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A Written Rhapsody: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

"A total meltdown. The whole school watching. Now Poppy’s an ex-straight-A with no Plan B. 

When Poppy Johnson throws away a full scholarship to Columbia, she can only blame the jelly beans. The yucky green ones? Midnight cram sessions and Saturday’s spent studying. The delicious red? The family legacy: Columbia, and a future in finance. Except now it’s starting to look like Poppy’s jelly bean theory is wrong. School has been her life until, but maybe it’s time to start living now. 

Poppy has thirty days to try a new life. No school, no studying. Just jumping into every possible world. Thirty days to find her passion, her path, and maybe even love. The Jelly Bean Crisis is officially on." 

I absolutely love color! This cover is so pretty with the subtle color differences that all work together. I could totally stare at this cover for a while. I think it has a weird feeling of hope to it. Jelly beans coming out of dark skies would definitely solve a bad day for me. What do you all think about the released cover?


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. 
Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one."
I took my sweet little time with this book because I just didn't want it to end. Brashares is one of my favorite authors for the way she writes. I read the earlier Sisterhood novels one after another because I grew so attached to the characters, so knowing that this would was the last one made it harder to let it go. I think my library was getting tired of me continuously checking this book out (sorry people who were waiting for it).

If I were in a relationship with this book, this is where I'd totally break-up with it because of the emotional turmoil this particular story put me through.  Seriously, damn Brashares for getting to know me and waiting for my walls to come down before breaking my heart!

What I loved most about this book was how true it stayed to characters and real emotion. For someone who has finished college and had friends move all around the country, I completely understand the feeling of estrangement from people you've grown up with or known for years. It sucks and really feels like you're lost going through life at times. This entire series showed how people can change throughout their lives. Whether it was a good or bad change, I appreciated Brashares for showing those sides to usually lovable characters.

I'm sure this will be a great read for a fan of the series. I don't think the book could have the same emotional response without reading the others first. Though everything has officially ended with this Sisterhood, I small part of me hopes that years from now it'll somehow continue for the purpose of being brought back into their world. If we're being honest, I'm still not ready to let it go...


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Follower Fridays #16

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her. 

A: Okay, I haven't completed the series, but the first person that came to mind for me was Brenna in Liz Reinhardt's Brenna Blixen series. She was awesome, witty and kickass...Then then Junk Miles (holy jeebus the arms...) happened and I wanted to bop her in the head until she stopped acting like a dummy. I hate when girl characters I admire start turning into people I shake my head at. However, I think she'll redeem herself in the last...I just need to read it. What about you all?

Edit: Wanted to clear up that this series is actually awesome! I love it even if I want to kick Brenna Blixen at times because the book makes me emotional for the characters. The series makes you care. So yes, it's a series to definitely check out!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Masquerade Read-Along Week #4

1. Heven develops a new “supernatural power”. She remarks that it isn’t that exciting of a power. Is this a power you would like to have, if not what kind of supernatural power would you like to have? 
     -I don't think I'd want the power myself, but I also think it's a pretty cool power to have. I think it's something that will definitely come into play later on. As for a power I would want hmm... Can I just be like Peter Petrelli and absorb powers? Otherwise, I'd say the control of elements. 
2. Which character do you think makes the biggest internal change throughout the course of this book?  Is there a situation in your life that you can reflect back on as an experience that changed your life for the better?
-I'd say Heven has likely had the most change of all while trying to become the person she once was. I can't really pinpoint one main event. I truly think anything that happens in your life/ people you meet all impact you in some shape or form. 
3. Who is your favorite character and why?
- Sam has been one of my favorites just because he's so accepting and non-judgmental.
4. When the book ends the reader has an idea of what the next book will involve. Do you think the book ended in the appropriate place?  
-Yeah it definitely did. It slightly wrapped things up while also leaving room for further mystery for future books. 
5. Do you have any predictions for the next book in the series, Charade?
-I don't really know. I'm sure there will be more evil lurking. Oh and I think Heven's power will come into the story.  
6. Did you enjoy participating in this read along?  Will you join in future read alongs? 
-This was a different and fun experience! I'd definitely be open to participating in something like this again.

How did you all like the ending?


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Redheads Are Soulless by Heather M. White

High school senior, Sofia Black, has had a very hard life. Since her father's death 7 years ago, she has had to look after her drug addicted, alcohlic mother. School isn't any better for her either. The other kids constantly tease, and ridicule her. All she wants is to get out of her small hometown in Alabama. 

When new student, Jason, shows up, Sofia's world is turned upside down. She doesn't understand why he wants to befriend her so badly... And, just when she thinks she can trust him, trouble appears. 

Jason's twin brother, Robbie, moves into town, and things go haywire. Sofia is now running for her life - and Jason is forced to share hidden secrets with her. She learns the truth about her father's death, and finds out that she may not be as "human" as she once thought. She struggles to accept her fate, while fighting for her life.
Man, do I wish I could be a redhead. This cover is soooo pretty! Too bad I'd look way awkward with red hair. I'm always envious of redheads! Seriously, I won't lie; I totally stare like a creeper sometimes. I can't wait to see what this book is really about! I'm intrigued, what do you guys think?


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #21 - Bonds of Fenris

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 


I'm pretty sure this is going to be my favorite book quote this month, so I had to share it with you all.

“As a child, you can wish for anything. But as you grow up, one by one your wishes slip away from you, becoming unattainable. You pick and choose the most precious to hold on to, and let the silly ones, the dumb ones, the less-than-thrilling ones fade into oblivion. But then you’re down to only the precious ones. And when life asks you to give up another, what do you do? How do you decide which of your precious wishes is the most important?” ~ Bonds of Fenris by S.J. Bell


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
 But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Okay, I feel like I'm going to get hate mail when I say the next statement I'm about to make. Please don't hurt me...

I wasn't a huge fan of Julie Kagawa. *Hides under a table and waits for the yelling to subside* I've only read The Iron King so far so I'm not very far in the whole fey fandom series or whatever you want to call it. It was enjoyable, but I wasn't blown away.

I will admit that I was a little hesitant to pickup The Immortal Rules because I get tired of vampires even if they are intriguing. Plus, since I wasn't amazed with the fey I was afraid I wouldn't like this book. However, I was wrong and this series has definitely made me a Kagawa fan while reminding me why I was a vampire lover to begin with.

What I loved most about this book was that while developing a world of havoc, Kagawa brought in the elements of vampires without losing focus on either story. I learned about the world around Allison, our main character, while learning about the world she'd grown up in. Without giving anything away, I really appreciated that we were able to see what a character would go through when transitioning into another life. Allison is a pretty kick ass heroine who took time to connect with, but was enjoyable to read nonetheless. There are a lot of side characters whom you'll either hate or love, but they all add a little something to the story. The writing was detailed, yet not overly done.

The story is dark, twisted gore filled awesomeness! It even has zombie like creatures who want to do nothing more than go NOMNOM on your face!

This book will appeal to Kagawa fans easily, but if you're not a Kagawa fan or unfamiliar with her I'd definitely say this story is worth the read. If Kagawa's vampires are going to be the next big thing in the vampire world, I'm all in.

This book was provided for review by the publisher through NetGalley.


Weapons of Mad Distortion- The Crystal Method
Temptation Waits - Garbage
Bullet With Butterfly Wings- The Smashing Pumpkins-
Cold- Static-X

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

Whooo! 24 hour read-a-thon cram session! Who else is participating? This is where I'll be updating throughout the day. So ya know, stalk away...I like it.

Here is what I will be attempting to complete for the read-a-thon: (I'm realistically probably only going to read two of these, but I'm putting down three because ya never know!)

Bonds of Fenris - 233 pages ~ Finished 135 pages
Casey Barnes Eponymous - 220 pages ~Finished

Total: 822 pages

Update: This is going slower than expected, but I AM readying. Almost done with the first book.

Final Update: I didn't get as much done as I wanted because I kept getting distracted and it was such a nice day yesterday from the crappy weather we've been having. I also fell asleep around 2 a.m. because it was pretty impossible for me to focus on what was going on in the book anymore. Not a total success as I wanted to finish two books minimum. How did you all do?

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? -Actually, most of it was okay. It was really the last hour I stayed up that was really hard to focus. I had to keep going, "Okay, 5 more pages..."
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? -I thought the set up was great this year, I enjoyed myself. 
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? - Well, I can't really compare it to other years since this is the first year I've participated, but I liked the whole idea of cheering and the hourly contests.
  5. How many books did you read?-1.5 books
  6. What were the names of the books you read? - Casey Barnes Eponymous and Bonds of Fenris.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?- I'm only half way through Bonds, but Casey Barnes was pretty enjoyable with a pretty awesome playlist.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?- Neither really.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? - I was a cheerleader, I wasn't able to complete too many but I'd say coming up with cheers beforehand is the way to go. I'd leave a normal comment and then as a joke a corny cheer. 
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? - Pretty likely to participate again. I really enjoyed myself. If I'm still blogging I'd probably like to host a contest possibly. 

End Total: 355 pages


Friday, April 20, 2012

Giveaway & Playlist: Narrative Loserdom: From Journal One by Ryan Collins

Justin Taggart doesn’t know anything (about being a loser). He likes girls and plays sports and has some friends. Unfortunately his fear of rejection outweighs his ability to deal with these well. Mostly there’s Sterling, the girl of his dreams who knows how to stop his heart by not knowing he likes her. Another thing is trying to get money with Adam, who’s rich anyway so it’s more about hanging out. As for Justin, he makes ends meet by mowing people’s yards with Adam, and sometimes by breaking into vending machines and selling late-night cable programming to peers (also with Adam). But it’s not like he doesn’t feel bad about it, since Jesus died for his sins. School is pretty terrible with all the work and practice, but there are a few people there worth mentioning. Anyone who picks up his journal will be in for something, if they feel like getting through a lot of grammar and spelling problems. They’ll probably end up seeing that they shouldn’t have looked at it anyway, because this is someone’s private anthem of girls, grass, and loserdom.
Ryan Collins was awesome enough to compile a playlist for his book! I gotta say, compiling this playlist was amazing because if you're like me and in your mid-20's, it's like reliving all the songs from high school all over again. Seriously, I can't tell you how many times I said " I loved this song!" while watching videos for this post. Amazing. What's even better than awesome playlists for books? That's right, giveaways! Below enter to win an ebook copy of Narrative Loserdom : From Journal One. Contest will end May 3rd at 11: 59 p.m.

  1.  She's So High - Tal Bachman
  2. Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
  3. When I Come Around - Green Day
  4. Everywhere - Michelle Branch
  5. I'm Real - Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule
  6. Fat Lip - Sum 41
  7. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
  8. Whenever, Wherever - Shakira
  9. Ironic - Alanis Morissette
  10. Warning- Green Day
  11. Graduate - Third Eye Blind
  12. Losing a Whole Year - Third Eye Blind
  13. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  14. Colorblind - Counting Crows
  15. A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
  16. Don't Let Me Get Me - Pink
  17. By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  18. 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix) - Gorillaz
  19. Caribou - Pixies

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Masquerade Read-Along Week # 3

1. Heven’s mother has definite ideas about Heven and her scars – what they mean – and their relationship is strained. Do you think their relationship can be saved?

-I think they can eventually work it out, but it'll definitely be a while. What the mother said was hurtful, so I'd understand if Heven didn't forgive her. Their relationship seemed to be okay before the accident so I think maybe they can work through their troubles at some point way down the line.

 2. Sam tells Heven about how he came to be living on his own, how his parents kicked him out after he became what he is. He doesn’t seem angry though, he seems to accept it. Would you be angry? Do you think he should be?

-I think has every right to be angry if he chooses to. Personally, I think I'd be angry for a bit but slowly come to terms with it. I usually tend to accept things after a little time and just go with whatever life throws at me.

3. During these chapters, Heven and Sam visit the Inbetween and meet Airis (aka The Hope). Were you surprised by this series of events? Do you think a place like the InBetween really exists?

-It was a nice little twist in the story, so yes I was a little surprised. I'd like to think a place like it does exist. The idea of a waiting room of sorts is pretty funny if you really think about it. It's like you can never get away from being put on hold.

4. When Heven’s scars are no longer a part of her and she says “she no longer recognizes herself” – do you think that the absence of her scar will change her once more?
-I think/hope it'll make her more appreciative of the things she has. I'm sure she'll change to an extent, but I think it'll be for the better.

 5. Gran is very accepting of Heven and of Sam. Do you think that she understands more – knows more than she lets on about Heven’s life or do you think her love is just unconditional?

-I think it's a little of both. I think Gran's love is definitely unconditional, but I also definitely think there's more to what she does know. I hope more of the story will unfold more of the family secrets.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Finding your eternal soulmate - easy. Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much… 

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems.'s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close.... But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
Finally, part deux of this series has come out and we can all get our Bremma(Brendan + Emma) fixes on once again! I couldn't wait to get my tiny hands on this once it was available for request on NetGalley.

The book pretty much picks up where we left off, and this couple can't just find a little down time to relax from crazy psycho people. We meet with all the characters I've come to love (and hate) from the first book. Was Brendan as swoonlicious as last time? Uh, chyea! The relationship is in full force and they're still as cute as ever.

The book does have a slow start, but since I've grown to love the characters, it was something I was able to ignore because I wanted more. Though I enjoyed the new point of view from Angelique, I wished there was more of it. The way it was presented in the book felt sporadic since it was only two or three times. I almost wish Shultz had included all the secondary characters point of views to get a better feel for them instead of the main characters.

I appreciated how this story let the witchy elements come out to play because it was definitely lacking in the first book.  Though the writing was still witty, something about the characterization of the main characters felt a little off to me. I missed the funny quips and comebacks I loved from Emma. Also, I agree that Brendan is one hot piece of literary man candy, but hearing how every girl he came across thought so in Emma's perspective got a little old. Lastly, I really wished I wasn't told so much about the first book in this book. I understand the author needs to touch on things that happened in the first for new people, but I felt there was a little too much rehashing done through this book.

Overall the second book in this series was an enjoyable read. With a little more added magic, Shultz stays true to the feel of the series and keeps the book interesting with all the plot twists. If you're a fan of the series then it's definitely worth a read.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox #10

Hosted By:The Story Siren

For Review:

Casey Barnes Eponymous- I'm so ridiculously excited to read this book! Books + Music!! Eeeks. Thanks to the author for giving me a copy!



The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Needing to get free shipping on Amazon gave me the opportunity to buy myself a the form of Noah Shaw :D


Brought to you by Amanda @ Letters Inside Out because she's a crazy awesome bestie!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Follower Friday # 15

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

A: The upcoming movie release I'm so nervous about is The Host. I love that book more than Twilight, and with how much Twilight totally failed I'm really hoping it doesn't repeat itself. However, I'm kind of picky with movie adaptations because they're usually never as good as the book. What about you all?


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Masquerade Read-Along Week # 2

1. Sam is admittedly drawn to Heven before they even meet. Why do think this is?

-I think it's because he feels a sense of responsibility to her. Plus, I think her personality before had a lot to do with it. She had a very charismatic way about her that made people gravitate to her. 
2. In an earlier chapter The Hope states that Sam must prove himself. During these chapters Sam does some things – bad things – (covering up murder, fighting, hiding a body, etc.) all to protect Heven and his true identity. Do you think he was right to do these things?

-I don't think he was right to do the things he did, but I also think he had good intentions. However, I don't see how he was protecting Heven and his identity when he took action.
3. In chapter twelve Kimber says some thing’s to Heven that make the reader wonder about their friendship. Do you think there is any truth Kimber’s drunken confessions? If so where do you think Heven and Kimber’s friendship goes from here?

-I thought Heven forgave Kimber pretty quickly for the things she said. I think Kimber was just insecure in a way. I think maybe there was some truth to what she said, but I think it was unreasonable to be jealous of it. Kimber could be the same way if she wanted to, but she decided to stay in the shadows herself. Well since Heven forgave her in an instant, I guess their friendship goes on normally.
4. Heven is changing, becoming more confident. Do you think that after something like this (her accident and disfigurement) happens to someone that she can ever go back to the person she was before? Do you think she will want to?

-I think she can if she really wanted to. I know it would be hard, but there aren't really any reasons not to since everyone has been accepting. 
5. Toward the end of these set of chapters, Heven finds out Sam’s secret, who he really is. She has a strong reaction. Do you think you would react the same way? Why or why not?
-I think her reaction is pretty understandable since he lied to her and it was something unbelievable. However, I don't know if I would go to the point of possible suicide when he changed and wasn't doing anything to hurt her.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Forget the Storm by Tyler Hilton

  1. Kicking My Heels 
  2. Prince of Nothing Charming 
  3. Loaded Gun 3:40
  4. You'll Ask for Me 
  5. Jenny feat. Elizabeth Huett 
  6. Can't Stop Now 
  7. Ain't No Fooling Me 
  8. Leave Him 
  9. I Belong 
  10. Hey Jesus 
Having to go to three places to find a store that sold this CD here is ridiculous, but totally worth it!  Finally releasing another full-length album since 2004, Hilton shows off his talent in a variety of songs to prove he's not just a guitarist with kick ass hair.

The opening tracks, "Kicking My Heels" and "Prince of Nothing Charming" open with Hilton's usual raw voice, but starts off on a much slower tempo that lets a listener get ready for the rest of the album. Though it opens slow, "Kicking My Heels" is a great starter that's pretty impossible to not sing along with.

"Loaded Gun" is where the party really starts on this album with a gritty sound that flirts with listeners because of lyrics like, "the way you looking so good in that cotton dress / there's just no telling what I'll do next." This song is probably one of the more creative songs with the play on words throughout the song that is sure to be a fan favorite.

Releasing a studio version of a popular acoustic Hilton song, "You'll Ask For Me" flows well with the album giving the song a more country edge. The remaining songs are more reminiscent of Hilton's earlier sound on "The Tracks Of". The song goes back to its hard rock feel after more emotional songs of, "Jenny" and "Can't Stop Now" with "Ain't No Fooling Me" having a very Arrow's, "I Love Rock and Roll" type of aura about it.

With only ten tracks on this album, my only real complaint is that I wanted not only more songs, but more of Tyler's acoustic work I've come to love. Seriously Hilton, an acoustic of "Loaded Gun" and I'll be the happiest person EVER.

With all the delays this album went through it was well worth the wait. This album is worth checking out if you're a fan looking for some pop rock with light country flavor and relatable yet fun lyrics.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teaser Teasdays # 20- The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 


I'm going to do more than two sentences this week. Yeah, I'm a rebel like that. 

"I still had one more question, but something told me I wasn’t going to like the answer.
His smoky eyes burned into mine as I took a deep, nervous breath.
“What’s the last stop?”
He nodded toward the open door. “Welcome to forever.” ~The Catastrophic History of You and Me By Jess Rothenberg pg. 32

Monday, April 9, 2012

Intangible by J. Meyers

"Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift. 

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it."

This book was definitely different from what I was expecting, and that isn't a bad thing. We're tossed into a fearful scene from the beginning and end up having to work our way backwards. 

Meyers creates a supernatural world that is easy to get lost in even if at times a little far-fetched. Sera and Luke Raine are a pair that you're able to easily care for in a short amount of time. Both main characters are kind-hearted individuals. Luke is definitely the standout character between the two as he takes on the responsibility to change the visions he sees. Even through his troubled visions, he's always a light-hearted character. Overall, both main characters immediately pull a reader into their lives where you want to know more. We're also introduced to a number of side characters as the story unfolds. Fey, the best friend, is a fiercely loyal character who has secrets of her own. Jonas was probably the most interesting side character of all as a vampire. What I liked most about the side characters were that the reader was left to decide who was seen as good and bad. Marc was the only character who fell short for me throughout the book. His characterization was good, but I don't feel he added a lot to the actual story.

The story is told through a number of character views which really helps bring the supernatural world together. With all the different powers throughout the book, character are given a chance to be the center of attention. The multiple point of views do get a little confusing at times when trying to figure out whose head you're in, but with all the different personalities it's still enjoyable. 

The overall story is a refreshing take on supernatural powers. Though the pacing could use a little work at times, I was always intrigued to find out what would happen next. The conclusion does give closure to the main story, but it also introduces aspects for the story to possibly continue. If you're looking for a change from usual YA, Intangible is definitely worth a read. 


Emily Browning- Sweet Dreams
Green River Ordinance- Healing Touch

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox #9

Hosted By:The Story Siren

For Review:


Dark Kiss(NetGalley)-*pets cover*

Huge thanks to Wunderkind PR, Little Brown, Harlequin, and S.J. Bell!


The Ghost and the Goth- I don't remember when I ordered this from the library, but I apparently did and got it this week. Looks like it'll be a fun read during free time!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Follower Fridays # 14

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

A: I haven't before, but I've always believed in checking things out regardless of reviews. I think people should make a decision for themselves. I'd use the review for feedback, but a bad review wouldn't influence my decision to read it or not. In the end it all comes down to being interested in the subject matter.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Masquerade Read-Along Week # 1

If you were disfigured like Heven (by some sort of accident) do you think you would have reacted the same way as her? (loss of self confidence, hiding yourself, etc)

A: I think her reaction is definitely understandable under her circumstances, but I don't think I'd be a as down as she was. I understand vanity is important to her, but I think she let it control her life too much.

Do you think that Kimber’s plan for revenge against Cole (for kissing another girl) is a good idea?

A: Worst idea ever! For a girl who loves him, I thought she was pretty immature to do it.

In the beginning chapters, Heven is very drawn to Sam but won’t admit it due to her own insecurities. Kimber begins to “date” Sam… do you think that Heven should have spoken up? Do think Kimber should have seen Heven’s real feelings? 

A: Yes, at some point I think she should've at least hinted to it. However, I can understand why she didn't with her insecurities. Kimber seemed to live in a more positive type of world than Heven, so no I don't think she should've noticed because Heven always acted the same.

Masquerade is broken in four separate POV’s: Heven, Sam, The Hate and The Hope. Do you think having multiple POV’s adds depth to the story? Why or why not? 

A: I think it will later on when things are cleared up. At this point in the book it's just keeps me confused to what is really going on.

A great source of strength for Heven is her grandmother. Who do you think yours is/would be?

A: I think my greatest strength or support system would be my family and friends. I know they're always around for me if I was to ever need that kind of help.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

"Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind. 

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why. 

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race?"

I'm a girl who loves her zombies! I love the funny walking, the crazy demented looks...everything. I mean I'd probably die in a zombie apocalypse from laughing so much, but I enjoy it nonetheless. I had really high hopes for this book too, but it just didn't make my day. 

I enjoyed the story, but my main issue was the jumping back in forth in time. I wanted to know why Peyton did some things, but I honestly stopped caring after a while. A lot of the chapters referring to the past seemed like filler and added nothing to the story.  Peyton was a pretty kick ass character that I wished they explored more. The character of Chase was interesting to a point because Mancusi showed the other side of being in a world of chaos and what that can do to a person. However, them together was annoying to no end. Their relationship was repetitive and borderline obsessive. The use of the word "goddess" gets old real quick, that's all I'll say.

For being in a zombie infested area, I found the characters made a lot of dumb decisions. I don't know who thinks "Oh hey, I'm tired I probably shouldn't have zombies attack me...Aw, what the hell! It'll be fun." Really Peyton? That's what you're going to do? I hope something bites you IN THE FACE! 

I enjoyed the writing to an extent, but it was a lot of story telling than it was showing. Personally, I enjoy the action of a zombie story; I don't want to be told what happens. As a closing, the final chapter made me feel like I wasted my time. The premise of the book is well developed, however these flaws make the story sadly fail. 

System of a Down- Lonely Day


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tune in Teasers

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 


His eyes rolled back into his head, hands clenched into fists at his sides as his mind formed one thought, and one thought only. That he wished he were dead. ~ Intangible by J. Meyers pg. 20

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Ross Copperman- Bleeding Love 

It's Ross Copperman! I love this guys voice. I was so happy I was finally able to buy this cover of his. His voice is always full of emotion when he sings. If an artists would ever have to write me a song(because ya know, that happens in real life) he'd definitely be a top pick. His lyrics never hold back to me. He always just puts emotions out there in a poetic way even if it's the sappiest thing ever! He can seriously do no wrong in my book.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal

"It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with Pilot, the lifeguard with shamanic skills. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts."

This book was definitely way different than I was thinking it would be. Not to say that it was misleading, just different. Right off the bat we're introduced to a plain old teen who moves to Rhode Island to start anew after a family break-up.

Being in a new surrounding she meets Pilot, a quiet lifeguard who rarely speaks. Honestly, I found his character to be annoying. I'm fine with quiet characters; I just didn't understand why he was. Sirena on the other hand is a decently likable character who seemed very laid back. This is kind of the point where I wasn't really into the book. It started off good enough, but just wasn't developed enough for me to really understand where it was going. The story had everything to be interesting, but failed to be developed and had a weird pace.

I think this book was really trying to be deep, but just had to work on a few more things to get to that point. The characters are well thought out, but overall I think this book isn't going to go over well with the majority of its readers.

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