Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 14

What?


Heist Society

by Ally Carter
Pub. date: February 10
"When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre . . . to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria . . . to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own — scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster’s priceless art collection has been stolen and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled off this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and, hopefully, just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history — and with any luck, steal her life back along the way."

Why?

I've read the first two Gallagher Girls books and loved both of them. This sounds like it will be even better, and I've heard lots of good things about it. I really can't think of anything else to say! It sounds awesome, I already like the author, thus, I want it.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

In My Mailbox 26

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

Won

Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
Pub. date: December 09
"Felicity's no ordinary teen matchmaker...she's a cupid!

Felicity Walker believes in true love. That's why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid's Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn't just a matchmaker...she's a cupid! (There's more than one of them, you know.)
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired, and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three."

What Would Emma DO? by Eileen Cook
Pub. date: December 08
"Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend's Boyfriend...again...

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend's boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she's messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn't speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.
Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it's time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself."

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
Pub. date: March 08
"Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.
Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen — but only if she lets them...."

Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud
Pub. date: December 09
"Who doesn't want to be a cover girl?

London Abrams's fi rst love is volleyball, so why does she enter an online modeling competition? Answer: superhottie Brent St. John. London spots Brent signing in contestants at a store, and she gets in line simply to say hi. But she never dreams she'll make it into the competition!
London's now up against fourteen hungry fashionistas willing to do whatever it takes to win. All she wants to win is Brent's heart...but the money prize couldn't hurt. If London plays this right, she can win the contest, the boy, and the cash. GAME ON!"

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
Pub. date: December 08
"A love beyond life...a danger beyond doubt.
In a romantic and suspenseful collection of the New York Times bestselling trilogy, love's unbreakable bonds are put to the test.
When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she'd lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she's discovered that he's her guardian angel — his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she's in terrible danger. Only Ivy's guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.
But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he's finally reached her again?"
I won these from Steph Su Reads. Thanks so much, Steph! They all sound like they'll be pretty good. ^_^

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker (signed!)
Pub. date: February 10
"When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can't get any worse. That's until she marries her "husband": jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona's long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very dorky, very big Johnny Mercer.

Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes."
This came with a bunch of swag, including:
A purple megaphone
Two Post-It matchbooks
Some pencils
Some bookmarks
A t-shirt
An engagement ring
And some gum
BIG GINORMOUS THANKS! go to Kristin Walker and Tina of Fantastic Book Review! Once again, no swag pics due to my camera being stupid. :P

Borrowed

Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
Pub. date: November 09
"It's just another day in the life of an average kid. If you're Alex Rider, that is.

A con artist has realized there is big money in charity— the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes—gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries— to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.
Often imitated, never equaled, the series that triggered a reading phenomenon is back, exhilarating and addictive as ever."
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I'M SOOOOOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!! I ♥LOVE♥ this series! Thanks go out to Orchid and Holland for getting this for me when they saw it at the library.

A great week, if I do say so myself. My TBR pile sure is getting big.

Eclectically yours,

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wake Giveaway

Kesley at Just Blinded Book Reviews is having a cool giveaway, where one winner will get all this:

•Signed Copy of Wake by Lisa McMann
•Forget-Her-Nots bookmark (signed)
•Prophecy of the Sisters bookmark
•The Cinderella Society bookmark (signed)
•Shadowed Summer bookmark (signed)
•The Forest of Hands and Teeth bookmark
•The Iron King bookmark
•Rampant bookmark
•Fairytale bookmark
•The Body Finder bookmark
•In a Heartbeat bookmark (signed)
•Princess for Hire bookmark (signed)
•After discussion guide
•If I Stay discussion guide
•Wintergirls discussion guide
•The Hollow postcard
•Oblivion Road postcard
•Forget-Her-Nots postcard
•Two (2) "Fang" tattoos
•The Hollow tattoo
•Monster Reader tattoo
•The Hollow card
•Beautiful Creatures bookplate (signed)
•Cool Halloween Pencils
•Fairytale magnet
•Breaking Dawn stickers
•Fang preview
•Beautiful Creatures necklace
•Beautiful Creatures bracelet
•Summer Court bracelet (Wicked Lovely series)
•Theatre Illuminata bracelet (Eyes Like Stars series)

US only, open until March 19. Click here to enter!

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 13

What?

Hex Hall

by Rachel Hawkins

Saturday, February 20, 2010

In My Mailbox 25

In My Mailbox was start by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Borrowed

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Pub. date: August 09
"She doesn't see dead people, but…



She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…"
I'm only a few chapters in, and so far it's good. I just wish the chapters were a little shorter.

Won

Body Finder swag from Katie of Katie's Book Blog. I got a signed poster, a sticker, and a tote bag that says:
The Body Finder by KimberlyDerting
What is Your Echo?
Thanks, Katie!
I would post pictures, but my camera is kinda busted right now (yes, the camera I just got in August). :( I might post pictures after I get it fixed, but seeing as that might take a while, probably not. :P

Eclectically yours,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Candor by Pam Bachorz

"In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.

But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant–perfect–through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar' s built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks?
Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more."
 
I liked Candor, but not until I finished reading it. I'm not saying I only liked it because it was over, it was really good. I'm saying it was better once I knew the whole story. Candor was creative and well written, and scary. I never thought of how truly terrifying brainwashing was until I read this. I'm not sure if it's just because everyone was robbed of any individuality that might have possessed, or if it was because they were all forced into this pastel wearing, anti-art-and-anything-else-fun mold. It was downright creepy! The creepiest part was probably when they came semi-close to leavig there mold and started spouting Messages.
I really didn't like Oscar, or Nia, for that matter. Oscar was annoyingly cocky, and a bit of a jerk. There were a few times when I really wanted to slap or kick him, and he totally would have deserved it. I didn't like that he only helped rich kids and pretty girls, as if they're the only poeple that deserve to escape being brainwashed.
Nia was just kinda cliche. She did bad stuff, like, life ruining stuff, just because her parents didn't want her to do them. That really annoyed me. And then, she went and ruined her life even more in Candor. [SPOILER] I think she was actually better after going to the Listening Room.[SPOILER OVER]
The person I probably hated the most was Oscar's dad, the mastermind behind Candor and the one robbing everyone of their right to think freely, while telling them he was 'helping' them.
The pace was a little slow, but I think it worked for the story. It wasn't an action packed, mile-a-minute book, so a faster pace might have just been weird.
The ending was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing about it.
So, to sum up: This book was great, though the characters, not so much. The writing was great, the story interesting and original. I don't highly recommend it, as occasionally I had trouble getting into it, but I still think it's worth reading.

I give Candor four Fists of Rock.

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Epic by Conor Kostick

"Welcome to a society governed through computer games!

On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee's tyranny. But if they lose . . ."

I found this book on B&N's website a long time ago and thought it sounded good, and when I first started going back to the library, was very disappointed to learn they didn't have it. Then I found out another library in my systen had it, and was once again excited about it. Sadly, I was disappointed again.
Epic had a promising plot, and sounded really original (well, I've never heard of anything else like it, though something might be, and likely is, out there somewhere). A world governed through video games. It sounded awesome! Unfortunately, the execution was less than satisfactory. The writing was fine, but it kinda skimmed in places. Like the huge graduation battle, or whatever it was, that was really important. Kostick skipped over it completely! And [SPOILER] when they had to find a treasure with a really important item in it that could end the game. It was supposed to be really dangerous and difficult to find, but they found and dug up the treasure in about two pages. Then, after that, it skipped over the entire trip back home. [SPOILER OVER]
I suppose the characters were okay. Erik was smart when it came to Epic, and had one of the more interesting characters in the game. Injeborg was cool-ish, I guess. Bjorn and Sigrid were kinda boring. I think B.E. was my favorite. He was kinda funny, with his obsession with Epic and eagernes to go into battle. I found him amusing.
The villain was good. Just the right amount of insanity. Sometimes I couldn't help but think he was kinda lame for the sheer fact that he was battling teenagers in a video game. When you really think about it like that, it makes it all seem like a joke.
All in all, Epic was kinda mediocre. Not a total waste of time, but not a series I wish to complete, which is fine since everything was wrapped up rather nicely in the end (if not a little quickly).

I give Epic two and a half Fists of Rock.

Eclectically yours,

Saturday, February 6, 2010

In My Mailbox 24

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

Borrowed

Wake by Lisa McMann
Pub. date: December 08
"Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does — they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant...."
I ordered this from the library ages ago, and was only third on the list, but it still took forever to become available. I already finished it, it was okay.

In other news
I'm hosting Soundtrack Saturday over at Rating Reads this week. Click here to see what I picked for Wake.

Eclecticaly yours,

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

"In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long...

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise."

I read part of this at the bookstore once, and had been dying to get from the library ever since. It was really good! I finished it in one day, which is saying something even though it's only 197 pages. I'm just not a one-day reader. Yeah, there have been a few occasions when I read a book in one day, but they are very few and far between.
I found Raven to be an intriguing character. Her fascination with vampires was fun to read about. Though, I have to admit, I liked her alot more in the first half of the book than in the last half. Once Alexander came in, she got all lame and girly and mushy. It was still kinda amusing though, because she was aware that she was changing. I just wish she hadn't changed so much.
I really hated Trevor, but that was the point of his existance, so I feel no need to elaborate on my intense dislike of that character.
Alexander was kinda boring. I really can't think of anything to say about him.
I found the whole vampire thing to be a bit annoying in the end, though interesting and amusing throughout most of the book. Raven spent most of the book trying to find evidence that the Sterlings were vampires, then when she finally gave up and admitted they were human, it turned out they might actually be vampires. It was a bit irritating.
I really didn't like Raven between the Snow Ball and the last few chapters. She was kinda pathetic without Alexander. She skipped, like, four days of school just because he stopped talking to her, and didn't leave her house until her father made her. I wanted to slap her during that part, knock some sense into her.
All in all, this was a good book. I'm interested to find out what happens next and will definitely be looking into the rest of the series (the sequel at the very least).

I give Vampire Kisses four Fists of Rock.

Eclectically yours,