Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shelf Love (06) Newsoul Series by Jodi Meadows

So I started this feature a while back, but life got kind of hectic for a while and it kind of fell off my radar. I am however quite happy to be bringing it back. I am a sucker for a great cover, or a great set of covers, since I don't have very much room to keep a large physical bookshelf this is my way of enjoying the great covers that I've come across. If you guys feel like showing off your favorite covers/cover sets you love just leave a comment below and I'll come check it out =o)

My Pick This Week Is...
The Newsoul Series by Jodi Meadows

I am absolutly 100% head over heels in love with these covers! I love that they kept with the butterfly style mask and just a simple head shot, I also love that the background behind Anna is darker that in the first book. It seems like it would be approriate to add a little darkness to it. These are 2 books that I would love to have sitting next to each other on a real life bookshelf I think they are breathtaking. 

What do you think about these covers? Love em? Hate em? Leave me a comment and let me know ;o)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (26)

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

My picks this week are...

Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose...

Grifters are something that I never tire of watching on tv or reading about. There is something about a good con that just hooks me. I really can't wait to see where this story goes. I can't wait to be able to get my hand on this one!

Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller 

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left...his soul.

This sounds like it might just take all of my favorite parts of the Soul Screamers Series without any of the parts that annoy me. I have to give this a try and am looking forward to its realease! I can't wait to see if it is actually as good as I am lead to believe.

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Something Deadly This Way Comes - Kim Harrison

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (May 24, 2011)

Technically dead 17-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.

I adore this series! Madison is stubborn, driven and determined. Madison is trying to settle into her role and the Dark Time Keeper. But she doesn't believe in the system. She doesn't want to reap people, she believes that people can change. She spends this book trying to prove she can do it, but things just seem to spiral further out of control. Things start to turn around when she get the Light Time Keeper's apprentice involved. they learn that light and dark working together can achieve what they want. The only problem is getting the powers that be and the other reapers to listen. 

Madison, Barnabus, and Nakita are great characters, they all have there strengths and weaknesses and what makes them so great together is that they balance each other out. While one might be head strong and willing to just leap without looking another is all about planning things about. It works for them. I also think that this addition to the story really showed off the growth of all of them.

I think that this is a fresh new series and it has me hooked,. I give this one 4 stars and strong suggest you guys give these books a try. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 12, 2011)

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Until now.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

I wanted to read this book, and I picked it up a few times and put it back down. I was afraid I wouldn't like it as much as the Darkest Powers books. Once I got past that fear I loved this book. Maya was pretty awesome! She is adopted, but happy and loved, she likes where she lives and has an afinity for animals. She takes care of injured animals and releases them back into the wild. Her best friend Daniel always has her back and is someone I would love to hang out with. I also really liked Rafe, even if he wasn't always doing what I thought he should be. 

Watching Maya and Daniel investigate the reporter who shows up in there tiny town was fun, yet a little spooky. And watching Maya and Rafe get to know eachother was both heart warming and frustrating. The end part of this book had me on the edge of my seat and flipping the pages until I hit the last one and just about cried becuase I wanted to keep reading. 

The story, setting, and characters sucked me in and kept me turning the pages. I learned something while reading this book, I should never doubt Kelley Armstrong! I give this one 5 stars!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Lani Taylor

Reading level: Ages 15 and up
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)

 Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
There was quite a bit of hype for this book, and I was anxious to get my hands on it. When I finally got it in my hott little hands I devoured it. I adored Karou, and how she knew her life wasn't normal, but she was happy anyway. I love her monster family! As she is running an errand for her "father" she encounters Akiva, he is beautiful, dangerous, and deadly. They fight, she runs, and he chases, he finds her a little later and somehow they get to know each other. This sparks off Karou learning who she really is. Now this is the part where some people say they lost interest. But I for one loved the second half just as much if not more than the first. I loved finding out the truth about Karou and her family. I also loved the releationship between Akiva and Karou. I want the next book now please. I want to know what happens to Karou and her family, and what will happen with her and Akiva. Now on a side not I really enjoyed learning why her "father" collected teeth. It think it was original and pretty cool. I give this one 5 stars!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1ST edition (December 6, 2011)

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, though 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.

I wasn't sure that this book could hold up to the first book, but wow it blew it away. There was so much to this story. I loved Will's story line and how it involoved Mangus was great, seeing all that cleared up some of the things said between Camille and Mangus in CoFA. I also loved every second that we spent with Jem!

Tessa is still trying to figure out what she is and I think we found out, and hopefully I'm right and Cassie will explain it in book 3. Now I for one was shocked yet not shocked by the betrayals in this book. And while Charolette's decisions must have been hard I am glad they were what they were. 

Cassie made me swoon, laugh, smile, and angry at Tessa. I am totally team Jem and if Tessa chooses will in the end I will gladly take Jem! I really can't wait for the next book I am so anxious to see how all of this wraps up! Will or Jem, What is Tessa? What happens to the bad guys?!? Ahhhhh....I need to know! I give this one 5 stars! And it might just have been my favorite book of 2011!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish
This week the list is Top Ten Book Quotes, this is another one that was hard to narrow down. I love quotes and there have been some great ones in the books I've read in the past few years.

1. “So what was that all about?"
"I think," Jace said, "that she asked if she could touch my mango."
"She said that?"
Jace shrugged. "Yeah, then she gave me her number.” 
― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

2. “Don't blame us," said my mother. "We didn't blow up half of Court, steal a dozen cars, call out a murderer in the middle of a crowd, or get our teenage friend crowned queen."

"Actually," said Abe, "I did blow up half of Court.” 
― Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice

3. “I loved you!" he yelled. He jumped up out of his chair so quickly I never saw it coming. "I loved you, and you destroyed me. You took my heart and ripped it up.” 
― Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice

4. “I can't believe you're here," she says, her voice soft. "I can't believe you found me."

"You found me first," he says, and when he leans to kiss her, it's slow and sweet and she knows that this will be the one she always remembers. Because while the other two kisses felt like endings, this one is unquestionably a beginning.” 
― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

5. “For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” 
― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

6. “The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there's no going back.” 
― Jess Rothenberg, The Catastrophic History of You and Me

7. “You know what, you need to stay out of my bedroom. You have your own.” He smiled. “I know I do. I see it quite often. I just prefer your bed. It smells better.” I made a face. “It smells better? What does your bed smell like? Regret and bad taste?” 
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pure

8. “Im not going to waste time being angry about things I cant control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.” 
― Jodi Meadows, Incarnate

9. “A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” 
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

10. “She was like the moon—part of her was always hidden away.” 
― Dia Reeves, Bleeding Violet

Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st ptg edition (April 5, 2011)

The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

This another book I put off reading. Although I only put this one off becuase I wanted to read Clockwork Angel first to get the full effect of these books. I am a huge TMI fan the first 3 books were amazing and this was no different. 

I must start by saying I <3 Simon! There is so much sarcasim, and witty banter and most of it involoves Simon. I also kinda feel sorry for Clary and Jace, they never catch a break, it can never just be easy for them. There was so much going on in this book, there was Simon and Izzy drama, Jace and Clary drama, and Alex and Mangus drama. We also got to see Camille again! 

One of the best parts of these books is just when I think I know what is going on everything changes! I liked the alternating prespectives which I also think added some tension towards the end. Speaking of the end! how could you do that to us Cassie!?! That ending was killer and I need more now!! 

I give this one 5 stars and am totally shouting from the rooftops "read these books if you haven't already"

Friday, May 4, 2012

Follow Friday (22) TGIF (2)

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: What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?
Ok so she may not be my favorite writer, I'm not even sure I have 1 favorite. I love alot of authors and alot of books! But for the sake of the question, I would have to thank Stephanie Meyer...I know I know but really. I always loved to read, but I got into a huge few year slump where I was only reading the 2 new V.C. Andrews releases that would come out in a year. While on facebook looking through the bumperstickers app I saw all these stickers for Twilight and I <3 Edward and such and I just had to know what it was all about, so I read Twilight and I was hooked, I devoured the rest of the series and went on a binge trying to find anything with vampires, were wolves and anything else that might go bump in the night. It sparked me to start really reading again. So thank you Stephanie Meyer for being exactly what I needed at the time to find my love of reading again! 

What would you ask?!?

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!

Literary Vacations: If you could take a trip this summer to any place within a fictional book, where would you go? Tell us about your summer dream vacation!
I would love nothing more than to spend a summer in Avalon with Laurell and Tamani from the Wings series by Aprilynn Pike. I loved it so much reading about her time there and I would love to just walk around and see the amazing sites and markets and maybe even attend school. Maybe while I am there I will grow a blossom and they would let me stay hehe. 

Where would you go?!? 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (25) Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock

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

My pick this week is...

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered. 
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf. 
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control. 
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk. 
Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

I am a sucker for a good werewolf story, and this sounds oh so good. I can't wait for it to come out!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May TBR List

Its that time again! The start of a new month, and what a month it is. Coming fresh off the heels of an amazing release day at the end of April, straight into a month full of awesome releases!  Angela over at Reading Angel has decided to do her Page Count Contest again for the month of May and I am hoping to remember to submit all my books this time hehe. I am looking forward to another month of great reading and a fun little challenge. Angela has also made a new button for her Page Count Contest that is more month to month friendly :)   So with a new month comes a new TBR List, and if I thought last months was crazy this months is even worse!

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Thumped by Megan McCafferty
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Destined by Aprilynn Pike
The List by Siobhan Vivian
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Until I Die by Amy Plum
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
Dreamless by Josphine Angelini
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Velveteen by Danial Marks
Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs
Regret by Elana Johnson

Last month I was pretty good and followed my list in the order it was written, but I'm not sure I can do that this month although I am going to try I seem to do better when I follow a structured list. Wish me luck guys, I know I won't get through the whole list but it will be nice to clear off a good chunk of my TBR pile :)
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