Thursday, June 30, 2011

R.A.K - June 2011 Wrap Up!

Book Soulmates

R.A.K (Random Acts of Kindness) is an event hosted by two lovely girls (Isalys and Vanessa) at
Book Soulmates. Choose a person (from the Google Doc list on the Book Soulmates website), check out their wishlist (it can be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, your blog...) and then select something from that list and send it as a gift.

June has ended and I received my first R.A.K this month, YAY! Thanks to Cassay who sent me "Succubus Blues" by Richelle Mead!

I sent my R.A.K to Bex but since I know she prefers eBooks and she was celebrating her Graduation, instead of books I gave her a 15$ Amazon voucher! Hope you enjoyed it! ;)

Now a new R.A.K has started and I really hope to receive more great books in July! :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Flirt" by Laurell K. Hamilton


SERIES: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #18

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

I am Anita Blake, vampire hunter and necromancer, and when I meet with Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have me reanimate his recently deceased wife, I feel sympathy for his lost. After all, I know something about love, and I know everything there is to know about loss. But I also know that what I can do as a necromancer isn't the miracle Tony thinks he needs. The creature that I could coerce to step out of his late wife's grave would not be the lovely Mrs Bennington. Not really. And not for long. I have been relaxing just a bit with the men in my private life. The affectionate warmth of being with them seems to bring out something softer in me, a sense of safety I can almost trust. They do love me; that part is for ever and for sure. But flirting with feeling safe is a dangerous thing...


This was a quick reading since it was a short novel, but let me say that I felt the same power of all the other books! In fact for me it's not the length that makes a book better or worse, it's what there's inside. Action, suspence, the unexpected, three of many features that in Anita Blake's world you can be sure you'll always find and that made this book a pleasure to read.

I missed Jean-Claude... I have to say that every time he's not in a book it's hard... Am I the only one who wants to read about him even if just for a few pages? Probably not the case, but I had all my faves here so, I was able to deal with Jean-Claude's absence, at least for now... And I found Nicky an interesting character. Maybe I shouldn't sympathize with him much but I can't control myself. Is it my fault if Anita always finds a handsome guy in the middle of the action?


Monday, June 27, 2011

"Minder" by Kate Kaynak


SERIES: Ganzfield #1

PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill Press
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Borrowed
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository


Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought can burn a building to the ground. And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey. Especially once she meets the man of her dreams...


It was interesting to read about a world where there are no standard supernatural creatures (and this from one that loves them) but the characters are all humans with different mental powers. I loved how every special ability is presented, how the explanation behind all is very accurate and how the author makes you feel so curious that you want to learn more and more about all these amazing powers.

There are all strong characters, especially Maddie, and when there's a main character so well determined and a real kick-ass, you know you've just found the new heroine you would like to be. My only problem was her relationship with Trevor... I'm not saying they're not a great couple because they are, but I found their falling in love too quick and too easy... It wouldn't be bad a little bit of conflict during the process. But I see the strong, deep connection the two of them shared and I like it a lot.

Now a little curiosity... At the beginning I thought it was a case, but then I realized I should have be more careful with the title. Do you think you've just found out a similiarity with a movie? Well, you can be sure the book will tell what it is! See? A real Minder!

Trust me, this book is so well written and full of intensity that after you enter Ganzfield you don't wanna be anywhere else!


Friday, June 24, 2011

"Paranormalcy" by Kiersten White


SERIES: Paranormalcy #1

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Children's Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shapeshifter and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal. Only now paranormals are dying and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She begins to suspect there is a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths, and even worse, that she is at the centre of a dark prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.


I had a long, tormented story with this book... I had it in my hands every time I was in a bookstore but I always ended up putting it down because there was something that stopped me from reading it... I don't know what it was but it was there and just I couldn't ignore it. Now that I finally read it I can say that putting it down every time was a BIG mistake!

This book was one of the quickest readings I've ever done! The language is very fluent, flirtatious and fun. There are very strong characters and despite the fact that I always try to avoid every story with faeries (they're not really my faves), in this case I found them fascinating thanks to the mistery around them and the way they act, especially one of them, Reth. But of course then there is Lend. There is always a Lend, the guy you can't escape from because you have to fall in love with him during the reading, right? But in contrast to many other YA guys, I found Lend lovely in a really refreshing way.

Action and romance are perfectly mixed together, but what I found particularly amazing is that I had a smile on my face during all the reading! Humor is the real key, what make this book so enthralling that you can't put it down until you've finished it.

Oh bleep, I should have read it before!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Skin Trade" by Laurell K. Hamilton


SERIES: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #17
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

My name is Anita Blake and my reputation has taken some hits. Not on the work front, where I have the highest kill count of all the legal vampire executioners in the country, but on the personal front. No one seems to trust a woman who sleeps with the monsters. Still, when a vampire serial killer sends me a head from Las Vegas, I know I have to warn Sin City's authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than I thought: several police officers and an executioner have been slain paranormal style. When I get to Las Vegas, I'm joined by three other federal marshals. Which is a good thing because I need all the back-up I can get when hunting a killer this powerful and dangerous.


As I previously wrote in my review for "Blood Noir", there are many people who hated the change in this series because it's more focused on sex. I don't dislike it and personally I find the ardeur one of the most interesting, fascinating things I've ever read about. But people who don't like it will be happy to know that in "Skin Trade" there's a mix of duty and relationships that creates a very good balance between sex and action. Sure, you don't have to expect a total change, but it's a reading that reminds the earlier books.

I was very happy to find the trio Edward, Olaf and Bernardo back in a case with Anita. There are so many funny moments between them but I have to say that one of the best things was how Edward couldn't do anything to control his brother instinct with Anita and how nice was to see them finally admit they're like brother and sister.

We have to wait more than half book to read the real action, but it's worth the wait. After that you're in a constant suspense! Sometimes you are sad, sometimes you find yourself in shock, you're wondering about many things and find out truths with surprises... Lots of surprises...

What can I say more? In "Wicked Truth" I really loved this book! ;)

RATING: 4.5/5

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lazy Sunday (#5)

Lazy Sunday is a weekly event hosted by Franny @ Mind Reader. The Event is created to gather everyone together and get to know each other better. Every week Franny will ask a question about a topic of general interest to get to know you better. Something about yourself.

This week's question: Why did you decide to start a blog? And what do you write about?

In kindergarten I always had a pencil in my hand, in high school I was particularly good with compositions and there's not a time I remember I didn't write anything during my free time. So, since I'm not gonna be an author I thought I could be at least a reviewer! ;P *occasionally an interviewer, 'cause I love to give authors I particularly esteem the right space and support!* I like to share my opinion about my readings with other people with the same passion, find out if they agree or not, what they felt during the whole reading... Yep, I'm curious! :P And even if it's not gonna happen every time that your followers leave their opinion about what you've just said, it's always liberating, a good feeling when you put it down those words, don't you agree? But also I have to say there's something amazing when someone tells you that you caught their attention, that you're so good that you convinced them to buy one book just from a review. Well, for me that's the real award for a reviewer and it makes it look like opening a blog was the right choice, huh!? ;)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Blood Noir" by Laurell K. Hamilton


SERIES: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #16

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Jason is a werewolf. He's one of my best friends and sometimes a lover. And right now he needs me, Anita Blake—not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshall, or a necromancer, but because his father is dying. I can help make him look like an everybody guy, help him say goodbye to the abusive father he's never loved. How hard can it be? Really, by now, you'd think I'd know better. Because this is the weekend that Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks to make her move. I've got something she wants - and now she's going to take it.


I loved Jason since the very beginning so, you can imagine how much I wanted to read this book knowing it was focused on him... And now that I've finished it I'd almost need to reread it again!

At first I thought that "Blood Noir" was similar to "Micah", but I have to say that it was an impression just because most of the story takes place in a hotel. But that's it, I found this book more exciting (I didn't wanna take a break for a sec!), very charming, sweet and so emotional, especially in the last chapters...

We find mistery, new characters and some revelations with old ones! But one of the things I liked the most is that we learn more about Jason but even Anita and her relationship with her family, how she feels about them and how she grew up.

I think the relationship between Jason and Anita is really special... It's a very strong friendship of course, and a beautiful one, but there's more and it's something you can't explain with a simple word. That's why, at least for me, they can't find a way to describe it for theirselves.

Last, I know there are many people who hated the change in this series because it's more focused on sex, but personally I can't find this like a bad thing. Laurell K. Hamilton has such great writing skills and every time you read about a scene like that you find something new, different and yourself completely absorbed in it and God help me, there's not a single time I don't find one of her men so damn attractive!
I definitely think that each book gets better and better.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Follow Friday (#5)

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee. It's a cool, funny way to discover new book bloggers, meet new people and find new followers. (This week's featured blogger is Nicki J Markus from Nicki J Markus.)

week's question: The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says "you and your favourite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" Who are you going to switch with?

Well, that's pretty simple (at least for me): ANITA BLAKE! And if I could choose another one I'd say... ANITA BLAKE! And if the magic book fairy would be so good to say: "I give you 3 wishes", as third I'd say... ANITA BLAKE! *Best Character EVER!*
Did you notice I like Anita so much? ;P

Thursday, June 09, 2011

"Forgotten" by Cat Patrick


SERIES: Stand-alone

PUBLISHER: Egmont Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Here's the thing about me: I can see the future in flashes, like memories. But my past is a blank. I remember what I'll wear tomorrow, and an argument that won't happen until this afternoon. But I don't know what I ate for dinner last night. I get by with the help of notes, my mom and my best friend Jamie, and the system works... Until now. Everything's falling apart. Jamie's going off the rails. My mom is lying to me. And I can't see the boy I adore in my future. But today, I love him. And I never want to forget how much...


How would you feel if every morning at 4:33am your memory disappears?... Personally I feel very bad just when I don't remember things happened in the past 5 minutes or when I lose a thought 30 seconds after I had it so, resetting my memory every day for me would be like living in a real hell! And that's because when I was reading this book I was caught by a strong sadness that accompanied me the whole story. I felt sorry for London, her condition is so heartbreaking that I was about to cry for almost all the time...

I found Luke one of the best YA boyfriends ever. Despite the fact that London forgets about him every day, he's always by her side with his sweetness and kindness. And if this wasn't enough he's hot, funny, romantic, loyal, the perfect boy. If London has a hell with her memory, she definitely finds a heaven with Luke.

I've read this book just in a few hours. It's very emotional but it's also shocking. There is a mystery running throughout the story that lets you guess many possibilities and the key is all in paying attention at every single detail. But even if you do so it's hard to imagine what it really is until the last chapters...

I was a little bit upset about the end, in which I found a too fast conclusion when there is something you would like to know more about and there is clearly enough material for another book. We know that this novel doesn't have a sequel and in my opinion (even if it seems to be a common thought) it could have been a great, fascinating series.

Last but not least, I have to mention that the UK cover is something spectacular! It had definitely captured the atmosphere of the entire book!


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!

I was busy with the interview with Josephine Angelini that I almost forgot this lovely award... How dare I? :P This is my second blog award, YAY!! Thanks to my adorable friend Franny for nominating me, I really appreciated it! :)

Now, just like I did for the past award, I have to write other 7 facts about me, but of course different from the previous ones... So, here we go! :)

1. Next year I will be 30, YAY! :)
2. My eyes are black.
3. Purple is my fave color!
4. I'm addicted to Starbucks!!
5. Since I started drinking Diet Coke (almost three years ago) I can't drink regular Coke anymore because it tastes awful... *don't ask me why...*
6. I tried, very hard, but there's nothing you can say or do to change this... I totally dislike True Blood. -.- *I mean the Tv show, I didn't read any of the books.*
7. I can't wait to move out because I hate this house very, very much!!!! *breathe Silvia, you have to wait only 4 other months...*

These are my sweetest nominees:
1. Ninja Girl @ Ninja Girl Reads
2. Sinn @ Sinnful Books
3. Bex @ Kindle Fever
4. Diana @ The Lovely Getaway
5. Franny @ Mind Reader (thanks for the nomination and I really think you're the sweetest person in the world with such an adorable blog, but you already know that, right!? ;))

Monday, June 06, 2011

Interview with Josephine Angelini

(Josephine Angelini)
Born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland, Josephine Angelini moved to New York as soon as she was legal to attend NYU, where she graduated with a BFA. After that she moved to Los Angeles where she still lives with her husband and writes YA fiction. Starcrossed is the first novel in her debut teen trilogy.

For those who don't know about the book, I invite you to check my review (where you can even watch the video of the song created for the book), while here you can read a little summary: Helen Hamilton has always tried to hide how different she is—no easy feat on an island as small as Nantucket, and only getting harder as she finds herself haunted by hallucinations and vivid nightmares. It's not until she crosses paths with Lucas Delos at school that Helen's true heritage is finally revealed. Yet even as Lucas helps her awaken to her startling powers, they can never be together—not unless they can break free from the tragic destiny the Three Fates have in store.

This is your first YA novel, how exciting! Were you nervous?

I didn’t have a chance to get nervous until right before the release of the book. I swear, I’ve been running around like crazy, writing the second book, Dreamless, and promoting Starcrossed. But now that the book is out, I’m SO NERVOUS!! I hope people like it.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always written. I started keeping a journal when I was ten and I wrote in it pretty much every day from then on, but I didn’t think I could be a writer until much later. I always held writers in such awe, mostly because I love books so much, and it took me a while to get the confidence in myself to become one.

What is your writing style? Do you have a writing schedule or do you write at your own pace?

I’m a pretty disciplined writer with a set schedule. I write in two shifts-- three or four hours in the morning and then another three or four hours at night. Afternoons I run errands, go to the gym and all that stuff to give myself a break in between. I’d go crazy if I tried to sit in front of my computer for more than a few hours at a time.

(US book cover)
Have you always been a fan of Greek Mythology?

Yes. I actually studied a lot of those ancient plays by Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus in college. I was a Classical Theatre major at NYU and I was always drawn to the really tragic, bloody plays, like Oedipus Rex and Medea. Strange, right? I love epic stories with lots of action and fighting and killing—and love, of course.

Have you been inspired by someone you know to write about your characters?

All the time! I used teachers from high school; I even borrowed some of my old pal Matt Mitchell’s real personality and put it into Matt Millis in my book. And of course, Claire is a mash up of several of my best girlfriends. I think it’s always good to start with what you know and then build on that when you are writing—or at least when you’re trying to write your first book. Start simple and start with what you know was some very good advice that was given to me.

Which of your characters' powers would you like to have the most?

I flip-flop on this question all the time. Usually I say flying—until I have to move some furniture in my apartment and then I definitely want super strength. Being able to feel a lie would come in handy too… but it would probably mean that I could never bear to watch a politician on TV ever again! LOL!

What about the topic of sex? It plays an important role in your book and in a YA is something hard to find...

Well, there is no sex in my book, really. (Except for Hector, although I only imply that he gets around a lot.) But I’m not afraid to bring up the topic of sex though. Sex is a very important issue, and I think not talking about it doesn’t stop people from doing it. I think that avoiding the subject altogether when you are writing a YA supernatural romance novel is, well, kind of silly. After all, where does all that hot eye contact and all those stolen kisses eventually lead to for some teens? Ignoring that fact won’t make it go away.

Do you have a favourite quote from the book?

I have no idea! It’s too hard for me to judge my own work. There is one quote that seems to be really popular, though.
…she (Helen) decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.
I almost didn’t even put that line in because I wondered if people would think it was odd. I’m so glad I went with my gut and kept it in.

This was the first time I heard about a song for a book (and I was pleasantly surprised!). How did it happen? Did you specifically ask for someone to write that song?

I didn’t ask for it, but I couldn’t be more thrilled. Dressler, my German publisher, put together the band and they wrote the song and shot a video… I think it’s just fantastic. When they were done with it they sent it to me and I had the refrain “Where Do I Belong?” stuck in my head for days! It was awesome!

(UK book cover)
The UK Book Trailer got over 27.000 hits in one day, WOW! What do you think about that?

I’m over the moon about it! Macmillan, my UK publisher, did such a great job on that trailer and then they promoted it like crazy. They have been so supportive of my book. And the couple they cast as Helen and Lucas are so beautiful! I love it.

Did you expect such a positive feedback just a few days after Starcrossed release?

I don’t know what I was expecting. I was hoping everyone would like it. Hearing all the amazing things that people are saying about it has been really humbling. I feel very, very blessed.

The release of Dreamless is planned for spring 2012. Can you give us just a little hint?

Dreamless is darker, and it has more action. I also think it’s sexier.  I introduce a new character named Orion, who I just adore! I couldn’t be happier with how the book turned out, and I can’t wait for you to read it!

What are the book tour stops planned so far?

I don’t have any tour dates planned in the UK yet, but I’d love to go out there! In the US I’ve got a few stop. Check out my site. I give all the details.

Thank you so much for the interview, Josie! You're really one of the best 2011 debut authors I've discovered so far and it was a real pleasure to work with you, so much that I really hope to repeat the experience again!

If you wanna know more about Josephine and her beautiful novel visit her official site!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Lazy Sunday (#4)

Lazy Sunday is a weekly event hosted by Franny @ Mind Reader. The Event is created to gather everyone together and get to know each other better. Every week Franny will ask a question about a topic of general interest to get to know you better. Something about yourself.

This week's question: Let's get nasty: tell us three flaws of yours.

1. I'm insecure... You have no idea how much this p***** me off! -.-

2. Sometimes I take things for granted... I know, I know, NEVER do that!

3. I'm "Miss Perfection"! That bothers someone... But what can I do? I like to see it more like a gift!

What are your flaws, guys?

Friday, June 03, 2011

R.A.K (Random Acts of Kindness)

Book Soulmates

A friend of mine suggested me to have a look at R.A.K (Random Acts of Kindness), an event hosted by two lovely girls (Isalys and Vanessa) at
Book Soulmates. So I checked it and what did I found? A totally awesome idea! Choose a person (from the Google Doc list on the Book Soulmates website), check out their wishlist (it can be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, your blog...) and then select something from that list and send it as a gift. That's it! Simple and awesome, don't you think!? ;)
I hope to be able to make happy someone and of course to receive some books!! :D

Thursday, June 02, 2011

"Starcrossed" by Josephine Angelini


SERIES: Starcrossed #1
PUBLISHER: MacMillan Children's Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands. An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...


I did a Classic High School so, I studied Greek for 5 years and Greek Mythology was my favourite subject. I can affirm that the author has done the subject a good justice! She took some myths and rebuilt a world around them so fascinating and unique that left me breathtaking all the time!

I found myself captured by the plot from the beginning. It's fast, full of action and one of the best thing is that there aren't many long, annoying descriptions, but everything is explained through dialogues that sometimes make you even laugh a lot, but the anxiety is always in the air... Don't get this in the wrong way, it's a very good thing because I was emotionally involved, so much that in many parts I feel heartthrob... And that's a sign of a well written book.

Every character has its charm, but personally I found in Hector something I couldn't find in anyone... I'm not saying that he's the type of guy "Ok, here we go with a triangle-love-story", but his relating to Helen didn't leave me indifferent... There's definitely a development in every chapter and a growing relationship between the two of them, where respect plays a main role. I like him, a lot!

Probably the only aspect I liked less is that there are some parts in which I thought some characters took some things too easily... But then there's the positive element of sex. Nothing that a young reader couldn't read, don't worry, but it was extremely enjoyable to find a sexual atmosphere so positive in a YA for once! A very good change because the characters are more sincere about what they really want, don't have any problems to admit it and that's why they appear more realistic to me.

It was an awesome debut and I definitely can't wait to read more about this intriguing story!

Did you know "Starcrossed" has its own theme song!? Well, I heard it before reading the book and I LOVED it! I had it in my mind for the whole time I was reading the book, it's absolutely perfect! So, I feel like it's my duty to share the video because it deserve to be watch and the song is too beautiful! Enjoy and don't forget to read the book! ;)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Yesterday the lovely Sinn from Sinnful Books nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! That is awesome!!!! I'm so, so, SO thankful and honored! It really means a lot to me so, thank you very much Sinn!!

Now I have to fulfill two requirements for the award:
1. Write 7 random facts about myself.
2. Nominate 5 other bloggers for the award.
So, let's get started! ;)

7 things about me:
  1. I'm Italian, from Rome, but I've been living in London since December 2008. I'll move out in a few months but just out of the city not outside the UK! ;)
  2. I have a degree in Event Management for Cinema and TV.
  3. My passion for movies and reading is because of my Grandmother. When I was a little girl we used to watch old movies in the early afternoon together. I was fascinated about what I was seeing on the screen every time, I couldn't wait for the next day and I simply loved that feeling! She has a passion for books as well and watching her reading with so much adoration and devotion made me wanna start knowing the magic world of books... I couldn't be more grateful for both of my passions! *Thanks Grandma!*
  4. I can watch every episodes of "Friends" anytime, laugh at any quotes even if I already well know them and never get bored!
  5. When I was in the kindergarten my teacher once called my mother and asked her to go there because she was impressed for what she had seen... In a mess of coloured circles I had drawn 3 cats!!! Since that moment I never stopped drawing and I'm proud to tell you I'm very good at it! ;)
  6. One of my closest friends call me Sissi but it has nothing to do with the Princess! LOL
  7. I'm well organized and I like to have everything in order, that means if I see something around that it's not in its place I have to pick it up and put it in the right spot. *If you come visit me I swear I will not freak out if you leave your things around! LOL I'd suffer but in silence, promise! ;P*
And here are the awesome blogs that deserve the award:
  1. Franny @ Mind Reader
  2. Sinn @ Sinnful Books
  3. Bex @ Kindle Fever
  4. Alison @ Alison Can Read
  5. Cait @ The Cait Files
Have a look at these blogs because they are pretty amazing!! :)
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