27 June 2011

Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Challenge

Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian novels are very popular these days in the book universe, Divergent by Veronica Roth and Enclave by Ann Aguirre, so I thought I should make a challenge.  So here it is!

Here's whatcha gottta do:

1.Make a post about how your participating in the challenge and give the rules.
2. Get the button and put it in your sidebar and post.
3. Put the link to your post in the linky below.
4. The challenge is to read at least 15 dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels.
5. This challenge goes from June 27, 2011 to June 27, 2012.
6. Whenever you review a dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel leave a link in the linky here.

Here's the button:

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26 June 2011

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Hey guys!!!  I am here to give you my thoughts on the amazing book, Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I could not put this book down until I finished it, which was around 4:00am this morning.  First, I want to show you guys the trailer:

I just have to say that that was a pretty awesome trailer and now that I've drawn you guys in I can tell you the synopsis and then we'll get to the review!

Enclave (Razorland, #1)
In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember. As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning. Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace. As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known. (Goodreads)

I loved this book!  Once I got into it and started reading it I couldn'it put it down until it was finished.  There are so many things to love about this book.  First of all, I loved all the action between Deuce and Fade and the Freaks.  Almost everywhere they go they end up fighting Freaks which keeps you alert and interested the whole way through the book.  Another thing I loved was the romance of course!  Deuce and Fade's relationship was so cute.  I loved how he stuck up for her and always stayed by her side.  He did make me a little angry sometimes when he didn't just say how he felt to Deuce, but you know when your reading a good book when the characters actually make you feel emotion.  There was also a sort of love triangle too that started to form which I thought was pretty cool.  It was alittle surprising because your into the book and you don't really see it until its thrown right infront of your face.  Then its like, how did I miss that?  There was not only romance and action but there was also alot of tradegy.  With all the Freak attacks many people dying, which took a toll on everyone but mostly Fade.  You are kind of kept in the dark as to where the book is set but at the end its revealed and I was really surprised.  If you really pay attention to the details you might realize it before the end unlike me.  Overall, this was a great book and and I can't wait for the second book to come out! 


For more information on Ann Aguirre click here

To buy this AWESOME book click here

25 June 2011

200 Followers Giveaway!!!! (closed)


We are sooo close to having 200 followers and what better way to celebrate than with a GIVEAWAY!!!!  I haven't done an ebook giveaway yet so here it is.  Since there is so much talk about the Summer Solstice and there are alot of Iron Fey fans I decided to have a giveaway that a little something to do with that!!
Ok so here's the dets:

INTERNATIONAL (my first one ever!)

3 winners

Requirements: You must be a follower

Prize: The Iron Fey Series (ebooks - PDF format)

If I reach 300+ followers by the time this is over then I'll throw in 2 more winners plus the entire Twilight series in ebook format.

The ebooks are in PDF format so you don't have to have a ereader to read them


24 June 2011

I Was Just Wondering.......Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Just because I'm curious and because I love Twilight I want to know whether you're for Team Edward (which rocks!!!) or Team Jacob?  Fangs or Fur?  I'll start it off.....

TEAM EDWARD!!!!!! (aka. Fangs!!!)

Follow Friday Time!!!

This Friday's feature is I'm A Book Shark!!!  So we should all go visit and become a follower!  Now for the question:

Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

My favorite story that revolves around the fae will have to be the Iron Fae series by Julie Kagawa.

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)Summer's CrossingThe Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)Winter's Passage

What about you?

Keep the fun going and check out these blogs!

22 June 2011

The Experience is now up and running!!!

The Experience is a online blog tour company that host blog tours for series with upcoming additions.  I just got finished editing the last few things on the site.  The only thing left to do is recruit blog tour hosts and put together a blog tour :D  So take a look at the site here and if you want to be a blog tour host then join here!! You can grab the button there!

20 June 2011

Review: Twice A Spy by Keith Thomson

Hey guys! Today I have a review of Twice A Spy by .  I've been dreading the thought of writing this review because I hate the thought of giving a bad review but here it goes.  I didn't really like this book to the point where I couldn't even finish it.  I'll talk more about that in the review but here's the synopsis:

In the tradition of Robert Ludlum, with a witty twist, Thomson’s second novel featuring a former spy and his son once again poses the question: What happens when a former CIA agent can no longer trust his own mind? Charlie and Drummond Clark are now in Switzerland, hiding out from criminal charges in America and using the time to experiment with treatments to retrieve Drummond’s memory. When NSA operative Alice Rutherford, with whom Charlie has fallen in love, is kidnapped, the Clarks must dodge a formidable CIA case officer and his team to get her back. (Goodreads)

I don't really have the much to say about the book other than that I didn't like the book at all.  There is tons of action but the book is just really slow and confusing.  Some chapters will randomly be in another character's POV causing me much confusion.  The book to me just inches along chapter by chapter to get the real point and action of the book.  I honestly tried to trek through the book hoping it would get better but it didn't. 


For more information about Keith Thomson click here

12 June 2011

Second Chance Book Review

Hey guys! I have a book review for you about the book Second Chance by Karina Harris. Avalin Summers's life changes forever when she is told her parents may not be dead. In the romantic suspense novel Second Chance, Karina Harris weaves an intriguing tale of hope and uncertainty in the story of Avalin Summers, an art student who is fiercely loyal to her older brothers, Jaden and Quinn. When Jaden requests a family meeting at their childhood farm in Colorado, she doesn't question him. But what she discovers is something she hasn't dared to dream about for the past five years. Special Agent Ian Martin has spent a year investigating the case of part-time FBI operatives John and Rosemary Summers and the suspicious conclusion to their last mission. Recent intelligence hints they may not have died in the European plane crash, but he needs the help of the Summerses' grown children, Jaden, Quinn, and twenty-one-year-old Avalin, to find out. At the family meeting, Ian presents evidence that suggests their parents may have escaped capture and fled to Portugal. The siblings' lives are turned upside down when they learn their parents were working as undercover agents. Hoping they are alive, Quinn and Avalin eagerly join Ian in his search. When they land in Lisbon, they are bombarded with even more uncertainties. Thrown together by circumstances fraught with danger, betrayal, and heartache, Ian and Avalin uncover something special in each other. As events unfold, Ian and Avalin begin to question their beliefs in their government, their families, and even God as they look for someone they can trust. Will they find love on their journey together? Will they discover what happened to the Summerses' parents before it's too late? Find out in Second Chance, a Summers Saga novel.(Goodreads) I really enjoyed reading Second Chance. Though the beginning moved a little slow, the story picked up as it was laced with action scenes and romance. The characters were easy to connect with and I enjoyed getting to know more about them as the book went on. The book also had many surprises and scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. I also appreciated the morals and values the book had to offer because many teen books do not use these values. The ending was semi-predictable in the sweetest and most romantic way possible. All in all I enjoyed the book and will place it back on my shelf to be read again and again. Fantasybooklover's rating:
10 June 2011

Upcoming Giveaway: Pac-Man Loving Giveaway

Get ready for another giveaway!!! It's called the Pac-Man Loving Giveaway, because pacman is awesome so I thought that he should be celebrated. Anyway, two books will be given away but I haven't chosen the two yet, and a special prize that will have something to do with pacman (currently pending).  I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that it's coming.  Be on the look out and spread the word! If you want the button scroll down.

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08 June 2011

Review: Interlopers: A Shifters Novel by L.M. Davis

This is a great book!!! here's the synopsis:

At almost 13, Nate Pantera has this whole shifter-in-a-world-full-of-humans thing all figured out.

Move like a human: Check.

Hide super strength and other powers: Check. Check.

Do math homework: Um...Check?

He's even gotten used to the idea that he and his family may be the only shape-shifters in the whole, wide world.

Then, finally, he meets another shifter. And that's when all the trouble begins. (Goodreads)

Interlopers: A Shifters Novel is a great read because it appeals to both girls and guys.  There is action for guys to enjoy and a hint at romance for the girls to enjoy.  I really liked the bond between Larissa and Nate and how they always stick together no matter what.  The fact that Larissa and Nate are so close also makes the end really surprising though.  I love the shifters concept and how its not the usual werewolves but instead wereleopards.  I think turning into panthers is a really fresh and unique idea.  The emotional tension between mostly Nate and his parents is really well written.  For me it was like I was there and could actually feel the tension and anger in the air.  Overall, this is a really great book!


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Review: Huntress by Malinda Lo

Here's the synopsis:

Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.
To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever. (Goodreads)

I loved Huntress by Malinda Lo.  Throughout their journey the run into many obstacles and tragedies that bring them closer together.  The romance aspect was different but very sweet and heartfelt.  Every couple of chapters they are facing something different which keeps you engaged in the book.  Towards the end of the book you become more on the edge and wanting to know what's going to happen next.  I was a tad disappointed with the way it ended.  I thought they were going to ride back home and there would be this big celebration, but something just as exciting does happen instead.  I love the way Taisin's conflict is written to make you feel what she feels about the situation.  There are many surprises in this book that you'll love so my suggestion to you is to go pick it up at your local bookstore and get to reading! :D.


For more information on Malinda Lo click here

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07 June 2011

Cover on......cover off

So I was reading an IMM by I Like These Books and she pointed out that under the dust cover of Forgotten by Cat Patrick the cover was really pretty so of course I got my copy of the book out and checked it out!  She was sooo right, under the dust cover of Forgotten by Cat Patrick the cover is really pretty.  So, I just have to show you guys!

With Dust Cover

Without Dust Cover

Cute right?

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Trailer

The time is almost near for the Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiere in theaters and I can't wait!!!  The trailer for it has just been released so of course I wanted to share it with you guys!!!  Hope you like :)  Comment your thoughts.

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