Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday!!!!!

I hope you all have/had an amazing Thanksgiving! I know I am a little late but we host it here at my house so I had a bunch of cleaning and cooking to do (for 30 people ahhhhh). Anyway I hope all of your guys days was great and only a 29 more days til Christmas!

Also to all of you early bird shoppers out there, Black Friday is in a few hours!!!! I will be leaving my house at 3:30 am and shopping until 3:00 pm where I then have to go to work until close =) So I hope you all find your bargins you are looking for, and I hope you all stay safe!

So How Was Your Thanksgiving?
What Deals Are You Looking For On Black Friday?

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Author Of The Month

So like many of you I am in love with the House of Night Series, mainly I think it is due to the writings of P.C and Kristin Cast! They are amazing authors, that I feel many people should know about. Their writing style is easy to follow but also unique; also their plots and characters are so interesting that makes me wonder what their creativity levels are =) So seeing as November is almost over I will be running this through December as well! Below is excerpts from one of their websites:

P.C. Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with her fabulous daughter, her spoiled cat, and her adorable Scotties!

Kristin Cast
Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

So What Do You Think Of
P.C. and Kristin Cast?

Happy Reading!

Mail Box Monday (14)

So this past week was absolutely amazing!!!! For many, many reasons... Including getting books from publishers, authors, contests, as well as going to see New Moon! Now this week I also can not wait for I can not wait for Thanksgiving and turkey ((Yummmm)). Also Black Friday (Yes I am that person who wakes up at 3am to go shopping) So anyway this is what I received this week =)

For Review:

(Received from Scholastic Publishing)
Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend -- and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey -- she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?

The Vampire is Just Not That Into You
(Received from Scholastic Publishing)
Are you in love with a vampire? Are you worried that you might not be his (blood) type? Do you wonder whether that cold stare means he isn’t interested . . . or if it’s because he’s been dead for three centuries (nothing personal)? Have you tried to coax him out of his crypt with a flash of your neck or a near-death situation that requires him to save you at the very last possible moment? Have you ever considered what it will be like to introduce him to your mother? Even though your vampire’s skin is transfixingly translucent, he can still be very hard to read. Sometimes he’s simply holding back his true feelings, resisting the urge to bite you in the chance that one day you will truly love him. And other times . . . well, he’s just not that into you. How can you tell? Undead dating specialist Vlad Mezrich has all the answers, utilizing quizzes, Top Ten lists, language analysis, real-life (and real-death) testimonials, and fancy charts to show you what you need to do in order to get your vampire and keep him forever. Once you go vamp, you never decamp – so let this eternally rewarding book show you the way to the vampire of your dreams.

The Wicked Series
And They are ALL SIGNED!!!!!

Witch an Curse
(Won from Ashley @ Books Obsession She.....)
Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole. In her new home, Holly's sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents goings on around her. Such as how any wish she whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. And there's the undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy Holly barely knows. Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launched into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations...and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.

Legacy and Spellbound
(Won from Ashley @ Books Obsession Is......)
Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant to the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries. Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones—including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged and Holly is at the center of it all. Lives will be lost and sacrifices will have to be made...

(Won from Ashley @ Books Obsession THE BEST!!!!)
WHAT THE CAHORS witches thought was the end of their troubles was only the beginning. A threat more powerful and more frightening than anything they have faced has been watching and waiting. The Cahors witches must come together and find Jer and Eli as both the Deveraux and the Cahors family lines face eradication.All the secrets of the Cahors will be revealed, forcing them to overcome their greatest weaknesses in order to achieve their most powerful strengths. And only united do they have any chance at victory. Before the end, sacrifices will be made, alliances forged, and old friends lost forever.

(Received from Nancy Holder with my Wicked Series Books!)
The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn't help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago. What Lindsay doesn't yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead... And that someone is Lindsay.

Pretty Little Devils
(Received from Nancy Holder with my Wicked Series Books!)
Watch out! These babysitters will stab you in the back. Everything changes for Hazel Stone when she's noticed by Sylvia, queen bee of their high school's popular girls, the Pretty Little Devils. Sylvia invites Hazel to one of the group's famous soirees—held at the site of one of their babysitting jobs. Hazel couldn't be more thrilled! But what she doesn't know is that popularity comes with a price. Some people can become jealous of a girl's newfound status— deadly jealous. One of these babysitting babes is a killer! Hazel has to figure out which one, before they turn their backstabbing ways on her.

Powers: A Novel
(Won From Library Thing)
A sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men. Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.” The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?

So What Did You Get?

Happy Reading!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Movie Review: New Moon

So I have never done a movie review before but I thought it would be good to start off with New Moon! I went and saw the movie on opening night at 12:01, the funny thing is I got there at 9:45 and the theatre was already packed (I got amazing seats though)!

  • Title: New Moon
  • Director: Chris Weitz
  • Age Restrictions: PG-13
  • Time: 130 min
  • Company: Summit
  • Genre: Fantasy/YA
  • Directing: A+
  • Special Effects: A+
  • Acting: A

AMAZING!!!! This was exactly what I pictured the movie would look like! Hats off the Chris and the rest of the crew who made this happen. I feel this was so much better than Twilight, so if you did not like Twilight check this one out because it really blew me away. Even the acting was better in this movie, especially with Jacob. Also I liked the fact that humor was added to this movie it really helped with the characters. The special effects were spectacular, the wolves looked exactly how I pictured them when I read the books. Also the scenes with Bella hearing Edward was amazingly done!

Also I feel like this movie did a better job relating to the book, so that is why I enjoyed it more. I am so excited for eclipse to come out (June 30 2010) I am more anxious than ever to go and see that now! So yes, go see this movie! I promise you will not be disappointed. I know I am going to go see it again =)

So What Did You Think Of New Moon?

Happy Viewing!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Review: Betrayed (House of Night Series #2)

  • Title: Betrayed
  • Author: P.C and Kristin Cast
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Received From: I Bought it
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 2, 2007)
  • Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/YA
  • Cover: A+
  • Overall: A
  • ISBN-10: 0312360282
Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

So after I read Marked the first book in the House of Night series I was so excited to jump right into the second book. However school and life got into the way and I had a hard time getting back to the series. Alas I have finished the second book and it was spectacular; usually sequels to books have some what of a down fall to them because the first book is always the best. I can safely say that this book was equally as good if not better than the first book. The characters seemed to stay consistent with the way they were portrayed in the first book. The plot was different and original, and the writing was easy to follow.

So in this story Zoey has finally adjusted to her new life and is now starting to take over the Dark Daughters. However something is wrong and people she knows are going missing and some are even being killed. Also Zoey seems to be trapped in a love triangle between Erik, Heath, and Loren a teacher at the school. With all of this going on Zoey does not even know who she can trust! So through out this story Zoey also discovers some new things about herself, even some new powers. All of this mixed together to make a great plot for the second book, and the other characters in the book helped support it.

So I am happy to say that I will definitly be continuing this series! I find it to be an easy read with a very detailed storyline. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Young Adult fantasy, but make sure you read the first book Marked so you can understand the story.

So What did You Think of Betrayed?

You can find the book here:

Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mail Box Monday (13)

So this week was very exciting book wise, I got two books that sound so amazing! I bought one of them and the other I won via Goodreads and given by the author of the book Jacquelyn Wheeler (and she signed it!!!!). So as you can see I am very excited to jump into these books.....


Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear peoples thoughts, and know a personas life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school but everything changes when she meets Damen Augustea Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what shes thinking and he's the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn't know who he really is or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.


Rising Shadow
(Received from Jacquelyn Wheeler Thanks Hun!!!!)
Ashlyn Woods just transferred to one of the most beautiful campuses on the west coast, where she can't wait to start her life over as a normal college student. But her plans take an unexpected turn when she discovers that she is a Soterian: a person who develops amazing powers when the balance of good and evil shifts too far in evil's favor. Soon she and the other Soterians are studying martial arts and learning to use their powers to prevent California from being plunged into chaos. But they quickly discover that they're up against a much more dangerous enemy than they anticipated. And when Ashlyn meets Kai, a devastatingly gorgeous guitar player, she realizes she must sacrifice more than she ever imagined.

So What Did You Get?

Happy Reading!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lots of Contests =)

I am so excited my friend over at Teens Read and write is having an awesome giveaway called the Mega Book Contest. She is giving away multiple books to multiple people.... Sounds awesome right! I am entering now

Also Over at Pure Imagination she is giving away a Twilight Prize pack
filled with all sorts of goodies! I am soooo entering =)

Over at Yay! Reads they are holding a contest for Vampire Kisses....
I am intrigued once again and shall enter!

p.s I loved the tiger so I thought u all would too =)

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: Shiver

  • Title: Shiver
  • Author: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Received From: Scholastic (Published: August 2009)
  • Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/YA
  • Cover: A+
  • Overall: A+
  • ISBN-10: 0545123267
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

If you love to read, you must read this book! It has everything in it that I could ever ask for in a spectacular storyline. Love, Danger, fantasy, and so much more that kept me in a trance through out this entire book. I love when a book comes around where I can actually feel what the characters are feeling, and I am not going to lie I cried and laughed and so much more to this book. The characters are all so interesting and perfect in their own way. Especially Sam, Sam has such an interesting background and I am glad that Stiefvater incorporated it into the plot. Another one of my favorite characters was Beck, Beck was like a father to Sam and the way that he was portrayed just made fall in love with him.

The way that Stiefvater wrote this book was perfect, I love how it jumped from Grace's point of view to Sam's. It really felt like I was there with them going through the obstacles that they were going through. Especially since Sam is a wolf it was interesting to see his mind pattern when he was a wolf and then keeping some of the same features when he was human. The plot of the book is what sold everything to me though (don't worry no spoilers), it was suspensful and kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. Also through out the book I definitly felt a connection between the characters and the plot. It was as if every detail of this book was molded perfectly to fit in.

I would not be surprised to see this book being a best seller, because it was truly that good. I would definitly recommend this book not only to my readers on here, but also to anyone I found in a bookstore trying to find a good book! If you love young adult, fantasy, and wolves, this book has your name written all over it.

You can find the book here:

Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble

Happy Reading!

Mail Box Monday (12)

So one of the books I have been waiting for came out this week and I have been wanting it forever!!!!! So I am so excited for that and I also got some other really good books this week so this will be a short one so I can go start reading =)


So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul? Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted.

Bad Apple
"If I really wanted to open up, I'd confess that I really am the liar everyone believes I am."

High-school junior Tola Riley has green hair, a nose ring, an attitude problem, and a fondness for fairy tales, which are a great escape from real life. Everyone thinks she's crazy; everyone says so. Everyone except Mr. Mymer, her art teacher. He gets her paintings and lets her hang out in the art room during lonely lunch periods.

But then rumors start flying and Tola is suddenly the center of a scandal. The whole town is judging her—even her family. When Mr. Mymer is suspended for what everyone thinks is an affair, she has no choice but to break her silence. Fairy tales won't help her this time . . . so how can she tell the truth? And, more importantly, will anyone believe her?


Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter—sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined “Writers’ Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months,” and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of “real life” that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But “here” turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world—and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell—and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight.

So What Did You Get?

Happy Reading!
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