Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Winner of Strange Angels Giveaway!

Weird, I got exactly 86 entries, AGAIN! Sign? Maybe. Type of sign? How the f*** should I know. So anyway the lucky entry and participant was...................(drumroll please) (and yes, just I like everyone else I use Random.org, I just don't know how to get the box on my post, whatever)

Entry:
72

Jessica Secret from Shut up! I'm Reading.
Congrats Jessica!
I will send an email to the one on your blog, since you didn't leave one here. Remember you have a 48-hour time limit to get back to me, otherwise I will choose the next runner-up winner. Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway, really appreciate it.

GONE is here! (Does not make sense, I know)

It is AWESOME! Check out Lisa McMann's blog to read the funny back story on this chair-in-a-spotlight cover!

Kiss & Hell by Dakota Cassidy

Pages: 339

Backcover:
She's never seen a sexier ghost.
Delaney Markham doesn't just see dead people, she hears them, too. And FYI, communicating with tortured souls all day can really wreak havoc on love life. After all, no wants to date the crazy chick that talks to herself. Sans boyfriend, Delaneymakes the best of her gift by holding the occasional seance to make ends meet--that is, until one incredibly annoying ghost just won't go away.
When he materializes wearing nothing more than Delaney's pink bathrobe, she knows something's up. Besides being sinfully hot--in a college professor sort of way--all signs point to Clyde Atwell being much more than an ordinary spirit. In fact, he's a newbie demon whose first assignment is to take Delaney back down to hell with hem. Yeah, like that's gonna happen on the first date. If Delaney's old nemisis Lucifer thinks she's going down without one hell of a fight, he's got another think coming...

Review:

This is my first Dakota Cassidy novel, and I'm ecstatic to say, "Thank fucking God, because it is freaking awesome." Excuse my French. Kiss & Hell is definitely going into My Favorite Pile--for so many reasons. Now that I look back, I realize that the first half of the novel's setting is in Delaney's East Village, New York home. Plus her store, where she makes her seances for hard-earned cash. Somebody's got to feed those six tongue-lolling mouths. Clyde stumbles upon Delaney right in the middle of a very crucial money-crisis seance. This beginning their humorous, heartfelt, frustratingly dramatic frenzy of a relationship.
A month. All they have to perform the impossible. A month where "Clyve" Atwell is to make Delaney fall in love with the idea of getting all her desires come true by him before making her off herself with the revelation of his unlife in Hell. Of course, that was what was supposed to happen--before Clyde with a d came along and switched assignments. Now they have a month to convince Hell it's really Clyve making Delaney fall in love, not Clyde. And figure out why Clyde ever became a demon, when he and every probable detail of his supposed life clearly states otherwise. Doesn't it? Or is the investigation going to rub a little close to someone's *cough* Delaney's *cough* past? And that doesn't even include Marcella--might as well call her the she-devil, Kellan--Delaney's brother also being mentioned in the Underworld. The cause for Lucifer's untimely reappearence in Delaney's medium life being that hopeless, terrifying night fifteen years ago. Usually, the jumping-to-conclusions, and the keeping-secret-schemes-to-oneself is what frustrates me to no end. It was indead the same case here, but, frankly, I've learned that is waht keeps you going, reading. What really baffled me was Delaney's strong-willed, good-humor nature, albeit at some unappropriate times--like talking about your bf's explosion to smitherings--throughout the whole book. You can tell she uses it to sort of mask some under-the-surface feelings, but that's just who she is, how she's been reduced to after so long in isolation. Another thing I admire about Delaney/Dakota is her sense of music and TV show references--which pretty much got me singing that I also love Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble (blame my mother), and will look into "Ghost Whisperer" with J-Love.

Author Info: All I know about Dakota Cassidy is she thinks I'm direct (and she has joined the penny-sized club) and that she likes my comebacks, and I have the tweets to prove it. Neener, neener, neener.

Grade: B+/A-

LiLi

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sneak Peek Saturday: IF I STAY the MOVIE! (Edited)

I was wondering when I could post this up, but couldn't come up with any oppurtunity and I had forgotten about Sneak Peek Saturday, duh. Whatever. Did you know that they are making an If I Stay MOVIE! Just guess how I found that out--and who's the director--Catherine Hardwicke! And there is an article about the official statement of Summit declaring that it is true!

And of course to the best book coming out in my opinion in 2009! Book Tralier of Destined for an Early Grave!

I'm always adding last minute things, deal with it.
Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again - Music Video (HQ)

Oh and check out Laurell K. Hamilton's blog post for beginning writers....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Pages: 232

Inside Flap:
My name is Madison Avery, and I'm to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.
Madison's prom was killer--literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper--yeah, that kind of reaper--intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she's stuck on Earth--dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing herto toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course. With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe...), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.
Well. if she believed in that stuff.

Review:

In this fast-paced novel of the cosmic world being balanced between light and dark, Madison Avery has become a pawn in the grand scheme of things--and she doesn't know how big a pawn she is. Barnabus, her light-reaper "teacher" skips out for less than forty-eight hours with his boss, and that's all it takes for Madison to get the ball rolling into more trouble than her death and stealing-of-the-amulet originally cost. There is deception around every corner, and the crush and guardian angel that she's come to name are the only she can trust for that time. "Mad Madison" always accused of being the oddball and trouble-maker, finds it no easier to deal with the popular crowd once she's dead. Except, maybe taking some bad shots of Queen B in all her sweat-stained track gear glory.
In Once Dead, Twice Shy, you get a deeper sense of Madison's kind-hearted, wild heart--even if it only tends to beat when she's scared or panicking, and that is fairly often. You also find out the real "meaningful" purpose as to why Kairos--dark-reaper--specifically targeted her in the first place, and then again after death wasn't enough to accomplish the putting-back-together-fate process. Besides the wit and adventrous-battling streak, there is a sark-worthy humor, in which I found some substitutes to my usual profane babbler-mouth. Son of a dead puppy; Oh, for cripe's sake; What the devil; there are a couple others that I cannot remember and equally love. There is also hinting of romance here and there, and a good measure of finding oneself and not trying to be like everyone else to fit in; that I know you won't want to miss...

Grade: B

LiLi

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

YA Book Carnival: Giving away Strange Angels

So I am joining Shooting Stars Mag: YA Book Carnival by giving away a copy of Strange Angels.


Rules:
Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered.

Extra entries:
-linking this to anywhere; just remember to leave a link
-become a follower/already a follower
This could all be put in one comment.

Open to U.S./Canadian residents only. Sorry. Contest ends June 30th @ 1pm Eastern, sorry again.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Edited)

Pages: 196
Inside Flap:
"Just listen," Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.
"Stay," he says.
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones. Stay true to her first love--music--even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then, one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaing of family, and the choices we all make.

Review:

It is the saddest/happiest book I think I have ever read; and it's beautiful all at the same time.
Can I just say, I love body instruments and that this is the smoothest played-out book I've read in a long while. Seriously; and no, I am not going to compare it to a baby's bottom--though it would be strangely accurate. Just going through Mia's memories and experiences spent with her closest and state-side loved ones is so comparable to my own that, I'm thinkin' the author knows her readers--she knows what might frustrate a girl her whole life without anyone else knowing it. If I Stay radiates so much feeling--whether it be love, lust, friendship, kinship, or that powerful feeling she gets during performances--when Mia goes over different points of her life.
If I Stay is definitely going into My Favorite Pile. It's witty, familiar, and sincere in so many ways, that it will not disappoint you. I seriously wish that more YA authors could have that connection between reader and character. If I Stay makes you think more curiously about the eternal questions we all struggle to answer, even if it is not up to us: Live or Die? The pros and cons. Why me? Makes you think how secure and stable you really are living and being in your own life.

Grade: A+

LiLi

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Winner!

Since Christine never contacted me I am selecting a new winner.............(drum roll please)

Entry:
32

Ms.Latina

Congrats!

Since you left an email address I will email you now so you can give me the address as to where you would like me to send the books to. If I do hear back in the next 48 hours I will have to randomly choose another runner-up winner.

Side-note: thank you, Laina, for the wedsite of signatures you gave me...totally love it. Tell me what you guys think.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Forever...by Judy Blume


There's a first for everything.

When you build up something in your mind -- really imagine it, wish for it -- sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn't live up to your expectations.
True love is nothing like that.
Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can't get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven't been together all that long, they know it's serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.
But it's senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big "first": a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love?

Review:

One thing you must know is that this is my second time reading this whole book. Granted they were different editions, but I couldn't really tell the difference--besides the cover, of course.
The dialogue sort of gives you insight that the first edition was written in the seventies. Of course, I didn't actually belive that the first time I read the edition above. Katherine is pratical, but she's also somewhat of a romantic. Guess I should give you a heads-up now, before you read read it. There is some sexual content, very mild language--pretty much explains the seventies, doesn't it? But, hell, what do I know, I was born in the 90s. In fact, that's what makes it more cherishable to me, the book I mean.
Katherine's story is mostly about her experience and love relationship with her boyfriend, Micheal. It lacks, for me, a bit of depth between the characters' devotion for eachother, lacking emotion here and there. It is in first person but by the narration, it knid of makes me feel like it shouldn't be. Mostly because the characters in general play a big part in this one girl's first love experience. And at the first real challenge, first real seperation, where there was other people involved, makes Katherine question the difference between first love and true love? We all have our first love,--whatever and/or whoever it may be--does that mean you'll be together forever...
Recommended to all teens, all ages, because we should all be prepared--good Lord, I sound like my mother.

Grade: B-/C+

LiLi

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Winner!

I got 86 entries. Thanks freaking awesome! Thank you everyone who entered, most importantly thank you Summer! You were so helpful, not only promoting the contest/giveaway, but also my blog in generall. Also I learned a couple things from my sort-of first contest. Next time I need to remind you guys to either leave your name, or an email address, I mean seriously c'mon guys, your better than that! Fortunately/Unfortunately, I had to eliminate one participant...Now for the winner................

Entry:
65

Christine!!:P
Congrats!
Christine, please email me, lilibethramosATliveDOTcom, to claim your prize and wherever you want me to mail it to, and I'll do so as soon as possible. If you do not contact me in the next 48 hours I will be forced to choose another winner. As for everyone else so, soooo sorry! Look on the bright side, there will be more to come very soon.
LiLi
Side-note: does anyone know a website where I can customize my signature? I used to know one but....I forgot it. Yea. Till next time, I'll probably put something up in the next week or so...Well, I know what my new polls going to be. You'll see.

Sneak Peek Saturday

What's up for today, you ask? Well, check it out...


BANDSLAM Trailer


Cannot wait for this to come out, August 14 2009!
LiLi

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Totally Killed It

Okay, so I've had my happy dance for the day, because....I won! Check it out here...I can't believe it, so awesome. I wonder what that perfume smells like, hmmm, not much into perfumes, we'll see.
On other random news, I am dizzy. Why you may ask? Because it is freaking hot that's why. *Gasping, cursing out the air-conditioner* Oh, and I have to make a public apology to Sassy because I forgot to comment on her What's on your desk Wednesday? meme....So so sorry, I'm so commenting when I'm do here, promise.
Other random news, here are two posts that I thought were funny and cool by Yan and Sarah MacLean, which you so better check out or the consequences are deadly...*Getting light-headed now, better wrap this up*
So that's pretty much it soooooooooo bye *Totally killed it*
LiLi

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Pages: 212

Sixteen-year-old Erin Misrahe just wants to be like everyone else in her new school. But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry and making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behavior wreaks havoc on those around her. Erin can never remember anything about these episodes, and she's grateful to have been spared them for a while.
But when a protective old friend comes abck into Erin's life, he insists that Shevaun is a vampire who actually exists apart from Erin. Shevaun has dangerous allies, like the handsome witch Adjila--and they're determined to sever Shevaun's connection to Erin once and for all.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's thrilling tale of love, loyalty, and illusion, the waking hours are only as safe as the dreams that came before them.

Review:

How refreshing. Somehow I managed not to skim more than three pages on this one. I think because, it was to interesting to accidently skip a detail of importance. As I told Alea from Pop Culture Junkie on a Twitter message, "it reminds me somewhat of The Host." Which seems, frankly, I was wrong about. Admittedly, the alternations in reality taken in stride are very comparable; but that has more to do with the concept of the book, not the background details, or the characters for that matter.
What's refreshing is that this specificpassage has somewhat of less,well--censor warning!--bullshit than most novels. I'm not saying this one's any better than the rest, in fact, it lacks a bit emotionally; but it does not "kid-around", "beat around the bush", whatever you want to call it. There are different species--such as vampires, shapeshifters, and "Triste" witches--in this fantasy novel, but the author gives it plain out, albeit a bit subtly, what their abilities are.
Artistically, this novel is pure poetry, I would say; despite the preference of Edgar Allan Poe's "A Dream Within A Dream"--which is one of my favorites, and makes perfect sense to this particular context--right before the Prologue. Her specific subtle details make you image every blade of grass to the shade of a character's hair color.
Time to hunt. Time to run.

Grade: B+

LiLi

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What's On Your Desk, Wednesday? Tagged...

So again I got tagged...I'm telling you these people love me! So who was the tagger that made me the taggie, you ask? Michelle from Michelle's Bookshelf is guilty as charged--prepare for a knock on the door from your local PD. LOL! I'm just messing with you, or am I? *cue scary music*
Okay so I still don't have a camera, sue me--I hate the economy. But, once again I am posting the books on my desk--which are exactly five...if I extract one. Hey, I know how to count...maybe. :P

So here it is:

5 Bookish things that haven't been shelved--because they are for giveaways:
1) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
2) M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
3) The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
4) Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
5) The Queen's Bastard by C. E. Murphy


Check the rules again and they said at least 5 so...

6) Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy

Okay now I'm done. ;D


Oh wait, I forgot about my taggies, hmm, let me contemplate--that makes sense, right?

1) Brooke from Brooke Reviews--just love that girl, don't know why exactly--yes, I'm crazy right now you'll see why when you see my next review...
2) Ravenous Reader
3) Taschima Cullen from BloodyBookaholic
4) GreenBeanTeenQueen
5) Lauren from Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Now I'm finished!
LiLi

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Leftovers by Laura Wiess


Back Cover:
Blair and Ardith are best friends who has committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and justice. But in order to understand what could drive two young women to such extreme measures, first you'll have to understand why. You'll have to listen as they descride parents who are alternately absent and smothering, classmates who mock and shun anyone different, and young men who are allowed to hurt and dominate without consequence. You will have to learn what it's like to be a teenage girl who locks her bedroom door at night, who has been written off by the adults around her as damaged goods. A girl who has no one to trust except the one person she's forbidden to see. You'll have to understand what it's like to be forgotten and abandoned in America today.
Are you ready?

Review:

Blair & Ardith. Two life friends telling a two-perspective story, from the transition of junior high--which ends with ninth grade, allegedly--to the battle that is high school. There is intent and there are consequences, and in the story you will learn how to get one done and take "precautions" against the other. Unlike Such a Pretty Girl, I did not read all of Leftovers--actually I skipped a good chunk of the middle section of the book, only to look back on the crucial details. But, also unlike Red-headed Stepchild, I did it--not because I couldn't wait till the end, though that was part of it the reason, but--because the frustration and confliction between the main characters were weighing me down.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to any hard-steel YA readers, though it has a bit of sexual content--but you kind of have to be prepared for some emotional baggage, you know? The author--Laura Wiess--was undoubtedly brilliant in catching the essence of the characters--every last one of them. If you thought Such a Pretty Girl--if you've read it that is--was spectacular, then I would recommend this novel/story in a heartbeat.

Grade: B

LiLi

Monday, June 15, 2009

Side Note: GAS Pile

Okay guys, since I joined Paperback Swap as of yesterday, I'm already having requests as to the books in my GAS--give away soon--pile. I'm not sure if I'll get more soon, because it's sort of a shock as to how fast these requests came. So, just to keep you updated on the books I'll still be giving away--which is four now--just look at the strip of pictures, I'll hope to add more for you guys soon.

LiLi

Friday, June 12, 2009

DNF: Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

THINGS TO DO:
1) Infiltrate rival vampire cult and assasinate leader
2) Get rid of demon houseguest
3) Ditch the hot mage stalker
4) Betray family
In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin--the only profession fit for an outcast--doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now.
Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family, and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life changing, but together they could be fatal...

Review:

Okay, I have a confession to make, I didn't read the entire book. I mean, just anticipating from the tidbits held back from various characters, you know that the secrets, and unshared information will only get worse, right?
Sabina Kane has to be filled with the emotions of an empath at a funeral from which the deceased was deeply loved. Such rage, sadness, frustration overall was damn consuming for the times I cried for her fate, literally. (Okay, this may be a bit over the top, but give me a break, I haven't slept all night).
To say that the research done to create this novel was undoubtbly different, would be like saying a work of Picasso is neat. Neat! Damned if I didn't know the backstory on Lilith and Cain! I do now....Jaye Wells is a creator of the arts; no matter how many times you just want to throw the book down because you think you just can't take it anymore.
Sabina only knew about her heritage, her lineage from the tidbits her Grandmother was willing to share. After a month of going after an ambiguous man, her life and fate and destiny are taked in a whole oppistie direction.
If you can't take frustrating or guilt that the protanganist will throw at you, like someone I know--me--then this is not for you. If you can read between the lines and read the whole plot of the book, like someone else I know--me, again--then you'll absolutely love it! Confusing? I know; I, seriously need to sleep or drink some caffine... Whichever, I need to do it before I fall out of this chair... (Why's the computer screen tilted? Crash! Ow...)

LiLi

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What's on your desk, Wednesday? Tagged...

So Sassy from Alternative Read started this trend--and there's absolutely no pressure if the people I choose to tag do not share this...
I was tagged by Eleni from La Femme Readers, and want to say thank you for choosing me as one of your five! Unfortunately, my digital camera's screen cracked when we moved over here, and I'm not able to take a picture; but I will list the books soon-to-come into my TBR pile...

5 books soon-to-be on my desk:
1. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
3. Swoon by Nina Malkin
4. Kiss & Hell by Dakota Cassidy
5. The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

My taggies:
1. Katie-KD's Library
2. L.Fitz-Romance Sap
3. Hope-Hope's Bookshelf
4. Carol(ina)-Bookluver-Carol's Reviews
5. Brooke-Brooke's Reviews

Beginning of Series...Giveaway

Officially Closed.

To hell with it, I'm having another giveaway just to see if it's my blog that doesn't bring entries of the books...I would like to think it's the books, but well that's just not to keep me from being sad. How's this?


Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed WILD HUNT.

No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.

And if all that's not bad enough, in the three years Joanne's been a cop, she's never seen a dead body--but she's just come across her second in three days.

It's been a bitch of a week. AND IT ISN'T OVER YET.

In a world where religion has ripped apart the old order, Belinder Primrose is the queen's secret weapon. The unacknowledged daughter of Lorraine, the first queen to sit on the Aulunian throne, Belinda has been trained as a spy since the age of twelve by her father, Lorraine's lover and spymaster.
Cunning and alluring, fluent in languages and able to take on any persona, Belinda can infiltrate the glittering courts of Echon, where her mother's enemies conspire. She can seduce at will and kill if she must. But Belinda's spying takes a new twist when her witchlight appears.
Now Belinda's powers are unlike anything Lorraine could have imagined. They can turn an obedient daughter into a rival who understands that anything can be hers, including the wickedly sensual Javier, who throne Lorraine both covets and fears. But Javier is also witchbreed, a man whose ability rivals Belinda's own...and can be just as dangerous.
Amid court intrigue and magic, loyalty and love can lead to more daring passions, as Belinda discovers that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
One winner for both books.
How to enter: just leave a comment on this post.
Extra entries:
1. Become a follower: +1
2. Already a follower: +1
3. Link contest to your blog--side-bar's fine: +1

If possible, please leave a comment per entry so it's easier for me to count them all up in the end, thank you!
Open to U.S. and Canada residents only, sorry. Ends June 20th, maybe, we'll see how this one fairs. Ends 1:00 PM Eastern.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sneak Peek Saturday

Thought I try this out tell me if you like, please:

Check out the first chapter of the next novel in the Night Huntress
series: here
And the Vampire Diaries becomes a TV series check out a preview...

Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake


Back cover:
A new day dawns blood red.
A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally--the human vampire hunter, Danaus--have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind...with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.
Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent naturi prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth--and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of the shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust is something more than the man he claims to be...

Review:

Some authors fast-forward through years, other few months, but Jocelynn Drake only skipped a few recovery hours from the very end of her debut-novel Nightwalker to continue the series in Dayhunter. Just hours after the carnage with the naturi, Mira and Tristan are already hunting and trying to overcome as much of the after-shock of the battle; to confront their next challenge, The Coven. In many ways this sequel canters around Mira's and Danaus's "relationship"; but there are still a bundle of memories that Mira cannot recall from Machu Picchu or from her human times, without a little shove of her past; read Rowe. Now that Rowe has become somewhat of an obstacle in Mira's fight for survival, there is no questioning the connection he bears, with Mira's memories.
In Dayhunter you grasp more of a background of the some of the character's that have a place in The Coven's game, mostly though: Mira, Danaus, and Rowe. Like from the synopsis on the back cover, you get to find out what Danaus truly is besides human; and it's nothing Mira initially anticipated. As I mentioned before, there are events in this novel that mainly center around the hunter and the Fire Starter, and that effects their "relationship" in a way that: if one were to become furious about a certain happening or because of one specific person, the other would sometimes unintentionally put out the "fire" to the other's rage.
I have to say that in this novel of dark pleasure, blood and violence, that there are many sides to deal with, when it comes to being a nightwalker. For example: "the complete lack of remorse" Mira feels after a bloodbath in Venice, the joy she feels of an act "laughing like a madwoman struck by the moon." How can she compare that to what she thought she knew about what it took to just survive? To having something that would have horrified her to do, now be a constant happening. To not have your conscience there, when you thought it would be there the most, nagging at you. Now it's missing; and it's disappearence is what petrifies you the most, because without having to think about facing the consequences...What exactly is going to tell you when you've crossed the line from sanity to becoming a "madwoman"?
The series does have a sort of double-meaning to it, also. In this particular sequel you get a deeper sense of Mira becoming just a weapon and the ability of not just taking care of her own survival, but also of the creatures she has now sworn to protect with her life. I would say it isn't possible for this book to be stand-alone, because you will need to have a sense of history before going any further into the series.
My review leaves a lot left to desire of the novel but not nearly enough as to what the book has to offer.

Grade: A

LiLi

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Coming Back

Now I know that I haven't posted reviews in somewhat of a time, but I'm coming back because I have no more excuses left to hide behind. LOL. Forget school and finals, forget moving back to my hometown; summer break is here and I intend to celebrate it every way possible. My first review coming back would be Dayhunter, and I have a feeling that you're going to like it and end up buying the book, if you haven't already. Not because my review's that good--I'm not that cocky--but because the book is; itself and the series is one of the best I've read so far. I've already started the review and only have a bit left of Dayhunter to go, so it will be coming out soon, watch out for it.
On a side-note, this is going out to Brooke @ Brooke's Reviews: You're book will be in the mail soon now that it is summer I have a lot of time on my hands....
I'll also be having more giveaways because I have a lot of books to get rid of, which I think you'll really like, so watch out for that too.
Another side-note: take a look at my current giveaway which I'm not getting many entries from and will have to shut down soon if I don't get any in the near future....Please enter!

Monday, June 1, 2009

New Moon Trailer (AH!)

Omg! When I saw this last night I literally went ballistic! I cannot wait until November to watch the sequel to the most popular book in the world right now! Check it out, ah Jacob is so scrumptious, fur and all! LOL!

Thanks Ravenous Reader!