Sunday, February 28, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren.

This week is my last In My Mailbox for a month, you'll find out why tomorrow. Anyway, this week I got one book and it was from the library and it is:

Killer by Sara Shepard

In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie— and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing— from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

I also got a couple of secret items which will be revealed tomorrow too. 

And that was my week in the way of books.  Can't wait to see what everyone else got!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Shiver

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: Scholastic Press, 2009

Pages: 392

Snippet: "As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air."

Summary: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again. 
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Review: I've never really been a fan of werewolves or romance novels but Shiver was a good choice in book for me to read.  Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing author, she weaved so much magic into the book Shiver by her descriptions alone.

I liked the relationship between Sam and Grace.  It wasn't a clingy, needy relationship. They cared about each other equally and they just make the most amazing couple ever. They were so comfortable with each other and it was actually believable.

The story line was really good. It was enough to keep me reading on in interest.  Not just because I feel obligated to finish the book.

I think my favourite characters were Sam and Grace. Maybe more Sam but the good thing is I have found a book where I love the main characters and not the little obscure characters.

Overall, Shiver is an amazing read and the werewolf angle is not overdone, there's just the right mix of romance and werewolves that makes the book work. I love the descriptions in the book too.  If you haven't read Shiver yet, you definitely should because it's fantastic.  I cannot wait for Linger.

Source: Library

Friday, February 26, 2010

Reading on Film

Reading Film is an occasional thing I do where I post up little reviews about movies that are based on books I have read. Here is a list of all the Reading on Film posts I have done so you can check them out if you wish.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Book-Related Quiz

I love doing little quizzes things and so when I saw this at Catherine of On The Nightstand's blog I just had to do it too.

  1. What author do you own the most books by?
    Scott Westerfeld
  2. What book do you own the most copies of?
    The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket and Fire by Kristin Cashore
  3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
    No, I didn't even notice.
  4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
    Po from Graceling and Lief from the Deltora Quest
  5. What book have you read the most times in your life?
    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (I think I've read it about four or five times)
  6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
    Goosebumps books by R.L Stine
  7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
    Liar by Justine Larbalestier (It just disappointed me)
  8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
    Either Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder or Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for ‘Literature?
    I have no idea.
  11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
    Either Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Alanna : The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce or Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (I know there's already a movie but yeah)
  12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
    Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
    When I was reading The Da Vinci Code I had a dream that Kurt Russell was Robert Langdon and he picked me up in a sports car, drove me to the airport where I was stuck on a plane with him, Teabing and Teabing's Wife (nonexistent character) and then the plane crashed and I was the only survivor so I had to continue on to solve the clues.
  14. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
    Either Private by Kate Brian or Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
    It took me about five tries to be able to read Artemis Fowl, there was something about it that just made it really hard to read.
  16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
    Well I've only ever seen King Lear.
  17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
    No special preferences.
  18. Roth or Updike?
    No idea.
  19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
    No idea.
  20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
    i've only ever read Shakespeare so yeah.
  21. Austen or Eliot?
    Haven't read anything by either.
  22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
    Hmmm well I tend to avoid reading books set between the 1600's to about the 1990's. But I have been trying to read more books in that timeline.
  23. What is your favorite novel?
    Alanna : The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce or Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  24. Play?
    Either Macbeth or King Lear both by Shakespeare
  25. Poem?
    Possibly Love Among The Roses by Lewis Carroll
  26. Essay?
    No idea.
  27. Short story?
    I really liked The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield.
  28. Work of nonfiction?
    Hmmm probably It Came From Ohio! My Life As A Writer by R.L Stine
  29. Who is your favorite writer?
    I have a few but in the end I would say Scott Westerfeld, Tamora Pierce and Emily Rodda.
  30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
    Stephen King
  31. What is your desert island book?
    Either Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones or Holes by Louis Sachar
  32. And… what are you reading right now?
    Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Title: Bleeding Violet

Author: Dia Reeves

Published: New York : Simon Pulse, 2010

Pages: 454

Snippet: "I stood at the window, watching the rain try to drown the world."

Summary: A mentally ill sixteen-year-old girl reunites with her estranged  mother in an East Texas town that is haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine.

Review: Bleeding Violet is an interesting book.  If anybody asked me what it was about I would have a hard time describing it. Thank goodness for library summaries.  Anyway, I read a few reviews of Bleeding Violet and most of them described it as weird.  I agree with this statement because Bleeding Violet is weird in the sense that it is quite different to anything else I've ever read.

I thought Hanna was quite an unusual character.  While I know she was a manic-depressive I thought her personality was really forward and hugely outgoing which is pretty much the opposite of myself and so I found her hard to relate to. But she was an interesting character nonetheless.

I thought the story line was quite interesting.  The town was an interesting place.  So many different monsters waiting in the most innocent of places.  Like milk.

I found my interest in the story to be up and down.  There were some really slow parts and it was hard to get into the story then, but then there were some really really interesting parts.

The ending was a bit disappointing.  My one question is, is this a stand-alone novel or will there be a sequel? There were so many unanswered questions.

Overall, Bleeding Violet was pretty interesting.  There were some really interesting parts.  I just wish it explained a bit more.

Source: Library

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beast by Ally Kennen

Title: Beast

Author: Ally Kennen

Published: Marion Lloyd Books, 2006

Pages: 247

Snippet: "I don't want to be here stuck between my gross old dad and a killer reptile."

Summary: Stephen hasn't had it easy. He's now in foster care because his mom is crazy and his dad is an ex-con vagabond. He's always in trouble or on his way to trouble. But none of these problems compare to the problem of The Beast -- a fierce crocodile that Stephen's been taking care of for years. The Beast is Stephen's biggest secret -- and also his biggest challenge. And that's when it's in a cage. When the Beast escapes, the stakes get even higher.

Review: Beast was quite an interesting book.  It wasn't really what I expected.  I kind of thought the beast was going to be metaphorical or something by the way one of the descriptions I read put it.  But it wasn't and it made the story a bit more interesting.

I think I either missed something or it left that part hanging open but there was a huge gap of a missing explanation for me.  Maybe it was speculative.

I felt sorry for Stephen, it was sad to see him get blamed for absolutely everything. It was always good to see when people found out the truth too.

I think the ending was quite good.  There were some openings and some closure.

I don't really have much to say about Beast.  It was quite interesting and entertaining.  I also look forward to reading more books by Ally Kennen.

Source: Library

Monday, February 22, 2010

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

Title: Unbelievable

Author: Sara Shepard

Published: New York : HarperTeen, 2008

Pages: 335

Series: Book 4, Pretty Little Liars

Snippet: "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the naughtiest of them all?"

Summary: Four girls living in a wealthy suburb discover the identity of a stalker who has been sending them shocking text messages, and uncover the mystery of who killed their childhood friend.

Review: Wow, wow and another wow for effect.  Unbelievable is quite literally unbelievable.  Meaning it is unbelievably good!

So much suspense too.  I had to get up really early the next morning and I stayed up really late to finish this book because the suspense was crazy and I just had to know what was going to happen.

Throughout Unbelievable I had an inkling of who A was and yes I was right but before that I was quite stumped.  I have my suspicions about who Ali's killer is though.  And I don't want to give too much away about anything so I'm just going to say that the end of this book did open up a new set of questions for me.

I thought it was sad watching all four girls go from having really happy lives into sad, depressing ones because people do things that other people won't like or could hurt other people but at the end of the day some of the things A pointed out about the girl's just didn't seem all that bad.  It was sad to see how A was so into getting revenge they couldn't see that they were becoming worse than the girl's.

Overall, I loved Unbelievable and cannot wait for the next book, Wicked, which is out now.  I think this series would be best read when you have access to a lot of the books at once because they are really addictive.

Source: Library

Sunday, February 21, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren.

This week was quite a good week for me in the way of books because I got two very awesome books and I didn't go crazy at the library or anything.

The books I bought this week were:
Firespell by Chloe Neill

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…
When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. 

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. 
Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. 

And that was my week in the way of books.  Can't wait to see what everyone else got.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Title: The Dangerous Days Of Daniel X

Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Published: London : DoubleDay Children's, 2008

Pages: 290

Series: Book 1, Daniel X

Snippet: "Keep this in mind: there are no coincidences." 

Summary: The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells--the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power.
Daniel's secret abilities -- like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses -- have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond what anyone's imagining.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before of his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.
Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission--and to take vengeance in the process.

Review: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X was an interesting story but I didn't think it was overly great.

The concept of aliens and other planets is really cool.  That part of the book is really entertaining.  I'm a huge fan of science fiction and it was a pretty awesome and entertaining story line.

Unfortunately, I didn't like the character, Daniel.  He seemed a little strange, and I know he was 'different' but there was just something about him that didn't sit right.

I found the chapters to be ridiculously short and they kind of ended at unexpected points.

Overall, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X was entertaining and made a fun, light read.  It was interesting so if you have any spare time and you like aliens and science fiction then this book would be good for you.

Source: Library

Friday, February 19, 2010


Today I thought I would take the time to show off my bookshelves. I don't know about anyone else but I love seeing what books people keep on their bookshelves and well here are my shelves.

Firstly, I took a picture of the shelves all together. They're three little shelves side by side. The one on the left is a different colour because my sister broke the top so it's been turned upside down. Also, these are only some of my books. I have some stashed in a closet and a few elsewhere.

Mostly home to my Stephenie Meyer books (yep I own them all, I actually didn't originally plan to get The Host but I got it for my birthday one year), and a few Anthony Horowitz books ( I love the Alex Rider and Horowitz Horror books).

The rest of my Anthony Horowitz books, some of my Series of Unfortunate Events (I have three more) and one of the books in the Georgia Nicolson series.

All of my Scott Westerfeld books. A couple of Deadtime Story books and an ARC of Fire as well as a finished copy of it.

A lot of random books. Most of these I haven't read. I've read The Honey Bunch, Pocket Science and the Cairo Jim book.

A few more random books. Some I've read, some I haven't.

My Harry Potter books. And the Deadly series by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman. Both are very good series in my opinion.

Another collection of random books. My most prized ones being The Hobbit which is a version with very pretty pictures and my Sophie's World book which introduced me to philosophy which is very interesting.

Another bunch of books, most of which I have read. Except for all of the stuff in Shakespeare, I have yet to read everything by William Shakespeare, of which I am a huge fan.

And that is my bookshelves. I hope you were entertained. Oh and in case anyone noticed I didn't take a picture up close of the bottom middle shelf because it's just a lot of Goosebumps books.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Perfect by Sara Shepard

Title: Perfect

Author: Sara Shepard

Published: New York : HarperTeen, 2007

Pages: 298

Series: Book 3, Pretty Little Liars

Snippet: "Suddenly, she knew exactly who A was."

Summary: After their missing friend's body is found and another of their friends commits suicide, four former best friends live in fear of their secrets being exposed by someone who is stalking them via their cellphones.

Review: After reading the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series I was interested.  After reading the second book in the series I was addicted.  I think that now I've read the third book, Perfect, I am obsessed.  I simply cannot get enough of this series and I want to read more and more.

I'm glad I started this series later than earlier. I find myself having to read the next book straight after I finish the one I've just read.

Perfect is amazing.  I wouldn't go so far as to say it was perfect but I would say it was getting pretty close to it. I am truly blown away.

Some of the people I wanted to shake some sense into, others I feel so sad and so sorry for.  Like why can't A just let these girls live their lives! A is truly annoying me.  I want to know who you are A!!!

Oh and I really like Lucas, he seems so cool.  He'd definitely be someone I'd like to hang out with.  I hate how he was treated at one part because I had a feeling what was coming next would come.

The ending was such a cliffhanger that I really want to know more.  I hope that what happened isn't the end of things.  If you've read it you'll know what I'm talking about.  If you haven't, I refuse to spoil it for you.

Well, there is only one thing I can do now that Perfect is over and I'm at the end of this review; and that is to pick up Unbelievable.

Source: Library