Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday (1): Top 10 Books of 2010

This week's topic:
Top Ten Books of 2010

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

My Top Ten Books of 2010

  1. The Reckoning by Kelly Armstrong 
  2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  3. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  4. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
  5. Need by Carrie Jones
  6. Captivate By Carrie Jones
  7. Full Moon by Rachel Hawthorne 
  8. One For The Money by Janet Evanovich
  9. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  10. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

I didn't read as much as I wanted this year but hopefully I'll get the chance next year.
What's your top ten?


Teaser Tuesday (3)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers

Something About You (Berkley Sensation)

"Where is Wilkins, anyway?" Cameron asked.
"In the living room, being accosted by eighteen women who think he's a stripper. I thought it was the best to duck in here."
"So much for never leaving a man behind."
Something About You by Julie James

The Eternal Ones

"You know, sometimes when you're too close to someone, it's hard to see who they really are."
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!! I just wanted to wish you Merry Christmas and
I hope you have a wonderful christmas.
Have a great new year!
Hopefully santa will be extra good to you.
Enjoy your holidays!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Vacations From Hell >> Book Review

Vacations from Hell
Vacations From Hell by various authors
(5 short stories)
paperback pages: 280
My Overall Rating 3.5 stars

Life's a beach...
and then you're undead?

In this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers-Libba Bray (A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY), Cassandra Clare (CITY OF BONES), Claudia Gray (EVERNIGHT), Maureen Johnson (13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES), and Sarah Mlynowski (BRAS & BROOMSTICKS)- tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive...
From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. When vacation time comes, you definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!

My Review
Vacations From Hell is a book that holds 5 short stories. Stories about vacations, that didn’t end up well. And of course each of them had their share of paranormal.

I will review each one of them. It’s really hard to give you an idea for each of them without spoiling them because of their short length, the stories start right away.
So I’ll try my best.

CRUISIN, by Sarah Mlynowski
My Rating 1 star
This story follows two girls that are cruising when they hear rumours of vampire attacks on cruises. Basically these two girls go on vacation without their parents and the one of them has a goal to achieve. This goal though seems to be interrupted by vampires or maybe not. I can’t say much because I will spoil it. 
Overall I didn’t like it.

My Rating 5 stars
This story is about witches and a group of women that practises their magic. 

Every summer they gather together in order to practice magic together. For their husbands it’s a vacation, because one of the rules says that men are forbidden to know about their magic. 
Cecily doesn’t want to go because Kathleen will be there. They hate each other. 
Cecily though finds out that Kathleen has been messing around with magic, breaking one of the rules. She tries to tell her mother but she doesn’t believe her so it’s up to her to try to solve it. 

I liked this story, it’s my favourite of all five stories and I would definitely read it if it was a novel. There was an incident actually that I wanted to share with you. My highest rated stories were actually kind scary and definitely creepy. So when I was reading this story, there was a scene where this Cecily was practising her magic under the light of some candles. And while I was reading the exact scene the lights in my house went off, and if I was alone I would surely have freaked out! Lol.
Overall I would suggest reading this short story if you like reading about witches.

THE LAW OF SUSPECTS, by Maureen Johnson
My Rating 5 stars
I loved this story! 
It’s about two sisters who go to Paris for the summer but they end up in an old village where there is no phone line and their cell phones don’t have any bars. If it wasn’t only for that, there aren’t also any people near them expect their really scary neighbour that lives next door. 
I can say there isn’t anything really paranormal in it but it’s for sure creepy and scary. I now look at my neighbours with another eye. Lol.
There is also a small romantic encounter in this book. Nothing as a full length book could provide but let me tell you something I got from this story. Looks can deceive.
Overall loved it and I hope it becomes someday a full length novel.

THE MIRROR HOUSE, by Cassandra Clare
My Rating 3.5 stars
Ok, this reminded me her trilogy Mortal Instruments. The story wasn’t similar to her trilogy, but the sister and brother thing was. 
So this is a story about a brother and sister who are in love. 

They are not actually blood related but by law related. Their parents got married and now they are on their vacation all together trying to hide the fact that they are more than brother and sister.

As the days pass they find a beach where a strange lady lives in a house full of mirrors. That lady captures her brother and now it’s up to her to find the way to save him. 
Overall, not crazy about it. The brother and sister set me off a little, mostly because she has already done it but the story line didn’t appeal to me much.

NOWHERE IS SAFE, by Libba Bray
My Rating 4.5 stars
I liked this story a lot! And it was the scariest of them all!

So this story is about 4 Americans who travel around Europe and they come across a small village with a weird name and even weirder reputation. In their travel brochure it says that the village is haunted by evil spirits. They laugh about it and think they should see the place thinking it will be an ordinary, even boring village.
What they find though is human sacrifices to the Satan and they wish they hadn’t gone there.
I can’t say much but it’ll make your skin crawl.

Overall I would like to read this as a full length story but I would make sure it’s day and long before I go to bed.


Buy the book at Amazon | Book Depository  (Format Hardcover)
and Amazon | Book Depository (Format Paperback)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (2)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers 

I haven't been reading much lately due to finals but today is my last exam so I'll have plenty of time to read!
Today's teasers are from the same books l gave the teasers last week.

Perfect Chemistry

I was expecting him to say a lot of things, but not that. Especially not that. I notice his bloodshot eyes.
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

The Eternal Ones

Haven's eyes returned to the box that lay in her lap, and she picked out another scoop of paper. Soon the things Haven tried to forget began coming back to her.
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Devil To Pay (Harlequin Nocturne)"She refused! And yet I love her deeply. My desiderata. I was crushed."
The Devil To Pay by Michele Hauf


The Reckoning >> Book Review

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Book 3)
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong 
Darkest Powers, Book 3
paperback pages: 391
My Rating 5 stars

"You're telling me you can raise the dead simply by summoning?"
"My God," she whispered, staring at me. "What have they done?"
Hearing her words and seeing her expression, I knew I'd just done something worse than raising the dead-I'd confirmed her worst fears about us. In her eyes, I saw the same thing I saw when people looked at Derek. I saw fear.
And I knew we were in trouble.

My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.
But normal is one thing I'm not.
To start with, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet, tempered brother-who just happens to be a sorcerer-but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.
Not normal.
My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us-permanently.
Definitely not normal.
And finally, I'm genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.
As far away from normal as it gets.

My Review
Wow!!!! That’s what I said when I read the final words of the book. Wow is not even a word but the story left me literally speechless. That good it was.

It’s the last book in the Darkest Powers series and it’s the best of all three. You really get to know the characters better and let me tell you that Tori really surprised me. She’s not bad after all. Tori becomes more reliable and finds herself liking their company, now that her family doesn't care for her. Chloe seems to understand and makes sure nothing gets between her and the boys that still don't believe that Tori has changed.

Derek finally finishes his transformation with Chloe's help and they find out that there is no one they can trust. They are not even sure about their dad at this point. Chloe realizes her range of power and use it finally for her defence.

The book was fast passed as the previous with more Derek and Chloe moments giving me the opportunity to see their relationship grow between them.
The author really knows who to tell a story and make it believable. Kelly Armstrong is really talented and she made Chloe sound like a real teenager without littering the language.

But what made me love this book most was the ending. I’ve read other reviews and the ending is either love it or hate it feeling. For me it was perfect. Sure there are things that are not explained but that’s why she’s having another trilogy based on the same word. I can’t say much about the ending because I’ll spoil it but the words just left me breathless.


Buy the book at Amazon | Book Depository (Format Hardcover)
and Amazon | Book Depository  (Format Paperback)


Monday, December 20, 2010

350 Pages Books Challenge 2011

350 Page Books 2011 Challenge

I am joining another challenge called 350 Page Books Challenge.
This challenge is about reading books that have 350 or more pages. There is no specific number of books to read (you can if you want), just listing them. If you're one of them that likes reading thick books, join in.
This challenge is hosted by What's Your Story? and you can find more info here.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Off The Shelf Challenge 2011

Off The Shelf!I came across this challenge and it was perfect for me. It's hosted by Bookish Ardour’s Reading Challenges and it's called Off The Shelf Challenge. All you have to do is read those books that are sitting on your shelfs waiting to be read. More info here.
It's perfect for anyone who has the tendency to buy tons of books and really never get the chance to read them. 

These are some of the books that are on my shelf so I figured to list them in hope that I'll get to read them this year. There are only 15 but I'll probably be adding more later on
The Challenge Level I'm on is Trying - Choose 15 books to read

  1. The Secret Society by Tom Dolby
  2. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatric
  3. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
  4. Hourglass by Claudia Gray
  5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  6. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan 
  7. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson #3) by Rick Riordan
  8. Blue Moon by Scott Westerfeld 
  9. The Dream of the Stone by Christina Askounis 
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  11. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  12. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  13. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  14. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  15. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

These are the covers. I just love book covers!

Secret Society (Secret Society Novel)Crescendo (Hush, Hush)Stargazer (Evernight)Hourglass (Evernight)The Time Traveler's WifeThe Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)Midnighters #3: Blue NoonThe Dream of the StoneIf I StayHaloNevermoreNightshade: Book 1Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)

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