Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
This meme is sponsored by MizB over at Should Be Reading.
(wanna learn more about how you too can join in and play along? click here)

This weeks teaser is from.....
"To relieve the incredible pressure inside her, Falon screamed. But it wasn't enough. Her orgasm built, one monster wave atop another as he slid his tongue back and forth across her dripping wetness, lapping and sucking at her like he was eating a melting sundae." pg. 198
Can you say for the love of Hustler?!?!
I unfortunately haven't made it very far in this book yet.
I just opened to a random page and BAM! This is what I found.
I SO SO SO can't wait to get here;)
*waggles eyebrows*
Now c'mon.....TEASE ME;)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hunger: The Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Rider's Quartet #1

Published: 2010
Synopsis taken from Goodreads
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons
This book was a brilliant idea. An anorexic girl wants to off herself when all of the sudden a dude dressed up like Kurt Cobin knocks on her window and asks her if she really wants to die. She's all like "What the duce?" And he's all like "No really? That what you want? Cuz I gotta bad ass job for you."

And that's how Lisa becomes a part of the Horsemen.

Now, I'm not really familiar with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse story but from what I figure it's about 4 traumatic things like war, death, famine, and this other one that starts with a "P" but I totally can't remember (book 3 everyone! hahahs) and they roam the world making loads of trouble till the world is just a dessert.

This wasn't the most well written book but its short and I super loved that. You can easily zip through it in two days (even with piles of laundry, a sink full of dishes, and crazy furball coughing cats - just like I did)

The idea of the book is brilliant and Death is done so fabulously that you want to keep reading just to see if he'll show back up the moment he poofs away.

To see what Darkfallen thought click here!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Pick up you copy today at Amazon, B&N, or your local indie!
Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

Darkfallens thoughts:
From the moment I opened the cover, I fell in love with this book. The characters, the writing, the gruesome reality of hopelessness, and then....the possible, the faint glimmer playing in the shadows, of hope.

So you are probably wondering why not 5 stars right? Well it's the ending. Not that there is anything wrong with the ending, but I was expecting something MORE, something NEW, something I haven't already seen done at the end of a zombie novel, and yet....I still loved this book.

The world has been overrun by zombies. No one knows why the dead stopped being dead. What caused all this. Was it a virus? Was it some sort of government experiment gone wrong? All we do know is that one day the dead stopped making it to their graves, the world became a hunting ground, and living in these Last Days isn't really living at all....not for the the living...not for the dead. The zombies have no memories of their own. No clue who they are, what happened to them, what their names are, but they find comfort in the memories of the brains they devour. Getting little flashes and tidbits of the persons life they just ended.

R, that's all he knows of his name, is locked inside his head. Able to climb verbal skyscrapers in a single bound inside his head, but unable to bring them past his rigormortis stricken lips. He feels trapped, lost, spending time wondering if he is different than the others. He seems different. Do they too have the thoughts I have? Or are they as void on the inside as they appear on the outside? But things start changing when his hunting party goes out, and R feeds on the brains of a boy named Perry. Then he sees her...


And everything changes. R feels something more than the hunger. He NEEDS to keep her safe from this world. He NEEDS to protect her from the rest of his hunting buddies. Taking her back with him to hide out in his "house jet" it isn't long before even weirder things begin to happen. Is that love he is feeling? How can that be possible considering his heart is dead?

The journey that Julie and R take together is both amazing and heart breaking. I loved them both almost instantly. R....oh my poor R. Honey I will love you zombie or not. Seriously I just want to hug him, squeeze him, and tell him everything is going to be okay.

Things R said that broke my heart:

"I go around to the front of the house and stand at the door, waiting nervously in my dress shirt and tie. She opens it, grinning shyly. Prom night at the end of the world."

"I don't want to hear music, I don't want the sunrise to be pink. The world is a liar. It's ugliness is overwhelming; the scraps of beauty make it worse."

and then my personal favorite...

"Not easy Mr.Lennon. Even if you try."

And that's just a taste of what you'll find inside these pages. Do yourself a favor and open this one up. The writing is perfection. Written with poetic, albeit sometimes morbid, precision. Both Julie and R will grab your heart:))

Until next time.....

Friday, May 27, 2011

Blog Hop Lovin'

It's that time of the week for a little bloggy blog lovin' with...
Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Jen

Every week there's a new question, and it's a great way to get to meet new bloggers!

"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"

For me this is tough, because well, I don't watch a WHOLE lot of TV. But here are a few movies that I liked, however I DIDN'T read any of these books.
I Am Legend
Remember Me
Charlis St. Cloud
The Notebook
Greta stop rolling your eyes at me. Its not my fault you hate the Notebook!
Hey cut it OUT!!!
*pinches Greta*
Of course I read & watched all the Twilight Saga, while I love the movies, the books are better...DUH. lolz

As for a movie that I didn't like, well that one is a bit easier. ABC Family made a 2 part movie called Fallen. Based on the series Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski. I feel it is my job to tell you that the books are just as horrible. Seriously those are prescious hours I will never get back. Thank goddess I finally figured out that I can say NO and put a bad book down, back then I would suffer through it. It was aweful!!!

What have we been up to this week?
~Come see what we have our our nightstands in this edition of In My Mailbox
~Greta taught us a thing or two about stiching, and bitching with Stich & Bitch: Knitters Guide
~Darkfallen broke your heart with this weeks Teaser Tuesday
~Greta captivated us at the circus in Waiting On Wedsnday
~You met a sexy wolfy in Darkfallens review of Hunting Human
~ And stop on by tomorrow! There was a zombie, a living girl, some gore, and alot of love in Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

Have a great weekend...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hunting Human by Amanda E. Alvarez

by Amanda E. Alvarez
Pick up your copy today at your local indie, Amazon, or B&N today!
Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:
For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present. But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on. With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good.

Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears?
Darkfallen's thoughts:
I recieved an ARC copy compliments of the fine people at Carina Press & Netgalley.
So let me just say YUM! That's what this book was for me...yummy:)

There were parts I devoured. There were parts I savored. In the end I almost always found myself asking for seconds!!

As most of you know I have a thing for my wolfy's, I never imagined I would, but I do. You also may note that I have a thing for most things paranormal, but that's a story for another day;) Point in case: This book only aids to my love affair with these beautiful Weres.

Beth, a.k.a. Liz, has a terrible past. One that has left her not only with emotional scarring, but a species altering change. While Beth tries to run from her past and her wolf future, she moves from place to place. Pushing her family away and keeping new acquaintances at arms length. Recently she find herself in Portland, and too her surprise starts to consider staying around a while. She even finds herself out on a date with a totally HOT Braden. What Beth needs to realize is; no matter how hard you try your never gonna out run your past. Before you know it, your face down feeling it sink it's teeth into you. Will she be able to take control, and face her demons, or collapse under the pressure???

No,no I'm not going to tell ya. Go jump in and find out for yourself.

Hey hey stop your whining. No means "No", now off ya go...lolz

So here's my thoughts on this. Well lets just say there isn't many bad ones. Actually only one so lets get it out of the way. I did feel like the relationship between Braden and Beth, however great, was a bit rushed. Not so much the sexy parts, as much as the emotional/possessive parts. I would have liked to see a bit more building in there. That said I LOVED this book. The imagery was amazing! From the surroundings to the way things taste, all of it. Ms.Alvarez paints a great picture. I feel like I understand so SO much more about werewolves and the transformation because of it. For that I thank you!! The ending was a little to "happily after ever," for me, but then again that links back to the rushed romance. Even still I do believe I am gonna have to read this again....lets face it, I just want me some more Braden or maybe even a little Chase. *purrs*

All in all this was a great fast read that I devoured and I hope to see more from this author. Maybe make this series??? hint hint

"Please sir may I have another!?" lolz;)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we just can't wait to get our sticky fingers on.

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Expected Publication: September 13, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

How cool does that sound? Sure it reminds us a bit of Cirque Du Freak with the circus just showing up in town with maybe with some tiddles of Beautiful Creatures flair... but how cool is that?!!!

And what can we say about a book that just makes us want to ride dangerous motorcycles in the Cage of Death?

(note: Darkfallen had to handcuff Greta and restrain her legs with rope as they entered the Cage of Death... for some reason Greta started thinking it might be a bad idea just to show your love for an upcoming book. Greta doesn't feel that the Cage of Death really counted as excitement because of her limited mobility and the forceful shoving on Darkfallen's part. But Darkfallen reassured her it was still legit as she revved up the motorcycle they were riding doubles on causing Greta to scream like a little girl, which Darkfallen took as excited squeals.)

Must have NOWS!

We needs it!!
We wants it!!
We can't lives without it!!

So, now that you've heard what our CAN'T WAIT book is... What's yours? Drop us a comment so we can find out what has you on pins and needles.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
This meme is sponsored by MizB over at Should Be Reading.
(wanna learn more about how you too can join in and play along? click here)

This weeks teaser is from...
by Alyson Noel
Official Release Date June 7th 2011
We here at the wastelands were lucking enough to get a pretty Arc for review!!
Too pre-order your copy stop by Amazon, or you local indie today!!
Better yet!! You wanna know how you can win a copy???
Stop back by on June 7th to help us kick off the release of Everlasting with a fantastic GIVEAWAY!!

Damen ~ "It's fine. Really. Believe me, Ever, you haven't said anything I haven't thought of myself a million times before. It's just hearing it from your lips...well, it was harder then I ever expected..."
 page 200

OMG my heart is breaking right now....so so so much.
 For Ever, for Damen, for everything!

I can tell you this book is so good so far. I've learned SO much about...well, everything!

Now c'mon.....TEASE ME;)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

By: Debbie Stoller
Published: 2004
Synopsis from Goodreads

Knitting is hot, with 4 million newcomers in the last few years joining a core group of 38,000,000 knitters nationwide. And these are primarily young, creative, connected chicks with sticks who are coming together in living rooms, knitting cafes, and chic yarn stores, and making everything from funky hats to bikinis.

In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off. She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag. At the heart of the book are forty stylish patterns: Alien Scarf, Big Bad Baby Blanky, Mohair Hoodie, Kitty and Devil Hat, Cell Phone Cozy, and Wonder Woman Bikini. And for anyone interested: how to start a Stitch 'n Bitch group.

I learned how to knit in 2004. I have to admit I wasn't very good.

It all started with me taking a knitting class at Michaels. There I learned how to do the basic knit stitch, how to cast on, and was intorduced to the most wonderful book.

"Stitch 'N Bitch" was what made me want to knit. The easy to follow directions, awesome illustrations, and just too cute patterns are to die for. Team that up with Knitting Help's website (not associated with Stitch 'N Bitch) I was a knitting machine after just a few months.

I know I know... Knitting is such a grandma hobby!

That's so UNTRUE!!'

Knitting can be sexy!!

This is by far my favorite "HOW TO" knitting book.

If you are interested in learning how to get your knit on I totally reccommend this book.

So, I learned a hobby from a book... Have you?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story SirenWanna join in on the fun? Click here for all the details!
Hello all and welcome to the Wastelands. We finally both made it to the library and wanted to show off our haul.

Greta's Nightstand

I got my first MAILBOX BOOK!!! Darkfallen sent me The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja
Can I get a squee squee?

Here are the books I got from the library this last time around:
I also got the latest Foo Fighers cd and a 10 Years cd from the library ;)
I'm so jealous of that 10 Years cd btw...hint hint

Darkfallen's Nightstand

So here's what happens when I leave a friends house...

ummm I bet you can guess which TWO I prolly won't actually read;)

Then we have my latest library dash, because you know I couldn't possibly have enough books at home;)

I about flipped when I realized this was at the library, for some reason I thought it was too new for that!

And last but certainly not least look what came in Paranormal Wastelands mailbox!!

Yep yep thats right we were lucky enough to get an ARC of this last installment in the Immortals series..and I'll tell ya, it's Amazing!!
And I'll let ya in on a little secret....we even have 2 copies to giveaway!!
Don't miss out, check back on June 7th for the review & the giveaway!!

We showed you ours....now you show us yours;)

hehe you asked to see theirs....lolz
*smacks Darkfallen*
Get your head out of the gutter!!!!

Spank ya laters!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja

by Kathe Koja
Published November 2nd 2006 by Puffin
You can pick up your copy at Amazon, B&N, or your local indie!!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

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Some guys are bad news...Sixteen-year-old Maggy's life consists of trying to be invisible at school, taking care of her alcoholic mother, and spending all the time she can at the Blue Mirror, a downtown cafeacute;. She can lose herself there for hours with a cappuccino and her sketchbook, in which she creates a paper world she calls "The Blue Mirror." But everything changes when she meets Cole, a charismatic runaway. Maggy is intrigued by Cole's risky life on the streets and by the girls who follow him, childlike Jouly and strange Marianne. And when Cole says that he loves her, Maggy comes alive. As Maggy becomes more entwined with Cole and she looks at him with all her heart, she sees something far more dangerous than she may be capable of handling. In poetic and evocative language, Kathe Koja draws us into the haunting, passionate world of The Blue Mirror.
A befuddled Darkfallen review of chaios:
Darkfallen's review
2 of 5 stars

I don't' really know how to rate this book...at times I wanted to give it 4 stars, at other 2, so in the end lets roll with 2.5? lolz

I bet you can already guess since I can't even decide how to rate this book that my review will be equally all over the place;) So ummmm just hang on tight and we will try to make it through this together.

In my experience there are books you love, books you hate, and books that were just *shrugs*. Well now there is a new kind to add to that list. Books that leave you confused....
Here I found myself falling head over heels, then landing in a dark ally.
 Walking around befuddled,
 hitting my head a few times, tripping over a dumpster,
 Then the sun comes back out, the birds start singing, life is good again.
 Then after going through all that out of no where I'm smacked in to face with a bat,
 left standing in the middle of a busy intersection, once again befuddled....and cold....so very very cold...

I mean Maggie is awesome. I love her and how she deals with her less than stellar life. Having to play the parent to her drunk of a mother. Worrying if today is the day that she will come home to find the house burnt down because drunko passed out with yet another cigarette in her hand. Getting lost in her own world inside her sketch book.

I even love the idea of Cole. Who at this point I'm not even quite sure what he is, but I'm gonna go with some kind of male succubus. Does that make him an incubus? Yea I don't know but once you read this, if you do, and you figure it out PLEASE come knock on my door and tell me!! I mean at the end of this story I still didn't get what he was. Or more importantly what was the lesson here. The relevance of this story escapes me.

Also the best way to describe the writing style is poetic gymnastics, or maybe a lyrical marathon of sorts. As for my feelings on that....much of the same, at times it was genius, at others it was forced and confusing leading me right back to befuddled.

Have I left you feeling befuddled at how many time I used the befuddled? LOLZ Well then maybe you know how this book left me feeling...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hey Lothaire!! What do you have on under there?

Hello all!!

Are you an Immortals After Dark fan like me? Are you just bursting with anticipation to find out what Lothaire's cover is going to look like? I know I am!!

The cover is going to be revealed on Tuesday on Kresley's Facebook Page but I simply can't wait that long. What will it look like.

There's a lot of possibilities.

This is the direction I think the cover should go in.

I mean... it's Lothaire! I don't expect him to be as beefy as Aiden or as rippling as Malkom (down girl!! Ok Darkfallen! I'm ready for you to throw cold water on my like you promised!!)

I think he's going to be our leanest character but to me that's going to be super duper sexy!! I'm soo looking forward to the cover!!

Tell me ladies, what do you think Lothaire has going on under there? I'd love to hear what everyone thinks.