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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake (Goodreads | Amazon)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads | Amazon)
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (Goodreads | Amazon)
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer (Goodreads | Amazon)

Surrender by Lee Nichols (Goodreads | Amazon)
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Goodreads | Amazon)
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Goodreads | Amazon)
Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Goodreads | Amazon)
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (Goodreads | Amazon)

Forgot to include this last week.
Hushed by Kelley York (Goodreads | Amazon)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Book Title: Hex Hall
Series: #1
Genres: , , ,
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback (323 pages)
Dates Read: October 18 to 25, 2011
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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

While I love all kinds of mythical creatures, witches are definitely my favorite. I think the idea of the magic and just the history of them is so cool and interesting.

I love that Hawkins took the idea of a boarding school for mythical creatures and made it her own by having Hex Hall being about all kinds. She opened it up and created this world where all of them co-exist and it’s so cool and interesting to see.

Sophie is one of those characters you immediately love. Her wit and sarcasm makes for very interesting narration because of the snaky humor. I wish I could have her as a best friend. I felt kind of bad for her because there was so much about her life that was hidden from her that she slowly begins to uncover.

The plot of Hex Hall is fast-paced, full of suspense, mystery, and some action. While it was a bit predictable at times, it didn’t make it any less interesting because there were times where it wasn’t and just the way everything had been revealed and come together was intriguing.

Hawkins’ writing was simple and easy to follow along with which I love because a lot of books are just overwhelming with information and it is sometimes confusing and hard to follow.  From the very first page I got so caught up in the story and before I knew it, it was over and I found myself wanting more.

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What happened this week!

Reviews –
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Memes –
Top Ten Tuesday (2)
Desperately Wanting Wednesday (2) 

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Bloodlines
Series: #1
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover (421 pages)
Dates Read: November 09 to 16, 2011
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When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

I loved the Vampires Academy series so much, so even though I’d been excited for more, I was a bit hesitant going into Bloodlines. Rose was such an awesome character and I couldn’t imagine reading from another characters point of view and enjoying it the same.

If you read the Vampire Academy series before this, you already feel connected to this world and are familiar with the characters. It makes things more interesting because while you knew of some of these characters, you learn more and dig deeper into who they are.

Sydney is an Alchemist and she helps out with keep humans unaware of the vampires. While they cover enough information in Vampire Academy, it’s cool to learn this whole other side of things that you really didn’t think of as much. You don’t even realize how much actually goes into being an Alchemist and what it truly means.

Bloodlines is pretty steady through most of the book and has you guessing the entire time to what is actually going on then BAM! There is just so much action packed into the last chunk of the book that has you completely on the edge of you seat.

Mead does such an amazing job of coming up with this world and building these characters so much and giving you a ton of action. Bloodlines was the perfect start to this series and I’m so anxious to see where it is going to go from here.

Desperately Wanting Wednesday (2)

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Next in Series

Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me — again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects — and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me — and I’m in for the fight of my life.

The Golden Lily

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students—children of the wealthy and powerful—carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

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Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

I kind of cheated because as far as I know a lot of the authors I like are still writing books. So I picked ones that either ended a series, or just haven’t written more like the books I’ve read and loved by them.

  1. Aprilynne Pike – I absolutely LOVE her Wings series and I’m so sad it’s ending. But I really want to see what else she comes up with because I just love her writing!
  2. Sarah Mlynowski – I read her Magic in Manhattan series a few years ago and loved them. I really want her to continue the series. It ended on a cliff hanger!
  3. Heather Hepler – I read two of her books (Scrambled Eggs at Midnight & The Cupcake Queen) and I totally loved them. I hope she continues writing more like them!
  4. Liz Kessler – I read a book from both her series and they’re so cute. I plan to read both of the series completely though. I would love to see other series!
  5. Jody Gehrman – Babe in Boyland was so good and I want more! I hope she continues more books that are just as cute and fun!
  6. R.L. Stine – He is just classic. I love the Goosebump and Fear Street books. I would love to read more of them!
  7. Rachel Hawthorne – I love every single massmarket paperback contemporary books she has and I want more!
  8. Lemony SnicketA Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my all time favorite series and I wish he wrote another great series like this!
  9. Rachel Cohn – I randomly came across her Cyd Charisse series in a book store and fell in love. I really want another series like this!
  10. Kate Brian – I’ve read I believe every stand alone books she has written. I plan to check out her two series, but I would love more more of her stand alone books!

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Book Title: Kiss of Frost
Series: #2
Genres: , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback (354 pages)
Dates Read: January 02 to 07, 2012
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Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle...

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...

While Touch of Frost was a little slow to start because there was just so much information that needed to be given, Kiss of Frost moves pretty quickly after the first chapter.

I love Gwen so much more in Kiss of Frost because she is turning into a major badass. She is discovering more abilities that come along with her psychometry, like using someones memories to enable her to be able to do something, like hit a target dead center every time. Her psychometry is already so cool and continuing to develop that I can’t see what other abilities she gains.

The tension between Gwen and Logan is driving me crazy. I think it adds something more though that Estep hasn’t made it all happen so quickly like it does it a lot of other series. The romance between them is slowly building, but they have a lot they need to figure out about themselves because they can be with each other. I love the fact that they’re at least building that friendship and being there for one another more.

The plot of Kiss of Frost is just so intense and you get so caught up in it. There is a ton more action and so much more revealed about her family’s past and about her becoming Nike’s Champion. There was so much that came as a shock both to Gwen, and to me as well. Especially since there was so many secrets that were being kept from her.

Estep did an awesome job with making everything in Kiss of Frost blend and run smoothly together while she revealed more information and giving you so much more action without it being overwhelming. I can tell that there are going to be so many more revelations though out the series and I can’t wait to find it all out.

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Book Title: Touch of Frost
Series: #1
Genres: , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback (350 pages)
Dates Read: December 27, 2011 to January 01, 2012
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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

I love books that take place in a boarding school. I love them even more when it’s a school based around mythology, vampires, witches and the like. Those together already equal a pretty awesome book.

I believe Touch of Frost is the first book I’ve read based around mythology. I love when there is so my history involved. That alone just sucks me because I love learning about the more indepth history behind the story.

Gwen is such an awesome character. She is a gyspy with the gift of psychometry and is able to touch and object or a person and know the history. And she has a super memory to go along with it. How cool is that?

I love the mixture of the different types of warriors. Up to this point, it seems Gwen is the only gypsy at Mythos Academy. I think it makes Gwen stand out more because she is different and doesn’t fall into any of the cliques.

The plot is just awesome. It’s simple to start off the series, but isn’t boring or slow and has so much in it to keep you interested. It’s cool to see all of it unraveling as the works to figure out who the the Bowl of Tears learning about everything right along with her since it’s all still new to her.

Overall, I think Touch of Frost was an awesome start to the and I loved it. Estep does a wonderful job of using mythology and making it her own story. The only peeve I had was there seemed to be a lot of repeating about certain things without actually elaborating on it anymore.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Book Title: Sweetly
Series: #2
Genres: , , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover (312 pages)
Dates Read: November 22 to 26, 2011
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Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.

Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.

Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

Hansel and Gretel was definitely one of my favorite fairytales growing up. I mean seriously, what little kid wouldn’t like to hear about a house made of candy? After reading Sisters Red, I was curious to see where the series would go and how the books would fit together.

Ansel and Gretchen are siblings and when they were younger, they lost their sister to a witch in the woods and they blamed themselves ever since. The sisters name is not revealed till more than half way through the book and I think that makes it even more intriguing.

Their mother died when they were young and their father remarried. When he passes away, their stepmother kicks them out so they travel to a small town. There they meet Sophia Kelley who is shunned by the town after girls began disappearing every year after her annual Chocolate Festival. As the story goes on, there is definitely something strange about Sophia Kelley.

The fenris from Sisters Red are back in this story. While there is action in Sweetly, there isn’t as much. But those scenes are more intense and keep you on edge. I love seeing Gretchen go from this scared, unsure girl, to a total badass with a gun.

The romance between Ansel and Sophia Kelly had me awwing at some points, but also apprehensive at the same time. I loved Ansel’s character and there was this worry for him.

Overall, while Sweetly has some of the same elements, Pearce continues to twist the story and makes it her own and it was another awesome retelling. I absolutely love Pearce’s writing style and her creativity and ability to come up with this unpredictable plot that has you guessing the whole time.

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Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

Omg. Too many. Probably around 40? And even more on my Kobo.  So more like over a 100.

What happened this week!

Reviews –
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Memes –
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Top Ten Tuesday (1)
Desperately Wanting Wednesday (1)