Revealers – Amanda Marrone

November 30, 2008

I can’t believe Thanksgiving break is already over. I don’t want to go to school tomorrow. heh. Anyway, I received this from PulseIt. It was my first book from the program, and I can’t wait to get more. =)

From back cover:

Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It’s not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they’re doing the world some good.

One by one, Jules’s friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven’s inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared tell her what’s going on, something’s clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she’s got to find out what’s behind the shadows of her coven before it’s too late to save her friends…and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.

Before I begin, I believe the only other books I’ve read about witches, werewolves, or vampires is the Harry Potter series. I mean, I haven’t even read TWILIGHT (Despite what I said on my first post, I do plan on reading it). When I received Revealers in the mail, I was looking forward to reading it. It was something new and different from what I normally read.

I wish I could have enjoyed it more. Revealers had the potential to be an amazing book, but it fell short. Revealers had great characters. I loved Jules and all of the minor characters.There was something intriguing about Connor, and the other witches in the coven were also appealing. The coven was also a great idea.

My dislike about the novel was that it felt rushed. When I read the first few pages, I was completely confused. The reader is immediately introduced to several characters and what the witches do. While the rushed feeling continued, the confusion did not. I was able to figure out what was going through the rest of the novel.

Even though, I did not particularly like Revealers, I’d still like to read other books about Jules and her friends or the coven. It’s a shame Revealers did not go into as much depth as I would have liked. It would have made the novel more entertaining.

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Black Friday Giveaway

November 28, 2008

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Today, I am going to announce my first giveaway. The prize is a $25 gift card from amazon.com. 🙂

The Details:

1. For two entries, comment on this post. Be sure to leave an e-mail address or a website.

2. For extra entries,  comment on any of my book review posts. Each comment will get you one entry.

The deadline to enter is December 12th at 7:00 PM EST.


Things the Grandchildren Should Know – Mark Oliver Everett

November 25, 2008

Things the Grandchildren Should Know is the autobiography of the lead singer of the band Eels. Everett is also known simply as E. He was raised in a dysfunctional environment in Virginia. His father, a quantum mechanic, rarely spoke to him, while his mother suffered from depression. The only bright spots in his life were his older sister Liz and music. Liz also suffered from depression and made many suicide attempts. While his mother and sister were out of town one day, Everett discovers his dead father. He had died of an heart attack at 51. Everett then goes to California to make something out of his music. After many years of hard work, he finally finds success, but his life still had many downturns. One of Liz’s suicide attempts finally succeeded, and she dies. His mother slowly dies of lung cancer a few years later.

I really was not sure what I would think about this book. Before reading the book, I had heard only one or two songs by Eels. While I liked the songs, I never bothered to hear more. I do this with a lot of bands. Luckily, readers will be able to enjoy this book without being a fan of Eels.

Things the Grandchildren Should Know is a wonderful autobiography. Everett’s straightforward writing made the book easy-to-read, while also making him a very likable guy. How could anyone dislike someone so down-to-earth and honest? I also enjoyed Everett’s wit. For example:

The following is a true story. Some names and hair colors have been changed.

While Everett has suffered through losing his entire family, he does not ask for pity, and most importantly, he does not pity himself either. Here’s another quote:

“To me, it wasn’t a record [Electro-Shock Blues] about death. That was missing the point. It was about life. And death was a big part of life that tended to be ignored, or denied. No one wanted to think there would be an end to themselves, but I couldn’t ignore it, and I realized that if you treat it like the everyday fact of life that it is, it becomes less scary. And also, by being more aware of death, you gain a perspective on living and how you’d better make it count, whatever that may mean to you.”

Just for kicks, here is the song for which the book is titled for.


SayNation + Improvements

November 17, 2008

I’m constantly trying to improve my blog, so I would like to here what you dislike and like about my blog and any suggestions. It could be anything…maybe you dislike the layout, think I should have giveaways (I do plan on having some, btw), change the way I review, etc. Feel free to say anything on your mind. I am open to any and all comments, and they will be taken into consideration. Thank you so much!

I also want to share a survey site for everyone 13+ in the U.S.A. It’s called SayNation. It’s really a great website. All you do is take surveys for points, and it’s not ridiculously hard. The points can be redeemed for gift cards, books, games, charities, etc. If you do sign up, please use my referral code: 2972597030. It will earn us both points. 😉


The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

November 15, 2008

I keep a ridiculously long list of books I want to read on amazon.com. I’ve been doing this for over three years. Occasionally, I will remove a book if it no longer interests me. As of today, I have over 500 books on the list. The Lovely Bones was one the first books I put on the list. I added it back on July 8th, 2005. I finally purchased it earlier this month and began reading.

Susie Salmon (“like the fish”) was a fourteen-year-old girl who was brutally raped and murdered in 1973. The killer was her neighbor, the odd Mr. Harvey. Susie watches her loved ones mourn from her view in Heaven, while she tries to find solace herself.

Initially, The Lovely Bones sounds like a grim novel, and for the beginning of novel, it is. This is when the events immediately before and after the murder are described. As the novel progresses, readers learn that The Lovely Bones is not meant to be dark. Instead,  it shows the healing process of death.

Susie has a voice beyond her age. While dead at fourteen, she only grew wiser in Heaven, and I loved this.  However, sometimes, I think Sebold when a little too far. Some sentences were confusing, while others were plain corny. They were unneccessary and cluttered the book. Another thing I disliked was the end. It felt unbelievable and rushed.

While The Lovely Bones has small flaws, I do believe this is a book worth reading. It was powerful and successfully tackled the topic of coping with death. It was a smart choice to choose Susie as the narrator. I loved seeing her come to terms with her death while in Heaven. This is the first book I’ve read that has shown the coping of one’s own death, although I’m sure there are more out there (any recommendations?). Anyway, I definitely recommend you read The Lovely Bones if you have not already.


InterWorld – Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

November 8, 2008

Joey Harker is just an ordinary boy, until one day his social studies teacher, Mr. Dimas, sends his students, in groups of three, to different sections of the city. Together, they need to find their way back to school. Joey soon gets separated from his teammates, and the next thing he knows, he is in another dimension. Joey meets Jay who explains everything to Joey. He has the ability to Walk, meaning he can travel to different worlds. With this ability, Joey joins the InterWorld, an organization whose goal is to stop HEX and Binary from taking of worlds. HEX wants to take over worlds using magic, while Binary chooses science.

I first became interested in reading this novel when I saw a post at Bloggin’ ’bout Books. It wasn’t really the review that made me interested–it was the cover. 😛

InterWorld is just plain fun. I loved all the different worlds. It’s like this: Science Worlds <———> Magic Worlds. A new world is created whenever a major decision is made. It’s a great play on “what-if’s.” There were also some great quotes like:

“Good. For a moment I thought you were going rational on me. Always remember: In an infinity of worlds, anything is not only possible, it’s mandatory.”

While I definitely recommend this book, just be aware that it isn’t anything life-altering.


Upcoming Books – November

November 2, 2008

Here some books that have been/will be released this November that I want to read. I plan on doing this every month.

What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?