Sunday, October 25, 2009

Princess Bookie Big Box Challenge

Princess Bookie is having yet another contest where you have a chance to win a box full of great arc's. All you have to do is recreate the covers of one of the books she has listed. Heres my recreate of Fallen:



Princess Bookie Mini Challenge

Princess Bookie is hosting a mini challenge ARC giveaway on her blog. All you have to do is name 8 of your favorite things, it doesnt have to all be books, and link it back in the linky thingy she has on her the post. Check it out. Here is mine:


1. Zune Mp3 player
2. laptop
3. plaid
4. colors black blue and purple
5. McDonalds Snak Wrap
6. Pastry Shoes
7. Barnes and Noble
8. Drake- he is too fine (the rapper not the Drake and Josh)

In My Mailbox 4

I have to give my props over to Krist at The Story Siren for creating this great meme and Alea over at Pop Culture Junkie for inspiring it!!!

Swapped



Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
Genre: Science Fiction/ Romance
Pages: 624

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

 

OMG!!!! I really I literally screamed when I opened my mailbox and found the giant envelope containing this book. I have been waiting to have this book for a while. But im probably going to have to wait until a time when we are on vacation from school, because when I was reading Twilight, I pretty much couldn't distinguish the time I was at school from when I was home, so my grades sorta took a turn for the worst. So to all those who in the future plan to pick up any Stephenie Meyer book; CAUTION: This book may have a negitive affect on your school career. Read during school hours at your own risk.




Title: Waiting For You
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publication Date: May 14, 2009
Genre:  Romance
Pages: 336

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents' unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa's ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school's ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? 


I loved When it Happens by. Susane Colasanti so I hope this book is just as good. I just got these two books this week, but I still think it was one of my best weeks. Just goes to show quality is better than quantity. 

Friday, October 23, 2009

Princess Bookie's Contest Crazyness

Over at Princess Bookie she is having a bunch, and I mean bunches upon bunches of single book giveaway contests. She is really going all out!!!

Here are her guidlines for her contests:

Just a few general rules for all the contests here at Princess Bookie during the Read-A-Thon.

My Best Advice: Only Enter The Contests You Want To Win (there will be ALOT) Don't burn yourself out!!!
One Entry Per Person Per Contest
Please Leave A Way to contact you with each entry (email is fine)
Please follow the rules, some are international, some are US only.
You Do Not Have To Enter All Contests, Enter The Ones You Want!
Be Nice
Have Loads Of Fun!
Make sure you eat during the read-a-thon.
Make Sure You Remember that only so many posts can be posted on a page, you may have to hit older a few times to get them all!
Ok some of them are irrelevant for the contest (like eating) but hey I'm hungry right now.

Contests will last from October 22nd until October 24th 11:59 PM Most Will be going on during Saturday but some beforehand to space them out a lil! Sudany early morning, I will be tallying them up and use random ORG! Winners will be announced Sunday-Monday (might split them into 2 posts). I need your address by Tuesday NIGHT! So I can get them where they go by Wednesday!!!


NOTE: If you Promote these contests (a general post) somewhere You can have 5 BONUS Entries into ONE contest. You can promote NOW, than come back and add your 5 to this when the contests are closing! (be selective, only 1 contest for bonus entries) (also try not to wait until the last minute so you don't forget)


Leave Your Email (the one you signed up with) and the contest you want entered into under THIS POST. AND the link where you promoted! Do not calculate into the contest post!

Most of All Enjoy Yourself!!!!

Here are the contests:
Win Slept Away by Julie Kraut 
Win Simply Irresistible by Jennifer Banash
Win Beguiled by D. Gist And J Mark Bertrand
Win The Debs by Susan McBride
Win Secret Society By Tom Dolby
Win What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
Win Take Me There By Susane Colasanti
Win Vamped by Lucienne Diver
Win Language Of Flowers (as heard about in Forget-Her-Nots)
Win City Of Ashes+Girl Stays In Picture
Win Geek Charming By Robin Palmer
Win Certain Slant Of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Win Local Girls OR Rich Boys
Win Possessions by Nancy Holder
Win Switch OR Snap by Carol Snow
Win Tear Collector by Patrick Jones 
Win Identical-Wake-Monstrumologist
Win Hush Hush OR Once a Witch ARC 
Win The Naughty List by Suzanne Young (ARC)
Win Taken By Storm By Angela Morrison 
Win Hush Hush + Leviathan 
Win Taken By Storm By Angela Morrison


Thank you so much Princess Bookie for all the amazing contests!!! I know I sure will be entering all of them!!!
P.S. This isnt the complete list of all the giveaways, (I know there is more!!!) and she adds conetsts faster than I can type  so keep going back to her blog to check out her updates!!!




Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday 4

Could this weeks Waiting on Wenesday have been posted any later!!! Well at least I got it out.

In Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series P.C. Cast, seven of today's most popular YA vampire and contemporary fantasy authors offer new short stories that prove that when you're immortal, true love really is forever.

Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series) revisits the setting of her popular series, where the vampires are in charge and love is risky

Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize) gives us a love triangle between a vampire, a ghost and a human girl, in which none of them are who or what they seem

Claudia Gray (Evernight) takes us into the world of her Evernight series, in which a pre-Civil War courtesan-to-be is courted by a pale, fair-haired man whose attentions are too dangerous to spurn

Richelle Mead (the Vampire Academy series) brings us the tale of a young vampire on the run from the rest of her kind, and the human boy who provides the getaway car

Nancy Holder (the Wicked series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) immerses us in a post-apocalyptic New York where two best friends are forced to make a choice that may kill them both

Kristin Cast (the House of Night series) introduces us to a new kind of vampire: one with roots in Greek mythology, and the power to alter space and time

And Tanith Lee (Black Unicorn) shows us what happens when a bright young woman with some supernatural savvy encounters a misguided (but gorgeous) young vampire.

I completely adore all of these kinds of books that have collections of diferent stories by all my favorite authors. I cant wait for this to come out. And Plus Rachel Caine *high pitch squeal*!!! 






Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Review: Glass Houses by. Rachel Caine


Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine                               Publication Date: October 3, 2006                  Pages: 247                                                   Series: Glass Houses, The Dead Girls Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools Lord of Misrule,
Rating: 9.3/10

Synopsis: Claire is a 16-year-old math whiz whose parents decided she should spend two years at a small local college instead of taking her scholarships to an Ivy League school. How were they to know that Morganville, Texas, is a town controlled by vampires and that the leader of the popular girls, Monica, will soon be out to get Claire? Cynthia Holloway makes very real the vengeful dynamics of Monica and her "girls" as they hunt and torment Claire. She shows Claire's vulnerability and demonstrates the comfort Claire finds in making new friends, who eventually help save her life. As Claire s confidence builds, Holloway gives focus to her growing resolve and strength.  

Review:  I have never read any of Rachel Caines books before, but I am glad I started it out with this series new twist to the now rising vampire theme.
           In the beginning when I was reading the back cover of this book at Barnes and Noble, I didnt think that I would like it, becuase it would have been the first book I read that actually protrayed vampires in the traditional way, as in the evil human killing way. Not the misunderstood, lover not a blood sucker way I have grown accustomed to in YA book world. But in truth I loved this book. 
          The plot of this books was great. Claire is just an overachieving student who wants to some day go to one of the top technological Universities in the country. Little does she know that the town she moves into is over run with mean murder capable dorm room girls, and the small factor that the town is run by vampires. As she tries to adjust to her new life at the Glass House, and her new roomates, including Shane who has also caught her eye, she finds there are many troubles that come with living in a town when the locals suck the blood of the townspeople on a daily basis. Seeing all these new factors unravel throughout the book was very amusing.
           Overally this was a great read that kept me completely intersesting from the beginning of the book to this end. Don't be fooled by the small print of the book. It reallys isn't at all a light read but a great novel that pulls you in through all the books of the series. I reccomend this book to all those who are fans of vampires, and romance.

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 9/10
Originality: 9/10
Entertainment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Cover: 8/10
Total: 9.3/10
 
 





  

Monday, October 19, 2009

Teen Read Week Oct. 18- Oct 24

Woot Woot. Teen Read Week has officially begun. Yesterday actually but better late than never. Teen Read Week is hosted by ALA, you can learn more about this week and the events you can host here and here.

This year in Teen Read Week is the first time I actually have my own blog, so I get to host my own Teen Reads Week  Theme of Activities. I know this topic to some may be very played out and may seem tiring, but I dont care. My theme is Vampires!!!

 I really couldn't help myself. Vampires now and forever will continue to rock my socks off.  So all my posts, memes, reviews, and my contest ( later next month hint hint) will be all vamped out!!! Happy Teen Read Week!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

How do you like your Reviews?

I have been noticing a little inconsistancy with my reviews. Some of them are very long and detailed, some are short and to the point, and some might contain spoilers. I am not exactly sure how you guys prefer your reviews. I know for me it depends on how long I have been anticipating a book. So I created a poll in my left sidebar to answer the question, or you could add a comment on this post. All feedback is greatly appreciated!!!

Bookcases

Where does everybody get their bookcases? I have been looking everywhere for a good and sturdy bookcase that will finally be able to hold all of my books properly, but I can't seem to find one that is in my budget of 80 dollars. Does anyone know a store or a website that has really good bookcases that are also affordable??? Thanx!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review: Poison Study by. Maria V. Snyder


Title: Posion Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publication Date: March 2007

Pages: 416

Series: Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study
  Rating: 9.5/10


Synopsis from BN.com

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooma in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust--and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

 
Review:
             Finally!!! Thats what I kept on thinking while reading this book. Finally a book that was so incredibly mind boggolingly good (yes, I felt the need to make up a word to describe this book). To say this book was a page turner would be a huge understatement. I would describe it as a gripping start to a trilogy.
           The plot of this book was very original. I have never seen the idea of a poison taster ever explored before, and Maria V. Snyder did it in a remarkable way. The plot in Poision Study is filled with twists and turns. There are so many routes the plot takes throughout the book, just adding to the suspence and intrigue. As the magical element is added to the story Yelena's commitment to the commander, and her new mentor 
Valek is tested while she starts discovering revealing things about who she is and where she comes from. 
With every new question being answered throughout the book, a new one is asked, keeping readers on their toes to the very last sentence.
          Reading about a main character such as Yelena was one of the greatests parts of the book. She is a person whom, despite what she has been through and her place now as a poison taster, is confident in her own. She is a very intelligent character and it is reasuring reading about a female character that doesnt get over shadowed by the male characters around her. She is such a strong character I couldnt help but shout "you go girl" in various places throughout the book. Valek is also a great leading male character, its fun to see how him and Yelena change together throughout the story. 
        The ending was perfection, is was a great way to pull the whole book together while still leaving enough unanswered questions and inquiries to make the reader sprint to their nearest bookstore and grab the second book in the trilogy.
        This book had all the great qualities I look for in a book that can hold my attention days after I finish reading it. I reccommend this book to all those who are fans of magic, paranormal, suspence, romance, and just a great page turners that will keep you guessing!

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Entertainment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Cover: 8/10
Total: 9.5/10
 




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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday 3

 My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey
The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer. 

I keep saying that eventually I will get tired of vampires, but who am I kidding, NEVER!!! This book seems like a very complex book, which makes it sound all the more interesting!!!  The cover is really creepy to in my opinion, but creepy in a very appealing way!!!


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Layout Perfectionist

I would really just like to thank those who have been checking out my blog, for not giving up on me while I am going through the perfectionist stage. For some reason, since I started my blog I have been changing my layout about once everyday. I am not at all a perfectionist, but being a blogger has brought out my inner perfectionist freakiness, so thanks for bearing with me while im forever changing!!!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

I have to give my props over to Krist at The Story Siren for creating this great meme and Alea over at Pop Culture Junkie for inspiring it!!!

 Swappped

Bookmooch and swaptree were very good to me this week I got so many great books!!!


Title: Blue is for Nightmares
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: November 2003
Genre: Mystery/Suspence
Pages: 283


  "I Know Your Secret . . ."

It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someone's leaving Drea white lilies-the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacy's dreams. Everybody thinks it's just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered.

There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacy turns to the one secret weapon she can trust-the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacy's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?


I also bought a copy of Deadly Little Secret and I have been waiting for that book for so long, so now I have both her books!!!





Title: Love is Hell
Author: Scott Westerfeld, Melissa Marr, Justine Larbalestier,  Gabrielle Zevin, Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: November 2008
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 272


In these supernatural stories by five of today's hottest writers—Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Scott Westerfeld (Specials), Justine Larbalestier (Magic or Madness), Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere), and Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares)—love may be twisted and turned around, but it's more potent than ever on its quest to conquer all.

From two students who let the power of attraction guide them to break the hard-and-fast rules of their world to the girl who falls hard for a good-looking ghost with a score to settle, the clever, quirky characters in this exciting collection will break your heart, then leave you believing in love more than ever.

 

  Woot! It has a Scott Westerfeld story and Melissa Marr, how exciting.






Title: He's With Me
Author: Tamara Summers
Publication Date: May 2007
Genre: Romance
Pages: 224


Lexie has always had a crush on Jake, her brother Colin's best friend. But she knows Jake thinks of her like a sister, and has never made a move. But when beautiful alpha girl Bree McKennis sets her sights on Jake, he has to come up with a plan to turn her down...without incurring the wrath of the most popular girl in school. That's when Colin comes up with the plan: Lexie can pretend to be Jake's girlfriend. But Lexie has never had a real boyfriend, let alone a pretend one! Can she manage to convince Jake that they're meant to be...and avoid getting killed by Bree McKennis? 





Title: Prom Nights from Hell
Author: Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe,  Lauren Myracle, Stephenie Meyer
Publication Date: May 2007
Genre: Romance, paranormal
Pages: 320


In Prom Dates from Hell, bestselling authors Meg Cabot (How to Be Popular), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), Lauren Myracle (ttyl), Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty) and Kim Harrison (A Fistful of Charms) take bad prom dates to a whole new level -- a paranormally bad level. From vampires to grim reapers to a creepy update on the classic three-wishes-gone-terribly awry tale "The Monkey's Paw," these stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux can. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun. 




Yes I got two of these books. I said swaptree was good to me this week!!!



 Bought



Title: Deadly Little Lies
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: December 2008
Genre: Mystery/Suspence, Romance
Pages: 272 




Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been 
fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead, she's inexplicably drawn to Ben.and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
 

I finally found time between school and volleyball to make it across the street to Barnes and Noble and by a book. I have been waiting for my BN to get this book in paperback and they finally do, and ive already finished it so I hope to review it soon. 



For Review

If I could add a sound effect to the next book in my In My Mailbox it would be a high pitched squeal-like scream!!!



Title: Hush Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 2009
Genre: Romance, paranormal
Pages: 400


For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.





Ahhhh it is impossible to express my excitement within this little sentence. I have been waiting for this book since the first time I saw the gorgeous cover, I'm a sucker for the color gray (go figure)!!! And I love the first sentence in the synopsis it just sounds so engaging and inviting!!!  I can't wait !!!
  




Im just adding this late because we forgot to check our mail yesterday so when I went to go see what why it was slightly open, you could imagine my suprise when I happen upon this!!!



Title: The Pace
Author: Shelena Shorts (I really love her name for some reason)
Publication Date: October 2009
Genre: Paranormal, Suspence, Romance
Pages: 302


Weston Wilson is not immortal and he is of this world. But, aging is not part of his existence, and eighteen-year-old Sophie Slone is determined to find out why. In doing so, she could also uncover something about her own life expectancy that she may not want to know. Suddenly, immortality will mean everything and nothing all at the same time.

Intensely fascinating and rich with determination, The Pace brings together romance, mystery, and suspense in a compelling bond that is sure to have readers asking for more.



This is another book that should be added to the high pitched squeal like scream worthy category. I am so excited for this book. This book and the Hush Hush in one week, I cant even comprehend the level of aawesomeness. And it is signed by Shelena Shorts. And it came with a bunch of cool bookmarks. What a great end to the week!!! 

 




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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty


Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Author: Libba Bray 

Publication Date: December 9, 2003 

Pages: 403

Series: A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebels Angels, The Sweet Far Thing

Rating: 8.7/10- Great Book!

Synopsis from amazon.com
           A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.



 Review:
           Libba Bray is a very engaging writer, who truly draws you in with her descriptions and her unique writing style in this 1800's Victiorian Era. A Great and Terrible Beauty is a great beginning to what I expect to be one of the best trilogy's I have ever read. I usually do not read anything historical at all. But recently i've had the wimsical need to add a few to my library and so I got this book. I found this book to be very unique in its plot line. First of all,  very rarely are the historical and paranormal genres combined, but Libbra Bray does it beautiful way. The main character Gemma was a great character to read about. She is a strong leading female character who would rather be her own person and run her life the way she wants it than to conform with the ways that society has categorized woman to be in. The paranormal theme is a unique take on witches. Gemma starts having visions which she cant control and cant predict. The plot really starts to develop as Gemma learns more to the origin of her visions and the dangers and responsibilities she has along with them . As Gemma along with her friends become more dependent on the newfound discovery of their magic consequences that they are not sure how to deal with also come along. Adding mystery and suspence to the novel as well. Overall this was a great book to read, and I cant wait to pick up the next in the series.


With the realms, magic, secret societies, gypsies, and the occasional romantic spark, this book was a interesting book and reccomended to all those who love paranormal, and historical reads.


Characters: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Entertainment: 7/10
Ending: 9/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Cover: 8/10
Total: 8.7/10
 

  
  

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wish List

Here are a list of books that have I have been dying to read for longer than forever. I know its a lot, but I think I can get through all of them by the end of this year, what a challenge!!!


Academy 7 Anne Osterlund
After Amy Efaw
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1) James Patterson
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia
Being Nikki (Airhead) Meg Cabot
Black Bird, Volume 1 Kanoko Sakurakoji
The Body Finder Kimberly Derting
Bones of Faerie Janni Lee Simner
Broken Soup Jenny Valentine
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins
Coffeehouse Angel Suzanne Selfors
Played Dana Davidson
Crashed (Skinned Trilogy) Robin Wasserman
Crossroad Volume 1 (v. 1) Mizuki Shioko
Dark Guardian #2: Full Moon Rachel Hawthorne
Dark Guardian #3: Dark of the Moon Rachel Hawthorne
Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion L.J. Smith
The Darkangel (The Darkangel Trilogy) Meredith Ann Pierce
Deadly Little Secret (A Touch Novel) Laurie Faria Stolarz
Demon Princess: Reign or Shine
Michelle Rowen
Devil's Kiss Sarwat Chadda
Devoured Amanda Marrone
Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Alison Goodman
The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire Trisha Telep
The Everafter Amy Huntley
Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I Lisa Mantchev
Fairy Tale Cyn Balog
Fallen Lauren Kate
The Fetch Laura Whitcomb
Fire Kristin Cashore
Forbidden Boy Hailey Abbott
Fragile Eternity Melissa Marr
Fruits Basket, Vol. 4 Natsuki Takaya
Ghost Huntress Book 1: The Awakening Marley Gibson
Gifted: Better Late Than Never Marilyn Kaye
Give Up the Ghost Megan Crewe
Goddess of the Night (Daughters of the Moon 1) Lynne Ewing
Graceling Kristin Cashore
A Great and Terrible Beauty Libba Bray
Hold Still (Dutton) Nina LaCour
The Hollow Jessica Verday
The Host: A Novel Stephenie Meyer
Hush, Hush Becca Fitzpatrick
I Am the Messenger Markus Zusak
Immortal  Gillian Shields
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely) Melissa Marr
Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale Holly Black
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Beth Fantaskey
Just Listen Sarah Dessen
Lips Touch Laini Taylor
Lock and Key Sarah Dessen
The Lost Sister Megan Kelley Hall
Love at First Click Elizabeth Chandler
Love Is Hell Scott Westerfeld
The Luxe Anna Godbersen
Meridian Amber Kizer
Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1) Karen Chance
Must Love Black Kelly McClymer
Need Carrie Jones
Never Bite a Boy on the First Date Tamara Summers
Never Cry Werewolf Heather Davis
Once a Witch Carolyn MacCullough
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 3 Bisco Hatori
Possessing Rayne Kate Cann
Prom Nights from Hell Meg Cabot
Raven Allison van Diepen
The Reformed Vampire Support Group Catherine Jinks
Revelations (Blue Bloods, Book 3) Melissa De La Cruz
Sea Heidi R. Kling
The Seven Rays Jessica Bendinger
Shiver Maggie Stiefvater
Sleepless Thomas Fahy
The Society of S: A Novel Susan Hubbard
A Song for Summer Eva Ibbotson
The Splendor Falls Rosemary Clement-Moore
Starseeker (Oberon Modern Plays) Tim Bowler
Strange Angels Lili St. Crow
Stray (Werecats, Book 1) Rachel Vincent
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) Kelley Armstrong
Swoon Nina Malkin
Three Witches Paula Jolin
The Ultimate Teen Book Guide Daniel Hahn
Unbound Kim Harrison
Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Volume II Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Knight, Volume 1 Matsuri Hino
Violet Wings Victoria Hanley
Watersmeet Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Volume 1: Sanctuary Melissa Marr
Wings Aprilynne Pike
Wondrous Strange Lesley Livingston


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cybils: Young Adult People's Choice Nomination

I first heard about this from the Shady Glade and it sounds pretty cool to participate in. Basically it is a group of awards given out from bloggers to books that you would like see recognized based on its utter greatness. There are nine different categories to nominate your favorite YA or childrens book in. You can base your nomination on anything as long as its a book you are truly passionate about and it was published this year before October 15. Click the here for the nomination form.
For more information check out http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/2009/10/2009-nominations-are-now-open-.html#more or http://theshadyglade.blogspot.com/2009/10/whats-missing.html , You even get an entry in a contest she is having to go with the Cybils program. Check it out and rememer to nominate your favorite book!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Waiting On Wenesday 2

Light Beneath Ferns by.  Anne Spollen


Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. Trying to escape the shadow of her gambler father, Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery. All her mother wants is for them to have "normal" lives. But that becomes impossible for Elizah when she finds a human jawbone by the river and meets Nathaniel, a strangely hypnotic and mysterious boy who draws Elizah into his world.

Only by forgetting everything she knows can Elizah understand the truth about Nathaniel—and discover an unimaginable secret.




Hmmm... How intriging. This sounds like a really unique book. Finding bird bones???  I never heard that one before but it only spikes my curiosity even more. And theres romance, need I say more!!! I cant wait for it to come out. 

 
 



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Review: A Countess Below Stairs


Title: A Countess Below Stairs
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publication Date: October 2007
Pages: 383
Others by the Author: A Song for Summer, The Reluctant Heiress
Rating: 5.8/10

Synopsis from BN.com:
After the russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young russian countess, has no choice but to flee to england. penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to rupert, the handsome earl of westerholme. to make matters worse, rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there's the small matter of rupert's beautiful and nasty fiancĂ©e. . . . 


Review:
         This is one of the first historical fiction books I have read, and to be completely honest it was as expected. Historical fiction has to be my least favorite genre to read, but I decided to give this author a chance since her books seemed to have intruging plots. But as I said, the book was as expected. That isnt neccesarily a bad thing, but not a good thing either. The book was described to be a historical romance, but the outcome wasn't exactly that. It is mostly just a long description of how it was to be a housekeeper in the 1800's to a wealthy family.  I found the main character, Anna, to be a nice character to read about, but she wasnt really developed enough, so I really get to know her as a character. That goes the same for the rest of the characters, there were so many characters, about a new one introduced in each chapter, that I couldnt keep track of who was who, which made following the story a bit hard. I find that the book kind of dragged on until I had read 2/3 of the book and the plot finally started to kick in, and then it got a little more interesting. Even then, I wouldnt really call this book a romance. But I did quite enjoy her descriptions and her imagery in her writing style. It was very descriptive and I really could get the feel of how it might have looked when the story took place. Even though I didnt thoroughly enjoy the book myself, I would still reccomend it to anyone who enjoys a good descriptive historical fiction book.

Characters: 6/10
Plot: 4/10
Originality: 6/10
Entertainment: 4/10
Ending: 6/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Cover: 7/10
Total: 5.8/10
 



Cover of the Week

It is the end of the week which means it is time to retired Devil's Kiss as cover of the week!!!

This week's Cover of the Week is The Seven Rays by Jessica Gendinger. I have to say this is more gourgeous covers I have ever seen. There are not many book covers that use gold as a color scheme, but obviously they should since it can have this great effect.  The cover is practically glowing. Don't you just want to display it on your book case just to look at!!!








In My Mailbox (2)

In my Mailbox is a meme that was strated by Kristi at the Story Siren and Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

For Review



  Title: Paper Thin: The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 3
      Author: Shelia Goss
      Genre: African American, weight problems
      Pages:  101

 Synopsis: This new additiopn to the Lip Gloss Chronicles tackles an important issue of weight. Britney Franklin, Jasmine McNeil, and S ierra Sanchez are now sophomores.
Sierra masks the pain from losing her birth mother at an early age by trying to be a people pleaser. Her father, Jorge Sanchez, a prominent building developer, provides financial security, but is emotionally absent. Maria, Sierra’s stepmother, treats her as her own daughter and tries to compensate for the loss by spoiling her. Sierra hides her fears and disappointments behind food and fashion. You can always find the latest tube of lip gloss in her purse.
Sierra has always been more curvaceous than her friends. Over the summer, Maria took Sierra to a weight loss camp. At the beginning of their sophomore year, Sierra is twenty-five pounds lighter. Sierra’s sudden weight loss gives her a new level of confidence. She goes from being sweet Sierra to Sierra with the diva-like attitude. Britney and Jasmine are quick to point out this new change.
In Sierra’s mind, her life should be more fabulous, since she is now thinner. As the homecoming dance gets closer, she is the only one who hasn’t been asked to attend. Jealousy sets in as Britney and Jasmine excitedly discuss their wardrobe for the upcoming dance.
Determined to win the attention of the new guy at school, Sierra goes on a quest to lose more weight by any means necessary. Will Sierra realize before she destroys her health that it’s not her size that’ll attract guys?
Drama follows the three friends into their sophomore year. Once again their friendship is tested. During the growth process, Sierra learns the importance of being average size and healthy than starving to be paper thin.




 This book looks like it is going to be really good, and it tackles a major issue that is really on the rise in high schools all over, very excited.


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