Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Once (Eve #2)

Once
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: July 3, 2012

Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?

Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet



So after the terribly heart-wrenching cliffhanger Eve left me on I have been seriously looking forward to this novel! It ticks all my boxes for excellent novel. Well developed dystopian society, check. Love Story, check. Strong heroine, check. Now that July is getting closer I am nearly bouncing out of my seat waiting for this novel!

So what are you waiting on this wonderful Wednesday?



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blogging Break

I will be taking a 2 week blogger break. I think I have some scheduled posts which will appear but otherwise I have to take short hiatus. My 2 week long law school finals begin today with my Property Exam. I am generally all around freaking out right now and I thought I would share some gifs to demonstrate exactly what I am feeling.

Because I'm totally sad about not being able to blog for the next 2 weeks

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Because didn't I just tell you I have LAW SCHOOL FINALS!!!!

Anyway I will miss all of you but never fear I will be reading during my time away and so I should have a ton of reviews to be written when I come back to the real world. I will also be on twitter during my time off if you would like to wish me condolences @FallingforYA


Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox 12


I got some great books this week! Monday starts my 2 week long law school finals so I will have to wait to read them but its ok because after that I have a whole summer full of reading to look forward too! So what did you get in your mailbox this week?!

Won:
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz (Thanks Harlequin Teen & Alice Marvels )
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (ARC) by Rae Carson (Thanks Amanda @ Book Love 101!)


Bought:
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Signed copy)


Netgalley:
Music from Beyond the Moon by Augusta Trobaugh


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Treachery of Beautiful Things



The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: August 16, 2012

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.

I am majorly excited for this one, Just look at that cover! And since reading The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, I have been trying to read more fey books, at first I hated the entire sub-genre and avoided them like the plague, I'm now slowly coming around. This looks like something that is just up my alley and from a debut author, what more could I ask for?! 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

3/5 Stars


Review:
I think Wings of the Wicked suffered from second book syndrome. I felt like so much more could have been done with this novel but Moulton instead has chosen to wait for the grand finale in the next book. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the story but when I look back on it I realized nothing new happened and that really disappointed me, especially because I loved Angelfire so much!


Wings of the Wicked begins where Angelfire ended. Ellie knows that she is the Archangel Gabriel but still has very few memories of her past lives, Ellie and Will are fighting against loving each other, and both of them are still fighting reapers.

One of the things I really liked about Angelfire was Ellie’s feisty personality. She was so real and down to Earth, but in Wings of the Wicked I found myself getting annoyed with Ellie. She was constantly dragging Will to high school parties even though he doesn’t like them and putting herself and her friends in immense danger just so that she could have a good time. It felt like she was not taking her job as the Preliator seriously. Ellie kept mentioning that she needed a night off but it felt like every night was a night off.

In Angelfire I also enjoyed the relationship and banter Ellie and Will shared. It felt natural like they had known each other for a long time, because they have. In Wings of the Wicked though they didn’t feel as close. I felt like some of their conversations were forced and used just to get to the “Steamy Scenes”. The relationship just didn’t feel natural, and I found myself wishing Ellie would give Cadan a chance so that I could get a change of pace. All the back and forth between Ellie and Will was giving me whiplash.

Speaking of Cadan, he was a happy additional to this novel. I found myself looking forward to the scenes he was in. His snarky attitude was a welcome added voice. I wish we had gotten more of his back story though and had a chance to get to know him better. I would have liked to know why he chose to help Ellie, and go against his own nature. I have a feeling Moulton will have more about him in the third novel though!

I also kept getting the feeling that Moulton was preventing action from happening, and holding things back for the third novel. There were whole stretches of time that Ellie did not hunt or really do anything. I missed the action and fight sequences which Moulton excels at writing. I think there were probably only two or three good fight scenes in the entire novel. And even when Ellie finally came into contact with Bastian the fight was a bit lackluster. 

Overall, Wings of the Wicked was a pretty good read. I enjoyed the novel but there were a few too many problems with it that prevented me from completely loving it. I will definitely be picking up the third book and I hope that by then Ellie will have grown up a little bit and that Moulton will be ready for some series Enshi butt kicking action! I’m ready to see Ellie get down to business and be the right hand of God she is! 

Find this novel on Goodreads and Amazon

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox 11


I had a pretty amazing last week! I got some great books that I can't wait to share. Let me know in the comments what you got In your Mailbox ^^
Won:


Existence by Abbi Glines (Thanks Carla @ Library Mosaic)
Signed ARC copy of Supernatural Devices by Kailin Gow



Bought:

So one of the perks of being a Law Student is that Lexis Nexis (Who I use for all my legal research) has a ton of opportunities for reward points. These books, +Wings of the Wicked, were what I bought with the $50 Amazon gift card I got with my Lexis Points!

Possession by Elena Johnson
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand  


Negalley/Blog Tour:

Crux by Julie Reece (Blog Tour July 16)
Glamours Illusions by Lisa Bergren
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

5/5 Stars
Review:

The Scorpio Races is part fairytale, part heartwarming horse story, and all parts amazing. I need to get this off my chest before I begin this review. I may have a huge author-crush on Maggie Stiefvater. Her prose is so wonderful and it always sucks me in, her characters evoke emotions in me I forgot I had, and even when nothing is happening I feel like the entire world is either coming together or falling apart. Needless to say I heartily enjoyed The Scorpio Races.

The story takes place on a small Irish island inhabited by water horses known as capall uisc, who often kill their riders and others in their attempt to get back to the sea. As the legend goes the capall uisc are in love with the ocean but if a rider can manage to get one out of the water they make the best mounts imaginable. This sets the stage for The Scorpio Races, a race of capall uisc that Kate “Puck” Connelly has decided to race in with her non-water horse, Dove. It is during her training that she learns about her own strength, what is really important to her, and meets Sean Kendrick. 

Can I just say that I love all of the characters in this book? Even the “bad guys” who I’m not supposed to like, I ended up liking in the end. Every character has their own distinct personality and reasons for the choices that they make. Puck was a great heroine; her love for the Island was described so well that I fell in love with it too. Puck was everything I look for in a strong heroine. She is independent, takes care of her family and those she cares about, and more then anything she is blunt and herself at all time, sometimes unapologetically so.

Sean Kendrick was my other favorite character. He has lost everything to The Scorpio Races and still participates every year, winning 4 times in the last 6 years. His love for both his capall uisc, Corr, and the ocean were so keen that I could almost feel their sting. I knew exactly how Sean feels about the ocean because I feel it to. The Shhh Shhh sound of the ocean calling, begging you, to come is something that can be so hard to ignore. Both Sean and Corr feel this tug but their link to each other is stronger then that and both of them strive to stay together through some impossible odds. I liked Sean because he was like the sea, both constant and ever changing. His relationship with Puck was sweet and every scene they were together made my heart happy.


The other character in the novel that really had an impact on me were Puck’s younger brother Finn, who is always tinkering with something and can be a bit flighty but truly loves and cares for his sister. The American, George Holly, who always reminded me of old Hollywood combined with a bit of California glamour and Dory Maud who has become something of a second mother to the Connolly kids.

To sum everything up, I really loved this book. I have never ridden a horse but this book made me feel like I had been riding all my life and that I had grown up with the capall uisc. The drawn of the ocean, and the well written prose melded together to become something entirely different then anything I had read before. I definitely recommend picking this one up and I will now be buying myself a copy, since the Library wanted theirs back.


Favorite Quotes:
“I say, 'I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.' 
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.” 

“He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me.” 

“Shhhhhh, shhhhhh, says the sea, but I don't believe her.” 

“That's a poor match, Sean Kendrick," says a voice at my elbow. It's the other sister from Fathom & Sons, and she follows my gaze to Puck. "Neither of you are a housewife."
I don't look away from Puck. "I think you assume too much, Dory Maud."
"You leave nothing to assumption," Dory Maud says. "You swallow her with your eyes. I'm surprised there's any of her left for the rest of us to see.” 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven Boys


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

This week I am not so patiently waiting for: 
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater!


Expected Publication: September 18th, 2012
From Goodreads:
There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shivertrilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I just finished The Scorpio Races yesterday and so once again Maggie Stiefvater is my new author obsession! Her writing always evokes such strong emotions in me and I can't wait to see what The Raven Boys has in store for us! September can't get here fast enough...

So what are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

4/5 Stars

Review:

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan chronicles the journey of Gabrielle who is Mary’s (the main character in The Forest of Hands and Teeth’s) Daughter. Gabrielle has grown up inside the beach city surrounded on three sides by the ocean and one side by the Forest. Living within the barriers has allowed Gabrielle to be safe but it has also taught her to be scared. When Gabry’s friends go down to the old fairgrounds and cross the barrier she reluctantly goes and from then on her life is never the same.

I really admire the fact that Ryan can create such a different atmosphere and different characters set within the same world as The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Many times authors will try to set new characters in the same world and it is just not done well. Ryan masterfully executes this transition.

Gabrielle is a completely different narrator then Mary was in the first novel. Gabrielle has her own distinct personality, her own worries, and fears. But while the characters have many differences it is clear that Gabrielle is Mary’s daughter. Both women are strong, independent, and willing to do anything for the people around them. They also both grew up with secrets surrounding them and must come to terms with what that means and how it changes them.

The love triangle in The Dead Tossed Waves was also very well done. I kept switching between who I liked more, Catcher or Elias. Both had their own personalities and there was something in each of them the Gabrielle loved and that made me love each of them too. Catcher is the boy that Gabry grew up with who knows all of her secrets and has been her best friends brother. Elias is the distant stranger who is somehow connected to her distant past. Even by the end of the book I hadn’t necessarily made up my mind on whom I liked more, but I think Gabry had.

I’m actually upset that I waited so long to read this book! I will be the first to admit The Forest of Hands and Teeth really scared me. I don’t do Zombie horror well and put off reading this book so that I wouldn’t have nightmares again (I may or may not have hidden this book on the bottom shelf to try and put it out of my mind). Surprisingly, for some reason, I found The Dead Tossed Waves to be less scary then The Forest of Hands and Teeth. So if you are like me and are putting off reading the rest of the series, dust off your books and start again, it is definitely worth it!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Lacrimosa Blog Tour Giveaway Winner



Confessions Of A Bookaholic
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox 10


I got some really great books this week and am so excited to share them with all of you. I tried to take pictures but my phone is being weird and not sending pictures to my online album so I had to use stock images sorry! Anyways tell me what you think and share you IMM!  

Won:


Partials by Dan Wells Thanks (Thanks Janina @Synchronized Reading)
Until Next Time by Amy Lignor (Thanks Tribute Books)
Embrace by Cherie Colyer (Thanks Cherie!)
ARC of The Deserter by Pedar O Guilin (Thanks Random Buzzers)

Library:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Bought:


Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vesper by Jeff Sampson

2/5 Stars


Review:
Emily is just your average nerd. Happy to stay home on a Saturday night and watch her horror movies. Until one night she decides to start dressing up in her stepsister’s club clothes and goes out for a night on the town, becoming “Night Time” Emily. I know color me intrigued! Unfortunately Jeff Sampson does not deliver in his debut novel, Vesper.

Vesper is read as a transcript of Emily talking to an anonymous man on record about what has been happening to her. The book is actually what Emily wrote about all the events that she has undergone. Which I found totally interesting and a bit different. It was almost, a little, reminiscent of Maximum Ride by James Patterson. Unfortunately, Vesper was nothing like Maximum Ride and I was a bit disappointed.

Emily was an easy enough main character to relate to. She was very shy, meek, and geeky in an enduring kind of way. When she became “Night Time” Emily she was completely different, outgoing, skanky, and domineering. I actually liked this dichotomy of the human personality and thought it was fun and interesting, very Jekyll and Hyde. What I didn’t like was all the characters surrounding Emily. Her best friend, Maggie, was just annoying and too much of a nag. It felt like Emily just needed to get rid of Maggie because she was pulling her down! Her Sister would have been interesting if she was ever around, and the relationship Emily had with her Step Mother and Father was pretty much nonexistent.

I could have forgiven all of this is the action had been enough to drive the story. Sadly it was not. There is someone in town murdering kids like Emily and yet she just doesn’t seem to care, in fact she comes face to face with the killer and kind of shrugs it off, gets back to regular life, and then FINALLY decides to go after the killer. And then suddenly everything is resolved and she is sitting in the room with the man on the transcript and she is working with others like her to escape the facility. Then the book ends and I’m left feeling nothing. No attachment to the characters, no sad feeling that the book is over, just meh.

All in all I did not really enjoy Vesper. It was just kind of an in between book that was a bit less then ok but I didn’t hate it or anything. It just left me wishing it had been something more.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Anew (Archers of Avalon #1) by Chelsea Fine

Anew
Author: Chelsea Fine
Publisher: Firefall Publishing
Publication Date: December 7, 2011
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Review:
Anew starts off with a bang, a young girl wakes up in a Forest with no memories. The only thing Scarlet can remember is her name and that she is 15 years old. She lives her life in complete amnesia until she sees two boys on the night of the Kissing Festival and suddenly she feels like she might have a memory.

Overall, this was an okay book. The writing is well done, the story flowed, but the characters to me were just ho-hum and I had a hard time relating to any of them.
Scarlet is an alright main character, she is very headstrong and despite having no memory is independent. But Scarlet makes many stupid decisions that I just can not agree with or see anyone else making. It distracted from the story and I found myself wishing she would just sit down and figure things out rather then go charging headfirst into bad situations. (Really, there is someone trying to kill you and you don’t want to just stay in the safest place?)

Both the Love Interests in Anew were also ho-hum. Gabriel is supposed to be the good brother who has loved Scarlet throughout time and Tristan is the bad boy who is breaking her heart. Unfortunately, I didn’t like either of these characters and found myself wishing she would pick one and just be done with it so the story could move on. There were times when it was painfully clear that Chelsea Fine was just dragging this love triangle out. For example after Gabriel and Scarlet had been going out for a while, Gabriel has to leave suddenly to go get a friend of theirs and leaves Tristan and Scarlet alone. This should have been a great time for some movement of this love triangle stalemate. But once again nothing happened and I felt disappointed.

All in all this is a great idea for a book and I am really intrigued by the story tying in the fountain of youth, not many YA books use this myth. There is a lot of potential for the sequel and I hope that Chelsea Fine capitalizes on this! I recommend this book for anyone needing a light in between read, or fans of Alyson Noel’s Immortals Series.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Lacrimosa Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Interview with author Christine Fonseca:

Q: What gave you the idea for Lacrimosa?
A: LACRIMOSA started off as a cross between Romeo and Juliet and the mythology of the Watchers. As is usual with me, the idea came while I was in the middle of writing a different story during NaNoWriMo in 2009.

Q Have you always know you wanted to be a writer?
A: I can't really say that I've always known I was a writer, but I can say that writing stories has been part of my life since kindergarten. I think I actually decided to write with the intent of publication in the last 4 years.

Q: How different was it writing a novella from writing a full novel?
A: It is so much easier for me to write a novel than it is a novella. The longer form of a novel gives me more opportunities for world building, character development, and a richer plot. In the novella, everything is succinct. My language and plot has to be tighter - less words to play around with ;)

Q: How long did it take from you first draft of Lacrimosa to publication?
A: LACRIMOSA went through five complete rewrites since the original draft - changing everything from the POV to tense to structure. In the end, it took over 2 years to get from draft to finished product.

Q: Lacrimosa is a story of forbidden love that transcends time, what is your favorite love story that spans time?
A: I am a die-hard romantic at heart and love epic love stories like Romero and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Helen of Troy and Paris, etc.

Q:Are there any plans for a sequel?
A: Although LACRIMOSA was originally written as a stand alone, it was sold as a series. Book 2, LIBERA ME, will be coming out in September (A little earlier than expected) and will give readers more of Aydan and Nesy, as well as some new characters and HUGE twists!

Synopsis:
It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?

Review:

Nessy is a Sentinel, an Angel tasked with the job of protecting Heaven and dispatching the Unholy. She has been the best at her job since her training began 500 years ago following her human death. She was the best until she meets Ayden the worst of the Unholy a Fallen Angel who feeds off human souls. The problem is Ayden is really the love of her human life and she can’t seem to get over her love for him to complete her job.

Lacrimosa is above all a love story between two people that spans time, propriety, custom, and defies the odds. I found myself constantly rooting for Ayden and Nessy even though their love seemed so unlikely to have a happy ending. One of the reasons I was really able to connect with each of the characters is because the perspective alternated between Nessy and Ayden. You could really understand the past love between these two characters and how much each of them still cared about each other in the present day.

While the love story did dominate the storyline there was still a very prominent part of the book that dealt with the battle between Heaven and Hell which is still raging. I really liked the character of Azzaziel, yes he was Satan, and evil incarnate but he was everything I expected him to be and I liked that. He wasn’t a wimp or upset about his choices, as I have seen portrayed in other YA novels. Azzaziel was strong, domineering, and extra evil. I loved every second of it! He was a bad guy I could get behind.

Overall I enjoyed Lacrimosa, and am so excited to be a part of this blog tour! I am now eagerly awaiting the sequel Libera Me which is coming out in November 2012!


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