Review: For the Love of a Vampire

For the Love of a Vampire (Blood Like Poison #1)
by M. Leighton
My Rating: 5 Stars
Summary (goodreads)

Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheerleading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo. 

In Ridley's wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could.

A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley's heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo's a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it's her heart. He's feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late. 

The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same-with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish? 

My Review:
I haven't enjoyed a vampire book like this since Twilight, and if you thought Edward was cute just wait until you meet Bo! 

Ridley has the envied life at school.  She is captain of the cheer squad, her boyfriend is the quarterback, and she has a spot at the cool table. But that is all a facade for the life she has at home.  When tragedy strikes her family, her mom becomes a drunk and her dad is absent, and Ridley is left with nothing but the hope of getting out!  

Until...She meets her stalker.  

Once Ridley meets Bo, she fall head-over-heels in love.  (not my ideal way of "love" happening, but M. makes it work!)   With Bo's help, Ridley is able to take a stand in who she is; her life finds meaning, and suddenly she looks forward to something other than getting out of town.  

This vampire novel will have you hooked by the very first page ( I know I was)!  I am reading the sequel right now, and it is just killing me taking a break to write this review!  The characters are so deep and you will fall in love with them, or in Trinity's case you will loath her.  This book really took hold of my emotions.  I wanted to kill Trinity and make-out with Bo.  And when Bo announces he is dying *aghh* I almost broke down and started crying right there.  

I completely, absolutely recommend this book especially if you like swooning over a good vampire read! 

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Review: The Understorey

The Understorey
by Fisher Amelie
Summary (goodreads)
“Let’s start this place on nonexistent fire.”

“Promise.” She sucked in an excited breath.

We closed our eyes and I placed my feverish mouth to hers. Immediately, violent, zealous flashes of shimmering flames climbed to the furthest point, trailed like rain down the pitched ceiling and spilled down the walls, gathering at their feet, pools of fervent, bubbling, silvery liquid electricity, before evaporating into nothing.

Elliott Gray is incomplete, scrambling through the dark on his hands and knees, blindly feeling for the switch it would take to bring the peace he's forever been searching for.

Julia Jacobs is unhappy, missing a noticeable piece of her soul, a naked canvas with vivid paints at her disposal but no brush to assemble the vision.

At a young age, courtesy of an unknowing Elliott Gray, Julia tastes the burn of heartache and since then, has silently vowed to her heart that it would never be susceptible to such pain again but when Julia and Elliott discover they share a supernatural connection that's never been revealed before, Elliott makes it his life's goal to convince her they are fated. He knows, if she only gave him but one chance to prove himself, she would not be afraid but when Elliott's best friend Jesse Thomas turns out to be much more than meets the eye, it's all Elliott can do to hold on to his new love, while attempting to survive an enormous threat on their future.


Alrighty now I think I have wrapped my head around it...since it has been 5 months since I read the book the first time.  I think it just took me the second time through.

Okay so The Understorey was totally my favorite book of 2011...then Callum & Harper came out, and now it is my favorite, but I guess what I can say by that is Fisher is Awesome!!!! 

For me to read a book twice is a pretty big deal, I just don't enjoy books twice very often, and I rarely have the time to do it,  BUT with this book it was awesome a second time.  I really loved reading Jules and Elliott's love story again, and I was able to pick up on some more of the little humorous details that I didn't see the first time through.  

Now let me tell you about the Brilliance of it. 

So lets talk about the Romance because if you're like me that it a pretty big deal...
I absolutely love Jules and Elliott! Elliott is the social superstar.  He could get any girl he wants, he is the football star, and he is hotttt.  Julia is the social outcast. She dresses to her own style, beats by her own drum, and she reads at lunch (LOL i love this because if my friends would let me I would too).  They were friends as kids, but now that they are in high school, they have grown apart.  Then one touch changes everything.  
Oh they are just too cute how they get together and try to figure out why they have this electric touch.  YAY for the paranormal aspect of this book! I heard a few people saying how the book is slow at the beginning, but in my opinion I think it is essential for their love story.  I think the slow growing love that Jules and Elliott have in the beginning is in preparation for the intensity at the end.  It would seem a little crazy for them to be that way towards each other, if their relationship hadn't had time to develop.

Oh I mentioned before Jules & Elliott go through a lot...hello conflict...
What an awesome villain Fisher wrote, who would know that such a sweet author could write such an evil character.  He scared me out of my mind, and I had to keep reading because I knew if I slept I might have nightmares.  Let me just say once you get to a certain point close to the end you won't be putting the book down!

The majority of the book is written in Elliott's point of view which was really interesting since there just aren't many books like that!  It was especially enjoyable since Elliot was a gentleman and had that old-fashioned charm about him!  He is definitely my book boyfriend :) 

I totally recommend this book if you love cute romance stories :) with a little bit of thrill at the end!!! 

5 Stars

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"Waiting on" Wednesday: My Fairytale Life

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Fairytale Life
by Heather M. White
Release Date: February 4, 2012
Summary (goodreads)
17 year old Jadyn and her dad are vampire hunters. That is until her dad decides it's time for Jadyn to have a "normal" life. When he moved them to Miami, Florida the last thing Jadyn expected was for there to be vampires. 
Jadyn doesn't want to have a normal life, but then she starts to make new friends. She starts to think that maybe a normal life might not be so bad after all. But soon she realizes that maybe her friends aren't "human" as she once thought they were.

On top of everything else a very powerful vampire, Tabatha, seeks revenge on Jadyn. People from her school start disappearing, and people start dying. She wants to stop the deaths, but Tabatha has other plans for her.

Can Jadyn stop the one vampire that is impossible to kill before its too late?

Why I am waiting on this book...
Well I am a part of Enchanting Book Tours and we are touring this book starting on the release date.  I'm really excited about this one because the blurb sounds great and the cover really has me interested.

Now Here is an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT of My Fairytale Life

After all the horror stories that I have heard about cafeteria food, I decided against eating lunch. I sat down at an empty table, but it wasn’t empty for long. I looked up to see three cheerleaders all standing there, staring at me.

“Well, well… look what we have here,” the first girl said in a tone that told me I chose the wrong table. She kept her blonde hair pulled back in a pony tail, curls cascading down. “What’s your name?”

“If I tell you, will you go away?” I asked hopeful.

The girl’s fake smile fell from her face. “Listen, new girl, I will let that one comment slide. Obviously you don’t know who I am yet, but consider yourself officially warned. You don’t want to mess with me.”

I laughed at her threat. “Listen, Miss I think I’m better than everybody else, you got that backwards. It’s you who shouldn’t mess with me.”

 “I’m Amber, and these are my friends, Lexy and Briana,” she motioned towards the two blonde girls behind her. “This is our table, and unless you want to eat in the bathroom for the rest of your high school career, I suggest you move.”

“I’m sure the bathroom smells better than you.” One of her friends actually smiled at my joke, but quickly forced herself to stop.

“Amber,” I heard a voice from behind her and quickly recognized the guy from the locker earlier. “I see you met the new girl. She’s feisty.”

Amber rolled her eyes, but kept her mouth shut.

He quickly came over and took a seat beside me. He sat much closer than I liked, so I took that as my queue to leave. Looks like Amber gets her wish after all.

“Where are you going? I don’t even know your name yet,” the jock called after me. “I’m Jeremy.”

“Well, Jeremy, as much as I love arrogant jocks, I’ve met my quota for the day.” With that, I walked away without looking back. I decided that the cafeteria was no longer a safe place to be.

Add it to your goodreads shelf HERE!

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In My Mailbox {8}

In My Mail Box, just in case you didn't already know, is a meme hosted by The Story Siren where bloggers can post about the books they got this week!

Books I got for Review

Books I'm Borrowing

What did you get in your mailbox this week? Leave me links!

Review: Angel Evolution

Angel Evolution 
by David Estes
Summary (goodreads)
Angel Evolution- the first book in the young adult fantasy trilogy: The Evolution Trilogy... When Taylor meets Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him. No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice. Something about him scares her. Is all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.

I get a little nervous when I get books from authors for review.  Sometimes they aren't that great.  Boy was I pleasantly surprised with this one! I didn't just like it...I Loved it, and I can't wait until I get to read the sequel.   

Why I loved it you ask?
I was pretty much hooked after the first chapter.  The writing flowed throughout the book.  The characters were described in such a hilarious way it really grabbed my attention from the beginning.  Oh and then Gabriel showed up and uh yah HOT.  The great thing about the first part of the book is that I couldn't figure out if I was suppose to trust Gabriel or if he really was deceiving me *ahem* oh I meant if he really was deceiving Taylor.  Does Gabriel really have feelings for Taylor or is he just using her to get ahead?  Are the demons or the angels the bad guys?  This book had me wondering the whole time.  I didn't guess the next move before the author revealed the truth, which was very refreshing and kept me reading.  This book was definitely a different take on angel vs. demons, and the world that Estes created had me entranced.

5 stars 

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100 Follower Giveaway!!!!

Thank you everyone that has helped me get to this point!  I am so excited to be presenting you with the very first giveaway I have personally hosted on my blog.  I am delighted to get to share this blog milestone with you, since it is because of you I get to celebrate this.  I have set up this special giveaway to Thank You for all of your support!  Are you ready to see what I'm giving away?

A Signed Copy of Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie

All you need to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below! It is mandatory to be a follower, since it is a giveaway to celebrate my followers. Extra Entries are available!  I hold the right to change any of the terms, conditions, dates, or disqualify anyone that I see is cheating at any time during the giveaway.

HERE is the goodreads link where you can find its summary and reviews, and HERE you can find MY review of the book!

Review: Callum & Harper

Callum & Harper
by Fisher Amelie 
Summary (goodreads)
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey. 

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably. 

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates. 

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B. 

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be. 

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other. 

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated. 

“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate

Yah, I am FINALLY reviewing this book!  I read it about a month ago, and I haven't gotten around to reviewing it.  Not because I didn't have time, or I thought the book was bad or anything like that BUT I did have one little problem....
How do you write a review when the book is just TOO AWESOME for words?.... well here is my attempt.

I have never had this much difficulty finding words, and I even re-read the book just to try to grasp it a little bit more because I was in such love crazed daze the first time through.

Well first of all, I love Fisher Amelie, and this is probably my favorite book of 2011!

The Romance
Callum & Harper had such a sweet love.  It came out of necessity for each other when they really didn't have anything else to cling onto.  They had lost everything, but they found one another.  Callum & Harper did have that initial connection, but it didn't feel forced.  I liked how they weren't professing their love for one another after a day of knowing each other, but they did have that immediate love-at-first-sight moment.  Their relationship was just able to develop throughout the book, and it flourished with each new situation they faced together.

The Characters
Callum & Harper fit together like a completed puzzle.  They were the strength to the other's weakness.  Harper is a cheeky, trouble maker sometimes, and she just puts a lot of humor in the book.  Callum was the guy every girl swoons over.  He would do anything to protect and provide for Harper, and he is definitely the rock in the relationship.  What more can you ask for in your male lead?  I also really fell in love with Charlie and Cherry!  I'm not really one to pay attention to supporting characters, but these guys were just fun.  They were the support Callum & Harper never had before, and the relationship they have is entertaining.

I think that's all the words I can find folks!
P.S. I totally used Fisher's music muses to write this review.  They are really good, and you should check them out on her Facebook fan page linked below.

5 Stars





A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped me reach this goal!
I am just so excited! *jumps up & down

Now as you probably have already guessed, I am going to do a giveaway to thank you for helping me reach this milestone!
But I haven't got one together yet so I will probably launch the giveaway this weekend sometime! 

If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see in the giveaway PLEASE leave comments!

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Dark Days

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Okay so this week I'm doing my post a little DIFFERENT!!!
The book I'm doing it already out BUT I don't have it yet! It's on its way! I hope! LOL
So today I'm featuring
 DARK DAYS by C.A. Kunz
Here is the Summary (goodreads)

Surviving tenth grade is the least of Cat Colvin’s worries. 

Cat Colvin wants more than anything to just be an “average” teenager and blend in, but having found out the secret of her adoption has Cat questioning her entire life. Unfortunately, there are much deeper and darker secrets being withheld from her that may prove to threaten her very existence. Cat will be forced to make a choice: stay in Astoria and possibly endanger all that she loves, or flee and hide amongst her kind. 

Friendships will be tested, family bonds will be tried, and even Cat herself will be pushed to her limits both emotionally and physically; all while trying to maintain a somewhat normal relationship with her boyfriend Ryan. What is actually going on in the quaint port town of Astoria, and are Cat and her loved ones prepared for the dark days that loom ahead? Find out in this continuation to the “*…thrilling, unputdownable story,” The Childe. 

so yah now go BUY IT since it's ALREADY OUT!
Buy Dark Days $2.99
unless you haven't read The Childe & in that case you should go ahead and get it because it's FREE!!! 
NOW you can make NO excuses! BUT if you are still not convinced you can read my  REVIEW HERE
Buy The Childe $FREE

So what are you waiting on this Wednesday??? leave me links :D 


In My Mailbox {7}

In My Mail Box, just in case you didn't already know, is a meme hosted by The Story Siren where bloggers can post about the books they got this week!

I got to scream all the way to the mailbox this week!  It's pretty rare that I get mail, but this week I finally did!  A few months ago I won this book in a giveaway, and it never came.  BUT then I talked to the author and found out that it must've gotten lost in the mail so she sent me another one! 

Angel Evolution by David Estes
Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight
I also got two books for review!

ALSO this week, I was on twitter (like I usually am), and Me, Myshelf, and I posted a link to their blog that intrigued me! 10 books for .99! So I went to check it out, and it was really real! 10 Harper Teen books for only .99 cents a piece! 
Here is the link if you want to join in on the AWESOMENESS! You better hurry because the deal ends 1/30!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Bumped by Megan Mcafferty

The Poison Diaries by
Maryrose Wood

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Entwined by Heather Dixon

(click on the caption below the covers for the goodreads links)

What did you get in your "mailbox" this week? Leave me links!