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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Contest Roundup!!!

So, seeing as I don’t have anything new to post right now I thought I would post a few different sites that I have found contests on recently.

Sarah-Land Every month one member is randomly selected to win a copy of Sarah Dessen’s new book Along For The Ride.

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf Win a signed copy of The September Sisters at Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf. Contest ends March 13.

Addicted To Books Win 5 Young Adult books from Addicted to Books. Contest ends March 30.

Steph Su Reads Steph Su Reads is giving away 8 copies of How To Ditch Your Fairy. Contest ends March 15.

Keri Mikulski Win a prize pack of 4 books from Keri Mikulski. Contest ends April 30.

Starry Night Win a copy of The Season from Starry Night. Contest ends March 15.

The Book Muncher Win a copy of the first Circle of Friends book at The Book Muncher. Contest ends March 18.

Brooke Reviews Win 1 of 3 paranormal fiction books at Brooke Reviews. Contest ends on March 20 and don’t forget to mention who sent you. ;]

Sharon Loves Books And Cats Win a copy of Peace, Love, And Baby Ducks from Sharon Loves Books And Cats. Contest ends March 22.

The Story Siren Win a ten pack of ARC’s from the Story Siren who is celebrating her 100,000 visitor. Contest ends April 7.

WORD for Teens Win 4 books from WORD for Teens. The post doesn’t say when the contest ends but I assume it will be in about a month seeing as this is March’s contest.

For The Love Of Books Win a March release from For The Love Of Books. Contest ends March 21. Once again don’t forget to mention who sent you. ;]

Harmony Book Reviews Win Wish You Were Here by Catherine Clark at Harmony Book Reviews. The post doesn’t say when the contest ends but I will try to come back and post that later.

The Not So Closet Geeks Win a copy of Love Is Hell or 666 from The Not So Closet Geeks. Contest ends March 15.

The Not So Closet Geeks Win a copy of Eyes Like Stars from The Not So Closet Geeks. Contest ends March 15.

So that’s all I could find for today and hopefully this can become something I do a little more regularly to update everybody about all the amazing contests throughout the blogosphere.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Waiting For You by Susan Colasanti


Book: Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?

In this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.

Overall:

Marisa’s story is a classic dilemma. Nerdy boy likes girl, girl likes popular boy, will things ever work out for the two?

Marisa and Nash have always been neighbors but have grown apart over the years. Nash is the nerdy boy who is obsessed with robots and science and Marisa is the girl who would love to be popular but can never quite fit in. Marisa’s problem is that she has an anxiety disorder that made most people think that she was crazy.

This year, though, Marisa and her best friend Sterling make a pact that Sophomore year will be the best yet. They both plan to reinvent themselves over the summer and start fresh. Things seem to be going great for both of them, especially when Derek, the boy of her dreams, seems to take an interest in Marisa.

While things get better and better for Marisa, her friendship with Sterling seems to be deteriorating. Marisa won’t spend time with Sterling because she is too busy with Derek but Marisa won’t let Sterling find her own boyfriend. Sterling has a tendency to go for the older guys that she meets on the internet and Marisa is worried that something might happen. All Sterling wants is someone like Derek is to Marisa and she can’t seem to find it anywhere but the internet. More and more Marisa blows off Sterling to hang out with Derek and Sterling finally cracks. She can’t stand being put second in Marisa’s life and she won’t put up with it anymore.

Things couldn’t be better for Marisa but she can’t seem to stop thinking about Nash. Nash also entered into a new relationship and instead of being happy, Marisa seems to be a tad bit jealous. When Derek starts hanging out with his ex-girlfriend, Sierra, things get even worse.

Not only is Marisa having trouble with friendships and relationships, her family life seems to be getting worse. Her parents, who have always been the type to show their affection, don’t seem to even notice each other anymore. What could possibly be going on with them?

Will Marisa finally choose the right guy for her? Will Sterling ever get over finding older guys on the internet? Will Marisa’s parents make-up of break-up?

Waiting For You is a classic coming-of-age story about friendship and first love. Not only does Susane Colasanti manage to create a great love story, she manages to incorporate that maybe the guy of your dreams is right in front of you and you are just too afraid to look. Susane Colasanti was able to show in this story that love isn’t necessarily about looks and what other people think but about how you feel. Waiting For You is one of those books that makes you want to keep reading and find out if everything works out in the end. It will inspire you to live your life in the Now and let the future come at you as it may.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Top Teen Books List

Okay so I keep seeing this on other people’s blogs so I thought I would give it a try.

The following list of books teens love, books teens should read, and books adults who serve teens should know about was compiled IN ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC MANNER and should be taken with a very large grain of salt.
Instructions:
Put an “X” next to the books you’ve read
Put a “+” next to the books you LOVE
Put a “#” next to the books you plan on reading
Tally your “X”s at the bottom
Share with your friends!

1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams X
2. Kit’s Wilderness / David Almond
3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie #
4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson X
5. Feed / M.T. Anderson
6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews
7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher X
8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer (editor)
9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway #
10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block X
11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor
12. Forever / Judy Blume #
13. What I Saw and How I Lied / Judy Blundell #
14. Tyrell / Coe Booth
15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares X+
16. A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray X+

17. The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot X
18. The Stranger / Albert Camus
19. Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card
20. Postcards from No Man’s Land / Aidan Chambers
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
22. And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie X
23. Gingerbread / Rachel Cohn #
24. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist / Rachel Cohn and David Levithan X
25. Artemis Fowl (series) / Eoin Colfer
26. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins #
27. The Midwife’s Apprentice / Karen Cushman
28. The Truth About Forever / Sarah Dessen X+
29. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow
30. A Northern Light / Jennifer Donnelly #
31. Tears of a Tiger / Sharon Draper
32. The House of the Scorpion / Nancy Farmer X
33. Breathing Underwater / Alex Flinn
34. Stardust / Neil Gaiman X
35. Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden
36. What Happened to Cass McBride / Gail Giles X+
37. Fat Kid Rules the World / K.L. Going
38. Lord of the Flies / William Golding #
39. Looking for Alaska / John Green X+
40. Bronx Masquerade / Nikki Grimes
41. Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse
42. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen X
43. The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton X+

44. Crank / Ellen Hopkins
45 The First Part Last / Angela Johnson
46. Blood and Chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause X+
47. Arrow’s Flight / Mercedes Lackey
48. Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson
49. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee X+
50. Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan
51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / E. Lockhart #
52. The Giver / Lois Lowry
53. Number the Stars / Lois Lowry
54. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie / David Lubar #
55. Inexcusable / Chris Lynch #
56. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things / Carolyn Mackler X
57. Dragonsong / Anne McCaffrey
58. White Darkness / Geraldine McCaughrean
59. Sold / Patricia McCormick
60. Jellicoe Road / Melina Marchetta #
61. Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr X+
62. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer X+
63. Dairy Queen / Catherine Murdock X+

64. Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers
65. Monster / Walter Dean Myers
66. Step From Heaven / An Na
67. Mama Day / Gloria Naylor
68. The Keys to the Kingdom (series) / Garth Nix
69. Sabriel / Garth Nix
70. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel
71. Eragon / Christopher Paolini X
72. Hatchet / Gary Paulsen X

73. Life As We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer
74. The Golden Compass / Phillip Pullman
75. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging / Louise Rennison X
76. The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan
77. Always Running: La Vida Loca / Luis Rodriguez
78. how i live now / Meg Rosoff
79. Harry Potter (series) / J.K. Rowling X+
80. Holes / Louis Sachar X+

81. Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger #
82. Push / Sapphire
83. Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi
84. Unwind / Neil Shusterman #
85. Coldest Winter Ever / Sister Souljah
86. Stargirl / Jerry Spinelli X
87. Chanda’s Secrets / Allan Stratton
88. Tale of One Bad Rat / Brian Talbot
89. Rats Saw God / Rob Thomas
90. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien #
91. Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman
92. Gossip Girl / Cecily Von Ziegesar X
93. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld X+

94. Every Time a Rainbow Dies / Rita Williams-Garcia
95. Pedro and Me / Judd Winick
96. Hard Love / Ellen Wittlinger #
97. American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang
98. Elsewhere / Gabrielle Zevin #
99. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak
100. The Book Thief / Markus Zusak #

So, all in all I have read 29 of these books. I do plan on reading a lot more, though. Hopefully soon. That’s kind of depressing that I have only read 29. Hopefully by the end of the year I will be able to say that I read them all. That can be my new goal for the year.

Got any recommendations? Let me know which of these books you think I should read next.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph


Book: Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out — doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T — and to everyone’s shock, she’s a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest — and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize — Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare….

Overall:

Teresa Adams is painfully shy. Her shyness is almost a sickness. Most people assume that there is something wrong with her because she can speak yet she won’t. The only time she can really open up is when she is alone in her bedroom doing fake broadcasts along with the radio.

Tere knows that she is a disappointment to her mom and an embarrassment to be seen in public with. She knows that her mom always wanted a daughter that was pretty and popular and she knows that that will never be her. She and her mom never get along but at least now Tere has her new stepfather, Rob, to help out when things start to get bad.

Rob is the only man that seems to be able to actually hold her mom’s interest and treat Tere as an actual daughter. When one of his DJ’s quits Tere asks if she could possibly fill in for him until the station can find someone new. Rob agrees and Tere starts working in the station as an intern and as Sweet T, her radio name.

At first, she doesn’t think she can do it but as the days progress she really starts to get into the whole job of being a DJ. As long as nobody knows that it is her she is completely comfortable. Everything seems to be going great until the station decides that they should hold a contest with a date with Sweet T as the prize.

Tere knows that there is no way out but will she be able to come out of her shell enough to do this? Or will she back out at the last minute? And who could her mystery date possibly be?

Shrinking Violet is a wonderful debut novel by Danielle Joseph. The author manages to get right into the teenage mind, full of insecurities and doubts. I loved the character of Tere and felt like I could really relate to what she was going through. I would definitely recommend this book for any teenage girl who has ever lost confidence in herself for any reason.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

In My Mailbox 6

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:
Aster Flynn is stuck. She has to spend all of her “free” time with her younger sister, Lily, who, though fifteen, is mentally handicapped. At age seventeen, Aster should be hanging out with friends, dating boys, and working at a fun job. But her dad’s MIA, her mom is always at work, and her older sister Rose is too self-centered to give her any help. It’s not that Aster doesn’t love Lily–it’s just that for once she’d like to be able to be a normal teenager. So when a cute popular guy seems to take an interest in her, Aster hatches a plan. Somehow she has to get her workaholic mom and deadbeat dad to be the parents Lily needs so that Aster can have a life of her own. But can she ever get her parents to start acting like adults? Is this new guy worth the trouble? And, most importantly, will Lily get hurt in the process? With its real-life characters and struggles, Just Another Girl will immediately draw teen girls in. Author Melody Carlson knows how to write to girls just where they are.

Summary from Amazon:
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?

In this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.

Summary from Amazon:
From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .

The Bought:
Half-Price Books:
When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Barnes and Noble:
The Dust Of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

So this week was definitely another good week. I got some great ARC’s and Coffeehouse Angel is even signed. I should have reviews posted soon for Shrinking Violet and Waiting For You.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn


Book: A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn
Rating: 3 Stars
Summary:

Talia fell under a spell . . . . Jack broke the curse.

I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic. . . .

I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.

I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger’s soft kiss.

I couldn’t help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn’t know this would happen.

Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!

Now I’m stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels. . . . The good news: My parents will freak!

Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all—even time?

Overall:

Talia is a 316 year old princess, asleep for 300 of those years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Jack is a 16 year old boy in the 21st century who accidentally stumbles upon the sleeping town of Eurasia and awakens Talia with a kiss.

Nobody in the town knows that they have been asleep for 300 years and they are not happy when they find out. They are even more unhappy when they find out that Jack woke Talia with a kiss. Talia has become an outsider to her family and feels like her father will never forgive her. Jack gets locked in the dungeon for taking advantage of Talia.

Talia decides to take matters into her own hands and help Jack escape from the dungeon, on one condition. He has to take her with him back to America. Jack is completely against it but he knows that there is no other way for him to escape so he agrees.

Once in America, though, nothing goes according to plan. Jack finds himself falling for the snotty princess and she finds herself falling right back. Things could never work between them, though. Jack is a regular teenager, not a prince, and Talia keeps seeing visions of the witch who put the curse on her.

Nobody believes that Talia’s visions might mean that the curse is not broken but Talia knows that something is wrong. Could Jack not really be her one true love? Could the curse be unbreakable?

So, overall I think this book could have been a lot better. The storyline was good but the characters seemed to be a tad underdeveloped. Talia did seem to grow in personality throughout the book but not by much. Jack was a little better but he still didn’t seem to have a very developed personality.

A Kiss In Time is a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in today’s society. It was definitely not exactly what I expected but still a very good story. I would recommend this book for any fans of Beastly or even possibly the Princess Diaries.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday: Killer

The book I currently can’t wait to read is the sixth Pretty Little Liars novel. The series is great. It is full of mystery, romance, betrayal, and some murder.

This book comes out on June 30, 2009 and there are supposedly going to be eight books in the series. There is currently no summary posted but if I can find one I will post it later.

Tuesday, March 3, 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 157 of A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn

I look over at Jack, asleep in the seat. I sigh. He is to be my husband, although he does not realize it. Can I love him? He is selfish and immature, and yet he did take me with him when he could easily have abandoned me. Why did he? For love, or for pity? Can pity be turned into love? I know not.

So far this book is a very interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I am not so sure how much I like it yet but it’s pretty good. I should have a review posted within the next 2 days so keep on the lookout to see what I say once I finally make up my mind.