Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (16)

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

Brace yourselves, I have a lot of books I can't wait for!

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Runaway (Airhead # 3)
By Meg Cabot
June 1, 2010


Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.

With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope. . .what's the point of even going on?
But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.

Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved--since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed--this time, permanently?

Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running.

It's Meg Cabot. The third book in a series I love. Must you ask more?

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The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
April 13, 2010

When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret girl power society dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?


I love books that have princesses, romance and all of the other good stuff together...Sounds like a book for me!

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The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)by James Dashner
October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers


There's not summary yet but I think the cover is just as good as The Maze Runner's. I can't wait to see what this book is about. I will post the summary as soon as it gets out!








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Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Trilogy, #2)
by Simone Elkeles

April 13, 2010 by Walker Books for Young Readers

New sparks will fly in the sequel to Simone Elkeles’s breakout book Perfect Chemistry.

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado. Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

With new characters to fall in love with and the same hot romance found in Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles has crafted another sure-fire hit for teens.


Here's the trailer:


I haven't read the first book yet but I want to read them both!

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The Knight Angels
by Abra Ebner


When seventeen-year-old Jane Taylor witnessed her father's death at age seven, something happened to her. Ever since, her thoughts have been consumed by death, going so far as to foresee the ever-changing deaths of those around her.

Sixteen-year-old Emily Taylor always resented her sister’s closeness with their father, who died when she was only six. Ever since she can remember, she’s had the strange ability to read minds, something her father held the key to. Left helpless, she drowns herself in a world of prescription drugs, sending her responsible older sister Jane – who acted as the mother her real mother refused to be – over the edge.

Seventeen-year-old Wes Green was adopted as a baby, left carelessly by parents that clearly did not love him. He moved in next door to Jane, sharing an alleyway window and finding in her a childhood friend that soon turned into his high-school crush. All summer, though, the pain that’s been wracking his body seemed to come with no explanation. He was done growing, was plenty healthy, and worked out regularly as a member of the wrestling team. When senior year starts, though, and the pain gets worse, the changes ahead of him are anything but what he expected, and far to animal for his taste.

When Max Gordon, doomed to be a teenager for the next thousand years, found himself standing above her dying body, he saw in her bright eyes something he hadn’t seen in the nearly one-hundred-years he’d spent roaming Earth. Her father was already dead, but there was a chance he could still save her from the wreck. Jane was her name, and she was only seven, but already she was all he ever wanted. It was his job to bring her back, but it was an act that could have been the biggest mistake of his life.

When four teens enter Glenwood High on an unseasonably cool day in September, no one but Max could understand the future that was ahead of them. Drawn together by blood and friendship, they each hide a dark secret that will soon help to bind them even closer.

When the one face Max hoped to never see again shows up on school grounds – his evil twin brother, Greg – he knows that coming back for Jane was the wrong thing to do. Finding that Greg already knows about Max’s attraction for Jane, Max finds he can no longer hope to leave again, afraid of what Greg will do.

Max has to protect Jane, Jane wants to be normal, Wes wants Jane to love him, and Emily just wants the voices to stop…

And Greg… he just wants everyone dead.


What a synopsis...This book is defiantly one I can't wait to read. Hope I'm not dissapointed!
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What about you guys? What's in your WoW?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Inside Out Book Trailer!

The wonderful Eleni posted this on her blog and I just had to share:


Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: THIS THURSDAY!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 320

Summary:

Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

Check out the site for Inside Out where you can read Chapters 1-3:

AND NOW THE BOOK TRAILER:



STEPHENIE MEYER TO RELEASE A NEW BOOK!


FROM HER SITE:

Surprise!

I have a new book coming out. It's called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Well, it's more of a novella than an actual book—my version of a short story.

Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it's a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.

This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.

At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.


(Keeping it confidential: Here is Jodelle next to the bucket of waterlogged ashes that were once the pages of her copy of the Bree manuscript.)

Then I got the news: my "short story" was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the Guide—without ending up with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film. That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.

There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at www.breetanner.com.


One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We're going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online. I hope you will. I think that we can really help a lot of people with this.

I really hope you all enjoy this story. I had a blast writing it. I'm glad that after all this time cooling her heels in my files, Bree finally gets her chance to shine.

Thanks for all the support,

Steph

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner comes out June 5, 2010. Pre-order it here!
Here's a short article about it in Publisher's Weekly.

So will you all be getting this book? I'm probably going to get it because it really does sound interesting. What about you?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Summary: Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...

Review: Ever since I read Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth, I knew I could expect this book to be good. The Unwritten Rule was a hart-warming, brutally honest and a good read all the way to the end.

I liked this book a lot. Though there were some places I had a hard time following what was happening and places where I got bored and skipped a few pages, I liked this book over all. This topic, the best-friend-likes-her-best-friend's-boyfriend scenario is so true to like. I've seen these things happen to my friends. I felt that Elizabeth did a good job writing about this. The dialogue wasn't too bad and it went well with the book.

Sarah's voice was very brilliant and true. I liked reading about her and her struggles to do the right thing, like not hurt her best friend and want her boyfriend. Her character, her emotions, her actions are just the kind of thing I had expected and hoped to see from Elizabeth.

Brianna. I. HATE. HER. Anyways, I think Elizabeth did a very, very good job with her. She was a girl who didn't want to face the obvious truth, the one who thought everything was about her. She thought she had the perfect boyfriend whom she loved, but she also thought it was okay for her to like make out with, and get a hickey, from a boy who likes her. WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? I could have liked it better if Ryan and Sarah didn't kiss so early in the book but I was glad when they did. I'm glad Brianna broke it off with Ryan, but she didn't think he'd care, and then when she walked in on Ryan and Sarah together, I was so very happy. I think Brianna got what she deserved. I do feel for her about her parents, but I didn't like how she treated Sarah or Ryan.

A short but good read.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: B, I like how they're kinda touching but in a oh-we're-not-supposed-to-do-this way. I think more could have been done to make it better.

Overall: A good, light read. Pick it up if you want something good and want to finish it fast! But if you want a good book, then please go ahead and read it too!

The Naming Conventions Challenge!

This contest is hosted by Reading My Way Through Life

Pick books based on the letters of your name. Books can be chosen based on authors last name, authors first name or title of the book.

1) Write down your first name (or whatever name you usually go by)


2) Do any or all of the following (i.e. do 2a and/or 2b and/or2c):

2a) For each letter, pick an author whose last name starts with that letter.

2b) For each letter, pick an author whose first name starts with that letter.

2c) For each letter, pick a book that starts with that letter.

3) Books can be cross-overs from other challenges, but each book can only be used once in this challenge. Authors may be repeated though.

4) The challenge lasts one month per letter of your name

However long it takes is dependent on how many letters you have in your name!

I think this is a great way to read the books in you (my) TBR pile. I'm going to do 2c. So this is my list:

Book Title
K--Karma Club, The by Jessica Brody
A-- A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
I--Inconvenient by Margie Gelbwasser
L--Lost It by Kristen Tracy
I--Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
A--A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Harry Potter Theme Park Pictures Revealed

The first pictures have been released for the Harry Potter Theme Park in Universal Studios! Here are just a few (aren't they amazing?):



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See all the pictures HERE. Pictures are not mine!
It looks so wonderful! I can

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Book Blogger Hop: Number 2

A quick post to remind all of you that since today is Friday, it's time for another Book Blogger Hop! Go over to Crazy-for-Books to join and link up your blog! It's a great way to find new blogs!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beautiful Darkness Summary

I just found the summary to Beautiful Darkness, the sequel to Beautiful Creatures. This book is going to come out October 26, 2010!

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.


Ooooh! I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Cover for Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, #5)

Well, I haven't started this series yet, but I will get to it soon! Here's the cover to the new book, book 5, in the sreis. I love it! What about you?

Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, #5)
Melissa de la Cruz
October 5, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (15)

I have a lot of books that I'm waiting for:

My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
April 1, 2010

Summary:Heidi has the perfect solution to her popularity problems - a fake boyfriend. She's even made him an Internet profile that makes him look like a motorcycle-riding, poetry reading bad boy. *swoon* Heidi's friends are so impressed they start emailing Heidi's fake boyfriend with their problems . . . including their problems with Heidi. As if that weren't bad enough, a delicious and possibly single person called "A Real Boy" emails Heidi to say he knows the truth. Can Heidi escape from her world wide web of lies? Or will her chance at romance disappear faster than you can type gtg?

This book sounds really cute!

A Haunting Emma Novel by Lee Nichols
May 2010/Bloomsbury

Summary: When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother’s very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family’s museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she’s been hiding from everyone have gotten worse.

Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can’t explain—it’s as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer. A rich New England setting filled with mystery, tradition, and prep-school intrigue make Deception the perfect choice for fans of series like Kate Brian’s Private, as well as all those paranormal fans. The shocking ending will leave readers desperate for book two.


Oooh! Ghosts, a cute boy, a shocking ending making readers beg for book two? Now, doesn't that sound great????

Nightshade
by Andrea Cremer
pub: Oct 2010/Philomel Penguin

Summary: While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.

I think the cover is enough to pull me in! But the synopsis has a certain vibe to it too!

Spells
by Aprilynn Pike
May 2010/Harper Teen

Summary:Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever. When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

Love this cover too! And the book sounds interesting.

Glass by Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury USA on May 25, 2010

Summary:"Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way." Amazon.com synopsis

Oooh, I'm a big sucker for books like this one! Now come one, doesn't it sound cute?


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Author Interview: Jennifer Brown

So today I'd like all of you to welcome Jennifer Brown, the debut author of Hate List!


A little about Jen: Jennifer Brown, debut author of Hate List is a two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award and is a columnist for the Kansas City Star. She lives in Missouri with her husband and three children.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary: Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

So let's welcome Jennifer:

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
Probably when I finished writing my first novel (now one of many trunk novels) and saw how totally satisfying it is to just have finished such a mammoth project. I was hooked, not on publication or on reader feedback, but on the craft of storybuilding. I knew I could never go back to not "currently working on a novel."

2. Where did the inspiration for Hate List come from?
I was bullied in junior high and high school. That kind of thing tends to stick with you over the long haul, and I think I had yet to really "wrap my head around" all the feelings and thoughts that I'd stored up inside myself during that time. Not that I had a plan to sit down and write a book about bullying, but when Valerie came into my head (the morning after a song -- "If Everyone Cared" by Nickelback -- got stuck in my head while I was sleeping), and her voice began to come to life... I went right back to that sad place. I was able to draw off of real feelings and real events that I'd been holding in, and next thing I knew I had a story!

3. What was the hardest part about writing Hate List? The easiest?
The hardest part for me was making Valerie likable. I wasn't sure I'd be able to show someone that mired in grief and fear and confusion and anger and still make her someone that the reader cared about and wanted to see "win."

The easiest part was writing Dr. Hieler. I've been married to him for over a decade.

4. What book are you reading right now?
GOING BOVINE, by Libba Bray.

5. What is your favorite all time young adult novel released any time? Why?
Oh, come ON! This is too tough! Okay, probably ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET, because that book really changed how I saw what books could talk about. Also, because it represents the time of my life where books really began to be my true love.

6.While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
I actually don't believe in Writer's Block. I believe in Writer's Laziness. And Writer's Distraction. And Writer's Fear. And a whole host of other maladies we chalk up to writer's block. I keep writing, even when I don't feel like it and when it's tough and when it sucks and just plan to cut out the bad stuff later. But I never stop. I know that eventually I'll get back on track.

7. Are any of your characters based off of people you know? Is Meghan’s character supposed to be you?
Only Dr. Hieler was definitely based on someone I know. Bea is sort of very loosely based on my best friend's mom. My mom claims she can see me in Valerie, and I guess I can see that too. But otherwise, no.

8. Favorites’ time!

Cadny- Cherry Mash

Food- Mediterranean

Fictional Character- (another toughie!) Hmmm... how about Grandma Mazur from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

Author (that is not your same genre!) - Maya Angelou

Singer- The Beatles

9. What is one thing no one knows about you?
I once got to sit on John Lennon's couch in a private room at a Hard Rock Cafe.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for having me, and thanks for supporting Hate List!

Thanks Jennifer!

I've never heard of Cherry Mash. I love the Beatles too!

Visit her website for more information about her and Hate List.

Princess Bookie's Re-Create A Book Cover Contest

Yet again the lovely Cindy from Princess Bookie is hosting a cover re-make contest, go here for further details!


This time I did The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

From This:

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I Made This:



Monday, March 22, 2010

Review: Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Summary: Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear.


Review: I've heard so much about this series and I finally got a chance to read it! For beginners, this was a great read. The characters were awesome and so well written. They develop throughout the book (obviously Yelena more than anyone) and you get a good sense of whats going on with them. As I can tell, some of the characters who aren't in this book a lot will probably play big rolls in the next book.

As for Yelena, I loved her. She was so fiery and independent that I really wanted to know more about her. One of the things that kept me engaged in this book was how Yelena always talked about how she got to her execution position. The way she talked about it, described it, I had to know what happened. As the protagonist, she learns a great deal about herself just as we do.

The plot was well written and very detailed. There was enough action, romance, danger and other various things to keep me on my toes. It's obvious that Snyder took her time writing this book with all the details she has in it.

One of the things I didn't like a lot was the amount of details. The details were needed to make the story understandable, but a lot of it was access information. Sometimes I found myself skimming the pages, looking for dialogue. Yeah, dialogue. Most of the time, its the dialogue thats too much. But in this book, I would have loved it being less details and more dialogue.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I liked it. There was a lot of unneeded information.

Cover: A+, It goes so well with the rest of the book! I love how the model is wearing read and the background items!

Overall: A great fantasy. I recommend this to those who want a good book but have time to read access information.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

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.

This week I got:
Won:
Demon Chick @ Princess Bookie

From The Library:

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Twice Upon A Marigold by Jean Ferris
*Numbers by Rachel Ward



The Three Laurens of the Book World

I was looking for books to read and I thought of the New York Times Best Seller list to look at. And then I read this post at Write.Worker.Mother.Wife and I thought, "This is so crazy!"

Alright, here it is:

5. SWEET LITTLE LIES, by Lauren Conrad
6. FALLEN, by Lauren Kate
7. BEFORE I FALL, by Lauren Oliver

And here's a few pointers:

1. All have the first name Lauren.
2. All have last names that can be first names ( I actually didn't believe Conrad could be one but I was proven wrong)
3. Two of the three have FALL in their title.
4. Two of the three are 2010 debut authors (Lauren Oliver and Lauren Conrad)
5. All three books have been released within the last five-six months, from December onward

So any comments?


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Summary:When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.


For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.

Review: Ally Carter has done it again. After reading the first two books in The Gallagher Girls Series, I was very happy to find out Ms. Carter had another book coming out. This one about thieves! Leave it to her to take a topic like this and write such a great book on it.

We're introduced to Kat, a girl who's grown up in a world of stealing and such. But she wants to change that. So she enrolls at a school. But then her friend Hale comes and brings her back to her old life. Why? A very dangerous man just happens to be after Kat's father because according to this man, Kat's father stole something of his. Now Kat finds it on to her self to save her father and prove that she wasn't running away.

So begins her quest to find out who did steal the paintings and to prove her father innocent. Who ever said that this was going to be easy? Along the way Kat get's help from her cousin, who she's not on the best terms with, two other family friends, and of course Hale. Reading about this group of teens roam the world was so much fun. They went from Paris to London to Las Vegas to Rome.

The relationship between Hale and Kat was so cute. I loved how at first they are friends but there's some clues saying that they're going to be more than that. Watching, or reading, their friendship relationship develop into somewhat love was very entertaining.

The big down side? The constant change of narrative and characters. I had to read back to see who was speaking, what was going on and what in the world they were talking about. Though the narratives were well written, I think a lot of details didn't necessarily need to be there. Some of the dialogue was unnecessary as well. The historical references were very researched , though they fictionalized, I can tell that Ms. Carter took time to research the paintings, the painters and other such historical references.

Heist Society was a fun, fast-paced book and one I highly enjoyed.

Grade:Go to fullsize image .5 I really liked it.

Cover: A+, the cover is what caught my attention. Not to mention the title. It was very Ally Carter like. You can tell that there's going to be some adventure, a little bit of romance, and a girl out to prove herself.

Overall: A great book. Fans of Carter's The Gallagher Girls Series will love this book. But if you're looking for a good book, then check this out also!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Author Appreciation Week Post 5


It's the last day! I've had such a great time listing and telling people why I loved which author or not. On the last day, though, I began having second thoughts. I only had eight authors that I talked about but there are so many authors out there I love! So, instead, I'm going to write post for all the authors out there that I love:

Ever since I was young, I've loved reading. I'd go to the library and get ten books and go home and sit in my bed and read, read, read. I was able to travel the world in those books from my own bed. I learned about different cultures and people and lifestyles and I had so much fun in the process. I've read YA book, Urban Fantasies, paranormals and so many more types of books that I can't a single genre. And those books were so good, I don't have a favorite book!

In the fourth grade, I wanted to write a book. I tired so hard to write one, but I failed. And I got mad. I said "screw books, screw authors." And that got me thinking. If we didn't have such wonderful authors and their brilliant minds coming up with book ideas, I wouldn't have been able to travel the world or learn about werewolves or vampires. If it weren't for J.K.Rowling, we wouldn't have Harry Potter. Then the world wouldn't realize that YA books are not just for us teens, but for everyone.

Without all the amazing authors in this world, from authors in the UK, or China, or Mexico or Brazil, we wouldn't have books to read . We wouldn't have great stories or something to keep us busy. Heck, we wouldn't be here, typing on a book blog.

Without you all, I wouldn't have to courage I have to write a book and have hope that one day it will be published!

So, this is for all the authors in the world. Thanks for sharing your minds, and creativity and advice and characters and story ideas with us. Without your courage to get out and write a book, I'm not sure how I would pass my time on a rainy day or when I'm down and I need to escape my world.

Thanks to all of you. May you never stop writing, so I can keep reading!

*** Banner made by Sara from Novel Novice

Review: The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong


***SPOILER ALERT***

Summary:After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…



Review: Ok, so the story begins with Chloe, a 15-year-old girl who lives a normal life. Until she begins to see ghosts. Now everyone is so worried about her, she is sent to Lyle House where they hope she can "over come" her "illness." But the more Chloe is at Lyle House, the more she realizes that her house mates are a normal as she is. Which isn't a lot. So begins Chloe's life trying to adjust as a "un-normal" girl. But soon, Chloe notices that everything is not how they seem. There is danger at Lyle House and their are secrets hidden behind every corner. And it's up to Chloe to find them.

Alright, the beginning was fast. I mean one second I'm reading about Chloe and her friends and this guy she wants to ask out and the next second, she's being chased down the hall by a ghost in a janitor's uniform. It took me a while, and a few flips back to figure out what was happening. I don't like books to have a slow beginning but this books beginning was really, really, fast. And confusing. But it was good and it caught my attention.

The characters are not developed and we don't learn a lot from them. And honestly, I'm glad. At first it would have made me mad, but after finishing this book, I realized this is book is probably the introduction book. The less I found out about the characters, the more I wanted to read on and learn about them.

The plot for this book is amazing. It has so much information in it and it takes a while for it all to sink in and make sense. Kelley Armstrong's world is so complicated with supernatural creatures, and rules and the characters having their own story fit in with the plot. I think she did a good job putting it all together.

Can Kelley put in surprises or what? The first time I read about Aunt Lauren, she seemed like such a great aunt. The over protective, this-girl-needs-a-mom-figure-in-her-life type. But who know she was a two faced, B****? I sure didn't and I wanted to kill her at the end of the book. The most sicking part? She was so clam sedating ( or something) her niece! I mean seriously and the way she spoke to Chloe, telling her it was for her own good. *shudders*

Derek turned out to be one of my favorite characters. And a werewolf. Simon was okay, but I liked Derek better. Tori was the absolute b**** and there is always one in almost every book! I didn't see much of Liz but I think she's either 1)dead or 2) a shamen.

I think that's all!

Grade: Go to fullsize image.5 I liked it.

Cover: A-, I like the necklace and how how the girl (model?) is holding it. It shows that the necklace, a ruby (or red), has something to do with the book.

Overall: A good book that I enjoyed. I want to read the other two books so badly! This book can be confusing at first but you understand a lot at the end. If you love paranormal and Urban Fantasy, this is for you!

The Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer @ Crazy for Books is hosting the Book Blogger Hop!

What is Book Blogger Hop? It's a weekly event where you link your blog and "hop" around to other blogs, finding new and wonderful blogs, as well as making new friends. It's a great way, as said before, to find new blogs and get new followers!

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Beautiful Darkness Cover

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
October 26, 2010

Well, I do like this cover but why am I having second thoughts? I loved the cover for Beautiful Creatures and all but I just don't know about this one. I see a gate and I noticed that the font is still the same....and is that stars in the background? So what do all of you think?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Author Appreciation Week Post 4


So today I have:

Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Why I Like Their Writing:
Fairies, werewolves, vampires…and now Casters. Margaret and Kami have won my heart with their epic, wonderful story. Their characters are so strong, independent, and fun to read about and just great! Their plots are well written. Their style of writing is just their own and it really shows with their book. In a time (book market) where one type of supernatural creature rules, Kami and Margaret gracefully and powerfully bring out another creatures for all of us to love.

Books by Margaret and Kami:

Up Coming Releases:

Where to find them:

AND NOW:

Richelle Mead
Richelle2

Why I Like Her Writing:
With so many vampire books out at the time I first saw her books, I was really hesitant in reading them. But my friend assured me it was really good and not the typical vampire story. And boy was it not. Richelle was about to take a Romanian folklore and turn it into an Urban Fantasy book series that so many of us love. Her characters are fresh and funny and completely original. Completely hers. She knows how to write the right amount of action, romance and anything else and she knows where to put them so the story turns out good. She has enough mystery (suspense) , supernatural occurrences, and interesting content to keep me happy.

Books by Richelle:

She also has adult books out:


Up Coming Releases:

Where to Find Her:
 
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