Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Giveaway!

I've had an awesome day today you guys! Awesome. It's finally a winter wonderland here (I'm in MD and we've been just shy of getting actual snow). And that means--since I work at a school--I didn't have to work all day! Yay!

So my awesome day started with a delay for work (meaning I got to sleep in) then I got an email that really really just made my day--heck, my week! (And yeah, I'm being cryptic and not explaining it; I don't want to "jinx" myself) And then I got to leave work early because of the weather too!

Also, there's about 5 inches of snow outside already right now! Probably no work tomorrow, which means I get to read all day :)

So, in celebration of my awesome day (and to make up for my lack of posts lately--yes, I feel guilty about that), here is a quick giveaway for you guys! (Quick since I'm going to be doing a bigger giveaway at the beginning of Feb.)

This giveaway will be for a copy of Swoon by Nina Malkin


Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Get one more extra entry by either tweeting, facebooking, &/or blogging the contest. (Please leave the link in your comment. You can tweet, facebook, or blog as much as you want but only one extra entry for doing it~)
-This is for U.S. residents only.
-Make sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
-The winner will be picked randomly on February 1st!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Review: Just One Wish

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it's all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika's plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?


Review:

This book was pretty implausible, often silly, with totally in-your-dreams events, but I loved it! I found this book in the clearance section of my bookstore and thought it would be a nice light, happy read and it didn't disappoint. I literally finished this book within a few hours because I didn't want to stop reading it. It was so cute.

I loved Annika even though she usually acted before thinking. Characters like that don't always mesh well with me, but she did. I enjoyed the dialogue/action between her and Steve (the "hunky star actor") I also thought they weren't flat but well developed characters and Jeremy was just precious! I want a little brother now!

The situations Annika gets herself into are definitely silly, but I wouldn't have wanted them any other way; they were fun to read. The writing was fluid and kept me fully immersed in the adventures of Annika and I don't think there was one point where I was thinking it dragged at all.

So, if you're looking for a fun read then pick this book up. I definitely enjoyed it. Now...who wants to stalk a celebrity with me? :D Hmmm...nevermind, somehow I don't think our results would turn out the same!

PS-If you haven't checked it out, my sister is giving away some books on her new blog. You can look at it here and enter to win some free books! Always a plus!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

AtU Winner!


Yay! We have a winner! Congrats to:

Mrs. DeRaps
(guess 3 really was lucky for you!)

And if you didn't win, don't be sad! Jeremy and Jeffery over at Novel Thoughts are having an signed ARC giveaway for Across the Universe going on now, so try your luck there! Here is the link! (Their giveaway end Jan. 22nd)

Also, check back here later because there are sure to be more giveaways! Maybe something special next month to celebrate my birthday? Hmm...

Have a good weekend, lovely readers, and hopefully you have an extended weekend like me! I plan to get some reading done! What are you guys doing with your extra day? (if you have it)

Review: Stork


Description:

Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.

Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated. With a nod to Hans Christian Andersen and inspired by Norse lore, Wendy Delsol’s debut novel introduces a hip and witty heroine who finds herself tail-feathers deep in small-town life
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Review:

This book had a pretty unique idea for its story. I was both eager and an little nervous to read it. Eager because the idea was about a secret group of woman that were "storks" and nervous because it could have been just too weird for me. However, I really
liked this book. I thought it bordered reality and paranormal perfectly and even though the idea of a girl being a human stork could have turned out really strange it ended up great. I loved how Norse mythology tied into the story.

The characters were great. I liked Katla (and what a cool name). She was believeable and easy to connect with. I enjoyed the interaction and dialogue between her and Jack a lot too. I also really enjoyed the other 'stork society' characters--all the different older ladies with all their quirky personalities.

The storyline of the book was well paced and not a boring predictable plot. I thought that events and actions happened at just the right times and that the end was great. I can't wait to read the sequel, but it won't come out for a while! Oh no's....Anyway, if you see this book, pick it up and give it a chance. It was really good and you might like it too!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Iron Fey (My contest entry)

Julie Kagawa who wrote the Iron Fey series (which is wonderful by the way, you should read the books) is doing a contest for the upcoming release of Iron Queen (squee! Can't wait for it!) Anyway, her contest is for anything creative! So I decided to paint since I haven't in forever and here is my entry. ( Eek! Be nice please ;p ) It's an acrylic painting. There is a little bit of a flash from the camera on the painting. Boo. But, eh what can ya do about that. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy, I know I at least had fun painting it!

(click on the picture for a larger image that shows the details a little better, if you want!)

The Launch of the Godspeed!

(isn't that header so pretty? Jeremy West was awesome creative with making it!)

Wow guys, Penguin is going all out for Across the Universe by Beth Revis (and no wonder since the book was so great!) They supported Beth and helped get swag for her EPIC contest that she had. They made an awesome book trailer. They gave the first chapter for you to read online. AND NOW they have launched a fun interacted website where they had their splashpage with the AtU countdown. This was a secret project that Penguin Teen did and now it's being "launched" today!! (Like the ship Godspeed in AtU!)

You guys need to check this out! It's pretty awesome. You can see each level of the ship Godspeed individually with even more detail and you can read little blurbs about each part. I loved the details they put into making the ship! You definitely need to see it. Go see it here: Across the Universe Website (ps-they also have awesome downloads [desktop backgrounds, avatars, ect.] that you can grab! Just check out the "select operation" menu bar!)

Also, tak a look at this too! A new video interview with Beth, pretty cool!



And if you haven't seen it already, here's the book trailer.



Are you guys drooling yet? ;) No? Well maybe this special teaser will make that happen! io9 has an exclusive excerpt of the first 111 pages that will be live from 11:11 am (Easter time zone) to 11:11 pm. Don't you love all the uniformity with the ones? My slight OCD side does! Anyway, here's the link to see that.

The book comes out TODAY (1.11.11) so head to your local library or bookstore and see what it's all about and don't forget to check out my review on AtU if you haven't already~

More links for even more Across the Universe fun!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Giveaway

Hey, lovely readers! Thought I'd let you know that my sister started a book/writing blog recently and she is hosting a giveaway! Four books are up for grabs, so go take a look and try to win some more free books! ( I mean, who doesn't like free books?! :p ) Here's the link. The giveaway end February 10th. Good luck!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Description:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?


Review:

Oh man you guys, this book was great! I'm so glad I read it. As you can see from other reviews of mine, I don't tend to read a lot of contemporary (more paranormal) but after this book I think I'll have to remedy that! I know there are some more amazing ones out there!

There were so many parts where I was chuckling, laughing, or giggling out loud at while reading this book. (My hubby kept looking at me and asking what's so funny) The interaction between the characters and the characters themselves are so relatable and believable. I loved Anna so much. She was funny and awkward. She felt like a real person, one that has embarrassing moments, makes mistakes, and has her own personality quirks. The other characters are also well developed and I liked all of them.

Also, the setting was amazing. I've never been to Paris, but reading this book made me feel as if I were right there and after reading, I was left wanting to go visit this amazing city and see it for myself! And I loved the way Stephanie Perkins adds some french in throughout the book and explains what the words mean in English in a natural way.

When I started this book, I was up late already and only planned to read a couple chapters before bed, but before I knew it, it was 4am and I'd read half the book! And the next night I stayed up late again to finish it! This was one of those books that just left me happy where the feeling lingered after finishing the book. It's not all laughs and fun, there are other parts that tug at your other emotions too (and those parts are great too), but when I finished this book I was left feeling happy and pleased with the book and wanting to find another one just as awesome. This is a book that I know I'll be able to read and reread over and over again. So, check it out. I doubt you'll be disappointed!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Signed Across the Universe Giveaway!


Hey, exciting news everyone! I have an extra signed copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis for one of you to win! The book comes out January 11th, but since mine needs to be shipped to me I'm going to have the contest run until January 15th! And if you want to read my review then go here! (Isn't that reversible cover so pretty?!)

Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Get one more extra entry by either tweeting, facebooking, &/or blogging the contest. (Please leave the link in your comment. You can tweet, facebook, or blog as much as you want but only one extra entry for doing it~)
-This is for U.S. residents only. (Sorry international friends.)
-Make sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
-The winner will be picked randomly on January 15th!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: Across the Universe

So sorry I haven't posted in a while. Work started back up again and those little students of mine are giving me a run for my money and wearing me out! Anyway, here's a new review for you all. Hope you like it!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Description:

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:
So any of you that have read some of my previous posts about this book know that I was so excited for it! And guess what?! It was worth all the excitement. I loved this book, every single part of it. The world, the events, the characters, all of them were so real and well created. From the first page, I felt like I was right there with Amy, choking and cold as she's frozen along with her parents. And even though almost all of the book takes place on just one spaceship, it's described in so well that the limited space of the world isn't any kind of hinderance for the book. It doesn't always work in some books having a limited setting, but this one really pulled it off.

The book is written from the point of view of both Amy and Elder. I'm always a little wary with this type of writing because it take a really good author to make it work. I've read books with multiple points of view where the different voices just blended, sounding like the same character. But in AtU both Amy and Elder have distinct personalities in the writing that really help develop them even more.

This books has plenty of twists and turns that fit into the plot perfectly (they weren't just thrown in there to shock you) and it left me wondering what would happen next the whole way! The book doesn't leave you on and extreme cliffhanger that will have you clawing your hair out in frustration, but it does have a few twists that leave you eagerly waiting for the next book! (too bad that's over a year away! Ack! Beth, what will I do until then?!)

So, Across the Universe comes out in less than a week now, January 11th, and I'm recommending that you all go check it out!! Also, anyone in the South Carolina area should check out Beth's launch party she's having with lots of cool prizes! Go here to find out more.

Keep checking back here too because I am gonna try to get my hands on a signed copy of AtU to do a giveaway for you guys. I'll have more information about that soon!