Monday, August 31, 2009
The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude. Nominate this award to 10 blogs:
Jenny at Wondrous Reads
Chelsea at The Page Flipper
Juju at Tales of Whimsy
Kim at The Book Butterfly
Lizzy at Cornucopia of Reviews
Katie at Katie's Book Blog
Adele at Persnickety Snark
Steph Su at Steph Su Reads
Sophie at So Many Books, So Little Time
Kristi at The Story Siren
I realize many of these people may have already received this award, but that's okay. This is just a simple way to show that I enjoy their blogs.
Ok, I have just a couple notices I would like to add. First of all, I've hit 20 followers. That seems like a good milestone to me. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows me. :) It's nice to know other people are enjoying my blog.
Second, I have a couple additions to IMM (4) that I forgot about. I bought Evermore by Alyson Noel which I'm super excited to read.
I also received a lovely postcard from Becca Fitzpatrick that had the cover of Hush, Hush on one side and a nice thank you on the other for helping her come up with guest blog topics. Thanks Becca! :) Maybe I'll post pictures later if anyone would like to see the postcard.
That's all for now. Thanks for stopping!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
(ARC/Released October 2009 in HB/Simon & Schuster)
Nora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. Patch has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora.
After getting paired with Patch in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from him, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?
I received this from the First Look program at Barnes and Noble. I've finished it and let me tell you, I'm in love. :) I'll have a review coming soon.
Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe) by Kimberly Pauley
Why It Sucks to Be Me
1. My parents are freaks. Sure, every teenager says that. But I know for a fact that mine are bloodsucking vampire freaks.
2. As if high school wasn't bad enough, now I have to go to vampire classes with a bunch of weirdos who actually want to drink blood.
3. Then there's my complete inability to talk in complete sentences around cute boys. (Especially Nathan. He probably thinks I've got a speech impediment or something.)
4. And I can't tell my best friend Serena about any of this.
5. But the absolute worst thing is that the whole world is about to find out what happened when my parents forced me to decide whether I want to be a vampire! Please don't read this book. It's just embarrassing.
I received this book for review from ReaderViews Kids. I really enjoyed it. You can read my review here.
The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
(ARC/Released August 2009 in HB/Little, Brown and Company)
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.
They just know they can't trust each other.
I also received this from ReaderViews Kids. I'm reading this currently, and I'm enjoying it so far. It's cool that I received a book with the original cover. I believe that this was originally to be the cover, but they weren't happy with it, so they switched to the twin girl statues. A review will be coming soon for this.
From Paperback Swap:
Nancy Drew Girl Detective Box Set: #1-4 by Carolyn Keen
Let me introduce myself. I'm Nancy Drew. Some call me a girl detective. Others call me "that girl who cooked my goose." But everyone calls me sharp -- especially when it comes to crime. And since mystery and I follow each other everywhere, I'm pretty busy. Take a look inside at some of my favorite cases, and you'll see what I mean!
#1 Without a Trace
#2 A Race Against Time
#3 False Notes
#4 High Risk
In case you didn't know, I love all things Nancy Drew. I got this from Paperback Swap. I've actually read all four already, but I love them so much I wanted my own copies to reread. If you haven't checked out Paperback Swap yet, you really should. It's great for book lovers. Basically, you post books you want to get rid of, and then other people can request them from you. Once they've received the book, you get a credit that you can use to "buy" other books.
I think I've had a really great week. I got a good amount of books, plus they're all new ones that I've been wanting to read. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy! :)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What initially intrigued me about Fever 1793 was the subject matter. I absolutely love books where the main character has to struggle to survive. Some of my favorites include Exodus and Life As We Knew It. This plot did not disappoint. There were a few twists, many of them sad, but they kept the story moving. Mattie's struggle is terrifying, but there's also a lot of hope to be found in what she achieves.
All of the characters were likable, especially Mattie and Eliza. I could easily picture each character and their quirks. The whole situation was portrayed very well; all of the situations were very believable. I even found myself laughing at one part, although it really wasn't funny, just because it reminded me of the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Age Group: Young Adult
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Black Sheep by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Fed up with her parents and all their ridiculous rules (they keep a binder full of them), fifteen-year-old Kendra Bishop writes away to The Black Sheep, a reality TV show that offers the chance to swap families with another teen. But when the camera crew shows up at her Manhattan apartment, Kendra starts to have second thoughts.
Too late. Kendra is whisked away to Monterey, California, to live with the Mulligan family in a household that couldn't be more different from her own. Of course, when Kendra falls for Mitch, the Mulligans' seventeen-year-old son, it only complicates things further, especially since Mitch despises the reality TV show and everything it stands for. But given the chance, Kendra might just be able to juggle first love, her new stardom, and a pushy TV producer who will stop at nothing for higher ratings.
I got this from Paperback Swap. I've been wanting to read it for a while now. I've already started reading it, and I'm almost done. I really like it so far.
Forest Born by Shannon Hale
Growing up in the Forest, Rin always turned to the trees when she needed peace or reassurance, even direction, until the day they seemed to reject her. Rin is sure something is wrong with her, something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest, keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all.
When her brother Razo returns to the city after a visit home, Rin accompanies him to the palace in hopes of finding a new sense of herself. But a mysterious threat haunts Bayern, and Rin joins the magical girls she thinks of as the Fire Sisters - Isi, Enna, and Dasha - as they venture into the woods toward the kingdom of Kel...where someone wants them all dead.
In this fourth tale in the Books of Bayern series, Newberry Honor-winning author Shannon Hale once again proves herself an irresistible storyteller, bringing readers back to a world rich with friendships, unexpected plot twists, and a little dose of magic.
This book sounds really good and the cover is very pretty. I received this from BookDivas for review. When I'm done reading it, I'm supposed to participate in a discussion with the author. Exciting! I'm a little worried though, because I haven't read the first three in the series. Has anyone else read it? Please tell me if you have, and if I need to read the three other books in order to understand the fourth book.
Just a couple of books this week, but I'm very happy with them. A review for The Black Sheep will be coming soon. And once again, I'm sorry for the lack of posts. Luckily, I'll have plenty of free time this week, so I'll have a chance to catch up. See you around :)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
3 Willows by Ann Brashares
Jo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as a bus girl and bonding with the older, cooler girls she'll see at high school come September. She didn't count on a brief fling with a cute summer boy changing her entire summer. Or on feeling embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn't count on her family at all...
Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning As. Instead, her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products.
It is a new summer.
And a new sisterhood.
Come grow with them.
This sounds cute. I'm looking forward to reading it. I got it from the Random Buzzers program where you can participate in activities to earn points, and then you can spend those points on books. It's an easy way to get free books. I was so surprised when I opened this up and found out that it's signed! I had no idea it would be.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
(PB/December 2003/Delacorte Press)
Gemma Doyle isn't like other girls. Girls with impeccable manners, who speak when spoken to, who remember their station, and who will lie back and think of England when it's required of them.No, sixteen-year-old Gemma is an island unto herself, sent to the Spence Academy in London after tragedy strikes her family in India. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma finds a chilly reception. But she's not completely alone...she's been followed by a mysterious young man, who warns her to close her mind against the visions.
For it's at Spence that Gemma's power to attract the supernatural unfolds; there she becomes entangled with the school's most powerful girls and discovers her mother's connection to a shadowy group called the Order. It's there that her destiny waits...if only she can believe it.
A Great and Terrible Beauty is a curl-up-under-the-covers kind of book...a vast canvas of rustling skirts and dancing shadows and things that go bump in the night. It's a vividly drawn portrait of the Victorian age, when girls were groomed for lives as rich men's wives...and the story of a girl who saw another way.
I've been wanting to read this for a really long time but I never got around to it. Then a friend of mine said I had to read it, so I ordered it from Paperback Swap. I'm really super excited to start on it. I love books about the Victorian age.
Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker (PB/September 2007/Berkley Jam)
On the day my life changed,
the lady in the giant Chanel shades
stared me up and down.
"Gorgeous, I've got fall castings coming up and I think you could be IT. And I mean IT. Are you busy next weekend? I can have you on a flight to New York Friday night. If it's up to me, I'd say you're the next Kate Moss - but, you know, taller and without the PR problems...I hope!" Then she threw her perfectly highlighted hair back and laughed, which gave me a good look at her straight, white veneers.
So that's how I happen to have this business card in the front pocket of my jeans as I start my senior year of high school. The card of Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City, who wants to put me on a plane this weekend and whisk me into her world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Me, Violet Greenfield, who's been P-L-A-I-N practically forever.
And you wanna know a secret? I'm going...
I've always wanted to read this series for such a long time, and now I'm finally getting started. I've actually already read it and I enjoyed it. I also picked this one up from Paperback Swap. I love that site. :)
So, I got some nice new books this week. I'm very happy. Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I had a busy weekend. I saw Harry Potter, though! I cried when Dumbledore died and everyone lifted their wands to the sky. So sad and touching. This week I'll probably be low on posts because I have a conditioning camp to go to. Sorry guys. But I'll try my best to get plenty of reviews and all that when I have time.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Also, if you mention that I referred you there, we'll both get an extra entry. :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"A slightly overweight blond woman snatched something up from the table and slipped it in her pocket.
'How dare you come in here without permission!' snapped the tall, gray-haired woman who had hidden the book away."
Page 78, Immortal by Gillian Shields
Monday, August 10, 2009
Lost Summer by Alex Mcauly (PB/August 2006/Pocket Books & MTV Books)
When Caitlin Ross's mother takes her and her brother to an island in the remote Outer Banks for the summer, Caitlin is furious. She was planning on spending the summer hanging out by the pool, partying, shopping, and singing backup in her boyfriend's band, Box of Flowers. North Carolina isn't anything like California, and Caitlin doesn't fit in. But her troubled mother is too busy popping pills and trying to win back her creepy ex-boyfriend to care.
At first, the only friend Caitlin makes on the desolate island is a local misfit named Danielle. But things start to improve when she meets a bunch of visiting prep school boys and gets swept up in their exciting world. Then, one dark night, she witnesses a murder and begins to suspect that her new friends aren't really her friends at all. With a powerful hurricane approaching, and the island cut off from the outside world, Caitlin has no one to turn to but herself...and whether she'll live to see another summer is the biggest mystery of all.
I got this from Paperback Swap. It sounds really intriguing and I'm excited to read it. Plus, the book is just pretty.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins (PB/October 2004/ Simon Pulse)
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina’s personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul, and her life.
I also got this from Paperback Swap. I love that site! :) I haven't read anything by Ellen Hopkins yet, so I figured this was a good place to start. It sounds like a good book, and it always gets good reviews, so I thought I needed to see what all the buzz was about.
Various Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene (HB/Various publication dates/Grosset & Dunlap)
I went to a garage sale this weekend and there were a ton of the old yellow hardback Nancy Drew books for sale. I love Nancy Drew so I couldn't resist. I bought the ones I didn't already have, and I made quite a bit of progress in my collection.
- The Secret of the Old Clock (#1)
- Nancy's Mysterious Letter (#8)
- The Sign of the Twisted Candles (#9)
- Password to Larkspur Lane (#10)
- The Clue of the Broken Locket (#11)
- The Haunted Bridge (#15)
- Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (#17)
- The Ghost of Blackwood Hall (#25)
- Mystery of Crocodile Island (#55)
- The Thirteenth Pearl (#56)
Quite a few! And for only $5. Garage sales are a great place to get books.
So, a pretty good week. I'm very happy with all of it. Off to do more reading!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
How exciting. I'll actually have something in my mailbox.
-The Book Owl
Basically, I'll be posting my reviews of various books. I hope to feature plenty of well known books, as well as some off beat, lesser known ones. I've read so many books over the years that I can't keep them straight, so I'm using this site as a place to keep track of everything.
Few things about myself. My name's McKenzie (aka The Book Owl) and I'm 15 years old, soon to be 16. I love, love, love to read all things YA. That's all I will read. I'm not a huge fan of zombies/vampires/etc. (I know! *gasp*) but don't worry, I'll still read and review them with the whole craze going on. (When I look back on this, the zombie thing probably won't be relevant anymore. haha) My other basic likes are soccer, lacrosse, and writing.
I hope this sites develops into something good. Maybe I can gain a follower or two. Who knows! I'm really going to work on it. :) Hopefully I'll see you around.
-The Book Owl