Winner Announcement!

I posted a review of Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly earlier and it received a 5 star rating. I did say that for the month of November, every book that receives a 5 star rating from the blog will be given away. So for the first 5 of the month, the winner is:


Congratulations, Tiffany! She also answered the question correctly. Vincent Jackson scored three touchdowns at the Chargers’ heartbreaking loss last Sunday. 

Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Publication Date:  August 23rd, 2011
HarperCollins
Format:  Hardcover, 406 pages
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SUMMARY
I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I’m ready to fight.

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MY TAKE: 2/5 STARS
Initial Reaction After Reading:
I’m thoroughly angry. The majority of the book was a fantastic read…until I got to the parts where Four/John Smith agonized like a fickle boy stuck between loving one girl and liking another. Oh, there’s a difference. It makes me mad that THIS overshadowed how great this book could’ve been. I’m sorry that I’m so hung up on the forced romances in this book but I detest love triangles; hate it, hate it, hate it – with a passion. I have debated on abadoning this book but with only about a quarter left, I forced down the irritation and persevered to continue.
Highlights:
  • The instalment to I Am Number Four follows the story of Four, Six and Sam on the run from the law and from the Mogadorians on their tails. Much like its predecessor, this book was action packed and full of unrelenting thrills.  
  • We finally learned of the contents of the chests and the legacies that will help the surviving six exiles to find each other and fight for Lorien’s resurgence.
  • Sam and Bernie Kozar remain my favorite characters of this series but I also enjoyed some new characters that were introduced: Ella and Hector.
  • Six is a bad-ass, kick ass chick, who unfortunately, had to suffer being a part of a ridiculous love triangle. We get to learn more about the life she led with her deceased Cephan, Katarina. I love her ferocity and will toward whatever purpose she was supposed to fulfill.
  • Step aside, Four, I have a new favorite Loric. Number Seven, much like Six is resolute in her beliefs. Having lived most of her Earth life in a convent, the suffocation she felt at being ‘imprisoned’ was palpable. I was frustrated with Adelina for renouncing her duties as her Cephan, but thankfully, there was some redemption in her character toward the end.
Lowlights:
  • Four/ John Smith. Through much of his angsty soliloquy about Sarah and Six, the thoughts swirling through my head was that this book was not written by the original author who wrote I Am Number Four. It just cannot be. How in the world could you introduce me to a strong male lead in the first book and then turn him into a pantsy, angsty alien on the next? The decision to see Sarah in Paradise was, in the spirit of honesty, the STUPIDEST thing he could ever done. I’m just having a hard time digesting how Four turned out. I’m almost glad that the entire book wasn’t told in his POV, because, seriously, when he’s not fighting Mogs? Being in his head made me want to slit my wrist. I’m not kidding. Stop pining already! Ugh.
  • Speaking of Sarah, why do I get the feeling that what she did was just a veiled attempt to force feed me with the idea of Four and Six?  Right now? I really couldn’t care less who Four ends up with. I am more interested to see what happens to the rest of the Lorics. Sarah was another character who turned Jekyll and Hyde on me. I just don’t understand why the author chose to un-developed these two characters. I didn’t really warm up to the idea of Sarah and Four but I’m furious that the author sold me – completely at that, on the first book with their professions of love only to make a mockery of it on the next. What.the.heck.
Final Thoughts:
Even after receiving a lukewarm reception from me, this book definitely did its job of building anticipation for the next one. I really am looking forward to reading the third instalment, regardless of how angry this book made me. I still think that this is an amazing series but I AM SO OVER FOUR.


Review: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Publication Date: May 24th, 2011
Candlewick Press
Format: Hardcover, 449 pages
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SUMMARY
Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip – and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

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MY TAKE:  5/5 STARS
Highlights:
Be prepared to see these heavenly creatures in a different light. These breed of angels are unlike any other angels you’ve ever read before. They’re almost cannibalistic in their hunger for human life. The book is not gory, per se. But their appetites are probably comparable. They have the characteristics of a horde of aliens, parasitic and gluttonous in their hunger. They invade, they destroy, they move on. We’ve been serve with a cacophony of stories about these beings but as far as I’m concerned, Angel Burn is highly original.  

Willow is an amiable character. She is without the angst of a teenager who’d known her disparity with the rest of the kids her age.  Willow grew up knowing that she’s different. She’s a psychic with a talent in psychometry. She can tell anything about a person with one touch; she can tell what your future is if you give her your hand. Her beauty is ethereal, concealed in second hand clothes and grease from fixing cars. Her relationship with her vegetative mother is heartrending but it exists, nonetheless.

Alex was hard to figure out. I love the air of mystery that constantly surrounds him and the futile fight he had with himself as he tries to figure out who or what to follow: his heart or his belief that angels – of any kind should be terminated.

Lowlights:

Virtually none, in my honest opinion.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed every single page of this book. The heart pounding sequences were relentless and the romance was sweet and real. I’ve finally got my copy of Angel Fire (Angel Burn #2) and I’m chomping at the bits to get started.

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Top Ten Tuesday (4): Books I Read that were Outside of My Comfort Zone.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists and let’s face it, so am I!

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Top Ten Books I Read that were Outside of My Comfort Zone

  1. Sleeping Beauty Series by A.N. Roquelaure Traumatizing series. I had to force myself to finish book one.
  2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown I’m not much into whoddunit books but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed this one. I’ve always wanted to take any of Dan Brown’s books and book myself a flight to Europe – take a tour of all the places he mentioned here and in Angels & Demons.
  3. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis I am a product of Catholic School education. On my senior year, I was to do a book report of my own choosing. I chose this and needless to say, it was rejected by my English teacher.
  4. Harold Robbins Books I was twelve when I discovered Harold Robbins. It didn’t take very long before I realize that his books are definitely not intended for my age bracket at the time. I remember being castigated by my aunt who told me I shouldn’t be reading his books so I found a way to read them secretly.
  5. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer This series started my love affair with YA books. I’ve not looked back since.
  6. Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward Much like Twilight, this series by JR Ward paved the way to so many paranormal romance books on my shelves.
  7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore I wasn’t big on reading fantasy books – until I read this.
  8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan My very first zombie novels! I’ve been collecting them ever since.
  9. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins My first taste of dystopian. I remember reading the first book and basically forcing everyone I know to read it.
  10. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder Ms. Schroeder introduced me to verse books. So few words, yet so powerful. I have been reading these books since and loving each and every one of them!

Joyousreads’ {mis}Adventures – 11072011

Books and Travels by Yours Truly.
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DESTINATION: San Diego, California
DURATION: November 4 (supposed to be) – November 7, 2011
BOOKS PACKED FOR THIS TRIP
I read a big chunk of The Power of Six and a bit of The Guardian. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to crack Fury. 

My husband and I are travellers; we’ve got wings on our feet and has this immeasurable patience to suffer through airport line ups. We’re just weird like that. For me, I don’t mind all the waits – because it’s during those times that I could crank up some reading mileage. 

Birthmarks on Our Butts. 

In our culture, we have this superstition that if you’re blighted with bad luck, then you must have birthmarks on your butts. 

We have the worst luck in the world when it comes to travelling. We’ve never had a single one we’re we didn’t have to deal with lost luggages, delayed and or cancelled flights. And at one point, we had to turn back because the landing gear on the plane malfunctioned. It gets kind of annoying when we average about 3 – 4 trips a year. For once, I just want to not have to worry about whether my luggage will end up in Los Angeles instead of Las Vegas or in this case, stuck in Toronto.
Murphy’s Law
We were just in San Diego, California this weekend, and let me tell you: WORST.TRIP.EVER. 
Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. 
  • The ticket agent from United issued us luggage tags that belong to another traveller. US Customs, of course, held us because when they ask you if you have luggages and you said yes, but they couldn’t find you in the system? Logically, something is wrong. We missed our flight because of this snafu. They booked us on another flight the following day on another airline (Air Canada) – their affiliate. They lost our luggage. We are now at home and still no sign of the errant luggage.
  • California was supposed to be a sunny place – not when we were there. It was cold and rainy. But I didn’t mind. It was better than snow. But sitting in the stands, looking like a couple of drowned rats was not cool. Especially if your team was gettin’ a lickin’. 
  • We were there to watch a football game. Our team played horrible. We fought back in the end, but we still lost. 
 45  38

Yeah. I know how you feel, buddy.
See those yellow things floating among the spectators? CHEESEHEADS. Literally. 

What’s worst? The entire Qualcomm Stadium was in a sea of Green Bay Packers jersey. Seriously. Also, have I mentioned how rainy it was? and cold? Well, I was soaked and frozen. But hey, it’s all about the experience. 
Silver Lining

But all was not lost. I managed to snag a trip to Barnes & Noble. Want to see my loot?
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston
I’m always on the lookout for JR WARD’s BDB series in hardbacks. So I was so happy to find this. I’m a long ways away from completing the entire series but it’s almost like a scavenger hunt for me. I do this with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series too but so far, I’ve resorted to paying an exorbitant amount to whoever would sell it to me. 


This book was a bargain at $5! I couldn’t pass up. I absolutely loved this book so I just had to get a second copy. Lol. I’m hopeless, I know.

I do love travelling – almost as much as reading. But our luck needs to change – have to change. We’ll see how it goes in December.

Next up – HAWAII! 


IMM #13

In My Mailbox is a weekly event over at The Story Siren, which showcases the books we’ve purchased, borrowed and received in the mail this week. This is the thirteenth episode of HOARDERS, Books Edition.
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FOR REVIEW

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for sending me this book. I can’t wait to dive in!
KINDLE COPIES

The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Touch by Jus Accardo
Betwen the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Amplified by Tara Kelly
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Scored by Lauren Mclaughlin
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding
Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
Muse by Mercy Lim
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Siren’s Storm by Lisa Papademetriou
Last Breath by Rachel Caine
What’s in your mailbox?
Don’t forget to check out the blog’s current contest. The loot is your choice of 4 new titles from November! ENTER NOW!

Review: Possess by Gretchen Mc Neil

Publication Date: August 23rd, 2011
Balzer + Bray
Format:  Hardcopy, 384 pages

SUMMARY

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons’ plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

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MY TAKE: 3/5 STARS

Although Possess sucked me in immediately, my apathy toward the characters made this book just an okay read for me. The plot is innovative – as far as my bookshelf is concern, that is. The entire story was well-paced and written neatly that you’d want for nothing more. Aside from my inability to care any which way about the characters, the element of surprise with identifying who the bad guys were was pretty much non-existent. It was actually clear who it was in less than ten pages. The author did try to sway me by introducing another suspicious character but I thought she tried too hard that at that point, it was entirely difficult for me to think otherwise.

This book took off the gates running and Ms. McNeil did an outstanding job of creating that whole sinister ambience. The suspense, the tension, the fog, the Linda Blair-esque possessions were very well illustrated. The demon banishment rituals however, lacked that certain mystique that I’d expected. Three words and the aid of a sanctified heirloom bracelet was such a disappointment.

The author also took the fallen angels concept and their redemptions to a different path – refreshing, if I may say so myself. The myth was explained in the beginning but in a very convoluted manner that my eyes glazed over after a few sentences. But don’t fret; Bridget broke it down in a much clearer overview later on.

You just have to read the book to find out which type of lineage Bridget falls under.

The romance was as exciting as plain rice cakes, in my opinion. But I guess this book isn’t about that at all. The only parentage influence in her life was her mother – who, in my utter annoyance was oblivious to her daughter’s exorcism adventures. It was hard to like her mother in light of how she was depicted according to Bridget.

Overall, this book had so much going for it but failed to hold my attention. However, I was interested enough to see it through the end. 

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BOOK REEL OF THE WEEK {1}: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

This new feature on the blog will highlight the best book trailer I could find on the web. But if you’re an author looking to feature your book on here, please feel free to contact me!
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Publication Date:  January 2nd, 2012
Poppy
SUMMARY
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18B. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.




These book reels look amazing! It’s making me want this book even MORE! – too bad it will not be out until 2012! *pouts*

So? What do you think?

Confessions of an Addict (9) – What To Do In Case of Emergency.

Have you ever had one of those nights when the book you’re supposed to be reading lost its appeal and you can’t force yourself to read no matter how hard you try? It’s not like it’s a bad book; you’re just not in the mood for it.  So you turn to your bookshelf to pick another but there’s absolutely nothing in your TBR shelfves  that screams, read me! read me!
You stand there for a long time without the umbrella,  your fingers trail through each spine, while your forehead wrinkle in concentration as you try to remember a snippet or a gist of roughly what each book was about? And nothing is tempting because for some strange reason, the appeal of the books when you bought it the first time is just not there this time around.  So you start to panic; quelling that paranoid voice in your head and failing.

“OMG. What if I’ve recovered from my books addiction?”

“What if my appetite for reading is completely gone?”

“What am I going to do with all these books?!”  

OMG. OMG. OMG.

Heh. Highly unlikely.

Your husband, who’s been apparently watching  you agonize and fight an inner battle between a book about zombies or settling in for the night with a modern interpretation of Hamlet, interrupts your soliloquy with a stern voice. “Will you hurry up? You’re blocking the tv!”

You give him a glare using the extra pair of eyes at the back of your head, while the other set eyerolls in annoyance. “I’m trying to pick a book. Hold on to your knickers!” You spit back.

Minutes later you’re still blocking the re-run of the clusterf*ck game you witnessed on Monday.  You have no idea why he likes watching the highlights of your football team’s failure to –  well, win games.  It’s like he enjoys torture or something. Come to think of it, that’s probably why he married you – because he’s a sucker for pain. Anyway, getting off topic here.

In his inifinite wisdom, and in a condescending tone, he says, “This is why you should maybe STOP buying books until you have a manageable pile.” 
Yes, well. That’s not happening anytime soon, dear husband.
You held your tongue and a shudder. “Use the 6-4-9 system,” he says.

You look at him quizzically, like Mr. Darcy with the quizzical brow and indulge him for a minute. Because really, you just want to pick a book and it’s an even harder feat when he’s in the background yammering about some crazy Math system…or so you think.

I’d like to share to you what he suggested I do if ever I find myself in the same connundrum again. It’s called the 6-4-9 system.

  1. Count 6 books from your left. Pull out the sixth book.
  2. Count 4 books from your right. Pull out the fourth book.
  3. Count 9 books from the left again and pull that ninth book off the shelf.

Now you’re left with three books. You can either (a) pick the first of the three, or (b)the last of the three, or (c) pick the middle book. In the likely event that none of those books appeal to you, proceed to another shelf then start the 6-4-9 system again. Obviously, if you have a shelf specifically for serial books, this system will not work.

I’d like to point out that you’re probably not like me – fickle and a complete spazz when it comes to choosing a book.  I ended up  putting my initial pick back to the shelf and started the system until I eventually found that book that I was looking for.

Incidentally, my husband apparently used this system when he’d sit in front of a bar with his drinking buddies and couldn’t pick which hard liquor he’d want to indulge in. Whatever works. The good news is, he said he can’t remember the last time he used this system.

So based on this system, I ended up with these three choices: Falling For Hamlet, Passion and Patient Zero.

NOW READING: POSSESS BY GRETCHEN MCNEIL 
(See how fickle I am?)

Waiting on Wednesday (4): Lover Reborn by JR WARD

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
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Expected Publication: March 27th, 2012
Lover Reborn by JR WARD
#10 Black Dagger Brotherhood

If you guys haven’t checked out this series yet, you must do so stat! It’s probably one of those books that I’ll never get tired of no matter how many times I whine about vampires being a thing of the past.

The synopsis is not available but I believe this is Tohrment’s story. I really hope he gets his happily-ever-after this time, the poor brother. 

I can’t wait to read this!