Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Delirium was a very thought provoking book for me. A lot of people are rightfully concerned about giving up their personal freedoms for safety sake. Delirium is an intense take on that concern.

Imagine a world where love is considered a disease. When someone reaches adulthood, the government mandates that they take “the cure” which rids them of the ability to be blinded by love and its symptoms. After the cure, people are happier and able to make better judgements and decisions. They live their lives out with their government matched partner at a level of contentment that is unaffected by wild, intense dreams and desires. There is no fear they will be rejected by someone they care about, commit a crime of passion, mourn their losses or worry that their spouse will be unfaithful.

Lena Holoway cannot wait to take “the cure.” As far as the world Delirium is set in, her family is dysfunctional because of their history with the disease. Lena is ready to be free of the fear that she will contract the disease and eagerly awaits to see who she will be matched with and if she will be allowed to attend college before she marries. Lena is considered very sensible when compared to other girls her age. That is, until she has a chance meeting with a strange boy, and slowly begins to see that a world full of love might be a happier one after all.

Delirium was a page-turner for me and kept me guessing and hoping for the characters to succeed. The ending left me hoping for a sequel. Delirium is a great read for fans of “The Giver” and “The Hunger Games.”



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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shaggy Reads Twilight (funny, check it out)


Shaggy reads Twilight
Wow, so where do I begin on this one?

Shaggy Shan is a YouTube and webcomic personality that I've been following for a while now. I enjoy his happy-go-lucky gamer anime nerd humor. He's great at voice acting. If you've never ran across his work you should really check out his YouTube channel and his sister, KT Shy's, webcomic Shrub Monkeys where Shaggy is a frequent character. They crack me up, I'm always eager to check out their new work.

So, anyhow, Shaggy has taken to reading Twilight and his version is awesome for fans and haters of Twilight alike. I've already listened to chapter six and his version of Jacob Black's voice really is to die for (...wait is that a bad Twilight pun?). Check out Chapter One, you won't be sorry you did!

Marvel's Sense & Sensibility Comic


Marvel's Sense & Sensibility (aka ask and you shall receive! yessss!)

Alright, so back in July I reviewed my thoughts on Marvel's Pride & Prejudice comic/graphic novel. In that post I stated that I wished that Marvel would turn other Jane Austen novels into comics. Well, apparently at the time my wish had already been granted. Little did I know that the first Sense & Sensibility Comic had been released a month earlier!

I wish I had known! But it all works out, because I've pre-ordered the graphic novel form of the comic. Can't wait to read and review it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Mockingjay (my thoughts)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0545310601
ISBN-13: 978-0545310604

Vonze: 4.5 out of 5

So, wow, I don't know when I had ever anticipated a book more than this. A lot of my friends love Harry Potter and the Twilight Saga, but to me the first two books of the Hunger Games were better hands down. I love books with strong female main characters. Katniss quickly became my new hero.

Thus, I eagerly counted down the days until this book's release and got up super early to drive 20 miles to my nearest Target to buy it. Then I started reading.

And it started very slowly...I'm not sure what I expected to happen. At the end of the last book there was lots of action. Mockingjay doesn't pick-up at the same point Catching Fire left off. It felt like Katniss' character was a caged animal, wanting to see some action. Only the action doesn't happen until three quarters of the book is over with. It became the kind of book you have to hang in with, because it does get better. The waiting to get to the end drove me crazy, because I wanted to know who Katniss would end up with (if she ended up with anyone) and if President Snow dies.

However, in my opinion, the ending to this series was nearly perfect. I was in tears, lol. I would have liked a little more information about what happened to some secondary characters, but that's just mainly me being a fan-girl.

So, overall loved the book, wish it hadn't started so slow.

Stolen Book Meme

I stolen this book meme from The Hiding Spot....and I think she stolen it from somewhere else, lol.

5 Books I’ve Read Recently
1. Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1-6
2. Something New
3. Mockingjay
4. Wildwood Dancing
5. Eclipse

5 Books I’m Planning to Read (in the near future)
1. Sand Chronicles Vol. 9
2. Breaking Dawn
3. Clockwork Angel
4. A Most Improper Magick
5. What Would Emma Do?

5 of My Favorite Books
1. The Hunger Games Series
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Little Women
4. Watership Down
5. The Neverending Story

 5 of My Least Favorite Books
1. Moby Dick
2. The Gunslinger (tried to read this three times, could not get into it)
3. The Odyssey
4. The Hobbit (good, but I hated the cop-out ending)
5. I Capture the Castle (loved the beginning, hated the end)

5 of My Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptations
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
3. The Last Unicorn
4. The Secret of Nimh
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I won a copy of this book from First Reads here on Goodreads!

Okay, first off, I am not a zombie, horror genre person. However, I love Pride and Prejudice and I also enjoy spoofs in general. So, when I started to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, I kept an open mind. And I was happy to find that I really enjoyed the story. I fought this spoof to be tastefully done, there wasn't guts hanging out of people in every paragraph. And I also found myself rooting for Lizzie and others to do well in their zombie training. I feel that the author got the well known personalities of Lizzie, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia from the original novel right.

With that said, I hope to pick up a copy of the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies soon and see what happens next!



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Review: Something New by Elise Mac Adam

Something New: Wedding Etiquette for Rule Breakers, Traditionalists, and Everyone in BetweenSomething New: Wedding Etiquette for Rule Breakers, Traditionalists, and Everyone in Between by Elise Mac Adam

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Useful book for brides-to-be. This book covers a lot of issues dealing with family members, bridal party, who to invite, what to wear, who pays, etc. Basically lets a bride and groom know which wedding rules guests don't care if you break and which wedding rules people get upset about and why and what to do about it. I found this book helpful, considering I am little bit of a rule breaker.


Hunger for HarperTeen Contest!

Hey everybody! Head over to The Undercover Book Lover and checkout the great prize packs you can win in the Hunger for HarperTeen Contest.

Hurry, cause right now there will be only one winner, but if The Undercover Book Lover gets 2000 follows another winner will be added (yay!).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Review: Wildwood Dancing


Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0375844740
ISBN-13: 978-0375844744

Vonze: 4.6 out of 5

Book Description: "High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he's there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena's sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom--an impossible union it's up to Jena to stop.

When Cezar's grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can't imagine--tests of trust, strength, and true love."


I loved this book, completely enjoyed it. Wildwood Dancing was on my super long to-read list for longer than I'd like to admit. I'm so glad I took time to pick it up a few weeks ago.

My first impression of this book, of course, was the beautiful cover. There's a lot to take in, but the scene has an elegant and romantic feel. I'm happy to write that the storyline is just as wonderful as the cover. The plot took about two chapters to really get started, but once it did, it was a page-turner for me. Jena is a strong, smart female main character who doesn't back down. Her cousin, Cezar, was a real worm, but I enjoyed the scenes that Jena backsassed him. I also loved many of the minor characters, especially Jena's older sister Tatiana, whose side-plot romance with one of the Night People could have been been a book in itself.

If you enjoy fairytales and folklore, this is the book for you. Wildwood Dancing left me wishing there was a sequel!

Friday, August 6, 2010

PageTurnersBlog Giveaway


Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know about a cool giveaway going on at PageTurnersBlog.


They're giving away an ARC of Beautiful Darkness and Low Red Moon to one lucky winner! The contest ends Aug 24th at 11:59 CST, so be sure to enter soon.


While you're at it, check out their review of Low Red Moon, it sounds really interesting.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Hunger Games Author Goes on Tour

Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games series, is going on tour!

Here's a link to the list of cities: Tour Cities

Sadly, she's not going to be anywhere near my area. I hope she adds more dates and visits Atlanta. I'd love to have my books signed.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TELL ME A SECRET by Holly Cupala

Check this book trailer out, it's one of the best that I've ever seen! The plot sounds really haunting and suspenseful.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mockingjay Trailer aka I-can't-wait-for-this-book!

I want to find out what happens to Katniss and the gang!




Oo, and check out the Hunger Games t-shirts from Hot Topic!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review: Pride and Prejudice (Graphic Novel)



Pride and Prejudice (Graphic Novel) by Jane Austen, Nancy Butler, Hugo Petrus

Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Marvel Books (October 26, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 078513915X
ISBN-13: 978-0785139157

Vonze: 4 out of 5

Book Description:"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife... Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present Pride & Prejudice! Two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithfully adapt the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy's father manage to marry off her five daughters, despite his wife's incessant nagging? And will Lizzy's beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley, or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness?"

Okay, so, ever since I saw Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, I have been obsessed. Anything that involves Jane Austen = I have to check it out.

So, one day while Oshie and I were browsing through Booksmillion, I was excited to find the first issue of the Pride and Prejudice comic on the stand. The cover looked really cool, but then I looked inside and was really disappointed by the illustrations. The characters weren't very pretty like I had hoped for them to be. Maybe I was hoping for a more anime style Pride and Prejudice and less of an American-style comic illustration, dunno.

Disappointed, I decided not to buy the comic. However, about a week later it started to bother me, cause I've been collecting Jane Austen stuff for a while now, and you know, maybe it'd be worth some money someday. Afterwards, I went back and bought it and the issues that followed.

The comics (which are now a graphic novel) follow the book really well, even better than the movie. Although I'm still really disappointed in the illustrations (I can hold out hope for a manga version), this graphic novel is still a good read. Unlike Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (lol), this graphic novel would be more helpful to students who have to read the book for class. I think it would help students visualize what happens in the story. For students and collectors alike, I wish Marvel would turn other Jane Austen books into graphic novels.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Review: The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions


The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions by Carley Roney

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (December 26, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0767902483
ISBN-13: 978-0767902489

Vonze 4.8 out of 5

Book Description: "Without letting a lot of fluff get in the way of the facts, wedding expert Carley Roney makes available "readings, rituals, music, dances, speeches and toasts" in The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions. Third in her wedding guide series, and culled from her online experience as founder of theknot.com, this guide is a resource for classy concepts ranging from the conventional to the hip, and drawing on a broad array of cultural traditions."

So, it's official now, Oshie and I are engaged!

We've wanted to get married for a while now, so I've already been planning a few things (when you plan to get married in 6 months you need all the time you can get!). After looking at dresses online, thinking about what food to serve and where we want to get married at, I finally started thinking about what our actual ceremony should be like. That's where this book came in.

I spent a long time looking at different wedding themed books until I found this one at Booksamillion. It has a little bit of everything in it, from poems to songs to religious quotes. Bits of everything I want to include in my ceremony.

All in all, this book is very helpful for planning your vows and wedding music. I liked the variety offered in this book. I also enjoyed learning about wedding traditions in other cultures. I feel that this book is a good fit for most any couple since it covers vows and traditions from many different religions and also secular viewpoints.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Twilight the Graphic Novel, Vol. 1



Twilight the Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (March 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0759529434
ISBN-13: 978-0759529434


Vonze: 4 out of 5

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Twilight the Graphic Novel from paperbackswap.com. It's great to get a $13.59 book for a $3.00 book credit...yes, I love saving money! =) Paperbackswap.com = one of the best website ideas ever.

So, I gotta say, I really enjoyed Twilight as a graphic novel. Yeah, I've read the book and seen the movie, but for several reasons I like this better:

Reason 1:
Young Kim's illustrations of Bella and Edward and the other minor characters are closer to how I imagined them from the book. Yes, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are good-looking people, but once I have a mental picture in my mind of how a character should look, nothing can change it. (My imagination is stubborn.)

Reason 2:
The graphic novel follows the book better than the movie. The first movie left out a lot of scenes I wanted to see acted out (especially, the scene were Bella faints from the blood, which is one of my favorites). Young Kim's illustrations flow well and, having read the novel, I never felt confused.

Reason 3: For people who want to refresh their memories before seeing the next movies or reading the next books, the graphic novel is a quicker read than the actual novel.

I'm looking forward to Volume 2 and I also hope that the entire series is turned into graphic novels.

In My Mailbox (July 12-26)





It was a slow two weeks for books, lol, Oshie and I were moving!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Check out the UK trailer for A Most Improper Magick

Hey guys,

Check out this cute trailer for A Most Improper Magick! It brought a smile to my face =)



I got this from Stephanie Burgis' Livejournal!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (July 5-11)

Here's some of the cool books I got in the mail this month! Did I mention Oshie and I are planning to get married? =D






Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back from Hiatus, Ahoy!


.....Sooooooooo....

How long has it been since Oshie and I updated here?...(I lost count!)

Sorry for the Hiatus, guys. My grandpa had emergency surgery in May, then Oshie and I both started temporary jobs, and then on top of that we were busy looking for an apartment. Oshie will start his medical school journey this August, so we're busy getting ready for that.

However, we're both still reading and buying too many books! More reviews soon!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Alice 19th, Volume 1: The Lotis Master


Alice 19th, Volume 1: The Lotis Master by Yuu Watase

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (October 22, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1591162157
ISBN-13: 978-1591162155

Vonze: 4.5 out of 5


Book Description: "Alice Seno seems like a normal girl in high school. She's a bit shy, she has a crush on a boy name Kyo, and she has a pretty older sister, Mayura, who is more popular than she is - especially with Kyou. Pretty normal stuff, until one day when, walking down the street, Alice hears strange voices instructing her to save a rabbit from being run over by a car. Alice's brave act almost costs her life, but the handsome Kyo saves her. Meanwhile, it seems the rabbit is no ordinary bunny, but a magical entity with great powers. Before she can figure out what's going on, the rabbit vanishes, only to reappear as a beam of light with a strange message just for Alice."

I picked up Alice 19th, Volume 1 at Momocon. I'd read good reviews about Alice 19th on amazon.com and I'd always heard that Yuu Watase was good.

This manga was a lighthearted, quick read for me. I was under the impression that this was a present-day manga version of Alice in Wonderland. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Alice 19th only lightly borrows from Alice in Wonderland. The main character is named Alice and she has a magical bunny that follows her around, but that's it. I'm happy that the plot was more than just a retelling.

In the beginning, Alice is a pretty typical girl. She goes to high school and loves her cell phone. She's sweet and caring, but also seems to be a little naive and very unsure of herself. Her parents let her spoiled, older sister dictate what goes on in their family. Alice, and every girl at her school, including her older sister, has a crush on guy named Kyo. I love how Kyo is drawn, he's so handsome for a manga character.

When Kyo agrees to date Alice's sister, Alice is crushed. However, with the help of a magical bunny that Alice saved in the street, Alice is set to learn the Lotis words and become a Lotis master. The Lotis words are, seemingly, virtues that will help Alice be more confident and better deal with the hearts of others. When Alice's sister is suddenly kidnapped, it's up to Alice and Kyo to become Lotis masters to save her.

I'm currently on Volume 2 and I'm enjoying this series so far. Alice kinda reminds me of myself way back in jr. high.

Review: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire double review!



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 14, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 978-0439023481





Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0439023491
ISBN-13: 978-0439023498

Vonze: 5 out of 5

Wowowowow! I don't know if there are words for how much I enjoyed The Hunger Games and Catching Fire! Harry Potter was forever ago, Twilight is old news, check these books out!

If you asked Oshie, Oshie would tell you that I was glued to these books. I started The Hunger Games March 7th and I had finished Catching Fire by March 21, often staying up all night to read some more, but at the same time wishing it wouldn't end. I hate that Mockingjay doesn't come out until August 24th, because I want to know what happens to the characters and their world so badly.

I don't want to give much away, but let me describe the plot of the books a little.

The main character, Katniss, lives in District 12 with her mom and younger sister. District 12 is a part of the country of Panem, which was formerly the United States of America. However, Panem is a far cry from the United States. The people live within fences and have few rights. At one time, the people tried to overthrow Panem, which lead to the creation of the Hunger Games. In order to display its control over the people, the Capitol of Panem holds a lottery each year and selects one boy and one girl from each district to play in the Hunger Games. Only play is the wrong word. The Hunger Games is a Olympic-ish, Survivor-like, gladiator death match in which only one person can win. That's right, teenagers killing teenagers for sport on live tv.

When Katniss signs up for the Hunger Games in the place of her little sister, I had no idea what was going to happen next. This page turning book left me guessing till the end. It didn't help that she made friends with some of the other players. I kept asking myself, is she really going to kill them?

After I finished Hunger Games, I directly picked Catching Fire up. It is a worthy sequel, just as good as the first and only adds more questions and complications to the plot.

My favorite thing about The Hunger Games and Catching Fire is Katniss' character. She is probably the strongest, yet not overly boy-ish, female character I have ever read. She is one tough cookie. She hunts, she fends for her family and friends and she has a drive to survive.

I also enjoy the romantic subplot. Katniss is a no-nonsense type of girl. She's not swooning over any guy. However, it seems that she slowly develops feelings for two of the guys in her life. One guy, Gale, is her best friend from District 12. Gale helped her hunt and survive before the Hunger Games. The other guy, Peeta, has secretly admired her from afar for years. Peeta has helped motivate her and is determined she will win the Hunger Games. Who she'll really fall for is completely up in the air at this point.

With that said, I cannot wait for Mockingjay!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Top 100 YA Books

Sorry the month of April has been so quiet!! Oshie and I have had a lot of things to focus on, but don't worry, we're still reading and buying books like always. More reviews coming soon.

So, I saw the Top 100 YA Books listed on The Book Cellar and I thought I'd share my thoughts on the top books right quick.

100. Hate List by Jennifer Brown- not familiar with
99. Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix- need to read
98. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly- not familiar with
97. Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix- not familiar with
96. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Claus- seems like I've heard of this
95. Forever by Judy Blume- heard of it
94. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale- not familiar with
93. Tithe by Holly Black- not familiar with
92. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott- not familiar with
91. Wings by Aprillynne Pike- seen in stores, cover is really pretty
90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- not familiar with
89. Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison- Been meaning to read for a looonng time
88. Marked by PC And Kristin Cast- need to read sometime
87. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson- just won a copy a few weeks ago
86. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- Been meaning to read for longer than I'd like to admit
85. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson- need to read
84. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak- not familiar with
83. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli- not familiar with
82. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot- need to read someday
81. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen- need to read
80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin- not familiar with
79. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- need to read someday...I'm distantly related to the guy, lol
78. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen- need to read
77. Evernight by Claudia Gray- need to read
76. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman- need to read
75. Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer- not familiar with
74. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston- might read sometime
73. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa- need to read
72. Alana: The First Adventure series by Tamora Pierce- not familiar with
71. Stardust by Neil Gaiman- need to read
70. Unwind by Neil Shusterman- not familiar with
69. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech- not familiar with
68. Paper Towns by John Green- not familiar with
67. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles- not familiar with
66. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith- not familiar with
65. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli- might read sometime
64. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon-not familiar with
63. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell- Enjoyed it as a kid
62. Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz- need to read
61. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous- might read sometime
60. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- really want to read this
59. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt- might read sometime...saw the movie, kinda know how it ends
58. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen- need to read
57. Eragon by Christopher Paoloni- Really enjoyed it.
56. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine- need to read
55. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith- need to read
54. Fallen by Lauren Kate- need to read
53. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- Loved it as a kid
52. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot- Looove it
51. Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke- need to read
50. Number The Stars by Lois Lowry- need to read
49. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding- read some of it, it's okay
48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner- need to read
47. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares- need to read
46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- really want to read
45. The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong- need to read
44. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- need to read
43. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson- need to read
42. Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card- need to read
41. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones- recently read, enjoyed, and reviewed
40. Wake series by Lisa McMann- need to read
39. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- need to read
38. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume- need to read
37. Looking For Alaska by John Green- need to read
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett- One of my favs as a kid
35. A Great And Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray- need to read
34. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman- read some of as a kid when it was first published, couldn't get into it
33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- need to read
32. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare- Classic
31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain- need to read
30. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr- need to read
29. Forest of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan- need to read
28. Holes by Louis Sacher- need to read, even though I've seen the movie
27. The Outsiders by SE Hinton- need to read
26. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger- read some of, need to finish it someday
25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman- Was really slow, I like the movie better
24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson- need to read
23. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank- Read it multiple times, I always cry at the end
22.Uglies series by Scott Westerfield- need to read
21. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia- currently reading
20. Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder- really enjoyed this one
19. Book Thief by Markus Zusak- need to read, read good things about it
18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine- need to read, love the movie though
17. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- need to read
16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- need to read
15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- I've read it over and over again, one of my favorite books
14. Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery- Anne is awesome
13. The Giver by Lois Lowry- just finished, really good
12. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare- need to read
11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- Why isn't this towards the bottom? I didn't enjoy it as much as I wish I had.
10. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis- read some of, need to finish series
9. A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L'engle- need to read
8. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore- need to read
7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan- might read, not really a fan of Greek mythology, but I've heard good things
6. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan- need to read
5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen- ...Umm, best book EVER?
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee- Classic, classic, classic, Atticus, you are my hero
3. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer- Took me back to my high school days, take me back to 10th grade and I would have been completely gaga over this
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling- A legend in it's own time
1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins- Completely deserves to be here at #1, go out now and BUY THIS!


So, it looks like I have a lot of reading to catch up on! Away I go!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Review: Koshka's Tales Stories from Russia


Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia
Written By: James Mayhew

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 77 pages
Publisher: Kingfisher Books (October 1993)
ISBN-10: 1856979431
ISBN-13: 978-1856979436

Vonze: 4 out of 5

Bet you didn't know that March 22nd to 28th is World Folk Tales and Fables Week! It's to encourage people to explore the lessons to be learned from folk tales, fables, myths and legends from around the world. So, I picked the childrens' book Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia.

Koshka's Tales begins as a lonely tsar searches for a wife. He looks all over his kingdom, until he decides to marry one girl out of a group of three sisters. He picks the youngest of the three sisters, because she promises she will give him strong, golden haired sons. Well, of course, her sisters become jealous and plot to ruin her with the help of a cannibal witch. Each time she gives birth, her sisters steal her children away and give them to the witch. Until, finally, she realizes something is up and hides one of the babies up her sleeve before her sisters can find him. But it's too late, the tsar is furious that something keeps happening to all the babies. So, he puts her in a coffin and casts her into the sea.

Therein lies what I disliked about this story. Why didn't the tsaritsa (or queen) just show him the baby she hid herself? Why didn't she tell him? But then, I guess, we'd have no story.

The tsaritsa ends up on an island with the son she hid up her sleeve. There they meet a story-telling cat named Koshka, who is tied to a tree. Koshka tells them many stories, making the book a series of tales within a tale. Out of Koshka's tales, I enjoyed The Snowmaiden and The Tale of the Firebird, Tsarevitch Ivan and Grey Wolf the most. Everything works out in the end and all the stories have good endings.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed learning more about Russia in the process. However, the story did start out slowly, yet, got better. I feel that the book's target group, 5 to 8 year olds, might be a little too young to appreciate these tales. The illustrations were beautiful, but many of the pages were seventy-five percent text. I'm afraid a young child might lose interest, unless their family is connected to Russia in someway or the child already loves folktales.

Review: Marmalade Boy, Vol. 1


Marmalade Boy, Vol. 1
By: Wataru Yoshizumi


Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: TokyoPop; illustrated edition edition (April 23, 2002)
ISBN-10: 1931514542
ISBN-13: 978-1931514545

Vonze: 4.5 out of 5


Book Description: "Talk about dysfunctional! Miki is horrified to learn that her parents have swapped with another couple, and that all four now plan to live under one roof. But when her new stepbrother, Yuu, shows up, he appears to be just the one to ease her mental anguish... that is, until she sees the bitterness beneath his cool exterior. The strange romance that follows would make any love triangle seem ordinary by comparison."

Okay, sometimes I do feel bad about my family...my parents divorced when I was a kid and my dad had two major relationships afterwards, before he passed away. My life has been complicated by my parents' lives. However, I would not trade places with Miki's character for anything!

At the beginning of Marmalade Boy, Miki, a Japanese high school student, is shocked to learn her parents are divorcing. What's more, they both plan to get married again right away...to the Matsuuras, a couple they met on vacation. Miki's mom plans to marry Mr. Matsuura and Miki's dad plans to marry Mrs. Matsuura. And if that wasn't freaky enough, they're all cool and friendly about it. In fact, they decide it would be best for Miki and her future step-brother's sake if all they live together as one BIG happy family. Miki is the only sane one, who is completely opposed to the idea. Comedy ensues.

I found this aspect of the story to be hilarious. Miki is a sweet girl, but the way she freaks out is classic.

This volume sets the stage for a love triangle between Miki's old crush and her future step-brother. The plot was funny and kept me guessing. I'll be keeping an eye out for the next volume.

Monday, March 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (Mar. 22-29)

Wow, this week was a MAILBOX BLOWOUT!! Would have had this posted sooner, but I had technical difficulties with the pictures yesterday.

I WON A COPY OF DAWN OF THE DREADFULS from Goodreads.com!!:



From Rex Robot Reviews I won:



From paperbackswap.com I got:



Oshie bought me:



Bought these at a library sale:



Got these from library trades:



It was a great book week!!!

Pick Your Publisher Contest!!

Hey everybody! Just wanted to give you the heads up about a great contest going on at The Undercover Book Lover.

You could win a pack of books from your favorite publisher, including: Scholatic, Penguin, HarperTeen, Egmont and many more!

Hurry and check out the Contest!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review: Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Vol. 1


Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Vol. 1
Written By: Ellen Schreiber Illustrator: REM


Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN-10: 0061340812
ISBN-13: 978-0061340819

Vonze: 2.5 out of 5

Book Description: "The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more problems for the pair, especially when Raven finds them in daylight in the very last place she could ever imagine. What could Claude and his invaders be doing—or searching for—in Dullsville?"

A few weeks ago, I sat down and read this book in one sitting at Books-a-Million. Oshie and the family were still shopping and I was bored. Now, as a long time vampire fan, I'm not too hard to please. I like nearly all vampires, from Dracula to Vampire Hunter D to Lestat to Nosferatu to Blade to Edward. Yet, I was disappointed in this manga. I have not read the novel version of Vampire Kisses. I admit that I might have enjoyed the manga better if I had read the novel. The manga didn't seem to recap events that probably happened in the novel, for example, explaining how the main characters met and how they fell in love. So, I just had to guess at what happened and accept the characters for the way they behaved in the manga.

The manga version of Raven's character made her seem like a shallow air-head. It seemed like she was either gushing or whining throughout the story. I wasn't buying that she was gothic. Maybe I'm biased, but goth should be more of a state of mind than a fashion statement. Raven seemed like a cheerleader whose favorite color was black. She was too happy and bubbly. Yes, she did hangout in a graveyard, but in my opinion, she never would have been there if it wasn't for a hot guy. That's not goth, it's wannabe.

Alexander, well, I don't even recall much about his character. Other than he was good-looking, rich and super-nice. Not threatening at all. Take away his fangs and he's just a good-looking rich guy whose favorite color is black.

I did enjoy Rem's artwork. The scenes and characters were well drawn.

Overall, this manga does not stand alone well if you haven't read the novel version.

Monday, March 22, 2010

In My Mailbox (Mar. 15-21)

Last week I got busy reading the Hunger Games 1 and 2! Reviews to come later. Also, Oshie and I went to Momocon in Atlanta last weekend! Momocon is a free fan convention for people who like anime, manga, comics and video games. I got a good deal on some interesting manga titles and a webcomic in print format.

From momocon:
Red String by Gina Biggs (first cover pic below)







From paperbackswap.com:





Oshie bought from B&N:


It was a great book week for us!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

YA CONTEST THAT WILL BLOW U AWAY!

Just wanted to spread the word about a great giveaway that will blow you away!

La Femme Readers and A Good Addiction have teamed up to thank their followers with a contest we've all yearned for, begged for and dreamed about.

Check out the awesome books you could win!!

In My Mailbox (March 8-14)

I didn't get as much in my mailbox this week as I did last week. =( I actually sold a few books on Ebay to make money I can use at MoMoCon at Georgia Tech next week.

Here's what I did get though!

From paperbackswap.com I got:


From Borders, Oshie bought:



Monday, March 8, 2010

Rex Robot Reviews Giveaway!


Hey guys!

Just wanted to let you know about a cool giveaway going on at Rex Robot Reviews until St. Patrick's Day (March 17th). You could win the following:

Original Sin (Seven Deadly Sins)
Covet (Fallen Angels, Book 1)
Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy
*Fred the Mermaid, Book 1-3*
*House of Night, Books 1-4*
Real Vampires Have Curves (Glory St. Clair, Book 1)
The Awakening (Immortals, Book 3)
*Vampire Kisses: 1 & 2*
*Queene of Light (Lightworld/Darkworld) 1 & 2*
School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride, Book 2)
The Accidental Werewolf (Accidental Friends, Book 1)
Blue Bloods
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)
Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide
Evermore: The Immortals
Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound
Small Kingdoms
Heavenly
The Lovely Bones
The Death of Methuselah and Other Stories
*Books listed w/asterisk are available to the 1st place winner only!

Go check it out!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

In My Mailbox (Mar. 1-7)

This week I won a signed bookmark from Karen Kincy! Her new book, Other, comes out July 1st, 2010. Be sure to check out her site at KarenKincy.com. I'm looking forward to reading more about pookas!


I bought Oracle of the Ages, it's the true story of a local fortune teller who was portrayed by June Carter Cash in the movie "Murder in Coweta County."



And I also bought Catching Fire, cause if the first one is as good as everyone says it is (I'm just now reading it, lol), then I'm sure I'll wanna have the second one right away.



From paperbackswap.com, I got:



It was a good book week!!

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