Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:


Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?
I think this sounds like a very curious read. Definitely interesting enough.

that’s it for me! what are you waiting on? leave me a comment below!

PS- I shall be returning from my trip tomorrow! Hopefully, everything will be back to normal then. I hope you had a good few weeks!
HP recap will be posted soon after I get back!
Signing off,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:
Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1)

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
I’ve heard a lot of hype for this one as well. Sounds bloody brilliant! Definitely excited for it!

so that’s it for me! what are you waiting on? leave me a comment below!
enjoy! –m

PS- Since this is a scheduled post, and by the time it goes live I won’t be here, so I’ll give you a full HP update and my thoughts on this brilliance I have missed out on for so long.
Truly signing off,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

IMM (Happy Father’s Day!)

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren
The books I got this week:

Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says...
Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known.

Source: Received for review via NetGalley.

Hmm… I don’t recall anything else. I’ve been busy reading the Harry Potter series, and I’m happy to report that I’m currently reading The Half-Blood Prince, which is nothing less than superb, of course. And I dropped by the mall yesterday, but didn’t stop by Borders, too busy getting my dad a gift and way too eager to finish The Order of the Phoenix to continue shopping. I will, though, drop by a Barnes and Noble or Borders while I’m out on the mainland! *Sigh* I really wish there was more than one good, reliable Borders or any other bookstore in my country.

happy fathers’ day to you! i hope you have a great weekend! see ya on wednesday!
enjoy! -m

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (8)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-For-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee.

follow friday


This week’s question is:

Q. Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

A. This one is a real toughie. I love Dystopian, and the book that made me love it was the Hunger Games, and recently, Divergent. I also love Mystery. Believe it or not, several of my favorite books are middle-grade, such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and the ever glorious Harry Potter series. I love fantasy and horror, and my love blossomed for this one thanks to the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns, which remains one of my favorite books. If I keep on going, this question will have not served its purpose. :P

book blogger hop


This week’s question is:

Q. “How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?”?

A. *Sigh* I have a miserable 17 as of now. Let’s just say haven’t been shopping lately :(. But I will during the trip. Hopefully, this number can grow a lo- a little bit!


that’s it for me, folks. what is your favorite genre? leave your answers in the comments! i’d love to hear from you!

enjoy! -m

PS- Now I’m reading Order of the Phoenix! *Squee!* Whole recap to  come when I get back after the 30th. :D

Have a rather spectacularly spiffy weekend.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Hi! Nice to see ya. Here’s what I’m waiting on this week:

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
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 18B. 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.
Doesn’t this book sound killer?! A couple bloggers got to snatch it at BEA. Too bad it was impossible for me to go. I’ve read from a few that they had loved it! I seriously cannot wait to read this one!

what are you waiting on? leave me a comment below!
enjoy! -m

PS- For those of you who read my last IMM, I’m already reading The Goblet of Fire. How could I have been so ignorant to this sheer greatness?! Amazing.

Sorry for the meme-only two weeks ahead of you. Didn’t wanna leave you guys with absolutely nothing, either.
Signing off, for real this time,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

IMM (Whichever number is next)

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren

The books I got this week:

Iceberg, Right Ahead!


Iceberg, Right Ahead! by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century. Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century.

Source: Received for review via netGalley.

The Art of Forgetting


The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan

Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.
And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.
With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.

Source: Received for review via netGalley. (It’s already out. Came out June 9th)



Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

Source: Received for review via netGalley

You Will Call Me Drog (Exceptional Reading & Language Arts Titles for Intermediate Grades)


You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing

Parker is a normal sixth grader—or he was normal before the puppet. It’s just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker's best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. "You will call me Drog!" the puppet commands once they’re alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries, he can't get Drog off his hand.
Drog is sarcastic, cruel, unpredictable, and loud—everything Parker isn't. Worse yet, no one believes that Drog—not Parker—is the one saying the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. Then Drog starts sharpening his snarky wit on the most fragile parts of Parker's life—like his parents' divorce. Parker's shocked, but deep down he agrees with Drog a little. Perhaps Drog is saying things Parker wants to say after all.
Maybe the only way to get rid of Drog is to truly listen to him.

Source: Received for review via netGalley. Doesn’t this one sound absolutely creepy? Sounds good to me! :D

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour


Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Source: Bought. Desperately. Wanting. To read this. Probably will on the plane. If I’m done with HP by then. 

Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)


Harry Potter: The Complete Series (In Paperback)

All 7 books. Because, inexplicably, I have only read the first. Utter and unforgivable shame on me.

Source: Bought.


That’s an awesome arsenal of books this week! And yes, I cannot even begin to believe that it wasn’t until about a month ago that I had not plummeted into Harry Potter. My father had bought me the first about three years ago, I read the first thirty pages or so and left it on the bookshelf until a month ago. I know, I know, inexcusable, what is wrong with me, that, I don’t know. I’d seen several of the movies and I was familiar with the storyline and characters, so I wasn’t completely ignorant to HP. Still, I don’t have an idea why I didn’t start it sooner. 

So, because of this and other unrelated affairs, this blog will go in a hiatus until June 30th. That’s right folks, strict Harry Potter reading and I’m going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the coming weeks. I specifically made sure we would go.

The only time I will post will be a scheduled review that will go up around June 27th, Waiting on Wednesdays, and if I’m lucky, Follow Fridays and BBHs. That’s depending whether or not I have a connection in our hotel.

Hasta next Wednesday, folks.


ps. what did you get this week?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (7)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-For-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee.

follow friday


This week’s question is:

Q. The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says "you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" Who are you going to switch with?

A. This is way too easy. I would trade places with Annabeth from Percy Jackson. I actually hate her as a character, but I love her world. *BIGGEST MARY SUE EVER*, but I love the books. SO. MUCH. Another obvious answer would be Hermione from HP. She’s just so quirky and smart! I like her. And I love Hogwarts. And pretty much everything having to do with that. Hardcore Potter fan at your service :D


book blogger hop


This week’s question is:


A. Probably Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling. Unique choice, I know. Also Veronica Roth. Totally.



so that’s it for me! who would you like to meet? who would you switch places with? leave me a comment below!

enjoy! -m

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WoW (6)

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:
Twisted, Sara Shepard, Hardcover

Twisted by Sara Shepherd
It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The pretty little liars have more secrets than ever—twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship.

Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore . . . eventually.
Last summer I devoured the entire series in about a month. (I had to wait a month- stupid shipping…) And I adored it. Anyway, I just found out, and I can’t wait!! :D

Twisted comes out July 5th, 2011.

squee! what are you waiting on? tell me in the comments below!
enjoy! -m

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Category: YA
Warnings: Violence, Stealing.
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Click

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages. My best friend had already read it and loved it, so she lent it to me. It had been on my bookshelf for about three months, since I was busy reading other books. But with its sequel release approaching, I decided, why not read it now?

Heist Society tells the story of Kat Bishop, a girl born into the thieving world. She goes to boarding school for three months, but is taken out, because she just got the biggest job of her life. And she must rob one of the world’s most protected museums- in fourteen days.

I really enjoyed the overall plot for this book. It was interesting and fun to read. It kept you at the edge of your seat, wanting to know what happened next. I read the book in two sittings. I could not put it down! It was great.

The characters were very appealing to me. Kat was someone who was easily relatable. She had to go through some unusual things, but her story still kept real. I have to say my favorites were Hale, Angus, and Hamish. They were all so hilarious! This novel definitely featured a cast of unforgettable and funny characters.

I hadn’t read a book by Ally Carter before this one, and I must say I really like her writing! It flowed throughout, without causing any major confusion, and everything was depicted beautifully. Bravo, Ms. Carter!
The cover is attractive, mainly because it features the missing painting on the left lens of the sunglasses, and the actual painting on the right lens. I really like the font, and the overall design. I think it’s very original and cute. Not bad!

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing 4/5
Cover: 3.5/5

have you read heist society? are you excited for the sequel as much as i am? let me know in the comments below!
enjoy! -m

Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Category: YA Satire
Warnings: Violence, Sexual references
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Click
Beauty queens

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
Beauty Queens is hard to describe. It centers around beauty pageant contestants that are on a plane crash and afterward are stuck in a remote island. It’s about their survival… and some things that I’m not allowed to spoil for you.

There are many things I want to regard about this book, so let’s begin with characters. They were great, amazing, wonderful. This was written a satire, and it stayed a satire, thanks to the hilarious characters from whose point of view this story is written. My favorite character was Tiara. Hands down. I just loved her. And I loved Taylor because even though she was a stereotypical beauty pageant contestant, her story shined through. Each and every one of them is what made the book what it is. At the end of the story, I came to love each and every one of them, for who they are, for their flaws, and for their courage.

Second, I want to regard the setting, which was marvelous as well. The island felt painfully real to me, as if I were in the island, too. It was plotted and thought through very well.

Third, the plot. I found it very intriguing and unique. It’s most definitely not something you see every day on the YA bookshelf. And that is what makes it so special, so different, but in such a magnificent and real way.
This book had its serious, heartfelt, and honest scenes. The entirety of the book was hilarity at its best, and I laughed in every commercial break, because they are true, they resemble products and tones that are used in real life. And that is what makes them so funny.

The cover. I really like it. I love the lipstick battle sash, and how the girl in the picture is just like I pictured Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins. Overall really awesome.

And last, but most certainly not least, the writing. Oh, how good. It’s awesome. I hadn’t read anything by Libba before, so this was an unexpectedly good surprise. I still have a copy of Rebel Angels on my shelf, and I think I’ll have to read it soon. Libba’s writing was enchanting, mesmerizing, in a way that envelops you in the story, you are glued to the page, you are there with the characters. This lady has got talent.

~~My favorite Agent Jones quotes ~~
Serape means ‘cape’!” A grinning Agent Jones burst into the room wearing only a fig leaf. He threw his arms into the air and stretched his fingers into peace signs. “We are all beautiful star flowers!” {p. 364} 

“Agent Jones is gone. I am Man Flower.” {p.364} 

“Agent Jones frowned. “Men have feelings, too. You bruised the petals of my man flower.” {p.367}
Like I said, hilarity at its best.
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
have any thoughts on this book? let me know!
enjoy! -m

Sunday, June 5, 2011

IMM (4)

In My Mailbox is hosted by the Story Siren.

Books this week:


What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.

In the past two years, Mclean Sweet has moved four times. At each stop, she assumes a new persona, but it never quite works. Whether she's an effervescent cheerleader or an intense drama queen, nothing can permanently dispel the turmoil and rage at her mother since her parents' divorce. Sarah Dessen's novel about a teenager and her restaurant manager father captures the vulnerability that young people often experience after the dissolution of their family. A compelling story; strong characterization; and with a touch of romance.

Source: Bought


The Magnolia League (Magnolia League, #1)


The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?
As in her popular adult novels, Crouch's poignant and humorous voice shines in this seductively atmospheric story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.

Source: Bought

Cinder and Ella


Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.


Source: Received for review through netGalley.



Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

Source: Received for review through netGalley.



Deviant by Adrian McKinty

Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.

Source: Received for review through netGalley.

Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865 (Dressing a Nation: the History of U.S. Fashion)Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865 (Dressing a Nation: the History of U.S. Fashion)

by Kate Havelin.

Source: Received for review through netGalley.







Misfit by Jon Skovron

Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother—well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.
But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.
Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ <--- hey, look, grass!

That was a TRUCKLOAD of books this week. I can’t wait to read them all!

phew. that was it for me. what’s in your mailbox?

enjoy! ~m

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Hello, followers old and new. Thanks for joining my blog. I'm incredibly grateful that you decided to follow.

In other updates, I've been lacking reviews, which is totally my fault, but I'm taking a math class, so that subtracts from my reading time. I've been quite busy for the last few weeks, but starting June 12th, I'll be back to regular posting.

Thanks for sticking with me, I'll be back soon,

PS. there'll be a review up for Beauty Queens on Monday and an IMM tomorrow.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (6)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-For-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee.
follow friday

This week’s question is:
Q. What are you doing to prepare for an upcoming zombie apocalypse and/or the return of Mel Gibson to the silver screen? (Both of which could be terrifying.)
A. For the zombie apocalypse? Get my battle stick and lightsaber and whip some heads off!
As for the return of Mel Gibson… *shudder* let’s not even talk about it, Christ.
book blogger hop

Q.“Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!”
A. The BEA Insecurity post, honestly. I deal with it too, and it’s good to know that as many people do, too. At least I’m not the only one!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

WoW is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
The book I’m waiting on this week:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

the hype for this book is unbelievable! I know a lot of people are waiting for it, and so am I.

what are you waiting on? leave it in the comments below!
enjoy! ~m