Stand Alone vs. Series | 10 Books On Deserted Island

29th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Follow Friday, TGIF

Stand Alone vs. Series | 10 Books On Deserted Island

This week on Gone with the Words:
Music Monday: January to April Recap!! Go see!
Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess Test *Swoon*
Waiting on Wednesday: Bite Club
Review: The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Review: Shine by Lauren Myracle

TGIF!

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.

This week’s question is: Stand Alone vs. Series: what’s your stance?

I really love series. There are some amazing stand alone books I’ve read, and I treasure them, but I fall in love with the characters so easily and sometimes way deeply, that I want to read more about them!

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Follow Friday

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View where we all get together and say HI!

This week’s question is: Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

OMG!! You kill me with this question!! Only 10?!? The HORROR! UGH! LOL Ok, well I’d definitely bring my Kindle and Kobo, loaded and charged. Hopefully the power doesn’t go out. *deep breath*

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
(Books 1 thru 6 only…7 has killer cliffhangers and it takes her years to write these books, so if book 8 is not out by then, I don’t want to forever wonder how it would go.)

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
(3 books…I mean, c’mon, it’s Jace! Of course I want him in my bomb shelter!)

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
(Because Dexter makes me happy..and I’ll need a happy book.)

 

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Review: Shine by Lauren Myracle

28th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shine by Lauren MyracleShine by Lauren Myracle
Published by Amulet Books
Pub Date: May 1st 2011
Pages: 350
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

From the moment I started this book, I knew I’d better make myself comfortable. There was no way I was getting up before I finished it.

The book begins describing the awful crime done to Patrick, Cat’s once best friend. She hasn’t spoken to him since she was 13, when Cat suffered a traumatic experience herself. She closed herself off from the world and stopped talking to all of her friends, including Patrick, who until that point had always been at her side. Patrick then started hanging out with the guys in town that Cat hates, she calls them “the redneck posse”. They are mean and make fun of Patrick for being gay, but still, he sticks around.

Now, three years later, Patrick is in a coma, and nobody is doing much to try and find out what happened to him. Everyone, including the town sheriff, is convinced that it was done by out-of-towners and there’s little to no hope in finding them. But Cat suspects it was done by people in town, specifically his group of friends. Cat decides that being a ghost has lasted long enough, and that maybe if she hadn’t cut-off her relationship with Patrick this never would have happened. She takes it upon herself to find who is responsible.

Cat’s journey to find the perpetrator is not easy. In this small, tight-knit community people don’t often tell on each other. She often puts herself in dangerous situations to try and get any kind of leads. I admired her determination and strength, which didn’t come easy for her. She has been a shell of a girl up until this point and watching her breakout into her own person was really great to read.

On top of this, Cat also discovers the struggles her childhood friends are having with drugs. She never suspected that it was such a problem in her town. It’s painful to read and see how hard it is for some of them. While some are trying to get better, others are spiraling deeper and deeper.

When the unlikely perpetrator is discovered, I was so incredibly saddened. Mind you, I suspected who it was before the reveal, and yet it didn’t take away from the blow once it was out. When Cat is trying to get to him before he does any more damage, I was literally biting my nails. It was suspenseful! And I was so scared of the outcome.

I thought the ending of this book was incredibly touching. Lauren Myracle had me in tears. I’m definitely adding Shine to my list of favorites. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking book with some mystery, suspense, and a lot of heart, this is the book for you. Trust me, it’s not one you want to pass up.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bite Club

27th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Bite Club

Waiting on Wednesday: Bite ClubBite Club by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #10
Published by NAL
Pub Date: May 3rd 2011
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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine is "a first-class storyteller" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris).

After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare—knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other—or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...

I pretty much loved this series from book one. Though I have some in the series I like better than others, there’s no question they’re all equally exciting. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. :)

 

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess Test

26th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess Test

Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess TestThe Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: April 19th 2011
Pages: 293
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

If she fails...

 

 

I do not expect you to love me, Kate. I do not dare hope that you would think of me in any way other than as a friend, and I know I must earn even that much.

 

I know this isn’t actually the book I’m currently reading, but I did read it over the weekend and I just had to share a snippet of the swooniness (<–made up word, lol) that is Henry. Read my thoughts on this awesome book HERE (spoiler-free).

 

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Music Monday: January to April Recap

25th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: January to April Recap

Happy Music Monday! This is a weekly feature hosted here at Gone with the Words where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read, anything that relates to it in my mind. I’d love to know what songs remind you of certain books or character. Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments!!

I wanted to recap the Music Monday posts I’ve had so far. I’ve really loved all them and I hope I can continue to make these mash-ups.

Go check them out! :D

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer + Animal by Neon Trees
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater + Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
Delirium Lauren Oliver + Firework (Cover of Katy Perry’s) by Ren Patrick
Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead + Running Up That Hill by Placebo
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr + Melt My Heart to Stone by Adele
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr + Nothing Like You and I by The Perishers
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan + Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World
Wither by Lauren DeStefano + Wedding Dress by Matt Nathanson
Beautiful Creatures/Darkness by Kami Garcia &Margaret; Stohl + A Mess to be Made by The Format
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher + How to Save a Life by The Fray
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan + November by Azure Ray
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell + Stolen by Dashboard Confessional

 

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Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

24th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Bumped by Megan McCaffertyBumped by Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #1
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: April 26th 2011
Pages: 323
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

I know the premise of this book is something not to be taken lightly; I mean…teenagers being the only ones able to get pregnant or to impregnate? You know how high school athletes get courted by different colleges, and then they choose the best offer? In Melody’s world, that’s pretty much what happens to teenagers. If they meet certain physical and intelligence criteria, they get representation, like agents. They’re then offered contracts and go with the best offer. If you’re not lucky enough to get such representation, you can go always go “amateur” but of course, the payout will be nowhere near as good. Harmony’s world is a little less transactional. They believe in marrying and having babies, however the marriages are arranged, so you don’t get to marry someone you love most of the time. Depressing, right?

Well…I thought this book was hilarious! No…of course not because of what I just described, but because the characters had some awesome lines! Is Megan McCafferty always this funny? I have not laughed out loud so much since reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

I had a very distinct picture of this world in my mind while I was reading it. Think of the movies Saved and Juno, with the setting of Minority Report and that’s what was in my head.

When I began reading Bumped, I was a little thrown for a loop with all the slang. I wasn’t really expecting it, but I’ve never been one to shy away from a book because of it. Pregging, negging, renegger, egging…some are more obvious than others and it takes reading them a couple of times to get it, but just stick with it. It doesn’t take long to catch on.

The book is told in alternating chapters between Melody and Harmony, which I always like in books. Out of the two sisters, I really liked Harmony best. Yes, she’s “godfreaky” and wants to save the world from sin, but she’s just trying to do what she thinks is right. Loving God and loving religion are, to me at least, two very different things and this is what she struggles with most throughout this book.

Melody on the other hand, doesn’t have a problem going with the flow of her world. That is until her sister shows up and, thanks to a case of mistaken identity (or maybe stolen identity would describe it better…), she is forced to see what people around her truly care about.

Of the boys, Zen was definitely my favorite. He was charming, funny, caring and smart. Jondoe, on the other hand, I wanted to hate. He was so conceited! But then he would show his tender side and it would make me question what was real and what was an act. I need to know the truth, Jondoe!!! Then there’s Ram. I felt really bad for Ram. Poor guy! To keep this review Spoiler-free though, that’s all I will say about him.

Like I mentioned before, this book really made me laugh, but it also had some really tender moments. The tone is not as serious or heartbreaking as other Dystopian books I’ve read recently, but that’s why I liked that Bumped is different and totally plausible. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more about Melody and Harmony.

 

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Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

23rd Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee CarterThe Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: April 19th 2011
Pages: 293
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

If she fails...

It’s interesting that there aren’t more YA books based on Greek Mythology, because there is so much there to draw from. The crazy part about The Goddess Test is that I never would have thought to make Hades the love interest of any story because Hades has always been a bad guy in Greek Myth. If you aren’t familiar with the myth of Hades and Persephone and how he abducted her, don’t worry, you get to learn about it in the book. However, Aimée Carter tells us a version of that story that will break your heart…but not for Persephone, as it’s always been.

Kate has to be one of the most kind characters I’ve read in a while. She is incredibly unselfish and always puts other people’s welfare and feelings before her own. She is also strong, but at times, she lets things slide for too long or she’s too forgiving before she’s had it and decides to stand up for herself.

Henry, our Hades, is in fact “dark, tortured and mesmerizing”. He’s ruled the Underworld an eternity and he isn’t able to do it alone anymore. He’s tried for the last century to find a girl who could rule with him, but they have either not been strong enough or have tragically died before the tests. He’s ready to give up, but agrees to one more try. If this doesn’t work out, he will relinquish the Underworld to another God, and he will eventually fade into nothingness.

This is where it gets interesting for me. In this story, the guy isn’t trying to woe the girl because he’s fallen in love with her from first sight, and it’s not the other way around either…at first. Henry chooses Kate to be the next potential Goddess because he senses she’s different, and Kate only goes with Henry because he promises to keep her mother alive as long as she remains with him. Once they’re in Henry’s home and they begin to spend time together, they become friends, and Kate begins to fall for him. Unfortunately for Kate, Henry does not seem interested in taking their relationship anywhere beyond the realm of friendship. Trust me though, he has his reasons. I loved and suffered watching this relationship blossom. When they finally got there, I just about squealed I was so happy!

I was pleasantly surprised by the way the tests, and the ones who administered these tests, were unveiled. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say that what surprised me was the fact that there was only one person working against Kate. For some reason, I thought more people were rooting against her than for her.

The Goddess Test ended on a bittersweet note, and I’m so sad that I have to wait soooo long for Goddess Interrupted. If you’re looking for something different to read, maybe a little magical, go pick up this book. I KNOW you’ll like it! :)

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Explicit Material | Current Playlist | Same Author Book Buying

22nd Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday, TGIF

Explicit Material | Current Playlist | Same Author Book Buying

This week on Gone with the Words:
Music Monday: The Vespertine + Stolen
Teaser Tuesday: Bumped
Waiting on Wednesday: Graveminder

Review: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
Review: When You Dare by Lori Foster

TGIF!

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.

This week’s question is: Explicit Material: how do you feel about explicit language &/or sexual content in YA books?

I think that if it’s relevant to the story and the character’s development, then it can stay. The reality is that *actual* young adults and teens deal with both of those things in their everyday lives. Keeping them from reading books that have such material in them won’t change that fact. I am a parent, so I have thought about this quite a bit. My daughter isn’t a big reader right now, but if she ever catches the reading bug, she’s free to raid my YA shelves or those of any library.

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Follow Friday

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View where we all get together and say HI!

This week’s question is: What is on your current playlist right now?

I don’t have a set playlist. I just have my music on my phone and hit shuffle, on all songs. I also love Slacker Radio. Their Indie stations are SUPERB!

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Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books where you have an awesome opportunity to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!

This week’s question is: If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?

Heck yes! I did this for Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Sarah Dessen, Maria V. Snyder, Simone Elkeles…to name a few. I have even been known to buy a complete series without even having read the first one because, 1.) I really liked another of their books/series, or 2.) it’s a popular author (see Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcher).

 

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Review: When You Dare by Lori Foster

21st Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: When You Dare by Lori FosterWhen You Dare by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: April 26th 2011
Pages: 448
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

The tougher they are, the harder they fall…

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…

Dare Macintosh is so amazingly considerate. He’s tough but he doesn’t act macho. He’s also sensitive and compassionate and is not ashamed to show it, which is different from other tough guys I’ve read. He is confident in his skills but not cocky…a huge plus! I liked that, while guiltily attracted her, Dare takes great care in being so respectful of Molly, especially right after he’s rescued her. His feelings start off as protective, then lustful and then finally turn into love. This wasn’t a love at first sight story, which is understandable considering the conditions in which they met.

Molly suffered through some terrible things while in the hands of her captors, but she is determined to keep it together; for herself though, not anyone else. I really admired that. She isn’t your typical drop-dead gorgeous beauty. She is your girl-next-door cutie, but her personality and demeanor make her sexy. She doesn’t like to ask for help, not because of pride, but because she hates putting people out and because she’s very independent.

I really enjoyed seeing Dare at his home with his girls and his assistant Chris. Chris was great comic relief. I liked his banter, first with Dare and then later with Molly. We also meet Trace, who is the MC of the next book in this series, and his sister Alani. I can’t wait to get to know Trace better, because from what I read in this book, he’s going to definitely be interesting!

On Molly’s side, I hated her father and step-mother. They were rich, stuck-up, and only care about appearances. Her sister I really liked. I especially liked her sister’s fiancé, Jett. The interactions between him and Dare had me giggling, only because it’s so typical of two tough guys to act that way around each other.

This wasn’t a very fast paced book. Not that it was slow, because I was never bored but it also wasn’t a suspenseful page-turner. The pace was just right for this story and the development of this romance. This was my first Lori Foster read and I cannot wait to read more of the “Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor” series!!

Check out the delicious trailer for this series!

 

About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Waiting on Wednesday: Graveminder

20th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Graveminder

Waiting on Wednesday: GraveminderGraveminder by Melissa Marr
Series: Graveminder #1
Published by William Morrow
Pub Date: May 9th 2011
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Three sips to mind the dead...

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected; beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.

Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.

I make no secret of my love for Melissa Marr and her books. Now, after the end of the Wicked Lovely series, I am stocked to see what’s next. Graveminder sounds awesomely dark and I cannot wait to read it!

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Teaser Tuesday: Bumped

19th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Bumped

Teaser Tuesday: BumpedBumped by Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #1
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: April 26th 2011
Pages: 323
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Buy the book! | Goodreads

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

 

 

I know Churchies are expected to fill their conversion quotas and all, but it was still a shock when Harmony asked if I had God within ten seconds of me answering the door.

“Do I have Him, like, in my pocket?” I had laughed, still stunned by her unannounced arrival.

 

Loving the humor in this book so far! Very Juno…

 

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Music Monday: The Vespertine + Stolen

18th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: The Vespertine + Stolen

Music Monday: The Vespertine + StolenThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
Series: The Vespertine #1
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It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

Happy Music Monday! This is a weekly feature hosted here at Gone with the Words where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read, anything that relates to it in my mind. I’d love to know what songs remind you of certain books or character. Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments!!

I really enjoyed reading The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (read my review HERE to learn more about it!), and one of my favorite scenes is when Amelia and Zora go to a dance and are there with Nathaniel and Thomas.  The feeling of being with someone who completely captivates you…it’s amazing.I felt this song, Stolen by Dashboard Confessional, captured what I imagine each one of them felt by the end of the night. Or, really, how I felt for them. :) Here are some lines from it that made me think of Amelia & Nathaniel and Zora & Thomas.

We watch the season pull up its own stakes
And catch the last weekend of the last week
Before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced,
Another sun soaked season fades away
You have stolen my heart

Invitation only, grand farewells
Crash the best one, of the best ones

And from the ballroom floor we are in celebration
One good stretch before our hibernation
Our dreams assured and we all, will sleep well

I watch you spin around in your highest heels
You are the best one, of the best ones
We all look like we feel

 

 

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Review: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster

17th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori FosterThe Guy Next Door: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #0.5
Published by HQN
Pub Date: February 15th 2011
Pages: 378
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

Three sexy new spring-fling novellas from three of today's hottest contemporary romance authors!

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor. That's what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head—and heart—together. But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge.

Gail's Gone Wild by Susan Donovan
Single mom Gail Chapman insists on chaperoning her teenage daughter's spring-break trip to Key West. But she never expects to face temptation—in the hunky form of Jesse Batista, the mysterious man in the cottage next door.

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl
All-work-and-no-play businessman Eric Donovan won't be distracted by a "businesswoman" who's all wrong for him. Beth Cantrell owns a women's erotica shop! And she has a juicy little secret. Can she tempt him to put pleasure before business for once?

(This review is only for Lori Foster’s story, Ready, Set, Jett)

I recently read When You Dare by Lori Foster (look for my review, coming this Thursday!), which comes out April 26, and totally loved it! In it, I was introduced to Natalie Alexander and Jett Sutter. Natalie is Molly’s, the MC in When You Dare, sister. In it, they talked about how they had just come home from spring break vacation, where they had decided to get married. It seemed there was more to their story somewhere, and well, there was! Lori Foster had written their story in this anthology and I just HAD to read it because this couple was just too cute!

Jett is one laid-back, funny guy. Oh, and he’s also very sexy. He is the epitome of tall, dark and handsome, with his muscular body, dark hair and dark eyes. He is also really sweet. He has three younger sisters who he just adores. Every time he interacted with them I felt like squeezing him and saying, “You are so cute!”

Natalie, a school teacher, has never in her life had a fling before. She is normally very reserved, but with Jett she acts uninhibited. She tries really hard to keep her heart out of it, but Jett will just not let her. He is determined to make sure Natalie agree to start dating him exclusively. Especially after he discovers that she’s going to take a trip for spring break. After Jett convinces Natalie to take him with her, she begins to realize Jett is sincere about his feelings for her, and finally opens up to him. I really loved seeing their relationship turn from fling to forever love.

The story ends with Natalie and Jett going to find out why Molly isn’t answering Natalie’s calls or emails, and we see what happens in the book When You Dare. I thought this was a fun, sweet and sexy story and was glad to have picked it up! You definitely won’t be lost in When You Dare if you don’t read this story, but it adds to it in my opinion.

 

About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Fiction Place I Want to Visit | IRL Bookish Friends | Current Read Fave Character

15th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday, TGIF

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This week on Gone with the Words:
Music Monday: The Dark and Hollow Places + November *LOVE*
Teaser Tuesday: City of Fallen Angels *Non-Spoilery!*
Waiting on Wednesday: Illusions
Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

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TGIF!

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has a different question each week.

This week’s question: Fictional Places: if you could visit a fictional setting in any book, where would you go?

I would loooooove to visit Baltimore in 1889, the setting of The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell. There’s something about those beautiful gowns, the whole calling cards thing, the dances. Le sigh. It makes me swoon thinking about it! If you’d like to see what I thought of The Vespertine, see my review HERE.

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Follow Friday

Feature & Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View.

This week’s question is : Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.

I do!! I used to just have my friend, Lety, but now I also got my best friend of 14 years, Monica, hooked on audiobooks! They both like YA and so far only Lety shares my love for PNR, but I still have hopes for Monica. ;) They listen to me yap about books and blogging allllll the time! They’re too awesome.

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Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books.

This week’s question is: Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her.

Today I’m finishing When you Dare by Lori Foster, so let me tell you about one of the side characters. His name is Chris. He is the assistant and house manager of the main character, Dare. He is great comic relief. He will find anything to tease you about! I can kind of relate to that, since I do that, too. :)

 

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Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

14th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: August 1st 2010
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

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.

I wish I could say Meghan didn’t frustrate me again at first, but, oh my gawd, did she ever! If someone tells you they have to act like they don’t care in front of people who would use your feelings against you, why would you believe he means it when it happens? I wanted to shake her and make her realize this SO many times! In reality, I like Meghan! I think she’s kind and loyal and brave, but sometimes she’s a bit childish.

In The Iron King, I thought the romance between Ash and Meghan, while exciting, was a bit sudden and unexplained. It felt like it blossomed, on his part, out of nowhere. Well, my question was definitely answered in this book, and it left me sah-wooning! Although, I was often bothered by how much his first love was brought up. It made me sad and hurt for Meghan.

While I suspected Puck had feelings for Meghan, in The Iron King, he never tells her outright. Well, after surprising Meghan with his return at a crucial time, he totally lays it on her! I love Puck…but he’s not Ash. And I think that’s what Meghan struggles with the most when it comes to them. She would never stop yearning for Ash if she were to stay with Puck, though.

I gotta tell you, Iron Horse wormed his way into my heart with his unwavering loyalty and I cried a little in the end for him. Another person who devastated me was Charles. I suspected what the deal with him was and it broke my heart that neither he nor Meghan could remember anything.

The villains in this book were almost unexpected but not surprising. I don’t think I hate anyone more in this series than Rowan. He is heartless. The things he agrees to do for the enemy, against his own family, were so wrong.

I loved how this book ended. I never thought Ash would actually go through with that and it left me elated, but now I’m so worried about what’s going to happen to him!! :( Because of that, I’m terrified to read The Iron Queen. I’ve heard how many people it has brought to tears! I’m sucking it up though, because this series is too good not to read.

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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