Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekly Reading

I've got three things I'm going to try and get through this week! I'm going to start on this book I got through Goodreads. The author gave me a paper copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. I don't know if every author does it but she signed my copy! It's my first ever hand signed book. They had a bunch of different ones when I went to Barnes & Nobles on Black Friday but I didn't get any. I mean they were cool and they had quite a few cool ones but it's just so impersonal. This is special. The book is Legacy by Ellery A. Kane. The other two are short stories. One from The Mortal Instruments and the other from Divergent.

  1. Legacy by Ellery A Kane
  2. The Course of True Love (And First Dates) by Cassandra Clare 
  3. The Initiate by Veronica Roth 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements 0.5) - Review

Book Description 

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again... 

My Review 


This novella was meant to introduce the reader to the series. Gargoyle Wardens and demons being the main characters. This book shows us Dez and Jasmine. Two Wardens. The plot isn't amazing nor will it blow your mind. Dez left when Jas's father announced they were to mate. With not even a goodbye. He comes back three years later and still thinks he can just mate with Jasmine. She has some conditions that he has to fulfil even though she thinks she is going to tell him no. As the seven days go by, she falls even more in love with him and tells him yes. He finally tells her the real reason he left and they get to meet Layla, Roth, and Zayne. 

It was a sweet romance story that was very very predictable but enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend buying it, but maybe borrowing from the library like I did. It's worth reading just to see Roth. 

Did I mention Roth already? Well then, #TeamRoth!   

Favorite Quotes 

“I want you, and I know you feel the same way. Neither of us could’ve changed that much. I believe in that. And I want you.” 

“For thousands of years, my kind had been thought of as nothing more than the stone sculptures perched upon the rooftops of homes and churches. Aka gargoyles. And technically, that’s what we were – but the depiction of a gargoyle was vastly exaggerated. Even the ugliest of all Wardens didn’t have a bulbous nose or fangs jutting from his mouth. It was rather insulting when you thought about it.” 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

Black Friday is here! What are you going to do today? Will you be shopping or staying home and enjoying time with the family? Seeing a movie? Mockingjay Part 1 was awesome sauce. Just saying.

I'll be in Barnes & Noble. Hoping to catch some of the books I need at a good price. I'm also hoping the copy of Death Note I hid in a Hello Kitty backpack in Wal-Mart is still there tomorrow. Have you ever hidden anything for Black Friday?

The books I'm looking to find are White Hot KissObsidianOnyx, & Black Bird Volume 2. If I happen to find any other little gems I'll snag them.

Whatever you're doing today, I hope you're having fun and enjoying the holidays!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you enjoy this day no matter where it finds you. If you are going to spend it with your family or out shopping for Black Friday. Hope it's a day to remember, in the best way possible. 

This is going to be my first year not seeing any of my family. I'm not really excited for it like I usually am. Hopefully it will be better than last year though... Last year my boyfriend had to go to the hospital and I only saw my family for an hour before we had to leave to see his family for the rest of the day and we ended up spending the night at his mother's house.

They say life is what you make it, so I'm going to try to make today wonderful. I'm going to make pumpkin pie! I do it every year. I'm actually a pretty good cook. 

Just think, after today there is Christmas! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#WaitingonWednesday (1)

The book I'm looking forward to reading is by a new favorite author of mine, Jennifer L Armentrout. It's a New-Adult paranormal romance. I would probably read anything this woman wrote. She got me to read about aliens.... I NEVER read about aliens. They aren't my cup of tea. Her writing though is just that good.

So The book I'm waiting for is......

*Drum Roll*


Expected publication: December 8th 2014

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. 

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. 

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine, it's a way of showing what books we can't wait to be released.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) - Review

Book Description

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.
She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed. 

My Review


This was better than the first installment. But sometimes Cole still bothered me a little. He broke up with her but was still all over her. He just rubs me the wrong way. He wouldn't listen to Ali about the visions at all. 

I still love Kat, I'd take her as a best friend any day. She's funny and just brings in a breath of fresh air. My favorite character.

There is a pattern in these novels, they always battle the Hazmats at the end. I'm betting in the final book they end them permanently. Which I wouldn't mind, those jerks need to be put out of business. 
I love how Justin came back into the slayer fold. I really like him. I'm also so glad his sister turned out to be alive. 

I did think the whole Z.A. thing could've been cleared up so easily before the ending of the book. Seriously? That was a bit ridiculous. 

Overall, I would rate this a 4.2 It's really entertaining. I had a hard time even putting it down. So much happened in this book, even a small twist I didn't see coming.

The cover... like where did they dig up that girl? Her face is so square and ugly. I love the cover from the first novel, the third isn't too bad. This though... God just no. I wish I had something to cover it up with.

Favorite Quotes

There are so many good ones to chose from here that I have three.

“Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, and fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, but fear of Ali Bell is just called logic.” 

“Sometimes, the loneliness probably got to be too much and anyone seemed better than no one.” 

“Do you know the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." 
"Wrong. That's the definition of determination.” 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vampires of Manhattan - A Review

Book Description 

The Vampires of Manhattan is "hipster horror"--the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build "Millennial" lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan's only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven's annual Four Hundred Ball--a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay--Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he's the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer--and the answers lie deep in vampire lore. 

My Review


I enjoyed this older Blue Bloods group. It doesn't seem to have the magic of the Young Adult series though. It was an average book. Nothing too exciting and the plot was predictable. I pretty much guessed the killer before half way through.

I didn't really like Ara, I honestly found myself simply skimming her chapters. She lost me from the first page. I just couldn't connect with her.

Ollie has changed so much. I really miss the teenager he used to be. He was so loyal and nerdy and wonderful. It seems now all the power has gone to his head.

Mimi is still amazing. I'll always love the selfish and spoiled angel. I enjoyed her and Kingsley's chapters the most. I found myself almost feeling how I used to for the series.

I really miss Jack & Sky and was glad to see them in the last chapter. They have twins! I hope to read more of them in the future books from this new series. 

Favorite Quote 

There isn't one. Nothing was really good enough to quote from this book. There was some very awkward passages about body odor and Oliver now being 'ripped'. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Movie Review


I enjoyed this so much. From the moment it started to the end. It made me cry at some parts and even laugh... but i have a twisted sense of humor.

Mockingjay Part 1 is much darker than the previous films but to me it really captured the feeling of loss throughout the movie.

A lot of reviews are saying the pacing is too slow. It's slower than the others simply because there is no Hunger Games with solid action. This is the first time we have seen the whole gang not enter an arena. To me, it wasn't slow at all. It had enough action to keep me entertained while helping the plot along.

There was so many cool things that happened, Katniss sang 'The Hanging Tree', Jennifer Lawrence actually sounded good. Not the best voice I've ever heard. I was surprised  by how lovely it was though!

I knew it was going to happen as I've read the book (a review is coming soon) but it was still so sad to see Peeta being hijacked and attacking Katniss. It broke my heart to see him that way. The make-up team did a great job. He looked so worn out. 

Gale... I don't know, I mean, I just never really cared too much about him. I didn't even feel bad when he told Katniss the only way she ever pays attention to him if he's in pain. I guess that makes me Team Peeta!

I was really disappointed that Haymitch wasn't in here too much, I love him.  I'm so glad that Effie is still around and she made me laugh a lot. Cinna... I knew he was dead but it still hurts. He was wonderful.

My favorite part is the part where President Coin lets Katniss and her camera crew go to District 8 to film. Where Katniss and Gale shoot down the Capitol planes and where she addresses President Snow, telling him one of the best quotes ever, "if we burn, you burn with us". It gave me chills and made me want to jump up and shout. I of course didn't other people were in the theater.  

Go see this movie, it's worth it. You will not be disappointed at all. I enjoyed all 2 hours and 3 minutes if it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak #4) - Review

Book Description 

In the fourth book of the bestselling Cirque Du Freak series, Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain-the vampaneze have been there before them. 
Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren's human side, or turn him further toward the darkness? Only one thing is certain-Darren's initiation into the vampire clan is more deadly than he can ever have imagined.

My Review


This book takes a time jump of six years, so now Evra is a young man while Darren looks around one year older. Thus they aren't as close as they used to be in the third book. Every twelve years, the Council meets at Vampire Mountain, and Mr. Crepsley has decided it's time to present Darren to them.  Upon arriving, one of Mr Tiny's Little People delivers a dire warning about the Lord of the Vampaneze. Then it's Darren's turn to see the Council, who are made up of the Vampire Princes. They are upset that Darren has been made a half-vampire at so young, as that's something they have not done in nearly a century. Darren now has to take on strenuous trials to prove himself, which are created to be troublesome for full blooded vampires. There is no going back for Darren. The choice is now to pass the trails and live among the vampires as an equal or die.

Favorite Quote

“Life is a challenge and only those who rise to the challenge truly know what it means to live.” 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak #3) - Review

Book Description

Darren, the vampire's assistant, gets a taste of the city when he leaves the Cirque Du Freak with Evra the snake-boy and Mr. Crepsley. When corpses are discovered--corpses drained of blood-- Darren and Evra are compelled to hunt down whatever foul creature is committing such horrendous acts. Meanwhile, beneath the streets, evil stalks Darren and Evra, and all clues point to Mr. Crepsley. Can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

My Review


To me, this one wasn't quite as good as the first two. Darren, Mr. Crepsley, after a little convincing, Evra leave the Cirque Du Freak after a Vampire General (also Crepsley's dear old friend) arrives with some very dire news. They arrive in a quaint town and stay at a hotel. Mr. Crepsley goes out every
night but tells no one what he's doing. Then six bodies drained of blood are found in a warehouse. Darren thinks Crepsley has went on a killing spree and needs to be stopped. They shadow the vampire and Evra gets caught by the true killer. Can Darren and Crepsley work together to save the snake boy?

This installment in the whole series is my last favorite, which is weird because it actually has a wee bit of romance (I'm a sucker for a sweet romance). The romance is overshadowed though and isn't a gripe if you hate romance. Overall, what I love most about these books, is the action never stops, the pacing is amazing and you can totally knock it out in one day.

Favorite Quote

“When he faced me again, he looked ashamed of himself. "I have gravely underestimated you, Darren," he said. "I will not do so again. I made a wiser choice than I realized when I chose you to serve as my assistant. I feel honoured to have you by my side.” - Mr Crepsley

The manga to me in this particular instance was better. Evra is so cutely drawn! Also it seems a little more to the point, where as in the book when they stalked Crepsley was a little redundant.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak #2) - Review

Book Description

Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy - until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire's Assistant, he tries DESPERATELY to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling... the Wolf Man is waiting.

My Review


This installment is a lot more graphic than the first. There was a lot of foreshadowing, but I think it was necessary. This is one of the goriest children's books I've ever read.

Mr. Crepsley decides to return to the Cirque Du Freak. Darren helps out his new friend Evra with his chores and gets to assist Crepsley with his act. Darren meets a young boy named Sam and they become friends. Though in the end, he loses a dear friend because of R.V. and has to drink from him to survive. The main point is Darren trying to come to terms with being a half vampire. Should he not drink human blood and die? Should he live on as a half vampire with Mr. Crepsley?

Favorite Quote

“...The pain didn't bother me. In fact, I welcome it: It meant I was alive. ” 
― Darren Shan,

There is even a movie based on the first few books that came out in 2009. In my opinion, it really wasn't that good but I had a friend who said he loved it.

There is also a manga series and I love it! It's so epic to see these amazing characters brought to life and in such a beautiful way.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak #1) - A Review

Book Description 

In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.


I just want to say that yes, this is an old book. It really bothers me when someone won't give an old book a try. JUST BECAUSE IT'S OLD DOESN'T MEAN IT CAN'T BE GOOD! Anyway, rant over and here comes the review.

My Review


This book was a favorite of mine as a young girl and now as an adult I still love it. It's so fast paced and a very easy read  If left alone I could easily finish in only a couple of hours. It has some gore  but to me it's not scary. Even when I was younger, nothing made me jump out of my skin.

It has a very simple, easy to understand plot, but it is a children's book. Nevertheless, it's still fun and interesting to see it play out. Darren and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to a freak show. Once they arrive, Darren finds himself enthralled by the spider. He later steals her and she bites his best friend Steve. In order to save his life, Darren must become a half-vampire! He'll have to leave his whole family and travel the world at Mr Crepsley's beck and call.

I do love Darren. He's such a good kid. Giving up everything for his friend's life. Knowing he'll have to leave his family. He's an amazing friend to have.

Crepsley is also an amazing character, there's something behind the surface of this vampire that drawls you in and makes you want to know more.

*Favorite Quote*

“A world of "if"s, but it would make no difference. If I could go back in time... but I couldn't. The past was behind me. The best thing now would be to stop looking over my shoulder. It was time to forget the past and look to the present and future.” — Darren

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Dead Girl's Dance (Morganville Vampires #2) - Review

Book Description 

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood. 

My Review 


This installment starts right where Glass Houses ended, which is great because now we have no time lapse to try and play catch up with.

Shane lost his younger sister a few years ago and his mother was killed by vampires also. Shane and Frank have been planning for revenge ever since. Shane returned back to Morganville with the sole purpose of getting inside information for his father, but living with Michael, Eve and now Claire caused him to reconsider, but the mistake he made was already set into motion.

The four teenagers realize the problems Frank's causing will jeopardize their newly acquired protection. If they are proven to be involved in the killing of vampires, their protection will vanish and will be free range from any vampire. Shane is being held for the murder of a vampire and if Claire, Eve, and Michael can't prove his innocence in time, Shane will be burned alive.

There was also a nice plot twist with Michael getting turned into vampire that actually surprised me. It's going to be nice to see him join the action and leave the Glass House.

I really do like where this is going. Claire is going to become a huge part in this town, too bad she still thinks she will get to leave one day.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) - Review

Book Description 

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

My Review


A quick read but really enjoyable! The characters are believable and the boys are just WOW. It seems a little more grown up to me then some young adult books I've read, which I love. The setting felt
real and seemed everyday life but with an awesome take on vampires. Where they aren't romantically sought after. They are the creatures that fill your nightmares.

So... Claire's enrolled in a college due to her academic achievements (she's something of a genius). She's 16, nearly 17, (which she LOVES to tell everyone, it reminds me of a five year old really). On her first day of school she already got herself on the bad side of the head mean girl, Morgan.

Claire decides she can't live in the dorms for fear Morgan and her friends will end up killing her so she goes looking for somewhere else to live. Upon finding the Glass House, she meets her roommates Shane (sexy), Michael (really sexy) and Eve.

Everything gets real complicated from there in Morganville and most people in the town are the creepy/insane side. Claire, soon comes to the realization that this town is full of vampires and with the help of her new roommates they will have to stick together to stay alive.

Also by the time you finish the first book, make sure you have the second one handy, the cliffhanger is epic!

Favorite Quote

“Damn, Claire. Warn a guy before you do a face-plant on the floor next time. I could have looked all heroic and caught you or something - Shane”

Also what is super cool is the book series now has a web series on youtube! This is the first episode, I don't claim any rights, just uploaded for entertainment reasons. I think they could've done a better job myself. It's still nice to see Michael though and he's the only actor I like. I've been his fan since Holiday in the Sun.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beautiful Disaster - A Review

Book Description 

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Review


I'm really glad the whole New Adult genre is picking up. It's nice to finally be able to read about characters my own age. It's also nice they aren't as white washed as Young Adult novels (though I do still love my Young Adult).

I love this book! The plot was pretty good. I loved the whole 'Lucky Thirteen' bit. It was clever and I didn't see it coming. I thought the decision to get married was a wee bit rushed. You just shouldn't get married that soon after what had happened to them. Their relationship is like a roller coaster! At first it was hard to deal with.

Nevertheless I enjoyed the back & forth in this book when in most books it tends to irritate me. I loved the fight scenes, they were very entertaining. I almost cried when I thought Travis' brother had died in the fire,
so sad!

I really like America, she is such an amazing friend. I love it at the end where she got angry at Abby about the wedding.

Travis was a little on the overwhelming side. The tattoo with Abby's name so quickly and buying the ring... kind of creepy (in a sweet way). He was also a little too controlling but he was really sweet. You could see his love for Abby.

Abby, I felt badly for her. The terrible past with a father who only cared about money. She was a sweet girl in spite of all that though. I didn't like how she was so willing to take back Travis even after seeing him with Morgan. Just no. I'd love to see if she ended up with any kids later in life with Travis.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Hunger Games - Review

Book Description 

Winning will make you famous.
 Losing means certain death.

 In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

 When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

 May the odds be ever in your favour

My Review


I love this book. It's so quick paced and easy to read. I love Katniss. She is the character I connect with most of any books I've read. She's the reluctant hero. She loves her little sister, Prim, more than anything in the world and would do anything for her. She's a survivor.

Katniss had to become the means of food for her family when her father died in a mining accident and her mother went through some serious depression. She had to grow up faster than a normal kid would but she isn't bitter.

She is strong inside and out. She's not afraid to break the rules if she has to. When she volunteered for her sister all she thought was to save her life, not about anything else. It's touching.

I love what she did for Rue, the small, sweet little girl from District 11, how she sang for her and placed all those wildflowers around her. She is caring.

I'm glad I decided to read this book again, it's simply breathtaking and so wonderfully written. I'd recommend this book to anyone. This book will remain one of my favorites forever.

The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - Review

Book Description

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.

My Review


Catching Fire greatly improves upon The Hunger Games and that in itself is amazing. I love the first book, Katniss is one of the few characters that I really relate to. Her love for her family and those close to her mean more to her than anything and I'm the same way. Her strength isn't her weapon, it's her will.

This book really shows how the fire is spreading and how the people of Panam are ready to be free, to take their lives into their own hands. One of my favorite parts was in District 11 where they all do the hand sign. It just shows how sick they are of suffering and how ready they are to follow a leader.

The love triangle, if you can even call it that, is very tame. I know some people who won't even read a book if it has a love triangle because they say Twilight ruined it all. To me though, it's very down played and easy to get through. Katniss isn't really a lover to me. She is a fighter.

There isn't a character in this book I really hate (President Snow not included), Haymitch Abernathy, Katiness Everdeen, and Johanna Mason are my favorites though. Haymitch is sweet in his sad drunken way and I'm not sure why but Johanna, there is just something about her I love.

I do have a quote from the book that just sends chills through me when I read it or when I hear it in the movie, "Remember who the real enemy is."

Overall, this book is breathtaking and amazing. I would never get tried of rereading it.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alice in Zombieland - Review

Inside Front Cover

She won't rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave.


Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.

I'd tell my sister no. 

                                                  I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad. 

I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words. Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.

I'd tell them I love them.

I wish

... Yeah, I wish.

My Review


This was a decent book. It started quickly, which I like. I hate when something takes 100+ pages to even start the real plot. It took a while for me to get through, having a lot of well, boring parts. The take on zombies this book has is kind of weird. No one knows how it really even started... seriously? Maybe it will explain more in the second novel. Though I like that the author Gena Showalter tried to do something different. It's refreshing because so many movies and books have to do with zombies these days. I loved Ali's random way to describe stuff. The horse rectum thing had me laughing.

I liked Kat. She was funny, loyal, and oh so charming. It was pretty predictable that she would have some kind of illness. It's still very sad though. I liked how she'd string Frosty along. They're such a cute couple. You can see how much he cares for her. I really hope she tells him about her health soon.

Cole was just... irk. He was too controlling. I know he was the leader and only wanted to keep everyone safe, but still. People have to be able to breathe sometimes! I just didn't really like him.

Ali... I hated and loved her all at the same time. I wish she would've made Cole work harder and not do pretty much everything he said. I did like how strong she was, killing her 'pops' and father. I could never kill my father. She wasn't scared to do what needed to be done (with the zombies... now with Cole...). I also can't wait to see how her skills develop over the next two books.

There were only two things in this book I didn't see coming; Dr Wright and the killing of her 'pops'. It was easy to see that her father would be a zombie, that she'd be the most gifted one of the group, & that Kat was very sick. It's not a book I'd ever want to read again, but I will finish the series just to know what happens to Kitty Kat.

White Hot Kiss - Review

Book Description

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

My Review 


Layla is half demon/gargoyle, she has never fit in completely with the Wardens. They've taught her to hate the demon half of herself and she does. 

Then enter Roth, the Crown Prince of Hell. He shows her that not all demons are what she thought. He's so cunning and wonderful (not to mention sexy).

The plot is pretty normal for the standard Young Adult genre but there were two plot twists that I didn't see coming. Elijah was Layla's father and she finally got to turn into a gargoyle.

Layla is a pretty strong heroine better than some of the others I've read about (Bella from Twilight). I can't wait for the sequel to this book. 

As for which guy I hope she gets with... Team Roth all the way! I also love his snake tattoo Bambi. She is awesome! 

Everyone should read this book! It's just full of action and totally cool. I'm so glad I picked it up. There are quite a few interesting characters and one hell of a cliffhanger to make you want to read the squeal.