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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Forgive My Fins --- Tera Lynn Childs

Rating: 5 Stars
Fantasy, Mermaids, Romance
Pages: 293

Official Summary:

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.


Loved this book! First off, I adore the cover! How fun is the mermaid, sea look? Plus, under the book cover, the actual book is hot pink :)

The story is obviously about a mermaid, Lily. I enjoyed the mermaid story. It was a unique, fantasy story that was fun to be wrapped up in. Lily is sometimes irrational, but for the most part she was an enjoyable main character.

The love story was so cute! Okay so it was somewhat predictable, but the tension between Lily and Quince made the story lot's of fun.

Tera Lynn Childs is a fabulous author! The characters were well rounded and she created a fun mix between the mer and human worlds. This was a sweet mermaid story mixed with sea slang and humor.

Fun read! I was hooked the entire time I read! Plus the ending is set up for a sequel.
Read it my friends :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Dark Divine --- Bree Despain

Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Werewolves
Pages: 384
Official Summary:
Check out author Bree Despain's website. Click HERE!

Back to back werewolf books! To be honest, I am getting a little tired of werewolf stories...but this book was great! It had a little romance, tension, action, and drama. The good girl and bad boy romance was fun. The werewolf story was different and had a few twists.

Overall, enjoyable book. Read it! :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Claire de Lune --- Chrisine Johnson

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Science fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 336

Official Summary:
Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

Hmmm a tricky review because I both liked and disliked the book.


I know some of us are over the whole werewolf thing, but this werewolf story was surprisingly unique and original. Only women are werewolves and they are "born with it," although it does not manifest itself until the girl turns 16.

Humans know werewolves exist in the world but they are not adequately informed on the subject. Consequently, there is a lot of mystery and myths surrounding werewolves, as well as researchers trying to unravel the mystery. I enjoyed this aspect of the story. It is different from most werewolf books.

There were two villains in this book; Matthew's father with his "cure" for werewolves and the rogue werewolf in Claire's city who is killing people. The two villains added more interest to the plot.


The story was somewhat predictable. As I read, I found myself making predictions about the plot and what would happen with the characters. Turns out that I was mostly right with my guesses! I would have liked a few more twists and turns.

I enjoyed the romance between Claire and Matthew, but it came a little too easily for my liking. This is entirely my own preference, but I like a little more tension and conflict that builds up to the romance. Does that make sense? Haha!

Claire was a likable main character. Claire was realistic with her emotions throughout the book and brave when she needed to be, but I did not feel a pull toward her. She was not a memorable character. If that sounds harsh, I apologize :)

Overall Claire de Lune was enjoyable. Worth reading, but maybe check it out from the library or borrow it from a friend.

Audience: Any teenage girl or anyone who likes to read.

I'm sorry! ....... And vote!

Hello Book Sniffers! I am sorry I have not posted in weeks! I promise I have not abandoned you. My sister is in town with her kids so we have been going, going, going! But I have also been reading new books :) So here come some new posts!

Also, take a look at the top of the blog. There is a poll allowing you to vote for what book I should giveaway next....So vote!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Book Giveaway Winner!

The Book Smells book giveaway is now over! I know you can hardly wait to hear the results, so I won't leave you in suspense any longer!

The winner is...... Heather M.! I will be emailing you :)
The first Ranger's Apprentice book is now yours!

Congratulations! Can you think of anything better than winning a free book?! Other than winning the lottery, I think not! :)

Thank you for all the drawing entries! I appreciate all you followers. You guys are awesome! Keep checking the blog. I have several new books I am reading that will need reviewing. Yay! And don't worry, I will do more book giveaways!!!

(FYI: I used to generate a random number. Everyone in the drawing was assigned a set of numbers depending on how many entries they received.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Birthmarked --- Caragh O'Brien

Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 361

Official Summary:
After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopiam world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It's Gaia's job to "advance" a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the noght one agonized mother objects, and Gaia's parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia's efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich intricate layers of codes, BIRTHMARKED explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.

Wow. What a cool book! Very original. It was fun to unravel the plot of the book as I read, but there was twists and turns I didn't see coming! The plot was very conflicting and it really made you think about what would be the best solution to the problem. Bit by bit the author reveals information about our world and what led to the Enclave society.

Gaia is a very likable protagonist. She is vulnerable without being weak or whiny, if that makes sense. She grows throughout the story and is a strong woman in the end. I enjoyed this dynamic character.

I highly recommend this book! It smells awesome :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Only a few days left!!!

A big thank you to those who have entered the book giveaway! For those who haven't....go ahead and enter! Click the "Book Giveaway" image at the top of the blog and simply follow the instructions. The giveaway ends Wednesday, June 9th! Yay! :)

Oh and another thing: I now have a blog button for you to grab to put on your own blog...if your interested! (Thanks, Nat!)