Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review: Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Title: Dead to You
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: None
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 7, 2012
ISBN13: 9781442403888
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, thriller, contemporary
Source: borrowed from library
Some memories are better left untouched.

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family.

It's a miracle . . . at first.

Then the tensions start to build, and his family starts falling apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together.

But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked.

Something unspeakable . . .

Haunted Week 2012: Beware of Book Review

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

The concluding post of Haunted Week 2012 will consist of something quite simple: a book review of a scary story. Of course, one may imagine me posting a review of a book review of something scary with supernatural elements, but no.

This book will be one hundred percent terrifying without ghosts, vampires, or zombies. It's just that awesome. Honestly? It screwed with my nerves. Bad. And totally freaked me out.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Written in the Tombstone

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Epitaph: inscription on one's tombstone, or one's last words. Today I shall quote you the last unspoilery line of five books. Most of them has a tie-in to death, always a theme in Halloween festivities, or at least have something paranormal-ish to it.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Tricked or Treated

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Sometimes, books don't turn out the way you expect them to. Here are some particularly pleasant or nasty surprises I've gotten.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Haunted Week: It Came From the Web

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

I love my blog. Of course, I'm a bit (big understatement) biased. But I also have other blogs I love, including but not limited to Book Nerd, Xpresso Reads, as well as Esther's Ever After. As for today, I'll be presenting to you a few new book blogs I stumbled across and love.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Back from the Grave

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Did you have a childhood favourite? Today I'll be posting a few of the favourite books of my childhood!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Skeletons on My Bookshelf

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Many of us have what are called "skeletons" on our bookshelves. Today I'll be showing off five books that I've had for a while but never got around to reading. But note: because I don't buy books often, these books won't be particularly old. Maybe a few months. Or even weeks. That's it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Bats in Your Book Pages

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.


{This Girl Reads}

Is there something that just gets on your nerves in your books? Today, I tell you some of my biggest book pet peeves that I find. Do note that there are always exceptions to every bat in my book pages.

And yes, I have hand-drawn images. And yes, you may laugh your heads off at my poor attempt at art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Of course, not everyone can finish every single book they read. And suppose that books all have spirits, or rather, ghosts within each and every one of them - and the half-read ones would return to haunt you. *Shivers* Here I have some books that I wasn't able to finish. *Looks behind shoulder to see if there's a book-ghost behind me*

Warning: I start swearing in this post. Like. Yes. Swearing. So beware of cuss words I employ to portray my emotions I felt while reading the books.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon


Title: Shadow of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Expected Publication: July 9, 2013
Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It's a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past . . . far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order's dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 31, 2012
ISBN13: 9780765329585
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, action
Source: borrowed from library
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights have been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police - instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior - instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to rememberr that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the are of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random house inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings - the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by Nya Jade

Title: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four
Author: Nya Jade
Expected Publication: November 2012
The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.

As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.

Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself–and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Evolution, a teaser, and a giveaway of epicness


Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
Who can resist such a frexing good blurb?

The Evolution of Mara Dyer releases in 8 days. I repeat, 8 days.

8. Days.

Thankfully, to tide us over these eight painful days of impatience, the amazing Michelle Hodkin at The Michelle Show has a teaser trailer for us!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Introduction: Haunted Week 2012

{This Girl Reads} 

It's almost Halloween!

So what do I have planned?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Title: Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
Series: None
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books/Atria/Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 26, 2012
ISBN13:  9781451635751
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, romance, contemporary
Source: borrowed from library
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.

What happens when happily ever after . . . isn't?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book - one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He's a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He's sure that there's more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lust For Stories's New Look

Well, it's not a total makeover, but it's still a new look. I mean, just look at it.

[Insert a very uncharacteristic squeal from Grace.]

Can you feel how unbelievably excited/happy/freaked-out/ecstatic I am right now?

For those that have been around with me for a while, you probably know how I once had a super generic Blogger layout, and when I started messing around with it into this lovely purple you now see. But it could still be achieved by just about anyone who knows how to use the Blogger template. So, a while back I was messing around on my fave blogs, and one of them had just got a beautiful header, button, and signature set from an awesome designer.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Review: Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Title: Enshadowed
Author: Kelly Creagh
Series: Nevermore #2
Publisher: Atheneum
Release Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN13: 9781442402041
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, horror, romance, urban fantasy, paranormal, gothic
Source: borrowed from library
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allen Poe.

While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.

But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.

When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: August 7, 2012
ISBN13: 9781599906959
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, romance, historical fantasy
Source: borrowed from library
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years, then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Choal, challenging and exhilaration. But Celaena's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her . . . but it's the gruff Captain Choal Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turn up dead . . . quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

On My Mind (2): An irrational fear of the supernatural. With David Tennant.

On My Mind is a book meme made by me where you spill just about any thoughts you have on a book-related topic any time you want! There is no set schedule so you can post as often as you like, or have one every few months. You can do the same meme on your blog/social network, but just be sure to provide the link to Lust For Stories and post the link to your post in the comments of the latest On My Mind.

And yes, I know. I have to get a meme button for this soon. Very, very soon.

Paranormal Creatures - why I'm slightly freaked out by every one of them

Monday, October 01, 2012

Trailer Reveal/Giveaway: Timeless by Michelle Madow

Yes, I know I'm a little late with this post, but it's technically still October 1 in my time zone, so I'm just gonna let it slide . . .


How excited are you for Timeless by Michelle Madow? How excited are you to watch THAT AMAZING TRAILER?
Hopefully a whole ton excited, or I weep for you.

Well, other than being naturally epic, she also included an international giveaway for a signed paperback proof of Timeless! I repeat, international.
Thank you so much for wanting to leave a comment! I read every single one of them, and respond to most of them!

I'm honoured that anyone would want to nominate me for an award, but I just don't have time for that anymore. This blog is award and tag free.