11.29.2010

Giveaway!

Hey everyone! That's right! A giveaway! Rules are simple: You have to be a follower of Amanda's Writings and you have to fill out the following form. The prizes are: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce OR Sea Change by Aimee Friedman. You guys have until Monday December 15th to enter that way I can get it to you around Christmas :)




These are the books:






I'll have a couple of reviews posted this week and I'll add the link to this post on my Links pages so you can find it later.

Thanks for reading!

11.26.2010

Book Blogger Hop

Hey everybody it's the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy for Books. If you don't know what that is, click the button on my left sidebar that has a picture of a dancing book.

This week's question comes from Sarah who blogs at Writer, Reader, Dreamer:


"What is your favorite book cover?"



That's a hard one. I think I've narrowed it down to three:

This cover was perfect for the words inside.



I bought this book because of the cover :)


This cover is super awesome. It just draws your eye.


What's your favorite book cover[s]? 

Thanks for reading!


Interview With Lulu! (A Fellow Book Blogger)

Okiedokie, this interview is with Lulu over at The Book Worm Is Here! Why am I interviewing a blogger and not an author? Well because I can. ;) Ready for the interview? Here you go:

 Me: What made you want to be a blogger?

Lulu: I started blogging because I wanted to share my own opinions on the books I read. It started when I stumbled on a few book blogs and I loved the idea so I took it up!


Me: What's the best book you ever read?
 
Lulu: I have read many amazing books... but I have to say the best book I read to date is by Jaclyn Moriarty. It's called "The Year of Secret Assignments". The book is a few years old but I absolutey loved it! But I have to mention that I do have lots of others I consider my favs.
 
Me: What genre of books is your favorite?
 
Lulu: Wow tough question, I don't think I have a favourite. But the YA books genres that I love to read are: romances, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy.
 
Me: What's your favorite subject in school?
 
Lulu: My favourite subject in school is between Technology class and P.E.
 
Me: When did you start reading?
 
Lulu: I started reading in Kindergarten, but by grade four I was reading full on novels.
 
Me: Who is your favorite author?
 
Lulu: I actually have two favourite authors: Ally Carter and Margret Peterson Haddix.
 
Me: What are you reading now?
 
Lulu: I am reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes" by Maureen Johnson.
 
Me: Are you going to be something bookish? If not, what are you going to be?
 
Lulu: I would like to be a photographer or a book editor.
 
 
Another photographer! :D I've been told I'm pretty good with a camera, but I think I'll stick with books and writing and english classes for now. Well thanks for the interview Lulu and good luck with your blog! Lulu has also posted an interview of me if you want to check it out.
 
Completely unrelated topic. Another one? Yes. I saw Tangled last night (the new Disney movie) and I love it. It is my new favorite movie. I bought the soundtrack for it last night when I got home and I'm currently in the process of listening to it for possibly the 15th time. It would be more, but I had to sleep. ;) So my point is, it was amazing. And funny. And sad. With addicting music. Go see it. The end.
 
As always, don't forget to check the question tab and thanks for reading!

11.24.2010

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, new found brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.


To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


Once again I enjoyed this book. Once again, if you do not like over-usage of literary devices, particularly similes, don't read this book because it will drive you crazy. It was very fast-paced, and had a couple of new, rather interesting characters. It didn't really enthral me as much as the first, but the un-put-downness of it made up for that. It had all the right amounts of seriousness, laugh-out-loudness, shockingness, and sadness. The would was familiar and at the same time mysterious. There was an element of mystery in a number of things that kept me wanting to see what happened next. It was an overall excellent book. I highly recomend it to fans of the first book, and to people who haven't read it yet.

Also, don't be put out by the whole angels thing. It's not the driving factor of the book and there are plenty of other supernatural creatures like werewolves and vampires and faeries to balance it all out. It's refreshing. A great read.



Thanks for reading! Now that you've suffered through my unbearably short review, head on over to the page "Question for you..." and answer the question. ;)

11.22.2010

New Button :)

Alright, thanks to Hafsah over at Icey Books I have a new header and button! The header, as you can see, is above, ^ while the button is on the left side of your computer screen. <<<<  There is also a grab box for my button so if you want it, go ahead and take it. I am just about done with City of Ashes so that review should be up tomorrow. Also, if any of you have any songs you want posted as song of the week, post a comment on the current song of the week with your suggestion and I will look into it. That will be the way to suggest until I can come up with a form. Well that's all folks!
Thanks for reading!


11.20.2010

The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .


Alright, The City of Bones. Let me start off by saying I really enjoy this book. A warning for all nit-picky readers: this book is overloaded with similes, so if things like that bother you, I wouldn't suggest reading this book. If you are like me, however, and you pass over unimportant things like too many similes, then pick up this book. I first read this book when we were taking finals in school last year. I finished all my tests pretty quickly so I had a lot of time to read. I finished this in about half a day, which obviously means I read really fast, which is probably why I didn't notice all the similes, but it doesn't bother me anyway.
Enough about similes.
Lets start with Clary. She's an artist. She likes the Pandemonium Club. She says some pretty funny things. She's fairly independent. Her best friend's name is Simon. She lives with her mom in New York. She never knew her real father. Her mom's best friend Luke is like a father to her. The end.
Now for Simon. He's a gamer. He's in a band that spends most of its time arguing over band names. He hates the Pandemonium Club and only goes because Clary likes it. He's Jewish. He's a vegetarian. Clary is his best friend. That's it.
Jace. Ah Jace. Everyone loves Jace. Seriously, ask around. He's a demon hunter, he tends to have a smart mouth, he's pretty full of himself, and he has a pretty face. Yeah, he's pretty awesome.
Sounds like some pretty interesting characters, am I right? Well those are only the major characters. We can't forget the Lightwoods, Luke, Hodge, Magnus, and some others which I don't think I'll mention at this point in time.
The point to made from this review is I liked this book and have read it multiple times. I recommend it to non-picky readers. :)



Completely unrelated statement: I just saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one today. It was spectacular, which means a lot coming form me. It is a well known fact that I detest most of the Harry Potter movies (major HP book fan here), so for me to say I loved this movie must mean something, right?

Don't forget to answer the question above and thanks for reading!

11.19.2010

Long Time No See

Hey everyone, sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything. Homework and a mini-vacation has prevented me from logging on. So anyway, I've spent the last two days at the Great Wolf Lodge. Anyone heard of it? It's pretty awesome. It has an indoor water park with amazing water slides, some of them like roller coasters. It also has some fantastic smelling shops and restaurants, an arcade, and some cool interactive games. In other words, I had a lot of fun.
So between all that homework and mini-vacation, I haven't read anything. At all. But I did manage to squeeze in a couple of pages of a story I'm writing. I'll have that posted as soon as I type it up. One more thing before I fall asleep; I started that review of The City of Bones I said I was going to post so I'll finish that up tomorrow for you :)
Thanks for reading, and dont forget to answer the question above!

11.05.2010

Quick Update

Hey everybody! It's been a while since I posted eh? Well we're almost one week into November so that leaves three more weeks for NaNoWriMo then it's back to blogging as usual. Maybe. I might be swamped with homework again. This week I made up four tests I missed (I studied four hours for each test) and then I had to write a poem and a script. I might be posting the script, because it's pretty funny. But anyway, add golf practice to that and I have no time. Tomorrow I'm playing a round of golf and then I'm going to a dance and on Sunday I'm hoping I can meet my goal of 12,000 words for this week of NaNoWriMo. Busy busy busy. But anyway, I have a review of The City of Bones coming up, as well as another post on writing so be on the lookout for those. Also, if you will move your mouse over the page up there ^^^^^ that says "Question For You..." there is a question for you. I would love to hear your answer, and I think you might be interested in answering :)

Thanks for reading!

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