Monday, January 31, 2011

Loving the Reviews Challenge Feb 1-28 (mini-post)

So I may or may not become a book reviewing fool this February. Loving the Reviews Challenge is hosted by Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books & Blkosiner's Book Blog. Look at that super cute button! Come on, how could I resist.

Just joined this challenge in the nick of time (starts tomorrow!) There are some pretty cool prizes you can win as well!

Ten Good Things On a Monday (7)

Ten Good Things on a Monday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Nina the Nimble at Brush Up on Your Reading!

Ten Words I love for varying reasons (not necessarily in English):

1. Cresent

2. Incomparable

3. Luxurious

4. Irridescence

5. Vivacious


7. Cosmic

8. Shimmer

9. Sonorous

10. Chanteuse

It's Monday! What are You Reading? (3)

This is a weekly meme hosted by One Persons Journey through a World of Books.

"It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list."
Currrently Reading:
I'm only a few pages in and I'm not exactly hooked yet but hey, there's still time for it to pull me in! While you're here, feel free to check out my challenges and leave a comment! I always comment/follow back!!

So, what are you reading?!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

In My Mailbox Jan. 30th Edition

In My Mailbox is a week bookish meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week we all say which books we've received in any form (purchased, gifted, won, borrowed -whatever!). It's also a cool way to see which books are out there and to get to know some new bloggy friends. Which I love!

I don't normally do this meme because I haven't been buying/receiving too many books. But this week I've got:

Purchased: Master of the Delta by Thomas H. Cook
from Borders in-store
 I got this creepy mcCreeperson book a week or so ago and have been too chicken to keep reading!

Received for Review: Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore
e-ARC via Netgalley
So excited to read, this book may or may not complete my life right now. We'll see!

I also might have been a giveaway winner for these two other reeeeally cool books. I will let you know when it's set in stone!

What's In Your Mailbox?!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

Trapped by Michael Northrop
Publisher: Scholastic, 2011
Hardcover, 232 pages
Received as Gift
Challenge: One, Two Theme! Challenge

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . .
It's the storm of the century and Scotty, Pete & Jason make the wrong decision to stay in school even though there was an early dismissal. They end up being 3 of the 7 students and one teacher that are left behind as the snow piles outside. Soon it becomes apparent that they're going to spend the night in their dark high school, which, is like my worst nightmare.

Geez. I was so excited about this book and really wanted to give it a tremendous review. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. It was the first time I've read a YA from a male's point of view so there was the obligatory ogling over a girl and some gross talk about human waste and things like that. I didn't really enjoy those visuals. The narration from Scotty was very wait'll-ya-see-what-happens-next! And that thing never really happened.

There's no secret that there will be death in the book because on the first few pages, Scotty lets you know. So the entire time you're reading, you wonder who will die and how. As the pages lessen and lessen and the story moves forward at a snail's pace, you wonder if he was just kidding. You wonder if some huge tragedy will ever happen and then you don't care. Even the blurb about the book is misleading! I thought the devastating decision might be that they'd eat each other or something! I dunno! That's what normally happens in the books about being trapped in snow!

I do not recommend this book. It's more a 2 out of 4 stars. But if you must read it, I recommend it for Middle Grader Readers who like contemporary fiction.

Book Review: Charmed: Trickery Treat by Diana Gallagher

Trickery Treat by Diana Gallagher
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2008 
Paperback, 191 pages

Borrowed from library
Challenge: Hogwarts Reading Challenge

It's Halloween, and Piper is busy decorating the Manor, which has become the neighborhood hot spot on the most bewitching night of the year. Meanwhile, Paige decides to use the party as a chance to honor the dead. She casts a spell that creates a portal for a clan of leprechauns...and other wandering spirits.
The guests are thrilled and impressed with the realistic effects, but Phoebe, Piper, and Paige soon realize that they have a big trick to deal with: one not-so-friendly ghost going out of his way to turn the Manor into a haunted house.

This should've been my "Just for Fun" book. I love the series and am so dedicated to the characters. It's another typical day in the Halliwell Sisters' home. It takes place 5 months after the final episode, Forever Charmed. Piper is taking advantage of their newly normal life and is throwing a Halloween party. What could possibly go wrong?

You're immediately transported back into their world with Paige getting into trouble, Wyatt advancing his magical powers, Leo being the voice of reason and Phoebe head over heels in love with someone (this time it's Coop the Cupid). The book is what it is, a fast paced story based on a tv show. I loved it because I love the show. Sure there were slow moving moments and a few errors here and there, but I'm not holding it against the author. I'm just glad it was written. And there are 40 others that I can read in addition to this one!

I suggest this book to uber fans of the TV show Charmed. Otherwise, I recommend this book to those who like supernatural fantasies, witchcraft and magic with underlying love stories.

What's Your Status 1/22 - 1/28

What's Your Status is a weekly meme hosted by my new bloggy friend Zakiya @ Butterfly Feet Walking on Life ! I found it on my other bloggy friend, Small Review's page and am also going to use a format similar to her week re-cap.



The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Week in review:
  • I guess I was spoiled last week. I read two SOLID books back to back. This week I kinda trudged through my selections. I'm hoping that next week I read some super duper awesome books!
  • In other news, I added 12 additional books to my goal this year so I could stay in line with the Just for Fun Reading Challenge!
  • I was featured on my friend Lisa's site Baffled Books with a review on Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
  • I made a lot of new bloggy friends and am excited to get to know all of you in the future!
  • I've got 19 amazing peeps signed up for my Mini-Challenge!! And 3 awesome peeps signed up for my Books of LOST Challenge! It's not too late to sign up for either if you'd like :)
Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Review: Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 3/21/11
E-ARC, 340 pages
Recieved for review via NetGalley
Challenge: Dystopia Challenge

New York City's spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from each other and into the cold comfort of technology.

  Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They've never met. 

But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.

I was pretty excited about this book because it takes place in my city and I will read just about anything set in NY (even if it's dystopian, futuristic NY). The premise reeled me in and I excitedly downloaded the Adobe reader thing, even though E-reading is not necessarily my fav.

My major issue with this book was that the first part was a bit jumbled, introducting character after character. It got to a point where I didn't remember who the people were that I was supposed to pay attention to. Another issue I had was that he went on and on with the internal dialouge each character had. The story was so good that I wanted to skim over the inner dialogue so I could get to the amazing plot.

Beside those couple things, the read was pretty okay. It's the most Sci-fi sort of thing I've read yet! Which is really awesome because I was wondering if I could get through something that was a little on the sci-fi side. Also, I couldn't help but compare this novel to Stephen King's TV movie The Langoliers (you'll know what I mean if you read it).

This book definitely gets 2.5 out of 4 stars, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't mind-blowing. I'm not suggesting you run out and buy it when it comes out by any means. Also, it was a little confusing at times [and I'm pretty much a genius, so you've gotta work hard to confuse me! ;) ]. So, I sort of recommend this book to people who are curious about soft sci-fi and enjoy post-apocalyptic reads.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Follow Friday!

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee! Each week she asks a question and we link our posts up and hop around to make new bloggy friends and see what other people's answers were! This week's question is:

What is/was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in High School was Chorus! So I went to college(s) for Music! Which is why I am an opera singer today!  

Thanks for hopping by! I love new followers & comments! I will surely follow you back! And while you're here, feel free to check out/sign up for my challenges :) 

Library Thursday Blog Hop (4) UPDATED!**

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Library Thursday is a weekly blog hop that I've started to:

1. Encourage people to support their libraries when they can

 2. Meet new bloggy friends and grow your following

How to participate (UPDATED):
  • Create a Library Thursday post with a list, pictures or a vlog of your books. Or feature a cool picture of a library, or spotlight one of your favorite libraries.
  • Grab my button if you like it and include it in your post! Make sure to shout the library out that you went to!
  • Once you've created your post, link it to the linky at the bottom of my weekly post
  • Hop around to the other blogs participating and check out what other people are reading. Be sure to leave them a comment to let them know you were there, this is about making friends as well!

My Books this week:

First of all, I updated this hop so more of my friends can participate! Even a crazy library addict like me can't make it to the library EVERY week in time for this post, so hopefully my new additions can get more people in on this :)

And speaking of shouting out your library, I stayed EXTRA local today and got every single one of the books from the closest Brooklyn Public Library to my house:

Bedford Branch of BPL

Anyway, I took out a lot of books this week, on top of the 4 or 5 other books I have piled up TBR in here!

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez 
(this book is so friggin cute, I want to eat it alive)
Charmed: Trickery Treat by Diana G. Gallagher 
(and yes, it's based on the tv show)
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot 
(another case of judging a book by its cover!)
Perfect Mistake by Kate Brian 
(solely for my HP Challenge)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
(picked this up randomly, excited to read it eventually!!)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Review: The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry

The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010
Borrowed from library 
Challenge: Just for Fun Reading Challenge

Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate--for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, "Pat," and attracts friends and the attention of the handsome schoolmaster. 

This actually wasn't my favorite. I couldn't tell if I liked the Princess or not. Or if we're even supposed to like her. I believe the more charming characters were the "lowly peasants" and the school teacher. Unfortunately, we were following the Princess' story most of the time.

And when we weren't following her, we learned about all three of her gross suitors. One who was so ugly he banished mirrors, another who was so vain that he checked the mirror as often as possible and lastly, crass, Conjoined Counts who made their village add an -s to the end of everything even it it made no sense. That last part led bit of crude humor that I'm not sure was actually for MG readers ("Know where we're going? Huh, huh? Balls!" Colin said "Balls!" Cuthbert echoed with a rude gleeful laugh). Either that or my mind is in the gutter.

While this book OBVIOUSLY doesn't hold a candle to The Giver (or even The Willoughbys), it was still a mildly cute story albeit forgettable. The illustrations are also pretty gross. I recommend this for Middle Grade readers who like stories about kingdoms with zany characters and a little bit of potty humor.

Mid-Week Updates

Hey guys!

Today I was featured on my friend Lisa's site Baffled Books! She let me do a guest post about Charlie and the Great Glass elevator! Her page is super cute and you should all go check her out! She writes really honest and thought provoking reviews :)

I've joined entirely too many challenges in the past few weeks including:

Just for Fun Challenge
Reading Challenge Addict
Cover Love Challenge
TwentyEleven Challenge

Speaking of challenges, there's still time to sign up for my awesome Mini-Challenge & there's ample time to sign up for my Books of LOST challenge!

Happy Reading,

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Sweet Jiminy

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore
Publish Date:  04/26/2011

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy Davis abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa's farm in rural Mississippi. In search of peace and quiet, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she ever knew existed.
She is shocked to discover there was once another Jiminy - the daughter of her grandmother's longtime housekeeper, Lyn - who was murdered along with Lyn's husband four decades earlier in a civil rights-era hate crime. With the help of Lyn's nephew Bo, Jiminy sets out to solve the long-ago murder, to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.

The cover is a little blurry but that was one of the reasons I was attracted to it. The plot sounds awesome!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday: Literary Pet Peeves

 Talk to Me Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by my bloggy friend Melissa @ i swim for oceans!

This week's question: Do you have any specific literary pet-peeves in the genres you read and why?

I read a lot of Suspense Thrillers. Not lately, since I've been checking out some other genres, but I'd say they take up the majority of my "Read" Bookshelf. The thing that grinds my gears about them sometimes is the obligatory love/lust story. Listen, if I wanted to read a romance novel, I would not be reading a hardcore suspense thriller, James Patterson. Alex Cross does not have to sleep with someone in every book for cryin' out loud. (I'm about 3 books through the series, but he does it in other books too!!!)

The last amazing suspense thriller I read was The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). This is a good example of one that does the love story in the right way. Bachman made it clear in the first few pages that the main character needed to support his family and it was his deep love for them that drove him to make the decisions he made in the novel. Not some lusty hotel affair that doesn't drive the plot at all! Sheesh!

I mean, what do you guys think? Agree? Disagree? What are some of your pet peeves?

Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Bantam Books, 1993
Hardcover, 179 pages
Borrowed from Library
Challenge: Dystopian Challenge

This is my second time reading this masterpiece and I am completely floored. I would like for any of you who haven't read it to read it so I won't include any spoilers here as much as I'm DYING to discuss the book in its entirety.

In Jonas' community, you are given your work position in your Twelfth year. Once he gets the position, truths are revealed to him that will change life as he knows it.

This story could've gone on for chapters and chapters and I wouldn't have minded. I was so enthralled with Jonas' life and his discoveries. The language Lowry used was very clear yet simplistic. I had visceral reactions to all of the shocking moments and began to put myself in the character's shoes. I wish they'd made this a movie...but then again, I don't want them to ruin it.

I highly, highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy soft sci-fi, dystopian novels and thought provoking reads.

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B. at Should Be Reading.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:

"One boy's eyes, flared with hatred, stopped him cold. He looked so angry, Thomas wouldn't have been surprised if the kid came after him with a knife."

page 7 The Maze Runner, James Dashner

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ten Good Things on a Monday (6)

Ten Good Things on a Monday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by friend Nina @ Brush Up on Your Reading!

This week I'm listing 10 healthy foods I enjoy eating because I need to eat healthier foods:

  1. Grapes
  2. White Cherries, I think they call them Bing Cherries
  3. Almonds
  4. Salad with avocados and walnuts and feta cheese (okay not so healthy) with Raspberry Dressing
  5. Curried Vegetables
  6. And speaking of veggies, I love asparagus! So Asparagus steamed with garlic or somehing
  7. Kashi cereal with Bananas and Vanilla Soy Milk!
  8. Honeycrisp apples
  9. Watermelon 
  10. Grilled chicken and spinach...mmmm!!!
What are your Ten good things?!