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Tuesday 31 January 2012

Cover Reveal!! Once Burned (Night Prince) by Jeaniene Frost

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2012
by HarperCollins
She’s a mortal with dark powers... 
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire... 
He’s the Prince of Night... 
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
It has a cover and the cover model is hot as hell. Hmmm I can certainly imagine him being Vlad, actually not so far off from what I had in my mind anyways ;)

I can also imagine him being Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy) for some strange reason.

So what do you think? Does he pass the test?

Monday 30 January 2012

Giveaways Going on At Bloody Bookaholic

I have been posting a lot of giveaways lately, I just wanted to group them together in one post to show you guys whats going on, just so you won't miss anything that might interest  you.

4 giveaways going on at the moment, good luck!

Review + Giveaway: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Series: Nope
Book #: 1
Pages: 262
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .7
Goodreads Rating: 4.02
Published: Jan. 17, 2012
by Walker Childrens

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities.

At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

Taschima's POV:

 Fracture was a nice welcoming surprise, and though I have some problems with it, these problems didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of this fantastic tale. What is this tale driven by? The characters, and the author wrote the type of character you can feel connected to and will care about, even if sometimes they don't really make the smartest choice.

Delaney is this great girl, who has some commitment issues. She is friends with oh so dreamy Decker. One day they were out with their other friends and they decide to cross the solid lake to spare some time. Delaney falls, the lake breaks, and then she is pulled under for eleven minutes. Most people would be seriously dead by now, but she miraculously survives, and through the book we watch as she deals with the aftermath of surviving, and this whole new sort of power she gets.

What I most enjoyed out of the book was the relationship between Delaney and Decker. It was spark driven, and so interesting. The whole 'will they' or 'won't they' of their relationship had me on the edge of my seat. There's also this other guy that comes into Delaney's life, but I just thought he was so creepy most of the time that I didn't pay him much attention- Decker really catched my heart in the first few pages of the story.

Problems with the novel, well to be completely honest the whole "power" Delaney seemed to have wasn't entirely explained. You never know where it comes from, or how it manifested. If everybody who had a near death experience or was dead for a little bit and then came back to life could potentially have this power, then that doesn't make it that much special. Also why did Delaney survive? I still don't know! And sure they call it a miracle, but I need something more than just giving it the miracle stamp and moving on from it. I am just the kind of girl that needs cold hard evidence.

But again this did not detract from the overall enjoyment. The novel is driven by its characters anyways. I really enjoyed it, and I bet you will too. Plus that lovely covers certainly helps. I sadly have the ARC non pretty cover, but I can always buy it when it comes out!

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Sunday 29 January 2012

Review: Unraveling The Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory by George Beahm

Title: Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory
Author: George Beahm
Series: Nope
Book #: 1
Pages: 312
Reading Level: For Everybody
Book Rating: 
Published: Dec. 6th 2011 
by Smart Pop Books

You don’t have to be a theoretical physicist to understand why The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on television. Brains meet beauty in a calculus of comedy that always adds up to smart and hilarious results.

Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory: An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion is a quantum leap beyond the typical TV show guidebook. Exploring every nook and cranny of the Big Bang Theory universe, it provides a wealth of information about our favorite television show:

  • A profile of “intelligent designers” Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
  • A detailed look at what went wrong with the unaired original pilot—and what went right in the reboot
  • In-depth background on the principle actors and the characters they play
  • A photo-illustrated breakdown of the Sheldonian universe, from couch to cosmos (including the show locations you can visit in real life)
  • How to get your geek on, Big Bang—style
  • A primer on the show’s key scientific concepts, plus its galaxy of guest star scientists
  • A concise guide to every episode and the meaning behind each title, organized by season
  • An A-Z guide to the pop culture miscellanea mentioned in the show
  • And more!

Pull up a seat—just not Sheldon’s, which is in a state of eternal dibs—and get ready to unravel the mysteries of The Big Bang Theory.

Taschima's POV:

Usually I love all Smart Pop books- well, at least those which I have read (The Girl Who Was on Fire, A New Dawn...)- but this one is different from the ones I usually read. This novel was more of a companion to the series. It does not give you essays on the characters or the inside that I was craving. When I usually pick up Smart Pop books is because I am looking for another person's opinion on whatever is it I like, and usually the authors are wonderful, clever and funny. I have to say that this companion was not what I was looking for, I only pretty much only enjoyed the first part of the book since I wasn't interested in the rest, but if you are a die hard Big Bang Theory fan then I would recommend this book for you.

What I truly enjoyed out of this book was reading about the unaired pilot. It was such a freaking mess. I am so glad the people high up had the sense to veto that pilot but encouraged the writers to go back and keep playing with the idea. Because it gave us what we watch now, The Big Bang Theory. Believe me, the other one was... a disaster. In this book it tells you all about it, it explains how and why the pilot sucked, and it tells you details on the past characters.

I also like the part on the description of the characters. As to the rest of it, I wasn't really interested on the real places in Cali that play a role in the Big Bang Theory, or a detailed summary of the extra characters, or even the glossary at the back of the book. It was just a bunch of extra info that I personally wasn't interested in, but I know of a lot of other people who would love the book in its entirety. It's a great addition the Big Bang Collection that's for sure.

Thursday 26 January 2012

Review + Giveaway: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium
Book #: 2
Pages: 375
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Rating: 
Published: Feb.28th, 2012
by HarperTeen
Lauren Oliver's Official Website

The old Lena is dead.

The old lena remains with Alex in Portland, Maine, behind a wall of some and flame, but the new Lena was born in the Wilds, transformed by hardship, deprivation, and loss.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena fights for a world in which love will no longer be considered a dangerous disease. Her inner life is as turbulent as the world around her... Although consumed with grief for Alex, might she be falling in love with someone else?

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Taschima's POV:

You know how sometimes authors get a little, am, lazy on the second book of the series? It never seems to live up to the hype? Ends up kind of sucking? Yeah... (*cough*Crossed*cough*)... I know all about it and somewhere along the way you have learned this too.

I am proud to announce that Pandemonium was AMAZING, it LIVES UP TO THE HYPE, and it won't let you down at all. Such a freaking revelation. Why aren't books more like this?!

The thing that saved this book from being a downer was this: the author didn't just write a straight tale where Lena gets to the wild and then keeps growing, keeps getting strong, blah blah same thing we have read about a hundred times. There is some of this in there for sure, but it's given to us in small doses, in between larger sections that are pack full of adventure and "edge of your seat" kind of moments. This is what made the book shine. Going between the past and the present is what saved the book from being pretty slow, and instead it makes it a book worthy of being Delirium's second book.

Something I can add to this is that Delirium while it focuses on love, your first love to be specific, I thought Pandemonium focused a little bit more on hate, anger and healing. It certainly showed us a new side to Lena that we never saw before. The combination of her new life and losing Alex has made her get in touch with emotions that would have been closed up to her before, and it is very interesting to see how she manages navigates through her new life.

I couldn't leave without a note on the new male interest. He is, something else. He is not going away any time soon, and sure you might hate him at first, but believe he is going to grow on you so much. Plus those sexy scenes between him and Lena certainly helped. I swear my breath literally caught on some passages. I felt like I was there, and it was happening to me.

I think that anything more that I say will be too much, a revelation. I don't wanna spoil this story for you because it's a fantastic story. So just know this. If the book sucked, I would tell you flat out why, but it doesn't. It's pretty freaking amazing, and I can't believe I have to wait till 2013 to read the sequel. This is heart breaking, because the book is left on a HUGE cliff hanger that made you want to pull out your hair. I squealed. I really did, people looked at me weird, I kept doing this sort of crazy giggle. You had to be there.

My Review on Delirium:

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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Hardcover, 375 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2012
by HarperTeen
"The next morning I wrap my toes in cloth, stuff my feet into my shoes, and run again. If you can... just a little bit farther... just a little bit faster... you'll see, you'll see, you'll see. Alex is alive. 
I'm not crazy. I knew he isn't, not really. As soon as my runs are done and I'm hobbling back to the church basement, it hits me like a wall: the stupidity of it all, the pointlessness. Alex is gone, and no amount of running or pushing or bleeding will bring him back."
Pg. 75

I was so happy when this book made it into my hands, I squealed a little. I was at work. People looked at me funny. I didn't care. To hell with all of it, I've been waiting too long to read this one!!

Now my question is, is Alex alive, or is Alex really dead? I don't know! And I'm keeping myself from looking forward into the story. I don't wanna spoil my reading. Not knowing for now suits me fine, it adds to the excitement.

What was your teaser today about?

Sunday 22 January 2012

Review: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Save
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Book #: 2
Pages: 279
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: 
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Published: Aug. 01, 2009
by Harlequin

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies. 
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul. 
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk…
Taschima's POV:

My Soul to Save was an interesting sequel to My Soul to Take for many reasons. One, it shows us how the series will be progressing from now on, two, it showed us a new side to Tod (pretty sure Nash and Kaylee are the same people they were when they came in) and three we got to see more into the Netherworld.

The series has this vibe of being pretty adult while still maintaining everything it needs to remain Young Adult. I like this, because the characters all seem more interesting and not so childish.  I guess the whole 'adult' vibe comes from the author being an adult novelist first and foremost (I seem to like when adult novelists turn to YA -Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, Georgina Kincaid), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick, Dark Hunter)... Imagine the possibilities if Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress Series) turned YA *.*). That affects the character, and it also affects the plot. How The Soul Screamers series seem to be going it's going to be one adventure after the other with no 'one' clear path easily sketched. The future of the series could go anywhere the author wishes. Good because it keeps us on our toes, bad because sometimes I just like to read with a definite goal in mind.

Tod. Oh Tod. You were a little shit, for what you almost did. But, somehow, I still forgive you. Because I know why you did it. I know what was going on in that little head of yours, and it was all mostly good intentions. Tod is just a complicated character all around. You want to read about Tod, because sometimes he does some things you might not necessary like, but you still want to forgive him and see him do better. Nash on the other hand didn't seem to grow (lost a few cool points with me when he wasn't on board with helping the girl recover her soul) much, he is just the same know-it-all horny dude of the first book. He has his moments true (there was this particular scene where he spoke more than his few share of words and was angry as all hell where I looked at him and went 'there's where your balls went!') but they aren't enough to make me switch teams.

The Netherworld. Kaylee is taking Banshee classes with Nash and Tod's mother (yeah if you have read the first book then you already know they are brothers) that will potentially help her control her scream and accidentally the mother lets slip how to get into the Netherworld. The whole mechanics are a little boring, but once you get there? Oh lordie, the grass would be able to kill you. That's how hardcore the place seems to be, nature is even out to get you. The thing that keeps amazing me is how Kaylee is still alive. She keeps being my favourite (she has spunk) but her powers? Other than being a bridge between here and there they are pretty much worthless. The only thing that has kept her head above water is being a VERY clever girl. The powers are there to help her get to her goal, but everything else is inside her brain. She can think under stress and come up with the most clever plans (that one one else seems to think of, idiots).

All in all, great sequel. It is still missing that thing it needs for me to give it 5 stars, but it is a solid 4. I have the third book, and will start reading it as soon as humanly possible.

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!

Smart Pop Books: This Week's Smart Pop Essays

What is Smart Pop? Smart Pop is this totally awesome website where they make, mostly, unathorized books that are full of hilarious essays that have to do with today's pop culture, books, movies, T.V. Shows, etc. They are the ones who made The Girl Who Was on Fire (on The Hunger Games), A New Dawn (on The Twilight series- terrific book), Demigods and Monsters (on Percy Jackson Series), The Psychology of Harry Potter (no further explanation needed I pressume?)... Just to mention a few of my favorites.

From their About Page: Smart Pop is a line of smart, fresh, funny books on the best of pop culture tv, books, and film, with a particular focus on science fiction and fantasy television and literature.

Our writers are New York Times bestselling authors, television writers, psychologists, philosophers . . . anyone with a love of pop culture and something worth sharing about it.

Anyways, I thought that you guys should be aware of the weekly essays they post online. Why? Cause they are freaking great and you should have the chance to try it out for yourself.

These are some of this week's essays:

Flirting with Pride & Prejudice
Jane Austen and the Masturbating Critic

CONSTANCE READER: And let me begin by saying that I do not merely like Jane Austen’s books. No, I love Jane Austen. I know all of her novels, and I reread them regularly. Indeed, reading is one of my chief pastimes. I have many favorite authors, but Jane occupies a special place in my affections.

PROFESSOR ACADEMICUS: I am pleased to hear it, madam. As a salaried university professor of English Literature, I have built my reputation as a scholar of the early years of the nineteenth century, with a number of articles and monographs on Austen’s novels. I share… READ MORE »

Available until next Monday


I belong to a book club. We generally spend fifteen minutes talking about the month’s book and the rest of the two hours talking about our kids and husbands. (Plus we consume large amounts of chocolate. This is why I go.) When we read Uglies, we spent the entire time talking not only about the book, but about the series as well. Like many of the women in the book club, I couldn’t stop at just one book. I had to find out what happened to Tally, David, Shay, and Zane. I also had to see who ended up… READ MORE »

Available until next Wednesday

The Psychology of Joss Whedon

Since the first episode of Buffy, I’ve been a captivated fan, easily losing myself in the alternate universe where every dark remnant of the psyche lives vibrantly in the flesh. Perhaps that’s because as a psychologist and sex therapist, I come from what some might consider an alternative universe, too, where passions are living creatures, both wanted and feared, and the demons of shame, guilt, and regret can keep us chained for a lifetime. In my universe, curses are often self-made, knitted from the wool of our own histories: our families, our lovers, and our beliefs about ourselves. To… READ MORE »

Available until next Friday

I received in the mail the following titles:

Filled with Glee Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls

Grey's Anatomy 101 Seven Seasons of Buffy
(Click on the picture and learn more about the book)

All these are on series I basically LOVE. I can't wait to read them all and tell you guys all about them.

I am in no way affiliated with Smart Pop Books, I just thought you guys might enjoy all this and I get their newsletter so =]

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!

Friday 20 January 2012

Review: The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy MOVIE EDITION GIVEAWAY!!

Title: The Girl Who Was on Fire
Author: Various
Series: Nope
Book #: 1
Pages: 194
Reading Level: For Everybody
Book Rating: Photobucket.7
Published April 5th 2011 
Praised by writers from Stephen King to Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins’ New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy is dark, captivating, and deeply thought-provoking. Part straight-up survivalist adventure, part rich allegory, and part political thriller, the series has become a new YA favorite.

The Girl Who Was On Fire offers even more to think about for teen readers already engrossed by the Hunger Games. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to reality television, fashion, and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games by other YA writers reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.
Taschima's POV:

I reviewed this book back on April 2011, when it was first brought into my attention. Recently though I received the new movie edition which includes 3 new essays that pretty much rocked my world so I naturally needed to add something more. Here is my original review, along with the new paragraphs on the new content.

April, 2011:

These kinds of books are awesome, and specifically this one is amazing! The essays are so good! There are 13 essays (for 13 districts?) in total, some have to do with fashion, psychology, PSTD among the winners of The Hunger Games, Team Katniss, and so much more. Theres something for everybody.

When the people at Smart Pop contacted me about reviewing this one I was so psyched!!!  Any fan of The Hunger Games would be. I first learnt about Smart Pop when I bought their essays on A New Dawn, I was soo into Twilight and this book was a life saver. I read it before I got Breaking Dawn because it wasn't out yet. Anyways this book is as good as A New Dawn was, if not better (let me think about it... definitely better). The authors talk about various parts of The Hunger Games with such insight that it make you think "holly crap how did I not see it? Why wasn't this clear to me from the get go?"

After I reads this book I immediately picked up The Hunger Games and started re reading it. Cinna is by far one of my favourite characters in the book, before reading The Girl Who Was on Fire I didn't paid much attention to him, but after reading the essay on fashion I got to say that he is one of the bravest most creative characters ever. Also after re reading The Hunger Games (and reading an essay that talked about the love triangle thing in The Girl Who Was on Fire) is hard to see where anyone got the idea that Katniss could ever end up with Gale, Peeta is such a sweet heart and clearly the right choice. Oh and also, I'm Team Katniss, she is the best. You will understand if you read The Girl Who Was on Fire, it really is an eye opener. Not to say that that all the essays will appeal to just everybody, there was one heavily on the science part that didn't interest me at all, but for the most part is so good.

January 2012:

All that I have said above? Completely true. Nonetheless, I have to add a bit more due to the new essays that the Movie Edition brings.

The essays are written by Diana Peterfreud (author of the killer unicorn series Rampant), Brent Hartinger (author of  Geography Club) and Jackson Pearce (author of Sisters Red, Sweetly and Purity).

The one written by Diana is about Game Theory, and how it applies to The Hunger Games. It is very informative and interesting that is for sure. Maybe if my teachers taught me about the Game Theory with Hunger Games examples I would have learnt a bit more about it, or been more interested.

"Game Theory is not about games. It's about politics and psychology, war and strategy. For Katniss Everdeen, it is life and death, and in the end, everyone in Panem comes to learn that the only way to truly win the game is not to play at all."

Brent Hartinger's essay is basically on the simple question: "does the Mockingjay book suck or not?". It is his personal belief that the book wasn't as good as the others, it is my personal belief that I loved it. So it was interesting reading the other side of the coin. Brent does a very fine job indeed. He not only puts forward why he beliefs the book sucked and where he thinks things could have been done better, but he also speaks up for the people who loved the book and gives various reasons on why he would understand why the book would be loved (something about cynicism in his essay struck a cord with me).

"...there are two sides to the question of whether or not the book sucks. But there's also a third point of view to be considered: that there is some truth to both arguments. That Mockingjay might be flawed in some respects, but it's a bold and challenging work of fiction in others, specially the ending."

Last but not least is Jackson Pearce's essay. Her essay has to do with Gale, surprisingly. It has to do with how Gale is the knight, or cowboy if you prefer the men with boots and hats, of the series. He is willing to do whatever is necessary for the greater good, even if it interferes with what he wants the most as an individual (in this case this would be Katniss' love). To some degree I would agree with Jackson. Gale was never going to end with Katniss, we all knew that deep inside. Why? Well, you will have to read the essay to figure that out.

"All this time, Gale has been fighting not just for Katniss' heart, but for her safety, to create a world in which she and everyone else can be happy. And he wins -only he can't live in that world with her, because she can't forgive him for what he has done, things she has deemed to be evil."

This book is as close to the Hunger Games inner workings as you are going to get. It's like getting together with your friends and discussing the Hunger Games in great detail- only your friends in this case are inside the pages. You will enjoy every single second of the conversation, and after it is finished you will ask for seconds. That's when you get up, go to your best friend, and put this book in their hands. Only then will they be able to understand this love we have deep inside for The Hunger Games and why we keep trying to keep the world alive even though the series as long ended.

Long live The Hunger Games.

Thursday 19 January 2012

The Hunger Games: New Promo Poster!


Who likes it?

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!

Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Take
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Book #: 1
Pages: 279
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: 
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Published: Aug. 01, 2009
by Harlequin
She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally. 
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.
Taschima's POV:

I started this series because well everybody seem to fricking love it. I figured I should give it a shot.

I started with doubts because  I didn't seem to get what would be interesting about a banshee, who's only power was to scream. Seriously. But I read it and while I didn't fall madly in love with it I can say that I picked up the second book right after, already finished it, and am in the process of reading the third. Holy cow. So yeah, it's addicting.

Kaylee, the main girl, is a pistol. She is strong and speaks her mind since the first few pages. She is my kind of girl. Nash is the main luve character. He is the athletic super star who seems to be inexplicably attracted to Kaylee. There's a good reason, don't worry. Also there is Tod, the dark reaper who doesn't give a shit about basically anything. Or so he makes you think. I liked Tod a lot in this book, he is just so much fun. The relationship between Tod and Nash is a... special kind of relationship. You'll see by the end of this book and I will discuss it further when I review My Soul to Save.

Overall I am still not impressed with the whole Banshee character thing. She screams!! Woohoo? I can't get over it still, but I do enjoy the adventure, the characters, and the overall plot. Plus the conversations between characters, specially when Tod is involved, are hilarious. Some people say the story gets even better after the third book, and I'm about to read that one right now. Maybe Kaylee will develop an awesome ability out of the fricking blue. Or she can leave Nash and go to Tod like any rational woman would... One can only hope.

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!

Book Expo America 2012 Registration as Editorial Media is now OPEN!!

I registered! Can't wait for this year's Book Expo America! Who is registering? Go now!

BEA is basically the most amazing book event of the year. Almost everybody is going to be there, including bloggers. This blogger is going with other blogger friends, who else is? Maybe we can meet.

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!

Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Series: The Faerie Ring
Book #: 1
Pages: 352
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .3
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Published: Sept. 27th, 2011
by Tor Teen
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood. 
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist. 
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

Taschima's POV:

This is really a book to read and a series to look out for. It was gripping, in the sense that I just really couldn't put it down. It's big, almost 400 pages, but they go by so quickly you wont see the ending coming. And the ending? Pretty all over the place for a minute there, but it seemed to work out. In my opinion anything that has faeries involved has to be a bit all over the place hehe

What I most enjoyed about this book was Tiki really. She is an orphan that can be a thieve in one moment and the next convert into this Cinderella kind of character. She is strong and she takes takes of herself, plus all her orphan brothers and sisters. The side characters were fine, though we don't get to see much of their past. The main three characters are Tiki, Prince Leo and Rieker. Rieker was a surprise! Everything that happened in his past... well I wasn't expecting it that's for sure. Prince Leo is this rich kid who has been in the dark for his whole life, and then when the ring goes missing he starts believing and starts searching for answers, at some times screwing some of the plans of our main characters.

Romance: It's there, it's sure there, I just wasn't a big fan. Kieker, Leo... Don't really care in that way for neither.

The faeries in The Faerie Ring aren't the nice faeries you find in places like The Iron King and other YA novels (I LOVE the Iron King, it's just an example). In this book the faeries basically want to take over our world and want us all dead. YAY! Basically as our world keeps growing and evolving theirs continues to shrink, and the only reason they haven't attacked before is because of the power of the ring. A ring Kiki stole by accident, not knowing who it belonged to, or the repercussions of never giving it back. Basically, Kiki starts being in mortal danger as soon as she touches that ring. Not that she knows it...

It was just such an enjoyable book. It had a lot of different aspects that anybody would be able to enjoy, I think you should all pick it up and give it a shot.

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!

Monday 16 January 2012

13 Movies I Can't Wait For in 2012

So I got the last issue of Entretainment Weekly and in it it had the "42 Movies We Can't Wait For". Out of those 42 movies I hand picked 12 movies I can't bloody wait for to come out this year. Then I added one that wasn't on the list (The Vow). I usually don't go to the cinema (who has the money these days?) but for these movies I would break the piggy bank and let the cinema rob me blind.

13. Great Expectations

No Trailer yet
Coming Out: Don't Know

One name. Helena Bonham Carter. That's enough for me to want to watch this movie. Helena is an amazing actress.

Coming Out: March 16th

I want to watch this one because I want to see how good Lily Collins is since she is going to be playing Clary in the movie adaptation of The City of Bones. Other than that I really think the other Snow White movie is going to kick more ass than this one- even if it has Kristen Stewart as Snow White.

No Trailer Yet
Coming Out: December 7th

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in one movie. YES. Plus I've been interested in Les Miserables since I read Fracture by Megan Miranda (The characters go and see the play in the book).

No Trailer Yet
Coming Out: Don't Know

Emma Watson playing a character that is not Hermione Granger. I love Emma, I think she is a terrific actress, and so I shall watch this movie. I am really hoping its good.

09. Brave

Coming Out: June 22nd

It's a new Disney film. The girl is a red head, she can work a bow and arrow, I believe there is also a horse involved.

Coming Out: June 1st

The trailer looks KICK ASS. Just watch the trailer.

No Trailer Yet
Coming Out: May 11th

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp come together again. There's a vampire involved as well... but you had me at Tim Burton.

Coming Out: February 3rd

Daniel Radcliffe trying something new. Not only that, but the movie looks like it will truly be creepy and worth my while! Been waiting for this one since last year. Watch the trailer please.

Coming Out: May 25th

Men in Black is a classic. When I saw the title alone I was like "No, please don't fuck with this series, it's too good!" but then I saw the trailer and went "Holy sweet baby Jesus Batman I have to watch it!"

Coming Out: January 20

Same as with Men In Black. You see the IV and it's like Noooooo, but then I thought "At least I'll get to see Selene kick some more ass, and the premise seems interesting." The only thing worrying me about it is that I don't think Michael is going to be in this film. Where the fuck is Michael!?

Coming Out: February 10th
Rachel McAdams is my favorite actress. I loved her on mean Girls, on The Notebook, on Morning Glory, The Time Traveler's Wife... She plays a lot of different characters and she nails them every single time. The guy is also pretty hot, I liked him in Step Up. But I'm mostly watching it for her and the story.

Coming Out: December 14

Who, who isn't waiting for this amazing movie? I could watch and re watch Lord of the Rings about a hundred times. When I saw the trailer for this movie... It was the happiest day of my life. Can't wait to see my old pal Magneto again =D

Coming Out: March 23

Shall I go on? I think I shall. When I read The Hunger Games I basically thought it was the best dystopian novel I have ever read. It still is. The movie had me worried, it really did, because let's be honest not many movies made out of books give them justice. But this movie? Holy crap. For once the casting was dead on (my only complaint was Cinna), the trailer looked amazing, and I really think they are going to do the book justice! It's like a dream coming true in theaters near you.

There you have it, the 13 movies I can't wait to watch (by number of importance). I probably left off some other major ones, but this list seems to sum it up pretty well I believe. Which ones are your "can't wait for" films? Out of this list? Out of your own list? Tell me it, I may add some other titles to my gold list.

Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!
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