Friday, July 27, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #7: The Pledge Edition!




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The Pledge: Amazon | GoodReads

I've been dying for The Pledge for a long time now. Seriously, the premise sounds so cool, and I've always loved dystopian books, so I was so stoked when I won a copy! Not only that, I also got a bunch of really cool swag from Jessirae who happens to be part of The Pledge Street Team! :) Don't you just love the poster? And Kimberly Derting's signature is really beautiful! Love her handwriting! 


I love the bookmark and I can't wait to use it! The stickers are pretty cute too. And I also got a signed passport for Ludania, so since I'm a "citizen" of that country, I'm planning to go there next summer. Oh wait, it's fictional. Damn, too bad! :P

So, what did you get this week? Leave a link below to your post! :)

Jen

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Giveaway Alerts #3

Hey guys! Once again, here's a heads up on some totally awesome giveaways happening lately! So first up, click the banners below to enter Shatterbook's 300 Follower Giveaway and 6 Month Anniversary Giveaway! There's a lot of awesome books to choose from! 



Click the book cover below to enter a giveaway for ARCs of the Fall Breathless Reads, including Falling Kingdoms!


And finally, click the pic below to enter a giveaway for a mystery box of ARCs, including an ARC of Of Poseidon and The Iron King!


Good luck!

Jen

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #6: The Pretty Paperbacks Edition!



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So I got some really awesome paperbacks that I'm really excited about! They've all been released for a few months now, but with my gigantic TBR pile, I just hope I'll be able to read them soon!


The Immortal Rules: GoodReads | Amazon
Spellcaster: GoodReads | Amazon
Reckoning: GoodReads | Amazon

Ahh, I can't believe that I haven't read The Immortal Rules yet! I'm a huge Julie Kagawa fan, and I've been dying for this one! The same goes to Spellcaster. Spellbound was just so fun- and really funny too! And I've only read the first book in the Strange Angels series, so I have a lot to catch up on before reading Reckoning!



Sweet Evil: GoodReads | Amazon
The Replacement: GoodReads | Amazon


I think I'm one of those few people who hasn't read Sweet Evil yet! I seriously can't wait to- and meed Kaidan! (Or was it Kaiden?) But yeah, he sounds yummy. :) And The Replacement sounds cool too- I love stories about Changelings! 

So what did you get this week?

Jen

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent: Review

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school... Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....
Wow. 

The Awesome
The plot. After If I Die, I didn't think the plot could get any better. But it did. Before I Wake amped up the tension and the suspense, and the stakes are higher than ever. Nobody is now safe from the hellions, and they will stop at nothing to get Kaylee's soul. I'd elaborate more because the summary is a bit vague, but I wouldn't want to spoil it. But the plot, in a word? Brilliant. 

The drama. As if the creatures of the Netherwold after Kaylee was bad enough. No, Kaylee has to deal with the drama of everything- of going back to school, the pestering of her classmates, and worse of all, Nash. Oh gosh, the drama was written so well! There were such heartbreaking moments, and I couldn't help but sympathize for the characters that I used to dislike. 

The writing. This was my favorite of all. The way Rachel Vincent wrote the book- it was just so easy to get lost in the Soul Screamers world. Everything flowed so smoothly, and the way it was written utterly gripped me. I loved her voice as Kaylee, and it was so easy to relate to her, to sympathize with her, and just love her as a main character. 

The romance. Aah, the romance was just so unbelievably sweet! Tod and Kaylee are officially my favorite couple ever! Their chemistry was perfect, and every moment where they were together was absolute perfection. Tod was just so sweet! And it wasn't just their romance that I liked- weirdly enough, Sophie and Luca's was too! It was adorable just how protective Luca was of Sophie. And finally, Nash and Sabine. Those two seriously put the fun in their dysfunctional relationship! In a way, I almost feel sorry for Sabine, seeing as how messed up Nash is. 

That scene. I'm not saying what scene. But a little bit after halfway through the book, that scene happens. I'm not spoiling what happens, but if you've read it, you'll know what I'm talking about. It was such a huge shock to read about it, and I was seriously crushed because of what happened. 

The ending. Before I Wake had one hell of an explosive ending. It seriously blew me away- I did not see that coming at all! It was a serious jawdropping cliffhanger that left me all the more excited- in other words, desperate- for WAMS.

And for my favorite passage...
Tod was in my desk chair when I shuffled into my room in my Grinch slippers. "How much of that did you hear?" 
"Enough. You were cute." 
He scowled. "I am not cute. I am the dreaded Grim Reaper. People fear me, you know. There's a whole song about it." 
"Only because they don?t know about the dimples. People don't fear a man with dimples."

And cue the swooning!
The Bad
It had to end. ;)

The Rating
6 stars! But in my opinion, that doesn't even give the book half the credit. I absolutely loved every single moment of it, and it transported me to a whole different world. If I described in detail every single bit that I loved about the book, this review would never end. I'm just disappointed that it had to end!

Jen

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5: The Marketplace Fail Edition



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Okay, so I've recently just tried buying these books from Amazon. And yeah, it was sort of a fail, hence the post title.


It was the very first time I had tried ordering from Amazon. And not just Amazon itself- but the marketplace too. They look okay, right? But one of them? Eh, not so much...


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: GoodReads | Amazon
Masque of the Red Death: GoodReads | Amazon

I've been dying for both of these books, so I couldn't resist! I got The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer from the marketplace for a pretty good price, so I'm pretty happy about that. And I'm really excited to read Masque of the Red Death too- I mean, look at that creepy cover! :D


White Cat: GoodReads | Amazon
Red Glove: GoodReads | Amazon

Aaand this is where things went bad. You see, I love Holly Black, so I just had to buy her books. I got Red Glove from the marketplace, and it's in perfect condition. But White Cat? 

The good side: Got it for a dollar. 
The bad side: The book was totally dead. 
Look:


I was sooo freaking pissed! I think the seller even claimed it was in good condition or something, so that's why I chose it! But noo, there's writing all over the edges, and the cover's bent. Up until then, I didn't even know it was possible to destroy a hardbound book! But yeah, after this experience, I've certainly grown wary of Amazon Marketplace. :/ 

So yeah, that's my haul for the week, and my epic fail in online shopping. What about you? Any new books? Any epic fails when shopping online? And who knows, ten years from now, we'll all look back at this experience and laugh at it. Hopefully. :P

Jen

Friday, July 13, 2012

Giveaway Alerts #2!

Okay, so there are some really fantastic giveaways going on! First is an ARC of Eve and Adam! I am sooo excited for this one, especially since Michael Grant is one of my favorite authors! And seriously, that tagline? Way better than how it really occurred, in my opinion. :P Go click on it's cool cover to enter!


And another is of a copy of Team Human! I'm pretty sick of vampires now, but since I read it's a comedy- but a good one, I couldn't resist. Plus, I LOVE Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon Lexicon, so yeah, I wanna read this. Click on the cover to enter!


Good luck!

Jen

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Review


Under the Never Sky: Amazon | GoodReads
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
Oh wow, I can't believe I forgot about this book! I read and reviewed this back in March, I think, and completely forgot to post my review! *face palm* Erm, but anyway... Here's what I thought:

And here's another win for Team Dystopia! Under the Never Sky was an enthralling dystopian read. 

The Bad
Confusing lingo. So I'm in the first few pages, and I'm bombarded with words I have no idea of- pods, realms, eyepiece, Aether- they kinda threw me off. The book was complicated, and it was a bit hard to understand it. However, as I read on, my confusion disappeared, as everything is explained in due time. 

The Good
The characters. Veronica Rossi is great at character building. She makes them human, not one of those too-perfect-to-be real MCs. They're flawed, they feel emotion- everything is described in detail.

Perry was actually my favorite character. Rossi did a great job with him. He was so real, so selfless- yet so brave and protective. Aria was also a good main character. Though Rossi could have developed her character a bit more, since I couldn't really connect with her. But still, she was likeable and strong, and that's a plus. 

The Awesome

The world. Thinking up of a whole new world, an alternate universe, is not easy, yet Rossi managed to pull it off. Their worlds- the Death Shop, Reverie, Still Blue- were well thought out. Rossi's imagination in unbelievably creative! She wrote of many cool and unbelievaly high tech inventions, and I couldn't help but want to live in the world she created!

The plot. The plot was the best thing in this book. There were so many compelling factors- survival, betrayal, love, hope- that putting it down was difficult. The journeys Aria and Perry went through were anything but boring, with surprises popping out from every corner. And the mystery of it all kept me flipping through the pages. 

But what I really liked about this book was the conflict. Because for one, there wasn't a main bad guy. Usually, books have a man vs man conflict, but in this one, they were against something greater: nature. Or in their case, the Aether. I mean, yeah, General Hess was the bad guy, but he wasn't the ultimate evil force of the book. The Aether is so much more- for once, the role of being evil isn't clear cut. 

The Rating
Five stars for this amazing debut. I've had high expectations for this book, and it did not disappoint. I'm looking forward to sequel, and I want to be back in the world of Under the Never Sky. Definitely recommended for fans of dystopian, YA, and even science fiction!

Jen

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Before I Wake Mini-Reading Challenge!


Hey guys! So once again, Rachel, the awesome blogger over at Fiktshun, is holding a Before I Wake Mini Challenge! I'm so stoked to be participating- and trust me, you should be too! I had been anxiously waiting for the release of BIW, and when it did, I devoured the book. Now, I have already finished reading BIW, and let me tell you, it is amazing! I'm going to post my review soon, so check back for that! :)  So here are the details which I copied from her blog:

The Challenge
To READ and REVIEW Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent by August 1, 2012.

WHAT TO DO…
1. SIGN UP by leaving a link to your blog, Facebook page or Goodreads account in the Linky List in this post, BELOW.
{If you do not have a blog and want to have your review posted on the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Blog, leave a link to that blog with your name in the Linky List.}
2. Create a participation post (optional) and leave your link to that post BELOW.
3. WRITE A REVIEW for Before I Wake by August 1, 2012 and leave your link BELOW.
4. Grab a challenge button from the sidebar! (Not required.)


THE DEETS…
1. You will get one entry for signing up below, but you will only be entered into the giveaway if you post a review by August 1st.
2. You will get one entry for writing your review and linking it below.
3. You will get one entry should you choose to create a participation post – which can be an announcement on your Blog, Goodreads, FB, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t have a blog, that announcement post can be made on the SSRC blog.



The Incentives
There will be FOUR prizes awarded for this giveaway.
1. The first place WINNER will receive $50 in books of their choice from Amazon or The Book Depository.
2. The second place winner will receive three Rachel Vincent books of their choice, which can include a Soul Screamers Volume 2 pre-order, which I will send to the author for her signature.
3. The third place winner will receive two Rachel Vincent books of their choice, which can include a Soul Screamers Volume 2 pre-order.
4. The fourth place winner will receive one Rachel Vincent book of their choice, which can include a Soul Screamers Volume 2 pre-order.

Now, what are you waiting for? Join this awesome challenge by clicking HERE!

Jen

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #4: The Pretty Covers Edition!


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I've got six books today! But one thing they got in common? Pretty covers! :)


Hunted: GoodReads | Amazon
Hallowed: GoodReads | Amazon
Wings of the Wicked: GoodReads | Amazon

I've already read Hunted, and it's pretty good! A dystopian paranormal with issues we have today. I'm also excited to read Wings of the Wicked, because the whole reapers idea sounds awesome, but still gotta read Angelfire before that! :P And Unearthly was okay, so I'll probably read Hallowed pretty soon.


Shadow Bound: GoodReads | Amazon
Everneath: GoodReads | Amazon
Dearly Departed: GoodReads | Amazon

Everneath was amazing! Though the ending totally killed me! I'm dying for Everbound, which has an even prettier cover! And Dearly Departed sounds so unique. A zombie/dystopian/steampunk/romance? I'm so in. And I can't wait to read Shadow Bound, purely because Rachel Vincent wrote it. All of her books have been awesome, and she has yet to disappoint me!

And you see those stickers on the bottom left corners? Those are name tags I stuck on my books. Yes, possessive much, but they're cute! :) They just look funny since I just blurred them a bit.

So what did you get this week? Leave a link below so I can check out what you got!

Jen

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Giveaway Alerts!


There's some pretty sweet giveaways around the blogosphere right now! Check them out!

So first up, Pages from my Thoughts is having a giveaway for a signed copy of Struck! Click on the cover below to head over there! Also, Hippies, Beauties, and Books, Oh My! is having a ginormous giveaway- there's 12 prize packs for grabs, with 3 books each! Also click the picture to go check it out!


And lastly, ARCs of the Fierce Reads books are up for grabs over at Literary Explorations! Go check it out!


That's it for now. :) Good luck!

Jen

Monday, July 2, 2012

Guest Post by Meradeth Houston: My Book Buying Obsession

Hey guys! Today, Meradeth Houston, the author of Colors Like Memories has a guest post written, all about her book buying obession. I totally adore this idea, because I might also have a little obsession with buying books... Okay, a huge obsession. :P So enjoy!
My Book Buying Obsession 
Hello, my name is Meradeth, and I have a problem with buying too many books. It all started as a kid and finding that bookstores kind of gave me a high when I’d pick up something new, or (yet another) Babysitters Club. I’d leave the library with a stack of books and loved leafing through the pages. Books were totally addicting! 
It hasn’t gotten any better the older I get. I just have more bookshelves to attempt to be organized. When then I got married, I found out my husband isn’t any better than me! At our previous apartment, we swore to each other we wouldn’t let our books be double-parked on the shelves (where there’s a row of books in front of another row further back on the shelf). That didn’t last long. Before we knew it, we had books triple parked, with volumes piled on top of others. When we moved, we had to rig up a dolly over the edge of our stairs so we didn’t have to run the 50 boxes of heavy books up and down. I think our storage unit is currently half-full of just our books while we wait for our next move. 
  
The worst part? The library in our town has a book sale every couple of months, and on the last day it’s five dollars for a bag of books. Needless to say, we line up with the thirty other early-birds to get more books. I’m pretty sure I’m doomed to have my TBR pile eventually fall on me and I doubt I’ll survive it! Thank heavens we’re both voracious readers, and we do donate a lot of the books we’ve read, but it’s getting pretty ridiculous. There’s just something about books though—I love them! 
I dream of having a big enough house/apartment where I can have my own library, Beauty and the Beast style, with plenty of space for everything. 
 
Thank heavens for my kindle. I can load all I want on there and still have room for shoes in my house.
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A bit about Meradeth Houston:

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights. 

LINKS!
www.MeradethHouston.com
www.meradethhouston.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/#!/MeradethHouston
www.goodreads.com/book/show/13030422-colors-like-memories
http://www.shelfari.com/books/28925571/Colors-Like-Memories
http://www.facebook.com/ColorsLikeMemories
http://pinterest.com/merbear95695/
Teaser Trailer- http://youtu.be/HFRNJ-Yn7So
Book Trailer- http://youtu.be/7lUpK68bYFI
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Wow, fifty boxes of books? A dolly rigged especially for books? Who else is thinking of crashing Meradeth's house along with me? ;) And I know I'd love to have a library, Beauty and the Beast style, as well! So thank you so much, Meradeth, for that really fun guest post! And if you want to find out more about her book...
 

Colors Like Memories: GoodReads | Amazon 
Available from MuseItUp Publishing
Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of. Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen. 
So don't forget to buy a copy of her book! Hope you enjoyed her post!

Jen