Wednesday, November 30

Review: Touch (Reaper #1)

Touch (Reaper #1)
Jennifer Snyder

Publication Date: August 27, 2011
Date Read: November 29, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Review Copy from Author
Format: E-book

From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Rowan Harper knows her life is forever changed the moment her schizophrenic mother commits suicide. What Rowan doesn’t realize is how much her mother’s choice altered her own fate. It’s not until after meeting Jet, a sapphire-eyed dead boy, Rowan begins to learn of her new destiny as becoming her mother’s replacement for something she never knew existed. 
I really don't know what to say about this book. It is a short story and I ended up reading it all in one sitting. It definitely wasn't what I expected.

Rowan is having a hard-time right now, her schizophrenic mother committed suicide and Rowan's life changed drastically. She suddenly starts seeing spirits and discovers maybe her mother wasn't so crazy afterall. What she doesn't know is her mother's suicide put in motion steps that will change her life forever.

I thought that the storyline for Touch is very good. It's a great storyline and Jennifer's narration had me hooked from the first chapter. I was very intrigued as to what was going to happen.
The downfall of this book is that a lot of it I didn't really get. Rowan meets Jet, a 'spirit' and after only seeing him three times, speaking to him twice, claims she has fallen in love with him. Really? They literally met like 2 minutes ago. I get all the love at first sight stuff you get in novels but I didn't really get that feeling with this book so I was very surprised at the turn of events and I didn't find it very realistic.
Another thing that really got me was after something happened to Rowan the rest of her life was forgotten about. What happened to her father, her best friend from school? They were never mentioned again and I didn't really like that.

Overall, I think it's a good storyline and I really enjoyed Jennifer's writing style. I am looking forward to reading a full length novel by her and hopefully I will enjoy it significantly more.
Now for the rating. I am so torn between 2 and 3 Stars/Roses. Parts of the books I didn't find realistic which makes me want to give it 2 stars but I really liked the premiss of the story and I really liked Jennifer's writing style so that for me gives it an extra star.

Review: Touch (Denazen #1)

Touch (Denazen #1)
Jus Accardo

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: October 9, 2011
Date Read: November 29, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-book

From Goodreads:
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.
I didn't really know what I expected when I started this book but if definitely wasn't that. Wow. I really enjoyed this book. I definitely didn't expect it to be so action-packed and I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

Dez has always believed her father was a lawyer, since her mother died giving birth to her, her and her father have never been close and she will do anything to piss him off. But then Dez meets Kale, the strange boy who seems to know nothing of the world and is confused and frightened but also fiercely protective. Suddenly Dez discovered that all is not how it seems and she is thrown into a fierce battle that is surfacing between her father's company and the Sixes; people with extraordinary powers who are being used as weapons. But Dez is not as she seems either, she is harbouring a deep secret, one she has fought to protect all her life.

I really enjoyed this book. It definitely wasn't what I expected but that, to me, is a very good thing. I definitely wasn't expecting some of the things that happened.
First off, Dez is one of my favourite heroine's. She is strong and won't take any crap from nobody. She's not afraid to speak her mind and if someone needs punching, well she's the one who'll do it. I love that you see her softer side while she is with Kale, and Kale sees a side of her not many people get to see.
I instantly fell head over heels for Kale. He is the sweetest guy ever. I don't think I have ever sat there and said awwwww so many times while reading one book, but I did with this one. Everytime Kale was speaking to Dez all I could do was go awwwww and yes I looked slightly weird sat there reading on my kindle saying awwww to it out-loud but I don't care. I just love Kale and I cannot wait to see how his and Dez's relationship grows in the next book.

The most surprising thing in this book for me was the ending. I definitely wasn't expecting it. All the way through the book Dez is set on one goal, I won't say what coz that would be a major spoiler and I hate spoilers in reviews, but I definitely wasn't expecting her to get it. I am a little confused as to what will happen in the next book as I definitely expected this to stretch throughout the series. I am really looking forward to the next book and I think this was a great start to a new series.

Tuesday, November 29

Teaser Tuesday (#2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
Anyone can join in.

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the Title and Author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 

Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo

When we stepped off the elevator and onto floor nine - the furthest I'd ever been - I felt it right away. The air was different.

What's your Teaser Tuesday?

Monday, November 28

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#14)

It's Monday, What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Currently Reading!

Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo


Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead (Review Here)
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott (Review Here)

Up Next!

Masquerade (Heven & Hell #1) by Cambria Hebert (For Review)
Blood Warrior (Alexa Montgomery Saga #1) by H.D Gordon (For Review)

Sunday, November 27

Review: As I Wake

As I Wake
Elizabeth Scott

Published By: Dutton Books
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
Date Read: November 27, 2011
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: On Loan
Format: Hardback
Pages: 269

From Goodreads:
Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.
This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write. I really liked this book but at the same time I kinda disliked it as well. It is a very strange book and the reader is confused while reading it but that didn't really bother me.

Ava wakes up with a serious case of amnesia. She doesn't know who she is, where she is, or any of these people around her. But then she starts having memories. Not of this world but of a different one. As she uncovers more strange memories she also uncovers the truth of two very different worlds that have been woven together by other's actions.

While reading this book I didn't really understand why it had received such a low rating from people. It is a confusing book but that really didn't bother me. The narrator has amnesia, so doesn't really know what's going on and since you see the story through her eyes the reader is confused and unsure of what is going on. I found the book really interesting and the writing technique was amazing. Even though I was confused and unsure of what was going on the way it was wrote kept me completely hooked throughout the book and I had a difficult time putting it down. The more I read and the more unusual memories were uncovered the more I couldn't put it down as I couldn't wait to find out what had happened to Ava.

I think one of the reasons I liked this book was Ava is very much stuck between two worlds. One normal-day world and one dystopia-type world where everything was different. I am a huge fan of dystopian books so I really liked this different take on a dystopian novel where there was a dystopia world and a normal-day world living at the same time with the main character having lived in one and suddenly finding herself in the other.

I was extremely torn between what rating I should give this book. I would love to give it 4 stars because I thought it was a great original storyline and I really enjoyed reading it. However the ending really let me down and to me the ending is very important to a story. As much as the whole book was kinda confusing the ending was just bizarre. I didn't really get it and when I got to the end I was like really? That's it? The ending definitely wasn't explained very well and I was left wondering what happened to all the other characters. You don't even really understand what happens to Ava. I made my own personal assumption about what the ending meant but you really don't know and you don't know what happened to any of the other characters in either of the worlds and I really didn't like it.

I think As I Wake was a great book. It's original and unique and I loved that about the book but to me the ending is important and I really didn't like the ending. Really the rating for this book is somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars and it's a good book and I would love to read it again. However the ending was a let down and that lowered the star rating.

Saturday, November 26

Paranormal Turkey Tour!

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Nothing says the holidays like sitting around a fully decked out dining room table with mouthwatering temptations waiting to be gobbled up. Everyone waits anxiously for the big reveal… the turkey!

Lovingly prepared since early that morning, the turkey is brought out in a covered, silver serving platter. Aunt Edith smacks little Tommy's hand as he attempts to steal a candied yam dripping with marshmallow. The collective breath is held as the silver cover is removed… revealing… a zombie turkey!

What—what? That's right folks, this year, we are celebrating this American holiday paranormal style. And what says paranormal holiday better than a walking, talking zombie turkey?

This zombie turkey brings you important tidings of great prizes that shall be for all people… who participate and win of course.

November 25-27 you could win up to $200 in prizes!

Three days. Four YA paranormal books. Five chances to win!

And who are these crazy paranormal authors? Check them out. It's like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Thanksgiving style!

Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted

"Psychic or not, you'll never see the end for this one coming! Emlyn Chand is pioneering 'the next big thing' for YA." ~ Emily Reese, author of Second Death

Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.

Monster Mash: Emlyn says… I. AM. WEREWOLF! And why's that you ask? First off, my name (Chand) literally means moon in Sanskrit. Next, werewolves are super cool--we can blend in with common folk, and then out of nowhere, kapow! I'm a werewolf, and I sure am hungry. Lastly, Team Jacob 100%. Now excuse me while I cock back my head and howl at my namesake.

Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic

"Patti Larsen is truly gifted because I read Family Magic cover to cover and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment!" ~  from Goodreads review

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord, but she just wants to be ordinary. When her coven comes under attack, Syd must face the fact only her power can save her family's magic.

Monster Mash: Patti says… I am a witch. Naturally. I weave spells with my words, cast incantations from my keyboard, mix up the very best potions in my cauldron of documents. You want to stay on my good side. Trust me. Unless you enjoy waking up as something... unnatural.

Kimberly Kinrade, author of Forbidden Mind

"Forbidden Mind is a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. An evil organization with deep secrets. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets a boy who controls minds, she discovers her future isn't what she thought. Together they must escape and free the others… or risk losing everything—and everyone—they love.

Monster Mash: Kimberly says… I may look like a demon, but I'm actually a succubus. Enchanting and seductive, I weave stories that will fuel your passions and make you fall in love. But be warned… once you fall under the spell of my words, your world will never be the same.

John Corwin, author of The Next Thing I Knew

Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humor throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie). ~Maryann, Chapter by Chapter

The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy’s mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter. Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing.

Monster Mash: John says… I am a ninja. After all, vampires are simply ninjas with fangs. They can hide in plain sight, right in your living room. Jump out and scare the wits out of you. Drop a smoke bomb and poof! All you’re left with is stinky smoke in your house and soiled underclothes.

The Prizes

Four $25 Book Entries: For each of the four books in the contest, you can enter to win $25 (up to $100 in giveaways!) Simply buy a copy of the book (each is priced at just  99 cents for this special promotion) and email the proof of purchase for that book OR submit the first sentence of the fifth chapter for that book to Winners will be chosen randomly. Each person can submit one entry per book. Here are the links for each book:

And... if you buy all FOUR books, you are entered to win the Grand Prize!

The Grand Prize

One randomly selected reader who enters to win all four book prizes (Family Magic, Farsighted, Forbidden Mind and The Next Thing I Knew) will win the grand prize of $100.

So go on now and pick up a copy of these fantastic paranormal reads before the zombie turkey eats you!

What? Still around? Then enjoy these fun book trailers and Paranormal Turkey Tour trailer. (Then go buy the books.) Also, leave a comment and help your favorite blog host win a $50 prize!


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Thursday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick message to all of my followers who celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 23

Review: Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2)

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2)
Richelle Mead

Published By: Bantam
Publication Date: August 13, 2009
Date Read: November 23, 2011
Genre: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480

From Goodreads:
Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she's also become queen of the Thorn Land. It's hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one--except Eugenie--seems willing to find out why.

Eugenie has spilled plenty of fey blood in her time, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and nursing a very personal grudge. And the men in her life aren't making things any easier. Her boyfriend Kiyo is preoccupied with his pregnant ex, and sexy fey king Dorian always poses a dangerous distraction. With or without their help, Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in an unpredictable power she can barely control. Reluctant queen or not, Eugenie has sworn to do her duty--even if it means facing the darkest--and deadliest--side of her nature...
I really loved this book. I honestly didn't think it would be as good as the first one because of how much I loved the first one but Richelle Mead surpassed herself again. I think I actually enjoyed this one more than Storm Born. It was incredible.

Eugenie has to come to terms with the Otherworldly kingdom she now has to rule. She has never liked the Otherworld and definitely never thought she would be a part of it, let alone as a ruler but she has to come to terms with it, and fast. Before anything happens to her people and her land. But as always with Eugenie's life, everything isn't simple and she is faced with yet another quest she must find the answers to. Can she come to terms with her heritage while still keeping true to her heart?

I genuinely loved this book, I thought it was better than the first one in this series and that it was a lot more action-packed than the first one.
Eugenie as always is as kickass as ever and takes everything in her stride. She is definitely one of my favourite heroines and I just love this series and reading about her. She's amazing.
My feelings about Kiyo didn't really change much in this book, if anything my dislike of him grew stronger. I just don't really like him and I was so happy with the ending of this book. The more I read the more Kiyo really irritated me. He is one of those characters that I really would like to be read just so I could go and find him just so I could slap or punch him. As my dislike for Kiyo grew in this book my love for Dorian grew. The more I read about him the more I love him and I found myself flicking further through the book to see if there was a scene with him in coming up. And if I found his name in the next chapter or so it made me read quicker so that I could get to that part.

I felt so much while reading this book, especially for Eugenie. She went through hell in this book. Literally. And I just wanted to give her a hug. She probably would have punched me but I still wanted to hug her. I loved that we finally got to see a softer side to her. She's always been very hard-core and no-one can touch me or hurt me but I love that further on in this book we saw a softer more vulnerable side to her.
I am so excited to read the next book in this series and it absolutely kills me that I don't have it. I need it. Right Now!
Definitely one of my favourite series and I am just in awe of Richelle Mead and her work. All her books are amazing and if you haven't read them. Well what are you waiting for? Go get them right now.

Review: Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)

Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)
Richelle Mead

Published By: Bantam
Publication Date: August 14, 2008
Date Read: January 17, 2011
Genre: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 493

From Goodreads:
Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...
I actually read this book months ago before I even started blogging so I didn't write a review when I first read it. I have just finished book 2 in this series so before writing my review for that I would try and write a review for the first book based on what I remember,

I loved this book. I originally picked it up just because it was wrote by Richelle Mead. I loved her Vampire Academy series and really wanted to read her other works. This book is very different from VA but equally as amazing.
Eugenie is a shaman, known as Odile, Dark Swan. Her job is to rid the human world of dark spirits, demons and fae who cross over from the Otherworld. She despises going into the Otherworld and avoids it at all costs if she can. But then Eugenie stumbles across a case she can't ignore. A human girl kidnapped and taken into the Otherworld. In her attempt to find her and bring her back Eugenie stumbles across a lot of family secrets, including who and what she is.

I was immediately sucked into this book. I read it in about 2 days which is really quick for me to read a book that is almost 500 pages but I couldn't put it down. I was addicted to this world that Richelle has built and the characters she has created. Every time I put the book down all I was thinking was what would happen next in this book with these characters.
I instantly loved Eugenie, she is such a great character. She is so strong and won't take no crap from anyone. Who doesn't love to read a book with a main character with that attitude? I was amazed at how well she dealt with everything and took everything in her stride as she started discovering all of these secrets about herself and her family and finding out who she is.
Kiyo, what can I say about Kiyo? Well first of all I loved him and thought he was sweet but then as I read more my feeling towards him started to turn a bit sour. I think he's a great character but I don't really love him as I usually do the love interest in these kinds of books. I just felt there was something about him that I didn't like and I really don't like him by the end of this book either. I am definitely Team Dorian all the way. I love him. I love how funny he is and every scene Dorian was in I found myself laughing. He is definitely my favourite character and I can't wait to see what Dorian and Eugenie's relationship will be like in the next book.

I thought this was a great start to a new series and I am really excited to see what happens next. Both with the plot (after the shock ending) and with the characters relationships. Richelle is indeed a literary genius and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Tuesday, November 22

Teaser Tuesday (#1)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
Anyone can join in!

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the Title and Author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead

"I felt every emotion in the world. And when I suddenly ripped the air from the room and used it to smash a vase against the wall I couldn't say if it was because of Dorian or Kiyo."

Monday, November 21

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#13)

It's Monday, What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey

Currently Reading!

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead


Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A Weatherly

Up Next!

Stake That (Blood Coven #2) by Mari Mancusi
Girls That Grown (Blood Coven #3) by Mari Mancusi

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, November 20

Review: Hushed

Kelley York

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Date Read: November 12, 2011
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: ARC from Entangled Publishing
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
This is one of the best books I have read this month, possibly this year. This is the first thriller-type book I have ever read and I always assumed it just wasn't my thing. I am definitely more of a romance kind of girl but when I was asked to review it and I read the blurb I was really intrigued. It was phenomenal. I am so glad I read this and I am now much more open to these kinds of books. I loved it.

Archer has been in love with Vivian since they were kids. He will do anything for her happiness and anything to protect her. Even murder people. But then he meets Evan and everything starts to change for him. He learns what unconditional love really is like and what he feels may just be a little wrong. But can he back out now when he has already come so far?

I genuinely loved this book. When reading the blurb I immediately thought okay this guy is killing people, he has to be the bad guy right? Boy was I wrong. Archer is so not the bad guy and I loved him. My heart really went out to him while reading this book. Archer has never known unconditional love, from his strained hateful relationship with his mother to Vivian's manipulative behaviours towards him he has never really received love like everybody else does and that is obviously going to affect him and the way he behaves (Keep in mind I may see this completely different because of my psychological background). He is a very flawed character and everything he does, he does because he thinks he is doing the right thing and keeping those he loves from harm.
Hushed is 100% a redemption story and I love how Evan comes into it and ends up kind of being Archer's saviour. Evan sees all these flaws in Archer and sees what he does to protect Vivian but he never once judges him and is always the one who loves him no matter what and is there to help him.

I finished this book over a week ago and I still don't really know what to say. The writing is captivating and draws you in right from the start. I sat down just to read one chapter to kind of get a feel for the book and the next thing I knew I was half-way through. I genuinely couldn't put it down. I loved every moment of it and I felt everything through Archer. I understood him and I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him everything would be okay.
I would love for Kelley York to write a follow-up to find out what happens next with Archer and Evan but I loved the ending and thought it was perfect to end their story.

Kelley York is definitely an author to watch out for. Her writing has captivated me and when she releases another book I will 100% pick it up and buy it without even looking to see what it's about.
A phenomenal debut book and everyone should pick it up and read it. Even if it doesn't seem your kind of book like I originally thought just pick it up and read it anyway. You won't be disappointed.

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!
We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up..

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D

Challenge guidelines: 

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it'sunique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you will get +1 entry.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL. 
  11. You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

Evie from Bookish - @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read - @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked On Books @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision @mermaidvisions

Wrap-up POST Schedule:

January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April -  Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)

I will be aiming for Love at First Sight, which is 31-40 TBR books. I have no idea if I will actually reach this goal but I am going to give it a go.

I will be choosing my books as I go as I always just read whatever I feel like at the time and if I write a list now chances are none of those books will actually get read.

I will post updates here, on my Twitter @K__Books and maybe on my facebook page K-Books.

Saturday, November 19

Review: Angel Fire (Angel Trilogy #2)

Angel Fire (Angel Trilogy #2)
L.A Weatherly

Published By: Usborne
Publication Date: October 1, 2011
Date Read: November 19, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Review Copy from Usborne Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 709
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From Goodreads:
Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn’t alone, though. She has Alex by her side – a trained Angel Killer and her one true love. But nothing can change the fact that Willow’s a half-angel, and when Alex joins forces with a group of AKs, she’s treated with mistrust and suspicion. She’s never felt more alone…until she meets Seb. He’s been searching for Willow his whole life – because Seb is a half-angel too.
There are no words in my head right now that Oh. My. God. Angel Fire is such an emotional book and you are taken on an emotional roller-coaster while reading this book.

Willow and Alex are now more determined than ever to rid the world of the evil Angels and save humankind. But they can't do it alone. So they team up with a group of AK's, Angel Killers, just like Alex and Alex as the best of them all starts training them. However, unlike Alex they don't welcome half-angel Willow with open-eyes like they hoped. Instead she is looked on with suspicion and fear. Willow is more alone than ever, being the only half-angel in existence she can't relate to anyone else, and Alex is too busy training the AKs. Then she meets the mysterious green-eyed boy she had dreamt about and feels a connection to she can't explain. It turns out he is a half-angel too but what does this mean for the fight against the angels and what will it mean for Willow and Alex's love?

When I finished reading Angel earlier this year I was blown away by the story. I thought the storyline was so unique and I had never read another angel book like it. I loved every single moment of it and fell in love with the characters. I was so excited for the next book in the series but I had my doubts about it as well. I thought the first book was so phenomenal that nothing could quite compare to that standard. Boy was I wrong. Angel Fire surpasses Angel 100%.

LA Weatherly blew me away again. Her writing technique is superb. Hers are the only books that have a mixture of First person and Third person narratives that works well. I love that we see the story through Willow's eyes and feel her emotions but at times in the story you really want to know what the other characters are thinking and feeling and this is shown as well through third-person narratives for these other characters. I have never known a book mix the two narrative styles and the book work so well and flow as much as this one does. I just love the style of this book and her writing just completely sucks you in. When I first received Angel Fire for review I immediately wanted to start it but I got so overwhelmed that it was such a big book. At 709 pages it is the biggest book I have ever read but once I started reading I was completely sucked into this world and this story yet again.

Angel Fire is definitely more emotional than Angel and at times I was in tears at what was happening. I was so heartbroken I didn't know if I could go on reading as my heart physically hurt because of what was happening with the characters but at the exact same time I couldn't stop reading. It is as action-packed as the first but where the first book was very focussed on the story of the angels and how they acted in this world the second book is focussed on the character's feelings and relationships. I loved that in both Angel and Angel Fire there is an equal balance of romance and action and this series is without a doubt one of the best I have ever read in my life. It is my favourite Angel series and easily surpasses the rest that are out there at the moment.

This book is just phenomenal and I cannot wait to read the third and final book in the series when it is released next year. I am so excited to see how it all ends and pray that it is a happy ending. When I get the third book you can guarantee I will not be overwhelmed by the amount of pages because like this one each page will be relevant and full of pure awesomeness.

Nothing I ever say will do this book justice, so you know what you have to do if you haven't read it right?
What are you waiting for go read this series now.

*A huge thanks to Usborne Publishing for sending me Angel Fire for review.