Thursday, September 30, 2010

CSN product review...or giveaway.

Hey everyone!

So the lovely lovely people at CSN gave me another opportunity to either host a giveaway or a product review of one of their many items at any of their 200 + online stores. They have everything from dutch ovens (which I didn't even know existed until about 2 seconds ago) to shoes, bookcases, and more!

I am very, very excited to be working with CSN again!

So, product review? Giveaway?

Thoughts?

-M.

The Duff

The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
by Kody Keplinger


# of Pages: 288
Age Range: 15+
Rating: 4/5
From: BEA

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.



But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.


Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I have to say, right off the bat this book intrigued me. Duff. I'd never heard the word before but after learning it's meaning, it is definitely something that I could see myself, and many other teen girls (and boys) relating too. Besides that though, the plot sounded  really good so after hearing some positive buzz about the book, I decided to pull it from my bookshelf and read it.

From then on I could barely put it down.

Bianca, although a little too snarky at times in my opinion, was a funny and strong female lead. She loves her friends and carries herself well  despite the inner troubles she faces inside - and at home. Although her relationship with Wesley was a roller coaster ride to say the least, I couldn't help but route for the feuding duo. All throughout the novel, I definitely saw a Pride & Prejudice type relationship between Bianca and Wesley, which was humorous to watch unfold.

On a deeper level, I really loved how Kody's novel revealed a really important message to teens underneath witty, romantic, and fun filled pages. I think it's really important for teen girls (and guys) to understand that they're not alone when they feel like the "duff", because come on, haven't we all felt like that at some point? With great writing, a strong plot, and a happy ending, The Duff delivers something for everyone.

I highly recommend this book! Check out the following if you liked this novel:

If I Stay
The Ivy
Something Like Fate
Cracked Up to Be
Some Girls Are
Going Too Far

Check out Kody here

-M.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Auther Interview: Jessica Warman + Contest!

Meet Jessica Warman,

Author of

I'm lucky enough to have the chance to interview her here at Bookmac! Jessica's newest book Where the Truth Lies, hits stores tomorrow! Where the Truth Lies is a companion novel to Breathless.

1.) If you could choose one word to describe your book what would it be?

Deceit.


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

I absolutely love the character of Del Sugar. Writing about him is always a joy, no matter what he’s doing. I have a serious crush on him.

3.) Like Emily, did you ever go to a boarding school?

Yes! I was at boarding school for three years, from grades 10-12. Breathless is loosely based on my experiences.

4.) Where did you get the idea to write Where the Truth Lies?

 There were some characters from Breathless who I didn’t feel I was quite finished with yet – specifically Mazzie and Renee. And I’d written a book for my graduate thesis about Del Sugar as an adult – I wanted a chance to explore his adolescence, too, since he’s so interesting to me. Everything just kind of came together with “Where the Truth Lies.”

5.) On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for your books release date?

10! Always a 10!

6.) Do you see yourself writing any new young adult books in the near future?
 
  Absolutely!  I love writing for young adults.  I have a book coming out next year, called “Between.”  It’s a thriller/ mystery, and I’m SO excited about it!  I also have a fourth book in the works that is scheduled for release in 2012. 
 
Can't wait to read about it!
 
*Contest Info*
 
Open to US only
 
Ends October 11th (2 weeks from today)
 
Enter HERE

-M.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies
Where the Truth Lies
by Jessica Warman

# of Pages: 320
Age Range: 13+
From: Publisher
Release Date: September 28th
Rating: 4/5

On the surface, Emily Meckler leads the perfect life. She has three best friends, two loving parents, and the ideal setup at the Connecticut prep school where her father is the headmaster. But Emily also suffers from devastating nightmares about fire and water, and nobody knows why. Then the enigmatic Del Sugar enters her life, and Emily is immediately swept away—but her passionate relationship with Del is just the first of many things that aren't quite what they seem in Emily's life. As the lies she's been told start to unravel, Emily must set out to discover the truth regarding her nightmare; on a journey that will lead her to question everything she thought she knew about love, family, and her own idyllic past.

I loved the synopsis of this novel and was so excited to get the chance to review it. Also it was another book about private school, (aka boarding school), so it was interesting for me to compare the lifestyle of Stonybrook Academy  to my own school.

Where the truth lies is a captivating young adult book and I found myself constantly drawn to the book the moment I put it down. The secrets and the romance kept me coming back from more, and I loved the relationships the characters had with each other, both good and bad. Although I didn't agree with some of the choices Emily made,  I found myself pleasantly surprised in the end.

The writing in this novel was really great, I thought the style was well suited for the story and I felt like I really got to know the characters. I loved how in depth the author went with the characters and their lives. The novel flowed well and the plot was full of betrayals, lies, and jaw droppers. I did not expect a lot of the turns this book possessed, so it made the ride all the more worthwhile when I encountered them.

Emotional, compelling, surprising and shocking, this book is a must read for fans of realistic fiction and fantasy alike. This book is one of those novels that makes you take a second look at contemporary fiction. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Check out the following books if you liked Where the Truth Lies:

Cracked Up to Be
Losing Faith
Freefall

Tell Me a Secret


Visit Jessica Warman here
Winter Longing

Monday, September 20, 2010

Template changes still not complete! Just thought I'd let you know.

If you have any cool suggestions left me know!

The Aristobrats

The AristobratsThe Aristobrats
by Jennifer Solow

# of Pages:
Ange Range: 11+
Rating: 4/5

Parker Bell knows the secret to beauty is pretty simple–wearing the right clothes isn't as important as how you feel in them. Popularity is like that too. It's all about attitude. You have to picture who you want to be and then just imagine that's who you already are.
This year Parker and her three best friends have made their way to the top of the populadder at Wallingford Academy. And they're ready to use their Aristobrat status to help spread positive vibes throughout the school. But when the girls are assigned to produce the seriously lame school webcast, their popularity plummets! Will this tragedy destroy the girls' status? Or their friendship? Or both?


The Aristobrats centers around a group of four friends, Parker, Kiki, Ikea, and Plum. The main character was Parker however and she is starting her eighth grade year with high hopes despite her family's financial situation. What is supposed to be the best year of the girls' lives quickly turns out like it might be their worst. But the four friends persevere and learn more about themselves and each other than they ever imagined.

I really liked the themes that were presented in this novel. They were evident but not blindingly so, enough that a middle grade reader could pick up on them. Despite Parker and her friends' popularity, the girls are no Pretty Committee, they actually are nice and bear some resemblance physically and emotionally to humans rather than rich barbie dolls. I loved reading about their friendship and watching it grow even when it seemed like it was at ends.

I will admit that the excessive use of modern day slang and text lingo was a bit much at times, even though I am a teen and live off of my phone like everyone else. Some of the names and acronyms were still beyond my level of comprehension. I also wish that when the  POV switched to another character it could have been for a longer period of time.

Overall, though, this was a really cute novel with good morals and a fun plot. I definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers and fans of The Clique. If this is a series (I have a feeling it will be...) I'm sure it will be a good one!

Check out similar reads below:

]The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball
My Worst Best Friend

It Started with a Dare
The Clique Ah-mazing Collector's Gift Set
Cliquetionary
Alphas

Visit Jennifer Solow here 

-M.
I hardly ever read or review middle grade novels, but I decided to do both for Aristobrats. Starting a private school myself for the first time this year, I wanted to read about the girl's experience's at Wallingford Academy and compare it to my own. I came into this thinking that the book would be a lot like the popular Clique books but I found myself surprised at the difference's between the two prep school novels.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bookmac is currently under construction

Sorry for the mess that you may stumble upon, just a heads up!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Check this out!

Okay so I got this email and on it was a link to this post and there was a picture, of this....


How awesome is that!?

Way to be eco friendly!

-M.

Waiting on Wednesday


Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she's already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it's tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he's God's gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing's for sure - if she doesn't keep her wits about her there'll be hell to pay...

Thoughts:

Bad ass demon hunter ("trapper")? Hot guys? Yes please!

Release date: January 7th, Macmillian

-M.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

IMMB 39

Hey everyone!

 
So it's another week of IMMB, but for me this week is particularly special. Why you may ask? Because the rest of the books I got at BEA came back to me! I'd left them with my aunt and uncle who live near the city and they came to visit this weekend with their new born baby and adorable toddler. Anyways, TMI.

 
The main point it, I got a lot of books! Which I will show you....later. Yes, if you are reading this post on only see the one lonesome book below then check back late Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon for either a vlog or picture of all the books + swag that has returned to me.

 
In the meantime, thank you Kirsti from The Story Siren for hosting this weekly meme.

 
For Review:

 

 
The Aristobrats
The Aristobrats
by Jennifer Solow

 
Parker Bell knows the secret to beauty is pretty simple–wearing the right clothes isn't as important as how you feel in them. Popularity is like that too. It's all about attitude. You have to picture who you want to be and then just imagine that's who you already are.


 
This year Parker and her three best friends have made their way to the top of the populadder at Wallingford Academy. And they're ready to use their Aristobrat status to help spread positive vibes throughout the school. But when the girls are assigned to produce the seriously lame school webcast, their popularity plummets! Will this tragedy destroy the girls' status? Or their friendship? Or both?

 
Check back later for BEA books!

 
-M.

BEA Books:




What did you get this week???

Question

Hey everyone,

Do any of you know a great place to get awesome blog layouts? Is it worth paying for a custom made one, or are there any great free ones?

Let me know!

-M.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Twin's Daughter Review and Giveaway

The Twin's Daughter
The Twin's Daughter
by Lauren Baratz-Logstead

# of Pages: 400
Age Range: 13/14+
Rating:4/5
From: Publisher

Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day…a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?

I was so excited to read this book when the opportunity came to review it. The plot sounded creepy and fantastic, and it had been awhile since I read a good thriller/suspense novel. I was in for a surprise however when I learned that this book was more than just a chilling story, it was a romance, and it was historic, but most importantly it possessed hidden depth that even I didn't realize until turning the final page.

The book starts out relatively slow after the first initial bombshell in the very beginning. Readers are given time to watch aunt Helen adapt to the new life she had been given and they start to make guesses and assumptions as to what will happen. Then comes the New Years Eve party and everything changes. Everything you thought you knew is put to question, relationships are changed, plot picks up and the story becomes much more suspenseful. From there on I was hooked, watching the events of Lucy's suddenly tragic and twisted life unfold page by page.

The ending had me open mouthed and shocked, I honestly did not see it coming at all which is new for me. I loved the relationships between Lucy and Kit, and how they depend on each other. I also enjoyed seeing how the characters changed and grew through every event - even if their growth was more of a downward spiral. The writing got better throughout the novel and the plot was extremely original to say the least.

I definitely recommend picking this title up, and with a cover like that (see the hidden image...) you have to at least check it out.

If you liked this novel be sure to take a look at:


The Education of BetThe Luxe

Siren
Pretty Little Liars Box Set: Books 1 to 4
The Season

Stop by and say hi to Lauren Baratz-Logstead HERE

-M.

*CONTEST*

Win a copy of The Twin's Daughter HERE

Open until September 30th

US only (sorry everyone else)