Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (23)

For the Win by Cory Doctorow, 2010.
In the virtual future, you must organize to survive

At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual “gold,” jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay.

Mala is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of “General Robotwalla.” In Shenzen, heart of China’s industrial boom, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful gold-farming team. Leonard, who calls himself Wei-Dong, lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia, a world away. All of these young people, and more, will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience, her knowledge of history, and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo.

The ruthless forces arrayed against them are willing to use any means to protect their power—including blackmail, extortion, infiltration, violence, and even murder. To survive, Big Sister’s people must out-think the system. This will lead them to devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at once—a Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest, funnest game of all.

Imbued with the same lively, subversive spirit and thrilling storytelling that made LITTLE BROTHER an international sensation, FOR THE WIN is a prophetic and inspiring call-to-arms for a new generation
Why: Because it sounds just as awesome as Little Brother was, which I completely loved, plus it sounds like an interesting story.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (14)

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!

This week I have picked Model Spy by Shannon Greenland for my teaser. Enjoy.
I had never used a cheat sheet before in my life. How ridiculous was it that I needed one for clothing?

                                       

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice, book 1) by John Flanagan, 2005; 249 pages.
He had always wanted to be a warrior. The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now fifteen year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t realize yet is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied . . . .
So I’m reading the prologue and I’m thinking, “This sounds a lot like LoTR,” but after that The Ruins of Gorlan showed itself to be an original fantasy read.
While the premise of the book isn’t exactly something new, I felt that the author, John Flanagan, did an excellent job making the story just come alive and with adding a newish perspective to the whole fantasy good Vs evil story.
I loved the relationship between Will (the MC) and his master (Holt). It was funny, yet as the book went on you came to see how much they both came to respect and depend on one another.
I thought it was interesting how the biggest role the villain of the book played was only mainly in the prologue of the book. Even though he wasn’t mentioned much in the book I found him to be an excellent baddie. 
My absolute favorite part of The Ruins of Gorlan would have to be when Will scaled the outside of the castle wall, it was awesome and made me like the MC even more then I already did. I have another favorite part of the book, but it would be a total spoiler if I told you what it was, I’ll just that it was very well written without overplaying the significance of what transpired between the two characters.
Least favorite part of the book would have to be that it was just so short. I felt that it ended just as I was beginning to grow attached to Will and the whole cast of characters.

If you haven’t read The Ruins of Gorlan yet what are you waiting for? It’s a great, fast paced read and if you’re like me and starting this series so late in the game there’re more volumes to be devoured without having to wait for them to be released.

The Ruins of Gorlan earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon, End



I'd like to thank Michelle of The True Book Addict for hosting a delightful read-a-thon. Thanks Michelle.

Thanks to two missed nights of reading due to (stupid fall) allergy attacks, I had to switch to reading mainly mangas, but I'm pleased to say that I feel like I accomplished quite a bit during the read-a-thon, plus I had a super time.

Here's what I finished reading:
The Shadow Club- Neal Shusterman

Model Spy- Shannon Greenland
The Game- Diana Wynne Jones
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 1- Bisco Hatori
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 2- Bisco Hatori
Fruits Basket, VOL 2, Natsuki Takaya
Death Note, VOL 1- Tsugumi Ohba

Now for the book(s) I started but ran out of time to finish:
The Ghost and the Goth- Stacy Kade

Saturday, September 25, 2010

In My Mailbox (59)

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 Book Sale:
Understand the Unknown (Everworld, 10)- K.A. Applegate,
The Taming of the Shrew- Shakespeare
Middlemarch- George Eliot, 1871.
The Maltese Falcon- Dashiell Hammett, 1930. (Reviewed Here)
The Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern, 1-3)- Anne McCaffrey, 1968, 1970, 1978.
The Crystal Singer (The Crystal Singer, 1)- Anne McCaffrey, 1982.
All the Weyrs of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern, 8)- Anne McCaffrey, 1991.
Owlflight (Darian’s Tale, 1)- Mercedes Lackey, 1997.
Black Trillium (Trillium, 1-3)- Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton, 1990.
Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, & Beyond the Shadows)- Brent Weeks, 2008.
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, VOL 1- Gordon Dahlquist, 2006.
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, VOL 2- Gordon Dahlquist, 2007.
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, 1)- Lian Hearn, 2002. (Reviewed Here)
The Robots of Dawn (Robots, 4)- Isaac Asimov, 1983.
Fangs 4 Freaks (Half-Blood Vampire, 2)- Serena Robar, 2006.
Mirror of Danger- Pamela Sykes, 1973.
Wild Act, VOL 2- Rie Takada, 2003.
Running Out of Time- Margaret Peterson Haddix, 1995.
Jade Green: A Ghost Story- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 1999.
Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard, 1)- James Patterson, 2009.
The House of Seven Gables- Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851.
A Study in Scarlet & The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, 1 &3)- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1888, 1902. (couldn't find the link or cover I wanted)

Last Saturday two of my friends and I went to a library sale. In the end we spent $10 on two large paper bags for a grand total of 57 books (plus two that we picked up at some store along the way for $3.25). I found quite a few books that I had either read before and loved or ones that I had been meaning to read, and some that just sounded good. Now I am just two books shy of finishing K.A. Applegate's Everworld series *yay*. I figure if I keep raiding library sales I'll eventually finish my Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, and Robin McKinley collections.

Used Bookstore:

The Blue Sword (Damar, 2)- Robin McKinley, 1982. (Reviewed Here)
Fruits Basket, VOL 2- Natsuki Takaya, 1999.
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 1- Bisco Hatori, 2005
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 2- Bisco Hatori, 2005.

I should really stop going to the Used Bookstore, but I always manage to find something I've been dying to get, like, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (which is one of my all-time favorite books). I was pleased to find some mangas that I really love (now I must plan on how to get the rest of the Ouran High School Host Club mangas that I saw there).

I'm super excited about all the books I have found in the last week and cannot wait to read each and every one of them. Hope y'all had a great book week too.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mini Challenge/Update: Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon




I usually don't participate in anything that has anything to do with banned books, but I like mini challenges so here's a list of banned books I have read.

“To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee (I read this book last year, not because it was banned but because it sounded like a great book, which it was.)
The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier (I actually had no idea it was banned, but I enjoyed reading it)
His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman (I just thought it was a fascinating fantasy read)
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling (I love the Harry Potter series)
The Giver, by Lois Lowry (just started reading this series this year and love them banned or not.)
Goosebumps (Series), by R.L. Stine (you have got be kidding, Goosebumps was banned!)
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle (are you kidding, Madeleine L'Engle's characters are some of the best I have ever read and  most of them are pretty decent kids).
Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause (still one of my favorite reads)
Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume (don't ask me what it's about, all I remember is that I read it)
Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix (Read this one about four years ago and thought it was pretty good. Not exactly his best book, but still good none the less.)


I don't read or not read a book simply because it's banned. I read based on whether or not I think it sounds like something I would enjoy.

Wish List Wednesday (22)

Hawke (Alex Hawke, 1) by Ted Bell, 2003.
While sailing in the Caribbean, young Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror as modern-day pirates brutally murder his parents. It is a tragedy that will haunt him forever, and shape his destiny....


As a direct descendant of a legendary English privateer, Lord Alexander Hawke is skilled in the ways of sea combat — and one of England's most decorated naval heroes. Now, Hawke returns to the Caribbean on a secret mission for the American government. A highly experimental stealth submarine is missing. She carries forty nuclear warheads, and is believed to be in the hands of an unstable government just ninety miles from the American mainland. In a race against time, Hawke must locate the sub before a strike can be launched against the U.S. — and, after a lifetime of nightmares, finally avenge himself upon the men who slaughtered his family....

Featuring electrifying action, international intrigue, and a hero worthy of the finest adventure fiction, Hawke heralds the exciting debut of a bold new talent.
Why: I want Hawke because it sounds like an excellent modern pirate/spyish adventure read, plus I really like the cover.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (13)

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!

The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman, 1988.
I still don't know how it all happened. We just lost control, ya know-too many bad feelings have a way of spinning togther into one killer tornado, and none of us in the Shadow Club knew how to stop it, or for that matter, where it was going. Page 1.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon


Yep, I have signed up for yet another read-a-thon, and this one comes at just the right time because I am so far behind in books that I need to read.
Interested in participating, click here to signup. Read-a-thon runs from Sept 20, 8 am- Sept 26, 8 pm.

Don't know what all I'll read for it, but I thought I'd start with:
The Shadow Club- Neal Shusterman

Updated 9/25/10

Currently Reading:
Death Note, VOL 1

Finished:
The Shadow Club- Neal Shusterman
Model Spy- Shannon Greenland
The Game- Diana Wynne Jones
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 1- Bisco Hatori
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 2- Bisco Hatori
Fruits Basket, VOL 2, Natsuki Takaya

My Lost Daughter

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sept 14, 2010.
Lily Forrester is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position where she can help those who can’t help themselves. The current case before her is the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year-old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she’s thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, is on the verge of dropping out of law school. Fearing for her daughter’s mental health and pressured by the looming trial, Lily takes Shana to a supposedly prestigious treatment facility.

Which is when things go horribly awry. The institution is far less interested in treating patients than it is in bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees…and they are less than scrupulous about patients’ rights. Lily has to use all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana. And time isn’t on her side, for there is a sociopath who is using the hospital to stay safe.
A sociopath who has decided that Shana is his best new obsession….
In the beginning of the book I was a bit confused as to the importance of the flashback to when the MC, Lily, had an affair and how it fit into the story, but as the book progressed it kind of made sense (although a few things about it could have been omitted).

The second half of My Lost Daughter was by far the best part of the book, after the prologue that is, the web the author had woven up to that point made it quite hard to put down until the very end.
Some of the best written parts of the book were after Lily had her daughter, Shana, committed to Whitehall; and how she was in danger of losing her sanity and her life, but also how she come to both loathe and enjoy her time there, so good.
If I had to pick a favorite character from this book, I would have to go with Mary, even though she was barely in the book I found her to be an interesting character.
My favorite part of the book would have to be the prologue, it was just flat-out thrilling and creepy, but just so well written that I had to read that part, like, twice. .
The biggest complaint I have about My Lost Daughter is that there was entirely too many pages that I had to skip due to questionable content that I was uncomfortable reading about. I was also quite dismayed that there was so much swearing.
Final verdict on My Lost Daughter, good book, but could have been better if it was a little more…well clean. Other than that it was very suspenseful with a satisfying end.

My Lost Daughter earns 3 ½ pineapples. I would have given it a higher score, but there were just too many pages that I had to skip.

Be sure to enter my contest, for your chance to win one of two copies of My Lost Daughter HERE.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (58)

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.

Used Bookstore:
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacy Kade, 2010.
After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?
At first I wasn't going to get The Ghost and the Goth, but then I read the synopsis and it sounded pretty funny so I got it. I'll be adding this book to my list of Tenner books to be read for the Debut Author Challenge.
Rules of the Road (Jenna Boller, 1) Joan Bauer, 1998.

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.
I love Rules of the Road so much that I just had to get it when I saw it at the used bookstore, plus it has the nice new cover.
Best Foot Forward (Jenna Boller, 2) by Joan Bauer, 2005.

In this sequel to the beloved Rules of the Road, Jenna Boller is dripping with newfound maturity after her life-altering summer on the road. She has a job she loves at Gladstone Shoes, a best friend who makes her laugh, and a dysfunctional family she's learning how to handle. Jenna feels ready for anything--until Tanner Cobb, a guy with a past, a police record, and dangerously good looks, walks into her life. Suddenly Jenna's surrounded by crises, including a shoe empire on the verge of crumbling. Tanner's street smarts seem to be what Jenna needs, but can she trust him enough when the going gets tough?

Oh my gosh! I cannot believe that I didn't know there was a sequel to Rules of the Road. So you can imagine that when I saw Best Foot Forward and that it was the continuation Jenna's adventures, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy it. Can't wait to read it.

Mystify the Magician (Everworld, 11) by K.A. Applegate, 2001.

David, Christopher, April, Jalil and Senna managed to escape Neptune's deadly clutches and have washed ashore...in Eire. It's ancient Ireland, complete with giants, leprechauns, a band of gods and goddesses and druids. Senna chooses this haunting location to unleash a power-hungry scheme that gets everyone in far more danger than Senna had ever imagined.
I just need three more books in the Everworld series and then I will finally know how it ends. Too bad I don't have books 9-10. So excited about finding Mystify the Magician.

Contest:
Firelight (Draki, 1) by Sophie Jordan, 2010.
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Thanks to Monica (Bibliophilic Book Blog) and Meaghan (A Bookworms Haven), I won Firelight, which I'm really excited about, during the Twitter Party with author Sophie Jordan.

I big thanks also goes out to Lisa Desrochers for the Personal Demons signed bookmarks and temp tattoos. I completely forgot to take pictures so.....

Can I just say how much I love going to the Used Bookstore, I traded in a few books and had enough credits to get all four books that you saw mentioned above. Now if only I could find somewhere to put them all.
Well now you have seen the contents of my mailbox for the week. hope you have had just as great of a week in books.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Blog Tour/Giveaway: My Lost Daughter- Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sept 14th, 2010.
Following her success with The Cheater, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg returns to her most memorable character, Lily Forrester. Lily is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position of power to help those who can’t help themselves. Like the current case before her, the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she’s thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, months away from graduating from Stanford Law School, is on the verge of dropping out. Lily rushes north and what she discovers causes her to fear for her daughter’s mental state. She must get back to the trial and decides that she will take Shana to a facility where they can evaluate her and if needed give her some counseling or medication. Which is when things go horribly awry. For the institution that Lily has chosen is far less interested in treating patients than it is with bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees…and they are less than scrupulous about patient’s rights. Discovering the awful truth, Lily will have to summon all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana. She will have to work fast however, for there is someone at the facility who seems to have his own agenda separate from the institution. And Lily’s daughter may not only be in danger of losing her sanity but her life.
Thanks to Stephanie of PR by the Book, I have two copies of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's My Lost Daughter to giveaway.
Look for my review of My Lost Daughter later today.

Contest Rules:
-Must be 18 to enter
-comment entries will not count, although they are appreciated
-contest runs from Sept. 18-30.
-winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked.
-Following is appreciated, but not required.
-To enter fill out this form.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (21)

The Fall (Cherub, book 7) by Robert Muchamore, 2007.
When an MI5 operation goes disastrously wrong, James Adams needs all of his skills to get out of Russia alive. Meanwhile, his sister Lauren is on her first solo mission, trying to uncover a brutal human trafficking operation. And when James does get home, he finds that his nightmare is just beginning ! CHERUB agents have one crucial advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.
Why: I have the first six books in the Cherub series and have been absolutely dying to know what happens next, the only problem is getting it (it wasn't published in the US). Plus it sounds to be one of the best books in the series.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (12)

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!

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (short stories, book 2) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1894. Taken from “Silver Blaze”

“What’s this, Dawson!” he cried. “No gossiping! Go about your business! And you, what the devil do you want here?” page 18

 
                                       

New Look!

I’d like to give a huge thanks to Lesley of Young Adult Books Reviewed for the amazing header and button she put together for me, which I won in a contest.

  See my pretty new button?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Need

Need (Need, book 1) by Carrie Jones; 2008.
Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane . . . but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right—not human—in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

I’m just going to come right out and say that I didn’t enjoy reading Need in the least.
The story seemed overplayed, even though it was pixies, and the pacing was too slow. It took over half the book for the pixies to actually come into play, although I had already pegged who was a pixie shortly after they were introduced into the story.
I think that what irritated me the most about Zara was that she seemed to force her opinions on everyone she came into contact with. This made her come across as very self-centered, even though she was doing things to help others. The only upside to this book was Zara’s grandmother, she was hilarious.
On a high note it was nice to read about something other than faeries and vampires. I also liked how there were other kinds of shifters other than werewolves, which are getting little overplayed.
I was so disappointed with Need that I didn’t even have a favorite part of the book. And unless I’m convinced that Captivate is way better then Need was I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of this series, but I will definitely give the author another try with a different series.
Least favorite part(s): It was slow, predictable, and the MC was just flat out annoying.

Would I recommend this book? That’s a tough one. Because I don’t want to turn someone who might like it off from even giving it a chance. So I say if you think it sounds like a good book then go ahead and give it a go.

If you think I should read the sequel let me know. 

Need earns 2 out of 5 pineapples.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (57) + News

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:
The Shadow Club (Shadow Club, book 1) by Neal Shusterman, 2002.
For Jared and Cheryl, nothing is worse than coming in second. Their idea to form a club of second-best kids seems harmless at first. But when the Shadow Club members start playing anonymous practical jokes on each other's rivals, things quickly spiral out of control, and innocent people get hurt. This chilling page-turner about the effects of underlying resentment on a high school population is more timely now than when it was first published.
After reading two of Neal Shusterman's other books I decided to delve a little further into his writting, and so picked The Shadow Club as my next read by him.

Vampire Knight, VOL 2 by Matsuri Hino, 2007.
Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At sunset, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, there to protect the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires.

Yuki and Zero go into town to do some shopping for the Headmaster, and they are attacked by a fiendish vampire called a "Level E". Two Night Class students, Takuma Ichijo and Senri Shiki, come just on time and slay it, and invite Yuki and Zero to their dormitory at midnight to find out why they killed one of their own kind...
I loved Vampire Knight, VOL 1, and the second one was just as good. Can't wait to read the next one.

Bought:

City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, books 1-3) by Cassandra Clare, 2005, 2008, 2009.

Oh my gosh, I love this series so much. This might sound weird, but I'm glad I waited to read this series until now (it meant I didn't have to wait for the next book to be published). I first read City of Bones when I was sick earlier this year, I had a high fever so I forgot to take notes, which means I'll definitely be re-reading the all three books in the next month or so, so that I can take notes and post reviews. Can't wait to read Clockwork Angel. City of Bones and City of Ashes were bought from the used bookstore, while City of Glass came from Wal-Mart (all are paperback).

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, book 3) by Ally Carter, 2009.

Gallagher Girls is another series that I absolutely love, and the third one was fantastic so when I found a hardback copy for, like, $7 I couldn't leave Books-A-Milllion without buying it. Now I just need to get my hands on the fourth one and then I'm set till another one comes out.





Model Spy (The Specialist, book 1) by Shannon Greenland, 2007.
Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn't have many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn't hurt that he's supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government's main computer system. But a few hours later, her whole life changes--she is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn't your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover. As if that wasn't overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well! And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she's sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself!

I've been looking fo this book for quite some time, so when I saw it I just decided it was high time I bought it to read. It looks like a light and quick read.

Blog Tour/Review:
My Lost Daughter (Lily Forrester) by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sept. 14th, 2010. 
Lily Forrester is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position where she can help those who can’t help themselves. The current case before her is the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year-old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she’s thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, is on the verge of dropping out of law school. Fearing for her daughter’s mental health and pressured by the looming trial, Lily takes Shana to a supposedly prestigious treatment facility.


Which is when things go horribly awry. The institution is far less interested in treating patients than it is in bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees…and they are less than scrupulous about patients’ rights. Lily has to use all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana. And time isn’t on her side, for there is a sociopath who is using the hospital to stay safe.

A sociopath who has decided that Shana is his best new obsession….
I'd like to thank Stephanie of PR by the Book for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

Now that y'all have seen my mailbox, I've got a bit of blog news to pass along. Next month is my two year blogoversary and I'm looking for guest posters; more info here. Lastly, I'm hosting my very first contest on the 18th (next Saturday), I'm really excited about it and hope to see y'all there.
Hope y'all had a great week in books.

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first two books came from the library.
next four books were purchased.
last book was received for a blog tour/review.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Guest Posters Wanted

I’m in the midst of preparing for my second blogoversary, on October 22nd, and am looking for some guest posters. You could post whatever you wanted….just so long as you keep it family friendly with no swearing. You can email me at hauntedorchid (at) aol (dot) com or by visiting my contact page. My blogoversary will run from October 15-29.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (22)

Another Pan (Another, book 2) by Daniel & Dina Nayeri; Oct 26th, 2010.
Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: The Book of Gates, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe. Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri return to reimagine Peter Pan as a twisty, atmospheric, and fast-paced fantasy about the perils of immortality.
Why: Because Another Faust was one of the best books I have read this year; and I cannot wait to see how the authors twist the story of Peter Pan.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (11)

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!

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax, book 2) by Dorothy Gilman, 1970.


She looked at him, “Colin, I can’t let you become any more involved, I really can’t. I have to remind you that all I did was deliver a message from your sister this afternoon-“. Page 72


                                              

Monday, September 6, 2010

Panama ARC Review + Trade

Panama ARC by Shelby Hiatt; 2009.

At fifteen, a girl moves from a small town in Ohio to Panama while her father takes part in building the Panama Canal. This trip comes just at the right time for her. She yearns to see more of the world than her small mid-western town has to offer. She wants to meet new people. Visit exciting places. Panama with its lush rainforests and myriad of people is the perfect place for her desires to be fulfilled. Then she meets Frederico, a Spanish aristocrat who is working as a digger, one of the masses who toils daily in the heat and the dust and the danger of the canal. He embodies everything she's looking for: he's exotic, exciting, intelligent and pushes her beyond the limits her sequestered life has set for her.
When I had first picked up this book I thought it was going to be more historical, I’m thinking a book on the Panama Canal that could be interesting, but no it was more about the main character and her relationship with Frederico. I’m sure you can guess the kind of relationship that they had without me telling you.
I cannot believe that this book is marketed as YA; it should have been run as an adult title. I must have skipped like 20 pages at the very least do to content that is most inappropriate in books that are geared to teenagers.
The thing that was the most madding about Panama was that the how the relationship between the MC and Frederico, because if you stepped back and really took a look at their relationship would notice that it wasn’t love that they felt for one another, it was plain and simply more like lust. I know you’re are most likely wondering why I would say that, but the way that both used the other one for their personal gain was just wrong and should not be in a book that is advertised as YA.
Panama came across as a book trying to hard to please readers without knowing what makes for good reading.
The only thing I really enjoyed about the book was how well the author described how oppressing the heat and humidity and the landscaping of Panama. She made it just come alive and like you were there.
One of the things that annoyed me the most about this book was that the MCs name was never mentioned, not even once.
I know that this must seem like a very short review, but I honestly cannot think of anything else I would like to say about it, and I don’t feel the need to be any harsher then I already have been concerning it.

Since Panama wasn’t exactly my cup ‘o tea, I am willing to trade it away to a US resident (over 18) interested in reading it for themselves. Just let me know by going to my contact page and letting me know. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Panama earns 1 out of 5 pineapples.

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