Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lives of Mapmakers

AUTHOR: Alicia L. Conroy
TITLE: Lives of Mapmakers

This one book held many stories. Each a different genre. From fiction to sci-fi, and some didn't even mean a thing. Even though there was supposed to be a particular message in each. There are many different stories in this one book, each telling its own magic. Several were sad, others happy, and some pointless. One story I really enjoyed would be The Nameless Season. I really enjoyed this one because it had a million emotions running through it, it made you wonder. In this one story, The Nameless season, the world was getting hotter, and misery flooded throughout. It tells the story of a girl, that witnesses the Earths fury, and survives. though everything is different, she tries to keep some of the past at her fingertips, wanting everything to become normal again.
Overall, I really didnt care for this book. Some particualiar stories were pretty good, others pointless. No meaning. Usually there was a message that went along with each story, but some were harder to catch. An example would be The One thing I'm good at. It had no meaning at all, and I was a little disapointed. The first one, Mud-Colored Beauties of The Plaines. It began of an amazing discovery of a mysteries sea creature. And how it survived and such. Bad hands get ahold of the creature, and let it escape, and there was no message. This one story probably was one of the best though. I had a really hard time getting through this book. Some of the stories could hardly finish. I wouldnt really recommend this book.
TAGS: Fiction, sci-fi, message, heart, boring, interesting, particuliar, different, genres

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I've been awarded!!!

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Thanks so much for Writer's Block Reviews for awarding me for my blog!

Since I was awarded, I am going to pass it on to 7 other hard working bloggers! Here they are!

1) Jessica at Chick-Lit Teens for helping me so much with my blog! She has worked super hard on her own blog as well!

2) The Story Siren because her reviews are so great, no matter what her rating is, the reviews make you want to read the book!

3) Oriental Desires because she has such an amazing blog, including those awesome reviews! Keep it up!

4) Bookluver-Carol because she too, has helped me out tons, and she is very kind!

5) The Page Flipper because her site is very simple, and easy to follow up on! I love the name of her blog too!!!

6) Another Page Is Used because she is very kind and fun to talk to, and she has an outstanding blog!!!

And Last but not least!

7!) Lauren's Crammed Book Shelf because she has such an amazing blog, filled with amazing reviews! Always reading the latest books! Great job!

Thanks everyone, and I hope you enjoy this!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Author Interview With Elizabeth Scott!!

Hey!! Please welcome Elizabeth Scott!!! She is the Author in the spotlight for the month of November! I hope you enjoy the questions, and wonderful answers! Thanks Elizabeth!

1) What encourages you to write books such as Living Dead Girl?


Living Dead Girl is much darker than the other books I have out now, and I actually got the idea for it from a dream! I had the dream--the exact same dream--about Alice, from Living Dead Girl, for several nights, and I realized I had to write the book. >

2) Have you ever had writers block? If so, what do you do to get > that out of the way and to continue writing? >

A)I think there are two kinds of writer's block. The first is the > kind where you can't think of anything to write, and the second is > kind is when you're stuk on something you're writing.>> When you can't think of anything to write, it usually means you > need a break--your brain needs some downtime to recharge and relax. > So do lots of fun stuff and tell yourself "I'm not writing! And > that's okay!" And then usually what happens is the day you have > something amazingly fun planned, you get an idea for a story. And > so you go out but spend the whole time thinking about what you want > to write. :-)>> When you're stuck on something you're writing, some people advise > taking a break and thinking about the story, and some people advise > just writing through it. I, personally, have done both. Sometimes I > just take a break and watch movies and tv and read books until I > realize what I need to do, and sometimes I just force myself to > write even though I hate what I'm writing and tell myself I'll fix > it later.>>

3) Where do you like to write?

A) I'll write anywhere--I written in the car (not while driving!), on trains, in the middle of the night sitting in the bath (so I won't wake my husband up!)--but my favorite place to write is in bed. >>

4) What kinds of foods do you usually tend to eat while writing?

A) I don't eat when I'm writing. I tend to zone out--I don't hear or see anything around me. (Which is why I don't listen to music when I write--I just don't hear it)>>

5) What is your most favorite book and why?

A) I can't pick one book as a favorite, sorry! There are too many that I love :-)>>>

6) What catagory of books do you usually read? Fiction, Non- > Ficiton, Sci-Fi, etc?

A) I will read just about anything! (And I really feel that if you want to write, you *must* read--and real all kinds of books)>>>

7) What did you do and how hard was it for you to become a writer?

A) I've had so many jobs it would take forever to list them all! As for how "hard" it was to become a writer--realizing I wanted to write took me a while (a loooooong while!), but when I did, I fell in love with it. I really admire anyone who knows what they want to do before the age of, oh 35 or so. :-) >>

8) What advice would you give to someone that really wants to > write, but doesnt know if they can achieve it or not?

A) Try.>>>

9) Out of all the books you have written, which one is your > favorite, and why?

A) They all have their own place in my heart--some were *so* hard to write, some came out easily--but they've all taught me something.

I hope you all enjoy this wonderful interview! Thanks Elizabeth!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Buggy Crenshaw and The Bungler's Paradox

Author: R.M Wilburn
Title: Buggy Crenshaw And The Bungler's Paradox

You're about to enter a world where imagination can be your best friend or your worst enemy."

Buggy Crenshaw was meant to save the world. Her mom always tells her that before dreams fill her mind during the night hours. But little does she know, that is not a lie.

After moving to Lloyds Hollow, it wasnt an accident moving there. She was meant to live there. She was summoned there! By the magical world that lies within Lloyds Hollow. In a world where magic exists, Buggy Crenshaw, and imaginative 12 year old girl, enters a world that is about to be taken over by the dark side. She meets Sid and Veronica, 2 best friends that already have there Talismans, a creature to help them with magic. Learning about the stolen portico, that controls almost evething within Lloyds Hollow, she is sent out on an adventure to rescue it and put it safetly back into the hands of The Greater Good. Mysteries unleash in this adventerous novel. Will the Greater Good be taken over by the bad? Will the world end forever?

I really liked this book, but some parts were hard to get through, or too fake. I liked the imagination part, because it is something different. There was a lot of adventure, maybe too much for a reader to handle. I liked the twists and turns on every page, and since there is a sequel, I cannot wait to see what happens!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My english project. for living dead girl

I hope you enjoy this! Please, listen to the music while watching it. It is much better that way!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Living Dead Girl

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Scott
TITLE: Living Dead Girl
OVERALL REVIEW: 5/5, amazing!!

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.

"Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared"

At the age of ten, a menacing kidnapper took Alice. The last place Alice was before her life changed forever was the field trip she was so excited about. She would get to see sea Creatures, wearing her very first lip gloss, talking and laughing with friends. Her life was normal. Until she met Ray. Disguising himself as a helper, he took her when she got stranded from her friends. But he was not returing her. Instead she would be taken away from her life full of friends, joy, and everything that she was used to.

"Once upon a time, my name was not Alice."

As Ray took her away from her life, she didnt understand the pain and suffering she would soon go through. Her name changed from Kyla to Alice, and her life changed as well. Abuse, no education, and starvation. Her life on a daily basis.

"Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was"

Until all changed. Having forced to look for a new little girl for Ray to haunt was a daily chore. Spying at the local park, many girls play with there friends, stupid girls, Alice calls them. They dont realize how fast their life could change in a second. And thats when Alice finds Annabel. Also her brother Jake. They visit the park almost everyday. Jake's life is falling apart, and Annabel just gazes up to the sky, swinging as high as she can. Free. Alice tells Ray she has found the perfect girl for him. And thats when their plan goes into play. At the park, all 4 of them are their. But Jake knows something is up with Alice. Her looks, her physical being, and the sadness in her eyes. Alice thinks that when Ray gets Annabel, he will let her go. But will he do what he did to the last Alice? Or will Jake save her and let her return to 623 Daisy Lane?

There are not enough words to explain the feeling I get from this book. Mixed emotions run through each page, some wanting you to tear it up, but leaving you hanging. I hated Ray. And in a way, I hated Alice. But I felt sorry for her, because I couldn't save her. No one should ever go through what Alice had gone through. I hated and loved this book. If that makes sense. The feelings that Alice expressed were real. Almost too real. Threats, abuse, and hate fill this book. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 14. This book will be talked about, as Ellen Hopkins says. And she is right.
TAGS: Child abuse, Sad, Hate, realistic fiction, girl, kidnapper, free, dreaming, life

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mercury Mountain

Julie is one of the luckiest teens ever. Or so she thought. After winning an amazing eco-friendly car, that has many useful gadgets, Julie is on a mission to save her hometown and the world from harmful envirmental issues. Starting off with illegal dumpers, dumping computers and other items that need to be recycled, everything begins to go into a turnaround. Ever since she had won the car, also named Jett, Geisle, one of the popular girls of the school, begins to hang out with Julie and Pete. Learning that Giesles dad works for a special agency, clues start to unravel about the illegal dumbers, putting everones life at risk, and Gielsle and her dad just might be one of them. But will it be too late to save her town from danger?
There were many pro's and Cons to Mercury Mountain. I thought there was too much sarcasm in this book, along with some unbelievable events. Such as a thirteen year old girl knowing so much about the environment, It was kind of amusing to read. But, it did have plenty of adventure and kept the reader waiting to see what happens next in most of the events. Some though, dragged on, and werent so amusing. Other wise, this was a one of a kind book, and I guess would recommend. But it is not a must read book.TAGS: earth, recycle, action, mystery, car, adventure, science, "go green"