October 30, 2011

Whats Coming Next Week? #9


Reckoning (Strange Angels Series #5) by Lili St. Crow.
Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.


Tiger's Voyage Exclusive Edition (Tiger's Curse Series #3) by Colleen Houck.
Crossed (Matched Trilogy Series #2) by Ally Condie.
Last Breath (Morganville Vampires Series #11) by Rachel Caine.
Playground by 50 Cent.
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts.
Destined (House of Night Series #9) by P. C. Cast.

Teaser Tuesday #28: Monster High

1."Convinced the wrong family had taken her home from the hospital, Melody placed little value on physical appearance."

2."Without warning, Melody's hard shell broke, and her insides were exposed. But instead of collapsing into a stinky mess, she pushed past Cleo, marched up to Deuce, and pulled him toward her."

Book Review #58: Monster High #1

Title: Monster High.
Author: Lisi Harrison.
Format: ARC.
Pages: 255.
Series: Monster High, #1.
Source: Trade.
Publisher: Little Brown and Company.
Published Date: September 1, 2010.

"The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and prom.
But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?"


Monster High, just proves that not all books with monsters or creatures, you would "think" don't really exist, have to be scary, or horror books.

From the cute diamond skull with the big pink bow, to the leather background, with pink stitching, this cover just screams cute.

I've seen the other two Monster High books, that are so far out, and I think this cover would have to be my favorite...I think it's because of all of the pink(:

Story Line:

I've recently joined together with Belinda over at burnbright.com.au, to create a book club. Every month, we decide on a book we want to read, and discuss it at the end of that month. We let the readers know what books we plan on reading, months prior; giving everyone, enough time to go out, get a copy, and still have time to finish it.

We decided on a few books including Monster High #3, Angel Arias, Matched, and Elixir. I've never read any of the Monster High books, so to review the third book, I would have to scramble to even get my hands on and finish reading the first two!

Have you ever gotten that feeling, where you think someone is watching you? Have you ever gotten that feeling with books? I do, ALL the time. I feel like they follow me everywhere I go, Barnes and Nobles, grocery shopping, at school, and sometimes even at home, if my mom or brother might already be reading them!

This is how I felt about Monster High, everywhere I turned I would see it! Until it finally cornered me in Burn Bright Book Club(:

Frankie Stein and Melody Carver are the two main characters, two total opposites, and each with their own personnel problem. While Frankie Stein is a monster, and isn't allowed to do some of the things normal teenagers do, Melody has serious asthma, and worries about her looks, after her surgery.

It was amazing how much Frankie grew, from being home schooled and only knowing her parents (who created her) to going to high school, making tons of friends, and embracing who she really is, and that its okay to be what she is.

But on the other hand Melody, grew and became more comfortable with herself too. From claiming she's the ugly duckling in the family, and being shy of her new look after her surgery, she learns to relax a little and even starts liking a special boy.

I had a great time reading Monster High, Lisi Harrison has a great writing style, that leaves you wanting more, and really keeps you interested! I can't wait to start reading the rest of the series, and see how Frankie and Melody continue to grow(:

In My Mailbox #31

Darkfever, by Karen Marie Moning.

"MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…."

Supernaturally, by Kiersten White.

"Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal."

Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater.

"The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater
In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in."

October 28, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween, filled with happiness, that special creep factor, and loads of candies and sweets! And I found a few Halloween jokes, that might just make you chuckle(:

Why was the little boy unhappy to win first prize for the best costume at the Halloween party?

Because he just came to pick up his sister!

Why did the boy carry a clock and a bird on Halloween?

It was for “tick or tweet” !

What did the skeleton say to the vampire?

You suck.

Where does a ghost go on Saturday night?

Anywhere where he can boo-gie.

Happy Birthday....To MEEEE!:D

Things have been pretty busy this whole week, since I'm getting ready for my birthday tomorrow, so I haven't really been able to blog much! But I hope to get a few posts up this weekend, including my review of Monster High (book #1).

What do I have planned for tomorrow? Well, nothing really....besides going to Olive Garden with my family, craving pumpkins, eating awesome cake with a few friends and my family, and to end my birthday, watch scary (yes, I usually don't like scary movies, but since it's Halloween!) all night(:

I know it's not everyone's birthday this weekend, but I hope you guys have a fun and spooky weekend and Halloween anyways!

October 26, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #26

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Book Cover

Title: The Faults In Our Stars.
Author: John Green.

"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. "

Release Date: January 2011.

October 23, 2011


Yes! 300 followers! Can you believe it? I can't!!!

My mind is blown right now, a few months ago, I would have never thought I would make it this far, and that I would continued blogging for such a long period of time! (about eight months)

I love blogging, reading and reviewing books. So I just wanted to say a quick thank you, to all of my followers and people who read my posts on BurnBright.com.au! Your comments, and support means the world to me(:

Thank you!

In My Mailbox #30

The last two weeks the only things that were in my mailbox, included boring bills, advertisements, and my report card (but shhhhh, don't tell my parents!). Not one single book.

It's true, your IMM books, don't HAVE to come in your mailbox. You can go out and buy them, borrow them, or even get them as a gift. But I didn't do anything of those three either.

School is kicking my butt right now, I'm not doing bad, but there's just so much work! What makes it ten times better, is that all of my teachers decide to assign homework or have tests on the same day (serious sarcasm!).

But you're not here to listen to me babbling about my life, your here to see what books I got. Yes! I finally got books! (Even though, not getting books, gave me loads of time to catch up on other books, that needed reading and reviewing) so let's get to it(:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Book CoverThe Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak.

"It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

Tempest by Julie Cross: Book CoverTempest, by Julie Cross.

"The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world."

Whats Coming Next Week? #8


The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa.
The Gift (Witch and Wizard Series #2) by James Patterson.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
Dragonfly by Julia Golding.
Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins Series #1) by Andrew Lane.
The Song of Unmaking (Legends of Karac Tor Series #3) by D. Barkley Briggs.
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles.
The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell.
Another Pan by Daniel Nayeri.
Trickster's Girl (The Raven Duet Series #1) by Hilari Bell.


Destined (House of Night Series #9) by P. C. Cast.
Mastiff (Beka Cooper Series #3) by Tamora Pierce.
Phantom (The Vampire Diaries Series: The Hunters) by L. J. Smith.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.
The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Desert Angel by Charlie Price.

October 22, 2011

Book Review #57: Fade

Title: Fade.
Author: Lisa McMann.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 248.
Series: Yes, #2 (Wake Trilogy).
Source: Purchased.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Published Date: September 10, 2009.

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open — but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability — and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared...."


Nothing's better than a ice cold glass of water, after working out, spending the day at the beach, or just mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.

Looking at this cover, it makes me swallow, and want to get a glass of water for myself.

Sadly, the cover doesn't have much to do with the story line. The first book Wake, had a pillow on it which made sense, since the main character gets sucked into peoples dreams. But I'm not exactly sure how a cold glass of water ties in.

Story Line:

Before I even start the official review, please make sure, that you know this is the second book in the Wake Trilogy! This review might include spoilers to the first book; just wanted to remind you again, incase you plan on reading Wake soon, I don't ruin it for you!

Janie, the main character, has always had the power, she considers it a curse, to go jump into peoples dreams. It can happen when people are sleeping in her house, at school, or on the bus. It can happen at anytime, when shes driving, doing homework, or eating.

Recently joining the police force, the captain asked Janie to help find a teacher who might be having a relationship with one of their students. Janie can't say no, she wants to help, but Caleb, her boyfriend, isn't as sure as Janie is about this whole situation. Like any nice guy, he doesn't want her getting hurt, and he knows about Janie's dream jumping.

Fade was amazing! It made me want to go out and buy Gone, before I even finished the last page; thank goodness I already have it! The ending blew my mind, I would have never thought it would end the way it did. If you haven't read Wake yet, you NEED to! And what better time than now? It's October, the perfect time for a book like Wake, or Lisa McMann's Cryer's Cross!

I really enjoyed Lisa McMann's writing style, I've enjoyed everything I've heard from her so far (Wake, Fade, and Cryer's Cross). Even though, I don't want the trilogy to end, I can't wait to finally start Gone(:

Teaser Tuesday #27: Fade.

1.)"He waits a moment. And than murmurs, 'I love you, Janie Hannagan.'"

2.)"Janie is in Stacey's car, and Stacey is driving like a maniac down a dark street near the woods. From the backseat, a growl, and then a man appears and grabs Stacey around the neck from behind."


I know I'm late, and I should have done this post like a week ago, but life's been bit busy! I'm back on track now, and ready to tell you the winners of my 250 Follower Giveaway.

If you remember there were four prize packs, each included a book and some Kimberly Derting The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead Swag.

So here are the winners!

Grand Prize.......
......Lanay Ferguson!!!

Hold Still Prize Pack.....
......Erika Beal!!!!

Airhead Prize Pack......
......Wanda Perez!!!!

And lastly The Prince of Mist Prize Pack.......
........Amanda Liford!!!!

If you're one of the winners mentioned above, you'll be receiving an email from me within the next thirty minutes, asking for your address; so I can ship you prizes out ASAP.

Winners have forty-eight hours to respond, if not, another winner will be choosen!

Again, thanks for entering everybody! There will definitely be more giveaways coming soon(:

October 20, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #26

Title: Illuminated.
Author: Erica Orloff.

"Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story - and hers - takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary - and that of Heloise and Abelard's ancient romance - their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can't last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history? "

Release Date: December 8, 2011.

October 18, 2011

Book Review #56: The Radleys

Author: Matt Haig.
Format: ARC.
Pages: 366.
Series: Nope.
Source: Publisher.
Publisher: Free Press.
Published Date: December 2010.


"Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives. One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara’s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys’ marriage. The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting,..."


We all know it's October, and we ALL know what that means; HALLOWEEN! The time of year when you want that spoke factor, you go trick-or-treating, make and eat pumpkin pie, watch scary movies with your friends, and as a blogger, read horror books.

The cover of The Radleys was exactly what I was looking for! It just screams scary, creepy and horror! Giving you that eerie feeling, with not only the black background, the red font, but also the white picket fence, that has blood on it, and "Rowan" carved into it.

Story Line:

What would you do if your parents were vampires? What would you do if your older brother were to be one of those blood suckers? ....What would you do if you were one too?

You're probably thinking, "That would never happen to me!" But I'm sure that's the same thing Clara Radley was thinking, but like her, it could easily happen to you.

The Radleys is a perfect book for the month of Halloween, it isn't too scary, but it does have some romance, and keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end of the book!

I really enjoyed reading about Rowan, Clara's older brother. When you first get to meet him, he's on the quiet side, doesn't fit in well at school, doesn't have many friends, and can't stand up for himself, when it comes to being bullied. Rowan seems like one of the sweetest guys in the world, who cares a lot about his baby sister.

Rowan, was one of many reasons I loved reading The Radleys. I enjoyed watching him grown, become more confident and learn how to take care of himself. Close to the end of the book Rowan stands up for himself, and finds the confidence to talk to a girl he's really liked.

Matt Haig's writing is amazing, and I can't wait to read more from him(:

Everything That Happened This Week!


Everything That Happened Last Week


Teaser Tuesday
Book Review: Elixir


Giveaway Ending Soon!
Waiting On Wednesday

Thursday & Friday:



What's Coming Next Week


Book Review: Catching Fire
In My Mailbox

Angel Arias (Burn Bright #2) Book Trailer!

Title: Angel Arias.
Author: Marianne De Pierres.

"Retra - now called Naif - has escaped from Ixion, the island of ever-night. She doesn't know if her friends on the island survived the battle between the Ripers and the rebels. But she does know that she must return home, behind the sealed walls of Grave, to find out why the Ripers have been seen there talking to the councillors. What links the two worlds? First she must convince Ruzalia to help her. The fierce pirate captain saves those who face terrible fates on Ixion, but that doesn't guarantee their gratitude. Instead, she faces a revolt - and Naif is caught in the middle. Naif will need all her courage to survive. For Lenoir, who wants to keep her safe, for her friends Suki and Rollo, if they live, for Markes, who has secrets of his own, and for the new friends she will make on this journey. The fate of worlds depends on it."

October 16, 2011

Book Review #55: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins.
Format: Hardback.
Pages: 391.
Series: Yes, #2.
Source: Purchased.
Publisher: Scholastic Press.
Published Date: September 1, 2009.

"Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge."


Even though, the cover of Hunger Games is my favorite, I still really like the cover of Catching Fire.

Looking at the cover, the first thing you see is the mockingjay, and how much detail was put into it's wings, tail, face, and legs! Almost like the bird is your target, and your eye just drifts right towards it. It looks absolutely AMAZING!

Story Line:

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games series, and if you didn't know that, you've been living under a VERY large rock. Just because I really loved the cover of Hunger Games, doesn't mean I liked the book itself.

There's a huge hype about the Hunger Games series, and everyone was reading and enjoying it. Giving it a chance, I picked up the first book and started reading, not really because I wanted to read the book, but more to find out what the hype was about and why everyone love it SO much.

About half way through the book, I was wondering when would the action start, when is this part coming that everyones' been talking about?

When I finally finished it, I was a little upset, because I didn't get as much enjoyment out of it as the rest of my friends, family and blogging buddies. Yeah, the story line and concept were fantastic, but I needed more action. Honestly, she has bow and arrow skills, AWESOME bow and arrow skills! Why didn't Kat use them more often?

In the end, it seemed to me she was mostly hiding and waiting for time to pass, than she did fighting and trying to survive.

A few months passed, until I decided to give the Hunger Games series another go, and went to pick up both Catching Fire and Mockingjay; promising myself to keep an open mind.

Not only did Catching Fire make me want to re-read Hunger Games and start Mockingjay, but it smacked me in the face and proved me ten times wrong! I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!

I loved how much the characters have developed, even though I wanted more of Gale, but Peeta was such a cutie! *SPOILER ALERT!* How the society switched the game, and made all of the old winners go into the ring and play against each other blew me away!!

In the Hunger Games, I wanted to see Kat use her bow and arrows skills more, and see her in action! Even though, I didn't see much or any of that in Catching Fire, I didn't mind it, simply because the book was filled to the brim with intense action.

The lesson I learned from reading the Hunger Games series, is not to give up on something right away, just because you might not like the first taste. And that it is okay, to try again.

In My Mailbox #29

Once again, an empty mailbox...Oh well, maybe now I can play catch up with the rest of the books I need to read and review!:D
What did you get in your mailbox this week?

October 15, 2011

Whats Coming Next Week? #7


The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill.
Maya's Choice (Kimani Tru: Kesha Series) by Earl Sewell.
Offspring (The Sword of the Dragon Series #2) by Scott Appleton.


Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures Series #3) by Kami Garcia.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
Seizure (Virals Series #2) by Kathy Reichs.
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr.
Crossed by Ally Condie.

October 12, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #25

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Book Cover

Title: The Scarlet Letter.
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne.


"When it first appeared in 1850, The Scarlet Letter enjoyed scandalous success. New England critics condemned its passionate subject matter. One critic complained that Nathaniel Hawthorne invested adultery with all the fascination of genius, and all the charms of a highly polished style. My preliminary chapter, wryly noted the author, has caused the greatest uproar that has happened here since witch-times.

As she emerges from the prison of a Puritan New England town, Hester Prynne defies the dark gloom much as the rose blooms against the prison door. With her illegitimate baby, Pearl, clutched in her arms and the letter A—the mark of an adulteress—embroidered in scarlet thread on her breast, Hester holds her head high as she faces the malice and scorn of the townsfolk. Her powerful, bittersweet story is an American classic that continues to touch the hearts of modern readers with its timeless themes of guilt, passion and repentance."

Release Date: November 21, 2011.

October 11, 2011

Two More Days Until My Giveaway Ends!

Recently I reached 250 followers, and I'm so grateful! A few months ago, I would have never though I would have this many followers, or that people would even read what I have to say!

I don't think I could ever repay you guys for all of the opportunities you've given me. But I hope this giveaway does help, a little(:

If you haven't entered, you really should! There's four different prize packs; each include a book and some swag!

There are tons of extra entry opportunities, and I would recommend taking advantage of them(:

Here's a link!

Turning Pages's 250 Follower Giveaway!

Book Review #54: Elixir

Elixir by Hilary Duff: Book Cover

Title: Elixir.
Author: Hilary Duff.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 327.
Series: Yes, #1.
Source: Purchased.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster.
Published Date: October 12, 2010.


"Clea Raymond is a talented photojournalist and the daughter of high-profile parents. Usually she’s in total control of her camera, but after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and handsome young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life.
When Clea suddenly encounters this man in person she is stunned—and feels an immediate and powerful connection. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance and discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future—and their lives."


When it comes to the cover, I really like the paperback versions Belinda and I have, better. Which is a little odd, because I usually don't like having characters on book covers. The other version, as Belinda was explaining, has a kind of dark purple background, and a overview of a iris bloom.

It's true, the iris bloom was included in the story, it wasn't just random! BUT! I felt it wasn't in the story line enough to base the whole cover off of it.



Clea's best friend/sister, Rayna has to be my favorite character, even though I agree with Belinda, Ben is such a sweetheart.
Rayna, just seems like a fun girl to be around, and who would do anything for Clea, which includes getting her some alone time with the mystery man; Sage. But only if, Clea fills her in with what happened, and gives her every single detail.

We're girls! It's what we dooo!

Least Favorite:

Once again I'm totally on Belinda's side! There were so many things that Clea's mom did, or should I say didn't do, that made me want to grab her by the shoulders and give a her a good shake!

Women! Open your eyes! Take care of your daughter! Don't you have any kind of motherly instincts?

Story Line:

After getting to page 50, I was finally on the right track. I finally understood the story had nothing at all to do with Hilary Duff herself.

Almost every single YA book, I've read this past summer has had a love triangle in it (and never one with two girls, and one boy either!). Elixir starts drifting off into that direction, when Ben and Clea catch Sage in Rio, and she starts having feelings for the mystery man.

But Elixir, doesn't have the usual love triangle. Ben is actually sweet, and steps aside to let Clea have a relationship with Sage. But making sure he's always there, in case Clea gets hurt by him.

Teaser Tuesday #26: Elixir

1. "My heart thudded against what I wanted to say. 'In the dreams I'm them. All of them: Olivia, Catherine, Anneline, Delia...'"

2. "I closed the distance between us and kissed him. I felt dizzy and hot and floaty, like every cliche....but it was true."

October 09, 2011

In My Mailbox #28

This is exactly what my mailbox looked like, when I checked it last night. Not one single book, not even one little letter.

Anyways, hopefully I'll have something to show you next Sunday(:


October 08, 2011

Whats Coming Next Week? #6


Trash by Andy Mulligan
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley by Cath Crowley
The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison

Dark Water by Laura McNeal
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller
Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl


The Death Cure (Maze Runner Series #3) Exclusive Edition by James Dashner
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 by Stephenie Meyer
Unforsaken (Hailey Tarbell Series #2) by Sophie Littlefield

October 07, 2011

Book Review #53: Tower Of Parlen Min

Title: Tower of Parlen Min.
Author: Matt Xell.
Format: E-book.
Series: Yes.
Source: Author.
Publisher: Indie Author.
Published Date: July 23, 2010.


"Ves Asirin wins a trip to the Tower of Parlen Min. There, with 19 other children, he competes in the Sword Challenge; a series of puzzles and tasks, for $12 million. As fantastic and glorious as the tower seems to be, Ves finds that it keeps a dark and secret history that he has been connected to for over 150 years, a secret that will define his destiny ... if he can escape 'The shadow'."


I would love to judge the cover, but I can't get myself to do it. Since the only copy I received for review was a e-book, I don't feel it's right, if I judge a cover, by a tiny picture on my computer.

Story Line:

First getting to know Ves, you can tell right away he doesn't fit in with the other kids at the orphanage, instead of playing cards, gossiping or just hanging out at lunch, he gets out his notebook and draws.

This notebook, is the most important thing to Ves. Not only can he express himself in it, by drawing, but also it's what lets him remember things. Yeah, we all have photo albums that remind us of good times we've had in the past, but this notebook allows Ves to remember things his done yesterday, two days ago, a week, a month, and even a year ago.

Ves has memory loss.

After being selected to go to the Tower of Parlen Min, for a few weeks, he meets nineteen other orphans, lives in a beautiful castle, and starts fitting in more and making friends.

Divided up into different teams, these twenty kids must fulfill three different tasks. The first team to do so, wins a huge sum of money. But these tasks aren't just riddles and rhymes, their more rigorous and dangerous than that.

Tower of Parlen Min, was something I don't think I would pick up, if I were to just choose a book to read. And in a way I had my doubts, just because it almost seemed, more middle grade than young adult.

But I was proved wrong, I had a great time reading it, even though I had to cram it into my schedule. It was a really long book, but it had really good action scenes and the ending blew my mind!

Want to read the Tower of Parlen Min? Make sure to enter my giveaway, the link is on my right sidebar!

October 06, 2011

250 Follower Giveaway Reminder!

Just a quick reminder of my 250 follower giveaway!

There are four prize packs in total; three with a book and some swag, and a grand prize with a book, swag. and three big posters!

If you haven't entered yet, you really should! These prize packs are awesome, and the giveaway doesn't end for another week; so you have plenty of time to enter.

Of course, there's extra entry opportunities, which I would recommend you take advantage of! Your chances will be higher!!:D

Here's a link:

October 04, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #24

Title: A Beautiful Evil.
Author: Kelly Keaton.

"Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari.
Ari, along with the superhot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine...."

Release Date: February 21, 2012.


Recently, my giveaway of Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire ended. Three e-book copies were up for grabs, which means there were three winners....

Paige Bradish
Taylor Tan

If you're one of the winners, you've already been contacted!

I hope you enjoy you're new book, as much as I did!:D

Book Club #1: October's Book!

October officially starts Burn Bright's book club!

Every month, a book title is chosen and by the at the end of that month, Bel (another Burn Bright reviewer and blogger) and myself, will be discussing things we liked and didn't like about the book.

Anyone can join in, read along with us, tell us your opinions, and leave link to your review!

October's book is, Elixir by Hilary Duff.

"Clea Raymond is a talented photojournalist and the daughter of high-profile parents. Usually she’s in total control of her camera, but after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and handsome young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life.
When Clea suddenly encounters this man in person she is stunned—and feels an immediate and powerful connection. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance and discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future—and their lives."

If you don't already own this, go out, buy it, read it with us, and make sure to stop by at the end of October to tell us what you thought of it! We would love to hear your opinions!

Burn Bright Book Club!

Hey everyone!

I have awesome news!

Some of you already know this, but not only do I blog, here at Turning Pages, my personnel blog, but for the last few months, I've been blogging for a website called Burn Bright.

Burn Bright, is actually a title of an Australian YA novel, and Angel Arias, which just came out, is the second to the series. And the actual website, is run by the author, Marianne De Pierres.

Throughout these few short months, I've gotten to meet and get close with the rest of staff, who are all amazing (and crazy at times!). I've written a few reviews, and started my very own column; named Life with Lisa!

If you haven't checked it out, you really should! It's a great website, with tons of reviews, columns, and all kinds of fun things.

To add to all that fun, we're starting a book club! Every month, a new title is chosen, and by the end of the month Bel (another reviewer on Burn Bright) and myself, discuss the book together. Anyone can join in, leave comments, and tell us what you think.

But wait! That's not all. There will be a giveaway, at the end of every month. What's up for grabs? Well the book that we just read for that month is!

Here's the link directly to the post, telling you more about the book club, and how to join!

Burn Bright Book Club!!

October 02, 2011

Author Interview: Matt Xell (giveaway included!)

Welcome to Turning Pages,

Today it's not only me here, but we also have a very special guest; the author of Tower of Parlen Min, Matt Xell. He was kind enough to answer a few (a lot) of questions for us.

I'm currently reading Tower of Parlen Min, and it's really impressive so far!

First can you tell us a little about yourself, and your book?

My name is Matt Xell and I am the author of The Narrow Escapes of Ves Asirin, which is first a series of YA speculative fiction novels set in the fictional world of Everlon. Tower of Parlen Min is the first book in the series, which is where we are introduced to Ves Asirin, the title character and protagonist of the first six books. Ves is an 11-year-old, introverted and orphaned boy with a complex memory loss disorder who wins a trip to the Tower, the home the world's wealthiest inventor Jacobius Trent. There, along with 19 other children, Ves competes in the Sword Challenge which is series of puzzling quests and tasks whose grand prize is 12 million dollars. But all is not as it seems, and the Tower which is this grand and fantastic place keeps many dark secrets; from dangerous sentient wolves, a haunted cottage in the woods, a history of tragic deaths to a seemingly unstoppable supernatural serial killer. And over the course of the story, Ves finds that he is not as 'ordinary' as he thinks and is somehow attracting all these surreal events and has been unknowingly connected to the Tower for a 150 years.
Chocolate or Candy?

Reading or Writing?

Books first or Movies?

Coffee or Tea?

Cats or Dogs?

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I'm a video game addict. I swear if you want to read more of my work, keep me away from any of The Elder Scrolls games, lol. And yeah, I watch a lot of movies, TV and animated shows, and read loads of japanese comics. I'm equal parts a consumer and a producer of the kind of entertainment and magical storytelling I love!

If you had any super power, what would it be?

The ability to manipulate all forms of matter and energy.

You could do just one thing to change the world, what would you do?

Make high-speed internet accessible to atleast 80% of the world at very low costs.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A software developer or somekind of programmer.

What made you decide on becoming an author?

It wasn't really a decision I had to make, I think I'd always been an author or at least some form of a storyteller. I'd always liked fantasy literature and the visual arts when I was a kid, and back then I used to do a lot of penciling (I was terrible at it) and what little writing I did were comic book plots. I didn't know there was a correct format for scripting back then, so I wrote mostly in novel prose. Tower of Parlen Min and the rest of the Ves Asirin stories were meant to be a series of graphic novels but in 2007 I decided they'd be novels first.

Where do you prefer to write, outside, in an office, with your family in the living room?

Mmm ... I'm not so strict or partial to enviroments. I think can I write in any place peaceful enough and provided I have the materials I need. Solitude and silence is a requirement only when writing serious and dark scenes, a lot of the mystery/supense scenes.

When writing your book, what different types of obstacles did you have to overcome?

There was a lot of research to be done especially when working on the concept of the Sword Challenge as it had it's own stories and anecdotes hidden inside the various tasks. So I went through loads and loads of all kinds info; historical events, factual events, mythologies, folklore, ethinic cultures, pop-cultures. Worst of all is that I didn't have internet access at the time so I had to rely on books and a copy of Encarta Encyclopaedia 2006 for what was scraps of info. With what little money I'd have, I'd go to an internet cafe and download some articles on Wikipedia

Are any of the characters in Tower of Parlen Min based off of real people?

No. I prefer not to write about characters inspired by real people, at least none that are living. Though I do borrow certain characteristics and elements from other fictional characters.

Do you know anyone with memory loss?

No I don't. The concept of Ves' memory loss disorder was inspired by the movie Memento directed by Christopher Nolan, in which the main character had short-term memory loss. I went a little further with that idea, doing more research on memory and the parts of the brain where it's stored. I also borrowed a few things from Autism Spectrum Disorders and fabricated one unique to Ves and his character.

When is your book coming out in paper?

I honestly don't know yet. There's some technicalities I need to go over especially with the cost of distribution and shipping (Its a large book and I don't want people paying too much for it) ... and some more edits I think, so hopefully sometime early next year.

Do you plan on writing more books? Do you already have something in the works?

I'm slowly, putting together the plot for the second Ves Asirin book which is titled Eclipse Over Atuwis Wood. I haven't had a lot of time to work on it because I'm still marketing the first one. I think I'll start writing it in April 2012 and it could take me as long as 1 year to complete it. And I'll be releasing several light novels in the months between that'll also be set in the world of Everlon. These include Eslo's Story, The Hunt For Majis and The Brothers Macullen.


Not only was Matt nice enough to answer all of these questions, but he also wants to host a giveaway!! His giving away FIVE e-book copy of Tower of Parlen Min, to five lucky winners! All you need to do, is fill out the form below!

-Must be a follower.
-Ends October 20.
-Must fill out form!!

Book Review #52: Beyond the Grave

Title: Beyond the Grave.
Author: Mara Purnhagen.
Format: E-Book.
Pages: 256.
Series: Nope.
Source: Netgalley.
Publisher: Harlequin.
Published Date: August 23, 2011.


"I can't move forward with my life, until I know my demons are confined to the past…
Being Charlotte Silver, the daughter of famous paranormal investigators, means my life isn't like that of other teenage girls. Especially after what happened to my parents. Things changed. I missed prom and deferred my big college plans. But I still have my boyfriend, Noah. He's everything I could want—if I can figure out what's up with him. Suddenly Noah is secretive.
I fear it has something to do with what happened to us three months ago. The bruise Noah suffered during a paranormal attack has never completely faded. Now I've learned Noah is researching demons. And when he disappears, it's up to me to find him—before something else does."


I feel that judging a cover of a book, by a small picture on my computer screen just isn't fair. Since, I only read Beyond the Grave, in e-book form, I don't believe it would be right.


In Beyond the Grave, I really liked all of the characters; they all seemed real and down to earth. There was no mean girl, or jerk.

Charlotte, the main character, is someone I could easily be friends with. Noah, is the biggest sweetheart. Bliss, even though her and Charlotte never got along in high school, was still so nice and kind to Charlotte in her time of need.

All of the characters were fantastic, and I loved their relationships with one another(:

Story Line:

I have to admit, I really enjoy watching those paranormal, ghost hunting shows! Everyone keeps trying to tell me, their fake and it's not real. But still, I just really like watching them, I just think their very interesting.

Even though I love watching the shows, I would never want to or even have the guts to be one of these ghost hunters. Going into peoples' houses at night, and asking a ghost to show itself, just doesn't seem like it would be my kind of thing.

In Beyond the Grave, that's exactly what Charlotte and her family do. They go to haunted houses, churches, and prisons, to find paranormal activity. In one of their recent cases, Charlotte's mom was attacked by an entity and has been in a coma for months already.

Not having enough footage, to make another DVD, Shane (Charlotte's older brother), his girlfriend, Noah (Charlotte's boyfriend) and Charlotte go back to the haunted prison. Of course without permission from their dad, because he would never let them go back, after what happened to their mom.

Which is totally understandable, because no one would want to lose their wife and their kids. But on the other hand, their family depends on the money that comes in through the DVDs, and if they don't finish,

they won't have money.

When everything seems to be going great for Charlotte and Noah, Noah starts to act differently; almost like he's not fully there. Has the Watcher taken both her mom and her boyfriend from her? How far will Charlotte go to get her family back?

I honestly don't like reading e-books, but if I have to, I will. But I feel like it affects my opinions on the book. Even though, the copy I read was an e-book copy from netgalley, I still had a great time reading it. It was something new and fresh that I haven't read before(:

In My Mailbox #27

City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare.

"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation."

Relic Master: The Dark City, by Catherine Fisher.

"Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters-some human, some not-that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it."

Tiger's Curse, by Colleen Houck.

"The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world.
But that’s exactly what happened.
Face-to-face with dark forces, spell- binding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more."

October 01, 2011

Whats Coming Next Week? #5


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Series #1) by Cassandra Clare
Bite Club: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer by Cecily von Ziegesar
Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan
Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial by Ronald Kidd
The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates


Silence (Hush, Hush Saga #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
A Beautiful Friendship (Stephanie Harrington Series #1) by David Weber
Palace of the Damned by Darren Shan
Variant by Robison Wells