Monday, September 28, 2009

Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson

"All's quiet in the small town of Holliswood, the television sets a-glow in every home. But not all is as perfect as it seems.

A terrifying outlaw has just arrived in town, with the goal of throwing it into chaos—and filming the pandemonium for the fellas back home.
Only one person can stop him and his thugs from destroying the city and everyone living there. Daniel X assembles an all-star team of his own creation, but not even he could imagine the enormity of this made-for-TV-villain's powers."

This book was a lot like its predicessor, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. There's really only so much you can do with one character and his imaginary friends and family, so I shouldn't have been surprised by how similar the two books were.
Despite being much like the first book, it was still good. The short chapters made it easy to read huge chunks in one sitting without realizing how far I'd gotten, but it wasn't a book that was super hard to put down or something I thought about incessantly when I wasn't reading it.
It's been forever since I read the first one, so I can't say too much on the character development between books.
Story wise, I think I liked this one more. The idea of a villain using people for a reality show against their will, and killing them in the end, was fascinating and disturbing (though, probably not very original [I say probably because I can't think of any other books with that theme, but I'm sure they exist somewhere]). I can't remember exactly what made the last villain so bad.
I think that's really all I can say on this one. Usually when reviewing a sequel, I would make some comparisons to the first book, but it's just been too long since I read the first one and since I didn't review it, I don't have anything to help me out.
All in all, a good book. Definitely worth reading if you liked the first one, and I'm really looking forward to the third. :)

I give Daniel X: Watch the Skies three Fists of Rock.


Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, September 26, 2009

In My Mailbox 13

In My Mailbox was started by the Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Borrowed
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
Pub. date: August 08
"Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen."
I've already finished reading this. I won't say anything about it now, you'll have to wait for my review to know what I thought of it.

Vampire Knight vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino
Pub. date: January 07
"Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas..."
Orchid brought this manga to my attention when she got it from the library, and as soon as I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I already finished it, and will start my review soon. Can I just say now that I love the Day Class's uniform?

That's all for this week. What'd you get?

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wish List Wednesday 4

Wish List Wednesday is my version of Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday. I'm not really "waiting on" anything, since most of the books I want are already out.

What?

Quantum Prophecy: The Awakening

by Michael Carroll

Saturday, September 19, 2009

In My Mailbox 12

In My Mailbox was started by the Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought:
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Pub. date: May 09
"A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes—supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods."
This book sounds really good, like Percy Jackson meets Magic in Manhattan, two series I absolutely love. Let's hope it joins the ranks of Books I ♥.
Free Book Friday Teens is giving away 5 copies of this, and 5 copies of its sequel, Goddess Boot Camp.

That's all I got this week, what'd you get?

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

"Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale."

I had no intention of reading this book, because honestly, it didn't really appeal to me. But my friend got it from the library, and then another friend started reading it too, so I decided to give it a shot. And I gotta, say, I enjoyed it. It's not in my top ten, not even close really, but it was good. Of all the fantasy/supernatural (not really sure what faeries fall under) books I've read, this one probably fits in the least.
This might sound weird, but Biera was my favorite character. She's one of the best villains I've ever read about/seen on TV/in movies. She was just so... evil. Like, psychotic, whackadoo evil. She definitely was not a wimpy villain. She had no problem killing people (not to mention making them suffer in the process), everyone was disposable to her. It was scary and fascinating all at once.
Aislinn was an okay character, but I didn't really like her. I don't know why. It's not that she was super annoying or anything, she just wasn't that interesting.
All the major characters were pretty good, and Seth and Keenan had cool houses (train cars and loft filled with trees and birds, very awesome).
The book was actually kinda slow. I'm a big fan of action, and when a book lacks that, I have trouble getting through it. But I wanted to know what would happen, if Biera was going to kill any of them, if Aislinn would become a faerie, so I finished it in a few days. Despite the somewhat slow pace and general chickiness of the story, I plan on reading the next two books in the series.

Wicked Lovely gets three Fists of Rock.


Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wish List Wednesday 3

Wish List Wednesday is my version of Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday. I'm not really "waiting on" anything, since most of the books I want are already out.

What?


Death Note vol. 2

Friday, September 11, 2009

In My Mailbox 11

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.
This is a Special Edition IMM because I actually got some books in my mailbox this week! Yay!


From the used bookstore:
I'm not usually one to buy books I've already read, but I've been wanting to complete my Midnighters collection for a while now, and the one I found at the used bookstore was in really good condition. I really liked this book, and now I can reread it whenever I want. =)

It was pure luck that I found this. I've looked for it everywhere, but neither Barnes & Noble, Borders, or Books-A-Million had it. I love it when people in my area either don't like a book I want or are kind enough to trade it in when they did like it. I can't wait to read it! ^_^

I read about this online a while ago, and it sounded interesting, but I kind of forgot about it and never got around to adding it to my wish list. The copy I found looks brand new, I don't think anyone's ever read it. Yay! I love the price of used books, but I don't like getting them if they look used (I'm a book snob like that). I'm really looking forward to reading this. :)
From Amazon:

I started watching Death Note a few weeks ago, and I've been hooked since the first episode (technically fifth)! It's made of awesome! I can't believe I didn't get into it sooner! The artwork is really good, and the story is interesting. I really can't wait to read it! XD

I have looked for this everywhere. I looked for it at three different bookstores in one day once, but never found it, so I got Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks instead. After a while, I just got tired of looking for it and just  ordered it from Amazon. Now, after months of looking and wanting to read it, I finally have it! I'm going to read this as soon as I finish all my library books. ^_^

That's all I got this week. I'd say it was a pretty good week for books (actually, I got all these in one day). I usually don't find anything at the new/used bookstore (I think I've found exactly 5 books there, all new), so I was pretty surprised (and happy) to find three in one day.
What'd you get this week?

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wish List Wednesday 2

Wish List Wednesday is my version of Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday. I'm not really "waiting on" anything, since most of the books I want are already out.

What?


Witch and Wizard

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In My Mailbox 10

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. None of these books were or ever will be in my mailbox, but whatever.

Borrowed:
The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale
Pub. date: January 07
"Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was."
I've been considering reading this series for a few years now, so when I saw the first book at the library, I decided why not? I've read a few chapters (like, three or four), so far I like it. Now, let's just hope that feeling remains throughout the rest fo the book. :)

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pub. date: September 98
"Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police."
This one sounded kind of interesting, and I'm desperate for new books.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Pub. date: October 08
"IN a world where people with an extreme skill--called a Grace--are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po's friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone."
I read the first chapter of this, and immediately knew I had to finish it. I'd kinda been avoiding this book for some time, the cover and genre were major turn offs for me (I had my fill of fantasy books a few years ago).

Well, that's all I got this week. What'd you get?

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, September 4, 2009

More Rewrite News

I think it's about time for another update on the B1.1 rewrites.

I'm on page 13, chapter 5 (I like short chapters). So far, I've had four different narrators... but I think I've only had one voice. That's never good. There's just something about how all the characters describe other people that's very much the same. Here's a rare mini excerpt:

"She looked at me, eyebrows raised slightly like, ‘Go on.’"

They kind of all describe peoples' expressions like that. T_T
I don't know what happened! In the first draft, they all had their own way of telling the story, but now they all sound the same. It's really annoying! Maybe I just need to give myself a little more time to get adjusted or whatever.

Another problem I have is chapter 3. I hate it, plain and simple. I might have to go back and rewrite it sometime in the next few days (or hours), before I get any farther along and have to worry about taking something out of that chapter that ends up getting referenced later on (can you say plot hole?).
I don't know why it turned out so wrong. It could be a number of things (though I think it's a combination of the narrator and events of the chapter).
I'm really not looking forward to rewriting a rewritten chapter. At all. Rewriting the whole book, sure. Rewriting a single chapter in the middle of what's already been rewritten, not so much.

I think I've bored you with vague details concerning the rewrite (really getting tired of that word) enough for one day. I'll try not to post anything else like this for about a week or two.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

P.S.
I'm taking a break from reviews until I finish all the books I'm currently reading, so don't expect a review for a while. I'll post some other book related stuff to keep you entertained until my reading pile is no more. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday is my version of Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday. I'm not really "waiting on" anything, since most of the books I want are already out.

What?


Zombie Queen of Newbury High

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Leviathan Trailer!!!


This book looks like it's made of awesome!!! I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT!!! I'm a big fan of Scott Westerfeld's books, so I'm sure to love it.
You guys should also be very excited for the release, I have big things planned. ;)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia