Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review: How To Catch and Keep a Vampire

Title: How To Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful
Author: Diana Laurence
Released: October 23, 2009

Who needs a book on dating a vampire?
Well, Bella Swan and Sookie Stackhouse to name just two. . .
Bella and Sookie are fortunate to have vampire boyfriends. But what the heroines of Twilight and True Blood don't have - and could use - is some advice on getting along with them. Everything they and every other red-blooded American girl (and guy) wants to know about finding a dreamy blood-drinker and keeping him is within How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving The Bad and the Beautiful.

And who better to introduce mortal readers to the world of dating a 21st century vampire than a few mouth-watering immortals themselves? The cast includes: Ethan, with his aquamarine eyes and supernaturally seductive piano playing. Mordred, classically cruel, dark, and handsome, with a thing for black leather gloves. His entrancingly cute carrot-topped friend Adam, as sweet as Mordred is scary. Gunnar, with his rich, golden hair, and dastardly but delightful knack for getting his way. The experienced and fascinating Colin, with his exquisite latte-colored skin and exotic beauty. The eccentric but gorgeous Aidan, purveyor of ancient magic. And enigmatic Conner, with his deep, dark eyes and protective soul.

These undead charmers will win the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, and author Diana Laurence will be their expert guide.

My Thoughts:

* First off, I would like to send a huge thank you to Andy Sturtevant and Sellers Publishing for offering, and sending me, a copy of How To Catch and Keep a Vampire for review. Thank you! *

Now onto the review! How To Catch and Keep a Vampire is a great guide for everyone who has ever dreamed of dating a vampire (and seriously, who hasn't?). Diana Laurence guides you the whole way - from getting the attention of a vampire, to dating him, to keeping him and to maybe even become a vampire yourself!?

"You tell me you want to date a vampire.
My reply: Well, naturally!

And here all along you've been afraid to admit it, afraid it was weird and shocking and indicative of your need to see a therapist. Nonsense. In point of fact, nothing could be more natural or understandable."

Diana is mixing tips on Vampire Dating's Do's and Don'ts with case studies from her own life as well as from her friends' lives. We get to meet several vampires, each with unique qualities and experiences, and Diana tells us what she learned from each relationship.

There are also several Q&A pages in the book, where you get the answer to everything from "Can a vampire fly or turn in to a bat?" to "Do vampires really sleep in coffins?"

"Well, I'm here to tell you your longings for a bloodsucking companion are not in vain. And I will not be wasting your time with bad vampire puns like 'in vein'."

Laurence's writing is clever, witty and charming. I recognized myself in several statements, she definitely hits the nail on the head more than once! Sometimes I even wondered if the author could read my mind, she knew exactly how I reacted, felt and thought when reading certain parts of the book.

So if you ever thought or dreamed about dating a vampire, or just want to learn more about them, this is the book for you! How To Catch and Keep a Vampire was released last week, so it should be available everywhere!

Rating: 4 of 5

Fan(g) Girl

Again, a huge thank you to Andy Sturtevant, Diana Laurence and Sellers Publishing!

Visit the book's website HERE.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vampire of the Week

It's time to announce this week's VoW, and the winning Vampire is:

. . . Stefan Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries!

Stefan is portrayed to be very handsome, and he will do anything for the person he loves. Stefan is hunted by his past though, and he's suffering from things he did hundreds of years ago.
Stefan hates being a vampire, and does his best to be as normal as possible; he avoids killing and drinking from humans, and he's also going to school, like any normal kid.
Because of things that happened in the past, and the fact that he is a vampire, Stefan has a hard time letting people close. He is hugely attracted by Elena, but he's fighting his feelings and doesn't want to admit it.

To learn more about Stefan; read The Vampire Diaries written by L. J. Smith or watch the TV-show The Vampire Diaries on the CW.

Stefan is played by Paul Wesley. Paul was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1982. He has made several movies including Elsewhere and Killer Movie, and has starred in a bunch of TV series; 24, Army Wives, CSI and Fallen to name a few.

To view previous Vampire of the Week posts, click HERE.
To nominate a Vampire you would like to see as a VoW, leave a comment!

Fan(g) Girl

Book Review: Glass Houses

Title: Glass Houses
Series: Morganville Vampires (Book 1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Released: 2006

Welcome to Morganville.
Just don't stay out after dark.

Morgaville is a small college town filled with unus
ual characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad come out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on -the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school's means girls, but now she's got three new roommates, who will have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn't really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood . . .

My Thoughts: This book was waaay better than I expected it to be. You see, I had read the third and fifth volume in the Morganville Vampire Series before I read this book, so I thought that might spoil this book for me, but that was NOT the case! I absolutely loved this book. It was action-filled and full of twist and turns. There were so much going on in this book; evil and mobbing class mates, a town run by vampires, a corrupted police force, mysteries, and new room mates with secrets of their own. There was only one thing you could take for granted;
You can never be sure who to trust in Morganville!

The characters in this book were great. First, we have Claire, the protagonist. What I liked about her is that she's not perfect and tough all the time. Sure, she's a clever, rational girl with awesome grades, but she's also insecure, naive, afraid and emotional. But when it comes down to it, she's brave and stands up for herself and her friends.
Eve is a great friend, she's tough and caring and there for Claire when she needs it. Michael is mature, safe and secure and he has a big heart. And Shane, adorable swoon-worthy Shane, he is somewhat of a bad boy, tough with a bad temper and always close to get into fights. But that's not all there is to him, he's also very sweet, funny, caring and brave. He's been through a lot and has a hard time trusting people because of it.
I love how the relationship between Shane and Claire developed
with small steps at the time, it seem very realistic and real to me, and not rushed at all.

This is a great book filled with drama, mystery, suspense and great characters. Read it!

Rating: 5 of 5
Fan(g) Girl

* I won this book in a contest over at So many Books, So Little Time, so a huge THANK YOU goes out to Sophie! *

Waiting on Wednesday: Fade Out

Title: Fade Out
Series: Morganville Vampires (Book 7)
Author: Rachel Caine
Release Day: November 3

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again...

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve's castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book Review: Dark Reunion

Title: The Vampire Diaries; Dark Reunion
Series: The Vampire Diaries (Book 4)
Author: L. J. Smith
Released: 1992

As a psychic, Bonnie has dreams of Elena in the Other World. But the dreams quickly turn frightening. There is a terrible new enemy stalking Fell’s Church, killing young girls. Elena’s friends call for Stefan and get both him and Damon—but whose side is Damon on? The ending is the most surprising yet for Elena!

The fourth Vampire Diaries
book revolvs mostly around Bonnie - not Elena. Elena is still in the books, but more as a minor character. Bonnie is the main protagonist, and now she's the one who gets all the guys! (Poor Meredith!)
I've never really liked Elena, she's a bit selfish and self-absorbed (and I honestly don't get why all the other characters in the book seemed to love her so much), so I was glad to read the book from Bonnie's point of view instead. Bonnie is more likeable - she might be a bit wimpish, but she's brave when it's needed and she has a big heart. Bonnie is also the person who has the closest relationship to Damon - and the person who trusts him the most. I would love to see more of a love story between those two!

I loved how the frosty relationship between Stefan and Damon melted and developed in this book. They really like each other at heart - but they're both too stubborn and proud to admit it. It was fun to see them working together and helping each other.

I also loved how we got to see more sides of Damon in this book, the series started of with Damon being a dangerous, mean bad-boy vampire. But that's only a facade. He cares about Bonnie, Meredith and other humans more than he wants to admit!

This book was really good until the ending - it wasn't what I had hoped for and it felt too unreal and happily-ever-after. I felt like the Elena-thing in the ending was unnecessary, it just felt fake and over-the-top. It really spoiled the book for me - I liked Bonnie as the main charcter, then selfish Elena got all the attention - again.

Rating: 3.5 of 5
Fan(g) Girl

Happy Release Day. . .

. . . To The Espressologist!

US. Cover & U.K. Cover

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer is being released today! It sounds like a great book, don't you think?!

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

Gaah, I can't wait to read this book!
Fan(g) Girl

Sunday, October 25, 2009

In My Mailbox . . . and then what?

Remember the In My Mailbox post I posted three weeks ago?
Since this is a vampire book blog I won't post reviews on some of the books I got, so I figured I could do a follow-up post and just write a few sentences about each book, and let you know what I thought about them!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Really good book - my sister loved this one! As usual, Sarah Dessen delivers a book with more than just romance. Her main characters are often a bit insecure, they do make mistakes, and they eventually learn from it. Of course the main character gets her happy ending - the road to get there just isn't that light and easy, it's bumpy and full of obstacles.

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Another cute, charming book. I loved the relationship between Katrina and her friends. The love interest, Malcolm, was an old-fashioned, charming but somewhat odd guy - and I didn't like him as much as I wanted too. (It can have something to do with the kilt, I just don't find boys wearing kilts that hot.)

Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
Glitz by Louise Bagshawe
How To Kill Your Husband by Kathy Lette

Still haven't had the time to read these! Saving them for a time that I don't have anything else to read!

HEX by Rhiannon Lassiter
HEX: Shadows by Rhiannon Lassiter
HEX: Ghosts by Rhiannon Lassiter

I read the first book in the HEX trilogy, but I didn't like it that much. The story wasn't that bad, but I still had to force myself to keep reading it. So needless to say, I decided not to read the sequel!

Marked: A House of Night Novel
by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (My Review)
Betrayed: A House of Night Novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (My Review)

I did read and review these about a month ago, click on the links to see what I thought about them!

Night World No. 1 by L. J. Smith (My Review)
Night World No. 2 by L. J. Smith (My Review)
Night World No. 3 by L. J. Smith (My Review)

Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall by L. J. Smith
Have a review coming up for this book - don't miss it!

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
I liked Ink Exchange - but not as much as I liked Wicked Lovely! Wicked Lovely was just better in every way - the main character (the girl) was more likable in Wicked Lovely - and so was the male characters. Both books have a love triangle going on - but the guys are hotter and kinder in Wicked Lovely. (I did like Niall though - he had that whole bad-boy image going on). The story was also a bit better in Wicked Lovely. But I did enjoy this book, and I'm looking forward to reading the third book, Fragile Eternity!

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
I used to love the Plum books, I read five books in a row and couldn't get enough. But now, after reading about 15 books, I'm getting tired of them. There's nothing new.
Reading about Grandma Mazur and her crazy adventures, cars blowing up, and crazy guys refusing to go to court, was fun the first times, but now . . . not so much any more.

Don't forget to come back next Sunday for a brand new In My Mailbox: October post! I've got some GREAT stuff this month!

Fan(g) Girl

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fun-Post Friday - Week 5

It's time for a new Fun-Post Friday post her at YA Vampire Books, and today I got a Bookish Meme for y'all! Here we go:

20 years ago I read . . . Well 20 years ago I was born, so I probably didn't read that much ;P. I suppose my mum showed me simple board books though . . .

15 years ago I read . . . Picture Books like Curious George and Alfie Atkins. I was five years old and had just started to read!

10 years ago I read . . . Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone, Narnia (scratch that - I was 8 when I read Narnia), Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley. Probably a lot of Astrid Lindgren's books too.

5 years ago I read . . . The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Princess Diaries, and the 1-800-Where-R-U series.

Today I'm 20 years old, and the most memorable books I've read this year are: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Willow by Julia Hoban, Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro. Also The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott!

Well, that was fun!
Now I want everyone to do this meme on their blogs! Come on, it's not that hard! ;)
And Happy Friday!

Fan(g) Girl

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Morganville Vampires

Welcome to Morganville.
Just don't stay out after dark.

Morgaville is a small college town filled with unus
ual characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad come out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on -the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school's means girls, but now she's got three new roommates, who will have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn't really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood . . .

The Morganville Vampire books is written by Rachel Caine, she's also the author of the Weather Warden- and the Outcast Season series. The first book in the Morganville Vampire series, Glass Houses, was released in 2006. Six books are released so far; Glass Houses, The Dead Girl's Dance (2006), Midnight Alley (2007), Feast of Fools (2008), Lord of Misrule (2009) and Carpe Corpus (2009).

The seventh book, called Fade Out, will be released on November 3.
After that, five more books will be released during 2009-2011.

A kind of unique thing I like about the Morganville Series is that neither Claire, the main character, nor her romantic interest, is a vampire. That's actually quite refreshing! There are vampires in these books of course, but most of the main characters are human.
Another thing I like about this series is the characters - all characters are very well-developed - and you either love them or hate them. I especially fancy Claire and her three closest friends, Eve, Michael and Shane. I would love to live with them in the Glass House!

I actually only read the third, fifth and first book in this series so far - bad I know. It proves that you can read these books as stand-alone books, but I wouldn't prefer it! I'm pretty bummed about not reading these books in order - and being so far behind. It's a great series, so I would love to catch up!

Fan(g) Girl

Book Review: Night World No. 3

Title: Night World No. 3 (Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight)
Series: Night World (Book 7-9)
Author: L. J. Smith
Released: 2009 (1997-1998)

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

The apocalypse is drawing near. But four Wild Powers can save the world from the impending doom. Circle Daybreak, an underground organization with both Night World and human members, is searching for the four who can stop the darkness.

A vampire hunter -- who is half vampire -- stalks her own kind to protect humans in Huntress.

In Black Dawn, Maggie stumbles upon an old Night World kingdom where the ruling vampire prince is both an enemy and an ally.

And Circle Daybreak hires Keller, a shapeshifting panther, to guard a new Wild Power in Witchlight. But when Keller falls in love with the Wild Power's soulmate, her love could destroy everything....

My Review: Well, what can I say? The Night World books are great, and are getting better with every volume.

I love that characters from previous Night World books are mentioned, and have supporting roles in the newer books. It makes the world Smith has created more real and believable.

L. J. Smith is a great author. She manages to write unique stories even though the concept is the same in every book. She also manages to create strong, independent and likable heroins, and hot, mysterious and swoon-worthy heroes in
every book. Seriously, I fall in love with every single male character she creates - and isn't that what you want to do when you read books?

Huntress is probably my favourite story in this book, but I really love them all!

So, if you haven't read any Night World books yet, what are you waiting for? They're waaay better than the Vampire Diaries!

Rating: 5 of 5!
Fan(g) Girl

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Promise

Title: Blood Promise
Series: Vampire Academy (Book 4)
Author: Richelle Mead

How far will Rose go to keep her promise?

The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.

He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

Okay, I now that this book was released almost two months ago - but I haven't had the chance to read it yet.
H a v e t o b u y i t n o w !

There's a great review of Blood Promise over at the Story Siren, go check it out!

Friday, October 16, 2009


I don't know about you, but the only thing I can think of when I look at the cover of Tantalize is; doesn't that girl remind me about a certain country singer?
Seriously, is that Taylor Swift on the cover?

Taylor Swift?

The girl on the cover of Tantalize?

Artist, actress and book cover model?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side

Titel: Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Series: No
Released: February 2009

Marrying a vampire
definitely doesn't fit in to Jessica's senior year "Get-a-Life" plan.

Enter a bizarre exchange student named Lucius Vladescu who claims Jessica is a romanian vampire princess by birth and he's her long-lost fiancé. He's arrogant, officious, ambarrasingly protective and, well, incredibly hot.

Armed with a copy of
Growing Up Undead - a Teen Vampire's Guide To Dating, Health and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from an average American teenager to a glam European vampire princess. But just when things start to heat up with Lucius, a devious cheerleader sets her sights on him. Soon Jess finds herself fighting to win a war - and save Lucius soul from eternal damnation. All of which leaves her to wonder: Wouldn't life be easier if she could just fall for a nice mortal boy?

This book sounds good, doesn't it? It's definitely on my wish list!

Read the first chapter HERE!

Katie has reviewed Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Site on her blog
KD's library and gave it a rating of 5/5! Read her review HERE!

Anna at Anna's Book Blog has reviewed this book too - and gave it 5 stars! Read her review HERE!

Fan(g) Girl

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Week 42

This is my first Waiting on Wednesday post! Yay!
Waiting on Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

So, today I can't wait to read: HUSH, HUSH by BECCA FITZPATRICK!

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I'm sure you all have heard and read a lot about this book during the last couple of months! Some of you might even have read it already (if you have - I'm so jealous!) Anyway, Hush, Hush have gotten a lot of great reviews lately (as well as some less good reviews - but I'm ignoring those :P), and the book sounds absolutely amazing! Can't wait to read it!

Hush, Hush was released yesterday, October. 13!

P.S The Bookologist is hosting a contest for an ARC of Hush, Hush (as well as another book and lots of swag)! Head over to her blog and enter!

Book Reviews by Jess is also holding a Hush, Hush contest - for a Signed Hardcover!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Book Review: Shadow Kiss

Title: Shadow Kiss
Series: Vampire Academy (Book 3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: December 2008

About the Book: Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret .... She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever...

Read an excerpt from the book HERE

My Thoughts: Yet another awesome book in the Vampire Academy series.
In this book we see a different side of Rose, she used to be this confident, outspoken and fearless girl, but the things she had to go through in Frostbite changed here. Now she's insecure, both about her abilities and about her future. Does she really want to be a guardian?
Rose also starts seeing ghosts, and debilitating dark emotions are overwhelming her when she least needs it. She's almost certain she's losing it.

And then, when no one expects it, the largest group of Strigois ever is attacking the school. Who will survive and just how much damage will the Strigois do?

The ending of this book left me heartbroken and crying. It was so sad - but still I can't wait to read Blood Promise, the fourth installment in the Vampire Academy series. As long as you live, there's hope, right?

Rating: 5 of 5

Fan(g) Girl

Read my review of Vampire Academy (Book 1) HERE
Read my review of Frostbite (Book 2 ) HERE

Monday, October 12, 2009

Vampire of the Week

. . . it's Mick St. John!

Mick St. John is the adorable vampire detective from Moonlight. When he's not out catching murders and other bad guys, he's at home sleeping in a freezer or drinking blood he gets from a guy working at the morgue.

Mick sees himself as a monster, he would never hurt a human, and doesn't hesitate to kill other vampires that do so.

Mick is played by Alex O'Loughlin, who also plays the lead character in the brand new drama series Three Rivers.

Visit Moonlight's IMDB page by clicking HERE.

Mick St. John Quote:

Journalist: So, what's it like being a vampire?
Mick: Being a vampire sucks. It's a bad joke, I know, but it's the truth.

Click HERE for more quotes and a funny interview with Mick!

Did you miss my previous VOW posts? Click on the links!

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Know another vampire who deserves to be my next Vampire of the Week? Feel free to leave your candidates in the comments section!

Fan(g) Girl

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bite Me!

Titel: Bite Me!
Series: Book 1, a sequel to this book called
Love Sucks is scheduled to be released Spring 2010!
Author: Melissa Francis
Released: 2009

About the author: Born and bred in Arkansas, Melissa Francis is a small town southern girl with big city dreams. (Okay, she dreams of big city shoes, but there’s nowhere to wear them ’round these parts. Plus she really is a barefoot girl at heart.) The University of Arkansas at Little Rock allowed her to graduate with an English degree, but many of her friends wonder how when she uses words like y’all, dunno, gonna, and fixin’ to. Her favorite phrase is “Woo Pig Sooie!” and she’ll be glad to explain what that means over a (preferably dark) beer. Unless you’re underage, then she’ll explain over a nice cup of peppermint tea.

Her debut novel titled Bite Me! is scheduled to hit the shelves Fall 2009 and she totally expects everyone who has met her, talked to her, emailed her, or uttered her name to buy at least two copies.

About the book: AJ Ashe isn't your typical seventeen-year-old vampire—as if there is such a thing! She's stuck in the middle of a huge fight between her two BFFs. Her ex-boyfriend—whom she's still totally in love with, by the way—is now her stepbrother. A former classmate—who, um, she may or may not have turned into a vampire—is stalking her. And now, apparently, the fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands. What ever happened to the good old days, when all a vampire girl had to worry about was the occasional zit and hiding her taste for blood?

Doesn't Bite Me! sound like a great and funny read? And doesn't Melissa sound like a super cool and funny person? I can't wait to read this book!!

If you're still not convinced about reading this book, read this great review written by The Undercover Book Lover (Not Really).

Fan(g) Girl

Friday, October 9, 2009

Awesome contest!

Princess Bookie is having an awesome contest at her blog, check it out:

Winner one gets 6 ARCs!
Winner two gets 4 Hardcovers!
Winner three gets 1 ARC!
Winner four gets 2 Books!

Isn't that the most amazing contest ever? =)

Fun-Post Friday, Part II

Here's another YouTube video, that really made me smile and wanna dance! Some of you might have seen this video already, but here's 172 students from a school in Quebec! (I wish we could have done something like this on my school!) And this song is great, btw!

Fun-Post Friday - Week 4

It's friday again, yay! That means a new Fun-Post Friday post! Today's post doesn't have anything to do with vampires, but I hope you'll like it anyway!

It's a 3 minutes and 24 seconds long video with parts from the 100 most popular videos on YouTube! That's right, you can watch the world's funniest, coolest and most popular videos in less than 4 minutes! What are you waiting for? =)

There is also a list of all the videos, so you can watch the whole videos later if you want to!

Is there any clips you recognize?

Book Review: Blue Bloods Series

Hey guys!
So, I wrote a post about the Blue Bloods books by Melissa de la Cruz the day before yesterday, and I thought you might want to know my thoughts about the books. So, enjoy!

I've read the three first books in the series, Blue Bloods, Masquerade and Revelations. There's also a fourth book published that I haven't had the chance to read yet; The Van Alen Legacy. But the story doesn't end there, according to Melissa, there will be at least TEN books in the Blue Bloods series!

The first thing that strikes me about the Blue Bloods series is it's similarity to The Elite series by Jennifer Banash - both series are set in New York among the rich and the famous teens.

Schuyler - Casey
The main character in both books are a girl that doesn't fit in among her classmates. She's wearing old, outdated clothes instead of Prada and Gucci. She is a bit shy and doesn't have that many friends, so she's living her life in the background - until the most popular guy in school notices her. . .

Mimi - Madison
The queen bee - blond, popular and spoiled. Always wearing trendy clothes and accessories, and mocking people with lower status than herself (= everyone). She's dating the most popular guy in school - until he suddenly shows interest in the geeky, gray mouse (Schuyler/Casey). But she thinks he belongs to her, and she will do
anything to get him back!

Jack - Drew
The most popular boy in school, has been dating Mimi/Madison since like forever, but he's starting to get bored, and then suddenly he notices the interesting Schuyler/Casey. . .

See the similarities?
So basically The Blue Bloods is like The Elite - but with Vampires, murder and
very old traditions.

As for the Vampire aspect of the book, Melissa has managed to create her own kind of vampires. They are not changing into vampires until they reach their higher teenage years, and there is creatures that feeds of/kills vampires. Melissa's vampires live in cycles, and is most likely reborn into the same position/family after they die. They are also supposed to live with the same partner in every cycle, and there's where the problems between Mimi, Jack and Schuyler begins!

This a great vampire series; not the best series I've read, but far from the worst! So if you like vampires, The Elite, Gossip Girl etc. Try these books out!

Fan(g) Girl

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blue Bloods Series

Melissa de la Cruz

The Blue Bloods series consists of four book so far; Blue Bloods and Masquerade published in 2007, Revelations published in 2008, and the brand new fourth installment The Van Alen Legacy, released on October 6, 2009.

Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner—and happy that way.

But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

Melissa de la Cruz is also the author of The Ashleys- and The Au Pairs series, as well as some stand-alone books. Visit her website here.

Book Review: The Fury

Title: The Vampire Diaries: The Fury
Series: The Vampire Diaries
Author: L. J. Smith
Released: 1991

About the book: Elena is adjusting to the consequences of her devotion to Stefan. Choices made on his behalf have transformed her into what she once feared and still desires. When a vampire hunter descends on the town, determined to eradicate its immortal infestation, the hunters become hunted. Stefan, Elena, and Damon must work together to trace the new evil that's befallen Fell's Church back to its mysterious origin.

My Thoughts: The third book in the Vampire Diaries picks up just where The Struggle left off.
The love triangle between Elena, Stefan & Damon is more present than ever, and there's even a fourth part involved - Katherine -the girl who made Stefan and Damon vampires hundreds of years ago.

This book is full of mysteries and danger.
Who or what is attacking people in Fell's Chuch? And who could you really trust? The questions are many, and you can't be sure who's on the good side, and who's not.

Elena continue to grow as a character in this book, and I'm liking her more and more. She discovers how much the people she loves means to her, and just how much she is willing to sacrifice for them. She is less self-centered and more caring. She's also very brave.

The ending of the book might be a bit surprising, but it was really good!

Rating: 4 of 5
Fan(g) Girl

Monday, October 5, 2009

Vampire of the Week

It's Monday again! And time for this week's VoW!
And the winner is...


Spike was nominated for Vampire of the Week by Mandy from Edge of Seventeen. Great choice, Mandy! Spike is super-funny! Who would you like to see as next week's VoW? Comment!

Spike is a character in the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He is played by James Marsters.

Why does Spike deserve to be Vampire of the Week?
Spike is a cool dude. He fights on the good side as well as on the evil side, he's just glad if he gets the chance to fight anything or anyone! Everything Spike says is ironic or sarcastic, and it is said in a British accent. How could you not like this vampire?

Spike Quote:
"We like to talk big, vampires do. I'm going to destroy the world. That's just tough guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You've got – the dog racing, Manchester United, and you've got people: billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It's all right here. But then someone comes along with a vision, with a real passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester bloody Square."

Spike was nominated for Vampire of the Week by Mandy from Edge of Seventeen. Great choice, Mandy! Spike is super-funny!

You can find my previous VoWs by clicking here, here and here!

Fan(g) Girl

Spirit Bound


Here it is:

Just one word: WOW!!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

In My Mailbox: September

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea.

Since I don't get a huge amount of books every week, I decided to do In My Mailbox once a month instead of once a week! So here are the books I received in September:


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - I won this book a couple of moths ago, but since it was a U.S residents only contest the book was sent to a relative of mine living there. But now it has finally made it's way to my mailbox! I'm so excited!

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Very cute book, won this over @
Bookworm Readers. Thank you so much Claire!


Lipstick Jungle
by Candace Bushnell

Glitz by Louise Bagshawe

How To Kill Your Husband
by Kathy Lette

Bought these three when I was in London on vacation, haven't had the time to read them yet though. Have any of you read them?


HEX by Rhiannon Lassiter
HEX: Shadows by Rhiannon Lassiter
HEX: Ghosts by Rhiannon Lassiter

Marked: A House of Night Novel
by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (My Review)
Betrayed: A House of Night Novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (My Review)

Night World No. 1 by L. J. Smith (My Review)
Night World No. 2 by L. J. Smith (My Review)
Night World No. 3 by L. J. Smith

Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall by L. J. Smith

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

All of these from the library!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fun-Post Friday - Week 3

Today's Fun-Post Friday is for all House of Night fans out there (and everyone else that might be interested of course)!
Have you checked out the official House of Night site? There's a lot of fun thing to check out, one of my favourite things is
The Yearbook.

Ever wondered what the House of Night characters look like? Which TV shows they like to watch, or who their movie star crushes are? Here's your answer!

It could look something like this:

Go check it out!

Fan(g) Girl

New Moon Movie Posters

Hey guys, have you seen the new New Moon posters? What do you think of them?

I'm not that impressed by this poster. . . Everyone's looking kind of meeh. They're not looking great, or anywhere near "the most beautiful women and men in the world" - as they're supposed too.

This one is a bit better - but I can't say that the Volturi's look particulary scary. The blond guy on the left (Caius) looks afraid himself! And the second guy from the left, Alec, is he really supposed to be that young? I can't remember. I think Dakota Fanning is gonna make a great Jane though.

And the last one - Now we're talking!! Those guys are HOT! I'm so glad that Jacob cut his hair, and Taylor Lautner looks so good with all those pounds of new muscles! And the second guy from the right - who is that sexy dude? I love his laid-back style!
And the tattoos - don't you just love the tattoos?

Here's a bonus photo - 'cause who doesn't wanna see the Wolf Pack shirtless?

Fan(g) Girl