Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Author Interview: Lisa Schroeder

I know I haven’t updated in forever and I am truly sorry for that! But to make up for it, I’ve got TWO author interviews for you all today! Second up,

Lisa Schroeder is a native Oregonian, which means her childhood summers were spent camping, fishing, reading books (of course!), and playing in the sun, when it finally came out. These days, Lisa spends her summers, and every other part of the year, sharing all the wonderful things Oregon has to offer with her husband and two sons. She is the author of three verse novels for young adults published by Simon Pulse - I Heart You, You Haunt Me, an ALA 2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Far From You, a Texas TAYSHAS selection, and Chasing Brooklyn. She is also the author of It's Raining Cupcakes, a middle-grade novel published by Aladdin.

Read my review of Chasing Brooklyn HERE.
Restless souls and empty hearts.

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died 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 losing 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.

Hi Lisa! Welcome to Reading The Best of The Best!

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
I think after I sold my first novel, I was hooked. I wanted to do it again and again and again. And I started dreaming of quitting my job and being able to stay at home and write full-time. It’s really hard to do for most writers, and I continued to work for a few years, saving money and writing every spare minute. Finally, with four novels sold and a couple of more in the works, I was able to quit my day job last January to write full-time. I don’t know if it will last forever, so I’m enjoying every moment while I can.

2. What was the hardest part about writing Chasing Brooklyn? The easiest?
Wow. There were lots of hard parts, LOL. I worked really hard on this book! I think the hardest part was probably the alternating points of view. I really wanted readers to see the story from both Brooklyn’s and Nico’s perspective, but I didn’t realize writing a book like that means you are sort of writing two books at one time. Each character has to have his/her own story arc, so it’s not easy.
The easiest part… hmm. Probably the ghostly scenes and the way each person is haunted.

3. Are any of your characters based off of people you know?
Not really, although sometimes I pick up traits people have and use them in books. Like I used to have this friend who enjoyed taking pictures of flowers. I used that as something Brooklyn enjoys doing, but took it one step further and had her using the photographs to inspire her artwork.

4. Why do you write your books in verse?
Not all books will work in verse, but when it seems like it could work, I use it because of the atmosphere the verse creates. It gives the story a framework I couldn’t get with regular prose. I also like it because it allows me to get at the emotional core of the story. It sort of strips everything else away, and what you get are the real, raw emotions.

5. While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
For me, I’m blocked when I don’t know what needs to happen next, or I’ve taken a wrong turn and landed somewhere I don’t want to be. I’ve learned it’s really important for me to know where I’m going. I may not do a detailed outline, but I have to write notes or break a book down to have a path I’m following. Otherwise, I will get stuck and there’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to write and finish the book and sitting down with no words coming out.

6. There are many genres you could have written about. Why did you choose to write YA?
There is something really wonderful about the teen years. As hard as they are, as scary as they are, as miserable as they are (at times), it’s such an exciting time. So many firsts – first crushes, first dates, first kisses, first adventures without parents around, first driver’s license, and on and on.
In my heart, I still feel sixteen at times, so writing for teens just feels really natural to me.

7. Can you describe your book in ten words or less? Can you describe yourself in ten words or less?
CHASING BROOKLYN is about love, loss, healing and hope. Lisa Schroeder is filled with love, hope, curiosity, and happiness.

8. Is there something you’re working on at the moment? Can you tell us anything about it?
I just turned in the revisions to my next YA novel called THE DAY BEFORE. It comes out in June, 2011, and is about a girl and a boy who meet at the beach and spend the next twenty four hours together, before they each have to face their fears and do something they don’t want to do.

9. Favorites’ time!

Book You Read in High School- WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS


Fictional Character- Amber in SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR

YA Author- John Green

Actor/Actress- Jude Law

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
One thing – I wrote CHASING BROOKLYN as a gift for the fans of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. A lot of people have read that book and loved it, and so I tried to take the themes and write a different book people would enjoy. Ava from I HEART YOU makes a short but sweet appearance in CHASING BROOKLYN.

Thanks for having me here!!

**I loved Where the Red Fern Grows. I cried so hard!**

Visit Lisa:

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon Day 5

So here are the challenges for the last day of the Dusk till Dawn Read-A-Thon

Liz of Cleverly Inked asked us to tell her “what book you would change and what you would change about it”:

The Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray for sure! I hated that Karthik turned into a tree...I mean a TREE of all the things? I was very disappointed and I felt so bad for Gemma. I think she really did love Karthik and they should have been together!

Jenn of Book Crazy asked us to think of a world created in a book that they'd give up their life to live in.

This may seem like a fairly easy question to answer but I’ve got a few books I would love to be in: 1. Clockwork Angel and The Gemma Doyle Series—they aren’t in the same years but they are in London in the 1800s and I would love to live through that time! That time was so fancy and all the glamour. But there was a lot of mystery and some danger too! And the romance!

And my second world? Vampire Academy. I just finished Spirit Bound and I LOVED IT! There’s danger and romance and mystery and they’re really great books. Plus it’s an urban fantasy so we’re in this world BUT there are fantasy elements!

Khelsea with Once Upon A Review says, "So for the challenge I want you guys to be creative. I want you to draw your favorite scene from a book, write a poem about your favorite character, remake your favorite book cover entirely or find a song that best describes your favorite book."

Cover Re-Make:


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Changes and Sneak Peek

Since I've got school tomorrow and some work I need to finish up, I won't be posting any of the reviews originally planned. I will try and post as much of the Dusk till Dawn Read-A-Thon challenges for Day 4 as I can! I'm surprised I even participated seeming as I have school going on!

And as promised here are some of the things that I will be giving away for my 1st Blogoversary Giveaway:
For USA only:
ARC of Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck 
the paperbackof EON by Alison Goodman
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (ARC)

For USA AND Canada:
Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel 
SIGNED Forget-Her-Nots bookmarks and postcards

signed copy of Jekel Loves Hyde 
$15 GC for Book Depository 

I've got more but that's all I'll post up! So are you interested? 

The Emerald Talisman Blog Tour featuring Brenda Pandos!

I am very excited to anounce that I am participating in the blog tour to promote The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos, her debut release!

Here's the summary if you don't know about this book!

"To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves."

I have an interview with Brenda! 

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
Well, I’m still other things, so I’m not sure if ‘nothing else’ can apply yet. I started writing summer of 2008 after my second son was born. I’ve been writing ever since and LOVE it. I’m a geek with a web design business as well and I’m a mom.

2. What was the hardest part about writing The Emerald Talisman? The easiest?
Punctuation. I’m so challenged in that area, but luckily, that can be fixed. Finding new and creative ways to say the same thing is challenging as well and showing the reader instead of telling the reader. (example – her cheeks bloomed bright crimson vs. she got super embarrassed).

3. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
My inspiration came from me making lemonade out of my lemons actually. When we learned of our son’s autism spectrum disorder summer of 2008, life came crashing down around us. Then two months later, I gave birth to his little brother. A new baby, and 8 hours a day of tutoring for my 3 year old was a lot to undergo. I needed something fun to do and think about that I could do at home in my spare ‘thinking’ time. You have a lot of thinking time with an infant – at all hours of the day and night.

4. While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
Stop. Read something else. Reread what I’ve written. Bounce ideas off hubby. Bounce ideas off my editor. Drive (I get the greatest ideas in the car). Watch a movie or listen to new music. Something comes to me eventually.

5. There are many genres you could have written about. Why did you choose to write YA?
Adult just sounds too ‘adult’. I’m a kid at heart and not smart enough to write about adult issues anyway. YA is an avenue for me to rework all the imaginary things I wanted to be real when I was young. (Though I’m not too keen on vampires being real now... scaryyyy). Love, loss, adventure, teenage angst mixed in with fantasy – perfect recipe for my creative juices.

6. Can you describe your book in ten words or less? Can you describe yourself in ten words or less?
Book: A fast paced rollercoaster paranormal romance with a unexpected twist.
Me: Mother of two, writer, designer, wife with never enough time.

7. What has been your favorite summer read? Would you recommend it?
I’m currently reading Knight Angels by Abra Ebner and Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer, both fabulous! If you haven’t read them yet, you have to! Love, angst, danger, death and angels... perfect for a sunny day at the beach. And they are super sweet authors you have to befriend on twitter.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Stick with it. Surround yourself with encouraging readers and qualified people who can help you grow in your writing. Read books on writing. Take classes on writing. Open yourself up for constructive criticism (not just people who say “it’s great” so they don’t hurt your feelings). Join a writers group. Read bio’s of authors you aspire to be. Never quit!

9. Favorite's time!

Book You Read in High School - I’m sorry to say, I can’t remember because mostly I was TOO boy crazy to read.

Movie- Ferris Buellar’s Day Off.

Fictional Character- I really adore Roman in Chataine’s Guardian by Robin Hardy. (He’s the guardian)

YA Author- JK Rowling –That girl is brilliant. I love the HP series.

Snack- Wheat Thins with melted cheese on top was my favorite in high school.... yum

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I just like to let everyone know that the sequel, The Sapphire Talisman, comes out in December 2010! I’m super excited about it.

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon Day 4

Challenges for tonight:

1st: Jenny with Super Natural Snark says: Pick your perfect couple
If you could choose two characters from any two novels, who would you pick as your ideal couple and why? Note: these should be couples that are not already together in their current stories, but rather characters from different novels that you think might be cute together if it were possible!

I'm going with these:
1. Adrian from Vampire Academy and Gemma Doyle from her series! I love Adrian with Rose but we all know she really loves Dimitri. So I want Adrian to be happy! Gemma was the first person I could think up for him!

2. Sam from Before I Fall and Peeta from The Hunger Games! This is really random but I for some odd reason think they would actually go together! Sam is a great gal, though not in the beginning, and Peeta is...well, Peeta! They could really teach each other some things!

2nd:Courtney with Stiletto Storytime asked us to participate in her Dystopian Quote Contest! And I did!

3rd:Emily with It's Just Life As I Know It asked us to tell her what book(s) we've stayed up to read! She's giving away Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, which I have (signed too! I'll post my IMM tomorrow!) but I'll answer the question: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I've talked about this book on and on, but it's REALLY good! I loved it! AND I'm going to be reading Spirit Bound all tonight, I will finish it by tomorrow. Richelle's writing is some of the best these days and I love The Vampire Academy Series. They're so addicting! 

And of course: ANY OF THE HARRY POTTER'S. I love, love, love, love that series and if you look at the state of my books, you can see that my love is true! 

4th:Danny with Bewitched Bookworms asked us to tell her who our favorite angel character is books! My answer? Patch from Hush, Hush. I LOVE HIM! Through this whole novel, I couldn't get a reading on him: was he the good guy or the bad guy? I love that he turned into a Guardian Angel for Nora. And he's super sexy! 

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon Day 3

So the challanges for last night:

1st: Elizabeth Isaacs asked us to describe or "show" you a special place for us, it can be real or imaginary!

I don't really have a place but I've always loved Narnia. And more than Narnia? I've loved Hogwarts. Both of these places is so large and mysterious and they sound so amazing! 

2nd: Then Melissa with Indiependent Books asked us to take a photo with an Indie book we are planning to read during the readathon:

I actually don't have this book but I've wanted to read it for a long time:

Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love

If you can possibly thirst for more mysterious metaphysical accounts of love, Trisha Telep has organized some of the greatest and most thrilling tales of paranormal paramours since The Eternal Kiss. She presents the acclaimed literary talent of thirteen unique authors, creating a collection of stories that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of every soul who dares to read them. Werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and fallen angels drive the plot of these riveting romances.

3rd: Mrs. DeRaps of DeRaps Reads asked us to pick a song that reminds us of our current read!:

I am now reading Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead and I love it so far. Even though I've only gotten a few pages in, I know that Rose misses Dimitri. And she's thinking of him!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: August 27-30, 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:
Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

Yes, I have one to be more organized and to get to my point. But this can be hard because sometimes I want to give a book half a point and I don't really have that on my system. It just a really great way to sum up how I feel about a book!

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!

Oh and just to let you all know, I will be having a contest in.........19 days so stayed tuned for that! Maybe I can reach 250 followers by then? I'll post a contest preview soon! 

The Iron Queen Excerpt!

I'm sure most of you have seen this already but I'm going to post it anyways!

Julie posted this AMAZING excerpt of The Iron Queen here. But you can read it below too: 

Ash strode to a nearby rock, swooped down, and tossed me a long, slightly curved stick. When I caught it, I saw that it was actually a leather sheath with a gilded brass hilt poking from the top. A sword. Ash was giving me a sword … why?

Oh, yeah. Because I wanted to learn to fight. Because I’d asked him to teach me.

Ash, watching me with that weary, knowing look on his face, shook his head. “You forgot, did you?”

“Nooooo,” I said quickly. “I just … didn’t think it would be this soon.”

“This is the perfect place.” Ash turned slightly to gaze around the clearing. “Quiet, hidden. We can catch our breath here. It’s a good place to learn while you’re waiting for your father to come out of it. When we’re done here, I have a feeling things will get much more chaotic.” He gestured to the sword in my hand. “Your first lesson begins now. Draw your sword.”

I did. Unsheathing it sent a raspy shiver across the glen, and I gazed at the weapon in fascination. The blade was thin and slightly curved, an elegant looking weapon, razor sharp and deadly. A warning tickled the back of my mind. There was something about the blade that was … different. Blinking, I ran my fingers along the cool, gleaming edge, and a chill shot through my stomach.

The blade was made of steel. Not faery steel. Not a fey sword covered in glamour. Real, ordinary iron. The kind that would burn faery flesh and sear away glamour. The kind that left wounds impossible to heal.

I gaped at it, then at Ash, who looked remarkably calm to be facing his greatest weakness. “This is steel,” I told him, sure that Leanansidhe had made a mistake.

He nodded. “An eighteenth-century Spanish saber. Leanansidhe nearly had a fit when I told her what I wanted, but she was able to track one down in exchange for a favor.” He paused then, wincing slightly. “A very large favor.”

Alarmed, I stared at him. “What did you promise her?”

“It doesn’t matter. Nothing that endangers us in any way.” He hurried on before I could argue. “I wanted a light, slashing weapon for you, one with a good amount of reach, to keep opponents farther away.” He gestured to the saber with his own weapon, a blindingly quick stab of blue. “You’ll be moving around a lot, using speed instead of brute force against your enemies. That blade won’t block heavier weapons, and you don’t have the strength to swing a longsword effectively, so we’re going to have to teach you how to dodge. This was the best choice.”

“But this is steel,” I repeated, listening to him in amazement. He could teach a class with his knowledge of weapons and fighting. “Why a real sword? I could seriously hurt someone.”

“Meghan.” Ash gave me a patient look. “That’s exactly why I chose it. You have an advantage with that weapon that none of us can touch. Even the most violent redcap will think twice about facing a real, mortal blade. It won’t scare the Iron fey, of course, but that’s where training will come in.”

“But … but what if I hit you?”

A snort. “You’re not going to hit me.”

“How do you know?” I bristled at his amused tone. “I could hit you. Even master swordsmen make mistakes. I could get a lucky shot, or you might not see me coming. I don’t want to hurt you.”

He favored me with another patient look. “And how much experience do you have with swords and weapons in general?”

“Um.” I glanced down at the saber in my hand. “Thirty seconds?”

He smiled, that calm, irritatingly confident smirk. “You’re not going to hit me.”


Meghan’s story, and the war with the Iron Fey, continues in The Iron Queen, coming February 2011, from Harlequin TEEN.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon Day 2

Ok so it’s Friday and I have to do last nights challenges:

1st: Lesley from YA Books Reviewed challenged us to tell who is our favorite character in our last or current read, and why? She also challenged us to find a picture!

What I Read: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
My Favorite Character: Sam
Why: I love him! He’s one of my new favorite boys of YA novels! Maggie does a fantastic job writing from his point of view!

I was searching for a good picture for Sam and when I saw this guy, I thought he would be perfect! 

2) Missie from The Unread Reader challenged us to make a cover of Mockingjay! I tried to find something that resembled the white mockinjay on the book cover but this was as close as I got:

I kinda did this one on a wim...but what do you think?

3) Angie from Vampires and Tofu challenged us to tell what our favorite badtime story was as a kid. I was a big Disney lover as a little kid so I’d love to hear the Princess stories, especially Cinderella! I also love Jack and the Bean Stalk a whole lot! 

4) Carina from Reading Through Life challenged us to "describe your ideal comfort food meal to break your hypothetical 15 hour fast one of the nights of this week’s read-a-thon."
Here’s mine:

~ Veggie Pizza:

~ A glass (or can) of Coke:

~A sundae:
This is actually what I wanted for dinner tonight! 

Well, that’s about it! I’ll try to do tonight’s challenges…tonight!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon Day 1

Ok, I have to say a HUGE THANKS to Jenn for stating that we could post these challange entries during the day! I had two tests today and I need last night to study for them. I get get SOME reading done! 
The challenges from last night:

1st :Jami over at YA Addict asked us to take a photo of us with our first read! I've never shared a pic of my with you all (except on Twitter) so this is kinda weird!

Yeah ignore the mess in the back! And the fact that I look like I could pass out at any moment...that's how I feel! 

2nd: Heather of Book Savvy asked - Tell me what your favorite book of 2010 has been so far, and why.

This is kinda a hard pick but Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It's still in my head! It was really well written and it's premise was something I had read about, but Lauren was able to write it in such a great, different way. It really stood out to me! AND it was Lauren's debut book!

3rd :Elin of The Norwegian Book Girl - she wants everyone to read and review a book during the readathon that relates to the Victorian era!

I've got a book on my TBR pile for this book! 

Star Shadow has not yet posted her challange!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Non Blogging

I really hate not blogging but sometimes I just have to! With school and so much homework going on and being so tired all the time, I've got little time to blog! Has anyone had this happen to them? 

I've got two reviews (Hush, Hush and 13 R3asons Why) and two author interviews to post up! They should be up by Friday. Plus, I'm in the From Dusk till Dawn Read-A-Thon (when you say this out loud, it rhymes!) so I'll be posting some mini-challenges as well! 

So that's basically all I have to say! Oh and I think French this year might just kill me!

I'm Joining the From Dust till Dawn Read-A-Thon

So I wasn't thinking about joining this Read-A-Thon...but I'm addicted. So I thought why not? Plus my TBR pile is HUGE and growing so I really need some time to read and night seems to be perfect!  Since it hasn't begun yet, I think I still have time to enter it!

So here's an over view about this read a thon TAKEN FROM BOOK CRAZY :

The Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon will run from August 25th though August 29th between the hours of 8 PM till 8 AM - in whatever time zone your in!

During these hours I hope to have several blogs post little challenges

To Clarify:

DUH, I wrote the wrong date in the post originally The Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon is AUGUST 25th though AUGUST 29th!! (sorry...my bad!)

Please sleep, it's a 5 night event, including a Friday and Sat. night. (I plan on staying up till around 1ish each night, and maybe all night only once.

The Challenges will be available during day light hours, so - you can read at night and do the challenges during the light of day.

I decided on this time table so that I could try to catch all those teens before they head back to school.

So there you have it! Well, I can say thank you for the challenges during the day time. But she didn't really catch me BEFORE school started but oh well!

So go HERE to sign up!

Round One Is Now Open!

So all the entries are in and now it's time to vote! So go HERE and vote for your favorite Cover Re-Make for Lisa Descrohers' Personal Demons!

Again, here's my cover:

Now go and VOTE for your favorite cover! Trust me, they're very good and it's hard to choose one! 

Go HERE to see all the other covers and vote! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Last Day of Mockingjay Countdown!

The last day for the Mockinjay Countdown has begun now! See all the five challenges! Here's today's giveaway prizes:

   The Hunger Games Inspired Katniss Charm Bracelet for Hunger Games fans


Monday, August 23, 2010

Mockingjay Release and First Chapter!


I can't even begins to tell you how tong I've been waiting for this book! I mean the finale of this AMAZING trilogy! I can't wait! 

Oooh, and here's the first chapter read by Suzanne Collins:

I can't wait!I can't wait!I can't wait!I can't wait!I can't wait!I can't wait!

So are you going to the midnight release? I'm not but I really wish I was! Hopefully I can get my copy tomorrow.

And after all the crap on Goodreads, I hope ALL THE BOOKS BLOGGERS have enough sense  NOT TO POST A SPOILER REVIEW ON THEIR BLOG! Because that just wouldn't be cool!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Contemps Challenge

Love to read contemporary fiction? Accept the Contemps Challenge and promise to read at least 18 of the 21 upcoming Contemps books between now and August 15, 2011. One lucky challenger will win the grand prize: ALL 21 of our books! That's like a whole bookshelf of books!

To enter:
  • Participants must be at least 13 years old.
  • Send an e-mail by November 15, 2010 with I ACCEPT THE CONTEMPS CHALLENGE in the subject line to: contempscontests(at)gmail(dot)com
  • Start reading! Visit our Books page for the complete book list or add books to your "to read" list from our Goodreads page (books that release later in 2011 may not be available on Goodreads yet).
The List:
1. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
2. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
3. Girl, Stolen by April Henry
4. Freefall by Mindi Scott
5. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
6. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
7. Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
8. Trapped by Michael Northrop
9. Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
10. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
11. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
12. Family by Micol Ostow
13. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
14. Pearl by Jo Knowles
15. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
16. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
17. Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
18. Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
19. The third book in the Carter series by Brent Crawford
20. Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy
21. Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

How many will I read? I don't know! 

Progress: 0 books

In My Mailbox (9)

Hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (paperback edition)
First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer 
**Thanks to Jennifer**

The entire Change and Cherish Series by Jane Kirkpatrick:
**Thanks Brittanie**

Sand In My Eyes by Christine Lemmon (Signed) **Thanks Jennifer**
Pretty Little Liars (TV tie in) by Sara Shepard **Thanks Jackie**

My sister won these books from various contest and since her books are added to my library, I thought I'd share them:
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (signed) 
The Impostor's Daughter by Laurie Sandell 
Barely A Lady by Eileen Dreyer (2 copies) 


From the Library:
School Library: 
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 

For Review:
None that have come in!

So what's in your mailbox?

Mockingjay Countdown: Mini Challenge 1: Katniss Cast

Mockingjay Countdown

Go check out all the challenges! 

So for the fist day of the Mockingjay Countdown challenge hosted by Smitten With Books, for the first challenge we have to say which actress we want to play Katnis and why!

My pick would be: Troian Bellisario

I'm sure most of you have seen her in Pretty Little Liars as Spencer Hastings and I love her in that role. It fits her so well. So I think she's be a great Katniss. She looks the part and I'm sure she can act like a tough girl who's just trying to survive the Games and make sure that everyone she loves is safe. Not to mention bring down the Capitol! 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I need your help!

Ok so recently, I signed up to participate in a challenge and I completely forgot what blog that challenge was on! I'm not even kidding, I'm completely blank on the name of the blog where I signed up!

So I need to know the name of the blog! Do you any of you know it? Well, here's what I remember about it:

1. There was more than one blog participating...maybe 3?
2. All you had to do was write a review and post it on a Mr. Linky
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Review: Mistwood by Leah Cypress

Summary:Everyone tells Isabel that she is the Shifter - the ancient shape-shifting creature who has protected the kings of Samorna for centuries. They need her to be the Shifter. Prince Rokan risked everything when he rode into the Mistwood to summon her to his side; Ven, the magician's apprentice, has devoted his life to studying her legend; and even Princess Clarisse, who fears and hates her, depends on Isabel's powers to further her own plans.

But Isabel doesn't feel like the Shifter. She feels like a lonely human girl, beset by flashes of memory that do more to confuse than to help her. If she is the Shifter, why can't she change her shape? Why doesn't she remember what made her flee the castle so many years ago? As she is drawn deeper into a web of magic and assassination, Isabel will have no choice but to look for answers. But her search will lead her to the one question the Shifter hasn't faced in a thousand years: where does she come from, and what does she really want?

Review: The one different thing about this book was the fact that in this book, the male is the one who needed to be protect, not vice versa. And what's more, it's a girl who's protecting him! This was a great debut book and I enjoyed reading it immensely!

Isabel is a shifter. She changes her form to what ever will help her protect the king, in this case Prince Rokan. From the beginning we can tell that something, or someone, is threating the Prince and that is where Isabel steps in. She's a protector yet she is unable to shift! But she will fight if she must! And boy does she do that! She went from being cold to sweet and caring to just...different. We could read her struggle to not be able to shift and have to protect the Prince.

Even though this book is written in third person, we learn a lot about Isabel and for me, I connected with her the most. She was a great heroine, and I loved reading about her.
But I did have my problems: 1. I got confused so many times in this book! I mean first she's talking to the Prince and then his sister and then a magician! I was like "what just happened?". And 2. I wanted more romance. There were many hints of romance in the text but there wasn't much actual romance there. Some books are good with the romance in the background, they just work better that way. With this book, though, I would have loved for it to get out of the background and take stage!
Grade: 3.png Three Stars image by Adaleelee .5 I liked it.

Cover: D, Not a fan of this cover. I love the castle and the woods and the mist but the girl...her eyes...are just plain creepy! I like books that are good and have great covers, with this one, I didn't want to look at the cover!

Overall: A great debut novel! Check it out if you want something quick and good to read!