Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
This has been one roller coaster or a year. I've meet some amazing and wonderful people and felt that sting of Love. I've cried and laughed. Got two Tattoos :D I went to Faeriecon and saw Faun live and danced my faerie heart out!
and read some amazing books, the best being: Luna, ClockWork Angel, Radiant Shadows, Wildthorn.
I had days that I hated this year, days that made me want to go insane and cry. I had days and many nights of pure unadulterated bliss and happiness and I will never forget those that brought me happiness and I will forget those that have hurt me. Its a new year coming and a new begining.
get ready for more reviews and more give aways... and maybe i'll be at BEA? Maybe.. I don't know its a possibility
I love you all!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Summary from Goodreads:
For years, Regan's brother Liam has been nursing a secret. By day, he is Liam, a passably typical boy of his age; at night, he transforms himself into Luna, his true, female self. Regan loves and supports her brother and she keeps his Liam/Luna secret. Things change, though, when Luna decides to emerge from her cocoon. She begins dressing like a girl in public; first at the mall; then at school; then at home. Regan worries that her brother's transgender identity is threatening her own slippery hold on normalcy. This serious, powerful teen novel was a National Book Award finalist for Young People's Literature
This is another one of those book that I have read before but wasn't paying attention to the first time.This time I really paid attention to what was going on and in that I found a beautiful, although sad story. We all know what its like wanting to be someone else, me personally I sometimes can't stand ME. The person I am and sometimes you/I wish I could jump forward and become that person I want. But for Liam its not so simple. His struggles seen through Regan's eyes is sad and heart breaking. I wonder how the book would have been if it had been from his point of view? what would his thoughts have been like? was he crushing on anyone? and what happens to him after he leaves? I don't normally cry in books but I did twice in this. In the story there are many flash backs of Regan and Liam and in this one they are at a pool part. Liam gets upset that he has a penis and begs one of Regan's friends to "take it off". His mother takes him away and soon its obvious that he literally tried to "take it off" and is rushed to the hospital. I cried here because how do you change you when the you, you want to be is another gender? when at such a young age you realize you aren't this person that you were born wrong? The other time was at the end when Liam now Luna leaves. Seeing that closeness between Luna and Regan and how they truelly are devoted to each other was heart warming but I felt sad that Luna had to leave. Even though she would be better off. I felt this story is one of the strongest and best book in YA literature. Its a must read book, doesn't matter if your Trans, Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Straight, or A-sexual you should accept a person as they are and love them no matter what your views are.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
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She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?
Review: I have recently remembered my love for this series and Last Sacrifice devlivered yet again. I loved the entire book. It was a roller coaster of emotions; some that made me laugh, cry, and want to scream "WTF" I won't spoil anything for anyone but finding out who killed the Queen was a major shock to me, I did not see that one coming. Dimitri was as Bad Ass sex god as ever and made me love him even more. I felt bad for Adrian though, he didn't deserve that :(
over all it was a great book and I can't wait for the spin off series with Jill
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Teaser Tuesday: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
"This," said Adrian, "is going to be delightful" - page 228
- I got this book as a gift from and friend and it was one of the first books I have been able to finish in a while. This is a book that every woman needs to read. We seem to take for granted the freedom us women have in today's world. Especially in America. We can become doctors, lawyers, jobs that were previously "male" jobs. We don't have to fear being locked away in an asylum and called crazy because we read books. Louisa was a strong character that I came to love and respect. She was able to stay strong and hold on in even the most hellish of situations. The bathroom scene made me sick. One other thing I liked was that we Louisa's sexuality is shown but its not made into a big deal, its just shown as who she is and that she isn't crazy because she feels this way about Eliza. This book might have gone into my top three favorite books, Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr being number one.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
One rule: tell me which book you'd like fallen
I'll be choosing two winners one for Fallen and one for Torment!
- ends Dec 31 at 12am in honor of a new year!!
Yes I should have asked the cop ;)
Comment bellow to win!!
- I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book
Saturday, December 11, 2010
So you all know I'm giving away Fallen and Torment, but I have a question. Do you all want one winner to win both or two winners one for Fallen and one for Torment? Tell me in the comments! There's still time to win!
- I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
So I'm in school not paying attention and I decide to blog! I couldn't find the pictures of the books so I give you a picture of their beautiful Author: Melissa Marr
You guessed it this weeks WoW is for
Cotton Candy Skies!
Carnival of Souls!
- I might go broke o.O
What are you waiting for?
- I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
so Teaser Tuesday!!!
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
"Put the knife down," I instructed quietly
Patch looked from me to the knife and back again. After a minute he laid it down infront of him. "I'm not going to hurt you Nora."
Monday, November 22, 2010
It's time for a New Give Away!!! I have Fallen (paper back) and Torment by Lauren Kate and I'll be giving both away to one lucky person!
Now for the rules. This contest will end on Dec 25 2010, so consider this my christmas present to my wonderful followers.
+1 for following blog (+2 for old follower)
+1 for following me @pagan_elina
+2 for tweeting this (please @ me)
And please answer one or both of these questions:
1) in honor of thanks giving what ate you most thankful for?
2) what do you love most about the holiday season?
- and good luck!!
Happy Thanksgiving! :D
Friday, November 19, 2010
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. (less)
A few months ago I tried to re-read the Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare and frankly I couldn’t get through it. I think it’s the fact that I really hate Clary and Jace. I know, I hate Jace… what am I thinking?! But when Clockwork Angel came out I decided to give it a chance. I’m happy I did.
Tessa is an amazing lead, she is strong and witty. I love that Cassandra is not afraid to put Tessa in sticky situations. Tessa can fight, she’s selfless and unlike most YA heroines she doesn’t need the big strong strapping man at all times. Will and Jem are, well …. Amazingly delicious I have to say. Jem, I always love the boy who has a dark past but still comes out of it with a good heart. (Besides the fact that James is my favorite male name) And Will, oh Will how I love thee let me count the ways. Now how can I love Will and not Jace? (I don’t even know I just do) I am very curious as to what happened to Will in his past, what made him the way he is? He fascinates me, and I can’t wait to find out more. I highly recommend this book, whether you liked TMI or not, it’s a great read.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred—and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred—and something about Adina—that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world…no matter the consequences.
I really don't know what to say about this book, I liked it but at the same time I thought it was lacking. I felt bad for Alex, an alcholic mother and "slutty" father are not good things to have in your life. I liked the interactiosn between Fred and Adina and how they seemed to be one person before Alex came into the picture. I found Adina's jelousy to be very intersting and what she does to try and stake her claim...WOW! O.o but this is where I have my issue with this book: The Ending. It just ends, theres this huge event where Adina ends up in the hospital but nothing is ever really resolved between her and Alex. We just asume that things are going to be okay. I was actually in shock when it was over.
so I'd give this a B-
Now for the Winner of my 100 followers contest!!
*drum roll please*
Debbie!! - I have emailed you and you have one week to email me back then I'll pick a new winner
I bet some of you are wondering where @Vacilici went.... well she retired from twitter lol! I am now under the Name @Pagan_Elina
- the Pagan being from a character and Elina is my Faerie name
Monday, October 11, 2010
I am 2 followers away from 100 on my blog and I think you all deserve a price for being so awesome! I bought Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clarie, and after I read it, I was wondering what I was to do with it. So I decided to give it to one of my wonderful followers!!
So get your friends to follow my blog and when I reach 100 I'll put up the rules for this contest!!
- I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Speak by : Laurie Halse Anderson http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/439288.Speak
Summary on GoodReads: Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...
Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two). After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence.
This is the second time I am reading this book, in light of recent events and "Speak Loudly". The first time I read this book, I wasn't really paying attention. The second time I saw just how amazing this book really was, and how we need to have more books like it. Any person who has ever felt silenced or afraid to speak can relate to Melinda and her struggle for her voice. This book is not graphic, or porn, and should be more respected as it does what most books do not. It is truthful and hard to read at times, a book that will keep you up late at night thinking about it.
I give this book A++
Thursday, September 2, 2010
by Nancy Werlin
Pub. Date: September 2010
Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new girl at school. Soon the two become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, appears. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe — but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.
Soon she’ll discover the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt they expect Phoebe to pay. Will she be strong enough to resist? Will she be special enough to save herself?
Intensely page-turning, this follow-up to Nancy Werlin’s acclaimed novel Impossible links the real and the otherworldly in a story that is suspenseful, conversation-starting, and utterly alluring.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all
I won this ARC and I was very very impressed with this book. I won't give away the plot, as it comes out in October, but I loved this book. It was a nice change to see a female character that was strong but she still had a vulnerability that made her seem real. The characters are easy to realte too, even the ones that are considered to be "bitches". I want to say more but to do so would spoil the book, so I highly reccomend you all to read this book when it comes out
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
But good news Aine is having an awesome book contest!!! The first is THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE and mockingjay pins, keychains and more. One winner will get books, and three others will get pins! 0nly 3 DAYS LEFT!!!
- I have yet to read these books and I would love too.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
from Good Reads:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end
*may contain spoliers*
- I do like this series, I do, but it is not my favorite. I will start with negatives and end with the positives. Okay so, my real negatives mainly have to do with the two most popular characters in the series: Jace and Clarry. Sorry but I really do not like them. I can understand Jace at times, because of what he went through, but some times his attitude is a real turn off. He just seems to be a jerk all the time, especailly to Simon. Clarry, I feel bad for her, but she wines way to much for my licking. I kinda want her to do something about her sistuation, on her own and with out help. and the ending of this book: why didn't they kill the bad guy? I mean he's right there... they could have at least tried to kill him.
okay now for the positives. I find the fight scenes, especially the one when they go looking for the mortal cup, to be well written and thought out. They are fun to read and I can feel the suspense. Another good thing in this story is Alec and Magnus. I love them apart and together. I do like this series, and i'd read it again, but it is not the best I have read. I'd give it a B++
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
by Emma Michaels
Release date: August 13th 2010
No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.
In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.
The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge.
With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago.
Hatred never dies
And I have to show off the French Cover Of Ink Exchange, by the fabulous Melissa Marr. Ink Exchange is probably by far my favorite young adult book ever, and Irial being my favorite YA character *swoons* and this is my favorite cover: I don't speak french but I want this book
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My lips parted as I drew a sudden, starltled breath and in that instant his mouth was on mine, soft as velvet. I closed my eyes against the rush of a hundred wings that suddenly beat in my chest and soared through my body.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling
Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.
She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.
And Sea’s real adventure begins
Sea by Heidi R. Kling was by far the most truthful and devesating
books I have read so far this year. When the tusnami hit Indonisia in
christmas of 2004 I could only imagine what those affected by the wave
must have felt. To loose everything you loved: family, homes, your
life. The story of Sienna, or Sea, is a story of a girl trying to find
herself. I feel that this was a story that needed to be told, as I was reading it I was reminded of what I was so fortunite to have. Every day we complain about something or another when in reality we have nothing to complain about. Heidi R. Kling has painted a beautiful picture of the Indonesia, I was able to picture the Orphange and the village that Deni and Sea drove through. I loved how during the story of a girl looking for acceptance in herself, and the slow but steady rise in confidence of orphanded children, there was a love story. Even though Deni and Sea only knew each other for a short period of time the chemistry was there. I could feel the devotion that they had for each other, and it was a bitter sweetness when they had to part. I loved that the love story, was not the main story, but that the choices that Sea made in order to become the girl she had once been. This book shows you that no matter how hard life gets, no matter how far you seem to fall, there is allways hope. I give this book an A++
and now I leave you with my favorite quote from the book, from Deni:
"We do not choose what happens to us. We can only choose what we do after. What we do now. We can only choose to keep going"
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I agree with everything she has said. Why can't woman in strories be sexual? and if they are why are they called whores?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Wow: Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Release date: March 15 2011
Synopisis from Goodreads: When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she is magically transported to an early eighteenth century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean
This book looks really good, I'm happy to be seeing more strong woman in YA literature