Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (40)

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

Title: Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #5)
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: June 14, 2011

 From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. 

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. 

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected. 

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.
I didn't know that there was going to be a fifth book but I was super happy when I heard about this one! It sounds super good and I can't wait to read it! 
Title: Moonglass
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: May 3, 2011
From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead."I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both."

Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever
I've seen this one around the blogosphere for a while now and it sounds really good. PLUS, SARAH DESSEN blurbed I have to read it!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (39)

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

Title: Hades (Halo #2)
Author: Alexandra Aldornetto
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: August 20, 2011 

Even the love of her boyfriend, Xavier Woods, and her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep the angel Bethany Church from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly her loved ones as well. Can he be trusted in this wager? And what does Jake have Xavier believing about Beth’s fate that may result in an act of betrayal that will leave Bethany – and readers – wondering if Xav is so good after all?
 Though I wasn't the biggest fan of Halo, I still want to know where the story goes and if her writing improves. Plus, I love this cover!

Title: Juliet Immortal
Author: Stacey Jay
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: September 13, 2011
The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
I've heard great things about Stacy Jay and it's Romeo and Juliet. I just have to read it!

Title: My Life Undecided
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Release Date: June 7th, 2011


Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.

Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.

But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I’m gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!

Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.

But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
I loved Jessica's debut The Karma Club and I'm excited for this release! It sounds just as good! 

Title: The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax
Author: Trinity Faegen
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting
the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that
puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and
Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks
for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find
peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally
found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and
win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal
I love that cover and it sounds soooo good!

Title: Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle #4)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher:  Random House
Release Date: November 8, 2011
 Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaƫsia? And if so, at what cost?

I can't wait for this one to come out! I've loved this series since it's come out and have wanted to know how it ends since then!
I can't wait for this one to come out! I've loved this series since it's come out and have wanted to know how it ends since then! 


Inheritance Book 4 by Christopher Paolini Announced!

I jumped out of my seat in excitement when I found this:

Random House Children’s Books announces
final book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle

London (23rd March 2011) The fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini’s global bestseller Inheritance Cycle will be published this autumn. Following the number one bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, the book will be called INHERITANCE.
‘The burning questions asked by fans around the world will be finally answered in this last instalment,’ said Christopher Paolini. ‘All will be revealed!’
INHERITANCE will be published in the UK on Tuesday 8th November 2011, simultaneously with the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, priced £18.99. It will also be available in ebook and audio editions.

Philippa Dickinson, MD of RHCB in the UK says, ‘We are extremely proud and excited to be publishing INHERITANCE. Christopher Paolini's books are an incredible worldwide phenomenon and readers have been eagerly awaiting the final instalment in the cycle. RHCB are anticipating a huge amount of interest in what is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.'

Publication will be backed by a major marketing and publicity campaign, including cinema advertising, innovative and content-rich digital marketing activity, a book video trailer and media coverage.

All Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK, Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr have been international publishing sensations. The first three books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide, including more than 4 million copies in the UK and Export markets.

Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr will be reissued in paperback in the UK on 7th July with new cover designs that breathe new life into John Jude Palencar’s stunning artwork.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review: Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

Title: Broken Soup
Author: Jenny Valentine
Release Date: January 7, 2008
Publisher: HaperCollins Children's Books
Overall: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee
Positive. Negative. It's how you look at it...
Someone shoves a photo negative into Rowan's hands. She is distracted but, frankly, she has larger problems to worry about. Her brother is dead. Her father has left. her mother won't get out of bed. She has to take care of her younger sister. And keep it all together...

But Rowan is curious about the mysterious boy and the negative. Who is he? Why did he give it to her? The mystery only deepens when the photo is developed and the inconceivable appears.

Everything is about to change for Rowan... Finally, something positive is in her life.
Review: I first heard about Broken Soup when Sara from The Hiding Spot recommended as books people just had to read. I was in the library the next day and I saw it. I checked it out but didn’t read it right away. Now I wished I had. Broken Soup, Jenny Valentine’s sophomore novel was one of the best books I’ve read.

The story begins with Rowan getting a photo negative. It’s not her’s so why did this boy give it to her? We delve into Rowan’s hard life: he father has moved out, her mother is silent, she takes care of her sister and her brother died. Valentine takes her time showing Rowan’s background and her relationship with each of her family. The story is very predictable but that’s what makes it’s so realistic. It could happen to anyone.

I loved Valentine’s writing style. She had just a lyrical, poetic feel to her writing. One aspect that I loved about her writing was that there was depth to it. She chose small, simple words for this book but she put them together in such a way that a short, simple sentence held so much meaning into it. I felt Rowan’s sadness, her frustration, her happiness, her every emotion. That takes a talented writer.

I love a good, well written protagonist and Rowan was it. She was so strong willed, not willing to let anything change or happen. She had to stay strong for everyone. She was very mature for fifteen and it fit her and this story perfectly. Her little sister, Stroma, was such a funny, lively girl. Her questions, comments, concerns made me smile and laugh something I wasn’t expecting in this story. She was like a ray of sunshine in this sad, emotional book. Harper was also a great character and was written wonderfully. He seemed so down to earth, realistic, and just wonderful. He was always there for Rowan and that was good. Valentine knows how to write her characters in a believable and lovable way.

Broken Soup is just 216 pages yet each of these pages is filled with a heart wrenching, teary, and wonderful story about a girl who’s learning to move on. A plot line that is realistic, wonderfully written characters, and written in a way that makes you feel all of the emotions, Broken Soup is a must read. I hope to read Valentine’s first book and all the rest that are to come.

Ending: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Katniss And Harry Potter

Lionsgate has confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Katniss in the upcoming movie adaptation of The Hunger Games. Read the article here.

I'm not really happy about this. Yes, she can act but she doesn't look like Katniss to me. Oh, well, we'll have to wait and see. I just hope they change her hair color! 

* ABC Family revealed this first sneak peek at Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2! I actually watched it on TV last night and let me tell you, I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO COME OUT! AND Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 DVD is coming out April 15!

Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Title: Siren
Author: Tricia Rayburn
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Publisher: Egmont USA
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister’s boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something much more.

But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael’s gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, with the male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?
Review:When I first saw the cover for Siren, I got scared. Though it doesn’t look very sparkly and eerie on a computer screen, when you have it in your hands? Ah, yeah, creepy. I think it was the eyes that made me pick up this book and read what it was about. After I read the synopsis, I just had to read it. Tricia Rayburn’s Siren was a fresh new story, something I needed to read.

I felt that the synopsis gave most of the plot and story line away when I first began the book but this wasn’t the case. For most of the book, the reader knows who is killing these men. Why is this person killing them? Well, that’s the real mystery. Rayburn was able to write a book where things were given away from the beginning but weren’t necessarily the answers to all of our questions.

Rayburn had a clear, cut writing style that fit the book perfectly. The pace was good and constant throughout the book. One thing I liked about her writing was her writing of the Siren’s. I’ve studied Sirens from Greek myth and they aren’t the nicest women. Beginning this book, I wondered if Rayburn would make them the nice ladies…but she didn’t. Rayburn added history and myth to the Siren’s and they were scary. Not a lot of homicidal siren’s in YA today.

The characters alone in this book were interesting. Vanessa grew so much during this book. When most people will accept someone death, like Vanessa’s parents accepted Justine’s death, not many people will question it. Vanessa knew that there was something off with her sister’s death but what? This began her journey to find the answers and I loved her for it. The relationship between the two sisters had much more depth than I had anticipated. Simon and his brother were great characters but I loved Simon. I also loved that since Vanessa and Simon had been old friends, they stayed friends throughout the book. Yes, they fell for each other but this happened gradually and this made it even more realistic.

I loved this book. I finished it in one sitting. I was drawn into the story, the characters were well written, and it was a fresh story. Again, there aren’t that many books about homicidal sirens out there. I recommend it!

Plot: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Characters: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Ending:5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Writing:5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Cover:5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee

In My Mailbox (23)

The Chosen by Sheenah Freitas
**Thanks Bailey and Sheenah**
Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan 
**Thanks Angie**

From the Library:
Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen

For Review:
Exile (Aurelia #2) by Anne Osterlund 
**Thanks Anne!**
**I LOVE this cover!**


A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
**Thanks to my friend!**

From R.A.K: 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
**Thanks Vanessa!**
**This was super epic! I've been waiting forever to read this book and I was super excited when Vanessa said she would get it for me!**
**I've read it and I LOVED IT!**

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway Winner!

The lucky winner for my $50 CSN Stores Gift Certificate is......


CONGRATS! You have been e-mailed and have 48 hours to respond until I draw another winner!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (22)

Last Sacrifice (vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead
(I actually won this A LOT time ago but I only recently got it due to complications!)
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

From the Library:
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Sent (The Missing #2) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

For Review:
The House of Six Door by Patricia Selbert


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Monday, March 07, 2011

Movie Review: Beastly

Movie Review: Beastly
Director: Daniel Barnz
**Venessa Hudgens as Lindy
**Alex Pettyfer as Hunter/Kyle Kingston
**Mary-Kate Olsen as Kendra
**Neil Patrick Harris as Will
**LisaGay Hamilton as Zola
**Peter Krause as Rob

Review: I was looking forward to this movie. I loved, loved the book that it was based on and I actually love Beauty and the Beast in general. But this movie was not what I was expecting. I didn’t like it very much. I thought it was simply okay.

Venessa Hudgens was not Lindy. She never was Lindy for me and this movie proved it. They should have chosen someone else for Lindy. I just didn’t like her at all…she was very BORING! Alex Pettyfer was, I guess, not up to his par. I’ve heard I AM NUMBER FOUR is good but he could have been better in this movie. I think it was partly due to the fact that the script and directing weren’t so good. Mary-Kate Olsen was what I had pictured as Kendra, appearance wise, but I had hoped her acting would be better…I guess not.

There were times when I laughed during this movie, especially with Neal Patrick Harris as Will, the blind tutor, but that was about it. There were way to many cheesy lines and sayings…like “rad.” Who says “rad” anymore?

Overall, I didn’t think this movie was made for theaters and I could have saved my money.

Recommendation: Wait for it in DVD if you really want to see it.