Monday, October 31, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Thankful for Books

Beth Revis (Fabulous Author of Accross The Universe) is hosting a
MASSIVE giveaway on her blog here!!

No to explain WHY the book I am most Thankful for is The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

After I had my son in 2009 reading took second, third, fourth, basically last place. And I missed reading so much, I missed the thrill of an adventure, going so far yet staying right here on my couch, falling in love again.
I used to read 13+ books a month. Now, I am not back up to that yet but "The Iron King" rekindled my steamy romance with reading.And I read more books since June 2011 than I had in the previous 2-3 years! Some days I am too busy to pick up a book but I read most days again! I feel happier not that I've started reading again. I wouldn't be this happy without Meghan, Puck, Ash and Grimalkin.

Thank You for reading!



Sunday, October 30, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Halfway Done: Accross The Universe by Beth Revis

Since Across The Universe by Beth Revis is SO FREXING (some will get this) AMAZING, I have decided that the books that make me close them in order to catch my breath and slow my heart down deserve a special post. I came up with "Halfway Done" (I know, very unoriginal). You know a book is good when I write a"Halfway Done"! 


Let me start by saying OHMYGODIWANNALAUGHSCREAMCRYKISSTHEBOOK!
Yeah, That good! Beth Revis has  devised, no, created a wonderfully wonderful story worth buying 2-3 extra hardcover copies of the book and spread the masterpiece that is Across The Universe. As you all have guessed by now when this book is done the review will be fantastical!


I love you, Beth Cooper Revis. (yeah that's right, I included a pun! And it was INTENDED!)


Seriously GET THAT BOOK if you haven't already.

In My Mailbox #3 or OCTOBER BOOKS!



Hello readers! It's Sunday! Time for In My Mailbox! Even though this isn't a regular feature for me since I rarely receive books In My Mailbox I end up doing a monthly one featuring many of the books I have gotten that month! This month You are in for a real treat since I made a video!!! Please excuse my voice I have been trying to get rid a cold for a while.

Books:


















Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by 

Waiting on Wednesday is a Meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, where they share a book they're impatiently waiting for! So here is my "Waiting on Wednesday"!


From Goodreads: 
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A. Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Why I want it?
Ok I know it's completely out of my usual Paranormal romance but I recently bought my first Contemporary YA novel and I am developing a love for the genre. This sounds like a beautiful story and is sure to make me swoon a few times! 

What are you waiting for?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Seven Books To

Books to Read on Halloween
Topten tuesdays is hosted by The broke and the bookish

Let's start with the classics:
  1. Frankenstein by  Mary Shelley: Of course it has to be on this list. 
  2. The Shining by Stephen King: "INSTANT KARMA!"
  3. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe: You'll get goosebumps and sleep with the light on.
Now YA:
  1. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick: Zombies?
  2. Dearly, Departed: More Zombies?
  3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth: The flesh-eating unconsecrated? Oh wait... Zombies?
  4. Anna Dressed in Blood: GHOSTS!
Well that's all for me folks! What will you be reading?
Thursday, October 20, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Tell All Thursday! Rhetorical question included!


Tell-All Thursday!


Hello readers and bookworms! Today I want to share with you my own original Meme! I am quite proud of it!


Every Thursday we will have a "tell all" where we mash a bunch of reading related things together!


We will be answering 5 basic questions, Who, What, When, Where and Why! I hope everyone enjoys it!! So post this meme on your blog with your answers and let's spread the word!


This week:
  1. WHO did you follow today and is worth a mention  (May it be through Twitter, a blog, tumblr, anything! Make sure you link u the profile and or blog!) ? Today I followed Danny Bookworm!! I love her tweets and her blog is neat! (hey that rhymed!!!) Find her on Twitter @Danny_Bookworm
  2. WHAT book cover would you have framed and hung over the fireplace? Eve by Anna Carey! That cover is a work of art! It tells a story! 
  3. WHEN is the next book on your wish list coming out?? November 1st! Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts!
  4. WHERE are you right at this moment? On my couch, in my living room, in my house.
  5. WHY are YA books so addictive? Someone has to answer this!
What is your question!? Tell me and it'll be on the blog next week!
Spread the word, the more followers quicker the giveaway!!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by 

This week I am waiting on...


From Goodreads: 

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Why I want it?

Obviously one of the main reasons is the fact that it's a dystopian novel! And we all all know how much I LOVE a dystopian! A mortal touch? I mean come on! YAY!!

This work of art comes out November 15th 2011!

I am impatiently waiting!



REVIEW: Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Vesper
by Jeff Sampson


Pages: 304
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins
Release date: January 25th 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shelfability: Acquire/Borrow
Reading Level: YA (16+)
My final rating: It will exceed your expectations


From Goodreads:



Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.
The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely— something not human?
As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?

My Review:
I was genuinely surprised with this book. From what I heard and read it wasn't that good. I admit It's no Hunger Games but I started reading with low expectations and came out craving the sequel NOW!!! Jeff Sampson surprised me. I guess his being a man and all really helped in the not-completely-focused-on-romance department. The whole novel is about Emily's transformation, acceptance and I really liked it. It was a welcomed change if I so say. If you are an "entertainment nerd" (as Emily put it) you'll love all the pulp culture reference, her love of reading and paranormal/horror/cult shows and movies. Sampson's writing style is fresh and identifiable.
Now for THE List:
What I loved:
  • The character development ( she was a little shy rose bud and she bloomed into a full fledged awesome-sauce covered heroine)
  • Pop culture reference
  • Having a nerd as a protagonist (deserves a SQUEE from me)
  • Writing style ( I talk like that sometimes)
  • Both Nighttime and Daytime Emily and how she came up with that!
  • Some of the scenes were I.N.T.E.N.S.E.
What I didn't like all that much:
  • The pacing (It could have been edited a bit and made my heart pump even more)
  • Megan (GAWD is she ever annoyingly self centered!)
  • The lack of parental unit. (or their presence at least) Where the hell WERE they?
What did you think? Awesome or not? Comment and share! xoxoxo


(Havoc, Deviants #2 comes out January 2012)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Books That 

Whose Titles Or Covers 

Made Me Buy It
Topten tuesdays is hosted by The broke and the bookish

  1.  The Mephisto Conevant by  Trinity Faegen:I realized (as well as the rest of you), that 2011 was the year of pretty girls in pretty dresses. This one however really caught my eye and I still find myself swooning over it. 
  2. A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young:  I still don't know what the story is about for this one. The cover is just so dreamy and angelic. I litterally feel like I am looking at an angel. And also, the word "beautiful" is in the title... Subliminal maybe?
  3. The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink: I LOVE both the cover and the title but the story dragged on and on. I am not saying it isn't a good book just a long one to get through. I still haven't finished it.
  4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan: She is just so darned pretty isn't she? With the shiny scales and fire red hair she looks like a superhero! The font of the title was also a big seller for me!
  5. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel: The tear, the looking up into the heavens, the "infinite". Why wouldn't I buy it?
  6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: when the book first came out in 2005 I didn't know of it. Then 2006 rolled around, I was away at college, and I bought it simply because of the simplicity of the cover and intricacy of the font. 
  7. Luminous by Dawn Metcalf: Now here is a perfect example of buying a book for it's cover. The idea of the book is creepy to say the least (skeleton and whatnot, brrr!) but... COME. ON. THAT. COVER. IS. A. WORK. OF. ART. (yes, all caps were necessary for me to convey this point)
  8. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black: That one SPARKLES! I love the color, the smoke, the mirrored face! And is sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to finish it. I will finish it I swear!
  9. Aurelia by Anne Osterlund. Pretty dress and the mask adds to the whole mystery!! I was shopping online, bought it and then read what it was about. YAY
  10. Timeless by Alexandra Monir: I love the Historical romantic look, the necklace, and she seems to be IN a galaxy. I guess... Is she between the time or is she dreaming? 




Thursday, October 13, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Tell all Thursday!

Tell-All Thursday!


Hello readers and bookworms! Today I want to share with you my own original Meme! I am quite proud of it!


Every Thursday we will have a "tell all" where we mash a bunch of reading related things together!


We will be answering 5 basic questions, Who, What, When, Where and Why! I hope everyone enjoys it!!


This week:



  1. WHO did you follow today and is worth a mention  (May it be through Twitter, a blog, tumblr, anything! Make sure you link u the profile and or blog!) ? Today I followed Becky! I loved her blog !!! Find her on Twitter @storiesweeties
  2. WHAT are you reading today? Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  3. WHEN do you usually read? Whenever I take a break from cooking, cleaning, twittering, mommying and all that Jazz. So basically whenever!
  4. WHERE would you like to go for an all inclusive vacation!? GREECE! 
  5. WHY did the chicken cross the road?! Because the bookstore was on the other side!

That's my tell all for today! What's yours?
Send me one of your 5W in the comments and one lucky reader will be featured next Thursday!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

W. W. W. Wednesday

W. W. W. Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading a great blog that I subscribe to. Here's how it works... Each Wednesday I will answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you'll read next?





Currently Reading:


Halo by Alexandra Adornetto:  JUST started it and I am in LOVE! Definitely a must read and I am on page... 35!




















Recently Finished reading: 


Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter: Great read! Find my review here!






















What to read Next:


It's a tie between:


 



So what is YOUR W.W.W. Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by 

This week I can't wait for: Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic 

 Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Why? Post apocalyptic! DUH!
Coming out November 1st 2011




Why?  Dystopian! Seems original enough to make a mark! CAN'T wait!
Coming out  February 14th 2012


Why? Seems very Hunger Games-esque! I say it's going to be a hit! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!
Coming out November 29th 2011 







Why? It 's a very interesting plot. VERY Interesting!
Coming out November 15th 2011








Why? Well in case you don't know it's the sequel to MATCHED!
Coming out November 1st 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Title: Born At Midnight (Shadow Falls #1) 
Author: C.C. Hunter
Published: March 29th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 416
Source: Bought it myself 

From Goodreads:

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she? 
They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

My Review:

Well this was a good read! I have to admit at first I wasn't sold on it. Had it been a stand-alone it would have sucked. But it's a series! Thank God! 
I'd say that aside from an original take on YA fantasy it is a novel with a big take on acceptance of yourself and others! I really Liked that!

What I liked:
  • The character development... You really connect and grow with Kylie and understand how she grows.
  • The coming of age, this really is a book for young adults. NOT teenagers ages 15 and under. It was a bit more heavy on the, uuum, sexual tension but I identified with that and I appreciate the honesty C.C. Hunter wrote with about this issue. I never came across something quite like that in a YA novel.
  • I loved how Kylie REALLY couldn't decide between Lucas and Derek. I wouldn't want to be her. Or would I?
  • I loved the transition most of the camps newcomers went through. It truly was a journey of acceptance! 
  • The honest dialogue!
  • I LOVE THE COVER!!!
What I Didn't like:
  • How whiny Kylie was at first, it was annoying and almost gave up on reading the book.
  • The development came slow... The big BANG, heart racing scene came too near the end. 
  • Did not really get many answers concerning Kylie and all the mystery surrounding Shadow Falls. I wanted to see (aka read about Kylie seeing) the falls. But I guess this is kept for the other books.
  • Sometimes the writing was annoying, too much repetition. But that's probably because I'm picky.
Favorite character: Della
Favorite boy/love interest: How the heck can I know!? ( one of the many reasons why I love this book)
Least Favorite Character: Fredericka (the author did a good job!)

I really did enjoy this book! and I do recommend it to anyone who likes YA. 

So READ IT!




Monday, October 10, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Happy Canadian Turkey Day!

To all 10 of my followers, to everyone who stops by to read, To all my Twitter followers I want to say a big thank you for enabling my book addiction! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
On this Monday, I am finally finishing up Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

It's good. As in REALLY good! Not for anyone under 16 though. (In my mompinion)
I won't get into details yet because a review will be up soon. 

Thanks again guys! And spread the word, the faster I get 100 followers, the faster I host a giveaway!

OH and look forward to a surprise in early November...
OK make that 2 surprises!



Saturday, October 8, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Let's get some More followers and GIVEAWAY!

OK readers, Let's get me some more followers! I have been wanting to host a Giveaway but I need more readers! When I get  to 100 followers and readers I will send the winner a book of HER/HIS  choice! So get the word out there! Tweet, share, whatever! 

Find me on twitter @clearlymel ! Follow me and I will follow you right back!

Read on Bookworms! Read on!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | By: Melina Latremouille

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday!
Topten tuesdays is hosted by The broke and the bookish
Top ten novels to read in October 2011

  1. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin : I got an early ebook copy of this one, but I am definitely getting an actual copy of it, I mean check out that cover!! It's been burning a hole in my Kobo! The simple fact that it's a dystopian has me jonesing to read it! I do have priorities! There are over 100 books in my TBR pile (make that shelves)!
  2. Beauty Queens By Libba Bray : I peaked into the book and I love the way it's written. Also made me think of Lord of the Flies... It's not my usual read therefore all the more reasons to read it! I am excited! And the cover... Love it!
  3. Drink, Slay, Love by Sara Beth Durst : A bad Vampire who becomes good!? Oh the Character develpment in there is going to be of epic proportions. Plus, a Eat, Pray, Love pun is making this a Must read!
  4. Eve by Anna Carey : It's a mix between Fever by Lauren Destefano and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I am sure it'll have it's own original twists though! I have been waiting for this YA gem to be released for EVER!
  5. Firelight by Sophie Jordan : Well this one has been sitting on  my shelf begging to be read for 11 months! Looks like a great, original read! Plus the cover is so dreamy!
  6. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto : Angels. Yes. I GOTTA read it! SOON!
  7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater : This book won so many awards and it has such an amazing following! I am so impatient to read it!!
  8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl : It has a dark vibe to it and makes me think of the Sookie Stackhouse books... (although I haven't read them)
  9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare : This one is already a classic YA lit novel. I tried reading it when it first came out but I was unsuccessful. Now I will succeed!!!
  10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins : I have been putting reading the rest of this series because I don't want it to end. But now I see the book staring at me from my bookshelf whispering: "Reeeaaaddd meeeeee...."
What is your Top Ten Tuesday? Link it up!