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Jealousy (Strange Angels) - Lili St. Claire


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I did a marathon read with this one because I really wanted to finish it before the New Year. Reading it in the same time with Stardust I did it. Just a minute before 31 Dec I finished and the line was drawn at 115 books read in the year 2010. Yaaay!

Sooo, let us begin!



Dru is finally safe in the Prima Schola, or is she?
She started to learn more about what it means to be svetocha, goes to classes, keeps close to the Broken Ash and maybe even gives a try to dating. Christophe has disappeared again and of course the only people that she can trust are Graves, Dibs and Shanks. But mostly Graves.
Lies, betrayals and jealousy, and all have at the core none other Anna.


With the first two books I said I would give them 4.5 points. But this one really deserves 5 points. It was, dare I say, amazing.
Even if Dru should have been in a safe place you feel that is an illusion as you read. There is a lot more to the safeness, as it is to Anna. And Yes, I did have a few reasons to hate her even more. But wow, I had surprises!

I am really getting excited about Ash's evolution and I really really hope he will manage to revert back in his true form. I grew quite fond of the guy.

Also together with the guys from Betrayals (Dibs and Shanks) two more have joined the wagon and I loved them. Benjamin and Leon! They were funny and cool in their way, and I was happy that they were on Dru's side.

Dru of course was herself. Kick-ass and tomboyish just as we got used to her, making guys buy her Midol and finally getting a scent as appetizing as Christophe's apple pie. Oh, and hail the hoodies and jeans. We got to glimpse a little into Graves's past ( *giggle* his full name is “Edgar Hideaki Graves.” *giggle*) but I still root for Christophe.
Speaking of Christophe there are a lot of things we discover about him as well, and not only: Dru's mum, Anna *death glare*, and August ^_^.

QUOTE TIMEEEE \^o^/

"Get me some Midol, all right?"
Benjamin all but choked. Leon studies the ceiling with a great deal of interest, a smile twitching at the corners of his thin mouth. While Benjamin looked ready to sink into the floor, Leon looked highly amused.
I decided I liked him.


"The ice," Leon said to thin air over my head, "has now officially broken."


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Strange Angels 1 & 2 - Lili St.Crow


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Ok, I will have to review two books in the same time. Just because it would have been stupid to review the second volume of Strange Angels before the actual first volume. Since that is how I read them. Why? Because the first volume got lost on the way, did a “little” detour in France and then arrived after a long month and many e-mails to the wonderful people at Bookdepository. They were amazing and patient.

So, here it goes: Strange Angels and Betrayals – Lili St.Crow
I will start by saying that I love the authors pen-name. Don’t know why, but I do.



Dru Knows that the Real World – peopled with ghosts, suckers and zombies – is a frightening place. She’s ready to kill first and ask questions later, so it’s going to take her a while to work out just who she can trust.
Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. Traveling from town to town with her father to hunt down things that go bump in the night. It’s a weird life, but good one – until in an icy, broken – down town, a hungry zombie bursts through her kitchen door. Dru is going to have to use every inch of her wit and training. Can she stay alive long enough to fall for one – or both – of the guys hungry for her affections? (from the back of the cover)


Ok. First of all, in the first volume is not really clear the “hungry for affections” stuff. But anyhoo!
I loved reading this book for a couple of reasons. One, because I felt like I was reading in a way, Supernatural, where you don’t have a Dean and a Sam. You have a Dru...and Graves...and later Chris (Swoons a little. Second, because Dru is such a great character. You know how adventure books the characters that until that point were mundane and incapable and then suddenly they are freaking fighters? What’s up with that? Dru, has been fighting for most of her life, she is not incapable of throwing a good punch yet she is honestly scared when she finds herself alone and has to keep herself...alive. She is a kid, she admits it, she admits that without her dad and help she can die. For me that was believable. Seriously!


She’s no angel . . .
Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England School for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart? (from Goodreads just because I got lazy)


Also, the thing that I found brilliant: Yes, you have needs! You may be running for your life, but in that moment you have the need to pee. You don’t see this a lot in books. It’s a whole lot of running and fighting, but you never see a moment, in which the character does anything for his human needs. Cramps and all that. Not to mention shaving her legs. In “Betrayals” I was in stitches about this one. When Christophe was in her room, and she was all: Ohh, I didn’t shave my legs.
Here you are, mister gorgeous in you room, you in shorts and maybe a little unshaved. Now this is one moment, that girls can actually relate for real with the character.

Graves: Well, I have a soft spot for him. Because he is Asian. I heart Asians! I kinda felt bad for him. He had his whole life figured out, has the brains. And here comes the new chick and completely blows his plan. He’s a nice guy dealing with all the shit that Dru brought with her and nicely shares with him. Kudos to you man.

Christophe: I don't think there isn't a woman reader out there who is not swooning after this guy. I know I am. I like Graves, but Christophe is something else, I figured it must be that apple pie smell he has going on: "He smelled like smoke too, and under it was the edge of apple pies-spice and goodness. Jesus. Even after all that he smelled like a bakery." Or the danger. Girls like dangerous guys, it's a fact.

"Betrayals" new characters, great addition though I hated Anna and I know I am going to hate her even more in "Jealousy" (No duh! Title says it all). Can't wait to read that one. Hope there won't be any more France detours for my books. I never went to France and I wannaaaaaaaa.

QUOTE TIMEEEE

Strange Angels: "Better to be strong than pretty and useless."

"I guess since the groin is the center of a guy's world, he rarely guesses it isn't the center of yours."


Betrayals:"I crossed my arms over my chest. Jeez, it was cold in here all of a sudden. And had he always smelled this good? Was it a cologne? Eau de Christmas Pie?"

"My legs were on fire. All of me was burning and my back was a solid bar of pain. But it didn't matter.
What mattered was Graved next to me, also rubbing my back and laughing like he'd just found Christmas in his pants."


If I were to give points I guess Strange Angels would gather a total of 4.5 points out of 5. ^_^

PS: The shitty part of reading the second before the first was the fact that I didn't understand the lingo. Like, what in the world was a Svetocha. As well as the many pet names and words Christophe used. That didn't change even after the first book. So after Google-ing like crazy it was the amazing FORUM that cleared things for me.

And I quote: "Christophe is using a mix of Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish pet names. This is the closest translation:
kochana - beloved; love
milna - a very grown up/seductive way of saying 'sweetie'
skowroneczko moja - my pretty; my beauty
moj maly ptaszku - my little bird
moj ptaszku - my bird
moja ksiezniczko - my princess
malutka - little girl; little one
Ksiezniczka - Princess (from Strange Angels)
Other vocab:
moj boze - my God; dear God
dziekuje - thank you
Dyado Koleda - a mythical/religious character from European stories (from Strange Angels)" I think Dyado Koleda is some kind of Santa. ^_^ Awww Chris!

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Guillaume Musso - La Fille de papier (The Paper Girl)


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Tom Boyd is a famous novelist, but after an awful heartbreak he is uncapable of writing. Billie a young woman, and also a character in his novel, appears one night in his home...alive. They make a deal that she will bring back to him the woman he loves if he will write his last volume of the trilogy. But things take a turn when Tom really has to write the novel in order to save Billie’s life.



Not many words to synops this book, and it doesn’t need more. They were enough to make me read. Even if at the beginning I was a little skeptical the action immediately pulled me in. Race to find one missing book, the struggle to save Billie and not to mention the mystery of figuring out how she came from the fictional world in the real world. As a struggling writer and lover of the fictional world, what wouldn't I give to meet face to face a character of mine. I guess that is every writers dream.
The ending was shocking. I never expected it, maybe because it was my first time reading something from Guillaume Musso. But I will read more, that is for sure. It was great!
PS: I’m really thinking in participating in bookcrossing now. Amazing idea!

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Ghost Town - Rachel Caine


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Pages: 335

Other Titles in Morganville: Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out, Kiss of Death

The fragile peace between humans and vampires in Morganville is in trouble, and when Claire takes drastic action, she's put under serious pressure to re-establish the barriers that keep the town residents inside, and wipe the memories of those who leave. But working with her half-crazy vampire boss Myrnin means that things don't always turn out as planned ... and as the people of Morganville begin acting strangely, Claire and her friends must solve the mystery and try to put things right. But one by one, her allies are turning on her ... even the ones she trusts most. (Source- Goodreads)


I am such a dork over these books; I made no secret of it. So as it was natural I had preordered, received in record time and read in record time. How not to do it when for the last month I was practically biting my nails to get it and suffering withdrawal for not having Shane to read about. T_T

Naturally I loved it, what not to love? Morganville seems to be in more trouble than before, memory losses, people and vampires forgetting who they are and Clare, Shane, Michael and Eve struggle to solve it. But how long will it be till they start to forget.

I liked how Claire changed so much over the books. She’s been though a continuous development. When we met her in the first book she was just a skittish little thing and fragile, now she is brave, determined and does not take crap from anybody, especially Monica & co. I guess we have to thank Morganville for that and of course her friends that had her back all this time, and especially Shane. C’mon, clearly he is one of them who made her bloom like she did.

There were definitely some heartbreaking moments, as you can imagine. Shane’s dad stepped back into the picture and of course created a lot of commotion and yet…*sigh* Anyway. We also get to see some facets of Myrnin: kind, crazy (ok, more crazy than usual), heartbroken.

And of course the end was? A CLIFFHANGER

QUOTE TIIIIIIIIIME \^o^/

EVE - "Really? Is he running for Worst Boyfriend Ever?"
SHANE - "In the subcategory of Completely Awesome."

"Bathroom, maybe? Which is where I need to go."
"Ooh, me, too," Eve said. The boys rolled their eyes, like they'd planned it. "What? It's what girls do. Get over it."

TYGER TYGER - Kersten Hamilton


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So it goes like this. We have Teagan who has a great job at the zoo, is worried about her future and has no boy in that equation. Now add the amazing BFF Abby, who has dreams. Dreams that make her scared for Teagan’s fate: shape shifting creatures, goblins, all hunting for her best friend.
Enter Finn Mac Cumhaill, Irish hunk with killer accent and knee weakening smile, which also seems to know about these creatures that Abby has been dreaming, and is ready to fight them. What is his connection with Abby’s dreams, the painting of Teagan’s mother, and the legend of Fionn mac Cumhaill the mythical hunter-warrior?


Synopsis, definitely not make this book justice for some reason. I left it to luck when I ordered the book, or maybe instinct. I saw promises of Celtic myths in there and I just went on and pre-ordered it. And my instincts were right this time, because it exceeded my expectations.

I’m a sucker for Irish myths, Irish accents, Irish characters and of course Irish boys. So Tyger Tyger was right up my alley. Read it in one sitting and grrrd when I reached the last page because I wanted more. The mythology was great, the Creatures of the books ( I assume Fay some kind of Fay of the Otherworld) are not that cute and sparkly as you may think faeries and all that are. Goblins are bad, and that is that.

What I really liked for starters was the family relationship. They were just heartwarming to read about them together. The librarian dad, the artist mom, oh cute singing Aiden and Teagan who was such a great sister to him, protecting and always loving. Yes, they were hallmark family…till one point which broke my heart, but I won’t spill the beans.

Secondly, Abby! Man, I loved this girl so much. I sometimes don’t really like the BFF’s in the books, since they seem to exist there so they won’t make the lead girl be socially awkward. But Abby went straight to my heart, with her crazy Italian family not to mention the Ninja Turtles cousins ( I love the Ninja Turtles! If I ever get a car I will name it after them, but not my kids…or who knows). She had me laughing like crazy with her amazing antiques ( Mercutio was a vampire, Holly Water anyone…and the awesome Shakesrear! Thank you, Thank you very much!)

Aiden, 6 year old little sing bird afraid of Elvis Impersonators. WIN!!!! He was innocent, cute, brave and just loving.

And well, Finn. The Irish McSteamy that makes Abby overprotective about her friend. Holly Water won’t harm him, just so you know. (No vampires here so go back to your coffins or jewelry stores.) What can be best other than a boy, who is handsome, who is a fighter, protective, has an Irish accent and ready to change your plans? Tehe! I can even let it pass the fact that he is not “much for books”.
His interactions with Teagan were great, even after his ... ahh, not saying that. Just saying, he is a guy who know what he wants, from the start. And knows how to protect it, even if it might hurt him. What not to like?

Tyger Tyger is the first book from The Goblin Wars. I am pretty sure I will be pre-ordering the next one as soon as it is available.



QUOTES \^o^/

Teagan - How long has it been since you read a book that didn't have vampires in it?
Abby - They write books with no vampires? Wait...the penguins made us read that Shakesrear guy, right?
Teagan - Shakespeare
Abby - Whatever. I'm pretty sure Mercutio was a vampire. He had the attitude, you know? He just never got a chance to show his fangs.


Mr. Wylltson - When I meet someone who says they're not "much for books," I can guarantee that they haven't met the right book yet.

Finn - You're just the right size for hugging. That's nice to know.

Lazyness Lazy


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Yes I have been so lazy I am ashamed of myself. Buuut, I feel better to get back on track. Of course I will not be able to review all the books that I have read since my last post. There are a looooooooooot!
Like:
1. Carpe Corpus - Rachel Caine
2. Fade Out - Rachel Caine

While Working at the bookshop

3.Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
4. Kiss of Death - Rachel Caine
5. Blue Bloods Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
6. Titha
7. Valiant
8. Ironside by Holly Black
9. Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger
10. Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead
11. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

And the list goes on to the last I've read

Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, #5) by Melissa de la Cruz - Which I have to admit is the favorite of all the books in the series.



AAAAAAAAND WAITING ON



Smell the book. It smells like England ^_^
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Scarlett - Barbara Baraldi


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Scarlett is a normal teenager from Cremona that had to move with her family in Siena. She has to go through a new school, new friends and a new life without her old best friends. She loves reading and befriends immediately the bizarre librarian and when everything seems to be all right in her life it goes downhill.
But the mysterious Mikael, bass player in the Dead Stones, is right there for her when she needs the help more and protects her from the unnatural powers that lurk around her.


It took me longer to read this book since it was in Italian and I was as rusty as you can get. But I had great fun reading it. I really didn’t know what to think Mikael was until he actually said it. I guess I am too used with vampire books and boys who protect you from the shadows being vampires.
The love is sweet and charming between them. Mikael is kind and dolce, helping Scarlett not only fend the dark but with her family.
Her relationship with her little brother was adorable. I wanted to hug that little kid so much. XD
Overall, great story for a preteen girl and not only.

Angel Star - Jennifer Murgia


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Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.

But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows, and now, she is torn between one angel's sacrifice and another angel's vicious ambition.

Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower. - Goodreads


For me the description doesn't do it justice. Because the book had more to it. Maybe it is good like that. There are books that charm you when you read a small description and then disappoint you when you read them. Kinda like movie trailers.

** spoiler alert ** Yaaay! I can finally write about this. ^_^
It is very clear I loved reading it. Angels are the new Vampires and I am happy to take a break from the whole blood sucking and jump into a more innocent and whiter world of Angels.

The first thing I loved about this book is how they didn't beat around the bush with the whole "I am watching you from afar" crap. C'mon, now really. See, you can write a great book even the whole gig is out from the beginning. You save yourselves the trouble and can finally be honest with each other, aye?

The second thing I loved: Hadrian. Love at the tenth power. He was pure evil and he was so skilled in showing that Teagan is not all sweet and innocent and has a little "bad" in her like every human being.

THIRD - It was so easy to relate to Teagan from the moment she stepped in. The whole book shelf and passion and everything :)).
And awesome job with killing the best friend. Most authors try to save best friends of the lead.

My respect for that.


QUOTE TIIIIIIMEEEEE

Garreth - "I can't explain it too well. I picture myself being completely in tune with you. I breathe when you breathe. My heart beats when yours beats. I can time them perfectly to each other and then I just...slow it all down. It's really very easy."

Teagan - "What is it?"
Garreth - "No one's ever prayed for me before. I've always heard your prayers. You prayed for me to come to you when you had a bad dream. I even heard you pray for a perfect, selfless, superwonderful boy to fall in love with. But I've never heard you pray for me."

MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES Book 5 - Rachel Caine


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After the excruciating usual cliffhanger Morganville 5 doesn’t disappoint and takes things on a whole new level.
With Bishop in town, one of the oldest vampires around, the little harmony of the town is threatened because he is decided to take over it and revive the primordial hunger of the vampires.
And there is only one way out of the situation: swear your allegiance to him or die.


In this one the action is just set on super speed. Everything happens in just a few days, no less than a week and poor Claire, Eve, Shane and Michael are thrown in a roller coaster ride of death where they are not only threatened by the unnatural forces of the vampires but also by the natural forces of Texas. It was like viewing the revolution of ’89 but with vampires instead of communists.

Claire is as always one of the best natured people who can help even the people they dislike. And her love for Shane makes my heart jelly and fluff every time. And Shane is … well Shane. There is no hiding that he is one character I lover very much. Which is weird since I was most likely to like the vampire boy of the story. Michael is great in my book, but not like Shane. ^o^

Overall, Rachel Caine does an amazing job to keep you on your toes in this books as well. It’s just heart pumping!

QUOTE TIIIIIIMEEEEE

Hannah - "Mind if I call shotgun?"
Shane - “Since you're carrying one? Feel free."

Eve - "I could totally date somebody else, you know."
Michael - "And I could rent out your room."
Eve - "And I could put your game console on eBay."
Shane - Hey! Now you're just being mean."

MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES Book 4 - Rachel Caine


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This one has my favorite cover.Really! If this was the cover for the first volume I wouldn't have taken so long to read the series. This is a Michael image I approve.

See? Even Erika approves! \^o^/




Not only Claire’s parents are in town but also Mr. Bishop A.K.A El Bad Capo di Tutti Capi A.K.A Amelie’s “father”. And he has brought with him trouble. More trouble you say? Well, in Morganville there is never too much trouble.

So, Claire has to deal with this, her parents’ safety, the fact that Bishop’s girl Ysandra has her eyes on Shane and keep her duties to Amelie a priority. That is to work with Myrnin and go to college like any normal teen.



Feast of Fools starts like all the others: just a second after the last one ended. This is one great cliffhanger and what makes it so hard to read the books, well, not in order. You will have no idea what is going on.
I love how in Morganville vampires are like they should be. BAD. Even the ones that are suppose to be good are still bad, with their own agendas and everything. Caring for their kind and not for the puny little humans.
Myrnin is always a fantastic character in spite of everything. He is crazy, bipolar, did I mention crazy?
The book is as always fast paced, full of action and humor (even in the most craziest situations...dangerous too) and just thrilling.

QUOTE TIIIIIIMEEEEE

Eve - “Shirt off.”
Shane - “You only love me for my abs.”
Eve - “Shut up, loser. Shirt off.”

Shane - “Crap! Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”
Claire - “I’m thinking we have about fifteen vampires and no blood.Is that it?”
Shane - “No, I was thinking we’re out of chips. Of course that’s what I was thinking.”

HEX HALL - Rachel Hawkins


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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her. - GOODREADS


I was really looking forward to reading this book and it didn't disappoint.
Happy!!
Juvenile home for Supernaturals...excuse me Prodigium! Pretty neat!
Sophie is one hell of a character. I just love sarcastic characters, and she made my day.
Archer (Oh, how I love this name) didn't really appeal to me until the end. I actually found Cal a lot more interesting than Archer, even if Cal spoke in the book as much Kyuzo in 26 episodes of Samurai 7.
Can't wait for the next book. XD

QUOTE TIME (Just one, my favorite)

The "Holy-crap-that's-a-lot-of-pink" Zone would have been a more
accurate description.
I don't know what I was expecting a vampire's room to look like.
Maybe lots of black, a bunch of books by Camus . . . oh, and a sensitive
portrait of the only human the vamp had ever loved, who had no doubt died
of something beautiful and tragic, thus dooming the vamp to an eternity of
moping and sighing romantically.
What can I say? I read a lot of books.
But this room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy
lovechild of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake.

MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES Book 3 - Rachel Caine


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Well, Claire did get more trouble than she bargained for. Go figure!
Even if her contract with Amelie was supposed to give her and her friends protection it is far from that. Claire has to study with one of the oldest vampires in Morganville, crazy sick Myrnin, who is the only one to know the secrets of the portals in the city.

But she soon realizes that that is not the only job she has to do with Myrnin, but to find a solution for a bigger problem in the city that puts the vampires in peril of extinction.

Eve’s psychopath brother turn up and he is the first suspect for a series of dead girls turning up around the Glass House.


Oh man! The author really loves tormenting Shane.
Poor guy, not only does he has to cope with the fact that he has a crazy homicidal father but now his best friend is a vampire, the thing he hates the most. Then she puts in his hospital. The only silver lining in his life is Claire.

Myrnin was a great new character. Mister Bipolar Vampire is one heck of guy.

And oh oh oh, the cliffhanger. The author really knows how to do it.
Loved it, read it, want more.
These books are like roller coaster rides. You jump from one trouble to another.


QUOTE TIIIIIIMEEEEE

Claire - "Perv."
Shane - "Male and eighteen. What's your point?"

Eve - She told me last!
Shane - Boyfriend!
Michael - Landlord!
Eve - Crap. Right. Next time you sell your soul to the devil, I get first contact!

MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES Book 2 - Rachel Caine


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After one amazing cliffhanger (which I must say was epic, first time I got this kind of cliffhanger) “The Dead Girls’ Dance” takes on exactly ones second where it was left off. With Shane’s crazy homicidal dad.
Like Claire didn’t have enough to deal with a town run by vampires, homicidal Queen-Bee Monica and College on top of that. Now her boyfriends’ crazy dad is in town to kill some vampires and wants Shane in the action.
This put in danger the protection Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane gained from the Founder, and when a vampire turn up dead, Shane is of course to be blamed for it.


Like “Glass Houses” this one is also action packed. Maybe even more. There is a surprise at every page that gets you gasping. Relationships are evolving between the characters, and I just love Shane x Claire together. I think they entered my top couples. Also Claire ranked up in my favorite lead-girls, there is no doubt about that.

Monica gets it and that made me happy. And it was good that the moment didn’t get her through a sudden change of heart. She remains still a biatch.

Michael was amazing in this one. Poor guy, he went through a lot, as much as Shane. Both because of Mr. Collins of course.

Blame him for the lack of Shane awesomeness on this book.

The end was also a pretty darn cliffhanger as the first, one that might get Claire in trouble, a lot more than she bargained for.

QUOTE TIIIIIIMEEEEE


Eve - "Boys. I'd turn gay if they weren't so sexy. "

Sam - "You. O Positive. How many exits?
Ian - "What?...Oh shit, did you just call me by my blood type?"

MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES Book 1 - Rachel Caine


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As always, the books I refuse to read turn out to be the ones I instantly fall in love with the moment I read them.
Same happened with Morganville Vampires. I just couldn’t stand the first volume cover so I said I couldn’t like this book (I know I know, don’t judge the book by its cover).



GLASS HOUSES

How is begins?
Claire is a small genius of 16 going to college at TPU in this small town Morganville. She is harassed by Monica, one of the girls from there to such extent that she even pushes Claire down the stairs and threatens her life.
So Claire can only look for a place as far from campus and Monica as possible.

Enter the Glass House.

Owner – Michael Glass, one piece of blond blue eyes beauty musician, sleeps the days, makes beautiful music in the night.

Tenants – Eve Rosser, Goth girl, barista and horrible cook  . Eve is one great girl with all her dark Goth persona.
Shane Collins – Best friend of Michael’s, the second piece of male hotness but more in the trouble maker punch your face if you piss me off kinda guy. Gamer and slacker

Also, what Claire finds out about her new town is much more then she bargained for when she came to study. The town is run by vampires!

But her new friends are right there to help her, even if it’s Monica or the vampires of the town with to many secrets and dangerous. But they also have secrets of their own, well, they are Morganville residents. How could they not?


I was thinking of taking a break from vampires this year. Yet, this turned my plans around.

My best friend told me "You know you shouldn't start reading books with unknown potential when you have exams. Amateur mistake"
Indeed it was. After reading two quotes and laughing out loud I said I will read two chapters and go back to studying. Six hours later, one Redbull, bag of chips and a pair of bloodshot eyes I was done with the first volume and wanted more.

I fall for the darnest books these days. But this one really got me. The action is so fast paced that it didn't let me have a breathe. Poor Claire is thrown into a roller coaster ride from the first beginning, and you are right there with her in the front line.

And the characters are so easy to like, and they interact so great with each other. Lately I am very peaky in terms and dialog and interactions between the characters. I hate it when they sound fake or forced. But these guys together are pure gold even if they are so different from each other (The Goth, The Slacker, The Musician, The Smartypants ^_^)

This is a great YA book and such a tease for College student away from home. Why don't out educational trips away from home turn out this way. A town of vamps, adventure, near death experiences and all that. AND SHANE <3.

QUOTE TIIIIIIMEEEEE

Michael - Scoot over, man. I don't like you that much.
Shane - Dick. That's not what you said last night.
Michael - Bite me.

Shane - Damn, Claire. Warn a guy before you do a face-plant on the floor next time. I could have looked all heroic and caught you or something.

Okay, this was kissing. Serious kissing. Not just a kiss before moving out, not a good-bye, this was Hello, sexy, and wow, she’d never even suspected that it could feel this way.

Soul Screamers 3 My Soul to Keep - Rachel Vincent


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The third installment of the Soul Screamers is here to give you a big kick...in a good way.

Demon’s breath - The Netherworld kind of drug. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.


Oh lord.
I read this book in one sitting and at it end I was so exhausted I slept 8 hours just to process everything and heal my eyes.
It was like and amazing and horrible roller coaster ride I swear.

Kaylee is one of my favorite lead-girls and that won't change and this book made me love her and respect her more for the power she had. She is one tough girl and one with her feet on the ground, visible in her relationship with Nash.

What Nash did, was amazing and disappointing. Amazing is how Rachel twisted the story and made him a disappointed. It was a big move and I'm sure it hurt her to do that to him, in the end he is her brain-child :(. I cried so much over this book and especially at the end because of Nash.

This was a great book that centered their relationship. we got to see that Nash is not that perfect and honestly I felt slapped at the end because of that. T_T I can't imagine (ok, I can) how Kaylee must have felt. Hey, boys are not perfect in books either. They screw up too. Go figure.

Tod has always been my top boy of the book. I love him even more than Nash just for being the way he is. Fun but in the same time one of the most faithful characters in the story. How much he cares for Addy is heartwarming and I am a little curious about his whole interest in Emma, and happy that he keeps an eye on her. Emma need an undead invisible bodyguard from time to time.

Nowww, I am really curious of this new character that is out: Alec. I love the name BTW. And I do really hope I will get to read more about him in the next book.

Overall, amazing book, worth every minute and the every moment my eyes hurt :)).

Ondine: The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna


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This is a brilliantly witty fairy tale with a mystery that is as surreal as it is sinister. One girl. One boy. One spell to be broken. Ondine de Groot is a normal fifteen-year-old who lives with her family in the European country of Brugel. She has a pet ferret called Shambles. But Shambles is no ordinary ferret...He's Hamish McPhee, a boy cursed by a witch. A witch who happens to be related to Ondine. When Shambles turns back into Hamish temporarily, Ondine knows that she has to help him break the spell. He is the most gorgeous boy she has ever met and her one true love! He just can't remain a ferret forever. Can he? (via Goodreads)

Ohh, it has been such a long time since I actually wrote a review even though I read tons since my last. But, I just needed the book to get me ... well to put it bluntly to get me all : KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
And this amazing book made it for me.

I did cut my sleeping hours so I wouldn't have to cut the study hours (damned finals) to read this book in one sitting. And I did it. After it came on the rainiest day and after circling it with a giddy feeling in me I was lost in its pages.

Ondine was a great character to relate too and she makes it so easy, in her relationship with her family, with Hamish and even on her crush for Vincent.
And Hamish/Shambles is just pure gold with his Scottish accent and slang and curses :))

What I really loved was what a great role had the family in this book. Usually you get parents shipped in another country, killed, indifferent and completely oblivious of their child's life. But here they were there in the front lines and I loved it.

My heart is still fuwa fuwa after this read and I can't wait for a new adventure from Ebony McKenna.

Random quotes I loved
cuz if I would put them all up it would be best if I just gave the book)

"I'm nae rodent, ye bampot, I'm a ferret. Completely different." - Shambles

Bampot - Silly person, Daftie

"Pinch me, I'm dreaming. The girl lives in a pub!" - Shambles

"I need ye tae stick around and help me, because I think I'm losing my social skills" - Shambles

Fooftnote: Pure denial. Shambles lost his social skills years ago.

"Lucky we're not Catholic, or he'd have shipped us off to the nunnery." - Ondine
"Don't give him ideas. He'd convert us all in a heartbeat." - Cybelle

Footnote: How to judge parental mood by the name they call you. e.g Ondi = Ma in a good mood. Ondine = Ma is busy. Ondine de Groot = Ma is really narked. Ondine Benedicte Wilhelmina de Groot = Ma's just walked in on Ondine's standing over a dead body with a bloody knife in her hand.

Sailing my way! \^o^/


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I can't wait for them. Though I will be over my head with exams and I'll be able to read them barely in June. T_T

Bringing in the LOOT


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Been a while since my last bunch of books came in. This is the new one. From my trip, from orders and bookshops around (looks at the Spook Stories - I'm a sucker for them)
My heart is going thump thump with joy.

Waiting for ^_^


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March round-up


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Like always, even if March was a Faerie destined day I read more than Faerie related books. Also I managed to finish all the book left from Angel Month and that is Fallen.



Now, here they are:

1. Need - Carrie Jones

2. Captive - Carrie Jones

3. Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingstone

4. Dark Light - Lesley Livingstone

5. Magic under Glass - Jackie Dolamore

6. The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong

7. Fallen - Lauren Kate

8. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

9. Percy Jackson #2 - Rick Riordan

10.I heart you, You haunt me - Lisa Schroeder

11.Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

12. The Flies - Jean Paul Sartre

Captivate - Carrie Jones


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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 in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, 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.
(Review via Goodreads - Lazy me)

Like the first volume I really enjoyed reading this book, even if my love for Nick dropped a little bit since it got redirected to Astley who I am not quite sure he is such a nice guy how he claims to be and has a trick up his Pixie sleeve or he really is a Pixie that is an exception to "Never trust Pixies".
I had a crying moment by the middle of it and a squee by the end of it. :))

Both books got a full 5 points from me since they didn't loose me on the way.

QUOTE TIME XD

"Loving you is a full-time job. It's a great job, don't get me wrong. It's the best job in the universe. But it's not easy." - NICK

"You are totally kissable. If I were a guy or gay or bi or something I would absolutely kiss you." - ZARA

Need - Carrie Jones


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Zara is a girl that thinks speaking out loud a fear makes that fear less frightening. She is obsessed with phobias.
Since her stepfather has died she hasn't been really her usual self reason why her mother sends her with her grandmother in the freezing Main area.
A stalked that Zara has been seeing around her house moves together with her, leaving behind a peculiar trail of gold dust.
He can't be human! He must be a pixie king. But is a pixie king following her?


I absolutely loved this book. I started reading it with an open mind, ready for everything and I enjoyed it immensely.
It was a fun and active story to read. Zara has become one of my favorite heroines I think, due to her funny open nature. I know she was swooning a lot about Nick, which I was doing as I read, but this girl didn't beat around the bush to get her man. And that is what I loved about her.
And I want a Gram like hers :))

QUOTE TIME:

"I like a lot of things that aren't good for me." -NICK

"Pixiophobia: a fear of Pixies.

I made this up, but believe me it should be a word because it sure is a legitimate fear."
- ZARA

Before The Mortal Instruments


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There were "The Infernal Devices"

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
(Review via Goodreads)

And now! This wonderful prequel of the Mortal Instruments that promise so much and keeps us on the edge until it is out and hating the fact that we don't live in America so we can try and win an ARC...ranting, yeah sorry!

drumroooooooooooooool HAS A COVER




A wonderful cover by the one and only Cliff Neilson who made the covers for The Mortal Instruments. Like Jace was our leading and premiering bad boy cover hunk...now it is time for dear old bad boy hunk Will (Not so Goldie as Jace but still amazing)

And for a closer view and the bad boy cover hunk (I love saying that X3 )



Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life has is up together with an interview with the editor Karen Wojtyla.

Darkest Powers - Kelley Armstrong


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After seeing a the ghost of a janitor in her school, Chloe is sent in Lyle House, a group home where she starts to understand more about her hallucinations than she expected. Chloe realizes there is something more that binds her with the kids at Lyle, and not the fact that they are “problem children”. She discovers that Lyle is not your usual group home, and that they are not usual kids.
After trying to get out, and being betrayed Chloe manages to put problems behind her with Tori and find the boys: Simon and Derek.


"If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.
Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying."


After reading most of the Women of the Otherworld books by Kelley Armstrong I really didn't know what to expect from the Darkest Powers series.
I've read the first volume in a matter of hours practically eating up the words as I went on, like Bungaku Girl. And today the second volume got me all hyped up.
Again, this is one of the books that makes me happy for the existence of YA genre, and for the existance of Kelley Armstrong.
It got me hooked from the beginning, and loved how love had not such a major role in. These kids are really running for their lives, not stopping to snog on the way. Ok, there are some hints of like here and there and I have to admit I would rather see Derek with Chloe than Simon, simply because it's his time. Simon always had friends and girlfriends while Derek was the odd one.



QUOTE TIMEEEEE

Derek caught my arm again as I started to move--at this rate, it was going to be as sore as my injured one. "Dog," he said, jerking his chin toward the fenced yard. "It was inside earlier." Expecting to see a Doberman slavering at the fence, I followed his gaze to a little puff of white fur, the kind of dog women stick in their purses. It wasn't even barking, just staring at us, dancing in place. "Oh, my God! It's a killer Pomeranian." I glanced up at Derek. "It's a tough call, but I think you can take him."


“Undying gratitude?" Simon looked at me. "Cool. Dose that come with eternal servitude? If so, I like my eggs sunny side up."
I smiled" I’ll remember that."


Simon looked from her to me, confused, then understanding. “You guys thought…”
“That if you didn’t get your medicine in the next twenty-four hours, you’d be dead?” I said. “Not exactly, but close. You know, the old ‘upping the ante with a fatal disease that needs medication’ twist. Apparently, it still works.”
“Kind of a letdown, then, huh?”
“No kidding. Here we were, expecting to find you minutes from death. Look at you, not even gasping.”
“All right, then. Emergency medical situation, take two.”
He leaped to his feet, staggered, keeled over, then lifted his head weakly.
“Chloe? Is that you?” He coughed. “Do you have my insulin?”
I placed it in his outstretched hand.
“You saved my life,” he said. “How can I ever repay you?”
“Undying servitude sounds good. I like my eggs scrambled.”
He held up a piece of fruit. “Would you settle for a bruised apple?”
I laughed."

Waiting on


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When you have a card and money on that card and then you give it to me...you can be sure that money turns into a different kind of paper. Paper with stories on...BOOOOOOOKS

I've received a fair share of what I ordered and I am still waiting on for next week



Wondrous Strange - Wondrous Strange #1 and Darklight #2 - Lesley Livingston


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Kelley Winslow is a young 17 year old girl with nothing out of the ordinary except her love for theatre. Young actor to be on the stage is the only magic she knows, as she puts on the wings of Faerie wings of Queen Titania on a Broadway production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Well, that until she finds out she is not far from being a real Faerie Royalty.

Princess of the Otherworld, in love with the changeling guard Sonny Flannery who has secrets that even he doesn’t know about, Kelly is a constant hit target now that her identity has been revealed.


These were the first books of the Faerie Month, and oh I loved them. Books like this make me happy for the YA out there. Kudos to Maggie Stiefvater for defending the YA literature.

The Story is very good and action wise as well. I had some time I have to admit, getting used to Sonny’s name. Tall, dark and handsome by the name of Sonny. I got used to by the time I hit volume two.

Now I can’t wait for what it will come next. The ending left me heart broken and with dozens of questions. I bow to a great Fairy work and look forward to more from the author.

QUOTE TIME XD

"You're joking. You want to help me?"
"We're brothers-in-arms, Sonny." Fennrys stood and paced restlessly. "And, truth is, I'm bored out of my mind in Manhattan. Nothing to do there but jump at shadows and put up with Aaneel's pompous yapping: 'There're crack in the Gate! Remain vigilant! Protect the puny humans! Eek, a mouse!' It's tiresome."


(One thing I loved about the second volume was that we got to have more of Fennrys Wolf! XD )

"Sonny pulled Lucky up short and swung around to face Fennrys. "I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to die surprised. And I swear to all the gods, if the last thought that goes through my mind is 'What the hell was that?' I will hunt you down in the afterlife and punch you in the face throughout eternity."


"What about the whiskey?" Jack said as they ran. "Won't it keep them out?"
"The Green Maidens don't drink anything but blood." Bob's disembodied voice floated after them. "The whiskey magick won't affect them."
"Wonderful," the old actor muttered a tremor of fear in his voice. "I should've poured a Bloody Mary.""

February wrap-up


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I have to admit not all the books I read this month were all angel related! ^_^ What can I say! I have one last angel book in the plan that I did not finish, so I will schedule it for March maybe…

Here they are

The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1) – L.J Smith

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) - Richelle Mead

Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1) - Darren Shan

Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, #1) - Kim Harrison

Meridian - Amber Kizer

Coffeehouse Angel - Suzanne Selfors

Another Faust - Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri




And my favorite of the month!


City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1)
by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, #2)
by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3)
by Cassandra Clare

Other Angel-related Books


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COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL - Suzanne Selfor
When Katrina helps out what she thinks is a homeless person sleeping on her alley little does she know that her kindness brings more than she had bargained for. Malcolm is an angel and what he wants now is to make her deepest desire come true. That would be easy if Katrina knew what her deepest desire was…
This was so easy and so fun to read. It was sweet and innocent, and it didn't get on my nerves with the pointless love triangle,quadrangle or whatever. It was worth searching for this books for so long.


ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY - Kim Harrison
Madison died on her prom night targeted by a dark reaper but somehow before he could finish the job she stole an amulet from him. Now she is stuck on Earth, dead but sort of alive – between life and death with an illusion of a human body. So she start to plan out how to regain her old life back and find out why she was targeted in the first place. This is a good start book for the series. I enjoyed reading it even if I had some holes that I guess I will have filled with the books to come. It was an always active book and the ending was priceless. I have to say my favorite character has to be Barnabas :))




MERIDIAN - Amber Kier
Poor Meridian always attracted death since she could remember. But on her sixteen birthday things change for the worst…or best. After an accident in front of her house in which her body seems to break in pain she is sent away from her parents to Auntie.
She then learns she is a Fenestra – a half human, half angel being whose job is to cross souls in the higher plane.

This was a very interesting book to read, especially with all the religion and cult-like involvement.I enjoyed it very much even if the romance developed with the speed of light. But, c'mon! It is typically teenage to think in just one week or two that you met the love of your life :)) So, yeah! I will pass that...

Cassandra Clare - City of Glass


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To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

(Review via Goodreads cuz I was to lazy to write one!) :D sowy

This last book was a roller coaster ride. I laughed, I cried, I went through chapters with my heart going “thumb thumb” in my chest with anticipation. I never felt so hyped up with a book for a long time now and I love to have the feeling back.

The characters grew up in their own way; Clary became more and more a fighter. I love her character, she needs saving but she saves too. And Alec, ohh Alec I was so happy when he finally made it. (Can’t say more, I don’t want to spoil). Woot for fighter Simon! \^o^/ He kicked ass in his own way.
I don’t have to talk about Jace! He is the one I care more about. I’m a girl, aren’t I?

I can’t wait to read “City of Fallen Angels”, and in the same time I am so scared! T_T Jace and Clary had enough suffering with believing they were siblings. I can’t imagine what Cassandra Clare will put them through again. :(

QUOTE TIME \^o^/

"You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me."
She smiled up at him. Filthy as he was, covered in blood and dirt, he was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen. "But I don't want anything else in the world."

-Jace and Clary"


Jace - "You had to make a crazy jail friend didn't you? You couldn't just count ceiling tiles or tame a pet mouse like normal prisoners do?"

Jace - "There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then."

“Patience, grasshopper,” said Maia. “Good things come to those who wait.” “I always thought that was ‘Good things come to those who do the wave,’” said Simon. “No wonder I’ve been so confused all my life.” “’Confused’ is a nice word for it,” said Jace."

City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare


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Started - 8 feb 2010
Finished - 9 feb 2010

Even if Clary wants her life to go back to normal, it can never happen. Being a Shadowhunter, even if not an experienced one, Clary is dragged in a world of werewolves, vampires and faeries. She has to deal with her mother’s coma, her newfound brother and her new relationship with her best friend Simon while all around New York someone is killing Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do?
Jace has been accused of being Valentine’s spy and is forced to move out of the institute.
It falls on Clary and her friends to clear Jace’s name and start a battle against her own father to take back the Mortal Instruments he possesses and save her friends that he has taken as sacrifices.


This is the sequel the amazing City of Bones that brings more action and magic. We get to find more about some other characters. Get the know Isabelle and Alec’s parents and little bother Max who is a little sweetheart. Get to know more about Alec himself, and the High Warlock of Brooklyn over 800 years old Magnus Bane.
I couldn’t stop reading this and I have to say my favorite scene has to be the one at the Seelie Court. Sorry Simon, I know you were hurt there!


Again there were so many referenced to anime and manga that my otaku heart had no place in my ribcage :)). Max was trying to read Naruto! That was sweet! ^_^


QUOTE TIME

"'I don't want to be a man,' said Jace. 'I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.'

'Well,' said Luke, 'you're doing a fantastic job."



"‘Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,’ said Jace. ‘I’d rather stay down here and rot.’
‘Forever?’ said Simon. ‘Forever’s an awfully long time.’
Jace raised his eyebrows. ‘I knew it,’ he said. ‘You want to kiss me, don’t you?"
(I loved this one :)) Imagine that happening!)

Jace - "No, I'm just a very naughty boy. I do all sorts of bad things. I kick kittens. I make rude gestures at nuns."


"Maybe it was true what the Seelie Queen said, after all: Love made you a liar."

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare


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Clary Fray is your normal is your teenage girl with a great boy best friend with a sarcastic sense of humor. One night while they are out to a club, Clary witnesses the murder of a demon by three teenagers: Jace, Alec and Isabelle; and she is the only one that can see them.

They are Shadowhunters, warriors that deal with the demons haunting every dark corner in New York. Clary finds herself pulled into the Shadowhunters world after her mother is kidnapped by demons and she herself is almost killed by one. But it is Jace’s quick thinking and intuition that saves her.

Is Clary one of them? Well, you just have to read!




I loved every moment while reading this book. The characters are amazing, and their interactions tops it. It is packed with magical creatures roaming around down town New York.

Since I am an Otaku I absolutely loved the references to anime and manga:

“Simon’s eyes flicked sideways to stare at the girl, who was industriously studying an issue of Shonen Jump."

“GAMERS DO IT BETTER, OTAKU WENCH, STILL NOT KING.”

“We could watch some Trigun, pop some corn.”



Like I said, I loved the characters and like any other girl out there that read this book I guess I speak the truth that Jace was amazing. He is truly and angel with the attitude of a jerk. But what a jerk!
Simon I guess, he is my geek twin in the book world :)). He was so refreshing and human!
Clary, oh she is so pretty in my head! And I have to say I love her stubbornness and the occasional damsel in distress. :D And her interactions with Jace: Priceless!
I can't wait to read the next books to get more of Magnus :D. I know I know, gay! The story of my life :)) I always like gay guys so sue me ^_^.

QUOTE TIME! \^o^/

Dorothea: "If you were half as funny as you think you are, you'd be twice as funny as you are now."


"'...in fact, don't touch any of my weapons without my permission.'
"Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on ebay," Clary muttered.
"Selling them on what?"
Clary smiled blandly at him, "A mythical place of great magical power."

"Jesus!" Luke exclaimed.
"Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling."


Jace: It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234.

Clary: Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.







[REMINDER : 18 May 2010, Angel Star is out!]

Rachel Vincent's Book Give Away


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Woot! People! After the French Stray giveaway, Rachel Vincent gives you the chance to get the entire series (so far) signed, and for free! *dances around*

If you don't know anything about Shifters check it out!

STRAY


I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . . .

(synopsis via Goodreads)

And if you want to know more about the other books just check out Rachel's profile where you will find also Soul Screamers XD

Btw, Shifters is not YA! Mature yes, YA no!


Soooo, if you want any of these amazing books just go HERE and sign in.
Deadline is 1:59 pm (central), Monday, February 8, 2010.

Hunger Games - covers PART 3 - German


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Since I am a German student I thought I would make a post only for the covers in Germany. Not that they would give me good marks in exams.

HUNGER GAMES 1

The Tributes of Panem - Deadly Games
I am always enjoying when they change the titles to sound good in their own language.
I guess that the cover tries to illustrate the idea of being in the forest, hunting, hiding behind the foliage. I do love the colors used, it really catches your eye, so I guess it does its job when dealing with people that judge the books after its cover.
Blood tricking there symbolizing deaths. Quite nice. ^_^







CATCHING FIRE

The Tributes of Panem - Dangerous Love
Keeps a foliage pattern, but this time red! I don't know why but the "Dangerous Love" really throws me off. Like I'm picking up a YA Romance. Of course, there is romance in it, but the importance should be more on The Games.