Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Swoon

So I've been in a reading slump lately and haven't been reading a whole lot. I just finished a book for Traveling ARC Tours, so that got me back into the swing of things. So the book I just finished today is Swoon by Nina Malkin.

About and Thoughts on Book:
SIN IS COMING...PREPARE TO SWOON
Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing even happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge and while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him—but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking.
Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent—and irresistible—adversary before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?
 From B&N


Well, what you do is try to stop him. That's exactly what Dice tries to do. It all starts with a tree. There doesn't seem to be anything special about this tree except that it's hundred of years old. But it is the place where Sin was hung, in 1769, for a crime he did not commit. To begin with I found Sin not that bad, and kept waiting for the part where he does something awful when he's possessing Pen. But it does come, and that's when Dice decides that it's time for Sin to go. Except she doesn't get rid of him, she just gives him his own body. I didn't know what to expect after Sin is no longer possessing Pen. I really wanted to believe that he wouldn't do anything that awful. I don't know why I wanted to believe that, probably because Dice wanted to believe it too. I really liked how Dice was and her personality. She's sarcastic, and some things even made me laugh. I didn't really like how everyone had to have a monosyllable nickname. It made it seem like everyone in Swoon just followed what everyone else did and didn't think for themselves. I also thought it weird that Dice was basically left in Swoon to live in her house by herself, and she hardly took advantage of it. I wanted her to explain more about New York, and seem more upset with the move than she acted. I also didn't personally like Pen all too much. That's just my opinion, maybe you'll like her personality, but to me I didn't particularly like all the parts that she was in. So I did actually really like this book, and can even deal with the ending. It feels to me that there should be more to it, but I don't think that there will be. I hate it when books that seem like there should be another book and there's not. It's kind of disappointing. I also think this book is not really appropriate for anyone that is not sixteen or older. It's has a lot of sexual innuendo, but nothing too bad as what's on TV. If you can get past that, then I believe you'll actually like this book.


So I'll rate this one - LK - Liked it. It wouldn't hurt you to read it, but it wouldn't kill you if you didn't. I still think you'd be missing out if you didn't.


Alisha

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nocturne

So I once again was able to participate in a tour with Traveling Arc Tours. So for this one the book I was able to read was Nocturne by L. D. Harkrader.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Flanders Lane is tired of being protected by her Uncle Anatole. After years of studying magic in the back of his bookshop, she's ready for an adventure of her own. Then one day, strange things start happening. A burglar breaks into the butcher's shop, stealing nothing, but leaving the floors sparkling clean. Soon the seamstress's apprentice vanishes on her way home, leaving behind only a shoe still laced at the top. And then worst of all, Uncle Anatole disappears. That night, a young vampire hunter named Pascoe knocks urgently on the bookshop door. Pascoe insists there is a vampire lurking in nearby Blakely Hall. Flanders looks deep into Pascoe's gorgeous eyes and finds herself agreeing to help him. As Flanders tracks the vampire, her feelings for Pascoe grow until she stumbles upon a secret that turns everything she thought she knew about Pascoe—and herself—upside down.
From B&N

I was thoroughly surprised by this book. It was a great read, and I didn't want it to end. Flan is the heroine, and has never known her parents. She has no idea where she comes from, but she does know that she has magic. Except her uncle won't let her use it. She was left on Anatole's doorstep when she was baby with a piece of paper with her name on it, and a note that said that she should not use her magic. Flan doesn't listen, and practices magic behind her uncle's back. It's what starts everything. I didn't like that her uncle wouldn't let her use her magic. It's a part of her, a huge part, and she can't help but want to use it. I felt it was wrong that he would keep a huge part of herself from her. I liked how they would use runes to do spells, it was different then what I usually read about witches and wizards. It kind of reminded me of Shadowhunters from The Mortal Instrument series. I was pleasantly surprised by some of this book, but then kind of disappointed with the ending. I can't remember if it's a series, but I think it is. I really enjoyed reading this book, and if there is another book coming out, I can't wait for it.

I rate it LK - Liked it. It wouldn't hurt you to read it, but it wouldn't kill you if you didn't. I still think you'd be missing out if you didn't.


Alisha

Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(15) and Follow My Book Blog Friday(1)

So it's Friday again and so I say hi to all the people who are new to my blog! It's that wonderful day when The Hop begins over at Crazy-for-Books. It's this awesome meme, where you add your link, and then start Hopping around other awesome book blogs. So don't just add your link because then you'll be missing out. Also as a reminder to everyone who hasn't already entered my contest you should, times a wasting! The link is over on the side bar, just click the pic.



So I joined something new, Follow My Book Blog Friday. It's over at Parajunkee's View. It's something a lot like Book Blogger Hop. I think it's a great new thing to do that would help get the word out about my blog and a way to find other blogs. I just love these kind of memes. For this one the rules are simple. Follow the blog that host the meme, Parajunkee's View, Follow the feature blog, Stephanie @ Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust, add your link in the linky, and follow as many blogs as you want. Also, don't forget to comment when you start following someone, and also post about this awesome meme so people know about it. 
Anyways, thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

From My Bookshelf(7)

So it's that day of the week again where I tell you about one of my favorite books. From My Bookshelf  is a weekly thing that I do either on Tuesday or Wednesday. Except this was late, sorry. It's tough getting it in on a certain day when I have so many things I have to do. So anyways, it's a post I do to tell you about a book that is from my bookshelf or one that I read a few years ago. So for this one it's Revealers by Amanda Marrone.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Witchin' ain't easy.
Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It's not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they're doing the world some good.
One by one, Jules's friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven's inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared tell her what's going on, something's clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she's got to find out what's behind the shadows of her coven before it's too late to save her friends...and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.
From B&N

First Paragraph:
I wake and turn to my window. The witch ball is rattling against the inside of the pane, glowing from a tangled spell within. I wonder which one of my so-called friends threw a hex my way? I watch the spell dance around in the spun glass, and hear the swoosh of brooms flying past, capes flapping. One, two, three soft landings rustle the leaves by the back door. The fourth hits the dirt hard, and I smile, thinking Dani better stop scarfing doughnuts or she won't be able to get off the ground much longer.



I read this book just a few months ago, but still before my blog. It's another book I saw on the shelf that looked interesting and decided to read anyways. Truth is I really wanted to read Uninvited which is also by Amanda Marrone, but the bookstore didn't have it. I expected the same old same old. You know what books about witches are usually like. I guess I expected it to be something easily predictable and not too exciting. I don't know why I thought that. It makes it sound like I didn't really want to read it but I actually did. Anyways it did prove me wrong with most of what I thought, but it made me want to read more books about witches.

I was drawn in from the beginning, and I didn't want to put the book down. Jules and her friends seem like normal teenagers to everyone at school, but that is not even close to the truth. At night they're powerful witches. Jules is the the youngest of her friends, so she is the last that will be initiated into the coven. She is just an onlooker as her friends start acting all freaked out after they're initiated. Jules is not the type of girl who will just wait to find out, she wanted to know before she turned 18. I liked that about her. Jules and her friend, Dani, were my favorite characters. I have to admit, I was not a fan of Conner's. He just seemed all wrong for Jules. In the beginning I didn't see it like that, but later on I realize why.This book has witches, vampires, and werewolves. What's not to like? It upped my obsession of the paranormal, and especially about witches. So I recommend you go check this book out for yourselves. To be honest, I did find some parts boring, and wanted to just skip some, but other than that it's a great book. It's not like I've never found a book that's boring in places. It's hard not to be.


So I rate Revealers,  LK - Liked it. It wouldn't hurt you to read it, but it wouldn't kill you if you didn't. I still think you'd be missing out if you didn't.




So I enjoyed learning how to take down some vampires and werewolves, will you?

Alisha

Friday, June 18, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(14)

So it's Friday again, and that means that it's time for another Book Blogger Hop! So head on over to Crazy-for-Books where this great meme is held and add your link. But don't just leave your link, you need to also start hopping around other cool book blogs that have their links there. You never know what you'll find. So if you happen to be new to my blog, then welcome! I hope your liking it and make sure to check out my contest here. Thanks for checking out my blog! Happy Hopping to you all!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fantasy Character Cast.

So if you haven't entered my contest already, than you need to. Times a ticking! So I said I would tell you how to enter your cast list and pics, and I am doing just that now. So what I decided that you should do is do a post of who you have chosen and leave the link in the form I have embedded below. I think this will be best because now you can show more people how awesome your cast pics are. If you don't want to do that than just send me an email. Just go to the Contact button and you'll find my email there. Don't fret you still have plenty of time to enter my contest. I may even extend the date of when it ends, but it all depends. Anyways thanks to all who have entered my first contest so far, and I can't wait to see what you come up with!



Award!

So I just received my third award today from Mallory at The Teen Bibliophile. Just click on the name of her blog to check her out! Thanks Mallory so much for this! and Thanks to Addy and Harry from Paper Between Our Fingers, who also awarded me with this award! You should definitely check both of those blogs out.

Here are the Rules: 
1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2.Share 7 things about yourself.
3.Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4.Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.


So what will I tell about myself? I don't know, but I'm pretty sure I can come up with 7 things.
Here they are:

1. I love watching reruns of Gilmore Girls and Will and Grace.
2. Hard to imagine, but I hated reading a few years ago which was in middle school.
3. Something I don't tell people when they ask, but I totally dislike when people ask me why I'm a vegetarian. I don't know why, maybe it's because I get asked so often.
4.I'm half black, half white. So I'm really tan! lol
5. Over the past couple of years, I've become obsessed with dying my hair some different color besides what it naturally is, but I do actually like my natural hair color.
6. I spend way to much time on the computer, and if I'm not reading, I'm on Blogger or B&N.
7. My job is really boring and sucks. At least I only have to work over the summer, than I probably won't do this job again.

So there's my 7 things, and now on to the bloggers I pass this award to.

1. Elle @Media Molly
2. Aly @ Fantasy4Eva
3. Ky @ Can't Find a Bookmark
4. Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic
5. Beez and Lexie @ Book Chicks
6. Ashley @ Coffeelicious Bookaholic
7. Bella @ Obsessed
8. Danielle @ With a Book

Sorry I didn't give this to 15 blogs. I saw that a lot have already received this award and I tried to give it to people that haven't. So congrats to all of you who have gotten this award and thanks again to Mallory and Addy and Harry!

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    From My Bookshelf(6)

    So it's that time again. The time of the week where I tell you about one of my favorite books that's either literally from my bookshelf, or one that I've read a while back that I love. It's something that I've recently decided to start posting about over a month ago, and I post either on Tuesday or Wednesday. Knowing me, I will most likely end up posting late sometimes. So for my sixth installment of From My Bookshelf, it's City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. And once again I tell you that I am not meaning to go in order of how they are on my bookshelf. It just happens. Anyways on to City of Bones


    About and Thoughts on Book:
    Their hidden world is about to be revealed....
    When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
    Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....From B&N

    First 2 Paragraphs:
              "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. "You can't bring that thing in here."
               The fifty or so teenagers in line outside the Pandemonium Club leaned forward to eavesdrop. It was a long wait to get into the all-ages club, especially on a Sunday, and not much generally happened in line. The bouncers were fierce and would come down instantly on anyone who looked like they were going to start trouble. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, standing in line with her best friend, Simon, leaned forward along with everyone else, hoping for some excitement.
    From B&N




    So by now I'm pretty sure most everyone out there has read this book or has at least heard of it. If not, than you must of been living under a rock for the past couple of years. I been wanting to talk about this book because I've noticed that many others are. To be honest, I don't own this book, but it is on my bookshelf. Technically it belongs to my twin sis, but she didn't buy it either. She got it for joining Pulse It, which is something that Simon and Schuster publishing does, which she no longer gets books from because she is now 18. They actually stopped sending her books a while back last year, but I don't know why. Anyways, besides the fact that I don't technically own this book, I also didn't ask her to read it. I've done that a bunch of times. Can you blame me? I had nothing else to read, it was just sitting there, she having read it a week before, and the synopsis pulled me in. I had to read it.

    It was not what I expected. I had asked my sis after she had read it about it, and she made me think that it was more sci-fi than paranormal. I didn't think vampires or faeries were in it. I can't believe I'm admitting it, but I didn't want to read it when she told me about it. Hence the reason why I read it when there was nothing else. I was so wrong about it. I also didn't expect how Jace or Clary were. I really liked this book. I liked that it involved more than just vampires or faeries. I liked that Cassandra Clare decided to come up with something different and came up with Shadowhunters. Jace and Clary are my favorite characters, and a bunch of what Jace said made me laugh. Simon was another character that I liked. Once again I was that person people around me wanted to throw something at because I would laugh randomly. Close to the end had me wanting to scream, and if you have read this book than you know why.  I read this book a year ago this month. When I read it, my sis and I were the only ones in my group of friends or really at my old school who had read it. I have told many people about it, because of how much I liked it. I also read it pretty quickly because who could put this book down. I can't wait for the prequel and the fourth one to come out, because I'm sure they're going to be good.

    So I rate this one LI - I loved it! It's a definite read, and you should grab this book before it goes running off the shelves.

    So please go learn how to fight demons from some Shadowhunters.


    Alisha

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    First Contest Ever - Fantasy Character Cast!

    So to celebrate my 50+ followers, I decided to do a contest. So what does this contest involve, you ask? Well it involves you coming up with your fantasy or dream cast for the book you will be able to win. What is the book you could win? Well to answer your question, it's the book I've already talked about Tithe by Holly Black and there is possibly another. When is this contest, and how do I enter? So many questions, but I do have the answers. The contest will go on from June13th - July 16th, over a month. It's easy to enter. Just fill out the form below, and then start thinking about who you would think would be the best to play the characters or who you would like to see play them if this book was ever turned into a TV show or movie. You don't have to come up with a cast list, but it does earn you a lot of extra entries. So why not do it. I'm even going to come up with my own, even though I already have the book. You also will receive extra entries if you comment on this post, post about this contest, and just for being a follower. You could possibly earn up to 15 extra entries. Maybe more. So if you want to win an awesome faerie book, or you just want to tell me who you'd think be perfect to play this person, than just enter below.
    I will tell you how you can enter your list in another post soon. Thanks for being such awesome followers!


    Alisha

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Book Blogger Hop(13)

    Hola! So we all know what day it is, Friday! So once again I join the Hop. It's my thirteenth, and I have gained 50+ followers through the Hop. I have also found some more really great book blogs. So if you haven't already, go to Crazy-for-Books, add your link, and start Hopping around other blogs. It's a lot of fun. If you're new to my blog, than I thank you for visiting and hope you like it!

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    From My Bookshelf(5)

    So it's that time again. It's time for my weekly post. This is something I decided to do to talk about books that I've either read way before my blog and/or own and are literally from my bookshelf. I do this post either on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week, but I may be late with it sometimes. So for my fifth installment of From My Bookshelf, it's Tithe by Holly Black. If you've been noticing the picture of my bookshelf, it looks like I'm going in order, from Go Ask Alice to Tithe. Honestly this wasn't my intention when I decided on which books to do which week. It just happened. I'm also pretty sure I plan on talking about City of Bones by Cassandra Clare next week. Another coincidence. lol. Anyways on to talking about Tithe.

    About and Thoughts on Book:
    Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!
    Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death.
    From B&N

    First Paragraph:
    Kaye took another drag of her cigarette and dropped it into her mother's beer bottle. She figured that would be a good test for how drunk Ellen was - if she would swallow a butt whole. 



    I read this book a year ago in May. It was one of the first books I read that was about faeries. Before then I barely read anything that was about vampires, witches, or faeries. It helped to start the obsession. Well with books about witches and faeries, not really vampires. I actually had never heard of or read any of Holly Black's books until I saw this one on the shelf. I just read the synopsis and felt like it'd be a good read. It definitely was. If I'm remembering right, I read it pretty quickly maybe even in one night. In this book there are plenty plot twists and all the things that go along with reading a good faerie book. I didn't want to put it down.

    Kaye had always been different. She use to have friends when she was younger that no one else could see. If I was her I would think something was up. Her friends had wings, and took her places. Maybe she just had a vivid imagination, or maybe not. Everyone else thought she did, but Kaye didn't. She didn't know all about them but she knew some, enough to know that she wasn't imagining. I did enter the world of very scary faeries. How she described some things had me thinking I was there. Some things even freaked me out. I kept wanting to just know what was going to happen right then. Some things were predictable, but that happens in a lot of books, but a lot of it wasn't. After reading this book, I would read other books that also involved faeries and would end up comparing them to this one. I wanted to see if they included the same things, or if they changed it up more. I would find myself  deciding on whether I liked this other author's take on faeries or Holly Black's better. I tended and still do, side with Black. While reading this book, I didn't know there was more to it. I didn't know there was a series. I did know I wanted to read more. I was glad to find out by the end of the book that this was indeed a series. One problem is I have yet to be able to get the third one. I could never find it when I wanted to buy it from a bookstore, which completely sucks. My library only has the first one, which is to be expected that they wouldn't get the rest. Anyways I do know that this is one of my favorite books, and I do plan on getting Ironside soon.

    Overall this book would be rated in my rating system, LK - I liked it! It wouldn't hurt you to read it, but it wouldn't kill you if you didn't. I think you'd be missing out on one awesome book if you didn't. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

    So will you enter the realm of very scary faeries?

    Alisha

    Friday, June 4, 2010

    Book Blogger Hop(12)

    Hello people of the book blogging world! If you are new to my blog than welcome, and I am glad you chose to visit my blog. I hope you like it.

    Now we all know what day it is, Friday! So that means that it's time for another Book Blogger Hop. So head on over to Crazy-for-Books and add your link. This is my 12th Hop, and I now have 50+ followers and am thinking about doing a contest just for this. So if your a new follower I thank you!

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    From My Bookshelf(4)

    I have been doing this weekly post for a month now. I can tell you I'm amazed i've kept it up. I'm also amazed I've been posting consistently for over five months now. I guess that's something to be proud about. Anyways, this is my weekly post that I do in either on Tuesday or Wednesday to tell you about a book I read before my blog, it is literally on my bookshelf, and is one that I love. I wanted to give you my thoughts on books that I might of not talked about because I haven't read it recently. I have found there are a lot of books out there that I read before my blog, and I may even make this about more than just books that I own. So for this week it's Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman.

    About and Thoughts on Book:
    It's the ultimate challenge: breaking into the Ivy League.
    The hack:
    To get one deadbeat, fully unqualified slacker into the most prestigious school in the country.

    The crew:
    Eric Roth -- the good guy, the voice of reason.
    Max Kim -- the player who made the bet in the first place.
    Schwartz -- the kid genius already on the inside...of Harvard, that is.
    Lexi -- the beauty-queen valedictorian who insists on getting in the game.

    The plan:
    Use only the most undetectable schemes and techno-brilliant skills. Don't break the Hacker's Code. Don't get distracted. Don't get caught. Take down someone who deserves it.

    The stakes:
    A lot higher than they think.

    They've got the players, the plot, and soon -- the prize.
    It's go time
    From B&N

    First Paragraph:
    This story is not mine to tell.
    It is however, true - and I'm the only one willing to tell it.
    It begins, like all good stories, once upon a time.



    So what's the perfect hack there could ever be, and I do mean hack not prank, no the guys in this book are not pranksters they're hackers, and the perfect hack is Harvard. Tricking Harvard into letting someone in, who by no means would of gotten in other wise is the ultimate hack ever! How easy could it be, all the hackers are geniuses and have done things like put their teacher's whole classroom in the order that it was in the room on the roof of the school. They already have someone on the inside. They also have never gotten caught. Even with all that, it is not an easy feat to fool Harvard. It's the school of choice all over the world. Every one wants to get in, and there are no guarantees. So why would they want to do it, because they can.

    I swear this book had me laughing a lot. I couldn't put it down. It was one of those books I saw on the shelf and thought would be something interesting to read, and it sure was. I was one of those people who just kept randomly laughing. The one that annoys every one around them. Yea, I was that person when I read this book. It was all for good reason. I didn't care that my family may have wanted to hit me upside the head with a pillow or throw one of our cats at me. I just couldn't help myself. I'm not saying that you laugh every second you read this book, and maybe some of the things I thought was funny won't be funny to you, but I still enjoyed it. It won't make you cry, so if you need a laugh, or need to learn how to get into Harvard, pick up this book. I liked how the author put in a disclaimer that this by no means reflects how the admission department is at Harvard or any college. She didn't use those exact words, but you get the point. It made me think that since she had to add that that maybe it did show how they maybe were. I may have to make it where I work in the admissions department at college so I can see.

    The characters have their own motives for doing this hack. One does it for money, and the others have no idea how much. Max, the guy who makes the bet, bets with some other guys who in no way were ever going to let them win. They try everything in their power to stop them, including adding a twist I didn't expect, but probably should of. It's told from a girl's point a view, Lexi, to begin with, and every so often through out the book, but it also is told from the main hackers too, Max, Eric, and Schwarts. I didn't know whether to think that she was actually telling the story or if they were. It was good anyways. It also talked about if  it was really worth the trouble applying to colleges. If getting into Harvard was worth as much as people thought it was. I only read it a year ago, last summer, and I have the urge to pick it back up just because I'm talking about it. I might, but it is so not like me. I want to find something else like it, but are there any other books about hacking into a college? I don't know. Robin Wasserman was very original if you ask me in writing this book. I am a definite fan of hers. So go check out this book along with others by her.


    This ends From My Bookshelf 4. Please go learn how to hack into Harvard.

    Alisha