Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights an upcoming release that we are anxiously awaiting!

My pick for this week:
Evernight Book 4: Afterlife by Claudia Gray 
Afterlife ( 4th in the series)
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
Amazon Pre-order: Afterlife

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help... Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

Book Review: Evernight by Claudia Gray

Synopsis: At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful-even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart... and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

My Thoughts:
I have read so many different reviews of this series, but it has been on my to read list for awhile now, so I knew that no matter what I was going to be reading it. When I first picked up Evernight, I had trouble sticking with it, as a mater of fact; I ended up putting it down around chapter 5 and reading another book. I picked it up almost a month later and once I started reading I finally got into it and couldn't put it down. 
As I wouldn't read reviews with spoilers, I wasn't privy to what was really going on. I knew that there were vampires in the book, but to what extent and exactly who were vampires I wasn't sure.
I had my suspicions, and let's just say that I was totally wrong in my thinking!! 
I love the story between Bianca and Lucas, but i would have loved to have seen more drama between them and hottie Balthazar; maybe in the next book we will get it.

Hopefully we get more info on the Black Cross and get to see more action than the first book, Stargazer is next on the list and will be started tonight:)

This review is my opinion and not based on any outside sources. I purchased the book from my local bookstore on my own:P

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 YA Reading Challenge

Last year I participated in this reading challenge and not only did I complete it, I read more than I had originally thought I would. Since I love reading YA, I’m participating in this challenge again for 2011.


Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.  Create a post about the challenge and click HERE to sign up.
There are four levels: 
   ►The Mini level – Read 12 YA novels. 
   ►The Fun Size level – Read 20 YA novels. 
   ►The Jumbo Size level – Read 40 YA novels. 
   ►The Mega size level – Read 50+ YA novels.
Audio, eBooks, paper, re-reads all count.
No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
The Challenge starts on January 1, 2011 and goes until December 31, 2011.

I’m going for the Fun Size level (read 20 YA books).

Here is my list:

2011 100+ Reading Challenge

Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf, is hosting this challenge; which is exactly what it states. I tried to do this last year and lost interest in reading about mid way through. I love to read, and I think that my problem last year was that I wrote up a list before hand, so this year; I am just going to update the list as I go along.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2011- December 31, 2011 so head on over to My Overstuffed Bookshelf and sign up:)


Book Review: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul

Price: $14.99
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307458995
Release: 10.5.2010

I recently had the chance to read and review this wonderful book. I normally don't read Christian based books, but this one really hooked me from the beginning. 
The book focus' on the lives of the two main characters Cora; a born again Christian struggling with her faith and family; and Simon; her boss' boss. Simon is firm in his faith and loves his family. 
When both characters that have worked together for years and never really interacted with each other both end up in the same book store at the same time, things start to get a little "weird".
 They each find two tickets to a ball in their packages when they are at home. The Characters are fun and different in the book. Nobody knows nothing or heard anything about the ball,their is no ads or places to buy tickets just this certain street of shops provides them. Simon takes Cora tickets because she isn't going and he decides to take his sister who has down syndrome.

In my opinion, Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball is a modern-day Cinderella story that will keep you guessing from page 5 through page 205. It was a great book that warmed my heart the whole way through. I couldnt put this book down!

I received this book free from WaterBrook publishers as part of their Blogging for Books program.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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