Tuesday, September 27, 2011

-review- Ashfall by Mike Mullin

 --I found myself yawning and sleepy only a few hours later. There was no point in fighting it-the nightmares that haunted my dreams would beat the waking nightmare my life had become-so I let myself drift back to sleep--


About the book HERE

Mike Mullin= Genious!
Really!
It's one of the most amazing reads of this year and one you simply cannot miss!

There's no cake before the hit, no preamble as to what you'll witness-not see- but seriously witness in the next sentence. So obviously by the time I was on chapter 3...let's just say that hyperventilation is an understatement.
The World as we know it ceased to exist that friday.
Alex thought it'll be one of his greatest weekends since he finally won an argument with his mom, he'll stay in the house when his parents along with his sister Rebecca went on a trip.
Making a promise to himself after the events on that friday, Alex goes on a journey that any other day would've taken 2 hours but now it didn't even seem likely he'd made it there alive.
Making friends and a few enemies on his way he learns to appreciate every breath he's able to take, ever blink of his eyes, every bite of food in his mouth, and even a face-unfamiliar or not-to look at.
In the worst situation possible for an alone 15 year old, without your family and friends you get a real scoop of the true nature of the people you thought you knew.

When I thought I could have peace and my heart rate slowed down BOOM! another catastrophy!
At some point I thought, "wow this is a really big-large-book!" and that I'd be reading more and more of the same but God!! was I wrong!

Mullin's writting kept my heart rate so high I seriously was scared for my health!
As for what I felt while reading this book?
-I cried for whole new reasons while reading the book.
-2 times I jumped out of my skin and seat while reading due to little earthquakes here in my country!¬¬
-One of the most realistic, heartbreaking, cruel, and beautiful books I've ever read. The rawness of it all didn't let me relax for one bit.
-The first book ever that left me wondering WHAT IF???
-The enormity of the story crushed all the pages from the book!

I never thought I could get to dislike pork more than I do but I think Mullin got the job done pretty well.

All in all the characters all where perfectly described and written beautifully!!

And well what I kept from the book?
That life can change in the blink of an eye. That we all have craziness inside us it's just that nothing bad enough has happened for us to notice. That money is just paper; one day you have it, the next you simply don't. But above everything else to not EVER NEVER take anything for granted!

What will you be willing to do, give, and sacrifice when your survival is at stake? Will it include your humanity?

A book that's realistic in one of the most terrifying ways...
Do yourself a favor and don't miss this book for anything!

I give it the
10special-fotitos(special rating for over-the-top-I'll-never-get-over-this book) =
I cried for things I didn't know possible I was capable of.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

IMMB #4 the OMG Maggie Stiefvater edition!

IMMB is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure to check her blog out! She rocks!

~Sorry if it's too dark, for rambling too much I can't help myself, yes that isn't a nice backround but what can I do? AND sorry I know I misread the name of the FB page from wich I won The Scorpio Races ARC~


-all booklinks take you directly to goodreads-
You can go to Ellen's blog by clicking HERE

OMG! I am completely sorry that I said the name wrong~blushes~ it's Love~YA~Lit YA NOT JA! sorry so very very sorry for not saying the name correct!

What did you get in your mail box this week?

Top 100 YA List

First things first...I'm not even going to try to link to the original post though I have to tell you I stole/stalked/read the idea that, I know wasn't originally from them but still, I found them there and not anywhere else...
Lady Reader's Book Stuff (from wich I'm a new follower)
Fiktshun Ramblings (one you may know is 1/2 of my stalking favorite places)
both of them got me hooked and jaw dropping while going through the list of the TOP 100 YA BOOKS and wich of those the'd read...


So, I decided...why not...I might even surprise myself...you know, I'm new to reading YA in english since I read mostly in spanish AND not YA. And thanks to Twilight, Hush, Hush, and The Body Finder, wich where the only ones capable enough to get me into reading all over again after 2 years of abscence, I am here now posting this ;)
Anyways, here's the list and the ones that I HAVE READ are going to be in GREEN LETTERS. That settled here it goes! And wish me luck ;)


Top 100 YA List
  1. Alex Finn – Beastly(dying to read this)
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched(dying to read this)
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3) (dying to read this)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3) (dying to read this)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3) (dying to read this)
  18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse (dying to read this)
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3) (dying to read this)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)yeap guys it isn't in green
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why(dying to read this)
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska (dying to read this)
  38. John Green – Paper Towns (dying to read this)
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief (dying to read this)
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)(dying to read this)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book(dying to read this)
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)(dying to read this)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick; Norah’s Infinite Playlist(dying to read this)
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride(dying to read this)
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key(dying to read this)
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever(dying to read this)
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4) yes, I'm weary about reading the 4th
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
  93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)(dying to read this)
  100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped
WOW!, 16 out of the 100 list, I don't know about you but I'm proud and desperate so many more I want to read AND I don't have much of them, let alone the whole pile... anyways...I had fun!
Why don't you tell me wich out of the 100 have you read uh? I'm sure it'll be much more than mine.
And yes, I haven't read Harry Potter... ^-^~don't look at me like that~

Friday, September 23, 2011

Giveaway WINNER!!!



Okay! so random.org has spoken AND the winner of the 2 ebooks (Insight and Embody) by Jamie Magee is


KATRINA W
CONGRATS!

I've sent your email, so your book should be arriving soon!
Remember all those who entered are still running to win the 2 books on paperback format AND an e-ARC of her third book Image, good luck!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

~review~ My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

“Anger is great. It's powerful, when you need something to hold you up. Something to steel your spine. But in the dark, when you're alone with the truth, anger can't survive. The only thing that can live in the dark with you is fear.” 




Because I know the release of the 5th book ~If I Die~ is coming I decided to share with you my review on the previous book... My Soul to Steal...
Ok...book 4 on the Soul Screamers series...
Kaylee...I really don't know if I should slap her or kiss her...
but I fully understand her...on the fact involving Nash...(her maybe-ex-or-not boyfriend)
when someone crushes all the trust you have for her/him specially the one who's had your back more counts that you can possibly remember...and love so much it really is a pain...

how can you forgive and trust that person again??
beeing Nash the one that did that to Kaylee must've sucked for her...
bringing Sabine in the picture...ok!!NOT COOL!!
I didn't like her since I start reading about her in the book...I STILL DO NOT LIKE HER...REPEATING...DO NOT LIKE HER ONE TINY BIT...and hate Nash for so bluntly liking and caring for her...

Nash obviously still loves Kaylee...and Alec!!yum!!
Avari!!please disapear from existance will you??
this book was FULL OF PAIN!! so you're in for a really painful ride...but the again what book doesn't lately'?

this time...Kaylee doesn't just have to deal with someone trying to steal Nash away from her...but someone stealing herself too!!(even I didn't uderstand that last sentece)
uhm...for the weird part...OK...WHAT'S WITH THE SWIRLING EYES ON TOD AND KAYLEE NEVER BEEING ABLE TO FULLY READ THEM BEFORE IT DISAPEARS??
if it means what I think it means...then I damn!! cuz I wouldn't like to choose between the 2 (hot-lovely) brothers...

Kaylee still proves STRONG...BRAVE...INDEPENDENT...yet still manages to be FRAGILE-BREAKABLE-INNOCENT-therefore the envy that Sabine crealy has towards her...
& please let's just not leave dear bff EMMA out of the picture!! I like the fact that she's FINALLY in on everything that really goes on with Kaylee and her daily life...
so...loved-hated this book!
nightmares are a strong point in the book...everything revolves around them and what they represent---



making it short?
your deepest and darkest secrets...
when strange stuff starts happening(again) in Kay's high school...who has to come and save the day??
OBVIOUSLY her...and her gang...wich I'm gratefull still consists on NASH & TOD(sighs)~who may I add!!has a starring role in this book!!~
but now is bigger and fuller with SABINE(ugh)EMMA and YEI!!!!THE NEW FURRY THINGS!!wich I'm dying to have!!!

definitely a read you CAN NOT MISS!!!for anything!
5/5

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SORRY!

I'm so deeply and profoundly sorry that I haven't posted a review for 2 weeks now...
I mean...punch me...I deserve it...
I've been struggling to write reviews for these past weeks...and haven't been able to come up with the same reviews I love to write...so bear with me... I'm currently re-reading the Soul Screamers...wich I won't be reviewing...(I've reviewed book #4 only) but will be reviewing A Beautiful Dark for you guys to know if it'll be a good purchase as well as If I Die(soul screamers book #5) when I get it! 
So fromt he bottom of my reading bookpics heart I ask your forgiveness...and also remind you not to miss the giveaway...just scroll down 2 posts and comment on it! Simple or click--> giveaway!
until my next to be soon posted review!

Alba-

Sunday, September 18, 2011

IMMB#3 the I-don't-like-how-I-sound&look edition I'm sick :(

Remember IMMB is hosted by The Story Siren she rocks!


-This is what I got this week...and yeap, NO BOOKS~sinks to the floor and cries~





Thanks to Rachel from Fiktshun I LOVE YOU!
and be sure to check out Leah Clifford's  Mortal Portal she has great stuff there!
What did YOU get in your mail boxes?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

-Little Book Cover REVEAL tour & GIVEAWAY with Jamie Magee!-

easy peasy... remember I was participating on a traveling book? well the book was Insight by Insight Jamie Magee !!!
IMAGE is the tittle of book 3 on her series and we're doing a cover reveal meaning PIECE BY PIECE...LITTLE BY LITTLE through several pages...you'll have to stop at each page for you to finaly see the awesomeness of the book cover! so Bookpics was chosen first and here we are!





This is the little piece I can reveal to you today--->
See it? Tiny tiny with an I and part of an M right?
Remember the tittle of the book is IMAGE ;)








Now on to the giveaway!


Jamie is giving away an ebook copy of her book 1 & 2 on her Insight series and at the end of the little tour a printed copy of both PLUS an e-ARC to a lucky winner! Isn't that cool?


All you have to do is:
-Like Jamie's book/author page http://www.facebook.com/Insight.Jamie.Magee
-Comment on this picture-POST
and an Extra Entry 
-If you have already read book 1 or 2 and writen a review leave a comment here with the link to where your review is posted!
*THIS GIVEAWAY LASTS UNTIL NEXT THURSAY*








Saturday, September 10, 2011

IMMB # 1&2 the 2 video edtion!

Ok... first and second time doing a IMMB video!! AND! since this is a baby-new-born blog go easy on me :)
I'll post the video from last week since I only shared it over at the facebook page and blog on Tumblr but you'll get to see it here :)


IMMB was created and is hosted by The Story Siren, basically share everything book related NEW you get that week or month or day ^-^ she rocks you should check her blog out if you still haven't 


OK...first is THIS WEEK'S IMMB VIDEO!!(Another Birthday present arrives)


Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
The Sight by M.D. Christie
Los Casos de Sherlock Holmes, Memorias y Aventuras
Thanks so much Elena you rock!

and LAST WEEK'S IMMB VIDEO (birthday&mom's edition)


Passion by Lauren Kate
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
THANKS NAT!!
Immortal Obssession by Denise K.Rago
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
thanks girl!

Okay! That's it for this past 2 weeks!
Want me to check your IMMB?
Just post the link below on the comments section I'll try my best to check them all out!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Honoring the description of the blog!



OK...so, I was reading and checking the blog and found out that even though it says "photography try outs" I've never ONCE! uploaded or shared anything of mine over here! so I'll just choose some random pictures and post them here... hope to continue doing it more often!


If you're wondering what this is...is candy being boiled to later become all sorts of sugar, sweets, and more from Sugar Cane or CAÑA as we know it here in spanish :D



 Grams Garden
 Home!

This last one taken while reading Cassie's book WHILE the lights were out meaning we didn't have any electricity but DON'T PANICK! I had candles to help with that!So that's it for pictures of mine taken at random places :D remember I'm no profesional nor anything... um but I do enjoy taking pictures wherever I go! :D

Monday, September 5, 2011

~review~ The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

~”Death can never rob us of the love we give away”~

If that first quote there doesn’t strike to your heart and doesn’t even twitch your heart then nothing ever will…
Grace girl! again can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to read this book.
And just so you know… this is the second book of Selene I read AND a signed one so…yeap I’m in heaven allright!
I read earlier in another book how someone thought how it was so much better to feel angry, anger, resentment,etc. Instead of sadness and pain.
Well I agreed while reading that other book…but yet again Selene managed to strike right through all my shields and barriers and went to the heart and soul.
Samantha isn’t just another YA character out there… is a girl that can be very well any of ous out here in the real world with the real problems and the real tears beeing shed for real best friends that are slipping through our fingers and taken away from us by any kind of sikness… this book right here… is real, raw, sad, and cruel. Nevertheless, is passionate and amazing in a way that only Selene has managed so far.
Jesse, where to begin? He’s a guy, he’s sick, he’s tired, he doesn’t know where his dad is, he doesn’t want to do anything with anybody but Sam but still feels alone and lonely even with her always by her side. Is painfull to watch but you can never get away from it…not even in the most heart-wrenching scenes between the 2 main characters…you just can’t…you completely fall in love with this two and I promise you they will stay with you long after finishing this reading.
I cried, the hard ugly nasty way…and I’m not ashamed of it…I am again gratefull to Selene for not being afraid to write about this and have the courage to end it as it would end in real life…even if I didn’t like it… it’s real…it happens…we all have to deal with it one way or another.
Surrendering doesn’t mix with giving up.
My Feelings—
I was a DISASTER, there’s no other way to put it…my heart was shredded to pieces once, twice…I lost count…but since the very first line of the book till the very last period…I was a complete mess.
I always tend to find some pieces of myself in the characters of each and every book I read and this, believe me, was no exception.
You know I also cry tons while reading…this book gave me a very bad case of puffy eyes and snotty nose.
So after reading this and crying myself to sleep I came to different conclusions as to what I’d do were I in Sams possition…So, I made this promise to myself and mom/dad even if only in the darkness adn the loneliest hours of the night. For you both I’ll try; I’ll try to let go of the anger so I don’t miss and pass on all the beauty and love that’s constantly around and sorrounding me.
It was hard understanding such a difficult character as Sam…but again.
Love can move more than mountains, even when you think there isn’t an ounce left in you to give…love doesn’t run out, doesn’t go to waste, isn’t selfish, and can speak more than words.
Life is hard, it passes, it ends, it’s good while it lasts, and we have to make the best of it while we have the gift of it.
Death, whether we see it coming, feel it, witness it, is death all the same. It can be hard, cruel, and can strike when you less see it coming.
Hope comes with love and patience, hope can always restore even the darkest heart and mind. Hope is the last thing that needs to be lost. Hope is light.
And friendships, promises, time…all this plus the others combined can result in the saving of a person’s soul, make her/him sane and giving her/him the strength when they think all is lost. You can do it, you’re not alone NEVER, you have time, love, the strength and the means and You can go on… not even death and it’s darkness will last forever… enjoy while you can, live at your fullest and be strong for those who think they can’t be. 
Sorry…got carried away… in the end another piece of art from Selene…thanks for writing and giving us the chance to enjoy it.
5/5~it deserves more than this…~