Friday, January 29, 2010

Review: Vampire Kisses:Book 2: Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber

Summary: Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . .

After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favorite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.

When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who—or what—she encounters on the way?

Review: Kissing Coffins picked up from where Vampire Kisses had left off: Raven finding out that Alexander is a vampire. Okay, so I gave this series another shot and I am happy to say that I am revived. Somewhat.

The plot was still very loose and hard to understand. Way to many sudden decisions made by the characters (Alexander's mainly) made it had to know what was going on in the book.

It was too ironic to find out that Alexander went to the same town where Raven's aunt lives and more so, it's spring break. Way, way, way to predictable. I would have rather preferred that her (Raven) parents forced her to go visit her aunt and then she'd find out that Alexander was there. I just found that annoying. I was shaking my head the whole time.

I also felt that Raven was even less the Raven she was in the first book. She was even more perky and happy going and I felt she had lost some of her independence. She was also not fighting with Trever more, something I was looking forward too.

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

Cover: B-, It looks to duplicated. I think it should have been made more original.

Overall: For middle school readers or vampire lovers. If you want a quick read, this is something to read.

Review: Vampire Kisses: Book 1 by Ellen Schreiber

Summary:
In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven -- a vampire-crazed goth-girl -- is an outcast. But not for long...

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

Review: When I first saw this book, it was in the 7th grade, two years ago. My friend was reading it and she said she loved it and I would too. But at that time my vampire book (series) was The Twilight Saga. But this year, a friend of mine read it and she said it was way better than The Twilight Saga. So I decided to give it a try. After reading the synopsis, I got the impression that Raven wasn't going to be the normal, or stereotypical vampire love girl. No, Raven Madison is a goth girl living in "Dullsville" where she is considered an outcast. I though it was a refreshing twist to the normal type of vampire stories going around.

Refreshing it was, but it was also somewhat of a let down. Raven is a goth and from her description and all, she's not supposed to be as perky as she is in this book. I would have prefered her to be more hostile or I don't know, quiet? She was just....not what I had expected.

Another thing I'd like to point out is the fact that things fell so right into place. I mean girl meets boy, boy and girl fall in love, they begin to date, it way to common. I would have loved to have had anything more than a romance in this book. Hey, don't get me wrong or anything, I liked the romance aspect of this book, but as a teenager, it just didn't seem to...fit. Maybe Ms. Schreiber should spend more time with teens and try to get a better understanding of how we talk, act and how life really is like for us. I think this first book is way to lovey-dovey for a vampire book. No danger, or anything.

One odd thing, though, is the fact that I liked the relationship of Raven and her bully, Trevor, more refreshing. It felt more...realistic to me. As a teenager, I can totally see a guy making fun of a girl when it's obvious to everyone that the guy likes the girl. I'd hoped some things would happen and they did, but it all just fell apart.

I'm hoping that the other books are better. I feel like this book was targeted more toward middle school readers rather than high school readers. I also think this book was a bit too fast paced and well, very short. I would have loved more involvement of Raven's friends, Trevor and maybe even more Alexander.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I liked it. What more can I say? I hope the other books are better.
Cover: A+, I loved the cover. It was exactly what I had expected to see with a vampire related book.

Overall: Mainly for middle school grade level readers but if you love vampires and want more of them, then read this book (series). It's for you.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Waiting on" Wednesday (8)

I know this is one day late and I am very sorry. Today, my blog will be very busy as I plan to review at least 4 to 5 books. But in the mean while, here's the book:

WoW is hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine!

Nomansland by Lesley Hauge
(Henry Holt BFYR, 6/22/10)

Sometime in the future, a lonely, windswept island is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, they’ve been told, is men. When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there. What are they to make of these mysterious things? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?

This book sounds really good!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Take Another Chance Challenge



I was reading some blogs and I came accross the Take Another Chance Challenge, hosted by Jenners @ Find Your Next Book Here. I dicided to look at what the challenges were and I liked them all, so I've signed up for it.

Here's some general information:

Basic Information
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.

Here are the participation levels. Feel free to do whatever level you want. You can also switch up or down midway through the challenge.

A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.

A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.

Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.

Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.

The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).

Crossover books from other challenges is fine.


So, what do you think? I've decided to do all 12 challenges and since I have a whole year to work on it, I know I can get it done. I've got my other challenge (2010 Authors Debut Challenge) but I think all of them could come together, one way or another.

See a list of all 12 challenges HERE.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge

I know that this is not January 1st and all but I just signed up for the 2010 Author Debut Challenge hosted by the amazing Kristi AKA The Story Siren . You can find out more information HERE. The goal is to read 12 books by new author's who are debuting this year. I have challenged myself to read 30 (maybe 50 books) this year. Here is my list so far (I will be changing this when I learn of more books I want to read!):

1. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
2. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
3. Sea by Heidi Kling
5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
11. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
12. The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
13. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
15. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (7)

I know this post is late but I had a lot of homework last night and I couldn't get to it. Today's WoW book is one I chose.

Twice Dead (The Second Book of Haven)
February 2010 (Bell Bridge Books)

Kita is adjusting to her new liquid diet--an adjustment she rather resents. Not that everything was chocolate and sunshine before (though both were possible before the sexy but infuriating Nathanial sank his fangs in her business). Kita's ability to shape shift into a kitten when her peers shifted into lions and tigers complicated her life, to say the least, but getting stuck in one form--that of a human shaped tick, a.k.a. a vampire--sucks, literally. Her adjustment period is violently interrupted when she discovers a headless corpse during a party for a visiting vampire council. But, the headless dancer won't be the only corpse she encounters.
Kita's involvement draws the attention of the Collector, an ancient vampire with an inclination to acquire two things: power and oddities. As a pureblood shifter turned vampire, Kita ranks high on the collectability list--not a safe place for anyone who values her freedom, and Kita is not the only one on the list. But with the body count rising, there is more at stake than freedom. A killer is slithering through the underbelly of Haven's vampire community, and with the supernaturals dealing in unnamed favors, it's a bad time to be a kitten who can't slip her skin.
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I have yet to read the first book (I know, I know) but I just have had no time to go to the store and buy it. I am waiting for this book though!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis

Summary:"Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all starts so simply.
You. Him. The moon. You’re toast."

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her step-mother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior. Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges, III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one? One thing’s for sure, that pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.


Review: Wow. Just wow. And it's not a good WOW either. I had such high expectations for this book and I have no shame in saying that I am very, very disappointed.

Shelby was unbelievable. I couldn't believe that she was supposed to be a teenager. She didn't sound like one nor did she act like one. Her dialogue was....just not right and to me a lot of it was unnecessary and didn't fit with the rest of the book. The plot was terrible. One second we're on Shelby's front porch and the next we're in the woods with strangers. The transaction from one scene to another was not well written and rather confusing.

I would have just thrown the book at the wall (like I wanted to) but I decided to give it a chance. I kept forcing myself to read on and on with the story but I just couldn't. The camp? It was just plain annoying but there were some aspects that I liked. The romance between Shelby and Austin was just plain weired. He's the son of a rock star and she's a girl who wants a guy....

I think this is all I am going to say.

Grade: Must I do this? Oh, alright.....Go to fullsize image

Cover: A+ I love the cover. It looks amainzing. I love the girl with the red hood and the foggy background. The bare trees and the moon make it just look so amazing and mysterious.

Overall:
The cover art is just plain wonderful. If only the book were as good I would recomend it to someone....but I just can't.

Review: The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod: Book Two: Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer

Title: Ninth Grade Slays
Author: Heather Brewer
Series: The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod
Book #: 2

Summary:High school totally bites when you're half human, half vampire.

Freshman year sucks for Vlad Tod. Bullies still harass him. The photographer from the school newspaper is tailing him. And failing his studies could be deadly. A trip to Siberia gives "study abroad" a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities, but will he return home with the skills to recognize a vampire slayer when he sees one? In this thrilling sequel to Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad must confront the secrets of the past and battle forces that once again threaten his life.

Review: *SIGH* The second book of the series. After EIGHT GRADE BITES I had been waiting for this book, hoping that the series would get more interesting and better. It did get somewhat better but not completely.
This book brought back Vlad the main protagonist. We also learn more about Henry and Aunt Nellie and Uncle Otis. Vlad's relationship with Meridith gets better. A new character is introduced and he's a bit sketchy.

I have to admit the first chapter was very good. It made me want to turn the page and made me want to know more. I was, as with the first book, a bit disappointed. Though the plot for this book was just as good as the first one, there were things missing or some things didn't make sence at all.

When Vlad goes to Russia the time he spends there is interesting. We learn more about Vlad' father and Vlad's powers and all but once again I think the ending was rushed. The Vampire Slayer being Henry's cousin was ironic and I found it funny that a Vampire Slayer could not spot a vampire that was right in front of him. Why is it that so many books have this concept?

But I did like this book, don't get me wrong. The ending, though rushed, was a good one and I think it fit the book well. It also left me hanging and as always wanting more.

I do hope the third book is better.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I can't give this book any more stars.

Cover: A- ~It looked like the color was changed, the picture was zoomed in and that's all. It looked too much like the first book cover.

Overall: I liked this book and if you've read the first book, I think you should read this one.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (6)

WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!

Faithful by Janet Fox
(Speak, 5/13/2010)

Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet’s life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared, and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her friends, from society, and verging on no prospects, Maggie is furious and devastated by her father’s betrayal. But when she arrives, she finds herself drawn to the frustratingly stubborn, handsome Tom Rowland, the son of a park geologist, and to the wild romantic beauty of Yellowstone itself. And as Tom and the promise of freedom capture Maggie’s heart, Maggie is forced to choose between who she is and who she wants to be.

This book sounds really good and I love the cover. I hope it's not a disappointment.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mortal Instruments News

There are a few news postings for The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare:

1. If you don't know yet, The Mortal Instruments are going to be adapted into movies. I'm not sure about you, but I'm very happy about this. I can't wait to see City of Bones. I know this is way, way to early to have such expectations but I loved the books. Ive been hearing a lot of things that surround Twilight. A lot of people say that Clary is like Bella and that the movies will be bad or something. Other strongly disagrees. Some people even say that the series is so terrible it shouldn't be made into a movie. Me, personally, I loved the books and I want to see the movie. Many people are also wondering if this series will lead us to a Twilighty franchise. So, what do you all think? For more information about the movies click HERE and HERE.

2. The Mortal Instruments books are going to be adapted into graphic novels. I'm not much of a comic book girl but I will read the good ones. As for these? I'm defiantly reading them. The books are great and they defiantly have everything needed for good comic books. Click HERE for more information.

3. There is an excerpt for the first Infernal Devices book The Clockwork Angel on Cassandra Clare's site. From what I know the series is set before the Mortal Instruments. It is in 19th Century London about a 16 year old girl named Tess Gray on her quest to find her brother. It's like a prequel. I'm very excited for this book to come out and it sounds just as good as the Mortal Instruments. Click HERE for the excerpt and HERE to go to the Infernal Devices site. The book is set to be relaased September 7, 2010. So long away!

4. Speaking of the Mortal Instrumetns, again, the fourth book City of Fallen Angles will come out on March 2010. It's really far away and I guess it's a good thing. I guess. For one thing, I'm totally wanting to read the book but I'm scared too: is this going to be a VERY VERY good book like City of Glass? Or will it be the WORST thing in the world? Guess I'll have to wait and find out!


So now, I ask you WHAT DO YOU THINK?

5 Best Series of 2009

5 BEST SERIES OF 2009


1. The Graceling Companion by Kristin Cashore


2. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

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3. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Lightning Thief The Sea of Monsters The Titan's Curse The Battle of the Labyrinth

5. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

5 Best Authors of 2009

5 OF THE BEST AUTHORS OF 2009







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2009 Gone.......2010 Here

Well, Happy New Year. I know this is really late but I did not have internet for the past four days so I was unable to post anything. I'm gonna put up my "Best of 2009" lists up anyways.

 
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