Friday, February 26, 2010

Thirst No. 1 Book Review

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice by Christopher Pike

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
5000 years, 600 pages, and all I got was a lame book!  When I think of this book one word comes to mind. HORRIBLE! I really wanted to like it but I couldn't. Many of my friends read it and said how great it was but for me it just dragged on and on. It reminds me of how I had such a hard time finishing The Host by S. Meyer. I did like the idea of Sita because she sort of reminded me of Selene from Underworld just in the strength and kick ass abilities but the comparison ends there. Sita falls in love with everyone every 5 seconds. She couldn't stop talking about how beautiful she was and even spoke in the third person about herself. It was really weird and did I mention it was 600 pages? First her creator is after her, then a psycho, then the government, then she gives it all up. I would like to know what happens in the next book but I don't want to read all 600 pages to find out. It took me two months to read this book when it normally takes me 2-3 days. I do like vampire books but this was a total fail.

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*I would like to thank MamaSeal for proofing my blog for errors :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Release: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: March 2nd 2010

When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-Gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary.  But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard. Three powerful enemies who look like supermodels; a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock; a creepy, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect.  Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all prodigium, especially her.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Project 17 Review

Project 17 Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Project 17 is about six teens who sneak into an abandon asylum to film a documentary.  If not for this project these kids would never be friends.  The group consists of the bad boy, the two drama kids who are dating, the goth girl, the gorgeous but also smartest girl in school, and the class clown.  I liked the creepy atmosphere that Danvers State Hospital adds.  I also like that that nobody believes it’s haunted and everyone has their own agenda about the project.  While searching the rooms of Dvers they find a journal written by a girl who was hospitalized and eventually driven crazy by the hospital.  The journal along with the hauntings the group feels a connection to those patients.  After reading the journal they have to complete a task before leaving.  The event some how made the experience more personal.  The back of the book describes the story as Breakfast Club meets Blair witch and I agree that there are some similarities.  The book seems like it could be inspired by those two movies but as a child of the 80’s those are really high standards.  Overall I thought it was a fun story and I like the author. 

Favorite Character: Christine   

Favorite Part:  Greta sitting in the auditorium talking to Christy

Scariest Part:  The whispering Mimi heard in the kitchen.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shiver News

Linger Cover LargeIn 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.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Wild Zone

Feb. 23, 2010

One of my favorite suspense authors has a new book coming out. This is an adult novel and is usually told from a female point of view. I love the twist and turns she puts in her novels and some have been turned into tv movies such as The Other Woman, Don’t Cry Now, and See Jane Run.  I have read almost all of her books except the early ones that are really hard to find.

About the new book:

The Wild Zone
From New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Joy Fielding comes a pulse-racing story of a harmless bet gone deadly wrong.

This is how it starts. With a joke.

Two brothers - Will and Jeff - and their friend Tom are out one night at their favorite South Beach bar when they decide to make a bet on who can be the first to seduce a mysterious-looking young woman drinking by herself. Pretty, dark-haired, blue-eyed Suzy has an innocent - almost ordinary - girl-next-door way about her. "Just waiting for Prince Charming to hit on her," Jeff says.

But Suzy isn't as naive as she seems. And she has an agenda of her own. Soon another challenge is born, only this one proves to be lethal.

Dark secrets, hidden passions and a story filled with intrigue, The Wild Zone will keep you in suspense until the very last page is turned.

Sample Chapter: Joy Fielding's Website

Also B&N has a lot of her books on sale

Additional books by Joy Fielding:
Charley's Web
Mad River
Whispers and Lies
Grand Avenue
The First Time
Missing Pieces
Don't Cry Now
Tell Me No Secrets
See Jane Run
Good Intentions
The Deep End
Life Penalty
The Other Women
Kiss Mommy Goodbye 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mockingjay - The final book of The Hunger Games Trilogy

Release Date: 08.24.10

Today is an exciting day!!!! The cover and title of the third Hunger Games book by Suzanne Collins has been released. While Scholastic is not giving details about the story fans are still really excited about the cover news.

I am a little surprised that the book cover is such a light blue. Does the color of the covers hold some symbolism? Hunger Games was black and the book had an element of oppression also look at how the head of the mockingjay is down. Catching Fire was red and we saw the passion where people are fighting back against the government and the mockingjay is flying in a target like Katniss and Peeta. Now the Mockingjay  cover is a light blue so will this bring an element of peace?  I also like how the mockingjay is flying with it's wings out and it's flying up.  I guess we will find out in August.


So my questions are:

Who will Katniss end up with?

Will Suzanne Collins tour for this book?

Will there be a book trailer?

What is going on with the movie?

Hunger Games Website

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's your favorite Indie Bookstore?

I am working on a blog post featuring Indie Bookstores and want some help from you.  Tell me who is your favorite bookstores.  Leave a comment with a link to the site and you can be part of my new blog post.


 I love Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston because they always have great events.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Violet on the Runway Review

Violet on the Runway Violet on the Runway by Melissa C. Walker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I follow Melissa's blog so I was excited to see she wrote a book. Violet is a wallflower who feels awkward because she has always been tall and thin. She tries to blend in so she isn't noticed at school. Her inner circle consist of two friends Roger and Julie who she has known her whole life. Violet's life changes one day while working at the movie theater candy counter. A loud woman, Angela, walks in and wants Violet to come to New York to model. From then on Violet finds out becoming a model isn't everything she dreamed. She has to deal with the industry criticizing her and other models who hate her, and a guy who turns out to be a jerk. Through this Violet spirals a bit out of control before making a choice to either give up and go home or accept the business. Overall I thought it was a cute story.

Favorite Characters: Roger and Aunt Rita

Favorite part: When Violet gets a make over

Will I read more from this author: Yes!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Perfect Chemistry Book Review

Perfect Chemistry Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bad boy + Good Girl = Perfect Chemistry Brittany appears to be the perfect girl in high school. She is blond, blue eyes, rich, head of the pom squad and dates her Ken doll football player. Everyone in school considers her untouchable. Alejandro Fuentes on the other hand is in a gang, from the barrio, tattoo, and everyone in school fears him. Brittany and Alex never cross paths until they are assigned to be partners in Chemistry class. Neither wants to be partners and both think they have the other figured out. When Alex figures out Brittany isn't afraid of him he makes a bet with his friends to sleep with her. Being thrown together they break through the stereo types. Alex reminds me of the guys I went to high school with and like the Spanish that is mixed in. Over all I really like this story.

Favorite Characters: Alex and Paco

Favorite Quotes:
"We're actors in our lives, pretendin' to be who we want people to think we are."

"Don't make me try to feel better, Alex. I hate you."

"Why are you helping me....This isn't because you want me to pay you back in favors, is it?"

"Mi Vida, if I kiss you, I guarantee there's gonna be tongue."

Favorite part: I really enjoyed the Epilogue. Most books we either get a follow up book or we assume what happens. The Epilogue gives us a fast forward to the future.

Will I read a follow up by this author?: Yes there is a sequel coming out in April.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Burned (Book 7) - House of Night Series News!

 Release Date: April 27th, 2010

Here is the latest:

 When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the

Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird's soul has
shattered. With everything she's ever stood for falling apart, and a
broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey's
fading fast. It's seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able
pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the
world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must
find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the
Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure.
There are only 7 days left...

Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z but she has massive problems
of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not
even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda
boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth
is, Stevie Rae's hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey
home but also threatens to explode her whole world.

In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund
baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She's always been blessed
(if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but
now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess's own
voice, whether she wants it or not. Aphrodite's loyalty can swing a lot
of different ways, but right now Zoey's fate hangs in the balance.

Three girls... playing with fire... if they don't watch out, everyone
will get Burned.
My thoughts:

As many of you know I am a fan of the very popular series House of Night.  I struggled a bit with the earlier books because of Zoey's bad decisions.  I also didn't like that there was a lot of repetition of the previous books but over all I liked the story.  This is also one of the books that made me really good friends with @MSEDU and why we call each other twins.

Are you excited for this book?  Have you read the House of Night Series?  Who is your favorite character?  What do you see happening with the series?  

Another interesting thing is currently Amazon does not carry MacMillon Books.  Well House of night is published by St. Martin's Griffin who is Under the MacMillon umbrella.  I can see fans being really upset if this isn't cleared up soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February Reading List

So here is my schedule of what I plan to read for February.  Feel free to join me and then we can discuss.  Also I am always up for taking recommendations.  If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods.  Happy reading!

Perfect Chemistry Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles 

Violet on the 
Runway Violet on the Runway by Melissa C. Walker

The Lightning 
Thief The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan
(This is for #TAA Book Club) 

Project 17 Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire... Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice by Christopher Pike