Saturday, July 31, 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

This is going to be my first ever in my mailbox! YAY! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren.

My Books:
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Kiss It by Erin Downing
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter--signed!
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Pray For Dawn by Jocelynn Drake--signed!

Not Pictured:
Whisper Kiss by Deborah Cooke
Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
(I imported the pic to my computer but it wasn't showing up when I tried to upload it on blogger. Weird!)

Thanks to
: Barnes and Noble for the amazing sale that caused me to buy so many books! Rebecca Maizel for the postcards and lavender! Tynga's Reviews for hosting a huge contest in which I won a book and Jocelynn Drake for the actual book! =) Random Chalk Talk for the signed Shadow Hills bookmark along with the other bookmarks thrown in. And lastly, a huge thank you to the Barnes and Noble in Boulder for letting me buy the Ally Carter book there and sending it to me after she signed it! I left the day before her signing so that sucked but I still got a signed book! =)
By the way, some of this stuff I got a week ago but I was on vacation when it arrived here so I didn't get it til last sunday! =)

One last note: Thanks to the many, many bloggers out there who were raving about Jennifer Echols. I went out and bought all three of her books so I could read them all at once! =) I am going to start Going Too Far today. I am sure that I will love it!! =)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: Jealousy by Lili St. Crow

From Goodreads:
Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to be svetocha–half vampire, half human, and all deadly. If she survives her training, she will be able to take her place in the Order, holding back the vampires and protecting the oblivious normal people.

But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something.

Or as if she’s in danger.

Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead–but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to–especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life. The only person who can save him is Dru.

The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to…

My Review:
I am so in love with this series! Each book just keeps getting better! If you thought things couldn't get any worse for Dru, think again. I feel so bad for all that Dru has been through. What with her mom murdered, her dad turned into a zombie and killed, and Dru on the run for her life. Dru is so strong and manages to hold it all together, though she breaks a little in this book.

The comic relief of this book is definitely her bodyguards, especially Benjamin! He's a bit of a shopping snob *giggles*. Also, Anna's nickname. The Red Queen. Perfect for her! She is so mean and evil and such a bitch to everyone around her, especially Dru. If I was Dru, I would have told her off in Betrayals, not waited this long. I can understand why Dru wouldn't before though! I mean, she is Head of the Order and really scary (and crazy). I was so happy with the relationship development in this book, with both Graves AND Christophe. *sigh* Can I have both, please?? I have to admit though, I was a total Christophe fan before this book and I now I am torn between Christophe and Graves!! I don't know how Dru is going to decide. =(

I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. So much happens in this book. Relationships get stronger, we find out who's been the traitor all along, and the ending is so heartbreaking. I desperately need spring to be here so I can read Defiance!

My Rating:
5 Stars

Follow Friday!

Hi to everyone out there reading this! I just created this blog Sunday so I am so excited to be participating in Follow Friday! I have many upcoming review and my next review will be Jealousy by Lili St. Crow. I hope to have a giveaway when I get enough followers so please follow me and join me on my book blog journey! =)

My Bookshelves

Candace over at Candace's Reading Blog is having a follower contest where you can win Wake by Lisa McMann, Graceling by Kristen Cashmore, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, or Going Bovine by Libba Bray. All you have to do is post pictures of your bookshelves, boxes of your books, or random bookshelves online. This is my entry!

I have two bookcases, though I really need three. In the first picture, the books at the top of the shelf are part of my TBR pile. Yes, I said part of. The other TBR books can be found on various places on my shelves. The right side of the bottom of my bookshelf is also a part of my TBR pile. I have a book addiction in that I keep adding books to the pile when I can only read so fast! And yes, there are books behind those books in the front in the first picture. I have a lot of books. Under my bed in boxes, in the closet, and in rooms all over the house! The first shelf I actually recently bought because I needed more shelves! The second shelf was built by my dad years ago and can only hold so many books! I love each and every one of the books on my shelves and the few books that I don't like are either shoved in places never to be seen again or donated to the library. =)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Blog Layout

I am absolutely in love with my new blog layout! The banner, background, and button were all designed by the lovely Jessica! She is also taking requests for blog designs! Check out her blog here: A Fanatics Book Blog

Thank you so much for this amazingly cute design, Jessica!!!

Contest at Cry Havoc! Reviews

There is a huge Cassandra Clare contest going on a Cry Havoc! Reviews. Prizes include:
  1. 1 Clockwork Angel Bookmark
  2. 1 Signed HB copy of City of Glass
  3. 1 HB copy of The Mortal Instruments complete set books #1-3 (3 books total)
  4. An ARC of Clockwork Angel
So head on over today, check out their amazing blog and enter the contest! =)

Mortal/Devices Giveaway

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

From Goodreads
The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

I cannot wait for this book to be released! I loved the first book so much that I had to read the whole book before I put it down. I love and look forward to more of Patch, with his hotness and one liner's. I wish October would come faster so I could spend time with Nora and Patch again!! =)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn

From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been ther...more Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.

A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.

My Review:
I thought this was a good book! To my knowledge, there really hasn't been many, if any, tellings of sirens in YA and that made this book unique. I loved Vanessa's voice. I find that in YA, a lot of heroine's can be annoying and whiny *cough* Bella *cough* but that wasn't at all the case with Vanessa. The story revolves around Vanessa trying to find out what really caused her sisters death, and the deaths of many men in the small little town. Simon is there to help her along the way.
Onto the romance part, I felt that Simon and Vanessa's relationship could have been more developed. I didn't really understand what drew them together, other than that they had known each other their entire lives. There wasn't much chemistry. Their love just didn't seem real to me. That being said, mystery wise there were many twists and turns in this book that kept me guessing until the very end and I still had unanswered questions when the story was done. Also, I have to say, I was so not a fan of Zara. There were times when I wished I could be Vanessa for a second and give Zara a piece of my mind!
Overall, I thought this was a unique story and I definitely would buy the sequel, if there is one. I give this book 4 stars! =)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Review Archives

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Amplified by Tara Kelly
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
Awakened by Ednah Walters

Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Beautiful Dark, A by Jocelyn Davies 
Beginning of After, The by Jennifer Castle
Bite Me! by Melissa Francis
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Cleopatra's Moon by Vicki Alvear Shecter
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Dark Divine, The by Bree Despain
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Demon Trapper's Daughter, The by Jana Oliver
Die for Me by Amy Plum
Ditched by Robin Mellom
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Duff, The by Kody Keplinger

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Eternal Ones, The by Kirsten Miller
Eve by Anna Carey
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Faerie Ring, The by Kiki Hamilton
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Frost by Marianna Baer
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Future of Us, The by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Ghost and the Goth, The by Stacey Kade
Girl of Fire and Thorns, The by Rae Carson
Goddess Test, The by Aimee Carter
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
Hooked by Catherine Greenman
Hourglass by Myra McEntire

If I Die by Rachel Vincent
If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Iron Daughter, The by Julie Kagawa
Iron Knight, The by Julie Kagawa
Iron Queen, The by Julie Kagawa
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Kiss It by Erin Downing
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Liar Society, The by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Locket, The by Stacey Jay
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Long Long Sleep, A by Anna Sheehan 
Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Matched by Ally Condie
Mephisto Covenant, The by Trinity Faegan
Misfit by Jon Skovron
My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin
My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

Naughty List, The by Suzanne Young
Near Witch, The by Victoria Schwab
Need So Beautiful, A by Suzanne Young  
Neon Graveyard, The by Vicki Pettersson
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers
Over the Moon by Diane Daniels

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
Pledge, The by Kimberly Derting

Portal by Imogen Rose
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Power of Six, The by Pittacus Lore
Predicteds, The by Christine Seifert


Radiance by Alyson Noël
Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Red Handed by Gena Showalter
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Scorpio Races, The by Maggie Stiefvater
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Sharp Time, The by Mary O'Connell
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Shattering, The by Karen Healey
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
Songbird by Angela Fristoe
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Stay With Me by Paul Griffin
Stork by Wendy Delsol
Summer I Turned Pretty, The by Jenny Han
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Touch Mortal, A by Leah Clifford 
Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The by Michelle Hodkin
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson
Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
Winging It by Deborah Cooke
Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer




Review Policy

Review Policy:
All books that I review were either purchased by me, won in a contest, or sent for review from the publisher, agent, or author. I am in no way compensated for books sent to me. If I am sent a review copy, it is in return for an honest review. I will usually review the book within two weeks of receiving it, if it is already released. For ARCs, I will post the review before their release date. I do not guarantee a review for every book if I didn't enjoy it. I do not promise a review for every book I receive.

What I Enjoy Reading:
Genre's I will review on the blog include: young adult romance, fantasy, contemporary, dystopian, and paranormal books. I am open to anything but horror and non-fiction.

If I am sent a book that is not the first in a series, I would really appreciate it if you provided the previous books so I am not lost in the book.

Types of Books That I Accept:
I will accept ARCs, galley's, finished copies, and self-published authors if they relate to any of the genre's that I review. I do not accept ebooks.

Contact Me:
If you are interested in contacting me to request a book review, interview, or contest my email is:

Rating System:

5 Faeries: Absolutely loved the book!

4 Faeries:
It was a great book!

3 Faeries:
It was okay but had some flaws.

2 Faeries: This book was not for me.

1 Faeries:
Did not like this book at all.


FTC: The books I receive for review are provided by the publisher or the author. I do not accept or receive monetary compensation for my reviews.

Disclaimer: Any books sent to me are to be considered gifts and should not be considered as income for any purposes.

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

From Goodreads:
" For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. "

My Review:
In this original take on werewolves, Sam transforms into a wolf in the coldest parts of the winter and turns human when the months become hot. He is in love with Grace whom he has watched from afar ever since he saved her from other members of his pack 6 years before. Grace has been attached to the unique yellow-eyed wolf who saved her. Their first meeting with Sam as a human is when she finds him on her deck, shot and she helps him. When she sees his unique yellow eyes she doesn't know how its possible but has no doubts that he is her wolf.

I absolutely loved this book! I was relieved that the author didn't drag Grace's discovery of Sam being her wolf farther in the book. It is frustrating when it takes almost the whole book before the heroine discovers the heros secret. Grace's early discover advanced the plot and made the story an enjoyable read. I also loved how the story is told from both Sam and Grace's perspectives. The reader gets to know each of them and really understand their motives. I am in love with Sam! He is such a genuine guy and so sweet to Grace. Their love is so unique because it is so deep and pure and one of the best love stories in YA. I wish I could have my own Sam!

This is one of my favorite reads of all time and I can't wait until I can read Linger. I give this story 5 stars! =)

Hello World!

Hello to everyone reading this out there! My name is Bailey and I thought it was about time that I created my own book blog! I am obsessed with books and reading and I have always enjoyed reading other book blogs. I discover so many new books that are coming out and I enjoy reading others reviews of books. I can't even buy a book without first reading many reviews of it. I want to contribute to the book blogging community by getting the word out about good books that people should grab immediately and books to stay away from! I hope you have fun reading through my blog! =)

A little bit about me: I am a busy 16 year old IB student going into my junior year. I find time to read whenever possible. I always zoom through my homework so I can have time to read at home! Weekends are a blessing for me because that is my only time to breathe and have time to relax! I love all YA books with romance and also enjoy adult paranormal romance books. I am so excited to be starting this book blog and look forward to meeting others who enjoy reading as much as I do. =)

About Me

My name is Bailey and I have been an avid reader since the age of 12. You would probably be surprised to know that I really didn't like reading up until then. My mom always encouraged me to read but being my stubborn self, I refused multiple times. Then, one day at a scholastic book fair in 5th grade I spotted The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan. I love mythology so I decided to buy it. Once I started reading it, I was hooked! I remember going to the bookstore that next day with my mom. She was sooo happy that I was finally loved reading that she bought me, no joke, probably 40 books. Ever since then, I have been reading every book that I could get my hands on!

About my personal life: I am a 17-year-old senior in high school in the IB Program. For those of you who don't know what that is, it is the International Baccalaureate program and it is a worldwide curriculum, kinda like AP. We IB students call it AP on steroids. ;) Anyways, IB consumes a majority of my life but I still find the time to read and blog. Honestly, blogging has become an essential part of my life and I can't see stopping it anytime soon. =) My family is also very important to me. My mom and dad are huge supporters of my blog and I love them so much. =) I also have 4 miniature pinschers who mean the world to me.

Okay, well that is pretty much all I have to say about myself. If you want to know anything else or have any questions about my blog, feel free to email me. =) I am always willing to read and answer emails!

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