Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Hope everyone is having a great EASTER!
On Holiday's where my Husband and I can't be with the majority of the family, we spend our time at one place... and that is DISNEYLAND! YAY!
Wish, I had time to make a bookish Easter pic, but the work one will have to do!
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Again, hope you have a great day.

Friday, March 29, 2013

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments,#5)

"The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series."
I have a very interesting relationship with this series. After reading other bloggers comments about how they preferred this series as a trilogy, I now can say I totally agree. You see, as I began reading City of Lost Souls.. I was intrigued and then somewhere when Clary decided to go off with Jace, I started hearing all the negative things I heard about this series and realizing... they were right! However. there was still some interesting plot lines I wanted to follow. I was interested for a little while longer until at some point it hit me... I no longer cared about the characters. Seriously. Clare could have killed EVERYONE off and I would have been okay with it. So, with that being said. I think I am done with this series and will heed other bloggers previous advice and enjoy The Mortal Instruments as a Trilogy, but I will start to read the Infernal Devices series.

Monday, March 25, 2013


"When sophomore Jill Townsend hears the hottest senior in school, Robbie Magnor, say he thinks a woman who can fly is sexy, she knows what she must do to catch his eye. As she sets out to become a pilot, she unearths a love for flying and finds she belongs up in the breath-taking sky. She wants to fly more than anything. Up there, she not only has an amazing view of the world and its endless possibilities, but there’s nothing holding her back.
But with her mom forbidding anything more dangerous than homework, Jill fights to free herself. In a clever scheme, she drums up the money for lessons and forges a permission slip. She’s off soaring into the wild blue — until a surprise in the sky foils her plans and threatens her life. Terror at ten thousand feet pales in comparison to the horror waiting on the ground. Now what will Robbie think?
FlyGirl Jill discovers there's only one way out..."

My Aunt and Uncle are commercial airline pilots and my Aunt is also a flight instructor. On top on that my mother is a pilot as well (although not as her job) So flying is definitely a family thing. I do not fly, but I love airports and flying in airplanes! lol. Anyways, through my Aunt she has met or knows a lot of pilots who have written books with an aviation theme and because of that I have received a lot of books. Which is what happened here, when I unexpectedly received FlyGirl in the mail.

FlyGirl is a very quick read and although, it takes place in High School. It had a very middle grade feel and because I wasn't expecting that it was hard for me to really get into. On top of that I felt some of the scenarios were unrealistic. Well, maybe not unrealistic, cause they could happen. I just don't think ALL of that could realistically happen in a short amount of time. With that being said. for girls in elementary to middle school. I think this is a decently good and empowering read. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I HAD to Buy, But Haven't Read Yet

Hosted By The Broke and Bookish

This has to be an issue most book enthusiasts have, especially in my case.. since I feel I HAVE to have every book!

1. Juliet By Anne Fortier
2. Witches of East End By Melissa DeLaCruz
3. The Casual Vacancy By JK Rowling
4. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest By Stieg Larsson
5. Committed By Elizabeth Gilbert
6. The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater

For some reason, I feel I am missing a lot of other books. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

In My Mailbox (52)

For Review 


Free EGalleys

 This book has been on my Wish List forever, and is written by my Uncle's friend and takes place in my hometown. 

Les Miserables By Victor Hugo

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

"Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart."
I wasn't really planning on reading Shadow and Bone, but I kept seeing other bloggers, saying how great this book was and so when I saw it on the shelf at the library, I picked it up. Still, I didn't have HIGH expectations for the book.

Now, I am glad i read Shadow and Bone cause from page 1 I was hooked and obsessed. Shadow and Bone is a truly ORIGINAL story, which is so rare to find  nowadays. I like Alina's character , I think she is genuine person and I like that she is the perfect amount of humble and strong. She isn't whiney or overly dumb. The character I was really surprised about was The Darkling. I really grew to like him and my feelings for him, were similar to Alina's through out the whole book. I hope we see more of him. As for Mal, which is Alina's BFF and life long crush. I think he is a decent friend and I understand their connection, BUT I do not feel the connection between them as I did with The Darkling. Which is probably a test to Bardugo's writing.

Towards the end of the book, I was a little bored, BUT I like that it wasn't an expected ending and I am excited to see where the series goes. I can now really see why everyone recommends this book, and will be doing that now too!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I Apologize...

... For my lack of blogging as of recently.

I have been crazy busy at work and just came back from a vacation. So, I haven't had a lot of time to blog, tweet, let alone read. I apologize to my readers for the lack of content on my blog as of recently and I apologize to the authors who are waiting for me to review their books. I am doing my best to get to your books and review them. Again, I apologize and hopefully I will be back in the groove of things fairly soon!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

"Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything."

I will admit, the only reason I began reading Beautiful Creatures because of the awesome movie trailer. Once I began I was immediately taken with the book. I first was surprised that the story was told in the perspective of the male main character Ethan. This was surprising to me, just cause I assumed it would be told in the perspective of the main female character Lena. However, I enjoyed the story being told through Ethan and liked him as a person a lot.

The world Garcia and Stohl created was perfect. The small southern town still stuck in the past and the magical caster world. I really loved to mix of the old and new. Especially, with the 1800's flashbacks!
My only complaint is that I thought I would be MORE invested with this book, but I think this sometimes happens when there is a lot of hype about a book. With that being said, I feel I have a new series obsession.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Need To Start

Hosted By The Broke and The Bookish

1. The Morganville Vampire Series By Rachel Caine 
Look I'm not really interested in Vampire Series anymore. However, Jen from Makeshift Bookmark made good points why you should read this series with her post The ABC's of the Morganville Vampire Series . And Since her post The ABC's of the Vampire Academy Series lead me to my obsession with the series and Richelle Mead, in general. So. I will take Jen's advice and begin reading this series ASAP.

2. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series By Maggie Stiefvater
I have read The Scorpio Races and enjoyed it. I went to Book Signing last spring with Maggie and found that she was hilarious and basically, someone whose books I want to read more of. I actually own Shiver, but it is still far back on my TBR Shelf.

3. Outlander Series By Diana Gabaldon
When talking with my Nail Tech. she recommended this series, then my Mom recommended it and next my Grandma. So, I got the hint that maybe this was a must read series. Book One, is also on my TBR at the moment.

4. Witches of East End Series By Melissa De La Cruz
I have NO IDEA why I haven't began this series yet. I own both book 1 and book 2 of the series AND I love Melissa De La Cruz's Blue Bloods Series. 

5. The Infernal Devices Series By Cassandra Clare
I have read most of The Mortal Instruments Series and have gone back and forth whether or not I like it, however from what I remember The Infernal Devices kind of has ties to The Mortal Instruments.. So, it is hard for me to not want to read the series and be in the know.

6. The Lacey Chronicles By Eve Edwards
I have Book 2 in this series (The Queen's Lady) and really haven't read the series because I don't have Book 1. Whenever I get book 1, I will be VERY excited to read the series. Since it is Historical fiction, during an era I love!

And that is all I can think of right now. Although, I am sure I am missing a lot more series. I NEED to read!

Saturday, March 2, 2013


"I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Keys.

Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED."

Normally, I am a huge fan of fairytale re-tellings and normally, I am a huge fan of Alex Flinn's fairytale re-tellings. Just this time I wasn't. I think one thing that really threw me off was that Flinn tried to mix A LOT of different fairytales into this story (and not so common ones) and because of that I didn't get a cohesive smooth storyline throughout the book and was often left confused. On top of that she gave the Princess and thick accent. Which was conveyed in the writing and for some reason that put me off even more. For those two reasons it was hard for me to stay interested in the book and I found myself rushing along, just to get it over with.