Tuesday, June 28, 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassadra Clare

Release Date: April 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 424
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Okay! I am going to start by saying that I wasn't sure what I was expecting and I had no idea where Cassie really was going with this book. The Mortal Instruments was a fantastic trilogy and I loved it! From beginning to end it kept me captivated and wanting more and more and I ate these books up in a week. When I heard that there would be a fourth book—and eventually two more—my biggest wish and plead was this: Please don't screw up the series! Please be an awesome book!
Once again Cassie made sure to deliver an amazing story. She did not dissapoint. The book was more than I hoped. It had a little bit of everything.
In this fourth breathtaking book, Clary is finally able to be with Jace, the love of her life. There is no more Circle, no more Valentine and as it turns out they are no longer blood. Jace and Clary have been dating and she couldn't be happier but Jace is starting to act strange and is avoiding her. She is worried Jace may not love her anymore. But Jace has his own problems, he's having horrible nightmares and worries he might turn out to be like Valintine.
Meanwhile, Simon is still juggling two girlfriends, Isabelle and Maia, and he just can't choose. As if that were complicating enough, he's still not fully used to the whole vampire thing. Furthermore, Shadowhunters are being killed at random and no-one knows what's going on. Everything seems to be a big mystery; the Shadowhunters are investigating but there seems to be some pieces missing.
This book will leave you craving for the next one! I love it! I would recommend this series to everyone!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

So this is the first time I do IMM. I'm planning to do them every week, if possible.
This week was poor. I got City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasly (ebook), and The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (ebook).
They will al be reviewed this week :)

P.S I know I kinda suck at this but this is the first time I do IMM so bear with me please?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I've Made My Decision

For the past couple of months I have been pondering and considering every career option I could think of. I brainstormed about things and subjects I liked, which wasn't much because I only pretty much like Math and English. So I kept thinking that I love solving Math problems because I like being challenged and I like thinking. So I considered becoming an Engineer. If there is a career that works with Math and numbers it's Engineering. It also involves science which, I'm not too fond of, but I thought I could endure it because after I got my degree it would mainly be focused on Math. So then I considered what branch? There are so many kinds of Engineers it's insane. Architectual, Mechanical, Electrical, etc. So I know squat about Engineers or what any of the branches actually do but I figure I want to be a Civil Engineer because my aunt is one and I thought "Oh roads and bridges and crap. How hard could it be?" So I was dead set on being an Engineer. I still know nothing about it so everytime my parents ask all I respond is that I love Math, which is true. So then I'm thinking "Roads and bridges? How boring!" So I consider other branches and think about buildings. Skyscrapers specifically. I think about how enormous and amazing they are and I instantly switch my career to Architectual Enginnering because buildings are cool. All the while my stepmother has been suggesting I study to become a writer because I love reading and she says I have a wild imagination. I'm incredulous and hardheaded and simply refuse to even consider the option. After some time I decide to comply. I consider it and still think I lack imagination and talent in the whole thing but I am willing to give myself a test: I will start writing and if by the time I graduate from High School I have written a book or am very much underway to being finished I will study to become a writer.
I commence my journey through writing. First I think of names, physical traits, some characteristics, nothing solid. I decided I'm interest in Young Adult. All things fantasy and supernatural, specifically. So I mentally browse creatures of the paranormal until I am content with my choice. I start writing (clueless as of the plot or pretty much anything except a creature and a few names) and discover I actually love writing.
Quick parentheses:(I have always loved reading. It's my passion, addiction, hobby, everything but I was never a big fan of writing but then my, sometimes incompetent, brain reminds me that I can type because there is a thing called technology and I hesitate no longer in concluding I love to write. And not to toot my own horn but it turns out I'm damn good at it, too.)
I'm studying writing. I do some research an do some thinking. I need money and a job and I won't graduate and start making the New York Times bestseller all of a sudden. It takes time. Stumped, again. I go back to my Engineering options. I Google some info on the whole Architectual branch and I am so disappointed. I am so not studying that. I decide to Google about writing and English and literature and what not. I am very, very satisfied and love every course, class an aspect of it. I am in love. I love it so much that I'm drooling over every branch of English Literature wishing I could take them all. I browse many branches but none seem to quite fit me. I'm browsing the branches, reading descriptions and I run across the most precious thing an I am finally decided what I want to do with my life. I am decided and this time nothing will change my mind.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts

Release Date: August 2006
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Age Group: Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Family
Buy the Book: Amazon

The books I have reviewed so far have been in the Young Adult genre, so let me start by saying that this book is NOT YA. So it has a few parts that are... explicit.
This book was good. Not great, good. It had it's amazing parts but it was a bit slow, in my opinion. So it turns out that this Sorcerer, Hoyt, travels in time under the order of Morrigan, a goddess, to present time New York. His goal is to find 5 other people, including his brother, Cian, who was turned into a vampire hundreds of years ago, so that he can create an army and form the Circle Of Six. There will be a war and he has to defend the Worlds from Lilith, a powerful vampire. So this story revolves, majorly, around Hoyt seeking to complete his Circle of Six. While on this quest he faces many dangers and falls in the path of love.

Trust me if you read this book you will not regret it because, even though it may not be awesome, the sequel is really good. But best yet, the third book is breathtaking; absolutely to die for.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: June 2010
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

This book is very touching. I can tell you that I totally didn't expect to cry. Well I didn't tear up, but I shed a tear or two. Anyway, so this book was very interesting. It has this cool twist that everytime winter comes Sam turns into a wolf. 
What I love most is that they've known each other since, like, forever, and they fall in love and Grace finally meets her yellow-eyed wolf, but she doesn't know how to keep him because of winter. It's not the whole "I just met you but I'm strangely attracted to you but you don't want me", or the "I'm attracted to you but our love is impossible because...". And it's not that I've got anything against those type of stories because, well, I guess they just never get old! But it was nice reading something different.
So basically, they're struggling to keep him human and be together. And as winter comes closer it gets harder to keep Sam human. Hopefully soon I can read the amazing sequel Linger.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Update On Future Posts...

I wanna say that my Shiver review is ready, but I've yet to post it. Hopefully I will post it tonight:) Then I will post my review on Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts from the Circle Trilogy; and later on my reviews on the other two books.

I have been under just a little bit of stress because I've been studying for my, I guess they would be called SATs, but that's not really the name cause they're in Spanish, and also because my B&N order (City Of Fallen Angels and Anna and The French Kiss) arrived only yesterday! It took forever to get here! I'm picking it up the post office tomorrow. Anyway, so recently I also read Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and XVI by Julia Karr. So, hopefully, I'll be posting a few reviews in the following week. Also I am currently reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver so I'll also be reviewing that book as well.

Sorry for all the delays but I should be right on track next week and start posting reviews more constantly.

Emma Ayala

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: December 2010
Publisher: Dutton
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

This book. Wow. What can I say? Seriously one of my favorite books. This story is quite beautiful and Stephanie is simply a genius.

Anna has a life made up in Georgia; a school, nice friends, a hot guy, a job. But when her father, a best-selling novelist, decides to send her to SOAP (School of America in Paris) for senior year Anna can hardly believe it. She's forced to leave all she loves and knows behind, including her crush Toph and her best friend Bridgette.
Off in Paris, Anna is sulking. She doesn't want to be there with strangers and so far away from home. Soon she meets √Čtennie St. Clair, funny and charming √Čtennie.
Anna just can't stop thinking about him but she has a small problem: St. Clair has a girlfriend.
In this beautiful novel Anna is faced with conflicting feelings when St. Clair seems to have an interest in her but he just won't break up with his girlfriend. On the other hand, she's still thinking about Toph on the other side of the world and can't wait to see him.

This story was beautifully written in such a way that it truly moved me. The characters are realistic and what I love the most about St. Clair is that he has flaws! FLAWS! It may sound weird but it's the most beautiful thing about him and this novel. The reality of it. The story doesn't give you this drop-dead-gorgeous, oh so perfect, flawless guy. Of course, St. Clair has his charms and good things like the sexy English accent and the awesome hair but he also has flaws. And I think that, above all, the flaws and the fact that he was dealing with them were the things that really won me over. Really made me adore and appreciate this book all the more.

In this heart-jarring romance Stephanie combines love and realism in a lovely way; Anna is not only looking for love but she is learning to accept herself the way she is.
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