1.28.2011

Book Review: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis (from BN.com): If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl — someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment — not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.



Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends — a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch — and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

This book was just as good as the first one, if not a little better. It wasn't as slow as the first one. There were quite a few parts that made me laugh, and it had a killer cliffhanger ending, so don't start it unless you have the next one somewhere close. I had to wait a couple of months for the third one. I liked all the characters in this book. All of them. You get to see a lot more of them in this book, like you get to know them better. After this you understand them better. I also loved the intense scenes. There were quite a few of them. They were all awesome. So I'll leave you with the message that I enjoyed this book and recomend it to any paranormal fans.



P.S. I have an extra copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares! After I read and review my copy of it, I will give away the extra one on my blog! So keep an eye out for that. That will be sometime in the coming month.

Well that's all folks! Thanks for reading!

1.18.2011

New Shoes.

So today at golf practice I was showing off my new shoes to my friend Samantha. They're the cutest blue plaid Vans ever. We were walking and talking when I said: "Vans is a dumb name for shoes," to which she replied "Yeah, what if it meant real vans? You can't fit both your feet on real vans."
Can you guess what we said next? Let me give you a hint, we said it at the same time and it was followed by an outburst of giggles. No? Well I'll tell you anyway. "Unless they were mini-vans!!!!"
The rest of my day consisted of my Spanish teacher informing me that I had to redo a worksheet in tutoring before school and a girl inviting me to a movie party thingy on Friday and then turning around and telling me I couldn't come (I didn't want to go anyway and I made plans with Samantha). So that was my day and this is my post. I'll have a book review up as soon as I don't have golf practice and homework. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Like that'll ever happen. Lol. I'll have a review of The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong up later this week but until then, enjoy this meaningless post and the song of the week.

Thanks for reading!
P.S. I'm thinking I need a signature. If anyone feels creative and wants to make one, I'll send a Nicholas Sparks book to my favorite! I'd like it to say something along the lines of "Amanda B." so if anyone feels up to that let me know and send the finished product to my email in an attachment. Thanks everyone!

1.10.2011

I Wrote A Poem!!!!!!

I'm not completely sure if I've ever mentioned this before but I despise poetry. Let me clarify that. I despise writing poetry. I will read it on occasion but don't expect to see any reviews of poetry books. Ever. With that being said, you may wonder why the title of this post is indeed "I wrote a poem!!!!!!" Well here's your answer: I wrote a Poem!!!!! Today in creative writing Dragon Lady said "Take notes!" then proceeded to tell us about a form of poetry originally created by the ancient Greeks called an ode. Wonderful. Then she said "Write an ode!" Delightful. After a good five minutes of staring blankly into space I turned to my friend Amber with an idea. "What if we write a poem about Fantasy?" I ask. A light goes off in her head and the rest is history. We weren't completely sure if we were allowed to work together but we did anyway. Here is what we came up with:

Ode to Fantasy 
 by Amber and Amanda

Far lands unknown yet seen,
Where mythical beings of improbable nature
Do in fact reside.
Here indeed does light exist
The purest creatures,
The purest hearts.
The Seelie Court houses dryads and niads,
The forrests hold the gentle elves,
Within the hills lie the vigilant dwarves.
Don't forget Midsummer's Eve,
Where all comes together in feverish dance.

There are some places
Where laughter comes seldom,,
Where darkness is dominant,
Where the evil things lurk.
The Unseelie Court is host to these creatures,
The creatures of nightmare
Like red caps and banshees.
Watch out for dragons and
Vampires and witches,
If you go with them,
You'll never come back.

Good o'er evil,
Dark o'er light.
Friend or foe,
You may choose your side.
Where magic flies
And thoughts run wild,
Be carfule what you wish for,
For it might come back to haunt you
As this real holds the key
To our joy and our anguish.

It's pretty good, eh? I think it's fantabulous (for me anyway). Did you know fantabulous was a real word? Me neither. Anyway, I hoped you like it and if not, well pretend you did. If you want to repost this, please don't without saying who wrote it (Amanda B. and Amber C.) and where it came from (Amanda's Writings). If you don't want to repost this then pretend the last sentence isn't there.

Sometime in the near future I will be posting a review of The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong but in the meantime, thanks for reading!

1.09.2011

Book Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for disturbed teens.
At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems…? Chloe realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse…? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?


This book was awesome. It took a slightly different take on your average supernatural. It had me on the edge of my seat and I loved the characters. You've got all kinds of bad guys and weirdos and some scientists in this one. I'm not sure what else to say about it other than I loved it :). If you're a fan of paranormal books than you should definitely try this one. If you're bored with the endless paranormal romances that all end the same then pick up this book. That's all I got. Thanks for reading!



Up next is The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, the second book in this trilogy.

1.08.2011

Eeeeeek!

Ahhhh! I haven't blogged in forever! So so so so sorry about that! School started up again this week and with school comes great amounts of homework. Golf practice is starting Monday (for those of you that didn't know, I'm on the girl's varsity team) so that will be taking a lot of my time as well. Ah, the joys of high school. In other news, I got some silver nail polish last night! Silver is my favorite! I'm also applying for a position on my school's literary magazine staff. What position am I applying for? Well short story editor of course. Now lets move onto some blog related stuff. 1. I will have a review posted tomorrow. 2. I have a couple of books for a giveaway sitting on my shelf. 3. This is also my Book Blogger Hop post:

This week's question comes from Ivan who blogs at Ivan Bookworm:


"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"

Ah, these people live to ask tough questions, don't they. There are quite a few books that have influenced me in some way or another. Eragon by Christopher Paolini made me want to write a book. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling made me love reading. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke made me stop wishing I could fall into a book. Lol. The list goes on and on. What about all of you? What books have influenced you?

Well I'm off to see the wizard so thanks for reading and check back tomorrow for a review!

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