Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Story Siren's Awesome Contest

The Story Siren is having a huge contest this week in celebration of the soon to be released book "Fire Study" by Maria V. Snyder. She will be giving Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study to one luck winner. The deadline for entries is March 1st at midnight. So what are you waiting for get over there and enter. GOOD LUCK !!!

Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish

“Lamplighter” is the second book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series. It begins were the first book “Foundling” left off, with Rossamund beginning his training as an apprentice Lamplighter. “Foundling” tells of Rossamund’s life at Madam Opera’s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, until a strange man comes and recruits him into the service of the Emperor. The rest of the story tells of Rossamunds adventures journey to Winstermill to become an apprentice lamplighter.

Lamplighter is an adventure filled novel full of mystery and suspense with many unexpected twist and turns. Shortly after the start of the story we are launched into action as the apprentice lamplighters help to fight off a monster to save a group of calendars. After this fight Rossamund meets Threnody who is to become the first girl lamplighter apprentice and one of Rossamunds friends. Mysterious things to begin to happen in Winstermill and soon Rossamund goes off to his appointed place to be an official lamplighter.

Through out the story Cornish introduces new characters into Rossamunds life as well as keeping old characters/friends around. At some points as I was reading it was slightly hard to keep up with all of the characters and the different terminology that Cornish introduces in this book. However, Cornish did do a good job at describing everything in the story. This book is quiet large in size but I think that it is worth the read.

I really enjoyed this story as I read the book I felt as if I was part of this new world that Cornish has created. Rossamund is a such a likable character that you can’t help but be drawn to him and all that he says and believes. The illustration in this novel was amazing, I'm really glad that Cornish provided a picture for each character it helped me to identify with the character. “Lamplighter” reminded me of some very great books such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia,” anyone who enjoyed these novels are sure to enjoy the “Monster Blood Tattoo” series.

Lamplighter is to be released in April of 2008. I suggest that anyone who hasn’t already read “Foundling” go pick it up and prepare for the release of “Lamplighter”

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The inside of the jacket cover describes this book perfectly :

“Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in.. with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes?
Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the non not-friend girl who dumped Nick… and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him?
With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the “first date” that wwill turn into an infinite night of falling in and out ( and in and out and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course a killer soundtrack.

As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you want to never end, where every minute counts and every moment flicks between love and disaster.”

I really enjoyed this book, I defiantly didn’t want it to end, but of course ‘all good things must come to an end.’ David Levithan and Rachel Cohn are great together. I enjoyed the fact that the book was written from two different perspectives. This book reminded me of one of my favorite books “Scrambled Eggs at Midnight” by Brad Barkley &Heather Hepler. This book has been added to my list of favorite books and it will probably become a book that I read over and over.

The Interns: Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh

“The Interns: Fashionistas” is the story of four lucky girls who have been given the chance to interns at Couture, a leading fashion magazine. The girls will spend the summer competing for the attention of the editor of the magazine, in hopes of gaining a job in the future. The interns are:

Callie Ryan: Designer from a small town who wants to fit in with this world of high fashion. Will she be herself or will she lose her self as she tries to be someone she’s not?

Nadine Vanburen: Photographer/Reporter with her own unique style and a love of partying. Will trying to be the life of the party be too much for her to handle?

Ava Barton: Innocent and happy to have this wonderful chance as an intern, but with very little fashion sense. Will she be able to make it to the top?

Aynsley Rothwell: Sexy, Fashion Socialite she grew up surrounded by this wonderful life of high fashion, but will that be enough for her to succeed in this internship?

Chloe Walsh did a wonderful job of portraying each character, but she also left a certain mystery to leave you wondering what each character is capable of doing next. I really enjoyes this book and wach character. This book isn’t just about fashion. “Fashionistas” tells the story of four girls try to get to the top, but is what they do worth it? The end of this book leaves an unsolved mystery which makes me look forward to what Walsh will bring to the table in the next book in this series, “Truth or Fashion.

“The Interns: Fashionisats” and “Truth or Fashion” will both be available in Summer 2008. I hope that you will go out and buy it I know I will.

The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher

“The Opposite of Invisible” is a short but sweet story about friendship and love. Alice and Jewel have known each other since elementary school. They are best friends who are nearly inseparable and both share a love of art. Alice talks to Jewel about everything., except recently when she has a secret crush on a popular guy at school. Alice begins to realize that she is tired of being unknown; she doesn’t want to be invisible any longer. As she tries to branch out and become a new person, she begins to learn the difference between love and friendship.

This is such a great book that I read it all in one sitting; I just couldn’t put it down. I love Alice’s story, I know that there are many people who go through the same thing that she did. Trying to find your place in life, school, and relationships can be hard. I’m happy to say that I have a friend like Jewel, he is just a friend but I feel that I can relate to Alice. Liz Gallagher did a wonderful job with this book.

“The Opposite of Invisible” was written for young adults but I’m sure that all readers young and older will enjoy this beautiful novel. Liz Galagher’s debut novel is sure to be a great success and I personally can’t wait for more books from her.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


The Page Flipper is giving away 6 books in a YA prize pack over at my blog! She'll be doing this every month, so make sure to check back at the beginning of March, too. Go enter at

The Book Burger is also having a Huge contest, they are giving away 5 awesome books. Hurry this contest Ends at midnight on February 12!! Go enter at:

Good luck everyone who enters!! =D