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!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox #18

Welcome to In My Mailbox a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)   The Princesses of Iowa  The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, #1)  The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)     

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa(goodreads)
The Princesses of Iowa by M.Molly Backes(goodreads)
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney(goodreads)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness(goodreads)

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a link or comment below with what books you got this week.
Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Under The Never Sky

Under the Never Sky

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 3,2012
Page Count: 374
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive. 

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky. 

                             My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read this book because I have read/heard so many rave reviews about it. Under The Never Sky is told from the alternating viewpoints of Aria and Peregrine(Perry). Aria is a "dweller" who lives in the enclosed city of Reverie, she spends her time with friends in the Realms( virtual environments that she accesses through an eyepiece called a  Smarteye). Peregrine(Perry) lives with his tribe out in the real world, he is trying to survive hunger, cold, and the Aether storms that are a constant threat.
 I think my favorite thing about this book was the world building, it was descriptive enough to were you could easily imagine life inside of Reverie and life on the Outside but not so descriptive to were you get bored by all of the details that are being presented to you. I did struggle a little bit during the first hundred or so pages with some of the unique terminology that Veronica Rossi created but I quickly got use to it and it didn't feel so foreign to me.
 I also loved the character development.I loved watching Aria develop into a tough, competent heroine who could survive on the outside. No matter how hard things got she didn't complain and she kept pushing forward. Perry kind of goes in the opposite direction as Aria, he starts off seeming like the savage that Aria has been warned about her entire life but it turns out that underneath that tough exterior he is actually a really caring character. I also enjoyed the secondary characters Roar and Cinder, I really hope we get to see more of them in Through the Ever Night.
 I liked the fact that this book didn't fall into the trap of insta-love that is found in most YA novels, in fact it seems like they both started off with a really strong prejudice of each other. I want to say that the romance didn't really become too noticeable to me until about page 300 or so.
 Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars. I gave it 4 stars because in my opinion it started off a little too slow.

For those of you that have read 'Under the Never Sky' what did you think of it? Leave your opinions in the comments below.

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #17


Welcome to In My Mailbox a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from

Marked (House of Night, #1)  Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe The Peculiars  The Summer My Life Began Breaking Beautiful The Wicked and the Just  Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy #1) Don't You Wish Yesterday Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal #2)  Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)Gift

Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast(goodreads)
Welcome,Caller,This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell(goodreads)
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQueerry(goodreads)
The Summer My Life Began  by Shannon Greenland(goodreads)
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf(goodreads)
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats(goodreads)
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel(goodreads)
Don't You Wish by Roxanne St.Claire(goodreads)
Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin(goodreads)
Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay(goodreads)
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown(goodreads)
Gift by Andrea J.Buchanan(goodreads)

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a link or comment below with what you received in your mailbox this week.

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Cinder

 Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer(Goodreads)
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: January 3,2012
Page Count: 387
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge

Humans and Androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl.
 Cinder a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets from her past in order to protect her world's future.

                                      My Thoughts:

I was skeptical about reading this book at first since it's a retelling of Cinderella as a cyborg but I'm so glad that I gave it a chance because it's AWESOME! I really enjoyed all of the characters but my favorites were Cinder( she's kind of a bad@$$) and Iko( I loved her personality and personally thought she was adorable). Marissa Meyer did a great job developing all of her characters.
 I really enjoyed how Marissa Meyer took a classic like Cinderella and turned it into a really great dystopian/science fiction novel. The only thing I wished was different is that she would have been a little bit more descriptive with the setting of New Beijing but that is such a small con IMO when it comes to this book.
 I also loved the romance between Cinder and Prince Kai because it wasn't the usual insta-love that you normally see in YA literature. It was gradual and made me so excited for them when they both finally realized that they loved each other. 
 I will admit that even though I gave this book 5 stars on goodreads that I really didn't like the way this book ended. I feel that a little bit more should have been resolved before the conclusion of the book book. Despite the ending of Cinder I'm really looking forward to the 2013 release of Scarlet which will feature both Cinder and Red Riding Hood =)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

$ 500 Amazon Gife Card Giveaway!!!

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Review: Want To Go Private?

Want to Go Private?
Want To Go Private?by Sarah Darer Littman(Goodreads)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published:August 1,2011
Page Count:336
Genre: YA Contemporary 

Abby and Luke chat online. They've never met. But they are going to. Soon.Abby is starting high school--it should be exciting, so why doesn't she care? Everyone tells her to "make an effort," but why can't she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she's losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke--he is her secret, and she's his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn't who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don't, they'll never see Abby again.

                         My Thoughts:
If I could choose only one book to put into the hands of every single teen and parent-THIS WOULD BE IT! This book was an emotional roller coaster that I could not put down. It's like seeing a horrible accident and not being able to turn your eyes away from it( best comparison I can give).
 Abby is a typical high school freshmen. She is nervous about starting high school and just wishes that everything could stay the same. Her best friend Faith starts making new friends, her sister is a brat, and less than 24 hours after starting high school Abby's dad is already telling her to think about extracurricular activities and college. To say the least Abby is stressed to the max and just wants people to accept her for who she is. Abby finally finds acceptance and love in the form of Luke( BlueSkyBoi) on Luke understands Abby and how special she is but Luke isn't who he says he is.
 This book gets you to think about how Abby clearly had heard the talks at school and home about internet safety and still fell victim to Luke and his "grooming". It makes you wonder how does a young girl(or boy) go from knowing all the information that we have available to getting into a strangers car. This book is seriously well researched and Sarah Darer Littman actually answers the question of how this ends up happening. I actually read this book about a month ago and I'm still having a hard time formulating my thoughts because it has stuck with me in a way that I can't even describe. This book is so scary because of it's realness and the fact this could seriously happen to ANY teenager who has access to the internet.
 I also really liked the cover, not because of the design but because of the words. Although plain it's the perfect cover for this book IMO.
 WARNING: This book is sexually explicit both in language and deed between Abby and Luke.

 Thank you for checking out my review and I would like to say Happy Reading!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Best of January and February Reads

Welcome to Best of January and February Reads these book are ones that I gave either 4 or 5 stars to on goodreads and highly recommend.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) The Fault in Our Stars Want to Go Private? Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi(Goodreads)
I loved this book so much. Juliette was an awesome protagonist and I can't wait until February 2013 so I can get a copy of Unravel Me. 5/5 stars on goodreads

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green(Goodreads)
This is my first John Green book and it has made me a fan of his work. I love all the characters in this book, especially Augustus Waters. 5/5 stars on goodreads

Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman(Goodreads)
If I could choose only one book to put into the hands of every teen and parent this would be it. 5/5 stars on goodreads

Fever(#2 in The Chemical Gardens Trilogy) by Lauren DeStefano(Goodreads)
A really good sequel to Wither. Just when I thought that Vaugh couldn't get any worse he surprised me. Although I loved Fever I can't say that it lived up to it's predecessor as well as I thought it would. 4/5 stars on goodreads

Pandemonium(#2 in the Delirium Trilogy) by Lauren Oliver(Goodreads)
I love how Lena has developed so far in this trilogy. Wow!!! What a cliffhanger at the end. I can't wait for the final installment next year.

Quick Note:
I'm really sorry that I haven't been working on my blog lately but I have been really sick the last few months and recently had surgery. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Reading!!! :)