Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Awaken Me by Emily Gossett

Awaken Me by Emily Gossett
Released: November 2nd 2011 (first released October 21st 2011)
Publisher: iuniverse
Series:A Connected Novel, Book One
Page Amount: 211, US Paperback
Source: Own (Kindle P.C.)

"After witnessing the horrific murder that was committed by her fiancé just days before their wedding, Aimee immediately flees from the life she knows. Lost in Greece, Aimee is inevitably and uncontrollably thrust into a supernatural world where she is terrified to learn what she really is. Crouching at every corner lies a new confusing memory that torments her from her previous life, while her feelings of love cease to die, but awaken more deeply for the mysteriously handsome stranger, who wants to rescue her. Battling the man, who she mistakenly still loves is a bigger conquest than imagined, but can she free her captured thoughts from the man who owns her? Facing the ultimate decision, to lose all humanity by becoming the weapon the Rogues desire most, or to destroy the creation of love. Can Aimee make the sacrifices needed to overcome deceit, love and her power that is irrepressibly blood thirsty?"
-Information from

My Thoughts:
  Awaken Me by Emily Gossett

Awaken Me is the story about Aimee, a young woman who’s live is about to change forever. For 6 years she has believed she was in a car accident that claimed the live of her mother. She suffered from serve head trauma. She has lived with her fiancé Derek Sladen’s family ever since. She has become very close with his mother Elizabeth and father Nathan. Sailing to Greece where the wedding is set to take place. On board she sees something that changes everything. Derek killing her best friend Krissy. Wanting to abort immediately from witness this horrible act of violence. She jumps off the ship and onto the mainland. She bumps into a mysterious man. She walks around the streets until coming across a gorgeous hotel. Aimee stays for a few days. Until she runs into the mysterious man again, Alec.

Alec tells Aimee to go with him or she will be harmed by Derek. Agreeing she goes with him. They go to this underground place. There she learns her mother isn’t die in fact she’s the leader of the community, a vampire community. Aimee is told she is a vampire, a Yurling, a young vampire that hasn’t been awakened yet. She is confused on who she is. And also confused about the sudden feelings for Alec, when she still clearly loves Derek.

However, Aimee knows she had to kill Derek. To end the bond they share. In order to protect those she cares about especially Alec. She isn’t just your average vampire or no, she’s a hybrid a vampire and half werewolf. Her father is the first werewolf to have a daughter for a child. With being a hybrid means she has special powers. Powers she can use to destroy Derek.

Leaving a heartbroken Alec, Aimee sets off to Florida with the warrior Marcus at her side. Derek has no clue of what his ex-fiancé is capable of.

Paranormals have been a hit and miss with me lately. So I was a bit hesitant to read Awaken Me. However when I started I couldn’t stop. There is something about the world Emily has created in Awaken Me. The book came to live. I truly loved this take on vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures. I loved Aimee, she was vulnerable at times, but grew into a kick ass fighting machine! I loved Alec too, is loyalty and love to her is so amazing. Considering they were apart for 6 years!! I cannot wait to get Capture Me for review!!

If you are a fan of vampires, werewolves, and just paranormal stories. Then this is the book for you. It has action, drama, romance, and oh yeah a girl that kick some ass!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Confessions Of An Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions Of An Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
 Released: August 28th 2012
 Publisher: Harlequin Teen
 Series:Confessions, Book One
 Page Amount: 272, US Paperback
 Source: NetGalley

"Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)" - Information from 

My Thoughts:
Rose Zarelli is dealing the horrible loss of father and trying to understand the rules of high school. Rose feels that she is older than a freshman. Because she doesn't play the games her friends are or wanting to drink at a high school party. Her life at Union High soon becomes a living nightmare. Because she kissed the head cheerleaders boyfriend. Things quickly spirally out of control. After an almost fight with Regina. And not talking to her best friend for weeks on end.Something happens that makes Rose want to get back at Regina.

I really loved this contemporary read! What an awesome debut for 2012. Looking forward to the sequel!!

5/5 stars, Happy Reading, Ashley 


Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Released:August 28th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Amount: 288, US Paperback Edition
Source: NetGalley

"Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself." -Information from

My Thoughts:
Chelsea Knot has always been the “gossiping queen” of Grand Lake high school. Her best friend Kristen’s New Years’ Eve party changes everything about Chelsea’s life. Her gossiping ways leaves someone fighting for his life. Upon the attack of Noah Beckett. Chelsea decides to take a vow of silence. During the no talking phase. She makes friends with Asha. Finds that telling the truth was the right thing do to. Even if she lost her so called friends and realizes all the changes she went through. Her life is even better than before

I feel Speechless has taught me the power of our words. Its what we say or don’t say that affects everything and everyone around us.

I really loved this story and the characters!!! I will be reading of Hannah’s work in the future.

I just wish to know what becomes of everyone.

5/5 stars. Happy Reading, Ashley

Monday, August 27, 2012

Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller

Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller
Released: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: Kissed by Death, Book One
Page Amount: 400, US Paperback Edition
Source: Netgalley

"Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul."

-Information from

My Thoughts:
Inbetween was an amazing touching story. About Emma whose live has been turn upside down for the past years. Since the car accident that took her father's life. There have been a lot of freaky accidents almost costing Emma her life. Little does she know she has an guardian of sorta’s trying to make sure she is protected. Finn a reaper who isn’t supposed to be near Emma is risking everything to keep her save from the evil soul Maeve. Because its Finn’s fault Maeve is causing all the chaos to Emma.

You are in for a ride with this one. There is of twists and turns. I’m still in awe of the ending and that true love can over come anything, even death!!

I really loved this story and want the sequel in my hands right now!!

5/5 Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Castle Waiting Vol. 1 by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting, Vol.1 by Linda Medley
Released: June 17th 2006
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Series: Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection,Book One
Page Amount: 457, US Hardcover Edition
Source: Library

"Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil, but about being a hero in your own home.

The opening story, "The Brambly Hedge," tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on "Sleeping Beauty" when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun." -Information from

My Thoughts:
This is an interesting take on the story of Sleeping Beauty. With some other colorful stories. This is the second graphic novel I read. I really did like the story. And I'm glad  I picked it up. I might carry on with the series. 

Thanks to Misty at The Book Rat, for recommending this one. 

3/5 starts, Happy Reading, Ashley

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Released: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: Seraphina, Book One
Page Amount: 467, US Hardcover Edition

"Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page."
-Information from

My Thoughts:
 Not going to lie, I wasn't in love with this one at first. The medieval wording and all the terms to remember made it difficult for me to understand. However I found myself not able to put this down.Rachel did a fantastic job with this debut novel!! Its only the second dragon book I've read. I really loved Seraphina, Prince Lucian and Princess Glisselda, Orma. The whole dragon storyline.

Truly amazing!!! You should read this, right now!!

I want the sequel admittedly!!

5/5 stars, READ IT NOW!! Happy Reading, Ashley

Sunday, August 5, 2012

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. The purpose of In My Mailbox is to promote books you have received for review, bought or simply borrowed from the library.   

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Inbetween by Tara A. Fuller

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Tempest by Julie Cross
What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

That's all for In My Mailbox this week. Let me know what you think of the books I got. Have you read any of them> Were they good or bad? Also let me know what books you got!!

Until next time, Happy Reading, Ashley