Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012 Recap

Hey y'all! 
Here's a recap of what I did this month in case you missed anything :)

Books Reviewed:
(click on the book names to go to reviews)

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott
Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer
Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen

May Random Read (Legacy by Cayla Kluver)
Thinking Through Thursday (2): Why I like the Dystopian Genre
Thinking Through Thursday (3): Girl's POV vs. Boy's POV
Thinking Through Thursday (4): One genre I don't read
Waiting on Wednesday (11): Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Waiting on Wednesday (12): Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Waiting on Wednesday (13): Endlessly (Parnormalcy #3) by Kiersten White

Ordinary Magic Blog tour: Author Interview
Memorial Day: We Will Never Forget

Cover Reveals (that I'm excited for XD):

by Marie Lu
Release Date: January 29, 2013

by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: September 18, 2012

by Laini Taylor
Release Date: November 6, 2012

By Miriam Forster
Release Date: February 5, 2013

by Rachel Harris
Release Date: September 11, 2012

by Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 4, 2012

by Lisa T. Bergren
Release Date: June 2012
*side note: *swoon* Seriously that guy is gorgeous. He could save my life any day. This is the cover I voted for on Bergren's website so I'm completely psyched it was picked. Seriously, can I meet this guy? I normally don't go for blondes but my lanta he's GORGEOUS! 
*sits and stares while drooling*

by Julianna Baggott
Release Date: February 19, 2013

by Ann Aguirre
Release Date: September 4, 2012

Okay, so I believe that's everything! I didn't review nearly as many books as I wanted. With moving and all, it's kind of slipped my mind. I read about 4 other books this month that I just never got around to reviewing. Hopefully I'll put those up next month. Also, I'm going to be reviewing the next 3 Twilight books as part of a Project Hindsight. Thanks for sticking around and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog :D  

Thinking Through Thursday (4)

Welcome to another....


This week's discussion is on 


The first one that comes to mind for me is contemporary. I know, I know, I've seen so many contemp. books out there that are just so "awesome" according to everyone. But ya know what? That's one bandwagon I won't jump on. Why on earth do I want to read about someone's life that's better than mine?!?! There are really two main reasons I don't like to read contemporary.

1. I prefer escapism
One reason I'm such a huge fan of fantasy is because you get to escape to a new and magical world! Something that would only come in my dreams! I read to get away from life. While I don't believe in magic, when I read a fantasy book that has it I can pretend. I become almost like a little kid again that used to pretend a pencil was a wand and my stuffed animals were magical creatures! Who doesn't want that?! I feel like a kid in a candy store when it comes to fantasy! This brings me to number 2.

2. Why on earth would I want to read about someone's life that's better than mine?!
Honestly. Look, contemporary is a book that takes place in modern times and could happen in our world. Sure, I guess the MC's have to go through heartbreak or something, but most of the time books have happy endings, right? Well in fantasy, it's not real so I'm rooting for em. In contemporary, it can happen, which makes me totally jealous. Yes. Jealous. I know, so petty of me and not a great reason not to read it but still :P I feel totally justified XD

So what about y'all? What genre do you not care for?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)
by Michelle Rowen
Pages: 348
Source: Netgalley
Format: ebook

Rating: I really liked it

Goodreads Synopsis:

I don't do dangerous.  Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.... NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

My Review:

   I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this book. I've never read an Angel/Demon book before so I really didn't know what to expect. Maybe this is one reason I ended up enjoying it. 

  As with any book, the most important thing is hot men and goodness, there is absolutely no shortage of them! Seriously, is it like a rule or something that Angels and Demons have to be hot? Or does that just come with the job? Whichever it is, they can save my life anytime *raises suggestive eyebrows*.

  Alright, so I guess I should actually get to the story instead of focusing on hot, tall, muscular men *drools slightly*....Sorry bout that. Okay, I totally promise no more drooling (yeah right!).

   Again, since I've never read any book from this genre, I can't really say whether it was unique or not, but it was certainly interesting! Angels, Demons, grays, nexus'! There's definitely plenty of different types of people in this book. I was actually incredibly engrossed in the storyline trying to figure out how everything connected. While I saw 1 major twist coming, there were so many others that I didn't expect that kept me reading. There were a few times I was completely and utterly shocked (don't even get me started about the end of the book!) and kept my emotions running high. And I loved it! 

  As far as the characters go, I had a love/hate relationship with both MC's. Sam is your typical high school outcast with divorced parents. Not really engaging, a little put-out and her relationship with her mother isn't exactly great. However, her only saving grace throughout the book was that she could hold her own with smartass comments and sarcasm. Actually I really kind of liked her until the indecision started. Should I trust him? No, I don't think I will. But then again, maybe I should. Who cares if he's kind of a psycho? Actually, that's a good reason not to trust him. But then again.... and so on and so forth. After a while, it got to be a bit... tedious. 

  Okay, even though I said I wouldn't start drooling again...I lied. If you read Bishops description and if you know anything about my taste, tall, muscular, dark hair and bright eyes is my kryptonite. So maybe I'm a bit biased when it comes to him. At least I can understand Sam's weak in the knees reaction. However, once you get past the looks *drools* I don't really see whats so great about him. To be honest, he's a little creepy. I mean, losing your mind and all that doesn't really help (read the book to figure it out :P) but still. Also, the romance between the two is "sort of" insta-love. She feels a "connection" to him, but at least she doesn't grovel at his feet immediately. I liked him but didn't love him.

But then again, maybe I just like bad-boys or something cause I was totally diggin on the Demon Kraven. Seriously, this guy knows how to do rude, sarcastic and crude while still being funny and incredibly sexy. He had to be my favorite character by far, adding humor at the most inappropriate, yet perfectly timed times. 

  However, what really kept me interested were the twists! Honestly, I only saw one coming. The rest just blew my mind and made me wonder who to trust and who was deceiving who. This book constantly kept you guessing to where even the Angels couldn't always be trusted. This was by far what kept me coming back for more. Every time a twist came I needed to know the "why" or "how" or "what". While you don't get every answer in this book (honestly people. It's a series. Did you really expect to get answers :P), you get enough to placate your curiosity, but not get rid of it completely. 


  While I can't compare this to other Angel/Demon books, I can say that people who have never read this genre might indeed enjoy it as I did. However, from most other synopsis' I've read of books in this genre, this one does seem to take a unique turn. If you want to give this genre a try and if you like to be surprised along the way, definitely check this book out. 

All the best ♥

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

This picture speaks volumes. More often than not, we forget what this holiday is truly about. It's about honoring all of our fallen soldiers, POW's and MIA's. Those who will not or have not yet returned home. This is a time to remember their sacrifices and comfort their families. 

While I have not personally known anyone who died or never returned home from war, any holiday honoring soldiers is close to my heart. I come from a military family. My mom's dad served 4 years in the Marine Corps. My dad's father and brother both served 20 years in the Navy. My great grandfather also served in the Navy during WWII. My father has followed in these great men's footsteps and has served in the Army for 23 years and will continue to do so until 30 years has passed.

To say I am proud of my father, and all of my other family member's service, is a huge understatement. I can't even begin to understand their thoughts and the bravery it took to undertake such a task. 

However, I truly wanted to write this post to show those who don't have family members that have either been killed or are still active duty the honor and respect we in the military family have for members of the military. 

My military experience was in no way "normal". I moved every 1-2 years. I traveled all over the world.  I met numerous people from numerous countries. And my dad has been gone far more often than most. I can't even add up how many years of my life he has missed due to deployment and TDYs. I know for a fact that he has missed at least 2 years due to his year deployments, but he has gone on countless others for days, weeks or months at a time. And you know what? I wouldn't give it up for the world. Part of this is because I have been places and experienced things most people never will. Part is due to the military community itself. We are all in the same boat and we stick together. But the main reason I wouldn't trade military life for anything is simply because of pride for my father. My father knows the risks of being in the military, yet he chose to do it anyways. He knew there was a chance for him to go to war, yet he chose to join anyway. My dad, and all the men and women in the military, deserve respect for all they give up. They fight for our freedoms. They leave their families to fight for other people. Even though some people don't support the troops, they fight for their freedoms anyway. If that doesn't deserve respect, then I don't know what does.

*From the wedding*
Me and my awesome daddy XD

While Memorial day is a day of getting together and BBQ-ing, let us not forget the real reason for this holiday. Some families will never see a relative again. While I have been completely fortunate by the grace of God that my dad came back, many families never had the chance to say those words they so desperately wanted to say. They will no longer have the ability to do things with them that they desperately wanted to do. Remember how lucky you are to have loved ones in your family but don't forget those who are not so lucky.


Friday, May 25, 2012

A look back on Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight #1)
by Stephenie Meyer
Pages: 498
Source: Borrowed
Format: Paperback

Rating: Okay

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

My Review:

Yes, I know you've probably seen about a bajillion of these dang things but by golly, I figured it was about time I put up my own opinion! I recently found a blog (Cuddlebuggery) that, to be honest, kept me laughing non-stop. It can be crude, snarky and sarcastic but goodness is it funny. Well, one of the reviewers recently did this thing called Project Hindsight where she went back to re-read a popular YA series and see how her opinion differed. Well, I'm not going to re-read the series, but I did decide to reflect back on it and her feelings reflect my own. Seriously, I feel as if I could copy and paste it and "voila!" its how I feel! But, of course I won't (I think we've all learned our lesson bout plagiarism). Besides, I can't be nearly as sarcastic as she is when I write (so jealous!) but alas, I'll try my best :P 


....I can't believe I actually took the time to read this book. That's two days I'll never get back. *hits self on head* Gah!!! ASLDFKJSKLJEFSLKE! 

Okay, I'll freely admit that I loved (yeah, you read that right) Twilight when I first read it. Okay, love isn't a strong enough word. Devoured (tehe) is more like it! My sister actually owned these books before they even became popular and handed it over to me saying she thought I might like it. Now, this was before I started reading. When I was younger, my sister and brother were the readers. I would've been a reader (and i really regret not getting into reading earlier) but my sister is rather...persistent? Okay, that's nice. She got downright annoying. She would constantly throw books at me and say "read, read, READ!" and well you can understand that I simply refused. It's one of those instances where someone keeps telling you to do something and you keep saying no just because they are annoying and you want to spite them? Yeah, not my proudest moment, but whatever. However, I finally decided "what the heck" and picked it up and loved it. But the thing is I don't know why! Okay, at the time I read Twilight I had only read, probably 3 other series. The only books I've ever read! I look back on those series (HP, Tortall and Charlie Bone = ♥) and I still love them. But I look back on this series and I just want to throw the book across the freakin room. 

*Note: I haven't read these books in a while so I can't remember everything I hated about this book, but hopefully you'll get my point. 

Bella. Oh, Bella, Bella, Bella. *shakes head* What am I gonna do with you hon? You anti-social, passive girl with no-self esteem. How did I ever come to love you? Perhaps if you had had some growth and changed into this confident young women I could understand. But you didn't. You see this guy ONE TIME and became obsessed. *looks around* I don't know about y'all, but I don't think that's normal. Except in Disney movies. Insta-love at its finest people! Omg......I look back and there are so many times I just want to smack her. Edward treats her like crap and yet she still bows down at his feet. Okay, I'm not a crazy feminist or something, but this book brings it out in me. If a guy ever treated me like that I would a) do the good thing and just ignore him and never talk to him. He's not worthy of the awesomeness that is me (I never said I was modest :P). Or b) I'm turn around and smack the crap outta that boy! Okay, I probably would just forget "a)" and go straight to plan "b)"Goodness, if someone ever treated my like that I would give a lashing to them. Yet she just turns around and sucks it up and does everything in her power to be with him. He told you that he's not good for you and that you should't like him and even tries to prevent you from liking him and you still go after him. I really think she's missing the hint. It's not like it was exactly "subtle". Fine, you know what? She's never fallen for someone and I guess first love can be all "googly eyes" so I'll be nice and give her a break. Or else I would have if the guy she fell in love with was, ya know, not a sparkly stalker.

Edward: He sparkles. 'Nuff said. 

Okay, I'll give you more explanation that that. His sparkly self isn't even what really turns me off now that I look back. It's the fact that HE'S A FREAKIN STALKER! What is wrong with people that think breaking into a room and watching someone sleep is normal?!? I would've maced the guy! Which, now that I think about it probably wouldn't work with him being a vamp and all but you get my point. Watching people sleep is not in any shape or form "normal". Okay, now back the the sparkles. I feel like when I say he sparkles, I should add jazz hands or something. 

*Jazz hands*
Look, she even sparkles like him!!!!!!! 

So, when I first read that he sparkled, I was like "okay, every girl like things that sparkle right?" and I thought it was pretty unique. However, as I've come to learn, I'd much rather have the blood-sucking, kick-butt vamps over sparkly men any day. Oh, yeah, another testament to his character - when he tells her he wants to eat her but won't. *whew* crisis averted! 

One thing I do remember liking about this series? The Cullens. They were so nice! Especially Alice! However, I definitely could have done without Jasper. But, I don't really remember too much about them so I guess that says something. Ugh....

Plot: be honest I don't even remember what happened during this book. XD Some crazy vamp thinks Bella smells good and a chase ensues! Yeah, you'd think there was a lot of action but no. I remember the book glossing over all the good stuff. Seriously, at the end, I was psyched! I was like "yes, finally some action instead of teenage angst!" *happy dance*....disappointment doesn't even begin to describe how I felt. It was all this build-up and then *BAM* conflict resolved...*looks around* I the only one missing something? I mean, there was a little action, but there could've been so much more! Ugh...Oh well. 

And don't even get me started on the writing! Well, too late now. ITS CHEESY! Like seriously cheesy. If someone ever said some of that stuff to me, it would be almost impossible not to just burst out laughing. Oh, I'd feel really bad afterwards but I just couldn't help myself. The thing is, it's not even the "aww that was kinda corny/cheesy but cute" sort of cheesy. No, this was just plain cheesey


Look, I know there are a ton a people out there who absolutely adored this book but now that I look back, I can't even fathom why. To be honest, I could go on and on but I decided to try and shorten it as much as possible while still getting my point across (I think I accomplished it...sort of?). Bella is an absolutely passive and annoying and dependent and just plain crazy. Edward is a stalker. Do I really even need to give another reason?! And the plot was lacking...a lot. I can't believe I wasted my time! No, scratch that. I can't believe I actually liked it. 
*takes self to mental hospital*

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thinking Through Thursday (3)

Welcome to another....


This week's discussion is on 


Face it. Most every book out there is from a girl's POV. And I'm not saying that's a bad thing. Actually, it's a great thing! I'd be a big fat liar if I said I didn't like books from a girl's POV. Sue me. It's a lot easier for me to relate to a teenage girl than a teenage boy.  BUT, it is refreshing to read a book from a guy's perspective. I've only read a few (like Maze Runner) but each time it's been excellent! I like to get into the guys brain every once in a while. Might help me understand them better :P (yeah, right!) Personally, I think we need to see more of those books out there! *hint, hint*

So what about y'all? Do you prefer a girl's POV or a boys? Or both?
Also, if you have any recommendations about books narrated by a guy, let me know in the comments below! 

All the best ♥

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we showcase upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)
by Kiersten White
Release Date: July 24, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis:

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal.

With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them guessing until the very last page

Why I'm Waiting:

I absolutely adored the first two books in the series. So much humor and love and action! So it's no surprise I'm eagerly looking forward to the last installment in the series. Though I am incredibly sad to see such a fantastic series end!!! 

So what are y'all waiting on this fine Wednesday? Be sure to tell me in the comments below!

All the best ♥

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
by Bethany Griffin
Pages: 320
Source: Gift/B&N
Format: Hardback

Rating: I liked it (3/3.5 stars)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her. 

My Review:

    I was so incredibly excited when I finally bought this book because I had heard some utterly fantastic things about it. I simply devoured it! I couldn't stop reading! Every chance I had (heck, even when I should've been doing other things) I grabbed this book just so I could delve back into this world. When I finished I immediately went to Goodreads and rated this a huge 4/4.5 stars. 

    Fast forward 30 minutes when I tried to write this review and I just felt...bleh. But not in a good way where you're just so sad the book ended and can't find another book to fill its awesome shoes. No. I looked back and couldn't really remember much about the book. I thought it was utterly fantastic while reading it, but afterwards all these things I kind of ignored kept coming back to bug me. 

    To be honest, I think what kept me so addicted was the atmosphere. There is no doubt that Masque of the Red Death is dark and gritty and gruesome and I loved it! I was completely immersed in this dark, gothic world. The eerie masks and threat of disease around every corner. It was....addicting

    However, I'd be lying if I didn't say the guys were also a bit addicting. Neither of them were exactly swoonworthy but they were intriguing. This has to do with their mysterious natures. Will, the mysterious man of the club has always intrigued Araby. But he's got a softer side too. He's actually an incredibly kind and loyal guy and really wants to help Araby. Elliott, the rich owner of the club probably has a couple loose screw yet I was still intrigued by him. In a weird way. If that makes any sense :P I can't really delve into either of them too much for fear of giving things away, but while I didn't fall in love with them, there is no doubt that I want to learn more about them. 

    But, those were really the only two aspects of this book that kept me reading. 

    When looking back, I didn't really care for Araby. She wasn't an incredibly strong heroine and she was far too trusting. She didn't really think through things and this really bothered me. Not to mention she was a bit depressing. I understand the death of her brother really affected her, but she's also got to learn to move on and learn that she can be happy. She's one of the lucky few to have a mask and should be thankful for that. Instead she does drugs and wants to go into oblivion to get away. I will say that she can be incredibly kind and she has a good heart and towards the end she does become stronger and learns that maybe she can be happy. However, I wasn't exactly rooting for her. 

    Also, there were many inconstancies in the writing. There were too many times where I had to go back and re-read sections because I thought I missed something. A big part where I did this was between Ch. 3 and 4. There was no transition. It went from 1 scene straight to the next. Even though you get a glimpse of what "happened" a little later, it doesn't make sense. I literally thought I was missing a chapter. That's not good. 

    While I loved the plot, it definitely could've been delved into more. Masques to keep out diseases, a tyrannical prince, rebellions? A great set-up but  I feel like we only really get a glimpse of it. While that's not bad, I do wish I could've seen more, especially more about how the world came to be. But hopefully we get to learn more about it in the next 2 books. 

    Also, on a side note: there is a religious cult. I don't think it was too bad, but I do hope it doesn't go overboard in the next books (which I have a feeling it might since I think its a big part of this book). 


    This book was interesting, don't get me wrong. The atmosphere and mysterious nature of the book were definitely addicting. However, while the descriptive writing was good, transition needs to be worked on and more details added. If you like gothic atmospheres, definitely give this a try! 

All the best ♥

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Ordinary Magic 
by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley
Format: ebook

Rating: Absolutely adored it! 

Goodreads Synopsis:

In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an “Ord”—ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.

The outlook for kids like Abby isn’t bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ordinary kids are impervious to spells and enchantments). Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a school that teaches ordinary kids how to get around in a magical world. But with treasure-hunting kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby’s biggest problem may not be learning how to be ordinary—it’s whether or not she’s going to survive the school year!


Love! Love, love, LOVE this book! I’ll admit, when I first started it, I expected to “like” it. For MG books, that’s usually how it is. I’ll think its cute, but I don’t expect to fall in love with it. But this, this, I became completely immersed in and adored every moment!!


You just can’t help but love this girl. She’s just got one of those voices that I love reading. She’s kind and caring but with just enough toughness and attitude to love. She’s got an easy-going sarcasm about her and simple child-like thinking that just makes her a ton of fun to listen to. I loved her thought process and her explanations for things.

She’s smart but she’s still got that child-like simplicity to her that I adored. She was hardworking and truly wanted to work with what she had (you go girl!). She was one of the lucky few that had a family that still cared, but she didn’t brag, instead she spread her family’s love with everyone. She’s definitely BFF material. Seriously, If I were her age (heck, even at my age :P) me and her would definitely be great friends!

One Big Happy Family:

Perhaps one of the best things about this book was Abby’s family! They were fantastic! Funny, easy-going, caring, sarcastic. Just one plain awesome family. The easy-going sarcasm, making fun of each other, but still caring about each other was pure perfection! I loved every moment with this family. In each situation there was love but also humor, always a plus in my book.

Magic abounds in this book! Charms to makes rooms larger, magic carpets, minotaurs, goblins, magically changing staircases. LOVE! It kind of reminds me of the early Harry Potter books. It just gives off the fun, magical feeling.

There’s nothing wrong with being different. Or, in this case, ordinary!

You can't spell extraordinary without ordinary (Tehehe well I thought it was pretty ingenious :P)! I Loved the plot. Completely unique and incredibly engrossing. In this world, magic is normal, and if you don’t have magic you’re considered ordinary(a.k.a an ord). Weird, huh? But I loved it! Such a unique take on magic! And I loved that, although ords had a lot of prejudices against them, they learned to work with what they had and learned to love themselves, even though they were a bit different than what was considered the “norm”. Ords are a whole lot tougher than them magical folks! They don't have everything at their own whim. Think HP from a muggle's point of view. That's Ordinary Magic. Yeah, I just used another  HP reference so you know its awesome. 

Chapter 23:

HAHAHAHA sorry, just had to point this one out. I know I probably should've seen that coming but it was still funny. Maybe I'm the only one but definitely check it out :P 


This book was a fantastic mix of magic, humor, and family. It was such a fun book and I loved every moment of Abby's journey. Abby learns to trust in herself and to follow her own heart. Readers young and old will enjoy this wonderful story of love, magic, humor and self-discovery. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cover Reveal

Alright. Y'all have no friggen idea how much I'm looking forward to this book! That blurb on the book says it all! :P

So, without further ado, I present to you....


Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1)
by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: September 18, 2012 (way to far away!)

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire

Come on, you know you want to read it. Japanese steampunk? Griffins? THUNDER TIGER?! and a telepathic girl that also knows how to kick butt? And did I mention the griffin and Thunder Tiger?! (they're pretty legit!) And look at that cover!!! It's so badass! Can't wait! XD

Are y'all as psyched as I am? Let me know in the comments below! 

All the best ♥