Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Winner of the Something, Maybe Contest!

A HUGE thank you to all that entered to win a copy of Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott. We had 21 people sign up and 56 entries all together - not too bad for our first contest! To decide the winner, we saw this idea of drawing from a hat from author Alyson Noel's blog, and we loved it! So we're copying it! =D! And my adorable niece (I'm bragging here) drew the winner!

(I don't really own any hats besides the one I have to wear at work, and my niece picked out my dad's bike helmet to choose from. And yes, those are purple horns sticking out - don't ask.)

And the winner is......


Congrats Amy!!
---To those that didn't win, make sure to check back at the blog, we'll be having more contests soon!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Who Wants A Free Book?

BookNAround is giving away 5 copies of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci. We have to say, that's a pretty catchy title. You have until April 8th to go enter! Good luck!!

Miracles Really Do Happen

This is a random post with me rambling about something extraordinary that happened. Okay, it's not going to be that extraordinary to you, but it is for me. Because you see, my older sister does not read books at all. The last time I remember seeing her actually pick up a book was probably in 1997 and that was Helter Skelter.

But then last week she watched Twilight, and you can guess what happened next.....

Yes, that's right....

My sister read the book!

And now she's on New Moon. I even have documented proof that she is reading:

She wouldn't show her face for this, and then called me a dork for actually taking it. But anywho, thank you Stephenie Meyer for getting my sister to read!

Now only if she'd read the stuff that I write...*hint hint nudge nudge*


Last Chance To Win A Copy of Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Hey everyone! The contest to win a copy of Elizabeth Scott's new novel Something, Maybe ends tonight at midnight (central time).

Click here for your chance to enter!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Released: September 2007
Publisher: Regan Books
Genre: Adult - Humor - Memoir
Pages: 264
Source: Library

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power -- vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with your father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea's world -- a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense.

 In this hilarious, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories about her family, relationships, and career that are at once singular and ridiculous. Whether she's convincing her third-grade class that she has been tapped to play Goldie Hawn's daughter in the sequel to Private Benjamin, deciding to be more egalitarian by dating a redhead, or looking out for a foulmouthed, rum-swilling little person who looks just like her...only smaller, Chelsea has a knack for getting herself into the most outrageous situations.


Chelsea Handler reminds me of a female version of Bob Saget. And no, I'm not talking about the dad on Full House that hung out with hot Uncle Jessie (even with the mullet) version here. So if very crude and in your face hold nothing back humor is something that doesn't appeal to you - do not pick this book up. If it does, well then sit back and have a good laugh.

After reading her first book, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands, I was pretty excited to get my hands on this one. The book itself doesn't have a storyline at all. Each chapter is kind of like a short stand up, and most of them were pretty hilarious. I was kind of disappointed that some of the chapters were a little more dull compared to her first book. And by the title I expected a little more crazy drunken stories. By the middle of the book though, the tears were rolling, and I was laughing out loud. There are some pretty crazy scenarios in here, and every chapter that involved any of her friends had me completely rolling. The quick witted humor is another thing, half of the dialogue is something that catches you so off guard all you can do is laugh. All in all the book was a pretty good read and if she were to write another one, I'd still be pumped to read it.

Although I didn't find the book as hilarious as the first, I think there should be some sort of warning label about busting out in hysteria laughter. So for my public service announcement, do not read either one of these books out in public. Especially if you are sitting in a waiting room at the dentist office like I was when I read the first book. Believe me, you get some strange looks.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Books Ahoy!'s Giveaway!

Books Ahoy! is giving away Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch. Go to her site and ENTER. The contest ends April 7, 2009 so make sure to get your butt over there! US and Canadian addresses only! Good Luck! ;D

Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake by Lisa McMann

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: December 2008
Age Range: Young Adult
Not all dreams are sweet.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Ok. . . I really loved the plot. Really loved the characters. This was really original and I read it in one day. Here's the thing. The format was not something I liked. I'm not really one of those people who like the "diary format". It starts to get irritating after awhile. So this little problem kept making it hard for me to finish. But because I loved the plot and Janie and Cabel, I HAD to finish. I'll be buying Fade asap, but I know already that its written the same way. Now if I feel this way about how its written, and still find it as a really awesome book, that means Lisa McMann has a wonderful imagination. I'll put aside how I feel about the way it was written just to not miss the story.

The only reason I'm giving this a Four Bookworms review is because of the format. Otherwise, it would get a Five Bookworm review. =(

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cheryl and Amber Discuss Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

We've been thinking of a different way of how we could do a review on a book that we've both read. Instead of posting up a double review, we thought we would give a book type discussion a spin and see what happened! So here's the deal, we need your input! Tell us how you like our 'review discussion' and what you'd like to see us talk about or what we could do to make it better!

And now without further a do, let's start talking about this must read!

Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 245

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far… and almost doesn’t make it back.John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over…

Thoughts on the Cover

Cheryl: Omg! I so thought of that guy on the covers’ mouth the whole time! I was so thankful for that visual!
Amber: Amen!

Thoughts On the Book

Amber: One thing I loved about this book, the writing was so easy flowing and when the deep issues came up, it didn't completely switch or anything. Everything came in together perfectly.
Cheryl: Seriously. I totally agree. I read the book in one night. I just couldn’t put it down. Everything about the plot was original. The characters that were together, what happened to Meg, what John’s original intentions were. All this thrown together was a first for me.
Amber: Agreed. I loved how the story behind both of them was thrown in where you never really saw it coming, but at the same time you wouldn’t think to see it coming.
Cheryl: And let’s see, Jennifer’s writing was very understandable and easy to get caught up in. She was explanatory without leaving the feel of a story, if that makes sense.
Amber: I loved how any back story was never an actual back story. You were never kicked out of the moment, everything stayed together perfectly.
Cheryl: It was spread out until the end which I LOVED!
Amber: It was like watching a movie. I was like holy crap one second, laughing my butt off the next, and then…*sighs*
Cheryl: It was 100% like watching a movie.
Amber: It should be a movie. And Garrett Hedlund should be John. I’d love to see him in uniform *wink wink*

Thoughts On Characters

Amber: My likes about Meg is that she takes each day as it is and doesn’t hold anything back. Dislikes is that she jumps the gun on what people say – almost like there is no voice of reason with her sometimes...but at the same time that was a quality I liked about her as well, it was fitting...hopefully that made sense.
Cheryl: My likes about Meg is mostly what yours are and I like how she doesn’t care what anyone really thinks either. She doesn’t deny who she is. I think my dislikes honestly was the blue hair. Just not my type of thing.
Amber: Yea, I didn’t really picture her with blue hair, and was kind of surprised she had it. I loved her voice too. From the beginning of the book with that one line, That’s the worst idea I have ever heard,” I told Eric. Then I took another sip of beer and swallowed. “Let’s do it.” – You had an idea of who she was right off the bat.
Cheryl: She was 100% likeable.
Amber: Now….how about Officer After?
Cheryl: Hehe
Amber: Character whore!
Cheryl: YES! Ok…there was nothing I didn’t like about him. Even though if I knew him, I would probably kick him – cause of that annoying obsession with the train which completely made sense at the end. And honestly, that obsession couldn’t be taken away because it built his character up.
Amber: Completely! And that temper of his, I loved it!
Cheryl: Well, how can you not love his temper? He’s gorgeous and gets mad when things don’t go his way, and not in a jerk off kind of way either.
Amber: And his famous line – “Do not touch me while I’m in uniform!”
Yes! I loved when he says that and so means it even when he sees his friends.
Amber: His friends were perfectly written – Will and Rashad cracked me up!
Cheryl: And Eric was a dingaling.
Amber: Omg, he was such a douche! I really liked Tiffany. She wasn’t your typical goody good girl like most best friends are portrayed.
Cheryl: She’s honest and innocent, but not in a child type of way. She seems like a good friend and a good person. You can tell she works hard to succeed.

Some of Our Favorite Moments
Page 126 – My knee radiated heat. As I watched him pull himself from the car and walk casually across the brightly lit parking lot, I thought dumb things: I will never wash my knee again. I will never wash these jeans again. I will cut the knee out of these jeans and sew a pillow to sleep on every night, just to have a molecule of him in my bed with me.

Page 166 - “All right,” I said. “But for now on, every time you show me a dead body, I’m having sex with Eric.”

Cheryl and Amber give this book:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Amber's 2009 Book List

My goal this year is to read at least 100 books and well this is my ever growing list of things I want to read. So I'm crossing my fingers that I'll at least reach 100 and if for some crazy reason I read all of the books on this list, well I might just throw myself a party. The ones marked in bold are ones that I've read.

1. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
2. Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
3. Hottie by Jonathan Bernsetin
4. Evermore by Alyson Noel
5. Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
6. So Lyrical by Trish Cook
7. Say the Word by Jeannie Garsee
8. Would You by Marthe Jocelyn
9. She's Got the Beat by Nancy Krulik
10. Swoon by Nina Malkin
11. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
12. Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
13. Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
14. Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
15. Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison
16. Vamped by Lucienne Diver
17. My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
18. Fate by Jennifer Barnes
19. Heartbreak River by Tricia Mills
20. Brutal by Michael B. Harmon
21. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
22. Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
23. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
24. Look Both Ways by Jacquelyn Mitchard
25. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
26. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
27. Busted by Anthony John
28. Fade by Lisa McMann
28. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
29. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
30. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
31. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
32. You Had Me At Halo by Amanda Ashby
33. Willow by Julia Hoban
34. Diary of Chav by Grace Dent
35. Good Enough by Paula Yoo
36. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
37. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
38. The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash
39. Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
40. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
41. Dead Is So Last Year by Marlene Perez
42. Generation Dead by Dan Waters
43. Gone by Michael Grant
44. Hunger by Michael Grant
45. Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
46. Fairest of Them All by Jan Blazanin
47. A Match Made In High School by Kristin Walker
48. This Is What I Want To Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone
49. Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
50. Slept Away by Julie Krant
51. How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
52. Fairy Tale by Cyn Blog
53. Read My Lips by Teri Brown
54. Love (And Other Uses for Duct Tape) by Carrie Jones
55. Tips On Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones
56. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie
57. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
58. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
59. The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
60. Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
61. Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
62. Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
63. Carpe Corpse by Rachel Caine
64. What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
65. You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
66. Evernight by Claudia Gray
67. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
68. Night World Vol. 1 by L.J. Smith
69. Night World Vol 2. by L.J. Smith
70. Night World Vol 3. by L.J. Smith
71. Miss Match by Wendy Toliver
72. The Second Virgin Birth by Tommy Taylor
73. Born Blue by Han Nolan
74. Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning
75. Not Like You by Deborah Davis
76. The Elite by Jennifer Banash
77. In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash
78. Simply Irresistible by Jennifer Banash
79. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
80. Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
81. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
82. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
83. Dead As a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
84. Defiantly Dead by Charlaine Harris
85. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
86. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
87. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
88. Babe In Toyland Eugenie Seifer Olson
89. Nice Girls Finish First by Alesia Holliday
90. The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big Ass Novel by Jill Conner Browne
91. Unpredictable by Eileen Cook
92. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
93. High School Bites by Liza Conrad
94. Rock My World by Liza Conrad
95. Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
96. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
97. The Season by Sarah MacLean
98. Getting In Tune by Roger Trott
99. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor
100. Freaked by J.T. Dutton
101. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
102. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
103. Need by Carrie Jones
104. The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde
105. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
106. Revealers by Amanda Marrone
107. Devoured by Amanda Marrone
108. Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
109. Undead and Uninvited by MaryJanice Davidson
110. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
111. Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
112. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
113. Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
114. Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
115. The Hate List by Jennifer Brown
116. Play Me by Laura Ruby
117. Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine
118. Jessica Z by Shawn Klomparens
119. Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens
120. Marked by P.C. & Kristin Cast
121. Betrayed by P.C. & Kristin Cast
122. Chosen by P.C. & Kristin Cast
123. Untamed by P.C. & Kristin Cast
124. Hunted by P.C. & Kristin Cast
125. I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
126. One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
127. Purge by Sarah Darer Littman
128. September Sisters by Jillian Cantor
129. Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
130. Gorgeous by Rachel Vail
131. Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana
132. Postgrad: A Pre-Life Crisis by Emily Cassel
133. Paper Towns by John Green
134. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
135. Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
136. Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
137. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
138. Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Bratz-Logsted
139. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
140. Prophecy of Sisters by Michelle Zink
141. Second Skin by Jessica Wollman
142. Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonha
143. The Vast Funds of Ordinary by Nick Burd
144. Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
145. Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
146. Secrets, Lies and My Sister Kate by Belinda Hollyer
147. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
148. Torched by April Henry

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: February 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
Page Count: 301

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

What would you do if you were psychic? I know I would probably be exactly like Ever in this story. I would feel like a freak, close people off and definitely not think the most gorgeous guy in the world would want me.

Not only do I think this has a gorgeous cover, but I absolutely love this story. The plot was flawless--the characters, amazing. Alyson has a beautiful imagination and a wonderful way of letting the rest of us experience it. Ever was so easy to relate to; despite her ability to read minds and see auras. She was simple and sad and felt a guilt for something she couldn't control. At times I felt sad for her, and other times happiness and yes, a drop of jealousy here and there. =D. Her best friends are so funny and so typical in a not-so-typical-way (I think I say this often about characters that are well written), which I really loved. I can't say everything I want to say about this book because it will be a major spoiler.

What I loved even more was Damen. Ok, I must say it--I'm a fictional hottie wh*re. But in such a good way. I can't get enough of the hotties these awesome writers introduce us to. He was perfect, intelligent, mesmerizing and just so yummy.

I would recommend this book to anyone. If your into fantasy you will swoon over it, if your not... I think you'll still swoon. Jump into this book and love every word.

Alyson, I know Blue Moon is going to be just as amazing...I see on your site there will be 3 more after Blue Moon....*sighs* I can't wait that long! lol

Sisterhood Award x2!

We are loved! Amber had already received a Sisterhood award by the awesome Katie, so this is now her second! Congrats to her!! Now we have received one together. We’re super stoked! We’re combining the two awards on one post. A HUGE thank you to the very creative Jen for nominating us and thinking our working together was worth something. *hugs* And a HUGE thank you from Amber to Katie for nominating her!

The Rules-
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award

And the nominies are. . .

1-Jen @ 50 For Jen - for being super creative and showing how much she loves books.
2-Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog - for always having such great things to say and having a awesome blog!
3-Cecilia @ Epic Rat - for always leaving such great comments, having great reviews.
4-Lizzie @ The Book Obsession - for having a great blog and always having great books to share.
5-Insert Book Title Here - for having awesome book reviews, an awesome site, and for being a devoted commenter on our site - and for feeling our site worthy enough for awards!
6-Just Listen - for having awesome books to share and having a great blog.
7-Steph @ Steph Su - for having an awesome book blog, but also for being a devoted commenter on our site =D
8-Chelsea @ The Page Flipper - for having really awesome reviews and blog.
9-Stephanie @ Juiciliciousss Reviews - for having an awesome (and pretty) blog, and having such great reviews.
10-Jenny @ Wonderous Reads - for having such an awesome blog and for reviewing (and introducing) some of the most awesome books!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Splash Award!

Thank you, Insert Book Title Here, for nominating us for another award! Splash Award is an award given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive and inspiring blogs.

The Rules:

1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom your received your Splash award.

And the nominies are. . .

1. J. Kaye's Book Blog
2. Vampire Wire
3. Reverie
4. The Epic Rat
5. Mrs. Magoo Reads
6. Bella Is Reading
7. Hope's Bookshelf
8. Just Listen
9. Steph Su Reads

Cheryl's 2009 Book List

Even though I'm so sure that I will be adding too this list, I just wanted to post what I have so far. I made a line through the ones I read already. I really hope to read all of these by the end of 2009. I doubt I will...but hey--you never know!

1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
2. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
3. Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Series #1) by Charlaine Harris
4. Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire Series #2) by Charlaine Harris
5. Club Dead (Southern Vampire Series #3) by Charlaine Harris
6. Dead to the World (Southern Vampire Series #4) by Charlaine Harris
7. Dead As a Doornail (Southern Vampire Series #5)Charlaine Harris
8. Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Series #6) by Charlaine Harris
9. All Together Dead (Southern Vampire Series #7) by Charlaine Harris
10. From Dead to Worse (Southern Vampire Series #8) by Charlaine Harris
11. Dead and Gone (Southern Vampire Series #9 by Charlaine Harris
12. Forget About It by Caprice Crane
13. Stupid and Contagious By Caprice Crane
14. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
15. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
16. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
17. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
18. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
19. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
20. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
21. That Summer by Sarah Dessen
22. How To Deal by Sarah Dessen
23. In The Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows Series) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
24. Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows Series) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
25. Demon In My View (Den of Shadows Series) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
26. Midnight Predator (Den of Shadows Series) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
27. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
28. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
29. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
30. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
31. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
32. City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
33. Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
34. Revealers by Amanda Marrone
35. Blue Bloods (Blue Blood Series #1) by Melissa De La Cruz
36. Masquerade (Blue Bloods Series #2) by Melissa De La Cruz
37. Revelations (Blue Bloods Series #3) by Melissa De La Cruz
38. Wake by Lisa McMann
39. Fade by Lisa McMann
40. The Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampire Series #1) by Rachel Caine
41. The Dead Girls’ Dance (The Morganville Vampire Series #2) by Rachel Caine
42. Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampire Series #3) by Rachel Caine
43. Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampire Series #4) by Rachel Caine
44. Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampire Series #5) by Rachel Caine
45. In The Devils Territory by Kyle Minor
46. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
47. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
48. Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
49. The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
50. Lush by Natasha Friend
51. Perfect by Natasha Friend
52. Bounce by Natasha Friend
53. Marked (House of Night Series #1) P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
54. Betrayed (House of Night Series #2) P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
55. Chosen (House of Night Series #3) P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
56. Untamed (House of Night Series #4) P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
57. Hunted(House of Night Series #5) P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
58. Need by Carrie Jones
59. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
60. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
61. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
62. Not Like You by Debora Davis
63. Jessica Z. by Shawn Klomparens
64. Evernight by Claudia Gray
65. Rock My World by Liza Conrad
66. Local Girls by Jenny O’Connell
67. The Book of Luke by Jenny O’Connell
68. Bad Girls by Alex McAulay
69. Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay
70. Lost Summer by Alex McAulay
71. Lessons From A Dead Girl by Johanna Knowles
72. Evermore by Alyson Noel
73. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
74. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
75. Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Hendersen
76. The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde
77. Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
78. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
79. Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
80. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
81. Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
82. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
83. Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
84. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
85. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
86. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
87. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
88. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
89. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
90. The Luxe (Luxe Series #1) by Anna Godbersen
91. Rumors (Luxe Series #2) by Anna Godbersen
92. Envy (Luxe Series #3) by Anna Godbersen
93. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Series #1) by Richelle Mead
94. Frostbite (Vampire Academy Series #2) by Richelle Mead
95. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy Series #3) by Richelle Mead
96. Waiting For You by Susan Colasanti
97. Take Me There by Susan Colasanti
98. When It Happens by Susan Colasanti
99. I Want to Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
100. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
101. Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning
102. Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
103. Miss Match by Wendy Toliver
104. The Day After Tomorrow by Sandee Sgarlata
105. Unpredictable by Eileen Cook
106. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
107. What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
108. The Elite by Jennifer Banash
109. In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash
110. Simply Irresistible by Jennifer Banash
111. I Know Its Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
112. One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
113. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
114. Don't You Forget About Me by Jancee Dunn
115. You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby
116. The Second Virgin Birth by Tommy Taylor
117. Willow by Julia Hoban
118. Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowan
119. Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowan
120. Fanged and Fabulous by Michelle Rowan
121. Lady and the Vamp by Michelle Rowan
122. Stakes and Stilettos by Michelle Rowan
123. Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens
124. Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde
125. Swoon by Nina Malkin
126. Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

Monday, March 23, 2009

What Kind Of Reader Are You?

I found this quiz on J. Kaye's Book Blog and pretty much knew what the result would be, but I had to see for myself.

Cheryl's Results-

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr + Tattoo Picture

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr (Book 2)

Released: May 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal - Fey - Series
Pages: 325
Source: Library

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, rule of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow. Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life. The tattoo does bring changes - not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...


This book is a follow up/companion/sequel - whatever you want to call it - to Wicked Lovely. In the first book I became quite attached to the main characters of Aislinn, Keean, and Seth. I wasn't for sure how I felt about the second book being about new ones and this new story for it. Just like the first one, I easily slipped into the world that was created and loved it all over again!

I really liked Leslie's character. She's gone through some horrible things and she puts on this front that everything is okay. Even though you know she's not at the same time you know the girl is still tough. What I really enjoyed was that Leslie had no clue of the world that her best friend was now involved in. It was interesting to see how Aislinn acted around her. Parts where you knew faeries were around, but Leslie had no idea. It had been a while since I had read Wicked Lovely (and my memory sucks by the way), and Marr did a good way of kind of telling what was going on without drawing it out.

Now let's discuss boys here. There is Niall, who I loved. And then there is Irial ,who I also loved. I wasn't for sure which one I was rooting for more. The way the book is written, you get so caught up in the feelings involved in the characters. Both of them obviously care for her, but in the end, I chose Niall. Sorry Irial.
Here is the thing that I am quickly learning and loving about Melissa Marr. You cannot guess how her books are going to end. Well, okay, maybe some of you can, but I can't. In Wicked Lovely, I was convinced I knew how the story was going to end. So and so was going to get with so and so, and the other ones were just going to be left in the dark. (<--That's me trying not to give away any spoilers in case you haven't read the first book.) With Ink Exchange, I kept thinking of every way the book was going to end, and once again wham! Did not see that ending coming at all!

Now I'm all on pins and needles wondering what she has in store in the next installment. I really hope this isn't the last we see of Leslie, but I know things are just going to get more interesting in the Faerie Courts!

And in light of the book being about tattoos, I thought I would show off my very first one that I got Saturday night!

I'm still pretty giddy about it, and to answer anyone that asks: Yes, it hurt. But for the most part it was a tolerable pain. Only in a few spots that only lasted a few seconds was I thinking 'holyfriggincrapstopstop!'.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

2009 - 100+ Reading Challenge

We have joined the 2009- 100+ reading challenge at J. Kaye's Book Blog.

Here are the rules:

1) You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading your books prior to 2009.

2) This challenge is for 2009 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2009.

3) You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.

Our lists are on the side bar or you can click our names here -
Cheryl's 2009 Reads
Amber's 2009 Reads

Saturday, March 21, 2009

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren as a fun way to see what everyone else is getting!

♥Amber's Mailbox

Since we started this blog, I've been going a little book buying crazy lately - which is NOT a bad thing at all! Here is what I bought that came in this week:

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar...and that's just how she likes it. Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants -- only what she wants may not be what she needs....

P.S.-Don't forget we're giving away a copy of Something, Maybe click here to enter!

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste… Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning

Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous. Molly's band, The Hormones, was just supposed to be about mucking around with best mates, Jane and Tara; writing songs about Hello Kitty; and being a girl. But when the group is joined by the deliciously dangerous Dean and his friend T, things on stage - and backstage - start happening, fast. Her story is just beginning when all of Molly's dreams come true. The hazards of pop stardom, first love, screaming fans, and sleazy managers are forcing this baby diva close to the edge. Fame never comes for free, and Molly's about to find out what it costs.

Born Blue by Han Nolan

Janie...Leshaya...whatever she's called...she's a survivor. Rescued from the brink of death, this child of a heroin addict has seen it all: revolving foster homes, physical abuse, an unwanted pregnancy. Now her childhood is coming to an end, and she is determined to make a life for herself by doing the only thing that makes her feel whole...singing. Can this girl, born to a life of hardship, find the strength and courage to break away from her past and become the legend she is meant to be?

I also picked up the first volume in the Night World series. I own Volume Two already, but for some crazy reason when I bought it, I thought it was Volume One...yea, blonde moment right there. I would LOVE to say that I also got a copy of Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols and the first copy of Something, Maybe (I got one for me, one for the contest)...but noooo, Barnes & Noble just wants to torture me by not shipping it yet! *shakes fist*

Also from the library...that I really should stay away from due to the over-growing pile of books and my habit of never returning anything on time, I got:

Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fairy Tale Contest!

This is so fun! Author Cyn Balog is having a awesome Fairy Tale Contest with her up coming book Fairy Tale. Go to her Livejournal and follow the simple and fun rules and your entered.

How to Enter-
1-Post her widget somewhere on your site and comment with the link (or email it to cyn at cynbalog dot com)
2-Blog about this contest, and comment with a link to your blog (or email it to cyn at cynbalog dot com)

Now here's the fun part. . .
3-Comment, and tell her a fairy tale, STARRING you. Be sure to start with Once Upon a Time!If you do two of these things, she will enter you twice! Three, she will enter you three times!
The deadline to enter her my birthday, April 13th! Good luck!

GRAND PRIZE: A signed copy of FAIRY TALE (hot off the presses, before you can buy it in stores!) AND A hand-crafted, silver fortune cookie necklace with a special message, Believe. This is just like the one that Morgan wears in FAIRY TALE!

FIRST PRIZE: Two winners will receive a fortune cookie charm necklace, which is really cute. She will have a hard time parting with them.

ALL ENTRANTS!: All entrants will receive her eternal gratitude. AND...If you'd like to send your address to cyn at cynbalog dot com, she will also send you FAIRY TALE magnets and bookmarks for you and all your friends!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren as an awesome way to see what other bloggers around the community are reading.

I made a stop at Barnes and Noble last night and my lovely hubby bought me some books. Six to be exact. =D

So I strolled up and down my favorite isles and cried. There were soooo many books that I wanted and so many that I couldn't get.
I had about 10 books in my hands debating which I wanted the most. There were two that I really wanted (Living Dead Girl, Wicked Lovely) but Barnes and Noble didn't have anymore. I should have had them order them but I think I may just order them off the computer instead.

So, I know there has been not so great reviews from some of the people whose opinions I value, but I wanted to see for myself and I bought the first 3 installments to the House of Night series. I may like it, I may not. To each his own.

Kiss Me Kill Me was one I wanted SO bad! Wake and Evermore were so at the top of my list. So I'm happy with my choice and can't wait to get to reading.

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder.

Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Wake by Lisa McMann

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does — they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Marked (House of Night Book 1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change--and not all of those who are Marked do.
It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Betrayed (House of Night Book 2) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night.

While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

Chosen (House of Night Book 3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Bloodlust and dark forces are at work at the House of Night, and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And, oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity.

Speaking of rare, Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. But, as Zoey and her friends find out, things are not always what they seem…

Rock This! Thursday Review: Rock My World by Liza Conrad

Rock My World by Liza Conrad 

Released: June 2005
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 179
Source: Library

Rating: ♥♥♥

Livy James didn't exactly have a typical childhood...

Surrounded by lots of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, she's been on the road for as long as she can remember. With a father who was the lead singer of the popular band The Babydolls, and an ex-groupie for a mother, she had no choice but to grow up fast. Now at seventeen, Livy is finally close to having a normal life-until she lands an internship at the music magazine Rock On. Her first assignment? Follow the now-sober, more mature Babydolls across the globe on their reunion tour. It won't be easy to work alongside her dad, who's just now trying to be a responsible father. Armed with a pen, earplugs, and her best friend, Cammie, Livy's back on the road again. To complicate this already-too-complicated situation, her "musicians need not apply" dating rule is getting harder to obey-thanks to the lead singer of her Dad's opening band, who's hot enough to make Livy forget how much she wanted to leave the rock 'n' roll life behind.


When you have an opening such as: And on the sixth day, God created Nick Hoffman's voice, Liz Phair's lyrics, Kurt Cobain's angst, and Lenny Kravitz's guitar licks. And he saw that it was good. So He just said, "Screw it...tomorrow I'm resting." I'm pretty much sold to keep reading.

The beginning of this story sucked me in. Livy's character is your average teen girl who has a dream of being a writer. You can already tell that her life was not normal having to deal with a dad who's sobriety is like a roller coaster and a mom who has to be there taking care of him every second so he can function. This doesn't bother her too much because you know right away she is a very independent girl. That's what I liked most about her is that her head was on her shoulders.

Her best friend Cammie blended well with the story. She's the girl who doesn't know the lifestyle of rock stars and is on a mission to loose her virginity to one of the guitarist from The Babydolls. Then there were the boys from the band The Wolves. Nick Hoffman is right away the kind of rocker that makes me drool and an added bonus he's Irish. *swoooon* Along with him is his best friend Kai who is mellow and laid back just like Nick.

The idea for the story is mainly for Livy to find out what happened the night her dad's band broke up and in the mix make sure she doesn't get caught up with the whole rock n' roll lifestyle. And the first part of the book had it. The music (which was all excellent band choices by the way) you could hear in your head, you could see all the characters, and then somewhere along the way it all just...faded. Halfway through the middle for me the characters started sounding the same. The "romance" with Livy and Nick to me lacked feeling. It describes how Livy is feeling, but it was like I was being told rather than being able to get swept in it. Which is crazy because the beginning had me hooked! Then the characters started sounding alike and some became kind of bland. The story wasn't a bad one, but it just lost its' touch. I still liked how it ended and everything, but overall the book was just okay. Didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Heavenly Contest!

Author Jennifer Laurens is giving away a copy of her newest novel, Heavenly (coming out in August). If you are picked the winner, she'll also be donating a copy to your local library! Stop by the site: http://heavenlythebook.com/ and leave your contact info under SIGN UP.

Check out the book trailer (there are three, this one is my favorite):

Good luck to all that enter!!

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren as an awesome way to see what other bloggers around the community are reading.

Today the mailman came and opened the screen door and then shut it. At first I thought he was confused because I didn't hear anything other than the door being opened and then shut. So when he pulled away just seconds later I ignored it. But then, like a lightbulb in a cartoon; it glew bright over my head. THE BOOK CAME!

The lovely Jennifer Echols' book--which I've been waiting so so patiently to arrive--showed up at my door step this morning. Thank You Jennifer!!

Making this whole matter so much better--I see a gold circle on the book saying AUTOGRAPHED by the AUTHOR!

*squeak* <--for about 5 minutes, then I opened the book. And what do I see?

I have only one other autographed book and that is from actor Denis Leary. Now that was an awesome moment in my life, but he isn't an author. He isn't a YA author. So this, well this is my very first--and pray not last--book sighed by not only a author, but one I couldn't wait to read one of her books.

So, my day has truly been made. My whole week actually. Thank you again Jennifer, for sending my your wonderful book and giving me the pleasure of having it signed!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: May 2004
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 250

Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out...

This book is such a keeper! Sarah Dessen is brilliant! She is an unbelievable story teller. Her ideas and characters in this book will stay with me. I never read anything from Sarah until this book and all I can say is...I'm hooked! She has officially became one of my favorite authors.

Rogerson enters Caitlin's life at just the right moment. Her sister has picked up and left, leaving a withdrawn mother in her wake. Caitlin has always felt in her sisters shadow, and now with her gone she tries to get her own life in order. Rogerson is just what she needs to make that happen. He's everything she could want and being with him becomes easy. But eventually all the good she shared with him disappeared with the first time he hurts her.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Contest! - ARC Giveaway!

Cheryl Renee Herbsman is having a contest. The winner will recieve a personalized sighed ARC copy of her upcoming release Breathing. *squeaks* we are so looking forward to this book!!

Its her final ARC copy and the contest ends Thursday. Check out the contest and sign yourself in here. Follow her rules and Good Luck!

Operation Teen Book Drop

Readergirlz is rockin' the Teen Book Drop again! Check out the video for details and don't forget to subscribe to their site!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren as a fun way to see what everyone else received/bought/borrowed for the week.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Bianca wants to escape.
At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them 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.

I've heard some awesome things about this book and I know the second one is coming out this month so when I saw it at the store I was like Ooo must have!

This is what I got from the library this week:

Rock My World by Liza Conrad

High School Bites by Liza Conrad

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Love Is Hell by Scott Westerfeld, Melissa Marr, Justine Larbalestier, and Gabrielle Zevin

Fade by Lisa McMann

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Double Review - Need by Carrie Jones

Need by Carrie Jones (Book 1)

Released: December 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal - Series
Pages: 306
Source: Library/Bought

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” 

Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. 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.

♥Amber's Review

This will probably be the most bi-polar review I've done so far. I was very interested in this book - not just for the cover alone, but the story sounded very mysterious like and something that I would love. From the beginning it didn't grab me like I expected it too. Zara's character wasn't one that I really cared for at first. And yes, I get it, you're in Maine and it's cold. The writing structure of the book was another thing that I really didn't care for. One moment things would flow together and then everything got super choppy.

And Sentences.

That Were Like This.

Drove Me.

Friggin' Nuts.

Now this is where the bi-polar part comes in. I really liked the whole phobia thing and was able to identity a few that I had of my own. Such as the fear of the dark. The mystery behind who is stalking Zara really held my interest. The supporting characters were great. Issie even with her be-bopping self was quite enjoyable. Devyn is a sweetie and Nick...oh that boy just makes me smile. I loved Betty - she's one kick butt Grandma. The suspense to the story made it where I didn't want to put it down.

I've debated all day on what to rate this book since I was so back and forth about it. Since I did enjoy the plot and the surprises, I'm giving this book:

Rating: ♥♥♥.5

Cheryl's Review

I’m definitely a girl who is attracted by book covers. And I’m happy that I caught a glimpse of this one.

Zara, right off the bat was someone that not only can I relate to, but really was interested in learning more about. Her way of “coping” was so unique and interesting and completely cool! Carrie’s characters were typical in a not-so-typical sort of way, which was enjoyable.

There’s the grandmother, Betty, who I really wish I could steal and keep her as my own. She’s fun, energetic and really lets Zara be Zara and deal with her issues on her own terms. Plus she was kick ass funny!!

Then there’s Issie and Devyn. Issie, who I just loved, made me want to hug her and ask her to be my friend. She was sweet, innocent and thoughtful. Her friendship was genuine, that was obvious, and every time I think of her, I think of bunnies. When you read the book, you’ll get that lol. Devyn’s character (without saying too much) just was happy, no matter what situation was given. I really liked that.

Now the best saved for last….Nick. *sighs* Mysterious, gorgeous, athletic and a heavy hero complex. What more would you possibly ask from a guy? I know I wouldn’t ask for anything more!! Nick brings something to this story that was completely unexpected. That’s all I’m saying on him. Otherwise, I’ll give too much away! =D

I do have to agree with Amber about the short sentences. I know they are good and even needed at times, but it was a bit overdone in this book.

And what is this comparison to Twilight? I don’t get why every book that involves paranormal or some type of fantasy that happens to involve teens and possible attractions always gets compared to Twilight. I so far have not found one book--vampires involved or not--that even remotely reminded me of Twilight (which by the way, I’m totally over the hype). But that’s just my opinion, I guess. I didn’t mean to offend anyone--so sorry if I did. =(

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Win a Copy of Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

For our very first contest, we decided to pick a book from our Author of the Month - Elizabeth Scott. Since her new book, Something, Maybe is coming out the 24th - that's the one we chose!

The rules are simple - just leave a comment telling us what book we should be reading right now along with your email address.

Bonus entries (please post which entries you do in separate comments):

+1 - If you become a follower or already are a follower of our blog

+1 - If you link this contest on your blog, sidebar, facebook, etc. Make sure to give us the link of where you posted at.

+1 - You read the interview with Elizabeth Scott and comment on it here


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I Love Your Blog Award! *squeals*

How cool are we? COOL! A HUGE thanks to Insert Book Title Here who nominated our blog for this AWESOME award!!! We're seriously so excited! Thank you thank you thank you!!

Here are the rules:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

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Hope's Bookshelf
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
The Book Muncher
Kiss My Book
Book Girls Bookshelf
Confessions Of A Romance Book Addict

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Book 1)

Released: January 2008
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary - Series
Pages: 306
Source: Bought

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren't exactly compatible elements. So when head cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, the results are bound to be explosive. But neither teen is prepared for the most surprising chemical reaction of all - love. Can they break through the stereotypes and misconceptions that threaten to keep them apart?


This is the first book I have read by this author, and I will say right now - she has completely won me over! I absolutely LOVED this book! Told in alternating point of views, Elkeles took the most stereotypical characters and turned them into so much more.

Brittany is determined to be perfect. It’s the only thing she knows how to do. She can’t let anyone down or ruin the image she has worked her butt off for. Alex is a member of a Latino gang and has to be tough. He has to show the world he doesn't give a shit. Both of them have embedded this image of themselves to live by, and think nothing will change that. They can’t escape their lives, they were born to be who they were. But they’re not. Once these two characters let you into what is really going on with their lives. You see something different. Sure there is the perfect girl that isn't so perfect and the bad boy who wants more than life, but they sucked me right in and wouldn't let me go.

This book was a lot different read than most young adult I have come across. Simone does not sugar coat the character's feelings or what flies out of a character's mouth. This being said, if you don't like a whole lot of language or crude guy comments, (didn't bother me any, I use to roommate with three boys, I've heard and seen it all) - this book might not be for you. (Although I hope you can get over that because it really is a great story!)

It has the moments where I wanted to smack a few characters, (Colin and Darlene), laugh out loud, (the whole Was Paco in the bathroom? scene had me rolling!), and then bring me to the edge of my seat. There were times where I felt extremely nervous for Alex and Brittany because I wasn't for sure what the heck was going to happen next.

But the main thing I loved about this book was what I assume the author was getting across. Showing that even though there is diversity, and some people are born into this world rich, others born into this world poor - at the end of the day we are all still human. We all have our own set of dreams, disappointments, problems, and fears. I was surprised by the epilogue. Maybe because I haven't seen them that much in YA. I've read that some people weren't too fond of it, but to me, it was the perfect way to end the story.

And if my rambling hasn't convinced you enough then check out this book trailer.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Elizabeth Scott Interview

As you know we picked Elizabeth Scott as our Author of the Month. We have to say a major thanks to her for taking the time out to answer some questions for us! Also, don't forget to check out her website & her blog for some awesome giveaways!

Also this month we possibly...might.. be doing a giveaway with one of her books. So make sure to check back with us!

First, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure! Here's my author bio: Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She's sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn't want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband; firmly believes you can never own too many books; and would love it if you visited her website, http://www.elizabethwrites.com. I'll also add that both my parents were high school teachers--and that when I was in high school, I was in both their classes!

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
Oh, too many to list! But I have started putting up some of the books I've read and enjoyed over the past few months at goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/elizabethscott

Where do your ideas come from?
I've gotten ideas while sitting in traffic, while cleaning the bathroom (!), and even in dreams. I always carry a little notepad and pen with me. Always!

What inspried you to become a writer?

No, seriously! I was 27, at work and bored out of my mind in a meeting and instead of taking notes, I started writing a story. I'd never written fiction before that unless I had to, and I wrote a whole essay about what that first story showed me about writing, and what writing means to me which you can read here (http://www.elizabethwrites.com/elizabethscottauthorbio.pdf)

We've noticed some authors have music playlists when writing, does music help you get into the mode? And what are your favorite bands/singers?
I don't listen to music when I write--I used to try when I first started because everyone I knew did listen to music when they wrote, but I always ended up tuning it out because when I write, I pretty much fall into the world I'm writing about and don't notice anything or anyone. Which means that if the phone rings while I'm writing, there's a good chance I won't even hear it!

If not writing, what do you think you would be doing?
I would still be a secretary. Although now that I think about it, given my odd career path--well, who knows what I'd be doing now?

With the books that you have out/coming out now, is there one that is more your favorite?
I actually can't read any of my books once they come out--it's just too weird for me (by the time a book comes out, you've been with it for so long--years, usually!) and so I can't pick a favorite. I will say I'm so amazed that they are out there and so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to write me after reading one. Readers=AWESOME!

Living Dead Girl was so much different than your other novels, do you plan on writing anymore that have a more intense and 'darker' tone to them?
I do! Love You Hate You Miss You, which will be in stores on June 2nd isn't nearly as dark as Living Dead Girl, but it's much more intense than Something, Maybe or some of my other books. And I have a book coming out in 2010 that is definitely intense---and as soon as I can, details will be going up on my website!

With four books out, two hitting the book shelves soon, you've been really busy! How do you discipline yourself to keep going?
Well, part of the reason I have so many books out is that I sold three in 2005, and the first one, Bloom, hit stores in 2007. The second, Stealing Heaven, came out in 2008, and the third, Love You Hate You Miss You, will be out this year, in June 2009. So there was a good two year period where I had time to write--and I did!

How do you get over the horrible monster known as writer's block?
I usually sulk--and I do mean sulk--I don't let myself do anything but sit around and feel sorry for myself. And I mean that's *all* I can do--no reading, no watching tv, no hanging out with friends------ nothing. Just me and my pity party, and it turns out they can get old pretty fast.

Other times, I just make myself keep going--I'll write the scene after the one that I can't seem to do and stuff like that. But sometimes you just need a break. I know a lot of people say you should write every day, and if that works for you, great! But I need a day a week to recharge, and sometimes more than that. And it's okay--you need to get out there and do things, see things, read books, all that good stuff. Because how can you write if you don't have a life?

Do you know what fan fiction is? If so, how do/would you feel about others writing about your characters?
I do know what fan fiction is, and if people want to write about my books--WOW! That would be amazing. Of course, I'd never be able to read it because of legal issues, but I have no problem with fan fiction at all.

Do you have a 'best' and 'worst' moment in your career?
The best moment--the first time I ever heard from a reader.

The worst--firing my first agent. That really sucked.

How long does it usually take you to write a novel from start to finish?
It depends. I've written novels in nine days. And I've written novels in nine months. (!)

Any adivce for aspiring writers like us?
Well, my guess is that you've got the writing thing down, so I'll just say--don't forget to read!

Can you tell us what you're working on next?

In addition to Something, Maybe, which will be in stores on March 24th, I have another book, Love You Hate You Miss You, which will be in stores on June 2nd. And for 2010, right now it looks like I'll have three books out--one with Simon Pulse in March, one with Harper in June, and one with Dutton in the fall. I'll post more about each of these books as soon as I can on my website!