Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eclipse is out!



IT'S HERE! And I want to see it so badly, but I'm not sure when I'm going to see it. Soon I hope. I've heard that it's better than both Twilight AND New Moon so I've got high expectations!

The Summer "Beach Reads" Challenge!

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The Summer Beach Reads Challenge is hosted by the following bloggers:


Time: July 1, 2010 - August 31, 2010

Levels: Remember swim classes? Thus our Reading Challenge levels!


  • Tadpole - Read 4 books in this challenge
  •  Minnow - Read 8 books in this challenge
  •  Dolphin - Read 12 books in this challenge.
  • Shark - Read 16+ books in this challenge!
Details:
  • You do not have to select your books ahead of time. You can just pick and choose as you go if that works better for you! You can also use these books as crossovers to other challenges, so feel free to participate even if you're currently in another challenge. You may join anytime.
  • If you're participating, please take the button at A Fanatic's Book Blog post and put it in your "Challenge" section or on your sidebar of your blog. That way anyone else who wants to join can find their way here.
  • To sign up, create an Introduction Post and link it to the Mr. Linky here.
  • Prizes will be awarded through mini giveaways and contest throughout the challenge, and there will also have a bigger prize pack to be awarded at the end of the challenge.
  • To get credit for the final giveaway you'll need to link your Intro Post to the Mr. Linky and link your reviews on the Welcome Post that will be put up July 1st on A Fanatic's Book Blog. You will receive one entry for your Intro Post, one for each review, and if you post your Wrap-Up post on the indicated day you'll receive an extra 5 entries!
Right now, I'm on the Tadpole level, with four books. I might change in the future but who knows? I don't really have a list of books, but I'll probably read what ever I have on my TBR for this week!

Zan-Gah and The Beautiful County by Allan Richard Shickman

Summary:The prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan s troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land.
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Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman

Summary:The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Review: Aurelia by Anne Osterlund

Summary:Aurelia, the crown princess of Tyralt, wants control over her own life Robert, her former classmate, wants Aurelia. And someone wants her...dead. There have been several narrowly escaped attempts to assassinate the princess, but the king has no desire to incite panic by making the information public. Instead, Robert, the son of the king's former royal spy, is allowed into the inner circle to secretly investigate and watch over Aurelia. Robert is determined to help, if only Aurelia would let him! But the princess will not heed the danger around her, and she does not need Robert to save her. Just as their friendship begins to grow into something more, the threat on Aurelia's life becomes paramount. With everything possible on the line -- her life, her kingdom, her heart -- Aurelia must take matters into her own hands, whatever the cost.

Review: My introduction to Anne Osterlund and I am happy to say that I am not too dissapointed.

Aurelia is a strong willed and independent Princess. She knows what she wants and how to get it. I thought she was a great character but some what well developed. She annoyed me at times and other times I felt bad for her. She wasn't developed though. From the fist page, she was just as feisty and stubborn as she was in the beginning, middle, and end.

There was mystery, for me at least, and I couldn't figure out who was trying to kill her until I came to the middle and it hit me like a ton of bricks. The ending was the most disappointing part: it was too fast, too furious. To me, it seemed as if it came out of no where. And I didn't like how the last pages left us off.

I did enjoy the romance, though there was very little, between Robert and Aurelia. It was obvious from the very beginning that he liked her, but being a hopeless romantic, I couldn't help but love it.

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

Cover: A, I love the look on her face, the mask, everything!

Overall: A book you all should read if you want to.

Tempestuous Cover and Title

Here it is:


Wondrous Strange #3 is now called Tempestuous! 
Scheduled to be released January 7, 2011

Edit: I changed it for Amelia! Sorry, I just noticed! 

DESIRES OF THE DEAD COVER!

HERE IT IS!

DESIRES OF THE DEAD 

I like that they kept the flower design. It looks great! I can't wait to read the synopsis 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

I am soooo excited!!! I CAN'T WAIT!

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Review: For Keeps by Natasha Friend

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

Review: After reading about 10 reviews for this book, I finally decided to give it a try. The synopsis sounded familiar, like it was already done, so I was hesitant. But I'll say that this book surprised me: it was really good. Friend was able to capture my attention from the first page and I finished this book in a little over an hour.

Josie was a great protagonist. She was like the typical teenage girl, with a best friend and in need of some love. But she has her mother, a mother she is very, very close with. Basically, she's got everything a 16 year old wants. But as any teenage girl, what's she to do when she realizes that the father she never knew, might be back in town-- and in her life? All the things Josie once knew seem to get flushed down the toilet.

I was very happy when it was apparent that getting the guy wasn't the focus of the story, but rather trying to figure out if everything you'd know your whole life was all a big fat...lie. I also loved the relationship Kate and Josie had. It so reminded me of Rory and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls, a show I absolutely loved. But like all relationships, I loved how Friend wrote about the rough times in this relationship. Showing that though things are great, they don't always stay that way.

On other thing I loved was Liv. I liked how she loved who she was and wasn't afraid of what people thought of her. Though I thought she was very careless in some parts of the book, she brought a freshness to the story line. She was just what a true friend aught to be, always there for you no matter what.

There is so much going on in this book, but Friend writes it in a way that it's not over done or unrealistic. Friend has written a great book that will keep readers glued to this book until the very end.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.


Cover: B-, Not the biggest fan but I do like the blur in the middle with the girl and the boy. I especially like the Arizona stamp at the top.

Overall: Natasha Friend has written a great book that had family, friendship, romance,drama and so much more. Pick it up next time you go to the library or buy it!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Summary: “Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Review: My friend told me that this was a really good book but I was hesitant to reading it. So now I've read it, and I am so glad I did. This book was amazing! It's the first book my Anderson that I've read and it lives up to all the hype.

Anorexia is so common these days and I've seen friends and classmates fight anorexia, bulimia and cutting, though none have lost their lives. It's a really touchy topic and controversial as well, but I think Anderson did an exceptional job at depicting exactly how hard life can be . From reading this, it was obvious Anderson didn't make it all up. I'm sure she got a lot of insight to life with anorexia and there was apparent research behind it.

The plot was great. Steadily moving along, never letting the reader want to close the book. It went into depth of the physical and emotional feelings and states of the problem. The main character, Lia, is very well developed and well written. She also has a lot of problems and she went through some severe things, but also some not so severe problems, like social life.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I loved it!

Cover: A+, I love the girl and how's she hidden from the rest of the (ice?) and the look in her eyes : desperation, fear, hurt. It's all so...eerie yet it fits so well!

Overall: A great read. Full of emotional and physical challenges and issues, this book explores the life of a girl with something that is (sadly) very common these day. A must read!

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, to share what books you received for review, purchased, or checked out from the library during the past week.

Won:
 A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler (signed! Thanks Holly!) at Pure Imagination
The Host by Stephenie Meyer at Crazy-For-Books

Purchased:
Pine Hollow Book 1: The Long Ride by Bonnie Bryant
Pine Hollow Book 2: The Trail Home by Bonnie Bryant
Pine Hollow 3:  Reining In by Bonnie Bryant
Pine Hollow 4: Changing Leads by Bonnie Bryant

*Any book addict will go crazy if theres 1) a sale at your library 2) they have books by an author you like 3) they just happened to be $1 each and 4) and you happen to have some money with you! I love Bonnie's writing and I really wanted to read this series!

From The Library:
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging : confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Aurelia by  Anne Osterlund
Chasing Brooklyn by 
Lisa Schroeder
Geek Magnet by  Kieran Scott
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
I was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader by  Kieran 
Scott

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler 
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

For Review:
Nothing!

So what's in your mailbox?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My New Affiliates!

I've been blogging for about 9 months but my blog is still relatively new. That said, it's always good to have blogging friends to help me out.

So I want to introduce my AFFILIATE!

The very nice Jessica from A Fantastic Book Blog!

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I'm not too sure why the button isn't working.

The very sweet Raila of Books Out of the Bookshelves!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: June 25-28, 201


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 Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, 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 that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

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!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Review: Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover (Gallagher Girl # 3) by Ally Carter

Summary:When Cammie "the Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept a nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnapper's dangerous plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did.

Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can they keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth...

Review: Ally Carter does it again. Can someone please explain to me how an author can write four previous books and not disappoint at all? Ms. Carter's writing style, characters and plot are just as wonderful and engaging as the previous two books in the series!

The plot with a touch of danger and a lot of mystery and a sprinkle of romance, is well written and flows perfectly. There was research brought into this book as well as heart and soul.

Cammie was once again a great protagonist. She's strong, intelligent, and independent. But she's also vulnerable and I liked that in this book. With so much danger, even with a spy, there so much a 16-year-old can take. In the other books, we never really see the sad, angry, hurt side of Cammie. In this book, we see it all. The other characters were just as wonderful and I loved the appearance of some of them in particular.

With another great book, Ally Carter skillfully writes the story of a girl growing up to be a spy, but more importantly, a young lady. She shows the importance of family and a safe place to be, and just how powerful belonging to a place is.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I loved it!

Cover: A+, This one follows the same context as the other books: Cammie, not seeing the model's face, Gallagher Academy Uniform. I love that it's red, blue, and white because Macey's dad is running for VP!

Overall: A great read. If you've read the first too, read this one. Other wise, GO AND CHECK OUT THIS SERIES!

Review: Prom Nights From Hell by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle

Summary:In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot (How to Be Popular), Kim Harrison (A Fistful of Charms), Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), and Lauren Myracle (ttyl) take bad prom nights to a whole new level—a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper—and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look.

From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

Review: Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle all in one book, this I had to check out. Not only that, but it's about prom nights. Disastrous prom nights. Could it get any better than that?

I really liked this book. I was hesitant at first about reading it but I'm glad I did. Each of the five short stories were different from the next. There was some paranormal twist to each one and I think all the authors did a wonderful job of putting things together. I also liked that these stories weren't the typical prom disaster, per say Boy and Girl go together. Boy or Girl cheats on the other and dumps the one who cheated. I liked all the stories but some were better than the others. For example, The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot was one of my favorites compared to Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe.

There were times when I was confused with what was going on, or I was just plain bored. There were some unnecessary details that could have been taken out. These thing put together took away the fifth star. But aside from that, this book has mystery, romance, danger and so much more.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: A+, I love the corsage! It's you're typical looking rose, but its beautiful! Its got a nice coloring but all the same has a mysterious, dark look to it!

Overall: It's a great book! If you want a quick, enjoyable read, check this one out!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (25)

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

Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
Margaret K. McElderry
Oct 2010

What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy Test. Passing means automatic acceptance to Princeton. Sweet!

Lily's test is to find the Ivy Key. But what is she looking for? Where does she start? As she searches, Lily is joined by Tye, a cute college boy with orange and black hair who says he's her guard. That's weird. But things get seriously strange when a gargoyle talks to her. He tells her that there are two Princetons—the ordinary one and a magical one—and the Key opens the gate between them. But there are more secrets that surround Lily. Worse secrets.

When Lily enters the magical Princeton, she uncovers old betrayals and new dangers, and a chance at her dream becomes a fight for her life. Soon Lily is caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center. In a place where Knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood, Lily will need all of her ingenuity and courage—and a little magic—to unite the worlds and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.

I loved the first book by Sarah and I liked the synopsis of this one too! 


The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Putnam Juvenile
July 2010


Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library— a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That’s where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White’s stepmother’s sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime—or captured by the thief.

Polly Shulman has created a contemporary fantasy with a fascinating setting and premise, starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary— and leads to a world of excitement, romance and magical intrigue.

Yet another great synopsis. I love anything that has to do with the Grimm Brothers! 

The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
Henry Holt and Co.
September 14, 2010


Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. Why do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous devotion that extends beyond the grave?

As Tabby struggles to escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young charge choose a different path. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed himself and any who try to befriend him.

Is that cover not spooky or what? I love it?  Though I've never read Wuthering Heights, the synopsis sounds just great!
The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
Putnam Juvenile
August 26, 2010

All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It's a fun and dangerous thrill at first, but Raye hadn't counted on falling for Julian herself and igniting Ella;s rage.

As Raye works to reconcile the temptress Elizabeth with her real-life self, Ella serves up her own revenge, creating an online smear campaign of nasty rumors and trashy photographs. Suddenly notorious, Raye has to find a way out of the web of deceit that she's helped to build, and back to the relationships that matter.

This one sounds just as interesting as the other books except it has more of a modern day feel to it. 
Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
January 11, 2011

Tessa Brody doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there is definitely something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry that she discovers in a box of old books. The wild, handsome creature woven within it draws Tessa, and frightens her too.

Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible secret-one that has been contained for centuries. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent and haughty attitude to spare. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. "His Lordship" is pretty hard to get along with but equally hard to resist.

Together with Will, Tessa must correct the wrongs of the past to defeat a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

But what is she willing to sacrifice in order to do it?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero Cover Released!

I loved the Percy Jackson Series so I was very happy to learn that there was going to be a new series by Rick Riordan! The Lost Hero is the first book in the Heroes of Olympus Series (visit the EW article to obtain the password for the site - to read the first 2 chapters of The Lost Hero).  For those of you who don't remember, this series deals with the new prophecy that is revealed in the final Percy Jackson book, The Last Olympian.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look at this new series. The cover are is posted on this post, but click HERE to view the full article and learn more about this fun new series by Rick Riordan out in October.

Rick Riordan has blogged about the release of the cover art. View his full post HERE.

You can also click HERE to pre-order your copy from BN.com.

The Huge TBR Read-a-thon Review

So this didn't go as wonderful as I had hoped it would go:

What I read:
  1. Geek Charming by Robin Palmer (REVIEW)
  2. Broken Days by Ann Rinaldi (REVIEW)
  3. The Blue Door by Ann Rinaldi (REVIEW)
  4. The Second Bend In The River by Ann Rinaldi (REVIEW)
  5. Dear America: Dreams in the Golden County, The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl by Kathryn Lasky (review will be up later)
  6. Dear America: Survival In the Storm, The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards by Katelan Janke (Review will be up later!)
  7. Dear America: Standing in the Light, The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan by Mary Pope Osborn (Review will be up later!)
What I didn't read:
  1. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  2. Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
  3. Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman
  4. Zan-Gah and The Beautiful County by Allan Richard Shickman
  5. Prom Nights From Hell by various authors
  6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  8. Leigh Ann's Civil War : a novel by Ann Rinaldi
So I ended up reading three more books that were not originally on the list. If you've believe it, I spent more than 20 hours reading all of these books. But I guess its not too bad concidering how busy I was this week, and I actually wrote up a few posts so yeah. I hope to read a lot more the next time. Thanks to Kristen for hosting this event!

Happy Father's Day!


I found this poem for all the dads out there:

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it ... Dad
~~Author Unknown.~~

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Review: The Second Bend In The River by Ann Rinaldi

Summary:Rebecca Galloway is a busy pioneer girl in the Ohio Territory. Over the years, her friendship with Tecumseh, the respected Shawnee chief, grows into love. Rebecca must choose a future on her family homestead, or with the man she loves.

Review: Since I love Ann Rinaldi, I decided to read this book. It wasn't the worst book I've read by her but it certainly wasn't the best.

The book begins with Rebecca seeing Tecumseh and the two becoming friends. As the story progresses, Rebecca grows older and begins to take in the world around her. She begins falling in love with Tecumseh but also takes into consideration all of the events happening. Especially with the Native Americans and the English people.

Rebecca was an interesting character to read about. From the beginning I can tell she is a strong willed girl who knows what she wants in life. The only girl with six brothers, she has grown up to be very un-ladylike and seeing the world a lot differently than her family. But I loved Rebecca; she was a heroine that was worth reading about. There were times when I was proud of her and times when I felt sorry for her. All in all, she was a great MC.

The history behind this book is an even more interesting one. It turns out that Rebecca Galloway and Tecumseh really did exist. They did meet when she was nine and he did ask her to marry him when Rebecca was sixteen and he was about 20 (?) years older than her. Most of the story is based off of real history. Since not much was said about Rebecca's siblings, Rinaldi was able to create a very big, and just as interesting characters as Rebecca and Tecumseh themselves.

I was taken into the lives of the big Galloway family and their ties to their Ohio town. The fights with the Native Americans and the Americans was as true as it got. The Louis and Clark Expedition was also mentioned in this book. After reading this book, I know more about life in the wilderness and the years of the Native Americans fighting for their land (from 1798- 1813).

Grade: Go to fullsize image I liked it.

Cover: D, There should have been more than just Rebecca and Tecumseh in this cover. A lot of this book is about actual history, so I didn't really like it.

Overall: A good book. This is one historical fiction with a lot of history written wonderfully into it!

*I'm sorry, once again for the un-detailed, short review. I couldn't really say much because either 1) the review would have been long and boring or 2) I would have given it all away.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Review: The Blue Door (The Quilt Trilogy # 3) by Ann Rinaldi

Summary: Amanda Videau has no idea what adventures lies in store for her. Grandmother Abigail is sending her north to Lowell, Massachusetts, the home of the Chelmsford textile mill. Abagail wants to make a final peace with the father she deserted; and she wants Amanda to savor the kind of excitement and adventure she could never find on the family plantation in South Carolina.

But the excitement Amanda discovers is far from welcome. After witnessing a crime, she goes into hiding, disguising herself as a worker in her own great-grandfather's mill. Amanda has to work to live-- something she's never done before. And she must experience the horrible working conditions of the mill firsthand.

Now Amanda is torn between healing her family wounds and fighting for her newfound rights. Either way, she must face the man who lives behind the forbidding blue door--the man who tore the family quilt so many generations ago.

The youngest Chelmsford confronts the oldest in the final book of Ann Rinaldi's epic trilogy about three generations of a New England family.

Review: The quilt has finally made it home! In the second book, Thankful's part of the quilt gets home and now Abigail's! As soon as I finished Broken Days, I began reading this one and I finished it that night as well!

So now we are into the third generation. Amanda is the granddaughter of Abigail Chelmsford Videau, who ran away in the first book and eloped with Nate Videau. When Amanda's father needs money to run his plantation, Grandmother Abigail sends young Amanda to her relatives in Salem, Massachusetts, in hopes of getting some cotton sold to her father's mill. So against her will, Amanda begins her journey. And boy is it a rough one! From meeting a dangerous man who wants to kill her, to being in a steam boat wreck, Amanda some how finds herself in Lowell. But since Nicholas takes her quilt, when Amanda is taken to her great-grandfather's home (who is still alive but all of his children are dead), she can't prove that she is indeed Amanda Videau. I know this sounds confusing, but I really don't want to spoil the book!

She is then forced to work in the Lowell Mills as she has no where to go. Before the steamboat wreck, her friend and travel companion change clothes and identities, so Amanda becomes Clara and Clara becomes Amanda. When Clara dies in the wreck, people believe she is Amanda and tells her father back home that Amanda is dead. So of course her great-grand father won't believe her. Anyhoo, after a long chain of events Amanda befriends the girls at Lowell and they being the ten hour work days campaign.
Amanda also meets Nancy, or Walking Breeze, and the two become friends. In the end, Nicholas is caught, and Amanda meets her family.

The plot was excellent! It was full of action and and danger and I kept flipping the pages, over and over again. Once again, it was evident that a lot of research was put into writing this book, which made it all the better! Not only that, but the characters were well written, even the ones who didn't appear so much. Amanda went from a fretful Southern girl (from South Carolina, where I live!) to a courageous young lady, and I loved sharing her journey!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: A+, the girl (whom I assume is Amanda), the blue door (symbolic in the book), the mills in the background, and the man (whom I assume is Nicholas) and the ferry at the bottom, for the wreck. It's as if the whole book is inscribed in the cover!

Overall: A great ending to an amazing trilogy, Rinaldi know who to put danger, courage, and finding one's self work together so well with history.
*Sorry for the vague review; I honestly didn't know how to review this book without giving everything away!

Review: Broken Days (The Quilt Trilogy #2 )by Ann Rinaldi

Summary:When her mother died, she told 14-year-old Walking Breeze to seek out her family-the Chelmsfords of Salem. She will find solace there. But Ebie Chelmsford has other ideas. Ebie knows that her half-Shawnee "cousin" will take her place as grandfather's favorite. And Ebie will do anything to stop that--even trying to prove that the girl is an imposter... Ebie thinks Walking Breeze is destroying the home Aunt Hannah has fought to keep together. But it's Ebie's actions, ultimately, that risk tearing apart the Chelmsford family, like the tattered threads of the family quilt.

Review: The second book in the Quilt Trilogy by Ann Rinaldi, takes us to the next generation. The characters we met in the first book are grow, married and with children.

Cabot's only daughter Ebie, the main character was a lot of fun to read about. She was young, head strong and knew what she wanted and how to get it. Though I thought how she treated Walking Breeze was sad and not very nice, I also had sympathy for her. All she wanted was to be loved by her Grandfather, like any young girl. When she realizes that Walking Breeze is the daughter of Grandfather's favorite child, Thankful, Ebie is afraid that Grandfather will no longer love her. So begins the story of trust, yet again the main point in this book as it was in the first one.

The other characters are rich and wonderfully written and I enjoyed reading about them all. I was shocked to hear that after twenty years, Hannah had yet to marry Richard. It was also sad to hear that Mattie and Lawrence did not have any children. And Cabot. His wife left him because he was "supposedly" lost at sea, so he had to raise Ebi with the help of his sister. Georgie, Louis' daughter from the first book, was grown up and quiet a nuisance.

I'm not going to spoil the book further, so I'll stop by saying that the plot was very, very well written and researched to a great extent. Not only was she able to put in the life of the people in Salem at the time, Rinaldi was able to capture the hearts and experience of Native Americans at the time as well. This was not a disappointing read since I read it in one hour tops and began book #3, right afterwards. One though though was the fact the Ebie falls in love with Jemmy.Her cousin. Like literally, her cousin! Again, I got a taste of what life like then was like.


Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.


Cover: A+, I love it! With Ebie and Walking Breeze and a sea man ( I think it might be Richard?), it goes very well with this book!


Overall: If you've read the first book, read this was right away. If not, then go pick up the first book and begin reading. You're going to fall in love with historical fiction.

Review: Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Summary:Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new “it” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status— comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh’s help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

Review: I thought after the disastrous Little Miss Red, I would give Robin Palmer one more chance to woo me with her writing. I am sad to say she failed. Again.

Though not as bad as Little Miss Red, this one didn't catch my attention very well, either.There was so much going on in this book! And the writing! She went over the top trying to make Dylan preppy and popular, popular she got, preppy not so much. It all sounded so fake.

The characters were okay, though not very well developed. I wanted to hurt Dylan because she came off as such a snob, full of her self, girl in the beginning, in the middle. Only in the end did she change but on one page, she's a b****, then on the next she's not. I mean what the heck? Wait till the end to change her from a snob to a non-snob. I think a progression would have been much better and more suited for this novel.

Josh wasn't so bad. But, like in Little Miss Red, he had an obsession with movies and directors and such. And again, like in Little Miss Red, in the end, he changed after a big event. Only the big event in this book was that Josh started to date the girl of his dreams. I have to say that at time, I think Robin Palmer wasn't such a terrible writer from a boy's perspective. She was a worse writer from a girl's point of view, which I found immensely...sad.

But this was a book that I actually really wanted to read to the finish. Why? Because I really wanted to know the following 1) How Asher (Dylan's BF) was going to dump her 2) Would Josh fall in love with Dylan and 3) Would Dylan change at all. Ok, so point #1) I was highly dissapointed in the way Asher dumps Dylan. It was so...unexpected and horribly written. I had no idea what was going on in the scene. #2) He did not (thank God!) fall in love with her. He fell in love with her archenemy and I was very happy to say "In your face Dylan!" When she started musing over the fact that Josh was in love with her. #3) She changed but all I could recall from reading that book was that she was a snob in the beginning, and in the end she wasn't. When did she change? How did she change? It's all fuzzy to me. Again, highly disappointing.

Grade: Go to fullsize image It was okay.

Cover:A+, I love the dress, the shoes, and the purse. It was a great cover fitting Dyan perfectly.

Overall: Not a book I can recommend anyone. Again, if you want to read it, go ahead. Try this author for your self. She just didn't work with me.

New Blog Award:The Versatile Blogger

Ok, so I had a whole weeks worth of posts up but one I was not prepared for was this one:
I want to thank Missy from Missy's Reads and Reviews for this awesome award! You all should go and check out her blog, it's really great! 
Here's how this award works:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
7 Things:
1. I'm the middle kid in the family with an older sister and a younger brother.
2. I can fluently speak two languages (Hindi and English )and I'm learning my third one (French)!
3. I'm an absolute die hard romantic. Anything romantic, no matter how cheesy, I love it!
4. I want to be a lawyer but I am writing two books at the moment and hope to be published one day.
5. I love, love, love chocolate! 
6. I love to play soccer.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: June 18-21, 2010

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 Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, 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 that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

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!

Miley Cyrus and YA Books

Wasn't it bad enough that Miley had to be in The Last Song movie adaptation of the book? Frst it’s Miley and Wings and now it’s Wake, as recently confirmed by Lisa McMann herself.

Ok, no I am officially not happy. Why does Miley have to be the lead in these two books? What do these people see in her acting that gives them a sense she can be a main character in a YA book based movie? I recently saw her video for "I Can't Be Tamed" and this is what they are calling her "new edginess". Truth be told, she looks more like a Lady Gaga wannabe, who failed miserably, than anything else. But I did watch the video and I laughed the whole time. In other words, I found this video terrible.

That aside, I do not think she can act to save her life. I never really liked Hannah Montana, she ruined The Last Song for me, and now she is trying to play the roles of two leads, based on widely popular books. Who's not popular with these Wake and Wings books lovers: Miley her self!

But there's nothing we can do, Miley is playing Janie not matter what. Unless they have a better cast, I will not be watching this movie. I think Miley should still act and all, but stay out of YA book-to-movie adaptation. personally, I don't think she's fit for a YA book role.

So, what are your thoughts?

Trailer: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I can not wait till this movie comes out. I have just seen the trailer and I think it's not going to dissapoint. Though I haven't read the whole Narnia series, I have come to love it over the years:

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In US theatres Decemeber 10, 2010.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (24)

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

The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau 
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 
9/14/10

Sixteen-year-old Zeeta and her flighty English-teaching mom, Layla, have traveled the world together, settling in a different country every year, making a whole new set of friends and adopting new customs. This year, they’ve chosen to live in Aix-en-Provence, France, an enchanting city full of fountains, creamy yellow light, and a fascinating group of scarlet-clad street performers.

Zeeta soon begins to receive mysterious notes and gifts from someone she calls her fantôme, or ghost, admirer. But she is expecting her boyfriend, Wendell—the love of her life, as her friends call him—to arrive in Aix for a summer program very soon. Zeeta brushes off her curiosity about her fantôme, and her simmering attraction to one of the street performers, Jean-Claude, until Wendell arrives and she begins to fear that her feelings for him have truly changed. Perhaps—like Layla—she’s simply not made for long-term romance.

As Zeeta tries to draw away from Wendell, however, circumstances seem to force them together. Zeeta’s friendship with a local antiques dealer and his reclusive artist friend leads to a dangerous adventure. When Zeeta and Wendell join forces to find a secret underground spring whose water is rumored to bring immortality, they are forced to reconsider their own desires, and their beliefs about true love. Yet as soon as Zeeta decides that her mind has cleared, she’s confronted with the biggest shock of her life: the incredible true identity of her fantôme.

Vibrant, warmhearted, and evocative, The Ruby Notebook is a remarkable novel about learning to accept love in all of its wondrous and imperfect forms.

A very interesting story plot! I intrigued, aren't you? Not to mention the great looking cover!


Timeless by Alexandra Monir 
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 
1/11/11

When her mother is killed in a car accident, Michele Windsor has no choice but to move in with the wealthy grandparents she's never met in New York. Disillusioned by their coldness, Michele retreats into her room, where she discovers her great-great-aunt's journal--and, once she touches its pages, finds herself hurtled back in time.

In the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele learns that a wedding is coming up between the Windsors and another prominent family, the Walkers. But when Michele attends a party, something miraculous happens: while almost no one can see her in this era, one gorgeous young man with sparkling blue eyes can. Drawn together by mutual attraction, the two bond over music and the parents they've recently lost. But when the party is over, Michele learns the truth--the man she just fell for is Phillip Walker. And she, unknowingly, has just inspired him to call off his wedding to her great-great-aunt, prompting a family feud that will last for generations.

As Michele travels back and forth in time, she and Phillip meet over and over, always frustrated by their inability to have more than a few hours together. Michele knows she should try to make a life in the present, but none of the boys at school can hold a candle to Phillip. Finally, Michele tries to end their romance altogether--spurring a tragedy that transcends generations. Has Michele destroyed her chances for happiness? Or is her love for Phillip . . . timeless?

I love books with time travel so I just had to pick this book! And the cover!


All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes 
Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
1/11/11

Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.

Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.

Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia's fans—old and new.

Ah, the battle between sisters. And an interesting plot. Again, what is with these gorgeous covers?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

Summary:Sophie Greene gets good grades, does the right thing, and has a boyfriend that her parents -- and her younger brother --just love. (Too bad she doesn’t love him.)

Sophie dreams of being more like Devon Deveraux, star of her favorite romance novels, but, in reality, Sophie isn't even daring enough to change her nail polish.

All of that changes when Sophie goes to Florida to visit her grandma Roz, and she finds herself seated next to a wolfishly goodlooking guy on the plane. The two hit it off, and before she knows it, Sophie's living on the edge. But is the drama all it's cracked up to be?

Review: As many of you know, I don't like giving negative reviews, but I will be honest. So, that aside, I'm going to review this book.

I didn't like it as much as I had hoped. Till today, I had heard high praise for Robin Palmer and her books. Little Miss Red is her most recent release and I am very, very sorry that this had to be the first book I read by this author. Why am I so sad? Because this book was not my cup of tea. I am highly dissapointed. Not only did this book take me forever to read, I just thought it was well...dumb.

First and foremost, I could relate to Sophie and her problem's but I couldn't connect with her. I couldn't say, "Oh man! I would feel the same exact way!" Or "I feel like I'm with Sophie in Florida." It was me sitting on my bed, reading a book, and not liking it. Sophie wasn't the best protagonist. She winded a lot and was really, really annoying. Her obsession with Devon Devoreaux was over the top and I wanted to kill her. Most of the time, Sophie would say "This is just like the time when Devon was in this book (give title of book) and then this happened." Then there was her iPhone. Might I point out that I am a 15 year old girl and Sophie is the only girl I've seen or heard of who is this obsessed with it. Sure we girls love to text and stuff, but we also know how to turn our cell phones off. What was with her subscribing to all the stores in the world? Honestly, I wasn't interested in knowing that Claire's was having a sale!

Then there were the boys: Jack and Michael. Jack was in short, a jackass. He made Sophie (who he called Red because of her red cowboy hat, which was really stupid) pay for everything and he turned out to be exactly what Sophie (and me) didn't want. Michael was annoying at first with his "sups" and "yos" but near the end, when we finally see him again, he grew on me. And Sophie's Grandma wasn't what I was expecting. I have to admit that I thought she was...a hussy.

I have to saw that Robin Palmer can write, even if I didn't like the book all the more. She had a nice, unique writing style that I found was refreshing. The plot was eh, but then again, it wasn't the worst in the world.

Grade: Go to fullsize image .5 It was okay.

Cover: C, It's okay. I'm not sure what the girl is supposed to symbolize. In the book, the red cow boy hat was what gave her the name Red, not a scarf.

Overall: I'm not too sure about this one. I think you should check it out and give it a try.

Must See Movies: June-August 2010

Thanks to Eleni for letting me post this!

June:
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: June 30th
Based on: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Summary: Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

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July:




Ramona and Beezus
Rating: G
Release Date: July 23rd
Based on: The Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary

Summary: The adventures of young Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus come to life in this all-new film based on the bestselling books (over 30 million…and counting) by Beverly Cleary. Ramona’s vivid imagination, boundless energy and accident-prone antics keep everyone she meets on their toes. But her irrepressible sense of fun, adventure and mischief come in handy when she puts her mind to helping save her family’s home.

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Beastly
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: July 30th
Based on: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Summary: Beastly is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. Kyle Kingston has it all --- looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity --- and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating aggressively unattractive classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance, he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone who will love him as he is --- a task he considers impossible. Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter Lindy if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story.

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August:

Eat, Pray, Love
Rating: Not yet rated
Release Date: August 13th
Based on: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Summary: Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having --- a husband, a house, a successful career --- yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India; and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.

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