Wednesday, March 31
Summary: Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteenth sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla’s secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin’ do. Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year’s supply of gumballs arrives. And a boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla’s wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride… but they MUST STOP. Because when she was 15? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.
My Thoughts: I first saw this book months ago. Probably the moment it was put up on amazon. I knew I had to read it and it would be one of my most anticipated books of 2010. We meet Kayla who is just a normal girl, not popular and not unpopular, just like most teenage girls; they are just themselves and fit in a little bit of everywhere. I could instantly identify with her. She has a best friend since forever and than there is the super dreamy guy named Ben she's madly in love with. Of course he also happened to start dating her best friend. Nobody but Kayla knows about her feelings for him. Nothing can just be easy for her. Her dad left, her mom's always busy, her brother is annoying, her best friend is acting weird, and the guy she has her eyes on is dating someone else! On her 16th birthday her mom throws her a party and she blows out the candles. She wishes that her wishes actually came true ,because whats the point of wishing it nothing ever happens? Her party is basically a disaster. She wakes up the next day to find a teenage girl named Raggedy Ann in her closet. One by one her wishes start coming true! This book was so much fun! I couldn't put it down, I even took it to Dairy Queen with me. I loved every second of this! I laughed so hard at some of the wishes. This book could have been written about me (and every other teenage girl who has ever been alive)! I felt as though I could relate to it 100%, no doubts in my mind! I think it relates to every girl who has ever wished her doll came to life or for a hot pink pony (yes that was me as a kid) or for that hot boy to kiss her. She tries desperately to remember all the wishes she could have made growing up so she'd at least know what to expect but how can you remember what you wished for on your birthday when you were 8 or 9?
The wish that does stick out in her mind though is her 15th birthday wish. She wished Ben would kiss her! OH NO!!!!! Kayla always finds herself in sticky uncomfortable situations. Especially around Ben. These things just keep happening to her when he's around! She falls out of desks and does everything possible to ignore him, so than there is no chance he'll kiss her! I especially liked Ben! He was so dreamy and I wanted him to want her so bad. I loved the chemistry. I loved it all. You Wish is brilliant! Funny. It makes you want to jump up and down wishing for that pony or having your own gumballs fall out of your pockets! It will keep you up all night reading wanting to know what-else Kayla wished for!
I loved love loved loved this book! I just can't praise it enough. It it so cute! It is so funny! And with the romance between Ben and Kayla thrown in, its one of the best books I've read all year! I recommend this to all you who love a cute romance and lots of laughs! If you want to keep yourself sane until August and get a taste of Mandy's awesome books, go buy Prada And Prejudice to hold you over until than!
Overall:This book is yummy. It is addicting! You will start reading and want to know what her other wishes were! You will feel like your on a journey with Kayla while all her wishes unravel right before your eyes! If I could give this book more than 5 cupcakes I would. Heck, I'd give it a whole cake. This book was amazing. It was so darn cute, I'm still grinning from ear to ear about it!
Cover: Love it! Whats not to love? A hot pink cover, a cupcake with a pony! Perfection!
By Jandy Nelson
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey
dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in
town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
Donated By: ReaganStar
This contest is only open to people OUTSIDE the United States
Ends April 11th (midnight)
Tuesday, March 30
Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking The Spine!
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.
Normal is so overrated.
I can't wait for this to come out! Looks super awesome!
By John Green
Summary: When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
Open To US Only
Ends April 3rd (midnight)
Monday, March 29
Straight from her website:
Penitence will be out April 29th. To celebrate, I'm giving away cool goodies this week, and every week in April. EVERY WEEK there will be a HEAVENLY giveaway. Those who re-post the contest ( include link )get entered twice, as usual, to increase chances of winning. I'm also adding surprise twitter giveaways for twitter followers. Whoever reposts my surprise tweet giveaway, gets a mini poster, book marks and cool Heavenly / Penitence pencils.
Here's what's in this week's giveaway: a copy of Heavenly, a mini poster with the series' cover art, an awesome fan-art tee ( design by Ka-Yam Chui *thank you* - see design below ) Heavenly notebook and Zoe's necklace.
This is one of those contests that shouldn't be missed!!! Head on over to Jennifer's BLOG HERE to enter to win!
By Katie Alender
Summary: Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
Open To US Only
Ends April 3rd (midnight)
Sunday, March 28
By Diane Haeger
Summary: When the young and beautiful Catherine Howard becomes the fifth wife of the fifty-year-old King Henry VIII, she seems to be on top of the world. Yet her reign is destined to be brief and heartbreaking, as she is forced to do battle with enemies far more powerful and calculating than she could have ever anticipated in a court where one wrong move could mean her undoing. Wanting only love, Catherine is compelled to deny her heart's desire in favor of her family's ambition. But in so doing, she unwittingly gives those who sought to bring her down a most effective weapon-her own romantic past.
The Queen's Mistake is the tragic tale of one passionate and idealistic woman who struggles to negotiate the intrigue of the court and the yearnings of her heart.
Open To US Only
Ends April 3rd (midnight)
Saturday, March 27
-The book covers are from from LEFT to RIGHT.
-You CAN NOT vote for your own book cover!!!
-The top 18 will go to the next round!
- Each Person Can ONLY Vote For 1 Book Cover
Voting for round 1 is open until Friday
-It will only let you vote once so vote for your favorite!
The way this works is:
You click the choice you vote for. You click the circle ABOVE the image.
Sea #5 the vote button is UNDERNEATH the picture
Cinderella Society #18 is UNDERNEATH the picture
In My Mailbox is inspired by Kristi@The Story Siren
I got a few good ones this week!
Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson (ATWT Tours)
Summary: The faeries of the Oak are dying, and it’s up to a lone faery named Linden to find a way to restore their magic. Linden travels bravely into dangerous new territory, where she enlists the help of an unlikely friend—a human named Timothy. Soon they discover something much worse than the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Timothy and Linden risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it’s too late to save everyone they love.
R. J. Anderson has artfully crafted a world of stunning magic, thrilling adventure, and delicate beauty, where a girl far from home must defeat the pervasive evil befalling her beloved faery realm.
The Vampire And The Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks
Summary: FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris is looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, and sometimes dangerous, life. But when she escapes to the Greek island of Patmos, all she gets is a meddling grandmother trying to marry her off. None of the men there interest her—except a mysterious Scotsman named Robby MacKay.
First Drop Of Crimson By Jeaniene Frost
Summary: The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows - her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield - and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family's dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness - and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human - even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together...
Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.
What Did You Get In Your Mailbox This Week?
By Terri Blackstock
Summary: Mystery and suspense combine in this first book in an exciting new 4-book series by best-selling author Terri Blackstock. Thelma and Wayne Owens run a bed and breakfast in Cape Refuge, Georgia. They minister to the seamen on the nearby docks and prisoners just out of nearby jails, holding services in an old warehouse and taking many of the "down-and-outers" into their home. They have two daughters: the dutiful Morgan who is married to Jonathan, a fisherman, and helps them out at the B & B, and Blair, the still-single town librarian, who would be beautiful if it weren’t for the serious scar on the side of her face. After a heated, public argument with his in-laws, Jonathan discovers Thelma and Wayne murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services. Considered the prime suspect, Jonathan is arrested. Grief-stricken, Morgan and Blair launch their own investigation to help Matthew Cade, the town’s young police chief, find the real killer. Shady characters and a raft of suspects keep the plot twisting and the suspense building as we learn not only who murdered Thelma and Wayne, but also the secrets about their family’s past and the true reason for Blair’s disfigurement.
Open To US Only
Ends April 3rd (midnight)
Friday, March 26
I just saw this and I got soooooo excited!!!! Jumping up and down here!!! (I did a blog post about meeting him a while back and having my picture taken with him) My post is here if you didn't get a chance to laugh at me! LOL
FYI: Yes that is Megan Park From Secret Life Of An American Teenager (this his girlfriend)
This has been the topic of discussion lately. It seems everywhere I turn, there is a post about someone raving or ranting about the world of blogging and how it seems to be a competition!
I hardly ever address these things because, lets just say, I try not to take anything personal. If I did my feelings would get hurt over and over again! Have you ever been on a bus and tried to get off and got pushed aside so someone else could make it through? Or in a grocery store and your reaching in the freezer to get that frozen pizza that looks oh so yummy but someone else is so impatient they have to shove their hand in front of you to save them 5 whole seconds. Blogging is kind of like that.
Some people are impatient, some people leave mean comments on someones blog, just to do it: to be MEAN! People slam each other and that drives me bonkers. Lately, I have been seeing more and more people leaving each other hateful comments out of jealousy and rage. Whatever happened to "treat someone the same way you want to be treated?" I do not like seeing people getting bullied. When I was in high school. I was the girl who would step in-between a bully and the person getting bullied to tell them to knock it off. Leave positive comments instead of mean ones. Leave smileys instead of frowns.
For example, I had one comment left last month about how I give such positive reviews. Of course when I clicked on their profile, it said profile not available. First off, I have the 100 page rule. If I don't like a book, I toss it aside for something else. Does it get a review? No, probably not. Why? Because how can I judge a book when I didn't even finish it? Maybe the ending was so great it made the whole book worthwhile. I read what I think I'll enjoy. There are too many books out there to read ones you don't think you'll like. Think about how many new books come out each year? I don't just read YA, I also read romances/paranormal. That is A LOT of books that look interesting to me!
The topic of ARCs. Do I get them? Yes. Do I get a lot of them? Not like some others. However I do get most of them sent for the arc site. Do they go under my bed and hide or do I share them? I share them! I run Around The World Tours! Most of the arcs I receive go up on that tour site for others to enjoy! I like sharing my arcs. Even the ones sent to me for personal review, I like to share via the tours or giveaways. If I've read it, its time for it to have a new home. Do I squeal like a pig when a pretty arc arrives? YES! Do I do a happy dance when I find a new book that has an ISBN? Yes! Do I buy books? OMG YES! Most of my money that is not spend on rent/food goes to books. I'm the girl who asks for giftcards to amazon for Christmas. I love books. And that is why I blog! I love to read.
My name is Cindy and I'm a bookaholic. Imagine that!! I like to go to a world where faeries and vampires exist. Where your dream guy can come alive and sweep you off your feet. (in my mind he looks like Chad Michael Murray or Wentworth Miller). Where anything is possible and gumdrops can fall from the sky. Do you get my point? I like going someplace where the grass is greener and the water taste like mint ice cream. Reading and blogging is fun. I love going to blogs to find more books to add to my future TBR pile.
When I was a kid, I wanted to become a writer. In 5th grade, I won the statewide young writers conference. When I became a teenager, I had a xanga. I used to write all my day to day activities on there, at the time I didn't even think about writing book reviews. I may not have became a professional writer so instead I became a blogger who writes my feelings about books. For everyone who blogs, we all have part writer in us. I write reviews because I love to write and read books. Some people have lost sight of this.
I've heard a lot of people saying blogging has become a popularity contest and cliques/bonds are already formed. To me, I don't really fit in anywhere. I'm just me. A lot of people refer to me as the girl who has the cupcake blog that looks so yummy. I even tempt myself to go eat cupcakes whenever I post! HAHA! I read a lot of blogs, I treat everyone the way they treat me. If you treat me with respect, I'll respect you back. If you badmouth me, it won't get a rise out of me but I also won't talk to you. I'm not a wimp, I'm the bigger person by letting it go. Just because you try to hurt my feelings, I won't hurt yours back. I'm not fake, I'm realistic. If you want to be my friend, lets be friends. If you have any questions you need help with, I'll try to help you (I'm not a genius so if you want to know how to bake that delicious pie your grandma makes I might not be able to help you). I hate that new bloggers feel left out. You shouldn't. There are a lot of us who will help you whenever you need it or if you just need an ear to listen to you. Yes, I've made a lot of online friends but one can never have too many friends.
My point is, I heart you all. Thank you for taking the time to actually read my blog. I always read each and every comment. If you want to chat on twitter or by email, feel free to follow/email me. You are all my inspiration. You are all what makes me want to do this. I feel privileged to be a part of the book blogging community.
Thank You All!!!!!! You Guys Rock!
By Thalia Chaltas
Summary: Anke’s father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she’s just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. When she learns to yell “Mine!” to call a ball, she finds a voice she didn’t know existed. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home—including herself.
Open To US Only
Ends April 3rd (midnight)
Wednesday, March 24
Overall: Really liked it a lot!!! Is there going to be a sequel?? I hope so!
Cover: Love it! Its gorgeous and totally fits! I can see Kat looking like that girl and her glasses are to die for!!!