Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LEGEND Giveaway

Legend (Legend, #1)So there’s this book called Legend.  It came out yesterday. I’m in love with it. It’s SO epically fantastic. You want to read this book. You NEED to read this book!! Soooo right-this-very-second I’m giving away TWO COPIES! SQUEEE! For a chance to win click HERE!

~US only!
~Ends Friday, December 2nd! So, get that entry in quick! 


*sings* Day and June, Day and June! I love, I love Day and June. Bug! Sorry, this book makes me weird. :P

Legend by Maire Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)
LEGEND (Legend #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 306
Rating: 5 HUNDRED THOUSAND LEGENDARY STARS! No. Lie. 
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.~Goodreads

One of my favorite things about LEGEND was the alternating POV between the two main characters, Day and June. (SQUEE! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, OH MY GOSH, YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW!! Ehem...) The shift in the narration was written so fantastically well and they both had such unique voices. I felt like I got to know both Day and June a million times better than if only one of them were to narrate.

*swoons* Day, the love of my life, he is in fact a legend. Seriously, he’s the most wanted criminal in the Republic(and i use that phrase loosely because I think that Day just embarrasses the Republic. He can out smart them...and that pisses them off. ha!) He's a bad-ass with a huge heart. He cares SO much about his family and the lengths that he’ll go to in order to protect them is amazing. GAH! And his use of dialect...*thud* i melt when he says, "yeah?" ZEEEP! I want to marry this boy! But he might just have feelings for our heroine...

JUNEBUG!! She is so effin’ adorable yet completely kick-ass. How does she do it?! Oh, yeah, she’s a prodigy! And she has this incredible sharpness to her that makes her the perfect person to go after Day (my her future husband, hopefully!) Even after everything she's been put through, she's still this incredibly compassionate person, and i admire that so much. OOh, and let's not forget that she can totally dominate a Skiz fight like nobody's business! *sighs* I love her...I want to be her...too much? :P

And once you get her and Day together!! OH MY GOODESS! They are witty, flirty, kick-ass prodigy perfection! GAH! The wine scene?! *INSERT FAN-GIRLY SQUEAL HERE!*

It's so easy to forget that they're ONLY 15! They both carry such heavy burdens through-out the book and they have to deal with this harsh government, yet they handle themselves with complete and utter courage. They are the most astounding 15 year olds i've ever come across! 

GUYS! You don’t even understand (please go out and buy this book so you can understand...) I am obsessed with this book! And Day and June! And Batalla! And the Sectors! And holy crap this might just be one of the best dystopian novels I’ve ever read!

I really want to spill everything about the plot. Right. Now. And  I really want you to know what happened to Metias and why Thomas is a douche and why I hate Commander Jameson so much and why I want to cry when I think about Ollie and how June becomes the most amazing person at the end of the book! But I can’t. Because yoooou, my wondrous reader, need to pick up this book and find out for yourself!

LEGEND is a phenomenal debut! It will blow your mind, break your heart and have you DYING for the next installment! A MUST! MUST! MUST READ

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Legend

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

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 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!

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Legend (Legend, #1)DAY: Maybe I shouldn’t of helped her. Way too distracting. At this moment all I’m thinking about is what I’d give up for the chance to kiss her or to run my fingers through her dark hair.

JUNE: That’s when I see a gesture which jolts my mind completely back into place: before he lies down to sleep, he grabs at something around his neck. It’s such an unconscious movement that I doubt he even realizes he did it. I stare at his neck but see nothing hanging around it. He had grabbed at the ghost of a necklace, the ghost of some trinket or thread. And that’s when I remember...

OH, SNAP! What does she remember!? AHH! One way to find out is to go pick up this INCREDIBLE debut right now because it’s out TODAY! Or you can come back tomorrow and enter for a chance to win a copy!! Either way, you REALLY need to read this book! Legend is easily my favorite book of 2011!

Monday, November 28, 2011

JOIN AURA'S ARMY TODAY

It's that time again! Yep, you guessed it! The YA Sisterhood's Tourney Time! And as most of you know, this tourney is all about THE HEROINES! Yeeeaaah buddy! It's about time these KICK @SS chicks got some recognition! 

I was extremely lucky and got paired up with Aura from Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade Trilogy! (annnnd if you know me at ALL, you'll know that I'M. IN. LOVE. WITH. THOSE. BOOKS!) Sooo, I am now officially Aura's advocate! And i would absolutely and totally LOVE if you joined me in supporting her in this tourney! She's seriously awesome! 

If you'd like to join Aura's Army feel free to post/share/iron on a t-shirt/tattoo on your body any of the following button/icon thingys!

Spread the word! Pimp out Aura! And be sure to rock the vote on December 14th when she goes up against Kaylee from Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamer Series! 











These thanks to Adrena!



As seen being rocked by Zachary & Logan! 


Random extra ones! 









  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

ARC Clear Out UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who commented on the ARC Clear Out post! There were a TON of you! And now I'm sad that i don't have 56 books to give to all of you! 


But for those of you that did get picked, an e-mail has been sent to ya! 


Thanks again! I hope to do more of these in the future! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving my wondrous, glorious, beauteous followers! I love you SO MUCH and i am seriously so thankful for you all!


I hope you have a FANTASTIC THANKSGIVING! And i  hope that you don't get a tummy ache from eating too much turkey! :P

Don't forget to enter the Gratitude Giveaway Hop for a chance to win Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:
Drowning InstinctThere are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) 

Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. 

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.) 

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism. 

And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.) 

Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.~Goodreads

O_O Umm, that synopsis has me speechless. It sounds crazily good. Like, what in the EFF is going to happen!? I can't wait to find out in January! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Pandemonium

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

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 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!
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Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
"Alex."
This book is amazing and you need to pick it up AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT! That is all. 


thanks Jaime!! Love you tons! <3

ARC CLEAR OUT

  • ·      Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
  • ·      Envy by Greg Olsen
  • ·      Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
  • ·      Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • ·      Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
  • ·      Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  • ·      Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Adding a couple additional titles to take the place of Crossed!
  • Soul Thief by Jana Oliver
  • Frost by Wendy Delsol 
  • And Dear Bully by, like, 70 awesome authors!

If you’re interested in any of the above titles leave a comment saying which one(s) you’d like, and a way to contact you!  I’ll randomly pick 3 or 4 peeps to adopt them! (Depending on how many people are interested!)

Time to give these lovelies a new home! :)


Open until 11/25!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop

It's that time of the year again! Where we pack our tummies with turkey and pie. And stuffing. And sweet potatoes. And books. :P




We also sprout off the things we're most thankful for, so here's a list of some of mine:


                Long Underwear
                Twitter
                Fictional Boys
                Ketchup
                Bookmarks
                KAREN! <--She is one of the greatest people on the face of the planet & i love her to death! 
                My narwhal that i won from Victoria Schwab! (it. is. my. child.)
                Fictional Boys
                My Soulmate/Twin Jena Freakin' Freeth! Nuff' said. 
                Music (specifically, MJ & Hannah Montana! Yes, Hannah Montana.)
                My dysfunctional family 
                Fictional Boys
                Annnnd Comfy Socks

Oh! Speaking of Fictional boys, i happen to have an amazing book to giveaway that has a very special one in it! And ONE lucky winner will have the chance to meet him!

Shattered SoulsYES! That's right! I'm talking about Alden from Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey!! This boy you guys....THIS BOY!!! SQUEE! I love him so much! And so will you! 

To enter for a chance to win an ARC of Shattered Souls & a beauteous matching bookmark click HERE


~US ONLY (sorry international peeps!)



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie <--EEEEEEP

As some of you may know, The Hunger Games Trailer came out yesterday! HURRAH!! And I've watched it more than once. Okay, more than twice. Even more than THRICE times. And pretty sure it looks more epically amazing every single time. Ah, shucks- let's just all watch it together again shall we?!



So...after i watched it for the bajillionth time, i proceeded to squee and twirl and moonwalk naked--like always. ANNND i happened to tweet that i'm basically LOVING Lenny Kravitz as Cinna! Seriously, i'm already developing a crush. I think he'll totally do Cinna justice! So when my buddy Juli from The Reviews News sent me this THING to look at, i was flabbergasted. 

Holy ballz, i was am MAD. AS. HELL. Are these people SERIOUS? Like, seriously serious?! If you didn't read the article, it's basically just a bunch of dumb-butts saying that Rue & Cinna don't look anything like how they pictured and, "OH. MY. GOD. They're black!" Dudes, seriously?! First of all, when it comes to casting not everyone is going to be pleased with the decisions. Everyone imagines someone different when they're reading, and there's absolutely NO way to make EVERYONE in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD happy! Trust me, Kristen Stewart was most definitely NOT the Bella Swan i imagined. But i freakin' LOVE those movies anyway! 

Secondly- characters in books can, INDEED, be dark skinned. Not every character is Caucasian. *GASP!* In FACT, Rue IS dark skinned! But why does that even matter?! Who gives a crap!? That's not Rue's defining trait so why dwell on it? Same with Cinna. The descriptions of him in the books are really vague, so we I didn't grow to love him because of what he looked like.  Cinna is passionate and caring and basically a fashion icon. :P THAT'S why i love him!


I guess all i'm trying to say is that Rue is effin' adorable and Cinna is amazing no matter what! So the next time someone makes a comment saying that, "they're black" i'm going to kick. some. ass. Because honestly, Cinna & Rue both look bomb as eff in the trailer and they'll probably end up being my favorite characters in the movie! 

Reactions? Thoughts? Hate Mail? Send it my way in the comments section! 

Teaser Tuesday: FEVER

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

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 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!

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FeverMy wet hair has dampened the pillow, but I’m too tired to do anything about it. Gabriel mumbles something about it smelling like apricots. “This?” I say, using a piece of my wet hair to paint a watery circle on his bare shoulder. He makes a small noise, like the trickle of water has brought him some relief, so I draw some more wet-hair swirls on his arm, over the hill of his shoulder, across his throat. From where I lie behind him, I can just see the smile swelling his cheek. ~ARC 156 


*Sighs* I love Gabriel and Rhine...SO much. Oh! And this book was pretty much AMAZING! You NEED to pick up Wither if you haven't, this is an incredible series!


Thank you sooo much Jaime!! LOVE YOU!! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

2012 Debut Author Challenge

So, i've decided to take part in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren! And i'm SUPER excited for it too! There are so many BOMB books coming out in 2012 that i'm sure i'll rock this challenge out! Whoop-Whoop! To sign up and to find out more about DAC head on over to Kristi's site and check it out!
CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE:
        To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013.



Here's the list of debuts i CAN'T wait for/hope to read in 2012! 

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks**
The Selection by Kiera Cass LOVED! 
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams*
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Unraveling by Elizabeth Noriss**
Wrecked by Anna Davies
Renegade by J.A. Souders
Breathe by Sara Crossan
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows*
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
Above Leah Bebot
Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan M. James
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Level Two by Lenore Appelhans
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Slated by Teri Terry
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 
Undeadly by Michele Vail 


Are you participating!?! Link me your list! I'd love to check it out!! :)


*read before 2012- no longer count towards challenge. 
**reviewed 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes

Dreaming Awake (Falling Under, #2)

Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2)
Author: Gwen Hayes
Publisher:  New American Library Trade
Pages: 336
Rating: 4.5 Stars! 
She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love… 

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions. 

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own. 

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…~Goodreads

The descriptions of Under in Dreaming Awake are fantastic and beautiful and grotesque and basically just amazing! Walking skeletons, sewn together handmaidens and a blind surgeon...the place is seriously messed up! But I'm in love with it and I’m praying/summoning dark magic in hopes that there will be a 3rd book and it’ll take place completely in Under!

And Under’s Prince, Haden, never ceases to make my heart beat erratically! He's as sexy as ever with his piercing eyes, cravats *swoon* and black nail polish! He's sweet and vulnerable and flirty and jealous....and if there’s one thing I love, it’s a jealous fictional boy! (When they’re cute about it! Not when they’re, like, violent about it...and Haden is cute about it!)

When Theia and Haden are together their sexual tension is off the charts! Holy DUCK! (thanks, Varnie!) I wouldn’t have been surprised if they started bumping uglies in the middle of the school hallway. Their attraction to each is so palpable it flies off the pages like crazy!

And of course, all of the secondary characters are back and better than ever! Varnie & Ame are completely effin’ adorable, Donny & Gabe are hilarious, Mike is still...just...there, and Mara is out to cause trouble!

Not only was Dreaming Awake messed up and freaky, it was also emotionally draining. Some major, major things go down in this installment and they are nothing short of heart-breaking. One of the things tore me to bits. But alas! I shall stop my rant before I give too much away! The ending is sure to make you let out a frustrated squeal! Good or bad? I’ll let you decide! If you loved Falling Under this incredible sequel canNOT be missed!

Perhaps there will be a third book in this series? Perhaps.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Harper Teen to adopt me so i can read all of their awesome books! HA! Just kidding! Waiting on Wednesday, rather, is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i'm FREAKIN' OUT/LUSTING OVER: 

The Selection
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. 

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. 

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.~Goodreads

HOLY GOD! HOW FRUGGIN' FANTASTICALLY AMAZING DOES THIS BOOK SOUND?!!? I think i'm going into cardiac arrest because this book has too much mind-blowingness in its synopsis. Pretty sure its also been described as, "The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor!" O_O Can you say EPIC!? GUYS! You don't understand...i want this book SO. BAD. I also want that dress on the cover! How effin' gorgeous is that dress!?! SQUEEEE!! I am so, SO, SO excited for this book, can you tell? :P


April canNOT come fast enough! Oh! And i'm already Team Aspen! <--how HOT is that name!?