Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I NEED YOUR HELP

The Book Shopaholic has gone through an extreme makeover. I NEED YOUR HELP! What do you think about the new layout?

Please comment. I need your input on this.

Thank You.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Title: Blue Moon
Series: The Immortals
Book #: 2nd
Author: Alison Noel
Pages: 304
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Tags: Fantasy, RomanceRecommended to: Evermore Fans.

Rating:



Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies....

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day....

Review: The beginning was amazing! From the beginning it grabbed my attention. Although, towards the middle of the book its appeal left, and the plot became knotty. However, the plot was like a roller coaster ride. One moment you think you know what will happen next, then something thrilling happens. This made me melt and keep reading.

Alyson Noel wrote this book very entertaining, interesting, and engaging. When you read this book you can tell that she knows what she's doing. She has the plot all figured out. And, even added surprises that make you demand more.

I would have liked to have seen more of Damen, because he is one of the protagonist. This did left me with many questions, but I'm pretty sure that lots of these questions will be answered in the next book.

Definitely, this book was more exciting than the first book. Hopefully, the next book will be as impressive as this one.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Desperately waiting on......


Shadowland by Alyson Noel

At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.
Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . . .Comes out November 24, 2009 (according to Good Reads)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should be Reading

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

"The moment I sense Damen turning onto my street, I run to the mirror and fidget with my clothes, making sure everything's right where it should be- the dress, the bra, the new lingerie- and hoping it all stays in place (well at least until it's time for it to come off).

The Victoria Secret salesgirl helped me choose this really pretty matching bra and panty set that isn't made of cotton, isn't embarrassingly sexy, and doesn't actually support or cover much of anything, but then I guess that's the point.
-------- Page 62

*Were you Teased?
(it doesn't sound like the book at all)


Sunday, September 20, 2009

In My Mailbox (1)

This week, I got most bargain books, because I'm waiting for the books I'll order online. Those will be almost all new releases in 09.


Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything; at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf 's Department Store. This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.



Just Like That by Marsha Qualey

Things change so suddenly. One day Hanna has a long-term boyfriend; the next she realizes she doesn't have strong feelings for him and breaks up. One day Hanna trusts her two best friends completely; the next, all of that trust is toppled. One day she feels rooted in a family and a community; the next she begins to question everything, including herself. And when Hanna meets a guy named Will, things are suddenly more complicated than ever. Just like that.Marsha Qualey is known for her characters full of heart and substance— people whom you feel you know, people whom you almost wish you could be. Hanna is such a character, and this story of a pivotal season in her life will remind readers of Sarah Dessen's novels—insightful, addictive, and real.



Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Prom fever has infected LA, especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.



Violet in Private by Melissa C. Walker
Violet Greenfield knows she’s supposed to be a super-confident nineteen-year-old because she’s done runway shows in New York and internationally. But now that she’s finally headed to college, she’s afraid she’ll turn back into that girl who blended into the walls in high school. Vassar is just two hours away from New York City––her friends in fashion think she’s crazy to stop modeling now. And her old friend Roger is there...but things have been weird ever since they kissed. The real question is if she’s not going to be “Violet on the Runway” anymore...who is she?



Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Evermore by Alyson Noel


Title: Evermore
Series: The Immortals
Book #: 1st
Author: Alyson Noel
Pages: 301
Publisher: ST.Martin's Griffin
Tags: Fantasy, paranormal, romance

Recommended to: Twilight Fans
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Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies....

Synopsis: Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school— but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking— and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is— or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Review:
First of all, I never expected to take a big interest in the series. At first this book was just words on paper, flat and meaningless. However, this book took a turning point and it finally started to show its amusing side. And then it had me hooked. This book is a definitely a thrilling and a romantic ride. The romantic parts had me hooked at the edge of my seat. I lived the thrill and excitement of this book like it was happening to me. The most engaging part about this book is that every teenager would like to have an escape like the one Ever has. Like seeing peoples auras, hearing peoples thoughts, and not to mention she is living in a dream home. This book helps us see the difficulty of living in today’s world and finding ourselves. We can all relate one way or another with Ever.

(Yes, this book is very similar to Twilight, but later in the book it takes a different route and identity and develops its uniqueness from Twilight.)

Overall, The clever remarks, humorous dialogue, and the development of this book kept me entertained. Even though I didn’t like it at first it gets 4 stars, because I’m waiting for more in the 2nd book.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Get The Goods: The Hollow

Today, I was surprised when I received goodies for The Hollow by Jessica Verday. It was about a week or two ago that I had signed up on the author's website, so I had already forgotten. Anyhow, it was a nice surprise.

Here are some pictures:



Postcard (front)


Postcard (back)
I wonder if it was handwritten by Jessica (author) herself ?


Bookmark


& Sticker

If you want some, Click HERE. She promises to give at least one. Hurry up, it may end soon, because the book is already out.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Books Read

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2010

January - December
  1. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  2. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wisemen
  3. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
  6. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  7. Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
  8. Need by Carrie Jones

2009
September - December
  1. Evermore by Alyson Noel
  2. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
  3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  4. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  5. You're So Undead to Me by Stacy Jay
  6. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  7. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  9. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
  10. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
  11. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  12. Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  13. The Devouring by Henry Holt
  14. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  15. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  16. Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Features

Mondays: What are you reading on Mondays?







Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday or Trailer Tuesday

(originally hosted by Should be Reading)




Wed
nesday: Waiting on Wednesday
(originally hosted by Breaking the Spine)





Thursday: (to be decided)





Friday: Friday Finds
(Originally hosted by Should Be Reading)





Saturday: (to be decided)





Sunday: In my Mailbox
(Hosted by The Story Siren)

Reviews

This is a complete list of all the books reviewed on this site to this day. All the titles are in alphabetical order. Books that start with "The" are listed under the letter of the second word of the title.

-A-
Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway
Awakening, The by Kelley Armstrong

-B-
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

-C-
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Chosen One, The by Carol Lynch Williams
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

-D-
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Devouring, The by Simon Holt

-E-
Espressologist, The by Kristina Springer
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Explorer X - Alpha by LM Preston

-F-
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Forest of Hands and Teeth, The by Carrie Ryan

-G-
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Great Gatsby, The by F. Scott Fitzgerald

-H-
Hearts At Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

-I-
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Iron King, The by Julie Kagawa

-J-

-K-

-L-
L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
Luxe, The by Anna Godbersen

-M-
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

-N-
Naughty List, The by Suzanne Young
Need by Carrie Jones

-O-

-P-
Pretty Little Liars
by Sara Shepard

-Q-

-R-

-S-
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Summoning, The by Kelley Armstrong
Summer of Skinny Dipping, The by Amanda Howells
Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad

-T-
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

-U-
Undead Much? by Stacy Jay

-V-
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

-W-
Willow by Julia Hoban
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Levingston

-X-

-Y-
You're So Undead to Me by Stacy Jay

-Z-

Want your Book Reviewed?

Authors & Publishers

I'm happy to take review requests.

The genre's I review in the YA category are:

  • Young Adult
  • Chick-Lit
  • Love & Romance
  • Mystery
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror & Thrillers
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance

I accept already published books, and ARCs.

If it is an ARC, I'll most likely write my review between the month before it comes out and it's release date. My reviews include a ratings, release date, and the synopsis about the book. I also try to include my own summary of the book that gives a little more detail.

My reviews are honest, my own, and fair. If your book is not my cup of tea, my positive thoughts about the book are expressed first. I don't negate the author's work. I will only point out where the author didn't make a connection with the reader, also known as creative criticism. Everything will be kept as professional as possible.

Rating System: Ratings are determined based on the enjoyment on the book. I give an overall, plot, characters, ending, writing, and cover ratings on all of my reviews.

5 stars - Awesome book, must buy.
4 stars - Great book, I recommend.
3 stars - Good, Worth Reading.
2 stars - Nothing Special.
1 star - Horrible


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

About




Hello! Welcome to my book blog.

My name is Dahlia, a book crazed teenager living in the US.

Why am I here?

I have a burning passion for YA books. I have always had this passion for books in general. There was a time that my addiction went dormant, but that was because I didn't know what books to pick. Until I accidentally found book blogs, early July 2009. Ever since July, I developed a healthy addiction for books and blogging. I don't have a problem with finding good books now, all I have to do is look around the book blogging community and find something great. To release my knowledge of books, and help you find great reads, I'm here.

What is a Book Shopaholic?

It is a person who compulsively buys books, and is addicted to buying books with regularity. This person can never have enough books and is always spending all her allowance on them.

"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

Reviews:

I plan on reviews being persistent on this blog. One of my major goals is to review mostly newly released books, as they are of most interest to readers. This is still in the works, but it's coming soon. Until then, I'll review 2008 books - now.

Genres I review:

I review chick-lit, romance, fantasy, paranormal romance, and historical fiction, as long as its Young Adult Fiction, I will read and review it. I'm not picky about books. And, I'm always willing to try something new and fresh. I confess, I do have a problem with judging books by their covers, but try hard not to.

Features:

For the most part, I blog about everyday.I try not to blog only memes and provide post-worthy book-related content, along with book reviews. I hope there'll be lots new interesting content in the future for all of you.

The Blogger:

Simply a student with a normal life in Texas. I'm from a foreign country in Central America, El Salvador. I speak English, Spanish, and can understand French. I'm a shy person, but I like to think I'm cool reading and buying loads of books. And, I'm a Book Shopaholic!

I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog.

If you have any constructive criticism, suggestions, comments, or want to chat please feel free to tell me at: thebookshopaholic(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Welcome to The Book Shopaholic




The Book Shopaholic is a person who compulsively buys books. My name is Dahlia and what brings unending joy to my life is cuddling with a good book in a lazy afternoon (preferably on rainy days) and reading book after book. Yes, I admit I am a book shopaholic. Books are my escape from the real world into a world full of magic and excitement. Along with the privilege to read books, comes the privilege to collect them. This is the most exciting part for me. I‘m like a little kid at a candy store when I visit my favorite book store, Barnes & Noble. The books I take pleasure in reading the are YA books. Although, it doesn’t hurt to try something fresh every now and then.

In this blog you will see book reviews, contest, interviews, memes and other cool stuff about books. Obviously at this moment you will not see reviews on ARCS’ and all newly released books. On the other hand, I will review books that I see other book readers would delight in reading.

I would greatly appreciate it if there are any of you out there who would be willing to follow my blog through the rough beginning.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope to one day see you on my follower list.