Sunday, May 27, 2012

City of Bones... THE MOVIE!!!

This is what all of those TMI (The Mortal Instruments) fans have been waiting for... City of Bones, the movie!!! Oh my God, I knew there was going to be a movie, but I haven't thought about it until my friend said it coming out next year. I was freaking out the whole weekend, jumping up and down and screaming to the top of my lungs. And if you know me, that means I'm freaking excited!!! When I got home, I quickly searched the actors. (silence). Even though I'm totally loving the idea of a movie, the actors are not making me that enthusiastic. So far, they only have Jace, Clary and I think, Isabelle. Wait, before we go into detail, I need to tell you guys something. They were supposed to start filming the movie ages ago, except the screen writer took out MAGNUS BANE! I know, big shock for me too. Good thing, many people/fans complained and they made a new script... including Magnus Bane. Whew, thank God.

Anyways, back to the actors. The actor for Clary was actually a good pick. But the one for Jace... ugh. I thought the actor would be Alex Pettyfer or even Lucas Till! But no, it was Jamie Campbell Bower. He does not resemble Jace at ALL. Oh well, we gotta pray it will still turn out to be an awesome movie. Putting Clary and Jace aside, it is rumoured that that Adelaide Kane will play Isabelle Lightwood. I gotta say, she looks perfect for the role. There isn't any say on any of the characters, but I hope Simon Lewis get's played by LOGAN LERMAN!!! I'm not in love with him or anything, but his played the main character in some of my favourite books-turned-movies. He played Percy Jackson *sigh* in, The Lightning Thief, and he played Roy Eberhardt in, Hoot. It doesn't hurt that Logan is cute too:)

Okay, so here are some pics of the actors to play in, City of Bones. And some the actors I think should be the cast!


Lily Collins, who will play Clary Fray. Lily actually looks like Clary... just imagine her with red hair:)

   Jamie Campbell Bower. He does not resemble Jace. Alex Pettyfer is a better choice. But, you never know, he might be the right choice for Jace. I'm saying this cause when I was googling images, there was a photo of him looking almost like Jace. Don't know if it was edited or something like that, though.

Adelaide Kane, who is rumoured to play Isabelle Lightwood.

That is all of the Official Cast... for now. Now, let's see who should be the cast, my version. (Though, there might the same characters from above)

Lily Collins as Clary Fray.

Alex Pettyfer as Jace Wayland.

Adelaide Kane as Isabelle Lightwood. Ashley Greene came a close second though.

Skandar Keynes as Alex Lightwood.

Logan Lerman as Simon Lewis.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls #3)

Author: C.C. Hunter

Genre: Romance, Supernatural

Pages: 380

Date of Release: April, 10 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Rating: 6/10

Summary: Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined. -Goodreads

All I can say is that this book is better then it's prequel, Awake at Dawn.

I'm not going to summarize this book, since all done in the summary.

First off the love triangle has gotten better, but not by much. Kylie is mostly with Lucas now, but she still wants Derek. I mean, can she not make up her mind! The good thing is that readers won't have to read all the love poop in here, because this book has improved by focusing on the many questions in this book. Like, what happened to her grandparents. In the beginning of the book, it explains Kylie seeing her grandparents and feeling so close to them. Then, *poof* they're gone! At don't ask me where they went, because the book doesn't explain it either.

The flow of this book was really choppy. For example, one moment she would be concerned for her fake grandparents and then it's all suddenly, "I have to go to the graveyard!" Doesn't explain much. The love tension between Burnett and Holiday had lessened, until Kylie caught them making out. I do not know why, Holiday keeps resisting Burnett so much! It's not going to kill her to take a risk.

One thing I liked about this book was the amnesic ghost. She led Kylie through a maze of figuring out her past and the end *spoiler* ended up being Kylie's grandmother. The ghost had a amazing story about how she died and why she left her family and son. That was the only part that made me sit up in my seat waiting to figure out Kylie's grandmother's story. Also, her story brought an insight to the next book in the series, Whispers at Moonrise.

Going back to the love problem, another thing has popped up. Apparently, Lucas's grandmother does not want Kylie to be dating Lucas. Why, you ask? Because Lucas has gome from generations of full-blood werewolves and having Kylie there will mess it all up. What more drama can add to this, my brain will explode. There are too many reasons why she shouldn't be with either Derek or Lucas, so why can't Kylie figure this out!

Finally, Kylie has kind of figured what she is... a supernatural goddess. Okay, I just made that term up because I don't even know what to call her. Kylie is like part werewolf, vampire, shapeshifter, fairy, healer and everything in between. Hope that clarifies in the next book.

One more question... will Socks ever turn back into a kitten??? I don't think he looks as cute as a skunk:( If you want to more about this series, read my review on the second book in the Shadow Falls Series here    

     Mrs. Parker glanced at Kylie. "My grandson is quite smitten with
     Smitten? Kylie didn't know people still used that word. But since
 the woman was well over a hundred, Kylie supposed it fit her vo-
     "Uh, I . . . like Lucas, too."

                               -Taken at Dusk, pg.291

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Guess what I got?

After waiting for so long in line for these books, I (well, my sister) got them! Reviews will come soon after I read them! These books are so awesome...

Insurgent: Veronica

The City of Lost Souls: Cassandra Clare

Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 549

Date of Release: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Rating: 9/10

Summary: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart? -

Someone on Goodreads said,"Assassin Nuns." Hehehehe... that should be a oxymoron.

Ismae was handed off to marry a pig farmer by her father. But her father didn't tell the to-be-husband that Ismae has a big, red scar on her back. A scar symbolising that she is one of Death's Handmaidens. At night, the priest takes Ismae to a covenant for girl's like her. There she learns from the Sisters to train as a assassin for Death or also known as Saint Mortmain.

Sent on her third mission, Ismae acts as a mistress to Gavriel Duval. She is sent to seek out the traitors to Brittany. How does she do that? Death has gifted her the skill to see 'marks' on the traitors and it helps her assassin the right people. But how can Ismae protect what matters most? She knows how to kill a man a hundred ways, but what about her heart? It's up to Ismae to decide if she can kill the man she loves or follow her heart and Death's way.

Sorry, for the small summarising but seriously this was a long novel. Since it was so long, sometimes my eyes moved but I wasn't seeing the pages. Don't worry, it was still a pretty exciting novel.

I absolutely loved Ismae! I mean who wouldn't want to be an Assassin?! She grew up in a world of torturing and abuse, but she turned pretty special. Ismae had such a strong sense of right and wrong. Though, I think the covenant Sisters put some false information in her head. I don't think everyone who is marked should die? What if they were a traitor, but now is a good guy? Ismae learns that in the end she doesn't always need to make such rash decisions.

The covenant scares me a bit. I mean, all these middle-aged women or even older than that teaching how to kill someone, make death potions or to get away from the scene of crime is a bit creepy. It's still cool. Being a Death maiden and that. It was a new twist of a tale in old Brittany. It reminded me of demi-gods, since the girls are Death's daughters.

The romance in this story was very slow-building and finally in the last 50 pages do Duval and Ismae declare their love for each other. I think that should have been sped up just a bit. The romance was interrupted by the court. There were so many details of the courts decisions and who would marry Duval's sister or who was a traitor, it just blended in together. I was well-written though, I could picture myself in the court, sitting there watching every thing happen. Some things were confusing, because I'm not of a history fan, but I still got most of it.

Madame Hivern's story was a bit confusing. I would have to read a paragraph a couple of times before I kinda got it. I could see why she turned out so nasty and such. At least she finally stops planning against the to-be-queen in the end. I thought that was a mini-revolution inside Ismae. It was nice to Ismae finally realise she had control over her decisions and how she could use her gifts for better.

Gavriel Duval is a amazing person. He has so much love for his sisters, not so much for his mother and his love for Ismae just grows stronger and stronger. You could tell he was a solid character and was an important figure throughout the book. I actually thought he was going to die in the end. With the traitor poisoning him through a game of chess and him dying slowly. It was heartbreaking to see, Ismae try her hardest to get him better but couldn't help.

Pushing all of that aside, the mystery in the book was awesome!! I always love it when there is some mystery and romance together! You would never have guessed who the traitor was until the last 100 pages or so. I can't write any more without revealing the whole plot. So I'm going to end this with saying that this should be a must read on everyone`s list.

Make sure to be on the look out for His Fair Assassin #2, Dark Triumph. Which is Sybella's story. Sybella is a character seen a couple of times throughout this book.

   He is tall and cloaked in black. And still. He holds so very,
very still. My hand does not move to my knife, for I now recognize
His presence, a light, lingering chill and the faint scent of
freshly turned earth. With my heart thudding painfully in my 
chest, I rise to my feet. my gaze never wavering as I walk toward

                                     -Grave Mercy, pg. 522     


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow

Author: Robin Wasserman

Genre: Thriller?

Pages: 448

Date of Release: April 10, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Rating: 8.25/10

Summary: It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Sorry, I had to put a question by the genre section! I can't seem to find a genre that fits this book. It was just too good:)

After Nora's brother died, she and her parents spent time in solitude... literally. Nora's father locked himself in his office, her mom took a 24 hour job and Nora? She was left for herself. Her friends at school didn't understand how her stupid brother and a popular girl could end up dead from a car crash.

Two years later, Nora and her parents move to a new town. There, Nora meets kind-hearted, Chris and Chris's to-be-girlfriend Adriane. Nora also meets her first true love, Max. But Max isn't what he seems to be. When Nora's professor, Chris and Max start unravel the mysterious, Lumen Dei, things start to get ugly, really fast. The professor gets a "heart attack" and then Nora steal a important piece of information to the Lumen Dei. The next day, Chris is murdered and Adriane goes crazy and Max... no where to be seen. So, naturally everyone suspects Max to be the murderer.

Through a intensifying journey of notes from the past, a possible ally and unlocking the secrets to the Lumen Dei, Nora will have to watch her back, before they get her.

To be honest, I didn't really enjoy the beginning. It started off a bit to slow. But it started going faster when Nora and Max started piecing information together about Lumen Dei. Nora was a very strong character. The book described every detail about her, so well in fact that I could actually guess what she was going to do or say next. And even though she was a bit of a pessimist, she found "true" love in Max. Though it was easy to detect that there was something wrong with him. Max had these weird mood swings, like he was fed up of Nora, then he'd go back to being Mr. Nice guy.

I don't know why they included Nora's brother's death into this. I didn't see the point. But Chris's death was a whole other thing. Nora gives him the stuff she stole and he dies the next day. That means whatever Nora stole was very, very impotant and that is where the story starts off.

I enjoyed reading Elizabeth's diary or journal or whatever you call it. It gave hints to Nora about how she was supoosed to work the Lumen Dei and keep it from prying minds. There were times, though when I thought that there were too much of Elizabeth's notes. I wanted it to hurry along and get back to the interesting parts.

Before beginning her journey to Prague, Nora meets Chris's supposed cousin, Eli. Let me tell you, that I knew that Nora was going to fall in love or like with this guy in the end. I like to call it my sixth sense to know who with who is going to fall in love with eachother:) Anyways, Eli seems like no one should trust. Even weirder he says that his parents taught him everything to know about Prague and just happens to know how to Nora. Suspicious much?

It got confusing at the end, where there are now two groups who want or gaurd the Lumen Dei for different reasons. Then, Max and Eli are on the opposite teams and are against each other. Then, Nora is the Chosen One. Then, Adriane is having an affair with Max behind Nora's back! Oh no, she did not! Yeah, my brain still hurts from trying to figure the ending out.

I know I say this at the end of every review, but... is there going to be a sequel? It doesn't seem like there will, but I'm curious how life adapts for Eli and Nora afterwards.

    " 'Something'-would be God, I take it?" Eli asked.
"That would be God. And you know what? If there is a God,
 and it's the same God who's so eager to have temples built in
honor of his greatness, and wars fought over him, and people
dropping to their knees telling him what a wondeful, magnificent
being he is? If this all-powerful, all-knowing creature for some
reason just can't get by without my worship? Then let him give
me some proof. Or at least get over himself if I decide to go out
and get some. You think there's a reason people need faith? Like
 there's a reason for anything else happens? Right. Is there a
reason Chris had to die? Or that-" I swallowed it.

                               -The Book of Blood and Shadow, pg.296


Monday, May 07, 2012

Review: Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls #2)

Author: C.C. Hunter

Genre: Romance, Supernatural

Pages: 383

Date of Release: October 11, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Rating: 4.25/10

Summary: From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows—and loves—will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. And how…

But giving Kylie the most trouble is her aching heart. Gorgeous werewolf Lucas left camp with another girl, but he’s still visiting Kylie in her dreams. And Derek, a sexy half Fae who’s always been there for her when she needed him, is pushing to get more serious—and growing impatient, especially when Lucas returns. Kylie knows she needs to decide between the boys, and it’s tearing her up inside.

Yet romance will have to wait, because something from the dark side of the supernatural world is hiding in Shadow Falls. It’s about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.

This is my least favourite book. The plot behind the story is well written, but the characters are poorly described. And almost all the the love/like relationships in this book were very complicated... which is overkill.

The main character interests me, but annoys me. It's love and hate relationship. Speaking of relationships... Kylie+Derek+Lucas or Holiday+Burnett or Miranda+Perry? They're all so confusing!!! First of all, Kylie is torn between Derek and Lucas, why? It seems like she kisses any one of them when they're free. Either way, Derek and Lucas are both creepy. Derek can change your emotions, cross him out. That leaves Lucas, but he seems a bit possessive, so cross him out too. That leaves no one. There Kylie is without a guy and can wait another year or so to find some other ones. Secondly, Holiday was betrayed by Sky (a vampire counsellor) and afraid to start something with Burnett. Ugh, Holiday just make up your mind, your heart has to take risks too! Finally, Miranda and Perry. What can I say, Perry is my favourite character throughout the whole series so far. But, apparently Miranda can't make up her mind either. Kylie and Della say that Perry has to make the first move (kiss). But seriously, I think they should move up to the 21st century, where the female can make the first move.

Something else that bugs me was what Kylie is. What is she??? Sometimes the book focuses waaaaaay too much on the romance, that it doesn't develop the point of the book. I mean I'm sitting there waiting too figure out what Kylie is and it's all about Derek this or Derek that. Then out of no where a piece of info comes up about what she is. The info isn't helpful though. It's always about ghosts and helping them. There was something new though... at the very beginning of the book, it says that Kylie enjoys drinking blood a little too much. That's all.

There was a random pop out here as well. Like who was targeting her in the woods? It's the guy who was at the zoo (in Born at Midnight)! Add his creepy grandpa who wants grandchildren more powerful than him. eeewwww. Then, Kylie finally thinks that she might be more than just one type of supernatural. And the only way to confirm this is to add another question into the story... who was her real father's parents? Not the adoptive ones.

Okay, let's end this on a kind of positive note. What happened to Socks? Kylie's adorable kitten-turned-skunk? Miranda turned him into a skunk and never changed him back, even though she said she would! So many questions, so little time. *sigh* There is a third book coming out, Taken at Dusk. Let's hope it shall be better than the previous books in this series.

    The girl returned to shrieking. Miranda beamed with pride.
    No doubt, catching Tabitha was good for Miranda's ego. Kylie
hated to pop Miranda's bubble, but..."As cute as she looks in
the cage, you do know you can't keep her."
  "I don't plan on it," Miranda said. "I told her that as soon as she
turns Socks back into a kitten, she can leave."

                                - Awake at Dawn, pg. 320

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Review: Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)

Author: Meg Cabot

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Retellings, Paranormal

Pages: 304

Date of Release: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Point

Rating: 10/10

Summary: Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld. -

The ironic thing is that, every time I walked by this book in the library I didn't pick it up. Until, my sister got it and demanded I read it. Let's just say I should have picked it up a long time ago:)

Pierce Oliviera died, went to the underworld, met the handsome guy in charge and came back... alive.
Pierce would be happy about being alive, if it wasn't for John Hayden, the guy in charge of the underworld. John keeps reappearing in Pierce's life - every time she is in danger, he comes in then disappears. But that is not the only reason he comes back, Pierce is the one he wants and will keep waiting until she comes back with him... whether she likes it or not.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Meg Cabot has always been one of my favourite authors, but I was blown away by this book. I should be getting bad karma for not picking this book up sooner. Let's talk about the story behind the book first. It's obviously about the myth of Persephone and Hades. But, Meg Cabot has put such a twist on it, that it seems like a whole different kind of story. For example, the ruler of the Underworld isn't a god named Hades, it's a regular guy who died at sea. It's not Persephone being taken to the underworld, it's a girl who has already died once and is still alive. Meg Cabot sure has a way with stories!

John Hayden is the most interesting character out of his whole book. Abandon, doesn't give a lot of info on what happened to him or why he chose to give Pierce the necklace but he still pulls you in. Pierce is a weird girl... in a good way. She dies, goes back to the Underworld, escapes it and tries to live normally for the next couple of years. Her cousin confuses me though. Why is Alex, so defencive against the popular kids at school? Hope to figure that out.

Another thing I think was perfect, was how there are parts in the book where Pierce slips back into a memory. Those parts, I think, gave us an insight on how life was for Pierce after she came back to life. It was really interesting, learning about the present, but also reading about the past, which made the present. It fit so well with the character of the book. Do books have characters? Well, they do now! I don't have anything negative to say about this book, it is soooooo goooood *tears of joy* Make sure you check out the sequel, Underworld, coming out this month!!!!

 "But Alex's dad did kind of scare me in one way: He had the
saddest eyes of anyone I had ever seen.
  Except maybe one other person.
  But I was trying hard not to think about him. Just like I tried
never to think about when I died.
  Some people, however, were making both those things extremely difficult."

                    -Abandon, pg.11

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

May Releases

There are so many good YA novels coming out this month!!! Here are the May releases...

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3): Kristin Cashore
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart. -Goodreads

Sweet Evil: Wendy Higgins
What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns? -Goodreads
Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness before Dawn #1): J.A. London
This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series. -Goodreads
Unbreak My Heart: Melissa C. Walker
Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart? Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to. -Goodreads

Underworld (Abandon #2): Meg Cabot
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape. -Goodreads

Keep Holding On: Susane Colasanti
A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on. -Goodreads

Hemlock (Hemlock #1): Kathleen Peacock
Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love. -Goodreads

Until I Die (Revenants #2): Amy Plum
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series. -Goodreads

One or Two Things I Learned About Love: Dyan Sheldon
A wise, sometimes hilarious, always witty new novel from Dyan Sheldon, in which our heroine learns that "love" is not always what it seems...

Hildy D'Angelo is seventeen and this is the summer she falls in love for the first time. She isn't what you'd call experienced when it comes to boys, but Connor is good looking, smart, charming and sweet (with a melt-that-ice-cap smile). Hildy is a sarcastic and funny, down-to-earth girl with lots of friends, and yet she proves to be a little bit of a fool for love. When Connor uses the L word, Hildy, already half in love with the idea of falling in love, releases her hold on the Earth. And because it's all very new to her, she thinks that Connor's irrational bursts of jealousy are signs of affection. Teething pains. No big deal. She ties herself in knots trying to appease him and not let on to her suspicious friends (or herself) that there is anything wrong. Until, finally, poor tortured Connor goes a step too far - and Hildy sees the truth at last...-Goodreads

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1): Michelle Rowen
I don't do dangerous. Smart, ├╝ber-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.... NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising... -Goodreads

The Summer My Life Began: Shannon Greenland
Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time. -Goodreads

                                                         Insurgent (Divergent #2): Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

 Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. 
 City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5): Cassandra Clare The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
The Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles #3) Rick Riordan                                                                                                      He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow... or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld... -Goodreads

This is So Not Happening (He's So/She's So #3): Kieran Scott After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will work out that way...again. — It turns out that Chloe is pregnant and says that Jake is the father. Hammond is pissed at his best friend, but mostly can't believe that Ally would stay with Jake. But Ally is tired of being apart from Jake and is willing to make it work. But that is easier said than done when Jake starts blowing Ally off to go to doctor's appointments with Chloe and Ally joins the school play and meets a new cute guy.

But as graduation approaches, things get more complicated as new secrets come out and Ally realizes maybe Jake isn't the guy she thought he was. After everything they've been through can Ally and Jake get out of Orchard Hill with their relationship intact? -Goodreads


Monthly Releases!

Happy May Day everybody!!!

I just wanted everyone to know that I have a new feature coming out called Releases. It will be a post once a month, to inform all those YA lovers out there of all the new books coming out that month. Today will be the first post on this feature so make sure to check it out!!!