Hush, Hush Review

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA/Paranormal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2009
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-1416989417

From Goodreads:
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Hush, Hush was a farely good read. The cover was what caught my attention in the first place. It is gripping and eye catching. Being the first fallen angels type of book I have read, I did not know what to expect. The actual plot and story idea was enticing and definitely kept me interested. It wasn't one of those stay-up-late, fervently-reading-to-the-end type of books for me, but those are hard to come by. Fitzpatrick continuously keeps the reader interested through excellent writing and surprising events.

Nora's character was overall well developed. She wasn't my favorite character of all time but still fun to read. The decisions on Nora's part are not thought through and more often than not end up being very unwise decisions. However, if she didn't make these sort of decisions then the majority of the events would not take place and the story line would not exist-which is becoming a staple in YA literature.

My favorite points in the book where characters are concerned include the interactions between Patch and Nora. The relationship is difficult to explain because it is such a different relationship than I have read before. It wasn't a bad different nor was it a good different-just a surprising different. Some portions of the book were very unrealistic, but they are easy to overlook with the whimsically dark feeling of the storyline.

My rating: 4 lattes for being an exciting read with engaging characters.
As this is the first novel in the series, I look forward to making my way through the rest of the story with the second installment, Crescendo.


Review: Orion You Came...

Title: Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles
Author: Kira Henehan
Publisher: Milkweed, May 4 2010
ISBN: 978-1571310750

Finley, the narrator, tells the readers about an investigation through the premise of a written report. The investigation centers around a Professor and certain information that is unclear to the reader. This story was a little confusing. If I had to describe this book in one word, it'd be unique.  The sentence structure was very odd and choppy and I didn't understand the flow and lack of details and background information. Perhaps other readers will find this book to be a great read, but it was just not my taste.


FREE e-book!!!

Right now Amazon is offering Miss Match by Erynn Mangum for FREE!!! You don't have to have an e-reader-you can simply download it to your computer and start reading! It's a very fun book!
Here's a blurb from Amazon:

Lauren Holbrook has found her life's calling: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. And with the eclectic cast of characters in her world, there's tons of potential to play "connect the friends."

Lauren sets out to introduce Nick, her carefree singles' pastor, to Ruby, her neurotic coworker who plans every second of every day. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything.


HUGE ebook sale!!!

Right now Amazon is hosting THE BIG DEAL! It's a fabulous sale on ebooks. We're talking like 99 cents to $3.99 for ebooks for actual good titles! Just to name a few: Leaving Paradise, Nyx in the House of Night, Lament, Gossip Girl, 13 to Life, Immortal, Mai Tai One On, Murder Take the Cake, The Secret Zoo, The Magicians Elephant and tons more! I found a few good ones! Let me know if you find any!


Giveaway: Signed Wolves of Mercy Falls

Want to win the Wolves of Mercy series? How sweet it'd be to win the series! But what's even better is that the books are SIGNED!!!! Head over to Fictionators to enter!!! The giveaway ends Sunday the 17th of July!!


Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick...

Title: Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion, Oct. 2011
Pages: 544
ISBN: 978-1423140597

From Amazon:

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea. . .

I'm so excited for this sequel! I love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and am loving this greek-themed series as well!


Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading. Just grab your current read, open to a random page, include the title and author, and 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!)

Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Teaser: She climbed inside, and when she turned back to Daniel, she noticed that his wings were trembling. Almost like he was about to cry.


Friday Follow and Blog Hop

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

Q. Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

Hmmm...this is a hard one for me. I can't really recall a book that I hated AND finished. I usually just stop reading :/

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!


Free ebooks-Great finds!

I was searching through Netgalley the other day and found some neat finds! These are free ebooks that you request from publishers in exchange for reviews. Here are a few of the titles I thought were interesting and might be fun reads:

Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon
After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he's concerned, the princess's family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.

Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it-he's saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive-and even that might not be enough.

The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.

There are other great reads so go check Netgalley out!


Giveaway: Gripped into Books

Want to start your summer off with some amazing books? Well, Gripped into Books is offering just that! There are 4 amazing prize packs to choose from if you are the winner in the 500 Follow Giveaway! What are the prizes you ask? Well...

OR choose 3 books from a collection! The giveaway ends June 10th and is open Internationally!


Giveaway: Bookish Brunette

Bookish Brunette

The Bookish Brunette is giving away prize packs to 2 lucky winners! It ends June 15th so hurry to enter! There are great books up for grabs!

Stuck in Books is giving away Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. Personally, I am dying to have this book! The giveaway ends May 31st and it's super easy to enter so hurry before time runs out! Click on the picture or blog name to be directed to enter!

Friday Follow

Hello to all new and old followers of my blog! The question for this week is...
How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

Well, as of now I read about one to two books a week. Life with a newborn can be busy so I don't get to read as many books at one time but hopefully now that he's getting more adjusted I can read more! As for what format, it depends. I LOVE my kindle-it's so easy to have so many books at my fingertips and buying a book is a click away. However, if I have a specific author that I love and/or a book series already in physical book form then I continue to buy books in physical form. Happy blogging and don't forget to leave a comment and follow me so I can follow you!


Giveaway: Evie Bookish

Do you want to win some of these great reads?! I know I do! Head over to Evie Bookish and enter the 500 follower giveaway! There will be 3 winners and it's open internationally and there are TONS of ways to earn extra entries! It ends June 15th!


Giveaway: Reading, Writing and Waiting

Head over to Reading, Writing and Waiting for a fantastic Blogaversary Giveaway! There are two different giveaways: one is open to US only and the other is open internationally! Below are soem of the awesome books in the giveaway! Hurry it ends MAY 31ST!!!

Back to Blogging and a Baby!

Thank you to all who waited patiently for me to return to the blogging world! You are awesome! I am excited to get back into the swing of things! So, why have I been away so long? Well... I am pleased to announce the birth of my first son! My husband and I are loving every minute of being parents! I took some time off blogging while pregnant and for the first few weeks afterward. Of coarse, I was reading in my down time so I will be posting lots of reviews! I hope all you are doing well! Out of the books you have read in the last 10 months, what is your favorite? Or perhaps you have one you just really did not like? Leave a comment and let me know! :)


Chosen Review

Title: Chosen
Author: Ted Dekker
Genre: Fantasy
Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (April 13, 2010)
Pages: 272

ISBN: 978-1595548597

From Amazon.com:

Think with your heart and prepare to die . . . for you have been Chosen.

Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, has seen a great evil decimate much of his beautiful world. With a dwindling army and an epic threat, Thomas is forced to supplement his fighters with new recruits ages 16 and 17. From thousands, four will be chosen to lead a special mission.

Unknown to Thomas, the chosen four are redirected to a different endgame. They must find the seven lost Books of History before the Dark One. For these seven books have immense power over the past, present, and future, controlling not only the destiny of their world . . . but that of ours as well.

Thirteen years have passed since the evil being Teeleh destroyed Elyon's perfect creation, leaving barren desert, home to the Horde, and few lush forests, home to the Forest Guard and the people they swore to protect. But the fight against the Horde has been brutal, leaving the Guard outnumbered. As a last resort, young teens are enlisted to the purpose of the Guard. Four young leaders are chosen by Thomas Hunter (the Circle series). Johnis, Billos, Silvie, Darsal are chosen by Thomas to lead in battles, however, that is not the only thing these four are destined to accomplish. They are the only ones who can find the Books of History, ancient books with power so great, they would be fatal in the hands of Teeleh's minions. The four chosen ones must search out the books before it is too late.

Chosen is the first book in Dekker's young adult series, The Lost Books. It is an extension from his adult Circle series. Though this is considered young adult, it is easily a crossover adult book. The books pulls readers back into the unforgettable world Dekker created in Black, Red, White, and Green. Fans aching to return to the land of Elyon will drink up this book. Dekker's ability to weave a fantasy with realistic properties and underlying truths is not lost here. The story is just beginning but the adventure and action come swinging full speed in Chosen.

5 lattes: The fast paced action/adventure kept me turning the pages while the engulfing world Dekker created seduced me to dive deep. Cannot wait to read Infidel.

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