What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, September 30, 2011

Follow Me Friday (9)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each week, we answer a different question so that we can get to know our blogger friends a little better!

This Week's Question
What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

My Answer
I'd actually like to see Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes (read my review here) made into a movie. I think it would be really cool. I mean, a scavenger hunt around Europe! I'd probably watch that over and over again. I would have liked to live Ginny's life in that book! As far as who should play Ginny...I don't know. Maybe Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings in Pretty Little Liars). I think she'd do well! As for Keith...I'm thinking maybe Tom Felton. Yeah, I heart me some Draco. He needs a little scruff, but I think he would do the part justice.

What about y'all? What book would you like to see made into a movie?

This week's feature blog is The Bookaholic. Head over and show 'em some follow love, eh?

Happy Friday! And don't forget that I'll be tweeting from Austin Teen Book Festival all day tomorrow, so make sure you follow @FuzzyCoffeeBks and watch the hashtag #ATBF11

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Double Clutch by Elizabeth Reinhardt

With a flourish and a bow, I've taken a dramatic exit from my cozy cocoon of paranormal and supernatural lovefest (and clearly feeling a little overdramatic today) to read Liz Reinhardt's novel, Double Clutch. Here's the summary from Goodreads: What happens when you fall for the perfect guy...twice...in one day?

Brenna Blixen spent her freshman year homeschooling in Denmark; now that she's back in the States, she's determined to make her sophomore year unforgettable. And by unforgettable, she imagined awesome classes, fun friendships, and maybe a little romance.

What she got was a whole lot of romance, and all at once.

The same day that dark, brooding Saxon Maclean charmed her with his killer good looks and whip-smart wit, Jake Kelly stole her breath away with his heart-wrenching smile and intelligent, thoughtful focus.

But Saxon is a proud player who makes it clear that he doesn't know why he can't get Brenna off of his mind and out of his system, and Jake's sweet and humble attitude hides a secret past life that might be darker and more complex than Brenna is willing to deal with.

Complicating the matter is the fact that Saxon and Jake were once best friends and are now arch-enemies...and the more Brenna finds out about their connection to each other, the more intrigued and worried she becomes.

Between keeping the peace with her lovingly over-protective parents, designing t-shirts for her high school's rising punk band, keeping up her grades in classes split between academic and technical high school, and running the track like a maniac, Brenna has enough to worry about with out juggling two guys who make her heart thud and drive her crazy all at once.

She has to make a choice, but how is she supposed to do that when giving her heart to one of them might mean breaking the other's?

I'm going to be honest - if I saw this book on the shelf at my bookstore and read the back of it, I'd probably buy it. I know a lot of people seem to be over the whole love triangle thing, but I love it. Team Jacob, Team Edward, Team Peeta, Team Gale, Team whoever! Woohoo. I'm down. Bring it on!

What I liked: 1) Brenna. She was very well-developed as a character, plus, she was kind of awesome. I think that's why I related to her so much. We're both kind of awesome. ;-) Honestly, Brenna is a great example of a teenage character. She didn't act immature, but she also didn't act too mature either. Surprisingly, there is a fine line between those, and Miz Reinhart managed to stay right where she needed to be. She's fully-developed too. It's not just about Brenna and her budding relationship with either of these guys. We learn about her interests and hobbies and relationships with other people. I definitely appreciated that. 2) Brenna's relationship with her Mom. It just reminded me of my relationship with my mom, and made me happy. My mom and I are besties, she's the greatest. 3) Humor. There was a lot of great humor sprinkled all throughout the book. The jokes do not interrupt the flow of the plot, which is one of the most common errors I find in humorous stories. 4) The flow. I really liked how nicely the plot flowed. There were no interruptions in action, or any big jumps in the plot line. Everything moved very seamlessly. 5) Let's talk for a second about Saxon and Jake. Hm...both of these guys rank right up there with my other swoon-worthy boys. It's easy to see why Brenna can fall for both of them. Jake is the more...obvious, I think. Or, at least for me he is. The things that just had my heart stopping for Saxon were the more hidden parts of his personality, the part that he doesn't let everyone see.

What I didn't like: 1) Okay, to clarify, this isn't so much something that I didn't like, as something that I think will be detrimental to the book: The Love Triangle. Oh, demon of all (and being dramatic again), love triangles! We're so sick of them! No. I'm not, and I've already said I'm not. I can read love triangles all the live long day so long as they are compelling and have hot boys in them. But in my general working knowledge of "what people say on book blogs" - the love triangle is getting old. I, for the record, can't get enough of them. 2) This one's all me: The ending smacked me in the face. Not so much as the ending event was a surprise, but it came out of no where. Suddenly, the book was over. I'm guessing it's all cliff-hanger-y. I just wasn't ready for it to be over.

Overall thoughts: A light-hearted and easy read with all the great elements of teen chick lit! Hot boys, raging hormones, quirky best friends, and a main character who just isn't sure how to handle it all, set against a high school backdrop. What more can you ask for really? I was drawn into the story from page one and was so immersed that I read all 300+ pages in one sitting. Plus, there is a sneak peak of Junk Miles, the next book in the Brenna Blixen series, and it's made me hungry for more!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Frost by Wendy Delsol (ARC)

A few weeks ago I posted a review for a book called Stork, by Wendy Delsol. (read the review here) I loved it, and was just beside myself excited for the second book in the series, Frost, to be released. Well, I mentioned that on my WoW post recently, and my truly awesome friend Melissa @ Just One Opinion offered to share her ARC with me. I tore into this book as soon as I received it because I was just so excited to catch up with Katla and Jack! Here's the summary of Frost from Goodreads: (SPOILER ALERT! Don't read the summary unless you've already read Stork. No spoilers in my review, but there are some in the summary!)In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.

After the drama of finding out that she’s a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play, a bedridden, pregnant mother’s to-do lists, and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn’t have time to question Brigid’s motives or deal with Jack’s increasingly cold behavior. But Katla’s suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing, it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save her beloved Jack from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Adventure, romance, and myth combine in this winter escapade for teens who like a bit of fire with their ice.

Was it everything I'd hoped for in a sequel?

What I liked: 1) Once again, I adored Katla. I think she's a fantastic heroine and manages to be heroic in style! Katla and I would totally be friends in real life. And the development from book one to book two was really great. Katla's not a static character that doesn't learn and grow. She's alive and real, and really gave me someone to relate to. She's also sort of hilarious. 2) In Stork, I wanted to learn more about Jack, to have more of a reason to love the "heartthrob" of the story. Well, this one delivered in a big way. I felt like I got to know him so much better, his personality, his awesomeness, and even his flaws. I love it when the swoon-worthy guys have flaws, it makes them more real. 3) A true villain. We were introduced to our villain pretty early on in the story, and she's so awful that you love to hate her! She reminds me of some of my old favorite villains, like Maleficent and Cruella DeVil. 4) There was a lot of focus on Nordic legends in the first book, and that's true in Frost as well, but the main one was an old fairy tale which really lent the book a more magical quality. Not that there weren't supernatural aspects to begin with, but it's more....fairy tale-esque. If that makes any sense at all. It does to me. :) That being said, many of the legends that were used in Stork reappeared and I felt like we learned more about them. Nordic Legends: The Extended Edition. It was great! 5) I have to say that Miz Delsol has a way of taking myths, and making them seem real. I don't know if I've ever read a book with supernatural elements that I've accepted as true as quickly as these. Nothing about it is forced or fake. That's part of the reason I enjoy her stories so much!

What I didn't like: 1) I would have liked more towards the end. Everything seemed to speed up at the end, and I was surprised when it was over. Like, "don't blink or you'll miss it" fast. Not bad, just I would have liked more from the EPIC BATTLE scene.

Overall thoughts: Yes! This book gave me everything I wanted from the sequel to Stork. There was more Katla being awesome, more Jack being...well, being hot (ironic, if you've read it!), a really intriguing plot and a really fantastic writing style. Fairy tale elements blend well with Nordic legends to bring this book to life. Wendy Delsol is becoming one of my favorite authors, and I'd suggest her books to anyone!

Overall rating: 5 shots

This book will be released on October 11th, 2011, so get excited!
Cheers and Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the books that we are just ridiculously excited about and can't wait to be released!

This week my WoW pick is....................................

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 21, 2012

I thought Wither (book one of The Chemical Garden series) was great. It brought a lot of different elements together in a great story that didn't gloss over the hard topics. Read my review of Wither here. I am definitely excited to find out what's next for Rhine and Gabriel, and am looking forward to the introduction of some new characters!

What books are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fuzzy.Coffee.Books Halloween Celebration Preview

I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I mean really, who doesn't? What's not to love? Costumes, sugar comas, and all sorts of spookiness! And since October is rapidly approaching, I wanted you to all know that we are going to be celebrating Halloween here on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books in a big way! There will be reviews of lots of awesome paranormal stories with all your favorite Halloween spooks, some ghoulishly great giveaways, and terrifyingly terrific guest posts. So stay tuned, and get excited for all the Halloween Haunts coming up beginning on October 3rd here on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Moon and The Tide by Derrolyn Anderson

After reading the first book in Miz Anderson's Marina's Tales series, I was ready to find out what was next for Marina and the rest of her friends. So I jumped right into The Moon and the Tide, book 2 of the series. Here is the summary from Goodreads: The Moon And The Tide is book # 2 in the Marina's Tales series.
Just when things seem to be all figured out, Marina discovers that there's a lot more going on behind the scenes than she ever imagined. When a terrible accident exposes her secret, she discovers that her whole life has been one big lie, and has to cope with more than one kind of betrayal.
A dangerous enemy arrives on the scene, putting her bravery to the test and forcing her to use all of her new-found talents to protect her family. Will good win out over evil? Can love triumph over jealousy?

What I liked: 1) Once again, Cruz was my favorite character. He's funny, he's sensitive, and seems to have grown a lot from book one to book two. He's much more comfortable with himself. 2) I also loved the addition of Shayla to Marina's ragtag team of friends. She seemed to be the one to challenge Marina the most, and help her develop her...rebellious side. 3) Marina also developed her relationship more with Lorelai, her mermaid sister. What I liked about that was it gave Marina a chance to understand her heritage a little better, her mother's side of the family. 4) A new twist was introduced into the plot, which lead to Marina feeling very betrayed by people she cared about. I really liked the way Miz Anderson spun that tale and led Marina to handle it. There was really great character development throughout the whole book. Including some with Ethan, which is what I was missing from the first book.

What I didn't: 1) The plot didn't flow as well in this story as it had in the first. Almost as if there were too many new things introduced, and it had me confused on occasion.

Overall thoughts: This was a nice development from the first book. The characters all seemed to grow from book one to book two, and some new and interesting things were interested into the plot. There were a few points that I needed to re-read to understand, but overall, the story was wrapped up nicely in the end. Marina's still got some things to work out in her life, and I expect we'll see more of Marina's Tales from Miz Anderson.

My rating: 4 shots

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Hammer of Thor by S. Evan Townsend

Wow, there was a lot going on in this book! When I was first approached by Mr. Townsend to read his book, The Hammer of Thor, I was a bit skeptical, because it's outside the genre that I spend about 75% of my time in. But check out the summary from Goodreads, and you'll know why I wanted to read it: They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the world is The Hammer of Thor and Hitler stole it from its rightful owners, the Valkyrie. When American adept Francis Kader is reluctantly drawn into the effort to retrieve the Hammer from the Nazis, he begins a journey that leads him to a confrontation with Thor himself. Can a mere human hope to defeat an immortal god?

What I liked: 1) The historical aspect. This book spans a huge amount of time, at one point I think Francis (Frank, Joe, he goes by many names) mention 18 years. Typically, I get really frustrated by really big lapses in time, but it worked in this book. Additionally, the history itself seemed to have been very well researched and accurate. 2) The action. This book was seriously non-stop. There was something new and exciting (or terrifying, at times!) on every page. 3) The creativity. Mr. Townsend's idea to take these parts of history and infiltrate them with magical beings (ah! Frank would be offended if I called them that) I mean, adepts made for a really appealing storyline. 4) Frank. I don't know what it is, but sometimes I have a hard time relating to books where the story is told from the perspective of a guy. Not so in this case. There were times I was holding my breath for Frank, my heart broke for him a few times, and I was always rooting for him.

What I didn't like: I went back and forth on this a lot, because I just wasn't sure about it. But when it came down to it, I didn't like the cover of the book. To the point of, I couldn't post it here on the blog. I appreciate the artistic freedom of the author and cover artist. And I understand that it was historically accurate. But even so, I couldn't bring myself to post anything with that particular symbol on my blog. Here's a link to the book on Amazon.com should you choose to check it out for yourself. A big part of the book refers to WW II, so I get why the symbol was included on the cover, but all the same, it wasn't to my taste. *note - my opinion of the book cover did not change my rating.

Overall thoughts: This story is on par with some of the action novels of David Baldacci. There's great action, historical accuracy and (unlike David Baldacci), supernatural elements. Not to mention something like epic battles from nearly the very first page. Guys and girls alike will enjoy this high-energy thriller.

My rating: 4 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Austin Teen Book Festival in One Week!

One week from today, I'll be in Austin to attend the Austin Teen Book Festival! I could not be more excited about this event, as some really awesome authors are going to be there, and all of the panels sound like they'll be great. I'm also taking my sister (who, at 19, actually still qualifies as a teen for another few months) and my Grandma (Nanny) who's so full of energy she may as well be a teen!

Here's a link to the website if you want to check out who all is going to be there!

The theme this year is Steampunk, but no, I won't be dressing up. I just don't think I can do the theme justice! I WILL, however, be tweeting all day long from the festival, so if you don't follow me on Twitter, make sure you do! Oh, and if you're gonna be there, let me know! I can't wait!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I stopped at Barnes and Noble the day this came out because I was so anxious to read it. I'd already heard so many good things about it from other book reviewers that I couldn't help but immediately open it up when I got home. Here's the summary from Goodreads: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

What I Liked: 1) Let's begin with the cover. The contrasting black and white with the splashes of red, while not only fitting completely with the story, are enticing enough alone to warrant a glance while on the shelf. 2) The prose. The story was written with an elegance that was beautiful and completely befitting the time period. 3) The descriptive writing. The story came alive from the pages because of how great the descriptions were. It was as real to me as if I was living the story myself. 4) The eccentricities of the characters. Miz Morgenstern made certain that none of her characters were mundane or generic. Each and every one of them took on a life of their own, and were so well developed that not one of them fell flat. 5) Celia. I have to take a minute to talk about Celia, the girl that we watched grow up throughout the story. She was the character that everyone is going to feel for, the relate to, and to root for as the story goes on. She's lovely, and strong, and makes a great main character. 6) The romance. Oh. My. Gosh. If there is anything to take away from this story, let it be this: love is magic. The romance that blossoms between Celia and Marco begins long before they even realize it themselves, and as a reader I was so involved in the story, that I was left breathless by their passion. 7) The idea. Authors astound me frequently in their creativity and their ability to come up with a new and intriguing story, and this is no exception.

What I didn't like: .............nothing...............

Overall thoughts: Wow. That was my initial reaction. When I finished reading and closed The Night Circus, I just had to sit for a few minutes and absorb what I'd just read. Everything about it was truly incredible, from the enchanting love story, the captivating magic, and the spellbinding plot. This is a story that weaves its way into your heart and leaves you mesmerized. One word of caution: make sure you pay close attention to the dates at the beginning of the chapters - they don't always flow chronologically. This has got to be one of the best books I have read all year, and know I will read this story over and over. It's found a permanent home on my bookshelf!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Follow Friday (8)

Follow and Feature Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read! Each week we answer a different question so you can get to know your blogger friends a little better!

This week's question:
Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

Answer: I have several! One of which is the Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. If you haven't read this series (3 volumes, 5 stories), it's about two families of witches and they have a very Capulet and Montague-esque battle raging. It's actually about a lot more, but if you haven't read it, you should check it out. I've also read and re-read the House of Night books many times. It cracks me up that it's all taking place in Oklahoma. Teeny tiny little inconsequential Oklahoma. (and I say that with love, I went to college in Oklahoma and it holds a special place in my heart). And the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, et al). I have a big crush on Ethan Wate. :) I also love the Phantom Island series by Krissi Dallas. Stay tuned to learn more about this one!

Some recent additions to this list are: The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, Matched (at some point the trilogy) by Ally Condie, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I read fast. So sometimes, it seems like I miss stuff. Not major plot points or significant details. But maybe I miss a joke, or a silly detail like what someone was wearing. Not that I miss them, but different things stand out on a second read. So when I re-read books (I read almost all of my books for review twice for exactly this reason) it always seems like there is something new. Like the book has reinvented itself, or changed the tiniest bit, just for me. Always something new to discover. Or something that I don't remember from the previous read, that will stand out to me on another read.

What about y'all?

This week's featured blog is Obsession With Books! So check them out and show 'em some follow love, eh?

Happy Friday! Cheers and Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Between The Land and The Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. Just a few weeks after moving to the beach town, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive her increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past and learn how to appease the mysterious forces that seem to want something from her... and maybe even find true love along the way.

Confession time: When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a mermaid. If I could be any type of supernatural creature, it would be a mermaid. The Little Mermaid is still one of my favorite Disney movies. So, I'm always interested in mermaid stories, and was excited to get into Miz Anderson's Marina's Tales series, beginning with book 1, Between the Land and the Sea.

What I liked: 1) Mermaids. Already been established. 2) I love, love, loved Cruz and Evie. They were both funny, and very personable characters. These two were my favorites from the entire book. 3) I liked the plot. There was some really great mystery woven in to the plot, with seamless transitions into romance. It was very well-written. 4) The setting. Being a book about mermaids and the ocean, of course it had to be set on or near the beach. This takes place in a small coastal town of California, though admittedly, I kept thinking it was Hawaii. 5) The story has good pacing and plenty of great twists and turns that kept me turning the pages well into the night. 6) And...I'm jealous of Marina's clothes.

What I didn't like: 1) I would have liked more development of Ethan's character. The main character Marina seems to fall for him quite easily, but I wasn't really sure...how.

Overall thoughts: I really enjoyed this book! I thought most of the characters were great and personable, I even found a few who just made me laugh out loud. The plot was well thought out and easily held, if not demanded my interest. And there are plenty of little extras that just make this book definitely worth the read!

My rating: 5 shots

Stay tuned for my review of The Moon and The Tide, book 2 in the Marina's Tales series.
Cheers and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the books that we just absolutely can't wait to read!

This week my WoW is.............................

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 3, 2012

Doesn't this just look like it's going to be great? That cover is awesome! And here is the summary from Goodreads: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Sounds like it's going to be an awesome re-telling of the Greek story of Persephone! I can't wait!

So what books are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

I love the 1920s. I love everything about it. I wish I had lived in the 1920s. I seriously think that we should have old-school speakeasies and cute 20s-style bobs and flapper dresses. So needless to say, when I saw Vixen, book 1 of Jillian Larkin's The Flappers' Series on the shelf at my local Barnes and Noble, I was excited to read it. This is the summary from Goodreads: Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .

From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

I've decided to live in this book. So if I disappear, I've discovered the secret of time travel and have somehow managed to go back to the Roaring Twenties.

What I liked: 1) Well, it's already been established that I liked the time period. What it is though, is that books set in a different time period are kind of rare, especially in a young adult book. This was the first YA book I've come across set in the 1920s. So that was definitely fun. 2) It was obvious to me that Miz Larkin either knew a lot about the history of the 1920s, or did some really great research. She really managed to put me right there in the 20s. 3) Marcus. He was my favorite character overall. He's supposed to be this big ladies man, but I thought he was really sensitive and caring. Of the girls, I think my favorite was Clara. There is a lot of mystery that surrounds her throughout the story, and even though she's hiding who she really is, it's for good reason. I liked Gloria too, and I enjoyed seeing her break free of the bubble that her family had painted her into. 4) I liked the universality of this book (brief pause while I decide whether or not universality is actually a word). I think it can be enjoyed by anyone (teen, adult, male, female...) There is a love story, but it's not overwhelmingly gushy, and there is some cool mafia action and danger. There really is something in it for everyone. I also love the cover, and have decided to make it my life-long goal to be a flapper. Or a pirate. I'm undecided.

What I didn't like: 1) Lorraine. She's a necessarily obnoxious character, and try as I might, I just wasn't able to conjure up any sympathy for her. 2) I would have liked to explore their world a little more. It seemed like we were stuck traveling in a loop between Gloria's mother's house, and the Green Mill. For all that was going on at the time, I would have liked more depth to the settings.

Overall thoughts: This was a really fun read from debut author Jillian Larkin. The best part about it was the fact that it was set in the 1920s and all that that entails. Speakeasies, jazz, flappers...all of these combined made for a compelling and easy to read story about three girls trying to find their life in the quickly changing world of Pennsylvania of the 1920s.

My rating: 4 shots

Monday, September 19, 2011

Blood's Voice by Aine Massie

You all know I have a love of paranormal romance, so I was definitely excited to read Blood's Voice, by Aine Massie after reading this summary from Goodreads: Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.

This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.

Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

What I liked: 1) There was definitely a unique writing style here. It's written from Anya's point of view, but we got her thoughts as well as her actions, every single one of them. Even those little impressions that she got of people while in general conversation. It was really interesting, and you were never left wondering what Anya was thinking. It was also very real, in that aspect. I know that my own thoughts are often jumbled, and jump around and take a while to sort out. This potentially could have made the flow of the book difficult to follow, but it actually made me enjoy it more. 2) The reveal. I thought that it was great how timely different pieces of the plot were revealed. Anya is suffering from memory loss, and as the reader, you are wondering who she is and why she's lost her memory and different pieces of that are revealed all throughout the book. It really helps to keep the reader interested. 3) The plot. It was clever and creative, and while it took a while to get there, it ended nicely and succinctly. 4) Anya. I liked Anya as a character, and enjoyed watching her figure out who she was, and really grow into herself.

What I didn't like: 1) The biggest issue I had with the book was that the writing seemed...anachronistic to the time period. The way that they all spoke was a little too...old-school for me to believe that it was modern day. Just as an example, there was a lack of contractions (don't, can't, haven't) that my brain just didn't comprehend at first. I would have accepted it if it was just the immortals, the vamps and the like that spoke that way, cause they are all old-school. But the human teens did too, and it messed with my mind! 2) I would have liked to get to know some of the other characters better. It was so focused on Anya, Declan and Nic that I didn't really understand the roles that some of the other characters were playing.

Overall thoughts: An interesting read with a really fun main character, twisty plot lines, and an intriguing mystery. I was thrown off a little by some of the speech patterns, but once you get into the story, it's easy to look past those and enjoy as the plot unfolds. Once you do, you'll get to enjoy a good story! Oh, and a romance that gets pretty steamy at times!

My rating: 3 shots

Cheers and happy reading!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cover Reveal: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In case y'all haven't seen it yet, the cover for Insurgent, book 2 in Veronica Roth's trilogy has been revealed! I loved Divergent (read my review here) and can't wait to read Insurgent. I love that it is the same stylistically to the cover of Divergent, but seems to hint to the changes I think were beginning to happen at the end of Divergent. Awesome! Here's the cover:

Hee hee! Yes, I'm a dork who gets giddy over new books. May 28th 2012 can't come soon enough for me!

Cheers and happy reading!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When I saw this book on the shelves, I thought it looked like it would be a funny and light read to get into. The cover alone makes me laugh. This was my first Libba Bray book, so I was anxious to check out her writing style and get into this fun story. Here's the summary from Goodreads: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

What I liked: 1) Well, I've already said I liked the cover. It really fits the story very well, and pops off the shelf. 2) The concept. Beauty Queens stranded on a "deserted" island? That just screams amusement to me. 3) The humor. There were parts of it that were funny. 4) There were some...Lord of the Flies parallels that I'm not sure were intentional, but I liked finding them. It's hard to find a good Lord of the Flies joke these days.

What I didn't like: Unfortunately, I didn't like most of the rest of it. 1) I couldn't find any of the characters that I liked. At first, I thought I was going to like Adina, because she's a snarky character who thinks that pageants are superficial stunts to objectify women. But even she grated on my nerves. And I read books with shallow characters. I've said before that I love Pretty Little Liars. But something about these girls, they just weren't believable. Even the issues that they face and the way they try to solve them. 2) There were just too many side stories going on for me to ever feel very committed to any of them. Part of that was because there were so many characters that we were following and everyone had their own stories, but it was very difficult keeping up with everyone. The only thing that could have been harder had they all had those really confusing Russian names (think Dostoyevsky).

Overall thoughts: Well, I really don't like to call anything unbelievable because I am a lover of paranormal fiction. But I felt like this book was really reaching to find an audience that could find anything to relate to in the story. The characters were not likeable, the plot line didn't flow because it was broken up by too many uncompromising storylines, and even the end was just...strange. I didn't feel satisfied when the book was over, more like relieved. The most redeeming part of the book was the satirization of Lord of The Flies. That being said, I think Libba Bray has a really good sense of humor, and I'd like to see how some of her other books are. If you haven't read one of them before, I don't think I'd suggest starting with this one.

My rating: 2 shots

What is Steampunk?

With Austin Teen Book Festival right around the corner, they announced that the theme this year is steampunk. Well...I was clueless about what exactly steampunk was (and apparently I wasn't the only one)! This trailer for the documentary Vintage Tomorrows answers the age-old (okay, maybe not age-old) question "What Is Steampunk?" I'm sure many of you already know and understand it, but my sister actually asked me yesterday what steampunk was, so I thought it was great that I found this trailer online. Check out GalleyCat for more information on the project!

I get it now! I understand what steampunk is! And more importantly, I think I can explain it when asked.

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stolen by Jodie B. Cooper

This is the second of the Miz Cooper's Sidhi series that I've read. I love getting into this world, so I was really excited to get started reading Stolen! Here's the summary from Goodreads: Every vampire has a destined lifeMate, a mate who is a perfect match. What happens if that perfect mate is stolen?

Katrina knows Eric is her destined mate, but her high school rival has other plans for Eric.

Twisting the most ancient of Sídhí laws, Clarisse steals Eric from Katrina with binding words, knowing Katrina can't fight back. Or can she?

Dreams of death dance in Katrina's head, because no one gets between a vampire and her true mate.

What I liked: 1) Katrina. Her emotions were all raw and right at the surface. I thought she was really well-developed, and written in such a way that anyone can empathize with her. 2) A really great opening. I was hooked from paragraph one with this story. When I start off curious about something, I know I'm going to be interested in the story. 3) The Sidhi world. There is so much complexity and creativity in this world that I am always ready to find out what's going to happen on the next page. 4) The tie-in to another story of Miz Cooper's that I really enjoyed. Characters from her novel Forbidden Temptation of A Vampire appear in this story, (read my review here) but you don't have to have read it to enjoy this novella.

What I didn't like: 1) The only complaint I have is that I wanted more. I almost feel like I wish I had a Sidhi history book so I could know more about the past of this world, what it's laws are, who lives there, how the families in power got that way...

Overall thoughts: This was definitely a fun story. The romance was real, and entertaining, with characters that were easy to relate to. I'd definitely recommend getting into Miz Cooper's Sidhi series as a light and fun read. Stolen is a great place to start if you want to ease your way in.

My rating: 4 shots

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the books that we are eagerly awaiting!

This week my WoW pick is..............................................

Frost by Wendy Delsol (book 2 of the Stork series)
Release date: October 11, 2011

I loved Stork (see my review here) and can't wait to see where Katla's journey takes her next. And I am also excited for more Jack. Oh, and that cover is in great opposition to the cover of Stork. Love. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

What books are you waiting on this Fabulous Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I felt like I was one of the last ones to the party on this particular book. I'd heard a lot about it, but it just took a while for me to get to it. Finally, I decided to download the audiobook and listen to that. Here's the summary of Nightshade from Goodreads: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

The problem with the audiobook is that I got so sucked into the story, that it just wasn't moving fast enough for me. You know when people say they devoured a book? Or, inhaled it? That's what happened with me with Nightshade. I had to go buy a physical copy of it so that I could sate my curiosity as to what was going to happen!

What I Liked: 1) The excitement. There was never a dull moment in this book, which is why I couldn't read it fast enough. The story unfolds with one event after the next, and keeps you constantly guessing. 2) Shay and Ren. I love both of these guys. Typically when there is some sort of love triangle, I have a clear favorite, but not in this case. Just when I think I am Team Shay, Ren comes a long and does something breathtaking that just makes me swoon. 3) The shape-shifting aspect. Not your average paranormal story, in my opinion. I never think of these wolves as 'werewolves' because of the way their pack works and the way they shift. 4) The relationship between the Guardians and the Keepers. I love the complexities of it, though Calla makes it seem so simple. 5) Finally, Calla. Very rarely, I come across a character that I'd just like to be. Not as in, I want to be a Guardian who becomes a wolf on a whim. But she's confident, she's poised, she's calm, strong, and it really doesn't hurt that she has two hot guys lusting after her. ;) But seriously, if there was ever a character whose personality traits I'd like to possess, it would be Calla. Plus, I love her beautiful name, and Ren's pet name for her, Calla Lily (my favorite flower!).

What I didn't like: 1) There was some confusion regarding what exactly were the rules for Guardians as imposed by the Keepers. Everything was revealed a little bit at a time, and I know at one point I was thinking, do they mean what I think they mean? Just as a hint: Go with your instincts. Its not confusing unless you try to look for hidden meanings.

Overall thoughts: This was a great book. I absolutely loved every bit of it. I am marveling at Miz Cremer's creativity with the depth of this story. There are swoon-worthy guys, an engaging and captivating plot, and a lead girl who should serve as an inspiration to anyone who reads about her. Book 2, Wolfsbane is already on shelves (mine included!) and Book 3, Bloodrose comes out in January of 2012! I can't wait to read it!

My rating: 5 shots

Oh, and I am super excited because in a few weeks, I'll be seeing Miz Andrea Cremer at the Austin Teen Book Festival!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet Reena Jacobs, Author of I Loved You First

Last week, I reviewed a book called I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs. Reena is in the middle of a blog tour about this fun new book, and today she stopped by Fuzzy.Coffee.Books for a fun interview!
So without further adieu, meet Reena Jacobs!
Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog. You can find Reena on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Nobles, and Smashwords.

The Interview
1) How did you come up with the story for I Loved You First? What inspired you to write it?
After reading this question, I had to force myself not to pull out the Sims 2.I absolutely loved the game and could lose days, weeks, months absorbed in it. My favorite station happened to be College Rock from the University expansion. I found the English lyrics to the titles and thought it would be cool to write a book with the songs in mind.

2) What writers do you look up to, or think of as mentors?
I’m constantly stalking authors to see what I can learn from them. I can’t pinpoint a writer in general as far as a mentor. However, Zoe Winters and her Zoe Who? videos played a huge role in my decision to try out the indie arena.

3) If you could describe I Loved You First in 3 words, what would they be?
Realistic, hopeful, empowering

4) If you were stranded on a desert island with any of the characters from your book, which one would you want it to be?
Alex. She’s quiet enough I wouldn’t have to worry about her being high maintenance and quirky enough we’d have quite a bit of fun together.

5) If I Loved You First was going to be made into a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?
Hmm… I could see Makyla Smith playing Alex Carmichael. Alex Pettyfer would make a great Seth Richards, don’t you think? I love the candid attitude Shareeka Epps portrays in her characters. Add a little prep to her voice (think Dominique Dawes), and she’d make a perfect Trinity. The rest of the characters are on their own. Maybe some college football players majoring in acting and looking for their debut.

6) Do you have any writing habits – favorite places to write, lucky coffee mug, most inspirational time of day, etc?
People ask me this question quite a lot. I’m starting to get a complex because I don’t have a special place. Generally I just pull out a TV tray, plop my laptop on top, and get to work.

7) What, if anything, do you hope that readers take away from the story?
Gender stereotypes (particularly those assigned to females) are constantly on my mind. I hope young girls who read I Loved You First will know that it’s okay to be themselves… that they don’t have to follow in Alex’s footsteps and be a shadow of someone else. Perhaps they’ll read Alex’s story and think I don’t want to be like her or make the same mistakes.

8) Last but not least – Tell us about your coffee habits!?
Coffee? Ha ha I can’t remember the last time I had coffee. Years, I’m sure. A few days ago, I did put together an almond flavored mocha. That should last me a few months. Coffee-like products just aren’t my thing. My husband is the big caffeine drinker. His first stop every morning is to the Tassimo.

Thanks so much for stopping by Reena! And I'll have my favorite pumpkin spice latte for ya!

Y'all can read my review of Reena's book, I Loved You First here! And because Reena's awesome, you can head over to Reena's blog for a chance to win a signed copy of I Loved You First.

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Friday, September 9, 2011

I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to get into a light love story as a part of my summer reading, and it seemed like I Loved You First fit the bill. Here's the summary from Goodreads: My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one, but me, was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

What I didn't expect when I first started reading was the emotional turmoil that the characters have to face.

What I liked: 1) The concept. I really appreciate unrequited love, because I've had many unrequited crushes in my life. Not any that are as long-lived as Alex's for Seth, but still. I'm totally able to empathize, and it's clear that Miz Jacobs knows how to write those emotions clearly and concisely. 2) Alex 2.0. I liked Alex a lot near the end, when she finally was figuring out what she wanted and wasn't afraid to take it, instead of standing in the shadow of someone else. There was a really great transformation that took place throughout the book and it gave me as a reader a lot to think about. 3) The concept of the university they were attending. I went to a big state school (Go POKES!) and it was nothing like this one. Particularly in regards to their dorms! Those were some fancy digs! 4) Real problems. There were some very real issues that teens/college kids/even adults have to face sometimes in this book, and Miz Jacobs didn't gloss over them. She hit them head on and I really liked that she gave real answers to kids who may be dealing with these situations.

What I didn't like: 1) I didn't like how much Seth took Alex for granted. And how she just let him do that. I think it needed to happen in the course of the book, but I'm just like, dude. Stop being a jerk.

Overall thoughts: There is a lot of tough stuff in this book. It's not a light read. But all the issues are written very well and dealt with appropriately. It is a story of unrequited love and learning to live with less than ideal circumstances, so don't expect to find a shiny, happy ending for everyone. But it is a great story to get into, in a very realistic, less-than-perfect world. I think that was my favorite thing about it. That everything didn't end in one nice neat package, but it was very satisfying.

Overall rating: 3.5 shots

Make sure you come on back to Fuzzy.Coffee.Books on September 12th as I interview I Loved You First author Reena Jacobs as a part of her ILYF Blog Tour. Get excited!

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Follow Friday (7)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. Every week we answer a different question so you can get to know your blogger friends a little better!

This week's Question:
Q. Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one??

My Answer:
A. Severus Snape, I think! He was a "villain" throughout all of the books, or so he seemed, but in the end, I just didn't want him to die! As I was thinking about this question, the answers that were coming to mind weren't really if I wanted the villain to win or not, but I wanted the villain to not be the villain. I've found that sometimes I'll be reading and really like a character and it turns out they are the bad guy. And I'm just like, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Not him!!! It's so much better when the bad guy is awful from the beginning. I have a lot of examples where this happened but the one I'm going to use is *SPOILER ALERT* STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ FALLEN by LAUREN KATE and PLAN TO!!!


I think I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that Cam was going to turn out to be the bad guy. I still want there to be some redemption for him before the story concludes. I like him, and I think he wants to be a good guy! I really do. (LoL). But when Miss Sophia killed Penn, that just broke my heart. I wasn't expecting it at all.


So that's my answer. Snape Lives. Success. :)

This week's Feature Blogger is Holjo at Pedantic Phooka, so head on over and show her some Follow Love, eh?

Cheers, Happy Reading, and Happy Friday!

P.S. My Oklahoma State Cowboys beat the Arizona Wildcats last night 37-14!! Woohoo!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

Summary from Goodreads: Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.

Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.

A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.

I was really excited to get into Ree's world after reading the summary of Mortal Obligation. And my excitement was generously rewarded as I was swept up in this great story.

What I liked: 1) The Guardians. How they are...created, or tapped as Guardians is pretty cool. 2) Roland. Okay, I'm majorly crushing on this guy. He seems to be super sweet, but also kinda dangerous at the same time. 3) And then of course there's Paden. Strong, sorta silent type whose nursing an unrequited crush? Let's say it together now, LOVE TRIANGLE! There were some incredibly sweet scenes with Paden that just made me want to sigh. 4) The battle scene. This was one of the best written battle scenes I've read in a while. Seriously, I was holding my breath at one point. 5) I didn't expect the killer twist at the end. Going back and thinking about it, I was like, oh, man. I should have seen that coming! But I didn't. :)

What I didn't like: 1) It's a little slow on the uptick. It took me a bit to get into the story. Of course once I did get into it, I didn't emerge until I was finished.

Overall thoughts: This is a great start to The Dark Betrayal Trilogy. It opens up a new world full of interesting characters, a new twist on paranormal concepts, and a different backdrop. I can't wait to see where the story goes next for Ree and her friends.

My rating: 4 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the titles that we are most anxiously waiting for!

My WoW pick this week is........................

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Release date: October 25th, 2011

I read the first three titles from the Iron Fey series in one weekend, that's how much I liked them. I'm very excited for the fourth and final book in the series, cause I just have to know how it's all going to turn out!

What books are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stork by Wendy Delsol

I was really excited when I got this book. The cover, the summary, everything about it was really interesting and it seemed like it was going to be a new kind of story. Here's the summary from Goodreads: Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.

Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated.

So did this book measure up to what I thought it was going to be?

What I liked: 1) Katla. She was a great female heroine. Miz Delsol absolutely captured the kind of girl that I think makes a role model for other teens. Her spirit, and characteristics, the issues that she faces as a teen, even the way she talks were completely and 100% personable. 2) Norse legends. I love books that have their roots somewhere in cultural myths or legends. And this was a brand new one for me. It was obvious in reading that Miz Delsol did her research and knew how to morph this legend into a modern-day story. 3) The surprise ending. I'm always pleased when an author manages to surprise me, because let's face it, it doesn't happen very often. I think that when you read as much as I do, you start to recognize the patterns that books take (not in a bad way, but there are only so many outcomes books can have, right?) It's a little like the chaos theory, I think. Anyway, I was surprised at the decision that Katla ended up making as her first big Stork decision. So not what I expected, but I was very happy! 4) Hot farmer boys. I can see Jack now...wranglers, Stetson......*drools on keyboard* Wait...no, it's cold there! He's probably not wearing a Stetson. 5) The writing. I have to compliment Miz Delsol's style here. I read this book in the dead of summer, it's triple digit weather here in TX, but I was so completely immersed in the story that I had a blanket wrapped around me, and I swear I was surprised when I couldn't see little puffs of steam when I would breath. It was great.

What I didn't like: 1) Well, the whole hat/scratch your head thing was kind gross. I wonder if that's part of the legend? 2) I won't say I didn't like it, but the big secret that you find out about Jack felt kind of out of left field. I had to do a doubletake, and I was thinking, whoa...what just happened? But I'm sure it's going to make the next book very interesting!

Overall thoughts: Read this book! It was everything I wanted in a story and more. The plot was great, very interesting and was rooted in a Norse legend. The characters felt like real people, and the writing makes you feel as if you are living the story right alongside Katla and her friends! Make sure you get a chance to read Stork, and look for the sequel, Frost, coming out on October 11, 2011. That's one book I can't wait to get my hands on!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers and happy reading!

P.S. I got a treat on the way to work this morning!
Cheers for the Pumpkin Spice Latte - and it's strange orange color!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Heist Society by Ally Carter

My sis has read several of Miz Carter's Gallagher Girls books, and this new series of hers looked interesting, so I picked up a copy of Heist Society. Here's the summary from Goodreads: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

I took a step away from the genres I've been reading recently (paranormal and dystopian) to read something a little different.

What I liked: 1) Hale's antics - he was really clever and always making me laugh. 2) Kat's crew of teenage...miscreants? Hooligans? I'm laughing just thinking about them all. You can't help but want to be a part of it! 3) I love books that make the bad guys the good guys. I mean, books shouldn't technically want to make you turn to a life of crime, although Kat's not "really" stealing...but I'd like to live this book. 4) The title and the cover are both really cute! 5) I liked how light the book was. It wasn't heavy on the emotional baggage, so it made it easy to understand, and enjoy.

What I didn't like: 1) I really wanted more details. The heist was on a strict deadline so I understand why everything moved quickly, but the story felt a little rushed.

Overall thoughts: This was kind of a teenage version of Ocean's Eleven. It was a fun, quick and easy read. I've got the next book, Uncommon Criminals on my TBR list, and I am planning on reading it pretty soon. Heist Society is definitely a nice book to break up your reading list if you are reading a lot of emotionally intense books! This is a fun series to get into, and I am looking forward to reading more about Kat and her future criminal activities.

My rating: 4 shots

Follow Friday (6)

Happy Friday everyone! Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read!

Each week we answer a different question so you can get to know your blogger friends a little better!

This week's Q: If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?

My A: Oh, I would change the ending of Mockingjay. Or, the ending of The Hunger Games trilogy (essentially the same thing). I'm not going to say a lot about how I would change it, for spoilers' sake. But I was just disappointed in the way it ended. There were some things that just came crashing down and I would have been a lot more pleased with the overall trilogy if it had ended differently. Specifically regarding Prim, Peeta and Gale.

Oh, and y'all should read Parajunkee's answer to this Q. She took the words right out of my mouth on that one! I completely agree 100% with the book she'd change, and her reasons behind it!

This week's Feature Blogger is Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature! So head on over and show her some follow love, eh?

Cheers and Happy Reading!