Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.
This week for WoW I have chosen...

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Same as last week, I know that this book is already out, but I have not gotten the chance to get this book yet, though I am dying to go and buy it. I love the idea of gods and monsters in a teenage fiction novel! I think it's going to be such a great read, that I can't wait for.

What are you waiting for?


Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Walk To Remember by Nicolas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

Title: A Walk To Remember
Author: Nicolas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Release: October 1, 1999
Pages: 224
Series: None
Synopsis:
In 1958 Landon Carter is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of his time hanging out with his friends and trying hard to ignore the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Then Landon gets roped into acting the lead in the Christmas play opposite the most renowned goody two-shoes in town: Jamie Sullivan. Against his best intentions and the taunts of his buddies, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie and learning some central lessons in life.

Review:
I read this book simply for the Nicolas Sparks Challenge that I signed up for. It looked interesting and I thought that after I could rent the movie and see how close they stuck to the book. I had also heard a lot of good things about this book and the movie, but I have this thing against seeing the movie before I've read the book. I really enjoyed this book because of the characters. I feel like they really fit into the setting like none other. I loved how Jamie didn't even care that she was teased, she was still nice to everyone and never did anything bad. And I especially loved reading about Landon's growth throughout the book and how he discovered who he really is. The writing and story in this book also flowed really well and always kept moving, though the beginning was slow to start and it got faster. Even though the rest was really good, the best part was the end. I finished this book in a public place and had to fight back my tears. Altogether, this book made a beautiful stand alone novel and it just came together wonderfully. Out of five, I give it a 4.5, simply because the beginning was a little too slow.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Time Will Come


Every Thursday a meme occurs over at Books for Company where you post about those books that you have on your shelf that you've been meaning to read for what seems like forever.

This week the book that has been on my shelf forever is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl. I got this as soon as it was paperback and I forgot about it for a while in the misdt of getting many other books at the time, though it's still on my TBR list.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Angelfire

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.
This week for WoW I have chosen...

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton!

I know that this book is already out, but I really can't wait until I get to pick this one up! So I'm just waiting until I get a chance! The summary sounds really cool and I think it will be a great book, plus it has an pretty cover to boot.

What are you guys waiting for?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Title: Once in a Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release: December 28, 2010
Pages: 304
Series: Full Moon #1
Synopsis:
Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

Review:
I have been putting off reviewing Once in a Full Moon for a week, for the simple reason that I really did not care for it. I got this one out from the library not long ago and dove right in, believing it was going to be completely different than it was. I quickly got a found out it was nothing like I thought it would be like, and I found myself a little disappointed with this book. To start off, I found the storyline predictable: I guessed the gist of what was going to happen during the first chapter. The writing wasn't bad, though I did find it very simple, not bad but simple. The characters are where things went downhill for me. I didn't care for the protagonist, Celeste, at all. At times she came off as trying to be uber-perfect all the time. The two main guys in the story were Brandon and Nash. Brandon was the mysterious new guy and Nash was the seemingly perfect boyfriend. I found Nash to be interesting later on in the book when he pulls some twists in the plot line. Brandon on the other hand, I found to be bland. There was nothing wrong with him, he was a good guy, he just wasn't too exciting. I will probably give the series a second shot when the sequel comes out, but until then this book gets a 3/5 to me. I love the cover! It's dark but it also has hints of colour in the title, the shadows on the model, in the model's hair, and in her eyes. It is a very eye grabbing cover.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Interview with Josephine Angelini, Author of Starcrossed

Hello everyone! Today I have a special treat for you all! I recently got in contact and interviewed Josephine Angelini, author of Starcrossed (May 31, 2011 from HarperTeen). She was super sweet and fun to email with! Without further ado, the interview with Josephine Angelini:

1) First off, it's very nice to speak to you! Congratulations on your debut novel, the hype is building around your book and the positive reviews are pouring in. I know how excited you must be, but what is your favorite part of the process of being published so far?

So far my favorite part has been reaching out to people who want to read my book.  The enthusiasm and the energy I've been encountering have been really touching.  And I love giving ARCs away.  It's so much fun for me to sign them and put them in the mail, whether it's for fans in the, US, UK, Germany, the Philippines it's just such a great feeling!

2) I know that Helen has some of your traits, but if you could inherit a trait of Starcrossed's main character Helen, what would it be?

Flying.  Hands down I want to be able to fly.  I dream about it all the time, and that's the main reason I put it in the book.  I love flying dreams!

3) Do you look up to other authors? If so, who?

I've always looked up to Marion Zimmer Bradley.  Her Darkover series had a big impact on me when I was a kid.  And then of course there was The Mists of Avalon that I read when I was 13.  It literally changed the way I thought of myself as a woman.  MZB was a feminist who wrote action/adventure fantasy uncommon for a woman, even today.  And she started doing all this in the 50's, when women were frowned upon for leaving the kitchen!  Her female characters kick serious butt, but then again, so do her male characters.  She never thought a woman's strength had to come at the expense of a man's, and I've always agreed with her.  I have always looked up to her as a writer.  Plus, Darkover is just such a cool world.  It really speaks to the sci-fi geek in me!

4) As an author, name three things you can't live without.

In order to start writing in the morning I need my laptop, some coffee, and a cat.  Fresh flowers help, too.  Sometimes I just space out, staring at the beautiful blossoms.  It helps me think.

5) Have you always had an interest in Gods and Demigods?

I've always been fascinated by Greek mythology.  But then again, I've always loved fantasy and sci-fi, and myths are just really, really old fantasy stories when you get down to brass tacks.  I studied ancient Greek theatre in college, too, and the epic scope of these stories always moved me.  Gods and monsters, family quarrels and honor killings it's just so romantic.

6) Random question: Who is your favorite music artist?

Radiohead or Billie Holiday, it just depends on my mood.

7) I absolutely adore the US cover for Starcrossed! What do you think of it?  Did you get much say in the creation of the cover?

I love the cover too!!  And yes, my editor (Laura Arnold) listened to me about everything I wanted.  She even fought for me when I insisted that Helen's face shouldn't be on the cover b/c I wanted 'The Face' to be a mystery.  But even though I got a lot of say, I can't lay claim to how gorgeous the US cover turned out.  That was all due to the brilliance of the art department at Harper Collins and the impeccable taste of my editor.

8) When you began to write Starcrossed, did you know what the ending would be or did it change and evolve as you wrote the book?

I always know where I'm going before I start writing.  My process starts with extensive character bios, long and involved outlines, and then before I write 'Chapter One' I do what are called beats.  This means I have a list of all the action of the book. A step-by-step Helen wakes up.  Goes downstairs.  Jerry is already cooking breakfast. My timelines and my plotting are very precise.  I never get behind the wheel unless I know exactly where I'm going and how to get there.  And then I still discover stuff, and have to re-do my beats!  Frustrating, but worth the work.

9) Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your book?

I'm just enjoying the whole process right now.  I couldn't be happier with the way my book is being received.  It's thrilling and humbling at the same time. I feel very grateful.

Thank you so much to Josephine Angelini for joining me for this interview! I had a blast and loved her answers!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release: October 26, 2010
Pages: 272
Series: None.
Synopsis:
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Review:
I recently read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares when I got it from the library. It was my first book by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how well the two authors writing flowed together and how seamless the book came across (for those of you who don't know, David wrote the Dash parts and Rachel wrote Lily's). They also introduced me to a lot of new words while I read this book.  The characters Dash and Lily were both very well developed and fun to read about. Dash was total anti-Christmas while Lily adored the holiday. Though they were complete opposites, they still worked well as love interests towards each other. I loved some of the lesser characters as well like Sophia and Boomer. Both of these characters brought hilarity and seriousness into the story. Speaking of the story, man did this storyline ever take the reader on a roller coaster ride, with everything from amber alerts to downtown New York at Christmastime. Overall, I would give Dash and Lily's Book of Dares 4.5/5. The only thing that brought down the grade was the fact that Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was very seasonal, with it being set at Christmastime and I would highly recommend that you read it in December rather than in March. Plus the cover is just gorgeous! I mean they even incorporated hearts into the snow flakes, but it still looks realistic. I love the colours and how bright it is and how they worked the title and names into the street post and signs! It came together very well!

Friday, March 11, 2011

City of Fallen Angels Discussion

As you all probably already know, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is coming out April 5th 2011 from Margaret K. McElderry publishing. In commemoration of its release, I thought that a discussion post of sorts was in order. So, below will be all the covers from the series, the countdown widget, and several links for you to look through. Feel free to grab the countdown widget while you're here.  


So to start the discussion, what's your favorite part of the Mortal Instruments Series so far? Personally mine would have to be when Jace and Clary found out that they were siblings. It caused such a jarring twist in the series, leaving readers wondering what just happened. What was your favorite moment in the series so far? What do you hope will happen in City of Fallen Angels? Are you as excited as I am?

What about characters? Personally, I don't think that I could ever pick a favorite character from this awesome cast of characters, but I always do enjoy reading about Jace. I said it! I'm Team Jace! I love how much witty banter occurs with this character and how much of a great love interest he is for Clary. Whats your favorite character?

Please respond with your favorites in the comment section below! I can't wait to hear from you!
The Mortal Instruments Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Infernal Devices Series:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)


Links:

The Mortal Instruments Site
The Infernal Devices Site
Cassandra Clare's Twitter
Cassandra Clare's Site
Cassandra Clare's Blog

Blog Hop and Follow my Book Blog Friday!

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!
 

 
 "If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?"

Hmmm that's a difficult one. I think I would get Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, The Awakening by PC and Kristen Cast and Heartless by Sara Shepard.

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interests.

Q. Just like Ashley said (love it) "Ashley the girl..." who are You the Boy/Girl, instead of You the Blogger?


Well, me the person is much less exciting than me the blogger. I pretty much just read and go to the library as me the person!

 

Cover Reveal!

Oooooh! Lookie here ^ !
The cover for Crossed by Ally Condie was just released and I thought I should share it with you guys as its just gorgeous! I love the fact that Cassia is no longer trapped in the bubble of her society any more and that she's breaking free from it. I also love how it kept the same theme as Matched but with blue instead of green.

What do you guys think?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

In My Mailbox!

Hello everyone! Sorry I've been gone for the last little while, I've been uber busy lately. But I'm back for a new In My Mailbox! In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. This week I got:

The Last SongThe NotebookThe Wedding
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)

There you have it! So what did you guys get?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow My Book Blog Friday

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

Who's your all-time favorite book villain?"
 
My all time favorite villain would have to be President Snow. He was a great villain and pulled some really awesome tricks that effected The Hunger Games and all of the characters in various ways.

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What embarrassing thing have you done on cold medicine?
I guess the worst thing I've done on cold medicine was totally zone out when someone was talking to me.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Red Glove by Holly Black

Title: Red Glove
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: April 5, 2011
Pages: 320
Series: Curse Workers #2
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada
*Please note that the above information could change as this title has not been released yet*
Synopsis:
After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov's retribution and finding out that Lila, the girl he has loved his whole life, will never, ever be his now that his mother has worked her, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life. That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family tied to one of the big crime families and a mother whose cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is also coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker and figuring out how to have friends.

But normal doesn't last very long--soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past. A past he remembers only in scattered fragments and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive.


Review:
How could I sum up Red Glove in one word? A-crazy-awesome-thrill-ride-sequel-to-White-Cat. Needless to say, I had a major freak out when this arrived in my mailbox not too long ago. How fast did I read it? In two days. Why did it take me that long? It took longer to process the awesomeness. As you can probably tell, Red Glove was a great read that is now one of my favorite YA books.

The cover of Red Glove is very intriguing. It makes you wonder what sort of situation it is. Is the cover model in trouble? Who's wearing the red glove? I really love how they tie the cover into the story and how the cover actually has connections to the story. I like how it matches the paperback version of White Cat and how it has the mysterious curl of smoke rising from the glove that was also featured on White Cat. My favorite part of this cover would have to be that red glove though. Where can I get a pair?

The characters in Red Glove grew quite a bit from their White Cat younger selves. Cassel grew in the fact that he was smitten for a girl that he couldn't be with due to the circumstances. Sam and Daneca grew as well, as a couple and as singular people. Sam's growth came because Cassel's friendship with him grew and Sam became more daring than before and actually aided more often with Cassel's cons. Daneca had some pretty huge secrets revealed that flipped others on their ears in shock. The other smaller characters in Red Glove included the feds, who were constantly trying to recruit Cassel and the mob, who were too trying to recruit Cassel. I loved the cast of characters for Red Glove for many reasons including how well they fit into their setting and how likable they were as a whole. I would also like to point out that I fell for Cassel in White Cat and he lost none of my adoration in Red Glove, so back off, he's mine. :)

The writing was my favorite part of the book. Holly Black is an amazing storyteller, as she tells the tale with sharp twists and turns, zigs and zags. The writing is so powerful and unique that it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and can make the reader feel emotions ranging from devastation to joy or anywhere in between. Plus, Red Glove doesn't try and tip toe around death as many stories do, rather it's in the story and is used to enhance the storyline rather than bring it down. The storyline was so enthralling that I never wanted to put the book down. I got so wrapped up in the fast paced story that I felt as if I was a part of the story rather than just a reader looking in. I personally just adored the writing style and the storyline to death because both were so unique and well done. The story itself was just as good as White Cat, if not better and it was very much just as awesome altogether.

Red Glove was just as phenomenal as the last book, White Cat. It proved itself to be a very well thought out thrill ride of a book. It was one of my favorite YA books I've read in a while and for that reason it gets a 5/5.

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