Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Vesper (Deviants #1)
Author: Jeff Sampson
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Release Date: January 25th 2011
Author Website
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble

Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.

The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely— something not human?

As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?
My Take:

Imagine your life where during the day your normal but at night after 8 you change. After a classmate is shot down, Emily gets a phone call propelling her thoughts to the call at hand. After getting off of the window ledge Emily only thinks what was I about to do? Everyday after that she goes through changes at night, wanting to party and not really being the normal wanting to stay at home Emily. Its not until night time Emily puts it together with Day time Emily, kids are being targeted.

While reading I got the sense that something wasn't quite right. Who is Emily Webb and how can she change just like that. Getting well into the book I got my answer and oh boy was I wrong who knew this new way of describing becoming something more and the fact that a company could have been behind it. I wanted more but realizing that the story wasn't over was a relief. Because even though at the beginning you know Emily is in custody and saying her whole story you get the sense that the person addressing her isn't someone from the normal Fed. I hope to find more answers to the questions I already have and to get more along the way.

So if your in for a little mystery than Vesper is for you, plus its the type of book to have you gasping and saying 'She did what?' It was an enjoyable read that left wanting the next one asap.

5/5 Stars

Cover Lover!!!!

Comes out on January 24th 2012

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (4): Adrian Ivashkov

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme, hosted by Missie at The Unread ReaderWhat is My Book Boyfriend you might ask.  Well it is a weekly meme where we talk about a literary crush including stats, a picture of what you imagine he looks like and some quotes from him that make you swoon.  If you are interested in participating please check out the My Book Boyfriend Introduction Page over at Missie's blog The Unread Reader.

My choice for this weeks MBB Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series. He is the type of guy that will forever be on your mind even though you don't want him there. Sometimes I find myself dreaming about the guy who can spirit dream into you so of course who did I see as my Adrian is Ed Westwick. We first meet Adrian in Frostbite book 2 in the VA series.

Age: 21 - 6'1''

A royal Moroi

Eye Color: emerald green

high cheekbones

Messy but stylish brown hair

"Don't worry, little dhampir. You might be surrounded by clouds, but you'll always be like sunshine to me."- Adrian Ivashkov (Shadow Kiss)

“I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age. The best is yet to come.”- Adrian Ivashkov (Blood Promise)

"I know. You did what you did out of love. I can't be mad at you over that. It was stupid, but that's how love is."- Adiran Ivashkov (Spirit Bound)

 “Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection." He paused to reconsider that. "Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try." - Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines)

The actor I decided on has and will always be my perfect Adrian, Ed Westwick is an amazing guy who is british and is able to hide his accent on the hit tv show Gossip Girl. He plays Chuck Bass who is an ass but he is a HOT ass. When I was first introduced to Adrian in Frostbite I instantly thought of Chuck aka Ed. He has the persona and can play Adrian so well. Even though I love Dimitri, there was always a reserved spot for Adrian who unexpectedly captured my heart when he never gave up on Rose he reminded me of different characters but of course Adrian is his own self. Until Adrian comes to me in my dreams looking at Ed will be enough plus he is Chuck Bass and the show is on Mondays @ 8 p.m. on The CW. Here is a little of Ed so that you know what I'm talking about because I am sure he will capture your heart like he has mine.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: November 15th 2011
Author Website
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. 

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

My Take:

Charlie is a girl with a gift and doesn't understand how she knows every language out there, even ones she has never even heard before. No one has ever suspected that Charlie can understand until she slips up and acknowledges the person that is above her status a second longer than necessary. She is not only putting her life in danger her parents and sister know what she can do also and try as they might to hide her from the one person looking for her.... the queen. With the threat of an attack at any given time, Charlie knows and understands that lowering herself will prevent others in knowing her little secret. The queen on the other hand is searching every where because with every breath she takes can be her last, so she must find the girl she knows is out there.

When Charlie goes out dancing with her best friend Brooke, she meets a mysterious guy who talks in a weird and alluring language, which she never once heard before and yet understands every word uttered. One second to late the guy is intrigued and goes off tries to get to know Charlie a little bit better.

What I loved about this was the fact of the language barrier, I speak spanish myself and I love accents, so when I first heard about this I knew the concept would not only win my self interest but also leave with wanting and a need that only this story can give me. Kimberly delivers a 100% with this one because of the way I was able to see myself with Charlie telling her when she should look down and also when she would see Max. Don't get me started on how much he is every bit wonderful. Knowing that a threat can come about at any minute there were only a few things that had me gasping and of course being overjoyed that Charlie was every bit connected to Max. So if your looking for something with a romance and a little mystery than get your hands on this because this wont disappoint you at all I guarantee it.

5/5 Stars

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: December 27th 2011
Author Website
Available for Pre-Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.
And then every day in between . . . She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why 
she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by 
one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive...and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

My Take:

In Every Other Day, Kali is walking around trying to find the things that go bump in the night and than she kills it. She is not your typical teenager she has a secret and part of that secret is that every other day she is normal and the days she isn't she is a bit more than human. The want/need to kill is inside her and she is able to sense when the bad things show up, she feels its her duty to take out those things because that is who she is. Everything seemed to be okay until she finds a symbol on a classmate, but the day she sees it is when she is normal, even though she knows what danger she can get into by showing who or what she is. But with the life of an innocent put in danger Kali can not do anything, she has to try at least right.

Along the way we are introduced to others who try and see why Kali would put her own life in danger to save someone she only just met. With the clock ticking down, Kali needs to stay alive as a normal human can she survive or will evil prevail.

Jennifer gave me a new perspective on what kind of things go bump in the night and when you realize what is inside Kali its hard to go back to thinking that the paranormal can ever be normal again. Follow Kali as she unlocks the truth to the questions she didn't even know she needed to ask.

5/5 Stars

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