Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January TBR

Welcome to my TBR of January Post. I will be showcasing in this post all of the books I am planning on reading in January 2013.

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) Everneath (Everneath, #1) vLover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2) Across the Universe Need (Need, #1) Impossible Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata, #1) Dreamland

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to dieAnd 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.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming

Need by Carrie Jones
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil? 

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
All her world’s a stage.


Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.


Enter Stage Right  

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.


COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.


ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.


BERTIE. Our heroine.


Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

Please leave a comment or a link with what you plan on reading in the month of January. Thank you for stopping by and....
Happy Reading!!! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

November TBR

Welcome to my TBR of November Post. I will be showcasing in this post all of the books I am planning on reading in November 2012. 

Die for Me (Revenants, #1) The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Halflings (Halflings, #1) Article 5 (Article 5, #1) New Girl Keeping the Moon Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)

Die For Me by Amy Plum
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephanie Meyer
This must-have hardcover edition-the only official guide-is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, EclipseBreaking Dawn, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. This comprehensive handbook-essential for every Twilight Saga fan-is full-color throughout with nearly 100 gorgeous illustrations and photographs and with exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.

Halflings by Heather Burch
After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

New Girl by Paige Harbison
"Welcome to Manderley Academy"I hadn't wanted to go, but my parents were so excited.... So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water. But mine's not the name on everyone's lips. Oh, no.

It's Becca Normandy they can't stop talking about. Perfect, beautiful Becca. She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley--the spot that I got. And everyone acts like it's my fault that infallible, beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by "not" perfect, completely fallible, unknown Me.

Then, there's the name on "my" lips--Max Holloway. Becca's ex. The one boy I should avoid, but can't. Thing is, it seems like he wants me, too. But the memory of Becca is always between us. And as much as I'm starting to like it at Manderley, I can't help but think she's out there, somewhere, watching me take her place.

Waiting to take it back.

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.

Switched by Amanda Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become.

* All synopses for this post are courtesy of Goodreads*

Please comment or link below what books you plan on reading in the month of November. Also, if you would like me to review any of these books please let me know.

  Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

October Rewind

Welcome to October Rewind. Another month that I didn't get much reading done but I did discover some pretty interesting books.

Yesterday Three Ghost Stories Nevermore (Nevermore, #1) 34 Pieces of You Heart-Shaped Box The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)

Yesterday by CK Kelly Martin
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.

NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.

* Interesting premise but started off sooo slow and boring. I had a difficult time getting interested in it until I was near chapter 16.* Gave it a 2/5 star rating on Goodreads

Three Chost Stories by Charles Dickens
Includes the following short stories:
1) The Signal-Man
2) The Haunted-House
3) The Trial for Murder
* I gave this a rating of 3/5 stars on Goodreads simply because I enjoyed "The Signal-Man" so much, in my opinion the others were lacking and not up to what I have always come to expect from Charles Dickens.*

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. 

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. 

*Holy Batman did I love this book!! It's such an addictive and creative story. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Enshadowed so I can find out what happens to Isobel and Varren.* I gave this a rating on 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life.

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along

* Beautifully written and heartbreaking. You will definitely need to keep a box of tissues near you will reading 34 Pieces of You. If you love books like Thirteen Reasons Why and If I Lie than you will love this book.* I gave it a rating of 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.
*Another book that had an interesting premise that I couldn't get into. I wanted to read this book in the month of October because it was listed in the Horror Genre and I wanted to read something creepy. Unfortunately, it wasn't scary at all, in fact it was more depressing than anything.* I gave this book a rating of 2/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma - so she's been told - and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.
* Definitely original and a quick read. Part sci-fi, dystopian, and medical thriller all wrapped into one. The only thing that stopped me from giving it a 5 star rating was that it kind of seemed like it took awhile for the "real story" to start. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series eventually.* I gave this book a rating on 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Please leave comments or links below with all the great books that YOU discovered in the month of October.

Happy Reading :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

September Rewind

Welcome to September Rewind. I still didn't read as much as I would have liked this month but I did manage to discover some really good books.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)  Along for the Ride  The Giver (The Giver, #1)

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
My second favorite book in The Mortal Instrument Series behind City of Glass. I can't wait to find out what happens next to Jace and Clary when City of Heavenly Fire is released in 2014( Boooo to having to wait that long)

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
I love Sarah Dessen's novels and this one does not disappoint. If you love to read good YA Contemporaries check out Sarah Dessen's books. She is the YA version of Jodi Picoult to me( I mean that as a huge compliment) 

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wow!! I really enjoyed this book and I'm sorry it took me so many years to get to it. Such a heartbreaking but beautifully written book.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

August Rewind

     Welcome to August Rewind!!!!

Hey everyone!! I have decided to rename Best of( Insert month) reads to (insert month) Rewind because I want show all the books that I have read during the month instead of the select few that I think are great. Well here we go.....

I didn't read that much during the month of August( I know bad, bad Melanie) but I seriously loved every single book that I did read.

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1) Marcelo in the Real World If I Lie Safe Haven

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey(Goodreads)
* I was so surprised by how much I loved this book. Normally, I'm not really into Horror books but this one changed my mind. I don't get creeped out when I read books but this one had some parts that genuinely creeped me out* 5/5

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork(Goodreads)
*OMGosh I absolutely adored this book!!! It's beautifully written and it tugs at your heart strings. I polished off this bad boy in one day* 5/5

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson(Goodreads)
*Nothing I will ever say can do this book justice. Absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. I don't remember the last time I cried so much while reading a book. Characters were very well developed and I adored Quinn(Sophie).* 5/5

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks(Goodreads)
* One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books, it not as sappy as his other books( Don't get me wrong I love sappy romances) but this one had quite a bit of mystery and suspense. Another Nicholas Spark book that I highly recommend if you like this one is The Guardian* 4/5

Thank you for stopping by and please comment and tell me what books you read in the month of August. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Best of March Reads

Welcome to the Best of March Reads. Here are the books that I read and LOVED in the month of March 2012

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) Marked (House of Night, #1) Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

Cinder by Marissa Meyer(goodreads)
One of my favorite books so far this year. You can check out my review here.

Marked by P.C. & Kristin Cast(goodreads)
Awesome, fast paced, and fun book about Vampyres. I gave this one 5/5 stars on goodreads

Welcome,Caller,This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell(goodreads)
It took me a little while to get into this book but ultimately I loved it and Chloe. Great 2012 Debut. Still working on review. 4/5 stars on goodreads

So, what great books did you read in March???

Happy Reading!