Wednesday, 25 January 2012

What's Next?

Here is my What's Next list.



Here is a list of books that I will be reading next (Not including some of the school books that I have to read). However, let’s face it. I’m a book lover so this is of course subject to change. *Also not necessarily in this order:



  1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  3. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  4. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  5. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  7. Tempest by Julie Cross
  8. Emily's House by Natalie Wright
  9. Retro Demonology by Jana Oliver
  10. Forgive my Finns by Tera Lynn Child
  11. Soul Thief by Jana Oliver
  12. Forgiven by Jana Oliver
  13. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  14. Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
  15. Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens
  16. Carrie Diaries by Candace Brushnell
  17. Devoted by Hilary Duff
  18. Blood Red Roads by Moira Young
  19. The Future of Us by Jay Asher
  20. Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
  21. Matched by Ally Condie
  22. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
  23. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  24. Existence by Abbi Glines
  25. The Dig by Audrey Hart
  26. The Ghost and the Goth
  27. The Power of Six
  28. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  29. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  30. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
  31. Virals by Kathy Reichs
  32. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  33. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  34. Stray by Rachel Vincent
  35. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
  36. Isle of Night: The Watchers by Veronica Wolff
I'll let you know if you should add some of these to your shelf! Enjoy!


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Just picked up!

I've just recently picked up some new books. Well new to me but some were used. 
Unfortunately a locally owed book store had to close down one of their stores this month and was having a liquidation sale. Kind of sucks because I do love to support my locally owned book stores by going there before I purchase the book that I want anywhere else, and donating the books that I no longer want to keep to their inventory (I alternate between these stores and my local library).


Anyhow these are the books that I picked up:



 Betrayals by Lili St. Crow (Book #2 in the Strange Angels series)


Jix by Meg Cabot. I've already read it but it was a pretty sweet deal I couldn't resist!

Frogs & French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski (Book #2 in the Magic in Manhattan series) Read the first one and thought it was pretty decent, and once again it was such a good sale.


Parties & Potions by Sarah Mlynowski (Book #4 in the Magic in Manhattan series).


Blood Red Roads by Moira Young. I've heard a lot about this I'm pretty excited!


Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Existence by Abbi Glines


Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald


Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski


Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Isle of Night: The Watchers by Veronica Wolff. Heard a lot of good stuff about this one.


Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon. Same about this one!

I've got me quite a stash!

Make sure to add some of these to your shelves. I can't wait! Enjoy!
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Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books
Pages:  510 (Including Will’s Letter)
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Rating: 

Reason chosen:  I first started reading the Mortal Instrument series when the first book came out (City of Bones) and have been reading them ever since.

Summary taken from Chapters.indigo.ca:
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street-and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move-and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will-the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Review:
It has been a while since I’ve read the first book in the series, Clockwork Angel, since Clare is writing books for two series, and of course doing a fantastic job of it, I had actually forgotten some stuff, but within the first chapter it was all coming back to me, including the love that I have for this fantastic series.
It has vampires, werewolves, demons and all other sort of creatures and throughout the whole series you are asking “Just what is Tessa Gray?” I could picture the whole thing in my mind like I was there: the giddiness in Will that we’ve never seen before, him pointing at the demon yelling “You!” and running after him while Magnus doesn’t really think anything of it, Henry and Charlotte....sigh...finally something, and of course all of the beautifully put comments that Tessa says almost under her breath that make Jem laugh.
And then of course there are the complete shockers in this story, and I won’t name names for those of you who have not read it, but their spy was something I did not really see coming. Nor did I see Gideon coming, but I did sort of see the last page of the novel happening—still it plans to lead to something good I’m sure.
And there is still the question of “What does the Magister want from Tessa?” I can’t wait to find out her true origins and the extent of her powers.
AND, this has turned into a Twilight love triangle with a twist. Jem and Tessa? Tessa and Will? ???? So good.

The Good:
Will—sexy as ever...if not more now that we get a little background.
Jem—the first book was all about falling in love with Will and the second all about falling in love with Jem...and I did. He is truly the gentlemen. I mean just look at the cover. Awesome!
And of course a closer look Charlotte and Henry...I was waiting for it.

P.s. Anyone watch the trailer for this? I’m never really a fan of book trailers but this one was actually really good!

Bad:
Nothing other than I want more and want to know all the answers to my questions about Tessa...but I guess that comes with time, and another book.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Clare is one of the best writer’s that I’ve read. She expressed everything well and articulately and can easily bring you into the world of the Shadowhunters. She knows how to make serious moments serious, and she knows how to make funny moments hilarious. But on top of all this she knows how to creep up on people with an unexpected twist (which with the amount of books that I have read is actually pretty hard these days).

Favourite Quotes:
“But—but...” Will sputtered.
“Oh, leave it,” said Jem, kicking Will, not without affection, lightly on the ankle.
            “She annexed my plan!”
            “Will,” Tessa said firmly. “Do you care more about the plan being enacted or about getting credit for it?”
            Will pointed a finger at her. “That,” he said. “The second one.”—Pg. 444

Previously in the Series:

Next in the Series:
Clockwork Princess- To Be released Nov. 1st 2012

Viewer Type Recommendation:
Supernatural, young adult romance, young adult adventure.

If you liked this you'll probably love:
And if you don’t mind adult series (not like the Harlequin Romance kind but just supernatural adult series) then The Mercy Thompson series (MoonCalled, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Bourne, River Marked.)

Read Completely:
Oh Yes.

Here is a little something special for you!:


Make sure to put this one on your shelf! Enjoy!


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Monday, 23 January 2012

Just picked up!

I'm pretty excited! I just picked up:



The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I can't wait to read this! I've heard so many good things about it! 
Hopefully I can fit it in somewhere between all my To-Be-Read books. 


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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Review: Sacrifice by Melinda Metz and Laura J. Burns


Sacrifice
Series: Crave
Author:  Melinda Metz and Laura J Burns
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Source: Purchased from Indigo.ca

Rating

Reason chosen:  I originally saw the first book Crave on someone’s have-read shelf and when I read it myself I loved it.

Gabriel and Shay are convinced that they can make their relationship work. Knowing that Shay is half-vampire, Gabriel thinks that his coven will embrace her as one of their own. But instead they view her as an abomination, a thing that doesn't belong in either world. And they want her dead. Now Gabriel must make the ultimate decision: watch his coven kill his beloved, or defy the people closest to him in order to save her.
The choice is as excruciating as reading about it is exhilarating….

Review:

Good:
I sat here trying to think of something to write and the only thing I could think of was the ending not that it finally came to and end but the action that occurred. The action happened all at the ending and I have to admit I did enjoy some of the ending
Shay’s Mom: Shay’s mom was the only other thing that I thought of as good in this novel. I viewed her perfectly, and her evolution from the first novel was one that I liked. At first I thought she was just delusional but I found her strong and determined in this sequel.

Bad:
The novel was a grand disappointment. Perhaps my hopes were up too high because I love the first one but this one was not a book I enjoyed and I actually wanted to stop reading it at one point.
Shay and Gabriel: Their love for one another was very confusing in this novel…although I understand where Shay comes from when she gets mad at Gabriel I found it weird that she just flips a switch in the time of need, but really the time of need was earlier on in the novel and that caused her character to lose some respect points with me and then everything just seemed to drop from there.
Ernst: Like Shay this character seems to have almost a split personality in this novel, one minute very strong the next crying on the ground. I found that the evolution of this character and others in the novel was hard to find realistic even for a fiction supernatural novel.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall I felt like the author’s lost their story and just had no clue where their story was going. That’s not saying that their writing wasn’t well done and the story had potential. However, it felt like there was a great amount of repetition—Shay convincing herself that she didn’t love Gabriel and going over the reasons why multiple times—without any real events or important events actually happening in the novel. I guess its fair to say the same can be said for the first novel, but I felt that it being a sequel their should be more instead it felt like a short story dragged on too long and repeating the character’s thoughts on events too many times.
And finally: The characters didn’t feel like the same characters from the previous novel. And some characters I was actually disappointed in.

Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you loved the first one you would still want to read this to see how it ends.

Previously in the series:

Read Completely:
Yes

Sunday, 8 January 2012

My 2012 Can't waits! So far...

Here is a list of the books that I can not wait to read and their estimated release date. Enjoy!


P.s Click on title links and get all the book information available on Goodreads.com



My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Estimated Release Date: June 1st 2012


Summary taken from Goodreads.com: 


"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time." 

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen year old Samantha wishes she was one of them… until the day Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. 

Jase can sense that his beautiful neighbor is missing something in her sterile home, and as the two fall fiercely in love, his family makes her one of their own. 

But when the bottom drops out of Sam's world, which perfect family will save her–and will her perfect love survive? 

Set among the haves and have-nots of a coastal New England town, My LIFE NEXT DOOR captures the angst, the heartache, and the raw-nerve emotions of first time love—and biting loss.




Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Estimated Release Date: October 2012


I read Catching Jordan (click on the link for my review) and just loved it! I can't wait for another one from Miranda especially one that is from the same school as Catching Jordan.


Summary taken from Goodreads.com: 

About a 17-year-old girl named Parker who falls for the new 23-year-old coach of the baseball team. 

Companion to CATCHING JORDAN.




Dead is A Battlefield by Marlene Perez
Series:  Dead Is book # 6
Estimated Release Date:  March 2012

I read the Dead is series by Perez and liked them so I am excited to read the new series with the same old crazy town. Although I might have to re-read the series because I don't seem to remember Jessica.

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade. 

When a new boy shows up at school, the girls are infected with a case of seriously creepy crushes. But when their obsession turns to violence, Jessica and her friends start to wonder if there’s more going on than just a little friendly rivalry. Are the smitten girls turning into love zombies? 

And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on Dominic Gray, the cute but moody new singer for Side Effects May Vary, and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day and lets her know whenever there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she's a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?


Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
Estimated Release Date: Feb 2nd 2012

Summary Taken from Goodreads.com: 

When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all...



Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Estimated Release Date: June 14th 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com

Between Noelle’s difficult home life and the bullying she endures at school, all she wants is to get out of her small town. Noelle would give anything to be with Julian Porter. But staying with her emotionally distant boyfriend is safer. When things heat up between Noelle and Julian, she has to decide whether she can be her true self with him.







The Raft by S. A Bodeen
Estimated Release Date: Aug 21st 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

Robie, 16, lives with her family on the Midway atoll, a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific. Her parents are scientists; it’s an isolated life. Robie enjoys visiting her aunt in Hawaii – she gets back and forth on a cargo plane that brings supplies to Midway. 

During a visit, her aunt is called to the mainland for a work emergency, leaving Robie to get home on her own. On her flight back to Midway the cargo plane hits nasty weather, and goes down. It’s just Robie, the pilot, and Max, a co-pilot she’s never met till this flight, on board. Robie is pulled aboard a raft by Max, who is injured and slipping in and out of consciousness. They have a bag of candy and very little water between them. When they finally reach an island that seems abandoned, Robie hopes they’ll be found quickly. But she’s not sure she was even on the flight manifest. Her parents must be looking for her…aren’t they? 

In THE RAFT, S.A. Bodeen creates a hair-raising suspense story that will have readers agonizing over the same question as Robie -- how long can they survive?


Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega book #3
Estimated Release Date: March 6th 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

When the FBI request a pack consultant on a serial killer case they're following in Boston, Anna and Charles are sent in. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves – all of them were. 

Someone is targeting their kind. And if Charles and Anna can't get to the bottom of this mystery, they may be next...





Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
Estimated Release Date: May 1st 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.


The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore
Estimated Release Date: March 27th 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com: 

Sophomore Cammie Bliss has long been labeled a stalker by her peers, but when a cute new boy named Toby arrives at her small town high school, Cammie has a chance to be "normal." Trouble is, she can't really help herself and she's up to her old tricks of "intense observation and following" pretty quick. Making things worse, her younger brother is dating one of the most popular girls in the school, her parents have separated, and her dad has begun to watch their house most nights. Cammie has simply got to figure out why she behaves the way she does, and end it once and for all. 



City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments book #5
Estimated Release Date: May 8th 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com: 

In Book 5: City of Lost Souls, the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling.








City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments Book #6
Estimated Release Date: Sept. 1st 2013

Summary taken from Goodreads.com

In Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire, Jace, Clary and their friends are drawn inexorably into a war that pits Heaven against Hell, angels against demons—a war that threatens to destroy our world entirely if the Shadowhunters can't end it first.






Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices Book #3
Estimated Release Date: Dec 2012

Summary Taken from Goodreads.com:

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it's too late. As Jem's health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves — even if it means never seeing the other one again?






Underworld by Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon Trilogy Book #2
Estimated Release Date: May 28th 2012

I read the first one and loved it! Its different from what Cabot usually writes and I like it. (Click the above series like to see my review on Abandon.)

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. 

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead. 

Not this time. 

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey. 

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves. 

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. 

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.


Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Estimated Release Date: April 24th 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. 

But her reincarnation, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI-agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process. 

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.


Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Estimated Release Date:  Feb 14th 2012

I've read other Alex Flinn novels like Beastly (click to read my review), Cloaked and even A Kiss in Time, the last one I found to not be a good book what so ever but rather enjoyed the first two, so I'm hoping that this book will be another good one from Flinn.

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

"It is the story of Kendra and her first 300 or so years of life. In Bewitching, Kendra ponders whether to help out a modern day plain-looking stepsister, while also reflecting on her experiences in the 1666 British plague, the court of Louis XV, and on the Titanic." 



Temptest by Julie Cross
Estimated Release Date: Jan 17th 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads.com:

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.




Sorry that they aren't in order, but take a look and see if there are any you might be looking forward to!

-Jes 

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