Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Review : Tell Me A Secret



Synopsis: Tell me a secret, and I'll tell you one…

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.

Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.


Thoughts: Miranda aka Rand has just returned from 8 weeks at art camp. It sounds fun, but it wasn't. Teaching church kids how to draw crosses? Not exactly anyone's ideal summer. That's ok because she gets to come back to her boyfriend Kamran and her best friend Delaney. The only thing is, Rand is coming home with more than she bargained for. Not only is she keeping secrets, her family and friends are keeping some from her as well.

Throughout the story, all I kept thinking about was how much I hated every single one of these characters. Isn't that a sign of a great book? When you care about these people as if they were real?

First off, there's Rand. She's been trying to fill this void her sister (Xanda) left when she died. All throughout the book, you receive little flashbacks into Xanda's life. Needless to say, her death change Rand forever. There were times when I just wanted to jump in the story and slap some sense into her. She goes off and does the dumbest things. But I must at admit, I loved her in the end. She's a very strong willed teenage girl, not afraid to stand up for what she knows is right. At one point, Rand had everything going against her, but she didn't let it keep her down. She found some inner strength and kept on truckin'.

Now, Rand's parents. OMG! I don't know what I would do if I had parents like these. Especially Rand's mom. While it's clear she only wants the best for Rand, she still has a very odd way of showing it. Trust me, for at least 200 pages, you'll hate her parents too.

Next off, Delaney aka Rand's BFF. I hated her the most. From the very beginning, you can tell there's something very off about Delaney. Through the entire story, I kept thinking "She can't get any worse than this." Oh, but she can. And you'll have to read it to see what I mean.

Finally, Kamran. The things he does and says makes you want to kick some random guy for just being a guy. He actually had me questioning what Rand saw in him in the first place. If I could, I'd slap some sense into this boy. Sadly, I can't.

There are several other characters in the story that I'm not going to mention. Though their roles are smaller, they still play a very significant factor in the story. While mentioning them will not spoiler their story, mentioning their role will. What I will say is, though I mentioned how much hatred I had for these characters, the last 50 pages will break everyone down. Some of them will be redeemed and some won't. It will go deeper into the story and make you realize sometimes people are the way they are for certain reasons.

In the end, I absolutely loved this novel. It's twisted, cruel, and amazing. There where moments where I wanted to grab a box of tissues and wail. I actually felt emotionally attached to these characters (though sometimes, not in a good way). It will rip your heart out and leave you with a lasting impression. If you enjoyed Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, I have no doubt you'll enjoy Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala.

Tell Me A Secret releases June 22nd, 2010.

Review : Party by Tom Leveen




Synopsis : It's saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story, the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.

Thoughts : /It's Saturday night and school's out for the summer. So where are you headed? Well, to the biggest party of the year! Everyone who's anyone is going to be there. And everyone has their own hidden agenda as to why.

Told in 11 POVs, each chapter takes you further into the story. All these characters are connected one way or another. If you've ever seen the movie GO, it's kind of like a PG-13 version of that only replace the rave with a party.

My favorite POVs were the guys. I thought Tommy and Daniel's voices were a bit similar, but they are best friends. I sound a lot like my best friends as well. Other than that, the other voices are distinctive and their own. My personal favorite though was Beckett. She's the very first person you meet, but trails throughout the story. It's interesting to know how she views herself then see how others view her as well.

Now, swoon worth boys. Honestly, I didn't find any. Their own personal stories were so short, I hardly got to know them. I like my swoon guys to have a bit more character than just your stereotypical high school boy. Oh, the boys are funny, but still. Not my type.

It's amazing to see how the story unfolds, one new drama at a time. While the ending is a bit predictable and unrealistic, I still enjoyed it. Tom Leveen wrote a great debut author, and I look forward to reading what comes next from him

Waiting on Wednesday (#18)



Synopsis: Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.


YA novel with an Edgar Allan Poe twist? Please, tell me more!

Releases : August 31st, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Party by Tom Leveen


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Party by Tom Leveen. He's a debut author. If you haven't heard of Party, think of the movie GO but with 11 different POVs. Here we go:

"I wonder if he knows what color my eyes are
What grade I was going to be in.
What my name is."
Page 14

Monday, April 26, 2010

Penitence Trailer!!!



If you haven't heard, Penitence is the sequel to Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens. If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

In My Mailbox (#13)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Normally I would sort this out, but I think I'm just going to do them in order. Here we go:


Winter Longing (arc) by Tricia Mills
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June (arc) by Robin Benway
Jekel Loves Hyde (signed!) by Beth Fandesky
Rules Of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Token Of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Party (arc; Around The World Tours) by Tom Leveen
My Soul To Save by Rachel Vincent
The Daughters (arc) by Joanna Philbin

Special thanks to
Princess Bookie, Tiger, and The Book Butterfly. You ladies rock!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Winner for The Cinderella Society

Hey everyone! I waited a few days, but unfortunately, the winner of The Cinderella Society never got back to me. Thus, we needed to select a new winner.

I'm pleased to announce that the winner of The Cinderella Society is...

KAREN!!!

*throws confetti*

Karen wrote : I think being an empowered teen girl means knowing that you are a person of value, that you mean something in the world and that nothing that other people think can change who you are, what you're worth, and what you're able to achieve in life. It's about more than what's in the mirror: it's about what's inside. True empowerment is the realization that no one can knock you down unless you allow them to.

Please email me within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn. :)

Review : The Summoning


Synopsis: After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…


Thoughts: How can I describe The Summoning? Umm, awesome? No, that doesn't seem right. Really awesome? Ok, I'll settle for really awesome. The Summoning is jammed pack, full of fun and adventure.

Since Chloe was a little girl, she has seen ghosts. How do you explain that to people? Luckily, she hasn't seen any in ages. Of course, things tend to happen when you least expect them. A freak encounter with a ghost sends Chloe off the deep end and lands her a spot at Lyle House, school for the mentally disturbed.

While at Lyle House, Chloe finds out the truth about the other kids and herself. Soon she'll find out the truth about Lyle house, but not soon enough. The story takes you from chapter to chapter wondering what do these kids know and what do the doctors know. You'll question what's happening Chloe, alliances and what kind of powers these other kids really have.

At times, the pacing seems a bit slow, but Kelley has a way of writing that still keeps you intrigued as to what's going on in the story. There's always that point in the book where you can't put it down. Those cliffhangers will have you flipping throuh the pages, wanting you to know what happens next.

Usually, there's a swoon worthy boy in each book. This one gives you an option. Are you Team Simon or Team Derek? I'm personally Team Derek, but my allegance wasn't declared until The Awakening (book 2). Both boys have great qualities, but that'll come later. The Summoning is more action than romance.

For those of you who have read The Summoning, you know how awesome it is. And for those of you who haven't, well...you need to. I highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of The Otherworlds series by Kelley Armstrong.

Friday, April 23, 2010

News and Updates




The Marr Awards is a contest hosted by the lovely ladies at Wickedlovely.com. It celebrates graphic artists, writers, fans and all things Melissa Marr. Definitely check it out. And if you enter one of the contests, let me know! The prizes are spectacular. If you're interested in helping spread the word, email marrawards(at)gmail(dot)com. They'll get you setup!

Also, ninidee, I still haven't received an email from you. Please email me at longhorn08fan(at)gmail(dot)com your information by the end of today or another winner will be drawn.

And last but not least, Book Crazy's Before I Fall Cover Remake Contest has just started it's voting process. Check it out and vote. A lucky voter will win prizes!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#17)


Title : Zombies vs Unicorns

Synopsis: It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

Release Date : September 21st, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Rules of Attraction


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday is from Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles. It's a little more than 2 sentences, but it's a GREAT scene. One worth sharing. If you've read Perfect Chemistry, you'll know what I mean(*wink wink*).

"He laughs. 'That's what I said to Paco when he warned me about Brittany.'
'Let's get this straight once and for all. I'm not you. I'll never be you. And if I tell you there's nothin' between Kiara and me, I mean it.'
'Fine.'
'She annoys the *beep* out of me most of the time, anyway.'
My brother's response is another laugh."
Page 157

Winner of The Cinderella Society Giveaway!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated. I got to say, it was definitely a tough choice. There were some fantastic answer. Honestly, I loved them all, as did my roommate. I wish I could give each one of you a copy of the book, but I can't. So, lets get to it.





ninidee!!!

Congrats! Not only do you win a copy of The Cinderella Society, your entry will automatically be put in to win a signed copy of The Cinderella Society and $100 donation in your name for Girls, Inc.

Ninidee wrote:

"If you want to be empowered, you must first commit to being no one other than yourself.

The best advice I ever received was to be a Leader not a follower.

Being a teenager is not easy but it can be a lot less hard if you recognize that your actions can influence the path that others take.
Being a positive influence is sometimes tricky in the teenage world but if it is done well others will follow.

Never let another person make you feel less than what you are. Once you believe in yourself you will discover what it means to be empowered.
"

Ninidee, please email me at longhorn08fan(at)gmail(dot)com your information within 48 hours, and I'll be sure to send it on to Daisy.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Review : White Cat


Synopsis: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.


Thoughts: It took me a while to get into this. The first half of the book explains Cassel's life, family and what Cursed Workers are. With a few occasional flash backs, slow pacing and very little action, it took me about 150 pages to finally get into the story. Once the action picks up, the rest of the story is a breeze.

Chapter after chapter, I was surprised by the characters and the actions they took (Especially from Cassel's brothers). It's one of those books where one question is answered, but then another mystery pops up. All the while, you're left wondering "What in the world is up with this white cat?"

When I think about it, my favorite aspect of the book is all the character developements. Think "Sopranos with supernatural powers." Imagine being raised in that kind of environment, and you'll have an idea of where Cassel comes from. I love the details in not only Cassel's family, but the other Cursed Worker families as well. And the normal kids Cassel goes to school with? Cassel's grandfather? Hilarious! Once you read it, you'll see what I mean.

Last but not least, I wanted to talk about the ending. While I'm not going to spoil it for you, I will say it completely caught me off-guard. I'm usually pretty good at predicting things, but this? Totally didn't see it coming!

Overall, I enjoyed reading White Cat and look forward to the rest of the Cursed Workers series.

White Cat releases May 4th, 2010.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

In My Mailbox (#12)

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Apparently by theme is 6 books a week. Go figure. Here we go...

Books I bought:
*Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
*Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
*Desert Tales-The Challenge by Melissa Marr; Illustration by Xian Nu Studio
*Knight Angels : Book of Love by Abra Ebner

Around The World Tours (arc tours):
*Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Books I Won:
*The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard (Signed! Glee!). Special thanks to
Amy Brecount White. She totally rocks!

That's it! Let me know what you think and leave links to show me what's in your mailbox.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Review : Radiant Shadows


Synopsis: Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in Melissa Marr’s next volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.


I actually read this back in January, but wanted to wait closer to the release date to post my review. Special thanks to my BFF Karen, over at Karen's Addictions for loaning me her arc.

While Wicked Lovely still reigns as my favorite in the series, I throughly enjoyed Radiant Shadows.

The story takes place a bit after Fragile Eternity. Same world, same people, different POVs, and different courts. Radiant Shadows is told through the eyes of Ani, Devlin and Rae. All these characters have played a secondary role thus far in the series (except Rae, she's new), so it was quite interesting to see how others view the events currently taking place. You get bits and pieces of the fearsome foursome (Ash, Donia, Keenan and Seth), but only bits and pieces. It leaves you wondering what in the world is going on out there in Huntsdale. You'll get a closer look into the inner workings of The Dark Court and also The High Court. And the ending? Didn't see that coming!

The romance between Ani and Devlin is anything but normal. It's intense, beautiful, unexpected and believable. There were times where I just wanted to read through a section faster and faster just to get back to Ani and Devlin. Both have to deal with their own inner demons, but can't escape the feelings that build between them. And Devlin? Definitely a swoon-worthy boy. Chaos and logic never tasted so sweet.

With the book being released this coming Tuesday, I don't want to give too much away. I know a question all fans are wondering is "Who's Rae? Where did she come from and what is she?" Well, I could tell her...but then I'd have to kill you. Kidding. Me telling you now would take away from the experience you'll have when you read Radiant Shadows.

What I will say is while I enjoyed Radiant Shadows, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of knowledge the reader will receive concerning the events in Fragile Eternity. I just told myself that this is a companion novel. Plus, it's interesting to learn about the entire fey world and not just the summer and winter courts (even though they're my favorite). So, don't get me wrong. I loved Radiant Shadows, but (needless to say) I can't wait for Darkest Mercy (book 5) to be released. The POVs have yet to be revealed, but I'm definitely hoping two will be from Keenan and Donia.

Fans of Ink Exchange and The Dark Court will be more than pleased with Radiant Shadows. Giddy, even. It shows you what an amazing writer Melissa Marr really is. It's obvious she puts a lot of thought into her characters and it shows.

So, this Tuesday. What are you going to do? Pick up a copy of Radiant Shadows? I thought so. I'll be picking one up too!

Cover Remake : Before I Fall



Hey everyone! I'm entering Book Crazy's Before I Fall Cover Remake contest. It's like the contest The Princess Bookie hosts, only this one is all about Before I Fall. If you haven't heard of Before I Fall, I definitely recommend checking it out here.

Let me know what you think of my cover remake!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Review : Something Like Fate


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

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

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


In one word, Something Like Fate is adorable. Unlike some of Susane Colansanti's other novels, Something Like Fate is entirely told through Lani's POV. The book is broken down into three parts : the end of their junior year, summer and the first couple months of their senior year.

Erin and Lani have been best friend's since they were kids. Though they couldn't be more different, a past event connects them for life. I like to think of Erin as the "Popular It Girl" and Lani as the "Eco friendly Quiet Girl." A bit cliche, but nontheless true. Before the end of their junior year, Erin starts crushing over Jason. He's part of the Golden Circle and a down right great guy. While Lani has known Jason most of her life, she's never really "noticed" him. At least, not until Erin reintroduces them. From the moment Jason and Lani meet, they click. Yes, just snap your fingers. That's how fast they click. Erin encourages Lani to get to know Jason better, dig for information and see how he feels about her. Lani reluctantly agrees. As Jason and Lani start spending more time together, Lani notices she's completely falling for her best friend's boyfriend. But does he feel the same way? With Erin leaving for Summer Camp, Lani knows being alone with Jason all summer is not an option (no matter how bad she wants it).

While the theme has been done before, I still found Something Like Fate to be a fun-quick read. It has a little bit of everything. There's drama, a love triangle, forbidden love and secrets untold.

Personally, my favorite character is Blake. He's quirky, funny and just a great friend to Lani. He also deals with his own problems. Being Lani's best friend, you get bits and pieces of what Blake must deal with in his life. It's not easy being secretly gay, especially in high school. His strength really surprised me. Where some would fall, he stood with his head held high. Kuddos to you, Blake.

And swoon-worthy boys. I liked Jason. I really did. He's the stereotypical hot, sensitive guy one can easily falls for. But I didn't love him. While I get why Lani fell for him, I feel you never really get to know him. You just get the cookie cutter guy you're suppose to fall for. I like my literary crushes have more depth than that.

All in all, I enjoyed Something Like Fate. It's an easy quick read. It's not my favorite book, but it's my favorite Susane Colansanti book. Her fans will not be disappointed.

Something Like Fate releases May 4th, 2010.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Cinderella Society Giveaway


First off, a HUUUGE thanks to Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds (debuts November 2nd, 2010), for hosting the blog tour and giveaway.

As you know, The Cinderella Society is all about female empowerment. You can do anything! In this giveaway, all you have to do is share a story/line/quote/thought about what it means to be empowered as a teenage girl. You must be a follower to enter and comment with your answer below.

This giveaway will end on April 18th. Since several of my friends are my followers (and I don't have random.org to save me), I'm going to have my roommate pick her favorite answer. The Winner will receive a copy of The Cinderella Society. Wait, there's more. The other members of TCS blog tour will put all our winners in a pool. We will vote on our favorite story/line/quote/thought and that person will win a signed copy of The Cinderella Society plus $100 to be donated to Girls Inc. in her name.

Make sense? Awesome. Now, get sharing!

*edit*

This giveaway is going to be US only. I apologize for not clarifying this sooner.

Waiting on Wednesday (#16)



Synopsis: Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.

Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.


I think I've used this as a WoW before, but I don't care. I'm too tired to look and too excited to contain it. As You Wish is such a cute book. Now, Jackson's mixing in werewolves and butt kicking sisters? CAN'T WAIT!

Release date : June 7th, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.

The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday is brought to you from Tell Me A Secret by Holl Cupala.

"And while I was painting crosses and rainbows and getting sick from the heat of collective prepubescent body odor, Kamran took classes and worked two jobs, Delaney jetted off to Amsterdam, and Essence would probably go to theater camp like she had every summer since fourth grade.

I returned home the week before school to life as usual in the Mathison house : Mom the drama queen, Dad the absentee, and me...a seventeen-year-old with too many secrets-and a mountain of my own, threatening to blow."
Pages 8-9.

The Body Finder Contest Winners!



Thank you to everyone who entered The Body Finder Contest. After spending the last hour counting up entries and plugging them into random.org, I finally have some winners to announce.

First, the book and swag winner:

Congrats to Emma Kate!

And now the swag winners.

Congrats to:

Samantha LeAnne
Briana (The Book Pixie)
Lucy (Reading date)
InABox
Aine


Emails have been sent. Please respond back within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. And thanks for playing!

Monday, April 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (#11)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Lets get started.

Books I bought:
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
The Reckoning (Darkest Powers 3) by Kelley Armstrong

Books I won:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Special thanks to Kirsty at Novelicious.
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber Special thanks to
My Overstuffed Bookshelves.
Hidden And Imminent Dangers by D.W. Hardin. Special thanks to Melanie.
How Not To Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler. Special thanks to Jennfer Ziegler and Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Thanks it. So, what's in your mailbox?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Review : The Unwritten Rule


Synopsis : Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...


In one word : Adorable. Has the plot been done? Sure, but Elizabeth just has this way of writting that sucks you in. You fall instantly in love with her characters and pray that everything works out.

From the beginning, the reader knows how Sarah feels about Ryan. She saw him first, but it doesn't matter. In the world of girls, the unwritten rule clearly states that you can't fall for your best friend's boyfriend. With that being said, you still can help but want Sarah and Ryan to end up together. They have an undeniable chemistry. Plus, they seem to have a lot more in common than Brianna and Ryan do.

Though the story is mainly about the love triangle, you still get bits and pieces to Sarah and Brianna's home left. Sarah has great parents and Brianna...well, not so much. With that being said, you'll see why each girl is the way she is.

To give you a hint of how much I liked this book, I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger that makes you wondering what happens next. The entire time, you know it can only end two ways and neither ideal.

And as far as swoon-worthy boys go, Ryan fits the bill. My only regret is, there wasn't enough Ryan. He's adorable, an artist and just a sweetheart. It makes me wish boys like him really do exist.

In a nutshell, if you're an Elizabeth Scott fan, The Unwritten Rule will not disappoint. It has all the romance and quirkiness all her novels do. If you're looking for a cute, quick read, I would recommend this one. You'll cringe, you'll laugh, you'll smile and hope everything works out between these three teens.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#15)



Synopsis: 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.

Release date : October 19th, 2010

Wow, I can't wait. And I love that line on the cover. "She can control her pack, but not her heart." Makes me giddy with anticipation!

To watch to book trailer, you can go here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : The Unwritten Rule


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday is brought to you from The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott.

" 'It was fun,' Ryan says, which is a nice thing to say, a him thing to say, but when I look at him, one more look before he goes back to the party, to my best friend, he's looking at me like-

Well, like he wants to look at me."
Page 36.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

In My Mailbox (#10)

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Lets get started!

Books I bought:


*The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
*Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
*Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
*Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

And now, eBook arcs :

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa






The Clearing by Heather Davis








That's it. So, what's in your mailbox?

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Friday Five




1. Contest recommendation : In case you haven't heard, Heidi (author of Sea) is doing a 9 week giveaway on her blog. I love it when authors do this. Some books include (but aren't limited to) The Dead-Tossed Waves, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and maybe even an arc of Linger.

For more information, please check out Heidi's blog here.

2. The Blind Side (movie/dvd) : If you love Remember The Titans, you'll love this. Sandra Bullock didn't win an Oscar by just lolly gagging around. Che-Che-Check it out!

3. The Desert Tales by Melissa Marr (manga). If you are a Wicked Lovely fan, you need to check out The Desert Tales. It's Rika's story. And if you remeber Rika, she's one of Keenan's ex-Winter Girls. The reason I'm recommending this now is because The Desert Tales 2 (The Challenge) comes out this coming Tuesday. GLEEE!!

4. The Clearing by Heather Davis (releases April 12th). If you are a fan of romance, I highly recommend this. You can read my review below. Heather Davis is also the author of Never Cry Werewolf. The Clearing releases on paperback, so that's good news for those struggling from the deadly "I spend all my money on books" disease.

5. HAPPY EASTER!!! Just in case I won't be on Sunday, I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

Till next time.

XOXO

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Review : The Clearing



Synopsis:
Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever.

If Sarah Dessen ever decided to write a follow up to Dreamland and mix it together with The Time Traveler's Wife, The Clearing would be the result.

Amy needs to escape her life in Seattle. After publically annoucing her abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend Matt, she decides to move to Rockwell with her Aunt Mae. Where's Rockwell? Oh, it's a small country town north of Seattle. In fact, the townspeople refer to Seattle as "the city."

When Amy first arrives to Rockwell, she catches the eye of several different people. There's Quinn, your typical bad guy. There's Jackson, a genuinely good guy. And then there's the mysterious Henry, a boy who dresses and talks like he's from a different era. With her past history, Amy decides her new life shouldn't include a boy, but there's just something about Henry. He doesn't attend high school and he just seems like a real honest-to-goodness gentleman. But what Amy doesn't know is that Henry is stuck in a timeloop. He's from 1944 and relives the same day over and over again. As the two start spending more and more time together, they begin to fall in love. But some love stories are meant to be tragic. How are Amy and Henry suppose to be together when they're both from different decades?

The more I read The Clearing, the more I wanted to know. The novel is told through alternating POVs. You have Amy in first person and Henry in third. I've heard some readers complain about this, but I think the reason the author did this was so the reader can relate/be more personable with Amy. It's great to know what Henry's going through, but the main focus is on Amy.

From the beginning, you want to know what's going to happen between Amy and Henry. You want to know whether it'll work out for them. In fact, you practically pray for it. They're so beautiful together. It's truly amazing how Henry opens Amy back up and helps her believe love really does exist. Thus, I cannot tell you enough how much I love Henry. A gentleman sweetheart? What's not to love?

Although Amy and Henry are the main characters, my personal favorite is Mae. She's such an amazing aunt to Amy. She helps her work through her problems and is there for her through thick and thin. Mae is an example of how family will always be there for you, even when they're not.

For those romance lovers out there, I recommend checking out The Clearing. It's so bittersweet yet fantastic. I was on the brink of tears, yet I was still smiling. That's the kind of novel this is. It'll have you thinking about it long after the story ends.

Release date : April 12th, 2010

~*March Madness Contest Winners*~



Thanks to everyone who entered the March Madness Contest. There was a great turnout, and I appreciate everyone who helped spread the word. If I could, I would spend you all books. Sadly, I cannot. I would be one very broke Lena. With help from Random.org, I am pleased to announce the winners. And here we go :

1st place: KELSEY


2nd place
: EM


3rd place: ANNIKA


4th place: NATALIE (MINDFUL MUSINGS)


CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!

Kelsey, I'll email you first to see what books you want. Then I'll email Em, so on and so forth. Please respond within 48 hours or new winners will be drawn.