Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Go Vote!

As all of you know Princess Bookie is having a BIG contest at her blog. To enter we all had to remake and design book covers. So, the contest is moving right along and now the time to vote for the best looking and most creative ones. The new experience for me in designing covers is new, but really exciting, fun, and the outlet to release my imagination and creativity. I encourage you to take trip to her blog and vote. All of the covers came out amazing!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Can't choose which to vote for?

I would greatly appreciated if you would go Vote for these amazing covers:

Fallen #13 & Before I Fall #8


As far as I Know, to vote you didn't have to have entered, and you don't have to vote on each category. What are you waiting for go vote!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia , Margaret Stohl

Publishing Date: December 1, 2009

Synopsis:

There were no surprises in Gatlin County
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.


Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

This book sounds so great! I'm anticipating December to buy this book. I'm happy its not a long wait, just a month. I really like the cover, I smell a 5 star book lol.....

Monday, October 26, 2009

What are you reading Mondays?


Read This Past Week:
You're So Undead to Me by Stacy Jay
Currently Reading:
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
To Read This Week:
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen


* As you can see there is not much going on, but this is because I haven't bought many books, in the previous months. This will change, because I'm going to order some books from B & N later this week. I've worked out a plan (with my parents), so I'll always have something to read.

The Plan: Every Thursday, I'll order 2-4 books from Barnes & Noble. It takes 3 days for the books to be shipped! (I'm happy about this) Every week, I'll read 2-4 books, meaning 2-4 reviews a week. Also, I'm going to be buying & reading newly released books as well as other good books from 2008-2009.

2nd Cover Remake

This is my 2nd contest entry to Cindy's super awesome challenge/contest at her blog Princess Bookie.

Cover Recreation for Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver:


About The Cover:
After reading reading the synopsis, I knew that I had to recreate this cover with a deeper meaning in the cover. Instead of just putting a photograph and putting the names on it, I decided to take this to the second level and be more elaborate on the cover. I also realized that, in the book the main character isn't necessary falling, rather a girl who lives the last day of her life seven times, unless she makes changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined. So I wanted it to have a perspective of the plot in the cover, I tried to show all of the aspects that the book involves. My goal was to make this cover as an illusion of the power that the main character gains. Also, I tried to show the mixed emotions, which is what the main character is said to go through in the book, like thunder, clouds, peace, finding identity, nature, and a vast array of suspense. (it's all in there) The model gives it, a touch of suspense and mystery, which is said to be in the book, (or so I imagine). Overall, I tried to give this cover a complexion of the heart wrenching story. In the end, I think it all my expectations were met.

Disclosure:

I am not a graphic designer in any way. I'm just a 15 year old who happens to know a little to much about image manipulation. These are just the products of my imagination and creativity. Just wanted to make that clear!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cover Remakes

Cindy is holding a super awesome challenge/contest over at her blog Princess Bookie. The prices are spectacular, and I couldn't resist to enter.

Cover Recreation for Fallen by Lauren Kate:


About The Cover:
My main focus was to to illustrate the theme of the book. The book is centered around mystery, supernatural, murder, and death . So, showing all of those elements in the art work was my goal. As you can see there are many rows of fading man, this illustrates the element of death in the book, which comes to an end. Then there is the bright row that continues, this is to illustrate immortality. I tried to captivate the scenario of the book by including the concept of the time setting of the book. The dark lighting, also shows the attraction of the book. The model shows, how someone would probably if they'd be threaten to be killed, (like the main character). All in all, if I'd see a book with this a book with this cover on sale I'd buy it!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mini-Challenge


This mini-challenge is for Princess Bookie's (Jaw-Dropping) Surprise Contest

Name 8 Of Your Favorite Things (not all books either LOL)

My List:
1. My Family
2. Books
3. My Computer
4. My iPod Touch
5. My Wardrobe
6. The Disney Channel
7. Shia Labeouf
8. Discounts

Great Contest with Great prices, enter HERE

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week, either in the mail, from the bookstore, from the library, or from trades.



Bought: The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Today, I went out and bought a book. It's not much, but for now I'm satisfied. I am still in hopes of ordering some more online in the future. That's going to have to wait, until next week. As of right now I'm happy with what I got.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Finds

This post encloses the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. They're are also a constant reminder of the books that I have to buy!



Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Devoured by Amanda Marrone
Willow by Julia Hoban



Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wishing on Wednesday:The Vinyl Princess

Book: The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Release date: December 22, 2009

Synopsis: With a summer job at Bob & Bob Records in Berkeley, California, teen music junkie Allie is ready for anything. She’s poised to fall in love, catch a thief, and make a mix that’ll break your heart. And when she blogs as The Vinyl Princess, Allie is the sort of mystery girl you can’t resist tuning into. Get ready for the vinyl revolution! Author Yvonne Prinz, cofounder of Amoeba Music, the world’s biggest independent music store chain, brings readers into the inspired, obsessive, irrepressible heart of a teen who is head-over-heels in love with music. Like a great record, this read will rock your soul and rattle your bones.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

You're so Undead To Me by Stacy Jay


Title: You're so Undead to Me
Book #: 1st
Author: Stacy Jay
Pages: 272
Publisher: Razorbill
Tags: Zombie Literature
Age Group: 12 & up
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"Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. All Megan wants is to be normal—and go to homecoming, of course. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult when your dates keep getting interrupted by a bunch of slobbering Undead. Things are about to get even more complicated for Megan. Someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party—the bloody kind. Megan must stop the Zombie apocalypse descending on Carol, Arkansas. Her life—and more importantly, homecoming—depends on it.

Review:
Stacy Jay brings us a story of a 15 year old Zombie Settler. The plot is quite attracting and attention grabbing. Before I read the book I had high expectations, mainly because this is the one of my firsts zombie books to read. From the beginning the writing is engaging and interesting, that you just want more and more from it. There is one point or another that it slows down and loses its appeal. Then there were times when if felt boring and I found myself hesitating for the book to end. As it got into the story it became predictable, and it lost its appeal. If we overlook that this is an amazing book. I like Megan's character, and how she could handle so much responsibility at a young age. One of the things that make this book exciting was the humor. That kept entertained. Although, it was stereotyped, I would definitely recommend it, because it left me waiting for more in Undead Much? the sequel to this book. It will come out sometime in early 2010.


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Quick Update


As you can tell there hasn't been many books reviewed on this site. The problem is that I've sadly been investing most of my time in the look of this blog. Since I created this blog there has been 5 template changes that I've done my self. I feel that its all consumed my time and my reading time. This upsets me, so I have decided to leave the template alone for a few days and not worry about the look of this blog, rather the content. Please don't lose your hopes on this blog I have been working really hard to make this look the best, it can be. Now that I have 53 followers, which I feel is a big audience, I will start putting up more book reviews and interesting book-related content. (and, not memes)


Until Next time,

Dahlia

What are you reading Mondays?


Read The Past Two Weeks:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Currently Reading:
You're So Undead to Me by Stacy Jay

To Read This Week:
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong


Saturday, October 17, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

I didn't get much his week. However, I was lucky to buy at least one. I've been persuading my dad to buy me books online, but I haven't had much luck. He says its not important, blah blah. I really hate to put up with it, but at least I got him to promise me 5 books, that I can order on Thursday. Then I'll have to wait another week, until I get them on the mail. Great!



Bought The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Friday, October 16, 2009

Booking Through Friday (Thursday)

This is a meme hosted by at Booking Through Thursday. I know its not Thursday, but I wanted to do it anyway.

When’s the last time you weeded out your library?
3 months ago

Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials?
No, I like to have them all.

Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain?
It hasn't happened lately.....

Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all?
Heck! NO

Throw them away (gasp)?
Books are my best friends. That would be like losing a loved one.

Donate them to a charity or used bookstore?
Only the books I have from back in day.

SELL them to a used bookstore?
No, not enough.

Trade them on Paperback Book Swap or some other exchange program?
I was kicked out Paperback Swap for being a minor.

Friday Finds

I'm very excited about reading these books soon. I'm getting Ash soon, hopefully I'll have it by next weekend. It sounds AMAZING!

The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.

When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

Ash by Malinda Lo

Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading Charity Tahmaseb, Darcy Vance

When Bethany -- self-proclaimed geek girl -- makes the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there's one thing worse than blending in with the lockers: getting noticed. She always felt comfortable as part of the nerd herd, but being a member of the most scrutinized group in her school is weighing her down like a ton of textbooks. Even her Varsity Cheerleading Guide can't answer the really tough questions, like: How do you maintain some semblance of dignity while wearing an insanely short skirt? What do you do when the head cheerleader spills her beer on you at your first in-crowd party? And how do you know if your crush likes you for your mind...or your pom-poms?

One thing's for sure: It's going to take more than brains for this girl genius to cheer her way to the top of the pyramid.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday



Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I’m always in the background . . . But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who’s keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . . . .


Comes out October 19 (Next Monday)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Title: Generation Dead
Series: Generation Dead
Book #: 1st
Author: Daniel Waters
Pages: 392
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Recommended to: Zombie fans
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Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He's strong and silent.and dead.
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn't want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the "differently biotic." But the students don't want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the "living impaired" from the people who want them to disappear-for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?


Review: Amazing Plot! The plot is very well put together. The idea of the zombies or according to Daniel Waters, "the living imparied" was just incredible. This book was interesting to read the witty-type writing was interesting and fun to read. The scenario of zombies living a normal life was both funny and engaging. The main theme is probably prejudice, because the living is against the dead. The attracting side of it was the romance in it. Phoebe and Tommy have to overcome the prejudice of others to be together. I can say that it was definately a fun read. Although, the story was slow moving, but that's because there is a sequel. That is my only complaint, overall Daniel Water proved to be a phenomenal author in this book. He took a simple idea to the next level and made it original. I recommend this to all people who read paranomal books, and looking for something different, than the typical vampire and werewolf plot.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Monday! What are you reading?


Reading Now:
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Reading Next:
You Are so Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

Reviews coming Soon!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Title: Vampire Academy
Series: Vampire Academy
Book #: 1st
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 332
Publisher: Razorbill
Recommended to: Vampire Fans
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Love and Loyalty Run Deeper Than Blood

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Review: First of all, I always said, I was never going to read this book. For some reason the synopsis attracted me to buy this book. It had some parts that blew my mind away, and had me waiting for more. Overall, I liked this book. The writing was great and the plot was interesting and never boring. I didn't however enjoy everything about this book. Reason being, the author doesn't give much if any information about any of the backgrounds of characters and the academy. This made the book less engaging. Also, it is very slow moving into the plot, I suppose its, because its a series. However, I liked everything else and I'm going to keep reading the next 3 books that are already released. This book definitely left me waiting for the next books in this series.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer


What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.



Comes out October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Trailer Tuesday

Book Trailer: Hold Still

Sypnosis: An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction.

dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

ON SALE OCTOBER 20, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's Monday! What are you reading?


Reading Now:

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Reading Next:
You Are so Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Reviews coming Soon!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

In My Mailbox (2)

In my mailbox was started by The Story Siren and is a list of what you received in books over the past week either through the mail, library, or a bookstore. The following are books I got this week.


Bought:
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
You're So Undead To me by Stacey Jay

I'm super excited to read all of these!