Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sponsors

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review - Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Title and Author: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Definitions
Publication Date: My 27th, 2010
Paperback/Hardcover: 432
Genre: Young Adult




Summary
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But ...They are brother and sister.

Review:

It took me a while to write this review, mainly because Forbidden took me in a very intense emotional rollercoaster.
This story is definitely capable of getting to you and challenging you emotionally, intellectually and psychologically.
Maya and Lochan are two teenagers who have assumed the role of parents for their three younger siblings after their father left them and their mother became absent and started to drink.
Maya and Lochan were forced to grow up too fast so they could take care of their siblings. Too much responsibility was bestowed put upon them and they quickly realize that by being forced to deal with things they shouldn’t they have grown closer and closer to each other. They eventually realize that their feelings have developed beyond the kind of love you feel for your brother or sister.
Maya and Lochan are drawn to each other and fall in love even though they know their relationship will be seen as wrong and that it can never be discovered unless they want to see their siblings being taken away.
Lochan was my favorite character. He suffers from severe social anxiety and can only truly relax when he’s with his family. He’s sweet, though; extremely intelligent and willing to do whatever it takes to keep his family together.
Lochan completely won me over and I could practically feel his despair and confusion when his feelings for Maya started to develop. He was such a complex character, I think it was impossible for me not to like him.
What I liked about Maya was the fact she was also willing to do anything for her family. Maya’s sweet and loyal and maybe a bit selfish at times.
Maya and Lochan’s relationship and love is beautifully written. Their feelings come across as real and incredibly deep and it’s almost impossible to think about it as wrong.
I think you, like me, will find yourself rooting for them and wishing something good would happen so they could be together.
I saw the end of the book coming but it still affected me.
Tabitha Suzuma has created a wonderful and intense story about a strong love that blossomed under very disastrous circumstances.
Forbidden is a heartbreaking book that will make you think. Lochan and Maya captured my heart and I believe they will do the same to you.
The book deals with a taboo topic and I know a lot of people will stay away from it because of that but I don’t think the goal of this story is neither to condemn nor to condone a relationship between siblings. Its goal is simply to make you think about why some kinds of love are accepted and others are not.
You should definitely give this book a chance. Go read it!

Rating: Must Read (5 Stars)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
This week I am reading: 
 
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens


"I gestured to Matthias, who, thankfully, had not pulled one of his vanishing acts. He stood with his hands clasped behind his back, his mouth turned up at the edges.
"Honey, I don't see anyone." Marla's voice quavered. She put her arm around me. "Let me help you back to your car."

 What are you reading this week?

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Monday, What are you Reading?




This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi
 
Currently Reading:
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Upcoming:
Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
I had a slow reading list due to college!
What about you? What are you reading and are you enjoying it?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Feature Giveaway #3

You know the third small giveaway I told you about earlier today that's related to the Top Ten Feature? Here are the details:

One winner will win:
One bookmark from CattailCreations.
Here are some examples of what you can win:
Aren't they pretty?

All you have to do to win is participate in the Top Ten Feature going on this blog.
So, if you already filled any of the past weeks forms you have already entered this giveaway. You can also fill in this week's form HERE and earn more extra entries.


Extra entries:
- Be a GFC follower and leave a comment on this post letting me know you follow the blog.
- Be a Twitter follower. (@c_cass189)


This giveaway is opened until Friday (July 1st).

If you already filled a form but are not interested in this giveaway just let me know.

Feature Giveaway Winner

Are you curious to know who the winner of the second feature giveaway is?

Chosen by random.org, the winner is:


 Entry #813: Caroline!


Email starts with carrierules...

Caroline has won a lovely book quote magnet. Congrats! I'll send you an email right now.


I'll post about another small feature giveaway later today so stay tuned! :P
Plus, remember there will be a big giveaway when the Top Ten feature is over.

Top Ten Dynamic Duos and Top Ten Villains

Again, thank you so much for participating last week and letting me know what your Top Ten Book Quotes are.

This week I'll ask you to fill two forms, one for Top Ten Dynamic Duos/BFFS and one for Top Ten Villains. This way, the final feature giveaway will run for two weeks instead of just one.

Schedule:

June 25th: Post about Top Ten Quotes ; Form for Top Ten Dynamic Duos/BFFS and Form for Top Ten Villains
July 2nd:   Post about Top Ten Dynamic Duos/BFFS and Top Ten Villains; Form for Top Ten Book Covers
July 9th   Post about Top Ten Book Covers; Giveaway Announcement
July 23rdWinners Announcement

If you want to participate, fill in this week’s forms. They are open until Friday (July 1st). Remember that by filling the forms you're immediately entering the surprise giveaway!

You’ll notice in the form that you need to tell me at least three of your top choices for the week. That will count as one entry. Extra entries can be won by filling the form with more than just three options or by spreading the word about this feature and giveaway.
 
Good luck and thank you for participating! This is International!

And guess what? I'll be hosting another little feature giveaway this week. 
The big surprise giveaway will only be hosted when this feature ends, though.
If you have filled one of the previous forms or this week's form you're immediately entering the giveaway. I'll let you know all about this giveaway later today!



Top Ten Book Quotes

I know the Book Quotes  form was a difficult one to fill and I'm sure you're curious to see the results.

This post will be a little different because I think we all know it was almost impossible for us all to choose the same quotes, right? Only one quote received more than one vote so that quote will be our number one. 
The other nine numbers will be the books, series or  characters with more quotes nominated.
(Click on the image to be taken to goodreads)


10 - There were a lot of ties for this place so instead of posting all the quotes I'll post a few about books!

  • "A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins." by Charles Lamb

  • "It is a good plan to have a book with you in all places and at all times." by Oliver Wendell Holmes


9 - Dash and Lily's Book ofDares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohen

  • "The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There's no getting over that.

Dash, being the great character that he is, received one vote for character with the best quotes.

 
8 - The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

  • "Right in this moment, I can´t even remember what unhappy feels like." 

Sam received two votes for character with the best quotes!


7 - Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  • “The shit’s gonna splatter, start buggin’, yo.” 

  •  “Life’s a bitch and then one stabs you.” 

  • “Movies. Drinks. Headless chickens. You know, girl stuff.”


6 - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

  • "Okay, God, I thought. Get me out of this and I’ll stop my half-assed church-going ways. You got me past a pack of Strigoi tonight. I mean, trapping that one between the doors really shouldn't have worked, so clearly you're on board. Let me get out of here, and I’ll...I don’t know. Donate Adrian’s money to the poor. Get baptized. Join a convent. Well, no. Not that last one." 

  • "If your eyes weren't open, you wouldn't know the difference between dreaming and waking."

According to you, Rose is one of the characters with the best quotes out there! 


5 - The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

  • “Investigation?" Isabelle laughed. "Now we're detectives? Maybe we should all have code names." "Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein." 

  • "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then." 

Jace received several votes as well! He does have some great quotes!


4 - Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  • "I decided a long as I'm going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly." 

  • "Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me." 

  • "Do I dazzle you?" 

Bella and Jacob received votes for the characters with the best quotes out there.


3 - The Hunger Ganmes by Suzanne Collins

  • "And may the odds be ever in your favor."

  • "You love me. Real or not real?"  I tell him, "Real." 

  • "I don't want to lose the boy with the bread." 

Plus, Katniss received several votes for character with the best quotes.


2 - Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

  • "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." 

  • "I open at the close."

  • "...and either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives..."

  • "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

  • "It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities

Plus, several people voted on Dumbledore and Fred and George!


1 - Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (This is the one quote that received more than one vote!)

  • "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sponsors

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review - Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

Title and Author: Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: February 4th, 2011
Paperback/Hardcover: 337
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal


Summary
A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy


Review:
I first heard about this book a while ago and, at first, wasn’t too interested in it but after reading some reviews I decided to give Wake Unto Me a try. In the end, I really enjoyed the book.
Caitlyn Monahan is a 15 year old girl who feels like she’s different from everyone else. She constantly feels alone and like she is misunderstood. To make her feel even more different, Caitlyn has vivid dreams of the past that seem extremely real to her.
Caitlyn is afraid her parents will think she is crazy and when the opportunity to move to France to attend a private school presents itself, she doesn’t hesitate.
Once she gets to France, Caitlyn starts to dream with a mysterious and extremely cute boy, she’s immediately attracted to.
The book is full of interesting characters especially Caitlyn and Raphael. They are well written and their stories develop nicely. Raphael came off as a really nice guy and who doesn’t like a nice boy? (bad boys are very nice as well! :P)
I liked the fact the romance between Caitlyn and Raphael isn’t immediate. There’s a good buildup of their relationship. They don’t immediately become a couple, which I appreciate.
What I really about this book is all the historical facts. Lisa Cach obviously did her research, which is great.
Another good think about this book is the mystery. You can tell there’s something going on in the castle and in Caitlyn’s dreams and you’ll want to find out what that something is exactly.
All in all, Wake Unto Me is a good book with a ghost story. The mystery and history in the book is interesting and intriguing and Lisa Cach’s writing style is definitely captivating.
I think any Young Adult Paranormal fan will be able to enjoy this book.

Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Guest Post




Today I am very pleased to have Paul Levine, the author of the Jake Lassiter series on my blog.








“PART CON MAN, PART PRIEST” – JAKE LASSITER REVEALS WHO HE IS



“They don’t call us sharks for our ability to swim.”

So says Jake Lassiter in “Flesh & Bones.”  Or rather, he thinks it in interior dialogue, sometimes called interior monologue.  It’s one way to reveal character and answer the reader’s question: Just who is this guy, anyway?

I’ll let Jake answer that question, but first I wanted you to know that the international bestseller “Flesh & Bones” is now an e-book priced for a short time at $0.99, with all proceeds going to Hershey Children’s Hospital for cancer treatment. 

Now back to Jake:  “A good lawyer is part con man, part priest—promising riches, threatening hell.  The rainmakers are the best paid and have coined a remarkably candid phrase: We eat what we kill.” 

The linebacker-turned-lawyer is a brew and burger guy in a paté and Chardonnay world.  Noting the sign over the judge’s bench -- “We who labor here seek only the truth…” -- he  adds his own footnote: “Subject to the truth being concealed by lying witnesses, distorted by sleazy lawyers, and excluded by inept judges.”

In “Flesh & Bones,” Jake’s client, model Chrissy Bernhardt, is accused of killing her father, claiming she had been raped by him as a child.  Jake seethes at hearing this.  Anger is not usually helpful in making important decisions, but with Jake, his fury helps form his legal strategy:

“The male animal.  At the low end of the evolutionary scale, he lords his physical superiority over women, beating and raping.  At the very bottom, this horned beast is the father who would rape his own child.  For a moment, I felt like killing Harry Bernhardt myself.  Which made me think...if I get the jury to feel the same way, maybe I can win this case.”

Complicating the murder trial, Jake falls for his client, while at the same time doubting her truthfulness.  All of which creates an ethical dilemma:

“My ethical rules are simple.  I won't lie to the court or let a client do it.  But I've never been in this position before.  How far would I go for a woman who mattered?  Is there anything I wouldn't do to win?”

Is he defending an innocent woman or a guilty one?  Is there such a thing as true justice?  Rather than answer those questions – and spoil the book! – I’ll leave you with Jake’s final thoughts:

We seek justice in the courthouse, just as we seek holiness in a house of worship.  Justice is an ideal, a vague concept we strive for but can barely define.  Justice is the North Star, the burning bush, the holy virgin.  It cannot be bought, sold, or mass produced.  It is intangible and invisible, but if you are to spend your life in its pursuit, it is best to believe it exists, and that you can attain it.


“Flesh & Bones” and all the Jake Lassiter novels are available on  Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.  More information on Paul Levine’s Website

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's Monday, What are you Reading?



This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
 
Currently Reading:
Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Upcoming:
Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
 
What about you? What are you reading and are you enjoying it?

Review - Flesh and Bones by Paul Levine

Title and Author: Flesh and Bones by Paul Levine 
Publisher:
Publication Date:
Paperback/Hardcover: 337
Genre: Mystery




Summary

"I was sitting at the end of the bar sipping single-malt Scotch - eighteen-year-old Glenmorangie at nine bucks a shot - when I spotted the tall blond woman with the large green eyes and the small gray gun." The next thing linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter knows, the woman pumps three bullets into the man on the next barstool, then collapses into Jake's arms. The woman is the stunning model Chrissy Bernhardt, and the dead man is her millionaire father. Lassiter agrees to defend Chrissy and is soon enmeshed in a world of lies, deceit, and psychological riddles. Under hypnosis, Chrissy claims to remember being sexually abused by her father, but Lassiter suspects that the "recovered memories" were either implanted by a shady psychiatrist or fabricated by Chrissy herself. Lassiter digs deeper and finds a troubling connection between the psychiatrist and the greedy developer Guy Bernhardt, who steals other landowners' water and stands to gain if Chrissy, his half sister, is convicted of murder.



Review:

As a mystery fan, the blurb of this book immediately caught my attention and I’m glad I got to read it.

This is the seventh book in the Jake Lassiter series but you don’t need to read the previous books to understand this one.

The book starts with Jake relaxing in a bar after a day at work. Everything is okay and calm until Chrissy Bernhardt walks in and shoots the man sitting beside Jake. Jake is intrigued and becomes Chrissy’s lawyer. As he studies her case and investigates her past more and more questions arise, complicating her case even more.

Jake needs to find out if Chrissy really is just a victim as she says she is or if she is just a killer. The problem is, he starts to fall in love with her.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and its plot. There are several plot twists that I really enjoyed and surprised me.

Jake is a very good main character. He’s a former linebacker turned lawyer. He’s a good and honest guy.

I didn’t like Chrissy as much as I liked Jake. She seemed just a little too spoiled to me but she’s, obviously, an important character.

All in all Flesh and Bones is an interesting book. Paul Levine was able to create an engaging and complex book.

The book was able to keep me entertained until the end. I think any mystery fan will enjoy this book.



I received this book from Tracee at Pump Up Your Book and Paul Levine in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!



Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)




Saturday, June 18, 2011

Feature Giveaway #2

You know that second small giveaway I told you about earlier today that's related to the Top Ten Feature? Here are the details:

One winner will win:

A choice of one magnet from BookFiend.
Here are some examples of what you can win:
 

Pretty, right?
All you have to do to win is participate in the Top Ten Feature going on this blog.
So, if you already filled any of the past weeks forms you have already entered this giveaway. You can also fill in this week's form HERE and earn more extra entries.


Extra entries:
- Be a GFC follower and leave a comment on this post letting me know you follow the blog.
- Be a Twitter follower. (@c_cass189)


This giveaway is opened until Friday (June 24th).

If you already filled a form but are not interested in this giveaway just let me know.

Top Ten Book Quotes

So many posts today!
Again, thank you so much for participating last week and letting me know who your Top Ten Couples and Top Ten Love Triangles are. 

This week I'll ask you to let me know what your favorite book quotes are. I know this is a difficult form to fill so if you can't think of your favorite quotes, just tell me what characters you think have the best quotes out there.

Schedule:

June 18th: Post about Top Ten Couples and Top Ten Love Triangles; Form for Top Ten Book Quotes
June 25th: Post about Top Ten Quotes ; Form for Top Ten Dynamic Duos/BFFS
July 2nd:   Post about Top Ten Dynamic Duos/BFFS; Form for Top Ten Book Covers
July 9th   Post about Top Ten Book Covers; Form for Top Ten Villains
July 16th:  Post about Top Ten Villains; Giveaway Announcement
July 23rdWinners Announcement

If you want to participate, fill in this week’s form. It is open until Friday (June 24th). Remember that by filling the form you're immediately entering the surprise giveaway!

You’ll notice in the form that you need to tell me at least three of your top choices for the week. That will count as one entry. Extra entries can be won by filling the form with more than just three options or by spreading the word about this feature and giveaway.
 
Good luck and thank you for participating! This is International!

And guess what? I've you've been participating in this feature I'll be hosting a little giveaway this week. 
The big surprise giveaway will only be hosted when this feature ends, though.
If you have filled one of the previous forms or this week's form you're immediately entering the giveaway. I'll let you know all about this giveaway later today!