Waiting on Wednesday (2): Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-





Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on.






  Title: Girl of Nightmares.

  Author: Kendare Blake: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Series: Anna #2.

  Publisher: Tor Teen in US.

  Expected date of publication: August 7th, 2012.

  Pre-order the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N or The Book Depository.

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live--not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.
Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

From Goodreads.

I loved Anna Dressed in Blood. It was scary, awesome, funny, chilling, unique and full of gore scenes which I loved. Its ending left me hanging and asking for more. So, I’m pretty much dying to get my hands on this one. I heard great things about it and I can’t wait to know what’s going with Anna and how Cas is going to save her from her demons :s.


The Liebster Blog Award.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers and Liebster is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. How sweet is that??

Thank you so much to Chantel @ Little Miss BookWorm for tagging me along :).

The rules:
1. Each person must post 10 facts about themselves
2. Answer 10 questions the tagger has given you and give 10 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
3. Choose 10 people and link them in your post.
4. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
5. Remember, no tag backs.

Ten random facts about me:

1. I was named after my mother’s French friend. Her name was Rinda (the I is pronounced e in French) and to make it make sense in Arabic my mother changed it to Randa because Rand itself in Arabic is a tree which’ leaves are used in cooking and healing and it has a wonderful smell.

2. Arabic is my mother language despite the fact that you might have already noticed that all my social networking and communications are in English. I just love it!

3. I’m finally learning how to speak (not write) Korean!

4. I’m a computer and a Photoshop geek. I’ve been so for almost 7 years now (since I was 12 actually) and I’m still. But reading is my priority for now.

5. I want to study abroad. Probably London, New York, Dubai or Paris.

6. I hate eating and drinking water. I could live on milk and bananas only.

7. I’m totally open minded and peaceful. Saying so, I hate wars and racism based on religion, culture, sexuality and skin color.

8. I’m a super organized person. I plan every step and I organize everything. If I find something not where I left it, I might have a fit.

9. I’m not a TV person at all. I have three or four TV shows that I love and that’s it. My favorite TV shows are: Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, CSI (all of them!), NCIS and Daughters in Law (Korean drama).

10. My favorite season is Winter because I have sweaty hands (even in the cold) so in Winter I can do much more than what I can do in Summer or any other season.


Questions that Chantel has for me:

1) How long have you been blogging?

- I’ve been book blogging for 9 months now. And blogging generally on both of my blogs for almost 4 years now :).

2) Why did you start blogging?

- I started blogging because, I think like all of us, I had thoughts and opinions to share with everyone so we can all discuss them and inform each other. Also, to find people with the same interests as me, because it is rare to find someone with the exact interests as you, and therefore meet new people and have new friends from across the globe :).

3) Favorite book and author?

- This is a hard question and not easy to answer. I have a lot of favorite books and authors. But, my favorite book of all times, that I’d happily read again at any time would be Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. If I need to get out of my fictional world and get back to reality, I read this one.

- As for my favorite author, I think Jessica Verday tops it all. Although I love Amy Plum, Rachel Vincent, Richelle Mead, Claire Merle, Y.S. Lee, Stephanie Perkins and many more.

4) Have you ever fancied a character from a book?

- Yes, actually. I fancied about Etienne from Anna and The French Kiss, but I fancied about him and Anna together because for some reason I always feel I can’t fancy about a character alone if his in a relationship with another one, I feel like it’s unacceptable. Weird I know.

5) What genres do you like?

- My favorite genres of all times are thriller, horror and mystery. Especially horror. I don’t know why, but scary book make me happy and feel alive!

6) What is your least favorite book?

- My least favorite book so far, and I’m sorry to say, is The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson. I had big expectations for it and read that some people loved it, but unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed in it.

7) Hardback or Paperback and why?

- Hardback for sure. Although they’re expensive, I’ve always loved how they felt when I held them in my hands. Plus, I think they endure longer than paperbacks.

8) Do you have an inspiration?

- Yes, I do. My N°1 inspiration would be Steve Jobs. He’s an idol!

9) Favorite place to read?

- Definitely my bedroom. I also love to read out in the balcony when the sun is shining or at night and there’s absolutely no one outside.

10) Ever felt like you can relate yourself to a character?

- Yes actually, and it happened lately while I was reading The Glimpse by Claire Merle. Me and the protagonist, Ana, have a lot in common whether personally or concerning our environment.


Blogs I tagged:

1. A Witch’s World.

2. The Book Whore.

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If you know any blogs that have less than 200 followers let me know. These are the only ones that I follow and love and have less than 200 followers.

My Questions for them:

1. What was the first book you’ve ever read?

2. What is your favorite book or series and by which author was it? and who is your favorite author?

3. If you could pick one book to take with you to the desert, which one will it be?

4. Do you write books? If yes, what made you start writing?

5. In a book, how do you like the protagonist to be?

6. What are your favorite genres?

7. If you could be inside any book, which book would it be?

8. Which book did you have big expectations for but when you read it you were disappointed?

9. Printed books or e-books? and why?

10. Finally, what are you currently reading? ^_^

Happy tagging and have fun!


Cover reveal: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff.

Friday, June 22, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

The cover for Paper Valentine is finally revealed!

Here we go!



  Title: Paper Valentine.

  Author: Brenna Yovanoff: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Series: None.

  Date of publication: January 8th, 2013.

  Publisher: Razorbill.

  Pre-order the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N or The Book Depository.



PAPER VALENTINE, in which a girl haunted by the troubled ghost of her best friend finds herself sucked into a darkly mesmerizing string of murders, in which a serial killer who leaves a paper-heart 'valentine' on his victims' bodies draws ever closer.

From Goodreads.









The cover looks amazing!

I can’t wait to read it, but while I’m at it, I’ll definitely be reading The Replacement and then The Space Between very soon ;).


Randa’s E-book Haul: n°11 and a “tiny mail” surprise!

Friday, June 22, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



This is an e-book haul where I share books I bought, got from the library, were gifted to me or received for review and any other book related goodies I get in the mail.

This haul is mainly dedicated to e-books only because that’s what I read! But who knows, maybe someday I’ll get a printed book! ;).

It’s just an opportunity to share what books I got throughout the week. The covers are linked to Goodreads.

This week’s books are mostly recommendations from book bloggers I trust from either YouTube and/or Blogger.

So, if you read any of the books down, please let me know what you think :).

E-books I got:

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From Amazon Kindle:


E-books gifted to me:


Thank you so much to my lovely BFF Kahina @ A Witch’s World <3<3<3

p.s: As you can see, she’s a huge Abbi Glines fan ^_^


And, finally, the mail swag:


So, I finally received my surprise from Bethany Griffin, the amazing author of Masque of The Red Death (which I can’t wait to read!!! *_*).

Can you believe they spent two months in the sea (or air)?I suppose the distance from the US to Algeria (North Africa) is that long!

Anyways, thank you so much for the goodies, you’re awesome ^_^.


This is everything for this week!! I’m speeding up my reading time and so far I’m doing good, I guess.

Let me know what you got this week :).

Happy reading!


Review: The Glimpse by Claire Merle.

Friday, June 22, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



  Title: The Glimpse.

  Author: Claire Merle: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Series: The Glimpse #1.

  Date of publication: June 7th,2012.

  Publisher: Faber & Faber.

  Source: Netgalley.

  Format: e-ARC

  Date read: June 22nd,2012.

  Rating: 4.5/5 – Favorite.

Once you've seen into the future, can you change your destiny?
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.
Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.
Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not interfere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

From Goodreads.

Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

The cover:

This cover is just pure. It is well connected to the story and it represents the love that develops between the two main characters and the barriers they had between them.


The storyline:

This is the first dystopian YA book I’ve ever read and I was lucky enough to have it as my first. In three words: it was amazing.

It is hard to summarize what happens in the story because there is so much going on at the same time. And I’ll probably just spoil the book for you, since I’m in love with this book I won't be able to contain myself and I’ll just spill it all out. So, this time, I’m going directly to what I liked and what I didn’t but before that here’s one sentence which a quote actually from the book that summarizes the story very well :

Things are not what they seem.

What I loved:

- First of all I should thank Claire for the amazing story and how unique it is. I wished I was living in that time and place. The story is so alive and full of emotions.

- I thought the concept of human beings being separated according to their genes was amazing.

- During the story, we get to read from different point of views. I thought it was suitable for this book. This way we could know what was going on with each important character during the same period time or just after it (Something happens with one character and in the next chapter we get to hear what happened with the other one just after the previous chapter or at the same time, depending on the characters him/herself).

- I loved the characters, all of them (except the Wardens, Ashby, Cusher and the whole Three Mills staff to be honest. I thought they were predators).

- I loved the futuristic setting where everyone have an internet connection and have interfaces and no one used normal PCs or phones. It was pure pleasure to me ^_^.

- The relationships between the characters kept going on and twisting until I didn’t know who was telling the truth. That kept me reading until the last page!

- This book is full of mystery and is somehow thrilling. It has death, murder, torture, betrayal, love, fraud and many more. It’s like a whole unique world that Claire created and it kept only getting better.

- I appreciate the London atmosphere in the book. I kept imagining the surroundings (thanks to the books I read about and set in London ^^) and the characters’ accents while reading.

- I’m not a romantic person whatsoever, but the romance in The Glimpse made me wish I had someone like Cole. The romance was clean, slowly developing and safe. I appreciated that.

- May I say the ending was so great in a cliffhanger way that I kept re-reading the last three chapters looking for answers I didn’t find. Which made me wonder, is there a sequel? *praying for a sequel*


What I disliked:

- The story at the beginning was slow paced, for me. Now that could simply be because of how I kept reading few pages while I was suppose to study for my finals. I just felt things started too slow, but maybe it’s because I love the action so much I can’t wait!


The characters:

Ariana Barber (a.k.a Ana): is the main protagonist. A 16 years old at the beginning of the book, the age in which she was diagnosed as a BIG 3 sleeper. Then she’s 17 and one month away from turning 18, in the rest of the book. So all of the story happens during that month or so. Ana is simply smart, beautiful, stubborn in a good way and yet friendly, nice and understanding. I think in all the books I’ve read by far, she’s my favorite protagonist. This is a character you could count on if you were alone with in a deserted place full of Zombies (She hates zombies, by the way ;)).

Jasper Taurell: is a pure boy that Ana befriended when she first moved to the Community. She fell for him and then they were bound waiting for their joining when she turned 18. (Joining is technically marriage. Except there’s no option for a divorce once joined). He somewhat bothered me at the beginning of the book like something was wrong with him. And then I understood why. He is handsome and smart but he has this feeling about him that I don’t like. Oh! and at the end of the book, I couldn’t believe what I read! Sorry, Jasper, I just don’t like you nor do I sympathize with you.

Tamsin: is the long lost friend of Ana. They’ve been friends since they were fourteen but seven months before Ariana’s bounding, Tamsin disappeared. She’s later discovered by Ana and yet again, they get separated.

Lila: is a girl living in the City (where the “Crazies” live). She and Ana meet when Ana goes to the City searching for… someone. During the story they become friends.

Cole: is supposed to be a terrorist and a suspect in three different cases. Ana helps him after knowing he’s Lila’s brother. Towards the end, a love sparkles between them. He’s strong, determent, sometimes scary, intelligent and loves music.

Ashby Barber: Ana’s father. I don’t think I ever hated any character’s father as much as I hate him right now. He’s a puzzle to be solved, yet it is obvious he’s ignorant when it comes to others’ lives and selfish. So selfish.

Other characters worth mentioning: Nate, Cole’s brother. Jack Dormant, a Warden working for Ashby.


Favorite quotes:

3 of them :).

But Ana was still there. Because, beneath her determination to help Jasper, there was also the fact that she’d been waiting years to take control of her future. Because like a wooden puppet in a fairy tale, when she’d ventured into the City, the strange, dark place had brought her to life. --- Chapter 12.

‘And Cole told you this?’   

‘No. Cole doesn’t speak about it. Richard told me.’   

‘The terrorist bomber?’   

‘Why do I get the feeling we’re going round in circles?’ 

‘Perhaps we’re on a time loop.’   

‘Ha ha.’ –- Chapter 16.

Night orderlies waited for the girls to settle, then roamed the compound, checking through the ajar door every half hour or so, to make sure no one was trying to hang themselves with bed sheets or slit their wrists with blunt supper knives. Endangering the girls’ lives was obviously a privilege the psychs liked to keep for themselves. --- Chapter 23.


This book is essential to any dystopian reader. You won’t be disappointed.

I have a strong feeling  this book is going to be my favorite read in 2012, and so far, it is!

I should thank Faber & Faber for granting me the opportunity to read the book. Thank you.


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Review of a past read: Hereafter by Tara Hudson.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



  Title: Hereafter.

  Date of publication: June 7th, 2011 in the US.

  Series: Hereafter #1.

  Author: Tara Hudson: website, Twitter, Facebook, blog and Goodreads.

  Publisher: HarperCollins in the US.

  Format (in which I have the book): e-Book and audiobook.

  Source: Bought.

  Read on: August 21st, 2011.

  Can there truly be love after death?

  Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life--or her actual death--she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but "will" him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

  Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

  Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, "Hereafter" is a sensation you won't want to miss.

From Goodreads.

Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

The cover:

This cover is just pure beauty. Yes, it is simple and that’s why it’s so beautiful. Go check out the large version of it and take a good look at it and you’ll see why I love it. And if you read the book, you’ll know it has a lot of meaning in it :).


The storyline:

The book opens with Amelia waking up in a river knowing she died but having no remembrance of who she is or how she died. Trying to uncover the circumstances of her death and finding out how she ended up in that river she stumbles upon a boy, Joshua, who happens to be drowning in her river. She decides to help him although she has no idea how since she’s a ghost. However, while she’s trying to wake him up, he somehow wakes up and looks directly at her. After this strange accident she keeps trying to solve her mystery and at the same time she and Joshua become friends and their relationship becomes stronger each passing day.

During the book, we find answers, horrifying facts about the river and Amelia’s death, Joshua’s family secrets and more.

The ending in my opinion was shocking at first but very suitable for the story.


What I loved:

- The story itself is unique.

- It was well paced. No rushing, no slowing, just normal pace which was good for this story.

- All of the characters were loveable (even the grandmother and the evil guy, Eli).

- The writing style is great :).


What I didn’t like:

Except the fact that I wish I was in the story? Nothing ;).


The characters:

Amelia: is the protagonist in this book. She’s a very normal teen girl who died sometime ago and can’t remember who she is or how she died. Throughout the story we find how strong and friendly she is.

Joshua: is Amelia’s love interest. They first meet when she wakes him up while he’s drowning, and from that moment, he keeps visiting her trying to know her and then they become close. He’s nice, handsome and most importantly understanding and not the freaking type (Imagine if you go and try to meet a ghost and they run away from you… yep.). He fights for her against… well you need to read the book to know what exactly he fights against.

Eli: well, he is a very bad spirit who works for.. worse creatures in the Hereafter. He tries throughout the book to get Amelia on his side for unknown reasons at first but then looses the battle…

Ruth, the grandmother: Joshua’s grandmother who happens to see ghosts too. She hates Amelia and thinks that she needs to be exorcised. Then things go crazy… Although she treats Amelia in a bad way, she loves her grandchildren and is only trying to keep them safe.

Jillian: Joshua’s younger sister. Somewhat nice and also always fighting with her brother, she gets into an accident caused by… ahem… the bad guy in this book. Yes, that’ll be Eli. But gets saved by Amelia. (A teasing quote about the next scene after this one is up next ;)).


Favorite quotes:

Some of them actually <3.

“Really, Amelia, you’re being terribly rude.”     

“E-excuse me?” I managed to stammer.     

The owner of the voice clicked his tongue in admonishment. “Still rude.”     

His tone broke through the terrified frost that had begun to creep over my skin. I felt myself flush with the warmth of anger, as though I were able to blush from fury.     

“You can see me, but I can’t see you. Don’t you find that a little rude?” I demanded.     

He laughed, a smooth sound that didn’t do much to dispel the skin-crawling feeling. “Oh, I suppose I could remedy that problem, if you wish.” --- Chapter 5.

I began to pace back and forth in front of the classroom, folding my arms behind me like a general.

“You’re probably wondering why I called you all here today,” I intoned in my deepest boardroom voice.    

Joshua snorted and shook his head. “Weirdo,” he said aloud.     

“What was that, Mr. Mayhew?”     

Ms. Wolters’s shrill voice cut across the room as she spun away from the chalkboard. Joshua coughed and hacked, trying desperately to cover his error. --- Chapter 8.

“I don’t know how many times I have to tell you this,” Jillian said through clenched teeth. “I’m not going to spend my Friday nights with you and Casper the Friendly Girlfriend.”     

Joshua opened his mouth, in all likelihood to yell again, but I interrupted him.     

“Look, Joshua, she clearly isn’t going to give in tonight, so can we please, please just go?”     

“Yeah, Josh, listen to your imaginary friend and get out of here,” Jillian spat.     

Joshua immediately began to crow, laughing and slapping his hand in triumph against the doorframe.     

“Ha!” he cried. “I knew it! You can hear her, you big liar!”    

Jillian’s mouth gaped like a trout’s. --- Epilogue.


If you’re looking for a great story, with realistic characters and imaginary ones, full of suspense, romance and dark creatures, this is the book for you.

It is one of my favorite reads and I can’t wait to start reading Arise.



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Waiting on Wednesday (1): Before I Wake.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-





Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on.







  Title: Before I Wake.

  Date of publication: June 26th, 2012 in the US and July 6th, 2012 in the UK.

  Series: Soul Screamers #6.

  Author: Rachel Vincent: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Publisher: Harlequin Teen in the US and Mira Ink in the UK.

  I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
  The good news? He didn’t get it.
  The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…
  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much
harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent
“recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.
But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim
stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

From Goodreads.

Pre-order the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N or The Book Depository.

Note: This is the UK cover but the links direct to US websites (except The Book Depository).


By now you might all know that I’m a huge fan of the Soul Screamers series. It has a unique storyline and the way Rachel keeps twisting everything within this story is just amazing.

What I’m most anticipating in Before I Wake is to see how Kaylee will deal with her new status as a reaper, how her relationship with Todd will develop and most importantly what danger she is going to be facing in this sequel. And I have a feeling the danger is related to Avari.


What are you waiting for?


Randa’s E-book Haul: n°10 and a cover reveal!!

Friday, June 08, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



This is an e-book haul where I share books I bought, got from the library, were gifted to me or received for review and any other book related goodies I get in the mail.

This haul is mainly dedicated to e-books only because that’s what I read! But who knows, maybe someday I’ll get a printed book! ;).

It’s just an opportunity to share what books I got throughout the week. The covers are linked to Goodreads.

p.s: For some reason my e-Book haul n°9 is missing and I can’t find it anywhere :s. So this is in fact n°10 :).

Hello everyone!!

So basically this week has been an awesome week of books. I’m super exited for the books I got because I’ve been anticipating two of them so badly (Arise and The Golden Lily!!! *_*) and I finally got them.

As for reading, I haven’t made much progress because I had to loosen up this week to let all the stress go away and I’m picking up my pace starting tonight! :D.

So, let’s get started!

E-books I got:

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The Golden Lily and Arise are definitely next after I finish what I’m currently reading :).


The cover reveal:

As you might already know, I’m a huge fan of Rachel Vincent and her Soul Screamers series, and I wouldn’t pass the opportunity to share with you the cover of the new Omnibus 2 which will be out next December and will contain My Soul To Keep, My Soul To Steal and Reaper.

So here we go!

omnibus 2

And for comparison reasons here are the two covers of Omnibus 1 and Omnibus 2 side by side:

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

Personally, what I can’t wait for is Before I Wake! *_*

So this is it for me, I hope you had a wonderful week in books and have a happy weekend :).