Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Dark Divine Trailer!

Amazing, isn't it?
Bree is also giving away a BUNCH of books, so go check her blog out to see those books, AND SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE TRAILER.!!!! More info here.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Blogging Hiatus-- Review (Betrayed-- Coraline)

Hey all. I've been on a big blogging hiatus, so sorry. I've missed posting my reviews, because I'm always stuck with the thought of the book in my mind, nobody is really wanting to listen to me rant on and on about a book they haven't read yet. Even though not many people read this blog, I still like getting my reviews out, in hope maybe somebody will read and comment.
Anywhoo. I may have been on a blogging hiatus, but not a reading hiatus. I've read three books since my last review, I believe. I only remember three. So here is my review for Coraline.
The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.
The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
Only it's different.
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
Coraline was an interesting book. I can't lie, I only read it mainly because everybody was buzzing about it so long ago, while I was searching for books to reserve at my library, that book came to mind. I'm not one to follow to crowd, so once the buzz dies down, thats when I take action.
I read this book in one day, it wasn't that hard to finish it, it after all is a short book. I however have never been a big fan of third person writing, but some authors can make it work. For instance--- Nicholas Sparks makes third person work VERY well.
In this case I thought it was okay, I liked the writing style, it kept me interested. At times I was a little creeped out, but that never stopped me from writing. The whole 'other mother' and 'other father' thing still gets me, and the small details. Remind me to watch the movie so I can get a better inlook on the smaller details.
The whole idea with the cat reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. The cat was her guide in a way through Wonderland. In this book, the cat was Coraline's guide through the 'other home'. The ending was also a bit confusing for me, but I think I understood most of it.
The author was very creative while writing this book, not all minds can think like that. I was inspired to write something while reading this book, which doesn't happen often.
My best friend is in to creepy books such as this one, her favorite author is R. L. Stine. I don't mind books like these, its good to add flavor right?
Overrall, I liked this book. I'd read it twice. (:

Until Next Book,

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Update:: Review

Before I strat with the review on the book it has taken me forever to read, mainly because of a bunch of drama at home. I want to apologize for being MIA for like ever. My house has literally been way hectic, and my life has been crazy with drama. Don't get me wrong, I love drama as much as the next person, unless it's happening to you that is. Anyway, just wanted to say sorry. I'm off for spring break, so hopefully reading?

Broken into its components, this book promises a great mystery: a teenaged heroine with tragic buried memories beginning to resurface; a cold, windswept winter in a colorless English seaside town; a pushy, witchlike busybody mysteriously murdered; a cute guy next door; and two warmly lovable younger siblings for comic relief. Unfortunately, the author has difficulty balancing the plot, the necessary explanations of background, a mysterious tone, and her narrators character. I have a memory problem, Juliana confesses, but it takes another 58 pages of meeting new characters and having strange, weird feelings before she finally tells readers what the problem is and muses upon why she has it. The wonderfully visceral setting and intriguing cast of characters almost make up for the baffling narrator, but ultimately the link between the two simultaneous mysteries proves tenuous, and the identity of the murderer no mystery at all.

(Don't read if you don't want spoilers, you've been warned. (; )
To be completely honest it took me about a few weeks to read this book, there were a couple reasons as to why. One, I couldn't get into it that much at the beginning, it caught my attention, but not like something I couldn't put down. Also as I said above there was a bunch of family drama going on around my house, and school so my life has been pretty hectic. I finally sat myself down and decided to find out how it ended. The story was about a girl named Juliana, who moves from Sunny California with her adoptive mother from since she was 5 and her younger 'siblings'. This idea didn't strike me as much, but I knew it had to get interesting for it said 'muder mystery' right? So I kept reading, I got into some of the characters I must admit. I could picture it playing as a movie in my head, but it wasn't really 'my cup of tea'. Haha, great expression right? She moved to England...Cup of tea...Yeah. Anyway. I got into the couple of Juliana and Dunken. Although I liked them better as friends for some reason, I still thought they were cute together. I seriously expected for the muderer of her mother's long time artistic buddy to be Celia Glenndenning. Her character creeped me out, as it did Juliana. She was just too-- I can't think of a word to describe her. But I would really hate for her to be my mom. Personally I couldn't find Oliver Pethering, Liza's husband, to be the killer. It just didn't make sense to me, although finding out that him and Celia had a little 'thing' going on you never know. This is a book afterall right? There are tons of surprises there. The biggest twist in the whole book, which I wasn't expecting, which is shocking because I am REALLY good at figuring out endings and surprises. It was the person you least expected it to be (not giving you details as to who it is HAH.)Which made my jaw drop, well not literally though. That does quite make the audience that is reading this book. It keeps you guessing, which I like a lot. Finding out the truth about Juliana I have to admit, I had a bunch of assumptions, but they all were thrown down to the dust. It was a sad moment for me. I actually either expected Nora--Or Ceila to be her mother. Don't as me why, just read the book ducklings. Anyway, overrall I liked this book. It's not exactly in my top ten but it was well written. I suggest it. (:

Until next book,

PS. New Twilight book coming out? Whose excited?! Me fur shureeee.
P.P.S. I'm going to re-read Eclipse to get a reminder of who this Bree Tanner is. So I might not be doing reviews for a while, unless I multi-task. (:
P.P.P.S. Bye!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Marked- House of Night #1--REVIEW.

Enter the Dark, Magical World of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change-and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny-with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

As it may be known that Marked is the first book in the House of Night series. If I am not mistaken there are now eight? Books in that series. I have just completed the first on, Marked. I must admit that when I first started reading this book I did not think it would interest me. The person that recommended it to me told me it "was better than Twilight, and this is coming from a true Twilight fan!". Although, another friend told me that it could not be compared to Twilight, though it was a good book.
So I figured, what the heck, why not see for myself! In my opinion they rushed the book way too fast with the whole Marking process, I tend to like books more that work their way into the climax. This one rushed into it on about page 2, which didn't get brownie points for me. Also, they worked their way into the development of Zoey, which I liked.
Zoey Redbird, was the main character that was casted with special vampyre powers that a normal fledge should not have. She was special from the beginning of her marking, for it was filled in completely the first day at the House of Night.
The character Kayla (unkown last name.) did not strike me as interesting at all, though all good books have to have a annoying character right? Speaking of characters, I must say the names they came up with surprised me. I could barely pronounce them in my head. I liked the uniqueness of the choice of names, like Neferet.
This book was also a book that played a movie in my head, which means they did a good job going into great detail about things. I like that in books. As for the plot, it kept you wondering. Zoey saw things like Elizabeth and Elliot's ghost, and she had a special power over all five elements. (Wind, Water, Fire, Earth and Spirit.)
The bullying character, Aphrodite, surprised me. Of course every book also needs an annoyance of a bully/enemy right? Aphrodite was just that. With her rival with Zoey not only for her special talents, but for the fact she has a higher chance of becoming High Preistest.
Erik Night, what can I say about the dashing prince charming of the book? He is definitely a good character, he shows his affection for Zoey, and isn't a complete jackass about it.
Speaking of jackasses, let's bring Heath into the conversation. Heath, the ex-almost-boyfriend. The star football player, the junkie, the obsesser. Rumor has it she imprinted on poor Heath. When they imprint it means after having a blood lust for them, they drink the slightest amount of blood while holding their mate (Who has to be Human.) under a trance, and you have a chance of imprinting on them. End of lesson one.
Let's see who else is there? Oh, Stevie Rae. The country roomate, hmm. I liked her character, she was loyal to Zoey, and kept her word. Her character definitely caught my attention, that's for sure.
Since it's late, and I'm going to cut this short. Really sorry I couldn't go into deatil about all of the characters, but to be blunt............
I couldn't put it down, and it's definitely something I recommand!  Sorry to cut this short again, I could type on and on, but I must get up tomorrow.
Be sure to checkout this book! Can't wait to continue the series.(;
Until Next Book,
Justanotherauthor. :D

Monday, March 1, 2010

Awesome Contest- Bloody Bookaholic!

Hey! As you may know, Blood Bookaholic is holding a 'ridculously' awesome contest! So you better head over there, and enter! Follow their blog, and tweet about this contest!!! Go, now! Here!
Some books they are offering.
Bleeding Violet
Hush Hush
Give Up Ghost
Hearts at Stake
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets
Little Black Lies
So have I mentioned, GO THERE NOW?!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Cathy's Book- Review

Cathy is not only a funky dresser, but also creative, clever, fun, curious and an artist extraordinaire. From the book's exciting cover, which states in gray letters against a black background "Cathy's Book if found call (650) 266-8233 (650) 266-8233 ," to the ensuing pages of artistic doodles and adventures, this is one terrific read. Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman have gone out on a limb with some daring ideas and succeeded in creating an interactive, totally hands-on reading experience that teens will go wild for.

Set up as a kind of diary and sprinkled heavily with wonderful drawings, Cathy writes about her relationship with the mysterious Victor, her very best friend Emma, her frazzled mother and the pitfalls of getting involved in something very dangerous. Her diary covers about a month of her life as she investigates Victor's sudden withdrawal and strange behavior. As she becomes more deeply involved, she realizes that Victor is not who she thinks he is, that he possibly has used her in some kind of terrible experiment (there's a needle mark on her arm and a blank space in her memory) and that even murder is possible in the weird happenings of the Chinese underworld.
Emma is the brains, technology and nerdy part of Cathy's world. She pulls Cathy in and tries to keep her focused as well as attend to her school projects. After all, Cathy will not succeed in anything if she doesn't settle down. Emma is also pretty peeved that their science project failed because Cathy was so distracted. Throughout all of this, however, Emma's family has their own issues, and the wealth that surrounded Em is suddenly gone because her father loses his job. What else can happen in all this chaos? Oh, plenty can --- and does!
Cathy can be poignant as she recalls her recently deceased father, very funny (see her alter egos such as ArtGirl, PhoneGirl and GothGirl) and dreadfully foolish as she hurtles herself from one dangerous situation to another. Her personality bubbles over the pages as we root for her all the way through. Her last entry makes it imperative to follow with a sequel and to explore every possible clue provided.
Readers can call phone numbers, visit web sites and explore a little packet of assorted papers tucked into the book. There are blogs and fascinating links that help answer the many questions related to uncovering the mystery of Victor and the strange cult-like group surrounding him. This is a gamer and a reader's treasure.

This book did not catch my eye as much as some others, but I won't say it wasn't a good book. I liked the character Cathy, and her wittyness. I loved how she had a good comeback for everything, and being able to get inside her mind. She reminded me of me in some ways, and in others I could just get lost in the book. I had a hard time trying to finish this book, It wasn't because of the length or anything I think it took a while for it to let me get into it.
The whole deal with Victor confused me for a while, like how he was 'immortal' I'm still trying to figure out how that part works into the story. I'm also debating on the different books in the series, as to if I want to get the other books or not.
I liked the drawings that went along with the pages, I liked the different personalities of her like 'Arrtgurl' and 'Gothgrrl'.
Again it was just a book you can't write to much about, It's one of those things that unravels slowly in the end. Oh, I also didn't like the ending. I never like endings of books though.
Well, until next book.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

We Are The World.

Hello There.
I've been sort of been readers blocked. And in a writing slump. I haven't been reading nearly as much as I usually do, maybe this book just isn't catching my attention? I am currently reading Cathy's Book. It's okay, but just hasn't caught my attention yet.
So you may have noticed the title. We Are The World. If you haven't heard the new We Are The World 25 for Haiti, that was originally written by Michael Jackson for Africa. There are many singers of all genre's that gathered around to sing that song for Haiti.
The point of the song is to tell you how we are all the world, and no matter what we do we can make a change in the fight for Haiti. So, please. If you haven't yet donate some money to the cause for Haiti, every dollar and penny counts. Each penny or dollar you donate will feed another child, and person.