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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld Giveaway

Yes, it's been awhile since I've done a giveaway. So I want to make it a good one! I have a bunch of swag I want to include in with it too! Some signed, some not. None by Scott Westerfeld though.
Here's what you'll get:
All brand new books, I have heard many great things about this series, I just don't have the time to read them...
Rules are:
Must be over 13
US ONLY (Sorry Intl)
You must email me within 48 hours of when I contact the winner.
Otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.
Giveaway ends September 14th.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: The Evil Within by Nancy Holder

The Evil Within
Nancy Holder

If you want a great ghost story, look no further! Nancy Holder has written a nightmare of a tale! Full of hauntings and mystery, you won't know what's coming next, or who to believe.

Second in the series, coming back from Christmas break and picking up where Possessions left off, Lindsay can tell as soon as she walks back into the doors of Marlwood that nobody expected her to show her face there again. Even though she didn't have all the money and material things the other girls did, Lindsay did have a backbone. She also had to find Troy. He was still missing and she just couldn't accept that Mandy did something to him. He couldn't be dead somewhere.

When Lindsay does finally get good news that Troy is ok, she gets worse news that now Mandy's brother, Miles is back and now hanging around Marlwood only to be stalking Lindsay, everything gets more complicated. Let's not forget that Mandy is back to her same yearly rituals of finding a newbie to break in and has found Linz' friend to do it on. The only person Lindsay can rely on is Troy but he's still dating Mandy. Hmm...
Just when you got it all figured out...
the ghosts come in and ruin everything...

5/5 Stars. 310 Pages. Published by the Penguin Group. Purchased at Amazon.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (32)

What is "In My Mailbox"?In My Mailbox is a weekly meme. What is a meme, you ask. The simple description is  "an idea that spreads quickly." Usually the creator of the meme asks for other people to participate and ultimately link back to the person that started the meme. Memes shouldn't be confused with "features." There are some features that are somewhat exclusive to certain blogs, be courteous and don't steal content.

The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.  Here's what I got this week, how about you?

It's been awhile since I've posted an IMM so I have many books I've picked up through the weeks. I've just been too busy with work and everything that's been going on her to make a post.
So here they are...

For Review:



Downloaded for free from Amazon:
Since it's been awhile I hope I didn't miss anything! Now, what's in YOUR mailbox?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany

Best Kept Secret
Amy Hatvany

By far a very touching and emotional novel. Hatvany will definitely leave you teary eyed, while also putting you through an emotional journey throughout this wonderfully written piece. This story will stay with you for quite some time.

Cadence would do anything for her son Charlie. That's why, when her husband Martin suggested that she quit her job at the newspaper that she so dearly loved because it would be best for their child, she did. No questions asked.
Now, looking back, she does miss those days, yet she loves spending time with Charlie, but Martin is never home, always busy with work. Sometimes he even stays so late that by the time he gets home he just goes straight to bed. When Cadence has asked him to spend less time at work and more time at home with her and Charlie he simply responds with the excuse that he is doing it for them. Working so hard for them.
Cadence has so other choice but to file for divorce. Not having a steady job, only writing for the little side jobs she can find, she tends to work around Charlie. Now, with it just being her and Charlie and going on play dates a few other women suggest drinking a glass of wine to relax at night. Just to mellow out. So she does. Just to get the edge off at night. Then, over time, one glass leads to two, then more.
Eventually, Cadence finds herself explaining to Charlie why mommy needs the wine.
Charlie is the only one who knows that she has a drinking problem.
And Cadence needs help.
Cadence loves her son more than anything.
But she's about to lose him.

5/5 Stars. 328 Pages. Published by Washington Square Press. Received from Simon &Schuster.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer

Vicious Little Darlings
Katherine Easer

Highly anticipated and really let down. Hmm.. I just couldn't get into this one. This one got a little off track with taking in the deer. That was a bit of a turn off for me.

As Sarah is now off to college, and an all girl college at that, she really isn't too tickled about it.
When Sarah meets her new roommate, she can't help but judge her. The perfect little ditsy girl that all the guys go hot for. Maddy is her name, and what's strange is that she seems to like Sarah.
See, Sarah has sever been popular with the girls, only the guys. Oh, and Maddy just so happens to have a best friend named Agnes who is glued to her hip at all times.
What's even more weird is that Agnes and Maddy really seem to like Sarah and just can't stand to live in the dorms and seeing as Agnes is loaded with money, well, Agnes has decided that she's had enough of the dorm life and is moving into a rental house, which means that she wants Maddy to go. Maddy has decided she doesn't want to go without Sarah. So the three of them haul it out and into the sweet and comfy rental house.
Sarah has noticed from time to time though that Maddy and Agnes seem to bicker and Maddy gets very emotional. Agnes is the one who comes back to Sarah to explain Maddy's emotional behavior. Sarah tries to shrug it off but over time Sarah also noticed Agnes' possessiveness of Maddy as well as the fact that Maddy's compulsive lying. This is really turning into something Sarah isn't so sure about...
but Sarah is too far in now...
She has to follow by the rules too, at least that's what Maddy says...

2/5 Stars. 310 Pages. Published by Bloomsbury. Purchased from Amazon 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood
Kendare Blake

If Ellen Rimbauer from the haunted Rose Red by Stephen King were to have a sister, that sister would be Anna Dressed in Blood. A suspenseful novel that will keep you on your toes, leaving you wanting more. One of the best ghost stories I've read! Definitely the best this year!

Cas has followed in his father's footsteps. He. Kills. Dead. People. Yes, I said that right. He kills the people that don't pass over properly. They stay behind for reasons of their own, the problem is, these ghosts that choose to stay behind choose not to leave us humans alone. They mess with us. Torture and even kill us, therefore, Cas seeks these ghosts out with certain friends help, hunts them down, and seeks them out. Unfortunately, Cas' father died doing this job, leaving Cas and few others to do it. Cas plans to one day go after the ghost that killed his father, just not yet. One of the worst parts is moving around so much. Never settling down. Cas doesn't get to have real friends like normal teens.

Cas' new ghost? Anna. They get moved. He gets settled into school and gets acquainted with the kids in hope to learn all the ghost stories about Anna and the house she haunts. The story he learns is that once you go in, she doesn't let you out. She'll kill you and no one will ever even see your body again. That's the rumor. 
When he finally meets Anna he learns that's the truth. 
Yet, he can't kill her. 
And she can't kill him. 
But one of them has to die.
The evil has to be stopped. 
She knows it and he does too.
But the EVIL has yet to arrive!

5/5 stars. 316 Pages. Published by Tor Teen. Received for review from Kendare Blake.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: Always a Witch

Always a Witch
Carolyn MacCullough

For starters, let me say, if you've read Once a Witch then you'll absolutely devour Always a Witch. If not, it is a fantastic stand-alone! This was a phenomenal book that was even better than the first!

Tamsin Greene had a horrific encounter with an evil Alistair Knight in Once a Witch which is still left untied. Currently life is calm, but won't stay that way if things are left the way they are.
Tam's sister Rowena is still full on board with wedding plans driving the family into a frenzy trying to get everything perfect for her big day. Agatha, Tam's best friend is back at the dorm, and Gabriel, Tam's boyfriend is with Tam to help deal with Rowena's crazy wedding demands. Before this wedding can go on though- Tamsin must take care of those loose strings. Apparently Allistair Knight was successful in traveling back to the 1800's to meet with his family to warn them about Tamsin and the Greene family. You see, in the 1800's the Greene's took the Knights magical powers and were able to lock them away into something called the Domani. Alistair was able to get a little of that magic out so Tamsin must go back, not only to stop Allistair, but to find her family and get them to recreate a new Domani that's stronger. This one can't break. Can Tamsin convince them to do this?

Once Tamsin goes back in time she can't seem to find her family but she does find the Knights. Things seem to be full of surprises for Tamsin and nothing works out like expected. Will she come through for her family in the future? Will she find her family in the past?

5 out of 5 stars. 288 pages. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Received from Netgalley.