Monday, January 26, 2009

In My Mailbox

Books I've Received recently for review:

Envy by Anna Godbersen

By Hangman

Vamps:Night Life by Nance A. Collins

By Hangman

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

By Hangman

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo

By Hangman

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Review:Envy by Anna Godbersen

Publisher's Summary:

Jealous whispers.

Old rivalries.

New betrayals.

Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

My first non-vamp review! I hope you all enjoy this.

Envy further proved the fact that The Luxe is one of the best teen fiction series out right now. Sweeping Romance and betrayals on every page, Envy is the strongest entry into the series since it's first novel. We get some plot lines tied up, and some blown open. You won't be able to guess what is coming next. The characters are flawed and perfect at the same time, making you sympathize with them. All in all, The Luxe series gives you everything you could ever want in Young Adult fiction. Sadly, the next novel, Splendor, is the last, according to many sources.

Review: Vamps:Night Life by Nancy A. Collins

Publisher's Summary:
Fashion victim just got a whole new meaning.

When vampire heiress Lilith Todd decides she wants a modeling career, she won't let her father stop her—even if he does threaten to cut off her credit cards.

Lilith's rival, Cally Monture, is in a different kind of hot water. Her boyfriend, Peter, is a vampire hunter—a sexy, sensitive soul mate who just happens to be sworn to destroy her entire race.

With the Rauhnacht Grand Ball fast approaching, both girls need the same things: a handsome escort and a dress to die for. But in a sea of shifting and dangerous loyalties, there's no telling who will betray them next.

For being a series that seemingly didn't take off like I wished,Night Life steps up it's A-Game. Further proving it's Gossip Girl/Twilight crossover, there isn't enough vampire drama to go around in Night Life. The book reads like a filler novel, setting us up for something much larger. and every reader will devour this and wish that After Dark was here right now. I was pleasantly surprised about how much I liked this book, and will be eagerly awaiting After Dark.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Official News

So, I made the executive decision to close Trainspotting Reads today. It was tough but it had to be done to maintain the integrity of this site. HOWEVER, I have decided that I will now just combine both of the site together, doing non-vamp reviews of books I know my readers are interested in. My first non-vamp review will be Envy by Anna Godbersen- expect that tommorow.
Thank you all for your support throughout these times.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Review:Eternal by Cythia Leitich Smith

Publisher's Summary:
At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl’s soul and plan the Master’s fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages.

To be quite frank, it's an amazing concept. The book starts out amazing,falls flat towards the middle and shines at the end. It's the kind of book you want to read over a long period of time, like a week or two. It's not for those, like myself, who read it all in one day because you get a few decent chapters falling short of the amazing beginning. I did love the changing of "readers" and the ending is nothing short of amazing. I hope I'm not bashing the middle of the book, but for readers like me, it was a little boring because not much happens in the middle. I am uber excited for the sequel, which combines the characters of Tantalize and the characters of Eternal together-can't wait! In conclusion, a book with much potential, that falls a little short in the middle, but with it's amazing ending, you might forget that you where so bored with it one point.

Eternal goes on sale February 10, 2009