3.31.2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger HopSo it's the book blogger hop! This is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books.com, as advertised on the button with the dancing books. This is a way for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! It also comes with a question. This week's question is:

"Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"

My Answer: Good question. I have no idea. I told my friend her feet were on the floor and she checked to make sure once. I'm not sure that's the best prank I've ever played, though. I'm not even sure that counts as a prank to be honest with you. So how about all of you? What are your greatest pranks? I can't wait to hear!

So tomorrow I will be posting a review of The Iron Queen which I finished reading last night. Earlier today I finished Need by Carrie Jones so I'll post a review of that sometime in the near future. The problem with those statements is, they mean I've ran out of new books to read. Sigh. Thanks for reading!

3.30.2011

Book Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My Review: This book was wonderful. It was twice as good as The Iron King. Lots of twists and turns, some not entirely unexpected but still surprising all the same. There was also a rather entertaining love triangle. Those are always fun. As are faery cats, 'temporary fairy-godmothers,' and psychotic Iron Fey (oxymoron;).

The characters were all pretty awesome. I liked them all. They made me laugh quite a bit. Some of them made me frown, but nothing made me cry.

So the ending was written really well. I was kind of shocked to hear that there was going to be a third one, and then I was super excited. Now I hear there is going to be a fourth one! :D This series definitely has my recomendation and praise. I'm almost done with the third book so keep your eyes open for a review! Thanks for reading!



P.S. This thing is adorable:

3.29.2011

Something I Thought I'd Share

These are the coolest crayons ever:

If you agree with me, comment and say so!  


Tomorrow I'll post a review of The Iron Daughter (sorry it's taken so long) so until then, thanks for reading!

3.27.2011

Song of the Week!



This song cracks me up.
Whistling in the Dark-They Might be Giants

3.25.2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger HopIt's finally Friday! Who's excited? I am! I've been waiting for Friday all week! Friday means the weekend is here, and that means the Book Blogger Hop is here! The Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books.com. The logo to the left of these words will take you there if you wan't more info. This week's question comes from Mina at Mina Burrows:


"If you could physically put yourself into a book series... which would it be and why?"

My Answer: Well Harry Potter of course. Why? Well I've grown up on Harry Potter. It's the best. It's my favorite. I mean, just look at these covers:


Aren't they beautiful? So what about all of you? Can't wait to hear your answers! Thanks for reading!

3.22.2011

Ten Things That Bug Me

So this is just a random post. If you don't care for those, then feel free to ignore this post.

I am feeling rather iritable today, so I am going to share with you ten things that really bug me in no particular order.

1. When the people at the drive through window are rude. I was at Dairy Queen today with my mom. She ordered my chicken strips and then the lady says "Pull forward to the window." My mom gives me a confused look and says "Uh, I wasn't done ordering." The lady got annoyed with that. But anyway, next time you're going through the drive through and someone is rude to you, think of me. ;)


2. When people give my books back in worse condition than they were when I lent them out. This doesn't just bug me, this infuriates me. Harry Potter is my favorite series in the entire world. I don't lend my coppies of them out very often. One girl wanted to borrow number four. I had heard that she was a reader not unlike myself, so that lead me to asume that she would take care of my book. I let her have it. She gave it back almost three months later with the front cover torn off and the back one hanging off and didn't say a thing. I put that thing in the office where I wouldn't have to look at it ever again. I think I actually cried when she gave it back. I have yet to purchase another copy, but I hope that I will be able to soon. The empty space on my shelf also bugs me.


3. When authors take five years to write the sequal to their book, especially when the first one has a cliff hanger. I won't name names here, but I've been waiting for the fourth one for almost four years. Wouldn't that bug you too?

4. When my brothers/sister come in my room and take my things/books withough asking first. When I come in my room and see that something is missing, my first reaction is to find out where it is. That can include yelling and shouting, depending on the nature of the missing thing. I shout about my books. I'm a nerd, aren't I?

5. When people try to play my guitar. Unless you can actually play, don't touch my guitar.

6. When my guitar tuner is not working right. This is why I tune it by ear. I hate my tuner. It's a cheap peice of junk.


7. When people cancel plans last second. Couldn't you have told me before I bought those tickets?

8. When I have Spanish homework. Enough said.

9. When someone eats all the icecream and puts the emtpy carton back in the freezer. It's like I get my hopes up for nothing. Why would someone do that?

10. When I don't have anything to blog about and I have to do something random. I haven't been able to read The Iron Daughter yet. Sorry. I have read it before, I just don't remember it very well. I'll be able to get on that tomorrow, probably. Maybe. We are reading a novel for English class, and there is a quiz tomorrow over chapters 1-10. I'm on chapter 3. Heheh.

Well I hope you enjoyed that somewhat ;). Thanks for reading!

3.18.2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger HopIt's Friday and that means it's the Book Blogger Hop! And it's also the Book Blogger Hop's birthday! It's been one whole year since it was started. That's awesome! So anyway, the Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books.com. The picture to the right will take you there if you want to check it out. This week's question is:


"Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?"


My answer: Great question. I usually only read one (sometimes two) at a time, but sometimes I'll have one going for English, one to read at school (after tests and such), one to read for fun at home, and one for review. But usually it's only one or two. 


How about you all? How many  books are you reading now? Can't wait to hear your answers! In the next couple of days I will have a review of The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa up so keep an eye out for that. In the mean time, enjoy the Book Blogger Hop and thanks for reading!

3.15.2011

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

My Review: I enjoyed this book rather a lot. It's a book about Faerie, and I'm currently fixed on those. This one had an interesting twist on faerie. Not only did it have the 'traditional' Seelie and Unseelie Courts, but it introduced the Iron Fey. That's like an oxymoron, don't you think? Moving on. The plot was super. There wasn't really a dull moment through out the whole book. There was a love triangle thing going almost the whole time as well. I love how the two guys involved in this little love triangle were complete opposites in every way. That made for some interesting scenes.

The characters were fabulous. There were quite a few familiar names (Oberon, Titania, Puck, etc.) and then there were lots of new ones. There was this really awesome cat, too. He was my favorite. The main character wasn't whiny or super dependent, but she wasn't completely independent either. The young prince mentioned above was another of my favorite characters. He was pretty... icy.

 Over all I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to any faerie fans, paranormal fans, and anyone looking for a good read.



Up next for review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa. Thanks for reading!

3.12.2011

Giveaway :)


So I'm posting this as an entry for a contest! The banner above will take you to the contest page if you're interested in entering :)

3.11.2011

Ugh.

So I've just been struggling with blogger for an hour and a half now, trying to get my review page to work right. It was getting quite annoying. I had to redo it four times. But anyway, I've organized it by the authors' last names! Yay! Now you can actually find reviews! And with that note, I'm going to sleep. Goodnight!

Book Blogger Hop!

It's the Book Blogger Hop again! This is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books.com. Click on the link with the dancing books on my left sidebar learn more.  This week's question is:
"If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?"

First of all I would replace my Harry Potter books that have been read one to many times. This includes the third, fourth and seventh one. If I had any money left after that (Harry Potter books are expensive) I'd browse the shelves for something that looks good. How about you guys? What would you get?

Thanks for reading!

3.09.2011

Book Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

My Review: Fire was amazing; just as good as Graceling (a favorite of mine). The thing that I liked the most about this book, I think, was the crazy twist and turns that are hurled at you as you read. It's like a soap opera! There was war, fighting, romance, jealousy, and lots double-crossing. The monsters were quite interesting as well. And I loved how nothing was completely resolved until the very end, so you were guessing about something the entire book. The characters. There were a lot of characters to keep track of. The beginning is a little confusing because it starts out with one character then jumps to another. The confusion clears up pretty quick, though. I've added this book to the list of my favorites and I implore everyone who liked Graceling to read this one if they haven't, and If you haven't read either, you definitely should. I love them both!



Up next for review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Thanks for reading!

3.07.2011

Winner!

This is it! This is the day! I'm about to tell you who has won a copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares! I've chosen the winner by way of random drawing and the winner is.... Lindsay C.! Congratulations! If I don't get a confirmation from this person within the next 24 hours I will pick someone else so be sure to check your inbox!  Tomorrow I will be posting a review of Fire by Kristin Cashore so until then, thanks for reading!

3.06.2011

Song of the Week



The Band Perry-If I Die Young

I'm picking a winner of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares tomorrow! Don't forget to enter for a chance to win!

3.04.2011

The Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger HopIt's The Book Blogger Hop again! This is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.com (as mentioned in the little picture with the dancing books). This is a way for bloggers to intermingle. It also comes with a weekly question:

"Who's your all-time favorite book villain?"

My answer: Bellatrix Lestrange! From Harry Potter! Why? Because she's crazy! What about all of you? What are your all-time favorites?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares! It ends on Monday! The link happens to be at the top of my right sidebar. Thanks for reading!

3.03.2011

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

My review: A zombie book. Hmmm. I don't usually read these, but I heard this one was good. You're probably wondering if that's true, am I right? Well I will say this: I don't regret reading it, but I was a little disappointed with it.
The beginning was a little too vague and a little too slow for my liking. The book itself was a little too predictable as well. I did like the concept and the main character, though.

The main character was pretty cool. She never lost sight of what she wanted throughout the book, and she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She also didn't sit there and whine when something bad happened. The other characters weren't as awesome as she was. The were kind of weak. Not like physically weak, but just weak characters. A couple of them seemed like they had multiple personality disorder. Not something that makes for a good book.

There were a few things that didn't seem completely relevant. For the first five or so chapters it kind of only focused on one thing, and then it didn't really come up again at all. It kind of leaves you thinking "And...?"

Overall it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed it for the most part. I recommend this book to any zombie book fans, fans of post-apocalyptic books, and anyone looking to pass the time with a book.


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Don't forget to enter my giveaway! The deadline for entires is Monday! Next up for review is Fire by Kristin Cashore. Thanks for reading!

3.02.2011

Just A Reminder...

Monday is the last day to enter to win a copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares! You will find the link to the entry form conveniently located on the top of my right sidebar. Just over there ------>. Don't forget to enter! I'll post the name of the winner at 7 pm my time. I'll also send an email so keep you eyes on your inbox on Monday! If you don't reply within 24 hours, I'll pick someone else.

So what with TAKS testing and a million essays for English class, I haven't gotten around to writing a review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Things seem to be winding down so you can expect to see that on Friday, along with The Book Blogger Hop.

That's all I got. Thanks for reading!

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