22 August 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Every Wednesday, we post a book (or more) that we are highly anticipating. Here is the book, movie, TV show and music that I'm waiting on!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It's a great way to learn about books you haven't heard of before.

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication: February 5th, 2013
YA Dystopian/Fantasy | Feiwel and Friends
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

The Words | September 7th, 2012
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana.
"A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work."

TV Show:
The Revolution | Mon. Sept. 17th | NBC
Starring: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rogers, J. D. Pardo, Zak Orth, Maria Howell, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell, Derek Webster, Daniella Alonso.
Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon permanently disabled all advanced technology on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without technology, and due to the collapse of public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess an item that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude various enemy groups who want to possess that power for themselves.

G-Dragon (Member of K-Pop boy band, BIGBANG)
His single, "One of a Kind" should be released any day now. Here is the teaser that has me extremely excited. I may be fangirling a bit over here!!! {"^_^}

04 August 2012

REVIEW: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1st, 2012 | Harper Teen
Age: YA Paranormal
Pages: 447
Acquired: Borrowed
Format: ARC

Overall: ½
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My Thoughts:
Anna is a girl who has lived her life being the good girl, ignoring any pull toward the influence of drugs and alcohol, no matter how strong they are. And they are strong. It isn't until she meets Kaidan Rowe that she has no idea why she feels so strongly. And that her pull isn't only a struggle, it's a necessity for what she is.

There was so much about Sweet Evil that I absolutely loved. The book borders on mature YA, but enough that it leaves you breathless and wanting more. Kaidan especially. He's an evil boy with too much life experience that you kind of feel bad for him. And then he does something that makes you want to throw caution to the wind and just enjoy whatever ride he throws you on. At times I was just sure Anna would do just that and maybe Kaidan would let her. I was always surprised with what the did and didn't do.

The romance in this book is a sure winner. It's hot and yummy. Even though Anna is on the edge of naive, she still manages to keep the romance and heat alive though at times riding on Kaidan's tail.
The action and adventures in this book are actually heart-pounding and definitely kept my interest until more of Anna and Kaidan time. I won't lie however, the times when Anna visits her dad, I was bored that I probably didn't register a lot of what he said like I should. It was important to the book, but I felt like that could have been written better.

I loved Anna's aunt and her friends, they had significant parts to this book and I loved every moment with them.
There's a possibility for a love triangle and I know a lot of people hate them, but I kind of enjoy them. And the possible guy, I liked him too. At times even more than Kaidan. No matter how sexy he is, he didn't always have to be an ass.

I'm not usually a fan of angel/demon/nephilim books, but I really enjoyed this. I seriously hope the 2nd book gets picked up for publication! Hey, HarperTeen, Simon & Schuster, Poppy, SOMEONE.... PICK IT UP!!!

Plot: ½
Cover: (I don't understand it...?)

Author Info:
Wendy Higgins
wrote her first book when she was five, titled The Day the Whole Class got the Chickenpox and even illustrated it herself with desks and stick-figure students. She made several copies and went door-to-door selling them to neighbors at $5 a pop. She dabbled in short stories and book ideas all throughout her school years, but stopped after college. She received a Bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Sweet Evil is Higgin's first published novel.
More on her: website | goodreads | twitter

© Iridescent Lotus
Maira Gall