Saturday, March 31, 2012

Contest Saturday

Here are some contests that are currently going on right now in the blogosphere that are book related. Click the links to enter them. I will try to hold my own contest each month.

 Win a copy of Slide HERE. Ends Today

Win a box of ARCs HERE. Ends Today

Win a copy of A Touch Mortal HERE. Ends Today

Win a copy of A Temptation of Angels HERE. Ends 4/6

Win a copy of Slide HERE. Ends 4/6

Win a copy of The Savage Grace HERE. Ends 4/13

Win a copy of Forgiven HERE. Ends 4/16

Win a copy of The Immortal Rules HERE. Ends 4/24

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's top ten is...

Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With

1.This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
2. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
3. Undone by Brooke Taylor
4. Candor by Pam Bachorz
5. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
7. Tithe by Holly Black
8. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
9. Under the Dome by Stephen King
10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

Title: The Rivals (The Mockingbirds #2)
Author: Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 92% or A-
Buy It: Amazon
When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.
My Thoughts::
After reading The Mockingbirds, I really really wanted to read the sequel, but I didn't quite see the need for one.  I felt like nothing more could be said Alex, the school's way of NOT disciplining students, or the Mockingbirds. But I was really really wrong.

I loved and hated Alex in this book. I loved her because she was getting her confidence back and moving passed her date rape. She was getting stronger and I loved her for it so much! She was also very smart, she saw a lot of things about the case that I didn't even begin to think about. But other times she took things too far and made the worst possible decisions imaginable. She also kept repeating the mistake of not telling people what she should tell them. She just kept digging herself into a bigger hole, which was hard to read at times.

This book did a great job of creating a mystery. But not just some creepy mystery, more like an old detective type novel. This made the book very exciting and kept my mind working. Even when there wasn't much going on, I was still thinking about the clues and evidence that we had and contemplating who the culprit could be behind the drug ring. There were several twists and surprises along the way that kept making me change my mind about things.

Overall I think that this novel was a great continuation that shows even more faults in their school system, while also giving hope that they will be solved. There were many elements to this book that makes sure that you won't become bored. Afterward you'll be left with plenty to think about.

Winner: Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

And the winner of The Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop (a cute bookmark from Liz's Etsy Shop "Bookmarksnrings" HERE) is......


Congrats Bekka!  I have already e-mailed you. If you don't reply within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks to everyone who entered! I'll be trying to hold more giveaways with etsy shop owners in the future!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

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. In My Mailbox was inspired by Alea and turned into a meme by Kristi.

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? by The Buried Life, Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn, Jonnie Penn

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? is an illustrated collection of your wildest dreams. Two hundred of the most moving, imaginative, amusing, and thought-provoking things to do before you die are brought to life through handmade art curated by Dave, Duncan, Jonnie and Ben — the founders of The Buried Life.

These four regular guys are on a mission to complete a list of 100 things before they die, and for every item they accomplish, they help a total stranger do something on his or her own to-do list. Peppered throughout the book are lessons, secrets, and stories that come from five years of asking millions worldwide: What do you want to do before you die?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

See the rest of the Giveaways HERE.
I signed up on I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

My Giveaway: This is pretty exciting. I teamed up with Liz Brown who has an etsy shop with some really cute stuff! She's offering up a totally delicious looking Mad Hatter's Tea Party inspired Book Mark! It is shown below...You also get to choose what cake is on the little plate!