- Read at least 1-2 books a week, and post up the reviews ASAP*
- Post everyday, or every-other-day.*
- Improve on how I've been writing my reviews.
- Become more efficient at contacting Publishers and Authors about interviews, as well as becoming more organized.
- Comment on other blogs more often!!!*
- Stick with one layout for at least 2 months before chaning it again (Personal LOL)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
If you decide to do so, please include the name of the blog and a link. As well as what the promoter is giving away and the ending date! Thank you so much!
I will also be going around searching for some contests myself, and asking for permission to put the information on my blog!
Has it been a while since I typed a post for my blog. It's kind of depressing. And well. I hope none of you have forgotten about me or this blog!
Because for the new year, I PROMISE to be more worthy of my reviews, my blog, and my wonderful followers. I have to admit, I haven't been in the mood to touch a book, or to bother writing up a post coming up with excuses. The reason? There are no excuses! I've realized I've been spending all the time I used to spend reading some amazing books, on Facebook, or watching TV, or schoolwork! And I REGRET it A LOT. I cannot believe I have thrown pretty much all of my hard work away because of some laziness!
And I got to thinking. I'm going to change it! What a greater way to begin in the brand new year of 2010, since it's only what... 2 days away?!
Well this is going to be my New Year's Resolution! To start my blogging again, and reconnect with my book blogging friends, and the amazing Authors and Publishers that helped me along the way!
I'm back everyone, and with a bang! Haha!
Please, please, please forgive me for being MIA the past couple weeks...ok, months!
But I will not be missing for that long again!
I'm planning on organizing my blog, following up on some of the recent comments that were posted, and getting my books organized on my TBR list.
And now, I am super excited to be back in the blogging world! Oh how I've missed it!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Nothing has been the same ever since that night when Josh deserted Ellie in the backseat of the van, to tell his friends how far they had gone. Nothing has been the same ever since Ellie had started this new trend.
Not only had Ellie been effected by the unexpected pregnancy. But so has Caleb. Ever since grade school, Caleb has always had feelings for Ellie. Not the feelings every other guy in school said they had for Ellie. But the true, caring feelings. The feelings where he would hurt just as much as Ellie if anything happened to her. And now? He is devastated. Even though he is friends with Josh, he doesn't understand what Josh and the other guys are thinking. Even if they don't know about the pregnancy. Maybe it's because he has a mother he can go to for help and advice, unlike Josh, who's mother lives at the soup kitchen, and a father who is either rocking out with his so called band, or snoozing off a 6 pack.
Eventually, Ellies stomachs grows more noticeable. As well as everyones attitude toward her being pregnant. The word SLUT is forever engraved on her locker, her parents seem to want to be away from her, and Josh stays his distance. Remembering the desperate and sad look her eyes gave off as he abandoned her in the backseat of the van. What will Ellie do when it comes to giving birth to the baby filling the empty space inside of her?
Jumping Off Swings tells it like it is. The novel allows you to view the hardships, sadness, and the tough decisions that had to be made, through the eyes of friends, family, and enemies as well.
Everything expressed throughout the book, was raw, real, and without any doubt, painful. Having to see someone who was once full of life and happiness, now crushed by several guys, and a pregnancy that she is left to deal with, must have been the hardest part to read about. Everything was put together so well, there isn't one thing I would change about this book. Though. If I could. I would help Ellie, but the truth within each page is what brought me even closer to understanding the message. Feeling awful and hopeless for Caleb, knowing he is watching the one person he once cared so much for, crumble to pieces, is what really bothered me as well. I could hardly stand it at first, though, things did turn out for the best.
I cannot describe the feelings and emotions I felt while reading this book. It will effect each reader differently, and that is why I urge you to read it. It is worth your time.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Well, if you thought so, you got it!
Have you ever heard of the hit series, Cirque Du Freak? I have! Well, did you know it will soon be released in theatres? It will be coming out on October 23rd, and it is called The Vampires Assistant. Sounds awesome, doesn't it!
Here is some more information if you are interested in learning more about the movie/book:
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, based on the popular series of books
by Darren Shan, is a fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a
200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a
fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the
night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill
his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.
A LIVING NIGHTMARE * THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT * TUNNELS OF
Do you love to be scared? Then don't miss the terrifying adventure
begins when Darren and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the
FREAK, a wonderfully bizarre and creepy freak show. Brace yourself
and chills as the boys witness a parade of grotesque creatures
and face their
deepest fears by entering the darkest world of the vampire.
blood-curdling tradition of Anne Rice and Stephen King, CIRQUE DU
have you shrieking for the next horror show!
So are you interested yet? If not, keep reading! *Trust me*
How to Enter?
Since Cirque du Freak has caught much attention lately, you get the chance to chose your favorite Cirque du Freak t-shirt saying, by voting below! You must vote in order to be entered, and it will be tallied as one point. Once you have voted, let me know by commenting to this post, letting me know!
Also, those who are now following, will get 2 extra entries, once they vote on the shirt saying, and letting me know by commenting!
New followers as of today? You get 1 extra point added once you vote! Just comment to let me know!
Two lucky winners will each receive a book set, complete with 3 books from the Cirque du Freak series! As well as a Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant Locker Mirror! Totally cool!
1 Entry by Voting for the t-shirt saying below
An additional 2 entries for past followers
1 additional entry for new followers, as of today!
1 additional entry for blogging about this contest on your sidebar or blog post!
Older Followers= 4 Entries if you did them all
Newer Followers as of today= 3 if you did them all!
Want to become a fan of The Vampire's Assistant? Click here to become one, by following the facebook fan page!
Hurry! Contest ends in 2 weeks!
Friday, October 9, 2009
So, the past couple days that big pile of review books that need to get read have been mocking me, to where I feel this heavy guilt build up every time I look at them (Sometimes I try so hard not to) I have decided to get at least 2 books read this weekend, and get back on track!
1) Jumping Off Swings
2) Maybe Hush Hush
or...Meridian...or Eyes Like Stars...
Probably Jumping Off Swings and Eyes Like Stars/ Hush Hush....
On the other hand, there will be a big contest/promotion being posted up tomorrow, so check back for that, and I am planning on getting my sidebars filled tonight, so they wont be so empty!
Thanks for being patient everyone! I greatly appreciate it!
Monday, October 5, 2009
So, the winners..............
Thursday, October 1, 2009
And my contest winners for the Max Ride Promotion will be posted tomorrow evening, so check back tomorrow to see If you were one of the lucky two!! Also, I have rounded up a few authors to kick off the Authors, We Know Your Secret 2010 Book Countdown. Unfortunately, I need some more time to get things prepared foe this new meme, and I apologize. If you are interested on learning more, I did a new post about it below.
A new promotion will begin tomorrow as well, so check back!!!! It's going to be exciting! Thank you for being so patient with me! I am no long MIA! Woo hoo!
Monday, September 28, 2009
**Instead, just leave your name, email, blog link, posting decisions, such as how often you think you'll post, etc. to a comment for this post!**
First off. I have a Max Ride Promotion going on now, and ending soon!
My next promotion:
Cirque De Freak prize packs!!!!
1 winner will receive 2 books by Amber Kizer: Meridian, and One Butt Cheek At A Time!
1 winner will receive a hardcover of Path Of A Hero!
And there may be even more coming since my new meme will kick off October 1! Also if the posts I have made about the 2010 meme, didn't make sense. I Will make a clearer post tonight explaining it better!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here's what I received this weekend!
None (Haha I'm broke at the moment =O)
-Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Copy provided by- InGroup
Summary(Provided By Amazon)-"Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.
Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world."
Author: Elizabeth Knox
Copy Provided By: InGroup
Summary (provided by Amazon): "Grade 5-9–Laura Hame and her cousin Rose, 14, live in a recognizable early-20th-century society, realistically portrayed but for one thing: the Place, discovered about 20 years earlier by Lauras father. It lies outside geographical boundaries, and only select people are able to enter and experience dreams there. These dreamhunters then perform their received dreams for large theater audiences, and those in attendance go to sleep and experience them. At the time of this story, dreams have become big business and are embroiled in issues of social control (especially the control of prisoners) and power politics. When Lauras father disappears, the girl takes enormous risks first to try to find him, and then to complete his mission. While the author leaves tantalizing clues throughout the novel, the plot moves slowly at first. However, patient readers will find themselves rewarded by the riveting action in the final third of the book. Relationships between the characters, especially Laura and Rose, are given center stage, but their interaction flags in the middle of the book. Particularly touching is the relationship between Laura and a golem-type creature sculpted out of sand in the magical world of the Place. Dry, unchanging, with nothing either fully living or dead, no wind or sounds, it is eerily suffused with atmosphere and powerfully portrayed. This novel, the first of a duet of books, concludes neither with a cliffhanger nor at the end, but in the middle of the action. It will appeal to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume.–Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. "
This is the best week I've had so far lately, but I'm expecting more things coming my way, including some Hush Hush swag!! I am super excited for that! Also, expect a review in the next day or so! Please, comment and tell me what you think!
I also have the first author lined up for the "Authors, We Know your Secret: 2010 Book Countdown" which will kick off October 1st! So stay tuned to the upcoming event you can participate in! It's going to be a blast!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Books That Need To Be Reviewed:
*Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick!
*Max by James Patterson (Click here to win 1 of 2 sets in my current promotion!)
*The Texicans by Nina Vida (AITS coming soon!)
*Praying For Snow by Jennifer Reynolds
*Her Strong Tower by Victoria King
*Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith**
*Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox**
*Meridian by Amber Kizer
*Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
*Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
*Rumer & Qix by Kathleen S. Wilson
What I plan on finishing this weekend? Crazy list above huh?! haha!
**Jumping Off Swings
**Rumer & Qix.....
That's my REVIEW pile! I still have to read all of the books I have bought yet! Trust me, you DON'T WANT to see that list! haha!
I'm also going to be getting my blog organized, so I'll be online for a while! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to chat! I'd love to chat with some other bloggers!
Also, dont forget to read about my new Meme, "Authors, We Know Your Secret: 2010 Book Countdown!" Scroll down and check out some of the posts describing how this benefits authors, publishers, AND bloggers! It's going to be a blast, so sign up!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Anyone can participate, once it begins on October 1st. Just sign up on the sign in sheet posted below, so I know who all is doing this as well.
*You must promote an author/book that is coming out in 2010 at least 2 times a week or more, depending on your schedule. I understand if you cannot make a post, or there isn't enough time, but just let me know via email if you cannot make a post.
*Email me once you get an author, so I can post about it on my blog, so everyone else knows who is interviewing/promoting who. (More Details Below)
*If you are participating, please put the button with each AWKYS post, or to your sidebar with a link to THIS post.
*2010 Book Countdown will end January 1st, 2010!
Email me to schedule a post:
*please provide your blog link, date for interview, Person(s) being interviewed, any type of giveaway as well as special offers being added to your AWKYS post. Please, let me know at least 2 days in advanced when you have an interview/promotion set up regarding AWKYS 2010 countdown. I would love for you to do this so I can post about your blog post and get the authors, as well as you, more views.
Does this post make sense? If not, tell me to clarify better! More details coming soon!
Those of you who spread the word on this new meme by linking, and giving the title, plus the button, will each receive an extra entry to my Max Ride Promotion! Please, let me know by commenting to this post, that you have done so. You must have entered the contest first, before receiving any bonus points. If you have not yet entered, please read the post carefully here. ),
*Post to sidebar, or blog post
*Title (Authors, We Know Your Secret: 2010 Book Countdown),
*Link to THIS post, and/or this summary: "If you are interested in learning more about the undiscovered 2010 YA book releases, or want your book promoted, then go Here(Link to this post)"
Comment once you have done so, leaving your link to the post, or sidebar.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ON THIS NEW MEME!
AUTHORS, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, EMAIL ME AT REVIEWABOOK123@YAHOO.COM
BLOGGERS, EMAIL, OR SIGN UP WITH THE SHEET ON THE LAST POST, LETTING ME KNOW YOU ARE DOING THIS MEME!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Here is one of the few buttons I will create for you to post on your blog to help spread the word! And I'm still coming up with the whole MeMe, so please be patient! I am planning on starting this on October 1st, so bloggers, please do your part by spreading the word to other bloggers, or even authors if you'd like! I'd really appreciate it! So, here is the button (also posted on my sidebar):
So what do you think?! I kinda like it!
And bloggers?! Please, let me know if you'd like to participate in this meme by signing up below, or commenting to this post! I'd love to send out info to you all to keep you updated! And remember! Spread the word about this!
If you have no idea what I am talking about, please refer here for some details on this new Meme!
As for my WOW pick:
SUMMARY (provided by Amazon.com): "Love can be a dangerous thing....
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe. "
Awesome right?! Haha I know! It sounds very interesting, unique, and mysterious, AND a YA hit! I hope I could host the Author for my new meme to help promote this book, even though it probably will be big without the help of me. I also read that the majority of the buyers for this book, also bought Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick!!! (review coming soon)... I cannot wait for this! Expect a countdown for Bleeding Violet to be posted to my sidebar soon! What do you think?
MeMe Sign Up: Authors/Bloggers/Publishers
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So since 2010 seems to be getting nearer I thought Id start a 2010 book countdown, since there has been a great deal of books every one is looking forward to next year... So... Why not do a countdown type thing that gives authors a chance to get their book even more publicity before it's due publishing date in 2010? Publishers, you can do your part as well by promoting your company by giving exclusives, special offers, Interviews and updates to keep bloggers on track with your upcoming releases!!
Bloggers? Have a book you want to share with the rest of the book community you think will be a hit? Then email me with the title, publisher, release date, summary, and maybe even a teaser or book trailer if possible! Maybe I could even come up with an interview we could do to share your thoughts and opinions on your pick!
The process? Hmmmm.. Everyday would be pretty hard to keep up with, along with the fact that I might not be able to get upcoming releases to fill in the next several months. Maybe, once I get started and see if any authors or publishers start asking me to promote them, then I could do this more often. So I may just post every other day or every 3 days until things get sorted out.
Buttons for this meme will be available for others to use for their sidebars to help spread the word to others who may be interested as well. I will post a poll asking what you think about this meme either below this post or on the sidebar where you can share your opinion!
Authors or publishers please dont hesitate to contact me at email@example.com if you would be interested in being scheduled for a certain time. I will try and make it work! Also, please include some useful and interesting info on your book if you are offering for me to
Is this new meme making sence? And what should it be called?......
Monday, September 14, 2009
But the reason for this post is very important!
I have been informed through email by Jessica that there is an awesome book directory you can find online. Not only books are there but magazines, CDs, etc! I guess instead of it being explained by me, which can get confusing? Here, just read the email that was sent to me.
"All across the nation, many Friends of the Library organizations hold book sales that feature cheap books that were either donated or removed from circulation. Typically these sales sell books, CDs, magazines, and DvD's for rock bottom prices. A typical sale will sell most of their items for under 3 dollars.
Being charity organizations, these Friends of the Library organizations often have limited resources to advertise and promote their sales. As such, many people are never made aware of the excellent deals they are missing within their own communities. That's where booksalemanager.com comes ins. We are attempting to bridge the gap between Organizations looking to more effectively advertise their sale, and people looking to find more places to get good deals on books and media.
Friends of the Library organizations and other non-profit groups can freely advertise their sale on our site. Our site currently has 2500 active listings, and we have been adding over 100 everyday.
People looking to find sales can use our powerful search tools to find these sales. They can search by state, zip code, sale size, and date ranged. Furthermore, people can create an account and save sales to their calendar to help them better track the sales they want to go to. You can also sign up for notifications to be emailed when a new sale in your area is listed, or a reminder email a few days before the sales on your calendar so you don’t ever miss a sale you want to attend.
I believe book sales are a great way to find bargain books and media while at the same time supporting the local libraries and non profits we all know and love. It's a total win-win."
Very informant I'd say! So what do you think? Awesome and money saving right?! It definitely is a win-win! Thanks Jessica!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback)
Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback)
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (paperback)
Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback)
Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback)
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback)
Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover)
ENTER TO WIN A SET OF JAMES PATTERSON PAGETURNERS!
RIDE – IF SHE LIVES, THE WORLD LIVES, IT’S THAT SIMPLE.
- the newest book in the bestselling Maximum Ride
On sale in paperback 09/01/09!
Still reeling from their most recent
adventure, Maximum Ride and the rest of the flock must head out to sea to
uncover the secret behind a brand new series of disasters—fish are dying off the
coast of Hawaii , hundreds of ships are being destroyed. As if that
weren’t enough, they’re also being tracked by a criminal mastermind with, oh
yeah, an army of mercenaries. Can the flock save themselves and the
ocean, and the world, from utter destruction?
The Maximum Ride: Max Promotion is open to legal US residents who are at least
13 years of age as of August 24, 2009. There will be two prizes for each
Promotion. Each prize consists of the following eight (8) books: Maximum
Ride: Max (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback); Maximum
Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback); Maximum Ride: Saving the World and
Other Extreme Sports (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback);
Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback); The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback); and
Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover). The approximate retail value of
each prize is $72.00. Winners will be confirmed on or about September 28,
2009 by email. Prizes will only be shipped to confirmed winners with
addresses in the US . Prizes will be shipped within 30 days after a selected
entrant is confirmed as a winner.
MAXIMUM RIDE: MAX (Paperback Release)
ONLINE BOOK CONTEST
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Title: Perfect Mistake (Privlege #3)
Author: Kate Brian
Pub. Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Summary: "Kate Brian's Beautiful Disaster brings Ariana Osgood back into the life she is accustomed to, the only questions is, what will she do to hold onto it "
Why this one? Duh! Kate Brian of course! She is one of my most favortite authors ever, and Private/Privlege series has to be the top selling series! Awesome job Kate!
Author: Kate BrianPub. Date: March 9, 2010 (Make it come faster please!)Summary: "Kate Brian's Private series gets even better when Reed returns from her horrific vacation. "
Why this one? Wow! Another book being published by Kate Brian! Though, I havent finished the series yet, I am glad that there is one more being added so it wont end as fast! (yes, it's that good of a series!) Maybe I could snag an ARC?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Authors? What can your part be? Simply email me once I get things figured out, and we could go over the process together! I will definitely get you in for a date on any Tuesday, if that particular date is open. Also, don't forget, if you would like to be promoted in any way, whether it may be through a contest, Author In The Spotlight, book information, or exclusive information on your current or upcoming book. Its that simple! I'd love to help you out through promotions!
Other updates? My blog hasn't been updated as much, and I am sincerely sorry! I guess I couldn't blame it fully on schoolwork, but in some way, laziness? School has drained me. Oops... did I just blame it on school again? Bah, oh well.
I AM NOT FORGETTING ABOUT MY SITE! Just thought you should know! I plan on getting on a schedule (thanks to Laina for the brilliant inspiration) and getting in more reading time and blog time!
Also, if you haven't noticed, I have a new theme. What do you think? I love it! It's exactly what Ive been looking for! And I know, some people emailed me recommending 3 columns, but this one is the one that stuck out the most to me, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
Expect a WOW post tomorrow, and a book review coming soon, as well as several Author Interviews, and an awesome promotion coming soon as well!!!
Now, off to school work! I'll keep you updated on any other things I had forgotten to mention in this rather long post! Thanks, and be watching for that promotion post!!! Trust me, it's going to be totally worth it!
And thanks to those who had entered the furniture contest as well! That was awesome, wasn't it?!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Enough of my blabbing. Let's get to that lucky winner! Before I forget (haha) thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and spread the word! You did fantastic! And thanks to all of my new and old followers for following! It is greatly appreciated!
Now what was I going to say?...... Hmm. I guess that was it.....
*Smacks head and wonders if I'm losing my mind*. The winner! That's what I almost forgot to mention!
And the winner is.....*drumrolls fingers on desk for dramatic effect XD*
I will be emailing you shortly for your prize choice and mailing address! And don't forget, those of you that didn't win, I will be posting about a huge promotion for you to enter tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Here is the awesome trailer!
If you are interested in learning even more, then click here to go to the official website!
Do you have a ghost story you have experienced or have been told? Then share it with other people who would love to hear about it, including the author of The Birthing House by clicking here!
Interested in some cool photos?! Here is the link that will get you there!
Wanna get a sneak peak of the book? The first 2 chapters are available here! Yes! You read this right! Click here to read the first 2 chapters of The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Title: Vintage Veronica
Why I'm excited?
Because it sounds like a really cute book that would turn out to be entertaining as well! The whole plot sounds scandalous in its own unique way, as well as the character Veronica. Overall, it sounds cute, fun, unique, and a coming out type of story. Now, let's discuss the cover! Haha! Simple, yet themed and cute, I absolutely adore it! The cover looks as cute as the story sounds! The colors and theme flows great together! What do you think?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This weeks pick:
The Everafter by Amy Huntley
Release Date: September 29th, 2009
Summary: "Madison Stanton doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this — she is dead. And alone in a vast, dark space. The only company Maddy has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things she lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that, with these artifacts, she can reexperience — and even change — moments from her life.Her first kiss.A trip to Disney World.Her sister’s wedding.A disastrous sleepover.In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and frightening truths about her life — and death. "
-The Summary: I think the summary is what really drew me in. It seems like such a mysterious, and dark book that would have surprises and detail to keep you entertained.
-The Cover: The cover caught my attention, but not as much as the summary did. I guess, the cover did make me want to read the summary in the first place, and I do love the colors flowing through the cover.
-The Title: Awesome! Simple, yet mysterious and entertaining. It draws you in, making you wonder what the book is about. I love this chosen title! It works great with the summary!
So there you have it! The break down! Overall, I cannot wait to read more about this book! And better yet, the release day is coming up! Yay!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
First off, before I get into more detail, I want to thank Jonathan Papp from Office Furniture for giving me this wonderful option! Thank you!
I will be giving choices for the winner to choose from, so you have more of a variety to look at, than what I would choose for a prize.
First things first:
*Contestants must be from U.S to enter, sorry international readers!
*You must be or become a follower to enter.
*You must comment to this post leaving your name, email and/or blog link for 1 entry.
There will only be a max limit of 3 entries per person.
1-Comment on this post
2-Link/Blog about this contest, including contest details, direct link, and ending date (August 29th)
3- Email me, telling me what I could change about my blog to make it better, simpler, or more interesting. Also, tell me how you like my reviews, or posts in general. What are the positives, and negatives?
Here are the options!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I also want to apologize for the major lack of reviews. No, I am definetly not deserting my blog, I love it too much to do that! I have been going through a major reading slump, but I think Im getting over it now! Please, be patient until the next review comes in!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The winners were chosen by a randomizer!
1. Shooting Stars Mag (Lauren)
3. Mari (Perfectly Imperfect)
4. Becca Fitzpatrick
Please, email me and send me your addresses so I can get these prizes shipped to you!
Thanks to all who entered!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Read and review Praying For Snow, then post up an author interview for July.
Post up the five winners for the paperback HP books TONIGHT!!
Read and review Eyes Like Stars
And post an amazing giveaway where the winner gets to chose what they want (stay tuned for details)
So there you have it! Expect me to stick around!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life. "
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Anyways...Expect an Author In The Spotlight Post later this month, and maybe 2 reviews. Once I get through with Drivers Ed, I can guarantee you more reviews!
I'm sorry for the delay, I hope you understand my busy schedule!
AND DON'T FORGET TO ENTER MY 5 BOOK GIVEAWAY, HAPPENING NOW!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
- The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe- a book I desperately need to finish as well...
- Peace, Love, And Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
- Praying For Snow-a review book I need to finish in order to interview the author for AITS, and it looks and sounds awesome as well!
- Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
- I also need to finish How To Buy A Love Of Reading........
Hopefully I get these read in the next 2 weeks... Wish me luck!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
All her world’s a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
Enter Stage Right
NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.
ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
BERTIE. Our heroine.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.
Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Hey! Sorry about not posting my IMM post last Sunday, so I am just including it in with this one!
IMM was started by The Story Siren!
The Received (for Review):
- Praying For Snow by Jennifer Reynolds
- Three Roses For Pearl by Julia Johnson
- The Texicans by Nina Vida
- Madapple by Christina Meldrum
- Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
- Peace, Love, And Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
- Haters by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
- Swoon by Nina Malkin
- The Devouring by Simon Holt
- Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusik
I had also received 2 awesome promo items in the mail. A GhostGirl devotional candle(saweet!), which looks awesome!! And I had also received a 10Th anniversary, Harry Potter and the Sorceress Stone, golden pin! I absolutely adore it, and there will be an upcoming contest, where 5 winners could get one!!!! (so stay tuned!)
What did you guys get???
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Ok, so I wasn't sure what to post about this, so I just copied the paragraph from Cassandra.
"This blog invests and believes in the Proximity - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award."
1. Addicted to books 1993
2. The Story Siren
3. The Page Flipper
4. Another Page Is Used
I'm sorry, but I can only post four because I need to get off soon! I hope you enjoy your awards!
Friday, June 19, 2009
If you haven't entered, click the My Contest tab below the header! Thanks to everyone that has entered, and will enter soon!
Kind of creepy, huh?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
AUTHOR: Tonya Hurley
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5.0
Meet Charlotte Usher, because chances are you probably haven't, even if you went to school with her the past years. A positive start makes a positive year right? A new wardrobe, act, and self esteem, Charlotte is ready to be a part of Petula's popular status. To be like her. And well, to basically get her boyfriend as well. Damen. The hottest guy to ever walk the halls of Hawthorne High.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Summary: "Alison Shandling and Harry Roth would seem
to have nothing in common. "Queen Nerd" Alison sticks with one close friend and
stays out of trouble; her parents have enough worries dealing with her autistic
twin, Adam. Harry, a bully, runs with the popular crowd and delights in
embarrassing his widowed father, a not terribly intelligent rabbi. But a bitter
set of coincidences draws Alison to Harry: her mother, infuriated by the rabbi's
insensitivity to Adam, tells the rabbi that she wishes his son were handicapped
too. When Harry is paralyzed in a diving accident, the rabbi sees it as divine
punishment and tries to atone by showering Adam with attention. First-novelist
Werlin compensates for the unlikely plot and the even less likely romance that
develops between Harry and Alison by investing her characters with rich, strong
personalities. She alternates between Alison's and Harry's perspectives to round
out the reader's understanding of both families."
Summary: "Besides being named after an
obscure Renaissance painter (turning the name "Jan" into "Yahn,") and having a
butt so big that it "belongs in the Guinness Book of World Records," high school
senior Jan Miller also has the dubious honor of being best friends with Rebecca
Larkin, recently named one of CHIC magazine’s New York "IT" Girls. Add a
ridiculously huge crush on new-boy hottie Josh Gardner to this list of woes and
sympathetic readers can see why "life would be so much simpler if guys were like
mood rings, and they changed color when they liked you." It will take more than
just Rebecca’s easy assurances and a few pints of Ben & Jerry’s for Jan to
come to terms with her own inner "It" girl (or lack thereof)."
Summary: "The folks on Hackett Island, near
Philadelphia, are not too friendly to newcomers. Anyone the slightest bit
different is eyed with suspicion, as Claire found out when she missed a year of
junior high due to leukemia. Now she works hard at fitting in, following
treacherous but popular Macy's lead, hiding her passion for the guitar, and
never talking about her fear that her illness will return. Or her nightmares. Or
her eating disorder. The boys of Hackett Island's "in" crowd are members of the
"fish frat"--hunky sons of the local fishermen--and their horseplay even among
themselves is brutal and edge-of-danger.
And then Lani Garver shows up at
school, a tall, thin, strangely androgynous person. "No. Not a girl. Sorry," he
says pleasantly when Macy questions him about his gender with vicious curiosity.
But Claire, much to Macy's disgust, is drawn to Lani, and his wisdom and
kindness begins to heal her. He takes her to Philadelphia to meet his artistic
friends, talks sense to her about her eating disorder and her blind devotion to
Macy, finds her a therapist. Who is this Lani Garver? He resists "boxes" like
"gay." Even his age is a mystery to Claire. Strangest of all, could he be a
"floating angel," as his friends at the hospital seem to believe? Meanwhile, the
fish frat are closing in for the kill, and when their harassment turns lethal,
Lani shows a terrible side of himself Claire has never seen."
Summary: "Teenagers Susan and Gary live
in the house that has belonged to the family for generations. Now Gary has
contracted a disease that has him confined to a wheelchair and traveling to the
hospital regularly for transfusions. Susan is unwillingly spending her summer
vacation pushing her brother through the garden and woods of their peculiar
estate. Gary has been reading about quantum physics, a subject in which
Great-Uncle Arthur won an international prize many years earlier. He is also the
one largely responsible for the creation of the garden and just possibly the
maze that no one has ever seen except from one window in the house. Gary is
convinced that his illness has somehow triggered a quantum event that is
responsible for the bizarre changes he and his sister are finding each day. He
also seems to be getting better after each visit to the garden and so Susan
finds herself torn between her fear of it and her fear for her brother's life.
Sleator is a master of suspenseful science fiction and that mastery is evident
here. The action is slow at first, but as the garden begins to change, the pace
picks up correspondingly. Ultimately Susan must brave the maze on her own when
Gary is rushed to the hospital. The twist at the end is entirely logical (if
anything about quantum can be) and entirely shocking."
Summary: "Cammie Morgan, 15, is a student at
Gallagher Academy, a top-secret boarding school for girls who are
spies-in-training. She studies covert operations, culture and assimilation, and
advanced encryption, and has learned to speak 14 languages. Her troubles begin
when she falls for Josh, a local boy who has no clue about her real identity.
Keeping her training secret forces her to lie to her new love, which leads to
comic complications. Subplots include Cammie's relationship with her mother–the
headmistress at Gallagher–and her grief over the loss of her father, who died
while on a spying assignment. The teen's double life leads to some amusing
one-liners, and the invented history of the Gallagher Girls is also
entertaining, but the story is short on suspense. The stakes never seem very
high since there are no real villains, and the cutesy dialogue quickly becomes
Summary: "Ashley has enough problems in her life
already, starting with the complexities of her crowded but loving working class
family -- her extremely pregnant mother and her three exuberant and prom-crazy
aunts, and her cab-driving father and three younger brothers, who think nothing
of happily trashing the kitchen in a game of hot dog baseball. Then there’s Mr.
Gilroy, the evil vice principal of discipline, who has Ashley on endless
detention, her awful job at EZ-CHEEZ-E, where she has trouble seeing the
customers through the eyeholes of her rat costume, and her good-looking but
lowlife boyfriend TJ, who wants her to join him in a future as depressing as the
dank one-room apartment he has so proudly rented for them. Not to speak of Nat’s
loony grandmother, who wears her red bathing cap even when she’s not doing the
backstroke in a wading pool, babbles at Ashley in Russian, and spits on the
floor to show her disapproval.
But in the end it’s grandma with her skill at
baking (pastries to bribe the custodians) and sewing (a magical prom dress) who
saves both the prom and Ashley’s belief in herself and her future in this
delightful and heartfelt novel."
Summary: "Orphaned as a young girl because
of the imprudent marriage of her mother, Queen Katherine Parr, Mary Seymour vows
never to fall in love-and under no circumstances will she marry. Lady Strange,
her mysterious guardian, offers the young woman an extraordinary alternative to
marriage: Mary is to become a white magician who will join Queen Elizabeth's
court and ensure the success of the Virgin Queen's reign. Accompanied by her
magical hound, Perseus, Mary sets out to learn the properties of different
stones and the art and precision of natural spells. Soon after her sixteenth
birthday, she joins Elizabeth's court as a lady-in-waiting. Upon her arrival,
Mary realizes that Elizabeth's court is rife with men and women who are vying
for power. The most dangerous of all is Edmund Seymour, Mary's disturbingly
handsome cousin. From the moment she meets Edmund, Mary has to fight her growing
attraction, especially once she discovers that he is a black magician, the dark
mirror of her own self. But, despite the threat Edmund poses to Mary, he seems
to be the only one who truly understands her. When Edmund becomes involved in a
plot against the Queen, Mary finds her beliefs tested in ways she never could
have imagined. "
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys
Summary: "Megan Meade, 16, is a soccer star
whose parents are military lifers. When her mother and father are again
stationed overseas, she decides to stay with family friends in Boston. She is
immediately overwhelmed by the seven McGowan boys, each of whom embodies a
stereotype, e.g., genius, jock, rebel, etc. Shockingly, Megan falls for Evan,
Mr. Popular. Also shockingly, Evan has a mean girl girlfriend, Hailey, who is
trying to make Megan's life miserable. Will Megan become the team's starter?
Will Evan fall for her charms? Will readers care? The answers to these questions
are pretty obvious. "
Summary: "She was just big-boned, big-nose Sarah
living in Brenton, Ohio, where, as she puts it, "committing suicide would be
redundant." Then she meets Demi, who is trying hard to be
invisible--surprisingly easy considering he's black and gay. Alone they are,
well . . . alone, but brought together by their love of musical theater, they
light up. All this might sound like a stereotypical take on gay men and the
women who love them, and there is some of that, but there's also so much more.
The renamed Sayde and Demi make their way to a summer theater camp, and that's
where things change. Encouraged to become part of the ensemble, Sayde finds she
is too opinionated to do that, even as it turns out that she is less talented
than she believed. At the same time, Demi is discovering that he's a star who
can hang out with actual boyfriends rather than Sayde. "