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Monday, August 31, 2009

Random Post About Me?

Steph Su tagged me for a meme, but she had like 3 of them (which I plan to do later on). It was this other meme she tagged for but I liked this one more :)
Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Have you seen my bookcase? 95% all hardcovers. I have friends who borrow my books, I don’t trust them with paperbacks so this is all just a precaution. But I have to admit that I’m starting to love paperbacks. They’re easier to handle when reading and they weigh less. My bookcase is caving! Ahhhhh!

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I know of only 1 (ONE!) B&N near me and it’s part of a school campus. Which means it sucks. Like completely. The YA section consists of Lock and Key and Perfect Fifths. So I’m going with Borders. There’s one near center city that’s 3 floors if you count the cafĂ© they have. They have a lot of the new YA books as well.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
*cowers under desk* I used to dog-ear my books mostly just school books/really old library books. I never dog-ear my own personal books or friends’. I bookmark nowadays. I have like 30+, like to collect and stare at them!

Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
Amazon is cheaper but actual book shopping is much more fun. My friend and I would always stop by a Borders (since they’re everywhere) and scan their selections.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
Semi random. I do it by genre: Fantasy, contemporary, paranormal, and favorites (hey that’s a genre in my bookcase!). Then it’s by color, yes color. I like to make a rainbow :D (well you can't tell by my bookcase now per se but before it was so pretty!)

Keep, throw away, or sell?
I’m a keep/sell/trade person. Throwing away is only an option when my parents hover over me and threaten me unless I throw away my books.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
This my reaction to your question o____O that’s an option! Who throws away their dust jacket!?

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I used to apply clear tape to my dust jacket but then I had to save my tape for the future book trading so now I just take it off (whoooo! Sexy!).

Short story or novel?
Oh my god, no more short stories. I read this novel that had short stories (Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger) and it was very frustrating! I’m going to stick with my novels.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
What’s funny about this is that I’ve started both series. Never finished either one. Harry Potter I managed to get up to the 5th book (then it got massive!) and Lemony Snicket up to…2. The first one was a required reading in the 8th grade (each student had to pay $5 to buy a class set) so we could watch the movie.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I immediately stop reading. Never prolong the suffering is what I always say! <--wait does that even make sense?

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Can I say “While I was waiting for my so-called Prince whom was drinking at the bar I had to…”

Buy or borrow?
At this fragile point of my life I can only borrow…from a library. Borrowing from out-of-the-city friends takes so much that I only do trades with that. Buying is a luxury so when I do buy it’s mostly as gifts for friends.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Recommendations/browsing. I look at goodreads/amazon/some friends’ recommendation.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Depends. If it’s a stand-alone book it shouldn’t have a cliffhanger. It depends though on how much the book covers. If it’s not enough then I probably would like a cliffhanger just to know that there is a sequel.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
All of the above. But I get the most done in the morning and afternoon.

Stand-alone or series?
You know this question should be part of the other one, at least put them after the other. Stand-alones mostly so I won’t be tempted to buy the next book—I hate you school.

Favorite series?
O_o I do not know. All the series I’ve read so far are not finished as of yet. I do love Artemis Fowl though—not finished. Twilight is probably the only set that I own that’s finished.

Favorite children’s book?
Can this be a plural question? I loved Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl. Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord and Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series. Right now I’m tempted to read the Percy Jackson series.

Favorite YA book?
This is too hard. It’s like taking someone to a Ben&Jerry’s and asking them you can only get one flavor and you have 1 minute to pick. Instead I will give you a list :D
  1. Graceling
  2. North of Beautiful
  3. Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have
  4. Faery Rebel
Etc.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I really did enjoy Academy 7. It’s sad that there’s not a lot of talk about that.

Favorite books read last year?
See I was never a bibliophile. Only a recent one. So it may go to Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.

Favorite books of all time?
Wait, I could have sworn I answered this question before.

What are you reading right now?
Ummm here’s another list:
Lady MacBeth’s Daughter
Of All the Stupid Things
Dead As A Doornail
Flash Burnout
Whatever catches my fancy

What are you reading next?
I think I’m having a hard time with my current reads.

Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
The Giver, The Thief Lord, Artemis Fowl, Stargirl.

Favorite book to re-read?
I actually rarely re-read books. I think the only one that I went out of my way to re-read was Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. I remember picking her up years ago at my library when she was a deb. Now she has like 7 books out already.

Do you ever smell books?
Yup! Sometimes those really old books. I’m like sniffing around trying to figure out what’s that stench when my nose finds the book. And there are times when I get a book and it has this heavy perfume scent.

Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Ew. I’ve read Anne Frank’s Diary and blarg. Never trying that again.

Monday Mystery: Josh Berk

So we have Josh Berk today! He's an upcoming author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (Feb. 9th 2010).
Josh: "Great questions! Ha! So fun. All answered! I might seem like I'm being a bit defensive/obnoxious, but it's all totally in good fun! I like to argue with the questions."

1.Name your favorite disco song/artist.
How old do you think I am? Just because I had a big bushy jewfro in highschool doesn't mean I'm old enough to remember disco. I went to high school in the '90s! I listened to punk rock and alternative jams. Still do! That said, I guess I'll go with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" for the sheer ridiculousness of the multi-shake title.

2. Have you ever worn platform heels or white bellbottom jeans?
Seriously: I am not that old.

3. Have you ever attempted to do a split?
Not intentionally. I like to move as little as possible, basically.


4. Did you ever have the sudden urge to bathe yourself in macaroni and cheese?
Not until now that you mention it.

5. Mud cake, any experience with those?
Is this a cake made of mud? That you eat? No.

6. Sticks and stones may break my bones but what about giant loofahs?
Err on the side of caution, my friend.

7. You have a choice between being shredded by a chainsaw or being eaten by a dinosaur as a whole, which would you choose?
I think there is something seriously wrong with anyone who wouldn't go dino in this scenario.

8. You’re left in a room with only a spoon and a screaming baby, what’s your plan of attack?
Are you implying that a possible plan would be to use the spoon to eat the baby? I'm against the eating of babies, despite what you've heard.

9. I have a rock and you have a piece of paper, who do you think will win the battle?
I'm a pretty serious RPS (rochambeau) player, so yes, I have often wondered why it is that paper covers rock. Why doesn't the rock just smash through? Or why didn't they pick some other three things that would work better? Maybe like hammer, nail, wood. The hammer could beat nail, nail could pierce wood, and wood could ... wait, that doesn't work either. What was the question? I'd still win. If anyone reading this meets me in person, challenge me to rock-paper-scissors. I promise I will win. Every. Time.

10. This is your last song, would you like to take a bow, jump into the crowd of fans, or pull down your pants for the most memorable finale alive?
I'm pretty sure anyone who knows me even the slightest bit can guess the answer ;)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

My TBR Pile--Holy F***ing Shit!


Okay so Alea asked if I could show her my TBR pile--both to review and for myself--after she posted hers on twitter. So I dragged all my books from the basement, carry it to my room, and attempt a vlog. Vlog was a disaster but hey, at least the pictures turned out pretty.

So the 3 piles above are mostly my own TBR books. There are a sprinkling of review books in there. There are also some rejects that I plan not to review because a) it's a series to which I haven't read the previous books to b) not interested c) all of the above or d) I forgot that I owned the book... wait! e) I'm borrowing it but didn't feel like separating it into the other pile.


These piles consist of books that I plan to read in the near future and am definitely keeping and my review books. The 3 piles way above are the ones that I'm not sure if I plan to keep. The first stack is of course the review pile hence the ARCs. Second is the TBR that I'm going to keep and read in near future.

Anyway now that I've compiled all the books into one space I realized how much books I have O_O I still think Alea beats me in the amount of books though. Still it's all very scary looking.

If anyone sees any titles they want more clarification on, email me. Because I'm scared for my life, if want (a) book(s) email me, we can work out a trade or money sounds good right about now. *grumbles* damn you class fees, why must you be so high!? it's not like you're paying for a class trip. Granted there are some books you cannot have but I'm feeling very very lazy to make a list. Email me a list of what you're interested in~

P.S. I actually forgot some books...there are probably like 10 more scattered in my house that I forgot to bring upstairs.


The Letter Garden said I could make a chair out of my TBR books ;P

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Reminder Post

You only have so many days left to enter my contest meme: Books by its Cover. I'm offering some snazzy books and swags so enter! enter! enter! (trust me, I just updated my sidebar! I do that almost every month)

I basically write a poem describing a book and you have to guess which is it! You have 4 shots or 4 entries to this contest: 1 2 3 4


Books By Its Cover (10)

Graham crackers
Hersey’s chocolate
Roasted marshmallows
With a hint of pink nail polish
The perfect set up for a sleepover
At summer camp

Email me your guess. Remember to use a different for every new poem! Prizes are on the right hand side.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Hollow


The Hollow by Jessica Verday (September 1st 2009—Simon Pulse)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey has never felt so desperately alone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.”

Review: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS

I must admit I’ve been dying to read this book since last year when word leaked out. In some areas The Hollow impressed me but in others, it fell short.

First off judging from the summary you can presume that the story will heavily revolve on the death of Kristen or some feature of her correct? Sadly it was about 10% Kristen and 75% Caspian swooning, 5% Sleepy Hollow legend, and 10% daily life activity.

Just chapters after the funeral with Kristen, Abbey somewhat falls in love with Caspian. I was a bit shocked and miffed at this development. Even more so when Kristen is practically dismissed for the next couple of chapters while Abbey continues to swoon over Caspian. Verday though manages to deal with Abbey’s grief in the middle of novel of Kristen while inserting several flashbacks of their friendships throughout some chapters. We then get a peak of Kristen’s secret diary and a mystery “D” whom Kristen falls in love with. We dealt with that for about a chapter then nothing more until seemingly the last few chapters (only about a line or two). It’s all very much frustrating.

I enjoyed the little tidbits of how Abby creates perfumes, the fact that the author talked about the Legend of Sleepy Hollow for readers who may have never heard of it, and the many twists. The old couples? Yup. Caspian? Yup. Abbey running away when nothing makes sense? Definitely yes! Seriously I’m tired of people poking their noses into things that you shouldn’t. You know those scary movies where you’re screaming at the screen “No! You stupid idiot, run! Don’t open that door!” From that moment on I gained respect for Abbey (too bad it was like the last chapter when it happened).

And finally Caspian. I liked him in the very beginning with his weird, funky do (very pale yellow with a jet black streak) but then he plummeted on my “like” scale when he confessed to Abbey that he never loved her. Wow. You suck. Can’t believe you led her on for…24 chapters just to shoot her down. He started out promising; kind, sweet, a bit secretive for my taste, and edgy. The twist in the end I should have expected….

The secrets and mysteries of The Hollow are never fully answered. It just builds and builds, up until the point where I’m frighten that Verday may not be able to answer them all...or at least to the expectation that the readers may want.

Overall: A many missing holes.

Cover C
A lot of people seem to really like this cover but I’m not so sure of it myself. I’m 90% creeped out by the model. Are her eyes supposed to be that wide? And the eye makeup adds to the creep factor for me. It makes her look so much older than 17 or so. I do, however, love the font. It’s like it’s also going with the tide of the water (I’m guessing that the model is partially in the water). Also I think that perhaps that the cover is real life is not as striking nor as pretty as the online version.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Traveling to Teens: Dina and Daniel Nayeri

This week we're traveling with the sibiling duo of Dina and Daniel. We can find them at their website: http://www.danielanddina.com!
1. Can you explain the writing process. Like who writes what and the order. Is it a free for all?
Dina: Our writing styles tend to be pretty different, so we first have to spend a month or more brainstorming a story, outlining, figuring out motifs and subplots and all sorts of other details. If we didn’t go through this step, writing a book together would be impossible, because we’d be shooting at two completely different targets. Since our styles are different we consciously choose a specific tone and voice for the book by sending excerpts back and forth. When we’re ready to begin writing, we each tackle a chapter and send it to the other. Then we edit each other’s chapter thoroughly, not just for weaknesses, but also to inject that piece with writing from both of us. Then the file gets sent back to the original writer, and edited again. We do this 3-4 times before a chapter is finalized and put in the first draft of the book.

Daniel: Well, D pretty much hit it (we plan like it's a bank heist, we write separately so we don't cut each other, and then we edit with enough red ink to film a horror movie).

2. What types of powers would you like?
Dina: No contest: Time travel or stopping time. I’m always fantasizing about what it would be like to stop time (especially on those mornings when you wish you could sleep another hour). Of course, one of the best parts of writing Another Faust was getting to explore the dark side of these super-power fantasies.

One power I would never want to have is reading minds though. If I had that power, I would turn it off. It would make me very unhappy to know what people are really thinking.

Daniel: Oh man, I'm a comic book geek, so I have charts on this question from back in the third grade. Of course, if you have Superman on the table, you gotta go with Superman. He pretty much has all the powers. But, of course, Superman isn't on the table--wouldn't be fair. And you can't pick Rogue powers, that'd be like wishing for more wishes. Soooo, I'm gonna go with Wolverine. I always loved that he didn't need to fly cause he could just jump out of a plane, hit the ground, and heal all the broken bones. Sweet.

3.What are you willing to give up for some awesome cookies?
Dina: Some slightly less awesome cookies.

But, wait... I don’t really have to give up anything, because Daniel can bake some crazy good pastries!

Daniel: Everything I own, except for the milk in my fridge.

4. Which character did you enjoy writing the most? Do you relate to the character?
Dina: Valentin and Victoria, because they get to have the most fun. And characters that flirt with evil tend to be most intriguing to me. Sadly, there were moments when I did relate to both of those characters. All five characters, in fact, were very much based on our own experiences as teens. So I guess I relate to all of them on some level (except for Madame Vileroy... For obvious reasons).

Daniel: I think Buddy is one of my favorites. As was Madame Vileroy. They were each difficult, one because he's almost inanimate, the other because she's perfect evil.

5. Who do you think is the most gorgeous person on the cover? (Curiosity will kill me one day lol)
Dina: Valentin. Oh, that hair.... Candlewick actually found the model specifically based on the hair, because of course, we wrote Valentin to have beautiful curls.

Daniel: Oh, gotta go with Valentin. Dude's hot, can't deny it. As for the ladies, I'm told a couple of them are still teens, so I have zero comment on their attractiveness. I think they all look like bright, confident young ladies who will stay in school and become leaders of culture, community, and industry.

Another Faust

Another Faust by Dina and Daniel Nayeri (August 25th 2009—Candlewick)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish - only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.”

But as the students claw their way up - reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty - the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most
unforgivable sins.

At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.”

Review: Another Faust was an interesting read that dealt with what you’re willing give up to have your wish come true. Selling your soul to the devil in a pretty dress, living only to feed off of others, there’s only so much one can do.

What I love the most was the concept of the book. The separate point of views that somehow twine the entire novel. I found each character exuberating whether they spoke volumes or their actions did for them. I especially enjoy the little paragraphs before each chapter talking of Vileroy’s past conquests—the one about about Truman. Ha! Cracked me up.

Victoria and Valentin were the clear cut pure evils of the bunch. More addicted than a box full of donuts to the power that Vileroy gave them. Bice, Christian and Belle were more of softer hearts although Belle showcased this more towards the end.

I thought the authors did a magnificent job at describing the powers, the consequences, the manipulation. But I did find it a bit tedious at times. There were more drama filled scenes and heavy detailed parts that came to par with Eragon.

I still have the trouble with the ending though.

**SPOILER**
I don’t understand how Bice’s 1 language of all the languages defeated Vileroy. I mean did she just cursed her out and walked out? Was there a significance?
**END SPOILER**

Overall: Another Faust proved to have an interesting plot but the heavy descriptions took away some of the splendor.

Cover B


THIS WAS A TRAVELING TO TEENS TOUR

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ruined: A Ghost Story

Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris (August 1st 2009—Point)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost.

A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.

As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend -- and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey -- she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?”

Review: Ruined relied heavily on the feel of New Orleans. Despite the fact that it’s smack dab in America, it has an exotic presence that the locals embrace. Ruined brought this feeling along with voodoo magic, haunting, and family ties. Emphasis on the family tree.

Morris does an exceptional job tying history to the book. She explains briefly of New Orleans’s background, a detailed life of Lisette—cause and effect—and the ties that each family has of the city. This was Morris’s greatest strength for me. Her ability to mold a story within a story.

Lisette’s story was one of tragedy. Karma comes back a full 180 when her death is the main cause of the death of 16 to turn 17, 7 daughters in one family. Not to say that the family is kind of crazy and demented (there sort of are, half tempted to shove one of the girls off the roof myself). Of course Lisette isn’t bitter about the whole thing—150 years can do that to a girl—but she has a great personality. I was completely beguiled of her story from beginning to end.

However I would to mention that some things threw me off. There was this issue with the colons. As in a lot of them. At odd times.

"She couldn't seeor hear the group she'd followed: They'd left the central path and disappeared down one of the alleys."

"And there was another strange thing about the students at Temple Mead Academy: They were all white."

"The layout of the school was confusing: It seemed to be a maze of locked doors, roped-off staircases, and dark hallways that led nowhere in particular."

"This was a lie: Rebecca didn't have a middle name at all"

"Rebecca felt out of step: The curriculum in Louisiana was completely different from the one she'd been following in New York."

Another thing was that the narration would lose at points. I got confused easily and had to back-track to set things straight. The ending needed a bit of clean up. A lot of it was assumptions albeit very easy assumptions, but it would be nice for a clean break. Also the conflict after Lisette’s passing was left unanswered.

Cover B
In person the cover is much pretty. There’s a smidge of a stencil work of leaves near the girl on the cover. It pops in the right light. I found it to be a very nice touch.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I Am A Cover Whore

The first to do when you have an addiction is to admit your problem: I am a cover whore. So of course I went out of my way to get the UK/Aus. cover of Graceling by Kristin Cashore because how can you not--that cover is amazing! So I accidentally got two copies, the UK version and the Australian version. See I was planning to get rid of one but then I noticed that the two are slightly different.


Notice that front is nearly identical. That's what I expected from the pictures that Amazon UK and Amazon Au showed.


But now notice the spine. See how the UK has the full silhouette of Katsa? The Australian edition is just a cropped version of the front cover. I much prefer the UK's spine. It seems more complete like they meant to that instead of a "opps" moment that the Australian version gives off.


Now see how the back is different? The UK has the snow on the bottom and more definition. It gives more perspective from the clouds. The Australian one is more of zoom in section from the UK. Upper right hand corner, zoom in and enlarge.

So overall the UK edition wins hands down. Too bad the one I have the spine is cracked.

Monday Mystery: Allen Zadoff

Why write a book about food?

Allen Zadoff, author of Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have

They say write about what you know, and I know food. I don’t know it in a professional way like a contestant on Top Chef or the guy who yells a lot on Cake Boss, I know it in a personal way, as a formerly fat kid, someone who got down and dirty with more than his share of pizza, donuts, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Actually, I used to love leftovers more than meals. I’d wait until my parents went to sleep and then I’d sneak into the kitchen and put cold, leftover lasagna into a bagel and eat it like a giant pasta sandwich! I hid food up my sleeves, in my pockets, under my mattress. Anywhere as long as I could eat it without being seen. I was just like a girl on a date. I’d eat a small salad in front of my family, and the minute they left the house, I’d gobble down an entire bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

I loved food, but I hated feeling different. And that was the downside of overeating: it made me really big, and I was miserable because of it. In my novel Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have, the protagonist, Andrew Zansky, suffers in a lot of the same ways I did in high school. Not fitting into desks, avoiding gym class like the plague, being invisible to girls… it’s the universal story of fat kids (boys and girls) the world over. The difference is that I was pretty serious, and Andrew is one of those kids who is really funny about things, and his journey is a lot different than mine because he sort of comes to appreciate his body and make peace with his size. Who said big is bad, right? But I didn’t know that until I was like 28 years old and I’d lost a whole lot of weight. Maybe I’m a slow learner.

So I think you’re getting the idea that Food, Girls is not just about food, but it's about what it feels like to be big in small world, and I wrote it because that was my actual experience for a long time. But Andrew isn’t the only character who wants to be different in the novel. There’s April, a Korean girl who wears blue contacts so she’ll look more—I don’t know what. And Nancy Yee who hates being so skinny. It seems like that’s part of the human condition, doesn’t it? We always want to be different than we are. But isn’t being different what makes us so interesting in the first place?

Anyway, these are the kinds of questions I explore in Food, Girls. I hope you’ll read it when it comes out in September, and let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Books By Its Cover (9)

Jet black
Ghostly white
Freckled face
Music creates
Motion
Waves
Pattern

Email me your guess! Prizes are on the right side so you're entering for those!~

Friday, August 21, 2009

Winners of Geektastic

The contest for 3 copies of Geektastic ended sometime this week and while I didn't get as many entries as I would have hoped for I am happy to announce the 3 lucky winners:

"It's hard to pick just one geeky moment as the geekiest.

I once told my husband how proud I was of my leadership experience in high school - after all, I was the secretary of the Star Trek club. He said that I probably shouldn't be bragging about that to a lot of people.

But when the new Star Trek movie came out, guess who got all dressed up in his Star Fleet uniform to go with me to the movie? I have photos of us all decked out here:

http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/05/sunday-salon-happy-mothers-day.html

I have a lot of other geeky moments, but I'll stick with the Star Trek one here. :) You know, my friends and I were nicknamed "the nerd herd" in junior high. We were so nerdy that we were proud of it."
(you seem to always win my contests that you enter for Alyce! :P)

"Well I really have too many stories to tell you because I am probably the biggest geek in my family lol. But here is one of my favorites....

I was in Borders with my little sister and I was in the Sci-fi section and fantasy re organizing the books (because they were a mess!) when I noticed someone asking (to a employee) about a series of books just like Twilight. The Employee did not know, so I walked up and started to name off titles and authors (Sookie Stackhouse, Vampire diaries ect.) Then I told them what sections they were in. The people stared at me and asked I I worked there I said no and then I found out the employee was a manager, and got offered a job. My family still makes fun of me telling me I need to let people do their jobs lol.

So thats it hope you enjoyed it =)"
"Oh my God... I can think of a million geeky things I've done, so I'll just list a few of them. Most of these are things I've never revealed on the internet before...

- I've managed to get away with making comic books for major school projects TWICE! And they both got A's. One was about the rock cycle, complete with a talking rock, cavemen, giant fish, and a bratty Victorian pre-teen. The other had to be about Greek architecture... so I wrote a story and made a comic about a time-traveling, evil-destroying, guardian of time who had to stop an entity of pure chaos from altering history.

- This one is something I look back on with pure embarrassment... I was about 10 or 11 and I decided to become my own mascot for my town's summer festival. I called myself Airhead Girl (what was I thinking?!) and rode my scooter around town... with a pinwheel stuck in the top of my helmet... with balloons tied to it. I had a face painter write "Airhead Girl" on my forehead. Eventually the balloons and pinwheel floated away without me noticing... and someone caught it on film!

- I planned out a Kim Possible fanfiction set in a future where Kim and Ron have kids. It involved aliens. And I drew pictures of the characters...

- I dressed up as the main character from a book I'm writing for Halloween last year (a blue-haired Atlantean princess.) My best friend did the same thing for a character in her book and we kept having to explain who we were... and got a lot of strange looks. Then we had a giant shaving cream and silly string fight with a bunch of other people in her backyard. Except everyone else got to the cans before we did, so we threw peanuts and grabbed spray bottles for watering plants and blasted people while yelling war cries. Maybe it was the sugar...

- I'm an obsessive YA fan. Enough said."
Congrats ladies! You have the option to email me your address when you see this or I'll email you sometime next week (should I remember).

P.S. I'm really behind on my book mailings so I apologize to Jess and Summer who are still waiting their prizes! Eek!

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman (October 1st 2009—Scholastic)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Ryan and Sarah are trapped inside the mystery of Skeleton Creek. Nothing in their town is what it first appears to be. And there are forces at work that want to keep old secrets buried…at any rate.
Clue by clue, the pieces begin to add up—and they all point to danger. In his journal, Ryan tries to chronicle his discoveries. Meanwhile, Sarah investigates and captures what she sees on video.

As time starts to run out, Ryan and Sarah are forced to make more and more desperate moves to get to the heart of the mystery. Someone—alive or dead—is trying to stop them. And as the stakes get higher, so do the risks.

There are threes sides to this story: Ryan’s. Sarah’s. And the deadly truth.”

Review: Ghost in the Machine has tough act to follow about Skeleton Creek and in some ways it lacked the ompf factor.

Just as Skeleton Creek we follow Ryan and Sarah uncover the mystery of the dredge number 42 haunted by the ghost of Joe Bush—or is it really him…?

The intricacy of the book is still here as well as the fear. Every last detail counts in this series as we go back and forth trying to uncover what really happened. Ghost in the Machine is the final book in this exciting series and the ending of course was just as spectacular as the beginning. We finally figure out the true identity of the ghost of Joe and the reasons why he did so.

The reason why Ghost in the Machine did not do as well as Skeleton Creek was because of the first page. On the first page Ryan somehow writes a list of names related to the dredge that no amount of reading will give the reader as to how he knows this. Ryan claims that he must of wrote it the night before he fell asleep after coming home from the dredge. He doesn’t remember that night, only fragments. What I loved so much of Skeleton Creek was the fact that it gave the reader reasons for everything! Ryan didn’t just magically come up with a list of names, he searched for the cooperation linking to several people and from there it expanded.

Ghost in the Machine provides entertainment as I read both books in one sitting, in less than a day, and wanting more from Patrick Carman.

Overall: Exciting, with twists, but not as in depth as I would have liked.

Cover C+

Go here to see the companion videos (at least I think this is where you go...?)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

BBAW and Nominations

So I'm going to follow the choo choo train that my other bloggers led and do a post as well. I was just recently informed via email that I've been nominated for 6 categories. Insert my first reaction: Hua!? Combination of wha and huh.



Most Humorous/Funniest Blog
Most Extravagant Giveaways
Best YA Blog
Most Concise
Best Reviews
Best Writing

I already submitted my entries and is now waiting...waiting...waiting. Anyway I already know I won't win (but I had nothing to lose (except for my pride and dignity lol) so I thought why the heck not) but I'm hoping to make it somewhere on one of those lists!

I already dropped out of the Best Writing category because I didn't feel like I really deserved that one. I consider myself an overgrown 5th grader with a potty mouth. I thought I knew someone who did deserve it but she didn't get nominated coughcoughStephSucough. The other nominations I'm being super optimistic about. Not expecting a lot though (oh crap, that's me being a pessimist).

As for the humorist part I was pretty much shocked about that! Whoever finds me funny is a sicko and you deserve a hug for that! I FINALLY FOUND MY PEEPS! *hugs*

All the nominations are closed and it's now in the judges virtual hands. Cross your fingers that someone you know will win and deserves it too! (And I'm not talking about me. I know a fair number of bloggers who deserve to win in their respected categories!)

Pst--I honestly didn't know what some of those categories meant like "Most Concise" so I did a guess and pray.

Skeleton Creek

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman (February 1st 2009—Scholastic)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary: “Something mysterious is happening in Skeleton Creek. Something scary. Something sinister...

Ryan came close to it...and nearly died. Now he's trapped in his house. He can't trust anyone--not even himself.

He is forbidden from seeing his best friend, Sarah. So when Ryan is isolated and alone, she plunges back into the mystery, putting her life on the line to get the truth.

Ryan is desperately trying to write down the full story. And while he does, Sarah takes videos of what she finds, then sends him the links so he can watch.

Together they discover: The past is dangerous. The present is haunted. And the future is deadly.”

Review: There was something exceedingly extraordinary about Skeleton Creek that left me hanging off the edge of my seat. Not because it was too frightening, it was just something enthralling and captivating about the narration that forced me to continue.

First thing I have to say is how much I love the presentation of the book. The book itself is a composition notebooks tucked into a plastic sleeve similar to that of how a VHS is done. It’s a combination of both Sarah and Ryan—video and writing.

I love the intricacy of the book. At first I was thrown off by how many little things the author wrote about—it made absolutely no sense. Then he threw the word “alchemy” then it all came together like a jigsaw puzzle. I love the pictures, the notes, the newspaper articles—they all provided the reader interesting facts as well as building the mystery up.

The ending will make the reader cry for the sequel. Luckily for me I had the sequel at the same time I had this book. I probably would have cried too if I didn’t have the sequel—it was that much of a cliffhanger.

Overall: Great book if you’re looking for a thriller.

Cover C+
Cover elicits an indifference from me.

Go here to see the companion videos (at least I think this is where you go...?)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Poll: Winner for Hotness

So you guys may have remembered my poll for the models of ANOTHER FAUST to see which one is the hottest. Sadly Jarrett won by a landslide...BUT! Both the authors and I voted for Jonny so he automatic wins! *blows raspberry*

Waiting on Wednesday! (26)

This meme is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!

Undead Much by Stacey Jay (January 21st 2009--Razorbill)
Even Zombie Settlers with Super Hot Boyfriends get the Blues...

A few months ago I was a normal girl with a normal life. But that was before my power to Settle the Undead returned and someone tried to kill me with zombies.

Now I work magic and practice kicking butt while trying to find time for pom squad and my boyfriend, Ethan, and trying NOT to think about how freaky my life has become. It can be tough. Still…things could be worse…

Oh yeah, right:
1. Feral new super-strong zombies. Check.
2. Undead psychic hottie predicting a zombie apocolypse. Check.
3. Earth-shattering secrets that could land me in Settler prison for life. Check.
4. Cheerleader vs. pom squad turf war threatening the end of the half time as we know it. Check.

I’m going to need therapy (and a cookie) if I live through the week. Unfortunately I’m learning that’s not something Zombie Queens can take for granted.

WANT WANT WANT

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Traveling to Teens: Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce is twenty-five years old and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist. In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.
1. There are many butterflies on the ARC cover of AS YOU WISH. Do you think the butterflies symbolize anything? What animal do you think best describes the word "wish"?
I think the butterflies were chosen for their whimsy-- I suppose they also sort of encompass the word "wish" in a lighthearted, magical kind of way. Though personally, I always think of wish=horses, personally, because of that "If wishes were horses" poem.

2. Jinn has the ability to roam around as he please while Viola decides on a wish. Would you prefer to be a free-bound genie or a lamp-contained genie? I mean you could snaz the lamp up however way you want and can just snooze while you wait.
I guess I'd have to say free-bound, because I don't think I could handle being cooped up like this, but that WOULD mean sacrificing any sort of "home." That's part of what Jinn goes through in the book-- he's essentially homeless, but via Viola he has a home, in a sense...am I giving stuff away? Maybe I should not talk about the book. I accidently gave away the ending of LOOKING FOR ALASKA yesterday, I don't want to keep being Sally Spoiler.

3. Genies grant wishes. Ifrits help things move along quicker even at a more harmful cost. Are you more suited to being a genie or an ifrit?
I'd actually say I-- and most people-- are more Ifrit than wish granter. The Ifrit aren't *bad*, they're simply protecting the people they care about. I think I'm much more likely to do that than grant the wishes of strangers :)

4. Aside from being a writer, do you see yourself as a painter (like Viola) or an actor (somewhat similar to Lawrence)?
I think I'm probably more of an actor than a painter-- I can't really draw all to well, but really enjoy things like videos, public speaking, and performing.

5. On page 51 you seem to poke fun of Keanu Reeves for being a bad actor. Do you have a favorite actor/actress?
I mean, seriously. The guy is just awful. But no, I honestly don't have a favorite actor/actress-- I'm more invested in the movies themselves (from a story point of view) than who is appearing in them. That said, I have a serious weakness of romantic comedies and star-vehicle teen movies (Hello, Hannah Montana: The Movie!), so perhaps my taste in movie-plots isn't that good either?

As You Wish

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce (August 25th 2009—Harper Teen)

Grade: 4.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Ever since Viola’s boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wising—for someone to love her again and, most importantly, to belong again—until her wishes inadvertently summon a genie out of his world and into her own. But it’s only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she’s fallen in love with Jinn…and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.”

Review: Wow! It just seems that in the short of a few days I’ve uncovered a lost treasure trove of books. As You Wish was sweet but with a touch of sadness.

Viola goes through a breakup with a best friend since childhood because, you guessed it, he’s gay! It seems that all the good man are always gay, taken, or, you know, “mythical”. She goes through a change that leaves her sad, but just lonely. She can’t find her place where she belongs, giving herself the nickname Invisible Girl. Sure everyone’s nice to her but it felt that she’s not whole when Lawrence broke up with her. Then Jinn comes along…

Viola was a perfect main character. She grew throughout the entire novel. Jinn was such a swoonful man. In general I thought the progression of the storyline was smooth. This entire setup was nicely done that gave an ease of effortlessness. Magically delicious.

Honestly there isn’t much I can say about this book, just pick it when it comes out!

Overall: Awesome!

Cover C
I actually love the ARC cover more. It’s like they went from okay to bleck.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Radio Disney Horrors!

So I was challenege to listen to Radio Disney which I did. It was horrifying to say the least. Anyway this is what I heard:








  1. The Wiggles "Here Comes A Bear"
  2. Imagination Movers "Mover Music"
  3. Disney's Silly Songs "Little Bunny Foo Foo"
  4. Ralph's World "Dinosaur Rumble"
  5. Choo Choo Soul "A, B, C,"
  6. Dan Zanes "Let's Shake"
  7. Ooh, Aah, and You "Coconut Song"
  8. Yimon and Pumba "Stand By Me"
  9. Higglytown Heroes "We Are Going to a Restaurant"
  10. 101 Dalmations Sing-A-Long "Pongo"
  11. Mickey Mouse "Mickey's Countdown"
  12. Tigger & Pooh "My Friends Tigger & Pooh"
  13. Food Songs "Aye-Ay-Ay-Ay"
  14. Higglytown Heroes "Higsquah"
  15. Baby Jamz "Old McDonald"
  16. Doodlebops "Thank You"
  17. Goofy "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  18. Imagination Movers "Jungle Room"
  19. Hannah Montana & David Archuleta "I Wanna Know You"
  20. Aly & AJ "Like Whoa"
  21. Ashley Tisdale "It's Alright, It's OK"
  22. The Black Eyed Peas "Don't Lie"
  23. Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez "One & The Same"
  24. 3 Doors Down "It's Not My Time"
  25. Jonas Brothers "Fly With Me"
  26. Carrie Underworld "All-American Girl"
  27. Flo Rida "Jump"
  28. Beyonce "Halo"
  29. Mitchel Musso & Tiffany Thorton "Let It Go"
  30. Jordin Sparks "One Step At A Time"
  31. Honor Society "Where Are You Now"
  32. Jonas Brothers "Paranoid"
  33. Ashley Tisdale "I Want It All"
  34. Miley Cyrus "He Could Be The One"
  35. Plain White T's "Hey There, Delilah"
  36. Kellie Pickler "Best Days of Your Life"
  37. Demi Lovato "This is Me"
  38. Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"
  39. Cascada "What Hurts the Most"
  40. Jessica McCarthy "How Do You Sleep"
  41. Mitchel Musso "Hey"
  42. Daughtry "No Surprise"
  43. Jonas Brothers "Tonight"
  44. Shiloh "Operator"
  45. Rascal Flatts "What Hurts the Most"
  46. Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez "One & The Same"
  47. Zac Effron & Vanessa Hudgens "Right Here Right Now"
  48. Ashley Tisdale "It's Alright, It's OK"
  49. Jordan Pruitt "Jump To the Rhythm"
  50. Allstar "Journey to the end of my Life"
  51. Jonas Brothers featuring Miley Cyrus "Before the Storm"
  52. Sean Kingston "Fire Burning"
  53. Mitchel Musso "The In-Crowd"
  54. the Ting Tings "That's Not My Name"
  55. Beyonce "Halo"
  56. Drew Seeley & Selena Gomez "New Classic"
  57. Hannah Montana "Ice Cream Freeze"
  58. Black Eyed Peas "Don't Lie"
  59. Nickelback "If Today Was Your Last Day"
  60. Corbin Bleu "Run It Back Again"
  61. Jonas Brothers "Paranoid"
  62. Jesse McCarthy "Beautiful Soul"
  63. Comic book Heroes "Catch Me If You Can"
  64. Yaylor Swift "You belong With Me"
  65. Demi Lovato "Here We Go Again"
  66. Sara Bareilles "Love Song"
  67. Miley Cyrus "He Could Be The One
  68. Mitchel Musso "Hey"
  69. Nickelback "Gotta Be Somebody"
  70. Jordin Sparks "Battlefield"
  71. Hilary Duff "with Love"
  72. David Cook "Come Back to Me"
  73. Alyson Stoner "Dancing in the Moonlight"
  74. Jojo "Leave"
  75. Kristinia DeBarge "Goodbye"
  76. Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"
  77. Jesse McCathney "How Do You sleep"
  78. Jason Mzar "I'm Yours"
  79. Savannah Outen "If Only You Knwo"
  80. Mitchel Musso "Hey"
  81. Plain White T's "1, 2, 3, 4"
  82. Jordin Sparks "Battlefield"
  83. Jonas Brothers "Kids of the Future"
  84. Daughtry "No Surprise"
  85. Hannah Montana & David Archuleta "I Wanna Know"
  86. Aly & A.J. "Rush"
  87. Allstar "Journey to the End of my Life"
  88. Ashley Tisdale "It's Alright, It's OK"
  89. Sean Kingston "Fire Burning"
  90. Boys Like Girls "Thunder"
  91. Steve Rushton "Rady to Rock'
  92. Daniel Powter "Bad Day"
  93. Jonas Brothers "Fly With Me"
  94. Paramore "Decode"
  95. Beyonce "Halo"
  96. Bowling for Soup "1985"
  97. Miley Cyrus "Ice Cream Freeze"
  98. Comic Book Heroes "Catch Me If You Can"
  99. Demi Lovato "Here We Go Again"
  100. Jesse McCartney "Leavin'"
  101. Jonas Brothers "Paranoid"
  102. Honor Society "Where Are You Now"
  103. David Cook "Come Back to Me"
  104. Jesse McCartney "Beautiful Soul"
  105. Jordin Sparks "Battlefield"
  106. Aly & AJ "Like Whoa"
  107. Justin Bieber "One Time"
  108. Ashley Tisdale "It's Alright, It's OK"
  109. Daniel Curtis Lee & Adam Hicks "U Can't Touch This"
  110. Natasha Bedingfield "Pocketful of Sunshine"
  111. Miley Cyrus "He Cold Be The One"
  112. High School Musical "We're All in this Together"
  113. Jonas Brothers "Fly With Me"
  114. We The Kings " Check Yes Juliet"
  115. Beyonce "Halo"
  116. Will.i.am "I Like to Move It"
  117. Emily Osment "The Hero in Me"
  118. Miley Cyrus "The Climb"
  119. Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah"
  120. Kellie Pickler "Best Days of Your Life"
  121. Jonas Brothers "Paranoid"
  122. Flo Rida "Jump"
  123. Paramore "Decode"
  124. Honors Society "Where Are You Now"
  125. Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"
  126. Demi Lovato "Get Back"
  127. David Cook "Come Back to Me"
  128. Steve Rushton "Ready to Rock"
  129. Miley Cyrus "He Could be the One"
  130. Tiffany Giardina "No Average Angel"
  131. The Black Eyed Peas "No Lie"
  132. Beyonce "Halo"
  133. Justin Bieber "One Time"
  134. We the Kings "Check Yes Juliet"
  135. Jonas Brothers "Paranoid"
  136. Hillary Duff "With Love"
  137. Daniel Curtis Lee & Adam Hicks "U Can't Touch This"
I also had my Taylor blogger icon for a month now so we can say good-bye to that!

Birthday Surprise and Traveling to Teens


Also Jess at Lost in a Book is having a birthday contest:

1. ARC of Shiver
2. ARC of How to Say Good-bye in Robot
3. ARC of As You Wish
4. ARC of Give Up the Ghost
5. ARC of Lipstick Apology
6. ARC of Devoured
7. ARC of The Sweetheart of Prosper County
8. Hardcover copy of Eyes Like Stars
9. Hardcover copy of Hannah (Daughters of the Sea)

Let her know that I've refered you and you can get extra entries as well!~

Monday Mystery: Michelle Zink

Who You Need

It may seem like writing is a solitary profession – and in some ways, it is – but it shouldn’t be. Really, it’s good to have all kinds of people around when you’re working on that first draft or, horror of horror, revising.

And in my experience, that includes;

1. Someone who will tell you you’re brilliant

Let’s face it, sometimes we’re not looking for constructive criticism. Sometimes we don’t want someone to tell us that a character could be better developed or the pacing is slow at the beginning of the book. In fact, sometimes those comments just make us cry. Or scream. Or throw things. In short, sometimes we just need to be told our work is awesome.

2. Someone who will tell you the truth

Because even though it feels good to have someone tell you that you are brilliant, surrounding yourself with only those kinds of people won’t do you any good in the long run. In the long run, you need someone who loves you and your work enough to tell it to you straight. But only while you can still fix it. After that, see Necessary person #1.

3. Someone who will tell people you are busy

Because when you are in the writing groove – that amazing, exhilarating place where the story feels like it’s telling itself – even something like a phone call can blow it all to bits. Come to think of it, this is doubly true when you’re in that horrifying, depressing place where you can’t even remember what the story’s ABOUT.

4. Someone who will bring you food

Actually, make that someone who will bring you decent food. That’s because if you’re on a deadline or just in the zone, there will be long periods when you will eat nothing punctuated by moments of sheer gluttony with whatever you can get your hands on. Preferably something you can eat while typing. In short, a writer can live on hand-held food alone.

5. Someone to remind you that you are more than a writer.

Because you ARE. It’s easy to get caught up in our work and in seeing our work in the public eye. It’s easy to worry about what reviewers, critics, readers, and bloggers, think. But we need people in our lives to remind us that we are more than our writing. A child needing a bedtime story, a spouse needing a companion (and talk about anything BUT writing), a friend needing a shoulder to cry on, a pet needing to be fed. All of these remind us that, however all-encompassing our work can feel (and it CAN. We do, after all, spend large parts of our lives in made-up towns, planets, worlds), we are more than that. LIFE is more than that.

And having people around us to put it all in perspective is the best kind of gift.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Books By Its Cover (8)

Blue and brown
Monarch butterfly
Resting on frozen fingers

Short poem this week. Remember to email me your guess!

Friday, August 14, 2009

I Can’t Keep My Own Secret: Six-word Memoirs

I Can’t Keep My Own Secret: Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary: “True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled Not Quite What I Was Planning, the New York Times bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series—an international phenomenon. Some of the very best were by teens, so the editors decided to create a book written entirely by those bold, brash truth-tellers. From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.”

Review: This book is a collection of humor, sass, and anguish. We start off with a 6 word memoir by none other than Ernest Hemingway “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”. It was a perfect starting point and a challenge to every other teen to mimic Hemmingway’s short story. How much of the truth can you hide in just 6 words? A lot it seems.

Contemplated joining the circus. Foolishly chose college—Sally C.

My dad has more MySpace friends—Daryle J.

These are just two 6-word memoirs that popped out for me. This book has something for everyone with such a diverse voice of which hundreds (800 I believe) teens spoke out and gave their life story. Teens across the country can relate to at least one memoir out of the many. You may see both familiar and unfamiliar names as you embark on a read of their worlds, their life stories, their 6 word memoirs.

The famous teens gave some of the uninspiring meant to be inspiring 6 words that elicited a yawn. I wanted something more powerful but what can you do. Luckily it was just a mere few pages with the rest as mesmerizing as can be.

Also our very own Khy is in the book! That is a definite reason to pick this book when it releases in September!

Overall: Addicting and with such a short read, this book packs a punch.

Cover C-
Meh.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Never Cry Werewolf

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis (September 1st 2009—Harper Teen)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Shelby’s summer plans go totally awry when her horrible stepmother sends her off to “brat camp” as punishment for one too many broken curfews. Camp is full of spoiled rich kids, obnoxious counselors wanting Shelby to talk about her feelings, and a totally inhumane “no cell phones” policy.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?”

Review: I was never one to get into the werewolf lusting craze for good reasons. One, they are freakishly hairy. Two, hello? Dog breath. C, they have no manners. Um, ripping your clothes off like the hulk does not make up more attractive. But of course a TEEN werewolf is another story, one titled Never Cry Werewolf.

Shelby has this evil stepmother demanding that Shelby be sent off to brat camp—hoping to cure her of her boy troubles. Well the jokes on the stepmom because Houston, we have a problem. Thy name is Austin. Rock star’s kid, British (oh la la), and owns a leather jacket. It’s all static between the two as things sizzle. But oh course expect the unexpected, Austin’s a werewolf.

Never Cry Werewolf is not one that makes the reader think very hard. It’s a simple read, read, read, don’t think type of book. You won’t get much from it and I don’t think it expects you to. A short and sweet book.

The characters were floating through the surface of the water. You just can’t dig deep enough of them. The plotline was a bit shaky as I had issue trying to follow along. But I did figure out one thing. I may dislike summer camp books but I kind of have a thing for brat camp books.

Overall: It’s best not to compare this to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye but rather a typically teen novel with its cute plot.

Cover B

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Contest You Should Know!

So I'm here to spread you some cheer and let you guys know of a contest. A SUPER DUPER AWESOME CONTEST! One that includes CATCHING FIRE (that's right!) AND Hush, Hush (oh yeah!)

Prizes you can win:
1. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ARC
2. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen ARC
3. Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters ARC
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ARC
5. Troy High by Shana Norris ARC
6. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott ARC
7. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn ARC
8. Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
9. Death by Series by Linda Gerber (3 books total)
10. a 5 dollar giftcard from Walmart (you can buy yourself half of a book with it, lol)
11. 3 Sarah Dessen books ( Just Listen, This Lullaby, Someone Like You)
12. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
13. Fire By Kristin Cashmore ARC
14. Last but not least, I have some extra amazon cards, so I will also include a preorder for CATCHING FIRE BY SUZANNE COLLINS. It will be shipped to on or around Sept 1st (whenever they ship it)
AND a book of your choice (under $15.00 please and it can be a preorder as long as it comes out in September-so many good books get released)

So go here and let Cindy know that I've sent you! If you want to let me know that you've entered and let her know with my name I'll give you an extra entry to this contest I'm having next month! Two books are up for grabs from me, Give Up the Ghost and Candor. Interested? Then enter her contest, let her know that I've sent you and let me know here at my blog.

Candor

Candor by Pam Bachorz (September 22nd 2009—Egmont)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.”

Review: I wanted to lavish the book with compliments, with praise, with excitement on my face about how freaking much I love this book. Of course though, there’s a but (there’s always a but). I had some annoying frustration on my end when I first read Candor.

I guess my biggest reluctance would be Oscar. Oscar at some point seemed childish to me. His attraction to Nia may have resulted to the fact that she represents everything Oscar abhors. Does he only love her because he hates this town, hates his father? Is it because she is “different” than what he knows? I’m going to do a loose (very loose) interpretation to the Oedipus/Oedipal complex. The Oedipus complex is mother-fixated which I connect Oscar with. His mother was different from Candor, his mother loved art, his mother left. That can also describe Nia—Nia leaves Candor with the help of Oscar. Maybe it’s just me (I’m thinking 99.99% it’s just me). Some think just seemed off about Oscar, but I guess it takes two to tango. Perhaps it was a combination of Nia and Oscar that dulled the book?

Onto to happy thoughts now. Candor provokes the inner battle of how much can you control someone until the person is no longer one actually. Get rid of the need to breathe, eat, and sleep and you have yourself a town full of robots. There are those who understand this and run, but sometimes it’s too late. It’s the perfect paradise whether you want it or not. It’s quite a gripping idea to never have the ability to think for yourself, leave this imprisonment, and gain any sort of freedom. And those that do leave suffer the side effects from the messages. Forever they have to live off these messages or face with the withdrawl from hell.

I didn’t get the intensity that many others had. I didn’t get the sense of awe that others had. I just had the sense of oh, okay feeling. However this did change toward the last few chapters of Candor. The desperation was palpable, the conflict was strong, and the disdain was tangible. Oh how I wanted to kill some of the characters.

The ending was the most marvelous attribute to the story! I dare not say a peep but just that Candor's ending may have sold me to Pam's next book (should she write one).

Overall: A plotline that was faltered by some of the characterization from its great potential.

Cover B+

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Kiss in the Dark by Lauren Henderson (April 13th 2010--Delacorte)

With Dan McAndrews's murder finally behind her, Scarlett has high hopes for a fresh start at Wakefield Hall Collegiate, the elite English boarding school her grandmother runs. Unfortunately, those hopes are dashed when her nemesis, the infamous Plum Saybourne, is transferred to the school. Plum wastes no time turning Scarlett's impressionable classmates against her.

Scarlett has dealt with Plum's nasty schemes before, and she can handle her archenemy very nicely, thank you - until Plum sets her sights on Scarlett's best friend, Taylor, and new boyfriend, Jase. Then Scarlett is more than willing to fight for what's rightfully hers.

Things only get worse after Scarlett becomes entangled in a mysterious death on campus. Scarlett is compelled to investigate because she wants to protect someone close to her. She never imagines that she'll uncover secrets related to her parents' fatal accident so many years ago. . . .


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