Monday, September 21, 2009

July 20, 09 Sold by Patricia McCormick

Sold is about Lakshmi, a thirteen year old girl living in Nepal. While her family is poor because of her stepfather's gambling, she still is able to somewhat enjoy herself. She has a family and a baby goat. She goes to school. But that all comes crashing down when Lakshmi is sold into prostitution to help with the money. She is thrown into hell, constantly being violated by men, the possibility of death if she leaves constantly a reminder. But then she has the choice to change her life, and it is only her's to decide.

This book was in verse, and I thought the style fit it very well. I got a sense of Lakshmi's character instantly and her story seemed very realistic. While this book was heartbreaking, it was incredibly well written and I can't wait to read McCormick's book Cut.


Sorry for the short review!

Emma Out!

July 19, 09 The Giver by Lois Lowry

Hiya!

I feel like I haven't done a review in eons. BUT WE FIX THIS NOW.

The Giver is about Jonas, a boy who lives in a world where no one really knows anything and when you turn twelve you find out what your profession with be. When Jonas finds out that is has been chosen to because the Receiver of memories, he meets The Giver, and he discovers things that will change his life forever.
I liked this book. I enjoyed the world Lowry created and I loved the relationship between The Giver and Jonas. I wish this book had been more political. I had so many questions. How did Jonas's world get the way it was? What happened to the bodies when they died? I wanted this book to be more The Hunger Games-esque instead of just being about Jonas and that anyone can change the world. Good book, but I felt like it was slightly preachy and had so much more potential.


Emma Out!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading September 21, 09

J. Kaye hosts this meme.


Read This Past Week:

The Season by Sarah MacLean
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Sold by Patricia McCormick
earthgirl by Jennifer Cowan
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (I know, REVIEWS GALORE)

Currently Reading:

The London Eye Mystery
by Siobhan Dowd

To Read:

The Roar
by Emma Clayton
The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen
The Boyfriend List
by E. Lockhart

Updates:

- I lost a follower. WAHHH. :( I am very sad about this.

-I'm planning to have a contest soon, so please keep on voting on my poll so I know what to pick!

Emma Out!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

In My Mailbox September 19, 09

Hello Blogosphere!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. I got a couple of books this week!

Shrimp by Rachel Cohn

Goodreads Description:

"With Shrimp, pop culture wordsmith Rachel Cohn successfully resurrects Cyd Charisse, the irrepressible punk princess from her breakout hit, Gingerbread. C.C. is back from an emotional summer in NYC where she met her biological father for the first time and nursed her karmic wounds after a messy breakup with her short-statured surfer boyfriend, Shrimp. Now, it is the start of senior year in San Francisco, and C.C. is determined to get the surfer boy of her dreams back. She is aided and abetted by new friends, Helen and Autumn, and "old" girlfriend, sunny octogenarian Sugar Pie. When Cyd's cool half-sib Danny invites her back to NYC for a long weekend, will C.C.'s turn eastward--away from Shrimp's surfer dreams? Shrimp's bright cover belies the frank, sexy narrative within that is definitely not for the tween audience of Cohn's middle-grade novel, The Steps. But older teen fans are going to love guessing what their unapologetic, espresso- and Nestle Crunch bar-addicted antiheroine will do next. Are Shrimp and C.C. destined to move in together after graduation? Or will Shrimp's brother's wedding give them second thoughts? Whatever happens, Cyd Charisse is convinced that "at the end of the road, there will always be a Shrimp." Cohn's Shrimp is a witty, sparkling sequel that was definitely worth the wait."

I liked Gingerbread, but I hope this sequel is better.

North of Beautiful
by Justina Chen Headley

Goodreads Description:

"Born with a port-wine stain birthmark covering her entire right cheek, Terra Rose Cooper is ready to leave her stifling, small Washington town where everyone knows her for her face. With her critical, reproachful father and an obese mother who turns to food to deflect her father's verbal attacks, home life for Terra isn't so great either. Fueled by her artistic desires, she plans to escape to an East Coast college, thinking this is her true path. When her father intercepts her acceptance letter, Terra is pushed off-course, and she is forced to confront her deepest insecurities. After an ironically fortuitous car accident, Terra meets Jacob, a handsome but odd goth Chinese boy who was adopted from China as a toddler. Jacob immediately understands Terra's battle with feeling different. When Terra's older brother invites her and her mother to visit him in Shanghai, Jacob and his mother also join them on their journey, where they all not only confront the truth about themselves, but also realize their own true beauty. North of Beautiful is the engaging third YA novel by Justina Chen Headley. This is a gorgeously-written, compelling book featuring universal themes of defining true beauty, family bonds, personal strength, and love."

This book looks really awesome, and I love the cover. When I saw it at the library I had to grab it.

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Goodreads Description:

"Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer . . .

. . . but Birdie would rather eat Thin Mints and sulk in the A/C.

Leeda would prefer to sneak off with her boyfriend, Rex.

And Murphy would much rather cause a little mischief.

Together these three very different girls will discover the secret to finding the right boy, making the truest of friends, and picking the perfect Georgia peach."

I saw this at my library's used book store, and I got hardback for only four bucks! I'm eager to start it.



That's it, everyone! What did you get this week?

Emma Out!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Finds September 18, 09

Hello!

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Saw this one at the library display...

Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Goodreads Description:

"'Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama.'Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.
Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice."

I love non-fiction, and this looks quite intriguing. My mom adores memoirs, so I just might get her to read this...

Updates:

- I'm actually getting BACK ON TRACK for my reading. Surprise surprise!

- I've added a poll so my follower can decide which books I'll be buying for an October contest! Please vote!

Emma Out!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Link A Contest Thursday September 17, 09

Hiya!

This awesome meme is hosted by my blogging buddy Kristen. Today I have two contests to talk about.

My good friend Meghan from FiveAwesomeYAFans is having a contest on her blog for Ash by Malinda Lo! It's only open till September 18 so hurry and enter!

And, now is the time to promote my girl Kristen! She's having a comment contest for September that looks SPECTACULAR. You MUST enter! I insist!

Hope you enjoy those fantastic contests!

Emma Out!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

July 18, 09 The Season by Sarah MacLean

Hey!

A little while ago, I read The Season. After reading Sarah MacLean's clever tweets I'd been very eager to read her novel. When I saw it at the library, I leapt at it.

The Season is about Lady Alexandra, a seventeen year old girl in Regency London who is not interested by pretty dresses and boring suitors. In fact, she isn't looking forward to her season at all. She'd rather discuss politics and ride horses with her best friends Vivi and Ella. But suddenly her feelings change when her close friend Gavin's father, the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in what seems to be an accident. But as Alex and Gavin start seeing each other in a different light, they discover that the Earl's death is not what it seems.

I haven't been so deeply absorbed in a book since I read The Hunger Games. The Season had mystery, romance and a sharp witted heroine. I liked the formal tone to the writing, and felt it fit the genre. I loved all of Alex's friends, as well as herself. There was a modern feel to the main female characters without seeming unrealistic that MacLean created effortlessly. While the murder mystery was somewhat predictable, I gasped at the suspense more than once. But mainly, I enjoyed the relationship that evolved between Alex and Gavin. I cannot wait to read more MacLean!

Emma Out!

Waiting On Wednesday September 16, 09

Hi!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Today I only have one book to mention, but I can't wait to read.


Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Goodreads Description:

"Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.

Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first."

Release Date
: January 5, 2009

After reading Cracked Up To Be, I can't WAIT to read this book! I love the cover too.

That's it! Almost all the books I've been waiting for seem to have come out. *bounces happily*

Emma Out!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

July 17, 09 Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Greetings!

Two days ago I went to the library and saw Love You Hate You Miss You on display. I got it and despite all the other library books I should've been reading, I started it immediately.

Love You Hate You Miss You is about Amy, who has the best friend in the world, Julia. They go to parties, share each others' secrets, and maybe drink a little too much, but it's not a big deal. Until Julia and Amy get into a car accident and Julia's life is taken. Amy blames herself for the event. She writes to Julia to deal with the guilt, and becomes reunited with a boy who made her feel something she never felt before. Will Amy set herself and Julia free?

While I did not like Bloom, one of Scott's other books, I really enjoyed this one. The writing was so much better and while I didn't like Amy, I understood her. Scott was able to make Julia very complex. I did get a bit weary of this book, after reading Cracked Up To Be, the genre was beginning to grate on my nerves. Despite that, this was a massive improvement to Bloom. I'm glad I gave Scott a second chance.

Emma Out!

July 16, 09 Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Hello!

I know, I haven't done a review in a while. I shall fix this IMMEDIATELY!

Cracked Up To Be is about Parker Fadley, former head cheerleader and honor role student. When something big happens at an end of the summer party, Parker retreats into herself. She starts drinking, ditches her former position as top dog in the school hierarchy and starts seeing a school counselor. But what did really happen that night? And why does Parker think it's her fault?

I really enjoyed this book. Parker was snarky, witty and understandable. While at the beginning I felt it was very similar to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, after about a hundred pages, it became very original. I didn't immediately suspect the reason that Parker was so screwed up and I enjoyed all of the characters. I will definitely read anything else Ms. Summers writes.


Emma Out!

TBR/Teaser Tuesday September 15, 09

Hello!

TBR Tuesday was started by my lovely friend Korianne. Here are some of my to reads:

Dating Hamlet by Lisa Fieldler

Goodreads Description:

"It isnt easy dating a prince, especially when that prince is Hamlet. It could easily drive a young girl to madness, or so it would seem.Since the death of his father, Ophelias beloved Hamlet has descended into a deep depression. To make matters worse, the Danish court is filled with lies and deceit. Was Hamlets father murdered by King Claudius? Is Polonius truly the father of Laertes? Who can be trusted as a friend? And who is to be feared as an enemy? It is up to clever Ophelia, with the help of her friends, to find a way to save her prince and herself. Only then can she finally reveal the truth about what really happened in the famed castle at Elsinore. With Shakespeares classic play as a frame, Lisa Fiedler gives voice to Ophelia in a gripping novel full of romance, ghosts, and a touch of alchemy."

I've wanted to read this ever since I read Romeo's Ex by the same author. It looks very good!

Dreamland
by Sarah Dessen

Goodreads Description:

"Wake up, Caitlin

Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else-her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?"

I loved Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby and Just Listen. This book looks different from her other novels, and I'm intrigued by it.





Teaser Time!


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!
"With the chant, Jonas knew, the community was accepting him and his new role, giving him life, the way they had given it to the newchild Caleb. His heart swelled with gratitude and pride.

But at the same time he was filled with fear. He did know what his selection meant. He did not know what he was to become.

Or what would become of him."

-The Giver by Lois Lowry

Emma Out!

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? September 14, 09

This weekly meme is hosted by J. Kaye.

Read This Past Week:

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott (ONLY TWO, I fail)

Currently Reading
:

The Season by Sarah MacLean

To Read This Week:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Sold by Patrica McCormick
Geektastic edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

I need to start actually reading seven books a week! I need motivation! I need...TO FINISH ALL MY LIBRARY BOOKS BEFORE GOING BOVINE COMES OUT! Yes. There it is.

Updates:

- I have 56 followers! Omigoodness THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

That's all for this week!

Emma Out!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In My Mailbox September 13, 09

Hello!

This awesome meme is hosted by The Story Siren. Just one book for today, but it is certainly a fantastic book!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Goodreads Description:

"Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge."

OMG, I have been wanting to read this forever! I can't wait to read it after finishing the big library pile! It looks AMAZING. *runs to finish book so I can get to Catching Fire*







That's it!

Emma Out!

An Award!

Hey World!

I got the fantastic BINGO award from Jenn-ay of My Tea Time is Book Time! I'm honored!


Here are the rules:

This "B-I-N-G-O" BEAUTIFUL BLOG AWARD means that this blog is...

B: Beautiful
I: Informative
N: Neighborly
G: Gorgeous
O: Outstanding

Please look carefully at as many blogs as you can to find the top FIVE blogs that YOU think also exemplify these standards and pass it along to them. Please don't break this chain of FIVE! If you are someone who doesn't want awards or doesn't pass them on, please tell the person who is giving it so they can share it with someone who would want it. Thank you. Also, link your award to the person who gave it to you so when people link on the person's name or blog name, it will take them there to see that person's BINGO-RIFFIC BLOG.

And my nominations:

A Flight of Minds
Genevieve's Blog
Good Books and Good Wine
And Anything Bookish
Tales of Whimsy

You all deserve the award! Again, thank you so much Jenn-ay!

Emma Out!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Link A Contest Thursday September 10, 09

Hello!

This meme is hosted by the awesome Kristen of BookWorminginthe21stCentury. There are so many awesome contests going on!

Fantastic Book Review has a lot of contests going on:

Vampires, Werewolves and Fairies, OH MY!

Win Ash by Malinda Lo!
Win Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda!
Win The Hollow by Jessica Verday!
Win Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logstead

Also, And Anything Bookish is having a contest JUST FOR Canadians! I am extremely happy about this:

Cool Canadians

That's all I have to say! I hope you check those out!

Emma Out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday September 9, 09

Hiya!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. They are so many books that are going to come out...




Fire
by Kristin Cashore

Goodreads Description:

"Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells.

Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story."

Release Date: October 5, 2009

I haven't even read Graceling yet but this looks so GOOD. *squees*

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Goodreads Description:

"Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves."

Release Date
: March 9, 2010


I recently read The Forest of Hands and Teeth and I REALLY want to read this one.

Emma Out!

TBR/Teaser Tuesday August 8, 09

Hello!

TBR Tuesday was created by my awesome friend Korianne.

Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner

Goodreads Description:

"In this rousing sequel to Nobody’s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo. Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger. Not only does she have to avoid her brothers’ detection, but a devastatingly handsome boy catches her eye, Hercules falls in love with her boy-self, there are battles to be faced, as well as a terrifying murderous princess and the start of her period. And that’s only the beginning! With her beauty blossoming, Helen’s journey takes her beyond the mythology of the Golden Fleece to Athens, where her very future as Queen of Sparta is threatened."

I read the first book early in this project and really enjoyed it. I hope this one is better, though.




How It's Done by Christine Kole MacLean

Goodreads Description:

"Brought up in a God-fearing home, eighteen-year-old Grace feels trapped in a "suburban Alcatraz" by her hypocritical holy roller father and timid mother. And then he walks into her life . . . Michael Irving is a college professor, a man of the world, more likely to quote Shelley than scripture, and he's gorgeous. He is everything Grace has ever dreamed of-and he loves her. Freedom brings with it unanticipated complications, though, and Grace emerges from a cage only to find herself in a maze. She quickly discovers that being the lover-and then the fiancée-of an older man is not all poetry and chardonnay."

I saw this one in a Chapters last year and really wanted to read it. I haven't, but it stills looks intriguing.




Now: Teaser Tuesday!

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!
"Jake nods like he understands, but popularity is always different for guys-way less maintenance involved. It really is easier for them. And besides, I'm totally lying anyway. I didn't want to be popular because it was easier; I wanted to be popular because in high school that's the best thing you can be: perfect. Everything else is shit."

- Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

I kind of liked this teaser...tell me what you think!

Emma Out!

Monday, September 7, 2009

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? September 7, 09

This meme is hosted by the awesome J. Kaye.


Read This Past Week:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan
Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashbury
(I know, only two, I fail).

Currently Reading:

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

To Read This Week:

Geektastic edited by Cecil Castellucci and Holly Black
Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Shape of the Water by Anne Spollen

That's it for today, folks!

Emma Out!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

July 15, 09, Zombie Queen of Newbury High

Hey!

I know, I haven't posted for a while. This is because I am an ultimate fail.

Anyways, Zombie Queen of Newbury High is about Mia, a nerdy, Buffy obsessed girl who isn't popular. She is over the moon when football star Rob asks her to prom. When he seems to be losing interest, Mia and her best friend Candice give him a love spell, but it turns out to be a spell that turns the entire senior class into zombies! Mia, Candice and the cute zombie hunter aka new boy Chase have to work together in order to keep Mia from being the first on the zombiefied menu.


I really liked this book. It was light and fun. Mia and Candice were quirky characters, and Chase was the classic cute boy. But I found the pace to be too quick and I wish she had added more subplots and more of a fantasy world to the story. Ultimately, fun and cute, but not as intricate as I wish it had been.

Emma Out!

Friday, September 4, 2009

July 14, 09 The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Hello! I know, I haven't blogged for AGES, but I've been away, hanging out with father and his girlfriend and my mom has been taking me out so I've been pretty busy. Not to mention school stuff next week (ugh).

In honor of zombie week, I decided to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, since it looked awesome.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is about Mary, a girl who lives in post apocalyptic North America, where zombies aka the Unconsecrated are everywhere. Mary dreams of the ocean, a massive body of water untouched by the Unconsecrated. In Mary's village, the Unconsecrated press on all sides, the villagers only protected by a fence and a religious group called the Sisterhood. Then Mary starts to learn secrets about the Sisterhood no one else knows. Will Mary chose her reality, her love, or her dream?


I adored this book. It had everything I need in a book: awesome writing, a strong main character, tragedy, romance and ZOMBIES, which is the most important part. Ultimately, this book was about Mary's dream of the ocean and if she would go and find it or be content with where she was. The book was very creepy and the zombie parts were fantastic but not overdone. The inner struggle with Mary between the part of her that wanted to be loved and the other part that wanted adventure was really thrilling. I will be looking out for Carrie Ryan, because this book makes me want to read anything else she might write.


I won't be doing a Friday Finds post this week since I didn't find any new books! Expect more zombie posts!

Emma Out!