August 31, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #21


Title: Faking Faith
Author: Josie Bloss

Summary:

"After a humiliating "sexting" incident involving a hot and popular senior, seventeen-year-old Dylan has become a social outcast—harassed, ignored, and estranged from her two best friends.
When Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls, she's fascinated by their old-fashioned conversation themes, like practicing submission to one's future husband. Blogging as Faith, her devout alter ego, Dylan befriends Abigail, the group's queen bee. But growing closer to Abigail (and her intriguing older brother) forces Dylan to choose: keep living a lie or come clean and face the consequences."


Publishing Date: November 8, 2011.

August 30, 2011

Giveaway: Win one of three (e-book) copies of Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire!!!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to another giveaway here at Turning Pages! What's up for grabs this time you may ask (if you only read the "Giveaway" part of the title), well you could win one of three e-book copies of Welcome to the Spire; the first book in the Rian of the Elves series!

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Book Review #45: Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire

Title: Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire.
Author: Erin Hassinger.
Format: E-book.
Source: Author (Review Copy)
Series: Rian of the Elves #1.
Publisher: Indie.
Published Date: August 2011.

Summary:

"What if the person you loved more than anyone found it too hard to share their darkest secret? Samuel Mangus quickly discovers that his dad has had a pretty good reason to keep his hidden. A powerful Elf, Aubrey Mangus chose to leave his homeland long ago, taking nothing along besides his most prized possession--a mortal son.

For fourteen years, Sam’s life couldn’t have been more pleasingly plain. Yet, the last day of school was anything but that. His teacher sends a gift home to his handsome father, while he’s just had a conversation with a talking bird named Justus Sneeble. Worse than that, the Sneeble claims he’s come to warn him of something. Sam hopes he’s imagined the meeting, but once home is greeted by an evil creature called Recene. What happens next is too much to believe.

In Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire, Sam meets new friends, each of them a different breed, each born with extraordinary gifts of their own. The Guild they form will be unprecedented and each has the honest intention of helping him succeed. Their Spire is the most magical place he’s ever been. So why is it that no one can tell him what lies beyond the plain, wooden door atop the Anteroom’s stairs? Oddly enough, Sam finds it more mesmerizing than anything else there. In the end, the answer is nearly heartbreaking and Sam must face the ultimate test of bravery and goodness on his own."


Cover:

Erin Hassinger (a.k.a. the author) herself actually designed it. I think she did a amazing job! Every element within this cover, ties well into the story. Just looking at it, you could guess what it might be about!

My favorite part though has to be the font used to write out the title. It looks very out of this world, just like the story itself(:

Characters-

Honestly in this book I didn't have a favorite or least favorite character. Every single person was interesting in their own way; whither it was their past, their breed, or the powers they possessed.

Once Sam (the main character) is brought to the Spire (his soon to be home) he meets a ton of new people. Sam even becomes close friends with a hummingbird name Justus, who is appointed his Protector. He also becomes friends with Leo, a half Mangus elf and half mortal who helps him through some dangerous times, but also Emmett, Laurel and a few others too!

Again I really like all of the characters, their powers, the different breeds, and how they interacted with one another(:

Story Line:

At the beginning of the book, you would never know Sam would be the Rian of the Elves. He's just a fourteen year boy, who doesn't really have friends or fits in at school. But when his dad finally comes out with the truth after being attack by a mythical creature (a Recene), Sam learns about a whole new world, and a whole new life he should be living.

Aubrey (Sam's dad), takes him to this new place, called the Spire. Many different creatures, from Faeries, Elders, Hags, Enchantus', Elves to tons of other mystical creatures live within this world.

I had a great time reading this book, even though I don't really enjoy staring into a computer screen for hours. I would recommend Welcome to the Spire, if your looking for something new, that doesn't have star crossed lovers or romance in it, but is filled to the brim with action!

Teaser Tuesday #21: Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire

Hey, and welcome to another Teaser Tuesday! Today is going to be an exciting day! Yesterday, if you've been keeping up with my posts (I have two or three a day, so that's pretty much impossible) than you should have already meet Erin Hassinger through my author interview(:

So here's a sneak peek of her AWESOME book!:D

1.) "Then they waited. Each and every eye in the room was directed at Sam's pale face. His hair was white and he looked painfully thin."

2.)"There was am ample coating of green pond slime covering just about everything he could manage to see. The only thing light was coming from the glow of Justus' necklace and the very dim cave behind him."

August 29, 2011

Author Interview: Erin Hassinger

Hey everyone,

Today it's not just me, we also have a special guest! Welcome to Turning Pages, Erin Hassinger (author of Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire), please give a warm welcome!

First of all could you tell us a little about yourself and your book?

I've always enjoyed magical stories. And while I love reading them, writing one was much more fun. It was “anything goes” in my mind and I really had a great time putting the story together.

I love art and books and people. Sadly, I think my favorite food is chocolate. I’m in love with my kids and my family. I’m a mom of a six-year-old boy and two-year-old twins. There's a ton of twins in my book. I wrote the majority of it while in the hospital on bedrest for the twins, so their influence is definitely present.

The book tells the story of Samuel Mangus, a part-Elfin boy who is thrown into another world. In the opening, he meets a Sneeble named Justus, who can be both a hummingbird or transform into a boy. Although Sneebles don’t usually speak to humans, Justus intentionally seeks Sam out in the forest one morning in the hope of providing Sam with protection from the horrible Recenes who will come to challenge him. From there, the story moves pretty fast, and Sam finds that every new kid he meets is from a different, magical breed with different abilities and gifts. The further along I got, the more in love with the story I became. I knew it had to have a strong ending--something with purpose--so that people wouldn't get the “that’s it?” feeling at the end of it all. (I hate that feeling.) So, it did take me a bit longer to write and fine tune the ending. But I think what I ended up with is just what I wanted.


Here are some short questions to warm you up!

Reading or Writing?

I love both.

Books First or Movie?

I prefer books (that is, unless we’re talking about The Hobbit, Harry Potter or something as equally visual). For those, I love seeing it translated to the screen just as much as reading the books.

Coffee or Hot Cocoa ?

Coffee in the morning. Hot cocoa at night.

Candy or Chocolate?

Chocolate.

Cats or Dogs?

They’re both great. But I do have a soft spot for big, sloppy dogs. I think that’s why the Welkhound showed up in my book.

Here are some short answer questions!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?


I paint and sketch a lot. I illustrated the cover art for the book as well. My husband suggested I post some of the unused character drawings on my blog for people to see, so I’ll be doing that pretty soon. Because I’ve gotten the most questions about him, the first will probably be Justus the Sneeble.

If you could have any super powers, what would they be?

I’m not sure about super powers, unless there’s one that’ll do my laundry. My sister and I agreed that the "cleaning doors" in my book would be dreamy.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A singer, but I can’t sing.

What made you decide to become a author?

The story.

How did you decide on writing Young Adult?

The story was young adult, so I just took it from there.

Where do you prefer to write? Outside? In an office?

In an office.

When writing this book, what obstacles did you have to overcome?

Physically, I was about to burst from being pregnant with twins and typed the first half while using my stomach as a table. As far as the story went, I think fact checking was the hardest. A lot of googling took place. I didn't want to use creatures or words that people have ever heard of, so I made my own and that took a while.

Are any of the characters in Rian of the Elves: Welcome to the Spire based of off real people?

Some are. Sam reminds me of my nephew. Laurel is a combination of my nieces. Justus and Emmett are my husband and brother (and my dad, my mom, my best friend. . .the list goes on and on).

When writing this book, did you know where it was going? Or did it come to you while writing?

A little of both, I think.

When is your book coming out in paper?

Right now, it’s an Indie on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble. An iBook is coming soon, but I can’t really say if we’ll do a print book.

Do you plan to write and publish more books? Is something already in the works?

I do. There are three books in the Rian of the Elves series. I'm currently finishing Book Two. To thank all the bloggers who've asked to read and review it, we’ll be selling it for .99 for a few weeks so their readers can have a chance to read it, too.

And again, thanks to you and everyone who has shown interest in the story. It really is great to hear from you all!

Thank you so much for stopping by Erin, and answering all of our questions! I really enjoyed your book and can't wait to finish reading the rest of the series.

Everything That Happened This Week!



Monday:

Everything That Happened Last Week

Tuesday:

Teaser Tuesday
Book Review: But I Love Him

Wednesday:

Beyond the Magic: J.K. Rowling Story
Gripped Into Book 1000 Follower Giveaway!
Waiting On Wednesday

Thursday & Friday:

None:/

Saturday:

What's Coming Next Week?

Sunday:

In My Mailbox
Book Review: Cryer's Cross

August 28, 2011

Book Review #44: Cryer's Cross

Title: Cryer's Cross.
Author: Lisa McMann.
Format: Audio Book.
Pages: 5 1/2 hours.
Series: Nope.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster.
Published Date: February 8, 2011.

Summary:

"Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer's Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.
But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.
Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried...."


Cover:

Just looking at the cover, it gives me the creeps. I'm not exactly one for scary books or movies, but I really enjoyed Lisa McMann's Wake (another series, which I need to finish).

Characters-

Favorite:

Jacian, my favorite (cute!) soccer player! First getting to know him, he comes across as a total jerk. Which is very understandable, since he was forced to move to the small town of Cryer's Cross, away from his girl and friends, his high school, and the shot of playing in front of scouts.

Through out the story, Jacian changes. Instead of having that hard and rough exterior, he opens up and becomes really sweet (especially when he starts having feelings for Kendall!).

Least Favorite:

In Lisa McMann's Cryer's Cross, I don't think I have a least favorite character.

Kendall the main character, seemed really sweet! Jacian, was a cutie! Nico, seemed really nice, even though I really could of have done without the whole, "Baby, I love you....I'll never stop lovin you baby...!". It was a little awkward for me.

But I did kind of wish Kendall also had a best girlfriend, instead of just Nico. Someone she could lean on and have girl talk with!(:

Story Line:

I don't know if you guys have ever noticed, but most scary books or movies take place in small and out of the way towns (Wax House, Cryer's Cross, I Spit on Your Grave, Straw Dogs, etc)...where no one will or would ever know what REALLY happened.

So yeah...just wanted to point that out.

Cryer's Cross, takes place in a the small town (duh) of, you guessed it Cryer's Cross!! This small town and it's people have just been through a lot, a senior from Kendall's high school went missing a few months back.

No body was ever found, and people went back to their normal life (well as best as they could). *SPOILER ALERT!* When Nico, Kendall's best guy friend (and some what boyfriend), also goes missing, the town starts taking safety precautions.

No teenagers can be out late, and are assigned to a partner; who they will always have to be with, going to school and back home. When Kendall is assigned to Jacian, (a.k.a the jerk and soccer player) she gets to know and learn more about him.

I really enjoyed this book! Even though I would listen to it, while driving my car it still gave me that creep factor. (Thank goodness, I didn't listen to it at night!)

If you enjoyed Lisa McMann's Wake series, you LOVE Cryer's Cross!:D

August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox #21 (Vlog)



I Am Number, Pittacus Lore.

"We may be walking past you right now.
We are watching as you read this.
We may be in your city, your town.
We are living anonymously.
We are waiting for the day when
We will find each other.
We will make our last stand together—if
We win,
We are saved, and
You are saved as well.
If we lose, all is lost."


Firelight, by Sophie Jordan.

"A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide."


Fat Vampire, by Adam Rex.

"Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it's just not the same.
Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her—hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated—it's not as easy as studying Dracula. Especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. . . ."


I Like Him, He Likes Her, by Phyllis Reynold Naylor.

"Find a Penny pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck…except, of course, if that Penny is charming and pretty and funny, and the person picking her up just happens to be your boyfriend. Alice McKinley’s freshman year is not as “lucky” as she was hoping it would be. But she’s is trying to look on the bright side. There are worse things than being single for a semester… for a school year…for the whole summer…. At least Alice can count on her best friends for support—in theory, anyway. Lately they haven’t been all that there-for-her. In fact, it seems like Pam and Liz are suddenly involved in intense, secret conversations whenever Alice is around.
Single is starting to feel a whole lot like solo."


The Morganville Vampire (Volume #1)

"Morganville is a small college town in the heart of Texas-not a place that exactly screams "hotbed of creatures of the night". But college freshman Claire Danvers is about to discover why, in Morganville, you should never, ever stay out after dark...
Glass Houses
College freshman Claire Danvers moves off campus and into an old house in the small town of Morganville. Her new roommates have her back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...
The Dead Girls' Dance
Claire may have a great roommate and a new boyfriend, but when she's invited to the Dead Girls' Dance all hell breaks loose-literally. Because this time, the living and the dead are ready to tear up the night..."

Whats Coming Next Week? #1

Paperback:

Alice in Charge by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Paperback)
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (Paperback)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (Pape
rback)
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
(Paperback)
Soul Thief (Demon Trappers Series) by Jana Oliver (Paperback)

Hardback:
The Gray Wolf Throne (The Seven Realms Series #3) by Cinda Williams Chima
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Underdogs by Markus Zusak
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

New Covers:

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Paperback)
Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Paperback)
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Paperback)

August 25, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #20


Title: The Pledge.
Author: Kimberly Derting.
Summary:

"In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom…."

Publishing Date: November 15, 2011.

Gripped into Books's 1000 follower giveaway!



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August 24, 2011

Book Review #43: But I Love Him


Title: But I Love Him.
Author: Amanda Grace.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 245.
Series: Nope.
Publisher: Flux.
Published Date: May 2011.
Buy: Amazon

Summary:

"Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he'll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.
It's too bad I didn't keep any pieces for myself.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved - and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything - and everyone - in its path."


Cover:

Looking at this cover, I automatically think Twenty Boy Summer. The difference is I like this cover better! It has a soft velvety feel, and the black background makes the cover look SUPER clean and neat. I like that the cover doesn't have too much going, and isn't too overpowering.

Characters-

Favorite:

Ann, the main character has to be my favorite, even though I wanted to punch her every time she forgave Conner for hitting her (Ironic? Ops!). Ann just seemed like someone I would want to hangout with and want to help her.

All she wanted, like any other girl, was have that perfect fairy tale romance.

Least Favorite:

Would have to be Conner. He always talks about how bad he feels for his mom, and how he would never do that to Ann. But than he turns around and breaks her wrist or tries to punch her in the face.

Why wouldn't he just take his mom and leave?

Another thing that would irritate me, is how always feels sorry for himself; telling Ann to leave him, because she deserves better! If you really love her, why would you say that? Feeling sorry for yourself is NOT attractive!

Story Line:

If you've read any other reviews or book hauls, than you should already know that But I Love Him actually goes backwards. Chapter One starts with the present, with Ann laying on the floor pretty beat up. Than Chapter Two talks about what happened two days ago, than Chapter Three talks about what happens four days ago. Than the next chapter goes back to the present. Its a little confusing, but I really liked the format.

Conner has lived in a abusive environment his entire life; his dad abused and still does his mom. After getting out of school, getting a job, and earning his own money, Conner bought his own apartment.

While Ann, still lives with her mom, goes to high school, and enjoys running track.

Things seem to be going well for Conner, but not so well for Ann. Ann's mom, doesn't think very highly of Conner, and doesn't think Ann should be dating him. High school's almost over, anyways, so she decides to move out, to finally get away from the arguing; claiming Conner needed her more than her own mom did.

This book was amazing, and I would recommend it to any girl, women, wife, daughter and sister. I would love to read some more from Mandy (or Amanda), she's really funny and she has a great style in writing!(:

Beyond the Magic: The J.K. Rowling Story

Hey everyone,

I just finished this awesome movie, and wanted to share it with you (especially you, die hard Harry Potter fans!!!). This movie is about how J.K. Rowling became "J.K. Rowling", and how she came to write Harry Potter!

Comment down below and let me know what you think about it!:D













August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #20: But I Love Him



Welcome to this week's Teaser! I'll be reviewing But I Love Him today, so make sure to stop by later and check it out!

#1.)""I just wish she would leave him. Put out a restraining order. Change the locks. She'd be so much happier.""

#2.)"Conner is driving like an absolute lunatic. The way he snapped like this, the way he went from happy to absolutely crazy, is scaring me."

August 21, 2011

WINNER of my Kimberly Derting Swag giveaway!

Two signed posters (The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead), two signed bookmarks (The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead), and one unsigned sticker (Desires of the Dead) was up for grabs! Thank you everyone who entered, and I promise there will be a lot more giveaways coming soon.

I had a 126 entries!

.....But only 1 entry could win!...

......The wiiiiiinnnnner isssss........Jude H @ In Between Writing and Reading!

She has 48 hours to reply, if she doesn't another winner will be selected!:D

In My Mailbox #20 (VLOG)




Rules of Attraction, by Simone Elkeles.

"When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?"

Return to Paradise, by Simone Elkeles.

"Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.
Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.
But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them."


Demonglass, by Rachel Hawkins.

"Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.
That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.
Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.
But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?"


Blood Red Road, by Moira Young.

"Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization."

August 20, 2011

Books For Trade!!

Awesome books for trade! If your interested in trading, email me googirl94@gmail.com. My wishlist: HERE
*If you have a different book you would like to trade me, that isn't on the list, go ahead and email me anyways. I'll let you know if it's something I would like(:*

Hardback:

Eldest, by Christopher Paolini.
Undead and Uneasy, by MaryJanice Davidson.
Replay, by Sharon Creech.
The Keys to the Kingdom, Drowned Wednesday (Book 3), by Garth Nix.

Paperback:

Airhead, by Meg Cabot.
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffeneger.
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank.
Kiss Me Deadly, by Various Authors.
The Kiss, by Elda Minger.
The Keys to the Kingdom, Mister Monday (Book 1), by Garth Nix.
The Keys to the Kingdom, Grim Tuesday (Book 2), by Garth Nix.
The keys to the Kingdom, Sir Thursday (Book 4), By Garth Nix.
Pendragon, The Lost City of Fear (Book 2), by D.J. MacHale.
Pendragon, The Never War (Book 3), by D.J. MacHale.
Pendragon, The Reality Bug (Book 4), by D.J. MacHale.
Pendragon, Black Water (Book 5), by D.J. MacHale.
Pendragon, The Rivers of Zadaa (Book 6), by D.J. MacHale.

Book Review #42: Blood Red Road


Title: Blood Red Road.
Author: Moira Young.
Format: Audio Book/Hardback.
Pages: 9 CDs/459.
Series: Nope.
Publisher: McElderry Books.
Published Date: June 2011.
Source: Library/Barnes and Noble.
Buy: Amazon

Summary:

"Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization."


Cover:5/5

I love it! The more I look at it, the more my love grows for it! Before reading the book, you can guess what it might be about. A girl who has to travel alone through the desert? Who might be lost? Is she looking for something or someone? That's one thing about book covers, every element in the cover has to have a connection to the story.

The girl is Saba, the main character. She's on the search to save her twin brother Lugh. The dry land she's walking through may represent her home, where her family lives. Lastly the dust clouds, in the background, represent how her brother was kidnapped and how her journey began.

Characters-

Favorite:

I really enjoyed all of the characters and how they grow and developed through Blood Red Road. Even though you don't get to know a lot about Emmi and Lugh, they are definitely, my number one and two. Lugh just seems like the perfect older brother who wants to keep his sisters save.

While Emmi, is the youngest who feels like she has to prove something. The relationship between her and Saba grows tremendously, which was one the reasons I really enjoyed this book!

Least Favorite:

Before I say who my least favorite is, I just want to say I loved all of the characters in Blood Red Road! I don't hate Saba, but at times she wasn't my cup of tea!

I think the only thing that I dislike about Saba is the way she thinks. At the beginning of Blood Red Road, you find out how her mother passed away; during her little sister's birth. Instead of just letting it go and moving on Saba hates her little sister for it. She hates that Emmi is still alive, while her mom is dead. You can't blame someone who didn't have a choice of being born or not, for being the cause of your mother's death!? You just can't!

Later throughout the story, a group of close friends wants to help Saba save Lugh. But instead of sucking up her pride, she just keeps pushing everyone, who is willing to risk their life for her, away. Why won't you just accept help? Things would be a lot easier!

Story Line: 5/5

Saba and her family (her father, her twin brother and her little sister) have a lived their whole lives in Silverlake. I wouldn't be sure if you could call it a lake anymore, since it's just a dry wasteland, which frequently hosts dust storms.

After a recent dust storm, which wasn't a dust storm at all. Lugh, Saba's twin brother is dragged away by their closest neighbor (which they only see every two months), and few other men on horses. Men, who also shot her father, now losing everyone (in Saba's eyes), she had to get Lugh back. This marking the beginning of Saba's long journey, to save her not only her twin brother but also her best friend.

With only her little sister left, Saba decides to bring Emmi to her mom's closest friend. Saba doesn't want to drag Emmi a.k.a. the supposed cause of her mother's death behind her; only causing her to slow down and waste more time.

After walking through dry land, being kidnapped, becoming a cage fighter, a slave, and various other things, Saba becomes attached to Emmi. She's the only person left that Saba has. She changes her ways of thinking, and finally realizes that it wasn't Emmi's fault her mom passed away; she was only a baby.

I had a blast reading Blood Red Road, it's a book that I could read over and over again! I really like the different characters you get to meet, and how they and their relationships with each other develop.

And who doesn't love a book with a strong female main character, who we all have to admit, kicks some serious butt!? I really enjoyed this book and want to read more of Moira Young's writing!

August 17, 2011

Last Day to Enter My Giveaway!



Last month on the seventh, my Kimberly Derting Swag Pack giveaway started! Its been a whole month, and it's ending tonight. If you haven't entered yet, now is your last chance!

Whats up for grabs?

-Two signed book posters.
-Two signed bookmarks.
-One (unsigned) Desires of the Dead sticker!

Check out the original post HERE!

Waiting On Wednesday #19

Title: Envy.
Author: Gregg Olsen
Summary:

"Murder is such a dirty word…
New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with EMPTY COFFIN, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.
Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

Based on the shocking true crime about cyber-bullying, Envy will take you to the edge--and push you right over."


Published Date: August 22, 2011.

Doesn't this cover look so creepy?! I'll have to read this in the mornings. But I'm so excited to get this book! I'm going to a book signing soon, and can't wait to meet Gregg Olsen(:

August 16, 2011

Book Review #41: Withering Tights


Title: Withering Tights.
Author: Louise Rennison.
Series: Yes.
Format: Hardback.
Pages: 288.
Publisher: HarperCollins.
Published Date: June 2011.
Source: Library.
Buy: Amazon

Summary:

"Wow. This is it. This is me growing up. On my own, going to Performing Arts College. This is good-bye, Tallulah, you long, gangly thing, and hellooooo, Lullah, star of stage.
Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. And some new mates. And maybe a boy or two or three.
The ticket to achieving these lofty goals? Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course. She's bound for the wilds of Yorkshire Dales—eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. Tallulah expects new friends, less parental interference, and lots of drama. Acting? Tights? Moors? Check, check, check.
What she doesn't expect is feeling like a tiny bat's barging around in her mouth when she has her first snog."


Cover: 5/5

Looking at this cover, I couldn't help but smile. It's so cute! The stocking textured background, the baby owl, and the legs wearing pink and black stockings.

I love covers like this. Every element in this picture actually has something to do with the story itself. I hate when I finish reading a book, and still have no clue how the cover ties in. Looking at the cover you could guess what the story actually may be about!

Characters-

Favorite:

Every single character in Withering Tights made me laugh, no matter if it was something they did, said or even thought. Talullah (also known as Georgia Nicolson's cousin, from Rennison's other series, ha!), has to be my favorite. Her insecurities about her knees and height was silly. No one besides yourself notices these microscopic things, you call imperfections. They make you who you are!

Talullah, would try to hide her knees from everyone, especially boys. To do this, she would wear tights, or really high stockings, which made me laugh. Talullah, is definitely my favorite person in this book.

Least Favorite:

I do have a least favorite character, but sadly I don't remember his name. I borrowed this book from the library and had to return (even though I really wanted to keep it!).

But he was one of three brother, who were all part of a rock band. Which in for them was awesome, because they could get more girls that way. Talullah, bumped into a few times throughout Withering Tights, catching him "snogging" with different girls, when she had her first kiss, and lastly in the barn with the baby owls.

Even though, we didn't get to know much about him, I really disliked him. I'm truly not sure why; maybe since I really liked Talullah, who didn't like him. He just doesn't seem like a guy I would want to be friends with, "snog" with, or even know.

Story Line:

Even though singing, acting and dancing aren't any of Talullah Casey's strengths she still on her way to Dother Hall (a school for the artistically talented), for a five week summer program. If you have a high enough score after those five weeks, you'll be able to come back for school.

When arriving, Talullah makes a group of girlfriends very easily (Flossie, Vaisey, Honey and Jo)! Besides worrying about their "corkers" growing, these girls are boy obsessed, and worried about getting their first kiss.

If you've read and enjoy Louise Rennison's other series, than you'll love Withering Tights too. It's not as funny, but I still have to admit I have a lot of fun reading it(:

August 14, 2011

Cute Picture!:D

I was just outside reading Beautiful Creatures, and these two little guys wouldn't leave me alone. Always bringing a toy, pulling on the leg of my jeans, or just staring up at me(:

I guess, I just wanted to share a cute picture I took today(:

(Mickey on the left, and Chico on the right)





In My Mailbox #19 (VLOG!)



Across the Universe, by Beth Revis (Thanks to Somer @bookbirdie.blogspot.com/)

"Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.
Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.
Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again."


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."


Evermore, by Alyson Noel

"Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . .
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies."


Blue Moon, by Alyson Noel

"Alyson’s Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive” “beautiful” “haunting” and “mesmerizing.” In the second installment, Ever can bring her family back from the dead—but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself.
Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.
Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day..."

August 13, 2011

Paradox: The Angels Are Here GIVEAWAY!



If you've been keeping up with my reviews lately, than you should already know that I just reviewed, Paradox book 1 The Angels Are Here.

Even though it left me questioning a lot of things and a bit confused, I still really want to read the second book. It has great potential and hopefully it will clear a lot of things up(:

Patti Roberts, the author of The Angels are here, was nice enough to let me host a giveaway for her! She gave me a paperback copy and three e-book copies, which means there will be FOUR winners!

-International
-Must be 13 years old
-Ends September 14

Of course, there's a ton of extra entry opportunities also! So make sure to enter!!:D

Fill out this, FORM!

Twitter!


Last week, while trying to log into Twitter, my heart sank down to my stomach. My account was deleted! I couldn't believe it, it must have been a mistake.

Today I took the time to make another account, and changing all the links on my blog, youtube and goodreads. I lost all of my tweets, my followers, and people I followed. I'm pretty much starting all over again with Twitter.

I just wanted to leave a quick post saying that I made a new account, and if you want to check it out here's my link!:D


AWESOME NEWS!!!:D

Hola Ya'll!:D

I have fantastic news, and I can't stop smiling!

A website called, Burn Bright, was recently looking for a teen book blogger and reviewer. Burn Bright is actually run by Aussie book author, Marianne de Pierres who wrote the books Burn Bright and the soon to be released Angel Arias.




They were hosting a contest, where any teen book blogger and reviewer could enter, and give a sample of their work. Thinking that I wouldn't win anyways, I finally got myself to enter, giving them a example of my Heist Society review. At the beginning of August they would pick the winner, but I actually received a email two weeks earlier, letting me know how much they like my work.

When August finally came along, I got another email. They chose me!? I couldn't believe my eyes, I would never have thought I could win! I was angry, that I was doubting myself and not remembering that anything is possible. But I did luckily enter, and they informed they really liked my personality!!(:

I've already written a staff page bio, an intro post, and my very first review. If you haven't checked out the website, you definitely should! Various different bloggers, are writing great reviews on awesome books(:

Nooo! Of course, I'm still going to blog everyday like crazy, here, on Turning Pages (it's my baby! I would never do that!), but this is such a huge opportunity for me, my future and even this blog!

My future plans are to become a professional book reviewer, or do something in the book world (besides becoming an author!), and making this blog six months ago was my way of working towards my goal!

This blog and reviewing for Burn Bright, are two huge steps into my future, and I'm so thankful! I love writing reviews, reading tons of books like a crazy women, meeting authors and other bloggers, and sharing what I love to do, with people that love doing it too. I would never give that up.

So thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read, leave a link below to your blog! I would love to check it out(:

August 11, 2011

Book Review #40: Tighter


Title: Tighter.
Author: Adele Griffin.
Format: Hardback.
Pages: 216.
Series: Nope.
Publisher: Random House.
Published Date: May 10, 2011.

Summary:

"When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple's tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl—and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie's connection to the couple so intense? What really happened last summer at Little Bly? As the secrets of the house wrap tighter and tighter around her, Jamie must navigate the increasingly blurred divide between the worlds of the living and the dead."

Cover Opinion: 4/5

The one thing I really liked about this cover is the creepy feeling it gives me whenever I look at it. Just the way the person looks, the way their hands are placed and the font used to write "Tighter", just seem scary.

Characters-

Favorite:

Even though he could be a bit annoying, I still have to pick Milo as my favorite person. He's Isa's fourteen year old brother, and claims to be a "badass".

I feel like he just kept things interesting, the way he teased Jamie about seeing ghosts, or always reminding her of the feeling when someone's watching you, and even calling her Jersey Girl.

Least Favorite:

I think my least favorite would have to be Jessie...yeah I know she's dead, and I don't know much about her. But what I do know, she seems like someone I would not want to meet or hang out with in person.

The only reason she babysat Isa, was so she could have parties and bring her boyfriend Peter over. Since Jessie's parents didn't approve of Peter, he was never allowed over to her house. When she did invite Peter over, she would lock up little Isa either into her room or a closet! What kind of person does that? I understand if you want to invite your boyfriend over once in a while, but still you can't just lock her up!

Story Line:

I LOVED this book! I usually don't like reading ghost books, but Tighter was A-Mazing! The only thing that bothered me, was all of the untied loose ends. I felt like the author was trying to finish the book and was in a rush. So it basically left me standing there with tons of questions.

But I had a great time reading Tighter, up to the last two chapters. If you haven't read any paranormal books, but really want to, I think Tighter would be the perfect book to start with.

August 10, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #18


Can't wait for this book to come out! I'm going to a book signing next month and Gabrielle Zevin will be there!:D

Title: All the Things I've Done
Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Summary:

"In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight—at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family."

Release Date: September 5, 2011.

New Bookshelf!?! Yaaay!

I first started this blog near the end of February, and now that it's August, I've been blogging for almost six months. That means, I have tons of reviews to write, and books that over fill my book shelf. My brother's going back to college in four days, and this year he decided to get rid of all of his old books and other things.

One man's trash is another girl's treasure!(:

He has tons of great books, which I don't think I'll be keeping.... Guess what that means?! Yes! Some will be added to my 250 follower giveaway, along with later giveaways, and the rest will be up for trades! I'll have another post up around the 15 of August, telling you what's up for trades and if you want any, just shoot me a email!(:

Here's a picture of my new book shelf!


EXPEDIT Bookcase, white Width: 58 5/8 " Depth: 15 3/8 " Height: 58 5/8 " Max load/shelf: 29 lb  Width: 149 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 149 cm Max load/shelf: 13 kg

August 08, 2011

Book Review #39: Paradox (The Angels Are Here)


Title: Paradox (The Angels Are Here).
Author: Patti Roberts.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 172.
Series: Yes, #1.
Publisher: Patti Roberts.
Published Date: June 14, 2011.

Summary:

"Paradox Series: Spanning over centuries to the present day, this is a story about love, loss and betrayal. The horrifying discovery that nothing is as it seems. When there is nowhere left to run & letting go is your only choice.

Nine hundred years ago, under the complete cover of darkness, the Grigorian army rose silently from their underground lair and attacked the Bulguardian Royal Palace. The bloody and violent battle between the two most legendary houses raged on. All but destroying the majestic Royal City of Altair.

It was not the first war that Juliette had endured between good and evil. And it most certainly would not be her last.

Today, A little girl's world is turned upside down by a visitor,the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat apart.

She eventually befriends the unusual little girl who moves in next door with captivating violet eyes and a profound knowledge of things that far exceeds her tender years.

A saga crossing over two worlds. Two souls being drawn precariously together over the centuries.

When your destiny has been written in blood, and you are left with one burning question. Is your Guardian Angel from Heaven or Hell?
"


Cover: 2/5

When starting my blog, I promised myself and my followers that I would always review books with my honest opinions, and if you've read my review policy it also states that I don't review books that I haven't finished or didn't like.

But in this case, there were things I really loved about this book and it's story line and things I thought were confusing!

So without further a do let's get started. The cover, I really like the idea of it. I'm confused about the heart, and the circle inside of it? I feel with a little more work this cover would be awesome.

If that heart was gone, if the actual title "The Angels Are Here" were bigger, and Paradox wouldn't be there I feel like the cover would be so much better. I love the forest in the background, it's creepy and dark.

I only gave this cover a two out of five, because it looks unfinished. The heart isn't edited in right, also the circle inside of it and the feather are very pixel-y.

Even though I rated this cover kind of low, I'm still interested in seeing the cover's of the rest of the series.

Characters-

Favorite:

In most books, you feel like you get to know the characters and become more familiar with them. But in The Angels Are Here, even after reading and finishing the book, I feel like the characters are strangers.

I feel like there are just so many loose ends that weren't tied, especially with Angela and her parents, Grace's father, officer Wade, and the people 1080 AD that you read about in the beginning and end of the book.

But I would have to pick Angela as my favorite character. Even though I don't know much about her, she seems smart and independent!(:

Least Favorite:

The people from 1080 AD. I'm not sure, but I think their all siblings. Abaddon, kisses his little sister Theria, they also have a older brother, who's soon marrying Pandora, who is at the end of the book naked with Abaddon, right before he has sex with Theria.

I felt like the relationship these people had, and all of these names were just really confusing. Everything went so fast!

Story Line:

When I first started reading this book, it started in 1080 AD, when you meet all of those characters I was telling you earlier about. I was so confused on who was who, and their relationships to each other. I felt like these characters should have been introduced a lot slower, and with more detail. Instead of only using one chapter to introduce five or six characters, it would have been better if it was stretched out within three or four chapters.

Then it goes to the future, and you meet a girl named Grace. I really like the middle part! I felt that the main idea of it was genius! But again a lot of details were left out, loose ends weren't tied and things became a bit confusing.

Grace, meets this new girl at school named Angela who she becomes best friends with. I really enjoyed reading and getting to know Angela, but again there wasn't much details on why she acted the way she did and what happened to her parents.

Throughout the middle of this book, Grace has visions or maybe even nightmares, where she becomes a different person. A different person, in a different time and location. Also I felt these "visions" were confusing and weren't really tied into the story.

The Angels Are Here, ended with the people from 1080 AD. Abaddon was just having sex with his brother's wife, when Theria, his little sister walked in. The story ended with them having sex.

My opinion on The Angels Are Here is that not only is it confusing but also too many ideas and things going on. Is it in the past? Or the present? There are too many characters, and Grace's visions don't connect to the story.

I felt a little over whelmed and kind of wanting more when I finished this book. If it were more organized, slower, more detailed, and everything made a bit more sense, I think this book would be A-Mazing.

The main idea of this book is great, but I feel that it wasn't interpreted very well:/

Even though, I'm not sure if I liked The Angels Are Here, I still want to read the second book. I want to see if everything makes more sense, and if things get better.

August 07, 2011

In My Mailbox #18 (VLOG!)



But I Love Him, by Amanda Grace.

"Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he'll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.
It's too bad I didn't keep any pieces for myself.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved - and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything - and everyone - in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong."


Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

"Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything."


Bumped, by Megan McCafferty.

"When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common."


Tighter, by Adele Griffin.

"When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple's tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl—and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie's connection to the couple so intense? What really happened last summer at Little Bly? As the secrets of the house wrap tighter and tighter around her, Jamie must navigate the increasingly blurred divide between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Brilliantly plotted, with startling twists, here is a thrilling page-turner from the award-winning Adele Griffin."

August 06, 2011

The Lying Game: Behind the Scenes!

Here are some awesome behind the scenes videos I found, talking about the book, the show and the fashion!:D

The Book!



The Show!



The Fashion!

Reminder to Enter My Giveaway!

The seventeenth of August is coming up quick, which marks the last day of my SWAG giveaway! If you haven't entered make sure to do so! Yes, it's international!!:D

You can win some signed SWAG from Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder and The Desires of the Dead!

Two signed posters.
Two signed bookmarks.
One unsigned sticker!


Make sure to check out my sidebar (on the top right), to go to the original post!!

August 05, 2011

Book Review #38: Pretty Little Liars


Title: Pretty Little Liars.
Author: Sara Shepard.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 286.
Series: yes, #1.
Publisher: Harper Teen.
Published Date: October 3, 2006.

Summary:

"Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors spencer, aria, emily, and hanna.
Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.
But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling."


Cover: 4/5

Two things I really love about the covers from this series; the bright colors, and the way they look standing in my bookshelf. Their simple, clean and very eye catching!

Characters-

Favorite:

My favorite character in Pretty Little Liars, has to be Spencer. I know how it feels always being in the shadow of your over-achieving older sibling, and always feeling like you have to do better than them and prove yourself.

Even though, Spencer is very different from me, she's the one that I can compare to the most. Not like Hanna, who has problems with the way she looks, or Aria who loves someone she shouldn't, or even Emily who doesn't want to swim anymore.

Least Favorite:

I don't think I have a least favorite character, but sometimes people in the story did things that would frustrate me, and make me want to grab their shoulders and shake some sense into them!

Like Hanna and her "diet"! Why would you do that to yourself? If you want to lose weight, so it the old fashion way, go running or swimming. I think if she would have done that instead of making herself throw up, she would be a lot healthier and more confident.

Not only Hanna's situation made me feel anger, but a couple of other things too. Like the way Spencer's older sister acted, and the way Hanna wanted sex from Sean (her boyfriend).

Story Line:

During the seventh grade, Alison, Hanna, Spencer, Aria and Emily were all best friends and inseparable. But when Alison disappeared that year everything changed for these girls; did their dirty little secrets disappear along with Alison?

After Alison vanished it almost seemed like Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily had nothing in common, and started to drift apart, each having their own friends.

When Junior year of high school approached and Aria just moved back from Iceland, weird things start to happen. Weird things besides Hanna causing herself to throw up, Emily falling for the new girl at school, Spencer trying to out do her sister, and Aria kissing her English teacher.

I had a lot of fun reading Pretty Little Liars, and I can't wait to re-read the rest of the series too. What I really like is how different the four main characters are! Any teenage girl can read this book and be able to compare with at least one of this girls!

If you haven't read this series, and you like lots and LOTS of drama, or you just really love the show you should definitely check out the books! They have so much more detail and drama(:

*Sorry about not having a video up, my webcam was acting weird this morning. But I'll try again later!*