Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


December 22, 2011

Cover Reveal: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

Chosen Ones

 

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Sounds interesting right???

Chosen Ones comes out this April from Entangled Publishing

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December 15, 2011

Review: Oriana’s Eyes by Celeste Simone

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As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can't let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon's rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all.

When Oriana's idea of perfection crumbles she seeks a way out of the imprisoning University that threatens not only her happiness, but her very life. Dorian promises he has a plan to take her far away, but Oriana doubts they can escape Odon's all-seeing eye. Oriana isn't sure what she fears more, being stuck in the University or finding out what lies beyond its walls. Excerpt from Celeste’s Website.

I thought the mythology behind Oriana’s Eyes was quite interesting and I enjoyed reading this novel. Oriana’s Eyes focuses on many difference issues that this world deals with such as racism. The story mainly focuses on two difference races the Winglets and Finlets. At first the man differences between them are there looks (light vs dark). I was absolutely shocked to find out the MAJOR difference between the two of them was more than looks. I really didn’t see that twist coming. I liked the characters that we were introduced midway through the novel. They were relatable, realistic and loveable. Some parts of the story had me on the edge of my seat patiently waiting to find out what was going to happen next. There were also parts that made me cry and laugh.

If you like reading about different mythologies I suggest you pick up Oriana’s Eyes.

I would like to specially thank Celeste for sending me a copy to review. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas Celeste!

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Autographed paperback $15.00

Kindle

Kobo

Nook

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December 6, 2011

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Excerpt from Cassie’s
website.

Well Cassie has done it again and wrote another novel that I could not put down. Clockwork Prince may just be my favorite novel of hers. I loved how we learned more about Will’s past during CP and it has made the battle between Team Jem and Team Will so much harder to decide. I still can’t pick who I like better - I like them both. There was more politics than action in CP than CA but I still loved it and it wasn’t a bad thing as it sets up the story nicely for CP2. Finding out the history of all the characters was fabulous and I wouldn’t have wanted it to go any other way. I love Magnus. He made me laugh with tears and being a Team Church fan(because I can’t decided which Team I am on and Simon or Luke aren’t in the ID series) we didn’t get a lot of Church but when we did it was humorous. I like how Cassie has made some of the parallels between the characters of both series match each other, it is like a game trying to figure out the traits that each character shares. I am a bit torn by the ending. I was happy about the one situation but upset over the other. I have no idea if I was crying because I was sad or crying because I was happy.

I can’t wait to see what will happen in the Clockwork Princess. If the world decides to end in 2012 I have decided that Cassie’s books are coming with me because everyone needs to read her novels.

I would like to specially thank Michelle at S&S Canada for surprising me with a ARC. I thank you so much and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 Pages, 6 x 9 x 0.98 in

Published: December 6, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

ISBN - 10:1416975888

ISBN - 13:9781416975885

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December 2, 2011

Holiday #Readathon Mini-Challenge

So I am once again taking part in the Holiday readathon and I swear every time I plan on doing a readathon everyone wants me to do something with them or I forgot that I planned something Confused smile. So this time seeing that each readathon I have done I have gone BIG and went home. I have failed each and every one. So this time I’m keeping it small. My goal is to read Remembrance by Michelle Madow.



My mini-challenge has do do with Reindeers. I love the original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie. I have so many reindeer ornaments I have lost count. When I was younger I made Rudolph a medal of honor for saving Christmas and under the tree I found a crazy carpet (those thin plastic sheets that you ride down a snow hill on) that said from Rudolph! It was so cool.



So for my mini challenge:



I want to know who is your favorite reindeer and why?



Leave a comment with your answer and email.



Contest is open to those participating in the readathon.



International as long as Book Depository ships to your country



You will get +1 bonus point for be a blog follower



Prize is a $15.00 shopping spree at Book Depository!



Contest runs from Dec 2 – 4, 2011 and end at Midnight



Winner will be chosen by Random.org



Good luck!



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December 1, 2011

Across the Universe Winner!

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And the winner of the *signed* copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis is….

Sara from Just Another Story!

Congrats Sara! I have emailed you so check your spam!

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Let the Final RAK of the Year BEGIN!

Okay so maybe I have lost it a little bit and think I am going out to war but I blame spending the last 2 weeks reading Inheritance which was unfreakingbelieveable and I have been watching Spartacus: Gods of the Arena…..yeah that explains it. I’m not going to crazy Smile with tongue out

This month I received:

Dreamland by Alyson Noel from the wonderful Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies. I really enjoy her blog so you should go check it out.

and The Pledge from Angel @ Book Flame

This Month I sent:

Angel signed and personalized copy of Bloodlines and Blood Promise by Richelle Mead!

I hope you Enjoy Angel and I thank both you lovely ladies for the books Smile

Here's a recap of the rules:

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In the spirit of being thankful, we sometimes need a tinsy reminder that R.A.K. is not about receiving FREE books! It's about giving as well as receiving. It's about passing on the joy of reading and books with others. If during any given month, you find that you may not be able to give at all, please reconsider signing up for that month. We've found that there have been quite a few people who have received but not given and that may seem unfair to some.

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  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

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Easy peezy!!

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3. Some of you seem to have gotten frustrated because you can't get your links to appear active. This is a very easy fix :) Just make sure that when you enter your link, do NOT hit the Enter key. Instead, hit the TAB key which will send you to the next field on the form. Additional spaces entered after the link will leave the link inactive. However, if this does happen to you...no worries, we'll fix it for you :)

 

December’s Wish List:

The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Pliver

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Crossed by Ally Condie

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (hardcover please Smile)

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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