Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 19

What?


Secrets of Deltora

by Emily Rodda

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In My Mailbox 29

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

Tour

Rising Shadow by Jacquelyn Wheeler
Pub. date: September 09
"Ashlyn Woods has just transferred to one of the most beautiful campuses on the west coast, where she can't wait to start her life over as a normal college student. But her plans take an unexpected turn when she discovers that she is a Soterian: a person who develops special powers when the balance of good and evil shifts too far in evil's favor.
Soon she and the other Soterians are studying martial arts and learning to use their powers to prevent California from being plunged into chaos. But they quickly discover that they're up against a much more dangerous enemy than they anticipated.
And when Ashlyn meets Kai, a devastatingly gorgeous guitar player, she realizes she must sacrifice more than she ever imagined."
Got this as part of the tour Eleni at La Femme Readers is hosting. Thanks, Eleni!

Borrowed

Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot (from Orchid)
Pub. date: June 08
"Liar, liar.
Katie Ellison is not a liar.
It's just that telling the truth is so . . . tricky. She knows she shouldn't be making out with a drama club hottie behind her football- player boyfriend's back. She should probably admit that she can't stand eating quahogs (clams), especially since she's running for Quahog Princess in her hometown's annual Quahog Festival. And it would be a relief to finally tell someone what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the new wall outside the junior high school gymnasium-in neon orange, which still hasn't been sandblasted off. After all, everyone knows that's what drove Tommy out of town four years ago.
But now Tommy Sullivan has come back. Katie is sure he's out for revenge, and she'll do anything to hang on to her perfect (if slightly dishonest) existence. Even if it means telling more lies than ever. Even if, now that Tommy's around, she's actually-no lie- having the time of her life."
Borrowed this from Orchid the other day and finished it in one sitting. My review will be up soon.

Eclectically yours,

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fang by James Patterson

"Max and the Flock are flying high over Africa, but this time they're not alone. A sky full of cargo planes accompanies the team as they bring much-needed aid to the continent's poverty stricken regions. Among the volunteers is the mission's benefactor–the mysterious billionaire, Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen. Max is intrigued by his generosity, but there's also something about him–and his intense scrutiny of the Flock–that makes her nervous.



But Dr. Hans isn't the only puzzling thing about their trip. The Flock also receives a cryptic message from a young girl, who tells them, "The sky will fall." Max and the Flock are ready to return home, still unable to make sense of her statement. But the surprises don't end with their departure, and something unbelievably momentous shakes up the Flock–pushing Max and Fang closer than ever. Will the team be able to stick together through the chaos?"

After the epic fail of The Final Warning and slightly less than awesome MAX, I really had my doubts about this book. I think I even considered not reading it for a time. But I couldn’t just turn my back on a series I’d been reading for years, just because the last two books weren’t exactly up to par.
I actually enjoyed FANG quite a bit. It was more like the first three books, with a clear villain trying to do God knows what to humans, no matter what the costs. The reappearance of the Erasers, while slightly confusing and not very well explained, was welcome. I missed the furry guys.
I gotta agree with the flock on the whole Max/Fang thing (or Fax, as some people call it). It was annoying, they were annoying. Just about every time they were together (with the exception of Vegas, because something actually happened there) I wanted someone or something else to barge in and liven things up a bit, preferably with a fight of the punching and kicking variety.
I didn’t think it was possible (and I may have said this in my review of MAX), but right when I thought Angel couldn’t get any more irritating, she did. There was a point in the book when I was actually hoping she’d die. I know it sounds horrible, but I just hate her so much.
The rest of the flock, however, were alright. You know, until they let Angel become their leader and all. Why on earth would a 15, 12, and 9 year old take orders from a 7 year old?! (FYI, they got older. Finally! When Angel declared herself 7 in the last book, it occurred to me that they’d been the same age for a long time, longer than they should have been. But hey, what can you do when you don’t know your birthday and are too busy saving the world to keep track of the date?)
I can’t review this book without addressing the thing that put every fangirl into a tizzy: Dylan. A lot of the aforementioned fangirls are probably going to hate me for saying this but, he wasn’t that bad. It was a little annoying that Patterson was trying to force a love-tent (because love-triangle just doesn’t make sense, unless one of them is very confused) where one could not exist. But other than that, and everyone always saying how gorgeous he was, I didn’t find Dylan to be all that annoying or anything. I found him kinda sad, actually. I mean, the dude couldn’t even fly before he met the flock!
Anyway, I liked this book. It wasn’t the best in the series (the first three are tied for that honor), but it definitely wasn’t the worst. I’m really glad they finally got back to fighting evil wackadoo scientists and being shot at everywhere they went. I’m also really glad they were only working with the CSM for a very short time in the beginning.

I give FANG four roller skates.
 Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 18

What?

Tales of Deltora

by Emily Rodda

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 2

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Current read: Prophecy of Days: the Daykeeper's Grimoire by Christy Raedeke

"For good reason, I am full of dread. This is the kind of meeting I would spend a lot of time preparing for. Hair, clothes, shoes, conversation—all of this should have been carefully planned out over the course of days, weeks maybe, with Justine. I'm just glad Mr. Papers is with me; an origami monkey seems like a natural ice breaker." page 24

Eclectically yours,

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

"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. Then 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 mysterious Johnny Mercer."

I kind of expected A Match Made in High School to be funnier than it was. But then, maybe it just wasn't my kind of humor. I'm sure someone found it funny and amusing, but not me.
I didn't really like any of the characters that much. They were all kind of annoying in their own way. That's really all I have to say on that matter.
I don't often find books predictable, because I never think ahead of what I've read. Even so, I knew how this would end. It was. Just. So. Obvious.
Other than all that, the writing was fairly good. It was an okay book, it just wasn't really my thing. I may look into future books by Kristin Walker, though I'll probably avoid anything with a similar theme to A Match Made in High School. Please excuse the short review; I just can't think of anything else to say about this book.

I give AMMHS two roller skates..
Eclectically yours,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

In My Mailbox 28

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

I have a lot of books to catch up on from the last couple months, so I'm changing the format this week. Click a title to read the synopsis on Shelfari.
Bought

Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz
Quantum Prophecy: The Awakening by Michael Carroll

Won

Eleventh Grade Burns (ARC) by Heather Brewer, plus buttons and a vampire smiley bag, from Khy at Frenetic Reader. Thanks, Khy!

Don'y Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter, from Alyssa, Jake, and Gregory at Teens Read and Write. Thanks, guys!

Borrowed

Hold Still  by Nina LaCour (library)
Fang by James Patterson (library)
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (library)
Heist Society by Ally Carter (library)
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (library)
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (from Zombie Girrrl)

And those are all the books I've gotten since late March. Needless to say, I've finished most of them already. Now I just need to write reviews for them.

Eclectically yours,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 1

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Current read: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

"I turned slowly and found myself surrounded by ghosts of all ages, at least a dozen of them, pressing closer; eyes wild; hands reaching for me; voices rising, shouting, demanding, snarling. The heavyset guy who'd flashed his death mask planted himself in front of me." page 82

Eclectically yours,

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sorry for the Blog Silence

I've been kinda busy lately. Doing what, you ask? Why, reading, of course! I've read quite a few books in my absence from blogging, and I think I might have a good chance of completing the 100+ Reading Challenge. Right now I'm trying to catch up on my reviews, which (sadly) I've been struggling with all year. :(

I managed to get some writing done while I was away. I even *gasp* got past my writers block! *happy-dance* I got a few chapters into Not Another Vampire Book without too many issues, but got a little stuck on chapter 5(?) when I read the outline for it and realized it sucked! So, once I finally re-outline that chapter, I'll get back to writing.
So far I'm fairly happy with the book. The character interactions might not be that great, and the pace might be a little slow right now, but it's not a total epic fail like the first draft.

Being that I'm easily distracted, I've put off re-outlining for a little bit and have started working on another one of my books, B19, which is yet to have a final or working title. I'll try to think of one so I can get away from the number/letter system (which I now regret ever starting).
Anyway, it's about magic and there's a bit of mystery, and hopefully there will be a lot of action (because I LOVE action). Right now I'm working on character bios and such. My sister found this really handy character form in a copy of The Complete Idiots Guide to Writing for Young Adults, which has been sitting on a shelf, untouched, for a few years. I really like the form, it asked a bunch of questions I hadn't thought of before. I'll probably use it for all my characters from now on.

That's really all for now. Hopefully, I'll have some reviews to post soon. I've also been trying to do a vlog (my camera has finally been fixed! Huzzah!), but I find vlogging incredibly difficult. If you have any suggestions on vlogs, I'd be more than happy to hear them. :)
Oh, one more thing before I go. I'd like to thank all of my followers for sticking around despite the lack of posts. After two months without any posts, I probably would have declared a blog dead or abandoned and stopped following. So, thanks. You guys are awesome! ^_^

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia