Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (59)

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For Always by Danielle Sibarium

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Wild Fire by Karsten Knight

Review: Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
Sorry I haven't posted anything in awhile, I had my last weekend of band. That was CRAZY. I barley slept all weekend and that's probably why I've been sick with a fever for the past few days. Anyway here's a review...

Clockwork Angel
By Cassandra Clare
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: It took so long to get this review out because I  just finished Clockwork Angel. I first started it when it first came out, actually it was the release date that I picked it up. I had reserved a copy and everything. I'm such a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's first series and thought this one would be even better because I LOVE historical fiction. Why did I take so long to finish it? Well there were a few reasons. First, I felt like I was reading the same exact story as City of Bones, just a bit down graded since I had already fallen in love with the other. 

Tessa was so much like Clary, independent, innocent, stuck between two different guys and not knowing who she really is. Then the Shadow Hunters had the same problems (with the teenage ones anyway). Will was sarcastic and arrogant, does that remind you of anyone? Then there was Jem with his hidden secret, much like Alec (the secret is much different this time though). I just couldn't get over how similar the stories were, since I had read it before it never sucked me in like the Mortal Instruments. 

Of course this is by Cassandra so you still get the talented writing and quick sarcasm that everyone loved from her first series. The witty dialog was my favorite part of The Mortal instruments Series and I did laugh a few times throughout Clockwork Angel. I just wished Clare's way of writing was the only similarity from her first series. 

If you have yet to read City of Bones and it's sequels, you will like this book much more then I did. However, if you have read them you might want to think twice before picking this one up. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

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Hey guys, it's Wednesday so that means I get another day of drooling over pretty covers and books that I'll have to wait months to read. 

This week I'm patiently going insane for this sequel. 

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

I'm sure you remember me raving about Divergent over and over again since it was released. The ending was a huge cliff hanger and I'm just dying to read this one. 

Isn't the cover just beautiful, so much better then the first one. 

"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature."
It's sounds so good! How many more days until May 2012???


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween

A meme by the Broke and the Bookish 

Now at first I was thinking that this would be a really small list, because I HATE horror anything, from books to movies. Really, I just refuse to watch/read them. Have you seen the Paranormal Activity 3 trailers that have been on TV? Well they scare me so much that I have to change the channel. However, I found some Halloween appropriate books that are not necessarily scary.

1) White is for Magic - Laurie Faria Stolarz
This one scared me while I was in 6th grade, I refused to read it at night. The story is about a girl who has nightmare that tell her when bad things are going to happen to people. Then you add some magic and creepy rendition of  Miss Mary Mack and the result is a book that scared me to death.
(This is the 2nd book in the series, I haven't read the first -only the second and fourth, not sure why- but I suggest reading the first book first, don't do what I did)

2)Glass Houses - Rachel Caine
This whole series is just so much fun yet it has that Gothic feel that is great for Halloween. It takes place in a town run by vampires, how much more could you want? These are all my favorite books and I'm always recommending them.

3)The Soul Screamer Series - Rachel Vincent
Now these are books are classified in my library as horror novels, however I don't think that's a good description at all. They are more paranormal romance. The main character can sense people dying, so that's an interesting story line for a Halloween vibe.

4)Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte or Jane by April Linder
The original and the YA remake have a spooky mystery aspect to them. To me this just screams Halloween. Also if you have yet to pick up the classic, it gives you a good excuse.

5) The Sweep Series - Cate Tiernan
Another set of books that I hated to read in the dark, especially when I was home alone. The creepy, dark magic vibe just flows off of these books. Yet these are one of my favorite series and I have reread them a few times.

6) The House of Night Series - P.C. and Kristin Cast
This vampire series has the haunting vibe and takes place at a boarding school. These books are filled with myths and paranormal creatures making them a perfect series for Halloween. (I liked them all up until Tempted, but that's a story for another time)

7) The Mediator Series - Meg Cabot
Take a break from all the scary ghosts and ghouls on Halloween and check out this series with a lighter tone by the wonderful Meg Cabot. You know when it sports the name Meg Cabot on the cover it's going to be good and filled with a fun story line. This series is about a girl who can see ghosts and there's one particular one who reminds me a lot of Caspar the friendly ghost...

8)The Ghost and the Goth - Stacy Kade
Another lighter novel for the Halloween spirit, this book is about a popular cheerleader who gets killed by a band bus. (Yup, a marching band bus.)The only person that can see her is the school goth. This makes for a story filled with funny moments but it also has great characters and plot. This is truly one of my favorites.

9)Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark - Alvin Schwartz
My friend and I took this one out of the library in fifth grade, and read them out loud in the dark. At the time they creeped me out. This is the perfect book to pick up for some quick, short halloween stories.

10) Any R.L. Stine book.
This one should be self explanatory. Scary story for kids, also the same goes for Stephen King books except for the older crowd.

I'm so surprised I came up with 10 Halloween books, I really thought it would be much harder.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: For Always

For Always
By: Danielle Sibarium
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Summary: You never really get over your first love. Such is the case for fourteen-year-old Stephanie Barrano, self-proclaimed misfit and death magnet. A freshman in high school, Stephanie is befriended by Jordan Brewer, a hot, in-demand senior, who pulls her from the outer circle of obscurity into the realm of acceptance. Jordan quickly works his way into Stephanie’s heart. He’s her everything. And the only person she trusts with the truth about her father’s death. But he won’t act on the strong feelings he has for her. Stephanie vows to wait for him, knowing in time she’ll win his heart.

Two months before her eighteenth birthday, Jordan serves as an impromptu prom date. After sharing a magical evening, Jordan leaves Stephanie with the promise of a future together. Then tragedy strikes. Jordan not only shuts Stephanie out, he also blames her for what happened. Feeling broken and beaten, will she try one last time to get through to Jordan or will she lose him forever?

Review: Vampires, werewolves, faeries, and all the paranormal creatures you can think of have been taking over the Young Adult shelves. No matter what library or bookstore you step into, you are bound to find tons of them. It's time to take a break, and curl up with an outstanding contemporary YA novel. For Always is just perfect for that. The emotion and page turning plot, will have you falling in love with story and characters. 

The main character, Stephanie, doesn't feel like she's wanted or fits in. Everyone feels that at one point which makes it so easy to relate to her. For Always is Stephanie's story of how she grew and she learned who she is. It's through the relationship she has with Jordan that gets her there, yet this is more then just a romance novel.

One things that I loved about For Always is how you follow the characters over a few years. It's not one night or a school year, you get to see how the character change and their lives develop over a longer period of time. While you'll want to know more about Jordan and Stephanie, you won't be left with the feeling that your missing something like in parts of a series. You get to see the beginning, middle and the end in one book. Which I know many readers have been missing.

The relationship between Stephanie and Jordan in For Always was another high point in the novel. Throughout the plot they struggled with their emotions and wanting to be together but life always got in the way. The things these two characters have to go through will bring you on an emotional roller coaster ride.  Danielle Sibarium's writing will you laughing and crying right along with them.

Whether you need a break from the haunting and scary paranormal books out there, or just love a good contemporary novel (especially fan of Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins), you should get a copy of For Always when it comes out on October 27.


If you're in the New Jersey area on Thursday, you should go check out the launch for, For Always. It's going to take place at Booktowne (171 main street) Manasquan NJ! I don't know if I'll be able to make it but I want to go. If I do, maybe I'll see you there.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Crossed - Book Trailer

Crossed (Matched, #2)
Right now I'm reading Crossed and so far it's so much better then Match. Anyway, I just watched the book trailer for it on youtube. I can't really make up my mind if I like it or not, so I thought I would ask all of you.

Now, I really like how the poem is read in the background but I just don't like the actors. I felt like I was guessing who was who. Now, I did really like how they portrayed the society and Cassia's journey. Yet for some reason I just didn't like it much.

What did you think?


In My Mailbox (58)

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For Review:
If for some reason you didn't know I was a huge band geek by know, well I am. Through the months of July to November my life consists of marching band. (My marching band was actually invited to the Rose-bowl parade for 2012-2013, So EXCITED but that's off topic). That's actually the reason my blogging has been so small and random lately. 

I'm half way through this and I'm really enjoying it. This is actually the first book that I read that revolves around Marching Band, I personally think their should be more. My review of this one will be up within the next week. (I'm on the Around The World ARC Tours)

From The Library: 

I should not be taking books out of the library, I'm way to behind on review books but I just can't help myself. This one sounds way to good. i haven't heard to much about it from bloggers but when I saw this one in my library I just couldn't leave it there. Actually, I downloaded this one from the Simon and Schuster galley grab, yet sadly it expired before I could get to it.  

What did you get this week? 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

While I did like Jay Asher's book 13 Reason's Why it was not my favorite book in the world. Yet after reading the summary for this one, and knowing how great Jay Asher's writing is, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. 

It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

It just sounds so GOOD! I've also heard great things from everyone who has read it. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top Ten Books That Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

Top Ten Books That Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1)For me this is a bit easier, almost all the books I've bought are sitting right here on the selves near my desk. Usually I have to think and remember all the books that I have read. Here are my Top Ten Books That Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It: 

1) Jessica's Guide to Dating The Dark Side - The cover and title of this one brought me in. It was cheesy and I was in a stage of reading vampire books, actually I was more like devouring them. This is a book that I now, always recommend. i am so glad the title and cover drew me in.  

2) City of Bones - I am not going to lie, the hot guy on the cover of this one it what made me pick it up. Just look at it, you can't blame me. I'm so glad this cover was so pretty or else I would have never ended up buying it and it wouldn't be one of my favorite books EVER. 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)3) I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You By Ally Carter - Not only does this book have the longest title ever, it also has to be one of the most eye catching. These are fun girls kick ass spy books that just go perfectly with the title.

4) Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini - The swirling blues, purples and just the all out shine to the cover made me pick this one up to buy. Honestly I did not enjoy it, It was slow and....well I just felt like it was WAY to slow. I never got into it. This is a book I regret judging by it's cover. 

5) I Was A Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott - Honestly the only reason I picked this book up is because I'm a brunette and this title made me smile. Well plus the fact the summary was just to cute. This was just a fun series to read and was the first Kieran Scott book I read and now she's one of my favorite authors. This is a book I do not regret buying, at all. Also the cover said Slash-Free proof and I never saw that before I was got curious, of course it didn't really work. 

6) Unearthly - This book has the prettiest cover EVER. Hands-down, no competition. (at least for me, anyway) I've always loved this cover, probably because purple is my favorite color and I want to steal that dress. I'm glad the cover drew me in because this is now one of my favorite books. 

7) Divergent by Veronica Roth - This book I put of buying because I didn't like the cover or title. They both here just bland and did not capture my interest at all. Now after reading the book (AND IT IS THE BEST BOOK OF 2011, NO COMPETITION) I realize the cover and title are perfect and I should not have judge it by the title and cover. 

F.Y.I - In case you have yet to read Divergent, go pick up a copy RIGHT NOW. <3

That's all I came up with for this week, I usually research a bit about a book before buying it, these were just some exceptions. 


Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (57)

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I only got one book this week, and it is for school but I'm very excited to finally read this one. 

I've heard countless people talk about it, especially during banned book week in September. Now I'll actually know what they are talking about. After years of just nodding in agreement. Also I don't know if I'll review this one, unless you're really curious about what I think. I don't really like to review classics but who knows. 

What  did you get this week? 


Friday, October 14, 2011

A Few Questions For YOU!

Hey guys!

I've been really wanting to change a few things around my blog and with Marching Band Season ending soon I'll have TONS of time. Before I make any changes I would love to here what you have to think!

If you want to fill out this short (really really shot, only 5 question) form, I will love you forever! Actually thats no true, I love you all for reading my blog already.

Here's the form

Also, I think it would be really fun to do a Question and Answer video! So If you want to a\send some random questions my way, you're welcome to! You can post them on twitter @withabook or leave them below or use formspring if you want to be all secretive. My form-spring is

Thanks so much guys!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

"Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish."

This week is Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time Again.

Just Listen1) City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare- I've read this a few times but the first time was just enchanting. Learning about the world of Shadow Hunters and meeting Jace for the first time. The sarcasm and thinking Jace and Clary were related.

2) Romeo and Juliet - This is just a classic. I've read this a few times too. I just love the story and William Shakespeare's writing. This first time reading a story like this is always the best.

3)  Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - Just for the fact that this was my first Sarah Dessen book. After this I picked up every book by Mrs. Dessen and have been obsessed every since. This will always be my favorite.

4) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It will always be one of my favorites. From Mr. Darcy to the witty lines that I can quote from memory. I would love to be able to go back and read this one all over again.

The Summer of Skinny Dipping (Summer, #1)5) Old Magic by Marianne Curley - I fell in love with the time travel and magic in this book the first time I read it. Since then I've borrowed it from the library at least 10 times. I really need to get my own copy... 

6) The Summer of Skinny Sipping by Amanda Howells - This book made me ball my eyes out. Seriously. The first time is always the most emotional with a book like this when you don't know whats coming. I really wish I could read this for the first time again

7) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - For the same reason of Summer of Skinny Dipping. I devoured this book when I was in elementary school.

8) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - Don't make fun of me. I read these books before the hype, before the movies, before anyone knew they existed. They were my first obsession. I would wait a year for each one and devour them the second they came out while I was in middle school.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1)9) Divergent by Veronica Roth- This is a very new book, it just came out this summer but I've already read it twice. The first time I just couldn't put it down. The suspense and action just kept me addicted. This is my favorite book of 2011.

10) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant by Ann Brashares - These were one of the first YA books that I read. I loved the romance, traveling, and friendship all over again. I really need to get the new book that just came out....

I know there are a ton more that I just couldn't think of. Before I started blogging I use to reread books all the time. I just don't have the time anymore.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By: Michelle Hodkin
Summary: 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.

Review: First I have to say, I am in love this summary. It's short, to the point and captures your attention. I'm sick of summary's that give away the first half of the book. Then the cover, it's haunting and making you think. Just perfect for the plot! Anyway on to the actual contents of the book...

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is spectacular. Hands down one of the best books of 2011. Right up there with Delirium and Divergent. The suspense and mystery keeps you reading till three am. I literally could not put the book down, I was addicted. Sitting in the middle of English, I actually did that thing where you hide the book behind a text book. (That actually works!) Yet, the sarcasm in Mara Dyer made in laugh out loud (literally) quite a few times. This got me a few strange looks.

Michelle Hodkin gave Mara this unique personality. She was sarcastic, witty and a bit crazy. 
The writing was just haunting and real. From the setting to the characters and plot, everything in Mara Dyer made the perfect suspenseful book. I was thrown for loops so many times that I just stop trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Every page kept me on my toes, especially when 
Noah was involved. 

Noah. At first I was a bit skeptical of him. I wasn't sure whether he was going to be good or bad for Mara. In the end, I fell in love with him as Mara did. At first he's this perfect guy, yet his flaws are what made in perfect in the end. He is now on the list of my favorite literary characters. 

I'm sure you've heard about the hype surround Mara Dyer by know, and it's all 100 percent deserved. If you haven't pick up a copy of this book yet, GO NOW. Really you should. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will not disappoint you. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (56)

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Hey guys, I feel like the worst blogger EVER. I haven't post a review in awhile, and I didn't post anything all week last week. I could give you a line of excuses and apologies, For example my English teacher assigns paper after paper and my dog died this week (which are both true, and the second is really sad). I could also say sorry a million times but I won't. I'll just tell you - I promise to be a better blogger! I already wrote up reviews and posts for the rest of the week, and half the month of October so this WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN! I lost a follower this week, and while it was only one, I just felt like a let one person down. Such a horrible feeling. I promise to do better. 

 Anyway guys, here is my IMM these are all e-books for review. 

From Simon and Schuster Galley Grab: 

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse
This sounds SO CUTE!


(Heard some GREAT things about this one!)

From Netgalley for a Book Tour: 

Between the Sea and Sky

That's what I got this week. What did you get?


Sunday, October 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (55)

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Hey guys! I forgot almost forgot it was Sunday. Meaning I almost did not do a IMM. I only got one book in the mailbox yet I couldn't be more excited for it.

For Review: (From Around The World ARC Tours)

I've heard some AMAZING things about this book and I completely forgot I signed up for this tour, I was so surprised when I opened the package. I'm going to start digging into this one right away.

Also, I received Crossed by Ally Condi (not from the ARC tour)

For me, Matched was just okay, it didn't blow me away but so far I'm enjoying Crossed. The world has already been set up in Matched so this time we are just thrown into the plot and action. Also we see things from Ky's POV this time too!

Oh, and that cover is just perfect. This series has the best covers ever because they fit the stories so well and I can't wait to see the next one.


Book Trailers Part 2

On Thursday I had a post about Book Trailers that I recently found and loved. Yet I also stumbled upon a few book trailers that I didn't enjoy. Here they are...

While this is a book that I'm really excited to read, the trailer doesn't tell you anything about it. AT ALL. It just told me facts I already know about the titanic, and then slightly suggests werewolves but never comes out to say it. Still, this is a book I will be picking up. I loved the Evernight Series.

Warning! Spoilers if you haven't read Wings or Spells.

....I have TONS of problems with this trailer. First I have to say these books are amazing and even though I hate the trailer this has no reflection on how I feel about the first two books. Now, what if someone clicked on this trailer without reading the first two books? Well that's a HUGE spoiler. Basically the main plot points given right there. Then the people! I really don't like people like this in trailers, well just their faces. It takes the magic and fun out of creating the characters in your head. In EVE's trailer there was people but you never saw their faces.

This trailer is just cheesy and it also doesn't make me want to pick up the book. Which is sad seeing that Legend is a great dystopian novel. I've been recommending everyone to put it on there TBR pile for awhile now. I'm curious what you think of this trailer? Am I the only one that thinks it's overly cheesy?

What are some book trailers that get on your nerves?


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