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Monday, 30 July 2012

The Evolution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hopkin, Chapter One!

So MTV Hollywood Crush has an exclusive excerpt on The Evolution of Mara Dyer! I thought you guys might enjoy getting a little taste of the novel to come. Dam dam dam!
Miami, Florida 
I woke up on the morning of some day in some hospital to find a stranger sitting in my room. 
I sat up gingerly—my shoulder was sore—and studied the stranger. She had dark brown hair that bled into gray at the roots, and hazel eyes with webs of crow’s feet at the corners. She smiled at me, and her whole face moved. 
“Good morning, Mara,” she said. 
“Good morning,” I said back. My voice was low and hoarse. It didn’t sound like my own.
“Do you know where you are?” 
She obviously didn’t realize that the floor directory was positioned directly outside the window behind her, and that from the bed, I had a clear view. “I’m at the Lillian and Alfred Rice Psychiatric Unit.” Apparently. 
“Do you know who I am?” 
I had no idea, but I tried not to show it; she wouldn’t have asked me if we’d never met, and if we had met, I should remember her. “Yes,” I lied. 
“What’s my name?” 
Damn. My chest rose and fell quickly with my breath. 
“I’m Dr. West,” she said evenly. Her voice was warm and friendly but not at all familiar. 
“We met yesterday, when you were brought in by your parents and a detective by the name of Vincent Gadsen.” 
“Do you remember?”"
If you want to keep reading here is a link for the full chapter.


Why I Love Meghan From the Iron Fey Series

How do I love Meghan? Let me count the ways. 
Oh Meghan, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love how you followed your brother down the hole,
Even though the only weapons at your disposal were your own flesh and bones.
I love how thine hair shines in the bright sun even if it hasn't been washed for days,
I love how you make the faeries come out to play.
I love how you can make the the ice princes' heart burn with desire,
and how the cat seems to follow and advise you for more than a while.
I love thee more than Puck and Ash combined
Though don't tell them that because then I may die.
I love thee because you turned from girl to princess to queen
without loosing your way, your morals or your teeth.
But most of all I love thine strenght and courage, even in the face of danger
And how at the end of the day you saved the world of Faerie from becoming a total stranger.
And this poem is inspired by both The Iron Fey series and Elizabeth Barrett.

Please do not mock my stab at poetry, I really did try my very best.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Book #: 1
Pages: 416
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.38
T.B.Published: August 7th, 2012.

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Taschima's POV:
"She stalked towards him, keeping her sword sheathed at her side. Verin's grin widened as he lifted his blade. 
He swung, but Celaena struck, ramming her fist into his arm, sending the blade soaring through the air. In the same breath, her pam hit his left arm, knocking it aide too. As he staggered back, her leg came up, and Verin's eyes bulged as her foot slammed into his chest. The kick sent him flying, and his body crunched as it hit the floor and slid out of the ring, instantly eliminating him. The hall was utterly silent. 
"Mock me again," she spat at Verin, "and I'll do that with my sword the next time." She turned from him, and found Brullo's face slack. "Here's a lesson for you, Weapons Master," she said, stalking past him. "Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I'll bother trying."
I thought this story was thoroughly original overall with the plot and world setting. But It took it's sweet ass time at the beginning. It only got really interesting for me around page 200, but after page 200? Oh it got good. I believe the first slow half of it was totally worth the complete product. Throne of Glass has inside it's pages a world full of assassins, politic shenanigans, heart throb "romance", and magic.

Basically the king of Adarlan thinks exactly like the Fire Lord in Avatar the Last Airbender series. Their kingdoms are the best and so they absolutely have to take over the whole world and rule it as absolute rulers. Maybe they are cousins. Anyways, The king of Adarlan wakes up one morning and decides that he needs a "champion" to take care of his special brand of dirty work and so he sends out a challenge for people to look for the strongest/fastest/awesome-nest they can find in order for them to compete for the title. 24 go in, only one can come out as the victor. And this is where our favourite assassin makes an appearance.
"But she—at seventeen—had gone to a death camp. And survived. She'd survived Endovier, and yet could still laugh."
Celaena Sardothien. Adarlan's assassin. And a pain in the ass at that. At the beginning of the novel the one word I would have used to describe Celaena was arrogant. DAMN was she full of herself, and not even one event in sight to prove how "good" she was. It was hard to connect with her. But as the novel progressed I found myself liking Celaena more and more. From her willingness to save others at the expense of her pride, to her obsession with dresses and dances. Yes, this is an assassin with a girly side. Imagine that! By the end of the novel I kept thinking how she is a very well rounded character, and one that feels real to the reader because she has faults as well as strengths and she embraces both sides of herself. She is definitely still arrogant and vain, but she is also brave, cunning, beautiful, and kick ass.

Now for the "romantic" interests of the novel. There is Dorian, the prince. He is both wicked and charming...
"Are you my present, or is there something in that basket at your feet?" She asked. 
"If you'd like to unwrap me," he said, lifting the large wicker basket onto the table, "we still have an hour until the temple service."
Dorian at the beginning is just like Celaena, arrogant and kind of a jerk. I couldn't stand him at the beginning, but again there is something about this book. The characters that I started off disliking are the ones I liked most by the end. Let's just say Dorian proved himself to be a little more than charming. He was cute and put himself out there and tried. He still has a lot of growth left in him, but I couldn't help but love him.

...and Chaol, the guardian.
"There was still something soft in her face. It gave him hope—hope  that he had not lost his soul in the act of killing, hope that humanity could still be found, and honor could be regained..."
Chaol, on the other hand was boring for me. Too shy for his own good really. He was bland; most of the time I pictured him being played by an old man, imagine that!

There are some extra characters that also leave a mark on you like Nox, another assassin who I really liked, Nehemia, the rebellious princes (who might kick more ass than Celaena herself), and even Kaltain, annoying as she was you still felt sorry for her.

The tests that the contestants had to go through on the other hand were more than a little unoriginal. I expected something more creative and exciting, but oh well.

The ending though was exciting. Though I don't like how things were left off in the romance department I still expect a good fight between our heart contestants. Who knows who will win, could be either really, but I am rooting for Dorian. There's just something about Dorian. I also am really interested in what will happen with the magic part of the story, the war, and our complex assassin and her background.

This is one worth buying. Can't wait for the second one!

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PS; Read an ARC copy provided at BEA in exchange for an honest review. Quotes subject to change in the final product.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sweet Hope (The Sweet Trilogy #2), by Wendy Higgins, has a Summary!!

Sweet Hope (The Sweet Trilogy #2)

Anna Whitt promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win, will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues that have formed between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Note: This title has not yet been picked-up for publication. The author will update information when applicable.

Oh my gooosh!! I want this book sooo baaad. It neeeds to be picked up for publication IMMEDIATELY! Why it isn't already I have no clue. Sweet Evil is one of my favorite books of 2012. It had such an original take on the battle between good and evil, and one of the most entertaining. Please, someone, pick up this book for publication ASAP!

Would You Read Me? Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover (7)

Aaand we are back in business. I believe the last book we covered in "Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover" was this one:

Glitch (Glitch, #1)
Ta da! Cool cover, but not great. But the summary sounded awesome!
Let's play another little game shall we? I am going to give you guys a summary of a book that may or may not sound good (you be the judge) but I am not going to give you an image to accompany the book. This way we can find out if you would read it or not even if the image of the book sucks a lot.

Vanessa Adler isn’t so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. But dance runs in her family. It’s been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother and mother were prima ballerinas, and her older sister Margaret was, too. That is, until Margaret mysteriously disappeared from school three years ago. Vanessa is heir to the family’s gift and the only person who can fulfill her sister’s destiny. She has no choice.

But she never could have guessed how dangerous the school is. The infamous choreographer, Josef, isn’t just ruthless with his pupils, he guards a sinister secret, one in which the school’s dancers—prized for their beauty, grace, and discipline—become pawns in a world of dark, deadly demons.

So, now, all you have to do is say if you would read it or not!
(Yes or no will suffice if you don't wanna write a lot)

Next Wednesday I will post a new summary with no image,
I will also post the cover and book information of this week.

Would I read this book? Hell yes! There's ballet, duty, and demons. Now THAT is something I can definitely get into!

PS; If you know the name, image or whatever of this book do not say anything. Don't give any sort of information away please.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

So I started reading A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

The blond guy from the party --Devin-- was standing by a locker on the far side of the hallway.

And he was staring at me.

His face was expressionless, but the temperature in the hallway seemed to plummet.

He hefted his backpack onto one shoulder and approached. I wanted to head into the room, but I was rooted to the spot. He stopped in front of me.

"I'm sorry about ruinning your party Saturday night."

His voice was quiet, calm, shy. But also sincere. I hadn't been this close to him yet, and now I could see that his eyes were a tranquil blue. Peaceful. It was something I'd longed for since my parents had died -- a place with no troubles.

When I glanced back at asher, I could sense the animosity rolling off him in waves. I looked back and forth between them, unsure of what was going on. Standing there, I felt closed in --trapped-- like I had Saturday night during the fight.
Started out with the basic YA novel "plot". Strange normal girl who meets two strange boys who inexplicably are new to her high school, and have the hots for her (duh), because you know, High School is always the way to go when you are immortal.

It's been cliche after cliche. Nothing interesting thus far, nothing really original. I feel like I'm reading every other YA Paranormal Romance in one. I am hoping some spark of originality will enter the pages some time soon, or at least something to hold my interest.

I think it's because I have read so many YA Paranormal Romance reads that this is happening. But then again every so often every other YA PR manages to cough up an original story line. Well see what happens.

So far: Not completely invested.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Indigo Spell, Bloodlines #3, (by Richelle Mead) has a summary!

So one of the most awaited books of next year finally has a summary!! Hopefully it will include some sort of clue into the Sydney/Adrian situation... here goes nothing:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives.

After an event that changed Sydney and Adrian’s lives forever, Sydney struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she finally begins to embrace the mysterious magic she knows she holds within ...  she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
(This was kind of a mix of this summary with the summary in Goodreads, I tried to get as much info out of them both as I could)

HA! The guy in the cover must be Marcus Finch! He's gonna help her go all rebellious, and closer and closer to Adrian. This book is out next February. Waiting for it it's torture.

And hopefully there will be some Dimitri here somewhere... just saying.

So I started reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

It was enough. Enough of the pretending and the meekness. Enough of Cain.

Verin raised his sword, shaking his blond curls out of his eyes. "Let's see what you've got."

She stalked towards him, keeping her sword sheathed at her side. Verin's grin widened as he lifted his blade.

He swung, but Celaena struck, ramming her fist into his arm, sending the blade soaring through the air. In the same breath, her pam hit his left arm, knocking it aide too. As he staggered back, her leg came up, and Verin's eyes bulged as her foot slammed into his chest. The kick sent him flying, and his body crunched as it hit the floor and slid out of the ring, instantly eliminating him. The hall was utterly silent.

"Mock me again," she spat at Verin, "and I'll do that with my sword the next time." She turned from him, and found Brullo's face slack. "Here's a lesson for you, Weapons Master," she said, stalking past him. "Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I'll bother trying."
So here's how it goes, in the novel the main character along with a lot of other bad asses are supposed to compete in this sort of tournament in order to be made the kind's champion and win their freedom eventually anyways. The bad asses I mention? Are all thugs, thieves, murderers, and assassins. So the competition is fierce, but Celaena is the best assassin around so she isn't worried. Much.

At first I thought Celaena was a very arrogant girl with nothing to show for her arrogance. Plus I couldn't connect with her at the beginning. Throne of Glass was slow to begin with, but has picked up it's pace since we are finally getting some action. Ever since the "tests" have started it has gotten more interesting. Though these tests seem really unimaginative (shoot arrows towards a bulls eye, climb a tower, etc). I am starting to like the main protagonist now, and her companions. But still not enthralled. But I think it has the potential to get much better so here's to hoping!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Giveaway Winner: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown!

And the winner is...

Congratulations Jill! You have 48 hours to respond to my email, if not I will be forced to choose a new  winner.

Now if you didn't win anything here don't worry because I have TWO other giveaways going on at Bloody Bookaholic. Which are:
  1. 1 ARC copy of Skinny by Donna Cooner
  2. 1 copy of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
I hope you enter and spread the word! It's been a good month for giveaways, and the end of the summer is coming so I plan to mourn  that as well with the rest of you with a BIG old fashion Bloody Bookaholic giveaway. Keep an eye out!

Review + Giveaway: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Stand Alone, sort of.
Book #: 1
Pages: 384
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating:
Goodreads Rating: 4.30
T.B.Published: July 31st, 2012.
Katie McGarry's Website

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Taschima's POV:

What's with contemporary lately? Has it always been this good? Or am I just turning in a new leaf?

I was skeptical when first going into Pushing the Limits because 1. It is contemporary, 2. It is fairly long for a contemporary story, 3. It wasn't high on my to-read-list. But at the end of the day once I made up my mind to pick it up and start reading it was game over; Pushing the Limits had me in it's grip and it wouldn't let me go.
Noah and Echo. Echo is the once popular girl who went through a traumatic experience in her life, which her mind blocked, and since then she has never been the same. She has the scars to prove it. Going along for Echo's journey was very interesting. Her story revolved around remembering the traumatic event that happened to her, one way or another. We learned about her traumatic experience through flash backs. I thought the flashbacks could have been set up a bit better, but then again this could change since I only read an ARC. She was at times a little whiny and a pushover but she grew and developed through the novel. I liked her overall.

Noah on the other hand was every girl's wet, bad boy dreams. The boy who hooks up with every other girl in the state but is too afraid to commit. The boy who is a prodigy in bed and always knows just how to turn you on. Yeah, well, he was kind of sexy in that way. But the best moments in my mind were the ones he let his feelings for his brothers show. He just broke my heart. I actually cried in some of Noah and his brother's scenes together. No kidding. But that kind of emotion... you just can't make that stuff up.

Echo and Noah. Together. They made sense. Not in a "they are the main characters so they are BOUND to be together" kind of way but in a "they are two parts of a whole" kind of way. Echo brings characteristics out in Noah, she helped him through a dark part of his life, and Noah gave Echo the security and love that she was lacking. They helped each other in so many ways. I loved them together, even when they made me want to smack them in the head in order for them to get their shit straight.

I loved that the story was told from both points of view, both Noah's and Echo's. Thank. Goodness. It adds so much. You get Noah's total male point of view (the things this boy said and thought could definitely make your grandmother blush) in contrast with Echo's not girly per se but dark perspective.

The setting of the story was familiar. High school as the hell mouth. Was high school this bad for everybody? Was gossip such an integral part? I mean, I don't remember my high school experience like that, I mostly ignored everybody... Anyways, yeah, there's high school, there's mean girls, there are back stabbing bitches pretending to be friends, boyfriends pretending to be star crossed lovers, etc. All the juicy stuff is in here but the generic stuff is only a background. The real story lies with the main characters and their screwed up pasts and how they handle their need for normal.
Pushing the Limits is a very heart warming story. It is great. I really enjoyed it. These days there is just something about a good contemporary that can get your boat rocking. Pushing the Limit can definitely be that novel for you.

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Comic Con: Vampire Diaries Season 4 Teaser!!

I am so happy that they had the guts to actually follow through with the story line of the books (well, sort of) and make Elena into a vampire. I CANNOT WAIT FOR SEASON 4! Elena will have to admit she met Damon first, not Stefan, maybe she'll hate Stefan and finally choose Damon, or maybe she won't hate Stefan but STILL CHOOSE DAMON. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS WOULDN'T CHOOSE DAMON? ELENA, that's who.

*sigh* Breathe in, breathe out... The vampire diaries books never got such a high rise out of me. I rated them a low 3 star, almost 2.5. But the series? Holy hell I am an addict! I love it!

Let's just hope they don't follow EVERY single plot line of the books to a letter... at least when it comes to Elena and her living/non living status I mean.

Did you enjoy this preview as much as I did? I have to agree, there was a lot of previous episodes mixed up in there but there was also a lot of new scenes. October can't get here fast enough.

The "New" cover of The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

Ta da! They added tattoos to the new cover! That's basically it, but it shows a lot! The guy with the indigo tattoo would be Marcus Finch I believe, Sydney in the middle and Adrian to the right. Still as beautiful, but I like that they added the tattoos!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Cover Reveal: Fragments (Partials #2) by Dan Wells

Fragments by Dan Wells
Expected Publication: Feb. 26th, 2013
by Balzer + Bray

"Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is only just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues as to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence—it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that Kira knows she is a part of, a plan that could save both races. Her allies are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and they will both discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed."
I really like the cover believe it or not. It looks so cool, and it goes wonderfully with the first cover of Partials.

Partials (Partials, #1)

I need to read this one, ASAP!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu Sneak Peak!!

He pauses when he finishes undoing the last button, then closes his eyes. I can see the pain slashed across his face, and the sight tears at me. The Republic's most wanted criminal is just a boy, sitting before me, suddenly vulnerable, laying all his weaknesses out for me to see.

I straighten and reach up to his shirt. My hands touch the skin of his shoulders. I try to keep my breathing even, my mind sharp and calculated. But as I help him pull off the shirt and reveal his bare arms and chest, I can feel the corners of my logic growing fuzzy. Day is fit and lean under his clothes, his skin surprisingly smooth except for an occasional scar (he has four faint ones on his chest and waist, another one that's a thin diagonal line running from left collarbone to right hip bone, and a healing scab on his arm). He holds me with his gaze. It's hard to describe Day to those who have never seen him before- exotic, unique, overwhelming. He's very close now, close enough for me to see the tiny rippled imperfection in the ocean of his left eye. His breaths come out hot and shallow. Heat rises on my cheeks, but I don't want to turn away.

"We're in this together, right?" he whispers. "You and me? You want to be here, yeah?"
There's guilt in his questions. "Yes," I reply. "I chose this."

Day pulls me close enough for our noses to touch. "I love you."

My heart flips in excitement at the desire in his voice- but at the same time, the technical part of my brain instantly flares up. Highly improbable, it scoffs. A month ago, he didn't even know I existed. So I blurt out, "No, you don't. Not yet."
 Holy Damn DAY!

Just saying...
What I like the most about this scene in the book, other than Day stripping, is actually how June is so calm, collected and reasonable. Completely the opposite from other YA girls who would have been all "OMG he just said he LOVED ME! I can't believe it!! I LOVE YOU TOOOOOO XOXO, let's make out and make our love eternal! LOVERS FOREVA" she is more like, "Okay Day, let's be reasonable here, you've only known me for what, a month? Please, don't insult my intelligence. You don't even really know me." Of course this is the more "un-romantic" route, but it is also the most realistic one. Day is probably falling in lust (did you hear the desire in his voice? I could feel it from all the way over here!) but love? Hmm June and I both wonder.

I love that part, "No, you don't. Not yet." She isn't saying they couldn't possibly fall in love, but just pointing out the obvious that it hasn't happened yet. I cannot wait till the page where she is finally ready to reciprocate.

*This sneak peak comes from an uncorrected advance galley. Future changes may occur on the final product.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Mortal Instruments Casting News: Simon has been chosen!

The tall dude is the one who is going to play Simon.
So Claire's best friend, and occasional stalker, has been chosen! Simon is going to be played by Robert Sheehan, the tall guy with the curly hair in the picture above.

...And he looks nothing like I pictured Simon to be!

Robert Sheehan Robert Sheehan attends The Inaugral White Rose Charity Ball in aid of The UK Holocaust Centre at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel on September 25, 2011 in London, England.

I know Robert, it's sad. I just pictured Simon differently, but alas Mrs. Cassandra Clare says that you have good chemistry with the other actors so who am I to judge? Plus, you look like you could potentially grow on me. Specially if you play your cards right in the movie.

Cassandra Clare's comment:
"He’s totally cute and adorable and HILARIOUS, and his chemistry with Lily and Jamie is off the charts," she wrote. "I’ve wanted him for Simon for ages so I am pretty much totally and entirely happy."
Hmmm I don't know if I should be listening to the person who, for the most part, ruined one of my favorite series, but he does look kind of cute. I'll give him a shot.

Who did you picture as Simon?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

HOT Cover Reveal: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
Expected publication: March 19th 2013
by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Holy crap. That looks good... I mean, I like the dress, the design, the book, the light coming FROM the book... The girl's face is a little weird and kind of scary (is she supposed to be a bad guy?) but the cover is really breathtaking. I haven't read The Infernal Devices, if only because I said that I was DONE with the Mortal Instruments after the City of Fallen Jerks Angels debacle. But, I don't know, I might have to start reading The Infernal Devices. One thing is for certain, I shall not be reading anything further in the original Mortal Instruments series. Amen!

Then again, this series really did hit the jackpot from the very first book cover, so it shouldn't come as such a BIG surprise that this one looks awesome as well. But it always amazes.

2012 Reads: Self Imposed Reading Challenge of 2012 Almost Completed!!!

I challenged myself to finish 75 books this year. Last year it was 50, so this year I stepped it up a notch. This is my current process, I have read 51 books/novellas all in all! So almost done with the challenge. The finish line is so close I can practically taste it.
Books I've read and reviewed, by Title:

Everneath (Everneath, #1)
Fracture (Fracture, #1)Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (Divergent, #1.1)Frostbite: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel, #2)
Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires, #9)The Girl Who Was on Fire : Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games TrilogyGlimpse
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)
HarbingerThe Hunger Pains: A ParodyIf I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, #3)Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires, #11)Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)
Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)
I decided to hell with the title for The Soul Screamers Series and to just put it in order of the series.

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television ShowSkinny
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid #3)Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid #4)Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, #5)
Again, I decided to hell with the title here and to just put it in order of the series.

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)Such a RushSweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
Timepiece (Hourglass, #2)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory: An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel, #1)

Books I have yet to review but that I have nevertheless finished and reviews are on their way:

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)For Darkness Shows the Stars

Once Burned by Jeaniene FrostThe Secret Year

My review for The Secret Year is done, I just need to post it, as for the others... well, they have taken me longer. I finished them last month. Don't laugh at my misery.

Books I read but shall never review outside of the classroom environment:

Sense and Sensibility
Neeever gonna happen.

I hope you enjoyed this list! Did you self impose any challenges for yourself? How is that challenge going? Do you have a Goodreads challenge widget? Isn't it annoying how it never updates on the blog? You have to sort of self update it, which is a pain in the butt.

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