Cover Love - Week 1

I've decided to adapt this amazing weekly meme (is it still running?) by the ever amazing 21 Pages. I loved your idea so much, that I decided to continue it! on my own blog! and isn't that image so awesome?? I fell in love with it once I laid my eyes on it.

So this week's Cover Love will be...Book with Food on it! Hmm...I've been on the hunt and thank GODS for Goodreads lists, because they do have some pretty amazing food book covers... like these!

gods, it's making me thirsty already! Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff.

and of course, the ever famous cover of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

or how about this one? my friend keeps recommending it to me...after this cover I think I will read it. Shug by Jenny Han.

OMG save the falling cupcake! The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler.

and last, but not least, Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee!

Well that's it! I'll see y'all next week and head over 21 Pages for Cover Love!

Which Book Covers make YOU hungry? Leave a comment/link!

Waiting on Wednesday – Week 2

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that I can't WAIT to come out.

Since I won't be here tomorrow, and I won't be returning till the 31st, I'm posting this now!

A Book I cannot wait for is:

The Mortal Instruments, Book 4: City of Fallen Angels
by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 11th March 2011

(from Goodreads)

“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

OMG! Can't wait for this one or Clockwork Prince!

What are YOU "waiting on" this week?

Books I Love 2010 - Winners!

Hey Guys!

So here are the winning books (and the 3 runner-ups) of Books I Love 2010! (and I apologise for the askew writing, I never can seem to figure out how to place everything on Blogger)

Best Book 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!

I know, it wasn't as good as the previous books, but it has been one of the most awaited books of this year, and I think as it's ending it deserves its recognition, so there it is!


1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
2. Torment by Lauren Kate
3. White Cat by Holly Black

Best Heroine

Katniss Everdeen from Mockingjay!

I guess it's not such a surprise. Katniss is headstrong and stands up for what's right. Ever since she took her sister's place in the games, we've been rooting for her. She's found a place in all of out hearts.


1. Max in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
2. Tessa in Clockwork Angel
3. Nora in Crescendo

Best Hero

Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel!

Like Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Will is a moody, bad boy type. But he'd do anything to protect his family, and save Tessa. Just the way we prefer our heros.


1. Peeta in Mockingjay
2. Fang in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
3. Daniel in Torment

Best Villain

Alison DiLaurentis from Wanted!

Who knew this pretty face would be capable of murder?! I got so scared after reading Wanted...I didn't suspect anything at all. It still scares me today. Who knows where she is now?


1. The Magister in Clockwork Angel
2. Robert Stark in Runaway
3. Kalona in Burned

Best Book Couple

Peeta and Katniss in Mockingjay!

If one of these two died in the end, or if Katniss ended up with Gale, I don't know what I'd do. But, YAY! they got together in the end.


1. Will and Tessa in Clockwork Angel
2. Ryan and Sarah in The Unwritten Rule
3. Daniel and Luce in Torment

Best Hottie

Daniel in Torment!

Daniel is SUCH a bad boy and has that angelic look to him as well. Definitely the winner!


1. Patch in Crescendo
2. Will in Clockwork Angel
3. Fang in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel

Best Book to Flick

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1!

I think this is seriously the clear winner. The movie was AMAZING, and it was also one of the most anticipated movies this year. Can't wait for Part 2!


1. Alice in Wonderland
2. Eclipse
3. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Best Fantasy Book 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare!

I thought that this was an amazing Fantasy book. From Shadowhunters to Vampires to Warlocks...this book is packed!


1. The Necromancer by Michael Scott
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson

Best Teen/YA Book

Wanted by Sara Shepard!

No one likes a typical romance, or a ditzy book about giggling teenage girls. This book is scary. Deadly Scary. And the secrets? dirtier than ever.


1. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
2. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
3. Runaway by Meg Cabot

Best Book Cover 2010

Pegasus by Robin McKinley!

I needed help with this one, cause all of them are such good covers! But I'd have to agree...Pegasus does have a brilliant cover that's very eye-catching!


1. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Well that was it guys. Hopefully next year you guys can vote!

This years the first Books I Love awards by Confessions of a till next year guys! until then keep coming back for reviews and more.


Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I wasn't sure how good this book was gonna be. After The Mortal Instruments, which was TOTALLY AWESOME, I didn't know how this book would compare to. And, I know I say this a lot but, Oh. My. GOD. This book I could say was as good as The Mortal Instruments, maybe even better! The plot, characters, setting, EVERYTHING was fantastic. Love, Love, Luvvvvved It!

Clockwork Angel takes part in the Victorian Era, which does bring change examples, to what would be appropriate or not to what men and women should say or dress in this century, but that didn't bother me as it normally would. I guess Cassandra Clare's writing is so smooth that time and setting doesn't take much consideration of how her characters should behave, yet readers can still see how the Victorian era was and how it's much different today. There's something about The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices though that make it seem timeless, that it doesn't seem to have a certain age to it, or time doesn't seem to matter in that world.

There are a lot of similarities that I found between City of Bones and Clockwork Angel. Both included an Institute, that much I can say. They had similar characters, such as Will is like Jace, Tessa is like Clary, Jem is (kinda) like Alec and so on and so forth. They even included Magnus Bane in this one! I was at first like, Umm...don't I know him from somewhere? and then, yeah you get the point. So anyway, let's take a look at the beginning, shall we? Tessa arrives in England and that essentially could be the "call to adventure" and how? Her brother "calls" her over. This would kinda be like City of Bones, cause when Clary's mom goes missing, Clary takes on the adventure. SIMILARITY! and then, Jem's character is kinda like Alec's in a way, as Alec has a secret, so does Jem (and no, it's not the same as Alec's) and it both kinda their weaknesses. Not many people know about it. Jace and Will have A LOT of similarities. They're both the teasing, "bad boy", making-fun-of kind of guys. They're both attractive to Tessa/Clary and so yeah, that's the similarity of that. Isabelle would kinda be like Jessamine in this book, as they both are supposed to be pretty and they both want attention by a certain guy. When they both get into action though, they are merciless. ***SPOILER*** Nathaniel and Hodge would be similar as well, as they both betray the Institute, even though Nathaniel is only mortal.

The Plot of this story has its many twists and turns, betrayals and secrets. Each time it's so unexpected that I didn't even see it coming! like the identity of the Magister...I had no idea. Or who was on the good and who's secretly opposing in this game? I had no idea. There are a lot of things which I don't know and won't see coming, but this certainly surprised me! Clockwork Angel is an amazing start to a prequel series to the Mortal Instrument. It almost makes me wish that I hadn't gotten it so early, now I'm going to have to wait longer for the next book! But City of Fallen Angels in next book of The Mortal Instruments is to be released on April 5, 2011, which gives me something to read while I'm waiting for Clockwork Angel, which comes out September 2011!

Top Ten Tuesday - Week 2

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week's list is: Top Ten Books of 2010.

Okay, since I've got NO idea, which books were the best, I'll just be putting down the best book I read for each basically now it's Top "Twelve" Tuesday for me. And yes, I know which books I read each month, cause I mark them down in my calender...shows how much of a book nerd I am.

January – The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I was waiting for something to read until the book Heartless by Sara Shepard came out and my friends, recommended this to me, as they said, it's kinda like Pretty Little Liars...except in the late 19th/beginning of 20th century. I dunno what to say. It was an amazing book and seemed pretty scandalous for that time. I kept reading the series after that, be assured!

February – The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Ahh...February. Full of so many events. There was my birthday, and then Valentine's day and then my sister's birthday. Anyway, I started reading The Gemma Doyle Trilogy in January, but this book I have to say had the most amount of events and of course, it was the largest of the books. It was kinda a challenge for me, in a way, because it had been a while since I'd read an 800+ paged book. Review coming soon, as I'm re-reading it!

March  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

A Grade 7 friend recommended this to me, and after hearing countless things about it, I of course borrowed it from her and read it. Oh. My. GOD. I was definitely not disappointed with this book and if I never read this book, I honestly would feel as if my life wasn't complete. AMAZING-NESS all in one series and so of course, I read on with the series. Clockwork Angel review coming up next!

April – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Of course, there's no doubt when I say that this would be the NUMBER 1 book that I read this year. The Hunger Games was so amazing! I love, love, loved it so much that I think I re-read it like 3 more times this year! So sad that it ended with not such a good ending though, but still, the first book will be forever. I read this in one sitting, just to let y'all know that this is a book that EVERYONE should read.

May – Airhead by Meg Cabot

This year I have to say, I think I read the most Meg Cabot books in. I remember reading the Princess Diaries, All-American Girl and The Boy Next Door when I was in 6th Grade, but nothing much between that and Grade 8. Airhead, I had no idea how amazing and awesome it was. It was so different, from some other Meg Cabot books, but it was still so I say "amazing" a lot...I guess it just proves how good this book is!

June – Wanted by Sara Shepard

June was a time of exams and school ending, and when I heard that Wanted was coming out on exam week I was like, AWWW MAN! cause I've been waiting for this book forever! but then, suddenly the bookstore Indigo was selling Wanted a week earlier! I didn't care I had to study for exams, and I guess I must've had this crazed look in my eyes cause my parents agreed. I finished it in one night. IT WAS SO CREEPY! an amazing finale to the Pretty Little Liars, this book does NOT joke when it screams "Danger and Suspense".

July – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I was first drawn to the cover when they had it on sale at Walmart. And when I read the blurb, first I was like "oh, brother... not another werewolf thing!" but then of course, being me and hearing some stuff about it, I bought it. Oh My Goodness, I know next time not to judge a book by the creature. It was SO GOOD. But one really weird fact: whenever I read it, the song "Shiver" by Shawn Desman kept on going through my head.

August – Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

This book was the first Agatha Christie book that FINALLY my mom and aunt coaxed me to read. It was such an intense plot, and now I know why her books are so popular. After that, there was no way anyone could dissuade me to read one of her books!

September – Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I remember seeing this multiple times at Walmart, Indigo etc., but I never really thought about buying it. I was like, sure, the cover's nice and everything, but what about the story? When I was browsing the library I came across this book and I was like, okay, maybe I'll give it a try. DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS ME! READ IT WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE! I made a foolish mistake and when I looked back I was like, how could I have done that? Ignore and face the rath! and plus this opened a whole new door for me in the world of paranormal and supernatural creatures: Fallen Angels.

October – Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

I remember this book being the independent reading choice for the grade 7's (I was in Grade 8) last year. I finally got my hands on this book (Thank You Daddy) and because I love Greek Mythology, I was completely hooked. This isn't a modern day mythology thing, like Percy Jackson and the Olympians etc. but the real stuff, the history of it all.

November – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

November was a month where I actually read a whole bunch of great books, including Life As We Knew It, Fallen, and others. But I have to say, Thirteen Reasons Why was probably the most effecting. It was so realistic as to the reasons why this girl killed herself. It's hauntingly beautiful and structure of writing is so different than other books. Loved it!

December – Miss Match by Erynn Mangum

Well, we finally come to our last stop of our yearly journey, December! and I really do have to day, Miss Match was sweet and light, not so much like the previous books, which were heavier and much more to process. Miss Match was hilariously good, any girl would love to read this chick-lit!

Well, that was all, but sure if I had to make a Top Ten List, here's what would go (from the above) on it:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
3. Wanted by Sara Shepard
4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
5. Airhead by Meg Cabot
6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
7. Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
8. Miss Match by Erynn Mangum
9. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
10. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

What's YOUR Top Ten Books of 2010?

Books I Love 2010 - Nominees

Hey Guys!

I'm reposting the nominee's cause the previous post (now deleted) didn't work out, so anyway here it is! (and in no particular order people and all of these are books I read, so sorry if it isn't the book you hoped to be! and btw, at the end of the post, tell me what YOUR nominees for "Books I Love 2010" - Leave a link in the comments!)

Best Book 2010

Which book has made you stay up till 2:00 in the morning, as you desperately need to finish it? Which book made you have that feeling that if you didn't finish it, you'd be incomplete or better off dead? These are the books which I think are considered those type of books.

  1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  4. White Cat by Holly Black
  5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  6. Torment by Lauren Kate
  7. Dark Flame by Alyson Noël
  8. Gone by Lisa McMann
  9. Burned by PC and Kristin Cast
  10. Runaway by Meg Cabot
Best Heroine

Which girl is headstrong, doesn't back down and has values that everyone should look up to? That family, friends and love comes first, and money and fame are never important? These girls are the ones, the best of the best.
  1. Katniss in Mockingjay
  2. Zoey in Burned
  3. Tessa in Clockwork Angel
  4. Grace in Linger
  5. Chloe in The Reckoning
  6. Max in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
  7. Janie in Gone
  8. Luce in Torment
  9. Nora in Crescendo
  10. Bree in The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Best Hero

The brave, the heroic, the bold. Will do anything to save the girl and fight for honor and freedom. This is guy that we're rooting for, to get the girl and save the world.
  1. Peeta in Mockingjay
  2. Will in Clockwork Angel
  3. Cabel in Gone
  4. Gale in Mockingjay
  5. Fang in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
  6. Patch in Crescendo
  7. Daniel in Torment
  8. Cassel in White Cat
  9. Jem in Clockwork Angel
  10. Zach in Only the Good Spy Young
Best Villain

Here's the guy or girl who makes your skin crawl, the one you definitely don't want to win. The one who haunts your nightmares, or makes the book worth reading to find out if he or she's defeat. 
  1. The Magister in Clockwork Angel
  2. Alison DiLaurentis in Wanted
  3. President Snow in Mockingjay
  4. Kalona in Burned
  5. Dr. John Dee in The Necromancer
  6. Robert Stark in Runaway
  7. Set in The Red Pyramid
  8. Roman in Dark Flame
  9. Dr. Hans in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
  10. Neferet in Burned
Best Book Couple

The two people your heart is aching for to be together in the end. The two halves that fit and without one another would be mismatched and weird. The couple that makes you envious and jealous of, wishing that someday you and that special somebody would be like them.
  1. Ryan and Sarah in The Unwritten Rule
  2. Damen and Ever in Dark Flame
  3. Will and Tessa in Clockwork Angel
  4. Gale and Katniss in Mockingjay
  5. Jack and Schuyler in Misguided Angel
  6. Daniel and Luce in Torment
  7. Patch and Nora in Crescendo
  8. Cassel and Lila in White Cat
  9. Fang and Max in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
  10. Peeta and Katniss in Mockingjay
Best Hottie

Oh, Yes. Here we go girls! The guy of your dreams, THE ONE you can't live without. The one who makes your heart flutter, and makes you jealous of that girl. Here are the most gorgeous guys out there, whether they be mortals or fallen angels.
  1. Peeta in Mockingjay
  2. Christopher in Runaway
  3. Daniel in Torment
  4. Fang in Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
  5. Patch in Crescendo
  6. Sam in Linger
  7. Gale in Mockingjay
  8. Cassel in White Cat
  9. Will in Clockwork Angel
  10. Noel in Wanted
Best Book to Flick

From the page to the big screen comes some of your favorite books into movies. Did they capture your favorite scene right? Did they portray the characters just as you pictured them? This is what visualization is all about.
  1. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Based on Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  2. The Lightning Thief (Based on Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan)
  3. Alice in Wonderland (Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll)
  4. Eclipse (Based on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer)
  5. Harry Potter 7, Part 1 (Based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling)
  6. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Based on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis)
Best Fantasy Book 2010

The wildest creatures, the most out-of-this-world experience. The craziest roller coaster ride which you wish were real. Presenting, the best Fantasy books of 2010!
  1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  2. Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
  3. Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  5. The Necromancer by Michael Scott
  6. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  7. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  8. Burned by PC and Kristin Cast
  9. White Cat by Holly Black
  10. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Best Teen/YA Book 2010

Let's tone it down a little. The cute romances, the love stories, the relationship problems! how we love to hear about them. And because they're so realistic we can only wish of it to happen. The Drama, the love, the hate! My oh my...and don't forget the dirty little secrets in between.
  1. Wanted by Sara Shepard
  2. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  3. Runaway by Meg Cabot
  4. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
  5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  8. Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont
  9. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  10. Heartless by Sara Shepard
Best Book Cover 2010

Which book has been the most eye-catching? I know, it's never good to judge books by their covers, but if the covers are magnificent...shouldn't the books be too? here are some of the books with the best cover art this year! never mind if I haven't read some of them...yet.
  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Torment by Lauren Kate
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  6. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  7. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  8. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  9. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  10. Pegasus by Robin McKinley
WHEW! That took long...well I'll be back this evening to announce the winners, but let's take a little look back at the top 3: who's got the most nominees?

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins  - Has 11 Nominations! at first I was like ? and then I realised that some of the categories has 2 nominations for Mockingjay.
2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Has 9 Nominations!

and we have a tie for 3rd place between, with 6 nominations each:

~Torment by Lauren Kate
~Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson

Well, May the Best Book Win!