Monday, May 31, 2010

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman

Pages: 234, paperback
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: April 2010 (in pb)

Overall Rating: .5
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she fi nds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
Absolutely, this book is heart-moving, intense, and heartrending. To the late hours of the night, this is a book that won't make you stop reading with ease. After beginning this book, I couldn't stop reading it, I didn't want to lose the deep emotion I could feel in the book. Although, I must say it didn't exactly leave mind blown.

She has a strenuous, complicated, and painful choice to make. Mia is at the verge of death battling a coma, after witnessing the death of her parents and brother. Having already lost the most important people in her life, Mia must make the choice, to leave or to stay and live her new reality.

I must praise the author for such a genius idea for this book. The choice is what keeps the reader reading until the last page. What the readers love much about this book, is how Mia can see what's going around her, like an outer body experience. While she's in a coma, it's like she has will of her own. We can hear her thoughts, and relive her memories of the past as she tells them.

The story goes from seeing the present, and Mia seeing her past. Truthfully, not much happened that excited me past the moment of the accident. But, what did happen was beautifully saddening, and tragic.

In the end, we do see some humor, so the whole story isn't joyless. I won't deny that while I thought this story was a little lacking action and excitement, this is an important book. It encourages to not lose hope after all is lost. I recommend it, warning: tears.

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (7/10)
Enjoyment: (8/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 41/50 = 82% = B-

Cover:
Love how the snow theme makes it to the cover. But, the model doesn't exactly fit the description of Mia, completely. Altogether, the cover is simply beautiful.

For More Info or to Buy If I Stay:

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:



If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Undead Much? by Stacy Jay




Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
Heist Society by Ally Carter

Currently Reading:




Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Upcoming:



Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm so proud of myself, for reading alot last week. Unfortunately, I don't have many books to read this week, but some are coming in the mail. So hopefully there will be a good outcome.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Books Read In May

This month I read more than what I did in April. I'm happy for that. But, there's room for more, of course. Time hasn't allowed me to review all of these but, they'll be up soon. I've been busy going out of town, so reviews where neglected.



Books Read:
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (re-read)
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Beautiful Dead by Aden Maguire
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Undead Much by Stacey Jay
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
Heist Society by Ally Carter

I'll call this a great reading month, I read 8 books total. That's 2 more than last month. Now that it's summer, I can only hope to break all my reading records.

*I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.*

Saturday, May 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (23)

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:
$50 Gift Card to Barnes & Noble
Membership Discount Card to Barnes & Noble

I'll call this a great week. I received the gift card from a relative, and became a Barnes & Noble member! I love Barnes & Noble that much. Certainly, by next I will have received the books I ordered. So the fun doesn't end here.....

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

Friday, May 28, 2010

Adult Book Reviews in YA Blogs? (Opinions Needed)

I've been contemplating the idea of reviewing some adult titles in this blog for the longest time. What's keeping me is what the reaction might be like. When I say adult titles I mean books like Dear John, The Last Song, The Lonely Bones, etc. Books that have gotten a lot of attention, and are appropriate for teens to read. I've seen that some YA bloggers refuse to review adult titles, but others are open to it. What matters most to me is what the readers think. This will still be a YA reviewing site, with some rare adult books. How does this sound?

My other question is, Do you like reading reviews of books that have already received a lot of attention and reviews? I feel like I'm reading books that other people have already raved about, so does it ever bother you? Lastly, Does it bother you when YA blogs review adult titles?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Collecting or Hoarding?

Has it ever happen to you when you're in a bookstore, you spot a must-read book. Then by the time you're done looking around, you're carrying a massive pile of must-read books in your hands? Let's say you purchase all of them. Weeks later, you take another trip to the bookstore, *remember you haven't yet read half the books you bought before*, and now you're going to buy more. This is the beginning to the road of hoard-om.

This very strange thing happens everyday. Some of the books bought do get read, but what happens to the ones that just lie around and never get read? Still collecting or hoarding?

Let's see the difference between the two: Collecting is accumulating for present use. Hoarding is accumulating for future use.

Collecting is a healthy habit. You buy books you like, you read them and actually get enjoyment out of them. Then you constantly keep buying more. No harm done. Once you have massive stacks you can find good use of them.

The hoard-om begins when you buy books, you don't have urgent desire to read. It's an urge to run to the bookstore everytime you hear great things about a book. After purchasing the book, because you don't have urgent desire to read it you forget about it, eventually you find the book dusty. This is harmful territory. Beware! (Warning: You can find yourself with 1,000+ unread books in the next 5 years.) Keep Out!

Helpful Tips, I've learned:

  • If you must buy super large quantities of books, then set a number X amount of books to read before you buy more.
  • The time to buy a book is when you want to sit down and read it right now.
  • Cut down on the quantity of books you buy. Will the books run out of the bookstore? No, so you can come back and buy them when you do have a bigger desire for them.
  • Share them, let a friend or relative borrow a book you've read, and aren't worried to lose.
  • Purge: Give, Sell, Donate, Trade, Re-Read etc. the books you've already gotten use out of.
  • Keep your favorites, and the books that are special to you.
  • Don't chunk any books in the trash, there's good use for them out there. You'll regret it!
  • Have you heard of book lice? Yes, that's why it's important to trim your book collection every now and then.
I for one have been a book hoard for a great part of my life, so I wanted to share somethings I've learned in the process. I'm no longer a book hoard, but it's taken me years to stop. Hope this has been somewhat helpful.

Once you take control, BUY AWAY!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Sea

Book: Sea by Heidi R. Kling


Release date: June 2010

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Summary:

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met. She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers. And Sea’s real adventure begins.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Sea:
1. Debut Author
2. Synopsis
3. Romance
4. Sea
^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

US Vs. UK (10)

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:


Clare de Lune by Christine Johnson
Summary: Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

US: Pretty cool. Especially how we see only the face of the model, and then the body is blocked with a picture of a forest. Skills, because that would hide the part that she's more than just human. The angle the model is facing looks graceful to me. Certainly, I would buy this.

UK: I'm not so sure about this one. I see a heart put together by thorns or branches. The text and font are great. But, I would question before buying this. It's great to see more, sometimes. And, this gives too little.

US / UK
US

WINS FOR ME

The US is irresistible too not buy.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chronicles of Nick - Book Trailer, Excerpt, Song

Calling all supernatural, vampire, and paranormal fans! Let me inform you about Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Jenyon - known as "the reigning queen of the paranormal genre that she pioneered long before the world had heard of Twilight." How exciting!

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Jenyon

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough…now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?


Book Trailer:




Still want More?

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Infinity: Chronicles of Nick hits shelves - May 25th

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:
Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Currently Reading:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Upcoming:
Undead Much by Stacey Jay
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby



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

I'm moving very slow in my reading, but that's just because I'm used to only reading at school. Now, school is out, and I'm having to adjust. Anyways, I'm expecting this to change this week.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

In My Mailbox (22)

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:
- Heist Society by Ally Carter

Received:
- Tension Of Opposites Swag

Borrowed:
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Books 4-6
(not YA)


I meant to buy more, but I felt too guilty. Most likely, I'll get more this week, as I will be going to Half Price Books (it's really far away from where I live), lets hope it lives up to its name. For now, I can't wait to read Heist Society, I've heard only positive things.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Updated My Real Bookshelf

I'm not one to brag about the books I have. My book collections has been growing at a slow pace since September '09. Reason being, my parents don't give me full access to their money to buy books. Fortunately, since my last bookshelf post my book collection has doubled. I predict I will have a relatively large intake of books in the next weeks, so I'm updating this now.

Overall:


The only consolation I have is that it's not as humiliating as my 1st real bookshelf post. I personally love looking at other people's bookshelf, and this is my way to share. I have read almost all the books on my bookshelf, so that takes away some embarrassment.







So, that's my YA bookshelf, it's not completely crammed, but it's getting there. I love looking at it anyway. Like I said, I'll be having a large intake of books in the present, so I update later on. This is to put a shadow on my other bookshelf post. Total: 45 YA books

Thursday, May 20, 2010

*My Reading Habits*

I've been seeing this tag (if we can call it that) all over the place, so I'll join the cause. I've found some people have some really bizarre habits, so I'm not the only one. Let's proceed.......

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack:
Yes, on a typical day you'd find me eating with a book on my hand. Although, I don't like stains on my books, I'm really careful when eating and reading. MY favorite snack would be chocolate chip cookies, chips, or candy whatever is close by.

What is your favorite drink while reading?
Well, in the mornings it's coffee or Starbucks, my drink has to have coffee in it. Or else, it's water which I'm addicted to.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Oh no, it's a crime to hurt a book by writing in it (no offense to the ppl that do). I'm extremely OCD about it. I would say to use notecards, instead.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
No dog-ears I can't stand them. I use book marks or notecards, when I don't have one close by then I leave it flat open.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
Fiction my way to go, I wouldn't read for pleasure if it wasn't fiction.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I can hardly every stop anywhere, I must read to the end of a chapter. But, I rather reading a book whole in one sitting.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
Never in a million years, that could potentially damage the book, I would never get too irritated.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Oh, yeah I look up words on my Dictionary application on my Ipod Touch. I'm such a geek<.

What are you currently reading?
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

What is the last book you bought?
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
No, it would affect my feelings on the book. I can't go back and forth between books. It doesn't work for me.

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
At school, I can block out all the mindless chatter around me. ^ Weird, right ^

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Whatever, I can get my hands on. I just hate waiting for sequels to be released, I'm very impatient.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Need by Carrie Jones, Fat Cat by Robin Brande, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I loved them all.

How do you organize your books?
Currently by publishing company starting with paperbacks then hardcovers, and similarity.

- Happy Reading

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Aden Maguire

Title: Beautiful Dead: Jonas
Author: Eden Maguire

Pages: 271, paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: April 2010

Overall Rating: .5
Two days after the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Phoenix, Darina, hiding inside an old, abandoned barn in a remote wooded area (although it's never explained why the teenage girl ventured there alone) secretly observes his initiation into the Beautiful Dead, a troupe of young zombies who have one year to find out the truth about their deaths and seek justice. Their overlord agrees to spare Darina from having her mind wiped clean and to let her visit her boyfriend for the next year in exchange for playing detective and helping to solve the mysterious deaths of four Ellerton High classmates: Jonas, Arizona, Summer and Phoenix. First up is Jonas, the victim of a motorcycle crash, who only has ten days to find his killer within their small town.
Beautiful Dead: Jonas came too promising, with the lovely cover, and fascinating plot. In actuality, it doesn't feel that way in the end. There is elements of love, grief, supernatural, death, and hope, but turns out to be just insufficient for the reader.

There's been strange deaths in Ellerton High. There's been 4 deaths of 4 teenagers, Jonas, Arizona, Summer, and Phoenix. As crazy as it sounds, the 4 teenagers are brought back from beyond the grave, and they need the help from Darina to be able to return to the afterlife after their mysterious deaths are resolved.

The plot is interesting-sounding, but unoriginal there's already a show on it The Ghost Whisperer. Still, with this concept, this book could have had a great turnout, but it wasn't executed right. However, the story moved on being unexciting, lacking, and too basic among other things.

Starting with the writing, it was simple, easy to read, with an amusing side. From page 1, no suspense sets the reader is told almost everything behind the mystery. Still, the reader is waiting with curiosity, anxiety, and great interest to know where the it will pick up. Mid-way through it the reader is still not satisfied, still waiting. This felt like a let-down, but it's a series so lets go easy on it.

When it comes to the characters, they all fall flat. As hard as I tried, I couldn't feel close to them, get in their mind, or feel for them. I just wasn't interested much in them. Fortunately, this light read will keep you for a few hours entertained, maybe not impressed but you can get some enjoyment out of it.

For all supernatural lovers this book could potentially be pleasing for you. In the end, Beautiful Dead: Jonas is "a short trill ride."

Rating:
Plot: (7/10)
Characters: (7/10)
Ending: (7/10)
Enjoyment: (8/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 38/50 = 76% = C-

Cover:
Very enticing. Looks amazing, I love the color scheme and font.

For More Info or to Buy Beautiful Dead: Jonas:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

US Vs. UK (9)

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:


Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Summary:

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart?and clues to the secret of the Shift.


US: It's stunning. The overall color scheme, font, and model work great to make this cover eye-catching. I'm sure anybody would be tempted to grab it at a book store. The red also draws attention in the purple background. Although, I don't like how the model is completely on the cover.

UK: Also, great in my opinion. The model looks pretty. Now, there's blue in the background, and no ribbon. The font placements aren't the best, but still fairly good.

US / UK
US

WINS FOR ME

The US gets it all perfect!

Monday, May 17, 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 Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Currently Reading:

Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Upcoming:
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Undead Much by Stacey Jay
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby



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

School is OUT! For me, at least. Certainly, I'll be able to read more than normally. I'm not so excited about summer, since my trip isn't until June. I don't know, I miss school already. I hope I do enjoy the reading time I will have,.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In My Mailbox (21)

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:
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I'm not sure if this is any good, but I'm excited to check it out. Luckily I'm not empty handed, at least 1 is something, better than 0. For now, I'm fairly satisfied, but I don't know for the weeks yet to come. =)

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan

Pages: 310, paperback
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: Feb 2010

Overall Rating:
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a remarkable, shining, and excellent novel. From the moment, I picked it up this book kept impressing me, it kept giving me reasons to keep reading it.

Mary lives in The Village, an enclosed isolated area. There's mysteries about what's outside it. Around it is an area called The Forest of Hands and Teeth, here is where the Unconsecrated (zombies) live. Mary first experiences the pain of seeing her parents go to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. She must now join the Sisterhood to explore the world where she lives. Following many important decisions for her future.

In the Forest of Hands and Teeth, there is a huge connection with the reader. The reader is forced to keep reading to find out the secrets of this world, that creeps when reading. Ryan does a magnificent job, the reader gets an abundance of mystery, suspense, trill and horror. I was shocked about how scary living in Mary's world would be.

The story holds a strong, heartbreaking tone throughout the book. Sometimes it was comical, horrifying, or saddening. Ryan makes a perfect connection with the reader with her simple, yet brilliant writing. There's no doubt she's got a gift of story-telling, it went beyond what I would expect from a debut novel.

The characters were pretty deep, all with different personalities and likable. I got into Mary's mind she was this adventurous, rebel, and curious character. This book isn't depressing and tells alot about living in circumstances of destruction, pain, and danger. I lived it all in this book.

I don't regret reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it was an interesting, enjoyable book that holds alot of truths about life. To me it felt like it was metaphorical to real life. I recommend this to all mystery, horror, trill, and poignant fans.

Rating:
Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (10/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 46/50 = 94% = A-

Cover:
Zombie-looking, I like the eye.

For More Info or to Buy The Forest of Hands and Teeth:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Negative Book Reviews

Through our journey with books, we fall in love, laugh, and cry with books. Unfortunately, sometime in our exciting journey we won't like a book. There will be a book we can't stand, and we must put it down. You might even give up reading the book. It's something we can't help from happening, so How do we go by this madness of giving bad book reviews?

Shockingly as it might sound, its normal to pick up a book and not be drawn to it. It happens to everybody at some point. There's nothing wrong with that. But, what happens when we want to please everyone with only positive reviews?

Truth be Known, we won't please, everybody.

Do I give negative reviews?

I'll have to think about that! From looking at my records the lowest rating has been 3 stars. I can explain this.

  • When I read I look for the positive, I may be annoyed by some things. But, I like falling in love with what I read. Most of the time, I will read a book and feel like I love it right after reading it. Looking back at them, I think NO it should be less (not always) . When I pick up a book, it's because I'm interested in something in particular. The outcome seems to be positive, most of the time. As readers, we choose books that would best suit our personal tastes, this is what I practice.

To me reviewing a book is not judging or criticizing. For many, blogging in itself is to share thoughts and opinions. The solemn purpose of reviewing books is mainly to share viewpoints, reactions, and share their point of view. Sharing the negative is involved in this. I view this as creative criticism something that can help in some way.

The hardest parts to writing a bad review is always to recommend or not to recommend. In the back of your mind you know there's a variety of books out there that will top the book you are reviewing. But, every person is different, somewhere out there's a person that will like it. Most of the time, I will read bad book reviews, then read the book and love it. There's no saying, how many people will read a book and think "I hate it", and then the next person who reads it would say "I love it". Certainly, we must recommend the book to a person we find would most likely like/love the book we are reviewing. We can't stop anyone else from reading a book we didn't necessarily like.

  • Honesty is the BEST policy. I don't believe in giving every single book I review love or hate 5 star ratings. That doesn't show honesty. As readers, we have rights sometimes we'll like a book and sometimes we won't! Our reviews are to express our feelings with liberty to say the good and the bad. Things shouldn't be sugar-coated. However, there must be room for the positive. Still, we can't make the book look like crap, because there's always somebody who will like it.

When reading negative reviews, we shouldn't be alarmed to judge the reviewer. We all have different tastes and although nothing is perfect, what looks good to me might not look good to you. Negative reviews shouldn't be viewed as a bad thing either, that you read a negative review about so-so book shouldn't stop you from picking it up yourself, it's how we discover our likes and dislikes!

Bottom Line: Personally, I believe is there's a way to write a bad review without being cruel. By saying everything in a diplomatic way, it's not as hard as it seems. When reading bad reviews we shouldn't be kept from reading it, because of the simple fact that someone else didn't fall in love with it! =)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

US Vs. UK (8)

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:


The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in
town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

US: It looks so perfect to me, big font calling for attention, matching color scheme. Even though it's fairly simple it tells me more about the story than the UK. From the cover I see that it's probably and emotional, deep book and it interests me.

UK: Based on the cover, I would never read the book. It's too plain, it needs more color to draw attention. From looking at it I get the feeling that it's more of a cute and adorable read rather than what the plot is about. It turns me off.

US / UK
US

WINS FOR ME

The color scheme and the big font draws me to buy this. It's more alluring!

Monday, May 10, 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 Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Currently Reading:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Upcoming:
Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire



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

I'm so disappointed in myself, I didn't read much as I have been reading lately. Then, my weekend was awful, so I was too depressed too read. More than likely, things will get better and I'll read more this week.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Books Center Stage (2)

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!

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Release Date: Oct. 19, 2010

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.



Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
Release Date: May 18, 2010

Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 360, paperback
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: May 2009

Overall Rating: .5
If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.


The Awakening took me by surprise it was action-packed, suspenseful, and an extraordinary YA book. Having previously loved The Summoning, I had high expectations, some were met most weren't.

Chloe has dark powers, she can see ghost. Upon discovering her dark powers, she is sent to the Lyle House, a rehabilitation facility for mentally acclaimed teens. There she meets Tori, Rae, Derek, Simon all with supernatural powers like Chloe. Together they escaped the Lyle House. But, unfortunately were captured by the Edison Group in The Awakening. There the action begins.....

In the Awakening, there was elements of mystery, paranormal activity, and romance. Everything about The Awakening was new, fresh, and original unfortunately most of it didn't impress me. Although, almost everything was great, I flied through pages. I wasn't too interested, but rather entertained.

Who doesn't want to read about kids with supernatural powers? I know I do, and that's just what Armstrong gives us. All the characters were developed, I liked Tori the most. I didn't like like how Chloe was desperate to get Simon or Derek. I felt that the romance love triangle was too much, it wasn't that amazing. It felt like extra.

The story is delivered well, I recommend it to everyone. There's millions of people out there raving about this. I may not be too trilled about it, but I am satisfied with it. I'll have to wait and see what happens next in The Reckoning. Believe me. it sounds sooo much more exciting than this one.

Rating:
Plot: (8/10)
Characters: (7/10)
Ending: (7/10)
Enjoyment: (8/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 38/50 = 76% = C+

Cover:
Alright, good enough for the book.

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