Thursday, 29 September 2011

Bumped Review

Summary:  When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
 
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
 
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
 
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Cover: 3/5 cool how on the book, the egg is raised off the page so it actually feels like an egg :p but other than that, not too exciting...

Review: Bumped, despite the many mixed reviews, was actually a very interesting book. I loved the vocabulary used - how everything was "neggy" and stuff like that :p  It made it really cool to read, and it kind of sunk in that this is written really far in the future.

Without giving the book away, it was fascinating how Melody and Harmony (the twins) both questioned their living arrangements... how they became aware that not everything is black and white. And the chemistry!! Omgg I absolutely loved all the chemistry between certain characters! I mean you can tell right off the batt that Zen is totally jealous whenever Melody's Surrogette duties come up, but it's like she's oblivous! :p And then Jondoe and Harmony! Teehe that is one innnnteresting relationship :p

The ending was both very surprising and very anticipated... if that's possible :p I still can't decide if I love it or hate it. All I know is that it was a cliffhanger leaving me wanting more! I definitely can't wait for the second book, Thumped.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

Summary: In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.


So after I read Matched, I couldnt wait until the secong book Crossed would come out, and now the release date is almost here!! :D I'm so excited to read this and find out what happens to all of the different characters, especially Cassia and Ky! :p I really hope this books is just as good if not better than Matched.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Giveaway

Heey everyone. Thanks again for those who entered my giveaway... Hayley has responded so she has won :)

But if your looking for  new giveaway, check this one out! It's awesome!!

http://thewritingdancer.blogspot.com/2011/09/100-follower-giveaway.html

Monday, 26 September 2011

Winner of International I HEART BOOKS Giveaway


Heey everyone!! Thanx so much to everyone who entered my giveaway, I really appreciate it and thanx for those who posted it on your blog... new followers are always awesome :p

Sooooooo drum roll please......................................................... lol
And the winner is: Hayley!! Woo congrats :p

So I will be emailing Hayley tonight to inform her that she has won and if there is no reply within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen :)

Again, thank you to all those who entered!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Forever Review

Summary: The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater.
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Cover: 3/5 Cool cover, however I just think that if you knew nothing about the series and saw this in a bookstore, it wouldn't the most exciting thing to pick up.

Review: Oh man where to start :p Lol well first of all, I'm really  sad that this is the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series and I both loved and hated the ending. I found that it didn't tie it up very nicely... it left way too many questions. Now, whether or not Maggie did this because she's planning to come back to it in the future or if she just wanted to keep you guessing, I dont know :p Personally, I hope it's the former :D

Besides that, I loved this book just as much if not more than Shiver and Linger. Without spoiling anything, the ending actually made me cry until I knew what actually happened :p And i don't cry easily so I love it when authors are able to evoke that kind of emotion in people.

I also loved all the new characters, and the growth and developments of old characters. You see more of Grace's parents, especially her mother. And also the police officer, Koenig, plays a role as well! The chemistry between Cole and Isabel heated up, which was awesome because I love them as a couple!! :D They're both messed up in different ways that just makes them perfect for each other! Also, of course, Sam and Grace. Believe it or not, when I first read Shiver, I actually wasn't really sure if I liked them together... they were both just too similar and nice that I wasn't sure their would be any excitement besides the fact that Sam was a wolf :p But Linger and Forever have made me a fan :p It was really interesting to see how they would get through the fact that Sam was "cured" and Grace was now the wolf but it was really cool how they worked through it :p

Overall, great characters, great plot, loved the action!! Just a great book all around. I will sincerely miss the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

Giveaway Ending

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for entering my giveaway but today is the last day :( Sooo... the winner will be announced tomorrow or Tuesday!! :D

In My Mailbox (1)





For Review:

Bloodmaiden by Christine E. Schulze (E-book copy) A huge thannks to Christine who has sent me an e-book copy of Bloodmaiden for review!! I am so excited to read this book and can't wait to post my review :p

Won:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (ARC) Thank you thank you thank you to SImon and Schuster! I won this book on goodreads and am super excited to read and review it! :D

Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell (E-book copy) Thank you so much to Ryning Books, this should be a great read! :p

Bought:

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Elixir by Hilary Duff
She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott
Switch by Carol Snow
L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
Thirst No. 2 by Christopher Pike

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sarah Dessen!

     Omigoodness! So today I went to the Sarah Dessen book signing at the Eaton Centre and it was amazing! She is honestly such an amazing person! I love her books and am only 4 away from owning them all :p
     I also loved the fct that she signed as many of her books as you had in addition to the new one! I don't know about you, but I hate it when authors are like "oh ya, the new one plus 1" it's like, I'm taking the time to purchase your book and come to this signing and you won't even sign all the books I have?
     So anyway, Sarah didn't do that and I was sooo happy! So she signed 7 books for me! (I have 2 copies of Just Listen :p) SO ya I just got home from it and can't wait to reorganize my bookshelf to fit the new book I bought, What Happened to Goodbye!
     Oh, and while I was down there, I also stopped at a second hand bookstore and picked up Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick for only 5 dollars!! I know I was greaking out too :D and its a hard cover to boot! Lol so ya just wanted to put up my exciting news! Hope you had a happy wednesday! I know I did :D

Sarah Dessen:
Just ListenThe Truth about ForeverThis LullabyLock and KeyAlong for the RideSomeone Like YouDreamlandKeeping the MoonWhat Happened to GoodbyeThat Summer
I own Just Listen *2, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key, Someone Like You, Dreamland, and What Happened to Goobye!

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Title: Wings of the Wicked
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Harpercollins/ Katherine Tegen Books
The second book in the Angelfire series.

Summary:
Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.


I cannot wait to read Wings of the Wicked! I love everything about it so far, from the cover to the title to hte summary! :p The first book, Angelfire, was absolutely amazing and i am just jumping in my seat, waiting to see what happens to Ellie and Will :D For the first time, like ever, I am looking forward to Valentine's Day! :p

Friday, 16 September 2011

The Help Review

 Summary: Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Cover: 2/5 Honestly, I just don't find this cover very interesting :(

Review: The reason it took me so long to read this book is not because it wasn't good - it was :p - but because school has started and there's homework and all that fun stuff... The Help was actually a very interesting and fun read! I thought it was absolutely fascinating to learn about life in the 1960's and the relationships between white and black people. I think Kathryn Stockett put alot of time and effort into researching all the facts for this book, and it definitely shows.

I also loved how she included the fact that, although most whites hated blacks and believed whole-heartedly in segregation, there were alot who were on the blacks side, and fought for the life in which we now live. This was just a very inspirational book that I recommend to all poeple of all ages. :)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The third book in the Hush, Hush series.

Summary: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.



This book looks unbelievably good! The first two in the Hush, Hush series were absolutely amazing in my opinion, so I cannot wait for this newest addition! The cover looks great, and I'm sure that bookstores everywhere will be sold out when this book is released! :D

Sunday, 11 September 2011

300 Followers Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Just recently started following this really great blog, and now theres a 300 follower giveaway!! your prize choices are awesome so check it out :p

http://diminutivemimi.blogspot.com/2011/09/300-followers-giveaway.html

Friday, 9 September 2011

The Vampire Diaries: The Return Midnight Review

Summary:       The devil you know . . .
With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.
Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again, even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?
Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell's Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker and closer than they ever could have imagined. . .

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Cover: 3/5 although the book is phenominal, the cover just doesnt do it enough justice :(

Review: Well this is another addition to the vampire diaries series and let me tell you, it has totally kept up if not exceeded the excitement of the previous books! :D
As with alot of a books, I found the beginning just a bit on the slow side... there was still lots happening, but I just found that it was not as breathtaking as usual. But then the story really got going and my goodness was it ever awesome!
I loved how the book had alot of different perspectives. At some point it would be in Elena's point of view, sometimes Damon's, Bonnie's... it kept it interesting :p Personally my favorite was Damon's point of view because I just love how to everyone around him, he seems so cold and heartless and uncaring yet he's actually so sweet and full of love! And only Elena can truly see him... although in this book, Bonnie also sort of moved in which, honestly, kind of irritated me :p I really want Elena to end up with Damon, so when Damon started caring about Bonnie, I was like "NO WAY!!" So we'll see what happens in the continuation of the series....
The ending of this book could make a priest swear and cry at the same time! I'm totally not joking! It is the absolute best and worst way ever to end the book! It is the very definition of cliff hanger! :D I was literally bawling and then shrieking in happines... when a book can do that to you, you know it's absolutely amazing!
So, The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight should be on not only your to-read list, but your to-buy list :D

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

WWW... Wednesday (2)

Hey! It's that time again.... Wednesday!! ... hosted by Should Be Reading!

To play along, just answer three questions:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you plan to read next?

So, my answers are:


1. What are you currently reading?
I'm reading The Help right now. I was determined to read the book before I watched the movie so I  finally got it! I can't wait to finish reading, watch the movie, and then compare!!
2. What did you recently finish reading?
So, I just finished reading The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight and it was absolutely amazing! 5 stars! :D review coming soon










3. What do you plan to read next?
Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) And I plan on reading the final addition to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series next which I am so excited for!! :D I can't wait to see how everything ends!

Beautiful Dead #1: Jonas Review

Review: ♥♥♥
Cover: 3/5 cover is kind of interesting but not my favorite

Rating: So Jonas was defnitely a good book and all, it just wasn't really my favorite. I'm givning it three stars because although I did like it and thought it had a really unique plot, it didn't really stick with me. Alot of the times, the entire contents of a book will stick with me for a few days afterward either because they were absolutely amazing or they were just that horrible :p But three stars is what I give to books that I defnitely liked, just didn't love and didn't find all that memorable.
Other than that, the book was interesting and I will definitely finish the series if only to find out what happens to the other three members of the Beautiful Dead. Perhaps the series will get better with time, but for now, I'd recommend just getting the book out of the library or something before purchsing because for me, it's not the kind of book I need to own.
Just my opinion. Maybe you have a completely different opinion :)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Top 100 Most Popular YA Books

ok so you may have seen this going around... i know i have :p but i first saw it at The Magic Attic

sooo highlighted in red are the ones i've read and bold are the books i own but havent read yet :p

  1. Alex Finn – Beastly
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
  18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
  38. John Green – Paper Towns
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3, 4)
  44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick; Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale - The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
  93. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  94. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  95. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  97. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  98. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  99. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped
so i've only read 27 of the books/series on this list :( clearly i need to update my tbr pile :D
so how many have you read? do you own any? make the post! :p

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Coming Soon

So, im going away for the weekend and dont have enough time to write a review for Beautiful Dead #1: Jonas so the review will be posted either Monday or Tuesday depending on when i get home :)