11/18/12

Rejoicing over The Vampire Diaries Developments

Hi, sunshine!!!

So, I watched the new promo for the next The Vampire Diaries episode and even thinking about it now, I'm extremely excited. It seems all my Delena dreams will be coming true in the near future! I'm so excited!. Well, that future could have been nearer if this episode would just air next week! But I won't let it keep me down. I can wait 2 weeks for "something more" Delena to happen. * she says bravely

I'm sad thatCaroline and Tyler seem to have broken up, though. I love them together. But I'm guessing Klaus will sweep in and try to be the knight in shining amour? I like him, but I don't   like him for Caroline. I'm pretty sure he'd be an abusive boyfriend. But seeing Caroline deal with him will definitely make for interesting tv.

See, Forwood, this is why we don't pretend to be and do things that we're not actually being and doing, like being broken up! There's a little thing called the law of attraction, you know. Don't mess with it.  

I'm also guessing that Bonnie and that professor will get into a relationship at some point.

I'm also wndering whether the professor needs the cure himself. When he talked about Silas, who was cursed...or something, he looked like he was refering to himself. And maybe the cure can help.

Either way, I can't wait for the next episode. What about you?



11/2/12

Pondering...stuff

I was just watching The Vow, a movie about a girl or actually a woman who gets into a car accident and forgets the last five years of her life.  This includes the fact that she's married, has made art her job and is living in the city. And it made me wonder who I would be, if  I wasn't influenced by my memories. I believe in reincarnation and it made me wonder, if we are really reincarnated into a new life repeatedly, if that's why we forget our past lives. Because, when you think about it, it takes away the baggage that memories, a past, can create. Taking that away, means not being weighed down by our past decisions, our past experiences, experiences we do not always perceive as good. It means broader horizons, the belief that we have choices and the ability to be whoever we want, something that's true with or without past life memories, but that we usually don't believe. It means being who you are at the core without anything else to define you.

Think of a murderer who decides he wants to change his life. If being a murderer is all he remembers, all he believes he can be and do, do you think he'll choose a different path, even if he wants to? And even if he does, do you think those who know him as a murderer will believe he's changed even when he doesn't kill anyone else for the rest of his life? I think it's more likely that those around him will think that he's gotten better at hiding the bodies.

But take ths same murderer and take away his memories. Take away the memories of those around him. If this person, who was peviously a murderer wants to choose a different path, then his choice, his life has just gotten a whole lot easier. He doesn't have to deal with judgments, with prejudice, because they're simply not there.

So I think that life is not about finding yourself, but about creating yourself. Having no idea of who you are when you are born means you get to decide who you are, you get to create who you are, define who you are, without letting yourself be influenced by the opinions of others or memories or insecurities, because you can be and do anything you want to be and do. When you were born, you didn't come with instructions, like clothes can come with the label "not machine washable". The only label we come with is "miracle" since science still hasn't managed to figure out how every part of our development manages to happen right on time from the point of conception to birth, without the help of mankind.

What this means for us as a species is that we are limitless. Well, our body might not be, but our mind and soul are, which is basically the same thing, since the mind is able to call into existence whatever it chooses to. And I think that's pretty cool.


10/14/12

X-Men Discoveries


I just finished watching all 4 X-Men movies. Here's what I thought going into the 4th movie.

  1. The humans started the war with the mutants out of fear for the unknown and very likely dangerous powers of the mutants
  2. Wolverine was probably in his thirties in the first through third movie, even though his age was undeterminable.
  3. Xavier is awesome, but sort of an innocent bystander who did everything he could to prevent World War 3 from happening at the hands of the mutants.
  4. Xavier lost his legs somewhere in the time period when he was training Jean, Storm and Scott or shortly before he started training them.
What I discovered:
  1. Wolverine is at least the same age as Xavier and Magneto and most likely much older, not younger than them as I originally thought. I really should have taken his cell regenerative powers more seriously. People should start bottling that. It's also funny that Magneto and Xavier actually met him when they were young, way before Stryker got his hands on him. And when I say way before, I mean waaaaay before, because apparently Stryker was still a little boy.
  2. Magneto would never have become everything he became without Xavier. Xavier taught Magneto to use and control his powers to his full potential, something he would never have learnt on his own, seeing as he based his power on anger, which was an unreliable and unstable source. Xavier also provided Magneto with the best, power-wise, and most loyal mutant sidekick he could have ever dreamed of. Too bad he discarded her like yesterday's trash the moment she was cured, which leads me to number 3.
  3. Xavier and Beast might not have accepted the mutant side/ mutant appearance of Raven/Mystique, but in X- Men 3 it's clear that Magneto doesn't accept Raven's human side. He loved Raven because of her mutant gene, while Xavier and Beast loved her for her personality and seemingly human appearance. Either way, Raven was never loved for all of who she was, only for parts of it. That's a really sad realization, one I'm sure Raven ultimately came to herself. Which makes me think about Wolverine and how he accepted Jean completely. He could care less that she had a split personality. I'm pretty sure that if she wasn't so uncontrollably lethal to herself and others he wouldn't have had a problem.
  4. Xavier lost the use of his legs twice? According to the 4th movie, a prequel, Xavier lost his legs then, when he was young, but then years later he manages to walk into Jean's house alongside Magneto, when they're recruiting Jean. First I thought that it was the same recruiting period shown in the 4th movie, but that's not the case, because in the 4th movie they recruited Alex Summers, who I'm guessing is Scott Summers' dad, and Jean is of Scott's and therefore a later generation. So basically, Xavier manages to lose the use of his legs when he's young, then walk into Jean's house years later, only to be back in a wheelchair even more years later. Yeah.
  5. It's unbelievable how much the choices of the mutants affected their future, both separately and as a whole. In my opinion, the war was started by a small group of mutants with an agenda that I probably won't understand until I re-watch the last X-Men movie. But I think it had something to do with their idea that they are a superior race, afraid of being discovered and hunted out of fear for their abilities. The sad part is that they were the ones that gave the humans a reason to fear and hunt them. (Also, Xavier recruiting mutants for the government was a really, really bad move. He should have recruited and trained them in secret from the start.) Then there was Magneto who only saltened the wound, declaring war on humanity, because one human mistreated him. That's the problem with all species, we tend to generalize. If one of a certain species hurts us, then naturally, automatically, they are all bad, all dangerous and therefore all deserve to die. That mistake was made by both sides, the mutants as well as the humans. We fear what we are not and what we don't understand, don't we? Then there's the separate mutants in the last movie. Mystique/ Raven could have chosen a future with Beast. I think he loved her, even if he could not accept her. He also became what he couldn't accept and in time I think he woud have learnt to accept himself and by extension, Raven. It's apparent in the third X-Men movie, since Beast doesn't opt to receive the cure. Yet Mystique chose Magneto over the love she clearly lacks and misses in all the other X-Men movies. She thought she was choosing acceptance, but in the end it was proven that she chose the wrong person to receive that acceptance from.  There's also Xavier, who could have chosen a life of love, a partner to rule his school with. Granted, she was human, but still.  He didn't trust her, though, which I kind of understand, since he couldn't risk putting the future of his school and its students in danger in the event that she turned on him. But I can't help but think that she wouldn't. She seemed  as loyal as Mystique and there seemed to be more than loyalty there, too.
  6. Xavier is still awesome, but not an innocent bystander, on the contrary. He meant well, but he's basically part of the catalyst that set everything in motion, both the good and the bad. 
  7. None of this changes the fact that I do not agree with a lot of things that happened in the third X-Men movie, although it was a decent movie. But if I have to elaborate on that, I'll need another post so I'll leave it at this.



10/11/12

Hello Sunshine + The Vampire Diaries returns tomorrow!

Hello sunshine!

I know it's been a long time no...write, but guess what? I'm back!!! Or at least I think I am. And I just finished THE most amazing book, which I will tell you about after the break in my next post. First, I just wanted to write a proper hello and tell you to make yourself at home. I've just dusted the place off after a long vacation away from it, so really, make yourself comfortable.

And of course I need to tell you that I am freaking out! The Vampire Diaries returns tomorrow!!!!! Or later today actually since it's already morning in my country. Nobody in my house understands my infatuation with TVD. So I'm hoping to find some kindred spirits online. Man, I can't wait for this show to be back. It should be illegal for it to take such a long break between seasons.

I'm dying to know what's going to happen! The season finale was epic and left me wondering how I was going to survive without the show, which seems to have become an annual thing since I discovered it.

Anyway, so much went down last season. But the big question is, what will happen now? We were left with Elena on the verge of being a vampire, Rebecca and Elijah all but ready to kill everyone who had anything to do with Klaus' supposed death and last but not least, Klaus in Tyler's body. I hope I didn't forget anything, which is entirely possible with the amount of information crammed into one episode. Not that I'm complaining, you wonderful and amazingly talented writers.

There's so much to contemplate.

Let's start with Tyler-Klaus-Caroline
By the looks of the season 4 promo, Klaus (in Tyler's body) and Caroline will might sleep together. That is so epically wrong and sort of shamefully right at the same time. I love Klaus, well, we've sort of got a love-hate relationship going on. He's just so good at being bad. But you can see that he likes Caroline. He's completely wrong for her, but at the same time I'm wondering whether it could work. I feel like they'd blow up if they were together. I'm not sure yet if that would be a good thing or a bad thing, though

So question one: How will Tyler react if something happens between Klaus and Caroline?
I'm thinking that Caroline will kill Klaus, unless Tyler gets to him first, of course. Or at least they'll try...until they realize that if he dies, so will they, so there goes that plan. So any other ideas?

Now what about Eena's future vampirism and choice between the Salvatore's?
We all know she never wanted to be a vampire and we also know that she chose Stefan before the big change. But what will happen now?

So question 2 (and yes, I can count): Will Elena turn?
I think we all know that Elena will turn, especially with Damon around. Elena already died, because she wanted to make her own choice and Stefan let her. I doubt Damon will let her choose to die. He'll probably make her turn and then apologize for it later.

Question 3: Who will Elena choose (and will she choose this season)?
*Me: DAMONDAMONDAMONDAMONDAMONDAMONDAMONDAMONDAMONAMONONONONONONONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

Let's look at the facts (which  might also be defined as the truth being stretched), shall we?
When Damon and Elena first met, which was before she even met Stefan, he compelled her to "find what she was looking for." Then Elena's parents died. Elena's world was turned upside down. She was looking for fighting to regain some stability, some security in her life. Enter Stefan. Can you see where I'm going with this? Then she meets Damon. He likes her, she likes him, but she doesn't want to like him. Stefan goes ballistic, turning into a ripper (granted, for a very noble cause). Elena feels "compelled" to search for him, despite the fact that he's turned ino a heartless killer. I could go on and on. The point is...what is the point?

All I know is that soon, Elena will remember all the awesomeness that is Damon that he compelled her to forget and I'm hoping that her infatuation with Stefan was just a by-product of Damon compelling her to go after what she was looking for, which at the time was security and stability, which are basically the definition you will find when you look Stefan up in the dictionary. Maybe turning into a vampire will heighten her senses in such a way that she'll realize that what she was looking for, Stefan, is no longer what she needs and maybe never was. That what she actually needs is Damon. With that said, dear God, if Elena has to sleep with someone, please let it be Damon. I'll even take Elijah. But not Stefan. Just not Stefan. Don't worry Stelena shippers, you're welcome to convince me otherwise.



6/13/12

Waiting on Wednesday #11


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...

The SyndicateThe Syndicate by Shelena Shorts
Release Date: July 9th 2012
For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.

The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.

Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.

The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.



First of all, when I read the synopsis of this book, I felt like going "ooh" and "aah". I'm just dying to know what the "danger" is the Petrescu family protects society from. Please let it be some type of creature I've never, or at least rarely, heard of. Oh and that cover! Isn't it gorgeous? The guy on it kind of reminds me of Alex Pettyfer. And I like the tagline, very catchy. I've definitely got my eye on this one.

The Dark LightThe Dark Light by Sara Walsh
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get intense Sol—or the brilliant tattoo on his back—out of her mind.

Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything she once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was—and neither is she.








Doesn't this one sound interesting? OK, I'll admit, the first thing I noticed was the cover and I thought "Adult Romance Book". I mean LOOK at that cover. It just screams sensuality. But I love it. And I like the synopsis. There's a lot of mystery. And I like mystery.


6/11/12

Here's to Us!

Hi sunshines, I know I've been MIA for almost a month and it's because I've been really busy with school, tests (midterms I think is the correct term) and the rest of the time I've been lazy for some reason. I just wanted to say that I'm thankful to have such amazing followers who stuck with me despite the fact that they haven't heard much of me for what's probably a century in the blogger world.

I also wanted to share that today is my  20th birthday!!!!! I'm actually cutting it pretty close because it's about 11:45  at night here, but I wanted to share it with you just a little. Not all bloggers do that, but your my followers, so I just wanted you to know.

Oooh, fun fact: I think today is ms. Jennifer Armentrout's birthday as well! And Daemon Black's (the hottie-and jerk- of the Lux series by this author)! I just think that's really cool. And guess what? The Before I Wake blog tour started off today as well! For those of you who don't know, Before I Wake is the 6th book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent, which happens to be one of my favorite Young Adult series.

So yeah, today's a pretty awesome day to turn 20.

I just wanted to thank all my followers again for sticking with me, for making me want to keep coming back to blogging even when life gets busy. I'll also do my best to blog on a regular basis, because blogging is awesome, you, my followers, are awesome and books (and movies/ TV shows) are awesome.

Talking about TV shows, have any of you seen Revenge? I love that TV show! It's very addictive.

Anyway, I also wanted to say, Here's to us! Here's to me, to you, to this blog and hopefully to many, many more months, maybe even years of faithful reading, blogging and an eternal love of books.

And what better way to say it then with a song!


Oh, and, cake anyone?





5/16/12

Waiting on Wednesday #10


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: June 12th 2012
For Darkness Shows the Stars
Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. 

What stand out most to me from this book are the mystery and feeling of lost love in the synopsis and the absolutely breathtaking cover and title. I know this is supposed to be inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, which I have been wanting to read for the longest time. I remember watching The Lake House  and Persuasion was mentioned in it, how it's about waiting, waiting for love, not really being sure if the time is right or if the time, the chance to have that love has past. It just sounded so beautiful that I really wanted to read it then. And like I said, the synopsis of this book does hint at lost love and everything, the mystery, the lost love, the genetic experiment gone wrong, the cover and title, all of it just makes me want to read this book.

What to Expect When You're Expecting
Release Date: May 18th 2012
I know this post is supposed to be about books we're waiting on, but I couldn't help myself.
I'm dying to see this movie and I just realized that it comes out on May 18th!!! That's in two days!
I think I have already featured this trailer a few months ago, but hey, I'm sure a lot of you haven't seen it yet :)



And for those who have here's the second trailer...



So what do you think of my picks and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)



5/12/12

Shelf Candy Saturday #6



Shelf Candy Saturday is a seriously awesome weekly meme hosted by Steph over at 

I love this meme, because I love art and it allows us to look closely at the stunning book cover art we adore and talk about the amazing designers behind these book covers.

 Today I'm especially excited  about doing this post, because I'm featuring the designer(s) of a few of my absolute favorite book covers. 

So my picks for this week are...

Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum

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In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life—and memories—behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.


I decided to feature the UK covers because I love them just a little bit more.  The difference is especially apparent if you compare the UK cover of Die For Me to the US one. The colors of the UK cover of Die For Me are more vibrant compared to the US cover and the text is elegant. 


US cover on the left, UK cover on the right

I just love the concept of both covers. You can see that they’re part of the same series, yet they are different. A girl on the cover seems to have become a trend when it comes to YA books, especially a girl with her back to the camera dressed in a gorgeous dress. I can’t say I’m complaining about this. In this cover the trend is put to good use, with a girl standing on what looks like a rooftop gazing at…the beautiful view perhaps? What I think is cool is that in the distance, you can make out the Eiffel Tower, which leads me to believe that this book or at least part of it takes place in Paris. And that is actually the case. But my favorite part of the cover is the inky art, which I adore. I also think it’s strategically placed, crawling up the girl’s dress, making it even prettier, up her arms and then further up the cover, finally ending up framing the title. I also really love the tagline. I love a good tagline. I think it functions to make a person curious about the content of a book, from the moment they lay their eyes on it and I think this one succeeds.

Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum

Until I Die

Like on the first cover, this one has a girl with her back turned to the camera. But in contrast to the first cover, where the girl looks like she’s having a tranquil moment enjoying the view (*well, it looks like it, but for all I know she’s actually being held at gunpoint and the perpetrator is out of the picture), the girl on the second cover looks like she’s in a hurry, with the bottom part of her dress blowing in the breeze behind her. Or maybe it’s just windy? Anyway, I love the purple-bluish tones in this cover, which is completed by the white inky art, again very pretty. I’ve actually seen a different cover around, where the inky art is actually done in a light purple color which I like as well, although I don’t think it stands out as much.

The Artist
The artist is Johanna Basford

(From the artist's website) 

Tumble down the rabbit hole and find yourself in my inky black and white Wonderland...

I'm an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels.

I create intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominately, although not exclusively, in black and white.

My creativity is cultivated by a curious imagination and a delight in the fantastic. Much of my work has roots in the flora and fauna that surrounded me growing up on my parent's fish farm in rural Scotland.

I graduated in 2005 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with my degree in Printed Textiles and a portfolio stuffed with monochrome silk screen prints and drawings. Following that, I set-up my little studio and began on my mission to vanquish the vector and champion the (wobbly) hand drawn line.

Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints. My delicate hand inked designs intend to charm and delight, inviting you to peer closer and discover the hidden intricacies.

For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.

I like sugar mice, Alice in Wonderland, peonies and 0.05 Staedtler pigment liners.

There's lots more inky information about my work on my FAQ blog.

Follow my inky adventures on Twitter

And take a peek inside my studio via www.mydesktoday.com


Ms. Basford wrote an interesting blog post about her and Mark Ecob's work on the cover for Die For Me. It also let's you get up close and personal with the cover. So if you want to know more about how the cover of Die For Me came to be, click here

The Designer
(From the designer's website) 
My name is Mark Ecob.
I am a graphic designer specialising in book cover design, illustration and art-direction.

I’ve worked for some of the biggest names in the UK book industry, including Hodder & Stoughton, 
The Orion Publishing Group and most recently as Art Director for Canongate Books, one of the 
most successful independent book publishers in the world. During my time there we were 
named Publisher of the Year in 2009, and nominated In-Book for the D&AD Book Design 
Category 2010 and 2011.

I work independently or with other creatives. With an ear to the ground and a rich 
contacts book, I’ll guarantee a creative and cost-effective solution to deadline. 

Encouraging new talent wherever possible, I’ve taught in various colleges since 2005, including
Glasgow School of Art, The Nottingham Trent University and Edinburgh College of Art.
I also take an active role in industry events, including two talks at The Bookseller Cover Design
seminars in 2007 and 2010. I will also be judging the D&AD Book Design category in 2012.

If you have a project you’d like my help with, book or not, give me a call.

You can find the designer here:

You might remember that I featured this designer a few weeks ago. The covers of the Revenants series were the ones I was planning on featuring originally, but I realized when I'd finished this post for the coming week that the cover and artist had just been featured by a fellow blogger. I kind of stopped writing my SCS posts in advance after that.
But since I hadn't featured the artist before and I think her work is awesome AND the fact that these covers are amazing hasn't changed, I decided to feature the covers anyway.
Plus, I think a finished post should be published and I'm exhausted after a long day of school and shopping for Mother's Day gifts, so I think this is the perfect time for that.
(To Maria: I told you I'd post it at some point :D.)

So what do you think? Do you love the covers as much as I do? And have you read the books?



5/9/12

Waiting on Wednesday #9



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: June 26th 2012


I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school... Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....

I have been dying to read this book since last year, which is when I read the previous book in the series, If I Die. Now people, that is a LONG time to wait for a book to come out. Especially with the complete awesomeness that was If I Die. You know how people would wait in line to be the first to get their hands on a copy of a Harry Potter book? Well, I would totally stand in line for this book, you know, if they actually had it in stores in my country on its release date and there was a line. This series is that awesome. So if you haven't read it yet, pick it up. 

So what do you think of my pick and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)



5/5/12

Shelf Candy Saturday #5




Shelf Candy Saturday is a seriously awesome weekly meme hosted by Steph over at 

I love this meme, because I love art and it allows us to look closely at the stunning book cover art we adore and talk about the amazing designers behind these book covers.

So my pick for this week is...
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. 

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

I love this cover. I think it's so magical and reminds me of being a kid and believing that somewhere out there, there is a secret magical world just waiting  to be discovered. It also brings back memories  of the times I watched Out of the Box and wanted my own cardboard house. But all that aside, I just like all the classic fairy tales represented on the cover. I think it's so cool that on the left side there is Snow White, complete with a witch's cauldron, a couple of apples of which one even has a bite taken out of it! And then on the right side there's Sleeping Beauty complete with a spindle. I also like that the kids are floating in the air. I feel like they've just discovered this world and are falling out of the sky from their world. I just love the thought and detail put into the cover. (I also like the combination of green and gold on the cover, although I'm not so sure it works for my post. :)


The Designer 
The  illustrator is Brandon Dorman.
He's done cover art for the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Wizard, the bestselling series,  Fablehaven, and the extremely popular series, Goosebumps. ( That is so awesome! I love Goosebumps! I own some of them in Dutch, although he's not the illustrator for the Dutch versions.)

You can find the designer here:

I actually checked out mr. Dorman's website and I really like his work. 

It's funny because I found this book on Goodreads yesterday through the author. I've recently gotten addicted to watching the TVshow Glee and Kurt Hummel is my favorite character. And the actor who plays Kurt, Chris Colfer, also happens to be the author of this book.

I think it's great that Chris is trying his hand at writing, which is interesting since I don't think I've ever been excited about a celebrity getting a book out there before. 

 Anyway, so I've decided that I'll be getting this after it comes out, which is on July 17 2012, because:
  1. I love fairy tales.
  2. I think Chris Colfer is an amazing actor .
  3. I've decided to completely ignore the fact that this book is not directed at my age group, because in my opinion while you can be too young to read certain material, you're never too old to read it, especially when it comes to fairy tales I'm cool like that *cough.
Wait, I think I went off topic. 
What I was trying to say is that I started out liking this book because of the author, but ended up liking it even more because of the synopsis and the amazing cover. 
So instead of featuring it on Waiting on Wednesday, I decided to feature it here.

So what do you think? Do you love the cover as much as I do? 



5/2/12

Waiting on Wednesday #8


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...

Slated (Slated, #1)Slated by Teri Terry
Release Date: May 3rd 2012
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank, 
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?










I feel like everyone and their dog knows about this book, but it's coming out tomorrow and I am dying to read it. So naturally I had to feature it. I think it sounds awesome. A girl who's memory gets wiped, because supposedly she was a terrorist? And there's even more going on? So mystery and intrigue? I am so there! This book screams " I am epic!". I really really hope that's the case. I LOVE the cover by the way, so dark and the girl's eyes are striking.

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan
Release Date: August 28th 2012

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
 

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.


Now, this is something else. A guy who wakes up in a different person's body EVERY SINGLE DAY? This sounds both really cool and absolutely terrifying. I'm dying to know how it works. I hope it's explained well and that it's mindblowingly  (is this even a word?) interesting. Right now all I can think about is that movie Down to Earth, time travel and the cover of Tempest, since this cover reminds me of that one and that book is about time travel. ( I haven't read it yet, so don't quote me on that.)


So what do you think of my picks and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)


4/29/12

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Forbidden
Synopsis
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.  


Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.



What I think
I'll start by stating that this book is not for everyone. In fact, some will probably hate it. But I loved it.
It's definitely a book that causes mixed feelings. It tackles an issue (actually more than one) that's almost never addressed, almost never discussed, not in books and not in real life, and when it is, it's usually done in hushed tones.

I'd heard about this book before I read it and I went in expecting it to be a lot like books by Virginia Andrews. And while in some ways it was, it also wasn't. V.C. Andrews' books always had this air of despair. It's hard to explain, but it felt like the characters could never catch a break and even if they did, it would be like there was and would always be a cloud hanging over them, just waiting to start raining on them again. Don't get me wrong, this book had a thread of pain, sadness and desperation throughout as well, but there was also the hope, the never ending hope, the promise of love, unconditional love, and the possibility of happiness. And that's what made all the difference.

The characters
The characters, or no, the character of Lochan, is one of the most messed up I have ever seen. From the start I had a feeling the book would end as it did, it was always there in my mind, right beneath the surface. But Lochan isn't just one of the most screwed up characters I've ever come across, he's also one of the most amazing. He has been taking care of his family, his brothers and sisters, ever since he was about 12, having to make up for a father who left and a mother who couldn't care less, leaving her children to their own devices. Imagine how hard that must be, how terrifying, how mind-boggling, yet it happens more than we can possibly comprehend. Lochan carries the weight of his family like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. And in a way he is, because they are his world.  But  while he often thinks he's carrying the weight alone, there is Maya, his one year younger sister, who started carrying the weight right along with him. They form a team in everything, it's them against the world. Maya is Lochan's strength and all throughout the book I feel like he'll fall apart without her. He depends on her more then he knows. Even so, he tries to shield her from the responsibility, his responsibility as much as he can, trying to be strong for her, trying not to need her. And all of it, having to be the responsible adult, often thinking he's doing it alone, has taken its toll on him. He's anti-social, just completely turned into himself, only coming alive when he's with his family.

Maya is the strong, calm, reasonable character, the peacemaker. She's Lochan's anchor and the reason he doesn't completely unravel.

The story
The story alternates between the point of view of Lochan and Maya and in my opinion is beautifully told.
It's simple, but raw and honest. It's about the love between a brother and sister, developing into something more than what's accepted in our society,resulting in incest, or in this case, consensual incest. And the author managed to make it work. She found a way to make the characters live, to make me sympathize with them, to make me understand them and want to make it all alright and I applaud her for that. And the ending, the ending! I knew it wouldn't end well, these things never do. Do I think things would have gone very differently if the circumstances had been different? Yes, I really, really do. I think there's a reason why not more brothers and sisters fall in love, although there are probably more cases than ever see the light of day.  Anyway, so while I expected the ending, I was also kind of scared, scared of how everything would go down and my fear reached a maximum because of what almost happened at the very end of the book. And while the ending was far from happy, it was satisfying. I'm happy about the choice made in the very end and I think everything will be alright. Some might disagree and ask me what my definition of alright is. To me, it's the sun breaking through when you're in a place where you never thought that was possible. And that is what this book delivers.

The gist
This is a book that tugs at the heartstrings. It challenges you and it makes you think. It's a book about hope, love, despair and sacrifice. It's about actions and the consequences that go along with them. It is not a light read and it's a little disturbing. But I'll tell you something. I was very much in a reading rut when I started this book. I can't even remember the last book I read at the moment. And this book managed to pull me out of that rut. So it is without a doubt a good read.

5 Smileys



4/28/12

Shelf Candy Saturday #4



Shelf Candy Saturday is a seriously awesome weekly meme hosted by Steph over at 

I love this meme, because I love art and it allows us to look closely at the stunning book cover art we adore and talk about the amazing designers behind these book covers.

So my pick for this week is...

Scent of a White Rose by Tish Thawer
Scent of a White Rose by Tish Thawer
stock photo by Marcus Ranum

A vampire's love... 

An innocent's guilt... 

A secret no one could've imagined... 

A paranormal romance that entices with a heroine that isn't quite what she seems, a vampire whose love story is filled with dark surprises, and a vampire clan whose Sire has lost the ability to inflict "the change". 

~ ROSE ~ 
I'm Rose Reynolds. I have recently lost my Mom in a "freak accident". 
Now everyone sees me as an innocent girl...a “white Rose”. 
But I have a secret that no one can imagine. 
I'm not as innocent as everyone thinks… 

~ CHRISTIAN ~ 
I'm Christian and I’m in love with Rose. I also have a secret as old as time. I’m a vampire. 
No, she doesn’t know…yet. 
But when our new Sire is revealed, I'll petition them to change her. 
Because truly, I can't live without her... 

*Please note: This book was previous labeled YA, but due to the age of the characters and content it has been relabeled PNR, but could still be considered MATURE YA.*

I love this cover. I think it's just so breathtakingly beautiful. The perfect balance of light and dark. The way the girl's eyes look silvery, almost like they're lit up from within. But my favorite part is the white rose and what I think is the scent wafting up from it, which is perfectly in keeping with the title and the synopsis. The rose is so big and beautiful. It almost looks like it's shining, standing out on the cover like a light in the dark. It's so simple yet absolutely beautiful. I also really like the tagline. It definitely makes me curious and excited to read this book. And I love the title. I adore uniquely beautiful titles (think "For Darkness Shows the Stars" and "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats) and I think this is one of them. Really, what's not to love?


The Designer

The cover designer is Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography.
Regina Wamba is a professional graphic designer, web developer and photographer serving the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She lives in Farmington, MN, but her clients come from all over the state, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, the South Metro, and surrounding areas. She also has clients nationally and according to her website she can accommodate any project.

Now, based on what I've seen on her website, I completely believe her. This woman does everything! She does Web Design, Logo Design, Graphic Design and photography ranging from family portraits to head shots and Glamour shots. And don't even get me started on her book cover art, which I am absolutely in love with. As she writes on her website, she loves what she does, and I think her passion really does shine through in her work. I will definitely feature this designer again as I started out wanting to do the cover above, but when I saw all the cover art I almost posted each and every one of the ones I love. But I contained my excitement and kept it at one, because let's face it, a lot of her covers deserve their own spotlight, plus this would've been an insanely long post, because you know I'd have something to say about each and every one of the covers I'd posted.

You can find the designer here:
I also found this really cool video of  photo manipulation by Regina Wamba


I couldn't help myself. I love each and every one of the covers of this series. Yes it's a series! Isn't that just awesome? Anyway so I decided to post all the covers, because they are amazing!


See what I mean? I love all of them and I like how the covers match. They are all rose-themed and dark with hints of red and white.  Also, the ones on the left and in the middle really kind of say "vampire" in my opinion.  The rose on the cover on the right is really beautiful and unique, too.  Ugh, I just can't get over the beauty of these covers.

But what do you think? Do you like the covers as much as I do? Have you heard of this trilogy? Have you read book 1 and 1.5? 

I haven't read these books yet, but I plan on starting Scent of a White Rose soon. 

Leave your SCS link in the comments and I'll do my best to drop by your blog :)


4/25/12

Waiting on Wednesday #7



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...
Love Sucks
Love Sucks by Sage Collins
Release Date: April 27th 2012

Mailee Jones is about to answer the age old question: "How much love would a love sucker suck if a love sucker fell in love?"

Mailee is a Haustrix, an otherwise normal girl with a demon gene that causes her to consume love from any human she touches. Afraid of draining anyone completely, she's been leading an isolated life, relying on Eric, a hunky lust-draining Haustor and the only person she can safely touch. She's content to avoid humans for all but the quickest possible hand-brushes with the dreaded cheerleaders to keep from starving.

Until she meets Logan, a diabetic who is the first human to understand Mailee's anguish over her diet. But growing close to him means risking his love for her. Mailee's convinced it's time to do something--anything--to become human. But the only antidote requires her to release and be systematically infected by demons representing each of the Seven Deadly Sins. Sloth and Pride? Okay, fine, but sins like Wrath and Envy aren't so easy, as proven when possessed-Mailee punches the cheerleader who's making eyes at Eric. Can she honestly get through all the sins?

Not to mention this new issue--is she interested in Eric instead? Because if she turns human, she'll lose him. Forever.

A girl with a demon gene that makes her suck the love from everyone she touches? Um, yes, please! And, hahaha, she chooses to suck the love from the not-so-nice cheerleaders! 
OK, so my guess is that Mailee will realize that she actually loves Eric and that he's loved her all her life. And I'm hoping that the lust infection will at least cause a kiss to happen between Mailee and Eric :D. I have got to read this book. It comes out in two days! *Does the cabbage patch

Thomas & JanuaryThomas & January by Fisher Amelie
Release Date: ? 2012
Thomas Eriksson thinks he has it all figured out.  

"People crossed the street when they saw me. I’m not really sure why that was. I mean, okay, I might have looked a bit intimidating if I was being truthful with you. I’d changed since New York. New York represented a life that wasn’t real, not truthfully anyway. No, New York was the young, immature, in love, idiot side of Tom. The ‘Tie-Dye Tom of New York City’ didn’t exist anymore. Tie-Dye Tom was dead."

January Mac Lochlainn thinks she’s her own worst enemy.

"I quit Berkeley. Threw away a full scholarship. Plans, you ask? What plans?"

But they’re both wrong.

***

Tom approached me slowly and met me under the light on the stone walkway. He leaned over me so closely, my neck craned to see his face. His expression was one of confusion as he studied my own.

“What is it about you?” He asked me.

“What do you mean?” I whispered, closing my eyes and swallowing, my breaths becoming labored.

He lifted his hand and dragged the backs of his fingers across the line of my jaw so lightly I barely felt them but they made me feel dizzy all the same.

“How can you be this extraordinary, January Mac Lochlainn?” He leaned closer, a look of pure frustration and anger lit his eyes. He pressed his lips together. “And why couldn’t I have met you before I realized I didn’t want anyone...ever?”

Life for Thomas and January will never be the same again...whether they like it or not.

OK, so you might have noticed that this doesn't actually have a release date yet. The author promised that it will come out 'soonish' and according to Goodreads it'll come out in 2012. But I just couldn't help myself, I'm dying to read this! Who cares if it doesn't have a release date yet. It's coming out! That's what matters. Now, this is the sequel to Callum & Harper. And let let me just say, I loved that book! It was such a sweet love story, with a little tragedy, sadness and suspense thrown in. It was just so beautiful. (Which reminds me, I still have to post my review. So watch out for that.) I didn't even know this was going to be a series, when I read Callum & Harper. And Thomas & January is about Tie-Dye Tom! He was one of Callum and Harper's friends. But I wonder what happened to him. It sounds like he hit rock bottom. I could've sworn he was in love with someone in the first one or am I thinking about someone else? Man, I need to re-read Callum & Harper before this one comes out. Oh and isn't that cover just absolutely, wonderfully, amazingly, breathtakingly stunning? It's even more beautiful than the first one. I just love the colors.  And the cute polaroid picture. And the tree in the suitcase. And  the hea-*sigh...I just love everything about it. I think it's so colorful because Thomas is/ was Tie-Dye Tom.

 If you want to read the first chapter of Thomas & January you can find it here

What do you think of my picks and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)



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