Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: TASTE by Kate Evangelista + Author Interview

Taste by Kate Evangelista
Release date: TBA
"At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans. 

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud."

Interview with Kate Evangelista:

In my Mailbox #4 The Galley Edition!

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren. I'll be featuring books I have bought/been gifted/traded every Tuesday in this post because I won't be able to review all my haul but would still love to feature them! 

Monday, February 27, 2012

ARC Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (3/5 stars)

Title: Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Date to be released: 27 March 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Mythology
Paperback: 304 pages
Source: traded a paperback for it 
Rating: 3/5 stars
"Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry's first wife, Persephone."

My Little Bookworm Corner #3

Hi all!  And welcome to my little bookworm corner where I will post about the bookworm behind the blog and you can find out all about ME! Mwahaha! 
This week, I have been tagged! I'll be answering some of the questions of my lovely tag-er Sarah here. I sure had fun with it so here we go..

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (5/5 stars)

Title: Scarlet
Author: A. C. Gaughen 
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Date Published: 14 February 2012
Genre: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Kindle edition: 304 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Big John and Robin Hood know the truth-that the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. It's getting harder to hide as Gisbourne's camp seeks to find Scarlet and drive Robin Hood out of Nottinghamshire.

But Scarlet's instinct for self-preservation is at war with a strong sense of responsibility to the people who took her in when she was on the run, and she finds it's not so easy to turn her back on her band and townspeople. As Gisbourne draws closer to Scarlet and puts innocent lives at risk, she must decide how much the people of Nottinghamshire mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles and temper have the rare power to unsettle Scarlet. Full of exciting action, secrets, and romance, this imaginative retelling of the classic tale will have readers following every move of Robin Hood and band of thieves."

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton (5/5 stars)

Title: A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2)
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: 21 February 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Mythology
Kindle edition: 306 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
"After the epic graveyard battle at the end ofDarkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari. Ari, along with the super hot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton (3/5stars)

Title: Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1)
Author: Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Ltd.
Date Published: 22 February 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

From the book cover:
"Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.
Her search for answers uncovers a message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne (1/5 stars)

Title: Harbinger
Author: Sara Wilson Etienne
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date Published: 02 February 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 320 pages
Rating: 1/5 stars
"When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In my Mailbox #3 The Book Drunk Edition!

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren. This post will be featuring books I have bought/been gifted/traded at the start of the week. I won't be able to review all the books I've received but would nevertheless love to feature them and maybe share some of my thoughts on them here. 
Hello lovelies! I got a lot of books I can't wait to start reading this week! Bought the first two books last Friday, I already have a review of Born Wicked up, with my review of Harbinger coming up tomorrow. I might not read Wings of the Wicked, I thought most of the actions scenes in Angelfire were repetitive, but still bought the Kindle format, I'm OCD that way. I still don't have A Beautiful Evil yet but it's supposed to be released today and I'll get a Kindle copy as soon as it is available so I'll just put it in the list anyway. Here are this week's haul:

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (3/5 stars)

Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: 17 January 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Kindle: 416 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning."

ARC Embrace by Jessica Shirvington - DNF

Title: Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date to be Released: 06 March 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 367 pages
Source: traded a paperback for it
Rating: DNF (Did not finish)

"My girl,
Happy 17th birthday. I wish I could be there with you, but I think if you are reading this...I am not. For that, I am sorry. The day your dad and I found out we were going to have a baby was the happiest day of my long life. I know the only day that will exceed that joy will be the day you are born – no matter how that day ends.
A big decision lies ahead. The burden of the covenant is a heavy one to bear. Choose with your heart, for I already know that you, my girl, must let your heart guide the way.
I love you. Please forgive me.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (2/5 stars).

Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date Published: 07 February 2012
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover: 272 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars

"Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other."

My Little Bookworm Corner #2

Hi all! Welcome to my little bookworm corner! Let me pour you some lovely Chrysanthemum Pu-erh tea and we'll get started. I'll be answering a question from here today. Feel free to ask me questions too by commenting.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (5/5 stars).

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: 03 February 2012
Genre: Sci-fi
Paperback: 336
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith (4/5 stars).

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Date Published: 02 January 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Romance
Hardcover: 256 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sooo how was your Valentine's day? I spent Monday reading The Stat on the treadmill and thank goodness I didn't get into any accident in the cute-romantic parts! Here's a little teaser: 

"Above her a bird cries out, and Hadley watches as it makes lazy circles in the crowded sky...When she lowers her eyes again, he's there across the garden, almost as if she's dreamed him into being. He looks older in his suit, pale and solemn as he digs at the dirt with the toe of his shoe, his shoulders hunched and his head bent. Watching him, Hadley feels a surge of affection so strong that she nearly calls out. But before she can do anything, he turns around...But just as she turns to walk away she hears him behind her, the word like the opening of some door like an ending and a beginning, like a wish. "Wait," he says, and so she does."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In my Mailbox #2

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren. This post will be featuring books I have bought/been gifted/traded at the start of the week. I won't be able to review all the books I've received but would nevertheless love to feature them and maybe share some of my thoughts on them here. Hi all! How are you all doing? I hope you're all having a sweet Valentine's day! I'm going out on a date in a few but before I do, here's my haul for the week!

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Little Bookworm Corner #1

Hi all! Welcome to my little bookworm corner where you would get to know more about yours truly! I'll be answering a question today from a meme here.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bewitching by Alex Flinn (5/5 stars)

Hi all! Valentine's week is coming up and if you haven't picked a book or two to read yet with those chocolates you're going to get then I would love to tell you about my Valentine's week picks! But before that, I'd like to say that my really cute header art was a gift two Valentine's ago from my very lovely friend Supper frog Linnie! And yes it's love is on the air! 

Title: Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles)
Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers Inc.
To be released: 14 February 2012 (Hardcover only)
Genre: Young adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

My first Valentine's pick! Kendra is a witch and Beastly was just one of her spells! In Bewitching she tries to help Emma whose stepsister, Lisette is as conniving as it gets in a spellbinding retelling of Cinderella. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The One that I Want by Jennifer Echols (3/5 stars).

Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: 06 December 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Romance
Kindle: 256 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars
"Gemma can't believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma's heartbroken.
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max's friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can't help thinking that Max likes her back--it's just too bad he's already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend's boyfriend?"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In my Mailbox #1

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren. This is my first week joining in, this post will be featuring books I have bought/been gifted/traded at the start of the week. I won't be able to review all the books I've received but would nevertheless love to feature them and maybe share some of my thoughts on them here. I'm excited to get started! So here are my new books:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross (5/5 stars).

Title: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date Published: 17 January 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Hardcover: 352 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun. That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (2/5 stars).

Title: The Peach Keeper
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Date Published: 10 January 2012
Genre: Chick lit/Magic Realism
Paperback: 304 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
From the book cover:

"It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town."

Friday, February 3, 2012

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (3/5 stars).

Title: Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Date Published: 22 March 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars
From the book cover:
"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?"

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (4/5 stars).

Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: 31 May 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Kindle: 501 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
From the book cover:
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is--no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together--and trying to tear them apart.

Can't Wait Books #2 February Edition!

Hello everyone! There are a lot of YA releases this February that I'm really excited about! So here are some new titles and paperback releases I'm grabbing this month maybe you'd see some books you like to add to your to-read shelf:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January 2012 highlights

I'm back from my extended vacation and wow I was able to read thirty (30) books last month! I've never had this much time to read books I wanted to read, and I can't believe I've only started to discover a lot of great books and authors!

For my progress on reading challenges, you can click on the challenge buttons on my sidebar, I try to update as soon as I can and if you want to join those challenges click on the banner on the posts. 

I also made a blog button! 

Just copy the link inside the box to grab the button (a smaller version of the banner above). The artwork was drawn by Koori-chu, commissioned by myself, purplemiaow.
Now for my favorite books this January:

from left to right:

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Hand, Cynthia 5 stars
Anna dressed in blood (Anna #1) by Blake, Kendare 5 stars
Everneath (Everneath #1) by Ashton, Brodi 5 stars
Destined for an early grave (Night Huntress #4) by Frost, Jeaniene 5 stars
Under the never sky Under the Never Sky #1) by Rossi, Veronica 5 stars
I am Grimalkin (The Spook's Apprentice #9) by Delaney, Joseph 5 stars

That's it! What were your favorite reads last month?