Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The A-List series




So i had recently been reading the A-List series. Basically it was like the Gossip Girl series except a little less, how do i say this nicely not to insult either, lets just say pointless.

I have to say that the A-List series had a little more depth than Gossip Girl, but not by that much. At least in A-List there was one character whom was known for being a good student, and that was really important to her. I think that this series could have potential if some of the more um risque characters were taken out and the plot wasn't so complex, but had more meaning.

So anyways i had been reading these books thinking they were so "great" for awhile meanwhile knowing they really weren't. Then an "unnamed" person gave me their opinion on the series which turned out to be true. Just saying if I were you I most likely wouldn't want to waste my time reading these.

If you liked these you might also like:
The Gossip Girl Series
The It Girl Series
Pretty Little Liar Series

Later

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mini IMBB (5)

I just recieved some new books, thought I'd share them with you.



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.






Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to fi nd someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right.





It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.
Three months since all the adults disappeared.
Gone.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.
Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.


- M.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Awakening

The Awakening
by Kelley Armstrong

# of pages: 368
Age range: 13-16
Rating: 5/5

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.


Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.


The Awakening is the sequel novel to The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong, and if you thought the Summoning was good, you'll love Awakening! The Awakening picks up right where the summoning ended, and then takes off from there without a minute of slowness.


As much as I enjoy a moving deep lengthy novel, it's great to read a fast paced novel filled with action and suspense. The Awakening delivered that and more. Readers will get a chance to see Chloe's relationship with Derek develop, and learn of a betrayal, and maybe new friendship?


Definitely check this book out, and if you haven't read the first book The Summoning, get a move on it and read it!


If you liked The Awakening, check out:

Once Dead Twice Shy: Kim Harrison
Vampire Academy (and following books): Richelle Mead
Strange angels: Lili St. Crow
Ghost huntress: Marley Gibson
Deadly little Secret: Laurie Faria Stolarz
I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You: Ally Carter
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins
Gone: Michael Grant
Wondrous Strange: Lesley Livingston

Get The Awakening here

Check out Kelley Armstrong here

-M.

The Named


The Named
by Marianne Curley

# of pages: 336
age range: 12-15
Rating: 3.5/5

Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gaining power in the present and the future. As the threat from the Order intensifies, secrets of the past are revealed and villains and heroes are exposed.


Having been a fan of Curley's other novel, Old Magic, I thought I might check out some of her other worked. The Named was certainly not as good as Old Magic, but, to some it might have been better. Personally, I just couldn't get into the book. I thought the plot was great, and the characters were well developed but I really just did not get into it. Whether that is the book's fault or my own, I'm not sure.

Review wise, The Named was a historical fiction/fantasy novel, set in modern times. Ethan is one of the "named", a person who travels back in time to make sure certain events happen. An evil organization called the "chaos" tries to eliminate the named so that the set events meant to happen don't, and therefore making history run off course and into the hands of the Chaos.
All the while, main characters Isabel and Ethan are running from a sadistic member of the Chaos who is determined to seek revenge for a cause both Isabel and Ethan are unaware of.

As I said, the plot was good. I can definitely see people liking this book, and I only gave it 3.5 stars because I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. But check it out! If you liked The Named you may be interested in:

Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Uglies by Scott Westefeld
Midnighters #1 by Scott Westerfeld
The Alchemystv by Michael Scott

Visit Marianne Curley Here

-M.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

In My Book Bag (4)

Okay, so this is my second IMBB post this week! (hosted by kirsti at the story siren) What can I say, I have an addiction to books! Unfortunately, I have to find the time to read them all! Okay so here are the books I got.


1.)Goddess of the Night (Daughters of the Moon 1) by Lynne Ewing


Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.







2.)The Awakening (Darkest Powers, Book 2)

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl – someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment – not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a group of people who call themselves The Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I’m a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control: I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends – a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch – and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before The Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

3.) The Named (The Guardians of Time Trilogy)

Imagine if you were able to change history. By altering one tiny thing you could start a chain of catastrophic events. Ethan is one of the Named, fated to stop this ever happening, although the forces of chaos have other ideas and Ethan is finding it more and more difficult to stay one step ahead. He is also a normal schoolboy, whose life is rapidly becoming far too confusing. So when Isabel arrives on the scene she is only going to make matters worse or is she? This is history in the making - literally.



4.)Wings by Aprilynne Pike (signed first edition!!!)


An extraordinary faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger, described by Stephenie Meyer as 'a remarkable debut'. Laurel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old high school girl. But something incredible is happening to her. She is changing. Now Laurel is about to discover that a deep and powerful magic holds the key to her destiny.







5.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before—and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...






6.) Zombie Blondes by Brian James
From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong. A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school. The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale. But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .



7.) Envy: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) by Anna Godberson

Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.
Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

8.) Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ( I meant to buy the first one!)
For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation.Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.


9.) Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer
A NANNY FOR 10-YR-OLD TWINS. MAINE COAST. OWN ROOM &
GENEROUS SALARY. MUST LOVE BLACK. Must love black? Sounds like a coffee-loving, seclusion-seeking goth girl's dream job. Philippa isn't fazed by the fog-enshrouded mansion on a cliff, the weirdest twins on the planet, or even the rumors about ghosts, â??cause when she meets the estate's hot gardener, Philippa's pretty sure she's found her dream boy, too. Too bad Geoff's already takenâ?¦by a girl whose wardrobe is head-to-toe pink. Still, Philippa can't get Geoff out of her head. What will it take to lure him to the dark side
No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger's subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.
But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn't only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined. Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help. It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.
-M.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side



Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantasky


# of pages: 368
Age Range: 14+


The undead can really screw up your senior year . . . Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwoods senior year get-a-life plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and hes her long-lost fiance. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampires Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction



I was really excited to read this because I'd heard a lot of good reviews for this book. And it was really good, unfortunately it would have been a thousand times better if I wasn't a little sick of vampire books. After reading Twilight, I (and I'm sure a few others) went on a vampire frenzy, I read a TON of vampire books, and now I am seriously vamped out. Luckily Jessica's Guide had an original plot so I was able to hang on to the book without drifting away.


So from a vampire lover's point of view: Jessica's Guide was a really great Vamp novel. The plot was original, the pace kept on moving, and the characters were fun to read. It is very evident that the main character Jessica has some internal conflicts with the fact that she was adopted, and has never really "got over it" really. And when Lucius comes, he stirs up a lot of inner wars in Jessica because he's a living breathing thing from her past.


I won't go on forever here, but If you want to read a really good vamp book, I definitely recommend this one! Other books you might enjoy:

Evernight (Evernight, Book 1) by Claudia Gray
Need by Carrie Jones
Evermore (The Immortals) by Alyson Noel
Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange (Hardback)) by Lesley Livingston
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1)by Melissa de la Cruz
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong
Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Check out Beth Fantasky here

Have you read Jessica's Guide, if so what did you think? Leave a comment.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Academy 7

Academy 7
by Anne Osterlund

# of pages: 272
age range: 13+

With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . .

I am seriously beginning to love Anne Osterlund, her writing is great, and her plots are even better!

Academy 7 is Osterlunds second novel which takes place in a futuristic world, but not like techno savvy or anything, just other planets and what not. Aerin and Dane are the main characters, each with a complete different back round but the same drive to succeed. Aerin is an escape slave , and Dane a privliged but abused son, both get accepted into the most elite academy in the universe. The story contues as they resolve their feelings for each other, overcome their pasts, and then uncover the greatest secret the alliance has. The only thing I would have liked to see more of is Aerin's backround.

Now don't start to think that this novel is all about the tortured past of Dane and Aerin, really it's about how they become friends, then more, and how they learn a huge secret that changes their lives forever.

Now I really did enjoy this book, there were a few minor things that I think could have been fixed but overall I practically couldn't put the book down. I definitely recommend it.

If you liked Academy 7 be sure to check out:

Aurelia: Anne Osterlund
To catch a pirate: Jade Parker
Graceling: Kristen Cashore
City of Bones: Cassandra Clare
Poison Study: Maria V. Snyder
Wake: Lisa McMann

You can get this book on amazon here.

Check out Anne Osterlund at her website here

-M.
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Want Free Books?

Free books anyone? Yes please. Being a teen I know that money can be tight, and though the library is a great way to read a free book, "borrowing" will never satisfy the feeling of placing a nice new book on a shelf. So, how does one get their own books for free? Well you can just call me the book fairy because I will make your wish come true!

1.) Henry Holt

Henry Holt is a book publisher, and you can join their YA community where they send you a free YA book every month (they even pay for shipping!) in exchange for your review of the book. All you have to do is fill out a form, send it in, and Viola, free books within a month.

Some of their popular YA title include:

the adoration of Jenna Fox

David inside out

Also known as Harper

The guardian

Give up the ghost

Demon Chick

cracked up to be

house of night series

the immortals series


2.) Free Book Friday (teens)

Free Book Friday teens, is a website that gives away about 5 copies of a new YA novel every week. Most of the copies are signed. All you have to do is give your name and email and you are placed in the raffle to win! Very easy.

3.) YA Book Central

the ya book central is a book website created by Kimberly Pauley, author of "sucks to be me". All you have to do is write 15 reviews for 15 different books and then you can pick one book from the "prize bucket" and it'll be shipped to you. So simple.

4.) Teen Reads

Teenreads.com is a another book website. They always have contests going on for massive book giveaways, and links to other places that are giving away free books. Not only that but the website is great for checking out new books, author interviews, and more!

5.) Harper Teen

Harper teen is a YA book publisher. On their contest and features page you can find numerous book giveaways and more/

6.) Pulse It

Pulse it is a website hosted by Simon and Schuster publishers where you can join and be a part of their book community, by participating in their community ( blogging, reviewing, rating ,chatting, etc.) you get points. When you reach a certain number of points you can win books and prizes. Also, every month there are 2 + books you can read online (ebooks.)

7.) Your everyday bloggers!

Book bloggers are always giving away ARC's and books, just take a look around, I'm sure you can find a popular book blogger with book giveaways anywhere you look!

Hope this is helpful! If you have any questions, leave a comment, or email me!

-M.

IMBB video trailers!

the ones listed below are the only ones I could find.

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In My Book Bag (3)

(IMBB) aka, in my book bag, is hosted over at the story siren, but it's called "In my mailbox"

Moving on, I have quite the mother load today, with two trips to Barns and Noble behind me, and another trip the the library, I am very well stocked. Take a look at what my book bag holds. (be jealous!)

1.) Academy 7

With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . .
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, Wolfe, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?




3.)Wicked: Witch & Curse

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.


4.) Revealers

Witchin' ain't easy.
Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It's not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they're doing the world some good.
One by one, Jules's friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven's inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared tell her what's going on, something's clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she's got to find out what's behind the shadows of her coven before it's too late to save her friends...and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.

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.


Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwood's senior year "get-a-life" plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he's her long-lost fiance. Armed with new found confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction.

7.) Hottie
Alison Cole’s got it all: She’s gorgeous, dating a steamy surfer boy, and has just been crowned Beverly Hills High Freshman Class President. Then during a special “symmetry” surgery, a lightning bolt zaps her, and Alison instantly transforms into Hottie—that is, a totally sizzling superhero with the power to shoot fire from her fingers!
Shunned as a Pyro-Freak, Alison must adopt dorky David Eels as her crime-fighting sidekick. Worse, she’s falling for the one guy who wants to “extinguish” her forever, Junior Class President of Cuteness— and wannabe firefighter—T. Hull. But she doesn’t realize that a supervillain’s lurking. . . .



Poor Anne Hathaway is still living with her callous stepmother, and her prospects for marriage and a home of her own are becoming grim. However, she can’t seem to get charismatic Will Shakespeare out of her mind--even though he is much too young for her. But then one day Will impulsively kisses his childhood friend Anne, changing the course of their lives forever.





So these are my books for this week, what do you think!?
-M.