Feb 29, 2012

"Waiting on" Wednesday - Deadlocked

Hosted by Breaking The Spine, this section will feature future upcoming releases that I personally am excited about. These will generally be coming up later in the year. Let me know what you're looking forward to, or even what you're writing, and maybe I'll feature it here as well.

Charlaine Harris - Deadlocked
Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse #12

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Sounds fab! I love this series, but lately the books haven't been up to par. I'm really hoping for some great action in this one, as the series is ending after a couple more books. What do you think? What are YOU waiting for? Let me know!

Feb 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Book Theme Songs

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly bookish top tens. This week's list is -top ten books I'd give a theme song to and why. I've thought long and hard about this list, and this is what I've come up with (along with some help from some great people). Please check it out and let me know what you think!!

  1. Cecelia Ahern - P.S. I Love You
    Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
    This song screams sadness in the aftermath of a love that went wrong, no matter how it went wrong. Death is the case for P.S., I Love You, and it's just heart-wrenching. Ouch.
  2. Jennifer E. Smith - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
    Rihanna - We Found Love
    The line "We found love in a hopeless place" sort of sums up this book completely. Not a huge fan of the song, but it fits!
  3. Stephenie Meyer - Twilight
    Incubus - Echo
    Read the lyrics to this song and tell me you can't make it fit with Twilight. It kills me to say because Incubus is my all-time favorite, but seriously. It works.
  4. Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife
    Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
    This song isn't necessarily about time travel, but it's about making sure it's all worth it. The characters in this book certainly need to feel that way to keep going. Great book.
  5. Mindi Scott - Freefall
    Matchbox Twenty - Long Day
    Seth is definitely having some bad things going on, but this song is a good summary of his relationship with Kendall I think.
  6. Stephanie Perkins - Anna and the French Kiss
    Adele - Best For Last
    Anna kind of goes through the wringer with her feelings for St. Clair. But she definitely wants him to say, "You're the one for me."
  7. Sara Shepard - Pretty Little Liars
    OneRepublic - Secrets
    PLL is all about having secrets. This song is about sharing them all, which I wish they would have done sooner!! Haha.
  8. Ellen Hopkins - Crank
    Linkin Park - Crawling In My Skin
    Hopkins's books are all about sinking to rock bottom. That's what LP's song is about. They're uncomfortable with who they are and need a change.
  9. Kathryn Stockett - The Help
    Aretha Franklin - RESPECT
    Since we all know what the song is about, I think we can all agree that it goes well with this book. That's all we all really want, isn't it? Plus it's just a fun song!!
  10. Emily Giffin - Something Borrowed
    Sugarland - Stay
    This somber song fits the book perfectly with it being from the other woman's perspective. Rachel wants Dex, but he's with Darcy. Hmmm.. ;o)

I hope you've enjoyed my list! I had some help from my awesome friends because this was a hard list, and I wanted to make it great! Please share your list with me. I'd love to see if we thought the same way at all :o) Thanks for stopping by!!

Feb 23, 2012

Review: Marissa Meyer - Cinder

Marissa Meyer - Cinder

• Pub Date: January 3, 2012
• Publisher: Macmillan Audio
• Format: Audio Book CD
• Age Range: Young Adult

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I had some high hopes for this, and since it was nothing like I was expecting at ALL, it totally lived up to the hype! And MAN, if you all could have seen my face when the big shocker happened towards the end there. I was in my car, trying to save my Famous Dave's leftover box from crashing to the floor when it happened, and I totally just froze. I was in total shock! I couldn't believe that I didn't see it coming. But what a great cliffhanging ending to this book. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!!!

Listening to this one is very enjoyable as well. The narrator (Rebecca Soler) has a pretty smooth voice, and her pronunciation is consistent throughout the novel. Her male voices weren't as good as the female ones. The robot ones were great, though. But either way I really liked her narration and would definitely listen to another book she reads. I hope they keep her reading the books in this series! Looking forward to the sequel :o)

Bottom line: Check this one out for a 21st century spin on Cinderella and a great, creative YA story!


4/5 book sharks!