Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Jake Russell, the friendly police chief in a town so small, initially worries about outsider heiress, Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale, who moved into the house held to be haunted by the "grey lady", and opens a weird shop full of attributes of occultism, soon causing the rumor that she's a wicked witch. After Cassie kindly helps his brave son, Brandon (and his sister Lori), with a dog, bully Kyle - abused by his own dad - and his own fears, Jake soon makes friends with her, even romantically interested. Yet the 'chief' is professionally obliged to handle a flood of complaints and harassment started by the mayor's mean wife, her busy-bodies bunch and teenage brats. Finally Derek Sanders, Jake's only deputy, hits on Cassie's hidden background.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I bought the book shortly after that conversation because I was curious. I have to admit that I was surprised by how graphic some of it was. Not that it was that graphic, especially for a 27-year-old who has read her fair share of erotica. But I was surprised because it was written in the mid 70's. There was sex, discussion of birth control, an explanation of a "well-woman's check-up", and the f-bomb was dropped twice.
This book was also mentioned at the Virginia Festival of the Book by a panel of YA authors. They had mentioned that this book had endured because even though it was written over 30 years ago, it is still real. The story worked then, and it works now. Teenagers can still relate to Katherine because this issue has been relevant in teenage girls' lives for a long time.
One thing I found interesting, is on Judy Blume's site, she says she wrote the book because her 14-year-old daughter wanted to read a book where teenagers fell in love and had a physical relationship, and neither were punished for it. Because, let's face it... teens had sex then. They're having sex now.
I think this would be a great book for teenage girls to read with their mother's. I know sex is hard to talk about with parents. I think it's even harder for the parents. But using books as a tool to get the conversation going is great. I read this book in about 90 minutes, and I enjoyed it. And I think despite the subject matter, it would be appropriate for even some younger teens.
Friday, March 26, 2010
And oh... my... goddess... This book was amazing. No wonder it was National Book Award Finalist. I bought the book after reading chapter one, and then I finished it a few hours later. The writing was fantastic. The story was incredible. I can't imagine being in Deanna's situation. It takes a strong will to get through it the way she did. I cried... a lot. It seems a lot of books have been causing tears lately. While I've never been in this situation, the relationship she has with her dad definitely has some similarities with mine. In that it is so bad that avoidance is usually the best we can manage.
This book is too good to be missed. If you like Laurie Halse Anderson and Elizabeth Scott, you'll love Sara Zarr's STORY OF A GIRL.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Having just finished THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, and loving it as much as I did, I jumped THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES up higher in my pile of books. I have a few more to read before I get there. Anyway, I love the original cover. Of course, it got a new cover before it was even released. Since I haven't read the story, I can't say that one fits the mood of the book better, but I think the new cover is so much more creepy. And I like it.
I felt really connected with Mary. I've always been the different one. The one who believes and thinks differently. I don't know that I would have had her courage, but I certainly hope I would. The story was sad, but then again, it's about people who are living the only life they can in a world over-run with zombies. There's violence, death, and sadness. Be prepared for tears.
Definitely can't wait for THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES.
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
As per the changes for this giveaway, there will be two winners. Winner 1 gets first choice. Winner 2 get the other. The choice is between a paperback of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH signed by Carrie Ryan and swag and THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES (not signed) and swag.
Winner 1: twistedfates
Winner 2: Chloe
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I think this may be my new favorite book in The Hollows Series, by Kim Harrison. I find myself having more and more in common with Rachel. Though, with her being a witch, her problems are on a larger scale. Against popular opinion, I'm a huge Trent fan. I don't know what it is about that elf. And I also love Pierce. So far, he's my favorite potential boyfriend for Rachel. Bis has a greater role in this book, and I'm definitely a fan. Have tissues handy. My copy was covered in tear drops on a few pages.
Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter - and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind... until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment - at worst, a forced lobatomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.
It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
There are really no words to describe this book. I started LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott last night, and finished it today. I didn't want to put it down. My mouth was dry as I read this story, making it difficult to swallow. This is possibly the most intense book I've ever read. It was both wonderful and horrible at the same time. Wonderful because the writing was so real. And horrible because of the situation "Alice" was in.
I didn't cry while I was reading it, but after I put it down I was practically sobbing. I can't wait to read more by this author.
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what he longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I love that she hears her father's voice and words encouraging her on, helping her with what he taught her, helping her to survive and (hopefully) stay out of trouble. I love Graves, but Christophe has had me concerned from his entrance in book one. I still can't trust him yet.
Watch out for JEALOUSY, book three in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow this June.
I highly recommend this series. MY SOUL TO TAKE and MY SOUL TO SAVE are two of the best books I've read this year. And be on the lookout for MY SOUL TO KEEP this June.
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks on stage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This isn't the type of book I typically seek out, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's appropriate for younger teens, but that's not to say older teens and adults won't enjoy it. Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this one.
Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J18eOuFZXwY
And now for what you are really interested in... the FORGET-HER-NOT winners!
Signed book and swag go to Book Addict Girl
Signed bookmark and swag go to Catie S
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
She brought along her friend, Diana Peterfreund, author of RAMPANT. Both ladies were sweet and funny, and I'm glad I got the chance to meet them. Carrie read an excerpt from her new book, and we got to watch the book trailer for the first.
She has completed the third book to be released around this time next year: THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES. In other exciting news... she's engaged and getting married this April Fool's Day. I want that date for my wedding, too.
Groom: I do.
Bride: I don't. Kidding! I do.
I have to plug the bookstore where the signing was because it was so wonderful. It was an indie store in Baltimore, MD called The Children's Bookstore. They sold only books for kids and teens, though there were some "teen friendly" adult books as well. http://www.thecbstore.com/
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The scenery was amazing, as were the costumes. Alice had a number of neat fashions, my favorite being the red one. The costumes were amazing. I especially love the mad hatters hat. I know some people who were critical of the costumes and make-up and wouldn't see the movie because the "clown-like make-up" freaked them out. Personally, I thought it was awesome. It's wonderland... they shouldn't look "normal".
Johnny Depp was amazing, as usual. I don't think there are many actors who could pull off this role so well. I overheard a conversation between two young women criticizing the fact that Tim Burton often uses Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Alan Rickman (as of late). Hey... if it works, it works. I happen to love it. They are three of my favorite actors and one of my favorite directors. Alan Rickman played the caterpillar. He sounded so Snape-like in this film, and I loved that.
I really like Anne Hathaway. Ever since "The Princess Diaries" I've been a fan. She played this part so well. The Chesire Cat was fantastic. The blue stripes were fantastic, and we was as fun as always.
The soundtrack, I'm sure, is amazing. There is the main soundtrack, which is the score for the movie. And then there's "Almost Alice" which has songs not in the movie, all by famous singers. The lead song "Alice" by Avril Lavigne is great. It played as the credits rolled, and you've probably heard it on trailers. Again, definitely worth checking out.
Two weeks ago I brought my baby home. This is Zephyr, a sugar glider. This is her on day 1. She hung out like this for a while, and then stayed in that position to eat some gilde-r-chow.
Here, you can see her favorite thing... to the right of the picture, there is a slice of apple. She is so cute when she eats it. You can hear her scooping a bit out, and then a light lip smacking sound.
Here is an close up of my cutie. You can see her hand best in this one. She has four hands that are very similar to human hands. The front hands look like human hands, except her thumb is shortest and her pinky is the longest. Her back hands are a little more like ape hands, where the thumb is set further away.
We've had a lot of fun getting to know each other. She's bitten me four times, but it doesn't really hurt. Her claws, though... I have scratches all over my palm and thumb. I hold her some every day, and she's way more relaxed now then when we started. Then she hangs out in her bonding pouch for a few hours. She seems to like that. We went shopping today, and tomorrow we are going to the grocery store.
The most exciting thing so far was her 45 seconds of freedom. Last night, I opened the door to her cage to put more food inside. I know she gets crazy at night because she's nocturnal, but I didn't realize she'd be that crazy. One look at the open door and she leapt out towards freedom. She ran into the corner, but I caught her. Almost had a heart attack.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"Something - some new power - is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.
Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with a family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.
Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece together everything quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent everyday? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?"
You can read about Amy and her book here: http://www.amybrecountwhite.com/
And in honor of the launch party, I am hosting my first book giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of FORGET-HER-NOTS and swag. Second place winner will receive swag. You have until Saturday, March 6, 11:59pm EST to enter. Winners will be posted when I review FORGET-HER-NOTS.
To enter the contest, please leave a comment, answering the following question: What is your favorite flower and why?
+2 follow my blog
+1 follow me on twitter (AineFey)
*don't forget to leave your email*