Feb 23, 2011


Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
(Book 3 of the Strange Angels series)
Published: July 29, 2010 by Razorbill

It's a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn't slowing down—and he won't rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart . . .
Dru's best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru's heart get in the way of her survival?

   This is a really entertaining and fun series to read. There's just enough humor mixed in with the action and drama to keep it light. Plus there's every kind of paranormal creature you could want.

Reasons I love this book:
  • This is an action love triangle story. As in, Dru's more concerned with surviving and kicking bad guy butt than with who might want to kiss her. 
  • Dru has some serious moves even though she's still learning how to fight and what it means to be svetocha.
  • Graves. I am 100% Team Graves. Can't the wolf get the girl for once? (And, no, Shiver doesn't count because it doesn't also have vampires.)
Huh, what?:
  • Flashbacks. I know they're necessary and fill in a lot of info about Dru's past, but they are a little long.
  • The Schola. My favorite of this series is the 1st book, Strange Angels, because it was so unique. I don't want this series to fall into that paranormal teen at boarding school trend.
  • Plot, because what happened in this book besides Anna? It kinda feels like a transition, a place holder until something big happens. 
Is this the end?:
  • No, book 4, Defiance, comes out April 19th. I'm planning on reading it, but book 4 of a series is usually where I lose interest. Typically book 4 signifies that the series is gonna be never-ending. 
Favorite Quotes:
  • Silence. They all kept giving each other little sideways glances. Telling glances, only I had no idea what they were saying. You could cut the silence with a cheap cafeteria spork.        pg. 35
  • "You had everyone clear the room twice now because you thought I'd be easy. You came creeping by my door when you thought I was asleep. Coward."        pg. 170

Really good series!

Acquired: Bought

Feb 19, 2011

I Am Number Four (Movie)

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.

So I haven't read this book. Honestly the whole aliens among us thing didn't interest me. Then I saw the movie previews. Long story short: I saw it yesterday, the day it came out and now I really want to read the book. 

Reasons I love this movie:
  • Action. I'm a sucker for action- fight scenes, explosions, some superpowers thrown in- this movie has it all. 
  • Sam is hilarious! If the plot hadn't been so fast-paced he would have stolen the show. And he's only 15! Look him up, his name's Callan McAuliffe.
  • Number 6 (Teresa Palmer) can kick some serious butt. Yeah, she's a confident girl wearing a tight outfit, but she's not over-the-top ridiculous. She's focused on fighting and surviving. 
  • Number 4's guardians. Henri (Timothy Olyphant) is so funny when he's lecturing 4 on blending in- they have a good movie chemistry. And the shapeshifting dog is adorable. 
  • Shirtless Alex Pettyfer is not hard on the eyes. Nor is fully clothed Alex Pettyfer obviously. Between this and Beastly he's selling me on books I wasn't interested in before. 
Huh, what?:
  • The Mogadorians. Are these guys supposed to be funny or intimidating? They look silly and their dialogue is even sillier. I mean, if I saw something like that in real life I'd be concerned, but this is the movies so you have to ramp it up. 
  • Sarah (Dianna Agron of Glee fame). I like her character and the connection with Number 4, but the movie had her showing up just in time to be the pretty face whenever something dangerous happened. All she got to do was run while Number 6 took care of being the tough girl in the room.
  • I read a plot summary that says they can only be killed in order. Ok...is this evident in the book? The movie did not communicate that to me at all. I figured they were just unimaginative villans.  
Is this the end?:
  • Nope, I'm getting my hands on this book so I can compare. I usually like the book better anyways.
  • With The Power of Six coming out later this year, it's obviously just the beginning. James Frey knows what he's doing and how to make money.

Great movie, very entertaining!

Feb 15, 2011

The Iron Queen

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
(Book 3 of The Iron Fey series) 
Published: January 25, 2011 by Harlequin Teen

My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

     If you haven't read this series yet I HIGHLY recommend it. I've been devouring these books since the 1st page of the 1st book, The Iron King. 

Reasons I love this book:
  • Meghan is a fierce, stubborn, and determined main character and she's not afraid to do her share of the fighting.
  • There are 2 hot guys literally fighting over her and she's more concerned with saving Faery. Have I mentioned how much I love this heroine?
  • The balance of romance and intense war scenes is perfect.
  • Those war scenes? Like watching a movie in my head.
  • Razor is adorable and reminded me of Dobby (from Harry Potter, although you should totally know that).
Is this the end:
  • It better not be! The ending had me tearing up and that's only ever happened once before (in relation to Dobby ironically). 
  • I am BURSTING to talk to someone about this ending. It's not your typical happily ever after.
  • This is the kind of book where I'm so hooked, but I'm wary of the number of pages between me and the back cover winding down.
  • I want The Iron Knight right now. It's gonna be a very entertaining book, and I bet anyone who has read The Iron Queen already knows why. 
Favorite Quotes:
  • I felt his claws strike my armor, and then a blinding pain as they sliced through the scales like paper, cutting into my arm.      pg. 321
  • "And I swear, if there is a way for us to be together, I will find it. No matter how long it takes. If I have to chase your soul to the ends of eternity, I won't stop until I find you, I promise."    pg. 338

Awesome! Read it now.

Acquired: Bought

Feb 12, 2011

Greetings People of the Internet

I'm Melissa, aka pepsivanilla.

This is my blog:

1. Young Adult books
2. Short reviews, possibly in lists (because I have a short attention span)
3. The occasional movie review
4. Little to no memes (because I'm not good at schedules)


1. Ever get that feeling after reading a book that unless you talk to someone about it NOW you'll explode?
2. I do- a lot
3. There are only so many "girly" books I can force my boyfriend to read