Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

So now that the 12 Books of Christmas meme is over and Christmas is here (YAY!), I thought I'd take a break and enjoy my family.

I'm going to take this week off and be with my family and enjoy the holidays! I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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And a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I will see you all again January 4th when I post another review.

Yours,

12 Books of Christmas: The Frog Princess


IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! WOOOO!!!!!!!! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy all the presents you've gotten!

Although I'm sure most of you are at home, celebrating Christmas and not at all paying attention to any internet, I hope some of you at least glance at this, because this book is one of the very first fantasy/romance/young adult books I ever read—and for that it holds a big place in my heart. That's the reason I chose this book for Christmas. The twelfth and last book of this year's 12 Books of Christmas. I hope you all enjoyed it and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
Blurb:
Princess Emeralda a.k.a. Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry.
But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself!
Thus begins their adventure — a quest to return to human form.
I truly love this story!

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Well, if you couldn't guess from my gushing above, yes I have! I read this story as a wee child, and I loved it so much I got the rest of the Tales of the Frog Princess.

I give this book 5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

This book is about a princess who isn't the stereotypical princess and gets turned into a frog. Have you heard that story before? I haven't. The world Baker created is so original and full of innocent magic that you just find yourself reading the series over and over again. I love this book so very much and I try to read it as much as I can. I want everyone else to experience that.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 10 years and up.

Yours,

Once again, Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: If We Kiss


ONE DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS! WOO! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!

I can't believe it's already so close until Christmas. I hope all of you are enjoying this time with your families and friends! So today I have a book that I read in one sitting back when I was younger.

If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
Blurb:
Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "What . . . what did . . ."
And then he kissed me.
If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is still in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?
Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Yes, I have! I started reading this book in a bookstore, and begged my mom to let me buy it (I was at the middle and didn't want to stop). I finished it on the car ride home. My mom, as she always did when I finished a book that quickly, said: "Why do we buy it if you're going to finish it so quickly?" She obviously isn't a book addict.

I give this book 4.5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

I really, really love this book. It's about a girl liking the guy that used to be her best friend's boyfriend. It's about a girl liking a guy that she shouldn't like for a plethora of reasons—one being he's kind of a jerk.

But that never stops us, does it? We fall for the wrong person anyway. I want people to read this book because this situation has happened to many of us, and it also has a sweet, cute ending.

What's the age limit for this book?

According to Amazon, this is for people 12 and up, but I think that's a year too early (not that it'll stop us, right?) I think this is for people 13 years and up.

Yours,

Sunday, December 23, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Thirteenth Child


Two days until Christmas!!

My grandma got me this book—well, I picked it and she got it for me. Presenting...

Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
Blurb:
 Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son.
This means that he's supposed to possess amazing talent — and she's supposed to bring doom to everyone around her. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that protects settlers from the beasts of the wilderness.
Eff and Lan do not know what awaits them in such an unknown place. There are steam dragons that hover in the sky, and strange creatures that could undermine the homesteaders' very existence. Eff is allowed to learn magic with the other students — but there's always the threat of it going horribly wrong. As a thirteenth child, Eff always feels one short step away from complete ruin.
As Eff and Lan grow older, they face challenges they never could have dreamed of. And then their magic is put to the test in a standoff that will alter their lives forever.
Sounds kind of ominous, no?

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Yep!! I read this book a while ago but I still re-read it. Only until recently did I realize it's the first of the Frontier Magic series.

I give this book 4.5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

It's about MAGIC. Need I say more?

Okay, so I didn't convince some of you? This book not only has magic, but it has a child trying to overcome the prejudices that people have against her. Just because she was born in a certain order, she is constantly watched. Also, Wrede's worlds are always fantastic—and this one's no exception.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 12 and up.

Yours,

Saturday, December 22, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Giving Up the V


Wow, only three days until Christmas!! I can't wait!!

Presenting the ninth book of Christmas:

Giving Up the V by Serena Robar
Blurb:
Spencer “Responsible” Davis is nowhere ready to “give up the V,” as opposed to her hormonally crazed crew of friends, obsessed with the who-what-when-where-how of it all. “It” being . . . well, you get it. Even Spencer’s male friends, who claim to have expertise in the matter, offer their services to help relieve her of that pesky letter, much to her embarrassment.
But when new-kid Benjamin enters the picture, Spencer begins to rethink her “responsible” moniker, and for the first time she wonders if she’s found just the right guy worth trading in her V-card.
We've all had that problem, right? Right? ;)

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

I have! I read this book when my grandma gave it to me a few years ago, and I tend to re-read it every once in a while.

I give this book 4.5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

It's funny and it's realistic. This book really hit home for me when I first read it, because I was experiencing the same thing.

I want other people to read this book so hopefully they'll enjoy it too—and maybe it'll help!

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 14 and up.

Yours,

Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Dragon Rider


This is a book that I have always liked. It's full of all the things I love to read about! The eighth book of Christmas is...
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
 Blurb:
A Boy. A Dragon. A Quest.
Firedrake, Ben, and their furry friend, Sorrel, are in search of the mythical place where dragons can live in peace forever. Together they embark on a journey that takes them to magical lands where they meet marvelous creatures — and one ruthless villain. Along the way, they will discover allies in odd places, courage they didn't know they had, and a hidden destiny that changes everything.
Sounds mysterious doesn't it?!

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Indeed I have! Funke always creates fantastic worlds, and I love this one!

I give it 4 stars.

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

I picked this book because there's magic and adventure. Who doesn't want to go to a magical land with a dragon and a cat-like creature who can talk? This book will take you to far-off lands and magical places with magical creatures.

There's only one question: Are you ready?

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 7 years and up!

Yours,

Review on Enchanted

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
I bought this book on Amazon because there was an offer and I thought it was time for me to read a Christmas love story. I love Christmas stories, but this year I haven't read a single one (I know, I know!) so I decided to read one and review it a few days before Christmas!
I hope you all are enjoying the 12 Books of Christmas :)

Enchanted by Patti Berg
Book Cover: Enchanted (E-Book Version)
Blurb:
With a touch of Christmas magic, two hearts can fall in love…
A Christmas story for those who believe when love is involved, anything is possible. Mac O'Brien is wealthy and powerfulbut since the death of his fatheron Christmas daythe magic has gone out of his life. So he makes a wish for happiness, and Merry Nicholas, his new housekeeper, breezes into his world. Merry, with twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks, and snow-white hair, reminds Mac of Mrs. Claus, and when she pulls knitting needles from her candy cane-striped carpetbag, she weaves an enchanted spell around Mac, leading him to happiness, and to the woman he's destined to love.
Age: 18 years and older
Review: 3.5 stars
First there's Mac, a chauvinistic man who thinks women should only be housewives. Then there's Kathleen, who is so totally driven towards her career she doesn't want to compromise in their relationship.
Mac was sometimes a jerk, and at one point I wanted to hit Kathleen on the head for how hard-headed and stubborn she was.
This book had the potential to be 5 stars, but it had a few things that were a bit hard to believe.
First, Merry, the housekeeper, appears out of nowhere and Mac just accepts her into his home, not asking for references or even a résumé. For a businessman, I think it's a bit too unrealistic for this to happen. Then, Kathleen at some points seems way too naïve to be a 30-something year old woman. Some things were resolved a bit too easily (in my opinion), but hey, that's Christmas magic, I suppose!
Despite these problems, I really liked how the author involved Mr. and Mrs. Claus in this story and the Christmas spirit and magic had me reaching for my hot cup of cocoa!
This book is a nice read for someone who likes magic, the Christmas spirit, and love.
Yours,

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Crazy in Love


The seventh book of Christmas is one that I read a long time ago and had been looking for since then (it was a library book). Only recently was I able to find it and read it again.

Crazy in Love by Dandi Daley Mackall
Blurb:
High school senior Mary Jane Ettermeyer has been the good girl for a long time. To date, she's proud to say she's been able to keep her pledge of abstinence (not that anyone has challenged it). But when the cutest guy in school starts flirting with her, she suddenly finds herself crazy in love, even though:
a. her inner Plain Jane tells her that Jackson House can't possibly think she's cute, so this must be a joke.
b. her inner, sexy M.J. is questioning her vow to keep herself pure until marriage.
c. hot Jackson House shouldn't even be talking to her, because he already has a girlfriend!
d. her friends warn her that her reputation is at stake.
e. her parents sit her down for "the talk."
Which are all good reasons why she should never speak to Jackson again. Except that every time she sees him, all of her resistance seems to melt away....
Ta-dah! Sounds cute, right?

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Yes! I read it a long time ago and then again when I found it and bought it. Originally, I read it as a teenager. When I read it again, I realized that it wasn't quite as I remembered. It was still good, but not as amazing as my memory seemed to make it. Nonetheless, I still loved it.

I give it 4 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

Because in this book, the main character is doubting herself. Did she make the right choice when she chose to abstain? It's a book about maturing and learning from the mistakes and choices you make.

I think everyone should read that type of story because everyone feels that way at some point in their life.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 13 years and up.

Yours,

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: The Faerie Path


And this next book I read back in middle school and I've been wanting to read it again for a while, but I simply don't have the time. Maybe someday. Hopefully soon. This is part of The Faerie Path series, which contains six books. Drum roll, please...

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones
Blurb:
Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.
With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.
Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly comes to discover why she disappeared so long ago. She possesses a singular magical ability and she must use it to stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.
I love faerie stories! 

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Yep! As I said, I read it in middle school. I remember loving it, but it's only a vague memory and to give it a fair rating, I'd have to read it again!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

Like with dragons, faeries (or fairies, depending on your preference) are not as popular as I would like. Faeries are amazing creatures, in my opinion, and should be written about more often. This book has faeries in a modern setting, and it's such a great idea that I think it should be read by everyone who loves fantasy.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 13 years and up, according to Amazon.

Yours,

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Hush, Hush


Only one week until Christmas!!

This book is part of a four-book saga, and all of the books are completely incredible, but I'm picking the very first book, because as we all know: we have to start at the beginning!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
 Blurb:
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgement.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong side will cost Nora her life.
Eeek! I'm taking a moment to fangirl here!!

And now, the questions.

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Yes, I have!! I read it a while back and it was positively immersing! I did not stop reading this book at all -- you can ask my family!

I give this book 4.5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

Because I love those types of stories where love conquers all. Where good conquers evil. I like it when characters are put through problems and roadblocks that only deepen the love and make it mature. It's the true love test, and I love that kind of story. And I hope you do too.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 14 years and up.

Yours,

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: The Fire Within


Next book coming up is one of the ones I loved as a child. It is the first book of The Last Dragon Chronicles, which has seven books plus a guide. Presenting...

The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
Blurb:
Best-selling author, Chris d'Lacey, brings us a magical story about mysterious hand crafted clay dragons who have unusual powers.
When David moves in with Liz and Lucy, he discovers a collection of hand crafted, clay dragons that comes to life and has magical powers. David's personalized dragon, Gadzooks, can forecast the future, and inspires him to write a story which reveals the truth behind an unsolved mystery close to home. The story has an unhappy ending, and when David realizes the consequences of it he is angry. Then David finds Gadzooks crying and near death, and he discovers that these special dragons die when they are not loved. Soon David is forced to save his friend and unlock the powers of the fire within.
It's such a great series.

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

YES. It's fantastic and amazing and I could rave on and on about it, but I'll save that for the next question.

I give this book 5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

This book is full of magic and myths and lore and the best part: DRAGONS. I feel that dragons are undervalued in books. They are becoming more and more popular, but these books are just too freaking good. They are amazingly original, and I fall in love with this series every time I read them.

People should read this to experience the amazing world that D'Lacey created. It's full of such amazing magic and lore that I just cannot express how much I love this book. It's incredible.

What's the age limit for this book?

Here it differs. On Amazon, it says all the books are for people 8 years and up. On the author's website, it says 9 and up for the first one, and 10 and up for the following books. I'm sticking with 8 and up, but it's up to you.

Yours,

Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Soul Born


This 12 Books of Christmas thing is fun!! The third featured book is:

Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux
Blurb:
All Opal wanted was to be respected as a wielder of magic, but her teachers passed her over time and time again. When a mysterious warlord embarks on a conquest to destroy the lands of Illyia, Opal seizes an opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her rightful spot among them.
Tala, an alluring elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and nearly killed by the beasts that dwell in the deep forests, but more than anything else she is a survivor. Joining forces with an ancient elemental power Tala finds herself in the center of an unrelenting human war.
Flesh like leather and bone as strong as steel, Karn, a veteran from the first kingdom to fall, is fueled by vengeance. While pushing ever headlong into battle Karn begins to recall memories of another life; ghosts that haunt his dreams.
Through death of a soul, their world is born.
Ta-dah! Sounds foreboding, doesn't it?

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

I have indeed! I read it about a year ago when my good friend Diana Ilinca introduced me to Kevin and urged me to read his books. Kevin, being the awesome guy that he is, allowed me to read his books for free. Recently, I read it again when I got the paperback.

I give this book 5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

This book has what I call "real life endings." The book doesn't necessarily end happily (Hello? It's called dark fantasy!) There are characters that are bad that you like and characters that are good that you loathe. I like reading "real life endings" because it connects with me—it's kind of like real life. 

But this book isn't all about the dark. It has a lot of fantasy and amazingly awesome magic. I picked this book because everyone needs to read out of their comfort zone—and with luck will love it just like I did.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 17 years and up. I only say this because it's dark. There's gore and blood and death. I will say that, to be totally honest, there are horror films out there that are worse. It's really up to you to decide, but I think 17 years and up is a good age limit for this book.

Yours,

Saturday, December 15, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: The Selection


The second book of the 12 Books of Christmas extravaganza is...

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Blurb:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Don't you just love the cover of this book?!

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

Yep! I read this book during the summer. It was an interesting concept and I was fascinated by it. I am currently waiting for the second book in the trilogy to come out!

I give this book 4 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

I picked this book because it's original yet not. It's set in this world where everyone is separated by the castes they are born into (original) but it's similar to The Bachelor because of the contest (not original). What really fascinated me was the world this book is placed in (very original).

I think everyone should read a book that has both original and unoriginal parts to it, because it makes (hopefully) for a great book.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book is for people 13 years and up.

Yours,

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Books of Christmas: Three Wishes


Woo! The very first 12 Books of Christmas meme! Let me quickly say that these are not book reviews, these are featured books. I will be showing a book that I want others to read and I'll explain why. The first book featured on the 12 Books of Christmas is... *drum roll*

Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley
Blurb:
When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.
Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).
He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.
Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.
Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.
I am a MAJOR Kristen Ashley (KA) fan. If she writes it, I read it. I have prepared a few of questions for myself for the 12 Books of Christmas, so here we go!

Have you read this book? If so, what rating would you give it? If not, why do you want to read it?

YES! As you can tell from my I-love-KA attitude, I will read any book that she writes. Some books I haven't liked as much as others, there's only been one book that I didn't really like that she's written – and she's written A LOT!

This book I loved very much, and I would give it 4.5 stars!

Why did you pick this book as one of your twelve this Christmas?

Because everyone should read at least one of KA's books! Her books are filled with macho men (always) and strong-willed women (most of the time). And there's always, always love. True love. Love that makes you cry and love that makes you smile. That's why I chose this book.

What's the age limit for this book?

This book, as do all of KA's books, contains semi-graphic to graphic sexual content. Therefore, this book is for people 18 years and up. However, let me say, that most (exempting the Unfinished Hero series) of KA's books are not at all centered around sex, so I would be lenient and say that maybe 16 and up.

Yours,

Review on Fated

I won this book in a giveaway over at A Life Bound By Books, along with a few others. I've had my eye on this book for a while, seeing as Alyson Noël is one of my favorite YA authors. So without further ado, I'm excited to present:
Fated by Alyson Noël
 
Blurb:
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.
There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.
This book is the first of a series.
Age: 12 years and up
Review: 5 stars
I loved this book. It had magic, love, mystery, and so many emotions! I was completely immersed in the book the moment I read the first sentence.
We start out with Daire. She's always been on the move; her mother's job taking her from one country to the next. She has never formed attachment to anyone because of this and has been lonely for most of her life. When we meet Dace, Daire tells us that he is the only thing that has been permanent in her life: she's been dreaming about him for six months. Though she's skeptical at the fact that magic exists, she's open to it and isn't stubborn in clinging to the world she knows, and I love her for that. Most books I read where this happens, the main character pisses me off because she just won't accept her destiny. But though Daire is skeptical and careful, after the first few weeks she's open and willing to learn about being a Seeker.
Then there's Dace and his evil twin Cade. I love Dace. Though we don't learn much about him in this book (though the author dropped heavy hints that he's super important towards the end of this book), we know he's kind and pure good.
Cade, on the other hand, is pure evil. He was raised by his evil father to become evil, so it makes sense that Cade is what he is. We don't learn much about him here too, but again, we get a glimpse that he'll be important in the next book.
This book was mostly focused on Daire, and her journey to discovering her potential as a Seeker, but that doesn't mean it's not packed with magic, love, and adventure. I will highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action, magic, mystery, love, and fantasy.

Yours,

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FFT: Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

I've been seeing a book everywhere recently. I don't remember its name, but its cover sticks with me. Why? Because it's horrible. It's part of a series and both books have a cover that I detest. I haven't even read the blurb but just looking at its cover, I know I won't read it. The cover is superficial. It's so unappealing to me that I refuse to read it.

This has never happened to me before. Even if a cover was "meh", I still gave that book a chance. But here I am, choosing not to read a book, just by its cover.

"Never judge a book by its cover." We've all heard that. Unfortunately, most of us do it anyway. Covers are the first thing that draws our eye. They're the first thing that we see, the first thing that makes us think: Huh, maybe I should check this book out. No matter if the book is good or not, we still judge the book by its cover.

There's even memes like Lusting for Covers by The Book Queen, where they feature a great cover or Cover Wars by the Book Whore, where they vote for the best cover.

Covers are essential to the promoting of a book. There's been times where a book has gotten a new cover after a while of it being published. Most self-published books don't have awesome covers, because they don't have artists and the resources available to publishers.

So now it's your turn. Has there ever been a time where you didn't read a book just because of its cover? How much do covers play a part when choosing whether or not to buy a book?

Yours,

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Coming Soon: 12 Books of Christmas

I have been wanting to do something on this blog to celebrate Christmas, and I've been racking my brain to figure out what. I finally figured out what I want to do.

Starting December 14th, I'll be doing a meme called The 12 Books of Christmas.


I will feature 12 books (one per day) that I have read or will read. This will go on until Christmas. The day of Christmas will be the last day, and then I'll continue my regular schedule. This doesn't mean I won't be doing reviews each Friday as always, it's merely an extra thing.

Also, Happy Hanukkah (I know, I'm a day late...) for these eight seven days!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Review on Always You

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Karen Stivali was kind enough to give me this copy. She was giving away a few copies on Twitter and was lucky enough to get a book from her backlist. Now, I haven't ever read a book from Karen before, so I didn't know what to expect.

Always You by Karen Stivali
Blurb:
When Shari discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she lets the wedding go on according to plan, except while everyone else is at the church, Shari is heading to the airport to fly off on her honeymoon with her best friend, Jon.
Jon is only too happy to help Shari escape what he knew would have been an awful marriage. Plus he’s thrilled by the prospect of time alone with her in a tropical paradise. He’s always loved her and desired her as a lot more than a friend.
A steamy, romantic night on the beach turns into a whirlwind of desire as they take their friendship to multiple new levels of passion. But when Shari’s apologetic ex tries to win her back, she must choose between the life she thought she was going to have with him and the possibility of love with Jon.
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 3.5 stars
This was one of those short and steamy type of books. We start off with Jon and Shari at the hotel, heading towards their room. We shortly discover that Shari's fiancé has been cheating on her with his ex and that she went on her honeymoon with her best friend, Jon.
Jon has been attracted to Shari for a while now, and has never had the chance to tell her. Shari has relied on Jon for everything, and during this trip has felt her ever-growing attraction to him. They both don't really want to say anything because it would ruin their friendship, but one thing leads to another and badda-bing badda-boom, they have sex.
This story is a short novella (58 pages, according to Amazon), and it satisfies the need to have a quick, hot read. I felt that this story could have been drawn out more and the characters expanded on, but I guess that the point of a novella is to keep it short and sweet. Or in this case, short and steamy.
I definitely recommend this book to someone who's looking for a quickie (hee hee).

Yours,

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

FFT: Books to Movies

Sometimes, I absolutely, positively hate it when books I love are made into movies. Besides the fact that they'll no doubt get some details wrong and cut out good parts, it leaves nothing to the imagination.

Take, for example, the Twilight series. I actually enjoyed reading the books. I read the books waayyyy before the movies came out. I pre-ordered Breaking Dawn. But then I saw a commercial for the movie they were going to make about Twilight. You can ask my family, I had to leave the room because I was furious. I loved the books and I knew, I just knew that the movie wasn't going to live up to my expectations. And it didn't.

Another example is Eragon. We all know about this catastrophe. The movie ruined everything. If someone hadn't read the book, sure, it was okay. But compare the book to the movie and there is no hesitation on my part to say that the book will always win.

There have only been a few movies that I think have been better than the books, and I can't think of them right now. But sometimes, when I really like a book, I try not to see the movie. I might give it a chance, but then again I might not. Not only am I 98% positive that the person I pictured in my head will not be the person they pick to play the character, but I am just so dedicated to the characters in the book that I can't bear to see them botched.

There are a few exceptions, of course. I liked the Harry Potter movies (though the books were better). I loved the people that play them. But these are, as always, only exceptions.

So, what do you think about books being made into movies? Which books/movies come to mind?

Yours,