Monday, February 11, 2013

Full Moon Playlist




©                 1) I imagine this song in the very beginning of book one where Celeste and the gang are on their outdoor date and they hear the howling. This song is just so spooky and hypnotic. Also, yes I’m super cheesy and any werewolf reference in a song makes me all super excited and giggly.

©                 2) Celeste and Brandon’s song. Nuff said. I actually liked Rod Stewart’s version but I e-mailed Mrs. Schreiber asking which song she actually imagined as C&B’s song and she loves Frank Sinatra’s version. And well, who am I to argue with this amazing author ; ) Plus it is actually growing on me.

©                 3)  Gosh I love this song. It’s so beautiful and I always tear up hearing it. So of course I imagine it playing at the dance for Celeste and Brandon.

©                 4) I heard this song for the first time when I watched the movie The Notebook, and I’ve loved it ever since. This is the only song from book three to avoid being spoilery and it’s just at the very beginning as Brandon was holding Celeste, kind of like Noah held and danced with Allie in the street : ) But it can fit in so many different spots.

©                 5) I think this song is so lovely and COME ON its The Beatles!!! I imagine it playing it at the end of book one where Brandon says “’We could do something we couldn’t do for many months,’ he replied in a sexy voice. ‘Something I’ll always remember.’” And then they kiss and girls reading the book everywhere swoon.


©                 6) I’m just obsessed with this song ever since it came out and just for fun I imagine it playing at the dance while Brandon and Celeste are waiting for their slow song to dance to.

 
©                  7) This song. Wow. I get a little teary eyed every time I hear it. In book two Nash really becomes much more likeable to me and he seems to be making amends, or trying to at least. Although it never happened I always picture him singing this song to Celeste as an apology. Beautiful, beautiful song.
 
I had two others that for some reason Spotify wouldn't upload them. They were The Wolf by Fever Ray which is an epic, epic song! I listen to it and picture running through a forest or dancing by a fire, so do yourself a favor and go listen to it on youtube! The other was Who You Are by Jessie J because it just seemed a good anthem for Brandon ; )

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Rocked Under



"Nineteen year-old Emma Harrington’s number one rule is; Never give your heart away to a man, no matter what. That lesson was learned early on in her life and she will never forget it.

Starting over in the USA, Emma starts college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do and live how she wants and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again.

That is until Scott Mason walks on stage…

Intense, bad boy Scott is the lead singer in a local and popular rock band. Ladies man and Ashley’s longtime friend, Emma is instantly drawn to him, even though he is everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette; light it, use it, and lose it.

For her cousin’s sake, she makes an effort to get along with Scott. She soon discovers that there is more to Scott which makes him even more dangerous in her eyes. Underneath the fa├žade of friendship; jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurities, fester and battle it out as she fights her attraction and history from repeating itself.

One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her."


So where oh where do I begin. I guess I'll start with I did like the book, it wasn't great, it didn't move me to tears but it wasn't awful. I sat down and finished it in one sitting, probably two hours but not because I was riveted by what was on the page but mainly because I had nothing better to do. The only reason it didn't get more than three stars was because it was kind of similar to Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens; except I felt in Thoughtless Kiera and Kellan hurt each other equally, **KIND OF SPOILERY** whereas in this book Scott really kept fucking Emma over, literally. Even when she wasn't messing around with anyone else he still brought a girl home every night. And I mean EVERY flipping night. For me, this made it harder to love him how I love Kellan. I wish Mrs. Hawkers wouldn't have made Scott such a slutty scumbag or this book could have easily been five stars.  But because I was so busy being constantly disgusted with Scott's behavior, and trust me it eventually goes behind sleeping with dumb easy women, I couldn't get into the storyline or the "romance". This book is definitely a pass unless you have nothing better going on...

MY RATING: ★ ★ ★
**Picture and description from Goodreads**

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I'm A NEWBIE!

So for those of you who follow @epicreads on Twitter you know they had a huge competition/giveaway/Idk what to call it, where you filled out a huge application applying to be a "newbie" to read one of seven different series that has the final book being released this winter. And out of 400...that's right 400 applications I was one of the lucky 14 picked! I get the FANTABULOUS honor of reading the Full Moon series by Ellen Schreiber and lookie what just arrived in the mail today.


The FIRST TWO NOVELS!! Yay! And Epicreads will be sending me an ARC of the final book when it arrives in their office. So I'm really excited to get started and for those of you who don't know the awesomeness that is Epic Reads follow them on twitter @epicreads or their website with great giveaways at www.epicreads.com and come back here to see my reviews on the first books.

<3 Courtney

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sweet Evil



   "What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?"

     First off....Mhmmm that cover is freaking GORGEOUS and so accurately depicts the two main hotties in this book. Anna is sweet and innocent and a girl I could totally see myself being best friends with. Kaiden is obviously the sexy bad boy who is a victim of shitty circumstances. I fell in love with both characters and even the minor characters pulled at my heart strings. It's so rare for me to love every character that's in a book but in the world Wendy created I just couldn't help myself! All of them were so darn loveable.

     The world Wendy created was magical and captivating. It was intense and interesting but also easily believable. I found myself easily flipping through the pages wanting to know more about the world, the characters, and the angel/demon lore. But don't get me wrong this isn't just another angel/demon book, this novel has so much more going on! The focus of the story is on the children of the twelve head demons or "dukes"; Anna being one of the twelve. But Anna differs from the other children because she is the product of a demon father and an angel mother.

     I guess what it boils down to is this isn't like every other lame demon/angel book you've ever read. The character are endearing, the premise is new and refreshing, and did you look at that cover ; )

MY RATING: ★★★★★
*Picture and description provided by goodreads.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The book I'm most thankful for.



As you see Beth is doing a super ginormous giveaway of 19 signed books and swag for people blogging about the book they are most thankful for. To me that changes almost daily, so today I'm going with Reckoning by Lili St. Crow. The series has finally come to an end and Dru still hasn't chosen Christophe or Graves. WTH!?!? I've been with this series for a long time and although I think the ending SUCKED I respect all the time and effort she put into this wonderful series that I've fallen in love with. Here's hoping for a spin off ;)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Destined


In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa's House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow. But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

      First off let me say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series and for some reason I think I judge it a little less harshly than I do other books. If I'm being honest this series is probably being drug out A LOT longer than it has to. Instead of coming up with one solid plot line and making it span over three or four novels P.C. and Kristin Cast have fifty different things going on and no end to the series in sight. (This is book 9 in the series). However, even though I believe this series couldve ended four books ago the story is still pretty entertaing and these characters make the books worth reading. I mean come on who wouldn't want a BFF like Stevie Rae? Or have hot guys like Stark, Eric, and Heath drooling all over them. If this was any other series, with any other characters, I believe I would have lost interest a long time ago but the characters are so relatable, loveable and entertaining that P.C. and Kristin could write ten more books and I'd still buy every one.


MY RATING: ★★★★ I really wanted to give it 5 stars but since I feel like they are really dragging this series out I had to give it 4
*Picture and description from Goodreads.com

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Enclave



"In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.


As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.


Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.


As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known."


I was pleasantly suprised by this book. Yes, it sounded interesting but often you can't judge a book by it's description. I was captivated by Deuce and the world she lived it so much that I devoured this book in one sitting. Out of all the dystopian novels I've read this has got to be in my top three. I give this book 4/5 stars. I try not to compare books by huge blockbusters, in this case The Hunger Games but since they put on the cover "For fans of The Hunger Games" I had to. And although I fell deeply in love with this book, and the characters it just wasn't at the level of the Hunger Games which is why it got 4/5 instead of 5/5 stars. However, I might be biting my words as the series goes on, only time will tell.


MY RATING: ★★★★
*Picture and description from Goodreads.com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Upcoming books you don't wanna miss!


OCTOBER:

4th:
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

11th:
Devoted by Hilary Duff

25th:
Destined by P.C. Cast
The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom by L.J. Smith
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

NOVEMBER:

1st:
Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck
Reckoning by Lili St. Crow
Crossed by Allie Condie
Last Breath: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
Drink Deep: Chicagoland Vamps by Chloe Neill

29th:
Legend by Marie Lu

DECEMBER:

6th: Clockwork Prince

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hourglass



For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?"

So I literally just finished reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire and OMG! First of I was completely suprised, I didn't expect much from this book because the premise just seemed too silly and boy am I eating my words now. This book was so completely different and original I fell head over heels in love! The book was jam packed with mystery and romance I was frothing at the mouth ripping through the pages just trying to figure out how it ended!

MY RATING: ★★★★
*Picture and description found on Goodreads.com

Welcome!

Hey everybody and welcome to my first blog ever *waits for applause*! I'm just getting into the swing of things so please be patient. My hopes for this blog is to meet other book lovers like myself and provide helpful reviews for the books I read.

*Coming up a review of Hourglass by Myra McEntire*