Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Wrap Up

This month I read 7 books, should've been more but I have to study for my CPC exam coming up in March. This month's list included:

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Torn by Stephanie Guerra

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Fallen by Lauren Kate

So that brings my ebooks up two more

9/25

My total I've read

17/50 for my overall goal.

I have a feeling I will pass that up :)

How are you all doing on your challenges?

XO Kayla

IMM (3)

In my Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren that showcases all the books we have received this week.


I went and got these from the library. I wanted to pick some from my TBR pile that has been there for awhile. It's a short list this week.



Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (I'm reading this now and it is pretty good & hilarious!)

Already Home by Susan Mallery

What's in your mail box?

XO Kayla
 


Wishlist Wednesday

"Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. " You can find the website here : @ Pen to Paper

A Midsummer's Nightmare
Whitley Johnsons dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother... at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.


Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Poppy

This book still has a while to get published but it sounds interesting and the cover is just pretty. Looks like a good summer beach read, which lately I can not wait until summer!

What's on your wish list this week?

XO Kayla

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday

"Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. " You can find the website here : @ Pen to Paper

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)
She’s a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire...

He’s the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames

This is to be released June 26, 2012. I love the cover ;) very sexy and it sounds like an amazing read. Love vampire books!

What's on your wishlist?

Happy Reading
XO

Review: Unbreak My Heart


Unbreak My Heart
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Clementine Williams had a great group of friends until she started falling for her best friend Amanda's boyfriend Ethan. After spending one night with Ethan her entire friendship changes. Although Clem did not do anything, people are suspecting that they were hooking up. No one is talking to her now, and to make matters worse she is spending the entire summer on a boat.

While doing the loop, they meet Mr. Townsend and his son James while stopping at a dock. James rambles a lot and is always smiling, and Clem thinks he is cute. They end up hanging out a lot and he ends up helping her with her issues.

In Unbreak My Heart, it switches from past to the future, letting the reader know what really happened between Clem, Ethan, and Amanda. She also learns what is real and what is not. Her heart is not breaking for Ethan, it's for Amanda. She realizes she needs to stop reliving the past, and focus on the future.

This is a great read and a book that most people can relate to.



View all my reviews

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I've Got Your Number

I've Got Your Number
Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number: A Novel
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by The Dial Press

RATED IT: 5 STARS

I could not wait to start this book, I went out and bought it when it released. This book was everything I thought it would be. I've Got Your Number was a hilarious, page turning read. I literally could not put this down.

The MC is Poppy Wyatt who loses her engagement ring that is a family heirloom. To make matters worse she loses her phone, the number that she gave everyone in case they found her ring. But can you believe she found a phone right outside in a bin? Poppy ends up taking the phone that use to belong to Sam Roxton's PA Violet, who quit to model.

Sam is a successful businessman and ends up helping Poppy by making a fake ring to even helping her cheat in scrabble. Sam is confident, not much of a chatter, and serious. Poppy's future hubby Magnus Tavish is extremely intelligent, along with his entire family. They all have serious book smarts and even wrote a couple of books. Poppy feels out of place and a little insecure.

Sam and Poppy end up sharing the phone, she is always forwarding his emails that she receives on the phone in order to keep it until her ring shows up. They do text a lot and she even helps him with his business, when a crisis hits. Magnus and Poppy end up having a few differences, is it something to not worry about or just end up going along with the wedding?

This book has a lot of footnotes, which I did not really like. After I would read something I would have to skip down to see what she meant and then find my place again up top. Some footnotes are pretty funny though. There were some scenes in the book that I just wanted to smack Poppy, going through Sam's emails and then the thing with Magnus. But overall I loved this book!



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Torn

Torn
Stephanie Guerra

Torn

Hardcover, 144 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2012

Torn was an excellent realistic teen read. We've all been there before, people trying to bring us to the "dark side". Everyone loves to gossip and start rumors on one another, even if most is not even real people still have it in the back of their mind. And that is what happened to Stella.

Stella Chavez is your average student, good grades, sort of a jock in high school, and gets along with  majority of the school. But truth is her dad was a major drug user and ended up leaving his family behind. Now Stella is picking up the pieces and helps her mother, whom works double shifts as a waitress, take care of her younger siblings Marcus and Jackie.

 Then comes Ruby who is new and you can tell first hand that she takes nothing from no one. She loves speaking her mind, dating much older guys, and smoking. Ruby has hidden secrets that you will find out that will blow your mind. Before too long, Stella and Ruby start hanging out. People at school start questioning why she is spending so much time with Ruby that she is a "whore" and been with half the college campus.  Stella ends up meeting Mike from Ruby, who's age difference is just two years, but to everyone in high school that's just nuts. But how far will Ruby go and what age limit does she stop at? Ruby and Stella have their differences and Stella's social life is taking a downfall due to rumors.  Stella's life is at stake, college applications need to be filled out, soccer is not much of a priority anymore, and girl's at school are planning something terrible at the end of graduation. Will she lose a friend, by going behind her back to help Ruby?

I highly recommend this book, it is a wonderful book that most people have experience or will experience in their life. This book kind of reminded me of the "Mean Girl" scene. Teenagers can be vicious and in Torn you definitely see this. This is a great fast paced read that I could not put down. I liked the way the author wrote, very easy to follow and makes you want to keep turning the pages.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and the Bookish . This Week's theme is : Books that broke your heart.


My Top Ten Nine Books:

The Notebook
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffengger

The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

The Pact
The Pact by Jodi Picoult

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tempted (House of Night, #6)
Tempted by P.C. Cast

Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

There is my top nine, I know I am missing one, but I can not think of another.
What is on your list? Leave me a comment and let me know
Thanks.

Happy Valentines Day & Have A Great Day!
xoxo
Kayla


Wings

Wings
Aprilynne Pike

Wings (Wings, #1)


Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Harper Teen
Rated it: 4 Stars
I started this book and read a couple chapters and I was thinking, "I am not going to like this book, it's starting off a little bit slow." But then the book started building up and I could not put it down. I do not normally read  faerie books but this was a pretty good book.
The MC is Laurel, who has been home schooled her entire life until her mom and dad thinks that she should start going to public school. She moves from their cabin to the city, where her dad owns a bookstore. There she meets David, who is your overall nice guy and she starts hanging out with him everyday.
Laurel has consisdered herself a little different than the rest, she eats different mostly fruits and veggies and can not tolerate "real" food. No matter the temperature, she is always wearing a tank top and loves the cool air. And far as she can remember she has not even bled. Skip toward a little, things start happening to her and she confides in her best friend David to help, and pretty much becomes his "science project".
She returns to her cabin and finds herself in front of this stunning male, Tamani. He has all the answers that she has been wanting to know and ends up telling her that she is a  faerie. Tamani ends up telling Laurel that her mother and father must not sell the land to help keep the land safe. Can she keep the land safe and will it put her parents at risk?
There is a love triangle in this book, lots of twists, and suspense. It was a fast read and Wings is a series. I do plan on reading the other books. Pike writes in a style that is easy to follow and easy to read. I do recommend this book, especially for those of you who like fanstasy books.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I've Been Tagged!!


I have been tagged by Miri @I solemly swear that I'm up to a book . This helps to learn more about bloggers so here goes:

THE RULES
  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!


QUESTIONS
  1. Which book have you reread most often and what is your favorite thing about this book? Hmm, that would probably have to be The Notebook, I have read it over and over so many times I have lost count. I just love the book, it's a great sappy read to lay on the couch and have a good cry to. I'm a huge fan of his and just love his writing.
  2. Which is the latest book you bought? I've bought Wake, Fallen, Witches of the East End, Between Friends, The Divide, & also Think Twice.
  3. Do you prefer tea or coffee?I'm a coffee drinker. Love, love, love Starbucks! Carmel Frappes are amazing.
  4. Do you like borrowing books (e. g. from a library) or do you want to own every book you read? I go to the library but I'd rather own the books. I plan on having a huge library in my future house ;)
  5. What is your favorite first sentence and from what book is it? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. -A Tale of Two Cities
  6. Do you prefer physical copys or ebooks? Physical books, although I love my kindle. I just love going and buying books and setting them out on my bookshelve.
  7. What is your favorite non-fictional book? And if you don't have one, why don't you like non-fictional books? I do not read much non-fiction, but when I do I read mostly the True Crime books. I like reading about the serial killers, I may be a little crazy!
  8. What is your favorite kind of chocolate? Milk Chocolate, can not stand dark chocolate. It tastes bitter, yuck!
  9. How do you organise your books? In shelves? In boxes? And then - title, genre, size? In a book shelve & my computer desk. I just go by size. I should get a little more organized with the genre but one day!
  10. If you could live in any fictional world/country (e. g. Narnia, Harry Potter, Inkworld...) where would you live and why would you like to live there? Probably Hogwarts from HP. The movies are awesome & be amazing if I could live there. Studying the whole magic thing and doing it would be pretty cool.
  11. Why did you decide to write your own blog? Most of my friends do not read and I wanted to share my opinions on books, so I thought hey- why not blog about it.
My Questions:

  1. What's your favourite book of all time?
  2. What is your favourite genre?
  3. Do you like stand alone books or series better?
  4. Favourite book to movie?
  5. What book are you looking forward to reading this year?
  6. Vampires or Zombies?
  7. Best ice cream Flavour?
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. Love Triangles: Hate it or Love it?
  10. Favourite author(s)?
  11. Favourite TV show(s)?

    I TAG:

    I am subcribed to many bloggers, so I TAG EVERYONE who reads this.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In My Mailbox (2)


In my Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren that showcases all the books we have received this week. Here is my list for this week:


Top: Wake, Witches of East End, Fallen

Bottom: Between Friends, Think Twice, The Divide

What's in your mailbox this week?

Happy Reading.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Home Front

Home Front
Kristin Hannah
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press
 
Home Front

Rated it: 4 1/2 Stars

Shew, where to even begin? This book was just amazingly written, and terribly sad. I would read this late at night and just sob. I have never read anything by Kristin Hannah, where have I been? Her writing is wonderful, and I plan on reading more of her work.

Jolene (Jo) is a military wife and mother who flies planes in the military, and had a hard childhood. Her parents were constantly fighting and were alcoholics,  and later died in an accident leaving her completely alone. Her husband Michael works in a law firm and is always busy never arriving on time, and always relying on Jo to keep the house up and running. He is not supportive at all, and thinks women should not even be in the military. Jo's husband ends up telling her that he is not in love with the woman he once knew. Betsy is a twelve year old girl who is embarrassed of her mother's career, due to friends laughing at her and is having problems fitting in. She can be a brat and mean. Lulu is four and a total mommy's girl, she is about to have a birthday soon along with school.

She gets a call that she is getting deployed. The kids do not understand why their mother has to leave. They are angry and hurt, they have never been close to their dad. One person Jo can count on is her best friend Tami, who is also in the military. They both deploy together and are very close.

Hannah portrays Jo's life over in Iraq & what she has lost, the guilt she suffers, and the husband
who says that he is not in love anymore. This book will touch your heart and is a major tear jerker.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's theme is Top Ten You'd Hand to Someone Who Says They Don't Like to Read.




My List


 
The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset

Harry Potter Boxed Set (Harry Potter, #1-6)

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

The Chronicles of Narnia (#1-7)


The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead



The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: The Complete Collection

I can not think of any more at the moment. So what's on your list?

Happy Reading

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lover Eternal BDB # 2

Lover Eternal
J.R. Ward
Kindle Edition

RATED IT: 5 Stars


Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)


Wow oh wow. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series so far. This book was about Rhage one of the brothers who you learn has a curse that releases when he is in pain. Rhage might seem like a womanizer and a complete jerk, but whenever he meets Mary he completely changes. Mary has cancer and is told she does not have long to live. She meets Rhage one night and is pretty much giving him the cold shoulder, not wanting to get close due to her illness. Their love story was just sweet and there were some moments were I wanted to cry. Towards the end you also find out a little bit about the other brother Zsadist, who is pretty much "dead". I can not wait to read the next book and learn about Zsadist, although he might seem like a tough guy, I believe their is more to it.
I highly recommend this series, especially if you are into the whole paranormal, vampire thing. These are the best by far.

“I will not fall in love with you," she said. "I can't let myself. I won't."

"That's all right. I'll love you enough for the both of us.”

Sunday, February 5, 2012

In My Mailbox (1)

Well I decided to start doing "In My Mailbox" hosted by The Story Siren , which you tell about the books you received this past week.


This week I went to Books A Million and found some books that were on sale. Some are in a series, which I had no idea, but hey that's okay. I have a reason to buy more books ;) I also scored a few free ebooks from amazon. Sorry that the image is dark, I used my phone. Also I missed the last two titles at the bottom, glad Im not a photographer!

My List


Starting at top:
Winter's Kiss-
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye- Deb Caletti
Look Both Ways- Jacquelyn Mitchard
Bottom:
Envy- Anna Godbersen
Wings- Aprilynne Pike
Remember Me- Christopher Pike

I won:



Free ebooks:

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover- Linda Wisdom
Haunting Grace- Elizabeth Marshall
Thirst- Claire Farrell
Heavenly- Hennifer Laurens
The Book of Deacon- Joseph Lallo

 
That concludes my list! What's in your mailbox this week?

Happy Reading & Have a great Sunday 







Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fifty Shades Darker

ADULT CONTENT

Fifty Shades Darker

E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

Kindle Edition
Published September 15th 2011 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
RATED IT: 5 STARS
“I'm anything but fine. I feel like the sun has set and not risen for five days, Ana. I'm in perpetual night here".”


Five stars does not do this book justice, needs to be ten times higher! This is just as good as the first, if not better! The characters are more developed in this book and it explains just why Fifty is the way he is. Fifty Shades Darker just got better and better throughout the book. Crazy ex subs, a boss who is sketchy, and some really hot love making, my inner goddess is doing back flips! E.L. James knows how to capture the readers attention and keep the sizzle going.

I love love love these books, and can not wait to read the last and see that happens.

“This is me, Ana. All of me...and I'm all yours. What do I have to do to make you realize that? To make you see that I want you any way I can get you. That I love you.”    

Wishlist Wednesday


"Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. " You can find the website here : @ Pen to Paper
Faery Tales & Nightmares 
Faery Tales & Nightmares 

Goodreads Description:

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the 
 
world as we know it.
Table of Contents:
"Where Nightmares Walk"
"Winter's Kiss" (Fairy Tales)
"Transition" (Vampires)
"Love Struck" (Selchies)
"Stopping Time" (WL World)
"Old Habits" (WL World)
"The Art of Waiting"
"Flesh for Comfort"
"The Sleeping Girl and the Sumer King" (WL World-ish, the short story that started the series)
"Cotton Candy Skies" (WL World)
"Unexpected Family" (WL World)
"Merely Mortal" (WL World)

My Thoughts

So I came across this book on Goodreads and I love the cover, and it sounds like a good read mixed with a bunch of short stories. I seen reviews though and some people said you should read her series of "Wicked Lovely" so they kind of know whats going on. I have never read the series, but I plan on doing so before reading this. This book is released in February 21st, 2012.

Happy reading!