Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (46)

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:

Barnes & Noble NOOK!
Sugar & Spice by Lauren Conrad

Nook E-books:
Yet again, long time no see! My book addiction has brought me back here, after all this is my 2 year old baby, btw last September was my 2 Year Blogoversary! No, I haven't forgotten about it. I'm still reading, especially now that I have a NOOK, which I'm in fact ADDICTED to. I find it easier to read it on it for some unknown reason! Plus, my parents left me unsupervised with their credit card, so I bought some amazing e-books!

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn

Pages: 300, paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: 2007

Overall Rating:

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Beastly was a refreshing read about what true love really is. This modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast is truthfully a satisfying, hit the spot, pleasurable read. The theme of Beastly is that beauty is not in the face, instead its a light in the heart. Looks are insufficient to true love, because "just because something is beautiful doesn't mean it´s good."

Our main character Kyle is a spoiled-rotten, disrespectful, heartless teenager with overflowing good looks. After jokingly asking a goth girl to the homecoming dance, who he knows will accept, his evil plan takes off. Consequently, the goth girl isn't just a girl, she is a witch that will put a curse on him. He transforms physically into what his personality looks like a "beast". In order to gain back his looks and his old life, he will need to find true love and receive an "I love you". Can he do it, he only has 2 years?

What I find so fascinating is Kyle's inner transformation. He constantly struggles to be good person at the beginning, but he comes to a realization that he needs to change. In this transformation, he's getting a taste of his medicine he finally learns the meaning of what goes around comes around. Instead of being your typical popular guy he's forced to be an outsider living in captivity, so people aren't grossed out, because of his beastly looks. To make his change real, he changes his name to Adrian, and slowly removes all the layers of evil within him, significantly eye-opening. It thought me that "those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy."

I found this book empowering with a beautiful massage about true love, that most books nowadays leave out. I couldn't resist, but keep reading it without ceasing. It truly captured my attention and I was entertained every second. It's officially a book I can add to my favorites.

Content Rating:

Rated PG-13 Young Adult


Content Comments:

This book is appropriate for an older audience. Beastly has a significant amount of tolerable references to sex, profanity, drugs and alcohol, and crude comments etc.

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

Cover:
Only drew my attention when it was changed to the movie poster.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (45)

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:


Won From Macmillan Children's Publishing Group:

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Paradise by Jill S. Alexander
Pearl by Jo Knowles
The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
The Flirt Club by Cathleen Daly

Long time no see! To be honest, I don't know if I could ever be dedicated to this blog full-time like in the past. It's not to say I'll never come back, I love the memories I have of this blog and book lover community here. It's a lot to give up, but if I ever have any reviews I'll still post them here. It saddens me to say this, but with my last year of highschool and college classes I don't know if I could keep up. I don't even know if I could still read as much as I read this summer over 30+ books!

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Epic Fact

Saturday, July 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (44)

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:



From Harlequin Teen:

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Other:
Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel
The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn & Janette Oke

Still Tiny IMMs..... Same old, same old nothing changed since I last posted. Still can't understand what's wrong with me. I seem to keep reading books, it's just I never get down to writing reviews. Mostly, because when I try it's been weeks or months since I read the book. Maybe, my next attempt will be successful, we'll see!

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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (43)

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:



Purchased:

Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

Still Tiny IMMs. Needless to say, it's summer and summer books are a must, at least for me. At the moment, I'm saving for a vacation trip, so buying books is a little out of the question. But, I have been downloading books for Nook. Oh, and I got a bargain on the Sarah Dessen book for only $5. This is all for now!

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

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (42)

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:

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby ()

Borrowed:
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Tiny IMM. But, I admit that I must be pleased that we're finally back to business. I'm excited for both of these books, that I'm actually reading currently. This past week I've been involuntarily been working on a 7 page research paper that has been not only depriving me from sleep, but also from posting. Although, I'm glad that most is already done, so that means I get to go crazy posting reviews this upcoming week. Needless to say, this week, I return!

Not to mention summer is just around the corner telling me there will be alot in store for this blog
.

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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (41)

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:


Reading for school:
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore



Received:

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist ()
A Conspiracy of Ravens by Gilbert Morris
Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

Nothing too special about this IMM. I simply received a few books from a church sale for free. My book spending days have lessened, but I predict they'll be increasing after I acquire access to my dad's credit card this week (hopefully.

On a different note, The Book Shopaholic is without-a-doubt, permanently, officially back to blogging and OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Stay tuned for a new contest/giveaway tomorrow!

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

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Title: The Summer of Skinny Dipping
Author:
Amanda Howells

Pages: 295, paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Teen
Pub. Date: 2010

Overall Rating:
.5

Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.

My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything.

- Synopsis from Good Reads

The Summer of Skinny Dipping - Originally, I purchased the book only because someone tweeted that this book was so great, fine I went to the bookstore and found it. Come to find out the I had read the tweet wrong it was about a different book with similar a title. Nonetheless, I dove into this book shortly after buying and let me tell me I had the ride of my life as Mia goes through a path of self discovery.

Somewhere, many times, on that path, I shed a few tears. The ending will catch you by surprise!

Mia is recovering from a breakup when she takes a summer vacation to Indigo Beach where she has spent her summers in the past. Only now when she arrives things are different, people are not the people she used to know, everybody's grown up. Mia feels a pressure to fit in to the extent of almost going skinny dipping with her cousins who practice the activity. But, not too much pressure when she meets Simon, the guy who she can be herself with, slowly without realizing starts falling for him.... how will this summer romance end?

Let me tell you, it was aggravating at the beginning I wanted to swallow the story whole in one night. I was up until 2 p.m. reading this. The writing is just that good that you want to savor more and at the same time you want to take in all that you don't have anytime to memorize the moving lines and quotes. This story was deep and its the main reason that you want to read it, because you want to get to the bottom of the story.

Often, I was annoyed with how insecure Mia was that she couldn't find a place within herself to be happy. But, then again this was for a reason. Along the way, the story gains a slower pace and that's when I was shaking my head confused of where the story was going to go.

This went on..... and on...... and on..... I then got exhausted.

But, the ending won me back. You won't see that coming from nowhere, actually that's what I expected to happen all along, but I bet most readers won't. This story is truly, enjoyable I won't forget all the memorable quotes I collected while reading it. You'll smile one moment then you'll shed a tear. I'm warning you its a heartbreaking novel that can't you resist the tears!

Content Rating:


Twist Endings Face -
Rated PG-13 Young Adult


Content Comments:

This book is awarded the twist ending face for having 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. This book is appropriate for an older audience. The Summer of Skinny Dipping has a significant amount of tolerable references to sex, profanity, drugs and alcohol, and crude comments etc.

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (10/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 45/50 = 90% = A+

Cover:
Same old, same old.... I do however appreciate how the girl is running and in many aspects Mia is, so it has a feel of the book.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (40)

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:

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer ()

Its been an unending struggle to get my hands on a copy of Twilight. First, I lost my money, I was sick so I couldn't get to the store, my mom took my credit card, and when I finally bought it my dad returned it without telling me. So, now after a months of failed attempts I bought it again!

Promises, promises.... yes last time I said that I had some posts ready and its true I'm just sorting some things out in my schedule so I can be sure to further continue writing posts, so I don't go on another hiatus anytime soon. But, it looks like its all happening this week, so stay tuned!


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

Saturday, April 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (39)

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 Season by Sarah MacLean
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Beastly by Alex Flinn ()

I know I've been missing in action there's no question about it. But, books have been on my mind the whole time. This week there was a book fair at my school and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy some books that were great bargains. In fact, as of right now I do have some posts ready for this week, so you won't be able to get enough of me!


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

Sunday, March 20, 2011

First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber

Title: First Step 2 Forever
Author:
Justin Bieber

Pages: 235, hardcover
Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens
Age Group: Everybody
Pub. Date:
2010

Overall Rating:

His debut album has already gone platinum. His YouTube videos have received over 10 million hits. He's sung for the president of the United States. His screaming fans have stormed TV studios and shut down shopping malls. Justin Bieber is a global superstar and now, for the first time ever, he's going to tell all in his very own book.

In this book, Justin tells the story of his amazing journey from small-town schoolboy to global superstar. Stunningly designed and jam packed full of exclusive unseen photos of Justin on and off stage, plus private captured moments, the awesome story of Justin's phenomenal rise to superstardom is a must-have for any true fan.

- Synopsis from Barnes & Noble

First Step 2 Forever - For the short hours I spent reading about the pop star, there was never a dull moment that made me want to put it down and quit reading. You should know that I've always been a Bieber fan, but never a Belieber until finishing this book. This book had a positive impact on me, this book isn't only about Justin's story along the way he does give some valuable advice that I will try to never forget.

Justin tells his story from the beginning, his birth, childhood, early teen years, and how You Tube changed his life. We see a different side of Justin in this book. He's not the cocky guy we thought he was after all he does have genuine feelings for his family, the people, and God. It shows how he didn't come from a rich home with no problems he did have many struggles like any other person. We see a humble side to Justin in that he never really planned to get famous, it just came to him when he uploaded videos of himself singing on You Tube.

Believe it or not the writing style is super interesting. It goes to prove celebrities can write as good any other author. His sense of humor is shown so much that I feel like I know him. I saw nothing cliched about it, everything was original and well though-out. The few words of advice he gives are almost life-changing (to me). He encourages readers to be keep doing the things you're not good at cause eventually you will be, to believe in yourself and to never let the criticism stop you, that you don't have to come from a rich family to make your dream come true, and the best dating advice as he calls it to "just listen" on a date, among others.
You learn so much. About him, and yourself.

There's nothing to complain about, this book gives readers and fans a deep inside look into Justin's life. This is a must for Bieber fans, even for the haters so they can see the real Justin. After finishing this book, I felt like I had lost a friend, for sure I'll be re-reading this a thousand times.
It's overflowed with inspiration and encouragement for teens to follow their dreams and never say never! (From now on I'm going to follow my dream!!)

Content Rating:

Rated PG - General Audience


Content Comments:

This book is appropriate for a general audience. First Step 2 Forever has no references to sex, drugs, profanity, cussing, etc.

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

Cover:
Perfect.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

In My Mailbox (38)

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:

Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Justin Bieber: Step 2 Forever ()

I've been recently buying more books that the usual online and hope it becomes a habit. I'm so lucky my parents aren't complaining about me using their credit card. I'm having a blast reading my TBR pile. But, for now I'm planning to stop reading and catch up on reviews that aren't written yet.

Expect see more from me this upcoming week!

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Personal: A New Beginning

The following is a personal post I wrote to explain a struggle I had, which also explains my long absence from this blog. Maybe it can inspire somebody!

The most complicated thing I’ve ever struggled with was getting healthy and losing weight. Which explains why I turned to books to block my mind from reality. My doctor had told me I had to get healthy and fit, because I was at huge risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, eventually death if I continued to live the same lifestyle. (Happened last July when I stopped blogging)

I knew if I never started I was never going to get anywhere. Getting in shape wasn’t the hardest part; it was starting that was the most difficult. I procrastinated and many times said that the effort wasn’t going to be worth a thing. Yet, after I set aside all the negative thoughts I actually got myself somewhere. I got educated on nutrition and what the foods I needed were. Then, I began a strict workout routine that I had to do everyday.

Now:


Perseverance was the hardest thing to do. I expected I’d see jaw-dropping results at the beginning. And, it turned out that good results don’t happen at the beginning. I had to learn the hard way that nothing happens overnight just because I was trying. When I was just about to quit, I knew that I had to finish what I started. It couldn’t be one of my failed attempts. With endurance and strength that I didn’t even know where it came from, I motivated myself to continue.

The journey was long and and scary, but I was extremely scared to die prematurely, so I gave it my all. At the moment, I’m still not done completely, but I can say I dropped the extra weight and am now at a normal weight (after working out for over 4 months). I can exercise almost everyday, because I’m addicted. And, I’m eating more fruits and vegetables than I ever ate in my lifetime.

So there you go, I'm not the same person coming back to blogging. I was hesitant to get that off my chest. If anyone reading this is going through the same thing and wants some encouragement or tips just email me here: thebookshopaholic(AT)hotmail(DOT)com Plus, I'm going to soon set up a blog at Tumblr all about fitness I'll inform y'all when it's up.

As for this blog, I'm official back to business!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (37) + Long Overdue Winners

What can you do when life, just keeps throwing curves your way and you can't get a break? Simply, tell yourself there will be a day it will all be over. It's today for me, therefore I'm back!


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:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (!!)
Flawless #2 by Sara Shepard
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer


Other for school:

Speak by Laure Halse Anderson
Of Mice and Men by
John Steinbeck

In the past week or two, I've accumulated these books. Which, are the only books I've bought/received since my last IMM. Nothing has changed since you last heard from me. I'm still a book geek and will continue to be.

Also, since you last heard from me I was giving some books away..... since the contest never had the needed entries in the rules I never came back to give the books away, so I'm announcing the winners now.

Prize Pack #1 Winner

34 ~ Stephanie J.



Prize Pack #2 Winner

13 ~ Diana @ Books by Their Story

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

Expect see more from me this upcoming week!

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