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After an eight month long hiatus, I am back. And I could not be more excited about it.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to us by Breaking the Spine.

This week, my WoW is Ripple by Mandy Hubbard


For two years, I have not killed.
But tonight, I stand in the shadows behind a tree, watching as a boy skips rocks on the lake.
He shouldn't be here.

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn't, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love--again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.

Then Lexi meets Cole. Against her better judgement, she finds herself opening up again, falling in love when she knows she shouldn't. But when she's offered the chance of living a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

In Ripple, Mandy Hubbard spins a sea-ravaged tale of melancholy beauty, and the choices one girl makes between land and waves, love and freedom, her future--and her heart.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this book. I absolutely LOVE sea/land romances!

Summary from Mandy Hubbard's site.
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Pages: 272
Release Date: July 21, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday is brought to us by Should Be Reading. This weeks teaser is from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

"He made you look desirable! And let's face it, you can use all the help you can get in that department. You were about as romantic as dirt until he said he wanted you. Now they all do. You're all they're talking about. The star-crossed lovers from District Twelve!" (pg. 135)

I'm really enjoying this book so far. It's so hard to put down!! I can't wait to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

1) Grab your current read.
2) Open to a random page.
3) Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
4) BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
5) Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Hey there! So I just wanted to post a little update, keeping you all up to date with what's been going on. School has been keeping me super busy this past week and a half which has been taking away a good bit of my reading time. Also, I've been spending some time working on my novel, which you can find the link to on my sidebar. If you are interested in reading or following, just let me know. The way that it is set up requires an approval to view. I currently have a synopsis posted and the first chapter will be up later today. Anyway, aside from school and writing, my 2-year anniversary with my boyfriend is tomorrow, so I've also been busy preparing his present. Needless to say, after tomorrow, my time will be greatly freed up so I can go back to reading and reviewing!

Now, aside from this, I just wanted to post a little trailer for you guys!!

Wither by Lauren DeStefano was just released. I just love this trailer so much. And the book is absolutely beautiful.

Happy reading~!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today, the cover for Inheritance, book 4 of The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini was released.

The book is set to be released November 8, 2011 by Random House Children's Books with 704 pages.

I absolutely love the cover! I think it's beautifully done.

Happy Reading!


This meme is brought to us by Breaking the Spine

by Heather Dixon in my Waiting on Wednesday for this week. I came across it on the Harper Publishing site and I fell in love with the summary. AND the cover. Big plus, it's coming out on Tuesday.


Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Pages: 480
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (A Harper Company)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just wanted to share that little bit of amazing with everyone! I cannot wait for this movie to come out!

I have a poll relating to this on the side. I would like to get get everyone's opinion before I actually start doing it. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011



Hello there! I'm so happy with this week! I have sixty followers now, my contest is underway, my review for
Shiver will be up tomorrow, and today is the last day of classes for the week :P

So, Shiver has really gotten me in the mood to read about weres/shifters. And I'm looking for some more were/shifter books to add to my TBR pile. I would love it if I could get some suggestions from you all! I love hearing from you!

Thanks everyone, and happy reading!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This meme is brought to us by Breaking the Spine

Shimmer was released yesterday. And I'm so stoked about it. I absolutely LOVE Riley. And the third book is coming out in September. Thus, my WoW for this week is Dreamland by Alyson Noel.

Sadly, there is no summary released yet for this book. But I was just really excited about it so I wanted to post the cover, haha.

Also, in case you all haven't hear. Alyson Noel is releasing a new series under the paranormal genre called SOUL SEEKERS. It is supposed to be a four part series, the first to be released in 2012.

Super stoked about that as well. I'll be updating on all of Alyson's work periodically. :)

Dreamland by Alyson Noel
Pages: 192
Publisher: Square Fish

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In honor of it's release today, I want to share with all of you the trailer for Shimmer by Alyson Noel.

The girl voicing Riley sounds just as I imagined her to. :3

Monday, March 14, 2011

This meme is brought to us by Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

"I'm ready now," I told him.
Sam looked at me, eyebrows doubtful. "For?"
"My kiss."
Sam chewed his lip. "I prefer the surprise attack."

page 275

So far, I'm really enjoying this book. I hope to have my review up later this week! :)

1) Grab your current read.
2) Open to a random page.
3) Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
4) BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCULDE SPOILERS!! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
5) Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Hey everyone! So I'm starting Shiver today, and I thought That I'd just share with all of you this really cool trailer that Maggie made for the book. :)

Happy reading!!


This meme is brought to us by Shiela at Book Journey.

So here's what's been going on.

So this past week, I read...

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Need by Carrie Jones
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Entice by Carrie Jones

Now, I'm reading...

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Then I plan to read...

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

So, what are you reading??

Happy reading to all,


Sunday, March 13, 2011


Hey there everyone! So, I have updated both my review and privacy policy. Links to both can be found on my sidebar if you are interested.

Sadly, I do not have an IMM for this week, but I wanted to update you all anyway. My contest is well underway and I have been considering doing another one at the end of next month if this one gets enough entries.

Also, I have been trying to decide on a weekly special that I can do. I'll be putting up a poll soon to see what you all think. I would really like to give a little more personality to The Romantic Scholar.

Happy Reading Bloggers!


My Overall Rating:
Age Recommendation:
I'd say that the age rec. for this book is about 14/15. It's violent. It's harsh. It's cruel. A couple heated moments, but nothing too bad.

Cover Art:
I just love all of the covers for this series. I don't usually like half faces on covers. And I don't think I've mentioned that in my other reviews. But, for these, I like it. It's mysterious and enchanting. The gold is beautiful and delicate.

Re-read and Recommend?:
Most definitely re-readable. This whole series is. And Like I said about Captivate, you have to read Entice. And this books is reason enough to pick up Need. Anyone who enjoys paranormal romance and thriller/suspense novels, this book/series is for you. She did it again. I. Am. Enticed. I'm so sorry, but with these titles, it's just soooooo tempting to do. But, it is the right description.

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't turned into just any pixie. . . She's Astley's queen.

My Thoughts:
Again, Carrie Jones has left us with the same ending that she did with Captivate. Only this time, we have to wait until 2012 to continue the story. But I must say, the way in which she leaves these books off really leaves you; 1: wanting to read the next installment immediately, and 2: with a very clear memory of what has happened. She opens the next book in the exact same scene. And I cannot be more grateful for that. There is no time lapse. It is indeed a direct continuation of the story. Yet it does have a plot of it's own. I really like that style fo cliffhanger and continuation.

Now, about the rest of the book. Carrie Jones keeps going above and beyond the previous ones. And I am so grateful for that. So many times, it's the first book that can't be beat, but these sequels are just getting better and better. And it makes me sooo happy. I am getting so wrapped up in this story, all of the mythology, all of the creatures, and all of the relationships. This series is like a drug. It enthralls you and you just lose yourself to it. You enter the book. My favorite thing to do. Become a part of the book, and experience everything the characters experience.

So, everyone is on a mission to try to find Nick, the pixies are still coming, and these guys are still relying on the internet alone! Granted, there is a bit more skepticism, and eventually the use of books enters the playing field, but I do think that the use of the internet is rather excessive since it is being used by the group as the only means of research. But given the time we are in, it does make sense.
We met Astley in the last book, and I must say, that in this book, I was really beginning to become quite fond of him. But I think I'm still on team Nick. Let's face it, there's just something about him that makes him so darn lovable. Even when he does piss you off. But then there is Astley. He is just that wonderful gentleman, who will do anything to make you happy. No matter WHAT it is. They make it pretty difficult to like one more than the other.

Aside from Astley's entrance to the story, we have had Cassidy enter in the last book as well. Cassidy is such a perfect addition to the group. Her resourcefulness is much needed in
Entice. Not to mention her witty comments and support to help keep everyone together. Especially when Issie is in mid conniption mode. For this book though, we have met quite a few new characters. Some I will not mention in order to keep this review spoiler free, but two in particular, Astley's mother and butler. Astley's mother is so psychotic. I love her. But at the same time I hate her because of how cruel of a person she is. We've also encountered a couple more species as well: ghouls and elves.

And of course, amongst these characters and the old ones, more complications arise. Some are having a hard time accepting Zara as a pixie queen, even though she is still Zara, and everyone is having a hard time trusting Astley since, well, he was the one who turned her. Trust is a huge issue in this book. More secrets are discovered to have been kept between friends, and friends are having difficulties trusting friends. Same with family members. Because of all of the sorrow that has been brought on, all of the disappearances of local children. Yet above all of this, love is prevailing. Something that The Romantic Scholar is quite fond of ;). I do have to say though, that there is so much sorrow in this book. It was a bit emotional for me at times. And it's difficult for a book to make me emotional...

So, some of the things I really really really loved about this book. The references. Issie is constantly making references to
Buffy. She made a reference to Star Trek and Heroes. And then my favorite reference of all in this book...Zara said that Iceland looked like IKEA. I don't know why, but that just made my day. Another thing that I have enjoyed, and this had been for all the books. The headings for the chapters. In the first book, it was phobias. The second, it was pixie tips. And in this third installment, it's a mix of things. All relating to the happenings in the book. Tweets, news clippings, blog entries, facebook status updates, chat room snippets. It keeps things current. More real for the reader. Especially because of the platforms being used. All in all, I loved this book so much and I CANNOT wait until 2012.

Happy reading bloggers!


Entice by Carrie Jones
Pages: 272

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: December 14, 2010

Summary from Amazon Product Description

Book purchased from store

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
I think I would give this a rec. of about 14. You're dealing with a bit more violence in this one, and there are references to sex. Again, nothing graphic sexually, but there is some graphic violence.

Cover Art:
PERFECT. That is all I have to say about it. I absolutely love it. And when you read it, you will too. I'm sure of it.

Re-read and Recommend?:
Definitely. To both. If you've read Need, you have to read Captivate. It doesn't start out slow the way Need did, it's a much quicker opening. Now, if you haven't read Need, go do so. So that you can feel the "need" to be "captivated as well. Lame, I know. But it is just so tempting to do with these titles!!

Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods one day, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure-despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life-and his.

My Thoughts:
First off, I just want to say that I am beyond happy that I have Entice and I do not have to wait for it to come out so that I can continue reading this amazing story. Captivate left off in such a way that I would be absolutely enraged if I couldn't read Entice immediately after. It is the height of the story and Carrie keeps you holding on until the end. I absolutely love being kept on the edge of my seat waiting for a resolution. And for that to not happen at the end of Captivate both angers me and excites me. It leaves me waiting, anxiously, for what I am expecting to be a fantastic resolution of the action continuing in Entice.

Now, for the rest of the book. I loved
Need. And I was impressed. But I was so much more impressed by Captivate. The characters are more developed. You meet some new ones. And relationships are intensifying. The plot is thickening. Danger is looming. And surprises are thrown. Nothing was as predictable in this book, and one of my favorite things...much more skepticism. Everyone was much more cautious in believing things at the first glance. Research is much more involved in this one as well. And that was important for me.

included a lot of new ideas that Need did not. To be more specific, it pulled from ancient mythologies dealing with more than just the fey and were. This book had so much put in it and Carrie Jones did an amazing job of keeping everything clear. Anything new put before you was explained, and when it took time to be explained, you weren't the only one experiencing the frustration. Once again, Carrie made it so that as the reader, you experience the emotions felt by the characters.

And so much emotion was experienced in this book. Confusion, pain, and pure joy were all mixed together in this wonderfully written sequel. The plot is a whole mess of lies and secrets between friends and families, as well as tragic events and heroic actions. And as the characters feel the pain of confusion and worry, so do you. You really do become "captivated". Sorry, I had to use it. The title is absolutely perfect. It is the books purpose. It is extremely captivating. And if it weren't for the "need" of eating, it would have been completed in one sitting. Sorry, I had to do it again. The titles are just fun.

I cannot wait to finish and review
Entice and of course the fourth book which will be released in 2012!

by Carrie Jones
Pages: 288

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Released: January 5, 2010

Summary from Carrie Jones' Official site
Book purchased from store

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
I think I would give this one an age rec. of about 13. There's nothing graphic, but there are some sexual allusions. I don't think that the violence is too extreme to raise the rec. above 14. Again, nothing too graphic there. There is only one scene with a graphic nature and it is the result of violent acts.

Cover Art:
I really like the cover art. I think it's really pretty, and I also think that it ties in well with the story. For me, covers that actually go with the book is important. I like to think that the cover artist did actually read the book. For me, the cover of Need has some pretty good significance to the tale.

Re-read and Recommendation?:
A definite re-read. It's quite a fun book to read and it's greatly amusing. So many funny moments that make me want to actually compile a list of them. The book had me literally laughing out loud. And I enjoy that. As for a recommendation, I would definitely say that mostly anyone who enjoyed Twilight or fans of the TOUCH series. Maybe even some Wicked Lovely fans would be a good classification for people I would recommend this book to. Anyone who likes a good fey story with a little bit of suspense and of course a touch of romance would probably enjoy this book.

Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life's been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother's pretty much checked out. Now Zara's living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays "safe." Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother can't deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving the trails of gold glitter, isn't a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie-and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He's the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he's trailing Zara.

My Thoughts:
When I first started reading Need, it took me a little while to get started. As I'm sure you all can tell. It just seemed a bit too familiar at first. Like I had already read what I was reading and I couldn't find where I left off. Well, just recently, it hit me. It was Twilight-esque. In a sense, I had already read that beginning. Emo girl sent away by her mother for her own good to live with a relative. In a completely different place than home. And of course, the hot guy at school, who just happens to be supernatural, saves her. From an incident with a car. Sound familiar anyone? But after I got past that, everything else started to fall into place. It turned into a book that I couldn't put down. I had to find out what happened next.

There were, however, a couple things that did bother me. There is absolutely no skepticism what so ever in this book. Mind you, after a little bit, you can kind of see why, but the kids rely on the internet far too much. One website in particular actually. And it just kind of goes against the whole "just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true" mantra. It's true because it IS on the internet in this book. Not to mention, things kind of end up a little predictable after a bit. Well, maybe not so much predictable, but they aren't exactly a surprise.

Now, the characters in this book were fantastic. Zara is a charming girl once she get's out of her little emo funk. But then again, who can blame her for being so down. I mean, I'd be a mess if I lost my dad. But her recovery is admirable. And her sense of humor, greatly amusing. I have so many favorite quote from this book. By Zara.
Now, her two "sidekicks" Issie and Devyn are definitely a girls best friends. Issie is that lovable, adorable friend that any girl would love in an instant. She is too cute, her love for bunnies and happy-go-lucky personality make her so ridiculously adorable. Devyn is that sweet guy that all girls want to have in their lives. He's the supportive friend who is always there in a pinch. Now...Nick. There's a character every girl wants to be real. I swear, from the moment I met him in the book, I had a little school girl crush. Known as the bad boy in school. Hottest guy in school. And a total gentleman to boot! The development of the characters is very good. And that is always an important factor. There are no questions about the characters left unanswered. You really do get to know them as if you are Zara. And that is always my favorite part of reading.

I don't know how I'd react if I were sent away by my mother with no explanation other than "it'll be good for you, you'll be safe." I'd be pissed. And well, Zara is too. In the beginning. She ignores her mother. And I'm pretty sure that I would too. With a chance to start over completely, you can be whoever you want. But you can't exactly run away from your past and ignore it. Somehow, it always makes it's way back into your life. And that is the case for poor Zara. And when caught in the thresholds of the unavoidable, running and hiding REALLY doesn't work.

The complications Zara faces in this book are not your typical teen issues, although she does still face problems with relationships, trust, and family/parents.
This book is relate-able on a couple different levels: relationships, coping, discovery, and familial issues. And for the first book in the series, it's pretty well done. It's a great story, and I can't wait to see how the rest of it unfolds in the forthcoming installations.

Need by Carrie Jones
Pages: 306
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary from Carrie Jone's Official Need Site
Purchased from store

Thursday, March 10, 2011

50 follower contest!

Winner will receive 2 books and a $10 gift card to bookstore of choice. (Borders, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon)

I have 50 followers and I want to celebrate!!

The theme of this contest is all things fey.

Please write a short paragraph as your entry. Your topic choice comes from the following:

Which court would you belong to and why? (Wicked Lovely prompt)

How would you deal with a pixie invasion? (Need prompt)

What would you do if one day you woke up as a faerie?

Extra entry points:
+1 for following blog
+2 for new follower
+1 for following on twitter
+2 for new follower on twitter
+1 for each advertisement of contest on your blog (multiple times count) or twitter
+1 for each fey YA book you can list (Need and Wicked Lovely series do not count)
+1 for each entry referred by you (referred must name referee)
+1 for commenting on reviews on Need, Captivate, Entice or Wicked Lovely**.

Email is required to enter. (please see my privacy policy if you are concerned about this disclosure)

Link back to all comments, posts, or advertisements of contest is required for extra entry points.

Please do not post entries in the comment section.

If you already own all of the books in the list, please feel free to still enter. Feel free to request two books (relating to fey) instead of receiving the others. There is no check box for it, but just add it in the extra entry box. You will still need to check at least one box (select Need for that purpose).

Contest ends April 10th 12:01 ET

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
I would have to give this book an age rec. of either 15 or 16. It does have sexual content, as well as alcohol and drug references and usage.

Cover Art:

The cover of this book is beautiful. All of the covers for this series are beautiful. I absolutely love them. How delicate it is, how fragile and cold. Mysterious and sad. It really does tie in with the story.

Re-read and Recommend?:
I would re-read this book in a heartbeat. Most definitely. And I would definitely recommend this book. I'd recommend it to anyone who has a love for anything fey or to anyone wanting to read a very sweet young love story. And yes, I would recommend this to adult readers as well. Even though the main character is a teen, her story is still relate-able to an adult.


Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, the walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learn of her Sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of the, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't even attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.

My Thoughts:

I have been told over and over by Eli at The Tainted Poet that I seriously needed to read this book. That I would love it. And that I don't know what I'm missing.

She was right.

Wicked Lovely is a fantastic read, and I cannot wait to read Ink Exchange.

So, Wicked Lovely. A very well written novel that captured me from page one. Being unable to put a book down is something that I really care about. If an author can force me to stay up all night reading, I'm sold. And Melissa Marr has done that with this book. I couldn't put it down. Even though I already kind of knew what was going to happen (since this book has been out so long and my roommate has been telling me all about it, trying to get me to read it :P), I still couldn't put it down until I read everything for myself. For some reason, the anticipation that is built by Melissa didn't falter due to my previous knowledge of the book. And I was greatly impressed. That just tells me how great of an author she is.

Melissa Marr did a really interesting job of switching back and forth between multiple points of view. And since they were all separated by chapters, it was seamless. Although, I don't think that just any author can pull that sort of thing off. But I really enjoyed reading from each characters own perspective. It kept things unique and fresh. Not to mention, it was a good way of introducing some of the really important characters. You really get to know a character when you are in his or her mind, and I absolutely love having that opportunity in what I read.

I love everything that this book dealt with. All of the things that a normal high school girl would experience and then some. For Aislinn, things aren't entirely normal. Not only is she dealing with friends, family, and attempting to keep a friendship what it is; she can see faeries. And it's starting to cause problems. And not only for her. This book is a fantastic display of the bond between a grandmother and her only granddaughter, a budding romance between two friends, and the sad fact of life that even though you have a choice, you can't always get what you want.

I am so happy to have finally read this book and Eli was most definitely right. I was missing out on something amazing.

Happy reading my friends!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Pages: 328 (hardcover)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: June 12, 2007

Summary from Amazon Product Description
Book purchased from store

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This meme is brought to us by Breaking the Spine.

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is:

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 400

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater

In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

I cannot wait for the conclusion to this series! Maggie has done so well with
Shiver worldwide and I know that so many readers are anxiously awaiting the conclusion :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ok, so this year, I'm actually going to accomplish this goal!

J. Kaye is hosting her 100+ book challenge again!

It's simple. Go to the link above to sign up. All you have to do is attempt to read 100 books and post your list of read books on the wrap-up post at the end of the year.

Good luck to all who try and HAPPY READING!


Monday, March 7, 2011

This meme is brought to us by J. Kaye's Book Blog.


I am still reading Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

(and I am loving it so far, btw this is the UK cover. I thought it was really neat looking.)

I am going to finish The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins next

And after that, I will be reading Captivate by Carrie Jones

I'll have my review up for Wicked Lovely this week. I know I said that I'd have that review for Shadowland up, but today was pretty busy. Even though it is Spring Break.

See you all tomorrow!
Happy reading Bloggers,


Sunday, March 6, 2011

So, this is a combination of a few weeks.

I have purchased:

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Entice by Carrie Jones

Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan

and of course

Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz

I have of course finished and reviewed Deadly Little Games, I cannot WAIT to do all of these other books!!

Sorry I don't have any images...Blogger is being a little glitchy on my end. I'll have that fixed later today! :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Hey everyone!

Just a little note to say hi to all of you, and to let you know that I'm not disappearing again. I shall have a review up Monday for you on Shadowland by Alyson Noel. Also, I just want to give everyone a heads up that things may look a little different over the next few days. I am reworking some of the layout of my blog as well as my review system (as some of you may have noticed the beginning of that in my latest review).

Happy Reading!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Overall Rating:
a solid 5/5 :D

Age Recommendation:
As the other books were, this is still definitely for a slightly more mature reader. Just the themes that it deals with are a bit inappropriate for the younger audience. It's a dark series and the romance is most definitely suggestive at times. I would give it about a PG-13 to 15 rating. But like I said, this is all based off of maturity. The reading level is good for any strong independent reader and up.

Cover Art:
The cover art is fantastic. I absolutely love it. In the forest, in the snow. It's almost like running away. And once you're reading the book, you really begin to understand how all of the covers tie in. It's subtle, but it's there. And the subtlety is exactly what I love about it. It makes you guess and question it. Just like the book itself.

Re-read and Recommend?:
Of course! And I would recommend this book series to adults as well. It's not at the limit of some young adult books where they are truly intended for young adult and young adult alone. It is written so well and even though it is not difficult to read, it's not elementary to read either. It does cause you to actually use your brain. And I love that.

Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.

Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia's life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about...

My Thoughts:
I absolutely LOVED this installment. The suspense, the mystery, and the romance made this book a total page turner. It would have been read in one sitting if not for school, but I did get it done in two. I just couldn't put it down. And reading it at night makes the story a little bit creepier, but it also makes it so much more enjoyable.

I feel that by this point of the series, I REALLY know the characters. Camelia and Ben's relationship is just so involved and complex and you really start to feel all of the angst and pressure that Camelia is feeling throughout the entire book. I do wish, however, that we could at some point get a glimpse into the mind of Ben. I would really enjoy seeing his thoughts and feelings, and not just his expressions of them.

In this book, Camelia's powers are becoming more and more developed and she is learning of her connections and similarities to her Aunt Alexia (whom we FINALLY get to meet). And once again, these powers of psychometry are stirring up some difficulties for Ben and Camelia.

You may remember from the other two books, the side chapters or add-ons at the end. In the first two books, they were anonymous diary entries. Giving you some form of insight to other characters we have met. In this book, Laurie changed it up a bit. You were reading a transcribed therapy session. Again, anonymous. And these therapy sessions really helped add to the suspense and he mystery of the whole book. And at the end of each session, there was a crossword puzzle. With only a select few of the clues given each time. Again, leaving the reader puzzled. But I felt that with this included, the reader was more a part of the story than just reading along. You could actually participate. And I would suggest to anyone reading this book, DO THE CROSSWORD!! It's really very interesting. Plus it's a fun little game. Get it? :D

This book really tests the power of trust and believing in oneself and others. Reliability and the meaning of friendship. Plus all of those teenage angsty issues, remember those? Cliques, relationships, parents...need I go on with those, haha. And like I mentioned up top, I would most definitely re-read this book and recommend it to everyone. If you have not yet read anything by Laurie Faria Stolarz, go out and get one of her books. Whether it is the Touch series or the Blue is for Nightmares series. Because once you do, you'll be hooked.

Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 304

Purchased from store

Summary from Amazon Product Details

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to us by Breaking the Spine.

My Waiting on Wednesday is: Everlasting

by Alyson Noel

Release date: 6/7/11

Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all int the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach.

Will they be united-or torn apart forever? Readers will finally discover the truth in this anxiously awaited conclusion!
My Thoughts:
I can't believe that this series is coming to an end! I have absolutely loved it from the beginning. And it make me sad to think that in June it will be over. I am very excited to see how Alyson has ended this fantastic series though. I am quite happy that she is working on her spin-off series on Riley Bloom though. And if you saw my WoW from last week, it's the second Riley Bloom installment. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teaser Tuesday is brought to us by Should Be Reading. This weeks teaser is from Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

"When there were no witnesses, he'd let himself be the person he'd been before she knew he was a king--the person she fell in love with. It was why she avoided being alone with him." (184)

Hope I didn't spoil anything! :)

I just can't wait until I get further in this book. Everyone I know who has read this series already has loved it. And this one spot is getting me so pumped for finishing this book!

1) Grab your current read.
2) Open to a random page.
3) Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
4) BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
5) Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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