My name is Elaina. I'm a college student. I love any and all things to do with books. My passion is YA fiction. However from time to time I venture into other genre's like paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a little sci-fi and some mainstream fiction. I also work part time as a bookseller which is one of the best jobs ever.
So I haven't been able to post for about 2 weeks. My lovely siblings use my laptop alot and most of the time they use it until the battery dies. They do this and then try to plug it up to charge it to find that the plug is broken...crazyness and very very sad Elaina. So I ordered a plug Memorial Day weekend and it took FOREVER to get here. Bright side I have my plug and beautiful laptop back. YAY!
So I have alot of catching up to do. I'm going to post the winner for the Splash into Summer giveaway Hop in a little while. Then I have some reviews to post and another giveaway. The giveaway will be posted hopefully tomorrow.
So what awesomeness have a missed?! How is everyone doing?
Hi Armchair Bea participants!
I am really excited to join in this event. I love this idea we can still meet fellow book bloggers and authors even though we can't attend BEA in New York. This week is going to be amazing and I can't wait to learn about new books and meet all of the wonderful bloggers participating in Armchair BEA.
Todays Armchair topic is Who are you, and How do you Armchair?
College student, Bookseller, Book blogger and all around Book Addict.
What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
This is a really hard question so i'm going to list my top 3: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Vanish by Sophie Jordan and Supernaturally by Kiersten White
If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
Definietly J.K. Rowling, I would want to a feast at Hogwarts.
I look forward to getting to learning more about everyone doing Armchair BEA!
Waiting on Wednesday is a topic brought to life by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. With Waiting On Wednesday I get to introduce everyone to upcoming books I am excited about!
This week I'm waiting on:
Fins are Forever(Fins#2): July 1, 2011
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?
Flying Blind(Dragon Diaries #1): June 7, 2011
The next generation of shape-shifting dragons from the popular author of the Dragonfire novels.
Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she's been told she's destined for great things. Zoë's the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she's sent to a Pyr boot camp.
Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.
Summary(from Goodreads): Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush. Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life. When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned
I started this book one night after work and I stayed up until I finished it, which didn't take long. You fly through this book laughing the whole time. I've read Oh. My. Gods. by Tera and I loved it. I'm really glad this one didn't disappoint.The cover is gorgeous and its one of the main reasons that I picked this book up to read. The story line is great Lily is the girl that most of us are in high school. She is in love with the guy of her dreams. She has the boy next door who she is convinced has made it his life goal to annoy her to death. She has her best girl friend who she calls to gush too about everything that happens to her. Then she has her mer-best friend who she meets every week to keep up with the happenings of her home Thalassinia. I loved loved loved Lily's terminology:
"Lord love a lobster, he has a beautiful chest."
This is one of my favorite lines, i'm not sure how long I laughed over this line its just so awesome.
I can't wait for the next book which comes out June 28th. You can learn more about the author and her old and new books on her website. If you are looking for a great, fun beach read I suggest all of her books.
This IMM is going to cover things I got week before last and last week. I won some pretty awesome stuff and bought a few books I've been dying to read.
I bought these two from Bookperk which is an amazing website. The deal was to buy Roses & Bones and get a copy of Abandon for free. If you haven't already you should so sign up for their emails and they will let you know when they have a new deal.
I also bought a few books from the SC Book Festival:
The 1st and 3rd Book in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo
I'm going to post more about the book festival in another post because I want to show the awesome signatures and gush about how nice everyone was.
Books and Swag I Won:
I won this swag along with 5 books from Suzanne Lazear @ Steamed
The books were:
The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells
and 3 hist. rom. books that I've actually given to a friend who loves hist. rom.
Update: Sorry I made a mistake its actually Carina from Fictional Distraction. When I went though my followers so that I could link to the winners blog I didn't realize there was more than one Carina. Sorry for the mix-up.
Winner of Spring Blog Carnival:
I used Random.Org to pick a winner and lucky number 13 was the winner.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm posting the contest winners Sunday evening. The past couple of days I had trouble with blogger where it wouldn't let me do anything. Also I'm super excited because a friend of mine made the last minute decision to go to Columbia this weekend and she agreed to take me along so that I could go to the SC Book Festival. I'm beyond excited because I've been dying to go. So Sunday expect a post of me gushing about the awesomeness plus contest winners and a huge IMM. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island. Until now. Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . .different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet. InThe Gathering,New York Timesbest-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
I love Prologues they are a great way to help readers decided if they want to read a book. It also lends a lot of suspense to the book because it gives a glimpse of things the readers has to look forward to. That said The Gathering has a great start and I started the book already on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. From there the book just gets better. I really like the characters they were all really well developed and I was able to get a feel for how I felt about each of them. Maya's character is amazing, she is a strong independent young woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. I love her boldness in situations and kind of wish I could be like that sometimes, combined with her sarcasm it makes her voice really awesome. I wonder if Maya with let me borrow Daniel as my guy best friend and super hottie? Then there is Rafe mysterious, bad boy who I was falling for but then the ending has me confused about my feelings. We shall see.
The plot is good, really fast paced. There are a lot mysterious things happening in this small town! However the main thing that I found most surprising was how cooperative all of the kids were with different things. I know that its because of the way they were raised but they are really accepting of alot of things. The ending...a cliffhanger...those make me so sad because now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next. I've read the Darkest Powers series so it was really interesting to see names that I recognized from that series.
The Gathering can be read without reading her other series, once you read it then I suggest you read the other series if you haven't. It may help a little with having to wait for the next book. Kelley Armstrong has many, many books. She has an adult series as well as her two YA trilogies. You can read about her and all of her books at her website.
Summary (from Goodreads): Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
I picked up White Cat a few times to read it and I have no idea why but it took my 3rd try at the book to finally get into it. I'm not sure why it took me so long because it jumps right into the action. *Excuse me as I go kick myself for taking so long*.
I loved Cassel's character! I like reading books from a guys point of view and White Cat doesn't disappoint. My favorite thing about him was the way he talked about the con. I like his matter of fact tone about his family and their mob like style of doing things. Of all of his family his grandfather is my favorite, for being a Death Worker he is a pretty cool guy. Its hard to talk about the characters I didn't like because of spoilers, but the characters where all beautifully written I just didn't like them as "people". The plot of White Cat is very well written and fast paced. Holly Black keeps the readers on their toes the whole time. I spent most of the book shocked, especially the end. Dearest Holly Black why must you kill me with that ending. WHY?! Overall the whole book was really good. The story was well developed and very very original.
The good thing about me taking so long to read White Cat is that Red Glove the second book is already out! If you haven't already I definitely recommend that you read a copy of White Cat also if you haven't already you should read her Fey series(Its awesome!). What to learn more about the awesome Holly Black? Check out her website! There is also a website for the Curse Workers books here, there you can find a excerpt for White Cat.
It's Monday, What are you reading this week? is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read and the books to be finished this week.
Sadly last week wasn't a great reading week for me but this week I plan on having an awesome week.
Sorry I haven't been around this past week. As of Wednesday evening I finished up with classes. YAY!! I hope everyone had a fun Cinco de Mayo yesterday. I spent all day outside cleaning my new car, DOUBLE YAY!
But now since school is out I should be around much more.
Don't forget to enter the Spring Carnival Hop it ends May 8th at 11:59. Also if you haven't already enter my giveaway for a Prize Pack that ends tonight at 11:59.
Thanks to everyone who has gone over to follow my New Blog, there will be some new reviews up on there soon. Also look for a review for White Cat and The Gathering tonight!
Hope everyone has a had a good week and will have an even better weekend!
I got some really awesome things this week alot of swag and some books that I won from giveaways!
Books and Swag I Won:
Jessi Kirby has been doing Moonglass Inspired Giveaways leading up to the Release of her book Moonglass which will be released May 3, 2011. I won one of the giveaways and got the awesome stuff shown above. Thank you Jessi! If you haven't already check out her website and learn more about her book.
I won a mug, coffee, bookmark, stick note pad, keychain and amazon giftcard from Jessica McQuinn's Easter Hoppin' Blog giveaway. All of the swag has Indivisible on it which sounds really good. You can learn more about her by checking out her website. Thanks Jessica!
Intense Whisper had a guest post from author Tessa Adams a few weeks ago and she did an awesome giveaway while there. I won the first book in her Dragon Heart series Dark Ember. I can't wait to read it. There was also alot of swag with it including a preview of her second and newest book Hidden Embers.There were also lots of book marks and a preivew and poster for her YA book Tempest Rising which is written under the name Tracy Deebs. Thank you Tracy!
Then last but not least I won a beautiful bookmark for Nova Ren Suma's new book Imaginary Girls which will be out June 14, 2011. I'm really excited about this book and can't wait to read it. Thank you Nova!
Books I Bought:
I bought some really awesome books this week. I've already read Clockwork Angel but I didn't have my own copy of it and I got an amazing deal on it that I couldn't pass up so i'm really excited about adding it to my collection. I also got Under Wraps and Grave Witch I can't wait to sit down and read both of these.
Since there are so many sites to visit i'm going to keep this short and sweet. Enter the giveaway to win a $15 giftcard to Amazon or choose a book or two of your choice from the Book Depository up to $15 US (if they ship to you, check here):
This giveaway is International. Enter using this FORM. Entries done in comments won't be counted, if you have a problem with the form you can email me ereader89 AT aol DOT com. If you want me to follow your blog after you enter you can leave that in the comments =)
Don't forget to hop on over to the next blog to see what awesomness they are giving away!
Hey Guys! So I'm really excited this has been such an awesome month of blogging and making new blog friends. Also I have just over 300 followers (HAPPY DANCE). I love all of the comments ya'll are leaving for me, everyone is soo nice. I'm working on returning all of the new follows that i'm getting.
The Contest has had an amazing response and I'm super excited to pick a winner. However this week I have finals (not to excited about this). I wouldn't be able to pick winners right away so what i'm going to do is extend the contest for a week. So the last day to enter is May 6th at 11:59 pm EST. Then I will post the winner Saturday May 7th. If you haven't entered yet you should check it our HERE.
This week I am also taking part in the Spring Carnival Blog Hop so look out for that for a chance to win another gift card. That giveaway will be going up in a few minutes.
I've been talking about doing Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, ETC.. weekends. I have since then decided that I'm going to do a separate blog for reviews and such containing these. This is so that I can keep this as a strictly YA blog. For the first few weeks I'm going to post links here for reviews and such that I do for readers that read more than just YA. This is just so that I can spread the word about my new blog.
The blog is called A Late Night Reader.
On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.
Expected Publication: June 14, 2011
I loved the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series and I'm really excited to learn what has happened to them as adults.
Summary: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.
Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.
Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.
As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.
Expected Publication: July 26, 2011
Anyone who has read Paranormalcy or at least my review for it knows that this book is going to be awesome and July is too far away.
Summary:A lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. She finally has the blissfully normal life she’s always dreamed of, including: 1) A real live high school 2) A perfectly ordinary after-school job 3) Her very own locker (and by the way, rusted metal is every bit as awesome as she imagined) But Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her...and things get pretty complicated when you factor in: 1) A centuries-old, seriously decaying vampire stalker 2) A crazy faerie ex-boyfriend who is the perpetual bearer of really bad news 3) A major battle brewing between the faerie courts where the prize in question happens to be...Evie herself.
Expected Publication: September 6, 2011
For those of you who don't know I am in love with Will and so can't wait to spend more time with him in this follow up to Firelight. Plus this cover is so pretty!
Summary: To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.