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Monday, December 28, 2009

Reading into The New Year and Readathon


Hi all! :) I've always been one to stay at home during celebrations so I'm looking forward to participating in this New Year readathon (click button for more info). I already have some books in mind to read during that day. Since I haven't been able to read as much lately, this just rocks in my opinion. Can't wait to start reading on December 31st! :D

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gateway by Sharon Shinn

Gateway by Sharon Shinn
Rating: 2.9/5

Synopsis: As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring—and tells her that “black jade” translates to “Daiyu”—she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it’s more than that; it’s magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There’s only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever. .

Review: This is one of those books where you get let down on because you expected too much. Despite such an amazing summary there, the story wasn't what I thought it would be. Some parts of the book seemed really unrealistic to me. The pacing was a bit slow, and not as fast as I thought it would be due to the blurb.

The good side of the book is that although the characters weren't developed as well as they could be, you'll still enjoy the book because of the choice Daiyu has to make. Other aspects will keep you interested in the book as well such as the choice of words the author uses.

What I thought of...

The Beginning: Nice introduction.

The Middle: Would have liked it to be a bit more fast paced, but overall it was okay.

The End: ARG! The ending was too open for me. Would have liked it to be resolved, and not so abrupt.

FTC: Received this book for Other Shelf Tours

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Rating: 3.8/5

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

Review: With this book, you have a nice plot, good characters, and an element that pulls your reader in. It was definitely a cute read and was very useful in killing some time in the car. On one hand, I was more than happy to keep reading pages, but on the other hand, there were times that I didn't really like it. The pacing was just right, except for some parts that dragged.
With a book, you have the good and bad side. The bad side wasn't necessarily huge, but some parts stood out to me. Marissa and all the other characters were made to be teenagers, and it definitely showed. However, some of the writing got on my nerves with terms such as "whatev" and parts like this:
Andrea's all, "Forget it."
Sterling's like,"Could it be any hotter?"
Maybe it was just me. I could understand that most teenagers speak like that when explaining stuff to their friends, but reading about it just got on my nerves. Again, maybe it's just the annoyingness inside of me.

There was something I didn't quite understand. I think I'm slow, but I didn't really get the idea of how Derek finally dated Marisa. I don't know, but I just feel like the author could have shown that a bit more.

Enough of my whining, here's the better aspect of the book: the characters seemed very realistic, which was something I liked. The writing flowed very naturally most of the time despite my complaints. I recommend this book to people who like books about young romance and discovering yourself.

What I thought of:

The Beginning: It didn't hook me in like I thought it would, but with patience, it eventually did.

The Middle: It seemed a little draggy, but I still liked it

The End: Love Nash and Marisa! The ending was just nearly perfect for the book in my opinion! :)

FTC: I bought a copy a while ago, but before I started, I ended up giving it to a friend. So I checked this puppy from the library.

Monday, December 21, 2009

How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky

How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky
Rating: 2.9/5

Synopsis: The AS YOU WISH SERIES shows what can go wrong when a magic lamp, a wish-granting genie, and backstage life in the theater all collide. HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH (formerly titled THERE'S THE RUB) begins the series, introducing Kira Franklin, a stage manager caught in a dead-end dinner theater job when her true wish is to work on a production of Romeo and Juliet.

Review: I was more than excited when I heard of this book, but as I read it, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. The plot fell flat, and the characters didn't really reach out to me like I thought they would. It's been a month since I read this book so some things are a little fuzzy to remember. I'll refrain from doing my usual thoughts of the beginning, middle, and end of the book because I feel I can't do it justice (darn procrostination and school!). I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. I feel like I like some parts of it, but some others parts that aren't as good overshadowed my feelings for this one.

To end this review on a brighter note, the book had a great premise. It was a great story, but just told in a way that didn't appeal to me. It might to do other people so if you'd like, go check this one out! :)

FTC: Received this book for review from Other Shelf Tours. No bribery involved. Didn't keep this book so no need to sue me.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Win Linger & update

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates; as usual, I procrostinate with school work everyday and end up wasting unnessary time trying to catch up. Like many people, I'm on break right now so I'm working on reviews and fitting time to read :)

Anyway, here's a lovely chance to win Linger from Karin's Book Nook! :D Today's the last day (eek!) and I procrostinated with entering that contest too. Ha. Just click here to enter and if my streak of bad luck is still going on, you will win and not me! :D Hooray!!

Well back to winter break work ;D

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine



Lifted by Wendy Toliver
Release Date: June 10, 2010 from Simon Pulse

From Goodreads:
It's not what you steal. It's getting away with it that's so much fun.

Why:
I love Wendy Toliver's works. Ever since I've read The Secret Life of the Teenage Siren, I've always enjoyed reading from her. This being her 3rd book is no exception. This book looks like it is going to be very different from her romantic comedy novels, and for that, I cannot wait to devour this novel next year.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class.

But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out - doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T - and to everyone's shock, she's a hit!

Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize - Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare...

Review: This book was very fun and original to read, making it seem like a breath of fresh air. It is great for those who want a break from the world to hear Teresa's shy little voice. She has so much to say, and this novel allows her to tell everything. I loved the characters, but would have wanted some certain ones (ex. Stacy) to be explained a little bit more; right now, she seems like a very one-dimensional character, despite how most of the other characters are well written (like Tere's mom).

The pacing is alright for me, if not a tad slow. Some parts were predictable, but the overall look at the book made up for that. I am glad that I finally picked this book up to read and that this book will be going through a second printing. There are a lot of people that need to read Tere's story. She is easy to relate to, and her shyness is written perfectly. This was a sweet and endearing story that was unlike any other.

4/5

What I thought of...

The Beginning: It was a great introduction to all of the characters. Again, I wasn't really feeling Stacy's character even though I knew she was a downright mean person.

The Middle: Tere's mom got on my nerves as she doesn't have any confidence in her own daughter, and keeps making her do things she doesn't want to do. But her actions are explained why further in the book. I loved how Tere hosted the radio show. I would have liked to read more of her hosting because I wasn't really shown how she was that great of a host. She was good, but I needed more.

The End: I loved the ending, and felt it tied up all the loose ends of the book.

FTC: Bought this with my own money. No need to sue me.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Review: Let me just say that since today is Thanksgiving, I am very grateful for Senfaye (Annie!!) @ A Maze of Books for telling me to purchase this. I don't think I have ever been sucked into a world as elaborate and enthralling as the one in this book. The characters were extremely well portrayed. You could even almost sense the presence of them because they were that real. The whole aspect of being a Caster and the Light and Dark side were made to be very believable--I don't even know when my eyes started gluing on the page.

The family trees, the librarian, the locket--they all made the story even more exciting and mysterious than it was already. Lena and Ethan are now two of my favorite characters (but I can't forget Link either!). The way each of their qualities and their actions are just made them feel so real you to that you can actually picture them in real life. The book will keep you on the edge of your seat will its alluring writing and plot. If this is merely just a debut novel, I cannot wait for what the two authors have in store for us in the sequel. If this book does not become a bestseller, I will literally scream my head off!

What I thought of...

The Beginning: I have to be honest here. The beginning wasn't very exciting for me, and while I do understand that this is where everything unravels, I just wasn't hooked until at least pg.90.

The Middle: I think this was the part where my eyes would not lift their gaze off the page I was reading. With each flip of the page, I found myself to the point where I just didn't want it to end, but was reluctantly reading. This is where everything came alive for me.

The End: Some people don't like the ending because of the huge cliffhanger, but I found myself enjoying it. It was a tad rushed, but it was where it belonged and I don't think I would have wanted it any differently.

I am very excited to possibly get my copy signed next Tuesday. Hopefully, I don't have any plans that day for school because I need to meet the authors!!
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And with that, I say HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I don't like turkey myself, but eat like pigs for me, will you?! :D

FTC: I bought this with my own money. No need to sue me.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Winner of Favorite Numbers Contest

Sorry for the delay everyone! :) But we finally have a winner.
....
SU!!!
Congratulations Su! Please e-mail me your addy within 48 hours so I can send it off on Friday.
To everyone else, thank you for entering my contest!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Let's have a chat...with Kristina Springer

I am so elated to announce that this is my first ever author interview, and what makes it even better is it's Kristina Springer-author of The Espressologist!

Here it is; hope you enjoy! (; (Answers are in brown because... well...COFFEE!)

1. First of all, why coffee? Why not french fries or muffins?
Matchmaking based on french fries made me laugh. :) But ok, why coffee? Because coffee can get SO detailed and personal! You can tell so much about a person from it. Really, what does a small extra hot sugar free cinnamon soy latte say to you? And how about a large caramel mocha extra caramel extra whip cream with chocolate shavings on top?

2. What does your favorite coffee say about you?
Jane and I share the same favorite drink. :-)

Large non fat mocha with no whip

Fun and sweet. A bit naïve. Most often happy. Always friendly. Trying to be health conscious (nonfat milk, no whip) but not that hard (mocha). :-)


3. How was the process of writing The Espressologist?
I didn't plot or plan this one-- I just showed up at the local Starbucks a few night a week for four months and wrote what came to me at that moment. It was a super fun book to write!


4. Who is the girl on the cover?
I have no clue! I'd love to know though. Girl on the cover, please write to me. :)

5. What's next for you?
I’m super excited about my next book! It’s called, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS and it’s about two 7th grade BFFs who each think each other’s “boyfriend” is a fake. It becomes competitive (like if one says her boyfriend sent her carnations the other says her boyfriend sent her roses) and hilarious. It will be out in the fall of 2010.

6. Any last words?
I love chatting so feel free to e-mail/facebook/tweet me!


Thanks again, Kristina Springer! :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Favorite Number Contest

Hey guys! It's 11-07-09...know what that means? CONTEST TIME! You see 11,7, and 9 are my three favorite numbers so when they all occured on the same day, I figuredit was time for a contest! :D

The Prizes:
If you win, one lucky winner will be able to get
-Fallen ARC
-Royally Jacked
-Ballad
-I Heart You, You Haunt Me
-Chasing Brooklyn signed bookmark
-The Hollow (UK version)

How to Enter:

Simply comment with your e-mail and tell me your favorite number for an entry.

For extra entries:

+2 If you are a follower
+5 Tell me why ## is your favorite number
+2 for every link to this contest
+5 for being able to guess what book cover this is and E-MAIL(Don't Comment!) it to andanythingbookish@gmail.com (Give title & author in e-mail):



CONTEST ENDS 11/ 17/09 @ 11:07:09 PM California Time (;
[edit: If you would like 2 more entries, please sign this petition with your twitter account. Much is appreciated ^_^]

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Rating: 4.3/5

Synopsis: What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right? With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.


Review: This book is simply amazing and hilarious! I never wanted it to end. I was so extremely stoked to get this in the mail and tore open the package almost immediately. I hadn't known this book was in it, but when I did, I did some major squealing. How gorgeous is the cover? The book jacket is awesome with its coffee stains and if you take the book jacket off, there's even a coffee stain on the cover of the actual book. All the coffee talk in this book made me want one. I learned you should never read a book about food when you're hungry ;)

Meanwhile, the characters in this fabulous book are so loveable. Jane Turner is a hilarious and awesome female protagonist. Her personality made me laugh a lot and her observations about the type of person someone is by the coffee they order are spot on. Also, Em is a wonderful best friend that everyone would want to have. I wanted to know more about Cam, though. He seemed like such a sweet boy. All the characters were truly endearing. An author often tries to create characters for us to adore them and this author succeeded. At least for me, that is. However, I would have liked for the characters to be explored a little bit more. They were great, but something about them was missing.

The Espressologist was a great book for a debut novel. I don't know how Kristina Springer did it, but her work of art exceeded my expectations. I knew I'd enjoy it, but I didn't know I'd enjoy it THIS much. It was a quick and entertaining read. Go buy it now!

What I thought of...

The Beginning: Great start. I could feel the tone and the mood of the story as soon as I finished the first chapter.

The Middle: This is where the fun begins. I simply adored the interaction between the awesome Jane and whoever she talked to.

The End: Such a satisfying ending. I wanted more though. But then again, I am always greedy when it comes to good books.

The only complaints I have are the number of pages and something else. 192 pages only? I wanted more...My other complaint is that I have to mail it soon. *tear* I need to ask for this as a Christmas present or something.

I cannot wait to see what else this author has in store for us in her next novels.

FTC: Got a copy from publisher for Other Shelf Tours

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Update

Hey bloggerworld! I have not read a single book this week. I have many reviews to catch up on and don't know where to start. (It will be hard since I read those books 2 weeks ago. My memory is a fail) On top of that, stupid school is taking over my life. It's like test after test after test -_-

Happy November! I know many people have been blogging about this, but I am trying NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. Whoohoo! :D

Expect some contests soon also.

Adios amigos! (;

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor by Pam Bachorz
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.

Review: Candor was a very refreshing read. The book has a lot of depth and emotion. As I read it, I was impressed and saddened by how the town of Candor was. The book wasn't exactly a gripping-can't-put-down novel, but it's close. The author did a great job illustrating the effects of the brainwashing down through the Messages--you get the chance to witness several characters go through the change as well as how they are completely oblivious to it. The whole idea of brainwashing was very hard to take in. I found it really depressing and unfair that no one really got a choice. To me, Oscar's dad, was the antagonist of the novel. It wasn't the messages, but him. He was just creating a fake image of perfection for every family in the town. It didn't help that Oscar was known to everyone as the "perfect" child either.

One thing I noticed was the author's writing style. The sentences are sometimes short, but it's what makes the book different. At first, I was a teensy bit irked by it, but then I learned to love Pam Bachorz's writing. :D Oh and the cover. It is absolutely PERFECT for this book. Now, I know the reason behind the orange.

I loved Nia and couldn't help but feel sorry for her. I really wanted to kill Oscar's dad (>:O). Sadly, I was not a character in the novel. And if I was, he'd probably brainwash me. Tehe. One thing that I felt that did not flow naturally was Nia's and Oscar's relationship. I really found it hard to believe that they loved each other in the beginning of the novel. I wish their love was shown more naturally. However, towards the novel, I could tell that Oscar really cares for her. Despite all of this, I loved Candor. The book was spectacular and made me really think.

What I thought of....

The Beginning: I wasn't sure how I felt at this point. Oscar and Nia's relationship was too rushed. Me no likey.

The Middle: At this point, everything got a whole lot better. I was left shocked and stunned at some things that occured. :O

The End: It was extremely intense. I never wanted it to end. I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. It was such a huge shocker. In fact, I'm not sure if I should hate it or be impressed. AH!! The madness.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Reader Notes - Book Themes for Random Magic


Hey, guys! I thought this was really interesting and cool. You might want to check it out if you're interested in Random Magic by Sasha Soren! ;)


Inside Random Magic: Reader Notes - Book Themes

Some of the themes of the book, apart from the nutty adventures and colorful imagery, would be:

• Magic is everywhere, even in daily life, just have to know where to look.
• Always believe in yourself, even if no one else does.
• Inside every woman, there is a queen
• Brains can be more useful than brawn, in a lot of cases
• Knowledge is power
• Bravery isn’t a lack of fear, but a willingness to try even when you’re afraid
• True beauty is much greater than skin deep
• Loyalty, friendship and love are more valuable than gold
• Magic is: Magic. But it’s also: The power to create art, music, and beauty.
• There is spiritual beauty in physical objects, sometimes
• Humans are mortal, but the things they create are immortal.
• It’s foolhardy to underestimate the seemingly small and weak
• Don’t believe everything you see
• One person with courage is a majority
• Never give up
• Love is the most elusive but most powerful magic of all

Random Magic by Sasha Soren

[Part of the Random Magic Book Tour]

The author thought it would be nice if I'd try doing a vlog-review sort for this books. I thought it would be fun! But, my webcam stopped working...*tear* Guess there's not vlog for this week's IMM either xD I honestly wish I could have done much more for my tour stop, but school & the recent flu I got messed everything up. Anyway, here is lame review. (My review--not the book!)

Random Magic by Sasha Soren
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Review: I liked it more than I thought I would. The writing made the book fun, comical, and quirky. The characters are extremely great (I cannot even express my love for Winnie...) Henry and Winnie's adventures never ceased to end--and that only made the book more fun to read. However, there were some parts that I found difficult to read because of the use of metaphors and such. (I think I'm dumb xD) Despite that, I also really loved the mini descriptions under each chapter.

Something that made me go, "What?!" was the cover. Like many other Bloggers, I think Nicole Kidman is the person on the cover. xD But you know...never judge a book by its cover (especially this one!) It truly was a great autumn read.

What I thought of...
(no spoilers!)


The Beginning: Immediately, I was hooked by the first couple of sentences. However, the beginning of the novel was also hard to understand. It's one of those books that will make sense more and more as you go through it.

The Middle: It was less confusing. I liked it! :)

The End: I love, love the ending.

[edit: Here is the book trailer! :)]


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Random Magic Tour Schedule

Random Magic Tour
Oct. 17 - Nov. 25, 2009

Author site: Sasha Soren
Main blog host: The Other Shelf
Contact the tour: @RM_TheCoven
Catch up with the tour: @RandomMagicTour


1/Oct. 15
[Tour prep]

2/Oct. 17
Michelle
Michelle’s Book Blog
http://michellesramblins.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
review
author interview

3/Oct. 18
Aimee
My Fluttering Heart
http://myflutteringheart.blogspot.com

tw: http://twitter.com/aimeefluttering
tour bio
tour announcement

review
other book mentions: fill in the gaps project

4/Oct. 20
Allison
Well-Read Reviews
http://www.wellreadreviews.com
tw: http://twitter.com/wellreadreviews
tour bio
tour announcement
review
author interview
other book mentions: friday firsts meme
other book mentions: sunday salon meme
other book mentions: J.Kaye comments

5/Oct. 22
Casey
A Passion For Books
http://casey62588.blogspot.com
tw: http://twitter.com/casey625
tour bio (to be added)

6/Oct. 24
Kim
And Anything Bookish
http://andanythingbookish.blogspot.com

tw: http://twitter.com/sunxxmoon
tour bio (to be added)

6b/Oct. 25
Kate
The Neverending Shelf
http://neverendingshelf.blogspot.com/2009/09/random-magic-tour.html

Alt: The Other Shelf (Tour site)
tw: http://twitter.com/neshelf
tour bio (to be added)

7/Oct. 26
Trisha Lynn
Trisha’s Book Blog
http://trishasbookshelf.blogspot.com
tw: http://twitter.com/trishalynn0708
tour bio

7b/Oct. 27
Becky
The Bookette
http://thebookette.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement
Becky's alter ego: Nevermore


8/Oct. 28
Brande
Book Junkie
http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
review
author interview
Brande's alter ego: Winnie

9/Oct. 29
Jenny
Take Me Away
http://takemeaway-jennala9.blogspot.com

tw: https://twitter.com/JennyTakeMeAway
(Related: Doing Alice in Wonderland challenge, Sept.1, 2009 - Aug. 31, 2010)
tour bio
tour announcement

10/Oct. 30
Elnice
Ellz Readz
http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement

(reader notes) inside random magic: the garden

11/Oct. 31 (Halloween)
Mariah
A Reader’s Adventure
http://mariah-readingadventure.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio (to be added)

12/Nov. 2
Cat
Beyond Books
http://beyondbooks.ca
tw: http://twitter.com/beyondelsewhere
tour bio

13/Nov. 3
Jill
The O.W.L. Blog
http://owlforya.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement

14/Nov. 4
Juju
Tales of Whimsy
http://talesofwhimsy.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio

14b/Nov.9
Charity Lynn
Keep On Booking
http://keeponbooking.blogspot.com

tw: http://twitter.com/CharityGamble
tour bio
tour announcement


15/Nov. 10
Alaine
Queen of Happy Endings
http://alainereading.blogspot.com
tw: http://twitter.com/madscrapper
tour bio
tour announcement

16/Nov. 11
Tina
Tina’s Book Reviews
http://willowdustreviews.blogspot.com

(alt: http://blogwithbitereviews.blogspot.com)
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement
review


17/Nov. 12
McKenzie
The Book Owl
http://thebookowl.blogspot.com

tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement
McKenzie's alter ego: Nevermore

18/Nov. 13
Willow Raven
Red House Books
http://redhousebooks.blogspot.com

tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio (to be added)

19/Nov. 15
Emily
What Book Is That?
http://whatbookisthat.blogspot.com
tw: http://twitter.com/heynocupcake
tour bio
tour announcement

20/Nov. 17
Jenn
Fallling Off The Shelf
http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement

21/Nov. 18
Nicole
Books!
http://my-book-views.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio

22/Nov. 20
Bianca
Wicked Good Reads
http://wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement
Bianca's alter ego: Nevermore

23/Nov. 21
Michelle
The True Book Addict
http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com
tw: http://twitter.com/truebookaddict
tour bio
tour announcement

24/Nov. 23
Andrea
The Little Bookworm
http://thelilbookworm.blogspot.com

tw: http://twitter.com/lilbookworm
tour bio
tour announcement

24b/Nov.24
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Strange & Random Happenstance
http://strange-and-random-happenstance.blogspot.com
tw: (not on Twitter)
tour bio
tour announcement


25/Nov. 25
Eleni
La Femme Readers
http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com
tw: http://twitter.com/lafemmereaders
tour bio
tour announcement
vlogs (books)
review
author interview
reader notes: trivia
reader notes: book themes

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: The undead can really screw up your senior year . . . Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwood's senior year "get-a-life" plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he's her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction

Review: The cover and the title do not do the book justice. In fact, the tone of the book is a bit more serious than what the title leads you to believe. Despite that, this book was so enjoyable! I felt myself anticipating every chapter, turning apprehensive as the story led on. I braced myself for the ending because I didn't know if it would be one that I'd like or not. And when it ended, I wanted more. Thankfully, the author wrote more of Jessica's and Lucius' story on her site. This book is probably one of the best vampire novels I have read. I could really see the budding love of Jessica and Lucius as every chapter went on. It wasn't some cliche "love at first sight" plot. Jessica and Lucius grew to love each other.

One of the things that I liked were Lucius' letters to his uncle. Not only were they amusing (you should see his comments about basketball), but they conveyed how his feelings changed about Jessica. They made their love story more believable and endearing.

What I thought of...

The Beginning: The beginning did not hook me, but the interaction between Jessica and Lucius was adorable and amusing.

The Middle: The first half of the middle was extremeley better than the beginning of the novel. When I hit the second half, I became frustrated. I hated Lucius for acting the way he did.

The End: ARG! It was so good :) However, it wasn't enough for me. I was glad the author wrote more of the characters' story on her website.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

I'm still sick this week so my voice is not as annoying. Anyway, here's my IMM vlog this week.

As usual, In My Mailbox was started by Kristi @ The Story Siren




Books I got from the library:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Saving Juliet by Suzanna Selfors

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Trade/Borrow:

One Wish by Leigh Brescia (Thanks Wendy!)

For review:

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer (For Other Shelf Tours)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

[I'm really behind on my reviews. I have to check Goodreads just to know what books I have left to review...I think it's this awful flu I have. But that's not an excuse, hehe. Anyway, here is my attempt at another review before I head off for more medicine. ]

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary. Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.

Review: This book amazed me! 0_0 The writing and the plot was fantastic. I was never bored. It was also quite terrifying at parts, but that was mainly because of the suspense. I never knew what psychometry was until I read this book. The stalker is downright creepy! :O Everytime I saw one of his entries, I was shocked at how psycho he was. I never knew what was coming; I would try to guess, but I would be proved wrong. I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of predictable books so this one was great for me! It was only around 242 pages and was packed with great suspense. I really cannot wait for the sequel, Deadly Little Lies, to come out.

What I didn't like about it was the characters. It was just unrealistic that Camelia and her friends never really did anything about the whole stalker situation. All they did was talk about what NOT to do. Camelia did not tell her parents anything even after she knew that creepy stalker has been inside her room. Another thing I don't like is Camelia's and Ben's "relationship." I don't think it was developed enough; more like Camelia's hormones and like of Ben's mysterious personality(and the fact that he saved her) got the best of her. I know they have feelings for each other, though. But it wasn't shown as strong as I hoped it would. Nevertheless, it was a great read! :) Props to the author for this magnificent story.

What I thought of...

The Beginning: The beginning hooked me from the first couple of sentences.

The Middle: Here is where I start forming predictions of who this "stalker" may be. I tried guessing the stalker as the most obvious person...

The End: Oh , god. This was one of the most suspenseful endings I've ever read. The stalker turned out to be this other obvious person. Although I was a bit disappointed that I was wrong, it was an okay ending. (Cliffhangers are a no-no...-_-)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Review: This book was amazing! It never ceased to get my attention. I saw some tweets on Twitter recommending this book so I checked it out from the library. I finished this in one sitting and was blown away. Brittany and Alex have become one of my favorite couples of YA fiction. They were so real and it was really intriguing to read from both point of views. I have to say, though, at some points in the novel, I didn't like how all Brittany could think about was to keep a perfect image. I know she was kind of influenced by her parents so I understand. That being said, I liked how she changed by the end of the book. You should definitely give this book a try!

What I thought of...
[NO MAJOR SPOILERS! :D]

The Beginning: The start of the novel is fantastic. Great introduction to everyone! Another good point is that from the beginning of the novel, you can sort of sense how everyone's personality is.

The Middle: This is where the novel gets even more interesting. I loved every aspect of it! :)

The End: Awww...That's all I'm going to say. The ending is just too cute! xD

[Forgive me if I left out any other details. My mind is a blank because I didn't write this review sooner...]

Saturday, October 10, 2009

In My Mailbox (2) VLOG!

First of all, before you click play on the video below and I'm dead serious about this: prepare to be bored to death.

Anyway, I hope you don't mind my obnoxious voice! Enjoy :D

[Hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren :)]



Books mentioned:

The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Hollywood is Like High School With Money by Zoey Dean
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Picture Perfect by D. Anne Love
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Look Both Ways by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz (0_o )
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Other stuff:
The Goods from Jessica Verday's site! :D

Happy reading to all! (;

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father ...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts ...and heal them.


Review: This is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I read and it was pure amazement for me to go through everything with Ronnie, Will, Steve, etc. Thankfully, I checked this puppy out of the library so there was no need to buy it. If I could, I would definitely purchase it. It's beautiful and probably the first book that made me cry towards the end. I did not see that climax coming at all and it was heartbreaking for Ronnie to go through that. There were some characters that I wanted to know more about though, like Creepo Marcus xD. Every character is very relatable and real unlike many others. I must admit that I had a hard time imagining Miley Cyrus as Ronnie in the beginning of the novel because she didn't have purple streaks in her hair! I know it's silly...

What I thought of:

The Beginning: It was a great introduction to Ronnie and the rest of the characters. I really like Steve's character and the way he's very considerate. The prologue of the novel was also interesting. We see Ronnie be her rebellious self for a bit before Creepo Marcus ruins it for her.

The Middle: It was definitely better than the beginning with many things occuring. Not only that, but it was cute and endearing seeing Will and Ronnie interact the way they were. I hated a couple of character's guts and wanted to beat them up near the part of a wedding....but then the hate-o-meter turned into a tear-o-meter once I hit the climax. Read it and you'll know what I'm talking about. You just won't expect that to happen (unless you read a summary somewhere...) and when it does, your jaw won't be able to stay in place. At least for me, that is. When I read the letters in the books, I completely lost it. (During the whole climax, you might want to listen to When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus. If you hate her like me, you'll like this song because it fits the mood. But her voice is still as annoying and nasal there...don't hit me!)

The End: Oh, the ending. It was truly sad to see everything crumble like that for Ronnie. But it was nice to see her stay strong and play the piano. I loved the ending! :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Shelby’s summer plans go totally awry when her horrible stepmother sends her off to “brat camp” as punishment for one too many broken curfews. Camp is full of spoiled rich kids, obnoxious counselors wanting Shelby to talk about her feelings, and a totally inhumane “no cell phones” policy. Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?

Review: I found this book on the shelf of my library and checked it out almost immediately. I was really excited to read it, but its plot didn't really cut for me. It was good, but I didn't love it like I thought I would. I do like the wholeconcept at camp, but the characters were flat for me. One of the reasons I keep reading books even if they're boring is because of the characters, but for this book I felt the characters needed more development. I didn't get into it until the middle. It was really predictable as well. The book is a short read so you all might like it if you're looking for a book to kill time.

What I thought of:

The Beginning: The beginning did not get a hold of my interest. I would keep turning pages just to see where the story led, but I would also find my mind wandering elsewhere. Heck, I wasn't even excited when Austin showed up in the novel.

The Middle: It picked up better and we finally know a little more of some characters. As for some others, I honestly knew nothing about them. The events happening around this part were enganging though. This part was definitely cute and fun to read.

The End: It was definitely better than both of the previous parts. It wrapped up nicely, although a little cliche and cheesy.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Throwdown Thursday (7)

Since I didn't do a post for this meme last week, this week's winner is from two weeks ago...

And that winner is...The second cover of The Espressologist!! :D I have to agree with that also.

[Just a warning. Today I am abusing the use of ellipsis...]




For this week...
the contestants are bigger and sweeter than ever...

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison or Coffeehouse Angel?

Both covers have a girl posing with a delectable food item in their hands...and their books involve food.

Which cover do you think is sweeter?


Oh and this meme was started by Kate @ The Neverending Shelf =)

Blog Roll!

Here's a list of awesome bloggers! To be added to my list, just shoot me an e-mail at andanythingbookish@gmail.com =]

The Book Lush

The Book Scout
A Flight of Minds
The Here. The Now. And the Books
Karin's Book Nook
Lucid Conspiracy
A Maze of Books
Michelle Hodkin
The Neverending Shelf
Notes from the Nerdette
Sparrow Review

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Want it Wednesday



Once again, I don't know where this meme started xD If you know, please tell me!


This week, I really want A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Release:February 4, 2010

Description: When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
Why? I think it'll be a very lighthearted read, something that I like very much. I'm very excited to read this because from the description, it is bound to be full of humor and awesomeness. I like novels that talk about first impressions that are misunderstood. I really want this!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Contest Winners!! :D

Okay, so both contests have ended greatly. All books are packed in their boxes so all I need are addresses.

But let's start of with the Canadian winners!!!

The two winners are:
Lauren

Ashlee

Congratulations! I have e-mailed you for your addresses.

Quadholdt contest winners are:

Ashley *(don't have your e-mail, please email me!)

Mandy* (what I said up there ^)

Kimberly (I e-mailed you! Thank you for answering trivia questions!)

Corianna (You're fine. You e-mailed me your trivia questions so I have e-mailed you back :])


*Next time, please include your e-mail -_- !!!
I know it wasn't in the instructions so it was completely my fault...
And for that you have 24 hours to e-mail me! For those who I have already e-mailed you got yourself two extra days! :D So 72 hours. For the Quadholdt contest, since the first two did not include their e-mail address, Kimberly gets to choose first. Then Corianna! Then Mandy! Then Kimberly! :D

That is all...
[edit: Oh yeah...I'm hoping to have one of those 100+ followers contest next month so keep checking back! For this contest, only followers are allowed to enter and if you're a book blogger, you get an extra entry! :D]

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thank You & Playlist

Thank you for making this week such a wonderful week, especially if you participated in an interview or commented! :) Comment below also for an extra entry ;)

To close it all up, I compiled a playlist that I listened to while reading Two Way Street for the second time and that I think you guys would enjoy while you read the book. Some tracks were not listened to but that's because I didn't know of them. Don't ask why I chose those songs because I honestly don't have a clue! xD Some fit the book while others are just there for background music.




Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones




Songs that are not included in the playlist are:
Electric Twist by A Fine Frenzy
Try by Asher Book
That's How It Is by Paul Freeman

Once again, thank you all! :D Contest ends in a few hours & the winner will be announced tomorrow night along with Canadian winner :)

Reminder

Cool Canadians contest ends TOMORROW! If you haven't entered yet, go here. Remember, Canadians only! :)

Quadholdt contest ends TODAY! You have until midnight to enter. I shall be posting my last I Heart Barnholdt post today to close it all up :)

That is all. Please go back to whatever you were doing!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen



Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

Review: I was SUPER excited to see that it was my turn to check out this book at the library. (Seriously, I waited three months for this book...) I love, love the characters in this book--especially that Jason (The Truth About Forever) and Nate (Lock and Key) played a part or were mentioned in this book. However, I didn't like this book as much as her others. It was interesting but just to a point where you just can't help but turn pages (turn, not flip...there a big difference). The main reason I kept reading was because of the characters. Truthfully, Sarah Dessen is such a master in creating such believable characters that flow so naturally.

What I thought of...

The Beginning: It was a nice introduction to everyone. Like other Sarah Dessen novels, we get a bit of the background of the main character. Few surprises were included as well such as Auden being with Eli's brother on an impulse (it's really funny...). I didn't really like Auden's parents. At all.

The Middle: Again, more background but this time of Eli. I also liked every moment Auden spent with Eli during their nights during their "quest."

Sigh. Then, we hit the part where Auden messesd up big time and all I could do was this:
-_-

The End: However, what is a Sarah Dessen book without a happy ending? :) The ending was really cute for me and I couldn't imagine it otherwise. *applauds*

4/5

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren :)

Once again, new meme for me so please forgive all possible mistakes! ;)

A video was meant to accompany this post, but being me, believe it or not--I kept wacking myself in the head with the books (accident proneness...). Plus my voice was just too annoying to listen to over and over and over...

Moving on! These were the books I got :

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
Fancy White Trash by Merjetta Geerling
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks


Other bookish stuff:
-bookmarks & postcard from Lisa Schroeder (won from Lauren from The Here. The Now. And The Books.)

So I hope I did this correctly...what did you guys get? :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Interview with an author's sister :)

The wonderful, Kelsey Barnholdt, volunteered to be one of my interview victims! *Squee* In case you don't know, she is Lauren Barnholdt's sister. I want to thank her for giving up some of her precious time to answer my questions. :) Let's not waste anymore time; here is the interview!

1. Describe Lauren Barnholdt in one word.
One word is hard! But I'm going to go with "Amazing."

2. Which book of your sister's is your favorite and why?
I love all her books! But Two way Street is my favorite because it's dedicated to me! Also because I like how it goes from back and forth from male/female point of view.

3. What character in her books do you like the best?
I love Devon Delaney! The voice my sister gives her is so funny and realistic. It's how I think sometimes.

4. Who are some of your favorite authors?
My sister! Sarah Dessen, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, and I've recently started to get into Jessica Burkhart!

5. If you could be any book, what would you be?
My sister! Sarah Dessen, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, and I've recently started to get into Jessica Burkhart!

6. Any final words?
Thanks for the questions! And for doing this for my sister! =)

Once again, thank you very much for doing this interview! :)

Comment below for an extra entry .

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Trivia - Quadholdt Contest

Here are the ways you can score even more entries than you already have. If you have read a book by Lauren Barnholdt, you can get three entries. If you haven't, you can still get two entries. All you have to do is answer at least one question and e-mail them to me at andanythingbookish@gmail.com

These trivia questions do not contain big spoilers. Those who have read Two Way Street can also answer the other two questions that are not under their category. Today we have questions from Two Way Street.

(+3) For those who have read Two Way Street:

1. What are the names of Jordan's and Courtney's best friends?
2. What page is this quote found? "I am a traitor to my generation. Seriously."

(+2) For those who have not read the book or for those who just want more extra entries:

1. How many pages long is Two Way Street?
2. Who is the publisher of the book?

Remember to e-mail these answers to me! Check back later for Kelsey Barnholdt's interview! :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Interview With a Book Blogger...

This was supposed to be up in the morning so my apologies! xD This interview is really full of heart, and I for one think it is really witty. Here's Kate from The Never Ending Shelf! Give her some love as she is probably one of the nicest bloggers I have ever met. :)

1. What would be your first reaction if you were told you had to go on a road trip with your ex-boyfriend?
To be honest, it depends on which ex-boyfriend I had to do the road trip with. There are some that I might be ok with, and there are others that I would secretly be plotting their demise. But knowing my luck, I would end up with the worst of the worse, and have no way to get out of it.

2. If you were to exaggerate about yourself to make friends, what truths would you stretch?
I have no clue. I am sure there is something that I would probably exaggerate, but let's pretend I didn't say that... Instead I answered, I would never do that. People will just love me for who I am... ;)

3. Would you prefer someone to lie to you in order to protect you or just be honest and tell you the truth?
Probably be honest. I like to think that I can handle the truth. Or at least I hope I can.

4. What is the biggest mistake you have ever made and what would you have done differently if you had a chance?
Wow, that is a hard question. Probably dating someone to make an ex-boyfriend angry. It worked kinda, but I wish I had never done it. We ended up having a really huge fight and never really talked after that. Sadly, I don't know if I could have done anything different. We were just a little too alike in our personalities, so we said a lot of things that we probably didn't mean. And the rest is history.

5. If you could be on a reality show, which one would it be and why?
I would love to be on Survivor. It just looks like a lot of fun. Plus it could help me lose some of the weight I gained in college :)

6. Tell us four truths and a lie about you:
I am left handed.
I didn't mean to make question 4 sound so depressing.
I have met over 10 authors.
I am a speed reader.


7. What book of Lauren's do you want to read and why?
I would like to read Two Way Street. I have heard really good things about it and this author.

Contest post will be up later than planned. I have much homework that I need to do and I failed to schedule a post...Because of that, you will get double entries ! :D which reminds me that I need to count entries more. Check back on Friday for an interview with Lauren Barnholdt's sister! :D

Thank you, Kate, for being the first one to want to participate! :) If you would like to be featured, please give me an e-mail at andanythingbookish@gmail.com

Want It Wednesday (1)

I have no idea where this meme started *blush* but I found it first on GreenBeanTeenQueen. If anyone knows, please leave a comment so I can link that person ! :) I'm being greedy and listing three books...

First up, we have this book I found on Goodreads:

Title: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Release: April 14th, 2010
Cover: no cover
Description: I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears Jessica whisper: I want to kill my Hearing dead, and kill me too if that’s what it takes, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.

Why? I don't know why, but I'm just intrigued by the description. I'm REALLY excited to read this. Plus, it's a debut novel so that increases my interest. I can't wait to see the cover for it. I want to know if Jessica will be saved, what will happen to Joy, and what secret this boy has. There are so many mysteries and secrets that I need to know. It releases around my birthday, so birthday present? Maybe. You never know...I might just preorder this one! :D April 14th is still a long way to go... :(


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Now onto IHB stuff: I don't know which I'm looking forward to most. The first one sounds more interesting, though, but I could be wrong! xD No covers :( but we have descriptions!! :D The descriptions are from her website:

ACES UP.. AND OTHER PERKS OF A FAKE I.D. : is my YA about a girl who lies about her age to get a job at the local casino, and then gets caught up in an underground gambling ring. This one is done and revised, and just went to copyedits this week! Will be out next summer.


Why? Oh man! :D A teen working in casino? :O I really can't wait to see how this girl goes about and decides to work in a casino.

Next summer? :( That's about a year from now...hopefully, more details and the cover will be released and make up for the long wait! :)


ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING: my YA about a girl who keeps a notebook filled with everything she’s afraid to do, and then must do everything on the list in one night in order to get it back when it gets STOLEN by her EX-BOYFRIEND and his DUMB STUPID FRIENDS is going to be out next year, and I just turned in the first draft.

Why? One night to do everything? What a jerky boyfriend...This sounds like one of those novels that involves the character changing in the end with realizations and such, which is really interesting. To go through everything the character goes through and see a change, I mean. If my prediction is wrong, then oh well...Next year is also going to be a long wait, but I'm sure this will be great! :D

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Interview with a book blogger (2)

Let's give it up for Lauren from The Here. The Now. And The Books! This is really cool because she has the same first name as the author this week is devoted to...well, it's cool to me! :)

Again, her answers made me laugh out loud. I love the bloggers featured this week because they sure know how to spice up an interview! :D


1. What would be your first reaction if you were told you had to go on a road trip with your ex-boyfriend?
"He's paying for EVERYTHING!"

2. If you were to exaggerate about yourself to make friends, what truths would you stretch?
I'm actually really famous online...I have about 100,000 followers and people won't quit sending me all these love letters!

3. Would you prefer someone to lie to you in order to protect you or just be honest and tell you the truth?
This person would have to be protecting me from something big because I don't like being lied to. But if it was to protect my life rather than my heart heck yeah! Lie to me!

4. What is the biggest mistake you have ever made and what would you have done differently if you had a chance?
I lost contact to a dear friend after something tragic happened in her life. If I could go back I would try to keep in contact with her more...

I would have also like to have pressed NO DEAL on Deal or No Deal but I pressed Deal... *sigh*

5. If you could be on a reality show, which one would it be and why?
Big Brother!!! I could totally win that show. I am very persuasive...they hold no chance against me and my evil monkeys!!! Muahhaha!

6. Tell us four truths and a lie about you:
1. I don't like the Evermore Series as much as a lot of other people seem to...
2. I am under 15.
3. One of my biggest dreams is to move to Europe. I'm not sure why but it's like fate calling me.
4. I am a completle and total sucker for any romance. Let the Love Live On!
One Lie: I am NOT crazy!


7. What book of Lauren's do you want to read and why?

I want to read this book really really bad now...

If you do not want to be attacked by Lauren's evil monkeys, you will comment below right now...Oh and since Lauren revealed her lie, there will be no guessing! There will be a new contest post up tomorrow, but comments below still count as entries. Boy, am I going to have a lot of entries to count! :O

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney

Remember comments are extra entries! Today is the official release of Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better so here's the review of the book before it:

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt

Release:

Rating: 4.5/5


Synopsis: Mom says karma always comes around to get you, and I guess it’s true. Because last summer I was a total liar, and now, right in the middle of Mr. Pritchard’s third-period math class, my whole world is about to come crashing down.

That’s because while Devon was living with her grandmother for the summer, she told her “summer friend,” Lexi, that she was really popular back home and dating Jared Bentley, only the most popular guy at school. Harmless lies, right? Wrong. Not when Lexi is standing at the front of Devon’s class, having just moved to Devon’s town. Uh-oh.

Devon knows there’s only one way to handle this — she’ll just have to become popular! But how is Devon supposed to accomplish that when she’s never even talked to Jared, much less dated him?! And it seems the more Devon tries to keep up her “image,” the more things go wrong. Her family thinks she’s nuts, her best friend won’t speak to her, and, as if it’s not all complicated enough, Jared starts crushing on Lexi and Devon starts crushing on Jared’s best friend, Luke. It all has Devon wondering — who is the real Devon Delaney?


Review: I hadn't read a middle grade (tween) novel in 2 years, and my blog is mostly YA centered. But in the interest of I Heart Barnholdt, I read it and was glad I did. This book made me laugh out loud a lot, and it takes a book with great content to do so. Devon Delaney is a really endearing character who gets herself stuck in situations because of her lies, which I can't help but laugh as I go through the book with her as the narrator.


The novel is really witty and a great read for those who like tween literature. The characters are real, the novel is well paced, and above all, the plot is just perfect for tweens. (Which, I might still be since I'm only 14)


What I thought of...

(may contain minor spoilers, but don't worry--the ending is as vague as possible)

The Beginning : It started off really well with Lexi transfering to Devon's school, which leaves our main character panicked. She has thoughts of fabricating a break up, finding a way to keep Lexi's mouth shut about Jared being her boyfriend, and of course, thinking of how to get Jared to talk to her. After all, he is her "boyfriend."

Oh and there's Luke, Mel, Kim, Katie, and more that are introduced. My first thoughts of Luke were, "Oh hey, there's another boy in this story. I wonder if he likes Mel." Big mistake since I obviously should have read the synopsis more clearly. Anyway, then we find out that Jared wants Devon to ask Lexi if she likes him. After being taken aback, gasping, I started laughing because that's just downright hilarious. Here Devon is trying to make Lexi think Jared is her boyfriend and she finds out he likes Lexi and thinks she's hot. Wow. So much for making him like her.


The Middle: Okay so Devon is still telling Jared that he should play hard to get. What's stranger is that he believes her. Somehow, it's interesting to me and I can not help but turn page after page. Then, I hit the part about Luke being Devon's social studies partner, and I can't help but grin because something's about to happen!! :D

Cute little Katie (Devon's sister) is just so well, cute. She's definitely one of the characters that stood out for me.

I am losing my respect for Jared, if I ever had any. He just told Devon that while playing hard to get with Lexi--in other words, just ignoring her--he thinks it's fairly easy because he treats her as Devon or some other random girl. Ouch. Goodbye Jared. Good luck in Lexi Town.
Don't fret, Devon, Luke looks as if he likes you. *wink, wink*

More surprises! Eek!

The End: The secret is out and a few certain people are now ignoring her. No! Through many twists and turns, Devon is unable to escape her lies. :( All I can say is, "Karma, karma, karma. " But, what's a good story without a happy ending? ;)


I think I'm in love with Lauren Barnholdt's books. Is it just me or does every one of her book has a moral to it? xD


Either way, 4.5/5