Mundie Moms

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mundie Moms Is Turning 3!!

It's seriously crazy to think MM's is turning three this month! These three years have flown by incredibly fast. Instead of hosting a month long celebration this year, we're hosting a day long celebration!! On Feb. 14th, the actual birthday of MM's, you can enter to win some AWESOME prizes, like a BOX OF ARCS!!!

Here's a little hint what will be in the box of ARCS:
  1. Black Heart by Holly Black
  2. Until I Die by Amy Plum
  3. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  4. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
  5. Destined by Aprilynne Pike
  6. Fracture by Megan Miranda
  7. Thumped by Megan McMafferty
  8. The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams, signed
Be sure to check back on the 14th to enter to win!

Book Review: The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney

By: Karen Mahoney
Published by: Flux
Released on: February 8th, 2012 TODAY
Source: book from author at ALA
4 stars: It's A Good Read
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Series: book #2 in The Iron Witch series

To keep her best friend, Navin, from being killed at the hands of vicious wood elves, Donna Underwood stole the elixir of life. Now she’s facing an alchemist tribunal while her mother lies dying, succumbing to the elven curse that shattered her mind. In desperation, Donna seeks an audience with Aliette, the fierce and manipulative Wood Queen, who offers a deal: if Donna can use her strange and burgeoning powers to help the wood elves, Aliette will free her mother from the curse.

Along with Navin and Xan, the half-fey guy she’s falling for, Donna struggles to unlock the secrets of her iron tattoos in time to save her mother’s life. But some secrets are better left untold quoted from Karen's site

I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel's release since reading The Iron Witch. What an awesome debut that book was, and since finishing it I couldn't wait to get back into the world Karen has created. I like that The Wood Queen picks up right where The Iron Witch ends. Donna is awaiting her trail with the Alchemists from the trouble she caused (and for good reason) with the elixir, as well as trying to figure out a way to save her mother, which proves to be harder that she thinks. What unravels in this sequel is a plot line full of secrets, lies, magic, demons, fey, wood-elves, alchemists, romance and plenty of half truths.

One of the things I get excited about in a sequel is seeing how a character grows, and Donna definitely does that well. I'll be honest, the first part of the book she really annoyed me to the point I had a hard time getting into the story until she finally stands up to her Aunt. *high fives her for that* It was obvious that her aunt knows more than she's been leading on and through out the first part of the book I kept waiting for Donna to defend herself and stop letting her Aunt treat her the way she does. It wasn't until the scene where Donna does just that did I feel like the Donna I was excepting at the beginning of the book was finally in the story. She doesn't just stand up for herself, but she also confronts her Aunt about the lies she's been told. It's during this scene that she finally learns more about who is and what's she's able to do, as well as more about her mom. I've got to say there's some surprising secrets that get uncovered in this book.

The other thing I love about this book is being thrown right back into the plots twists and the action. Not everyone is who they seem to be and there's a lot more going on that I first picked up on, which adds to the mystery of what's really happening in Donna's world. With all that's happening there were times I felt like I was trying to figure things out along side Donna. I loved that I was able to learn more about Donna and her mother through some of Donna's mother's journal entries, which also adds to the fast paced and engaging storyline. I loved how Karen tied that into the book. Then there's Navin, whom I adore and Xan. Let me just say the plot thickens around Xan and whether or not he can really be trusted. Don't get me wrong, I do love the great chemistry between him and Donna, but there is a big but in that, because, well you'll have to read it to learn more about Xan and decide for yourself.

This is one book I'm glad I kept reading, because the second half more than made up for my not being to get into the first part of the book. It's definitely an exciting, fast paced read with action and plenty of plot twists to keep you hooked. I can't wait for The Stone Demon. If you enjoyed The Iron Witch, I recommend picking this one up. There is a few uses of the f-word through out the book.

Waiting on Wednesday: Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

To Be Released on: March 13th, 2012
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Status: Debut

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?. -quoted from Goodreads

I love a modern tale spin on Robin Hood, and I can't wait to dive into this book. I've patiently held off on reading this ARC until a little bit closer to the release date (which will be this weekend). I want to know if Aidan is able to pull it off and not get caught, plus I want to know more about this romance. Did you have a chance to check out the book trailer that was released yesterday? I've added it here! Be sure to go watch it.

What book are you waiting to get your hands on?