Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake
♥♥♥♥ ½
Anna dressed in blood, was truly original and delivers a power punch to your stomache. Kendare Blake really stepped out of the paranormal comfort zone with this one! I not only liked the concept of this book, but when an author tells it how it is, curse words and all... It just makes me respect the book that much more. Lets face it, in this day and age the word "Fuck" isn't such a horrible word. It's just another common word in the English language, used in every day normal life. Not being afraid of putting swears in a YA book is seriously awesome. The things these kids do now-a-days.. PSSH! The F-bomb is the least of our worries. (I know, I sound like an 80 yo woman! TOO BAD, It's how I was raised) Anyways, Kendare Blake wrote an amazing novel, and I've already started Girl of Nightmares.

       In Thunder Bay, Canada... a story of horrific magic occurs. Anna, at the age of 16, was brutally murdered. Ever since her death... She has lived in the same house, stuck there. She has haunted the town for decades, Killing any person that set foot in her house.

       Cas has a pretty abnormal job for a boy his age, he also has an unnatural daily life. Research Ghost, Kill ghost, Move. Ever since his father was murdered by the ghost he was supposed to kill, Cas knew he would never have a "normal" life. Cas inherits his fathers Athame, (a dagger of sorts) upon his death. This athame brings great power to those who wield it.

       Cas Travels throughout the country with his mother, who just happens to be a superstitious witch and their cat Tybalt. On a tip from one of his ghost informants, he ends up in Thunder Bay to kill Anna. However, Anna is a force that is not to be reckoned with. Cas quickly learns he underestimated her. He thought he was going to come in, quick kill, and get out. Haha. Wrong. The second he lays eyes on her, everything changes. All the rules he ever knew... don't exist anymore.Now there is Friends, Ghosts, and of course Witches.

-Beth [Vixen2]

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #7

"Waiting on" Wednesday is  a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases in which we are eagerly awaiting.

Kait[Vixen1]'s Pick
Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
Expected Publication: October 2nd, 2012

Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls, #4)

From Goodreads:
At a camp filled with vampires, werewolves, and fairies, Kylie Galen has always struggled to figure out what she is. Now she finally knows the truth—but she's left with more questions than answers. She doesn’t have a clue what her heritage means or how to harness her newfound powers. All she knows is that she needs to sort out her feelings for Derek, the sexy half-Fae who just confessed his love, and Lucas, her werewolf boyfriend who seems more committed to his pack than to their relationship. All the while, Kylie's dealing with a group of underground rogues who want her dead and a mysterious grandfather who makes it clear he doesn’t trust the FRU . . . or Shadow Falls. Soon Kylie will have to choose: Will she stay with the new family she’s formed at Shadow Falls, or will she leave with her grandfather and embrace her destiny?

I'm not too fond of series that drag out, three books is usually plenty for me, but this series is different. I really liked the first three books in the series, even though it does have a dreaded love triangle. In this book I hope Kylie finally finds out what she is and decides between Lucas & Derek. And I'm completely Team Lucas[that name! it get's me every time!]. If you haven't started this series you definitely should.

 Beth [Vixen 2]'s Pick-

 Through to you - Emily Hainsworth
Expected Publication - Oct 2nd, 2012

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.

I'm actually really excited for this book. I'm partial to ghost stories, but this is just a little different. I read As I Wake, by Elizabeth Scott... and I really liked the alter-reality story line. This one is different, obviously but I must say... It simply sounds amazing! 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

What Kills MeTitle: What Kills Me
Author: Wynne Channing
Pages: 209
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

From Goodreads:
An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed What Kills Me a lot. I'll admit, I had a rough time in the beginning. I felt the opening was kind of dull and didn't grab my attention like I hoped it would. But once things starting getting interesting I was hooked. And then Lucas happened.

Lucas... I don't know what it is about that name. I've never met a Lucas I didn't like. And this one was no exception. Axelia, or Zee, was a good character who evolved a lot.. She was kind of weak at first, but she turned it around and became a total badass.

The action scenes were great, especially the final chapters. The betrayals and twists took me by surprise, which is unusual for me. And I was pretty satisfied with the ending. I would have liked a little more of the romance, but it didn't really take away from the story line.

I really liked this book and I will definitely be on the lookout for another book by this author.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #1

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews to share the books we've received this week! I'll be sharing books we've received for review and books we've bought.

This week we bought:

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Both Bethany & I have been dying to get our hands on RoN since the last installment Power of Six was released. If you haven't started this series you definitely should!

We also bought Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares. We've heard such good things about Anna that we both decided we needed the second book right after!

And I got these books for review[from Netgalley]:
Crewel (Crewel World, #1)The Shadow SocietyRootless

I received Crewel by Gennifer Albin, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, & Rootless by Chris Howard for review. I can't wait to get started on these.

I also got:
Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss, #1)

This one was free on B&N so I decided to give it a try. It sounds really good.

Look for some reviews on these books soon!

What did you stack your shelves with this week?
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hallowed - Cynthia Hand

Hallowed - Cynthia Hand

 By the end of this book, I was bawling like a baby. The emotional turmoil that these characters have to go through weighs heavy on your heart. Twisted and heartbreaking. Definitely a book that has you routing for both male characters. I'm at a loss for words, because I don't want to add a spoiler. One thing I will say... the ending of this book will blow you away.

     Clara Gardner is enjoying her senior year at Jackson Hole HS. She has an almost perfect life, with her boyfriend Tucker, her best friends Wendy and Angela, and of course Christian Prescott. After the forest fire last year, Clara thought she failed her purpose... by saving Tucker. She learns that her purpose isn't exactly as straight forward as she would like it to be. Christian, Angela, Clara and her brother Jefferey end up forming an "Angel Club" to discuss anything angel.
      Clara is determined to let everyone know that she has the right to chose, and that she's chosen Tucker. Even when Christian is always there, being supportive and telling her "We belong together".. and she knows and feels it just like he does. She won't give in, She loves Tucker.

      One night, Clara had a nightmare. She saw herself at a cemetery. She has this nightmare over and over, and realizes that this is a vision. This is just another part of her purpose. As she tries to figure out the vision, the Black Wing Samjeeza comes back to taunt her. Staying just far enough away, but close enough for her to know he's there. He's always there.

     Now struck with the horrifying reality that someone she loves dearly will die in a short time, Clara must face this knowledge, figure out her purpose and come to terms with the loss. With everything going on, Clara knows that the fire last year was just the beginning. Her future is completely uncertain. Clara must find the courage in herself, above everything.. to take rewrite her future.

-Beth [Vixen 2]

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6

"Waiting on" Wednesday is  a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases in which we are eagerly awaiting. 

Beth [Vixen#2]'s Pick - 
Okay, Can I just say... I'm SO excited for this book to come out. This is going to be my birthday present to myself, unless someone out there wants to get me a present!? *hints* Anyways, I've read the synopsis to this sooo many times. GUESS WHAT!? I've been saving this WoW, but after completing every task  for the giveaway on Jessica's site... I couldn't keep this in any longer! By the way, totally check out the giveaway! @ Origin Olympics!

Origin - Jessica Khoury
Expected Publication - Sept 4th, 2012 

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home—and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin—a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance of Matched with the mystery and jungle conspiracy of Lost.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kait [Vixen#1]'s Pick -
by Jennifer L. ArmentroutExpected Publication: September 18th, 2012

From Goodreads:Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.


Jennifer Armentrout is awesome. I mean, seriously, awesome. This is the woman who brought Daemon Black into my life, how could I not love her? There have been a few books out there with a similar "touch of death" premise, but none of them have really interested me the way this one has. I can't wait to read Cursed. I'm sure I'll end up falling hopelessly in love with Ember & Haven.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Onyx[Lux #2]
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 14th, 2012
Pages: 366
Rating: 5 out of 5
From Goodreads:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


Oh, Jennifer. What have you done to us? I know I'm not alone in my love for Daemon Black. In Obsidian  he was a conceited jerk, but we loved him. And when he showed us his softer, caring side we loved him even more. In Onyx, Daemon is... still conceited. But he's so much more than that. His sweet side was full force and I loved every damn second of it. I even cried, seriously happy cried.

Daemon makes me feel all possessive. No! Back off ladies! He's MINE!

Anyway, Daemon may be the best part of the book, but he's not the only thing that makes it great. Katy is awesome. She's the kind of girl you want to be friends with. And she's a book blogger! I love that Katy is a book blogger. It kind of feels like a shout out from Jennifer. I love Dee, I wish there had been a little bit more of her. Ash was Ash, but a little more civil. Maybe there's a change coming there. I hated Blake[Ben/Bart/Butler/Brad/Bilbo] as much as Daemon did. That's all I'll say about him.

The book was very fast paced and the twists kept me guessing. The one-liners were even better. Everything about this book was great. It was laugh out loud funny, tear-inducing[whether happy or sad], and damn sexy. I don't have one complaint.

Here are some, but not even close to all, of my favorite quotes:
-"Resistance is futile, Kitten" -Daemon [insert swoon here]
-"Daemon was a total babe, but he was stab-worthy" - Katy
-"Yeah, it was just books." - Katy [she gets us]
-"Dog-eared pages were Antichrist of book lovers everywhere." -Katy [AMEN!]
-"If there is anything, there is us." -Read it to find out....

And one final quote:
"Deadly and sweet- that was what Daemon was; two very different kinds of souls rested in him, fused together."

P.S. Is anyone else wondering that the hell Daemon wrote on the note he caught Katy & her friends passing in class? I bet it was good.


Requiem - Jamie Mcguire

Requiem - Jamie Mcguire

It took me forever to review this book, because I went on vacation, and then per usual, the real world took president over my fictional character fixes. What else can I say except AMAZING. Trying to keep this spoiler free, is hard. I'd love to tell you the entire story! But alas, that defeats the purpose of you reading this book. Once again, knowing every where they go, is just such an awesome bonus. However I have not been to the church in Woonsocket, and completely plan on going there with my bestie, and taking pictures!!

In Providence, Rhode Island, Nina finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth again. Requiem is the second installment in he Providence trilogy. After everything that happened in Providence, you'd think that things might settle down. Hah, completely wrong. Shax now has a new game he wants to play with Nina, Jared, and the rest of the Ryel siblings.

Requiem picks up right where Providence left off. Any questions you had at the end of Providence. All questions you may have had are definitely answered, and then some. Nina starts her internship at Titan shipping, the company that her father started and she now owns. Juggling her studies at Brown and her new job as CEO is pretty tiring in itself. She starts having nightmares of her father every night. Jared being her protector and newly acquired fiance is trying to do everything in his power to rid Nina of her nightmares.

While Claire is away with Ryan, you are intimately introduced to Bex, the youngest Ryel. While Jared is off trying everything, Bex stays with Nina, and they realize that Nina doesn't have the dreams unless Jared is around. Could he be the reason she's having horrible nightmares?
Jamie Mcguire delivers a page turning sequel. In Providence I couldn't decided who I loved more... Jared or Ryan. I have come to terms that I love them both in equally different ways now. Jared is probably the best lead Male romantic character I've ever read. Ryan, while he struggles to be the lead, he takes second place to none. You discover a whole new love for Ryan in Requiem. I can't say much more without a spoiler, so I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!

-beth [Vixen 2]

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5

"Waiting on" Wednesday is  a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases in which we are eagerly awaiting.

Kait [Vixen 1]'s pick - 

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Expected Publication:November 6th, 2012

From Goodreads:
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.


Well that's kind of a crappy synopsis, but I am still so excited for this book. Daughter of Smoke and Bone  was one of the most original and beautiful stories I've read.

Beth [Vixen 2]'s pick -  

This is an out of the norm pick for me, but I really do anticipate reading this. I like the concept of this story. It's a different take on the soul.

Every Day - David Levithan
Expected Publication: Aug. 28th 2012

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Expected publication: August 28th, 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5
272 pages
From Goodreads:
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)

This was a great book. At first I was a little apprehensive because of Rose's age, but I got over it pretty quickly.

Rose is a fourteen year old freshman and she's having the worst year of her life. Her dad died over the summer, her best friend is obsessed with losing her virginity, and she's crushing on a bad boy who might have a girlfriend with a mean streak.

This book took me by surprise. I was expecting a very unlikely story, with an even more unlikely ending. What I got was a story that was closer to reality than most teen novels.

I loved the words at the beginning of every chapter. They fit in perfectly with the story line. I loved Rose. I wanted to protect her like she was my younger sister. I felt bad for her sometimes BFF, Tracy, who wanted to be accepted so badly that she was willing to do almost anything. Most of the other characters were kind of blah. I didn't connect much with anyone except Rose.

The one problem I had with this book was the anger. I didn't really see Rose as angry. Sure, she had her moments, but in her situation I would have been much worse.

The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger. I will definitely be adding the next book to my to-read list. I can't wait to see what sophomore year has in store for Rose.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Inbetween by Tara Fuller

Inbetween[Kissed by Death #1] by Tara Fuller
Rating: 4 out of 5
Expected publication: August 28th, 2012
Pages: 400

From Goodreads:
 Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

What a great start to a series!
I loved Finn instantly. Emma was likable, but there was something holding me back from loving her. The connection between Finn and Emma[or lack thereof] was frustrating at first, but my waiting paid off. I enjoyed most of this book, and I had very few complaints.

The thing I find most amazing about this book was how much I fell for the secondary characters, especially Emma's best friend Cash. Usually the secondary characters are just background noise to me. I read that the next book will center on the other characters, I hope that's true. I would love to read about Cash, there's something about him that I really loved.

I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this new series.


Waiting on Wednesday #4

"Waiting on" Wednesday is  a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases in which we are eagerly awaiting.

 Beth [Vixen 2]'s pick - 
 ... Can I just say,  EEEEEEE!!!!! *does the happy dance while squealing* I love when books finally come to such a bittersweet ending. I'm nervous about the Beautiful Creatures movie though, I must admit. The movies have been doing pretty good with following YA Novels lately, but... Some books just shouldn't be made into a movie [(Tiger's Curse for example) THAT'S a whole other rant for me though!] Goodness, there is Sooooo many good books coming out that it was SO hard to pick this weeks WoW! I do have to catch up on a few other series, so I chose the only one I AM caught up on! 

 Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Expected Publication: September 23th, 2012

 Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.


Kait [Vixen1]'s pick -

Onyx - Jennifer Armentrout
Expected publication: August 14th, 2012

From Goodreads:Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


SIX FREAKING DAYS!I have been lusting over this book since the day I finished Obsidian and I'm so happy I don't have much longer to wait. I'm also super excited this is getting released while I'm on vacation, so I'll be able to read this in one sitting[because I know I will].

What's your WoW?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Providence - Jamie Mcguire

Providence - Jamie Mcguire
5 Hearts

Providence, Rhode Island. Oh how I love thee. Living in RI for 12 years now, I've become so accustomed to the eclectic ways of every day living. Providence however, has it's own air about it. If you visit Providence, you'll be enchanted by it's old world qualities. Go to Federal Hill, where the the Italian history is rich. Take a walk over near RISD, go shopping in the upper east side of Prov, on Thayer St. I must say though, if you love books... you would LOVE the Brown Bookstore. While I'm on the topic of Brown...
Nina Grey finds herself struggling with her father’s recent death, (Who wouldn't). Losing my father at the age of 20 I deeply connected with her pain, anger, and misery. She meets Jared, at the bus stop leaving from her home after her fathers funeral, to go back to Brown. Nina is awestruck by Jared, Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction. Nina keeps meeting up with Jared by "chance" or so she thinks. She feels like she has known Jared all her life, she's comfortable with him. Unbeknownst to Nina, She has. Jared seems to know the answers before they're asked, and can always sense her feelings.
When her father’s former "associates" begin following her, and address in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Jared reveals the only secret he was ever supposed to keep, Risking everything for Nina, who he was born to protect. Nina, Jared, and his family set out on a quest to rid themselves of the demons of her fathers past.

Jamie Mcguire, you rocked my socks off with this book. Being able to picture everywhere they went, just made it so much better! It's great to see an author love Providence as much as we do in RI. I can't wait to read Requiem and Eden. Oh and I've been dying to read Beautiful Diaster, but alas.. I don't have to wait much longer! 
-beth [Vixen2]

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Pages: 417

Rating: 5 out of 5

From Goodreads:
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


There are times when life gets completely in the way. And it definitely has been in my way these past couple weeks. I took far too long finishing up this book, especially considering how much I loved it.

“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.”

I was fascinated by every bit of this book. When I found myself on the last page I wanted to cry, I needed more. Everything was so beautiful, rich, and poetic. I loved the characters, especially Karou[I love her name too] and Brimstone. I'm usually disappointed with storyline twists because I can always predict them, but there were many twists that I never saw coming. The idea of good and evil play a huge role in this book, and I guarantee you'll find yourself unsure of which side is which.

This book took me on a journey to a stunning world full of magic and mystery. I can't wait to get my hands on Days of Blood & Starlight, which has an expected publication date of November 6th.