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!

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.