Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Title: Moonglass
Author: Jessi Kirby
Release Date: May 3, 2002
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Library
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.
Review: ***This review is rather discreet. I just finished this novel and I’m not sure what words can convey how much I loved this book without ruining it for you. So, I apologize in advance. ***

First, I love this cover. When I saw it for the first time, I knew I wanted to read this book. And second, I loved the synopsis. From the second I read the title and the synopsis and that it was set on a beach place, I knew it had something to do with sea glass (thank you Twenty Boy Summer for introducing me to sea glass).

I loved this book. It’s (as Sarah Dessen says) “An incredible first novel.” It really, really was. It was so, so sad. Anna is still not over her mother’s death even thought it was ten years ago. She’s trying to come to terms as to why her mother walked into the ocean that night and left, her, seven-year-old Anna, alone on the beach. Throughout this book, Anna tries to get answers in the town where her mother grew up. She meets people who knew her mother and as she learns more and more, she begins to get some answers but she needs more.

This novel was so beautifully written that I didn’t want Anna to get the answers she wanted because I knew that the story would end. Anna is such a strong character as she tries to put on her brave face. The reader can truly see Anna’s feelings and Jessi Kirby does such a masterful job at showing Anna’s feelings and thoughts. Ms. Kirby described the ocean and the town, the people, and everything else in such a great way. I could see myself swimming with Anna in the ocean. I could feel her emotions as she learned more about her mother. My heart broke for her but did a little happy dance when she finally understood everything. And she finally forgave herself.

I’m not sure what else to say about this book without ruining it for you all. All I can say is that I left me breathless. I thought so much about the things in this book. Though it’s about Anna, many of the characters were going through something like what she was going through. Anna realized that she wasn’t alone and it makes you realize that even if you feel all alone about something, you really aren’t. 232 pages of amazingness, I couldn’t put this book down until I read the last line. I read it in one sitting and I know I’ll be thinking about this book for such a long time.

Overall: 5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—I love this cover! It’s so awesome. I think to get the full affect, you have to hold it in your hands. People, the cover SPARKELS. Not in the ugh way but in the really, really nice way. Like the sand sparking in the sunlight or something. It’s super pretty and adds affect to the cover!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Tuber Thursday {2}

I've got a Book Tuber for you all:
Name: Martha
Channel: ILoveReading65
Why You Should Watch this Book Tuber: One of my favorite things about watching Martha’s reviews is her energy! She really gets you interested in what the book is about in a fun and creative way. She’s got a great way of reviewing books and they are highly enjoyable and informational. She doesn’t ruin the book for you though, but rather gives you a great idea of what it’s like!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday {12}

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week: 

Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read (in no particular order):

1) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I want to meet Etienne and Anna again. And swoon, a LOT!

2) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: They’re some of the best dystopians I’ve ever read and I want to experience them all over again.

3) Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray: I fell in love with A Great and Terrible Beauty and I loved seeing all the characters and the story progressed. I would love to go through it again!

4) Graceling by Kristin Cashore: I LOVE fantasy and this one has got to be one of my all time favorites. Katsa was so strong and fierce and her relationship with Po was not only swoon worthy but healthy and realistic. I want to experience that world for the first time again.

5) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: One of my all time favorite books and I haven't re-read it. I've got it on my shelf and all but I just haven't read it again!

6) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: LOVED this book so much! It was emotional and heart wrenching and I'm not sure why I haven't read this one again!

7) Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I love Lauren's writing and her style and I loved this book but I haven't picked it up again yet!

8) Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken: Such an awesome high fantasy novel! I'm not sure why I haven't read it again!

9) Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter: I love this sereis and even though it's not finished, I'm not sure why I haven't read all the books that have been published again!

10) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling: As Melissa of i swim for oceans said "It's the end of an era, and it breaks my heart every single time."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Populazzi by Elise Allen

Title: Populazzi
Author: Elise Allen
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Source: Publisher
Cara has never been one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and always ready with the perfect thing to say. A girl at the very top of the popularity tower. One of the Populazzi.

Now, junior year could change everything. Cara’s moving to a new school, and her best friend urges her to seize the moment—with the help of the Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms into the perfect girlfriend for guys ever-higher on the tower, she’ll reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment, a straight climb up, but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.
Review: I hadn’t heard a lot about this book when I was first asked to review it. I liked the synopsis of it so I went for it. When I began reading it, I wasn’t sure of what I was going to get. Hilary Duff called it “Fresh, funny, and sometimes wrenching, Populazzi nails what it’s like to try to find yourself while navigating the crazy world of high school.” I thought that was high praise for this book at that time but now, I know it’s well deserved. Populazzi was fresh and funny and sometimes wrenching. It was real.

I liked Cara a lot…most of the time anyways. Sometimes, I was frustrated with her actions and the decisions she made. But she and her best friend Claudia are funny and awkward and ready for something new and exciting. It’s something I saw in myself, really, as a high school student who is always in need of something new and exciting. Cara was a great character and someone I connected with. She thought she knew things and people but they came out and surprised her. She made mistakes but she saw the wrong and tried to make it right.

Two problems I had with this book: First, Claudia and her ridiculous Ladder, I felt, were the reason Cara got into so much trouble. Claudia kept on insisting Cara was made to get to the top of the Ladder and it bugged me so much. I never thought I would happen but I hated Claudia a little less when she realized her mistake. Second, Karl, Cara’s step dad. He, in my opinion, went over the top sometimes. He made small things into such huge problems that I had no idea what was wrong with him! And his obsession with Cara’s grades! Okay, parents should be concerned, it’s only natural, but Karl went over the top.

The plot was really great and though I felt it was slow at times, I sped through this book. All the things that happened in this book were things that I’d heard of or seen happen in real life. I’m still not sure how Elise Allen got all these things correct. The romance in this book was awesome. It didn’t develop instantly but over a long period of time. Cara was able to grow as a character and see right from wrong (but she made mistakes too, along the way, which was okay. It’s life people; it’s not perfect.)Overall, I liked this book a lot. It was funny and sad and sometimes I got angry. Sometimes I hated some of the characters for what they did and didn’t do. I can’t wait for more from Ms. Allen!

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 3/5—I’m not the biggest fan of this cover. I’m tired of all the half faces of girls on book covers. BUT I do like the necklace that spells out the title and the fact that this model (all that we can see of her anyways) represents Cara really well!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (41)

From the Library:

For Review:
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
**Thanks Sarah!**
**I can't wait to being reading this!**
The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
**Thanks publisher!**


Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter *AUDIO**
**Thanks Heather!**

AND I GOT INTO POTTERMORE AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

2 Years

On September 16, 2009, two years ago, I embarked on a crazy journey that I am still going on: Book Blogging!

SOOO this September 16, I celebrated my 2 year blogoversary. I know, I know, it's the 24th and I'm posting about it now! The only reason I didn't post on my blogoversary was because I didn't have a giveaway planned for you guys so I felt really bad! But, I decided I should post at least. So here I am now!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Tuber Thursday {1}

Hi there guys! I've got a new feature here on the blog! I've noticed that there are a lot of Book Tubers on YouTube and I thought "Why not feature a book tuber each week!? Why not call it Book Tubers Thursday?!" SO here I am! AND I've got a Book Tuber for you all:
Name: Priscilla 
Channel: thereadables
Why You Should Watch this Book Tuber: Priscilla's reviews were one of the first I ever found on YouTube and I love them! She's has a great style for reviews and really goes in depth into why or why not she liked the book. She talks about the characters, plot, setting etc. in a way that gives the viewer a good sense of the book WITHOUT giving anything away which is ALWAYS a good thing! Priscilla has also reviewed movies (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part II, a personal favorite!) and more! She participates in book hauls (it's like In My Mailbox) and book tags. Overall, Priscilla is an awesome book tuber and reviewer and really nice!

Find out more about Priscilla and to watch more reviews on her channel!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (58)

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

Title: Insurgent 
Series: Divergent 
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Release Date: May 28, 2012
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
Divergent was one of the best dystopian book I'd read in a while and I was, after finishing it, restless for book obviously, I'm going to feature this book! PLUS, it's Amity guys (the tree, circle thing!)
Title: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father 
Author: Jessica Brody 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 2012

Seventeen year-old Lexington Larrabee, heiress to the billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire, is beautiful, famous, spoiled, and has never had to work a day in her life. But all of that changes on her eighteenth birthday when her ever-absent, mogul father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage, character-building job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher,and a fast food restaurant employee, it’s the arrogant, albeit moderatelyattractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

Jessica Brody once again skillfully captures the humor and complexity of being a teen. Readers of all ages are sure to fall in love with this delightful riches to rags comedy.
I love Jessica's writing and this one sounds great!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Die for Me (Die for Me #1) by Amy Plum

Title: Die for Me
Series: Revenants #1
Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.
Review: I had no idea what to expect from this book. The cover jacket is so vague and mysterious that I was utterly excited to being reading this book. Can I just say right now that this book was like a breath of fresh air for one reason (among others) 1: the supernatural creature that was featured in this book is one that I haven’t seen a lot of.

“Revenants” is the new concept (kind of like zombies) in this book and I was super interested to see how the author would play this out. Revenants are immortal….people?...who die over and over again to save someone else’s life. After dying, for three days, the revenants reanimate and then it begins all over again. As Kate, our protagonist, learns about the revenants, so do we and honestly, I just loved how Amy did it. It wasn’t too much information that over whelmed us but good amounts scattered throughout the book.

I loved the characters in this book, especially Kate. She’s horrified at Vincent’s true identity but she moves on with it; she doesn’t just stick with the fact that she’s got a paranormal boyfriend, which was really nice. She’s stubborn and proves that she can stand up for herself, against everything. Vincent, the love interest, was also a favorite of mine because he’s such a (French, oh la la) gentleman. He treats Kate with respect and he understands that she’s human but she’s also very strong. He also understands that when she says she’s okay with learning new information, he doesn’t keep her in the dark like a feeble child; he tells her what she wants to know. If you can’t already tell, their relationship is awesome, built very much on trust and understand and love; very awesome!

A French setting, an awesome protagonist, a swoon worthy (really, really swoon worthy) love interest, and a very well thought out, interesting concept, Die for Me is a must read. Even if you’re hesitant towards paranormal these days, give this book a chance. You might just be very pleasantly surprised.

Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—ILOVE IT! At first I didn’t realize that the swirls aren’t actually part of thedress but still, its super gorgeous!

Top Ten Tuesday {11}

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week:

Top Ten Books Everyone Has Read But Me:
1) Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: I still have not read this one yet!

2) A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young: I love the cover and everyone seems to love it...I just haven't read it!

3) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: I've heard nothing but good things about this book but...I haven't picked it up.

4) David Levithan Books: Don't ask.

5) Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce: I love watching her vlogs and I own this book; I just haven't read it yet!

6) City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: Truthfully, I began reading it but I stopped. I just couldn't get any further.

7) The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine: I've heard they're good but there are so many of them! I think I'll wait until it's finished to read it!

8) Nightshade Trilogy by Andrea Creamer: I own book 1 and 2 (#3 hasn't come out yet) but I haven't gotten around to them.

9) Any Courtney Summers: I have all three of her books on my shelf but I haven't gotten around to them yet.

10) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart: I read one of her Ruby Oliver books waaaay back when but I haven't read this one!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

100 YA Books

Bold and Purple  = I've read it!
Italic and Green = I want to read!

Bold and Italic = own but need to read!

1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2, 3)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3,
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18. Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4) I NEED THE 4TH BOOK!
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) So I read the first one, and own the others
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3) Read 1, and own the others
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)                                                                               30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2, 3)

31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)  
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)                     45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1
, 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4) 
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ) I will not be finishing this series.
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key

83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3)
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3) I've only read the first 2
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

In My Mailbox (40)

From the Library:

For Review:
Remembrance by Michelle Madow
**Thanks Michelle**
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
**Thanks Eric from Quirk Books**



Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Legacy by Cayla Kluver   
**Getting the book was a surprise but I'm happy that I can now read the book!**   
An iPod Nano with Legacy theme: 
**Thanks Kelsey and Publishers and Cayla!**

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Dreadful

I hate it when this happens. I really, really do but it's happened and now I have no idea what to do. I'm in a reading funk. I don't want to read or think about reading. I just don't want to. And it sucks because I've got some great books that need reading BUT I don't want to read them. Or write reviews for them really which is why there's been such a lack of book reviews here. If anyone has an idea on how to get out of it, please let me know!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BBAW 2011 Post #3: Community Part II

The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!
I have to agree immensely with "book blogging has grown enormously" because when I began blogging in 2009, there were not *to my knowledge* this many book blogs out there!

Commenting: It can be hard to find the time to comment BUT you should! It's a great way to meet new bloggers, find good books to read and really become a bigger part of the community. I will say it now: the whole "Hey, I'm a new follower of your blog! Follow me back!" should not be used ALL THE TIME.It irks me, really, and it's really not professional. 

Twitter: I think by now everyone knows that Twitter is REALLY huge in the book blogging community. I personally don't get time to get on every single day but when I do, I talk to people and learn new bookish things!

Memes and Features: I think that participating in a few memes weekly (or monthly) is awesome but don't just make you entire blog about memes and features. It's another great way to meet new bloggers and find new blogs to follow!

"Waiting On" Wednesday (57)

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

Title: Touch of Power 
Series: Healer #1
Author: Maria V. Snyder 
Publisher: Mira 
Release Date: December 20, 2011

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....
I love Maria V. Snyder's writing and  I love this cover AND it sounds so good!
Title: The Catastrophic History of You & Me  
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: January 17, 2012

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?
I LOVE this cover and it sounds interesting AND Lauren Oliver burbled it! So, ya know, I HAVE to read it!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trailer and Giveaway: Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3) by Alyson Noël

The awesome people at Zeitghost Media have offered one US or Canadian reader a chance to win Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3) by Alyson Noël!

Riley's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.

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Top Ten Tuesday {10}

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week: 
Top Ten Books I Read Because of:
1)Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: I remember seeing this book over and over again on so many blogs and I was like “I should just read it!” And I’m so glad I did!

2)The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in the Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente: All the rave reviews but Lauren of 365 Days of Reading sold it to me!

3)Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Harmony of Harmony’s Radiant Reads raved about this book and I liked her previous reviews and such so I decided to read it! 

4) Anna and the French Kiss by Stepahnie Perkins: Erica of The Book Cellar and Sara of The Hiding Spot talked endlessly about this book and if it hadn't been for their raving, I wouldn't have picked it up earlier!

5)Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: The reviews!

6)Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine: Sara of The Hiding Spot had a great review of it and I just had to read it!

7)The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee: Another one Sara of The Hiding Spot wrote an awesome review for that I loved.

8)The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting: I don't remember who it was exactly but I read one review that sold it to me flat out!

9)The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han: I would not have really picked up these books if it hadn't been for all the rave reviews I kept seeing around!

10)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Something I really would not have picked up if it hadn't been for Katie of Katie's Book Blog's review of this book! She sold it to me!