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Friday, December 25, 2009

Awesome newly discovered blog!

So in my browsing amongst the streams of the internet I came across a cool blog with an awesome contest.  Say hello to Flipping Pages for All Ages!  Not only is it a very pretty design but she also likes Phoenix and so I now consider her my new music buddy.  (no I'm not a stalker) Here are the rules and the link!

http://flippingpagesforallages.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-end-of-yearfirst-contest.html#comments

You must be a follower to enter this contest. You will need to leave you name and email address in your comment so that at the end of the contest I can contact you. You need to answer this question to be eligible to win: What was your favorite book from 2009? You will be able to get extra entries. This is how:

+1 - If you are a new follower.
+2 - If you are an old follower.
+3 - If i'm on your blogroll, or if you add me to your blogroll.(leave page link)
+5 - If you blog about this contest in an actual post and leave the link.

That will be it for extra entries for this contest, since it is my first one I don't want to over do it and make it to difficult for myself. Please add all entries into one comment.

The contest will run until January 8th, around 5:00pm.
This is open to U.S Residents Only! Sorry to those of you who are outside the U.S. 


ENTER NOW!  This is going to be awesome so go show your support!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Another awesome book from John Green


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
Enigmatic Margo is dramatically captured in a unique dual-cover treatment.

My Review:   Well besides being heavily influenced by the epicness that is John Green, this book was fantastic.  The humor was great, and I found all the character (yes even the secondary ones) quite awesome.  Q is sweet and a loveable little dorky (this is said in the most affectionate way possible)  and you can't help but love him.  Margo is brilliant beyond belief.  Putting catfish in peoples cars while writing "your friendship with MS now sleeps with the fishes" is just plain hysterical.    If I ever get pissed off at someone I am stealing that idea.  The whole notion of Paper Towns and Paper People is so accurate and insightful I'm almost convinced that Green needs to become  a philosopher.  Though the book is laugh out loud hilarious, it also has a deeper message.  I know the whole "moral lesson" is overrated but Green does it in a way that makes you actually reflect on your own life and really think things through.  It's truly a great read.  Can't wait for more by the brilliant and wonderful Green!!! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fantastical new series!!!! (Yes fantastical is a word)


When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about.

Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back

Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs that are impossible to take off.

Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets the blame.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes.

Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.

But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late. 


My Review:   (Sorry about the extremely long summary, but I had to share the epic storyline)    Okay so you will probably recognize the fantabulous Cinda Williams Chima because she wrote the amazing Heir Trilogy.  So guess what?!  She has a new series now!!!!  (ya you probably already realized this...)Which I am totally obsessing over and getting psyched about.  The first book was simply that amazing.  I really loved the different POV's throughout the novel.  Though she mainly kept it to Raisa and Han she threw in Amon every once in a while which was nice.  Han is so BA it's ridiculous.  Okay well he's not super kick ass amazing but still, he is pretty epic.  The whole streetlord of the Raggers is pretty impressive.  I simply cannot wait for the sequel where Raisa and Han meet again and team up!  I'm already imagining all sorts of amazing magical fights with fire and wanton destruction and sword fights.  (I think my eyes just glazed over....)   So my review isn't all that critical but that's mainly due to the fact I'm going fangirl crazy right about now.  (Yes this is a scary thing indeed)   And if you're wondering why the heck I'm being so incredibly random.... I just bowled two frames, had pizza, pop, and huge frosted cookie, and was bowling left handed, through my legs and backwards..... I'm a tad hyper.  But just a little.... well.  Ok so a lot.  :D  

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Immortals Series


Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

My Review:  My initial impression of these books were "Oh no it's Edward all over again!"  In a certain way it's kinda true, but thankfully it's no where near Twilight's horrendous characters.  Though Damen is indeed perfect in EVERY way (sound familiar?) and Ever feels completely unworthy of his love (wow deja vu!) there are NO VAMPIRES which in itself makes the books worth reading.  I was so glad to find a YA paranormal book that has nothing to do with vampires!  The world that Alyson Noel has created is truly unique.  I love the fact that the story encoroporates alchemy, Wicca, and psychics.  All the coolest magical things combined in one.  What I find the most refreshing of all is that the characters make mistakes! Amazing is it not?  Character flaws?  Truly astounding!  Though love triangles are abundant *cough cough* it's nothing truly horrible.  I definitely recomend these books for anyone interested in paranormal fiction who is sick and tired of vampires. 

Friday, November 27, 2009

My new obsession...


For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly — and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics — and cultivate a flair for death.

My Review:  When I say my new obsession, boy do I mean it.  If you take the Matrix, Lord of the Rings, and Batman you pretty much get the close equivalent of this book.  I've never explored the "Assassin" genre before, but I can say that I am now a rapt follower.  Besides from being excellently written, this book had me on edge the ENTIRE time.  Halfway through the book I thought I was at the climax.  Halfway to the end of the book was the climax!  I could not put it down even if I wanted to.  With so much magic, mistique, fights, a little romance, and of course the total unpredictability of it all it has to be one of the best books I have ever read.  Azoth/Kylar is someone you should hate, but can't help but love.  His struggles are so humane that I connected with his character very easily.  Even Durzo, whom is supposed to be a ruthless assassin isn't clear cut in the black and white terms of good or evil.  Despite his actions he is still a good person, and this is the reality of life.  People do horrible things, and aren't punished yet they still strive to do what's right.  I guarantee you'll fall in love with these books.  Of course I'm off to read the next book in the series.  No time to waste! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Leviathan


Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

My Review: I've been dying to read this ever since I accidentally discovered that Westerfeld was coming out with a new novel.  Believe me, it was worth the wait.  I practically read this in one day.  During school.  Despite what that says about my total obsessiveness, Leviathan is probably one of Westerfeld's best novels to date.  I literally could not put this book down. 

The whole alternate reality/world is so well thought out I would want to live in it.  Who wouldn't want to fly around in a zepplin/whale?!  The Darwinists and the Clankers are completely genius and it coincides so well with history.  Westerfeld took a small travesty that started WWI and turned it into a whole different world.  The characters are believable and good hearted.  However it seems that everyone has their own little secrets.  I don't want to give much away, so all I can say is GO BUY IT!     I'm already dying for the sequel. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

2010 Reading Challenges!

Okay so frankly I was a bit bored.  In exploration of other random blogs I discovered a few contests, and I decided I would particpate in them.  Here's the link if anyone is interested.  http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/2009/11/new-2010-reading-challenge-100-reading.html

My own list of books for the contest will be listed on here as well.  Everyone partcipate!  This should be fun.  ^.^

Tricks


Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching...for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

My Review: Yet another successful novel by Ellen Hopkins.  Tricks takes common elements from Hopkins' other novels and explores them in a much deeper setting.  Each character is rich and deep with raw emotions.  With so many different voices it is still easy to keep track of all the different storylines. Tricks really made me re-evaluate what I thought was "love".  This book really made it clear that it is all in the eyes of the beholder.  People love others for all the wrong reasons, yet they still love.  This is probably one of my favorite books from Hopkins and I greatly recomend it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The best Graphic Novel of all times...

Yorick Brown is an escape artist; has a fabulous girlfriend who's traveling in Australia; and possesses a genetic make-up that's allowed him to survive a plague that killed every male being on the planet except for him and his pet monkey. Yorick is the last man on earth, and in the resulting chaos, he must find a way to help save the human race. At least that's what the (now all-female) government thinks. Yorick would prefer to find his girlfriend, but it's hard to get a flight halfway around the world when almost all the pilots and mechanics are gone. It's hard enough to drive down the block, since the streets are jammed with the cars of men who were behind the wheel when the instantaneous plague hit. Furthermore, the entire social fabric has gone to hell, with gun-wielding wives of Republican representatives insisting on getting their husbands' seats and tribes of latter-day Amazons claiming males were meant to die. Since Yorick's mother is a congresswoman, he's protected by secret spies. And his escape skills come in handy when he's trapped first by a marauding garbage-woman and then by his mother, as she tries to keep him from doing anything stupid. Meanwhile, who are the mysterious Israeli soldiers who seem so gratified by the situation, and why is Yorick's sister so intent on joining the Amazons? With clean lines and muted colors, Guerra and Marz n invoke a frighteningly believable future; their vision of the surprise and horror to come is so beautifully ordinary, it's entirely convincing-and addictive.

My Review:

If you think Watchmen is the king of graphic novels then you shall be sadly disappointed.  Y: The Last Man is an amazing piece of literature.  And yes I say LITERATURE because the plotline is ten times better than most so  called novels.  Yorick is an interesting and well developed main character who has flaws just like the rest of us.  His unique abilities from being an amateaur escape artist are vastly entertaining and provide for an even more intirguing story.  I am currently on Volume 8 of the series and I'm still hooked.  The story line never drags and there is so many different sub-plots that it is impossible to get bored.

The fact that the "Plague" is scientifically based and not just some mystical ordeal also makes this series amazing.  It is an intellectual read and I definitely learned a thing or two about genetics.  Who says graphic novels couldn't be education?   The modern day Amazons are not only psycho but they are entertaining to read about as well.  With a number of different twists in the plot this story is simply amazing.

If the escape artist main character, kick ass secret agent who's name is a number, and the certain amazing adventures that come along with it can't get you to pick it up, I have one reason why you will not be capable of resisting.  Ampersand.   If that isn't the single most epic name for a pet monkey I don't know what the world has come to.