Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hex Hall Review


AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
PAGES: 323
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series
NEXT BOOK: Demonglass

OUTLINE: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

STARTED: 10-30-10
FINISHED: 10-31-10

MY THOUGHTS:  I just have to say this I started it last night and finished a few moments ago. That should definitely tell you something. I was completely and totally hooked on this book. From the moment Sophie made Kevin go nutso at her high school dance to her encounter with the Were on the first day at her "New" school to the ending of the book( which I can't say). This school had it all: spirits that wondered around, Weres, Shifter, Witches/Warlocks, Faeries, and 2 Vampires. It had me guessing what the heck was going to happen with Sophie, and her Best Friend Jenna, the only vampire, at Hecate (more commonly called Hex Hall by the students), and also the 3 girls wanting Sophie to join their coven, and of course the love interest Archer (what a name right). It seemed like everything would be fine for Sophie, but when things start happening to the Students she begins to wonder if the school really is safe for her. According to the headmistress and teachers, and the dad she barely knows, it's fine because they "think" they know who's doing it, and why not right? She has all the attributes of the killer. Like I said before I never expected the twists and turns the book brought. I also love how it made me laugh out loud seriously. I'm not one to actually laugh at books, but the characters and their sarcasm and witt is funny. Sophie and Archer,  Sophie and Jenna, and even some of the exchanges between the others like: Taylor, the shifter and Beth the Werewolf, or  Taylor and The Faeries. I loved every single character in the book even the mean ones. I hated to see them get hurt. I wasn't to thrilled with the way the book ended. I'm not gonna say how, but let's just say it's totally open for the second one, Demonglass, which by the way I love the cover to it.

MEMORABLE QUOTES:
-I tugged at my brand new Hecate Hall-issue blue plaid skirt (kilt? Some sort of bizarre skirt/kilt hybrid? A skilt?)  (Sophie)From this moment on that's what sophie called it a Skilt..Ha Awesomeness
-How can your ears sweat? (Sophie)
-Or maybe they were staring at me as I tried to descreetly wipe sweat away from between my breasts with-out appearing to get to second base with myself. (Sophie)
-what with the pointing and the blue suit, she brought to mind a flight attendant. I expected her to tell me that in the even of an emergency, my brand new Hecate blazer could bused as a floatation device (Sophie)
- The "Holy-crap-that's-alot-of pink" zone would have been made a more accurate description. (Sophie on her newroomates room)
-This room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy lovechild of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake. (Sophie)
-"Sopie Mercer," Elodie intoned, "we have come to induct you into our sisterhood. Say the five word to begin the ritual."(Elodie)
"Are you freaking kidding me?" (Sophie)
"No the five words are "I accept your offer, sisters." (Anna)
-I sounded like a cheerleader on a Koll-Aid high." (Sophie)
-You're just use to girls falling all over your ass like you're in a boy band or something. (Sophie)
-Not youre type? (Archer)
Nope, I've always had a thing for the nerdy type. Arrogant pretty boys don't really ring my bell. (Sophie)
So you think I'm pretty? (Archer)
Shutup. (Sophie)
-What had changed? Did Elodie actually have some depth to her, like he'd said? Cause I sure wasn't seeing anything deeper than a bedpan. (sophie)
-Lose control of what? Your bladder? because you might want to get that checked out. I'm so not loaning you my sheets.(Sophie to Jenna)
-So you're like my own personal Mr. Miyagi? (Sophie to Alice)
I have no idea what that means. (Alice)
Sorry Sorry I'll try to stop with the pop culture references.(Sophie)
-we don't all shop at the baby gap.(Sophie to Alice about riding a broom)
-Elodie said earlier that you two were going to match. So what shade is it? Tickled pink? Rambling Rose? maybe? Ooh Ooh, I know virgin's Blush! (Sophie making fun of Archer)
-I'd look like the really slutty bride of cookie monster. (Sophie on conjuring a hideous dress)
-I don't care for the girl. She's been quite hateful towards you. there are a few things more abhorrent to me than a weak witch. (Alice about Elodie)
Wow tell me what you really think. (sophie)
I just did. (Alice)
Forget it. (Sophie)
-You people are more prepared than girl scouts. (sophie)

As you can probably tell I have a thing for books with the academy like setting it's always fun to read the drama, and everything else from them.


So have you read the book? What did you think? let me know. Sorry about the longness of the review. Sometimes when I start typing I can't stop especially if I like the book.

In My Mailbox (3)

This is In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren as a fun way to let other bloggers and readers know what you got the past week in your mailbox/library/contest/whatnots.




Ok so this was my first attempt at a video. Yeah you can tell I'm kind of jittery and what not. Sorry it's kinda bad.

Here's mine if you can't understand me:
1. Everlost by Neal Schusterman
2. Generation Dead by Danile Waters
3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
4. Wings by Aprillynne Pike
5. Immortal by Gillian Shields
6. Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

From Netgalley
1. Always a Witch- Carolyn MacCollough
2. Tyger Tyger- Kersten Hamilton
3. The Raising- Laura Kasischke

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Lovely Bones Review

AUTHOR: Alice Sebold
PUBLISHER: Little brown and Company
PAGES: 328
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Stand Alone

OUTLINE: When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in Heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing.
STARTED: 2010
FINISHED: 2010
OPENING LINE: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
MY THOUGHTS:
This book is told from the view point of Susie Salmon, who died at age 14, as stated above. As she sits up in the Heavens watching her family and friends live their lives without her.Knowing that their lives won't be the same. As, her parents marriage starts to get rocky from her Dad's persistence to find his daughter's killer, and her mom's supposed affair with one of the townspeople. Her sister growing up to become her own person finding friendship, and a classmate Susie never really knew who feels her presence. Could something more come from that? All this happening while her killer romes the town free and clear. Sooner or later Susie's going to have to let it go leaving the living world behind, but not before getting to do something she missed out on.
I think what intrigued me the most about the book was the way the author decribed heaven, and just things in general. There's a few things that make me love a book, and the description is one of them. I like to be able to read and imagine with my mind what the places look like and see how the characters act in situations. I think Alice Sebold did a very good job of it.

Movie- This is probably my favorite book to movie-movie LOL. I love the imagery. It didn't hurt that they had Mark Wahlberg in it either. :)




Heinous Crimes, Immoral Minds Review

AUTHOR: Aubrey BeckerPUBLISHER: Entryway
PAGES:130

OUTLINE: Richard has caught me.
I tried to run but was too slow.
I tried to fight back
but I wasn’t strong enough.
I pled with him but he would not listen.
Here I lie with Richard hovering over me.
His finger rests on the trigger.
The gun barrel is staring me in the face.
Every memory I ever knew flashes
through my mind.
Every person I ever loved
will never see me again.
This is it. I’m going to die!
I close my eyes and pray for a miracle.
My fear is that a miracle may be too late.

STARTED:
FINISHED: 10-30-10
SIDE NOTE: This is a debut book from Aubrey Becker. I have the pleasure of getting to read it because I'm a friend. I have to say I couldn't be more happy for her either this has been one of her many dreams since I've known her to write and get published. To be able to see it in print is awesome because I know how long she worked on it. So with that being said here's my review. 

MY THOUGHTS: Alright, I've sat here for awhile thinking how do I want to write this review. As, you may have guessed I'm not the best at writing these kind of things,but I still sit here and try. This story is about one girls fight to survive and to take back her life from a man who murdered her mom. After, Leyla answers a phone call from her step-father asking her to come and take him to the hospital because he "thinks" he's dying, and agrees. Things take a turn for the worse. Going over his house was probably the biggest mistake she could have made. Now with everything that's happened, Leyla is being stalked. Even with her friends by her side telling her things are okay. They don't know the full truth. They don't see how bad this is affecting her life. Will she actually be able to live a happy life knowing that out there among people is the one person who's intent is to make Leyla's life hell, and maybe even worse.

This is really a good read. The things that happen in it are believable, and sometimes you feel like you just want to tell Leyla that everything is ok. Although, I kind of wanted to hit her for answering the phone call, but without that there wouldn't be a story so it's all good. It has all the little parts that make a story good: action, romance, suspense, humorous characters.

I must say my favorite character wasn't the main one I actually liked the best friend. She was always fast to make a snappy comeback, but whenever her friend needed her she was there. Then of course the brothers best friend that's always a plus because when ever there's a brother there's always a hot friend right?

So go ahead and do yourself a favor. Read it! It's a short read for anyone who doesn't like very big books.
Amazon link here

MEMORABLE QUOTES:
-Imagine that if you were to crack open Heather's head, rainbows, flowers, unicorns, and sunshine would spew out, like a preschool cartoon. (Leyla)
-If there's one thing that can bring peace, it's this moment right now. When the sun rises, it seems like it's telling the world a new day is here, to let go of yesterday and expect beauty in today. (Leyla)
-If I act like I don't care tomorrow it's not because I don't care.  it's because your brother has a very short fuse and I treasure my face. (Mason)
He's a big softy (Leyla)
Yeah, he's fist ain't so soft (Mason)



Electricity or Books?

This is sad, really sad, I'm having to stay at my mom's because my electricty was turned off. Apparently, when they say you have until November 4th to pay or, we'll turn it off what they really mean is we're just going to turn it off whenever the hell we want. It looks like for the time being I'm on a book buying hiatus.  Which sucks because I have Misguided Angel by Melissa De La Cruz to buy for my blue bloods series, and then Night Star in November and Last Sacrifice in December. I'm thinking those might be the only 3 I'll be purchasing (maybe you know I can't say no) Now if only I can say no to Half Price Books I'll be ok I think, but we all know how that pans out. I think I need a little encouragement. :( This is going to be hard for me. It might also help me though it'll give me time to actually read what I have in my TBR list. The only problem is alot of those books are series that I just have the first book. Which means if I read those then I'm going to want to know what happens after that books ends. This is ridiculous why can't bills just go away for awhile, or perhaps I should learn to just manage my money better.

In other news, I was thinking about putting parts of my writing (that my friend and I are doing) up on the site. Actually just my writing and my characters. Her's are on her computer so that I couldn't do. What do you all think? Yes or no? Maybe even just my own writing that I've been working on for quite some time and I still have only 2 pages. I love the storyline and everything. I just can't motivate myself which really bites because I know if I could it would get somewhere. any suggestions?

Anyways until I can get my damn electricity back on I guess I'm stuck here at my mom's which is okay I guess at least I have the internet here. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bad Girls Don't Die Review

AUTHOR: Katie Alender (last name like Calendar)
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
PAGES: 352
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Series
WEBSITE: http://katiealender.com/


OUTLINE: Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

STARTED: 10-25-10
FINISHED: 10-29-10

MY THOUGHTS:
Ok I started 10-25-10 and just finished it tonight, OMG! This is one of my new favorite books seriously. I loved loved it. I haven't read many books as of right now, but this by far was the scariest one. I know that sounds a little crazy seeing as how it doesn't look or seem that way from the excerpt it tells. How can dolls be scarey right? Just you wait and read. I guarentee you I won't look at dolls the same way (especially if they have green eyes)
I kid you not while I was reading this I stayed with my mom and she would go to bed and I'd be sitting on the bed reading and not wanting to get up to go in the kitchen or anything with the lights off.

At the beginning of the story everything seemed as normal as it could be for Alexis. As she stood outside her creepy old Victorian house taking pictures at 3am. Then she heard noises
what could it have been?  Oh, it was just her sister, or was it?

I loved the MC, Alexis she wasn't the typical pretty girl or whatnot, and she definitely has an attitude that says she doesn't give a rat's butt (yes that's what I said). Through out most the book she was kind of a loner (she did have the "doom squad" every once in awhile) Then BAM a hit in the head with a door by Carter and her feelings toward the popular kids went down a notch...sorta.. She tried to make him go away, but he just kept coming back (Why turn down a hot guy?) That is one friendship that began to blossom. Then somehwere down the line she became friends with some others. I liked how Alexis could finally look past who they were and give them a chance.

In the end things will suprise you. I can say that at one part in the book I was like are you kidding me? Don't do it damn it! Don't! It all worked out though. :)

(I'm seriously creeped out by it as I sit here and read it (kinda in the dark)
I don't think I've had a book that's done that to me. Yet, I sit here and continue to read.)This was as I was reading the book)

Awesome job keeping me pulled into the story. I can not wait for the second book! From bad to cursed to come out

MEMORABLE QUOTES: - And that meant that Kasey was maybe only slightly nutso instead of down right padded-room-worthy (Alexis)

-When I say pink, I mean Pepto-Bismol pink, easy-bake-oven pink, Beauty-pageant pink. I took an involuntary step back, as if she were holding a snake. "Uh-uh. No way." (Alexis)
Come on, it would be adorable. You'd look like a punk-rock Barbie doll." (Megan)  

-I could not let my horrible life leak inky black misery all over what he'd managed to rebuild for himself. (Alexis)

-I trudged up the walk, feeling as if there were a dark veil hanging over me that would never go away (Alexis) (I liked this sentence because it reminded of the bookcover for some reason. Perhaps because the girls shrouded in a veil)

-And Luke Birmingham-Megan's trophy date---strictly eye candy to quote her. (Alexis)


This took me awhile to think about how I wanted to do this review, and I'm still not quite happy with it because I don't think it does it justice (also I'm not to good on the whole review thing yet) it might end up getting changed, but I just wanted to go ahead and put up the review for people.


So tell what do you think? Have you read this book? Did you like it?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Blog Hop (1)

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!

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What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?"
- Hum well seeing as how I live in an apartment and have like 2 built in bookcases, and that's pretty much it. I would love to have nice big book cases. Maybe, even just a room for them. Perhaps a room full of different type bookcases like I've been looking around on the web at some of the different kinds, and kept a few pictures. Here->
Is this not the coolest looking bookshelf ever.



This would make me dizzy but still awesomeness

Simple yet interesting.

This one is kinda wacky and all over the place,but still cool I like the blackness of it

You don't even have to move. What more could you want1

Lol this is awesome!


This woul definitely be going in the library as the writers desk.

This was just neat looking to me

How does this one even work?

Here's the place I found these pictures out there are a few others but these just caught my eyes more.
www.oddee.com/item_96613.aspx

My library room would be all kinds of weird/awesomeness with these!

What are your thoughts?

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If you have, or would have a daughter, what book would you want your daughter to read?

If I had a daughter I would let her choose books that fit her age at the time, or if I've read them and find that they're ok then that's fine also. If you tell a child they can't do something they're more than likely going to do it. Same with books I would assume you tell them you can't  read those types. They'll find a way. I would never so no you can't read that, unless it's age range is way out of the child age. Does that make sense?
What's your thoughts?

A Child Call It Review

AUTHOR: David Pelzer
PUBLISHER: HCL
PAGES: 175
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone (but I think it might have a book after it so maybe a series)


OUTLINE:This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

STARTED: Beginning 2010
FINISHED: Beginning 2010

MY THOUGHTS: I normally wouldn't read books like this, but it was the first book we read for our book club that my friend had started. Hints the reason for reading it. I've read alot of reviews on it, and some have me wondering if this is actually a believable story. I do have to say if the stuff that he talks about happend to him as a child it's beyond horrifying. I mean the things his mother would do to him; locking him in the bathroom with bleach and making him clean, to no food for days at a time, sleeping on a cot in the garage. I don't understand how through all that happened his dad didn't do anything he sat there watching this neglect. I mean this poor child had no one to stick up for him. It did read like it was being told from his point of view as a little kid. At first it's starts really good his family was happy they did things together picnics and all. the one day something inside his mom flipped and bang. What's worse is that this only happened to him and not his older brother. Like I said I normally wouldn't take a second look at a book like this, but it was chosen for us. I guess I could have put it down and stopped, but I was wrapped up in this little boys experience.

Now on the other hand I've heard where it's complete lies and that his life wasn't at all like he described in his book. So if that's the case it's really sad that he would use something so traumatic for others just to make a few dollars.

Either way it was an ok read and easy, but be warned it's not for the faint-hearted

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Question it.

1. Favourite childhood book: baby sitters club
2. What are you reading right now? Bad girls don't die
3. What books do you have on request at the library? Current;y no
4. Bad book habit: Buying books
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? None
6. Do you have an e-reader? I have the kindle on my pc but I really want for xmas if not sooner
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Several. that's another bad choice
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blogs? I'm trying to read more and not be so damn slow when I read
9.Least favourite book you read this year: A child called it
10. Favourite book I’ve read this year: Humm I'm actually liking th ebook I'm reading now
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not very often, but i'm up for anything
12. What is your reading comfort zone? Mystery/thriller, Ya, scifi (some)
13. Can you read on the bus? I don't take the bus but i can read in the car
14. Favourite place to read: Tub, it's relaxin
15. What’s your policy on book lending? if I know they;ll take care of them it's all good
16. Do you dogear your books? Nope, I have tons of bookmarks so there's no need to
17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? No I have a notebook for that
18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? I try not to but some of the paperbacks it's hard
19. What is your favourite language to read? English
20. What makes you love a book? The characters and the suspense
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? If I think it has a good story behind it and I liked it ALOT
22. Favourite genre: YA
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)" Classics is that a genre?
24. Favourite Biography: Not really my style
25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?) I've been given one but I dont think I read it
26. Favourite Cookbook: Ha I don't cook
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): Don't have one
28. Favourite reading snack: something sweet
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: Humm I'm not sure
30. How often do you agree with the critics about about a book? I don't care to much what critics so ihave my own mind
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? If they want you to be honest then I don't see the big deal. Just be understandble about it. Does that make sense?
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? Spanish
33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: None really.\
34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: Some of the books Rory reads on gilmore girls sound tough.
35. Favourite Poet: Don't really have one
36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? Don't have a library card right now
37. How often do you return books to the library unread? Read above
38. Favourite fictional character: I like Rose from Vampire Academy :)
39. Favourite fictional villain: Hummm Roman from The Immortal series is pretty cool
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: Whatever I'm reading at the moment and probably 1 or 2 others
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: Hummm a few weeks maybe
42. Name a book you could/would not finish: I usually finish all of them it takes me awhile though
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? watching tv or other people talking
44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel: Eh..I don't like books to movies really but I'm excited if VA becomes a movie (but The lovely bones was good)
45. Most disappointing film adaptation: …lol Twilight (I liked the movie before I read the book then I read it and was disappointed)
46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: Bout 50
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? I would the back cover
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? If I just lost interest in it or didn't make sense to me
49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Not really just if it's a series it stays in the series
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? Depends; I usually keep them though
51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding? Nope
52. Name a book that made you angry: Humm none as of yet
53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did: The Deep End of the ocean
54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: The Hunger Games, I can say that now but I havent finised it but it hasnt kept my attention like i thought it would
55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading: Ha!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Funhouse Review

AUTHOR: Dean Koontz (Owen West)
PUBLISHER: Jove (the edition I have 1970)
PAGES: 288
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand alone

OUTLINE:Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate - and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands... Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children. Joey loves monster movies and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pray for her sins... because Amy is pregnant, and the carnival is coming back to town.

STARTED:2009
FINISHED: 2009
 MY THOUGHTS: Well in the spirit of halloween I thought I need to do a few more reviews so why not this one. I read this sometime last year so I don't remember alot from it, but what I do remember is one word. Weird! I originally bought it at Goodwill because the plot sounded somewhat interesting. I mean, it's about a funhouse and carnival it couldn't be that bad right? Wrong! Oh so very wrong. In a way this makes me not want to go to a funhouse or carnival.  It's about a mother who tried to kill her baby, and well she didn't succeed. Then 25 years later she has a normal family, and everything seems fine. Then the carnival rolls into town with the freakshows and possibly someone or two from Ellen's past. Well  I can honestly say I hated this book. It was demented, and kind of gory. It was an easy read, but not worth it at all. I did however, feel bad for the children getting caught up in the mess.















That is my review, and I'm sticking to it. Have you ever read a book that just made you uh hate it because if was demented or to gory? Let me know!

Top 10 Tuesday (2)

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Hi everyone! This week I wanted to do a Top Ten Tuesday in honor of Halloween, so I've picked out my top ten 10 spooky/creepy/scary books for the season. And, okay, some of them might not have actually scared me, but they are appropriate for Halloween.


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Ok this one might be alittle hard for me to do.

1. Scary stories to tell in the dark- Whats' weird is a few ago and friend and I went to HPB and she went over to look these books up and got 3 of them I believe and we went to her house, and read them. I got to admit they're still kinda creep. "The worms crawl in the worms crawl out." What the hell? Or the big toe story. Yeah!

2. The Funhouse by Dean Koontz- Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate - and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands... Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children. Joey loves monster movies and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pray for her sins... because Amy is pregnant, and the carnival is coming back to town.
It may not sound creepy, but this thing was weird as hell.  It was also a little demented I think.


3. Cujo by Stephen King- I haven't actually read this yet, but I do have it in my library.

4. Are you afraid of the dark? tv series- I know this isn't a book, but I'm having a hard time coming up with books. This show came on back in the 90's on Nickalodeon(sp). They had some that still creep me the hell out like the dollhouse, or I think it was called the phone police (never make prank calls you never know who listening), and a few others. If you go on you tube and tyoe in are you afraid of the dark you can watch episodes.

5. The Shining- Yeah, I still don't like one. I never read the book, but the movie was bad enough.

6. IT by Stephen King- Clowns! Killer clowns! need I say more I remember watching this at my grandparents house when I was younger then 10. Probaly, not smart.

7. Rose red- even though I liked this movie. Still kinda scared me.

8. I'm still thinkg

9. told you I probably couldn't make it

10. to ten//hum

Yes I know these aren't all books, but I liked the list and had to add in the movies and shows. Apparently, are you afriad of the dark has some books. What do you think?

Book Questionaires..

What are you reading right now?
Well I was reading The Hunger games, but I just can't make myself get into it.
Also finishing up my friends book that she wrote
I think I'm gonna put The Hunger Games away for awhile, and come back to it. So instead I started Bad Girls Don't Die. I'm liking it so far and I'm only on like the 5th chapter. Yeah.

Do you have any idea what youll read when youre done with that?
Hum does what I just wrote count as reading another one since technically I didn't finish the one I was reading.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?
None, but I have the book Wicked. :)

Whats the worst thing you were ever forced to read?
I honestly couldn't tell you probably something when I was in school, but I try to forget those days.

Whats the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
Vampire Academy all the way..

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?
No, I have yet to actually get myself a library card.

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and dont like it at all?
Nope, not that I can recall.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While youre on the computer? While youre having sex? While youre driving?
Yes, to all but the sex thing. On the driving things not actually when I'm litereally driving but if I'm in the passenger seat I take my book with me.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?
No, I din't read alot back then

Whats the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldnt put it down?
Vampire Academy the 5th one.
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1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I hate to say this but I think it started with the harry potter series and a few MHC books.
2. What are some books you read as a child?
A few nancy drew books, and the babysitters club (yeah I think that was my series growing up)

3. What is your favorite genre?
YA, but I'll try everything

4. Do you have a favourite novel?
Novel? Same as a book right? Why not just call it a book?

5. Where do you usually read?
In my bed or the tub, very relaxing

6. When do you usually read?
At night when all is quiet, or whenever I get a chance
7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Yeah, it something I should probably work on because it takes my attention away from each other.

8. Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Nope.

9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
Oh I buy them. I have a ever-growing book selection


10. Do you keep most of the books you buy?
Yeah pretty much


11. What are you reading now?
LIke my other post said it was the hunger games, but I switched to bad girls don't die


13. Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Most def!

14. What's next?
I don't know I always have a hard time figuring what's next


15. What books would you like to reread?
I could re-read VA over and over again, but I'm thinking maybe the night world ones just bacuase I forgot what happened in them

16. Who are your favourite authors?
Oh goodness, honestly I like all the authors books I read or I wouldn't read them. :)


That is me in a bookshelf..Oh wait it's nutshell...:) So go ahead and taken the questionaires have fun and let me know if you do them.

Musing Monday (1)

Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

About how many books (roughly) would you say you own? (If you don’t have a clue how many, do you care to know? Why, or why not?)

Ha, I know this is about 5 minutes late because it's Tuesday now, but still I'm going to answer. My book is at about 150 right now, I know this because I write down every book I have and buy in my notebook. (I like list I think) I always like to know what I have just for the fact that I'm strange. Seriously I have like a section in my notebook for each collection I have movies, books, cds, wii games, even beanie babies (yes I collected those) Oh totally off topic there. I predict that my collection will just keep growing (that just reminded me of Dory on Finding Nemo). I'm a little tired now. So have a nice and enjoyable night everyone.

Sometimes it pays to be a little un-ordinary. Leave me a line. I like lines.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day wasn't a total waste

OK so my day didn't exactly go as planned, but it usually never does. I did sleep until noon, but I freakin' woke up with the worst congestion. Sucks! I couldn't breathe I was so stopped up. It's OK  after a few hours it kind of evaporated if that's even possible. I don't know. I read my friends book for awhile. I should probably finish it tonight when I get home from the movie. After, reading I hopped on my laptop just because I was bored. I looked up books, sites, and all the stuff I normally do. I spent a good what 4 hours on it. Don't judge I was off today and was relaxing. :) Notice I actually put up two reviews. I'm so proud of myself. LOL. I'm slowly but surely going to have them up. Finally I wanted to get out of the house and do something. that's never a good thing in my case, it always costs me money. This was no different, my mom and I (I made her go with me to HPB) went to Half Price Books *shameful look* where I spent maybe 45 minutes looking through the YA section. Which gave me plenty of time to gather a handful of books I made my mom carry. (I knew she was good for something. J/K I love her to death) I spent....drum roll please...40 dollars again. I found books I had just put on my want list last night. I was excited. I guess I'll keep what I got to myself until next Sunday for the mailbox seeing as how I already did this weeks. See day wasn't a total waste! :) Now I'm just waiting for 10pm to come so I can go see Paranormal Activity 2, and get scared. I might not be sleeping well tonight.

So did you have a good weekend? Let me know. I love comments.

Wake Review

AUTHOR: Lisa McMann
PUBLISHER: Simon and Pulse
PAGES:210
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series (Dream Catcher 1 of 3)

OUTLINE:
Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

STARTED: August
FINISHED: End of August

MY THOUGHTS:
Well I bought this one awhile back when I had just begun my obsessive booking collecting. I got it because the back story on it sounded really interesting. I mean a girl who gets sucked into other peoples dreams. It makes you wonder what that's like for the person. After I bought the book it sat on my shelf for awhile. I finally decided that I would read it, and to be honest it took me awhile to read it. I liked the whole concept of the book, but the way it was written like journal entries wasn't really for me. I did manage to read it all, and I'm glad I did it was a good story.

I do have to say I wasn't pulled into liking Janie as the main Character though. I actually liked the guy she fell for. Yes, she fell for a guy. Don't they all? Cabel, to me was a more believable character his weird dreams he had about his father. He was that mysterious guy who hung out with the goth kids. You never actually got to know who he really is until almost the end of it. Half way through the book he starts to ignore Janie for the more popular girls, but is it what it seems? Do they resolve their issues? Questions that only you can answer by reading it.



Radiance Review

 


  • AUTHOR: Alyson Noel
  • PUBLISHER: Square Fish (2010)
  • PAGES: 192
OUTLINE: Welcome to the Here & Now
Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.
Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who's been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he's never met Riley...

MY THOUGHTS: This is a spin off from "The Immortal Series" that included Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star (Coming In Nov) This new series follows Riley, Ever's little sister, whose dead.
She thinks that being dead is going to be a relaxing thing just being with her parents and her pup Buttercup. Well, little does she know that higher authority have other plans for her like Soul Catching. With this new job comes a teacher Riley would rather not have at the beginning, Bodhi, he's kinda the nerd. As the story goes on they go to a castle in England to try and get the "Radiant Boy" to cross over, but little do Riley and Bodhi know it's not that easy, and there's much more to the castle then just Radiant boy.Who else lurks in the castle?  Riley and Bodhi have a bet going that if Riley can get the boy to cross over she'll get Flying lessons. So this encourages her a little more. Riley goes through some stuff while at the castle trying to get the Radiant boy to do what she wants, and it's funny at times because she's dead and there's nothing that could hurt her. Yet she still has fears.

All in all I enjoyed this book very much. It's tiny and an easy read and the afterlife world that Noel creates is beautiful. I loved Riley as a character in the immortal series as a snobby little sister, and being able to see her in this series as her ownself and trying to find herself I guess you could say was great. She had a little bit of an attitude, but what kid doesn't.  I'm ready for the next book to be out, but sadly, I have to wait til next year.

I'm a sucker also for beautiful book covers and this one def is beautiful. I love the colors it has and how to me it looks like maybe what the author had in mind for the Here.

I did have one complaint though. It wasn't necessarily for the book, but I'm wondering why the pages were so uneven? I thought it was just that book, but they all were like that. :(  (I also noticed that's how the Nightshade books are too)



 
So tell me what you thought. Have you read the book? If so did you like it? Leave me some comments.

Sucks for now

I know I'm behind right now with reviews, and everything I feel bad. I will totally and completely spend tomorrow or today actually reviewing the books I've already had the pleasure of reading which are quite a few. That is after I get some much needed rest. I'm sure I'll be up early though seeing as how I'm spending the night at my moms and she gets up early. I suspect I'll be getting up early too. So the agenda for today
1. Sleep
2. Wake up
3. Possibly take a potty break :)
4. Eat (depending on the time)
5. Computer Check
6. Reviews
7. Read (I'm gonna finish The Hunger Games by the end of the week if not sooner) (also try and finish another I've been "reading" for quite sometime it got pushed to the back burner)
8. Possibly go to Walmart (I told my mom and her boyfriend I'd buy them a Ranger shirt and hat. Because after all Texas Rangers are in the W.S) What now Yankees...Sorry yankee fans!)
9. Computer play
10. Try and write in our story some. (I said try)
11. Review some more (perhaps)
12. Eat (if time is right)
13. Read
14. Possibly go home for awhile
15. Come 10pm go to see Paranormal Activity 2 with my bestest buddy.
16. Then sleep
Humm yes, that's sounds like a day to me. Now whether it 'll stay that way. We sha'll see!

Does your day sound exciting like mine? lol What are you up to on this fine Sunday? Leave me a holler. I shall holler back...on your blog that is...I doubt you'd hear me any other way. :)

In my mailbox (2)

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com




I was excited for this one to come up because like I said in a previous post I splurged Friday at HPB. So here goes....First of all my lovely stash I have


First my friend gave me a copy of her book that got published in Septemeber. Yeah it took me that long to get it from her. It's called Heinous Crimes, Immoral Minds by Aubrey Becker. It tell the story of Leyla whose step father, Richard murders her mom is sentenced to prison but gets out and stalks her and her brother, Cameron threatens Richard and gets in caught. After all that a few years go by and he calls Leyla to come take him to the hospital because his "Dying". What happens after that well why not check it out. It's an easy read.

Nightshade, I went out and bought Tuesday at walmart. I couldn't help myself. Beautiful cover and the reviews it's been getting are good. 

The Secret Scroll (Daughters of the moon series 4) by Lynne Ewing. I bought at HPB friday with a crap load of others.

The Sacrifice (Daughters of the Moon 5) by Lynne Ewing. Bought at HPB. These I got because I read the first book in the series and well I like to finish my series I start.

You're so undead to me by Stacey Jay. It has zombies in it. What more could you want?

If I stay by Gayle Forman. Bought from target. It sounded interesting, and I loved the cover.
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

The Summoning by kelley armstrong. HPB. I've just been meaning to read this series.

Beautiful Darkness by Kami and Margaret. Target bought. I finally got around to finding it.

Willow by Julia Hoban. Target bought.
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. I bought this at HPB. I was so happy to see it because I wanted to get it. I think I'm liking the books dealing with other wordly Academies. *shrugs*

Eternal by Cynthia Smith. HPB bought. This was an impluse buy. I liked the cover and the back sounded interesting.

That is all

So what'd ya think? Did I catch your attention with any? Drop me a line! I comment back.
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