Friday, December 31, 2010

Review: iDrakula by Becca Black


Title: iDrakula
Author: Becca Black
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Fire
Date: October 1, 2010

"18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker's original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings."

My Take :
This was very interesting because of the way the book was able to give me insight in a different way instead of a dead set story line with dialog and some sappy story you get iDrakula which surprises me because it felt like I was there this was so beautiful and I loved the way it just helped me figure out what was happening it put me into the story and I had fun trying to see where it would go. This one had me second guessing what was happening and hoping there was no disease by the name of idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia lets hope it never catches on in Cali.

5/5 stars

Review:Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Title:Happy Ever After
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley Trade Date: Nov 2,2010

"#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts
cordially
invites you to meet childhood
friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut's premier
wedding planning companies.

Parker Brown turned the quartet's childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she's the face of Vows—the one who meets every bride's demands; keeps every event onschedule; and brings Emma's romantic flowers, Laurel's delicious treats, and Mac's stunning photgraphy together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true...

Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her mile-long legs—is no exception. But as a good friend to Parker's brother, Mal knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hookup is a serious step.
Now man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kissess always catch her oof guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart."

My Take:
It was lovely robert showed me something with this one the ending of the perfect 4 book venture, I loved every minute. This book seemed special to me I picked it up because i needed a adult book so why not let it be a Nora Roberts book right. Really though I loved the two main characters in this one as much as the last three Parker is a strong women she just needed a man who lived up to her schedule. It made me laugh, cry and I had a great time reading this lovely book
5/5 stars


Monday, December 20, 2010

Author Interview and Review: A.M Robinson Debut Author of Vampire Crush

Title:Vampire Crush
Author: A.M. Robinson
Publisher: Harper TeenRelease Date: December 28, 2010

"I swear, my life was always totally normal.

Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don't have any superpowers, no one's showing up to tell me I'm a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.

And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.

But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . ."

My Take:

If there can ever be a book where you get tones of pop culture its this one, Robinson caught me a few times with the way she was able to include real things that happen she treated Sophie like she was real and for that I applaud her on doing so. This story was also very livid like I was right there cheering on Sophie to do this and that I loved the whole story and how Robinson was able to put me in place on is she or isn't she. The boy next door is never really gone is he James is so wow there are no words and how she felt about him I knew just by the way she was describing her childhood and if she didn't want him I would have taken him. I loved this even though at the beginning you think you know what is to happen boom curve ball is thrown and your left with a beautiful story through and through.

Pre-order your copy today and celebrate the new year with a girl who is normal as you can get





Interview:

A. M. Robinson is a debut author for 2010 and graduated from Indiana University with a double major in English and Chinese. If you wish to see what else she is up to check out her web site

Q: What started the process of writing for you?

A:It's Something I had always told myself I had to try.(Also, I thought there was a dearth of goofy vampires.)

Q:Did you do any research for the D mark and star symbol or did that just come to you?

A:Not all that much. Although I did look for a name that somewhat symbolized the organization's purpose/founding.

Q: What is one thing you loved about bringing Sophie to life?

A:I really loved channeling Sophie's sense of humor and writing her growing friendship with both Lindsay and the Vamps.

Q: If you had a power like them what it be? Mine would be to the mind wipe like men in black.

A:While I don't think I'd ever like the mind-reading full-stop, it could be helpful every now and then.

I wish the very best to her and wish her the best success ever and I can't wait to see what else she writes about looking forward to it.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My 2011 Debut Author List

The objective of the DAC is to read at least twelve novels from Young Adult or Middle
Grade Authors.
While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit! I encourage
readers who can read more than twelve to do so!

Anyone can join. You don't have to be a blogger, and you don't have to live in the United States.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.



The 2011 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by The Story Siren so this is me staring at the
challenge and taking it for everything it has this will be completed.

Here it is
















Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

From the author who gives us hope for ourselves gives us 'Hunger'

"Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth is fighting a series of demons the only way she knows how: by refusing to eat. Her cold, acerbic mother; distant father; and friends who disapprove of her and each other all trigger her inner Thin Voice, which derides food, confirms her fatness, and shames her into the control necessary to reject food. As she sinks deeper into anorexia, she summons Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who in turn assigns her a black steed and a scale and transforms her into Famine, another of the Four Horsemen. Kessler has written an unusual allegory about eating disorders, one that works on several levels. As Lisabeth gallops across the world, she witnesses examples of both gluttony and starvation. Using her newfound power, she combats famine, visits horror upon the privileged, and strives to bring balance to the world, all while ignoring the need for balance in her own life. Kessler offers a refreshingly new approach to the YA eating-disorder genre that reinforces the difficulty of conquering these diseases."

My Take:
In Hunger you get the perspective of a young girl still trying to fit into what she thinks is a society. She has her moments where she feels left out but against all odds over comes with them all and is able to realize what she is doing Kessler was able to illustrate that in this book showing all of us that Hunger is just a state of mind and that to able to give back you must be able to keep something for yourself.


5/5 stars

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

New York Times Bestselling author Richelle Mead gives us hope in Spirit Bound

"Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true— Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. Only this time, he won’t rest until Rose joins him…forever."

Spirit Bound is the 5th book in The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and while reading this book not only do I have a million and one questions but I guess I gained a better perspective of Rose the view point in which the book is perceived in. This was amazing because it had me on my feet wanting more romance and more fighting those scenes are the ones o die for while reading them and the way Mead is able to design this image in my head. Personally I love that image a lot.

I just want to say that even though this series is having me on edge, I can't wait to have all the missing pieces to this amazing puzzle. Because it comes out on Tuesday December 7th and I am on edge at this moment in time.
5/5 stars

Meeting Hilary Duff

Had a blast today meeting with a celeb but just any celeb it was Hilary Duff she is an amazing actress and song writer/ singer and now she is a writer who everyone is talking about her book debuted on October 12 and has gotten all kinds of buzz.

Today was an adventure though besides my life being put in danger twice (close calls) waiting for Hilary was amazing she was so nice besides being little late she was able to personalize my book for me which is amazing to me and she was so kind to have asked.


Can't wait to read this book but I have to wait till x-mas mom said so... i'm sad and glad because she is awesome I listened to her songs before to get into the spirit of xmas :).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

New York Times Bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl give us the meaning of Beauty again in Beautiful Creatures.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.














My Take:
The story is so beautiful, while reading it you feel for the new girl in a small town. I loved he point of view from Ethan who looked towards the future than regretted it every day because it meant one less day with Lena. These two together made sense even if the whole town thought she was for the town and because she had a uncle the town only saw him as their own Boo Radley. I very fortunate to have the two wonderful women who wrote this extraordinary story, Lena's and Ethan's fate is not over yet, there still is more that needs explanations for lets just hope for a beautiful ending.


I want to take this moment to say thanks to the two women who gave us something that has everything you want to read because you feel closely to the characters. With this book I was able get the true meaning of friendship and how you can fall in love with someone who is in your dreams. (lets hope this happens cuz I've been seeing someone famous in my dreams.)

I give is a 5/5 rating

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Beautiful Midnight Release party for A Beautiful Series

Everyone who reads YA knows about Beautiful Creatures and have been anticipating the next novel since the release of the first one, well the wait for Beautiful Darkness is over and a happy release day to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

So to celebrate the release of the book Borders in Glendale had a party with a crossword puzzle for tickets and tea to feel like we were all in the south, boy were we bad at southern slang.


There was all kinds of swag that I needed to grab before the end of the night. The best thing is I had a blast catching up with the others seeing how this book fell into our laps and that we just couldn't wait to see how long it would take us all to read the new Beautiful Darkness and how long we will be waiting for the next one. (still wondering/hoping there will be another one)


Of course I left happy because look at all the things I got thanks Tami and Marggie for the most gorgeous posters on the planet love the new bad boy HOT is not even a word to describe the nice looking man in one of the posters its amazing.


Of course the lady's couldn't make it but no worries I was able to meet them both at the Smart Chick's Kick It Tour. It was fabulous and I couldn't have had a better time there they were awesome, and I can't wait to see them again soon so that my Beautiful Darkness doesn't feel left behind. So for now I will be looking to reassure my heart that this is not the end but a lovely beginning.

Because these books are awesome to read and all because of one dare maybe someone should dare me to write something (yeah right)


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

From the author that brought you The Notebook and A Walk To Remember, brings us Safe Haven.

"When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven."

My take:
Sparks has done it again he has captured my heart and gave me some hope in that women can leave the darkness and start over i love this man thank you for this nick really thank you. The story is written so well that I felt what Katie was going through and I wanted to hold her and tell her that everything was okay and that she was safe. This book is different than his others because the characters involved had to have over come some hard times to get the where the story took place. I'm in love with Alex because he didn't care about Katie's background all he needed was the now I really cared about that because women need someone who will be that person I give it 5/5 because it actually made me cry at the end, and it touched my heart in so many ways. Go and see for yourself because it will change your mind about Nicholas and his type of writing.

Orange County Children's Book Festival

Let me start by saying this event was awesome because the authors who were at the event, their genre differs from the rest and I was able to see different authors and I was able to listen to different stories and I was intrigued. Of course with every event there is the journey there and this time we didn't get lost I attended with some friends andthe drive was easy no getting lost adventure this time. The moment we got there I was pumped and anxious with meeting some of today's hottest authors. As the time went on we were able to go from booth to booth and find the one booth we wanted to get to and it was The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore because we wanted to grab the books of the authors that were there so we were able to grab and learned all of the authors that were there. After buying my copy of Personal Demons (love the author) by Lisa Desrochers. We ran into Becca Fitzpatrick the wonderful author who wrote hush, hush who I met back when the book came out. We stayed around the booth and saw who was talking one author every 15 minutes speaking of course of the books they wrote.

One of the authors everyone seemed the
most excited for was Lauren Kate. She was a hit and a wonderful person I am forever grateful to have met her today. Even though I haven't read Fallen or the newest one to the series Torment I have heard so many great things I bought Fallen there also I'm happy. She is really nice and the series seems promising stay tuned for my review coming soon.





Through out the day we stood mainly in the YA section of the festival getting excited as every 15 minutes new authors would go up there. Some including Amber Benson who is an actor turned writer she talked about Among the Ghost. Others included Mary Hanlon Stone the author of invisiblegirl. It seems really interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it soon. Also Barbara A. Mahler who wrote The hole in the sky which has won so many awards, this one seems interesting also and there was a plus she gave us butterfly tattoos (score!!!)




The last author we were looking forward to was Lisa and so at 2:15 she came on stage and talked about the book and how she wrote for her daughter and how writing that one time got her to stick with writing and we are all so grateful for her writing.





This is what I did today meet with a bunch of authors got told many times to buy there books and that i should hurry up and read them and of course the never ending book pile is still well never ending until next time.

-silent t aka kaitlyn

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dinner and a Movie with a Bass

If I could choose anyone as my date I would pick Ed Westwick known as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. Why him you ask because he has the most sexiest accent and he can easily hide it I love that about him. We would go to this little place I like called Corky's its a nice diner where i live and he would love how it feels like your home. I would order the turkey, bacon and avacado croissant and for him I would insist that he get a bacon cheese burger with the fries.

Why Ed, because even though he is on Gossip Girl and plays a womanizer he doesn't seem like the type and that accent is so adorable love it!!!! I want to date him so bad he is just so... you have to see this video of him though who wouldn't want to date him i mean it should be illegal to look that hot and sound even sexier with out the accent pure hotness!!!!!!
Remember he is Chuck Bass



video

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

vald tod giveaway



























Being a teenager is tough but through in being a vampire among humans is even harder for Vlad Tod. He has all of the feelings of a normal teen and still he has a destiny. Will he save the world he has grown up in and complete his destiny.

Check out this cool contest here pertaining to Vlad and check out how his journey began.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins giveaway


Enter for the chance to win an ARC to one of which Kiersten White(Paranormalcy) wants and would kill to have before the book comes out on
Dec. 2nd.
here is something to read before entering here


"Anna was 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. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

"But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Beautiful is always sweet when it is free

It seems that there is a giveaway which i love because of all the nice things i've heard about both books being given.

here is something about Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia-
"Ethan Wate is struggling to hide his apathy for his high school "in" crowd in small town Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets the determinedly "out" Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams (literally--she has been in his nightmares for months). What follows is a smart, modern fantasy--a tale of star-crossed lovers and a dark, dangerous secret. Beautiful Creatures is a delicious southern Gothic that charms you from the first page, drawing you into a dark world of magic and mystery until you emerge gasping and blinking, wondering what happened to the last few hours (and how many more you're willing to give up). To tell too much of the plot would spoil the thrill of discovery, and believe me, you will want to uncover the secrets of this richly imagined dark fantasy on your own. --Daphne Durham"

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
"Seventeen-year-old Avery Hood has lived a peaceful yet isolated life deep within the woods until the night of her parents' violent murders. Suddenly orphaned and living with her estranged grandmother, Avery's memories of that night are fragmented. Then Avery meets Ben Dusic, a sexy werewolf with his own tragic past. The two are fatefully connected, able to sense one another's feelings and desires, which leads to intense make-out sessions. Ben senses that Avery is in extreme danger as her parents' home sits empty on valuable land. As Avery reclaims some of her memories, her connection to Ben and her suspicions about his involvement intensify. Avery's first-person narration often seems repetitive as she tries to come to terms with her loss, and the initial pacing seems slow—until things really start to heat up after Avery and Ben make contact. While Twilight comparisons cannot be avoided, this lusty yet somber romance has merit on its own. Grades 7-10. --Kimberly Garnick"

here is the link to this fabulous giveaway please follow the blog its pretty

Monday, July 26, 2010

Beginner Here


Just beginning so don't poke fun to start I have no idea what to say but that 'We' as in me and co. go explore, well southern cali if that counts. We love meeting authors and have meet so many over the last two years. Hopefully I can tell you about those adventures like the time I accidentally dropped the toilet paper is the bowl, or the time 'We' got lost going to many of the book signings and of course those fantastic authors that 'We' get to meet that are just lovely.

Today adventures was fun in the sense that 'We' took the long way of getting to the Borders in Glendale, but we got there hours before. We had a blast because the before was what made it more fantastic. The author in question that 'We' meet with today was of course the lovely Maggie Stiefvater for her new book Linger. Loved it btw made me cry thanks Maggie. Well before it started 'we' all helped and when I say 'we' I mean the others because I don't know anything about origami can't even say it or spell it out, so they did the hard labor and I just put them up on a string. Hey my job was hard okay, so time rolls by and no sooner than I knew it she was there and of course her being there was the best but her talking about her life was amazing I am touched by the fact she likes to make people cry and she does it so well. 'We' had a blast getting her to sign our stuff and of course acknowledging the fact that she was just a few feet away from me and I kinda kept my 'cool' in a fan girlish way of course. Looking forward to Forever and other books by her because Maggie will always be number 1 in all of hearts. Keep it Magster.
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