Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Fantasy Reading Challenge

There are so many book challenges going on right now that I can't even name them all! I've entered the The Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Royal Reviews . I couldn't pass on this challenge becasue I know I can read more than 20 Fantasy books in 365 days! So why not just enter? Here's more about this challenge:

Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 Fantasy Fiction novels.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 Fantasy Fiction novels.

-- Addicted – Read 12 Fantasy Fiction novels.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 Fantasy Fiction novels.

3. Any book format counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the Fantasy Fiction Reading Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

I am going for the Obsessed Level!
So there you go! Are you going to enter? Go HERE to enter!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Katniss' sister is chosen by lottery, she steps up to go in her place.

Review: There have been a lot of times when I hear a lot about a book about how good it is and my expectations soar. After I read that book, I’m very, very disappointed. With The Hunger Games, my expectations were so high I can’t even say anything. And I’m very glad to say that I was not disappointed. If anything, I was so pleased, I almost went back and re-read the whole book.
Suzanne Collins is amazing. She is truly amazing with the story and word she has created. North America is gone, instead there is Panem. The Capitol is the ruling government of Panem and has divided the “county” into 12 Districts. So now each District sends on boy and one girl to compete in “The Hunger Games.” The main point of this “game?” To be alive or be the victor. Kill or be killed.

I have to admit that at first I was a little hesitant of reading this book because of that fact but only slightly. I began reading this book on Friday night, thinking I would only read it for about half an hour. But Suzanne Collins grabbed my attention from the very first paragraph and I had to read on and know what happened next. It was so good and interesting, I finished it in less than two hours.

I loved the characters. Katniss was such a strong, brave girl though I did NOT like her name. Gale was one character I wanted to know more about but I think we’ll see him in book 2. Peeta (Peeta? Seriously?) was an interesting character. In the beginning I thought he was just an “extra”. During the Games I thought he was a jerk for “betraying” Katniss. In the end, I fell in love with him and I really did feel bad for him.

The plot was very good and the story was well written in general but I did feel that the characters and the plot lost its touch in some places of the book.

Grade:Go to fullsize image I loved it! It's a must read. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!!

Cover: A+, I see the significance of the cover and I love it. I especially like the black background with the gold colored “pin” bird thing.

Overall: The Hunger Games is an amazing book and I think if you haven’t read this book yet, I don’t know what stopping you!

Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Summary: Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

Review: I know that I’m a pretty lenient grader and I’m going to try and be tougher and I think this is the book where I’ll begin.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book at first. I’d heard mixed reviews ranging from “I loved it” to “I hate it” and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend my free time reading this book. Honestly, I didn’t want to be disappointed. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed in this book. To an extent.

One thing I loved about this book was the phobias. I’ve heard so many people talk of the phobias but I think no one’s really talked about how much time and effort the author went into this topic. I’m sure a lot of research was needed for this book, making it not only a good read but a great achievement. The author was able to put all the information in the right places and how she added it into the plot.

Another thing I loved was the fact that a lot of the answers to our questions were in the end of the book. Meaning we would have to read the beginning and middle first. Some authors make the beginning/middle so boring; we could care less about the ending. Not Ms. Jones. She made the beginning/middle very suspenseful and one that kept on my toes.

Where does the book not live up to my expectations? The ending: Near the ending of the book, Zara saves her mother from the faerie king and once he finds out, I got the faintest thought that he actually didn’t care that she was set free! While I read this scene I thought “WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?” And in the next second (as it seemed to me), the king tries to hurt Zara and once again I say “WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?” I re-read this scene a few times and tried to figure out what happened but I was just not lucky!

There were also some times when I thought the characters were boring and some dialogue was unnecessary, this contributing to my grade for this book. This book left me with a lot of unanswered questions and I hope they will be answered in Captive, the second book.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I liked it. I don't think I could give it more than this.

Cover: C,
I can see why the gold lipstick color is there and the trees but I just didn't like the cover all that much.

Overall: It was a good book that I liked. Not necessarily a book you MUST read but a good book when you have nothing else.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, based on Alea’s idea at Pop Culture Junkie to share what books you received for review, purchased, or checked out from the library during the past week.

From the library:

Into the Wild
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

The Mark by Jen Nadol
Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol -- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scare her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Marahret Stohl
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I got all of these books today and I can't wait to dig into them! They all look so good! I can't wait to read Catching Fire, since I just finished The Hunger Games (review coming up!). I've heard good things about The Mark and Ice and of course Beautiful Creatures! I've got a good week coming up!

Author Interview: Julie Kagawa

Here is the author interview with Julie Kagawa that I promised would come! So, let's welcome Julie!

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job. To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time. Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.

Visit her website HERE.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Published by Harlequin Teen

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
Well, the first thing I really wanted to be growing up was a veterinarian. But then I discovered the copious amounts of math and science you had to know to become one, and numbers hate me with a fiery passion. (It’s true.) So, around high school, I decided I would be an author instead. I had this ridiculous notion that I would get a book written and published before collage, and then I’d never have to worry about working again. (Hahaha, yes you may stop laughing now.)

2. Where did the inspiration for The Iron King come from?
The Iron Fey emerged from the thought: “What are faeries afraid of?” In myth the answer is iron, so what if there were a type of faery that was immune to iron, that had evolved with progress and technology, and how would they affect the more traditional fey?

3. What was the hardest part about writing The Iron King? The easiest?
The hardest part of writing, for me at least, is tuning out the distractions long enough to get my word quota on the page. Lately, the internet has become the bane of my writing life, so much so I’ve actually had to work with it unplugged if I want to get anything done. And Twitter? Don’t get me started on the hours I can lose on Twitter. The easiest is probably the rewriting. The words are already on the page; I just have to tidy them up a bit.

4. What book are you reading right now?
I’m impatiently waiting for my ARC of Heidi Kline’s SEA, which I’ve heard is fantabulous.

5. What is your favorite all time supernatural creature? Why?
My oldest favorite fantasy creature is a dragon. I grew up on The Dragonlance Chronicles, The Hobbit, and any fantasy series with dragons in them. They hold a certain nostalgic appeal, and not a lot of YA books have them (compared to other paranormal creatures, anyway). My other favorite supernatural creature is a kitsune, a Japanese fox spirit, frequently found in anime, but not so much in books.

6.While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
Sometimes I’ll step back from the story and let the voices in my head work it out, sometimes I’ll slog on through a block, just getting words, ANY words, down on paper (they’ll always be time to clean it up later). Lots of times, though, I’ll discuss my book with my husband, who is a fantastic sounding board and usually has great ideas to break up my writer’s block.

7. Are any of your characters based off of people you know? Is Meghan’s character supposed to be you?
Not so much. Meghan and I are alike in that we were both loners in school, never fitting in, never being among the popular in-crowd. But Meghan is much more patient than me at that age; her response to being teased would be to ignore it or run away, mine would’ve been to meet that person after school and punch them in the nose. I was a rather angry teenager.
As for the others, much of my character inspiration actually comes from anime, manga, books, and video games. Ash, for example, has bits of Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy 8), Heero Yuy (Gundam Wing), and Valek (Poison Study). And the evil villain is a straight-up Sephiroth.

8. Favorites’ time!
Book- Are you kidding? Just one? Impossible! :P (I’m a Libra, I can’t choose just one)

Movie- Okay, this isn’t fair. I hereby declare this “A FEW favorites’” part of the interview. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Advent Children, Gross Point Blanke, The Incredibles, The Saint, Spiderman, Batman, X-Men, Kung Fu Hustle, the list goes on…

Fictional Character-Squall Leonhart, from Final Fantasy VIII.

Author(s)-Neil Gaiman, Maria V. Snyder, Jim Butcher, J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Rick Riordan, J.K Rowling

Actor/Actress-Ben Barnes, Drew Barrymore, John Cusack, Lucy Lu, David Boreanaz, Nathan Fillian, Johney Depp, Brendan Fraiser… I know I’m missing several (many!).

9. What is one thing no one knows about you? I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. ;-)

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Just thanks so much for the interview!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

I’m so happy right now! I’ve received my first ever blog award from Christina T of Reading Extensively .Thanks so much Christina!

The rules are:
• Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

• Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

• Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I would like to pass this award on to the following lovely blogs:
1.Aleksandra's Corner
2.Alaine at Queen of Happy Endings
3. Books At Midnight
4. Storywings
5. Steph Su Reads
6. I swim for oceans
7. Chrissy's World of Books
8. Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
9.Rebecca's Book Blog
10.Cleverly Inked
11.Delightful Reviews
12.The Book Scout
13.Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
14.Flipping Pages For All Ages
15.A Good Addiction

A lot of these blogs are quiet noted already but I'm new to them and I feel they deserve this award!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Author Interview: Lauren Oliver

As promised, the interview with Lauren Oliver!
Lauren Oliver's debut book titled Before I Fall is going to come out on March 2, 2010. Many people have read ARCs of this book and they all believe it is a very good one. Visit her website HERE. Read about Before I Fall HERE.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
March 2, 2010
Published by Harper Collins


What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
Hmmm. I don’t think I ever realized I had to be “a writer,” per se. Writing is just something I’ve always done; it’s my way of understanding and making sense of the world. I’ve written every day since I was five. I actually never really expected to be able to make a career out of it, but I’m super excited that I am!

2. Where did the inspiration for Before I Fall come from?
Inspiration came from a bunch of different places, actually. When I was younger, I used to try and visualize, in as much detail as possible, a perfect moment or day. It was a kind of game or relaxation technique, I guess; I often did it just as I was falling asleep. I would try to imagine the kind of day I would be content to relive forever. So that question—what makes a day worth living, or reliving—has always been bouncing around in my brain.
Plus, I’ve also always been interested in the mean-girl phenomena. I think a lot of people in high school are cruel without necessarily even intending to be; they’re just selfish and self-absorbed and don’t often think about the ramifications of their actions. I thought it would be interesting to know what would happen if a character could really trace the ramifications of her actions, and was suddenly confronted with all of the effects of her behavior. So from those two elements—and a few others—came the idea for the book.

3. What was the hardest part about writing Before I Fall? The easiest?
Before I Fall came easily to me, which is slightly uncharacteristic. The hardest part was making Sam so unlikeable at the start of the book; I was terrified most people would not continue reading, and see how she evolved. The easiest part was probably writing about her relationship with her three best friends. I, too, have three best friends from high school, so I know all about the fierce love and loyalty that characterizes their relationship.

4. What book are you reading right now?
I am reading several books right now (I usually am): A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundara, and a PD James mystery called The Private Patient.

5. Do you have any favorite authors or books at the moment?
I always have a billion favorite books and authors. I am still geeking out about a nonfiction book called Proust Was A Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer, which is all about the relationship of art and science.

6.While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
I get writer’s block every day! Writing is really, really hard for me, and it never really gets any easier. If I’m having a really difficult time of it, I write in 250 word-increments all throughout the day. The only way to get past writer’s block is to push through it, I think.

7. Are any of your characters based off of people you know? Is Samantha’s character supposed to be you?
Definitely not! Eeek! I’m not that mean. The characters in the book aren’t based off of real people, per se, although I’ve certainly incorporated real-life details into my character’s lives, outlooks, and personalities.

8. Favorites’ time!
Book-Too many to pick, and it constantly evolves. But 100 Years of Solitude always blows me away, as does The Great Gatsby.

Movie-Pride and Prejudice, the BBC edition or The Usual Suspects. I know, very different selections.

Fictional Character-Matilda, in Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

Candy (chocolate)-I like chocolate, not candy. I’m a dark chocolate fiend.

Singer-Oh, man. Britney Spears? Kidding, kidding. I can’t pick.

9. What is one thing no one knows about you?
I’ll never tell. ;)

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for having me! And everybody—please pick up a copy of Before I Fall on March 2! If you hate it you can always tell me so at @OliverBooks on twitter.

Thanks Lauren for the great interview. I hope everyone will read her book Before I Fall, because I know I will!

"Waiting On" Wednesday (11)

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
(March 2, 2010)

When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn't so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don't always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she's soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.

This book looks like a really good one. I've heard a lot of people want to read this book and it got me interested, so I looked it up and I found this information. It sounds like a nice, fun read. Can't wait!

Faeriewalker, Book 1: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect.

But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go . . .

I've noticed the a lot of Faerie books have been coming out and I'm sure it's the big seller in the market. I have to say, that with so many books with the same "topic" or creature, this book is going to have to be really good. I can be picky when it comes to books like these but I hope this one is as good as it sounds!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Review: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Summary: An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.

Review: I loved this book but I HATED the ending. Yep, it’s in caps. This is my first Nicolas Sparks book that I’ve read and I’ve come to love his writing. He had a way of pulling off a love story that can and does get complicated. I’ve heard and seen many young women fall in love with soldiers but something bad happens, not always, but the chances are great.

I’m going to make this a very short review only because I don’t want to give too much away. I can’t talk much about this book without giving some things away.In the beginning, John was a character I wasn’t sure I liked too much. He was a troubled guy and his life wasn’t really easy. But I have to admit, after he meets Savannah Lynn Curtis, I loved him. He became such a gentlemen, a total cutie. I have to admit, I love guys like that.

The romance between John and Savannah was great and very believable, but there were some parts in this book where I found myself questioning this. The plot was great and so were the characters. I haven’t really read any books where the voice is a male and not a female and it was a nice, refreshing change. I have to give Mr. Sparks the fact that he can pull of a surprise when you least expect it. The surprise? Something happens to Savannah, I’ll leave it at that, and I never expected it.

One thing though, was the fact that it was obvious to me that Tim liked Savannah as more than a friend, no matter what the two of them said. The way Tim talked about her, it only takes a very, very non-observant person to not realize how much he liked her.
As I’ve said before, I hated the ending. It was terrible, it was horrible, I hated it. I’ve noticed that not a lot of happy endings happen in Mr. Sparks books/movies. Like in “A Walk to Remember”, the girl dies and I thought that was sad. Nonetheless, I’m glad I read this book!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I loved it! I can’t give this book anything less!

Cover: D+ though I see the significance of the horses, the pastures and all, I wish there was more to the cover. A little bit more feeling should have been added. It just seemed too dry.

A definite read for all young adult/adult lovers. If you’re at the library look for a good book worth you precious time, this book is the one to pick up and read!

2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge

J Kaye is hosting the 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge and I signed up for it. Basically there are 4 levels that you can sign up for and you have to read that many young adult books. This contest begins January 1,2010 thru December 2010

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. There are four levels:

--The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

--Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

--Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

--Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

3. Audio, eBooks, re-reads all count.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your Young Adult novels will be listed. Include the URL so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

****You do NOT need to review your books. That is optional.****
I'm glad that we don't have to review all of the books we read because I only review books that are worth reviewing!

I am taking Level 4 --Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels

100+ Reading Challenge

J Kaye is hosting the 100+ Reading Challenge and I have decided to enter. I know for a fact that I can read 100, or maybe even more, books in 365 days so I've decided to sign up!

Here are the rules:
1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.


Stand Alone Reading Challenge 2010

Storywings has a new challenge that I just couldn't stop myself from entering! It's called the 2010 Standalone Reading Challenge. The basic idea for the contest is to read at least 25 books that are STAND ALONE, meaning not a series, or so, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

Well it's pretty simple, as long as it's stand alone it counts.
Re-reads are accepted
Books must be read in between 1/1/2010 and 31/12/2010

I think I'm going to challenge my self further in saying that I will not re-read any stand alone novels. They will either be 2010 releases or something! Hopefully, books by 2010 debut authors will count because I'm going to be doing a lot of reading for that challenge as well!

Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

Trailer Review Tuesday (3)

** March seems to be the month when all of the movies are coming out. I've only done two movies but I do want to see more!**

Alice in Wonderland

When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hotsummer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see herexperiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next.

Trailer Review:
The very famous classic movie is now, once again, being re-made and I think it's going to be better than ever. Personally, I love Johnny Depp and I think he is going to be great in this movie. The trailer it self tells me that it's going to be a fun, exciting and good movie!

Release Date: Friday, March 5, 2010

The Last Song

Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ (“A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook”) latest novel, "The Last Song" is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (Greg Kinnear) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter (Miley Cyrus), who'd rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common—music—in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances.


Trailer Review:
I haven't yet read the book but I am hoping to get a copy of it! I think just from the trailer and what I've heard about this book from my friends, it's going to be a great movie. One thing I do hope comes through is the fact that Miley Cyrus is in the movie as Ronnie. I don't hate her but I don't love her either. I have to admit that I think someone else would have made a better Ronnie. Since Nicolas Sparks wrote the movie AND her wrote the screenplay, I think this movie will be very close to the book! I can't wait to see this one! I know for one thing though : in almost all of Nicolas Spark's books, someone dies and I have a hunch at who it is but...

Release Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod: Book Three:Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer

Summary: It’s another sucky year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend Henry doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And as if all that weren’t enough, it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis and D’Ablo shows up demanding Vlad’s father’s journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won’t save him this time . . .

Review: Maybe it’s just me but I have come to find that every book in the series so far has (1) a sad beginning (2) the beginning chapter is about a bad guy (3) the middle has some conflicts (4) the middle is boring (5) all the resolutions and interesting things are at the end of the book. I wanted something new and different!

Now that I have that out of the way, I can continue with the rest of the book’s review. The beginning is somewhat boring and I almost wanted to put the book away and never look at it again. I usually like to read before bed, to help me fall asleep. Let me tell you, this one was succeeding tremendously! I know that sounds really harsh but it’s true. I don’t feel bad or anything, I’m telling you the truth.

I also think the book/series needs somewhat more romance and action throughout the whole book, not just is the middle and ending. I like a good bit of romance in any book and the romance in this book just didn’t do me any justice. Vlad and Meredith didn’t even kiss for real and in other (most) YA/Urban Fantasy books, there at least one real kiss scene.

I will admit that there were some surprises in the book that I wasn’t ready for but the way they were brought out was just. . .boring! And a lot of the “surprises” were old. It was either that the others books had something similar to one in this book or it was just one of those surprises where you had to go “NO DUH!” And I found a lot of surprises like that in this book.

To me, the more books come out in the series, the more different Vlad is. I think the right word would be “fragile” or in the mean sense “a cry-baby.” I realized that in the other books, Vlad was more independent and a stronger person. In this book, I don’t know how many times I found Vlad “crying” or “sobbing.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I expect the protagonist of a series to be a strong, independent person. Vlad seems to be less of those things as the series progresses!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I liked it.I cannot give it more than that.

Cover: D-, why is it to me that all the books in the series have seemingly the same type of cover? Can’t the artist/creator person come up with something new and refreshing instead of boring and old?

Overall: As always, if you’ve read the first two books, you have to read this one!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


I loved this pic that Steph Bowe posted on her "Happy Valentine's Day" Post!

I loved The Notebook:
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Holding_hands_by_homarte-1.jpg Lovely image by MrHenryVanity
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So what are you going to do for Valentine's Day? Are you going to watch the movie? Go on a date?

As for me, I'm going to stay home, eat chocolates and watch a lot of movies. I'm watching Pride and Prejudice at the moment.

*All pictures belong to their rightful owners!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Review: Being Nikki-- Airhead #2 by Meg Cabot

Summary: There's no escape
When everyone is watching you.
Emerson Watts was pretty sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a straight A student whose brain had been transplanted into the body of a teenage supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong.

Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's mysteriously gone missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, lingerie runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. John—especially when she's got final exams; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a former best friend, Christopher, who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love; and a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy, being Nikki.

Review: Since Airhead wasn’t exactly what I had expected, and a bit of a disappointment, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Being Nikki, the sequel to Airhead. But it’s safe enough to say that I was very pleased with this book! Once again Meg weaves a story out of nothing and everything. A very unlikely concept of brains being switched put aside, everything else in the book was very good.

Em is back and better than ever. More witty and independent than I remember her in Airhead. I think Meg Cabot’s writing style shines in this piece of work. She can really bring out the life of a supermodel and put her into a more common life.
This book also goes more in depth with the life of a supermodel and all the things they have to go through. I’m sure some things are different but a lot of things seem just how I’d imagine it.

Of course, Meg’s big style of writing is writing a nicely paced novel and then throwing in a big twist, or surprise, making the book even harder to put down.
One big surprise is when Em finds out that Nikki actually has a family. A family who isn’t as rich or as glamorous as her. We find this out when Nikki’s brother Steven comes to Nikki (Em) telling her that her mother is missing.
Em, being, Em feels upset and guilty for not knowing before but it’s not her fault. How was she supposed to know that Nikki Howard had a family? She didn’t even like Nikki Howard that much.

I was glad to know that Lulu was back and Gabriel (though not as much) and Christopher of course. I did feel bad for Em at a lot of times, especially when she thought that Christopher might be dating some other girl.

I began to hate Frieda a lot in this book, beginning when she asked Em to come persuade her mother to let her go to cheerleading camp. Then Em has to learn that she wasn’t invited to her grandmother’s home. I felt so bad for her and worse about how she acted. She was so Em, not wanting to show exactly how upset she was but breaking down outside. I loved how Christopher put aside his prejudice (?) on Stark and helped her out.

I don’t want to say anymore, or I might just spoil all of the book for everyone. But there were more surprises in store and I learned that either Brandon Stark is a jerk or he’s a jerk. I loved Lulu’s character even more than ever and I felt so bad for Christopher.

Nikki Howard, the real one (long story; read the book to find out more) turned out to be just how I has imagined her.
This book left me in such suspense that I can’t wait for the third book, Runway, to come out!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I loved it!

Cover: A+, What can I say? I loved this cover as well. Though it still has the model on the red carpet, there's something in the models face that tells me she's Em in Nikki's body. I love the dog! She's so cute!

Overall: I loved this book and so will all Meg Cabot fans! Even if you're not a fan, and have read the 1st book but were disappointed, read this book! You won't be disappointed! Take my word for it!

Review: Airhead by Meg Cabot

It's what's outside that matters...

No one cares what’s inside.
Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.

How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her—and life as she’d known it—forever? One devastating accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.

Now getting her best friend Christopher to notice that she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems.

But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that’s going to make her dream come true….

It’s what’s outside that matters.

Review: You know when I said I loved Meg Cabot's work? Well, she made me love her work even more when I finished Airhead. This book was an amazing fun read and I'm so glad I found it!

Emerson Watts is your typical nerd. She loves playing sports, video games and hanging out with her best friend, Christopher. Nikki Howard is the IT girl. The one girl everyone wants to know and the girl all the guys want to date. The book began exactly as I had thought: Em and Christopher are the class "nerds" and the "popular" kids hate them and make fun of them. Em and Christopher banding together against all the others. What I didn't expect was for Em and Nikki Howard to meet, die and for Em to have a brain transplant. Only Meg Cabot could pull of a story line like this.

So then Em wakes up in the hospital, in a supermodel's body, living a supermodel's life, having a supermodel's friends. And not just any supermodel, but THE supermodel: Nikki Howard. Now Em has to journey into the rough but exclusive life of one of the biggest supermodel's out there. Nikki Howard aka Em is also the face of Stark Enterprises.

I loved the language, the plot and the characters. I do wished there was more of Christopher. Brandon Stark and Lulu Collins and even Em's sister Freida became really annoying to me during the book but I warmed up to them. I felt really bad for Em. The one thing she didn't need or want was to have her brain placed into the body of a dead supermodel. Because of the surgery that saved Em's (and Nikki's) life, Em must now change her view on things. She has be accept Nikki as a person and less of an "airhead". As the story progresses, more characters are introduced and more problems arise, some which are going to be solved in the sequel or in future books.

There were somethings that I didn't like about this book: (1) some of the writing was too much. I found myself getting bored. I know this isn't something you expect from a book like this, but I thought there was a lot of things in this book that could have other wise been cut out. (2) There were some parts of this book where I was having a hard time understating what was going on, who was involved, and where the characters were. (3) There were a lot of dialogue that I didn't quiet agree with. I don't live in NY but I'm sure teenagers all over the US don't talk like some of the teenagers in the book. They weren't bad or anything, just unbelievable, something a teen wouldn't say.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it. This was a good book but I just couldn't give it a perfect 5. Some things just weren't as good as others!

Cover: A+ I love this cover (and the back picture also!)! It goes well with the story line and the characters and fits the mood of the book exactly!

Overall: Em's witty character will keep readers in tuned with the book. I recommend this to all Meg's fans and others who just want a good enough read!

The back cover picture! I love this one! And what is says: No one cares what's inside

Review: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Summary: Doomed to -- or blessed with-- eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing then it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Review: I've heard mixed reviews about this "Old timely classic" and I have to say that I am on the negative side.

To me, this book had not plot. It begins in one place and take us to another place with very bad transitions. I found my self scratching my head several time, trying to figure out what in the world was going on in the book. The plot was also very dull and boring. There were several times when I just wanted to go to sleep. Or throw the book in the trash (something I couldn't do since it was from my school library).

The characters had no personality. We don't learn much about them or what they're thinking or their feelings. The characters are just there and nothing else. I found the "love" between Winnie and Jesse kind of disturbing. I wasn't sure what type of "love" it was. Was it brother-sister love or girl-guy-together-forever love? There were hints of Jesse actually wanting to be with Winnie...and Winnie is 10 and Jesse is well over 50 (in actual age, not appearance, think of the Cullens from Twilight, only not beautiful, or vampires, and all).

This was a short book that I read in a long time. Why? Because I kept loosing interest in it. It was boring and dull and just not me!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I hated it. This book did not live up to my expectations!

Cover: D-, I can see the significance the cover has for the book, but like the story, the cover just didn't pull me in.

Overall: This book did not do me any justice. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this to anyone!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Waiting on" Wednesday (10)

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
March 9, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

I've been hearing a lot about this book and it sounds like one I would enjoy! The cover reminds me of something.....

Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw
Headline; May 13, 2010

Ten years ago Kate Winters' parents were taken by the High Council's wardens to help with the country's war effort. Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane -- the High Council's most feared man -- recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council's experiments into the veil, and he's convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace. The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft -- a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft. To help Artemis, Edgar and herself, Kate must honour her pact with a murderer and come face to face with the true nature of death.

Ooh! This one is going to be really good (or so I hope!). Can't wait!

Hard To Get by Emma Carlson Berne
February 23, 2010

Summary: Val Rushford has it all: The boyfriend, the looks, the grades, the friends--she's perfect. But when she dumps her cheating boyfriend, Dave, she's bombarded with all types of advances from boys all over school! Totally overwhelmed, Val decides to swear off boys until the end of the year. She buries herself in her school work and spends all her time on a class project that has her paired up with the artsy and intellectual Adam--the unlikliest candidates to ever win Val's heart...or so she thinks.
Val soon finds a connection in Adam she has never experienced before, but she's so dedicated to her promise and so unsure of her feelings that she keeps him at an awkward distance. If Val can't figure out what she truly wants, she may just lose her one chance at real love!

This one sounds so cute! I really want to read this! I love stories like this!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Review: Once Bitten by Kalayna Price


Summary:For the past five years, Kita Nekai has faded into the background of the human world, but when a rogue shifter begins littering the city of Haven with bodies, Kita's illegal status lands her on the suspect list. During a confrontation with hunters that she can't win, rescue arrives in the form of the mysterious Nathanial Deaton. Kita soon wishes it hadn't when his method of saving her leaves her undead. With only three nights to prove her innocence and a new liquid diet to worry about, Kita doesn't want to deal with her infuriating rescuer or the ghost from her past who is determined to drag her back home. But, she needs help if she's going to stand any chance of survival.

Review: I've actually been in contact with the author because she and I were both doing NaNoWrimo 2009. I went to her website and I found her book. So I read the summary and I loved it! It was so intriguing! So I finally got the chance to read this amazing book and man was I blown away!

Kita is a shape shifter who's, well, in trouble. One, she left her clan and now lives in the human world. Now the hunter's are after her! In a deadly situation, she's saved by Nathaniel, a vampire who turns Kita into his own kind to save her. Then, of course it all has to get worse when she's sentenced to death and her ex-boyfriend shape-shifter comes looking for her, to bring her back home. Then she's accused of creating a rouge shape shifter, who by the way is killing humans. Even worse, she's got two days, yes two days, to locate this rouge before SHE's terminated....I thought this was shocking and well, pretty crazy. But it got better when I realized she wasn't alone: there's a vampire (a very powerful one), her ex, a shape-shifter and a mage who are there to help her.

I loved the action and danger in this book. They were well written and written so that I could actually visualize what was happening in the book, in my head. I've found that a lot of author's can't do that anymore but Ms. Price sure can.

The romance parts of this novel made it an even more enjoyable read! That's another aspect I liked so much about this book: the romance parts. Now-a-days, author's like to put in a lot of romance and very little action, danger, and even humor into their books. Personally, I don't like this. If I wanted to read a book on romance, I would get a romantic novel, not an urban fantasy. ONCE BITTEN had the right amount of everything. There was danger and action and humor and then there was romance. I felt like I got everything I look for in a good book!

I'm also happy to be away from the typical urban fantasy world. Kalayna Price brings about a brand new world, where the meaning of the full moon is different. To not spoil the book even further, I'm just going to say that at least it's not the typical shape-shifter sees-full-moon-and-begins-to-transform.

I'm very happy to say that the second book in the series, TWICE DEAD, is going to be coming out soon and I will be reading it!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I loved it! I might give a lot of books 5 stars, but this one deserved it. Read it and see for yourself.

Cover: A- I love the girl (Kita probably) and the street light and the city in the background...But I wanted more details....

Overall: I had a very hard time putting this book down. It was such a great book and I recommend it to everyone! You'll fall in love with Kita and Nathaniel and all the other characters. After reading this book, you're going to want to read the second one immediately!

Trailer Review Tuesday (2)

Percy Jackson and the Olympian: The Lightning Thief
It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they’re not happy: Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy adapts to his newly discovered status as a demi-god (his father is Poseidon), he finds himself caught between the battling titans of Mt. Olympus. He and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy’s mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Trailer Review:
I think this movie is going to be amazing! I've read the whole series by Rick Riordan and I loved the books and the movie looks just as good. Since there's a stereotype that a movie based on a book is never as good as a movie, most people like to assume that this one's going to be bad. But I think I'm going to watch the movie, then decide if it was good or not. I do have some problems though. Like Annabeth, for instance, is supposed to have blond hair. I know this is a small detail but it's one that irks me and so many others. Maybe you don't get the looks right, but at least get the hair right! So many people dye or even wear wigs to get the hair color of their character, so why didn't she? This part made me really mad. I have to saw that I don't really like the actress as Annabell. I guess I'll have to see the movie to really know how I feel!

Release Date: Friday, February 12, 2010

The Wolfman
The story follows a man who returned to his homeland from America only to be bitten by a werewolf before himself enjoying predatory nocturnal ramblings.
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, "The Wolfman" brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.

Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate.

As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to he never imagined existed.

Trailer Review:
This is an interesting find for me . Lately I have been in love with supernatural/fantasy creatures movies and this movie looks really good. I've always had a thing for movies about people who are unnatural things (like werewolves) and they're trying to find their place in society. And of course there's romance, humor (some what), danger, and of course action.
Release Date:

Valentine’s Day
"Valentine's Day" follows the intertwining storylines of a group of Los Angelinos as they find their way through romance over the course of one Valentine's Day.
Find more information HERE.

Trailer Review:
This movie looks like a funny and sweet movie. I love the huge cast and all the people. The love stories look really sweet and very Valentiney. Or as I like to call it, lovey dovey! There is of course the occasional funny moments, awkward moments, stupid moments, and the sad moments.

Release Date: Friday, February 12, 2010