Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (Sequel to Nightshade)
Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Sequel to Paranormalcy)
Wildefire by Karsten Knight (go here to check out my review)
Monday, July 25, 2011
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.
I just finished reading this book and loved it! Who knew Texas and ghosts went together so well. If you're looking for a good ghost story then you need to check this book out.
I loved the humor and wit in this book. So many parts where what the characters said or the descriptions that were given made me laugh.
Each character in this had a strong, well-developed, and unique personality. The tension and interaction between Amy and Ben is so fun and frustrating to watch. I loved their chemistry and dialogue. Phin was a great character too--a little absent minded professor meets ghost hunter, kinda reminds me slightly of Velma from Scooby-Doo. I think the interactions between the characters was one of the best aspects of this book. So believable and lots of fun.
The story and pacing of the book were wonderful too. I love the way history and fiction mingle in it. This book had a well thought-out, complex plot that I thoroughly enjoyed. It had the perfect amount of suspense, mystery, and tension. It also wraps up very nicely, so I don't think there will be another, but I can still hope right? I love Rosemary Clement-Moore's writing and look forward to her future work! Check this book out. If you're a fan of a good ghost-lore story then you won't be disappointed!
(Loved the snark in it...and isn't the cover gorgeous?!)
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip - and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.
They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.
This is one of the few angel books that I actually really liked. I think it's because in it they aren't really associated with heaven and God but have a slightly more scifi-ish explanation that I like for the book. Almost as if they weren't really angels but just looked like what people think of as angels. But I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I won't go into that anymore.
I think most of you know that I write also, which means that not only am I looking at the story, character development, plot pacing and all those other things, but I also end up paying attention to the writing itself while I read. And this was one of those book that while reading it, I was impressed with the writing. (It happens a lot.) What I really admired about the writing was the way L.A. Weatherly switched between first person (with Willow) and third person (centering around other key characters) without it being jarring. I really enjoyed that. Another writing aspect of the book that I liked was how the back story was mingled throughout the book really fluidly and organically and we weren't just giving random sections of info dumps.
The story itself was great too. There were parts when I thought, if this was me it would be the most boring thing in the world, but somehow L.A. Weatherly makes even mundane activities interesting, keeping the pacing fast. This was a book that made me want to keep reading even when I knew I should have been doing other things (You know, like eating or sleeping. Little things like that.)
And of course, I love a little love story also and the tension and attraction between Willow and Alex was very well done. There were parts where they actually get to know each other as people and I really liked that. Willow was a great character. Strong and quirky with a good character arc. I loved her hobby. Alex is equally well rounded with another great character arc in there too. And who doesn't love a boy that knows how to handle a gun?
So yeah, this is a book that I really really enjoyed and I will be eagerly waiting for the next one, Angel Fire, which I believe is set to come out October 2011!
Monday, July 18, 2011
"The literature section of Ballou Senior High School's library in Washington, DC has 63 books, not enough to fill five small shelves. In the area marked "Pure Science," there are 77 volumes. The generally accepted standard for school libraries is 11 books for each of Ballou's 1,104 students."
77 books?! That's it. They should have over 12000 books just for the standard accepted for school libraries according to their student count. See how crazy that is? Books do so much to help educate students and help expand their creativity that I can't help but be sad that they have so little.
This next selection is taken straight from the program director.
"It's a challenge for kids to take their literacy seriously when they don't even have books to read. Ballou is located in the most dangerous ward in our nation's capitol. Right now, the library serves as a physical safe space and a refuge for students in off school hours, but wouldn't it be great if they had something to read while they were there--even choices across genre?....This is not the only school in the country with needs, but when the flare went up we saw it and chose to respond."
What they need:
Everything. From Shakespeare to Octavia Butler to Richard Wright. Fantasy, sci-fi, YA, adult fiction, history books, poetry, classic literature, science.
I've asked if they would accept ARCs, and the director of the book drive, Lisa, said YES.
How to donate:
If you have books you want to give, please mail them directly to:
c/o Margaret Pegram
128 M St. NW suite 318
Washington, DC 20001
Inside the box put a note that says "c/o Lisa P. Ballou Book Drive".
The school will be accepting books until August 22nd.
Also, if you'd like to include some kind of quick note for the kids, words of encouragement, that would be awesome!!
Spread the word!
Reblog this post on your blog. Tweet this post. (we're on twitter at #HSBookDrive) Tell everyone. Send books.
This is a chance for our community to step up, to reach out and to provide teens with books. This is why we are here, so we challenge you to be part of this. And thank you for any help you guys can offer!
And because I felt like adding another person (who will recieve some book swag & a copy of Clare de Lune):
Congrats winners! And I hope you guys enjoy the books & swag!
**-Just in case some of you happen to check, Angela didn't enter through the comments. Blogger wasn't working for her so she emailed me & asked to be entered. If any of you ever have problems leaving a comment to enter a contest then feel free to email me & let me know you want to be entered. My email can be found if you go to my full profile.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
Karsten Knight did an amazing job with Wildefire. Right from the beginning I was hooked. I couldn't put it down.
I loved Ash. She was snarky, fun, strong, and a bit rough and I wouldn't have wanted to see a teen volcano goddess done any other way! The other characters were just as wonderful too. I loved the group she's kinda thrown together with. They were all unique and can I say I loved that there was an Egyptian girl too. (Yup, not only am I a nerd b/c I'm obsessed with books but I also really like Egyptian mythology as well.) I really enjoyed how all of them interacted and the twists thrown with them. Not to mention, the dialogue they all have, especially Ash. It was funny and witty. I was laughing so much while reading this book. I think I'd reread it just for those parts again.
The layout of the book is kinda crazy. No regular chapters here. There are different sections that intertwine really well. I've never read another book with this kind of layout and with this type of tense switching but the way it was done just pulled me into this story even more. The sections are kinda long but I didn't really notice the lengths of them all that much because the pacing was amazing. Lots of action but not too much that it overrode the story (a creative and rich story, I might add). I think I read this book in a day because I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to stop cause I had to know how it ended! And OH! that ending! It was like a punch to the stomach that I loved. Weird right? Well, you'll have to go read it to see what I mean! Wildefire comes out July 26, 2011....so, soon!!
But in the meantime, I made a little teaser (it's pretty short) for Wildefire because I loved it so much (and I love stop animation too).
(Warning: I'm like the world's worst person when it comes to technology, soooo I couldn't do any editing which means no music....boo...but I hope you still like it and hope it makes you want to read Wildefire even more!)
(ps-enter my contest one post down if you're interested in winning a few books, and really, who isn't?!)
(really wish I could have put music to it...but, oh well....)
(Am I over-using my parentheses again?)