers made me happy. When I had 100 followers I felt so popular. Now, having 250, I feel forever thankful. So thank you everyone!

In honor of all you wonderful followers I am hosting a giveaway!

1 winner will be chosen to pick any book they want, so long as it doesn't exceed $15.

Yes it is opened INTERNATIONALLY just as long as The Book Depository ships to your address. I like to include everyone, so here's to hoping your country is eligible for free shipping from the book depository.

*This is a follower appreciation giveaway. Only followers can enter (GFC or Email).
**The book cannot exceed $15
***Starts today (Jan.24th and ends Feb.29th)

That's not all!
For every 100 new followers I will add another winner.
So if I reach 350, I'll add a second place winner.
If I reach 450, I'll add a third place winner.
And so on and so fourth.

So be sure to spread the word about this giveaway. I'd like to award as many prizes as possible.

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and wait to be contacted if you're the winner.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tomorrow's Releases (#1)

"Tomorrow's Releases" is a weekly meme hosted by me where I feature this weeks releases. I know other bloggers post similar posts, but I thought this would be a fun way to remind other readers and bloggers, as well as myself, of the upcoming releases. This is a feature posted every Monday night to remind everyone of tomorrow's releases. Not every book being published the next day is posted here, only the ones I find most people have been anticipating.

*Click the title to visit the goodreads page

      Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block

      Publication date: January 24th 2012

      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

Publication Date: January 24th 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Publication Date: January 24th 2012

Publisher: Harper Collins/ Balzer + Bray 

Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James

Publication Date: January 24th 2012

Publisher: Harper Teen

Diabolical by Cynthia Smith

Publication Date: January 24th 2012

Publisher: Candlewick Press 

So what releases are you piggies looking most forward to? Any you'll definitly be picking up tomorrow? Leave your comments down below, I'd love to hear what your're anticipating the most!


In my mailbox (#6)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where we share what books we've bought, received, or borrowed.

First and foremost, sorry this post is up a little late. I spent the weekend at my boyfriends house. My boyfriend doesn't have Internet so I couldn't use the Internet. On a similar note, I won't be too active from now until Wednesday-Thursday. I have exams this week so I'll be spending my time around text books and not YA books.

Anyways, lets get this show on the road. This week (or rather last week) was a pretty good book week for me. I got a few books in the mail, one of which I wasn't expecting. My camera is lost, I've looked everywhere for it with no luck, so web pictures will have to do this week.
*Click the book title to visit its goodreads page

 Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it. It was the last copy at my local Chapters, so I feel so lucky to have gotten it ^.^ Can't wait to read this one!
 Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I've heard some really great things about this one so thought I'd check it out. I love a good wolf story, and this sounds promising. Must fit this one in sometime next month.
 Switched by Amanda Hocking

So apparently this sold millions as an ebook and now it's been published into actual book form. That alone shows how great of a story this is. Plus I've read some reviews that did nothing but rave about how great this is. So I thought I'd give it a try. It's paperback, 10 bucks, what's to lose?

Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm

Thanks to Jodi Lamm, she sent me a paperback copy in the mail. I was so excited to get this! She even signed it for me! Gah, I love signed books! Thanks Jodi ^.^

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

This one came to me as a big surprise. I had no idea it was coming in the mail ^.^ I got it the same day I got Titan Magic, so of course I ran home to see what the mysterious package was. I'm a loser. What I mean by this is that I never win anything. I've never won a giveaway, and I've entered a lot of them. Thanks to razOrbill and Penguin Canada I won this ARC. Gah, my first ARC. How exciting ^.^

Well that's all for this week. What did you guys get in your IMM? Leave me a comment and link down below and I'll come check your IMM out ^.^

Friday, January 20, 2012

Follow me Friday (#4)

This is a weekly meme hosted by and

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

A: I have a rather embarrassing story to go with this question. When Breaking Dawn was coming out my local book store was having a "midnight masquerade" to celebrate its release. Well my cousin and I decided to go full out as we were extremely excited for Breaking Dawns release. So we bought some fabric and had our Nonna (grandma) create capes that we thought were something the Vulturi would wear. Along with the capes we made ourselves look extremely pale and dead. With all this we walked into our bookstore looking like the Vulturi. Everybody loved our getup. We had pictures taken with people AND our picture was put in our local newspaper. It was quite honestly a lot of fun. On top of this we stayed at the bookstore until midnight, waiting in line until around 2 in the morning, just so we could get a copy of Breaking Dawn. I was exhausted and will probably never do anything like this again.

Yup, that has to be the craziest thing I've ever done to get a book.

How about you guys? Leave your links in the comments section and I'll be sure to check your FF out too!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 390
Format: Print/Hard Covered
Published: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
This was purchased by me

Ì am so excited I was finally able to read this book! Growing up, and honestly still now, I watch(ed) the Disney version based fairytales and just love(ed) them! Re-makings of fairytale's are always loved and fun to read/watch as well. They have so much character and their different which keeps the original interesting. Retelling's play an important role in keeping these original tales fun, new, intriguing, and not so boring. So of course when I found out about Cinder, I HAD to read it as soon as possible.

Cinder, the-not-so-traditional-heroin:
Cinder isn`t your ordinary heroin. She's a cyborg! How cool is that? I love how witty the author was about this. It takes some serious guts to change a well-loved princess into a cyborg with metal parts and caffs that can store stuff. Although this story was told in the third person, you can still feel connected to Cinder and feel that you actually know her. There are some bits about her past you don't find out until the end, but that is with good reason. Aside from this, I think Cinder was a well developed character. She had her strength's and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and she had a purpose in life. She wasn't some sulking mechanic that complained and did nothing about her predicament. She had goals, was determined to complete these goals, and was just an overall lovable character. I must say, I am rather excited for the sequel to Cinder; it will be fully anticipated!

Prince Kai, the-traditional-prince-charming:
Prince Kai, is well, prince. This book takes place in futuristic China so when he becomes king he is actually becoming Emperor. Well, what can I say about Kai that doesn't involve his complete hot and amazingness? Er, I guess I can talk about his commitment to his people, his courageousness, his ability to not take shit from anyone, but that would be boring, right? You see from the beginning Prince Kai begins to love Cinder. This is to be expected, obviously, it's a Cinderella retelling! Unfortunately you don't get to see if he's a donkey's butt because we never do know if he accepts Cinder as a cyborg. I'm hoping he does because I think I'd have a hard time disliking him.

Plot, the-original-yet-not-so-original-plot:
Like everyone knows, this is a Cinderella retelling, so it isn't entirely original. Although this isn't spot on and has vast differences, the similar aspects are still there. That said, this is still a very original and interesting story. I mean cyborgs and androids? So creative and unique, especially for a Cinderella story! It was well paced that kept me well entertained and coming back for more. I feel I was told everything I needed to be told in  this book and everything said, done, created, written, in this book had a purpose. Well organized and overall a very creative plot. I couldn't believe the world Meyer created! I could never imagine a futuristic China with androids and cyborgs and Lunars from the moon! Also, Meyer's use of surprise and hints were awesome! I knew from the beginning what Cinder was, call it a hunch (which was approved in the ending), but I love how Meyer made you think something, but you back track and think against what you thought, but then re-think it, and then you're correct! It's so exciting!

Writing, the-fun-funny-interesting-writing:
This book had me laughing so often. Cinder had a rather funny sense of humor with a touch of sarcasm mixed in. Prince Kai has his own form of sarcasm-ness that made me fall in love with him again and again. Marissa has beautiful writing who really uses the wonderful stylistic device's of imagery and similes and metaphors. I love a good book I can picture in my head like a movie, and Cinder delivered that with Meyer's writing.

Overall this is a great book. Definitely my top favorites so far for this year, and probably ever! Looking forward to continuing this series next January.

My rating:
5 cyborg feet (hehehe)


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) #2

Waiting on Wednesday, or "WOW" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so be sure to check other blogs out and see what others are waiting for!

I've had to give this one some serious thought. It's kind of hard to chose just one book. There are SO many great sounding books coming out this year I am dying to read! Well, I guess one book that's been on my mind is:

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Publication: May 22nd 2012
Synopsis from goodreads:
After her soul is stolen in a kiss, a 16-year-old must join a force of demons and angels to protect humanity from an immortal threat.
I know, not much of a synopsis, and honestly, the idea's been done quite a few times before. So why the anticipation? Because I LOVE those types of stories. Hey, if it has demons and angels, then it will have my name written all over it.

So what are you waiting for piggies?


Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Title: Jessica Rules the Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Pages: 309
Format: Print/ Hard Covered
Published: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
This was purchased by me

Just FYI, this will be a split concept type review. First I`ll talk about some characters, plot, setting, writing, etc. I can write a more organized review this way.

Finally after waiting well over three years, Jessica Rules the Dark Side has been published, read, and analysed. I can't tell you how excited I was when I heard Beth would be making a companion novel to, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Jessica's Guide was funny, witty, fast paced, and overall just a really great book to read if you're ever in a reading slump. Did Jessica Rules disappoint? Ermm, maybe a little.

Jessica's Guide ends with Jessica and Lucius being eternity linked together forever. You guessed it, Jessica became a vampire. *Oops,  that tidbit of information was a spoiler.* And then, Jessica Rules starts basically where we left off. If you read Jessica's and Lucius' wedding online, let me know how it was. I can't do it because I refuse to stare at a computer screen. Anyways, so in Jessica Rules, well the title kind of says it all, she rules along side Lucius. However, here's where it gets interesting, Lucius is accused of murder, and so he's arrested, without blood- which can mean limbo (worse, actually) to a vampire- and Jessica must find who and why he was framed. So she goes on this big thing of thinking little of herself to becoming a massive, kick-ass, vampire hero.

Let's first talk about Jessica (Anastasia):
A slow start with her. She was annoying, weak, and wasn't the girl I looked up to in Jessica's Guide. In the first book I admired her so much. She was my ultimate book character idol. She didn't care that she was a size 10, she stood up for herself, and was totally amazing! In this one she's weak, helpless, and just down right disappointing. I was hoping for a stronger, kick-ass vampire girl, especially because she is now a Princess. Alas, this is not the case. However, towards the end we see many changes in Jessica that I am quite happy with and of which made her my idol again. I just wish she wasn't such a wimp to begin with. Otherwise, I suppose her turn-about in the ending makes up for everything.

Next up, Lucius:
Lets just say Lucius can bite me anytime. Actually no, he can`t. He has Jessica, but seriously, he`s still the same old Lucky we feel in love with in Jessica`s Guide. Gah, his dialogue and character and humor is just priceless. He`s the apple to my eye, or rather, apple to this book. He`s the most romantic, kick-ass, superior, smart-ass, smart, hot Prince you`ll ever read about. *Sigh* I wish I were a Princess so I could have him. You know, my great, great, great, grandmother was a Princess. No word of a lie. She lost her crown because she married a foot soldier. True story, you know. So yes, I have royal blood in me, so to speak. (Sorry for the anecdote reference, I just thought it kind of fit.)

Next, the plot:
Interesting, not entirely fast paced, but could be at times. I must say, the people who framed Lucius were right out obvious to begin with. You had to be a monkey not to have guessed it right away. Ouhh, ouhh, ahh, ahh! I definitely think Beth could have taken this plot to places beyond where she took it. She could have used the wonderful stylistic device called allusion to inform us about this whole vampire business. Truthfully, you don`t get much insight on vampire history, and personally, I wish she did. The best part about this book was the ending. Shut the... front door. No, not because it ended, but because that was when it got so interesting I stayed up late on  a school night to finish it.

I loved living in the castle while reading this book. I was able to forget my purple themed room for a few hours and live in Jessica`s kingdom. Hard-core awesomeness, dude! Imagery would have been perfect here but Beth lacked in this. I could only vaguely visualize the castle because she was so stingy on what she wrote about it. I know that the main aspect of this book was Jessica and Lucius and finding the killer, but still, a little imagery would`ve been nice. Otherwise, I used my imagination and the bit Beth did describe and pretended to walk the halls of Jessica`s and Lucius`castle.

I guess my preference on the needed use of allusion would fit here, but I already talked about this, so I`ll instead just talk about the writing writing, not the devices or themes within it. As always, I loved Beth`s writing. She has the true voice of a writer that I enjoy reading. Although, when it came to be Mindy`s POV (Jessica`s friend) I was in complete contradiction about Beth`s writing. Uh, did you have to use 'like' like all the time? It was seriously distracting and annoying. Although, I did notice that Mindy talked less and less frequently like this towards the end. So yeah, the last hundred pages were the best part about this book for me.

That's all I got for you today on this book. I'd definitely check this out if you've read Jessica's Guide because I think it'd be nice to have that closure to Jessica and Lucius' story.

My rating:
5 pointy stakes!
(Why? Because I just can't get over that ending. It made me happy and feel closure. That's why.)


Sunday, January 15, 2012

In my mailbox (#5)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren, so check her out, leave a comment with your link down below, and let us enjoy our wonderful goodies!

This week was a pretty good week for me. I'm rather happy with the selection of books I got. Thanks to my wonderful mother, I got some books I've had my eyes set on ^.^

A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Why we Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Signed!)

I was fortunate to snag a signed copy of John Green's book before they disappeared and I was left with a blank page. I love signed books ^.^

Did anyone else get a signed copy? If so, what colour did John sign yours with? How exciting, eh?

On Saturday I actually went to the... to the... library. Can you believe it? Me, the girl who much rather own than borrow. I don't know why, but I asked my mom to take me to the library. Spur of the moment I suppose. I did end up getting some books, which I will be reading next week. I'm doing a classic week next week, so look out for that post. I'll be showing the books I got in that post- that's why I didn't post picture of the library books in this post.

Anyways, how was your week? Got anything good? Leave your link down below so I can check your IMM too!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Magic of the Moonlight

Title: Magic of the Moonlight
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Pages: 229
Format: Print/ Hard covered
Published: December 27th 2011
Publisher: Harper Collin Teens
This was purchased by me

I appreciate the stereotypical characters Ellen creates. I don't know why, maybe its because this world is full of them and I've just come to accept them, but I love Ellen's use of them. You see this in Vampire Kisses and of course, Once in a Full moon. Aside for my love of this, the fact that you have to wait an entire year for the next book in a series by Ellen, infuriates me! It wouldn't be entirely bad if her books weren't so short. Nine times out of ten you finish her novels in one sitting. Then what? Your left an entire year wondering what's going to happen after that cliffhanger. Sorry for my rant- I'm just mad at myself for reading this when I did.

Now, on to a more appropriate review, shall we?

Once again, the wonderful Ellen Schreiber doesn't disappoint. I loved this book! It was everything I was hoping for it to be. Not to mention the big surprise towards the end! Jeesh, didn't see that coming.

Like I stated up top, Ellen often uses the stereotypical characters. In Vampire Kisses this was Alexander being a vampire who can turn into a bat and comes from Romania. In Once in A Full Moon Brandon is a full on hairy werewolf. Thanks for sticking to the true stuff!

This was a well paced, entertaining read that fulfilled every expectation of mine. The only minor think I dislike was how Celeste handles situations. If your friends are truly friends they wouldn't care who you dated. So why the hold up Celeste? It kind of bugged me that her friends, including Celeste, were that shallow.

This was a small book. What is there to write about in a review? Personally, I have no idea what to write. Maybe I still have to gather my thoughts on this. Maybe I just really don't have much to say other than the fact that I enjoyed this. Either way, I promise whenever I think of more to add to this review, I will.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Follow me Friday (#3)

Follow me Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee, so follow along, check out other  bloggers, and let us make some new friends!

It's that day again, Friday! Thank God! I had a huge presentation today that had to be 20 minutes long. So for 20 minutes I talked endlessly about Irish Stereotypes. Glad that's over and done with. Anyways...

Question of the Week: Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

Answer: Oh, this is a good one. My all time favorite group is Matt & Kim. A few of their songs I always have available to me via iPad or Blackberry are: "Daylight", "Cameras", "Lesson's Learned" and "Yea Yeah". They're so unique and fun and their songs just make me happy. And of course they're great songs too!

"Cameras" by Matt and Kim

"Daylight" by Matt and Kim (this one is my personal favorite)

Because the question asks for more than one, they use plural, the other band I love is Hedley. My all time favorite song by them is "Sweater Song." Gah, it makes me feel so gushy. Did I mention their Canadian? Represent!

"Sweater Song" by Hedley

Oh, and I thought I'd mention a singular singer, ADELE! I love her! Her music chills me to my bones and makes my arms become goosey with bumps. Right now I'm loving "Set Fire to the Rain." Just an absolutely beautiful song.

So tell my guys, what's your favorite band/group/singer's?

If you're a new follow please leave the link to your blog so I can follow back ^.^


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so click the link, view other WoW's, link up, and have fun!

This is my first WoW and I'm so excited to be following along with other blogger's. I think it's a really great way to spread the word about upcoming reads. Honestly, I wouldn't know about half of the releases I know if it weren't for other bloggers posting about them. So...

In case you weren't aware, Darkness Before Dawn, written by J.A London, a combination of Rachel Hawthorn and her son, is scheduled for release on May 29th 2012. I am ubber excited for this release. Not only does the synopsis sound promising, but its written by one of my favorite authors, Rachel Hawthorne. Also, the cover is just GORGEOUS!

Goodreads synopsis:

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

Well, happy reading little piggies,


Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: On a Dark Wing

Title: On a Dark Wing
Author: Jordan Dane
Pages: 311
Format: Print/ Paperback
Published: December 27th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
This book was purchased by me

Lets first start off by saying my feelings for this book is both love and hate. There are aspects that I completely love about this book, but also aspects I didn't like. For the purpose of this review, and just because know body likes hearing bad news first, I will start by ranting about the love I have for this book.

Like: OMGosh! I totally love the concept and story Dane here has created. The only word I could think to describe this book when I turned the last page was, unique. I will admit the whole angel thing has been overdone this past year, but this isn't just some falling angel, love story. This was a story about our worst fear and his need for humanity. What is this fear you ask? Death. I don't know about you but I fear death. I know some people would disagree with this, but seriously, admit it, you don't want to die! Anyways, I really love the unique-ness Dane has crafted using the Angel of Death, or if you prefer, the Grim Reaper. This isn't some petty love story about an Angel loving a human. OK, it is, but not like Hush Hush or Fallen. I'm not going to tell you why this is so, because I don't want to mistakenly give anything away, but this is different, but a good different.

Another VERY love able thing I liked about this book was its difference. My favorite character was Tanner. Tanner is in a wheelchair. I hate to say this, but I think this is why I loved him THAT much more. It's not because I feel sorry for him, its because the author did something so different. I LOVE different in books. Have you ever read about a totally hot dude in a wheelchair? Didn't think so.  

On a third note I loved the multiple perspectives this book had. We had the perspective of Abbey where we were basically in her mind. Then we had the perspectives of Tanner and Nate where the narrator spoke to us. It was kind of nice. I liked this.

For the record, lets just say this book was different than the usual, which makes this a great book.

Dislikes: Abbey, the main character, was annoying at times. Okay, we got it, you like kit kat's. I love toe socks but you don't see me shoving them down people's throats. We'd have a group of angry people with a sock in it. Haha, get it? (I'm just trying to be funny here)

This is such a minor thing to dislike about a book, but it was a big deal to me and really got on my nerves. There is a part in the book Abbey is with Nate. But its not really Nate (can't tell you why). Well, she knows something is wrong but she continues to act semi-normal. HELLO! Are you kidding me? If a guy I fantasised about just poofed out of know where, kissed me, and than told me to come back, saying "I'll always be here when you are," I'd be freaking. Like a said, such a minor thing, but a big nuisance. Like the Princess and the Pea. So small yet to annoying.

So should you read this? Yes, I think you should. It deserves all the reads it can get. It's not an entirely bad read and actually has some good morals in it. Like dealing with the death of a loved one, and about moving on from it. So you see, give it a try. If you don't like it, well, it's not like Death'll be knocking on your door.

My rating:
4 deathly ravens

A hot Tanner in a wheelchair,


Saturday, January 7, 2012

In my mailbox (#4)

Hello my pretty blue piggies, today's post is a "In my mailbox" which is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Go check it out and leave links to your post in the comment section below. I'd love to see what goodies you got/received this week.

This week was an exciting week for me! I was able to get all the books I've been dying to read. Remember Jessica Rules the Darkside? And how I couldn't find it, which really pissed me off? I FOUND IT! This book comes with a story ^.^

The story: The Chapters near my house had no copies of Jessica Rules the Darkside, so when my boyfriends mom took me to one a little further away from my place, I sprang at the opportunity to search and acquire that book. Well, I'm looking around. I check the computer. "Ah, they have six copies. Fantastic." My ass... My boyfriend, mom, and I looked EVERYWHERE! And you know what irritated me the most about this? There was no one around to ask for help. No one. Urgh! Well finally my mom found someone and they checked the back. Turns out they hadn't yet brought them out to display. Also turns out the book isn't officially released until January 10th 2012. In the end I got my book, and now I'm a happy piggy with my 'advanve' copy ^.^

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Magic of the moonlight by Ellen Schreiber
Jessica Rules the Darkside by Beth Fantaskey

My boyfriends mommy purchased these books for me. It was a late Christmas present since she didn't have the money before Christmas. Thank you Angela! (She has the same name as me ^.^)

Well that's all I got. What about you? Got anything you've been longing to read?

Irritation, books, mailboxes,


Review: Touch

Title: Touch
Author: Jus Accardo
Pages: 251
Format: Print/ Paperback
Published: November 1st 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

After a very long wait, my mom FINALLY bought this for me for Christmas (I knew she had it before Christmas, but she refused to give it to me early). I've been dying to read this book, no pun intended (get it?).

Touch starts off in the middle of somewhere. Unlike other books, whose beginnings usually begin with introductions and a little background, Touch started off in the middle of somewhere. That somewhere being Dez sliding off a roof. Aside from this, within the first few pages, Dez meets Kale, and the story continues to escalate from there.

Touch was a powerful, sizzling read that had me on the edge of my mattress (because that's where I was reading it). It has memorable characters, hotties, notties, back-stabbers, an interesting and witty plot, and humor. God, the humor. Kale, oh Kale, how I love you for your obliviousness. Kale is a six, he's been locked up since infancy so he doesn't know what a kiss feels like. Why his heart pounds when he's with Dez? What lime jello tasted like. His hotness makes up for this, though.

The entire book is written in the perspective of Dez, the daughter of our bad guy. She's bad ass, witty, funny, and just an entertaining character to read about. You'll agree with her decisions, feel for her, and most importantly, understand her. You may also relate to her, but on some levels you may not. The thing I liked most about our girl Dez is that she was so human and life-like. She was a living, breathing character that really made this story worth while.

If you love Dez then you have to love Kale. They're a package deal. Can't love one without the other. Why? Because together, they create the most entertaining book ever! Together there are mysteries, love, laughter, anger, fun, thinking, feeling.... yadda yadda yaaa. These two characters make up the story. They are the story. Kale is quite an amusing character. It's just so fun to read about him and his actions. I can't say I didn't smile when ever he talked. He's just so cute.

Aside from the wonderfully crafted characters, Accardo created a story that was unique. It had depth and was well organized. The story made you cry, laugh, and gasp throughout it. Truly one of a kind.

All in all, READ THIS BOOK! If you don't I'll set Kale's hands on you. And you don't want that. You've seen the praise this book has received. It truly deserves it, and truly deserves your read.

My rating:
5 freaking tails, man!

Kale, hot Kale's, and another Kale,


P.S. Here is the reason behind why I wanted this book so badly in the first place:

“He sat up straight, eyes wide, and touched the tip of his index finger to his cheek. "What was that?"
I blushed. "A kiss."
"That's what a kiss feels like?"
"Well, technically. There are a lot of different types of—"
"Show me."
"Show you what?"
"Show me some other kinds."
"You're asking me to kiss you?"

(Dez and Kale)”
*Sigh* How cute, right? Now this is what teenagers want to read in YA books. This is IT!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Follow me Friday (#2)


This is a hop created and started by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. For rules, to follow other bloggers, and just to have fun, go check them out and follow along!

Question of the Week: Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

Answer of the week: About 50+ books.

I have a serious book buying addiction that is in dire need of getting looked at. Do they have book buying rehab? If anyone ever finds or hears of one let me know. I'll be first to sign up!

Book buying is my addiction. It makes me happy, excited, free-feeling, powerful, different, and most of all it is fun! Jeesh, I make it sound like some sort of drug. I guess, in retro respect, you can compare book buying to a drug. My point is, I have a lot of books and that has to do to how entertaining and pleasurable it is to buy them.

Who doesn't love buying books? It's so much fun and exciting. I love holding that book I've been longing to read. It gives me book pleasure. Mmmm....

How about you guys? Am I the only one about to admit my problem?

With Christmas and my Birthday just having past, I have SO many books I've received as gifts. I guess people really don't mind contributing to my addiction. Ah well, more books for me in the end.

So many books, so little time,


Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendra Blake
Pages: 316
Format: Print/ Hardcover
Published: August 30th 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen

Now this was a very SUPERNATURAL, creepy thriller I've been dying to read. Ever since reading The Book Rat's review on this, I've been forever intrigued by it. The cover: just beautiful. The synoposis: hypnotizing. Who wouldn't want to read this? Supernatural is my favorite show. I crave the gore and unknown, monsters and good guys. And who doesn't want to see some hotties totally kicking supernatural ass?

Cas, the main character in this book, was to me, a Dean Winchester. He was hot, funny, a total smart ass, mysterious, and HOT! Gah, I loved him. Instintaly I feel in love with his character. And his friends? The one girl character, Carmel, was a BIG surprise. She's popular, pretty, can have any guy she wants. She is nothing like those snob chicks you usually read about. Finally, an author who has stepped away from the usual stereotypes. Thank you Blake ^.^

Anna is Anna Dressed in Blood. The town, Thunder Bay, has called her that for years now. She dresses in blood... drip... drip... drip. She'll tair you into two if you dare step into her house. Just ask poor Mike. He wasn't even in the house... Anna dressed in blood is the perfect example of a scary ghost. The type that has me hiding under my covers late at night. The one who haunts my dreams. However, Anna, just Anna herself, is the perfect example of a sweet inncoent girl who just has some... relatives, who don't like her. Poor Anna.

The overall plot for this book was well thought out, creative, totally original, witty, and entertaining! Don't let the gore and horror of this keep you from buying it. It's really a great read. If only I had this during Halloween, then the whole vibe of this would have been complete.

Another amazing point about this book that has nothing to do with characters, plot, or writing, that I can't help but be happy about is that it takes place in ONTARIO, Canada! That is where I LIVE! Finally, a book that takes place in my home province. Very nice touch, I must say.

Before I conclude, here is one last thing about the writing. Beautiful. Funny. Entertaining. Everything a YA horror book should have. I have no complaints Kendra. None whats-so-ever.

If you've read this then you must be like me... ANTICIPATING the second installment, A girl of Nightmare.

My rating:
5 bloody Mary's

Blood, Anna, Cas, Supernatural,


Review: Snow in Love

Title: Snow in Love
Author: Claire Ray
Pages: 304
Format: Print/ Paperback
Published: January 1st 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen

So what is there to really say about this book? Besides the cheesy-ness this book was in no surprise having, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this.

This was a short read with a respectful short review.

Snow in Love takes place in wintery Alaska. Awesome! I love winter, the cold, and fresh powder... snow! Gah, I can't believe I have nothing to really say about this book. I think everything that needs to be said about these types of books can be found in my reviews such as Suite Dreams and others. Other than the obvious cheesy-ness of this, I think it was enjoyable.

I guess one thing I can defnietely say about this book is that it was a great winter read. I was reading this while we had the first REAL snow blizzard and it was just so cool, and snuggly. Cozy up next to a fire, perhaps sporting a snuggie, this book in your hands, and your set. Maybe a hot chocolate and some sugar cookies. Just because.

My rating:
5 snowy pig tails

Snow, love, Alaska,