Monday, April 30, 2012

A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable by Veronica Blade

A Cinderella who spends her nights as a wolf. A prince with a taste for blood.

Seventeen year old Cydney struggles against her werewolf nature, trying to keep everyone around her safe. No way will she risk exposing the beast at the prince’s ball, no matter how her two cousins try to persuade her. Even as she attempts to get on with her life, Cydney can’t forget the boy she loved three summers ago — or what she did to him after losing control.

Turned into a vampire to save his life, the prince refuses to live up to his royal duties. He just wants to find the girl he loved and lost...the werewolf girl who bit him. But his father, the king, commands him to attend a ball where he must choose a wife. Can he find his Cinderella before he's forced to marry another? He doesn’t even have her real name, much less a glass slipper.
   With a Bite’s Tale, Cinderella has never been told better! The book just surprised me because Veronica is quickly approaching the top of the list as my favorite author ever! Two winners in a row!!! Cydney or Cinderella is a werewolf and she’s been meeting up with “Jack” for three summers and she’s fallen in love. But when they have they’re first kiss, Cydney loses control and bites Jack. She never forgives herself and even now, back on the island, she lets her fear control her. It is only when she conquers this fear that she opens up and finds the love she’s been missing for so long.
    Cydney was a fantastic female character. She was feisty and funny and full of sarcasm. She was unknowingly beautiful. I love red-haired heroines! Her mother has died and she’s living with her aunt. Her only flaw is that she is ruled by her past. She worries heavily that she’ll hurt someone again or worse, hurt her family. The story was a great one of finding and growth for Cydney. She learned that she has more control than she knows and that her Werewolf genes don’t make her a lesser person, but that she’s stronger because of them.
    Remy was the ultimate love interest and the opposite of Hayden, but still as sexy. He loved Cydney and waited for her. His voice was very sure and confident which added to his appeal, definitely. He and Cydney combined were Veronica’s claim to fame with A Bite’s Tale. 

P.S. I also reviewed Veronica's book, Something Witchy This Way Comes. It is genius!! Check out my review HERE!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fairytale Giveaway Hop (4/26-5/1)

If you don't know, this is my very first time joining a giveaway hop! I've wanted to do it for so long, but couldn't figure out what to give away. I finally womaned up and did it!

My Favorite Fairytale
     Admittedly, unlike other little girls I wasn't into many fairytales. But now that I am older, I find that I appreciate them more. Quite recently, I watched a fairytale movie that gave me a favorite fairy tale character. Rapunzel is her name. I read a book about her, but the prince died and they never got to be together so I was highly upset by that, but then I saw Tangled. If that Rapunzel didn't clear stuff up for me, nobody could. She was just an awesome version of Rapunzel. She's innocent and funny and a wonderful artist. I think the thing that made me love her the most were her frying pan skills. And no, honey, she doesn't fry pork chops with it.
On top of that, she is drop-dead gorgeous! And she knows how to use her feminine wiles to get what she wants! Girl Power!

Now on to what you really want!!! Giveaway!

In honor of this fairytale giveaway hop, I will be giving away...

When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.
When a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her family's farm, Violet falls in love at first sight. Richard also gives Violet his heart, but he knows his marriage is destined to be an affair of state, not of passion. For the king and queen have devised a contest to determine who will win their son's hand in marriage.

To be reunited with her prince, Violet must compete against princesses from across the land. It will take all of her wits - and a little help from an unexpected source - if Violet is to demonstrate the depth of her character and become Richard's bride.

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Elixir (Elixir, #1) by Hilary Duff

Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.

When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.

       I can’t find much to say about Elixir. I had average hopes for it and it met them okay. Clea was an average character who couldn’t make up her mind. I felt like she was all over the place during the book. Her supporting characters were way more interesting than her. Her friends added so much to the story. The romance in the book disgusted me. It started out awesomely with special moments and flirting, but then…… Out of the blue, Sage and Clea confess their love to each other and suddenly Sage is saying he has condoms and they’re doing it in the front seat of the car!!!!! What more can I say? I was just shocked, honestly. I am unsure on whether or not I’ll be continuing this series, but I can’t say that the story was ordinary.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Keturah's Apology

     I once read a post that said to never do an apology post after an absence, but I think that's rude. Especially since I am going to be absence for a little while longer. My reason for not posting is because I have been stressed. The end of the year is upon me and the end of my freshmen year is highlighted (not) by two SATP tests: Algebra and Biology I. I am so determined to make an excellent score on these so I have been studying my butt off everyday. By the time I am finished, I'm headed to bed and tired. I haven't even been reading!!! *gasp* I know!!!! The first week of May I will be taking my tests and after that school is basically over and the blog will be the apple of my eye once again! While I'm gone I have some reviews scheduled to post and some giveaways, too! Come back to check those out and I'll miss you guys and hope you do well on all your tests!!!

Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

     All the reviews I’ve read of this book have been nothing but five stars. I would only give it a four. It took me a long time to get into it. A good part of the beginning of the book was really only back story and it was drawn out. I love the separate points of view of the book. It let me get to know Day and June so personally. In the middle of the book, the action bumps up and the story finally starts to get good. Day and June both have brilliant minds to conquer the world that they live in. Speaking of, the setting of the book added a lot to the atmosphere, too. It was horrible to think of and the descriptions come right off the page. Even the evil villains had a place in the book. On almost every page, I was feeling something, pity, anger, sadness. Legend may have a slow start, but when it starts it doesn’t stop. The ball will continue rolling in the next installment and I can’t wait. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Follow Friday (04/13/12)

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 Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

My answer would probably be Vampire Academy. I mean, there are so many things they could screw up. Finding the right Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, or Christian would be hard work. And getting the setting and action scenes right. It makes me really nervous, but in a jittery-excited-wanna scream kinda way. 

Happy Friday!!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Review | Eve (Eve, #1) by Anna Carey

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school's real purpose--and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she's ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in "Eve"'s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

     Another fascinating dystopian to add to my shelf, Eve drug me into the future, let me explore, and then threw me out when I still wanted more. The world of Eve is the big thing in the book. The harsh world set the interesting backdrop for Eve to perform on and both passed with flying colors. Every page of Eve weaved me deeper and deeper into the terrible world. The girl-only Schools, fear of men, and monarch leadership were things Eve had to endure. Because of her upbringing, Eve is about as innocent as they come. It’s an adorable innocence, but it does not mean that she doesn’t kick butt. Crazy things happen because *gasp* the King wants an heir…with Eve! She flees when she finds out about what happens to the girls when they graduate. Danger meets her at every turn. Then she meets Caleb and he’s handsome…and not at all what she was taught a man was like. They grow closer and fight the awful world together. Eve reminded me of Delirium, especially the separation part. It wasn’t repetitive, but a delightful innovation. For now, I anxiously await the Eve sequel.

P.S. Does this seem familiar?

"What are your names?" The stocky one asked. He spoke to Caleb, but his eyes scanned my hair, the exposed crescent of my face, and my thin, scarred legs. Caleb stepped toward me. "I'm Jacob and this is Leah."

LOL! Twilight Reference!

Review | The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that's just fine by her. Still, it's hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is her French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before.

 This week my reading has been filled with headstrong, beautiful females and Ella is definitely no exception. She is way quieter but she got where she needed to be by the end of the book. Ella is very different from everyone else. She’s Italian, but doesn’t know the language, she spends time drawing doorknobs, and she’s totally obsessed with namesake of the school, Edward Willing. Her biggest insecurity is a scar from a hot water burn that has inspired the name Freddy as in Freddy Krueger. Ella is shy and quiet, but don’t take that for granted she has wonderful ideas and values. She is a little blind in the book, though, to her beauty. She learns that everything isn’t a fairytale, but if she lets it, things can be ways better.

Ella’s friends are great supporting characters that are as different as she is. Her gay guy friend, Freddie, who always has her back and Sadie, who needs a little help of her own. They are the backbone and hilarious support group of her journey.
Of course, what is a good book without a love interest? Enter Alex Bainbridge. He’s Russian, hot and totally out of Ella’s league (so she says). All Ella knows is that he meets the criteria and he seems nice, but he’ll never notice her. Until he does. Because Ella’s failing French, she needs Alex’s help and soon Alex is doing more than teaching French, but teaching her to love, herself and him.
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare reiterates that in order to love someone, you must first love thyself. This is an awesome life lesson and Ella is so inspiring. Shaking off insecurity and getting the guy, what more could you ask for?
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