Monday, September 28, 2009

Award Time!

I was so very happy to receive a lovely "spread the love award" from Teens Read and Write!


So of course I must pass it on! Also, just yo let you know, I'm going to give awards to new people every time. So, if you didn't get an award this time it doesn't mean I don't love you!


Congratulations to you all, now go on. SPREAD THE LOVE!
-

m.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Artistic Side

Yesterday I went photo crazy, rampaging around my lawn and house taking pictures of EVERYTHING. I've never even had much of an interest before, but, for whatever reason I just decided to go and capture some of life's amazing images. Here are some of the much touched up photo's.



























Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Chosen One

The Chosen One by
Carol Lynch Williams

# of pages: 224
age range: 14+
rating: 3.5/5


Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.


I always forget what religious cult type books are like until I read them, they are scary. Not the "oh my god, it's a man eating zombie" type scary but a, what if that was me type of scary.

In this book, main character Kyra does not question her family's ways until she is forced to marry her sixty year old uncle instead of her true love Joshua. It is then that she realizes that it is not ethically right to be married and bear children at thirteen, or have three wives to "go safely to heaven".

As Kyra slowly learns the secrets and lies of her community she begins to fear them, and they fear her for her knowledge. Hurt, beaten, scared, and emotionally scarred, Kyra must make the most life altering decision, one that will change not only her future but the future of many others.

The authors voice in this novel was truly amazing. I really felt like I knew Kyra, and I could feel what she was going through. At times I cringed, and at times I was scarred to flip the page because I didn't want to see what would happen next. But in the end, this book was really powerful, and eye opening. It made me want to rethink my thoughts on the Amish.

I definitely recommend this book, but be prepared because the world that Kyra lives in, is not by any means, like our own. Be sure to check out these other books:

After: Amy Efaw
North of Beautiful: Christina Chen Headly
Because I am Furniture: Thalia Chaltas
Silver Pheonix: Cindy Pon
Thirteen Reasons Why: Jay Asher

If you like this than you'll really like Forbidden by Judy Waite

If you like this book than buy it her on amazon!

Check out author Carol Lynch Williams

-M.

Random Updates!

1.) My bookshelf is now completly stuffed to the wooden seams. I swear the wood is bennding and sagging under the weight!



I couldn't even fit these in!


2.) I am happy to announce a new feature on Bookmac! Monthly Contests! Next month will be a bonus contest, a halloween prize pack! Woo-hoo! So look out for that October 1st!


3.) I now have a bookmooch, and even though I don't really know how to use it, I will one day figure it out. :) here's the link to our page

-M.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Win The Mark!

Win The Mark by Jen Nadol over at her blog here



-M.

Weekly write

Even though there has already been one this week, here goes nothing:

It seemed as if the paddleboat wasn’t even moving, and their legs were already getting tired. Monica leaned her head back to get the blond hair off her neck, then flipped it up again. She squinted through clear blue eyes, trying to see the cottage. They had left the house around 11:00, soon after they got out of bed, and didn’t get to the candy store until 11:30. Just think, after field hockey season this would be easy, they agreed. Monica sat with her friend gabbing, barely noticing the exhaustion in their legs.
They got lucky, though. They cupped their long fingered hands and yelled over to the parents on the boat. Finally they caught their attention. Laughing out of relief, they sped up the pace and paddled as if there were no tomorrow. Monica gently tossed the rope aboard, then she reached out to tie the knot, yet unsure if it would hold. Both girls then settled back and stretched out their long legs. Inside, both of them, as well as the parents on the motor boat, were curious to see what would happen while towing a paddleboat. The motor boat rumbled to life, yanking the rope between the boats taught. Blond hair blew in the breeze, as Monica stretched out as if she were on a beach, now confident that all would go well. Eyes drifted closed, lazy smiles crossing their faces.
A gurgling sound erupted from the front of the paddle boat. It began to submerge. Four hands flew around the air, splashing, reaching, grasping for a hold on the seat, or anything. It wasn’t scary. It was actually rather comical. The lake itself was fairly shallow, but they just didn’t want to get wet. Yeah, right. Good luck with that. Shrieks protruded from their mouths. The motor boat wasn’t stopping, but still the worst that could happen was for Monica to lose her much loved candy bar from the store in the marina. Have it float across the lake, never to be seen again.
Next thing she knew, Monica was fully in the water. She was not psyched about that fact either. She tread the water with sharp and angular motions for a brief few seconds then swam back to the motor boat. The other girl was already on the boat and half dry. Monica hiked the ladder and emerged from the water, her cutoff jeans and long sleeved t-shirt dripped and clung to her body. That blond hair that had been blowing in the breeze so cheerfully and careless now fell straight and heavy. Monica’s laughter had transformed into a frown and furrowed eyebrows. A penetrating stare seemed to extend from icy blue eyes. The other girl, the girl aboard the boat, the mostly dry girl, suppressed a giggle. Then, all it took was for Monica to take one look at herself, and to burst into laughter. What was the point? There was nothing she could do about it, and it was utterly hysterical. Thus, the worst that happened was the disappearance of the candy bar.


Haha I know it is kind of strange, but it's also an inside joke... sort of.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Weekly writes... ?

Hello everyone,

Here is a new idea, adding writing pieces by us to the page!? Not sure though, does it work? Here is just a test. This was actually for a uhh english essay we had to fit in one page (totally impossible! ), they were character sketches. This one is a little bizarre, but do you like the idea??

It had taken her a couple hours to make the trek on the hike. It was just her on the trail, no one else. Aside from the twigs snapping with each step, it was silent. Leaves fell as if it were already snowing in winter. She pushed a blond streak of hair back towards the loose pony tail. Her fingers brushed the fancy stud earrings from that stressful meeting yesterday. She shivered at the thought. Her lip twitched, missing its usual lip-gloss sheen. Pushing the thought away wasn’t working... Freezing up in front of all those people. She tucked a piece of straightened blond hair behind an ear, and gently tugged down the bottom of her suit. She heard her boss clear her throat... Quickly she blinked those striking green eyes, vanishing that flash of reality. Her taught face relaxed into its normally soft features.

She hesitated a moment before emerging through the trees. This was her retreat from reality. In front of her lay the top of the mountain, a rocky surface. Her, alone in this place. She tossed the scuffed backpack carelessly behind her, and took off running and twirling up the rock.

It took her a double take to fully appreciate the view. It made her freeze in her tracks, her mouth hung open in awe. Mountains jutted out of the earth. Lakes nestled in between. The complete clichĂ© “not a cloud in the sky” must have originated here. Just beyond, the ocean stretched, blending with horizon: endless... endless possibilities. A smile curved a corner of her mouth. It seemed as if it had been a long time, as if you needed to keep up practice with smiling, despite how silly it may sound. The smile broadened. It spread like a forest fire, brightening her entire face. A twinkle met at the corner of her eye.

She wandered toward the center and lowered herself to the ground. As she rolled up her faded jeans, the silence became less deafening since she was the only one who could break it. How was it things as big as mountains wouldn’t make a sound, while the slightest things could still make such a commotion?

She lay down on her back, slowly drifting to sleep. As sleep overcame her, her muscles relaxed, the tension disappearing. She didn’t dream of the real world. There were no worries of waking up late, or getting stuck in traffic. She solely dreamt of mountains and lakes, of lapping waves, of the ocean. The endless, endless ocean.


Please comment, liking the new idea??




Monday, September 21, 2009

Blog Makeover?

I have a love/hate relationship with change, but right now I need it. What do you guys think about a blog makeover? I found a really cool template to use, it's like a retro orange thing, let me know what you think!

Here is the link to the website where I might be using one of their templates:

http://lenatoewsdesigns.blogspot.com/2008/02/3-column-blogger-layouts.html

If you know of any awesome three columned templates please let me know!

-M.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

WINNER!

Alright everyone, the moment you've been waiting for....The winner of our 100th post contest is...

Taylor Hinz!

Congratulations, we'll email you shortly!

-M and A.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Identical

Identical
By Ellen Hopkins

# of pages: 576
Age Range: 15/16+
Rating: 4/5

Do twins begin in the womb?Or in a better place?
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.
For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?


I had heard a lot about this book and author, Ellen Hopkins. So when I saw it sitting on a shelf in the library I couldn't help but think, eh, why not?

I was surprised to find that the book was written in free verse, which for those of you who don't know, is poetry. Though I wasn't used to reading writing like that, I quickly got used to it and found that it made the novel even more powerful.

To say this story wasn't depressing, shocking, and ultimately eye-opening would be a lie. It is one of the most real and horrific novel's I've ever read, and it completely changed my views on people, and made me realize what an amazing life I've been given.

With strong and deep characters, beautiful writing, and a shocking ending, Identical is definitely a book to read, but, read it when your ready because there is no going back once you have started. If you liked this book be sure to check out:

Impulse: Ellen Hopkins
Glass: Ellen Hopkins
Burned: Ellen Hopkins
Tricks: Ellen Hopkins
Crank: Ellen Hopkins
Cut: Patricia McCormick
Thirteen Reasons Why: Jay Asher
Living Dead Girl: Elizabeth Scott
Wake: Lisa McMann
Wintergirls: Laurie Halse Anderson

Go buy Identical at Amazon here

Go visit Ellen Hopkins here

One other thing, my English teacher said the cover was perfect for applying her lipstick (that means it's very shiny) ;)

-M.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wherever Nina Lies


Wherever Nina Lies
by Lynn Weingarten

# of pages: 316
Age range: 14+
Rating: 4.5/5

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.

From the cover, my initial thought was...oh, a book with what? back stabbing lying friends who all forgive each other in the end? (I thought it said Whenever, instead of whatever). Anyways upon reading the real synopsis, I had to read it, the book sounded amazing, and it was!!!

Ellie is sixteen, has an awesome best friend, an amazing gay boss at her coffee shop job, and a totally amazing older sister! Wait, scratch that last part, Ellie used to have an amazing older sister, but now she's gone, she disappeared two years ago, and Ellie is desperate to find her.

Led on by a simple drawing on the back of a post card, Ellie finds herself driving cross country with a totally hot - total stranger. He wants to help her, and Ellie could use it. With more clues Ellie becomes closer and closer to her Sister, and the shocking truth.

Then, just like a that, a totally amazing plot twists happens that completely wraps up every loose end, even ones you never knew were loose. It also makes you gasp and go, "oh my god! NOO! YES!" It was amazing to say the least.

I loved Lynn's writing, her story telling is magical, and I wasn't bored for even a second, and I wasn't overwhelmed. With great writing, and a consistent flow, Wherever Nina Lies is a great read and Highly reccomended. If you like this book, be sure to check out:
Absolutly Maybe: Lisa Yee
Wake: Lisa McMann
Graceling: Kristen Cashore
The Adoration of Jenna Fox: Mary E. Pearson
Deadly Little Secret: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Love you Hate you Miss you: Elizabeth Scott
Cracked up to Be: Courtney Summers

Buy Wherever Ninia Lies Here

Visit Lynn Weingaten Here

-M.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox (10) Hosted by Kirsti at the Story Siren!


For Review:


The Day the Falls Stood Still

Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this epic love story is as rich, spellbinding, and majestic as the falls themselves.
1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near Niagara Falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she had left it. Her father has lost his job at the power company, her mother is reduced to taking in sewing from the society ladies she once entertained, and Isabel, her vivacious older sister, is a shadow of her former self. She has shut herself in her bedroom, barely eating--and harboring a secret.
The night of her return, Bess meets Tom Cole by chance on a trolley platform. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to him--against her family's strong objections. He is not from their world. Rough-hewn and fearless, he lives off what the river provides and has an uncanny ability to predict the whims of the falls. His daring river rescues render him a local hero and cast him as a threat to the power companies that seek to harness the power of the falls for themselves. As their lives become more fully entwined, Bess is forced to make a painful choice between what she wants and what is best for her family and her future.
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Niagara Falls, at a time when daredevils shot the river rapids in barrels and great industrial fortunes were made and lost as quickly as lives disappeared, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating debut novel.


From the Library:

The Chosen One:

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever
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Skin Hunger:

Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.
Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate -- and the first academic requirement is survival.
Sadima's and Hahp's worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways in this brilliant first book of Kathleen Duey's dark, complex, and completely compelling trilogy.

Wherever Nina Lies:

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.

Identical:

Do twins begin in the womb?Or in a better place?
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.
For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?

From Contest:

Ash:

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

-M.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dead is a State of Mind/ Dead is so Last Year

Dead is a State of Mind
By Marlene Perez

# of pages: 192
Age range: 12+
Rating: 3.5/5

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!

I just want to start off saying that these books are soooo cute! They're little and quick reads, with bright fun colored covers, you even forget that the word DEAD is written blatantly across the front.

I'm going to keep my review short because this is a double review so....

Daisy finally has her hot new boyfriend Ryan all to herself, but he seems to be uninterested all of a sudden. As prom slowly approaches Daisy is worried Ryan won't ask her, and maybe that they'll even break up. But amidst her own relationship problems, something even bigger comes up, a death! That's right, one of Nightshade's most beloved teachers was murdered, and all signs point to...Ryan?

This is a teen mystery read that's super quick and fun, so definitely check it out!

Dead is so Last Year
by Marlene Perez
# of pages: 198

Age range: 12+
Rating: 3.5/5

Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town.

Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he's grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux's boyfriend's neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.

Another cute and quick read, this time memories from Daisy's past resurface when a "Doppelganger" appears as her father. While Daisy and her family deal with their own family issues, the football team begins to grow...and grow...and grow. Could the two mysteries be connected?

The writing is actually pretty good, the book flows quickly, and most ends are tied by the end of each book. This last one leaves room for a fourth installment, but, it could easily be the last book in the series. Guess we'll find out.

I got a tiny bit annoyed with this book because of the whole fake Dad thing, Sorry, you'll have to read the book to know what I mean. It was still good though. Definitely check out this series, and be sure to check out the following if you like these books.

Death by Bikini: Lisa Gerber
Death by Latte: Lisa Gerber
Death by Denim: Lisa Gerber
I'd tell you I Love you but then I'd have to Kill you: Ally Carter
Cross your Heart and Hope to Spy: Ally Carter
Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover: Ally Carter
Generation Dead: Daniel Waters
GhostGirl: Tanya Hurley
Deadly Little Secrets: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Go
Buy the books on amazon (1st) here, (2st) here, (3rd) here

Visit Marlene Perez Here

-M.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I've Been Tagged!

Adrienne of An Addicted Book Reader Tagged me, AH!

Alright so here's how it goes....

Available or single? unsure....

Best Friend? A., of course ;)

Cake or Pie? Cake, definitely!

Drink of choice? Diet Nestea Iced Tea with lemon (I love it!)

Essential item for every day use? Cell phone and Computer, and a book (duh!)

Favorite color? Purple

Google? Um, YEAH.

Hometown? small boring = blah

Indulgences? Clothes, Shopping, BOOKS

January or February? Febrero, por que? Valentines day!!! <3

Kids and their names? Not for a looooong time

Life is incomplete without…? Family, friends, books, and love

Marriage date? well, I'd have to be married for that, so....

Number of siblings? One little brother >;p

Oranges or apples? Apples!

Phobias and fears? SPIDERS!!!!!!

Quote for the day? Be careful what you say in a world that's always listening

Reason to smile? Love....:)

Season? Spring/Summer? Summer all the way

Tag 3 people?

I TAG EVERYONE!

and if you haven't been tagged yet, consider yourself tagged!

Unknown fact about me? I despise chocolate, don't blame me, blame my mom

Vegetable you hate? hmmm....avocado? NO! Tomato's, yeah...tomato's, ew.

Worst habit? Insomnia, and procrastination

Your fave food? Pizza, pasta, popcorn, mmmm.... it's a wonder i'm not fat, or ITALIAN!!!

Zodiac sign? Aires

OKAY GO TAG YOURSELF!

-M.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dull Boy

Dull Boy
by Sarah Cross

# of pages: 308
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4.5/5

What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all? If you’re fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you’re a former jock turned freak, you can’t afford to let the secret slip.
But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they’re more than just freaks—together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes. First, though, they have to decide whether to trust the mysterious Cherchette, a powerful wouldbe mentor whose remarkable generosity may come at a terrible price.


I had been wanting to read this book for while, I mean superpowers? Awesome, anyone!? So when I finally got my chance to read it I was not surprised at how much I ended up loving the book, it was great!

Avery is a great main character, he may have superpowers but his thoughts are pretty much like an ordinary teenage boy, school, girls, parents, the works. His new found friends are great too, each with their own individual personalities and traits. One thing that I noticed was how developed all the characters were, it's not often that you find a book with such unique, developed, and original characters.

Ad the book goes on Avery learns more and more about his powers, and his friends powers. At the climax of the story he must make the choice between his powers and friendship, and which one is more important.

Excellently written for the YA genre, I can not wait for the sequel of this book, and trust me their will be one. Thoughts on the cover? Eh, it's okay, but not a favorite. So, if you like this book be sure to take a look at:

The Demon's Lexicon: Sarah Rees Brennan
Hero: Perry Moore
Gone: Michael Grant
Generation Dead: Daniel Waters
City of Bones: Cassandra Clare
The Named: Marianne Curley

Go buy Dull Boy here! (6.93 new hardback!)

Go visit Sarah Cross and her characters here!

-M.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

IMMB (10)

IMMB is hosted by Kirsti at the story siren, who I am sure is baffled at how many of this weekly meme's come up every week. Anywho, I only got two books this week which is honestly fine because I have so much stuff to read.



Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries.

Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones -- including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all.

Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made....






Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge
Catching Fire *squeal*

I had to wait for my brother to read it first (he bought it) and now *squeal again* all I can say is that it is soooooo good. Review should be up sometime next week!

>-M.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spotlight on Saturday


Spotlight on Saturday is going to be a weekly meme on under the radar books. I'm not sure if I stole this idea from someone *sorry*, or used my own brilliant brain cells to create it, but no matter, it's here on my blog so ha!

This week, SOS (sos...great.) will be featuring Feather by Abra Ebner.

Estella's magical life as an orphan was never easy, and at eighteen, she is finally free. In her desperate attempt to leave the city behind and unravel her strange talents, she flees to a secluded college nestled deep in the forests of the North Cascades. It is here that she hopes to escape her painful life, and forgotten past. As classes begin, Elle struggles to find her place, until she meets Professor Edgar. Young, handsome, yet terrifying, Elle is suddenly intrigued. Despite her fear of him, she finds the strange attraction mesmerizing, dangerous, and somehow familiar. As their acquaintance grows, she is suddenly drawn further into a life she never knew she lived, in a place that finally feels like home. As her happiness returns, so do the demons of her forgotten past. It is here that she finds herself faced with the sacrifice of her life, and the beginning of a journey deeply rooted in our existence .

Sounds pretty good right? You can go check it out here on amazon.

-M.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Vampire Diaries: Return and Nightfall

The Vampire Diaries: Return and Nightfall
by L.J. Smith

# of pages: 592
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 4/5


Elena Gilbert is alive—again.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon—she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.

Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.

Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. . . .

But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.

I had been meaning to read this for awhile now, being a fan of L.J's work, but I hadn't gotten around to it. L.J. always impressed me with her writing because it is so fluid, and everything is always tied up. You can even read a 500+ page book, like I just did, and not even feel like it's that long.

The book picks up where the last one, Vampire Diaries: the Fury and Dark Reunion, left off. Elena, is back from the dead, only she is a spirt/angel with the mind of a child. This was a bit weird for me to be quite honest but, yeah know, I got over it. When Elena returns to her normal human self, two things happen, Stefan disappears, and she looses her amazing power.

As the group, Elena, Matt, Bonnie, and Meridith try and figure out what happened to Stefan, strange things begin taking place in Fell's Curch. There are demon wielders out there, and Damen, who is still trying to win over Elena, has become one of their victims.As Elena and her friends try to save themselves, Stafan, and Damen, they fail to recognize one final attack that could kill them all.

I enjoyed this book, as I do with most of L.J.'s work. But, I became a little bit bored at times, mainly because I felt that the story was being dragged on a tad bit to far. I mean how many adventures and trouble could one girl possibly find? Well apparently a lot because there is going to be a new book in the series come February. Filled with Romance, danger, and suspense the Vampire Diaries is definitely a series to check out, especially if you want an awesome vampire read that has a strong lead, *no offense* unlike Bella in twilight (I love it but it's getting old )

So if you like this series, or this book, be sure to check out:

The Secret Circle Series by L.J. Smith
The Night world Series by L.J. Smith
Vampire Academy Series by L.J. Smith
Evernight series: Claudia Gray
House of Night Series: P.C. Cast
Blue Bloods Series: Melissa de la Cruz
Wicked Series: Nancy Holder
Mortal Instrument Series: Cassandra Clare

Stand Alone Titles:

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side: Beth Fantasky
Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater
Need by Carrie Jones (stand alone as of now)
Eternal: Cynthia Leitich Smith

As many of you know The Vampire Diaries will now be a T.V. series which you can watch on the C.W. september 10th, I did a meme post thing mentioning it that you can check out here.

Buy Vampire Diaries here on Amazon (500+ pages and hardback for $10!)

Visit L.J. Smith here

-M.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Our First Award!

Hey Everyone we got our first award *Woot-woot!*

Thank you Adrienne at An Addicted Book Reader for nomminating us!

The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude. Nominate this award to 10 blogs:



3.) Lee A Verday from Lee A Verday's Book/Writing Blog
4.) Briana Book Pixie
5.) Cindy Princess Bookie
7.) Donna Bites
8.) Shalonda Shalonda's Blog

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Prada and Prejudice


Prada and Prejudice
by Mandy Hubbard

# of pages: 270
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815!There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.

But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex's heart, before her time in the past is up?

I'd heard some good reviews about this book so I thought it might be worth checking out, and I was right! I believe Mandy Hubbard is a debut novelist, and I was impressed by her writing and work.

Callie, social outcast but popular want to be, thought a summer program in London with some of her classmates would be a great way to make friends. Wrong. Instead she embarrasses herself and wishes desperately to go home. Trying to redeem her faults, Callie splurges on a pair of red prada pumps, only to trip and fall in them moments after she leaves the store.When Callie wakes up she finds herself in the middle of the Forest, stumbling through the woods lost and confused she finds a huge house and asks for help.

From there the story begins, as Callie feigns being Emily's friend Rebecca, so that she can stay in a civilized home until she can get back to her own time.Throughout the story Callie's character develops tremendously until she becomes a strong lead that she had wanted to be before her doomed fall.

Filled with witty humor, a unique plot, and fun characters, Prada and Prejudice is a great new read that everyone should take a look out. And for you Pride and Prejudice fans, don't worry, there are lots of little similarities between the books that almost anyone can pick up on.
So if you liked this book be sure to check out:

The Season: Sarah Maclean
Dull Boy: Sarah Cross
Oh. My. Gods: Terra Lynn Childs
Fortunes Folly: Deva Fagan
A Kiss in Time: Alex Flinn
Prom Dates from Hell: Rosemary Clement-Moore

You can buy Prada and Predjudice here ($4.50 used!)

You can visit Mandy Hubbard here

-M.