Friday, June 29, 2012

My Favorite Find #1

Friday, June 29, 2012

This is a weekly meme by Should be Reading. It showcases that one drool-worthy book that stood out from the Friday Finds that week. In other words, one of my “finds” that makes me want to read it right now!

So this week I found this really great book which was released yesterday. 

Title: Lonely Souls
Author: Karice Bolton

It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order... that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.

When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.

With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.
Is this gorgeous or what? Love to get my hands on this book.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

ARC Review: Frozen Heart

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Title: Frozen HeartAuthor: Annabelle BlumeGenre/s: Young AdultRelease Date: August 7th, 2012Length: NovellaSource: Inkspell Publishing

"A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?"

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.

But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both- the blizzard and the Affinity- makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Book Review: Delirium

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Title: DeliriumAuthor: Lauren OliverGenre/s:  YA, Science Fiction, Romance, 

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Book Review: Before I Fall

Title: Before I fallAuthor: Lauren OliverGenre/s: Chick-Lit, Young Adult, 


What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Book Review: Frostbite

Title: FrostbiteAuthor: Richelle MeadsSeries: Vampire Academy #2Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

Book Review: Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery 
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My Thoughts

This story is really new,a fresh air among all the other vampire novels that I read. It introduced new stuff like the type of vampires and school for vampires and their guardian and the whole hierarchy in their government system. 

I really liked the story but I feel like something is missing. I don't know what that is, though. Maybe I'm just expecting too much 'cause I've heard many good comments and reviews on this one or maybe it's not my type of young-adult-vampire-novel or maybe because this is just the first book in the series. I think I need to read the whole series first to know if I really liked it.


Book Review: From the Corner of His Eye

Title:From the Corner of his EyeAuthor: Dean KoontzGenre/s: Suspense Thriller, Mystery

Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person’s life has an effect on every other person’s, in often unknowable ways.

At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds and entwines with others results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure.

My Thoughts:
Ever since high school, I’ve had heard Dean Koontz’ name was one of the most amazing writer in the world but I’ve never read any of his books until last year. I was skimming title after titles of novels in a local bookstore when I stumbled upon this novel called “From the corner of his eye.” My first impression was it doesn’t look very interesting for two main reason: 1.) it has almost 800 pages and; 2.) it’s font size is 10px. But because I’m curious to know how well Dean Koontz is, I bought the book. And here’s my reaction after I read it.
My jaw dropped, my mouth drooled, and I was so blown away I cried. I don’t even know what to say or how to react on what I just read. I’ve never read anything as profound and brilliant as this. EVER!
The characters are very well written, the plot is so complex and everything is flawless. Barty Lampion is so adorable and admirable on how he perceived everything around him. His optimism is so contagious it oozes out in the pages of the book.
I would totally recommend this to everyone. This is a must-read.


Book Review: and Falling, fly

Title: and Falling, fly
Author: Skyler White
Genre/s: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy


In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels- turned-vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must pit medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what cost?

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless...and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L'OtelMathillide- a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams-rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both.

Book Review: Do You Believe

Title: Do You Believe?
Author: Ann Lawrence
Genre/s: Supernatural Fantasy, Romance, Mystery


Rose Early is searching for her missing sister Joan. The only clue she has is a horror novel with her sister's notes in the margins. The author of the book lives only a few minutes away and Rose can't resist seeking him out. She understands why his book affected her sister: the author creates an evil so palpable it shakes even skeptical Rose.

Vic Drummond, the writer, knew Rose's sister, and agrees to help Rose find her; Rose expected him to be reclusive and strange, but she didn't expect him to be quite so . . . attractive. As their search intensifies, Rose finds herself inexorably drawn to Vic, but it seems to Rose that their feelings for each other are being influenced by some outside force-she knows love at first sight doesn't exist. 
As they come closer to finding Joan, Rose and Vic journey from the local church to a mysterious sex club whose members dress in demon costumes. The more they learn about what Joan was doing in the days before her disappearance, the more questions they have, until Rose must decide: Does she believe in real evil? And does she believe in real love?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Review: Legacies

Friday, June 15, 2012

Title: Legacies
Author: Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill
Genre/s: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Spirit White has survived from a deadly car crash that has killed her mother and father and her sister. She has been discovered by a school with special talents, called magic. A couple of months after staying, people begin to disappear, some vanish to be never seen again, so Spirit and her new friends begin the investigation. But will they find out the truth of what is going on? Or will Spirit and her friends suffer a terrible fate from which they don't know about yet?

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