Thursday, June 25, 2009

Book Review: Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter

When Cammie Morgan arrives at her friend Macey's five star hotel for the Democratic National Convention-where Macey's father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination-she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. But if you're a Gallagher Girl, "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart.

Things quickly go south when Macey is summoned to the hotel roof to shoot a PR piece with the presidential candidate's son. But instead of cameras, attackers descend from a helicopter and swarm the girls, commanding, "Grab her." After a narrow escape, Cammie and Macey find themselves at a top secret hideout owned by the Gallagher Academy. and thus begins Cammie's junior year at spy school.

Cammie doesn't need her genius IQ to see that the kidnapping attempt has changed everything, especially now that Macey is a major celebrity, and the school has been besieged by news crews. More disturbing, Cammie can't shake the suspicion that her mom and Mr. Solomon know more about the attack than they're letting on. After all, why weren't the attackers surprised to find themselves in combat with two teenage girls who handled themselves like seasoned pros?

But these suspicions won't stop Cammie from jumping at the chance to join Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. Before long, the girls are using their espionage skills at every turn, as Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth . . . 

Review:

Fabulous! Absolutely, fabulous! I mean it's about a spy school, how much cooler can a book get? This book was very well written. It was definitely had more action and adventure than the previous books. The suspense built up much more rapidly, and the humor was still very there.

I adore the characters in these novels to no end. I love being in Cammie's head--she's strong and sarcastic, and also a fantastic spy. Throughout this novel, Cammie seems to gain more confidence, and you can always see the wheels turning. Liz has always been the braniac, but in this one she seemed much less vulnrable and stood her ground. Macey was, well, Macey, but you get to know her a lot better in this one.

As I mentioned earlier, this novel has a lot more action than the other books in this series. But, the downside to that is, there is very little romance, probably because the need for action overpowered it. So, while i really enjoyed the action, i was sort of missing the previous subplots of underlying romance.

With a kick and punch Ally Carter never seems to lack, Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover is a great book to just whizz through. The many plot twists kept you hanging on, and left you hungry for more. It leaves you with more questions than answers, which is both good and bad. I swear, this series just gets better and better.

This series would be fantastic for fans of Meg Cabot, the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, all of which are hilarious and have kick-ass herioines/female main characters. 

Grade: A+

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Interview with Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance!

Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance are the authors of The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading. Check back here later for my review!
Q: As The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading is about a geeky girl and her just-as-geeky friend trying out for cheerleading, I'm curious. In what position were you in high school (meaning a nerd, a prep, an art freak, a drama queen, a skater chick, a band geek—I think you know the rest)?
C: I was definitely a geek. Case in point: I was a Girl Scout for twelve years, which was so not cool. Until my troop earned enough money for a trip to Europe, that is.
D: I had classes with all the other geeks and we were friends so, part classic geek. But I was also definitely an art freak. I had friends who were way into band, orchestra or theatre so I sometimes hung with the music geeks and drama queens. On top of all that, my main boyfriend was a jock so I spent some time with the sports crowd too. I guess I was a Hybrid Geek, or maybe om-nerd-verous ; )
Q: Charity, after reading the "Our Story Behind the Story" page at The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading website (www.thegeekgirlsguide.com), I was wondering if you could tell us more about the process of being co-authors for a novel. I have read plenty of books written by two people, but never really understood how it works exactly. I mean, not everyone has the same writing style, and not everyone can write one thing with another person without having major disagreements. Would you mind clearing this up for us?


C: In our case, it helped that we'd been both friends and critique partners for about ten years or so. We find many of the same things funny, which I think is another plus.


The mechanics of it go something like this: one of us will write the draft of something, then we'll pass it back and forth. When we first started working together on The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, you could tell which parts were me and which were Darcy's.
After a while, we both learned how to make all parts Bethany's. I can't really explain it better than that except to say that, as with most types of writing, it took time and practice.
Q: You guys clearly knew each other before this novel came along. Was it weird to be working together on a book, or was it just fun to be doing something with a friend?


C: It was definitely fun. We'd been working together as critique partners for so long, in some ways this really wasn't much different--we just spent more virtual time together.


D: It was FUN!


Q: Were any of the characters in The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading based—no matter how loosely—on people from your own time in high school? Or do some of them—especially Chantal Simmons and other members of the so-called "in-crowd"—just share similar qualities to people who attended school with you at one point?


C: I draw from real life, things I've either experienced or people I've known, but no one character is based on anyone I actually knew growing up.


D: Charity already had all the characters in place by the time I started working on the book with her so I didn't establish any of them on my own. I did have people from high school in mind as I wrote though, especially those characters at the extreme ends of the popularity spectrum. Every time I even think about Todd, I see this kid named Richard's face. And, in my mind, there are two Chantals.


There's "good" Chantal who reminds of a girl I knew named Kim. Kim and I went to the same church and we had a few classes together. She was fabulously popular, pretty, from a wealthy family and she had a shoe collection that would rival Chantal's. Kim was always nice to me at church functions and in class -- but outside of that, it was like I did not exist for her. I wasn't unpopular in school but I was definitely not in her stratosphere. We could be walking down the halls in a direct path toward each other and she would never ever wave at me or acknowledge my existence in any way, but, in a different setting, she was totally cool.


"Evil" Chantal reminds me of another girl, one who I wished would not acknowledge me. She comes up as a potential "friend" suggestion on Facebook sometimes and, all these years later, I still wince when I see her face.


Q: I know tons of girls that are too afraid to try things, or even be themselves, because they think that they're not as "pretty as {insert name of popular person here}" or they "don't have the same kind of clothes as {insert name of popular person here}" or they "are too awkward and quiet for a guy to like them" or they even "are afraid people judge them because of their freckles and birthmarks—they wish their skin was more like {insert name of popular person here}". I personally find it sad that all of these girls can't even go to school without feeling like someone is going to make fun of them, or can't even leave the house without feeling nervous about being themselves. What are your views on the social status at most schools currently, and the serious issues with school cliques?


C: Darcy has answered really well (see below), but I relate. It took me a long time to work up the courage and try new things and feel good about the way I looked. I channeled a lot of that into The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading.


D: I could write pages and pages about this – oh wait, I did – they're all in The Geek Girl's Guide! But really, I spend a lot of time in high schools and it is just like you said: there are tons of girls who suffer through some pretty brutal self esteem problems. Most of the worst ones I've seen were caused by other people who were cruel and thoughtless – but a lot of the time, girls put these judgments on themselves.


We all think that everyone is watching every move we make but the truth is, most people are so wrapped up in worrying about themselves that they don't even notice that zit you have on your chin or the way your belly fat muffins over your jeans, or even that huge extra chunk you accidentally tweezed out of your eyebrows when you sneezed (oh wait, that one was me, not you, lol).


The best thing girls can do to combat this is to just suck in a big breath and ask themselves, What is the worst thing that could happen if I…? Usually, the worst thing isn't any more awful than what is already going on. And yeah, it won't always work out – some people will label you and try to keep you from getting outside of the box they've placed you in, but that's not as sad as staying in that box on purpose. TRY. It could turn out to be amazing!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SNEAK PEEK: Werewolf Dreams by M.M. Anderson

CHAPTER 1: PARK PATROL

The moon was a waxing crescent.

Officer Seamus Sullivan, New City’s lone werewolf policeman, slurped the raspberry jelly out of a Krinkle Kreme donut and lobbed the frosted dough lump out the window of his blue and white patrol car. It bounced off the rim of an overflowing garbage can and landed in the paws of a ragged rat. Feeding Midtown Gardens residents wasn’t the same as littering, not in Seamus’s mind, anyway.

“Park patrol,” groaned Seamus as he reached for a cruller. An insatiable sweet tooth and wet dog body odor were constant but bearable human-form werewolf traits, although soggy canine funk insured that Seamus’s love life remained nonexistent. Also on the downside list of werewolf traits was the “never age” dilemma, which meant Seamus would stay seventeen forever. On the totally downside of werewolf was the “moon” matter, and as Seamus had learned, the “controlling your anger” problem. Both of these occurrences made him sprout coarse black fur and razor-sharp incisors, which led to the “holy smokes” response that prompted Sergeant Gaffney to consult a lunar calendar and give Seamus blue moon vacation time and full moon days off.

After a recent newspaper article appeared, the sergeant also saw to it that Seamus was assigned solo nightshift park duty, until further notice. Midtown Gardens was closed to the public from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Seamus and his New City Police Department radio car were posted to make certain the park stayed vacant and graffiti-free.

“Sarge, what am I, a watch dog?” protested Seamus when he heard about his new patrol detail.
Sgt. Gaffney didn’t respond, or look up from his desk blotter. The reassignment wasn’t open for discussion. Despite being annoyed and having a bruised ego, Seamus decided he wouldn’t push the park patrol issue. He knew Sergeant Gaffney had no choice but to protect his own twilight career and Seamus’s hairy butt from controversy and scrutiny, or worse.

Midtown Gardens duty notwithstanding, Seamus also knew there was a definite upside to being an undead werewolf—still living.

Seamus possessed an overzealous fight gene and never retreated when danger reared its homicidal head. In his four years as an officer of the law, Seamus would have died many violent deaths had he still been a mortal.

On duty and off, Seamus hated bullies. They made him react, and more often than not, lose his Irish temper. On the offensive, Officer Sullivan experienced first-hand what it was like to be stabbed, shot, bludgeoned, electrocuted, squashed by a renegade train, pushed off a bridge, and blown-up in a fiery skyscraper terrorist attack. He walked away unscathed (usually on all fours) from each altercation.

Eternal life undead had earned Seamus a slew of medals for honor and valor, but it had also won him the unwanted attention of Lyman Newlin, the formerly well-known and presently crusty New City Chronicle police reporter. The following editorial by Newlin appeared just prior to Seamus’s park patrol reassignment:

Officer Seamus Sullivan from the 20th Precinct seems to rise from the ashes time and time again, like the mythical phoenix. How does this young patrolman defy death? Can survival be attributed to a lucky break? And what about the mysterious black hound that seems to follow him around? Is Seamus Sullivan New City’s very own superhero with a canine sidekick?
The buried-on-page-nineteen blurb went unnoticed by most New Citiers. Father X. Francis Benedict, however, read the piece with rapt interest.

Mickey Stella, wanna-be wise guy, two-time jailbird, part-time hit man, and small-time stolen goods fencer sat alone at the end of the Cock of the Flock Tavern bar. He puffed an unfiltered cigarette and nursed his fifth and final bottom shelf double Scotch & soda. He’d been cut-off by the bartender for uninhibited off gassing.

Mickey was low on cash and irritated about being stood up by some guy who was going to cut him in on some sort of great deal, moving stuff from an electronics heist. Something to do with eye pads or pea pods. The alcohol had made Mickey’s recall more foggy than usual. Not to mention years of hallucinogenic drugs, lack of exercise, and a diet high in partially hydrogenated oils.

Mickey liked to think of himself as a big guy, the bouncer type. Mickey had horizontal butt crack on the back of his neck and he could no longer bet numbers higher than ten. Most people who
knew Mickey referred to him as a dumb, fat mook—even his mother.

Mickey knew this for certain because he used to go with her to church.

Mama Stella lit devotional candles and prayed for her only child every morning at 7:30 mass, “Dear Holy Mary Mother of God, please watch over my dumb, fat mook son and forgive me for whatever trespasses I did wrong to give birth to such a loser. Amen.”

Mickey stumbled out of the Cock of the Flock Tavern and squinted at his watch dial. It was either 12:10 or 2:00. He couldn’t quite tell, but he was coherent enough to know he had a transportation issue. Mickey hadn’t considered finding a lift home, and he refused to take the bus or subway, not at this late hour anyway, all the weirdoes, too scary.

Mickey expected the guy with the goods to have wheels and drive him back over the bridge to Sicily Town after their deal went down. Mickey had planned to choke the guy lifeless, bury the body, and keep the car for a few days. Mickey’s Caddie was in the shop again and Mama Stella wasn’t exactly generous with her antique Pacer. The moon buggy sported a bumper sticker that read: HIT ME AND WE EXPLODE TOGETHER.

That was Plan A. Mickey didn’t have a Plan B, and he didn’t have return cab fare to Sicily Town. Not that any New City taxi driver would have ferried Mickey over the bridge to Sicily Town, not at such a late hour, for any price, all the weirdoes, too scary.

With drunken clarity, Mickey decided to walk the six and a quarter miles back to his basement apartment, the studio he rented from his mother. Mickey hoped she wasn’t waiting up, although he knew she would be. He pictured her sour face glued to the kitchen window next to the cellar door, waiting, watching, worrying. Mama Stella wouldn’t let Mickey go to sleep without first giving her a detailed account of his evening. Mickey had long ago run out of credible fibs for his many midnight escapades, especially fibs to explain all the digging that went on in the vegetable garden after dark.

Four short blocks later, Mickey was bathed in sweat and there was a raw spot on his inner butt cheek where his size 48 briefs had crawled and bunched and began chafing. “This freakin’ sucks!” screamed Mickey as he dislodged the wedgie. A few slow steps later the wilted traveler removed his sports jacket, and unbuttoned his damp rayon dress shirt collar before cursing the heat, which now topped the list of Mickey’s mounting aggravations.

Middle of the night and the mercury was still hovering around a humid 85 degrees. Tomorrow snow was in the forecast—that was springtime in New City.

A lone cab stopped for the light. Mickey ambled forward and grabbed the passenger door handle, but not before the driver caught sight of the Neanderthal would-be fare in the rearview mirror, pushed auto-lock, and sped away. Mickey tumbled onto the curb. It wasn’t his night.

“Eat dung! You diaper head, camel face, toilet… freakin’…mother… ah, shit!” Mickey’s voice was hoarse from too many smokes and chronic post-nasal drip. He now had a rip in his sleeve and his elbow was scuffed. He sat on the grimy concrete for a moment and tried his best to contemplate the situation. The park loomed in front of Mickey’s weary view. If he wanted to get home any time before dawn he’d have to pick himself up and continue walking.

Mickey decided Plan B was to skim a mile or so off his impossible foot journey by cutting through Midtown Gardens.

Mickey crossed the street and yanked the CLOSED sign from the park’s entryway gate, bent it in half, tossed it into the deserted avenue, and wished aloud in a flurry of expletives that the discarded metal would tear through the next passing cab’s tire.

Two hundred yards away, the clink-clank-clinking of aluminum sign on potholed asphalt awoke Seamus from a momentary snooze. The scent of sour body odor, blood, tobacco, and cheap booze also reached Seamus long before Mickey lumbered through the park clearing. The trespasser stopped beside a lonely bench where he paused to pee on an over-flowing garbage can. Seamus walked up behind Mickey, flashlight in hand.

“Let’s go, Chief,” said Seamus.

Mickey jumped. “What the—?”

“Park’s closed. Or didn’t you read the sign before flinging it into the street?”

Mickey finished urinating in silence, shook twice, then pushed his pecker back into his fly and wiped a wet hand on his pant leg.

“Prove I flinged the sign onto Garden Avenue, flatfoot. Smells like a stinkin’wet dog around here.” Mickey sniffed his own armpits.

“Emptied your tank, now beat it. If you wanna tip-toe through the tulips, come back after 6:00.” Seamus motioned with the flashlight beam, illuminating the direction of nearest park exit. “Start walking.”

Mickey sat himself down on a park bench next to the garbage can. “I ain’t going nowheres, flatfoot.”

According to the Police Handbook Course of Action, Section 10, when dealing with an intoxicated person an officer should:

1. Establish contact in a friendly manner and gain trust.
2. Never be condescending.
3. Don't debate.
4. Blame the reason why the person has to leave on someone besides you.
5. Lie if you have to, to make them happy.

Seamus sighed. He hated dealing with drunks. The five rules of law enforcement procedure never seemed to work. He gave it a go anyway.

“Listen, Chief; it doesn’t look like you had such a good night, but I don’t make the rules around here. Go home. Things’ll be better in the morning.”

Mickey didn’t move or reply.

“The park is closed—you gotta leave.”

“Who says, flatfoot?” Mickey cocked his head and glared at Seamus.

I says.” Seamus folded his arms and stood erect, positioned cop-style steadfast in a puddle of lamppost light. Broad shouldered, muscular, 5’11”, clean-cut, baby faced, Seamus didn’t look a day older than his forever seventeen years.

Mickey grinned.

In one fast and fluid motion, Mickey grabbed the nearby trashcan and crashed it across Seamus’s knees.

Seamus collapsed like a house of cards on a windy day.

Mickey followed with a second crushing blow to the downed officer’s head, splitting it like a ripe watermelon. Mickey rolled the bloodied, wounded policeman onto his back and helped himself to the vehicle keys before removing Seamus’s service revolver from its holster. He fired two shots into the unconscious officer’s chest, stuffed the smoking gun into his own waistband, and trotted towards the radio car.

Seamus’s lupus conversion was swift and furious.

Mickey made it halfway across the clearing before he heard the pursuing patter of paws. The cop killer slowed his lumbering jog and glanced over his left shoulder. He was eye-to-eye with a furious frothing werewolf.

“Big dog!” yelled Mickey, pulling the revolver from his pocket. He didn’t get the opportunity to fire. An enormous pair of razor-sharp jaws clamped over Mickey’s fleshy neck with the force and speed of a guillotine. He was DOA before his decapitated corpse hit the grass with a THUD.
By the time the frenzied werewolf had consumed Mickey’s cirrhosis liver, not a trace of desecrated carcass remained. It had burst into a momentary flame and vanished into the darkness. Whatever personal articles were left behind comprised a pile of soon-to-be-windblown ashes.

Except the gun. It belonged to Seamus.

Seamus the werewolf loped back towards the patrol car, his rage subsiding along with his consciousness. His stomach was already beginning to boil and cramp. Don’t eat drunks’ livers.
Seamus heaved and drooled and retched and hurled Mickey chunks before catching sight of the familiar apparition hovering above the grass. There she was again, watching him from her glistening sphere of luminescence.

Seamus wagged his bushy black tail and whimpered an affectionate greeting. He liked it when phantom woman showed up to his kills in the buff. Tonight, however, she was wearing pink paisley pajamas. All the same, nude or clothed, she was hot.

It wasn’t long before Seamus’s vision faded to black.

Lights out



That was the first chapter of M.M. Anderson's new Young Adult novel Werewolf Dreams! Yay! Isnt it good?

To celebrate the release (which is on September 1st) I will be hosting a contest to win a signed copy of Werewolf Dreams! Also to celebrate the release, M.M. Anderson will be stopping by Simply Nerdy Book Reviews for an author interview! (EEEEEE!!!!) If you have any questions regarding Werewolf Dreams, or just any questions for M.M. Anderson in general, please leave a comment or email me, and i'll be sure to get them accross!

click here to pre-order a copy on Amazon!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Book Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

What i thought: Typical Dessen love story, with its own personality. Need i remind you, i went into this novel with thoughts of my last Dessen read, Keeping the Moon, in mind, so i was not expecting much. (click here to read my review. laina likes snarky reviews).

Eli's mysterious personality had me from the beginning, and i loved Hollis. Maggie and the other girls at Clementines were sweet and your typical gossipy--yet still not completely girly--friends, and Adam was hilarious. I feel the character development in this novel was very well done, and by the last page, each character had their own unique personality.

The main thing i enjoyed about this novel was that it was so easy for me to relate to. The insomnia, the divorce, the half sibling . . . i've got that going. I found most of Dessen's descriptions of Auden's feelings regarding the divorce very easy for me to appertain to. The one thing i did not understand was how suddenly Auden overcame the insomnia--because, for me, its not happening. I very easily understood Auden and her mother not wanting to talk about all of the emotional stuff, because that's something i never do either. Auden's lack of social history helped me understand her actions and thoughts better, as while i am not socially retarded, i definately would much rather spend my weekends and school nights at home reading and studying and reviewing then going out with friends.

And, ironically enough, i just read the last one hundred or so pages during my latest insomnia episode. As a matter of fact, its 2:15 AM right now, and all i want is a glass of OJ and some early breakfast, because i am getting REALLY BORED. Sadly, my mom would kill me if she found out i was awake (I keep on tellling her its not my fault . . . she doesnt listen) which would be inevitable if i went in the kitchen right now. plus, its a bit early for a glass of OJ, even for me. i'll HOPEFULLY be asleep by four thirty at least though, (amazingly enough i think i'll be able to fall asleep, which is really weird . . .) as my dad is coming to pick my sisters and i up for some quality father-daughter time at eleven i think.

But, now that i think about it, i'm not so sure Auden has insomnia. Because she just stays up, drinks a ton of coffee, and then crashes. Which is some other sleeping disorder, as far as i am concerned.

Back to the review, while i did thoroughly enjoy reading this book, i think it lacked a certain something her other books have. I cant pinpoint it exactly, but something's missing. Either way, i give this book . . . drum roll please . . . an A! I just dont think Dessen can top Lock and Key.

Grade: A

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From the Bookstore:

***Don't Judge A Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter!

When Cammie Morgan arrives at her friend Macey's five star hotel for the Democratic National Convention-where Macey's father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination-she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. But if you're a Gallagher Girl, "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart.

Things quickly go south when Macey is summoned to the hotel roof to shoot a PR piece with the presidential candidate's son. But instead of cameras, attackers descend from a helicopter and swarm the girls, commanding, "Grab her." After a narrow escape, Cammie and Macey find themselves at a top secret hideout owned by the Gallagher Academy. and thus begins Cammie's junior year at spy school.

Cammie doesn't need her genius IQ to see that the kidnapping attempt has changed everything, especially now that Macey is a major celebrity, and the school has been besieged by news crews. More disturbing, Cammie can't shake the suspicion that her mom and Mr. Solomon know more about the attack than they're letting on. After all, why weren't the attackers surprised to find themselves in combat with two teenage girls who handled themselves like seasoned pros?

But these suspicions won't stop Cammie from jumping at the chance to join Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. Before long, the girls are using their espionage skills at every turn, as Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth...

I've been waiting for this one for a while . . . and then when it FINALLY came out, my local Borders had it on backorder or something . . . then today, when i go to pick out some books for my dad for father's day (there's nothing like books from the heart!), i saw it and was like OHMIGOD, MOM, I NEED TO GET IT! and she was like 'with what money?' and being as cool as i am, i said THE MONEY THAT I WILL HAVE IN TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW WHEN I HAVE FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS and then i launched into my future plans. while i was talking, she grabbed the book from my hands and put it down next to the cashier, probably just to shut me up. i'm SO FRICKEN EXCITED TO READ IT!

***Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

EEEEE! i love you, eli! sorry guys, if i'm babbling right now . . . hahahhahahahahh. i'm just really hyper for some reason. anyway, i am on page 263 EXACTLY, and am loving it! Auden is very easy to relatable . . . for one, i have really bad insomnia, only i cant drive a car yet so i'm stuck in my room, reading until like 3 in the morning . . . not that thats a bad thing at all! for another, the reason for my insomnia is the same--ever since last winter (like early 2008, late 2007) when things with my parent's divorce started getting really bad, i had a harder time falling asleep, and eventually ended up not sleeping at all . . . and now its just begun a habit. and then there are a lot of similarities involving Thisbe and my parents divorce . . . i think Auden and i could be really great friends!

***Take Me There by Susan Colasanti

In one short week . . . three lives change. Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicoles ex is still in the picture, but she can't help having a new crush. James and Rhiannon are just friends, though he may try to take it to the next level. Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?

i'm not very far into this, but it has that sarah dessen/meg cabot-y feel, and i can already tell im going to love it!

From my mom:

***The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

Death, a sardonic and articulate character who is afraid of humans, narrates this WWII coming-of-age story about faith, love, hope amidst tragedy. Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book –- although she has not yet learned how to read -– and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when she's roused by regular nightmares about her younger brother's death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayor's reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents.

looks really good . . . my sister and mom have read it . . . they gave me it this week:) im excited to read it

In the Mail:

***Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz!

CLICK HERE TO READ MY REVIEW!!! click here to read my review of Deadly Little Secret, the first in the series.

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, a new boy at school who had a very mysterious gift – psychometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry and experiencing strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow been transferred to her.

Ben returns to school, but he remains aloof, and Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Camelia makes the painful decision to let him go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events uncovers secrets from Ben’s past – and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who – before it's too late.

Deadly Little Lies will be available in November 2009 in hardcover wherever books are sold. Published by Hyperion. Pre-order from Amazon. summary

IF I SAY SO MYSELF . . . NOT A BAD WEEK:)

Happy Father's Day!!! its sunday exactly right . . . NOW!

ON ANOTHER NOTE . . . ITS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE--OFFICIALLY THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!!!!!!!!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Book Review: Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz

click here to read my review of Deadly Little Secret, the first in the series.

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, a new boy at school who had a very mysterious gift – psychometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry and experiencing strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow been transferred to her.

Ben returns to school, but he remains aloof, and Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Camelia makes the painful decision to let him go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events uncovers secrets from Ben’s past – and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who – before it's too late.

Deadly Little Lies will be available in November 2009 in hardcover wherever books are sold. Published by Hyperion. Pre-order from Amazon. summary from www.lauriestolarz.com

Review:

For this book, I have compiled a list of five rules. Number 1: Trust no one. Number 2: Don't make any assumptions. Number 3: Try not to scream. Number 4: Don't believe anyone. And Number Five: Stolarz kicks ass.

I was blown away by this novel, even more so than by Deadly Little Secret. It sucks you in from the first page, and is very difficult to put down until the end. Stolarz was fabulous at displaying Camelia's fears, and that made the book even easier to get into. The story starts off with action, builds up a ton of suspense, and then BAM! You are left completely and utterly shocked by the conclusion.

The mysterious air from Deadly Little Secret most definitely returns in this fabulous sequel, and will have you hanging on till the end. Ben and Camelia's complicated, yet still very there, romance was a hooking subplot to the story, for you constantly are wondering if and when they will ever realize how much they both need eachother. But, throughout the story you begin to doubt Ben, which causes that urge to yell for Camelia to leave him alone. The eery attraction Adam seems to have for Camelia most definitely added conflict as well, making you wonder if maybe, just maybe, their relationship could survive longer than Camelia and Ben's.

The threat of another stalker, and the worry that Matt may be returning kept me turning pages eagerly, hoping that none of Camelia's friends would turn out to be just the opposite. The voices Camelia hears and eerie messeges she recieves only increase your suspcion, and make sure you are always pointing your finger at someone else.

Being a major fan horror films, I was very surprised by how much this novel exceeded my expectations, and even made me want to glance under the bed and lock all the doors. Deadly Little Lies is perfect for a late at night read, when the entire house is silent and the only noise is your fingers against the pages. It was like watching a horror film and screaming at the screen for the person to do something, but they can't hear you. This book? It's scary!

Deadly Little Lies and it's predecessors would be great reads for fans of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and the Darkest Power trilogy by Kelley Armstrong.

Grade: A+

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox (7)

I havent written one of these posts in so long . . . Well, since i dont think I'll be falling asleep any time soon, and since it's Sunday (its 12:16 AM) . . . why not write one?

I went to the library this week with my terrific friend, Hannah, who leaves for camp today (LOVE YOU, HANZY!!! HAVE FUN!!!!), which makes me sad . . . :( anyway, we went to the library together and i picked up a few books:

***Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal. If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

****Grace Happens by Jan M. Czech

Grace's mother is a movie star. World travel, famous people, and movie sets are her life. So are bodyguards, paparazzi, and constant chaos. Grace dreams of a normal life with regular school and real friends. She also dreams of knowing her father, whose identity her mother has never revealed. When her secretive mother announces they're going to Martha's Vineyard for the summer, Grace doesn't know the island holds the keys to her family history. But once the connection becomes clear, she can't resist searching for some answers. Grace makes some surprising moves along the way, from making a friend and piercing her ears to developing a strong suspicion of who her father is.

****All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

(this happened in a House episode, too . . .they mixed up these two girls who worked together and got caught in a fire or something at the office . . . one died, and the other was seriously unrecognizeable . . . so they mixed them up . . . didnt turn out so well.)

****Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take. How's a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck--literally?

**** Bounce by Natasha Friend

Evyns had enough problems in her life, starting with her mother's death when she was young. But now her fathers thrown a whole new batch her way. Not only is he marrying a woman Evyn hardly knows, but hes uprooting Evyn and her brother to go live with this woman and her children. Its a lot of adjustment to make at once, andEvyn has no desire to adjust. She knows shes supposed to bounce along with the changesbut what happens if she doesnt? With her trademark knowledge of whatits like to be a girl, Natasha Friend gives us the insightful, heartfelt story of a girl who must learn how to manage her life even when so many things are beyond her control.

****Leftovers by Laura Weiss

Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and justice. But in order to understand what could drive two young women to such extreme measures, first you'll have to understand why. You'll have to listen as they describe parents who are alternately absent and smothering, classmates who mock and shun anyone different, and young men who are allowed to hurt and dominate without consequence. You will have to learn what it's like to be a teenage girl who locks her bedroom door at night, who has been written off by the adults around her as damaged goods. A girl who has no one to trust except the one person she's forbidden to see. You'll have to understand what it's really like to be forgotten and abandoned in America today.

Are you ready?

****Fix by Leslie Margolis

It hurts to be beautiful.

Pretty, blond, popular Cameron Beekman has it all -- lots of girlfriends, a hot boyfriend, and a successful family. She's perfection. Gone are her days as the outcast, huge-nosed "Beakface." Which, as it turns out, was nothing a good nose job couldn't fix.

While her little sister, Allie, struggles with doubts about her own approaching "procedure," Cameron wants more. She's headed to UC "Santa Barbie" and needs to look the part. After all, why settle for smart and pretty when smart and drop-dead gorgeous is just a surgery away?

That's it guys, unless i end up going to the bookstore later today, which i really want to do:) In which case, i will just save those titles/summaries to post up for next sunday! Hope you had a FABULOUS week!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Book Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!,” a break-up song that's so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!

Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can't hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.

What i thought: I absolutely adore this book! the characters are real, the plot is real . . . The entire story was very, well, real, and it seemed like something that could happen in everyday life. I liked that very much, because sometimes you'll read a book like this, and you'll think no way would that ever happen. But Benway did, and with a fresh voice that'll hook you from the start, Audrey, Wait! will no doubt be added to your list of favorites! Audrey's got some serious spunk in her, and the entire novel is, as Victoria would say "haha funny!"

I really loved the fact that music played such a big part in this book, because i am definitely one of those people who you could say view music as a religion. Many of the bands quoted in the beginning of each chapter i knew and loved, and every time i came across one i did not, i went online to Playlist and listened to it while i read. The fact that music was involved only made me love this novel even more.

Benway's writing is sarcastic and witty, making it easy to believe this is a story told by a teenager. Audrey, Wait! is completely original, with a diferent sound than the standard tale of high school drama, and a brand new song to sing.

The underlying plot of romance was definitely a bonus, and i loved James! He was adorable, witty, can deal with your pshyco parents--basically every girl's dream boyfriend. Victoria is definitely the kind of friend we all wish we had, one who would bring a hammer in your time of need. Audrey has seriously got some spunk in her, and has got more energy than my little sister. And my little sister is the Engergizer bunny. I wish I were more like Audrey!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

48 HR READING CHALLENGE: FINAL SUMMARY!

I am officially done with the 48 hour Reading Challenge! While i am a bit sad it is over, i must say that i am looking forward to sleeping a full night of 7 hours (thats been my max for a while--insomnia, you know?)

books read (with # of pages next to it):

  • the Secret Journal of Brett Colton -- 334
  • Night World: Secret Vampire -- 233
  • Night World: Daughters of Darkness -- 247
  • Night World: Spellbinder -- 249
  • Night World: Dark Angel -- 203
  • Night World: The Chosen -- 210
  • Night World: Soulmate -- 233
  • Angus, thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging -- 234
  • Cracked up to be -- 214
  • Love, Stargirl -- 274
  • What if . . . Everyone Knew Your Name -- 300 (you skip a lot though)
  • What if . . . All the Boys Wanted You --275 (same as above)
  • the Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading -- 324
  • Nobodys Princess --305
  • Nobodys Prize --306
  • If A Tree Falls at Lunch Period -- 216
  • Eldest -- 704
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation --233
  • Audrey, Wait! -- 313

TOTAL BOOKS: 19

TOTAL PAGES: 5,377

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE I STARTED? 48 hours!!!!!

take away 5 hours and 35 minutes for my four hours of sleep (i actually timed it and set an alarm), 52 minute long dinner, and 43.5 minutes spent dressing/doing hair/doing makeup/putting books up in pile/brushing teeth (i timed all of this too, then just made it as simple as possible--instead of putting 43 minutes, 51 seconds). i know it might seem hard to believe, but other than this carefully mapped out time, i was walking around with my nose in a book--even when i got up to make coffee. next time i am definitely doing what Liyana did--think audio book!

HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN READING/BLOGGING/NETWORKING? 42 hours and 21.5 minutes

HOW LONG JUST NETWORKING? I spent about 3 hours (2 hours and 58 minutes is what i got, but to be on the safe side I'm just adding two minutes) networking/twittering/visiting ReviewerX, Motherreader, and LiyanaLand. but, as one of the new rules was , "For every five hours reading/blogging, you can add one hour of 48HBC networking. (Or if you prefer to think of it, one out of every six hours can be social time.)" Wait, and before i continue i want to say im really sorry for not putting the tag after all of my tweets . . . i actually didnt even know we had to do it . . . i think i may have missed that part in the directions:(] i feel guilty. So first lets see, subtract 3:00:00 from 42:21:50 = 39:21:50 . . . 5 goes into that evenly 4 times . . . so then ive got four hours of time, and i used three . . . so i can pretty much just put all three of those hours back on . . . which leaves me with 1 extra hour and cant do anything with. am i correct? but if you (meaning Motherreader) feel like it, i wouldnt mind you adding that hour onto my total *smiles inoccently*

ANYWAY, MY FINAL TIME TOTAL JUST READING AND BLOGGING IS: 42 hours and 21.5 minutes

Oh, and not to be offensive to anyone else, but i'd like to say thanks to a few people who commented more than twice on my blog: Liyana (you are just plain cool), Laina (eh. jk lol:[), and Barry Eva--or Storyheart (you rock my socks)! Also, thanks again to Liyanna (live and breathe smexily? i still dont get that) who also was encouraging me to keep on going on twitter! (once again, SO SORRY for not putting the tag for more than like 4 tweets) I actually think i may have added MORE books to my TBR while looking for books to read--all of the ones i didnt get a chance to read are waiting for me. It definitely went down, though!

Also, congratulations to everyone who participated in this challenge at all . . . even if you werent able to read a ton of books, the fact that you really wanted to do it counts. Yays to all of you who went the whole time with no sleep at all (*cough*Liyana*cough*).

oh, and a big yaya to Motherreader for holding this challenge--if only my mother were so cool. (just kidding, Mom, just kidding. "Leah, why would you say that?" mom, its sarcasm. really. "that doesnt sound like sarcasm, honey. how am i supposed to tell?" mom, its really obvious when im being sarcastic. you see, when im being sarcastic, my voice takes on a sarcastic tone, and-- "leah, dont be smart with me." what, do you want me to be dumb? "Leah.")

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Night World: Volume One by L.J. Smith

The Nightworld series is a collection of three (soon to be four) volumes, each containing three seperate stories, each story about someone different, but somehow related to the one preceding and following it.

Here we go:

The Night World isn't a place. It's all around us. It's a secret society of vampires, werewolves, witches, and other creatures of the darkness that live among us. They're beautiful and deadly and irresistable to humans. Your high school teacher could be one, and so could your boyfriend.

The Night World laws say it's okay to hunt humans. It's okay to toy with their hearts, it's even okay to kill them. There are only two things you can't do with them:
1. Never let them find out the Night World exists.
2. Never fall in love with one of them.
These are the stories about what happens when the rules are broken.
When Poppy finds that she has pancreatic cancer, she is devastated that her life is coming to such an abrupt end. But then her best friend James reveals that he is a vampire, and he can offer her a chance to live...forever. But the risks are great. If the Night World were to find about her, it'd be certain death. Poppy must choose in "Secret Vampire."

"Daughters of Darkness" takes us to a small village in Oregon, where human Mary-Lynette harbors suspicions about her elderly neighbor's three nieces. Then a string of brutal murders and baffling happenings occur, coinciding with the mysterious girls' appearance. Things only get more complicated when Mary-Lynette meets their brother, and finds out what they truly are.

In "Spellbinder", witch cousins Thea and Blaise have one last chance to get their act together at their new school. Thea is determined not to get expelled this time due to Blaise's actions, but when Blaise begins playing with Thea's new crush, Thea can't help but get sucked it. Soon both girls are in over their heads.

THESE STORIES IN THIS BOOK ORDERED FROM BEST TO NOT BEST--none are bad, just some arent as amazing as the others (in my opinion): "Daughters of Darkness" and "Secret Vampire" tie for first because they were both fast paced and hooked me very easily. "Spellbinder" took a while to love, but it is definitely not unlovable. I loved all of these stories--no doubt about that--but some were not as great as the other ones.

What i thought: Okay, i am being completely serious when i say this: These Are Just About Some of the BEST Books I Have Ever Read. Not kidding. At all.

I never read books like this. Whenever i read books with more than one book in them, they generally are about the same people, and are sequels. This is the first series of seperate stories involving different characters that i have ever read, and are just about the only ones i will ever read. As i clearly stated before, these books are amazing. I just cant stand having the stories end. Thats how good they are. These stories are so fantastic. i couldn't move from characters to characters so quickly. Its painful for me to do. Such as, by the end of "Secret Vampire," I was just getting to know Poppy and James. Then it was over, and I had to move on to the next story. Fine, i WANTED to move on to the next story, but not because i was over the other one. No way. I just loved it so much, i couldnt wait to see what the next story had in store for me. So that is the ONE downside to these. (I REALLY WANTED MORE! UGH! im okay.)

So, that said, to make this simple, i'm going to select three words that i think describe the Night World; Volume One are: frustrating, romantic, intense. Fine, i'm changing the 'three words' rule. Lets make it five for this book. lets get on with it, folks:

frustrating--look above; in all caps!


romantic--they all involve soulmates. have you heard of that? Hmm? No? Well, go look it up. Or read these. And you'll find out

intense--as you saw previously, there are only TWO laws for the Night people: dont fall in love, and dont tell anyone. Lets think now, use all of our nerd-power. If you were a night person, and you fell in love with a human--VERMIN in your family's eyes--would you try to hide it? bury those feelings down deep, pretend you dont know they're there? If it would protect that loved one? I know i would. But then something happens. something happens and everything you know changes. You need to tell that one person what you are. if it would help them, but also put not just you but THEM in danger, would you do it? I think we all know the answer to that. If not, only one thing to do: Read it.

tofurkey--yes, yes, we ALL know i am not normal in the least. Okay, if you dont, go get a copy of Leah for Dummies, found in bookstores near you. If you dont know me, and are not a vegan or vegatarian, you might have no clue what tofurkey even IS. Well, tofurkey is a TOFU TURKEY. I know it sounds disgusting, but when you stop eating all meat, poultry, fish, cray fish, shell fish. . . you get my point . . . well, tofurkey is pretty good. So this book is tofurkey, the closest thing a vegetarian has to heaven--heaven as in related to food. My heaven is Borders. . . but that is beyond the point

unbelievable--okay, these stories are so beyond me. I could not come up with this kind of stuff. Trust me. I've tried. hey, maybe thats the problem! No. Im not going there.

Basically, these three novels by L.J. Smith that have been combined and put behind one knock out of a new cover will captivate, amaze, and entertain. What you think would be cliché and overworked is unique, innovative, and just straight out fantastic in Smith's voice. All three of the stories are cleverly connected, making them that more enjoyable. Smith's characters are wonderfully imagined and presented in such a fashion to make the readers fall for them and become enraptured in their struggles and triumphs. There's a new twist around every corner and surprising depth and compassion on every page. Although each story was originally published separately, they flow together fluidly to present an enticing, dangerous, and highly appealing look at the Night World.

i know this style of review is reallly weird . . . but in honor of the challenge i tried something new, okay???????? you have a problem with that????

Friday, June 5, 2009

Book Review: the Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum

Kathy Colton can't stand her brother Brett. Her family talks as if he were perfect! All Kathy knows for sure is that Brett is dead. He died of leukemia when he was seventeen and she was only two. But when Kathy turns sixteen, she discovers her brother's hidden journal - a journal written especially for her - and learns about the brother she never knew. At the same time, Kathy is mortified by an assignment to tutor the popular high school quarterback Jason West, a football jock who, even worse, is a Mormon. Author Kay Lynn Mangum brilliantly weaves the dual stories of a dying brother and a coming-of-age sister who learn the importance of loving our family and our friends and nurturing our faith.

summary from back of book

What i thought: i thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, and found that while it wasnt nessecarily a "happy book," there were definitely times that i was laughing, or had a grin on my face.

Mangum's writing style had the standard, strong voice of a promising author, and i very much enjoyed that she rarely bored us with little things that we truly couldnt care less about (such as restaurant titles, details on every single class assignment, and etc)--she stuck to the good stuff. There was never a moment when i thought "can you just get on with it already?" which is generally a major issue for me when it comes to reading--the one thing i absolutely cannot stand is having the urge to skip while reading a novel.

The characters were all very well developed, and by the time i turned the last page i really felt as if i knew Kathy and her family, as if Brett was my own brother. The emotions throughout the book were all very clear, and helped me understand more about the story and its characters tha ni would ahve thought possible. Mangum weaved the beliefs of the Mormon in beautifully with the story, and i myself even found a connection to the fascinating religion.

Brett's illness was interesting as well, and as if i wasn't stuck in the story already, the start of his journal entries left me with no way out. His love for Kathy was truly astounding, and i was amazed by the fact that her parents never even mentioned it. Just the mere fact that she had never really been regarded--well, just really ever cared about or dotted upon by her family after Brett's death really caught me by surprise. If i were her, i would most likely have some contempt for Brett as well--at least before she read the journal, and truly got to know him, and finally understood how much he cared for her.

Kathy and Jason's relationship also was fairly entertaining. As i most definitely am one for romantics, i very much enjoyed reading about her very, er, amusing romantic life. The romance aspect made me only love the book more.

There's really only one thing i've got to say--Kay Lynn Mangum has got some real talent on her hands!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

From Book to Movie

Okay . . . there are tons of rumors going around about books that are being made into movies and what not, or whether or not a movie people have seen were books before. So i did a little research . . . and here's what i came up with:

Books that have been made into movies and will be released this summer:

in MAY 2009:
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (A/N: this is a terrible adaptation of the novel--do not see it)
in JUNE 2009:
  • Cheri by Colette
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

in JULY 2009:

  • Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

in AUGUST 2009:

  • Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
  • Taking Woodstock by Elliott Tiber
  • the Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Where the Wild Things Are will also be in theatres soon too.

Past Movies that You Have Probably Heard About--or seen--and Just Happen to be Books Too:

  • The Curious Case of Benjiman Button
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • He's Just Not That into You (yes, the rumors were true for this one. its a guide to understanding men. kinda funny)
  • Inkheart
  • Coraline
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Hotel for Dogs (i know, a bit surprising isnt it? i never knew this was a book)
Books whose film rights have been bought, are in pre-production, or are in the process of being fimed right now (in alphabetical order by title since most of these don't have release dates--if it has 'a' or 'the' before it, look for the first letter of the second word):

A
  • Airborn (Kenneth Oppel)
  • Airman (Eoin Colfer)
  • Alchemyst, The (Michael Scott)
  • Amulet of Samarkand, The (Jonathan Stroud)
  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Louise Rennison)
  • An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)

B

C

  • Certain Slant of Light, A (Laura Whitcomb)
  • Chasing Vermeer (Blue Balliett)
  • City of the Beasts (Isabel Allende)
  • Cry of the Icemark, The (Stuart Hill)

D

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)
  • Dragonfire (Donita K. Paul)
  • Dragonriders of Pern (Anne McCaffrey)

E

F

G

H

  • Here Be Monsters (Alan Snow)
  • Here, There Be Dragons (James A. Owen)
  • Highest Tide, The (Jim Lynch)
  • Hobbit, The (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • House of the Scorpion, The (Nancy Farmer)
  • Hunger Games, The (Suzanne Collins)

I

  • Inkspell (Cornelia Funke)
  • Interworld (Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves)
  • If I Stay (Gayle Forman)

K

  • Killing Sea, The (Richard Lewis)
  • King Dork (Frank Portman)

L

M

  • Magyk (Angie Sage)
  • Marked (P.C. + Kristen Cast)
  • Maximum Ride (James Patterson)
  • Monster Blood Tattoo (D.M. Cornish)

N

  • Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan)
  • New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)

P

R

S

T

U

V

  • Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Holly Black)
  • Varjak Paw (S.F. Said)

W

these are all of the titles i know for sure have been bought/are being made into movies! if you know of any, please comment or email me with the title and author, and i'll be sure to update the list! oh, and T.V. And Book Addict--you were right. Uglies's film rights have been bought. hope this clears some stuff up:)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Until three months ago, everything about 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 an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from 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 he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead 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.


summary from goodreads.com

What i thought: This novel is absolutely fabulous! From the moment i read the inside cover, i knew that the sturdy plot with a strong air of mystery would suck me in after i merely glimpsed at the front page--and boy was i right!

The beginning hook sets the scene for the entire novel: Mystery and suspense with a touch of romance--no pun intended. Ben's character intrigued me, an i couldnt help but wonder what it was that was keeping him separated from the crowd, and if the rumors were true. Ben himself has an air of mystery surrounding him, which only adds to the suspense that builds throughout this amazing novel, the first in the TOUCH series by Laurie Stolarz, the famed author of Blue is for Nightmares. You will be turning the pages rapidly in order to discover the person who is stalking Camelia, and what it is he wants. Every time one of your questions is answered, about three or four more will arise.

Each thought of Camelia's and her mysterious stalker's will make you look in another direction, point your finger at another one of Cam's peers. Rather than dragging yourself through this novel, you will be pushed by the words and characters themselves, each and every page making the same questions run through your mind: Who is doing this? Why?

Stolarz speaks in a strong voice, and said voice is very distinguishable from other authors in a way even i cannot comprehend. A fabulous first novel in a new series that will leave all of its readers dying for more!

don't forget to keep an eye out for Deadly Little Lies, available in November 2009 wherever books are sold.

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