Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday Edition [Megan]
First of all, my mother is in town. Second of all, eeeeeeeek!
I have no idea how I am going to make it through the next month.
If you have any sanity to spare, please share!

As is my habit lately, I am reading a lot of different things in a lot of different books. But nothing is really catching my attention. Not in that snatch me up and never let me go until the book is over kind of way.

new moon


The first phase of the moon when it is between the earth and the sun, with its dark side toward the earth. Being so close to the sun in the sky, the new moon itself cannot be seen. It is the darkest time in the lunar cycle.

New Moon
is the second book in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. The story continues with Bella's journey and reconnects her with an old friend. Jacob was originally just a device to tell Bella about the "Cold Ones." However, both Meyer and her editor liked Jacob so very much that they decided to give him a much larger role in the later books.

"Jacob was simply a perpetually happy person, and he carried that happiness with him like an aura, sharing it with whoever was near him. Like an earthbound sun, whenever someone was withing his gravitational pull, Jacob warmed them."
Page 145 New Moon

Even though this video is based on the events of Eclipse, which I have not read. I thought it was amazingly well crafted!

Plot:Takes place in Eclipse. Basically, it focuses on the way Jacob feels about Bella.

Isabella Swan - Kristen Stewart
Jacob Black - Steven Strait

Clips:The Covenant,The Messengers,Van Helsing,Bring me to life
Song:Three Days Grace-Never Too Late

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Oh, Thank You Not-So-Mighty Tropical Storm Fay (Vanessa)

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Hiya guys!

I had an okay reading week. I got through two semi-long books. However, this was only possible because of Tropical Storm Fay hitting us with a little bit of rain and the first two days of school becoming days of no-school (what a way to start of the year...). 
Book number one: Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. I liked it a lot. I just thought it would be more omg-I-can't-stop-reading it like I was with Bloom but nonetheless it was great. There's lots of family and friend drama there with a touch of romance. Click here for the review. 
The next book I read would be When It Happens by Susane Colasanti.
 This book was EXCEPTIONALLY AMAZING. I loved it completely. This is my type of love story. Basically it's filled with romance from beginning to end and a tad of friendships/family and drama. My review is here. I loved the main characters: Sara and Tobey. They are so meant to be. 
The book I'm reading now is The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (Chelsie has suggested it with a lot of enthusiasm) and I'm about 100-something pages in. It's great. The vocabulary is huge... I'm learning by context clues, lol. Also, the dresses and the men. I can just see what's in the rest of the book... Elizabeth Holland is so naive. Hopefully I'll read this and Rumors (and Envy when it comes out) and then I'll have one of my first series-books I read (I think I read too much stand-alone).
Talking about series, there will be a third and fourth book in the Ruby Oliver series (one of the first series I read) and the next book will be released in 2009 and will be called The Treasure Map of Boys. I loved The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book and I can't wait for this one.
Also, click here to read Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's blog posts about Stephenie Meyer possibly being racist. There's a couple, just go down a little and start with the first one titled "Is Stephenie Meyer racist?" What do you guys think?
That's basically it. 

Hope you guys have a great week!


So I Was Like, "Whoa!"

That pretty much sums up my morning. I was sitting around all innocently when I happened to glance towards the pile of books that I have to review. And then I couldn't find it. That was because it has SHRUNK to a mere TWO BOOKS.

So I was like, "Whoa."

And then I did a dance.

Anyways, as long as this keeps up and I don't get anymore books in the mail for the next two days, I can get through it and finally read Ever by Gail Carson Levine, which I've had forever (Like, seriously, no pun intended).

But anyways (my, how I ramble on!). You may remember that last week Rachel Cohn and David Levithan held the made of awesomeness position with Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist? Yeah, sorry David and Rachel, but John Green came along and kicked you guys out with Paper Towns. Amazing book.

Also, Susan Juby's Getting the Girl? Spectacular! I knew that she was an amazing author the moment I read the opening line of Alice, I Think. I've even memorized it. "I blame it all on The Hobbit. That and my supportive home life." I *heart* her.

I also started my required reading. I am proud of me. However, it is Steinbeck, and seeing as I have issues with his writing (his tendenciy to just start rambling about ABSOLUTELY POINTLESS JUNK), this promises to be a fun time.

And now, since I've just completed scheduling posts for the next two weeks and am feeling extremely proud of myself, I am going to go have a life...err...finish Getting the Girl.


My Sad Week In Reading (Kelsey)

Okay, so I've read even less books from last week, which was missing two books that I usually read in a week, By half of a book. I've only read 3 1/2 books. Sort of. But I think that it's just because I don't have any books I'm excited to read anymore. I swear, I think I've wiped out my libraries, almost at least. So here's all the book's I've read:

  1. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
  2. The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  3. Bad Girls by Alex McAulay
  4. 1/2 of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  5. 50 Pages in Shrimp by Rachel Cohn
  6. Disc One in Forever In Blue by Ann Brashares
So that's about how much I've read, and listened, to in the past seven days.

So here's the little award, ranks, type thing now, (I decided I will only do the first three books):

  • Best Character: Alex Morales in The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Best Plot: The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer and Bad Girls by Alex McAulay.
  • Best Setting: (None of the books had good settings. Some were just terrible, but fit better in the book. One was nothing special.) I'll be skipping this one this week.
  • Best Writing: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky. (The other books had third person POV and I don't care much for that POV.)

Winning Book(s): The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

The Dead & The Gone is a fabulous companion novel to Life As We Knew It. It had the same dread and fear as the first. I loved this book. It was highly enjoyable. Read It!!!

So About the other three books. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I got last night and started. I promise to finish it today and hopefully have a review up also. It's really good so far. I know on my blog it say I'm reading Shrimp by Rachel Cohn, but honestly, I really don't feel like getting into Cyd Charisse's world right now. So I read about fifty pages a few nights ago and haven't picked it up since. I also got an audio book of the fourth Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book in CD audio. I actually own the book and have read it a little over a year ago. But I wanted it fresh in my mind for when I watch the movie, which doesn't seem to be coming to my towns cinema for some very odd reason I haven't heard yet. I had hope of it last week to come up, but it didn't, so know I have lost hope that it will come to my theatre so I will have to wait until DVD. It's that sad?

Okay for books I plan to read this upcoming week. Finish The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Then I should really read House of Dance before I have to take it back to the library on the twentieth, what what today? The NINETEENTH! Where did time go? Geesh. I guess I'll have to renew it, I don't think I renewed it yet, so cool, I'll have another couple weeks before that has to go in. Honestly Beth Kepharts books are so sweet and soft, I really haven't been in the mood to read that right now. So then I won't to read Fly on the Wall, which I also got last night. It sounds really good and I've heard good things about it. I can't wait to read it! Then I still have Shrimp and Cupcake by Rachel Cohn to read, which I'll get too. I also have Gone by Michael Grant to read, which I'm semi-excited to read. But truth? It's a big book and I'm afraid it'll be one of those truly long books that take forever to get into. Plus, I don't think it's really my type of book. Other then that, I don't have much else to read, just a few things on my shelf I haven't gotten to yet, She's So Money and Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, which I've started a little itty bit already. I also have Wicked Lovely that i got in like February from a book order my English teacher still hands out. It has to do with Faeries, and I'm not really big on fantasy stuff, but I've hear such good things, you know. I also just got Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler to review from Book Divas. And I got Love on The Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne as a birthday present last year that I still haven't read. But I know I could read that book in a short while, I just have to get up and DO it. Which will probably by when I have no more books to read. I'm also waiting to get Chasing Windmills from the library that I requested in the beginning of June.

So I think that's all. But really. What book should I read next out of these?


I Had A Good Reading Week. (Hope.)

Thanks, Chelsie, for mentioning that I was on vacation. :D I didn't want everybody to think that I forgot. Again. haha.

While I was gone, I finished two books: Evernight by Claudia Grey and Diary of a Chav by Grace Dent. I really enjoyed Evernight - it was a great vampire book, and I love Claudia Grey's take on vampires. However, I didn't enjoy Diary of a Chav as much. There was a lot of British slang that I didn't understand, and it just wasn't very exciting. For the exact reasons why I only gave it two hearts, click here to see my review.

When I got back from vacation, I picked up Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer, which has been sitting on my shelf forever. I started it yesterday morning and I couldn't go to sleep because I had. to. figure. out. what. was. going. to. happen. So I finished and it was so CUTE! It's definetly something that I can't really see happening in real life - but it's a modern-day fairy tale, so that part was okay with me.

So I'm going on vacation again next week. We go to the Upper Peninsula to our property this week every year, because this is when the country fair is up there, and the fair is amazing. (Besides all the tractor pulls I have to watch that my dad and grandpa are in -- those get boring after a while.) I know I definelty have to read some lessons out of my history text, We the People, for when school starts. I'm also taking The Midnight Twins and La Petite Four with me, which I read a little of when I was on vacation last week. There are a few library books that I am also going to be taking with me so I can read them on time.


I'm A Horrible Reviewer

At the moment, I'm being a horrible reviewer. I'm wayy behind on EVERYTHING. I haven't made posts on here or the other place I write posts for, I haven't written a single review since I got back from Kingdom Bound, I have about a zillion authors to contact, and about ten or more reviews to write about, as well as around 25 books I should've reviewed months ago.

So I feel like a horrible reviewer. I'm terrified people are going to quit reading my blog, even though I KNOW it's all my fault but still. I'm just not motivated to do.

I will get to it, eventually. I hope to atleast write a few reviews tonight, though I'm not sure how that'll work since I have to get up early to go shopping and then I have band from 4-7 on Tues.,Wed., and Thurs. Yippee! (That was sarcasm, for those who didn't pick up on it)

On other news, I read Breaking Dawn. Loved it. It wasn't as great as the others, I'll admit, and I did have a tough time getting my mind around certain events that happened but other than that, I loved it.

I'm also in the middle of reading Hummingbird by Kimberly Greene Angle (I think) and I really like it. It's not what I expected it to be, though.

I've also read Violet in Private, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Shabang's Story, All About Vee, and some others. Reviews for those will be coming soon, I hope.


What Chelsea's Been Reading...

Oh, hey look! It's Tuesday. Meaning I get to embarrass myself again at my lack of reading updates. This week I made my way through these books:

-The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
-The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
-1/2 of The Orpheus Obsession by Dakota Lane

Buuuut! I also was - get this - WRITING. I haven't written in so long. And I do it sporadically. I really should come up with a schedule. Or at least write for like...fifteen minutes a day. But making writing a job would take the fun out of it, right? I don't know. I think I'm going to try it and see how it goes. Since I do eventually want to make it my job. And keep it as fun. So I should probably practice...

Anyway, you can find reviews of those books at my blog. I absolutely, positively loved The Outsiders. It was the first time I've read it, despite it being a YA classic. And now I really want to see the movie. Does it compare, for those of you who've both read&seen it?

Hopefully I'll be reading more this week. And writing! Until next Tuesday...


Oh, and p.s. -- There's a contest up for a signed copy of Amor and Summer Secrets by Diana Rodriguez Wallach, which I believe releases in September, and is the first in a series. It sounds amazing, so go enter!

Monday, August 18, 2008

2x2 [Chelsie]

In the past week, I have read two books.

At least, I think it's two. Now I'm wondering when I finished Violet in Private...

Okay, now that I have reminded myself of what I posted about last week, I realized I read more than I expected.

First I finished What the Storyteller Brings, which picked up tremendously towards the end. There won't be an official review on my blog, but if you would like to read my review it's posted on amazon, right here. It'll be easy to find, it's the most recent review (as of this blog post) and it's got my name on it. =D

After that (literally the very same day) I started and finished Violet in Private, which was absolutely freaking amazing and I can't wait for the next book. It seems like the books just keep getting better as they go! At first I was a little iffy, wondering if I'd enjoy the series, but now I know I love it, and I am really extremely excited to read more!

I would definitely recommend this series. Even if you don't think it's your thing, the books are definitely worth trying. Expect a review of it on my blog sometime either tomorrow or Wednesday. Which means that everyone who entered in my contest gets their last opportunity for extra entries =D

And after that, I took a break from my important to-be-reviewed books and read a smaller, younger book called Locomotion. It's by Jacqueline Woodson, and I picked it up at the library because I was looking for something short, and different. It's written in poems, and it was actually a very good book. Once again, I'm not going to have an official review on my blog, but eventually I might get to posting a small, simple review on Amazon. The book was nothing spectacular, but it was certainly interesting and extremely quick, so if you wanna read something quick and easy then I'd say go for it.

After that, I took a very short break from reading, and started up again with my copy of Nailed by Jennifer Laurens (to be released on September 22). After reading the first fifty pages or so slowly, I really got into it. There were some passages that I really loved, because they relate to my current guy situation (which is pretty sticky, if I do say so myself, but that's not something I should get into on Teen Tuesday... =P) so well. I am planning on posting those passages on my personal blog, Almost Available, even though I don't expect anyone to read them. I just want to keep them in my head...

So, as for the book itself, I don't need a long period of reflection to understand how I felt about it. I finished it about 45 minutes ago now, and my feelings are like this: it was cute, it was fun, it was interesting. Worth the read, but nothing extremely spectacular. A good time-waster with a happily-ever-after.

And now that concludes my reading week. I'd say it's been pretty successful... and I thought I only read two books =P Now I'm onto either Unbelievable by Sara Shepard or The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Not sure which yet. Any suggestions?