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:

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.

-summary from amazon

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: and that's all you must do to enter!

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


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.