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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott


Book: Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Rating: 5 Stars
Summary:

You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything.

Overall:

Amy is full of guilt. She can barely look at herself after what she did. It has been 75 days since she walked away from the car accident that took the life of her best friend, Julia. She never should have gone to that party, never should have said what she said, never should have drank what she drank.

After grueling weeks of therapy at Pinewood, a rehabilitation center, Amy is starting school again with a whole new look. She is now the outsider, the girl with no friends because she killed her only one. The only way Amy knows to vent is through drinking and ever since the night of the accident she can’t even look at a bottle without getting sick.

The new Amy, the one that doesn’t drink or drive or party, finds that the only way she can get her feelings out are through writing in a journal to Julia, a journal filled with things that she could never get the nerve to actually tell Julia when she was still alive.

Elizabeth Scott takes you into the mind of a teenager who can barely live with herself after what she did but who finally manages to face reality and realize that the only way to move on is by letting go of the past. Love You Hate You Miss You is a story of healing and of learning to cope with the things you can’t change. Through journal entries, Amy’s memories of past times, and weekly therapy sessions, the reader can really see what Amy is going through.

Having read more than one Elizabeth Scott novel in the past, I had high expectations for this book and once again, Elizabeth Scott did not disappoint. The concepts of guilt, friendship, and love are beautifully put together in this story about the importance of friendship and family.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

22 Days to Something, Maybe!!!


So, seeing as Something, Maybe comes out in 22 days Elizabeth Scott is holding a 22-Countdown Celebration on her blog which means there may be a chance for prizes. If you would like to learn more about the celebration you can go to her blog and read more about it and the book that it is celebrating.

Also, I just finished reading Elizabeth Scott’s book Love You Hate You Miss You and will have a review posted tomorrow.

Here is the link to the actual post:
http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2009/03/something-maybe-mini-tourand-more.php

Here is the link to Elizabeth’s blog:
http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Armstrong | Review

The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Armstrong | ReviewThe Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Published by Harper Teen on April 28, 2009
Pages: 360
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
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5 Stars

Chloe Saunders is on the run
and raising hell. Literally.
 


Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the team that created her has decided it's time to end the experiment. Permanently.

Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends?

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Chloe Saunders is back in the second book of the Darkest Powers series. If you haven’t read The Summoning yet read it before reading this review. SPOILERS.

At the end of the first book Chloe and Rae go to Chloe’s Aunt Lauren for help, not knowing that she is working for the very group that they are trying to escape from. As a result, Chloe and Rae end up locked in a high security warehouse that houses the Edison Groups many experiments. Luckily, Derek and Simon are still on the run and on the lookout for Chloe and Rae.

After encountering ghosts of some of the former Lyle House occupants Chloe decides to take matters into her own hands and figure out a way to escape, this time for good. With the help of Liz’s ghost and a trapped demi-demon Chloe manages to find more information about the Edison group and how she can possibly escape from them.

Once away from the Edison group Chloe is forced to face the reality of living on the run with nowhere and nobody to turn to other than Tori, Derek, and Simon. Her father has posted a $500,000 reward for her safe return and the Edison group is no longer worried about keeping any of them alive.

Will Chloe and the others be able to outrun the Edison group or will their luck finally run out? Will Chloe ever figure out what her true feelings are for Derek and Simon?

The Darkest Powers series is full of paranormal happenings, betrayal, and budding romance. I highly recommend this series for any fans of the Twilight series. Definitely not the same story line but just as good.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

In My Mailbox 5

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.


Summary from Amazon:
Book II in the Darkest Powers trilogy takes us deeper into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the everyday with riveting effect.

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl – someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment – not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a group of people who call themselves The Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I’m a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control: I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends – a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch – and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before The Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.


Summary from Amazon:
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.


Summary from Amazon:
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-sacrifi cing 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….

I can’t find a summary of this but the back says that it is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.


Summary from Amazon:
The phenomenon that’s been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they’re calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.

Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie — her Homecoming date Tommy Williams — her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can’t seem to live without.

I can’t find a summary for this one either and what it says on the back is too much for me to type but it looks good.

Summary from MTV Books blog:
High school senior, Tere Adams, has one dream—to be a dj. By day she is paralyzed when she has to talk to people, but at night, she rocks, doing mock broadcasts in her bedroom. Her confidence is further eroded by her mom, who still sees Tere as the chubby, pale kid, the other children called Snowball. Mom thinks that Tere’s dreams are just silly fantasies, but her new husband, Rob, offers Tere an internship as his top-forty radio station. Her best friend, Audrey, the only person truly aware of Tere’s vast music knowledge, encourages her to take the job. From there Tere must learn to come out from behind her mask. In doing so she confronts the bullies in her life, stands up for herself and falls in love.


Summary from Amazon:
Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new “it” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status— comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh’s help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

I’m not going to post the summary for this because I already reviewed it and if you want to know what it is about you can read that.


Summary from Amazon:
The circle’s power has lured her home

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that’s controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she’s drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that’s both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.


Summary from Amazon:
Caught in the struggle between good and evil . . .

Cassie has joined the most alluring—and deadly—in-crowd imaginable. But power comes with a price, and it’s more dangerous than she knows. Torn between the dueling desires of the two leaders of the Secret Grcle, she must ultimately choose between saving all of New Salem, and her own dangerous love for the bewitching Adam, which threatens to tear the circle apart. In the ultimate battle between good and evil, will Cassie’s supernatural powers be strong enough to lead the coven out of danger? Or will she foil prey to the dark forces within?

. . . will she sacrifice her love for the circle to survive?


Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Sixteen-year-old Katniss is smart, athletic, and fast. She can take down a rabbit with a bow and arrow, hitting it straight through the eye. Will these skills be enough to survive the Hunger Games?

Suzanne Collins, the author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Underland Chronicles begins anew, exploring a future landscape that will be familiar to devotees of science fiction’s dystopic strain. In a nation called Panem, which occupies the landmass that is the present United States, a parasitical fascist Capitol dominates 12 conquered districts. There was a thirteenth district but it was obliterated during a rebellion. The totalitarian government keeps the subjected populations in line by threatened devastation, starvation, and brutality.


A love beyond life…a danger beyond doubt.

When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she’d lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she’s discovered that he’s her guardian angel — his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she’s in terrible danger. Only Ivy’s guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.

But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he’s finally reached her again?

So all the ARC’s I got from either Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, and Disney Hyperion. The rest I bought from Target or Barnes and Noble. So this week was definitely a very good week and hopefully there will be more weeks like this in the future.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paradise Lost (Private #9) by Kate Brian


Book: Paradise Lost (Private #9) by Kate Brian
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:

Paradise awaits….

Now that Cheyenne’s murderer has been revealed and Reed knows the truth about who’s been stalking her, she’s ready to leave the heartache and turmoil of last semester behind. And what better way to recover than a five-star Caribbean vacation?

Reed is reunited with former Billings Girls Kiran and Taylor, and she and her friends take over the exclusive island. They spend their days tanning on white-sand beaches and their nights partying on sixty-foot yachts.

It’s heaven on earth.

But as they raise their champagne flutes to toast their friendship, Reed worries that it’s all too good to be true. Because even in paradise, the Billings Girls are never far from trouble — and nothing’s more dangerous than the calm before the storm….

Overall:

Reed Brennan is a magnet for trouble. It seems that everywhere she goes murder and mayhem follow. After the revelation at Kiran’s pre-birthday bash, the Billings girls decide that maybe they should leave Easton a little early for their holiday plans.

The Billings girls, along with Gage, Dash, and a few others head to St.Barth’s for Christmas break. Reed is the only newcomer to the islands so the girls decide to introduce her to their favorite pastime,the Upton Game. Upton Giles is labeled the hottest man on the islands and the object of the game is to be the first girl to hook up with him. Reed decides that she is going to change her ways and forget about her past. She vows that she will stay out of the Upton Game and make her own fun, at least until she actually meets Upton.

Little does she know, Upton is somebody else’s boyfriend or at least she thinks he is. Poppy Simon is not happy about Reed interfering with her plans and she makes it known. Loyalties are tested and friendships are broken all over one guy.

Also, Reed starts feeling a little paranoid. Everywhere she goes she seems to have some near death experience. And she doesn’t think they are accidents. Reed can’t help but feel like someone is following her and that whoever it is plans on taking Reed out of the Upton Game…for good.

I was actually a little bit disappointed at the end of this book. I love all the Privates books but it seems like Kate Brian is running out of ideas. The ending is definitely another cliff-hanger, though. I may have been disappointed but I still can’t wait for September 8 to see what happens in the next book.