Monday, May 31, 2010

Book Expo America(Wednesday to Friday)

When you go to BEA, you get up early. I mean like so early that you want a few jugs of coffee to wake you up. On Wednesday, we ended up to have to change rooms, because of problems in the hotel. Lets just say that we were not happy. We ended up going the wrong way and got lost on our way to BEA too. So, we got there at like 8 AM and all we have ate is granola bars. We went to Little Brown booth and let me say that people at BEA are fierce, they would knock down there grandma for a book. I ended up getting lost from my mom, but I found a lot of books and Robyn Schneider, who is totally sweet and I went to a few lines with her, until Khy found us. We went to the Paranormal Panel, with the amazing Holly Black, Ivy Devlin, Andrea Creamer, and Richelle Mead. All of them were super sweet and I loved the panel. I also got to meet Heidi, Andrea, and a few other authors.
Here is a picture of a few of us after the Panel. It was amazing!

After the Panel, Khy was wondering where I got half of my books. So, we went to a few booths and got more books. On our way to lunch, we ran into a group of tenners that were nice enough to have a photo with us.
I also got to meet Anna Jarzab, who is amazing. We then had lunch with Chelsea, Lauren, and Alicia. It was great to sit down and recharge for a bit. During lunch, I ran to get The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. We then went to Lauren Oliver, Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Jenny Davidson, and Diana Peterfreund's signings. I got some books that I am really excited for. Then we went to the Signing at BEA. Like if I didn't go, I would have cried. Kody Keplinger!
In the line, I met Jen Hayley of the YA Rebels! She is just as sweet as she is in her vlogs.
Here is Kody being all authorly! She was so awesome.
Here is a picture of Kody and I. We stopped at a few signings on the way out, but overall it was an amazing day. We got back to our hotel around 6 and left for the Book of Wonder's signing. I met Melissa Walker and saw Stephanie Kuehnert again. Linda Gibert, Adele Griffin, Lisa Brown, and Cory Doctrow. Khy, her mom, my mom, and I went out to the Tick Tock Diner, which was a cute restaurant.
The next day, we had a mission. Get Clockwork Angel. Seriously, I love her books and just needed it. My mom ran and got it for me. I went around to a few booths and got some different books from yesterday. I went to the blogger meet up for Sourcebook. Then I headed to the Bloomsbury booth. We went to the Simone Elkeles Panel and then I went to Adam Rex's signing, because it is called Fat Vampire. That is such a win title.
We then went to Chelsea Campbell's signing, which was epic. I love Chelsea! I went to the Press room for a bit, because I felt a bit sick. Alicia and I spilt our lunch and we ate with Amy Brescount White and Jackie Dolamore, who is really awesome.
We then went to the Tim Gunn signing, which was such a long wait.
But I totally felt that it was worth it. I went to Erin Bow's signing and then wanted to fall asleep on the floor. I went back on our shuttle and watched a program on the plague. Then we met Sarah Ockler in the lobby. We went to this amazing place called Chit n Chat. The food was amazing.
We talked about lots of books, movies, and just plain life. It was so hard saying goodbye to Khy, after spending three days hanging out with her.
We went to Time Square, and I got a few gifts for my family and friends.

Mitali, Emilee, Chelsea, Alicia stopped by my room and we did a round robin about books for these gift bags that I made, but forgot to give to a lot of people. We also said good bye to Susan and James.
I left at the noon the next day and I already miss them. It was an amazing trip. I want to go next year. Also thank you to my mommy for taking me. You are a super mom. My loot will be up sometime in the next week.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Book Expo America(Monday to Tuesday)

On Monday, I had to get up at the ridicolous time of 4AM. We caught our plane and it ran smoothly. Then we had some drama with the shuttle. It turned out that the page I printed out was wrong, when it looked like it was. It then took us three hours to get into New York. Then I had dinner with a ton of bloggers. It was great meeting tons of people. Here is a picture of Pam and I. The next day, I woke up early to meet Khy and Erica to go to Columbia. We had a great time...
Here is a picture of the campus.
Here is a picture of us on the steps of Columbia.
Then we took the subway to get our badges for BEA. We met Stephanie Kuhnert on the way and she was so awesome. The convention center was so awesome. I met Emma, Korianne, Devyn, and Genieve. Khy and Erica left to go to Tea. I got to meet Emilee, Mitali, Chelsea, and Alicia. Then we went back to the hotel and picked up lunch on the way back. We also got lost in Time Square. My mom and I met Khy and her mom at The Strand. We all went to Dinner. My mom and I went back to the hotel. Then I met Mitali, Alicia, and Chelsea. We watched Glee Party. Asian Vampire! Then I went to bed. Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday's recap will be posted.
Emma and I
Geneieve and I
Devyn and I

Korianne and I

Saturday, May 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (Week of May 30th)

This is what I got in the mail this week. My BEA books will be on a separate post later this week. Plus I have extreme jet lag.

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan
Lena ived her whole life near the beach – walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves – the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.
But her father – a former surfer himself – refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.
Yet something lures Lena to the water … an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman – with a silvery tail.
Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.
And soon … what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will change her life …

This book sounds amazing and had a gorgeous cover.

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
When Will and Bet were four, tragic circumstances brought them to the same house, to be raised by a wealthy gentleman as brother and sister. Now sixteen, they’ve both enjoyed a privileged upbringing thus far. But not all is well in their household. Because she’s a girl, Bet’s world is contained within the walls of their grand home, her education limited to the rudiments of reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. Will’s world is much larger. He is allowed—forced, in his case—to go to school. Neither is happy.
So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They’ll switch places. She’ll go to school as Will. Will can live as he chooses. But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined.
This book sounds amazing too. I also adore the cover.
Crazy by Han Nolan
Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.
Both heartbreaking and funny, CRAZY lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.

This book sounds epic and I think it will be amazing.

Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell
In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obsessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die. The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying. Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.
Dystopian novel and this book comes out in 2011. Woot!
My Ultimate Sister Disaster by Jane Mendle
What happens when your sister becomes your biggest rival?
If there were a way to pick your family, fourteen-year old Franny might not pick her own. Her father is a hipster boutique owner who's constantly "friending" her on Facebook, her mother is off in Kenya jumpstarting her stalled anthropology career, and her sister Zooey, eleven months older and eight inches taller, is a precocious, prima ballerina. Lately, Zooey's so absorbed with her burgeoning ballet career that she barely seems to notice Franny. And since Zooey attends a top ballet conservatory, Franny's on her own navigating the brutal halls of her Manhattan prep school, a first-year trying to get noticed on the school paper (and by its soulful, long-lashed editor-in-chief).
But everything changes when Zooey breaks her leg and her dancing comes to grinding halt. Her ballet dreams shattered, Zooey begins to hone in on Franny's "normal" life and friends. Franny feels terrible for Zooey, but when her encroachment starts to extend to Franny’s long-time crush, Franny begins to wonder if her sister might just be her worst competition...

Aw... Surprise book. I am excited to read this book!
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
They strip her naked, of everything—undo her whalebone corset, hook by hook. Locked away in Wildthorn Hall—a madhouse—they take her identity. She is now called Lucy Childs. She has no one; she has nothing. But, she is still seventeen—still Louisa Cosgrove, isn't she? Who has done this unthinkable deed? Louisa must free herself, in more ways than one, and muster up the courage to be her true self, all the while solving her own twisted mystery and falling into an unconventional love . . .
Sounds amazing! I can't wait to read this book. I also got a copy at BEA... so one of the copies with go to someone.

Friday, May 28, 2010

This Gorgeous Game Donna Freitas

Rating:
Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 94/100 or A
Source: Publisher
Olivia Peters has just gained the opportunity of a lifetime. Her literary idol is much adored local priest Mark D. Brendan offers to become her personal writing mentor. But Father Mark's enthusiasm for her writing, but it turns into something else. At first, Olivia enjoyed all of the attention, but he has been asking too much of her. He wants her to meet him at a bar to talk about writing, and also begins to frequent the place that she goes to. Her phone is also overflowing with texts and call from him. She should be grateful that he is making so much time for her, to help her write better, but she is afraid what she has gotten herself into and what exactly what length will he do to get her alone and the possibilities of what could happen.
Olivia was such a strong character, I can't believe all that she went through and has to experience. I also like how she questioned her faith. I loved how her life was slowly unraveled by Father Mark. She begins to fear every gift and letter. Her wonderful life begins to fall apart and she loses the spark that she once had. Her mother and sister Greenie were star sturked by Father Mark and weren't able to see the personal hell that Olivia was living in. Jada and Ash were great best friends and added fun to such a dark and twisted novel. The romance between Olivia and Jamie was really sweet. I loved that Jamie was able to see past all the charms that Father Mark had.
The plot of This Gorgeous Game is captivating from the first page. Instead of the relationship being about anything sexual, it is about what attention could do to someone and totally change their life. I really liked how genuine this book was. It was also well paced and written. Freitas is a fantastic writer with a great voice. I also enjoyed her last book, The Possibilities of Sainthood. I would recommend this book to fans of Sara Zarr, Melina Marchetta, R.A. Nelson, and Lisa Levchuk.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson

Rating:
Characters: 18/20
Plot: 19/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 95/100 or A
Source: Publisher
Oliver Travers wakes up one morning to find out the he has received a Deathday Letter and will die within the next twenty four hours. At first, he decides to spend the day at school. That is until his day at school, until his best friends Shane Grimsley and Veronica Dittrich convince him to burn his book and spend the day doing what they always wanted, like jumping off a bridge, getting high and drunk, and random other fun.
Oliver is a funny character. He made me laugh for about half of the book. Shane was very loyal to Oliver and he also was fun to read about. I really liked Veronica. I felt sorry for her, because she had feelings for Oliver. She was also a very strong and independent character that was fun to see in YA. The plot of The Deathday Letter was fun and exciting. It really made me think about what I would do if I knew I was going to die and it also wasn't depressing like most books in this nature. I found this book to be highly original. I mean a book, where people learn when they will die and have time to figure out what they want to do. The book also shows that maybe we are the masters of our own fate and cause what is going to happen to them. Hutchinson is a fantastic writer. He made references to pop culture like Doctor Who and had a lot of humor. I highly recommend this book to anyone, looking for a funny and interesting read.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (59)

Title: The Mockingbird
Author: Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Little Brown
Date: November 2nd 2010

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers. In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it

Ekk... I want to read this book so much. Seriously it sounds amazing and Daisy Whitney is super sweet. I bet it will be great.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Rating:
Characters: 19/20
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 93/100 or A
Source: Publisher
When Dana's mom shows up at her recital drunk, she knows that her life is over as she knows it. She is done with taking care of her mom and moving around. She decides that it is time to find her father that lives in Avalon. Avalon is the only place on Earth, where Faeries and the human world collide. Dana is not a normal girl, she is a Faeriewalker, a rare person that can travel in both realms and can bring magic to the human world and technology into Faerie. This causes her to be thrown in the cutthroat game of Fae politics. Also, someone wants her dead, while others want to use her power. Her mom doesn't sound so horrible now and she would do anything to get home. Both her friends and enemies want her to stay. There is also Ethan, who she is not sure if he even really notices her.
Dana is a very strong character. I liked how she was so determined to find the best for her. She also was very mature. Ethan was very sweet and kind. I liked how he was protective of both Dana and his sister Kimber. I really loved Kimber's attitude and how she was so ruthless. The plot was very fast and entertaining. I really liked how the world was built around Avalon and how important it was. Also, that everyone knew about Avalon and faeries. What it lacked in originality, it made up for in gorgeous writing and strong characters. Black made sure that Dana had a powerful voice. Glimmerglass reminded me a lot of Need by Carrie Jones, which I loved. I am really excited to see how this series will go and I think that it is a great addition to Urban Fantasy. Seriously, I would check out this book soon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Rating:
Characters: 18/20
Plot: 19/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 20/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 94/100 or A
Source: Publisher
Sienna Jones has been haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's disappearance over the Indian Ocean three years before. She reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father's volunteer team. They are traveling to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphan Deni. He is more like Sea then anyone that she has ever met, but she knows that they can't be together. Yet she can't stay away from him. Also her old best friend Spider may or may not be waiting for her back home. Her dad still hasn't told the truth about her mother's plane. It seems the further away from home, the closer she gets to the truth.
Sienna is a strong character. She has to find closure in her mother's death and also if she has true feelings with Spider. I like how caring and driven she was. She also travels to Indonesia to help people and I really like all of the courage that she had. I really liked Spider and Deni. They were great characters and I found Deni's past to be interesting and amazing. Elli was a cute character that made my day and I really loved how sweet she was. The plot of Sea was a quick read. It was addictive and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved how the culture and setting were pulled into the book. The originality of Sea was amazing. It had a lot of great characters and plot. Kling created a grand book. Her writing is magical and graceful. I felt that I knew who Sienna was by the end of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone. Sea is the journey of Sienna to find out who she is and what her place in the world was. I can't wait to read more from Kling.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

In My Mailbox(Week of May 23rd)




Books for Review:

Crank by Ellen Hopkins:
Seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow is introduced to crank on a trip to visit her wayward father. Caught up in a fast-paced, frightening, and unfamiliar world, she morphs into "Bree" after she "shakes hands with the monster." Her fearless, risk-taking alter ego grows stronger, "convincing me to be someone I never dreamed I'd want to be." When Kristina goes home, things don't return to normal. Although she tries to reconnect with her mother and her former life as a good student, her drug use soon takes over, leaving her "starving for speed" and for boys who will soon leave her scarred and pregnant. Hopkins writes in free-verse poems that paint painfully sharp images of Kristina/Bree and those around her, detailing how powerful the "monster" can be. The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing, compelling readers on to the next chapter in Kristina's spiraling world. This is a topical page-turner and a stunning portrayal of a teen's loss of direction and realistically uncertain future.
I love this book!

Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Kristina Snow was a 17-year-old with high grades and a loving family. In Crank one summer in California with a meth-addicted boyfriend destroys her life. Addicted, she's raped, and goes back home to Reno pregnant. Glass picks up a year later. She lives with her mother and works at a 7–11. Depressed about her post-baby figure, she goes back on speed to lose weight. Her mother kicks her out and gains custody of the baby. She continues to spiral to the last page, which sets readers up for a third novel. Glass is even more terrifying than Crank in its utter hopelessness; meth's power is permanent and Kristina is an addict whether she uses or not. Though her recount of events in the first book is dry and self-indulgent, the pace snowballs as soon as she takes her first toke of rock meth, and one desperate, horrifying measure or decision follows another. Like Crank, this title is written in verse, but certainly not poetry. Hopkins's writing is smooth and incisive, but her fondness for seemingly random forms is distracting and adds little to the power of the narrative. Minor characters are flat, and Kristina's overblown self-pity elicits little empathy. The author tries but fails to present meth itself as a character; her descriptions of "the monster" are precious and overwritten. Kristina's story is terrible, and even when she's high, the narrative voice and mood are sobering. Teens, including reluctant readers, may appreciate the spare style and realism of Kristina's unhappy second chapter.
Love this book.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Scarlet March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

I love this book. This is my second book, so it will go in my contest pile for something that I am planning with Zoe.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Rating:
Characters: 18/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 90/100 or A
Source: Publisher
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to The Lourve, in order to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria... to steal the crown jewel. When she turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own. She scammed her way into one of the best boarding schools in the country. She wants to leave her family business behind, but the life doesn't want to leave her behind. Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator Hale has appeared out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she wanted to escape. He may have a good reason, though. A powerful mobster has had his priceless art collection stolen and wants it to be retrieved. Only a master thief could have pulled this job and Kat's father is the list. Kat's dad needs her help and her only solution is to track down the paintings and steal them back. She has two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
Kat is such a great character. She was spunky and nice. I really liked her. Hale was also awesome. He was so caring of Kat. I also loved Kat and Hale's relationship. It had the same push and pull that are in Ally Carter's other books. It was like an old couple, which was cute between great friends. I hope that they create a real romance in later books. Gabrielle, Angus, Hamish, and Simon were also memorable character that added some humor to the book. The bad guys were easy to dislike.
The plot of Heist Society was amazing. It was so well plotted out and original. I found myself engaged with the travel that all of the characters did and the extensive actions scene in the book. The plot had so many twist and turns that I honestly didn't know what was happening next. I really like how the third person was portrayed, but you still felt their emotions and the motives for their actions. Carter is such a great writer. She draws you into a magical world of thieves with their own laws. If you are searching for a book, with amazing characters and plot, Heist Society is the book for you.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating:
Characters: 16/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 85/100 or B
Source: Publisher
In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.
I found Lament to be an interesting read, but I like Ballad so much more. James is amazing and sweet. I love his personality. On the other hand, Dee really annoyed me. She was pining over Lucas and I couldn't understand why James still loved her. Also, I didn't enjoy all of the texts from Dee, because it made her more annoying.
Nuala was pretty cool too and kick ass. I enjoyed her a lot. The plot of Ballad was really original and fun. I enjoyed that it was also well developed most of the time. Stiefvater is a great writer and I can't wait for more books in this series from her in the future. She probably won't be finished till she finishes her Shiver series.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (58)


Title: Anna and The French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin
Date: December 2nd 2010

A contemporary romance set in the City of Light, guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna — and readers — have long awaited?

I used to be obsessed with Paris, when I was little. It was one of the reasons that I took French in high school. I still like France and this book sounds really cute. Stephanie is always so sweet, when I talk to her on twitter.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Rating:
Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 94/100 or A
Source: Big Honcho Media
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
I adored this book. Amy was such a great character. She was sweet and funny at times, but it took awhile for her to show this. I mean she slowly made amends with her past and had no clue what to do about it. I loved Roger. He made me laugh the whole book. I also loved the playlist and the scraps of details from the roadtrip. I had the same musical taste as the both characters, so I knew a lot of the songs and bands. Roger and Amy's relationship was very sweet and I liked how Matson was clear that the relationship wouldn't fix everything about Amy's life. The minor characters all left a huge impression on you and were all well developed in the little time that you read about them.
The plot of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was epic. I love road trips. I found the book to road trip to be very awesome. I found the book to be very sweet, touching, and posistive. I found this book to be a fantastic debut that was just so amazing. I honestly didn't know what to suspect when I read this book, but quickly feel in love with Matson's amazing presentation of this book. I reccomend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen and Lauren Barnhouldt.

About the Author
Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. A road-trip veteran, she has driven cross-country three times...so far. She currently lives in Venice, California. Follow Morgan on Twitter at @morgan_m.



Quotes About the Book:
“This is an incredible book—heartbreakingly funny and utterly un-put-down-able.” —Lauren Myracle, New York Times Bestselling author of Thirteen and TTYL
"One of the most touching, irresistible, and feel-good road trips I've been on in a long, long while.  AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR is a book to love." —Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; The Queen of Everything; The Nature of Jade, and more!
Link to the Book Page


Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson


Monday, May 17, 2010

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

In My Mailbox(Week of May 16th)


Books I got:
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Paper Towns by John Green
White Cat by Holly Black
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Also Seven Days!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Rating:
Characters: 17/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 88/100 or B
Source: Publisher
Claire is having her perfect sixteenth birthday party. Her pool party is amazing and the very cute Matthew keeps on flirting with her. But that night, her mom tells Claire that she is a werewolf. Claire is initiared into the pack of female werewolves and she must deal with her changing indenity. There is also a rogue werewolf that is attacking humans. Her relationship with Matthew is also threatening her new life. Mattehew's father is leading the hunt for the werewolves. Claire is now burdened with dark secrets and rubbing againist the boundaries of forbidden love. Claire is struggling with who she is and must make a choice that will change her life forever.
Claire is a likable character. She was hesiant who she was and what she wanted. I really enjoyed the relationship between Claire and her mom. I don't really find that many posistive relationship between parents and it was nice to see it. Mattehew also was a sweet character. I wish that some of the characters had been developed a bit more. I found this plot to be fun and full of originality. Werewolves were all born and not made, females can only be werewolves, and werewolves aren't a legend. Werewolves are a reality and known through out the world. The romance in the book is sweet. There is also a hint of humor in the book. Johnson is an amazing writer. She creates a fantastic debut that is full of originality and an addictive plot. I highly reccomend this book to Paranormal Romance lovers.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Interview with Heather Davis

Heather Davis is the amazing author of The Clearing and Never Cry Werewolf. She is a fellow Washingtonian, born and raised here. She has been writing since she was very young and has been a finalist for the Golden Heart award several times. Heather is also a co-founder of http://www.booksboysbuzz.com/ a popular teen fiction blog she shares with five other YA authors. Visit her at http://www.heatherdavisbooks.com/. This is my second interview with her. I hope you enjoy it.
1. The main character Amy was abused by her ex-boyfriend. What inspired you to incorporate it into The Clearing?
It’s a pretty common experience for a lot of women and girls. I wanted to show that you can survive emotional, mental, and physical abuse. It’s important to know that you can regain your strength, and that you deserve better. You are special.
2. Your main character travels back into the 1940's. What time periods would you want to travel to the most?
I think the 1940s have always interested me. I’ll pick them, and for fun, how about the years between the first world wars -- if I can live in Paris with James Joyce and Gertrude Stein.
3. Both of your books take place in the pacific northwest. What is your favorite thing about that setting?
I think there is a mystical quality about the Pacific Northwest. We have foggy shorelines, mossy forests, and remote, snowy mountains. Who knows what happens in all of those hidden places? I’m constantly inspired by this landscape.
4. What fictional character in any book can you relate to the most?
I always liked Jo March in Little Women. She wrote stories first to entertain her family of sisters (like me) and then used them to gain a little independence.
5. What are some of your favorite books?
That’s no fair, Sarah! There are way too many. I have special love for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and recently, I loved Need, by Carrie Jones.
6. What do you think is your largest influence, while writing?
My family and my experiences in life. I think I bring a lot of real-life emotion to my stories, even if they are fantastical.
7. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Just that I am really grateful to you for doing this interview and posting your reviews. Thanks for being such an amazing supporter of YA, Sarah!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Best and Hardest Thing by Pat Brisson

Rating:
Characters: 14/20
Plot: 16/20
Originality: 15/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 16/20
Overall: 76/100 or C
Source: Publisher
Molly is the stereotypical good girl. She has even been called staintly by some school mates. After her best friend moves away, she decides to rebel againist who she is known as and date bad boy Grady Dillon. She ends up to be pregnant and Grady doesn't want anything to do with her. Molly has to make the largest choice of her life.
Molly was what really killed me in this book. She seemed to be so stupid for someone that was considered to be smart. I mean she was obsessed with Grady, yet he would be checking out other girls, when she was with him. The plot was a little slow, but I really like the plot and how it was written in mostly free verse. It wasn't that original and lacked some details. I still found it to be a quick and interesting read.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Nancy Drew 80th Anniversary Giveaway

I remember when I first started reading chapter books. I was so excited for it. I started reading Nancy Drew in 3rd grade. I adored Nancy Drew. I loved how she was also sloving mysteries and being so unique. Simon and Schuster is offering an amazing Prize Pack to one lucky winner in order to celebrate the 80th anniversary.
Here is what the Prize Pack includes:

One copy of The Secret of the Old Clock 80th Anniversary Limited Edition

One copy of THQ's Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries for Nintendo DS

One copy of Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy PC Adventure Game

One Nancy Drew Silhouette Pewter Charm

Nancy Drew Girl Detective: Secret Sabotage
The contest runs till May 31st. This contest is open to anyone, just fill out the form below. Also visit the offical Nancy Drew website here. The is a lot of cool atuff on there.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

I am going to the doctors again. So enjoy another Teaser Tuesday...

"Is there any pain anywhere?" She questions as she helps me to the bed.
I don't want that IV back in my arm. I shake my head. She put a machine by the back of my head and says, "Perfect blood pressure 120/80 and your temperature is 98.6 degrees. It seems like everything is going fine. I guess I'll have the neurologist come and talk to you."
I lay on my bed and try to remember who I really am and where the heck I am. I mean it is definitely a hospital and I guess I was injured for some reason. My head seems to ache the most out of my whole body, so it has to something to do with that. I can't remember who I am at all. It seems like my soul and memories were wiped away like it was a hard drive. I am angry at myself for not knowing my name, parents, or even my birthday. It feels like I have lost something that I don't know.
A old lady enters the room. She has dark brown hair that is intermixed with grey streaks and her sliver eyes flash in the sunlight as she examines me. She is wearing a red suit and is carrying a large notebook in her hand. She is scribbling notes at the speed of light, like the blond of my hair is telling her some super secret. "Hello, I am Doctor Faith. I am guessing that you have lost a lot of your memory. I mean your Link was damaged when you got in that car crash."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Rating:
Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 92/100 or A
Source: Publisher
Scarlett March lives for the hunt of the Fenris. The werewolves took her eye and covered her body with scars. She is armed with a hatchet and a cloak and she is an expert of luring and slaying wolves. she is determined to protect other girls from this grisly death and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond that she had with her sister was unbreakable. She dreams of a life without having to deal with wolves and is also drawn to Silas, but her love for him could be betraying her sister. Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.
Scarlett and Rosie had such strong voices. Scarlett was fearless and has intense love for her sister. At times, I didn't like her, but I grew to understand how much she wanted to get rid of the wolves. Rosie is a sweetheart that wanted to get something other then wolves. She found that in Silas. Silas was strong and sweet. He cared a lot about both sisters. I really liked the romance that was between Rosie and Silas. The Fenris were great villains. They seemed to be pure evil. I also liked the creepiness that they emulated. The plot of Sisters Red is based upon Little Red Riding Hood, but this plot is dark and twisted. The world is interesting and fabulously created. I found it to be a magical, yet dark plot. I like how this book had romance and action. Sisters Red was very unique. I found it to be very original, like how the Fernis were based on what fairy tales are really about. Jackson Pearce is a great writer. The words magically melting together to feel mystical and gorgeous. I will definitely have to check out As You Wish. I also can't wait for the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an original and dark story.

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