Wednesday, August 31

Contest Craze Mini Challenge Volunteers

Remember I mentioned a few weeks ago, Contest Craze is coming up!

I am now accepting Mini Challenge volunteers. 

The way this works is you host a mini challenge on your blog the day of Contest Craze! 

If interested in signing up, please fill out the form located HERE.

Contest Craze is October 22nd! I am busy preparing, getting everything ready!

Can't wait to see you there!

Waiting On Wednesday (101)

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.

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

Summary: After bouncing from foster home to foster home, Magdalene Mae is transferred to what should be her last foster home in the tiny town of Silver City, New Mexico. Now that she's eighteen and has only a year left in high school, she's determined to stay out of trouble and just be normal. Agreeing to go to the prom with Bridger O'Connell is a good first step. Fitting in has never been her strong suit, but it's not for the reasons most people would expect-it all has to do with the deep secret that she is a shape shifter. But even in her new home danger lurks, waiting in the shadows to pounce. They are the Skinwalkers of Navajo legend, who have traded their souls to become the animal whose skin they wear-and Maggie is their next target.

Full of romance, mysticism, and intrigue, this dark take on Navajo legend will haunt readers to the final page.

Why I Want It: I'm a little unsure of this one as of now, but I think I will still read it and see if I like it. Any thoughts on it?

Tuesday, August 30

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse... sort of. He wants to be more than "just friends," but there's something he's not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student's capacity for drug use, pregnancy, and violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feeling

My Thoughts: Alright, so when I heard about this book, I thought to myself, hmm that could be interesting.

It was interesting but also very very weird. It was one of those books you think you know what will happen when you first start but by the middle, you've changed your mind and have no real clue.

We are introduced to Daphne who just came from Minnesota to a new school. She lives with her mom Melissa. Melissa worked on the project that seals the fate of the students of this school. On her first day of school, there is a boy with a gun in the school, what kind of luck is that? These things always happen to her. She seems to be accident prone. She also meets a really cute boy named Jesse, who shoves her in the closet and protects her.

Things move pretty fast for Daphne. The popular girls befriend her but she sees everyone around her for what they really are. She knows how "fake" these popular people are, and she sees that the less popular crowd are also "okay people."

She also finds out that the project her mom worked on has been established in this school. The kids were tested to find out what they would do in the future. This program predicts if they will get pregnant, commit violent crimes, and what exactly they will do down the road. They are called "The Predicteds." It basically makes the kids who are on the list outcasts. Nobody wants to be around them, everyone is scared of them.  Of course who has to be on the list? Its her luck again. Jesse. The boy Daphne has taken a liking too. He is predicted to commit a violent crime. Jesse is best friends with another girl and I wondered through the whole book if something was really going on between the two of them.

I'll only say a few more things about this one because I want you to read everything else for yourself.

I liked some of the characters while others I really hated. Some of them just got under my skin and I wanted them to go away. I always liked Jesse and Daphne together though. There were some quirky funny lines throughout the book. The person who turns out to be the worst, I always predicted from the get go. I had a sour taste in my mouth from the first time I met him.

The Predicteds is a good book, a little different, but good in its own way.

What Are You Predicted For? Would you even want to know?

Overall: Really liked it a lot. This is one not everyone will enjoy. Its kind of creepy in a way. Its kind of dark in a way. Its something that not everyone will "get."  How many of you would really want to know what your future holds?

Cover: It's very white! I like how we can see half of her face, it makes it look mysterious.

What I'd Give It:

Monday, August 29

Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Feiwel And Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240

Summary: On the first day of Lillian’s summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny’s home life has been rough, and that her boyfriend may be abusive. Soon, Penny’s family, the local police, and even the FBI are grilling Lil, and she decides to head out to Oregon, where Penny has mentioned an acquaintance. And who better to road-trip across the country with than Lil’s BFF, Josh. But here’s the thing: Lil loves Josh. And Josh doesn’t want to “ruin” their amazing friendship.
Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There’s something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?

My Thoughts: I had heard such fabulous things about Don't Stop Now! Friends had recommended it, I had read reviews on goodreads, so I was more than ready to dive in once I got a copy!

We are introduced To Lil and her best friend Josh. We are also introduced to Lil's friend Penny.  They have just graduated high school and Lil will be going away to college in the fall. Josh's plans are to make it big in music.

The book starts off with a message from Penny asking Lil not to tell on her. She has run away; faked her own kidnapping to go see her new friend Ethan.  Penny feels trapped by her boyfriend back home, to me he seems like he is abusive and controlling. Penny also wants to get away from her parents and little sister. They take advantage of her and don't really appreciate her.

Lil and Josh decide to go after Penny, making the open road an adventurous road trip.  On the way they stop in different towns and experience things together. They get t-shirts, they try new foods, they go to museums, they even sleep in the same bed; all while waiting for Penny to call back.  The police contact Lil, Penny's parents contact Lil, there are  a lot of phone calls throughout the trip. Josh and Lil have been best friends since freshmen year while Lil has been in love with Josh the whole time. She's watched him go through girlfriends, and never once really bat an eye at her.

I really enjoyed reading Don't Stop Now. It was a fun time. The dialogue was really easy to read and it flowed just right. It was easy to get sucked in and experience the road with them.

Do they find Penny? Is she ok? What happens between Josh and Lil if anything? Read the book now!

Overall: I really enjoyed Don't Stop Now! This is definitely a summer or nice weather read. I don't think it would have the same experience with 6 inches of snow on the ground. But if its snowing there, don't let that take away the experience, imagine your on the open road with Josh and Lil going someplace sunny!

Don't Stop Now was a fun road trip read! Definitely one you want to check out!

Cover: Like it. Its pretty plain and not a lot of coloring but still neat.

What I'd Give it:

Saturday, August 27

In My Mailbox (78)

Books Mentioned In Vlog:

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto 
Dragon's Oath by P.C. Cast
Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar
Playing With The Boys by Liz Tigelaar
Head Games by Keri Mikulski
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta

What Did You Get This Week? 

Friday, August 26

Winner of Hooked

The Winner Of Hooked is:

Please contact me within 48 hours please with your address! 

Thursday, August 25

Beyond The Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Beyond The Grave (Past Midnight #3) by Mara Purnhagen
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Summary: A haunting new tale in the Past Midnight series...

I can’t move forward with my life until I know my demons are confined to the past...

Being Charlotte Silver, the daughter of famous paranormal investigators, means my life isn’t like that of other teenage girls. Especially after what happened to my parents. Things changed. I missed prom and deferred my big college plans. But I still have my boyfriend, Noah. He’s everything I could want—if I can figure out what’s up with him. Suddenly Noah is secretive.

I fear it has something to do with what happened to us three months ago. The bruise Noah suffered during a paranormal attack has never completely faded. Now I’ve learned Noah is researching demons. And when he disappears, it’s up to me to find him—before something else does.

My Thoughts: Oh gosh!! I really have enjoyed this series. I gave the first book 4 cupcakes, the second book 5 cupcakes, and now the third book 3 cupcakes. I just didn't love this one as much as the others.

We are back with Charlotte and her sticky life. After the last book, her mother is still in a coma, her dad's still pining away trying to be there in case she wakes up, Charlotte is trying to figure out what is going on with her boyfriend Noah, and Annalise is away at college.  Oh, and Noah's mom is planning her wedding. The wedding that they weren't supposed to have without Charlotte's mom being there.

In Beyond the Grave, we learn more about what happened at the ending of 100 Candles. We learn more about why Noah is acting the way he is and why her mom can't seem to wake up.

We also learn more about The Watcher and The Protector.

Honestly, I just don't think there was enough action in this book. And hardly any romance at all. Noah was kind of aloof for most of this book and he just wasn't interesting anymore. And maybe it was just me, but I didn't care much for the Watcher or Protector angle. I just wanted things to be happy and Charlotte and Noah to get their relationship back on track and I wanted her mom to wake up!

Beyond The Grave was still an alright book but I did enjoy the other two books more. Will I still read anything else Mara writes? Yes, of course. This just wasn't the best book for me. You might like it more than me, there just wasn't enough real action to tide me over.

Overall: Just okay in my opinion. Not a bad book, just sad to see the series come to an end and I wasn't as invested in this one as the others. Probably a 3.5 more than a 3 cupcake book for me.

Cover: Like it. Like the red color!

What I'd Give It:

Wednesday, August 24

Waiting On Wednesday (100)

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.

Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard

Summary: A dark and provocative novel from the author of The Secret Year 

Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it’s the only thing that makes him feel alive. He’s sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking questions about Ryan’s depression that no one else has ever been brave enough—or cared enough—to ask. Ryan isn’t sure why he trusts Nicki with his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he desperately needs to start living again.

Jennifer R. Hubbard has created a riveting story about a difficult but important subject.

Why I Want It: Ok, so this sounds really good! I think it sounds like it has major potential! I also like the cover! 

Tuesday, August 23

Win Hooked by Catherine Greenman

Summary: Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.

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Monday, August 22

My Soul To Keep by Rachel Vincent

My Soul To Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.
Until something does.
Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.
And so is someone else…

My Thoughts: Alright I'm going to say it again, this series rocks! It rocks enough to rock my socks off. HAHA! See, how excited I am over this series. I just adore it. With each book, it just keeps getting better and better. More intense, more fulfilling.

We are back with Kaylee and her group of misfits; uh um I mean friends. This time they have to worry about humans (aka their classmates) huffing demon's breathe. Yes, you heard that right, it is supplied in a balloon and they are taking breathes off it and getting high. It's making them act weird, after a while it either drives them insane or kills them.  These story-lines are pretty genius if you ask me. They are very unique.

We also get a new character in this one. Alec. He's in the Netherworld as Avari's slave (basically). I actually liked him a lot. He stood out very well and kind of made you like him from the get go.

My Soul To Keep isn't all flowers and sparkles, it's gritty. People die, people do things you would never thought they were capable in a million years of doing, characters were disappointing  me, I felt sad, frustrated, I wanted to chuck a few people more than once.

So far, My Soul To Keep has had the most twists out of the all books I've read so far in this series, it kept me on the end of my seat! Now I'm off to start the next one and keep going with the series.

Overall: Like I said above, this series is getting even more wonderful. I just adore it. I still love Nash but I'm also falling a bit more for Tod.

Cover: Love Love Love. These covers all have such gorgeous covers! And the purple, oh so pretty!

What I'd Give It:

Saturday, August 20

In My Mailbox (77)

Books Mentioned In Vlog:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Death Catchers by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos 
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Stealing Bases by Keri Mikulski
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller 

What Did You Get This Week? 

Friday, August 19

Dark Souls Winners

The Winners of Dark Souls are:

I will be contacting you both soon!!!

Notes From The Blender by Brendan Halpin

Notes From The Blender by Brendan Halpin and Trish Cook
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240

Summary: Declan loves death metal--particularly from Finland. And video games--violent ones. And internet porn--any kind, really. He goes to school with Neilly Foster and spends most of his classroom time wondering what it might be like to know her, to talk to her, maybe even to graze against her sweater in the hallway. Neilly is an accomplished gymnast, naturally beautiful, and a constant presence at all the best parties (to which Declan is never invited). She's the queen of cool, the princess of poker face, and her rule is uncontested-- or it was until today, when she's dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her former BFF Lulu, and then informed she's getting a new brother--of the freaky fellow classmate variety. Declan's dad is marrying Neilly's mom. Soon. Which means they'll be moving in together.

My Thoughts: I hadn't heard too much about this book when it first became available for pre-order on amazon. A few months later review copies started being sent out and I heard both positive and negative reviews.  I knew as soon as it was released I had to have a copy to see what I thought of it.

We are introduced to Declan and Neilly. First off, I love the name Declan. When I think of the name Declan, in my mind I see Declan from Kyle XY. I adore the name! But Declan in this story is rough around the edges, kind of gothy, kind of sweet but also perverted. Neilly is a nice girl who is popular, and all the guys think she is drop dead gorgeous. Every high school male's fantasy.

And, that is exactly what she is to Declan. Declan has a crush on her from a far. Until one day when he comes home to find his dad has a new plan for the two of them. He is getting married and having a new child. Declan's mom died when he was nine so its just been the two of them. Come to find out the women he is in love with is none other than Neilly's mother! Oh no! Is this great news or bad? He will get to live with this hot girl but she will be his step-sister!

I just want to point out a few things. I really enjoyed this book. But it is a bit perverted. To me, it really wasn't that bad. It does reference Declan loving himself a little too much (is that a nice enough way to say this?) but I read a lot of reviews of people who hated hearing about that. 

I also really loved the different perspectives. I loved hearing what was going on in both Neilly and Declan's head.  I loved how different their families were from each other. I also loved the other plots going on within the story. For example, Neilly's boyfriend and her best friend. I also liked the Griffin story.

Notes From The Blender was a wonderfully written book. It was funny. It was creative. It was really refreshing to hear things from a male perspective. 

Overall: I really liked this one. I didn't quite love it as much as I could have but I definitely did enjoy it a lot. 

Cover: Love it! I love the flats and the boots! It's the perfect cover for these two characters.

What I'd Give It:

Wednesday, August 17

Contest Craze Alert

It's almost that time of year again! For Contest Craze! I know it seems a bit early but it takes time for me to prepare!  I have already had authors start donating! I am still accepting donations! If your an author please contact me if you want to donate! 

I will also be taking mini challenges volunters (where you host one on your blog) the beginning of September so stay tuned for that.

I have also begun getting boxes of books for the Mini Challenges. I will also be hosting some individual contests this year too as well. There are a lot of prize packs I will be sending out for mini challenges. So, I am taking donations once again this year. The money donated will help me ship out the prizes. Please donate a dollar or two (or more if you want) to help me ship out prize packs! Please donate through the paypal logo at the top of the blog! I will be updating this as we go to meet our goal. 

One person who donates will also win a prize pack, which will be sent out as soon as we meet our goal (no waiting for October). If you donate, please leave a comment saying you donated! 

Please vote on the poll on the left hand side!

Contest Craze is in October this year!  

What Is Contest Craze?
 Contest Craze is a bunch of Contests here at Princess Bookie for all of us book lovers out there! Contest Craze also includes the Recreate a Cover contest AND mini challenges!

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Tuesday, August 16

Waiting On Wednesday (99)

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.

Love And Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Summary: My wish 
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you've lost it?

Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

Why I Want It:  Another amazing December book? I can't wait! Isn't this also written in verse? I think it is. Want! 

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

My Soul To Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages: 288 

Summary: When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk….

My Thoughts: We are back with Kaylee and her boyfriend Nash,Tod, and her best friend Emma. What a cast of characters, love them! 

My Soul To Save is the second book in the Soul Screamers series and it does not disappoint. Heck, I may have even liked this one a bit more than My Soul To Keep. 

In the first book we were getting to know Kaylee. In this one, we know her, we know more about her, and what she is. My Soul To Save focuses on Tod's ex-girlfriend and her sister selling their souls in order to gain success. Of course they didn't read the fine print of the agreement so they don't really know all the gory details about what they did. 

I really like Nash but I keep waiting on something to happen between Kaylee and Todd. I know nothing probably will but when you add in a third guy, you always expect feelings to develop and a love triangle to develop, HA! 

Kaylee also travels to the Netherland and there she meets some interesting characters.  She has to go there to bargain with the souls, to try to get the girls out of their contracts.

I still don't want to give too much away with this series. This is one you should definately be devouring on your own.

Tod is still hot. Nash is even more sexier, come on, those makeout sessions, HOT!  I love how Tod randomly appears and I love how Kaylee sneaks out to do the right thing.

My Soul To Save was just as good as the first one and I can't wait to read the third one! 

Overall: Loved this one too! Hope the series keeps getting better and better. Hope I love the next two sitting on my TBR too! 

Cover: Ohhhh, another gorgeous cover. This time I love the blue! 

What I'd Give It: 


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