Monday, February 28, 2011

Dead Girls' Dance ( Spoiler free!)

Review Time! So a few weeks ago I posted up my review of this first book in the Morganville Vampires series – Glass House, Bottom line, I loved it and if you haven’t read the series, I strongly encourage you to do. Anyway here is my (spoiler-free) review of the second book…

(Goodreads) Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything. Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood.

The Short Story? - Just as good as the first book if not better! A lot more action packed into this novel and readers are introduced to new characters. Twists and turns throughout the book along with a BIG SHOCKER, that I didn’t see coming. More romance * cheers* and did I mention it was amazing?

The Long Story? – What makes a good book? Romance, hot guys, lots of action, originality, well portrayed characters and comfortable writing style. There a complete list of what I think makes a good book and believe it or not, Dead Girl's Dance had all of the above. I couldn’t stop turning the pages, I finished the complete 380 pages in one day!

One of the highlights of the novel for me was the change of pace. Unlike in Glass House where most of the action was packed into the latter half of the novel. Every single page of this novel was interesting and filled with action, every page was essential to the bigger picture. Part of the reason, I would say is because unlike most sequels where there is a long period between the two books, Dead Girls' Dance picked up right from where Glass House finished! There wasn’t one boring moment in this novel! As soon as one problem was solved another one appeared! Not the mention that the development in the plot was a shocker! Like I said in my review of Glass House, it’s refreshing to read vampire fiction about how vampires should be – a little creepy, not all that good looking and certainly not sparkly.

Another highlight? The development in romance. In this book, both Shane and Claire’s and Michael and Eve’s blossom so readers get a bigger snippet of love story between the roomies. It’s confirmed that Shane and Claire are ‘officially’ a couple even though we all knew that from the first book but it was nice to her the‘girlfriend’ come out of Shane’s mouth ;) As for Michael and Eve, all I can say is that they must really care for each other, in this book something happens to Michael that changes him forever but even than Eva can still love him which I think it’s the cutest thing ever. Again, the romance isn’t clich├ęd, we don’t have a vampire and human romance but a human and human romance ( sorta) which is ‘refreshingly’…normal (in vampire fiction :P)

The characters are portrayed really well and it’s easy to make connection with them as readers, whether it is their human emotions or the close relationship between all four roomies. Each character has a distinctive personality and when you put them all together, they’re as funny as hell! The ‘bonding’ between the four really is something I envy, when I get roomies, I want to have roomies like Shane, Eve, Michael and Claire ;)

Last but not least, fantastic writing! Strong voice for each of the characters and the narrator. Comfortable to get into and allows reader to slip right into the book. The writing style isn’t too formal so that it’s difficult to understand the choice of language. Rachel Caine really is a fantabulous writer ;)

Overall, I enjoyed this one even better than the first one, it was action packed and romance packed. I strongly encourage you guys to go pick up the first copy and give it a go because it’s a totally AWESOME series! Great writing, fantastic characters, lots of romance and full of action! Rating 5/5

Badass Bookie xx

Sunday, February 27, 2011

In My Mailbox #23

Hello!!! It's Sunday morning and I'm kind of in a rush so I trying to do this double time ;) In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Basically we just show all the bookish contents of our mailbox, what we bought, what we recieved, what we won etc etc. This is a three week edition since I didn't do one last week. I ususally do IMM every two weeks :)

In My Mailbox -

Signed to Elizabeth???? Maybe she thought my full name was Elizabeth...ah well, it's Signed :P

For Review-

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando
The Iron Witch by Karon Mahoney
ARC Entangled by Cat Clarke
Forsaken ( aka The Demon Trappers Daughter) by Jana Oliver
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Remember Me : Volume One by Christopher Pike
The Last Vampire : Book Seven by Christopher Pike
Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

( Thanks to Penguin, Hachette, Random House and Pan Macmillian

Won -

Mishaps by Nansi Kunze
SIGNED ARC of Afterlife by Claudia Gray

( Thanks to To The Point Reviews and Lisa @ A Life Bound by Books + Claudia Gray!)

Well, that's it! What did you get in your mailbox?

Badass Bookie xx

Friday, February 25, 2011

Forsaken ( or The Demon Trapper's Daughter)

Review Time! I thought I would post a review of this book while it's still fresh in my mind, I finished it two hours ago so my thoughts are still reasonably clear ;) Forsaken or for those who live in the US of the A, it's dubbed The Demon's Trappers Daughter is a 2011 YA Debut. I'm little behind on the challenge this year but I'm catching up! Thanks to Pan for the copy ;)

UK vs. US? Pick your poison, difficult but I think I like the UK cover!

(Goodreads) Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she's already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it's tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he's God's gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing's for sure - if she doesn't keep her wits about her there'll be hell to pay...

The Short Story ? - It's too early to say this is one of the best debuts I have read but it was fantastic! Original plot and storyline, great characters and fantastic writing! Great heroine who's a total badass and lets not forget all her boyfriends who are totally HAWT!

The Long Story ? - Let's talk about the totally awesome originality of this novel first. In my opinion to write an original book you need to a) chose a genre that's rarely used or b) use an aspect of a genre that is rarely used. I can name on one hand how many paranormals I have read that are based on demon storyline. The best part is that the protagonist doesn't even hook up with a demon! So no cliched human and supernatural creature romance! It's also set in the near future, 2018, and it's a very interesting perspective of what the world would be like. What if we ran out of metal and gas? What if demons populated among us? What is we raised the dead and manufactured Holy Water? The idea's far-fetched yet it's (sorta) realistic don't you think?

The characters in this debut was great! Strong heroine, I like the idea of a girl who can stand her ground in an all man world! Not to mention Riley is totally badass, she's lost both of her parents and yet she can still move on with her life and dream, it's tough but she did it. Another character I adore is Beck! I love everything about him from his southern boy drawl to his 'I'm too cool' attitude! Best of all, he cares about Riley and has her best interests at heart even if it means (maybe) not admitting his real feelings. Riley and Beck would make a totally awesome couple! Which leads me to Riley's boyfriend, Simon. He's hot and a total sweetie but I can't really see him with Riley, he's too much of a 'good boy'. The third guy, Ori, is still a complete mystery, I really hope we see more of him in the next book because I have a feeling I will like this guy...

The romance in this novel is little dry. Whether it's because I'm totally biast about Riley's boyfriend choice  or Simon and Riley really do lack chemistry is for you guys to decide. The writing is great, Jana's writing style is very comfortable and easy to slip into. Strong character voices and fantastic idea to switch perspectives between Beck and Riley.

In all, it's a great book! I have little pet peeves ( like boyfriend preferences) but they are only small compared to the FANTABULOUS of the book! Seriously, read this book! Bookie Approves ;) Rating 4.5/5 ( took 0.5 away for bad taste in boys)

Badass Bookie xx

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Breakfast with the Bookie - My Two Cents on YA Dystopian

Hello Lovelies! It’s Wednesday, WHICH is when Breakfast with the Bookie is hosted. I’m sorry there wasn’t a discussion last week but it was my Debut of the Month feature with Paige Harbison and it didn’t feel right to go ‘ sorry, we going to stop the show and feature…’

Anyway, Breakfast with the Bookie is a weekly feature here at Badass Bookie. Basically it’s a discussion post you can read and share your opinions about! It can range from a number of things including advice, pet peeves, Q&A‘s and of course, YA fiction!
This week’s topic – My Two Cents on YA Dystopian

Dystopian is becoming an incredibly popular genre among YA fiction. I suffer from this case of OCD where I not only have to organize my own books into categories, I have to organize books in the general into categories. So Harry Potter Era – Way back-2007, Vampire Era – 2008-Mid-2010, Dystopian Era – Mid 2010-present. YA Dystopian is increasing in number and popularity. This is the start of a new era, one that could that could possibly outlast…The Vampire Era.

I can positively say the majority of readers have read at least one dystopian novel. New York Times Bestselling, Matched by Ally Condie and Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Recently released, Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Upcoming Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Possession by Elana Johnson and Wither Lauren DeStefano. The international bestseller – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, not only selling millions of copies worldwide but making it to the silver screen ( 2012). The domination of Dystopian fiction right before our eyes.

My two cents? It’s a little boring. I love Dystopian fiction, it’s unique, one of a kind and original. Yet it’s all the same. Now, before you say ‘ you’re not making any sense’ hear me out. When you look at the bigger picture, you will see that all Dystopian fiction is somewhat similar. It’s all about freedom, throwing the rule book out the window, separating truths from lies, forbidden love and finding who you are.

While each story line is unique, each controlling society portrayed differently and each character unique and facing their own demons, they are all fighting for the same thing – freedom. It’s hard to explain but I love dystopian fiction yet I don’t. On the originality radar, Dystopian fiction absolutely dominates yet the story line of each book is so similar to one another, I can’t help but find it boring.

Also, it’s not just the same storyline base that’s a little old but the books themselves. I loved every Dystopian I have read but most of them were a little boring. The start is always the best, original, exciting new society ‘ohhh ahhh’ and then character does something forbidden like fall in love with the wrong guy. Then there’s this whole chunk of the book full of internal fighting where they try to reject these feelings, before the action starts. AND THEN when it finally gets interesting, it’s the end. All of it is a little slow paced for me, I like my novels action packed. WHICH is why I loved The Hunger Games, it’s all dystopian and action.

Bottom line, I love dystopian but it can be boring. Compared to other books I have read, all the Dystopias are rated pretty high on my radar, usually a 4-5 but even than they can be boring. It’s not a terrible bore like it is when you read some poorly written novel with a lame plot and even lamer characters but it’s still...boring.

In defense of Dystopia, you can only let there be some much action and chaos in a book about a strict and controlling society, maybe Dystopian is meant to be a little bring, I don’t know but that’s my two cents. I LOVE it but it can be boring. Your thoughts? You’re with me or you’re not? What’s you two cents?

Badass Bookie xx

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Review Time! So everyone knows that Delirium is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and almost everyone has read it by now. I was sent a review copy a few weeks ago and I could like to thank Hachette for that! I finished this last week and here are my thoughts …

(Goodreads) 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 Holoway 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.

The Short Story? – It’s difficult to explain really. I have all these thought in my head that are a big jumble which refuse to transfer to paper. All I can say is that it was fantastic. I loved it, all of it, the plot, the beautiful writing, the characters and more than anything the romance. Definitely worth the wait!

The Long Story? – Truth be told, I wasn’t all that keen about Delirium when the new first got out about Lauren Oliver’s new book. I’m one of those people who judge books by covers and for me the cover of Delirium wasn’t love at first sight. It was a taking-it-slow romance, something that I saw beauty in as time went by.

It wasn’t until I heard the words – love and dystopian, that I took the time to Google the blurb and it turned out to be very interesting. I not a huge fan of dystopian (I’ll explain why in this week’s edition of Breakfast with the Bookie) but I always like the ideas of world domination that the authors come up with. I’m also a romance junkie so really Delirium was like hitting the jackpot. (EUREKA)

The plot and the idea behind the plot was the highlight for me. I’ve already mentioned my love for wacky ideas of world domination so when a smart author came up with the concept of Love is a disease, it was pretty awesome. The plot itself was great too, very dystopianish, all about finding yourself and fighting for what is right. I (kinda) spoiled the ending for myself when I peeked but nevertheless I enjoyed the books from start to finish. There isn’t really a pace to the book, it’s like ever-changing from fast to slow and then fast again.

The characters were fantastic. Lena was the perfect teenager, never questioning, obedient and just normal. She was someone we could relate to (although I not all that never questioning and obedient). She had her flaws whether they were physical or emotional and her actions could easily reflect ours. Alex is just…amazing. He’s good looking, caring and a total sweetie who cares about Lena. He’s an outsider trying to fit among people who clearly don’t understand him. The romance between the two is to die for. Not in the ‘hormones over rule everything, all about passion way’ but the ‘I generally care for you and would love you no matter what way’ (and yes, there is a difference). For me, the romance was just the cherry on top.

In my opinion, Delirium was like finding the perfect pair of shoes (sorry for the lame comparison). You find dozens if not hundreds of shows that are comfortable and quite pretty but a pair of shoes that is everything you ever wanted if hard to come by. For me Delirium was that book, after writing 600 words I still can’t quite explain my thoughts about this book but I truly did love it and I honestly believe that if you haven’t read it you should give it a try because it just might be your perfect pair of shoes ;) Rating 5/5

Badass Bookie xx

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bones of Faerie

Review Time! I received this one for review a few weeks ago from Random House ( big thank-you!), it was published back in 2009 which when I think about it now is a long time ago but really it's a fairly new release. I have heard mixed reviews about it and you're just going to have to read my review to know which side I picked...

(Goodreads) The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

The Short Story ? - Bones of Faerie is definitely one of the most unusual books I have ever read. I can't say that it lacks originality because it challenged everything I know about faeries! Beautiful writing and an interesting plot, I really did enjoy Bones of Faerie!

The Long Story ? - I admit that when I first started reading the book I wasn't all that keen about it. I even thought it was a little boring. I had no idea why it was called Bones of Faerie because for the first half of the book not one faerie was insight and not to mention this book is set in a old fashioned, middle aged era. No, it wasn't looking in my favor at all, especially since it challenged every thought I had about this book.

Later as I read further, I began to realise that it's actually set in the future not the past. Basically after an all-out war between the humans and faeries, the world slipped into a state of cultural and social backwardness. As I got to understand the plot, the story behind the novel and the characters better, I started to enjoy the book - immensely.

If I had to pick one thing I liked about the book it would be the plot. It's a little bit difficult to follow when you first start the book but as you read on you will realise that it's much more complex than what it appears on the surface. This novel might be called Bones of Faerie but it's more to do with the bones part ( the destruction that was left behind after the war) than the Faeries. Bones of Faerie had a whooping appearance of TWO faeries so although faeries is a significant part of the book it's not that significant.

In my opinion it's more about finding who you are, dealing with problems, find a solution and separating truths from lies. The romance in this novel is almost non-existent ( very subtle hints here and there of a brooding romance) and yet I was able to enjoy it ( I'm a romance junkie at heart). The characters all carried their own little heartaches however small that was caused by the war yet they all team together and show amazing friendship and compassion as they go on their journey to Faerie.

Bones of Faerie is a fairly short novel, only about 240 pages yet it hold a great deal of depth, the plot is great, the characters are briefly described yet I could really connect with them. The writing itself was amazing and despite the rough start, I ended up loving Bones of Faerie. Bottom line - PICK FLOWERS NOT FIGHTS, LOVE NOT WAR, nah kidding. Bottom line - READ THIS BOOK! Rating 4/5

Badass Bookie xx

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Debut of the Month - All About Here Lies Bridget +Giveaway

Book Profile

Debut - Here Lies Bridget  ( Goodreads )
Author - Paige Harbison ( Profile )
Genre - Paranormal/ Contemporary
Release Date - 1st of February 2011

Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don't worship as attentively, teachers don't fall for her wide-eyed "who me?" look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she's always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look at her anymore.

When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she's wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she's inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.

And Bridget's about to learn that, sometimes, saying you're sorry just isn't enough….


The Insider's Scoop and Mini Reviews of Here Lies Bridget

Insider's Scoop:
1) Bridget is supposed to be awful. Otherwise the whole book would be overkill.

2) I have a crush on Liam, the main guy.

3) If I have my way, Sarah Hyland (oldest daughter in Modern Family) would play Bridget in the movie. Also, lets hope the movie gets made! (The rights were bought by Galgos Entertainment) ( HERE )

4) I wrote an entire book about Anna Judge that I don’t know if I’ll ever use. (Involves more Limbo and a lot of New Orleans….)

5) I came up with the premise for Here Lies Bridget on an (awful) (long) (coach) Amtrak Train trip with an (awful) ex-boyfriend from Florida to Virginia.

6) If I could do it over again, it wouldn’t have been so short!


“Compellingly written from Bridget's point of view, "Here Lies Bridget" is an ideal read for victims of this abysmal behavior [bullying], offering keen and witty insight into the emotional motivations of privileged narcissists.

What's so engaging about "Here Lies Bridget" is its honest insight into Bridget's self-perception…[A] solid and intriguing read.”

--Susan Carpenter, L.A Times ( HERE )

" I definitely recommend this book to everyone, because I don't think there is anyone who couldn't relate to this book in some way or another. My favorite read in a long time, bravo! "

--Jamie Kline, Goodreads

" Here Lies Bridget is real and will play on your heartstrings, leaving you with a message of life about second chances. "

--A Bookful of Thoughts, Justine

" This journey with her was remarkable. It is well thought out and well described. Great execution of each situation. The characters are likeable and you even feel sorry for them with the way Bridget treats them. I took a lot away from this book. I wasn't sure where it was going at first but when it took the turn that it did I was pleasantly surprised. If you get a chance to read this PLEASE DO "

--Lora Wiedenheft, Read For Your Future
“…a clever take on a classic premise.”

--Shana Silver, Bookanistas

~ Giveaway ~

Paige has kindly offered not one but TWO of you lucky readers, each a finished copy of 'Here Lies Bridget'. I so so so tempted to enter this giveaway but the morally right part of me won't let me! Sounds like a fantasic read and I'm envious of the winners already!

Rules of Entry :

- International
- MUST leave a comment on this post or Paige's post yesterday HERE
- Must Fill out this FORM
- Extra Entries not required
- Ends 28th of February

Badass Bookie xx

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Debut of the Month - All About Paige Harbison

Debutante Profile

Name - Paige Harbison
Debut - Here Lies Bridget  ( Goodreads )
Genre - Paranormal/Contemporary
Website - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Paige Harbison is twenty years old, and a sophomore in college majoring in Studio Art at Towson University. She lives with her golden retriever Rigby, and is the daughter of New York Times Bestselling Author Beth Harbison.

Dream Debutante Dress -

Great Taste! LOVE the green ;)

What the Deb has to say about herself -

Random Things About Me :

· I am kind of a snarky bitch.

· I am at Art (Painting) major at Towson University, and have somehow finagled it so that I’m getting a Bachelor of Science for it.

· I barely wake up before 11am.

· I am overly obsessed with sour candy and chips and queso. And chipotle. And chicken fried rice. (Lots of “ch” in there…)

· I don’t really understand Twitter. And I’m 21 years old. So I’m not just, like, an out-of-touch old woman in a muumuu. I’m just an out-of-touch young old woman in a muumuu. Just kidding. I don't have a muumuu. Do I want one? Yes. Do I like writing and saying the word "muumuu?" Absomuutley.

· My best friend and I text constantly throughout the day, and have text dates every week for things like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Jersey Shore. I watch so much stuff…from Mad Men to Frasier reruns to Gossip Girl.

· I can barely ride a bike, and I always forget how.

· I wear Lily Pulitzer “Beachy” perfume. I’ve been willing to buy every expensive perfume out there, but I just love Beachy the most.

· My PNC Banking bill is always filled with: Apple, Hollister, Sephora, and Victoria’s Secret.

· I don’t want a Kindle because I like putting books on my shelf.

· Most of my inspiration comes from mood. That’s what draws me into a book, and what keeps me obsessing over it afterwards.

· At my wedding, there is no chance of catching me in an actual “Wedding Dress.” It’ll be pretty, it’ll be vanilla colored, but it will not be bought in a bridal shop.

· My mother is New York Times Bestselling Author Beth Harbison. Despite the fact that she’s an author, my name “Paige” had nothing to do with writing. Just a lil coincidence that looks super corny now.

· I worked at Starbucks for three years. I loved it. I was promoted to Shift Supervisor the day I turned 18, and took a year off in between high school and college. 6 months after being promoted, I had the option to become Assistant Store Manager or I could go to school. I chose to go to school. Which was smart, because the position was then removed from the store in an effort to cut funds. And that is why you always choose college.


Paige, you are hilariously funny ;) Wanna be my friend? We have alot in common ( yes, I kind of a snarky bitch too, although I try to be nice) and what on earth is a "muumuu"? Anyway lovelies, you have met our February Debutante. Her debut, Here Lies Bridget sounds FANTABULOUS so make sure you come back tomorrow and read all about it! There will be a giveaway of not ONE but TWO copies, international peeps this ones for you!

Badass Bookie xx

Monday, February 14, 2011

Glass House

Review Time! I recently received the first three books in the Morganville Vampires series from Penguin. I have kept an eye for the this series for AGES but it's never been pulished in AUS before Penguin took the matters into their own hands so... now I have to chance ;)

(Goodreads) It's a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn't have the right connections - to the undead who run the town.

When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...
The Short Story ? - Glass House has not failed to meet my expectations! Great plot, fantastic characters and the classic take on vampires that hasn't been used in the YA genre in a long time. I loved it! Fast-paced and addictive start to a vampire series loved by many ;)

The Long Story ? - It's no secret that Vampire fiction overpopulates the YA genre, two years after the success of Twilight and we are still getting new take ons of Vampire every single year. Whether it be sparkly vampires or super powered vampires or vampires who get sick of being vampires and turn human, every author has a new take on the definition of a vampire.

So when Morganville re-visits the classic take, the Dracula take. It was more than refreshing to read! As crazy as it sounds, it's actually a nice change to read about vampires who aren't all good-looking and who aren't all about falling in love with Humans!

The concludes my first pointer about how awesome Glass House. It's not original but it's refreshing because it's how vampires are supposed to be opposed on the new take ones where vampires are harmless and sparkly ( I love Twilight). Another reason why it's so awesome? The characters.

The relationship between Claire, Eve, Shane and Michael is really touching. I have never had room mates before but the relationship between the four is what I would imagine it to be. The friendship and more-than friends ship between them four is amazing. Each character has a different personality, they might hate each other at times but they still friends and care about each other.

Then, there is the plot. So at the start Claire was pretty pathetic, she was bullied and cried alot. Then she meets her three new roomies who introduce her to Morganvilles not-so-secret secret, the vampires. From there it gets really interesting whether it be fighting the vamps or fighting the undeniable attraction.Fats-paced and filled with quirky and comfortable writing.

Overall, I loved it. it was addictive and refreshing. I couldn't stop turning the pages one after another. Whether it just me or not, I find it hard to find a book that I can turn the page one after another without losing interest, I found it in Glass House. This one goes on your TBR pile, lovelies!

Badass Bookie xx

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Book of Tomorrow + Giveaway

Review Time! Last month, I received an ARC of 'The Book of Tomorrow' by Cecelia Ahern, Bestselling author of P.S. I Love You. It's actually not a YA novel but the protagonist is sixteen so when a review request popped up, I couldn't turn it down! I would like to thank Hapercollins and Leah for sending me a copy all the way from the US!!!

(Goodreads) Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

The Short Story ? - Quite frankly I was scared to start the book because it wasn't YA and I wasn't sure I would like it but it turned out to be really good. No sugar coating needed ( or used), it was different from anything I have ever read but it was a good change, great plot too!

The Long Story ? - I pretty much of a YA hard core, aside from the occasional PNR I don't read anything other than YA. I stick close to home so when I picked up The Book of Tomorrow, it was outside my comfort zone. I spent many nights looking at the cover but never turning the page, afraid that I wouldn't like it and then I would have to write a mean  review.

A week ago, I told myself to man up and just read it. So I did and ... Adult fiction is pretty much the equivalent to an older YA fiction. The writing is more mature but it's nothing I haven't read before, the teen with the messed up family? Common cliche but The Book of Tomorrow was much more than that. I probably would have ended hating if it was just a dark contemporary but it wasn't. It was fitted better into the mystery genre and I loved!

The plot of The Book of Tomorrow was great, I admit the start is a wee bit boring but in defense of this book, I find the start of most books bo-ring so don't not pick up the book because I said the start was boring. However, as I slowly but surely progressed along, I started getting really into it. Like I said it's a mystery so there were lots of secrets throughout the book, secrets that are delicious and unpredictable! The secrets ad suspense really drive you to read faster and faster so in a way, it's addictive ;) Also, it's got a nice touch of reality mixed with the supernatural ( no vampires, scouts honor). In all, it's a very unique plot!

However, for me the writing was the cherry on top, if everything else was great, the writing was fantastic! This is the first of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read and wow, can she write! It's common knowledge that authors a pretty distinctive writing style, even when they try new genres. Some have a humorous style, some have a formal style, some have a serious style but this is the very first time, I have read a piece of written work that is so unique. It's had to describe Cecelia's writing style but it's..half serious and half formal and she's brilliant with wordplay! Great use of metaphors etc.

Overall, The Book of Tomorrow was truly remarkable. Whether you're a YA reader like me or a Adult fiction native, it's a brilliant book that can be enjoyed by everyone! Great writing, fantastic plot, killer suspense and a hard-not-to-love heroine with a strong voice! Bookie approves ;) Rating 4.5/5

Giveaway - Harpercollins have kindly offered one reader (1) ONE finished copy of The Book of Tomorrow. Please read rules carefully or you will be disqualifed.

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Badass Bookie xx

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Breakfast with the Bookie - When the Cliche is Taken Too Far

Breakfast with the Bookie is a weekly feature hosted here on Badass Bookie. Every Wednesday morning ( or night) depending on where in the world you are, I will be posting a discussion/issue post that you can read along with you morning cup of coffee ( or your dinner)!

Discussions can range anywhere from advice, pet peeves, Q&A's, movie castings, authors etc etc. Every Wednesday! Join in and let's discuss!

Last Week's Discussion - My Love- Hate Relationship with YA Contemporary

Today's Topic - When the Cliche is Taken Too Far

You may be wondering - How on Earth Bookie, can you take a cliche too far? Well, my dear readers, YA is a fairly 'cliched' genre. Some authors might argue with this point but when you write a book, you're writing what the audience wants to read. You're writing what you know they will like, what will sell, what will be read, what is cliched. Originality can only go so far, when you're playing safe.

Occasionally you find an author willing to throw everything in and write a book that's completely original. They're the ones that turn into International Bestsellers and make it to the sliver screen. Or they are the ones that never make it big. It's a gamble that not many authors are willing to take which is why originality can only go so far.

YA readers aren't very 'picky' with what they read in general. Most of us, follow mainstream - we read what everyone else reads, we read what's being publicised, we read books that make the New York Times, we read books that have been made into movies but most of all, we all read books that follow the success of another.

Bottom line? We read the books that have somehow made a cliche out of an 'original' idea but after being written in a gazillion books it's no longer original and is now classified as way. too. cliched. Perfect example? The Typical Love Triangle.

Sure, there were Love Triangles in YA books before Twilight but the number has increased greatly after the success of the international bestseller. The first few books that were published after Twilight with Love Triangles were still enjoyable, but soon it became a cliche and then it became a cliche that has been taken way too far.

Sure, the Love Triangle still sells. People still read the books but on a personal level ( or not so personal level as I have read posts from other bloggers) we, as YA readers are slowly getting sick of it. It's been used so many times, over and over again that we know what's going to happen even before we read past the fifth chapter.

Guy #1 meets Girl. Falls instantly in love with her. Girl loved Guy #1 but has undeniable feeling for Guy #2. Blah Blah Blah. Guy #1 and Girl live happily every after. Guy #2 is heartbrokened. THE END.

They are plenty of others that are just as cliched, and just as much used but the Love Triangle is the first that comes to mind. I personally hate how it's so cliched that the girl always ends up with guy #1 and how guy #2 never gets the perfect ending. IF ALL CHARACTERS CAN'T BE HAPPY DON'T INTRODUCE THEM!!!!

So what about you? Do you think that the Love Triangle has been taken too far? That some cliches have become too cliched that they have lost their meaning? Do you long to read something original? Do you think cliches can be taken too far?

Badass Bookie xx

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

(Funny & Witty) Quotes from my Favourite Books! #1

Hey Guys! Originally dubbed ' This Post Brightened Up My Day ( Part One) ' I posted my favourite funny/witty quotes from my favourite series in the world The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, late July last year. I thought I would take the time today to revisit these wonderful snippets of wisdom.

My Fav Quotes - ( Mortal Instruments) note- I'm cracking even as I write this (literally LOL)

"Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."

— Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)

"I don't want to be a man,' said Jace. 'I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.'
Well,' said Luke, 'you're doing a fantastic job."

— Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes)

Jesus!" Luke exclaimed.
Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling."

— Cassandra Clare

"We came to see Jace. Is he alright?"
"I don't know," Magnus said. "Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?"

— Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes)

"Not everything is about you," Clary said furiously.
"Possibly," Jace said, "but you do have to admit that the majority of things are."

— Cassandra Clare (City of Glass)

"Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath.
"It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath."
"As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome."
"I knew we should have left you a rat."

— Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)

"Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,’ said Jace. ‘I’d rather stay down here and rot.’
Forever?’ said Simon. ‘Forever’s an awfully long time.’
Jace raised his eyebrows. ‘I knew it,’ he said. ‘You want to kiss me, don’t you?"

— Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes)

"One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it's 5 a.m., I figured you'd be less cranky if you had something nice to look at.
Meaning you?'-clary
What else?'-jace"

— Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)

And the one Cassandra Clare personally wrote for me *wink wink*-

"I am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass."

— Cassandra Clare

Turn that frown upside down!

Badass Bookie xx

Monday, February 7, 2011

Radiant Shadows

Review Time! Last month I left my Bucket List challenge review to the very last minute so I decided that I'm going to do my February review earlier on, meaning today! If you checked out my January Review you would know that for the challenge I have a different review formatting!

Name - Radiant Shadows ( Wicked Lovely #4 )

Pages - 340 pages
Publication Date - April 20th 2010
Publisher- Harpercollins
Rating 3/5

(Goodreads) Hunger for nourishment. Hunger for touch. Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.

Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Why I picked this book ? - As I explained in my sign up post, I'm taking the challenge as the motivation to read all the sequels I haven't gotten around to reading! Before I started blogging, I used to read anything I want, whenever I want. I still get to read books I want but the choices are still somewhat limited :P ( not complaining though) so this challenge is the perfect excuse to read all the books I wanted to read but didn't get to!

Was it worth it ? - Honestly, I don't know. I love this series and this book was great but I can't help thinking that this one was one of the more boring ones.

Brief Thoughts ? - For me, Radiant Shadows wasn't up to the standards of the other three books. I somewhat felt that the author just threw two random characters in and wrote up a storm. Ani and Devlin were both briefly introduced in the first three books but they definitely weren't significant parts of the series. I can't help think that this book could have been more focused on characters with bigger roles in the previous books.

However, the writing was great as always! Dark, sinful and seductive. The plot was alright, it had action and it ties to the first three books, I didn't find it as interesting but nevertheless it was good. I loved Seth and Sorcha's part in this, their Mother & Son relationship is really starting to blossom which is great to see! Hardly any Aislinn and no sign of Keane or Donna.

This book mainly focused on the Dark Court. I felt I developed a soft spot of Irial who is a totally sweetie. After reading Ink Exchange I was all for Team Niall but after reading Radiant Shadows, I'm not so sure. they're a re both handsome and sweet in their own way!

Overall, Radiant Shadows wasn't quite up to the standards of the previous books however it was still enjoyable to a point. I felt that if Ani and Devlin were supposed to play a major part in the this novel they should have had bigger roles in the previous books but ...that's just me =)

Would I recommend it ? - ehhh, yes! It's a really great series and I 'm not going to let something like this come between me and the faerie courts!!! You should totally read it ;)

Badass Bookie xx

Sunday, February 6, 2011

In My Mailbox #22

Hello Lovelies! Currently, I have really crappy Internet connection so I holding my breath that I can get through this post without it breaking down on me. Anyway, I do an IMM every two weeks so it's always a two-week edition. However since I didn't get much last week, it's pretty much just one week ;) In my Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

This Week -

For Review -

The Valley of Blood and Gold by Tony Palmer
Shadowspell by Jenna Black ( Review )
ARC of Die for Me by Amy Plum
Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer
Glass House by Rachel Caine
The Dead Girl's Dance by Rachel Caine
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

( Thanks to Penguin, Hachette and Pan Macmillian for this weeks books!)

I did buy a book this week but I didn't mention it since I didnt think you guys would be all that interested in my Religion textbook.

Last Week -

I Won -

- Signed Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead + Some Tattoos, wristband, bookmark  and Sneek Peek book thingies
- Afterlife Swag

( Thank-you to WhatcYAreadin and Elzar @ Enter My Mind)

BTW Amy Holder , Author of Lipstick Laws is having an AWESOME giveaway over at her blog! She's giving away -

1 - $25 Amazon Gift Card

1 - $10 iTunes Gift Card
1 - signed ARC of The Lipstick Laws
Lots of Lipstick Laws swag (including signed & unsigned bookmarks, stickers, temporary tattoos, magnets, wax lips, etc.)
Lipstick & gloss from ELF Cosmetics
1 - Signed bookmark from Carrie Harris (my friend & author of the awesome upcoming book Bad Taste In Boys)
Class of 2k11 swag (bookmarks, stickers & postcard)
KidLit Authors Club Bookmarks

You must check it out - HERE

Dark readers is also havong a great January Giveaway, you can win -

Edward Cullens message "Be safe" in a glass bottle necklace

Twilight : The Graphic Novel Volume 1
Signed post card by Becca Fitzpatrick
Vampire Crush by A.M Robinson
Badges from the book Angel By L.A Weatherly

That's it for me this week! Cheerios!

Badass Bookie xx

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Shadowspell ( Spoiler Free!)

Review Time! Shadowspell is second in the Faeriewalker series, the first book is Glimmerglass which was a 2010 YA Debut, if you haven't read it - do it asap! I loved,loved,loved it! I would link you to my review but it's really shallow and vague, you would find a better review somewhere else...

(Goodreads) On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

The Short Story ? - Shadowspell was amazing! I set pretty high expectations for the book after loving the first one and it surprises me to say that it exceeded those ridiculously high expectations and if it's even possible, I loved Shadowspell even more!

The Long Story ? - Sometimes when I read a book and really enjoy it I don't question myself, what I really actually enjoyed about it. I just mark it as a packaged deal and say it's amazing! However, this time I took the time to pull apart Shadowspell and really pick out what I liked about it. I wanted to see what it was about this series that I enjoy so much, what makes it different, what makes it memorable.

I narrowed it down to one thing - characterisation. Absolutely perfect characterisation. Each character has a unique personality. It might not necessarily be a nice personality  but all the same it fitted with the story, with the other characters and with the reader. Every character had a flaw, something that made them seem a little more human ( since they're faeries) something that we as readers, could relate to.

It's hard to explain but for this book, characterisation was the roots that held everything in place. Everything related back to it, for me, if it wasn't for the characterisation, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the romance, the plot or even the writing. I have never really thought that the characterisation would be so important but it is.

Moving on, my second favourite thing about this novel - the boys and the romance. Again, if Ethan and Keane had different personalities I probably wouldn't have developed a soft spot for both of them ( believe me, it's hard to choose between them), it's a love triangle ( sorta) but this one is alright because I adore both of the boys and because it's not a Major part of the novel. Dana is smart enough to ( sorta) not chose between the two of them but it can be seen that Dana shows affection towards Keane even if she is unreasonably ( sorta) attracted to Ethan.

The writing is comfortable and I'm not sure about you but when I read a really good book with really good writing, my brain actually picks a voice to suit the character that narrates the novel for me. It's (sorta) like when you listen to an audio book except you're doing both the listening and the reading ;)

Lastly, the plot was great! I would have to say I liked the plot of Shadowspell better than Glimmerglass. In Glimmerglass a whole chunk of the novel was taken up by introductions to this new world where Humans and Faeries co-exist and to the characters. However as the sequel, Shadowspell was all action and romance! We know the characters, we know Avalon sooo bring on the good stuff!

Overall, Shadowspell was a fantastic novel. Jenna Black is a fantastic writer, Dana is a strong heroine and Ethan and Keane have both earned a soft spot in my heart. The characterisation is perfect and I strongly recommend everyone who hasn't read the series to give it a go. Maybe you won't like it as much as I do or maybe you'll love it but all the same it's got fantastic characterisation! Funny, cute and beautifully written, Shadowspell is an addictive sequel to Glimmerlass ;) Rating 5/5

Badass Bookie xx

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Interview with Beth Revis ( Across the Universe)

Hello Lovelies! Today, is the day. THE day where we have a little chat with Beth Revis. For everyone who lives under a rock, Across the Universe made the NY Times Bestseller list at #7 last week! Did I mention, Beth is a debut author AND that Across the Universe was relased only on the 11th of January? Um, I think we should stop what we're doing right now and happy dance for Beth! *stops typing and dances*

Now, before I get on with it...did I mention Beth was one of my Debutantes? You're probably thinking 'so'? BUT for me it's a big deal because it's kind of like I knew a best-selling author before she was a best-selling author you know? Anyway, it's a big deal. You can check out Beth's posts HERE and HERE.

Okay, NOW I'm ready to get on with it ...

{ Totally Awesomely, Amazingly, Cool Interview with Beth Revis! }

Note* We skipped the whole introduction and went straight to the good stuff. Author's are busy people with not alot of free time =)

Beth Revis
How did you come up with the plot for Across the Universe?

It all came about based on the twist at the end of the story—I wanted to build an entire story around that twist, so everything—the plot, the characters, the setting—came about in order to make that twist work.

What made you decided you wanted to write a YA sci-fi?

It’s what fit the story best! I look at the genre differences between contemporary, sci fi, and fantasy as being predominantly setting and world-building. I came up with the plot first, and the best world to put that plot in was a sci fi one.

Which character do you feel you can relate best to?

I think Elder. Amy’s too strong for me, but Elder’s got that same level of self-doubt that I have.

Could you tell us abit more about Amy's life on Earth?

I think she was a pretty average girl. She was more popular than she gives herself credit to, but she never participated in any kind of clique or group. Instead, she sort of floated among groups at school, and had friends of all different kinds.

What's the story behind Elder and Amy's names? Did you just come up with them?

Elder was named because of his title. Actually, the first original line of the book was “My name is Elder, although I’m the youngest person on the ship.” So his name never changed.

Amy was originally named Amaryllis, and I’d planned on having her frozen with a bulb of the flower that has the same name. But that back story got to be too complicated, so I just called her Amy and dropped the rest.

Favorite scene in the book?

It’s a spoiler! My fave scene is when that THING happens when Elder sees Harley near the hatch that leads to the stars.

*I'm not sure which scene, is it THAT scene that scene that was significant and made me cry?*

Molly Quinn

Can you tell us anything about the sequels?

I can only say: at least two things you think from Book 1 are true…are actually lies.

Do you have any plans on writing other books?

Right now, I’m focused on finishing the trilogy—I’ve finished one draft of Book 2 and am already starting to form Book 3. After that I’ve got a few more ideas, but I can’t talk about them—the more I talk about ideas, the more likely I am to not want to write the story.

Who would play Elder and Amy in a movie adaption?

I don’t know who would play Elder—it would need to be someone multi-ethnic, and there are, frankly, not enough multi-ethnic actors out there. As for Amy, the person I’d envisioned when writing her was the actress Molly Quinn.

Well! Thank-you Beth for the interview and I hope you guys enjoyed that! I would love to hear what you think so don't heistate to leave a comment! *hint hint* :P

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Published - 11th of January 2011
The Book Depository - Hardback / Paperback
Goodreads - A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

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

Badass Bookie xx