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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Goodreads | Amazon)
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (GoodreadsAmazon)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (GoodreadsAmazon)

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (GoodreadsAmazon)
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (GoodreadsAmazon)
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (GoodreadsAmazon)

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Book Title: The Iron Daughter
Series: #2
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback (359 pages)
Dates Read: 7/7-7/15
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>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.

After reading The Iron King, I was so excited to read this one. These books totally suck you in and take you to a whole different world.

I loved that you learned so much in the first book, that there wasn’t so much focus on learning about the new world so there could be more to the story. There is just so much action and emotions that it’s a fun ride from the very first page to the end.

Meghan was different in the beginning of The Iron Daughter than she was in The Iron King. She was so confident before and now with Ash, she seems to be way to focused on that instead of more important things. She seems to get herself into way too much trouble. Thankfully it didn’t last long and she finally got back to her old self.

I totally love Ash more than I did in the first book. He finally got to the point where he wasn’t afraid to show his true colors to her, and he hated when he had to be nasty. And Puck… I feel so bad for him because you can tell he loves Meghan. That was obvious from the beginning and she didn’t even pay enough attention to notice that.

I love how you see so much growth with the relationships and even with just the characters themselves. Despite Ash being who he is, he still loves Meghan any way and doesn’t want any harm to come to her. He’s the kind of guy most girls want (without the fake, nasty front he puts on).

There were just so many parts that just had me itching to keep reading because they had you wondering and you couldn’t wait to find out the answers to your questions. And all the action that was thrown it. And there was even more of the Faery world that you get to learn about, which makes you wish you could go there.

The ending was full of such emotion and it was actually overwhelming. You feel relieved and happy, but also sad for them too. I loved the way it ended though and it is probably what most people have been hoping for. It totally makes you curious as to where the next book will go.

These covers are just so pretty and simple, but they have something…magical about them. It’s hard to explain, but they totally fit the feel of the books.

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Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

I rarely find a book that I don’t like, and when I do, I usually don’t finish it. I would say the Life of Pi though, however, I did like the book, but it wasn’t one of my favorites nor one I want to read again.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Book Title: The Iron King
Series: #1
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Format: Paperback (363 pages)
Dates Read: 7/1-7/6
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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.

I’ve read a lot of good books lately, but The Iron King had me wanting to read constantly. From page one I was just sucked in.

I loved A Midsummer’s Night Dream and this was an amazing twist of the story. I love how she used a lot of the characters and same things from the play, but this is like a whole deeper side to the story. She makes the world her own and it so unique and complex without being confusing.

I LOVE Meghan’s character because she was so many different things thrown into one person. She was headstrong, caring, selfless, subborn and she did what she felt was right. You feel so connected to her from the first page and it’s almost as if she is sitting right there with you recounting the story, or even as if you were her.

Puck, was so fun and truly a great friend. He knew what he was suppose to do, but he knew her so well and knew she wasn’t going to let him act as if none of it existed and that he wasn’t who he really was. He gave her strength and helped her to see her true potential.

Grimalkin actually made me think a lot of the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland because he was helping her out, but he was also kind of stubborn and like he knew everything. You can’t help but to love him and you know that he has a big heart even if he doesn’t want people to know it.

Every story needs a hot bad boy and Ash is sure that. You could tell from the beginning that there was something there. He knows it’s wrong, but he can’t help but put that bad boy stuff to the side and show he cares.

There was so much action, romance, humor, and just fun all in this story. The ending keeps you so on edge and things go how you hoped only to end up twisting around and leaving you on a cliff hanger. I’m so excited to dive right in to The Iron Daughter.

I love this cover. Something about it just looks…magical. When you look at it you think fairy, but also like the feel of a warrior or a fighter so you anticipate some action.

Babe in Boyland by Beth Gehrman

Book Title: Babe In Boyland
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover (292 pages)
Dates Read: 6/28-7/1
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When high school junior Natalie - or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper - is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected - especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

I wish Babe in Boyland had been around when I was in high school. There are so many different emotions and thoughts that every girl thinks and feel when they’re in high school. You worry so much about trying to look good to impress about and try so hard to figure them out. You don’t realize how much some of it doesn’t matter and how much isn’t as complicated as you make it seem.

This was so fun to read and actually had me literally laughing out loud. I mean, a teenage girl pretending to be a guy at an all boys school is bound to be pretty funny. And you got to feel all the same excitement and giddiness of a first love.

Natalie was such a fun character and I totally loved her. She started out in the beginning of the book being a little insecure and unsure of herself but, she grew so much through out the book and realized that a lot of what she thought mattered, didn’t. There was so much too her, more than she even knew till she went undercover and found this whole other side of herself.

Her best friends, Darcy and Chloe, are so different from each other and from Natalie and it just proves that even though people might seem different on the outside, on the inside, they are more similar than you know. They were both such fun characters to, and without them, Natalie would have never gone through with her plan to become Nat.

When Natalie starts to get to know her roommate (and crush) Emilio, she realizes that guys are actually sensitive and they want more then just a pretty face. He wanted a girl who was just real and didn’t try to hard to get him to notice her and be what she thought he wanted. And he had secrets that he didn’t feel like he could share with anyone, but he opened up to Natalie.

Babe in Boyland gives you a whole new perspective, especially if you’re a teenage girl in high school. It makes you realize and notice a lot of things you normally wouldn’t. Natalie was crush by the way things happened, but in the end, everything worked out for her. And even if it hadn’t worked the way she wanted, she still got something out of it because she found this whole other side of herself.

This cover is so cute! And her eye are absolutely gorgeous. Although, if that is kind of what Natalie looked like, then it would be hard to pull of being a guy. But I love how she has the mustache on her finger. It fits so well with the story because it’s so fun and goofy, and at first, that is what it seemed to her.

From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

Book Title: From Bad to Cursed
Series: #2
Genres: , , , ,
Release Date: June 14th 2011
Format: Hardcover (448 pages)
Dates Read: June 22 to 28, 2011
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Alexis is the last girl you'd expect to sell her soul for beauty and popularity. After all, she already has everything she needs--an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a family that finally seems to be healing after her sister Kasey's unfortunate possession by an evil spirit.
But then Kasey tells Alexis about the mysterious new club she has joined, and the oath she has taken to someone named Aralt. Worried that Kasey's gotten in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the Sunshine Club, too. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis tries a new -- normal-- look, and finds herself reveling in her elegance and success.

Still, despite the Sunshine Club's outward perfection, the group is crumbling from within, and soon Alexis finds herself battling her own personal demons. She can hardly even remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn't to destroy Aralt...why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?

When I read Bad Girls Don’t Die, I didn’t think there were going to be more books because of the way it ended, there was no cliffhanger. I was so excited to see that there was going to be another book coming out.

The roles seemed to switch in From Bad to Cursed and Alexis is now the one who got caught up with a ghost and Kasey needs to save her. It’s nice to see what really goes on in the person’s head and to see how the ghost is manipulating them, causing all this trouble, which you didn’t get in Bad Girls Don’t Die. I was on edge through the whole book as the story unraveled and more secrets were revealed.

Alexis is a rebel but her character has grown so much and there is just so much more to her. With the way she was so worried about Kasey getting messed up with a ghost, I never thought she would with a ghost named Aralt.

I loved seeing how the relationship between her and Carter had grown. You can tell how much the both care about each other and how much he is willing to deal with no matter what might happen. It plays a big part in the story, but it definitely is far from the focus. I think without it, Alexis would have been worse off as she was trying to get through it all.

There are so many characters introduced and it’s was cool to see such a different mix of different people coming together, even if it was because of a ghost. Alexis and Megan had grown so close and are now best friends, but maybe that isn’t such a good things since Megan was tied into the last ghost and who is to say she wouldn’t cause more problems for Alexis.

There was so much in the last third of the book. All the questions that had popped up are now answered, and you find out so many other things that surprise you. You get so lost in it you feel like you are there watching it all unfold in front of you. And you are left with so many more questions making you anxious to read the next book. What happened to Aralt? What is going to happen between Megan and Alexis? Carter and Alexis? Is Alexis going to be okay? And what exactly did she see at the end and what is going to come up it? I’m already itching to get my hands on the third book and I was so sad to finish this one.

I love the covers for this series. They are so beautiful and how they are just so simple. The girl gives me the creeps though. She looks evil, and like she might be possessed I think it fits the story because of how the ghost affected the girls, making them think and do evil things.

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I love the colors on this cover. And the way you can see the universe in the back ground. But then you also see the faces of two people. You definitely can tell that it is some kind of romance story.

This cover is one that would catch my eye and make me pick up the book and read what it’s about. And I would probably get it anyway, just because a book with such a beautiful cover has got to be a good story.

It’s really simple but eye popping at the same time.

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I only got two books this week and the only reason I even got books this week was because I had 20 Borders bucks so I only had to pay like a $1.50 for two hard cover books. I’ve been so excited for these though!


From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender (Goodreads | Amazon)
Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman (GoodreadsAmazon)

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In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

I would definitely have to say the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. I love how she created her own version of faeries. And it’s just one of my favorite series. Haha

Jekel Loves Hyde By Beth Fantaskey

Book Title: Jekel Loves Hyde
Genres: , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: May 3, 2010
Format: Paperback (288 pages)
Dates Read: June 18 to 22, 2011
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Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents rules; especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything, even Tristen's love just for the thrill of being . . . bad.

I never read the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde but I knew what it was about and Jekel Loves Hyde was definitely a good retelling of this tale.

I love how there is a dark feel as well as a sense of mystery and suspense. There are so many question in the beginning of the book and it keeps you reading because you want to find out the answers. I loved how they actually used the original story like it was fiction, but they find out that it was actually based on truth.

Jill Jekel was the nerdy science girl but it seemed that she still had friends who were pretty popular. I think the fact that she was just nice is what made everyone seem to accept her. Tristen Hyde was the bad boy and who doesn’t like bad boys? But he had this sweet side of himself that he wasn’t afraid to show either. You could tell from the very beginning that he cared for Jill and he didn’t expect her to feel the same.

I love that there was a romance between Jill and Tristen, but that wasn’t the main focus of the story. The story focuses more on their history and them figuring out a cure to fix the past. The romance plays a big part between them though because without it, a lot of the story would have never happened.

And reading from both points-of-view is definitely one of my favorite things with books because when there are two big characters, it’s nice to see both sides. And the fact that is was in first person was so much better because you got to feel what they were feeling and knew what they were thinking.

The ending definitely leaves you wanting more. It opens up a few questions and you want to find out more about how it affected them. You are left wondering if maybe there still wasn’t a beast in both of them and they just don’t know it. And even exactly what happened in the last chapter before the epilogue.

The cover definitely catches your attention because you can actually see the chemistry between them, but also the darkness and mystery. It’s absolutely beautiful and I love how the book has a glossy finish to it.