Friday, April 30, 2010

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Title: Cindy Ella
Author: Robin Palmer

Pages: 264, paperback
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Pub. Date: February 2008
Overall Rating:
Prom fever has infected LA, especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.

Cindy Ella was cute, fluffy, and bubbly. The premise of Cindy Ella is quite fabulous, engaging, and wonderful. My first impressions of Cindy Ella weren't great, but in the end there was a small/weak surprising ending that made it somewhat better. But, none of it was enough for me.

Cindy Ella is living "average" in L.A. Her life revolves around superficial, materialistic, and cosmetic-oriented people. With prom coming up her school newspaper is writing all about prom, she is bothered by it all and takes matters to her hands. She writes a strongly worded letter to the editor. Most of her classmates end up being offended by it, especially her family. Cindy Ella discovers her best-friends are attending, she must go along with it......

This fairy-tale, cinderalla-ish, tale was many things interesting, short of enjoyment, and good read. What kept me reading was the writing, it flowed so naturally it kept me reading. Most of the time, I liked Cindy Ella's voice in the story. She was humorous, clever, and up-lighting. The world is Cindy Ella was pretty interesting, L.A. life living rich, pink, and fabulous .

When it comes to the plot there was no master-mind behind it. It wasn't well crafted. Everything about this reminded of the movie "A Cinderella Story" I found this book to be unoriginal. The whole prom theme was just nothing special. Out of all the books out there revolving around prom this one doesn't stand out. Most of it was too much, but still a good read.

I would have loved some humor, but there wasn't much. Most of the time all the characters were annoying. Half the book made me roll my eyes. In the end, this book didn't wow me. But, I did like the "surprising" twist in the end. ll together, it was just a quick, easy, and light read for a rainy or lonely day. It can potentially be loved by countless others!

Rating:
Plot: (7/10)
Characters: (7/10)
Ending: (7/10)
Enjoyment: (7/10)
Cover: (7/10)
Overall: 35/50 = 70% = C-

Cover:
Not impressive. I wouldn't purchase it unless it was at the bargain sections, which is what I did.

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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!

Book 3: Fearscape by Simon Holt
(Little Brown / Oct. 5, 2010)


The Vours: evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the Winter Solstice. It's been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the Winter Solstice is approaching once again. It will be another night of unspeakable horror for those unlucky enough to be taken by the Vours, because this time, she won't be able to stop them. The Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of unfathomably sadistic experiments. Her life is a living Hell, but she won't give up. They attacked her brother. They killed her friend. And Reggie will never stop fighting back.


I've read the 1st book in this series. I was excited to find this, as I was wondering about this series one day. I really like the cover, I like that it's blue. I'll have to wait out for this one. It looks awesome.


Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
(Simon Pulse / Nov. 16, 2009)

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?


This seems very up my alley. I haven't read Hush, Hush yet but I'm getting to it. Honestly, I think this cover looks amazing, it's speaks for it self.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Books Center Stage (1)

Books Center Stage is new blog feature to The Book Shopaholic. On this post, I will showcase upcoming books with their book trailers. All of the books featured are books you should be excited for!

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
Release Date: May 25, 2010

It’s been two years since Noelle disappeared. Two years since her bike was discovered, sprawled on a sidewalk. Two years of silence, of worry, of fear.

For those two long years, her best friend Tessa has waited, living her own life in a state of suspended animation. Because how can she allow herself to enjoy a normal high school life if Noelle can’t? How dare she have other friends, go to dances, date boys, without knowing what happened to the girl she thought she would share everything with?

And then one day, someone calls Noelle’s house. She’s alive.



Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
Release Date: May 25, 2010

The stuff that dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY

But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

Title: Fat Cat
Author: Robin Brande

Pages: 327, hardcover
Publisher: Alfred A. Knoph
Age Group: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2009

Overall Rating:

You are what you eat. . . .

Cat is smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits. As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . .
Fat Cat is surprisingly insightful, enjoyable, appealing, and possibly life-changing. I went into Fat Cat expecting alot, and I received twice what I asked for. It was a delight reading Fat Cat, as it changed my views on the subject of nutrition and weight.

Fat Cat revolves around the life of Cat, who as a science experiment, takes up the task of proving how she can like our ancestors who didn't have any modern conveniences, artificial sweeteners, and any accommodations we have today. In additions, she must learn to cope with relationships. Little does she know, it will change her life dramatically....

Brande has done a terrific job in Fat Cat, end of story. The plot in itself was amazing. It is something that was engrossing, impressive, and absorbing. I couldn't let the book go for a second, it had me captivated with the experiment and the characters. This book has a powerful message for teens.

I learned alot from reading Fat Cat, and it made me see the seriousness of caring for our bodies and not putting trash in them. Brande makes great points on the importance of taking good care our health. I believe her message gets through to teens, it's made me make new decisions towards my nutrition.

Cat was so funny and quirky, she inspires the readers. She speaks with confidence, courage, and is smart mentally, but emotionally she is bitter. Throughout the book, Cat goes through a major transformation. The reader gets insights on what it feels like and dealing with it all, even with bullying. She becomes happy, energetic, more enthusiastic about life, it's like she gets reasons to live. The story shows that weight-loss, gaining healthy nutrition is more than possible!

I loved loved loved Fat Cat, it thought me so much. In particular, the scientific nutrition facts were the best. Fat Cat is a book that everybody will enjoy. I highly recommend. It can potentially make you make a life changing decision towards nutrition.

Rating:
Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (10/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 46/50 = 92% = A-

Cover:
Pretty boring, but what's amazing is what you will discover inside.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Anxious Hearts

Book: Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw

Release date: May 1st 2010

Publisher:
Amulet Books

Summary:

“Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”

Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.

A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Anxious Hearts:
1. The lovely title.
2. The gorgeous cover.
3. Romance.
^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

*News* Burned -Trailer & First Chapter

Today House of Night: Burned by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast was RELEASED. To celebrate the trailer and first chapter have been made available online.

Summary: Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…




Book Trailer:





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US Vs. UK (6)

US Vs. UK is a meme to compare the covers of a certain book and decide which looks best. It is currently hosted by Wondrous Reads and Bloody Bookaholic.

Today's Contestants:



Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Summary: Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

US: Out of the 2 US covers I like the 1st one, best. It catches my eye faster. I did hear about the mishap with the covers, and in that case I like the 2nd one better. They both look great. I love the font on both.

UK: This one is a little cartonnis. Doesn't look to be like a Young Adult novel. I would definitely pass by it at a book store. It's just not attractive.

US
WINS FOR ME

The US covers tell me more about the book and leave me intrigued!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cover Buzz: The Drake Chronicles Series

You spin my head right round..... Once again we see another cover makeover. This time it's on Hearts At Stake by Alyxandra Harvey (The Drake Chronicles). I really don't appreciate all these changes. I currently have the now old version of the book, so when the sequel comes out my books won't match. That's the end of the world to a person with OCD, hahaha!

Old Covers:



Replaced With....



The cover seems to be official as these are the pictures on Amazon. The change was simply on the background and the font (seems to be the same from the UK edition). I was in love with the old covers, this makes me without a doubt disappointed. I can live with it! What do you think?

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:
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Currently Reading:

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

Upcoming:
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong



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

Woohoo! I read 2 last week. I broke the 1 book a week pattern. This week I'm hoping to read lots more. I'm predicting, I'll have lots of time to read!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

In My Mailbox (20)

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 Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

I'm super excited for The Forest of Hands & Teeth, I think I'll love it. And, I've heard great things about Beautiful Dead. I guess, I had a good week, it's better than nothing! =)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Title: Crash Into Me
Author: Albert Borris

Pages: 257, hardcover
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: July 2009

Overall Rating:
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.
Extremely light, witty, and insightful was Crash Into Me. Even though it falls short of perfection, I couldn't help, but be touched by the story. To some extent, the book was tolerable, so-so, and didn't do much for me.

Upon meeting each other in chat rooms, teenagers Owen, Audrey, Jin-Ae, and Frank embark on a road trip to view suicide sites. The clan forms a suicide club. Their sole purpose is to commit suicide, at the end of the road trip they will all discover something they failed to appreciate and comprehend prior to the road trip........

Crash Into Me was insightful in sharing deep feelings and the perception of teens wanting to commit suicide. I was hooked by the humor and witty-dialogue of the characters. Primarily, I enjoyed seeing how it feels to want to end your life. Borris connects with readers in an emotional level, and pulls off some humor along the way.

Unfortunately, the characters to me fall flat and the plot dragged. From the beginning to the very end, it doesn't go much of anywhere most of the book was just the characters interacting. Where were the twist and turns the suspense for the readers? I question where Borris' heart was in writing this. It wasn't to teach teens out of committing suicide. The reader struggles to find meaning, significance, intent in Crash Into Me, but in the end there's none. First, the author fails to share the reasons why the main characters want to commit suicide. There was no message that gets through the reader about suicide.

It certainly wasn't to persuade readers out of committing suicide. It wasn't until the end that Owen finds reasons to live. It's not clear to me what the intent was, I suppose it was just a story that missed purpose. Still, entertaining.

To sum up, it was a quick read, but not something to hype over. In particular, I loved the lists all suicide-related, they were my favorite part. I learned that Marlyn Monroe killed herself after the president dumped her, other than that random fact I didn't learn anything about why suicide is wrong. At least it entertained me for a few hours. See if you like it yourself!

Rating:
Plot: (7/10)
Characters: (7/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (7/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 42/50 = 74% = C-

Cover:
It doesn't draw me to the book, but I like the expressions of the models. The tattoo on the guy is a nice touch.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Importance of Reading

Since reading became my thing, I've let other people know what's so special about reading. Coincidentally, I had to write a persuasive essay my first pick was The Importance of Reading. I really wanted to convince my classmates with this essay. It inspired many to begin reading! I'm posting some of the most important parts in my essay, to serve as inspiration for new readers. =)



The Importance of Reading

In today's world only 1/4 the population are avid readers. It is notable that before televisions and computers the primary leisure activity was reading. The only tragedy is that with time, people have lost their passion for reading. Little do they know, reading has abundant benefits that we can all take advantage of.

"Books may well be the only true magic."
— Alice Hoffman

Why read you may ask?

Everyday, we receive information via television, radio, and multimedia experiences, yet none of these avenues have the ability to educate as the fundamental skill of reading. Reading helps in mental development, and is even known to stimulate the muscles of the eyes. Reading is an activity that involves greater levels of concentration and adds to the conversational skills of the reader. It is an indulgence that enhances the knowledge acquired, consistently. The habit of reading also helps readers to learn new words and phrases hat they come across in everyday conversations. The habit can become a healthy addiction adds to the information available on various topics. It is observed that children and teenagers who love to reading have higher IQ's.

Reading enables a person in making informed decisions. It's food for the soul, for it nourishes that human intellect things deeper, analyzing things, and providing guidance to people, to instances they may have not been exposed to in real life. Reading is fun and a great way to relieve stress in your life, and just unwind and stimulate your imagination.

In conclusion, I recommend that enjoy reading more often. There are excellent reasons for doing it. It is the perfect way to expand your knowledge and use you imagination. I know that we have evolved with technology, but we must not forget books. Try to choose good books at the beginning, and then I ensure you that you will never stop reading, because the ability to read limits our imagination by leaving us unexposed to a vast array of knowledge, and the ability to read limits our possible careers.

"Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life."
— Stephen King

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: A Field of Hearbreakers


Book: A Field of Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

Release date:
May 4th 2010

Publisher:
Hyperion Book CH

Summary:

When best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Prague for a prestigious writing workshop, their priorities diverge. Dessy, fragile from a recent breakup, has come to mend her broken heart by honing her craft. Veronica has just dumped her boyfriend and plans to blow off the workshop. She’d rather master a different subject—boys. Veronica gets right to work on her “man-wall”— one paper cutout for every hot-dude she meets— and embarks on her mission to cover a wall of their dorm by summer’s end. At times, Dessy thinks her friend might be a genius. At others, Veronica seems more like an agent of chaos. As if their love lives weren’t complicated enough, soon a homicidal suitemate is bent on killing Veronica and Dessy, and both girls are hiding secrets that could wreck their friendship. Well, no one ever said breaking hearts was a simple craft. . . .

Here's Why I'm Waiting on A Field of Heartbreakers:
1. I love cute covers like this.
2. The plot is extremely intriguing.
3. Chick Lit.
4. Friendship.

^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Title: Flash Burnout
Author: L.K. Madigan

Pages: 320, hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2009

Overall Rating: .5


Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him.

When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for him and for Marissa. He spends the next few months trying to reconcile the conflicting roles of Boyfriend and Friend. His experiences range from the comic (surviving his dad’s birth control talk) to the tragic (a harrowing after-hours visit to the morgue). In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.




Flash Burnout was light, humorous, and cute. All together, Flash Burnout was a great read for a rainy day. Mainly, it was funny and delightful, but it doesn't come until the end of the book, unfortunately. Had elements of photography and dealing with 2 girls at the same time, one a girlfriend and the other just a "friend".

Blake is a sophomore in high school and photography practician. He's currently dating Shannon, his first real girlfriend who's he's currently obsessed with. After doing photography assignments, he gets tangled in a big mess with classmate Marissa. Upon discovering a picture of Marissa's mom past-out and drunk in the street, Blake must help Marissa, leaving him struggling with his jealous girlfriend, Shannon. Only to lead to much more trouble...... Houston we have a problem....;

Humor was the absolute best part of Flash Burnout. It had me laughing from chapter to chapter. Madigan does a fantastic job at getting into the mind of Blake, we seen real, genuine feelings from him. The reader enjoys insights of first love, friendship, and drama.

The plot and subplots were simply all right, passable, and fairly amazing. Like I said, the humor was what kept me reading. Most of the time, it took away from the book, though. The majority of the time, the plot was slow-paced and didn't get to the juicy stuff until mid-way through the book. When it comes to the characters, Blake was the most developed character. All the other characters lacked personality. To me it lacked on the the photography side of the book, this was disappointedly boresome. But, I did like the photography references at the beginning of chapters. Then, the ending came too soon.

I can't say I didn't enjoy Flash Burnout the premise wasn't uninteresting at all. Here and there it was a letdown, but I can't help but be pleased with it.

If you're interested, Flash Burnout is now out in Paperback!

Rating:
Plot: (8/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 42/50 = 84% = B-

Cover: Fairly great. I like how the elements of photography made it to the cover.


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US Vs. UK (5)

US Vs. UK is a meme to compare the covers of a certain book and decide which looks best. It is currently hosted by Wondrous Reads and Bloody Bookaholic.

Today's Contestants:



Ash by Malinda Lo

Summary: 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, re-reading 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 and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about choosing life and love over solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

US: Personally, I admire both of the covers. The US cover looks more magical with emotions portrayed in. The model's pose does alot for the cover making her look more like the MC. I've seen the physical book and it's gorgeous.

UK: I love this one as well, the image looks cinderella-like. The color is very intriguing. Although, I'm not sure I'd buy it. But, it does indeed match the book.

US
WINS FOR ME


The US cover looks magical to me, and sells me the book better than the UK cover.

Monday, April 19, 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 Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Currently Reading:

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Upcoming:
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Fat Cat by Robin Brande (?)



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

I've been short of reading time, due to essays and research papers. But, It's almost over, luckily. Maybe, I'll have better luck this week. Not having plenty of time saddens me.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler

Pages: 290, hardcover
Publisher: Little Brown & Co.
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: July 2009

Overall Rating:


"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.




Addicting, realistic, heartbreaking, and entertaining, Twenty Boy Summer was a guilty pleasure. Knowing how much I loved other books about grief and loss of a loved one, I just knew I was going to love this. Indeed, this summer read will have you craving summer romance.

It's been a year since the death of Matt, Anna's significant other. Matt's sister Frankie, has no knowledge of their relationship. Anna still grieves and mourns the death of Matt in silencce, even though it's summer and time to look for new summer flings. After Frankie comes up with the Twenty Boy Summer, a contest to see who can get the most boys, Anna is obligated to participate.

Mouth-opening, jaw-dropping, and incredible was Twenty Boy Summer. It was shockingly a powerful story of love, grief, friendship, and moving on after the death of a significant other.

In Twenty Boy Summer, I got a secondhand look at falling in love and then losing the most that special somebody. Ockler made it come alive in my mind, it was splendid. It exposed me to circumstances I haven't been exposed to in real life, and it felt good reading about them. Ockler writing was sentimental, tear-jerking, while being amusing and entertaining.

I was drawn to Anna the most. For half the book, I was deeply annoyed by Frankie who was always trying be rebellious. Almost all characters had depth to them, and weren't flat. They all expressed so many emotions, which kept me lured.

While this book was a admirable, I do have some complaints. Smoking and views on virginity were distracting. I don't know what Ockler's intentions were on this, but they did bother. Virginity wasn't viewed as wonderful, valuable, or gratifying. It was viewed more as something that girl's should be desperate to lose. While this was a throw off for me, I'm sure not many people would be bothered by this, as it is common in YA today.

The sea glass concept was genius and brought more twists. Words don't come to me easy to explain how good it was, in a sense that it let me see deep feelings and emotions. Like how in a second you can one of the most special things to you. Twenty Boy Summer allowed me to see some meaning in life. (And, it did bring some tears to my eyes.)

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (10/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 44/50 = 90% = A-

Cover:
The red sea glass pops out with the blue sea glass. I think it portrays heartbreak. Suits the book, perfectly.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Winners - The Dark Divine + Nail Polish

First off, thanks to all my followers who entered my contest and all my new followers who entered. I had a ton of entries, almost 60 entrants. The overall turnout was a success, I mean in such a short time I didn't think it would be over 40 entries.




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

Winners:

#9 - Crazed Reader!
- Wins a Copy of The Dark Divine + 1 bottle of Nail Polish


#35 - Abby!
- 2 bottles of Nail Polish


Best Answer:

Having your words touch somebody's life and inspiring them to go out and follow their dreams.

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

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Something Like Fate

Book: Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Release date:
May 12th 2010

Publisher:
Viking

Summary:

Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

How long can Lani keep running from the boy who might be her destiny?

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Something Like Fate:
1. I've heard big things about the Author.
2. Romance/Chick-Lit - I love love it
3. Lovely Cover
4. This a book I will buy no matter what. Why? IDK

^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

US Vs. UK (4)

US Vs. UK is a meme to compare the covers of a certain book and decide which looks best. It is currently hosted by Wondrous Reads and Bloody Bookaholic.

Today's Contestants:



Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Summary: When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.
The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think.
Could those vampire legends really be true? Steeped in vampire lore and set against the heady backdrop of the rich, young, and powerful in the heart of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by Melissa de la Cruz's legion fans.

US: I've been seeing this in a stores everywhere, I've always been tempted to grab it. I like the detail of the city in the bottom, its' a nice touch. But, I find it too pale. The bite doesn't look, so great as in the UK cover.

UK: This one is my personal favorite I like everything from the font, the model, the pose, and the color of the image, it's simply stunning. I love it! I wish I could buy the UK version, but I'm in the US.

UK
WINS FOR ME


I would love to buy that version, although it isn't available in the US. It just screams BUY ME!

Monday, April 12, 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 Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Currently Reading:

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Upcoming:
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris



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

I'm setting my goals higher than usual this week. Now, that my life is more organized, because of the short MIA of this weekend, I think I'll accomplish alot more than usual.