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How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro

Rating: 3.7/5
Age R: 12+
Thoughts:
How to Hook a Hottie is a story about a 17 year old senior, Kate, who has a plan to become a millionaire before age 20 so that she won't end up like her mother. She tries to take advantage of every Ideal Opportunity that comes her way, which is how she ends up becoming a matchmaker, ehem I mean a Love Goddess in order to help others hook a hottie like she seemed to have done with one of the most popular guys in school, Brandon Callister. Unfortunately, this plan of hers might backfire on her or will it?
After reading Tina Ferraro's abc's of kissing boys, I just HAD to have more of her writing! So...I began reading How to Hook a Hottie and wow! Cute!
I liked the writing and story it's really cute so I recommend this one for those looking for a nice, short, fun read.

Synopsis

At 17, Kate Delvecchio has one goal in life: to become a millionaire before the age of 20. And as far as she’s concerned, college will only slow her down. Unfortunately for Kate, the one thing her parents do agree on is that they totally disagree with her strategy. And so the deal is born. If Kate can raise five thousand big ones by graduation day, her parents will hand over the balance of her college account to invest as she pleases. No college, no degree, and no way she’ll ever be able to pull it off. But when Kate accidentally agrees to go to the sports banquet with the hottest guy at school, she stumbles upon a possible cash cow. The rest of the junior class is amazed that no-nonsense Kate could hook such a hottie, and one by one they approach her for help hooking their own. She doesn’t know anything about getting guys, but for $100 a pop, she’s more than willing to invent a six-step plan for How to Hook a Hottie. And how could that possibly backfire?


YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:


-Tina Ferraro
-the abc's of kissing boys by Tina Ferraro. Read my view here.
-Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro.
-cute stories
-matchmaking kind of stories
-love stories
-laughing :D
-17 year old protagonists
-Donald Trump protagonist lovers (hehe)
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The Elite by Jennifer Banash

Rating: 3.7/5
Age R: 15+
Thoughts:
Casey McCloy is new to New York. On her first day she meets Madison Macallister, the popular "perfect" girl, and her two best friends, Sophie and Phoebe. Later Casey meets Madison's maybe boyfriend who she immediately begins to have a crush on since he's so darn hot.
Casey is just trying to fit in with this group of girls and the crazy rich infested and prestigious high school, Meadowlark Academy. Unfortunately things and people keep making her life there not so great.
I really liked the ending to this novel and am looking forward to reading In Too Deep then the next book after that.
I liked the fact that the five main characters talk in their own POV's because the reader really gets to know what each of them is thinking. Sophie and Phoebe were nothing like what I expected them to be, which I just loved.
This novel is very entertaining and so realistic which is something else I was not expecting. Love it! :D

Synopsis

From the top, you can see everything . . . except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she's overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York's Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people-including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.


YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:


-Gossip Girl series -this book is quite similar to the gossip girl series
-Private series by Kate Brian
-drama
-high school settings
-New York
-fashion
-POV like in Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag
-the new girl type stories
-love stories
-cooking
-art
-Woody Allen
-popular girl characters
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Geek Charming by Robin Palmer GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Robin Palmer one lucky person can win ONE ARC copy of Geek Charming by Robin Palmer (!!!). You'll love the book it's such a great, cute read.

If you want to know more about the book and my thoughts, read here.

Leave a comment to enter.
Rules:
-US only
-comment once = 1 entry
-follow this blog = 3 entries
-already a follower = 4 entries
-leave a way for me to contact you. An email address or a blog address, if you prefer you can even email me your email but you must remember to comment.

Leave a regular comment to enter and another telling me if you follow or are a new follower. You don't have to follow or be following to enter.

Deadline is March 10
at midnight central time. I will announce the winners March 11.

:D good luck!

This contest is also in honor of the Not So Closet Geeks's Geek Fest
Check it.
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Slumdog Millionaire


Slumdog Millionaire my favorite movie ever won 8 oscars EIGHT OSCARS!!! woo hoo!!! and it was named BEST movie of 2008!!

:D

I highly recommend watching it and reading the book it's based on- Q&A by Vikas Swarup read about it here.

awesomness :D
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Giveaway on Friday February 27

This Friday, February 27 I will be having a contest for one copy of an ARC of Geek Charming by Robin Palmer. :D

Woopie!!


So spread the word folks and get ready to enter on Friday. :D

If you by some crazy chance (ha!) didn't read my review of it check it out here.
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Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

Rating: 3.7/5
Age R: 12+
Release Date: February 10, 2009 (Out Now!)
Thoughts:
Iris (very pretty name) and her best friend Collette, both around 14 years old, like to cast spells at a cemetery in their boring town in Louisiana to pass the time during the summer.
One day at the cemetery, a ghost appears in front of Iris saying "Where ya at Iris?" Since then he begins to haunt her and bother her causing her to wonder who this guy is and how he ended up dead.
Iris, Collette and a cute boy, Ben, try to solve this mystery all the while coming across some problems arising from their investigating. At some point, they find out that someone close to Iris may have been involved in the death of this boy.
This book has an interesting and unique read. It was a bit slow for me at times, which is why I didn't give it four out of five stars. Overall I really enjoyed reading it because of the writing and story. The writing is so darn great I love it. It's simple yet awesome especially how Saundra Mitchell describes things with such interesting detail. Here's an example of something I really liked (DON'T WORRY NO SPOILERS):

"In old pictures, Deputy Wood had stood tall and skinny, with a thick black mustache that waterfalled down either side of his mouth. Having seen him lately, though, I knew that his mustache had gone salt-and-pepper and he'd thickened out in the middle. The blue uniform stretched tight across his chest, and his star didn't lie flat anymore."
pg 44 Gosh, I LOVE that and there's so much more awesomeness like that throughout the book.

Synopsis

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:
- mysteries
-love stories
-friendship
-ghost stories
-reading about life in small towns
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In My Mailbox

This is what I got in my mailbox this past week:

Synopsis

In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.










Synopsis

Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king.

A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.

Synopsis
THE FINCH FAMILY did not know that five refugees landed from Africa on the day they went to the airport to welcome the family sponsored by their church. The Finch family only knew about the four refugees they were meeting - Andre, Celestine, Mattu, and Alake - mother, father, teenage son and daughter.

Soon Jared realizes that the good guys are not always innocent, and he must make a decision that could change the fate of both families. This story presents many points of view and a fresh perspective on doing the right thing.


Synopsis

Texas Tech student Kyle Mango is attending a fraternity party when he meets Gretchen, an artsy animal lover whose independent spirit immediately sparks his attention. But after a month of bliss, they suddenly find themselves in rough waters. When Kyle inherits four oil wells from his uncle, he sees his affluence as an opportunity to impress Gretchen. But just before he makes his move, Gretchen hears news of an oil tanker spilling its load near the coast of Alaska. Leaving Kyle behind in Texas, she joins a group of campus activists in Alaska for the summer to clean oil from suffering birds.
Kyle is torn between managing his business--and being left lonely in the Lone Star state--and risking everything to fly to Alaska to pursue Gretchen. The young oil man soon discovers that oil slicks are nothing compared to relational slicks. The early bird may get the worm, but the oily bird can ruin romance! Through it all, Kyle explores faith in God and His power to change lives.

I am from Texas so I'm looking forward to reading this one. :D


This isn't a book but I just had to post this one on here. I've seen it before many times, but never got around to getting it, until now of course. Now I just have to get the second one....


:D






Go check out more In My Mailboxes at The Story Siren's blog.
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Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Rating: 4/5
Age R:12+
Release Date: February 5, 2009

Thoughts:

This book was awesome! Such a fun read and I could not stop reading it until I was finished, unless I had to stop for whatever reason.
Geek Charming is a cute entertaining read about Dylan, a stuck up popular girl who owes this "geek" Josh a favor (there's of course more to this). He wants to be a film maker and in order to get into USC he needs to have a film. That's where Dylan and her two best best friends come in. Josh and Dylan end up having to spend more and more time together in order to get this film done. They both have their reasons for being involved in the making of this film but in the end, who knows what will happen. :D
This book is not predictable, so don't go thinking that you know what will end up happening in the end, because you're probably going to be wrong, surprised and happy about it especially since there is such a great message behind it.
I'll admit that I had a problem with the fact that the popular girl was so stereotypical, but I overall I can let that slide because it definitely did not get in the way of me enjoying the book or liking Dylan.
The narration in this book alternates between Dylan and Josh's POV so the reader really gets in the mind of both of the protagonist. I gotta say I loved knowing what each of the characters were thinking about certain situations. I also loved the funny things each characters said. I found myself laughing out loud at certain lines, so of course I had to share some of them (read below for more).
I do not understand why it is that Robin Palmer's books do not have more fans. I love her writing. This book was a really great, entertaining, YA book. I highly recommend it. Next I'm checking out her other book when I get the chance (read way below for more about this).
Isn't that cover beautiful! I especially love those shoes. :D
Quentin Tarantino is mentioned in the book and I LOVE that! He's awesome. I can't wait for his next movie to come out it looks awesome it's called Inglourious Basterds (that's how it's spelled). Sweet!! If you haven't seen any of Tarantino's awesomeness you should at least check out Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, and the episodes he guest starred in on Alias. :D

Here are some of my favorite lines from the book:
"I wondered if she really was that rude, or if she had some sort of medical condition where the filter between her brain and her mouth had been broken since birth."

"'Are you sure?' i asked. I had to give him credit - having once had a teddy bear that exploded in the washing machine when I was four, I knew how traumatic seeing an animal's intestines could be."

"If I've learned anything in my seventeen years, it's that life isn't easy all the time. Parents get divorced, guinea pigs explode under your watch, and you can't get up the guts to talk to a girl you have a crush on"

"Who needed caffeine when you were energized by love?"

"'Joshie, please, like sneaker commercial used to say - 'Just go for it'"
"You mean 'Just do it'?"

hehe they're talking about the Nike commercial :D

Synopsis

Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.'s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new "it" bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan's bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan's so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life-and her social status- comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan-with Josh's help-pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

I am definitely checking out Robin Palmer's other book, Cindy Ella, it looks and sounds great!

Synopsis

Prom fever has infected LA-especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.


YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:


-a fast paced and entertaining read
-lots of humor
-geeks
-reading about spoiled stuck up girls and geeks speaking in their POV
-narration similar to the one in Flipped by Weldelin Van Draanen.
-narration like the one in When It Happens by Susane Colasanti. Read my review here.
-Single White Female (movie) I haven't seen this one but it's mentioned in the book and I'm interested
-24 (it's mentioned here. I LOVE that show Jack Bauer is oh man awesome!)
-Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee This book was similar to it in the way that there's a guy filming and trying to get into the same film school, USC. Look at my review of that book here.
-movie geekness galore
-Woody Allen
-Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (one of my favorite plays EVER)
-She's All That (movie)
-Le Femme Nikita (if you don't know what movie this is and want to find out more, don't even think about it unless you're over 17)
-Pretty Woman (movie)
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Across the Pond by Storyheart

Rating: 3.7/5
Age R: 12+ (I think it should be 10+)
Release Date: Out now!!
Thoughts:
This book is pretty darn cute!
This is a nice little story about Fred, a british fifteen year old who has to go to USA to stay with some friends, Phil and Julie, of his dad because his parents are going elewhere on a trip they won.
Phil and Julie are such nice folks and they happen to have a hottie (Fred's words hehe) of a daughter.
Fred goes through quite a few problems on his trip to America. He has to work on a project, writing down the differences between the two languages, an evil boy who seems to have done something mean to someone, and a few other things that you'll find out once you read the book. :D
I thought this book was cute but I have to be honest and say I found the fact that Fred and Brittany loved each other after only three days, somewhat silly. I also was not a fan of the fact that it was so fast paced with not many details, the story was just kind of rushed. This book is aimed at Young Adults, being a young adult, I find that younger people would like it WAY more. It is cute, but not really young adult-ish. Even though I had a few issues with the story, I still found it to be really adorable. I can see this as a very enjoyable movie to watch so I recommend reading it, especially if you're 10+. So read this 114 paged story full of cuteness, baseball, and love all wrapped into one little book. :)

Synopsis:
Finding himself packed off to friends in the USA, fifteen-year-old English-born Fred Squire is not happy.
Then he meets Brittany.
Struggling with his feelings for Brit and the language, Fred is further confused when he meets Brit's flirtatious friend, Angel.
Escaping form a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood bully, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred's world is turned upside down.
Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune. Further run-ins with Harris, a crazy family barbecue, and a chase through a mall add to Fred's American adventure.
"Brit and her Brit" know that their young love will be followed by a heartache when Fred has to return to England but not before some final twists in the tale.

YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:
-nice, short reads
-love stories
-cuteness
-England
-America (hehe)
-British accents
-hero type protagonists
-Storyheart
-baseball
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House

Did anyone see the last episode of House? The one called unfaithful?

I don't know if any of you watch my favorite show It's always sunny in philadelphia (ugh!! i want the episodes to come back already!!!) but the incest-y creeper from the Boyle (i think that's the name) family that comes out on that show guest stared as a priest who might have molested a kid.

So basically this guy get's jobs starring as a creeper. Interesting, very interesting.

Another one of the guest stars, a dude, he came out on Artificial Intelligence as the son of the main couple. Aww that movie is soo sad and amazing!



Oh and a little note: I thought the toe part was very, very shocking!! This episode was pretty darn sad :(

Just thought I'd put that out there.

:D
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Happy Birthday to me!!!

hehe Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me happy birthday to meeee, happy birthday to me hehe


Yeah, thought I'd post that :D Have a great day everyone, and happy after valentine's day.
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In My Mailbox

Well I got these books in the mail this past week. Go to the Story Siren for more in my mailboxes. :D

Synopsis

South Bay High wouldn't be such a bad place to go to school if it weren't for all the drama. Not that Jayd Jackson's helping matters. She's right there in the center of it all-whether she wants to be or not. Maybe it just goes with the turf. After all, there's a reason they call this place Drama High...

Jayd doesn't know what's going on with her girl, Nellie. Ever since she got named homecoming princess, she's been acting like Mickey and Jayd aren't her friends anymore, and she's even falling in deeper with Tania and her crew. It's amazing the girl can fit her new crown over that big head of hers.

And then there's Jayd's boyfriend Jeremy. His aloof attitude is really getting on her nerves. Jayd's even starting to question his commitment, not to mention her own. Especially since lately, all she can think about is Rah-and that surprise kiss he planted on her the other day...

DON'T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE DRAMA HIGH SERIES!


This one sounds like it's FULL of drama! hehe I love me some drama. :D

Too Much Information

Synopsis

Friends call Becca the Overshare Queen, but her tendency for TMI never seemed like a problem to her until she blabs about her sweet band-geek boyfriend's sloppy kisses-and gets dumped! Realizing it may be better to resist the temptation to overshare face-to-face, Becca decides to blog anonymously about everything instead. On her blog, Too Much Information, Becca unleashes her alter ego, Bella. Bella tells it like it is . . . though perhaps with a bit more drama. After all, no one's going to read it, right???

I can't believe I almost forgot about this book what a dork. I can't wait to read it, I can relate in the sense that I also have a blog hehe and it sounds really cute.



Mary Ann was a traveling fortune teller. She knew everyone's future, but her own. She left this journal with many disturbing readings.






OoooOOoooo hehehe









Melissa married the man of her dreams. She didn't know that he was a fortune teller. His secret life brought many dark hearted people into Melissa's future. She wondered if her soul mate had sold his soul to the devil. Sometimes a buried treasure is best left alone.


Ditto for this one. :)
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Dollhouse, new Joss Whedon show

Who else saw the Dollhouse pilot episode?
It was pretty darn good I gotta say. It wasn't extremely exciting or as awesome as Buffy but still, it was good, I'm definitely going to keep watching it. :D
I was sooooooooo HAPPY when Fred came out!! of course she's not Fred on here but still okay I missed her!!! :) When she had come out as a guest star on Supernatural I screamed "yippie!" lots of times in my head. hehe




In case you have no idea what Dollhouse is or who Joss Whedon is then....

They can be anyone you want.

The Dollhouse is a very secret, and very illegal, place where wishes come true. Clients with the right connections and enough money can hire "Actives", people who have been programmed to perfectly fulfill the needs, and desires of their clients. The Actives are people who have chosen, for their own reasons, to surrender their bodies and minds for a five-year stay in the Dollhouse. Now they can be imprinted with any personality, skill, or even muscle memory. They can be the perfect companion, lover, spy, assassin; and when the job is done they forget everything.

But something is wrong with the Active called "Echo". No longer just a blank slate waiting for her next assignment, Echo is remembering flashes of the lives that she has lived and the games she has played, and she is starting to wonder just who she really is...

Joss Whedon is the creater or Buffy the Vampire Slayer people!!! Need to know anything else? hehe aww I miss buffy :( the show not her, because she kinda got on my nerves sometimes, I miss Spike (James Marsters) the most b/c he's so freaking adorable. I'm happy to see him guest star as Braniac on Smallville though hehe. I also miss Andrew because he was just super darn hilarious oh and Willow too and Fred of course and ok I miss EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!
Watch Buffy and Angel if you still haven't, trust me, your life will be complete afterwards. Okay I'm not actually serious but still, you are really missing out....
If you can't really afford to buy the dvds or w/e then go to my little buddy called sidereel.com and type in buffy in the search box and you're all set. Ditto for Angel. If you actually do this and need help, just let me know.

WATCH DOLLHOUSE!

To those who did see it, what were your thoughts?
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1969

I was looking at my blog and noticed how I currently have exactly 1969 views since January, I think that number's pretty darn interesting .....

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Rating: 4.3/5
Age R: 12+
Thoughts:
This book is sooo sad!
Esperanza, a 12 year old, and her mother are forced to leave their nice rich life and move to California. I won't say why because it will ruin the story, but it's because of something unfair done to them. You will be so angry with a certain character. tsk tsk
I read this book when I was 12 or 14 (can't remember exactly hehe) and loved it, so I think people around that age would enjoy it more, older audiences will too though. :)
The reader can really relate to Esperanza, even if you have not gone through the same circumstances as her. This of course helps make the story that much more enjoyable to read.

Synopsis

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life and her own depend on it.

YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:


-books about the great depression
-rich girl becoming poor
-sad stories
-a really good read
-stories set in Mexico and/or California
-The Grapes of Wrath (ok this book is completely different from GOW but similar quite a few ways)
-Pam Munoz Ryan
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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Rating: 4.7/5
Age R: for all! ..but 12+ will probably find it more enjoyable hehe
Thoughts:
I love this book so much! It's such an adorable fairy tale. It makes me happy happy happy :) I first read this book four years ago when I was fourteen and I have to say, I know I'll be reading it again, it's that awesome and cute. It's a great read for all ages to enjoy...if you're into fairy tales and such of course. :D
Ella of Frell is a young girl who's been cursed at birth. She has to do everything anyone tells her to do. If you tell her, "Ella, can you please pick up those shoes for me?" she has the choice to ignore that and walk away, but if you tell her "Ella pick up those shoes," she HAS to pick them up. Get it? It sucks! This little "gift" is ruining her life and keeping her from actually living. Hopefully she can figure out how to get rid of it and on the way find some nice friends who treat her right :D
The writing and story in this novel is really nice and will keep you entertained, so READ IT! If you haven't seen the movie based on it, don't watch it because it is completely different from the book and way, way less awesome, it takes away from the magic..now what I mean? I suppose you can watch the movie if you like...you're not Ella after all, but I still wouldn't recommend it. If you've already seen the movie and not read this, READ IT!

Synopsis

In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making.


YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:

-fairy tales
-magic
-books with all kinds of creatures (fairy godmothers, ogres, leprecauns, etc.)
-love stories
-Hamlet (this is similar to Hamlet in a way)
-Cinderella
-Stardust by Neil Gaiman (although this is for older audiences)
-My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison Check out my review here.
-cute reads who's protagonist you'll be rooting for :)


My New Tea Kettle!!

<---Lookie Lookie!!! My grandma got me a tea kettle and I love it sooo much! It's so cute :D

Someone once told me it takes very little to make me smile...I gotta say I guess that's true. :)


i love tea i love
tea i love tea with lots of honey :D

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Fade is OUT TODAY!!!

Fade, the sequel to Wake, is out NOW!! So go buy it, you have no idea if you'll like it you say? Well check out my review of it here and see what you'll be missing if you don't get it NOW!!
If you have not read the first book check out what it's about here.
Buy it online if you like:

Amazon
Bn.com
Borders
Overstock

Now you have no excuse hehe :D
Trust me, you will enjoy this series. The writing and story is awesome!

YA Blog Newsletter

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click here
We'll be having news about pretty much everything YA. :D
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Justina Chen Headley

Check out this awesome guest post at the bluestocking society- click me -
You will not regret it.
My favorite thing Justina said was this:
"I’d rather be The Most Phenomenal Me I can be than The Most Beautiful Girl in the room. One will sustain me forever, the other will fade and leave me yearning for my glory days. I don’t want to live in memories of my past prime when I have the beauty of now."
Just beautiful, and so very true!

Now, start thinking about how you will get your hands on a North of Beautiful book because you DON'T want to miss it.
Check out my review here.
The book is out NOW, what are you waiting for? Do I need to kidnap you and drive you to a book store or library or something? hmmm?
:D
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The Agency by Ally O' Brien

Note: This book is not a YA book, so if you're under 17 do not even think about reading the rest of this post.
Rating: 4.5/5
Age R: 17+
Thoughts:
This book is sooo good! It will keep you entertained for HOURS, unless you can read all 316 pg in less than one hour or something.
Tess is a 36 year old literary agent working for Bardwright Agency. After her boss dies, the next person to take the "throne" is the evil Cosima, who hates Tess's guts. This is the perfect opportunity for Tess to dump that agency and start her own. But....she's got some problems.
-She's one of the major suspects/person of interest hehe
-Dorothy, the rich children's novelist, has come across a few problems of her own, which cause a lot of stress for Tess
-Oliver, Tess's suicidal writer buddy and client of Bardwright Agency, has an incredible book (according to Tess), Singularity, that no one seems to care about.
-One way of getting Singularity some publicity would be to make a film of it and Tom Cruise is the PERFECT guy for it. Problem is his agent despises Tess and will not let her get that book anywhere near him.
-Tess's ex-best friend, Saleema, is still not talking to her and may be plotting to steal even more of Tess's clients all because Tess may have slept with Saleema's fiance, well ex-fiance. She totally slept with him, in her defense the first time was not her fault.
-Tess is sleeping with a married guy, and you will not believe who his wife is.
Drama, drama, and more drama plus awesome writing makes this book awesome, so go read it! Do I need to say anything else to convince you to read it? I don't think so. But read on anyway. :D

Synopsis

As an agent in a multinational media agency, Tess Drake deals with some of the world's biggest egos. And those are just the ones inside her firm. Bardwell International is an agency that operates in the ever-moving worlds of Rights, wrongs and revenge. Tess has been an agent there for longer than she cares to remember and now she's in trouble. Real trouble. After the mysterious death of the agency's senior partner, Lowell Bardwright, Tess's sworn enemy, Cosima Tate, has taken over running the asylum and would do anything to thwart Tess's career. Until now, Tess has believed herself to be bulletproof because her biggest client is Dorothy Starkwell, a popular children's writer for whom she she's just begun negotiating a new eight-figure deal. Tess sees Lowell's death as the opportunity to do what she has wanted to do for a long time: start her own agency--and take Dorothy and her new contract with her. But can Tess jump ship and risk losing her reputation, her clients, AND her next big deal--and still make it on her own? Are her balls made of steel or are they about to be crushed under Cosima's stilettoed heel?
There’s risk and there’s reward – or maybe not – in this wickedly sharp, page-turning novel that turns the world of agenting inside out and lays bare all the ambition, adrenalin and yes, luck, at the center of one young woman’s success.


YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:
-books
-books about book agencies
-drama
-gossip
-scandal
-suspense
-backstabbing
-The Devil Wears Prada
-Gossip Girl
-Pride and Prejudice (okay this book is nothing like Pride and Prejudice, which I love, but they mention it)
-humor
-juicy secrets
-London
-Tom Cruise (hehehe oh man)
-affairs between people who are not married to each other but to someone else (crazy drama!)
-books with an evil boss


Happy reading!

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Rating: 4.3/5
Age R: 15+
Thoughts:
A Complicated Kindness is a very well written book that I found to be very, very enjoyable.
Some parts were kind of slow but overall it was an interesting and unique story. I felt horrible for the way Nomi's life was going and I understand why she'd want to leave that town of hers like her mother and sister did. This girl is NOT happy and it makes the reader soo sad :( You'll find yourself cheering for her and wanting her to get out of that town and just run and never stop.
You are going to despise her uncle, so be prepared to hate one of Miriam Toews characters with passion.
You DON'T want to miss this book so go check it out.

Synopsis

In this stunning coming-of-age novel, award-winner Miriam Toews balances grief and hope in the voice of a witty, beleaguered teenager whose family is shattered by fundamentalist Christianity

"Half of our family, the better-looking half, is missing," Nomi Nickel tells us at the beginning of A Complicated Kindness. Left alone with her sad, peculiar father, her days are spent piecing together why her mother and sister have disappeared and contemplating her inevitable career at Happy Family Farms, a chicken slaughterhouse on the outskirts of East Village. Not the East Village in New York City where Nomi would prefer to live, but an oppressive town founded by Mennonites on the cold, flat plains of Manitoba, Canada.

This darkly funny novel is the world according to the unforgettable Nomi, a bewildered and wry sixteen-year-old trapped in a town governed by fundamentalist religion and in the shattered remains of a family it destroyed. In Nomi's droll, refreshing voice, we're told the story of an eccentric, loving family that falls apart as each member lands on a collision course with the only community any of them have ever known. A work of fierce humor and tragedy by a writer who has taken the American market by storm, this searing, tender, comic testament to family love will break your heart.


YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:


-humor
-sad books
-small towns
-reading about crazy religious people. I'm not trying to insult anyone here but those folks in that girl's town can be CRUEL (kind of like those folks in The House of Night series)
-coming of age novels
-very unique stories
-Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
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In My Mailbox

This past week I received these great looking/sounding books:



Synopsis

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?


Synopsis

From the top, you can see everything . . . except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she's overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York's Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people-including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.



Synopsis

If you don't belong here- you just don't belong . . .

The Bramford building's newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She's got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she's starting to have second thoughts as to whether the "New York" Casey is the real Casey. And she's not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She's not the only one.

Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder-until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn't exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew-and a little revenge.

I won The Elite and In Too Deep from Carol over at bookluver-carol <--click there to check out her site if you haven't already. Thanks soo much Carol!!

Synopsis

Holly Frick just went through the worst kind of divorce: the kind where you're still in love with the person divorcing you. Alex had left her on January 3rd, like a benevolent CEO who holds off the pink slips until after the holidays. Holly is left to wonder if she'll everfind happiness again. Like Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse, Holly is intimately involved in the lives of those around her, and she's compelled to give advice with unwavering moral certainty. And, like Emma, she is often completely off the mark. Soon, her advice will get her in over her head, and she'll find herself playing therapist to her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend while at the same time falling for her married friend's lover. Smart and touching, SECRETS TO HAPPINESS is a hilarious look at the funny things people do to be happy.



Synopsis

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!


Synopsis

When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully. But the program took Melody's name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She's been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others--everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another town, she's stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it's a dangerous thrill that Melody can't resist. He's insistent that she's just a pawn in the government's war against the Bovaro family. But can she trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?


Synopsis

Apologize, Apologize! takes us into the perversely charmed world of the Flanagans and their son, Collie (named after his parents' favorite breed of dog). Collie comes of age on Martha's Vineyard, trying to make sense of his wildly wealthy, hyper-articulate, and resolutely crazy family members: a philandering father, incorrigible brother, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mother, and a domineering media mogul grandfather (accused of being a murderer by Collie's mother).

As Collie searches for his place in the world, he suffers insurmountable loss and grapples for bravery as he struggles to cope with people he has no choice but to love.

Elizabeth Kelly's first novel is brilliantly written and utterly unpredictable—a remarkable debut.

Synopsis

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

Janni Lee Simner’s first novel for young adults is a dark fairy-tale twist on apocalyptic fiction—as familiar as a nightmare, yet altogether unique.

I'm such a dorkus, I almost forgot to put Bones of Faerie on here.

I also got Beautiful Americans and You Are So Undead To Me, which I already had..hmm I'm going to have to have some giveaways sometimes soon. :)

I can't wait to read all of these they sound soooo good!!!

Go to The Story Siren for more in my mailboxes. :D

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Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Rating: 4/5
Age R: 12+

Release Date: February 1, 2009 that means it's out NOW so go buy it!!!
Thoughts:
Absolutely Maybe is such a great read that will have you entertained until you have reached the last page..when you get there you'll be sad because it's over like this --> :(
Maybelline, named after her mother's favorite mascara, is a teenager who runs away from home after an incident happens (horrible just horrible) having to do with her beauty queen mom and her soon to be seventh husband.
Maybe (awesome nickname), her best bud Ted, a short little dude with a great personality, and Hollywood set out to Los Angeles, California in search of her biological father who's whole name she doesn't even know, all she has is a picture of an unidentifiable man and the name Gunner. Together these three fantastics (like fantasic four only not really get it? get it? No? okay then moving on...) go through some extraordinary adventures. :D

You'll LOVE this!! This book has comedy, sadness :(, awesomeness, a road trip, Hollywood, movies, TACOS!!, jarritos, guacamole, models, a meanie mommy, and so much more. What more could you ask for?
Absolutely Maybe is a nice semi-short (288 pgs) read that you'll love, go check it out NOW!!

Synopsis

Meet Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara. Chessy teaches the students in her charm school her Seven Select Rules for Young Ladies, but she won't tell Maybe who her real father is -- or protect her from her latest scuzzball boyfriend. So Maybe hitches a ride to California with her friends Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (aka Ted) -- and what she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring . . . vintage Lisa Yee.


YOU WILL ENJOY READING THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:

-road trips
-books where the protagonist's parent/s are EVIL
-books about runaways
-adventures
-humor
-love stories
-film
-Hollywood
-Audrey Hepburn
-cool hobos, ehem I men street persons :) I like hobos better though because it sounds cooler and I totally want to be one when I grow up hehe
-a protagonist who dies her hair with KOOL-AID heck yea!!!
-books about a son/daughter looking for her dad
-this awesome line from the book "you look beautiful when you're angry" -said to an angry lady flicking someone off hehe I just LOVE that line and you will too :D
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Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson

Rating: 3.5/5
Age R: 12+ (some death is involved though so yeah...)
Thoughts:
This sequel to Kiss Me, Kill Me, was an okay read. It started out pretty slowly then towards the middle it picked up and I just had to finish it in order to find out what was going to happen next.
Scarlett tries to find out who is responsible for Dan's death. The culprit actually surprises me believe it or not, I probably would have seen this coming if I wasn't so busy not thinking and just reading so I could find out for myself haha With the help of her buddy Taylor they go all P.I and try to solve this "case." I thought the motive was pretty darn crazy but then again, you'd have to be crazy to kill a person. It's quite sad though :(
If you want something to entertain you read this, but don't expect to be wowed a whole lot. Thankfully there's another book to this series and hopefully the story will get better and we'll find out more about what happens with Scarlett and the adowable Jase. Man that dude's dad is insane! I really really want to know why he's that way. For a while I thought "oh man! maybe that dad's all pissed off b/c Scarlett and Jase are brother and sister!" but that is crazy. So yeah I don't think so but I really want to know what's up with that guy, I hope I found out in the third book and I also hope to find out what will happen with that crazy new student. drama drama drama!!

Synopsis

After discovering that someone saw what looked like Dan’s emergency EpiPen in A-lister Plum’s designer handbag, Scarlett and her tough American sidekick, Taylor, sneak into a posh London nightclub, where Plum has a private table. Scarlett is stunned to discover a piece of evidence that might implicate another girl in Plum’s exclusive circle, Lucy Raleigh. Which means Scarlett must cast a wider net in order to catch the right suspect.

Back at school, groundskeeper Jase is hoping to take Scarlett’s mind off her troubles with some heart-stopping kisses. Scarlett can’t help but feel guilty for indulging in romantic rendezvous when she should be hunting down Dan’s killer. However, once Scarlett finds out how Lucy is connected to Dan, she knows she must drop everything and travel to the McAndrew estate in Scotland to hunt for more clues. But when she arrives, Scarlett becomes the target of a dangerous hunt herself.


YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE:


-drama
-Kiss Me, Kill Me
-Lauren Henderson
-a gymnastic girl protagonist (I think that's pretty cool)
-London
-Scotland (I can practically hear the scottish characters talking with their awesome accents in my head hehe)
-mysteries
-murder
-WAKE and FADE by Lisa McMann (since they are both mystery books....)
-Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Farie Stolarz
-I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You (this book is pretty neat)
-Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
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Hilarious!

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In My Mailbox

Books in my mailbox this past week. For more in my mailboxes go to the story siren.


Books I borrowed:


Synopsis
Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....



Been having this book on my tbr list for I don't know how many years, and now I'm finally going to read it. Already started and I LOVE it so far!






Synopsis
When Joe meets Candy, it seems like a regular boy-meets-girl scenario. They chat over coffee, she gives him her number, and he writes her a song. But then Joe is drawn into Candy's world --- a world of drugs, violence, and desperation. As the dark truth about Candy's life emerges, Joe finds himself facing real danger at every twist and turn. Soon Joe's conflicting emotions begin to mirror Candy's, and he understands that falling in love just might be worth the struggle. This intoxicating tale of heartache, danger, and hope will enthrall teen readers.







Synopsis
“I sat on a bench near a willow tree and watched a pair of kites soaring in the sky. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought, ‘There is a way to be good again.’”Now in paperback, one of the year’s international literary sensations -- a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set in war-torn Afghanistan.Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras.This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend’s torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother.Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways inwhich we’re damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.



Synopsis
Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian." Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.
While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.
With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny -- and ultimately transforming -- even as it explores the pain of growing up.


In the mail:

Synopsis
When Truly Plaice's mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how recordbreakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother's death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of femine perfection. When he, too, relinquished his increasingly tenuous grip on life, Truly and Serena Jane are separated--Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town on the farm of the town sadsack, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers.Serena Jane's beauty proves to be her greatest blessing and her biggest curse, for it makes her the obsession of classmate Bob Bob Morgan, the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans who have been doctors in Aberdeen for generations. Though they have long been the pillars of the community, the earliest Robert Morgan married the town witch, Tabitha Dyerson, and the location of her fabled shadow book--containing mysterious secrets for healing and darker powers--has been the subject of town gossip ever since. Bob Bob Morgan, one of Truly's biggest tormentors, does the unthinkable to claim the prize of Serena Jane, and changes the destiny of all Aberdeen from there on. When Serena Jane flees town and a loveless marriage to Bob Bob, it is Truly who must become the woman of a house that she did not choose and mother to her eight-year-old nephew Bobbie. Truly's brother-in-law is relentless and brutal; he criticizes her physique and the limitations of her healthas a result, and degrades her more than any one human could bear. It is only when Truly finds her calling--the ability to heal illness with herbs and naturopathic techniques--hidden within the folds of Robert Morgan's family quilt, that she begins to regain control over her life and herself. Unearthed family secrets, however, will lead to the kind of betrayal that eventually break the Morgan family apart forever, but Truly's reckoning with her own demons allows for both an uprooting of Aberdeen County, and the possibility of love in unexpected places.


Synopsis
After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can't wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she's ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly's worst nightmare. "Mac" not only swoops in and steals Carly's privacy, she's also dating Brett Loyola--Carly's biggest crush!But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who's behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other's hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?


Synopsis
Once, the Blood Orphans had it all: a million-dollar recording contract from Warner Brothers, killer hooks, and cheekbones that could cut glass. Four pretty boys from Los Angeles, they were supposed to be the next big thing, future kings of rock and roll. But something happened on the way to glory, and now, two years later, along with their coke-fueled, mohawked female manager, they have washed up in Amsterdam for the final show of their doomed and dismal European tour. The singer has become a born-again Buddhist who preaches from the stage, the bass player's raging eczema has turned his hands into a pulpy mess, the drummer is a sex-fiend tormented by the misdeeds of his porn-king father, and the guitar player--the only talented one--is thoroughly cowed by the constant abuse of his bandmates. As they stumble through their final day together, the Blood Orphans find themselves on a comic tour of frustration, danger, excitement, and just possibly, redemption.

Synopsis
Jessica Luna is your typical 26 year old: she has man trouble, mom trouble, and not a clue what to do with her life (though everyone else in her family seems to have plenty of suggestions!) After a lifetime of being babied by her family, Jess is incapable of trusting herself to make the right choices. So instead, she bases all of her life decisions on signs. She looks to everything for guidance, from the direction her rearview-mirror-Virgin-de-Guadalupe sways to whatever Madame Hortensia, her psychic, sees in the cards. When her sort-of boyfriend Guillermo, a gifted unmotivated artist, disappoints her again, Jessica thinks it's time to call it quits. Just to be sure, she checks in with Madame Hortensia who confirms that yes, it is time for a change. (Who knew $20 could buy so much security!) Right on cue, Jess meets Jonathan; he's the complete opposite of Guillermo--of all Jess's boyfriends, in fact. He's successful, has a stable job....and is white. Jess isn't sure if Jonathan is really the change Madame Hortensia saw. Sure he gives great career advice, but is he advising her on a career she actually wants? And yes he's all about commitment, but is it Jess or her mother who really wants marriage? Jess runs back to Madame Hortensia for advice, but even she is out of answers. Now there's only one thing that's certain: no one--not her mother, her sister, her boyfriend or her psychic--can tell her what to do. For better or for worse, Jess will have to take the plunge and make her own decisions if she wants to have any future at all.


Can't wait to read them all!! :D






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BOOK WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alrighty I had quite a lot of entries, which was pretty crazy, but unfortunately I could only have five winners, so sorry to everyone else. :( Just go buy the book trust me you'll LOVE it!!!

I chose the winners the old fashioned and FUN way. By writing everyone's name down on a sheet of paper( if you followed you got an extra two entries plus commenting, if you just commented one entry, if you posted about this you got a total of four entries, if you posted, commented and follow you got six entries so I wrote your name however many times you "entered") cuting your name, folding the pieces, putting them in a box, shaking the box many many times, then picking out five names. :D I hope that makes sense haha not like you're gonna read this anyway..

The five winners of James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet's Sundays at Tiffany's awesome book are:

noreen
the not so closet geeks
jacklyn
paula h
amber s

I will be emailing you all for your addresses, if you see this first, you are welcome to email me :D

CONGRATULATIONS!

To everyone else, I'm sorry you guys didn't win this time, come back another time to try your luck again. :D

Thank you all for coming to my blog even though a lot of you will not be coming back :( free loaders hehe kidding we all know we love free stuff. :D
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Books Released This Week


























There are of course many, many other books being released this week, but here are a few that look and sound awesome.
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