5.30.2011

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests, and libraries.

This week I got one book, one I've been waiting for for a long time now. Any guesses? Alright, I'll tell you. The Warlock by Michael Scott! It just came out this month. This is what it looks like: 

I can't wait to read it! So, what did all of you get in your mailboxes this week? Leave me a comment and/or a link to your post! Thanks for reading!

5.29.2011

Book Review: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

My Review:  Alright, so this book made me cry. I don't know what it is with this author but he gets me every time. The book was superb. Like with The Book Thief, I didn't get what I was expecting. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. The plot really pulled me in. It made me think about a lot of things, like about how there are actual people with the problems and misfortune and trials that the people in this book had, and, unlike in this book, there are no people to help them out.

I love the characters. There are no minor characters, they all have a purpose. They all have a reason for being there. Every single person mentioned in the book has an effect on the outcome. The book wouldn't have turned out the way it did if just one of the characters was missing. The main character Ed was my favorite. His changed the most throughout the book. His views on life and the value of a person were completely different by the time the book ended. His friends were also great characters. Their traditions and their habits amused me to no end. The 'bad-guys' were comical at some points, and frightening at others. What I liked most is that they all had a purpose.

The ending was one I didn't expect. It hit me pretty hard. It was very effective, and made me want to make a difference. I won't say anymore here.

With this book, If you haven't read it yet, you need to. I don't say that a lot, the need to part, but this one needs to be read.



On that note, thanks for reading! Up next for review: Entice by Carrie Jones.

5.24.2011

Graphic Novels

Hey everyone! So I was thinking about graphic novels. Hence the title "Graphic Novels." Anyway, I was wondering, have any of you read any graphic novels? I my self have read on series. (Some of you may already know what it is, not because I've said anything about graphic novels, but because of my little icon. Ten points if that last sentence applies to you!) The series I am referring to is The Bone Series of course. I happen to think that they are amazing. I mean, look at them:
I love them. They're amazing. And adorable. And exciting. And praiseworthy. Moving on. I was wondering, have any of you read these graphic novels? If yes, what did you like/dislike about them? Also, I wanted to know if you've read any other awesome graphic novels because I am totally open to trying them out. Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

5.20.2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Its Friday and that means it's the Book Blogger Hop! The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books.com. It is a time for bloggers to get together and stuff :D Almost every Friday, there is a linky list that you can enter your blog in and check out everyone else's. The Hop also comes with a question. This week's question comes from Ivan who blogs at Ivan Bookworm: 
"If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

My answer:  I love this question! My answer would be without a doubt Harry Potter! And where? Hogwarts of course!
What about all of you? Leave your answer in the comments and/or the link to your post and I'll check it out! Thanks for reading!

5.18.2011

Giveaway!

Hey everyone! There is a giveaway going on right now over at The Bookworm Is Here! This is the book Lulu is giving away:


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with your email. Good luck everyone and thanks for reading!

5.16.2011

Oh My.

Lots going on for Amanda right now. Driver's ed, school, finals, golf, and moving. Good news though; Driver's ed and school are almost over! Yes! An update on driver's ed: I got my permit :D. Everybody hide! Stay off the roads! Hahaha just kidding. I'm not that bad.

Anyway, school is winding down which means final exams and final projects. Ugh. Let me say that again. Ugh. I think creative writing/literary magazine is the biggest 'ugh' of all. We split into groups in that class and each group has to produce an mini-magazine to include short stories, poems, essays, and original artwork. Lots of work there. So far I've submitted one of each to our 'editor.' One of my stories made it in (The Wolf, I have the short version posted), and one of my essays (The Dark Side, also posted). One of my co-written poems is being considered (Ode to Fantasy) and I drew a picture to go with my short story. It actually looks pretty cool. I might post it. My friend Mia and I have been charged to help with the layout. Layout takes a lot of time. I would know because I did Yearbook in middle school (that year's was pretty dang cool. Just sayin'). The work isn't actually hard or anything, I just don't want to do it. I'm sure there are people who understand that ;).

As for golf (if anyone cares), I have been entered into a three-day tournament in June. I just got new shoes of the golf variety for that special occasion, as well as some shirts and a pair of shorts. I'm actually pretty exctited, but I have a lot of work to do before I'm ready. I've been slacking off lately, since golf season at the high school ended. Hehe.

So there's my little rant on unimportant things. I hope you enjoyed it.

P.S. I posted the link to a poll on my right sidebar. Its the top little icon. If you click on the picture it will take you there. It's not very long, and you would be my best friend forever if you took the poll. If you don't care to be my best friend forever, you can have a pretend cookie instead. I hear those are delicious. Thanks for reading!

5.15.2011

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):


Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.


A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.


My Review: Captivate was better than the first one, Need. There were lots more pixies, and a lot more action. Sometimes it got a little confusing, but it wasn't too bad. The new pixie king was pretty interesting. I thought some parts moved a little too fast and didn't have enough detail. The characters were pretty consistent. It was a good way to pass the time. If you read the first one and liked it, you'll like this one too.



Up next for review: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Thanks for reading!

5.10.2011

Well That Was Fun.

So. I started Driver's Ed. last week. Fun stuff, am I right? I got my permit on Friday, which was a long and bothersome process, and I drove with the instructor on Saturday. That was mildly funny. Turns out I take my right turns too fast, but I do my left turns perfectly. Huh. In the actual class I have to sit through every week-night from 6:30-8:30, things aren't so interesting. The jokes are dumb. So are the movies. You know what gets me through this two-hour period of bad jokes and movies? These delicious mandarin oranges I found at the grocery store. They're called Cuties and they are the yummiest things in the entire world! 
I mean, just look at them! They scream, "Eat me, eat me!" I probably ate somewhere around twenty of them in the last two days alone. Hehe, I'm addicted. My point? Don't have one. Thanks for reading!

5.08.2011

Book Review: Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Poets. Geniuses. Revolutionaries.

The members of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth have been called all of these things. But until now, nobody's known the inside story of how this powerhouse band came to be. How five outcasts in Opoquonsett High School's freshman class found each other, found the music, and went on to change both rock and roll and high school as we know it. Wen, Stella, Charlie, Olivia, and Mo take us back to that fateful detention where a dentist's jingle, a teacher's coughing fit, and a beat-up ukulele gave birth to Rhode Island's most influential band. Told in each of their five voices and compiled by Opoquonsett's "scene queen," freshman Naomi Fishmeier, this anthology is their definitive history.

My Review: This was a fun read. It was completely bizarre. It was about a group of high school freshman misfits who form a band to make their voices heard. Their band wasn't an average band, though. Stella played a ukulele, Wen played his trumpet, Charlie played bongos, Mo played her cello, and Olivia sang. Weird, huh? The story itself was pretty good. I don't think I've ever read anything like it. There weren't any slow moments. The characters were all realistic and easy to relate to. So I picked this book to read because the movie just came out. I honestly liked the movie more, but I do recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read.



So I've had a lot going on lately which is why I haven't posted in forever. Hehe not a good excuse, but still. Up next for review is Captivate by Carrie Jones. Thanks for reading!

5.02.2011

Giant Forever Contest!!!!

Hey everyone! You have a chance to read Maggie Stiefvater's new book Forever early! Here is the link to Goodreads if you don't know about this book. I've reviewed the first two books in the series if you're interested in looking at those.  So Maggie is pretty awesome. Well duh. She writes books. But she's also awesome because she writes music for those books and turns them into trailers. Here is the trailer for Forever:


 


Isn't it beautiful? You can buy the song here. Anyway, if you aren't up to entering the contest, but you'd love a signed copy of Forever, you can order one here! 

That's all for now! I can't wait to read Forever! Thanks for Reading! (I love exclamation points!!!!!)

Song of the Week


Jason Mraz-The Remedy

5.01.2011

Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Synopsis (from Shelfari.com):

For years, Jacob Reckless has been escaping to another world--a world behind the mirror, where witches haunt the forests and fairies and dwarfs roam. A world for treasure hunts and magnificent quests--but also a world locked in a deadly war. Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, to disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before one of them is lost forever. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting landscape of fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before. Reckless is a thrilling adventure and a tale of heroism, filled with danger, mystery, and above all, magic.

My Review: I loved this book! I've always loved Cornelia Funke's books (Inkheart, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, etc.) so when I heard about this one I was really excited. It didn't disappoint. The first page didn't really draw me in, but by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. The world behind the mirror was strange, familiar, new, and exciting. There were quite a few mentions of fairy tales (there's where the familiarity comes in).

The characters. The main character, Jacob Reckless, is my favorite character by far in this book. A close second is his shape-shifter friend in the mirrorworld. I can't think of any characters I didn't like. I love what she did with fairies in this book (Yes! Fairies!). The characters made the story. They usually do, but they were exceptionally good in this one. I liked how everyone was on edge, and how the sides kept switching. I always knew which ones were the bad guys and which were the good guys, but the line between them wasn't bolded. That makes it interesting. I loved how Jacob would do anything to help Will. He did everything to help his brother.

So this is probably one of my favorite of Cornelia Funke's books. Anyone who liked her other books would like this one, as well as Harry Potter fans and fairy tale fans.




Up next for review: Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes. Thanks for reading!

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