Monday, February 28, 2011

Review for Matched by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)"Matched (Matched #1)

Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Source: Personal Copy
Challenges: I'd Wish I'd Read That, For the Love of YA, 350 page
366 pages

"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow." -Goodreads

 Now, this book has been getting many different reviews (and a lot of them at that). Some love it, others thought it was slow. I'm one of those that loved it. There was a huge amount of hype for this book over the internet, and in my opinion it lived up to it.

Ally Condie did a great job with the world building. To us, who have freedom, we can pick out things that aren't 'right' but to someone born into that world, I can see how they would be sastified. And Cassia was. This is one of the parts I enjoyed; how Cassia gradually realized that no, she didn't want to do as she was told. It's like two different Cassia's, in the beginning - obediant, in the end - wanting to choose for herself. I loved her as a main character! As well as dear Xander, her parents, Grandfather, Bram, and of course Ky! I loved Ky! His character fit really well, and his story was told amazingly. Now, I did feel terrible for Xander (he's so sweet) but I'm hoping somewhere in this series he gets the girl he wants. So, the characters were relatible, thought-out, and structured.

The plot, who doesn't like a good love trangle (technically it wasn't a triangle but still) I really enjoyed it. 
Ally Condie's writing style is off the charts! I loved the fact in how she incorperated poetry into the story. It was beautifully done. Along the way I did experience some gasps, like 'oh no!' which kept it interesting.

To keep this review short, overall awesome read.... I highly recommend it to everyone! This book was on my mind all the time (as any good book) and leaves me wanting more! I can't wait for the release of Crossed! Don't go down gentle Cassia (if you've read it, you know what I mean)!


The announcer calls another name; another girl stands up.
Soon, more and more people at the Banquet have little silver boxes.
Some people set them on the white tablecloths in front of them, but most hold the boxes carefully, unwilling to let their futures out of their hands so soon after receiving them.
I don't see any other girls wearing the green dress. I don't mind. I like the idea that, for one night, I don't look like everyone else.
I wait, holding my compact in one hand and my mother's hand in the other. Her palm feels sweaty. For the first time, I realize that she and my father are nervous, too.
"Cassia Maria Reyes."
It is my turn. I stand up, letting go of my mother's hand, and turn toward the screen. I feel my heart pounding and I am tempted to twist my hands the way Lea did, but I hold perfectly still with my chin up and my eyes on the screen. I watch and wait, determined that the girl my Match will see on the screen in his City Hall somewhere out there in Society will be poised and calm and lovely, the very best image of Cassia Maria Reyes that I can present.
But nothing happens.
I stand and look at the screen, and, as the seconds go by, it is all I can do to stay still, all I can do to keep smiling. Whispers start around me. Out of the corner of my eye, I see my mother move her hand as if to take mine again, but then she pulls it back. A girl in a green dress stands waiting, her heart pounding. Me. The screen is dark, and it stays dark. That can only mean one thing.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Interview with Diana from The Lovely Getaway!!

Hey everyone! Guess who I got to interview? Yes, your right! Diana from The Lovely Getaway! If you haven't checked out her blog, it's a must! I hope you enjoy the interview! Thank you so much Diana for agreeing, it was a ton of fun getting to know a little more about you :) Here we go. . .

How long have you been blogging?
I first opened up my blogger account back in October of last year. I
used to log on to read Jenny’s reviews over at Supernatural Snark. Her blog pretty much inspired me to do my own.

What genres do you most enjoy?

 I’m all for the YA genre, especially if there’s romance! (I’m a
HOPELESS romantic)

Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who?
Oh boy! Tough question… um, let’s see- one favorite author, I don’t
think I could name. I have so many favorites. But I will tell you that
I am in LOVE with Aimee Friedman’s writing. She’s the author of one of
my favorite books of all time; SEA CHANGE. Her writing is smooth,
detailed and entertaining. Read Sea Change, you’ll see what I mean.

I understand (and admire) that you travel alot as a hobby and passion,
what are some of the places you've went?
Dude, we should totally get together and plan a blogger’s trip :)haha!
I have been on many adventures. I’ve been to Peru, Costa Rica, Egypt,
Italy, Greece, Ireland and Turkey… but out of all my destinations, my
all time fav is Greece! I had wanted to visit since my days of
watching Hercules and Xena the Warrior Princess.

In this year, is there any new release that your looking forward to?
 I CANNOT wait to get my hands on Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)! You have
no idea how bad I’ve been craving to read this book! Alas, only a
couple more days…

Are you a social butterfly or more reserved?
Um, I’d like to think of myself as a social butterfly… but I think
its safe to say that I’m a bit shy at times.

If you had the chance, would you travel in the future or past?
Definitely travel to the past! History has always been a favorite
subject of mine and I would love to be able to experience some of our
country’s most historical events!

In your opinion, what is that one book everyone should read?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Everyone and their mom’s should
read this book. Its crazy good!

Describe yourself in a sentence... just for fun :)
I’m an easy going, book loving, soccer playing, California girl who
loves to travel, blog and play Call of Duty. (I hope that’s not a

Thank you again Diana! It was great getting to know you (and realizing we have some things in common!) I hope that everyone can have a chance to look at her awesome blog.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day :)


Friday, February 25, 2011

Review for Last Breath by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins

Last Breath (The Rayne Tour, #2)"Last Breath (The Rayne Tour #2)"

Author: Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Public Library
Challenge: For The Love of YA and The Library Challenge
224 pages
"The suspenseful and emotion-filled second book in the Rayne series begins where the first book ended with a dying man whispering four stunning words into Shaley OConnors ear. Should she believe him? After two murders on the Rayne concert tour, Shaley is reeling. But she has no time to rest. If the dying mans claim is right, the danger is far from over. Shaleys quest for the truth leads to the mysterious and wrenching past of her mother and father. Could what happened to them so many years ago threaten Shaleys life now?" - Summary from Goodreads

   I LOVE this series!!! So suspenseful, all the books can be eaten and devoured in one sitting! This book - bang, starts where it left off in the first book (which I hope to have a review posted soon!). Shaley's life is so crazy . . . it's just one event and tragedy after another. I really enjoyed when Rayne tells Shaley the story of her father, and how they met. I just ugh, at a loss for words right now. The plot was fast moving, chilling, suspenseful, heartfelt, loving all in one! The characters are awesome, so deep and well thought out. The writing is easy to follow and you can feel the emotions through the pages. All of the characters work together and don't clash - but are still realistic. The ending wraps it up nice, but I must tell you there is a third book (Final Touch) and I have reviewed that one. It was a good continue for the story. I really, really enjoyed reading this book today. This series has made it to my favourites! Yay! Good job to both writers. I also want to mention the cover. Creepy eh? I didn't know at first but if you look in the top right corner there is a paparazzi there, and that plays a big role in this story. Well, I highly recommend this book along with the whole series! Truly fast paced, thrilling series! Go, go check it out if you even have a sliver of interest!


"Your father sent me.
The last words of a dying man, whispered in my ear.
Were they true? What did they mean?
Your father sent me. The stunning claim drilled through my head, louder than the crowd’s screams.

Guitars blasted the last chord of Rayne’s hit song, Ever Alone, as Mom’s voice echoed through the Pepsi Center in Denver. The heavy drum beat thumped in my chest. With a final smash of cymbals the rock song ended. Multicolored laser lights swept the stadium, signaling the thirty-minute intermission.
Wild shrieks from thousands of fans rang in my ears.

I rose from my chair backstage. Tiredly, I smiled at the famous Rayne O’Connor as she strode toward me on high red heels. In the lights her sequined top shimmered and her blonde hair shone. She walked with confidence and grace, the picture of a rock star—until she stepped from her fans’ sight. Then her posture slumped, weariness creasing her beautiful face. Mom’s intense blue eyes usually glimmered with the excitement of performing, but now I saw only the wash of grief and exhaustion. How she’d managed to perform tonight, I’d never know. Except that she’s strong. A real fighter.

Me? I had to keep fighting too, even if my legs still trembled and I’d probably have nightmares for weeks.
Your father sent me.
I had to find out what those words meant."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (15) and Follow Friday (10)

Book Blogger Hop Book Blogger Hop:
Hosted by Jen@Crazy-for-Books.

The question this week is:

  "Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?

I must admit, yes I do sometimes. Now the next question is what right? Well, to tell you the truth I have no idea! But I wish I would have done something more creative . . . alas I must stick with what I've got for now! Great question!
Follow Friday:
Hosted by Parajunkee's View.

The question for this week is:

  Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it . . .

Hmmm. I don't necessarly have a fav t.v. show - yes that is sad! Sometimes I like iCarly (for laughs), then I like Survive This (when kids survive out in different areas by themselves), other times I watch shows like Cake Boss (where this guy owns a shop and makes the biggest and most creative cakes I've seen). . . . So as you can tell I like totally different things and I don't have a favourite. Sorry! But this is a cool question :)

So what are your answers? I'd love to hear! Oh and if you have time it would be awesome if you'd check out my review for The Disappeared and Lock and Key below! Thanks for reading!

Review for The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan

The Disappeared"The Disappeared"
Author: Gloria Whelan
Publisher: Speak (Penguin Group)
Source: Public Library
Challenges: For the Love of YA and Library Challenge
144 pages

"The Disappeared. Los desaparecidos. This is the name given to those who opposed Argentinas dictatorial government and were kidnapped to ensure their silence. With her hometown of Buenos Aires ensconsced in the political nightmare, Silvia devises a plan to save her missing brother. She'll make Norberto, son of the general who arrests dissenters, fall in love with her and he'll have his father set Eduardo free.
Told in alternating chapters, this powerful and poetic story follows Silvia as she spirals into Norbertos world, and Eduardo as he struggles to endure physical and emotional torture. Will Silvia's scheme reunite her family? Or will the pursuit of freedom cost these devoted siblings their lives?" - Summary from Goodreads

    This was a very short read and I really liked that about it. The topic is far from upbeat, sure its a short read but it is not a light read. I admired Silvia and Eduardo for their courage throughout this book. You can clearly see their love for each other, that sibling bond that no one can break. It's crazy to think this was based on a true event . . . what those poor people went through! It really opens your eyes to what we have here. I cringed everytime Eduardo was beaten, and cried when things seemed bad. I truly felt all the emotions of this book. Great work Gloria Whelan . . . a touching story. I do suggest that you take a look at this book. I gave it three stars because I didn't love it, the writing was ok but not great and I didn't want to re-read it. The plot is fine, it's suspenseful to a degree, there is a twist, and it's a powerful read!


  "They forced the door open, giving Dichoso a brutal kick. Men wearing army uniforms and masks stormed into the house, making it their own. They placed a hood over your face, handcuffed you, and carried you away---pushing Father aside as he pleaded to go in your place. Mother grasped my hand so tightly I winced. She held on to me as she wanted to hold on to you, Eduardo, and could not.

  More masked men swarmed over the house, turning everything upside down. They emptied your room, carrying away your beloved books. One of the soliders purposely brushed against me, leering. Then they were gone. The house had never felt so empty."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Review for Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key"Lock and Key"
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Source: Personal Copy
Challenge: 350 page, For the Love of YA, I'd Wish I'd Read That
422 pages

"After her mom vanished in a stench of drugs and alcohol, Ruby continued to live in the family house alone. Finally found out, the introspective teenager is sent to the luxurious home of her older sister, Cora, whom she hadn't seen in ten years. Everything there seems unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and supremely weird: her fancy new room; her lavish new wardrobe; the exclusive private school where she never quite fits in. Most mysterious of all is Nate, the friendly boy next door who seems to have a deep secret of his own." -Summary from Goodreads

   So, what to say for this book. Hmm. First off, lets zoom in on characters. Ruby, well, sometimes I just didn't like her. I couldn't understand why she would do stuff. But the thing I enjoyed about her is how much she grows in this story. There's a total transformation . . . which is awesome considering the plot. Cora and Jamie were good. Cora I didn't like at first (to be expected) by the end though I loved her, and I always loved Jamie. Now, Nate. I really liked him. But when his 'secret' comes out and Ruby actually tries to help, he bugged me. But in the end all characters were reasonable. The plot was ok. It sure made a story that's for sure. The ending was nice, everything was tied up. The loose end were gathered up so to speak and I was satisfied. Lock and Key is a good book, lots of emotions, relationships and situations that open your eyes. Overall, I was glad I read it . . . I just didn't love it. It didn't leave me thinking about it afterward (like books that I love). I do suggest reading it. Give it a try :) Sarah Dessen is a great author!


   “And finally,” Jamie said as he pushed the door open, “we come to the main event. Your room.”
I was braced for pink. Ruffles or quilting, or maybe even appliqué. Which was
probably kind of unfair, but then again, I didn’t know my sister anymore, much less her decorating style. With total strangers, it had always been my policy to expect the worst. Usually they—and those that you knew best, for that matter—did not disappoint. Instead, the first thing I saw was green. A large, high window, on the other side of which were tall trees, separating the huge backyard from that of the house that backed up to it. Everything was big about where my sister and her husband, Jamie, lived—from the homes to the cars to the stone fence you saw first thing when you pulled into the neighborhood itself, made up of boulders that looked too enormous to ever be moved. It was like Stonehenge, but suburban. So weird.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (14) and Follow Friday (9)

 Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop: 

Guess we'll have to stay tuned!

Follow Friday:

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.

The question this week is:
   If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven't read Science Fiction before...any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

My answer:

  Hmm, Science Fiction. I probably sound so dumb when I ask but science fiction is sci-fi right? I'm having a blank moment. Well, if that's the case then I don't excatly have a favourite. BUT I really can't wait to start Across the Universe by Beth Revis, cause it looks awesome. Hopefully in the near future I will be reading more, I do like it! Great question!

 What are your answers this week?

-> Don't forget to check out my interview with Small Review below! She has a lot of neat answers :) ALSO, check out my review for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares because there's a GIVEAWAY!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Interview with Small Review!

 Hey everyone! So, I have exciting news! Why yes, I am interviewing the great Small Review (no contradicting meant there :D) So, take a peak at what I learned about this seasoned blogger! (Thank you Small Review for the fun interview!)

How long have you been blogging?

Almost four months.

What type of genres do you enjoy?

I read mostly YA, so within that my favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, historical fiction, and Gothic fiction. With a bit of romance in all genres please!

Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who?

I have a ton of favorites! So far I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Vivian Vande Velde. I’ve recently fallen in love with Alexandra Bracken, Lauren Baretz-Logsted and Adele Griffin.

What do you like to do (aside from reading and blogging)?

You mean there are things to do besides reading and blogging?? When I can tear myself away it’s usually to spend time cooking/baking, crocheting, walking, or watching
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Star Trek, and The Vampire Diaries. I also spend time with my fiancé and my puppy Snowball. When no one is home, it is rumored that I dance and sing (terribly) along with my favorite 1980s hair bands, but I will neither confirm nor deny that rumor.

What book are you looking forward to this year?

A whole bunch! Lauren Baratz-Logsted has a new book coming out in August called Little Women and Me that I can’t wait to read. I’m also really looking forward to a bunch of sequels: Betrayal by Lee Nichols, Supernaturally by Kiersten White, Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade, and My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison.

Are you a night owl, or early bird?

Complete night owl!

If you had a Time Machine, would you travel in the future or the past?

The romantic in me would love the chance to travel back in time (I love those kinds of books!). But the realist in me recognizes that I don’t really want to live without modern medicine. And indoor plumbing. And electricity. And modern hygiene. So I would probably go to the future. I’d be sure to take note of what stocks I should invest in when I return to the present!

What is one book everyone should read?

I’m terrible with questions like this! I don’t think there is really one book out there that everyone should read because all readers are different. For me at least, I’m very happy I decided to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. It’s not really my genre, but I so completely fell in love with Jenna and her story. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover and read this amazing book.

Describe yourself in a sentence? Just for fun :)

A small person who never leaves the house without a book (though often forgets less important items like jackets, wallets, and cell phones), is hopelessly addicted to chocolate, adores the color pink, is easily distracted by sparkly things, often finds her way into trouble à la I Love Lucy, and writes really long sentences!

Doesn't she sound like a fun person? Yah, that's what I think too :) So thanks again Small Review and thanks everyone who read it! Be sure to check out her blog! Adios for now!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

"Dash and Lily's Book of Dares"
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Source: Personal copy
Challenge: For the Love of YA andI'd Wish I'd Read That
260 pages

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? -Summary from Goodreads

  Now where is MY little red book?!? I want one! This story made me want to fly all the way to New York, find the Strand and find that book! Then I could have my very own Dash. I LOVED loved this book. Rachel and David did an amazing job writing together and created an amazing story of two different individuals and their adventures. What's not to like? The characters are top notch, even the secondary characters ( I loved Lily's aunt and I adored Boomer), it switches POV's, the plot is well . . . perfect, and the whole story flowed easily. Oh and IT WAS SUPER FUNNY!

Lets talk characters. Lily, dear Lily, so so relatible, lovable and sassy. Her holiday spirit is not fully apreciated which made me sad. I really liked her as a main character. There was only one time that I wanted to grab her shoulders and shake her and say "LILY, NO!! THINK" but that's only once.
Then there was Dash. He is quite a smart 'lad. I was tempted to grab the dictionary to look up a few words he uses. I'm like 'cool...wait what does that mean?!' but it was good, I liked that about the book.

So, to wrap up my review lets just say I LOVED it, ok? The ending was great, both characters were happy even after 'the incident' (which was hilarious by the way).  Just had to add that in there . . . if you want a laugh pick this book up. Great work Rachel and David! I highly recommend this book to everyone!


   I could have been hanging out with my friends, but most of them were hanging out with their families or their Wiis. (Wiis? Wiii? What is the plural?) I preferred to hang out with the dead, dying, or desperate books--used we call them, in a way that we'd never call a person, unless we meant it cruelly. ("Look at Clarissa . . . she's such a used girl.")  

I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler.  

On this particular day, I decided to check out a few of my favorite authors, to see if any irregular editions had emerged from a newly deceased person's library sale. I was perusing a particular favorite (he shall remain nameless, because I might turn against him someday) when I saw a peek of red. It was a red Moleskine--made of neither mole nor skin, but nonetheless the preferred journal of my associates who felt the need to journal in non-electronic form. You can tell a lot about a person from the page she or she chooses to journal on--I was strictly a college-ruled man myself, having no talent for illustration and a microscopic scrawl that made wide-ruled seem roomy. The blank pages were usually the most popular--I only had one friend, Thibaud, who went for the grid. Or at least he did until the guidance counselors confiscated his journals to prove that he had been plotting to kill our history teacher. (This is a true story.)

  There wasn't any writing on the spine of this particular journal--I had to take it off the shelf to see the front, where there was a piece of masking tape with the words DO YOU DARE? written in black Sharpie. When I opened the covers, I found a note on the first page.

Monday, February 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.

So what was in my mailbox this week?
Here is what I still have to read....
RevolutionA Long, Long SleepLock and Key Matched (Matched #1) Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) A Not-So-Simple Life (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya, Book 1)
For Review:

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Matched by Ally Condie
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
A Not-So-Simple Life: Diary of A Teenage Girl by Melody Carlson

So, what's in your mailbox this lovely week?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review for Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice"Prom and Prejudice"
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Source: Personal Copy
Challenge: For the Love of YA and I'd Wish I'd read That
231 pages

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London. Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway? Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? -taken from Goodreads
  Wow. Now I haven't read Pride and Prejudice before (I know!) but I have heard from different reviews that this book follows it very closely but has it's own plot - which I think is great! I LOVED this book. It is a light, sometimes sassy, smart, loveable book! I absolutely enjoyed the characters. Lizzie and Will are of course my favourite! They are very very well thought out and have different personalities. The plot is, like I said before follows Pride and Prejudice - so those of you who like that book BE SURE TO CHECK THIS ONE OUT! There is even a twist or two in here which I always like! Oh and yah there is romance, of course! I loved how at certain moments I could feel sparks flying between them (even though they were bickering).Overall, awesome awesome read, I will absolutely read it again. If you like light, quick, fun, cute, sassy reads- read this one! It won't disappoint! Very cute read!


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.

While the same can probably be said of countless other schools across the country, prom at Longbourn isn’t just a rite of passage – it’s considered by many (at least those who matter) to be the social event for future members of high society. Longbourn girls don’t go to the mall to get their dresses. No, they boast couture from designers whose names adorn their speed dial.

Just look at the glossy six-page spread dedicated to more than a century of prom history in Longbourn’s recruitment brochure. Or the yearly coverage in The New York Times Sunday Style section… or Vanity Fair… or Vogue. Fashion reporters and photographers flock to the Connecticut campus to scope out the fashion, the excess, the glamour of it all.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Review for Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Girl, StolenGirl, Stolen
Author: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Source: Personal Copy
Challenge: I Wish I'd Read That, For the Love of YA
213 pages

Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen—with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price? - Summary Taken from Goodreads

    Loved it. Simply put, it's a page-turner. First off, I love how April Henry made the story suspenseful by the end of page one. There's no twiddling your thumbs waiting for the story to pick up . . . it just takes off, she wastes no time in getting straight to the chase. Second, Cheyenne is so likeable. Really, I loved her as a main character. She's strong, sassy, and absolutely smart. Even Griffin, the 'bad guy' is somewhat likeable and you pity him - at least I did. I just loved how it switched POV's between the two also, get to see how the situation looks from two angles. Third, I can't get over how much I learned about the blind. I've always wondered how they do things, this book shows you how Cheyenne had to change. Fourth, the plot is awesome, never a slow or dull moment! Great, great plot. Fifth, all the characters were well thought out! AND there is a couple of twists within this book that I loved. One actually kindof took my breath away for a second, I was like WHAT?! Over all, I highly recommend this book! Be sure to check it out! My hat's tipped to April Henry - you did an amazing job!


   It was a thousand little things that told Cheyenne something was wrong. Even the way the door closed hadn’t sounded right. Too fast and too hard for Danielle. The breathing was all wrong too, speeded up and harsh. Cheyenne sniffed. The smell of cigarettes. But Danielle didn’t smoke and, as a nurse, couldn’t stand anyone who did.
There was no way the person driving the car was her stepmom.
But why would someone else have gotten in the car? It was a Cadillac Escalade, so it wasn’t likely someone had just gotten confused and thought it was their car.
Then she remembered the keys. Somebody was stealing the car!
And Cheyenne was pretty sure they didn’t know she was in it.
. . . . . . . . .Cheyenne realized she was being kidnapped.
But she couldn’t see the guy who was kidnapping her or where they were going.
Because for the last three years, Cheyenne had been blind.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (13) and Follow Friday (8)

Better late than never right? Sorry I was so busy I forgot! My apologies...

Book Blogger Hop:
Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books.
Question of this week is:
   What are you reading now and why are you reading it?

My answer: Right now I am reading Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan because a.) I was dying to read it as soon as I read the storyline and b.) I bought it so why shouldn't I? lol. I just finished Girl, Stolen by April Henry and Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Both review coming very soon!). Great question!

Follow Friday:

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Question for this week is:

 What is the book you are currently 'pushing'? (Pushing mean trying to get people to read it)

My answer: I'm not currently 'pushing' any books. But I will recommend Girl, Stolen, Prom and Prejudice and of course Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. *Wink* Give 'em a chance :) Won't be disappointed (unless you like fantasy, paranormal etc.)

So sorry I'm late but what were your fabulous answers? Leave me a link and I'll be sure to check 'em out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

In My Mailbox (3) An AWESOME Surprise

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.

I was so surprised to find 7 delivery notes in our mailbox! (We get these when packages arrive, just to let you know). Anyways, MY BOOKS WERE IN FROM THE UK - - - ALREADY?! I know it only took a week! I was so happy so now I just have to let you see them for yourself!

They are so gorgeous I had to take a picture to show you instead of using images from the web :) I love 'em already! (In my opinion this picture does not do justice!) So this is what I got:

For Review:

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Matched by Ally Condie
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

What was in your mailbox this week? (I know that your supposed to do IMM at the end of the week but I couldn't wait!)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we all feature upcoming books we're eagerly anticipating. 

  What's my pick?

 Title: Where I Belong
Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Release: February 8, 2011 

Summary taken from goodreads: Corrinne Corcoran’s upscale Manhattan life is perfectly on track - until her father announces he’s been laid off and she’s shipped off to Broken Spoke, Texas, to live with her grandparents. All alone in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the glamorous life she’s supposed to be living. But as she grudgingly adjusts - making new friends and finding romance along the way - this city girl begins to realize that life without credit cards and shopping sprees may not be as bad as it seems ... In this sparkling debut that flawlessly balances romance and humor, readers will grow to love sharp and sassy Corrinne as she goes on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery.

Must I even try and explain why I would want this? I think the storyline is promising, the cover is really cute and it comes out in a week! Gasp I know! But really this looks like a good book, and I am a sucker for these types!

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review for Fifteen Minute Bob by Catherine Forde

Fifteen Minute Bob 
"Fifteen Minute Bob"

Author: Catherine Forde
Publisher: Egmont Books
Source: Library
Challenge: Library Challenge, For the love of YA
256 pages

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Me and Dad? Well, we're on opposite sides of a gaping fault-line  -No, actually we're on different planets.
   Rory's dad is a struggling singer-songwriter and is obsessed by one rock'n'roll hero. Despite years of failure, his music is all that matters - nothing else: not job, not money, not even family. So Rory's home life is unpredictable enough. But when his two best mates hook up with his dad to release a music viral, everything flips.

   Interesting storyline right? That's what I thought too! And I do want to assure you that the book does stick to this... completes it well. I gave this book two stars, sad isn't it? I don't think I've ever given a book two stars. What was the problem? I just couldn't follow the story! No matter how hard I focused! The accent's (I think it's British-having there own words for stuff) and the constant flashbacks kept me guessing what in the world was going on. Plainly said, I just didn't like it. It kind of got boring, I couldn't get in to it. The only exciting part was the ending! Fairly good wrap up. The characters are good, the plot good but like I said before..couldn't follow, I was confused with what was happening. I picked this one up because it's about music--which I love. In conclusion, I don't necessarily recommend this to anyone but this is soley my opinion. I am positive someone out there will like it but it just wasn't for me.

 Imagine this okay?:
It's your Sixth Form Parents Night. And here's this bloke dandering towards you. He's dressed in velvet coat-tails and leather trousers. There's a top hat on his head, insane pointy boots on his feet. He's twirling a cane. And staring at you through black eyeliner... Or should that be guyliner? I wouldn't know.
Below a scrappy moustache-looks feathered on with the same pencil he used round his eyes- this bloke's mouth is wide. Moving constantly. Like he's babbling to himself.
Now. What would you think if you saw this guy heading in your direction?

Review for Final Touch by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins

Final Touch (The Rayne Tour, #3)"Final Touch (The Rayne Tour #3)"

Author: Brandilyn Collins & Amberly Collins
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Public Library
Challenge: Library Challenge and For the Love of YA
224 pages

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The day Shaley O'Conner has dreamed of all her life is shattered by a nightmare. On a lavish estate in California guarded from the media, Shaley's mom, rock star Rayne O'Connor, is marrying her teen sweetheart and Shaley's father, Gary Donovon. It's a dream come true for Shaley, who has always longed for the father she never knew. But minutes before the wedding, Shaley is kidnapped. Who is this man who has taken her—and why? As Rayne and Gary race against time to find their daughter, Shaley's abductor eludes the FBI at every turn. Fearing for her life, Shaley wills herself to stay strong. But as the days pass, she realizes that no one can save her but herself. - Summary Taken from Goodreads

  GREAT SUSPENSE! Just wanted to get that out there right away. This story is a great on the edge of your seat, 'what is going to happen next' book. It doesn't take long, a chapter or two in and the stone is alreadly rolling. I loved it! I felt so sorry for this girl, she is literally minutes away from having the life she always wanted and then bam! it gets ripped away from her. I liked how the author switched between viewpoints, one chapter is Shaley and the other its her parents. Very nice touch, it gives it more depth. So I've already stated, great plot... Now the characters. Shaley to me wasn't relatible BUT I really liked her as a main character. The other characters as well are portraiyed nicely. This is a great quick, suspenseful book that will leave you feeling satisfied. At least it did with me! I really enjoyed this book! I must mention though, this is part of a series. Actually it's the last. I do recommend this book to those of you who like good suspense novels!


“Hi. Thanks for coming.” I half squinted at him, the sun in my eyes.
“No problem.” The driver wore a baseball cap pulled low over his forehead. He dipped his chin in a nod but never raised his eyes to mine. I caught the merest glimpse of his face as he strode past me toward the rear of the van. “I got it back here.”
A little ring box stuck in that big back area? Odd, but whatever. I just wanted to get it and go back inside. “Okay.”
I followed him behind the van and stood back as he opened the double-wide doors. He glanced to the right, then left. I caught a quick look at his profile. He was … maybe in his fifties? Low hanging jowls and pudgy. His eyes were small, his lips full. Something about him looked familiar.
Have I seen this guy before?
Quickly, he leaned into the van and picked up something. Swung around.
He jumped toward me and hooked an arm around my neck.
His arm tightened.
I struggled. Opened my mouth to scream.
A large cloth smashed against my nose and lips. “You’re mine now, Shaley.”