Sunday, May 31, 2009

Silver Phoenix Contest!

Okay, so I was surfing the web today to find some cool things to post when I came across this awesome contest. What can you win, well... a signed copy of Silver Phoenix number one, a 100 dollar gift card to a store of your choice, and an Asian brush painting by Cindy Pon herself valued at 200 to 400 dollars. Wow! So, go to the link below for more details.

http://cindypon.com/2009/silver-phoenix-set-free/


and check out her trailer for her book at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJ1xy009bk

Enjoy!

-M.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bones of Faerie


Bones of Faerie
by Janni Lee Simner

# of pages: 256
Age level: 13+

It has been 20 years since the war between faeries and humans destroyed everything. Liza, a teenager living in what was once the Midwest, has always been taught that magic kills. When Liza's mother gives birth to a faerie baby with hair clear as glass, her father abandons the infant on a hillside to die; Liza's mother then runs away, and Liza begins to have magical visions of her own. Petrified that her powers might cause death, Liza flees into the woods with her friend Matthew, only to be attacked by deadly trees and rescued by a woman with magic. The plot quickens as Liza realizes that the woman is connected to her mothers past, knowledge that propels Liza into a dangerous journey into the land of Faerie, in search of her mother.

Alright let's get down to business! Okay, so this is definitely a quick read, don't let the page numbers fool you, this book is thin, the pages are almost double spaced. But anyway, despite the shortness I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

As much as I am a sucker for a good romance, I must say I love science fiction. This book, though not sci-fi, definitely has that fill to it. More like fantasy-sci-fi. It's based in a time 20 years after a devastating war between fae and humans. So, people live like they would a long time ago, but with the minds of modern 21st century humans. But, many people are born with magical abilities, which though the concept was cool, was never really explained.

The plot in this book was amazing, and I kept flipping the pages to find out what would happen next in Lisa's journey. The only thing I can say that's critical is that a lot of things need to be explained better!

Alright, so... If you liked Bones of Faerie definitely read:
Uglies (the whole series) : Scott Westerfeld
Wonderous Strange: Lesley Livingsotn
Need: Carrie Jones
The Forest of Hands and Teeth: Carrie Ryan
Storm Glass: Maria V. Snyder
The Faerie Path: Frewin Jones

Though this book is a hardcover I think it would make a great addition to any bookshelf so I'd buy it - though Librarying it works too. It's 11.99 on amazon.

Check out Janni Lee Simner at: http://www.simner.com/index.html

Check out the trailer I made for this book. (beware: the music is kinda...well you'll see, but it gets really quiet towards the middle so turn your volume up when you can't hear anything!)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

In My Book Bag

This is an "in my mailbox" post, hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren. I just decided to call this post, "In My Book Bag" instead.

Okay so here's all the books I got from the Library:















Books Included:


Audrey Wait by Robin Benway

Zombie Blondes by Brian James

Bones of Faerie: Jannie Lee Simner

Graceling: Kristin Cashore

The Juliet Club: Suzanne Harper

Selkie Girl: Laurie Brooks

Last Vampire: Christopher Pike

Vampire Diaries 2: Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schrieber


I baught:


Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Stuab





I guess I'm not cool enough to receive books in the mail. Oh well, I still got my good ole' library card!


Random thought: I love the new Black Eyed Peas song, "I gotta feeling". I saw them, live and their really good. Oh, and on Saturday I'm going to a fashion show! I'll try and take pictures


-M.










Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Look for me by Moonlight

Look for me by Moonlight
by Mary Downing Hahn

# of pages: 208
age range: 14+

Cynda's mother and stepfather are travelling, leaving her with her father and his second wife in a remote inn. When a strange older man comes to stay, Cynda becomes involved in his otherworldly charm, entering a dangerous world where she becomes more alienated from her family and in deeper trouble than ever.

Okay this is a quickie review. Seriously, quick, quick, like a rabbit.

I read this book because I needed a "horror" book to do a report on for my English class. And let me tell you, I was certainly horrified.

Basically, this 16-year-old girl falls in love with the too perfect, way too old guy who's staying at her father's/stepmother's inn for the winter. And well, he tries to kill her, why? Because he's a vampire. How does she figure this out, ghosts come and tell her. And so she just lets him bite her - every night. By the end of the book i was like "stake him already!"

I need a break from Vampire books, a long, loooong break.

-M.

Companions of the Night


Companions of the Night
by Vivian Van Velde (that's a mouthful!)

# of pages: 224
Age range: 14+

Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her. What begins as a simple lost-and-found trip to the Laundromat turns into a nightmarish odyssey of murder, vampires, and--quite possibly--true love. Vivian Vande Velde puts a terrifying spin on what should be a typical night in a small town.

Sorry for the pretty pathetic synopsis above, I couldn't find a good one and I figured If I was going to tell you about the book anyway what's the point of typing all that!

Okay, so companions of the night starts off really well, then gets a little better, then kind of is at a standstill, then gets better, then goes down. I wish I had a line graph to show you this, imagine it, up - up - straight - straight - down - up - down. :)

It begins with Kerry going to a laundry mat at, oh, I want to say midnight? Anyways a bunch of gang guys come in dragging a cute boy with them, claiming he's a "vampire." Kerry, soft hearted Kerry, finds there claims insane 9as any normal person would) and tries to help the beaten up boy. But the gang's set on killing the "vampire" and, if need be, Kerry too. But, the two both escape and Kerry returns home only to meet the boy the next day at the end of her shift at the grocery store. (his name is Ethan, btw)

She goes home with Ethan to find her house ransacked and her father missing, and the story unfolds from there. The plot was great, and the writing was really good, but (yes there's always a but with me - don't laugh) for whatever reason I got bored with the whole thing about halfway through and wanted to finish as quickly as I could. Maybe it was because I had other books I wanted to read, not sure, but the whole "missing family" thing just got kind of blah after awhile.

The end, well Kerry's all like "I love yo Ethan" (totally out of the blue by the way which really confused me) but then she's like "But I'm not going to turn into a vampire". And then he's like "What! Then why have you been hanging with me?" and she's like "to save my family, duh!"

Though some people might love this book, I can see how they might, I personally was a little bored with it. Well, to each one's own as they say. Okay, well if you liked this book, check out...

The Silver Kiss - Annette Kurtis Clause
Midnight Predator - Amelia - Atwater Rhodes
Look for me by midnight - Mary Downing Hahn

I would library this book

Check out V.V.V. at her website: http://www.vivianvandevelde.com/

!Contests!

Unfortunatly, we are not offering contests for books at the time. Sad, I know, but we're broke, and we don't have any books to give away! (what can I say, we're selfish!) But, luckily for you, some other blog websites are giving away some awesome reads, so check them out!



The Story Siren:

http://www.thestorysiren.com/



Teen Reads:

http://www.teenreads.com/



Reviewr X:

http://reviewerx.blogspot.com/2009/05/contest-lisa-schroeders-books.html

Enjoy!

-M.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

*NEWSFLASH*

Hello everyone, here's another NEWSFLASH! (too flashy?) Anyways, I'll make my list again, because truthfully lists are the only way to stay organized!

1.) I made a sudden revelation today, why make separate reviews for a series of books when you could put them all in one big review!? Don't get it, then I'll explain. So today when I reviewed Evernight, I just figured I'd review Stargazer next. But it wasn't until after I posted Evernight that I realized I could have done a double review! I might go back and add that later.

2.) Why we haven't reviewed Twilight? Because... If you don't know what Twilight is, or don't get the general idea of what it is about, then you've obviously been living under a rock for the past year. But, now that Twilight is on the mind, I'll give you my opinion it. I loved it, of course, but I'm getting a little sick of "Twilight this", or, "Twilight that!" I started reading Twilight before it was popular, and when it became popular I was like WHOA, now you get big, after I finish reading you? And the movie, well it will never be as good as the book, and Kristin Stewert will never be my ideal Bella, but it was still cute.

3.) Alright, moving on. I realized something, I realized this awhile ago and thought you might be interested in knowing this particular piece of information. Used books are rather fabulous! There I said it! I was in a small bookstore the other day (as in like 3 weeks ago) and there was a "basement", so I wandered down there to find that the basement was only selling used books, so I looked around for a bit and found a YA wall, and to my surprise there were a bunch of
good-as-new books with new titles for sale, for like a third of the price! I bought a singed Lauren Myracle book (TTYL) for $4! Amazing right, I thought so. So keep that in mind, you can buy used books on Amazon and at Barns and Noble.

4.) Why the duck? Well to be honest, it's an inside joke. Our little duck logo - a "Fashion Duck" by the way - is named Fabio, and don't worry you'll see a lot more of him. Oh, I just thought of something, doesn't Mac (our initials combined) sound like quack? Yeah, awesome! Now the duck thing can actually work...okay maybe not. Well whatever it was worth a shot!

5.) If you are planning on buying a hardcover book, be sure to check it out on amazon first because you will probably be able to get it a lot cheaper there. Most of amazon's books come with free shipping too, so instead of paying, say 17.99 for a hardcover, you could pay 11.99, that's $7 saved right there, definitely something to know in this economy!

6.) I made my first book trailer, It's not very good but I'm learning...Let's see if I can load the Video. If I can't then I'll definitely have it up soon. Is it there? I'll have to check...
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Okay, I got the video up! In the meantime, keep posted, comment, and read!



Later.

Bookmac, M.


Evernight



Evernight
by: Claudia Gray

# of pages: 336
Age Range: 14+



Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.


Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.


I know, I know, Evernight is practically "ancient" in these times. And yes, I know that the second book has been released for months, I actually just finished it. So after finishing "Stargazer" the second Evernight novel, I realized I ought to review the first book, Evernight.

Okay, So Evernight was just another typical vampire story...that was totally awesome! I know I said before that I was getting a little tired of the Vamp stories but this one was totally original and I loved it. Evernight took a completely different twist on what it's really like to be a teen vamp, and readers will be thrilled by the hot romance and intriguing plot.

So Bianca, our sweet main character, is a "miracle baby" a baby, born from two vampires -in other terms, Impossible. But as she grows (drinking blood with her regular food) she knows that she is destined to be a vampire (as she is not fully one yet), and she will become one once she makes her first kill.

Bianca is willing to accept that lifestyle, it is what she has always known must transpire, but her thoughts began to change when she meets rebellious Lucas, one of the many new mortals that attend her elite vampire boarding school. So of course Bianca and Lucas fall for each other, - and have some steamy make-out scenes - but then Lucas learns what Bianca really is, as does Bianca about Lucas.

Now the two lovers are at a dangerous point in there relationship, a modern Romeo and Juliet, how can Bianca love someone who could never love her kind, and how could Lucas love the one person he is taught to despise...pretty interesting, especially when the Evernight adults get involved.

So the two lovebirds do something no one saw coming, something only a couple of love high teenagers would do, something reader will L.O.V.E! But I can't tell you what happens because it'll ruin the book, all I can tell you is that this book is very well written, the plot is excellent, and the characters are to die for (ha!). So check it out!

If you already read Evernight (and loved it!) then be sure to take a look at:

vampire academy - richelle mead
blue bloods - melissa de la cruz
city of bones - cassandra clare
need - carrie jones

i would buy this book because it just came out in paperback and it's a really good read.

also check out Claudia Gray at: http://www.claudiagray.com/

Hourglass (the third book in the four book series) is due (subject to change) sometime in December 09'

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Got Fangs?


Got Fangs
by Katie Maxwell
# of pages: 193
age range: 13+

All sixteen-year-old Francesca Getti wants to do is have a normal life where she's one of the crowd, blending in so no one will know just how much of a freak she is. Dragged to Europe by her mother to join GothFaire, a travelling band of psychics, magicians, and assorted other oddities, Fran has to cope with not only the normal angst of always being a fish out of water, but also with her own fate as a psychometrist.

Enter one Moravian Dark One (referred to by most people as vampires) named Benedikt who claims Fran is the key to redeeming his soul, a mysterious horse who seems to have an involved past, an immortal friend who remembers what Mozart was like, and a demonologist who thinks he's Elvis, and you can understand why Fran despairs of ever fitting in.

Let's start with the positives, shall we?

1.) the plot was original
2.) The main character, Francesca was entertaining
3.) There was a budding romance
4.) There was a mystery

Now the negatives,

1.) The ending was too quick and kind of disappointing
2.) Francesca could get annoying sometimes
3.) Some things were confusing and not explained very well
4.) Some characters were underdeveloped
5.) The end of the mystery was lame
6.) The word "nummy" was used all the time; I really hate that word

Okay, there, that's my list. Let me know if you like my full review better or my short and sweet lists. I want to know your opinion, so comment!

Okay, If you liked Got Fangs, check out...

Marked - P.C. Cast
Boys that Bite - Mari Mancusi
Vampire Kisses - Ellen Schrieber
Eyeliner of the Gods - Katie Maxwell

Also check out Katie at her website - http://www.katiemaxwell.com/gothbooks.html

Library this book - imo

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wake


Wake
by Lisa McMann
# of pages: 224
Age range: 15+
No
not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time
, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Wake wasn't what I expected but I liked it, a lot. The author's writing style was a bit weird, I felt like I was watching Janie rather than being in the story with her, but it sort of worked in this book. The book was a little choppy, it's told in dates, example: May 20th 6:45, so that was different, but I needed change so it was good.

Wake didn't have as much intrigue as I would have liked, I was flipping pages alright, but not because I was dying to know what happened, I was interested, but not captivated. Janie's character and the character of her boyfriend (in the end) Cabel are strong, but the other character's fall a little flat.

I'm definitely interested in reading the second the book in the series but I can wait for it. So, If you liked Wake then check out:

Evermore - Alyson Noel
Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
The summoning - Kelley Armstrong
A strange and terrible beauty - Libba Bray

I would library this book

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wonderous Strange



Wonderous Strange
by Lesley Livingston

# of pages: 336
Age Range 14+

For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her. Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery, and her growing feelings for Sonny.

Beyoootiful! Loved it! If you haven't read this book, READ IT. I can't get over how much I loved this book, it was so, so, good. The plot was moving and filled with many twists and surprises, the ending was fabulous, and the characters were super awesome!

Kelley, the main character, is a teenage actress trying to make it in NYC, and she finally gets her chance to shine as lead Titiana in the play Mid-Summer's Night Dream. But don't get her wrong, she's not the type of girl all dramatic and conceited, she actually very down to earth, short tempered, and devoted to her work. Oh, and she has a very big secret, one so big that even she doesn't know what it is. But Sonny does.

Yes Sonny, the yummy human/faerie knight, he knows who and what Kelley is, and he can't help but being attracted to her (who wouldn't she's gorgeous) but it's a lost cause because there's no way he could be with her. A match made for heaven but only available in hell. And Kelley, well it's not like she's going to admit she likes him.

If you're a fan of faerie/fairy etc (there's too many versions) than this is a book you need to add to you're collection. Also check out:

Bone's of Faerie - Janni Lee Simmer

Need - Carrie Jones

Lament - Maggie Steivater

Wings: Aprilynne Pike

I would buy it, or library it.

Check out Lesley Livingston at http://www.lesleylivingston.com/index.html
and yes, it is a trilogy (yay!)

A Girl Like Moi



A Girl Like Moi
By Lisa Barham

# 0f pages: 272
Age range: 12-14

A girl. A dream job.
A city full of possibilities...
Imogene is obsessed with fashion. Combine that with her talent for trouble (aka maxing out her "emergencies only" AmEx) and suddenly she's not going to chere Paris with her best friend for the summer. No, she must do the unthinkable for a stylish Greenwich girl such as herself -- get a job.
Resourceful as always, Imogene works her connections and lands a dream internship at a fashion forecasting agency in New York. Now she's lunching at Serendipity, first on line at the Barney's warehouse sale, and skoshing seats at fashion week.
But when Imogene's dream is threatened by a cute Italian boy and one very evil intern, she questions what she really wants. And she learns that even in fashion, being true to yourself and following your dreams can go hand in hand.

For all you fashionista's out there, this is a book for you. It starts of with readers meeting Imogene, the funny fashion obsessed main character, who has quite a lot of money for someone who is "poor". Typical attitude for a girl surrounded by nose job, over-tanned, skinny, rich girls.

This book was definitely a fluff book, complete with the many "OMG's" and "I can't believe she wore Prada with Gucci!" But it's cute, and though it can be a bit...much, for people who read more intellectual books, the plot was fast moving and fun.

I sincerely enjoyed Imogene's character and did read the second book in the trilogy, which was just as entertaining as the first book. One thing I liked about the book was that the pages weren't the usually paper, the paper was thicker, whiter, and glossier. Plus there were little added designs and pictures at least once a chapter, and although that sounds a bit juvenile it wasn't, actually.

So although this book might not (never) win the Newbery award or what not, it is a fun read so check it out. If you are interested in this book, or have read it, than you might enjoy:

Project Fashion series - Jasmine Oliver

Summer Intern - Carrie Karasyov

Posuer - Rachel Maude

The Clique Series - Lisi Harrison

Secrets of my Hollywood Life - Jen Calonita

Airhead - Meg Cabot

Check out Lisa Barham at http://www.lisabarham.com/default.aspx

Btw, I would probably buy this book because it's a cute one.

Sunday, May 17, 2009



The Summoning
by Kelley Armstrong


# of pages: 416
age range: 13+


My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.


All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.


Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.


Sorry about the hold up on reviews, I'm reading three books at a time right now. Long story. So sometimes if you see an older book reviewed, that usually means I'm in the middle of reading a book. So now I'm going to review The Summoning, which I am very aware of the fact that sequel is out and tearing up book stores near you. I have yet to read the sequel, but I most certainly will once I finish up all the books I have to read/review.

Okay, so The Summoning. Well, I think there's only one thing I can say about this book: LOVED IT. Seriously, the second I finished this book I went straight online to see when I could get my hands on the second book. It was that good.

Basically, we start of with Chloe Saunders, the main character. Now Chloe is such a developed character, she's shy yet fierce, and she'll fight for what she wants. So undoubtedly, I loved her.

Now because she's seen a ghost...or two, she's thrown into the Lyle House, a house for problematic kids. So, like any sane person, she was kind of freaked out to be stuck in a house with crazy kids, considering the fact that she's not crazy. The reason she's in here is because she's been diagnosed as a Schizophrenic.

Being a Schizophrenic would be a pretty easy resolution for seeing ghosts right? But Chloe hesitates to believe she really is a Schizo. So she digs deeper into the Lyle house and tries to find out what's really happening her at the crazy place. And while she's doing her investigating she learns a thing or two about her house mates, and from the looks of it they aren't exactly "crazy" either.

If you are a paranormal fan, check out this book, it is amazing! Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!
If you already have read this (claps for you) then be sure to check out:

Vampire academy - Richelle Mead
Evermore - Alyson Noel
Wake - Lisa McMann
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Buy, borrow, or Library?

Buy it!
8.99$ at amazon for the paperback version

Check out Kelley Armstrong at http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/ or go to http://www.chloesaunders.com/

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Marked


Marked
By: P.C. and Kristin Cast

# of pages: 320
Age range: 14 +


The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Well, looking back on some of my older posts, i have to say i might have been a tad bit critical...
So I'm going to try and be nice as possible when i review this book. Okay, here goes...

This book, was fantastically, amazingly, shockingly, fantabulously...disappointing. I was so surprised that so many people liked it. I will admit, I really do like the spin the mother/daughter combo have taken on the average vampire, and the plot was really good, but... the writing was so awful that i wanted to throw the book out the window, then watch the papers burst into flames, and have the ashes be dumped off a sheer cliff into raging waters and never to be seen again.

I mean, one minute Zoey (the main character) would be all mature, and then she'd be laughing like a four year old a the word - wait for it - poop. Yeah. I think this is because you have a twenty year old writing and then a full grown adult writing too. Some of the other characters were unrealistic too, and everything was so...idk, too set up. This book had so much potential, and it's really disappointing that it never got a chance to become a really good vamp novel.

As you can see I was less critical this time around...sort of....okay, not really. But, when I read a book I absolutely love, I gush about it! I mean, if you're a good author you want me to review your book, because if I like it, then I like it.

So...if you liked Marked, then check out:

the other books in the series (betrayed, chosen, untamed, hunted)
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Glass Houses - Rachel Caine
Wake - Lisa McMann

So buy it, borrow it, library it?

Borrow it (imo) it's not worth wasting gas to take it from the library, and it's not worth buying. But, if you think this will be a good fit for you, buy it! The cover art is pretty.

Meet the author's at ... http://www.pccast.net/

2/5 stars

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

!NEWSFLASH!

Hey everyone, this is M.

Just wanted to give you the latest update! Okay, so here go's my first update, let's see how it goes.

1.) Check out our YouTube page, we have a few promotional video's up, but we'll be making some new ones soon, or eventually, sorry we do have social lives! (amazing right) Anyways this is the link, http://www.youtube.com/user/BookMac13

2.) If you are an author/aspiring author and want us to review a book of yours, just email us at the email link on our profile (the little square area with the duck picture). Or you can get our email from our Youtube channel.

3.) If you can't write for your life, or you are not an author and still want us to review a book, just let us know! We love commentary, and we want to hear your opinions too! Please go ahead and participate in our polls, and comment on our reviews and videos. We love hearing what you all think.

4.) Attention all Amazon users! As much as I love Amazon, a startling discovery caused me much pain today. I was in Barns and Noble when I...saw...books...that Amazon said weren't even realised yet!!! I'm talking over 10 books! So, if you're dying to get your hands on a book that Amazon says isn't available yet, look in your local bookstore! But, Amazon is usually cheaper. So make your choice!

5.) If you're a book blogger yourself, and want us to check out your blog, just comment!!! As I said, we want to know your thoughts too.

Okay, I think I'm done... Yep. Alright then, stay posted!

Later.

~M.

Boys That Bite


Boys that Bite
by Mari Mancusi
# of pages: 227 pages
Age range: 13-17
Technically Sunshine can't get killed-because she's immortal. Well, not quite yet. Due to the worst case of mistaken identity with her dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for Sunshine's innocent neck. Now if she doesn't reverse it in time, Magnus will be her blood mate forever and she's doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. That would seriously bite.


And now, after the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, Sunshine, her sister Rayne, and Magnus must find the one thing that can solve her problem: the Holy Grail. They wish it were a joke but it's not. It's absolutely necessary that Sunshine gets out of this in time, because somehow she scored the hottest prom date in her school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. So she just can't be a vampire for the prom-let alone the rest of eternity.

This wasn't bad. Wasn't great. Entertaining, definitely. Okay, let me say a couple things before i review this book. 1.) I love books where the romantic characters go somewhere, leave the main scene, take a vacation. Why? Not really sure. 2.) As much as I love Vamp books, they're starting to get a little old, I need something really new, something that has that whole paranormal feel but without all the fangs. :) 3.) Why do authors have to pick such, well "sucky" (pun half intended) names for their books, Boys that Bite? Anymore books like that and I'm going to get a rep...and not a good one.

Okay, okay, enough of my commentary, back to the book.

Boys that bite, is the first novel in Mancusi's vamp series. I liked that it started off quick, as much as i love those deep books with the meaningful beginnings I like to be brought right into the action sometimes. So It starts off with Sunshine (yes Sunshine MacDonald, i know) aka "Sunny" going to a goth club with her goth identical twin sister. Sunny, not into the crowd, follows a hot guy outside where he "surprise, surprise" bites her.

Apparently he was supposed to bite her sister cause they made this contract, yada yada, and now Sunny has a week before she loses her mortality. Great if you want to be a vampire, but if you planned on living a nice normal long life, then this whole situation is kinda, well...

So Sunny and her blood mate, mega yummy Magnus, set off to try and "reverse the curse". Their adventures lead them all the way to London, where Sunny realizes she might actually - dare she say it - like Magnus...ooh!

Some parts were a little unrealistic, okay the whole plot was, but you know what i mean. And there were some parts that were a little cheesy, but it was pretty good. The ending is a cliff hanger, but not one that makes you scream and be like "ohmigawd!" just a surprising one.
I won't be rushing to read the sequel anytime soon, but I'll definitely try to read it.

3/5 stars.

If you liked Boys that Bite, check out:

Stake That: Mari Mancusi
Girls that Growl: Mari Mancusi
Glass houses: Rachel Caine
Marked: P.C. Cast
Vampire kisses: Ellen Schrieber
Got Fangs: Katie Maxwell

Check out Mari Mancusi at, http://www.marimancusi.com/

I would suggest that you either take this book out of the library, or borrow it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jade Green

Jade Green
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

# of pages: 169
Age range : 13+

Orphaned fifteen-year-old Judith Sparrow brings two secrets with her to her uncle's house in South Carolina: one, that her grief-stricken mother died in a madhouse, the other that she has disobeyed the only condition to living in her uncle's house - nothing green is allowed in the house.

Judith can't bare to part with the photograph of her mother in it's lovely green silk frame. Surely this one small defiance will not jeopardize the happiness she finds in South Carolina - especially with Zeke Carey, the miller's son.

But Uncle Geoffrey's house holds a secret of its own. And Judith's small picture frame, hidden away at the bottom of her trunk, unleashes a powerful force that seems determined to bring the secret into the open. Or is Judith simply following her mother down the same path towards madness.

Me + Horror = can't sleep for a week without the light on. Just kidding...kind of. No, this book actually was really good. I mean it wasn't some super emotional book that completely moved me, but the plot was thick and there was plenty of suspense.

Now, to someone like my cousin who lives on horror movies and books, this particular novel would probably seem pathetic, but it gave me goosebumps. Luckily, there was a romance in the book that made the story so much better, oh, and Judith's crazy 40-something cousin who had a "thing" for young girls.

I don't know why, but i really liked this book! It was only like $4.30 for me, so I'd buy it. Besides the intriguing ghost story part of it, the book was also a mystery. Don't you love a good mystery?
Well anyways, sorry for the short, non-descriptive review, it was a short novel, and i don't want to give anything away.

If you liked Jade Green, check out:

The old willis place - mary downing hahn
coraline - neil gaiman
a certain slant of light - laura whitcomb

author page: http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-naylor-phyllis-reynolds.asp

Falling for Romeo

Falling for Romeo
by: Jennifer Laurens

# of pages: 208
age range: 13 +

John can have any girl he wants.
Jennifer's never been kissed
Everybody thinks he's perfect.
She's got issues with pride and jealousy.
They were best friends - once. Now, they're playing Romeo and Juliet. Virgin lips Jennifer must have her first kiss on the stage with John, they guy every girl in school wants. The pressure tension build along with each staged kiss. Both are shocked when feeling bloom.
Can either tell which kisses are real and which are for show?

This is you're typical teenage romance story. Young love, so sweet. Although this novel could easily become boring, Laurens somehow managed to keep the novel moving along, and interesting.

John's the straight A, athletic, gorgeous type, mega - popular, with major issues at home. Jennifer is the pretty girl who always owns the stage, every day family, and of course too good to kiss just any guy, even though guys want to kiss her. So of course theirs tension on the stage when John, getting the lead to be with Jen, realizes that Jen isn't liking the spotlight being turned on someone else. Especially the guy she kinda, sorta, would never admit it, likes.

The book was cute, I couldn't help falling in love with John and Jen, and watching their sweet and sour moments. They were the type of couple you just wanted to scream: "Kiss already, it's obvious you loooove each other!" So when of course they did get together - I'm not spoiling anything, you know this was going to happen - it was one of those "finally you idiots!" moments, but at the same type you were smiling.

So should you library it? Borrow? or Buy? My copy was bought, which only happened because the library didn't have it. I think you could do all three, borrow would be fine, Library is great if your library has it, and if you buy it...

$12.95 at Barns and Noble
$11. g5 at Amazon.
(btw, it's paperback)

If you liked this novel, check out:

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
Bloom - Elizabeth Scott
The Truth about Forever - Sarah Dessen
Cracked up to be - Courney Summers
Who need's boys - Stephenie Davis

Authors web page http://www.jenniferlaurens.com/

Hex Education



Hex Education
by: Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffery


# of pages: 192
Age range: 12 -14


Sophie Stone doesn't want to move from the bright lights of L.A. to the bright lights of dreary little burg of Mythic, Massachusetts.


So why does she feel so strangely drawn to the place?


At least school is a bright spot - Sophie is immediately accepted by the coolest girls at Mythic High - ladies, who definitely know their Levi's from their True Religion.


But what Sophie doesn't know is that her new friends don't buy their couture - they conjure it! They're a coven of witches, formed to save the town from an evil that is rising, an evil that was foretold ages ago. And Sophie is their leader!


Will Sophie embrace her powers in time to save the town from destruction? Or is Mythic totally hexed?


How do i put this nicely? Thank god it was only 192 pages, or, i should've put it back on the shelf when i saw the cover? Let me know what you think. Let's start with the cover, shall we? Besides getting odd glances from my teachers - many whom happened to pick up the book and make sure that the H wasn't an S (they're so protective these days) - the title really doesn't work with the story.


Oh, the story, oh, oh, oh. Plot development? There was none. Character development? nada. Interest level? I got bored once i found out the main character was a fourteen year old spoiled brat, yeah.

>Ok
, so I didn't like the book, sorry for the very, ah, critical review. But...
This book had potential (maybe) but it just fell flat. I felt like the story only took two minutes to write, it was so, I can't describe it, quick? The cover got you all hyped up for some awesome but-kicking teen witches, more like, "Oh-my-God, she so didn't wear that top with those shoes, let's have her hair messed up!"


Yeah...read it at your own will. That's the thing with books who are written with more than one author, like the house of night novels, i kept feeling like the character was switched a lot. Sometimes she would act her age, and other time she would act like she was 11, very annoying.


But, if you happened to like this book, than check out...


I was a non-blond cheerleader - Kieran Scott
Poison Ink - Christopher Golden
Hex appeal - Linda wisdom
bras and broomsticks - Sarah mylnowski


Library, buy or borrow... Library!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Great and Terrible Beauty



A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

# of pages: 416
Age range: 14 +



It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls--and their foray into the spiritual world--lead to?


Ooooh, I love this book! It's so gripping! Right after the her mother's suicide - which Gemma frighteningly envisioned - she is sent of to Spence academy, the English boarding school Gemma had been dying to go to. But is there a reason her mother didn't want Gemma to go to that school, the one she went to as a girl? Gemma's about to find out.

Heavy with a power that Gemma is unaware of, Gemma and her friends soon learn what Gemma is capable of doing. After discovering the beautiful magic filled realm, which Gemma and her friends escape to as ofter as possible, the four girls are eager to uncover all of Spence's secrets. And in doing so, Gemma discovers the secrets her mother has been keeping!

Oh, and to make matters more interesting, a handsome young Indian man keeps following Gemma, and he knows a thing or two about her power, and he isn't to happy that she's been using it.

So, yeah, I totally loved this book, it was filled with so much intrigue and suspense how could you not love it? The writing was really beautiful, and to top it off it was set in the fabulous eighteen hundreds. Unlike many historical fiction novels, you actually felt like you were reading a story from the heart of a girl in that time period, unlike a normal teen pretending to be from the past. Definitely read this, no buy it! It's really good. Seriously.

If you liked this book check out,

Luxe series - anna godberson
graceling - kristen cashore
the season - sarah maclean
Zel - donna jo zapoli
bewitching season - marissa doyle
the swan season - zoe marriot

Check out Libba at http://www.libbabray.com/
be sure to keep your eye's open for the movie coming out next year!

Tantalize



Tantalize
by: Cynthia Leitich Smith

# of pages: 336
Age Range: 14 +

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.



Tantalize is your typical forbidden love stroy. Kieren, Quince's bestie, is a halfbreed werewolf, who obviously can't have a relationship with human Quincie. You would think that this novel would focus mainly on that relationship but it really focus's on Quincie's job at her uncles new restaurant and the new vamp chef, Brad.

The book was actually very good with an unexpected - well somewhat expected - twist at the end that'll make you go: no way! I really liked Quincie's character, and she most certainly developed throughout the story, well matured would be a better way to put it.

A couple of things i didn't like was the fact that the writing wasn't very clear when it came to telling you if the "world" knew about supernatural creatures, or if only a select few did. Also, there were apparently more than one "were-animal" like a were-possum, and a "were-armadillo", which i thought was a little odd. And no there really wasn't an explanation to that.

Oh did i mention it's sort of a murder mystery too?

The ending was bittersweet, if not a bit rushed, and there most definitely will not be a sequel - that i know of anyways. A good novel for people who have nothing to read after twilight, check it out. Although you may want to take this from the library instead of buying it.

If you liked tantalize, be sure to check out:

Wicked Lovely - mellisa marr
A strange and terrible beauty - Libba Bray
The summoning - kelley armstrong

Check out Cynthia Leitich Smith at http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/index.html

Lament: a faerie queen's deception



Lament: a faerie queen's deception

by. Maggie Stievevater



# of pages: 336

Age range: 14 +


Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand - one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass - a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky - and equally dangerous - dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre.Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind.


Just to get it out there, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. But, don't judge the book by the cover because, much to your surprise and mine, the book takes place in the present time. Also, the synopsis isn't exactly correct, it's a tad bit exaggerated. So here's my synopsis of the book.


Deirdre (love the name) is your typical sixteen year old, typical musical genius that is. At a music competition she meets a mysterious and enchanting boy by the name of Luke. Gorgeous as an angel, Deirdre doesn't know why he's interested in her. But when in Rome...


So Luke and Deirdre hook up, the Edward and the Bella so to speak, but Luke has many secrets. Secrets that could seriously ruin a relationship. And there's the whole problem of the creepy clover boy who keeps popping up everywhere. And why is it that Deirdre just discovered she has, some interesting abilities to say the least, just when Luke came into her life? And why does her grandmother know Luke, he's only a year older than her, right?


So of course Deirdre finds out Luke was sent to kill her buy the faerie queen, who made Luke her assassin after he rejected her - tough breakup, huh? But Deirdre is in too deep - in love that is - and so is Luke. And deceiving the queen is never a good idea, so both Deirdre and Luke find themselves paying the high price of love.


A page turner for sure, Lament was a very entertaining novel and i can't wait to read the sequel, Ballad coming out in the fall. It's a great series for all you faerie lovers, twilight lovers, and paranormal romance lovers. You won't be disappointed!


If you liked Lament, check out:


Deadly little secrets - laurie faria stolarz
Bones of Faerie - Jammie Lee Simner
Night world series - L.J Smith
Vampire Diaries - L.J. Smith
Tithe - holly black
Posion Study - Maria V. Snyder
Evernight - Claudia Gray


Here's the URL to Maggie Steivaters website - http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/index.php