Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TRUE BLOOD Season 03 Posters








Can't wait!!!



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MONSTER BIRTHDAY PARTY

There's something going on over @ I HEART MONSTER. Only the most amazing contest EVEEEEER!!!!The MONSTER BIRTHDAY PARTY GIVEAWAY!!! Sign up to win books from a very long list, including a signed ARC of Morganville Vampires #8, Kiss Of Death by Rachel Caine. Hurry!!Open until April 15th.



25 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY Contest

Book Bound is hosting her 25 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY Contest.There will be 3 winners and 1 international winner.International winner can pick any book from the list, as long as Book Depository has it.2 of the winners will get to pick 2 books off the list.The final winner gets 1.



READING : Scandal by Kate Brian


In the 11th Private Reed has arrived back to Easton after her harrowing kidnapping to the worst thing she can think of - Billings has been torn down. Finally, after years of controversy from the administration, the school's wealthiest female alumni have been overruled and the historical dorm is gone from Easton Academy. How will Reed and the rest of the Billings Girls handle this? Will they still be as powerful, as popular and as mean with literally no ground to stand on?


And we're back!Back to a great plot, back to familiar scenery and characters we love to hate(or hate to love), back to awesomness!

I'm glad Kate Brian decided to refocus on writing what she obviously is so good at : Easton.
Paradise Lost and Suspicion were not the best books of the bunch, it seemed that something was always going wrong, the writing, the plot, the characters.Nevertheless, I still find that describing the female lead's survival on a deserted island with no water or food, was extremely brave of her.People usually don't like reading stuff like that in a chick lit. However, that small-in comparison-incident, didn't save the books from being pretty boring.But with Scandal everything just falls into place, very smoothly and easily.You forget everything that happened in the PL and SUS, and right away you feel that warm sense of familiarity,that has you curled up in bed, never wanting to put the book down.Unfortunately, it doesn't last long because the book is so good, you keep turning the pages and reading like crazy-old grudges, secret societies,fall outs, disappearances and of course luuurv!- and before you know it, it's finished, with yet another intense cliffhanger,leaving you craving for Vanished.

Even if many of you got tired of the Private series or abandoned all hope after the last two books, I assure you that Scandal makes up for everything.It's a definite MUST READ!




5/5




Monday, March 29, 2010

666 GIVEAWAY

Parajunkee is hosting 666 GIVEAWAY, after reaching 666 followers. There will be 2 winners, who will either win from a list of 9 books or win a $10/$5 Amazon gift card.The contest is International.



MISGUIDED ANGEL (Blue Bloods #5) Cover


Nice!



Thursday, March 25, 2010

READING : Firestarter by Stephen King


Young Charlie McGee is a very special girl. The result of scientific experimentation on her parents, she has the ability create fires wherever and whenever she chooses, by force of will alone. On the run from sinister government agents with her telekenetic father, she only wants to forget her monstrous abilities, and live a normal life. When the pair are captured, Charlie must decide between saving her father and using her fiery powers at the whim of a government only interested in using her...as a weapon!

Phew!I've finished Firestarter! *wiping sweat off brow*
I don't know why this particular book took me that long to read.Maybe my heart was not really in it,or maybe I was so looking forward to reading all the other books I've bought, I was not so concentrated while reading this.

Of course, it's not the book's fault.Not at all.Stephen King is and always will be my favourite writer, so disappointing books by him are very few and far between.
Firestarter was a very good read.Not one of King's best, but fascinating nonetheless.It basically revolves around characters and their emotions and feelings and not so much around horror and mystery.I was officially hooked during the second half(after they get caught),because the first half was slow paced and a bit dull.Charlie's relationship with her father is the book's greatest strength, in my opinion, and what ultimately urges you to keep on reading.Unfortunately , the ending is not as rewarding as one would expect.It is weak, and it doesn't provide (the much needed) closure.
Despite all that though , Stephen King's writing is once again unparalleled even in one of his not so good works,and let's just stop for a second and consider the year this book was written and how radical it must have seemed back then.Or maybe how prophetic it seems now.


3,5/5


Monday, March 22, 2010

WIN A FEW BOOKS Contest

Princess Bookie is hosting the Win A Few Books Contest.It's pretty simple!What do you gotta do?

Promote This contest!!!
Each Option is worth one entry/book!
aka Number of Entries=Number Of Books You Receive
=Enter Contest With Way To Contact You
= Promote on Twitter
=Post about it on your blog (post only)


It's open internationally!



Sunday, March 21, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)




::Thanks to Story Siren for hosting IMM::




Fade Out - Rachel Caine(all of them,at last!)

Now I only have to finish Firestarter,which is taking me an awful lot of time, and I'll start reading them right away!



Monday, March 15, 2010

In My Mailbox (2)





::Thanks to Story Siren for hosting IMM::



I've only received The Eyes Of The Dragon this week, I guess the rest are on their way.

When I was 12,my english teacher gave me this book.You know, to improve my vocabulary and such.I'd read other books by King before. I think my first was Carrie, so I was already a huge fan.But this was not what I expected at all.A book with dragons and kings and not personal demons and abuse(and writers :P)But even though it was so different from the other King books, I totally loved it. Come to think of it, probably I loved it in spite of that.
So, I came across this copy on the net and it was cheap so I thought it was a good chance to relive a moment from my youth and to read this amazing book once again.



THE YEARNED FOR BEGGED FOR AND DREAMED OF YA Contest

La Femme Readers along with A Good Addiction is hosting The Yearned For Begged For And Dreamed Of YA Contest. There will be 6 Winners who will be picked by random.org and first place gets first grab, second place chooses next and on down the line.The contest will run through Thursday, April 15 at midnight EST time, at which point all prizes will be ordered or pre-ordered for you from The Book Depository. These are not ARC's but finished, released copies. And yes, this is INTERNATIONAL.



Saturday, March 13, 2010

And the title of Vampire Academy VI is....

... Final Sacrifice.

Yes, it is official!I spotted it here : Blue Succubus, but I'm sure most, if not all of you, got it on twitter already.
So, Final Sacrifice.It's hard not to think of something very specific here.But since VA 5 is not even out yet,I don't wanna make any assumptions.The only sure thing about VA 6 is that it will be the last VA book. *snif*





Friday, March 12, 2010

READING : Feast Of Fools by Rachel Caine


In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though - especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.









*SPOILERS AHEAD*

The book picks up where the previous one left off.Mr.Bishop,Amelie's father, and his entourage have arrived at Morganville and Claire can feel everything changing.Her relationship with her friends is tested and a welcoming feast at the end,turns into a blood bath.

This book I felt, was a tad scarier and more somber than the others.
Eve's dad dies and even though she didn't have a relationship with him or her mother since they kicked her out, she struggled with her emotions and finally realising that whatever happened between them he was her dad and she loved him.His funeral is wonderfully written.
As is and I am sure will be, every bit that has Myrnin in.He is the most interesting book character I've seen in years. Every time he talks with Claire, I just can't get enough and I wish,for a minute,that the book was all about those two.Too much undeniable chemistry there, not my fault!
Another brilliant scene was the last one, the feast.Even though we haven't seen very much of Bishop,except in the first scene, and can't fully understand his fierceness,only as explained by others who know him,you can't help but feel a bit scared at the end when one by one people refused to swear fealty to him.I only wished the author had given us more Ysandre-Shane stuff because it was scary, perverse and amazing!By the end, there are two sides,Amelie's and Bishop's and a war is about to break out.

I couldn't possibly say something bad about a book in the Morganville series.It's just impossible.They have an amazing story and they are beautifully written.Feast Of Fools was no exception. Be aware, though.Another cliffhanger in the end!


5/5


Thursday, March 11, 2010

MEGA SWAG Contest

Extreme Reader Book Reviews is hosting the MEGA SWAG Contest.Just fill out the form and leave a comment on the post there .The contest is open internationally(yay!) and will end on April 10th.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hilarious!


*click on the pictures to read the rest of the strip



Sunday, March 7, 2010

READING : Mediator#2 High Stakes by Meg Cabot


Suze's new life in California is pretty cool. There's the pool parties, the new friends, and the fact that the hottest ghost in history happens to live in her bedroom. But when a screaming spirit appears at the end of her bed, Suze is thrown on to the trail of a murderer. All the clues lead to the freaky father of Tad Beaumont, the cutest boy in school... and the only guy who's ever asked Suze out. Not only is her potential beau's dad probably a killer but he also seems be some kind of vampire. So no one said that life as a mediator was going to be simple. But this is getting ridiculous...

What can I say about these books?A friend recommended them and at first I admitt,I was a bit hesitant,but whatever hesitation I may had,was gone after I finished the first book.
Never ever faltering -even a little bit-never tiring or repetitive,unbelievably funny and clever; that is how I can describe Meg Cabot's writing in the Mediator series.Even the supporting characters are very well written,Father Dom,her father and mostly her step brothers who I think are hilarious!The "they eat everything in sight" thing?Seen it happen,so true!
I have only read 2 books so far,but I doubt my opinion will change when I read the rest.I am anxiously waiting for something to happen between Suzie and Jesse but I don't mind at all that something has yet to happen.Not a fan of the 2 pages-fall in love thing, anyways.The series consists of only 6 books, so this I guess is the one negative thing I have to say about it.Small enough books, you can finish each in 2-3 days.
You would surely enjoy these books, I totally recommend them.

Suzie : "He was clearly a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal"

...and every "he is crazy" metaphors and expressions she used!


4/5

Saturday, March 6, 2010

In My Mailbox(1)


 ::Thanks to the Story Siren for hosting IMM::


Everyone is doing one of those, I thought I'll do too!

So yesterday I got:



Hush,Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick (this was actually a gift I didn't expect)
Wildthorn - Jane Eagland (my dad has started reading this.My dad!I kid you not!)

and finally...


I can't wait to start reading Feast of Fools! It seems ages since I finished Midnight Alley!So excited!!!!!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

READING : Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber





After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow.But as in her favourite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its  complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him.Can she stay safe, no matter who-or what-she encounters on the way? 




*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Raven leaves Dullsville for the first time and goes to Hipsterville, where her aunt lives, in the hopes of finding Alexander.The story unfurls from then on, as we meet new vampire, a secret from Alexander's past and that Raven looks amazing in a blonde wig :)
I expected Kissing Coffins to be worse that Vampire Kisses,as most sequels tend to be.But it was not even close to being worse.It kept the same flow and humor as the first book, if better, because the whole vampire issue had been revealed and there was no need to dance around it.The way she felt seeing the goth clothing store in Hipsterville, was exactly the same way I felt when I first saw a bookstore in Poole, England.It was 2003( I think),my first time in the UK.I remember going berzerk over the Anita Blake series and the Georgia Nicholson one.It was there that I bought my first Sookie book *sigh*
Anyway - got a little bit sidetracked there, sorry-all in all the book was very good.I still can't believe I like these books.No offence, but I had no hopes of any kind for this series.But I was wrong.Typical!
I loved the scene at the drive in where they played out the movie!I also can't wait to learn more about Luna and her future relationship with Trevor.Unfortunately it had a cliffhanger-y ending!!!Arghhh I don't have "Vampireville"!!How come every time I don't have the next volume of a series, the previous one ends in a cliff?Just my luck!
If you haven't read the Vampire Kisses series yet, I totally recommend it!


4/5

Here is my review of Vampire Kisses


Monday, March 1, 2010

RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME Contest

Bloodybookaholic is hosting the RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME Contest.There's gonna be 7 winners and up to 28 books. Follow the instructions and sign in now!

Winner 7 gets 1 book
Winner 6 gets 2 books
Winner 5 gets 3 books
Winner 4 gets 4 books
Winner 3 gets 5 books
Winner 2 gets 6 books
Winner 1 gets 7 books

When we get all the way to 7 YOU get to chose your books and not from the list, but from either The Book Depository or Amazon (there is a limit 10 dollars per book)



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