Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author:
Suzanne Collins

Pages: 374, paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: 2008

Overall Rating:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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.
What hasn't yet been said about The Hunger Games? Oh my, that this book makes all those books it sits by at the bookstores look inferior. Collins kicks ass with her unbelievable, outstandingly excellent writing. This is the book all adventure-dystopian readers have always been waiting for. It brings everything spectacular you could ever ask from a book, there's noting more to ask for, it's already here between its pages.

This was the first time that I read a book with sky-high expectations and am not let down. When I heard about the exhilaration that this book brought to people, I knew I must read it. The storyline lured me in, I wanted to read about the epic battles between the kids in this alternative world. Not only does Collins balance action between fighting but it also creates a heart-wrenching feeling on the side. Everything I expected.

Don't debate why this book is on bestseller lists, why its one of the most notable books, or why this book receives so many praise! There's a wonderful reason for it all. Its original, heart-pounding, intense, and overwhelmingly glorious.

I found no faults in The Hunger Games. Everything was perfectly executed plot, characters, twists, etc. Dare I say it, it's now my most favorite book. Read it this book had a great effect on me and on countless others, that's why it's so popular. Millions of people can't be wrong. Do I have to scream it from a roof top, READ it or MISS out of something almost epic in the world of YA.

Content Rating:

Rated PG-13 Young Adult


Content Comments:

This book is appropriate for an older audience according the publisher. Although, The Hunger Games has a minimal amount of references to sex, profanity, drugs and alcohol, and violence etc.

Rating:
Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (10/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (10+/10)
Cover: (10/10)
Overall: 49/50 = 99% = A+

Cover:
Never drew me to the book I found it too plain. Oddly enough, inside it held something so extraordinary.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

In My Mailbox (36)

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

Here's what I got this week:


Bought:

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
Firespell by Cloe Neill


This week's stash has some comteportary and paranoral YA. More books to add to my rather small TBR. It's finally shrinking and I'm relieved. I must say, I'm trying to break the pattern of just updating with IMMs on Saturdays. And, believe me I want to get back more than ever. This is the last time you'll hear me say this, I'll be back to bloggin regularly this week for sure! So look out for more!

^^^ Now I want to see what you got in your mailbox.... ^^^

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In My Mailbox (35)

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


Here's what I got this week:


Bought:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Won:
Beautiful Dead: Arizona by Eden Maguire
(@ Flipping Pages for All Ages)

Other:
17 Again DVD

Went Black Friday shopping got tons of bargains but found very little sales at the bookstores. I did enjoy some hot delicious Starbucks at a discount and only got to buy a book and a DVD. On the bright side, I get to go again tomorrow to finish shopping using my 30% coupons + Discount Card, which I stupidly forgot to take with me. So, I'll more than likely get 2 paperbacks I've been dying for and possibly a box set.

^^^ Now I want to see what you got in your mailbox.... ^^^

Thursday, November 25, 2010

OMGhhkp + Black Friday + Giveaway Info.

Long time no see. I've been time and time again making attempts to get back in the grove of blogging again, but unfortunately my attempts have failed so far. I always remember how rewarding the blogging experience was and how much I've always loved talking about books, but my life sadly hasn't permitted me. Perhaps, I have too much on my plate at the moment, or it was that I wanted to get professional blog design before I came back for good.

In the effort of finally making a last attempt, I'm going book shopping on black Friday to get back into book shopping and we'll keep constantly posting after that. I'm completely aware that the sales at bookstores tomorrow aren't as big as the ones at others stores, but for shopaholics like book buyers who want to splurge/can't resist anything we'll help. I've done my research and put it into a list for you !


Barnes & Noble
InStore & Online Sales
Holiday CookBook Sale: Buy 1 Get 2nd 50% off
$10 free gift card with $100 Gift Card purchase.
50% off 1 Kids or Teen Book Set- Enter Coupon code W4A4B4Y
$10 off $75 on new & used video games. Enter coupon code E3U4C9A
Coupon Codes
P4A4N7P 30% off one item (expires 11/29/10)
W7K3B7H 15% off one item online member’s code (expires 12/6/10)
InStore:
30% off one item member’s printable coupon valid 11/24 – 11/28/10
30% off one item anyone can use printable coupon valid 11/24 – 11/28/10
50% off 1 Kids or Teen Book Set expires 11/29/10
$10 off a whole cheesecake printable coupon
B2G1 Stabucks Bagged Coffee printable coupon

Nook @ Best Buy:
InStore Sale
NOOK Wi-Fi eReader By Barnes & Noble, $99.99 - Doorbuster!

Books A Million:
InStore Sale
Early Bird Coupon-$5 off $25-Valid Fri. (11-26-10)only 7am-noon

Borders:
InStore Sale
Borders Rewards Coupon Any One Item 40% off -Valid 11/26/10 through 11/28/10
Borders Rewards Coupon Free Medium Brewed Coffee or Latte - Valid only 11/26/10

E-Readers:
Half-Price Books:
26 November 2010, Friday, 7 am to 10 am
20% Off Early Bird Sale

First 100 Customers receive a Free Tote Bag and $5 Gift Card
One Lucky Person will win a $100 Gift Card


Hope you saw something you like! I'll be hitting the sales tomorrow early in the morning to get back into buying books. All these discounts and coupons will come in handy tomorrow.

Happy Shopping on Black Friday! xx

Saturday, November 13, 2010

In My Mailbox (34)

Yes, I took a short leave, but I'm in the process of coming back. The books I've been reading have been blowing me away, I just want to comeback and share the experience.


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

Here's what I got this week:



Bought:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Other:

Historical Fiction Books, etc I got at a sale for free

Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake
A Lady of Hidden Intent by Tracie Peterson
The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist
Sonnet of a Dead Contessa by Gilbert Morris
Left Behind by Time LaHaye

So-so IMM, but I'm just getting back to purchasing books after I took a break from buying books until I read most of my TBR pile. I'm so excited for Twilight, I can't explain how much.

^^^ Now I want to see what you got in your mailbox.... ^^^

Saturday, October 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (33)

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

Here's what I got this week:

For Review:

Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan

Megan Blackwood has just lost her son in a terrible accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter Jenna, hoping a change of scenery might help to put her life back together.

But something odd is going on in Moonlight Creek.

When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the place deserted with the first rays of sunshine.

Beneath the lake's surface, an eerie presence watches... and waits... Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn't bode well for visitors.

By the time Megan realizes that her daughter's life is in danger, it may be too late to escape.
Gifted:

Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer

Won:

Contest Craze at Princess Bookie

Breathless by Jessica Warman

Yikes! I need to urgently go on a shopping spree. But, actually I'm just saving up to buy some new releases. Luckily, I'm still not done with all the books I own, so I still have many to read. This week's books look intriguing. I knew I couldn't pass up the chance to read Drowned Sorrow it looks so spooky, perfect to read now that it's almost Halloween. And, the others look exciting as well.

^^^ Now I want to see what you got .... ^^^

Monday, October 18, 2010

1 Year Blogoversary Contest !!

It's been a year, Wow almost 350 followers. Never thought I could go this far. THANK YOU! Now, to show my love to you, I'm hosting a contest with 2 winners. It's too difficult for me to pick a single book to give away, so this is the only thing that works for me.


Prize Pack #1

Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman (ARC)
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
(HC)

Prize Pack #2

Burned by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (HC)
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey (PB)

All 2010 Releases !!!!

There are (2) prize packs each with (2) books. There will be 1 winner for each. You decide, which you want in the fill out form. If you already have the books, please give someone else the chance win these awesome books. I may add a new prize pack for a new winner before contest ends if I reach 400 followers. This may look like a small contest, but that still gives you a higher chance to win something, so give this one a chance!
  • Fill out form
  • Open to US residents only
  • Must be 13 years or older
  • Ends Dec. 16
  • Best of Luck!
Enter AWAY!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (32)

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


Here's what I got this week:

Bought:

The Hunger Games

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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.
Yet, another small IMM, but I'm in for a treat with this one. I'm hopeful it won't disappoint and my heart to be raising to know what will happen (that's what some people said about it). Anyways, I'm getting some more books tomorrow, I just couldn't go today, I may add them later, or else wait for next week. I'm just loving finishing most of my TBR for now.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author:
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pages: 180, paperback
Publisher: Scribner
Age Group: Classic
Pub. Date: 1925

Overall Rating:
.5

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. Considered Fitzgerald's best work, The Great Gatsby is a mystical, timeless story of integrity and cruelty, vision and despair.

- Synopsis from Barnes & Noble

The Great Gatsby - Above perfect average writing intricately deep with every line, The Great Gatsby doesn't disappoint. In fact, you learn alot about yourself that you didn't know before reading it. If it wasn't because I had to read this for school, I would have never in my wildest dreams given this book a chance. I came to discover, why it's a classic and why it's still a popular book today. It's the complex, fascinating writing about chasing a single dream to reach the America Dream and love, that still keeps people picking up the book today.

Nick, a simple guy who reserves himself from judgment, tells the story about Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a penniless soldier who falls in love with Daisy a rich chick with class and money. Gatsby falls madly in love for Daisy and her class, so he pursues her, her love, and the American Dream. She's too glorious for Gatsby to resist. In the effort to attain her love, Gatsby builds his life with money, fame, recognition, fortune, and luxury to win her heart.

This love story is unlike any other, Gatsby would do anything in his power to get Daisy to love him. As readers, we learn how far is too far? Can loving too much be dangerous? Can money buy love? What happens when you live for so long with a single dream? Plus, the most melancholic beautiful thing - the aftermath and consequence to living with a single dream for so long like Gatsby.

From the beginning the book holds strong depth that takes you to other dimensions to discover the emptiness in people soul's even though they're surrounded by luxury. There's a fast-moving, thought-provoking beautiful flow of symbolism, metaphors, similes, you name it. It's packed with so much truth- like how in the end dreams are like roses and the sun. Roses have thorns and fade away eventually, while the sun burns you (symbolism used in the book).

To sum up, it's an important timeless classic that is brilliantly woven. That will teach you about love, dreams, lies, justice, social differences, hate, money and what it can (and cannot) buy..., while enjoying the twists and turns and surprising ending (too bad I was spoiled). Give this one a chance!


Content Rating:

Rated PG - General Audience


Content Comments:

This book is appropriate for a general audience. The Great Gatsby has minimal to no references to sex, drugs, profanity, cussing, etc.

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (5/10) *Not Counting*
Overall: 45/50 = 90% = A-

Cover:
Illustrates main themes in the book that are very important, you just have to know what they are to appreciate the cover.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Classic Books!

Classic Books - Books which have stood the test of time, or just books that English teachers think are important for our learning. So on, I'm involuntarily having to read some classics for school, and I see loads of classic books I'll involuntarily have to read in the future as I'm a junior. Since I started reading some classics, I'm learning how classic books give me intellectual mental skills. They make me look beyond this 3-dimensional world, so I'll be posting reviews on classic books as I read them.

A vast majority of my readers are still in highschool, who more than likely will have to read the classics I'm reading, at least eventually. I'd like to somehow encourage teens to read classics (maybe even if they don't have to), because classics aren't just old books, they're wise books that teach us significant things about life. They arm us with knowledge against the battles of life.

Bottom Line: I feel they're important to literature, but are sometimes neglected as years go by. In the effort to encourage that they're great reads, I'll post reviews on the classics I'm reading to give you insight about what classics are about for whenever (and if) you have to read them. Also, so you can potentially think about checking some of them. =)

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard

Pages: 286, paperback
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2006
Overall Rating: .5

Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished. How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.

Pretty Little Liars is a mystifying, page-turner and relaxing read that will get your mind hesitant to find out who -A is. It's crafted intelligently to create unpredictable twists in the events, secrets, lies and happenings to make the reader be unable to solve the mystery. Let me tell you not knowing will torment you that you'll be incredibly anxious to solve the puzzling story, while still enjoying the wild trip.

Centered around the lives of Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily, 4 highschool girls, who each have dark, mischievous secrets, Pretty Little Liars explores the disappearance of their best friend Allison who unexpectedly disappeared. Two and a half years later, the girl's begin receiving inexplicable, provocative messages containing info only Alison knew, signed -A. But, Alison is now claimed dead. Who is -A? Is it Alison? Alison knew their darkest, deepest secrets, is she coming back to tell?From the beginning it starts strong and never weakens throughout, still strong until the end. It carried its own unique charm, mystery, humor, drama, and not to mention the suspense it holds to keep the reader satisfied. It was like the cherry on top for the stressful day I read it on.

In so many ways, Shepard portrays how the prettiest people do the ugliest things to get there way. Even how the richest people are poor in heart. How lying comes back to stab you in the back. How more than 2 people can't keep a secret. How humans hide their problems under a mask to make themselves look perfect. Relateable, huh? There's minimal depth to the story as it's a light read, but it does have substance. The feelings hidden behind these "pretty" girls are intense there's self-hate, compulsion, greed, and so much longing, and it's so easy to connect to them deeply. Reading this is reading with a purpose. Not just to be entertained, but to be exposed to how some people appear to be absolutely perfect with outer appearances, while on the inside they're hurting simply trying to find themselves and a solution.

On the down side, the beginning had a snail-pace as it's the exposition, the problem is it took far too long, mid-way through the book and it still was introducing new info. The up side is you stormed through pages. This is the first time that I felt that the writing was so easy to read that it only took a few seconds to turn the pages. Easy writing like this is so damn hard to write. Props to Shepard for her extraordinary skills.

It's safe to say, I'm a fan of the series as it holds a strong hook-ability effect on the reader. Unlike other books, this one requires you to read the whole series (8 books) to get the complete dirt behind the mystery, so this one's a cliff-hanger. Next installment, Please!

Content Rating:

Rated PG-13 Young Adult


Content Comments:

This book is appropriate for an older audience. Pretty Little Liars has a significant amount of tolerable references to sex, profanity, drugs and alcohol, and crude comments etc. '
Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (10/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 46/50 = 92% = A-

Cover:
Perfect illustration to how the characters hide their imperfections inside themselves, while on the outside you'd think their perfect. You get that impression from the dolls. The dolls work fantastically to portray this.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

In My Mailbox (31)

Still gone? No, officially coming back. I miss blogging, it's making me sick not to be part of the book blogging community here on Blogger. I'm just dying to come back. Yes, I've still been reading, so this means I can make a great comeback with reviews.


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

Here's what I got this week:



For Review:

Contagion by Joanne Dahme

Bought:
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Small IMM, but grateful to be offered a book for review while I was on hiatus. Since, I left I've been slow on the shopping. I've been more focused on finishing the books I have, but I'm getting close to raiding the bookstores this month.

^^^ Now I want to see what you got in your mailbox.... ^^^

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway

Title: Audrey Wait!
Author: Robin Benway

Pages: 313, paperback
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: April 2008

Overall Rating:
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.
Audrey Wait! rocked my world. For the short hours that it took me to get through it, I was educated on rock music. dating a rockstar, popular culture, and dealing with paparazzi, you know teen stuff? I know I'm not the only one who was reminded of "Hey There Delilah" from reading Audrey Wait!

Evan, a rockstar in distress, writes a song about his breakup with Audrey titled "Audrey Wait". Automatically the song hits number one in the nation's music charts, and that's not all overnight Audrey is overwhelmed with fame with every play of the song. Instantly magazine editors, the press, and obsessed fans start watching her every move like a hawk, everyone wants a piece of her, wants to be her. But, Audrey only wants to be a regular non-popular girl nobody know, so she can date James her co-worker at the Scooper Dooper where she works to feed her music obsession. Will her newfound fame tear their relationship apart?

Benway is a creative machine. Every line in Audrey Wait! was perfectly arranged to engross the reader to read the fast-paced novel. The lines were so true and effortlessly humorous. There were so many open doors to Audrey Wait that would have made it cliched, but it was the complete opposite it always gave me an "lol" reaction when reading it.

Audrey's voice had so much life, heart, and passion that couldn't be ignored, she's witty, rebellious, and clever character there was so much personality there to blow your mind. As well, the cast of Audrey Wait was super developed and showed the reader a great time. Through Audrey's situation, Benway speaks to the readers about the real truth behind fame - It isn't cracked up to be. How there's always a downside to something that looks too good to resist.

All together, Audrey Wait! is worth the read trust me, don't think so? you'd be missing out on an exciting adventure you don't want to miss!

Content Rating:

Rated PG-13 Young Adult


Content Comments:
The profanity is fairly easy to ignore to insensitive readers, but for sensitive readers I recommend not picking it up. Audrey Wait! has a significant load of references to sex, drugs, alcohol, and crude comments.

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 44/50 = 88% = B+

Cover:
Worth what I paid $3.48.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

I'm Back + In My Mailbox (30)

Missed me? I've been in Latin America with my family. It was a blast the perfect vacation. And, the fun didn't stop there as I'm now back in the US, and was welcomed with some great books in the mail (below). It was a pretty big abscense so I'll have a contest shortly next week, and this time for real post reviews on the amazing books I read while on vacation.


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

Here's what I got this week:

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For Review:
Passing Strange by Daniel Waters (UK)
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent (?)
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (ARC)

Won:

Need and Capticate Contest at NeedPixies.com

Dell Mini Computer
One Month of Netflix

Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman (ARC)
Deception by Lee Nichols
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees
The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Longsted
The Kid Table by Andria Seigel
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Best IMM ever! I mean a laptop nobody gives them out for free. Not to mention the great books it came with. Now I don't have to burden my parents to buy me more, lol. Awesome Week! Can't wait for the weekend too come, since school starts this week.

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And, NO this blog won't be discontinued. So don't unfollow!

^^^ Now I want to see what you got in your mailbox.... ^^^

Saturday, July 17, 2010

In My Mailbox (29)

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

Here's what I got this week:


Received:

Everlasting by Angie Frazier

(from marie LOVES books)

Can't wait to read this book. To show how much I care about it, I'll be reading it tomorrow while I wait 2 hours for my flight and then 3 hours flying. So long!

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And, I should mention that I won't be around computers (with internet) for around a month. So no more IMMs and no more posts. I'm considering posting reviews, but that's not guaranteed since I don't know how close I'll be to the internet. I will say that I will record reviews. Anywho, I will be back mid- August! So don't unfollow!

^^^ Now I want to see what you got .... ^^^

Friday, July 16, 2010

Winner - Sea Change Giveaway

First off, thanks to all my followers who entered my contest and all my new followers who entered. I had a decent amount of entries, almost 40 entrants.

Okay so I know everyone wants to know who won so without further ado...



* Due to the fact, that the previous winner already won a Sea Change Giveaway, there's been a new winner drawn.


Winner:

#7 - Jennie(Random Chalk Talk)

I've contacted the winner by email. Please reply within 48 hours, otherwise your prize will be forfeited to another winner. Congrats to the winner and thanks to everyone who entered!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vacation Trip

I have an excuse for not posting lately. My mother is running me ragged trying pack up for our trip out of the country. Somewhere in Latin America. But that's not the point. I've been extremely over my head, because it's been 2 and half years since I have been there. So, this trip is a huge deal for me. And, for some fabulous summer reading at the beach or pool-side, I'm taking this with me:



It's my carry-on bag that I can take on the plane with me. I might be going overboard by taking some to re-read, but hey I'm not accused of "traveling light". And, as long as it's not overweight I'll be fine. Although, I've heard lots of horror stories about traveling like this with books - and Im a little scared - I don't want to have to throw any of them out at the airport against my will.

Second order of business, I'm possibly not going to be posting while I'm there, but there is a teeny tiny chance I will be able to. Anyways, I'm still going to be saving the reviews on the new books I'm reading for when I can post them. So certainly, there's going to be lots of them either when I get back or while I'm there. But, nothing is clear to me right now.

On another topic: The Sea Change contest is still open and you can enter by clicking the giveaway on the sidebar or HERE.
  • Ends July 16 - TOMORROW!
See ya soon, ADIOS!

Monday, July 12, 2010

~ New Affiliates ~

At last.... I got around to choosing/accepting my new affiliates. I had about 13 entrants, but I'm starting slow, so I've accepted a total of the 7 most qualifying to start off with. I do hope for 3 more and ten call it quits.

Here are the my new affiliates with their blog info:


An Addicted Book Reader

Adrienne at An Addicted Book Reader focuses on reviews, book covers, books she wants, and many other random bookish things. Blogging has become a part of her everyday life, she couldn't imagine my life without blogging or connecting with other book bloggers : )

A Reader's Adventure

A Reader's Adventure

Mariah at A Reader's Adventure focuses mostly on Young Adult books, getting the word out there about her opinions on the many wonderful YA books out there.


Leilani Loves Books

Leilani at Leilani Loves Books reviews books from YA to romance. She will have a post or two about my life occasionally, with contests and author interviews.



Along for the Ride

Sara at Along for the Ride has everything to do with YA books! She does YA book reviews (with an occasional adult crossover), the weekly memes such as IMM, TT, WoW, and the book blogger hop. And just recently, she started doing contests. :)


Dahlia's Electric Mind

Dahlia at Dahlia's Electric Mind is all about YA books, with a few mid-grade ones thrown in. She tries to do a review a week, along with a few other features, and sometimes talks about the books she's writing.


Books by their Story

Diana at Books by their Story tries to keep us up to date with bookish stuff that goes on and along posting YA reviews every spare moment she gets.

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I personally asked Ally at I Have a Dream to become affiliates with me.



So, these are my new affiliates for now at least. For all the others who entered, I'm still viewing your sites and becoming more familiarized with them. I'll still be picking more, but for now your links will go on my regular blog roll.

If you'd like to become an affiliate with The Book Shopaholic you can fill out this form. More info HERE

Saturday, July 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (28)

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

Here's what I got this week:


Received:
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
The Not-So-Good Depression by Amy Koss
Wereling by Steve Feasey
The Mager by Donna Napoli


So-so week. Shade looks promising, and the others I'm not so ecstatic for. For example, The Mager, I won't read the cover creeps me out. As for the others, they can wait except for Perchance to Dream until I read the Eyes Like Stars.

On another note, I have no idea how things are going to play out when I take my trip outside the country soon in about a few days or so, I suppose I'll have to do it where-ever I'm at. More info later.

^^^ Now I want to see what you got .... ^^^

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Books Read in June 2010 + I'm Back

Officially back! I was rudely interrupted from blogging due to no wifi connectivity, but after a few adjustments I'm now back for good, or until it breaks again (hope not).

Now for the books read in June. Well, I read several, as planned. I promised myself to read far more than I do when I'm in school. The outcome was almost as planned. I'm very pleased. And, shocked all at the same time. I can officially call myself an avid reader (after 9 months)!



Books Read:
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell
Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
(won't review)
Evernight by Claudia Gray (re-read)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
(re-read)

Total Books Read: 11

Yay! Lots of fabulous reads in there. Although, it's not that great, because the more I read the more I slacked on reviews. Plus, with my unanticipated vacation from the internet, I'm even more behind, at this point I can't help it. For one thing, it's only 6 books I need to review, but I've forgotten alot about them, to give them a fair review I'll have to study them a little. Eventually, they'll all be reviewed. I promise!

Favorite Book from June: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Biggest Let-Down: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

- Happy Reading *

Monday, June 28, 2010

Changes, Blog Button, Accepting Affliliates

Changes: I made some around the site. These changes are only temporary for now, it will come as no surprise for them to change really soon. The color scheme isn't working for me, so I will be tweaking them. Once again, the header is by the lovely Katie from Sophistikatied Reviews. She's got buckets of talent for design so I got her to make this blog button:



Gosh, it looks so adorable! It was urgently needed. Thanks Katie! - Now, I'm super excited to socially network with some of you. Therefore, I'll be accepting requests to become affiliates with The Book Shopaholic. At the moment, I'm looking to get about 10 affiliates, but hoping for more in the near future.

The Advantages:
  • Your blog button will be added on the sidebar. (if you have one)
  • Your blog link will be added on the sidebar on a blog roll just for affiliates.
  • Updates on your blog will be featured regularly.
  • You can choose to guest post at anytime, to encourage interaction between our blogs.
  • Blogger interaction.
  • More may be discussed in the future.
Basic Requirements:
  • Personality
  • Mainly a YA book blogger
  • Your blog is powered by Blogger
  • Comparability with my blog and readers.
  • You're committed to blogging and are active posting on a regular basis.
  • From reading your content I can see you enjoy blogging about books.
Your amount of followers or months of blogging don't matter to be accepted. I look more for personality and positivity for blogging about books (I see this everywhere). Have no fear in applying! The benefits are for both of us. We get to become blogger buddies while both our sites grow/work together.

Just know that we will be affiliates with each other. All I ask is for you to add me w/my blog button to your affiliates page or sidebar. You can simply apply by filling out this form

New Info: I'll email the people applying to confirm that we're now affiliates, then their blog buttons/links will be added to the sidebar. Starting tomorrow!

Sea Change: Paperback Release + Giveaway

I'm delighted to host this giveaway featuring Aimee Friedman's Sea Change. To celebrate the paperback release - I have a paperback copy of Sea Change + Handmade bamboo beach mat for (1) Winner !

Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her (now ex) boyfriend, she's happy to be spending the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.

On the lush, beautiful island, Miranda finds new friends and a community with a mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, romance...and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and, most recently, The Year My Sister Got Lucky. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Aimee attended the Bronx High School of Science, but she always wanted to be a writer, never a scientist. Though she does not know how to swim, she loves living on the island of Manhattan, where she also works as a book editor.

For more info visit the following sites:
Contest Info:
  • must be a follower old or new
  • fill out form below
  • entrants must be over 13 years+
  • ends July 16
  • open to US residents only
Special Thanks to the lovely people at Scholastic for providing the prizes!



Hit the beach with this Sea Change prize pack!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (27)

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

Here's what I got this week:


Random Buzzers:
Rage: A Love Story by Julie Anne Peters

Won from The Book Scout:
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The Eternal Ones by Kiersten Miller

Good enough week! But, I'm seriously regret getting Rage. I didn't read the synopsis, and it goes against alot of what I believe. So, I have no intention in reading it, I can't give it away because it might be promoting the theme, so I might swap it somewhere on the internet. The other books make up for it, I absolutely love those.

On another note, I've been absent from blogging, because I'm planning my vacation trip, etc. But, I will have a contest and more than likely reviews this week.

^^^ Now I want to see what you got .... ^^^

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Content Ratings for Reviews



It has occurred to me that, while some people don't mind certain content in the books they read, others are curious to know even before reading a book. In addition to the ratings already on my reviews, I have developed my own content ratings, this will be included in all future reviews. The main purpose is to inform whether the book is clean or mature etc. I realize this may help younger readers, and for older readers simply be interesting to know.

Smiley Face: This face means that the book is appropriate for the general audience. For books that have minimal to no references to sexual content, alcohol, drugs, profanity, cussing, disturbing images, swearing, and violence etc. a.k.a rated G, middle grade + Young Adult

Surprised Face: This face means that the book is appropriate for an older audience. For books that have significant amount of references to sex, profanity, drugs. alcohol, violence, gruesome scenes, and crude comments etc. a.k.a rated PG-13 Young Adult

Mature: Books with this rating are only for mature readers. A book doesn't necessarily have to be an adult book to have this rating. This is for books with extreme material of either one of profanity, sex, violence, disturbing scenes, or mature behavior etc. a.k.a. rated R, Young Adult + (there are YA books like this)

Crying Face: This doesn't rate content, I will give a book this face if it had a crying effect on me. It happens alot in books today. So, this will mean the book is a tear-jerker also means you should read it if you like sentimental books.

Twist Endings Face: I will rate a book this, if it had a huge surprising twist that made the story extensively better. These twists make the book extremely more entertaining. They even leave you with your mouth wide-open.

Sleepy Face: Rarely does a book put me to sleep. I'm reserving this rating for the one book that does. This rating is for the book that I just tried time and time again to love, but didn't succeed at it. BTW, I may only use this 1 time, ever.

Those are the rating faces for now, this new addition to my book reviews will continue to evolve with time, and more will be added in the future on this post (will be linked later in the sidebar). Plus, the faces are going to be made smaller for the actual reviews. Altogether, I just hope it would make the reviews on this site much more informative and possibly more helpful to readers when choosing their books.