June 29, 2011

Last Chance to Enter My Giveaways!!! CLOSED!

Today's the last chance to enter my two giveaways; my 50 Follower Giveaway, and my Keeper Giveaway! At midnight tonight, no one more entries will be accepted(:

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Teaser Tuesday #14: Forgotten

This week's lucky book featured on Teaser Tuesday is Forgotten, which I'm currently reading (and loving). I'm only half way through, but can't wait to finish and review it(:

#1.) ""Jonas was your brother," she says in a near whisper."

#2.) "My mother's shoulders are heaving now, and I'm the parent for a moment as I walk over to the couch and hold her in my arms."

June 27, 2011

Book Review #30: Th1rteen R3asons Why

Title: Th1rteen R3asons Why.
Author: Jay Asher.
Pages: 288.
Format: Hardback.
Series: Nope!
Publisher: Razor Bill.
Published Date: October 18, 2007.


"Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers."

Cover: 3/5
Yes, it is really pretty, but I feel like a cover could have been created that related more towards the actual story. Now, if Hannah would like to go to the park to swing and think about things, than yes. But I feel it has no real connection to the story line:/



In this book I don't really have a favorite, but I really like a lot of the characters; Clay, Hannah, Tony, and Clay's mom. They all seem like people I would actually want to hangout with and become friends with.

What I enjoyed about Clay's mom, was that even though she was worried and knew Clay was lying to her about this "class project" that he had to do, she knew he was going through something. Still caring about him, like any mother should, also gave him his space and time for himself.

Least Favorite:

Again, I don't hate just one person, actually I hate a few! But here's one of them. What kind of a creep goes around spying on his classmate? *SPOILER ALERT!* One of Hannah's reasons of her suicide included when one of her classmates, is sneaking around outside of her bedroom window, snapping pictures. If I were in her shoes, I would have called the cops right away! What a pervert!

Story Line: 5/5

When someone commits suicide, you never really find out they did it. What could have brought them to want to end their own life? What could have been so bad?

This novel, by Jay Asher, describes the journey a boy named Clay goes through after a girl named Hannah committed suicide. This girl isn't just any girl, Clay has deep feelings for her, even though he feels like he barely knows her.

No one truly knew why Hannah wanted to end her own life, and no one know what was coming their way. Hannah had a lot of secrets people didn't know about. Well until a package was shipped to their door step. This package included, a couple of tapes and a map. Everyone that receives this package, has something to do with Hannah's death.

These tapes, include the thirteen reasons why, Hannah over dosed.

Everything That Happened This Week!

Sorry this is a day late! But I was really caught up in reading last night, and lost track of time. When I finally looked up from my book it was about three A.M. so I went off to bed(:

I hope you try making your own ETHTW soon! If you do please leave a link below, I would love to check it out!:D




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New Cover Reveal!

Title: The Last Echo.
Author: Kimberly Derting


"Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...."

I'm extremely excited for not only this book, but also her other one coming out called The Pledge!

I love Kimberly Derting's writing and can't wait to read these!(:

June 25, 2011

In My Mailbox #12

Yaaaay, welcome to my IMM this week! I know, I'm posting this waaaay too early! But I have plans to go the the local carnival later today, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to post anything tomorrow! So I thought I rather do it earlier than later(:

This week I sadly only received (well actually purchased) two books, but I'm still really excited to show you guys!

Just the normal covers!

Without the sleeve!

And when I took a look at Forgotten it had this inside it!(:

Forgotten, by Cat Patrick.

"Every night, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture.Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come. When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting—before it destroys her future."

The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor.

"The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss' parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts."

June 24, 2011

Friday Blog Hop!

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is, when did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?

When I realized I had a love (or obsession, same thing right?) for reading, I wasn't sure how to embrace it. I always felt that if I read my friends would laugh at me (this was back in sixth grade). I love the feeling of going into a book store, doesn't matter wither it's a new or used, walking around for hours looking at beautiful covers, reading the back to see what the books are about. Than half way through stop at the coffee counter, and get a coffee (or hot chocolate, depending on my mood), and then strolling around some more.

When you finally have all the books you want (which never happens to me, because I want all of them), you go up to the cashier and pay. I'm always excited to finish whatever else I have to do that day, so that at night, I can get cozy in bed, with a little light on and read all I want.

I'm not too into sniffing books (unless their new), but I do love reading them(:

Thank you so much for taking the time to hop by, and make sure to leave your link!

June 23, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #12

Title: Silence.
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick.


"The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever."

Release Date: October 2011.

I really enjoyed the first one (Hush Hush) and just purchased the second one! I'm suuuper excited!:D

June 21, 2011

Book Review #29: That Summer

Title: That Summer.
Author: Sarah Dessen.
Pages: 198.
Format: Paperback.
Series: Nope.
Publisher: Speak.
Published Date: April 6, 2006.


"For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister&150the always perfect Ashley&150is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future."

All of Sarah Dessen's books have pretty covers! I love going to the beach, I enjoy looking out to the ocean, sitting on the sand, smelling that ocean air, and listening to the waves! This book cover, screams ocean, beach, and summer right in your face, I love it!:D


In That Summer, I felt like there were a lot of great characters from Sumner, to Haven, and her mom. What I liked about Sumner, is through most of the story you think he's this sweet guy that would never do anything wrong, because his always there and so nice. But when Haven figures out why her sister, dumped Sumner during high school, she didn't want to believe it at first.

Sadly, after Haven figured that out the book was almost over and we didn't hear anything else about Sumner.

Least Favorite:

Its a tie between, Ashley (Havens older sister) or their dad.

How can you cheat on your wife, and than get married to the mistress, thinking everything is ok? At one part of the story, Haven's dad was supposed to take her to the mall so she can get her sister a wedding gift. Every time he comes to pick Haven up, he never comes to the door. This time, he just honks his car horn. When she decides to wait for him to finally man up and come to the front step, he just turns around his car and speeds away.

The only thing that bothered me about Ashley, is she's soooo annoying! Have you ever seen the show Bridezilla? Yeah, she could be on there!

Story Line:5/5

Every single book I've read from Sarah Dessen (which is only like three or four) have all had some sort of romance in it. There's a boy and a girl, and they fall in love, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't. This book wasn't really like that.

I felt like this novel revolved more about the family aspect, and I really liked this change in theme(:

If you haven't gotten your hands on a Sarah Dessen novel, you SERIOUSLY should! It does not even matter which one, they all rock!:D

Teaser Tuesday #13: Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why, is this week's featured book for teasers! I haven't yet started this one, because I just finished reading That Summer, but I do hope to read a couple of chapters before I go off to bed(:

I'm very excited about this book, I've heard so many great things about!

#1.) "For the longest time, from almost day one at this school, it seemed that I was the only one who cared about me."

#2.) "Put all of your heart into getting that first kiss . . . only to have it thrown back in your face."

June 19, 2011

Everything That Happened this Week!

Thank goodness this week is over! Finals are over! No homework! No studying! No going to bed early! No waking up early to catch a bus! But with lots and lots of free time, I can read as much as I want!:D

"Everything That Happened This Week", is just a quick meme, showing you awesome followers, what I've blogged about this whole week. Comments are very much appreciated, make sure to leave a link to your blog, your mom's blog, your mom's friend's blog, or any other blog you like reading! I always enjoy checking out new blogs, and making new friends!


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It's Not Summer Without You Review


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Short Story #2 Review

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Short Story Review #2

This is my second short story review, there are a total of thirteen in Kiss Me Deadly 13 Tales of Paranormal Love. It made more sense to me, to write a quick and dirty review about each story, than reviewing the book as a whole, since each is from a different author.

Let's get started!(:

Title: Errant.
Author: Diana Peterfreund.

My Opinion:

Sadly, this is my very first short story....actually any story I've read that has unicorns in it. Whenever I think of unicorns, I either think of Harry Potter movies, or the really nice ones that live in a green field, where there's hundreds of butterflies and at least one rainbow in the background.

But this thirty page story changed my opinion on unicorns. Instead of cherishing them, people in this world hunted them. Which was really sad, because their so friendly and beautiful!

Gitta (the main character), who is German, is one of these hunters. She's caught in a situation where she has to give up her unicorn, selling it to this royal family for one of their wedding traditions.

*SPOILER ALERT* When the princess and soon to be bride, decides on helping Gitta, so she doesn't have to kill her unicorn (which is named, Enyo), Gitta doesn't believe her ears. But of course she agrees!

I really enjoyed the ending! It was soooo different than I thought it would be, so I was totally caught off guard. But I still really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read a Diana Peterfreund novel!:D

Book Review #28: It's Not Summer Without You

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)Title: It's Not Summer Without You.
Author: Jenny Han.
Format: Paperback.
Series: Yes, #1 The Summer I Turned Pretty, #2 It's Not Summer Without You, #3 We'll Always Have Summer.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published Date: April 27, 2010.


"Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?
It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started—at Cousins Beach."

Cover: 5/5
I love it! I love how the whole series matches,with that summer-beachy feel. I really like white covers, they always look so clean and neat. One of my favorite things is how "you", is written in a different font and in blue instead of orange like the rest of the title(:


Just like in my review of the first book I would have to pick Belly. She's down to earth, with a boy-crazed best friend and a annoying but protective older brother. Belly's always had a thing for Conrad (Beck's older son), but not until the end of the first book, you find out that he feels the same. *SPOILER ALERT* Throughout this book Jere (Conrad's younger brother) asks him wither or not he really has feelings for her. Which he doesn't, not only does this make Jere angry but me too. This leads me to my least favorite character!

Least Favorite:
Sadly, it would have to be Conrad. He ignores Belly throughout most of the story, what a jerk! He acts like he doesn't have any feelings for her. He just ignores her, doesn't look at her, or just walks away.

*HUGE SPOILER ALERT!!!* When he sees Belly and Jere kiss he becomes very angry and jealous (while I was happy dancing!). Honestly dude, if you liked/loved her, but had something else going on, talk to her. I'm 100% sure she'll understand, don't just completely shut her out and treat Belly like crap!

Story Line: 4.5/5
I really enjoyed it, I found myself at the last page within three hours! The only thing that kind of sucked was that Conrad was found right away. Instead of just going to his college dorm, maybe they could of went to one of his friends' or ex's houses. That would have made the search for him more intense, than just one or two chapters of "OMG, where is Conrad...oh there he is!". But I loved it anyways, and can't wait to go out and buy the third book!:D

June 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #11

This week I received a lot of great books! Some new, some used. I'm really excited to show you guys and finally start reading them(:
Summer break starts soon, which means I don't have anything to do, besides read, and write reviews!

Maximum Ride, by James Patterson.

"In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world—but can she?"

Gone, by Michael Grant.

"In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else..."

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys.

"Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously - and at great risk - documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart."

Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare.

"In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.…"

Replay, by Sharon Creech.

"Leo's papa stood in the doorway, gazing down at him. "Leo, you make gold from pebbles," and the way he said it, Leo could tell that this was a good thing. He may have been given a bit part in the school play ... but Leo dreams he is the biggest star on Broadway.
Sure, his big, noisy family makes him feel like a sardine squashed in a tin ... but in his fantasy he gets all the attention he wants. Yes, his papa seems sad and distracted ... but Leo imagines him as a boy, tap-dancing and singing with delight.
That's why they call Leo "fog boy." He's always dreaming, always replaying things in his brain. He fantasizes about who he is in order to discover who he will become. As an actor in the school play, he is poised and ready for the curtain to open. But in the play that is his life, Leo is eager to discover what part will be his."

Seeing Redd, by Frank Beddor.

"Wonderland finally seems as if it's getting back to normal. Queen Alyss is back on the throne, and reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Dodge. But the fight for Wonderland is far from over. King Arch, in nearby Boarderland, is conniving to overthrow everything for which Alyss and her friends have fought so hard. Even worse, King Arch has found an ally in the recently returned Redd, who has been biding her time and gathering new and evil assassins in the Catacombs of Paris. With enemies circling and danger looming, someone close to Alyss lets her down—and threatens the future of Wonderland forever."

Blog Hop!(:

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is:

How many books do you have in you TBR pile?

I'm not sure actually! I don't really count, but probably around....thirty? It's really hard to find time to read during the last three weeks of school, everything gets to busy(:

But summer starts soon, and I can't wait!

Thank you so much for hopping by!:D

June 16, 2011

Giveaway Updates!(:

For anyone of you, who don't know, I'm currently hosting two giveaways! Make sure to stop by and enter them, if you haven't yet(:

50 Follower Giveaway!
~Win one of three prize packs
~Ends June 30

Keeper Giveaway!
~Win a ARC of Keeper.
~Also ends on June 30

Waiting On Wednesday #11

Sorry this post is late, (and I know you've been hearing this excuse from everyone) but I just finished my last final today, so no more studying for meee!(:

This week's book I've been waiting for is...

Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare!

Release Date: December 6, 2011.


"The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood.
In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever."

What are you waiting for?(;

June 14, 2011

Short Story Review #1

In my last mailbox, I received Kiss Me Deadly 13 Tales of Paranormal Love. This book basically consists of 13 short paranormal love stories. Not sure how to review this book, I figured I'd just do a quick and short review of each little story(:

Title: The Assassin's Apprentice.
Author: Michelle Zink.

My Opinion:
When I first started off, I was pretty confused, but that usually happens whenever I read short stories, because it jumps right in.

First meeting Rose, she seeking revenge for her murdered parents. The story starts right when Rose is about to attack their murderer, with a blade in her hand. But than someone interrupts her thinking, his name is Asher.

Does Rose trust him, when he says he'll help her seek revenge? Will they be together forever, or will Ashler leave, like all Assassin Apprentices do?

I really enjoyed it. I found myself wanting more, and even being upset that it was only thirty pages long(:

Teaser Tuesday #12: The Sky is Everywhere.

This week's Teaser Tuesday features, The Sky is Everywhere! I'm half way through and loving it so far(:
Here's my teasers!

#1.)"Toby, who touched my breasts and let's not forget put his hand down my pants too, opens the door, walks tentatively across the room and sits on Bailey's bed."

#2.)"When I wear her clothes, I just feel safer, like she's whispering in my ear."

Tease me? Leave your link, I would love to check out your blog!:D

June 13, 2011

Book Review #27: The Prince of Mist

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz ZafónTitle: The Prince of Mist.
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafron.
Format: Paperback
Series: Yes, #2 The Midnight Palace.
Publisher: Little Brown.
Published Date: May 4, 2010.


"A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret...
It's wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village. But from the minute they cross the threshold of their new home, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.
With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever."

Cover: 5/5
Everything that's on the cover really ties in well with the story; the ocean, the lighthouse and obviously the ghost. The title is written in SHINY words. The cover kind of looks creepy and matches the story well(:


My favorite would have to be Irina, the youngest sister. She just reminds me of myself, the love she has for animals, and the way she doesn't care what others say or think. *SPOILER ALERT* Irina isn't in much of the story, because she gets hurting, being pushed down the stairs. But what I did see of her, I loved it!

Least Favorite:
I can't really say I didn't like anybody in the story, but at the being of the book, Alicia did seem kind of mean. When Irina saw the homeless cat, and wanted to keep it, Alicia kept saying things like, you always let her have what she wants, say no, that cat is gross. She just wasn't very nice, but throughout the story I grew to love her. And Alicia is now my second favorite in this book(:

Story Line:
When first meeting the Carver family, they live in the city. The father doesn't want his family to be harmed by the war going on around them, so he decides to move. After moving in the small and trashed beach house, Max (the main character) learns a lot about the house and the small towns past.

In their house used to live a couple, who always kept to themselves. When they had a baby boy, everything changed; they became part of the community.

After the harsh "death" of their son, they decided to leave the beach house and move. Leaving nothing behind bad memories.

Throughout the story Max, and his two little sisters have very odd experiences. Not sure if it's just a couple of coincidences, or something paranormal. Who is the Prince of Mist? Is Roland, who he says and thinks he is? Will everything ever go back to normal?

Well I can't tell you, you'll just have to read the book(;

Everything That Happened This Week!

I know its Monday, and it's the beginning of the week. School's almost out (if not already, for some of you lucky ducks!), finals are going on and it's crunch time. I won't be surprised if I find a couple of gray hairs.
Anyways, here's another addition of "Everything That Happened This Week", which is just a quick post or "meme", showing you everything I blogged about that past week. Giving the lonely posts who didn't receive a comment, have another chance(:
So yes! It is okay to press one of these lovely links below. But leaving a comment would be even better aha(;


Faking 19 Review


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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic rest of a Monday!:D

June 12, 2011

WTB (What The Book?) #10

The Book I Finished This Week:

Faking 19, by Alyson Noel.

My REVIEW is already posted! But I would like to say just a few quick words. This was a very light read, something you can take to the beach, or out in your backyard when you don't live near a beach (like me!). The book isn't very long, and I finished it in about a day and a half(:
If you haven't read it, I strongly recommend it!

The Book I Started:

(And almost finished) The Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

I only have five chapters left! I don't want to say anything, because I plan on posting a review, either later tonight or tomorrow when I get home from school!(:

June 11, 2011

In My Mailbox #10

Why is making a video, editing, and posting it have to be SO hard? Ugh, today's just not a good day! I guess, I just have to stick with, typing my IMMs for a while longer, til I get this technical stuff figured out.

This week I received a total of five books! I'm very excited to show you guys(:

Barnes and Noble

Born at Midnight, by C.C. Hunter

"Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. "

Used Book Store

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

"Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list."

The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell.

"A teen prequel to "Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaires" is the story of how small-town girl Carrie Bradshaw becomes "the" Carrie Bradshaw.The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything."


Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer.

"A first-time novelist has written a compulsively readable and remarkable romantic adventure--a sensual debut filled with teen wolves, dangerous battles, and forbidden love.Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?"

Kiss Me Deadly, by many authors!

"Telep has organized some of the greatest and most thrilling tales of paranormal paramours for a collection of stories that includes werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and fallen angels.If you can possibly thirst for more mysterious metaphysical accounts of love, Trisha Telep has organized some of the greatest and most thrilling tales of paranormal paramours sinceThe Eternal Kiss. She presents the acclaimed literary talent of thirteen unique authors, creating a collection of stories that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of every soul who dares to read them. Werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and fallen angels drive the plot of these riveting romances.Kiss Me Deadlyincludes the exceptional writings of several authors, including:• Sarah Rees Brennan (faeries)• Becca Fitzpatrick (angels)• Caitlin Kittredge (witches)• Karen Mahoney (vampires: sequel to story fromThe Eternal Kiss)• Daniel Marks (ghost kids)• Justine Musk (sorcerers)• Diana Peterfreund (unicorns)• Michelle Rowen (demons)• Carrie Ryan (zombies)• Maggie Stiefvater (werewolves)• Rachel Vincent (banshees)• Daniel Waters (zombies)• Michelle Zink (gothic ghosts)"

June 09, 2011

Book Review and Interview: Keeper! (GIVEAWAY included!) CLOSED!

Welcome to Turning Pages, today is a very exciting day for me (and hopefully you guys too!). About three days ago, when I check my blog I noticed I had over 100 followers! Since my 50 follower giveaway is still going on, I don't want to interrupt it with another huge giveaway:/

But trust me! We will definitely celebrate 200 followers!:D

Not only does this post include my review, but also my very first interview with a author! How freaking awesome is that? Since I had so much fun reading this book and interviewing Kathi, I just want to spread the love and giveaway my copy of Keeper to one of you guys!

Let's get started with our interview...

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book?

I grew up in Houston, but my grandmother lived in Galveston and I spent quite a bit of time there with her, so Galveston was like my second home when I was a child. I have a deep love for the Texas coast, so I kne
w that I wanted to write a book set there.

What influenced you to write children's books?

The experience of reading to my own children lead me to try my hand at writing them. As a young mother, I became enchanted with the really wonderful books that I was sharing with them and so embarked upon my writing journey. My kids are now grown up, and I'm happy to say that they still love children's books.

Do you ever plan on writing YA, or Adult novels?

I have written for YA's. I have a collection of short stories called KISSING TENNESSEE, a collection of poetry called POEMS FROM HOME ROOM, and a memoir called MY FATHER'S SUMMERS that are all written for young adults. And I also truly believe that KEEPER can hold its own with young adults--there's romance, danger, longing, a very young teenage mom, a gay relationship--all of which gives it a place among teens.

As for writing for adults, I think that every children's book has to appeal to adults too. Aside from that, however, I don't know if I'll ever write in that category. Not sure. Maybe.

When writing this book did you know where it was going, or did it come to you as you were writing?

It did take me a while to figure out where I was going. In early drafts, I actually wrote the ending first and it took a long time before I realized, oh, this is the end, not the beginning. That was helpful, but it was also a sidetrack.

You chose to have the story take place on a beach and ocean setting, why?

I've always loved the beach, and also loved mermaids. For years I've wanted to write a mermaid story. Where else to put it but the beach?

What was the biggest obstacle you had to over come when writing Keeper?

With every book I write, the big obstacle for me is always overcoming my own insecurities, believing that the story at hand has worth, relying upon the process of writing to get me there. I'm also a big procrastinator. I can find a million other things to do except write.

The story talks a lot about crab gumbo, is this your favorite dish? (Do you recommend I should try it?)

I do love crab gumbo. But I think I love chicken and sausage gumbo better. Yes, try a bowl of gumbo. It's all delicious.

The characters in Keeper have many different names, BD (Best Dog), Too, Dogie, what made you choose these names?

BD was the name of my
grandmother's dog, only his name stood for Bird Dog. I changed it slightly to Best Dog, and when I created Too, I thought, "he's a Best Dog too," thus Too's name.

I named Dogie after an old television show called "Rawhide." It was a western and they had a them song that went "keep them dogies rollin'." I thought, my character is rollin' in his bus, so I named him Dogie.

Are any of the characters based off of real people? (or animals?)

BD and Captain are based upon my grandmother's dog and a seagull that she rescued when it crashed into her kitchen window one night after a storm. Signe actually reminds me a lot of my own mother who was also a teenager when she became a mom. The rest of the characters are pretty much made up.

If you had the chance to meet any famous person, who would it be? Why?

I would love to meet President Obama. I think it would be great to talk to him about his own children's books, but also I would like to urge him to be brave and stand his ground.

Where do you prefer to write?

I love sitting at my desk, in my own studio. I can write pretty much anywhere, but home is where I do my best work.

Besides writing what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy going to plays and movies, reading, going out to hear music. I like to travel too, especially when I'm with a friend or family.

If you could have any super power what would it be?

I wish I could be JOB WOMAN. My power would be to find a great job for everyone, a job that they truly loved and that paid well. That would be my super power.

And lastly do you have more books out or in the works?

I have a whole list of projects that I hope to get through before my last day here on earth, which I hope is a lot of years away.

Thanks so much for these smart questions.

Title: Keeper
Author: Kathi Appelt
Format: ARC
Series: Nope
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Published Date: May 2010


"To ten-year-old Keeper, this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong...and so much has gone wrong. But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where she is headed — in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain.

When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and maybe the sandbar won't sparkle with mermaids and maybe — Oh, no..."Maybe" is just too difficult to bear. Kathi Appelt follows up to her New York Times bestseller,The Underneath, with a tale that will pull right at your very core — stronger than moon currents — capturing the crash and echo of the waves and the dark magic of the ocean."

Cover Opinion: 4/5

I loved the cover, everything from the cover ties in with the story! Also throughout the book there are different pictures (probably because its a children's book!), which I really enjoyed looking at(:



I can easily say I loved most of the characters in this book! I thought the animals were very cute, Too (Dogie's little pup) can tell if theirs a storm coming. BD, is Meggie's loyal sidekick, and Captain is a cute and very hungry (his favorite food is watermelon) seagull!


I don't hate Signe, but how can you leave a ten year old home alone, even if its only thirty minutes? I mean, you live right on the beach, she could go out there and drown. I really like that Signe took care of Meggie when her mom left, but still why could Meggie just quickly come to the store with her?

Story line: 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick and easy read. When I first started I was a little confused, because it started backwards. Instead of starting at the beginning, it began where Meggie was waiting for the water to rise, so she can untie the boat. And every chapter would switch back from her telling what happened to Meggie waiting for the moon to show, so she can get the boat.

Besides that I had a lot of fun reading, and would really love to read another Appelt book(:

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June 07, 2011

Book Review #25: Faking 19

Title: Faking 19.
Author: Alyson Noel.
Format: Paperback.
Series: Nope.
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin.
Published Date: February 15, 2011.



"On the surface, seventeen-year-old Alex has it made. She’s beautiful and smart, plus she’s best friends with M, the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fancy Orange County suburban town, Alex and M decide to check out L.A.’s glitzy nightlife scene.
Pretending to be nineteen, Alex and M meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first Alex can’t believe her luck—she gets to hang out at hip Hollywood house parties and downtown L.A. clubs. These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior-year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom.
But after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to re-evaluate her friendship with M, who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior…"

Cover Opinion: 4/5
I think it's a very pretty cover! But when I see sand, I automatically think beach, ocean and summer, which doesn't happen in this book. So that threw me off a little.
But besides that the car and the font used to write "Faking 19" is cute(:


Alex! Hands down, no questions asked. You see her grow A LOT through out the book. At the beginning Alex shows how much she doesn't care about school, even when she finds out that she has lost all of her scholarships and her GPA might be to low to get into college, she still doesn't care. Alex was more worried about her relationship with her friends (M, Conner, her mom, etc).

When she finally realizes that these friendships aren't healthy for her, Alex starts doing homework again, begins to study, "tries" to forget about Conner, and rebuilds her relationship with her mother. *SPOILER ALERT!* When Alex receives the scholarship for her writing, it proves to everyone that if you missed up, no matter how bad, and you try hard enough, you can always make things better.

Alex's dad is the worst character in this book! Even though his barely even in the story, he's just a big fat jerk. I don't know what else to call him besides that! He has so much money, but instead of paying his own daughter's college he decides to go get married. People like that amaze me, why would you pick some other person over your own child's future?

Story Line: 5/5
There was no real conflict in this book (which is okay), Alex just learns and sees what been in front of her the whole time. So what if she's not rich and her dad bailed out on them? She still has a loving mother, who's trying to make the best of things and a sister who's in college. Alex learns that M (her former best friend) isn't exactly the kind of person she wants to be around.
I really enjoyed the story! I loved it and recommend you to read it, its definitely in my top 5. Honestly, next time I go book shopping, I'll make sure to pick up another Alyson Noel novel:D

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Teaser Tuesday #11: Faking 19


This week's teaser will be on Faking 19, by Alyson Noel, which I just finished last night! It was a really fun and easy read, but a more detailed review will be posted later on tonight(:

#1.) "When I wake up the next morning, Conner has his arms wrapped tightly around me and I can feel his warm breath on the back of my neck, and I close my eyes and think how glad I am that I held out so that he was my first."

#2.) "And right when I'm about to tell her that I don't consider this quality time, her friend comes back and she totally ignores me again."

June 04, 2011

In My Mailbox #9

In my mail box time!!!:D
Recently I found this FANTASTIC used local book store, that sells books that are basically BRAND SPANKING NEW! So I decided on, going there from now on, instead of Barnes and Nobles; which can be a bit pricey.

Last week I received a lot of books, which means this week I was broke and only purchased three. But who cares? Their awesome and I'm super pumped to crack them open and start reading(:

Matched, by Ally Condie.

"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow."

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins.

"Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge."

City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare.

"To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

What did you get in your mail box this week?:D

WTB (What The Book?) #9

WTB? Simply stands for, What The Book? I host this meme, but anyone can just join in!(: If you do, please leave your link in the comments I would love to read your WTB.

~State the most recent book you've finished or the best book you've read of that week, did you like it? Why or why not?
~You could add a small summary and a picture.
~If you have a review of it, you could also post the link.
~NO spoilers, please!(:
~What book do you plan on reading next, or currently reading?
~Again adding a summary and picture are optional.
~Let us know when or if a review will be up.
~Just copy and paste these rules and the picture above, and make your own WTB?.

So I haven't done WTB in a while, so instead of sitting around here bored, I figured why not!?(:

Finished Book: Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater.


"In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget."

My Review!

Started Book: Keeper by Kathi Appelt.


"To ten-year-old Keeper, this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong...and so much has gone wrong. But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where she is headed — in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain.
When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and maybe the sandbar won't sparkle with mermaids and maybe — Oh, no..."Maybe" is just too difficult to bear. Kathi Appelt follows up to her New York Times bestseller, The Underneath, with a tale that will pull right at your very core — stronger than moon currents — capturing the crash and echo of the waves and the dark magic of the ocean."

Review interview and giveaway will posted later on this weekend!:D