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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince 
by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Pages: 379
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

I didn't quite know what this book was going to be about, but when I started reading it, I immediately noticed that it was in Ethan's POV (Meghan's brother). I was intrigued at what could possibly happened to him if he is no longer associated with the fey, but I was wrong. His story is just like his sister's. They are both haunted by the fey whether they liked it or not, and that causes problems for him. What I liked about the book is that previous characters made an appearance into his journey. I was excited to see familiar faces coming into Ethan's world to help him. In this new book, there are new forces threatening the exiles and half-breeds in the both fey world and mortal world. Now that Ethan is a lot older, he is still haunted by what took him when he was little, and for that reason he must train himself in order to protect those around him, including his friend Todd and Kenzie. What I really liked about this book overall is that we get to see a special character that Ash saw in the last book (The Iron Knight) when he was facing all those test to prove that he was worthy of a soul. It was definitely a different perspective in point-of-views, but I got to see a whole new world/creatures that appear in this book. Meghan is quite a character when it comes to protecting those she loves, Ash <3 is super protective when it comes to this book (although they are not in the story a lot) and Puck, he literally made me laugh whenever he appeared in the story.

Overall, this was a new adventure that I enjoyed reading. Ethan as Meghan's brother gets to have an adventure full of thriller, twists, shocking revelations, and most of all, a new love interest. I definitely recommend this book to those who have read the Iron Fey series. I can't wait to read the next book in this new series The Traitor's Son. :)

My Ratings:

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight
by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: Published October 26th 2011 by Harlequin TEEN
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Pages: 394
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

"My name--my True Name--is Ashallayn' darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl..."To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase--a half human, half fey slip of a girl--smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end--a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.

To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

When I first heard that the last book was going to be in Ash's P.O.V, I couldn't believe it. I just had to get my hands on it and FAST! The book cover is just amazing, it fits him (that's how I pictured Ash to look like). When I started reading the book, I thought it went slow at the beginning, but it got better when Ash starts recalling past events, things that had happened in his past that will lead him into his future. It was intriguing to see a different side of Ash, a much more vulnerable guy that will do anything to be with the girl he loves, instead of a cold-hearted prince. Puck was also in this adventure, and he becomes Ash's companion in his journey. There was definitely a lot of twists and turns that I was so not expecting! It just made his adventure a lot more complicated, but it was nice to see how he was not going to give up on his quest. His oath is what leads him to the End of the World (literally), where he is tested with trials and the truth of his past. Although it was hard to read those events (since they were actually very painful to read) as readers we get to see just how much Ash is willing to give up for a soul. The last few chapters were shocking, I was not expecting to see so much of the outcome of Ash's quest. In his last test, Ash is able to come to a conclusion, whether he wants to stay as he is or be with Meghan.

In this book, we are able to see the value of humanity, and just how much Ash is willing to give up for Meghan. This is definitely one of my favorite series, since the beginning of this whole adventure, The Iron Fey series has had twists and turns that left me wanting for more. The ending left me breathless and just happy to see that there is always a happy ending at the end. I'm onto the next book by Julie Kagawa (my new favorite author) The Lost Prince. :)

My Ratings:  

Book Trailer:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber

Immortal Hearts 
by Ellen Schreiber
Release Date: Published May 15th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Vampire Kisses #9
Pages: 260
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Athena "Stormy" Sterling is coming to Dullsville, and Raven is both excited and panicked in anticipation of Alexander's little sister's visit. Alexander tells Raven that she and his sister have a lot in common, but can the mini-Raven be everything she hopes for? Alexander calls her Stormy for a reason. 

Stormy's visit stirs up the perfect immortal whirlwind. Raven is forced to take a good look at what it would really mean to be a vampire in the Sterling family, aside from some of the things she already loves, like shunning the sun and sleeping in a coffin with Alexander. When Raven compares her life with Stormy's, she can see that it's not all starry skies and black roses. But Raven knows she's always wanted to be a vampire. 

Alexander is as romantic and dreamy as ever, and though he keeps showing Raven how much he loves her, will she ultimately be able to convince him that it's the right thing to turn her? 

This final chapter of Vampire Kisses' nocturnal romance will keep all mortal and immortal hearts racing.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

I've been in love with the series for a while now, Raven and Alexander make such a cute couple! It literally makes my heart burst with happiness whenever they have cute moments together. I was excited for this book, since it is the last one of the series :) I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Raven and Alexander, and whether or not she was going to become a vampire at the end. After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked! I couldn't put it down, it was great meeting Stormy (Athena), (Alexander's younger sister) She is so adorable! Without giving away anything, I thought the book was great. There was a bit of drama, but for the most part Raven got to see what her life would be like as a vampire by watching Stormy. She was also able to see how big of a decision Alexander needed to make for the both of them. Not only would "her change" affect her family, but her entire life. I was shocked towards the end, something happens that I didn't see coming at all. But overall, the ending was sweet and amazing! Although I think an epilogue would have made it better. I really wanted to see more of them.

Although this series has ended, I can't wait to read more book of Ellen Schreiber in the future :)  

My Ratings:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (2)

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!

My Teaser

            Summer's Crossing (The Iron Fey 3.5) by Julie Kagawa

"And for just a moment, I saw how lost he was, how uncertain of the future and what lay ahead. Anyone else wouldn't have seen it, but I knew Ash. I could always catch those tiny flashes of emotion, no matter how well he hid them. It almost made me feel sorry for him. Almost." 

Leave me a comment/link of your teaser. I would love to see them. Thanks! :D

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen 
by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: Published January 25th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)
Pages: 358
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

*Summary taken from Goodreads

My Review:

This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The book completely turned the whole series around, it's by far my favorite book of the series. The amount of drama that was in the book made everything suspenseful. I love the fact that Ash and Meghan were able to be together as a couple in this book. ;) There were a lot of sweet moments that made made my heart melt, just to think that they were together was great. In this book, there was a whole new factor involved, as Meghan gets a preposition from the Summer King and Winter Queen. It is because of this preposition that she was able to grow and defend herself and the ones she loves. The whole love triangle was finally clear in the book as well, and she was able to pick one of them. Although the ending brought me to tears, I couldn't help to feel sad for those that got hurt and hopeful to see what Ash and Puck are going to do next. With more suspense and thriller, I can't wait to read what happens to Meghan, Ash and Puck in the next book. 

I really hope for a happy ending :D

My Ratings: 

Book Trailer:


Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Liebster Blog Award

First of all, I really want to thank Diva in Pyjamas for nominating me for this award! (Click to go to her blog).

The Liebster Blog Award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers, hoping to get to know our fellow bloggers a little better.

The rules for the award are as follows:

1. To thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog, and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Here are the answers to the questions that I was asked to answer.

  1. Living or dead, who would be your first choice to invite to an imaginary dinner party?
          Julie Kagawa author of The Iron Fey series
     2.   Top three items to take on a tropical holiday?
           mp3, suncreen, and a magazine 

    3.  Favourite book character?
          As of now, I would say Meghan from The Iron Fey series. (It will change)

    4. What are you afraid of?
          Clowns :/ 

    5. If you could change your given name, what would you change it to?

    6. Top THREE books that you read during 2012
        The Treachery of Beautiful Things, Wuthering Heights, and Beloved 

     7. Favourite film of all time?
         I don't have a favorite film, but I do like the movie Stay Alive. 

    8. Best piece of advice your mother ever gave you?
         Don't give up......

    9. How many books did you read during 2012?
         Too many to count, I read lots of book. :)

   10. Where would be your ultimate holiday location?
          London or Paris

    11. and, FIVE words to describe your personality

          Fun, quiet, stubborn, energetic, loyal 

11 Random Facts about myself:

  1.  I'm a workaholic
  2.  I just started my first year of college
  3. I have always wanted to go to England (Hopefully I get to study there in the future)
  4. I love fashion! Since I live far away from N.Y, I can't go to fashion shows, so I mostly watch them on YouTube.
  5. I've always wanted to be a fashion designer
  6. I love writing, so far I've written 2 novels.
  7. I read everyday (It's a must for me)
  8. I just recently decided to start blogging :)
  9. I like listening to movie soundtracks
  10. I love Italian food
  11. I'm fluent in two languages, but I'm also half fluent in french and Chinese
My Questions for my nominees:

1. Favorite Song
2. What's your favorite quote?
3. Where would you like to visit/live in the future?
4. What's your favorite color?
5. Favorite food
6. What's your favorite book?
7. What are you planning on reading next?
8. If you could travel back in time where would you like to go?
9. If you could live anywhere in the world for 3 years where would it be?
10. Favorite candy
11. Do you have a favorite holiday?

My Nominated blogs are:

I will update my list ASAP. 

Leap Frog Follow Hop (1)

Hosted by The Paperbook Princess and Readers In Wonderland 

If you are new to this, click here for more details. 


If you could read only one book over and over again, what would it be and why? 


If I could read any book over and over again would be The Treachery of Beautiful Things, because it's a book that captures everything that I love in a book. (Romance, mystery, and magic) When I first read the book I fell completely in love with it and couldn't put it down. It's a book that everyone should try, at least for those that love The Iron Fey series. It's a must-read! (Review of this book should be up very soon)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Attention! Be Part of the List

Be Part of "The List"

Calling all bloggers!

Entangled needs you! *points at you*
Be part of The List.

Here's what you need to know:

One of the awesome publicists at Entangled is compiling a list of bloggers.

Here are the requirements:

Do you have a blog?
Do you love to review books?
Do you want access to books before they release?

If your answers to these questions is a resounding "YES" then you're the right blogger for the job.

We want you! Now's a great time to join The List.

If you want to be a part of The List, here's what you have to do:

2. Leave the following in the comments section: HERE

a. Your Name
b. Your Blog URL
c. Your Goodreads Name
d. Your Email Address

Additional Option: URL to your blog post about this call for bloggers.

Priority will be given to those who help spread the word by creating a post on this call for bloggers on their blog. Don't miss this exciting opportunity. Be part of The List today.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter
by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Pages: 359
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

*Summary taken from Goodreads

My Review:

I can't say enough about this book, It's just so GOOD! I'm completely falling in love with the series. Being the second book, it just picks up where it lefts off in the first book. I feel that there is a lot more drama going on in this book than in the first one. There is a lot more going on with Meghan in this book, that she really has to make a choice of whether to be with Ash or Robin. I will definitely be confused as well if I was her. I mean, they are both great and mischievous, that it makes it difficult to pick one of them. The war between the Iron Fey and the seasons starts to heat up as the story unfolds. There are new characters that definitely make their way into the story just to fill it out with more twists and turns! In this particular book Meghan discovers more secrets and the things that she is able to do in order to protect those that she loves. Although she doesn't fully develop as a character, she is still learning to cope with the events that are happening around her.
Towards the ending, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen to Meghan and Ash. Overall, it was an excellent book! I loved it and can't wait to read the next book. :)

My Ratings:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2

Feature and Follow Friday 

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

Question: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

Answer: My favorite villain would have to be Kalona form the House of Night Series. There is just something about him that really struck me. He is possessive towards Zoey, yet he has some type of vulnerability that is appealing to me. I can't wait to see what happens to him in the next book. 

Who is your favorite villain? Let me know on the comments below. It would be great if you could follow me, and if you do let me know so I can follow you back. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Summary taken from Goodreads


WWW Wednesdays (1)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I'm reading The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa 

What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 

What do you think you’ll read next? I'll be reading The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa 

Leave me a comment with the link of your WWW Wednesdays. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (1)

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!

My Teaser

                        The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa 

"Kiss me," I whispered, and saw his eyebrows arc in surprise. "Just once more," I pleaded, "and I promise it will be the last time. I'll be able to forget you after that." 

Leave a comment with your teaser :D Thanks! 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King
by Julia Kagawa
Release Data: Published February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Pages: 363
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

*Summary taken from Goodreads

My Review:

I thought the book was great. I've been meaning to read this series for a while, but I just haven't had the time to read it until now. Overall I like the mixture of magic and the "modern world". It seems like nature is fighting against technology/iron. What I like about this book is the mythical creatures involved as well as the seasons. It was scary when Meghan's brother, Ethan was taken away. Her whole conquest throughout the book was to find her brother. I was not expecting the twists and turns that the book took while I was reading it. It was exciting and very unexpected towards the end. It would be interesting to see what happens to Meghan next. I will definitely recommend this book! I can't wait to read the second book of the series, it's going to be awesome! :D

My Ratings:

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #1

Feature and Follow Friday 

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

Question: If you could choose one supernatural being/creature to really exist what would it be and why? 

Answer: My answer would probably have to be vampires, or mermaids. It would be cool to see how they look like and behave. Vampires would probably be scary to meet, but it all depends on whether they can resist being around humans (like the Cullens in Twilight), and actually be that attractive. :)

It would be great if you could follow me, and if you do let me know so I can follow you back. Thanks!