Friday, August 31, 2012

Feature Follow #15


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I will follow back, just leave your link in the comment box! Have an awesome Friday!

Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and loved?
 
A. OH man... There are SOOOO many to choose from. But Ill just list a FEW of my favorites.






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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Things Ive learned from Beta Readers and CPs

Things Ive learned from my AMAZING Beta Readers and Critique Partners and why they are SO valuable and amazing.
1.       The obvious reason: having an extra pair of eyes look at your work. When you write something, and read it 1 million and 2 times, you skip over things and miss things that just having a fresh pair of eyes can catch on the first round. Just helping you realize and fix all the tiny grammatical errors…
a.       Examples: "I searched in the spot in knew his mind was..." word correction there.
b.      "I opened my eyes to see look at him," extra word?
c.       "She always claimed she was a morning person, though I have to witness that." Missing the yet? 
d. "I could see his lips twitch the slightest but down." slightest bit down?

2.       Then they offer you advice and tips on how to make your work better. When you are writing, sometimes you KNOW what you want to say, and how you want the story to go, but sometimes its hard to actually SAY it, (or WRITE it in this case.) Sometimes you just cant think of a way to make it flow right.
a.       "We were walking down a narrow path which made us walk closer together and made our shoulders touch. I suppressed the sigh..."
It feels stiff. Try something like…"We walked down a narrow path, our bodies moving closer together. I suppressed the sigh that threatened to escape as our shoulders touched and my body relaxed at the familiar comfort of his body."

3.       They give you encouragement and point out specific things that they like, and they think you do well, so you can do more of it.
a.       “I still don’t know what to think about her relationship with Alex, having the bad guy show up at the height of their argument is great. You have tension going on Allison, and then you blew the lid off of it (in a great way!) when you brought the bad guy in. In fact when I said before that a bad guy has to have a reason for me other than just being bad, her fear of him might be what overcomes that issue for me.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: City of Bones

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book One)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Review:
SO… Im SO glad I finally read this book! Everyone that’s raving about it is SO right!
Cassandra Clare is an amazing author who truly makes her worlds believable! So… I know some people say this story is a lot like other stories combined and maybe there are similarities… BUT there are similarities in EVERY book. AND- as I was reading it, I didn’t feel like it was unoriginal. I thought it was actually awesome.
The story starts with Clary being attacked by a demon, and then her mother going missing, and she is left with a group of Shadowhunters trying to explain what the world is really like. A shadowhunter is basically a human with angel magic that kills demons and bad Downworlders (like Fairies, vampires and werewolves)

Monday, August 27, 2012

How to Find a Good Editor and Do you even need one?

How to find an editor for your book 

As a self-published author, one of your biggest tasks will be finding a good editor for your book. You are going to be trusting what you have written in the hands of someone that does not know you or your work.

This is not only emotionally scary, but is a very a serious investment.

So... how do you find one. Below I will list a few ways:


Editorial Freelancers Association
The Editorial Freelancers Association is a well-respected group based in New York. It has been around for years. You can submit a job posting as well as search for an editor in a geographic area or with a particular expertise (developmental, line editing, proofreading).


Hiveword
This writers’ resource is courtesy of Jane Friedman (a former publishing exec and a brilliant blogger on the future of publishing). Check out Hiveword results for book editor. 


LinkedIn
Put freelance editing or a variation thereof in the search box for groups. You will find the Freelance Editing NetworkPublishing and Editing Professionals and many others. Some of these groups require you to “join.”


Twitter 
Author and publishing expert Joanna Penn used Twitter to find her editor, @noveldoctor. Don’t laugh. Twitter can be a great way to make contact with talented folks. It helps if you have a large following yourself as more people will see your Tweet query for a book editor. Try using a hashtag like #editor. Results not guaranteed.


This can also be a rather expensive task. A vast majority of editors charge in one of three ways: by the word, by the line, or by the page.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review: Tribe of the Teddy Bear

Tribe of the Teddy Bear
Title: Tribe of the Teddy Bear
Author:  

Summary:
Welcome to the Tribe!
Ten-year-old Jack James has a secret. He’s found a teddy bear he swears is really a mysterious animal with supernatural abilities. Soon he discovers its name is Takota, a Tanakee on the run from some ruthless and sinister forces. After a storytelling enchantress teaches them of a centuries-old bond between humans and Tanakee as well as an ancient evil bent on destroying the entire universe, Jack and Takota are thrust toward their shared fate. On their journey for survival, Takota must conquer strong inner turmoil and learn the true nature of his emerging mystical powers, while Jack has to help harness a revolutionary device invented by his father in the hopes of rescuing them all from certain extinction.
Recommended for ages 9 and up.
Review:
I received this book free from the author for an honest review.
This book was such a delight to read. Though I rarely read younger, middle grade books and that may have tainted my opinion. Because my normal genre is much older, it took me a while to really get into this story. However, Im glad I stuck with it because it turned out to be really a great Children's Book. 

The story follows a nine year old boy with a very active imagination, as he goes on a journey with… his Magical teddy bear.
The story moves very quickly, not only with the Tribe, but also with multi-dimensional devices invented by James’s father.
There are bad guys, which would be pretty scary for younger kids. But really added some great tension to the story.
I think the thing I loved the most was James. He was a little different because his dad was always telling him about other dimensions and things, and that made him seem weird to other kids. And though I was never a 10 year old BOY, I was a weird, overly imaginative, Girl and James reminds me of ME. I liked him, and I really liked Amelia.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

It says for 9 and above, but I plan on letting my 6 year old read this. I think she will enjoy this a lot!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Facebook!! Do you REALLY not have a page yet???

Ok, so I have finally set up my Author Page- MrsTheresaJones, since Im FINALLY getting close to publishing my books!


SO... this will be short and sweet-

PLEASE go LIKE my Facebook page




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Feature Folow #14


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I will follow back, just leave your link in the comment box! Have an awesome Friday!

Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?


A.Delirium by Lauren Oliver! I really liked the book, BUT I never liked the original Cover! The new one, is way better!

    


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

POWER- Update on my First BOOK

OK- So… its time for an update!

As you may (or may not-if you haven’t been a follower for long) know- I am writing some books. My first series, The Descendent Trilogy is what my focus is on right now, and then I have a fairy series that will come next. I have finished POWER, the first book in my trilogy and am currently working on HOPE, book #2.
I still need to go back and revise/edit POWER book #1, one more time, but I need to wait until my fabulous beta readers get all their feedback/advice back to me. SO- in the meantime, I am working on book # 2.
You see... I have been reading SO MUCH (read this blog!) on Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing, and Im not going to wait around and get rejected time and again to get $20,000 for selling 179,000 books (OMG-Harlequin Fail post 1, 2, 3) If I was lucky enough to sell 179,000 books through self publishing I would get at least $300,000+, depending on the price I set for the books... Anyways, thats a WHOLE other topic.
That being said, Im actually (finally) getting serious about writing and SELF Publishing. I’m not going to read a book a day and not have any time to write. I have been really focused on my blog for the last few months and have kinda pushed my writing aside to try and get some followers. Ill probably still read 1-2 books a week, so that I can keep up with my reviews, but I am really going to focus on writing.
My new goal:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review- Wither


Title: Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano

Summary:
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

**Please be aware- I kind of rant in this review. Its probably my longest review ever... Sorry. **

Review:
This book is hard to review. I have been hearing about it for a while now… but now Im just not sure whether I liked it or not.
The beginning (first chapter) was great, I was immediately interested in what the world was like and what was going to happen. But then it stopped. The story dragged and dragged forever, and I constantly kept waiting for something  to happen.
I didn’t really like the way the story was told. I felt like I could never connect with Rhine. I didn’t really care about her at all. At the beginning, her fear was tangible and real, then nothing she said/felt mattered to me anymore. As far as the sister wives, I loved watching their relationship with each other grow. That was done really well. But that’s it. I really didn’t like Cecily.  Jenna was ok, and had a little more depth to her. But I didn’t really like any of the sister wives.
However, I really just couldn’t stand Rhine at all. She kept saying she wanted to be free. But what point was there to being free. She was safe, and treated well, and it was terrible where she was. She even started caring about Lindin (who wasn’t really the bad guy- his father Vaughn was) and yeah- I would get not wanting to be around Vaughn, but how great is the world outside of this mansion??  Not to mention-

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cover Look-a-Like #3

Its that time again when I notice covers that use the same photo- with some minor changes.

Just take a look.

Dust (Of Dust and Darkness, #1)Night Marchers (Night Marchers, #1)


No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7)The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Which Kindle is best?

So... if you follow me on Twitter, than you know that my Kindle recntly broke... 
*Cries uncontrollably*


I know, I know... its very sad! Anyways, now I have to buy a new one. BUT there isnt just one kindle anymore... and how do you know which kindle is best??
Well here you go:

Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Tablet

The Amazon Kindle Fire is Amazon's competition to the Apple iPad

The Amazon Kindle Fire has a color touch screen which means you can now watch movies and view pictures on your Kindle device. Also, it is wonderful for children who still read picture books as the pictures are now in color.

If you have an Amazon Prime account then you can also watch over 10,000 movies and tvshows that Amazon has available for streaming on their website. 

The other thing I like about the Kindle Fire is that you can now read magazines that are in color. The Amazon website has offered Kindle magazines in the past, however, their were not particularly fun to read on the black and white screen. If you are someone who wants to read lots of graphic rich magazines then this device is a good choice for you.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review- the Iron Knight


The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)


Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa


Summary:
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.


To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice


Review:
I am SO glad I finally read this series! The entire series was great, and this book just was the icing on the cake!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Feature Follow #13


Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question is...

Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.

A. I would have to say, Misha Gericke at My First Book. This is because she updates her blog regularly and I am able to follow her as she tries to get published! I am hoping she will get published soon!! :)
Also... Jade Varden at Jade Varden Official Blog because she posts almost EVERY day about how to write better and great books and EVERYTHING is sooo helpful and amazing!!
And the 2 Book blogs I love most are Lee at Rally The Readers and Jessica at a GREAT read because both of these blogs have the bestest reviews of all the best books and I have to read them!!
:)
 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review- Bane



Title: Bane (Coven Series #2)
Author: Trish Milburn


Summary:
To protect those she loves from herself, Jax will leave them all behind. She’ll risk everything in a desperate search for answers.
Her past put them all in danger, forcing a confrontation with the dark covens. In a life-and-death battle to save those she loved from the covens, Jax gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing. If she can’t control the power, she may yet become as evil as the witches she conquered.

With her cousin Egan, Jax leaves all she’s built and heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs to hold back the darkness—Salem, Massachusetts. Her research unearths a shocking discovery: the Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to thwarting the covens.

Jax desperately needs their help in her fight against the covens, but finding the Bane is easier said than done and takes all her skills and courage. As Jax gets closer, her dark powers began rise and control her actions. If she succumbs to the darkness, Jax may have as much to fear from the Bane as the evil covens and the determined hunter on her trail.

Review:
Bane starts off right where White Witch stops. It has been a long while since I read White Witch, so Im glad I skimmed back through it. I feel that without reading the first book, you might be lost in reading this one.

Review- Untraceable + Giveaway of a Signed Copy



Title: Untraceable (Nature of Grace #1)
Author: S.R. Johannes.

Summary:
Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he's dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she's enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it's going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

 
Review:
So… I rarely will read a book that doesn’t have SOME paranormal or fantasy component… but Im SO glad I gave this a try. I was completely surprised at how I liked this book.
The story follows Grace, a 16 year old girl who has been raised basically in the Smoky Mountains due to her father being a Game Warden. She knows all the ins and outs of the forest and how to survive- if needed. Then… her father goes missing.
The book starts 3 months after her father went missing and everyone is ready to close the case due to lack of leads or evidence. They have decided that he must have fallen in a lake and drowned. Now all Grace does it hike through the woods looking for clues somewhere.
After finding some men who are doing some illegal poaching, she ends up in some serious danger, only to be saved by the mysterious Mo.

Monday, August 13, 2012

100 Follower Giveaway

OK- I know Im not YET at 100 followers, BUT almost. 
And Im hoping Ill get to 100 pretty quickly now.

ANYWAYS- this is my FIRST giveaway!
I will have MANY more in the future!

 
Prizes:

1. Signed Copy of Untraceable by SR Johannes, along with a signed bookmark
(This is not open internationally)
 Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, #1)
2. Any book from the Book Depository $10 (US dollars) Or less. (This is open internationally, as long as the Book depository ships to your country!)

Just fill out the little rafflecopter below

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review: The Iron Queen


The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)


Title: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa


Summary:
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.


Review:

OMG. This book was perfect! It was everything I wanted and more!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Netgalley + Spa Day



So... I finally did it.
I have signed up with Netgalley in the hopes of getting ARCs to review!
this is very exciting because...
I have ALREADY received TWO ARCs for review!!
And one of them is a sequel to a book I read a while ago that I really enjoyed!!
SUPER exciting!

Thats all I have for today. Ill spend the rest of the day reading, mostly!
Actually... 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Review- The Iron daughter


The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)

Title: The Iron Princess (Iron Fey #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa

Summary:
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Review:
Again, the action starts right away. This book starts right where the first stopped and continued Meghans journey in finding and destroying the Iron Fey. The problem: No one believes they are real.
The read was fast paced and fun.

Feature Follow #12

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #80

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This week's Question is:
 
 
Q.What would you do if you were to start your blog from scratch again? 
 
A. Well... This is easy because I just BARELY started my blog a few months ago. And really, any mistakes Ive made, I dont even know about yet. Everything seems to be great. I might have had a different name or different URL- something pertaining to books. But since I plan to be a published author one day, I chose to just use my name...
So... I dont know what I could have/should have done differently.
That being said, if I were to start my blog over again, I would do it all the same.
 
 
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review:The Iron King


The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Title: The Iron Key (Iron Fey #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa

Summary:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Review:
SO… I finally started reading this series. I know EVERYONE else has already… a LONG time ago. But oh well. Here I am. Its better this way really, so I don’t have to wait for another book to come out, because they all already have! J
Anyways… This book was everything I expected it to be.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to Create a Book Cover

After my searches of Book Covers that look the same… I have decided that I will probably create my own book cover. (That is, if I can’t get published the traditional way and decide to self publish)
That being said, I have put together a list of HOW to create a GREAT book cover!
1.       The VERY FIRST thing you must do is know your market. Go to a bookstore and look at all the books that are on display. Go to Goodreads and browse books in the genre your book is. Look at what is popular and what the covers look like.
a.       This is important because it gives you a starting point, an idea of HOW books look NOW.


2.       Figure out what your book is about. Who is the main character? Does he/she have any specific characteristics you might want portrayed on the cover? Is he/she somewhere unique or specific? What about the bad guy? Is there a specific item that is important in the story? Figure out the MAIN issue in your book and figure out how you can make that a picture.
a.       This is important because you want your cover to say something about your book. You want the cover to SHOW something about YOUR book, why THIS book is special.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cover Look-a-Like #2

So... Im doing this because last night when I was half asleep nursing my son, I was browsing Goodreads and I noticed a cover that looks exactly like another cover.

Unfortunatly... I cant find that book now (did I fall asleep? Maybe... But Im pretty frustrated I cant find it now!!)

Anyways... even though I cant find THAT one... Here are some different books that look the same as the another.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky



Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

Review:
Wow. Where to start...?
Ok… so this book was completely unique and different than any other book Ive read yet! Was there romance? Yes. Action? Yes. Dystopian? Mostly. But still, SO different.
I think it was more sci-fi than dystopian.
Anyways… Let me just start.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: The Selection


The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Rating: 5 stars


Summary:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined


Review:
WOW! I only picked up this book because the cover was pretty and I had seen it on a few blogs… MAN was I in for a surprise!

I LOVED this book!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Feature Follow #11

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #80

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This week's Question is:
 
Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?
 
A. SOMETIMES they do... but usually my reading habits are always the same. I tend to read a lot of paranormal romance. Now... I might read something more adult romance if Im I feel like my husband is being lame. Or I might read something darker and edgier if Im angry... but usually its always the same.
 
What about you?
Make sur eto comment and let me know if you are a new follower so I can follow you back
 

Review: Silence (hush, hush #3)


Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)


Title: Silence (Hush, hush #3)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Summary:
Nora Grey can't remember the past five month of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.


Review:
THANK YOU, Becca Fitzpatrick! This is exactly what I was looking for in these books! A clear plot, some actual romance, action and suspense!

Finally a book in this series worth praising!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: Crescendo (hush, hush #2)


Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)


Title: Crescendo (Hush, hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Summary:
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts

Review:
So… in all honesty Im a little let down by this book and this entire series. The love connection is SO lacking! In my review of Hush hush, I said I was hoping the romance would step up a bit, but it was the freakin OPPOSITE! Patch and Nora were fighting the whole time, and for the majority of the book, were NOT even together! SUCH a letdown.

Other than that, the plot was

Review: Hush, Hush

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Title: Hush, hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Summary:
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.

Review:
So… Im a little torn in this review. Before reading Hush, hush, I read several reviews on it, some that said this books is more than amazing, and some that said it was supporting sexual harassment and stuff. So going into it, I was a little weary.
Now that I have read it, I have no idea what

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