Sunday, April 29, 2012

Divergent! First Video Review!

So.. I was a little tired today, I'm fighting a cold so my brain is a little sluggish. I'm not totally satisfied with the review, but it's my first video review so hopefully you'll cut my some slack ;) I promise my next reviews will be a little more exciting and upbeat lol.

But WOOOHOOO Insurgent will be released in TWO DAYS!!! So I had to hurry and read Divergent so I could be ready for her next book.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Light My Fire ~ A Firelight Book Review

Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Publication Date: September 7th, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 323 Pages

Summary from Goodreads:
"A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a drakia descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping awayif it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.""

My Review:
     I was instantly hooked after reading the first few pages. With Jacinda being a Draki- a descendant from dragons- it was nice to be reading something so unique and refreshingly different from werewolves, vampires, etc. (Not that I don't love me some vampires =] ).

     I loved Jacinda's fiesty personality, but she did have alot (and I mean ALOT) of teen angst towards her mother, when she was only trying to do what was best for her daughter! While reading, I was stressed out about what Jacinda should do, whether she should leave the pride and kill her Draki (which to her was essentially killing a part of herself), or stay in the cult-like pride where they'd force her to marry the Draki prince (Cassian) and make "little fire-breathers". Her choices were pretty bleak so she ended up choosing to not do anything really, until mom stepped in and made the decision for her- by taking her and her sister away from the Pride and moving to a desert.
Yep, that's when the teen angst kicked in.

     The starcrossed/forbidden romance thing between Jacinda and Will was steamy! (with the fire-breathing... ya'll know what I mean :) ). And oh man, can Sophie Jordan write some steamy scenes! Jacinda's connection with Will, how he "released the Draki from within" made it all the more crazier.

     Once I started reading, I could not put this book down and loved every minute of it. It never had a dull moment, Sophie Jordan did a fantastic job keeping the pace quick and engaging. I was fascinated by the Draki mythology and wanted to know more about the different types, and the different abilities each harnessed.

     It is a MUST-read, even with it's lusty scenes and the eye-rolling angsty moments. I give it 4/4 Mochis.

     Have you read Firelight? What were your thoughts on the novel?

Sunday Funday

    After my parents recently cleaned out their garage, they dumped off a giant, heavy cardboard box inside my house. After figuring it was all my old junk from my high school days, I ignored it for several days. Then one day when I was bored enough, a day much like today, I decided to open it up to see what was inside.

    I was right about the high school part, but it was definitively not junk (well, maybe to my parents and a few others, but hopefully not to YA readers). Lo and behold it was my old book collection! (Well, most of it anyway). I was so excited to see it, I promptly sat on the floor for the next few hours rifling through random pages of every book. 

Here is a picture of my favorite books series I started reading when I was thirteen and continued reading throughout high school. 

The first few books are.. erm, very well loved (the white covers didn't help). I loved picking them up and being transported back to the 90's (lots of fun pop-culture references). 

I'm missing a couple in the series so it's not complete :( I'll have to go back in my parent's garage and search for them. Hopefully I'll find the rest. You can also see how the cover art changed throughout the series.. (after book 12, the covers drastically changed)

Fearless has been re-released this year with a totally new look. Check it out: 

Fearless; Sam; Run (The first three books in the series) by Francine Pascal (Jan 31, 2012)

I also found my old Sweep collection. This one was complete and in better condition! 

They also re-released this series and combined the first three titles into one big book. Here's it's newest look:

So I was bored on a Sunday and thought it would be fun to share my old book collections :) Since I was in my office taking pictures, I couldn't resist sharing a few Mochi pics as well. 

Yep, It's a calendar! My boyfriend's mom made me a puppy calendar of Mochi for Christmas. I was in tears when she gave it to me, it was so sweet. 

These are all pics from the first day I took him home. He looks so different now! 

Okay, so now that I showed you all my nerdy possessions (i.e. old high school book collections, calendar of my dog), do you have any old books that you kept with you throughout the years? I would love to hear what you've read in the past... Maybe we have some in common. As you can see, my YA addiction started early so I wouldn't be surprised. If you have pics of your old books, I would LOVE to see them, feel free to post them here. 

Happy Reading! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read

This weeks question~ If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?


This is such a fantastic question. I would have to say Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games versus Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. Both of these characters are hard-core fighters and I have no idea who would win. I would guess Rose since she carries a stake and can decapitate Strigoi? But Katniss is pretty crafty with her bow & arrow ;)
Who do you think would win this fight? Also, post the link to your own F&F so I can follow! =)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday  is a weekly meme, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  

This week I selected: Until I Die by Amy Plum

Summary from Good Reads:
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

I am so excited for this book, It will be released May 8th. I LOVED Die For Me, the first novel in the Revenants series! Has anyone else read this series? If so, what did you think?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song, which song would you love to see written down in story form?

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!

Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls

And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
And sooner or later it's over
I just don't wanna miss you tonight

And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything feels like the movies
Yeah you bleed just to know you're alive

And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

Feature & Follow Question (hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read):

What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

      I'd have to say House of Night (I guess that's not really one book but a series). There are some enthralling scenes throughout the series... and the characters.... oh man. They sure are dynamic. Especially the relationships (Rephaim and Stevie Rae... Damien and Jack... Aphrodite and Erik/Darius... Zoey and Stark/Heath/Eric/Loren LOL), and I'd hope they'd tone down the tattoo thing because I could see that coming off as totally cheesy in a movie. But I love going on youtube and watching users choose their House of Night cast, if there were to ever be a movie or television series. But I'm not quite sure if a movie or TV series could live up to its greatness.

What book do you think would be hard to recreate into a movie or TV series? 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

       Waiting On Wednesday  is a weekly meme, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is my very first WOW pick! I'm sure this book has been repeatedly chosen for this meme, but I'll indulge you once more. 

I selected: (bum bum-da baa!!! drum roll, please...) 

Wake (Watersong Series, Book 1) - Amanda Hocking
Expected Publication date- August 2012.

Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone's attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it's her sister, Gemma, they've chosen to be part of their group.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all - carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. She craves late night swims under the stars, where she can be alone yet belong to the sea. Lately she's had company. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove--and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets. -Posted by Amanda Hocking, source can be found here

Amanda Hocking is one of my favorite authors. I love love LOVE the Trylle series. 
So what ya waiting, what ya waiting, what ya waiting foooorrrr? (sorry, I got that Gwen Stefani stuck in my head after doing this post lol).  
So no, really- what are you waiting for? ;) 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I can't say that I have... Maybe if the review was bad because the reader felt the book was just way too exciting and took all their time away. But if the reviewer said the book was slow, drawn-out, and boring, I would most likely not buy it. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

6 Reasons Why I'm Obsessed with Rose Hathaway

So I started reading the Vampire Academy series again... This is about my 4th go around. 
I know this series has been over for quite some time and Bloodlines is Richelle Mead's recent spin-off series, but for me, VA always lives on! 

I seriously adore the cast of characters Richelle Mead created in this series... My favorite of course being Rose!

So here are the 6 reasons of why I love Rose Hathaway:
 (Photo Credit: all the photos were purchased off Shutterstock)

1. She's altruistic

Rose always puts her friends before herself. In the series, she's constantly risking her life in order to save the ones she loves.

2. She's a true badass

Pretty much in every sense of the word.

3. She's impulsive

In my own life, I always tend to think things over carefully before I act- don't get my wrong, it's important to think things through before jumping head first. But I tend to over-analyze to the point where opportunities will pass by and regret will soon follow. I admire this character trait so much! Even though Rose's impulsive nature gets her into trouble throughout the entire series, she walks away with no regrets!

4. She's sexy- without even trying.

That takes some serious effort- but not for her!

5. She kicks major butt- literally.

Who doesn't love a kick ass heroine? Rose Hathaway is the epitome of girl power.

6. She's sassy.

That girl always has something to say, and it's not always proper or pleasant. Her constant witty banter Dimitri always makes me giggle.

So I ask you my VA readers, why do you love Rose Hathaway? I also love reading Rose quotes. Please post if you find any!

"There was no need to fake bitchy defiance. I had plenty of it to dish out."-Rose Hathaway (Richelle Mead)