Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Monthly Book Giveaway


March is full of bookish awesome, and my Blogoversary is also this month. So, rather than one winner getting one book, I'm gonna have two winners get two books...Yay!! Good luck my lovely followers and THANKS for seeing me through my first bloggin year!!
(I hope to pull together another giveaway at some point this month so keep an eye out for that)

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter
The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine #3) by Bree Despain
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Dark Eyes by William Richter
Fury (Mercy #4) by Rebecca Lim
Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Enter using Rafflecopter below
*must be 13 years of age or older
*open wherever the Book depository ships
*Reads With Wreckless Abandon is not responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Love the cover and love the synopsis, this is gonna be a good one.

Author: Emily Hainsworth
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Published By: Balzer + Bray

A romantic sci-fi thriller about love and second chances. 

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the pain meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv. 

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become, and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.

Through To You

Basically the cover is freakin gorgeous, the red just jumps out and screams "you want to read me!!"

Title: Breathless
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Published By: Crescent Moon Press

Obituary-reading emo girl Edith Small is broken - the end result of forcing herself inside a mold that doesn't fit. All she wants is to conform to her strict sergeant stepfather's rules long enough to make it to graduation day. 

But a boat accident threatens to unravel the life Edith has worked so hard to keep. After waking up in a hospital with a lacerated shoulder, Edith fakes amnesia. Because admitting she received her injuries from a blue-haired girl who breathes underwater is all the reason Sir needs to send Edith on the first bus to military school. 

Safe at home, Edith struggles to put the nightmare behind her. But the mysterious creatures that live in the ocean aren't about to let her forget. 

After meeting Bastin - a strange boy with silver hair and black eyes - on a secluded dock, Edith learns about the war raging undersea to end human existence. A war that Edith, unwittingly, has become the key to winning. 

In a world where death is an ever-present shadow and motives are as dark as the bottom of the ocean, Edith must decide if her life is worth risking for a love that can't survive past the shore.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Hitting The Shelf {6}

Tons of books out this week, I'm pretty excited for all of them!!

February 28
Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2) by Amanda Hocking
A Touch Morbid (A Touch Trilogy #2) by Leah Clifford
When The Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

March 1
The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5) by Aimee Carter
Night Sky by Jolene Perry
The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumethal
Perception (Clarity #2) by Kim Harrington

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

Only a few books this week but they're good ones, I may have pet Born Wicked for a little while ;)

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
New Girl by Paige Harbison

For review, Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire!

Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1) by Jessica Shirvington

Whats in your mailbox?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly hop hosted by Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read

This weeks question is:
Q: Activity!!! Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most…

I would totally do this but it's winter and I'm currently hibernating. My fav place to read is at the beach where I can soak up two of my fav things, Sun and, books. Other than that I read wherever I can get comfortable. And if the book is really good that could literally be anywhere. I've stood in the middle of my kitchen for 30 mins before because I wasn't willing to take my eyes off the page long enough to figure out which direction I should head in to avoid stubbed toes and a wall flattened face. I will however give you a random beach pic I found on the web, best I can do. In the winter I don't go out unless it 's life or death. 

ugh, hurry up summer I'm getting antsy!!

Leave a link to your FF post, and have a wicked weekend =D

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Matched Review

Title: Matched (Matched #1) 
Author: Ally Condie
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Published By: Dutton
Format: Hardcover, 366 pages

*Borrowed from library*

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. 

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts
Matched just didn't do it for me, mostly due to pacing but also my frustration with the absolute lack of free will in the society and Cassia's reluctance to come to terms with that. When I started the book I was really intrigued by the Matching ceremony and the TOTAL control the Society has over it's people. It was hard to fathom living somewhere that absolutely everything is monitored and decided for you. This is what kept me reading.
Cassia bored me a bit at first and then she became outright frustrating. Throughout the book she  slowly realizes that strict rules and regulations the Society enforce may not be the right way to live, yet she consistently makes excuses for them. Though she does finally make a the right choice the amount of time it took her to get there was annoying. 
Ky, I loved. He learned the best way to stay off the radar and he followed through. When his feelings toward Cassia ruined that he didn't agonize over it the way she did. He made his choice and stuck to it, never second guessing himself. Plus, how can you not love a guy who's been through as much as he has and not turned into a bitter bastard.
The pace killed me it was without a doubt the low point, this book could probably be cut down 50 pages and still tell the same story. Some parts were so slow I'd read a page, set the book down for an hour and try again.  The romance was the high point. It was so sweet and tender, Ky and Cassia's stolen moments made my heart swell like crazy. These were the parts of the book that had a poetic beauty to them, the way Cassia describes how Ky makes her feel totally made me melt.
Matched had it's ups and downs, some may love it, some may hate it, I just like it. 3 out of 5.

Matched (Matched, #1)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

This has a crazy intriguing premise and I can't wait to see how it plays out, it doesn't hurt that the cover rocks either ;)

Title: What's Left of Me (Hybrid #1)
Author: Kat Zhang
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Published By: HarperTeen

NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy. 

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart? 

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

What's Left of Me (Hybrid, #1)

Just finished Obsidian last week, and it was STEAMY, so naturally I really want to see what happens next with Daimon and Katy.

Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date:  August 14, 2012
Published By: Entagled Teen

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… 

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard. 

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem… 

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s. 

But then everything changes… 

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? 

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

Onyx (Lux, #2)

What are you waiting on?

Monday, 20 February 2012

Hitting The Shelf {5}

More serious awesome out this week. It's depressing to think about all the books you want to read, how fast they come out and the fact that I'm not rich enough to own them all, Gah! It's a vicious circle. I've been dying for A Beautiful Evil though, so I'll definitely be picking that one up this week.

February 21
Double by Jenny Valentine / Hyperion
Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano /  Simon & Schuster
Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout /  Entangled Publishing
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg  / Penguin
Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr / HarperCollins
A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2) by Kelly Keaton / Simon Pulse

Sunday, 19 February 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

I only gave myself 20 bucks to spend this week so I hit Amazon, and got some awesome deals on Kindle books ;)

Exiled (Immoratl Essence #1) by RaShelle Workman
Destiny Binds (Timber Wolves Trilogy #1) by Tammy Blackwell
Time Mends (Timber Wolves Trilogy #2) by Tammy Blackwell
Sleight (AVRA-K #1) by Jennifer Sommersby
PineLight by Jillian Peery
Existence (Existence Trilogy #1) by Abbi Glines
Touch  (Denazen #1)by Jus Accardo
Verity (Cursed #1) by Claire Farrell

I went to a new library yesterday and it was AWESOME.  My old library only had like one shelf in their teen section this was much bigger. I had to force myself to take it easy and only get five books.

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie
Ash by Malinda Lo
The Name of The Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson
Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
Clarity (Clarity #1) by Kim Harrington

What's in your mailbox??

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read

This weeks question is:

Q: BeefcakeandBabes Asks: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What’s the most unique character name you’ve come across?

I just finished Immortal Darkness by Cate Tiernan (which was awesome) and her leads name is Nastasya, but her friends call her Nasty...need I say more? As for original and cool, the protag in Daughter of Smoke and Bone's name is Karou, which I thought was a pretty cool name.  That's about it, with all the books I read I'm finding it hard to remember names lol.

Leave a link to your post and I'll be sure to follow back =D

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Brightest Kind of Darkness Review

Author: P.T. Michelle
Publication Date: June 27, 2011
Published By: Self Published
Format: Kindle

*I purchased this book*

Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore. 

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate. 

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

My Thoughts
If you're a YA PNR lover but your bored with the mediocrity of the genre's recent additions this will restore your faith. Brightest Kind of darkness is a well crafted paranormal romance with a refreshing and original plot, I couldn't get enough.
Throughout the book there is a deep sense of mystery and otherworldliness, there were parts of the book that gave me chills and it wasn't from something in your face scary, just wrong.  The story unraveled at a steady pace, with new surprises and developments around every corner. I kept thinking I had all the info but more crazy would happen. Ethan and Nara kept their wits about them pretty well considering, I'd have run screaming for the hills.
Nara has a lot of beleivability to her character, she is very "teen". A lot of times you get 30 year old mind in a 16 year olds body. It was great to  see the value Nara puts on her family and her ties to them. She has a close relationship with her Aunt and actively tries to strengthen the bond with her mom through the entire story. No parents getting axed in the first chapter. Ethan is absolutely drool-worthy. He seems the typical tall, dark and broody boy with a shady past and  I was pleasantly surprised by his sensitive streak,. He's very supportive of Nara and encourages her to take control of her life.
I was consumed by this book and hungry for more, I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment Lucid. 5 out of 5.

Brightest Kind of Darkness

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Wildfire was one of my favourite covers last year, this one totally rocks too!

Title: Embers and Echoes (Wildfire #2) 
Author: Karsten Knight
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Published By: Simon & Schuster

No summary yet

Embers and Echos wildefire 2

This has a way cool cover and sounds like one of those heart pounding, on the run books, so I definitely want to read it.

Title: ExtraNormal (ExtraNormal #1)
Author: Suze Reese
Publication Date: April 5, 2012
Published By: Valarian Press

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without words. And she's really, really far from home. Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she's supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone wants to force her return. Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Hitting The Shelf {4}

Another week of bookish awesome!!

February, 14
Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles #1) by Alex Flinn
The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by Kai Meyer
The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2) by Caitlin Kittredge
Because of Low by Abbie Glines
Falling In Between (Falling #1) by Devon Ashley

February, 16
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Sunday, 12 February 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

Bought this week
Wish I had waited a bit longer before buying Obsidian, the new covers are awesome

Exile (Mercy #2) by Rebecca Lim
Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennfier L. Armentrout
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs

For review from the publisher via NetGalley, Thanks Harlequin Teen and Random House

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown
Spellcaster (Spellbound #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz

Won from Brett @ Demons Read Too
It's my first audiobook, so I'm pretty excited about this one ;)

Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross

What's in your mailbox?

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The spine

Maggie Stiefvater revealed the cover for her new book on her web site earlier this week and I was SO excited, so I had to feature it for WOW.  I really can't wait for this one eeeep!!

Title: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Published By: Scholastic

Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boysintroduces readers to Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart. 

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there—known as Raven Boys—can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong.

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)

This one has a fab cover, and it's about the granddaughter of two Celtic Goddesses, I'm really hoping one of them is Morrigan. There really should be more stories about her, she totally kicks ass!

Title: Entasy
Author: Brynn Meyers
Publication Date: June 2012

Kylah is the granddaughter of two Celtic goddesses but due to a tragedy Kylah's memories were taken to protect her. She has no idea who she really is but soon she will find out...soon she will have to confront her past in order to save her future.

What are you waiting on?