Saturday, June 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is one of my favorite memes, mostly because I love looking at what books other people got.  This meme is responsible for probably 2/3 of my TBR list. Its hosted by The Story Siren.

Hi all!! So I'm back from my very long hiatus.  I'm trying to catch up with all the reading that I didn't do in the last 8 months or so (yikes!).  So because it has been a while....I went a little overboard this week.  I borrowed and bought waaay too many books.  (I still have MANY MANY MAAANNNY books that I haven't read yet sitting on my bookshelf and kindle.  Good thing its summer :)

So here are the books I borrowed from the library.  There were a bunch more, but I had to cancel my hold on them when I remembered that I'm going back to New Jersey (home) in 3 weeks.  There is no way I would have been able to take on a heavier load of books.  It was sad clicking cancel on the library website :(  I was number 4 on the wait list for Grave Mercy.  Most of the hard copy books I purchased at a used book store I found near me (I got a little carried away haha).

The Library:  
Are You There Vodka?  It's Me, Chelsea. by Chelsea Handler- Goodreads | Amazon
Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel- Goodreads | Amazon
One For The Money (Stephanie Plum #1)  by Janet Evanovich- Goodreads | Amazon
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell- Goodreads | Amazon
Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by Colleen Houck- Goodreads | Amazon
The Shy Duchess by Amanda McCabe- Goodreads | Amazon
The Host (The Host #1) by Stephenie Meyer- Goodreads | Amazon

(Hard Copy)
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton- Goodreads | Amazon
Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy #1) by Kate Mosse- Goodreads | Amazon
The Russian Concubine (The Russian Concubine #1) by Kate Furnivall- Goodreads | Amazon
Everlasting by Kathleen E Woodiwiss- Goodreads | Amazon
To Tame A Highland Warrior (Highlander #2) by Karen Marie Moning- Goodreads | Amazon
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers #3) by Sarah MacLean- Goodreads | Amazon

Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy #1) by Karice Bolton- Goodreads | Amazon (free)
Turned (The Vampire Journals #1) by Morgan Rice- Goodreads | Amazon (free)
The Mind Readers (Mind Readers #1) by Lori Brighton- Goodreads | Amazon (free)
Falling Star by Diana Dempsey- Goodreads | Amazon (free)
Shadow of the Sun (Timeless #1) by Laura Kreitzer- Goodreads | Amazon (free)
Exiled (Immortal Essence #1) by RaShelle Workman- Goodreads | Amazon (free)
Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls #1) by Jessica Sorensen- Goodreads | Amazon
Glamorous Illusions (Grand Tour Series #1) by Lisa T. Bergren- Goodreads | Amazon

For Review:
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa- Goodreads | Amazon
House of Night #1 (House of Night: The Graphic Novel #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast- Goodreads | Amazon

I've already started catching up on other blog posts and will keep reading through them (and adding more and more books to my never ending TBR list).  Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

What's your IMM?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review: Evermore by Alyson Noel

Title:  Evermore
Author:  Alyson Noel
The Immortals #1
ISBN: 9780312532758
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date:  
February 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance/YA
Pages: 306
Rating: 3 kisses

Excerpt | Author’s Website 

Synopsis (From Goodreads):  Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . .

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

My Reveries and Ramblings:  I first read Evermore over a year ago. I recently re-read it to write this review. I feel the same way now as I did last year: I liked it, but nothing really popped out at me. I’m not sure why but lately I find that I get very annoyed with the I-just-met-you,-now-I’m-in-love theme that is so popular among YA books. It doesn’t really happen that way in real life. This book had that, even though Ever does try to avoid Damen. That was pretty much the main issue I had with Evermore.
     What I did like though was Ever’s friend Miles. He reminded me of one of my best friends. They could be the same person. I also really liked Ever’s ability to read auras. I would LOVE to have some ability like that. I just wanted to scream at her when she was trying to block it out and refused to get help, especially when she had multiple chances to harness it. I felt like I spent the majority of the book mentally yelling at her. She kept making one bad or selfish decision after another; and it drove me crazy!
     Now onto Damen. As the love interest, he wasn’t very swoonworthy. Maybe I’ve just read to many Twilight-esque books (don’t get me wrong I love Twilight…), but I’m seriously getting tired of the same old same old. Perfect guy with no real flaws swoops in and spends his days pining over the girl (but not in a pathetic way). He was sweet and of course, drop-dead-gorgeous but I found his “mysterious” actions to be very predictable. Also, I really wish he had more personality. Hopefully in the next books his character is explored more.
     Even though I had some issues with the book, I still liked it. It’s about past lives! That’s enough to get me to like pretty much any book. I will continue to read the series (hopefully they do get better). The last book or two look really good. I give it 3 kisses.

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