Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature & Follow #23


Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

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Here’s this week’s question:
What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?
This is an easy question for me to answer. The last book which kept me up all night was OPAL by Jennifer L. Arementrout. I just had to see how ended. My only regret is that I now have to wait until July for ORIGIN
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So what's your FF?
To play along visit Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.
Follow them, follow their Featured Blogs and then visit as many blogs as you can, posting your answer.
And don't forget to leave your link in the comments section below!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Swoon Thursday #23 & Review - Love Sucks


The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog!

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This weeks Swoon comes from another book I was offered by Musa Publishing for review.
Love Sucks
Sage Collins

First - the Blurb

Mailee Jones is about to answer the age old question: "How much love would a love sucker suck if a love sucker fell in love?"

Mailee is a Haustrix, an otherwise normal girl with a demon gene that causes her to consume love from any human she touches. Afraid of draining anyone completely, she's been leading an isolated life, relying on Eric, a hunky lust-draining Haustor and the only person she can safely touch. She's content to avoid humans for all but the quickest possible hand-brushes with the dreaded cheerleaders to keep from starving.

Until she meets Logan, a diabetic who is the first human to understand Mailee's anguish over her diet. But growing close to him means risking his love for her. Mailee's convinced it's time to do something--anything--to become human. But the only antidote requires her to release and be systematically infected by demons representing each of the Seven Deadly Sins. Sloth and Pride? Okay, fine, but sins like Wrath and Envy aren't so easy, as proven when possessed-Mailee punches the cheerleader who's making eyes at Eric. Can she honestly get through all the sins?

Not to mention this new issue--is she interested in Eric instead? Because if she turns human, she'll lose him. Forever.

Second - My Thoughts
When I first read the title to this book, I made the assumption that it would be a story involving vampires. Then I read the blurb and realized my mistake. This tale is definitely not about fanged creatures which drink blood to survive. However, having said that, the protagonist (along with several of her friends) does have an unusual diet, one that does not include human food.
Mailee (Mai) is a Haustrix (yeah, I didn’t know what that was at first either), a girl with a demon gene who needs to feed off the love of others in order to survive. She has two close friends - Eric and Justin - who are also Haustors, and therefore the only two people she can touch without worrying about draining them of their emotions. Eric feeds off lust, while Justin feeds off inhibitions.
Mai desperately wants to be human, and as the story unfolds, she discovers a way to make her wish come true. It involves using a special bracelet to release seven demons which each infect her with a deadly sin. Fortunately for Mailee, these infections are temporary and only last for a short time.
Just before she starts her journey to become human, Mai meets Logan, a diabetic who understands what it means to be different. Discovering her true identity and her desire to change, he decides to help her. Since forever, Mai has had a crush on Eric, but now with Logan in the picture, she feels torn between the two. As she nears the end of her quest, Mai must make a choice - give up on her dream and remain a Haustrix so that she can be with Eric, or become human and start a life with Logan. What will she choose?
I quite enjoyed this story. It was different from my usual paranormal reads - angels, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc… The writing style was good, easy to follow, although towards the end, the scenes seemed a little rushed.
My Rating - 4 out of 5
And now for the Swoon
His hands moved from my forehead and into my hair. Something half giggle, half-sob escaped me. I knew it'd distress him, but i couldn't stop the tears running down my face.
"Shh." His lips were on my cheek, replacing my tears with the lingering imprint of his lips.
And then they met mine. I didn't need to be a Haustrix to feel his love for me. Everything I needed to know was there in his kiss. The way his mouth seemed a perfect fit for mine, the way our tongues met. He tasted  like sugar.
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What do you think?
If you liked my SWOON, please leave a comment below!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #22 & Review - My Blood Approves


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Okay, so this weeks Tease comes from a book written by one of my favorite authors.
My Blood Approves
Amanda Hocking
First - The Blurb

Teenager Alice Bonham's life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he's unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood.

Second - My Thoughts

I have been a fan of Amanda Hocking since I first read The Trylle Trilogy. Granted, it has taken some time for me to read My Blood Approves even though it had been sitting on my eReader for a while now. But as they say, better late then never.

So, what did I think. I was instantly intrigued by Alice, a young 17 year old girl, who while out partying with her friend Jane, suddenly finds herself in a situation from which she needs rescuing. Enter Jack. Jack is moderately gorgeous, alluring and somewhat mysterious. Attracted to Alice, he immediately befriends her.

As their relationship begins to develop, she introduces him to her family.  Mom, who is barely there because she works constantly. And Milo, Alice's younger brother. In turn, Jack takes Alice home to meet his family... Mae and Ezra, who seem to be completely in awe of Alice, and Jack's 'brother' - Peter. Peter wants to hate Alice, but at the same time, he is drawn to her as she is to him.

Alice is aware that Jack and his family are different, that they seem to have supernatural tendencies, and eventually, it is revealed to her that they are vampires. From this point on, she wrestles with the choice of remaining human and losing their friendship, or becoming one of them and losing what's left of her family.

Did I enjoy the story? For the most part yes. I liked the way in which Amanda built the growing relationship between Alice and Jack. She puts a unique spin on vampire mythology, although at times, some of her explanations were a tad confusing and could have been described a little more clearly. Overall, the book was a fun read and I look forward to continuing the series.

My Rating - 4 out of 5

Third - My Teaser
"Yeah?" His lips curled mischievously, and I knew that I had accidentally dared him to scare me. He twirled the stool around so my back was to the island, and then he stood in front of me, essentially trapping me between him and the island. His face was right in front of me, and his eyes were dancing. "What about now? Are you scared?"
"Nope. Am I supposed to be?" I smiled back at him.
"You probably should be." His voice had gone low and husky, and his eyes were almost translucent as he studied mine.
Then I saw his eyes lower, looking at my neck, and my heart, beating of it's own accord, sped up.
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Did you enjoy??

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Happy Teasing!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #19


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

Earlier this week I went to visit the bookstore to buy a book which my son needs for school. While I was there, I took the opportunity to cast my eyes over the YA Fantasy/ Paranormal section, and look what I found - 

Boxed as a set, they were reduced from $60 to $30 (Aussie Dollars). I've been meaning to read The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare for a while now, so naturally, I couldn't resist such a good deal.

Okay! So what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.