Monday, December 19, 2011

City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Released: March 24th 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book Three
Page Amount: 541 (US Paperback Edition)
Source: Owned

*Warning the following blurb and review may contain spoilers if you haven't read City Of Bones and City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Continue on with your own risk*

"To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
How do I put into words my thoughts on City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare? I do not want to give anything away. What I can say is I was hooked into this book from the start. I found myself thinking of it when I wasn't reading it. That doesn't happen to me very often. I truly loved the world Cassandra has created in this series. Why it took me so long to get hooked into this series is beyond me...

If you like a series with action, romance, and just plain old awesomeness. Then this is the series for you. Where the good guys win against the bad guys!! I'm still in shock from what occurred in City Of Glass. I am going to get my hands on City Of Fallen Angels very soon!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley *Seriously go out and get this series NOW*

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. In My Mailbox is a way for bloggers to show what books they received for review, bought or borrowed from the library.

For Review:
Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt
Dark Love by Reinette (adult title)

I also received a book from my Secret Santa from The Bookshelf fan page on Facebook. I'll be opening it on Christmas!!
Let me know what you guys got this week, Happy Reading!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book Challenge Update/ Challenges for 2012

Hello Book Peeps, I just wanted to let you all know I completed my 50 book challenge for 2011.It was rough to get through this year. Had some reading ruts along the way. I'm happy to have overcome it and finish my goal. If you wish to see what all books I read in 2011, click here: 50 Book Challenge List 2011. My book challenge for 2012 so far is to participate in the Debut Author's Challenge hosted by Krisi at The Story Siren.I don't think I'll have a set goal of books to read for next year. Let me know what you're challenges are for next year and if you did a challenge this year. Did you complete your goal for 2011?

Top 10 Favorites of 2011:

1. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
2. Across The Universe by Beth Revis
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
4. Zombies Vs. Unicorns
5.  The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (read the first 2)
6. Die For Me by Amy Plum
7. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
9. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
10. Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

I would love to know you're favorite reads of 2011! Happy Reading, Ashley

City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Released: March 25th 2008
Publisher: Simon& Schuster Children's Publishing
Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two
Page Amount: 464

"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
City Of Ashes is the smashing sequel to City Of Bones. I thought the series couldn't get any better and I was proven wrong. City Of Ashes had many twists and turns throughout the story. At one point I wasn't sure how it was going to end and what would become of the characters. I definitely wanted to smack Valentine around.I loved every minute of this book!! Cassandra isn't afraid of risking her characters lives. 

This is a fabulous read, you should definitely check out this series. 
5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Zombies Vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier 
Released: September 21st 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Page Amount: 415, US Hardcover Edition

"It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?"
-Information from

My Thoughts:
This amazing anthology filled with zombies and unicorns stories. Is to battle the ending question Zombies or Unicorns, which is better? After reading this I am totally Team Unicorn!! With adding this I did enjoy the stories on both of the creatures. Anyone loving zombies or unicorns should definitely add this book to your collection. There's action, and romance. Plus killer unicorns, some brain eating zombies... what more could you want? I also love the editing thoughts from Holly and Justine before each story.

If you haven't yet go out and get this book!! I love the cover!! 
5/5 stars!! 

Hope you enjoyed my review, Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sweep:Volume 4; Seeker/Origins/Eclipse by Cate Tiernan

Sweep:Volume 4;Seeker/Origins/Eclipse by Cate Tiernan
Released: July 7th 2011
Publisher: Speak
Series: Sweep Series, #10-12
Page Amount: 560

*Do not continue reading the following blurb or review for it may contain spoilers. Unless you've read Sweep Volumes 1-3*

"The fourth Sweep collection! Morgan Rowlands had thought her foes were defeated, but demons from the past still haunt her and her beloved, Hunter. Their magick is strong, but the darkness that torments them threatens to overwhelm even their love. Yet there is another, whose magick could save, or could destroy. And caught in the middle of the darkness and light, Morgan realizes that only together can they face the danger that threatens to destroy not just her soul mate, but everything and everyone she loves. For the dark wave is coming . . . and it is unstoppable."-Information from

My Thoughts:
Continuing on with the story line from the previous volumes in the series. Hunter, Morgan and Alisa each go through challenges.  They come together to fight the dark wave. Hunter finds somethings out about the council and makes a decision about his future. Morgan faces the choice of being good or crossing over to the evil side. I truly love this series. The characters have come along way. 

You seriously need to get out this series. I don't think it gets the spotlight it deserves. 

5/5 stars!!!! Hope you enjoyed my review, Happy Reading, Ashley 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Vampire's Promise by Caroline B. Cooney

The Vampire's Promise by Caroline B. Cooney
Released: February 1st 1993
Publisher: Point
Page Amount: 166, US Paperback Edition
Source: On Loan From Library

"Six teens spending the night in a haunted house must make a chilling choice in order to gain their freedom from the vampire imprisoning them--choose the one among them who will be the vampire's next victim."


My Thoughts:
The perfect creepy vampire book.Caroline B. Cooney manages to have you terriozed right along with the characters in The Vampire's Promise. Just out for a fun scary night six teenagers are forced to choose who among them will be the vampire's victim. The rest will be left to leave. However the vampire doesn't know what one of the teenagers has in their mind. 

From beginning to end you are on the edge of your seat. Hoping that all the characters make it out alive. 

If you are looking for a great creepy vampire book for Halloween, then The Vampire's Promise by Caroline B. Cooney is the book you're looking for. 

5/5 stars, Happy Reading Ashley

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Secret Circle: The Captive Part 2 and The Power by L.J. Smith

The Secret Circle: The Captive Part 2 and The Power by L.J. Smith
Released: January 1st 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Secret Circle,#2-3
Page Amount: 390, US Paperback Edition

Caught in the struggle between good and evil
"Cassie has joined the most alluring-and-deadly-in-crowd imaginable. But power comes with a price, and it's more dangerous than she knows. Torn between the dueling desires of the two leaders of the Secret Circle, she must ultimately choose between saving all of New Salem, and her own dangerous love for the bewitching Adam, which threatens to tear the circle apart. In the ultimate battle between good and evil, will Cassie's supernatural powers be strong enough to lead the coven out of danger? or will she fall prey to the dark forces within?"
                                                        ...Will she sacrifice her love for the circle to survive?

 My Thoughts:
This series just gets better with each book. I wish there was more to it. I really loved it. Even though there were times I wanted to it hit some of the characters. Cassie and the circle dealt with a dark energy that threatened not only the circle its self but also New Salem.

I don't want to give to much away. I am happy with how it ended. If you watch the TV show you should check out the books to. I wish they would have stuck to the format of the book. But you know how it is. I think the books are special in their own way along with the TV show.

5/5 stars, Hope you enjoyed my review, Happy Reading, Ashley

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Secret Circle:The Initiation and The Captive Part 1 by L.J. Smith

The Secret Circle:The Initiation and The Captive Part 1 by L.J. Smith
Released: August 1st 2008 (first released July 22nd 2008)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Secret Cirle, #1-2
Page Amount: 396, US Paperback Edition

" The Circle's power has lured her home...
     Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle,a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her." Back of the book

My Thoughts:
I wanted to check out The Secret Circle Bind Up One because of the show. I fell in love with this book and the characters. I love the setting of the story, New Salem, MA. Although the book and show are different from one another. I love them both. L.J. Smith is becoming one of my favorite authors.

This is an awesome read, if you love stories about witches you should check this out.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (14)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. The purpose of In My Mailbox is to show what books you've bought, got for review or borrowed from the library.

For Review:
Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace by Yianna Yiannaco

Borrowed From The Library:
The Vampire's Promise by Caroline B. Cooney
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part 1 by L.J. Smith
The Secret Circle: The Captive Part 2 and The Power by L.J. Smith
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Blood On My Hands by Todd Strasser
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

That's what I got this week. Please let me know what you guys got in your mailboxes.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Released: January 4th 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Unearthly, Book One
Page Amount: 435

"In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
It took me a while to connect with the story and the characters in Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. However towards the middle I was more into the story and couldn't wait to pick up the book. I was torn between both of the lead male characters. I loved the ending. Cannot wait for the sequel to see what becomes of these characters and the storyline.Also Unearthly is a debut novel of 2011. 

If you are in love with angel novels, you should check this out. It it a great novel. I think being sick might have clouded my judgement just a bit. Hallowed, Unearthly's sequel is set to be released next year.

4/5 stars, 

Happy Reading, Ashley

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Released: June 1st 2009
Publisher: Little Brown Books, For Young Readers
Series: 290 (US Hardcover Edition)

"Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?"
"Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?"

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago. "

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler deals with loss, family, friendships and to always remember that in life things change. It did take me a while to get into the story and to connect with the characters. When I did become connected with Anna and Frankie. I felt their pain of losing a best friend, a brother, a possible love interest. I rejoiced when they were happy, I was sad when they were sad. I loved that the book was set in New York and California. My favorite parts are definitely when the girls are on their vacation in California.

I really liked this one. It's definitely one to read in the summer time or even in the winter when you need a summmery read. Warning there is a lot of emotions within the story.

4/5 stars

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Released: January 5th 2010 
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Page Amount: 412 (US Hardcover Edition)

"Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.
As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
This was my first Lisa Schroeder novel. What a heartbreaking, tragic storyline. I felt Brooklyn's pain of dealing with the loss of Lucca her boyfriend. I felt how difficult it was for her to move on with her life. To stop living in the pain and fear that everything else would be lost.  But spending time with Nico, Lucca's brother. Starts to help heal Brooklyn and Nico.

I loved that the story was told from both of the perspectives. I loved that it was in poetry verse.

I recommend checking out this novel and  the rest of Lisa's work!

5/5 stars!!

Happy Reading, Ashley

Monday, September 5, 2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Released: May 10th 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Revenants, Book One
Page Amount: 341 (US Hardcover Edition)

"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.

-Information from

My Thoughts:
An enchanting story set in Paris, London. I found myself seeing the city through the main character’s eyes Kate. I absolutely loved Vincent. I was laughing and felt sad right along with the character’s. I haven’t been this wrapped in a story line in a long time. Its just a wonderful and romantic story. The cover is absolutely breath taking and HELLO its set in PARIS, LONDON. With a hot, god-like main character Vincent. What more could you want? I am looking forward to more from this author and from the series.

If you haven’t go pick this up, however you get books into your life. You won’t regret it. I love, love, love this story. Plus the cover is beautiful!!

5/5 stars

Happy Reading, Ashley

Friday, September 2, 2011

September To Be Read Pile

I thought I'd show you all what I am planning on reading in September. Well I hope to get these all read this month. Wish me luck!! I think I will show you all what I plan to read each month. What do you all think of this? Happy Reading!

September's To Be Read Pile

1. Die For Me by Amy Plum
2. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
3. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
5. Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
6. City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
7. City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare
8. Poison by Sara Poole
9. The Borgia Betrayal by Sara Poole
10 Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (re-read)
11. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blogging In September

As stated in my Update post, I'm going to be more activate this month. And hopefully for the rest of the year. I'm going to talk about some of my other loves this month. Besides reading, I enjoy listening to music. Currently I've been listening to a lot of Evanescence, they released a new single in August 9th, "What You Want". I love it and cannot wait to get the album when it comes out October 11th 2011. If you're a fan of rock you should this band out. My other favorite rock bands/artists are Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Paramore, Flyleaf, Three Days Grace, Skillet, Halestorm, Heart, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, My Chemical Romance, AFI, Icon For Hire, The Pretty Reckless, Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Slayer, Marylin Manson and so many others. Please feel free to let me know of your favorite artists. Also let me know what else I should blog about besides all things books.

Later, Ashley

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. In My Mailbox is for bloggers, and readers alike to share what books they've gotten for review, bought or borrowed from the library/or friends.

Borrowed From Library:
Die For Me by Amy Plum
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

None for Review and didn't buy any books this week.

Let me know what you guys got in your mailboxes, Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Update and A Mini Book Haul

Hello My Book Peeps, I see I've gotten so new followers. Thank you for following my blog and my followers for sticking by and reading my blog. I know I'm not very activate. Next month I'm going to blog everyday. Not sure what all I will have to talk about. I haven't been reading a whole lot this month. So if you have any ideas on what I could post on my blog. Please let me know in the comments. I am currently reading a non YA book that is called Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff, its a non-fiction adult book. I actually am loving it. I'm taking my time because the contest of this novel is hard to read at times. However if you're an adult and like to read this type of book. I recommend you doing so.

Now for the mini book haul:
Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
Poison: A Novel Of The Renaissance by Sara Poole
Blood Ties (The Searchers #2) by Sharon Sala
Driftwood Cottage (Chesapeake Shores, #5) by Sherryl Woods

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.Cast with Kim Doner

The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast with Kim Doner
Released: October 26th 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: House Of Night companion handbook
Page Amount: 157 (US Paperback edition)

"Merry meet, fledgling. Welcome to a new life, a new world, and a new you. Welcome to the House of Night!

This might seem like a scary time, Fledgling, but never fear! As you start your journey through the ancient halls of the House of Night, this indispensable handbook will aid you in your transition from human to fledgling. Within these pages you will find invaluable information about the history of vampyres.  You will also come to a better understanding of your body's transformation, as well as read words of hope from great vampyres of the past and learn essential foundations of rituals and lore. Now, Fledgling, read on.  A new life awaits you; your path to that magickal future begins here!"
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
For those fans that love the House Of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast. Will love The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast with Kim Doner. This is a perfect companion to the series. I loved learning what a fledgling learns from the moment they are marked. The history facts have been changed. However I did find it interesting none the less. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I am so happy to have read and have this amazing book to add to my House Of Night series. I think you all should check it out.

5/5 stars!
Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Misfit by Jon Skovron

Misfit by Jon Skorvon
Released: August 1st 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books
Page Amount: 384 (US Hardcover Edition)

"Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
I felt this novel was slow pace throughout the storyline. I did enjoy the flashbacks into Jael’s past. Learning about her mother more. Watching her come to terms with who she is and what she had to do to keep the world and her family and friends safe.

Jael has felt a part of her missing her whole life. It isn’t until her sixteenth birthday that she learns the truth of who and what she is. Jael is a half-breed, a half mortal and half demon. Her mother died, to save Jael and her father. Upon learning the truth she is faced with having to deal with the evil demon .

Jael takes on Hell and wins. Well for now anyways! *Got from Netgalley*

4/5 stars!

Hope you enjoyed my review, Happy Reading! Ashley

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy Of The Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy Of The Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Released: November 1st 2011 (expected date)
Publisher:Lerner Publishing
Page Amount: 112

"Iceberg, Right Ahead!"
Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century.
Seventy-three years separate the two major Titanic events—the 1912 sinking of the vessel and the dramatic 1985 discovery of the wreck by Robert Ballard. But additional stories about the victims, survivors, rescuers, reporters, investigators, and many others show the far-reaching effects this tragedy had on society. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has collected numerous personal accounts of the event, including the knighted man who spent the rest of his life in seclusion because he was accused of dishonorable behavior in a lifeboat, the stewardess who survived two shipwrecks and a mid-ocean collision, and the New York Times executive who sent multiple reporters to meet the rescue ship, thus earning a national reputation for his newspaper. She also links the Titanic tragedy to changes in regulations worldwide. After a Senate Inquiry and a British trial attempted to assign blame for the disaster, new laws on ship safety were put in place. A group of nations also banded together to form an ice patrol, eventually leading to the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century."
-Information from netGalley.

My Thoughts:
For as long as I can remember I have always been obsessed with the story of the Titanic. I've seen most of the movies and documentaries on this amazing ship and the stories. So to have seen this on Netgalley and been given the chance to read it. I was amazing for me. I learned things I did not know about the Titanic. Anyone who is a history buff on all things Titanic should pick this up in November. I loved it!! 

5/5 stars!! 

Happy Reading, Ashley  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Released:  October 25th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey, Book Four
Page Amount: 386 (US Paperback Edition)

*Warning do not continue reading the following blurb and review for it may contain spoilers if you have not read the following, The Iron King, The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.

"Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice."

-Information from

My Thoughts: 
I have loved every single moment and each installment in this enchanting series. The Iron Knight for me did not disappoint. I loved the fact that it was from Ash’s point of view. And how he chose to do whatever it took to be with Meghan. Yes even though I’m Team Puck, I have to say I think Ash kind of got a piece of my heart as well. He was very determined to see himself at Meghan’s side. No matter the risk or task he had to take on. Along for the journey was of course my favorite guy Puck and my favorite cat Grimalkin.

I am so sad to see this series come to an end. I absolutely loved these characters and the stories. I hope you all go out and give this series a chance. You will not be disappointed. Its definitely one of favorite series of all time!!

So when October 25th comes around, go out and buy this novel, or if you haven’t got the first three do so now.

I was able to read and review thanks to NetGalley

5/5 diamonds

Hope you enjoyed my review, Happy Reading,


Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Krisit at The Story Siren. The purpose of the In My Mailbox is to share with book bloggers and readers what you books you have purchased, borrowed, or received for review each week.

For Review via NetGalley:
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy Of The Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Misfit by Jon Skovron

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Sweep: Volume 4; Seeker/Origins/ Eclipse by Cate Tiernan

Signed Bookplates from I Read Banned Books blog,

Let me know what you guys got in your mailbox's. Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Released: January 25th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey, Book Three
Page Amount: 358 (US Paperback Edition)

*This is a third book in Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series. Although it is not my intention for any spoilers in my review, please do not continue to reading this review unless you have read The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa.

"My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back."
-Information from  Goodreads

My Thoughts:
What is there to say about The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa? Other than the third installment in the ever breath taking and magically charming The Iron Fey series. The Iron Queen does not disappointment readers in the slightest bit. From the first chapter you are pulled back into the world of the faery.

I felt as if I was there with Megan in the mist of the action and romance. True to the format Julie Kagawa has started in The Iron King. This novel is such an amazing story line and is a roller coaster.

I wasn’t sure if I would love these series or not. I am so glad to have given a chance. Looking forward to The Iron Knight.

I recommend this book to you all!! There is romance, action and faeries. What more could you want?

5/5 diamonds!!

Happy Reading, Ashley

Friday, July 15, 2011

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Released: August 3rd 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Lorien Legacies, Book One
Page Amount: 440, US Hardcover Edition

"In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I Am Number Four is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.


-Information from

My Thoughts:
To be honest I am not one for aliens books. The only ever alien book I've read is The Host by Stephenie Meyer. So I wasn't sure if I would like I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I have heard mixed reviews on this novel. I had those opinions in my head before I read it.   To my amazement I fell in love with  the story and with John, Number Four. I loved how even though he was an alien and from a different planet he still went through the human emotions. I really enjoyed the flash backs to the planet. 

I am looking forward to The Power Of Six, which is set to come out next month. Hehe!! 

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Plague by Michael Grant

Plague by Michael Grant
Released: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books imprint of HarperCollins
Series: Gone, Book Four
Page Amount: 497, US Hardcover edition

*Warning the following sypnosis and review may contain spoilers if you haven't read the following Gone, Hunger, and Lies.*

"It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape - or even survive - life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Plague, Michale Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages."

-Information from

 My Thoughts: 
I truly love this series. It shows what could happen when kids are left on their own and how and what they do to survive. In Plague, the kids of the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) are dealing with limited food and water supplies and also a ever bad case of the stomach flu virus. 

You should check out this series, its awesome!! 5/5 stars

Happy Reading, Ashley

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Geektastic:Stories From The Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Geektastic: Stories From The Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Released: June 7th 2010 (August 1st 2009)
Publisher: Little Brown For Young Readers
Page Amount: 403 US Hardcover Edition

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
Totally fell in love with this whole book. I loved each and every story. I'm not sure which is my favorite. But I loved learning more about the essence's of the geeks. I found out that I am a Music Geek, and truly proud to be so.I can't go anywhere without my Ipod Nano Black 16 GB 4th Generation. I will be getting this amazing novel to add to my personal collection.

I recommend checking out this amazing geeky book out. I loved the cartoons in it as well!! 5/5 stars

Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fall For Anything by Courntey Summers

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Released: December 21st 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Giffin
Page Amount: 230 US Paperback Edition

"When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?"
-Information from

My Thoughts:
This is the first Courtney Summers novel I read. WOW, what a powerful and heartbreaking novel Fall For Anything is.  It touched my heart and I felt Eddie's pain and sorrow. And also her wanting answers as to why her father killed himself. I don't know if anyone could ever truly know why someone close to them chose to end their life. Especially if they seemed find to everyone around them. 
I'm not sure if this is for everyone do to there is swearing throughout the novel. However you can handle the subject matter then you should read this.

5/5 stars, Happy Reading , Ashley 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Released: August 24th 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Hunger Games, Book Three
Page Amount: 390, US Hardcover 

"Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding."
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
I am sadden to see this amazing series come to an end. I took my time in reading the last installment to an heart racing and action pact series. There were times I wasn't sure how the story was going to end. I was shocked, I cried and I cheered for all the characters. I am truly glad to have read this series. It is definitely one of my favorite series.

I do not want to give too much away incase there are some of you that haven't read Mockingjay (are you crazy?) or the first two The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Seriously if you haven't read these yet you need to. I will be getting them for my own collection very soon. I am looking forward to the movies!! 

Happy Reading, Ashley

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Challenge Update

I was going to try and read 80 books this year. However since I was behind I decided to just go for 50. I know that's backing down. But I've had a hard time with reading this year. And I really want to finish a book challenge. So I think 50 will be easier for me. Maybe next year I'll shoot for 80.

Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Released: February 1st 2008
Publisher: Little Brown, For Young Readers
Page Amount: 224 (US Hardcover Edition)

"As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also each others only friend. SO when Cameron disappeared without warning, Jennifer thought she'd lost the one person who would ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she is popular, happy, and dating—everything "Jennifer" couldn't be. But she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend.

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they both are confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.

Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts."

 -Information from

My Thoughts:
A very cute and touching story about Jennifer (Jenna) and Cameron, childhood friends who went through a scary moment. When Cameron disappears from her life Jennifer changes herself. She becomes Jenna Vaughn, a girl who tries to do the right thing by other things. When Cameron re-enters her life she starts to question whether or not to keep living the life she has or become her old self again. Really loved this one!!

You should check out this very short and quick read. 5/5 stars!! 

Happy Reading, Ashley 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Released: May 8th 2011 (first May 1st 2011)
Publisher: Flux
Page Amount: 264

"Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn't stop after the first slap.

At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.
-Information from

My Thoughts:
First off this book was hard for me to get through because of how emotional draining it was to read what Ann was going through with her relationship with Connor. I don't know how to describe my thoughts on But I Love Him by Amanda Grace. I've seen domestic violence, so I felt as if  I was reading parts from my childhood. Amanda Grace did an amazing job of having the reader go through the abuse physically and emotionally. This book isn't for the light hearted. There is swearing throughout the story, however given the subject matter it was needed.

I gave this a 5/5 stars, I'm still thinking about it right now. Check it out. Happy Reading, Ashley

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (Goodreads/ Amazon)
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers (Goodreads/ Amazon)
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (Goodreads/Amazon)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Goodreads/Amazon)
Plague by Michael Grant (Goodreads/Amazon)
Geektastic: Stories From The Nerd Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Goodreads/Amazon)
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Goodreads/Amazon)

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
*I got these last week*

For Review: N/A

Happy Reading, Ashley

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Released: August 1st 2010 (first released July 27th 2010)
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey, Book Two
Page Amount: 359 (US Paperback Edition)

*Following blurb might contain spoilers and following review if you haven't read The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.*

"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 stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart."
 -Information from

My Thoughts:
I loved every single moment in this amazing and magical world. Julie Kagawa's writing style is beyond words. I felt like the words lifted off the page and that I was Megan. You are a roller coaster throughout the whole story and I didn't see the ending coming. I cannot wait to get the rest of this series.  The Iron Fey is my book candy!!

5/5 stars, Seriously go read this series you won't be disappointed, Happy Reading, Ashley!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reading Update

Hello My Book Peeps, I just wanted to give you all an update on what I've been reading lately. I'm currently reading City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare as feature under What I'm Reading Now and Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales Of Paranormal Love With short stories from different authors. I just finished re-reading A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks, because I was in a bit of a reading rut. And A Walk To Remember is on my favorite books of all time!! I just happen to have to many books on the brain, anyone else have that problem? The only issue is I have no money at the moment to get them :(. 

However I do plan on reading all of my books I own that need to be read. Also probably will borrowing from the library. 

What are you top summer reads? 

Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sweep: Volume 3 (The Calling, Changeling, Strife) by Cate Tiernan

Sweep: Volume 3 (The Calling, Changeling, Strife) by Cate Tiernan
Released: February 3rd 2011 
Publisher: Speak

Page Amount: 592

*Do Not Read The Following Blurb if you haven't read Sweep: Volume 1 and Sweep: Volume 2 for it could contain spoilers*

"Morgan Rowlands holds profound magickal power . . . a power that some will stop at nothing to obtain. Though she knows she has much still to learn, magick has brought her more than she could ever have imagined: the love of her soul mate. Yet her dreams uncover something else dark force threatening her entire world. As the darkness closes in, Morgan realizes that she must make a choice light or dark; hatred or love. Is she strong enough to make the sacrifice and discover her true nature, or will the darkness consume all she holds dear?"
-Information from

My Thoughts:
For me this series just gets better with each next installment. In this bind-up Morgan learns more about herself and her powers. Also learns how to balance learning about Wicca and her schooling. 

If you haven't check out this series I totally recommend that you do so!!  5/5 stars!!

Happy Reading, Ashley 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Released: March 2nd 2011 ( January 11th 2011)
Publisher: Puffin
Series: Across The Universe, Book One
Page Amount: 398, UK Paperback Edition

"Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming."
-Information from

My Thoughts:

I became 100% percent absorbed in the story. I connected with the two main characters Amy and Elder. Amy is a seventeen year old girl who was frozen 3 centuries ago along with her parents. Elder is a twenty year old boy who grew up on the ship Godspeed. They two meet after Amy is unfrozen… and she is almost killed. Together the two of them try to figure out why and who unplugged Amy and who is still on the lose and act.

There is a lot of emotions going on throughout Across The Universe by Beth Revis. She did an amazing job describing the ship and all the different levels. I loved Amy and Elder. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes in the next installment A Million Suns which isn’t set to come out until the Spring of 2012.  There is also an third installment sent to come out in 2013.

I hope to see more of Amy and Elder’s relationship evolve into love.Also I won this book from Kristi at The Story Siren. So thank you again Kristi and Beth for letting win this amazing book!!

So with that being said I think you would be crazy not to pick up a copy of Across The Universe NOW!!! 5/5 stars!!!

Hope you enjoyed my review,


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Released: March 2nd 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Amount: 470,US Hardcover Edition

"What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High, from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing."
-Information from 

My Thoughts:
I would not want to relive the day  I died over and over. But that's exactly what happens to the main character Samantha Kingston, a popular girl with the best group of friends in school and the boyfriend every girl wants. 

Lauren Oliver's writing style is amazing. I was glued from the moment I started reading Before I Fall. I felt about of the story, as if I was Sam and going through what she went through in the story.

I totally recommend you checking this out if you haven't yet, 5/5 stars!

Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Sweep: Vol.3; The Calling/Changeling/Strife by Cate Tiernan 

Recieved From Contests:
The Borgia Betrayal by Sara Poole (First Reads Goodreads)
Across The Universe by Beth Revis (From The Story Siren blog)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
Released: September 26th 1987 (January 1974)
Published by: Dell Publishing
Page Amount: 191, US Paperback edition 

"Stunned by his mother's recent death and appalled by the way his father sleepwalks through life, Jerry Renault, a New England high school student, ponders the poster in his locker-Do I dare disturb the universe?
Part of his universe is Archie Costello, leader of a secret school societ-the Virgils-and master of intimidation.  Archie himself is intimidated by a cool, ambitious teacher into having the Virgils spearhead the annual fund-raising event-a chocolate sale.  When Jerry refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates, he becomes a hero, but his defiance is a threat to Archie, the Virgils, and the school.  In the inevitable showdown, Archie's skill at intimidation turns Jerry from hero to outcast, to victim, leaving him alone and terribly vulnerable."
-Information from .

My Thoughts:
I don't read a lot of books with a point of view from a guy. So reading The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier was an shocking and amazing change for me. I would not have wanted to go to a school like Trinity. Where there is a secret group called the Virgils, that as boys in the younger grade of the high school performing odd challenges.

Jerry Renault is chosen to not take part in the school's chocolate sale. As the sale goes on he decides not to do the sale at all. Which sends a message to the Virgils that he is defying them. They try  and make him sell the chocolate. Jerry still doesn't want to, so the group gets the whole school selling the candy.

I think the message of this novel is that in standing out and being your own person can sometimes have others trying to hold you back. And also that boys will be boys.

I really enjoyed this book and I think you all should check it out. 5/5 stars! And its a classic!!

Keep on reading, Ashley

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Released:  October 1st 1996
Published by: Warner Bros.
Page Amount:  226 (US Paperback Edition)

"At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle."

My Thoughts:
It has been a long time since I've read this novel. I fell in love with it again. The truly amazing love story between Noah and Allie just proves there isn't anything love can't conquer. Not 14 years apart nor a disease that takes away memories. I only hope to find a love like theirs someday!! 

For all you hopeless romantics out there I truly recommend you picking this up. And also checking out the rest of Nicholas novels!! He is one of my all time favorite authors!!

Hope you enjoyed my review, Ashley  

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review Policy

To start off with blogging isn't my job. I do spend roughly 2-4 hours a day blogging. Which doesn't include the time I spend reading and time spent with my family.

I do accept ARC's for review as well as finished copies. I only expect hardcover copies (no PDF or e-copies). I will expect hard cover or paper back copies. I also will participate in weekly meme's, and would like to participate in blog tours and author interviews.

Types Of Genres I Enjoy: YA is by far my favorite. However I also enjoy Adult fiction, historical fiction and I would even review a children's novel. (Feel free to ask about a genre if not listed)

Review Period Time: I try to review books before they are set to be released. So if you are sending me an Advanced Readers Copy the review will be post after its hit the shelves. I feel this will allow me to generate enough buzz to keep the readers interested. If you send me a finished copy it will most likely be reviewed the same month it comes out. I don't offer any guarantees.

Other review issues: A video and written review will be done for every book I receive. This means the review will be seen on the blogspot and youtube traffic. I will send whoever sends me the book for review links to my posted reviews.

Dislcourse: I do not review any money compensation for my reviews. However on occasions the book I am reviewing is offered to me as thanks for doing the review. I will be honest with my review.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Released:  February 1st 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Series: Delirium, Book One
Page Amount: 441

"Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love."

-Information from .

My Thoughts:
I truly found Delirium to be a heart breaking and heart racing novel. I hope that there is never a cure for love. Because no one should ever be told whom there to be married to and to have a part of their brain taken away. All because in the society in this novel believes love is a disease.
Lena started out as this shy quiet her who did everything she was told and believed everything she was told by the scientists and even her family members. But when she meets Alex and everything has new meanings she risks her life in order to be with him. 

The ending was very heart breaking and I cannot wait for the sequel which doesn't come out until 2012. 

I totally recommend you checking out this novel!! 5/5 stars!!

Hope you enjoyed my review, Ashley

Monday, April 11, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Released: September 7th 2010
Published by: HarperTeen
Series: Firelight, Book One
Page Amount: 323

"A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki ; a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

                   Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide."
-Information from  

My Thoughts:
I truly loved this novel. It is my first dragon novel that I've read. I heard great things about this novel and wasn't disappointed at all. I loved learning about Jacinda and her world. I want to become a draki. I also love the love story between Jacinda and Will. The ending was quite the cliff hanger.

I cannot wait to get my hands on Vanish!!  And the cover is just beautiful.

Hope you enjoyed my review on Firelight by Sophie Jordan, 5/5 stars.