Saturday, April 27, 2013

5
Stacking the Shelves (13)


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that highlight's the books we receive each week.


BOUGHT
Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman
 
WON
The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Wasteland by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan
Won from My 5 Monkeys
 
Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood
Won from the Silver Hollow Book Tour
 
 

That's it for me. What did you add to your shelf?



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5
Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


  • My teasers:

    "And the willowy girl is too forlorn. And I am too unwilling."

    Pg. 41, "Wither" by Lauren DeStefano










    Well that's my teaser for the week. What book or books did you feature in your post?  


    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    5
    Stacking the Shelves (12)


    Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that highlight's the books we receive each week.

    BOUGHT
     
    Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
     
    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
    Switched by Amanda Hocking
     
    WON
    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
    

    That's it for me. What did you add to your shelf?



    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    0
    Review: In A Heartbeat

    In a Heartbeat
    Author: Rita Herron
    Page Count: 378
    Release Date: March 01, 2006
    Publisher: HQN
    Series: None
    Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
    Source: Purchased (Paperback)
     
    In a Heartbeat
    Read summary on Goodreads, here.

    This book was far from what I normally read but the cover caught my attention and the summary sounded interesting. At first I was confused by the writing style but once I got use to it, I enjoyed the book. This is definitely NOT recommended to anyone under 18 due to the numerous sexual scenes.
     
    There were numerous characters in the book with their own story to tell, so I'll stick with the three main characters. Lisa Langley is the only surviving victim of a serial killer known as the Grave Digger. He buries people...alive...in coffins. I felt sorry for Lisa, she didn't trust many people, especially men. Not that I can blame her, her boyfriend was the original killer. She's pretty much isolated herself from the world. She does, however, have a special place in her heart for her rescuer, FBI Agent Brad Booker. I was glad that by the end Lisa had become stronger and refused to let her past keep her down forever. Brad was a good lead character, he acted all hard and tough but there was a softer side to him although he didn't show it very often. He thinks Lisa is too good for him because of his troubled past and brushes her off a few times but try as he might, he can't deny the fact that he's in love with her. Even if he doesn't want to admit to Lisa or himself.  Vernon Hanks is the typical stalker. He's been obsessed with Lisa ever since he first met her and in true stalker fashion, he tracks her down after four years and follows her every move. He really freaked me out, especially when we was watching her sleep and his thoughts were very deep in the gutter. He was a nasty little man.

    I liked the story, it was very believable. When the victims were describing their fear while trapped in those coffins and desperately trying to get a breathe of air, it really freaked me out. Suffocation would be in my top 5 of awful ways to go and since I'm claustrophobic, I think that made it worse. There was some confusion for me though. There were so many characters stories going on here that at times I forgot what character I was reading about. On minute I'm reading about Lisa and then I'm reading about Vernon Hanks or Brad Booker or one of the other numerous characters, in the same chapter. However, I liked the fact that the copycat killer wasn't that easy to figure out, at least not for me. This is the kind of book I could see as a Lifetime Movie.

    I liked the ending pretty good but I've seen enough movies to know, pretty much, how it would end. Although, I would have preferred that the last sex scene had been left out. For me, the ending went from romantic to smut.

    I like the cover, it's interesting. It's what originally drew me to the book to start with. I also like the tagline on it, "You've stolen my heart. I'm coming back for it" No way I could pass something like that up.

    Rating: 4/5

    Review also posted to Goodreads.
     
     



    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    3
    Stacking the Shelves (11)

     
    Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that highlight's the books we receive each week.

    BOUGHT
    Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart
     
    Been There, Done That by Carol Snow
    Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux
     
    WON
    Rise by Anna Carey (Won from Epic Reads)
     
     
    FREE EBOOKS
    The Forever Girl (Forever Girl, #1)Entangled (Spellbound #1)
    The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton
    Entangled by Nikki Jefford

    ANIME BOUGHT
     
    MOVIES RENTED
     
    THEATERS
     
    *Books link to Goodreads
    * Anime links to RightStuf
    *Movies link to Amazon
     
    That's it for me. What did you add to your shelf?
     


    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    0
    Review: The Shapeshifter's Secret

    The Shapeshifter's Secret
    Author: Heather Ostler
    Page Count: 318
    Release Date: June 12, 2012
    Publisher: Cedar Fort
    Series: The Shapeshifter's Secret #1
    Genres: YA, Paranormal, Shapeshifters  
    Source: Won from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
     
    The Shapeshifter's Secret (The Shapeshifter's Secret, #1)
    Read summary on Goodreads, here.
     
     
    I had a little trouble getting into the book and I had my doubts that I would finish it but decided to stick it out until the end. While the story wasn't bad, I did have trouble connecting to any of the characters.
     
    Despite the danger she was in, Julia was constantly keeping secrets and breaking the rules and I never understood her reasons why. One of her reasons was because she just had to stand where her mother once stood. It just didn't seem like a good reason to risk expulsion. She also jumped into a romantic relationship way too fast in my opinion. She's only met the guy twice and exchanged a few letters and already they're "in love" with one another. She also seemed a bit immature when it came to Caleb, even if she did like him she didn't have to jump down his throat because he had a girlfriend, I mean she knew him for like a week. Caleb seemed like a alright guy even if his appearances were brief. He really seemed to care for Julia and really tried to protect her. Terrence, the boyfriend, also makes brief appearances but he fell in love with Julia way too fast, they barely knew each other. Sierra and Gabe were good supporting characters but I still couldn't connect with them because I knew so little about them. Sierra's a water nymph and Gabe's smart, that's pretty much all we find out about them.
     
    The storyline was a good one, not great, but good. A land called Ossai with a corrupt government and a school for shapeshifters and other magical creatures trying to learn about and control their powers. Some of the story reminded me of Harry Potter. A castle for a school...magic...secret passageways...a crooked teacher...a teacher with Snape's attitude...the villain out to kill the main character...three friends with similarities to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Throughout most of the book I got deja vu of "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone." I was somewhat confused by the timeline, in one part of the chapter it's winter and in the same chapter it's now spring.
     
    There was no big cliffhanger and I felt that part of the ending was predictable. I had already narrowed down who the traitor was and wasn't at all surprised by the identity of the masked man.
     
    I love the cover. The background and the font are perfect and I love the tiger stripes of Julia's face. It's definitely a beautiful cover.
     
    Rating: 3/5
     
    Review also posted to Goodreads  


    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    3
    Teaser Tuesday

     
     
    Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


  • My teasers:

    "As I got closer, my breathing now heavy from exertion, I heard Raquel's voice. Whatever gladness I might've felt was destroyed by her frightened words."

    Pg. 121, "Evernight" by Claudia Gray







    Well that's my teaser for the week. What book or books did you feature in your post?  


    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    6
    Stacking the Shelves (10)

     
    Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that highlight's the books we receive each week.

    BOUGHT
    Fallen by Lauren Kate
    Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    Divergent by Veronica Roth
     
    The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda
     
    All I Want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Would I Lie to You by Cecily von Ziegesar
    I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar
     
    MOVIES BOUGHT
     
    *Books link to Goodreads
    *Movies link to Amazon
     
    That's it for me. What did you add to your shelf?