Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book Review: Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Pages: 351
Publisher: Harcourt
Source: Library
Summary: The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

I really liked this book! It was different than most vampire love story books I have read. That is a good thing! At first, before I read the book, I thought this would be a cute romance book. When I read it, I was a little disappointed since Lucius and Jessica didn't get together throughout the book (not saying they didn't ever get together..). This book made me laugh and almost cry. I felt Jessica's pain and joy.

I really liked Jessica's character. She is wise, unlike other girls, such as her friend Mindy. Jessica didn't drool over Lucius and want to be his girlfriend from the beginning. He was a stranger who just came and told her that she was his long lost fiance. She had to get to know him more before she showed interest in him.

I thought Jessica and Lucius's romance was kinda cute, but also a but annoying. If Lucius really loves her then he should have shown it. He should have treated her better.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't the best romance but it was still a really good story. I think author Beth Fantaskey did a great job! I want to read her other book, Jekel Loves Hyde. I recommend reading this book if you like any kind of paranormal/ya books. This book was really good. I gave it four coffee cups.

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Next year is coming so fast! I am excited. 2011! I am going to do the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. Many of the books I chose were already on my to read list, so this is less of a challenge for me!

More details about this challenge are at her blog.

These are the books I plan to read:

  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

  • The Iron Witch by Karen Mahooney

  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano

  • Across The Universe by Beth Revis

  • Haven by Kristi Cook

  • Popular by Alissa Grosso

  • Timeless by Alexandra Monir

  • Entangled by Cat Clarke

  • Entwined by Heather Dixon

  • Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

  • Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
All these books look really interesting and I'm excited to read them! Join the challenge with me!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Thoughts on Harry Potter

I wanted to dedicate this short blog post about Harry Potter. I have seen all the movies (except Deathly Hallows which i'm going to see today!) . I am not totally crazy about them, but they are entertaining.

So here's my thought that I feel strongly about.

Harry Potter and Hermione should have been together! They would be the cutest couple. Ron and Hermione? Not so much. I think I would like Harry Potter better if Harry and Hermione got together. They have been best friends since they were children and they care about each other! I never thought Ron and Hermione are a cute couple, nor Harry and Ginny.

Harry ended up with the wrong girl. Does anyone agree with me?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

The idea behind IMM was not only to put new books on your radar but to also encourage blogger interaction. IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. And sometimes other fun goodies.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library

In my mailbox I got:

  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (thanks to Emilie at Emilie's book world!)
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  • Adversary by Kate Kaynak
  • Pegasus by Robin McKinley (ARC tour)
  • Crazy by Han Nolan (ARC tour)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Book Review: The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Oliver

Title: The Ivy
Authors: Lauren Kunze and Rina Oliver
Pages: 320
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: Library

Summary: Freshman year at Harvard--glamorous parties, blossoming friendships, steamy romances, and scandalous secrets. Skip the campus tour and get right to the good stuff: classes are for scoping guys (and their Facebook profiles), not taking notes. The library is for study dates (the medieval history stacks get a lot of action), not studying. And success is a 4.0 GPA... plus getting into the most exclusive parties. How will Callie--a California girl with brains, beauty, and big dreams--and her three roommates survive?

Review: I'll admit, I've never heard of this book before my friend picked it up. When I read the summary, I thought this might be a good book. She wasn't reading it at the time, so I decided to read it. As it turns out, I was hooked. I really liked it. Most books i've read are somewhat paranormal, but this is just about a girl who goes to Harvard and has many different experiences. It was really interesting.

It was Callie's freshman year at Harvard University. She didn't know anybody going there, so she wasn't sure what to expect. As it turns out, she makes some friends. I thought her roomate, Mimi, who is French, was really funny. From her ex, Evan, to the boy she hates, she finally finds the right boy. Or does she? This book ended with, well not really a cliff hanger, but I wanted more! The story continues in the sequel (which i'm excited to read).

I liked the main character, Callie. She was easy to relate to. If I knew her in real life, I think she would be easy to get along with. She seemed pretty down to earth.

The thing I was disappointed in was that there was a lot of mature content in this book. I would recommend this book to older teens. Besides that, I really liked it. I'm excited for the sequel. I gave this book four coffee cups.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (11)

The book blogger hop is hosted by Crazy-For-Books.

This week's question: What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?

My Answer: I would hate to lose followers, but it is their choice. They don't have to follow my blog and I know that. I don't take it personally. I have not stopped following a blog. I haven't yet found a reason to. I love being in connection with other bloggers!

Happy Friday! Join the hop with me!

YA Love Triangle Week! Team Xander!

This is my post for the YA Love Triangle Week over at Down The Rabbit Hole. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is.
I am team Xander, or team best friend. When Cassia was matched with Xander a spark was set off. They both were extremely happy to know that the person they’ve known forever was to be their match. Xander is a blonde-haired, blue eyed boy. He loves Cassia for who she is and he wouldn’t change anything. He respects her and stands up for her. Little does he know it, Cassia goes behind his back and hangs out with Ky. She grows to love Ky and when Xander finds out, he is heartbroken. He loved her so much. Imagine if the boy/girl that you love goes behind your back and starts a relationship with someone else. How would you feel? Rejected, heartbroken, and utterly stunned. That is how Xander felt. If Cassia chose Xander and never fell in love with Ky, they could have a great relationship and grow old together. They would raise a family and talk about the day they were matched together. True love!

This song reminds me of Cassia and Xander after they got matched (before Ky). It is Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

This is the same song, but the Glee version sung by Chord Overstreet (who I think would be a great Xander!) and Dianna Agron. I personally like this version better.

Couldn't you see Cassia and Xander singing this with each other? It's so cute!

Along comes Ky and their sweet little love story is ruined. This song by Lifehouse reminds me of Cassia and Xander after Xander finds out about Ky. It is called "It Is What It Is".

Imagine Xander. Blonde hair, blue eyes, and the cutest smile.
Some actors that I think could portray Xander are:

Chord Overstreet

Sterling Knight

Chuck Hittinger

This is why I think you should be team Xander!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I loved Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series! When I saw this I got really excited! It looks like it will be really good if not better than PLL!

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: December 7, 2010

Foster kid Emma Paxton has only just discovered Sutton Mercer, the wealthy twin sister she never knew she had, when Sutton drops off the face of the earth, asking Emma to cover for her at home, school, and with her friends—just for a few days. At first Emma enjoys trying on her sister’s fabulous life: her fiercely loyal friends, her adoring boyfriend, her close-knit family. But as Emma is drawn deeper into Sutton’s world she finds the friends are not so fabulous, the boyfriend is not who she wants to be with, and the family is clinging to long-buried secrets and a veneer of functionality. And worst of all, Sutton may not be coming back. In fact, someone may have made sure she never could…and that someone knows Emma is not who she claims to be. Emma will need all her wits to survive The Lying Game.

Can't wait for it to come out! So excited!