Monday, October 31, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: OCTOBER



Book Soulmates


I didn’t receive anything this month either. I think all the hardcovers on my wish list are scaring everyone away. Haha! But they are so pretty! How can you not love hardcovers?!

This month I sent Entice by Carrie Jones to Mist @ Bookaholics Book Club. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Click on the picture to the right for more information about R.A.K. and how you can be a part of it. 

You can find my wish list HERE.

Monday, October 10, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY


Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
- From Goodreads
Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 276
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

I had no idea if I was going to like this book or not when I first started reading it. Every book I’ve read in my life (not including the extremely boring literature my teachers have forced me to read throughout my life) have always had something paranormal involved, but this time it would just be two families spending their summer together at their beach house like they’ve done every year. Completely normal, right? No vampires hiding under their beds, no werewolves howling outside their windows at night, not even a child with a scar and a wooden stick. And you know what? I actually liked it.

The Summer I Turned Pretty has a very nice flow throughout the book. I loved the parts where Belly, the protagonist, would hint to something that had happened in the past, and then the next chapter would be a flashback of that memory. Every flashback added a nice detail to the story and helped the reader understand the characters a lot more and in what way they were connected to each other. One of my favorites was from the summer when Belly had brought her best friend Taylor with her. I’m sure most people have met or even been that girl one time in their life. I sure know who she reminded me of.

I’ve always liked it when I can believe in the words and actions of the characters in a story, and Jenny Han does not disappoint in that field. I did notice some people found Belly a bit whiny and annoying at times, but I really have to disagree on that. When you grow up with boys that always tease you and make you stand on the outside, you don’t exactly show them the “talk to the hand” movement and walk off to paint your nails with your mothers tequila collection. Okay, so maybe that was a little dramatic, but I’m sure you get my point. It’s nice to see when an author isn’t afraid to add flaws to a character. I think sometimes authors tend to make their characters too perfect without even realizing it because they want the readers to like them so much.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a nice and easy read that’s not hard to enjoy. Although you can read this whenever you like, I would recommend reading it in the summer as this would be the perfect summer read for anyone out there.

RATING: 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #5

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

BOUGHT:
My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

WON:
Angelfire by Allison Moulton

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #11

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?

              Unearthly               The Summer I Turned Pretty           My Soul To Take
            Cynthia Hand                         Jenny Han                        Rachel Vincent

Saturday, October 1, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: SEPTEMBER

Book Soulmates



I didn't receive any books this month either, so there's not a lot to say on that. This was also the first month I couldn't afford to send out a book to someone else. It's crazy how much money you end up spending in just one day when you meet up with friends you haven't seen for a whole year. At least I got a lot of wonderful memories!

Click on the picture to the right for more information about R.A.K. and how you can be a part of it. 

You can find my wish list HERE.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #10

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?

 The Summer I Turned Pretty         Elemental: The First                    Unearthly
             Jenny Han                          Alexandra May                      Cynthia Hand

Sunday, September 11, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: ELEMENTAL: THE FIRST


"I was running through a forest, above me the wind fiercely crashed branch, twig and leaf. My body moved fluidly as I ran. Jumping over fallen boughs and ducking under low branches.

My candescent white glow shone under the thin clothes I wore, my urgency was sparking the intense light from within. The white light bounced off the forest floor and guided the way. I was my own illuminated beacon, and I had no use for torches or flashlights.

I had to hurry, there was no time left. They needed me and I could hear them, frightened and scared."

There's more to 16 year old Rose Frost, than just fitting in with the crowd, girly friendships and dating boys. When Rose's parents go away on business overseas, she is left in the care of her grandmother in Warminster, Southern England. As Rose rekindles childhood friendships, she soon finds out that strange things have been happening that the townspeople won't speak of. What is the connection between the missing people, the old monk priory and some strange looking crystals? Rose and her friends try to uncover the truth. But for Rose, the truth may be harder to accept than she thinks.
- From Goodreads
Title: Elemental: The First (Primord #1)
Author: Alexandra May
Pages: 340
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pauma Publishing
Received for review from Pauma Publishing.

After practically living beside my mailbox for weeks, I finally had Elemental: The First in my hands. Excited as I was, I hurried back home, opened the book and started to read. Alexandra May had me sucked into her story already at the first few pages and I knew right away that this was a book I would enjoy. The book had some few slow parts here and there, but when I reached the middle of the book, I could not put it down.

The characters were enjoyable, especially Daisy. She really isn’t the stereotypical grandmother we so often hear about. Rose and Morgan were lovely together and I found Morgan’s story truly heartbreaking. I literally gasped out in shock when I found out what had happened in his past.

Elemental: The First had such a strong and intense ending. I was so into everything that happened that I didn’t even notice I was reading a book until there was nothing left to be read. I was so not prepared for that major cliffhanger. It really shouldn’t be allowed to end a book like that! I need to know what’s going to happen next! How can I sleep or eat with such strong cravings for the sequel?

I am so excited for the next book in the Primord series. Elemental: The First had a lot of information and history that had to be told for us to understand everything that was going on, but now that that’s been told, there’s not much left than an epic adventure filled with loads of action and surprises. I have a feeling this series will get better and better for each book and who doesn’t love that?!

RATING: 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #9

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
       Elemental: The First                        Gone                  The Summer I Turned Pretty
           Alexandra May                     Michael Grant                         Jenny Han

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: AUGUST



Book Soulmates




I didn’t receive anything this month, but I did send out a book. I sent Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne to Helena @ Helena's Bookshelf. I really hope you enjoy it! :)

Click on the picture to the right for more information about R.A.K. and how you can be a part of it. 

You can find my wish list HERE.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #4

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

GIFTED:
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Random Acts of Kindness - July
Thanks Hanna @ Booking In Heels!

FOR REVIEW:
Elemental: The First by Alexandra May
Thanks Pauma Publishing!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: GONE


In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

- From Goodreads
Title: Gone (Gone #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Pages: 558
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Teen

Many years ago I started slowly to realize my fondness for books and eventually I decided I wanted to read more than just the Harry Potter series. Of course at that time I had no knowledge of Goodreads or book bloggers, so the only help I could get was from good old Google. Searching in Norwegian doesn’t offer many good results, but eventually I discovered Gone by Michael Grant. A book about teens with special abilities such as teleportation, fire and strength etc. sounded perfect for me! Excited as I was, I hurried down to the closest bookstore to look for the book, but no matter how hard I looked I could not find it. Eventually I asked the people who worked there if they had the book, but unfortunately they didn’t. They hadn’t even heard about the author. I got the same answer from several other bookstores and eventually I gave up. With disappointment and defeat in my heart, I slowly forgot about books… until a couple of months ago. Finally I discovered book blogs, which led me to Goodreads, which led me to the long forgotten book Gone by Michael Grant, and gosh am I glad I found it again!

As mentioned in the summary, all the adults suddenly disappear leaving a bunch of children below 15 to take care of everything all by themselves. This might reduce some people’s eagerness to read Gone, but trust me when I say that this is not a children’s book. What I like about Michael Grant is that he’s not afraid to write about the brutal truth no matter how grotesque some of it might be. There’s bullying, kids that are beaten to death, babies rotting on the floor and much more. While you read the book you’ll understand that all of this is necessary to show how bad things have gotten in this new world. When there are no rules or adults around, it doesn’t take long before some kids lose their minds because of all the power and free will they suddenly have in their hands. I think Michael Grant did a very good job with the development of each character in this situation, both the good and bad guys. It was really interesting to see how emotions such as jealousy and fear could change you and make you take choices you never even knew you were able to do.

I still can’t grasp the fact that this book was 558 pages long! The writing was so smooth and comfortable to read that I could go on for hours without taking a break. Gone had always something new and unexpected happening that made me want to read more to get the answers I was so desperately craving. Towards the end I got a little worried because Michael Grant had created so much build-up throughout the book, so I wasn’t sure if the ending would live up to my expectations. I was a fool to worry. The ending was epic with loads of action and cool “superpower” moves. If you didn’t know already, I’m a huge fan of movies, TV shows and books that has something to do with people gifted with special abilities, so the ending got two big thumbs up from me.

Does a dystopian world filled with loads of action, adventure, a little bit of romance and people with really cool powers sound interesting to you? Then why are you wasting your time on my review when it is Gone by Michael Grant your eyes should be focusing on?!

RATING: 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #8

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
                 Gone                                   Shiver                      Elemental: The First
           Michael Grant                     Maggie Stiefvater                  Alexandra May

Sunday, August 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: SHIVER


The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
- From Goodreads
Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 390
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

I’ve never been a huge fan of werewolves. I don’t mind reading about them, but they aren’t exactly my favorite species. Maggie Stiefvater on the other hand proved me wrong. After reading Shiver I finally understand why this series is so loved in the book blogging community.

What I really liked about Shiver was that I got to follow Grace and Sam’s lives through both perspectives. It made it easier for me to understand what they were going through and bond with them a lot more than I would have if I only followed Grace. Each chapter is named after one of the characters so that the readers easily know which perspective they are following. Even though the chapters are short and changes back and forth between Sam and Grace a lot, I never got confused. I also really liked Stiefvater’s werewolves. I found it very interesting how the weather and temperature affects their bodies and that eventually they won’t be able to change back into human form again. It obviously adds some problems to the story, especially for Grace and Sam.

I felt all the characters were very well written and enjoyable, each with their own type of personalities that fitted perfectly into the story. Both Grace and Sam had to confront some personal issues, and when they did, it was handled very realistically. I liked that Grace didn’t live in a big, happy family where everything is rainbows and unicorns made out of chocolate. I know for a fact that some children unfortunately grow up with hardly any attention from their parents and how tough that can be.

Now… I have to make a confession. I can’t keep it inside me anymore. It’s too painful not to say it out loud. Okay, here it goes: Maggie Stiefvater. I love… your writing! There, I said it out loud! Yes, that was my big confession (What, did you expect something else? Something like “I love you, Maggie Stiefvater”? Wow, that would be… umh… creepy *nervous laughter* Because… I don’t… I’m not a creepy stalker… maybe). Anyway! I really do love her writing. Several times throughout the book I had to sit back and smile because of the beauty my eyes had just read. At times it almost felt like magic too!

If you enjoy paranormal romance and want a little twist to the typical werewolf plot, then Shiver will be absolutely perfect for you!


RATING: 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #7

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
                 Gone                                   Shiver                               Unearthly
           Michael Grant                     Maggie Stiefvater                     Cynthia Hand

Saturday, August 6, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #3

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This was such a crazy month. Can't wait to read all of these books!

WON:
Evermore by Alyson Noël
Blue Moon by Alyson Noël
Immortal Giveaway
Thanks Lettie @ Above Average Below Special!

GIFTED:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Patricia @ Book Exhibitionism!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Asheley @ Into The Hall of Books!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Hanna @ Helena's Bookshelf!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Random Acts of Kindness
Thanks Dorothy @ Alaskan Bookie!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #6

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?

               Shiver                          Vampire Academy                       Unearthly
        Maggie Stiefvater                     Richelle Mead                       Cynthia Hand

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: JULY

Book Soulmates

This month was so crazy! 5 people wanted to buy me a book this month. FIVE! Isn't that crazy? I'm speechless right now... I did not except this much kindness. Thank you so much!

The first book I got was The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Thanks Hanna @ Helena's Bookshelf!

The second book I got was Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater which I'm currently reading. So far I'm loving it! Thanks Patricia @ Book Exhibitionism! She also gave med something much better; a new and wonderful friendship. Seriously, Patricia; you are awesome!

The third book I got was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Thanks Asheley @ Into The Hall of Books! She also sent me a little letter with a really cute envelope. :D

The fourth book I got was Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. Oh my gosh! Everyone MUST buy this book in hardcover. The cover is freaking gorgeous! I can't stop looking at it! Thanks Dorothy @ Alaskan Bookie!

I haven't received the fifth book yet, but I'm sure it will be in my mailbox soon. I'll update this post when it does.

This month I sent out Soulless by Gail Carriger to Patricia (yes, the same person that sent me Shiver). I wish I had enough money to RAK everyone back right away, but unfortunately I don't so I'll just have to send them out in a slow and steady pace. Patience little grasshoppers, let the books come to you when they are ready!

Click on the picture to the right for more information about R.A.K. and how you can be a part of it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: VAMPIRE ACADEMY


St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's—the very place where they're most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
- From Goodreads
Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 332
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill

Vampire Academy is another book I’ve wanted to read for quite some time now, and now that I have I truly regret it. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it! But since I only have the first book I now have to wait a long time before I can get my hands on the rest of the series… I hope somewhere in the near future I can just push a button and the book I ordered will appear in my mailbox in just a few seconds. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

The first 150 pages took me a while to read and I struggled at times to keep up with all the details and information. I’m not sure if it was the book itself or because I was so distracted by all the awful stuff that’s been happening in my country lately, but I’m guessing it was the latter. However, when I reached the middle I could not put the book down… literally. I usually just read in my room, but this time I had it with me everywhere I went in the house. Even while I was cooking, which is a big no-no. What a tragedy it would be if I got food on some of the pages! Thick, warm, orange taco sauce eating up the words and paper faster than your eyes can blink! Okay, I’ll stop with these hideous thoughts before we all go into a shock.

I loved Rose and Dimitri, and cannot wait to read more about them. The same goes for Lissa and Christian. I also loved that the vampires can specialize in one specific element. I never get tired of books and movies about people with special abilities. Go Christian with his awesome fire skills! Please let me see more of that, Richelle!

Vampire Academy is a very good first book in the series and I highly recommend it to everyone! If there’s anyone left out there who haven’t read this book yet, then… go eat a carrot dipped in hot, thick taco sauce because it’s about time you read VA!


RATING: