Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Winner is...

So I recently had my first contest. I had decided to do something different and have you come up with a fantasy cast for the book you could win, which was Tithe by Holly Black. I didn't make it where you had to do it, but it did give you extra entries.The contest ended yesterday, but I'm happy to tell you that I have now chosen a winner by going to random.org and just doing it by giving everyone who entered numbers. So to not draw this out any longer, the winner is...

Ky! 

Congrats Ky! Everyone should definitely check out her blog, Can't Find a Bookmark
Thanks to everyone who participated in my first contest. I will be having another one soon to go along with Blog Fest.

Thanks again,

Alisha

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Duff

So I got another book from Traveling ARC Tours. This one is The Duff by Kody Keplinger.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
From 
http://kodykeplinger.com/

So I found this book to not be at all like I expected, which is a good thing. I liked the main character, Briana, a lot. I didn't like Wesley at all in the beginning, but that's to be expected since he is the one who started calling her the Duff. I found that some of the things that Briana did annoyed me, and I didn't see why she did some of the things just to avoid other things in her life. As you might think it just made things worse. I thought it was an amazing first novel for author Kody Keplinger. I thought she picked a topic that I have yet to read about in a book which is rare. I was also glad that she wanted to write this book and tell people that people that you don't expect to do have the same self image issues as you. I look forward to more books by Keplinger, and I think you should definitely check this book out when in comes out in September.



So I 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

Thursday, July 22, 2010

From My Bookshelf(8)

Wow! How long has it been since I've done one of these posts? Well this is the first one in July, so a while. Sorry. So to kick start this thing again, I'll be talking about Just Like That by Marsha Qualey. In case you have never seen one of my From My Bookshelf post then I think I should explain to you what it's all about. It's a weekly post I do on either Tuesday or Wednesday but have now changed to Thursday. I talk about books that I haven't read that recently or might of not written a review on at all except for this post. Most of the books are literally from my bookshelf, but I do plan on talking about books I got from my local library. So on to Just Like That.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Things change so suddenly. one day Hanna has a long-term boyfriend; the next, she realizes she doesn't have strong feelings for him and breaks up with him. one day Hanna trusts her two best friends completely; the next, all of that trust is toppled. And then Hanna finds herself the bearer of a major secret: she was the last person to see two teenagers before they died in an accident on the icy lake. she can't tell anyone, so when Hanna finds herself drawn to will, the elusive boy she's noticed around town, the kind of boy who'd increase any girl's pulse, she doesn't hold back. what she learns about him will astonish her. but what she learns about herself—her friendships, her family, her life—will affect her far more.
From B&N

First Paragraph:

I suspect that sometimes strangers think I'm a bitch.  I can't say for sure though because I never ask strangers what they think.


This is book that I read over 2 years ago. It was actually 2 years on July 10th. Why do I know this? Well this was another book that I wrote in after I read it. The exact date. This doesn't include the time I reread it. Yep I liked this book so much I actually reread it last year. It was not like I expected it to be. It was amazing book that tells of how things can change just like that. No warning and everything can change. That's what happened with Hanna. She didn't know she'd be the last person to see two teenagers alive, but she was, and she can't help thinking that she could of done something. I guess we all think that at some point in our lives. But this book isn't just about that one part, more happens that Hanna doesn't see coming, and it changes her life completely. I really enjoyed reading this book, even though I was disappointed with some things that happen. In the end it seems like things will go my way, but then it ends with not really telling you what's going to happen. It makes me want another book, but this is one of those books that doesn't need to be turned into a series.

So I 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.
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Will you go find out how your life can change just like that?


Alisha

And a little reminder that my Fantasy Character Cast contest ends on the 30th, so please enter and get your pics in soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Undercover

So I haven't posted a review in a while, well just to let you know I'm back. This is my first review post in a few weeks, but I'm going to make sure the next one I don't take forever to post. The book I've recently read is Undercover by Beth Kephart.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the boys in her school. But when Elisa falls for Theo Moses, things change fast. Theo asks for verses to court the lovely Lila—a girl known for her beauty, her popularity, and a cutting ability to remind Elisa that she has none of these. At home, Elisa's father, the one person she feels understands her, has left on an extended business trip. As the days grow shorter, Elisa worries that the increasingly urgent letters she sends her father won't bring him home. Like the undercover agent she feels she has become, Elisa retreats to a pond in the woods, where her talent for ice-skating gives her the confidence to come out from under cover and take center stage. But when Lila becomes jealous of Theo's friendship with Elisa, her revenge nearly destroys Elisa's ice-skating dreams and her plan to reunite her family.
From B&N

So I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the way the author wrote it. Some of her descriptions made me feel like I was there. It only took me a few hours to read it. I should of known I would like it, because after I had finished reading it I realized I had read a book by Beth Kephart before. I had really liked that book as well. I like her style and how she uses a lot of descriptions. Even with that there were parts of this book that I didn't like. For instance the ending. I didn't like it at all. I should know by now that endings will not always go the way I want them to. The guy will not always get the girl, and the girl will not always end up with the guy I think she should.

I personally loved reading the poems that Elisa would write. I didn't like that she would write these poems for guys, and seemed to just do it for nothing. She just gave the poem to them to help them out, but never asked for something in return. I liked that she didn't expect a favor in return that she was not someone who expected something from everyone all the time. I didn't like that guys used her to help them get a girl to go out with them. I was happy that Theo didn't act like he didn't know her, but it seemed like he did when his girlfriend was around. I didn't understand why he liked Lila. Again,  this is something I should of realized, that what guys do doesn't always make sense. A lot of things don't always make sense lol.

So for this one 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.


Oh and in other news:
In case you haven't read my other post, I am extending my contest to July 30th. So if you're going to come up with your fantasy character cast or if you're going to enter at all you still have time. I also will be doing my next From My Bookshelf, but I'm changing the day that I will be doing that post to Thursday. Tomorrow or next Thursday will be the first post since more than 2 weeks ago. I think that is everything. I may be doing something new. Who knows what? I do know that I'm moving in at Clemson in a month and a day. Yippee!!!

Alisha

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Contest Reminder

So I haven't posted in a while, and for that I'm truely sorry. I have been really busy lately with work and school. So I thought I would do a post to remind anyone who hasn't joined my contest or didn't know I had a contest, about it. There's a link on the sidebar to get to the entry form. I hope that if you've decided to come up with the fantasy character cast that you will get your choices in soon, but don't fret, I have also decided to extend the end of the contest till July 30th. That gives you plenty of time to get your choices in or to just enter. I will have more to post later. I do have a few reviews to post, and I have to catch up on posting for From My Bookshelf. Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend! I will most likely have my posts up after Tuesday since I have to go to Clemson tomorrow.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Book Blog Hops Fridays

So I once again enter Book Blogger Hop and Follow My Book Blog Friday.

The first one is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy-for-Books. In this hop you just add your link, and start visiting other book blogs. Don't just leave your link, though, make sure to look at other blogs too. You'll miss out on some pretty awesome book blogs if you do just leave your link. So Jennifer also decided to add a twist. So I have to tell my name and tell why I started my blog.

So my name is Alisha if you hadn't already noticed that. The reason I started my blog was because of this goal I have to read a ton of books before I go to college. I thought a blog would be a great way to keep track of the books, and it would allow me to also give my thoughts on the books I read. I came up with this goal of mine after going on this site that had a list of the ultimate summer reads. I thought why not try to read most of these books. I had already accomplished some of it because I had already read some of the books on the list. But a lot I haven't but I have heard of them, and some I have been wanting to read. Some of the books I've read weren't originally part of the list, but I kept adding more. It's my own Ultimate Reading List. So that's why I created my blog. Why did you start yours?



Now it's also Follow My Book Blog Friday, which is hosted over at Parajunkee's View
Here are the rules for this blog hop:

  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Follow our Featured Bloggers -
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! 
Okay, so get to Hopping people! Oh, and if your new to my blog then Welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog, and your comments are much appreciated!