Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sneak Peek {2} The Vicious Deep – Zoraida Cordova

Welcome to Sneak Peek; a weekly post where I share the first sentence or paragraph of the book that I am currently reading. Feel free to play along and let me get a sneak peek at what you’re reading!

“I hear the first wave before I see it – 
     Hear the rumble of the sky that reaches down to the belly of the sea, hear the clouds that appear out of nowhere. They churn and curl inside themselves in big gray mouths across the sky. The sky that up to a few seconds ago was perfect and blue.”


Happy Reading,
Laura

The Weekly WrapUp {2}

Hi! Welcome to The Weekly WrapUp, where I bring the current blogging week to an end with a few words about what has happened over the course of the last week, any book activity, as well as any bookish news that I feel MUST be shared!

Words of the Week

It’s been another jam-packed week of cover reveals, which is super freaking awesome! I’m stoked for all three that I posted, and can’t wait to see what beauties await us next week!

Another purchase-less week for me in the book department. I was able to find some good ones on the shelves of my local library though! Book #4.5 of the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, Iron’s Prophecy, has it’s cover reveal and synopsis which you can read HERE. I haven’t read the entire series yet so I didn’t want to read the synopsis and ruin it for myself or others.

I’ve also posted my first giveaway (the link is below in the On the Blog section!) for a chance to win a copy of Crave by Melissa Darnell. Crave is the first book of The Clann Series, and if you love vampires then you best go enter…now!!

 I think that’s about it – so here’s to another upcoming week full of bookish wonderment!

Book Activity

From the Library (Click the title to go to the Goodreads page!)



My Life in Black & White – Natasha Friend
Unraveling – Unraveling #1 – Elizabeth Norris

On the Blog

Review {1} Fated – Soul Seekers #1 – Alyson Noel
Cover Reveal {5} Pivot Point – Kasie West
Giveaway {1} Crave – The Clann Series #1 – Melissa Darnell
My 5 {1} Characters Who’s Names I Like So Much I’d Choose Them For My Own Children
Book Stole My Look {1} Angelfire – Courtney Allison Moulton VS Defiance – CJ Redwine
Cover Reveal {6} Sever – The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3 – Lauren DeStefano
Cover Reveal {7} The Indigo Spell – Bloodlines #3 – Richelle Mead
Save the Date {1} Dark Water – Siren #3 – Tricia Rayburn
Sneak Peek {2} The Vicious Deep – Zoraida Cordova

Up Next

Say Anything {2} My Ideal Reading Spot
Review {2} Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

Bookish News

Currently Reading:
The Vicious Deep – Zoraida Cordova

Just Finished:
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Up Next: 
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Happy Reading!
Laura

Save the Date {1} Dark Water by Tricia Rayburn




Title: Dark Water
Author: Tricia Rayburn
Series: Siren #3
Publication Date: July 10th 2012 by EgmontUSA


What the Back of the Book Says

When seventeen-year-old Vanessa reunites with her biological mother, she faces the dilemma of a siren’s existence, that in order to survive she must endanger the lives of those she loves most.



My Thoughts

Siren was the first book that I read since probably reading The Little Mermaid as a little girl. Let’s just say … I LOVED IT! I connected with Vanessa instantaneously and I’ve been craving more of her story since finishing up Undercurrent. Vanessa and Simon have such a realistic relationship, and I am dying to know what happens now that secrets have been uncovered!!

Happy Reading,
Laura

Cover Reveal {7} The Indigo Spell – Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Expected Publication: February 12th 2013 by Razorbill

My Thoughts
The thing about the covers for both Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series is that they are super simple, with little amounts of clutter and fuss. I have no good or bad feelings about that. I feel the simplistic approach works wonderfully for this series because really, there is just so much going on in each book that it would be hard to not only choose one to focus on, but then to somehow represent it photographically. Nope, I’m good with simple. I do love the shade of ‘indigo’ that they’ve chosen to match the title, and it’s got me hoping that they release the synopsis soon! I’m about to finish The Golden Lily now, and I’m not sure how I’m going to wait until February for the next book. From what I hear, the ending is quite, cliff-hangerous (nope, that’s not a word but I used it anyway!)
What are your thoughts on the cover and the series so far? Love it or hate it, let me know!

Happy Reading,
Laura

Cover Reveal {6} Sever – Lauren DeStefano

Sever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3
Expected Publication: February 12th 2013 by Simon&Schuster Children’s Publishing

What the Back of the Book Says

What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20.

In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by “the Gatherers” to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.


But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.

My Thoughts
Seeing the cover of this book this morning when I woke up was just a little slice of my own personal heaven! I never would’ve picked up Wither all those years ago (OK, like two… but still!) had it not been for that absolutely amazingly wonderfully insanely beautiful cover! The green of this cover is gorgeous, and I’m still searching the cover for clues as to what Sever will bring us!!
What are your thoughts on the cover; and your hopes for the end of the series? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading,
Laura

Book Stole My Look {1}

Hi! Thanks for checking out Book Stole My Look. If you come across any similar covers feel free to email me at Thelittlepinkbookboutique@gmail.com. You’ll get the cred in the post as well!!
This Weeks Books Are:
Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton and Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine. 

I own Angelfire but have yet to read it. (I really need to work on my TBR Pile) The first impression that I get from both covers is that they appear to be fiery, redheaded, kick-ass heroines who don’t take any sass from anyone!

If you followed me over at My Enchanted Bookshelf, and if you’ve read a few posts I’ve got up here, then you’ll probably already know that I love covers that have very limited palettes, using just a few colors and working off of those for shading and lighting; and that more gothic-style covers really appeal to me. So it is most likely of no shock that I adore both of these covers. 


What I love about Angelfire is the background. What I get from it is ‘Tumultuous’. And from reading they synopsis on Goodreads, I definitely find that fitting since it deals with …an ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen… yep, I think it shows that. I also like the color and font used for the title. The softer color of the font shows that there is a subtle, softer side to Ellie, the main character. I think the placement is great as well for the title/author credit; leaving the top of the cover for the imagery. 

When it comes to Defiance‘s cover, I enjoy that a darker palette is used for all of the colors. There is no true white anywhere, even though a portion is lighter in color than most of the rest. I also love how if you look closely at the portion just above the title, you can see the fortress, or the walls of Baalboden lurking in the shadows. I believe the main character to be stealthy, light on her feet, maybe almost like a sniper or assassin. The font used is perfect as well. The trees in the background really pull me in for some reason. They are very realistic and beautifully done. They aren’t perky, happy branched trees. They hold an air of foreboding, mystery to them. Unfortunately Defiance doesn’t release until August 28th 2012 – but you can enter to win a copy on Goodreads.

Happy Reading,
Laura







My 5 {1}

Welcome to My 5! My 5 is a topic and then five choices pertaining to that topic. Feel free to comment below and play along!

Characters Who’s Names I like so much that I’d Choose Them for My Own Children

Girls
1. AislinnWicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
2. ClaraUnearthly – Cynthia Hand
3. AriaUnder the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi
4. EverEvermore – Alyson Noel
5. HavenEvermore – Alyson Noel

Boys
1. MasonVampire Academy – Richelle Mead
2. AshThe Iron King – Julie Kagawa
3. Chase Raised by Wolves – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
4. LucasStarcrossed – Josephine Angelini
5. LoganDefiance – C.J. Redwine

Happy Reading!
Laura

Giveaway {1} Crave by Melissa Darnell

I’m feeling quite generous today; and I also just cleaned off my bookshelves :)) Therefore, you benefit by getting the opportunity to win a paperback copy of Crave, the first book in The Clann Series by Melissa Darnell. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win!

The Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck & Happy Reading!
Laura

Cover Reveal {5} Pivot Point

Pivot Point
By: Kasie West
Series: Standalone
Release Date: February 13th 2013 by HarperTeen

What The Back of the Book Says

Reminiscent of the movie Sliding Doors, Pivot Point is about a girl who has the power to Search alternate futures. When faced with a life changing decision, she lives out six weeks of two different lives (in alternating chapters), both holding the potential for love, loss, and must ultimately choose which path she is willing to live through.
My Thoughts

This seems like a unique take on ‘time-traveling’ and I am really excited to read it and see how the author executes the action in the book. I adore time-travel novels, and I think we all have wished at one time or another, what would happen if we chose a different path in our lives. I am very curious to see how the main character handles the two options, and what her deciding factors will be when she chooses which pathway to follow.
What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!
Laura

Review {1} Fated by Alyson Noel


Title: Fated
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: The Soul Seekers #1
Rating: Did Not Finish

Edition: 352 pages; hardcover
Published: May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Obtained: Library
Categories: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Spirit Animals, Urban Fantasy, Living vs Dead, Good vs Evil, Demons

What the Back of the Book Says



The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before…but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.


My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed Noel’s The Immortals Series, and still have the final two books to read with high hopes. The issue I had with Fated wasn’t Noel’s writing, or even the story she was telling, because honestly I enjoy her style, and the plot of the story is very interesting and I’ve been looking forward to reading Fated since Noel announced it. I think the premise is very unique and different from other YA books out there.

The main hang-up I had is the overall pace and layout of the book. I felt that the story was very slow to develop, even though things moved kind of quickly. The parts where I feel more time should’ve been taken I felt were rushed over; and parts that could’ve gone more quickly, were slow. Those are the factors which I believe contributed to me not being fully engaged in Daire’s story. As far as the layout being unsatisfying, I felt that the story went a little backwards because the first part was about Daire learning who she is, and what she will become; and then she’s suddenly thrust into the life of a high schooler. Maybe it was just me, but I felt if the plot was arranged a little differently it could’ve increased the likeability for me.

I had trouble connecting to the characters as well. It’s not that I disliked Daire’s character, I just couldn’t really get that connection with her that I would’ve preferred. I enjoyed Paloma’s character, and accepted Jennika as well. I am curious to see how things develop with the Richter brothers, however, and for this reason alone I’m pretty sure I will end up picking Fated up again in the future.

I love the cover for the book; however, with the varying shades of purple, and the crows in the background that play a large part in Daire’s story. I also love Daire’s dreamcatcher earrings and would love a pair!

Additional Info

You Should Read This Book if You Like: The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel, Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Starling by Lesley Livingston, Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London, Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen, Undeadly by Michele Vail

Buy Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Happy Reading,
Laura