Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Contest: Portal by Imogen Rose


This is a long overdue contest for Portal by Imogen Rose, as well as a Portal Chronicles mouse pad, bookmark, and other various swag I have laying around. This contest will end on January 1 at 12:01 am eastern time. The winner will be chosen using random.org. This contest is for those within the U.S. only. Thanks to Imogen for providing the book and mouse pad!

Rules:
  • Must be a follower to enter
  • Must be at least 13 years or older
  • U.S. only
To enter, leave a comment with your name/alias and email address. You can also email me your entry if you don't want to give out your personal information.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


From Goodreads:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?


My Review:

There are only so many words to express how in love with this book I am! This definitely fits in my top 10 books of this year. Perkins has developed some pretty amazing and special characters who had me rooting for them throughout the story. I also loved how she described Paris. I went there on vacation a couple of years ago so this book brought back some fond memories for me. Anna and the French Kiss was everything that I expected and more!

Anna is such a great heroine! I sympathized for all that she had to go through and she is a very relatable heroine. Though there were so moments where I wanted to go into the book and talk some sense into her, she did eventually figure out what was obvious to everyone around her. Anna is such a sweet person and I loved how she interacted with St. Clair. Their moments together gave me butterflies! Though it took them awhile to come to terms with their feelings, it was understandable due to the baggage that they both carried.

St. Clair is one of my all time favorite hero's. He is such a quirky and funny guy! He and Anna get along so well and I love it when he and Anna are together, which is most of the book, thankfully! Their relationship develops at the perfect speed which makes the story even better! Every moment means something in their relationship. St. Clair is definitely a heart-breaker! Can I please find someone out there like him???

All of the side characters were developed nicely! I especially loved Josh! He is so funny and he is a great friend to St. Clair. I am hoping that Stephanie Perkins will come out with a book with him as the love interest, though it's probably unlikely. A girl can only hope, right?

Overall, this was an amazing, quirky, and funny book that I will definitely be re-reading in the future. The story moves quickly and it was torture putting this book down! St. Clair and Anna are the perfect couple and I am hoping for more from them. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone out there who loves a great teen romance!

My Rating:


5 Stars


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead



From Goodreads:

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?


My Review:

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the final installment in the Vampire Academy series. The last novel, Spirit Bound, ended at such a pivitol point that I thought I wouldn't be able to wait for the next book. I devoured this book in just one day, even with my busy schedule. I thought that Richelle Mead wrapped up this series nicely and I am very excited for her next series where some of her other characters will take the main scene.

A LOT happens in this book. Crazy things, happy things, sad things, and things that gave me butterflies! I laughed, I cried, I sighed, and finally closed the book with a satisfied feeling. I have to say, I had doubts about how Mead would wrap up everything with all of the horrible things that have occurred in the series thus far. However, I know now never to doubt amazingly creative author.

*SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ SPIRIT BOUND*

My favorite moments involved Dimitri and Rose, and Adrian and Rose. I really had no clue who Rose would end up choosing, as both guys are so amazing! When Rose finally did make her decision, it was bittersweet. While I was happy for her and one guy, I felt awful for the other. That being said, I think she made the right decision considering what led up to the moment.

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS OVER*

Nothing in Last Sacrifice is expected, so prepare to be on the ride of your life when you read it! I recommend reading it on a day where nothing is planned as it is much to hard to put down. The action never stops! I loved every moment and Richelle Mead truly outdid herself! If you haven't yet pick up this series, I highly recommend it! I would have to say that Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series!

My Rating:

5 Stars

Guest Post: Anne Michaud

Livy Parker’s Journal, by Anne Michaud

I have an imaginary friend. She lives in the future and every day, she chronicles her life in her journal.

Her world is grim: War V has gone global, the US has closed its borders to prevent homeland invasion, and kids are being sent to war to fight for their country’s freedom. There is no other choice; joining the Army is mandatory and at 19, you’re sent overseas.

But not for her. My friend could get away with it. She could say no and go to college, like her dad did. And like her dad, she could become a journalist, famous and free of her duties. Because everyone knows where they’re going, everyone has a path. And she just changed hers…

My friend is not typical; my friend is her own person. She doesn’t want to stay safely at home while others fight for their lives, for hers. Sometimes, I don’t understand why she’s going, why she would leave everything behind and risk her life. But that’s my friend: always hoping she can change the world.



Livy Parker’s Journal: the dystopian world of a teenage girl is a prequel to the book Rebel by author Anne Michaud.

Click HERE for to read more about Livy Parker's Journal.

Thanks to Anne Michaud for stopping by!
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