Sunday, January 30

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 464 
Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. 

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.
Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one.

My Thoughts: Oh, Cabot how do I even start this review? I am a huge Meg Cabot fan. As I was a teenager and as every Princess Diaries book hit the bookstore I would run out and buy it. About a year ago, I heard that Queen Of Babble was being made into a movie so I than read that! As much I enjoyed all Cabot's previous work, Insatiable was just ok for me. I started reading it, and about halfway through I just wanted to finish it so I could move onto something else.

We meet Meena who is not your average women. She can see how a person dies. Yes, this is a burden but she lives her life the only way she can and tries to help those out by letting them know to avoid certain circumstances, etc.

We than meet Lucian who is your modern day vampire prince. He is crucial and protective and doesn't care too much about people. He seems to live in his own world.

There are a lot of other characters throughout the book, her brother, friends, a guy who is trying to hurt Lucian, someone else who has the hots for Meena.

Insatiable was written from multiple points of views and the only ones I really enjoyed was Meena's and Lucian's. I just didn't care for the other characters much.

Meena and Lucian meet and of course she doesn't see how he will die (he's already dead duh) and they fall in love. I mean, instantly, she falls in love with him after barely being told his name. Did this bug anyone else?

As I said before, Insatiable was ok. I did manage to finish it even though it felt really long and overdrawn. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There were some parts that were better than others. For example, when Meena and Lucian met at the party while there were others that were starting to give me a headache. For example, when the book focused on her brother- I just didn't care! And, the first half of the book took a lot longer to read than the second half.

Overall: I love Cabot but Insatiable was a bit of a let down. I love vampires but I just never felt the vampire love for Lucian as I have others (The Argeneau brothers for example). I think this is a book that you might read over time, such as a few chapters a night otherwise it might just feel like a really long tiring book. Cabot is a great author but in my opinion, this was not her best work but she will still remain on my list of favorite authors and I look forward to her next book!

Cover: I like it. Like her red dress. It's very unique.

What I'd Give It:

Saturday, January 29

In My Mailbox (63) 1/29/2011

I got a few books for review this week and the rest I bought.

For Review:
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze Rina Onur

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson 
Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
Rhymes With Cupid by Anna Humphrey

What Did You Get This Week??? 

Thursday, January 27

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz
Release Date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Push
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224
Buy This Book:  Amazon

Summary: Annaleah and Brian had something special -- Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that it was secret. All that mattered was what they shared.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian is killed in an accident. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living on the outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss no one will let you have?

My Thoughts: First off, I'll start explaining why I only gave this book 3 cupcakes. Generally 3 cupcakes does mean I liked it, I just didn't like it as much as I wanted too or love it. You Are Not Here is written in verse and it reminded me of Chasing Brooklyn a lot which I did enjoy. I usually do not like too many books written in verse so that may be why my rating is a little low. I also wasn't aware before reading it that it was written in verse. However, it is a fast read so I gave it a shot anyway.

We are introduced to the main character Annaleah who is grieving for Brian. I can't really call Brian her boyfriend since it was not official and he more or less hid her. Hardly anyone knew they were together, even his family was in the dark. We dive right into the book with Brian's death and Annaleah's reaction, than we get a glimpse into their whole relationship through flashbacks. Honestly, she reacted pretty well to all this. She didn't even tell her mother they were together (how does that happen?). She was really close to Brian. She even lost her virginity to him so how does the girl not have a major freakout when he dies? She has a few friends but her best friend Marissa is the one who is there throughout the story. They weren't really getting along too well before his death because she thought he wasn't good enough for Annaleah.

My impression of the cast of characters is a bit clouded I guess. Annaleah seemed like a normal girl but I didn't feel like she reacted enough to the news of his death. Yes, she shut herself off mentally but how could she not go around and tell everyone about their relationship? I can understand not wanting the whole world to know but it really bothered me her own mother did not catch on. Marisa was a good friend, even though they didn't always agree, she came to Annaleah's rescue and was there for her when she needed her most. As for Brian, I wanted to feel sorry for him, I wanted to like him but for the simple fact that he didn't acknowledge their relationship and was seen with another girl at some point by Marissa and his friend mentioned it to Annaleah; he came off as a player.

I was glad Annaleah started to move on to someone else, but that happened so fast and it didn't happen to almost the end of the book. I think I would have enjoyed learning more about the new guy and seeing if he was a good guy or not (he seemed to be though).

I think You Are Not Here is a nice one  but just didn't hold my attention long enough and will see what else this author writes.

Overall: This one is an alright book. Not my favorite though, but remember I'm not a big fan of books written in verse so if you are, you may like it a lot more than me.

Cover: I've seen a few versions of this ones cover and I've liked them all.

What I'd Give It:

Tuesday, January 25

Waiting On Wednesday (80)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier 

Summary: Romance and adventure are just around the corner . . .
After the thrilling journey that led Camille through the dangerous discovery of love, secrets, and a magical stone that grants immortality, Camille has everything she wants. She's escaped the men who wanted her dead, and now she is ready to build a new life with Oscar, her one true love. But things are not to be so simple. Oscar is acting strangely, and before they can even board a ship from Australia back home, to San Francisco, Camille learns that the journey is not over. If she does not follow the magic of the curse of Umandu, her life and Ocar's could be in grave danger.

Why I Want It: It sounds neat! I also like the cover! 

Sunday, January 23

Almost To Die For by Tate Hallaway

Almost To Die For by Tate Hallaway
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: NAL Trade
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256
Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker's present winds up being the shock of a lifetime. When her mom referred to her absentee dad as a deadbeat it was actually half true -- he's a vampire. And a king, no less. A king who wants his daughter to assume her rightful position at his side. But, thanks to Ana's mother, the blood of a witch also runs through her veins....

Too bad vampires and witches are mortal enemies.

With her parents gearing up for an all out brawl over her destiny, Ana's about ready to scream. But things get even crazier when a male witch and a brooding bad boy vampire start vying for her affection. Then the barely leashed tension between the vampires and the witches starts to boil over, and Ana has to figure out once and for all if she wants to become heir to her dad's throne. And deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

My Thoughts: Almost To Die For is a light breezy vampire novel. We are introduced to Ana who is turning 16 and is supposed to be initiated into a full blown witch coven. Of course, she has never really felt like she had any magic. She's tried and tried to feel magic but always fails at it. On the night of her 16th birthday, right before her initiation, a strange guy shows up at her door, he claims to be her father!!! She than finds out he's the vampire king which makes her a vampire princess! Oh My!

Both her mother and father are fighting for her support and they both want her to embrace her destiny. I liked seeing her personal dilemmas and how it effected her actions on which side to choose.

Now, lets talk about the two love interests. First there was Nikolai who she has known for a while. She's always thought he was a cutie and had a crush on him. He's also a little bit older than her, is a male witch and a future vampire hunter. Than there is Elias who is a older vampire (who knows how old he really is) and is high up in their society. He seems like a sincere guy but we don't know much about his history. Both guys express feelings in Ana so she's confused on which one she likes better. She has feelings for both for different reasons. In my opinion, both of them were swoon-worthy and either one may become a major love interest in upcoming books.

I also liked Ana's friendships with Bea and Taylor. I liked the way she would talk to them and how she actually did spend some time in school.

Honestly, I really enjoyed Almost To Die For. It was a refreshing vampire tale that wasn't too in depth on the origins and was kept simple. It was what I would call, light and breezy. It didn't require a lot of thinking and was just a fun book to read.

Cover: I like the cover. I didn't even notice her eyes until I looked at the cover more closely.

What I'd Give It:

Wednesday, January 19

All You Get Is Me By Yvonne Prinz

All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Buy This Book:  Amazon

Summary: What happens when a city girl is transplanted onto a ramshackle organic farm in the middle of nowhere? Everything.

Sixteen-year-old Roar has been yanked from her city life and suddenly she’s a farm girl, albeit a reluctant one, selling figs at the farmers' market and developing her photographs in a rickety shed. And then she witnesses a crime that will throw the whole community into an uproar. Caught among the lure of a troublemaking friend, her love for a brooding boy, and her complicated feelings about her father’s human rights crusade, Roar is going to have to tackle it all. And with a camera around her neck, she’s capturing it all, too.

Yvonne Prinz and her novel The Vinyl Princess have ignited the teen blogosphere and entertainment media. Once again, she’s taken the pulse of culture and emerged with a book that is timely, quirky, and unforgettable.

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Roar who is a photographer. She loves to take pictures and carries her camera around everywhere with her. I have a bit of a photographer in me so I totally understand where her passion is coming from. She moves on a farm with her dad after her mom leaves and they become farmers. One day, while on the road, they witness a lady (Connie) getting in a car accident resulting in another lady's death (a non-american) Sylvia. The lady (Connie) had given Roar's dad the finger, and wasn't paying much attention and thats when the accident occurs. Roar and her father witness it and her father decides to contact Sylvia's husband Tomas. He offers him a job and he comes to work on the farm.

While this is all happening, Roar's father gets a lawsuit going to sue Connie for Tomas. A lot of the other farmer's are against it. They figure if one worker can file a lawsuit over something, all the rest will want too as well for minor things. Roar than meets a boy. A city boy just here for the summer. His name is Forest. She starts to have feelings for boy. Boy is lady's son and the drama starts. Roar also has to testify against Connie (Forest's mom) if the trial goes to court. I'm going to stop there so I don't give away the whole plot and spoilers.

If you want to figure out what happens between Roar and Forest, read the book. If you want to know what happens with the lawsuit, read the book.

Overall: It took me a while to really get into this one, but I ended up really liking it. I enjoyed Roar's love of photography and the moments spent between her and Forest. I even enjoyed learning more about Connie and her situation and why she acted the way she did.

Cover: I really love the cover. I like how she is holding a camera and its such a neat camera! 

What I'd Give It: 

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Tuesday, January 18

Waiting On Wednesday (79)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder 

Summary:   Sometimes there's no turning back.  

Amber's life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of her family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself. 

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell that he's also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets. 

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she's drawn to him. And the more she's troubled by his darkness. Because Cade's not just living in the now--he's living each moment like it's his last.

Why I Want It: Loved her other books!!! Is this one told in verse too?? I'm not sure? 

Monday, January 17

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224
Buy This Book:Amazon

Summary: From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father.

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Cullen seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?

My Thoughts: I just adore Courtney Summers! I have been excited to read Fall For Anything since I heard it was being released which was months ago. We meet Eddie who just lost her father. He committed suicide and all Eddie wants to know is why. She can't function right, her mom barely makes it out of bed, when she actually does. Her life is in turmoil and she doesn't know how to deal. She sneaks out at night. She goes back to the place where her dad committed suicide and spends time there. Eddie was the one who found him. Eddie has a best friend-Milo and he tries to be there for her but she pushes him away at every turn. Not to mention he's hanging out with his ex-girlfriend so Eddie doesn't want to be around them. All of her other friends are on eggshells around her afraid they will say the wrong thing.

Than one day she meets Culler. He's older, more mature, and a photographer. He's Eddie's dad student. They feel an instant connection between each other and the romance takes off. He takes her to pick up some stuff at her dad's office and they talk. They than end up taking a road trip together to find out more about her dad and what he left behind.

I won't say much else about the plot unless I'll ruin it. Honestly, I liked Culler at first glance, but something was missing for me. At times I wanted to punch him the face. I guess I wanted her to end up with Milo from the get go. I liked him and he really understood her so when another guy came in the picture I instantly wanted him gone. I wanted her to open her eyes, and say look, the perfect guy is right in front of me.

Eddie was a fierce independent strong girl and she constantly stood up for herself. She was outspoken and would confront people even if it made them uncomfortable.

Fall For Anything was a bit romance, mystery, grieving, longing, denial, comfort, family. It was a bit of everything you could ever hope for.

Overall: I really loved Fall For Anything. I'll read whatever Summers writes. She's amazing. I loved how the book started with Eddie explaining how her hands were cold. If you haven't read Fall For Anything, Cracked Up To Be, Or Some Girls Are, what are you waiting for? Order them now!

Cover: Love it. Its so simple yet really pretty. I love her hair and the way it falls. I also love the pictures in the background on the wall. Very artistic!

What I'd Give It:

Saturday, January 15

In My Mailbox (62) 1/15/2011

It was a slow week for me. Just not much coming out in January that I really want to read. Theres a few good ones though.
This Week I Got: 

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (hardcover)
Pearl by Jo Knowles (rec for Good Golly Miss Holly arc tours) 

What did you get this week?



 TAKE THEM ALL (this whole list of books) $$$$35.00 FOR ALL (this INCLUDES SHIPPING AND DC)  comes with media mail

I strongly urge you to get insurance which is an extra 3.00
if you want priority mail, add 10 more for shipping. This will cover the cost of the big flat rate box.

PAYPAL OR AMAZON GC  first email gets it please respond quickly to my email response!

Vampire Beach by Alex Duval PB
House Rules Jodi Picoult HC

Wish Joseph Monniger HC


Greek Double Date by Marsha Warner PB
Tan Lines by Katherine Applegate (includes 3 Books)

free arcs 

Flirt Club by Cathleen Daly

Friday, January 14

Five Flavors Of Dumb by Antony John

 Five Flavors Of Dumb by Antony John
 Release Date: November 11, 2010
 Publisher: Dial
 Age Group: Young Adult
 Pages: 352
 Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can&#39t hear Dumb&#39s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Piper who is your average teenage girl, except she's not. She's unique, she's deaf, she's in independent, she's average, not popular, not in a clique, all in her own little world. Until one day she gets into a signing (sign language) fit with her brother and ends up telling Dumb, a local band, she can get them a gig in a month! How in the world can she do this when she can't really even hear the band? Dumb won battle of the bands and she knows they are good but are they good enough, really?  She than converts her friend Ed into joining the band. Along comes another girl and a band is form, with Piper as their manager!

Piper leads the band to getting paid gigs, to recording a song, to appearing on a tv show. Piper is dealing with so much emotional turmoil. First she has to deal with her parents spending her college money on her sister's new hearing aids, the new and improved kind. Second, she than has to deal with feelings for a certain boy she's developing feelings for and she just can't get a break.

I'll be honest, I love music books. I loved Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph, I adore books that focus on music. I love learning facts about deceased singers. I did not know Kurt Cobain died so young. I guess I never really thought about it when I was a teen listening to Nirvana.

I loved watching Piper learn to grow up, I loved how her relationship with her family developed. I loved how her brother treated her. I loved how he would even hug her.  I loved this book. I loved the way her crush treated her. I loved that he learned things for her and did everything in his power to be around her. I enjoyed this book! 

Overall: Really liked it a lot! I need to find more books that focus on music.  

Cover: Love it! The colors even flow nicely with the text, girl, etc. 

What I'd Give It: 

Wednesday, January 12

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Delecorte Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Buy The Book:Amazon

Summary: When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York—and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn't think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari's family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future.
When misfortune befalls Blake's family, he pulls away, and Ari's world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?

My Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I thought I was going to love it. Maybe even more than a 5 cupcake book! I didn't love it as much as I hoped but I still did enjoy it a lot. We are introduced to Ari who lives in the late 80's. She lives with her mother and father. Her sister lives a little bit away with her husband Patrick. Ari kind of had feelings for Patrick which was a bit unusual but nothing actually ever happens between them. It's more like a little teenage crush.Her sister is kind of a manic depressant. Ari ends up attending a private school and had to transfer from her public school. At least there she fit in. She values her education and doesn't want to end up like her sister, young and pregnant. 

She than meets Leigh and Leigh's two cousins Del and Blake. I really liked Blake, he was a perfect gentlemen. Ari is very careful with Blake, and he does not pressure her for sex but she knows he's not a virgin because he has an ex-girlfriend from Georgia. Remember this is the late 80's, AIDS was on the rise and she was discovering more about it. I liked seeing how Ari and Blake's relationship was developing and how they were falling in love. One thing that bothered me was how Blake wouldn't stand up to his father. His father wanted him to be a lawyer like himself and Blake had different dreams. I wanted Blake to be a different person.  

Ari went from being somewhat independent to being sucked into a relationship that brought her down. Yes, she stuck up for herself but her grades starting slipping and she focused all her energy on a boy. I wanted her to keep up with her dreams and she started brushing them off.  

I'll stop there because I don't want to ruin the whole book. I really enjoyed reading this book however I was a bit let down by the end. I wanted the perfect ending and this book didn't sugar coat it and though that was a good thing, I still wanted the cheery happy ending. I liked how Ari discovered who she really was. I liked how she made the right choice for herself at the end. 

Overall: Really enjoyed reading it. 

Cover: Love the cover! I was instantly attracted to the book just by the cover alone! Beautiful!

What I'd Give It:

Tuesday, January 11

Waiting On Wednesday (78)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott 

Summary:  Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles!
Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friend's birthday party? Was your almost boyfriend partly responsible for that humiliation by withholding some vital information about where your estranged father is? Did you come home to find said estranged father sitting on your stoop?
If so, then it sounds like you could use a vacation! The Jersey Shore is the place to be. Your mother may be living with her boyfriend of only a few months, but at least the stunt Shannen pulled has put some of your friends back in your court. Even so, you're still angry and what better way to get over Jake than to blow off some steam with local guy, Cooper? People will hardly recognize your new attitude, but the old one wasn't getting you anywhere, so who cares!
Jake Graydon, an exciting opportunity is waiting for you in the service industry!
Are your grades so low your parents have grounded you for the summer? Did you the girl you really like unceremoniously leave you behind? Would you rather eat dirt than see your friends again? Then a job at the local coffee shop is just the ticket! Surprisingly, Ally's father is the new manager so you get to be reminded of her nearly every day. Maybe it's time to start flirting with your best friend's ex or even taking school a bit more seriously. Especially when you finally see Ally and she's hanging around with some loser and it's couldn't be more clear that she is over you.
Have a great summer!

My Thoughts: I loved the first book so when I heard there was another one coming I was very excited! And this cover is lovely!

Sunday, January 9

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
Release Date: February 4, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272
Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn't enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad—turned—spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn't be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty! When Tessa's own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa's sneaky ways end in catastrophe?
The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

My Thoughts: What can I say about The Naughty List that hasn't already been said? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I loved it! It was so cute! The references were cute! There were so many little one liners like “Strawberry Smoothie." The relationships were cute! The friendships were cute! The Naughty List was adorable!

We are introduced to Tessa Crimson who is the head cheerleader of SOS and also the head spy of their secret group! They investigate boyfriends of cheating! Tessa is very determined to be wrong about any guy brought to their attention! She wants to know there is one boy out there besides Aiden who is clean and won't cheat on his girlfriend.  I loved their investigations and the dilemma's they got themselves into. I loved how Tessa would dress in black clothes to make her more covert.  I also loved the cheater reports! They were very clever. 

Tara is fun loving and has a great attitude. She fights for what she wants, and accomplishes it. 

Tessa is also dating Aiden and has been for 2 years now. They are the perfect couple and are very happy together. The problem? Tessa hates lying to Aiden about her double life. He does not know anything about her investigations! I loved Aiden! He was so very sweet and he even would paint Tessa's toenails! Where do I get a boyfriend like that? He was perfect. He would never cheat on her, right? A new boy and girl enter the school. Christian and Chloe, brother and sister and a handful of trouble. We notice that Christian has his eyes set on Tessa and Chloe seems to always be talking to Aiden a lot more than she should be.  

Christian is always flirting with Tessa, and Tessa does her best to ignore him. She feels a little bit of spark towards him but definitely not enough to do anything about it. Yes, he's handsome but he's no Aiden.  She loves Aiden. She starts to notice that Aiden seems distant and he is spending more and more time with Chloe.

Than what happens? She gets a report to SOS that Aiden is cheating on her with Chloe and she starts to doubt his feelings and starts to spy on him. Christian ends up helping her but Tessa realizes things aren't always what they appear to be. 

Do you want to know who Tessa ends up with? Aiden or Christian or neither or both? Read the book to find out.

I loved The Naughty List. It was very awesome! I loved everything that happened. I loved Aiden and Tessa's feelings to each other. I even liked Christian a bit. 

Overall: The Naughty List was wonderful! A great debut by Young! I'm excited to read her next book! 

Cover: Love the cover! Its awesome! I love how pink it is and how she's draped over him holding him down! Its very cute and sexy!

What I'd Give It:

Saturday, January 8

13 To Life by Shannon Delany

13 To Life By Shannon Delany
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Buy The Book:  Amazon

Summary: Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

My Thoughts: Wow, what a fantastic debut novel! We meet Jess who is called to Guidance; she wanders down the hall not knowing if she's getting called in to talk about her mom again or for an article she wrote and she might be in trouble for it! We than meet Pietr who is new to town and also waiting in Guidance. Jess gets the job to be his guide and show him around school. Yes, he's cute but he's also very annoying, she thinks. He gets under her skin and I really liked how much she butchered his name! How funny!

Of course Jess has no romantic interest in Pietr she leds herself to believe. She's interested in Derek who she's been swooning over for 2 years now. We are also introduced to Amy and Sarah. I believed Amy was a real friend from the get go, but Sarah not so much. And once her story comes out, we realize just why that is. I never really liked Derek but Pietr was so much fun to interact with.

Sarah starts dating Pietr and Jess starts to realize how much she enjoys Pietr's company, he understands her a bit more than she thinks. Isn't that always what it's like? We want something we can't have?

13 To Life was a bit slow in parts but its the first book in a series so sometimes the setting up takes a while and I expect the next book will be even better. I did really love this one but I'm hoping the next one warrants the same as a 5 star book. I am a huge fan of romance/love triangles/ and thats basically just what this book is. Of course, there is also the element of what exactly Pietr "is."

Overall: Loved it! Very nice debut. Can't wait to read more from Delaney!

Cover: Really like the cover. It has a bit of a mystery feel to it and its blue!

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Friday, January 7

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Thursday, January 6

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Across The Universe by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416
Buy This Book:Amazon

Summary: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Thoughts: Wow, Wow, Wow! I tend to stay away from Sci-fi based novels but this one blew me away. As soon as I saw the summary I knew I wanted to read it, than the cover alone is worth buying it over. 

We are introduced to Amy right away and her thoughts and feelings. She is getting ready to be frozen and even the very beginning of the book is very intense. The first few pages made my stomach hurt because I felt so sorry for her because the decision she had to make was huge. Than a few pages later we meet Elder. He is the future leader of the ship; the Godspeed. He is being trained to take over the ship and lead his generation to their new home. 

Amy ends up getting woken up early and Elder does everything he can to try to make her more comfortable. He is very intrigued by this new girl. She is so different from everyone on the ship, her personality, her hair color, her looks, just everything. He finds her fascinating. Of course the leader of the ship right now, Elder does not like her at all. He finds her to be a nuisance and wants her gone. 

Their are so many secrets, lies, mysteries on the ship that there is never a dull moment and we are constantly learning new things. Amy's parents are still frozen and she fears they will be woken up just like she was, which she knows now was not an accident because a few others have been unfrozen left to die. And than there is The Season. It's basically where everyone starts mating to reproduce to keep the ships population going on. I hated it from the get go! Love needs to be natural, not predestined. I understand they need to keep humans on the ship but I wanted people to fall in love! 

I also loved all the characters in Across The Universe. There were a lot of side characters to keep the story going. I liked getting to know them all.

No spoilers in this review because I don't want to spoil it for anyone so just read the book to find out what happens! What happens to Amy? Does she ever make it off the ship? Does Elder become leader? When does the ship land? 

Overall: I really loved this one. I'm usually not a big fan of sci-fi type books. I tend to stick with paranormal or contemp romance YA but this one had just striked my fancy. It was a wonderful book! Its a pretty thick book but I finished it within a day. Once I started, I didn't want to stop. I just had to know what was going to happen!!!  It was also told in separate points of view so we got to experience things both with Amy and Elder! Loved that!

Cover: The cover is beautiful. Its striking with just the right amount of colors. Very unique and pretty.

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Wednesday, January 5

Waiting On Wednesday (77)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

The Royal Treatment

Summary: Desi Bascomb's job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she's advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she's landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school's production of Midsummer's Night Dream (opposite her best friend's crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can't seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency's magic than she's told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life?

Why I Want It: Duh, I loved Princess For Hire and I can't wait to get my hands on this book! 

Tuesday, January 4

Loser/Queen Giveaway

Cammy Hall is what anyone would describe as a loser. She lives with her grandparents and has adopted their way of life… right down to the comfortable shoes and early bedtime. And can she help it that she actually likes to knit?
At school, her skills with knitting needles and some yarn go completely unappreciated: people like Bekka Bell reign while Cammy and her best friend, the fearless Danish exchange student Gerdi, watch from the sidelines. Cammy’s used to being an outsider; after years of humiliating moments, her goal is simply to fly under the radar. Then she suddenly starts receiving mysterious text messages that lead her right to all the embarrassing secrets about the most popular kids in school. Cammy never expected to be able to climb up the high school food chain, and the agenda of the texter may be questionable—but how can she possibly give up the chance to be Queen?

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- Copy of Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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XVI by Julia Karr

XVI by Julia Karr
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272
Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: In the year 2150, being a girl isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially when your sixteenth (read sex-teenth) birthday is fast approaching. That in itself would be enough to make anyone more than a little nuts, what with the tattoo and all – but Nina Oberon’s life has taken a definite turn for the worse. Her mother is brutally stabbed and left for dead. Before dying, she entrusts a secret book to Nina, telling her to deliver it to Nina's father. But, first Nina has to find him; since for fifteen years he's been officially dead. Complications arise when she rescues Sal, a mysterious, and ultra hot guy. He seems to like Nina, but also seems to know more about her father than he’s letting on. Then there’s that murderous ex-government agent who’s stalking her, and just happens to be her little sister’s dad."

My Thoughts: I have been reading more and more dystopian books lately huh? We are introduced to Nina who is 15 years old and fast approaching her 16 or sex-teen birthday. What does this mean? It means that basically any guy who wants too, can take advantage of her without any real rules or punishment and she can do what she basically wants sexwise. There is no law that says she can't. Most girls are looking forward to turning 16, including her best friend, because it signifies being grown up. They can go into a program to better themself or just have more rights sexually. Well, Nina wants none of that. She knows what that "program" really is and she does not have any interest in being with a guy either. She's happy to stay 15 forever.

Her mother is brutally murdered and Nina doesn't understand why. Nina and her sister have to move in with her grandparents and she spends most of the book trying to keep her sister safe from her sisters father (her mothers exboyfriend). Keep in mind that they don't have the same father. Nina thinks her father is dead but her moms last words were to find her father and give him a book so Nina is more confused than ever.

Nina also meets a mysterious guy named Sal. They become quick friends and he introduces her to a friend of his and she realizes that they all have more in common than they think.

XVI was a good book. Some parts made me mad because I wanted good things for Nina and I hated the way things were ran around town. I was happy with the outcome and the ending but I felt it was a little rushed and I wanted to see things tied up a bit more slower.  I wanted to know more about Sal and I wanted to experience more romance between them. Yes, there was romance but I just wanted more! Haha! 

I also liked all the characters. I liked Nina's friends, even the guys! And her best friend was a bit annoying but I wanted her to snap out of wanting to be a sex-teen before it was too late. I kept saying  open your eyes, open your eyes!!!

If you want to find out what happens with Nina, read the book! Does she ever find her father? Is her sister safe? What happens when she turns 16? What happens with Sal? Her friends?

Overall: I really enjoyed this one! I didn't love it quite as much as other dystopian's I've read lately but it was still overall an enjoyable read with a new take on becoming 16 or being old enough to have sex.

Cover: I like the cover. It has a dark angle to it. And we can't really see her eyes since its dark and it makes it more mysterious.

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