Winner of the Secret Life of Trystan Scott Giveaway! *dun, dun, dun!*

Heyo, everybody! I suppose that you all are wondering who the winner of our lovely The Secret Life of Trystan Scott giveaway was, huh? Well…….*drumrooooooll*

Congratulations to Maggie Katz! You will be receiving the first 3 books in The Secret Life of Trystan Scott series by H.M. Ward!! Congrats!
Please step up and claim your prize within 48 hours or the prize will go to someone else. Must also be a resident of the United States of America. Thank you.

I am terribly sorry for the delay in announcing the winner. I had a trip come up out of nowhere and couldn’t find the time to do it. Once again, my apologies.

~Izzy, The Pirate Princess(Of awesomenss 😉 )

The Secret Life of Trystan Scott Giveaway!

Dun, dun, dun! This week, I will be giving away 3 of the best books ever! That’s right, you heard me. I will be giving away 3 super-duper awesome books!!!!

The 3 books happen to be written by the New York Times and USA Today’s, bestselling author, H.M. Ward!! From her ‘The Secret Life of Trystan Scott‘ series, the books are….Drumroll, please!

Collide (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #1), Backdraft (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #2), and Riptide (The Secret Life of Trystan #3)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Altogether, the books have a retail sticker of $26.91. And one of you guys will be receiving all of them for free! How cool is that? I know, it’s pretty cool. 😉

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Terms: The giveaway ends June 10th, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and receive all 3 books pictured above. No cash value. US residents only. If under 18 yrs old, get your parents permission. The winner will be announced on this blog on June 11, 2013. You must claim your prize within 48 hours or it will go to another person.

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Book Review: Shattered by H.M. Ward

Shattered (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #4) by H.M. Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Volume 4 in the TRYSTAN SCOTT Serials by NY Times Bestselling Author H.M. Ward

After Mari’s attempt to help Trystan goes horribly wrong they are both forced to deal with the consequences.

Genre: New Adult Romance
This story unfolds over multiple volumes approx. 20,000 words each.
~The Arrangement Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4 are on sale now.~”

 

Reading level: 14 and up
Paperback: APPROX 100
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press

RATING ~ 5 SWICKED STARS

Me + This book + Chocolate = Paradise.

In this book, Mari and Trystan come back to finish where they left off. Katie and Seth also return, and I must say, Katie is my absolute favorite character in this series. The main conflict in this book is a good one. Trystan gets into a situation where he needs help(Can’t say anymore than that), and Mari is having trouble with her parents.

Whenever I read a Trystan Scott book, I find myself enjoying it so much that I ignore everyone and everything around me. It annoys some people, but I frankly don’t care. Why? It’s a swicked awesome book. ((Swicked: A mix of swag/super and wicked. Used only when a book is completely and totally awesome through and through.))

So, I see a lot of people complaining about how short these books are. Here is what I have to say to that. Ahem. *clears throat*. “It’s an awesome book. Who cares if it’s short? IF IT’S SHORT, THAT MEANS WE GET A LONGER SERIES; WHICH IS ACTUALLY IN OUR FAVOR.”  😀 That is what I have to say.

Now let’s take a moment for me to say what my favorite part of this book is. I’ll have to go with the part where Trystan earns a new respect for Katie when she argues with Seth. Best. Part. Ever.

The ending of this book, like the previous one, is a cliffhanger. Then I realize that there’s going to be a 5th book and I’m so excited! Then I go:

Now, this I have to say. I feel terrible for Mari and Trystan. Their parents just flat out suck. Which is sad, because they’re such good characters and deserve better!

Anyways, this book gets……*DRUMROLL* 5 SWICKED STARS. It was awesome. It had swag. It was wicked. It was cool. It was swicked. It gets the official seal of awesomeness.

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If you’ve read the previous 3 Trystan Scott books, get this one. Also, if you’ve read or taken a peek at Kiera Cass’s The Prince, get this series. I mean it.

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Book Review: Riptide by H.M. Ward

Riptide (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #3) by H.M. Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

A random hook-up isn’t enough for Trystan, not anymore. After everything Trystan went through to tell Mari that he loves her, there is no way that he’s letting her walk away without knowing how he really feels. Every mask is stripped away making Trystan completely vulnerable. Mari’s the one girl he wants, that he knew he’d never have. But, the look on Mari’s face–the way she kissed him–makes Trystan think that confessing his feelings was worth the risk.

Shocked, Mari stands there staring at Trystan. As if it weren’t enough that Trystan is internet super star, Day Jones, but the song he wrote was about her. That was her name on the music. It was her name etched into his heart. Trystan Scott loves her.

Everything Mari wants is within reach. She just has to have enough guts to reach out and take it.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Print Length: Unknown
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press

RATING ~ 5 STAR OF COOLNESS

This book was wicked cool(No pun intended).

Mari and Trystan are back in this romance by H.M. Ward. We’ve returned to New York to see the third installment of The Secret of Trystan Scott series. The main conflict is, basically, that Mari and Trystan are having some trouble at home.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was happy! Whoo hoo! Happy book, happy book! I’m usually not into romance stories or anything, but I seem to be hooked on H.M. Ward’s series. 🙂 I enjoy Mari’s character big time and I was happy to read from her point of view!

Trystan is a cool guy that is awesome. I love his sense of humor so so so so much! But I wish he had a different best friend, because Seth the Sexbot is seriously a jerk…And annoying.

I was so NOT prepared for the ending. I have to wait for the next book! At least I don’t have to wait a year like I have to do for some books. It was a cliffhanger that’s going to keep me thinking about what’s gonna happen next until I get my hands on the next book.

Overall……I have to say this book gets………….5 STARS! TA DA! As always, H.M. Ward freaking rocks!

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I recommend to ages 13-Adults, romance lovers, just about ALL teenagers, and H.M. Ward’s fans! 😀

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Book Review: Backdraft by H.M. Ward

Backdraft (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #2) by H.M. Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

When Mari realizes that Trystan is the internet megastar, Day Jones, she can’t speak. Every time she listens to his song, it leaves her feeling so much. That song is bewitching. Everyone she knows has heard it. As soon as it appeared on YouTube, it went viral, and then the guy who wrote it disappeared. Despite agents and record labels trying to lure Day5705 out, he remains anonymous. No one knows who Day Jones really is–except Mari.

To Trystan’s relief, Mari agrees to keep his secret. Part of him regrets uploading the song, but when he sings to Mari the song that once brought him solace, it fills him joy. In a life like his, joy is fleeting and Trystan plans on grabbing hold whenever a shot at happiness appears. To his surprise, Mari doesn’t realize the song is about her. When Trystan tries to push her to see, he jeopardizes losing her entirely.

One misplaced kiss topples the fragile relationship, leaving Trystan reeling, trying to assemble the pieces and convincing Mari that she’s not just another conquest, even though everything he did–everything he said–makes it seem like she is. It isn’t until Mari decides that being the good girl isn’t working that things steam up. Trystan knows she wants to hook up with someone, and he doesn’t know if he should stop her. Every attempt he makes to win her over goes bad and pushes her further away.

As the world gets one day closer to tracking down Day Jones, Trystan is one day closer to graduation and leaving this life forever. If Mari doesn’t realize he loves her by then, she never will.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (September 30, 2012)

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF AMAZINGNESS!

It makes sense that cover is awesome, because this book is awesome!

Trystan and Mari have returned, along with their complicated lives. Mari now know’s Trystan’s secret, but isn’t planning on telling anyone. The main conflict in this book is…..Dun, dun, dun! They don’t know they like each other, and by like each other, I mean more than friends. The book takes place in New York, the big N.Y.

I seriously enjoyed Mari’s best friend in this book. Katie just freaking rocked! Loooooove Katie!!!! She has a fun personality and an awesome attitude. I enjoyed reading what she said about knowing her parents already think she’s nuts. Here’s a quote from the book that made me love Katie even more!:

Her head titled to the side and her eyebrows crept up her face. It was her uh-durrr face, she was just too kind to actually say it to me.

Katie + that comment = AWESOMER.

The ending of this book was cute and sweet. :’) I enjoy Trystan’s sense of humor and how he and Mari had a tickle fight. The ending made me want the next book, Riptide, even more! Luckily, I had bought it before I’d even finished Backdraft. 😉 I think Tucker, the acting/drama teacher, enjoys his job…..But I wouldn’t want him as my teacher.

To sum it all up, the book was freaking awesome. I’m usually not a sucker for romance books, but I’m hooked on this series. 😀 5 STARS!!!!!!!! WHOO HOO!

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I recommend to ages 13-Adults, people who enjoy a little romance, and just about ALL teenagers. If you’ve read Collide: The Secret Life of Trystan Scott, you should read this book. 🙂

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Book Review: Catalyst by H.M. Ward

Catalyst (Vampire Apocalypse #2) by H.M. Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Blood is power. Since the world froze and the humans died off, blood has become scarce. There’s barely enough to sustain the vampire population, even though their masses have dwindled. Many vampires are reduced to the measly few drops of blood rationed to them by the Regent, which is enough to keep them alive, barely. It’s survival; an undesirable existence.

Before the world froze, before the humans slaughtered each other in their wars, blood was ample and rich. The odds of feeding from an infected human, one with weakened blood, was rare, but now it is normal. Every human within the palace walls is anemic. Though they tried, the Regent was not able to curb the severity of the disease. Their humans became sickly, growing weaker and weaker until they were so fragile that a single scrape could kill them.

The weakened blood means an unstable source of food, but there have been other repercussions—things no one saw coming. As time passed, fangs retreated, reflections appeared, and light was no longer destructive. Vampires can now walk in the full sunlight without turning to ash. Too many generations have passed. Many vampires cannot remember a time when blood flowed richly, when vampires did not have to abstain and endure a slow starvation.

One human can change everything. One human can restore the old ways and return vampires to their former glory—Kahli—but the girl escaped. Blood is power, and the vampire who finds Kahli first will have all the power.

2nd book in the Vampire Apocalypse Series by H.M. Ward”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Printed Version: 319 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

A.R.C. I’m the queen of them. ;D

Kahli, the kick-butt redhead, returns in book #2 of the Vampire Apocalypse series by H.M. Ward. :)

The main conflict in this book is an amusing, dangerous one. Everyone either wants to kill Kahli or capture her. Sounds like fun right? ‘Yay! I get to run for my life! Later suckers!’

Kahli was kick-butt in this book. She ticked a lot of people off, gave awesome retorts, and -Well- was Kahli. ;D There were hilarious parts in this book, romance parts, and action scenes that I adored. :)

The ending was wicked cool. I can’t say much since it’s not out yet, but it was FREAKING AWESOME! Though now I’m a bit mad at one character. >:(  You’ll figure out who when you read it.

There was this one part..It. Was. FREAKING. HIL-AR-I-OUS! I was laughing so hard I started coughing and tearing up. You’ll LOVE it. If you don’t, you don’t have a sense of humor. -_- You know what? I’m going to give you a line from that scene. Why? Because I’m that nice. ;)

“The guards are going to be all sorts of pissed when they find out they’ve been following a bunny rabbit.”

:D :D :D Lol! :D That’s pretty much all I can give you from the book without going into ‘spoiler mode’. Overall, 5 stars! Amazing book! Can’t wait for the last book in this series. :)

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I recommend to pre-teens, teens, and girl and boys alike. Ages 11-19 will enjoy this action and humor packed vampire book. :) And, of course, people who have read the first book in this series: Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1)

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Book Review: Collide Vol. 1 (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott)

Collide Vol. 1 (The Secret life of Trystan Scott) by H.M.Ward

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

When Mari accidentally overhears that Trystan is in love, she can’t believe it. He’s pining over some girl that doesn’t know he’s alive. The confident swagger and endless stream of girls is a facade. It conceals his loneliness and hides how messed up he’s really become trying to flee from a life that’s battered him to his core.

Trystan tries to figure out how to make it clear how much he loves her. But every insincere kiss, every broken promise haunts him because she knows them all. Now Trystan has to prove to the one girl who thinks true love is real that she’s not just another conquest.

Mari keeps his secret, but quickly learns about an even bigger secret about Trystan Scott—one that is impossible to keep.

Vol. 2 will be released Fall 2012.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (September 1, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS!

ARC BABY!

Awesome. Romance. I loved it. End of review.

Well, not THE end of the review, but still. Mari is a teen girl in high school. Trystan is a senior, soon to graduate. The main conflict is romance. Trystan Scott is in love with a girl who doesn’t know he’s alive. Collide takes place in a high school, so you can imagine it’s chaos.

Mari. Took me a few tries to be able to pronouce her name right. 😛 I thought she was great. I liked her very, very much. I like her attitude, the way she acts, and her best friend Katie. 😀 Especially the nicknames they give out. Hahaha! 😀

Trystan. What do I think of him? I think he’s cool. He’s funny and it was fun to read about him. I won’t tell you why though, because that will give out major spoilers.

I don’t usually read romance. They usually make me gag(*cough* *cough* Vampire romances stink. Thankfully, this one had no vampires *cough!*), but this one was great. Probably because it had awesome characters, a cool plot, and some AWESOME nicknames. Hahahaha! :D:D:D:D:D:D The ending was great. Did you know this book is the first in a series? I had absolutely no clue. Great start, I must have the next before I go crazy.

And, O.M.G. I. Freaking. LOVE. THE COVER! :D:D:D:D:D:D

Above all, 5 stars! 😀

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I recommened to people who LOVE romance, teens 14-Adult. I also recommend to people who like awesome covers. Do you see the cover! Awesomeness! 😀

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

*TOP 10 OF 2012*

Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

RATING 4 STARS

I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne.  The two books complimented each other.  It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series.  Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past.  He’s on his own and will do anything to survive.  One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code.  Day hasn’t killed anyone.

And that’s what spurs this book.  Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone.  Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother.  The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow.  We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her.  June hunts Day with the intention of killing him.  She’s the Republic’s golden child.  She’s smart, cunning, and merciless.  She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.

I LOVED this book.  It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader.  You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome!  I can’t say enough about this book.  It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover.  Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover.  Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012.  So why’d I give it 4 stars?

Lemme explain.  There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting.  Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need.  Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain.  Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it.  I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book.  Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID.  You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs.  Majorly annoyed about that.

To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.

4 star book review

If you liked DIVERGENT, SHATTER ME, or 7 REALMS SERIES then you’ll like this.  Weird cross over on that last one, but I stand by it.  Han and Day are both awesome.  <3 <3 <3

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”

Paperback: 320 pages
Recommended Age: Older Teen
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)

RATING 4 STARS 

I almost walked away from this one a few times… But, I kept picking it up anyway and, eventually, it was worth it.

Anna Dressed in Blood has a great premise – and that’s what kept me from giving up on it. It’s not vampires, love triangles, and teenage angst (at least not entirely.) It’s a ghost story. A really creepy ghost story at times.

The problem, at least for me, was how slow it was to take full advantage of the premise. I was almost half-way through the book before the plot itself was gripping enough to keep me turning the pages. In and of itself, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. But, during that down time there wasn’t anything to balance out the lack of excitement. Every time it felt like it was about to kick into gear, it still managed to meander of pretty quickly.

I would really have liked to see more character depth from the beginning. More relationships. More conflict. More to keep me reading, and building the suspense, while waiting for the “ghosty” parts. Heck, I really wouldn’t have been upset to see any of the characters suffer a horrible death for the better part of half the book. That’s a problem.

As the story goes on, I never really fell for the protagonist, Cas, but there was still enough there to keep me hooked. Maybe that was the problem – the bulk of the beginning was supposed to be introducing Cas… and I just never really grew to like him during that time. At times I actually disliked him. If nothing else, how do you have a “ghost hunter” who seems so weak at times.

I normally would have rated this around three stars. But, my rule is that if I’ll pick up the next book in the series it’s worth 4. And, I just may grab the next one. Maybe. This book actually ended on a note that strongly reminded me of Demon Kissed – and that’s a great series.

***Although YA, my twelve year old will have to wait for this one… Otherwise I foresee a lot of nightmares in the near future. Just an FYI – maybe your kid is made of stronger stuff. But, I was creeped out at times, and I’m old enough to know the bogeyman isn’t under the bed.

4 star book review

Recommended for people who read YA Horror, Ghost Stories, and like a good creep-out.  Need a spooky read for Halloween?  This is it.  Anna Dressed in Blood is followed by Girl of Nightmares (release date Aug 7, 2012).

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Book Review: The Selection by Keria Cass

The Selection by Keira Cass

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

AWE-SOME! It’s not even just some part awesome, it’s all awesome!!! 😀

♥♥♥ed it!!! America Singer is the main character int his book and is-may I say?-AMAZING! The other main character is Prince Maxon, whom America meets when she ends up in the Selected 35 girls that the Prince will meet and converse with to see which one he will marry.

I had covered my mouth to keep from yelling, “I knew it!” when she ended up a Selected. The main conflict in this book is something like this: America thought what she wanted, but now she’s having second thought. I know it’s not a question, but that’s the main conflict, at least how I see it.

The book was a fun mix of competition, questions, and excitement! I love excitement!!! The book is not dystopian, of course, unless you count attacks (I don’t count that.). The book had lots of laughs that I loved and parts that made me go, “Oh no she didn’t!”. The moment I read about Aspen and America together, I loved it. I wanted them together. But then I met Prince Maxon and I knew they would be together a lot. When Aspen did what he did, I called him a jerk.I officially don’t like Aspen. Hmph.

The end of the book was very good (I want mooooore!!!). I. Can’t believe how long I have to wait for the next book!!!

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Recommended for readers who enjoyed Matched, Shiver, YA, Paranormal, and lighter dystopian books. Related posts: MATCHED SHIVER reviews.

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