Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (55)

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


Title: Darker Still 
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber 
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: November 1, 2011
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...

Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.
I've had my eyes on this one for a while now and I decided it was time to feature it. It's really the first paragraph that captured my attention and then the cover. I really, really hope it lives up to it!
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Title: In Too Deep 
Author: Amanda Grace, Mandy Hubbard 
Publisher: Flux 
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Revolves around a dark lie which spirals out of control.
No official summary yet but it does sounds good! And the cover kind of reminds me of


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Title: Kiss Crush Collide  
Author: Christina Meredith 
Publisher: Greenwillow Books  
Release Date: December 27, 2011

Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some. 

With graceful and honest writing and an electric love story, this is a book about growing into your own skin. For fans of Perfect Chemistry, Sarah Dessen, and John Green.
The ending paragraph! Some of my favorite authors all rolled up in one???? I think so!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday {8}

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

Top Ten Books 
That Are On The Top Of My TBR List For Fall:
1) Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead: It's Richelle Mead. It's Adrian. I'ts a sequel to Vampire Academy.It sounds awesome!

2)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: A fatal touch? Woah. I can’t wait to read it since I’ve heard it’s awesome!

3)The Pledge by Kimberly Derting: Love her The Body Finder trilogy and it sounds just plain awesome! 

4)Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Really? Must you ask?

5)Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare: I LOVED Clockwork Angel and I can’t wait to know what happens next!

6)Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick: Another series in which I wanna know how it all ends.

7)The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: The cover + the summary= awesomeness!

8)Inheritance by Christopher Paolini: I NEED THIS BOOK! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR EVER TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS!
9) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: Holy moly, the cover guys! And the summary! I’ve heard it’s amazing!

10)The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler: I LOVE Jay Asher's book 13 Reasons Why and this sounds like such a good book! It's got such an awesome premise too!

Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt!

Are you looking for a letter for the title of SWEET VENOM 2???? Well, you're in the right place! My letter is:

W

Prizes are five signed copies of Sweet Venom and a grand prize $50 bookstore gift card, and that the hunt is open internationally. Visit Tera Lynn Childs blog for all the blogs participating in the hunt and more details!

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Hunger Games Teaser Trailer

Get More: 2011 VMA, Music
I LOVED IT as far as teaser trailers go. I watched it on YouTube because I didn't record all of the show on TV last night. Jennifer Lawrence is going to be an awesome Katniss; I can just tell! What do you think?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review: Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Title: Old Magic
Author: Marianne Curley
Release Date: February 26, 2002
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Library
Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing,
but Kate Warren doesn't know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey—one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.
Review: My friend recommended this book to me since she and I read some of the same types of books. She reads it every year and I decided I should check it out. With an interesting story line and awesome adventure, Old Magic was a good read.

The plot was the thing that interested me the most in this book. Time travel, romance, magic, it all just sounded really good. And it was! There were surprises, somethings I guessed, and other things were just there.

I did get annoyed with Jarrod not believing Kate when everything was out there in the open but then again, I probably wouldn't have believed her if she'd told me. I also thought that Kate and Jarrod's relationship just kind of...happened. It wasn't as developed as I would have wanted and it was probably because
of everything that was happening in the story.

Overall, the plot and story were full of magic, mystery,and adventure. Though the romance wasn't the best and sometimes the main characters bugged me, I enjoyed this book.

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 3/5 Meh. I like the guy and the girl and all, but I wanted more of the story to be incorporated into the cover.

In My Mailbox (37)

From the Library:
None


For Review:

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan 
**Thanks Sarah at St. Martin's Press**

Purchased:
None

Won: 
None


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

YallFest

Honestly, NOTHING (it seems this way to me) happens in South Carolina. I've always wanted to go to a book festival and meet authors and stuff but I've never be able to. UNTIL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's a little about YallFest:
YALLFest 2011 will bring twenty top young adult writers from all over the country to historic downtown Charleston, S.C., for two days of seminars and panels. Events at the College of Charleston, Fri., Nov. 11th, and Blue Bicycle Books on Sat., Nov. 12th.
Authors like Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, David Levithan, Ellen Hopkins, Andrea Cremer, Melissa de la Cruz, Gayle Forman, Heather Brewer, Kaleb Nation, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, Sarah Rees Brennan are coming.

I'm SOOOO EXCITED and hopefully, my parents will let me go!

YallFest Tumblr will announce new authors who are coming and you can tweet and follow @YallFest for more updates. I hope (really, really, really hope) to see you guys there!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (54)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Title: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick Author: Joe Schreiber Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; Release Date: October 25, 2011
Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.
I like the cover a lot; it catches my eye and it makes me want to read more. The title and the summary too, aren't that bad! AND it comes out on Christmas.
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Title: Amplified
Author: Tara Kelly 
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Release Date: October 25, 2011
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . . In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.
I like the simplicity of the cover; there's just something about it! And it sounds pretty interesting. 
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday {7}

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

Top Ten BooksYou Loved But Never Wrote A Review For:

1) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins: the problem is, I dunno how to review it. If I attempt to review it, I’m going to babble for A LONG TIME. And that’s never good.

  
2) The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray: I love this series. Not only is there India in the first book, but they’re just so well written and awesome and…I haven’t reviewed ANY OF THEM.

3)Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling: I just can't.

4)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: This book is one of my absolute favorites and I’ve raved about it a lot on here yet…I just can’t find the words to review this book.

5)Last Sacrifice (VA #6) by Richelle Mead: I. Just. Can’t. Though I read this some time ago, I still dunno how to put my thoughts down.

6)The Mediator series by Meg Cabot: Even though I've re-read this entire series and I love it, I haven't reviewed it yet.

7)The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry: One of the first dystopia books that I’ve ever read, these three books are some of my absolute favorites. Yet I’ve never reviewed them. I don’t think I could come up with enough awesome words to describe it.

8)Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: It was just so darn good. I’m not sure how to put my thoughts on this book in words.

9) The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne: Yes, this blog is mainly YA. Yes, I do read Middle Grade books and review them (occasionally) on here. Yes, I've read all by 2 (of the most recent) of these books. And I've never figured out why I haven't done a series review or even separate reviews!

10) Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan: I've read them all but I've only reviewed the last one.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Once a Witch (Witch #1) by Carolyn MacCullough

Title: Once a Witch
Series: Witch #1
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Release Date: September 14, 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Library
Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.
Review: I was surprised at how much I loved this book. At first, I wasn’t sure how much I would like it. I’d seen this book at the library a lot and I finally decided to read it. I’m super glad I did because I loved this book!

I loved the plot of this book, a lot because of the time traveling bit! It’s fast paced and moves really quickly. As the story progresses, some background is given but only enough to still make you wonder what’s really going on. The good thing about that is that it’s not confusing!

Tamsin Greene is (I guess) the outcast in her family because she’s the only one without a Talent. Ger grandmother predicted that she’d be really powerful but that didn’t pull through. All Tamsin really wants is to belong somewhere, to know who she is and this aspect made it easy for me to connect with her. I enjoyed learning about her family and their Talents though some of her snarky comments got annoying. I liked the other characters, such as Gabriel, a lot!



Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 4/5There’s just something about this cover. I’mnot sure if it’s the background or the girl or the book she’s holding but I loveit!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox (36)

From the Library:
 
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter 
Hourglass by Myra McEntire 


 
Die For Me by Amy Plum
 Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies by Blake Snyder
**I ended up getting this one which is the sequel to the one I wanted, Save the Cat!**


For Review:
None

Purchased:
None

Won: 
Illuminated by Erica Proloff
**Thanks Goodreads**

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