Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. This is where we list an upcoming book that we want to read.

Summary from Good Reads

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.  
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

I've seen several blogs have count down widgets for this book.  I really love how this book sounds.  I've never read books that involved amnesia  like this.  Normally, I probably wouldn't pick this up, but I think this sounds too good not to read.  I can't wait until it comes out.

What are you waiting on?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees Book Review

Title:  The Juliet Spell
Author:  Douglas Rees 
Part of series or standalone: standalone
Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
I'm reviewing this for Net Galley.

Miranda Hoberman’s high school is going to perform Romeo and Juliet and she really wants to be cast as Juliet.  Her mother wanted to be Juliet but never got to be, so she’s doing this for her mom as well as herself.  To help increase her chances of getting the role, Miranda performs the spell.  Something happens that she doesn’t expect.  A boy in weird clothing appears and happens to be Edmund Shakespeare, William Shakespeare’s younger brother.

At first, Edmund thinks that Miranda is Helen of Troy but then thinks she’s a fairy.  Miranda manages to get him to calm down and starts to show him about the technological advances.  As she teaches him more things, she ends up caring for him but it seems he has his eyes set on Vivian, Miranda’s rival for the part of Juliet.  Will Miranda be Edmund’s Juliet?  Will she even be a ‘Juliet’ at all?
When I first started to read it, I hated the Miranda’s narration.  I felt there was something lacking, and I became annoyed and  not enthused when Miranda was teaching Edmund about the modern world.   But, I eventually started to like the book more as I read on.  I’m not a fan of cussing in books and this one definitely had more of the vulgar ones.  It doesn’t have a lot of cussing though.  I didn’t really like Edmund, but I definitely felt bad for Miranda when she saw him with Vivian.  I definitely liked the concept of the book, but I think it could have been executed a lot better.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Follow Friday #2

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme co-hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q. In some books like the Sookie Stackhouse series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish this would happen with in real life?

I would have to go with mermaids.  I think it would be cool if they appeared out of the Fins series (Forgive My Fins and Fins are Forever) by Tera Lynn Childs.  I like the whole concept about bonding and plus most seem nice and closer to being human...which could also be a downfall for some people.

I admit I peeked at some other blogs before I picked another one and didn't think of the Revenants from Die For Me by Amy Plum.  I like that they would be protecting unsuspecting people, but I also would feel bad that they might possibly die from it.  It would have to be a very sad experience to be one.

What creatures would you want to "come out of the closet"?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. This is where we list an upcoming book that we want to read.
Summary from Good Reads.

An epic romance full of mysteries that transcend time—fans of Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife will rejoice!

Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

First off, I love the cover.  Most books that play off of Romeo and Juliet can either do great or tank badly.  I hope this one is great.  I've been looking forward to this one for a while.  I've never read any time travel, but I think I would. 

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Popular Vote by Micol Ostow, Book Review

Title: Popular Vote
Author: Micol Ostow
Part of series or standalone:  standalone
Published:  Semptember 1, 2008
Publisher: Point

 Erin Bright, daughter of Plainsboro mayor, Caleb Bright, has been dating Logan for two years and is once again helping him prepare for school president elections. Logan is once again running unopposed...or is he? Logan tells Erin that Everett Field is being sold by the school board to Caswell Corp. to fund an art program at Plainsboro High School. Instead of a beautiful that holds special meaning to Erin and has a historic background, there will be a gas station there. When she expresses her concerns to Logan, he tells her that the school council wouldn’t have a say.

When Logan has to take questions from the school body about his platform, Erin finds herself ranting about trying to save Everett field. This causes friction between Logan and Erin. At first, it seems like as a couple they are ok until Erin blogs about the field. She decides to run against him to help save her beloved field. Will she save Everett Field? Will she win the election? Will her relationship with her friends…and her relationship with Logan?

I liked that Erin ran against her boyfriend, but I didn’t like how her friends treated her because of it. I thought this was an enjoyable book. I especially liked reading her blog and seeing how the comments reflected her current situations and problems.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox #2

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

This week is bigger than I'd thought it be.  I don't think it will be that big next week because college starts later this week. If I do, it will be mostly library books.  Books are still books though right?

These are ones I've bought:

Dead Rules by Randy Russell –Young adult paranormal
Ruby Red by Kertsin Gier – Young adult fantasy, time travel
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard – Young Adult fantasy, contemporary

These I've gotten from PaperBackSwap:
It’s All About Us by Shelley Adina – Young Adult Contemporary, Christian Fiction
Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley – Young Adult fantasy, Christian Fiction

Won from Good Reads to review:
Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight) by Bryan Davis – Young Adult fantasy, Christian Fiction
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik - Young Adult contemporary romance, chick lit

Gotten from library:
Gossip from the Girl’s Room by Rose Cooper -  Middle Grade contemporary, diary/blog format -Already reviewed -Gossip from the Girl's Room by Rose Cooper book review

What did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cactus's Secret by Nana Haruta, Book Review

Title: Cactus's Secret
Author:  Nana Haruta
Part of series or standalone:  First in manga series
Published:  March 2nd, 2010
Publisher:  Viz Media LLC

This is the first volume of Cactus’s Secret.

Yamada has liked Fujioka since middle school. She decides she is going to tell him and had told him to meet her. When he arrives, he tells her she is wearing too much eyeliner (so much for her confessing her love). She gets really mad and takes it out on him. He quickly dubs her “Cactus Alien”. Ever since middle school, she has been trying to make herself pretty. Fujioka is clueless about how she feels about him. She decides to make him chocolate for Valentine’s Day. He sees her outside of school and completely ignores her but reveals later that he didn’t recognize her. He gets Yamada to practice giving the chocolates to her she likes but has no idea it’s him.

I really enjoyed this manga. Fujioka is completely clueless and quickly agitates Yamada. I liked seeing what happened when Yamada became a “cactus”.  Yamada just can't win.  I loved the illustrations.  I haven't read much manga, but I adored this one.  There's a surprise twist at the end that I didn't see coming.  I can't wait to get my hands on more of this series.  There are only four in this manga, so it'd be a quick manga series to read.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Follow Friday #1

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme co-hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

I would absolutely have to put myself in The Hunter by L.J. Smith.  It's the first book in the Forbidden Game trilogy.  I love that trilogy, and L.J. Smith is one of my favorite authors.  I would love to be Jenny.  I would say one of her friends, but considering Julian treats them worse, I'm going to stick with Jenny.  Even though this would be scary, it be an adventure at the same time.  For people that haven't read this book, Jenny and her friends play a game where Julian makes there nightmares come true.  They have to live through the nightmare.    What book would you want to be a part of?

Gossip from the Girls' Room by Rose Cooper, Book Review

Title: Gossip from the Girls' Room
Author:  Rose Cooper
Part of series or standalone:  First book in a series
Published: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Sofia Becker is a sixth-grade at Middlebrooke Middle School.  She writes an anonymous blog for the school as the Blogtastic Blogger.  Sofia hopes that the blog will increase her popularity.   In this blog, she writes about gossip that’s about teachers and students.  Most of the gossip she hears she learns about when she’s eavesdropping in the girls’ bathroom.  She can’t stand Mia St. Clare, so she often talks about her and other social climbers.  Mia St. Clare is the most popular girl and apparently, Sofia’s crush Andrew likes Mia.  Sofia is so angry.  Will Mia snag Sofia’s crush? Will the blog increase Sofia's popularity?

I really liked this book.  The drawings are so adorable.  The book is described as “A Blogtastic Novel”, but it’s said that it’s a pre-blogging notebook.  There are blog entries in the book, but it’s set-up on notebook paper.  So, I was expecting something different.  I still enjoyed it though.  This book reminds me of the Dork Diaries, so children or adults that like that series should like this one as well.  This is a very quick and enjoyable read.  I’m a sucker for books that have cute drawings.  The next book,Rumors from the Boy's Room, will be out in Spring of 2012.  I'm not sure how Sofia will pull that one off, but I can't wait to find out.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen, Book Review

Title: The Vampire Stalker
Part of series or standalone: standalone
Published: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Point
Amy and her friends, Katie and Luisa, are avid Otherworld fans. Otherworld is a book series that revolves around Alexander Banks and Vigo Skaar. When Alexander was 6, his family was killed by the vampire, Vigo Skaar. Ever since, Alexander has been training and became a vampire stalker, vampire hunter, in Chicago.

Amy, Katie, and Luisa went to Book Nook and got the second book of the series, The Mists of the Otherworld. Amy quickly devours the book and doesn’t want to wait a year to find out what happens to Alexander, his cousin, James, and James’ vampire girlfriend, Hannah, who is also Vigo’s younger sister. Well, Amy won’t have to wait that long…sort of.

She went with her friends to the school dance. On her way home, she is attacked but a man quickly gets the attacker away from her. All Amy sees of the attacker is bright, silver hair. As she starts to thank her rescuer, she notices that he’s dressed up like Alexander. He convinces her that he is indeed the same Alexander Banks from the book series by showing her scars that the character from the book would have.

Amy can’t believe it. Unfortunately for her, Vigo crossed as well….and was her attacker. She lets Alexander stay in her family’s apartment for a few days. She also teaches Alexander about some modern technology that will be to his advantage. As the attacks increase in the city, the more both of them worry and increases Alexander’s determination to find Vigo and kill him once and for all.

According to Ms. Parker, Amy’s high school librarian, there is a portal that allowed Alexander and Vigo to come into their Chicago. As Amy gets to know the real Alexander, she finds herself falling in love with him as a man…not a character. As Alexander search for Vigo gets closer, she starts to worry what will happen? Will Amy lose the first guy she’s even cared about? Will Alexander kill Vigo before more people are killed…or worse turned into a vampire?

At first, I thought I would like the book, but as I read more into the book, I started to love the book. I loved Alexander’s dialogue. It was definitely spot on for the dimension he came from. I loved the premise of this book. There are several characters from books I know I wish were real. I also loved learning about the book series. I would love it if the author wrote the Otherworld series or another book to tell what happened in the aftermath of this book. I loved the ending. I don’t think there’ll be a sequel, but hey you never know. I won’t be complaining if there is or not. I was that pleased with the ending.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Textbooks :(

I just bought textbooks today for class.  This semester is going to be hard.  My Accounting books alone feel like they weigh 100 pounds.  Why does college have to be so expensive?

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. This is where we list an upcoming book that we want to read.

   Summary from Good Reads:                                                                                    
'I did meet a Boy,' Midge snaps. 'He has wavy brown hair, and he's English. I met him at the Library. We had romantic picnics by the river and we kissed. A lot.'

Midge has never had a boyfriend - so she makes one up. Then she is paired for the Major Project with George, the New Boy, who doodles dragons, tucks in his shirt, has a mysterious past and an unseemly interest in secrets. Soon Midge's white lie turns into a web of deceit as she fabricates emails from her imaginary boyfriend, and even a MySpace page.

Then one day, Midge comes face-to-face with her imaginary boyfriend in the school corridor. Tall, brown wavy hair, English accent - he's exactly as she'd described him - right down to his name. Ben catches on quickly and rescues her from certain humiliation - kissing her in front of all her friends. He seems the answer to her prayers. A dream come true. The Perfect Boyfriend! But he turns out to be not quite perfect after all, and before long Midge finds herself in all sorts of trouble.

I think this one sounds really cute.  There's a bevy of young adult paranormal books, and I think this would be the perfect book for a fluffy read.  It doesn't come out until January though.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Ten Upcoming 2011 Book Releases I Can't Wait For (mostly YA and MG)

This is my first Top Ten list.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

All of the links will go to Good Reads so you can see the book cover and description.

Top  Ten YA and MG 2011 releases I can’t wait for.
1. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies.  I can't wait until this one comes out.  It's a young adult paranormal about angels.  I know there are several angel series out there, but I have yet to read them.  This one will definitely be on my top to read.
2. Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum.  I've read her Miss Match series and loved it.  All Erynn's books are Christian Fiction.  This one is a Young Adult Christian Fiction.  I love the cover and can't wait to get my hands on it.  Technically, it's not an upcoming release because it's already released.  Yay!
3. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey.  I absolutely love this cover.  Young adult paranormal is one of my favorite genres.  I read a review of this book on another blog.  I knew I had to get this book, so it's on pre-order.  I definitely think this will be a tearjerker. 
4. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey.  This is a debut book.  I love the cover.  I love the description. I need this book like yesterday, but it's not out until December.  It's going to be a loooong wait.  I hate waiting.
5. Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff.  This is the first book in the Watchers series and is also Veronica Wolff's first young adult novel.  I've seen on blogs that this is compared to the Hunger Games and Vampire Academy.  I admit I have not read either.  Please don't throw any objects.  Once again, I love this cover.  It's also about vampires.  Enough said.
6. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.  Tera is quickly becoming one of favorite authors.  I absolutely loved the Fins series.  Her past books have been happy and upbeat books, but this one might be slightly different.  This is her take on Medusa.  I love mythology, so I'm definitely looking forward to this.
7. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kinneally.  This is her debut about football.  I've never really read any books that are centered around sports but this is a young adult contemporary chick lit.  I've known about this book for awhile.  I need some more good YA chick lit. It's got some really good ratings.
8. Fetching by Kiera Stewart.  This is also another debut but a middle grade one.  I think the cover is adorable.  I love dogs.  It sounds very funny and unique.
9. Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié.  I haven't read any books by them, but I want to read this one sooo bad.  It's the first book in a series about werewolves.  I love werewolves and wish there were more books about them.  I loooove this cover.  This is by far one of my favorite covers.
10. Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguié.  This book is a Christian paranormal book.  I can't wait to read this.  I've never even heard of a Christian book that combined vampires.  This is also another cover that sucked me in.  Why do I have to wait so long for these books.  Ugh, it's going to be tough.

Past Midnight (Past Midnight #1) by Mara Purnhagen

Title: Past Midnight
Author: Mara Purnhagen
Part of Series or Standalone: First book in series
Published: September 1, 2010
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Charlotte Silver and her family don’t stay in one place for long because her parents are ghost hunters.  Instead of proving ghosts are real, her parents try to prove that ghosts are NOT real.  They are trying to prove that it’s residual energy that is left behind places where they’ve lived or have emotional connections to.
Charlotte and her family are spending the summer in Charleston, South Carolina so her parents can make a documentary about old hotels and restaurants that are supposed to be haunted.  Charlotte’s sister, Annalise, a college student, is helping as well.  Charlotte feels inferior to her sister because she’s everything she’s not.  Annalise is short, beautiful, and all that most people talk about when both of them are around.  She also feels inferior because Annalise is used as the “chum”, someone used to try to lure out ghosts.  Some people believe that the person needs to be beautiful.  Her parents always ask Annalise to and she is always stuck doing something in the background.
All of them go to the Courtyard Café to investigate a haunting.  It doesn’t go as it usually does.  Annalise claims that she felt overwhelming sadness and freaks out.  Charlotte convinces her to go in the restaurant again to see if they can figure out why it happened.  Annalise feels the sensation once again.  This causes her to get her parents to agree to three things.  One of them is to live in one place for a year for Charlotte because it’s her senior year.  To Charlotte’s luck, the parents agree and also agree that they can live in a new house instead of an old Victorian house like usual.
Charlotte is actually looking forward to it because she never got to feel like she could leave a mark on a place because she was never around long enough to have best friends or join a team or club at her past schools.  She meets Avery when loading stuff into their new house.  Avery also has a pet dog with her named Dante, which immediately starts to growl at her.  Charlotte says to herself that she hates that dog and learns later that the dog is sick.  Could this be a coincidence?  Apparently, it’s not.  Something is someone won’t leave her alone.  Will she find out why  she’s being paranormally stalked?  Will she ever understand the dreams she’s been having?
I didn’t think I’d like this book a lot, but I really enjoyed reading this.  There were times when I guessed what was going on with the story and was right for the most part.  There was something that happened that I never thought happened.  I really felt bad for Jared.  The whole school is against him.  There are several times that he talks to Charlotte.  At times, I wanted to shake her and tell her to talk more to him.  She doesn’t though because of Avery.  Right away, you can tell she’s hiding something.  I didn’t hate Avery for it, but I didn’t like how she would act about James.  There’s always more to a story than meets the eye.  I loved reading this and finding out what happened.  Can’t wait to read the next book!

Monday, August 15, 2011

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  The links go to Amazon so you can see the description and title.  I got quite a few this past week so next week shouldn't be as sweet as this week.  There's still a chance though!

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (River of Time series book 1)  Young Adult Christian Fiction, time travel, historical

So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones (The Charmed Life series book 1)  -Young Adult Christian Fiction,contemporary

Blood Like Poison:For the Love of a Vampire by M. Leighton (Blood Like Poison Series) -Young Adult paranormal
(This book is for the Kindle)

Eye Candy by Tera Lynn Childs (City Chick series) -Adult contemporary 
(This book is also for the Kindle)

Starfire Angels Melanie Nilles (Starfire Angels series book 1) -Young Adult paranormal
(This book is for Kindle) I got it free so snag it while you can.

Timeless by Alexandra Monir (Timeless series book 1)- Young Adult, time travel, historical fiction

Gotten from PaperBackSwap:
Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson (Hollywood Nobody series book 1) -Young Adult Christian Fiction, contemporary

The Cupid Chronicles by Coleen Murtagh Paratore (The Wedding Planner's Daughter series book 2)-Middle Grade contemporary

From Library:
Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell (Fallen Angel series book 1) -Young Adult, paranormal

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi -Young Adult contemporary

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen (Past Midnight book 1) - Young Adult, paranormal

Received from NetGalley for review
The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees -Young Adult fantasy


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Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

Title: Radiant Darkness
Author:  Emily Whitman
Part of Series or Standalone:  standalone
Published: April 28, 2009
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Radiant Darkness is a retelling of the Greek myth about Hades and Persephone. Persephone’s mother, Demeter, is determined to make sure that Persephone stays a child forever. Every time Persephone wants to go with her mother to a festival or give away her dolls to the temple, her mother gets angry. Persephone never gets to leave her mother’s vale. The most exciting thing that she does is visit her friends at another part of the vale.

One day, Persephone smells a flower that almost seems to beckon her. When she starts to follow the smell, she sees a path in the vale she has never seen before and goes down it. She eventually sees a man. This is the first man she has ever seen. When she tries to ask her mother about her father, Demeter usually says that is men are greedy and pointless, so Persephone decides not to tell her mother about what she saw. She quickly runs away before the man can see her.
She comes back to the part of the vale, but this time the man sees her.

After several meetings she realizes that the man is Hades.

I absolutely love Greek mythology especially the myth about Hades and Persephone.  I've seen this book on Amazon quite a few times, and one day I finally ordered it.  I really liked this book. I would have liked there to have been more of an emphasis on Persephone’s relationship with Persephone. The book seemed to focus more on Persephone’s desire to be an effective queen.  I do like that her desire helped her grow as a person though.  Anybody her likes books that are more based on the myth than a looser version will enjoy this book.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Forgive my Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

Title:  Forgive My Fins
Author:  Tera Lynn Childs
Part of Series or Standalone:  First book in series
Published: May 19, 2010 and a paperback version that includes some extra fun stuff, June 28, 2011
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books

Forgive My Fins is the first book of the Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs.

Three years ago, Lily Sanderson lived all of her life in Thalassinia as a mermaid princess.  But this changed, when she found out her mother, who is dead, was human.  She decides to live with her Aunt Rachel and go to Seaview High, the same high school that her mother went.  Aunt Rachel is the only human that she talks to that knows she is a mermaid.  Lily has fallen in love with Brody Bennett.  She’s convinced they are meant to be together because she believes they have so much in common such as the love of water.  Brody Bennett is currently a part of the swim team, and ever since she saw him, she’s been drawn to him.  This is the main reason she decided to live on the human world. 

Shannen, Lily’s best friend, convinced her to ask Brody to the Spring Fling, but when she finally gets the courage, her attempt his thwarted by her next-door neighbor, Quince Fletcher.  Quince always finds a way to push Lily’s button.  Quince tells Lily that he could help her pursue Brody.  Why on earth would Quince want to help her?  Can she muster enough courage to ask Brody to the dance, and if so, what will he say? 

I loved this book.  I’ve always loved The Little Mermaid.  Most young adult books out there now are darker, but this is a magical, upbeat book that fans of mermaids would delight in reading. I know I did.  I definitely found myself laughing at the moments when Quince was pushing Lily’s button.  There is a second book out now, Fins are Forever.