Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blue Moon

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel (sequel to Evermore)
Pages: 304

Age: 12-15

Rating: 4/4.5
Synopsis:

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.

In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must choose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...

I read this book in... two days maybe? I actually really like this series. Blue Moon just came out this month, and is the second book in the Immortals series.

This is one of those books you might look at and say: another one of "those series". You know what I'm saying? But really it's not. The characters whom were introduced previously in "evermore" are very unique. The contrast between the characters is also huge. The determination of one character and the unsureness of another.

One thing I have to say that I loved about "Blue Moon" is the other, lets say "fantasy dimension" (???) brought into the story: time travel. I mean obviously just as in every book, something goes wrong and... you can read the book to find out the rest of the juicy details!

All you Twilight lovers out there? This series strongely reminds me of the Twilight series. Even from the covers and titles! ( New Moon- Blue Moon). The plot line is also similar. Bella can't see Edward... Damen becomes sick and Ever... Gasp whoops i almost gave away too much info again. How about something tragic happens. The ending ertainly isn't expected and a little bizarre i have to admit.

Evermore Cover:



- A.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Going Away!!!

Hey everyone,

I'm going away! Two weeks and no computer! It'll be pretty dead around here for awhile, unless A. posts! So I just wanted to let you know that in case your wondering what happened, or why there is nothing new up, though there might be...

Anyway I'm off, until next time (two weeks), have a great summer and keep reading!

-M.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Random Update

Hey everyone! This is just a "random update" as the title says. I'll just write a list of everything I want to talk about, kay? Here goes.



1.) After returning two books I now have $16.99 to spend on a book/books, so what should I get!? Help me out please!



2.) The free song on itunes last week, Fireflies by Owl City, is now my new fav song! It's a little weird, electro kind of, but I like it.



3.) You can now download City of Bones for a limited time only, here. So check it out! (I say that quite a bit don't I?)

Okay, that's it.

Until next time,

-M.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan

# of pages: 320
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4.5/5


In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?


There had been a lot of hype about "The Forest of Hands and Teeth", so I was super excited to find it in my small town library (usually I go to a bigger one). Carrie Ryan, the author, really surprised me with her writing abilities. Not only was her writing amazing, her plot was rich and well developed, as were her characters, and I always felt like I was right there in the story.

Sixteen year old Mary is the main character in this book, and she has a lot of unresolved issues. Her mother is dead, her brother doesn't want her, the man she loves choose another girl, and her love's brother wants her to be his wife. So unwillingly Mary joins The Sisterhood where she prays to a God she no longer believes in, and lived under the watchful eye of Sister Tabitha. But all is not what it seem in The Sisterhood, secrets are kept, and loyalties are constantly being put to the chance.

When disaster strikes, Mary, along with the closest people she has to family, leave the village in search of a new home, and Mary hopes it is her chance to finally see the ocean. But all the while they must dodge the likes of the Unconsecrated (zombies), who relentlessly try to kill them.

In this zombie apocalypse novel Mary learns more than she ever could about herself, and about her friends. Love, loss, heartbreak, and hope, The Forest of Hands and Teeth has it all and more, and I highly recommend it. If you liked the book you might want to check out:

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins
Bones of Faerie: Jannie Lee Simner
Graceling: Kristin Cashore
Pride Predjudice and Zombies: Seth Grahame-smith
A Great and Terrible Beauty: Libba Bray

Check out Carrie Ryan Here, and buy her book here

Other awesome cover, and trailer.














And don't forget to watch the cool trailer:



-M.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hey, I'm Quoted!

I'm Quoted, seriously!

“After reading about a million paranormal/vampire novels it’s nice to read something completely different.” – Megan H.

It's for the book Eyes Like Stars which I have yet to review! Cool,huh?

The quote is for this Henry Holt thing if you're wondering.

Alrighty, Bye!

-M.

Oh. My. Gods.


Oh. My. Gods.
By Tera Lynn Childs

# of pages: 288
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the ├╝berexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

I was returning/renewing some books in the library when I spotted this eye catching cover in the "New" adult book section, right by the checkout desk. Cocking my head, I thought to myself, "hey, haven't I seen this book?" After reading the back I decided that this definitly was a YA novel, so I picked it up and took it home.

Basically the book is about a girl named Phoebe, who's life is turned around when her mother comes back from a Greek vacation with something other than a tan - a fiance. Whitin two chapters Phoebe is transported from the USA, her BFF's, her Senior year, and then placed in Greece where her stepfather-to-be announces that he, and every student that attendeds his school, are decendents of the Greek Gods. Phoebe doesn't exactly fit in to say the least.

Surprisinly, I actually enjoyed this book. The first couple chapters were a little too fast and a bit unrealistic, but hey, this is fantasy. Phoebe was a very developed character and I, and I'm sure a few others, felt that I could connect to her in multiple levels. I definitly reccomend this book. Oh by the way, there was a cover change (old one below). Wonder why?

If you like, "Oh. My. Gods." then check out the following:


Visit Tera Lynn Childs here

Buy, Oh. My. Gods. here (used at only 4.27!)

And don't forget to check out the old cover:
















-M.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Radiant Darkness

Radiant Darkness
by Emily Whitman

# of pages: 288
Age Range: 13-17
Rating: 4/5

He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.
I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

Radiant Darkness was not what i expected it to be, it was a spin on a famous Greek Myth rather than the story the synopsis above implies at. The wring the author used was different than most teen books, I've seen it before, one author that comes to mind is Jessica Day George. So, yes, the story was different but not at all bad, in fact...

Persephone lives with her mother, the Goddess Demeter in a beautiful vale made especially for her, it is a world without men, and for Persephone it has become a prison. In her mother's eyes, she is a child, but Persephone longs to fall in love, grow up, explore the world. So when a handsome stranger visits her in the vale, Persephone eagerly joins him in his kingdom and leaves without thinking about the consequences.

The story was very well played out, the ending tied up all loose ends, and Persephone was a very developed character. But, there's always a but, the love between Persephone and Hades seemed fake. "Fake" may not be the best word to use, but to me I just didn't get the sense that there was a burning love between the two of them. The rest of the story was great, I just wish the romance had been more clear. Oh, and one other thing, the author never mentioned Persephone's age, she was obviously a teenager, but there was never any written words that stated that.

So if you like the whole Gods/fantasy/love thing, this is the book for you. If you like Gail Carson Levine, you should read this. Here are some other books you might like:

Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Sun and Moon Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriot

Should you buy radiant darkness? Well it's a pretty cover, but maybe once it's in paperback, if you are interested though click here

-M.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's up Wednesday!?

What's up Wednesday is a spin on "waiting on Wednesday" that you might have seen on other blogs. WUW is just random tidbits of book related info that will be posted every Wednesday! So, for my firsy WUW post, may I introduce the book....



Ashes by Stefanie Ellis


Sidney Fox was your average seventeen-year old girl. She looked like everyone else, dressed like everyone else, harbored hopes and dreams...you guessed it, just like everyone else. After a long and uneventful winter break, Sidney returned to the stale hallways and cranky teachers to find a new addition: a mysterious new student named Cael, he seemed to immediately fall into the role of the most popular person to ever step foot on campus. At first, Sidney was repulsed by the gaggle of girls that hung on his every word, that is, until he explained that he has no control over the attraction others have for him, it's just one thing out of many that he is just as confused about as she is. Cael knows what he is, but he has no idea how or why. Their search for answers sends them across the world and forces them to go to extreme measures in order to get those answers.

I think it looks interesting...

-M.

Monday, July 13, 2009

THe Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

# of pages: 384
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 5/5

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

The first time I saw The Hunger Games was when I was scrolling through teen books on Amazon. I saw the cover and immediately labeled the book as a "boy book" and moved on. Now, I love to encourage the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover", so I was later ashamed by my misjudgments when I heard about what a great book it was. After much pestering from my younger brother who loved the book, I finally sat down with a copy and begin to read.

By the end of the first chapter I was hooked, Collin's words were like a shiny object drawing me in for a closer look. I read and read, mesmerized by the story and words until I looked at my clock and realized it was five in the morning, no joke. So to say I liked it would be an understatement. The plot was amazing, the characters original, witty, and entertaining, and the writing was amazing, not overbearing but very put together.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting new read, and if you have read the Hunger Games which I'm sure most of you have, then you should definitely check out the following books:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gone by Michael Grant
The Devouring by Simon Holt
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

As most of you know the Hunger Games has it's much anticipated sequel, Catching Fire, coming out this September, but the Hunger Games is also going to be a movie, uh yay anyone!?

So check out this cool trailer for the Hunger Games book:










And, check out these other awesome covers for the Hunger Games:


















-M.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


And the Winner, the Winner of Swoon by Nini Malkin, and Need by Carrie Jones, the Winner of the Prize, the Winner of everything is...


Drumroll...


Picking from a bowl full of paper slips.....


Have a piece of paper (ooo!).....


Unfolding paper.......


Reading name............


Typing name.......


Making you all agravated........


And the Winner is.............


Meggin Reel! Congradulations, contact me ASAP!!!

Thanks for entering everyone, maybe next time!

-M. and A.

Goddess of the Night

Goddess of the Night
by Lynee Ewing

# of pages: 294
Age range: 12-15
Rating: 3.5/5

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.


I hadn't heard anything about the daughters of the moon series, but when I saw this book at the library I thought it looked interesting enough and took it home. This book was written about ten years ago so some of the content is a bit outdated, but other than a few little things I enjoyed the book.

A quick read, Lynne Ewing starts the book off in suspense as main character, Vanessa, runs from an L.A. club. Vanessa has a secret, she can turn invisible, and her best friend Catty can time travel. So when Vanessa knows she's being followed she thinks that it's because someone has found out her secret, but really it's much worse. Trying to maintain a normal life is hard, especially when her crush Michael Saratoga kisses her and she nearly goes invisible! But as secrets are revealed, and two new players come into the game, "normal" seems like a foreign word to Vanessa. Can she win a battle that's been destined to happen, or will she fall prey to the darkness of the night.

The series I believe is fourteen books (yowza!), and this is the first. Overall it was an entertaining read, Vanessa was a likable character, and the plot was paced. The writing was fairly good besides a few scenes that were hard to interpret, but besides that and a few loose ends the book was pretty good.

Would I recommend this? Sure. So if you liked Goddess of the night, or are interested in other books like this one, check out...

Tattoo by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Need by Carrie Jones
Revealers by Amanda Marrone
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

You can buy "Goddess of the Night" here, for as little 3.99 new, or $.59 used!

Visit Lynne Ewing here

-M.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Last Day for Contest!

AHH, it's the last day for our double book contest! It ends tonight at 12:00 pm! So if you haven't entered, enter!

The books to win are Swoon by Nina Malkin and Need by Carrie Jones!

You can scroll through our old posts and find the contest, go to the contest links on our side bar and click "double contest" or click here.

Good Luck!

-M. and A.

Friday, July 10, 2009

IMBB(6)

In My Book Bag is hosted by Kirsti at the story siren as "in my mailbox". So I got a couple books and I thought I would share them. Currently by reading pile is so large I can't even think about it (I'm talking over 20 books) but, the library ones can be renewed, and you might not see the newer ones on the shelf for awhile, and then again Barns and Noble is haivng a sale so...

Ok here are the 5 books I recieved this week:


Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (ARC)
*(thank you kirsti from the story siren!)

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.



The Season by Sarah Maclean (Library)

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!



Impossible by Nancy Werlin (Library)

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?



Blue Moon by Alyson Noel (purchased)
*(Yay!)

Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life. Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (Purchased)

Talia fell under a spell . . . . Jack broke the curse.
I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic. . . .
I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.
I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger's soft kiss.
I couldn't help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn't know this would happen.
Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!
Now I'm stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels. . . . The good news: My parents will freak!
Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all—even time?


Not bad, eh? So I know I've got a lot to read, but I can assure you I'm reading as fast as I can, hopefully I can get another review up tomorrow! Alright, I'll keep you posted, adios!


-M.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Envy

Envy
by Anna Godbersen

# of pages: 416
Age range: 13/14+
Rating: 4/5


Jealous whispers.
Old rivalries.
New betrayals.

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.
In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .



Envy is the third novel in the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen. I am a lover of historical fiction, I think old fashioned times are so beautiful, and I love how well educated and well mannered the people were back in times before text language and rocker bands. So I was very interested in Luxe when it first came out. Luxe brought all a Gossip Girl lover could want, romance, scandal, and secrets, and readers were left with an ending that had them begging for more. Rumors continued Luxe's story with even more scandalous twists.

Envy takes place right after Rumors, and readers get to see into the lives of the five main characters. Elizabeth Holland, who has a dangerous secret that could ruin her and her family if anyone where to know, Diana Holland, who's feeling for Henry are put to the most extreme test yet, Henry Schoonmaker, who despite being caught in a loveless marriage still finds ways to be with the one he truly loves, Penelope Schoonmaker, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, her husbands affections, and Carolina Broad, who begins to realize life without money is no life at all.

I will be forever amazed at how well Envy is written, the language is beautiful and readers really feel like their in the 19th/20th century. The characters are very well developed, the plot is thick and moving, and the cover is gorgeous! I gave it a four because the middle was a little slow, and the book was a little long, but non the less I am eagerly awaiting the fourth and dare I say final book in the Luxe series, Splendor which is available for pre-order on Amazon here.

Want more Luxe, check out these books!

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
The Season by Sarah MacLean
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Gossip Girl: Cecily Von Zeiegasar
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Aurelia by Anne Osterlund

check out Anna Godberson at her totally "Luxe" website, haha I'm so funny.

But wait there's more, visit this other Luxe website, too!

-M.

Covers to Covers

So, I've seen quite a few book covers in my day, and I want to show you some interesting things I've noticed about the covers. Check it out!







Notice anything about the cover girls? Huh, huh?





resemblence? Eh? (that's kiera knightly)























Thats Alex Bledel on the left.






Jojo on the left.



Weird, huh? Have you found any matchy matchy covers?

-M.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Releases!

There are two new releases today, Eyes Like Stars, and Blue Moon!



So, congradulations Lisa Mantchev, and Alyson Noel!











Can you read those? Probably not, I was feeling creative and drew little button pictures for each book!
Want to enter a contest to win, Eyes like stars? click here for details!
-M.

And The Book Is...

The book I will read first is.... Envy by Anna Godberson! I will start reading is ASAP and then give you a full review, thanks for your insight!

-M.

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.
In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

Sounds good, right?

What Should I Read?

Hello Everyone!

I am stuck. I have a BUNCH of library books I need to read before I can read any other books, but I just can't choose! So could you help me out? Here are the books, now can you tell me which ones I should read first?

1.) Hottie by Jonathan Bernstien

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!

2.) Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer

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.


3.) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets.

4.) 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. . . .

5.) Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn

Science, spiritualism, history, and romance intertwine in Suzanne Weyn's newest novel. Four sisters and their mother make their way from a spiritualist town in New York to London, becoming acquainted with journalist W. T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor. When they all find themselves on the Titanic, one of Tesla's inventions dooms them...and one could save them.

6.) Godess of the Night 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.

7.) The Univited by Tim Wynne- Jones

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.

8.) Silver Pheonix by Cindy Pon

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.


9.) Envy 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.

So let me know, I need the help! Thanks!
-M.

Strange Angels

Strange Angels
by Lili St. Crow


Age range: 14+
# of pages: 304
Rating: 3.5


Dru Anderson has what her grandmother calls the "Touch" (comes in handy when you're traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad shows 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 at it alone. Will Dru discover how special she really is before going face to face or fang -to -fang with
whatever - or whoever - is hunting her?


I really wanted to read strange angels, I mean the cover says "Night Hunter. Knife Thrower. Heart breaker.", awesome, right? And the best part is that Strange Angels is a series, which means there'll be more but kicking action! Too bad the book was a total let down.


Yes, I was very disappointed in Strange Angels, not only was the writing poorly written is places, the plot was all over the place, Dru was not some super tough girl the book made her out to be, the second "love interest" didn't show up until the end of the book, and he really wasn't a love interest at all. In truth, Strange Angels needs some serious editing, there are lots of things that need to be explained better, and the plot needs to at least have a climax!


So although the idea for the book was good, quite honestly the book itself was not so hot. Should you read it, sure, but take it from the library. If you liked Strange Angels you might want to check out the following books:



Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1) by Kim Harrison
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Prey by Rachel Vincent
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) by Richelle Mead
Raven by Allison Van Diepen


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Check out the sequel to Strange Angels, Betrayals, coming November 2009:

Friday, July 3, 2009

Need

Need
By Carrie Jones

# of pages: 320
Age range: 14+
rating: 4

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.
Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

I had been wanting to read Need for some time now, but before reading the book I was looking at some reviews for it. I was surprised to read that many people thought Need was so similar to Twilight, some even went as far to say that it was a twilight "knock off". If the story had been so similar to twilight, then I may have agreed with those reviews, but believe me, beside a few little details, Need was nowhere near like Twilight at all.

Need, has a writing style I haven't seen in a book for awhile now, it's a technique that I learned in school to write essays with, it's called "threading." Threading is when you take one idea and you "thread" it throughout the entire story, from beginning to end. In this case, Need's "thread" was phobia's, and while I liked how neat the whole book was, and how the plot was engaging and continued to move, I couldn't help but feel like the book followed the guidelines too much. If you don't understand what I'm saying, I basically mean that sometimes I felt like the book had more potential but the author was holding back.

There were a few things that could have been explained better, Zara, the main character needed more physical details (like the color of her hair!?), but besides a few little things Need was actually a very good book. I'm pretty sure this is a stand alone title, but who knows, maybe there'll be a sequel?

Need, overall was a fun and well written paranormal read. I definitely recommend it to anyone seeking something in the "Supernatural/romance" genre. If you liked Need you might want to check out:


You can buy Need on Amazon here (for only $11.50!)

visit Carrie Jones on her website here

-M.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Diva


Diva by Alex Flinn
Number of pages: 304

For most people, the word "diva" means brilliant, talented, over-the-top, and glamorous. I, however, seemed to be trapped in the not-very-glamorous life of a cheerleader wannabe with serious ex-boyfriend issues and a permanent yo-yo diet. At least until the day I auditioned for Miami High School of the Arts—and got in! All I had to do was convince my mother, the cosmetics salesperson with epically bad taste in clothes and men, that going downtown to hang with the music geeks was a good idea. I had to blackmail her to be able to do it, but I'm here—a diva-in-training—and I'm not so sure I can cut it. Now what?

I have to say, the synopsis for this book wasn't anything close to the actual novel. The synopsis is all about "diva", hence the title, but the book wasn't necessarily based on that.

Caitlin McCourt is not the usual 16 year old... on the inside. She hangs out with all the cheerleaders, after they sided with her on the breakup of Caitlin and the most popular guy in school, Nick. The bad thing is, Caitlin has no interest in cheerleading and she lost all of her real friends after hanging with the cheerleaders and going out with Nick. The way Alex Flinn interpreted Caitlin's opinions towards the "popular" people was really entertaining and in a way, ironic.

Not only this, but Caitlin's mom acts about the same age as Caitlin. Yet again I'd call it more irony. Caitlin's mom should be acting her age, and so should Caitlin.

Did I mention Caitlin has a love for opera? For me, this was where the story really began to take a twist. She tries out for this musical/drama/dance school... without telling her mom. She gets in.

This isn't it. There are more complications. How will she break the news to her mom? What will she tell her friends if her mom lets her go?

But... my lips are sealed.

Overall I liked this book. The characters were all very unique when they needed to be, but all the same were the "popular" ones. You'll be surprised at all the twists the book takes.


The only thing about this book was that it was a sort of quickread. Iread it in a day. There was just a lot packed into it and I think it should have been spread out a little more, and over more time.

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Anyways later





-A.

Airhead

Airhead
By Meg Cabot

# of pages: 352
age range: 13-17
rating: 4.5/5

EM WATTS IS GONE.
Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.
How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her,and life as she’d known it, forever?
One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.
Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems.
But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that’s going to make her dream come true….


Okay, I know Airhead's sequel is already out, a book I have yet to read, but since I'm in between reading two books, yes two, I thought that I would do a review of a past book I had read. Now, have you ever read the back of a book, and then gotten a distinct image of what the book was going to be like, only to be surprised when the book turns out to be completely different than you expected. Well that's what happened to me when I read Airhead.

Being a Meg Cabot fan, I quickly snatched Airhead when it came out and started to read it's new word filled pages. Was I amazed, not really. The first couple chapters were okay, a little slow at most. But then... a totally unexpected event happened and instantly the book picked up.

Main character, Emerson Watts finds that she is not longer the smart but plain, one friend only girl, but rather, a supermodel! And I'm not talking about an agent seeing hidden potential or anything, she literally is a supermodel, in every way except one.

The story continues when Emmerson is thrust into the model's world, meets a few guys, oh and discovers a nasty secret about her "boyfriends" Dad's company. Yeah, the plots good. I can always expect Meg Cabot to deliver, and I can't wait to read the next installment in this series!

If you liked Airhead you might want to try:

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
Jinx by Meg Cabot
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz
The Luxe by Anna Godberson
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls) by Ally Carter
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Visit Meg Cabot at her website, here



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- M.