Monday, August 31, 2009

Ok, Here's another one.

Please don't get mad at me for posting about too many book contests. :) But here's a cool one:

Page Turners has a giveaway for Fire by Kristin Cashore! It ends on September 2. Go ahead and join! :)

Melissa's Bookshelf 300 followers contest!

Melissa's Bookshelf is having a 300 followers contest w/c ends TONIGHT!

Prizes are:

Grand Prize - $25 e-gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com
and another will get
a book valued at $10 or less from the Book Depository.

Head on over to her site to join!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

In My Mailbox

I've seen a lot of blogs doing this but this will my first time to participate. :)

In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren, showcases books you've received, bought or borrowed w/in the past week.

I'm super psyched by the books I bought this week (w/c is primarily why I decided to join on IMM)! :D

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan may have a genius IQ and attend the best school in the country, but as she starts the spring semester of her sophomore year there are a lot of things she doesn't know. Like will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble did she really get in last semester? And, most of all, exactly why is her
mother acting so strangely?

All Cammie wants is a nice, normal semester, but she's about to learn her greatest lesson yet—that when you go to a school for spies, nothing is ever as it seems.

It's the sequel to I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You, w/c I'd just reviewed! :)






The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

I've heard A LOT of good things about this and it feels like I'm the only one who hasn't read it yet so yeah, I'm really excited to read this!





The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The
magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again. Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.
Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.
This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.

Sounds interesting as well. :)

The Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott

Everybody loves KJ. Especially the geeks. See, KJ Miller is super nice, smart, pretty, the stage manager of her high school’s spring musical . . . and a total geek magnet. She’s like the geek pied piper of Washington High, drawing every socially clueless guy in a five-mile radius. If only Cameron, the hottest guy in school, would follow her around and worship her the way her entourage of dorks do. Enter Tama Gold, queen of the popular crowd, and solution to all of KJ’s problems. KJ is too nice, and the nice girl never gets the guy. Tama’s ready to help KJ get cruel, ditch the dorks, and win Cameron’s heart. But is KJ?

The cover just looked so cute I had to buy it! :)




Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I'd Tell You I Love, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

Taken from the author's site:


The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it's a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name?

Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever—she's falling in love.

When I first saw this at the bookstore, I knew I had to buy it. I mean, with a title like that, who wouldn't want to read it? :)

I must say that the book has a very unique concept, indeed. Teenage girls training to become spies? Never heard of that one before. And I think that's one of the best things this series has going for it. As for the first book, as expected, I did had fun reading it. The characters were all likable (wait, there is such a word, right?), especially Cammie - I loved reading the book from her perspective! Throw in a hot, new teacher, an also new bitchy roommate, and an uber cute teenage boy, and yay!, you have yourself another great YA read. :)

My only complaint: It seemed to lack um, a bit more excitement. I'm not sure if I've just been reading too many mystery/paranormal books, but I missed that awesome what's-gonna-happen-next rush in this book.

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 3.5/5

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blue Moon - Alyson Noel

Description from the author's site:

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...

****
First off, let me just say that I LOVED Evermore, the 1st book in the series. It's a very fun, feel good, romantic read. :) Blue Moon, though, it's such a huge turnabout. And I don't mean that in a bad way. Okay, let me use an analogy for this. Haha. Evermore:Blue Moon is like simmering:boiling. I guess that's because it's much more intense. In Evermore, you (well, I) used to wonder, 'When are they going to be together? Aaaaak! I can't wait for it'. But in Blue Moon, you know that they are together but it's just those unforeseen circumstances blocking their way, which in this case proves to be a tougher foe. And by foe, I mean that literally and figuratively. Yes, there's a new character! :)

So if you've read Evermore and liked it, you need to go read this. As in, right now! And if you've read Evermore and didn't really like it, I have a feeling, this book can get you to change your mind. :) As for me, I read it in one sitting so I guess it's pretty obvious that I liked it. :) Seriously, I think I weirded out my roommates cause I was periodically going, "Oh, sh*t!", "No, no, no, nooooo!", and all that. :p

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Book Love: 4/5

Friday, August 21, 2009

Some more contests found!

The Book Pixie is having two giveaways!

One for:

w/c ends on September 18. International. :) Click here to join!

And another one:
It ends on September 1 and is also international. Head on over here to join!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Found an awesome Blood Promise contest


One of the books I'm super excited to read is Blood Promise, the 4th installment of the Vampire Academy series. You want it too? Well, you can win one over at Lauren's Review Bookshelf. Check out her blog (she's been blogging everyday in August!) Contest ends on August 22, at 11pm (EDT), so hurry and join already! :)

Btw, the contest is international. :)

And please do tell her I sent you there if you're joining. :)

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Clare and Henry met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry, thirty-one. No, that’s not a typo. You read it right. Henry suffers from the Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition wherein his genetic timeclock resets periodically and he suddenly finds himself pulled into either the past or the future. The Time Traveler’s Wife relates the story of the couple whose love was constantly tested by the very same thing that brought them together.

The novel was narrated using the two main characters’ POVs, a style that I’d say was not only refreshing but perfectly apt and effective in conveying Clare and Henry’s inner conflicts. It was fun to witness the characters’ complementary thoughts and reactions on particular instances of their married life, something that’s a bit rare among contemporary novels.

One thing you might find objectionable with the book is the explanation on the time traveling bit. Though I appreciate how the author tried to explain the phenomenon through molecular genetics… I just didn’t get it! The idea seemed too far-fetched for me. But then again, that’s fiction. :) But though the framework of the book must seem almost of a paranormal quality, the rest of the story is surprisingly very natural. Niffenegger succeeded in creating a pair of believable characters; a perfect fit whether engaged in easy banter or joined in moments bursting with unashamed sensuality. I, for one, wanted to wrap them up just so they’d be together forever in their happy place. :) I know, I’m such a girl!

Overall, The Time Traveler’s Wife is recommended for anyone who ‘s up for a little love story with a bit of a sci-fi twist. And oh, do make sure you have some Kleenex nearby! :)

Plot: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5
Book Love: 4/5
****

The Time Traveler’s Wife is Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel. Her next book, Her Fearful Symmetry, is set to be released this coming October 1st.

****

And oh, I've recently watched its film adaptation, you can find my review of it here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I received awards! :)

The first one is the Hearthfelt award from Bookatopia. :)

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when your relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and friends? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy? That is what the Hearthfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside.

Rules

Put the logo on your blog/post. Nominate up to to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside. Be sure to link your nominees within your post. Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

I love visiting these blogs so I'd like to pass this on to:


I received the next two awards from Books are my Best Friends


The Lemonade Award

The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude.

Now, I'm sharing this award to:


Let's be friends award

Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and befriends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.

I'd love to pass this on to everyone on my blogroll, all my followers, and anyone who visits my blog! Let's all be friends! :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

How many have you read from the BBC list?

I grabbed this from A BookLover's Diary.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Wah, I've only read 13 (if I counted right!) :( Oh well, at least it's more than 6! LOL.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (x)

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (x)

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ()

6 The Bible () - haven't read the whole Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (x)

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell ()

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ()

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens ()

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott ()

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ()

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller ()

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ()

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier()

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien ()

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ()

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger ()

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (x)

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ()

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell ()

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens ()

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy ()

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams ()

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh ()

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky ()

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll ()

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame ()

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy ()

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens ()

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis ()

34 Emma-Jane Austen (x)

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (x)

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis ()

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein ()

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ()

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden ()

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne ()

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell ()

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown ()

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving ()

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ()

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery ()

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy ()

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood ()

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding ()

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan ()

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel ()

52 Dune - Frank Herbert ()

53 Cold Comfort Farm ()

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (x)

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ()

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ()

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens ()

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ()

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon ()

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck ()

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ()

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt ()

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold ()

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (x)

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac ()

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy ()

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding ()

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ()

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville ()

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens ()

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker ()

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett ()

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson ()

75 Ulysses - James Joyce ()

76 The Inferno – Dante ()

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ()

78 Germinal - Emile Zola ()

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray ()

80 Possession - AS Byatt ()

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens ()

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ()

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker ()

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro ()

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert ()

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ()

87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White ()

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom ()

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ()

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ()

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad ()

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery ()

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ()

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams ()

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole ()

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ()

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (x)

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare ()

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl ()

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo ()

I found a great contest!



Book Junkie is holding an awesome contest - she's giving away Books 1 to 7 of the Sookie Stackhouse series. It's international and it ends on August 21. Click here to join!

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Meme

Since I'm sort of a newbie book blogger, I decided to join in on the fun that is the Book Blogger Appreciation Week to meet and make make friends with fellow book bloggers. :)



So I went ahead and grabbed this meme for (new) BBAW participants:

1. What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?

I love sharing with other book lovers the books that made me really squeak with delight. And I especially love hearing their thoughts on the reviews that I make! :)

2. What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?

Hmm, I have to say all the bloggers who took the time to visit my blog, read my reviews, and even drop a comment on some of them. I can't remember all of them but off the top of my head are Melissa of Melissa's Bookshelf, Sheila of Bookjourney and Velvet of vvb32 reads. :)

3) What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer?

Okay, here's one: What did you enjoy most during last year's BBAW? :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Some Blog Things

I changed my blog's layout! Whatcha think of it? :) I decided to go for something simple and just mess around with the colors. I think it looks great (so much for modesty, huh? :p)

I've been making some changes with my other blog as well - I bought it its own domain! Yay! LOL.

Anyway, if you want you can go visit it (Please do!) here:

Quintessential Babble

Also, I posted an entry over there, which it seems nobody noticed, so if you guys would be so kind as to give it some love, please hop on over there! :) Here's the link:

The Hot Ones Are Always Fictional
(this was inspired by a Facebook group that I joined)

I'm off then! Will be posting reviews in the coming days! :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rating System?

So I'm thinking I should probably create a rating system for my book reviews. I initially decided against this since I could be a bit fickle-minded about books and can never really figure out at once how much I love or not-love a certain book. But for the purpose of sounding more well, formal and organized (?), I think I'd like to give it a try. Hmm, wonder how I'll do it? using the stars rating? or numerical (1-10)? Anyway, do watch out for that! :D

Monday, August 3, 2009

Evermore - Alyson Noel

Taken from the Alyson Noel's site:

S
ince a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's entire life story by touch. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen.

Damen Auguste is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can see straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. She has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.


****

Evermore is probably one of the best books I've read this year! I LOVED it. I can totally see why a lot of people are comparing it to Twilight. For me though, there weren't really a lot in common between the two, but I guess they're alike in the sense that they both were able to rouse those tender, mushy, girly, gosh-that's-so-sweet feelings within me. I read the book with a very lighthearted feeling, wanting the book to never end. Sadly, the book is a bit short so I finished it within a day! Would-be readers: Don't despair though, the sequel's already out! (I've read it and yes, it's awesome!)

P.S. The author could not have picked a better name for the guy protagonist:
DAMEN AUGUSTE. Yep, it's perfect. :)

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Book Love: 5/5

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