The Here. The Now. And the Books!: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

This is my first Waiting on Wednesday! (You may clap. Or not.)

This was first started at Breaking the Spine.
Okay, I’m going to do an obvious book that I, along with tons of other people, are waiting on.
MOCKINGJAY BY SUZANNE COLLINS! I thought that deserved caps. 😉

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year. –taken from Goodreads

So yeah. I really want to NOT be waiting for this. But it’s not that long of a wait! The 400 pages of goodness will be ours August 24th! 😉

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Meyer

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood… life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as “her”. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trus. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?- taken from Goodreads

I wasn’t planning on review this book. I mean, it’s only 178 pages long, and if you’ve read Eclipse, you know how it ends.
But I think it makes Eclipse so much better. I think a lot of people consider Meyer’s vampires wimpy, and in a sense, it’s true. But after reading Bree Tanner’s story, I no longer think that. Some parts were gory and others were cruel, even.
It gives so much more of a back story that I wish could have been expressed more in Eclipse. I learned things that surprised me!
Now, to the people who have read the whole series but who have forgotten who Bree is (like me), read Bree Tanner anyway. I’ll tell you now: She’s the one who Carlisle tried to ‘rescue’, but the Volturi killed her anyway.
I am happy I read this. It makes me proud to be a Twilight fan because let’s face it: being a ‘Twlighter’ isn’t the best rep in the world right now. Wasn’t the director talking being chased down? Scary.
But Bree Tanner adds a lot to Eclipse in very good ways. It even gives Stephenie some vampire points for actually showing some classic vampires.
The synopsis makes it sound like a romance, but it’s not really a romance. It was there, but it’s nothing to swoon over.
If you can, read before you go to watch the Eclipse Movie. I might cry when they show Bree dying, because it was nothing but cruelty on the Volturi’s part.
Read it. You might think you won’t like it, but read it anyway.

Have you read it? Did you like it? Are you excited for the Eclipse Movie?
Or are you grimacing at this Twilight related post? Tell me! 🙂

I’ll be going to a Midnight showing of ECLIPSE tonight, so I’ll make sure to post some pictures. *If* I take them. I can be terribly shy.

If YOU take pictures when tonight/morning, send then to me! I’ll make a post about my thoughts on Eclipse and pictures from around the country! Send them to

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by Fantaskey

I had the joy of meeting Beth Fantaskey at BookExpo America this year, and I was able to grab a copy of JEKEL LOVES HYDE.

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

– taken from Goodreads

I enjoyed reading this book! I was captured by both characters from the beginning. It was almost amazing how well defined Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde are.
I was also happy to read a spooky book. No, it’s not scary, but it got really creepy in some parts, something I enjoyed.
There was always something going on, too. Never a dull moment.
At times, though, I was annoyed with the back and forth relationship they had. Jill would run away, come back, run away, and so on. Even though that’s needed sometimes, it’s not something I prefer to read over and over. That said, the chemistry between these two was hot! It had you at the edge of your sit but saying ‘aawwww’ at the same time!
The way Beth took the old story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and made it more modern was fabulous. I was constantly consumed with the old story and the book I was reading. I was constantly thinking things out, as well. Who did what? When did this happen? What happened?
In Jekel Loves Hyde, secrets come out.
Something I also admired was the changing point of views and the short chapters. You get to read from Tristen’s and Jill’s perspective, which worked out quite well.
I recommend for anyone wanting a spooky but well defined book!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beautiful Clockwork Winners!

Are you ready?

The winner of Beautiful Darkness is…Shy! From The Bibliophile’s Journalist!
I have contacted her by email. Congrats! And thank you so so so so so much for everyone who entered. I had so much fun. I plan to have plenty more contest coming.
Now…the winners of Clockwork Angel ARC.
Winner of: PRIZE ONE: CLOCKWORK ANGEL ARC with Vlad Tod Bag and swag is…Renee McDonald! Congrats! Her video of Mortal Instruments Puppet Pals was so creative, and we all had a blast watching it!

The winner of PRIZE TWO: CLOCKWORK ANGEL ARC with Ghostgirl Bag and swag is…Alison!
She made cookies. With runes. Two things of awesome put together!

THANK TO ALL WHO ENTERED! There will be more to come.
If you won, contact me at with your addy.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Annie!

This is for one of my good friends, Annie (Senfaye from A Maze of Books!)

We’ve been friends for almost a year now and since today is her birthday, I made this for her.
Happy Birthday, Annie!

Contest ends tonight at midnight!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Clockwork Angel Contest!

Look at lower post for contest! 🙂

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Beautiful Clockwork ARC Contest!

It is time.

Ultimate Summer ARC Contest is now underway!

First off, let me show you the PRIZES:
PRIZE ONE: CLOCKWORK ANGEL ARC with Vlad Tod Bag and swag.
PRIZE TWO: CLOCKWORK ANGEL ARC with Ghostgirl Bag and swag.
For PRIZE ONE and TWO you must create a video showing/explaining to me what you would do for a Clockwork Angel ARC.
I, along with Senfaye from A Maze of Books ,Kim from And Anything Bookish, and Emma from Don’t Lose My Place! , will be judging the videos for creativeness and effort.
To submit videos send them here:
You must have name you want to be recognized as and email in entry. If you do not want your video posted, tell me, because I’ll post winners and honorable mentions. Anything goes! Sing, dance, etc. ANYTHING. (Nothing graphic.)
For PRIZE THREE, I will use the point system:
+5 For Becoming a Follower
+3 For Already Being a Follower
+5 for making a blog POST for this contest
+10 for telling me why you want Beautiful Darkness
+2 for adding email
Add up points in the comments! And please give me the total points.
Contest is for everyone, everywhere! 😉
Contest ends June 25th!
I’m ending the contest at midnight on June 25th/26th.
So. What would YOU do for Clockwork Angel? 😉


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beautiful Darkness and a Warning

I was able to get an ARC of this at the Little Brown Booth at BEA! Read it on the way back home.

Spoiler Alert for Beautiful Creatures not Beautiful Darkness
Having loved reading from Ethan’s perspective in Beautiful Creatures, I was excited to be able to dive back into his head with Beautiful Darkness.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this well anticipated sequel. BC was such a hit, though, so I knew it would be good!
I read it on the way home from New York, and I was captivated from the moment I opened the page.
Kami and Margaret created layer after layer of their magical world of Casters. In Beautiful Darkness, we learn more about how things work, the technical information.
And while learning all these things, you will be sitting there, pulling your hair out, and screaming at Lena. The girl has gone…dark. I won’t say anything else on that topic, but I will defend her in saying that she’s suffering so much. She’s holding this whole world of grief and guilt on her shoulders, and Kami and Margaret really portray that well.
I enjoyed Link a lot more in this book. Many times I was laughing out loud at his funny sayings and the way he looks at things.
I also was able to tolerate Riley in this book. Yes, she’s back.
And as I mentioned before, I loved reading Ethan’s point of view throughout the whole book. I actually tend to enjoy reading more from boy POVs than girls, so it was a refreshing read. But I also was yearning to see what was going on in Lena’s head, too.
I would do a lot to have something from her perspective, to see the world through her eyes.
I did enjoy Beautiful Darkness even more than Beautiful Creatures; I see this becoming another well known and admired book.

Now, the warning. I have awesome tote bags, Clockwork ARC, books, and swag. Contest coming soon. Be prepared to sing in some cases.
I also should point out that this is my 60th post. Yay!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A BEA Experience!

So expect some anticipated reviews and some AWESOME give aways! Like…*cough* Clockwork *cough*


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