Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wow, is it me or did that year go by really quick? I guess it always feels that way! I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year with lots of happiness!

For my new years resolutions I want to...

1.) Read at least 100 books
2.) No longer drink soda
3.) Get a six pack (ok that's going to take some major work.)
4.) Write a novel
5.) Be able to do a split (don't ask.)
6.) Travel to Europe
7.) Find my true love (a girl can dream!)
8.) Get straight A's (almost there!)
9.) Grow my hair six more inches
10.) Grow! ( now that would be a miracle. 5' 2'' is much too short)

So how about you?

Oh by the way, today's the last day for my contest which ends tonight at midnight!

Happy New Year. Be safe. Have fun.

-M.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Spammers

This is a quick little rant, I don't often rant but right now I need to rant.

Spammers: This is a small book review blog. People come here to read reviews (I presume.) Why on earth do think that commenting on month old posts will help promote your company or product? Especially if it's in Chinese. I do not speak Chinese, I am not from China. Your comments mean nothing to me, I can't even READ THEM!

There is a small widget on the left column of this blog that says "recent comments". On it you will notice multiple comments promoting women's hygiene products, websites, or something in Chinese/Japanese or some Asian language.

I really do not want to put spam protection on my comment forms, you know - the letters you have to read and then type into the box. For me that's annoying, I don't know about you but I hate having to type in all those letters and make sure it's all correct. But if that's what it takes to stop SPAMMERS, then I'll have to do it.

So please stop, it's just a waste of your time, effort, and promotion. I only wish to blog in spam free peace.

Thank you,

-M.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Magic Under Glass

Magic Under Glass
by Jaclyn Dolamore

# of pages: 240
age range: 13+
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Bloomsbury


Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.

I'd been looking forward to this book for awhile once I saw it on a couple of "waiting on Wednesday" meme's. The synopsis sounded amazing and the cover is beautiful! So, when I was offered to review this title I was positively giddy with excitement!

The book starts of with Nimira as a "trouser girl", which is a low class dancer girl that men often come and watch. Born from a high class family in a distant land, Nimira holds herself as above this job, but her personality is selfless and sweet. She's an easily likable character. At first though I was a little confused with the time/era and whether the mythical creatures (faeries, mermaids, etc.) where myths or actually part of the society. That was cleared up though a few chapters into the book.

Erris, the automaton was...weird for me at first to be completely honest. If i were in that situation I would have been a little creeped out, but, he grew on me. The automaton, in case you were wondering, is a life like doll that when wound up with a key, plays the piano. It took me a little while to fully understand.

Over all the novel was enticing and romantic. The characters had depth, not enough to blow me away, but enough that I didn't think they lacked individualism. As for the plot, it was very unique, and I am looking forward the sequel (I'm assuming that there is a sequel based on the ending). Either way this was a fun, magical, romantic fantasy that I believe will appeal to many ages and readers.

If you liked this novel be sure to check out:

The Pale Assassin: Patricia Elliot
Fire: Kriten Cashore
Rampant: Diana Perterfreund
Princess of the Midnight Ball: Jessica Day George

Check out Jaclyn Dolamore here

-M.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

IMMB 17

Christmas came with lots and lots of goodies! Santa was extremely generous this year.

My first big present was a nice new laptop which I absolutely love! It's an Acer aspire 1410, it's a mix between a netbook and a laptop. Basically it has 6 hours of battery life, windows 7, a webcam, and fast Internet, plus 250gb of hard drive. I'm in love!

Here it is, isn't it cute?! I'm looking for a good skin/cover for it, something fun but I haven't found anything yet.

My second techy gift was a camera! I love taking pictures but I didn't want to haul around some giant camera, besides those things are extremely expensive! So, I got the cannon powershot A1100 is. It's small enough for a purse/pocket but the pictures are awesome. I don't know about other people but I really like cannon camera's. I've tried Sony, Nikon, and Exilm (is that how you spell it?) but none of them - imo - take as good a picture as the cannon's. I guess it's to each their own.


Now for the really good stuff, BOOKS!

From my grandparents and one aunt and uncle I received:




From my parents I received this oddly shaped present. When I first unwrapped the paper, Fire by Kristen Cashore fell out all new and shiny. That alone got me super excited, but I had no idea what was in the mysterious white box below the book. Opening it slowly, I practically screamed when I saw what was inside. It was filled with new hard cover books, straight from my wish list. I was beyond happy, ecstatic even. I'd never received so many books, it may have been my favorite present of all. Here are all the books below.





So that was a bit of a ramble, but hey, I only get to do it once a year! Anyways, what did you guys get over Christmas, I want to know!

Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!

-M.

The Demon King

The Demon King
by Cinda Williams Chima

# of pages: 512
age range: 13/14+
rating: 5/5

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell. For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.



Unbeknown to many a folk, I'm actually a pretty big fantasy buff, and this book delivered when it came to kick butt fantasy with enough romance to satisfy. The Demon king told both the story of Han and Raisa through alternating chapters, two completely different people living completely different lives.


The two do intersect in the middle of the book, with romantic potential, but then go separate paths. Their sure to meet again in stories though which has me eagerly anxious. The writing in this book was artful and descriptive, I really enjoyed it because it's very different - imo- from many of the other teen novels out their- more skilled so to speak. The character description was amazing and the book had a lot of hidden depth, I can't wait for the sequel to come in April/may.


Cinda Williams Chima is a very talented author and I'm looking forward to her future work, I'll also be checking out her past work when I get the chance. If you liked this book be sure to check out:


The Warrior Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Graceling: Kristen Cashore
Fire: Kristen Cashore
The Shadow Dragons: James A. Owen
Magik: Angie Sage
The Bones of Faerie by Jannie Lee Smith
The Princetta: Anne Laure Bondoux

Be sure to check out Cinda Williams Chima at her website here.

-M.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas...

...has finally come! Happy holiday's everyone I hope you're all having a splendid time with family and friends, and I especially hope Santa brought you all some awesome books, I know he did for me!

Be Safe. Be Warm. And Be Happy!

Merry Christmas!

-M.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

In My Mailbox 16

IMMB is hosted by Kirsti at The Story Siren. Claps to her for putting together this lovely little meme!

This week I got two book for review! (Yay!)

The first which currently does not have a cover is...

Mieradome by Kate Hegarty

Mieradome, revolves around a young girl named Amavia, who believes she is a human girl, but slowly comes to find she is a faery in the world of Mieradome. Amavia's mother, Anastasica, had taken her out of the faery realm and hidden her away here in our human realm, so that she may be protected from her parents' past mistakes. But that was not enough, the forces that be found Amavia, and brought her back into the cosmos of the Grandmother Tree. There she meets other faeries, goblins, Telkar dragons, and Utopisols. Slowly who Amavia really was began to unravel to show the truth. The truth, that she just may be the evil they need to destroy. This is where the story begins.

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore from Bloomsbury

Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril
-M.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Sixteen year old, Carrie Paxton, isn't the most popular girl in her small town of Stillburrow. But that's never concerned her before. Her life revolves around her writing, and she loves her job as the student editor of the school paper.

But when she gets assigned to interview the football team's beloved quarterback, she takes one look into Luke Carter's blue eyes and is a goner. Suddenly, she doesn't like her lowly rank so much. Then her dreamy, popular crush surprises her when he starts to act as if he likes her in return. But there's no way Luke Carter could possibly ever like a nobody like Carrie Paxton. Is there?

The Stillburrow Crush releases February 26, 2010.

-
M.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fade

Fade
by Lisa McMann

# of Pages: 272
Age range: 16+
Rating: 2.5/5

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....


After reading the first book in this original fantasy/fiction series I was excited to read the anticipated sequel Fade. And though the plot sounded intriguing, to me the book just didn't live up to it's predecessor.

A couple things that bothered me, 1.) The excessive swearing. It doesn't bother me really, I mean when you're a teen you can't avoid it. But to read at least one a page got annoying at times.
2.) Janie. Erg. She's so closed off, even after the first book. Sometimes I just wanted to be like, come on, open up! 3.) The ending, climax, whatever you want to call it, was disturbing. Very dark, very unsettling, and very explicit. I guess it was a little eye opening in a way, but some of it I just didn't want my young eyes to read.

Over all, the book had potential but I just felt like I was getting sucked deeper and deeper in a dark black hole, one I couldn't escape out of. So even though I really enjoyed the first book, I'm hesitant to read the third, Gone. But, if you did like this book check out some others:

Need: Carrie Jones
Evermore: The Immortals: Alyson Noel
Swoon: Nina Malkin
Wicked: Witch & Curse: Nancy Holder
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1): Kelley Armstrong
Blue is for Nightmares: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale: Holly Black

Check out Lisa McMann here

-M.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

I was so grateful to receive this award from Extreme Reader Book Reviews the other day, and now I can't wait to share it with you guys!





This award is for those bloggers who write from their heart. I have to nominate 7 bloggers and say 10 honest things about myself.



Nominee's:

Sophistikatied reviews

Tyna's review's

Princess Bookie

Book Nerds

Books by their Cover

Mindful Musings

Sharon Loves Books and Cats'

10 Honest Facts:

1.) I Despise Chocolate. All forms of it, any shape color or taste. To me it = yuck.

2.)The first YA book series I read on my own were the Harry Potter series.

3.) I have an irrational fear of needles and knives.

4.) The farthest place I've ever been is Hawaii

5.) My favorite color is Purple

6.) I'm sick of Twilight but I still like the movies

7.) Christmas is my favorite Holiday(hence the new template)

8.) I love giving awesome gifts to people more than receiving a gift

9.) I'm pretty close to being a shopaholic

10.) Finding good deal is my LIFE

-M.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Contest Roundup

Enjoy, and good luck!

Fallen & Capitivate @ A Good Addiction

A Brief Moment of Montamary @ An Addicted Book Reader

Awesome Ninja contest @ A Lush Budget Production

200 Follower Contest @ Books at Midnight

200 Follower Contest @ Cornucopia of Reviews

Firespell @ Dark Faerie Tales

Going Bovine ARC @ Handle Like Hendrix

$50 Jewelery GC @ Park-Avenue Princess

E. Lockheart Giveaway @ Park-Avenue Princess

Box of Books Contest @ Ramblings of a Teenage BookWorm

Strand Contest @ Sharon Loves Books and Cats

Years Worth of Books Giveaway @ Shooting Stars Mag

200 Followers Contest @ Sophistikatied Review

A Most Improper Magic Giveaway @ Strange and Random Happenstance

Dark Divine ARC Contest @ The Book Butterfly

Rachel Caine Giveaway @ Tyna's Reviews

1st Anniversary Spy Batch @ Books and Literature for Teens

Win 1 of 6 books @ The Book Shopoholic

Christmas Contest @ Escape through The Pages

The Chritmas Wishlist @ Raschel's Reads

Hunger Games 123 @ vvb32 Reads

Tis' The Season Contest @ Good Books & Good Wine

5 book prize pack @ The Page Flipper

Shade @ Jeri Smith-Ready

Give up the Ghost @ Authors Now

3 Book Prize Pack @ Sarak Ockler

My Soul to Save @ Rachel Vincent

One Million Followers @ YA Highway

8-12 Blogs of xmas giveaway @ Princess Bookie

-M.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

As You Wish

As You Wish
by Jacson Pearce

# of pages: 304
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

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.

Isn't this such an original plot? Ever since I'd heard of the book, I had wanted to read it, so on one my semi-regular aimless strolls through the library, I saw the shiny cover and snatched it.

The book started off pretty quick, which I like. There's nothing worse than a slow beginning. I didn't love Viola at first, I found her to be kind of whiny and self absorbed, and then when she got together with Aaron I was like...sigh, you don't even like him. But then halfway through the book she turned around and I really started to like her. She became more independent and strong.

Other than that, I found the book to be light, fun, and original with dimensional characters and good writing. And Jinn was definitely a boy I would like to see again! Jackson Pearce created a great teen novel and I will definitely be looking forward to her work in the future.

One thing that I thought was funny was that Jackson made a YouTube video about her one use of the f*bomb . She was saying that some people had given it only one star, and had not recommended the book for teens just because of that one use. I thought that was ridiculous. I mean seriously, the f*bomb if you walk in any public area or read the messages on a town playground I can assure you, that you will see/hear that word. What are people trying to protect us from? Anywho, Jackson is having a contest for her newest novel on her YouTube channel so go check it out!

If you liked As You Wish be sure to check out:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
The Mark by Jrn Nadol
The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Immortal by Gillian Shields


Check out Jackson Pearce here

Go Buy As You Wish here

-M.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

200 followers

(Give me a moment here) *Deep breath*, *hands fluttering*, *huge smile*. 3...2....1...OMG! I can not believe it. I cannot! This is surreal, amazing, fantastic! After....8 months, there are now 200...204, followers on Bookmac! AHHH!

I just want to thank everyone so, so, so, so, so much! Without you this blog would be nothing but a mess of words and lost purpose.

To anyone thinking about starting a blog, GO FOR IT! It's a great way to meet awesome people, get news on the newest books, meet authors, win prizes, write, and talk about the stuff you love most! Though it's a lot of work and time, I don't regret a single thing.

So a BIG, HUGE, HUMUNGO thanks to everyone, this is really something very special.

-M.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Contest Roundup

Hey guys, here's another contest roundup. Best of luck to all that enter!


12 books of christmas contest @ Katies Blog (yay for xmas spirit!)

Ginourmus Contest @ In Which a Girl Reads

Christmas Box Contest @ Lost in a Book

Holiday Contest @ Bloody Bookaholic

Big Holiday Contest @ Extreme Reader Book Reviews

300 Followers Giveaway @ Tyna's Reviews

Fallen @ The Crooked Shelf (hurry ends tomorrow!)

Dirty Little Secrets @ Authors Now.com

Beautiful Creatures @ Book Blather

My Soul to Take @ The Book Butterfly

The Secret Society @ HarperTeen

Beautiful Creatures @ A Lush Budget Production

Twenty Boy Summer @ Laura's Review Book Shelf

S&S UK Books @ The Book Smugglers

The Body Finder @ The Road to Publication

Firespell @ The Daily Snark

Let it Snow @ Book Obsession

Sony Ereader @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog

Gift Cards @ Reading with Tequila

Top Commentor Contest @ Tyna's Reviews

Mari Mancusi Books @ Tanya's Reviews

3 book Contest @ Ya Book Geek

Any books you want (under 12 euros) @ Out of the Blue Reviews

Jane Austen Prize Pack @ Adventures of Cecelia Badelia

The Dark Divine @ The First Novels Club

100 Follower Contest @ Brizmus Blogs Books

Dear Santa Christmas Contest @ Fantastic Book Review

700 followers contest @ Presenting Leonore

Maze Runner @ The Book Butterfly

Fallen @ A Good Addiction

Bad Apple @ Books at Midnight

3 ARC Giveaway @ Pure Imagination

Cassandra Clare Book Plate Giveaway @ The Letter Garten

The Summoning @ Monster of Books

Giveaway @ Raschel's Reads

Signed Sea Glass @ Edge of Seventeen

Tricksters @ On the Nightstand

How to Say Goodbye in Robot @ The Book Scout

Duplikate @ Zoe's Book Reviews

200 followers Contest @ A Passion for Books

Private by Kate Brian @ Good Golly Miss Holly

Holiday Giveaway @ Yay! Reads


And don't forget to enter my own contest! (that's the one below this post!)

-M.

Contest

Alright so I've decided to do Monthly contests, for now at least.

For this first contest I'm going to have to say U.S. only mainly because I've been spending a lot of money on Christmas presents (psst. the rents aren't aware of this ;0 )

So, this month you can win an ARC of Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen!


Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.

As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants. And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing.

With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down



Extra Entries

+1 Commenting (on this post or any other post)
+2 Linking to your sidebar, or tweeting (maximum of 5x)
+3 Becoming a Follower (yay!)
+3 Referring someone
+3 Being referred
+5 Being an old follower (double yay!)
+7 Putting this in a post (evidence please)


Contest ends 12/31

Thanks guys. Happy Holidays. Good luck!

-M.

Call Me Kate

Getting to Know Molly Roe, author of Call Me Kate

1.) Where did you get the idea to write Call Me Kate?

Catharine McCafferty was born out of my excitement at finally learning the name of my great grandmother. The genealogy bug bit me back in the late 1990s when my son had to make a family tree for school. While I wasn't able to find out everything I wanted to know about Catharine, I learned that she lived through "interesting times." She survived the great potato famine in Ireland, came to America, and married twice. Her nephew was one of the hanged Molly Maguires, and she had a son who rose to some heights in the academic world. I wondered what she must have felt about all the good and bad events in her life. I decided she must have been torn about what was happening to the people she loved. Call Me Kate actually started out as a short story, basically chapter two of the book.

2.) How do you connect with your characters?

I go to reenactments of Civil War battles and to museums where some of the everyday tools and household appliances of the 1800s are displayed, and I imagine what it was like not to have all the conveniences we have today. I understand the indignation and pain my ancestors suffered at the injustice they experienced in the coal fields of Pennsylvania. I think their hope and faith must have sustained them.

3.) How much research did you put into your book?

I researched my family history first, without ever considering that the information would turn into a book. After about four years of US research, I headed off to Ireland with over a dozen family members in tow. We had a wonderful trip, and eventually located the tiny town land of Mollyroe, County Donegal, where one branch of the family began. What a great day that was!


4.) Have you ever visited Ireland yourself?

My trip in 2002 was my second visit to Ireland; my first was at age 17 when I was a college student. We spent five days in Ireland as part of a European tour. I highly recommend visiting. The people were fantastic, and the countryside is beautiful.

5.) Do you plan on writing more young adult books in the future?

I'm currently working on a sequel called Sarah's Story: the Curse on Centralia. It's also based on Molly Maguires lore and features the life of Sarah, Kate's younger sister. Legend has it that Father McDermott, parish priest in Centralia, PA cursed the Mollies for their violent activities and therefore that's why the town was devastated by a mine fire a hundred years later.


6.) Who is your favorite character and why?

Kate is my favorite because she is so spirited and independent. She reminds me of Jo March from Little Women, one of the heroines of my childhood.


7.) Which character can you relate to the most?

I'm personally more like Sarah, less spirited than Kate, more studious and into nature.


8.) What was the best part of writing your novel?

Probably seeing it all come together and having my family read it. I still feel a surge of excitement seeing the book on a store shelf.


9.) What was the worst part of the writing process?

The decision-making and editing were both hard for me. I wanted to use first person point of view, but it was difficult to give Kate access to all the information she needed at a time before phones, the internet, TV, or even radio. Kate had to see and hear the information herself or read it in letters or newspapers. That was a challenge.


10.) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I don't remember the exact moment. I drifted into writing as a natural extension of reading and researching.


11.) What made you pursue writing a novel?

My aunt Margaret must have said, "You should write a book" at least one hundred times before I took her seriously. I give her credit for motivating me. She has been my #1 fan throughout.



Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires
by Molly Roe

# of pages: 168
Age range: 12+
Rating: 3.5/5
Published by: Tribute Books

Coming of age amidst the seething unrest of the Civil War era, feisty fourteen-year-old Katie McCafferty infiltrates the Molly Maguires, a secret Irish organization, to rescue a lifelong friend. Under the guise of Dominick, a draft resister, Katie volunteers for a dangerous mission in hopes of preventing bloodshed. Katie risks job, family, and ultimately her very life to intervene. A series of tragedies challenge Katie's strength and ingenuity, and she faces a crisis of conscience. Can she balance her sense of justice with the law?

I was interested in reading this book when I was asked to review it, for two reasons. 1.) I'm Irish myself (go pale skin, freckled, st. patty's day lovers!) and 2.) I usually find myself to enjoy young adult historical fiction novels. Under the pen name of Molly Roe, Mary Garity Slabby delivers a powerful young adult historical fiction novel that will make even reluctant history buffs give it a try.

The story starts off quick paced when Molly learns that her father has been a victim to a terrible accident and now she and her mother must support the family. Throughout the book we see Katie grow up from child to adult, take on responsibilities far beyond someone of her age, and actually grow from these experiences.

The writing was very fun as well as educational, the characters were deep and inspiring, and it was an overall good read. Short enough that people won't be scared, Molly definitely has some amazing writing talents and I can't wait to see more of her work in the future.

If you like this book be sure to check out:

Winds of L'Acadie: lois Donovan
Leigh Ann's Civil War (Great Episodes): Ann Rinaldi
Unclaimed Heart: Kim Wilkins
Sovay: Celia Rees
Shelter Me: Alex Mcaulay

Check out Molly Roe here

-M.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Contests???

I love contests. I really do. The feeling of knowing one lucky winner is going to win something, and the fact that you made it happen, well...it's invigorating to say the least. But then there's the whole problem of giving away one of your lovely books, and having to pay (groan) to ship it out to that lucky winner, and then that feeling fades a bit, especially when you leave the post office with empty pockets.

As much as I love contests, I can't have as many as I'd like do to the fact that I love my books so much it's hard to let them go, and the fact that I'm a teenager and therefore poor.

So, I have a proposition. Monthly contests with some really cool books? (some months might have a double contest or more than one book) or an occasional mega contest for the chance to win multiple books and cool prizes?

I would really, really, really, love your input, especially because this is all for you!

Comment below, tell me what you think! I'll put a poll up on the sidebar but I'd like to hear your opinions!

Thanks so much!

-M.

Waiting on Wednesday

Found this at Steph Su Reads. Looks Fab-u-lous!



Insatiable by Meg Cabot


Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one.

comes out June 1, 2010

-M.

Ballad

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
by Maggie Steifvater

# of pages: 360
age range: 14+
Rating: 4/5


Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.

After reading Lament and LOVING it, Ballad was up there on my big ole' pile of must reads. It was no surprise that when I saw the burning cover in the library that I'd have to snatch it right up. The only regrets I have is having waited so long from the time I read Lament to the time I read Ballad because I forgot a lot of the details in Lament so some parts of Ballad I was a little lost. This is definitely a book you should read soon after reading Lament, if not you might be a little lost like I was.

Ballad starts off in Jame's perspective right at the beginning of the school year where he and Dee are attending Thornking-Ash, a school for talented musicians. From the begging I was sucked in with Maggie's fabulous writing and amazing story telling abilities. Nuala, one of the new characters in the book was a favorite of mine from the start. Her spunky attitude and fearless approaches made me root for her the whole book through.

This is another great novel by Maggie Stiefvater, a great story and an awesome sequel. Go check it out here.

If you liked Ballad then be sure to check out:

Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater
Fairy Tale: Cyn Balog
Beautiful Creatures: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Fire (Graceling): Kristin Cashore
Hush, Hush: Bacca Fitzpatrick
Need: Carrie Jones (paperback!)
Wondrous Strange: Lesley Livingston
Lips Touch: Three Times: Laini Taylor

Check out Maggie Stiefvater here


-M.