Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Books Coming in 2012

Today is the fifth and final day of the Top 10 of 2011 blogging event and today's topic is Top 10 Coming in 2012. I couldn't really find ten, because I'm really excited for a lot off books, so these are just randomly picked. I would leave you a link to my Goodreads list, but my shelf is private because Goodreads is ageist. <--disgruntled comment. Anyway, here's my list.
Death, What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course. Pagan Moore doesn't cheat but instead, falls in love with him. Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead. Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all. He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
     Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of "he said/she said" stories-he tells it from the guy's point of view, she tells it from the girl's. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There's the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated-because there are two sides to every story.
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart. In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love… When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions. Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own. And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…
You will kill. The only question is when. In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive. Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire. Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

  My Reading Stats*
*as of 2:42 AM
# of Books Read: 103
# of Pages Read: 34,311
Well, there they are. My list and my stats. I think I did pretty good with the reading this year. Next year I hope to bump it up by at least fifty. Also because I really want to tell someone this.... Lookie! Up there! Blockquote boxes! I did them all by myself! *grins* How do they look? Are the dots too light? If they are, what color should they be? When I put all this pink into my template, I kinda limited myself with color choices and I want your opinion. Tell me what you think!

What books are you looking forward to?

Previous Lists

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (12/29/11)

 What were your favorite books of 2011?

Thankfully since I am participating in the Top 10 of 2011 blogging event, I already answered this question HERE.

My Favorite Female Characters of 2011

Today is the fourth day of the Top 10 of 2011 event and today's topic is Top 10 Characters of 2011. I've chosen to do my favorite female characters from books I read in 2011. Here's my list....

My Favorite Female Characters of 2011


Who were your favorite characters of 2011? Leave me a link, please!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2011

This is the 3rd day of the Top 10 of 2011 event and today's topic is Top 10 Book Boyfriends. So here's my list of top 10 Book Boyfriends. There were a lot of delicious ones so there ARE some honoralble mentions. They are in no particular order.

My Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2011

Paradise (Gabe)

Four (Tobias)
St. Clair

 Honorable Mentions

Who are your Book Boyfriends?

Bloody Bookaholic: Good Bye 2011 Contest- Win 40 Books!!!!!!!!!!!

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Day 2: Top 10 Covers of 2011

It is day two of the Top 10 of 2011 event and today's topic is Top Covers of 2011. I was unsure if that meant covers that were shown in 2011 or covers of books that came out in 2011. So I just picked covers of books that came out in 2011. Honestly there wasn't must that really caught my attention, but there were a lot of books that I wanted to pick, only to see that they don't release until 2012. I totally think this post will be sooo much better next year.

Top 10 Covers of 2011
I love how her hair is splayed out over her face and how her lips match the color of the beautiful title.

I am a sucker for color and that is what catches my eye. Burn Bright's title burns SO brightly. Especially compared to the dark background. The girl's face is awesome too. How its melting and her expression.

This book has nothing if not color. The vivid flowers and the light coming from the the girl's holding drew my eyes.

I love this cover. It is more playful than the first one and the dots of color seem as if they can float off the page.

This cover reminds me of a sunset. The place is heavily detailed with lots of things in the back. The girl is wearing a mermaid dress and holding the sign that says "a novel" which I find quirky.

This cover has lots going on. The girls translucent face and flowing hair. The raven and forest background. And we can't over looked the pretty font and colors.

I just found this book today. I was instantly drawn to the purple sand. The title font is cool too.

The pictures of this cover do not do it justice. The colors are jump-off-the-paper beautiful and the texture is soft to the touch. (not that I rubbed it or anything) Your eyes constantly move trying to devour all of it.

This one is a bit calmer than the others, but for some reason I love those skeleton people, especially her cute, little bow.

This cover is also very calm. I do love the scene and the girl's dress. Also swirls are my daisies. They distract me. I heart them.

What covers do you think are beautiful? Leave me a link to your list so I can check it out!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Books I've Read in 2011

It is the day after Christmas and also the start of the Top 10 of 2011 blogging event. Today's list topic is the big one. Top 10 Books that you've read in 2011. Here is my list in no particular order, of course, I couldn't do that. 

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What fabulous books are on your list? Drop me a link so I can check it out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crave (The Clann, #1) by Melissa Darnell

     Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.
     For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences… (Goodreads)
     I'm at the bookstore minding my own business, when suddenly this cover catches my eye. I read the summary on the back and I'm hooked. I buy it and rush to get home. On my shelf it sits for three days while I break my back studying for practice tests. Finally on the first day of Thanksgiving break, I crack it open......and I can't put it down.
     Crave was hypnotizing. It was all I could do when I had it and when I didn't have it, it was all I could think about. Savannah's story was a fast-paced one. She is an outcast of practically everyone in the school, especially The Clann *insert dramatic music here* She wasn't always an outcast. She used to have Clann friends and even married the Prince, Tristan. Just when Savannah is getting fed up with the avoidance, she gets horribly sick. When she wakes up, in the most blunt way ever, her grandma and parents tell her that she is half witch and half vampire demon.
     Savannah takes the news surprisingly well and goes back to school the next day. Meanwhile Tristan has been asking all over about her and worrying. I don't want to really spoil the story so....anyway, Tristan and Savannah carried the whole story. They were risk takers in their love for each other and found ways to be together no matter what. Savannah was strong and beautiful and did what she needed to do when she needed to do it. Tristan was just the most perfect boy. He stood by Savannah, he knew her and did everything for her. Their love was the most devoted I've read in a long time and I think it'll stick with me for even longer.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: The Demon King (The Seven Realms , #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

This novel marks the first giant step in a momentous fantasy journey orchestrated by Cinda Williams Chima, the author of the popular Warrior Heir series. Its two chief protagonists are ex-thief Han Alister, an impoverished commoner, and Raisa ana'Marianna, the headstrong Princess Heir of the Fells. The Demon King brings them together, creating part of a volatile mix of action, magic, and danger. Empathetic characters; wizardly attacks. (Goodreads)
     The Demon King was a great adventure, it was! It took me awhile to get into it and get use to the old slang and way of speaking, but after a few chapters, the speakers voices were as clear as my own inside my head. It follows two people, Han and Raisa. They are both going through some things and are both more than they think. Their worlds intertwine as the set out to discover their true power and save their world.
     Han Alister nicknamed Cuffs because of the silver cuffs he wears around his wrists. Han has worn them for as long as he can remember and he is just beginning to see what they really do. I liked Han and his adventures. He had awful luck and was continually in trouble. He had a sort of funny, self-deprecating voice and a courageous spirit that made him instantly likable.
     Raisa is the princess heir of the Fells and she is tired of being told what to do. She has her own ideas about marriage and the war, but her mother has other ones. Raisa was so interesting. She was confident in her abilities from queening to kissing. She is determined to set her own path and run the kingdom better than her mom. Raisa wanted to be a warrior and like Han was always into trouble. Her voice was fast-paced and she was constantly thinking and having ideas. I liked Raisa's independence and envied her confidence and will hurriedly read the next book to witness her fate.
     In the bookstore, I couldn't tell which Seven Realms book came first and so I just picked the best sounding summary and was pleasantly surprised to end up with this wonderful story. I can't wait to buy and read the next one and suggest you do the same.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's Crunch Time

I came across a crunch time post on Bloody Bookaholic. She also has two weeks out of school and came up with the wonderful idea of and impromtu challenge. To read 10 books in those two weeks. Sounds hard, doesn't it? Anyway, I'm joining in and you should too! HERE

My List

So there's my list, it is subject to change, especially since i have been a bad girl and started several books and not finished them. Some like Iron Knight... *ducks from fruit* Yeah, so... Go JOIN!!

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