Sunday, February 28, 2010

In My Mailbox - (2/28/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

So I caved to a 50% off already cheap books and bought a I just need to get to reading the massive piles I have around my room.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Beautiful Children by Charles Bock
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
A Son of the Circus by John Irving
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Circus in the Winter by Cathy Day

Mockingjay Synopsis Revealed!!

Description taken from Goodreads
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Books in the New Year contest *WINNERS*

The New Books in the New Year contest was HUGE success and I want to thank everyone who entered. There were 129 entrants with a whopping 1179 entries!! It took a long time to sort it all out and, unfortunately, I can't give prizes out to everyone. 

The winners are as follows:
1st Grand Prize
2nd Grand Prize
3rd Prize Winner
4th Prize Winner
5th Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winners! If you don't get an email right away, don't worry. I'll be emailing everyone as each winner chooses a prize, so be patient. Once you receive an email, you'll have 72 hours to respond or I'll choose an alternate winner.
Thanks for entering everyone :D

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Should I change my URL?? & Contest Reminder

In leiu of a Think About It Thursday post, I wanted to address an email I received recently.

One of my very kind (and awesome) followers (thanks for following everyone!) dropped me an email about my URL. I changed the name of my blog about 1 1/2 months ago, but I'm not all that internet savvy, so I have no idea how, or if, I could change my URL to match the new blog name without losing my followers and such. After some research, it seems like I could change the URL, and have the old one redirect my new followers, but all of my links will go dead.

The last thing I would want now is to lose my followers or any of the traffic I get. If I were to change the URL and redirect, it would take a lot of work to fix all the dead links, so what do you guys think??

Should I just stick with what I have, even though the URL doesn't match the blog name? I've seen a few other blogs that do this and it doesn't seem to cause any trouble.

Or should I put the work in and figure out how to change my URL, redirect from the old URL, and fix all the dead links?

You guys are the ones who come here and read my stuff, so your opinion really matters.

On another note, my New Books in the New Year contest ends tomorrow at midnight, so if you haven't entered yet, make sure you do. Currently, there are going to be 5 winners with 15 books (aside from the two grand prizes) to choose from. 

I'll attempt to post the winners the next day and I'll be emailing them, but it could take a little longer because there are tons of entries.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Movie

**Comments on this post will get you +3 extra entries into the New Books in the New Year Contest**

The Lightning Thief movie wasn’t quite what I expected. I saw the movie last weekend, so it had been years since I had read the book. At the time, I didn't remember all that much from the book, but the entire time I was watching the movie, something felt off. The obvious changes, like age and such, I could put out of my mind, but I felt like little, important things, were missing. After re-reading the book last week, I realized just how much was changed. I won't get all into it because I already made a post/discussion about books being turned into movies and included this, but there was a lot lost in translation. I think that if you’ve read the book, there’s a chance you’re not going to love the movie, but if you’ve never read the book, there's a good chance you'll enjoy it.

The Lightning Thief is a fun-filled, action-packed family film that both children and adults will enjoy. Children will love it for the action and adventure, while adults will enjoy the witty lines and jokes. Logan Lerman is excellent as Percy, but it’s Brandon T. Jackson that steals the show as Grover, a satyr who is sent to protect Percy. Rosario Dawson was fabulous as Persephone and Uma Thurman was killer as Medusa. And for those of you looking for some eye candy, Kevin McKidd definitely fits the bill as Poseidon. I will say that the gods (Poseidon included) had very little screen time because most of it was devoted to Percy, Annabeth, and Grover running around the US in search of some…you’ll have to see to find out.

Either way, I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot more Percy Jackson fans now.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Miramax Books (Hyperion)
Paperback, 375 pages
Date Published: April 1, 2006

Description (Taken from Goodreads) 
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Percy Jackson is not your average 12 year old boy. Most adults view him as a bad seed because he gets into fights and is often expelled from his schools, but when his teacher transforms into some scary monster, Percy realizes that all is not as it seems. The thing is, Percy Jackson isn’t just a dyslexic, ADHD kid. He also happens to be part god, or demigod. His mother, Sally, is a normal mortal woman, but his dad is Poseidon, the god of the sea. When Percy realizes all of this, he also realizes his life will never be the same. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief follows Percy, along with new friends Annabeth and Grover, on a quest to recover Zeus’ missing lighting bolt; a bolt which Percy has been accused of stealing.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is an adventure-filled, action-packed romp that middle grade children will love. This is a reread for me and I loved it this time just as much as before. The mythology is not only interesting, but it will hold the reader’s attention completely. Even if you know little to nothing about Greek mythology, Riordan fills you in without overwhelming you.

Percy is an instantly likable character. He’s also very realistic for a 12 year old boy. At times he is angry and volatile, but other times, he just wants to cry and I think that perfectly represents an adolescent of that age. All of the characters are very well-written and I couldn’t help but want to go on this journey with them. The Lightning Thief is the perfect start to an epic adventure and I highly recommend it.

Opening line: Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

Favorite lines: The real world is where the monsters are. That’s where you learn whether you’re any good or not.

Music Mondays - (2/22/10)

Music Mondays spotlights a band/artist that I particularly enjoy. I'm not sure who started it, but I know that Reverie Book Reviews does the same thing.

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Jimmy Eat World, so I figured I would feature them this week. I'm sure many of you have at least heard of them. Anyway, here's one of my all-time favorite songs. Ever.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

In My Mailbox - (2/21/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I'm still doing a good job of not buying books, though I am heading to the bookstore today, so next week's IMM may have some more books in it.
Liquid Soul by Matthew Carter (signed)

The Line by Teri Hall (IT'S SHIPPING FROM B&N RIGHT NOW!!!!)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Think About It Thursday (4): Movie/Show Adaptations

Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to Salady
This isn't so much a 'Think About It' post, as it is a rant, but anyway.

Today I want to talk about books being turned into movies or television shows. Recently, The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, Dear John, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as well as numerous other books or book series have been adapted for film or television. I've found that a lot of the time, the movies or shows pale in comparison to books. Sometimes they veer so far from the book that I can't even stand the movie or show.

I absolutely hated The Da Vinci Code because I read the book. I've heard other people thought it was a brilliant movie, but they never read the book. I personally believe that Twilight was a horrendous movie and I saw Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief over the past weekend and it was so far from the book that I couldn't really enjoy it. The people I went with had never read the book and they really enjoyed the movie, but the entire time I was watching it, I just kept thinking, this isn't right, that's not what happened, and they left that out. I'll have both a book review and a movie review thingy later on, but I can't help but think that sometimes books should just be left as books.

It's awesome to see some of your favorite literary characters brought to life, but only if it is done well. That, or you're able to completely separate the two and not be upset when things change. I'm able to do this with Harry Potter and I did really enjoy New Moon, but with other book to movie adaptations, I have more trouble.

So, to conclude my little (long) rant here: I think that if books are being turned into movies or shows, that the integrity of the story must be maintained. I'm not saying hair color or eye color can't be changed, but the important things and the major happenings need to translate. One thing about Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief that really bugged me, was that the Oracle wasn't present at all. There were tons of little things that got on my nerves, but there was no Oracle and the prophecy isn't discussed at all. Those are such major things, not only in the first book, but in the entire series, and it's completely cut out.

Let's hear those opinions!
Books to movies or tv shows?? Should it be done? I think the author should be able to step in a bit to help maintain the integrity of his/her art, but it rarely occurs. Do you think Hollywood should be more accommodating to the writers? Or is it always just going to be the whole 'we payed you and now it's ours to do with as we please' kind of deal?

-Side note: I've never read any of The Vampire Diaries books or Dear John, so I have no opinion on the adaptations. They were just examples.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Line

Waiting on Wednesdays is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's WoW is The Line by Teri Hall. It's release date is March 4, 2010, but it is shipping RIGHT NOW from Barnes & Noble!! I already ordered my copy and it's on its way :D

An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.
Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.

Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?

The Line will be published by Dial on March 4, 2010.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A House Afire Contest

Emma Kinna was very kind to send me this copy of her novel A House Afire to review and I would love get it a little more exposure, so I want to pass along my copy to another blogger.

-You do NOT need to be a follower to enter
-Open internationally
-You must be 13 or older to enter or have parent/guardian permission
-You MUST fill out the form to enter

-*Open only to those with blogs
-*You must be willing to read AND review A House Afire on your blog (obviously I cannot guarantee that you'll do this, but I ask that if you enter, then you plan on reading the book. This is all in good faith).

Interview: Emma Kinna author of A House Afire

Emma Kinna, debut author of A House Afire, was kind enough to give me a little interview.

The Interview:
Can you describe A House Afire in 7 words or less?
Unconventional is the norm in this house.
(I was going to just say, "Nope.")

Where did the idea for the book and fire breathing girl come from?
The idea for the book came from a lot of things, but I think the fire-breathing girl part came from an urge I had to get back at a bully. Not necessarily a typical bully, but a general feeling of powerlessness around certain people when I was a lot younger. A girl who had no reason to be afraid seemed so appealing. But once I started writing about Phyllis, it turned out she had just as much, if not more, to be afraid of as the rest of us. Phyllis's name came from Philadelphia, Sid showed up when I started writing about Phyllis, the Aunts were inspired by the movie "Arsenic and Old Lace," and Quincy, Phyllis's closest friend in the house, came out of nowhere. I love the idea of a house full of people, a tiny community in which everyone is comfortable being themselves and where sometimes things get a little out-of-control.

There are so many different characters in A House Afire, so how were you able to create so many unique characters, while not having one personality overpower another?
I think most of the characters in the book are pretty strong, each one in his or her own way. They're all assertive, vocal people, who have been through a lot and have had to protect themselves for one reason or another. They have ideals to defend, and they each have strong senses of who they are. And in the house, everybody's little idiosyncrasies kind of bounce off of each other. They characters are very defined in my mind and their personalities are quite different from one another. I guess what keeps them from overpowering one another has to do with their differences, their senses of humor, and the sense of familial friendship that most of the inhabitants of the house have. They're different ages, they come from some completely different and often odd walks of life, but it turns out that they still all have a lot in common. And some of them have too much respect for each other to try and overpower one another.

What has it been like self-promoting your book?
It's been a lot of fun. Writing and talking about books really is something I've always wanted to do, so it's amazing to be able to do it and say that it's a part of my career! It's also nice to be able to do it on my own time, and talk to people personally. It's a very good way to start for me, because I still have a lot to learn. That said, it's probably not the way to go for someone who needs a full-time career, and it can get expensive- it's not for everyone. But for me, it's been a good experience.

A House Afire is quite a hefty read. Did you plan the story out ahead of time or did you just run with it?
I wrote out some foundational scenes first, mainly encounters I saw between Phyllis and Sid, and then kept moving through the rest of the characters and saw what they all had to add to the story. I planned out most of it, but you may have heard from other authors that sometimes characters don't let things go as planned. Also, it's my first book- I'm sure with experience I'll be a little better at trimming down stories, and once I experience more I'll have some more concise stories to tell. But honestly, I really didn't ever want to trim this one down...I had a lot of fun writing it and I wanted to make sure I fully got across the atmosphere of the house and the personalities of the characters.

Do you have any favorite books or authors?
Oh yes, yes I do. Right now I'm loving Laurie R. King, who writes the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mystery series. I might enjoy her Sherlock stories even more than Doyle's! I also love Kirsten Miller, who wrote the Kiki Strike series (amazing, amazing books). One of my favorite books is "Necklace of Kisses" by Francesca Lia Block. And some other YA authors I really love are Lauren Myracle, Carolyn Mackler, and once upon a time, Christopher Pike.

Are you currently working on any new ideas or do you have some ideas for the future?
I'm working on the next book about Phyllis Sorin, little by little. And I have some other ideas that I've been scribbling down from time to time. We'll see what happens.

If anyone wants to pick up A House Afire, where can they do so?
The best places to find the book right now are on the internet- Barnes and Noble's website and Also I'm very open to mailing free copies for those willing to review the book on blogs, so if you're interested leave me a comment and we'll talk.

Lastly, is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you so much for interviewing me and reviewing my book! You asked some very good questions (I'm finding that most book bloggers are pretty good at that). I had a lot of fun answering them. Also, for those interested in the book, check out my blog! ( It has a lot more information about the book and me, and right now I'm posting some original excerpts for a reading I'll be doing on April first. Feel free to leave a comment if you'd like to chat, I'm happy to answer questions and talk about books!

I just want to thank Emma for being so kind and sending me a copy of her book to review and for such a great interview. Take a minute and check out her blog. If you have any questions or comments, she is super quick in getting back to you.

A House Afire by Emma Kinna

Title: A House Afire
Author: Emma Kinna
Publisher: Publish America
Paperback, 504 pages
Date Published: December 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Phyllis Sorin has seen all sorts of people. With two kind Aunts who rent out the rooms of their house to anyone in need, the people she calls family are a little different from most. There’s Bill, who takes on the personalities of movie characters. There’s Quincy, whose best friend is a drag queen. There’s Anna, an opera singer and kung-fu master.
And Phyllis, well, she’s not exactly normal herself. But even as she begins to navigate high school’s social jungle, Phyllis finds comfort and humor in her odd home.
When Dominick Siddons moves in, however, all of Phyllis's priorities become inferior to finding out his secret. A young lawyer with a vicious wit and ferocious temper, Sid may understand Phyllis in a way no one else can. And through truth and fiction, through the inevitable chaos of the house, Phyllis finds much more than she bargained for.

A House Afire is a difficult book to surmise. It chronicles the life of Phyllis Sorin, a 14, turning 15, year old girl who lives in a large house with her aunts and the various characters that they board. The family is eccentric to say the least and Phyllis has this strange little ability to breathe fire.

I’ll be completely honest and say that I didn’t enjoy A House Afire. It took me forever to finish because I just couldn’t get into it. By page 100, it was picking up a little and it wasn’t so bad to read anymore. But still, it was not for me. And here’s why:

Reason #1: I have no idea what the premise of the story was
For 504 pages, I didn’t see the point. I nearly gave up around page 50, but I soldiered on. Phyllis can breathe fire, but that isn’t even a big part of the story. It’s just an extension of who she is. The story is very journal-like and it’s basically a walkthrough of Phyllis’ life. It’s also very methodical. Phyllis tells us exactly what she’s doing.
I got up, out of bed, and looked in the mirror. I brushed my mane until it looked like human hair again. Then I went into the bathroom to wash my face. – pg. 84

Reason #2: The characters
There are far too many characters and I had trouble keeping them straight. And along with that, the Aunts were unrealistic to me. They love Phyllis and that’s fine. And they’re very kind and that’s fine, but they basically cater to Phyllis. They rush around to cook for her and they’re dialogue just seems unrealistic to me. The aunts aren't old at all (I think they're 50is?? But, at times, their dialogue makes them seem wicked old).
“Pish tosh, Phyllis is beautiful.” – pg. 13
“Now I think it would be quite appropriate and do you three some good to apologize to one another. – pg. 53
“Phyllis! You’re up!” said Aunt Chasey happily. “I’m glad to have your company.” – pg. 86

Reason #3: The characters
With so many characters, I felt like very few of them actually had their own voices. I couldn’t tell the aunts apart. There are several gay guys and the only one who had his own personality (or just that we hear from most) is Quincy. I also didn’t get the purpose of having all these eccentric characters if they didn’t play into the story in any significant way.

Reason 4: The romantic relationships
Phyllis gets a boyfriend and her friends have boyfriends and maybe some of them have sex. I understand that high school kids do have sex and that didn’t bother me at all. The thing that disturbs me is Phyllis and Sid’s relationship. The entire story has Phyllis pining over Sid, who is at least 10 years her senior. It would be fine if it was just a schoolgirl crush, but Sid kisses her. I’m not talking a peck on the cheek. He full-on kisses her and that disturbs me. He continues to flirt with her, even though he says he is too old for her. It just really disturbed me.

Reason 5: The plot holes
There is so much introduced in A House Afire but there is no follow-through. A paranormal element creeps in and I clung to that, but nothing happens with it. The story ends without any resolution of that part of the story. What’s the point in introducing this elaborate world if that storyline just ends? (I learned from my interview with Emma, that she is working on another story about Phyllis, so these plot holes may actually just be an open for a sequel).

All that being said, I didn’t hate the book. I was able to finish it and it really wasn't bad, just not for me. Once I hit the 100 page mark, the story got better. I don’t know if it was just that I was used to the writing or what, but it was easier to read from there. A House Afire is not a story for everyone and while I didn’t love it, that doesn’t mean other people won’t.

Opening line: Jeremy Heron was my good friend Janelle’s boyfriend.

Favorite line: Intentions are immaterial, action is what counts.
Not really for me - 2.5

Teaser Tuesday - Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief + a Couple of Contests

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
"Absolute terror ran through my body. I did the only thing that came naturally: I swung the sword." ~ pg. 13

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

*Some Contests to Check Out*
  • Maggie Stiefvater is holding a GIANT Linger giveaway that I already posted about. - Ends 2/21
  • Twisted Fates' Cafe is giving away 3 sets of books for answering the question How do you help others? Whether you volunteer in your community, donate to a charity, or donate used items to goodwill. How do you make a difference? - Ends 2/28
  • Once Upon a Book Blog/Fourteen Years - Robby is giving away a book released in either January or February to one lucky follower - Ends 2/28 
  • Caster Girls is holding an exclusive Beautiful Creatures contest in celebration of Lena's 16th birthday. You can win a slew of things, including custom Chucks from authors Kami and Margie. - Ends 3/5
  • Tales of the Ravenous Reader is holding a Fantastic February Book Contest for one follower to win 6 books. - Ends 3/7
  • The Undercover Book Lover is holding a Birthday Bash Contest. One winner gets 10 books. International - Ends 3/10
  • Storywings 49 follower contest - 4 winners so far with a bunch of books to choose from. International - Ends 3/19

Monday, February 15, 2010

Music Mondays - (2/15/10)

Music Mondays spotlights a band/artist that I particularly enjoy. I'm not sure who started it, but I know that Reverie Book Reviews does the same thing.

This week I want to feature one of my favorite bands: The Rocket Summer(it's really one guy, but a band plays with him live). It's really upbeat, positive music, so check it out. 

I've been a fan for years and a new TRS album, titled Men and Angels, is coming out February 23rd, so here's "Do You Feel," off of the album Do You Feel
 You may notice band members from several other bands, including Jack's Mannequin, All Time Low, Relient K, Paramore, and a few others. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

INCREDIBLE Linger Contest!!!

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog.

*Make sure you go check out Maggie Stiefvater's contest to win one of several ARC's of Shiver!

In My Mailbox - (2/14/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I've been doing a good job on not spending money on books, so only 2 this week:

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Hunger (Gone #2) by Michael Grant

Friday, February 12, 2010

Woohoo!! 200 Followers & a contest update

  I can't believe I'm made it to 200+ followers! I never thought it would happen and so quickly. 

*Contest update*
Now that I've reached 200, I've added another winner to the New Books in the New Year Contest.
 That's 5 winners total!

On a side note: I know I said I would be updating more, but school has been kicking my ass. I'm still waiting to hear back about my Capstone (almost like an internship) placement and it's been stressing me out. I thought I had one lined up and even went for 4 hours yesterday, but it's not 100% certain just yet. It's in public health, so I need to get accepted by both the director of the program and then the city mayor. I hope to get back on track with the blog and I have some posts lined up for next week. 

Thanks for sticking with me everyone! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Unwritten Rule

Waiting on Wednesdays is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW is The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. I think it's a fitting book to use, since I just posted my review of Something, Maybe.

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more... 

The Unwritten Rule will be released March 16, 2010 by Simon Pulse


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Title: Something, Maybe
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 217 pages
Date Published: March 24, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showing pretty girls--and his "party" lifestyle--all over the Internet, and her mom, who was once one of her dad's girlfriends, is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for far too long, Hannah has learned how to stay out of sight...and that's how she likes it.

Of course, being unknown isn't helping her get noticed by gorgeous, confident Josh, who Hannah knows is her soul mate. Between trying to figure out a way to get him to notice her, dealing with her parents, and wondering why she can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn, Hannah feels like she's going crazy. She's determined to make things work out the way she wants....only what she wants may not be what she needs.

Hannah is the perpetual wallflower. Her dad is Jackson James, a Hugh Heffneresque playboy and her mom is Candy Madison, one of his former ‘special girls’ who now makes a living taking it off for her website subscribers. Hannah lives with being the ‘love child’ of a former star, but tries to hide from the insults and laughter at school. She sticks out like a sore thumb in her small town, but still does everything in her power to blend in. In reality, she wants what every teenager wants: her mom to not embarrass her and guy to notice her. It would be nice if gorgeous, poetry-writing Josh would be that guy, but he just seems to want to confuse her. Which is exactly what the adorably goofy Finn does. Hannah is confused; about her family, about life, and, certainly, about love.

Something, Maybe is romantic, sweet, chick-lit. I usually don’t like chick-lit. At all. But I absolutely loved this. Elizabeth Scott does a fantastic job making a teen love story not boring. It is predictable at times, but Hannah’s strange family and the humor in it makes up for it. The story is sweet, while maintaining a deeper, more emotional aspect through Hannah’s disjointed family. The little love triangle between Josh-Hannah-Finn was well-written and it’s easy to see why Hannah is caught between poetry-writing Josh and goofy Finn, but I was pulled to one side right from the beginning. Hannah is a realistic character that has a different kind of family, but her insecurities are more than easy to relate to.

Something, Maybe is sweet and romantic, but will still affect you on an emotional level. Hannah’s relationships are such a strong point in this book and Scott did a fabulous job weaving this story. This is the first book of Elizabeth Scott’s that I have read, but I’ll be sure to read more in the future. Make sure you pick this one up. It’s a quick read that left me with a big smile.

Opening line: Everyone’s seen my mother naked.

Favorite line(s): Love is about little things, like being told to put on your seat belt when you get in the car, or a kiss on your forehead as you pass through the room. A gentle squeeze of your hand when you’re crying after hearing that everything you know is going to end.
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