Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Publication Date:
Source: Audiobook
Summary from Goodreads:

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for. 

My Two Cents:

I was fortunate enough to listen to this audiobook. This was my first one so I didn't know if it would add or take away from the story. In this case, I think it added to it. The accents made the story so much more real. Two different voices told from Rosie's and Scarlett's point of views. Ever since that tragic day when they first encountered a fenris, Scarlett has lived to hunt. It's what she lives for, and doesn't see any other purpose in life. Her younger sister Rosie feels forced into doing it because she feels as though she owes Scarlett her life for saving her years ago. Then childhood friend, Silas comes back from vacation to hunt with them and then things become....complicated. He presents a life outside of hunting that Rosie wants but isn't sure she should have.

I liked listening this novel. The fight scenes were entertaining. It was definitely like listening to a movie. I saw the old cottage in Ellison and I had a clear picture of the neighborhood in Atlanta. I identified the most with Rosie because she felt torn. On one hand she owes Scarlett her life and wants to please her. On the other hand she's a teenager and she wants to just live a normal teen life. Scarlett was just all about "the hunt". I found myself being a little disappointed when it was time for her narration. That was the only thing on her mind!Though there were times I felt sorry for her. She was missing an eye from a Fenris attack and felt that hunting was all she had left since her beauty was taken.

All in all I recommend this audiobook to whoever wants to try one out. It has a lot of action, the accents are on point and will keep you making weird faces in public LOL. Unfortunately, I did smell the big ending coming a mile away, but the ride there was great.


Teaser Tuesday (10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Share the title and author, too, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they want
Here's My Teaser:

"It's not like I can test out my kissing theories on him in the middle of the street, surrounded by a bunch of drug dealers and homeless people, while my mom waits in the car. This plan has failure written all over it."

~"Sleepless" by Cyn Balog, Page 149

Sunday, August 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (14)

In My Mailbox covers all the goodies we've received for the week and is hosted by Kristi The Story Siren

This was a pretty good week for me.

~Sleepless by Cyn Balog (ATW Tours)
~Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

~The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 1 The Ultimate Test by Sheila M. Goss
~Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
~Secrets of a First Daughter by Cassidy Calloway

~Love Sucks! by Melissa Francis
~Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
~Wanted by Sara Shepard
~Wicked by Sara Shepard
~Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
~The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

This was a good PBS week! What did you get??

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey

Publication Date: June 5, 2010
ARC Source: Around the World Tours
Summary from Goodreads:

The second adventure in the Drake Chronicles. Teen vampire action and heart-pounding romance continue as the Drake family faces a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It has been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who turned her into a vampire and left her buried for two hundred years. That-s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks . ..

My Two Cents:

 This is the sequel to Hearts at Stake. The first novel focused on Keiran and Solange. This new installment now focuses on Isabeau and Logan. Isabeau is fierce, angry, and a kick butt first ask questions later type of chick. She has a settle to score with the vampire who turned her into a vampire and left her for dead. That's her purpose....right? That is until she meets the biggest distraction in the hot Logan Drake. He's just too irresistible in his frocks that fit right in with the century she was actually born in.

As I said before, I love historical fiction and this gave us a good portion of it. It was narrated by both Logan and Isabeau. Isabeau's chapters told the story of her past and how she came to be a vampire. It's a heart wrenching narrative that tells of her good fortunes and her struggles. This became a crucial part of the novel, explaining why she was such a hard ass.

The "sexy" factor in book One was a bit stronger. However, the historical fiction aspect of this one brought something different to the novel that Hearts at Stake didn't have. The fighting in this one was also better.I can't wait to see what sexy Drake brother we'll focus on next.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (9)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Share the title and author, too, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they want
Here's My Teaser:

"He struck Tessa to the ground, landing on top of her and knocking the chair from her hand. He lunged at her throat, teeth bared, and she raked her clawed hand across his face, hitting and kicking at him with her other limbs.

~"Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare
Page 258

Wooo sounds like it's ON! I love a good fight lol

Monday, August 9, 2010

Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Summary from Goodreads:

Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.
The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

My Two Cents:
Personally I didn't care so much for Camille even though she was the main character. She battled with listening to her heart and her head. Oscar I enjoyed very much. He knew what he wanted from the beginning...her. The seedy loan shark that they hooked up with along the way kept me in tears with laughter the whole way. I love characters such as him that hand it to you straight no chaser :) My biggest problem with this book is that it moved a bit slowed at times. The ending was a bit predictable as well. However this was a well written novel. It was very obvious that the author did a lot of research before tackling this time period.

I really love historical fiction so I was really excited to read this one. From reading this summary, I gathered it would be a sappy romance. This turned out to be a forbidden love story, turned adventure/mystery. There was definitely some romance but it was so much more to this than that. Frazier gives such great imagery as we follow Oscar and Camille all over Australia in the search for this ancient stone putting all the pieces together.

With characters that jump off the page at you whether you love them or hate them, this novel will keep you wanting more. I'm looking forward to Everlasting 2 to see what happens next.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi the Story Siren

This week wasn't as huge as last week but it was still good. This was tour book week apparently!

~Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Traveling ARC Tours)
~Forget You by Jennifer Nichols (Traveling ARC Tours)
~The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos (Around the World Tours)

What did you guys get??

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

This week I decided to do a vlog!! 

Books Mentioned:

Drama High:Frenemies by L. Divine
The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd by Heather Brewer
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Cum Laude by Cecily Von Ziegesar
You are not Here by Samantha Schutz
The Mosts by Melissa Senate
Other by Karen Kincy
Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
Her and me and You by Lauren Strasnick
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Please don't mind the screaming at random parts....no one was hurt during the taping of this video lol. My boyfriend was just playing a very violent game, hence the reason I'm playing Drake to drown it out.

What did you guys get??