Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Grave Mercy

This week I am waiting on :

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?

There are so many reason why I am excited about this book but to name a couple: 

1. I have been NEEDING me some historical fiction :) and this just sounds so awesome!

2. I have heard rumors that this is borderline "adult literature" By that they mean may be a little too much for the YA readers to handle. ( I do not mean multiple Smexy scenes- though I haven't read it so I don't know )  

Here is why that interests me. I think its silly when people separate sections so much like that! YA - Adult. Haven't we realized books can cross genres and age limits? Harry potter, Hunger Games , and yes Twilight and MORE have been widely read by both teens and adults alike. So if A YA book can be read by an Adult, why can't more Adult books be read by YA'ers. I understand that this could have it's limits. I am not going to go plop the Dark Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon in the hands of a 13 yr old. ( Though it is one of my FAVORITE paranormal romance series. ) But I still think overlap is ok!! 

ok I ranted a bit there. Basically I mean I am looking forward to a YA book that pushes the limits!

3. Uh. COVER LOVE - seriously, it's pretty awesome. 

What are you waiting on?! Share in the comments! If you are a blogger with a Waiting on Wednesday post please leave a link so I can visit you back !

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Of Poseidon

Hardcover, 324 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 1250003326 (ISBN13: 9781250003324)
edition language
Original title: Of Poseidon
 Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.

What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings.

So as you all have probably noticed, I've been a bit busy. Not much time to post anything other than weekly memes and the like. But when I got this book. Oh man. I just sat down and READ. 
I flew through this book! It was sweet, and fun , tear jerking and intense. A perfect combination. 

I can't lie, within the first few chapters, I cried. Seriously. And then I was like, "Oh no! Am I going to do this through the whole book!?" I didn't, but man.. I don't think those first few chapters will leave me for awhile... Then again that's one of the marks of a great book!

Of Poseidon isn't all all out thriller, fantasy, or romance. It's a wonderful blend of all and more. 

Emma: A seemingly normal girl, though a bit clumsy.. ok more than a bit >.< I found myself connecting with her on many levels ( though mostly the clumsy ones! ) She goes through a traumatic experience and then suddenly, she is forced to face facts in her life that she though could never be real. 
Galen: Oh Galen - Authors, darn you! I already have a real boyfriend!! Why do you give me so many swoonworthy guys!!!?? 
Galen is more than just a swoonworthy guy though, he has the weight of his underwater world on his shoulders, knowing a secret that could save his people, but break his heart.It just made me swoon for him even more to watch him fight to help Emma while struggling over his responsibilities.
The side characters were fun, full of humor and strength when needed, I couldn't get enough!
If you can't guess from the cover, this story is about mermaids "though don't say that in front of Galen ( They call themselves Syrena ) But it was far more than just a lighthearted mermaid tale. Anna banks ties in history of Triton and Poseidon and the politics that hold their underwater world together, as well as tear it apart. All of this mixed into the story helped hold my attention so well!

Most of the story is spent on land, not in the underwater world, I REALLY hope book #2 visits that more! 
A heads up, the ending of this story is INSANE :) In a wonderful, cliffhanging, I want to track down Anna Banks and steal the Manuscript for Book #2 kinda way!! 

If you had been there with me in the moment you would have seen me close and re-open the last page many, many times, and just stare at it in Awe. 
This review isn't very long, but you know what, I don't think it needs to be!! Of Poseidon has all the makings of a great story, and to me it's definitely a  must have!!

If my review hasn't hooked you go check out the other wonderful reviews on Goodreads!! 

Rating: 5/5

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox


I broke down. I could not wait ANY LONGER to hold this beauty in my hand :) it still has to wait a little bit to be read.. but oh soon.  

You cannot be a Buffy fan, look at this Tshirt and not go AWWWW. Seriously, look at the cartoon Spike hiding under the blanket! :D I had to give myself this gift 

Won in giveaway

 I jumped up and down. SERIOUSLY when I won this giveaway! thanks so much Jessirae! If you haven't already check out her wonderful blog Words, Pages and Books
It was a book of my choice and I Think I picked well ! :) 



The above wonderful person Jessirae became extra awesome in my eyes when all of THIS loveliness showed up in my mailbox :) She remembered how much I love me some swag!  

And what do my eyes see? An extra bookmark from The Pledge? Well I guess that will just have to be given away to one of you lovely followers won't it?! 

Well that's what I got last week! What about you!? Have an IMM post of your own? Leave me a link in the comments so I can drop by and visit!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Memorable Monday (3)

Hosted by Escape in a Book

The idea behind Memorable Monday?
"The idea for this meme first came to me when I was writing down a quote. I know I'm not the only one out there saving beautiful, magic, romantic, dramatic, teasing, engaging, thought provoking quotes while reading books. So I thought why not share these wonderful quotes in a weekly meme. I spent a lot of time on Google trying to figure out if someone did the same kind of meme, but I couldn't find any so here it is :)"

This week I am straying away from the funny quotes that hook me in a book. This week I am featuring a favorite book of mine that I strongly recommend! ( I don't read many contemporaries , so this being a favorite of mine is a big deal ! ) 

North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

"Physical beauty wasn't the same as True Beauty,
 any more than pretty ugly meant truly ugly or Magnetic North meant True North."

Feel Free to leave a memorable quote in the comments 
or leave me a link to your memorable Monday post! 

In My Mailbox


When I found these on Etsy I HAD to get them for the swag giveaway... and then get a few for myself as well >.<

Now they are up for grabs! Enter the Swagalicious Giveaway HERE
( Open to US and Canada )

Cindy over at Princess Bookie was selling off some of her books and I couldn't pass this up! She also tossed in a couple bookmarks that I will add to the Swag giveaway! Thanks Cindy!

From Library

I have wanted to read these for awhile now! and FINALLY : Success !

Traded or borrowed from other Bloggers

I can't thank Angel over at Mermaid Vision enough for lending me these ARCs!! 
Both books/Authors are featured in the Swag giveaway !!

Sarah over at The Book life was awesome enough to make a trade for me for this lovely! Did I caress it's cover when it arrived? ..... Possibly... 

From Authors

You know how I may have gushed and raved about Illuminate by Aimee Agresti? Well now watch me gush about the author : SHE ROCKS!!!! 

1 signed bookmark will be added to the ARC giveaway of Illuminate HERE
The others will be added to prize packs in the Swag giveaway! 

Oh and that AWESOME necklace? : It's like the one Haven wears in Illuminate :D and it came in that Adorable shiny bag !! The necklace will be added to Prize pack number 1 in the Swag giveaway HERE

From Netgalley