Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Grace is currently reading....

Review: Touch

For some strange reason, the format for my review of touch will not translate onto a post in the correct way so, if you want to read the review and see the summary of the book head over to this link:

sorry for the trouble..idky it did that =/

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Alana is Currently Reading...

Crazy Beautiful Review

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547403100


On his first day in his new school, no one talks to Lucius. Everyone is too intimidated by the rumors of the explosion that he caused, and the hooks he has instead of hands. This is fine with Lucius—he'd rather not talk to anyone at all.

But then there's Aurora. Aurora is dealing with pain of her own, the pain of losing her mother. Lucius' hooks don't bother her at all, but instead intrigue her. Is it possible that the two of them can look beyond the surface to what's truly important and find redemption with each other?


This was a pretty good book. It was like a modern version of beauty and the beast. I really felt for Lucius in the book. It has to be hard to live with your mistakes every single day and then have consequences for it also every single day. He is lonely and needs someone to put some good in his life. I really thought the author could of went more into what happened in Lucius life. All we know is that he made an explosion and it took off his hands. We don't know why he wanted to make explosions in the first place and how his life was before the accident happened. I think if we learned more about him, we would understand him better. As for Aurora I like her too. It's also sad that she lost her mom but i think that really defines who she is. I am amazed at how well she accepted Lucius for who he really is and not by his looks. I know a lot of people who would never be able to look past such things.  Overall i think this was a pretty good book. I would definitely recommend it.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Grace is currently reading....

I received this book as an ARC, and there were kinda strict rules on the back about talking about it, sooo I'm not sure I'll be able to post a review about it. I'm new to the ARC world. I just wanted to keep everyone update on what I was up to. :)

Review: Delirium

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061726828

Summary:Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Review: Where do I start to review this book? I had very high hopes for this book because of all the hype it was getting. As a big fan of Dystopian books, I thought I would be finding one of my new favorites...not so much. I don't want to say I disliked the book, but I didn't like it as much as I heard or thought I would. The book seemed to be everywhere and the great reviews were right there with it. However; in reading the book I found myself bored at times. A really good book will wake me up in the morning, the hour ride commute to school means an hour of reading I get to do before I start my grueling day. Twice, I chose sleep on the train than to read. The progression of the book increased my interest in the book, the beginning I didn't like the middle I started to like, and the ned had my attention. For those who have read the book, I started actually liking it when they spent the few hours in the wilds, from then on, I was hooked. For people who are planning to read it, I say give it a chance. I foresee the second book being really good, so I wouldn't give up on it just yet.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Did you know....

Did you know that Kensington Publishing is now publishing a line of young adult books? If you're unsure what books Kensington publishes, Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid books are published by them. The young adult line has some pretty amazing looking books. Check out one of the titles......

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.
Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the ‘L’, a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it’s directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn’t pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, “Run, Mo!”
Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?
“Who doesn't love a character torn between two dangerous worlds and two risky guys? The only thing safe about this book is how good it is.” --Lee Nichols, author of Deception, A Haunting Emma Novel

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Richelle Mead to chat with Behind The Mask

March 24 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time/3pm Pacific Standard Time, Richelle be on a live internet radio show called Behind the Mask. It's geared toward comic books, particularly the Eugenie comic that is to be relased. People can call in and ask questions about Eugeni and The Dark Swan series.. This is the link to the show's website.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Grace is currently reading....


Review: The Eternal Ones

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143084

Summary:Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. Then an impossible group of coincidences forces her to flee from her small Tennessee town to New York, to discover who she is, and who she had been.Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.
In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

Review: I decided to read this book because it was on the Breathless Reads tour. When I went to the NYC stop I had never heard of this book (if I did I would have boughten it) I was a little iffy about reading it regardless of how interesting it looked because the love interests' name was Ethan...that's my brothers name and reading about loving someone with that name gives me the willies. I read it anyway, and WOW I love love love this book! I feel immensely stupid for not buying it and being able to get it signed when I was at a signing with Kirsten back in November. I loved the concept of reincarnation and finding someone over different lifetimes, can you imagine how difficult that must be? I don't believe there are many books like this out there, at least none that i've read. I liked how it was romantic, but not over the top in cheesiness, that's something I always look for in a book that has romance. I would certainly absolutely recommend this book! Buy it, and if she is coming to a town near you..get it signed! I am excited that there will be another book. I really loved the ending too, and by ending I mean the last paragraph of the book, just enough cliff hanger to make you want more, but enough to leave you satisfied! MUST READ THIS BOOK!

Still wishing I got it signed...Grace

Monday, March 21, 2011

Review of Vampire Diaries- Stefan's Diaries-Origins

Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.
Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.

This book was alright. I watch the Vampire Diaries show so I pretty much knew what happened in this book. It’s all about what happens to Stefan and Damon in the beginning and how they came to become vampires. It was nice reading about Katherine for a change instead of Elena. I love them both of course. I truly felt for Damon in this book. I am a Damon fan anyway so I guess I am a little bias. In the ending though Stefan made it seem as if Damon and Katherine were truly in love because Damon accepted all of her, even her being a Vampire. That never came across in the shows. All I know is that Damon is always left alone, and without anyone to be there for him. Why can’t the author make Damon happy?? I don’t know if I will read the other Stefan diaries but I might. I think they should make Damon’s diaries. I would totally read that!!

Review of Jekel Loves Hyde


Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents' rules--especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything--even Tristen's love--just for the thrill of being...bad. 

This was a really good book. It was full of mystery and romance.
It was pretty much based on the real Jekyll and Hyde book but in this book they were two different people. Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde. They apparently were decedents of the real Jekyll and Hyde. Tristen has the terrible curse of turning into a monster and whenever he does he does he doesn't remember anything. Both Jill and Tristen work really hard to develop a science project which is to find a cure for Tristen. In doing so they fall in love even though they try and deny their feelings for a bit. Its such a wonderful story. And you really want to keep on reading to see what happens next. Unlike other stories, this one has a happy ending. I would definitely recommend this book. Especially if you like the original Jekyll and Hyde Story.

Review Of Iron Crowned

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420111795

Book Summary

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear. . .
Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown's ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril. . .

(This review has a lot of SPOILERS)

This book was really good. I really enjoyed reading it. This is the 3rd book in the Dark Swan series. Eugenie is currently queen of one kingdom and her boyfriend Dorian is the King of another kingdom. There is sort of a war going on because Dorian killed the son of this other Queen because he raped Eugenie to try and get her pregnant, which would make the prophecy of her first male child to be the most powerful ruler ever come true.  In order to stop the war Eugenie has to go through obstacles to retrieve an iron crown which can take any person's Kingdom away. Dorian doesn't tell her about what the crown can do. When Eugenie finds out she thinks Dorian has used her. I personally love Dorian, he is such a wonderful character and sometimes is made to look bad. Dorian truly loves Eugenie. Because of the betrayal Eugenie feels she goes to Kiyo her ex-bf and start up a romance again. The ending was so unbelievable. Eugenie winds up getting pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl, which will ultimately fulfill the prophecy of her child becoming the ruler of the worlds. Kiyo wants nothing to do with that and tries to force Eugenie to get rid of the baby. When she refuses he almost tries and kills her but Dorian saves her. Dorian wants to be the father even if the babies are not his. That is the sweetest thing in the world. These children should of been his to begin with. I wish the ending would of been a little different but I guess its suppose to be the way it should be. I would definitely recommend this book and this series. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Authors We Have Met

Grace and Maggie

Grace and Kieran

Alana and Maggie

Today We....

Today we went to Books Of Wonder for their teen author week signing event. The panel consisted of 45 wonderful teen authors, broken up into 11 authors per session. We only stayed for the first session which consisted of:

LIZABETH ZINDEL - A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills
MARYROSE WOOD - The Hidden Gallery
DANETTE VIGILANTE - The Trouble with Half a Moon
NATALIE STANDIFORD - Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters
ALYSSA SHEINMEL - The Beautiful Between
KIERAN SCOTT - She’s So Dead to Us
LEILA SALES - Mostly Good Girls
PATRICK RYAN - Gemini Bites

We arrived VERYearly, the event started at 1 and we got there are 11:45, so needless to say we were the first ones online. We got to stand behind the velvet rope like we were VIP. We both had books to be signed by MAggie so we hit her table up first. She was so sweet and had markers whose colors matched the colors of both Shiver, and Linger. She circled the first chapter of shiver's GRACE and wrote "that's you!" so I was excited.

We went to Kieran Scott next who was pregnant, we had no idea! She gave out bookmarks for He's So Not Worth It, which made us even more excited for the book! We sure can't wait until June when it comes out, and we can find out what happens to Ally Ryan!

Here is a list of all the authors that were at the event:

1:00 - 1:45pm
LIZABETH ZINDEL - A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills
MARYROSE WOOD - The Hidden Gallery
DANETTE VIGILANTE - The Trouble with Half a Moon
NATALIE STANDIFORD - Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters
ALYSSA SHEINMEL - The Beautiful Between
KIERAN SCOTT - She’s So Dead to Us
LEILA SALES - Mostly Good Girls
PATRICK RYAN - Gemini Bites

1:45 - 2:30pm
MARIE RUTKOSKI - The Celestial Globe
LENA ROY - Edges
TERRA ELAN MCVOY - After the Kiss
LISA MCMANN - Cryer’s Cross
TORREY MALDONADO - Secret Saturdays

2:30 - 3:15pm
E. LOCKHART - Real Live Boyfriends
DAVID LEVITHAN - Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
MELISSA KANTOR - The Darlings Are Forever
ELIZABETH EULBERG - Prom & Prejudice
The Turning

3:15 - 4:00pm
DANIEL EHRENHAFT - Friend is Not a Verb
SARAH BETH DURST - Enchanted Ivy
MATT DE LA PENA - I Will Save You
BRENT CRAWFORD - Carter Finally Gets It
SUSANE COLASANTI - Something Like FateALEXANDRA BULLEN - Wishful thinking
MARINA BUDHOS - Tell Us We’re Home
KATE BRIAN - Book of Spells
JUDY BLUNDELL - Strings Attached
Little Blog on the Prairie

Friday, March 18, 2011

Check out DreamSpeaker....

Prepare to do battle with the Greatest Fighting Team of Teenage Girls ever assembled!

Jessica Hoshi is just like any other girl. She loves music, playing in the marching band at school and spending time with her friends. One day, Jessica and her friends visit the Lakeshore Historical Society to take the Tall Ship Tour.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Publisher: Palace in the Sky Publishing (February 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NEVWI8

After they get separated from the tour group, Jessica discovers a gem-encrusted Lantern and a magically locked jewelry box below decks in the ship’s hold. A voice from inside the Lantern tells Jessica they are all in great danger. The jewelry box contains priceless stolen artifacts sought by ruthless and evil sorcerers known as Cryptics.

Minutes later, the vessel’s lights flicker to life and the sails fill with an invisible wind. The great ship sails across the lake carrying Jessica and all of her friends through an astral portal to an enchanted land called Aventar.

There, they meet the shadowy arcanist Reina, who tells them they must train at once to become Ajan Warriors. Unless they succeed, the treasures will be lost, and the last hopes of a betrayed people will fade forever.

These are the Adventures of Jessica Hoshi! Her Magical and Mysterious quest to discover the ancient and magnificent legend of the LadyStar begins as she encounters the powerful message of The Dreamspeaker!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Hunger Games casting info...

Well, It's official, Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Katniss Everdeen the heroin we all fell in love with in the excellent trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

As per :
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 17, 2011- Lionsgate and the filmmakers of “The Hunger Games” are pleased to announce that Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence will assume the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games.”
The film will be directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force. Collins’ best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of science fiction/action novels which have developed a global following. Lionsgate will release “The Hunger Games” on March 23, 2012.
Newcomer Lawrence’s meteoric ascent began in earnest with her breakout role in last year’s “Winter’s Bone,” and culminated in an Academy Award nomination. This summer, Lawrence will star in Matthew Vaughn’s “X Men: First Class” and in “The Beaver” directed by Jodie Foster. Later this year, she co-stars in the Sundance Grand Jury winner “Like Crazy”.
Author Suzanne Collins weighed in on the selection of Lawrence, “Jennifer’s just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.”
“I’m so excited work with Jen and see her bring this character to life. Katniss requires a young actress with strength, depth, complexity, tenderness, and power. There are very few people alive who can bring that to a role. Jen brings it in spades. She’s going to be an amazing Katniss.” said director Gary Ross.

We are both a little upset with the news, we weren't voting for her as Katniss, but if Suzanne says she's perfect, I guess she knows what's right, unless she was just being nice. The only way I will be okay with this decision is if they choose a remarkable Peeta (Hunter Parrish pleaseeee). Time will tell.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grace is currently reading....

Review: The Replacement

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143378

Summary:Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement-left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Review: I was very disappointed in this book. I first heard of the book because it was one of the books on the Breathless Reads tour. I thought the cover made it seem like it was gonna be a great book (you'll find I usually judge a book by it's cover). I thought the concept of the book was a really great idea, very original as well. however, straight from the beginning I knew I wasn't enjoying it. When I got to the late hundreds, I considered stopping, but knew it would be a waste to get that far and then quit. I struggled to finish the book, I found some concepts to be quite confusing, and hard to follow. Sorry to say I would not recommend this book, to anyone. I really wanted to enjoy this just didn't happen. :(

Generation Dead ebook

Daniel Waters' Generation Dead series is going to be released as an ebook on March 22, they will include shorts stories as well. If you haven't read these books yet DEFINITELY purchase them when they're released as ebooks! Orrrr you can buy the hard copies AND ebooks! :)

NYC Teen Author Week.

Yesterday we went to the Barnes and Noble at Union Square to take part in an author panel as part of NYC Teen Reads week. The panel was Holly Black, Judy Blundell, Gayle Forman, and Eliot Schaefer. All the authors read excerpts from their new books and we were excited when Gayle read from Where She Went, the sequel to If I Stay. Judging from what was read I know I'm going to like it, i'm hoping at least. I was not familiar with the other authors and really just went to see Gayle, but the other authors were very nice and very funny. The event was hosted by Davis Levithan who also has some books out. All in all we had a very nice time, and when I told Gayle I read If I Stay on the train and cried, she told me DON'T READ THIS ON THE SUBWAY! She also drew a little void circle in my book and wrote do not read on subway in it. I thought that was funny, anyway, here are some photos from the event.

Grace is currently reading....

Review: Ominous

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Original edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416984720

Summary:After the shocking revelations made in the Private prequel, The Book of Spells, Noelle and Reed know they are descendants of the original Billings Girls and their legacy includes a mysterious coven of witches. But it's nothing compared to what happens next.

One by one, Billings Girls go missing from campus.
The entire community bands together to find the lost girls, hoping they are still alive. Reed can't believe tragedy has struck Easton again, and she begins to wonder if the Billings Girls are cursed. But when the first body shows up containing a message just for her, she fears her friends are worse than cursed: they're doomed.

Review: I've been a fan of the private series for quite some time now, and am always keeping up with the new books in both Private and Privilege. I wasn't sure how the series was going to continue after the prequel The Book of Spells came out, because it took the series in a whole new direction. It was pulled off pretty successfully. I had become a little disappointed with the series in recent books because it stopped being like the first ones. Filled with love affairs, pranks, attempted murder, and jealousy fueled murder. I would really like to see the series either go back to that, or maybe start to come to a close. I'd rather see the series end than to see it dragged out and kept going. With the conclusion of Privilege coming, and the next series in Ally Ryan's complicated life coming, I think it would be okay to end the Private series. I still would recommend this book and all other Private books, because it is a fun and mysterious series. I just think that it is slowly coming to an end.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We are..

Tonight we will be attending an event panel at a Barnes and Noble by us...

Tuesday, March 15 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Barnes & Noble, Union Square

Created By

More Info
Holly Black
Judy Blundell
Gayle Forman
Eliot Schrefer (aka E. Archer)

Host: David Levithan

We will post pictures within the week!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cover Reveal

For those of you who like the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer, and saw the cover of Wolfsbane..things may get a little confusing when you see the book in July because the cover has been changed. This is the new cover, I personally like the original better..what are your thoughts? The soft cover version of Nightshade will also be different. Tell us what you think.

The official summary of Crossed (Matched sequel): by Ally Condie

In search of a future that may not exist and faced

with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia

journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky—

taken by the Society to his certain death—only to

find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues

in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what

she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a

different life across the border. But as Cassia nears

resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an

invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and

a surprise visit from Xander—who may hold the key

to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart—change

the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the

edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses

make the path more twisted than ever.

-Via Goodreads

*GASP* The cover of "Crossed" revealed!!

I absolutely love it! and I can not wait to read this book! Who else is super excited?!

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Coming Soon----Vampire Diaries - The Return: Midnight

 My wonderful boyfriend,  informed me that the next book to Vampire Diaries will be coming out on March 15. I was seriously shocked that I didn't know this book was coming out. I am usually on top of these things but its hard to keep track of all the upcoming books. Grace and I have read the Vampire Diaries books and some were really good and others I skipped parts just to get to the good parts. I am looking forward to this book very much though. I can't wait to see what happens with Elena, Damon and Stefan. I seriously want Damon and Elena to be together, I guess I will find out soon enough. I will definitely post my review once I read it!!! I posted a summary of the book below

The devil you know . . .

With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.
Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again—even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?
Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell's Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker—and closer—than they ever could have imagined. . . .

Alana is Currently Reading...

Review of Ballad

·         Reading level: Young Adult
·         Paperback: 360 pages
·         Publisher: Flux; Original edition (October 8, 2009)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0738714844
James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.
This is the sequel to Lament. The book pretty much takes place in James Point of view along with this soul-snatching faerie Nuala. James is the best friend of Dee, who the last book was about. James goes to this special music school that was made for people who had any involvement with fairies or special abilities that could make them see fairies. James is like this really talented musician who really doesn’t need that much improvement or help. Nuala wants to help James be the best ever but James must agree to have him help her, not knowing that she will steal his soul and kill him in the end. James doesn’t want her help which makes him such a strong person, but Nuala can’t seem to stay away from him. She becomes more human everyday she spends with James, and starts to develop feelings for her. James has such a hard time trying to feel anything for her because he is in love Dee. But in the end Nuala is the one he truly loves and wants to be with. The ending of the book is really good. James has to choose between his best friend and Nuala. And I think he made the right choice and got rewarded for it. I really loved this book. Maggie writes so well, and the story line was so good, I couldn’t put the book down. The friendship that Dee and James have is really strong and admirable. Even through tough times and decisions they remained friends. That’s something that is very difficult to do. I would definitely recommend this book and the Lament.

Beth Revis' big huge, major, awesome giveaway!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Grace is currently reading...

Review: Across The Universe

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143971
Summary:Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship "Godspeed" and expects to awaken on a new planet in 300 years. Never could she have known that she would be thrust into the world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Review: I bought this book back in February when Alana and I went to the "Breathless Reads" tour. Let me start by saying that Beth Revis is such a sweet person, and hysterical to boot! I really could not stop laughing every time it was her turn to ask a question, and I couldn't wait till it was her turn to answer. Anyway..on to the book, the reason I'm here. I really liked the cover of the book and that's what made me buy it initially. While waiting on line to purchase it I read the summary and thought wow, that's new. The book was certainly nothing like I have ever read before, and I was happy to be reading something a little different than my usual, vampires, demons, angels, mer-people etc. While there was a bit of a romance between Elder and Amy, I was upset that it wasn't played out quite as much as I had hoped. When we first come across Elder in the book, all I could think of is...Jeez, I wish he found my frozen body! The book is full of interesting and mysterious characters, and I felt a quick attachment to many of them...and hate too, as you will when you read the book. The map on the inside of the dust jacket is a great visual aid while reading the book, just so you can understand the levels and different areas, so definitely utilize that. All in all I would certainly recommend this book. There is a bit of sex in it, so maybe not too good for younger people, 14 and up I'd say. The only bad thing I can say about the book is that the romance wasn't so romantic..if you can understand that. But I guess given the circumstances, you wouldn't wanna be romantic either. Otherwise, the book was GREAT, read it! It out of this universe...yea, that was corny. :)