Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
We have some really cool news!! So, for the release of Unraveled by Gena Showalter, they're having a scavenger hunt! If you want to participate, just read this:
Gena Showalter’s YA series, Intertwined, about sixteen-year-old Aden Stone, a paranormal magnet who has, well had, four souls trapped in his head, continues this fall with the release of UNRAVELED (Harlequin, September 2010). Now, Aden is down to three souls bossing him around, but along the way he’s picked up the title of Vampire King to add to his ever-growing list of worries (which includes a prophecy that says he’ll bite the dust after a knife through the heart). To celebrate UNRAVELED’s release, Gena and her YA buds are hosting a scavenger hunt on their blogs.
The all-star lineup of hunt participants includes authors Rachel Caine, PC Cast, Marley Gibson, Rosemary Clement-Moore and Tina Ferraro, as well as Gena, natch, and The Knight Agency blog. Three grand prize winners will each win a $100 Visa gift card, plus Gena's giving away signed copies of UNRAVELED to five lucky runner-ups. All you have to do is find all eight letters, unscramble them and email the word to Contests(AT)KnightAgency.net. To find out where the letters are hiding in the great internet universe, click here for a contest road map and rules.
This contest runs from Monday, August 30th to Thursday, September 2nd. All entries must be received by Monday, September 6th at midnight ET.
Rating: 4 out of 5
No more little miss nice girl.
The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken on her fair share of bad guys. She's armed, dangerous, and not going down without a fight. So it's gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust...
Poor Dru. Her parents are long gone. Her best (okay, only) friend Graves has been bitten by a werwulf. And she just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. Now Dru's strange and handsome saviour, Christophe, has her hidden away at a secret Schola for djamphir and wulfen teens. Trouble is, she's the only girl in the place. The really bad news? Dru's killer instinct says that one of her schoolmates wants her dead.
With all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide...
So, as you can see, Margaret reviewed Strange Angels and now I am going to review Betrayals which are both in the same series that revolves around the not so fantastic life of Dru Anderson.
I find the series very fascinating because usually you'd think of a male protagonist being the one hunting down all the things that go bump in the night, but in this one, it's a teenage girl named Dru. In Betrayals, you see Dru go through her ups and downs and frustrations, while being at the Schola. You also see Graves change A LOT more (who is a loup-garou, a half human, half werewolf creature). He kinda turns into this kind of average, goth boy into a more manly... goth...boy. I really wished that Christophe were in this book more because in both books it doesn't really seem like he's there all the time... especially in this book. If he's a pretty central character, I think that he should've been in it more.
I have to admit that while Dru remains at the Schola, it is a bit slow (that's why I rated it 4 out of 5), but it gets better when things start coming together. The action also starts picking up towards the middle, when Dru finds out more about herself, and others, as well as a fight that begins towards the end (there's always a good fight at the end :) ). And of course there's the betrayal... which draws you in because you really want to know who the betrayer is.
I REALLY wished that St. Crow would write like a handbook or something for this series because there are a lot of words, and people, that I don't remember. I think that that could be helpful for other people who enjoy this series, like Margaret, Baylee and I.
This book wasn't exactly as good as the first book, but you definitely must read it to find out more about Dru and others that she is close too, because this contains a lot of information. The ending was really good too and leads into Jealousy. It also kind of makes you want to find out about what will happen to Dru at the Schola Prima.
I really love the cover and how it has Dru, Graves and Chrtistophe on it. Dru looks like she's being cautious while Graves is staring at Christophe, keeping an eye on him. And Christophe is just staring seriously (and sort of mysteriously) straight ahead. Anyways... I love it :)
Be on the lookout for the review of the next book in the series, Jealousy!
*Description from back of the book
Lili St. Crow's website
Strange Angels website
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So if you received this award from us, you need to:
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1. Random Ramblings
2. Confessions of a Teen Bookaholic
3. Booknerds are pretty too
4. Erika Breathes Books
5. Reading Vacation
6. in which a girl reads
7. The Story Siren
8. WV STITCHER
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10. Pure Imagination
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12. Black Fingernailed Reviews
13. Supernatural Snark
14. Baylee's Books
15. Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This week I am waiting for...
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.
As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.Everyone is probably waiting for this book just like me... and it comes out in 6 days!! :O I've read all of The Mortal Instrutment books and I thought that they were just purely amazing and my friend said that City of Glass was the last book (even though we both now know what there are gonig to be 2 more additions to The Mortal Instrutment series)! I got all excited when I heard that Cassandra Clare was coming out with a new book... and series that will still revolve around the Shadowhunters, but just in a different setting (and a different time frame too).
*Description from Goodreads.com
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
So, school has officially started for us high schoolers(or at least for Baylee and I... Margaret starts tomorrow :) ) and it's back to the times of busy-ness. So, we might get busy and not be posting as often as we would like... but we will always try our best to read as many books as we can throughout the school year :D
I might be busy because I decided to take all honors courses and one AP (and I'm only a sophomore hahaha). But I'll always try to read during class (when there's nothing to do, of course) and before I get to bed (how I usually get my reading done). So always expect a review from me!
Well, there should be a new review up soon (I'm slowly working on it since it's one that I haven't read in a while and am having a hard time remember it... but I need it for my review of the next book in the series) and I'm glad to see that there are more followers following everyday!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Title: Strange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Date Released: May 14, 2009
Rating: 4.9999 out of 5
Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.
Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?
Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.
And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…
Four words: I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. I actually read it quite a while ago but I felt the urge to spread the word about this freaking awesome book.
I loved the fact that Dru was different from the damsels from every other supernatural novel. She's got the guts. She's got the attitude. She's got the spunk and strength and depth that all other girls from most other novels lack. Dru Anderson is a fighter, and she helps her dad track the supernatural that puts humans in danger when the novel opens.
The beginning was admittedly a little bit tedious but I liked it anyway, what with such a change of a character with toughness. And besides I could kind of relate to the complaints of Dru due to the constant moving, having moved twice myself and knowing that more would've been a lot rougher for Dru. But believe me, the action starts and once it starts, it never stops. You never know what's out there and what's going to happen next, but it doesn't seem to be anything good, and it keeps you tense. Once you start the book, you don't put it down.
The development of the characters throughout the book are interesting too, most notably Graves when he gets pulled into the whirlpool of Dru's life. Dru herself changes as a main character, when her roots are ripped out beneath her and it made the novel even more interesting.
Even though this is probably one of my absolute favorite books, I couldn't give it a full 5, because, well it was a bit short. It doesn't feel very short at all, but I know Lili St. Crow is already coming out with a 4th novel, and I think if she combined the some of the plots together to make a thicker book, they would've been more of a success. Because I don't know about the rest of you, but I love a great novel filled with action that I can read for maybe a week.
Anyway, great read, amazing book, pick it up next time for an engaging story and a girl who can definitely be the perfect role model. thanks soooooo much to Cleo for suggesting this book for me!
The cover is simple: Dru standing, hair whipped around, pretty much glaring out of the book. What appealed to me though was the the quote at the top: DRU ANDERSON. Night Hunter. Knife Thrower. Heart Breaker. THAT got me opening the book and start scrambling through it. Two thumbs up! d(^o^)b
margaret signing off!
keep reading folks!
Title: Geek Magnet
Enter Tama Gold, queen of the popular crowd, star of Grease, and solution to all of KJ's problems. She insists that KJ is too nice, and the nice girl never gets the guy. Tama's ready to help KJ get cruel, ditch the dorks, and win Cameron's heart. But is KJ?
For the record, I personally think that description was horrible. Really preppy and makes me want to barf, but anyway...
Normally I don't read this kind of girly books about high school drama. It's really monotonous and there's not much of a difference between each book. Every plot is the same. But I got really tired of (really really good!) books with such seriousness - seriously I was going under depression for the characters. So I went to the library and got the pinkest book I could find.
Anyway the whole plotline was really predictable from the start, but interestingly enough there were some twists that I didn't expect. KJ seemed a bit gullible to me, but Robbie sounded really cute and some of the chemistry was interesting enough.
Critically speaking, it's not a very good book, but for some weird reason, I enjoyed it. It does teach you to stay true to yourself and how to deal a bit with life and how everything does work out in the end. So if you just wanna kick back and read something entertaining and short and of course, filled with drama, pick up this book. Oh and one more moral - geeks rule. Period.
I found the cover...somewhat weird what with the nerdy guy (who I think is Andy...) staring at KJ, but it seemed interesting, especially with the title Geek Magnet scrolled across the locker. Anyway it's not bad.
margaret signing off!
keep reading folks!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Brooke at Cupcake Queen Book Reviews made this awesome button for me :)
She can make awesome buttons or other things too if you want. Just ask her!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Author: Lauren Oliver
Date Released: March 2, 2010
Rating: 5 out of 5
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
I REALLY liked this book (I read it in like 4 days which is pretty fast for me for a book of 400+ pages), even though I didn’t like the main character... but I thought it was pretty awesome and powerful in some way because it’s about second chances and trying to change things. I heard that it was a really good book from my friend, who let me borrow the book, and I thought that it would be sort of boring since the main character, Sam, replayed the same day, Friday, February 12th, over and over again. I thought that everyday would just be the same and repetitive, but Lauren Oliver did a really great job of making everyday different from the day she dies.
I really didn’t like Sam in the beginning of the book (who did?) because of who she was in the hierarchy of high school and how she acted towards the outcasts like Juliet Sykes and Kent McFuller. I also didn’t understand why she would date a guy like Rob even though she said that she didn’t like how his sweater smelled, how he wore his hat, his Valogram, etc… It also annoyed me how she liked him even though he told her in 6th or 7th grade that he would never like her because she was weird. It made me really happy in the end though, when she becomes a totally different person and changes her ways like smoking and drinking.
This book makes you think A LOT about different things from life to which group should you really be in? Oliver did a really great job of keeping me reading because you really wanted to know what happened. And it wasn’t all that predictable either. I really liked it and I think that anyone else would enjoy this, too!
I thought that the cover was really nice and how it depicted Sam looking solemn. I don't think that the cover could get any better than that.
*Description from Goodreads.com
Lauren Oliver's website & blog
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This is how Teaser Tuesday works:
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.
Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.
Review (*SOME SPOILERS*):
I think that Charlie St. Cloud was just plain awesome :) I loved how it was so magical and had a very cute, happy ending. This book taught me to live life and if something terrible happens, don't let go of your life... treasure it.
I also really liked the plot and how it wasn't that confusing. At the beginning, I wasn't as attached to the book but when I got about half way through (when Tess turned out to be a spirit), it really kept me reading and I ended up finishing that half when I was volunteering at a local library (because my job mainly consists of helping the children's summer reading program... and no one really comes in from 4 - closing time...). This book is pretty intense in some ways because it addresses life and how precious it is and how you shouldn't just throw it away like it's a piece of trash, but you do need to let go of things that are holding you back in life, even if it's a loved one. I loved the relationship between Sam and Charlie too. How they loved each other sooooooooo much that they couldn't let the other one go. Everything also connects in the book because when I realized that Tess was somewhat dead, I also realized that the book never said anything about her pulling into the harbor or how she got to the cemetary. I just figured that she got there safely somehow since her boat was able to turn itself upright.
Oh! And you'll love how I came across this book... It's because the movie came out :) I seriously thought that the movie would rock (I haven't seen it yet), so I decided to by the book, which is totally different since Charlie is supposed to have caramel colored eyes (not green). But I still hope that the movie is good, in it's own way.
Hahahaha I never knew that I'd end up with Zac Efron on the cover of my book... but he does look rather cute ^^ Anyways... I think that the cover is okay, to make it better it should've probably depicted Tess in it because she's one of the main characters in the book.
P.s. I'm REALLY sorry that this contains spoilers!! I try not to add spoilers to reviews... but then this would be missing a chunk of how I felt about it... Hope you liked it :)
*Description from Goodreads.com
Ben Sherwood's website
Charlie St. Cloud movie website
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
We have another addition to this blog and her name is Baylee :) She will also mainly read manga, paranormal fantasy, and other genres. Baylee is also one of my very good friends and I'm glad that she's joining us. She also has a blog that she just started called Baylee's Books: YA books for all readers. So you might want to check that out too :)
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
This book kind of held me in suspense, even though it was predictable, since I wanted to know if he would turn back into a human again and gain the love of Linda. And of course you don't figure it out till the end, but if you've at least seen the Disney movie version of Beauty & the Beast, then you probably know what would happen to both characters.
I can't wait till the Beastly comes out in movie theaters on March 18, 2011 (which is a long time... it was supposed to come out in July of this year!!). Even though the movie seems a bit different from the book (Kyle doesn't have any fur as the beast... he's bald and has tattoo's and cuts on him), I'm sure that it would be a pretty good movie.
I love the cover!! I like how it's simple and depicts the white rose that Magda (the housekeeper) got Kyle as a corsage for the dance he was attending the night he turned into the beast. The number of petals on the rose also represented the amount of time he had before he was a beast forever. The font for title is also cool since it has thorns on the sides. I think that it was the cover that attracted me to the book... who knows! :)
*Description from Goodreads.com
Alex Flinn's website
Beastly movie website
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Well, we have another person, who's actually my very good friend, who will be blogging with me too. Her name is Margaret and she will write book reviews as well mostly on manga, paranormal fantasy, and maybe occasionally some classics, too :)
Maybe later today we'll have some reviews up for you :)
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Welcome to Booklopedia where I will be reviewing mostly YA books. I mainly read paranormal books about things such as werewolves, vampires and faires, but there will always be little bit of something else, like right now I'm reading Charlie St. Cloud which is totally not about what I listed above, but right now it's going great! Hopefully later on it'll be one of the books that I'll be reviewing!
Feel free to recommend books I should read and review and I'm open to any genre (except for: non-fiction) and I hope you enjoy!!