Sunday, April 29, 2012

In my Mailbox #8

Hello my lovelies! This week has been very exciting for me starting work, my mom's birthday and we got a lot of fantastic books released too! Here are the books I got this week:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (3/5 stars).

Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Tracy Deebs
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers 
Date Published: 10 May 2011
Genre: Supernatural
Paperback: 341 pages

"Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kanin, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (4/5 stars).

Title: Tomorrow Land
Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
Date Published: 08 March 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
E book: 281 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

"Can true love survive the end of the world? 

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why. 

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race?"

Friday, April 13, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #2

Hi all and thank you for hopping by my blog! Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme being hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read as a fun way for us to meet and connect with other bloggers. I'd like to introduce myself a little before answering this week's question. I'm in my twenties and a lawyer by profession and when I was in law school I had so much to read - books and case law, that I couldn't squeeze in my favorite paranormal/supernatural reads! Thank God that was over! Now that I've started my blog, blogging has pushed me to not only start cleaning up my tbr pile but to read books that are different from what I usually read as well. Part of the fun is choosing which book to review next and I want my readers to have a bit of that fun too so I put up a poll in my sidebar so you could choose the next title I will be reviewing! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cross my Heart by Sasha Gould (3/5 stars).

Title: Cross my Heart
Author: Sasha Gould
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Date Published: 13 March 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Hardcover: 262 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"Venice, 1585.
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (3/5 stars)

Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: 12 April 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 359 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island. 

Until now

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Croak by Gina Damico (3/5 stars).

Title: Croak (Croak #1)
Author: Gina Damico
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date Published: 20 March 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 311 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure. 

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business. 

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer. 

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?"

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz (3/5 stars).

Title: Spellcaster (Spellbound #2)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date Published: 27 March 2012
Genre: Supernatural/Young Adult 
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"Finding your eternal soulmate - easy. 

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much… 

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems.'s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close.... 

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Author Interview: Melissa Jensen

Hello everyone! Remember me saying that I'll be having a lovely author by in my little bookworm corner soon? Well here she is! Author of Falling in Love with English Boys and one of the most anticipated YA contemporary romance books of the year, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa Jensen!
Welcome miss Melissa! Thank you for accommodating my request for an interview!

Bookworm Mia: Hi Melissa! Thank you for your time, I'll start with my questions.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #1

Hello everyone! This is my first time joining Parajunkee's and Alison Can Read's weekly event Feature & Follow Friday, hoping to gain new friends and followers, good luck to me! Blogs featured this week are The Talking Teacup and Romanceholic. (Followed both by email subscription) Here's this week's question:

Kreativ Blogger & One Lovely Blog Award

I only pass an award once, which means if I get the same award again, i.e. Kreative Blogger award, I'll make a post to thank the blogger who gave me the award but I will not pass the award on anymore.

Oh my gosh, I'm very happy to know that my book blog is being appreciated and I'd like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to PidginPea, sorry for taking too long to post, I have been very busy this last month, for these awards which I will also pass on today (I received another award from two more fellow bloggers this week but I will make a separate post about it):

How to pass on this award:

1. Say seven things about yourself,
2. pass on the award to seven people, and
3. Thank and Link back on the blogger who gave you this award.

How to pass on this award:
1. Say seven things about yourself,
2. pass on the award to fifteen people, and
3. Thank and Link back on the blogger who gave you this award.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (2/5 stars)

Title: Spellbound (Spellbound #1)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Date Published: 21 June 2011
Genre: Supernatural/Young Adult
Paperback: 324 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ARC The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (5/5 stars).

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date to be Published: 24 April 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Hardcover: 485 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. 

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. 

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. 

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. 

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for."

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ARC The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry (2/5 stars).

Title: The Peculiars
Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Publisher: ABRAMS Books/Amulet Books
Date to be Published: 01 May 2012 
Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk
Hardcover: 354 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars

"On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears."

In my Mailbox #6 So many books so little time!

Hi all! With my to-be-read pile getting close to 200 books, I'm wondering how I'll be able to read all of it! Don't you just wish you have more time to read? I read an average of one book in two days because I like to relish my books and of course sneaking in reading time in my busy day can sometimes be hard. And with really good new releases every month, my tbr pile just keeps on getting bigger and bigger!

Monday, April 2, 2012

ARC Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (2/5 stars).

Title: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
Author: Shelley Coriell
Publisher: ABRAMS/Amulet Books
Date to be published: 01 May 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Hardcover: 299 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars

"Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school's struggling radio station, where the other students don't find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams's mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home." 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Can't Wait Books #4 Sweet April Edition!

Hi everyone! 

Here are the books I'd love to recommend for you this month! I can't wait to get these titles myself!