Sunday, September 30, 2012
Welcome to the Trailer Reveal (And giveaway!) for the TIMELESS trailer! Woot! It's fantastic guys.

The Trailer!


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So Thoughts? Impressions? Life Changing moments? Let me know! XOXO,
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Author: Lia Habel
Published: 10.18.11 by Del Rey
Pages: 470 Pgs.
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. 

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
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Inky's Blurbings:
I can't even begin to say how I LOVE this book! I mean like I've never really been into Zombies and that whole genre, but this one caught my eye and so when It turned into my Random Read for this month I just had to give it a shot. It was so worth it!

One thing I absolutly LOVED was how the society was built. It's like Steampunk, but REVERSED. As in....Punksteam. :D (Which is very punny if you've read the book get some of the terms) It was totally crazy. A futuristic, technically advanced society, modeled after the Victorian era. I <3 Dystopia and I REALLY <3 Victorian time, so this was a very cool set-up. It was really interesting to read about how the society evolved. (Bonus Points for not being in the USA!) Very cool. I'd for sure have to say that this is one of my favorite fictional societies. So well put together! Meep!

Okay Nora was like everything I could ask for in a Main Character - Please Note: There are 5 different POVS tossed around but Nora is the MC- she was strong, independent, rational, stubborn, witty, and feminine. She was so fun to read. She was REALISTIC as well! Yaya Nora! Oh and now I'm so hyped to talk about my NEXT favorite character..BRAM! Let me just start by saying, HE. IS. HOT. I don't know how Lia pulled it off, but for a guy who's been dead for TWO years, he is swoon-worthy. I think it's probably his amazing character that tugs at my heartstrings, because I'm still trying to picture him as a hot dead guy. Lol. Thats my problem, but I LOVE HIM ANYWAY! He's kind, caring, loyal, smart, strong, and just....amazing. *swoon*

Their romance was so sweet. It wasn't rushed, it wasn't dragged on. It was a really nice pace and I loved the character development and how easy they got to know each other! Thumbs up for a really well done romance. As for the other 3 narrators in this story, for one, I was glad they were all in 1st person! I think it wasn't placed in a way that took away from the story but added some good depth. Even with 5 charries. It's just the kind of story that works that way. Pam would have to be my next favorite narrative. It's so tragic what she goes through. But yay for happy endings right.

So now we come to the Plot....as in...the Zombies. Now I've NEVER been big on zombies/vampires/werewolves. I've always been a Dystopia/Fantasty/Historical kinda girl. But you have to give an author credit for making you love a book about a genre you don't like. Lol. This is the first zombie book I can say I LOVE. There was a totally reasonable and actually interesting theory behind the zombie-ism and it wasn't just gross-people-out-for-more-brains. Well there were that kind, but there was the Bram kind, the SMART kind. So I was actually really intrigued by the concepts behind it and honestly found the plot to be very interesting.

Overall, we now that Inky is open to Zombies, is in love with a fictional dead guy, and is also obsessed with this gorgeous cover. I had a blast reading this, and can't wait to get my hands on Dearly Beloved! I'm SOOO glad it's now out. Hope I can grab that one soon!

Content: Mild
(The only issue I had is the language. Quite a bit. (Deity, Da**, He**) A couple kisses, one innuendo.)
5 Stars

Have you read this? Did you like it? Do you want to read it? What do you think of Zombies? I'd love to hear anything you have to tell me! XOXO,



BookHaul

Welcome to another fantastical weekend Book Haul! It's basically like any other wrap-up posts, where we share books we've received during the week! And as fate would have it, I'm getter better at shorter vlog time! LOL! From 14min -> 9:30min -> 6MIN! Yay! I got some great suff this week, so check it out.


Books Mentioned:
-Warbreaker  by Brandon Sanderson
-Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
-XVI by Julia Karr
-Truth by Julia Karr
-Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart
-The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
-Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
-Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
-Sweet Venom by Tera lynn Childs
-All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

Bloggers Mentioned:
Giselle @Book Nerd

And that's if for me! I'd LOVE to hear what you got in your Hauls this week. Leave A Link! XOXO,



It's time for another episode of Books That Didn't Hook Me. Where I feature books I didn't finish or just didn't like for any particular reason. Today's singular spotlight is....

*A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink*
A Temptation of Angels
Published: 3.20.12 by Dial
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How do I put this nicely? I. DIDN'T. FINISH. THIS. BOOK.

So I got my hands on this book, and having enjoyed Prophecy of the Sisters, I was hoping for a new enjoying take on Angels. But one of the things I quickly found out was how INFORMATIVE Zink was. There were a few parts I felt like I was drowning in description and when Helen was basically saying the SAME thing over again, but with different words. Like she came to the same conclusion three times in a row.

Not to mention that this book was told in 3rd person. I don't like 3rd person very much because I don't get into the head of the characters as well and I can't feel that emotional connection to the romance, and the plot. I didn't get that with Helen. She was boring. Oh and I should mention this book is full of cliche. It's in the beginning, it's in the romance it's the book. It wasn't horrible. It was and interesting plot take and angel theory. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure I could have enjoyed it if I didn't get myself distracted with a bunch of other books. But I did, and after that I just didn't have the heart to go back and finish it.

I'm sad, because I felt like this book had potential. 432 pages worth of potential! Sadly it just didn't make the cut-off. But it is a clean read.
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1 Star

Have you read this? Do you want to? Did my review change the way you think of this book? Are you still interested? I'd love to hear your thoughts! XOXO,


Friday, September 28, 2012
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published 6.5.12 by Henry & Holt
Pages: 358
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
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Inky's Blurbings: 
Okay okay. People. This book is one FREAKING-EPIC-TASTIC Book! I've wanted to read it since it came out and I don't know why I took so long to buy this book! GUYS, this book is one fantastic read. If you haven't got your hands on this yet....stop reading my review, open Amazon, or get in your car and go buy this now! :)

When we first meet Alina, she's this shy girl who's had a hard life growing up as an orphan in the War- Ravaged country of Ravka. Then BAM, her life goes nuts and she's thrust into this new enviroment and lifestyle..*insert deep ominous voice*...THE GRISHA. She's awkward and unused to the kind of society that she's thrust into and I thought her transit was really well done! I could totally connect to Alina throughout her struggles, her strengths, her feelings..her everything! What up Alina? Rock on girl! 

Moving on, this book has one of the BEST Love Interests EVA!!!!! Meep! I <3 Mal! Yay! He's that best-friend kind of love interest. I love those kind! He's sweet, handsome, and totally amazing. :D I can't really saw much more. Their relationship was sweet and not rushed. One of the best. :D Yay Mal! 

The plot was fantastic! The concept fantastic. The magic stunning. The characters set in this crazy good world. I mean. Russia is cool. And I thought it was really cool how Leigh was able to take the society and take elements and weave it into her world. Yay Russia & Ravka! But back to the plot. Once Alina is thrust into this new element, she stuggles to find herself and her power. That part of the novel would have to be the only thing that I didn't like enough. It felt like to much of the novel was slower and we weren't progressing. It was past the halfway point when things picked up and moved on at a fantastic pace and got great. So that's honestly my only complaint. 

So, bottom line? I MAJOR <3 This BOOK! Everyone Read it! 

Content: Very Mild
(a couple instances of mild language and innuendo)
5 Stars

Have you read this book yet? Loved it? Want to read it? Tell me what YOU think! XOXO,





Thursday, September 27, 2012
                         
Win picks from ARCS of many Fall releases. 
Open To: INT
Ends: 10.31.12

Host: Bloody Bookaholic
Open To: US
Ends: 9.30.12

Don't miss these fantastical giveaways.  Do you have I should share? Happy Weekend!

Welcome to my sweet stop on the So Into You tour! I love these books! Stay tuned for my thoughts on this latest book, and a fun giveaway!

So Into You by Cecilia Gray
Jane Austen Academy #2

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is guys. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And they're about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down… Meet sweet and sensible Ellie who hasn’t met a problem her mom’s yoga mantras can’t fix. But when her parents threaten to pull her from the Academy just as her flirtation with the cutest boy in school heats up, will Ellie be able to keep her cool?


Mini-Blurbs:
These books are SO fun! If you love Jane Austen and have a few hours to spare then totally get this. It's a very clever retelling in one setting where all the characters from the different stories interact and mingle. :D The girls have sweet friendships and the boys are pretty great. It's hard not to laugh and smile at the fun romance and struggles the girls go through. Cecilia has a very beautiful, smooth writing style that brings out the girls characters, and feelings in a very great way. 

In this book was have Ellie, a shy girl who really likes her friend Edward. Then her parents start pulling twists. Darn parents. How's she gonna deal with it? She is such a sweet charrie, and narrated with poise and grace. I confess I'm still reading this book, and LOVING it, but I'm so excited to finish and add this book to my favorites pile! You totally need to get your hands on this as well as Fall for You, the first book. 



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Giveaway:
As a part of this awesome Tour YOU could win....an ebook of SO INTO YOU and it's predecessor, FALL FOR YOU. So do YOU want to? Course you do. :D Have fun!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you had fun! Don't miss the others stops, and make sure to enter the giveaway. My full review of So Into You will come later (hopefully soon!) HAPPY THURSDAY! Peace out,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Waiting on Wednesday
Welcome to my WOW, or HOW as I like to call it where I feature an upcoming release that I'm hyperventilating for! It's totally fun to geek out about upcoming releases! This event is hosted by the lovely Jill @ Breaking The Spine. Today's pick is....


POISON by Bridget Zinn
TBP: 3.12.13 by Disney Hyperion
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction--which means she's the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart...misses. Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her? Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress--she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Why I'm Hyperventilating This Wednesday......
AHEM. *clears throat* Before we being this hyperventilating session please make sure you have thoroughly read your lesson. It is posted above you in the green box. Also make sure you have studied our session image. It is also in the green box. 

Have you completed your homework? Okay then. We may begin. 

OH MY FREAKING POISON!!!! That book likes like it's gonna be the best thing to hit stores this march. Poison? WHAT NOW? The cover is BEE-YOO-TI-FULLLL! And that synopsis. Holy Crap. -excuse me- I know we just met but let me just say..... I think I LURV you! Talk about a recipe for AWESOME-SAUCE! Eeeek! 

This session is now ended. 

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Are you hyperventilating on anything AWESOME-TASTIC this week? Leave me a link and I'll go hyperventilate with you!
Author: Laura DeLuca
Published: 3.30.12 by Pagan Writers Press
Pages: 262
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card. Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.
Inky's Blurbings:
I got a copy of this from the author and I was really excited. Phantom of the Opera has kind of taken over my life. So naturally I was very excited by the prospect of this Teen retelling of the classic tale. It was a very enjoyable read and I went through it in about a day.

We start off with the main character Becca, about to audition for Christine in her school's upcoming performance of Phantom of the Opera. Becca is that rare talent hidden in the body of a girl with a very shy, somewhat awkward character. But she lands the part of her dream, since...she's pretty much obsessed with the story as well. From there on we have the book playing out with mysterious threats and murders from their own Phantom as well as a love triangle with her co-stars, the actors who play Raoul and Phantom ironically.

It's quite obvious who Becca is drawn to from the start so I found it a little annoying that she doesn't just stand up for herself. But then, of course, all romance needs a little hesitation to make things interesting. Honestly, Justyn has not competition with Tom. :D He's the best, and coolest even if he is kinda Gothic. :D And he can sing.

I liked Laura's writing. It was clear and to the point most of the time. But I found there were a couple moments when it was just a little too-descriptive. Like the sunset or the colors of a storm. Then there were times I wanted some description. In regards to character development and romantic relationships. But it wasn't botched. It was still a very enjoyable and smooth read for the most part. One thing I found interesting is that the play is never really specifically called Phantom of the Opera. Most of the time it's called Phantom. And I didn't really recognize any of the lyrics in the book! Probably because I only know the main songs though and she didn't pull from them. But I did love how the music was fit in.

Aside a few cheesy moments, I could connect well and I enjoyed this thrilling tale of the Phantom! I'd suggest this for fans of the story.

Content: Mild
(Some language and a bit of innuendo. A gay character/kiss. Kissing.)
3.5 Stars

Do you like the story of the Phantom? Have you read the book? Seen the play? Would you like to? Do you want to read this? I'd love to hear any thoughts you have! Happy Wednesday!


Author: C. J. Hill (aka. Janette Rallison)
Published: 8.28.12 by Katherine Tegan
Pages: 368
When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.
Inky's Blurbings:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE anything by Janette Rallison/C.J.Hill. She takes very cool ideas and makes them unique, funny and a totally joyride. So naturally I was very excited to hear about this new dystopia novel, let alone win a copy from CJ. (Thank You!)

I totally loved the society. It had many of the familiar Dystopian elements while having a unique trend and feel to it! It wasn't overdone either. It was right and good and awesome. :) YAY dystopia. So we have these twins with two different personalities and all of a sudden they are whisked away into the future. Then they learn they can't get back. YIKES. Panic time. Sheridan and Taylor find themselves in a pretty twisty predicament with no easy way out.

I wish I could spill my guts about things, but alas, no. Let me just say that I liked the realistical reaction of the girls, and thatI was easy to connect with Sheridan. I really wish Taylor had gotten her own POV moments, because she'd have a CRAZY GENIUS voice. YAY! But even without her, I still loved her character and getting to know her.

Echo..you are the riddle, wrapped in a mystery.You're hot, and full of secrets. You've got an interesting voice. Yet, as a romantic interest...you move to fast! That was my main issue with the romance. Obv, it's Insta-Attraction. But it was still fast to when they Kiss. After that I didn't feel as much development or their characters and relationship, something I totally love. So while that could've been showed more, I don't condemn them. They're gonna be so great in the next book!

The plot was MAGNIFIQUE! Secrets, logic, genius brains, smart problem solving, BETRAYAL, ack ack ack. YES. One thing I found really interesting was how she used Religious phrases/names as a Code. No, I'm not telling you anything else. But it was really neat how she did that without pinpointing any specific beliefs. Okay, so this was another great book full of adventure, futuristic bad-guys and some sweet romance. If you like all the above, this is a book for you! PLUS, it's a Clean Read!

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4.5 Stars

Have you read this book? Any of CJ/Janette's books? What did you think? Do you want to? Love to hear your thoughts chicas! Happy Tuesday!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Welcome to my spot on the Reading Addiction Tour for A Life in the Service! I've got a great Guest Post and Giveaway for you!

All human beings are quirky, and I've been told I have more quirks than most. Be that as it may, that quirkiness definitely extends to the way I write. So here are a few of my writing quirks – see if you share any of these or they at least give you a smile for the day:
  • I like to put my feet up: I don't know what it is about sitting at a formal desk that makes me feel not particularly creative and kind of trapped. Although sometimes I end up working at my desk, when it comes to fiction and even non-fiction writing, I'm much happier on a laptop, somewhere where I can sit back put my feet up. My favorite writing spots are the living room couch and the comfy chair in my little reading nook (a glorified alcove in the stairs!). If it's warm enough to write without shoes on, so much the better 
  • Nighttime isn't the right time: Right or wrong, I'm just not a night person and it's very rare that I feel even remotely inspired to do anything creative after the sun goes down. Yes, I know it's downright weird, but my most productive writing hours are in the late morning to early afternoon. For me, nighttime is the time to hang out with my family, curl up with my dog and, well, sleep!
  • An open window helps: Bright outdoor skies make it challenging to see the screen on my laptop. So even though I'd love to write outdoors, I usually don't. The next best thing is to sit by an open window where I can still see the sky and feel the air. (Hmm, with a backlit screen, perhaps I should rethink the whole night thing and consider writing under the moonlight…)
  • Having my dog around helps too: Strange as it sounds, when my dog comes to sit with me, I enjoy the writing process even more. I love how she can be so close to me and still allow me my personal space…if only humans could learn to do that…
  • I like things quiet: Even though I love music, I've found trying to mix it with the writing process just doesn't work for me. I'm happiest writing when I'm only listening to the sounds of nature through an open window.
I guess everyone has his or her own unique approach to the writing process. One of the nicest things about being a writer is getting to indulge all of my quirks and do things just the way I like best. I hope all the writers reading this are enjoying the same luxury 

As part of the tour, Roberta is offering an ebook of one of her other novels, Monster Tears. Good luck!
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Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastical Tuesday!


Friday, September 21, 2012
I have a special introduction to make today! Meet.....Mackenzie! She is my fantastical little sis who also loves books. And guess what? She's gonna guest review on the blog. *cheering and applause ensues* I'm so excited that she's gonna show up every little while! It'll add a fun line of MG books to the blog! Anyway, I thought I'd let you get to know her a little first. Without further ado...I bring you, my little sis!

Introducing Mackenzie

knz2Mackenzie is in 6th grade and full of fun and spunk! She loves to read just like the next bibliophile and can be found tucked away in corners of the house plowing through one adventure or another. She loves life and learning. She loves to play on the piano as well as draw and do crafts. Like her big sister she's a writer and can be found scribbling, er, typing away.
She doesn't have a favorite color but she loves chocolate. At least she knows her priorities! :D She loves to spend time with her friends, goofing off with her big sis or gaze longingly at Inky's bookshelves for the day when she can read her YA novels. But for now she's quite content it a book series and a wizard or two. She's very excited to make her blog debut and her big sis is delighted to have her! Love you Mackenzie!

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Welcome to the blog Mackenzie! I hope you have fun and I hope you guys like the new voice she brings. It's gonna be great fun. Happy Weekend everyone!
Well it's been another fantastic week in books and on the blog and that can only mean one thing....Book Haul! I've got another vlog this week! It's been so fun now that I know how to put them up! :D And yay for you it's no 15 minutes this time. It's only 9. Guess I have lots to learn. But enough chatter..Onto the books!



I hope you all had a fabulous week as well! Leave me a link to your Book Hauls/Stacking the Shelves/In My Mailbox or whatever you use! I'd love to see how your week went! TOODLES!





Thursday, September 20, 2012
For nearly a month, Enna Isilee has been celebrating her birthday by interviewing a TON of authors, and having a TON of giveaways. You can click here for all there is to know about the birthday bash. But here's the sad news: it's almost over!! You only have until 10:01pm MST on 9/21/12 to enter to win all of these amazing books. What are you waiting for?! Click on the the book you want to win to be taken to an interview with the author where you can enter to win that book! While you're there, stop by and say hi to the author and wish Enna Isilee a happy birthday. It's the party of the year! And it's almost over. Don't miss out!

BOOKS YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN:

Make sure you don't miss Enna's party! She's so fun and her blog is fabulous




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