Monday, June 28, 2010

Changes, Blog Button, Accepting Affliliates

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



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

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

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

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

Sea Change: Paperback Release + Giveaway

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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



Hit the beach with this Sea Change prize pack!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (27)

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

Here's what I got this week:


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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Content Ratings for Reviews



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waiting on Wednesday: Rich and Mad

Book: Rich and Mad by William Nicholson

Release date: September 14, 2010

Publisher:
EgmontUSA

Summary:

Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything...

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Rich and Mad:
1. Egmont Books are great!
2. Romance
3. Title, it takes the main characters names Rich and Maddy
4. Cover
5. First Sex I admit I want to know

I'm anxious for this, it's coming to me soon from a tour site. Yay!

^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Monday, June 21, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Pages: 390, hardcover
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: August 2009

Overall Rating:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Shiver is lyrical, enticing, full of simplicity that has the power to fascinate readers. Reading Shiver wasn't disappointing like I expected it to be - on the other hand it was a wondrous experience. It's now clear to me why someone would do almost anything for a copy of Linger.

Since she was attacked by werewolves 6 years ago, Grace fell in love with Sam, a werewolf. They are both instantly drawn to each other - human to wolf. Sam is more than he seems, he can turn into a boy, a human, and upon his return into human form, Sam and Grace fall in love. There's only one thing keeping them apart, the temperature, everytime it's freezing Sam goes back to werewolf form. There's nothing that can stop this, and it gets much worse his human side might fade....

This is a new refreshing tale about supernatural love. There's so many complications, tension, and chills that the reader feels while reading. There's so much challenge that Sam and Grace must face, as the story unfolds, the readers crave to know the outcome - all the roads are closed. It's just so easy to jump in to the story, as events happened I got excited to follow the story. I would describe how it feels - like a roller coaster ride full of screaming and trill.

Shiver was written alternating perspectives from both Grace and Sam's POVs. It's works beautifully here, because their thoughts make the story stronger, intenser, and more extraordinary. There's less from Sam at first that made me just insanely crazy, I wanted to know the truth behind this mysterious guy. Plus, there's this stability that Stiefvater keeps while writing, it's never forced or unnatural, there's perfect timing for everything.

I was touched by this novel, it gives a new outlook on love. I even had to stop every moment to savor it - it was that downright amazing. Run to the bookstore, if you haven't read this. If you don't you'd be missing out immensely!

Rating:
Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (10/10)
Ending: (10/10)
Enjoyment: (10+/10)
Cover: (10/10)
Overall: 50/50 = 100% = A+ (again!)

Cover:
Foresty, cold, chilling. There's a wolf in the background that took me by surprise. It's like hiding in the cover.

For More Info or to Buy Shiver:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (26)

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

Here's what I got this week:


For Review:
NoMansLand by Lesley Hauge (finished copy)
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (arc)



Swag:
SIGNED - Sisters Red Poster + Fortune Cookies

Pretty slow week, it terrifies me that it might be this way for the next couple of weeks. Anyways, I'm suppose to be going shopping later today, so I might update this. I just wanted to post this now, just in case I didn't find anything. BTW, if you're curious as to why I haven't posted anything lately, it's because I'm having serious technical difficulties, fortunately I'm on a different computer now.

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Pages: 391, hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2009

Overall Rating:
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
Hush, Hush made me melt like butter. Enough said, this book is addictive, deeply amazing, heart-pounding, and in a lovely way mysterious. Both cover and summary live up to the book.

Nora, a highschool sophomore, unexpectedly meets Patch, a creepy, but sexy guy in her biology class. When they are both partnered-up together, they developed an undeniable chemistry between each other. Patch starts popping up everywhere Nora goes in a stalker-ish manner. At first Nora thinks, he's trying to keep her out of harms way, but no he's far more dangerous than she assumes. Eventually, Nora discovers she's entangled in a battle amidst fallen angels.

In Hush, Hush, we get wrapped up in a story of fallen angels, history, forbidden love, and an ancient battle correctly combined to make readers fall head over heels for the story. Starting with the romance, it was 100 degree hot, spicy, yummy, and tastefully written. I fell in love with Patch instantly, he was dangerous, confident, bad-boy he practically runs the story.

It's the books uniqueness that us readers are captivated with. Something out of the norm, we see Nora and Patch, two people who in real life wouldn't be compatible, fall for each other. Then, Fitzpatrick brings us something new to supernatural fiction, I'm sure we've seen angels in books before, but not the way Fitzpatrick presents them to us. They're dark, veiled, and authentic to their history.

Nora and Bella are almost interchangeable, not that, this would bother anybody. Looking at it's a real treat for the readers who can't get enough of Twilight. The similarities are beyond question that the vampire theme was changed for fallen angel theme. Nevertheless, this book is worth the read, I can guarantee this book has like a potion to draw readers in. I'll bet it's the writing, Fitzpatrick has a way of saying something simple exquisitely. Profoundly, enjoyable.

Obviously, you can see the effect the book had on me, it was a home run, we were a perfect match. Don't let what you hear about this book determine whether you read it or not. It's a either love-or-hate for most people. Mostly, love. This one is worth buying in hardcover!

Rating:
Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (10/10)
Ending: (10/10)
Enjoyment: (10+/10)
Cover: (10/10)
Overall: 50/50 = 100% = A+

Cover:
So dark. It's bound to make you run to the checkout. Love at first sight!

For More Info or to Buy Hush, Hush:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Trailer: Blood Feud

The long-awaited sequel to Hearts at Stake is soon to be released. On the 22nd to be exact. Like all the other fans of this series, I'm waiting to read it. I'm posting about this to share my love for this series. Here's the book trailer:



Can't wait to have bloody-vampire fun with this book!

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:



Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell

Currently Reading:




Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Upcoming:



Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway
My Soul To Save by Rachel Vincent

I feel the need to speed up on my reading. There's many on my bookshelf and more that I'm buying. Reviews for most of these have been scheduled, thanks to Bloggiesta. I know, the currently reading on the sidebar is not updated, that's because not all reviews are up, this is soon going to change.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 287, hardcover
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: February 2010

Overall Rating: .5
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
Heist Society is satisfyingly amazing. Carter brings a tale of mystery involving lost paintings, cons, thieves, danger, and suspense. The most appealing thing is it's originality, Carter has crafted a story worth the read.

Since her childhood, Kat has grown up in the family business - stealing jewels, paintings, and valuables. In order to escape from the life of a thief, Kat enrolls at the Colgan School. Unfortunately, she is kicked out, now she must return to her roots. When her father is accused of stealing paintings from Arturo Taccone, Kat must take matter into her own hands by undertaking a dangerous heist.

We are taken on a crazy adventure of extreme power, money, history, and art. The story is interestingly enough to keep following, the twist and turns run the book. The writing flows effortlessly, I was shocked to see all the skill that Carter has to write a book like this. There's so many elements of history she took to make the book, I loved the creativity.

It's not every day that you read about a teenager on a heist to save her family, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. The characters all had different traits, humor, and charm. I was much more drawn to Kat, even though she doesn't want the life of a thief she's willing to do it for the sake of the family.

I found very little faults in HS, for one some things were slightly cliched and the book dragged a little at the beginning, but the mysterious and suspenseful tone makes the book flow smoothly. At first, I had trouble with the writing being in 3rd person, but later it becomes comfortable to read.

Overall, there's so many things to love about this book. This won't be the first I read from Carter. I look forward to Kat's next adventure in the sequel.

Interested in fabulous mystery fun? Heist Society has it!

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

Cover:
The model looks alot older than Kat would probably look like, but the detailing in the glasses is appreciate-able.

For More Info or to Buy Heist Society?:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (25)

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

Here's what I got this week:


For Review:
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
Burned by P.C Cast + Kristin Cast

Bought Online:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
The Mark by Jen Nadol
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
The Life of Glass by Jullian Cantor
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

This is a fantastic week for me, also not a typical one. I'm very happy for the review books. Then, the bought books were bought online. They were seriously cheap I'm talking $3-$7 each. That's amazing, so I splurged a little. I didn't get to order some this week, but I will be ordering more from them in the future. If you're interested in cheap books at great condition just EMAIL me, and I can tell you where. I'm sure you already guessed. No it's not eBay or Amazon, it's better!

Side View:


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

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bloggiesta Time!



Normally, I would pass up an even like this, but I seriously need it, you can agree. Bloggiesta is being hosted by Maw Books Blog. Basically, it's a challenge to organize, edit, develop, review, or organize anything that needs to be done, but you haven't sat down to do. Bloggiesta starts June 11th and will continue on until June 13th.

So, I will start officially tomorrow with the following tasks:
  • Write reviews (schedule about 6 reviews)
  • Write back up posts for a rainy day
  • Add reviews to Good Reads and Shelfari
  • Make Business Cards
  • Add new things widgets, etc to sidebars
  • Put a contest together
  • Edit Review Policy
  • Organize my challenge list
  • Write a Guest Post (for somebody)
  • Clean out and organize feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • Think up new features
  • Update Blogroll
I have my hands full, I'm getting up extremely early tomorrow to all of these things done. And, hopefully I'll be done by noon so I can read all afternoon. This is definitely a challenge for me. Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Top 6 Places To Read

From reading all the reading habits posts, I noticed we all have unique places to read. I know for a fact to some of you this kind of thing doesn't matter, let me tell you it does matter to some of us. Let's explore the top places to read:



1. On a Couch

This is probably the the most comfortable places to read in the day. It's silent, you have enough light, and you can lay back and relax. If anyone knocks on the door, you're close by. Most of all, you can curl up in a blanket during a cold-rainy-day and nothing can stop you. You can read a whole series with no problem!



2. In Bed

Comfort is key for reading long periods of time. Reading in bed allows you to read comfortably while easing your nerves and body. This place is most visited at night when you just can't stop reading. The positive things about it are that you have the bathroom nearby, and when you finish you're already in bed.



3. The Bathtub

You might find this out of the ordinary, but you wouldn't believe how many people actually do read in the bathtub. We have on person amongst us and that's Reggie from Undercover Book Lover. Yeah, this option has ups and downs. The ups are that if you just can't stop reading and must take a bath you can keep reading, it looks luxurious. The downs are that you're book might get wet, and it might be uncomfortable for your back and neck. Still, it looks sexy!



4. The Library

Switching to a more normal spot, the library is so quiet. There's no trouble concentrating on a book. The sofas and armchairs are restful places to read. You can even find a reading buddy. I would think it would be too tempting to stop reading and pick up another book, but still the library has so much to offer.



5. At the Park

The sounds of nature are soothing especially when reading. Alot of people like reading at the park, just for the nature-feel of it. It works perfect for moms, they can take an escape and let the kids run and play, it works both ways. For everyone else, you can have a picnic with your family and still enjoy a book there. And, get fresh air!



6. At the Pool

This is super fabulous. Whether your in a pool of pool-side, you can devour a book. It's such a wonderful way to spend a lazy day. On the down side, you can get your book wet, but if you're super careful it'll be alright. You don't even have to leave your house to enjoy a book, nature, the outdoors, and comfort.

If you haven't tried some of these, I suggest you check them out. But, be very careful not to get your book wet. And, remember when reading comfort is the key!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Education of Bet

Book: The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted


Release date:
July 12, 2010

Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Books

Summary:


Bet is sixteen, very intelligent, but only knows as much as her limited education will allow. In Victorian England, girls aren't allowed to go to school.
Will is also 16, and though not related by blood, he and Bet act like brother and sister. In fact, they even look like brother and sister. And though they're both raised under the same roof, by the same kind uncle, Will has one big advantage over Bet: He's a boy, and being a boy means he isn't stuck in the grand house they call home. He gets to go out into the world--to school.
But that's not what Will wishes. He wants to join the military and learn about real life, not what's written in books.
So one night, Bet comes up with a plan. She'll go to school as Will. Will can join the military. And though it seems impossible, they actually manage to pull it off.

But once Bet gets to the school, she begins to realize the education she's going to get isn't exactly the one she was expecting.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on The Education of Bet:
1. Historical Fiction
2. Romance
3. Plot
4. Author

This WoW is pretty late, but it's all Blogger's fault. I did have some other posts scheduled, but it's late and doubt they'd be read, so I'll put 1 up tomorrow.

^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Upcoming Review: CSN Stores

Have you heard of CSN Stores? They are 200+ stores that offer quality products like modern home accents, nursery decor, shoes, kitchen accessories, bookcases, office decor, children's toys, you can name it. Especially for us book-nerds, there's a huge lighting selection, bookcases, and office furniture.

Luckily, I've been given the opportunity to review one of their products. I'm really digging their awesome bookcases. Right now, my books need a new home, but have very small space and budget so these are what look good:





Lots of variety, right? I'm really intrigued to buy from this amazing site, I'll be buying in the future to meet my furniture needs. Everything looks nice and fancy at affordable prices!


Like what you see? Go check out CSN stores, you can honestly spend hours browsing their products and probably end up splurging too much.

Bad Apple by Laura Ruby

Title: Bad Apple
Author: Laura Ruby

Pages: 245, hardcover
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2009

Overall Rating: .5
Junior Tola Riley doesn’t care what people say about her. She knows her ever-changing hair color and goth clothes make her an easy target. Whatever. But the latest rumor is different.... The entire school believes she had an affair with her art teacher. The rumors may be a lie, but the fallout is all too real. Will Tola finally stand up for the truth?
The only words that come to mind when reading, Bad Apple are random, bizarre, and pure craziness. The connection with the reader was always off. I could never stop to savor the goodness of this book, it was always a bad apple. Fortunately, I got at least some laughs out of it, even they weren't always fully satisfying.

Bad Apple is centered around the Life of Tola, a highschool Junior, art fanatic, and fairytale reader. Rumors of an affair between Tola and her art teacher arise. Tola must now straighten things out and clear her reputation, along with her dysfunctional family.

To say the most, Bad Apple was a humorous book, but I never understood the humor. Some things were actually funny (about 60%) other things were just stupid (40%). This book would probably appeal more to middle graders.

Speaking of the plot, it was a book without a book. There was hardly a story being told. We know the book is suppose to be about Tola and her art teacher having an affair, but is only mentioned about 30% of of the book. It shocking to see that surely that is not enough to make up a book. Most of it is just the random things in Tola's mind.

Looking at the writing, Ruby has loads of writing talent, it's easy to see when reading. But, that wasn't enough to impress me - there needed to be an actual story being told. In it self, this book isn't that bad, you can actually relate to some characters and read until the end just to see where the characters end up.

Bad Apple is a light, enjoyable read. Loads of things could have been better, but I did stay up til midnight reading it, so there had to be something good in it. Pick it up if are a fan or realistic fiction.

Rating:
Plot: (7/10)
Characters: (7/10)
Ending: (7/10)
Enjoyment: (7/10)
Cover: (6/10)
Overall: 34/50 = 68% = D+

Cover:
Never caught my eye.

For More Info or to Buy Bad Apple?:

US Vs. UK (12)

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:


Firespell by Chloe Neill
Summary: As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…

US: Initially, I disliked the cover. And, would have never jumped at the chance to buy it. Looking at it, I like how the model is somehow hiding in the cover with the candle on her hand. She looks like she could actually be a witch. And, I really like the the key it more than likely has significance to the book.

UK: This looks like pretty much a remake of the US cover. Almost everything is the same, except the key doesn't make it to the cover. The only problem I see here is that the model doesn't particularly look like she would be a witch more like America's Top Model. Still, it looks eye-catching.

US / UK

BOTH


WIN FOR ME

I have not problem with buying either. They both look pretty similar, and look witch-ly.

Monday, June 7, 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:



Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Currently Reading:




Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Upcoming:




Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

I read great books last week, they were kind long so that's why I only got to read 2. I'm still not done posting reviews on all of these, but I'm catching up on them - I'm typing up a review as we speak.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In My Mailbox (24)

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

Here's what I got this week:



For Review:
Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell

(SIGNED)

Bought from B&N.com:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway


Awesome week, I'm going to love all of these. And, not only did I get the books pictured, I also ordered some books online, that I know are totally cool. It might take a while for those to get here about 4-14 days says USPS. *fingers crossed* they'll get here this week. For now, I'll enjoy these books I got this week!



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