Friday, December 13, 2013

Viral Nation

Title: Viral Nation
Author: Shaunta Grimes
Rating: 5/5

Description: After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.   Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.   When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.
My Review: Even with how long it took me to read this... the story was actually really good. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Interesting idea and concept and 'real' characters. Clover is so real with her problems and how they used them. This story is about an outbreak that kills off a lot of people but with a bit of time travel in it too. Awesome story!

The Trap

Title: The Trap
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Rating: 4/5

Description: The final installment in the terrifying dystopian vampire series.
My Review: The ending left me like daybreakers (movie) did. Empty. I was enjoying it till the end and then I was like WTF? I was loving the characters and then things left me feeling like a void... or numb- no emotion at all. :( I would have given it a 5 but that ending!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Title: Bastion
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Rating: 5/5

Description: Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings--his included--about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere--why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along. With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster's chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected.

My Review: This was by far the best book of this series, a lot of questions were answered about Mags past and parents. And also he got more to chew about in the end. I can't wait to see what happens with Mags and his friends next if there is another book... Forever a Mags Fan!

Bunches and Bunches of Manga

Title: Mamotte! Lollipop 1
Description: BOY CRAZY Junior high schooler Nina is ready to fall in love. She’s looking for a boy who’s cute and sweet–and strong enough to support her when the chips are down. But what happens when Nina’s dream comes true . . . twice? One day, two cute boys literally fall from the sky: they’re both wizards and they’ve come to the Human World to take the Magic Exam. The boys’ success on this test depends on protecting Nina from evil, so now Nina has a pair of cute magical boys chasing her everywhere she goes! One of these wizards just might be the boy of her dreams . . . but which one?
My Review: This is a very cute, fast moving manga which I grabbed to fill in space between reading novels :)


Title: Twilight v.2
Description: Check out what happens when you line up the covers of The Twilight: Graphic Novel Volume 1 with the newly released image of Volume 2. What do you think of the art by Young Kim picking up on Stephenie Meyer’s description? Do you like the idea of the meadow scene being on the cover?
My review: Yawn... I think I'm over this now.

Title: Full Moon wo Sagashite v.1
Description:  A bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy, and aspirations of pop-star fame. A spark of hope ignites to a blaze in twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama's life when a comical pair of magical beings appears to prove to her that dreams really do come true. Young Mitsuki loves singing and dreams of becoming a pop star. Unfortunately, a malignant tumor in her throat prevents her from pursuing her passion. However, her life turns around when two surprisingly fun-loving harbingers of death appear to grant Mitsuki a temporary reprieve from her illness and give her singing career a magical push start.
My Review: Hmmm it was exactly like the anime I watched years ago :))

Title: Bakuman v.1
Description: R to L (Japanese Style). Is becoming a successful manga artist an achievable dream or just one big gamble? Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world? Moritaka is hesitant to seriously consider Akito's proposal because he knows how difficult reaching the professional level can be. Still, encouragement from persistent Akito and motivation from his crush push Moritaka to test it
My Review: Liked it!

Title: Toradora! Vol. 1
Description: Guy likes one girl, tho that girl doesn't know it. But another girl does... but same goes with that girl. But tempers get in the way. Tehe.
My review: I liked it!


Title: Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries, v.1-2
Description: Lizzie Newton, a young upper crust lady with a budding career as a mystery writer, is expected to know her place in Victorian society. Her father has arranged for her to marry the handsome Edwin White, who has put his rising career as a lawyer on hold to prove his love to Lizzie. While the headstrong Lizzie tolerates earnest Edwin, she is not yet ready to accept him as her fiance. Besides, Lizzie is distracted by something far more important: an apparent suicide has occurred in the manor, and Lizzie is ready to solve her first real life murder case!
My review: This was a fun read!


Title: Model v.1-2
Description: A lifetime of deceit and pain is exposed to Jae! The truth about Adrian is revealed...but what will it mean for Ken? And as for Michael, the years of loneliness and emptiness have taken their toll. Can he allow himself to hope for something more with Jae--or will this truly be the end of it all? The final volume of Model will reveal everything!
My review: Didn't like the story much. Or the artwork.


Title: My Boyfriend is a .... v.7-8
Volume 7 Description: Serena Stevens is already popular in her new school in the tiny Texas town of Rojo—so popular she has two guys interested in her. Self-assured Lance is a football star, and introverted Cam is an intellectual who gets nervous just working with her on their English project about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . In a town with a single-minded obsession with football, Lance is a great catch, but there's something unique about Cam. Between the two of them, Serena has the perfect boyfriend . . . if she can figure out how to keep them apart. Soon there's much more to worry about when two cheerleaders go missing. Serena starts to wonder: could one of the guys be responsible? Appearances might be deceiving . . . and who will Serena end up with when things come to a boil?
Volume 8 Description: Life isn't exactly paradise for aspiring comic book artist Morning Glory Conroy. Anxious about an upcoming comics festival and worried about her best friend Julia's deteriorating home life, Glory has enough to juggle without also being swept off her feet by the guy Julia likes. But Gabriel is the answer to every girl's prayers: sweet, full of wonder at the world, and divinely handsome. But does he count as a real boyfriend if his overbearing guardian forbids even kissing? Not to mention the added complication of his mischievous cousin Luci trailing Glory's every move just to cause trouble. Glory is in for a startling revelation when she discovers Gabriel's true identity—and learns that their romance has distracted him from an important mission. Will it take a miracle to sort out this mess, or can Glory move heaven and earth to help the people she loves?
My review: Both enjoyable.

Title: Maoh v.1-2
Description: R to L (Japanese Style). What do you do when the city's savior is actually a devil in disguise...? Ando is a high schooler who posses the ability to force others to vocalize his thoughts. As a child he was shunned and ridiculed for this ability, and so he quickly learned to suppress it. But now, despite all his effort to act normal and fit in, he's dragged into a situation that forces him to reawaken his gift. The catalyst is the actions of a group called “Grasshopper,” lead by a charismatic and mysterious young man, Inukai. Grasshopper portraysitself as a civic group, but the events Ando witnesses point at something far more disturbing. As the organization grows in strength and numbers, Ando begins a dangerous shadow game to check Inukai's plans.
My review: Interesting... wish my library had more of the story!

Title: Rin-ne  v.1
Description: Reads R to L (Japanese Style). As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma's home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura's has been empty since the start of the school year, then one day her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, and he's far more than what he seems!After school one day, Rinne helps Sakura deal with the ghost of a boy who has a crush on her. Rinne it seems, knows just how to handle such ghosts, and has the skills and tools to properly dispatch them to the afterife (for a small fee of course). Sakura starts to learn more about her mysterious classmate, and her curiosity about Rinne draws her deeper into the amazing world between life and death.
My review: Another Inuyasha like characters... but its from the same artist :)

Title: Pretty Face v.1-2
Description: He wanted to be her boyfriend... He'll settle for being her twin sister! When his school bus crashes, teenage karate star Rando is sent into a coma. A year later he wakes up to find that his disfigured face has been reconstructed in the image of his secret crush, Rina! Not knowing what Rando originally looked like, the mad plastic surgeon Dr. Manabe used a photo in Rando's pocket as the model for his reconstructive surgery. Abandoned by his friends and parents, the all-new Rando is mistaken for his would-be girlfriend's long-lost twin sister and adopted into her family. Can he put aside his feelings and be a good "big sister" to Rina...when he's still a teenage boy from the waist down?
My review: This manga made me laugh out loud a lot :)

Beautiful Creatures (Manga)

Title: Beautiful Creatures (Manga)                                                                                
By: Kami Garcia (Author), Margaret Stohl (Author), Cassandra Jean (Artist)
Rating: 4/5
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Review: art is different but now I want to read the novel :) Sometime next year I'll pick up the novel version and I'll have a review between the two!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Title: Frozen
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Rating: 3 stars

Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.

My Review:
I like the concept and characters of this story but the beginning is so slow getting into it and the end is rushed! *sighs*

Some Creepy Kid's Books!

Title: Cinderella Skeleton
Author: Robert D. San Souci
Rating: 4 stars

Meet Cinderella Skeleton, as sweetly foul as only a ghoul can be. Poor Cinderella has no one to help her hang the cobwebs and arrange dead flowers--certainly not her evil stepsisters. But the Halloween Ball is just around the corner. . . . Will Cinderella find happiness at last?

My Review:
very cute... but twisted lol

Title: Creepy Carrots
Author: Aaron Reynolds
Rating: 3 stars

The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League. He eats them walking home. Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?      Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.

My Review:
This story is about a rabbit who likes to eat carrots at one farm and then the carrots have this plan to stop the rabbit... its a very short book!

Title: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Author: Tim Burton
Rating: 5 stars

In this beloved picture book that could only come from the visionary mind of author and illustrator TIM BURTON, we meet Jack Skellington-- a well-intentioned inhabitant of Halloweenland. Jack is bored of "the scaring, the terror, the fright....tired of being something that goes bump in the night". And so, in an effort to bring to joy to his town, Jack kidnaps Santa and takes his place as the jolly old elf. But instead of bringing joy to the world Jack, who is a little more than a grinning skeleton, brings fear by delivering creepy toys and riding a sleigh carried by skeletal reindeer. Only through a number of things going horribly wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of Christmas.

My Review:
I LOVE this book, music and movie... LOVE!

Awaken Me Darkly

Title: Awaken Me Darkly
Author: Gena Showalter
Rating: 5 stars

BuddyReads & M.A.D.I.O.A.S

Futuristic Romance. As head of the Chicago Police Department's Alien Investigation and Removal Agency (A.I.R.), alien huntress Mia Snow tracks down and eliminates "other-worlders," particularly the dangerous Arcadians. While on the hunt for an Arcadian serial killer who targets human men, Mia's partner is attacked. Desperate to save his life, Mia approaches the only being who can heal him, Arcadian Kyrin en Arr. Unfortunately, Kyrin is also the brother of Mia's prime suspect. Gritty and suspenseful, Awaken Me Darkly kicks off the Alien Huntress series, which continues with Enslave Me Sweetly.

My Review:
Wow, Idk why I didn't read this sooner. I enjoyed every moment of this sassy hunter's story. And read this mostly in one night. This was a Buddy Read, plus a BoTm from a group. I plan to read more of this series. Also this book will be part of my 12X12 challenge.

The Dark Unwinding

Title: The Dark Unwinding
Author: Sharon Cameron
Rating: 5 stars

A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance! When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.

My Review:
First Steampunk book for 13X13 Challenge... I loved the story twists. I didn't know who was the bad guy until he pounced on the story. Plus I thought it was going to turn into a ghost story :)). Katherine is so level-headed for a girl her age its crazy but not that type of crazy. This was my first book by Sharon... and I can't wait to read book 2- which I got from Netgalley so soon I'll finish that. Lovely book!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Title: Unfed
Author: Kirsty McKay
Rating:  3/5

The good news: Bobby survived her Undead school trip... Bad news: her best mate, Smitty, is missing. Bobby knows she's got to find him even if it means risking it all and going out into the starving-zombie-infested wastelands again. Even if it means taking fellow survivors including a couple of old frenemies along for the ride. And even if the zombies are not the only ones who are chasing them this time.

My Review:
Alright so this book had twists don't get me wrong and Bobby was brave but the story bugged me because it was the same old same old. Just like the first one basically but the zoms were smarter and livestock was zoms too. Also this book left off in the cliffhanger basically so now I will have to read the next book thanks lol.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Title: Undead
Author: Kirsty McKay
Rating:  4/5

Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby. The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty. Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back. But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.

My Review:
I really liked the characters and story of this book, it wasn't too gross even tho its a zombie book and the humor was brilliant in areas. I enjoyed that it wasn't only about the zombies but also about the teens lives and what they were thinking. :) Good job. Now on to the second book!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Currently Reading :) 9.17.13

So as of right now I'm nose deep into two books... one for zombie books challenge and the other I believe is steampunk I believe;

Unfed by: Kirsty McKay (Zombie Challenge and NG)
The Dark Unwinding by: Sharon Cameron

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Midnight Frost

Title: Midnight Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Rating: 5/5

Here we go again. . .
Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can't get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities--until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I'm still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.
As Nike's Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I'm still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I've got to get my hands on the antidote fast--otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins--and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there . . .

My Review:
I was totally happy when I saw this sitting at the library for me. And still happy after reading it- that I can't wait to read the next one when its made. The story never bores me- Midnight frost was so much better than Spartan Frost. And so many things answered about Gwen's family. Loved it.

currently I'm trying to get thru a bit of NetGalley books. A few of them I have to finish the first books before jumping to the next so I'll be working on those for the rest of this week and next. :) Have fun reading and talk to ya guys later :)

Glass House

Title: Glass House
Author: Rachel Caine
Rating:   4/5

Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Just don't stay out after dark. This is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series. Morganville is a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows, one that will spill out into the bright light of day. College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

My Review:
I enjoyed this story, even with the main character being so young and in the college world it didn't dapper the story. I liked how she was book smart but not really street smart. So she got in trouble- so her character was more believable to me. I will be reading the next book probody next month. :)

Friday, August 30, 2013


Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Rating: 5/5 and FAV.

One choice can transform you — or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself — while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grow. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable — and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. As she has left the city and gone beyond the gates that Dauntless protects.

My Thoughts:
I can't believe I must wait till oct to find out what happens next. This is a wicked good book. I'm enjoying to characters and story so far. I have to read the next one- urgh. I don't know what to say about it but that. Maybe when I get to read the last book I'll do a sum up book where I'll even talk about the book in a video. would you guys like that. :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I can't wait for this book!

The novel is called Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter. I love her books. And will love to get an advance copy of this book by the author. If I don't get it I'll still be reading it when it comes out. This is book 2 of The White Rabbit Chronicles. Also I'm a huge Alice in Wonderland fan- if that helps!

Description from Goodreads:
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

This title will be released on September 24, 2013.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blue Bloods (Graphic Novel #1)

Title: Blue Bloods (Graphic Novel #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz & Robert Venditti (Illustrator)        
Rating: 5/5

The sexy and secretive world of the Blue Bloods comes alive in this gorgeous graphic novel adaptation of Book One in Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling series.

Within New York City's most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. Its members are the powerful and the wealthy - and, in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

Schuyler Van Alen is a loner and happy that way. But when she turns fifteen, her life takes a dramatic turn. She discovers a mosaic of blue veins on her arms and craves raw meat. The death of a girl at her school is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, starts showing a sudden interest in her. Schuyler wants answers about the mysterious Blue Bloods, but is she putting herself in danger?

A visually stunning and intoxicating graphic novel set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel is sure to be devoured by fans, old and new.

My Review:
Well this is making me want to read the novel- so now that's on hold at my library. The artwork was beautiful and the story interesting and different. So I'm going to read them!      



Saturday, August 10, 2013


Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Rating: 5/5 fav.

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My Review:
Holy Moly, this book had me at the edge of my seat for the whole thing. I enjoyed the story, characters, writing style, everything. And I read 300 and something pages last nite to finish it. Now just need book 2 of it... come on library.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sadness Titles :(

The following are books I requested from Netgallery and didn't know my kindle doesn't read acsm files for some reason. So I can't review them!