Friday, May 27, 2011

My Favorite Children's Books

I can remember as a child, I absolutley HATED reading. I would have to read for 30 minutes every night for school and I would just lay there and pretend to read. My mom bought books for me and my siblings, but I was the least excited about reading. I got so bored doing it, I didn't relate well to characters (probobly because I didn't want to). When forced to read I did have some favorites though........

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1) What an interesting girl, I think I dressed like her.


Judy Moody  (Judy Moody, #1)She was fun!

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)Ramona was crazy.........loved it.

Love You Forever I remember my mom reading this to me, it made me feel loved.


The Haunted Mask (Goosebumps, #11) I loved these, they scared me, I loved watching the show too.

Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids, #1) I liked all the kids and enjoyed reading these


So these were my favorites, even though I HATED reading, but I now LOVE it, which is kind of the reason for a book blog, lol.

What Were Yours?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

And The Winner Is...........

The contest winner for the ARC of The Lucky Kind was picked at random and has already been Contacted.

The winner was The Book Pages, go check your e-mail. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.

Thanks to all who entered, and follow my blog, it is so much appreciated.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Across The Universe Discussion Chapters 71-81


So yeah if you want to start from the beginning, I got the end as you can see, go to ChaptersBookClub channel on youtube. Sorry it is very rushed.

Chapters Book Club on youtube


So this is the new book club that is on youtube, we make videos discussing books and their chapters, I am now apart of this, I fill in when needed. So this was my introduction. Read along with us!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Review: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (For Elizabeth Scott Week)


So it's Elizabeth Scott week, hosted by the blogs in the button above. I wanted to be involved because I love Elizabth's books.
I fell in love with Elizabeth Scott's books about 2 years ago It started with Bloom, which made my heart race in some parts and it felt so real, I felt genuine compassion for the characters, and when they got their hearts broken, I felt mine did too.
I Recommend All her Books!

I am going to be reviewing Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth, which touched my heart in so many ways.

Living Dead Girl

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 02, 2008
ISBN: 1416960597

Description from goodreads:
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.
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 she 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.


REVIEW:
WARNING: you will need tissues

Seriously you will need tissues, I cried so much throughout the entire book, it broke my heart.

To read about a little girl being abused and being ready to die, it was horrible. You feel so many things for the little girl, like sadness and wanting to save her. I felt so much anger for the man keeping her and thought how sick someone has to be to do this to a human being, I hated him. This book will be in your thoughts for years to come. 5/5

Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Deadly Little Secret (Touch, #1)
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Release Date:  December 16, 2008
ISBN: 1423111982

Description from goodreads:
Some secrets shouldn't be kept...
Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

REVIEW:
I don't know about you guys, but I was hooked on Ben from the first time he came into the story. He was so dreamy, but at times kind of inferiating, I didn't know what he was thinking. Or, why he was acting the way her did? I didn't know what he was hiding.

I also was pretty scared for Camelia, getting wierd packages and phone calls and then the person going into your house, oh my lord, I would be so scared.

The shocking ending was awesome, it was truely terrifying, I was shocked. 4/5

Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publis
Release Date: February 01, 2009
ISBN: 0547259409

Description from goodreads:
The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.


REVIEW:
So I don't know what to think of this book, I have heard so many good things about this book, but I am not sure how I want to do this.

There were parts about this book that I absolutely hated. I was loving the characters at one point and hating them at others. Lucius was hot at some times, but a total ASS at others.  I questioned why Jessica went back to him....love makes people do strange things I guess. I thought the ending was to abrupt too, she went to him, bit her, the book was done.... now I have to read the sequel.

So after much deliberation and hating of Lucius (at parts), I am going to give the book a 3/5

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity
Publisher: Scholastic, Incorporated
Release Date: March 01, 2011
ISBN: 0545230500

Description from goodreads:
 When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.
Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

REVIEW:
Being able to touch things and see what has touched those things would be kind of annoying. The whole family having having gifts is pretty cool. Thank god my mother can't read my mind, she would not like what she was hearing.

I liked Clare and thought she was a strong girl. She stands up for herself (pours cups of soda on people's heads, Yells, things like that.)

I was also kind of digging Justin (even though he cheated on Clare and I thought he was a killer), but I liked Gabriel even more (I kind of thought he was the killer too). I also thought the killer was her brother or his friend at one point.

The book was a mystery til the end, but the ending was a kind of a diappointment because I don't know if she got together with Gabriel or back together with Justin, it just ended after the exciting scene. 4/5

IS THERE A SEQUAL? IF YOU KNOW PLEASE TELL ME.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)

I got a lot of exciting things these past two or three weeks. I went to Omaha, Nebraska and went to Half Price Books for the first time, it was awesome. I also got a couple of books for review and won one, it has been pretty good lately. I am finally starting to get back into YouTube now also, which is good. I hope every body has been good and well.



Enter the contest if you can, sorry it's not international, shipping is too expensive for me right now :(

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Lucky Kind Giveaway

That's right, my first giveaway on the blog. I have been meaning to do one, but I just never got around to it sooner. I am giving away an ARC of The Lucky Kind by Alyssa b. Sheinmel. I got this for review a while ago and liked it. So I am passing it on.

The Lucky Kind
Description from goodreads:
High school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up comes a newfound confidence for Nick; he's become a bolder version of himself, no longer afraid to question his parents, and no longer afraid to talk to Eden.

My REVIEW

RULES
  • This contest is open to the US, sorry international people, shipping is too expensive.
  • Must be a follower of this blog.
  • Leave a comment with email.
  • Ends May 25th. Will post winner the 26th.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Lucky Kind (ARC) by Alyssa b. Sheinmel

The Lucky Kind
Description from goodreads:
High school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up comes a newfound confidence for Nick; he's become a bolder version of himself, no longer afraid to question his parents, and no longer afraid to talk to Eden.
Alyssa B. Sheinmel has written a powerfully gripping story about family secrets, falling in love, and finding luck in unexpected--and sometimes unwelcome—circumstances.

REVIEW:
High school junior Nick Brandt has great parents, good grades, his best friend Stevie and is sure this is the year he will finally talk to Eden Reiss. Nick soon finds out that his parents have been keeping a big secret from him, and he doesn't trust them so much anymore.

I usually don't like reading books from a boys perspectives, but this was pretty good. I like romance told from a boys point of view I have recently discovered. It gives me a sence of what is going on in teenage boys heads, something I still have yet to discover completely. This was a quick and easy read. 3/5

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy
Description from goodreads:
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.


REVIEW:
As you read in the description this book focuses on Paul and him being openly gay in highschool.

This is not how my school is by a long shot. I come from a place where people aren't open about being gay and have a hard time accepting it. It's not ok here, I hope that changes.

I on the other hand am super open, so I knew this would be a great book for me.

I love how almost everybody is super open. People are who they want to be. I loved this book and all it's fabulous characters. The school sounded so open and friendly, I wish my school was this way. 5/5

Kindred (ARC) Review

Kindred
Description from goodreads:
The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.

Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all.

Then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission.


REVIEW:
Miriam meets Raphael, and archangel and then figures out she must save two people. Her brother Mo has also had a "visit" and his was from the oppsite side - evil. Miriam then embarks on a mission to save the two people.

This book sounded so interesting, but it was dull. I felt like it was going to get really interesting, but it never did. The book was a good idea, but it wasn't exciting, it was Miriam going from day to day and nothing exciting happened. 2/5

Monday, May 2, 2011

Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled
Meet Colin Preston.
19 years old and a student at Elerby University in upstate New York.
He drinks too much.
Lives for the Beatles, John Lennon and classic rock.
Falls for the most beautiful sophomore on campus.
His life is about to change forever.
Funny. Moving. Honest. Raw.
An entertaining coming of age novel about friendship,
music, first love and betrayal.


REVIEW:
Colin Preston is a 19 year old sophmore in college, and he loves the Beatles. Colin's sophmore year is also the year he starts dating the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. The book journeys through Colin's life in college and all it's ups and downs. Colin was an easy character to like and I really enjoyed getting to know him, it was nice to see a BOY falling in love for once.

Colin being in love with the Beatles was cool too, he put music to everything, it was constantly playing and he thought about it constantly.


I loved this book!!!!


Thanks to the author for being so kind and sending it to me. 5/5