Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

3/5 Stars
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Expected Publication: August 14th 2012


Review:
Thank you Random House Children’s Books and Netgalley for allowing me to review an advanced readers copy of this novel.

Kissing Shakespeare follows the story of Miranda who is basically kidnapped by a time traveler, Stephen, from the 1500’s and is transported back to his time to seduce Shakespeare in order to make sure that he doesn’t join the church and give up his dream of writing. Yes, this is a little bit far fetched but I regularly read about the paranormal so who am I to judge?

Miranda or Olivia as she is called for most of the novel adjusts rather quickly to life in medieval Europe and accepts the role of seducer of Shakespeare which Stephen has thrust upon her without much protest. This seemed a little far-fetched for me and I think this detracted a little from the story as I really had to work to make myself see why Miranda made the decisions she did.

I also wanted to like Stephen but I never got the vibe that he really truly cared for Miranda. Stephen was hot one second and cold the next and then the ending left me saying WTF?! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but trust me when I say its not the happy ending I was expecting and the author leaves it open for a sequel.

I was actually disappointed with the character of Shakespeare. Miranda was meant to seduce him but what he really needed was a friend and confident and Miranda should have told Stephen that right from the get-go rather then forcing herself on Shakespeare. I actually think that Shakespeare could have done without the coercion of Miranda and Stephen and still chosen the writing route. Decisions like what to do with your life shouldn’t be made or swayed by others friends. At times I was just rolling my eyes and wishing they would let Shakespeare be to think hard on what he really wanted out of his life.  

While living in the past Miranda is masquerading as Stephen’s sister, Olivia, so for most of the book she is called Olivia. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a character switches names (i.e. Four/Tobias). It wasn’t too bad in Kissing Shakespeare because I never got to know the character as Miranda before she was suddenly Olivia. What did bother me is that as the relationship between Stephen and Miranda progresses while he is kissing her, even saying goodbye to her, Stephan calls her Olivia. I guess it just kind of creeped me out that he was kissing Miranda and calling her his sister’s name. Please let me know if this weirded anyone else out.

The saving grace of this novel is that it is well written and the descriptions of the castles, landscape, and general time period were very lush and engaging. The history and political intrigue were also well researched and played well into the storyline. Overall, I enjoyed Kissing Shakespeare and would recommend it to people who enjoyed Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers, or individuals who just love Shakespeare and period pieces.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 20


Half-Price books has been having their 40th birthday celebration over the last week and that means after my week of no book buying I went on kind of a bender and got some really amazing stuff this week! I could not be more excited to share what I got this week with you all ^^

Bought:

Supernaturally by Keirsten White
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Need by Carrie Jones


Tiger Lily (ARC) by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Forbidden by Syrie Jame and Ryan James


Spellbound by Cara Shultz
Wings by Aprilynn Pike
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr




Netgalley:
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire



Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa


3/5 Stars
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 25, 2011

The Iron Queen begins where the Iron Daughter left off. Ash and Meghan have been exiled to the mortal realm and are trying to figure out where to go next. Before the young couple can even figure out what their next move will be in the mortal realm the Iron Fey launch an attack forcing Ash and Meghan to Linnesidhe’s. But that is all I will say about the plot! Because this is the third book in the series most of the action builds off the other books and I really don’t want to give anything away.

So, I’m not sure if it was because it had been a while since I read the first two books, or what. but I had a hard time getting into this novel. I tried to start it once but ended up putting it off for later and after a few months began reading it. After the first 150 pages though, the novel did pick up and I felt like I was right back in the thick of everything with Ash, Meghan, and Puck.

I like how much growing up Meghan has done since the beginning of this series and I feel like in The Iron Queen she is almost a completely different person then the girl we met in The Iron King. Meghan is now more independent, strong, and willing to fight to save both the NeverNever and the Iron Realm. She is also looking out for what is best for everyone, not just herself, and she is willing to sacrifice everything for the good of Faery.

I also really loved Ash’s dedication to Meghan in this novel, even if Meghan did keep throwing wrenches in almost all of Ash’s efforts. I knew that Meghan meant something to Ash in the last novel I mean considering he got exiled just for her, but it wasn’t until this novel that I really started to believe it. I also heard that in the next book, The Iron Knight, this becomes all the more apparent. Needless to say I’m really excited about reading it!

Overall The Iron Queen was a good third novel in the series and it left me excited to read The Iron Knight. It did start off a little slow, but once the action got going I was really into the story.

SO I have to have a random rant right now….Every time I read this series I listen to a lot of The Strokes. I have absolutely no idea why! I don’t even listen to The Strokes very often so that makes it all the weirder. Anyway somehow it has gotten into my head that Ash looks just like Julian Casablancas:


 So can you see it? Just curious how others picture the Ice Prince! Random Rant over.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

4/5 Stars
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: August 7th 2012


Review:
Thank you Netgalley and St. Martins Press for allowing me to review an advanced readers copy of this novel. 

Glitch takes place in a futuristic world where a nuclear war has already occurred forcing humans underground where they are integrated into “The Community”. Basically everyone in the community has a USB port in their neck which connects them to one another and no one feels any type of emotion. That is until Zoel begins glitching and she can finally feel. She even cultivates a love for drawing during her glitched out moments.

I actually liked Zoel or Zoe as she begins calling herself as her glitched moments became her reality, rather then the link. Zoe was a sympathetic character who was trying to navigate a hugely complex world full of lies and deception. She was so realistic and human in her reactions to situations, even after being hooked to a network for almost her entire life. I especially like how much Zoe cared for her younger brother and those around her. During her glitched moments Zoe would just watch her brother and long for that close relationship that they were unable to have because of the link. Her emotions really resonated with me and reminded me how much I love my own sister, and that bond that forms just because you are siblings.

I also loved Zoe’s relationship with Adrien, a boy who is *gasp* from the surface. While it was kind of an insta-love, I was not complaining. The connection between Zoe and the boy who rescues her seems natural and it didn’t feel forced to me even though it did happen quickly. I was really rooting for these two to be together and after that major plot twist part way through (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read) I was double rooting for them! Adrien really reminded me a lot of Alex from Delirium and after all my #TeamAlex craziness you should know that is a real compliment!

The only character I really didn’t like was Max. Actually the interactions between Max and Zoe are the reason I was unable to give this book 5 stars. Max was so abusive and creepy that he really scared me and took away from the story. I don’t want to give too many spoilers because I try and keep my reviews 100% spoiler free but Max’s actions toward Zoe really bothered me and when he comes up in the story just watch out!

Anasatsiu does a wonderful job of world building in this dystopian/sci-fi novel. There were not huge sections of info-dumping that I felt like skipping, instead everything was integrated into the story and I understood how a world like this could have come into existence. I also liked all of the secrets that were slowly unveiled, it was fun to discover things right along with Zoe.

Needless to say I am crazy excited for the next novel in this series, Override. I have high hopes that Anastasiu will build upon the amazing world she has created in book 1 and I can not wait to see what happens to and between Zoe and Adrian.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Undeadly


Undeadly
Author: Michele Vail
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication: November 20, 2012


Synopsis:
The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird..."" " Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper-and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally

My Thoughts:
I've been going through a bit of a reaper phase, I'm not even sure how/why it started but I am definitely digging them at the moment. The fact that Molly is a reaper instantly hooked me. Then to find out she goes to boarding school, double hooked. Then came the icing on the cake Rath. I love me some mentor/student relationships so I am not so patiently waiting on this one! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

2/5 Stars
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication: July 31, 2012


Review:

This is my first time reviewing a series of short stories because I usually don’t enjoy them. I had hoped that The Goddess Legacy would be different but unfortunately I didn’t particularly enjoy this series of stories.

The first story follows Hera/Calliope and how she came to marry Zeus and deal with his infidelity. I did not like this story. Hera to me was not a sympathetic character so I found it hard to feel bad for her and then the way she acted so vindictive toward others really bothered me. Individual rating 1/5.

The second story is about Ava/Aphrodite and her struggles with an arranged marriage when it would be impossible for her to stay faithful. It also deals a lot with Aphrodite’s love of both brothers Hephaestus and Ares. This story was alright. I didn’t hate or love it, at times Aphrodite was whiney but it reminded me a lot of the Ava in The Goddess Test so I liked that continuity. Individual rating 2/5.

The third story is about Persephone and her arranged marriage to Hades and what leads her to choose to fade. This was my least favorite story, I spent the entire time reading just shaking me head and wanting to hit Persephone. I really did not like anything about this story. I didn’t feel Persephone’s love for Adonis and I didn’t understand her choices at all. I didn’t even feel bad for Hades because he just seemed so oblivious to everything and like a doormat. Basically this story was ridiculous. Well written, but ridiculous. Individual rating 1/5.

The fourth story follows James/Hermes as he comes to Earth to figure out why the Gods are fading. This was definitely my favorite story of the set. The little relationship that develops between Tuck and James was everything I wanted it to be and it has that classic tragic Greek ending that made me a little teary eyed. It was worth struggling through the Persephone story to read this one! Individual rating 5/5.

The fifth story is about Hades asking the council to fade and the deal he makes that begins The Goddess Test’s. I also enjoyed this story it was interesting to get a glimpse into Hades’ solitary existence and the reason he chooses to fade. My favorite part has got to be at the end when Henry meets Kate for the first time, it was very cute. Individual rating 4/5.

Random Rant: I don’t really understand why this is The Goddess Test #2.5, I haven’t read Goddess Interrupted yet but it wasn’t really necessary to have read any of the series to read this group of stories. So if that is the reason you’re not picking it up, don’t let that be the case!

Overall, this book definitely had its faults but the last two stories were very enjoyable and kind of saved the book for me. I would recommend this to anyone who loves The Goddess Test or Greek Mythology in general.

Thank your Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to review an advanced reader's copy of this novel. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 19


I didn't really get that many books this week because I am saving up. Next week Half-Price Books is having a huge birthday celebration to ring in their 40th Birthday, needless to say I will be there every day to catch up on what I missed this week!

Netgalley:



Two and Twenty Dark Tales by Nina Berry & Many others!
The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer
Inbetween by Tara Fuller

And if your interested I have 2 great giveaways going on HERE

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

5/5 Stars
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31st, 2012


Review:
Thank you netgalley and Harlequin Teen for allowing me to review and advanced readers copy of this novel.

I almost never read contemporary YA, or on the off chance that I decide, Hey! I will give contemporary a try again. I end up really disliking the novel or just feeling meh afterwards. I had the exact opposite reaction to Pushing The Limits! In fact, I loved this book and could not put it down. While I was at work I kept thinking about the characters and what was going to happen next, and then when I finally got home I stayed up until 3 one night and 2 another night finishing the book! It was that kind of addictive.

The novel centers on Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins two teens who have some intense problems and are forced to see the schools new clinical social worker. Echo has scars over her arms from an attack she doesn’t remember. Noah lost both of his parents in a fire and is now struggling in the foster care system and trying to get his two brothers back after graduation. Both Echo and Noah deal with their own situations and are eager for “normal” but when they are together they can’t deny that there is something between them and eventually they become each others solution in more ways then one.

The chemistry between Echo and Noah was seriously hot! I was constantly rooting for them to be together, and when they were apart my heart broke for both of them. The book actually alternates perspectives between the two main characters so the chemistry was all the more real. You knew exactly what each character felt for the other. The alternative perspectives didn’t detract from the story at all either. Usually I’m not a fan of alternating perspectives because one character usually sounds “realer” but equal time was spent on the development of both Noah and Echo and I liked being in both of their minds!

Needless to say this book was filled with all kinds of things I usually don’t like but miraculously McGarry brought the story together and I ended up loving every second of it! I can not wait for the companion novel which follows Noah’s sister of sorts, Beth.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Carnival of Souls




Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Expected Publication: September 4th, 2012

Synopsis:
 
In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and "Graveminder," comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny


My Thoughts:
I'm not really sure why it took me so long to put this on my TBR list. I think it was the cover...maybe? I'm not a huge fan of the cover but I'm not immune to hype and after hearing other bloggers talk about how great this book is/will be I finally decided to check it out. Needless to say that synopsis has me hooked and I am now excited for this September release! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Crux Blog Tour: Interview, Review, & Giveaway


Interview with Author Julie Reece:

Q: What gave you the idea for Crux?
It started with really weird a dream I had, though the setting was in Paris. I don’t know a lot about Paris, (wish I did) so I switched it to my home in Atlanta. In my dream a girl was running in the dark, pushing through a crowd of people, barefoot on a cobblestone street. You know how in dreams, you understand things without explanation? Well, this girl was young, maybe seventeen. She was hungry, cold and homeless. She caught sight of a man hauling a big black suitcase. Desperate and without really knowing why, she followed him. The man wore a dark over coat. He crouched over the suitcase and started to unzip it, but then he paused. When he looked up, she saw his eyes. Deep blue, his gaze pulled her in. As I dreamt, I felt the hollow pain in his heart, and so did the girl because I heard her sharp intake of breath. Sad and haunted, his eyes seemed to beg her for help, though she’d followed him hoping for the same. I felt these two bound together in that moment. Tied to some unfathomable cause. After I woke up sweating and breathing like I’d just run fifty yards for a touchdown, I got to thinking … what happens next? I wrote the story to find out.

Q: There is a lot of Norse Mythology in Crux, how were you introduced to the Norse myths?
When I was a kid, I struggled with reading. I loved comic books, and they helped fill a literary void. (Don’t laugh, it’s true!) Inspired by the art as well as the fantastical writing, I stayed completely enthralled with the different worlds. Thor was one of my favorites. Later, after reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, (yeah, I finally got the hang of reading) I researched Tolkien. I found much of his inspiration had come from Vikings and Norse mythology. C. S. Lewis was the same. I was trying to write the book I couldn’t find—something new and different.

Q: Was there anyone in particular that reminds you of Birdie? Or was Birdies character influenced by anyone you know?
Ah Birdie, She is the sum total of bits and pieces of people I’ve known. There is a healthy dose of my own imagination in there as well. She was fun to write.

Q: How long did it take form your first day of Crux to publication?
I’d say two years. I wrote it in four or five months but took that long again to edit and find a good home. Just call me speedy! (Kidding)

Q: Are there any plans for a sequel?
I have another finished novel in edits (mine not a publisher’s) and two more half written books. The first is a paranormal, historical romance. The other two are urban fantasy. All YA, though. They are keeping my focus at present. My mind is always churning out story ideas, which I hope will improve as I gain experience. I think every writer wants to grow and improve with each project. I know that is my goal.
I’ve toyed with the idea of continuing the story. An idea is formulated but I haven’t done anything with it because the original vision was this would be written as a standalone. I wouldn’t tackle a sequel unless I was feeling it one hundred percent. Does that make sense?

Thank you very much for having me here today. It was fun!


Crux by Julie Reece
Publisher: J. Taylor Publication
Expected Publicaton: July 9th, 2012

Review: 
In a YA market saturated with paranormal beings it is a rare occurrence to see a story that is truly original. Crux is original and I was drawn in from the first page into Birdie’s world and into the magical world of Norse mythology.

Crux begins with a mysterious man gathering a group of people together and throwing money into the air. Birdie being a homeless teenager goes along with whatever is happening, hoping to get the money for her next meal. Little does Birdie know that the man throwing the money and her are inexplicably linked. Following the money toss Birdie is followed by three men trying to get her newly acquired money and this leads her to the hot, rich, Grey Mathews. But that is all I’m going to tell you about the plot because half the fun of this book was finding out things right along with Birdie and Grey.

Birdie was everything I look for in a heroine. She is strong, independent, and willing to do anything for those she loves. I really like reading and seeing things from Birdies perspective. I also liked the fact that she came from a background of foster homes and the she was actually homeless at the beginning of the book. I feel like in a lot of YA lit the protagonist comes from a “perfect family” but that is not the case for many teens and Crux really gives you a glimpse into the not so perfect side of life.

So when you think of Norse mythology I’m sure like me you think of this guy:



But then I remembered what actual Norse people look like and I couldn’t stop picturing Alexander Skarsgard. So for the entire book I imagined Grey Mathews like this:



Oh yes, just like that. But, Grey was more then just a pretty face he was a pretty face with an amazing back story and a huge heart! Really, the perfect male counterpart to Birdie. Grey was actually my favorite character in the story. I think he kept Birdie honest, and his dedication to her made me swoon for sure.

Overall, I really enjoyed Crux, it was refreshing to read such an original novel. Julie Reece did an amazing job with her debut novel and I will be eagerly awaiting her next release!



Julie Reece Biography:

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess... or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Connect with Julie on: Twitter ♥ Her Blog ♥ Goodreads



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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 18


So last week I went to Portland after a whole year of being away! It was great to be back in my college hometown and it was even better that I got to visit Powell's Books ^^ For those of you not from the Portland, Oregon area, Powells is a HUGE new and used bookstore that is literally an entire city block wide, it's great and they have one of the biggest YA sections I've ever seen. Needless to say I had to reel myself in and was able to find a few deals.
Powells (Yes, all those floors have books!)

Bought:

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr


And even more exciting the copy of The Faerie Ring I found at Powells was signed and there was also a signed bookmark inside! 

Ebooks:


Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout (Had to see what all this Daemon hype is about!)
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Nightmare Affair


The Nightmare Affair
Author: Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Tor Teen
Expected Publication: March 5th, 2013


Synopsis:
16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues--both within Eli’s dreams and out of them--to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.


My Thoughts:
Wait...Dusty is a nightmare?! I have not seen this premise or supernatural being used in YA and I feel like that says something. It is probably the reason I am pining after this book and it doesn't even come out until March of 2013! The cover also is really reminiscent of Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (which I LOVED) so I am double excited ^^

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 17


I got some pretty good books this week, I actually got all of the book below on sale! So while it looks like I spent a ton my book budget was actually reasonable this week lol

Bought:
Born at Midnight by C.C Hunter
Shiver, Linger, & Forever box set by Maggie Stiefvater 
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Crossed by Ally Condie

I already have Shiver & Linger but have yet to read Forever, and the perfect box set was on sale for $14 so I splurged and bought all 3! I think I will be giving away the first two soon so keep your eyes out =D


Ebooks:
A Beautiful Dark by Jocely Davies
What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn 




From The Publisher:
Shadows of the Past by E.A Jensen

Thursday, July 5, 2012

We Want You ♥ To Vote For Alex!

“I met an invalid, and fell for his art
He showed me his smile, and went straight for my heart”

-From "A Child's Walk Home," Nursery Rhymes and Folk Tales




About  Alex:
When Lena meets Alex he is posing as a security guard for the testing center. He has the mark which proves he is cured, but isn't he the boy she saw during her testing? Wasn't he laughing?


Yes, yes he was! Alex is in fact an invalid, someone who isn't even supposed to exist and even better he is from The Wilds! 


The Looks:

" His hair is golden brown, like leaves in the autumn just as they're turning, and he has bright amber eyes. The moment I see him I know that he's one of the people responsible for this. I know that he must live in the Wilds; I know he's an Invalid. Fear clamps down on my stomach, and I open my mouth to shout something - I'm not sure what, exactly - but at precisely that second he gives a minute shake of his head, and suddenly I can't make a sound. Then he does the absolutely, positively unthinkable.
He winks at me"



Umm Swoon much?! Did Alex really just wink at Lena during their very first meeting! Yes, Yes he did. Alex has Golden Brown hair the color of autumn leaves just as they are turning and bright amber eyes, and caramel colored skin (tan hottie much?!). And who could forget about that killer smile which he uses to dazzle Lena...and all of us as well! 


If you were on the fence about how much of a sexy hottie Alex is I would like to present 


Exhibit   :

BAM!!
Woo if that doesn't give you a severe case of amor deliria nervosa I'm not sure what will!

“He Is looking at me through the smoke, across the fence. He never takes his eyes off me. His hair Is a crown of leaves, of thorns, of flames. His eyes are blazing with light, more light than all the lights in every city in the whole world, more light than we could ever invent If we had ten thousand billion years.”



The Personality:
Alex was born in the Wilds and is a member of the resistance, trying to change the way things are run in Portland. Alex is working for the greater good in a society ruled without emotions. A hottie with a cause, how much more could we ask for?!

And on top of all this...he falls in love with Lena and allows her to make her own assumptions about the government. Alex never forces Lena to believe something he shows her all the sides and then lets her decide.


He is confident and supportive:

“There's that confidence again, that semi-infuriating easiness of his, the tilt of his head and the smile. but today it's not infuriating. Today I like it, feel like it's somehow rubbing off on me, like if I was around him enough I would never feel awkward or frightened or insecure.”



A boy who can make a girl feel confident and better in a world full of lies and secrets *swoon*

And persistent:


“For a second we just stand there in silence. Then, suddenly, Alex is back, easy and smiling again. “I left a note for you one time. In the Governor’s fist, you know?”
I left a note for you one time. It’s impossible, too crazy to think about, and I
hear myself repeating, “You left a note for me?”
“I’m pretty sure it said something stupid. Just hi, and a smiley face, and my
name. But then you stopped coming.” He shrugs. “It’s probably still there. The
note, I mean. Probably just a bit of paper pulp by now.”



Alex was determined, even when he didn't know who Lena was, even when he just looked at her from afar he was doing cute sentimental things like leaving notes in statutes just on the off chance she might notice and read them! So freakishly cute I could scream ^^

The Best Qualities:
So while we all like a hot guy, hotties are a dime a dozen. There has to be something under the surface and Alex is the full package deal

He reads poetry aloud (not only does he have banned books, he reads them!)
When he first moved from the Wilds to the city, he cried because of how homesick he was (A man who's in touch with his feelings *double hot*)
He has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh (he will make you laugh!)
He is king of the romantic one-liners or one-pagers depending on the mood  He would literally take a bullet for the love of his life


The swoon-worthy quotes:


“Everyone is asleep. They've all been asleep for years. You seemed ... awake.' Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again.'I'm tired of sleeping.”

“And I love you too.” His fingers skate the edge of my jaw, dance briefly over my lips. “You should know that. You have to know that.”




The Reason You Should Vote Alex:

  He is the total package. Great personality, sexy, mysterious, and supportive
  He will whisper sweet nothings to you all night
  He would do anything for the girl he loves
  He is a great listener
  He knows how to laugh, and how to make you laugh
  He reads banned poetry books under the stars

So what are you waiting for!? Vote Alex now!!







Some Like It Paranormal
Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal is also hosting an amazing giveaway for Delirium/Pandemonium or Before I Fall all by Lauren Oliver if you vote for Alex! Enter Here




And as if you need yet another reason to vote for Alex, Lauren Oliver has generously donated signed bookplates ^^


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