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Monday, April 30, 2012

REVIEW: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (SPOILERS!)

Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium 
Series #: 2
Pages: 384


I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and fame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Selena's POV:
First of all, I should really point out ... 


So if you haven't read the book, you should probably get out of here, and I'm saying that in a VERY nice way, due to the fact that you'll wanna read this book, and want to keep ALL the secrets hidden. AND because I really suck at keeping this small and short. For example, today at school, I told both of my book buddies about the WHOLE SERIES & what happens in it. Yeah. EVERY. LITTLE. DETAIL. No joke. In the end, both of my friends hated me because they're gonna read the book and now, when they read the book, they'll see everything coming. So I warn you now, just for your safety ;)

Alright, then. Is everyone where they should suppose to be? Everyone whose read this books, here, and everyone who's NOT read this book, gone? Good? ALRIGHT! We can begin ...


First of all, I should point out BEFORE I EVEN START ON THE REVIEW that ...
I knew he was alive.
I knew he was alive the WHOLE ENTIRE TIME I READ THIS BOOK. I mean, why would an author kill off an important, amazing, and HOT main guy character? I mean, really?! Anyways, I wasn't sure myself he was alive. I still had doubts ...

When we start the book, we find Lena in the Wilds, trying to adapt to this new place around her. But at the same time, you see her 6 months from now (or rather we call that CURRENT time). Honestly, I was actually very confused at first. The "Now" and "Then" thing really threw me off. At first, I was like "WHAT?!", and then like "OHH?!", and then like "AHH! I get it now" ;). Anyways, I thought it was so great that we got to see how Lena changed over that 6 months, and how she overcame her fears and doubts in the wild.

I thought all the characters in this book were amazing!! I still miss the characters from the last book, but these characters in this book made it up for me! I especially like Raven; she's such a strong, young girl whose still is having struggles in the Wilds even though she spent years there. It was really great!

I also have to point out that I cried during the time Blue died. I mean, I WANTED HER TO LIVE!! It really sucked that she had to die, and that made me sad & mad at the same time. The story Raven tells Lena about how she saved Blue, and how Raven was crying over Blue was just AMAZING! UGH! I still hate that blue had to die ...

When we keep reading, we realize that the more and more we read towards the end, the more it focus on the "Now" part than the "Then" part, to only realize that the "Then" part was only a glimpse into Lena's long journey without Alex, and that was fine with me! I also thought it was really interesting to see Lena get put into a situation where she had to work with another young boy around her age. You could see Lena struggle to keep Alex off her mind, but that was overpowered WAY to much. That also made me sad :(

I also thought that it was so cool to see Lena get put into the same situation Alex was put in in Delirium! I mean, Lena now felt how Alex felt when Alex told her he was an invalid. They needed people to trust them, but couldn't explain everything all at once. It was hard on Lena, but she surely got past it due to that Julian suddenly started LIKING HER!

I knew it was going to happened; Put boy & girl together in a locked room for so many days. I mean, they WERE going to form a relationship whether they liked it or not. But I like Julian for some odd reason. He's ... a good person once you start to know him, and I don't blame Lena for falling for him.

When I found out that Lena was used for the whole 'capture' thing, I WAS SO MAD! I mean, wouldn't you be? After you form strong relationships with these people you trust, they suddenly start to use you? Geez, I was SO HAPPY when Lena decided to go help Julian escape from the hospital. Now that part is a whole different story ...

I just wanted Lena to hurry up and grab Julian and GO. I felt it was dragging, but that wasn't my biggest concern. I was literally pulling hair out of my head due to how intense this book was. I couldn't even stop reading it. And when Raven busted in the room, I was expecting it. It was Raven, for god's sake! She would help a friend in need if they really loved something. AND Lena's mother! Why wouldn't she say hi to her OWN daughter! That was just plain stupid. In the end, I was happy that Julian was out, and that Lena was FINALLY with Julian.


I wasn't jumping for joy, or yelling out in happiness for them. I still felt a big pain in my chest for Alex. To be honest, I started crying JUST when they got out of the car from the hospital. I need Alex, and I finally thought he was DEAD. I couldn't believe Lauren Oliver would so such a thing to her fans. Throughout the whole book, I said to myself, "Alex will be at the end, Alex will be at the end, Alex WILL BE AT THE END." I was starting to doubt that. But ...

I ACTUALLY DIDN'T FINISH THE BOOK YET! So I still had 0.1% of hope that he would still be there at the end. And just like I predicted, HE WAS THERE! HE WAS THERE & I STARTED CRYING AGAIN! I'm very emotional; don't judge >.<

This is the VERY LAST PAGE IN THE BOOK (& also my favorite!! >.< ):
"Promise me we'll stay together, okay?" His eyes are once again the clear blue of a perfectly transparent pool. They are eyes to swim in, to float in, forever. "You and me." "I promise," I say.Behind us the door creaks open, and I turn around, expecting Raven, just as a voice cuts through the air: "Don't believe her."The whole world closes around me, like an eyelid: For a moment, everything goes dark. I am falling. My ears are full of rushing; I have been sucked into a tunnel, a place of pressure and chaos. My head is about to explode.He looks different. He is much thinner, and a scar runs from his eyebrows all the way down to his jaw. On his neck, just behind his left ear, a small tattooed number curves around the three-pronged scar that fooled me, for so long into believing he was cured. His eyes - once sweet, melted brown, like syrup - have hardened. Now they are stony, impenetrable.Only his hair is the same: that auburn crown, like leaves in autumn.Impossible. I close my eyes and reopen them again: the boy from a dream, from a different lifetime. A boy brought back from the dead.Alex.

UGH! It's still killing meeeeeee! >.< Like, A LOT! Alex. Alex; the boy has come back to win his love! I was SO excited when I read this, yet again sad because it was the end of another amazing 5 star book. You don't even know HOW EXCITED I AM for the next book!! I am so thrilled!! I laid in bed for 2 and 1/2 hours because I was so PARANOID from the last book! What happens next? Who does she chose? What happened to Alex the night of the escape?!

Too many questions, so few answers ... but NOT FOR LONG! :D *Insert evil laugh*

Honestly, how much more can I explain that I LOVE this book SO MUCH! You have to read this series! I mean, to be honestly with you (totally honest!), before I started reading this book and all, I thought "What's so great about this series anyways? It's just like another Hunger Games book." IT'S NOT LIKE ANOTHER HUNGER GAMES BOOK!!! I wish I could go back into the past and slap myself. It's not EVEN like The Hunger Games. Nothing LIKE IT! TOTALLY DIFFERENT! So if you think it's like ANOTHER Hunger Games book, you think wrong. Trust me, I was on your side before. I know how it feels like ;)

WHEW! That was probably the LONGEST and MOST SPOILER review I've ever done! LOTS OF WORK, but so much feeling within it (: I strongly encourage you to READ THE SERIES NOW before you read any other book. Even if you can, drop the book your reading now, and read this book. Just kidding! Books has feelings, and you don't wanna hurt them! (well ... at least I think they have feelings >.<). So QUICKLY finish the book your reading now, and THEN move onto this series ;)

I really hope you liked this review, and start reading the book! You'll love it just as much as I do! :D

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

REVIEW: Passion by Lauren Kate

Title: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen Series
Series #: 3
Page #s: 432
Rating:  .5

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.
Sweeping across centuries, Passion is the third novel in the unforgettably epic Fallen series.

Selena's POV:
Honestly, this book has been on my to-read-list for a LONG time, and I was kind of disappointed in it. I felt that Torment, the second book in the series, left a big cliff hanger, and I wanted to get my hands on Passion ASAP! Though I didn't feel like there was anything to it.

First of all, Luce goes back into time and tries to figure out her love for Daniel, and see if it's real or if it's due to the spell. And, of course, Daniel goes and finds her through time before she changes the past, and ruins the future. I love Luce, honestly. She's kind of like me, but at the same time, isn't. But ...


I honestly felt that that was the a very stupid choice of Luce to do. And halfway into the book, I thought to myself, "Why is she traveling back in time again?". I was so confused. I mean, she didn't have to go through all that trouble. She even said herself that she didn't know why she was in the past (well, kinda). It was very confusing and tiring.

I also got confused when in each lifetime she died. SORRY, SPOILER ALERT! DON'T GO ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT ANY SPOILERS!

Past Luce kissed past Daniel, and she didn't die. But in another lifetime, past Daniel didn't even touch Luce, and she died. WHAT?! Sorry, I haven't read this series for about a year, and forgot most things. But what did Daniel say Luce about how she died in each lifetime? I thought it was only just that one kiss that would kiss Luce. I'm very confused ...

Overall, I felt myself dragging to read this book. It got good at some parts, but then went down hill again. I was like, "Ugh, NOT AGAIN!". But Ms. Kate did a good job, and I plan on reading Rapture, the final book in the Fallen Series. This isn't my favorite book in the series so far. I mean, I'm thinking Rapture will be, but then again, I have some doubts. If you do want to read this series sometime in your life, I warn you, I didn't really enjoy some parts.

Now, I want to hear YOUR  thoughts on this book if you've read it. Did you like it? Was it OKAY? Comment on this blog post and tell me your thoughts! :)

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In My Mailbox: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

In my mailbox this week was SO AWESOME! I love it, and can't wait to read it! A BIG THANKS to Cynthia Leitich Smith for doing the giveaway! :D

"Born Wicked"
By: Jessica Spotswood
Now I'll be reading this whenever I'm done reading my OTHER books ... but I do plan on reading it! It just looks so dark and creepy. My type of book! :D

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cassandra Clare's & Holly Black's New Series News!

Last week it was announced that Cassandra Clare, the author of The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices, was starting a new series with friend Holly Black. The first book, titled The Iron Trial, is out 2014. And Constantin Film, who has developed The Mortal Instruments, has already nabbed the film rights!

But the thing about this series is that it's going to push up every book in Cassandra Clare's series. Yes, push up! Here's what Cassandra posted on her 

They’re not going to push back the Shadowhunters books. And you are not getting Dark Artifices late. The Iron books have in fact not pushed back the dates of the publication of City of Heavenly Fire and Clockwork Princess. They have pushed them up.
Yes. Up. Because of the books I am doing with Holly, you are going to get the next Shadowhunters books sooner, not later.
Let me break this down. Originally, when I scheduled the publication dates of the Shadowhunter books with Simon and Schuster, we were trying to get one out about every nine months. This is an insane schedule. It is, I was told by everyone, a “not-doable” schedule for a writer, because these books are long — about 120,000 words each — and writing a book takes a while. Generally, it is assumed, a year. But I thought “I can do this! I write fast and who needs sleep!” Clockwork Angel came out September 2010, then CoFA March of 2011, and Clockwork Prince was scheduled for September 2012. Except, because I was writing so much that I wasn’t doing other things like sleeping or regularly eating, I started having intervals where I blacked out, and eventually I fell down the steps of my driveway and broke two ribs and my wrist.
And that was something of a wake-up call, because I realized if I kept on at the pace I was at, I would be dead soon, and there would not be more books.
So (because of the broken bones) Clockwork Prince was pushed from September 2011 to December 2011. City of Lost Souls was pushed from March to May. And my agent went in and talked with Simon & Schuster, and pushed back Clockwork Princess to September 2013, and City of Heavenly Fire to December 2014.
Then came the idea of the "Iron" books:
Meanwhile, Holly and I had had the idea for the Iron books (we actually had it ages ago when it was a particularly crazy theory and we thought ‘what an awesome book that would make! Someone should write it!’ and then realized that probably … we should) and I was trying to figure out how they would fit in my schedule. One thing you don’t want is two books of yours coming out too close to each other. That is very bad for writers, for reasons complicated and boring to go into, but it’s true. If you have two a year, you want them as far apart as possible.
So while scheduling ourselves, I decided the Iron books would be fall books, which meant the Shadowhunter books would have to come out in spring. 
Here's how the publication schedule was changed:
  • Clockwork Princess got pushed up from September 2013 to March 2013.
  • City of Heavenly Fire got pushed up from December 2014 to March/April 2014.
  • The Dark Artifices got pushed up from Winter 2015 to Spring 2015.
Now honestly, I hate this. I mean, I don't want the books to come out earlier. I don't want Cassandra to rush through the books, and then they'll turn out bad. And honestly, I'm so scared to read City of Lost Souls not just because it seems really scary and dark, but because it revolves around Sebastian, and not much around Clary & Jace. City of Fallen Angels was a big let down because it revolved around Simon and not much around Clary and Jace, and now I'm very scared for City of Lost Souls. I don't want her to rush through all the series. 

It's such a pain when I start slowly not liking my favorite author anymore, and right now, that's how I feel about Cassandra Clare. And right now, I honestly like The Infernal Devices much better than The Mortal Instruments, but that's just me.

Are you excited for Cassandra's & Holly's new book series?

MOVIE NEWS: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Honestly, I think this is crazy. The book hasn't even gone out yet!
The Immortal Rules
by Julie Kagawa has been optioned for film! Palomar Pictures bought the film rights to The Immortal Rules, the first highly anticipated book in the Blood of Eden series, which will be release on April 24th, 2012 by HarlequinTEEN. 

The Immortal Rules
 is a dystopian vampire drama where vampires have taken over most of humanity. Allie despises them, that is until she is attacked by one and must make the decision whether to die or become a monster. Now, she has to learn the rules of being an immortal, but when she flees to an unknown city and attempts to act as a human among a group of people that could have possibly found a cure for the disease, she must decide what - and who - is worth living for. 

Joni Sighvatsson was quick to acquire the film rights to
 The Immortal Rules and the Blood of Eden series, not even waiting for the official release date of the book. According to the press release Sighvatsson said, “It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine for the 21st century.  It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation,"  he said. "Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer."
And Julie Kagawa is also very excited about Sighvatsson acquiring the rights. She feels that he is the right person for her book because he is well established and she knows that he will make a great movie that will respect her material.

It's great to see this become a movie, and it make me wanna read it even MORE!

Are you going to be picking up The Immortal Rules on April 24th?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Books-to-Movies: What's With The Sudden Boom?

Shatter Me, Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments. What do all of these books have in common? There all books that are going to be made into movies. With films like The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games blowing up the box office some people are asking what is the big deal with all these books becoming movies? The answer is really simple: all of the books are already best sellers or have the potential to be huge commercial successes. The movie companies are clamoring to receive the rights on certain books because they have huge potential at the box office. Readers have a lot of influence in both the publishing and cinematic world.

Just recently, The Hunger Games made $152.5 million in its opening weekend, the third-highest domestic debut and biggest opening ever for a non-sequel. How many want to bet that the first viewers of the film were diehard fans of the book? The second weekend pulled in $61 million showing the staying power of The Hunger Games at the box office. In all, the movie has been the #1 Movie in America for 4 weeks straight!
Books that are being turned into movies also display the essence of their genres. Beautiful Creatures is an excellent example of books in the southern gothic genre. Some readers might say it is one of the best books in the southern gothic genre. The cinematic world is buzzing so much about this upcoming movie because it is visually stunning even as a book and already has a huge fan base. 
The Mortal Instruments is also a good example of books with a huge fan base. Cassandra Clare, the author, interacts with her fans through her blog, answering questions & re blogging fan-pictures fans has made her. Her fans are hungry for anything she'll say; either if it's a picture, some movie news, or teasers & deleted scenes. From that, her fan base has grew wildly, and will explode just like every book-to-movie as it comes to theaters.
To sum it up, the movie world is making millions and millions of dollars off of books and it is all thanks to the readers!
So what do you think of the book-to-movies situation? Do you prefer that some books don't turn into movies, or only specific books turn into movies?

Monday, April 16, 2012

REVIEW: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Tile: Delirium 
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium
Series #: 1
Rating:  .6

Before scientist found a cure, people thought love was a good thing.

They didn't understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Selena's POV:
Ugh! I love this book! The ending was SO intense and depressing! I mean that in a good way, too. The book was just amazing, and I loved it!

Lena is just a regular girl, living her life and avoiding love, or in other words, the deliria. She loves to run, and has a best friend. She's ready to get cured when she's 18, and can't wait for it. That's was before she fell in love, though, and that's when everything gets messed up.

In the book, Lena wasn't looking for love (clearly!). She tried her hardest for avoid love at all cost, as her mother killed herself due to love. But as usual, Lena finds out that love is irresistible, and can't be avoided when you're infected with love.

Now you're probably wondering, who is Lena in love with?! Well, his name is Alex ... and she's SO SWEET! He's like the perfect boyfriend you can ever have, but then again, I've said that to every book I've read (: But I wouldn't mind if he was my boyfriend. He's very caring & strong, and just lovable! In the book, he cares very much for Lena, and is very cautious. And in the end, you can tell VERY MUCH that he cares VERY MUCH about Lena. Trust me; you will know by the end of the book (:

Now, moving onto the ending ...

It's still killing me!! I won't reveal anything, but just to give you a warning, you will have a heart-attack, and then die! I hate those kind of books, but then again, I love them so much! I thought the ending was very sad, but I didn't think it was such a great ending. I mean, REALLY?! I wish I could say more, but I would just give EVERYTHING away. 

Overall, I thought the book was very creative. I mean, falling in love? A disease? WHAT?! I know, crazy. I thought that Lauren Oliver did an amazing job on this book, and hope the movie is going to be just as amazing as the book. But I couldn't give it 5 stars. Why, you ask? Because the beginning was SO BORING! I honestly felt myself dragging myself through the first 200 pages! It was just horrible! But right when it got to 210, I started to feel how the book was intense, and couldn't stop reading. But then again, the first book in the series is always boring due to that you have to introduce everyone, introduce the problem, and things like that.

I strongly encourage you to read this book! After you finish the book you're currently reading, pick up this book and READ READ READ! I don't care if it's boring in the beginning. Just READ, and you'll know you'll love this book just as much as I do by the very last page. ;)

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

RT Booklovers Convention 2012!

I got this AWESOME opportunity to go to this years RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago! I met so many awesome authors, and got really cool pictures! I'll go in order in which I saw them in.

First, I pasted these AWESOME posters! Though, I didn't meet the authors in person, I did see them:

After that, I saw this:

Sweet, huh? My sister and I couldn't stop laughing! >.< Though I think it's very cool! :D

Those pictures above were before waiting in line, in which we had to wait exactly 2 hours. INSANE! But extremely worth it! I didn't take many pictures, and I regret it. But aside from that, here's what my sister got when I met Richelle Mead:

These authors had the BIG lines! I waited an hour just to met Richelle. You see Veronica Roth other there? I met her too, but only waited 30 minutes. Ain't too bad. Though I didn't get a personal picture with Veronica Roth, I did get this picture. It counts, right? ;)

I made a collage when I met Richelle Mead. She's the nicest person I've ever met before! :D I'm SO HAPPY I got to meet the author that made me shed a thousand tears ;)

Now in all, I got these books signed:

I also met Rachel Vincent who is the author of the Soul Screamers Series. She was really nice, too! She was the very first author I've ever met. (Or saying that she was the first person I went to >.<)

But just because I got my books signed, didn't mean I didn't come home with some awesome swag!

I came home with like, 30 bookmarks! AWESOME, RIGHT?! Now that's good new for you Bookieholics!  We're going to be hosting another giveaway sometimes soon, and you'll get a chance to win some of the bookmarks I came home with! :D 

Yay for you guys!

Well, I guess that is all. It's was a very long & tiring trip to Chicago, but it was worth it! Waiting in line for 2 hours, and then waiting in line again for 1 hour, and waiting in line AGAIN for 30 minutes. Not too bad, huh?  ;) Hahaa! I hope everyone had a great weekend, because I know I did!

Friday, April 13, 2012

MOVIE NEWS: Beautiful Creatures Recast?



Yeah, I know. That's how I reacted when I found out that Jack O'Connell, the actor that is playing Ethan in the upcoming movie Beautiful Creatures, was taken out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. In his place, Alden Ehrenreich will now portray Ethan Wate. Alden appeared in an episode in CSI and in Supernatural.

Here's what Kami & Margaret had to say:
Due to a scheduling conflict, Jack O’Connell will be unable to play the role of Ethan Wate in the Beautiful Creatures film. While we’re sorry to see Jack go, we’re so happy to call Alden Ehrenreich a Beautiful Creature.

Are you guys pleased with this choice, or like Jack better?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bookieholic Questions: When People Stop Reading a Book in The Middle of The Book

I wanted to talk/blog you guys about something that always frustrates me:

When people stop reading a book in the middle of the book.

Like, really? I've done this before, but that was because the library didn't let me renew the book. I think they have something against me ... but I've also done it to the Morganville Vampire Book(s), but that's another story.

My reason to stop reading the book in the middle of the book are listed below:

1. It's just so BORING! I mean, I really convince myself to keep reading, and saying that the book will get so much better! But then, the book just doesn't.

2. There's nothing to it; nothing happening, no action, no romance, nothing. 

3. It's confusing; even IF i re-read the chapters over and over again. It's still confusing.

Anyways, I just wanted your thoughts on this. Have you guys done this before, and to which books? Why did you guys do it?

Friday, April 6, 2012

200 Likes on Facebook Giveaway Winners!

Our very first giveaway ended yesterday! *Cheers* In all, we got 273 entries! That's really good for our first giveaway, but we can do better! Here are the winners:

Signed bookmark from Amanda Havard:
1.Nicole Harris
2. Rachel Clayton

Signed bookmark from Cynthia Leitich Smith:
1. Crystal Bozeman Clifton

Congrats to those three people!!

I've sent you guys an email, so please respond within 72 hours, or the prize will go to someone else!

Thank you guys so much!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bookieholic Question: When A New Book In A Series Comes Out ...

And you push it back and then you realize it's been like a year since you pushed it back, enough time to not completely remember what was happening in the first place, or a new book comes out from a series you like but you don't really remember some details of the book before or the series in general because it's a long series, do you read the book and figure the details will come to you or do you just choose to re-read from book one and get caught up in the story line again?

This is probably my WORST habit when reading books. 

I usually start a book, and then stop reading it for 1 of 2 reasons: 
1. The library won't let me renew the book. (Grrr! >.<)
2. It's boring, and I don't have time to read it.

Though the 2nd one I don't really do. It's only rare that I do that. For example, right now, I'm reading Passion by Lauren Kate, and I haven't read that series in a year ... really. So I pretty much forgot EVERYTHING in the book; what the history is, what's happening, why she's running away. It's pretty confusing.

So here's my question for you:

Do you reread the series again, or just read the book and figure out the details later?!

Right now, I'm just reading the book. I'll figure out the details later! But really, this is a BAD habit to have! And it sucks. *Sighs*

A few series that I've done this to are:

Does this problem apply to you when you're reading books? Clearly, it applies to me!

REVIEW: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 352
Series: Shatter Me
Series #: 1
Rating:  .5


"You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

Selena's POV:
This was a really interesting book to read. Really! It was such in a different format, that by the end of Chapter 1, which was at page 6 (I think), I already loved the book! The society in which the characters live in is so creative, it's nothing I've never read. 

I like Juliette, really. She's strong; she knows what she's fighting for. Yet again, I feel bad for her. Her parents gave her up with a snap of their fingers, not caring that their child was being taken away from them. I though that was sad :( Juliette can't touch anyone. Like, NO ONE. If she does, the person she touches dies. That's why she locked up in a cell far away from the world. But when Juliette has a new roommate in her cell, things heat up ... like, a lot! She knows her new roommate, but her new roommate doesn't "know" her. *Roll eyes* Yeah, that's a joke ;)

Now moving onto Adam. Dreamy, amazing Adam. What can I say? He's one out of my thousands of fictional boyfriends! :D He's so sweet. He respects you, and cares for you, and VERY protective. He's big on family and safety. He's such a dream boyfriend!!

For some reason, I thought that the relationship between Adam & Juliette was kinda weird. They talk about their past, but they suddenly "fell in love" in like, a month. Yeah, I know that they knew each other when they were little and stuff, but still. I didn't like how they just fell in love so fast. I felt like they were in a relationship without even knowing each other! But that's just me, I guess ...

Over all, I really loved the book! It was such in a different format, and I loved that! :D

REVIEW: Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Title: Diabolical
Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Pages: 368
Series: Tantalize
Series #: 4

Rating:  .5

When "slipped" angel Zachary and his werewolf pal, Kieren, arrive under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they quickly find themselves in a hellish lockdown with an intriguing assortment of secretive, hand-picked students. Plagued by demon dogs, hallucinatory wall d├ęcor, a sadistic instructor, and a legendary fire-breathing monster, will they somehow manage to escape? Or will the devil have his due? Best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites heroes from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series - including Zachary's girl, Miranda, and Kieren's love, Quincie - along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

Selena's POV:
This was probably my favorite book out of the whole saga. It had lots of action in it, and was just really entertaining! I really liked how it was from Zach's, Kieren's, and Miranda's perspective rather than Quince's view. It was a whole different take on it, and it was so cool! Though you still got to see lots of Quince!

Zach, the "slipped" angel, is trying to get back to his love - Miranda - up in Heaven, while Kieren is trying to work out everything with Quince. Soon enough, Miranda realizes her best friend - Lucy - has gone into a New England Boarding School, and calls for help. Zach & Kieren, as told, go into the boarding school, but find themselves trapped in it. From there, everything get's WAY INTENSE!

I felt like Cynthia did such a great job on this! I thought the book was creepy, yet, in a really good way! It kinda creeped me out, and I kinda got scared (I admit). I really enjoyed all the challenges the characters went through. Though I have to say, LOTS of people die, which is kind of depressing :(

The only thing that bothered me is the ending. I felt like it should have been a bit longer. I wanted the ending more detailed with Miranda & Zach, and Quince & Kieren. I felt like Cynthia should have showed more of the couples together. You know what I mean?

Over all, I LOVED the book! Put this series on your TBR (To-be-read) shelf! You won't regret it!

"City of Lost Souls" Chapter 1 Concludes

The first chapter of City of Lost Souls, titled The Last Council, concluded on Wednesday at MortalInstruments.com

Cassandra Clare shared the first part of the chapter on Wednesday.
Novel Novice shared the second part of the chapter on Thursday.
Eve’s Fan Garden shared the third part of the chapter on Friday.
The Story Siren shared the fourth part of the chapter on Monday.
Mundie Moms shared the fourth part of the chapter on Tuesday.
Remember, you can visit all the blogs and enter in to win a one-of-a-kind Mortal Instruments Family Ring!
So what did you think? Did you like the first chapter?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This week, for Waiting on Wednesday, we have one new book! And I'm SO EXCITED for this one!! I can't even wait!

by Lauren Kate
June 12th, 2012
The sky is dark with wings . . . .
Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.
Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.
For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.
In the fight for Luce, who will win?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
I have to like, avoid to read this summary because I'm reading "Passion" (3rd book), and I don't want this to spoil this for me! And can I say that I'm OVER OBSESSED with the covers?! They are SO AMAZING! Lauren Kate hit the jackpot for the bookcover! Here are the other book covers!

This is a book w/ short stories that goes between "Torment" & "Passion"

Well, I guess there was 5 books in all, but 1 in general. I guess I got carried away ... Hahaa! :)

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