There was an error in this gadget

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren.

Today I broke my promise to not get any books from the library. But I just couldn't resist!





Library :
- "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting
- "Need" by Carrie Jones
- " The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa
- "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman

Bought:
- "All I Want Is Everything" by Cecily von Ziegesar

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Review - "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Publisher - Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date - October 26, 2010
Number of Pages -  260




The summary :
“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.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. 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?


Pros
- 3-dimensional, well- developed characters.
- Very unique and original story, plot and concept
- It is funny!
- Takes place in New York, with a lot of references to actual places!
- Beautiful cover

Cons
- NONE!

An amazing book! What was ironic about it was that I read during Easter while the book took during Christmas...
5/5

Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review - "Wither" by Lauren Destafano

Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Release Date -March 22, 2011
Number of Pages - 358
Series - Chemical Garden #1



Another review for you!
The synopsis of this book is :
What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.



Pros
- Great characters
- This book made me like the dystopian genre a lot more!
- A very interesting plot
- Beautiful cover! Loved the use of symbolism on it.
- Well thought out and described setting.


Cons
- Might be a little disturbing for some people (Not me!)

An amazing book! I am looking forward to the next book!
5/5





Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Review - "Looking for Alaska" by John Green

  
Publisher -  Puffin
Release Date -  March 3, 2005
Number of Pages -  221


Happy Easter Everyone!
Here's a great book review coming your way

Synopsis:
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. 

Pros
- Very deep, well-developed characters
- Beautifully written
- Meaningful message
- Has a lot of great quotes
- It contains humour


Cons
- Has some very mature content
- Beginning is a little slow

Amazing book! 
4.5/5


 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In My Mailbox #2

Got some awesome books this week! Some of them I already started reading but forgot to mention them in my last IMM.

"Wither" by Lauren Destefano
"Two Moon Princess" by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
"Pretty Little Liars" by Sara Shepard
"Haven" by Kristi Cook




Friday, April 22, 2011

Book Review - "Cryer's Cross" by Lisa McMann

Publisher - Simon Pulse
Release Date -  February 8, 2011
Number of Pages - 223

Hello folks! How are enjoying the start of the Easter weekend? I will start a new thing with my reviews. They will be in "pros and cons" format. Hope that turns out well.

The synopsis of this book is:
The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.



Pros
- very well developed characters
- a very mysterious, well described and interesting setting
- very unique concept
- great writing style

Cons
- some people might find the story slow

A great book overall! I recommend it for fans of horror movies.
4/5

Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Review - "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer





Another book review folks!
 
Here is the description:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers.

But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


This was a really great book! One of the best things about it was the plot. There were hardly any slow moments in this book. There were so many moments of action and suspense, it just kept you reading and reading. The ending was a little weird. Hardly anything was solved, but I guess it is because there is another book is coming out!

The characters were good. Some of the main characters annoyed me sometimes, but the minor characters were really well done!

The author created a very captivating fantasy world, with lots of rules and history. That was great! The writing was pretty good overall.

The setting was great! It was almost exactly like I imagined it to be. 

Beautiful cover! It`s so shiny and purple, I love it!

I recommend this book for anyone who likes lots of action and suspense. I don`t recommend it for those who hate love triangles.


I really liked this book! 
4 out of 5

 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

In My Mailbox #1


Library
"Being Nikki" by Meg Cabot
"Looking for Alaska" by John Green
"Dash and Lily's Book of Dares" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Bought
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
"The Year I Turned Sixteen" by Diane Schwemm