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

Thursday, October 22, 2009

And off I go…

I’m heading out to Austin, TX tomorrow for the Austin Teen Book Festival: LINK!
I am super upper dupper rupper excited. Unimaginably excited!!! I’ll get to meet some awesome authors and wonderful bloggers. I will be with out own kind. xD

And I want you, yes YOU, to be able to get something out of this!!

Based on the poll from previous post I will be getting WAKE by Lisa McMann and NEED by Carrie Jones SIGNED!!! Yes. For YOU.

There will be ANOTHER contest in the near feature (after the Austin Book contest) with 3 books. Signed. I’m keeping it a secret.

And, the Austin Book Contest starts NOW!
I want YOU to suggest an awesome contest that can be held on this blog. This contest idea will hopefully be chosen to do for WAKE and NEED and the Secret Contest.
You will get 3 entries by suggesting ideas. (Not 3 for each idea! Just for your ideaS)

Signed bookmark Winner: The Book Pixie! Email me please!! (readergirl321@aol.com)

I can’t wait to see your ideas!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

If It Were Up To Me…

If it Were up to Me by Rooney.
Ok.
I have a lot of stuff to share with you today so I shall use these things: ***

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Song Suggestions:
Ok, so I was going to make this into a more often thing but I’m doing it as a monthly thing. So that means every month I will do the song suggestion. So that means October 23rd is when the song suggestions will be posted.
That ok? Link here: http://bit.ly/O6WeK

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Ok. Here’s the cool part…
As many of you might know, I will be attending the Austin Teen Book Festival!!!
So that means there will be A LOT of authors there.
And I will get signed books!
So I am doing a poll.
Here are all the authors attending:

Libba Bray

Heather Brewer

Shana Burg

Deb Caletti

Matt de la Pe├▒a

Varian Johnson

Carrie Jones

Justine Larbalestier

Cynthia Leitich Smith

April Lurie

Lisa McMann

Terra Elan McVoy

Margo Rabb

Daniel Waters

Rick Yancey

Jennifer Ziegler

Here’s the website’s link for more info about the authors and what they write:
http://www.austinteenbookfestival.com/Site/Authors.html

Just leave your choice of author AND book in the comments. I will most likely buying 2 or 3 books to give away and I want to know what YOU want.
Because there will be a SUPER contest!

Here’s a mini contest:

When you comment with your suggestion you will be entered for a random drawing for a signed bookmark from Lisa Schroeder! (Yes, I still have some)
Winner will be announced Midnight/Tomorrow!

EDIT: Because of some brain loss I forgot about the contest so I am extending it until my next post. When ever that is. Meaning: you still have a chance for the bookmark.


So. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!!! hehe!

I would also like to say:
Thank you so much!! I don’t have a famous blog or anything but your nice comments are awesome and I couldn’t be happier to receive them. And, of course, thanks for sticking with me. So I know I’m not talking to no one on here…
THANK YOU!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

IMM#2

I like this one better…
And do YOU here my Texan Accent? Just curious. ­čśÇ
Tomorrow I have a special announcement along with a…contest…and something else…BIG things happen tomorrow.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

We Looked Like Giants!!!

We Looked Like Giants by Death Cab for Cutie = My Love.

I’ve picked song recommendations but that’s for another post. I’ll do this monthly (see post below).
Ok. And now…I give you…BOOK REVIEWS!!!Yup.

I’ve got CANDOR, HUSH,HUSH, and The HOLLOW! There’s more but for some other post…

First is…CANDOR by Pam Bachorz!!!

In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town’s founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause. But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant-perfect-through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar’ s built a business sabotaging his father’s scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they’re turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can’t stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more. From Amazon.

Candor was a very good read for me! I loved it. Pros: *I love how Pam wrote form Oscar’s POV. I actually like reading a boy’s POV rather than a girl’s but she wrote an excellent, realistic character.
*The story itself was a interes
ting topic. Although it I were Oscar I would probably have more blow ups from being surrounded by perfectness but you it made you think about…what if?

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Pam had it ALL thought out. The background story was wonderful and she let you see the character (Oscar mostly) being built into the person they used to be or the person they are currently.
*The ending made me cry. Hard. That’s all I’ll say. Cons: * It got sort of slow at times and sometimes you wondered: Why didn’t he just do this??? I give Candor: A
Now…I was able to get an ARC of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick!!!
I made the cover bigger because it’s HOT HOT HOT!!!

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Of course this was an exciting read!!! One word peeps: Patch.

Pros:

* This was, of course, an intense, mysterious, heart pounding romance. And the romance was excellent! Every time they touched, looked, thought about each other you had a jolt go through you because you know it might not be a good idea.

*Bad Boys are IN in the YA World right now with Patch being one of the main bad boys. Bad Boys are fun.

*The story always kept you guessing. Or, maybe I should say this: You thought one thing but in the end you were WRONG.

Cons:

*Hmm…let me think…maybe more explanations were in order. Some stuff I’m still wondering about.

*The ending was great. It wrapped up nicely. So, you know, you won’t tear your hair waiting for the next book.

I’ve heard about the alternate ending that will be released with the published copies and I hope it doesn’t change TOO much…

I give Hush,Hush: A+

Last but NOT least: The Hollow by Jessica Verday!!!

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again…but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

How does one describe The Hollow? It was dark, enticing, rich…I could go on and on. This is a perfect to curl up in your bed and read on a rainy day, which I did and it was perfect.

Pros:

*There’s one scene in here where Abbey has a breakdown and I love it. Jessica was able to build up so much tension that when it was released it took a toll on the reader too.

*It’s all about forbidden romance. Once you figure what’s exactly keeping Caspian and Abbey from touching it’s heart aching.

*I loved the town. Um, hello? Sleepy Hollow. This story started out with a creepy aura.

*The ending was so…jaw dropping. You’re not totally sure what to think. Not what you expect.

Cons:

* There were some slow parts. But that’s sort of normal, right?

I loved The Hollow. It was a wonderful read! There could have been five more pros…

I give The Hollow: A++

These are only my opinions!! What’s yours?


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