Saturday, July 31, 2010

I"M BACK!

Two weeks. No Phone. No Internet. No Computer. No books. (AHHH!)

Complete utter detachment from anything technological. At least the weather was nice.

Anyways, I have reviews galore to do, and contests for you!

So check back in the next couple of days and I can assure you this blog will be back on it's feet in no time!

-M.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday


When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she is magically transported to an early eighteenth century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean. 



Thoughts:

Awesome cover! Reminds me of Graceling. I also am a huge fan of pirate novels so this is a must read for me!

TBP: March 15th 2011, HarperTeen

-M.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Bookcase...on the floor.

So I recently reorganized my two bookshelves (I'll show pics later).

Anyways, I know this blog has been practically dead because by this point I will be gone on my 2 week vacation, so I've scheduled a few posts just so people don't think I died or anything like that.

I apologize for the lameness!

Expect the BEA contest and many more + all the reviews I have coming up in August!



-M.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Only the Good spy Young

Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls)
Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls)
by Ally Carter

Age Range: 13+
# of Pages: 272
Rating: 4/5

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.


Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

The Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the
I never buy books mid-series. If I don't have the first one I get thefollowing  books from the library because I like my collection to be equal and organized. (That's about the only thing organazied in my life). But when the 4th Gallagher Girl book came out, I simply had no choice but to purchase a copy. Every copy of Only the Good spy Young was either out or on hold with a waitlist of fifty people in every library within sixty miles of my house. So I surendered to my craving of this novel and bought a copy.

Upon opening the pretty pink cover, Ally carter waste's no time starting her novel with action - and a certain bad boy. When a rouge spy is revealed, Cammie's life is thrown even more around and the sudden truths are giving her whiplash. No longer the "cameleon", Cammie must learn to step from her comforting covers to her newfound place in the spotlight. In this new installment Cammie and her friends learn more than they ever could imagine about trust, faith, and the truth.

Darker than it's predessesors, Only the good Spy Young shows our favorite characters in new lights. Relationships are put to the test and also grow stronger than ever before. Cammie herself grows dramatically in the novel, no longer the seemingly sweet school girl, Cammie steps into her new role of determinded spy with as much grace and expertise as any Gallagher girl can. Though the usual funny wit and humor are more subdued in this novel, they are still there, as is our favorite mysterious spy boy - Zach.

Yes, Zach. He's back, just when we all want him the most! His relationship with Cammie in this novel was my favorite out of all of them. His true feeling for our heroine shine through much brighter than any of the other novels and we also get to learn more about his past - and unsettling present.

Although this novel was not my absolute favorite in the series, that didn't stop me from reading this book cover to cover into the wee hours of the morning. And with that I can say, please Ally, give me more!

If you like the Gallgher Girls book, check out:


Heist Society
The Squad: Perfect Cover
Model Spy (The Specialists)
Secrets of My Hollywood Life

-M.
Oh. My. Gods.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Hey Everyone!

Thank you Kirsti from the Story Siren for hosting IMMB every week, much appreciated.

I'm not sure what came in the mail Friday and Saturday - if anything. However, I did get three books!

*Heads ups, though. I'm going on a two week, Internet free vacation starting tomorrow, or well technically today. So the blog may be a little...dead. I have a few scheduled posts but still, I can't guarantee much. So if I do not respond to emails or update the blog please be aware that I am NOT HERE. My apologies, expect more in august/September. Digital pinky promise*

For Review:

Songs for a Teenage Nomad
(different cover, btw)

After living in twelve places in eight years with her drifting mother, fourteen-year-old Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Fearful of putting down roots anywhere, but armed with her song journal, she moves to her own sound track through a world that bounces her between the school drama crowd, a mysterious loner, and an unlikely boy who will become her first love. But it's the troubling truth she uncovers about her father that forces Calle to face the toughest choice of her young life.

Bought:


Other (An Other Novel)Other (An Other Novel)

Feathers unfurl from my skin. My plummet curves into a swoop, and I tuck my talons beneath my body. From girl to great horned owl in about a second. Pretty good, huh?



Gwen Williams is like any other modern teenager with one exception: she's a shapeshifter. Never having known her Pooka-spirit father, Gwen must struggle with the wild, wonderful magic inside of her alone—and in secret. While society may tolerate vampires, centaurs, and "Others" like Gwen, there are plenty of folks in Klikamuks, Washington, who don't care for her kind.


Now there's a new werewolf pack in town, and Others are getting killed, including Gwen's dryad friend. The police are doing zilch. In the midst of terrible loss and danger, Gwen meets a cute Japanese fox spirit who's refreshingly comfortable with his Otherness. Can Gwen find the courage to embrace her true self and find the killer-before she becomes the next victim?



Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls)Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls)

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.



Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.


In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.

What did you all get this week!?

-M.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday


Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly

To Be Published (TBP) : Augugust 20th, 2010 by Pendrell Publishing

Thoughts:

I love the cover, I kind of want the dress she is wearing....

I like the name Yara, very original.

-M.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tell Me A Secret Re-Create a cover contest


Hi Everyone!

So Princess Bookie is having another re-create a cover contest and this time it is for Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala.

Here is the orignial cover:

Tell Me a Secret

Here is mine:


Check out the contest HERE, and vote for your favorite cover!

-M.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Hey All,

Here's another - long overdue - IMMB, hosted by Kirsti at The Story Siren. Sorry about the crappy quality!



For Review:

Won:
Bought:
What did you get this week!?

-M.

Winners!

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posting, I've been so busy this summer!

Anyway, here are the winners of the contests going on at Bookmac!

Winner of the $40 CSN gc:

Melanie L

Winners of Starlet:

Donna S
Helen Murdoch
Alex

Winner of the Pre-BEA contest, contest:

Brooke


I will email you all shortly with details, etc! Congrats!

-M.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New INTERNATIONAL book swapping site

Hey everyone!

So I like to point out cool new sites in the book world and I was recently emailed about this cool new book swapping site called Bim Bam Bim.


 What's cool about Bim Bam Bim is that it is international so all book lovers outside of the States can enjoy the benefits of swapping.

Here's what Bim Bam Bim has to say about book swapping:

The Advantages of Book Swapping

It seems like reading has gone by the wayside in recent years. Advances in technology have made it much easier for us to find the information we need without referring to books.
Although it's saved us a lot of time, it's had negative effects as well. Less and less people are reading as a form of entertainment. Many classic works are just collecting dust on the library shelves.


One of the worst effects of this trend has been on children. Their vocabularies haven't been developing as well as they did in the past. As a result, more children have been forced to stay back because of reading comprehension failures. It's estimated that more than 2 billion dollars is spent every year on students who repeat their grades because of reading difficulties.


Luckily, there is a website who aims to fight this problem. Bimbambim.com is a popular book swapping website whose goal is to ensure that people have easier access to books that they want. Book swapping sites like this encourage reading, and focus on introducing children to the fabulous world of books!


Why should you join Bimbambim.com? Well, book swapping has many advantages. First and foremost, it's free! That's so important in the current economy. It also saves lots of room and shelf space in your home. How many times have you set out to clean off those dusty bookshelves?


Also, books can be swapped in any language, and shipping costs can be avoided for local swaps. As of right now, swaps can only be done inside national borders, but Bimbambim.com currently caters to every country in the world!


Book swapping sites are also very easy to use. The way they work is simple. You post books that you have and would like to swap, and anyone who wants those books can get in contact with you through the website. Books are then mailed out to their new owners.


There's something for everyone at Bimbambim.com. Some of the categories of books that you can choose from are arts & music, history, computers, reference, and religion. The selection of children's book is absolutely incredible. What a cost effective way to get your child to read!


Book swapping sites like this are really wonderful because they engage children to learn and that deters them from dropping out of school and getting into trouble. They also make sure that classic works are never forgotten. It's been proven that video games can lead to violence in children. Isn't it better for them to pass their time reading a novel?


What are you waiting for? Get rid of the books that you'll never read again and swap them for something fresh and exciting!

Last call

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Pre-BEA contest, contest to win a mystery arc.

Click HERE to enter or just scroll further down the page.

Good luck and thank you!

Be sure to check back to the blog later for more cool contests, reviews, and more!

-M.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It's the 4th of July

U.S. Nylon US Flag 3X5 ft - American Made - Embroidered Stars - SALE!

HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE!

-M.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

It's Saturday....and that means...

....That I am currently reading a book right now, so I have no review to put up :(. Instead, here's a post of some upcoming sequels that look really awesome and I totally want!

When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well.




 
 
 
 
 
Having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They must return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him, combat the forces determined to drive them apart—and find the power to claim her destiny at last.




 
With a single lie, seventeen-year-old Kelley manages to protect the boy she loves and send him retreating into a haven for Lost Fae hidden below New York City. If she can figure out who’s after Sonny’s magick and uncover the reason why Janus Guards are being recruited to hunt innocent Faerie, Kelley might stand a chance at getting him back…but not before she must finally confront her own Faerie powers and master them.



The much-anticipated finale of Lesley Livingston’s ravishing trilogy that began with Wondrous Strange and gathered force in Darklight comes to a stormy head. Fans new and old will revel in the lush romance—and be swept away by the chaotic tempest that’s swirled Kelley and Sonny together

After eight months after everyone over the age of fourteen disaapeared from the town of Perdidio Beach, California, the stakes are still rising. The kids in Perdido Beach are still starving. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don’t just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate as sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they’ll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

-M

Friday, July 2, 2010

Death by Bikini

Death by Bikini (Death By...)
Death by Bikini
by Linda Gerber

# of Pages: 240
Age range: 13+
Rating:: 3.5/5

Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends - much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo arrives with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable. Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach - strangled by her own bikini top - and alarm bells sound. Is it too great a coincidence that Seth's family turned up just one day before a murder? As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces...

I thought this was the cutest book ever when I saw it at the library, what an original series! The cover is cute too which just makes it even better, and I thought what a great beach read. Romance and suspense! Check!

In Death by Bikini, you will never be bored for a minute as constant action is being tossed in throughout the book. Aphra, our leading female, has a suspicious feeling about the new residents on her island the second they show up. Determined to figure out what exactly the new family is doing here, Aphra learns much more than she expected when she stumbles upon a mystery far greater - and dangerous - than anything she could have imagined.The more she learns the higher the stakes get, so high in fact that multiple lives are on the line.

In Death by Bikini, you will never be bored for a minute as constant action is being tossed in throughout the book. The plot was fun, a bit rushed, and not very deep, but definitely beach worthy. As far as characters go, I definitely felt like I got to know Aphra pretty well but the other characters were pretty one-sided. The ending was great - I was on the edge of my seat the whole time waiting to see what happened - even though it was a bit predictable.

Overall it was a fun novel, by no means extraordinarily deep or long, but a great beach read that not only is thematic (hello, bikini's) but also intense enough to keep you turning pages.

If you liked this book be sure to check out:


Dead Is the New Black
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
Heist Society
Model Spy (The Specialists)
The Squad: Perfect Cover

Visit Linda Gerber HERE

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pre-BEA Contest

Hey everyone!

 I decided it was high time to throw a contest for some of the fabulous books and swag I got from BEA but I thought I would let you choose which  ones you would like to win.

So I made an easy form for you all to fill out telling me exactly what you would like to win. I'm currently not at my house so I can't remember all of the titles off the top of my head so I may add more later.

Why should you fill out this form? Because, one lucky entrant will win a mystery arc from me! And, you get to pick your own contest!

If the form gets cut off, just put your cursor on the form, click, and pull down.




-M.