Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Alright, so Bookish is hosting the 2012 TBR(To Be Read) Pile Reading Challenge, and you can sign up here. Below is most of the info that you would find if you clicked on the sign up link.

Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!
We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us...Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up...
Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D
1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
41-50 - Married With Children
31-40 - Love At First Sight
Nicole from All I Ever Read - @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - @HandsHomeBlog
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading @caitlingss
Donna from Book Passion For Life @BookPforLife 

Rie from Mission To Read @missiontoread

Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - @alouetteuette 

Christa from Hooked On Books @ChristasBooks

Jenna from Fans Of Fiction @fansoffiction

Angel from Mermaids Vision @mermaidvisions

Right now, I think I'm just going to be an unofficial participant, mostly because the place to link up so I can join isn't loading for me. Maybe later, if the linky thing works I'll join for real but for now, I'm unofficial.

I'm gonna try for the A Sweet Kiss level, and the books I plan to read are:
❥ Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié
❥ Evernight by Claudia Gray
❥ Stargazer by Claudia Gray
❥ Hourglass by Claudia Gray
❥ The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
❥ The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
❥ Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray
❥ The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
❥ The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
❥ The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
❥ The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
❥ Vampires: The Recent Undead edited by Paula Guran
❥ Need by Carrie Jones
❥ Captivate by Carrie Jones
❥ Entice by Carrie Jones
❥ The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block
❥ My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
❥ My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
❥ My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
❥ If I Die by Rachel Vincent
❥ A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
❥ Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
❥ The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
❥ Wondrous Strange by Leslie Livingston
❥ Darklight by Leslie Livingston
❥ Tempestuous by Leslie Livingston

Waiting On Wednesday {11/30}

This is going to be a double Waiting On today because the books i'm waiting for are in the same trilogy and they come out within two months of each other.

Title: Torn
Series: Trylle ⋯ Book 2
Author: Amanda Hocking
Pages: 288
Release Date: February 28, 2012

Summary: Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her. 

She's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is meant to lead.

Title: Ascend
Series: Trylle ⋯ Book 3
Author: Amanda Hocking
Pages: 288
Release Date: April 24, 2012

Summary: With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end. 

My review of the first book, Switched, can be found here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cover Combat {Week 2}

Cover Combat is where I'll put up a US cover and a foreign cover of the same book and you vote on your favorite. Most of the time it will probably US versus UK, but there may be other countries thrown in.

Last week the US and UK covers of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare battled it out and the winner was...
The US edition!! 

This week the US and UK covers of My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent!

US Edition:

UK Edition:

Book Review ⋯ Fury

Title: Fury
Series: The Fury Trilogy ⋯ Book 1
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Pages: 370
Stars: ★★★★★

Summary: Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen.
Review: This book was amazing!! I loved how the author switched between only Em and Chase's POV, and how the Furies were portrayed. I love Greek Mythology, but I haven't read much about it, so I loved reading about the Furies and what exactly they did. The writing felt mature in a way, like the author has been writing for years with multiple books published not just one, and I loved that. I felt like I was reading an adult book, but it still had YA qualities. That maybe isn't a correct description, but that's kinda what I felt the writing was like, and I loved it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox {Week 4}

Title: Switched
Series: Trylle ⋯ Book 1
Author: Amanda Hocking
Pages: 293
Format: Advanced Readers' Edition
Release Date: January 3, 2012

Summary: When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

I received this book Tuesday, and I have already finished it. I loved it, and will be posting a full review soon.

Title: Ciudad de hueso (City of Bones)
Series: Cazadores De Sombras (The Mortal Instruments) ⋯ Book 1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 505
Format: Paperback

Summary: En el Pandemonium, la discoteca de moda de Nueva York, Clary sigue a un atractivo chico de pelo azul hasta que presencia su muerte a manos de tres jóvenes cubiertos de extraños tatuajes. Desde esa noche, su destino se une al de esos tres cazadores de sombras, guerreros dedicados a liberar a la tierra de demonios y, sobre todo, al de Jace, un chico con aspecto de ángel y tendencia a actuar como un idiota. (When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.*) 
I ordered this because I'm learning Spanish and figured reading my favorite book in Spanish might help. My review of City of Bones is here. *This is the English summary, not a translation of the Spanish summary.
Title: Magic in the Mirrorstone: Tales of Fantasy
Series: Anthology
Editor: Steve Berman
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

Summary: In this anthology for teen readers, fifteen best-selling and acclaimed authors--including Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, Cassandra Clare, Eugie Foster, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Gregory Frost--weave all-new stories filled with magic. Comic and dark, epic and entertaining, these stories will introduce readers to the new voices of Mirrorstone beside the treasured favorites of Young Adult fantasy.

Ordered this because I ordered So Fey last week, and was looking through Steve Berman's other works.

Title: The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm
Series: Anthology
Editors: Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback

Summary: Faeries, or creatures like them, can be found in almost every culture the world over—benevolent and terrifying, charming and exasperating, shifting shape from country to country, story to story, and moment to moment. In The Faery Reel, acclaimed anthologists Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have asked some of today’s finest writers of fantastic fiction for short stories and poems that draw on the great wealth of world faery lore and classic faery literature. This companion to the World Fantasy Award–winner and Locus bestseller The Green Man is edgy, provocative, and thoroughly magical. Like the faeries themselves.

Ordered this because I read Teeth: Vampire Tales, which was also edited by Ellen & Terri.

I also picked up Fury by Elizabeth Miles and Crossed by Ally Condie from Barnes & Noble over Black Friday, but they didn't come in the mail, so I decided not to included them fully in this post.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday {11/23}

Title: Lenobia's Vow
Series: House of Night Novellas ⋯ Book 2 
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Pages: 160
Release Date: January 31, 2012

Summary: The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia's Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night's enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil
The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an incredible 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the series has taken the world by storm. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night's most important – and mysterious – characters. The second of the House of Night Novellas brings us Lenobia, the strong, beautiful horseback riding instructor, who guides Zoey through some of her darkest hours, and has a dark secret buried in her own past...
In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cover Combat {Week 1}

EDIT: So Cassie Clare just told me that the UK cover I put up is an old one, but I'll keep because it looks like the cover now is the same as the US one with a few minor variations.

So, I'm gonna start doing cover combat, where I'll put up a US cover and a foreign cover of the same book and you vote on your favorite. Most of the time it will probably US versus UK, but there may be other countries thrown in.

First off, I'll do City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. US versus UK covers.

US edition:

UK edition:

Book Review ⋯ Dragon's Oath

Title: Dragon's Oath
Series: House of Night Novellas ⋯ Book 1
Author: P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Pages: 145
Stars: ★★★★★

Summary: In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.
Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…
But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?
Review: I loved this book! I really liked seeing how Dragon and Anastasia first met, and since I read this after Destined, I could see how the event that happened in this book was hinted at in Destined. I was dying to know what Dragon was talking about in Destined, and this explained it perfectly. I know that is very vague and mysterious, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Another thing I liked about this book was the different perspectives that it gave, and how quickly it changed POV's to give the right one at the right time.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Book Review ⋯ Nobody's Princess

This also isn't a paranormal book, but I feel like I owe you guys some reviews. So, here it is, it's much longer than normal because I had to write a review for English class.
Title: Nobody's Princess
Series: Nobody's Princess ⋯ Book 1
Author: Esther Friesner
Pages: 305
Stars: ★★★★★

Summary: She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Unlike her prissy sister, Clytemnestra, she takes no pleasure in weaving and embroidery. And despite what her mother says, she's not even close to being interested in getting married. Instead, she wants to do combat training with her older brothers, go on heroic adventures, and be free to do what she wants and find out who she is. 

Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and an attitude. And while it's the attitude that makes Helen a few enemies (such as the self-proclaimed "son of Poseidon," Theseus), it's what also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.

In Nobody's Princess, author Esther Friesner deftly weaves together history and myth as she takes a new look at the girl who will become Helen of Troy. The resulting story offers up humor, action, and a fresh and engaging heroine you cannot help but root for.

Review: Nobody's Princess is about a Spartan princess named Helen. Helen wants to do more with her life than making cloth and healing people. She decides that she wants to learn to fight like her brothers, so she convinces her brother's combat teacher to train her, too. A few years later, she talks her mother into teaching her archery. While away for her sister's marriage, her brother's discovery of a wild boar in Calydon brings an adventure she's been waiting for. During her stay in Calydon, Helen meets a huntress named Atalanta, who teaches her how to ride a horse. On the way back to Sparta, Helen's brother decide to stop in Delphi. There, they meet Apollo's prophetess, the Pythia. In a short time, Helen and the Pythia become friends, and the book ends with Helen setting sail for another adventure. 

I really liked this book. I liked the writing style, and I liked how the author incorporated different elements from different time periods in ancient Greece, but still staying in the main time period of Helen, the Bronze Age. Another thing I liked about this book was how Helen's character was developed throughout the book. Having another girl warrior really gave Helen the confidence in herself, and I felt that was important to her character. I liked how she kept persevering, even through the hardships of being a girl who wanted to fight. 

Another thing I liked was how the author described Helen’s surroundings and what was happening, I thought that was in really good detail and very well described. This quote is an example of that, “I hung by hands from the branch for a moment, then dropped to the ground in front of her, landing on an oak root and sprawling into last autumn’s fallen leaves. My tumble startled her horse, but she controlled the huge creature with just a touch of her knees to his barrel.” Something I also liked was how the mythology was incorporated, and how strongly the gods were represented, which was how that time was. 

One thing I didn’t like was how superior all the men thought they were, and how the women were happy enough just weaving cloth, but that was all apart of the culture. Another thing I didn’t like was how the king of Calydon thought that any accomplishments a woman made in hunting or battle skills was all a fluke, when Calydon was one of the only city-state that accepted women learning archery or the art of hunting. “He says that it’s one thing for a girl to bring down a rabbit or two with her bow but that there’s something unnatural about one who also knows how to use sword and spear, who can wrestle, ride, and race like a man.” In this quote the king’s son was talking about what his father’s views on Atalanta. 

All in all, I think this book was very good, and I think the author did a good job getting the point across that girls can do anything a boy can do.

In My Mailbox {Week 3}

Title: So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction
Series: Anthology
Editor: Steve Berman
Pages: 349
Format: 1st Edition Paperback

Summary: Twenty-two captivating stories where queer culture and fey folklore meet

The legends of Fairyland tell that one should never taste the food or sip the drink, or else risk being caught there forever. But the tempting morsels in So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction are irresistible! Lambda Award-nominated editor Steve Berman brings together acclaimed fantasy writers with some of the brightest names in LGBT fiction to create tales that are moving and magical. These stories of romance and grief, adolescence and identity, struggle and hope will enchant readers who long for a fantastic escape—and a wonderful twist! One sample of this bewitching treat is sure to trap you in its pages! 

From the pains of loss in Holly Black's "The Coat of Stars" to dealing with issues of identity in Richard Bowes's "The Wand's Boy" to Melissa Scott's look at the dangers of love in "Mister Seeley" So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction takes you into worlds that are at once amazing and familiar. With tales that tear and tug at the heart but never cease to enchant, this exciting and unique collection will long last in the minds of readers.

Other authors featured in So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction include:

• Tom Cardamone 
• Catherine Lundoff 
• Craig Laurance Gidney 
• Ruby deBrazier and Cassandra Clare 
• Sarah Monette 
• Kenneth D. Woods 
• Elspeth Potter 
• Aynjel Kaye 
• Laurie J. Marks 
• Christopher Barzak 
• M. Kate Havas 
• Luisa Prieto 
• Carl Vaughn Frick 
• Delia Sherman 
• Sean Meriwether 
• Lynne Jamneck 
• Eugie Foster 
• Joshua Lewis 
• Eric Andrews-Katz

Well-written and engaging, So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction is fantasy at its delightful best.

So excited to read this!! So glad I could find it, too!

Bookish Gratitude

Beth Revis is holding a contest in which we need to say which book we are most thankful for. I know that a lot of you would disagree, but the book I'm most thankful for is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Twilight is the book that really got me to pay attention to the books I love now, like, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, the Night World books by L. J. Smith, and Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Even though Twilight isn't my favorite book anymore, I am still thankful for it because it led me on to other books that I probably would otherwise have passed over.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Book Review ⋯ Fahrenheit 541

So, this isn't exactly paranormal YA, but it's the first review I've written in a while.
Fahrenheit 451Title: Fahrenheit 451
Series: None
Author: Ray Bradbury
Pages: 147
Stars: ★★★★

Summary: The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. 

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do...

Review: This book was good. The writing style and wording was something that I had to get used to, and there were only 3 'chapters', so I had to find times when I could read for while without being interrupted. One thing that bugged me was how Montag's thoughts were written, he seemed to repeat himself a lot, and he also seemed to shout at himself a lot, which while he was on the run didn't seem very smart. I did like the ending though, the book felt finished.