Arkansas

August 28, 2009

Hey, guys. I just wanted to let you know that today after school I am going to Arkansas. I will be back Sunday night. I was planning on having some scheduled posts, but alas I am a procrastinator. Anyway, have fun without me. 😛


Youtube Connection 13

August 27, 2009

Every Thursday, I will post a video (or more) that is somehow connected to a book I’ve read. I’ve also included a Mr. Linky widget at the bottom for anyone that’s interested in posting videos of their own.

This week’s book is Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. The novel is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This week, I have one of my favorite scenes from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy!


Breathless – Jessica Warman

August 25, 2009

When Katie Kitrell’s older brother is sent back to the mental institution, their parents believe the best thing for Katie is to go to boarding school. Katie, who has always been a loner, soon becomes friends with her class’s most popular girl. In her free time, Kate swims. At the pool, Katie meets Drew, and they soon become more than friends. The students are more than curious about Katie. Few students enroll in their sophomore year like Katie. Instead of telling the truth, however, Katie tells everyone that her brother died. Then, Katie’s roommate, Mazzie, answers a phone call from Katie’s dead brother…

Breathless by Jessica Warman is a novel that started off strong. I was intrigued by Katie’s way of life. From the beginning, Katie’s potential at swimming is clear. She’s not just good at it; she’s great. Katie could easily get a swimming scholarship at a wonderful university. Instead of living up to her potential, Katie is seen smoking cigarettes with her schizophrenic brother, while they both express their dislike for their father. Katie and Will’s father drowns himself in his work instead of spending time with his family. His children nickname him, “The Ghost.” Their mother spends her time drinking alcohol. With such a well-developed (and dysfunctional) family, I thought this would be a novel that focused on family, and how this affects Katie’s growth as a character. Unfortunately, Breathless was a different type of novel.

Once Katie starts boarding school, the novel briefly touches on the lie Katie tells about Will. However, this lie quickly takes the back seat for a different plot line. Instead of focusing on Katie’s lie, Warman chooses to focuses on Katie’s new life including her friends and boyfriend. In the end, this made a novel that could have been slightly different from regular YA novels into a typical YA novel. Also, I did not like that Warman touched on religion. Drew, Katie’s boyfriend, is a devout Christian. Katie is not religious at all, so Drew tries hard to convert her. This part of the plot just seemed so out of place.

Breathless is a novel that started out strong, but ultimately failed to live up to what it could have.


Huge Maximum Ride Promotion

August 24, 2009

ENTER TO WIN A SET OF JAMES PATTERSON PAGETURNERS!

MAXIMUM RIDE – IF SHE LIVES, THE WORLD LIVES, IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

Read “MAX” – the newest book in the bestselling Maximum Ride series. On sale in paperback 09/01/09!

Still reeling from their most recent adventure, Maximum Ride and the rest of the flock must head out to sea to uncover the secret behind a brand new series of disasters—fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii, hundreds of ships are being destroyed. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also being tracked by a criminal mastermind with, oh yeah, an army of mercenaries. Can the flock save themselves and the ocean, and the world, from utter destruction?

There will be 2 winners, and each one will win a prize pack that consists of
* Maximum Ride: Max (paperback)
* Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback)
* Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback)
* Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (paperback)
* Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback)
* Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback)
* The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback)
* Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover)

To enter, just comment on this post! +1 each time you link this post. It will end on September 7th! This is US only. 🙂

The Maximum Ride: Max Promotion is open to legal US residents who are at least 13 years of age as of August 24, 2009. There will be two prizes for each Promotion. Each prize consists of the following eight (8) books: Maximum Ride: Max (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback); Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback); Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback); Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback); The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback); and Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover). The approximate retail value of each prize is $72.00. Winners will be confirmed on or about September 28, 2009 by email. Prizes will only be shipped to confirmed winners with addresses in the US. Prizes will be shipped within 30 days after a selected entrant is confirmed as a winner.

In My Mailbox Aug. 17-22

August 23, 2009

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren. 🙂

Secret Society – Tom Dolby (ARC)
Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn’t ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they’re forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they’re part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It’s all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

Tom Dolby makes his teen fiction debut with this riveting novel about a dangerous society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.

The Promised World – Lisa Tucker
On a March afternoon, while Lila Cole is working in her quiet office, her twin brother Billy points an unloaded rifle out of a hotel window, closing down a city block. “Suicide by police” was obviously Billy’s intended result, but the aftermath of his death brings shock after shock for Lila when she discovers that her brilliant but troubled twin — the person she revered and was closer to than anyone in the world — was not only estranged from his wife, but also charged with endangering the life of his middle child and namesake, eight-year-old William.

As Lila struggles to figure out what was truth and what was fiction in her brother’s complicated past, her job, her marriage, and even her sanity will be put at risk. And when the hidden meaning behind Billy’s stories comes to light, she will have to act before Billy’s children are destroyed by the same heartbreaking reality that shattered her protector and twin more than twenty years ago.

A love song to the redemptive power of books and stories, The Promised World is a mesmerizing tale of intimacy, betrayal, and lost innocence that will haunt readers long after they haveturned the final page.

Sweet Mary – Liz Balmaseda
Dulce Maria “Mary” Guevara is a woman with nothing left to lose. Wrongly accused of being a cocaine queen, she has lost her job, her reputation, and — worst of all — custody of her son. Even after the charges are dropped, suspicion lingers. Desperate to get it all back, she takes what she considers the only path open to her: She goes on a hunt for the real drug queen. Unfortunately, the one person she believes can help her is the last person she wants to see again: Joe Pratts, her ex-fiancé, a man whose connections to the drug world once ended their relationship.

Trying not to fall for Joe again is just the beginning of Mary’s challenges, however. Her search leads her through the most deceiving of jungles: suburbia. There, she comes face-to-face with disturbing realities that challenge everything she thinks she knows about her formerly tranquil life. Mary’s final dilemma hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

Sweet Mary is a gripping, heartrending story with a noir soul and plenty of surprising twists — an assured debut from a writer with tremendous experience and talent.

The 13th Hour: A Thriller – Richard Deotsch (ARC-no picture available)
A man is given the chance to go back in time in one hour increments to prevent the murder of his wife, a crime that the police think he committed.

My Thoughts
Other than Secret Society, I got adult titles. I’m looking forward to reading them because they are different from what I normally read. I’m excited for Secret Society too. I won it by being one of the first 25 people to e-mail harperteen. I actually thought I would not be, so it was a pleasant surprise especially since I got another Tom Dolby book last week.


Blog Rave Award 1

August 22, 2009

For more information of the Blog Rave Award, go here. The first recipient of the Blog Rave Award is…Tirzah of The Compulsive Reader! There are so many reasons that I love her blog. Her reviews are informative and to the point, and her vlogs are great. Tirzah also chose to do an interview, so here it is. 🙂

1. How long have you been blogging?

Since around 2006, but I didn’t really blog regularly until 2007. So about two years now.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Hm, well, the people are really great, but my favorite thing would probably have to be when I find a book that’s not to popular and I’m able to tell people about and they’ll read it. That ROCKS!

3. What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

Gah…I don’t like to get caught up in the drama. But other than that, I don’t like that it’s so time consuming, especially during the school year. But it’s so worth it!

4. Does maintaining your blog take a lot of time?

Ha, yes! If you let me, I will happily devote 3-6 hours a day to it! No joke! And that doesn’t even include the actual reading of the books. I am forever tweaking things, writing, planning, corresponding…it’s never ending! It gets a bit tough when I’m trying to be a full time student as well, but I’ve just learned to be really flexible and not waste a spare 5-10 minutes.

5. Have you read any good books lately?

Yes! I read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which is delightful. I finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater about a week and a half ago, and I could not get over how much I loved it! It was simply wonderful! And then the last book I read was Sara Zarr’s Once Was Lost, which I really connected to. And…I could go on and on and on, but I recommend you just follow my blog instead!

Thanks for participating in the interview, Tirzah! Now for her award…

I hope you enjoy your award, and congratulations once again. 🙂


Youtube Connection 12

August 20, 2009

Every Thursday, I will post a video (or more) that is somehow connected to a book I’ve read. I’ve also included a Mr. Linky widget at the bottom for anyone that’s interested in posting videos of their own.

This week’s book is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Today I have a funny and popular spoof of Twilight. Enjoy!