Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekly Analysis

This weekly post is a round-up of the week's accomplishments.

Reviews/ Books Read:
Explorer X - Alpha by LM Preston
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Other Posts:

Total Number of Books Read:

Favorite Read of the Week:
Wondrous Strange

Highest Rating: 4 Stars

Lowest Rating: 3 Stars

Overall Analysis:
Accomplished more than usual. Read 2 compared to 1. I think I did a lot better than before. Now, that I'm not bombarded with loads of school work, I think I'm going to love free time reading. I had no IMM. Mainly, because I already have plenty to read for right now. Books read were pretty good, but I'm planning on reading more this week.

Currently Reading:
Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Friday, February 26, 2010

Book News: Shiver

According to Variety, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is being turned into a movie. Of course, it's still in the making right now. But, I know lots of you Shiver fans would like to be informed. (if you didn't know, yet)

The director of "Ramona and Beezus" a new movie soon to come out, will be the director. Unique Features already released rights to turn Shiver into a movie. The movie adaptation will be produced by the people from Lord of the Rings. Sounds like its going to be a pretty big movie.

The movie adaptation of Shiver still has a long way off. At the moment, it's just in the making. Variety says that Warner Brothers will be very involved in the making.

Also, it seems that the producers are hoping to cash in the popularly on Twilight and other supernatural movies at the moment.

Sounds very exiting, I know I would go see it and even buy it on DVD. Shiver has only been on store shelves for a few months now, and it already has a movie deal!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Title: Wondrous Strange
Lesley Livingston

Pages: 327, paperback
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

17 year-old Kelly Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelly's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.

Wondrous Strange was enchanting, magical, with a sprinkle of romance. Definitely enjoyable, and kept me entertained.

Kelley has recently moved to New York City. Her main focus is her acting career. Having given the opportunity, Kelley will act as Tatiana in a Broadway production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Unexpectedly, one day she meets a mysterious guy, Sonny a changeling mortal guard of the Faerie world and earth. Kelley will later find the gate to her new adventurous and magical life.

Absolutely, Wondrous Strange was unique from other fairy books in many ways. There are so many themes that make it special, like theater, Shakespeare, fantasy, magic, and more awesomeness. After picking it up, I new it was going to be perfectly amazing, and for the most part it was.

But, not at first, the action and all the juicy parts don't start to happen from page 1. After getting into the story, you are open to a world of adventure. A place I didn't want to leave. It was some of the best writing, I've read in a while. The characters were likable and mysterious. The plot was something, I was interested in. Although, to be honest, I was confused with plot for a while, but in the end it all became clear to me.

On another note, it moved to slow to me. It practically stayed on the same things from the beginning until the middle. The ending promises a sequel, so that may be the reason it didn't move fast.

Overall, I don't have anything negative to say about it. It was what looks to be a great foundation to what I hear is a great series.

Now, I look forward to entering again in Darklight.

Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 44/50 = 94% = A-

It catches the spirit of the book. I love the font on the title. The covers tells me magic, so it definitely in my opinion gives an insight on what's inside.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Should Christians read YA?

There is a debate among Christians to whether their children and teens should read YA fiction. Because of appropriateness most Christians have said no to this. This is also something, I've debated in from the very beginning. Yes, this does mean I'm a Christian. I've been going to church since I was born. And, my parents let me read anything I want. Which leads me to the debate should Christians read YA?

My youth pastor specifically told my youth group that we shouldn't read Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. A few days later, I caught a member of my youth group at B&N looking through the selection of books. Of course, I didn't tell anybody. So, there are many who have decided it is okay.

Christians believe that believers shouldn't be exposed to witchcraft, sex, violence, and more in order to be pure or holy. Well, we all know there's this and more in books nowadays!

It almost seems pointless to debate in this. I agree we shouldn't practice murder, suicide, violence etc. in real life. But, in books is it okay? How far does can it really affect me? I know I won't go murder anybody cause I read about it in a book!

The positive side of reading YA (for everybody):

  1. It gives a picture of good and evil.
  2. Teaches virtues of compassion, loyalty, and courage.
  3. Can even teach you friendship.
  4. Give you courage to try harder.
  5. They give us a positive aspect on life. (most books)
  6. Teaches character to teens.
  7. Some even help you solve life situations.
So, we can see they're not completely bad. Yes, there are some aspects of "evil", but we see those in everyday life. In my opinion, reading something not necessary Christian wouldn't influence us to do evil things, rather learn how to cope with good and evil by being the good character in real life.

Personally, I believe children should be thought by their parents not to give try the things they see or in this case read. There have been some children who have been tempted to trying occult practices they've read about in books books. That type of person should avoid books. But, a mature person with knowledge of good and evil might as well be safe to be exposed to these things.

Verdict: While there is no final answer to this debate, we can all agree that it has its pros and cons. I know if I read about suicide I won't try it. If I read about murder I won't. And so on. I will however, say that we must be very cautious about what we put in our minds and hearts.

As for me, I will choose wisely what I read and handle reading books without giving into occult practices and doing something immoral, that I might have read about in books.

On the plus side there are a variety of books with Christian themes and values.
To name a few:
  • The Dark Divine
  • Twilight (hard to believe, but yes)
  • Harry Potter (again hard to believe)
  • Once was Lost
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
All with Christian themes in some way!
Note: I'm in no way bagging on non-christians. It's personal choice. Even if you have no religion upbringing, you still shouldn't try occult practices that you may read about in books like witchcraft.

Waiting on Wednesday: Brightly Woven

Book: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Release date:
March 23, 2010

Egmont USA


Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Brightly Woven:
1. The hype going around about how good it is!
2. Magic, Wizards, and Fantasy.
3. Debut Author.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Explorer X - Alpha by LM Preston

Title: Explorer X - Alpha
LM Preston

Pages: 366, hardcover
Publisher: One Phenomenal Press
Age Group: 10 +

Overall Rating:

For most kids, a trip to space camp is the trip of a lifetime for Aadi it was life altering. After receiving a camp immunization needed for travel to Mars, Aadi finds that the immunization is the catalyst of an insidious experiment. He realizes what is happening too late for a change of fate. The full experiment is set in motion when he and his co-pilot, Eirena, crash in a distant galaxy called Shrenas, where they change and realize the full extent of their power. This turn of events forces him to grow up quickly, accept his change, and to decide to save a world, or to do what he was trained to do dominate it. His power is coveted by the warring leaders of Shrenas, and he is forced to choose sides a decision that may prove just how much humanity he has left.

Explorer X - Alpha was interesting, action packed, and well thought out. What I loved most was the uniqueness of the plot. Some of the things were unbelievable which made it more enjoyable.

The highlights, the scenes were intense very vivid. As the story moved from the beginning I easily got into the story. It wasn't hard to get into the story even though its science fiction. I loved the expressions and the humorous things the characters would do and say. One of the main things that is admirable about this book is one of the messages it brings us, that kids can do more than adults give credit for. This shows heroin-ism from the characters in this book. Also, team work between the characters.

In my opinion, its written specially for a young audience. I see how it would be easier for a 10 year old can understand it. For me the writing was too simple. But, easily enjoyable to a younger audience. The romance part was okay for me. But, it didn't wow me. Halfway to the end, I did get confused, but the sequel will fixed this.

Over all, Explorer X - Alpha left a lasting impression on me. One of them the technology of the 2080, very fascinating. I will recommend this to middle grade students. The characters will be a positive and strong influence.

As for me, I'll keep an eye out for the sequel The Pack. Explorer X - Alpha left me intrigued!

Plot: (8/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (7/10)
Overall: 40/50= 80% = B-

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It's Monday! What are you reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Explorer X Alpha by LM Preston

Currently Reading:
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien

To catch the spirit of this meme I took, a picture of the books. ^^

Saturday, February 20, 2010

In My Mailbox (16)

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:


- Undead Much? by Stacy Jay (ARC)

Bought none. I'm trying not to buy many. I feel guilty to buy lots of books and never getting them read. Although, I am saving to buy some online on Barnes & Noble. B&N is like my favorite bookstore. For right now, I'm fine with what I have.

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

BTW: I'm practically done with all my big assignments, so I now have time to read. I'm really excited. So possibly, I'll get at least a couple books read in this next week.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Finds

This post showcases the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. The idea is to share, every Friday, books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!

Jonas: Beautiful Dead Book 1 by Eden Maguire

Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer andArizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss. Darina,Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head ! And then one dayPhoenix appears to Darina. Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' -- a small tattoo of angel's wings.Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth.Darina's mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer,Arizona, and impossibly, her belovedPhoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

Arizona: Beautiful Dead Book 2 by Eden Maguire

There's been no sign of the Beautiful Dead for weeks. Darina achingly misses Phoenix all over again. But surely he will return with the rest of the Beautiful Dead as so much still remains unresolved. It's been ten months since Arizona drowned in Hartmann Lake. Suicide, it would seem. But something doesn't add up. Drowning herself in a hidden-away lake does not sound like strong, confident, Arizona: Ellerton High School's high-maintenance drama queen. Darina needs to help Arizona the way she helped Jonas. But time is running out ...

Summer: Beautiful Dead 3 by Eden Maguire

This book currently has no summary released but it is to be released May 6th, 2010. It also has my favorite cover of the three.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

People who read a lot are they smarter? If so why?

I've been asking myself this same question. Does it ever happen to you? Do you ever start to think about what other people think about your healthy reading addiction? Does it ever make you feel uncool? I'm writing this point to arrive at a conclusion to this topic.

I've been talking to some people "the popular crowd" at my school. They don't exactly think I'm a geek or in other terms uninteresting. But, this was after I wrote a persuasive essay on this topic (class assignment), I believe I got through to them that in reality reading is a beautiful thing.

But, it seems that in today's society people assume that you are a geek, who can't get a girlfriend/boyfriend, and someone who has no social life out side of reading. Frankly, I'm sick of it.

People's assumptions to reading, nowadays are wrong. Reading has become known to be uninteresting, spiritless, and dead among other things. Now, just because a person spending time engrossed in a good book to pass time, does not mean that the person is unsocial or "uncool".

Taking into consideration that I'm not a geek. But, I digress people who read are in no way anywhere less cool, than the average person who doesn't read. We're actually more skilled mentally.

Here's the benefits of reading:

  1. Reading embellishes your imagination.
  2. It expands your vocabulary.
  3. Teens who read tend to get higher grades.
  4. Reading gives you knowledge and comprehension skills.
  5. In books, you find solution to everyday problems.
And, those are just some of the benefits.

Conclusion: Now to prove my point, reading is cool. In reality, the people who read are actually smarter than the average person.

Books can be an escape from a boring life, or an adventure full of excitement and intrigue. It's easy to lose yourself among a book's beautifully written pages, reading word upon word of a literary masterpiece. Of course, there are ways to enjoy books to their fullest extent. And, don't forget the benefits. Did I mention it's entertaining, and "cool"?!

Would you like to become an avid reader?

Waiting on Wednesday: Swoon at Your Own Risk

Book: Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sidney Salter

Release date: April 5, 2010

Publisher: Graphia

It’s the summer before senior year and Polly Martin has sworn off boys. Who needs the hurt and confusion? Five recent breakups have left her with an unnatural knowledge of NASCAR, the ultimate hiker’s outfit, a student council position, the sixth highest score on the Donkey Kong machine at the mall, and a summer job at Wild Waves with ex #2 Sawyer Holmes.
Success seems a sure thing when Polly’s grandmother, the syndicated advice columnist, Miss Swoon, moves in for the summer. Polly almost doesn’t mind sharing a room with her little sister, Grace. Think of all the great advice she’ll get!
Everything is going according to plan except... Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy septuagenarian! And then there’s Xander Cooper. If only he wouldn’t keep showing up at Wild Waves with his adorable cousins every afternoon — and what is he writing in that little notebook?
No advice column in the world can prepare Polly for the lessons she learns when she goes on a group camping trip (with three too many ex-boyfriends). Polly is forced to see people for who they are — a blend of good and bad qualities that can’t be reduced to a list or a snappy answer in a Miss Swoon column.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Swoon at Your Own Risk:
1. Sounds promising!
2. It's such an interesting theme/idea of the book.
3. The cover is haunting, suspenseful, and thrilling. It's like she's about to jump in the pool.

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Currently Reading:
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Explorer X Alpha by LM Preston

Not much going on. It absolutely sucks. I barely have time to read due to lots of homework. It's like I'm always bombarded by lots of homework cutting my reading time. But, I will survive! = )

Saturday, February 13, 2010

In My Mailbox (15)

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 have received over the previous week, either in the mail, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Here's what I got this week:

For review:
Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien (ARC)

Bought at Barnes & Noble:

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Need by Carrie Jones


Not bad. Just enough books for now. I'm trying not to shop for too many books. Lately, I've been buying books, and not having enough time to read them. Which, Will change this week. Anyways, I had fun at B&N although, I had a really hard time choosing which books to buy. But, for what I've have been previously told the books I bought are really good.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Finds

This post showcases the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. The idea is to share, every Friday, books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!

Wanderlust by Lucy Silag
Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag

By The Time You Read this I'll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
WTF by Paul Lerangis

Hearts At Stake by Alexandra Harvey
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MOCKINGJAY Cover Revealed

This is major news for all of you who have read The Hunger Games series. The cover of the 3rd book of the series has been revealed by the artist. For further info click HERE

Here it is I know you've all been waiting for it:

Doesn't it look stunning?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Unwritten Rule

Book: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Release date: March 16, 2010

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.
Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...

Here's Why I'm Waiting on The Unwritten Rule:
1. I love books with romance.
2. Elizabeth Scott has an impeccable reputation as an author.
3. This book will be available at Wal * Mart, so I can get it as soon as it comes out.

Grab the Countdown Widget:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Title: The Espressologist
Author: Kristina Springer

Pages: 184, hardcover
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

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?

Light, enchanting, and fascinating read! I was impressed by its simpleness, quirkiness. and its cuteness. Although very fast-passed and very predictable, I had surprisingly a good time while reading this.

We are introduced to Jane, a typical senior in highschool who cuts classes to work as a barista at Wired Joe's, a coffee shop. Upon noticing the kind of drinks her customers buy, she keeps record of their personalities and the drinks they ordered. After one of her friends breaks up with his girlfriend she decides to match him with another customer that she thinks will make a good match by looking at their personality description from the drinks they ordered. And, so Espressology was born.

Yes, It was interesting. The concept Springer crafted is very intriguing to read. I could savor coffee while reading it. Extremely fascinating to read. On the other hand, the writing didn't shine to me, to where it had me floored. Because of its simplicity, this book was too cute. The characters didn't grab me, they were too typical. They had no depth, very underdeveloped. But still likable characters. Sometimes it would lose its rhytum in between chapters though it was pretty easy to get back in the story.

I could feel a cozy feeling while reading it, like I was in a coffee shop. We can learn a few things from this book like gaining confidence. Towards the end, Jane gains confidence to fully believe in herself unlike in the beginning. Also, how to forgive your best friend when you caught her kissing your boyfriend. Now, the matchmaking made me smile it was adorable. Wish it were real?

To sum up, I enjoyed its simpleness and craved coffee while reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are looking for a book with a unique plot, romance, and delicious coffee here's your best win.

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 9/10
Overall: 46/50= 93% = A-

Cover: Caught my eye the first time I say it. The story seriously matches the cover: so cute! A+

Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Read This Past Week:
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wisemen

Currently Reading:
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

To Read This Week:
Explorer X Alpha by LM Preston

  • Review on The Espressologist will be posted today or tomorrow.
  • The new features will take effect later this week.
  • I'm surprisingly very excited about reading this week. I'll hopefully read more than one!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

In My Mailbox (14)

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 have received over the previous week, either in the mail, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Here's what I got this week:

Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
(Please don't hate me for my reading choice.)

Posters & Swag

Not much of an exciting week, but I have tons of other books to read. I'm excited to see what you got!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Finds

This post showcases the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. The idea is to share, every Friday, books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!

A Match Mad in Highschool by Kristin Walker
Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Hesit Society by Ally Carter
The Girl With Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked it by Adam Selzer
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

All of these look cool, I hope I get the opportunity to read them in my lifetime.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Features

As it comes, we're now in February. I never got to do much in January because of my internet vacation. So, I'm taking a new approach at what is next for The Book Shopaholic. It has comed to my attention that I need more features. After brainstorming and giving this alot of thought here's what I came up with:

On Monday: What are you reading Mondays?, For Guilty Pleasure
On Tuesday: US VS. UK
On Wednesday: Wishing on Wednesday
On Friday: Friday Finds
On Saturday: IMM, iTalk Books
On Sunday: Weekly Wind-Up

For Guilty Pleasure: A meme to showcase the covers of new books not yet released.
US vs. UK: A meme to analyze the 2 cover versions of a book.
iTalkBooks: A post to inform about booknews, etc.
Weekly Wind Up: A reflection on the weeks posts and other accomplishments.

Along with the new things I'll be posting about, I'll have reviews. And, I'm looking into doing Author Interviews in my near future.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Before I Fall

Book: Before I Fall

Release date: March 02, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


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: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High, from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12 should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Fortunately, 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.

Rumors say it's fantastic. This is a book, I must buy. I'm highly anticipating it!!

Book Trailer:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wisemen

Title: Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials
Author: Rosalind Wisemen

Pages: 288, hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there's no escaping high school drama.

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie's big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her exĂ‚–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn't understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what's right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials was fresh, funny, and juicy about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted. Surprisingly not enough to make me want to keep reading. Certainly, it doesn't live up to its title and cover.

Charlie was the typical teen in search to become the leader of the popular groups. She moves to Harmony Fall in search to leave behind the traumas and “frenemies” of middle school. Ironically, the drama Charlie's trying to escape swirls back when Will an old friend of transfers to her new school. After a betrayal, she must take a stand.

This novel was many things. At times it was too cute. Sometimes it had all a good book needs. Other times I had to drag myself to read it. It's quite enjoyable. Wisemen paints a picture on what goes on in highschools. In my opinion, in many ways it gives advice about peer pressure and how to deal with it. There's many lessons we can learn from it.

Although, I was extremely disappointed about the writing. The writing doesn't make a connection with the reader to make you want to read it. The same thing goes to character development. The characters were too typical. It would have been great for them to have more personality. On the other hand, they were sometimes humorous.

To sum up, Wisemen has potential as a writer. Her intents for this book aren't bad. And if we put the downfalls of the book away, we have a fairly amazing book.

Plot: 7/10
Theme: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
Cover: 9/10
Total: 38/50 = 76% = C+

Cover: This book has a cover that stayed with me since I first saw it until the moment I knew I had to read. It will totally attract you in a book store. A+

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

Unexpectedly, it was an instant attraction like love at first sight. It hit me I have to read this series. It's not YA, but I hope you don't mind me posting reviews on it.

The Books:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone
All Together Dead

* I'm honestly super excited to read these in my near future!