Showing newest 9 of 10 posts from April 2011. Show older posts
Showing newest 9 of 10 posts from April 2011. Show older posts

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book Review: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Title: Dreamland
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak/Puffin (a division of Penguin)
Date: 5/11/2000
Pages: 250
ISBN: 0142401757
Source: gift
Purchase: Dreamland

Summary from back of book:

DreamlandEver since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

My Thoughts: 

I have loved Sarah Dessen since I was handed a copy of The Truth About Forever. I have slowly been getting all of her books and Dreamland of course was on that list. Up until Stephanie was so kind as to get me a copy I hadn't really read much about the book.  So without knowing what I was getting into I sat down to read. 
I was surprised that Sarah wrote about a subject that a lot of other authors only gloss over or don't touch on at all. The issue of abuse is one that no matter how much we may dislike it and wish it never happened, does happen; and a lot more than we would like to believe. 
I can relate to the main character Caitlin in a way, I don't have the same home life that she did in the book, runaway sister, overbearing but still slightly withdrawn mother, and a father that just hangs out on the edge. But I too was in an abusive relationship. I loved him just as Caitlin loved Rogerson and would do just as Caitlin did to make sure that I kept him as happy as possible. 
My heart broke for Caitlin every time Rogerson got that look in his eyes and I cringed along with her when she knew that something was going to upset him.
 As much as I loved this book, and all the characters, yes even Rogerson; I do wish that the ending was a little different. I would have like to have known how Caitlin handled the first meeting with Rogerson after the time spent away from him. Really, would he have even acknowledged Caitlin? Would she have been able to stand tall and prove that no matter what she was strong?
 I guess we'll never know. Though I like to think that after some time she would have been able to be around him without breaking down.

My rating:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday...4/27

WOW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!

I saw this book posted on another blog months ago, and I knew I just had to read it. I can't wait till is comes out May 1st.

I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler
Release Date: 5/1/2011

Brainy Tess Smith is the younger sibling of the beautiful, popular, volleyball-scholarship-bound Kristina. When Kristina is diagnosed with bone cancer, it drastically changes both sisters' lives. Sometimes the things that annoy us the most about our siblings are the ones we'd miss the most if we lost them.
In this YA literary coming-of-age novel that will appeal to readers who love Jodi Picoult and Sarah Dessen, sisters Tess and Kristina discover not only who they are, but who they can become.
Here is a Reading by Janet that I found on Youtube:

What book(s) are you looking forward too??

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday...4/13

WOW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!

Heard some really great things about this book and author, so I have to have it!!!
The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
Author: Aimee Carter
Date: 4/19/2011 or 4/26/2011 ( there are two different dates one on amazon and one on the author's blog)

From Goodreads:

Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
If she fails...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blog Tour: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione w/ Q&A; and Giveaway

As part of her blog tour for Eternal Rider, Larissa took the time to answer a few off the wall questions for us.

Favorite line from a book: I honestly can't think of one. There are just so many books that stand out in my mind that contain clever lines. I can at least narrow it down to anything by Sharon Kay Penman. She's my favorite historical author, and every line of hers is just brilliant.
Book that changed your life: Salem's Lot, by Stephen King. This book introduced me to the horror genre and gave me the courage to try my hand at writing.
Book you've bought for the cover: The first one was Robert Jordan's Eye of the World. I have a thing for blue covers, and that one was just gorgeous.

On your nightstand now: My Kindle, which is currently on a re-read of Enclave, by Ann Aguirre (awesome dystopian YA.)

Favorite book when you were a child: Old Bones (about a racehorse.)

I got the chance to read a copy of Larissa's newest book Eternal Rider, here's a little about the book before we get to my review:

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him. 

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

I have loved Larissa's books since picking up the first in the Demonica Series, and as sad as I was to see that amazing series end; I am happy to start on this new series with her. Lords of Deliverance starts off with Eternal Rider. At first it was a little hard for me to get into the book, but once I caught on I couldn't put it down. Larissa brings a whole new light to the Four Horsemen, and as always there are some pretty steamy scenes!! 

 I love that Larissa made one of the Horsemen a woman and that all of the Horsemen are related. I can't wait for the next installment:)

Check out the awesome trailer

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing I have 3 copies to giveaway!! All you need to do is watch the trailer above and tell me one thing that you liked about it. Please be sure to leave your email address with your comment. Open to US and Canada readers. NO PO BOXES. Giveaway runs now until 4/20/2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday...4/6

WOW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!

I love Kelley Armstrong and have been waiting anxiously for this book for a few months now. I can't believe I have less than a week to wait!!!
The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book 1)
Date: April 12, 2011

From Goodreads:
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.
It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.

Found this awesome book trailer on youtube:

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Note From Jill Shalvis~ Author of The Sweetest Thing

For The Sweetest Thing (release 3/28/11)
By Jill Shalvis

Writing a romance called The Sweetest Thing, which centers around a decidedly NOT sweet heroine, amused me.  Tara Daniels is wound a little tight and likes things her way.  She’s also a former southern belle who appreciates the fact that she’s right.  A lot.

The Sweetest Thing?  Not exactly.

But her heart’s in the right place, always.  And, as it turns out, there’s a man who melts her like butter on a hot roll.  Not only that, he can soften her in a way that she isn’t sure she likes.  See, Tara thinks she has it all together, but it turns out she doesn’t.  She doesn’t know a lot about herself.  About all she has is the fact that she can cook like nobody’s business.  Oh, how she loves to cook.  

Tara was a challenge for me.  Because here’s where I admit, I got a lot of her recipes from my husband.  True story.  I’m married to a big guy who works with his hands and is the ultimate Alpha Man -- and yet he can cook.  Don’t try to figure him out, it’ll hurt your brain, trust me.

The recipe Good Morning Sunshine Casserole that Tara cooks in the book is all his.  Just don’t tell him I “borrowed” it and am telling the world that it’s my heroine’s.  It’d just go to his head.

P.S. For an ebook of Tara’s recipes, look for Heating Up The Kitchen wherever ebooks are sold.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blog Tour~ The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis~ review & Giveaway


Two Men Are One Too Many . . . 

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor. 

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author JILL SHALVIS lives in a small town in the Sierras also run by quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books are, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website at www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountain adventures.

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever (March 29, 2011)
Series: Lucky Harbor #2
ISBN-13: 978-0446571623

My Review:

While this is the second book in The Lucky Harbor series it can easily be read as a stand alone. With that being said, I LOVED this book!! From the first chapter I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of tough-as-nails Tara and too-charming-for-his-own-good Ford.
To give you a little background, Tara and Ford had a thing during the HOT month of July when they were 17, choices were made and hearts were broken ( I assume); an unplanned pregnancy freaked Tara out and she gave the baby up and bolted out of Lucky Harbor and Ford's life.
 Now Tara is back and Ford wants her again ( maybe just her body.. can't give away too much), but Tara's ex comes around wanting to win her back....
Who will she choose??? Extremely sexy and the cause of her young heartbreak; Ford? Or the ex??
Pick up your copy to find out!!


Contest is open to anyone over 13 years old with a US or Canadian mailing address (no PO Boxes)
Contest ends on 4.14.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 4.15.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by Forever Romance and THREE copies will be available.
Only one winner per mailing address (no matter how many sites you enter to win this book, you can only win once.) 

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Book Review: I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

I Know It's OverTitle: I Know It's Over
Author: C.K. Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date: 9/23/08
Pages:  244
ISBN: 9780375845666
Source: bought
Purchase: I Know It's Over

PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over. (Goodreads)

My Rating:

My Review:

I love young adult books, even though I am way older than most of the characters I read about; I still feel as though I can relate to most of the characters in books.
I have never read anything by C.K. Kelly Martin and I Know It's Over was an amazing book to start off with.
I loved that it was told entirely from 16 year old Nicholas' point of view. Not to often do you find a book about teen pregnancy told from the "fathers" point of view.
I couldn't relate to Nick personally, but I knew how it felt to be a teen and pregnant so I could relate to that aspect of his life.
I don't like the way things were handled between Nick and Sasha. Her parents were a little stricter than I remember any of my friends' parents being, their rules for Sasha dating Nick made sense to an extent, but I feel that when there are a ton of rules placed on teens that the parents are just asking for trouble.
The ups and downs that Nick goes through while waiting for word as to what Sasha is going to do about the " thing" inside her, are really heart breaking. I love that he acted like I believe a normal teen boy would in a situation like that. He didn't shun her or make it all her fault like some teen boys are known to do.
Even though I was not please with what happened in the book, I did enjoy reading it. Nick is a very lovable character.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (#4).. 4/2/11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by *Kristi* over at The Story Siren. It gives us bloggers a chance to share what we have bought/borrowed/ and received!!

I haven't done an IMM post in a few weeks, so we have a few books and goodies to go through:)

For Review:
Goodnight Tweetheart
Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
Loved this book, read it in 4 hours ( My Review) (Goodreads)

Promises to Keep
Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock
*Love* the cover (Goodreads)

Secret Daughter: A Novel
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The cover is darling, can't wait to read it:) (Goodreads)

Chime by Franny Billingsley
Sounds like an interesting read.. Love the girl on the cover!! (Goodreads)


Awakened (House of Night)
Awakened by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

The Witches' Kitchen
The Witches' Kitchen by Allen Williams

Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley)

Kissed by an Angel: Kissed by an Angel; The Power of Love; Soulmates

The Last Song
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks ( FOR GIVEAWAY)

The Indian in the Cupboard
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Return of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard)

The Secret of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard)
The Secret of The Indian by Lynne Reid Banks

The Mystery of the Cupboard (Avon Camelot Books)
The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

RAK ( received 4/2/11)
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely (Quality))
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
from Jill @ The O.W.L

Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2)
                                                               Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
from Jill @ The O.W.L.


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