Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Indulge by Megan Duncan and GIVEAWAY!

Title: Indulge (Warm Delicacy, #2)
Author: Megan Duncan
Publish Date: December 14 2011

Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win either an eBook copy of Indulge or a Swag Pack!

A few months ago I had the chance to review Savor by Megan Duncan. (If you haven't read it, check out my review here.) Today I had the chance to review it's exciting sequel, Indulge.

Indulge continues the story of seventeen year old Claire from where Savor left off. Claire is on her way to meet her biological parents for the first time in her life. As if that wasn't a big enough deal, those parents? Oh yeah. They're vampires. Royal vampires. Not to mention, Claire's on the run from the blood-thirsty Ana, who has already tried to kill her once before. Then there's the internal battle she's waging within herself to decide who she loves. The sweet, affectionate vampire royal,  Dmitry, or her protective, swoon-worthy Blood Mate, Arrick?

Indulge was a fast and fun read. There was so much action that I flew through it. It didn't drag in the same way Savor did, which is to be expected since Savor had to explain and build up the Warm Delicacy world, whereas in Indulge there wasn't nearly as much backstory. Now, I like backstory just as much as the next girl, but it's also fun to just play around in a fantasy world without so much stopping for explanations.

As in Savor, the only thing that really irritated me about the story was the main character, Claire. With everything the girl went through in the first book, you'd think she'd grow and mature a little. But no!

Claire still didn't seem to feel for her so called "love ones" very strongly. She stopped thinking about her childhood best friend, Liz, as soon as she met Robin in Savor. She never thought about the human woman she believed to be her mother for her first 17 years of life. She moved on to Nicolae and Evilyn when she thought they were her new parents, but when she found out who her real parents were she stopped caring about Nicolae and Evilyn, too. She immediately decided she loved her real parents, Ione and Cathair, more. Claire's feelings for her friends and family were fleeting and shallow and only made me think of her as a flake.

Another thing that annoyed me about Claire was how she claims to want to take everything so seriously, but she never pays attention to anything anyone tells her. And not in the "That's dangerous, don't do it," and then she does it anyway kind of way. She doesn't pay attention to anything people to tell her. Like, "The kitchen is down the hall and on the left," and eleven minutes later she'll be like, "Where did he say the kitchen was again?" For a girl who everyone says is super special she sure comes off like a vapid airhead. At one point in the book Claire is being trained to defend herself by Eli, a Blood Guard. He explains Claire's problem very simply after getting a hit on her in training.

"If you had been paying attention, I would not have been able to strike. You live too much in your head, Claire." {Indulge, page 183/366}

Hopefully most of my problems with Claire's personality will be resolved in the third book in the series, since, by the end of Indulge, I was already starting to like Claire more. She seemed to mature a little by the final chapter and I hope that's an indicator of more changes to come. Claire was actually starting to show a little badass-ness by the end and I was rooting her on the whole way. That's definitely a side of her I want to see more of in the third book.

The thing I loved most about Indulge was Arrick. He was my favorite character and he wasn't present for much of Savor, so I was mighty pleased when he was featured more in Indulge. Claire and Arrick's chemistry was definitely what kept me reading chapter after chapter. Usually I find falling-in-love-with-a-guy-who's-known-you-since-you-were-born storylines kind of creepy, but for some reason it works in Indulge. (Maybe its just because I'm in love with Arrick, but whatever...)

He's an honorable character who knows his duty to his kingdom, but who, at the same time, knows his feelings for Claire. I found their Blood Mate bond to be the most interesting part of their relationship. They can feel what the other one feels through their bond. But as Claire says at one point, their bond may either help or hinder their relationship. It's hard to talk to a guy you like when he doesn't know what you're feeling. But try talking to a guy you like who can sense what you're thinking while you're thinking about your ex-crush, who's not so much an ex as an open ended question. Yeah. Kind of makes things a bit tricker.

I really enjoyed Indulge, probably more so than I did Savor. So if you've read Savor, definitely check out this sequel. You won't be disappointed. And if you haven't read Savor, give it a try. You can find both books for sale at these locations:

Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Review: How to Date an Alien Blog, by Magan Vernon

Title: How to Date an Alien
Author: Magan Vernon
Publisher: Darkside Publishing
Pub. Date: December, 2011
How to Date an Alien is the story of Alex Bianchi – a girl who, in an attempt to look better as an applicant to Columbia University, asks her father if he can help get her a summer internship at the base where he works. What she doesn't know is that Circe isn't just any average, old military base, it's an alien operation center, filled to the brim with otherworldly beings.

In her just first week at Circe, Alex's entire world view is flipped beyond recognition, her life is threatened (and saved!) twice, and she meets Ace, a Caltian to whom she feels a strong, undeniable pull. Soon enough, romance blossoms, and from there – well, drama!

While reading  How to Date an Alien, there were several things that popped up that I just couldn't wrap my head around. There were some scenes and situations I thought felt forced, or where dialogue didn't fit, etc. Some of it was even forgivable, due to the quirky nature of the story itself. I'm not going to sit here and list all the minor things about this book that I didn't like, for whatever reason, but I do want to mention one of the major problems I had with this book: Gavin.

I thought his character was severely abused throughout the course of the novel. When we first meet Gavin, he is introduced as a sweet, sort of cute human guy whom you could tell from the get-go was into Alex. It's only expected, therefore, that he would try and show that interest (whether his tactics were subtle, or not). That seemed to be fine (she even tried to flirt right back!) – until Alex met Ace.

Now, this book is titled  How to Date an Alien, so it's not as if I expected poor, human Gavin to have a fair shot at winning the girl. That said, I don't think it was fair to vilify him for liking her, either.

After meeting Ace, and realizing that she was inexplicably drawn to him, anything Gavin did to show his interest in Alex came off as slimy (at one point he's accused of only being into Alex because she's his only “option” at Circe, and he's “desperate”), and anytime he showed even the slightest bit of jealousy, he became a jerk (admittedly, some of his comments do push the boundaries, but at one point he was referred to as “a first rate a-hole” [ebook p.45/294] purely for acting a bit jealous and telling her Ace was gawking at her).

(I feel I should note here, that when Ace acts jealous – and he does – it's laughed off, and accepted for what it is. And, yes, some of his reactions were out of line, too.)

As if that weren't bad enough, after Alex and Ace reach “official” relationship standing, Gavin just sort of drops off the face of the Earth. I wish I could say that literally. That, at least would have been an awesome exit. He does make a brief appearance towards the end of the book (to tie up loose ends, and admit how “wrong and jerkish” he was – and, of course, to add a bit more jerk on top), but he was notably absent from the main, plot-driving scenes of the story. It was as if his character was merely thrown in to make Ace seem that much greater in comparison.

Not that I didn't love Ace, or the book, even, for that matter.

Magan Vernon brings us a delightfully fast, quirky little read, blended nicely with star-crossed romance and the threat of intergalactic warfare. What more could a reader want?

I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book, despite the frustrations brought on by the whole Gavin thing. This really is a cute, fun, romantic story.

One of the things I absolutely LOVED was the fairly consistent banter between the romantic leads. I have to say that most of my favorite scenes took place in their tiny little office, and I couldn't wait to be brought back there again for another little banter-fest (One scene in particular comes to mind: Alex accusing Ace of wearing guy-liner. Hilarious!). Both of them were completely adorable. Even when things got tense, it wasn't long before one of them was making some sort of crack that had me laughing instead of worrying very much for their safety.

Another thing I liked was the pace of this story. It never really dragged. Everything just kept moving forward, nice and steady. I said before that some situations felt awkward, and out of place, but nothing about the actual plot, or the course of the plot, did; it was just some of the little details in-between that seemed off.

I think part of my issue while reading this book was my attitude going into it. From the beginning, this was a review book for me, which meant I was already taking it more seriously than a lot of books. When I review a book, or rather when I know I'm going to review a book before reading, I enter a certain mindset that helps me to analyze what I read. Unfortunately, this is not the sort of book you want read seriously.

I can tell this will be hard to explain as I try to convey my meaning here. What I'm trying to say when I say that this book shouldn't be read seriously is that  How to Date an Alien is a funny, quirky, light little read, and should be read as such.

Think about other quirky books you've read in the past. What made them fun? For me, it was that I didn't have to get too deeply involved in the serious issues the characters faced. Some books are just so heavily laden with that stuff. Quirky books, on the other hand, are supposed to be fun and light and, overall, just refreshing to read, for one reason or another. Sometimes it's nice to have that change-up.

I'm not say that in my read-through  How to Date an Alien didn't meet my quirky book preferences, because it did. All the things I like about quirky books fought their way through to the surface, which is what I love about this book. I'm merely saying that had I pursued this book for the sheer enjoyabilty this story is itching to bring to its readers instead of actively searching for something to critique (because I have this thing where I like to add at least one positive and one negative point to each of my reviews, regardless of how much I loved/hated it), I would have enjoyed it much more than I did.

The reason for this severe digression? I hope that you Pretty Readers give  How to Date an Alien a fairer shot than I did. Despite whatever faults this book may poses, this really is an awesome little novel. I personally give it 4 Crazy Hearts, and I can't wait to read more of Alex and Ace (especially if that "more" involves lots of banter).

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Release - Review: Every Other Day, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Be sure to visit Ms. Barnes on Twitter and/or her blog to wish her a Happy Book Birthday!

Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: EgmountUSA
Pub. Date: Dec. 27th, 2011

Read the first Chapter here!

When I requested Every Other Day from Netgalley, it was one of those books that seemed to have an interesting concept, but that I wasn't quite sure I would be able to get into.

Kali D'Angelo is a 16 year old girl with an interesting condition: While she looks the same, every other day Kali becomes something decidedly not human. She's never known why, or what she is, but on those “off” days, she's driven by a need to kill – a blood-lust that has her hunt the nasties that go bump in the night. That is how we are introduced to her, actually, just as she is ready to dispatch 3 hellhounds back from whence they came (as a Supernatural fan, that's already a plus in my book). She's pretty kick-ass in this state, if I do say so. She manages to rid herself of the mangy mutts using only a knife, her blood, and her bare hands.

Unfortunately for Kali, though, the real craziness of this story doesn't begin until one of her human days, when she has no defenses against these creatures.

It's on one of these day that Kali notices a symbol on the lower back of one of the girls at school. A symbol that marks death for the bearer at the hands (if it even has them) of one of these preternatural beings, as the society in this book refers to them. Kali has 24-hours to save her, and it's about just as long until her next change, so she does something (stupid, naturally) that could put her now very human self at risk.

That one action creates a snowball effect, and Kali starts learning the truth about who and what she is. And, of course, the more she learns, the more dangerous it gets.

I have to say: I absolutely love this book. I'm not entirely sure why I love it as much as I do, but I thought it was fantastic.

That's not to say it was perfect. It had it's faults. One of the main ones being Kali's constant woe-is-me attitude. I mean, I get where she was coming from. Woe kind of was her, but I doubt we needed to be reminded of it every two pages. I don't mean to sound mean, here, but it's no wonder she had no friends before meeting Skylar.

Skylar had to be my favorite character. As I kept reading, one constant thought kept flitting through my head anytime she was on the page: Now that girl's got spunk. Seriously. On this same day mentioned above, before Kali notices the symbol on another girls back, Skylar comes up to Kali and introduces herself as the school slut. She's even perky as she does it. Not that she is a slut, she just earned the title by letting a boy kiss her neck for five seconds.

But Skylar, the little sister of five older brothers, is not the type to just let anybody tear her down. Not that she lets her brother's bully her into doing something, either (though she has, apparently, been duct taped to chairs a lot). No, see, this girl, who is described as looking twelve and having an elfin face, does what she wants regardless of what others say. If something screams danger. She doesn't care, she'll just run right on in.

This sort of attitude is why Kali never stood a chance in avoiding becoming friends with Skylar, not that she tried to. She was also hilarious. Especially when verbally sparring with the popular, yet surprisingly non-stereotypical Bethany Davis, who was also a surprisingly cool character.

The only character I really had a problem with was one of Skylar's brothers, Elliot. We were introduced to three of the five Hayden brothers, and Elliot, who had the biggest part of all of them, seemed the most two-dimensional. Which was a shame. We didn't see much of Vaughn and Reid (the two other brothers we met), but their personalities, I thought, were well defined for what we did see. Elliot, on the other hand, seemed only thrown in to constantly doubt his sister. Which got old after a while.

I liked the new take on vampires (though this wasn't really a vampire book at all)– hell, all the preternaturals, really – in this book. How they became what they were, or rather how what they were became more advanced. I like seeing fresh new takes on things that work, and I felt this was clearly defined in the author's mind, and so on paper as well.

I would liked to have had the connection brought on by the chupecabras explained better, though. I got that they came in pairrs, and had some form of psychic link, but why did that link pass on to their hosts?

I thought this story was paced out nicely, and had enough twists to keep readers engaged. The writing was blunt, and left little room for fluff. I'm not sure if this is the author's style, as this is my first book by her, but I thought it fit the main character's no-nonsense voice perfectly. Jennifer Lynn Barnes definitely has talent, and I may have to remedy my single-book status, and pick up another of hers very soon. I am eager for more.

Overall, as I said, I loved this book. One of the best paranormal books I've read in a while. I definitely recommend this as a must-read for anyone who enjoys the genre. As for the rating, 4.7 Crazy Hearts, I think, is a good fit.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (10) Four

Welcome, Pretties, to another installment of My Book Boyfriend, hosted by the wonderful Missie from The Unread Reader.

Due to the return of our monthly group reads, we have for you Pretty Readers today another fine example of why book boys are just plain better, and that example comes in the form of a Dauntless boy named Four.

Four / Tobias:

* 19 years old
 "He has a spare upper lip and a full lower lip. His eyes are so deep-set that his eyelashes touch the skin under his eyebrows, and they are dark blue, a dreaming, sleeping, waiting color." {Divergent, iBook p72/527} 
"Then he walks in. His hair is shorter, and it looks darker this way, almost black. It's Abnegation short, I realize." {Divergent, iBook p.360/527} 
* He was born Abnegation
* He chose to become Dauntless
* He is Divergent
* He only has four fears: He's acrophobic, claustrophobic, afraid to have to kill some one, and afraid of his father.

** Our Four is played the super sexy Max Irons ;D **

Why We Love Him:

Jesse: I admit, I read Divergent almost a year ago, so it's a little fuzzy in my mind, but I do remember that Four is one of my favorite male characters in a dystopian novel. Ever.

He is sweet, strong, and honorable. But he has his weaknesses just like everyone else. I fell head over heels in love with him during a scene where he's running a paintball war game. The main character, Tris, climbs up to the top of a broken down ferris wheel to find the enemy team's location. And Four, even though he's deathly afraid of heights, follows her up to the top. That's just the kind of guy he is. He'll put the needs and wants of the people he cares about before his own.

Kira: In all honesty, there are a LOT of things I love about Four. Actually, I don't think there is anything I don't love about him. That said, there were a few major selling points when it comes to my love for Four.

First -- and it seems like every week I seem to be pointing out characteristics that I am a sucker for, but this is one of my absolute top -- I am a major sucker for honorable characters, and Four has honor in spades. Four, to me, represents what a dauntless should be. He's not unjust, he's not unnecessarily ruthless like some some of his peers, and he tries to live up to what Dauntless was meant to be.

I also love that he's so sweet (though Tris doesn't seem to agree with me) and kind of a little broken (and yet he's still ten times better than half the other Dauntless).


"A brave man acknowledges the strength of others." {Divergent, iBook p.109/527} 

"'You're afraid of heights,' I say. 'How do you survive in the dauntless compound?'

'I ignore my fear,' he says. 'When I make decisions, I pretend it doesn't exist.'" {Divergent, iBook p.160/527}

"'I'd ask you to hang out with us, but your not supposed to see me this way.'
'What way?' I ask. 'Drunk?'
'Yeah...well, no.' His voice softens. 'Real, I guess." {Divergent, iBook p.266/527}

"He puts his lips next to my ear and say, 'You look good, Tris.'"  {Divergent, iBook p.266/527}

"'You can let yourself be in pain,' he says. 'It's just me here.'" {Divergent, iBook p.303/527} (perhaps I'm weird, but given the circumstances and where/what they are, I think that alone is very swoon-worthy. just saying.)

"I laugh shakily. 'You're a little scary, Four.'
'Do me a favor,' he says, 'and don't call me that.'
'What should I call you, then?'
'Nothing.' He takes his hand from my face. 'Yet.'" {Divergent, iBook p.305/527}

"He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know." (Tris thinking about Four.)  {Divergent, iBook p.307/527}

"'And your side?' he asks, his voice low.
'Only hurts when I breathe.'
He smiles. 'Not much you can do about that.'
'Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing.'
'Well,' he says, 'I would only go if there was cake.'" {Divergent, iBook p.308/527} 

"'Ah,' he says, his voice raspy. 'This is worse. This is definitely...'
'Shh,'  I say.  'Arms around me.'
Obediently, he slips both arms around my waist. I smile at the wall. I am not enjoying this. I am not, not even a little bit, no."  {Divergent, iBook p.343/527} (ha! had to add that one. I know I'd be enjoying it, too. :P)

"'You know, most boys would enjoy being trapped in close quarters with a girl.' I roll my eyes.
'Not claustrophobic people, Tris!'" {Divergent, iBook p.72/527} 

"I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different." {Divergent, iBook p.354/527} 

"'Fine.' He leans his face closer to mine, his eyes focusing on my chin, and my lips, and my nose. 'I watched you because I like you.' He says it plainly, boldly, and his eyes flick up to mine." {Divergent, iBook p.355/527} 

"'Fine. You're not pretty. So?' He kisses my cheek. 'I like how you look. You're deadly smart. You're brave. And even though you found out about Marcus...' His voice softens. 'You aren't giving me that look like I'm a kicked puppy, or something.'" {Divergent, iBook p.356/527} 

"'Two things you should know about me. The first is that I'm deeply suspicious of people in general,' he says. 'It is my nature to expect the worst of them. And the second is that I am unexpectedly good with computers.'" {Divergent, iBook p.393/527} 

"'I might be in love with you.' He smiles a little. 'I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.'" {Divergent, iBook p.510/527} 

"'Maybe I'm already sure,' he says, 'and I just don't wan't to frighten you.'
I laugh a little. 'Then you should know better.'
'Fine,' he says. 'Then I love you.'" {Divergent, iBook p.510-11/527} 

So, Pretties, which book boy(s) do you want to find wrapped up with a pretty little bow this holiday season?

Read with PiF: The Return - Vote for January's BotM!

Hey, Pretty Readers!

It's baaaacccck!

In case you haven't been following along on our Goodreads' group, after a bit of a hiatus Read with Pretty in Fiction has returned. For those of you not in the know, if you take a glance at our left hand sidebar you will see that the books we had chosen to feature this month are:
Crossed,by Ally CondieDivergent, by Veronica Roth!
The month is already pretty much in full swing, but don't be disheartened, Pretties. There's still plenty of time time to catch up on your reading of both these wonderful novels, if you are so inclined. Once that is done (or, if you've already previously read them), be sure to hop on over to each book's group discussions by clicking on the pretty cover below!
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for reviews of both books to be released on Pretty in Fiction soon (we're still trying to readjust our schedules so our Read with PiF books fit in all nice and pretty).

Now that the fun, reading stuff is out of the way, it's time to cast your vote on what YOU would like to Read with PiF this coming January. You can vote here, on Pretty in Fiction, or via the sister poll linked to our Goodreads' group.

Please keep in mind that as these are two separate polls, the results will need to be added together from both so that those following on the blog, and those following on Goodreads each have a fair shot of their choice becoming one of our two (2) books or January, 2012.

Both polls start today (12.20.11) and will run through to the 27th of this month, so be sure to cast your vote before it's too late!

Books Featured in this Poll:
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1) Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1) Legacy of Lies & Don't Tell (Dark Secrets, #1) The Year I Turned Sixteen: Rose, Daisy, Laurel, Lily The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) She's So Dead to Us Legend (Legend, #1) Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1) Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)The Eleventh Plague Every Other Day

Friday, December 9, 2011

TGIF! Feature, and Follow Friday (17)

It's Friday, Pretties! 
And, you know what that means: Friday meme time!
As usual, those memes are: Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read,   and TGIF is hosted by Ginger, from GReads!
Are you participating this week? We'd love to hear your answers!

Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

Jesse: If I had to choose a single book that everyone should read, I don't think I'd be able to. There are just so many to choose from. No matter what I chose I'd always feel as though I were forgetting an even better book. So I'm not going to choose a book. I'm going to choose an author instead. And that author is: Jennifer Echols.

I truly think that everyone should read ALL of Jennifer Echols' books. They're incredibly moving, but at the same time will have you practically peeing yourself. Especially if your reading any of her romantic comedies. She writes about important subjects, but in such a funny way that I try not to read her books in public. I can't help but bust out laughing and then people stare and it gets awkward. But they're just so good I usually end up not caring! So if you haven't read any of Jennifer Echols' books, seriously? What are you waiting for? And if you have, pick up another. They're all great.

Speaking of, I just remembered, her newest novel, The One That I Want, so needs to be added to my Christmas List!
Review: Love Story
Kira: Can I just throw a whole library at people? That. Would. Be. Awesome!

Seriously, though, without using all the cliches out there that people say should be read (though, honestly, there is a reason people keep saying that, for the most part), it was hard to think of just one single book that I thought everyone should read. Especially since I know everyone's taste in books differs. And then, of course, there's always that elusive "something better" around the corner.

That being said, here are a few that I think make the cut, but that I don't think have been overly publicized (even it was well deserved. *cough*HungerGames!*couch* -- hehe...had to do that.):

Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

Jesse: Hands down, the best book-to-movie adaptation I've ever seen is Flipped. I first read the book, by Wendelin Van Draanen, last summer. It was just the cutest story of first love, obsessive crushes, and learning to deal with the opposite sex. Then when I found out they were already making it into a movie, I could hardly stand it. I was jumping out of my skin in anticipation. I watched the trailer about a hundred times, worrying all the while about how theyhad chosen to adapt it. See, the book takes place in the 90's, but they changed the setting to the 50's for the movie. Which totally scared me because how can a more modern story take place in the 1950's and still have the same effect?! Worst of all was the fact that they didn't play it in any theaters around me since it was a limited screening! So I had to wait even longer to see it.

I started stalking it on iTunes. Waiting for it to go up for sale. When that day finally came, I dropped everything to watch it immediately. And to my sheer amazement, they did it perfectly. The setting, the actors, the writing. Everything was working together to make it one of the best adaptations I have ever seen. Seriously, read the book then watch the movie. You'll see what I'm talking about!

The worst adaptation I have ever, EVER seen is Avalon High. The book, by Meg Cabot, was a really cute re-telling of the King Arthur legend. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. So when I found out that the Disney Channel had made a movie out of it I was psyched.

I know, I know. That was my first mistake. Thinking today's version of Disney Channel Original Movies could do justice to any story. But I trusted they'd stick to the story in the book. I mean, really?! How can you screw something like that up? It seemed like a home run to me.

But then I watched it. Oh god. It was the worst.

I mean, the first half was okay. It wasn't exactly like the book, but it wasn't terrible, so I kept watching. And then in the last, like, 15 or so minutes, they sucker punched me. They took a perfectly well-written ending and twisted it beyond recognition. It was the worst 15 minutes of crap I've ever seen. I don't know what the writers were smoking but whatever it was, don't watch Avalon High without smoking some of it first. Or better yet, don't watch it at all. Just read the book. You'll thank me later.

Perfect Harry-hair. Just saying.
Kira: I think it's a lot easier to find the bad adaptations than it is to find the good ones. Part of the reason, admittedly being that there are some awesome movies out there that I have not read the books for, which kind of limits my choices. Still, I'm fairly confident in my answers.

The Best: The first three Harry Potter films. More specifically the first two, for following the story line, but I liked the changes they did add to the third. Plus, Prisoner of Azkaban was the only movie they had the perfect Harry-hair. Sometimes it's the little things that matter.

The Worst: Back when I was in high school, I was very into crime thrillers, and the like. I borrowed this one book from Jesse and her mom called Night Sins by a-'til-then-unheard-of-by-me author, Tami Hoag. I was so drawn into her writing that there was a time period where the only books I was reading (excluding the mandatory school ones) were her books. I actually still own a good portion of her collection.

Anyway, one night during this phase I happened to see this one made-for-tv movie by the same name was coming on. I was like: uh-uh, no way. It can't be the same thing. I checked the description, and it was. So, eagerly, I flipped the channel, watched the film, then went to bed angry. I was not at all happy with what they had done with the screen play. It irked me.

Not too much going on this week. We're all trying to catch up on our reading ;)

* We helped reveal the cover for Onyx, by Jennifer Armentrout.
* Our Book Boyfriend this week was the very lovely Will Herondale, from Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (9) Will Herondale

It's Wednesday, and that, Pretties, means it's time for another edition My Book Boyfriend. As usual, this wonderful meme is hosted by the magnificent Missie from The Unread Reader.

This week, in honor of the latest installment of the Infernal Devices being released yesterday (and, thus, rehashing our previous obsession since we just had to read), we have decided to showcase one of Cassandra Clare's sexy shadowhunters.

That's right, Pretty Readers, directly from the pages of Clockwork Prince (and  Clockwork Angel before that) we bring to you our Book Boyfriend, Will Herondale!

Will Herondale:

* 17 years old
* Black Hair
* Blue Eyes
"Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheekbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth -- he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular." (Clockwork Prince, iBook pg. 28/601)
* His Parabatai (fighting partner) is Jem Carstairs
* He is a nephilim (has angel blood)
* He is a shadowhunter

Due to a certain version of the first chapter floating around (i.e. the audio version, which you can listen to here), our casting Ed Westwick for the role of Will should be no surprise. I mean, when it's his voice speaking, who would you picture? Watch the trailer below, and see what I mean. 

Why We Love Him:

JesseOkay so I'm just gonna rant for this one. *takes deep breath*


Okay. Glad I got that out of my system. Not that I don't love Jem, just not for Tessa.

Anyway, I love Will. He's such a sweetie pie, wrapped inside a horribly self indulgent little boy, but still... I think part of the reason I love Will so much is that (well, besides him being so beautifully broken) it takes a lot to get passed his personality. Or at least what he displays. He puts on a show, pushing people away so he won't hurt them or himself. I sort of like that if you want to know Will, you have to be willing to work with him. Seeing the real Will is sort of like having a stray cat jump into your lap.

It's rare and magical.

I haven't read Clockwork Prince yet, so I don't know what or even if we find out Will's secret in the sequel, but I'm dying to know why he feels the need to push Tessa away even though he obviously loves her!

And, on a side note, Will reminds me a lot of Chuck Bass in a way, and I have so much love for Chuck Bass...

Kira: Believe it or not, Will is not my top choice ID guy (gasp!). Nope, that honor is reserved for Jem Carstairs. HOWEVER, his adorable sweetness is reserved solely for me. :)

That said, I do adore me some Will Herondale, especially for one Miss Tessa Gray. Even if he can be a bit of a prat some of the time.

Will is one of those terribly-broken, semi-self-loathing yet, at the same time, thinks-he's-God's-gift-to-the-world types that we all know and love. Top that off with his own, special brand of witticisms, and his ability to be heartbreakingly-sweet or terribly douche-bag-y, and is he reminding us of anyone else we love, yet, ladies?

No, not Chuck Bass (Ok. Yes, Chuck Bass, but no, not who I was going for. Even if his pretty face is all over this page).

No, see, Will reminds me of all the things I used to love about one of Cassandra Clare's other crowd-favorite shadowhunters, Jace Wayland/Herondale/Lightwood. Only, Will is ten-times better.

Plus, Will is no stranger to the unexpected, and you've gotta love that:
Jem shook his head. "You bit de Quincey," he said. "You fool. He's a vampire. You know what it means to bite a vampire."
"I had no choice," said Will. "He was choking me."
"I know," Jem said. "But really, Will. Again?"
(Clockwork Angel, iBook pg. 312/564)
"Is there a particular reason you keep biting vampires?"
Will touched the dried blood on his wrist, and smiled. "They don't expect it."
(Clockwork Angel, iBook pg. 320/564)

Will's Witty Words:

'Do you think Charlotte will let me handle the investigation?' 
'Do you think you can be trusted in Downworld? The gaming hells, the dens of magical vice, the women of loose morals...' 
Will smiled the way Lucifer might have smiled, moments before he fell from heaven. 
'Would tomorrow be to early to start looking, do you think?' 
Jem sighed. 'Do what you like, William. You always do.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 20/948)
"As for the temperature of Hell, Miss Gray," he said, "let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even  if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs." (Clockwork Angel, iBook pg. 52/564) 
'I suspect he's sweet on Sophie and doesn't like to see her work too hard.' 
Tessa was glad to hear it. She'd felt awful about her reaction to Sophie's scar, and the thought that Sophie had a male admirer - and a handsome one like that- eased her conscience slightly. 'Perhaps he's in love with Agatha', she said. 
'I hope not. I intend to marry Agatha myself. She may be a thousand years old, but she makes an incomparable jam tart. Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 174/948)
The witchlight made his skin paler, his eyes more intently blue. They were the color of the water in the North Atlantic, where the ice drifted on its blue-black surface like the snow clinging to the dark glass pane of a window.” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 345/948)
“'Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?'

'They ate it too,' Will reminisced. 'Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.'” 
(Clockwork Angel, eBook page 400/948)
His long lashes veiled them as he said, 'Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 449/948)
'Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?' Will demanded with mock horror. 'Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be.'

He banged on the side of the carriage. 'Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.'”
 (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 537/948)
'You know,' Gabriel said, “there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will.' 
'There was a time I thought I was a ferret,' Will said, 'but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 537/948)
'Reparations,' said Jem very suddenly, setting down the pen he was holding. 
Will looked at him in puzzlement. 'Is this a game? We just blurt out whatever word comes next to mind? In that case mine is ‘genuphobia’. It means an unreasonable fear of knees.' 'What’s the word for a perfectly reasonable fear of annoying idiots?' inquired Jessamine.” (Clockwork Prince, eBook page 83/1006)
 “'When Will truly wants something,' said Jem, quietly, 'when he feels something — he can break your heart.'” (Clockwork Prince, eBook page 309/1006)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cover Reveal: Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Hey Pretty Readers,

Obsidian (Book 1 in the Lux series) by Jennifer Armentrout releases on December 6 (tomorrow!). Here's the Goodreads synopsis to get you excited:

Starting over sucks. 
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.  
And then he opened his mouth.  
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.  
The hot alien living next door marks me.  
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.  
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Aren't you excited now? I was!

I've been waiting on Obsidian for what feels like forever. And now I present to you the cover of the second book in the Lux series, Onyx! It doesn't release until next year, but here's the official blurb:

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

So pretty isn't it?  You can order your copy of Obsidian from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository or anywhere else that sells awesome books!

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