Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen

Summary:For Nikki Donovan, being a teenager can be hell. Literally.

As if trying to fit in at a new school and navigating the social scene isn't enough stress for her, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands -- the world that separates and protects ours from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious (and surprisingly cute) messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and that he wants her to assume the throne.

To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew -- what's a teenage demon princess to do?

Review: A demon Princess? This is something we don't hear of everyday. So when a mysterious, but cute, guys begins following Nikki around every where, she gets annoyed. So when she confronts him, she's hoping for an "I'm sorry." Not a "You're the Demon Princess and you're in danger." Thus begins this in thrilling tale of Nikki and her new found news, not to mention her powers.

I am happy to report that I enjoyed this novel a lot. It's a great beginning to a series I think many will enjoy reading. It begins with a creepy guy starring at Nikki , and then takes us on a roller coaster adventure.

Nikki was a great main character. She was funny and likable and just great. But she was also independent and strong and I liked that a lot. The other characters were great too. All the characters were nicely developed.

The plot was full of twists and turns and new things kept popping up everywhere, but that was part of the great read. It had a nice flow to it, not to fast or too slow. I also loved the romance aspect of this novel!

Grade: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee I really liked it.

Cover: 3.png Three Stars image by Adaleelee It's not one of my favorites but it'll do.

Overall: It was a fast, fun, cute read. If you like romance with some twists and turns and of course, demons, read this one!

Review: Full Moon (The Dark Guardian #2) by Rachel Hawthorne

Summary:Lindsey has always known that Connor was her destined mate, but this summer as her full moon approaches, she finds herself dreaming about darkly handsome and silent Rafe. When the others are captured by their enemies, she and Rafe must work together to save them. As they spend time together, Lindsey will come to realize that some dangers come from within as she is forced to face her true feelings for Connor and Rafe. One is a friend. The other is her true love. But listening to her heart could cost her everything.

Review: After Moonlight, the first book in this series, Full Moon was a bit of a disappointment.

Most girls will go crazy if two cute guys are fighting for her, but throughout this novel you can see Lindsey's struggle with this simple fact. But of course the girl could choose one guy but then go to the other, while Lindsey would be with one guy...forever.

We learn more about the evil scientists (whose name I forgot) and what they want to do with the werewolves.

Lindsey's character was fun to read about. She didn't develop as much as I had liked her to, but with the pace of this novel, it was good enough. Her relationship with both Connor and Rafe and their quips was really nice. I do admit that I feel bad for Connor, but I'm sure Rachel will have someone for him.

But she also got on my nerves. I got the whole disappointing her parents thing, but to me it was obvious who she wanted to be with and I wished she hadn't made up her decision in like the last five pages of this book. That really irritated me, but that's all the bad things I have to say.

Grade:4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee I really liked it.

Cover: D, The only thing I like is the (moonlight?) glow on the girl's face.

Overall: Full Moon was an enjoyable, light, romantic read.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Am Number Four - On Set Video

I saw this link on Twitter and I wanted to share:

GreenBeanTeenQueen posted this information on her blog HERE and I just had to share:

I Am Number Four news from MTV-they are signed on for six movies to go with the six books

Book Blogger Hop: July 30 - Aug 2, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

It's that time again! The great Book Blogger Hop is back! What is the Book Blogger Hop you ask? Here's a short overview from Crazy For Books, the host.

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!

This week's question:
Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?

Lauren Oliver. Her writing is just amazing! After reading Before I Fall I thought about this book for a long, long time. It was so well written and the characters were so realistic, I had a hard time believing she was a 2010 Debut Author! 

So all you have to do is link your blog and hop around and visit other peoples blogs! It's a lot of fun and a great way to discover new blogs, bloggers and more!
So get hopping.

Click HERE to start hopping!

And if you leave your blog URL or a link, I'll make sure to visit your blog as well! It might take me some time, but I WILL VISIT YOUR BLOG!

"Waiting On" Wednesday (27)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6) by Richelle Mead
Penguin/Razorbill Books
December 7, 2010

Last Sacrifice will be the last book about Rose, but it'll be followed by a spin-off series still set in the Vampire Academy world. Side characters we know from the current series will now be our main characters, and there'll be a whole new storyline (not the last one told from a different perspective). So far, there is no title or release date info for the new series. Expect it in 2012.

This was from Richelle's site HERE

I love this series and I can't wait till this book comes out! But I still have to read Blood Promise! 

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

Aside from the fact that she falls for a dead guy, the cover looks great! I've always had a thing for hot guys, boarding schools, and mystery so this is a perfect read!

Author Interview: Natasha Friend

So here's my interview with Natasha Friend:

Tash Color

Natasha received her B.A. in Psychology from Bates College, and earned her M.A. in English at Clemson University. Most recently she served as director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Natasha enjoys singing, song-lyric writing, sports,and plans to write more books in the future.

Natasha's newest title, Lush, boldly delves into the tumultuous life and mind of a thirteen-year-old girl whose father is an alcoholic. After having witnessed the effects of this disease firsthand, "I wanted to write a book about a girl dealing with that proverbial ‘elephant in the living room'," she said.

Natasha currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Erik and their three kids. 

Read my review of For Keeps HERE

For Keeps by Natasha Friend
April 6, 2010
Viking Juvenile

Summary: For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows up. Suddenly Josie’s mature, capable mother regresses to the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie’s on the verge of having her first real boyfriend, while her free-loving best friend, Liv, begins yet another no-strings-attached fling. When Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci, she finds herself questioning what she’s always believed about her parents—and about herself. In FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?

As soon as I read “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret,” by Judy Blume.When I was 15, someone started a rumor about me—that I was pregnant and the reason my family was moving from NY to MA was to cover up this alleged pregnancy. At the time, I was horrified (not to mention a virgin), but the writer in me eventually said to myself, Hey, what if I had been pregnant? That question became the seed (no pun intended) of FOR KEEPS.3. There’s a lot going on in this book but it’s not confusing at all. Was it hard to write this book with so much going on, but making sure the reader didn’t get lost?

I didn’t really think about the reader getting lost or confused. I just wanted to write a compelling story that would ring true to readers.4. What was the hardest part of writing For Keeps? The easiest?

Hardest part: finishing the book in time. I was pregnant with my daughter and my due date was the same as my book deadline, so I was revising like mad in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Easiest part: writing Kate. I just imagined myself with a teenaged daughter, pining over my long lost high-school boyfriend.

5. Are the characters in this book based off people you know?

Nope. But I always wanted a friend like Liv. I wish she was real.

6. Describe FOR KEEPS in one word. Why?

Hopeful. I want every reader to feel hope for my characters in the end—that each one will be stronger, braver, bolder from that point in the story on.

7. While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?

I don’t have time for writer’s block. As a stay-at-home mom with three kids, I have to be extremely disciplined about my writing. When it’s work time, I’m full speed ahead, without fail.

8. What book are you reading right now?

EAT, PRAY, LOVE. Amazing!!!

9. Favorites time!

Author— Anne Lamott

Movie— Impossible to choose. All the John Hughs movies.

Fiction Character (not your own)— Scarlett O’Hara

Food— Pad Thai

10. Would you like to add anything?

 If I could do two things for the rest of my life it would be to write books and to have babies.

You can visit Natasha 

I want to see and read Eat, Pray, Love too!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review: Moonlight (The Dark Guardian #1) by Rachel Hawthorne

Summary:Kayla has always felt a kinship with nature. Adopted as a child, Kayla has no idea that she’s inherited the gene that will turn her into a wolf. She can’t understand why she’s so drawn to distant, aloof Lucas...

As the leader of the Dark Guardians, a pack of werewolves that gather in the national forest, Lucas must watch Kayla until she discovers her destiny as his perfect other half. Just when Kayla finally begins to understand her fate, a new danger that threatens their very existence.

Review: I'd heard so much about Rachel Hawthorne that I just had to check out her book. The one thing that really drew me to this book was the cover and after reading the summary, I was hesitant. Why? Because it had to do with werewolves!

After reading it, don't get fooled by the fact that this book has to do with werewolves. It really is a well written, good book. A very quick, enjoyable summer read, more like it.

The plot is somewhat slow, but from the first page, Hawthorne throws her readers into mystery and intrigue. The plot's pace quickens as the book progress but it get's better and better too. There is a lot of romance between Kayla and Lucas which is more the type of girl and boy dislike each other yet it is obvious they actually do like each other. This type is so often used in books, so it's very old. But, Hawthorne uses it wisely, so we don't cringe reading about it.

We learn a lot about the characters and their personalties, especially Kayla. She's a great character, very head strong and independent but she's also scared sometimes, which was nice to see.

Grade: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee I really liked it.

Cover: A+, I actually love this cover. The look on the girl's face is like a mixture of surprise, fear and something else I can't name.

Overall: A very satisfying, quick summer read. You should try it out!

Review: Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones

He smiles. It’s a wicked smile kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him. Nick…

I ask again “Why were you in the road?”

“I was waiting for you.”

Zara and her friends thought they’d solved their pixie problem. And they did—sort of. The pixies are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn’t have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him…until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara could ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when the very thing Zara wants to protect most is at risk, she is forced to make choice she never imagined…

Review: Captivate was a great read. I'll say that up front! I am very pleased with Carrie and I think she did an even better job with this one that Need!

The characters were more developed and we got to know more about them. Zara and Nick's relationship was really cute, and I was happy to learn more things about Nick and his family. Devyn and Issie were much, much better in this book! Zara was just as crazy as she was in the first book, running into the woods and getting herself into trouble!

The plot was very well written and much, much more evolved than Need's. It was such a roller coaster ride: one second it's romantic and then there's danger after a few minutes. I tell you, it kept me on my toes!

I loved Astley, our newest character. I still don't know if he's good or bad or evil and I think this is where Carrie wanted us all, at the edge of our seats, waiting for more!

And the surprises, they were literally one every other page (not really...) and believe me, they surprise you. I think Carrie is really good at putting in surprises at just the right places, making you want to read on and on!

Grade: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee I loved it!

Cover: A+, I'm so glad they kept the glitter on her face!

Overall: It was a great follow up to Need. A must read!

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Summary:Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, dies only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants, or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of loosing his brother Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

Review: I haven't read a lot of books written in verse since there aren't that many out there (that I know of), so I'm a bit of a hard judge when it comes to them. Chasing Brooklyn has become one of the best verse books I've read.

A well written book about lose, hope, greivef and moving on. Written in altering voices of Brooklyn and Nico, I was glad to read about each of their lives. Brooklyn's lost her boyfriend Lucca and Nico lost his brother and even though their stories are different, they have both lost someone they loved. Lisa did an amazing job with both Brooklyn and Nico. The characters acted just like how I thought they would in their situations. Their voices were strong and sure throughout this whole novel even though their hearts were broken. The characters were as developed as they can get in a verse novel and the plot was moving and very thought out.

Chasing Brooklyn is a very touching, heart wrenching book about love, lose, and moving on!

Grade:5.png Five Stars image by AdaleeleeI loved it!

Cover: A+, I love the girl (Brooklyn?) and the ghost's hard's reaching for her hand. The look on her face, the greish tint of the window, it really sets the mood of the book.

Overall: A great story about losing someone we love and moving on. A must read!

Award: The Versatile Blogger!

I've gotten yet another award! Thanks to Kt of The Book Obsession for this award and to Maidenveil of Musings of a Reader Happy

Here's how this award works:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

Here are my 7 things:
1. I was born in India 
2. I've lived on two continents (Asia, North America), 2 countries (India, US), 2 states (Georgia, South Carolina ) 
3. I am the middle child- an older sister, younger brother! 
4. I can speak Hindi and English fluently and I am learning French 
5. I am scared to death of oceans and lakes. 
6.  I want to travel the world one day!
7. I'm kinda short at 5'3''

Here are the 15 bloggers:
1. Kendra (and the others) @ Books Complete Me
4. Elie @ Ellz Readz 
7. Crystal @ My Reading Room 
8. Enna Isilee @ Squeaky Books 
13. Eleni @ La Femme Readers 
14. Tara and Amanda @ 25 Hour Books 
15. Marcie @ To Read or Not To Read