Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr



Synopsis: After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron's unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.

Don't judge a book by it's cover. It looks like a cute, sweet read, but it's far from that.

The story begins with Jennifer in Cameron's house. Cameron's father is yelling at him, telling him things a father should not say to his son. Jennifer feels uncomfortable and decides to leave, but before she can, Cameron's father stops her.

Now, flash forward 8 years and you have the new Jenna Vaughn. No longer a "loser," Jenna has everything she could want. Friends, a loving family and a boyfriend. Seems like every girl's high school dream, right? But Jenna can't stop thinking about that day at Cameron's house. It changed everything and left a lot of unanswered questions. One being Cameron's disappearance.

The story consistantly switches from past to present. You gets bits and pieces of Jennifer's memory till you finally figure out what happened to them. Jenna-Jennifer deals with issues of who she was, who she is now, and who she wants to be. With Cameron, she has to figure out what happend to him and why he's back.

Sweethearts is a very bittersweet book. It has bits of romance, but mostly has emotional dilemmas that no 16 year old girl should have to deal with. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who want more than just a teeny-bopper romance.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Waiting Wednesday #5



Synopsis : Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.


Sounds original and fabulous. And from the reviews on goodreads, it's definitely one to look out for!

Release date: July 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Becca Fitzpatrick : Live and in color!

This past weekend, I had the honor of meeting several of my favorite authors. On Friday, Becca Fitzpatrick was at the Blue Willow Bookshop. She answered questions about Hush, Hush, gave us some insight into the sequel (Crescendo), and gave fellow writers some advice. Lets face it, published authors have the best advice!

At one point, she read a portion of Hush, Hush. I decided to go ahead and record it with my iPhone. It's not the best quality, but here it is:



Afterwards, she did a signing and met/spoke with everyone individually. She even showed us some pictures of the models that were being considered for the cover of Hush, Hush...and outtakes of the actual shoot. Drew (model on the cover), as you can see, is quite dreamy!

Needless to say, Becca is amazing! If you have a chance to meet up with her, I suggest you do so. You'll be missing out if you don't!

To come: My experience at the Teen Book Festival featuring Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Sara Zarr and more!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Review of The Mark by Jen Nadol



Synopsis: Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?


After reading so many great reviews, I was really excited to pick this up. I don't know if I was overly excited or what, but I was quite disappointed. The book seemed to lack suspense and action. There was just a lot of back and forth banter and soul searching, but not much else. While I felt remorse for Cassie (the MC), I could just never relate to her. If I can't relate to a character, I start to lose interest.

For one, everything I read has to have a swoon worthy boy. Call me boy crazy or whatever, but I need it! With The Mark, there are a couple prospects, however, I never felt attracted to them. They seemed whiny and unoriginal. I did put in consideration that 1 of the boys is still in high school and the other in college, but they just seemed so...boring.

Also, the ending really did it in for me. It answered a question I was wondering about, but nothing was ever resolved. Nor was there a real cliffhanger that had me wishing for more. It just ended and left me with an obvious assumption that there will be a sequel.

Now, don't get me wrong. There are things I enjoyed. I enjoyed the philosphy and psychology references. It took me back to my sophomore year at UT. I also enjoyed the Greek Mythology. I just wanted something more.

I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars. There are readers out there who really enjoyed this book. For one, The Princess Bookie and for another, my friend Casey from Goodreads. It's funny because I tend to agree with their thoughts on books. I guess there's always a first time for everything!

If you've read The Mark, comment and let me know your thoughts. I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler



Synopsis: Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all at Paradise—the resort in the Caribbean, that is—for different reasons, but in Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Over the course of four months, through four voices and four stories, what happened in Paradise will change them all.

In this extraordinary novel, the Printz Honor–winning author brings us her most accomplished work yet. Tangled is a story of the secrets we keep, the risks we take, and the things we do for love.


I'm quite borderline when it comes to this book. I like it, but I didn't love it. As far as stars go, I'd give it 3. The book is told through 4 different points of view.

It starts in April with Jena. Jena is a 16 year old looking for her own love story. Instead of reading about them, she wants to live one. But (as everyone knows) boys are certainly not like the characters we read about in novels. With Jena, the book is about her growing up and finding out what she really wants.

Jump to May and the book continues with Dakota. Dakota is your typical high-school-sex-crazed-jock. In one word, he is an asshole. Sorry about the language, but he is! With Dakota, the story is about him dealing with past demons and learning to be something more than what people expect of him.

Fast forward to June. Skye is an actress. She has it all, but at the same time, has nothing. Her life seems so perfect on paper, but in truth, she's just as messed up as everyone else. Skye needs to find the answers to her past before she can figure out who she is.

And the story ends in July with Owen. Owen is my FAVORITE of all the characters. He's hilarious and adorable! He reminds me of my brother, living life through a computer. He even has a blog called "Loser With A Laptop." Without being spoilery, his story is about stepping away from the computer and really living.

The story's a bit confusing, but everything connects at the end. All the characters are tangled (ya like that?) together. It might not be the best read out there, but it's still a cute one.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Waiting Wednesday #4


Synopsis: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.


Release Date: March 2, 2010

CAN'T WAIT!!! I'll be sure to have box of tissues, just in case!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chasing Brooklyn


Restless souls and empty hearts.

Synopsis: Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca died a year ago, and now their friend Gabe has died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there, waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca chasing her through her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying so hard not to feel the pain of missing Lucca. But when he begins receiving messages from his dead brother, telling him to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.


If you are a Lisa Schroeder fan (*raises hand*), this book will not disappoint. It differs from her other novels only because it switches POVs (from Brooklyn to Nico and back again). I've read novels where authors seem to struggle with this, but Lisa does it with such finesse and gives each character a distinctive voice.

There are critics out there who do not appreciate novels written in verse. I must admit, I was the same way at first. I thought "How can the author paint a clear picture with such few words?" Lisa completely changed my mind. What some authors do in 5 pages, Lisa can do in 3 lines.

The synopsis does a fabulous job of summarizing the book. I don't want to go into details without getting too spoilery. What I will say is this: the story had me thinking for days. It's jammed packed with not action, but emotions. Much like poetry! Both Brooklyn and Nico are beautifully portrayed. And yes, I did have a crush on Nico. How could you not? He's funny, kind and warm.

I recommend this to all Lisa Schroeder fans. And if you have yet to read a book written in verse, this one's a great one to start!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Body Finder Trailer



Intense, right? I don't know about you, but after watching the trailer, my need to read The Body Finder has doubled. And since Kimberly Derting is amazing, she's giving all of us a chance to win a copy of her book.

Click here to find out more.

Good luck everyone. If you win, let me know how it is!

XOXO!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Win a copy of Deadly Little Secret



Because January babies are the best (and yes, I'm completely bias), I decided to give away a copy of Deadly Little Secret.

Here's the synopsis: Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.


You can also read my review here.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Boys, Girls And Other Harzardous Materials


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

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

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

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.


To be quite honest, while I liked the story, it could've been better. All the things that Charlie goes through are relatable, but I never really felt a connection towards her. The book deals with typical high school- freshman year topics. There's finding new friends, crushes, repairing old bonds, jocks, fitting in, favorism, etc. It's a bit predictable, but let's be honest, so is high school!

There are parts I liked! For example, Will! I adored the parts where Will and Charlie reconnect with old childhood stories. Those were hilarious. Also, I enjoyed Sydney, Nidhe, and Michael. They're the kind of friends everyone wants!

To wrap this up, I guess I just had certain expectations that the book didn't meet. Like I said, while I liked it, there are better books out there. Please remember, this is just my opinion! A couple of my Goodreads friends rated it 4-5 stars. It's really up to you. Don't let me stop you if it's something you've been dying to read!

Anyway until next time, this is BAG (Book Addict Girl, lol) signing out!

2010 Debut Author Challenge

I mean, the title really speaks for itself. The Debut Author Challenge challenges everyone to read at least 12 books from 2010 Debut Authors. I'm going to push my limits and go for as many as possible. There are TONS of fabulous debut novels/authors this year so why not give them all a whirl?

This year's challenge is hosted by The Story Siren. You can read more about it here : Challenge.

I encourage everyone to give this a whirl. I love hearing new voices in the literary world. Doesn't everyone? Anyway, here is my list thus far :

1. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain(which is a 2009 book, but it was close enough!)
2. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
3. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
5. The Mark by Jen Nadol
6. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
7. 13 to Life: A Werewolf's Tale by Shannon Delany
8. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
9. Sea by Heidi Kling
10. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
11. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
12. Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
13. Party by Tom Leveen
14. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
15. Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White.
16. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
17.Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
18. Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howell
20. Party by Tom Leveen
21. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
22. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin *read, but need to review*

That's all I can think of right now. As I add books and read them, I'll post about it and link it back here!

Good luck to everyone participating and happy reading!

XOXO!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Waiting Wednesday



Synopsis :
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.


Release Date : June 22, 2010.

Can't wait!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rampant



Synopsis: Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

To be quite honest, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to read this. The words "killer unicorns" and "huntresses" didn't appeal to me. But from the minute I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The synopsis doesn't do this book justice.

On top of the action and romance, Rampant weaves in pieces of mythology and history. In my opinion, these are the best kind of books. While it's fun and alluring, it's also quite clear the author did her fair share of research.

As the protagonist, Astrid delivers a witty yet realistic view of what it would be like if you were forced into a world you never wanted to be apart of. How far would you go to escape fate? And what happens when you can't?

Rampant is full of twist and turns. And believe me, from an avid reader, it says something if I didn't see it coming. Woot Woot, now I can't wait till the sequel (Ascendant) comes out in September!

Monday, January 11, 2010

This, that and some other nonsense!

Happy Monday!!!

So, I'm currently reading Rampant. I know, it should be under the "currently reading" section. I'm actually close to finishing and then going back to Need. It seemed rather pointless to just change it for 3 days and then put it back.

Now, you can hold me to this. I want to put up reviews for both by Friday. If I don't, leave a comment on the side chat section over there ----------------------->
and make me feel guilty, yell at me, whatever. My goal is to read 100 books in one year, and I'm making you guys my accountability partners!

Also, notice the new gadget in my blog? I joined The Cinderella Society book tour. Click it and check it out. More details to come(*wink wink*)!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! And if you have a case of the Mondays, watch this. It'll make you feel better!

XOXO!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Some Girls Are...



Think of the meanest thing anyone has ever done to you. Now multiply that by 1000, and you'll have an idea of what Regina has to go through.

Once part of the Fearsome Fivesome, the highest in high school hierarchy, Regina Afton must pay the price for being kicked out. The worst part about it? She didn't even do what they accuse her of doing. Every day at school, the now Fearsome Foursome find some way to torture her.

The only comfort Regina finds is in another student named Michael Hayden. The only catch is that Michael HATES Regina. After all, she did to him what the Fearsome Foursome are now doing to her. Can a mean girl really do a 180 and turn into a decent person? And can Michael find a way to forgive Regina?

Brutally honest, Some Girls Are shows you what it's like to be the most hated girl in school. Some parts literally made me cringe. I don't think I would've lasted 5 minute in Regina's shoes. At the same time, I couldn't get enough of this book. I read it in one night, and I haven't done that in ages.

Courtney Summers is now on my list of "must buy everything she writes" authors. If you like Speak by Laurie Anderson Halse, you'll love Some Girls Are.

Contests-Links...the whole shabam!

Hello to all my blogging lovelies! I wanted to share a few links and contests with you:

Win a copy of Something Like Fate from only sexy books allowed

Win 1 of 4 upcoming books from the princess bookie

Win your choice of several amazing books (Including The Mark by Jen Nadol and The Dark Divine by Bree Despain) from Shut up, I'm reading

And that's all I can think of right now. I'll update if new ones come up. Good luck everyone!

*MWAH*

Tuesday, January 5, 2010



Synopsis (courtesy of www.breedespain.com): A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.


My thoughts: I absolute LOVED this book. I spent half the time wondering what Daniel was and the other half wondering how every thing will turn out! One of my favorite things is how the protagonist, Grace, is not only strong but also fragile. You never want to read about a character that's too strong or too weak.

Also, I've said this before, but a book HAS to have a swoon worthy boy or I just can't get into. Daniel is just that. I mean, who doesn't love a "bad but lets hope he's not THAT bad" boy?

Now, one thing I will tell the reader is to make sure to pay attention to every little bit. 1 word : foreshadowing! Beautiful and thrilling, The Dark Divine will have you hooked from the beginning until the end. It really is tragic when a book ends before you're ready. More please...PLEASE?!

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Maze Runner



Thomas wakes up in the Glade, yet he doesn't know where he, who he is or what he's doing there. All he remembers is his name. He looks around and notices that he's in a colony surrounded by boys around the ages of 13-18. Unfortunately, no one remembers their ages or much of anything either. He initially meets Alby and Newt, the leaders of the Gladers. Thomas quickly learns that surrounding this colony is a giant maze, and all the boys know is they must find their way out in order to return home.

Ready for the catch? First, there are these half machine/half animalistic creatures called the Grievers who mainly come out at night. They'll sting you and send you into a state of shock the other Gladers refer to as "the change." Second, there are the tiny bug like machines that the Creators use to watch the Gladers. As far as anyone knows, the Maze consistantly changes, the doors to the Glade will always close at night, but reopen in the morning, and a boy will always be sent up at the same time, same way once a month.

Too bad everything's about to change. The day after Thomas is sent to The Maze, a girl is sent up. The first girl and last person to be sent again, ever. All Thomas knows is he might have the key to solving the Maze, only if he can open his mind and remember.

What do I think about The Maze Runner? Absolutely amazing. It took me back to my childhood days reading Lord of the Flies and back to my present day obsession with The Hunger Games. There are twists and turns everywhere leaving the reader anticipating the Gladers' next move. I must say, everything I expected turned out to be wrong. Figures, right? And it'll leave you with an edge of your seat ending, gasping for more. I recommend this to fellow Sci-Fi fans or anyone looking for a book filled with action, suspense, adventure and a tad bit of romance.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Contest Winner and a Happy New Year!




Hello all! I hope you had a fabulous New years! I apologize for my absence. The holidays are a hectic time for me.

First off, the winner of the December giveaway goes to Melanie! Congrats sweetie!!! I do not have your email...so please email me your info ASAP.

Anyway, expect reviews for The Maze Runner and The Dark Divine sometime soon (possibly later today or tomorrow).

A nice treat: For some reason, Barnes and Noble is releasing books a bit early. Lucky for me, that means I got my hands on a few books that weren't suppose to come out till sometime next week. So, if you're currently waiting for books due out January 5th (there are quite a bit of them), I suggest going to your local B&N. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Hope everyone is starting off with a fabulous 2010! Talk to you all soon!

XOXO