Monday, March 30, 2009

100 Posts and a New Layout!

Just for the fun of it, I just thought I'd say ... this is the 100th post! Yay!

And to celebrate, in five days (when the poll is closed) I will be using a new blog layout! So stay tuned.

To preview this new layout click here.

Sorta, Kinda, Not Really Review

The Breakup Bible
by Melissa Kantor

Synopsis
(borrowed from Barnes and Noble's website):

Jen Lewis is having a great junior year. She is the features editor of the school paper, and she's dating Max Brown, the paper's editor-in-chief. Everything is perfect-that is, until Max says, "Maybe it would be better if we were just friends." In shock and total denial, Jen wonders how she is going to deal with the pain of seeing Max in school every day. Her misery only intensifies when her grandmother gives her a book that she heard about on the radio. Dr. Emerson's The Breakup Bible claims that "there's no reason a woman can't get over a breakup very quickly if she'll just follow a few basic commandments." Jen is doubtful. What does Dr. Emerson know about her and Max?

SKNRReview:

I was really looking forward to reading this book, especially since one of Melissa Kantor's other books is one of my favorites. I could not enjoy this one, though, and it made me kind of sad.

The main character was a little too emotional from a breakup with a guy that didn't even seem that great and there was a lot of unneeded things brought up. I set the book down after reading the 22 page. It was really disappointing. :(

Just because this book wasn't the greatest, don't be fooled. The author is still a great writer and look for her book, If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, at your local library. It's a great read!

Contains:

*homosexuality


Sunday, March 29, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is where I share with you the books I've gotten in the mail or the library. Maybe you'll find a book you want to read along the way! *

(idea by TheStorySiren)


Absolutely Maybe
by Lisa Yee

Meet Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara. Chessy teaches the students in her charm school her Seven Select Rules for Young Ladies, but she won't tell Maybe who her real father is -- or protect her from her latest scuzzball boyfriend. So Maybe hitches a ride to California with her friends Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (aka Ted) -- and what she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring . . . vintage Lisa Yee.

(Acquired by doing a little trade with my sister. I hope it was worth it!)





30 Days to Finding and Keeping Sassy Sidekicks and BFFs
by Clea Hantman

Where would Jennifer be without Courtney? How about Drew and no Cameron? Life is just more fun with friends. And who doesn’t want a sidekick in case there’s ever a need to fight crime or solve a mystery? Every girl needs at least one wonderful pal, and when you harness the power of friendship, life’s possibilities can be limitless. It might sound like kid’s stuff, but the support of a girlfriend can last a lifetime. Long after the boys have come and gone, a true blue girlfriend will still be by your side.

(Received from RandomBuzzers to review. I would not have picked it up before I got it in the mail and I am really impressed with it so far!)


Life After Genius
by M. Ann Jacoby

Theodore Mead Fegley has always been the smartest person he knows. By age 12, he was in high school, and by 15 he was attending a top-ranking university. And now, at the tender age of 18, he's on the verge of proving the Riemann Hypothesis, a mathematical equation that has mystified academics for almost 150 years. But only days before graduation, Mead suddenly packs his bags and flees home to rural Illinois. What has caused him to flee remains a mystery to all but Mead and a classmate whose quest for success has turned into a dangerous obession.

(This one I also got from a trade with my sister. You are probably thinking 'What books does she not want?' Well, I actually gave her one I've already read and thought is was 'okay' and one she has been really wanting to read. So everything ended out okay!)


Highway to Hell
by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Maggie Quinn was expecting to find plenty of trouble with Lisa over Spring Break. Give a girl a bikini, a beachfront hotel, and an absent boyfriend, and it’s as good as a road map to the dark side. But Maggie doesn’t have to go looking for trouble. Trouble has started looking for her. One dead cow and a punctured gas tank later, she and Lisa are stuck in Dulcina, Texas—a town so small that it has an owner. And lately life in this small town hasn’t been all that peaceful. An eerie predator is stalking the ranchland.

(I also got this one from RandomBuzzers to review. I was a little hesitant picking it up because of the title but I found out ... it's girl vs. evil. So I think it will be alright!)




Kisses and Lies
by Lauren Henderson

After discovering that someone saw what looked like Dan’s emergency EpiPen in A-lister Plum’s designer handbag, Scarlett and her tough American sidekick, Taylor, sneak into a posh London nightclub, where Plum has a private table. Scarlett is stunned to discover a piece of evidence that might implicate another girl in Plum’s exclusive circle, Lucy Raleigh. Which means Scarlett must cast a wider net in order to catch the right suspect.

(This is a sequel to Kiss Me, Kill Me, a book I have not read. I wasn't too particularly interested in this book but I received it from my favorite book reviewing site, RandomBuzzers, to review. They wouldn't let me down with a bad book!)




Bras and Broomsticks
by Sarah Mlynowski

What if all your wishes could come true? Blink your eyes, drink a fizzing pink potion, and poof! Life is perfect. That’s Rachel’s situation. Except she’s not the one who suddenly has magical powers. Her younger sister is. And as Rachel would tell you, spellbooks are wasted on the young!

Yes, yes, of course world peace and cures for horrible diseases are important. But so is dancing without looking like she’s being electrocuted, winning back her best friend, stopping her dad’s wedding, and finding a date for Spring Fling.

(I have been waiting a long time to read this book and I finally get the chance, thanks to Paperbackswap! This book just happened to be swapped by you, TheStorySiren. Small world, isn't it?)

The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry

Shouldn’t we be orphans?” one of the Willoughby children suggests one day. The four are, after all, part of an old-fashioned kind of family, and their parents–well, their parents are not all that one would hope for. Recalling literary heroes and heroines such as Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna, and James with his giant peach, the Willoughbys concoct a diabolical plot to turn themselves into worthy and winsome orphans. Little do they know that Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby have already begun to formulate their own thoroughly despicable plan inspired by another favorite bedtime story: the tale of Hansel and Gretel...

(This is a children's book- like third grade children -but I thought I'd give it a shot because this author is one of my favorites. I also received this book from PaperbackSwap.)



That was a big load this week! I am really excited to read all of these and it you've read any of them, feel free to leave a link to your review. I'd love to read them and see what you thought of these books! :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes
By Maureen Johnson
4 out of 5 stars

Ginny is convinced that the only thing that makes her interesting is her aunt, a starving artist and constant traveler. When her aunt dies of brain cancer, Ginny can’t understand what’s ahead of her. Days filled with boring scenes and an unoriginal life? Then she receives a letter … from her aunt. She discovers that her aunt wrote 13 letters before she died, all addressed to Ginny. She sends Ginny off on a journey, to different countries to complete different tasks. Who said Ginny couldn’t be interesting and exciting? But it’s still her aunt that is making her that way and it’s all a game. It finally hits Ginny: her aunt is dead. Now, she has to be her own person.


13 Little Blue Envelopes is One-in-a-Million. It was completely creative and unusual! The author flowed with a new, fresh idea and it turned out great. I would have liked to read more about Ginny’s mom and her home in New Jersey but it seemed that Ginny was caught in the moment and it rarely came across her mind. As the story developed, so did the characters and the descriptions of the settings blew me away! The writing is great and I look forward to reading more by this author in the near future. I could never imagine the countries that were spoken of but now I can with the help of this book. The reasons I rated this book a 4 are specified below.

Contains:

*brief nudity
*homosexuality of a minor character involved in two chapters
*sensuality
*sexual references


Poll Winner

This week's poll was ...

Which do you enjoy the most?

reading the Harry Potter books
listening to your Avril Lavigne cd
writing a new story
watching the new episode of your favorite show


And the winner is ...

tied between reading the Harry Potter books and writing a new story!


Readers and writers ... the people who fill the book blogs. (Really, what was I expecting?)

Thanks to all who participated!

Bookshelf Meme

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest:

I couldn't find a picture for this but the first book that was put on my shelf was The Holy Bible (New International Version). I was given it in the third grade by my Lutheran church which happens to be when got my first bookshelf.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (person, place, time, etc...)








When I first picked up The Two Princesses of Bamarre, I immediately recognized their personalities. One of the princesses (blond one) reminded me of my older sister and I couldn't help see myself in Addy (brunette one). This book is also one of my favorites. :)







Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize, etc.):







When our church got the new hymnals (these dark red ones), they were giving away the old ones. So I brought one home!











Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves:







I have a rule: I only add books to my shelf when I am done reading them. So the most current one added was: Top 8 by Katie Finn.

It's been a slow reading week but I hope to finish 13 Little Blue Envelopes before I put up my In My Mailbox post tomorrow.







Tell me about a book that has been with you the most places:







Diary of a Wimpy Kid even went with me to my Grandma's house several times. I read this to my younger brother and he is also in love with it now. And he hates reading! So that's a big step up.










Tell me about a book that doesn't fit any of the above questions:







I also read this one to my brother and we got a kick out of it. There are a limited number of good younger boy books that have a rough edge while still being funny (we've learned from experience) and this is one of them! I love this book but most of Author Sid Fleischman's other works are creepy and ... creepy.









1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!

2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.

3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a BookMooch point if you prefer.

4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water...

5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc.



I am tagging:

the brilliant TheBookworm from Au Courant
the fabulous Harmony from Harmony Book Reviews
the awesome Lauren from Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Friday, March 27, 2009

This blog got an award!


The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their words.



Thank you, Priya! I always wanted to be a zombie-chicken-fighter! :)

I award this badge to:

EmilyRuth from AyeCaptain Reviews
TheBookworm from Au Courant
and Ms. Mazzola from State of Denmark

Keep on fightin' those zombies!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is where I share with you a book that I am looking forward to reading when it is released.

(idea by Jill from Breaking the Spine)*


What: The Chosen One
Who: by Carol Lynch Williams

When: May 12th, 2009
Where: St. Martin's Press

How: 224 pages

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

(I think it would be worth while to see how this book concludes and how the problems are dealt with. I want to read more about Kyra and what she thinks about.)

*summary taken from the Barnes and Noble website

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Top 8 by Katie Finn

Top 8
By Katie Finn
5 out of 5 stars

AGES 14+

Madison was a normal teenager. She had a great boyfriend of 17 days and counting, a trustworthy best friend, and 349 friends on her Friendverse profile. After a two-week long vacation out of the country with her family, Madison comes home to find her Friendverse account hacked. No more boyfriend, no more gang of people who like her … all because of the things that were written on the profile. I mean, Madison did say those things but writing them is totally different, right? While collecting clues as to who hacked her, Madison slowly starts to realize that she has made some wrong decisions, especially with the people she has made her friends. As they say, Don’t trust anyone.

Top 8 has more appeal than most books. The cover is inviting and fun and I was not let down! Sometimes the format changes to Madison’s Friendverse profile and you can see all of her friends’ pictures which was really fun. I knew from the start who I thought was the hacker but while discussions arose and events happened, I was led astray. So when the climax of the story was revealed, it really was a surprise. The writing was great and Author Katie Finn stuck to each character’s personality. Page by page, I was more eager to see how she solved all of the problems and concluded the story. No question will be left unanswered!

Contains:

*brief sentence of homosexuality
*the words ‘fling’ and ‘hook up’ used as sexual references in past tense





*book reviewed for BookDivas

Monday, March 23, 2009

In My Mailbox (Monday Edition)

Due to certain events, I was unable to make a post yesterday so I have decided to list the books that I have gotten in the mail and from the library in simple form.

(idea by The Story Siren)

In my mailbox:

The Diamonds by Ted Michael
Top 8 by Katie Finn (read and needs to be reviewed)

Borrowed from the library:

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (currently reading)
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
and The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor


As you can see, I am a little obsessed with "girly" books right now. I feel like I have just been introduced to them! And I am hungry for more. :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Banana Splitsville

Banana Splitsville
By Catherine Clark
4 out of 5 stars

AGES 14+

Courtney’s boyfriend dumped her. Is it really his fault that he wants to be "free and clear"? Courtney is convinced it is. She decides to make a commitment: no more dating ... at least for this year. She would just have to dump her boyfriend in the end, anyway, right? She has to admit, she does want to be "free and clear" herself when college comes around. When she falls in love with the ex's best friend, discovers that her own BFF is dating her little brother, and she is juggling a job at a smoothie store with her quirky boss watching her every move, Courtney is still determined to have the best senior year ever. But how can she, with a hard-to-follow commitment on her shoulders?

Banana Splitsville is unique. It was an unoriginal idea twisted to form a creative plot and characters. I loved to read how Courtney picked out each thing about each boy, occasion, or idea that she liked and stuck with it. At times, I was thinking to myself, Not him! She doesn’t deserve him! It was true, I don’t like the main character, Courtney, but this book broke a rule. As I say, “It can’t be a good book without a likable main character.” On the other hand, other minor characters made up for that factor and I was impressed with the book altogether. Though there were some parts that bothered me, I still recommend this book with 4 stars.

Contains:

*brief, unnecessary, comments of homosexuality
*sexual references that also didn’t need to be included



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is where I share with you a book that I am looking forward to reading when it is released.

(idea by Jill from Breaking the Spine)*




Broken Soup
by Jenny Valentine

Positive.

Negative.

It's how you look at it. . . .

Someone shoves a photo negative into Rowan's hands. She is distracted but, frankly, she has larger problems to worry about. Her brother is dead. Her father has left. Her mother won't get out of bed. She has to take care of her younger sister. And keep it all together . . .

But Rowan is curious about the mysterious boy and the negative. Who is he? Why did he give it to her? The mystery only deepens when the photo is developed and the inconceivable appears.

Everything is about to change for Rowan. . . . Finally, something positive is in her life.

Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers a powerful and life-affirming story of grief, friendship, and healing that will resonate long after the last page.

(This book kind of reminds me of Just Another Girl by Melody Carson. I am eager to read this book and that one also :)

*book summary taken from Barnes and Noble's website

Sunday, March 15, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is where I share with you the books I've gotten in the mail or the library. Maybe you'll find a book you want to read along the way! *

(idea by TheStorySiren)

Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Series Book One)
by Amanda Cabot

The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East. As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it. Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.

(This sounds like a really sweet story with a good twist. This is a Christian book which I won from TitleTrakk, a website I regularly check out. I recommend you do too!)

*book summary taken from Amazon

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sleepaway Girls

Sleepaway Girls
by Jen Calonita
5 out of 5 stars

Samantha Montgomery doesn’t want to deal with her best friend this summer, especially since all she does is cuddle with her “pookie” little boy friend. Sam decides to go to sleep away camp; her first time ever and she is going to work as a counselor-in-training. She soon makes a small group of friends that care about her and want to bring the vicious, popular Ashley down on her knees. From the first day Sam arrived at camp, Ashley has been terrorizing her so why not get her back? Within her days at camp, she makes friends, finds a crush, and gets a run for her money through all the obstacles she overcomes. And what if first impressions aren’t always right?

This book was a delight to read! Author Jen Calonita provides likeable characters with unique personalities while still focusing clearly on the plotline and using a zany twist in her writing. It was amusing and I was entertained the whole time! Being inside of Samantha’s mind and reading about the choices she will, would, or might make is laugh-out-loud funny. Though the references are fun and quirky, they are very specific to what teens watch on television and listen to on the radio today so I don’t know how long it would be up-to-date. With much potential and a pleasure to read, Sleepaway Girls will easily make it to the top!

*book copy provided by HipScouts

(This book is also a very clean read. I only found one mild reference in the whole book and it wasn't in a disturbing way. :)



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is where I share with you a book that I am looking forward to reading when it is released.

(idea by Jill from Breaking the Spine)


Fragile Eternity
by Melissa Marr

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

(I have not read the other books in this series but this one sounds sweet on the dangerous edge, at least the cover looks like that.)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Behind the Pages



… with R.J. Anderson


Have you ever wondered what was happening behind the pages? Some of these questions may not be related to reading or writing but I wanted to know more about the author as a person.

Q: What part about writing is your favorite?

I find getting the first draft of a story down to be really, really hard and often discouraging, because what ends up on paper is so far from the ideal in my mind. I enjoy revision a lot more, knowing that I'm making the story better and bringing it closer to that ideal. So far as the actual writing process goes, I'd have to say revision. But my favorite part about being a writer is sharing my work with readers and hearing what they have to say about it!

Q: In your opinion, what television show is a must-see?

Oh, that's an easy one. I've been completely devoted to Doctor Who since I was eight years old. It scared the wits out of me half the time (I was an easily frightened child – the curse of an overactive imagination!) but I just loved everything about it – the idea of this eccentric wanderer travelling through time and space and having all sorts of different adventures. And bringing ordinary humans like me along with him for the ride! What's not to love?

Q: How has being an author changed your life?

On the negative side, I have to say that writing is a lot more like work now than it used to be. I really have to struggle sometimes to recapture the thrill and sense of inspiration that I used to get when there was no pressure and no deadlines. One day I hope to be able to get back to the place where I can write something just for fun and not even care that it isn't saleable – like fan fiction, or a gift story for a friend.

On the positive side, it is REALLY nice not to have to write query letters to agents and editors any more. I was always terrible at those.

Q: What is your favorite dessert?

Mmm. I love dessert. Anything chocolate especially, I'm so there. But the dessert that's dearest to my heart is a funny-tasting yellow loaf cake with currants that my mother only bakes at Christmas. The recipe came from my Cornish grandmother, who died before I was born, and the cake itself isn't particularly sweet or rich at all. But a slice of Saffron Cake hot from the oven makes me feel happy in a way that Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mousse Exploding Delight or whatever just can't. It's a family thing.

Q: When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing with your free time?

I have three boys under the age of nine, what is this "free time"?
Seriously, though, when I get the chance, I enjoy playing the piano and singing. I'm a pianist and occasional soloist at my church.

Q: Do you have a favorite book, maybe from your childhood or teenage years?

I've talked about some of my childhood favorites elsewhere—Lewis, Tolkien, L'Engle, the usual classic fantasy crowd—so I'll cheat a bit and mention a book I didn't actually discover until I was 23. Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice is an episodic mystery novel that pairs Sherlock Holmes with a smart-mouthed, left-handed, Jewish fifteen-year-old girl sidekick—and it's brilliant. I fell in love with that book so hard that I read it twice in 24 hours. Then I started up a web page about the Mary Russell books and a mailing list so I could discuss them with other fans. And I wrote my very first fan letter to Ms. King – three pages of excited burbling which make me cringe now, but she received it very graciously and wrote me a lovely reply. Fifteen years later, I'm still a fan of the Russell books—and of Laurie King as a person, too.

Q: What character from Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter* are you most attached to?

I love Knife, but I have to say the character I have the most fun writing is Thorn. A lot of my friends who've read the book are begging me to write a book from Thorn's perspective—I can't see myself doing that because she's really too old to be a protagonist in a tween/younger teen novel, but I might write a short story for her one day.

Q: Do you have a blog or a website?

I have both! You can find my blog at here and my website at here . I'm also active on Twitter -- @rj_anderson.



Thank you for stopping by, Mrs. Anderson! Good luck on all of your future books.


R.J. Anderson is the author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter, also known as Knife in the UK. She is married and has three kids while living in Canada.

*(see my review of Spell Hunter here)

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Please excuse the deleted poll and other items that are missing! I am in the process of updating this blog.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is where I share with you the books I've gotten in the mail or the library. Maybe you'll find a book you want to read along the way! *

(idea by TheStorySiren)

Sleepaway Girls
by Jen Calonita

When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hunter just might. At least she has playful Cole, who's always teasing her, but is oh-so-comfortable to hang out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam-they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.

(I first heard about this on a Waiting on Wednesday post -here- written by TheBookworm of Au Courant and I wanted to read it then and there. I received this book by a new reviewing program I am in, HipScouts.)


*summary taken from Barnes and Noble's website

Friday, March 6, 2009

Poll Winner

This week's poll was ...

When spring comes ...

I'm going shopping!
I'm participating in Spring Cleaning.
My reading pile will be smaller.
I'm one step closer to summer!

And the winner is ...



I'm one step closer to summer!

(I guess a lot of people can't wait for summer ... and everyone can wait for Spring Cleaning.)

Thank you to everyone you participated!

TMI

TMI
By Sarah Quigley
2 out of 5 stars


Becca has a habit, though she never knew it would get her in so much trouble. You see, she tells more than she has to. Many times in her life, she has been told, “Too much information, Becca.” She’s sick of it. When she blabs about her boyfriend’s uncomfortable kisses, she gets dumped. As a New Year’s Resolution, she stops telling too much information so instead she starts an anonymous blog to get her feelings out while sparing embarrassment. On her blog, she admits her crush, reveals her friend’s biggest secret, and makes fun of many of her classmates. Then it strikes Becca. What if someone’s … reading it?

TMI has everything I didn’t expect. I was highly disappointed. It sounded sweet and the cover looked happy and welcoming. But looks can be deceiving. The writing really was great but I think Author Sarah Quigley’s talent didn’t get put to good use. Reading the book made me feel uncomfortable and I actually contemplated not finishing it but the voice in the back of my mind said I owe it to the publisher.

I loved some of the characters’ personalities, especially Becca’s bubbly one, though I didn’t like the things she said and had in her mind. Though the main idea of this book is unique and inviting, main ideas of the story (that haven’t been included in the synopsis or in any review of it I’ve read) were disturbing. I couldn’t look passed those pages and those ruined it for me … especially since it was stretched across several chapters.

Contains the following:

*sexual references and content
*homosexuality


(book copy provided by the publisher)


See this post by Alea (it's pretty weird if you ask me) here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is where I share with you a book that I am looking forward to reading when it is released.

(idea by Jill from Breaking the Spine)

A Match Made in High School
by Kristin Walker
(publication date May 2009)

When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer.

Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.

(This book sounds totally original! Hilarious, too. I can't wait to read it.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
By Mary E. Pearson
4 out of 5 stars

Many years into the future, biotechnology is illegal and if it stays that way, Jenna won’t know what to do. One day Jenna Fox wakes up and doesn’t know who she is. Someone says she is her mother, someone says he is her father. All Jenna has to look at is old home movies. Slowly, Jenna starts to figure out about her past and knows that she can’t get it back; she can’t fix her mistakes. She wants to begin anew and be a different Jenna but … she can’t. Is someone holding her back? The voices in her head say Hurry. Hurry, Jenna. Why does she have to hurry?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was … different. It was very emotional and I almost cried at times, but it was odd. The ideas that are brought up in the book are totally unique and everything connects with one another: the settings, the characters, and the emotions are all part of the story. Author Mary E. Pearson transported me to a different century entirely, one that doesn’t even exist yet. Many feelings are repeated within the book, which I think was definitely needed to get the point across. All together, this book was unique, interesting, odd, and wacky but I still don’t know if I like it. One thing is for sure, though. You won’t forget it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is where I share with you the books I've gotten in the mail or the library. Maybe you'll find a book you want to read along the way! *

(idea by TheStorySiren)

TMI
by Sarah Quigley

Friends call Becca the Overshare Queen, but her tendency for TMI never seemed like a problem to her until she blabs about her sweet band-geek boyfriend's sloppy kisses-and gets dumped! Realizing it may be better to resist the temptation to overshare face-to-face, Becca decides to blog anonymously about everything instead. On her blog, Too Much Information, Becca unleashes her alter ego, Bella. Bella tells it like it is . . . though perhaps with a bit more drama. After all, no one's going to read it ... right?

(I wrote about this book on a Waiting On Wednesday post a few weeks ago and I finally got around to contacting the publisher. This book is the next on my pile! :) I also love the author's last name. It's so fun to say: "Quigley!")


The Year the Swallows Came Early
by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson loves cooking and plans to go to culinary school just as soon as she's old enough. But even Groovy's thoughtfully—planned menus won't fix the things that start to go wrong the year she turns eleven—suddenly, her father is in jail, her best friend's long-absent mother reappears, and the swallows that make their annual migration to her hometown arrive surprisingly early. As Groovy begins to expect the unexpected, she learns about the importance of forgiveness, understands the complex stories of the people around her, and realizes that even an earthquake can't get in the way of a family that needs to come together.

(I wanted to read this book and my younger sister did too so when I saw it on an AuthorsNow! giveaway, I had to sign up!)

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse King Series #1)
by Robert Liparulo

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

(I have to admit, I already read the prolouge ... and I am thrilled that I get to read this book! I have been waiting so long. If I like this one, I am definitely going to read more of the series!)

Sundays at Tiffany's
by James Patterson

As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother Vivienne Margaux, the powerful head of a major New York theater company has no time for her. But she does have one friend--Michael--and no one can see him but her. But Michael can't stay with Jane forever, and on her eighth birthday, her imaginary friend must leave her.

When Jane is in her thirties, working for her mother's company, she is just as alone as she was as a child. Her boyfriend hardly knows she's there and is more interested in what Vivienne can do for his career. Her mother practically treats her as a slave in the office, despite the great success of Jane's first play, "Thank Heaven." Then she finds Michael--handsome, and just the same as she remembers him, only now he's not imaginary. For once in her life, Jane is happy--and has someone who loves her back. But not even Michael knows the reason behind why they've really been reunited.

(This sounds like such a sweet book. Thank you, Cheryl from Cheryl's Book Nook for holding the contest!)

*summaries from Barnes and Noble's website