Thursday, October 29, 2009
So you might be asking yourselves, What is the amazing contest????
Well its for HUSH, HUSH and FALLEN!!!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So this is the entire thing!!! A total of 37 books. I know that's not A LOT, but to me, its kind of over whelming, in a good way :)
First pile is the books that I have out from the library.
These are my library books. From Carpe Diem down, is kinda iffy, but the rest are ones that I really want to read.
This is my review pile. These are all books that I have gotten for review. I am really excited to get to most of these!!
And last but not least, these are the books that I have won in contest and have bought that i really want to read.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
So I think that is it and I going to go work on Vamped!
Also I would just like to say thanks to all the cheerleaders that there were yesterday and for all the support! You guys are great!
This week I decided to do a vlog!! My brother helped so, if you hear anyone else, or I make a weird face, its because of him :) Let me know what you think!
For Review :
Explorer X: Alpha - L.M. Preston
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre - Amanda Grange
Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance - Glenn Dakin
The Vinyl Princess - Yvonne Prinz
Faketastic - Alexa Young (1 ARC Tours)
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
Other Books mentioned:
Frenemies - Alexa Young
The Demon King - Cinda Williams Chima
And now a picture of the coin that was mentioned in the video. This came from Michelle Moran for hosting a contest for her books and also reviewing them. (Which will also be coming up soon)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thanks for supporting me :)
Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn't a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He's the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he's trailing Zara.
With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages.
Review - Well I can definitely say that I did not get what I was expecting, in a good way! I actually really enjoyed this book. At times it was kinda predictable, but then there were others that I had no idea that it was going to happen. I never had a jaw dropping moment, but it constantly kept me guessing. This is a perfect example of my favorite kind of book! Its got romance and fantasy and everything, that to me, makes a great book. It was also hilarious! I loved Zara, she was so quirky and I constantly found myself laughing at things that she would say or do. I have read many reviews where people didn't like that the phobias were included in the book, one even said it went too far, for me I thought it was perfect! It made Zara who she was! I have nothing bad to say about this one, and if anyone asked me if they should read it, I would tell them HECK YES!!!!
Cover - 5 stars
Plot - 5 stars
Characters - 5 stars
Writing - 4 stars
Ending - 4 stars
Friday, October 23, 2009
Hush, Hush OR Once a Witch
Prophecy of the Sisters Audio
Identical, Wake, and Monstrumologist
Switch OR Snap
Possessions - Nancy Holder
Local Girls OR Rich Boys
Certain Slant of Light
City of Ashes & Girl Stays in the Picture
Language of Flowers (as heard of in Forget-her-Nots)
Vamped - Lucienne Diver (SIGNED)
Take me There - Susan Colasanti
What would Emma do?
Secret Society (1)
The Debs or Love, Lies, and Texas dips
Beguiled - Deeanne Gist And J Mark Bertrand
Simply Irresistible - Jennifer Banash
Slept Away - Julie Kraut
Take by Storm - Angela Morrison
Secret Society (2)
Hush, Hush & Leviathan
The Naughty list (This one is one that many many people are waiting for! If I won this I would die! It looks so cute and I cant wait to read it!)
Time of the Witches
Top Ten uses for an Unworn Prom Dress
4 ARC Bundle (This one you have to see for yourself!!) These are all amazing books that I think if I won them I would die! I would have a heart attack at my computer!!!
So these are the ones up right now, and you should head on over and check them out. There will be more to come, and if I have time I will update this post with the new contests as they come.
I tried to pick some relatively short ones, so that I could cut down my TBR pile some. There may be more, and then again there may not be. I am going to be finishing a book, hopefully today and post the review for that and then Saturday get these done.
My brother has also decided to participate, so I have to go pick him up Saturday morning and he is coming to my house to read with me, YAY!
So be looking forward to updates from me all day Saturday :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is the Honest Scrap Award. It is for those bloggers who write from the heart. The rules are to pass it along to seven bloggers and then list 10 honest things about myself. Here are those deserving of this honour, bloggers who write from the heart and touch me because of it (and I'm going to try to nominate blogs that haven't already received this award, so that doesn't means I don't love yours!).
1. Cindy (Princess Bookie)
2. Hope (Hope's Bookshelf)
3. Lauren (Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf)
4. Emilee (Penultimate Page)
5. Vania (Reverie Book Reviews)
6. Sharon (Sharon loves Books and Cats)
7. Kelsey (Book Scout)
Ok, now for the Ten Honest Facts...
* I like to eat sour gummy worms and sour cream and onion pringles.... TOGETHER!
* Once I died my hair, and it came out pink. It was supposed to be bright auburn. I have Strawberry Blonde hair, and needless to say I freaked.
* I can't drink normally coffee but I can drink Frappuccino's from Starbucks! Try and figure that one out!
* My shoes size is 11 in womens! I have big feet! :)
* I have two step-brothers, one full brother, and two half-sisters.
* I own a zombie dog (according to my brother!!) She has one eye and is blind in the one, she has almost no teeth so her tongue hangs out. I rescued her, she was walking around my neighborhood almost dead, and she didnt belong to any of my neighbors so I took her in and cleaned her up, but it was too late, she lost one eye :(
* During my lifetime, I have had 3 fish, 23 cats, 9 dogs. Most have died though :( In my house right now I have 4 cats and 3 dogs, and at my moms we have 5 cats and a dog.
* I hate it when people read over my shoulder, or invade my personal space!! That annoys me more than anything!!!
*I have a love/hate relationship for Twilight :)
If you could ask your favorite author (alive or dead) one question … who would you ask, and what would the question be?
Hmm this is a tough one for me!!! I wouldn't say that I have a favorite author as of right now! And if I did, sitting here trying to think about what I would ask them, I just draw a blank!!!! The only thing that comes to mind, is why decide to write? But I honestly can't think of who I would ask because I dont really have a favorite author. I am a big Jane Austen fan along with Lemony Snicket and Stephenie Meyer, but I can't pick one to be my favorite. Can I just ask them all???
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
What is the main reason that you started blogging?
The main reason, is a really boring answer. But it was just so I could keep track of what I was reading and what I thought about it. Had a found goodreads before I started my blog, it might not be here today!
What has been the most exciting thing to happen to you since you started your blog?
What is the greatest joy that you get from blogging?
What is your favorite book or series?
Has there ever been a character that you could relate to the most?
Have you ever thought about writing your own book?
You have been such an inspiration to me. Has there been anyone who inspired you?
What book would you recommend that everyone should read, that is a book that you have read recently?
Thanks Kristi for taking the time to do an interview with me.
If you guys would like to know more about Kristi or her reviews, you can check her blog out over at The Story Siren.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Summary - At fourteen, Alis has never been outside her strict religious community. But when her parents arrange for her to marry a forty-year-old man, she flees desperately to the dangerous, unfamiliar city. She learns quickly that the only way to survive there is to become a thief—or worse. Facing an impossible choice between a forced marriage or life on the streets, Alis seizes control of her own fate. But the path she chooses sets off a disastrous chain of events that leave her accused of murder. Steadfastly loyal, Alis must decide: will she betray a loved one or sacrifice herself?
Review - This book was nothing like I thought it was gonna be, but in a good way! I honestly thought that this book was just gonna be "Amish" type girl leaves the community falls in love with the guy she cant have and they live happily ever after. Well that was not the case. Alis had to go through so much in this book, and I think that's why I enjoyed it. Also it kept me wanting more. Not like an OMG I have to keep reading, but it kept my attention so that I wanted to know what was gonna happen next. And right in the middle, the unexpected happens. You dont even know its coming unitl BAM its there. My jaw actually dropped while I was reading! That had to have been my favorite part, but other than that I found the book to be pretty calm. There were some scenes with lots of emotions but not enough for me to get all excited over. This is a book that I would recommend to others, if they had not read it. But I don't think I will see myself reading it again.
Cover - 4 stars
Plot - 4 stars
Characters - 5 stars (I love Alis through out this book! Shes amazing!)
Writing - 4 stars
Ending - 4 stars
For 10/7 - Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey Release is April 2010
At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. Then everything changes: In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.
For 10/14 Firespell by Chloe Neill Release is January 5, 2010
As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…
When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.
The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.
Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…
And for 10/21 Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
Tara Kelly's HARMONIC FEEDBACK is about a 16-year old music obsessed, smart-mouthed girl with Asperger's syndrome who starts a band, falls in lust and learns to question what "normal" really means.
Release is May 25, 2010
Win a copy of Boy Toy from Book Wars!
Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened. If only he knew what the truth was . . .
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Well this week has been pretty good. And this is what I got..
First I got a copy of Frenemies by Alexa Young for review, along with some lovely swag, which I love! (I will also be reviewing Faketastic soon for the 1 ARC Tours)
Then I got these adorable Halloween bookmarks from Amber at Just Your Typical Book Blog. It was really awesome of her to send them to me. Also I found out that she is another blogger from Missouri. She is the only one that I have met and that was really cool. But look at those, they are so cute and she put them in the ghost envelope inside the regular envelope! I love them!
Thats it this week. Some of the things that I am expecting haven't shown up yet, soo but jopefully next week will be more eventful :)
Friday, October 16, 2009
OK so you all know how much I LOVE SWAG!!! Right, well this is a contest being held my Michelle Zink for Some swag. Here is what is up for grabs........
A red rose t-shirt
A lock and key necklace
A set of three pairs of earrings, including my beloved red rose
Gothic fishnet gloves
A black-and-red skinny tie
Black metallic nail polish
A flocked velvet notebook
Comb-in temporary hair dye in Blood Red (eeek!)
A $25 Hot Topic gift card
A $15 iTunes gift card
A signed Prophecy locker poster
Prophecy locker magnet
Scented rose pin
Limited edition Prophecy candy tin
Double DVD Underworld/Underworld Evolution
Double DVD 28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later
And in honor of the month of horror, three truly creepy books;
Signed hardcover, Prophecy of the Sisters
Hardcover, The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Hardcover, Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
I know right that is truly amazing, so if you are as excited as me, get your tookus over there and enter.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We’re moving in a couple weeks (the first time since I was 9 years old), and I’ve been going through my library of 3000+ books, choosing the books that I could bear to part with and NOT have to pack to move. Which made me wonder…
When’s the last time you weeded out your library? Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials? Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain?
Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all? (This would have described me for most of my life, by the way.)
And–when you DO weed out books from your collection (assuming that you do) …what do you do with them? Throw them away (gasp)? Donate them to a charity or used bookstore? SELL them to a used bookstore? Trade them on Paperback Book Swap or some other exchange program?
Hmm, well I dont think that I have ever gotten rid of a book in my life!! Most of my childrens books got passed down to my younger sisters, and as I got books as a teen, if I didnt have room for them they got packed up. My room isnt very big so its hard to have lots of books. Right now my window seal has books in it from the library that I plan to read and review and my dresser has books that I read before I got into reviewing and books that I own and need to review. I can say though that I dont have many books so I dont really have a reason to weed them out.
If I ever did have to weed my library I would probably just pack them up, unless it was something that i really didnt like or something that i thought I could live without. I could never see myself throwing them away though! Whether I liked them or not I could never do that. I would probably either give them away to someone I knew or to a bookstore or something like that but NEVER throw them away.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Aslaug is an unusual young woman. Her mother has brought her up in near isolation, teaching her about plants and nature and language—but not about life. Especially not how she came to have her own life, and who her father might be.
When Aslaug’s mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes. For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother’s death. And the more her story unravels, the more questions unfold. About the nature of Aslaug’s birth. About what she should do next.
About whether divine miracles have truly happened. And whether, when all other explanations are impossible, they might still happen this very day.
Addictive, thought-provoking, and shocking, Madapple is a page-turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention—and of the darkest corners of the human soul.
Review - I am unsure of how I thought about this book. It took me quite a while to read it. I just couldn't find it interesting, and once I finally did get to the point that I was interested it was almost over. This was not your typical book though. There were many things in this book that made me uncomfortable. This book was quite unique though. If you are a hardcore Christian, than this book is not for you. Most of the book is about whether things in the Christian religion are true or not. That didn't bother me so much as the other things that come along. In the last 100 pages though, I became intrigued and wanted to know how it ended. I can tell you that I never expected the ending that this book had. I would go so far to say as it was a major plot twist that would make you gasp, but it is one that you would not expect. I found that most of the book was boring and dragged on. Also another thing that made it harder for me to read, was the fact that every other chapter was a new time. One chapter, Aslaug is telling her story, the next you are in a court room, and it kept switching back and forth. Im not too sure if I would recommend this book to anyone. You definitely have to have an open mind reading it, but as far as enjoyment, this is not the book for that. At the end I had so many emotions, it was..... different. I felt slightly happy, confused, and relief that it was done.
Cover - 4 stars
Plot - 3 stars
Characters - 3 stars
Writing - 4 stars
Ending - 4 stars
When we go out somewhere we are usually out all night and I like to read in the car, well it isnt always that easy to read at night, with no light. So he finally got me one.
The second thing that is kind of book related is... some new beautiful stickies! They are so handy, and when I send out things I like to include post-its on them and now I have some not-so-plain ones :)
First is a shirt that I got air-brushed. The guy that did it was really nice and really funny.
The shirt looks a little weird because it is dirty in this picture.
Not like nasty dirty but I had worn it to bed.
But I still love the colors and everything!
And this weekend I am going to the Maple Leaf Festival in the town that my grandpa lives in and I might bring back some cool things from there.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Booking through the 21st Century is having a giveaway for Give up the Ghost.
YA Book Queen is holding a contest for several books because she hit 100 followers! Congratz!
Just Your Typical Book Blog is having a Trick or Treat contest for ... the L.J. Smith Night World Books!!!
Pure Imagination is holding a giveaway for Everafter by Amy Huntley.
The Life and lies if inanimate flying objects is holding a giveaway for Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Bites is holding a contest for The Amanda Project, go check it out!
also for Secret Society....
Flip the page! is holding a contest for The Hate List and is talking about Banned Books!
A readers Adventure! is holding a contest for Cirque de Freak goodies!
Handle like Hendrix is giving away the second Sloane Sisters book - Survival of the Fiercest!
Ramblings of a teenage Bookworm is giving away several books in her awesome contest!
Just Your Typical Book Blog is giving away a copy of Demon Princess.
Book Reviews by Jess is giving away a hardcover, signed copy of Hush, Hush!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
You dont get all of them but you get three seperate chances to win! that is awesome so head on over and check it out!
So I just saw this over at Princess Bookie's Blog and I thought that it would be something that I could do. It is going to be held on the 24th, and I am so excited because I dont have any problem staying up for 24 hours and it would help me get through my TBR pile. Teehee! anyways if you would like to know more or sign up you can here.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Second, I am sorry that I havent been posting anything. Its been kinda hectic, and im stuck on this one book but Im hoping to finish it within the next day or so.
so anyways leave me comment with what you think of the new look :)
Monday, October 5, 2009
Park Avenue Princess is holding a contest for a copy of Ash by Melissa Lo.
The Book Wars is holding a contest for The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
The Undercover Book Lover is giving away Jennifer Echols books.
The Undercover Book Lover is also having a contest named (Fallen) Angels and (Possessed) demon contest.
Over at Reverie Book Reviews, Vania is holding a contest for Beautiful Creatures and swag!
The Bookologist is holding a contest for and ARC of The Dark Divine by Bree Despain and Swag!
The YA Book Queen is holding a contest for Nancy Holder books!
Just Your Typical Book Blog is holding a giveaway for the Ghostgirl books.
That's it for now but I might post more later if I find any, there are lots more in my sidebar though.
The winner of The Heretic Queen is .....
And the winner of Cleopatra's Daughter, and the special prize is......
I want to thank everyone that entered. I also would like you all to know that the winners were chosen through RANDOM.ORG. And if anyone wanted to know the Special Prize was an authentic Roman coin dating back to the time of Octavian (circa 25 BCE). The coin will come with a certificate of authenticity.I just want to say thanks again to everyone who entered my first contest, but this WILL NOT be my last so look forward to more in the future!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I can say that I have never lied about reading a book, that I can remember anyways. If someone asks me if I have read a book I tell them whether I have or I haven't. I don't see a reason in lieing about it.