Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading is hosted by One Persons Journey through a world of Books. Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.


The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

Currently Reading:

Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle

Next in Line:

Jane by April Lindner

Crescendo (Hush,Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

That Girl Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake

Friday, January 28, 2011

Follow Friday (2)

It's Follow Friday!

This is my Follow Friday post, a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee!

This week's question:
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is math. I love that is so definite and that there is not a best answer and only an exact one. Ironically it isn't my best subject and I really don't know why I like it, just that I do. :/

It is also time for the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy-For-Books!

Today's Book Blogger Question:
"What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?"
The book that I am most looking forward to is Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting. I just reread The Body Finder today and it still makes my heart race and my toes curl. I am so happy that it comes out next month!

What about you?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowan

Format: Paperback
Pages: 284
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 29th 2009
Series: Demon Princess #1
ISBN: 0802784925
ISBN13: 9780802784926

Synopsis from
As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

Why I Read This: It was about a subject that I'd never read about, demons. I just didn't think they were creatures that you could turn around and have a happy ending with them. I was looking to be briefly delighted and surprised. And I was.

Plot: Nikki Donovan is a girl who just recently moved to Canada with her mother who is forever marrying. One day at school, a dark-hair guy shows up, right after super hottie, Chris Sanders asks her to Winter Formal. While destroying her buzz with his bad news and cute face, he tells her that she is a demon princess. I know, laughable, right. After much resistance, Nikki goes with him, meets her nicer-then-she-thought daddy and her seemly nice aunt. Her daddy has a fatal sickness and there's a catch.....He wants her to take the throne, but she doesn't have to do it if she drinks the potion. And her aunt's only pushing her to drink the potion because she cares, right? Yeah, no.

Characters: Nikki is very down to earth and quite girl next door. She is kind of naive at the beginning of the story, but she grows wiser as it goes on. I liked the darkling transformation, even though she said she was ugly. Micheal, her beau, is a shadow and in my opinion, is way better than Chris any day, which she soon discovers. This story was an awesome short story and beginning of a series, but I disliked the ending. Then again, does anyone ever like cliffhangers?

Reliability: Nikki was not popular where she lived before and that stops her from getting a big head when she hangs with her BFF, Melinda. Also, Micheal, himself, thought that his position below Nikki would change the way she thought about him. I like it when books with supernatural subjects find a way to include just a little bit of realistic plot and character growth.

Next in the Series......

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Nikki Donovan was a demon princess. Now she’s a demon princess in love.

Fresh from finding out she is a demon princess and meeting her father for the first time, Nikki Donovan is looking forward to getting back to her regular high school life. But then Rhys, the handsome teenage king of the faery realm, enrolls at her school as a “foreign exchange student.” Her conflicted feelings for Rhys and her boyfriend are getting in the way of her new relationship with the Shadow-creature Michael. But this love triangle from hell isn’t even Nikki’s biggest problem: There’s a new prophecy that claims she will destroy all the demon and human worlds. Her best friend Melinda just might be a demon-slayer-in-training. Throw in a field trip to none other than the Underworld itself . . . and Nikki’s going to be hoping for a rain check on more than just her homework!

Waiting on Wednesday #3: The Vampire Stalker

The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272 pages
Expected Publication: June 1st 2011
Publisher: Point
ISBN: 0545283752
ISBN13: 9780545283755
Summary from Goodreads:
What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

Why I'm waiting: It was the synopsis that drew me to place this book unto my immense to-read list. It seemed interesting and only God knows how many times I've wanted some of the characters in my books to appear in real life. I want to read this book and live vicariously through Amy to discover if reality really can be better than your dreams.

What are you waiting on? Leave a comment to tell me or leave the link to your WoW post. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!

My 2 Sentences
"In the wrong hands, though, you got looting and crime sprees, and let me tell you, the people who demand unconditional love are usually the ones who'll rob and pillage and then blame you because you left your door unlocked."

~ Page 204, "The Secret Life of Prince Charming" by Deb Caletti

LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own “Teaser Tuesdays” post, or share your “teaser” in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Enquiring Minds Want to Know #1

Happy Monday everybody! I found this new awesome meme that let's bloggers get to know each other better. Enquiring Minds Want to Know by Dolly's Thoughts.

Each Monday she posts 3 questions for us to answer that we can copy and post on our blog with our answers.
You don’t have to be a blogger to participate either. If you are not a blogger just answer the questions in the comment section following the post. This way we not only get to know other bloggers, we get to know our followers too. I am really excited about this meme and hope many more people will join the fun!!!!!

Are you interested?

1. What is the outside temperature where you are today?
*Right now, it is 51 degrees Fahrenheit and raining a little less than violently.

2. Do participate in any special winter sports or hobbies like skiing or snowmobiling, etc?
*We don't have any winter sports. I live in the south and snow is a novelty. So far we've gotten it 2 years in a row, only enough to last the night and then melt the next morning.

3. If you had to choose between a week long stay in a mountain lodge with lots of snow, activities, friends, food and beverages or a week alone on a deserted white sand island with just a bag of books and food and water which would you choose?
*I would most definitely pick the bag of books. I am not the most outgoing person and large crowds freak me out. The deserted island would be right up my alley, since I can sit in a completely silent place and just do nothing and be quiet for hours. I would perhaps miss the beverages, water is not my drink of choice, but it would be better for my health.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (1/23/11)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I went to Booksamillion and Barnes and Nobles today and got lots of goodies! I now have 32 books on my to-read shelf! I have to admit that it is getting ridiculous, but I give all my admiration to the people that have enough will power to put themselves on book bans because I don't. I'm so ashamed...... Well, I'm over it. :-) Look what I bought!

*Other by Karen Kincy
*The Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
*Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

*The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
*That Girl Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake
*Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler

*Jane by April Lindner
*Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken by Rosemary Graham

Most of these were already on my to- read list, but I have been looking for Return to Paradise and Betraying Season FORever! I am glad to have finally found it at Barnes and Nobles though. Today was my first time going to my neighborhood Barnes and Nobles and I enjoyed myself, but Booksamillion will always be my home. It is more quiet and less crowded, just the introvert in me, I guess. I've heard good things about Jane and The Cupcake Queen. I am still looking forward to all of them. Although I will have to speed up my reading. Gotta make room for more books! Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday and Book Blogger Hop

It's Follow Friday!

This is my Follow Friday post, a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee!

This week's question:
Who do you cheer for?
I don't really cheer for any professional teams because I don't watch sports at all. I cheer for my school teams on the rare nights I go to a game, but it is mostly out of obligation.

It is also time for the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy-For-Books!

Today's Book Blogger Question:
"Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?"
Right now, all I read I is YA and that is because I am a young adult. I don't mind that being all I read because I find the genre so fascinating and there are so many underlying categories in YA that I could never get bored.

What about you?

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In My Mailbox (1/19/11)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren.
I haven't did an IMM post since my birthday and this one is kind what I've accumulated during the past months.

Echoes by Melinda Metz
Night School by Mari Mancusi
Milkrun by Sarah Mlynowski

Myself and I by Earl Sewell
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Raising Kane by Darrien Lee

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur

I've already read the last three and Generation Dead and am looking forward to reading the others! I am kinda getting behind in my reading because my to-read shelf is full like you wouldn't believe! What did you get this week?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #2: What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay by Amanda Cockrell

Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Fifteen-year-old Angie never used to think much about God—until things started getting weird. Like the statue of St. Felix, her secret confidante, suddenly coming off his pedestal and talking to her. And Angie's mother, who's busting up her third marriage for no apparent reason. Then there's Jesse Francis, sent home from Afghanistan at age nineteen with his leg blown off. Now he's expected to finish high school and fit right back in. Is God even paying attention to any of this?

Against the advice of an increasingly vocal St. Felix (who knows a thing or two about war), Angie falls for Jesse—who's a lot deeper than most high school guys. But Jesse is battling some major demons. As his rages start to become more frequent and unpredictable, Angie finds herself losing control of the situation. And she's starting to wonder: can one person ever make things right for someone else?

Why I'm Waiting:
It seems like it will be full of deception and also romance. I look forward to seeing how this author combines these two and I think that the skeleton with the bow on is adorable in a strange way. ;)

First chapter of WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen!

I was pleasantly surprised when I read my email today to see that Sarah Dessen had posted the first chapter of WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE!

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

CLICK HERE to read the first chapter of What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Angel Star (Angel Star, #1) by Jennifer Murgia

Format: Paperback
Pages: 251

Why I read this: I needed something about angels to read after rereading Hush,Hush.

Plot: Teagan Mcneel is a girl that minds her own business and, for now her biggest enemy is preppy Brynn Hanson. One day, she looks up into the eyes of blue-eyed, sandy-haired Garreth Adams and her world turns topsy-turvy. Garreth openly reveals his angel self to her and tells her that she is in grave danger. The fate of the world is in her hands. After that Brynn Hanson is a thing of the past, or is she?

Characters: Teagan was my kind of girl. She kept to herself during her life and spent her days praying for a supernatural boy to love. I think Teagan was a goddess in disguise. She at first came off as weak and scared, but it turned out to be a charade. In the end, she fights for her love and does what she needs to do.
Garreth was a sweet a boyfriend as an angel could ever be. He has been with Teagan all her life and understands her perfectly. What more could you ask for in a boy?

Relatibility: I can relate to Teagan and her feeling of never fitting in. Everyone has that feeling at one point or another.

Cover Comments: The cover is a picture of Garreth's mark inside his hand. I like the illustration, but thought it could have been differently colored. Black will always be depressing to me.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

Summary from Goodreads:
“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

Why I Want It: There doesn't have to even be a reason to want this book, but to want it. This continuation of The Mortal Instruments is awesome covered and no doubt as good or better than the other three. I have no doubt that this is one of those books that will have giggling and rolling around on the floor getting the usual strange looks from other Booksamillion patrons.:/ You would think that they would be used to it already...

Good Bye 2010 Contest @ Taschima's Blog

Taschima is having an awesome going away giveaway for 2010 with 30 books. 3 winners with 10 books each. Isn't it exciting!? Here is the list:

1. The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
2. Desired of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
3. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
4. My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
5. The Ivy by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur
6. Changeless by Gail Carriger
7. Hero by Mike Lupica
8. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
9. Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
10. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
11. Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
12. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
13. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
14. The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard
15. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
16. The Gift, Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
17. You by Charles Benoit
18. The Enemy by Charlie Higson
19. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
20. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
21. Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World
22. The Steps Across the Water by Adam Copnik
23. Vampires: The Occult Truth
24. Ask Amy Green Boy Trouble by Sarah Webb
25. I'll Get There. It Better Be worth the Trip. by John Donovan
26. Virgin Territory by James Lecesne
27. Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
28. Plain Kate by Erin Bow
29. Murder Afloat by Jane Leslie Conly
30. Scumble by Ingrid Law

Just seeing the list is making my mouth drool! Entering is as easy as filling out a form and commenting on the post. There are also many other ways to get extra entries!

CLICK HERE to try your luck at the wonderful prizes!

Teaser Tuesday #1 (Jan. 4)

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!

My 2 Teaser Sentences

"Is there any water?" I go.
"Did you bring any water?"
"Then I guess there's no water."
Note to self for future runs: Bring water.

~ page 285, "Waiting for You" by Susane Colasanti

LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own “Teaser Tuesdays” post, or share your “teaser” in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Blogging Resolutions

I have planned to restart my blog this year and was inspired by all the resolution lists I saw being posted. I figured if I was gonna do it that some guidelines and starting points would be reasonable.

1. Blog Regularly.
I have a habit of blogging and then stopping. I can easily get stressed and then my time management gets sucky and then I forget and squeeze out the things that make me happy.

2. Stop reading reviews of books I haven't read yet.
I once read a review and once I read the book I found myself trying to understand why the other blogger didn't like certain parts and it took away from the time I spent enjoying the book and worried me that it might influence my reviews.

3. Get a new blog design and try to do it myself before ordering one.

I know my reviews are supposed to be more important than my looks, but when I look at a blog and it doesn't catch my eye, I generally exit out of it. I don't know much about web design, but I know enough to at least make my own background. My mom encourages me and says that I should imagine how good I'll feel when it looks wonderful and I've done it myself. Then again, she's most likely being biased.

I hope someone reading my resolutions gets inspired to blog like I did. It truly is one of the best things I've ever done. In a way, it has built my confidence and the rush when you see that people have read your writing or when you get your first follower or comment is unbelievable.

Sign up for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge!

After this is posted I will be going over to The Story Siren and signing up for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge and you should do the same! Excited doesn't begin to explain how I feel about this challenge. Last year, I signed up late or maybe I thought I signed up because I don't remember previously filling out a form. :) Oh well, that wouldn't be the first time something like that has happened. All last year I have been adding 2011 debut's to my Goodreads library and eagerly awaiting this day! My list of books I want to read are below, but is nothing compared to the huge list on Kristi's site! Go check it out! You don't even have to have a blog!

My Debut Author Challenge List!

1. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
4. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
5. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
6. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
7. Clarity by Kim Harrington
8. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
9. XVI by Julia Karr
10. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
11. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
12. Entangled by Cat Clarke
13. Possession by Elana Johnson
14. Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
15. Wildefire by Karsten Knight
16. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
17. Queen of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
18. Warped by Maurissa Guibord
19. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
20. The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
21. Entwined by Heather Dixon
22. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
23. Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
24. Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
25. Vesper by Jeff Sampson
26. Haven by Kristi Cook
27. Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
28. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
29. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
30. Flawless by Lara Chapman
31. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
32. Timeless by Alexandra Monir
33. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
34. Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
35. Dead Rules by Randy Russell
36. Between Shades of Gray by Rutabaga Septys
37. Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
38. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
39. Die for Me by Amy Plum
40. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
41. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
42. Popular by Alissa Grosso
43. The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
44. OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
45. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
46. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
47. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
48. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
49. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
50. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
51. Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
52. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
53. Broken Wings by Helen Landalf
54. My Un-Fairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski
55. Vanished by Sheela Chari
56. 10 Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
57. Hereafter by Tara Hudson
58. Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese
59. The Revenant by Sonia Gensler
60. Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif
61. The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg
62. May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
63. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
64. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
65. The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
66. Populazzi by Elise Allen
67. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
68. What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
69. The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
70. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
71. Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer
72. Demon Kissed by H. M. Ward
73. How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen
74. Dark Parties by Sara Grant
75. Ashfall by Mike Mullin
76. Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
77. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
78. Seven on the Blue by Victoria A. Kahler
79. Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
80. Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
81. The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
82. A Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

There it is! Isn't it epic? And long? Okay, I admit it is a lot to aspire to, but I like a lot of them and I do have a whole year... I just don't know if I have all that money. :/ Paying for them would be worth it though. Just look at the list, with all the diverse titles and author names. Go look at them on Goodreads and you'll see that the summaries are the same..interesting and guaranteed to make me happy! Thanks for visiting and go sign up for the challenge! Not that I have any experience, but they say the feeling of fulfilling and finishing your list is amazing!


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