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Friday, September 30, 2011

555 Follower Giveaway

Amazingly I'm up to 555 followers, actually by now there are 572, but I was busy before and 555 Follower Giveway sounds so much better than 572 Follower Giveaway, doesn't it! And anyway this number definitely guaranties a giveaway as I did the last one when I reached 100 Followers.

There will be 2 winners which can choose 1 book out of the 8 displayed below.


Rules:
- 2 winners each winning 1 book
- open internationally - make sure that The Book Depository ships to your country
- the winners will be informed by email and have 48h to respond











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Review: Seers by Heather Frost



Author: Heather Frost
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Titel: Seers
Publisher: Bonneville
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 8th October 2011
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Get it: Amazon | BookDepository 
Goodreads Summary
For Kate Bennet, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O'Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble.
I picked this book up on NetGalley as the blurb seems to my really interesting. Auras, guardians and demons? Sounds like fun to me.
I absolutely loved the prologue. I can't give away so much but it's in the past and it's not immediately connected to the beginning of the story. But it is very fascinating and I wish there would be more.
Kate, the main character, had to go back to school, the new year starting. Her parents were killed a few weeks ago and since then she can see colors, auras, around people. By now she figured out that they represent the others feelings/mood. On the first day of school she sees one and meets another person who doesn't have a colored aura. She is scared and worried. As it turns out she is the only one who can actually see these people, which is really relieving either. That's the beginning of the book. I was very much into the story. The pace was not to slow and more and more interesting facts were revealed.
The book is written from Kate's point of view. You can read about her fears and depressions, which helped understanding her a lot.
Unfortunately after maybe a third of the book the pace is slowing down. The plot becomes a bit weird and I was less and less concerned about the people. On the other hand the end was written very well. There are some (at least for me) unexpected twists and I really appreciated that there is closure to the story. Though this books is obviously the start of a series, it doesn't end with a cliffhanger. That's a bonus for sure.
I can't say a lot about the male main character, Patrick, as almost everything would give away parts of the story. But he is a great boy. He is caring, good-looking, a bit fuzzy and a bit insecure occasionally. And I'm actually eager to know more about him as we don't get to know a lot of things about him.
As Kate does have a boyfriend, the arrival of Patrick results in a love triangle. This gives some tension to the story. And as both guys are great it's difficult to pick a team.
Overall I did enjoy this book. The paranormal idea is fetching and the characters are very likable. The authors is still quite young (I think 21?). so I'm sure she will grow into writing.

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Feature & Follow Friday (8)




Follow my Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. This week they are featuring: Starcrossed and The Bookaholic
This week's question is:
What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?
In general I dislike it when books are made into movies. It rarely works out well. On the other hand all this digital techniques make the fantasy stuff more and more interesting.
Maybe the Black Dagger Brotherhood books in a Sin City/300/Spartacus style. That would be cool. And you would need strong muscular tall guys :)
Someone like Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender and Eric Bana. Yummie!
The other series I may like on the big screen is the Iron Fey series. With nowadays effects this could be amazing. I'm not sure who to cast though. That's a tough one. Who do you think could be Megan, Ash and Puck?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Try not to Breath by Jennifer R. Hubbard


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It's about books blogger can't wait to be published.

My pick this week:

Author: Jennifer R. Hubbard
Titel: Try not to Breath 
Publisher: Viking
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 19th January 2012
Goodreads summary
A dark and provocative novel from the author of The Secret Year

Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it’s the only thing that makes him feel alive. He’s sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking questions about Ryan’s depression that no one else has ever been brave enough—or cared enough—to ask. Ryan isn’t sure why he trusts Nicki with his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he desperately needs to start living again.
I just read Saving June by Hannah Harrington which deals with the suicide of the heroines big sister. I devoured the book, it was heartbreakingly emotional. Try not to Breath sounds like it could be similar. Maybe even more positive as the wasn't an actual suicide. And the cover is great, too.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (7)


This Meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which are officially fond of lists. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something and want other people to join in. They also do have a list of all past Top Ten Tuesdays and the ones which are coming up soon.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

That's an easy one :) I reread almost every book I own. Some even every year. I can list my top ten books I want to reread soon.

1. Shifters Series - Rachel Vincent
I actually just rereading this series. I adore Faythe Sanders, she is kick-butt strong with attitude!

2. Acheron - Sherrilyn Kenyon
I love this book. Everything comes together and the plot is just freaking amazing. 

3. Suddenly You - Lisa Kleypas
That's one of my favorite historical romance novels. The heroine Amanda is a fascinating character, modern woman but vulnerable, headstrong but insecure. And the hero is younger than the heroine!

4. Laid Bare - Lauren Dane
I read Never Enough, the story of the third Brown sibling recently, and now I want to reread the first one. It's so emotional and beautiful and these guys.... (the cover is great, too!)

5. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
It's only 6 weeks since I read the books for the first time and I'm still thinking about them. I'm rereading them constantly at the moment to get over my obsession :)

6. You slay me - Katie MacAlister
The Aisling grey books a very amusing paranormal romances. Aisling is the embodiment of Murphy's Law, anything she touches or is involved with goes wrong. Through in a bunch of sexy dragons and you have plenty of reading fun.

7. The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare
That's one of my favorite young adult/urban fantasy series. I can't get enough of Jace and Clary and of course all the others. Rereading helps bridging the wait until the next book is published.

8. Das Lächeln der Fortuna - Rebecca Gable (roughly translates to: The smile of Fortune)
I have to add a german book to this list. It's my all time favorite and unfortunately like so many great foreign books not translated into english. The story is set in mediaval England and follows a young man, who is very special. I just so love this book, all 1296 pages!

9.  The Shadowy Horses - Susanna Kearsley
I'm a big fan of all Susanna Kearsley books. They are amazing romances but then also so much more. The paranormal aspect in every book is superb.  Ans The Shadowy Horses is definitely one of the best. You can get lost in this book.

These books are made for reading! At least once a year I grab a few of them and just start reading. 

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell


Author: Melissa Darnell
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Titel: Crave
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Series: The Clann #1
Release Date: 25th October 2011
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Source: ARC through NetGalley
Get it: Amazon | Book Depository 
Goodreads Summary
Savannah Colbert has been shunned all her life by the kids of the Clann. And when she undergoes some drastic changes after a strange illness, Savannah learns secrets about the group and about herself—dangerous secrets. For the Clann are powerful magic users, and Savannah herself is half Clann and half vampire—a forbidden, unheard of combination. Falling for Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman isn't just a bad idea—it could be deadly if anyone finds out. But her attraction to Tristan—and his to her—isn't something either of them can resist for long.

When I saw the cover for this book I was intrigued. It's gorgeous, the girl looks vulnerable and strong at the same time and the red-white theme is fascinating. Then I read the blurb and I was sure that this is my kind of book. And luckily I was right. I enjoyed reading Crave a lot. So much that I couldn't put it down and read until 2 am.
Though the summary already hints at the paranormal background in this story it starts like a normal high school story. There are groups, cool and not so cool, people ignore each other and so on. And then you get to know Savannah, who doe have two very good friends, but is ignored by almost everyone else. Especially the kids of the so-called Clann. When I saw the word Clann the first time, I had to think of Jean Auel's Earth's Cildren saga. Weird connection, I know, but I can't get rid of it.
The mystery about the Clann isn't resolved immediately. You know that Savannah is on their blacklist and that all kids are supposed to stay away from her even the ones which were her friends once. Their is a constant increase in tension. Weird, paranormal things are happening and Savannah is changing. In something unknown. And the old attraction between Tristan and Savannah is flaming up again. They shared their first kiss, years ago, but Tristan never forgot and though he is supposed to ignore her, he can't.
I really love this story. I like how two paranormal themes (magic and vampires) are united here in a new inventive way. The whole magic part was very fascinating and I definitely want to know more about it.
And what I also like a lot about this book are the main characters. Savannah and Tristan are amazing persons. They aren't perfect but they are very lovable. I liked Tristan's protective streaks, how he tries to be near Savannah (the whole dream part is just great! - read it and you will see! ), how he helps her and how he becomes more grown up by making his own decisions. Savannah has to face a lot of unknown fears and she is facing them quite bravely. She is very determined and caring. And the tension between her and Tristan, woohoo! It's sizzling. I was massively hooked and was reading on and on to know what will happen next.
Luckily the story ended with closure and there are only a few loose ends which led to the next installment in this series, Covet. And I will pick up the next book for sure!


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Once again it's Monday! (8)

It's Monday what are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. She wants us to share what we read last week and what books we intend to read this week or already reading.

I'm currently reading:
Books a read last week:
Books I'm planning to read:

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

In my Mailbox (6)


In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren since 2008. This event is about sharing the books we received this week, real ones or e-books, from whatever source: library, purchase, loan, publisher...
I was a good girl this week and didn't buy any books! I'm so proud of myself you wouldn't believe it. And with over 200 books in my TBR pile I really don't need any more (not that this ever mattered). But I got a book I won during the Back to the Books Hop and I got an ARC from NetGalley.

That's the book I won from Musings of a Better Reader during the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop.
I never read anything of Tabitha Suzuma before but I do know that she writes about difficult topics. I wasn't prepared for this book though. I love Forbidden, through it sounds weird. But this book will take you on a roller coaster ride with your feelings and thoughts.  My review is coming up soon!






Book received from NetGalley for review:

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

On my Wishlist (4)

I'm a big fan of the Book Chick City blog. On Saturday's the girls there host a meme called On my Wishlist, where we post books we urgently want to own but don't have yet. It doesn't matter if this book are not published yet or they are already older.

My pick this week:

Author: Aimee Friedmann
Titel: Sea Change
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 1st June 2009
Get it: Amazon | Book Depository 
Goodreads summary
16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate. There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?
I just read Dead Book Darling's review of this book and now I want it urgently. After reading Brenda Pandos' Everblue I warmed up to the whole Mermaid stories a lot and this book sounds like fun. In addition it comes with this gorgeous cover.

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Banned Books Giveaway Hop


The Banned Books Week is celebrated during the last week of September. Because of this I read Banned Books and I'm a Reader not a Writer are hosting a Banned Books Week Hop from 24.09. - 1.10.2011. The aim is to give away books which are banned somewhere or were challenged because of what their topic is!
When I first heard about the Banned Book Week I was shocked! I wasn't even aware that books are still challenge. Come on we are living in the 21st century! Shouldn't we have learned by now? I know that not all topics are appropriate for all ages. But my parents never ever restricted what I read and I'm glad about it. I'm sure I read books which I didn't understand completely because I wasn't mature enough. But reading them didn't do any harm either. I can remember that I read my first historical romance when I was 13 or 14 years old (I think it was Heather Graham and yes there were sex scenes in it!) and I was alright afterwards and didn't became a slut either. Though I have to say if I would have read The Hunger Games with 14 years I most likely would have gotten terrible nightmares and this book is PG13.  It may be a very european point of view (and liberal) but I don't think anyone should restrict what anyone reads. And honestly while growing up I never heard of any book being forbidden in my home country and definitely not at school.
Therefore let people read what they want!  (I don't want to offend anyone that's just my personal view!)

I'm giving away one challenged book, which can be chosen out of the shown books.
Rules:
1. There will be 1 winner who will win 1 book.
2. The book will be ordered and send with the Book Depository. Therefore make sure that TBD delivers to your country!
3. The giveaway is international.

Books to choose from (Unbelievably all of this were/are challenged!):


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