Monday, November 17, 2008

Contest Winners!!

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Grand Prize Winner: Lauren of Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

2nd place Winner: Just Blinded Book Reviews


I'll be emailing ya'll soon. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!! Please keep reading my blog and look for another contest within the next week or two!!

Thanks

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Update

Yesterday I said that I was going to post two more reviews last night. I had to work longer than expected and I didn't get the chance. So i'm just going to save those reviews for next week, at which time I will be having another contest. (YAY) The contest still ends today at midnight so make sure that you comment on the post and the winner will be posted tomorrow, as soon as I get all of the entries counted.

Good Luck!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Contest Info!!!

I have two more reviews to post to make up for the days that I didn't post anything. I'm going to post them sometime tonight as soon as I get home. To give people a chance to comment on these posts to get extra entries I'm going to extend the contest to Sunday (November 16). So everyone has until Midnight eastern time on Sunday to comment on every post I've made over the last two weeks to get entries in the contest. The winner will be posted Monday morning or afternoon, depending on how long it takes me to count all of the entries.

I'm so excited this contest is going better than I expected I have over 100 entries! Thanks so much everyone for reading my blog and entering the contest. This is just the start of some awesome contest that I have planned for the rest of the year into next year. I also have some extra awesome books lined up to be reviewed and I'm working on getting some author interviews and guest blogs. Any author who wishes to voluteer please email me.


Keep the comments coming and please spread the word!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Blue Bloods 3: Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz

Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City's wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.

Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question--is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.

When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire's secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.

I loved the first two Blue Bloods books and I'm really excited that I've finally read this one. Revelations was just as good as the first two if not better. In Revelations the author described the characters more and you got to know them a little better. The whole story was fast past and so many shocking things happened, I can't really say much about the book because I don't want to give anything away. The end was kind of a cliffhanger and I really wish that the book was longer because it left me wanting a lot more. I can't wait for the fourth book in the Blue Bloods series. If you haven't read the series I definantly recommend it, especially if your a fan of the vampire genre. If you have read the first two definantly make sure that you get Revelations because its amazing and it adds so much more to the story.


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Ranger's Apprentice

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Undone by Brooke Taylor

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When Kori Kitlzer, the “dark angel” of the 8th grade, tells Serena Moore that they are more alike than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued. As their friendship solidifies and their lives entwine, Serena tries to become more like the fearless, outspoken, and ambitious Kori. Soon Serena doesn’t know where she begins and Kori ends. But when a twist of fate yanks Kori away from Serena, she will need to find a way to complete her best friend’s life left undone.

Undone is a striking debut novel about friendship, family, and the secrets we keep from the people to whom we are closest.

I've heard so many great things about Undone from authors, other reviewers and friends so I was really excited to finally get a copy. I'm very happy to say that i was not disappointed. Undone was a completelyamazing. The story was completely down to earth and felt so real. At one point in the book I did cry and I think that when a book can make me emotional it is totally worth reading. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good book about life and growing up you should definantly read this.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.
When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes-supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

Oh. My. Gods. was a fun and hilarious story that I couldn't put down once I started. Phoebe's character was hilarious and I could relate to her cause my parents made me move from the place i've lived all my life, of course it wasn't half way around the world but still... Greek gods actually excisting would be awesome I love mythology and I loved the modern twist that Tera gave them.
The sequel Oh. My. Gods. II: Goddess Boot Camp comes out June 2009 and I can't wait to read it. I would definantly recommend this to all readers, it was a fun read that you won't regret.


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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Bianca wants to escape. She’s been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, and eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He’s not the “Evernight type” either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs and warns Bianca to be careful--even when it comes to caring about him.

“ I couldn’t stand it if they took it out on you,” he tells Bianca, “and eventually they would.”

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can’t be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart…and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed.

Evernight is a great new twist on the always changing Vampire genre. I really enjoyed the book the story is unique and it really held my attention from the first page. Bianaca and Lucas's characters were amazing and I loved the twist that the author used that revealed more about their characters and made the story more interesting. I definantly reccommend Evernight to all fans of the Twilight series, you won't be disappointed. I'm really excited that there is going to be a sequel to Evernight, its called Stargazer and will be released in March 2009.


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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Devouring by Simon Holt

The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

This isn’t how the horror ended for us this is how it began.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it’s clear that these creatures exist beyond a mad woman’s imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they dev our her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: What if your worst fears became your living nightmares?

The Devouring was a extremely unique and very awesome story. I like horror stories and this one was no excemption. Its not too scary but there are some moments that make you think why I am I reading this book at night with barely any lights on in the house. At first Reggie's character made me kind of mad because she was kinda mean to her little brother when he was scared, as the story continued I started to like her more cause the author gave you a better understanding to her actions. The Devouring is one of those books that you can't put down once you start. I reallly look forward to reading more books by Simon Holt and I'm hoping that there's a sequel to The Devouring.

***Don't forget you have to comment to be entered in the contest.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

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Commenting on this gets you an extra entry in the contest!

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsenhas spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Paper Towns Paper Towns Paper Towns what to say about it other that its completely and totally awesome and John Green is a genius. I'm pretty sure that its one of my favorite books of the year. The characters were all down to earth and amazing and I was really able to connect with them. Q's character was one of the best he kind of reminded me of Miles from Looking for Alaska. Margo's character was a bit dramatic but thats what I enjoyed most about her, I enjoyed the mysterious role that she played in the book. My favorite part of the book is definantly the party with the beer can sword. I'm happy to say that while reading I spent most of my time laughing out loud, I love when books make me do that. I definantly recommend this to all teens and even adults, its a great book that everyone who reads it will definantly enjoy.

John Green is also the author of Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines as well as one of the co-authors of Let it Snow. To learn more about the author and his books check out:

http://www.sparksflyup.com/


http://www.myspace.com/greatperhaps


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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CONTEST!!!!

As i'm sure many people have noticed I haven't blogged much over the past few months. Its mostly been because of work and problems i've been having with my laptop. But now I'm bck! YAY!! To make up for being a bad reviewer the past few months I've decided to hold a contest.

The contest starts today. I'm going to post at least one review everyday until Saturday, November 15 which is when the contest will end. For every review that you comment on you get one entry. If you post on your blog, myspace or facebook you get 3 entries, just be sure to post a comment with the link.

You have until midnight on Saturday, November 15 to enter. Please leave a way that I can identify you, if you don't want to leave a email address. If you do leave a email address then I can let you know if you won as soon as I know. If I don't have your email then the winner will be posted on the blog sometime Sunday, November 16.
I'm kind of low on funds right now so the contest is only open to US residents.

Now for the most important part.

Prizes:

1st place: Your choice of any one of the books that I review during the contest period. Which ever book that you pick will be brand new and you will also recieve a $10 gift card to a bookstore and a really cute bookmark.

2nd place: A $10 gift card to a bookstore and a super cute bookmark.

Some of the books that I plan to review:

Paper Towns by John Green
Undone by Brooke Taylor
The Devouring by Simon Holt
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
The Looking Glass Wars


and many more....



Get ready to go comment crazy! Good Luck!!




Saturday, October 25, 2008

Camileon by Shykia Bell

Camile Leon is a young woman searching for the hidden truth about her absentee father, a mysterious lost necklace, and the details of her early childhood—none of which she can remember. She persistently digs for the truth, but at each attempt, her mother dodges her questions and swiftly changes the subject. Before her mother is able to reveal the truth, something terrible happens and Camile fears she will lose her mother forever. She also fears that the details regarding her past will remain unkown.

Just as Camile loses hope on learning the particulars about her past, she makes a shocking discovery which reveals her entire life has been a carefully constructed web of deceit. Almost simultaneously, she experiences strange occurrences that shred the fabric of her reality. She blames these incidents on her extreme stress and hyperactive imagination. As the lies continue to unravel, startling facts emerge—bringing terrible heartache, confusion, and despair. Facing a powerful nemesis, Camile must find the strength within herself to discover the truth. Failing could bring deadly consequences.

Camileon is one of those books that once you start reading it you just can’t stop. I don’t usually read a lot of science fiction books but I really enjoyed this one and it makes me want read more of them. All of the characters are surrounded by clouds of mystery that you want to get through to discover the truth and more about each person. At first Camile’s character comes off as kinda whinny and insecure, however as I read more I began to understand her and really enjoy her character. I loved the way the author described everything in the story so that you could picture each scene in your head. The ending of the book was great the author explained everything while also leaving a few clues about what’s to be expected next in Camile’s story.
Camileon is the first in a new series by debut author Shyia Bell. I’m positive that its going to be a great series so be sure to pick up a copy soon.

For more information about the author and the book check out the links and the video below about the book.

www.camileon-thebook.com
http://www.myspace.com/camileon_thebook

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

“Ruby, where is your mother?”

With that question from the social worker, Ruby knows the game is up.


She’s been living alone in the old yellow house, waiting out the months until she turns eighteen and can finally be on her own legally. It certainly wasn’t in her plan to be reunited with Cora, the sister who left ten years before, and brought to live with Cora and her wealthy entrepreneur husband.


Suddenly life is transformed: a luxurious house, private school, new clothes, and even the chance of a future Ruby couldn’t have dreamed of. So why is she wary, unable to be grateful, incapable of letting anyone close? Her old life has been left behind, but where does she fit in this new life? Only Nate, the genial, popular boy next door, seems to understand, perhaps because he’s hiding some secrets of his own.


This book was amazing Sarah Dessen has out done her self yet again. I’ve been a huge fan of Sarah Dessen’s since I read This Lullaby; I think that the reason I like her books so much is because of the strong female characters that she always creates. Ruby’s character is someone that everyone could relate to, she was strong and independent but she was also able to realize when she needed help and I really liked that about her. Jamie was really fun and he was one of my favorite characters in Lock & Key. The premise of this story is great and something that all Sarah Dessen fans will enjoy. Lock and Key is in my top 3 favorites of Sarah Dessen’s books and I look forward to any books that she may be working on.

Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Gone reminds me of a sci-fi suspense novel. Michael Grant jumps right into the story which I really liked and as the story went on he provided background information about the characters. I liked Sam’s strong modest character, he was a great leader even though he was only 14. I wasn’t a big fan of Quinn his best friend for reasons that I won‘t say because I don‘t want to ruin the book for anyone. The premise of this story was good and different from anything I’ve read in a while. I really liked this book and I can’t wait for the sequel, I’m sure its going to be just as good if not better. If you haven’t already read this book you should defiantly go get a copy soon.

Monday, July 14, 2008

How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle & Sarah Mlynowski


Three girls who couldn’t be more different have one goal on mind: to get the heck out of Dodge. Well, Niceville, Florida, actually. But it might as well be called Nowheresville. Vicks is the wild-child fry cook whose boyfriend left for college and isn’t returning any of her calls; Mel, the good girl in expensive jeans who just wants everyone to like her, and Jesse , the trailer-dwelling human mortality meter who’s discovered a life-altering secret.


Each has her own reason for climbing into Jesse’s mom’s beat-up station wagon and hitting the highway for a weekend trip, whether she knows it or not. Armed only with Vick’s ancient, battered copy of a guidebook called Fantastical Florida, a map Jesse picked up with her dwindling funds, and Mel’s mom’s credit card, they’re Miami-bound. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything. And if they don’t kill each other first, Vicks, Mel, and Jesse will not only have a road trip to remember, they’ll have friends for life.


How to be Bad was a wonderful story written by three amazing authors. The story was told from three different points of view and I really loved that. Mel, Vicks and Jesse were three unique fun characters and I didn’t want the story to end. I loved that they were all different but were still able to work through there differences and become great friends. The premise of this story was fun and I personally would love to go on a summer road trip with some of my friends.


I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Lauren M., Sarah M., and E. Lockhart’s other books. This book is defiantly a great summer beach read.

Savvy by Ingrid Law and A Free eBook!!


Mibs Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that prospect weren’t scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy stikes--and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, her savvy promises to be outrageous…and positively thrilling.

But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. Suddenly, Mib’s dreams of X-ray vission disappear: All she wants now is a savvy that will save Poppa. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get that powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital abroad a rickety bus--with her siblings and the preacher’s kids in tow. But when the bus starts heading in the wrong direction only one thing is certain: After this extraordinary adventure, not a soul on that bus will ever be the same.

Savvy was an fun and amazing adventure that I didn’t want to end. The premise of this story was unique and really well written. I loved how all of the characters came together and the way the Beaumont family stuck together even when faced with disaster. The family’s Savvy’s were all really unique and I would love to read more about them, hopefully Ingrid Law will consider writing a sequel.

Ingrid Law has written a wonderful story that everyone will enjoy. I can’t wait to read more books by her. I recommend this book to all ages.


For anyone who would like to read Savvy from Monday, July 14th- Sunday, July 20th Penguin is going to provide Savvy for free as an eBook! I really enjoyed this title and am pretty excited to spread the word about it and I hope that everyone will check it out and tell a friend. To read the free eBook just head over to this website: www.penguin.com/savvy

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tithe by Holly Black


Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Faeries, pixies, a black knight and a teenage girl stuck in the mix. What more can you ask for? This book was absolutely awesome. I really enjoyed this book, it was an amazing “Modern Faerie Tale”. The characters were all really great and I especially loved Roiben he was so mysterious and a really loyal friend. The story wasn’t exactly what I expected but I really liked that about it, I hate when books are too predictable. The story was great and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fairie tale.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Holly Black and I look forward to reading more of her books. I hope to read “Ironside” the sequel to “Tithe” soon. For more information about Holly Black and her other books check out her website.

Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler


It starts with a phone call. “I’m dying,” a voice tells Dusty. Who is he and how has he gotten her cell number? Dusty wants no part of this strange boy . . . until he begins saying things that only someone who knows her intimately could say—things that lead her to think he knows the whereabouts of her brother, who disappeared over a year ago. Suddenly drawn in, Dusty very much wants to save this boy. Trouble is, she cannot find him. Part human, part spirit, he won’t let himself be found. He is too dangerous, he says. There are mobs of people who agree and who want to see this boy dead . . . and who will hurt anyone who stands in their way.
A gripping, hair-raising mystery about a boy not of this world, and a girl determined to protect him.

How do I describe this book? A mystery, suspense, adventure, or sci-fi? If I had to pick I’d say all of them combined into one really, really good book. From the first sentence you are drawn in and you can’t put the book down until you’ve finished. Tim Bowlers character description was really great and I loved the way he portrayed Dusty she was a great character and I really enjoyed her strong spirit. The only thing that made me kind of sad about the book, is that the guy never really got a name. I like to have a name for all of the characters I read about, but I guess it makes the story good and adds more mystery to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and science fiction books.

Tim Bowler is an amazing author and I look forward to reading more books by him. For more information about Tim Bowler and his books check out his website.

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I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone Contest


You'll be hearing this a lot, but it needs to be repeated anyway...Stephanie Kuehnert's debut I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone comes out next week on July 8. We want you to pre-order the book now or go and get it when it's officially released. Shooting Stars Mag(Lauren) has been awesome enough to get fellow book reviewers to help give away an awesome prize!


What you must do:
Get the book and either copy the receipt or take a picture with the book. Send that to Shooting Stars Mag at: Lauren51990@aol.com and that's all you must do to enter!

Deadline:
This contest will end on July 30, with the winner being announced early August, so don't waste any time in getting this book!

Now...the prize:
A WHOLE BUNCH of gift cards, that will be for various bookstores and Itunes, since the book is very music-oriented.

These are the current Book Reviewers, including me, who will be giving away a $10 gift card to the winner. Click on each name to check out their blog!


And Another Book Read: Tasha (Barnes N Noble)

Shooting Stars Mag: Lauren

Reading Mania (Elaina Reads): Elaina

The Compulsive Reader

Bookloverreviews:Chelsie

The Story Siren: Kristi

B is for Books: Breanna

Teen Troves: Mollie and Ariel (Amazon)

From the Corner of Megan's Mind: Megan

Presenting Lenore

Writers Block Reviews: Holly

In Bed With Books: Livinia

Reader Rabbit


If you're counting, that's 13 book sites giving away a $10 card...that means the winner will get $130 bucks in gift cards just by buying ONE book and showing us that you did! Not bad, right?

MORE might be added as well in the next few days, so keep checking back to this post to see if the amount goes up...we're waiting to hear back from a couple more people!

Also, as you can see...some of the bloggers have already stated where their gift cards will go!

If you have any questions, please ask! This should be announced on all the other blogs as well. Start ordering!!!


Be sure to check out Shooting Stars Mag all this week for different post as part of Stephanie Kuehnert's Week at their blog.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Reviews Coming Soon

The Fold by An Na


How far would you go for beauty?

When Joyce’s aunt strikes it rich, she decides it’s time for Joyce to have a makeover. Joyce would love to be as beautiful as her older sister Helen, but is she willing to go under the knife to make it happen? And will changing the way her eyes look really change the way others see her? Especially JFK--John Ford Kang, her seriously dreamy crush?

The Fold was a good book. The premise of the book was really good and I enjoyed that the focus of the book was self-esteem issues and the fact that everyone wants to look a certain way. An Na’s characters are like many teenager girls and they go through the same thing that teens go through everyday. I liked that in the end Joyce realizes that its not all about looks and that everyone is unique and have certain things they don’t like about themselves. The only flaw that I found in the book is that I didn’t get to learn as much about the characters as I would have liked to. Other than that I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading more books by An Na.