Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Spell Bound

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
by Rachel Hawkins
Published March 13th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

Rating: 4.5 sparkling stars
To quote a certain gal we all adore, Holy Hell Weasel
This book was flippin' amazing!!! Aaaah! I cannot believe this series is over already! Why Rachel Hawkins, WHY?! 

Let me just start off by saying that I am absolutely in LOVE with this series! Literally, the weekend after this book came out, I rushed to the nearest Barnes and Noble, grabbed the book, and just sat down in the store and read it. In one sitting! Goodness gracious, I couldn't put this book down!

Spell Bound picks up immediately after Demonglass and believe me, it will grab your attention hook, line, and sinker! Seriously, you will be speeding through the book without even realizing it. There were quite a few twists and turns and surprises in this book--some I anticipated, and some I totally didn't! This book was fast-paced and flowed so smoothly. The ONE thing that prevented this book from being a full-blown 5 stars was that Last Battle. It was pretty much the climax, the culmination of all the things that's happened to Sophie, but it ended way too soon! I wanted more fighting, more action, more bad guy butt-kicking! 

But luckily, the characters more than made up for any shortcomings. Sophie Mercer is, without a doubt, one of my favorite YA characters EVER! She is so loyal and compassionate and snarky as heck! You gotta love a girl with a sense of humor like her. So much bad stuff has happened to her throughout the entire series, but she emerges tough as ever and still manages to retain her enviable sarcasm.

And of course I must mention the boys! I was so glad/excited to finally see how Cal and Archer actually interact when the whole love triangle is actually in the same room! It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I think Hawkins handled her love triangle a lot better than some of the other authors out there. Archer was just.... gosh, pure perfection! Definitely one of my all time favorite Book Boyfriends. He and Sophie are the perfect sarcastic couple extraordinaire! At the same time, Cal was pretty awesome too. I am a devoted Team Archer kind of gal, but Cal, he was just such a good, selfless guy... and that major stunt he pulled at the end! UGH! Heart-wrenching! I feel like Hawkins resolved the love triangle as best as it could've been resolved.... but still! It kinda broker my heart a little...

The Brannicks were an interesting addition---and OMG I had my suspicions about how they fit into Sophie's life, and I was so right!!!--- Contrary to the blurb, the Brannicks didn't actually play a super huge part in the novel..... But good golly miss molly, I heard Hawkins is writing a spin-off and I just KNOW it's gonna feature some Brannicks.... like, say, Isolde and Torin! I definitely see more happening there! 

Good Lord, please oh please oh PLEASE let there be more adventures in the world of Hex Hall! (Possibly with some cameo appearances???)


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?

My Book Boyfriend: Augustus Waters

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted over at the Unread Reader---for more info, check out the introduction post here

This week's book boyfriend is...
Augustus "Gus" Waters

from The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene 

  • 17 years old
  • was diagnosed w/ Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
  • had one leg amputated
  •  used to be a really good basketball player
  • "long and leanly muscular"
  • mahogany brown hair
  • beautiful blue eyes
  • loves metaphors--ex: puts cigarettes in his mouth without actually smoking any; "He puts the killing thing in his mouth but doesn't give it the power to kill him."
  • very funny
  • all-around good guy
"She's right. It's just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations."
"Right, it's primarily his hotness," I said.
"It can be sort of blinding," he said.
"it actually did blind our friend Isaac," I said.
"Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?"
"You cannot."
"It is my burden, this beautiful face."
"Not to mention your body."
"Seriously, don't even get me started on my hot bod. You don't want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace's breath away," he said, nodding toward the oxygen tank.

"I'm sorry," i said again.
"Me too," he said.
"i don't ever want to do that to you," I told him.
"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."

"what else? She is so beautiful. YOu don't get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. SHe is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, ol man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers."

"I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.

"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I"m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures of saying true things. I'm in love wit you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I  am in love with you."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I'd Play Hooky With....

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and Bookish 

Top 10 books I really wanted/want to play hooky with....

The Hunger Games
If you've read this book, you know just how hard it is to put it down.

The Duff
If you asked any of my friends, you know that I have been looking forward to this book for... forever! But goshdarnit, some library-goer just had to NOT return this on time and made me wait an extra week for it!!! >:(
But, finally, this book will be mine!!!!

Clockwork Prince
I double-dog dare you to try and take this book away from me when I'm reading it.
It ain't happening!

Out of Sight, Out of Time
Oh my good golly miss molly, I read through this entire book in one sitting! It was so amazing!

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
Literally, you guys, I just went into the nearest Barnes and Noble the weekend after this book came out and I just sat in a chair for 3+ hours reading this book! If there had been any school, I dunno... I just might have had to call in a sick day or something...

The Iron King (Iron Fey series)
 If there was ever a series to skip school/work to read, this would probably be it.

 Jellicoe Road
Words. Cannot. Describe. How. Much. I. Freakin. Love. This. Book.

 Anna and the French Kiss
So. Goshdarned. Awesome.

 Saving June
Good Lord, this book was SO addicting! If you don't know why I'd want to play hooky with Saving June, then you obviously haven't read this book.

 Clockwork Princess
Oh. My goodness. I do not care if there is school or a dentist appointment or whatever! When this book comes out, I will be barricading myself in my room until I finish this!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Series Review: Strange Angels

Strange Angels, Betrayals, Jealousy, Defiance, Reckoning
by Lili St. Crow

Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5 

This is my first time reviewing a series as a whole, rather than each book individually. My reason for doing so it because, well, in this case, it's rather hard to simply review one book at a time; each book provides the perfect segway into the next and  the entire storyline and everything is just much easier to review and talk about once I finished the entire series. I'll try not to spoil too much for those who haven't read/finished the entire series, but beware because I probably will have to disclose some spoilery info....
So, quick summary time: this series is about a girl named Dru, who, for a long time now, has been moving from place to place with her dad. And what do they do when the get to these new towns? They exterminate otherworldly pests pretty much. Whether it's a bad case of voodoo or hex, they show up and take care of it. But all changes one day when Dru's father doesn't come home one night..... Oh, don't worry, he does return, but just as a zombie. Yeah, that's right, people can be turned into zombies. From that moment, Dru's pretty much on her own--and to top it off, she find out she's not completely human either! She's actually part-supernatural, half of one of the creatures she and her father spent years hunting. 
From there, she, along with the help of Graves and Christophe (who are also not exactly human...) escapes perilous dangers and creatures who want her dead, and finds her way to the Schola, a place for half-vampires and wulfen. (Spoiler!) Dru is a svetocha--a female half-vampire (note: half-vampires aka djampir and svetocha are good, full suckers= super duper bad!) and it just so happens that svetochas are extremely rare because they've been hunted religiously by full vampires because there's something in their natural make up that's toxic to full-on suckers. 
      Now, you'd think everything would be just peachy right? WRONG. All the suckers, especially the King, Sergej, himself wants her dead. To top it off, there are traitors and backstabbers within the Schola itself who are willing to give Dru up to be killed.
      Oh, and, of course, there is something of a love triangle involving her, Christophe (a super powerful, but rogue djampir) and Graves (a human-turned-loup-garou

DO NOT THINK TWILIGHT! Yes, okay, I know there's a vampire-werewolf love triangle, but believe me, Strange Angels could not be more different than Twilight. For one, this series is so freaking kicka$$ it's actually kinda ridiculous! Dru Anderson is, by far, one of the toughest heroines I've ever met! That girl knows her stuff when it comes to hexing, wards, guns, and survival. Again and again, Dru's world is turned upside down as she learns more about her own role in the supernatural world, all the while dealing with doubt, betrayal, confusion, unknown family history, and a little anger at the fact that she's part sucker. Yet despite all of the things thrown her way, she is tough as nails, and always picks herself back up. Even if she doesn't want to do it, she does because she knows people are depending on her. 

The love triangle was..... just all-around really great! For the first time, as I was reading, I had absolutely no clue just who Dru was going to end up with! I was a total Team Graves person myself, but good God, there were so many times I thought to myself: "Dang it! She's totally gonna end up with Christophe!" because she would talk about how, with Graves, she felt safer, whereas Christophe was pure danger and electricity, and of course, in YA novels, the girl always picks the dangerous bad boy! But surprisingly, the series ending that Lili St. Crow wrote was..... kinda highly refreshing. Without giving anything away, the ending totally wasn't what I was expecting, yet at the same time, I felt like it was the best possible ending for the series. And.... it does set it up for a follow-up book or spin-off..... FINGERS CROSSED! 
Another thing, though, is that, while there is definitely a romantic element to this series, it doesn't dominate the plot line. It was there, but it wasn't like Dru's biggest dilemma and mindset was "oh, which guy will I choose???" Puh-leaze, she's too busy trying to stay alive for that kind of thinking.

 As for the plot itself, I really liked it, but again, the plot is more of an overarching kind of thing, that in order to have the complete storyline, you really have to read the whole series. Though, that being said, I also felt like the books could've been, I don't know, a little shorter maybe? It's just that after finishing each book, I realized not much actually happened. I mean, yes, there were super intense moments, but that was basically the climax of the book; it was just one (maybe 2) moment(s). 
Also, another thing that was a little... annoying, to me personally, was this sense of a "gap" between conversations in the book. Literally, Dru will be talking to someone and then, bam! For the next couple of paragraphs, you're either reading the rather long thoughts running through her head, or reliving some of her past memories. It kind of got on my nerves because there would just be this huge gap in the conversations, and sometimes, I'd have to go back and re-read the last part of the dialogue! 

Another reason why this book wasn't a gull 5 stars was because I felt like St. Crow never really explained everything about the "Real World." Seriously, just what the heck is the "aspect" or the "Other" or Dru's personal special senses??? Don't get me wrong, I like it when the author doesn't bombard you with information at the very beginning, telling you all this background info at once, but the thing is, when the series ended, she still hadn't actually explained it!!! Also, WHAT THE HECK IS DRU SHORT FOR?!?! Sigh, either St. Crow wants to leave us in the dark about some things, or expects us to fill in the blanks for ourselves, or she is just (again, fingers crossed) is planning for a spin-off/follow-up novel. But either way, this little fact frustrated me quite a bit!

BUT all in all, I think this series was freaking fantastic! My personal favorites out of all the books would probably be book #1, 2, and 5. Strong beginning and strong finish. It's not your typical run-of-the-mill YA supernatural series. In some ways, it's a little mature because St. Crow tells it like it is---she doesn't romanticize the situation or descriptions, and I liked how it made the storyline more real. Also, just warning you, there is kind of a lot of cursing in these books, so, probably not the best choice for young kids. But seriously, this series is pretty darn amazing, and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Hosted @ Breaking the Spine

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family—even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it. 

I read the book blurb and it had me hook. Line. And sinker.

My Book Boyfriend: Zachary Goode

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted over at the Unread Reader---for more info, check out the introduction post here

In honor of the new release of Gallagher Girls 5, Out of Sight, Out of Time, I just had to do a post on Zach! Oh sigh. I absolutely love Zach--and in my opinion, he is a MUCH better love interest for Cammie than Josh!

He was handsome. He was strong. And most of all, I knew that even though Josh might have been the boy who "saw" me, Zach knew where my favorite passageways were, Zach knew I was a pavement artist; Zach knew where I sat in Class and what I ate in the Grand Hall and who my best friends in the world were. Zach "knew" me--or at least the version of me that Josh would never see.


“So I hear we get to go to town this weekend. Want to catch a movie or something?
P.S. That is, if Jimmy doesn't mind.

Translation: This weekend might be a good chance for us to see each other outside our school in a social environment, free of competetiton. I do not view other boys as threats, and I enjoy making them seem insignificant by calling them the wrong names. (Translation by Macey McHenry)” 
No one said anything for a moment. We were all too wet, too sore, and we'd come entirely too far to turn back.
Then Macey stared straight into Zach's eyes. "We're leaving her with you," she warned.
"I'll be fine, Macey," I said, but it was as if she hadn't hear a word.
"We're leaving her with you," she said again. "And if you make us regret that..."
I won't," Zach said, and somehow I believed him. 

I don't know how long I cried. I don't know when I slept. All I know is that Zach's arms were still around me when I woke on the mats, lying in the center of the floor.

"Go back to sleep," he said, smoothing my hair.
I'd been sleeping. I realized that I'd been sleeping and I hadn't dreamed.
"Zach," I said as I lay there. "Where did you go? When you were looking for me?"
I shifted in his arms, looked into his eyes.
"Crazy." His voice was a whisper against my skin. "I went crazy."  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WIN A KINDLE FIRE!!! That Wedding writing contest

It’s time for you to tell us about your dream wedding! Every girl  . . . and a few guys at one time have all dreamed about their fantasy wedding. From the Cinderella dress and horse drawn carriage to getting married at Yankee Stadium.

We all fell in love with JJ & Philip in THAT BOY so it was only fitting that in THAT WEDDING, JJ and Philip made their dreams and fantasies come true with a beautiful, elaborate and complete fairytale of a wedding. We just didn’t the invite to the party of the year!

Now it’s your turn.  In 1000 words or less, tell us what your dream wedding is.  So grab your pen, paper and your guy . . .  girl and get to writing.

Important Info & Rules:
Contest dates: March 19th – April 19th

Winners announced – May 7th

All entries are to be written in English.

You must be 17 years of age or older to enter. If you are under, parents’ permission is required.  

Entries must be submitted via email. A word attachment is necessary, but encouraged.

All entries must include the following:
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Each site will pick 3 of their favorite Dream Wedding stories.

One (1) grand prize winner will be chosen – Winner receives a KINDLE FIRE – booyah!

Each site will have one second (2nd) place winner - $25 Amazon Gift Card – Or Barnes & Noble if you have a Nook.

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We have joined forces with some fantastic blogs to bring you an amazing contest!

Top Ten Tuesdays: On my Spring To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and Bookish-- for those of us who love to create lists!

This week, the topic is "What is on your spring TBR list?"---NOTE: can be new releases or just books you are looking forward to reading

City of Lost Souls
Ok, seriously? Is anyone not looking forward to the release of this book????

Endure (Need series #4)
Must. Have. More. Astley.
Must. Know. How. Everything. Ends!

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Okay, actually, I own this book already..... but I'm trying to make myself wait because I've heard the ending is the mother of all cliffhangers---and I absolutely cannot stand those!

Fever (Chemical Gardens #2)
one of my favorite dystopians!

Ye-ah, so this book has been gathering dust on my shelves for, oh I don't know, forever..... And I don't really know why.
BUT! I promise to get it read soon, lest I miss the bandwagon!

The Duff
Ever since I've heard about this book, I've been dying to finally read it!
FINALLY, it appears I will soon be getting it via the local library.
Counting down the days right now.

Taking Chances
Found this in passing on goodreads--immediately got a sample on my nook, which was a BAD idea because now I just really want it....

Perception (Clarity #2)
I'm a total sucker for good YA suspense + romance. That is all.

I've heard rather good things about this book---and I do rather love a good supernatural YA book

Sounds like a rather interesting premise..... I guess we shall see. Hopefully.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.
-Philip Roth

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: Ultraviolet

by R.J. Anderson
Published June 2nd 2011 by Orchard

 Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?


Rating: 3.5 

W. T. F...... That was my initial thought. 
Let's just say that this story was...... unexpected. After reading the blurb, I pretty much figured there had to be some supernatural, or just plain not-normal force was at work in the book.... but just what it was, I had no clue. And when I found out..... just wow. I so did not see it coming. It wasn't fantastically good or bad.... just interesting.

What I absolutely LOVED about this novel was the psychology aspect! The main character, Alison, has synesthesia, which is, like, my favorite neurological condition of all time! I mean, if I could somehow tweak my brain functions, I'd totally make myself a synesthete. Reading about the life of someone who has lived with this condition was pretty fascinating, and, in my opinion, the author did a fantastic job. Granted, Alison is not your ordinary synesthete, I think RJ Anderson did wonderfully in trying to convey the different crossed sensory experiences. 

As for the characters, I really liked the motley gang from Pine Hill--every single one of them! Sure, they all had their mental issues, but Anderson did a good job of making me empathize with them. Alison, especially. She experienced lots of difficulties and hurt because of her condition, and the ever-constant fear of being clinically crazy. But through all of the uncertainties, Alison emerges as a much stronger person.

As for Alison and Faraday....hrmm.... I'm not really sure how I feel about it. While I do like how well the two balance each other out, I'm not sure I'm completely okay with their relationship due to social reasons for why it is considered unacceptable. But then again, if I were in Alison's shoes, heck, I'd probably fall for him too....

The ending.... I absolutely loved it! I truly don't think the author could have concluded her story any better. In some ways, she managed to turn it into a psychological thriller, making you wonder: did that really just happen??? I definitely liked this book, but I just didn't quite love it. But regardless, this was definitely worth the read and I highly recommend it to.... well, everyone!

Review: Deadly Little Voices

Deadly Little Voices (Touch #4)
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published December 6th 2011 by Hyperion

High school junior Camelia thought her powers of psychometry only gave her the ability to sense the future through touch. But now she’s started to hear voices. Mean voices. Berating her, telling her how ugly she is, and that she’d be better off dead. It’s a troubling development that has Camelia terrified for her mental stability, especially since her deranged aunt with a suicidal history just moved into the family house. More torturing, ex-boyfriend Ben, who has similar psychometric abilities, has been spending more time with their classmate Alejandra, even as her own feelings for Adam grow stronger. Still, the bond between Camelia and Ben is palpable.

With the line between right and wrong fraying, Camelia turns to pottery to get a grasp on her emotions. She begins sculpting a beautiful figure skater, only to receive frightening premonitions that someone’s in danger. But who is the victim? And how can Camelia help them when she is on the brink of losing her own sanity?

Rating: 3.75
This book, or rather this series, is like my unhealthy little addiction. What can I say? I just love reading books about creepers and stalkers....
This latest installment was good..... but, hmm, I just don't know... It's sad to say but I think that I feel like the author is just trying to squeeze out as many novels as possible. The basic plotline is pretty much the same in all the other books. There's a definite helping of creepiness, which is part of the appeal of the series, but.... it's just a little repetitive, you know?

It's not that I didn't like this book, I did. It's just that I felt like the whole plot line was nothing new. Okay, sure, so Camelia starts hearing voices, a new development, but overall, nothing's really different.

And if anything, I felt like this book dragged on too long. It definitely could've been shorter, and unfortunately, midway-ish through, I kind of started losing the drive to keep reading. But fear not! I really did finish the book! And, luckily, the ending redeemed my somewhat iffy feelings regarding the plot.

Actually, in terms of the mystery itself, this one was probably one of my favorites out of the series. It was rather new.... possibly a little creepier, too! And I liked it!

The characters were still all quite lovable--I adored the humor Kimmie and Wes added to the novel, and I totally wish I could know them in real life! Adam is quite present in this novel, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you feel about Ben, who, unfortunately, was not as present as I would've liked him to be! To be honest, Ben frustrated me a little in this book. The whole time, I just wanted to scream at him to just be with Camelia already!!! But no.... although, he definitely redeemed himself at the end of the book.

I was glad to know a bit more about Camelia's Aunt Alexia--he role in Camelia's life definitely wasn't how I thought it was going to be, considering Camelia was quite terrified of her for half the book! But I'm really hoping that there might be more development regarding the psychometric aunt and niece.

Will I be reading the next (and last, i think) book in the series? Heck yeah! If not for the mystery or creepiness, then definitely to see how the love triangle turns out!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Quote of the Day

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
-philip pullman

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6

 This is a weekly meme where you post the blurb and cover of an eagerly anticipated book--hosted by Breaking the Spine

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Book Boyfriend: Romeo Montague

 My Book Boyfriend is hosted every week by Missie at the Unread Reader---all you have to do is pick an adorable literary boy and give some stats and quotes to show why he is so lovable! Check out the intro post here 
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NO! I am NOT talking about that Romeo from Shakespeare's play! Okay, well, technically, I am, but I'm not at the same time. Trust me, I don't really care for Shakespeare's Romeo, but Romeo from Juliet Immortal, by Stacey Jay was totally crushworthy.... even if he was technically kind of evil. Kinda weird that I'm book-boyfriending him? Maybe....

Juliet's POV

"He is a romantic, a dreamer, and never afraid to play the fool. He is fearless and reckless and brave  and I love him for it. Desperately."

"We're soul mates," he says. "We are forever. Our kind of love cannot be destroyed."

He stops, looking at me, eyes filled with sadness. "You would have died cursing my name, cursing the day you met me and the day I killed your cousin. You would have died poisoned with hate, and it would have destroyed my soul. And yours. I couldn't bear the thought of it. I loved you too much. I swear that I did, that I do...or at least, that I will again if you'll give me the chance."

 Romeo's POV

 "For a moment, that one shining moment this morning when I thought the glow around Juliet's heart was for me, I felt... happiness. No, more than happiness. I felt... hope, the spark of something pure, flashing like lightning through the dry air, setting thins crackling inside me."

"Again and again and again, her name rips from my lips, howls through my mind. Juliet! I know better than to pray, but still something inside me begs the universe for mercy. Let her have someone on her side, someone to save her from the specter that would take her and from the hell that awaits. Someone to save her from me."

 "I loved her all along. I didn't realize how much until she was gone, until I was returned to my body and crept back to the place where she died and touched her lifeless hand, cried over her wide, sightless eye. Juliet. My Juliet. Her soul is gone forever. I can feel the difference in the universe, the absence that is a world with one less spot of light. I tried to save her. I hope, in some fashion, I did. I hope she's at peace in the mist... or wherever it is good people go." 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Romantic YA Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish ---check it out!

This week, the theme is "Best __ Genre"-- it can be any genre you want, so of course, me being me, just had to pick YA with some romance!

Anna and the French Kiss
Love love LOVE this book!

Honestly, words just cannot describe how amazingly written and heart-wrenching this book was!

Vampire Academy
kick-butt heroine + swoon-worthy guy(s) + tons of action/suspences= pure awesomeness

 The Iron King
absolute FAVORITE faerie series of all time!
So.... are YOU team Ash?

  The Truth About Forever
Sarah Dessen is a master at creating incredibly swoon-worthy guys and real life problems and romances---Wes and Macy's relationship is one of my favorites./

Saving June
Oh. My. Gosh. I'm telling you, I would marry this book if I could.

Hunger Games
If I need to explain this, you obviously need to read it.

Jellicoe Road
If you have not read this book, then goodness gracious, you are SO missing out! I don't know why I didn't start reading Aussie works sooner!

Clockwork Prince
Will Herondale. 'Nuff said.

That Boy
Oh my GOODNESS this was absolutely adorable! I fell in love with the storyline and characters!


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