Monday, August 31, 2009

Zombie Week


My lovely friend Kristen is partaking in this and being a loyal supporter of Zombies in the Team Zombie/Team Unicorn I decided I MUST join. Tomorrow you will see a review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and if I can convince my dad or mom...I'm seeing Shaun of the Dead. You'll hopefully see a review of that. And I will talk about my take on zombies. Stay with me. We will have a lot of fun together.

Emma Out!

July 13, 09 Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski

Hiya!

So, yesterday, I wanted to read something light and fun, so I went for the sequel of Bras and Broomsticks, Frogs and French Kisses!

Frogs and French Kisses is about Rachel, whose younger sister, Miri, is a witch. But this time, Miri is set on saving the world, Rachel's mom is trying to get back into the dating game, and Rachel attempts to save prom, New York city, and her family.


I really enjoyed the novel. Rachel was more mature than she was in Bras and Broomsticks, I love Miri, and generally it was just a fun read. I got to know Rachel's mom a bit better, too. I really hope Rachel wins Raf back and I'm eager to read the next novel, Spells and Sleeping Bags, and find out what happens to the girls!

Emma Out!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? August 31, 09

This meme is hosted by J. Kaye.


Read:

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski

Currently Reading:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

To Read This Week:

Geektastic edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Shape of the Water by Anne Spollen
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
Sold by Patrica McCormick

Updates:

I HAVE FIFTY ONE FOLLOWERS. *dances* I am VERY VERY VERY excited about this. Thank you all so much! *hugs*

Emma Out!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

In My Mailbox, August 30, 09

Hey!

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren. I know, my IMM is a little late, but I had to wait to go to the bookstore...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Goodreads Description:

"In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?"

This is for zombie week and I cannot WAIT to read it. It looks so good.

Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein

Goodreads Description:

"Ophelia is young, vivacious, and falling in love with a prince who cannot return her affections without arousing suspicion. And so they meet in secret—embracing in stairwells and castle turrets, reaching passionately for each other under the cover of darkness. His name is Hamlet; her name is Ophelia. And if you think you know this story, think again. Because when bloody deeds turn the court of Elsinore into a place of treachery and madness, Ophelia alone will find the means to escape, with nothing more than the clothes on her back…and one very dangerous secret."

I've been wanting to read this for a while, and it was only for five dollars at Chapters!




Meridian by Amber Kizer

Goodreads Description:

"Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.
Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos."

This one came out recently and I HAD to grab it!


That's it for this week, folks!

Emma Out!

July 12, 09 Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Hello!

I first heard of David Levithan when I entered YA for Obama. He sounded really cool and his blog posts were well done and funny. I then read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, which was a collaboration between him and Rachel Cohn. It's now one of my favorite YA romance novels. I wanted to check out one of his books, and when I saw Boy Meets Boy at the library I LEAPT at it. I swear, one person stared.

Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, who lives in a town that is very open to gays, trangenders, everyone. His high school's quarterback and home coming queen are the same person, cheerleaders ride on harleys, and there is a gay and straight alliance. When Paul meets Noah, the cute boy at the bookstore, he falls hard. But then he screws up and has to get help from his best friends Joni, whose new boyfriend Chuck is annoying and the only thing she talks about, and Tony, the gay boy whose parents are ultra religious. Not to mention his ex, Kyle, who won't go away. But can Paul get Noah back?


My god, I've loved David Levithan's writing style since Nick and Norah, and it didn't change with this book. I loved all the characters, and could especially relate to Paul and Tony. Infinite Darlene, the quarterback and home coming queen, was fun. Noah was cute and Paul and him met in a BOOKSTORE (plus). Basically, I want to live in Paul's town. I can't wait to read more of Levithan's writing! I'm especially looking forward to Love Is the Higher Law, his new book coming out this fall.


Emma Out!

July 11, 09 Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Hello!

Just two days ago, I read Jellicoe Road, and it's definitely one of my favorites.

Jellicoe Road is about Taylor Markham, whose father she does not know and whose mother abandoned her when she was eleven on Jellicoe Road. Taylor lives in the Jellicoe Road School, where she is dealing with becoming leader of her school in the territory wars between Jellicoe, the Townies and the Cadets. Suddenly, the only adult Taylor has a real relationship with, Hannah, leaves unexpectedly. And Jonah Griggs appears, who Taylor has history with. Who will win the territory wars? Where is Hannah? And what IS Hannah's connection to Taylor's mother?


Oh. My. God. I adored this book. I know a lot of people really did not like the first one hundred and twenty pages. But this is only because it's confusing. My dear readers, let me make things easier for you when you read Jellicoe Road. The book has two story lines: One: Taylor dealing with Hannah's disappearance, Jonah's reappearance, and the territory wars. Two: Hannah wrote this manuscript with these characters named Jude, Fitz, Tate, Webb and Narnie. This storyline is about them and how Taylor is connected to them. Once you get over the first one hundred and twenty pages, I have no doubt that you'll fall in love with it. The writing is amazing, the characters are real, the dialogue is clever and witty, romance is well done and there are many twists. I gasped multiple times within this book and missed it when I closed it. Please, please read this. It's fantastic.

While the book lover in me is screaming for Jellicoe Road to get a deserving five stars, the book reviewer in me won't allow it. So I've made a compromise.


Emma Out!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

July 10, 09 Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin

Hey!

I haven't done a review in a while, I know. But now is the time! A while ago I read Cycler.

Cycler is about Jill, a girl who physically changes into a boy, Jack, for four days every month. (Do not be fooled like I was, this is not about a transgender girl, she seriously morphs into a guy.) Jill has other problems though. Like winning over her crush and going to prom. But Jack starts getting stronger and is fed up with being stuck in a bedroom for his entire existence. What will happens, no one knows.


Cycler was pretty good. I really enjoyed the writing and I thought it was clever at times. My only real complaint is that Jill and Jack were typical gender sterotypes. Jack was sex obsessed and Jill's first priority was boys and prom. Despite this, I didn't get bored of them. I really loved Jill's best friend, Ramie and after Jack started to grow beyond his porn, he grew on me too. This was a really fun read, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.


Emma Out!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Finds, August 28, 09

Hey!

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. After being in the bush for half of the week, I haven't heard of ANY new books! Luckily, my friend Kori offered to help me with this and showed me two books!

Avielle of Rhia by Dia Calhoun

Goodreads Description:

"With her silver skin and silver hair, fifteen-year-old Princess Avielle of Rhia resembles her Dredonian great-great grandmother who practiced evil magic. Everyone in Rhia expects Avielle to turn evil, too. Shunned by those around her, she feels unloved and unable to love others. In addition, Rhia is on the verge of war with Dredonia, which suffers under the rule of evil wizard-priests: the Brethren of the Black Cloaks. They have placed impossible demands upon Rhia, but the king and queen have refused to acquiesce.
One terrible night, the Brethren attack, killing the royal family and hundreds of others. Only Avielle escapes. She must keep her identity secret to avoid death from the enemy. While hiding among the common people, she learns that she has a magical gift for weaving. But will this gift, rooted in her Dredonian blood, lead Avielle to the same evil that possessed her great-great grandmother? Or will it help her free her people from further attacks?"

Looks promising! I might this one a lot!


Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Goodreads Descripton:

"Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?"

God this book sounds so good. Its cover is gorgeous and I love the cover. I can't wait to read this.

Emma Out!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Link A Contest Thursday

This meme was created by my fantastic friend Kristen. So many contests, so little time...

Diana of Stop, Drop and Read! is having a massive amount of contests in honor of her Blogversary! They are:

Signed copy of Sucks to Be Me or Sucks To Be Me T-Shirt

Signed copy of Zombie Queen of Newbury High
Signed copy of paperback or hardback It's Over and an I Know It's Over journal
One of two signed copies of David Inside Out
One of three signed copies of How I Found The Perfect Dress
Signed copy of Dust of 100 Dogs
Signed copy of Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools or Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates
One of two signed copies of Heavenly by Jenifer
Signed copy of The King's Rose or The Blood Confession T-Shirt
Signed copy of The Makedown or a signed copy of School of Fear
One of two signed copies of Savvy Girl
One full set of The Elite Series

Emma Out!

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the Darkest Powers Series is...

#13 Lilibeth
of ChicaReader

Congratulations Lilibeth! Please email me your address at sekritsister@hotmail.com. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

Emma Out!


I am a fail.

Hello My Lovely Followers!

I know, I have been failing epically at blogging. This is because I went camping. Fortunately the lovely Genevieve was kind enough to guest blog. I will make up for my laziness starting NOW.

Updates:

-My contest is CLOSED. Today I will be posting the winner. Expect it at evening time. I am so pleased with the amount of entries and am looking forward to making someone's day!

-I have 48 FOLLOWERS! I am very very very very happy about this. Two more and I'm at fifty!

Emma Out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Genevieve guest blogs while Emma's away

Hey everyone!

So our favorite blogger Emma is out of town. She is has gone camping and is with out internet so she asked a couple of us to fill in and I was the one who wasn't busy. You guys got stuck with me! I'm Genevieve from Genevieve's Blog, Something Bookish.

I met Emma online almost a year ago and we've had a lot of really good conversations. There was one point where we knew each others schedules and would chat for hours online at the FiveAwesomeYAFans ning after school. Emma is a good friend, I can talk about almost anything with her. And trust me, she knows her YA books!

I wasn't quite sure what to blog about so when Steph Su from Steph Su Reads posted a long blog with tons of memes that she had seen around the blogosphere.


Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I love hardback books because they are so pretty. I love that the spine doesn't break so easily. However, paperback books have some really positive things about them like: they tend to be smaller, lighter in weight, and are cheaper. I'll choose hardback over paperback any day but I tend to buy more paperbacks.


Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I go to Borders more because we have two in town. Plus the coupons make it worth while. But I also have a membership at Barnes & Noble because they give 10% for members and free shipping to your house. Plus sometimes Barnes & Noble will put books out early, even up to 3 weeks!


Bookmark or dog-ear?
I hate hate hate it when people dog-ear my books. I stopped dog-earing them back when I was in the 3rd grade. I don't really use traditional bookmarks but I like to use post-its. They'll stick to the page you want with out harming the book.


Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
I like to buy books in the store. Online is far too tempting for me. It is so easy to click to 'add to chart' button and then 'proceed to checkout' before you realize that you just bought 10 more books than you wanted. Plus, you don't always know what the condition will be like when you buy used books.


Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
I would love to alphabetize by author but I usually don't. My signed books are all alphabetized by author but everything else is just random.


Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep! I'm such a pack rat when it comes to books. I have issues with parting with them. But if I don't want them anymore I'll either give them away on my blog or put them on Bookmooch so I can get new books.


Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep it. The jacket looks so pretty on the shelf and it keeps the book warm. : )


Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I usually remove it. I don't like the jacket's corner's to get bent up while I'm toting a book around.


Short story or novel?
Novel. I love good stories to be long so we can see as much as possible of the characters. I can't think of many short stories that I've absolutely loved.


Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I love love love Harry Potter! I have all of the books in English, Italian, and French. (Of course, I don't know any French but that is totally not the point.) I can read Harry Potter over and over again. I've tried reading the 1st book of The Series of Unfortunate Events but I wasn't interested in finishing.


Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
It really depends on what's going on at the time. If it's the middle of the day, then I probably wont get tired. Overall, I'll say that I stop reading at chapter breaks or if someone makes me stop (like parents making me do dishes or teachers coming into class so I have to pay attention).


“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
"Once upon a time"! I am a sucker for a good fairy tale. I don't like scary stories.


Buy or borrow?
I wish I could say 'borrow' but I tend to buy my books. I love owning a book and being able to reread it whenever I want. I need to go to the library more and stop buying books. This summer, I forbade myself to buy hardback books because they cost so much more than paperbacks. It has been so hard not buying hardbacks! But so far I've fulfilled my promise to myself.


Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Recommendations. I have a bunch of friends that are book reviewers so I take their reviews to heart as recommendations. Rarely ever will I buy a book on a review from someone I don't know very well. But I do love browsing and finding books that I've never heard anyone talk about.


Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy endings. I like it when things are all wrapped up perfectly. I only like cliffhangers when it's part of a series.


Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Nighttime! I am a night person. I've taken so many classes at night over the years. It's no surprise that I like reading at night.


Stand-alone or series?
I love series but I don't like the price of buying multiple books. But still... I have to say series!


Favorite series?
Harry Potter! Again, I love those books.


Favorite children’s book?
Harry Potter... I know, I know. I'm not very original and I didn't read the books until I was 14 years old-- After I was a child. But they are really good books.


Favorite YA book?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is my all time favorite book. I read it for the first time when I was in fourth grade, probably about nine years old. I love Madeleine L'Engle's books and I never get tired of reading them. I've probably read A Wrinkle in Time more than thirty times, and I will read it at least another thirty! Here are some other books that I really like:
Looking For Alaska by John Green
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Wake by Lisa McMann
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
Say The Word by Jeannine Garsee


Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I can't think of any book that I really really like that nobody has heard of. But Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney was a great book, it came out in 1995.


Favorite books read last year?
That would have to be Looking For Alaska by John Green. That book was amazing. There have been very few books in my life that consider life changing and I think that Alaska was one of them.


Favorite books of all time?
My top favorite books are actually not all YA. Here are my top favorite books:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Pride and Prejudice
Lord of the Flies
The Great Gatsby
Harry Potter
To Kill a Mockingbird
Anne of Green Gables
Romeo and Juliet
Looking For Alaska


What are you reading right now?
I just finished Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn. I'm about to start Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, I can't wait to read it. I loved the Uglies Trilogy.


What are you reading next?
Haha, I think that I've answered this question... Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.


Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
A Wrinkle In Time, it's my favorite book so I can't help but recomend it to anyone 9 and up.


Favorite book to re-read?
A Wrinkle In Time. I've read that book Soooooo many times. : )


Do you ever smell books?
Doesn't everybody???


Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Not really. I'll read books that are written in diary form, like the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, but I haven't read anything that was an actual diary. Well, Anne Frank's Diary but I read that in 6th grade.

***
Well, you guys, it was awesome writing a guest post! I hope that one day Emma will hop on over to my blog and give me the honor of interviewing her.

Until next time Emma needs some one to fill in,

Genevieve

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday August 19, 09

Hello!

This meme is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. Oh so many books...





Crazy Beautiful
by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Goodreads Description:

"Crazy Beautiful is a contemporary re-visioning of Beauty & the Beast, told in he-said/she-said fashion, about a boy with hooks for hands and a gorgeous girl who meet on their first day at a new school."

Release Date: September 29, 2009

I ADORE retellings, and this one looks quite good. I also like the cover. The reviews I've seen have been mixed, but I'm willing to give it a try.







I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Goodreads Description:

"Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . ."

Release Date: January 26, 2009

This book sounds really fun and cute, and I enjoy zombies immensely. Can't wait for this one!


Emma Out!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TBR/Teaser Tuesday August 18, 09

Hello!

TBR Tuesday was started by my lovely friend Korianne.

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Weiss

Goodreads Description:

"They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three.

Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison.

Today her time has run out. "

Basically, Such a Pretty Girl is about Meredith, whose father molested her and then went to jail. Except he got out early and her mother is welcoming him back.

I first heard of this one when my mom mentioned how much she enjoyed this one. She's one of the people whose taste I trust very much, so I want to give this one a try. It looks really good and I love the over.


Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Goodreads Description:

"What's the worst thing you've ever done?

When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth. Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault."

I heard of this one last year and it looks really good. I picked it up from the library and hope to read it soon.

Now, for the teaser!

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!
Here's mine:

" 'Are you psychoanalyzing me?'

Ramie nods.

I wrap the belt around my finger even tighter.

'Look at you,' she says. 'You're in a severe state of Tommy positiveness. You're Tommified. You're a Knutsonian."

-Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin

Lame teaser, I apologize.

Emma Out!

July 9, 09 Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Hiya!

I have 42 FOLLOWERS! Woot! I'm so happy about that! Oh. Right. The book.

Bloom is about Lauren, an average girl with the perfect boyfriend, but there's no chemistry between them. When Lauren is reunited with Evan, her old kinda sorta step brother, things start getting complicated.


I saw this in the library and since Living Dead Girl by the same author was out, I decided to pick this up. If anything, if made me want to run in the opposite direction. It started out pretty well, the writing was good, the chemistry between Evan and Lauren was solid and interesting, but then Scott kept on repeating sentences and Lauren was always complaining about how she SHOULD want this or SHOULD do that. The romance started to repeat and become very cliche. All the characters were two dimensional and boring, and I wouldn't want to know any of them. The ending was predictable, and ultimately I got nothing out of this book except the urge to grab a mallet and hurt something. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless you have heroines who aren't very likable and cheesy romance. If you want good YA romance, check out Deb Caletti or Sarah Dessen.

Emma Out!

Monday, August 17, 2009

July 8, 09 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Hey!

On Saturday, I picked up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and couldn't put it down.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is about Junior, a cartoonist who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior leaves his old school to go to a primarily white but academically solid school, and gets ridiculed by his former friends and new acquaintances. Junior has to discover who he is, who he wants to be, and how to merge the two together.

I really enjoyed this book. My adopted aunt is Native American and she always gives me these amazing presents about her culture, so I was really intrigued with this book because of her. Junior is witty and sarcastic and likable. The writing was hilarious at the worst of times, and when it ended I didn't want it to.


Emma Out!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? August 17, 09

Hiya!

This awesome meme is hosted by J. Kaye.


Read This Past Week:

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
(I know, I fail. I had a busy week!)

Currently Reading:

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

To Read This Week:

The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen
Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Updates:

-If you haven't noticed, I have a contest for The Summoning and The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, BOTH signed!

-Also...I HAVE FORTY FOLLOWERS! Thank you guys so so so so so so much. I am forever in your debt.

Emma Out!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Birthday Contest!

So, at book camp, guess who I met?

Our closing speaker was KELLEY ARMSTRONG and she signed my books. So in honor of my birthday, I've decided to have a contest for The Summoning and The Awakening, both signed!


The Rules:

1. Open to US/Canada
2. Please leave your email in the comments.
3. Contest ends August 26 at 12 am EST
4: How to get extra entries:

+2 If you've read The Summoning, what did you like about it? If you haven't, why do you want to read it?
+2 What's your favorite YA fantasy book that you've read this year?
+3 For following me.
+2 For following me on twitter.
+3 How can I improve my blog? Constructive criticism is always welcome!
+4 For commenting on my reviews HERE and HERE.
+2 For every time you advertise this contest. Sidebar, twitter, blog etc. (Please leave a link!)

Emma Out!

In My Mailbox, August 15, 09

Hello!

This awesome meme is hosted by The Story Siren. This week I got:

A Rose for Melinda
by Lurlene McDaniel

Goodreads Description:

"Told in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia."

I got this one from a friend for my birthday and I'm not exactly sure if I'm going to like it. I'll give it a chance, though.















Perfect Circle by Carlos J. Cortes

Goodreads Description:

"Set in the impenetrable jungles of the African Congo, this fast-paced debut tells the tale of a world poised for ecological crisis–and the secret that could save it. From corporate profiteers to the natives who’ve been expecting them, here is a story that asks if man and nature are fated to clash–or if the right man can break the cycle.

Heir to a mining dynasty, geologist Paul Reece has chosen a simple life over the scheming opportunism of the International Mining Company. But when IMC approaches him about their mysterious discovery miles beneath the rain forest, Paul is compelled to set aside the sordid event that drove him from his legacy. For the project requires not only a brilliant engineer but one gutsy enough to descend 20,000 feet of solid rock–into the heart of a miracle. With Paul’s expertise, IMC can unearth a windfall–unless Paul decides to bury them first.

But Paul isn’t alone in his quest. Congo’s mystics have prepared for this day. Paul doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s been chosen to pilot a mission that will decide the fate of humanity."

I won this from a contest on twitter, and I can't wait to read it! I did a little dance when I got it in the mail.


Emma Out!

July 7, 09 The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Hey!

Right after reading The Summoning, I had to get my hands on the sequel, since it ended in a MASSSIVE cliffhanger.

The Awakening is about Chloe, a necromancer who is now on the run with three other kids from a group of people who want to do experiments on them. I'd say more, but then I'd give too much away.


The Awakening completely makes up for the fact that The Summoning was more of an introduction book. There's so much action and many cliff hangers on every chapter, but I never got bored and I always wanted more. I enjoyed the characters' interactions and the writing was as fantastic as ever. There are STILL so many questions that need to be answered! I can't wait for The Reckoning in 2010!


Emma Out!

Friday Finds (On Saturday)

Hiya!

I know, I'm very behind. It's because I had camp and my mom has the flu. I shall make up for it this week! I promise you!

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Because I've been at book camp all week I've heard a lot about awesome books! These are the most promising that I heard about:

The Reformed Vampire Support Group
by Catherine Jinks

Goodreads Description:

"Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.
Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren't useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves."

I love vampires, just not Meyer's version of them. I can't wait to read this!

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Goodreads Description:

"Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear – part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo's differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer…to join "the real world."

There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file – a picture of a girl with half a face – that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight."

This one looks FANTASTIC. I'm very eager to read this one.





Emma Out!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Link A Contest Thursday

Hey!

Link A Contest Thursday is a meme hosted by my amaztastic friend Kristen.

Since Kristen is the one who started this meme, I'd like to link her contest for Hush, Hush and a necklace. I just put Hush, Hush in my Waiting on Wednesday post if you don't know what its about. It's going to be an awesome contest and the necklace is really pretty, so GO NOW.

K. Thx. Bai.

Emma Out!

Waiting on Wednesday! On...Thursday?

Hiya!

Yes, I'm aware that I fail. But yesterday was my birthday and I was ridiculously busy with book camp and I had a henna workshop and then aikido...so I couldn't post anything.

is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Today I'm going to mention two books that have been very popular these past couple of weeks in contests and reviews!

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Goodreads Description:

"Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town
where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way
to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them
all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved
teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages
to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to
get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape
Candor, Florida before they're transformed into
cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor,
and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles."

Release Date: September 22, 2009

I can't wait to read this one! It looks really interesting and the reviews I've seen of it make it sound amaztastic!


Hush, Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

Goodreads Description:

"For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life."

Release Date: October 13, 2009

I heard of this one from a review and I'm looking very forward to reading it. I'm kind of sad that I have to wait until OCTOBER to get it.

Emma Out!

Buying Versus Borrowing Books with KRISTEN

Hey guys! It's Kristen from BookWorming in the 21st Century. Emma asked me to do a guest post on her blog, so here I am.

I wanted to talk a bit about why I buy and why I borrow books. But first, a little history. As a child, I grew up a bit strangely. Instead of playing house and barbies all of the time, my older sister and I would play school and library. She was always the teacher when we played school and I was always the librarian when we played library. I took so far as to make catalog cards for each book and then eventually moved to a spreadsheet when we got a computer. I've always loved having a lot of books and often collected series.

Now, onto the topic at hand. I am fortunate to have a great library system in Illinois. I know that not all states/countries have the same privilege. I have to say this though, if you have it - use it. Money doesn't grow on trees and if you fall in love with a book/series, you can always buy it later. Libraries in my area have this great thing called Interlibrary Loaning. Basically, all of the Illinois libraries are on a van service. So one library can request a book that they don't have from a different library and it will come to that library within a matter of days/weeks. If it's a newer book, when you go to request that item, the library also will sometimes buy the book to have in it's collection. I've worked in a public library before, that is how I know all of this. So, I have found some AMAZING series and books through borrowing from the library.

Now, for the buying aspect. It is nice to have books, especially the pretty books they put out nowadays, as well as the classics. I own a generous amount of Dickens, Shakespeare, and other classics. Am I reading them constantly? No. But they're nice to have if I ever do randomly want to. I tend to buy books I've already read, or request them for a birthday/Christmas present. I like collecting series of books and books I know I will want to read again someday. I do tend to think I save a lot of money this way. My bookshelves are still full, but it's with books I will most likely read again - maybe not in the next 2 years, but eventually.

There is actually this great tool that shows you how much money you could be saving by using a library. Check it out:
http://www.fremont.lib.in.us/libraryworth.htm

Depending on where you live, you pay taxes that go to a library. You should be using that library. I know in our area it's over 200 dollars a year in taxes that's paid per household. So use it, abuse it - but remember to return your books on time. :-D

Emma: I love Kristen. She is the best blogger buddy ever.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kreativ Award Post!

Hello!

The fantastic Nikki nominated me for an award! I'm really flattered!


When you receive this award you're supposed to list seven of your all time favorite things and then nominated seven blogs. Here goes:

1. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I love these books with all my heart and soul.
2. My laptop aka Norah! It's the best thing ever. It lets me keep in contact with my friends!
3. Iced tea. I love this drink.
4. LOST. It's my favorite TV show. Time travel FOR THE WIN.
5. My guitar named Liz. When I saw Jill Barber at the local Home County Festival, I fell back in love with song writing.
6. Black cherry ice cream with chocolate chips.
7. The ocean. It's home.

Book Blather
Hope's Bookshelf
Steph Su Reads
Tynga's Urban Fantasy Reviews
That Chick That Reads
Read Into This!
Bibliobibuli

Emma Out!

July 6, 09 The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Hey!

This book camp that I'm at this week is having Kelley Armstrong as the last speaker and I'm really excited to meet her! I read her first book, The Summoning, in preparation.

The Summoning is about Chloe Saunders, a fifteen year old girl in an art school who lost her mother and adores movies. When Chloe starts seeing ghosts, her dad and aunt take her to Lyle House, a group home for mentally ill teenagers. But Chloe starts to think the patients aren't what they seem...


This book was very well done. I adored the writing, the characters and though it took a while for the suspense to start, when it did, I was sucked in. I loved the fantastical aspect and mental illness has always really interested me. Ms. Armstrong always kept me guessing. I would have this idea of a person, then it would change, and then go back again. The Summoning is more of an introduction book then anything else, but I thought it fit.


Emma Out!

TBR/Teaser Tuesday August 11, 09

Hiya!

I've been really busy with this book camp so I haven't had much time to blog. I'm sorry about this. I'll make it up next week.

TBR Tuesday was created by my lovely friend Korianne. I have so many to-reads...

Need by Carrie Jones

Goodreads Description:

"Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life's been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother's pretty much checked out. Now Zara's living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays & safe. Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother can't deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn't a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He's the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he's trailing Zara."

We had Carrie Jones on FiveAwesomeYaFans and since then I've really wanted to read this book. I'll have to get it from the library.




Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

Goodreads Description:

""It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—& the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty & arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—& even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism & thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read. "

I've had this one on hold from the library for ages. It could be absolutely horrible or it could be very funny. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Okay, now for the teaser portion of this post!

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!
"His footsteps headed straight for me. I plastered myself to the wall and held my breath. His arm appeared. Then his knee. Then-

He stopped. The arm and knee turned toward the desk. He bent and picked up the stapler.

Oh, God. He knew."

-The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Emma Out!

Monday, August 10, 2009

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? August 10, 09

Hello!

This meme is hosted by the lovely J. Kaye.



Read This Past Week:

Skinned by Robin Wasserman
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Currently Reading:

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

To Read For This Week:

The Blood Confession
by Alisa M. Libby
Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin
The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen
Evermore by Alyson Noel


EMMA OUT!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

July 5, 09 Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras

Hello!

Okay, my aunt from Vancouver is coming today and I am freaking out because I have book camp tomorrow and I have to do secret things and I am going to be so busy. Anyways, after that minor freak attack, I'd like to review Pieces of Me.

Pieces of Me is about Mira, a fifteen year old, shy, animal and nature loving girl. Mira's mom is mentally ill and she hates her father. Mira has felt lonely her whole life, so when a new girl comes to school, she starts to discover who she is and who she wants to be.


I really enjoyed this book. It got the Governor General Award, which is pretty impressive. It was originally in French and was translated to English this year. I liked Mira, I thought the writing was well done, and despite it only being a hundred or so pages, I got a strong sense of Mira's character. There were two bizarre parts that I didn't enjoy, but typically my brain gets all fuzzy when I read something short. Overall, pretty good.

Emma Out!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

July 4, 09 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Hiya!

My friend, Chelsea, had her birthday on August 3, and for her present, I reread her favorite novel 13 Little Blue Envelopes. This was the first MJ book I read and the details were pretty fuzzy in my head. I'm really happy that I reread this one.

13 Little Blue Envelopes is about Ginny, a shy, quiet girl living in New Jersey. She has an eccentric Aunt Peg, who is vibrant and adventurous. Ginny comes alive with Aunt Peg, becomes interesting and different. When Aunt Peg dies, she leaves Ginny thirteen little blue envelopes, the first telling her to get on a plane and fly to Europe. There, Ginny will discover who she is.


This used to be my least favorite MJ book. Now it's become my favorite. It has a distinct plot, travel, funny writing, awesome characters and a surprise ending. I adore this novel and I completely understand why Chelsea loves it as much as she does. My only complaint is that I don't see ANY parent letting their daughter go off to Europe by themself and have no idea who they will be staying with. I adore this novel and can't wait for more MJ in 2010 and the sequel to 13LBE!


Emma Out!