Thursday, July 22, 2010

Buy a Book, Win a Prize: This Giveaway is Amazing!

I am proud to be part of an amazing giveaway over at Shooting Stars Mag. Here's the gist of it:

1. Pre-order Trance and send the receipt to Lauren
2. Choose a prize from a fantastic list of awesome prizes

Simple, huh?!

Now, a little about the book to buy:
Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows what's to come: a trance. She's pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But she's never been able to stop it: not even when the vision was of her mother's fatal car accident. When soulful Jake enters Ashlyn's life, she begins having trances about another car accident. And as her trances escalate, one thing becomes clear: it's up to her to save Jake from near-certain death.
Personally, I gotta say that this contest is totally worth it. This book sounds amazing!

However, the contest ends when all the prizes are gone, so you have to enter fast! Also, contest is open to US residents only!

Visit the original blog post for full details and to enter.
You can also visit Linda Gerber's site here.

And last but not least, the full prize list. Feel free to peruse through the different blogs on the list... they are all amazing and worth the time to look at!

1. Eleni: finished copy of The Alpha Bet by Stephanie Hale and 5 Secret Society tattoos by Tom Dolby

2. Tina: Hourglass by Claudia Gray

3. James: Prize Pack 1- Just One Wish by Janette Rallison, Triple Shot Bettys in Love by Jody Gehrman, Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag

4. James: Prize Pack 2- Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman, Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray, You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

5. Lauren: ARC of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

6. Sammi: 2 packs of soft lips (2 tubes in each)

7. Jessica: $10 gift card to Barnes N Noble

8. Kelsey: Swag Pack

9. Jane: $25 gift card to Amazon

10. Candace: Package of swag from various authors

11. Brent: ARC of Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

12. Kit: ARC of The Gift By: James Patterson

13. Kit: signed copy of Raised By Wolves By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

14. Jessica: Paperback copy of Linger (from The Book Depository)

15. Jessica: The Body Finder signed bookmark & 2 The Body Finder stickers

16. Jessica: Forgive my Fins bookmark & Forgive my Fins tattoo

17. Alicia: signed hardcover of Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison

Now, go enter! You know you want to!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/21/10

Waiting on Wednesday originated here. =]

My pick:

The Replacement
by Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: September 21, 2010

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a ReplacementÑleft in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when TateÕs baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

Everything about this book is drawing me in. The cover captured my interest, and not for my normal reasons. The cover is so gruesome and eerie- it's not bright or sunny at all, but instead of being disgusted I am completely riveted. And the summary makes me want to read this book so bad.

PS. Has anyone seen/written a review for this book? If so, I would be sooo grateful if you could post a link in the comments. I really really want to hear more!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's Kind of Funny Story Trailer

Found this yesterday, and it kind of intrigued me.

I've had the book for quite awhile, but one of my friends read it and said it wasn't as good as she thought it would be, so I've been kind of weary for awhile now.

Has anyone read it? Any thoughts/opinions?


P.S. No IMM post this week, simply because there are no new books to report. However, if you check out The Story Siren's blog, you will find links to tons of IMM posts that will probably interest you.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Blogger Buzz: Katie's Book Blog

I realize that this idea probably isn't very original or new, but I wanted to get to know a few of the bloggers that I have and will come in contact with. I decided the best way to do this would be by interviewing them, so that way anybody who reads my blog can learn about other bloggers as well!
Here's my first interview!
Name: Katie

Blog: Katie's Book Blog
Blogging for the past: 1 year, 5 months or so
Short bio: I am a college student who loves to read anything YA (and some paranormal romance!). I also love music, movies, and macaroni and cheese. =]
1-Why did I start my blog?
I started my blog to share my love of YA books and just to get my thoughts out there. My friends read but not like I do. It's hard to talk to them about books because they don't necessarily want to listen. I found a place where people want to listen on my blog.
2-What is my favorite book from the past year and why?
This is the hardest question for me to answer. I honestly don't know what my favorite book from the past year is. I'm torn between The Body Finder, Hex Hall, and Before I Fall. And none of those books have anything in common except amazing writing. I guess the reason I loved them so much was because they were so easy to get into and I loved the characters. Characters are my favorite part of a book and if I don't like them, I don't like the book. When there are amazing characters in books, like in these three, I fall in love with the book. =]
3-If I could meet any author who would it be?
This is another hard one. I would choose either JK Rowling or Gail Carson Levine. Those authors really got me reading. Harry Potter and Ella Enchanted were my favorite books when I was younger and I read them over and over again. There was one point in my life where I kind of gave up reading but I still had to read the new Harry Potter when it came out. Once I read it, I fell in love with reading again. If it wasn't for those books I don't know that I would even have a blog. I probably wouldn't even read. So those authors mean a lot to me. I would love to meet either one of them. Or both!
4-What is my favorite meme?
Waiting on Wednesday. I find out about some awesome books through WOW posts. I sometimes have trouble finding new books online so I go to those posts. Everybody usually has a different pick so it's a great way to spread the word.
5-Can I give any advice to new/aspiring bloggers?
Talk to other bloggers. Comment on other blogs. Use twitter and facebook. There are so many things I could say. There weren't nearly as many bloggers when I started my blog so I pretty much went in blind. I had no clue what I was doing. As more blogs were started, I noticed what they were doing. You have to put yourself out there.
6-What has been my favorite blogging moment/experience?
That would be the first time an author commented on my blog. I did'nt even know authors read my blog and then one of them commented. I ran out to the living room to tell my mom. Yes I am 18 but I had to go share that with my mom and dad. Even now I still get excited every time an author comments or follows my blog.
7-How do I manage time between real life and blogging?
It's hard. The summer is the easiest time for me to blog because I don't have school but it's still hard because I do have other things to do. When I am in school I don't always get to post as much as I would like but I always make time for my blog even if it means getting a little less sleep. If nothing else I schedule a ton of posts when I have free time. I don't think I will ever be too busy for my blog!
8-Do my real life friends/family/teachers/etc. know about your blog?
Only some of them. For the longest time I didn't wany anybody to know about it. I wouldn't even tell my parents. Eventually I realized that I didn't care what people thought about it so I told my close friends. They thought it was awesome. The only teacher that I have told was my Lit professor last semester because it turned out she loved YA books. Now I don't really care who knows. If I meet someone who is interested in YA, I tell them but it's not something I advertise. =]
9-Has blogging helped you in any indirect way?
Blogging has helped me become a little more outgoing. I am a very shy person, even on the internet. I realized that being shy wasn't going to help me with my blog so I got over my fear of talking to people that I don't know. I talk to lots of bloggers now that I have never met in person but they are some of the nicest people I know. They also helped convince me to come out of my shell a bit in real life and because of that I have made some new friends. So yes blogging has helped me.
10-Where do I see my blog in the future?
Better than it is now. I don't have any plans to stop blogging and I just want to improve. I like my blog the way it is but there is always room for improvement. I can't see what it will be like in the future but I know it will be there and updated regularly. Blogging is one of my favorite things to do and I won't stop until I'm forced to.

Thanks for participating, Katie! And just so everyone knows, I love Katie's blog, and I'm glad she's planning on keeping it going for quite awhile.

Also, I'm hoping to make Blogger Buzz into a regular feature on my blog. If anyone else is interested in participating, just shoot me an email at and let me know. I'd be happy to work with anyone who's interested!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Contest: Going too Far

I posted in my IMM post on Monday that I bought a copy of Going too Far. I also mentioned that I already had a copy. So, what am I going to do with my second copy???

I'm going to give it away, of course!

Entering this contest is pretty simple.

1. Comment this post. Any comment will do, but if you tell me something interesting and book related you will get an extra entry. =] Also, leave some way of me contacting you. Email or URL are both acceptable.

For even more extra entries:

2. Follow my blog. Easy enough, huh?

3. Post about it. Share the word. As long as you post it somewhere that other people can see it, you'll get this extra entry.

So that's it. I do have a few rules, however.

1. Please, only one comment per person. Leave all your entries in one comment, it will be easier that way.

2. US residents only.

Now that I got all that said, I wish you all the very best of luck! The contest will end on Saturday July 31st. That gives ya'll two weeks (and one day) to enter!

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop


I'm going to be unoriginal and agree with Crazy for Books and say Mockingjay would be the must-have book of the moment. That series is amazing!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Interview with Danielle Joseph

Danielle Joseph was kind enough to answer a few questions. I wasn't very original with the questions... a lot of them are the same ones I used with my interview with Elizabeth Scott. However, Danielle's answers are great and I would definitely recommend taking the time to read through them.

I'd also recommend checking out her books! I've only read Shrinking Violet (review here) and I loved it, and I definitely plan on reading Indigo Blues as soon as I can get my greedy hands on it!

Now, onto the interview!

On other authors:

1. If you could compare your writing to any other author’s, who would you compare it to and why?
Hmm, this is not an easy question. Readers that enjoy Shrinking Violet and Indigo Blues might enjoy Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman, My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman or Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling.
2. Who are some authors that you look up to or admire?
There are so many authors that I admire but as a kid I was a huge Judy Blume fan. I also loved Beverly Cleary and Robert Cormier. One of my favorite books is Born Blue by Han Nolan.
3. If you could talk to any author, living or dead, who would it be and what would be one question that you ask him or her?
One author that I would love to talk to is Toni Morrison. I think she is an amazing writer and would love to know more about her personal writing process.
On your books/characters:

4. Music is a big part of Shrinking Violet. How has music impacted your own personal life?
Music is a huge part of my life just like Tere in Shrinking Violet. As a teen I was forever making mixed tapes. I made party mixes, mixes for when you're sad, mixes that were for deep thinking, if there was an excuse to make a mix, I made it!
5. Are any of your characters’ more funny/embarrassing experiences related to things that have happened in your own life?
Oh, good question! I really had to think about this one, but actually I would have to say no. I do have tons of embarrassing stories filed away so I will have to pull them out sometime.
6. Is there any particular character that you share a special bond with?
In Shrinking Violet I am definitely rooting for Tere and if I were in school with her, I'd also have a crush on Gavin.
On writing:

7. Is there a type of book that you’ve always wanted to write, but never had the guts to do?
Well, there are book ideas that I want to get too but haven't had time yet. I've wanted to write a historical YA novel and will eventually get to that. Writing an adult novel definitely seems more daunting to me, but I'll get to that someday too.
8. What is your favorite part about being a published writer?
As corny as it may sound, my favorite part is hearing from readers, young and old. Books mean a lot to me so I'm so happy when people enjoy my books and get something out of them.
9. Has writing always been your dream profession? (If yes, how was that dream realized? If no, what was your previous dream and why hasn’t it been fulfilled?)
Yes, I have wanted to be an author since I was six. There were other professions that I thought about like being an ice skater, lawyer, DJ and an actor but I always came back to writing.
Thanks to Danielle Joseph for this awesome interview! Please visit Danielle Joseph's website, or click on the book covers in this post for links to specific books. :) [[I hope the book cover link thing works... if it doesn't, just let me know and I'll fix it!]]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/14/10

Waiting on Wednesday originated here. =]

My pick:

by Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: September 16, 2010

Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.

Told in spare, powerful prose by acclaimed author Elizabeth Scott, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after theyÕve reached the final page.

Elizabeth Scott is an amazing author, and I will be eagerly awaiting every novel she ever writes until the day I die. End of story. Thank you.


Win Clockwork Angel!

If you visit this link it will take you to an awesome contest hosted at The Bodacious Pen. You want to check it out... TBP is giving away an ARC of Clockwork Angel (eeep!) and also a variety of other swag and other books. You definitely don't wanna miss it!


Win The Dark Divine at Squeaky Books!

Enna Isilee over at Squeaky Books is having a contest giving away Bree Despain's The Dark Divine! Head on over to Ennalee's blog (Click Here) to find out how to win. In the meantime, check out this awesome trailer for the book!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In My Mailbox: Week 2

Information about In My Mailbox can be found here on The Story Siren's blog!
Once again, no literal mailbox books. However, I did buy three books. =]

1. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Well, I already own a copy of this book. Why might I need another one? First of all, it was a deal too good to pass up. Also, I am thinking of hosting something that starts with a "c" and ends with a "t". Sounds fun, huh?

2. College Girl by Patricia Weitz

I was on my way to my college orientation... anything having to do with college just made me excited. And once again, the deal was too good to pass up.

3. How it Ends by Laura Wiess

I LOVED her first two books, and I've wanted to read this for the longest time. Now I finally have the chance!

I also received a book from college orientation.

4. How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

We're supposed to read, and discuss at the beginning of the school year. Sounds good to me. :)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Wanna Win a Box of ARCs?

I sure do. =]

All you have to do is visit WORD for Teens, and you'll see how you can enter. I gotta say, the loot is awesome.

Go on, you know you want to!


back again. :)

I just got back from yet another mini-vacation. This time I went to college orientation, and I stayed at my aunt and uncle's house. They had a party this past weekend... a late 4th of July party. It was great fun.

Now that I'm back, I'm going to try and catch up with some fun things. Expect from me the following:

1. My second IMM post.
2. An author interview.
3. A WoW post.
4. Maybe a review. Just maybe.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: 9/7/10

Waiting on Wednesday originated here. =]

My Pick:

Aces Up
by Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: August 10, 2010

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?

This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.
1. I've heard good things about the author's other books.
2. I love playing cards.
3. I love the cover.
4. The summary reminds me of one of my favorite movies, 21, which happens to be based on a true story and book: Bringing Down the House.

Basically: it sounds wonderful to me.
PS. I think it's funny that her name is Shannon Card. Hehe.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

In My Mailbox: Week 1

Information about In My Mailbox can be found here on The Story Siren's blog!

Sadly, nothing in my mailbox, but I did buy two books this week!

1. Charlie St. Cloud (AKA The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud) by Ben Sherwood

I saw the movie trailer, and it looks like an amazing movie. I saw that it was originally a book, and I thought I'd challenge myself to read the book before seeing the movie.

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I am a very dedicated reader of Entertainment Weekly, and the recent raves about this book have been overwhelming me. It is supposed to be absolutely amazing. I wanted to see what it was all about.

Neither of these are YA, which is my preferred genre, but I still like to try new things out every once in awhile. Anyone have any thoughts on these books?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Interview with Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott is a fantastic author, one of my absolute favorites, and that is why I chose her to be the first person I interviewed on my new blog. It took just a bit of courage to email her (what if she said no?!) but I'm glad I did.

A little background for anyone who may be interested, she has written eight books, dealing with some fluffy fun stuff like teen love, and going as dark and depressing as child abduction and captivity.

Her newest book, Grace, will be released on September 16th.

Now, onto the interview!

On Other Authors:

1. If you could compare your writing to any other author’s, who would you compare it to and why?
I think everyone's writing is unique and that's what makes reading books so much fun!
2. Who are some authors that you look up to or admire?
Too many to list!
3. If you could talk to any author, living or dead, who would it be and what would be one question that you ask him or her?
I have no idea! I have so many books I've read and loved that I could never pick one author to ask a question. I'd want to talk to all of them :-)
On your books/characters:

4. If you could have lunch with any of your characters, which would it be and why?
Not a single one. I can't read my own writing, so I definitely don't want to go to lunch with any of my characters!
5. Are any of your characters’ more funny/embarrassing experiences related to things that have happened in your own life?
Nope. I like making stuff up--for me, it's the best part about writing--you get paid to tell stories! Also, I'm very boring. (You've seen my answers!!)
6. If you could choose any one of your books to be required reading for a high school class, which would it be and why?
I have no idea. What do you--yep, you, reading this--think it should be?
On writing:

7. Is there a type of book that you’ve always wanted to write, but never had the guts to do?
Nope. I write what I want to write. If you don't believe in your own writing, then how in the world are your readers going to? Being afraid of the stories in your own head strikes me as strange. They're there for a reason--let them out!
8. What is your favorite part about being an established writer?
I don't know how established I am, but my favorite part of writing, other than the writing, is hearing from readers. I LOVE that!
9. Has writing always been your dream profession? (If yes, how was that dream realized? If no, what was your previous dream and why hasn’t it been fulfilled?)
No, it hasn't--I didn't start writing until I was 27 and bored out of my mind during a meeting at work. Before then, I went out of my way to avoid anything that had "creative writing" in it because I just didn't think I was creative. Writing, for me, was something I fell into--and I'm so glad I did!

My real dream job is to be paid to read books. If anyone out there has a lot of money for such a thing, get in touch with me! ;-)
Many thanks to Elizabeth Scott for agreeing to this interview! For more information on her or or her books, please visit the following links!

Elizabeth Scott's Website
Bloom (2007) / Perfect You (2008) / Stealing Heaven (2008) / Living Dead Girl (2008) / Something, Maybe (2009) / Love You Hate You Miss You (2009) / The Unwritten Rule (2010) / Grace (September 2010)

Friday, July 2, 2010

An Abundance of Katherines

I'd like to begin this review by saying that John Green is a fabulous author, and if you haven't read anything by him, then you need to pick up any one of his books, pronto.

Now, onto the review. An Abundance of Katherines did not disappoint. This is what I was expecting: an amazing, funny, and insightful book. What did I get? An amazing, funny, and insightful book.

I loved the characters. Colin was such a geek, and I love that about him. His friend Hassan was hilarious, and they were both wonderfully realistic.

I loved the humor, and also the footnotes were such an awesome way to share extra tidbits of insight. Books with footnotes have something special. (See: The Boyfriend List; Bad Kitty)

The insight was also incredible. It didn't sound at all preachy, like some books are. It was just a revelation made by a guy who wants to figure his life out. I really loved how things turned out for Colin!

There is only one bit of criticism, and that is that the book was predictable. However, I enjoyed it enough and was intrigued enough by the journey, that the predictable ending didn't bother me too much.

Overall, it was wonderful! Definitely give it a shot!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Movie Review: Eclipse

On Tuesday night I was one of the eager fans waiting three hours early to see Eclipse at 12:01.

The wait was not pleasant. Me + lack of sleep + giggly girls in movie theater = absolute crankiness. However, this post is not about that. This post will be about the movie.

First of all, I'd like to say that I am not a movie critic. I would just like to share my thoughts on a movie that has been highly anticipated by many fans of the Twilight series.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. It's been interesting to watch the actors develop and change from Twilight to Eclipse. I'd say, to an uneducated eye like mine the actors seem to be growing into their roles and becoming better actors in general. This makes Eclipse a much more pleasant movie to watch than Twilight.

I had a slight problem when it came to the fighting scene. When the vampires were attacked, it made a sound like glass breaking. That bothered me.

However, it was probably the only thing that bothered me about the movie. I really enjoyed it, and I am eagerly awaiting Breaking Dawn (which was my least favorite book, but I'll probably enjoy the movie.) Eclipse, the movie, is a good adaptation of an amazing book, and I think it'll delight Twilight Saga fans all over.

Now that that's over, I will go back to book reviews. After all, I'm a bit better at those!