Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (12)

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink, publication date August 1, 2010.
While Altus holds the answer to the location of the lost pages and one of the final pieces of the prophecy's puzzle, there are those who will not want us to reach its safe haven.

The Souls will not let us pass unchallenged.
And neither will my sister.
In this highly-anticipated sequel to Prophecy of the Sisters, sixteen year-old orphan Lia Milthorpe continues her quest to end an age-old prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. Having now accepted the responsibilities tied to her role as the Gate, Lia journeys to the uncharted isle of Altus to continue her search for the missing pages of the Book of Chaos--the pages that could tell her how to end the prophecy. Along the way, her courage, strength, and soul are tested in ways she never could have imagined. What's also tested is her loyalty to James.

Why: I really want, no I need Guardian of the Gate because Prophecy of the Sisters was one of the best debut author books that I have ever read. And I cannot wait to find out what's going to happen next for Lia and Alice.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Right now I am currently reading The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr (I just started reading his books and I am completely hooked ).

 For the first time the claimant hesitated.
"I am not going to bring back old tragedies by saying anything more about that part of it," he said, opening and shutting his hands. "I will say only this, for which God forgive me, even as a boy: I rather enjoyed it. I was not in the least frightened. page 367

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Book Trailer: Guardian of the Gate

I know y'all have most likely already swwn this trailer, but I so loved Prophecy of the Sisters and cannot wait for Guardian of the Gate that I had to post the trailer for it. Hope you guys enjoy it.




Saturday, June 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (49)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Author: My Sword Hand Is Singing
Title: Marcus Sedgwick
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: “WHEN TOMAS AND HIS SON, Peter, settle in Chust as woodcutters, Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut, so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long, battered box, whose mysterious contents he is forbidden to know.”

Author: R.L. Stine
Title: The First Scream
Series: Fear Street- Fear Park (book 1)
Publication Date: 1996
Synopsis: “When her businessman father decides to open up a new amusement park despite the curse of the Fear family, Dierdre Bradley is caught in a seemingly endless nightmare ride.”

Author: Joan Bauer
Title: Thwonk
Publication Date: 1996
Synopsis: “Imagine having a personal cupid—an actual winged being—pop into your life and offer to make your dreams come true. The catch is he can help you in only one way: artistically, academically, or romantically. That's what happens to aspiring photographer Allison Jean (A. J.) McCreary. A. J. knows she should concentrate on getting into a top-notch art school. But she's spent five torturous months obsessed with handsome hunk, Peter Terris. Just one shot from the cupid's bow and thownk, A. J. will have the undying devotion of handsome Peter...forever.”

Author: Richard Yancey
Title: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
Series: Alfred Kropp (book 1)
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: “Alfred Kropp is the last person you’d think could save the world. But when this oversized underachiever gets roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme, his life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Little does Alfred know he has been tricked into stealing Excalibur–the legendary sword of King Arthur–and the most powerful weapon ever wielded by man. With an ancient order of knights in hot cars, thugs on motorcycles, and a mysterious international organization following his every lumbering step, Alfred undertakes a modern-day quest to unravel a thousand-year-old mystery and return the sword to its rightful place.”

Author: John Dickson Carr
Title: Four Complete Dr. Fell Mysteries; To Wake the Dead, The Blind Barber, The Crooked Hinge, and The Case of the Constant Suicides
Series: Dr. Fell Mystery
Publication Date: 1938; 1934; 1938; 1941
Synopsis: "To Wake the Dead: South African drunkenly bets a friend that he can travel from Capetown to London, on his own by Feb 1, without any money and without any aid except for his own wits. Murder ensues, as does the gargantuan Fell.


The Blind Barber: A shipboard mystery/comedy concerning the murder of a woman, whose body subsequently disappears, the loss of a valuable emerald, and recurrent assault and battery on the ship's captain by various blundering would-be detectives. This is the most blatantly farcical of all his books, with a lot of drunken shenanigans and a truly ditzy heroine. Fell does his detection from his arm chair, after the fact (smart man!).


The Crooked Hinge: John wasn't the heir, but the black sheep of the family when he was packed off to Colorado via the spanking, new ocean liner, 'Titanic.' He was thought to have died when his ship sank on her maiden voyage, but after his older brother dies without issue, not one but two John Farnleighs show up within a year of each other to claim the family estate and title.

The Case of the Constant Suicides: in which Dr. Fell lays a Scottish ghost and investigates the mysterious death of old Angus Campbell. Was it was accident, suicide, or murder?"

Author: Joan Bauer
Title: Rules of the Road
Publication Date: 1998
Synopsis: "Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago. Standing a gawky 5'11'' at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd - for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn’t stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone's Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother's company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire. Now Jenna Boller shoe salesperson is about to become a shoe-store spy as she joins her crusty old employer for an eye-opening adventure that will teach them both the rules of the road - and the rules of life."

Author: Claudia Gray
Title: Stargazer
Series: Evernight (book 2)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "The vampire in me was closer to the surface . . .
Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them. But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.
Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies. Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning. . . ."

 As you can probably tell I went a bit overboard this week when I went to the library, but I can tell you that My Sword Hand is Singing, The First Scream, Thwonk, and the first two books by John Dickson Carr were fantastic since I have finished them already. And that The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp is so far an excellent read.
As of this moment I'm just biding my time till I can start reading Rules of the Road (one of my all time favorite reads) and Stargazer (Evernight was pretty good, so I hope that I'm not disappointed by the sequel).
Hope y'all had just as good a week in books as I did.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (11)

 

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Publication Date 2010.
In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .

Why: The first thing that drew me to this book when I was at B&N was the cover (which is awesome) and the title (so simple, yet eye catching). And then I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (1)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

my current read is The First Scream by R.L. Stine (book 1 in the Fear Park series)
"Dierdre stared at the horrifying scene, at the blood-soaked ground, at the bodies strewn all over the clearing.

So real she thought, still hugging herself."  (page 137)


Monday, June 21, 2010

Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Title: Hex Hall
Series: Hex Hall (book 1)
Publication Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 323
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Synopsis: “Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.”

Six months into the 2010 Debut Author Challenge and I have finally read my first tenner book. *yay for me*
As a debut book I thought Hex Hall was written really well with an interesting plot, except that the story was highly predictable at points.
For example: by the time that Sophie had met her new classmates (and the ghost) I already knew how things were going to go and what each characters motives for doing the things that they would do would be (I blame all the mystery books I have read).
Character wise, I really liked reading about Sophie and her attempt to blend in with her sittings. I especially enjoyed reading the tidbits on why her and her mother had to keep moving, because she would try to help some one with her newly acquired powers, I thought they gave her a more rounded appearance.
My favorite part of Hex Hall would have to be when Sophie tries to help a classmate (before she’s sentenced to Hecate Hall) by performing a love spell that goes awry. It was one of the funniest things to happen in the book and was also a great way to introduce the MC to the readers.
My least favorite part of the book would have to be the way the way that Sophie’s powers where shown. It just came across as kind of silly.
If you take away the predictability factor 2, Hex Hall was a truly good and solid read. I would definitely say that Hex Hall is a must read for all fans of YA.

Hex Hall earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
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1. Hex Hall was borrowed from the library.
2. Which is only on my part. Simply because when I take a break from reading my mind is spinning out scenarios for what’s going to happen next and usually I’m right.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (48)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.
Thrift Store Books:
Author: Edward Bloor
Title: Crusader
Publication Date: 1999
Synopsis: “Roberta Ritter looks plain and shy, but her life isn’t as boring as people think. There’s a dark and deadly secret in her past: her mother was murdered years ago, and the identity of the killer is still unknown.
  Roberta spends her afternoons working in a failing arcade in a failing mall, where the only action comes from a violent game called Crusader. When a burst of hate crimes suddenly explodes at the mall, Roberta resolves to find out not only the cause of the crimes, but also the truth behind her mother’s death.
   In a world where nothing is what it first appears to be, Roberta will have to be her own hero… and unravel the mystery of her own past.” 

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: Passenger to Frankfurt
Publication Date: 1970
Synopsis: It was an unusual predicament for Sir Stafford Nye-to awaken in a stupor after being drugged, only to find his passport stolen. There was also no trace of the fascinating woman he encountered in Frankfurt who begged him to help save her life. But Sir Stafford's troubles are only just beginning. The target of two murder attempts, he now seeks the help of the stranger who so urgently sought his. If he can locate her. What he finds is a woman of numerous identities and twice as many secrets, who ushers him into the shadows of an international conspiracy that could well prove to be the death of them.”

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: Spider’s Web
Publication Date: 2000
Synopsis: “Opened December 13, 1954 at the Savoy Theatre, London. This lighthearted comedy-thriller was written expressly for then-popular British actress Margaret Lockwood. Lockwood played the role of a diplomat's wife who finds she has to dispose of an unexpected corpse in the library before her husband brings an important foreign politician home to dinner.

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: And Then There Were None
Publication Date: 1939
Synopsis: “Agatha Christie's most famous and acclaimed novel! Ten strangers are gathered together on an isolated island by a mysterious host. They share the darkest secrets of their pasts, and then, one by one, they die.

Books-A-Million:
Author: Robin McKinley
Title: Chalice
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: “Beekeeper Marisol has been chosen as the new Chalice, destined to stand beside the Master and mix the ceremonial brews that hold the Willowlands together. But the relationship between Chalice and Master has always been tumultuous, and the new Master is unlike any before him.

Author: Cate Tiernan
Title: A Feather of Stone
Series: Balefire (book 3)
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: “After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible -- an identical twin, Clio. Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into. Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.


I had luckiest day last Tuesday, so the previous week I had been telling my Mom about this book I had read a few years ago that I couldn’t find any where. And then we stopped off at the thrift store to donate a couple of items and to browse their latest book arrivals, and there sitting among the meager collection of YA books was Crusader by Edward Bloor just calling my name. Needless to say, I bought it along with three hardback Agatha Christie books two of which I have never read (Passenger to Frankfurt and Spider’s Web) and one that I had in an old paperback (And Then There Were None), so all in all a great day for me in book finding, plus the hardbacks are in great condition. I also made a run to Books-a-Million (for the first time too) and I found to great books, Chalice by Robin McKinley (love her  books) and A feather of Stone by Cate Tiernan (which I've been looking for for ages. Now I just need to find the second and fourth book in this series).
I hope y’all had an awesome book week too.

Orchid

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (10)

White Cat by Holly Black, 2010, The Curse wokers (book 1)
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail—he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Why? I want White Cat because the synopsis and the cover of the book have already peaked my interst. Plus it sounds like a fantastic read. :)

Orchid

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Diary Queen

Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Title: Dairy Queen
Series: Dairy Queen (book 1)
Publication Date: 2006
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: YA/Family and Relationships
Synopsis: “When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right. When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.
When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say."

Last year I had seen Dairy Queen floating around the blogosphere, but I never bothered to read the synopsis (I know, weird, but true), and then a couple of months ago I saw it my library (still didn’t bother reading the synopsis) and decided to check it out. Although I was shocked (in a good way that is) at what Dairy Queen was actually about I absolutely fell in love with the book and reading about DJ’s struggle to join her high school football team.
Of all the characters that I have read about, DJ has turned into one of my all time favorites. I really enjoyed reading about a character who wanted to do something out of the norm, and who was willing to go through the riggers of training to accomplish it.
My favorite part of the book would have to be the bog rivalry scrimmage between the two teams; I found that part of the book to be the hardest part to be pulled away from without being able to finish it right away.
The only thing I really didn’t like about Dairy Queen would have to be Brian. I just couldn’t stand him or his family or his team, although his coach was a decent person.
I am definitely looking forward to reading more about DJ, and trying more of Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s book.

Dairy Queen earns 5 out 5 pineapples.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (47)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.
Library:
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Title: Driver’s Ed
Publication Date: 1994
Synopsis: “driver’s Ed was like so many things in school. If the parents only knew…
Remy Marland crossed her fingers and prayed to the God of Driver’s education that she would get to drive today. Remy loved to drive. She didn’t know where she was going, but one thing was for sure. She was going to get there fast.

Morgan Campbell had been standing on the threshold of turning sixteen and getting his driver’s license ever since he could remember. Deep in the first crush of his life, thinking of nothing but girls, Morgan forgot what driving was all about.

Driver’s Ed… the only life and death course in school.  

Author: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Title: Barry Lyga
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "For most of his life, Donnie's followed his mother's advice, given when he was first picked on by bullies in grade school: ignore them. He lives mostly under the radar, both at school and at home, sailing through classes and working on his graphic novel, Schemata. His life sucks, but at least he knows what to expect. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl relates what happens when someone notices him — really notices him — for the first time.
Mysterious goth girl Kyra, dressed in black and with an attitude just as dark, forces her way into his life, renaming him Fanboy. A loner in her own right, Kyra challenges Fanboy's perceptions of his possibilities. When Fanboy's longtime friend Cal starts hanging out with the jocks that have always made Fanboy's life a living hell, Kyra steps in to fill the void. She convinces him that greatness lies within reach, if only he can convince comic book guru Bendis to take a look at his graphic novel . . ."

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Title: Hex Hall
Series: Hex Hall (book 1)
Publication Date: 2010  
Synopsis: "Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect."

I know I say this just about every week, but I’m really excited about this week’s books. Plus I have my first 2010 debut author book up for reading this week (Hex Hall- Rachel Hawkins) and I totally cannot wait to read.
This week I also have one re-read, Caroline B. Cooney’s Driver’s Ed, another awesome book that has stuck with me since I first read it. I have also decided to give Barry Lyga’s The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl a shot.
Well that’s all for me this week in books. Hope y’all have an awesome book week and I cannot wait to see what everyone got this week.

Orchid
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All books were borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (9)

Feed by Mira Grant, 2010, Newsflesh Trilogy (book 1)
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

NOW, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

Why? I saw feed last week when I was at the B&N and I thought that it sounded like a fascinating read. Although I'm not sure if it's about zombies or vampires, but it sounds like a really good read. :)

Orchid

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Demon's Lexicon

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: The Demon’s Lexicon
Series: Demon’s Lexicon (book 1)
Publication Date: 2009
Number of Pages:
Genre: YA/Supernatural/Horror
Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always on the run from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. Alan is Nick's partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts. So things get very scary when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their past is a complete lie."
After sitting on my shelf for a little over four months (I got it for Christmas) I have finally gotten around to reading (it in March) The Demon’s Lexicon, and it has turned into one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
The two brothers (Nick and Alan) reminded me of Sam and Dean from the first two seasons of Supernatural, the over protective older brother, and the younger brother who has a dark secret. As you can probably guess, one of my favorite things about The Demon’s Lexicon was the relationship between the brothers.
I liked Mae and Jamie, I thought they brought a whole new dimension to the book and I enjoyed how it complicated matters, plus they kind of threw a wrench in Nick and Alan’s already twisted life.
My favorite part of The Demon’s Lexicon would have to be near the end of the book when the mom finally does something useful. I thought her role in the end of the book was an interesting twist.
My least favorite thing about the book would have to be the (US) hardback cover. I just don’t like the cover, not in the least bit, but the book more then makes up for it.
The Demon’s Lexicon was an excellently dark read, with plenty of action, and a completely addictive plotline that kept me reading long after I should have called it a night. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you give it a shot.

The Demon’s Lexicon earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In My Mailbox (46)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Bought:
Author: Alex Archer
Title: Seeker's Curse
Series: Rogue Angel (book 19)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Enlisted by the Japan Buddhist Federation to catalog a number of ancient shrines dotted across Nepal, archaeologist Annja Creed is honored to help. Political violence has prompted the Federation to protect holy sites from desecration and vandalism, and Annja is their last hope to properly conserve these sites.

Where there's vandalism, there's plundering, and local police soon become suspicious of Annja's presence. But she is more concerned about the antiques smugglers and Maoist guerrillas trying to kill her. When she must trek high up in the Himalayas to protect a sacred golden Buddha statue from falling into the hands of her pursuers, she's told that the place is cursed—and guarded by demons. And Annja has no choice but to face her demons…."

Library:
Author: Natalie Standiford 
Title: How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?"


Author: Benedict Carey

Title: The Unknowns A Mystery
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "In a trailer park called Adjacent, next to the Folsom Energy Plant, people have started to vanish, and no one seems to care. At first Lady Di and her best friend, Tom Jones, barely notice the disappearances—until their beloved math tutor, Mrs. Clarke, is abducted, too. Mrs. Clarke has left them clues in the form of math equations that lead them all over the trailer park, through hidden tunnels under “Mount Trashmore,” and into the Folsom Energy Plant itself, where Lady Di and Tom Jones and a gang of other misfits uncover the sordid truth about what’s really happening there."


Author: Rhys Bowen
Title: Her Royal Spyness
Series: Lady Georgiana (book 1)
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She's bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she'll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH—oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name."







This week I have picked up a bunch of books that I have never read before and am truly excited to read. But the book I'm really excited about getting is Seeker's Curse, which is the 19th book in the Rogue Angel series. I  picked How to Say Goodbye in Robot and The Unknowns simply because they sounded like interesting reads. I just hope they're as good as they sound.
Sorry about the lack of posts this past week, I've been super busy brainstorming on my pet project.... *gasp* I've decided to try my hand at writing a book. Wish me luck, because I'm going to need all the luck I can get to get it started. :)
Hope y'all have a great week.

Orchid 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature

Author: Robin Brande
Title: Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature
Publication Date: 2007
Number of Pages: 268
Genre: YA/Fiction
Synopsis: “Your best friend hates you. The guy you liked hates you. Your entire group of friends hates you. All because you did the right thing. Welcome to life for Mena, whose year is starting off in the worst way possible. She's been kicked out of her church group and no one will talk to her—not even her own parents. No one except for Casey, her supersmart lab partner in science class, who's pretty funny for the most brilliant guy on earth.”

I was quite disappointed with Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature. It lacked a character that you could like even when all you wanted to do was give them a smack upside the head for being so… well stupid.
I also found Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature to be wholly unoriginal and a completely predictable read. I guessed early on what it was that Mena had done to incur the wrath of all her friends and to be ostracized from her church group.
I found it hard to finish, but I don’t really like leaving a book unfinished (it tends to drive me crazy not knowing how something ends… even if I’m not particularly interested in it).
While Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature wasn’t up to my liking, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that you shouldn’t ever give it a shot. Who knows, you might like it.
My least favorite part of the book would have to be how Mena’s parents treated her after she tried to right the wrong of what her church group was doing to one of the other kids in their group. It just totally drove me crazy that they would put their social standing above listening to their daughter.
The only upside to the book would have to be the puppies that were part of her and her lab partners experiment; they were adorable. Oh, and her lab buddy Casey. He was by far my favorite character in the whole book.

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature earns 3 out of 5 pineapples for being an okay, but not the best book I have ever read; just one that I won’t be re-reading any time soon.

Orchid
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1. Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature was borrowed from the library.
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