The Here. The Now. And the Books!: August 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Winners & Falling Angels

I think I have a talent for post titles. Is that just me?
Okay, anyway, let’s get on with the winners shall we?
But before we do I have to say THANK YOU for all those who entered! About 35 people entered and in combined entries that’s 500!!! Awesome!
Last night after 12:00am I chose numbers by random.org and got: 187 and 359!
The winners are…..throuthehaze and Wrighty!!!!
Congrats guys!!!!
You will receive one of Rachel Hawthorne’s Dark Guardian books and a bookmark!!!
A really cute book mark that goes well with the werewolf theme from Books A Million!

I have contacted you through email!

Okay, on to other news.
Have you heard of Cassandra Clare’s latest news????
1.) There will be a 4th book in the Mortal Instruments Series!!! City of Fallen Angels!!!
2.) TMI has been optioned for movies!!!
3.) All three TMI books are going to be graphice novels!!!

I’m in Mortal Instruments Heaven, are you?
For better info check out her blog: http://cassandraclare.livejournal.com/

So, once again, THANK YOU for entering and if you didn’t win there will be more contests!

Check out the post below on how the beautiful header came to be!

Are you excited with all the TMI news???
Are you upset? Tell me your thoughts!!

Oh, and a shout out to my friend on twitter: @bbricke twitter.com/bbricke ! You’re awesome!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beautiful Header!

Okay, so I’ve noticed compliments on the background and header and although I appreciate them greatly I can’t take the blame.
Nope. Didn’t do it!
But guess who did??
The blogger/manager of A Maze of Books, Senfaye. She’s awesome guys!
She asked me what I wanted the theme for my blog to be and I replied something involving reading under a tree, nature, books and BAM! She made me the beautiful header above! Plus, she found the perfect background, don’t you agree?
Senfaye has a wonderful blog: http://amazeofbooks.blogspot.com/
She is an awesome twitter-er : http://twitter.com/Senfaye
Follow her on twitter and go to her blog to check out reviews and comment her multiple of times to compliment on her awesome work here. This probably wouldn’t be here without her!!!
THANKS SO MUCH SENFAYE!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Impossible by Nancy Werlin!!!

Before I begin my 2nd review for The Here. The Now. And the Books! I would like to thank everyone for entering my contest: Welcome and Werewolves (scroll down below to find it)!
In combined entries I have over 300!!! That’s really good, I think, considering the blog is in it’s first week!
So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Okay, on to the review!

Today I bring you:


Impossible by Nancy Werlin.

Description (from Website):

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child’s birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents beside her. And she has Zach, whose strength amazes her more each day. Do they have enough love and resolve to overcome an age-old evil?

Inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair,” Impossible combines suspense, fantasy, and romance.

This was truly a good book!
Every now and then I think readers come across a book that just good. There doesn’t need to be a sequel, you don’t necessarily want more, and a satisfying ending that left you pleased.
Nancy also able to interpret teen rape in a very well manner. Nothing to explicit but you where able to delve inside Lucy’s mind in a realistic way.
That brings me to Lucy! I loved Lucy as a character. She is a very strong women. I’ve notice that being a discussion in the literary world. Strong women.
Well, Lucy doesn’t have powers so her strong comes from her personality which I love! She is strong in a way that made this book an intriguing read. Considering her situation with rape, teen pregnancy, and an evil faerie, she was able to go on and fight.
Which brings me to another topic. Lucy as not alone in her challenge. Impossible was a warningly good book about love for your parents and friends. Every relationship was well written.
Plus, the romance was adorable. This wasn’t a: Oh, I’m in love! I met him yesterday but I know we’re meant to be together. Lucy has known Zach all her life. It was a wonderful experience to be able see them realized there love for each other and watch it develop. Plus, Zach is sooooo sweet!
Also, Nancy is brilliant! I love her writing style. She wrote Impossible in multiple POV’s that flowed together from paragraph to paragraph without any warning. You just knew who was talking immediately. Wonderful!
Pros:
*Relationship. Everyone had a realistic and pleasant (or not so pleasant) connection.
*Romance. Lucy’s and Zach’s romance was very sweet and tenderly. I loved how they were still the best friends they always were even when they were in love with each other.
*The story! My goodness! I was swept away from how she incorporated Scarborough Fair into Impossible. You were able to get historic background in this folk song and have it centered as the main part of the story.
Cons:
* This might not be a con but I pointer. Nancy gave you just enough information about faeries to read Impossible. I have read books about faeries ( and not just wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr!) and I knew immediately who was the faerie as I’m sure most people will. But she doesn’t go into Faerie lore that much.
* This isn’t so much of a con either. What was weird for me was that at one point of the story Zach was not the teenager he was fifty pages ago. He was older and possibly wiser. Under circumstances I understand this change but I was wary of him being changed to much. I liked nineteen year old Zach.
Sorry for it being so long but I really do recommend this book for anyone.
What do YOU think? Agree? Disagree?
Is this your next MUST read? Tell me in the comments!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ballad Video of Awesomness!

Hello! As a Shiver fan from Maggie Stiefvater I of course am very interested in her other works (which I can’t wait to read!!!) and with BALLAD coming out here’s the trailor:

Cool right? Maggie did this! She’s very talented (obviously)!
And check out her contest she’s having for a chance to win an ARC of Ballad, her up coming faerie novel. It’s a sequel/companion novel to Lament. : Here’s the link to the contest:
http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/121846.html
Plus, if your ever on youtube check out her other videos she’s made for Shiver.
Here’s a link to a Shiver video she made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX82ggGCF7c

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Immortal by Gillian Shields

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.

Evie’s only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie’s feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.

Someone told me to be aware of this book because she’s heard mixed reviews (I even read a few) but I didn’t listen and read Immortal anyway.
Well…some of those mixed reviews were right. I hate saying anything bad about a book but in my hopes to be a future well known reviewer I might as well start here with Immortal.
I personally didn’t like it. But let’s start with the good:

Pros:
*I loved the gothic school feeling. Being in Europe in a building with history always excite me in books.
* I loved the diary entries from Lady Agnes (A vital character who lived in the 19th century)
* Umm…I liked the cover?

Cons:
*The characters did not have a realistic feel to them. They said what they were supposed to say because that’s what the story needed.
* Sebastian was to unrealistically romantic. To squishy, to many compliments, to ‘you are my life’ sayings.
* The magic in here wasn’t that thrilling. Except where one character could control wind. That was cool for the first few pages it was introduced.
*The ending!!! What!? It felt like the author had two minutes to write the five page ending and summed everything up to perfectly and to…is there a sequel? Maybe. With an ending like that I got the feel for it. Maybe there will be a sequel.

But these are just by thoughts! Have you read it? Agree or disagree? Tell me in de comments!
And this is my first official review on this blog! We shall celebrate!
Scroll down for the Werewolf and Welcome contest!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Candor by Pam Bachorz!

Have I read this book? NO! Would I like to read this book? YES!!!

In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, Oscar Banks has found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages that turn even the most troubled kids into model citizens. On the outside, he’s the perfect Candor teen, and no one knows that he’s built an entire business around helping new kids escape before the Messages take hold.

But then Nia Silva moves to town, and Oscar thinks she’s perfect exactly the way she is. Soon he must make a choice: let Nia be lost to the brainwashing, or help her stay special and risk himself in the process.

Sounds awesome, eh? Can you imagine being stuck with a bunch of perfect people and having to pretend to be perfect with them? (Well, perfect in the eyes of Oscar’s father.)
I see: action, secrets, romance, suspense, and a futuristic twinge in this modern day town. Perfect!
Plus, Pam Bachorz has made a Condor,Florida website so you get an eerie realistic feel for Candor. Check it out: http://www.candorfl.com/
This website even has testimonials from local residents in the video section!
Plus, of course, check out Pam’s website for the trailer, first chapter (go to Amazon for the 2nd), and all other news for Candor. http://www.pambachorz.com/

Plus…you know…if you have a copy that wants reviewing I’d love to review…just in case. 😉 (I kid! I kid..maybe)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Welcome and Werewolves! (Plus a contest!)

WELCOME!!!!!

This blog is a source for all your YA reads (or don’t reads) with reviews, contest, and news that floats around into the YA World.

So there has to be a contest to celebrate this grand opening right?

Right.

So if you follow me on Twitter (Wondergirl12) you might know that I love Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver.

If you don’t follow me I’m telling you: I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver!

And since I’m not giving away my copy I will give away something…related to the Shiver world. Secrets. Werewolves. And of course love.

I give you:

Rachel Hawthorne’s Dark Guardian series!

This would be the first one: MOONLIGHT
















This would be the second one: FULL MOON

Both of these books tell the story of two girls (Werewolves?) and their love lives.

With the first one involving Kayla and the dangerous, gorgeous…and werewolf, Lucas.

The second one about Lindsey (a former character in Moonlight) and her promised other. But what if she doesn’t want to be with her lovely ‘fiancé’? What if she’s interested in someone else?

Plus, of course there’s the mad science group out to destroy them.

You don’t have to read the first one in order to get the second one! They’re just companion novels.

Both of these will come with a bookmark from Books A Million!

Here’s how to win one (2 winners. One for each book):

Answer this question: What’s your favorite werewolf tale? Whether you read it last year or this year doesn’t matter.

+5 if you answer that question

+1 entry for including your email

Since I only have three followers right now I’ll give you +5 entries if you start following me!

+3 if you follow me on Twitter (wondergirl12) leave link please.

+4 if you get the word out on Twitter, Blog, etc. Leave link!

You can get up to 18 entries!!

U.S. only! Contest ends August the 23rd!!


So welcome to my blog and get your entries in!!!!!



A reminder: This is my first contest sooooo if you spot something wrong please tell me!!!

Yes, I know the font and color is messed up! I’ll work on that…


Friday, August 7, 2009

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog! News and information are to come!

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