Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Teen Tuesday- Kyle

So I guess I wasn't the only one that didn't post last week. My excuse is that I was traveling hime from my favorite city Boston. When I got home I had a huge pile of books waiting for me. It was so hard to choose which one to read first, I finaly decided on Fiendish Deeds by PJ Bracegirdle. Other books that were/are in that pile are:
Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
I Wanna be Your Joey Ramone by Stephenie Kuehnert
The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch
And many more that I don't have time to list. oh yeah I also got Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond from Simon and Schuster. Which at first I was like ugg I have o read this but I heard that it was funny so I am looking forward to reading it.
I feel really bad because I am running out of time to wrote this post so I am going to quickly tell you the books I read last week and tell yu if I liked it or not but if you click on the name of the book it will lead you to my review of it, so check it out. One book I really liked because of it's gothic theme was Fiendish Deeds by PJ Brace Bracegirdle. I also loved the young middle grade book Smantha Hansen has Rocks in Her Head by Nanacy Viau. And I just finished reading Farworld by J. Scott Savage, which was very magical.
I am currently 100 pages in The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees, and I am loving it so far. After that I will read The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch.
This week there will be an author interview with an authors whose upcoming book literaly sucks (in a good way), that will be posted Thursday. And either before or after that I will be holding a contest for a great fantasy book that comes out in September.

Guess Who Forgot It Was Tuesday Last Week So Didn't Post?

ME! ME! So I pretty much thought it was Monday all of Tuesday last week. If that makes sense. haha.

Anyway, I still haven't done too much reading. But I have read two books this week, which is really good for me, at the rate I'm going this summer.

I read Looking for Alaska by John Green the beginning of the week. Now you may be asking yourself right now, "Now why the heck hasn't she written her review for it yet?" Now the answer to that is simple: For a few days after reading, all I could think about was how AMAZING it was. And I'm pretty sure it would be the worse book review in the world if all I wrote was, "This book was amazing. Go buy now." So I've been working on it the last few days so it didn't sound completely stupid and ridiculous.

The second book I read was Avalon High by Meg Cabot. Yes, I've read it before. I saw it at my library when I was shelving books the other day, and I suddenly just felt like re-reading it. So I did. And since I haven't reviewed it for my blog yet, I'll probably be reviewing it. After Looking for Alaska.

I did finish 1984, if you're wondering. At about midnight the day before I had to have it finished. I hate procrastination. It's my worst enemy.

Right now, I'm in the middle of La Petite Four by Regina Scott. All I have to say right now is: amazing, Amazing, AMAZING! Can't wait to finish it.

I have also received a bunch of books in the mail this past week. I got, like, three books that I didn't even know were coming, which was pretty sweet I guess. So now, added to my quickly growing TBR pile are: Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel, House of Dance by Beth Kephert, and Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo.

Who is excited for the Breaking Dawn release Saturday? I am! Me and my mom (who also reads the series) are going to a release party at a Barnes and Noble by us, which shall be fun. We've been fighting over who would get to read the book first for a really long time (pretty much since she pre-ordered it in, oh, May or so) and I am SO getting that package from Amazon before she does. :p

I hope to get a lot more reading done before school starts. Where did our summer go? It's almost August, and school here starts the day after Labor Day. It's kind of depressing that we really only have one month left. :(


My First Edition (Kelsey)

Hey Everybody!

This is my first ever Teen Tuesday and I am so psyched about it!

Now where to start? Well, I've read a lot of new books this past week:

1) Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
2) Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
3) Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning
4) Stay With Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr
5) Swimming With The Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer
6) Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips
(All of my reviews for the above books are already posted on my blog.)

This is what I like best about the books above:
Best Character: Audrey Cuttler in Audrey, Wait! and Molly Montgomery in Guitar Girl.
Best Plot: Audrey, Wait!
Best Setting: Kiss Me Kill Me/Guitar Girl---Tie.
Best Writing: Swimming with the Sharks.

Winning Books: Audrey, Wait! and Guitar Girl.

Audrey, Wait! Is such an amazing book. Guitar Girl is probably my favorite book written by a British author. Amazing books.
Now for the books I plan on reading this week. I have got to read The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch soon. I'm only, like, eighteen pages into the book. It's from the First Look program. It's good but a bit confusing so far but I'm going to have to get more into it by tomorrow when I pick up the books I have in the library, which are: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs, Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn, How Not To Be Popular and Alpha Dog by Jennifer Ziegler, Read My Lips by Teri Brown, Saving Zoe by Alyson Noël and House of Dance by Beth Kephart. I am WAY excited to read these books. Not to mention I still have books on my bookshelf to be read. But if I don't get more into the Lynch book then I think I might have read Oh. My. Gods. instead, because I REALLY want to read Oh. My. Gods. Really badly.

Breaking Dawn. Breaking Dawn! BREAKING DAWN!!! 3 more days. 3 more days! 3 MORE DAYS!!! I wish I had pre-ordered Breaking Dawn, but I didn't so I have to go and get up early, get dressed, go out to K-Mart (the closest, and only, place within at least 2 hours of my town to get books.) and buy the book then I have to take the drive back and then I can start reading BREAKING DAWN!!!! But, oh, well, I am SUPER excited just to even read the book. Of course, my parents don't understand how big this book is to me, so I'll probably have to ride the bike the few miles to K-Mart to get the book but whatever. Hopefully it'll rain. Hehe :p! Saturday!

Well, I think that's it. Until next week,


Of Twilight and New Books [Harmony]

I have so, so, so many books to read. I have about twenty or more piled on my shelf from authors and TeensReadToo.com and I just got about 10 in the mail today from TRT. You could say I'm a bit overwhelmed. And I am. But I'm loving it just the same. Never before have I been able to say that I don't need to go to the bookstore or the library to get books.

Of course, that doesn't stop me from going those places! Just this past week I went to the Barnes and Nobles in Vestal, NY which is an hour away from me. It's also the closest bookstore. I bought A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, Crazy in Love by Dandi Daley Mackall, the third book in the Wild Horse Island series by Terri Farley and two other books I can't think of at the moment. Which is great because I love getting new books.

But the problem is, whenever I get a new book, I want to read that before I read any of the ones I have on my bookshelf when, really, I should be reading those first. Thank god most authors are understanding when I don't get to their book in a week or two.

So I've now devised a plan. Right now, I'm reading All About Vee and Shabang's Story for TRT. I'm also trying to get through New Moon and Eclipse before Friday. I'll finish All About Vee today and read most, if not all, of New Moon tonight. I'll finish what I have left of New Moon tomorrow, finish Shabang's Story, and read Eclipse. I'll finish what I have of Eclipse on Friday. Then I'm going to read the books that have been on my shelf forever and work my way through. After I read three books that I've had for a while, I'm going to allow myself to read one of the new ones.

Will this plan work? Probably not. I'm going to try, though.

Anyway, BREAKING DAWN COMES OUT IN THREE DAYS!!! *hypervenilates*

As you can see, I'm a Twilight Freak (or Nerd or whatever you want to call it). I can't help it. I just can't. I'll admit that the books are not perfect. As I was rereading Twilight last night, I noticed some things more than I had before. Some of Bella's dialogue made her seem older than she was, for instance. But I also ended up crying. I've never cried while reading Twilight. Eclipse, yes. Twilight, no. I can't say why it was. I guess it was partly because I was picturing the actors in the roles and partly because I knew what was going to happen to them.

The one thing I love and hate about the Twilight series is that it makes me emotional. Every.single.time. Seriously. I burst out laughing at some parts but then I'm holding my breath and then I'm feeling the heartbreak Bella and Edward feel. It's crazy. But I love it.

I can't wait for Breaking Dawn. I've been trying not to think about it much but I can't help it. Since Stephenie released a "spoiler", we know that Bella and Edward are getting married. But that doesn't really mean she's going to become a vampire. If she does, you know it's not going to happen easily. I'm pretty sure Tanya, Laurent, and, of course, the Volturi, are going to play VERY important parts. And Jacob too, I think.

I really hope Jacob finds someone to imprint on. But what if....What if he imprinted on Bella? And Bella didn't love him back because she was in love with Edward? Oh lord...

I guess I'm going to have to wait until I get Breaking Dawn in my hands. I'm not sure when that'll be, though. I MIGHT be going to a release party in Vestal, if my parents let me and I find a ride but if I don't, then I'll have to wait until I get back from Kingdom Bound and Band Camp, which will be August 9th, at the earliest.

So what are your plans for getting Breaking Dawn? Do you have any theories? Let's hear 'em in the comments!


P.S. I won't be posting next week because I'll be at Kingdom Bound! Oh yeah!

Hey Teen Tuesday! (Vanessa)

Hi guys.
I was wondering what the heck happened last week? No one posted? I was really lost.... and scared. But anyway. It's Tuesday! Yay. 
In the past two weeks I've read a whole lot! 
I've read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Cindy Ella, The Outsiders, & How To Be Bad. All have been "blawsome" aka, not 5 stars. They range from 3-3.5 stars. I was really disappointed in some, I wish they could've been better. However, they still had good messages and were nice reads. I guess I've been wanting a super amazing read (one to add to my pitiful "Favorites" list in Shelfari that only contains 7 books) and haven't got any. I'm reading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and am hoping that it is the super amazing read I've been waiting for.
There is only one four-star book I've read in the past two weeks and its Hot Mess: Summer in the City by Julie Kraut & Shallon Lester. It had enough drama, laughter, and friends forever for a summer read. This book is something you should read over the summer (obviously, hehe). It's easy to read, fast, and cute. I loved the main character, Emma Freeman, because she's like most of us on Teen Tuesday... has a journal, likes to write, makes good grades, has good friends. She's likable and although she's doesn't get the best summer ever she's still got great friends. 
I'm in Canada visiting my mom and she likes to spoil me with presents every time I see her. Of course whenever I go visit her or she visits me it means a STACK-FULL OF NEW BOOKS! I love how bookstores smell.. ahh. These are the books I bought with her: 
  1. Audrey, Wait!
  2. The Luxe
  3. The Outsiders
  4. The Truth About Forever
  5. The Book of Luke
  6. Saving Zoe
  7. When It Happens
  8. My Mother is a French Fry and Further Proof of my Fuzzed Up Life
  9. The Mrs. Marriage Project
I can't wait to read these! Don't got much to say, other than that. If you want to read the full reviews of the books I've read head on over to my blog whatvanessareads.wordpress.com and if you haven't already go join Like OMG Teens Read (likeomgteensread.com), the coolest message board ever, where we just added a Manga section alongside everything it already has then go do that.
Have fun reading,

Summer Dwindles [Megan]

I love books. What? You didn't know that. Hope it's nice and cool under that rock. So, yesterday I am sitting at my computer and i hear a knock at the door. Of course this scares the crap out of me because no one ever comes to my door. I slowly walk to the door, I open it a crack and peek out...No one is there. I open it wider, still see no one. What do I see? This beautiful, worn, orangey-yellow envelope. What was inside?

Admit it, you totally hate me now. Isn't that cover amazing? And I totally want to read it. Like, RIGHT NOW! But I can't, I have too many books I am in the middle of.

I still am working on The Looking Glass Wars. At first I was loving it and now a little bit less so. Frank Beddor was at Comic-Con this week and gave a great sounding presentation on the the trilogy and its inspiration and all the work he put into it. I was really sad to have missed it.

I love the concept of taking a new spin on Alice and her Wonderland, but I am honestly a bit let down by the writing. Yes, it is good storytelling, but not the type of writing that moves me. Has anyone checked out Alice's Adventures Underground?

I am also reading and loving The Book Thief. I have a goal to read all the Printz winner and honors and also have my own copies of each. There is so much to like about The Book Thief and it's unique writing style. I really feel it stretching my brain when I try to read it. I am reading this for the Dark and Stormy Book Club run in part by my plurk bud! (You may have seen her looming about my comments.) This is one of those books I am thrilled to know I will be sharing the experience with a few other people. There are two parts early on that I particularly loved.

The first is very early in the book. It says, "The question is, what color will everything be at the moment when I come for you? What will the sky be saying?" (4). These words send ideas popping through my mind, drifting and bursting in several different directions. Even outside the context of the book, I think these two questions would make an amazing writing prompt.

The second part that I really connected with has to do with the fact hat I have not been sleeping well. It has been hot and my mind has been racing through darkened hallways, looking for something in the murky darkness. And all I can hope is that when I drift off the world will become blank. But it doesn't. "At those times, in the enormous milage of sleep, she had never felt so completely alone" (39).

finished up (my only book in the last 2 weeks!) Vampire Plagues: London. Now, I was concerned about this middle grade book's ability to keep my interest. But I found it very well written. I have never read a vampire book where the vampire(s) were pure villain with no seductive qualities and it was an interesting experience. I also really like how the book ended, sometimes series books can be so manipulative with the cliffhangers! I am happy to be reading the other two books in the series, which I just called and renewed yesterday.

I know everyone is thrilled about the release of Breaking Dawn. There is a big party here to celebrate. Is anyone going to a release party in their area?
And on that on that note too. Have you met any young adult authors? Who would you like to meet the most? (JOHN GREEN!!!!)

Summer is soon drawing to an end. I thought I was going to get a lot more reading done than I did. I managed to forget how hot it can get and how much that makes me not want to read. What books are you trying to read before summer is over?

After a Long Absence [Chelsie]

[[Advanced Warning: There's a lot of content in this blog, so feel free to skim read... I've bolded the titles of the books, so if there's one particular book that you see that catches your eye go ahead and read about that...]]

Well, it appears that last week there were no posts. Which is extremely sad. Was everyone busy?

Anyways, I have been gone on vacation, which is why I didn't post for the last two weeks. But I have a lot of different things I could talk about, from the books I've bought, to the books I've read.

Since I don't have the books I've bought in front of me, I'll talk about the books I've read. Now I'll admit, as of this day (I'm writing this extremely early, Thursday night, just so I can get it done) I don't have any of the reviews written, but that's because of computer problems at my house.

But hopefully by the time this posts, the reviews will be written and ready to post at various intervals throughout the week.

So, without further adieu, the books I've read:

1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Oh my God, this book was absolutely amazing. I had it checked out from the library, and I'd been reading it for a couple weeks, but as soon as I sat down and really focused on it, I couldn't put it down. The whole story was perfectly amazing, and so I bought my own copy so I can read it again.

2. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. I really liked this book much better than I thought I would. My favorite part, thought, was the ending. It was the type of ending that I love with books that are in a series, because it was a perfect happy ending... but there were certain aspects of the book that have yet to be resolved, which is what I assume will happen in the second book, Seeing Redd, which I fully intend on reading at some point in time.

3. Rumors by Anna Godberson. Wow, was this book good! I couldn't put it down, and I'm dying for Envy to come out! These books are definitely fun and light but they are extremely extremely addicting.

So, for ten days I suppose three books isn't bad, especially inbetween everything I had going on.

Now, I'm reading Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Which I'm not too far in, but I'm really looking forward to reading more.


Now, it's Monday. And, after a weekend of extensive reading, it's time to add a bit more.

I finished Chasing Windmills, and there is a review on the way sometime in the next week. All I have to say is, this is a book that I think everyone needs to read. It is truly one of the most amazing books I've read in awhile.

After Chasing Windmills, I read Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. I have been a huge fan of the Queen of Babble books (and Meg Cabot, for that matter) since the summer of '06, and so I was eagerly anticipating reading this. Especially after the miserable, heartbreaking end of the second book, Queen of Babble in the Big City.

So, after reading this book all in one night, I'd have to say I'm slightly disappointed. It didn't seem as unexpected and witty and funny as the other two. Still, it was worth the read.

Now, after I finished that, I knew I had to start reading an ARC of Play Me by Laura Ruby (which I got from FirstLook). I read this one in one night as well, and let me tell you, Play Me was such an amazing book. Judging by the summary and the cover, I thought it would be fun, light reading. Boy, was I wrong. It wasn't completely deep and intellectual and meaningful like, say, Sarah Dessen, but it definitely had something to it. Which was a pleasant surprise.

So, I loved it.

That brings me to the end of my strenuous reading weekend. Now, I have about seventeen other books I must read at some point, so I'm going to end this long post.

Tell me, did you skim read this post? (It's okay if you did =P)