Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday


Flecks of Gold
by Alicia Buck

Mary Margaret is not the type of girl to fall in love, especially after seeing what a string of bad relationships has done to her mother. That's why it's so weird when Mary finds herself strangely attracted to Kelson, a guy at her new school. It's almost . . . unnatural. What she doesn't know is that she's been put under a spell. And when Kelson kidnaps Mary's mother and takes her to his home world, Mary will have to rescue her by relying on something she never knew existed, magic. Flecks of Gold is an enchanting blend of fantasy, action, and even a little romance.

Thoughts? 

Sounds fab-u-lous! I love the cover, so sparkly! It's like having your own little chunk on gold, only on your bookshelf. Want, want, want!

Ok, I thought this was a new novel but it's actually already out!

Check it out here

-M.

Monday, August 30, 2010

!News!

Hey everyone,

As summer comes to a close so must my two contests!

So today and tomorrow are your last days to enter!

You can win:

The Eternal Ones and Infinite Days arc + BEA swag! HERE

or...

Signed Radiance and Radiance bookmark by Alyson Noel HERE

So enter now! And be sure to check back in September for some awesome stuff!

-M.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

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Hey everyone!

Thank you Kirsty at The Story Siren for hosting this meme. So I decided to do a quick vlog this week, I apologize that you a.) can't hear me, b.) I look like a ghost, and c.) I look all messy and blech because I just got back from a run.

So without further ado I give you my really terrible video, but at least it's short!



For Review:
(Thank you Kate from Bloomsbury!)


Bought:


Library:

-M

WHAT DID YOU GET!?

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Covers! (Or at least new to me...)


When Gwendolyn “Dough” Reilly’s boyfriend and best friend Wish moves away in seventh grade, the only consolation she can find is in her family bakery’s donuts. Now, it’s sophomore year, and Wish is coming back. But in only three years, they’ve both changed—drastically. She’s seriously overweight, and suddenly Wish is the most popular guy in school, and girls everywhere want him. Dough has doubts that appearances don’t matter and that Wish can love her as she is, so she launches into a plan designed to keep them together. That is, until she discovers that Wish’s gorgeous looks and charm might not be all they appear to be.


Anne Blythe is lucky. She's got a brand new book contract, a great newspaper job and a steadfast best friend, and she can land just about any man she sets her sights on - and the ones that appeal are typically tall, dark and handsome.

Problem is, the men she chooses never last. Shortly after yet another relationship goes down in flames, Anne comes across a card for what she believes is a dating service, and pockets it just in case. If she's so unlucky in love, maybe she could use a little assistance. Then her best friend announces she's engaged, and envy gets the better of Anne. Now's the time, she decides, to give the service a try - and she is shocked to discover that what the company specializes in are exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriages. After learning of the company's success rate, however, she overcomes her reluctance and signs on. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, and she's not done so well selecting a mate on her own. So why not use a professional service that claims it can produce the perfect match?

Some time later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack, the man they have chosen for her. And against all odds, it seems to be working out, until Anne learns that Jack and the company who arranged their marriage are not what they seem at all.
 
No synopsis available :(

-M.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins

# of Pages: 400
Age range: 13/14+
Rating: 4/5
From: Bought

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

Can anyone say MAJOR HYPE? Can you imagine the pressure Suzanne Collins must have been under to write this book, and write it well? I have to give her credit for pulling it through. Mockingjay is probably one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching books I have read all year, which would have been fine had it not been so utterly depressing.
In Mockingjay, heroine Katniss Everdeen accepts her title and agrees to be the face of the revolution in exchange for something extremely valuable to her. In doing so, Katniss is thrust into a new light entirely showing more of herself than she ever wanted anyone to see. The Katniss from The Hunger Games and Catching Fire is replaced with someone else - a strong but war torn girl who has the weight of her country on her shoulders. It surprised me to see such changes in Katniss, and especially in her friends and family. Collins however, had exceptional talent in capturing the emotions of what it feels like to be a part of a war,and though I have never been in such a situation, by reading Collin's work I can imagine exactly what it would feel like.

I can not say this was my favorite book in the trilogy -which is why Mockingjay did not receive a five star rating - mainly because it was so shocking, sad but, ultimately real. I pitied Katniss more than I ever did in any of the other books, the girl can't seem to catch a break! The beginning was a little slow for me as well, mainly do a lack of my favorite character, and the ending was a little rushed and just didn't live up to my expectations. Even though Katniss developed and changed so much in Mockingjay, even from where she was at the end of Catching Fire, it was hard for me to see her so used in this book, which was probably the biggest disappointment. Personally, I thought Mockingjay was 3/5, but when I add in the excellent writing and portrayals of emotion I have to give the book 4/5.

All negative comments aside, Mockingjay was still a powerful novel. With fiery words and moving symbolism, Collins managed to captivate me for hours as I turned page after page in this riveting finale. Despite the darkness there was still light in the ending of the novel and the last couple of pages made me smile in delight. Although I will miss The Hunger Games trilogy and the characters within the books, my hunger is satisfied and I can happily tuck the books away into my bookshelf - a reminder that one book is all it takes to start a revolution.

If you liked the Hunger Games be sure to check out:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Nightshade
The Maze Runner
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Matched

Visit Suzanne Collins here and buy Mockingjay here

-M.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Other

Other (An Other Novel)
Other by Karen Kincy


# of Pages: 336
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 3.5/5
From: Bought.

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?

I was really looking forward to Other ever since it came out, and when I had the oppertunity, I ordered it from Boarders. I was surprised at first when I started Other because I had this picture in my mind of this intesnse, somewhat isolated character. Instead, Gwen was a slightly snarky but bubbly opinionated teenager. The voice of the novel was lighter than I expected, and after adjusting to this, I continud easily on with the book.

Other is unique in the fact that it takes a new spin on the typical YA paranormal novel. Instead of having paranormal creatures (aka "Others") being hidden from the human world, Others live among them - they even fight for equal rights and acceptance. Gwen, a half-Pooka, tries to deny her otherness, especially when she is with her uber-christian boyfriend, Zack. Even though the main focus of the story is on the murders and mystery Other killer, Karen Kincy manages to weave in strong teen emotions and real life problems through Gwen and her friends.

The only reason I did not give Other a higher rating was because, in my opinion, at times Gwen could be slightly immature for being in such mature situations and relationships. Also, depsite the fact that the ending was exciting and I quite enjoyed it, I have to say it was a little predictable.

Do not let this discourage you, though. Other is still a fun and fresh YA paranormal debut, and for a first novel Karen Kincy delivers a surprisingly cool and intriguing story. I will definitely pick up the sequel, Bloodborn; which comes out Fall 2011.

If you liked Other be sure to check out:

The Iron King
Forgive My Fins
Oh. My. Gods.
Raised by Wolves
Hex Hall (Book 1)


Visit Karen Kincy here

-M.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Twitter buttons!

So I've seen a lot of Twitter buttons around on people's blogs so I thought why not get one?

I googled "twitter buttons" and came to this site, here. There were tons of cute animated twitter buttons but I decided I liked the twitter egg the best. It took me about two seconds to make and it was so easy!

I kind of want another now...

(hover your mouse over the egg.)
casinos france

Isn't it cute!?

-M.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Guess what!?

I have NO IDEA what is in my mailbox this week.

 I've been away at my summer house for the past week and our mail has been put on hold. So until Monday, I am mail-less and clueless to what lies in my mailbox. (The anticipation is killing me!) The best part though about getting your mail held, is that when you do get your mail you have so much of it! Hopefully there will be something for me!

So, if what I possibly get in my mailbox is worth showing asap, I'll post a belated IMMB on Monday/Tuesday. Or, I'll wait until next Sunday.

Crossing my fingers I get something good!

What did you get this week?

-M.

*Thank you Kirsti at The Story Siren for hosting this weekly meme.

New header/Layout

For those of you have been following my blog for awhile now know that I like to change it up a lot. So here is my current creation. We shall see how long it lasts. I'm not totally in love with it, but I do like having the page tabs up at the top of the blog rather than on the side so that is a huge plus.

Thoughts?

-M.

Friday, August 20, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

Hey Everyone!

So Steph over at The Thoughts of a Book Junkie was kind enough to give me an award over at her blog. (Digital hug.)  Now I have to pass this award on to other blogs who totally deserve it!

Here are the rules:

Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.



Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.


Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

:So, here are 15 other blogs that I think are positively lovely!

  1. The Smarty Owl
  2. Brizmus Blogs Books
  3. Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
  4. The Lovely reader
  5. Book Chic
  6. Absolutely Booked
  7. Bibliophile's Paradise
  8. Candace's Book Blog
  9. Supernatural Snark
  10. YA Book Queen
  11. Confessions of the Un-Published
  12. Chick Lit Teens
  13. Kaitlyn in Bookland
  14. Jessica's Vision
  15. Tales of a Teenage Book Lover
-M.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Header

Hey everyone,

I like change, but I didn't want to do anything too drastic so I was thinking about changing my header and with the header a new backround. Nothing huge, just a few small changes.

Anyways, here are some of the headers I quickly made from Cutest Blog on the Block.

Vote for which one you like best!



Which header should I use for my blog?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Radiance + Contest

Radiance Radiance by Alyson Noel

 
# of Pages: 192
Age Range: 11+
Rating: 3.5/5
Release Date: August 31st

Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley.

I was lucky enough to get an arc from BEA of Radiance and got to meet Alyson Noel in the process. Though I talked to her for about .5 seconds, she seemed really nice and is really pretty! She kind of reminds me of Diana Peterfruend look wise. Anyway, she signed a book and bookmark for me and I was on my way!

Radiance, for those of you familiar with the Evermore series is about Riley, Ever's sister, who is dead. This middle grade novel is about Riley's time in the afterlife and also explains in more depth what happened to Riley the day she died and what she does while she's dead. Radiance starts off however with Riley attending her first day of the afterlife school. Things don't go exactly as plans and Riley finds herself in a very new position entirely. Determined to succeed at her new calling in her afterlife, Riley must face her greatest fears, and in the process learns more than she ever could have imagined about  herself, and also the (dead)people around her.

Although Radiance was for a slightly younger audience than I usually read it was a cute book and is a must read for Evermore fans.. Radiance is a great read for people transitioning into the YA genre, from MG. Despite the fact that the book was short Riley still managed make great character development even though I felt it was a bit rushed. The book flew for me so I didn't really feel  I got to know the characters as well as I would have in a longer more drawn out novel. None the less, Noel's fun and witty writing is still present in Radiance which made for an enjoyable read.

If you like Radiance be sure to check out:

Immortal (Immortal (Qulaity))
Evermore: The Immortals
The Faerie Path

Visit Alyson Noel here

*CONTEST DETAILS*

Winner will recieve 1 signed arc of Radiance with a signed Radiance bookmark and also an Evermore series bookmark.

Please note: Arc is signed to Sue, if winner would like the name to be whited out please let me know.

Contest runs until August 31st at midnight.

Fill out contest form HERE.

Good luck!

-Megan.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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*Thanks to The Story Siren for hosting this weekly meme*

Hey everyone! This was a really slow week. Only 1 book!

From Harlequin Teen:


My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Book 1)

She doesn't see dead people, but…



She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.


Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...

I'm sure you all have seen this series around, I have yet to read them. Hopefully this one will be good!

-M.

Unique bookcases

Ok, this is cool. I like the brick backround
Ok, I must have  this! How cool would that be???

My Mom would love this for the New Hampshire house


I'm not sure if this is even real....but still cool!



aww, it's so cute!

-M.

The woo's of being broke. Tips and Tricks to saving the pretty pennies. For books of course!

Fine Leather Hand Crafted Mans Man's Mens Men's Mini Wallet Credit Card Holder with Megnetic Money Clip

Introduction:

My parents have always encouraged passion's. "If you love it, do it", they would tell me. I bet now they wish they had never said such a thing when they realized I had a "passion" for Fashion, and of course, my unconditional love of books.

Books were the favored choice of my two loves by my parents, but of course even that came with a cost. Because books weren't cheap. Being young, I had no understanding that a seventeen dollar hardcover book was in fact relatively expensive, especially when I asked for three...four..five!

When I came to an age where I could start babysitting, my parents deemed it time I start paying for my own loves,  in other words books could be bought on my own, and clothes too. Luckily, over the years, I had saved up. All those holiday cards with the five dollar bills tucked inside actually added up to something if you hadn't touched them in ten years. So with my babysitting money and pocket change combined I thought I should make it easy for myself and get a debit card.

Big mistake.

As fun as it is to  have a debit card - and believe me it is fun - it also drains you dry. When I can't physically see the money I am spending, it seems like I'm not spending it at all. But I am, believe me I am. So all those trips to the post office to mail books, and the fun mall shopping spree's with my friends, and the amazon purchases finally came to a close. A couple weeks ago I was at the mall with my friends and there were some unbelievable sales going on.

Free  People dresses, $20. Forever  21 jackets and sweaters, $7, $11,$15. Ann Taylor Blazer, $40. Bath and  Body Works lipglosses, $5. I went crazy, and to top it off I had just spent a pile at Barns and  Noble. When I got home I asked my dad to check my balance in my account.

Good news, it wasn't at zero.
Bad News, it was at negative.

I've always been a bargain hunter, but this was crazy! I never realized how much things actually cost!
So point of this story, how can you save yourself from breaking the bank when buying books/ other items?

Check out my cheap shopper tips and tricks below.

  1. When buying anything on Ebay, no matter how cheap it is, always check the shipping price! I once bought a few out of print books from ebay for $5 dollars, paid for it, only to find out that the shipping was $25!
  2. Sign up for newsletter's from your favorite stores! Though the emails can seriously clog up your email account, it's worth it in the end when you get sale alerts and coupons. I always get Barn's and  Nobles coupons which have saved me a pile over the years.
  3. Whenever you want to buy something online, like a book from Amazon, be sure to check the rate somewhere else. For instance, if you know you are going to spend over $25 dollars at amazon, buy the books/items there because you will get free shipping. But if it is just one book,buy it at the book depository because they will have similar prices, plus free shipping at no minimum cost.
  4. Buy used things! With clothes, maybe not. But with books, definitely! I mean really, most used books are in great condition, and you are being eco-friendly. Plus the prices are usually much cheaper. This is a definite must for text books, too. I spent a bloody fortune on new copies for my school, only to find out how much I could have saved had I bought them used.
  5. One of the best ways to save is to pay in cash, this way you know exactly how much you are spending and you can watch it go, so there is no denying that your money is gone.
  6. Always, always, always, save your receipts! Not only is this a must if you need to return the item, but also you can add up everything you spent in a week/month so you know exactly how much you spent and can keep better track of your money.
  7. Befriend your Librarian!Not only will they let certain late fee's past (trust me, it's true!) but they can give you a heads up to upcoming titles/sales that the library will be having. Not to mention they can put you first in line to getting a certain book.
  8. This is more of a follow up to question 7, but befriend employee's at your favorite stores. This doesn't usually work unless they are already your friend but my mom has saved hundreds at Nordstroms because her friend works there and lets her use her employee discount!
  9. Always ask yourself the three big questions when buying an item. a.) how often will I use this? b.) can I get it cheaper somewhere else? c.) is it worth the price?
  10. Finally, don't be afraid to ask. Your friend has a really cute skirt you want, ask her if you can borrow it! Ask a sales lady if she knows when the store will be having a sale or when a certain item will be discounted. Ask your parents if they can lend you a few bucks. Asking goes a long way people! Just make sure you are fair about and in time return the favor.
Hope this helps you beat the heat when it comes to spending the green.

-M.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare

# of Pages: 496
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 4.5/5

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.



When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.


Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare. Almost too a point where if she were to write a book on man eating turanchula's (my worst fear!) I might pick up a copy just because she wrote it. So of course I was dying to read her newest book,  Clockwork Angel. When I heard that there were copies at BEA I nearly cried, of course I knew the chances of snagging a copy were slim to none. Yet somehow, I managed to be in the right place at the right time and scored myself one of the ten remaining arc's while strolling through the Simon and Shuster booth. And the rest is history, I fell in love!

Cassandra wastes no time starting the story with heroine Tessa getting kidnapped by the Dark Sisters. Trapped in their house with the threat of her brother's life hanging over her, Tessa submits to the Dark Sister's orders. Saved by the Shadow Hunters, Tessa agrees to help the mysterious demon fighters in hopes of recovering her brother, but the plan doesn't go as follows. The more Tessa and the shadow hunters learn, the more real her worst fears become. It doesn't help that Will, her gorgeous housemate, treats her hot and cold. And how can she open her heart to him when he holds the biggest secret of all?
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From page one Cassandra wraps readers into her story with brilliant writting and a terrific plot. The effort of her research in the era is evident throughout the book and adds to the plot's strengh and character's deepthness. My only regrets is that the whole novel I kept trying to compare it to City of Bones which kept me from fully immersing myself into the story.

For Jace fans, I can gaurantee you will like Will. The two boys have many similarities, but alas Tessa is no Clary. Still, the clockwork duo is sure to win the hearts of every romance fan, and fufil the burning desire to read City of Fallen Angels for us die hard Mortal Instruments fans. So wait no more, stop reading this review and go buy your own copy of Clockwork Angel HERE.

Readers will be hooked by the mystery filled plot, and the shocking secrets that continue to be revealed throughout the book. With an ending that not only has a surprising twist but a major bombshell, Internal Device's fans all over the world will be begging to read the next installment in this fabulous new series
Visit Cassandra here at her site, it's a cool one!

If you liked Clockwork Angel (which you will), check out these other books:

Demon King, The (A Seven Realms Novel)
 Graceling
The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)
Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)
A Matter of Magic

-M.