Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Waiting on Wednesday (52)
Author: Mindi Scott
Publisher: Simon Pluse
Date: October 5, 2010
How do you come back from the point of no return? Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend Isaac alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time where Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn’t wake up. Convinced that his own actions led to his friend’s death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely. Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth will soon realize he isn’t the only one who needs saving . . .
This book sounds so amazing and I want to read it so much. I love the cover. It is so pretty.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Trailer Tuesday (10)
One is for Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter
I find this trailer to be cute and sweet. I really want to read this book.
The other one is from Doctor Who. OMG, it looks amazing. I need it now.
The Clearing by Heather Davis
Monday, March 29, 2010
Epitaph Road by David Patneaude
Overall: 84/100 or B
Sunday, March 28, 2010
In My Mailbox (Week of March 28th)
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Friday, March 26, 2010
Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
Overall: 92/100 or A
Volai is a strong character. I loved that he had such a positive outlook on life, even in his situation. I also love Dalah. She was such a positive girl and so spirited at the darkest times. His mother and father were great parents and wanted the best for them. Colonel was also a fun character, and he had such a strong and distinctive personality. The plot is similar to other books in some ways. The characters are in a refuge camp and are hoping for a better life. I loved how they tried to be optimistic about all of the horrible things that were happening in there world. I also liked that Manivong based this on her husband's experience in a refuge camp, it made it more truthful and personal. Manivong is a brilliant writer that weaves real life into such a unexplainable situation. This book made me feel so thankful for where I live and what I have. I feel that this book will make you appreciate all the little thing. I recommend this book, to anyone that like books that are so full of true emotions.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Waiting on Wednesday (51)
Monday, March 22, 2010
Carrie Ryan's Signing
then she did Q&A about her books.
I also got to meet Mindi Scott, while waiting in line.
She is so friendly in person,
and I can't wait for her book to come out in October.
I also met Serena Robar,
who has a cute half-vampire series that is getting reprinted.
I also saw Barbara Ferrer again.
Here is Carrie and I.
She is such a sweet person,
and I can't wait to read her book.
Kimberly Derting's Launch Party
Her family and friends had The Body Finder t-shirts made.
Some of them had characters on the back.
I loved Kimberly's husband Josh's t-shirt said Unpaid Intern,
which made me laugh every time I saw it.
Sorry for the blurry picture, but here were all of her family and friends.
Kimberly did an introduction of her book,
Here is Kimberly and I.
Mandy Hubbard also came up and talked to me.
I didn't get a picture with her though.
Mindi Scott and Phoebe Kitanidis were also there,
but I didn't get to meet them then.
Overall, it was an amazing signing.
I heard that Kimberly was signing for over an hour.
Congrats to Kimberly on her release.
The Body Finder Contest
The Winner will get a signed copy of The Body Finder, a signed poster, an asortment of stickers, a paper flower, and bookmarks. I might throw in random swag with it. The Vlog has all the prizes. Also instead of telling you about it, I will say that both of my parents devoured The Body Finder and it is in my top ten favorite books of all time. So enter now!
*Update* I am adding Choice of double copy book that I own(There will be a list sent to the winner to choose from.), another poster, some stickers, and other swag! This is due to the fact that there are more twenty entries already.
Contest Ends on April 15 at noon. It is International. Fill out the form below. If you linked it more after filling out the form, just put them in the comments. Good Luck to everyone!
Thanks to Kimberly Derting for donating all the swag in the contest and being awesome!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
In My Mailbox (Week of March 21st)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimbely Pauley
Courage in Patience: A Story of Hope for Those Who Have Endured Abuse by Beth Fehlbaum
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Kimberly Derting's awesome bag:
Signed copy of The Body Finder
Poster that was signed to me
The Body Finder Tote Bag
The Body Finder posters, stickers, and bookmarks
Carrie Ryan bookmarks and stickers
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Also I have been writing 1k a day for a week, which is wow. I am in love with my Work in Progress.
I also get to go to two signings today. The Amazing Kimberly Derting and Carrie Ryan! Ekk, that is almost awesome overload. So, How was your week? What are you looking forward to?
Anyways here are the winners for The Dark Divine nailpolish:
And here is the winner for Taken by Storm:
Emails have been sent. Good luck next time!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Author Appreciation Week
I want to thank Heidi for making such a wonderful week possible. I also want to thank her for being my TV and twitter buddy. She is such an amazing author, whose book Sea, I finished less then a day ago and I am still thinking about it. Heidi is a fantastic author that has reached out into the community and made it better.
I also want to thank Daisy Whitney, who I think as someone that is uber famous. I love One Media Minute and I kind of go fangirly every time that I get a twitter response or a comment from her. Her book, The Mockingbird looks amazing and I kind of need it now...
Also all to the YA Rebels that haven't been in other post: Courtney Allison Moulton, Jen Hayley, Gretchen McNeil, Leah Clifford, and Scott Tracey. Their vlogs are so inspiring, because these are people that are doing what I want to do post high school and beyond. They are also really funny. So thank you for what you do and taking time to do that.
Lastly to the authors of the books that I grew up on and fell in love with their writing. Thanks to Judy Blume, JK Rowling, and Lemony Snicket for your books.
Also to any author that has taken time to send me a book, answer an interview, talked to me on twitter, encouraged me to write, taken time from their normal life to go on tour, or anything else. Writers are amazing people and I appreciate them with each turn of a page.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Author Appreciation: Kody Keplinger
Kody is probably one of the most awesome authors that you will meet. She is so sweet. She also gives great writing advice. She always has great stories and is so much fun to talk to. She can also make you laugh all the time. She is going to Ithica, which is one of the colleges that I want to go to. Her book, The DUFF sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it.
Author Appreciation: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kami and Margie are such amazing authors. Beautiful Creatures is a one of a kind book that is amazing. They are both so funny that make me laugh all of the time. Also, they are also great twitter buddies. They also have great taste in book. Honestly, they are just amazing people that are living their dreams.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Author Appreciation: Readergirlz
I have to honestly say that I would not be a YA blogger without Readergirlz. It is where I first talked to people that loved reading as much as I do. It was the first time that I talked to authors and found out how authors are not some sort of robots.
I have met Liz at a few author events. She always ask how I am and we also talk about what we are writing and reading. She is so awesome. Her book The Opposite of Invisible is set in the Seattle area. I could relate to all of the landmarks and places in the book.
Holly is probably the sweetest person that you will ever meet. The first time that I met her was in line at a Barnes and Noble at a signing for Mitali. She gave me a hug and said that it was awesome to meet me. Holly is just an amazing person. I also can't wait to read her book Tell Me A Secret, which comes out in less then 100 days! I also LOVE her blog...
If you don't know who Melissa Walker is... Then let me start with an energetic, outgoing, and caring person. I have devoured every book of hers and can't wait for more to come out. She also runs I Heart Daily, which I love. I can't wait to meet her.
The first time that I met Dia and Lorie Ann, was when I was doing an interview for Readergirlz for a local news station. Dia is really awesome and her books are amazing to get lost into. Lorie Ann is a fantastic person. She is so caring and awesome. I love how Lorie Ann can make such beautiful verse.
Justina's books deal with what teens need the most. Self confidence and understanding from other's and them self. She weaves together such different stories that you can't help, but love. They just embody being a teen so well.
Mitali is an awesome person. It was so fun to meet her. Her book, Secret Keeper displayed sisters and secrets and how they can effect people. I found it amazing, how she was so true to sisters and their relationship.
Anyways, Thank you, Readergirlz for everything that you have done and continue to do.
Author Appreciation: Sarah Ockler
We are name twins, which instantly makes it so we have to like each other or a pack of werewolves will come and kill all the Sarahs in the world. Liking Sarah is not hard. She is probably one of the nicest people. At first, we talked to each on twitter and at Chelsea's (The Page Flipper)book clubs. She was always there and totally awesome. I also started talking to her on Twitter and then I got a copy of Twenty Boy Summer. I fell in love with her writing style and how a beach read could make you cry. I can't wait for her next book, Fixing Delilah Hannaford. It sounds amazing.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Author Appreciation: Kimberly Derting
There are many authors that I have a love for and appreciate all of the amazing things that they do. One of these authors is Kimbely Derting.
Her book, The Body Finder comes out today. I LOVE HER BOOK, seriously read it. My dad read it and loved it. I have met her a few times and she is incredibly sweet and awesome. She is also from the Pacific Northwest, which is win. Her launch signing is on Saturday, which I get to go to.
Author Appreciation: Steph Bowe
Steph Bowe is a fellow blogger and has amazing interviews that I love. She is so original. I can't wait for her book to come from Egmont next summer. She is also so supportive when it comes to writing and is always commenting when I post my word count on twitter. Plus she is aussie, which makes her awesome.
I will also include a few tweets to show her awesomeness:
My new book, based off your suggestions: A cute nerdy vampire boy going to a private school and being an art student. WIN! -Steph Bowe
I am really enjoying studying Accounting and I'm thinking of giving up writing and becoming an accountant instead. Because everyone wants to be a writer. I need to rebel. -Steph Bowe
I don't know how people write long books. I write short ones. Short little pretty books about good kids who don't go out at night. -Steph Bowe
Top 1 Habits of Amazing Writers: 1. They write. -Steph Bowe
Monday, March 15, 2010
Author Appreciation: Victoria Schwab
There are many authors that I have a love for and appreciate all of the amazing things that they do. One of these authors is Victoria Schwab.
Victoria Schwab is the author of The Near Witch, which comes out from Hyperion in Summer of 2011. I haven't read it, but I am sure that it will be posistively amazing. Victoria bakes when she is stressed, like I do. She also majorly loves chocolate and has a drawer full of it. She is also part of the YA Rebels, which is an amazing vlog on YouTube. Anyways, she is an amazingly inspiring person and I can't wait for her book. Also, she is in the secret and exclusive font world, which is awesome.
Author Appreciation: Courtney Summer
Sunday, March 14, 2010
In My Mailbox(Week of March 14th)
Books for review:
The Best an Hardest Thing by Pat Brisson
Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
Faithful by Janet S. Fox
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells by Cameron Tuttle
Sea by Heidi R. Kling
My Double Life by Janette Rallison
Stalker Girl by Rosemary Graham
Deception by Lee Nichols
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
The Evil Within by Nancy Holder
The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart
Saturday, March 13, 2010
A Contest for Courage in Patience!
Nine-year-old Ashley Asher was pleased when her mother started a relationship with Charlie Baker. Charlie, Ashley thought, would be the father she never had. She was 9 then; now 15, she recounts the story of how her dream life soon turned to nightmare, commencing with the first time Charlie touched her inappropriately. For years she tolerated it—not only the sexual abuse but also the emotional manipulation her stepfather inflicted on her—until one day she confronted both Charlie and her mother. To Ashley’s horror, her mother sided with Charlie, leaving the teenager to find her own way, prompting her to reestablish a connection with her biological father. Though the subject matter is undeniably dark, Fehlbaum manages to keep the tone surprisingly light and hopeful. This hard-hitting but readable story about an infinitely troubling subject will resonate with all readers but especially with other survivors of abuse or with those who work with those survivors.
I have yet to read it, but it looks amazing. To enter fill out the form below. The contest is for US only and ends on March 22nd.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Jonas by Eden Maguire
Overall: 73/100 or C
http://examiner.com (Portland) 19-Mar
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
Overall: 89/100 or B
Allie has a summer job at Bob & Bob Records in Berkeley, California. As a music junkie that loves vinyl records, this job is made for her. She also starts a blog called The Vinyl Princess, which seems to be getting more popular each day and she expresses true love for her favorite vinyls. Allie also spends time with her fashionable best friend, Kit, as they wander down Telegraph Avenue. At the record story, Allie finds these guys that may be her chance to fall in love with, like the hot and mysterious Joel and annoying, but record-obsessing Zach. Also, robberies are plaguing Telegraph Avenue and it has everyone on high alert.
Allie was exactly like the girl that I was a few years ago. She is in love with music and amazing vinyls. I loved that she had so much knowledge about music. I could also relate to her extreme love of music and all the work that she puts into her blog. Her friend Kit was also awesome, she wore so many types of vintage clothes, which I also love. Joel and Zach were great characters and I liked how Allie learned that first impressions aren't always right. Bob was such a great character, too. I loved how he threatened to sell the store all of the time and he added humor to this book. This plot was amazing. This book had great subplots and a fantastic main plot. Not many writers have characters keep blogs, when more and more people are starting blogs. I also loved the mystery that the robberies brought to this book. The fact that Allie wasn't close to her mom brought an interesting dynamic to the story. Prinz is a great writer and knows how to create an interesting and fantastic story. I recommend this book to anyone that loves music, you will enjoy it.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Waiting on Wednesday (50)
Publisher: Simon Pluse
Date: September 7th 2010
When Brie's sister, Faith, dies in a fall from a cliff, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood, Brie must also contend with increasingly distant parents, her boyfriend's betrayal, and her sudden outcast status at school. And once she's over the initial shock of Faith's death, Brie is encountering more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. She soon uncovers Faith's role in a dark and twisted religious cult...a cult that now wants Brie as a member.
This book sounds so amazing. I am also it love with the cover.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Overall: 91/100 or A
Ellie Spencer is an ordinary girl at her boarding school in New Zealand. Her parents are on their world tour, since her mother beat cancer against all odd. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin and helps with a play. That is until she gets opened to all sorts of magic by her crush Mark's charm bracelet. Mark is not any normal person, he isn't quite human. There are also random murders in the north island and their is this mysterious girl that wants something from Kevin.
The character were also awesome. Ellie thought that she was an ordinary girl, when she was really a powerful person. I liked that she though that she wasn't anyone important, when she really was powerful person. Yay for Girl Power! Also, she had an awesome voice. Kevin was also awesome. He was unlike an character in YA and if you read it, you'll know why. He was also very cool. Mark was fantastic. Seriously I love him. He was very mysterious. This book is an amazing page turner. I couldn't put it down as I was immersed into the magical world of Maori mythology. I loved how this book slowly unraveled an amazing world that surrounded them. I rarely see books that are set in New Zealand, which is a surprise since it is such a lovely place. Guardian of the Dead was very unique. Healey was an awesome writer and I can't wait to read more from her. She made such an amazing debut in Guardian of the Dead and I highly recommend this book. It had such a fantastic twist of mythology and the modern world, which you rarely see.
Trailer Tuesday (10)
This trailer is so cute. It seems like a movie preview. I also read of the excerpt of this book and I can't wait to read it!
Also a quick Happy Birthday to my mommy! Love you!
Monday, March 8, 2010
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
Overall: 88/100 or B
A small mistake cost Eagan her life during a figure skating competition. She leaves so many things undone. In the afterlife, she reflects on her memories of the bad relationship with her mother, her love of skating, and her boyfriend Scott. Amelia learns that she will finally get a new heart after years of being sick. She is guilty about the fact that someone is dead, but Amelia is still excited about her new life. After the heart transplant, she feels different. Amelia is dreaming of figure skating and craving grape candy. She needs to learn more about her donor's life, and she discovers that they needed it just as much as she did.
This book made me cry a few times, because I could really connected to In a Heartbeat and found it to be a unique book. It also had amazing characters. I liked Eagan. She had a fiery personality and it was interesting to see her past and how that shaped who she was. I could relate to Amelia so much. I have been sick for over three years and know how that whole family has to change around that. I also understand the fear that she had about the transplant. I get infusions every three weeks and there is always a risk of something going wrong. W I also loved Ari is was such a sweet character and I wanted to learn more about him. He was so interesting. In a Heartbeat has a great plot. It is told in alternating points of view. The characters didn't seem to mesh together, which happens in some alternating POV books. I also liked that this book had originality, I don't think that I have seen a book like this. I found Ellsworth to be a great writer and I can't wait to read other books by her. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed If I Stay by Gayle Forman or Lurlene McDaniel's books.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
In My Mailbox(Week of March 7th)
Khy's Blog: http://www.freneticreader.com/
Books I got this week:
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Sorta like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
Ghostgirl Lovesick by Tonya Hurley
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
The Morpheus Road: The Light by DJ McHale
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
Overall: 93/100 or A
Laurel finds three mysterous flowers outside her dorm door. Maybe Avondale School isn't so awful after all. Then her body freaks in the middle of an English presentation on the Victorian Languge of Flowers. Strange word pop into her head and her body also seems to tingle and hum. Laurel gives love bouquet to her spinster english teacher to demonstrate the languge. When her teacher suddenly finds new and unexpected romance. Maybe there is something... magical about flowers. Her new friend Kate helps her discover the origins of her powers by experimenting on herself and others, but she can't seem to find any living experts of the power of flowers to guide her. Her bouquets don't always do what she wants to do, especially when it comes to her crush Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers are flying across campus, and she soon is hounded with request from girls who want their lives magically transformed, just in time for prom.
At the beginning of the book, Laurel seems to be a normal teenage girl. She wants to be accepted by her peers and she also has drama in her life from friendship and romance. I liked the fact that she was shy and also that she was curious about everything. I liked how she found out more about her power. Some of her action were annoying, because she became wish washy at moments and really didn't stand up to the popular girl. Her new friend Kate was annyoing, because she couldn't make a decision if she wanted to be with Laurel or not. I really liked her Cousin Rose, she was really sweet and overall an interesting character. Justin was a sweet character and I sound him intriguing. The plot was slow at times, but I felt that the content made up for that. The Victorian Languge of flowers used in this book was a fantastic plot device. I loved how the world was made and how it was so indepth. I learned so much about flowers and also loved that that their was a glossory in the back. White was also a brilliant writer, this book is perfect for younger teens that are looking for a original and well crafted book.
Friday, March 5, 2010
The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton
Overall: 89/100 or B
When I was yet a very young woman I threw my heart away. Ever since then I have lived heartless, or almost heartless, the way Humans think all Fey live.
Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and greed of man. But the strife of King Arthur’s realm threatens even the peace of Avalon. And while Merlin the mage has been training Niviene as his apprentice, he now needs her help to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. Niviene’s special talents must help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love…
Niviene is an interesting character. She is very spirited and strong. Her voice made it one of a kind and I really liked her point of view. This book is an original take on a myth that we all grew up on, King Author and the Round Table. Instead of being from a male points of view, it is told from the Daughter of The Lady of The Lake. I found it to be an original take on the myth. The plot still had unique twists and turns that made the story more interesting. Crompton is a great writer. The songs that were intertwined in the story really helped make the story original and fun. I would recommend this book if you enjoy Mythology or Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell.
You can also read the first chapter here.
You can see other thoughts on this book:
http://examiner.com (Portland) 25-Mar
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Overall: 87/100 or B
Books Read in February 2010
15. Jonas by Eden Maguire
16. Heart at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
17. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu .
18. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
19. Gone by Lisa McMann
20. Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
21. The Sky is Everwhere by Jandy Nelson
22. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
23. The Clearing by Heather Davis
Reviews posted from these books: 5 of these books so far, a few are planned to be posted later.
Books from Library: 0 books
Books for Review: 8 books
Books borrowed: 0 books
My Favorite: Guardian of the Dead or The Clearing. The Clearing was such a cute read and had an interesting plot. Guardian of the Dead was really enjoyable and original.
My Least Favorite: Ginger High... I don't know how to explain this book. It was such a mess.
100+ Reading Challenge: 23 read. 77 books left
Debut Authors '10: 8 read 42 books left
Dystopian Challenge: 2 read 18 books left
Waiting on Wednesday (49)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Trailer Tuesday (9)
Okay this is a companion book to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I want! I am probably meeting Carrie Ryan. I am so excited.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I have a Giveaway for Nailpolish, but not just any nail polish. It is Dark Divine Nailpolish, which is win. Dark Divine is a book by Bree Despain and it is lovely. The Nailpolish is the color above in the photo. Anyways, this is international contest and ends on March 16th.