Monthly Archives: October 2012

Book Stole My Look {8} Brenna Yovanoff Edition

So I wanted to change the scope of my Book Stole My Look posts to include more cover-related posts than just ones that look alike – without having to create an entirely new meme. So for today, I am doing a post that is all about one author’s book covers.

Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Books: The Replacement | The Space Between | Paper Valentine

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in a crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps to find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this? Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able to move on with her life – and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
My Thoughts: I bought The Replacement based on the cover alone – and then I read the back and realized that I would most likely end up falling in love with the story. Of course it’s still on my TBR list, as is The Space Between, but I’ve never heard anything but awesome things about Yovanoff’s books. I recently saw the cover for Paper Valentine and fell immediately in cover lust with it. How absolutely gorgeous and detailed is that?! I don’t know why, but it to me has a Tim Burton-esque vibe to it. They all have such a creepy, mysterious vibe to them that I would love to just blow up the images and hang them on my wall!! I love, love, love how they all use a very limited array of colors which I think adds an air of eeriness – keeping it limited to blacks, whites, and grays and then using red as the main “color” I find is ingenious! 
What do you think?
Happy Reading!

Review {13} Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Information: September 4th 2012 by HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover, 306 pages
Acquisition: Borrowed/Library
Categories: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Demons, Witches, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Rating: 3.25/5.00 | Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5.00
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says: In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition, Aya and Kaled would both face bleak futures – if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.
All Mallory knows of The City is that her father – and every other witch there – fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.
My Thoughts: The incredible world-building that made me fall in love with Marr’s Wicked Lovely series is what hooked me from the beginning of Carnival of Souls and kept me going to the last page. I was absolutely blown away by The City, the world that Marr created that is inhabited by daimons. The story alternates between Aya, Kaleb, and Mallory. I didn’t really connect with the characters as much as I’d hoped. If any character stood out to me, it would be Kaleb. He was the most three dimensional with tons of emotions and strength. He was willing to do anything to keep himself and his packmate, Zevi, safe and his love for Mallory is tangible.
Mallory wasn’t a character I could really connect with. She was kept in the dark as to who her father is, and what her true heritage is. That part is understandable, but the scenes with Mallory just really didn’t do anything to make me like her. Aya was a decent character, I liked her and could get into her story. She has tons of secrets and there is so much going on that isn’t within her control. 
The plot of the story was completely unique and not like anything I’d ever read before, which kept me motivated to devour the entire book as quickly as possible. I did find a few things predictable, and there wasn’t a whole lot of action other than the fights in the Carnival of Souls, which was the first half of the book. I felt that the book lost just a tiny bit of steam in the second half. There are so many themes and elements that are different than most other books so it stays fresh and new through the entire book. I felt that the book deserved more than a 3 star rating, because I really did enjoy it. I didn’t love it enough for 4 stars though, so I felt that a 3.25 rating is perfect, even though I try not to give out odd ratings! I love the cover of the book and everything about it, and I’m excited to see what happens in book #2.
If you liked this, read this: The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson | Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong | The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd | Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff | Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal {18} A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #2 | Other Books in the Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Publication Information: July 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen
Edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Categories: Young Adult, Horror, Zombies, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Second in Series
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says: Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermoath. But there’s more trouble ahead – the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.
My Thoughts: I haven’t gotten to read book 1 yet, but I’ve got plenty of time to do that before this Summer 2013 release. I think the cover of this book is so freaking amazing that I want it just for the cover art! That dress is just incredible, and I love the background – the colors used in the clock are so perfect and complement the dress wonderfully. I find the placement and font of the title great as well, it’s simple yet has an air of mystery around it that fits perfectly with the art.
What do you think?
Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal {17} The Ward by Jordana Frankel

The Ward
Author: Jordana Frankel
Expected Publication: April 30th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Categories: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Apocalyptic/Post Apocalyptic, Debut Novel, Romance
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says:

Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.
Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling – perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.
My Thoughts: There’s not much that I don’t like so far about this book! The synopsis sounds pretty awesome – and I’ve had it on my Goodreads ‘To Read’ list for awhile – and I think the cover is pretty sweet too! This is also by the same publisher that brought us the amazingess that is Divergent, so I have high hopes for this one. I’m definitely excited to read this one – what do you think?
Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal {16} Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Goddess
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #3 | Other Books in the Series: Starcrossed #1 Dreamless #2
Publication Information: May 28th 2013 by Harper Teen
Edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Categories: Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Greek Mythology, Supernatural, Romance, Young Adult, 3rd in Series.
I’m not going to post the synopsis up here for the third book in the series because I haven’t yet read Dreamless, so I don’t want to ruin it for myself! But feel free to check it out on Goodreads via the link above.
So wow, I’m in love with this cover! It’s so beautiful! I think it might be my favorite, and then Starcrossed, and then Dreamless. It’s so brilliant and vivid and the shadows and highlights in the colors are incredible. I’m not really a huge fan of how simple the title font is, and where the placement is though. I almost feel like its this awesome cover and then a not so awesome title that you’re just stuck looking directly at first because it’s right in the middle of the cover. But whatever, I don’t think it necessarily takes anything away from what’s behind it!
So what are your thoughts? Love it or hate it?
Happy Reading,

Non-Bookish Post: I got myself a new journal!

So I know that this isn’t book related news, but I still wanted to share because I have been wanting a new journal for awhile now and finally broke down and got one.
First things first – I am a total notebook addict. I’m not joking, I’ve got plain 1-subject and 3-subject spiral notebooks stashed all over my room, and that’s not counting the cute ones that I stocked up on when Borders closed AND the ones I still get on clearance at Barnes & Noble. Sheesh. So why did I need a new journal???  Okay, maybe it’s just me, but I have to feel connected to the journal in order to really use it, and to do that I always decorate them with stickers, scrapbook paper, etc. Plus, I’ve been seeing tons of mixed media journals and stuff around the web and Pinterest so I kind of wanted a journal with a different vibe. 
My first thoughts were to finally buy a Wreck This Journal. There I was at Target, the red covered one in my hand. It was $12.99 and I was making a beeline for the register, deciding I’d actually put back Taylor Swift’s new CD, Red, I mean my car radio doesn’t even work so where could I even listen to it? So I somehow got sidetracked in the cat aisle, and then I started peeking through the Wreck This Journal in my hand. I still think it’s a kick ass idea, I truly do. But I kept thinking, why am I paying for this when I could really just go buy my own notebook and make up my own tasks to do? For those who don’t know what Wreck This Journal is, it’s basically a book that each page tells you to do something different like fling, spill, or spit your coffee on one page, write backwards on another, collect fruit stickers, anything with the letter W, take it in the shower with you (yep), sleep with it, and so on. 
So anyway, I wandered from the cat stuff to the card aisle and stumbled upon the Smash Books. I remember seeing it at Michaels and really liking the premise, so I decided what the hoodle (I really said that too, standing there in Target with the panda bear hat I also bought in my hand) and paid for the few things I had and then walked two stores over to Michaels and used a 40% off coupon for a pink bound Smash Book. Yay! I also bought a few accessories for it.
So without further ado, here is my new Smash Book…
Adorbs, right?! I had to decorate it, personalize it up because it was way too plain. I started by tracing all of that floral pattern on the brown cardboardish part. It’s like 3d but all one color so I grabbed a pink sharpie and helped it out! Then I stuck on the Kawaii and owl stickers I found at Target for $0.99 each [how funny is the bling bling bowtie wearing banana in the corner? haha] and voila! Fun! I haven’t named her yet though. I have this weird obsession with having to name EVERYTHING. 
I also bought a little stamp for it which is like those old school date stampers that like a librarian would use to check out your books back in the day before we had fancy computers, lol. So you can date anytime you write in it, PLUS it has 10 funny phrases that you can stamp as well: *smashed, STOLEN, Oh, Snap!, I {heart} this, today is, that warrants a fist pump, mad props, a blank square box, happy place, hot mess, and to do. I’ll have fun with this! I also got 4 different pockets that you can glue on a page and store things in it, as well as a few cute envelopes to glue on pages, and some fun sticky notes you can put on things. I’ll put more pics up if anyone is interested, because each page is different. Some are prompts, others are just pretty scrapbookish patterns to do whatever you want on. Either way, I’m going to have TONS of fun with this!!!
Do any of you have journals? If so, do you decorate them like I do and/or name them? 
Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal {15} Gameboard of the Gods

Gameboard of the Gods
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X #1
Publication Information: June 4th 2013 by Dutton Adult
Edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Categories: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says: In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.
My Thoughts: I know that this is actually an adult title, BUT come on, it’s Richelle Mead! And really, that description sounds pretty awesome! I think the cover is great, it’s super simple, a very limited amount of colors and very bare. I think it keeps a very mysterious air around the book and I am definitely going to be reading this one, will you?
Happy Reading!

Save the Date {9}

A Shimmer of Angels
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Series: Angel Sight #1
Publication Information: January 29th, 2013 by Month9Books, LLC | Edition: Paperback
Categories: Young adult, Paranormal, Angels, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Life Struggles
Pre-Release Goodreads Rating (As of October 2012): 4.56/5.00
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says: Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?


Psychiatry, fantasy and real life come together in A Shimmer of Angels, as a young girl struggles with identity, secrets, and confronting her greatest fears. A Shimmer of Angels is for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or perhaps has felt like giving up entirely. It touches on themes of suicide, ostracism and emotional pain. The author, personally exposed to suicide through the death of a beloved family member, will donate a percentage of sales of this novel to a suicide prevention and outreach program in San Francisco, California.

My Thoughts: I never get sick of Angel stories, and this one seems very different from the others I’ve read. It seems that it has a very personal touch from the author, and that it is going to deal with some pretty heavy content. Also, it looks like a percentage of sales from the novel is going to be donated to a suicide prevention and outreach program in San Francisco, CA. For that reason alone I would willingly dish out the cash for the book because I think it’s important that we help out programs like this – even if it’s not something we’ve personally needed/used or ever will because life can change in the blink of an eye. Therefore, I will not just read but I will also purchase this title!
Do you love Angel themed books? What’s your favorite so far? Does A Shimmer of Angels seem like one you’ll read? Why or why not?
Mwah!!

Wishlisted {3}

Time Between Us
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: Standalone
Publication Information: October 9th 2012 by Hyperion | Edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Categories: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Fantasy, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: (As of 10/2012) 4.17/5.00
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says: Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

“A beautifully written, unique love story.” — Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Lovely series 

“A warm, time-bending romance… [that] will have readers rooting for the couple that keeps daring fate.” — Publishers Weekly

“Time Between Us is the very best kind of love story — heart-pounding, intense, and unputdownable!” — Elizabeth Scott, author of Bloom and Perfect You

“The story will hold readers with its twists and turns, present and future; its love, sadness, and anger; and especially, its surprising secrets.” — Booklist
My Thoughts: It’s no secret that I love, love, love anything to do with time travel! Just imagine the possibilities if you woke up one day and could jump through time! This one have a very The Lake House vibe to it, which is fine with me because I enjoyed the flick. It also appears that this book has been optioned for film by CBS Films so that is definitely AWESOME!!

Let me know if you’ve read Time Between Us and what you thought… or what book you’ve Wishlisted this week!

Mwah!


Review {12} Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1
Publication Information: October 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Edition: Kobo ebook, 384 pages
Acquisition: Own
Categories: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Supernatural
Rating: 4.00/5.00 |  Goodreads Rating: 4.33/5.00
Add to Goodreads

What the Back of the Book Says

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

She could save the world—or destroy it.


Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.


But she can’t do either alone.


With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?


Who can Evie trust?


As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….


My Thoughts

I have been impatiently waiting for this book to release since earlier this year. I love anything to do with tarot cards, and have several decks myself. As a student of the tarot, I’ve always loved the stories that each card has to tell, and when I found out that Kresley Cole – whom I’ve never read before – was releasing a book based on the major arcana cards, I was beyond stoked! 


I found Cole to be an exceptional storyteller, however there were times that I found myself a bit lost. There is tons going on in this story between the apocalypse, Evie’s visions and voices in her head, as well as the interactions between the characters in the book. I’ve read quite a few of the reviews up on Goodreads and some people complained that Evie’s visions made some parts of the story confusing. I can easily see how this happened, however I was able to still follow the story line easily. The issue that I had with Evie’s visions is that they were VERY cryptic. There were times I would read a scene, reread it, and still not fully understand. With tarot, this happens. Each and every person will read or interpret a card a different way, so I am just going to assume that these visions were Cole’s own personal images and interpretations of the cards and how they wove into her story and characters. 

The characters were wonderful, each with their own voices and personalities. I wouldn’t say that I loved Evie’s character. I liked her well enough, there were times where I thought she was a whiny, irrational brat, but they were few and fleeting. By the end of the book I thought she was pretty kick ass with her powers, able to finally protect herself, and fight for her life. I’m curious to see how she develops in the remainder of the series. Jackson pissed me off a lot with how he tended to let his male parts think for him instead of his brain. Selena was cool in the supernatural, embracing her super powers kind of way, but other than that she seemed vindictive and conniving. Matthew annoyed the piss out of me with his awkwardness and cryptic ways of talking. His psychic abilities were pretty cool though. And Finn was okay, I really didn’t like or dislike him. He’s super cocky and like Jackson wants a girl in his bed. Arthur is also a very interesting character. He plays a small yet HUGE part. I do like how Cole interprets each card and developed them into characters. I had fun trying to guess which card each character was, and how Jackson will fit into all of this!

The world building was pretty incredible. I know I’m really into a book and that the author is amazing at world building when as I am reading the book, it’s almost playing like a movie in my mind’s eye. This happened for me through most of the book. To go from everyday life to a post apocalyptic landscape would be a huge shock for anyone – especially when most all of the women in the world perished, and Bagmen – aka Zombies – are swarming as are Slavers – aka men who enslave people and use women as “toys” – as well as militias that are forming. To deal with this along with lack of food, water, shelter, and gasoline add up to one incredible story.

As with any book that you end up really liking, Cole leaves us hanging at the end – wondering what’s in store for the characters after Evie makes some realizations – including remembering bits of what her Grandmother told her as a girl (Spoiler:(highlight over to read) Including that only ONE card can survive. Therefore Evie has to kill ALL of the other major arcana cards/characters including those she’s already met: Finn, Selena, and Matthew. Each kill earns her that cards “mark” tattooed on her arm. Cool!) that will make things incredibly different for book two!!

My Recommendation: If you love action packed, post apocalyptic tales woven with romantic tension, zombies, tarot and incredibly developed characters fighting to survive across a barren, danger filled landscape, then this one is for you!

If You Liked This Try: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette | Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter | Black City by Elizabeth Richards | Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson | Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Happy Reading!