May 30, 2010

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

This was a slow week for me, but thats okay because I really need to finish my TBR pile. But still, I won a contest at Heidi R. Kling and received The Forest of the Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (signed) and some Sea swag. :)




Also, I got the e-book of The Darkest Passion (LOTU #5) by Gena Showalter (yay!). You can read my review over here. :)



What did you got this week?

May 29, 2010

Review: The Darkest Passion (LOTU #5) by Gena Showalter

Title: The Darkest Passion
Author: Showalter, Gena
Publisher: Harlequin. Mass Market Paperback.
Release Date: May 25th 2010
ISBN:0778303764 (isbn13: 9780778303763)
Pages: 438
Age: Adult
Summary from Goodreads.com:
For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel--demon-assassin--has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting--and falling for--Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....
I must start saying that I love the Lords of The Underworld serie, and I was very excited to read The Darkest Passion.

But I didn't know what to expect from this book, because, Aeron, the keeper of Wrath, always seems to be away from the others, only with the company of Legion.

Also, I thougt Olivia, an angel (fallen angel), wouldn't keep up with him. But she surprises me, by being cute, awkward, sweet, and sexy at the same time!. I though she would be weak, but not at all. She is strong and very stubborn. And she is decided to have fun with Aeron.

I was kind of afraid of Aeron, but in this book I finally understood him. He is strong, caring, responsible, and sexy. I really liked him, even his demon, Wrath. I couldn't stop laughing while I read him, trying to resist Olivia. I even think he is cute.

Also, Legion, Aeron's little demon, is in the picture. She is, in part, the excuse to why Aeron can't be with Olivia. But Legion surprised me, not in a very good way. She is really a demon! She is mean, spoiled, an a little crazy. And she made a HUGE mistake. But in the end she starts to grown up, and tries to do the "right thing". Don't even try to even imagine what she did, you will not believe it!.

I loved to read about the other characters too. They have grown up, continue with their lives or being the same as we left them. Many of them begin to connect, and now I have some ideas of how the next books could be.

And the end, wow. Made my jaw drop, and I almost yell something like NOO, YOU CANT NOT LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!. I can't say anything else without giving spoilers...but believe me, it will leave you shocked.

If you haven't read this serie, you definitely have to, specially if you like paranormal romance. In each book, the characters became more real and every time I love them more.

Of course, Gena Showalter haven't disappointed me. She knows how to write a funny and sexy romance, and combine it with an interesting plot!. I don't think I can wait until the next book, The Darkest Lie, which will be release June 18, 2010.

Rating:
 


More about the Lords of the Underworld at genashowalter.com


By the way, which is your favorite LOTU couple? Mine is Lucien & Anya. :)

PS: Legion, you're a Bitch.

May 26, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #2


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My picks:

From Goodreads.com:
Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.
On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.
The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.
Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.
Angie Frazier
June 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN 054511473
www.angiefrazier.com

May 25, 2010

Book Review: Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
Sing Me To Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Deate: March 4th 2010
Age: Young Adult
THE TRANSFORMATION
Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
THE HEARTBREAK
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.
Beth, one of those girls who suffer a miserable life at school for being ugly, becomes beautiful and finds love. But the end may not be a happily ever after, because (prince) Derek has a secret.

Beth is a nice girl, but has low self-esteem, is submissive and too dependent for my taste. Obviously, to live your life by accepting the name of The Beast is not pleasant, and that is why a major change in her appearance really helps her. Gradually, Beth stops thinking she is ugly, gets out of the shell and become something else.

Derek is the prince of the story, and probably you will fall in love with him. He is nice boy; sweet, loving, and way too sexy to be the good guy. It's almost perfect. Almost. Although it's obvious that he loves Beth, he disappears many times, and every time he goes away, his little secret becomes more and more uncomfortable.

Of course, there is a love triangle. Scott, Beth's best friend, who sees beyond her outside. I didn't really liked him, he was way too intense, insistent and even cruel. But in the end he was just another boy in love.

I liked the fact that the characters sing. They have a great voice, and participate in choirs. It is an activity that it's never taken into account for young adult's books (first time I read about it. Also, I liked that the author include some lyrics, which sometimes appeared out of nowhere, mixed with the thoughts of the protagonist and helps you understands how she feels.

The only thing I'm not convinced is that the story doesn't focus on a single topic. First, its Beth's  transformation, then she finds love, but her best friend starts to bother, and finally Derek's big secret comes out. When I finished the book, Beth's beauty problem seemed so far away. I think that if the author had focused only on the love story, it would have been better.

The writing grabs you and doesn't let you go until you finish the book; And although it started being unoriginal, the ending left me surprised. I wasn't expecting it at all!

Overall,  I enjoyed Sing Me To Sleep, and at the end, cried a lot. So if you decide to read it, be prepared (with tissues!).


More about this book at Angela MorrisonGoodreadsAmazon, The Book Depository.

May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (5/23/2010)


In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

Hello everyone! This is my first IMM at Oh My Books! You can check my older IMM posts at Historias Imaginarias.

This was such a great week! I didn't bought anything, but I received a lot of gifts :)


I won ARIES RISING (Star Crossed #1) by Bonnie Hearn Hill; thanks to Keira @ Literature Young Adult Fiction. Looks nice, I can't wait to start reading it! By the way, I'm an Aries (Energetic - Enthusiastic - Take-charge - Self-centered - Quick tempered - Aggressive - You value: Attention). What's your sign?

Finally, I received Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison from International Book Tours :) I've heard great things about this book...


I won the SEA "Orange Popsicle Haze" Swag @ Angie Frazier blog! Thank you so much :) I love the mini-orange converse! What's cuter than that? Also, the ice-cream stickers are lovely!

Also I received as a gift from Avalon Apple a beautiful bookmark, made by herself. I actually needed a new bookmark, so its perfect timing!

And last but not least, my sister gave me a very cool Porta Colei bookmark and key-chain. It's actually a mystery where she got this, but a very nice surprise. Anyway, I haven't read Porta Colei's books, so maybe I will save these for a contest.

What did you get this week?

May 21, 2010

Review: The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

Book Cover of The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 08 January 2010
Pages: 368
Age: Young Adult
"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, iron-bound 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 alone 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."
It's difficult to find a sequel that is as good or better than the first book, but Julie Kagawa has achieve it.

As stated by the synopsis, we find Meghan, trapped in the Kingdom of the Fairies Winter. In the first book she didn't attract me much, but in this book she is much more clever and crafty, and definitely has matured. I felt much more comfortable reading her.

In my opinion, the main theme in this book are Meghan's feelings toward Ash and vice versa. Both are from different courts (summer and winter) and can not be together. It is very painful to read Ash's actions, and Meghan suffering. Definitely broke my heart, and I think the author did an excellent job describing the feelings between them.

The "war" between Ash and Puck was excellent. On the first book, Puck did not have a chance with Meghan, but now everything has changed. While reading the first book, The Iron King, I was very sure that Ash was my favorite, but this book played with my feelings so much that at one point I preferred Puck (yes, I know, what was I thinking? But let me tell you, he is hot!). Deciding between two boys is difficult, especially when you think you're so in love and suddenly have feelings for another.

I love the way the author describes the Fairies. There are not those little magical creatures, beautiful and harmless, but rather powerful beings, naughty, and more dangerous than we think. Feelings are the human's weakness, and they do not mind using them for their benefit.

Overall, I enjoyed this book much more than I imagined. The ending left me a little off base (I didn't think something like that could happen), but it left me wanting more. I really can't wait until next book!

Simply I can't say anything bad about The Iron Daughter, it's a wonderful for the people who like reading young adult, so it deserves the highest score.

5 points The Iron Daugther by Julie Kagawa

More about The Iron Fey at enterthefaeryworld.comwww.juliekagawa.comGoodreads, Amazon.

May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #1


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick:


From Goodreads:

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.


Heidi R. Kling
June 10th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN 0399251634 (isbn13: 9780399251634)

May 16, 2010

Review: Alison's Wonderland by Alison Tyler

Alison's Wonderland (Alyson Tyler)
Alison's Wonderland
Author: Tyler, Alison
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 07/01/2010
Age: Adult
Over the past fifteen years, Alison Tyler has curated some of the genre's most sizzling collections of erotic fiction, proving herself to be the ultimate naughty librarian. With Alison's Wonderland, she has compiled a treasury of naughty tales based on fable and fairy tale, myth and legend: some ubiquitous, some obscure - all of them delightfully dirty.
From a perverse prince to a vampire-esque Sleeping Beauty, the stars of these re-imagined tales are - like the original protagonists - chafing at desire unfulfilled. From Cinderella to Sisyphus, mermaids to werewolves, this realm of fantasy is limitless and so very satisfying.
Penned by such erotica luminaries as Shanna Germain, Rachel Kramer Bussel, N.T. Morley, Elspeth Potter, T.C. Calligari, D.L. King, Portia Da Costa and Tsaurah Litzsky, these bawdy bedtime stories are sure to bring you (and a friend) to your own happily-ever-after.
Alison's Wonderland is a collection of erotic stories, mixed with hints of classic fantasy and paranormal stories so familiar to us as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Vampires, Mermaids, Faeries ... etc.

What attracted me to this book was the title "Alison's Wonderland." By the title I had no idea what kind of book it was, but obviously by the cover I knew it would be an erotic book.

I'm not used to read this kind of books, but If one word could explain how is was reading it would be:  WOW!. Yeah, this book left me shocked.

But that didn't made me want to put it down at all. When I started it was impossible to stop.

In almost every story I laughed, and others were so intense that I could only read and gasp. Some were more like my favorite stories, others less, but in general, I liked them all.

Recommended if you like to read erotic stories, and if you are familiar with fairy tales.

Hello! & Welcome!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Oh My Books! my new blog, yay!

I'm so excited about this new "project". Please, let me tell you a little bit about it. Its a blog (duh!), where you will find reviews (my honest opinions) about books and everything that I think it's interesting about them. :)

Maybe you already know me from my other blog Historias Imaginarias, where I post my reviews in Spanish. And I'm pretty sure you are thinking "Why another blog?...". Believe it or not, I read more in English, and sometimes its difficult (and useless) to share reviews about books that aren't going to be publish in Spanish. Besides, I think its a great way to practice my English, and make new friends. Also, it's a personal desire, hehe, but don't tell anyone!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my new blog, and please come here anytime you want!

PS: Help is always welcome. :)
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