31 March 2012

Rashelle Workman's Giveaway!

Right now, Rashelle Workman is having a giveaway that is a part of the YA Scavenger Hunt. Go to her site here, to check it out!

30 March 2012

Bloggiesta Begins

It's my first Bloggiesta, and I'm keeping it simple this year since I recently "redecorated", so to speak. My goals this weekend are:

~Add an "About Me" page.
~Add a blog roll (this may prove tricky for me).
~Get to know fellow bloggers.

If you have a blog, and would like to participate, it is not too late. Sign up here. For details on Bloggiesta, go here. And thank you, Natasha, from Maw Books for creating Bloggiesta!

Favorite Friday: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (4/5 Stars)

A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror...
Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.

Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

(Description courtesy of Goodreads.)

Contrary to what some people believe L.J. Smith did NOT copy a certain sparkly-vampire creator. No, L.J. Smith created her own world of vampires years ago. I believe I first read this book about sixteen years ago, to be exact. And, no joke, I can thank Ms. Smith for my love of all things vampire. She definitely got me hooked. This, was my TWILIGHT when I was a teenager. The book that no one thought about making into a movie or TV show, until I was well into my twenties, of course.

THE AWAKENING was my first experience with the ever-present love triangle. Back when I first read this, there was no part of me that wasn't "TEAM STEFAN" all the way! That just goes to show you how much I've changed (or been jaded, you pick), however, because now... I couldn't tell you which vampire I'd choose for Elena.

But, even with that, the first, original, book in this series has intrigue, romance, and bad guys who may or may not REALLY be bad guys. And I don't think anyone can deny this story, though not so original now, was definitely original in it's premiere.

THE AWAKENING is not as gratuitous in its love scenes as an Anne Rice novel, but it sure is more steamy than Meyer's take on the undead.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Buy this book on Amazon.
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Check out L.J. Smith's page.

28 March 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Trapped: Caught In a Lie by Melody Carlson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Trapped: Caught In a Lie (Secrets #4)
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: NavPress
Publication Date: April 28, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
As straight-A student GraceAnn enters her senior year, the stakes seem higher, the stress is mounting, and after bad breakup with her boyfriend, her grades begin to slip. Couldn't she cheat, this just one time?

Why Am I Waiting?
A long-time fan and reader of Melody Carlson, I can't NOT read this book. Ms. Carlson takes real-life, painful scenarios and orchestrates them into inspirational tales for teens. She packs an awesome story along with an undeniably powerful message.

25 March 2012

Destined by Jessie Harrell (4/5 stars)

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

(Desciption courtesy of Goodreads.)

If you like Greek mythology, then I think you'll love this book. So many of Greek mythology's best characters are in DESTINED. And seriously, I can't help but love how Ms. Harrell took all of my favorite Greek myths and incorporated them into this story to make them so stinkin' faulous!

The main protagonists Psyche and Eros--you may know him as Cupid--are great together! Psyche wins me over with the beauty of a goddess, but the kindness of a saint. She's definitely flawed, but not in a way that makes her unlikeable. Eros, on the other hand, can't seem to let go of his past. It's the standard, "she did me wrong, now all girls are evil", stance. But, I can, safely, say both of these two have the absolute best of intentions throughout the entire story, but it just seems like everything keeps going wrong for them!

But, if I'm going to be honest, my favorite surprise of this book was Aphrodite. I think she may just be the most complex character in the entire book. And the way she gets used as a tool to form this story, is flawless. Absolutely amazing.

The reason I didn't give DESTINED five stars is because I feel like if you are a stranger, in any way, to Greek mythology, you may miss out on this book. There are so many references to Greek myths in here that aren't EXACTLY explained that someone, NOT up on their Greek, may be confused.

That being said, I still loved it! Thought it was a wonderful read! And, I will be sure to read anything Ms. Harrell puts out in the future!

To purchase DESTINED on Amazon.
To purchase DESTINED on Barnes & Noble.
Check out Jessie Harrell's page.