REVIEW: SPIRT BOUND by Richelle Mead

SPIRIT BOUND by Richelle Mead
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (May 18, 2010)
Series: YES!!!
Vampire Academy
Shadow Kissed
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Cover Look: Smokin' hot


I cannot begin to tell you how long I have waited for this book to reach my greedy, greedy hands. I petted it and hugged it to my chest. I was the most happy girl. I had what I wanted and that was that. Then as I begin to read this story I was taken on an adventure of the mind, body and yes...spirit.

Richelle Mead has outdone herself with SPIRIT BOUND, for the books in this series seem to only get better and better, unlike others that tend to disappoint you no matter which (house or legacy) it comes from. I could not believe that she could make things more exciting and amazing, yet every time--I am surprised and am left wanting more, more and more. I cannot wait until DECEMBER!!!! ahhh the torture!

If you following the series you know that in the previous VA installment Rose failed in her mission to kill the man she loved and returned back to the Vampire Academy. She was allowed to finish her studies and then graduate with her class and become a full fledged guardian. SPIRIT BOUND picks up at that juncture with Rose on the cusp of a new life and Dimitri sending "love letters" that gives Rose the chills but in the wrong way. Life has moved on for Rose but in the forefront of her mind she knows she has yet another mission to accomplish and this time she enlists the help of her friend(s). As Rose attempts mission impossible she encounters someone she did not expect and soon a terrible mess is made and the blood is on her hands. If this isn't enough she also has to deal with the trappings of court life, lost love, crime and punishment. It all seems like a bad, bad dream but it is nothing new to Rose Hathaway especially when impossible magic happens and instead of it being everything she could have wanted it becomes a pain like no other. Rose will not have much time to dwell in this sadness because she has an unknown enemy at court and she will have to keep her wits about her or she could loose her head....

OK!!! can I tell you that this book rocked my socks. It truly did, no joke, no lie. I waited a long time for SPIRIT BOUND and it did not disappoint. I was totally on board for this ride and loved every minute of it and this is the reason I love paranormal books. I loved being taken on an adventure of romance, intrigue and stunning combat scenes combined with crucial elements of surprise and wonder all wrapped up in a story about vampires that is original and compelling. I also adore this story's heroine--Rose Hathaway is a kick-ass female that makes mistakes that we can all understand and sympathise with, she is tough and loyal to those she loves and that makes her a deadly weapon. When Rose sets her mind to it you cannot help but cheer her on even though you may cringe at the results, at least you can keep reading and not want to stake yourself because the story is so out there that you would rather mame yourself then read anymore.

So, if your a fan of the VA series then you positively have to keep reading for you will be amazed and if you haven't read the series before..."what are you waiting for?" It is better than many paranormal YA series that are out there and you cannot go wrong if you love vampires.

REVIEW: SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike

SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
Series: Yes
Website: Aprilynne Pike
Cover Look: Pretty


In this new engagingly addictive installment by Aprilynne Pike I will admit to being under it's spell and happy with the turn of events in this novel.

SPELLS begins months after WINGS has ended. Laurel and David are a couple and happy together then Lauren gets summoned to Avalon to attend an academy that will help her advance in her fairy studies. Although Laurel is excited about going back to Avalon and uncovering more about her fairy heritage she knows that going back will put her in contact with Tamini and she isn't quite prepared for it. Once Lauren sees Tamani her feelings for him are still present and she knows this will only spell trouble for her. When Laurel leaves the fairy realm she finds herself struggling to balance both worlds, both boys her sanity and her heart. Yet, before those matters can be addressed Lauren has to deal with nasty trolls, a rogue band of killers and mending her suddenly drifted relationship with her mom. Being a normal girl never sounded so good.

I must admit that I found this second novel in this series better written and more believable then the first. The world building in SPELLS is better detailed and carefully layered thus creating a realm full of wondrous possibilities. I also loved the romantic tension displayed between Tamani, Lauren and David. It never hurts a story to create some good ole' tension and it was balanced well and I could sympathize with Laurel and her current quandary. The novel ended on a DUN DUN DUN situation....Oh no she just didn't do this to us and now I am totally twisting for the next novel and you will also.

Waiting on Wednesday: DEAD BEAUTIFUL by Yvonne Woon

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

**Sorry no official cover image available**
September 21, 2010
On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t help herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.


My mother used to tell me that matter was neither created nor destroyed, only transferred. She was filled with old theories that she would make me recite back to her, as if she were trying to tell me something about the world but couldn't find the right words. I never gave them much thought until she and my father were killed, but by then it was too late to ask what it had meant. It wasn't until I enrolled at Gottfried Academy that I began to make sense of who I was and what I was fated to become.



THE UNWRITTEN RULE by Elizabeth Scott
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 209 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 16, 2010)
Series: No
Author Website: Elizabeth Scott
Cover Look: Bunion eww!

Longing looks, dreamy sighs and guilty feelings...thus is the constat state of being for Sarah; A girl that is head over heals in love with a guy that she cannot have.

In THE UNWRITTEN RULE, Elizabeth Scott explores the code that is known to everyone (if you don't know it) Lean in.... *whispers* you don't fall for you best friend's boyfriend, got it? Good.

Sarah is a good girl; a model student, loving daughter and longtime BFF with Brianna. Sarah can cope with not being as popular or gorgeous as Brianna for it has always been that way but she cannot escape the fact that she has fallen for Brianna's boyfriend Ryan. Sarah has always liked Ryan and now the close contact has made her painfully aware of how much she likes him. Brianna is oblivious to this fact because she is self obsorbed a bit cruel and has a horrid parents that would make anyone cringe and hide under a rock.

As Sarah tries to deal with her emotions she soon begins to get signals from Ryan that he might like her also. What is a girl to do?

THE UNWRITTEN RULE is a quick read dealing with a subject that I am sure happens often. What I did like is that this story did not have candy coated relationships and I was in contant emotional flux in regards to Brianna, she could easily be the girl to "hate". Yet, I felt I could understand her and where she was coming from. Upon finishing I was left perplexed in regards to her and I found that I liked that. The ending was not typical or formulae and I felt that Elizabeth Scott did an ok job exploring Brianna and Sarah's friendship.

What I did have issues with was Sarah's constant crushing on Ryan. It bordered on pathetic and sappy. I am not a fan of sappy, but others may find it cute. I also found a certain Ryan/Sarah moments a bit unreal. So, if you are looking for a quick read with a little more substance than this book could be a good one for you, personally it is not my cup of tea

Sneak A Peek Saturday: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book.

This week I have selected GLIMMERGLASS by Jenna Black. Jenna is a very successful paranormal author and GLIMMERGLASS is her debut effort into the YA forum. The cover is striking and the synopsis, addictive.

Just click on the book cover and enjoy the excerpt

Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

Waiting on Wednesday: UNRAVELED by Gena Showalter

For once, sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has everything he’s ever wanted:

A home.


The girl of his dreams.

Too bad he’s going to die...Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King – while still a human! Well, kind of.

With four – oops, three now — human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind, and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life...
Written by: Gena Showalter
Release Date : 2010-08-31
Oh!! yeah baby. I cannot wait for this release. What is your WOW for the week?

In My Mailbox: April-May 2010

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have acquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie

Since I have been overloaded with life, I have not post IMMB for over a month and I have loads of reviews to put up. So, I thought I should post what I have had for the past six weeks.

I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore

MATCHED by Ally Condie

NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh

THE KARMA CLUB by Jessica Brody


STOLEN by lucy Christopher

MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess

NO MAN'S LAND by Lesley Hauge

NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer

THE CARDTURNER by by Louis Sacher



STAR CROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce

THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yavanoff

BRUISER by Neill Shusterman

GONE by Micheal Grant (signed)

SHE'S SO DEAD TO US by Kieran Scott

SAPPHIQUE by Catherine Fisher (UK Version)


THE KEEPER's TATTOO by Gill Arbuthnott

13 to LIFE by Shannon Delany

FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs

THE UNWRITTEN RULE by Elizabeth Scott

PARTY by Tom Leveen

CROSSING by Andrew Fukuda

THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Hann (signed)

SOMETHING LIKE FATE by Susane Colasanti (Signed)

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan (book and audio)

SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike (Audio)

LOVER MINE by J. R. WARD (signed)

DEAD IN THE FAMILY by Charlaine Harris (audio)

EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev (audio)

So that was my mailbox (sorry it took a while). How was yours?

Sneak A Peek Saturday: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book

This week I have selected SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce. Upon reading this story earlier this year I was impressed with this new thrilling read and think that you will also enjoy.

Just click on the book cover and enjoy :)

Scarlet 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 ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

For more information on this novel click HERE
June 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Do you

Hello and happy Friday. On my way down to work and my commute of an hour I realized that I could keep driving and never go to work. WHAT!! I know crazy, but I was listening to a great book and was entertained too much to stop. So, it got me wondering on how many people listen to audiobooks? I know I listen to at least 4 to 5 books a month due to my commute hours and I truly enjoy it, but does anyone else think the same?
I tend to get my audiobooks from the library, audible and Itunes. Audible is my favorite by far and now they have a special audioteens section that is great, but sometimes I find some titles that I want are unavailable.
So, do you Why or why not? and if so what are your favorite titles? How do you get your audiobooks?

Book Event: Meet The Class of 2K10

Hello my lovlies. For those that are going to BEA at the end of this month (like moi) or anybody close by. Here is another book event that you must put on your calender.


ALEXANDRA DIAZ - Of All the Stupid Things



KITTY KESWICK - Freaksville


JANET FOX - Faithful

BONNIE J DOERR - Island Sting

JAME RICHARDS - Three Rivers Rising

SHARI MAURER - Change of Heart

LEAH CYPESS - Mistwood

IRENE LATHAM - Leaving Gee's Bend

RHONDA HAYTER - The Witchie Worries of Abbie Adams


ERICA PERL - Vintage Veronica

Books of Wonder
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18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

Waiting on Wednesday: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney is my choice for this week. It has a cover that is quite memorable (I love the Hush little students, don't say a word....) and the synopsis is something that really sticks with you. I cannot wait to read about this intriguing tale. Too bad it will not hit the bookstores until November 2, 2010. Ahhh!! the torture.

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it

REVIEW: SEA by Heidi Kling

SEA by Heidi R. Kling

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 10, 2010)


    Upon finishing SEA by Heidi R. Kling, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of hope, love and heartache.

    Heidi has written a wonderful summer read that not only has a special romance set in an exotic locale, but showcases how hope can fuel the human spirit and how love can change the path in which we take our lives.

    SEA is a story about Sienna Jones, a girl that was once daring and fearless with life until her mother disappears in a plan accident while on a mission overseas. Now Sienna is withdrawn and afraid of taking chances, yet despite her fears she reluctantly agrees to assist her father in post-tsunami Indonesia for two weeks. Once there, Sienna is drawn to the orphans that so desperately need her but it is one particular orphan named Deni that has captured her heart. It is not long before they begin on an mission of hope that produces some unexpected heartache and joy and Sienna will never be the same again.

    I liked this romantic and compassionate story that demonstrated that we may cross paths with people that can have powerful outcomes in our lives regardless of how long or how little they are in it.

    Favorite Quote:

    "I wanted to tell him that you can meet someone and they can change you life forever, even if you have known him for a short while, that when you leave, you're a different person than before you met him..."

    **click on book cover to purchase**


    When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

    When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    These two quotes have stayed with me in the last few months because this year has been very difficult. On New Year's Eve my mother had a heart attack and she survived to have bypass surgery to repair the damage. Unfortunately her surgery was the beginning of a 3 1/2 hospital stay, ten surgeries, many obstacles, nursing home time and now home care due to the fact that my mother cannot walk.

    I have been overwhelmed and at times I felt that I could not take another day but all I would have to do is take some time to myself, sit down and read and then I would feel my better. It sounds crazy, but it worked for me. That is why I love my reading so much. It takes me away from my every day dreary and takes me on adventures of mystery, happiness and hope. The more my every day life would suck the more I would read and I was able to share that on my blog. It is one of the reasons I began blogging to share that joy of reading with others but I have to admit that the month of April was a bad month. I did not post much and I barely had any reviews up, but I hope you will bear with me for things are getting better on my end. I want to do a good job because I love my books and I enjoy reading and sharing that with anyone that is willing to listen.

    Thank you for following and have a happy Sunday :)

    Sneak A Peek Saturday: INIFINITE DAYS by Rebecca Maizel

    It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book.

    This weeks selection is INFINITE DAYS by Rebecca Maizel. The cover is simply gorgeous and the synopsis and excerpt are enough to whet my appetite besides the fact that I heard nothing but fabulous things about this unique Vampire novel.

    Just click on the book cover and you can read a excerpt and then you will understand why I want to read this novel.

    She longs to be like everybody else. But her history is written in blood...

    Lenah Beaudonte is in many ways your average sixteen-year-old: the “new girl,” she struggles to fit in enough to survive at school, and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy captain of the lacrosse team. But her challenges are beyond what anyone could have expected. Lenah just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire turned human…

    She’s just awakened from a century-long hibernation and each passing hour hears another tick of the time-bomb, counting down to the moment when her abandoned vampire coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping, and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as the passing moments allow. But, to do so, she must first answer the ominous questions at hand: Can an ex-vampire survive in a time and place so alien to her? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?