Sunday, January 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (21) & UPDATE

Won:

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

 
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers




Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
(all three of Courtney’s books were signed and personalized to me!)

From the Library:
 
The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Rise Green
Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein

  
Dark Song by Gail Giles
The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan

For Review:
None

Purchased:
None

What did you get in your mailbox?

Hosted by The Story Siren


UPDATE: This has been an extremely slow week for me. Not only have I just read 6 books in 2011 so far, I'm waaaaay to busy with school work. This Friday was the official end of the first week of second semester and well, it's going to be really bad. I've got 3 honors classes and Art and all four classes require A LOT of studying and reading and memorizing.


So this means a lot less blogging. I didn't even get to do Bloggiesta because I became way too busy with work and going places. 


SO I'm going to review the books I've got on my list but I'm pretty sure that the summer will be my best time to read ANY BOOKS! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (38)

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

Title: The Liar Society 
Author: Lisa and Laura Roecker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2011

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...
This book sounds awesome! For a while now, I've been reading Lisa and Laura's blog and that was when I first heard about this new book. It sound so good and I love that cover. I mean come on, how many girls can rock pink hair, pearls, and solve a mystery (as said by Lisa and Laura on their blog)? 


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Title: Anna Dressed in Blood 
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: September 2011
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
I have wanted this book ever since I saw the awesome cover. After seeing to cover, I looked it up on Goodreads and fell in love with the awesome summary. I want September to hurry up and come!


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Title: Cloaked 
Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 8, 2011

Think you know paranormal romance? Alex Flinn gives the genre a twist in this modern fairy-tale mash-up!

Johnny’s not your average hero. But a little magic changes everything. There isn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. It all starts with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess. And before Johnny knows it, he is on a mission in the Everglades, with only a flock of swans and a talking fox named Joe to help guide him against the forces of an evil witch.
I love Alex Flinn's writing and I can't wait to read this. I'm not sure what fairy tale this is based on, but I want to read it. And I like the cover too!
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Title: Rival 
Author:  Sara Bennett Wealer 
Publisher: Harper Teen 
Release Date: February 15, 2011
What if your worst enemy turned out to be the best friend you ever had?

Meet Brooke: Popular, powerful and hating every minute of it, she’s the “It” girl at Douglas High in Lake Champion, Minnesota. Her real ambition? Using her operatic mezzo as a ticket back to NYC, where her family lived before her dad ran off with an up and coming male movie star.

Now meet Kathryn: An overachieving soprano with an underachieving savings account, she’s been a leper ever since Brooke punched her at a party junior year. For Kath, music is the key to a much-needed college scholarship.

The stage is set for a high-stakes duet between the two seniors as they prepare for the prestigious Blackmore competition. Brooke and Kathryn work toward the Blackmore with eyes not just on first prize but on one another, each still stinging from a past that started with friendship and ended in betrayal. With competition day nearing, Brooke dreams of escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional singer, but her scheming BFF Chloe has other plans. And when Kathryn gets an unlikely invitation to Homecoming, she suspects Brooke of trying to sabotage her with one last public humiliation.

As pressures mount, Brooke starts to sense that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had. But Kathryn has a decision to make. Can she forgive? Or are some rivalries for life?
This sounds like a really interesting book and I want to see what happens. Plus, I want to see what the flower symbolizes. 


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Title: Desires of the Dead (The Body Finer #2) 
Author: Kimberly Derting 
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Release Date: February 15, 2011
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well.
 I loved The Body Finder and I can not wait till this one comes out. It sounds just as good and just as suspenseful as the first one. Plus, it's kind of creepy, no? Being able to find dead bodies?


WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bloggiesta Ole!

Bloggiesta is coming up this weekend - January 21-23, 2011 - hosted by Natasha from Maw Books! Do you have reviews to post up? Author interviews? Or other things to post up? Well, nows your chance to join the fun!

From Maw Books, here's what Bloggiesta is about:
Some of you may be asking what is Bloggiesta? In short, it’s a blogging marathon. A opportunity to cross those nagging items off of your to-do list and improve your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two!

What to do during the Bloggiesta?
  • * Write reviews.
  • * Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • * Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • * Work on series posts.
  • * Write guest posts.
  • * Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • * Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • * Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • * Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • * Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)
  • * Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • * Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • * Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • * Clean up and update your challenge lists. Link up your posts with hosts.
  • * Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date. Brand yourself through those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • * Go get a gravatar.
  • * Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • * Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.
  • * Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • * Create an elevator pitch.
  • * Make business cards.
  • * Find a blogging buddy.
  • * The sky’s the limit!

So head over HERE for more details and to sign up!


My To-Do List:
1. Make templates for loads of reviews (title, publisher, picture, etc)
2. Write up "Waiting On" Wednesday Posts
3. Make templates for Memes
4. Write up reviews
5. Update Goodreads
6. Clean up blog
7. Figure out a way to make my archives neater
8. What ever else pops into my head.



"Waiting On" Wednesday (37)



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


Title: Haunted (Dreaming Anastasia #2)
Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: February 1, 2011

Anne is trying her best to live a normal life, but she's still got some power sparking inside her. She's hearing and seeing things that she tries her best to ignore-like being haunted by a Russian sea nymph that claims the princess Anastasia is still alive.

That's when Ethan Kozninsky-he of the stunning blue eyes, thick brown hair, and former immortal status-returns. Anne soon realizes that everything she's been trying to forget might be impossible to bury.
I haven't read this first book yet, but I've heard good things about it. The cover is nice too!
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Title: So Shelly 
Author: Ty Roth
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

This one sounds so good! The cover, the summary...it's so mysterious and haunting! 
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Title: Angelfire (Angelfire #1) 
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton 
Publisher: HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date:  February 15, 2011
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
 I've heard a lot of good things about this one so I'm anxious to check it out!
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Title: A Touch of Mortal 
Author: Leah Clifford
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 22nd 2011
Eden didn’t expect Az.

Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.

Yeah.

So long happily-ever-after.

Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else’s game. Her heart is her own.

And that’s only the beginning of the end.
This one also sounds good. The cover isn't as appealing to me as the synopsis but that's okay. Yet another book about angels? I'm wondering how this one is going to be.


WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (20)

Won:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (signed!!) 
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (signed!!) 


 
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (signed!!) 
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (signed!!) 
**Thanks Meaghan**


Out For Blood (Drake Chronicles #3) by Alyxandra Harvey
**Thanks Tina**


 
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 
Behemoth (Leviathan #2) by Scott Westerfeld 
**Thanks Fire and Ice**  

From the Library:
None

For Review:
 
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen (signed) 

Pink by Lili Wilkinson 


 
I So Don't Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy (signed) 
I So Don't Do Spooky By Barrie Summy 
**I think**
Purchased:
None

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore 
Release Date: October 5, 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
Overall:  
Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.
Review:Kristin Cashore blew me away with her debut novel Graceling. When I’d read Graceling, Fire had already been released. I was hesitant to read Fire because I didn’t know how it would be. After reading Fire, though, I am no longer worried. Kristin Cashore’s writing was just as engaging and beautiful as before.

Fire is set about 30 some years before Graceling in the land called The Dells. The impossible mountains to climb in Graceling? The Dells is on the other side. Such a different world from Graceling yet similar too. the description that Cashore put in for this new setting was…very visible. I could see the world in my head.

The plot was long. There was a lot of description and background but in an overall sense, it was necessary. First, we had to know what was happening and why. Second, the reader does not want to be confused or lost. The reader wants to understand the book and to do that, there has to be background information. With variations in the pace of the events and actions, Fire was a whirlwind of everything.

Fire, our protagonist, is the last remaining human monster. She is both loved and hated by the people. Her ability to control people’s minds in greatly feared but wanted to be used as well. Fire was a strong, independent girl who knew what she wanted…most of the time. This novel is basically this girl’s journey and need to distinguish herself from her father and this made her…guarded, independent, and well, stubborn. I didn’t connect with her as I connected with Katsa and I think it’s due to the fact that a lot of times during this book, Fire is so unstable. She also wasn’t open enough for me.

There were a lot of secondary characters in this book, so sometimes I got confused. Sure a lot of them weren’t there as often as others, but it still got confusing. I liked and disliked each character for their own reason. Archer, for one, was a ladies’ man. He was in love with Fire and wanted her to marry him. Whenever he asked and she said no, he’d take a woman to bed. I liked him for his bravery and loyalty but he got annoying sometimes too. Brigan was a character I initially didn’t like. He was so mean and cold hearted. After reading more about him, though, my thoughts changed. I saw (as did Fire) that he’d had a lot happen in his life, most of which wasn’t pleasant, and that is what made him the way he was.

I should add that there was more sex in this novel than there was in Graceling. There isn’t a lot of description but it’s mentioned and referred to. The plot got more complicated when an illegitimate child was born or revealed. I was confused as to who was whose child and I had to pause a few times to figure out.

Overall? Fire was a good book that showed Cashore’s excellent writing ability. I liked Graceling better than this one, but only by a little. It had a great amount of action, mystery, danger, adventure, romance, obsession, and so much more. I can’t wait for Bitterblue!


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review: Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Prom & Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Point
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.
Review: An author’s debut book could be really good. So expectations are set. Then that author’s sophomore book comes out and you being to read it. Now that was the case with me and Prom & Prejudice. I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s The Lonely Hearts Club and it set high expectations for her second book. When I heard about Prom & Prejudice, I got really excited. First of all, I love, love Pride and Prejudice. And I love Darcy. And Elizabeth is a great author. So, I was expecting a lot from this book. Luckily, it delivered!


Prom & Prejudice was a cute, quick, and fun read. Best of all? It followed Pride and Prejudice a lot! I loved how the main characters had the same names as Jane Austen’s characters. Elizabeth Bennett, or Lizzie, was such a feisty, independent, and strong girl in this novel. Sure she had moments that made her crazy, or angry, or something else, but she’s a teenager! I loved Jane and Charlotte too! Jane was just the same sweetheart from Austen’s book but she was Lizzie’s best friend instead. Lydia was just as I had remembered her!


Darcy and Charles were my two favorite guys in this book. Actually, I even liked Collins and how his character was just like I had expected him to be. Charles Bingley was a total sweetheart. I loved him! He was sweet, loving, nice, and yes, an idiot. Who hasn’t fallen in love with William Darcy from Austen’s book? I loved the Will Darcy of this book. I also liked how from Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie and Darcy don’t start off on the best terms. Their slowly evolving relationship from enemies to friends to more was a nice touch. It helped develop both Lizzie’s and Darcy’s characters in this book!


The plot flowed well. The fact that prom was the main theme of this novel was also a great idea. Eulberg was able to stay true to the original story but also add in her own thoughts and ideas. It worked really well and I enjoyed reading this book a lot! All in all, Prom & Prejudice was a great read. I finished it in one sitting. I found myself smiling and laughing with the quirky comments and dialogue.


Read this book! I'm sure you're going to enjoy reading every bit of it. And when it ends? You're going to want more!


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Blogger Hop: 1/14-1/17

Book Blogger Hop

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 Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, 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 to read! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!
This week's question:
"Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?" 

I love reading YA. Any kind would do: whether it's historical fiction or urban fantasy, I love reading it. I'm 16 so I feel that I can relate better to a protagonist who's say 17 or 18 than someone who's 21. 

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!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Look

Most of you know me so you know that this blog gets a new look all the time. Well, I was getting tired of the old one so this is the new one! I want to thank Eleni of La Femme Readers for sending me the link to where I found this great look!


What do you think? I changed the drop down menu bar to go with the look!

"Waiting On" Wednesday (36)



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


Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 27, 2011  
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a
hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember
that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been
through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.
Tell me this book doesn't sound amazing! I only heard about this book a while ago but I've been in love with it since then! And that cover! Can September come already?
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Title: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: August 23, 2011 (Release date is uncertain! May change!)


“I can feel it in my bones that he is one of us. And I know somehow, that I must find him.”

That's all Goodreads has on this book but it doesn't matter...I want this book! I read and loved I Am Number Four (and there's going to be a movie one it) so I can't wait for this one to come out!
 
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