Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

asks you to grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two to three “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to 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 154 of After The Moment by Garret Freyman-Weyr

It occurred to him that she brought up her scars whenever she thought they were getting too close. That she used them as a way of keeping him from ever wanting to touch her. Was she afraid of him–of them together–turning into one of those experiences that had been, for her, really bad?

This is a great book so far and I can’t wait to finish it and tell you more about it then.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Stay With Me by Garret Freyman-Weyr

Book: Stay With Me by Garret Freyman-Weyr
Rating: 5 Stars

Sixteen-year-old Leila Abranel was born some twenty years after her sisters. Her elegant sisters from her father’s first marriage have lives full of work, love affairs, and travel. Leila doesn’t know either of them very well, but she loves hearing about them—details of Rebecca’s ruined marriage, Clare’s first job, and the strings of unsuitable boyfriends.

When Rebecca kills herself, Leila wants to know why. She starts by spending time with Clare and finally comes to know her as a person instead of a story. With Clare’s reluctant help, Leila tracks down Rebecca’s favorite places and tries to find her sister’s friends. Along the way, Leila meets Eamon.Eamon is thirty-one and writes for television. He thinks Leila is beautiful and smart, but he does not, he tells her, date teenagers. And yet,
the months go by and Leila turns seventeen and learns that you can love someone you are not dating.

Maybe letting Eamon love her back is a mistake. Maybe she’ll never know why Rebecca did what she did. Maybe, Leila, decides, most people have a hard time figuring out which way is left or knowing when to let go and when to stay.

The book Stay With Me is a wonderful story about love and loss and how one can lead straight to the other. Leila Abranel feels that she has been left behind when her much older sister, Rebecca, decides to take her own life. Rebecca was 20 years older than Leila and they had just truly begun to get to know one another. Leila was beginning to feel like she could talk to Rebecca about things that she couldn’t talk to her parents about and then she overdosed on pills and ended any chance of a relationship Leila thought they might be able to have.
In the midst of the mourning and grief, Leila’s parents decide that it might be best if they went ahead as planned and moved to Poland for a year, only with a slight change. Since Leila is only 16 she was going to be staying with Rebecca while they were gone but now they must ask her other sister, Clare, if she could take care of her while they are gone.
Leila never really felt like she fit in with her other sisters but she felt like she fit more with Rebecca because Clare was more the smart, workaholic type. Leila is dyslexic and so has always had trouble fitting in and feeling like she belongs but once she moves in with Clare, they start to learn new things about the other and form a close, sisterly bond.
Raphael also helps take care of Leila while her parents are in Poland. His mother was married to their uncle before she met his father and so he is their semi-cousin. Raphael and Clare once had a relationship but it didn’t work for reasons that weren’t really mentioned. Shortly after Leila moves in with Clare, Clare breaks up with her boyfriend and then once again starts a relationship with Raphael, forming a type of family for Leila to rely on.
While, Leila has tried to move on from her sister’s death, she still feels like she is missing something and decides that she should try and find the reason Rebecca killed herself. In her quest for answers she gets a job at Cafe Acca, the last place she saw Rebecca. In a way Rebecca led Leila right to Eamon. Eamon is a 31 year old writer for TV shows and he immediately takes an interest in Leila, not knowing that she is only 16. Throughout the book Leila and Eamon go through many different phases and finally settle on dating even if other people think it is wrong of them.
In the end, Leila realizes that maybe Rebecca didn’t really have a reason for killing herself, maybe she just gave up. She knows that what Rebecca did was selfish and inexcusable. Rebecca was only thinking of herself, not the people she would be leaving behind. Leila finally learns that she doesn’t really need to know everything about her sister but that in her own way Rebecca led Leila right to her love, if not her great love then her great love for now.
Stay With Me is a story about coping with the sudden death of someone you love and how maybe you don’t get over that, maybe you just find new ways to shape your life around it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Blogger!

So, over at Laura’s Review Bookshelf, she had a contest to get more followers and now Melange is having a similar contest on her blog. If you go to her blog and decide to follow her blog then you can be entered to win some of her books that she has on paperbackswap.com.

So go ahead and tell Melange that Katie recruited you. Her blog looks really promising and I might just have to do a contest like this soon so that I can get some more followers.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

In My Mailbox 3

So, In My Mailbox was stolen from The Story Siren! This week I only got about 3 books. I didn’t have a chance to go to a bookstore this week otherwise there would be a lot more. I got Stay With Me and After The Moment from Houghton Mifflin Company and my mom actually found Ripped At The Seams at a thrift store.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong | Review

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong | ReviewThe Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #1
Published by Harper Teen on July 1, 2008
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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5 Stars

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.


I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one day, almost in one sitting but sadly I had to go to school.

I think my favorite thing about this book is how Chloe is just like a normal teenager except that she can see and talk to dead people. Her mom died when she was young and her dad is always away on business so she is normally alone, except for a few friends and her aunt Lauren who tries to fill in for Chloe’s mom. She usually keeps to herself so when things start to get weird she can’t really tell anyone.

So, at the beginning Chloe is in a school for the arts and she is just like all the other people in her school, except a little bit of a late bloomer. On the same day that she gets her first period she also sees her first dead person or at least the first person that she knows is dead. After being chased through the school by a dead janitor, Chloe is sedated and sent to the hospital and told that she must spend at least two weeks in Lyle House, a group home for unstable teens.

Once in Lyle House, Chloe meets some interesting people such as Liz, Rae, Simon, and Derek. Derek is a little scary at first, always sneaking up on Chloe and accidentally throwing her across a room. Once she gets to know him, though, she realizes that he is just like her and can’t control his powers. At first, Simon seems like he is just in the group home to stay with his brother, Derek, but once she starts talking to him she realizes that he is a supernatural also but his powers aren’t as obvious as Chloe’s and Derek’s. Liz also seems to have some powers but she never realizes that she is controlling them. She is transferred shortly after Chloe arrives because instead of getting better she seemed to be getting worse. Rae also may have powers but it was really hard to tell. She was placed in the group home shortly after giving her mom first degree burns when she never had a lighter or anything else that could have caused them.

There are others in the group home, such as Tori and Peter, but Peter gets sent home after Chloe arrives and Tori is the group’s resident witch and not in the supernatural way. Tori believes that because her mom is on the board of Lyle House she can do and get whatever she wants but Chloe interferes with her plans as soon as she arrives. Tori manages to get Chloe in many terrible situations, some potentially deadly, but it’s only because she doesn’t want her mom to be disappointed in her. Tori doesn’t play a really big role in the story, all she really does is get everyone in trouble.

Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Rae discover Lyle Houses’ secrets and realize that, maybe they aren’t there because they are crazy but because of their powers. They realize that they need to escape and that they need to do it soon. Once out, though, things don’t go exactly as planned. They are hunted down by the nurses and owners of Lyle House and chased through warehouses by guys with tranquilizer guns. Once the girls escape and find a safe place they think things are going to get better but none of them realized that someone close to them betrayed their trust.

Of course, I’m not gonna say who. That would give everything away. I truly loved this book and if you really want to know how it ends you will just have to find a copy to read. This book is first in a new series by Kelley Armstrong. The next book, The Awakening, will be out on April 28.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

No Internet!!!

So, for the past 2 days I have had the flu and no internet. Terrible, I know. So, that is why there is nothing new. I am going to try to post a review of The Summoning tonight before our internet goes again but I don’t know if it will last that long. I believe somebody is going to come fix it Monday so if there is nothing new tonight expect it on Monday. Also, it’s so fun to see everyone’s bookshelves and I wish I could show mine but right now that isn’t possible either. We are currently in the middle of trying to move so, sadly, all my books are packed. It sucks, especially if I am looking for a certain book because then I have to go through all the boxes just to find that one. Well, I’m gonna start my review of The Summoning so hopefully I can get it posted tonight.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday: Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.

Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.

But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside.

Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

Find more on Lauren’s site.

It sounds different. I think I will love it. Also, I love the cover. I can’t wait for this book to come out. I’m thinking about asking Lauren to do an interview on my blog but I haven’t ever done one before so I’m not sure how it works. If you think that that’s a good idea or have any suggestions leave me a comment.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In Too Deep (Elite #2) by Jennifer Banash

Book: In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash
Rating: 5 Stars

If you don’t belong here- you just don’t belong . . .

The Bramford building’s newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She’s got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she’s starting to have second thoughts as to whether the “New York” Casey is the real Casey. And she’s not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She’s not the only one.

Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder-until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn’t exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew-and a little revenge.

Overall: I have to say I liked this book better than the first one. I don’t really know why but it was probably because I felt like I already knew the characters and could share their feelings a little better.
In this sequel to The Elite all the members of the Bram Clan a back with a couple new secrets. Casey has finally managed to snag Drew and even though she is putting on a good front for the public, Madison is not happy. Casey, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier. She has never really had a boyfriend like Drew and she loves spending time with him. Not only do they hang out after school at some of their favorite spots, Casey is helping Drew create a documentary about all the spoiled rich kids of their school. Things seem to be going great until Madison becomes one of the interviewees.
Madison decides to think of a way to make Drew jealous and ruin his relationship with Casey by finding a new boyfriend to rub in his face. She is helped along in her quest when she meets Antonio who is not only a super sexy Italian, but also a manager for Verve Modeling Agency and he thinks that Madison Macallister may just be the perfect new model.
Madison is not the only one that is going to be famous, though. Sophie’s sweet sixteen is coming up and she has decided that it would be the perfect event to meet her biological mom, movie star Melissa Von Norton, at. Also, as it turns out, her adoptive mother has decided to have the party taped and aired on the TV show, My Spoiled Sweet Sixteen. So, now not only does Sophie have to worry about meeting her real mom, she has to worry about doing it on TV.
As it turns out though, Sophie’s adoptive family aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her. Phoebe is secretly seeing Sophie’s annoying older brother, Jared. Phoebe knows that Sophie would throw a fit if she found out so she decides to break it off but every time she tries she loses her nerve. Finally, she decides that she can’t keep the secret any longer and tries to break it off at Sophie’s party but things don’t exactly go as planned.
New family secrets and relationships are exposed in this book and they are some that I was shocked to find out about. But I won’t spoil all the fun. Read the series for yourself and you will find out all the juicy details.

Monday, February 9, 2009

In My Mailbox 2

So I did get Elite and In Too Deep from Berkley Jam Books but the rest I bought at either Borders or Barnes and Noble sometime or other this past week. So far, I have actually already read The Elite and am a few chapters into In Too Deep but I haven’t started the rest but I am really looking forward to reading Leaving Paradise and Perfect Chemistry because all the reviews that I have read make them seem like great books. So hopefully I will have some new reviews up and I can’t wait for this weeks new books like Fade. Yay! I am so looking forward to reading that one.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sorry no new reviews…

So I have been super busy and haven’t gotten a lot of free time to finish In Too Deep but you can expect a review probably by Tuesday. Yesterday I finally took my ACT and that absolutely sucked. I hated it. I admit that I may not be the smartest person but that test made me feel so stupid. Well, at least the first try is over and done with. And after that I got to go to Half-Price Books with some friends and I totally raided the clearance section. I couldn’t find any really good YA books but I got some good Fiction and Romance novels so that was fun. So I will do a post of In My Mailbox and show you some of the great books I managed to snag.