Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron


Book: Misfit
By: Jon Skovron
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.

Description: Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.

My Thoughts: Misfit was an amazing book about a girl with demonic powers. I haven’t read many demon books and this one was great.

I do not want to give too much away for this book because I definitely want everyone to read it. To begin, Jael is half demon, half mortal, an anomaly. Her Mother was a Succubus known by many names (trust me, you’ll be surprised when you find them out) who gave her life to protect her daughter. The book gave us a nice back story about the history of her mother and father, and history in general. I loved the telling of the stories and how Jael seemed to be magically transported into the story instead of just told what happened.

I loved the idea that Jael is half demon and is going to a catholic school. It’s just funny to me. Furthermore, I loved all the extra attention Jael received when she got her “succubus demonic beauty." It was amazing, funny, and perverted all at the same time (wait until you see what the priests at the school do…haha…too funny). The love interest was great and gorgeous and amazing, but the best friend annoyed me. I just didn’t like her “holier than thou” attitude. Don't judge others if you cannot judge yourself first, and please don’t even get me started on her reaction to the fact that Jael is a half demon. I wanted to reach in the book and punch her myself.

All in all, I absolutely loved the book. I was engrossed while I was reading the book and thinking about reading the book when I wasn’t reading it. It was amazing and realistic how Jael came into her powers, although at times it seems like her battles were too easily won. Nonetheless, I would DEFINITELY read this book again.



Waiting on Wednesday - Bloodrose and Darker Still


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I have 2 that I would love to share. I'm not sure if thats against the rules, but whatever!
 
Title: Bloodrose
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: January 24, 2012

Description (nightshadebook.com): The Ultimate Sacrifice
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy. (See excerpt here)

I loved Wolfsbane (see review here) and I am so excited to see what happens in the end. This book comes out a few days after my birthday so really its like a late birthday present *smile*.

My next choice is:

Title: Darker Still
Author: Leanna Renee Heiber
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Description (Barnes and Noble): The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

Hmmm. It seems quite interesting. 1882? A British Lord? Changing Paintings? Trapped Souls? This seems like just the book for me!

Leave a link to your WoW's so i can check them out and as always, thanks for stopping by.

By the way, I have 50 followers now!!! Isn't that amazing?! I am just so excited!!!! Love you all!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday, Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up, My Puppy

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!!


Sorry you havent heard much from me. Between the earthquake last week and the hurricane this weekend, I was too terrified of life to do much of anything. Earthquake + Hurricane = Terrified Sherre. Hurricane=trees that fall=No electricity at the parents house=no wifi=no blog posts. Hurricane+No electricity=no sump pump working= flood in the basement. Luckily, I was at the boyfriends house in which had electricity, nonetheless, terror had me focused on the news and not on my book responsibilities. Shame! I am back to my normal self now and feeling much better. We have gotten back our electricity, (still no hot water though...yea it sucks) and are working on getting the basement back together. Nonetheless, I was able to finish Misfit By Jon Skovron  for the Read-A-Thon on Friday. It was a great book. The book Review will come soon. I was only able to begin Possession by Elana Johnson.

Now for Teaser Tuesday:



 Teaser Tuesdays 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 doesnt give too much away! Tou dont 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 teaser for this week is from Possession by Elena Johnson.

"Their shrieking alarms screamed, echoed, ratted me out to the whole world. I couldn't believe i'd tortured myself for no reason"

Intrigued? I know I am. Leave a comment with your link so that I can check out your Teaser Tuesdays.

Finally, I promised a picture of my little Simba. Well here he is:





Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday

Good Morning Afternoon Everyone and Happy Friday!!! I am getting a late start here once again...(sorry) but Fridays are usually my off day at work so I end up trying to get a lot of stuff done in a little bit of time...so I'm just getting to a computer. Lets get down to the Friday meme's shall we:
The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books where we answer a weekly question. This week's question is:

“Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”

Why Yes I do. I just got a little puppy a few months ago. His name is Simba and he's a Morkie (Yorkie/Maltese mix). I love him and he's so fun. A picture will come soon! My family also has 2 turtles and a bird. What kind of pets do you have?

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read that asks bloggers questions. This week's question is:

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?



I wish werewolves and of course vampires would come out of the closet, and possibly aliens. I'd just like to see these things instead of wondering if they really exist.

Thanks to everyone for stoppping by. Leave your links below





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

I am participating in the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon hosted by On A Book Bender all this week (yes I am beginning in the middle of the week but whatever. Its better than nothing!) I just LOVE the button! Because I, like many of you, am a mood reader, I will let you know of my progress periodically as I begin and read each book. To all those in the read-a-thon: Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

I am beginning by reading Misfit by Jon Skovron!




Waiting on Wednesday: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick


Happy Wednesday everyone!!! Its time for our weekly Wednesday meme.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Book: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Description: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

I soooo can't wait for this book to come out! I read Hush, Hush and it was amazing, and I believe this one will be even better

What's your "Waiting on" pick for this week?


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Parajunkee's 2 Year Blogiversary!!!

Everyone,

Parajunkee, the blog that brough you Follow Friday, is turning 2. In honor of this auspicious occasion, she is OF COURSE having a giveaway. You all know that if for some reason I don't win a giveaway, it still gives me great joy to know that one of my lovely followers does. Therefore, go here and enter! Support, Support, Support! We need to celebrate with her. 2 years is a great feat!


Congrats Parajunkee!!!!

Teaser Tuesday (1) - Misfit by Jon Skovron

So I am trying out a new weekly meme. We'll see how it goes.


Teaser Tuesdays 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 randon page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesnt give too much away! Tou dont 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 Teaser for this week is from Misfit by Jon Skovron, page 192:

" 'Just needs something to hold it in place,' he mutters. Then, still holding the cloak in one hand, he reaches into  his mouth and grasps one of his big shark teeth."

I have just begun this book today and already I have been sucked in! It is becoming a great read!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Super Duper Excited - My First Blog Award!!!!


I have had this blog for only a few weeks and have already received my first blog award!! I am so excited. I never thought I would be good at blogging, and that even if i was I would never have followers; so it follows that I had never in my wildest dreams thought I would receive an award!!! I'd like to thank Jenna from Fans of Fiction for giving me the award. I absolutely love her! The Liebster Blog Award gets passed on to five wonderful blogs that have under 200 followers. It helps promote our fellow blogger's blogs.

Now for My 5 Choices:

  1. Pretty in Fiction
  2. Steph Likes Books
  3. Madigan Reads
  4. The Write Obsession
  5. Abnormally Paranormal Reviews
Congrats if you're listed here!! I wish I could nominate more. Many of the blogs I follow are amazing but these are just the ones I visit most often that meet my criteria, that i believe are beautiful, and that I enjoy or believe are the "blogs to watch." Here's how you can pass on this award to other bloggers:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.

5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun

Congrats to you all and thanks again to Jenna for the award. Its great to do well at something I enjoy!



LC's Adventures in Libraryland Giveaway!!!

LC's 500

Okay so I have never won much of anything (except a blog award recently...stay tuned) and it may be because I don't enter into many contests/giveaways/etc, but that doesn't mean I don't like free stuff!There are quite a few books to be won; check them out and enter here. 500 followers is a lot to be proud of so make sure to say congrats to LC and enter into the contest! I would love it if one of my lovely followers won if for some reason I don't!



Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday

Hello lovely followers and visitors and Happy Friday! It's time for the weekly meme's!

The Book Blogger Hob is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books

This weeks question is:


“What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?” 
(Note: I’m putting one caveat on this question. You aren’t allowed to say the Bible, Torah, Qur’an, or other religious/spiritual text.)

My answer is:

I have read a lot of long books. I guess I would say Harry Potter was the longest book. I originally thought it would take me months to read it. I didn't have much trouble with the first few books, but as they got longer and longer I got more worried that I would never ever finish them! Of course I did and after that, I knew I could read anything! *smile*

What about you? What was the longest Book you have ever read?


Now for this week's Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

This week's question is:


Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?



This is a hard question! I love sooo many books that I want to be in all of them. Of course I would LOVE to be in Twilight as one of the Werewolves or one of their family! I would also love to have a part in the Hunger Games or City of Bones, maybe even Clockwork Prince. They're all my favorite books and they all have interesting characters.I also want to play a part in all the period movies. I am a movie lover so pretty much anything I have read I would like to play in. What about You?


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Book: How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf
By: Molly Harper
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Description: Northern Exposure
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .

My Thoughts: So I obviously was inspired by last week's Book Blogger Hop for the crazy book title. I decided to actually read the silly book and see if its as funny inside as it was outside and I must admit, it was better.

I loved Mo with her witty remarks and comebacks. She was like the more outspoken me (minus the crazy hippie parents who caused her to run across state lines to get away).  It was interesting to watch how well she grew accustomed to like in Grundy , Alaska and how easily the residents welcomed her in. Perhaps it was because she was so easy to like. She was a fresh new face (which of course the men LOVED) and she settled into the small town life well. I just loved reading to see what she would say back when someone said anything particularly rude or funny, especially to the werewolf the title refers to.

How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf had the typical brooding sexy specimen of man who didn't want to get close to anyone. He was generally rude to everyone and I initially hated him; however, our lovely Mo (being as superb as she is) called him out on his rudeness every chance she got and eventually got under that tough exterior (literally....this is not a PG-13 book here). Moving along with normal paranormal books, we also have the "nice guy" who's in love with Mo, who she can only see as a friend and all that crap. I must say, although Cooper (said werewolf) was sexy, and hot, and mysterious, and the epitome of a man (remember...NOT PG-13...sheesh, I think I want him too), I did not like the fact that Alan (said nice guy) got played. She kept forcing herself to think of him as more than a friend but somehow she couldn't and I always felt so bad for him. Regardless, this story had a cute love story that I loved. It was fun and exciting and entertaining.

That being said, there are only a few things I didn't like. First, sometimes things happened and I had no warning. I would think, "Wait, how did I get here? Did I skip a page?"It seemed like decisions were made and i wasn't aware of how they were made. I only had that experience twice but it still made my upset for two seconds. Second, Although I loved Mo most times, sometimes I just thought she was an idiot. I don't care how mad anyone is, it is not okay to be rude to overstep boundaries the first time you meet your boyfriends family (you'll see what I mean). Furthermore, as you can see by the description, Mo suspects Cooper of killing people in the town, which, if you ask me is kind of stupid since people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty...especially the one you love is said person and you know he isn't that kind of person. That made me upset.

Despite those minor flaws, I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone who would want a fun read. It had me laughing out loud and giggling to my hearts content. I loved the easy banter and the atmosphere of the books. The supporting characters also gave me a little laugh. It was a great read!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I need Help!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

I am so exhausted at work this morning. I almost poured orange juice over my apple jacks instead of the milk and i feel like a zombie! Anywhoo, as you all know I am new to the whole blogging thing. Therefore, I would love it if you all would give me a few pointers. Some of the biggest things I know I need help with are:
  • How to make a button thingy
  • How to put the links within the comments I post on other people's blogs instead of just copying and pasting the whole url, and
  • How to make an avatar of myself (I've always wanted to learn)
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Also, if you have any other tips or ideas of ways i can improve my blog overall please let me know!


Waiting on Wednesday: Shatter Me

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday pick is:


Book: Shatter Me
Athor: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: November 15, 2011

Description: Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.


Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

My thoughts: I have been waiting on this book since I saw it. It looks amazing , sounds amazing, and the debut author seems amazing. I have been following her blog here for some time (okay only a few days, nonetheless I must admit I've been stalking it) and I just cant wait to buy a book. She also has a contest to win one of her ARC's here so we should show our support and enter.

What are your WoW picks this week?



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: Sirensong by Jenna Black

Book: Sirensong
Author: Jenna Black
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Description: When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they're told . . .
The journey through Faerie is long—and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend, Ethan, and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time . . . and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.
Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s granddaughter, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for their lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court—or, worse, the Erlking—catch up with her? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

My Review: Sirensong was a great book! I loved it much more that Faeriewalker and Glimmerglass combined. It was much more entertaining and a fun a quick read.

I must admit that my reasons for purchasing Faeriewalker were quite random (it was the only book I had seen that originally came out in paperback and not hardback...it seemed strange and it was therefore pretty cheap, besides--the cover was pretty and we all know how much i love pretty covers) I liked both Faeriewalker and Glimmerglass, but Sirensong took the cake. Although Sirensong had a slow start like its predecessors, once the action began you couldn't put the book down. I was frequently upset while reading Faeriewalker and Glimmerglass. I felt like Dana was stupid with a lot of her decisions; however, Dana seemed to make good choices (for the most part) during this particular book. I continue to hate her mother, but whats new with that! Dana seems to be growing into herself as a Faeriewalker and I love it. I'd definitely want to be her friend.

In addition, Dana and Ethan's relationship has been getting quite hot and steamy and I love it. He's so sweet and yet still a bad boy. He's one of those guys you meet and cant help but feel some sort of attraction to (and it helps that his reputation proceeds him....he is definitely a bad boy!!) I just love their relationship. Dana is the perfect balance to him.

I don't want to give too much of this book away because it is so great so I will just tell you all to read it! It is truly great. This is the first book I have been able to give five stars to since I started this blog. I loved Sirensong.




Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Blogger Hop 8/12-8/15, Follow Friday, Before the Blog

Hey Everyone, getting a late start today. I didn't have work today (NICE!). Now we have to do the weekly meme's. I had such a great experience with them last week, so I decided to do the same one, plus a few more. The last one (Before the blog) is a new meme, check hers out at the link below!

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-For-Books . Thanks to everyone who stopped by for that.

This week's question is:

“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

The one title I must speak about is one I just purchased (Borders going out of business significantly increased my book collection.) It is called How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper. I just love the name of the book and it made me purchase it as soon as I saw it.


Next we have Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Allison can Read.



The Question of the week is: How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

My answer is: I read a lot more now. Usually I read a book per day or per two days (if I'm really busy it may take a week). When I was younger I read about a book per month. Additionally, I read a lot of young adult and paranormal books now whereas I used to read only adult romance. I like plots more these days (hehe).

Last but not least, we have  Before the Blog hosted by YA Litwit . Thanks to everyone who stopped by!


It's a place to review books you read and loved before you began blogging about them and answering the following questions: 


Why did you choose this book? 
When did you read this book?
Who would you recommend this book to?



I choose: 


Why did you choose this book? 
I chose this book because I love it. I have it on audio book, and I have listened to it multiple times on mu iPod. I have read it over and over again and I am absolutely obsessed.


When did you read this book?
I read this book last year (believe it or not). I saw it on the shelves every time I went to the bookstore and constantly skipped over it thinking it would be awful. Finally I broke down and decided to read it and I am so glad I did. It was amazing.

Who would you recommend this book to?
I would recommend this book to my little sister (she's just getting into reading and looks up to me to pick good ideas for her to read.) and all little people, as well as all people in general. Its for the young and old and all in between. Its ridiculously amazing!!!


Thanks to everyone who stopped by!!!




Thursday, August 11, 2011

Win Lola and the Boy Next Door, Crossed, and Shatter Me

Hey everyone, so while i was perusing the web (in the middle of my reading) I stumbled on this contest:





Author Tahereh Mafi has a few ARC's she is giving away. Visit Here to enter.