Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spotlight Sunday: Rachel Hawthorne

So I thought that it would be fun to start a little weekly event called “Spotlight Sunday” where I feature something that I come across and I think that others should know about, something that I think is under-appreciated, something that I find interesting, or something along those lines.

And what have I decided to feature on my first Spotlight Sunday (be prepared- by next week I will have a button so that you can participate too)? Author Rachel Hawthorne of course! In high school I used to always read her books like “The Boyfriend League”, “Caribbean Cruising”, “Snowed In”, “Thrill Ride” and whatnot.  They were just really fun little YA romantic comedies to read and you know what, I really did like them a lot (I didn’t find them to be too mindless and whatnot) and I would consider purchasing some of them.

Anyways, last year (?) or the year before that I became aware that Rachel was writing a series about werewolves (you know the time, when “Twilight” first started exploding and a gazillion vampire and werewolves stories came out) and I was really excited, because let’s face it, I don’t think that there can ever be too much vampire or werewolf stories (I know, I am slightly crazy)... Anyways, I quickly went out and nabbed the first book in her new series from my library and read it within a couple of hours, and let me tell you, I was hooked. I remember that my little sister was gone to the city for the day and I knew that my library didn’t have any of the other books in the series yet, so I made my sister go to the bookstore and get every book in the series for me. Maybe one of my best book purchasing decisions ever ;).  

So you may be wondering why I am featuring Rachel Hawthorne? Well a) I love her books and b) I don’t know if all that many people are aware of a great werewolf series that they are missing out on. They are really short and simple reads (but not in a childish way- well, at least I don’t think so, but then again I am a sufferer of Peter Pan syndrome and will therefore always be a child at heart... But I think that a thirty year old would love them just as much as a thirteen year old might).

And now? To the books of course! May I present... Rachel Hawthorne’s “Dark Guardian” novels!


Moonlight (Book 1)- this is my second favourite book in the series  

“Kayla is a nature lover, the all-American beauty who can’t understand why she is so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she’s inherited a terrifying- and thrilling- gene that will change her life forever.

Lucas is dangerous, gorgeous... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm’s way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels is her destiny.” 

Full Moon (Book 2)- this is tied as my third favourite book in the series

“Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel- maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey’s betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final- no turning back. She should be happy... so why can’t she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?

When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?”  

"Dark of the Moon" (Book 3)- this is tied as my third favourite book in the series 
"Brittany is determined to prove herself to the Dark Guardians. And yet she's been keeping a devestating secret: she hasn't experienced any of the intense, early signs of change that mark a Dark Guardian's tranformation. The only intense feelings she has are for Connor- and she's kept that a secret too. But she knows that she'll never truly have Connor's love if she's not a Shifter like him.

At the first full moon after her birthday, her greatest fear is realized: She doesn't transform. Brittany is so desperate to become a wolf that she'll go to extremes she never thought possible... and put all the Dark Guardians in incredible danger." 


"Shadow of the Moon" (Book 4)- this is my favourite book in the series 
"Hayden was born a werewolf, a Dark Guardian. But her ability to sense the feelings of fellow werewolves has made her life unbearable. She runs away, only to be tracked by charming, mysterious Daniel, a newcomer to the pack and the one Shifter immune to her powers. As she reluctantly follows him home, Hayden finds herself falling dangerously in love... 

But even as her feelings for Daniel deepen, Hayden begins to wonder if he is who he claims to be. Where did he come from and why has no one ever seen him transform? When they stumble upon the body of a Shifter still in wolf form, her worries grow. Someone is killing her kind. Is her handsome tracker really a hunter? And is Hayden now his prey?"

So I really think that this is a series that is worth checking out! 

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

On My Wishlist...

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you list all of the books that you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. I thought that this was a fantabulous idea so I thought I would join in! This week I decided to go with a fey/faerie theme...

"Darklight" is the follow-up to Lesley Livingston's "Wondrous Strange", that I really loved... Its been out for quite a while now and I just haven't gotten around to getting it yet.

"In this sequel to Wondrous Strange, Kelley Winslow finds her NYC acting career blossoming as she takes the lead in Romeo and Juliet. But she also finds herself desperately missing Sonny Flannery--who was forced back to the Faerie Otherworld, charged with a dangerous mission by Kelley's father, King Auberon.

When Kelley finds herself thrown into the Otherworld following a deadly chase in Central Park, her passionate reunion with Sonny is cut short. Ancient magick is stirring, and a dangerous enemy has Sonny and Kelley caught in a web of Faerie deception that could tear their love apart."

I am really kicking myself about "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa... I totally had a hold on it at the library but I wasn't able to pick it up in time so it was sent back and now my name is on the bottom of a very gigantic holds list... Grrrrr...

"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."

And I just so happened to stumble across this, "Glimmerglass" by Jenna Black, on Amazon and thought that it sounded amazing... Kinda like "Wings" and "Spells" by Aprilynne Pike but better... ;)

"It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…"

Well that's it for my list, what's on your list?

PS. Don't forget to check out MY FIRST FANTABULOUS GIVEAWAY!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer over At Crazy For Books asks us for this weeks Book Blogger Hop question:

"What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?"

Okay, so since this does not have to be realistic by any means (and therefore all the more fun!)... I think that I would have to own a library. Seriously, could you just imagine? And a gigantic library at that! With floor to ceiling shelves and those awesome ladders that slide back and forth across the shelves and EVERY BOOK! Yes, EVERY BOOK (Or, at least every paranormal young adult ever written)... This would make me just so gosh darn happy!

PS. Don't forget to enter my FIRST EVER FANTABULOUS GIVEAWAY here!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Giveaway Update- Only 18 More Followers Until Prize Gets Bigasized!

Hey everyone! Sorry for not being around for the last couple of days... I have been super busy studying for exams (last one today- cross your fingers for me!), but I can assure you that I will have some reviews up within the next couple of days!

Anyways, I just wanted to give a little update on my Super Fantabulous First Ever Giveaway (I know, I know, I keep changing the name of it in every post. Seriously, one of these days I will come ip with a name and stick with it ;) ).

I am currently at 32 followers. What does this mean? This means that at this moment I will be giving away one $15 Amazon gift card to one of these followers.

HOWEVER... If I can reach 50 followers (a mere 18 followers more from where I am now), the giveaway prize will get BIGASIZED! I will be giving away 2 $15 Amazon gift cards instead of just one!!!

AND... If I can reach 100 followers (only 67 more) I will be giving away 3 $15 Amazon gift cards!

I think that we can reach 100 followers! ;)

You can enter the contest here!

Monday, October 25, 2010

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

"L.A. Candy" by Lauren Conrad 

 “Los Angeles is all about hot clubs, cute guys, designer... everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts and her BFF, Scarlett, can’t wait to start living it up. And when a TV producer wants them to star in a “reality version of Sex and the City”, they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes please!

Soon Jane is television’s hottest star and she’s lapping up the VIP treatment with her entourage of new pals. But those same friends are also angling for a piece of her spotlight. In a  city filled with people chasing their dreams, it’s not long before Jane realizes that everyone wants something from her and nothing is what it seems to be.”
I’m not going to lie, when I first heard that Lauren Conrad was writing a book I laughed and rolled my eyes thinking, “Lauren Conrad?!? Lauren Conrad?!? What does she have? A degree in fashion! How is a degree in fashion supposed to help you write a book?!?” I mean, I loved “The Hills”, it was a good little drama on MTV chronicling Lauren and her friends lives as they tried to make it in the fashion world and whatnot, but it was completely mindless (*cough, cough, Speidi anyone?*)...

So imagine my surprise when I read her first book, “L.A. Candy” and I find that I actually quite enjoy it and she might be a pretty okay author (note pretty good author- she ain’t no Rachel Vincent or Cassandra Claire- yet). And now as I write this review I really cannot think of any complaints I had of the book, well, except for the fact that it had a cliff-hanger ending- you will come to learn that I loathe cliff-hanger endings. Seriously, if I pay for the full price of a book I expect a full/ complete story to come out of it ;).

I think that it was very successful at fulfilling its goals: appeal to young girls: check, putting the author on New York Times Best Seller List: check, increase Lauren’s popularity as she was no longer going to be on “The Hills” anymore, check. And all I have to think is, "Good for her! Lauren has not been able to be successful as a fashion designer, reality TV star, but now as an author".

And you know what? I think that I would actually recommend the book! And... *drum roll please*... I do think I will continue on with this series. Yes, yes, this is as shocking to me (who was somewhat dreading reading this book) as I am sure it is shocking to you since I am slightly bashing of "mindless teen girl novels".

Rating: 3/5

PS. Another black-haired female (Scarlett) to add to the list ;)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

So I have decided to participate in my first Book Blogger Hop! Seriously this is a week of firsts! I thought that it would be great to get to be introduced to lots of fellow bloggers (and in doing so lots of new books! It's all about the books right?!? ;) )... Anyways, this weeks questions is:

"Where is your favorite place to read? Curled up on the sofa, in bed, in the garden?"

In all honestly I will read wherever I happen to plop down. Usually it on these really squishy chairs that we have in our upstairs living room, but I can really read anywhere (take yesterday reading on a long car drive- luckily I am not one of those people who gets motion sickness from reading in vehicles, if I was I have no idea what I would do with myself). But yes, plop me in one of those chairs with a book and I am good to go (usually I will listen to my Ipod when I read too, it's silly, but I will get distracted by the TV if I am reading in the same room when it is on, but I do not get distracted whatsoever by my music when I listen to it while reading)...

Look! I made a blog button!

So being a super technically challenged person I am so surprised that I was able to figure out how to make a blog button! Anyways, I have started a blog button collection along the right-hand side of my blog that includes all of my favourite blogs (and now the collection will have mine!). If you would like to grab my button you can do so by using this code: 


PS. Keep an eye out on my blog, I will be having a GIVEAWAY (!!!) in the next couple of days!

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly even hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you list all of the books that you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. I thought that this was a fantabulous idea so I thought I would join in!

"The Hunger Games"
by Suzanne Collins 

Okay, so I know that I am probably one of the last people on Earth who hasn't read this series yet, and I don't really know why I haven't... Well, lie, I haven't read it as of yet because thanks to its popularity it is taking freaking forever to get from the library, darn you 46 holds before me! But I  mean, I have no idea why I haven't read it up to this point, considering that a) it has been out since 2008 and b) the entire series is already out. I have heard really good things about it and I kinda know the basic premise of the book (thank you Wikipedia), so I am hoping that I will really like it. I would totally buy it from Amazon (its like only $30 for the trilogy in hardcover on there :O !). But I have really come to hating buying books that I haven't read before because I usually seem not to like them and then I wish that I had used that money to buy books that I have read and loved but don't yet own...

"The Forest Wife"
by Theresa Tomlinson 

So this is an older book that I read way back when (when I worked at the library) that I completely fell in love with. It is a retelling of Robin Hood, but "Robin Hood" in the story is actually female. Seriously, it is super great (and a trilogy all in one!) and I would love to buy it, but unfortunately I think that it is no longer in print.

"The Lost Saint"
by Bree Despain

This is the sequel to "The Dark Divine" by Bree Despain. I really liked the first one, much more than I had expected to, so I am really looking forward to this which is released on December 28th 2010 (seriously, isn't that a silly release date? Why wouldn't they have released it right before Christmas, so I dunno... People could actually get it for Christmas? *head shakes*)...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Rating System

So I thought that it would be appropriate since I am reviewing books and whatnot to create a rating system...

And here it goes:

10) Fantabulous book that YOU MUST READ (and then promptly go out and buy)! This book will change your life. Seriously.
9) Still a really great book that you will really like (but I am not going to compel you to go buy it ASAP- you can buy it on your own time- but you will still eventually buy it).
8) A really good book (as opposed to a really great book). I'd still probably buy it (but then again I am crazy with my book buying).
7) Just a good book... Just borrow it from your library.
6) A good(ish) mindless book to read when there isn't anything else to read (and you are really, really desperate).
5) Not a good book, not a bad book.
4) Ugh... Don't bother.
3) I would not recommend this book to my worst enemy.
2) If I had a magical power it would be the power to make this book never to have been written.
1) I couldn't finish reading it because it was either super terrible or boring. I am furious that I wasted my time I could have spent reading something (anything!) else. Duck for cover... I will be throwing big things...

I think it's kinda funny... :)

Sleepless by Cyn Balog

So you may have seen on Tuesday that I posted my "Teaser Tuesday" featuring a couple of sentences from this book... And I just finished it so I thought I would share my thoughts with you about how well I think it fared.

"Sleepless" by Cyn Balog

"Eron DeMarchelle isn't supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose if to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human's life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest.
But he really cannot deny that he feels something for Julia, a lonely girl with fiery red hair and sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it feels to lost the one he loved. In the past, Eron has broken rules to protect Julia, but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't reach her. Eron's time as a Sandman is coming to a close, and his replacement doesn't seem to care about his charges. Worse, Julia is facing dangers she doesn't recognize, and Eron, as he transitions back to being human, may be the only one who can save her... 

Even once they've become human again, Sandmen are forbidden to communicate with their charges. But Eron knows he won't be able to forget Julia. Will he risk everything for a chance to be with the girl he loves?"

Okie dokie, so I was pretty excited to read this book, one, because it is a really short read (213 pages) and I have been super busy with exams and whatnot and two, because it deals with Sandmen and I don't know of any other fantasy/paranormal story that features them (if you know any feel free to recommend them!). I just thought that it was great that Sandmen were the fantastical beings of this story since vampires and werewolves have been so overplayed lately and its just sort of refreshing. However, now that I look back at the book I realize that I am kinda disappointed by it.

I found it to be very much a mindless teen girl novel and I'll be honest, I don't mind mindless teen girl novels (aka Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy books), but with this I was just expecting it to be a bit more serious, especially with that blurb inside the cover- it made everything out to be so epic, "Julia is facing dangers she doesn't recognize" (I could hear DUN-DUN-DUNNNN!!! throughout my head as I was reading the cover), and then what takes place in the book isn't all that epic at all. The dangers she faces? A jealous dead boyfriend hellbent on making sure that she never forgets him. It just doesn't seem to be all that epic and something that can be fixed pretty easily. Or when the cover states, "In the past, Eron has broken rules to protect Julia, but now, when she seems to need him more than ever...", ummmm wrong! She doesn't really mention at all feeling alone, considering that her boyfriend's best friend, Bret, is with her pretty much her "hip tumor" throughout the entire novel, trying to hook up with her ASAP and her mom, who completely understands her daughter and her feelings without even having to be told, is there for her every step of the way also. So how can you be lonely?  

And speaking of that cover blurb, it's slightly incorrect or misleading. It makes it out to seem that Sandmen are whatsoever not allowed to see their charges once they become human or there will be some serious consequences, however, I think that this is only mentioned in maybe one sentence in the book? And Chimere, one of the "head hancho" Sandmen, knows that Eron is visiting his charge Julia throughout the book, in both her dreams and real life, and she never once reprimands him for doing it, so yes, that "important" Sandmen rule isn't really carried out whatsoever. 

I think that the only saving grace of this novel is Eron, he is super sweet and concerned about Julia (plus he's hot, who doesn't love a hot boy ;) )... And he is a good boy! It isn't often that I actually like the good boy character of a book ***cough, cough, case in point Jace, the ultimate bad boy***.

So yes, though there are some parts of the plot/ story in general that are pretty questionable, it is an okay read (that is, an okay read if you have nothing else to read, or if you don't have a very long time to read something- like I mentioned it is pretty short). Would I go out and buy it? Nope. Would I reread it? Probably not (which is quite a shocker since I pretty much reread anything as soon as I read it for the first time). So check it out from the library! I do think I will try and find a copy of Cyn's "Fairy Tale" though (but from the library, I ain't going to buy the baby).

Rating: 2/5

BTW: Another red-headed character to add to the list!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (My first!)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
I am currently reading:
Title: "Sleepless"
Author: Cyn Balog 
Genre: a young adult fantasy novel

"All right", I begin, "the most important rules to know are these. One: You are only in the human's world to sooth them to sleep." (page 30) 
"We don't haunt people. We help them." (page 31)

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