Friday, December 31, 2010

WINNERS and Happy New Year!

Happy New Years everyone. 2010 was a fantastic year of blogging and sweet book releases! It was a great year for me. Being as I feel like an established book blogger, finally! I got to graduate High School and start and finish my first semester of college. I also got to celebrate my 1 year blogoversary this year too. Here's to 2011 and another awesome year of books to come.
Now onto the winners of my 1 year blogoversary. I know its a little late! I still have more books to giveaway soon. =)
Using random.org here are the winners:

The winner of the Lisi Harrison Prize Pack is...
Theresa M

The winner of the Darren Shan Prize Pack is...
Cindy Gates

The winner of Star Crossed: Gemini Night by Bonnie Hearn Hill is...
Jennelle S

Congrats, I will be e-mailing you soon! You have 72 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

Synopsis:
The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven. Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, raveous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.

Book Details:
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub. Date: December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416

My Review:

Bree Despain does not disappoint with her sequel, The Lost Saint. The story takes off a little under a year after Grace’s brother Jude ran away. Before starting The Lost Saint I was wondering how Bree could pull off a second novel after her amazing debut The Dark Divine. Well I found myself one again captivated in Grace’s world and breezing through the pages just to get to the end.


Not only has Bree continued to give us an awesome book but she also introduces more characters to the story. Talbot and Katie. Katie is a classmate who seems to want Daniel as her boyfriend. I felt the same way as Grace did about Daniel and his seemingly blossoming friendship with Katie. Talbot was a mysterious guy who seems to be into Grace. For some reason I liked Talbot more than Katie. I guess its because he was more in the story and we got to know more about him. Oh, and we also get to see more of Gabriel when he comes to town.


Grace gets a call from her brother and a string of vandalism and robberies follow. Grace and Daniel wonder if Jude has something to do with these crimes. Grace and Daniel tell each other that they would not keep secrets from each other. Turns out they both start hiding a lot of important things from each other. Grace and Daniel’s love for each other is tested with the addition to the 2 new characters and with their hidden secrets.


The ending was a little predictable. I was able to guess who the leader of the pack of vandals were. Still I was shocked at how everything went down in the battle. At the end it all made sense about why Daniel was acting so distant from Grace. How could anyone ever doubt him for a second? I love Daniel he is such a great boyfriend to Grace. Even if he ignored her for practically the whole book. Although all of their problems could have been avoided if they were just open and honest to each other.


To try and make a long review short, The Lost Saint is an epic sequel that had me feeling almost every emotion. Fans of The Dark Divine will never be let down as they join Grace as she goes undercover to fight crime with her growing powers and discover who is behind the crimes and find her brother.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (25)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Its where people can show others what they got that week in books. IMM also helps introduce books some people are aware of. :)

For Review:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Look for a giveaway of this book next year!

Thank you Liz for sending me the copies!

Check out my Guest Post

Today I have a guest post over at Katie's blog, Books are Dreams. Please feel free to take a moment and go check out her blog and the Holiday Celebrations posts. Just click the button and it'll take you there. Plus I should of done this post a long time ago. Sorry! Its just that time of year where life gets crazy. ;)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Alyson Noel's New Book Covers

Appearantly Alyson's books are getting a makeover! Here are the new covers to a few of her older works.
Faking 19 by Alyson Noël: Book Cover
Faking 19 (Synopsis):
On the surface, 17-year-old Alex has it made; she is beautiful and smart. Plus, she's best friends with M., the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fancy Orange County suburban town, Alex and M. decide to check out L.A.'s glitzy nightlife scene.Pretending to be 19, Alex and M. meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first, Alex can't believe her luck- she gets to hang out at hip Hollywood houseparties and downtown L.A. clubs.
These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom. But, after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M., who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior....
Saving Zoe by Alyson Noël: Book Cover
Saving Zoe (Synopsis):
It’s been one year since the brutal murder of her older sister, Zoë, and fifteen-year-old Echo is still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and the awkward start to her freshman year proves she’ll never live up to her sister’s memory. Until Zoë’s former boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoë’s diary.

At first Echo’s not interested, doubting there’s anything in there she doesn’t already know. But when curiosity prevails, she starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister’s secret world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover the truth behind Zoë’s life so that she can start to rebuild her own.

Prepare to laugh your heart out and cry your eyes out in this highly addictive tale as Alyson Noël tackles the complicated relationship between two sisters and shows how the bond can endure long after one of them is gone.

Both of these two books will be released on Feb. 15, 2011.

Her next book is a combined edition of Laguna Cove and Cruel Summer. The title of this combined edition is Forever Summer. This will be released on April 26, 2011.
Forever Summer by Alyson Noël: Book Cover
Synopsis of Laguna Cove:
Moving to sunny Southern Cal feels like punishment to 17-year-old Anne. the hippie-ish school is different from her old one on the East Coast, and the social scene is all about hanging out at the beach and surfing. And then there's Ellie: beautiful, competitive queen of the social scene who takes an instant disliking to Anne. So when Chris--one of Ellie's oldest friends and, oh yeah, the most gorgeous guy in school--reaches out to Anne and offers to teach her how to surf, sparks fly...in more ways than one.

Synopsis for Cruel Summer:
“This was supposed to be my best summer yet, the one I’ve been working toward since practically forever. Now I’m being banished from everything I know and love, and it just doesn’t make any sense.”

Having recently discarded her dorky image--and the best friend that went with it--Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ’s, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.

Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


Synopsis: Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry, glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boys' dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

Book Details:
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub. Date: Nov. 23, 2010
Original Pub. Date (for Hardcover): Dec. 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 4oo

My Review:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain is one thrilling debut novel. How and why could I have possibly waited this long to read this book? Well part of the reason why is because I wary about The Dark Divine because it came out when vampire books where starting to become all the rage. If it were not for my fellow book bloggers and book lovers, who convinced me that it was a werewolf book, I would probably have lived on without reading it. Also, take note that this review might not be too great. I started reading the The Lost Saint soon after finishing this book, and they both blend into one book now.

The Dark Divine is about Grace who is part of a religious, do good family. Grace starts seeing Daniel her childhood friend who disappeared 3 years ago. Her family avoids all talk of Daniel and that night he disappeared. Despite her brother’s warning to stay away from Daniel, Grace is drawn to him.

The mysteries and secrets pertaining to Daniel kept me flying through the pages. And who or what is causing all these deaths throughout the city? All the characters were likable; beside Pete Bradshaw. He got annoying after a while.

I love how the reader slowly gets the whole story as to what went on in the past between Daniel and Grace’s brother Jude. Bree Despain tied in the religion and werewolf folklore aspect very well. Although I wouldn’t consider The Dark Divine a christian fiction novel. Every element in this story comes together and makes this book original and unique. In my eyes The Dark Divine definitely stands out in the sea of YA books.

The ending was action packed and shocking. You never really know what twist or turn is coming until it happens. I could go on forever talking about this book. I’ll end this review by saying that you should give The Dark Divine a try. You’ll be sure to love it if you like werewolves, romance, mysteries, and action.

5 Stars!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Father of Lies by Ann Turner Cover Change (Again?)

I was browsing bn.com looking at all the awesome books that are coming soon, and happened upon Father of Lies. Only the cover was totally different from what I've been seeing lately. If the cover on bn.com is the final cover then that brings the cover change total to 3. And a sad girl (me). I was a fan of the second cover for the book:
Father of Lies
Now here is the cover that bn.com has:
Its more darker than the one above this one. I just don't like how her hair is blocking half her face. Plus the second cover compared to this one is more colorful and pretty. What are your opinions?
But really what counts the most is the story inside that book. I'm sure its amazing. Regardless of the cover you can bet I'll be at the bookstore to buy myself a copy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HOLY DIVINE! The Lost Saint Book Trailer is Here!

So there is this book trailer I've been anxiously waiting for. This book trailer is for The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and is the sequel to The Dark Divine. I recently read The Dark Divine (review coming soon) and LOVED it. Now I am reading The Lost Saint and its so good! Without further ado here is the recently announced trailer (If you had not read the first book maybe you should wait to watch this trailer as it might spoil the first book!):


This book trailer is just perfect: In my opinion. For those who have yet to read this book series or just want to re-watch here is the book trailer for The Dark Divine:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Its where anyone can share what books or other things they got that week.

This week was a slow week, but I'm not complaining. I have a lot of reading and reviewing to do this month. Good thing I'll be done with my first semester of college Wednesday. Oh, and I almost forgot that I did in fact get a couple of books this week. I've just been so busy worrying and studying for finals.

Bought:
Two weeks ago I made my first purchase from the Book Depository. I bought a UK book; which will be my first UK published book. Sure I do have books that were originally published in the UK and then got published over here in the states. Now onto the book I bought:
Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe (Don't you just love the cover?)
For Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Thank you St. Martin's Press and LibraryThing.com!


On another note:
I want to let you all know that I still have a couple of books for giveaways that will be posted in the upcoming weeks. I also have some blogger related posts I plan to make. Lastly there are more awesome book related trailers out and about. I will be posting about these also. So stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Awesome Book Trailer

The book trailer is for Enclave by Ann Aguirre. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games trilogy (for a kick-butt Heroine), Harry Potter series (Because of the weird creature with blood all over its face), and I Am Legend (Don't you think?).

What do you think of the book trailer? Does it make you want to read it; like it made me want to read it even more than I already did?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Fallen Angel (Fallen Angel, #1)
Synopsis:
Heaven-sent?
Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.
Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.
Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.
In this electrifying novel, Heather Terrell spins a gripping supernatural tale about true love, destiny, and the battle of good versus evil.

Book Details:
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins Publishers)
Pub. Date: December 28 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336

My Review:Fallen Angel is a very fast read. I don’t know how but it was. Its been weeks since I have finished reading Fallen Angel, and I have forgotten details. I have to say that I still don’t know what to think of this book. At first it felt extremely like a vampire book. Knowing me I dislike vampire books. But for Fallen Angel I was willing to set aside my feelings for vampires. I was constantly feeling that the title was misleading but knew that it was given the title of Fallen Angel for a reason.
I really do like Ellie and Michael’s journey to discover who they are and also their budding romance. Ellie and Michael have always lived a sheltered life, but as their paranormal powers start to develop their parents begin to tell them bits of the truth as to who they are.
There was one character who was a little annoying. This character would be Ellie’s best friend Ruth. I understand that she has gone through terrible things in her life, but seriously this girl is like a stalker/controlling friend. She has to know every single thing Ellie does.
An interesting part of the book is that Heather Terrell takes the time to educate her readers on the history/story of Angels and Fallen Angels.
Fallen Angel is a unique and dark twist to Fallen Angels. With its mystery, romance, family secrets, fight between good and bad, and self discovery Fallen Angel will capture you and not release you until you are done reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Fallen Angel even if it is an odd and different book. I can’t wait to read the next book, Eternity, which will be released June 28 2011!
3.5 Stars!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In My Mailbox (23)

IMM is a weekly meme host by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. IMM is where you can show off the amazing books you got that week. This week I decided to challenge the UPS, USPS, and FedEX. The challenge was to see who could deliver the most packages to me. Now on to the awesome books I got this:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (bought: and I got it cheap on BN.com for about $5! Sad to say though it did not arrive in perfect condition the back is all bent up.)
Night Star by Alyson Noel (Bought: Also from BN.com and the pages in the middle are protruding out. I was shocked to see the book in this condition. Has anyone received a book that was not properly trimmed?)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (For review; second copy! What do you think about a giveaway for this one? Thanks to S&S.)
Haven by Kristi Cook bookmarks! I cannot wait to read Haven now with one of these bookmarks. If only I had a copy now! In the near future I will be giving some of these bookmarks. Now that I'm thinking about which is the right way to say bookmark in plural form: Bookmarks or Bookmarkers?)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2 COPIES! Holy Cow! In one week! As you can see they are two different versions; I think its awesome. The one on the left I received from the Publisher and the one on the right is the one I won from the author herself. Both copies are so pretty. I'm in cover love two both!) Below is the swag I got for winning Beth's ATU Tour.
ATU Watch
Bookmarks
Stickers
Bookplates
A note from Beth
And down below more awesomeness from Beth
Star candy
Buttons
Star bracelets
I'd like to give a big, scratch that, HUGE THANKS to Beth Revis and Penguin!

As for the challenge here are the results:

UPS: 2 Packages
USPS: 2 Packages
FedEx: 0 Packages

I was hoping that they would all tie. As I was expecting two more packages but apparently they will be coming from the USPS.
Also I thought for the second time that this deserves a Vlog; unfortunately I have a cold so that wouldn't be a great way to introduce myself to you lovely followers.

Anyways. What did you get in your mailbox?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Matched by Ally Condie


Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


Book Details:
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pub. Date: November 30 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384

My Review: Matched is a great dystopian novel. While Cassia has always listened to and respected the society. She soon finds out things that the government does not want people to know about. The government is making mistakes and don’t always have their citizens’ best interest at heart.

I liked Cassia as the protagonist. When she is matched with her best friend, Xander, she couldn’t be more happy. But when the society gives her a micro-card where she can find out more details about her match another boy’s face flashes on the screen. A boy who is not just any boy; a boy who is not allowed to be matched.

When Cassia grandfather dies he gives her a gift that turns her life around. Cassia starts thinking for herself and does what she wants to do. The world that Ally has created is fascinating. Its pretty odd to think of people only being good at one skill while other people do other things for you. Like today we can choose what we want to eat. But for Cassia she has others choose her meal for her and have them cook her meals. Another example is that there are people who clean your dishes for you. I mean sure we have dishwashers or ourselves, but other people taking care of your dishes? My main point is that we can do things for ourselves easily but for the people in Matched they are very dependent on others.

The romance story line of the book is really the only interesting part of the book besides Cassia following her heart with making her own decisions. Both Xander and Ky are great boys. Xander is the safe one and Ky is the forbidden boy. At times the book was slow and boring. I’m not sure if it was because I read two books at a time. Matched regardless is a good book that anyone should read. It also is a book that will make you think “What if I had people making my decisions for me?”. May I add that the cover is awesome! The cover is sparkly and shiny! While reading the book it made sense to have Cassia wearing the green dress that she wore to her Matching Banquet and have her in a bubble/Glass ball.

3.5 Stars!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

In My Mailbox (22)

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren every week. Its a weekly meme where people can share what they got that week in books. This week I got two great books. I can't wait to read them!
For Review:
The End of the World Club by J&P Voelkel
Won on Goodreads.com/For Review:
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

Big Thanks to Jennifer @ Goodman Media and Ellen @ Simon and Schuster.

What did you all get in your mailbox?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Blog Hop November 26-29

Book Blogger Hop
To find out more about the blog hop click on the button or visit crazy-for-books.com

This week's blog hop question is: "What is your favorite book cover?"

My answer: I have too many favorite covers to choose just one. But here are two of my favorite book covers. Wither (Chemical Garden, #1)Across the Universe
Both of these books have good use of color. In the WITHER cover I love everything that is on it. The girl looks so pretty and the bird cage with the circles focusing on important things. Well I'm assuming they are important things. I have an ARC copy and I can't help but admire the cover in person. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE because come on really who doesn't LOVE this cover? Its completely original and unique. Plus I love looking at awesome space pictures. My favorite color is purple and the ATU cover has different shades of purple and pink.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

To blog or not to blog?

Since it is the holidays for the rest of this week I've been thinking about blogging. I'm assuming everyone will be away from blogger. So I'm just trying to decide whether to continue posting this week or just hang on till next week when everyone's lives have settled down. At the moment I think I'll just wait till next week. For the time being HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE!!! If I don't get a chance to say HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all tomorrow well HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Be safe and enjoy the food. Also, don't forget to read everyday. It'll take your mind off your full stomach.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

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Synopsis: Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .

From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

Book Details:
Publisher: Delacorte for young readers (Random House Children's book)
Pub. Date: December 14 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432

My Review:
Wow, where to start? Before VIXEN I've never really paid much attention to the historical fiction genre. Of course I've read books for school that are historical fiction/classics, but historical fiction just for fun? Nope. Not really. OK, well not including The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. VIXEN has made me into a fan of the historical fiction genre and I will be reading more of this genre now.
Jillian Larkin has successfully wrote a stunning debut of a novel. She makes me want to time travel back to the 1920s just so I can have a look at life back then for myself. Sure it was pretty dangerous back then, but at the same time it was a period of beauty and elegance. I bet the buildings and all that jazz was a sight to see.
VIXEN is told from 3 perspectives. Each chapter goes from Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara. I'm not sure if thats the exact order. Gloria is a rich girl who is engaged to Bastian. Gloria one night sets foot in a speakeasy and sees for the first time a handsome black man named Jerome Johnson. Who just might be interested in her too. However, in the 1920s a biracial relationship is frowned upon. So what happens when Gloria and Jerome start getting closer?
Lorraine is the girl who makes the most mistakes in VIXEN. She makes a fool out of herself throughout the novel. Will she ever learn from her mistakes? Lorraine betrays her best friend, Gloria, shows up drunk at a ball, and a lot more bad things. This girl is going down the hill.
Clara is Gloria's cousin who has been forced to come stay at Gloria's for the wedding planning. Clara has a past that she is trying to get away from. She decides to create a character for herself to play. Turns out that character might actually be who she really is. Marcus, Gloria's best friend, may also be falling for Clara. Are his feelings true though? What would happen if he ever found out who Clara was in her past?
VIXEN is fully of mischief, mystery, romance, and so much more. It really does have it all. Especially the shocking ending that its a guarantee you'll never see coming. At the end you also learn who the girl is in the prologue.
Since VIXEN is a first in a series it does leave with a cliffhanger. I recommend you go out and buy this book on December 14th. Before I continue to ramble on about VIXEN and give to much away I'll make this the end of my review: I can't wait to read INGENUE!
4 out 5 Stars!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Dark Divine News

This is a reminder for everyone who is interested in reading The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. Today Nov. 22 is the last day to get the eBook for $2.39. Also, tomorrow The Dark Divine comes to stores in paperback format. pastedGraphic.pdf

Sunday, November 21, 2010

In My Mailbox (21)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. IMM is where people can share what they got that week in books, It also helps to discover new and old books you have yet to hear about.
This week I got a TON of ARCs. I feel so lucky to even be in the presence of them. Okay, I know that is weird to say, but I hope you understand. This week, I felt, was so extra special that I really thought about making a vlog. I've been thinking about making one for awhile now, but I'm just shy and I think I'd make an idiot of myself. Which is exactly how I feel whenever I have to do presentations in front of a class. To let you in one a secret I always manage to get a grade of 70-80 on them. Okay, well enough of talking about my shyness and presentation grades. On to the amazing books.

For Review
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain (not pictured The Lost Saint nail polish)
Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Entwined by Heather Dixon

Won (from Randombuzzers)
Torment by Lauren Kate
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

A massive THANK YOU to the awesome people at HarperCollins (HarperTeen and Greenwillow Books), Brooke @ Goodman Media , and randombuzzers!

What did you get in your mailbox?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: The Unidentified by Rae Mariz



Snopsis (from Goodreads.com): Kid knows her school’s corporate sponsors not-so-secretly monitor her friendships and activities for market research. It’s all a part of the Game; the alternative education system designed to use the addictive kick from video games to encourage academic learning. Everyday, a captive audience of students ages 13-17 enter the nationwide chain store-like Game locations to play.

When a group calling themselves
The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn't have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign.


Book Details:
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins Publishers)
Pub. Date: Oct. 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336

My Review:
The Unidentified is about Katey, kid, who discovers a secret group that call themselves the Unidentified. As she investigates to find out who the individuals are in this mysterious group Kid gets the spotlight in the school (game).
I'm going to leave my summarization of the novel there. I'll leave the rest to you to decide. The premise of the book sounded new, clever, and unique. Only The Unidentified fell flat to me. A lot of people have raved and loved this book. I guess I'm the minority.
The beginning was extremely confusing. Still after finishing the book, I can't really picture this world and what the characters were doing. Most of the characters were not well developed. They just seemed so bland.
At times I did sympathize for Kid and some of the other characters. Even in the future they deal with external conflicts. I know you're probably saying well duh! =)
Aside from the problems I had with The Unidentified, it was a quick read. Rae Mariz also comes up the neat thought of kids doing what they love in school whether its fashion, video gaming, music, socializing, etc. No more boring lecture classes!
I also liked how she brings into focus how consumed people are with social networks. Everyone in this book, well almost everyone, got twitter like updates ever few seconds. They would even get updates from sponsors of the game. Each student would also have their own profile page like Myspace and Facebook.
The Authority figures in The Unidentified seem controlling. Every student must log in, with a card, to each room they enter. So people know where you are at all times. You even have to have permission to activate a car to drive! Its crazy!
I am left with mixed feelings for this book. Maybe if I were to go back and reread it I would appreciate and like it a lot more. Oh, and I'll add that the ending seemed abrupt. Hopefully there is another book coming out to continue this book. If not you're left to your imagination. Kid's adventure was fun to read. I like how fast of a read it is too. I would recommend The Unidentified; just because I'd love to see what many others thought about it. Plus it gives the readers something to think about.
3 Stars!

Win Star Crossed: Gemini Night by Bonnie Hearn Hill


Synopsis:

Starting her junior year, Logan McRae is excited about her internship at CRUSHmagazine. But she is not so excited about her new boyfriend Jeremy’s travel abroad in Ireland. Logan’s in over her head trying to balance school, love, and friends, while trying to solve an astrological mystery—the fate of a Gemini is star-crossed.

Will Logan find out who is in danger before the CRUSH Halloween costume party? Can she prove to the publisher she deserves her own astrology column? And will her relationship with Jeremy survive the distance? Only time will tell as Logan continues to reach for the stars!

Picture and Book Synopsis provided from BN.com

Ends 12/4 at 11:59 P.M EST

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Win a Darren Shan Prize Pack

First off I apologize for the dark, grainy picture. I was in a rush and had to settle for this picture. The package up for grabs are two ARCs of The Thin Executioner and The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Birth of a Killer. Both are by Darren Shan.

Ends 12/2 at 11:59 EST.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Book Trailers Galore

The first book trailer is for Vixen by Jillian Larkin. I'm reading this one right now and only have 100 more pages left to read. Vixen is so good. You should pre-order it by all means, its that good. Plus I never really considered myself a fan of historical fiction... but this book has made me a fan.

I don't recall any blogger ever blogging about the book trailer for The Scorch Trails by James Dashner. Guess I'm the first, unless you can prove otherwise. =) I love the first book, The Maze Runner, in the trilogy. I still have not gotten around to reading this book, but I must say that the first book was pretty epic.

I believe this trailer was recently released this week? Well here is the cool book trailer for Hilary Duff's debut novel Elixir. After I'm done reading Vixen and Matched I'll be reading this book.
What do you think of the trailers? Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Interview: Vordak the Incomprehensible

Yesterday, I posted my review for How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Vordak the Incomprehensible. If you read the review, its pretty obvious how much I enjoyed reading Vordak's guide on how to become ruler of the world. Here is my interview with Vordak the Incomprehensible. This will give you an idea of how much fun Vordak's book is.


1. What motivated you to create your book HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD for kids? What would you think if an adult got ahold of a copy and became the ruler?


I felt the youth of this planet deserved to be exposed to my indescribable brilliance. Sure, they get plenty of schooling on subjects like math and science and English, but I wanted to give them information they can actually use later in life.


Adults are too set in there ways to use my knowledge to Rule the World. Their brains are already filled to the brim with grownup information like bank account numbers and laundry setting and soap opera settings. Now that’s not to say they can’t still gain great enjoyment from my Magnificent Manual, but growing up to Rule the World is a young person’s game.


2. Care to tell us something about yourself that is not in your book?


I won my 3rd grade spelling bee with the word evilosity. It helped that all my classmates were out sick that day due to a “mysterious” illness.

3. You have a serious, yet funny, personality. Have you ever thought or done comedy before?


I resent that you consider my work to be humorous. There is nothing funny about the business of planetary domination. That’s not to say I can’t be hilarious if I want to be. For example:


Q: How many minions does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: How would I know? My time is much too valuable to waste it observing my minions perform routine lair maintenance.


Get it?

4. I noticed that Commander Virtue looks a lot like an older version of your brother. What do you think about this?


Well, I suppose they do have similar hair color. What’s your point?

5. Have you ever done something good unintentionally while doing something evil?


I’m embarrassed to say it, but yes. I once concocted an Evil Plan to shrink the residents of Boise, Idaho to 4% of their current size. Unfortunately, and through absolutely no fault of my own, I set my Shiver-Inducing Shrink Ray to 4% REDUCTION rather than 4% OF CURRENT SIZE , so everyone woke up the next morning overjoyed that their clothes fit better.

6. If someone ever became ruler of the universe, what do you think they should do afterwards?


Change the price of intergalactic Slurpees to $10. MUAHAHAHAHA!!


7. How are your minions Scott and John?


How would I know? I haven’t paid their dungeon cells a visit since they completed work on my Glorious Guide months ago. Come to think of it, they’re probably getting hungry.


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8. Quick! Write down 6 words that come up in your mind.


Evil, Nefarious, Wicked, Nasty, Loathsome, Kittens.


Thanks Vordak for taking the time to answer my questions.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Win a Lisi Harrison Prize Pack!

Thanks to the wonderful Julia @ Little Brown, I have a Lisi Harrison prize pack to giveaway to one lucky winner!

The prize pack includes:
1 Paperback Movie-tie in edition of The Clique
1 Paperback of The Alphas
1 ARC of Monster High

Open to U.S. Residents only! I am planning a international giveaway soon; so don't feel bad internationals!

Ends November 30 at midnight (12 A.M. EST)

Review: How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible



Synopsis (from amazon.com):
Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.

From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey).
With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.

In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)

Book Details:
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub. Date: August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208

My Review:
Looking for a fun, short read? Well, How to Grow Up and Rule the World offers just that. Vordak takes the reader on a step by step how-to in order for the reader to gain knowledge on how to successfully achieve power over the world. Due to some circumstances Vordak the Incomprehensible is unable to continue his quest for world dominance so he has written this amazingly evil book for a future ruler. Or should I say his captives have written and illustrated this book?
I really enjoyed reading How to Grow Up and Rule the World. Laughing to myself until my family looked at me weirdly? Yep, this definitely happened. Vordak is hilarious and I know he'd dislike me for saying this but its true. He manages to have a serious tone but I found it hard not to laugh at some points. For example: When you are given a quiz Vordak demands you not write in the book or else. That you must keep the book in perfect condition and it has to be kept safe like in a glass showcase. The illustrations were also very funny to look at. The illustrations and the humor of this book made reading a breeze. Everything you need to know about a villian's life is in Vordak's book. Which could possibly more than meets the eye.
Even though this book is geared toward young kids, I'd recommend this book to older readers as well. Families could have some fun reading this book together. My only warning is that I hope no one takes Vordak's advice because it could get you into trouble. The humor, quizzes, steps, and illustrations all make How to Grow Up and Rule the World an evilly, incredible, great, and fun read. Oh, and watch out for the shocking ending!
4 Stars!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ATTENTION! Exciting News This Way!

Hello there my amazing followers. I just wanted to announce that tomorrow is the kick off to my blogoversary celebration! Yay! I'm so excited. There will be about 5 contests total so keep your eyes open for them. I have created a blogoversary button. I know it is small and hard to read, but hey I tried. Its my first time ever dealing with this kind of thing. So if you want you can post my button on your blog (if you have you). Oh, and I should have a review and interview posted this week too! =) Hopefully this will be an exciting week for many.

xxxxxx,
Mallory

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Someone Please Help?!

Hi everyone!
Right now I'm trying to make buttons for my blog and for my blog's 1 year celebration. Only problem is I don't know how to make them so that people may grab the button to put on their blog. Plus I'm not completely sure how to make the images link back to my blog. I mean I was some how able to do so but I just think that maybe there is an easier way. Oh, and by the way I'm using photobucket to make the buttons. If anyone could help me out it'd be greatly appreciated!
Right now I'm looking like this: Only less sad looking.

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's November 1st! Do you know what this means?

November is the start of my blogiversary (or as some people call it blogoversary). The Teen Bibliophile will be a 1 year-old on Nov.16! I'm so excited. There will be a lot of giveaways coming in the next week or so. Just giving you all a heads up. If there is anyone who wants to donate a book or book swag for a giveaway, please feel free to contact me. I really can't believe that its been a year. Thanks to everyone who is a follower. I'm glad to have you all interested in my blog and listening to what I have to say. Heres to more days and more years (hopefully!) of blogging.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

In My Mailbox (20)

In My Mailbox (IMM) is hosted by The Story Siren every week. IMM is where book reviewers get a chance to show others what they got that week in books. This week I was surprised twice with two great books showing up.

For Review:
I literally jumped up and down when I got a package from Simon and Schuster. Inside the package was:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano; coming March 2011.
Here is the synopsis for Wither (from the back of the ARC):
In the not-too-distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb- males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted- expect freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it is too late.


Injane by Douglas K Pearson
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Most people think I'm crazy because I see things they cannot. But if they saw the blood and the torture, or felt an ounce of the pain I feel, they would know I'm not insane. No one believes me and that makes me more alone than I feel. To those who meet me for the first time, I'm Jane; once they hear my one-sided conversations and terrified screams, they refer to me as Injane.

Thank you to the people @ Simon and Schuster and Pot-Boilers Publishing!

So... what did you all get this week? Anything good?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

UPCOMING Angel Books U Should Know About!!!

Coming next month on the 16th, SINFUL by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber will be available for purchase. To learn more about the authors and SINFUL go here. Here is the trailer:




I was just browsing the internet and stumbled upon this book and I'm pretty excited to know that there is another angel book coming soon! I absolutely cannot wait to read this book. Any YA book that has angels, fallen or not, you'll find me reading. The synopsis and the trailer has me wanting to go buy SINFUL this very second! What do you all think about SINFUL and the book trailer?

Last but not least, The Last Guardian by Michelle Wachbrit. The cover is so pretty! Plus I believe this book is going to be unlike any other angel book out there.


Synopsis: Run away… run away and hide! the voice in her head screamed.


Summoning every ounce of power and courage Mienya possessed, she manipulated her own energy to flare around her. Almost instantly, the room grew unbearably hot. Garin yelped and dropped her hand as orange tongues of fire scorched his hair and his body.

Mienya is only twelve when her twisted older brother, Garin, kills nearly everyone on Ckanizar, their home planet. Having lost everything dear to her, Mienya must fight to prevent Garin from destroying other worlds. As a winged Guardian — a being born only once every 5,000 years with the ability to wield tremendous energetic power — Mienya knows that she is the only one who can stop him.

Her pursuit brings her to Earth, where she meets three students — Robin, Nathan, and Christopher — who risk their lives to fight Garin and to protect Mienya. What begins as a tussle over an alien world quickly becomes personal for this trio as they join Mienya in a battle to save planet Earth and everyone on it.

So begins The Guardian series.


Taken from the publisher here: http://tendrilpress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=180%3Athe-last-guardian&catid=4&Itemid=5