Hawt like Hot Sauce!

So one of my favorite authors, Maggie Stiefvater, is giving away books! And to enter for a chance to win these books, I have to post somwhere on the Web that I read her blog. So, I read her blog! This is the link to her blog. If you're wondering who exactly Maggie Stiefvater is, here is a picture of her and a list of the books she has published:
  • Shiver
  • Linger
  • Forever (coming soon!)
  • Lament
  • Ballad
  • Kiss Me Deadly (anthology)

So that's that. Thanks for reading everyone and I'll have a review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan up in the next few days!


The Book Blogger Hop

Yep. That's right. It's The Book Blogger Hop! This is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.com. The button that will take you there is on my left sidebar with a picture of dancing books. This week's question is:
Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?

My answer: No, not really. But I do wish that I would have made my URL the same as my blog's name. In case you didn't notice, my blog's URL is www.manda-b.blogspot.com, not even close to Amanda's Writings.

So coming up this week is a review of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth and the announcement of the winner of a copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. Don't forget to enter! The link is on my right sidebar at the top. I will pick a winner on Thursday March 3rd.

Thanks for reading and happy hopping!


Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

My Review: I'm just going to come right out and say it: this book made me cry my eyes out. Right from the beginning I could tell this book would be a real tear-jerker. If you're not big into books that make you cry, don't even go near this one.

Death was a very interesting character. He was sarcastic, snarky, and compassionate all at the same time. I think the reason I like him the most, though, was because of the way he saw little children. Death's job is to carry the souls of those who die away. When little children die, he would carry their souls cradled gently in his arms. I like the thought of that.

The writing style Mr. Zusak uses is quite unique. He created a tangled web of plots and characters that wasn't too terribly confusing, but it didn't completely come together until the very end. He also tells you how the book ends several times throughout the story, but when you get to that point, it still manages to shock you.

All the characters were really well thought out and almost all of them had some importance at one time or another. I love the way the very end of the book makes you think. I love how you get to watch the dominos fall, one by one, until there's nothing but a pile of them left. I definitely recomend this book to anyone who hasn't read it yet, and anyone who likes a book that will make you cry. *This book has officially made it onto my favorites list.*

In other news, I'm extending my giveaway! Don't forget to check it out, the link is on my right sidebar. Also, I will be reviewing The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan next, so keep an eye out for that. I hope everyone's week is going great! Thanks for reading!


The Book Blogger Hop

Hey everyone it's the Book Blogger Hop again! If you don't know what that is, head on over to Crazy-For-Books.com. There is a button with dancing books on my left sidebar that will take you there. This week's question is: What book would you like to see turned into a movie?

My answer: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Why? Well it's a classic and they did such a good job with The Lord of the Rings.

What about you? What book do you want to see turned into a movie? I can't wait to hear your answer!

Thanks for reading and don't forget to check out my giveaway!


Book Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Synopsis (from BN.com): “I’ve left some clues for you.

If you want them, turn the page.

If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

I definitely love this book. It had me laughing the whole time, and when it ended, I found myself wishing for more. The characters were awesome. They were really well developed. No teenage boy would have the vocabulary Dash did, though. The book starts in his perspective (it alternates between him and Lily) and I said "Oh! Big words!"

The plot was great. It was a really cool idea, leaving a notebook with instructions for someone to follow in  a bookstore. I think I might like to try that. I don't know whether it's good or bad that it wouldn't turn out like Dash and Lily's notebook, though ;)

So lets return to the fact that I loved this book. I love it so much that I want to share it with someone. Lucky for you, I have an extra copy! Fill out THIS form for a chance to win my extra copy! This giveaway will be open for entries until 2-23-11 at 4pm. Make sure you put your correct email address and to check it on the 23rd because if you don't respond within 24 hours I will pick a different name. I'll have a link to the entry form and this post up on one of my sidebars (probably the right one) so you can easily find it again. Thanks everyone for reading and good luck!

(Head on over to Lulu's blog, The Bookworm Is Here! for another great review of this book.)


Book Blogger Hop!

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've participated in the Book Blogger Hop so I decided I'd go ahead and do that today. So anyway, this is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.com. I have a little button for it on my left sidebar <-----. This is just a way for book bloggers to find other book bloggers and intermingle with them. Sounds awesome, doesn't it? It gets better. It's also accompanied with a question. This week's question is:

"Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!"

So my answer to this is: yesterday I reviewed a book. It's called the Reckoning and it was written by Kelley Armstrong. Here is the link. That's all I have time for this morning (school. ugh), so until next time, thanks for reading! 


Book Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis (from BN.com):  My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I'm not.

For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

Definitely not normal.

And finally, I'm a genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

As far away from normal as it gets.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first two in the series. It had its ups and downs, but most books do. I'll start with the ups, shall I?

There are lots of dead people and ghosts and corpses. That's an up, right?

There were a couple of unexpected turns. Who doesn't love those?

Some of the mysteries are solved. You can stop guessing now.

Now for the downs.

It got a little slow sometimes.

The end left you with a feeling of incompleteness (which is because the story isn't complete, I'm told, but it's still annoying).

Some of it was slightly redundant.

So what's my overall opinion of this book? I enjoyed it. I've read it a couple of times. I'll probably continue to read it. It's still on my shelf. Everyone should go read it if they haven't already, unless they have some kind of weird aversion to ghosts. If you're a paranormal fan, you'd probably really like this book. And that's my opinion of The Reckoning.

Up next for review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (accompanied by a giveaway), followed by The Book Thief.

Thanks for reading!


It's That Time Again...

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, there was a bit of an issue that prevented me from remembering to post on my blog. So this post will be a bit of an update on what is and will be going on on this blog.

Ok, if you read my last post the you may recall that I mentioned having an extra copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. You also may have noticed that a picture of the before mentioned book has appeared on my right sidebar. Just over there ----> underneath the phrase "Currently Reading." As soon as I have finished reading that book, I will write a review of it and post it on this blog. Along with the review will be a contest entry form. The contest will be for my extra copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. I'll have all the rules and regulations figured out by the time I finish reading the book so that will be included in that post. I'll also have a link on one of my sidebars to the contest entry form so it can be easily found. Sound good to you? It sounds good to me.

Next up for discussion: a signature for my blog. A couple of posts back I mentioned that I would love to have a signature for my blog posts that says something like "Amanda B." I also mentioned that if somebody were to email me with a signature like that as an attachment, I would send them a Nicholas Sparks book. I happen to have quite a few of them sitting on a shelf collecting dust. As always, my email is here.

Two more things and then I'm done. I promise. Song of the Week. Do you like it? I love it. I finally got around to making a form for requesting a song. Here's the link. I think it's pretty self explanatory but let me know if you need help with it. This week I will have a review of The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong up. That will complete the reviews of The Darkest Powers trilogy for now.

Well that's all I got. Thanks for reading!

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