Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading (click the image above to be directed to her page). Anyone can participate! Here are the rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open it to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO REVEAL SPOILERS! (Be sure not to spoil the book for others!
  • Make sure your sentences don't reveal something important!)
  • Include the title and author to, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
Just starting this YA, but it looks like a good one.  Plus, the MC is named Lucy.  Love that name :-)


"She held her hand against his.  She waited.  Her mouth tried to open in a gasp of love, but she would not let it.  Her eyes began to water, but she sucked her tears back in."

--page 260

Hope everyone has an awesome week!

Ninja Girl

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


I have a thing about great titles J.  I'm not sure if anyone's noticed, but 75% of the time I'll mention whether or not I felt the book title was freakin' fantastic, semi-awesome, just blah...  You get the picture.

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls was one of the greats.  I mean, come on, it's undeniable!  How could I say no?  Answer: I couldn't--and I'm glad I didn’t.  Tellulah Darling (love that name btw) delivered a fun book with interesting, off-beat characters and a cool twist on the girl-and-boy-who-are-best-friends dynamic.  (A big thank you to NetGalley!) 

When Ally gets jilted on her B-day, she's more upset than heartbroken.  Why is it that guys can "love 'em and leave 'em," but girls have to get so attached?  Guys like her best friend, Sam, must have some kind of secret formula--one that avoids feelings and the dreaded "L" word.  Determined to break the cycle, Ally enlists Sam to turn her into the ultimate heartbreaker.  Sam accepts the challenge--but when Ally starts acting more like him, it throws him off his game.  Sam Cruz, player for life, isn't used to feeling off kilter.  He's not used to seeing his best friend as a hottie.  He's not used to watching her go on dates with other guys.  And he's definitely not used to being jealous.

The characters were so quirky.  It was like Ally and Sam knew each other so well that they had something completely unique.  Their background, their conversation, their familiarity was really surprising.  You don't usually read about girl-boy relationships that are so tight they can talk about anything.

And I do mean anything!

From the title, you can tell it's not exactly going to be a wholesome read, but there was this phrase on the Goodreads summary: This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”  This is a book that doesn't pull any punches.  Ally and Sam are so comfortable with each other that sometimes (lots of times) their language isn't…well, PG13.  The warning is right there, so I don't understand how you'd go into this not knowing what to expect.  *shrugs*  But I will say don't take the warning lightly.  There really is a lot of cursing, drinking, hooking up etc.

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls was fun and funny.  There were a few moments when I laughed out loud and a few where I sighed in girlish delight.  One sentence of dialogue comes to mind ****SPOILER****  Ally to Sam: "I'm the perfect girl for you.  And you can't handle that."

The book was on the short-side and a very quick read.  I also love the cover, very eye-catching.  Nothing comes easy for these two best friends.  The story has plenty of angst to go along with the quirk, but if you can handle it, I'd say you're in for a heck of a good time J.

Happy reading,

Ninja Girl

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Hi everyone, Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  This'll be my virtual edition since I didn't manage to get out to the bookstore :p

List of eBooks:  Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling
                           Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kate
                          Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn

All great books, all finished in about 2 days!!  That means they had to be pretty freakin' awesome because I am not a speed reader.  Out of the three, Sam Cruz's had the most quirky/unique characters; Hearts was the hottest (I mean, seriously scorching); and Measuring Up was the most heartwarming <3

Happy reading everyone!

Ninja Girl

Friday, September 14, 2012


Been feeling kind of down lately (kinda like that guy up there).  There's no reason in particular, more like a whole bunch of small reasons/mostly dumb ones that I shouldn't let get to me.  SO, since we all know doubt stinks, I decided to post a little mood music.  Enjoy!!

And if doubt comes a-knockin' at your door, just kick it in the butt and keep on truckin'!

Hope everyone's having an awesome week--and if you're not, just know that it will get better :)

Ninja Girl

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas


Oh gosh, I can't even…I don't even have the words.  Honestly, I can't understand why someone wouldn't love this book. To each her own, but for real: This book was such a great addition to the fantasy genre, the girls-kick-a** genre, and the I'm-so-excited-for-Book-2-I-think-I-may-go-nuts genre.  If you've ever read a fantastic introduction to a series, you know what I mean J

According to the acknowledgements, Throne of Glass took Sarah J. Maas ten years to write (i.e. from word one to "The End" and finally to publication).  Ten years!  Believe me when I say that not a second of that time was wasted.  Her heroine, Celaena, was absolutely masterful.  And when you put a fierce girl like that into a book driven by character, supported by setting, and positively brimming with adventure, mystery, and plot, it is a beautiful thing.

The story opens with Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's #1 assassin.

For the past year, she's been imprisoned in the Salt Mines of Endovier--a place so brutal most people only last a month before they're broken.  When Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Royal Guard, comes to escort her to the castle, Celaena thinks this must be it.  They must've finally decided to kill her.  However, the Crown Prince isn't interested in her death.  Instead he asks Caleana to be his representative in a competition to win her freedom and ultimately become the King's Champion.  Celaena isn't too concerned with the other 23 competitors.  She knows she's the most deadly of them all.  But when something starts attacking and killing champions, Celana discovers a terrible evil, long-forgotten magic, and a destiny that's been waiting for her.

Again, I really enjoyed Celaena.  One of my favorite things was that she knew exactly how deadly she was.  She was very guarded, having been betrayed once before (she believes that's how she ended up in Endovier; though it's never confirmed).  BUT, she's also impossible not to like/respect.  A will of steel, a kick-butt personality and the skills to back it up, Celaena Sardothien stood out in a crowded field of fantasy heroines.

And I might as well go ahead and say that I'm Team Chaol J

Loved Prince Dorian; he was carefree and sarcastic, yet capable of becoming a good king.  Still.  The Captain was my guy.  I loved Chaol Westfall more :-P  He was a little cold, a tougher nut to crack for sure than the playboy Prince.  Favorite line from the jacket cover: "The Crown Prince will provoke her.  The Captain of the Guard will protect her."  Explains both love interests in a nutshell.

Celaena didn't really need protecting, but when she did, Chaol was there.  Celaena had a deeper connection to him; plus, Chaol could totally kick Dorian's butt!  I REALLY hope they end up together.  The romance wasn't overpowering, but it was done with a deft hand.  Fan-freaking-tastic!

Oh, there's not enough room for all the awesome in this book.  It definitely reminded me of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (but better imo).  Maas put everything you need for a great fantasy into this book: great characters, plenty of action, a little mystery, a dash of romance and that certain something that makes the book completely unique.  Throne of Glass was tops.  I'd recommend it absolutely, without reservation.  If you're about fantasy girls kicking butt, you NEED this book!

Happy reading,

Ninja Girl

P.S. Here's the jacket summary b/c I just don't think I did it justice :D

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle.  She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom.  If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King's Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her.  The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she'd have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle--and it's there to kill.  When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival--and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.