Monday, November 30, 2009

Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other BIG Round Things



From Amazon: (booklist) Fifteen-year-old Viriginia Shreves is the blond, round, average daughter in a family of dark-haired, thin superstars. Her best friend has moved away, and she's on the fringes at her private Manhattan school. She wants a boyfriend, but she settles for Froggy Welsh, who comes over on Mondays to grope her. The story follows Virginia as she tries to lose weight, struggles with her "imperfections," and deals with the knowledge that her idealized older brother has committed date rape. There's a lot going on here, and some important elements, such as Virginia's flirtation with self-mutilation, are passed over too quickly. But Mackler writes with such insight and humor (sometimes using strong language to make her point) that many readers will immediately identify with Virginia's longings as well as her fear and loathing. Her gradually evolving ability to stand up to her family is hard won and not always believable, but it provides a hopeful ending for those trying stand on their own two feet. Ilene Cooper

My Review: Five glowing stars all the way for this book!! I loved it so much! If you've never read it (it was published in 2003) you need to go search it down and find it! Especially you YA bloggers! I truly ejoyed it!

You know it's so hard to be a teenager with all the expectations put on you by others. School is a trial in itself and please don't be overweight! Carolyn Macker caught everything perfectly through her character Virginia. I felt like I could have been reading about my teenage years LOL! Now I will say that I think this is for older teens...15, 16 year olds. There are a few descriptive areas in the book that I wouldn't want a 13 year old to read. Overall I think this book shines a true light on what a teenage girl can face growing up and that it is possible to overcome it.

Check out this contest at ParaJunkee's View!!

She is having an awesome giveaway in honor of 200 followers!

http://parajunkee.blogspot.com/2009/11/200-follower-giveaway.html

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Contest over at The Neverending Shelf!

http://www.theneverendingshelf.com/2009/11/thank-you-contest.html

25 Followers Giveaway...added another book!

So since this a new blog I figured *Hmmm...what better way to get new followers than to have a contest* right? Yeah that usually works! So I'll be giving away a copy of:



I really enjoy both of these authors. Both of these books are new and I'd love to give them away in my first contest!

One winner for each book.
Open to US residents only (sorry) but I will still love all the followers! LOL
Contest will finish when the blog reaches 25 followers!


So that's it....become a follower and comment that you have please so I can jump up and down and be excited! (If you already are then you are already entered!) +1

To earn extra entries (if you want to!)
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+1 Comment on any previous review and tell me what you think and where I can improve!

Thanks again!

Sneak Peek @ Michele Hauf's April release cover!


Here is the link to Vampchix soo you all can check out the details and blurb...

I really like this cover! Please check out Michele here www.michelehauf.com/hvh.html

Review: Newbies by James A. Moore


Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 197 pages
Publisher: Smooch (November 2, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843954744
ISBN-13: 978-0843954746

A little about the book: The book takes place in a small fishing town where the private school kids are hated by the townspeople. Brittany' brother send her this private school due to trouble at home...but little do they know that she is heading straight for more of the same trouble.

My Review: This was a quick read. I finished it in one afternoon. I wouldn't read it again. While it was interesting in the time I was reading it I wouldn't reccommend trying to find it since it's an older book. It's supposed to be YA horror but I really didn't see the horror in it. Sure kids are messing with Dark Magic but I don't find it to be as scary as the cover let's on. So I give it a four for a cool cover and a 2 for content.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Giveaway!!!

So since this a new blog I figured *Hmmm...what better way to get new followers than to have a contest* right? Yeah that usually works! So I'll be giving away a copy of:



Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Love Spell; 1st THUS edition (July 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 050552208X
ISBN-13: 978-0505522085

I accidentally bought two of these so what better to do than give one away. While not a newly published book (although it is brand new!) it is a good book! I'm a big fan of Amanda Ashley ( Madeline Baker)! If you haven't read anything by her yet you should!


From Amazon: Falling in love with the young woman whose father had sold her to him to put food on the table, the night-dwelling Rayven fights the passion he swears he can never feel and tries to become a benevolent host to the beautiful Rhianna.


So that's it....become a follower and comment that you have please so I can jump up and down and be excited! (If you already are then you are already entered!) +1


To earn extra entries (if you want to!)

+1 Tweet about this contest with a link to this blog
+1 post it in your sidebar (please leave a link)
+1 Comment on any previous review and tell me what you think and where I can improve!



Thanks again!

Beautiful Creatures Review

From the website:

Some loves are meant to be…others are cursed. There were no surprises in Gatlin County. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave
Young Adult
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316042676
ISBN-13: 978-0316042673
My review:
OK Well......not sure what to say about this one? I liked it I really did but....Not as much as I hoped I would. I think the end was definitely left open to continue the story. Of course we have our two angst ridden teenage characters (which I really liked) in a small town that doesn't understand anything. (I know these towns....I live in one!) And not to spoil anything they suffer their own problems that few and far between understand. But...they love each other (but I won't go farther than that because it would spoil it for you). You really need to read this one and form your own opinions. I will say that I give it four stars and would recommend it to others.
Teaser:
"the days without you bleed together until time is nothing more than an obstacle we must overcome,"-all it seemed to amount to was a love story with a really bad, and really Black ending. But it was all we had."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cheating Death Review

Cheating Death
ISBN-10: 1934516058
ISBN-13: 978-1934516058
Modern Evil Press

From Amazon: When the walking dead fill the streets, who can cheat death? Who can survive? Featuring a zombie outbreak that devastates Denver, an indecisive adulterer, and a series of violent, disturbing, and perhaps even heart-rending events of the sort you'd expect when the dead rise up to eat the living, Cheating, Death is a roller-coaster ride through a horror show both of death and of the heart. -- Cheating, Death is the fourth glimpse of the storybook universe first seen in Lost and Not Found, and gives a detailed look at the zombie outbreak that put the events of Forget What You Can't Remember in motion. Read one for fun, then read them all to get the rest of the story.
My Review:
Well I really enjoyed this one! I won this from a blog contest! Yeah! Autographed and all....I think if you are looking for a quick read and something different then this is a book to check out. I really enjoyed Teel's style of writing. You followed your main Character (Mel) all through the book but you got glimpses into other stories too. But you always get to come back to Mel and how those subplots actually affected him (and his family). Now get ready because there are some gruesome details and heart wrenching parts, but they make the book that more addictive. Once I started it I didn't put it down. I will say that I'm happy to have this one on my shelf!
P.S. Don't expect ANYTHING romantic coming from this one! I actually loaned it to my Father in Law because I thought he'd really enjoy it too!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Moon Kissed

Michele Hauf

Silhouette Nocturne, Sep 2009

ISBN: 9780373618194
From B&N Escaping from bloodthirsty vampires, Belladonna Reynolds ran straight into the arms of a werewolf. As a man Severo drew her in with his dark good looks; as a beast he astounded her with his insatiable sensual appetite. Whether afraid or aroused, Bella fled to his lair when threatened by an evil monster of the night….
Severo tried to keep Bella—his mate—safe from the vampiress who held a malicious desire for revenge against him, but he alone wasn't enough. Now Bella had taken the form of his most cursed enemy. How could he desire the very thing he'd spent his life destroying? And even if he did, what would the werewolf do to Bella on the next full moon?
My Review:
The lovely Ms. Michele sent me this book out of the kindness of her werewolf loving heart and let me say that this was a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it to the last page! Let's talk about the alpha in this book...Severo! I have come to love the villian turned hero...and I would love to have an aplha male like him! Bella is thankfully not our usual wimpy female lead...I get kinda tired of the *oh save me I'm fainting* type of gals. There are several twists and turns in the plot with the final twist being the most interesting one. It really tugs at your heart for the characters and you hope for the best.
Teaser:
"I have your scent in my nose. I'll find you."
Also:
The Follow up to "Moon Kissed"......"After the Kiss" is available as an electronic download from eHarlequin.com or Amazon.com (I know I'll be reading the follow up!)