Wednesday, April 28, 2010

!Blogger/Business Card Contest!

Here it is, a chance to win 500 business/blogger cards! Going to BEA, or an event where you would like to spread the word, now you can with these fabulous Business Cards!


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Fill out the form HERE to enter, this awesome contest will end on the 13th of May! (Just extended)

Enjoy!

-M.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

OMG!

I can't believe it, really I can't.

My Blogoversary passed, and I didn't even know it! *sob, sob* April 22nd was the marker for my Blogoversary, and I skipped right over it. How typical of me!

Anyways, I would call this an event in need of a celebration. Let me tell you there will be a contest coming up. A really, really good one. I just have to plan it and all that boring stuff.

I went through my archives and found my first post, I'll copy and paste it for you to read. Please be aware of the "our's" and "we's" that was before...

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Hey Guys!

We're BookMac we will be our reviewer for many of our book choices and music. This blog is generated towards young adults, although any age is welcome and may find us entertaining. We will gladly accept recommendations, and comments, so don't be afraid to speak out! We would really appreciate it if you left comments and participated in our regular polls. We want to make our blog viewer friendly and satisfactory so feel free to give us helpful suggestions, objections, and opinions. Our general blogs will include, title and author of the book, amount of pages, age range, synopsis, genre, recommendations, pros and cons. connections, other books by the author, and comments and opinions. Feel free to also e-mail us at bookmac13@gmail.com.

Thanks guys

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So I just wanted to thank all of my awesome followers, and all the cool authors and publishers I've gotten to meet/interview/review. You guys rock!

Hopefully there will be many more years to come!

-M.

Monday, April 26, 2010

New "Feature"

Hey All,

So after reading Kirsti's post today at The Story Siren, I was inspired to start a feature. I guess I
wanted to make my blog stand out a bit more!

I tried to start this feature almost a year ago back in July but it didn't go anywhere, so here I am trying to bring it back, with some minor changes of course. (here was my attempt).

Anyways the feature (currently nameless) is going to be dedicated to highlighting some under the radar books that are actually quite awesome, or look awesome at least. I'm not sure if there will be a set date for this feature, but I'm going to try and do one every week.

Also, if someone already created this feature, please, please, please let me know! I don't want to copy them at all, or at least let me give them the proper credit.

So anyways, here goes my first "new feature" (name ideas are MUCH appreciated). I read this book last year and it turned out to be pretty good although I think it's more for older teens (15+)





One night in 1978, Tyler Gray wakes up to find a beautiful girl named Shay lying in his bathtub. For inexperienced, nerdy Tyler, this is not a common occurrence, but it’s even stranger because Shay insists that she’s from 2006. Of course Tyler doesn’t believe her, but once she proves it, they strike a deal: Tyler will try to help get Shay back to 2006 if Shay helps him become more popular.

But the more time Shay spends in 1978, the more she likes it. And while she helps Tyler with the popular crowd, she also wreaks havoc by going out with his worst enemy, making over his sister and helping his mother get a job as a cafeteria worker—at his school! Can Tyler get Shay home before his life is completely turned upside down?

S0 what do you think? Let me know! I'd love your feedback.

The Reckoning

The Reckoning
by Kelley Armstrong

# of pages: 400
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4.5/5

My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.
But normal is one thing I'm not.
For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.
Not normal.
My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.
Definitely not normal.
And finally, I'm a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.
As far away from normal as it gets.



Let me start off by saying this series is one of my all time favorites ever. Not only is it suspense filled, action packed but there is also character depth and development along with a sprinkle of romance. After The Awakening, which is the second book in the series, I was desperate to read The Reckoning, but like everyone else, I had to wait almost a year for that day to come. Torn between buying the book and spending sixteen dollars or waiting for it to come at the library, I buckled at ten o'clock Saturday night and bought the ebook online.

I stayed up until 1 am reading. It was that good! The Darkest Powers series is one of the most gripping series I have ever read, right from the first page readers are sucked into the story, and you can't put it down until the very last page.

The story begins right where The Awakening left off, and Chloe follows a ghost up to the roof top at the safe house she is staying in. From that point on the action kicks in and we get to see all the characters (and Derek!!!) step into play. For those of you who have been waiting on the tips of your toes (is that even an expression?) for some romance between Chloe and a boy, you will not be disappointed. Chloe will have to choose between Derek and Simon, finally!


As for the overall novel it was just as good as the last ones. A lot of questions were answered, and the plot moved quickly and was filled with action and drama. I loved the characters in this book and it was extremely sad to know this was their final adventure together, at least for awhile.


I thought there were still a few unanswered questions, so there is hope that their story is not entirely over :)

If you liked the Reckoning check out these books (although there really isn't anything quite like them!):

Evernight: Claudia Gray
Vampire Academy: Richelle Mead
Need: Carrie Jones
Evermore: Alyson Noel
Blue bloods: Melissa de la Cruz
Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater

Buy the Reckoning HERE



Visit Kelley Armstrong HERE

If you've read the book you probably know about Chloe's love interests (Simon and Derek). I'm on team Derek and I found this super cute fan art picture of them. Awww.














-M.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shiver

Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater

Age Range: 14+
# of Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I got this book back in December actually, and read it over vacation but completely forgot to review it. So my review may not be as clear as it would have been had I reviewed it back when I was supposed to! Shiver; I'm sure you've heard of this book. Bestseller, in the makes movie, one of the top YA books of 2009. So I was pretty excited to read this novel to say the least.

The book Shiver is ultimately a love story. Centering Sam and Grace, in alternating views each chapter has the temperature written at the top, and it lowers throughout the whole book. That, and the fact that the ink was BLUE, were probably the coolest parts of the book for me. I also loved the originality of the werewolf part of the story.

The characters in this novel were deep and powerful, I would've liked to get to know some members of Sam's pack better though. The writing was beautiful like all of Stievfater;s novels, as well. So why the 4 stars? I guess I was expecting a more climatic plot, or have the book be more dramatic. There were some intense scenes but I finished the book wondering where the climax was exactly. Don't get me wrong though, as far as love stories go, this one was great.

If you liked Shiver you will probably like most of the new YA novels out there but if you want to stick to the werewolf theme, check out:

The Dark Divine: Bree Despain
Need: Carrie Jones
Never Cry Werewolf: Heather Davis
The Summoning: Kelley Armstrong
Tantalize: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Buy Shiver here

Visit Maggie Here

-M.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Glass Houses

Glass Houses
by Rachel Caine

Age Range: 13+
# of Pages: 256
Rating: 3.5/5

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series. Welcome to Morganville, Texas.
Just don't stay out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.

When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

I told myself no more vampire books. I was done. But...I had heard a lot about this series....and...I caved! Seeing as I did not own this book, and the Library did not carry it, and I didn't feel like going out to buy it, I bought it on the Kindle! I haven't decided yet whether or not I like the Kindle or not but I used this book as my Kindle-reading test drive.

Anyways, on to the book! So the book starts of with main character Claire being bullied by the "mean girls" of the college she goes to. Though I felt bad for her, I was kind of annoyed by Claire, uh, lack of confidence so to speak. I'm more of a fan of the strong female lead types. The plot progressed to Claire moving in to the "glass house" where she meets all of her future friends and learns the truth about the town.

The characters had some surprising depth, to me at least. Claire actually developed quite a bit and I found myself liking her a lot more towards the end of the novel. Plot wise, the novel was fast paced and filled with action and bits of romance which is always a plus in my book. I thought the writing was good, nothing exceptional but it worked for the book.

Overall it was a fun vampire read that was quick enough to satisfy but not in any way "twilight-ish". If you like this book/series be sure to check out:

Vampire Academy series: Richelle Mead
The Darkest Powers series: Kelley Armstrong
Mortal Instruments sereis: Cassandra Clare
The Immortals series: Alyson Noel
Fallen: Lauren Kate
The Blood Coven series: Mari Mancusi

Buy Glass Houses here

Visit Rachel Caine here

-M.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

IMMB 24

Hey everyone here's another week of IMMB hosted by Kirsti at the Story Siren

I got two books this week



Runaway by Meg Cabot

Source: ATW Tours

Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.
With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope. . .what's the point of even going on?

But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.


Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.

With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope. . .what's the point of even going on?

But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.

Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved--since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed--this time, permanently?

Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running.


Virginia by Susan Hughes

Source: Publisher

Fourteen-year-old Ivy is flabbergasted when her childhood friend Virginia claims that she has been visited by an angel who has asked her to bear the child of God. As Ivy struggles to understand and help her friend, she uncovers more secrets, including an apocalyptic plot being devised by Virginia's weird brother, Paul. Ivy suspects Paul's activities must connect in some way to Virginia's claim but she's uncertain how. Soon Ivy finds herself caught up in a chain of events she has no control over.


So what did you get this week?

-M.

Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens Review + Contest

Read, Remember Recommend for Teens: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers
by Rachelle Knight

Age Range: 12 and above
# of pages: 352
Source: Traveling to Teens Book Tours

Perfect for teens who love to read and those who need a companion for school assignments or summer reading programs, Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens offers more than 2400 award-winning and notable reading suggestions in many genres, cross-referenced to help parents and teens chose the right books for them. This unique journal sold out its first print run, attracting readers with recommended lists for fiction, manga, historical fiction, romance, westerns, crime novels, and poetry, as well as nonfiction sections focusing on biography/ autobiography. College-bound readers will find a section to help guide their reading selections. The journal also provides room to record books read, jot down thoughts and ideas, and keep track of recommendations, books to read next, and works by
favorite authors.

I had only ever read one other "book guide" per-say for teens, but I loved it because it was a great source for me to use to find new books. RRR (read, remember, recommend) was just like that but more!

This fun journal was divided into six sections, Awards and Notable Lists, To Read, Journal Pages, Recommendations, Loaner Lists, and Resources. The first section, Awards and Notable lists has endless amounts of lists of books underneath certain awards, like the YALSA Top Ten Teen Award and fun one's like Paranormal Romance and Fantasy. In the list it tells you the age range of the novel and then there are boxes next to each book saying, Own, Recommend, To Read, and Want. You check off each box depending on what applies to you.

The next tab to Read is spaces for you to write down books you want to read, the title, the author, and notes about the book. This is great because I am always making up lists, and now this can help me stay organized. The following tab, Journal Pages, is a place to record the books you read and then there is space to write extra details about the book, etc.

The Recommendations tab is a place where you can keep track of all the books you would recommend to people. The next tab, Loaner Lists, is my favorite! This section is a place where you can write down all of the people borrowing books from you and keep track of it, I love it because I'm always giving out books for people to borrow, now I can be sure to remember to get them back!

Finally, the last tab is Resources which is great. Not only is there a fabulous and easy to use index but there are listed sites and blogs that you can go to, to check out books and other bookish things. Some of the sites I didn't even know about!

Overall this was a very unique journal that every major book lover should have. It is great help in finding and recording books and I loved the colorful tabs that were easy to flip to.

If you like this journal be sure to check out:

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing children's books by Kathleen T. Horning
Read, Remember, Recommend: A reading journal for book lovers by Rachelle Knight
A Book Lover's Diary by Shelagh Wallace

Buy Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens HERE

Visit Rachelle HERE

-M.

But wait there's more!

Win Read, Remember, Recommend HERE

Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens guest post

Guest Post: Rachelle Knight

Author of Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens!
The theme of the Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens Traveling to Teens Tour is "Great Summer Reading". For each of my guest posts on the tour, the blog host and I will both recommend a book we feel would be worthy of some sunny weather, summer reading.

My first "Great Summer Reads" recommendation is Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. Now girls, before you make even a single, itty-bitsy, tiny groan, let me say that I read Hatchet in two sittings and thought of it continually in between. It was awesome! I have mentioned it to everyone I have met since and was so happy to find that my sister (who is a teacher) has read this to her classes thirteen times over her years of teaching.

I don't want to give too much away about this fun little treasure, but I will give just enough of a ‘teaser’ to entice you into reading it. Brian, a thirteen child of a recent divorce, is flying over the Canadian wilderness in a bush plane. There are no other passengers - only Brian and the pilot. Skipping ahead, Brian is alone in the seemingly endless wilderness with nothing – nothing but his thoughts and a hatchet his mom gave to him before he got on the plane. What ensues is one of the best survival stories ever written - for kids, teens or adults.

As an added bonus, Brian’s story continues in four more books. The series will help you survive the summer vacation doldrums by surviving in the Canadian wilderness with Brian. The four other books in the series are: The River, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return and Brian's Hunt.







Okay girls (and guys), after you have read these, you can come back and thank me for nudging you towards one most exciting series in young adult literature... and for making your summer vacation an adventure to remember!

Hatchet is mentioned on the following lists in the Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens reading journal:

Action and adventure, page 55
Iowa Teen Book Award, page 154
Minnesota Book Award, page 160
Maud Hart Lovelace Award, page 161
Sequoyah Award - Oklahoma, page 172
Virginia Reader's Choice Award, page 182
Soaring Eagle Book Award - Wyoming, page186

Happy reading!
Rachelle

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Bookmac Guest Post:

Summer has always been the greatest reading months for me. Sunshine, warmth, endless amounts of free time; it's perfect! As much as I love diving into a great deep novel or new paranormal romance, one of my favorite summer genre's has to be the fluffy teen romance novels.

One of my favorites is, So Inn Love by Catherine Clark. So Inn Love is one of many of Catherine's teen romance novels, but all of them have a fun plot with a great love story. This novel centers around Liza who thinks she is getting a perfect summer job at the Tides Inn, only to arrive finding things to go quite unplanned. Things start to look better when she meets Hayden but is there hope for a future romance or will that, like everything else, go down the drain?


This book is a great summer read for it's a fast paced, light, cute, and happy-ending novel. The paper back cover is perfect for the beach and after one of these novels you may find yourself reading more.

So Inn Love is mentioned on the following page of Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens:

Romance, page 89.

-M.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Radiant Shadows author Interview + Review

Meet Melissa Marr:

Bestselling author, Mother, and Faerie believer.

This Tour was a part of Traveling to Teens.

1.) Who of your characters do you most relate to?

I don’t relate to any of them beyond the author-writing-them way. None of them are like me, but each of them has one thing of mine in order to allow me to connect. I didn’t do that intentionally, but it’s worked out that way. For example, Ash has my photo love; Seth has my train love; Sorcha has my maternal side; Leslie has my rape-survivor traits; and Keenan has my mood swings.

2.) Which of your characters was the hardest to write?

Aislinn. Sometimes her choices are so counter to what I would do that it’s hard to resist inserting my opinion in her persona. I don’t because that’s not who she is, but I find her very frustrating to write sometimes (especially in Fragile Eternity). Irial and Donia, on the other hand, are typically the easiest. They make perfect sense to me.

3.) What was your inspiration for Radiant Shadows?

I don’t know that any book has a solitary inspiration. I think one of the triggers for RS was my fascination with the Hunt; another source was probably my interest in not-the-mainstream folks. Ani and Devlin are very much id-driven characters. Their moral compasses are self-chosen and self-enforced. I’ve always found people who walk outside the lines captivating; at the base of it all, I suspect that Ani, Dev, and Rae are all born of that interest.

4.) If you could be one person for a year who would it be?

Me. The life I have is precisely the perfect fit for me. I have two children who are by far the coolest people I know, a spouse who still makes me forget my name, healthy living parents, and a job I enjoy. I wouldn’t want to miss a year of this life for anything else.

5.) How do you overcome writers block?

I don’t believe in writer’s block, actually, so there’s nothing to overcome in my opinion. Someday, I could b proven wrong, but thus far, my belief and experience are matching up. There are days for contemplation, and there are days for writing down words. If they words aren’t flowing, I switch gears. That’s not a block: it’s merely another step in the process.

6.) Have you ever based a character off of someone you knew/know?

Grams has some traits I drew from my own grandmother, but aside from her, no, not intentionally.


7.) Do you plan on writing novels in a different genre in the future?

I have an adult novel coming out next year (which is either a paranormal mystery with a romantic subplot, a romance with a dark fantasy/horror subplot, or possibly a sorta ghost story—depending on who’s describing it). I have a manga series and short stories (urban fantasy mostly) out regularly, so to do a totally different genre (ie not adult, YA, manga, or short story) would mean script, comic, picture book, or middle grade. I’m pretty sure I can’t do middle grade, but comic and picture book both appeal to me. I’m not sure about a script. It tempts me because it’s new, but I’m not sure there. If you mean genre as in fantasy/realism/horror/romance, I think the obvious one I’m missing is realism, and yes, I’d like to try that sooner or later. For me, though, it’s really a matter of the story. If a story requires a different format or genre and I need to write that one, that’s when I will shift to it.

8.) What is the most rewarding part of being an author?

Most? I’m so bad at the superlative/solitary answer questions. Typically, I’ll say that the actual writing part is the most rewarding, but then I go to a particularly fun book event and it’s the readers . . . or then I have the ability to introduce my son to an author he adores and I’m pretty sure that’s the most rewarding. Honestly, it’s like any job: there are lots of cool parts of doing it.

9.) How did you feel when you learned your book had become a New York Times Bestseller?

I was actually in PA with my parents, and within an hour or two of the news, they’d had a burst
pipe—so mostly I felt wet & achy from swabbing water. I never really cared about the bestseller lists. Objectively, they’re nice, but the goal was never about lists or money or sales or film. I had stories I wanted to tell. My goal was to tell them in a way that made readers (and ideally, me too) slip out of this world and into the pages. When I hear from readers or meet them live, that’s FAR more exciting than some arbitrary list somewhere.

10.) If you could be a faerie, what court would you belong to?

I’d probably be solitary (I’m not big on following other folks’ rules). If I were in my pre-motherhood days, I’d go Dark Court. As a mother, I’d probably go for Summer (because of the music) or winter (because my kids enjoy the snow—although, admittedly, I hate it).



Radiant Shadows
by Melissa Mar

Age Range: 14+
# of Pages: 352
Rating: 5/5


Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.

Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?
Let me just say that I love the Wiked Lovely Series, I think they are a dark set of books that is a perfect combination of unique characters and urban fantasy. So I was ecstatic to say the least to have the oppertunity to review this novel.

Radiant Shadows is kind of a tie-off novel of the main series which revolves around main character Aislinn, but the characters in this novel are a part of the Wicked Lovely world. None the less, Radiant Shadows has now become my favorite Wicked Lovely novel.

Readers will be entranced by Ani and Devlin's forbidden romance and the court intregue and deciet that runs through Faerie. I loved Ani and her bravery, and also her fearless aproach to the world. I also was excited to get to know Devlin better and see the layers beneath his stone shell that makes him the person he is.

Besides awesome characters, Radiant Shadows had a deep and fast-paced plot that kept me flipping pages even in the waking hours of morning. Not only that but like every one of her books, Melissa's writing is so beautiful and captivating that I often find myself re-reading a sentence or two just because it was so well written.

With a surprising ending, the next novel in Marr's series is sure to be a fantastic installment. If you likes this novel be sure to check out:

Wings: Aprilynne Pike
Wondrous Strange: Lesley Livingston
Tithe: Holly Black
Incarceron: Catherine Fisher
Bleeding Violet: Dia Reeves

Buy Radiant Shadows HERE

Visit Melissa Marr HERE

-M.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's My Birthday!

It's my birthday!!! I must admit this year it's not as exciting as most, I guess the older you get the less important birthday's are. Oh well!

Anyways, be sure to celebrate with me by entering my birthday contest HERE for a chance to win Hourglass + The Iron King + A $10 itunes gift card!

-M.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vacation Time!

Hey everyone!

So next week is April Vacation for my school and I'm going to DC and Philly for the week. I was wondering if anyone knew any cool places to check out in those areas if they've ever been or live there since I've never been.

Thanks!

-M.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Being Nikki

Being Nikki
by Meg Cabot

Age range: 13+
# of pages: 352
Rating: 4.5/5


It's not easy being Nikki. Ever since former tomboy Emerson Watts' accident at the SoHo Stark Megastore--and subsequent brain transplant into the body of teen supermodel Nikki Howard--her life has changed dramatically. Em's trying to handle the demands of school, modeling, fending off Nikki's creepy ex-boyfriends, and living with celebutante Lulu Collins.

Will this former tomboy be able to make it in the world of high fashion? What will happen if she can't?

How can Em balance all her new, crazy life demands of her with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns--especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side. . .

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all. . .especially one model in particular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki

When I first heard about the "Airhead" series by Meg Cabot I was on the fence about whether or not they would be good. I thought it would be something similar to the princess and the pauper where the two girls switch, hoping to live different lives for awhile. Did that happen? Nope. Instead, Meg Cabot brought forth an entirely new concept which completely pulled me in, and left me waiting for the sequel.

Sequels can be tentative things, sometimes they are just a hasty plot smashed together preparing for the next book, other times they are essential for the series and leave readers begging for the third. Being Nikki was the latter. In this novel, Meg Cabot managed to keep the same wit and charge in Em Watts from the previous book, as well as answer many questions from the first novel. A few new characters were introduced but readers will find that the same lovable Lulu and snarky Brandon are still present throughout the book.

The writing was fresh and fun, the plot was enticing and the characters were both deep and lovable. Meg Cabot left readers satisfied and craving for more. Fortunately, I have a copy of Runaway that I am about to read but I cannot wait to see what happens in Runaway.

If you liked this novel/series be sure to check out:

Gallagher Girls series: Ally Carter
Secrets of my Hollywood Life series: Jen Calonita
Alphas series: Lisi Harrison
Oh My Gods series: Terra Lynn Childs
The Awakening series: Kelley Armstrong

Buy Being Nikki in paperback HERE

Visit Meg Cabot at her website HERE you can win free books!

-M.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

IMMB 23

Thank you Kirsti at the Story Siren for hosting this lovely weekly meme!

This week I got 2 books!

Shadowland: The Immortals

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…


Jekel Loves Hyde

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Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules—especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the
key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.




-M

Friday, April 9, 2010

Birthday Contest!

So it's my birthday...in 5 days! Can you believe it?



I only get one a year so I'm going to celebrate it with a contest. Oh yeah, did I mention it's INTERNATIONAL! (my first one yet!)


So what can you win!?







AND.... a $10 itunes GC!

This contest will end April 30th

To enter, fill out this form below


Monday, April 5, 2010

My Love Lies Bleeding

My Love Lies Bleeding
by Alyxandra Harvey

# of pages: 256
Age range: 13+
Rating 3/5

On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.

Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.


Alright, so I indulged myself to another Vampire novel despite my reluctance after reading far too many. I had just heard a lot of good things about this one and the cover was intriguing... So
there you have it, I read the book.

Let me start off by saying that I loved the quick paced, enticing plot, and I loved, loved, loved, Lucy and her fiery character. For those reasons, and the adorableness of Nicholas, (Lucy's love interest) I read the book in one day.

So why the three stars?

The problem with this book was that since it was relatively short there wasn't a lot of time for the plot to develop, and besides Solange and Lucy I didn't really get a good feel of the other characters. Besides Logan and Nicholas (two of the seven brothers) the other brothers were all a blur to me. I felt as though the end was a bit rushed, and I was really confused about Nicholas's and Lucy's relationship. By that I mean Lucy claimed she had no feelings for Nicholas, even after he kissed her multiple times. What!?

Unfortunately this might be the last we see of the couples because the next book in the series will be focusing on Logan and Isabeau.

Don't get me wrong though, it was a good book and I did sincerely enjoy it. I would definitely pick it up to check out. If you liked this novel though, be sure to check out:

Evernight: Claudia Gray
The Summoning: Kelley Armstrong
Boys that Bite: Mari Mancusi
Sucks to be me: Kimberly Pauly
Demon Princess: Michelle Rowan

But My Love Lies Bleeding at amazon HERE

Visit Alyxandra Harvey HERE

Saturday, April 3, 2010

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Hey All,

Thank you Kirsti at The Story Siren for hosting this fabulous meme. These are all the books I've accumulated over the past 2 weeks. Perhaps the eater bunny will bring me something tomorrow! I guess we shall see!



For Review:

From Library:

So what did you get this week!?

-M.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Iron King


The Iron King
by Julie Kawaga

Ages: 13+
# of pages: 368
Rating: 4.5/5



Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Eep! Eep! Eep! I wanted to read this book for so, so, long. I love the books where the average girl learns she is something amazing, I guess it's my outlet of wishing I had some hidden secret. Alas, I don't, so I must live through the books I read.

The Iron King starts off with Meghan Chase waking up to the day before her birthday. Readers get a clear view of the type of lifestyle she lives and how she feels toward her family and her life. Here we see the typical unpopular girl aching to be special, soon we'll learn that you should be careful what you wish for.

The book took off pretty quickly and I found myself wrapped up in the plot, and with Ash the Faerie prince. Cutie! I loved the modern spin on Faerie and Meghan's dedication to her brother and tasks. I don't know about anyone else but I felt as though the plot/imagery of the book was like a mixture of Alice and Wonderland + Faerie. Maybe it was the cat that threw me off. Cheshire cat anyone?

Overall, i enjoyed the plot and the writing. I thought the characters were fun and unique and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Iron Daughter coming out...sometime. :)


If you liked this novel be sure to check out:

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Darklight by Lesley Livingston/ Wondrous Strange
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
City of Bones: Cassandra Clare
Tithe: Holly Black
Bleeding Violet: Dia Reeves.

But The Iron King HERE: only $5.43 new from other seller!

Read 1st chapter HERE

Visit Julie Kagawa HERE

* Also, maybe this is just a me thing, but I really like the cover. A lot of people were saying they didn't like it at all, but I don't know, I think it's pretty.