Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Ok, so this book laid around for a long time because I wasn't sure I would like the steampunk aspect of this story. (I'm still exploring steampunk and my feelings on the genre) But after some convincing by some girls on goodreads I gave this book a shot and I have to say that I think I like this series better than TMI. The characters are so full of life and the plot just sucks you in. Tessa was a great main character. She learned some things about herself that scared her but when push came to shove she used her new found power to help the people around her. 

Will you are cute, cocky, and try too hard to be a jerk. will reminds me a lot of Jace (but Jace is winning that swoon race hehe) Jem, you melt my heart, you seem so tough, yet fragile and I could love you forever! Now the part I thought would kill this book for me was actually awesome! The clock work stuff going on was one of the coolest things I've read in a while. 

I give this one 5 stars and do yourself a favor, if you haven't read this already go start it now, you won't regret it!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (25)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren, and was created to give bloggers a chance to come together and show each other the great goodies they got during the week. Ok so it took a while to be approved for some stuff at Netgally so I have a huge mailbox of Netgally books this week. So lets get to this =o)


Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs

Surrender by Elana Johnson

Quarantine by Lex Thomas

Kill Me Again by Leslie Rule

Whispers From the Grave by Leslie Rule

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin

Flutter by Fina Linko 

Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris

Shadowfell by Juilete Marillier

Diva by Jillian Larkin

The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

Touched by Cyn Balog

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Silver by Talia Vance

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittermore

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Redemption by Veronique Launier

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Because you know I had to get some of the hot new releases this month!

Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Destined by Aprilynn Pike

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The List by Siobhan Vivian

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Portrait of a Starter by Lissa Price 

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Regret by Elana Johnson

Review: Ghost Story - Jim Butcher

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Roc Hardcover; First Edition edition (July 26, 2011)
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.
To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

Reading this was like coming home after a long vacation and seeing all your old friends. I LOVE Harry and the crew! I was a bit apprehensive about how this book was going to play out, but it was very enjoyable. Actually I think this book gave the secondary characters a chance to really come into there own. I also loved how Harry never hesitates even if it puts him in danger. If he thinks he can save someone he just jumps in head first. Harry being dead gives a new perspective on things and Harry. I really was engrossed in this story and thought I had it all figured out, and bam a twist sent me spinning into the wall. I was very pleased with the ending and am looking forward to the nenxt instalment. I give this one 5 stars and strongly suggest this series to all of you. 
On a side note my very wonderful soon to be husband told me he wanted to watch The Dresden files tv show on Netflix, and now that we have finished it I think I have him sold on listing to the audio books! Yay!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Silence - Becca Fitzpatrick

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (October 4, 2011)

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.

The only good part of waiting so long to read book 2, was it allowed me to start this one immediately. Silence starts right where book to left off. Nora has been found but months later and with no memory. Its no just the kidnapping that she can't remember its almost a years worth of time she is missing. Nora can't help but feel that people are hiding things from her. 
There was so much to this story, Nora is trying to put her life and memory back together. she gets some help from and old "friend" and makes a new ally I guess would be the best word. One of my favorite things about this book was watching Patch and Nora reconnect. like the previous installment this one kept me turning the pages. There was action, adventure, romance, twists and turns. I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed getting caught up with this series. I give this one 4 stars!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (October 19, 2010)

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 and even worse, he's started 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 hadnt 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.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts. 

It took me a long time to read this book and I have no clue why, All the things I loved about Hush, Hush were present in this book. Great writing, a good story, and great characters. I do want to say though that I wanted to kick Nora, how could she break up with Patch?!? Once that happened we still saw Patch but he was more on the sideline. Nora starts to get angrier and angrier and pusing Patch further and further away when she realises he is haning out with Marcie. I loved the addition of Scott. He was strange and kinda creepy but I liked him, although I'm not sure I was supposed to. 
This book really hooked me, once I started I couldn't stop. The plot kept moving at a good pace and just when I thought I had it all figured out the twist knocked me on my butt. Actually a few things that were revealed kinda knocked me on my butt. This book didn't pull any punches it just layed it all out on the line and left us trying to figure out how to pick up the peices. I strongly urge you guys to read this seres! I give this one 4 stars!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish
This week the list is Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters.  This is a hard one! How in the world do I pick 10 characters? I'm going to try my best and see how this goes. 

Ok so after much deliberation, here is my list.

1.Allison Sekemoto - The Immortal Rules 
Alli was such a great character, she had a strong will to survive, and kept true to the things she believed in.

2.Lola and Cricket - Lola and the Boy Next Door
These two are just too cute, I love them!

3.Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games
She is Katniss, need I really say more?!?

4.Eric Northman - Southern Vampire Series
OMG, love him! I have loved him since I first met him in the books, and fell even more in love with him once True Blood started. He is like sex on a stick!

5.Anna - Anna Dressed In Blood
Anna in my opinion has to be one of the most wicked awesome characters ever. She can kick butt, and still she had a side that amazed me. I really can't wait to see what happens next with Anna.

6.King Dorian - Dark Swan Series
Again, I just heart this man! 

7.Lena - Delirium
Lena started out as some meek, whimpy character, but at the end of book 2 she is a completly different person. She is strong, driven, and amazing!

8.Puck - The Iron Fey
I have a huge crush on Puck, While everyone else was team Ash, I have always been team Puck. I also have always said if Meghan doesn't want him I will gladly take him! hehe

9.Tamani - Wings
Another underdog in the love triangle that has captured my heart. I am a proud member of team Tamani, he just seems to genuinely care for Laurel and he wants to do what is best for her and protect her, and I really wish I was Laurel some days hehe.

10.Dez - Denazens
Dez is just pure and simple awesomesauce. She kicks butt and takes names, never backs down from a fight. But when she is with Kale you see a side of her that is so loving it will amaze you. She is one of my all time favorite heroines. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Follow Friday (21) TGIF (1)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

Hmmm, this is a tough one! I think I would like to see Rose from Vampire Academy, go head to head with Alex from the Covenant series! I'm not sure who would win, they both have similar training and have been doing it most of their lives. It seems like an even match and I would just love to see who would come out on top.

TGIF is new here at The Book Addict, and it might not become a regular thing but I saw the question this week and I had to join in. TGIF is hosted over at GReads!

Book Blogger Influences: Has there been a particular book blogger who's influenced what you read? Share with us a review/book blog that convinced you to pick up a certain book.

There have been a few that have influenced me in joining the Book Blogging Community, in what books I sometimes choose to read, and who have inspired me to try to make my blog better and better.

1. Lori @ Pure Imagination -  Hers was one of the very first book blogs I had ever read. We happened to be in the same Shelfari group and I read a few posts about her blog and checked it out and I was dazzled. It took me some time from that point to get into book blogging but at that time I knew I wanted to do it.

2. Angela @ Reading Angel - We were also in the same Shelfari group and it wasn't uncommon to see us either reading the same book at the same time or one right after the other. Usually when Angela says she LOVES a book I know that I should pick it up because the chances are very high that I will too.

Candace @ Candace's Book Blog - Another Shelfari group member who happened to post about her blog a few times and it was her that gave me the push I needed to really start blogging. I always loved hearing about their blogs and one day I said ok I have to try this.

If it wasn't for the 3 lady's listed above I probably wouldn't be blogging today. I would be missing out on meeting some awesome people and hearing about some great books. I enjoy being apart of the community although I am a bit shy and haven't really gotten to know many of you as well as I would like to. But I sincerely thank these 3 lady's because without them I would be apart of this wonderful community at all.

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