Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Bookshelf Meme

I was tagged by Starry Night Reviews!!

1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!
2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…

The book that’s been on your shelves the longest: One of the first great books that I bought and added to my bookshelf is The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart. I was shopping for a birthday present for my friend, and ended up buying myself a book too. This book is also the reason that i'm so reluctant to lend out books. SOOO many people have borrowed this book from me, it's in pretty bad condition. I'm tempted to just go out and buy a new copy.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life: I remember this one time when my friend was over. She was sitting at the computer checking her e-mail and stuff. I was on the couch read Just Listen By Sarah Dessen. This book really sticks out in my mind because of the look on my friends face when i started rambling about how Dexter and Remy were in this book, and I read their story in This Lullaby. I went to the bathroom and continue to shout random bursts of excitement at her. I think this is when she realized that I really WAS crazy about reading.

A book you acquired in some interesting way: The best book I could choose for this category would be In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg. I won this book over the summer from Book Chic. This was before I even started blogging...*sigh* Anyway I was soooo excited that it was possible to acquire a book without begging my mom. I ran around the house screaming and going on about winning a book that I was really excited for. I probably disturbed the neighbors. This was also the highlight of my summer.

The most recent addition to your shelves: See, by saying this you might think most recently received. But actually it was the most recently read. I don't add books to my bookshelf until I read them. And the latest book for me to finish and add to my bookshelf would be Undone by Brooke Taylor. I actually got into the swing of reading this way too late at night and finally finished at 4 in the morning. This has been happening a lot to me. "Oh I'll just read a chapter or two before going to bed." Turns into "Umm let's just finish it." And when i was done I ceremoniously added it to my shelf.

A book that’s been with you to the most places: I don't really take my books anywhere besides my house and school, but one book sticks out in my mind as a traveler. This book would be Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I've read it at home, school, and most memorably at Taylor's dads house. We were preparing for the trivia at the Breaking Dawn part at Borders, and decided that we needed to brush up on our skills. I was assigned to bring Eclipse. This studying though didn't help me much. They asked the least expected questions. *coughcheaterscough*

A bonus book that you want to talk about but doesn’t fit into the other questions: I don't have a specific book that I want to talk about, but I do want to say that there is a flaw in my bookshelf. I only own parts of some series. Like I don't own Twilight or New Moon. I don't own this first two books in The Pretty Little Liars series, and I don't own The Boy Book, from the Ruby Oliver Series. This happens to me a lot, thanks to the library and friends. I really want to own the other books but I can't spare the cash.

I believe I will tag....

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Look Inside

"A Look Inside" Is a post where I'll have a featured author, and i'll choose a book that they wrote. I always come out after finishing a book with a favorite character, so i'll also have a featured character, and one of my favorite quotes from them.

Author: Mary E. Pearson
Book: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Character: Jenna
Quote: "Don't be such a dickhead, Lily!" I tell her.

This was one of the best books i've read this year. It was very original and well fantastic! The quote kind of shows how Jenna really doesn't know the real meaning of some words.

Sometime in the near future, Jenna Fox, 17, awakens from an 18-month-long coma following a devastating accident, her memory nearly blank. She attempts reorientation by watching videos of her childhood, "recorded beyond reason" by worshipful parents, but mysteries proliferate. Jenna can recite passages from Thoreau yet can't remember having any friends. As memories return, however, Jenna starts picking at the explanation her parents have spun until it unravels. Pearson (A Room on Lorelei Street ) uses each revelation to steadily build tension until the true horror comes into focus. Even then Pearson does not stop; she raises the ante in unexpected ways until the very last page. Clues are supplied by the supporting cast: Jenna's father, who made his fortune in biotechnology; a classmate whose loss of limbs has turned her into a crusader for medical ethics; Jenna's Catholic grandmother, who is hostile to her. A few lapses in logic- if Jenna's father is world-famous and the family in hiding, why does she enroll in school under her real name?-can be forgiven in favor of expert plotting and the complex questions raised about ethics and the nature of the soul.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday

Title: Purge
Author: Sarah Littman
Release Date: April 1st

Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover.But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

This book is right up my alley. Seriously I LOVE problem books. I am super excited to read this book, and hope to get my hands on a copy really soon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Tag

I was tagged by Starry Night reviews for this meme. Thanks so much!

Rules of the tag:
- Link to the person who tagged you
- List 6 things that make you happy
- Post the rules, tag six others and let them know you did so
- Then tell the person who tagged you your entry is finished!

Six things that make me happy!
1. Finishing a book
2. Cleaning my room
3. Snow Days
4. Text messages
5. Going to Borders with Taylor

I think I will tag..

Monday, January 26, 2009

Red Handed by Gena Showalter

Yes, a review, how unexpected of me.

****Red Handed by Gena Showalter****

Originality- 19/20
Characters- 18/20
Quote-ability- 6/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 85/100
Grade- B

Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn -- the drug of choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school. Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll learn to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy. Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone -- the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen-year-old agent she met in the woods that night -- doesn't make things any easier. Especially when dating him is totally against the rules....

I've needed another alien fix after reading The Tommyknockers, and I got exactly what I needed right here. I really liked that everyone new that aliens existed and that they were mostly accepted into schools and the workplace. But of course just as there are bad and dangerous humans there are also aliens like that. There comes in this agency to keep the bad aliens away. The training Phoenix and the others have to go through is breathtaking and intriguing. At first I found the training harsh and the teachers cruel, but when unexpected danger arises I understand the need. Phoenix was a very relatable character. Tough and brave, but also calm and understanding. The plot was very different and kept me turning the pages. I can not wait to read the book that follows!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a post where I tell you the books that I received this week either by buying them from the bookstore, going to the library or from my mailbox.

I got everything from Borders this week!

Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe

No matter how many times Kyle rewrites the scene, he can't get it right. He tries it in the style of Hitchcock, Tarantino, Eastwood, all of his favorite directors—but regardless of the style, he can't remember what happened that day in the shed. The day Jason died. And until he can, there is one question that keeps haunting Kyle: Did he kill his best friend on purpose?

I've been contemplating buying this everytime I went to Borders and I'm glad that I finally did!

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go. Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive. Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves -- her baby. The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.

I read Crank a while ago and have been waiting to read Glass, and now that I have the extra money I made sure to buy it!

What did you get this week?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Look Inside + Update

"A Look Inside" Is a post where I'll have a featured author, and i'll choose a book that they wrote. I always come out after finishing a book with a favorite character, so i'll also have a featured character, and one of my favorite quotes from them.

Author: Rachel Vail
Book: You, Maybe: The Profound Asymmetry of Love in High School
Character: Josie
Quote: "I don't want a boyfriend," I said. "I am not looking to be half of something."

Rachel Vail was one of the first YA Authors that I read a book from. You can get so emotional while reading this book. Especially while reading the end with Carson. If you have any favorite authors, quotes, or books, then e-mail them to me! You'll be sure to get credit.

Sorry I haven't been updating for a while. I've been pretty busy and stressed with school. I DO have books to review and I'll have one for you tomorrow. I'm trying to get on track so just bear with me for a bit kay?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Best Twilight Video EVER.

Okay, currently my favorite song is Gives You Hell by The All American Rejects, I was searching the video on YouTube and find the BEST one ever. It's playing to clips from the Twilight movie. The beginning is hilarious.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a post where I tell you the books that I received this week either by buying them from the bookstore, going to the library or from my mailbox.

I think I'm making a habit about only getting one book a week because that's what I g0t again.

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

I already read this the day I got it. I was so excited =D
What did you get this week?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Evermore by Alyson Noël

****Evermore by Alyson Noël****
Originality- 18/20
Characters- 17/20
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 86/100
Grade- B
Release date- February 3rd

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.

I expected a lot while reading Evermore because everyone was REALLY excited. And I will admit that I was a little disapointed. I got tired of Ever blaming herself for her family's death. It's obvious that it wasn't but she still wallows in self pity. Oh and why was she always against Ava. She was just trying to help her. But god forbid someone is nice to Ever. Beside those minor flaws Evermore was fantastic. Oh and if this book ever said anyone was a vampire I was gonna punch them in their fictional face. I was expecting something different, thankfully this wasn't needed. The whole idea that Ever had these great mind reading powers that annoyed her was interesting. I would have loved those powers but Ever was different. But of course Damen is the only person that could penetrate her tough exterior. Thanks Damen for making Ever fall head over heels. Am I the only one that gets annoyed at books with boys that are all a girl thinks about? I got over that though and the ending was very well crafted and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

****The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong****

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 19/20
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 20/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend to read- 9/10
TOTAL- 92/100
Grade- A

After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home. At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

Let me just say that I love Derek even though he's pimply. Derek is smart, caring and sweet (sometimes) and just plain awesome. The mystery that is presented in The Summoning is really cool. I can't figure it out and everything is unexpected. Even the characters have very distinct and well crafted personalities. Don't you just love people in a mental home? Great, great times. I absolutely loves when Tori freaks out on Chloe! Being bored wasn't even an option while reading The Summoning. How could you be when something is always popping up. Be it a ghost or a crazy "nurse". I seriously can NOT wait untill I can read The Awakening, which is the next book. My friend told me The Summoning was good, but not this good! Overall I think that The Summoning is a very interesting and alluring read for everyone. So go out and get yourself a copy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Look Inside

"A Look Inside" Is a post where I'll have a featured author, and i'll choose a book that they wrote. I always come out after finishing a book with a favorite character, so i'll also have a featured character, and one of my favorite quotes from them.

Author: Ellen Hopkins
Book: Impulse
Character: Tony
Quote: "A new guy check in. Tall, built, with a way fine face, and acting too tough to tumble. He's a nutshell asking to crack. Wonder if he's ever let a guy touch that pumped-up bod."

Most of the time Impulse was more serious. That is why I chose this more light-hearted silly side that is overshadowed by the serious.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday

Title: You've Got Blackmail
Author: Rachel Wright
Release Date: April 2nd

Lozzie Cracknell is a girl on the edge. Her parents have recently separated; she forgot to mail the invitations to her mum's super-important client party; the school bully is out to get her following an unfortunate e-mail incident involving Photoshop and a picture of a horse's behind; and now it looks like Mum might be dating her English teacher, the utterly loathsome Mr. Hilary Barnett. Just when she's got about as much stress as she can handle, Lozzie and her best mate Dex stumble upon a tantalizing mystery-it seems Mr. Barnett is being blackmailed. But who on earth would blackmail a bore like him, and why? As they delve deeper into the mystery, questions pile on top of questions, and the one thing that does become clear is that danger can lurk in totally unexpected places . . .

This book has two of my favorite things- Comedy and Mystery. I can NOT wait to read this!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The A-List: Hollywood Royalty by Zoey Dean

****The A-List: Hollywood Royalty by Zoey Dean****

Originality- 16/20
Characters- 17/20
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
Grade- B

Sam Sharpe, Cammie Sheppard and Anna Percy were the most glamorous faces of Young Hollywood. But times change, people move on, and Hollywood is fickle. Yesterday's star is today's extra, and it's a whole new year at Beverly Hills High--and there's a fresh cast of A-Listers ready to become the toast of Tinseltown. A-List: Hollywood Royalty is the newest guilty pleasure in the witty and risqué series that takes readers behind the scenes of the Hollywood glitterati. The A-List and its New York Times bestselling sequels are full of unforgettable stories about the fast times of Beverly Hills' most beautiful and glamorous people. Welcome to the new generation of A-List class

Before I started I expected a book that was really annoying. That all the girls hated each other and were always starting fights. Luckily I was wrong. They had PERSONALITY! Who would have thought? Not me. Another awesome thing would be that you got to hear some male perspective. And thank gosh he was realistic. Yeah he might have changed and got sexy, but that doesn't mean all the girls are going to crawl all over him. He still has that inner dork that I want him to cling to. Now the plot. I have to admit that it's not very original, and it doesn't hold my attetion all the time. Still it's fun to read about the glamorous, or not so glamorous life. At least we have some mean girls in the story. I might sound mean but every story needs an antagonist. Myla isn't even that bad. Oh Oh we can't forgot Jo-Jo!! Lucky her, or wait she isn't as smooth as she thought now was she? Overall I think that The A-List: Hollywood wasn't relatable, but kept my attention and made me jealous. Brava Zoey Dean!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Shelter Me by Alex McAulay

****Shelter Me by Alex McAulay****

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 18/20
Remembrance- 9/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 19/20
Ending- 10/10
Recommend to read- 9/10
Grade- A

Maggie Leigh just wants to be a normal teenager, but when German bombs tear apart London during World War II, her ultra-religious mother sees the destruction as divine punishment. She sends Maggie to a remote boarding school in coastal Wales, supposedly to keep her safe, but also to keep her in line. The school is creepy, the headmistress is a lunatic, and the students range from spoiled rich girls to speechless trauma victims. But when a tragic accident happens on the beach, Maggie and three friends are forced to flee the school, plunging into the nightmarish world of Europe during wartime. Now every decision Maggie makes is fraught with danger, and living to see another day depends on how quickly she can think and act...and how far she's willing to go.

I didn't have very high expectations while reading Shelter Me because I don't have a very high interest in books taken place in past time periods. But after Maggie saw she was being tricked I couldn't help but feel her emotions of betrayal and anger. The beginning started out a little slow for me and was a hard to get into, but it eventually picked up pace and I finished it in one sitting. Maggie is now one of my favorite female characters. She wasn't fake sounding or mean. As a character she was very believable. I hated Maggie's mom because of how she treated Maggie and because she was forcefully religious. I thought I was going to read about the hard times in the war, but I ended up reading so much more. Overall I think that Shelter me was a well crafted story with trickery. I'd reccommend Shelter Me to anyone who likes a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a post where I tell you the books that I received this week either by buying them from the bookstore, going to the library or from my mailbox.

Once again I only got one book this week. But I'm still happy that I got something.

The A-List Hollywood Royalty by Zoey Dean

Now that I'm done reading The Tommyknockers I'll be able to get this one read right away!

What did you get this week?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

I finished reading this yesterday! Finally!!

Originality- 19/20
Characters- 14/20
Remembrance- 7/10
Quote-ability- 6/10
Entertainment- 15/20
Ending- 7/10
Recommend to read- 5/10
Grade- C

Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has detrimental effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.

Even though this book took me a VERY long time to read does not mean it wasn't good. I think Stephen King books are supposed to be "scary" this one for me however was not. It happened to be strange, creative, and interesting though. I couldn't really relate to any of the characters because for one they were all adults, and were pretty much the opposite of what a teen would be like. There were some younger people but they were really young. Though I couldn't relate to the characters I thought the plot was very interesting. I never really knew what was going to happen next but I had an inkling. Overall I thought The Tommyknockers was a time consuming read but good for anyone that has the patience for an unbelievable story.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Look Inside

"A Look Inside" Is a post where I'll have a featured author, and i'll choose a book that they wrote. I always come out after finishing a book with a favorite character, so i'll also have a featured character, and one of my favorite quotes from them.

Author: E. Lockhart
Book: Fly on the Wall
Quote: "This Cammie is all biscuits. She's stacked like a character in a comic book. Cantaloupes are strapped to her chest."

Fly on the Wall was hilarious and I think this quote shows that. The characters in the book have a lot of their own lingo. Like biscuits for breasts, gherkins for...male parts, and milkshake for booty. It really is comical and interesting.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday

This week the book that I'm waiting on reading is..

Title: Geek Charming
Author: Robin Palmer
Release Date: February 5th

Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.'s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new "it" bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan's bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan's so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life-and her social status- comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan-with Josh's help-pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

This seems like it's going to be a fluffy book, but maybe I'll get a little perspective out of it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a post where I tell you the books that I received this week either by buying them from the bookstore, going to the library or from my mailbox.

I only got one book this week in the mail.

Shelter Me by Alex McAulay

I'm really excited to read Shelter Me! It's on the top of my TBR pile! I'll start it right after I'm done with The Tommyknockers.....I'm getting there..slowly..

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Will I Ever Finish!?

As you can see I've been working on reading The Tommyknockers for a while now. That is why no new reviews are up. This book is taking over my life! IT IS SOOOO LONG! And the writing is super small...I know, no excuses. I should be reading more, watching T.V. less. But before you call me a lazy reader, have any of you guys tried to tackle a Stephen King novel? Cause I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.

Oh haven't you noticed my new blog design? Thank you so much Siren Design Studio for creating my current blog header! Isn't it cute? And another big thanks to Sane Headers for creating my last couple of awesome headers!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Look Inside


"A Look Inside" Is where I'll have a featured author, and i'll choose a book that they wrote. I always come out after finishing a book with a favorite character, so i'll also have a featured character, and one of my favorite quotes from them.

Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Book: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Character: Norah
Quote: "Holy shit squared! I think I just had my first orgasm"

This book was so unbelievably funny and cute! There were soos many great quotes it was hard to choose just one. I have a review HERE

If you have a favorite YA author, book, or quote e-mail it to me and i'll post it!