Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: Enthralled - Paranormal Diversions by various authors

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Authors: Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray, Carrie Ryan, Jessica Verday, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kimberly Derting, Jeri Smith-Ready, Ally Condie, Rachel Vincent, Sarah Rees Brennan, Mary E. Pearson, Jackson Pearce and Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release: September 20th 2011
Genre: Anthologies, Paranormal, Short Stories, YA


A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.

Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.

Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Tithe by Holly Black


Author: Holly Black
Release: October 1st 2002
Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Faeries, YA
#1 in the Modern Faerie Tales series
Sequel: Ironside, Companion novel: Valiant


Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review: Vicious by Victoria Schwab


Author: Victoria Schwab (writing as V.E. Schwab)
Release: September 24th 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, New Adult
#1 in the Vicious duology
Sequel: Untitled (#2)


A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program

Author: Suzanne Young
Release: April 30th 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Disease, YA
#1 in the Program duology
Sequel: The Treatment (#2)


In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: World After by Susan Ee

World After

Author: Susan Ee
Release: November 19th 2013
Genre: Angels, Supernatural, Post-Apocalypse, YA
#2 in the Penryn & The End of Days trilogy
Series: Angelfall (#1), End of Days (#3)


In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release: October 29th 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Fey, YA
#2 in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series
Series: The Lost Prince (#1), The Iron Warrior (#3)


In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Be Room Cliffing TAG

So, this Tag has been making its rounds in the Booktube community, and because I haven't seen it circling the Blogosphere yet, I thought I'd be transferring it into it. So, here is... the Be Room Cliffing Tag, created by polandbananasBOOKS. Now, you might have guessed it already, but yes — this Tag originates from the Marry, Kiss, Cliff Tag which I have also done, it's just a little different. First, it's with girls instead of boys, and the three things you have to choose from are: 1) You can be that person, 2) you can room with them or 3) you can cliff/kill them. Easy, right? Well, I have decided to play this on Extra Hard mode, because I only chose girls that I really do like...

For the special occasion, I have once again pulled out my little circular box:

Monday, November 4, 2013

October Wrap-Up / November TBR

Another month has passed again, and I am very pleased with my results, since it has been a splendid reading month! Of course, I had lots of time since I was in bed with the flu over the whole holidays and basically spent the whole day reading. But well, let's see what I have achieved.