Monday, September 27, 2010

Update(7)

Most Recently on Alisha's World:
Well I just reviewed Losing Faith by Denise Jaden yesterday. So if you would like to check that out, click here. I really enjoyed that book, and it's worth a read.

Upcoming Reviews:
So I don't have any reviews that need to be posted. Sorry :( I do plan on finishing reading Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith soon and also Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick soon too. I also have others that I need to finish reading too, so there may be a review to post this week. Just keep checking back for that.

Happenings at College:
Well in my last Update,  I told you that I had 2 exams on the same day. Well that went well. Neither one was too bad. I found out today that I made an 86 on my math exam, which I didn't expect. I'm happy with it. I don't know what I made on my communications exam yet, he hasn't posted the grades yet. I had to give a speech Friday, and it didn't go as well as I wanted. Basically I hate giving speeches, and I think that showed when I gave mine. I think I was also a little sarcastic while giving it. I was doing good, but my professor likes to give hand signals to tell you how much time you have left, and they just got me flustered and of course I had to point this out, while giving my speech! I know what not to do when I give my next one. Well this week the only major thing for me is a preliminary lab report I have to turn in on Wednesday in my chemistry lab. So far  I do not really like doing this lab report. I'm getting my friend to help me, since I always help him with chemistry homework. He also has already had to turn his in today.
If you would like to know more about what's going on with me at college, then you should check out my other blog This Is Me.

That's the end for this Update.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Losing Faith

So I promised a review this week, and I am keeping my promise. I just didn't tell you the exact day it would be posted. So it's Losing Faith by Denise Jaden.

About and Thoughts on Book:

A terrible secret. A terrible fate.

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.
From B&N


I had seen a lot of talk going on about this book, and I have to admit it intrigued me. So much so that I went on a search for a preview of it. I had to at least read some of it before buying it. I went to the author's site first, of course, and got the first chapter, which left me wanting more. As I do often when trying to know if a book is worth paying for, I went online to B&N and Borders to see which one had a click and look inside, or at least more of a preview. But of course, when I was trying this the book had yet to come out, and it didn't seem like any one site wanted me to be able to read more. Obviously, they wanted me to buy the book. Which I did. After reading just the first chapter, I knew I wanted my hands on this book.

Brie is not like her sister, Faith, in any way. She's not religious like her, or even likes to hang out with. It hadn't always been like this. They use to be best friends, but they each changed, and just didn't act the same way toward each other anymore. Then one night, Faith ends up dying. Brie can't accept this. It doesn't seem real to her. Her friends start acting weird around her, like they don't know how to act with her around. Then things about what happened to Faith just don't add up and Brie has to know what's going on. She also keeps seeing this boy she's never met around, at Faith's funeral and at her school. She has to know how he knows Faith and what's his deal.

I personally loved reading this book. I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to find out what happened to Faith just as bad as Brie with each page I read. Some parts I wasn't too happy with, but it wasn't the writing it was just what had happened. I didn't like how Brie's friends end up treating her. They didn't seem like true friends. I liked that Jaden showed that the whole family was having a hard time with the loss of Faith, but I didn't like that neither one of Brie's parents would talk to her about Faith. I highly recommend this book. I think anyone would find it worth reading.

Overall I rate this one:
LI - Loved It! It's a definite read! You should grab this book before it goes running off the shelf!


Alisha

Monday, September 20, 2010

Update(6)

Most Recently on Alisha's World:
So I just recently reviewed Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. If you would like to check out my review of it click here. I really enjoyed reading it, and can't wait for the next one in The Infernal Devices series.

Upcoming Reviews:
So I just finished reading Losing Faith by Denise Jaden, and I should have that review up shortly. I also just received Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick in the mail today! I am so excited to get to read it before it officially due to be out! If you don't know what I'm talking about than you seriously need to get out more, and you should also read Hush, Hush first. I believe that Losing Faith and Clockwork Angel were the only books I read last week so I will probably only have one review for this week, which is nothing new as of late. I'm sorry school can get real hectic. I wish I had read more. Just look for my review of Losing Faith, I promise to have it up soon.

Happenings With College:
So in my post last week I said I had Chemistry and Biology exams. Well they went ok. I passed! Hooray, but not with the scores I wanted, so I'm going to study more for the next ones. I do have more exams this week. They are both on Wednesday, my Communications exam at 4:00 PM and my mathsc exam at 6:45 PM. Very happy that they're back to back, not! I hope all goes well. Communications isn't that bad, but wait there's more. I also have to give a speech in Communications lab on Friday! Life couldn't get any better. I am not a public speaker, nor do I want to be a public speaker. I am being forced to take this class, as a requirement for my major. I'm a Food Science major, why is Communications a required class?  I am going to make sure that I do as best as I can on my speech, even though I have a fear of public speaking. :( Everyone in the class seems to have the same fear, so this makes me feel a little better. I really don't want to go to that class on Friday. Wish me luck!

Anyways, to recap, I should have my review of Losing Faith up soon, and that will most likely be the only review this week, unless I finish Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith. Don't hold me to that.
I also just loving having 2 exams on the same day, and a speech in the same week! Again, hopefully all goes well.

Alisha


This Update had now ended.
I almost forgot to ask, any questions?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Clockwork Angel

This is the book I've been anticipating for months now. I got through Traveling ARC Tours. I couldn't wait till I finally got to read it. The book is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

About and Thoughts on Book:

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.



So like I said before I could not wait to get my hands on this book. If you read The Mortal Instruments series, then you know what I mean. It didn't disappoint either.

Tessa is a Downworlder, not that she knew it in the beginning. She finds out from the awful Dark Sisters(they're name really suits them). She ends up living with the Shadowhunters, not sure if she can trust them. She thinks they may just want to use her powers like the Dark Sisters did. But living with the Shadowhunters changes her life forever.I can tell you, I was really intrigued by Will, who seems exactly like Jace. I found that his parts were my favorite parts to read, again cause he reminded me so much of Jace. I had also liked reading parts that included Jace a lot in The Mortal Instruments series. I thought Jem, was simply an amazing person, but I didn't see their was a love triangle that is mentioned in the synopsis. Maybe it will develop later in the series. It kind of started in this one, but again I didn't feel that she really showed that. I can tell you that Jessamine's parts were not my favorite to read. I just thought she was arrogant, and extremely stuck up. I found that I couldn't put this book down, but I couldn't read it all in one day cause I had classes and exams to study for. It's hard to put exactly how I felt about this book into words. I did love reading this book, like I loved reading all of Cassandra Clare's books. I cannot wait to read the next one, or the next book in the Mortal Instruments series. It's really frustrating having to wait forever to get them. I hate that she leaves them on cliff hangers that really gets on my nerves, but it does make the story even better. 


Overall I rate this one:
LI - Loved It! It's a definite read! You should grab this book before it goes running off the shelf! It might actually do that!






Alisha

Monday, September 13, 2010

Update(5)

So I just participated in Blog Fest, as many of you know, for the first time. It was really cool and I can't wait till the next one. I had a lot of people enter my giveaway, which amazed me because I never expected the turn out that I got.

About upcoming reviews, the book I've been anticipating for months to read, I finally got last week, and will post my review sometime this week. I did also buy other books the other day, so I may post more than one review this week.

Happenings with college:
Well I have my first chemistry exam, really my first college exam ever, today at 7 PM. Joy! I studied, but to be honest, I don't know how it will go. I just hope my mind doesn't go completely blank. Tomorrow, I have a Bio exam at 8 in the morning. Now, I know I'm looking forward to that one. I just hope all goes well. Fingers crossed!

This is the end for this Update, any questions?

Alisha

Blog Fest Giveaway Winner!

Since it is the end of Blog Fest as of 11:59, it is now time to announce the winner of Old Magic by Marianne Curley. I went to random.org to decide on the winner.
And the winner of my first ever Blog Fest Giveaway is...

Tiffany Harkleroad!!!!


Congrats to you, and I will emailing you to also tell you that you have won. Also thank you to all that entered. This was just the second contest that I've ever done, and I never expected the response that I got. I also thank those that are now following my blog. I really enjoyed this Blog Fest and can't wait to participate in more! Also if you didn't win, I do plan on doing more giveaways and contests in the future so look for those.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Old Magic

This is the book for my Blog Fest Giveaway, and it's Old Magic by Marianne Curley.

About and Thoughts on Book:






Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing,
but Kate Warren doesn't know why.
The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.
Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.
From B&N


Sorry that this took me a while to finally post. It's here now, and just in time for my giveaway.


So this was a book I got a while back, and one that I had not heard of until I saw it on the shelf at the bookstore. The synopsis drew me in. I can honestly tell you that I did like it, but it wasn't like I expected, which is a good and bad thing. 


Kate is a witch, and the her whole town knows or at least that's the rumor. They know that her grandmother is one because she owns a shop where she sells things to a bunch of tourists that kind of has to do with magic. They just assume that Kate is one as well, but they have no idea what she can actually do. She can know what people are feeling by just delving into their brain, she can pick up on anger, sadness, intrigue, and any other feeling that you may not actually be showing on the outside. She can also pick up on more, but just this gift is where it all starts for Kate and Jarrod. He actually knows when she's trying to find out his feelings. He's the only one who's ever been able to do that. Kate knows that Jarrod has to have magic in him. He practically causes a storm to nearly tear up their science class. He will not believe anything that doesn't go by his rules. He won't believe that his family is cursed, and that's why they have all their bad luck. His arrogance and also how he was kind of cowardly got on my nerves. From the synopsis, and also in the beginning, I didn't think he would be like that at all. Yet, he was. I did like that she switched between Kate and Jarrod, so you got both sides of what was going on. You got to understand why Jarrod was like he was, instead of if Kate was the only one who was telling the story. I really liked part 2. You'll find out why when you read the book, which I suggest you do, cause it is really good. It has magic, it's about the paranormal, who wouldn't love it? To be honest, it's not the best book out there, but it's extremely far from the worse, by lightyears. So go check it out!


Overall 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.
















So to all of you who have entered my contest good luck to you, and the winner will be announced on the 12th! Once again, Good Luck!!!




Alisha





Blog Fest Sept. 10th - Sept. 12th!

So Blog Fest is here! It's hosted by Cinnamon over at A Journey of Books. Sorry I posted this kind of late. I'm kind of busy studying for my first exams that are next week.

Anyways for my Blog Fest Giveaway, I will be giving away a copy of Old Magic by Marianne Curley. I know you're wondering what this book is all about, so I will tell you when I post my review later today. So to enter to win this wonderful book, you just have to comment on this post and tell me if your a follower of my blog or not. Also please leave your email. Simple, isn't it?  So I will post the review later, and I'll announce the winner on the 12th. Good luck!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Update(4)

So to start off, I did do most of the review posts I said I would do. I just still have yet to post my one on Old Magic. Sorry I haven't posted that one, I don't know why I have yet to post that one. It will be up soon, hopefully.

In other news, I have been sick for the past couple of weeks. I don't know what's wrong with me. It's baffling. I think I had planned to post something about this on my other blog, but haven't done that either. I blame it on being sick. At least I've still gone to all my classes. Now in high school, I would of been begging my mom to let me stay home, even if it wasn't really that bad. Well this weekend it was really bad, so I stayed in my dorm most of the day yesterday and watched movies, instead of going to the first football game of the season. I'm not huge fan of football, so I didn't feel too bad about missing that game, but I do want to go to others. I don't want to totally miss out on all of them. So hopefully I feel better  for the next one. I do feel somewhat better today. My stomach doesn't hurt, but I know I'm not 100% myself still. Let's hope I am soon. I think I will go more in depth on what's been wrong with me on my other blog, so if you want to check that out just click here, but don't click today. I may have it up in the next couple of days. So u may want to keep checking back, if you want to know.

Also, I should be receiving another book from Traveling ARC Tours soon. It's one I've been anticipating for a while now. You'll find out which book it is when I post my review on it. Hopefully I get it this week, so I can read it, and have my review up as soon as possible. I don't know if there is anything else I have forgotten to mention.

Anyways, to recap, I should have my review of Old Magic up soon, and if not blame it on me being sick. I also should have another review up soon, but it may not be till next week. Depends on when I get the book.

This ends Update 4, and questions? Please don't hesitate to raise your hand and ask

Indigo Blues

Once again I joined in on another tour through Traveling ARC Tours. I must say I really like doing ARC tours. So the one I joined in on this time is Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Even though you tossed me away, I'm here to stay.
Oh, Indigo, how could you let me go . . .
-from "Indigo Blues" written by Adam Spade, performed by Blank Stare
Indigo:
I never asked to be famous—or infamous. Such is my fate for briefly dating (and dumping) Adam Spade. Yes, the Adam from the indie rock band who wrote "Indigo Blues"—the song that gave the band overnight success, propelled them to New York City, and stole my precious anonymity. Now I'm pawed by fans, stalked by reporters, and pegged as a vicious heartbreaker. And Adam is still calling me. Doesn't he have better things to do?
Adam:
With a hit single and a promising career, I should be on top of the world. People on the street are beginning to recognize me, which is cool. And scary. The band is counting on me to write another hit, but I can't stop thinking about Indigo. Why won't she answer the phone?
From B&N

I was kind of surprised by this book. I expected something different after reading the synopsis. I'm not saying that it's bad or that it's the most amazing book either. It's good, though. When I read the synopsis, I automatically thought of a book I've read before where the same thing happens. You probably know the one I'm talking about if you have read it. It made me think of Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway. There are similarities, but in Audrey Wait! you don't get the point of view of the guy like you do in Indigo Blues. I expected this to focus more on the fame that Indigo was getting. I thought she'd get hounded more by the press, but to me people only thought it was her by her name. It's really unique. Other people knew because they knew her and that she had dated Adam. I wanted there to be more about their relationship, to explain more about what happened, but it didn't tell everything I felt it should about it. I also didn't care too much for the ending, to me it just ended. I never have liked that, and I want more clarification on what's going to happen in the future with them two, this will bug me for a while now. 

Overall I give this one:
OK - It was okay. Not bad, not excellent. 
It seems like it should be given more than that because I did find it to be a good read, but I did want more from it. 



Alisha


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Heart You, You Haunt Me

I've been trying to get out of my reading slump, so I think I'm managing to accomplish this because I finished this book in just a few hours. It's I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back...
...sort of.
Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she'scrazy, but she knows he's here.
Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.
From B&N


This book simply amazed me. Reading Ellen Hopkins got me into reading books in verse, and this book just furthered my interest. I liked that you could easily read this in a matter of a couple of hours, but it's still an amazing book that you didn't want to get done reading. I did feel that some parts got on my nerves, like when Ava kept hinting at what exactly happened to Jackson, but she never really told you till the end. Yea that helps with the suspense and makes you keep wanting to read, but it has always made me frustrated. I think it's just me. I was expecting a ghost story where the ghost appears to Ava all the time, but this book wasn't exactly like that. She could never actually see Jackson unless in her dreams, but she knew when he was there. Like when a door would all of a sudden slam close, or when things would be knocked off her desk. Jackson was nothing like the ghosts from other things I've seen on TV. I felt Jackson showing up was messing with Ava's grieving process, because to her she still had him there. I felt that was hindering her moving on, and living her own life. But I could be wrong, you'd have to read the book to find out. And with that I end this review and hope that you'd add this book to your to be read list because I recommend it.


So I rate this one:
LI - Loved it! It's a definite read! You should grab this book before it goes running off the shelves! I know that not everyone likes verse novels, but I'm turning out to be a big fan. So if you do like verse novels, I'd think you'd like this one.

Also sorry I took forever to post this, I don't where all my time has gone, probably school.


Alisha