Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Angel Star

Title: Angel Star
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Source: Author (Thanks Jennifer)
Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.

Teagen is an unpopular seventeen year old, just trying to make it through high school. New boy Garreth, who happens to be the most beautiful person she has ever set eyes on, seems to be attracting the attention of every girl in her high school. But Garreth has set his eyes on Teagen. 

Garreth couldn't help but want to know the one person he has known her whole life... the girl who he is risking everything to meet. He has broken unspoken rules to know her. He has loved her forever. There is one issue... she doesn't know who he is!

As Teagen and Garreth begin getting close to one another, he tells her that he is her Guardian, the angel that has been sent to look after her and make sure no harm comes to her. He has risked becoming human to be with her. No other angel has ever fell for their charge before. Until now that is...

First off... I thought that Angel Star has amazing potential. Lately its hard to find a fantastic angel falls for human book, because it has been done time and again. I just couldn't believe the love that was supposed to exist between Garreth and Teagen was true. Garreth expresses right off the bat, that he is madly in love with her. But the book never expresses how this love came about. Why he is willing to risk everything for her, just that he loves her. I think I needed a little bit more development between Garreth and Teagen before love was expressed so strongly. 

I do love the triangle that develops between Teagen, Garreth and Hadrian ... I personally was routing for Hadrian the whole time, I just couldn't help it. Hadrian has that irresistible bad boy image, and he had a motive to want Teagen, where I just felt that Garreth didn't. Hadrian was a very well developed character, in a way I wish he had been a bit more of a main character. In the next book I would love to see more of him.

Over all Angel Star was a great book, with amazing potential. I would have easily given it 5 stars if only the main love story was more developed and believable. I did read it in one sitting, but only because I wanted to see what happened to Hadrian, I wasn't overly concerned with the rest of the characters. I will be picking up the sequel out of curiosity... to see if the story will end in the way I want it to. The ending in Angel Star is left so open, that anything can happen in the next book... Can't Wait!

I am team Hadrian... What team are you?


In My Mailbox! (6)

Okay so... I haven't done an In My Mailbox in a few weeks now, so I have a ton of books to list. I didn't take a picture of all the books, simply because there are so many, and this post would be way bigger than it needed to be, so I have listed my books below with links to Amazon, for further explanation. I haven't quite figured out how to do a Vlog yet ... otherwise I would have :) So here we go!

For Review!
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Bloodthirsty - Flynn Meaney
When Rose Wakes - Christopher Golden
Enchanted Ivy - Sarah Beth Durst
Song Of The Sparrow - Lisa Anne Sandell
The Hollow - Jessica Verday
The Haunted - Jessica Verday
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
Desires Of The Dead - Kimberly Derting
XVI - Julia Karr
Dairy Queen - Catherine Murdock
Front and Center - Catherine Murdock
The Off Season - Catherine Murdock
Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
Radiant Shadows - Melissa Marr
Goddess Boot Camp - Tera Lynn Childs
Oh. My. Gods - Tera Lynn Childs
Crossing Over - Anna Kendall
Wildwing - Emily Whitman
Z - Michael Thomas Ford
Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston
Secrets Of A First Daughter - Cassidy Calloway
Where I Belong - Gwendolyn Heasley
The Ivy - Lauren Kunze
As You Wish - Jackson Pearce
Nightshade - Andrea Cremer

How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation - Simone Elkeles
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation - Simone Elkeles
How to Ditch Your Fairy - Justine Larbalestier
Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols
Persistence of Memory - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Espressologist - Kristina Springer

Demon Princess: Reign Check - Michelle Rowen

Maddie's Mailbox
Oops! (A Diaper David Book) 
Oops! (A Diaper David Book) - David Shannon 

Scholastic was nice enough to send my daughter Maddie a book this week! She was super excited!

Well that is what I have gotten in last two weeks... what have you gotten? Include a link to your mailbox in the comments.. I would love to see :) 

Also a side note! Demon Princess: Reign Check is $3.20 Brand new hardcover on amazon right now... the link I Included will take you right to it.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Box O' Books Giveaway

220 Follower Giveaway

Good morning everyone! I noticed this morning that we are getting very close to hitting 200 followers... so to stick with the giving spirit I am going to up the anty a little bit. I really want to see the blog hit 220 followers. So one we hit 220 followers I am going to giveaway a box of books... Yes you heard right a BOX of books. All the books will be chosen at random! At least two books will be autographed. And there will be both ARC's and finished copies of books. I will not guarantee how many books will be in the box but I will promise it will be 5 or more. I will increase the amount of books by how many followers we obtain over the 220 limit. For every 10 extra followers I will add 2 extra books! This is international...as always :) ... and there are ways to get extra entries! Giveaway ends on Oct 14th at 11:59pm ...so...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Merlin's Dragon Giveaway

Merlin's Dragon Giveaway
Good Morning! Keeping with the giveaway week... up for grabs is a finished copy of Merlin's Dragon by T.A. Barron, this is book 3 in the series. This book officially comes out Oct 14th. Read below for the description!

Avalon is on the verge of total destruction: an army of warriors, a swarm of fire dragons, and a lethal plague are all laying waste to Merlin's beloved land. But Merlin is nowhere to be found. Leading the fight in his place is Basil, the once tiny lizard who is now the most powerful dragon in Avalon.
But to restore peace, the mastermind behind this chaos, Doomraga, will need to be discovered and destroyed before his power grows stronger and Avalon and its inhabitants are beyond saving. For Basil to triumph, he and his friends may need to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

She Smells The Dead

Author: E.J. Stevens
Release Date: Aug 19, 2010
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press               
Source: Author ( Thanks E.J.!)

It's the beginning of senior year and Yuki's psychic awareness of ghostly spirits is threatening to ruin her life. Her ability to sense spirits of the dead isn't glamorous like the ghost hunting on television. SHE SMELLS THE DEAD. The smell impressions are becoming stronger. Yuki is being visited in her dreams, and she suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. To make matters worse her crush on Garrett is going unrequited, Yuki's friend Emma is on a rampage against bee oppression, and annoying Calvin Miller mysteriously disappears. Will Yuki be able to focus her powers in time to save the lost soul who is haunting her? Meanwhile, who will save Yuki from following the spirits into the light?

Yuki is a teenage girl just entering her senior year of high school. Yuki is as far from popular as a green bean is from being ice cream. The jocks in her school call her a witch due to her gothic attire. But Yuki does have a couple great friends!

    There is Emma, a blonde vegan... that thinks she can smell death by walking into the cafeteria, because of all the meat eating going on there. She is also a pro at making tea with healing properties... They don't taste very good... but man do they work! Emma also is set on freeing bee's from being used for honey.

     Calvin Miller is Yuki's best friend, he is blonde with sun kissed skin, and strangely always smells like a wet dog! Yuki is also secretly crushing on Calvin, that is until he expresses that he is interested in being more than just friends with Yuki.

     Oh and there is that small set back that Yuki has.... She can smell the dead! Not disgusting smells like rotting corpses or anything like that but a smell that has left an impression on the ghost. Its that smell that Yuki has to use to solve the mystery that the ghost needs to reveal, because she can't see or talk to the ghost, just smell them.

     I absolutely loved every last delicious page of She Smells The Dead! I had to read it in one sitting because I was unable to set it down, I had to know what was going to happen with Yuki's ghost. Better yet I had to know what was going to happen between her and her love interest Calvin! I liked how in one breathe they were just friends but in another Yuki was harboring these feelings towards Calvin. I had no problem believing that Yuki was seventeen, she had normal teenage issues as well as a few that aren't so normal! If you have a chance to pick up a copy of She Smells The Dead, I strongly suggest that you do! Its such a great book. You can pick up a copy at Amazon, I have included the link below :)

This is also a delightful read with Halloween right around the corner!


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