Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton


Teaser  Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone  can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your  current read

* Open to a random page
* Share two (2)  “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what  you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book  for others!)

* Share the title & author, too, so  that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they  like your teasers!

Today My teaser is from Angelfire


"Is it a real soul reaper?" I asked. "Is that true? Can it destroy my soul?"                                                               "That's possible," she said. (P.216)

Giveaways and Debutante Event!


First, I want to say thank you to all my followers well, for following me and for the new ones as well! I love it when I receive comments on my posts! 

On to srz business. Today I found a really awesome giveaway hosted by Bad Ass Bookie called the Debutante Event! What is it? Well basically it's a way to welcome New Authors in the YA genre with their book coming out in 2011! 

With this, they're giving away lots of prizes and I mean lots of 'Swag' (bookmarks, cards, etc)
To see what you can win go here,

So just head on over to her blog and check out the official rules! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title- Delirium 
Author- Lauren Oliver
Publisher- HarperTeen
At First Glance-My opinion before reading the book based on the synopsis, reviews I have read and cover attraction.


Want a sneak peak at Delirium? HarperTeen and Lauren Oliver is kind enough to provide us the first chapter of Delirium. Trust me, One chapter, one page, one sentence is all you need to get into this book. 
First chapter of Delirium.


First sentence in Book- 
"The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well."

--Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh


(Don't like reading long reviews? Juts scroll down to the 'Long Story Short')


Plot- Once known as one of the strongest emotions a human can feel, Love has become a threat to mankind. In the Old days Love was known as a good thing and even sought out. That is, until scientists figured out that Love or referred in the book as 'Amor Deliria Nervosa' is the cause of many things that were known as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, heart disease and more. In Delirium scientists have found a way to extract/eradicate love and have demanded that all citizens receive the procedure at the age of eighteen. In the book we also see the government making most of the decisions such as who everyone marries, their jobs and even control what literature they should read (list of banned books in Delirium can be found here.)
 Lena, the MC of the book is not only close to turning eighteen she WANTS this disease that is inside of her to be removed. Everyone reminds her of how easy life is after the procedure: Carefree, happy, no worries. Lena is of course, eats this stuff up and eagerly awaits the procedure. Not to mention her family history with members who have fallen victim to deliria, such as her mother who resisted the cure and eventually committing suicide, putting her to shame among society. 
Ninety-Five days before her procedure she meets Alex. A mysterious guy and she does what is looked down upon in her community and what she fears most. She falls in love.


So as I have stated before, the premise for this story is just so COMPLETELY out there. I mean Love causing diseases? Really? I doubt in this world that anyone would be willing to line up to get this 'cure'. But I have to admit, other than that the plot was pretty damn good. In the book we see the pressures that Lena faces in society. The girls unable to associate with boys because of the risk of them developing 'deliria' and the rules that are imposed on them shows us how much the government really wants to keep this 'deliria/disease' down as well as the consequences of the disease.


 Another main issue we constantly see is Lena's struggle to fight of the disease-Love- she has for Alex. Unlike many stories where the MC female falls in love with a male at first sight (Cough, Twilight, cough) Her love develops throughout the whole story. Which makes it much more believable and relatable. Not only do I feel sympathy for Lena I can actually LIKE her as a character. In many reviews i've read I see that the issue of her not 'seeing what is actually happening around her' is brought up a lot. Of course she can't see what the government is doing! She was brought up to fear Love and is constantly reminded of her mother who fell 'victim' to it. I personally felt like I was inside the story as everything developed. Laurens way of describing things is really great and made the story that much better


Characters-
Lena Holloway in the beginning was a plain character. Of course thats due to the setting and environment she grew up with so I can't blame her there, But as the story progresses we see her developing more of an opinion and personality which again, makes the story that much better. She also seems to rationalize things and I really like that a lot about her. Instead of going along with her feelings she rejects the feelings she has for Alex in the beginning but then begins to realize what Love is. This in my opinion makes her much more of an independent character. 


Alex was mysterious. He held his own secrets and throughout the book we can see he's kind and feels a certain way about Love. Not only does he want Lena to realize what Love is he himself holds a secret that endangers them both. In my opinion Alex was ok. We didn't really get much time with him in the book but when we did I found him to be bearable and romantic. But that's it.


Long Story Short

I liked the story. Sure it may be unrealistic but heck, its fiction! So putting that aside I felt like I was really in the story. I loved Lena and really understood her conflict with Love and her feelings. Unlike many books I found the pace of the story to be really good. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, the hype that was made for it was a little over the top. The romance? Well in my opinion it was plenty. Action? I'd say there are a couple of scenes where action is displayed and where you begin to grip the book as you eagerly wait to turn the page. Awesomeness? Not so much. The book was a good read and would recommend to anyone who loves dystopian novels, forbidden romance, a little bit of action and wants a read to keep you entertained.
Memorable Quotes (Spoiler Free)
"Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. That's bad enough. The Book of Shhh also tells stories of those who died because of love lost or never found, which is what terrifies me the most.  The deadliest of all deadly things: it kills you both when you have it, and when you don't."

"I love you. Remember. They cannot take it" 
"I think fleetigly that maybe the stories I heard when I was little were true- maybe Invalids really are monsters, freaks. Then I feel ashamed. He just saved my life."
"He saved my Life-from the raiders. From the people who are supposed to protect us and keep us safe. From the people who are supposed to keep us safe from the people like Alex." 





P.S. The ending was just unpredictable. I did not expect it. So Brace yourself.



Saturday, November 27, 2010

That Song In your Head: NeverShoutNever

That Song In Your Head is basically that awesome/annoying song that just won't leave your head. We've all been there.
So guess who's stuck in my head? Don't recognize the guy above me? 
NeverShoutNever.

I loved his songs and for the longest of time. But I never knew who exactly sang them!
 I have been trying to figure out who sang them until today someone told me it was him.
Of course I COULD have googled. But I usually forget to do it.

So for those who don't know him here are the songs that were stuck in my head (and if your lucky they won't get stuck in yours!)





I love how even LIVE he sings really good!

So in the end the song stuck in my head was rather pleasant!

He has other great songs so feel free to google them or go to his youtube right here.
So have you guys heard of him? If so what are your opinions? 
and
Whats stuck in your head?

Versatile Blogger Award!

Selena from The Enchanted Book has awarded me with The Versatile Blogger Award. My first award, Thank you! It means so much to me when I get comments and find new blogs to follow and interact with!

The rules of this award are:
1. Share 7 things about yourself
2. Pass The Award to 15 bloggers recently discovered.
3. Notify the blogger recipients
4. Link The blogger who gave the award.


Seven things about myself:
1 -I love pistachios. As stated and quoted in CSI "You can't eat just one!"
2- I have a higher threshold when reading things. I can read books with flat characters or a boring plot but still somehow get through it and get something out of it.
3- The most books i've read in a day was 3 
4- I can't cook, even if my life depended on it. I cant even boil water without being supervised.
5- I have issues with my height. I'm a grumpy little troll
6- I love cheescake and strawberries. With a passion.
7- My lucky number is 7!


So I guess now I have to give this award to 15 bloggers? Toughie. I know a lot of blogs have already received this award So here are the

15 (or so) Blogger's I recently discovered:

  1. Reader Recommended
  2. Read Between The Lines
  3. Frazzled Book Nommer
  4. Urban Fantasy Investigations
  5. Book Hooked Blog
  6. A bibliosphere
  7. Brookside Reviews
  8. Bookin it Along
  9. Holes In My Brain
  10. My Need To Read
  11. Nocturnal Abilites
  12. BonBons and Reveries
  13. Far From Reality
  14. Uniquely Moi Books
  15. Reading Lassie

In My Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren

IMM is basically a summary of what books I've gotten/received in the week of 11/21-11/26!

So after my last IMM and my first ARC I got excited when Harper Collins  and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Accepted my request to read and review several of their books! I also got some great finds from the library as well!

 I also got a surprise in the mail from a very awesome author, Daisy Whitney! The author of The Mockingbirds  sent me bookmarks, a autographed sticker and a special note just for me! I guess that'd be referred to as 'swag'? I love how Daisy interacts with her fans and takes the time to send stuff to them and she's a brilliant writer as well! I just recently got her book and will review next week.



For Review

From the Library-



So I cant wait to start reading! I've already begun on Delirium and am LOVING IT! I also can't wait to read The Lying Game and Once in a Full Moon, seeing how I recognize the authors and love the Pretty little liars and heard that the Vampire kisses series was good.

 So what have you guys gotten this week? Are you guys familiar with Jodi Picoult? If so which book of hers is your favorite?

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Dystopia Challenge

Dystopia Challenge
Hosted by BA reading Challenges and BA reading challenges hosts many different challenges. 
So if your looking for a challenge, be sure to drop by their blog!
Also thanks to reader recommended for her post otherwise i'd have never known about this challenge!

The Dystopia Challenge starts one minute past midnight, 1st of January 2011 and end the 31st of December 2011. The challenge is basically to read dystopian novels (avid fan of them) and choose from one of the challenge levels below to complete.

Challenge Levels
  1. Asocial–  Choose 5 books to read
  2. Contagion – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Soldier – Choose 30 books to read
  4. Drone – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Conditioned – Choose 75 books to read

For extra hard challenges
  1. Brainwashed – Choose 76-125 books to read
  2. Totalitarian – Choose 126-200 books to read
So as challenging these levels seem to be, i'm going to have to go for Contagion. Heck, i'm not so sure there's actually 200 DYSTOPIAN novels out there! But hopefully I'll reach Contagion!

So check out all the other challenges that BA hosts by clicking here
I'll post the dystopia list i'll read by this week

Upcoming Reviews: At First Glance

What do I have in store for the following week? Well I'm glad you asked!

Synopsis 



Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.  
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love

At First Glance- "What kind of book is this?" was the first thought I had when I read the synopsis on Goodreads. Why would 'Love' ever become an issue to the point where the government has to eradicate it and the people just 'agree' with it? I know this is just a book but the premise for this dystopian future is just so unrealistic. I didn't even have to finish reading the synopsis to know what the plot would be about; Lena falling in love and it becomes an issue and danger to her. The synopsis is interesting but didn't really make me want to go and pre-order the book but only to add it to my TBR pile seeing as it's going to help me achieve my 2011 challenge. The cover is pretty interesting. Transparent letters that display a picture of a girl behind them and immediately I thought that the girl, Lena, was 'trapped and prisoner' of deleria. I do love the cover and think it goes well with the synopsis.
                    Reviews I read- I've read several reviews on Delirium and from what I read the book seems to be receiving a lot of praise and positive from bloggers. On goodreads, the book seems to have received an average rating of 4.31 stars out of 5. So I guess it's better than what the synopsis claims. I'll read the book today and post a review tomorrow.

Next up we have...


Synopsis-

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul. 
A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once. 
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember. 


At First Glance- So this is different. I love that Cortney introduced a new plot into the YA scene. A plot where archangels exist and not vampires, werewolves or love scenes (although I  can already predict that Elli and Will are going to have something going on). I'm really psyched to start reading this book and It just seems different from what I've been reading recently.The cover, I'm not a big fan of but it's interesting.
  Reviews I read- On GoodReads Angelfire seems to have gotten an average rating of 4.30 stars out of 5. One thing I did find in most reviews of this book was that the female MC, Ellie, is more independent and as two reviewers describe her: shes 'Upredictable' and has 'common sense'. So I cant wait to read this one as well!

Overall I'll have these reviews hopefully before Monday! So have you read any of these two books? If so what did you think? If not, what was your opinion when you 'First glanced' at these books?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Teaser  Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone  can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your  current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2)  “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what  you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book  for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so  that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they  like your teasers!

My teaser is from Delirium By Lauren Oliver


"I would have done it tomorrow, if I could, but you have to be at least eighteen, sometimes a little older, before the scientists will cure you. Otherwise the procedure wont work correctly:People end up with brain damage, partial paralysis, blindness, or worse." (Lena Holoway, P. 9.)


Giveaways

Well I didn't find many giveaways but I did find this one from What's your story and she's giving 2 books to celebrate her 200 followers! Hopefully one day I get the chance to do that!

So go here to sign up for the giveaway! 

That's pretty much all I found. If I find more i'll add to this post.


edit- I felt like this post was 'naked' to the viewer and plain.

So here's a picture of a baby in a chicken costume with a alien coming out of it's chest.
Silly baby.

Monday, November 22, 2010

That Song In your Head: Gorillaz


So you know what's been on my mind? Gorillaz. 

Not this kind of gorillas.

To those who don't know who Gorillaz are; they're basically a 'virtual band' who play a mix of pop/rap music. 
To be honest, when I first heard about them I was a bit put off.
 That is, until I received their Demon Days CD. 
Then I fell in LOVE.
Here are some of my favorite songs from them





Nook Color giveaway!


Want to win this baby right here? If so then go to Sparkling Reviews nook giveaway post whic is rigggght here. Just fill out the form and do the required entries (nothing harmful just the usual) and that's it!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

The 2011 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by The Story Siren.

The objective? "The objective of the DAC is to read at least twelve novels from Young Adult or Middle Grade Authors."


So this is my second 2011 challenge I will be taking on this year (The first one being the The contemps challenge) The more books the merrier, right? Except I might cross over some of the books from each challenge. I'll pick 12-13 books for this challenge and they'll be


1. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
2 Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
3  Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
4 Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
5 Warped by Maurissa Guibord
6 Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
7 The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
8 Wither by Lauren DeStafano
9 Bumped by Megan McCafferty
10 Trapped by  Michael Northrop
11 Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
12 Populazzi by Elise Allen
13 Dark Parties by Sara Grant

In My Mailbox #1

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

So this is my first IMM! I'm guessing I just have to post what i've gotten this week (11/15-11/21)

So guess what? MY FIRST ARC'S FOR REVIEW! Once I saw that I got my requests approved on NetGalley I got really excited!
So for review I got The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder and Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Given by a friend-

I read the first part and loved it! A review probably to come soon.


So that's all I got this week, I hope you guys had a great week like I did!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Title- Awaken
Author--Katie Kacvinsky
Publisher-Houghton Mifflin Harcourt                                                                                
At First Glance-My opinion before reading the book based on the synopsis, reviews I have read and cover attraction.


Plot-Awaken, a dystopian novel based in 2060. Where technology has now dominated the lives of everyone to the point where individuals spend 95% less communicating face to face. Crime, Teenage Pregnancy, Crime Rates and other issues have been reduced almost completely all because of Digital School and the advancement in technology. But at what cost? 
Madeline Freeman is used to this lifestyle. Chatting with hundreds of people online every day without any worries. But she feels as if something is missing from her life.Then she meets Justin who teaches her the world outside technology and Madeline begins to see how much humans have enclosed themselves in their own little worlds. In this Novel, Madeline begins to struggle on whether to fight for what she believes to be right or to hurt those she loves. 


As I stated before, I really like this plot. As I look at the 21st century, a future such as the one in Awaken seems to be more realistic every day. I felt like I could really relate to Madeline and her transition from an enclosed lifestyle to a more open environment without technology. Her struggle to do whats right also made me reflect to myself many times in the book where I asked myself 'Is technology really beneficial to us all?' Of course even today we face similar conflicts that we see in Awaken such as how much time we let technology dominate our lives and how much face to face interaction we actually do..


Characters- Madeline at first seemed like most of the teenagers I know today. Reluctant to get a life. But I got used to her as she progressed into the story and began to gain more of an independent personality. I like that she is reluctant to join the cause against DS showing that she's cautious and knows when to think for herself. She doesn't let her lifestyle affect her judgement on those who fight against DS or for those who support DS. She shows us the good and bad sides of both worlds, the digital and real world. Letting the reader see the pros and cons of both. I like Madeline but i'm not too Crazy about her.


Justin is just too stiff. Even when we begin to see his feelings I feel as if he's too distant from the reader and I can't really like him as a character.


Overall decision- I did find the story a little slow paced for me. Other than deciding whether she wants to fight with or against her father and a romantic struggle with Justin, Madeline didn't really have much to do. Of course, I love some romance in my books but I felt this book was more romantic and distracted me from what it was really about. But I still enjoyed reading it and from the ending I can tell there'll definitely be a sequel and i'll be waiting for it.


So I recommend this to anyone who's into dystopian novels. If your looking for anything action packed then don't look here because as I said before, the story can get a little slow. But I will definitely buy this once it hits the stores.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Review: The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Title- The Lipstick Laws
Author- Amy Holder
Publisher- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
At First Glance - My opinion before reading the book based on the synopsis, reviews I have read and cover attraction.


So first of let me say, when I got this book I was FREAKING OUT. I mean, my first ARC to review! How great was that?! Ok. Nerd moment over. Let's Begin




Plot- So as I stated in my 'At first Glance' post, this book is pretty much a common plot in most books i've read. In this book you see a lot of the issues that one faces in high school. Such as High School bullying, Teenage crushes and Self esteem issues. Of course, April is one of the 'low self esteem' types to the point where she ridiculously stuff her bra with tissues and refers to her breasts as 'sesame seeds'.


April, now in her sophomore year, she's alone and friendless and nobody knows who the hell she is. By random luck (or bad luck) she gets mixed in with the Queen Bee, Brittney Taylor and soon enough she gains instant popularity. After finding out that every one who Brittney deems worthy has to swear by the 'Lipstick Laws' she begins to see what shes gotten herself into as well as the consequences.April soon comes to realize the price that popularity comes with and is faced with choosing between popularity or what she believes is right. 


The plot, isn't really that great or unique. I felt like I could predict what would happen after every chapter but it's a refreshing read. The book definitely gave me some laughs but other than that nothing. It pretty much is what it claims and seems to be. But April's Hilarious comments on everything going around her seemed to make it easier to read and enjoyable. Hell, I had a few laughs in the book too.


Characters- What I really liked about this book and that stood out  was that I actually LIKED the main character, April Bowers. Every other book that I have read that deals with this usually has the main character make STUPID choices. April Bowers in this case, doesn't really do this. Not only does she struggle with popularity she makes rational decisions. She's a strong female character who isn't let down by the brutality of Brittney and is shown as a smart girl who can think for herself and in this book, she really does apply her brains in the end. 


The Antagonist, Brittney Taylor, is a typical Queen bee. She has her moments where you just want to think to yourself 'What the hell is up with this chick?'. Not too bright, not too dumb. Could have been better.


What I liked- The main character, April. I also liked the way Amy Holder applies the whole 'What price does popularity come with' in this book referred to as the 'Lipstick Laws' (If you haven't figured that out yet by the cover) Another thing I realized that was different for this book is that it doesn't really focus on Teen crushes. April has a crush on Matt and while she does have her oogly googly moments she stays true to her mission and that is to make Brittney pay.


What I didn't Like- Well other than the over used theme I felt like the characters could have had a little more depth to them instead of being 'cliche' and predictable. April had enough personality to keep me interested but sometimes you need more. 


In the end
So overall, it was a good read. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to have a break from all the vampires, werewolves and warlocks. It's a refreshing read and I would recommend this book to my friends once it's out. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Upcoming Reviews: At First Glance

So I haven't posted recently (Shame on me) But today I got my hands on two awesome books! So i'm glad to announce two reviews coming sometime this week.

Synopsis-

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

At First Glance- After reading the synopsis I got really excited for this one. A future where everything is all digital, unlike all other dystopian novels this is more realistic  to our world. We're slowly advancing into the 22nd century and technology has really advanced from what I can see. In no time, we may be faced with a future just like this one! Another thing that caught my attention was the cover. Ever hear 'Don't judge a book by it's cover?' Well I do. The cover is what attracts the readers to grab it and read what it's all about! While many may disagree with me, that's how I pick out my books form the library. Well, this cover really caught my eye. Not only is it not clustered, it all goes together. It's so simple yet strong.



 Synopsis-
At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life as easily as snapping her perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her. 
For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. With zero friends and nothing close to a boyfriend, April is so unpopular, kids don't know she exists. That is, until Britney notices her. One lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. 
But Britney's friendship comes with a price tag. 
How much is April willing to pay? 

At First Glance-  I expected this book to be a typical 'bullied girl who gets back at bully and ends up with hottie' book. I mean, when I first looked at the synopsis it just came off as a red flag in my head that said 'cliche'. Ive read these type of books all the time; low self esteemed girl is bullied by the prima diva of the school and the girl somehow gets some panties to face the diva and ends up with a hot boyfriend in the end. Or some best friend. But I was wrong. It was actually a refreshing read and I really enjoyed it. Also, the cover is what drew me in, it's a clean yet simple cover.


I've already finished reading Lipstick Laws and will post a review tomorrow.

So what will you be reviewing this week?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Giveaways!



So not only is reading teen holding giveaways (free books) but also other sites as well! Some of the giveaways i'm checking into are-
SO get looking because theres 175 GIVEAWAYS!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Contests

Well I wasn't so lucky today in finding awesome giveaways but I did find this one









Held by Heart of dreams and she's giving away four sets of books! But hurry, contest ends November 30th!

Another great find is thoughts of a book junky's giveaway! All you have to do is pick your favorite version of a book and comment! You have a chance to win







AND MORE! To enter click here!

Sparkling Reviews

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So fellow bloggers/readers. What contests/giveaways are you hoping to win?
                



Review: Bitten by R.L.Stine


Title- Bitten (Its actually two books in one. First one being Dangerous Girls and the second is The taste of Night)
Author- R.L. Stine
Publisher- Harper Teen
Source- School Library


So after two days of putting off reading this book, I finally took the time to read it today. I have to say, it didn't let me down. R.L. Stine has been one of my favorite childhood authors since I first discovered the goosebumps series so I anticipated that this would have at least one or two shocks in it but it had MANY. Enough to keep me reading and entertained and I even gasped in one of them. So now onto the review!

Characters-
The main characters in Bitten are Destiny and Livvy Weller. They're twin sisters who stick together no matter what. Now, to me there really wasn't anything special or out of the ordinary for these characters. Destiny, is just a normal girl who's stuck in the situation of being a neophyte (Half vampire) and acts like any normal teenager would. Make it completely obvious she's a neophyte. I mean, the girl cant help herself. She risks her friends by hanging around them, NOT being cautious at all and practically sends signals to everyone that somethings up. I'm still surprised she didn't kill anyone by the end of the book. I admire her for that.

Now Livvy, is your normal jealous and self absorbed character. Not only does she hide a HUGE secret from her sister, she has her moments in the book where you really begin to lose sympathy for her. I mean, she goes after Ross, who she knows Destiny LOVES. Now, perhaps it's my lack of sleep that's talking but I guess she really wasn't THAT bad. Other than her getting jealous because a man whore (Ross) is doing what a man whore does. Whore himself around. Not to mention what she does to the poor girl.

Renz, the vampire who's desperately trying to seek for his lost love, Laura. At first, I felt sorry for him. He lost his love, Laura, and 200 years late he finds TWO girls who look similar if not exactly like her. But once you begin to see how mentally and emotionally messed up he is (he even begins to call Destiny 'Laura', not acknowledging that she's a different person) you begin to see that he's not a poor fool in love. He's a crazy vampire with an obsession. He's only in 'Dangerous Girls' which is the first part of the book. (And good riddance too)

Plot- The story is basically twins struggle of being a half vampire or neophyte and how they desperately try to search for a cure before they go crazy and lose their humanity. They face challenges such as the hunger for blood, vampire hunters and they have to make rash decisions as everyone begins to close in on them. Destiny struggles to keep the family together while all this happens. I like the plot, it's short yet entertaining and it kept me reading with the twists and turns that the story began to develop.

Overall decision-
So there were some things I didn't enjoy such as the style of writing. R.L. Stine tends to describe things a little too much for my taste but it's nothing unbearable. I didn't expect the ending of Dangerous girls at all but I liked it. The second part of Bitten wasn't as good as Dangerous girls, I pretty much knew what would happen before it even happened. But it was a good read, a good time filler I guess.

It's not the best vampire book i've read nor the worst. I recommend it to anyone looking for something to read to pass time.
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