Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Wildwood

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Waiting On is where bloggers can share with others what book they are currently waiting to read.




Wildwood (Wildwood Trilogy #1)
Colin Meloy
Middle Grade
Aug. 30, 2011

Summary: The first book in the epic middle-grade fantasy series full of magic, wonder, and danger—nothing less than an American Narnia—from Colin Meloy, lead singer of the highly celebrated band the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, the acclaimed illustrator of the New York Times bestselling The Mysterious Benedict Society

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (23)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"So," Abby says, with an I-already-know-the-answer-to-this-question smile. "Tell me, why are you here today, Cameron?"
"There was nothing but reruns on TV." ~Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Hello everyone! Finished Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, the third and finale book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series. The first two books are Shiver and Linger. Hope you enjoy this review:

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Summary: The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater
In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Review: World wind of love, longing, sadness, and death. Forever simples all of that and so much more. In Forever Sam and Grace are back in the never ending story of love and freedom and its shows how truly much they were meant to be together and how much they want that to happen. There are a lot of questions answered with Grace, Sam, Cole, Isabel, and many other wonderful characters. Sam finally over comes his fears and starts to fight to so hard to be himself and not lose who he is or what he is. Grace is so sweet, strong, and amazingly smart even as a wolf and with Sam it seems they could anything together. In Linger Cole shows himself about who he is, what he was, but in Forever he shows who he will be. Also in Linger is seemed like Cole and Sam couldn't even be in the same room together, but in Forever it all turns around. Isabel wasn't my favorite character in Shiver because of her who she was, but she changed in Forever for the better and turned the tables at the very end for both her, Cole, and everyone else in the pack. Forever is packed full of adventure, love, and hope.

***

Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover , 400pp
Chapters: 78
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (30)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought/Review:

Wolfsbane (Nightshade Series #2)

Summary: When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.





A Song of Ice and Fire 4-Book Boxed Set
Summary: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin—dubbed the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine—has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom. It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones.”



What did you get in your mailbox?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trailer Thursday (14)

 


Synopsis: Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees. But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself. So much for normal.  


Book Trailer:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Near Witch

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Waiting On is where bloggers can share with others what book they are currently waiting to read.


The Near Witch
Victoria Schwab .

Young Adult
Aug. 2, 2011

Summary: The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. And there are no strangers in the town of Near. These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him. As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy. Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Teaser Tuesday (22)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"This is where the magic happens," Cole said. "Are you going to put on your leotard now"? ~Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Monday, July 18, 2011

In My Mailbox (29)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought/Review:

Forever

Summary: The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater then. When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.now. That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt. forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.



Beauty Queens
 Summary:  The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
Going Bovine
 Summary: Can Cameron find what he’s looking for? All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips
through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.




Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Summary: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Imaginary Girls
Summary: Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood. With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.



Manga

Death Note; Black Edition, Volume IV
Overview: Contains Volumes 7 and 8 of Death Note! Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light's noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?




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What did you get in your mailbox?

Book Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: One hour to rewrite the past . . . For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened? Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Review: Hourglass is one mysterious book, but for some reason it never kept me on the edge of my seat. At the beginning of the novel the main character Emerson is introduced. Emerson at the beginning seemed like a character I could relate to, but as the story progressed it became less and less likely. Michael was one of the most mysterious characters, because of his past and also the secrets and the help he needed from Emerson. Emerson's brother, Thomas was a caring, thoughtful for his sister and his wife, Dru, never giving up hope. Jack is one other character that was the most mysterious of all, but someone that didn't seem interesting for some reason. The story became a roller coaster going to fast at times, never giving a break for the character to get air back into their lungs. It never made me interested sadly, but I truly wanted to like this story because of the amazing summary.

***

Rating: 3/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: June 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover , 400pp
Chapters: 56
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Silence

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Waiting On is where bloggers can share with others what book they are currently waiting to read.





Silence (Hush, Hush Series #3)
Becca Fitzpatrick
Young Adult
Oct. 4, 2011

The last book, Crescendo left me hanging, but it was still a amazing book so I am still looking forward to thsi one and am wondering what will happen to Patch next and if Nora will ever stop being annoying.... only time will tell.

From Goodreads:
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Book Review: Passion (Fallen Series #3) by Lauren Kate

Hello everyone! I finished reading Passion by Lauren Kate, which is the third book in the Fallen Series. If you haven't read the first two books Fallen and Torment, then please don't continue reading this review because it will contain spoilers for the first two books. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . . Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last. Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Review: Throughout Fallen and Torment Luce and Daniel have tried being together, but Luce always dies. I've always wonder why does she die and exploded in white flames? How did this all start and will it ever end for these two? In Passion I received a few answers, not all, but a few. Passion was a the past, present, and future all in one book. Luce was racing through the past trying to find answers to her thousand questions. It was her quest for finally turn her and Daniel's curse around and then they will finally be together forever. Daniel and everyone else who was there at the battle in Luce's backyard were racing after Luce and if she made one small mistake every ones existence could change. Luce was not listening to her mind when she was making these decisions and Daniel couldn't seem to stop crying. Putting those two together in one book made be want to stop reading it at some points. The reason I kept reading was because of the rich history I was learning more and more about as I was going throughout the story. I could enjoy Fallen and Torment because Cam and many other characters were there to hind the annoyance of Luce and Daniel. In Passion the only other character besides Luce and Daniel that is shown  as much is Cam. I enjoy Cam because of is evil attitude and the way he looks at life. The other characters are here and there throughout the past, but the present weren't until the very end of the novel. There was a new character named Bill, who is should change his name is mysterious. He was fun to read about, but I could tell who he was before he introduced himself to Luce by focusing on the very beginning of the novel. . I still am looking forward to Rapture, because I need to know what Bill is planning next.

***

Rating: 3/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: June 2011
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 432pp
Chapters: 20
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fragment Friday (14)

Fragment Friday is hosted by James at Book Chic Club. You read an excerpt from your favorite book or a book that you are currently reading and share it to your readers.


Today I read from Passion by Luaren Kate

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (21)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"It might make things a little bit less weird."
"Doesn't that depend on what I look like?" ~Passion by Lauren Kate

Saturday, June 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (28)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought/Review:



Summary: "Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever." Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . . Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last. Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.


Summary: One hour to rewrite the past . . . For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened? Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.


 Summary: There can only be one alpha. Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope. But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were. With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone. Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.

What did you get in your mailbox?

I'm Back! :D


Hello fellow bloggers! I am extremely sorry that I have been gone for such a long, long time, but I am back and more
ready then ever. There will be a lot more giveaways, reviews, and a few interviews here and there throughout these warm hot days.


Summer has finally come for me and I will read all the amazing, fantastic books on this break. I am looking forward to the next school year, but also to know that summer has finally come I do truly want it to last. Now let's make this summer fun! :D

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Book Review: Welcome to Bordertown; Edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Welcome to Bordertown; Edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

Review: What a ball of fun! In this amazing, funny, exciting book filled with fantastic stories, poems, songs, and much more you will come face to face with TrueBloods, runaways, vampires, werewolves, and so much more. Bordertown is the a city between the Relam and the World, where artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and runaways are all allowed to feel free and to do whatever they want. Terri Windling, the creator of this amazing world and now a new group of characters comes into the border after thirteen long years to see how hard, but extraordinary the border really can be. With elfs that wear leather jackets and play in rock bands to people drink beer in a run down old bookstore. This book was filled with so many amazing stories and poems that were completely filled with spirit and hope for something better. At the beginning of this novel, Holly Black has a introduction and does the creator, Terri Windling. Then comes the Basics and Bordertown, explaining the rulers of gangs and how no human is allowed in the Relam. This novel is adventurous and was so much fun to read. Now if only Bordertown was real....

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Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: May 2011

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 544pp
Age Range: 12 and up

Saturday, June 4, 2011

In My Mailbox (27)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought:

Starcrossed

Summary: How do you defy destiny? Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Angel Burn

Summary: Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip - and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful. They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.



Summary: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Trailer Thursday (13)


Synopsis: Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive. Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever. Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Book Trailer:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Hourglass

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Waiting On is where bloggers can share with others what book they are currently waiting to read.




Hourglass
Myra McEntire
Young Adult
June 14, 2011

Let me just say that I am in love with this cover! It's so unique and creative, but truly the thing that matters the most is what is in the pages and let me tell you, this book sounds fantastic and might just be one of my new favorites.

From Goodreads: 
One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened? Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (20)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"Folks!" He said. "Lords and ladies of Soho, please try to control your flashing eyes and floating hair-because the Show Must Go On!" ~Welcome to Bordertown; Edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Monday, What are you Reading? (15)

This fantastic meme is hosted by Shelia at One Person's Jounrey Through The World of Books.

Read This Past Week:


Currently Reading:


Upcoming Reads:

Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Abandon by Meg Cabot. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Review: Abandon is a remake of the mythical story of Persephone and Hades. Hades kidnapped Persephone from our world and brought her into the Underworld. After she is kidnapped, her mother starts searching for her,  but soon becomes extremely angry and puts the world into a blizzard. In the Underworld, Persephone east three seeds, that makes her stay in the Underworld every winter and then she is allowed back to our world during the spring. This is the Ancient Greeks idea of seasons. In Abandon Pierce has a horrible accident, when she drowns in her own pool after trying to save a bird and tripping over the edge and hitting her head. She finds herself in the world of the Underworld, where is again finds John, who she only met once when she was seven at her grandfathers funeral. When she comes back to earth she isn't truly herself anymore and John soon starts showing up everywhere when she finds herself in trouble. Soon her mother and her move to a small island off the coast of Florida, but when she gets there things just start getting worse and worse. I didn't like Peirce as much as I liked other characters like her cousin Alex, who is in the very first chapter when the family all meeting at a party in Pierce's new house. Pierce seemed to get herself into trouble almost everyday and didn't seem to care about the consequences. Alex was a hard, sad child that never truly had a father because he was always living with his grandmother because his father was in jail most of his life. There were other characters like Kayla, who Pierce meets on her first day at her new school called New Pathways. The writing style of Abandon was thrilling at times and other times Pierce and many other characters seemed to annoying to even read about, but I did enjoy the mythology and the relationship between John and Pierce.

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Rating: 3.5/5
Pub. Date: April 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cover Revealed!

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices Series #2)
Cassandra Clare
December 6, 2011
Young Adult

Summary: In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future, But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried — Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan?

In My Mailbox (26)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought:

Die for Me

Summary: My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind. While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

Welcome to Bordertown
Summary: Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home. But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

Review: Everyone wonders what will happen after you die, but most don't ask how will I die? In Rhine's world people die extremely young because of the horrible virus that every new generation child was born with because of a chemical all first generations had to take, for it would take about all diseases for their child, which it did, but it also made them genetic time bombs. Rhine lived in Manhattan, NY with her twin brother, Rowan, but one day she was taking away from all of that and sold to a House Governor named Linden. Linden was a wealthy, sweet, innocent 21 year old man that just wanted love and not to be alone in the mansion his father was making him live in for his whole short, sad life. Rhine was a amazing, intelligent, and extremely sneaky main character to read about, but when I was reading the novel I truly felt bad for Linden because to him he thought Rhine loved him, but it was the complete opposite. All Rhine wanted in the world was to have her brother back and to continue living in their parents house. When Rhine was married to Linden, he was also marraging to other brides, Jenna and Cicely. Jenna was a fantastic character to read about because of her completely utter hatered for their husband and the dark loss that he took away from her. Cicely, who was only 13-years-old at the beginning of the novel, truly surprised me at the end of the novel, because throughout the whole novel she seemed like a horrible little child, who seemed like she could never get her way. I truly enjoyed the history of the novel and the writing style was fantastic.

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Rating: 4/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 358pp
Chapters: 27
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Review: Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready

Hello everyone! I finished reading Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready, which is the second book in the Shade Trilogy. The first book in the series is Shade and the third (coming 2012) is Shine. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift. As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

Review: Shade was a extremely interesting ghost story about love and redemption. Now the old characters are back in Shift and their love will be tested like it hasn't ever before. The main character, Aura has turned into a complete different person. In Shift I didn't enjoy Aura that much because at times it seemed like she either couldn't hang on to one man or kept throwing herself at another. I did enjoy reading about Logan, who is the sun that all the other characters revolve around. He literally became the light for everyone and he was really great to read about with his jokes and amazing music. Zachary, was the character like I was having a hard time liking and hating, because at times he seemed like the best boy and then other times he seemed like the worst person in the whole book. I could not stop reading because I did enjoy the history that the author created throughout the novel about the Shift and the ghosts, but I think the many reason I was reading so fast was because I truly wanted to know what would happen to Logan.

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 367pp
Chapters: 32
Age Range: Young Adult

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Review: WOW! I am sorry, but this review with not be intelligent at all. When I was done reading Divergent I just sat and was in a dark, dark trance. This book has now become my favorite book of all time. I fell in love with every character, every breath, word, and action they developed. I have never read a book where I could sit hours and just reading, without doing anything, but focusing on the best book ever created. Okay, yes that might be a little bit of a over board, but its completely true! In this amazing story is Beatrice, who begins her story with the faction Abnegation, the selfless. Abnegation is a faction where the people don't think of themselves, at all and only think about other people no matter what, which can be a problem even if to them it seems the best way possible for their world to become a better place. Throughout the novel you learn about all the other factions like Amity, Erudite, Candor, and Dauntless, which became my favorite faction even before I started the novel. This book is filled with action, suspense, battle strategies,  fear, bravery, strength, educational observation, and grip, twisting love. Beatrice has become my favorite girl character of all time and Four has become my boy. Together they are the strongest, most willing characters. In the novel Beatrice has a brother named Caleb, who is also brave, but shocked me to the core for the decision he made. There is also other characters like Al, Will, Christina, Molly, Drew, and Peter, who I think was a extremely cruel character, but surprised in the end of this novel, for who he really is and why he's really who he is. I have explain as much as I can without giving away to much information, but before I finished this review I have to tell you to go out and buy this book, because if you don't then you will seriously regret it.

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Rating: 5/5 STARS! (I wish I could give it 1 million)
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 496pp
Chapters: 39
Age Range: Young Adult


Book Trailer:


Author Veronica Roth on Divergent:

Teaser Tuesday (19)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"Eric's beady eyes fix on Al's face. "Are you afraid?"
"Of getting stabbed by an airbornes knife?" says Al. "Yes, I am!" ~Divergent by Veronica Roth

Saturday, May 14, 2011

And the winner is...


Thank you all for entering my contest and I had a great time reading all your comments, and why you wanted to be that Egyptian God or Goddess so much. There was 27 comments in total on my blog and Youtube account. I will now announce the winner.

And the winner is...
Superdupergirl1231

Congratz!

I have already contacted the person and they contacted me back. I will be shipping them the package this week and I really hope the enjoy what they won. Also who ever didn't win don't worry. I currently have a Pirate giveaway right now.

Book Review: The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Series #2) by Rick Riordan

Hello everyone. I finished reading the Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, which is the second book in the Kane Chronicles Series. The first book is the Red Pyramid. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.

Review: Back in the world of the Kane family is extremely entertaining. Carter and Sadie areback to battle the forces of choas. They are both completely different people, but deep down they both need each other so very much. Carter is the smart, innocent, and extremely brave and Sadie is the funny, stubborn, and caring sister will to do anything if it means saving the world. The old characters like Bast, Amos, and Zia are back and are more powerful then ever. Throughout the novel the siblings meet new characters like Walt, who is one of the nicest, and caring characters I have ever read about before, but also has a very sad dark secret, also Bes, who is the god of dwarfs and ugly, but who can be mean on the outside, but truly cares about both Carter and Sadie both and is willing to do anything for both of them, and Vlad, who seems loyal, but has a dark, cruel secert of his own. The journey the siblings took thorughout the novel was a amazing adventure to read about with evil villians at every corner and it was a thousand times better with the action packed writing style Rick had to offer. This book gets a 5/5 Stars!

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Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Format: Hardcover , 464pp
Chapters: 24
Age Range: 9 to 11

Friday, May 13, 2011

Little Pirate Prize Giveaway!



Arrrgh, good work, matey - ye’ve found a secret stash of plunder.

You can play to win this Little Pirate Prize, and plenty of otherwonderful things scattered throughout Random Magic Tour: Pirates! (May 10-30)

Feel free to visit the tour to read a biography of real-life pirateAnne Bonny, in the Pirate Queens series.

A vivid rendering in miniature of one of the most
well-known female pirates to sail the seas in the Golden Age of Piracy, this action figure of the infamous Anne
Bonny is sculpted by a leading American character sculptor.

Prize details: Depiction of pirate Anne Bonny, ready for battle, with
a parrot sitting on her shoulder. Measures 2.25 (L) x 3.75 inches (H)
(5.5 x 9.5 cm). Recommended for adults, not children.

A colorful action figure for play or just a cool knick-knack harking
back to the days of pirate ships and sunken treasures.

Book Trailer:

Anne Bonny doesn’t appear as a character Random Magic, but the main character, Winnie Flapjack, is very distinctly – piratical –in personality and disposition. Perhaps even more so than the surlycrew of the King of the Storm, as Winnie goes toe-to-toe with a pirateking.

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