Sunday, November 29, 2009

2010 Debut Author Challenge


So you've probably heard about the 2010 Debut Author Challenge that The Story Siren is hosting? Well...I've decided to participate (big shock thanks to the giant button :D ) I've never done a challenge before so this is all new to me, but I think I'll really enjoy it.


If you're wondering what the heck this whole challenge is about, go here to the information page over at The Story Siren's blog. Basically the goal is for every participant to read at least 12 debut author books, though Kirsti (the mastermind behind The Story Siren) will try and read at least 30! Wowza.

So here's my list of books I would love to try and read:

1.) Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (cool name!)
2.) Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
3.) Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
4.) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (looks soooo good!)
5.) The Mark by Jen Nadol
6.) Forget Her Nots by Amy Brecount White
7.) Split by Swati Avasthi
8.) The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
9.) Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
10.) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
11.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
12.) Sea by Heidi R. Kling
13.) Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
14.) Firespell by Chloe Neill
15.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
16.) The Everlasting by Angie Fraizer
17.) Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

The challenge will run from Jan 1st 2010 to December 31st 2010. Are you participating?

-M.



IMMB 16

IMMB is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kirsti at the Story Siren, so applauds to her! (it's her 56th week!)

I only got 1 book this week from the library, but this is good. Why? Because I've been tearing through my massive TBR pile. For the first time in a long time I have lots of books to review that I've already read! It's empowering. Now I just have to review them...(hehe)

Betraying Season (Leland Sisters, Book 2): Marissa Doyle

Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can’t help being distracted from her studies.
Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls deeply in love with Pen, and she with him. But even if he halts his mother’s evil plan, will Pen be able to forgive him for trying to seduce her into a plot? And what of Pen’s magic, which seems to be increasingly powerful?


What did you get this week?

-M.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sendback Saturday


Alright, so I have this new idea for weekly memes. Maybe it's not my idea, and I just think it is because I saw this somewhere long ago and idea stuck with me? Who knows. Anywho, my idea is that at certain days a week instead of "waiting on Wednesday" where you post about a book you want to read in the future, this meme is about an older book (at least 2 years) that you want to read. Or an under the radar book that you think looks awesome!

Monday's could be something like ...well I haven't really thought about it. Meandering Mondays? Uh, maybe not. Throwback Thursdays, Flashback Fridays, Way back Wednesdays...you get the idea. Have a name in mind. Please comment, obviously I need some help on the names!!!

So for today I have two books that look pretty interesting.


Feather (Second Edition, Fully Edited): Book One of the Feather Book Series: 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.

This book came out this January, but, I think it qualifies as "under the radar", doesn't it sound good. The sequel is out too, you can check it out here


The Pillar of Light: The Legends of Milana Series: A.L. Travis

When Nani val Dynia awakens in the jungles of Brazil, she has no idea who she is or how she came to the tiny missionary hospital. The only clues to her past lie in the whispered words of a village elder and a forgotten necklace buried at the bottom of a flour jar.


Three years later a group of six teenagers unexpectedly find themselves bound for the same Brazilian jungle, where they meet Nani val Dynia and learn of her strange past. What seems to be an accident whisks the seven friends off to the world of Milana where they quickly find themselves under threat from the Hunters of Avoria.


This book is also an under the radar one, it came out in 2008.

So what do you think? Name ideas? Comment below!
-M.>

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Contests!

Look at all the lovely prizes you can win!!!

Fallen & Beautiful Creatures ARC's @ Book Nerds

Ghost Huntress Books @ The Book Obsession

Peace Love and Baby Ducks @ Confessions of a Wandering Heart

Betrayals @ FANTASTIC BOOK REVIEWS

Night World Series @ Pure Imagination

Night World Series 2 @ Reviere Book Reviews

The Dark Divine Crazy Giveaway @ Bree Despain's blog

Fallen @ Steph Su Reads

3 ARC giveaway @ The bookologist

Book Fair Contest @ The First Novel's Club

Mega Contest @ The Never ending Shelf

Signed Violet Wings @ Park-Avenue Princess

250 Follower Contest @ The Book Cellar

Swoon Giveaway @ The Book Butterfly

Being Nikki @ Reading Rocks

Wondrous Strange @ La Femme Readers

The Stolen One @ Addicted to Books

Fallen @ Ellz Reads

First Ever Contest @ The bibliofile

30$ B n' N GC @ (insert book title here)

Nothing but Ghosts @ The Hiding Spot

Any Book You Want @ Running for Fiction

Fallen @ Passion for Books

Curse of the Spider King @ My Own Little Corner of the World

So that's all for this week! But, be sure to check back for a contest that I'll be holding here this week! Since December is the month of the Holiday's it's only fitting that there should be some awesome contests going on! I hope everyone had a fabulous Turkey Day!

-M

Monday, November 23, 2009

And Then Everything Unraveled

And Then Everything Unraveled
by Jennifer Sturman

# of pages: 256
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4.5/5

Delia Truesdale has no idea her life's about to change forever. She's too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels.

Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead - excpet Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts - a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen.

And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.

As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.

I really liked the sound of this novel just from the synopsis. I hadn't seen too many reviews for this book so I didn't really have an idea of what others thought of it, which was good I think because it let me really develop my own opinion without being influenced by others.

The book started out quick, it got right to the point, and right to the action. When Delia is shipped off to New York, she's a little dazed to say the least. But in her mind, this is all temporary, she'll be back with her Mother soon in California...once she finds her Mom that is. As Delia battles with the truth of her Mother's disappearance she meets some new friends and a really hot guy (here must be at least 1 in every YA novel these days, right!?).

I really enjoyed reading this novel, it was fun, quick paced, and there was an original and exciting plot. I really like the whole mystery aspects in novels without the whole trench coat and magnifying glasses. (you get what I'm saying???)Anyways, the writing was good for the book, nothing exceptional but not blah either. The characters were pretty diverse, I really loved reading about Delia's aunts.

So, that's it, if you like this book definitely check it out here also be sure to check out these books:

Along for the Ride: Sarah Dessen
Coffeehouse Angel: Suzanne Selfors
As You Wish
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
What I Saw And How I Lied: Judy Blundell
Wherever Nina Lies: Lynn Weingarten
Girl at Sea: Maureen Johnson

Check out Jennifer at her site Here

-M.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

In My Mailbox 15



SOME NIGHTMARES NEVER END.

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....

As You Wish: Jackson Pearce

Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.


-M.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

# of pages: 400
age range: 14+
Rating: 5/5

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.


I think I can say that this book has been one of the most anticipated of 2009. So to say I wasn't excited to read this would be a major understatement. Of course I'd read some serious mixed reviews (mostly good though)but when I recieved this in the mail from an amazon order, I just couldn't wait to read it. So I read and read and read. And then read some more. Then, before I knew it I was on the last page, and I wanted more. A lot more.

Hush, Hush was one of those novels, like Twilight, some people really love it, some people hate it. For me, I loved it, I usually do with these kind of novels. I also liked how Becca Fitzpatrick brought something new to the table - Fallen Angels. I hate to say it but Vampires are getting old; fast, which is ironic because they're immortal creatures. (haha). But Fallen Angels - you don't have to worry about "becoming a vampire" or "sparkling in the sunlight", it was all bure badness minus the blood.

I found the plot to be truly intruiging, I love those kind of books, mystery, romance, suspense, paranormal. The writting was exceptional and the characters all were different with interesting personalities and backrounds. Vee, Nora's best friend started to get annoying towards the end of the book, but then I started to like her again.

If you haven't read this novel, I strongly suggest you do. Not to mention the "eek" factor about the cover. Beautiful, no? So go buy this novel. NOW! Oh, and buy it HERE


Fallen: Lauren Kate
Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Creatures: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Meridian: Amber Kizer
Immortal: Gillian Shields
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments): Cassandra Clare
The Dark Divine: Bree Despain
The Splendor Falls: Rosemary Celement-Moore.


-M.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Princess Bookie's Rating Contest!

So Princess Bookie is having another fabulous contest! Don't you just love her!? This time it's for rating images, you know, like the little stars??? There are three parts. Part 1 is for Girl On A Mission, and if she likes your design, which must be butterflies, you could win Magic Under Glass ARC. Part 2 is for Princess Bookie, and she wants cupcakes! If you win you'll recieve a mystery ARC (oooh!) And part 3 is just to blog about the contest, which everybody can do!


So here are my part 1 entries, now be aware that I'm not really that uptodate on the design process, I just used clip art images, tweaked them, and then used "Paint" to format them. I'm not even sure if that is right. Oh well. I do know that they can be resized...
































different set:


























This is part 2, which is the cupcake rating stars.

























different set:

































So part 3 is this blog post! Alright, go check it out at Princess Bookie's blog yourself!



-M.