Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Hey, everyone! I haven't posted here in a long time... wow! It feels like foreverrr. =)

I read INSANE AMOUNTS last week.

I started off by finishing How it Ends by Laura Weiss. I liked it, but I kind of wish it was a little better. The writing sometimes seemed a little choppy, but the story line was really good. =)

I then read Meridian by Amber Kizer which really sucked me in -- I had it finished the next day! It's very action filled and keeps you hanging until the very end. I believe I heard from someone that there is going to be a sequel and I cannot WAIT to read that.

After Meridian, I started Crank by Ellen Hopkins and had that finished that night. Crank is so disturbing, but it's SO GOOD and you can't put it down. I just started reading Ellen Hopkins this summer and let me tell you - if you haven't, please start soon. They're horrible to read, but you can't. put. them. down because they're amazing.

After Crank, I read Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe which is released in September. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but that's a good thing! After a little tiny bit of a slow start, it got rolling and I had it finished the day after I started it.

After that, I read The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. This book is also quite disturbing, but it's really good. Polygamy is a very interesting topic, and this book is a wonderful example of a polygamy compound. I read and finished this in one day.

After The Chosen One I read Invisible Touch by Kelly Para. I was sucked in from the first chapter and was left wanting so much more at the end. =)

And now I'm reading Possessions by Nancy Holder, another September release. =) I'm about 150 pages in, and I'm hoping to finish it soon!



My week of reading has been sadly uneventful.

Lately, I have been inching my way through Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. I'm liking it, and it's actually kind of reminding me of another book I've read: Graceling by Kristen Cashore. The two books have the same kind of aura about them, I suppose, and similar main characters in a way.

Either way, I hope I can get through this soon so that way I can actually have an interesting Teen Tuesday post. =D I have so many books that I have to read, and the pile keeps building up.

Anyways, this is my little update... hopefully more fun stuff to come next week =D

<3 Chelsie

My First Teen Tuesday!

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be posting here for the 1st time!
I had been thinking about what to post over here today, and the idea of Sequels came to mind.

I recently read Marked by PC and Kristin Cast, and I really liked it. (click here to read my review).
Once that one was finished, I started listening to the audiobook for the 2nd part of the series, Betrayed.
Let me tell you that I was really disappointed. I listened up to the 12th chapter, and just put it aside because it wasn't appealing to me at all.
The main character, Zoey, was constsntly reminding us of what had happened in the first book, and that could go on for several minutes.
It's ok to refresh our minds, maybe we've forgotten something, but I felt like half of the book were explanations of why this was happening, and how it was connected to a previous event.

I mean, if we're reading the 2nd book in a series that usually means we've read the 1st. Right? We don't need to be reminded every second of what happened before, or how something came to be.

Another thing I didn't like, was the AB narration. It felt completely drained of emotion, and it was really hard to listen to the female narrator without falling asleep.

This was the only sequel I've ever had problems with. I thought I was going to love it, as I love the 1st book, but then I got my bubble burst.

I'm going to give it one more chance, but if the situation doesn't speed up, I'm going to have to give up on it completely.

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Hello, Teen Tuesday!

Why, hello there. I'm a new recruit at Teen Tuesday, and I'm thrilled to be here. For my little introductory post, I thought I'd give a run down on my recent reads, just 'cause...

Fade by Robert Cormier, about a boy who learns he can vanish from sight, with horrifying consequences...

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent--it's about BANSHEES. I mean, come on. When was the last time anyone wrote ANYTHING about banshees?

I also got Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel, Ballads of Suburbia, and Deathwish by Rob Thurman.

Hopefully Cruel Summer will be better then Alyson Noel's paranormal effort, Evermore (which I reviewed here--it was AWFUL):

I also read this great ARC of a "blog novel" called EyeLeash (reviewed here).

Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about “fitting in” a world where superficiality reigns supreme.

Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who’s morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician.

They decide to be “friends-with-benefits”. But it’s Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog — which *isn’t private* — that backs out.

EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths’ relentless search for themselves — and what’s really in their hearts.

Here are some books I'm DYING to read:

Anywho, I hope this was a decent enough first post. Til next Tuesday!

A Newbie to Teen Tuesday

Hi everyone -
This is my first time posting to Teen Tuesday...thanks for inviting me to join! I've been reading a lot lately, but here are a few I've finished recently...

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot - AWESOME! This is the sequel to Airhead - if you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it. I mean, it's Meg Cabot!

Wings (The Mysterious Mr. Spines) by Jason Lethcoe - fantasy and really good! If you like fantasy, good vs. evil, ties to mythology - I recommend this and can't wait for the next one in the series.

In my "To Read" pile -

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen - a few of my students read it and really liked it.

My Most Excellent Year (A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park) by Steve Kluger - saw this on someone else's blog and as a die-hard Red Sox fan, I have to read it. I also want to see if it's something my students would like.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Have any of you read any of those? Please log on and check out my blog - the contributors are my 7th grade students and myself and we are constantly reading and blogging about YA literature!