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Apr 28, 2011

Book Review: Daimon

DaimonTitle: Daimon
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (May 10th 2011)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/YA
Series: Covenant #0.5  
Pages: N/A - ebook
Source: Received from author

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Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing “I smite thee!” as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.

For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendent of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her
My $0.02
SIGH. How to begin—I enjoyed Daimon completely! Even after I finished it, I found myself in a daze; now I mean c’mon, the book’s about 100 pages, less even, and I was hooked!
Daimon is the prequel to Half-blood. It gives you background information on Alex and what she goes through during her before and after life at the Covenant. When Alex is seven years old, she is brought before the Ministers of the Covenant to basically get sized up by them and see if she’s worthy enough of the pure-bloods, seeing that she’s a half and all that. From there on, she’s at the Covenant, training how to fight and kill daimons. Then one night, her mother comes to her and they just up and leave.
Alex is now seventeen years old—in the human world. Her mother and she have been moving around, trying to steer clear of daimons. The reason for her mother’s decision to leave is still unknown but maybe we will find out in Half-Blood. Alex does not like the move away from the Covenant. She feels out of place; among humans is not where she belongs.
Okay, now the reason why I heart, love, ell-ooh-vee-eee, less than three the prequel/first chapter of Half-Blood is because when you read Daimon, you don’t get any interaction with Aiden. YES, you could have seen that one coming from a mile away! Aiden St. Delphi. Like I mentioned above, Daimon is all about Alex—it gives you a firmer grasp on the kind of character that Alex is—why she is so thick skinned, why she is so quick to defend, why she is so…kick-ass! So when you finish Daimon and continue into the first chapter of Half-Blood...OHMIGOODNESS!
There is no pause, any three months later or anything like that when you start Half-Blood. It picks up right where Daimon left off. Now, keep in mind that it’s not necessary to read Daimon beforehand, so when I started Half-Blood, I kept telling myself, “Okay, I read the prequel…this might be a different reading experience for those who don’t.”
OKAY. Anyway, what I’m trying to get at and my reason for loving Daimon/Half-Blood so much is, of course, Aiden St. Delphi’s entrance. I know, like duh—who wouldn’t love that scene? But no seriously, it really was a grand entrance, lol! Towards the end of Daimon, so much action is going on…and then it just ends. It leaves you jaw-dropped, shrieking, “WHAT?!” *enter chapter 1 of Half-Blood* BAM! BAM! BAM! A flurry of things is occurring at once and then BOOM! There’s Aiden. I mentioned to my nephew that for those of you who have not or did not read Daimon and you start reading Half-Blood, it will pretty much be like, “Okay, yeah this is the first chapter of the book; of course the leading male will make his appearance.” Or something along those lines, so like I said, it might be a different reading experience for you. When I read Daimon, so many of my emotions were building up and then BOOM! I was able to breathe, lol! Argh, I don’t know if you can even understand what I am trying to say—or if my point even came across. I have probably left you a little more confused than when you first stumbled upon my jumbled thoughts of Daimon.
I guess, at the end of this, what I’m trying to say is: I’ve read Daimon and the first chapter of Half-Blood. Now, it’s a must for you. Read it when it releases. Then come back and tell me if you can understand me better. ;)


Links to read/purchase Daimon: http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Daimon.php | Goodreads | Daimon (Kindle) | Daimon (Paperback)

Apr 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (7)


This meme is brought to you weekly by MizB over at Should Be Reading :)

Anyone can play along, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR List if they like your teaser!
My Teaser
School's just a routine to me. Something I just have to get out of the way. I have a feeling one day I might just snap and decide I can no longer take it just sitting around learning things I will have absolutely no use for when I'm older.
-eBook, Calling for Angels by Alex SmithCalling for Angels

I just had to share this quote with everyone because this. is. so. me. :)
And yes, I know. There are three periods up there - which makes this a three sentence teaser BUT I just couldn't help myself. It wouldn't have gotten the point across if I only shared the first two. *__*

Share your Teaser Tuesday links with me below. If you don't have a blog, leave it in the comments.

Have a great Tuesday and happy reading!

Apr 25, 2011

Daily Dose (11)


This weekly meme is hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly :)

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The idea of making a playlist of the music I've been listening to a lot lately was from Alice over at The Reader Room! I think this idea is awesome because our blogs don't have to be just about books, lol!

Slash - Gotten feat. Adam Levine




Within Temptation - A Dangerous Mind




The Maine's newest song (Title unknown)



I know, the quality REALLY sucks for this video, BUT it seems to be the only one that I can locate for the moment. If you happen to know the title of this song, please let me know!
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THEIR NEW EP!

Happy Monday and happy reading everyone!
Enjoy!

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UPDATE!

So, I was browsing tumblr this morning and FINALLY - here is a better quality of the song above! ALSO, here's a song that The Maine covered! :) I'm squeeing so loud right now!

The Maine - I'm Sorry (We think that's the title!)




The Maine - Big Jet Plane (Cover)



AAAAHHHHH! ENJOY!

Apr 24, 2011

Book Review: Angel Star

Angel Star (Angel Star, #1)Title: Angel Star
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing LLC (May 18th 2010)
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance
Series: Angel Star #1
Pages: 251
Source: Received from author


Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.
My $0.02

To be honest, Angel Star was just one of those books that did not stick with me. Right after I flipped the last page of the book, I found myself thinking, "Wait, what?" I almost..I came this close to re-reading it again to try and get a better grasp of the book.

Angel Star is all about light versus darkness! Good and evil. Although the evil was you know, kind of hot and stuff.

Teagan meets Garreth (I love that name!) and soon they embark on this journey to rid the world of the darkness coming. I really didn't understand or grasp the chemistry or the connection between Teagan and Garreth. I felt like it happened to fast and then bam, bam, bam - everything was flying at me!

I did very much enjoy Hadrian. LOL, although you know he's evil and dark! He makes his appearance into the novel and then everything turns into a tornado! He is such an interesting character! I couldn't wait to read the scenes with him in them. I was always wondering what his next move or his next words were going to be!

Towards the end of the book Murgia writes this one scene between Teagan and Garreth that I was just so mesmerized by! I read it multiple times over and found myself sighing over it! Beautifully written!

Angel Star is all about self-identity and finding out who you are and what your purpose in life really is! I had to really push myself through Angel Star and overall, it was an okay read! I mean, I'll still pick up the second book in the series to find out what's going to happen next to Teagan and Garreth!


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The Long Weekend Giveaway - EXTENDED!

Since no one really entered the giveaway for a copy of The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan, I'll be extending it to the end of this month! :) Check out this POST - read the interview, answer the question and respond to this POST to be entered!

Happy reading and good luck to everyone!

Apr 13, 2011

RE: Why Do You Like to Read?

I love to read because it’s my escape from reality. When I get lost in a book, for that short amount of time, I’m someone else, somewhere else, where the boundaries of my imagination never end. Life gets harsh at times and when it does, I reach for a book. Books to me are portals to another world where anything and everything is possible.
My passion for reading comes from the enjoyment and happiness I experience when reading. The emotions that whirl within myself, the pain, the excitement, the anger – all of that being put into words, described in vivid details makes me enjoy the written word that much more.
The love relationships – the push, the pull, the chase, and everything else intensifies when it’s put into words. The struggles that the main character endures all make it seem really real, except that in books, you get the feel that everything will turn out all right, whereas in reality no one knows what the outcome will be.
What captivates me the most about reading is the capability of being whisked away and for those few short hours where I'm flipping through the pages, I'm gone to the world. :)
Like someone had said, "what captivates me the most about reading is that it’s everything I am and everything I’ll never be."
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Lately, my laptop has been VERY slow. And I mean, incredibly slow. Slower than slow. I have been meaning to post some reviews, actually quite a few. But when I come to type them up my laptop wigs out on me and then I can't. It took me about two hours to get this post done, true story! Anyway, please bear with me. I'll just have to be super patient and eventually get them typed up. I'll schedule some posts while I'm at it also. I have a few announcements and such, but to elaborate on them I'll need my laptop to be up and working real good! So! I guess that means I have to get my laptop looked at! :) Need to take it to the doctor, lol!
I hope all of you are doing well! Getting lots of reading in and such! Catch me on twitter...if you can! ;)

Apr 4, 2011

Why Do You Like to Read?

Today in my English class, my teacher had told us that for homework, we were to do a quick write about why we like to read, or why we don't like to read. Right when I heard the prompt, I got so giddy inside. I was like, "YEAH! Another person to express my passion of reading to!"

In the blogosphere, we all love to read so I'm thinking there probably won't be a response saying why [insert name here] doesn't like to read.

So my question to all of you is WHY do you like to read? If you're a friend on Goodreads, or if you've added me recently, I ask all my friends:

what captivates you the most about reading? :)

It could just be one paragraph, one sentence, heck! Even one word explaining why you love to read.

My assignment has to be at least one page long, so after I write it up, I'll come back and type it up here!

Looking forward to everyone's responses!

Apr 2, 2011

Descent of the Angels Reading Challenge: April



OMG! It's April already! The past three months have passed in a blur, don't ya think?! :) We only have nine more months to go! Eek! Before we know it, they will have passed before us in a blink of an eye!

The winner for March can be found here!
Onto this month's giveaways for April's angel reviews! This month's giveaway consists of a:
  • A copy of Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens along with a T-shirt
  • An ARC of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • INT'L winner: any book $10 or under from The Book Depository
Remember to leave the direct link to your review and leave the name/alias you signed up with! Good luck and happy reading! :) Also, if it isn't too much, would you mind leaving a comment after you link your review so I can be sure to check out your review? Thank you! *__*

If you want to sign up, the original post can be found here!

*NOTE: I am using a new linky so if your review URL is more than 100 characters, please leave the link to your review in the comments and I'll find a way to link it! I apologize for the inconvenience!

Apr 1, 2011

Momo's 17th Birthday Bash: Winners!


I know, no one really likes to read these post besides whether or not they won, so I'll get right to it, but first, HAPPY FRIDAY!

The winner of Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White is:

Erinberry

The winner of The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard is:

Holly

The winner of The Kingdom by Jennifer M. Barry is:

Andreat78

The winner of The Demon Trapper's Daughter is:

heather

The winner of Haven by Kristi Cook is:

Erinberry

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Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to everyone who entered! But if you didn't win this time, don't worry, there will be plenty more coming from BOB!

All winners have been emailed and notified!

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Fill it up with lots of reading!