Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall to a random page.
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* Share the title of the book that you’re getting your teaser from… That way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
* Please avoid spoilers!

From page 88 of Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

She didn’t get to hear what else he had to say, because at that moment two figures moving low ran at Tommy. One swung a baseball bat and hit Tommy in the chest, knocking him off his feet and onto a rotting log. His helmet bounced twice and landed near Phoebe, who shrieked as a third figure came from behind her and leveled a bat at her throat.

So far, I absolutely love this book. Normally it’s a little hard to tell until you really get into a book but I knew at the very beginning that this would be one of those books you just can’t put down. I should have a review up within a day or two so be on the lookout.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fairest Of Them All by Jan Blazanin


Book: Fairest Of Them All
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:
If life were a fairy tale, Oribella Bettencourt would have a “happily ever after” kind of future ahead of her. A Hollywood producer has come to Des Moines in search of a perfectly modern Princess Rapunzel, and Ori — a model, dancer, and star of the beauty pageant circuit — lands the part. And why shouldn’t she? With her hardworking, self-sacrificing mother guiding her career, Ori is stunning, dedicated, poised…and then there’s her hair. Breathtakingly lustrous blond hair that sets her apart from all the other girls at school. So what if she doesn’t have any friends her age, or anyone to talk to other than her mother? She’s on the verge of having everything she’s ever dreamed of.

But in this fairy tale, the beautiful princess wakes up to her worst nightmare — when almost overnight, Ori begins to lose her hair….

Overall:

Oribella Bettencourt is going to be famous. She just knows that her modeling and dancing careers are going to land her the role in an upcoming movie and her acting career will just take off after that.

All her life she has prepared for this. Her mom has spent so much time and money on all her pageants and recitals. Now it’s finally Oribella’s turn to pay her back for all her support.

But what happens when Oribella starts to lose her hair? There is no need for bald actresses or models. And how is she supposed to hide it until it starts to grow back?

When Oribella finally confesses to her mom that her hair is falling out, everything seems like it will just get better from there. That is, until the doctor tells them that Ori has Alopecia Areata, a condition that will cause her hair to stop growing and continue to fall out.

When Ori finally realizes that there is nothing she can do she decides to change her attitude. She begins to make friends and focus on her schoolwork. But no matter what she does her mom won’t even speak to her.

Will Ori find a way to reconnect with her mom? Will she finally find a place she belongs with a new group of friends?

Fairest Of Them All was a great story about finding yourself and what really matters in life. I admit that I really didn’t like Oribella’s character at the beginning of the book and almost gave up. DO NOT GIVE UP. It does get better. I was so glad that I decided to stick it out because it had a great ending.

This book will be released on April 21 or you can pre-order it here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

In My Mailbox 7

In my mailbox was started by The Story Siren and is a list of what you received in books over the past week either through the mail, library, or a bookstore.

The received:

Summary from Amazon:
Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town and high school. She seeks solace in drawing beautiful maps, envisioning herself in exotic locales. When Cora begins to fall for Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died, she uncovers her brother’s secret artistic life and realizes she had more in common with him than she ever imagined. With stunning lyricism, Sandell weaves a tale of one girl’s journey through the redemptive powers of art, friendship, and love.

They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things-I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.

— From A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD.

I actually received two copies of this so be on the lookout for a contest!

Summary from Amazon:
Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

This book looks amazing and I cannot wait to read it!

Summary from Amazon:
James Hoff likes to rant against America’s consumerist culture. He also likes to rant against his ex-girlfriend, Sadie, who he feels isn’t doing enough to change the world. But just like he can’t avoid buying things, he also can’t avoid Sadie for long. This is a fantastic, funny, sexy, cool masterpiece from one of the best YA writers at work today, an anti-consumerist love story that’s all about idealism, in both James’s relationship with the world and his relationships with the people around him.

I had never heard of this book before I got it but it looks like it might be cute.

Summary from Goodreads:
All her world’s a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Until now.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Sadly the ARC doesn’t have the pretty cover but it still sounds like it is going to be a great debut novel!

Summary from Goodreads:
Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear – part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo’s differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer…to join “the real world.”

There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it’s a picture he finds in a file – a picture of a girl with half a face – that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

Once again I hadn’t heard of this book before I got it but I read an excerpt and it sounds really interesting. I like reading books with some different subject matter.

Summary from Goodreads:
Emily is ready for a change. She’s been in the same town with the same friends for a long time…and none of them really understand her art. But when she goes to Philadelphia for a summer art institute, she suddenly finds like-minded people. One in particular, Fiona, intrigues and challenges her. But there are some things Emily is going to have to find out for herself — like what the balance is between life and art, and which is more important when push comes to shove.

This is actually a signed ARC and I was amazed when I got it. I had no clue it was even coming.

Summary from Amazon:
Twisted Sisters’s Aspen Brooks can’t catch a break—even during spring break…

Aspen Brooks trades in sand between her toes for shopping on The Strip when she agrees to go to Las Vegas for spring break with her boyfriend, Rand, her bff, Angel, and Angel’s bf, Lucas. Their hotel is hosting the Miss Teen Queen Pageant and surgically enhanced beauty contestants are everywhere. But when Miss Illinois goes AWOL, it’s up to Aspen to represent her home state and find out what’s really going on. Even if it means putting down the suntan lotion and ignoring Angel’s meltdown over breaking up with Lucas…

I haven’t actually read the first two in the series so I am gonna have to read those before I read this one but they all sound really good.

Summary from Amazon:
Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he’s supposed to possess amazing talent — and she’s supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Sounds like a very interesting story. I love any books about magic so hopefully this one won’t disappoint me.

Summary from L. Diane Wolfe’s website:
No awards for second best…

A student at Georgia Tech, Sarah Martin is bold, intelligent, and appears destined for a career in biochemistry. But her poor self-image has been masked by behavior unbecoming to a young lady brought up in an affluent Southern family. Estranged from her father, envious of her best friend’s perfect life, Sarah feels inadequate and unable to measure up to expectations.

When a friendship suddenly turns romantic, Sarah questions herself even more. A future NFL receiver, Matt’s joyful spirit and social status appear beyond her reach. Yet beneath his eager smile and playboy antics lies a young man hiding in shadows and desperate to trust again.

Faced with challenges, they must help each other come to terms with past disappointments before insecurities and doubt threaten to sabotage their future.

I think I am really going to like this one. I just love inspirational romance type stories.

Contest Books:
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
Shadow Web by N.M. Browne
The Other Wind by Ursula LeGuin

So, there are the books I got this week. What do you think I should read first?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Contest Roundup!!! (2)

Okay so over the past week I have seen tons more contests and I thought that I should share them with others. So here is my second list and I think I will probably continue to do this randomly when I see a lot of new contests!

Sarah’s Random Musings is giving away a signed copy of Mackenzie, Lost and Found. Contest ends April 4.

AyeCaptain Reviews is giving away Bonechiller by Graham Mcnamee and Ice by Edward Myers to one winner. Contest ends April 13.

GreenBeanTeenQueen is having a blogiversary contest. There will be three winners. Contest ends April 1.

The Not So Closet Geeks is giving away Kiss Me, Kill Me and Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson. Contest ends March 19.

Booluver Carol is having a contest celebrating her trip to Florida. There will be three winners who get to choose from a list of books. Contest ends April 1.

Bookin’ With Bingo is giving away copies of all the Maximum Ride books to one grand prize winner and three first prize winners will win the fifth book Max. Contest ends March 20.

So, there are the new contests that I have seen recently and most of the contests in my other post are still open for entries.

Also, I am planning on holding my first contest soon so keep checking back!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman


Book: Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Rating: 5 Stars
Summary:

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

Overall:

Savannah and Jackson’s story is a new type of love story. Unlike most stories about long distance relationships, this one inspires hope.

As soon as I started reading this book, I fell in love with Savannah’s character. She embodies the typical teenage girl, full of insecurities and hopes. Unlike most girls, though, Savannah has severe asthma.

Savannah was content to be by herself for the summer: working, reading romance novels, and watching out for her little brother. Then she met Jackson Channing.

Jackson isn’t like the other guys around town. He’s 18-years-old and staying with his cousins, the Channings. His father died recently and his mom didn’t want him around because he reminded her too much of his father. Jackson didn’t mind, though, because it gave him time to work on his paintings, his hidden secret. Jackson couldn’t be more perfect: respectful, kind, and caring.

When Savannah collapses after an asthma attack, Jackson stays by her side the whole time she is in the hospital. And when her mom gives them a manifesto of rules they must follow, he doesn’t even blink. He seems like the perfect boyfriend, and he is. That is, until he is called away to help out with his family back home. She knows that if he goes back he is going to be trapped in a life that he doesn’t want, with a job all day and no more free time for his paintings. But it’s not only that that has Savannah worried. Ever since Jackson arrived her breathing seems to be doing better. What happens if he leaves and she can’t breathe without him?

Will Jackson and Savannah’s relationship be able to survive the long distance? Will Savannah help Jackson realize that he should go after his dream, no matter what it takes? Will Savannah finally learn to breathe on her own?

Breathing is the perfect debut novel by Cheryl Renee Herbsman. Not only is it told in witty Southern dialect but it is full of lovable characters that embody the traits of the South.

Breathing will be available on April 16 or you can pre-order it here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday: Twenty Boy Summer

Waiting on Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Summary from Amazon:

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

I have seen this book on tons of different blogs and I can’t wait to read it. I have heard nothing but good things about it and I can’t wait for it to be released on June 1. I guess that means I will have another great book to read this summer. :]

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yikes!

So I thought that maybe I would try to make my blog a little more unique and pretty and I don’t think I will ever try that again. I just wanted a simple 3 column blog layout but when I created it some of my widgets got deleted and it looked completely wrong. I had to go back and find all the stuff that I had changed and change it back and it was a nightmare. I finally got my blog relatively back to normal and I don’t think I will try to change it again anytime soon. I really would like a 3 column blog, though, so if anyone knows an easy way to get one please let me know. :]

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall to a random page.
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* Share the title of the book that you’re getting your teaser from… That way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
* Please avoid spoilers!

From page 22 of Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

But then all the sudden I get a feeling that something just ain’t right. I haven’t a clue what it’s about. I just feel edgy is all. I’m thinking real hard on what it might could mean, when, holy swear word, there is an honest-to-God train coming up behind him. I swear there ain’t been a train on these tracks my entire life, and there is one racing up behind him faster than hell on wheels.

I only started this book today but so far it looks like it is going to be a really cute romance. I should have a review posted within a day or two so keep checking back.