Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
by Nancy Holder
# of pages: 672
Age range: 15+
Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.
In her new home, Holly's sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents going on around her. Such as how any wish she whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. And there's the undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy Holly barely knows.
Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launced into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations...and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.
I got this book on one of my B and N run's, mainly because the book was hardback, 672 pages, and $8!!! Which was totally worth in in my opinion. Despite the fact that the book was so large, I managed to finish it in three days, and was eager for the next two books in the series, Legacy and Spellbound.
Wicked: Witch (it's two books in one) started of with Holly Cathers out on a white water rafting trip with her parents...and then disaster struck. From that point on I was a little confused, mainly because the book alternated between many different people's point of views, even if only for a short time. And then there was this whole dream thing/ past memories going on, but, it all eventually explained itself and I was a-okay.
Wicked: Witch and Curse both had a lot of intrigue, and each ending left me wanting more. I was surprised though by how "wicked" the book really was, there was so much death and destruction, it made me realize how much of a safe bubble I live in, and how easy it is for that bubble to pop.
So, I will definitely be picking up the sequel, and eventually third book in this series, though right now I'm swimming in books that I need/want to read, so it might be awhile. In the mean time, if you like this book, then you souled check out:
Swoon: Nina Malkin
Revealers: Amanda Marrone
The Secret Circle: L.J. Smith
Vampire Academy: Rachelle Mead
The Vampire Diaries: L.J. Smtih
Evernight: Claudia Gray
You can buy this book (for 7.99!) on amazon here
Visit author Nancy Holder here
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Julia Lockheart had never been the same since her mother left the family for a shot at acting in Hollywood. Stuck with three younger sisters and a depressed job-quitting dad, Jules feels like she has to mother the whole family, while tending to her own needs.
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Friday, August 28, 2009
So here are ALL the books you can win, (we're very generous):
The last book on the right, is the Midnight Charter, a cool new book that's due out sometime in December!
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Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Dust of 100 Dogs
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
1.) Vampire Diaries - T.V. Show?
2.) Two new polls!
Poll number 0ne: Better series?
Twilight or Harry Potter
Both swept across the world becoming international sensations. Actors Daniel Radicliff, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint became millionaires before 13, and were forever known as Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Kristen Stewert, Roberet Pattinson (who was in Harry Potter), and Taylor Lautner take the stage as Bella, Edward and Jacob, and can be seen on every Us weekly magazine or People in a supermarket near you. Both series are filled with Fantasy and Romance (even if it's only a little love in HP). Games, clothes,movies and merchandise galore have made both authors money machines, but which book is better?
Poll number two: Colors in our Posts?
Yes, No, or Occasionally
There isn't much to explain for that one.
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Alright I think 'm done...for now.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon—she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.
Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.
Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. . . .
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.
Dead is so Last Year by Marlene Perez
Exodus by Julie Bartanga
Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all? If you’re fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you’re a former jock turned freak, you can’t afford to let the secret slip.
But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they’re more than just freaks—together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes. First, though, they have to decide whether to trust the mysterious Cherchette, a powerful wouldbe mentor whose remarkable generosity may come at a terrible price.
So, have you read any of these books, do you want to read any of them? I'd love to know what you think!
Monday, August 24, 2009
So, if you haven't entered, go enter now, there are only 4 days left! Now if we can get 10 more followers in the next two days we'll add one more book to the bunch - Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted! So get following!
-M and A.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
by Maria V. Snyder
# of pages: 448
Age Range: 14+
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed…powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.
One thing I can always expect from Maria V. Snyder is a good book. Storm Glass certainly met those expectations and went beyond, and I can't wait to read the sequel Sea Glass which comes out in a couple days.
A companion series to Snyder's award winning Study series, Storm Glass reintroduces Opal Cowan the "one trick wonder" glass magician, five years after the end of the last Study book, making Opal a nineteen year old senior at the "keep", the school for magicians in Sitia. Opal is surprised to be chosen for a magic mission - until she learns it has to do with glass. The Stormdance glass orbs are mysteriously breaking, and with each broken orb a Stormdancer is killed. After quickly solving the problem Opal believes her mission is done, but it has just started.
As Opal is thrust into one dangerous situation after another she learns things about herself and her power that she never knew or expected. But what she learns isn't necessarily good, and though her power may be stronger than she anticipated, she could loose it in a snap if she is not careful.Snyder throws two love interests into the mix making Opal's life even more complicated. And as horrors of her past surface in her memory, Opal must choose who she loves, and who she trusts.
With two main plot lines slowing mixing together, readers are left anxious for the second book in the series, and book number two is sure to be a hit. If you like Storm Glass you should definitely check out these other books:
Study Series by Maria V. Snyder.
Prsim by Kaye Fellerman
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Magic Bites by Ilona Daniels
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Buy Storm glass here
Check out Maria V. Snyder here
Check out the snazzy European cover:
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
by Heather Swain
It’s not often you see an elf in the middle of Brooklyn, let alone a tall, blond, gorgeous elf in the middle of one of the most prestigious performing arts high schools in the country. And yet, that’s just where Zephyr Addler finds herself: smack dab in the middle of a bustling New York City school, worlds away from the secluded woodland community she knows so well. But Zephyr knows that she has to figure out how to live in the world. And dress in the world. Thanks to a little friendly advice from her new friend Mercedes, Zephyr starts to get the hang of Brooklyn. That is, until Zephyr snags a role in a commercial, beating out the most popular girl in school, Bella Dartagnan. Now with Bella and her friends out to get her, can Zephyr out-maneuver the mean girls (and catch the eye of a certain cute boy) without losing herself?
The sparkly cover caught my attention when I was scanning the shelves of Barns N Noble for a new YA read. Also the word "elf". How many elf novels have you read besides the Lord of the Rings books, I can tell you I haven't read many. Though I knew from the start that this book would not be a deep read, I was ready for something fluffy and fun and author Heather Swain did not disappoint!
Zephyr was a fun character from the start, it's hard not to like her bubbly and magnetic personality, especially as she braves the challenges her new home of Brooklyn brings her. As Zephyr makes friends at her new school she also makes an enemy, Bella the queen B. The more Zephyr is thrown into the human world the more she starts to act like one until she is brought back to her woodland home where she realizes what it truly means to be an elf.I was expecting a different plot line but, I think the one Swain used worked well for her character.
One thing that I have noticed in multiple new YA reads is that authors are starting to use slang in their writing, like "gonna" and improper grammar. Though I understand that using those words makes the book more "real like" and more relatible to teens, how will people learn the correct way to speak if improper language is written in black ink in a book! I myself use quick txt language in a txt or a quick email to a friend, but I draw the line at writing because I feel less intelligent if i can't even spell "going to" on paper, but that's just me.
If you like this book or are looking for other books like this one, check out:
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
You can by Me My Elf and I at Amazon here
Visit Heather Swain here
Sunday, August 16, 2009
To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815!
There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to EmilyÂ’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.
But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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-M and A.
# of pages: 336
In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with "the dust of one hundred dogs," dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.
Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.
Though the book was different than what I expected I still enjoyed it immensely. The book starts of with Emer being cursed (about 2 pages) and then immediately follows to her birth as a human after 100 lives as a dog. The book goes back and forth between Emer, the 17th century pirate, and Saffron, modern American teenager with a rocky past and a not so bright future.
With some intense sexual references and a couple (maybe a bit more...) handful of swear words the book is aimed towards older teens, but no matter, it was still great.
While Saffron tries to connect with her former self, we get to see Emer make her journey from poor Irish girl to world famous pirate - and the costs that come with it. Though Emer's lives as a dog or not prominent parts of the story they are scattered throughout the book in between chapters, which i liked because that way I could focus more on Emer and Saffron.
Reading about two different characters who are actually one may come off as difficult but it actually isn't, A.S. King makes it work with her writing. All together I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out for any upcoming YA novels by this author. So, if you enjoyed this book be sure to take a look at:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
You can buy The Dust of 100 dogs here for $9.95 or used for $1.50!
Check out author A.S. King here
Sunday, August 9, 2009
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I'm Back! After two weeks of no technology what so ever, I must admit it is a little weird having my hands running over a key board again! I also forget how much effort goes into blogging, so mini claps for all you bloggers, good work!
I'm going to have a lot of posts up in the next couple of hours so keep an eye out for those.
Thank you all for being so patient with the minimal posts today, without you guys blogging wouldn't be so much fun.
There will be a contest soon so stay posted for that, and we'll have a double contest if we can get up to 50 followers in the next two weeks, so come on people, follow!
Alright then, I got to go put up some reviews and what not!
Adios Chicos (and Chicas), missed you,