Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (12): Endlessly by Kiersten White

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers talk about the books they are most eager for!

Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 24th, 2012

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal.

With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them guessing until the very last page
. (Summary from Goodreads)

The Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White is, without a doubt, one of the best paranormal series out there. It is hilarious, captivating, and everything else you can ask for in a novel. Evie is an adorable protagonist who's heart and humor will keep you laughing and smiling throughout the story. And Lend. Oh, Lend. A boy out of any girls dreams (well, if they featured a supernatural-body-morphing hottie). 

I'm going to be very sad to see this series end, but I'm sure Kiersten White will keeping me smiling through the sadness! I can't wait to see how to all comes to an end!

Also, can I just gush about how much I love this cover?! I adored the first two, but this one takes the cake! The gorgeous dress, plus the stunning purple all comes together to make one of my favorite covers this year! 

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (3)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which bloggers share the books they stacked their shelves with during the week!

Once again, I'm going on a book ban. Inspired by my friend Crimson who made a reading list, I decided to make a massive list of the books I own, but have yet to read. That list had 94 books on it. *faints* It has gotten to the point where I can't even fit more books in my room! So, for now, I'm avoiding the book store. But, I did buy/receive a few books these last two weeks, so here they are!

- Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

- Partials by Dan Wells (Library)
- (ARC) The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Huge thanks to Katie for dropping off the copy and to Emilie for letting us borrow it!)

- Demon's Lexicon by Sara Rees Brennan (Big thanks to Lucy at Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf for this prize! Can't wait to read it!)

- Signed Last Rite bookmarks (Thank you Lisa Desrochers for sending these to me! I jumped up and down when they arrived)

What books did you stack your shelves with this week?

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (11): Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers talk about the books they are most eager for!

This week's pick: Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: June 12th, 2012

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts. (Summary from Goodreads)

I absolutely, positively, adored Hourglass (review here), and I have been looking forward to Timepiece ever since turning the last page. Luckily, we only have to wait a few more weeks until it's release date! 

I'm particularly excited to read this sequel cause it happens to be narrated by Kaleb. I am so excited to finally hear his thoughts, and see things from his perspective! McEntire is sure to deliver a heart-pounding story, filled with lots of time travel, sarcasm and gorgeous boys! What more could you ask for!

What books are you waiting on this week?

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Title: Incarnate (Newsoul #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Source: Purchased (Thanks, Mom!)

My Rating: 5/5

New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?


Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

There are so many things I want to say about this book. I want to pour all my thoughts, feelings, emotions about this book onto the page and pray they do Incarnate justice. What a beautiful, beautiful novel. I think that would be the best way to sum it up. Even in it’s most disturbing, and painful moments Incarnate manages to be stunning.

Originality is something I appreciate in a novel, as is themes apart from the story. Incarnate had both of these in spades. The story tackled issues like abuse, identity, and exclusion with precision, and passion. It was heart-wrenching reading about Ana’s upbringing, and enraging knowing the cruelty she had to face not only in her home, but in this warped society was well. I wanted to stand in front of Ana, and protect her from the abuse. But Ana wasn’t some down-trodden soul, but a determined and courageous one. Reading about her growth, and her journey made me smile, and made me feel proud of this beautiful New Soul. I loved her relationship with Sam as well. It didn’t seem fake, or cheesy but rather honest and refreshing. I couldn’t help but smile at their conversations, and felt my heart give a little squeeze in anticipation. Sam himself was such a genuinely great guy. Not perfect, but heartfelt and sweet, which I loved.

The plot line of Incarnate was such a new idea! I loved the idea, and Jodi Meadows wrote a fantastic story to match. The idea of reincarnation was given new life, and made you question if this constant simply made the world stagnant. The edition of dragons and sylphs to the story was also great. Can’t say I’ve read about dragons in a very long time! But, the fantastical monsters were nowhere near was frightening as the human monsters. Usually “soul” is synonymous with the world “pure” but in this case, many of these souls were blackened to the core. It was amazing how such a seemingly “perfect” society could harbor such judgement.

Overall, Incarnate blew me away. It was spectacular, creative, and simply fantastic. Jodi Meadows, you are on my must-buy list! Check out this book. You’ll feel the same way!

- Ciara who is lost at midnight 

Find this book: Amazon | Goodreads | Jodi Meadow's Website  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Hi all!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which bloggers share the books they stacked their shelves with during the week!

This week I picked up a few more books than expected. On Tuesday, Emilie from Emilie's Book World and I went to Chapters together, sporting our Mortal Instruments shirts, to pick up our copies of City of Lost Souls! I bought a few more books (yay coupon) and got some swag in the mail! Here it is!

- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
- Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
- Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Side One

- ZOGAN Trading Card from Kilt and Keeley (THANKS) (received as part of their Shine pre-order giveaway)
- Sins of the Angels/Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin bookmark (found at my local Chapters)

What's on your shelves this week?

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Title: Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont 
Release Date: June 14th 2011
Source: Purchased

My Rating: 5/5

One hour to rewrite the past . . 

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened? (Summary from Goodreads)

Emerson Cole, please teach me how to be as epic as you.

I was a bit skeptical of this book at first. I’m not sure why, considering I love the idea of time travel, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. I kept hearing positive reviews though, so I purchased it and finally picked it up a few weeks later. And I fell in love with it.

A lot of that love is for one Emerson Cole. Seriously, I adore that girl. A tiny blond spitfire whose wit is as fast as her reflexes, Emerson jumped on the page and demanded attention. She was sarcastic, independent, and strong-will, all things I love in protagonists. Her tragic back-story and strength to overcome it only added to my respect for her. Although the concept and story kept me intrigued, this would just be an "okay" novel without Emerson.

I had been hearing a lot about this "Kaleb" fellow, and eagerly anticipated his involvement in the novel. It took him much longer to be in the story than I thought but once he was there he was all I could think about. Yeah, Michael was pretty cool, but the sexy, sarcastic voice Kaleb brought to the story stole my heart. Finding out that the sequel Timepiece is narrated by Kaleb just makes me even more excited for it!

The entire plot of the story was fantastic. I was flipping the pages as quickly as possible just to find out what would happen next. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, McEntire would throw a curve-ball into the story that had my jaw-dropping. The time travel element, which could have been very confusing, was weaved well throughout the story making this complex theory easy to understand. It was a very interesting and fantastic new spin on a classic concept.

If you love intrigue, tough protagonists, and time travel, Hourglass is your novel. Pick this one up. You're going to love it!

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

Find Hourglass: Amazon | Goodreads | Myra McEntire's Website     

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (10): The Kill Order

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers talk about the books they are most eager for!
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 14th, 2012

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall.
The Maze Runner trilogy was one of those heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat kind stories that doesn't let you put the book down until the final page is turned. I loved the characters and the intelligent plot line, which quickly made it one of my favorite series. To be entirely honest, I was a bit disappointed with The Death Cure, and found it to be unsatisfying and frustrating. I'm really hoping The Kill Order will fully explain everything, satisfy those loose ends, and keep me captivated just like the other three.

This prequel tells the story before The Maze was created, the fall of humanity to devestating sun flares, and the disease that destroyed the survivors. It's going to be really interesting, and no doubt heart-breaking, reading about how the world we  came to fear in the trilogy was created. James Dashner is sure to deliver a racing plot filled with lovable characters, lots of terrifying moments, and a story unlike any other.

This prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy will be out August 14th! Just a couple days after my birthday!

What books are you waiting for this week?

-Ciara who is lost at midnight

Monday, May 7, 2012

All Covered Up: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Hey all!

So, I've been meaning to start posting book covers cause I absolutely adore them. I love talking about them, I love trying to dissect their meaning, and I loved simply staring at them. I thought I should give cover posts a name so I'm calling them "All Covered Up!"

Just today, Jodi Meadows revealed the cover, summary and title for the Incarnate sequel! It's going to be called ASUNDER and here's the cover! 

*WARNING: summary contains spoilers for Incarnate*
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
Isn't it just gorgeous! It's going to look fabulous next to my copy of Incarnate. Jodi Meadows answered a few questions on her blog (includes a giveaway!) so be sure to stop by and read about it! She does mention that, like the butterfly on the first cover, the rose petals have some significance in the novel. I haven't read the summary due to my "no summaries" rule, but I'm sure it's really intriguing! I just can't wait to read this one! Incarnate was one of my favorite books this year. 

Tune in to the blog later in the week for my review of Incarnate!

-Ciara who is lost at midnight    

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stacking the Shelves/Ottawa Book Blogger Meet-Up

So, I'm trying out a new meme this week! It's called Stacking the Shelves. Similar to In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren, Stacking the Shelves is all about featuring the books we bloggers have received each week, adding to our already packed shelves. It's hosted by fellow Canadian blogger, Tynga's Reviews! This week's post is also about the Ottawa Book Blogger Meet-Up I attended on Tuesday, but more on that later in the post.

My shelf this week got a ton added to it. May 1st was one my most anticipated release days of the year, and I'm so excited with my new books. Without further ado!

- Insurgent by Veronica Roth *not pictured here because my friends are borrowing it!*
- Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
- Gallagher Girls Box Set by Ally Carter

- Masque of Read Death by Bethany Griffin (ARC)
- Wildfire by Karsten Knight (ARC)
- Belles by Jen Calonita (ARC)
- Witchlanders by Lena Coakley (ARC)
- Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maeberry (ARC)
- Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (ARC)

Note: HUGE THANKS to the Ottawa Book Blogger gals! All these books I borrowed were from them, and I'm so excited to get started reading!

- John Green book plate

Note: So, many of you probably know about The Fault in Our Stars. Author John Green promised to sign every pre-order that was received but, because of some mishaps with the online retailers, about 1% of pre-orders were not signed. I happened to be in that 1%. John Green promised to send all the people who's books were not signed a bookplate, and I finally received mine the other day. So, thanks to John Green and RazOrbill! I'm so happy about my bookplate!

Now, onto the Ottawa Book Blogger Meet-up!

I'll admit, I was really nervous before I went. I'm generally shy when meeting new people, and often just observe the conversation instead of taking part in it. The gals had already met up before, so most of them knew each other, another thing that had me worried. I really didn't need to be though! Everyone was really welcoming, talkative and book obsessed! It was fantastic. We met up at Chapters for Insurgent Day, and spent lots of time discussing books in the teen section. After, we went to the Works for dinner and more book talk, then over to Emilie's house for book swapping. It was tons of fun meeting everyone, and finding people as obsessed with books as I am! Thanks for a great time, and I can't wait to do it all again!

(Photo credit to Emilie's roommate and camera)

The Ottawa Bloggers who attended the meet-up! (From left to right)
- Emilie from Emilie's Book World
- Kaite from Bookishly Yours
- Meaghan from Feeling a Little Bookish
- Katherine from The Lady Critic's Library
- Me!
- Kathy from A Glass of Wine

*Also at the meet-up but not featured in the picture Mel from The Pretty Nifty (YA) Reader*

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: December 1st, 2011
Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.
Hearing literally nothing but good things about a book usually puts it on my TBR pile automatically. After the crazy out-pouring of love from the book community about Catching Jordan I knew I had to pick it up. The concept itself sounded interesting (I happen to enjoy football and hot boys) and I was in the mood for a light contemporary.

Catching Jordan was definitely what everyone said it was: fun, heart-warming, and fantastic. It was also pretty unexpected. I thought the plot was going in a certain direction and quickly realized I should not of judged a book by it's summary! There was much more than just budding romance and football plays to this novel. There were ideas of acceptance, choice, and defying boundaries that really added to the overall story.

Of course, the romance was a huge element. Let me just say, I never root for the best friend. It's nothing against the characters, I just always end up choosing the main love interest! This time was different. I was rooting for Sam Henry from page one. As soon as his blond locks and adorable personality popped into the story, I was in love. Yeah, Ty was nice and all, but nothing compared to the squeeze I got when Henry was on the scene. He captured my heart, without a doubt, and I spent the novel hoping he would catch Jordan's. And Jordan herself was great. As a huge tomboy growing up, I was insanely happy to see a tough girl taking on all the boys. She was fierce, yet sensitive, and insanely talented. She knew what she wanted, and she was determined to get it, making me ridiculously proud of her. I also loved the secondary characters. They all had their own back story, and important element in Jordan's tale. The teammates were great fun, and the girls were really sweet. The characters definitely made this story as fantastic as it was.

If you're reading the description and thinking "Ugh, football" fear not! Although the sport is tied in throughout the novel, it isn't overwhelming or difficult to understand. Kenneally does a great job of writing a novel about football that doesn't completely focus on football. As a football fan (now, not a HUGE football fan. Don't start asking me about players and stats. I will stare at you blankly), I loved the sports element. Although, I loved the characters even more.

Overall, although there was a couple things that bugged me (they're spoilers though, so I'm just going to say there were THINGS) I loved Catching Jordan. I read it all and one sitting, laughed out loud, and caught myself smiling many times. If you're looking for a fun, romance, and a touch chick that isn't fighting a corrupt government, check out Catching Jordan!

-Ciara who is lost at midnight

Find this book: Amazon | Goodreads | The Book Depository

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (9): Before I Wake

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers talk about the books they are most eager for!

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: June 26th, 2012

You may have noticed the lack of summary in this post. I opted out of posting it for one simple reason: it's filled with spoilers. The first line of the cover copy spoils all of the books before it. I didn't want to chance it that someone who hasn't read the previous novels reads it, and ruins the surprise. 
Oh, Rachel Vincent. She has been one of, if not my favorite author for the past four years. Ever since I picked up Stray, I was hooked. I love her writing, her wit, and her story lines. Always interesting, always unique, and they always grab me and demand a place in my heart.

The Soul Screamers series has just gotten better and better. If I Die was a roller-coaster from the start, and pushed this series from one I adore, to one of my favorites. I've been dying to read Before I Wake, and I can't believe it's coming out so soon! If you haven't checked out the Soul Screamers series....stop reading this post and go read it now! You will not regret it!

Before I Wake is out June 26th! What books are you waiting on?

- Ciara who is lost at midnight