Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part I Trailer

Check out the Breaking Dawn official trailer! To tell you the truth, I only watch these movies because I love the books. I actually do not like the movies at all, but I will always go to the theater to see them. Anyway, after watching the teaser trailer for Breaking Dawn Part I, I was a bit surprised. The way it was cut made it look like a parody. I mean really! The trailer music did not fit with all the make-out scenes. When they did bother to add an action scene it was more like a bitch-slap scene (with one slap). By the end of the trailer, I was in tears I was laughing so hard. But this full theatrical trailer, is so much better. And from what I've seen in the trailer, the acting has improved, which is good.
What do you think?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Illuminated
Author: Erica Orloff
ISBN: 978-0142413760
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: December 8, 2011

From Goodreads: An epic romance full of mysteries that transcend time—fans of Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife will rejoice! 

Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

My Reveries and Ramblings: The cover is GORGEOUS!  I just love it! Anything Romeo and Juliet related gets an automatic place on my list.  Although, this looks like it is so much more than a star-crossed lovers story.  So excited.

What are you waiting on?

Monday, September 12, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward


From Goodreads: Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to
save him.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
ISBN: 978-0007428267

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books

 Release Date: September 13, 2011

From Goodreads:
      It's about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that's not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who's ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she'd rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf ... one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You'd think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn't you?

But no. Their biggest problem -- though they don't know it yet -- is that they're aboard the RMS Titanic.

My Reveries and Ramblings: Titanic love story; Check! Paranormal Romance; Check! Historical Romance; Check! I can't find anything to dislike about this book. It has everything I could ever want and more. I seriously hope this book is just as epically romantic as Titanic (the movie).

What are you waiting on?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Book Review: Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren + Giveaway!

Title: Torrent
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Series: River of Time #3
ISBN: 978-1434764294
Publisher: David C. Cook
Pub. Date: September 1, 2011
Source: Publisher/Author
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance/Christian Fiction
Pages: 388
Rating: 5 Kisses

Synopsis (from Goodreads): When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series. 

Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times. But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

My Reveries and Ramblings: Right now, there are 2 types of people in the world: 1) those who have read The River of Time series and 2) those who have never read it. If you are in that second group, then please do, these books are epic.

(SPOILER ALERT=some spoilers)

Okay, now for those of you in that first group, get ready to feel like you will burst from all of the emotional energy you will have while reading this book. It is pure epicness.
      Even though the central goal in the beginning is to get Fortino back. That is just a small battle in the whole war. Actually this book made me realize how big this really was. In Waterfall, we aren’t really aware of just how high the stakes are raised, everything is tense, but life does go on. In Cascade, we are made aware of the waging war, but it still doesn’t hit us. It’s not until book three, Torrent, that we fully acknowledge the scale.
      In Waterfall, Gabi is brought into the past, unprepared, and even a bit naive (not much though). Throughout Waterfall and Cascade she learns that in order to survive and protect the ones she loves, she has to make choices and sacrifices. Almost every one of them are not easy. Most are dangerous and life threatening. But through all these experiences she learns that life is short, and is meant to be lived. Gabi is tested, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In Torrent, Gabi starts to feel the stress from everything she has done. All the exertion, all the fighting, everything pushes her to her limits.
      What I love most about this series is Ms. Bergren’s ability to really pull the reader into the book. Every chapter had me screaming, crying, smiling, and jumping out of my seat. I started this book while on a plane and I think the kid sitting next to me thought I was crazy. I was so into this book that I completely forgot where I was and started tearing up, making exclamations out loud, and moving around in my seat when the energy from all the suspense was too much to take sitting still. There were so many of these moments throughout the book, that it never lags. The pace is perfect!
       Another reason why I love this series, is the characters. All the characters grow and change throughout the books. As a reader, we are only keyed into Gabi’s thoughts and feelings. Like every normal teenager, she is constantly questioning everything: her faith, her relationships, her morals, etc. Ms. Bergren takes the reader on the adventure with Gabi, which is so cool!
       The Plot: Ms. Bergren doesn’t disappoint at all. After reading Waterfall, I had no clue how Cascade would hold up. Well, it exceeded all my expectations and more. Then, I began to feel the same about Torrent. How would this epic series end? With a bang? Or with disappointment? I was seriously hoping to love the ending. And….I DID! I was constantly left guessing what would happen next; Torrent was completely unpredictable. In fact, when books get too suspenseful, I usually end up sneaking a peak at the end (please don’t yell at me!). It took everything, and I mean everything, I had not to do this. I love this series too much, to ruin it for myself.
      The action, was a huge bonus in this book. Seriously, it is action-packed up until the very end. I’m not exaggerating. Just when you think its all over, its not. Which is GREAT!
Now onto our swoon-worthy heroes.
      Dear Marcello, ahhh, my love. I love him! I do, but about half-way through, I decided to accept the fact that Marcello and Gabi were made for each other. So my sights moved onto Greco. Oh My Gosh! Lord Greco is now my favorite swoon-worthy Italian man in this series. He completely shocked me with his loyalty. I didn’t really like him in Cascade, but I loved him in Torrent. And now I’m gushing just thinking about him. Ahhh.
     Ms. Bergren, you are my hero! I love this series. In fact, the second I finished Torrent, I said “This series is better than Twilight!” (Please Twi-hards, don’t kill me!) I love Twilight, but the writing, plot, characters, and setting of The River of Time series were all so much better. This series is definitely one of my favorite series EVER. I can’t recommend this these books enough! It deserves 5 BILLION Kisses!

BIG Thank-you to Ms. Bergren and David C. Cook for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Because I want EVERYONE to read this series, I’m doing a giveaway.
  • ONE winner 
  • Prize: Pick ONE of the books in the River of Times series + signed bookmark 
  • Ends September 23, 2011 
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Previous Books: Waterfall | Cascade

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Releases: Week of 08/28/11

Here are some awesome books coming out this week that I'm VERY excited to read.  

Title: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star
Author: Heather Lynn Rigaud
ISBN: 978-1402257810
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: September 1, 2011 (Thursday)

From Goodreads:  Darcy's as hot as he is talented...
Fast music, powerful beats, and wild reputations-on and off stage-have made virtuoso guitarist Fitzwilliam Darcy's band into rock's newest bad boys. But they've lost their latest opening act, and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster. Now Darcy and bandmates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam are about to meet their match...
But she's about to rock his world...
Enter Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent star of girl-band Long Borne Suffering. Elizabeth, her sister Jane, and friend Charlotte Lucas have talent to spare and jump at the opening band slot. Elizabeth is sure she's seen the worst the music industry has to offer. But as the days and nights heat up, it becomes clear that everyone is in for a summer to remember.

Title: Torrent
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Series: River of Time #3
ISBN: 978-1434764294
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: September 1, 2011 (Thursday)

From Goodreads: When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series.  Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times. But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Glimpse of The Hunger Games Movie!!!

Soooo, I didn't watch the VMAs.  But I did hear that a glimpse of the Hunger Games movie was going to be played during it so I youtubed it (gotta love youtube!)  Anyway, I though that I would share it with you, in case you also missed it.  So here ya go!

CAN'T WAIT!   Loved the book.  I really hope the movie is just as amazing!

Are you excited?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review: Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Again the Magic
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Wallflowers #0.5 (Prequel)
ISBN: 978-0380811083
Publisher: Avon
Pub. Date: February 2004
Source: Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 391
Rating: 5 Kisses

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  She gave him her innocence . . .Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable -- John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside . . . an exile from London society . . .and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned -- more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll . . . or risk everything for his first, and only, love.

My Reveries and Ramblings:  When Aline and McKenna’s feelings are discovered by her father, he threatens McKenna’s very existence if Aline ever sees him again. In order to protect him, Aline convinces  McKenna that she does not love him, hoping he will never return to Stony Cross.  After he leaves, Aline descends into a depression that is followed by a terrible accident that leaves Aline with scars on her legs.  Twelve years later, McKenna returns to Stony Cross from America, where he became one of the nouveaux riches, to take his revenge on Aline for all the pain and heartache he caused her.  Aline realizing his intentions decides to ride it out until he goes back to New York.   This plan fails however when both McKenna and Aline start to fall for each other again.  But Aline can never be with him, for she is not only a spinster, but also damaged.
         I don’t think I’ve ever cried, or even teared up while reading a romance novel, before reading Again the Magic.  Here we have two characters who are obviously in love with each other, but refuse to acknowledge it, and instead spend almost 400 pages fighting it.   The book begins with Aline and McKenna in their late teens, already in love.  Life is good.  Well, except for the fact that Aline is the daughter of the cold and malevolent Lord Westcliff, and that McKenna is only a footman.  After years of resenting, no that is not strong enough, hating is a better word; after spending years hating Aline, he starts to unwind when he realizes that Aline never married or slept with anyone.  This sends his plan to “break her” out the window.  Aline on the other hand, doesn’t mind McKenna’s efforts at hurting her.  In fact, she welcomes them because they allow her to feel after years of being numb.  This entire book had me screaming “Just say it!”  It was like McKenna and Aline decided to be stubborn and thick-headed at the exact same time.  And this is what created the tension throughout the novel.  All of these scenes led up to an amazing tear-filled ending that any fan of romance will LOVE. 
         This novel deals mostly with Aline and McKenna’s story but it also includes Livia, Aline’s sister, and Mr. Shaw’s, McKenna’s business partner, story.  This one was also cute.  Of course, not as much drama as the main love story, but still a bit dramatic.
         For a historical romance, this was fantastic.  It was an emotional, film-worthy story that will have you rushing to the bookstore wanting more of this series.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blog Hop (15)

Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop is a great networking opportunity for book bloggers hosted by Crazy-for-Books.

This Week's Question:  Non-book related this week!! Do you have pets?

My Answer:  YES!  I have the CUTEST dog!  She is an English Pointer named Dixie.  

Isn't she cute?

Dixie decided to take a nap on my bed at home as I was packing
(notice the pile of clothes?)


Do you have any pets?

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