Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wanting on Wednesday -- Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives (Volume Three)


Raven's romance with her dreamy vampire boyfriend, Alexander, has been complicated once again by Alexander's menacing half-vamp cousin. Now that Claude and his fearless gang have been tricked out of the blood-filled vials that can turn them into full vampires, Claude will stop at nothing to find the real vials. Raven's family and friends could be in danger. When Claude teams up with Raven's longtime nemesis, Trevor, invitations soon go out for a vampire-themed masquerade party. Could Claude be scheming to turn all of the students at Dullsville High into vampires if he doesn't get what he wants? Raven and Alexander must try to stop Claude - but also ask themselves what really matters most in the end.

{My Thoughts:}

Okay, I know this isn't EXACTLY a book -- but as a lover of books, manga, and comics -- I'll end up throwing in a mix of the three. Besides -- this is VAMPIRE KISSES! The Vampire Kisses books are of my favorite books ever written! And the manga is just as great. So of course I'm excited to go on even more adventures with Raven and Alexander! And look at that STUNNING cover! Irresistible!

Ah, this is on my Must Buy list next time I go to Borders!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink


An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.


{Title} Prophecy of the Sisters

{By} Michelle Zink

{Publisher} Little, Brown Young Readers

{Release Date} August 1, 2009

{Pages} 352

[Angel's Thought's:]

The first thing you notice when you begin reading Prophecy of the Sisters is just how beautifully it’s written. Michelle Zink has captured the story, setting, and characters all within this gorgeous and lyrical prose that draws you in from cover to cover. This is really one of those books I LOVE, because once you think you know what’s going to happen -- everything gets flipped around and keeps you guessing.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time, and was unspeakably excited when my ARC arrived in the mail. At first, I read only a chapter a night when I could, partially because of college limiting my reading time, and partially because it was just so good, I wanted to take my time and not rush through. But this became an impossible task after some time, because I simply HAD to know what was going to happen next.

So, I started to take the book with me to class. I’d read in between classes, before classes, and every night. Finally, I just ignored everything else one night and finished it. And OH MY GOD -- it was stunning!

Michelle Zink blends romance and mystery, sorrow and adventure, into an exquisite gothic novel that will chill you even after the final pages. It’s no surprise that I went and bought the hardback edition, because of it’s fantastic cover and because it’s one of those books that I have just fallen in love with. I’m ecstatic there will be more!

I highly recommend you go buy, read, and reread Prophecy of the Sisters ASAP!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wanting On Wednesday: Fire by Kristin Cashore


It is not a perfect time in the Dells.Young King Nash clings to the throne, while rebel lords, in the north and south, build armies to unseat him. War is coming. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves.This is where Fire lives, a girl whose startling appearance is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.Everyone...except Prince Brigan.

{My Thoughts:}

I LOVE Kristin Cashore's first book, Graceling, and am DYING to read Fire. There is this perfect blend of adventure, romance, fantasy, and so much more in her first novel, I can't imagine any less from Fire. Has anyone else read Graceling besides me and agree on the excitement about this book?


I'm Moving! Well, the blog is.

Actually, that may or may not be completely true. You see, my friend and I are starting our own blog called Lights, Camera, Fiction! in which we review books AND movies. If I can, I'll try to keep up BOTH blogs equally, possibly even double posting. But never fear -- my blogging about books is NOT about to end! If anything, it's all going to get BETTER!

Here's the link:

Oh, and expect my review for the AMAZING Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink in the next few days, as well as another "Recent Purchases" post.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

*NEW Feature* -- Recently Purchased

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

The Den of Shadows Quartet by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Dean Koontz "Frankenstein" Trilogy

Catching Fire by Suzanna Collins

Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

Wicked: Resurrection by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (even though I have the ARC, I HAD to have this gorgeous hardback!)

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gundenkauf

Thist (No 1.) by Christopher Pike

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wanting On Wednesday!

Alright, this may evolve and change over time, but here it is -- my first Wanting On Wednesday!
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn't outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don't scare her. They don't keep her away. In fact, they don't make any difference at all to her.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.
Or maybe she's just a girl who needs love just like he does.

{My Thoughts:}

Doesn't that just sound AMAZING! This is one of those books I really look forward to getting my hands on. It reminds me of Beauty and the Beast, and I think I read in an interview with her earlier that it actually is like her version of Beauty and the Beast. Totally awesome!

Anyway, check it out if you get a chance! I know I will!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hey Readers!

Hey all!
First of all, I want to thank those of you that are following me for doing so! It means a lot to me that you've taken the time to look around my little book blog. Thanks!

Now, on to the reason I'm posting this:

Life's a Story needs some lovin', as well as changes. So, what are some things you'd like to see added to the blog? What are things you like about my blog? You're input is greatly appreciated.

Here are some things I plan to add to the blog soon:

- Recent Purchases
- Books To Movies (Maybe)
- Releases
- Wanting on Wednesday

And probably a few others.
What do you all think? After all, you guys are the readers!


Review: I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert


Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?


{Title} I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
{By} Stephanie Kuehnert
{Publisher} MTV Books
{Release Date} July 8, 2008
{Pages} 352

[Angel's Thoughts:]

Now this, my dear readers, is the book I'm always pleased to find when I buy new books. Stephanie Kuehnert has a gift when it comes to writing. Especially writing books that feel unbelievably real. In her debut novel, I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE, Stephanie introduces us to Emily Black, a girl born to rock. You journey through her life, the formation of her band -- She Laughs -- and her desire to find her mother again, and understand just why she left in the first place.

When I started reading I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE, I was working the 9 to 5 life as a volunteer in a medical clinic. I would take books in to read on my break. Needless to say, I hid out whenever I could once I began reading, and somehow managed to read every page in one day. There were times in which I completely forgot I was reading fiction because it felt so absolutely real and raw. There were times that I felt like I knew exactly what the characters felt, and times where I felt like I was being shown a life unlike my own. All the while, I still couldn't get a grasp on the fact I was reading a fictional story about a fictional girl, though I'm sure her story is likely to be lived out somewhere.

If I could, I'd kick Twilight off the "Bestseller" list and place I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE where it should be -- on the Bestseller list. This is a book for the young, and the old. For the reader, and for the one that is searching for something that really speaks out to them about the chaos in their life.

So, if you haven't read I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE, do so. Stephanie Kuehnert does not disappoint. Look forward to my review of her second novel, BALLADS OF SUBURBIA, as soon as I get it read. I've got to tell you, I was so excited to buy it, I went to Borders on my VACATION in Boston to pick up my copy.

And if you want to read my interview with Stephanie Kuehnert, go here: