Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Been Totally MIA o.O

Gah! Sorry kids! I have totally been M.I.A. However, lots of things have happened since I last posted:

1. I got tons of books, but I'm sure you knew that already.

2. I got baby caterpillars and waited while they turn into butterflies. I named them Rory and Jess "the early years," since those were the most exciting years in Rory's love life. Haha! Here are the rest of my pictures of Rory and Jess.


3. I'm waiting for my mission call. Yup! I'm going on a mission for the Lord. Don't know where or when I'm leaving yet. I should find out sometime next week. Practically biting my nails until I receive my call letter!!!

4. I have become oh so OBSESSED with Downton Abbey!!!! An excellent brit-period drama set right after the sinking of the Titanic, but before World War I... Well the first season is. Sometime next year we will get season 2!!!!!


5. I never did post the pictures from when I went to meet Hilary Duff. Personal childhood wish fulfilled! Her music was there when no one else was. You can see more pictures on my facebook album.


6. I finally got an annual pass for Disneyland! I've gone to Disneyland at least once a month since December when I got it. I have been oh so happy! I got it right along with my cousin Maritza on the same day. Loves going with her!

If you've read this far that means you still follow me. Haha! Thank you! This is all that my brain can think of as far as the past few months go. I iz sleepy now and I'm going to get reading. Thanks for reading!

Love and Sugar from me, Jess

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010!

Hello dolls! With the year coming to an end, I want to work on my Best of 2010! From books that I've read, to films that's I've watched, to my favorite music of the year! Let me start out with my favorite subject, BOOKS!!!

Best series I read: The Hunger Games series

This great series ended this year, but the ride was so much fun. I had a few issues with the last book, but I've discussed it at length with a ton of my friends, so I'll just let it go.

Best Hot Scene in a book: Shiver

I can't pick a particular scene, that's too hard. This entire book is HOT! Can't wait for the last book in this series! (Out July 12, 2011)

Favorite book of 2010: Beautiful Creatures

I started 2010 reading Beautiful Creatures and it still stands as my favorite book overall, and it gets crowned as the book of the year! Going to start 2011 by reading the sequel, Beautiful Darkness!

Best Film of 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

This film is pretty much the most awaited film of the decade! If you missed it then you better get your self to a theater to watch it!

Best of Animated film: Tangled

Disney has recreated one of the most beloved films in a heart felt way. Tangled is Walt Disney Animated Studio's 50th animated film. It all started with Snow White and it leaded up to this great film! Totally recommend it!

Best Soundtrack: Almost Alice

An entire album where the songs are just dedicated to our favorite Alice is just genius. Using today's great music artists with just one theme brought together a great collection.

Best Music Album of the year: Tell Your Mama

I've mentioned The Vespers several times this year, on my blog, on twitter, on faceobok, and I can not get enough of them! Their first album, Tell Your Mama, became my favorite of the year. I hope they release another album soon because 13 songs are not enough to explore their greatness!

Stand by for my list of most awaited books, films and music of 2011! I just need to figure out when I want to post it (tomorrow, or have it post itself on January 1, 2011).

Thanks for reading!

Love and Sugar from me, Jess

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday!

For this weeks "Waiting on Wednesday" we have Rachel Vincent's fourth book in the Soul Screamers series, My Soul to Steal.


Here's the blurb!

Trying to work things out with
Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just
pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their
relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to
take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara,
the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft
them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to
death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Here's the heart wrenching book trailer for My Soul to Steal!!!

Make sure to pick of your own copy on January 1, 2011! Click on the widget bellow to purchase it, or here to purchase it from Amazon!

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Thank you for joining me in this week's "Waiting on Wednesday!"

Lots of Love and Sugar from me, Jess

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

And She Has Risen from Death...

Oh gosh I've been totally MIA! School has been my prison for the past 3 months. I did, however, survive with nothing bellow a B, so I'm pretty jolly right now.

Christmas came and went, and I must have been a really good girl because Santa brought me a ton of STUFF!!! I'll post more on that later, but first I need mention a new "marathon" I signed up for.

In the month of January Lori from Pure Imagination is hosting...


I have a month to read at least one book from the Harry Potter series, but I plan to read all 7 before I enter school on January 25. I'm sure I won't have time to read the minute I enter school. I plan to read each book in 3 days and watch the corresponding film after I read the book. I will post about my progress as I move along. I hope this works! I will still have a few days left over if I fall a bit behind. Wish me luck because I didn't do too well in the Jane Austen reading challenge (I had a year to fulfill it... it didn't work out...).

I'm going out of town for the New Year and I'll be starting the read-a-thon there. I'll be wi-fi less while there, so I won't be able to post anything until I get back on the 2nd.

Love you dolls!

Love and Sugar from me, Jess

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday!

For this week's Waiting on Wednesday I wanted to mainly show the great trailer for this book and explain a little bit about it.

Here's the synopses for Crescendo:

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

I actually got a chance to participate in Barnes & Nobles Sneak Peak of this novel, so I got an Advance Reader Copy. I'm still reading it and it's getting really good! If I finish in time, I'll be able to participate in the discussion that we are going to have with the author herself, Becca Fitzpatrick.

I also got a chance to meet Becca in February:

I also wanted to share the hot trailer for Crescendo!

What did I say? HOT! Angels are sooooooooooo the new vampires!

We have these many days left until Crescendo is released into the wild!

Thanks for reading!

Love and sugar from me, Jess

Monday, September 27, 2010

Look What I Got in the Mail from Shay Doran!

Yes! The day has come! We can now get mail from fictional characters. Yaaaaaaaahoooooooo!!!

Hahaha! Gosh, the people that are publishing Andrea Cremer's book, Nightshade, really know how to spread the word! Let me explain.

Shay Doran is a fictional character in the novel Nightshade. The author seems to be working on a prequel novel based on Shay's adventures in his uncles mansion, in which he is now living in. Apparently, he's creeped out and keeps finding stranger and stranger things. The latest strange thing he found was in his uncle's library. There are old books with strange drawings/marks on them and they help decipher a clue/phrase. I sent an email to and I got a chance to receive a clue from Shay. You can learn more about the chance to receive a special package from Shay in Andrea Cremer's blog. Here is what I got:

There were two pages that were bookmarked and they had this:

If you look at where the "spirals" are you can see that they surround certain words or letters. Here is what the clues say:

Clue #1: "
a part of the memory of her fearless incident was found in the mountain of Colorado"

Clue #2: "a young and beautiful girl called ROWAN join in America, a handsome fellow with a curious sense of strangeness, of discovery." I'm supposing "join" should be "joined.

I haven't been able to figure out what it means yet, but like Shay said in the letter he sent with the book, he asked that I post it on his Facebook page to others can help solve "puzzle." If you help him out, you get a chance to be named in the prequel book. Hope there's more I can do to help! You can also follow Shay's blog to read posts from him and video blogs, which you can see on his blog or YouTube page.

I'm going to also post the YouTube video where he talks about the strange books in his uncle's library.

Thank you for reading! Let me know if you get a clue, so that maybe we can solve this together!

Love and Sugar from me, Jess

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Smart Chicks Hit Pasadena!

I have never felt so much pleasure overload as I felt this past Monday. On Monday the Smart Chicks Kick It tour stopped in Vroman's in Pasadena! What is the Smart Chicks Kick It tour, you ask? It's a multi city book tour with not just one author, but several in each one. The Pasadena stop had 9 authors! Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, and Alyson Noel toured in all of the stops and for this particular stop we also had Rachel Vincent, Melissa de la Cruz, Rachel Caine, Mary Pearson and by my 2 favorite dolls right now: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl!!!

I wasn't thinking of going. I had considered it at some point during the summer, but I never went through thinking about it until last week when I started seeing the tour pictures and video. I became very jealous and decided I should be there having fun too!

Let me give you a run through of this great evening. I got to Pasadena fairly early to grab a place line ticket. The place line ticket was meant to save a place in line for when it came down to meet the authors to sign your books. A bit before the event started I made sure I situated myself somewhere close. I was right in front of the area where they held their Q & A! I also got the chance to meet the people around. I met this nice lady who had books from a few friends that shipped her their books. I also met these sweet dolls that got a chance to win Rachel Vincent's next book, My Soul to Steal, during the beginning of their presentation. Lucky ducks! Anyways, the dolls that I sat around with were very sweet, and it made the pre-signing presentation enjoyable.

On to the presentation! Like I mentioned before, the authors had great giveaways. Melissa Marr gave away an ARC of Darkest Mercy, the last book in her Wicked Lovely series, Rachel Caine gave a copy of Ghost Town, her latest book, which comes out next month, and like I mentioned before Rachel Vincent gave away an ARC of My Soul to Steal, out on January 1, 2011. They then gave away a ton of swag! Since I was right in front, they didn't shoot anything to me, but my mom was able to grab 5 Beautiful Darkness necklaces. Love you mom!!! They also raffled off this great gift basket with books from every author on tour and this one doll won the basket.There was also one more raffle to have someones name in the audience in the anthology that they all plan to write called Highway to Hell. It will be released sometime next fall.

They also went on ahead to reveal secrets of their book series and my favorite one was that Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series is going to have 9 books!!!! Aaaah!!!!! Also Melissa Marr said that her book, Wicked Lovely, in is the process of being made into a film. Mary Pearson is also having her book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, being made into a film.

They had a small Q & A session and then they had a lightning round. Margie was the host of the lightning round. Let me explain what the means. They had random questions from the audience such as what is your favorite color, or if you could be any animal which one would it be, and then the authors had to quickly answer. I can't remember their answers, but I remember Kami saying Black Sabbath twice, one where "what is your favorite band or musician" was asked and again when they were asked what character from Twilight was their favorite. Haha! They then had a round of "Marry, Shag or Throw Off a Cliff" where audeince memebers were allowed to come up, pick an author and say who in their series would they marry, shag or throw off a cliff. My favorite was for Alyson Noel's Immortals Series. This girl said she would marry Damien, shag Roman, and throw Haven off a cliff. Totally agree!

Then it was time to get my books signed!!! Yay! I also got a chance to get take pictures with almost everyone there! I didn't take a picture with Mary Pearson because my mind was working on over drive. I also forgot to get my Lena Necklace signed by Kami and Magie (I was so excited that they liked it and took of a picture of it that I forgot to ask). I also forgot to ask Kami and Margie for a signed Beautiful Darkness poster, but Margie did me the favor of giving it to me anyways! She's soooo sweet!

Kelley Armstrong and Rachel Vincent

Melissa de la Cruz and Melissa Marr

Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Alyson Noel

Rachel Caine

Gosh! What a evening! I loved every minute of it and I hope to be able to go to it next year. Soooooo... Wait, what's that you say...? Oh what did I get signed? Well let me show you!

Look at my pretties... **drool** I got 13 books signed!!!

Here's all the swag that I got!

Two Smart Chicks Kick It posters signed by all of the authors that attended (one for a friend and one for me) and 3 Smart Chicks Kick It tour (one signed by all of the authors).

A ton of Alyson Noel book marks!

Swag from the other lovely authors that were there and...

All of the Beautiful Darkness swag that I got! I practically stare and drool over my Beautiful Darkness swag everyday.

If you want to see all of the pictures that I took from the Smart Chicks Kick It tour make sure to check out my facebook album.

Thank you so much for reading. You will notice that I will post very little for the next few months until December. I started school a few weeks ago and I've been having a lot of homework and readings to do. I will post when I can!

Love and Sugar from me, Jess