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Tuesday 30 November 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

“I don’t love Sonny Flannery.”

That’s the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn’t know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that’s hidden deep underneath New York City.
But Kelley’s not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she’s got to find out who’s after his magick—and how to use her own. She’s got to uncover who’s recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She’s got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she’s got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he’s around Kelley.      

The intrigue and romance that began with Wondrous Strange and Darklight come to a stormy head in Tempestuous, the breathtaking conclusion to Lesley Livingston’s ravishing urban Faerie trilogy.

"She's leaking," rumbled the ogre.
"She's not 'leaking,' Harvicc." Tyff shushed him. "She's... crying. And crazy."
Kelley barely felt her roommate's hand on her shoulder, shaking her gently.
"Kelley... why are you suddenly a crazy person?"
Under any other circumstances, Kelley would have laughed at Tyff's question. Why was she "suddenly" crazy? Why was she acting as if the world had just collapsed all around her? Probably because it had."
On the next quote keep in mind that this is a different ogre than in the first quote.

"The ogre, fighting both Fennrys and Cait, swung his massive head around when he heard the cry. He snorted like a bull in an arena, focusing all of his murderous attention suddenly, acutely, on Kelley.
Tired of being intimidated-especially by the people she was there to help-Kelley unfurled her wings, and the dazzling brilliance made even her own vision dance with spots for a moment. But she swallowed nervously and backed up half a dozen steps when she saw it didn't exactly have the flash-blinding effect she'd intended.
"He's got no eyes, Princess," said a voice from over her shoulder. "But nice try."
In this next quote keep in mind that Tyff, Kelley's best friend, took the form of Kelley through rehearsal in order to cover her butt.

"He bought that?"
Tyff grinned wickedly. "He thought it was his idea. Got all noble and self-sacrificing and everything. Really let you down gently."
"Oh gawd..." Kelley out her head in her hands.
"Don't worry about it," Tyff reassured her, smiling brightly. "You also told him that you had a totally hot roommate you would introduce him at the cast party."
"I did?"
"Uh-huh. And you will."
"Why?" Kelley asked.
"Why?" Tyff's expression went a tiny bit dreamy, and she said, "Because I haven't been kissed like that in over a thousand years. That's why."
The book has a great balance of romance, action and funny moments. It's lovely. I will post a review soon since I finished my freaking copy in a day!

PS; I recommend people to read the previous novels before reading this one even if you had already read them; in order to refresh your mind of the characters and plot points and stuff. I was a wee lost, but Lesley manages to explain past things in a way that fits nicely in the story without going "and so well, this is what happened..."

*Quotes subject to change; taken from ARC copy.

Sunday 28 November 2010

In My Mailbox

These are some books Ive received recently...

The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2) by Bree Despain
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by EgmontUSA

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books

Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins

Afterlife (Evernight, #4) by Claudia Gray 
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by HarperTeen

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) by Sara Shepard
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by HarperTeen

Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange #3) by Lesley Livingston
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2011 by HarperCollins Canada / Fiction

Arson by Estevan Vega
Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Tate Publishing

Fallen Angel (Fallen Angel, #1) by Heather Terrell 
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by HarperTeen

Teeth: Vampire Tales by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by HarperCollins

Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 5 by Titan Books
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Titan Books


Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver 
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperTeen

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
300 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen

Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand 
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

Always a Witch (Witch #2) by Carolyn MacCullough
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2011

Lost Voices (Lost Voices, #1) by Sarah Porter 
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 4th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Every single one is interesting! I already read The Iron Queen, so ha! I am in the process of reading Tempestuous, the third and last, Wondrous Strange Book!! After this one I might tackle The Lost Saint and then head over to either Afterlife or The Lost Voices. I also really want to read Delirium and Awaken...

PS: Sorry couldn't take a picture of these, but there is no camera and I left my cell phone USB cable at home.

Friday 26 November 2010

The YA Historical Craze! (New novels by Claudia Gray and Lesley Livingston!)

First there were mermaids, and now we are taking a trip to the past.
Re-writing history, or just trying to make a little more sense of it.
The YA Historical Craze!

 The Lost Crown: A Novel of Romanov Russia
by Sarah Miller 
Published July 2011 by Atheneum

Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand - first headstrong Olga, then Tatiana the tallest, Anastasia the smallest, and Maria most hopeful for a ring. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, Russian grand duchesses living a life steeped in tradition and privilege. For these young women each on the brink of beginning their own lives at the mercy of royal matchmakers, summer 1914 promises to be a precious last wink of time to be sisters together - sisters that still link arms and laugh, sisters that share their dreams and worries, and flirt with the officers of their imperial yacht. 
But in a gunshot the future changes - for them, and for Russia. 
As World War I ignites across Europe, political unrest sweeps Russia. First dissent, then disorder, mutiny - and revolution. For Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, the end of their girlhood together is colliding with the end of more than they ever imagined. 
At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naive and wise, the voices of these sisters become a chorus singing the final song of Imperial Russia. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating, acclaimed author Sarah Miller recounts the final days of Imperial Russia with lyricism, criticism and true compassion. 

 In The Shadow of the Lampby Susanne Dunlap
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
It's 1854 and sixteen-year-old Molly would give anything to change her circumstances as a lowly servant in a posh London house. So when she hears of an opportunity to join the nurses who will be traveling with Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, she jumps at the chance. The work is grueling, the hospital conditions deplorable, and Miss Nightingale a demanding teacher. 
Before long, the plight of British soldiers becomes more than just a mission of mercy as Molly finds that she's falling in love with both a dashing young doctor and a soldier who has joined the army to be near her. But with the battle raging ever nearer, can Molly keep the two men she cares for from harm? 
A love story to savor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman who became known as "the lady with the lamp."  
Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Atheneum
This is Agnes Wilkins’ debut season and already she’s attracting the attention of one of England’s most eligible and desirable men: Lord Showalter. He’s been quite forward about his intentions and Agnes finds this at once thrilling and terrifying. He is handsome and wealthy and has this quirky interest in helping England amass the world’s finest collection of Egyptian artifacts. It could be a good match—but everything Agnes knows about courtship and high society romance comes from A. Lady novels, and it seems to be a rule that men who are too good to be true are usually hiding something. 
But, what Showalter is hiding is not crumbling finances or boarish behavior. He is deceiving the whole British Empire. He is spy working for Napoleon, his orders smuggled into London in Egyptian artifacts—like the one Agnes pockets while at a mummy unwrapping party at Showalter’s home. Her innocent interest in this trinket (and childish need to keep it) jump starts a chain of events that bring out dangerous characters, dangerous circumstances, and the biggest danger of all—true love. 
Jennifer Bradbury’s knack for suspense and adventure make this an amazingly rich, wildly compelling and utterly fascinating novel about the secrets in and out of a mummy’s tomb. Keep your wits and trust your heart.  
Fateful by Claudia Gray 
Published 2011 by HarperTeen
It's about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that's not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who's ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she'd rather not fall for him, but she does. 
That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf ... one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You'd think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn't you? 
But no. Their biggest problem -- though they don't know it yet -- is that they're aboard the RMS Titanic.  
Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
Published 2011 by Penguin Canada
A modern teen girl spirals back in time to Rome’s bloody conquest of Britain — where she befriends the daughter of a fiery queen, falls for a fierce warrior prince, and discovers that she may be the only hope of averting a devastating blood-curse. 
I was watching Anastasia just the other day... Can't wait to read The Lost Crown. I think Wrapped  has a pretty kick ass cover too. And those two new novels by Lesley Livingston and Claudia Gray?! To die for!! Wonder when a cover will be released... and the Claudia Gray one? TITANIC?!

Thursday 25 November 2010

Alli Condie Blog Tour Interview; Celebrating Thanksgiving with Style! + Giveaway

Allie Condie's Matched is one of the best YA books of 2010. The story centers around a girl named Cassia  who lives in a society where all the decisions are made for you. Your job, who you love, when you die. And Cassia has always trusted The Society, that is until her Matching banquet comes along and instead of seeing one boy on her little screen she sees two. Now doubts start to surface, is the Society all that's cracked up to be? Whats hidden below the glossy exterior? Is the perfect life, perfect health, and perfect mate worth your freedom?

Yes, it's awesome! An incredible book, for some it may even be better than The Hunger Games; both are in the same category. Only that Matched is more passive aggressive. It's kind of like she is just realizing all the problems that lie inside the perfect bubble, and getting restless. Rebellion! Hahaha anyways, I loved this book so much I asked Allie Condie for an interview, and her, being so freaking nice and all, agreed!

  •  Do you like mythology? I saw some references to the myth of Sisyphus in the reading and I thought it was very interesting. If you do like myth which is your favorite myth? 
While I’m no expert, I do love mythology—it was one of my favorite things to teach back when I was teaching high school. I don’t know if I have a favorite myth, but I do really like the Sisyphus one. Sometimes it feels like we all have those times when we’re just pushing that rock as hard as we can.
  • Is there anything you changed about Matched at the lest second? Like, the title, characters, etc. 
There were definitely things that changed during the editorial process, but I don’t think that anything changed at the last second… but one thing I do always leave until the very last minute is writing the acknowledgment page. I don’t know why that part always seems so scary. I think it’s because I don’t want to leave anyone out!
  • Is you favorite color green? What does the color green symbolize in the novel? 
My favorite color is actually blue, but I also love green (particularly the lovely shade of green the designers used on the cover of Matched). The color green symbolizes new growth and awakening in the novel. 
  • Will you ever tell us about the other time they took the red pill? 
Yes! I will. =D
  • Have you ever thought about how your characters would look if your book were made into a movie? Who would play them? 
I’ve been getting some great suggestions from readers. One suggestion that I really liked was Chord Overstreet for Xander.

I haven’t seen much Glee, but he certainly looks perfect for the part. I’ve also thought that Ian McKellan would be awesome for Grandfather.

Gandalf For The Win!
Thanks so much, Taschima! I really appreciate your willingness to do the interview (and the questions were VERY fun)! --Ally

I had so much fun with the questions/answers! I hope you do too =] Also, for a cast choice for Cassie, I know I already voiced her for the part of Meghan, but I think she would do a great Cassie too.

Molly C. Quinn
Just, think about it.

Also, have a great Thanksgiving!! Want to read the book? In celebration of Matched and Turkey Day I will give one of you guys a copy of Matched. All you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment on this post with your name and email address + something about Matched, the interview, etc; if you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address  email me at bloodybookaholic (at) hotmail (dot) com.

ENDS Dec. 13 US & Canada only (sorry Int. guys!)

Still unsure if you want to read this book? Read my review and/or this quote:

"My heart is on fire and I have to keep my mouth shut tight so that I don't try to burn these Officials with the flames. That's what you think, I say to myself. You think there's nothing here because we're not putting up a fight. But there are words in our heads that no one else knows. And my grandfather died on his terms, not yours. We have things of value but you can never find them because you don't even know how to look."
-Cassia pg. 205

I swear, if you didn't like this writing, you are just crazy.

Happy Turkey Day!

Monday 22 November 2010

Full Set Of "IMMORTALS" Series To Giveaway!

In celebration of the just released Night Star I was asked to giveaway a full set of "Immortals" series to giveaway!! The Immortals series starts with Evermore; a summary:
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
To be entered in this giveaway all you have to do is...
  • Be a bloody follower
  • Leave a comment with your name & email address, and also tell me why you should get this awesome set or leave a comment regarding the trailer.
  • You will get one extra entry if you enter my other contests; One extra entry per contest! Here and Here.
  • Also, if you leave a comment on my other posts from 17/11/2010 onward you get plus one entry per post.
That is ALL! Now hurry up and sign up! This giveaway is open to US & Canada. ENDS Nov. 29th

Reasons I Cried When I Watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Sadly I couldn't see Harry Potter on preview night; I waited too long to buy my ticket. So instead I watched it on my birthday night. I was sooo excited!! I mean, it's the beginning of the end!! How cool is that?! After the next movie there will be no more HP movies to eagerly wait for each year. Now we'll just have to wait for Breaking Dawn part I and II (copy cats). So as I sat down on my seat I just couldn't believe the day had arrived, I would watch Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson kick some wizard ass!

But, after watching it, I realized I could have waited a bit more.

Reasons I cried after I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

  1. Let's start with they didn't go to the right house. The whole freaking point of having a bunch of Harrys was to confuse the Deatheaters! They were supposed to divide and conquer, each go to a different house and then transport to the "real" one. Harry doesn't go to Tonk's parents house in the movie, he goes to the Weasley house O.o
  2. Why was Dobby helping Kreacher? NEVER HAPPENS. We don't see Dobby until the cellar scene comes.
  3. Speaking of, they totally skip Kreacher's make over! They leave him as a bad elf and don't explain why exactly did he betray Sirius; He betrayed Sirius because Sirius was an ASS to Kreacher, Kreacher, after Harry shows him some compassion, becomes one of the best freaking house elves ever! Also, where is the painting and screaming of Sirius mother?
  4. Hmmm where exactly is the invisibility cloak? This is one of the FIRST things they should have shown us, instead it's nowhere to be found! How are people suppose to make the connection between the cloak and the Deathly Hollows? Or Harry's ancestry? 
  5. Where is the first group that got caught by the snatchers? Including Tonk's dad, the two goblins, and I think Dean Thomas?
  7. Whose was the EYE on the door of Umbridge? IT WAS MAD EYE'S EYE!!! You know the superhero that DIED? IT WOULD PROVE SATISFYING IF YOU WOULD AT LEAST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT!
  8. Krum wasn't at the weeding O.o
  9. In the book they swallow an incredible amount of Polyjuice potion! At the wedding Harry was supposed to assume the form of one of the Weasley's cousins so that people didn't know he was there; When they go back to Godric's Hollow both Harry and Hermione assume the form of somebody else for extra safety, plus they use the FREAKING INVISIBILITY CLOAK!
  10. The encounter of Mr. Weasely and Percy at the ministry.
  11. The whole lot of people they save at the ministry.
  12. The story of Dumbledore's mother and sister. The whole friendship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Oh and I don't remember Grindelwald telling Voldemort where the freaking wand was.
  13. Dudley and Harry had a very touching departure! NEVER HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE.
  14. Ron's Ghoul who takes his place so that they could fool the ministry into thinking Ron was VERY sick and that is the reason he couldn't go to Hogwarts.
  15. The conversation between Harry and the Goblin when Harry tells him to lie and say that the sword of Gryffindor was a false. Also the sword wasn't lost! There were two of them, one on Bellatrix's vault (the false one) and the one they "find" (the real one).
  16. The taboo on Voldemort's name?
  17. The story of Ron when he leaves Harry; we never know what Ron's been up to O.o
  18. The conversation between Ron and Harry when he comes back about Hermione.
  19. They didn't introduce the Hollows early enough. If this doesn't happen then Harry can't become obsess with them which then, after he gets over them, it's what makes him WORTHY OF BEING THE FREAKING MASTER OF DEATH.
  20. Also, Harry was supposed to find a letter by his mother at Grimmauld Place.
  21. Expelliarmus is Harry's trade mark move, that's how they discover him at the battle in the sky. This is important!
  22. Also, Harry takes a freaking long time in the movie figuring out the Snitch thing, in the book they figure it out the same night it's given to him.
These are some of the reasons HP7 made me cry. On the bright side it looked awesome, and I loved how they did the whole tale of the 3 Brothers. Also I liked the beginning where they explain why Hermione's parents don't remember her. I also liked that they killed Hedwig in a heroic manner.

I love HP, and when they said that they were going to divide the movie in two I thought that this way they wouldn't have to skip so many stuff. Some of the things I mentioned could have been skipped sure, but things like not showing the Invisibility Cloak? The taboo on Voldemort's name? And stuff like that, it's just annoying.

Saturday 20 November 2010

Happy Birthday to ME!

I'm 18!

I didn't think this day would ever come! I remember when I was 14 and talked about being 18... Long time ago O.o

Today I'm celebrating by spending time with friends, going to Stake and Shake, watching Disney movies and playing Mario Kart. Oh the freedom! I may eat dessert before dinner too, how hardcore is THAT?!

AND tomorrow, I might do my biggest giveaway to DATE. I have a box full of books and nowhere to put them... wonder who'll get them...

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Friday 19 November 2010

I Cast The Iron King

The Iron King is one of the best YA series out there. True story. Since I read The Iron Queen Ive been thinking of my perfect cast. And I think I have it. Let's see...

Let's start with...


3 possibilities

Dianna Agron
Best Known For: Sarah on I Am Number Four and Quinn Fabray on Glee (TV series) 

Emilie de Ravin
Best Known For: Claire Littleton on Lost (TV series), Ally Craig on Remember Me.


Molly C. Quinn
Best Known For: Alexis Castle on the T. V. Show Castle.

Them 3 would be great. Now, my favorites are Molly C. Quinn and Emilie de Ravin. We could dye Molly's hair if anything; I bet she would look fantastic as a blonde. I like Diana, but, I don't know, I'm not really sure, I just figure I'd mix her in the bunch.
"I wished that, for once, faery tales – real faery tales, not Disney fairy tales – would have a happy ending."
-Meghan Chase 

Gaspar Ulliel
Best Known For: Manech on A Very Long Engagement 

AND that's it. Him, and only him can do my lovely Ash. Some long hair, a little armor, and I'm all yours.
"I've been waiting for you" Ash murmured into the silence.
"Combat Doesn't have to be with swords." 

Lucas Still
Best Known For: Young Jack Cash on Walk the Line and  Alex Summers / Havok on X-Men: First Class (filming) 


Zac Efron
Best Known For: Mike O'Donnell (Teen) on 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud on Charlie St. Cloud

We would need to do some hair dying and stuff, but it can sooo happen. Zac and Lucas both have that grin I imagine Puck having, and they are both incredibly hot. Zac... Lucas... You can be my Puck any day of the week. I am sure some girls would also switch teams if Zac were to play Puck. Prreeettyy sure we would have another Shirtless Jacob incident. 
"Well," Puck said too cheerfully, "If you're done playing with will-o'-wisps and kelpies, I think we should continue. Oh, but do tell me the next time you want to have tea with an ogre. I'll be sure to bring my club." 


Gwyneth Paltrow
Best Known ForShakespeare in Love as Viola De Lesseps and Great Expectations as Estella

Rachel McAdams
Best Known ForMorning Glory as Becky, The Time Traveler's Wife as Clare Abshire, The Notebook as Allie.

Mab, though evil, is described as being stunning, and who more stunning than Gwen and Rachel? I think Gwen would be awesome. I was thinking of the Witch in Narnia, but nah. Gwen could totally pull it off. And I added Rachel McAdams because I want to see her kicking ass on a bad woman role. McAdams is a terrific actress so (one of my favs). 


Marcia Cross
Best Known ForDesperate Housewives (TV series) as Bree Hodge 

 She looks plain EVIL and beautiful. I think she would make an incredible Titania; she already looks like a queen.



Patrick Dempsey
Best Known ForGrey's Anatomy (TV series) as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Okay so hear me out. I know Oberon sounds like he is 100000... years old. BUT, he is a fairy king. They are beautiful, and, they should be a bit young. I think Patrick Dempsey is a great actor and he could pull it off. A bit of make up here and there, and he already has that rough look going on. Just let him have it! (Luvs you Patrick).

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