Posts Tagged ‘books’

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Take This Quick Survey on Sex in YA Lit Please

May 30, 2009

Hey guys! 

I recently received an e-mail from Lynn Biederman, author of Unraveling, and she kindly asked if I could ask my blog viewers if they’d like to take a quick 3-min survey on sexually related topics in Young Adult Literature. Here is the link, click it to answer the questions:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=m_2fYSbIeC8SeotPuYPdQ5lA_3d_3d

Thanks so much for your insight and for helping out Lynn Biederman on this!

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Leah by J.M Reep

April 19, 2009

 Title: Leah

 Author: J.M Reep

 Release: March 22, 2009

 Publisher: Lulu

 Edition/ Number of Pages: Paperback, 229

 Contains: Coming-of-age, Drama, Relationships.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Writing: 8

Plot: 8

Characters: 9

Wow Factor: 7

Leah Nells is a fourteen-year-old girl who doesn’t quite know how to deal with the social aspect of the world. Throughout most of her life, she has been quiet and introverted. She doesn’t have any friends and spends most of her time reading books. Leah’s parents try–without any success–to get her to meet society’s standards, but even casually talking to people is not as easy for Leah.

At the beginning of the book, Leah is entering high school. Of course, this brings a lot of anxiety on her because she encounters other teenagers who don’t understand the way she is. And then comes David Parks, who is a boy from Leah’s history class that she becomes infatuated with. Leah is tongue-tied around him, but gosh how she likes him. Will Leah find the courage to be the person she wants to be? And just who is that person?

This is one of those under-the-radar books that is purely awesome. It was first published in 1996, but a new, revised copy was released in March. The book was a pleasure to read. I loved Leah, the main character, a lot. Whenever she felt bad about her introversion it made me sad. This is probably because I can connect with the person Leah is. For one, I love to read books like she does. Also, although I’m not as extremely introverted as she is, I still am somewhat. I know what Leah felt: like she wasn’t good enough for the world; like no one understood her. As for the characters, they were very credible. From Leah, to Leah’s parents, to David, and the others. The shy-girl interpretation of Leah was fulfilled correctly by Reep. I will say that this book does not reach a high climax, and that it’s main plot is not that intense, but it is still a great read. Above everything, the thing I loved the most was the ending. It was just impacting and made me lie in bed, thinking about what this book is truly all about: accepting yourself. Of course, you won’t know the ending unless you read it!

You can buy it or READ IT FOR FREE AS A PDF FILE here

P.S: Wait around for an interview with the author of Leah, J.M Reep, soon!

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Seven Book Babes (2)

March 22, 2009

Enjoy!

What I talk about:

-Envy by Anna Godbersen

-Julia Hoban (author of Willow)

-Shine by Neesha Meminger

-Picking classes for Junior year

-Midterms next week (early release Wed. & Thurs. and no school Friday)

-Car show at my school Thurs.

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3/15/09: My First Seven Book Babes Video!

March 15, 2009

 

Enjoy!

What I talk about: 

-Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

-Envy by Anna Godbersen

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I’ve Been Interviewed!

March 15, 2009

Lisa Schroeder, author of Far From You, has interviewed me for her blog.

Here’s the link: http://lisa-schroeder.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-heart-book-bloggers.html

Or read the interview here:

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be doing interviews with some of the fabulous book bloggers out there.
First up, my pal Vanessa. You may remember Vanessa who helped me with a vlog to celebrate the release of FAR FROM YOU.

1. First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to be a reviewer of YA books? My name is Vanessa. I live in south Florida. I’m almost sixteen. I’m your average girl (except for my addiction to books), I hang out with friends, listen to music, and aspire to do great in school. I started reviewing for myself. For about nine months the blog was unknown. Then I started another blog (https://whatvanessareads.wordpress.com/ ) and started making contacts with other (awesome) book reviewers which led me to exposure and the courage to contact authors like you!

Note from Lisa: I’m so glad you did!

2. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a reviewer? My favorite parts include getting my opinion out there, making friends that have the same interest in reading, and meeting super cool authors like you, for example. The free review copies don’t hurt. I dislike sitting down and typing up a review, making it flow and sound like a story, especially if I have a lot to say. I think that’s why I do VLOGs (http://youtube.com/vanessathebutterfly) or podcasts.

Note from Lisa: I’m super cool? Wow, thanks!

 

3. What’s your process of writing a review? How do you handle it if you have more things you don’t like than you like? I normally sit down on my bed and write bullet points of what I liked and didn’t like on paper. After I finish writing everything, I look over the amount of good things and bad things and decide on a grade or rating. When there’s more things I don’t like I do write about them. However, if around 70% of the review is negative I normally don’t review the book. (If you really think about it, I won’t finish a book that’s that bad, so I barely do these bashing reviews.)

4. Have you ever had an author write to you, upset about a review? Thankfully I haven’t. I think this is so because overall in my reviews I don’t say I just despised the book…. I explain my reasoning. To me every book has at least one miniscule flaw… I have yet to read a perfect book.

Note from Lisa: No perfect book? Okay everyone, hurry and try write that. Vanessa is waiting!

5. I’m curious if you finish all the books you start. Do you comment on your blog about a book that you don’t finish? Not most of the time. I don’t really like telling people they shouldn’t read a book just because I disliked it… who knows? Maybe they’ll love it. I normally tweet (http://twitter.com/vanessacaterina) about not liking a book as I’m reading it.

Note from Lisa: I’m starting to feel like I’m the only one left in the world who doesn’t tweet.

 

6. How many books would you say you read, on average, per month? Where do the majority of those books come from? Per month it’s usually around 5 (in the summer it’s more, obviously!). Sadly lately I haven’t read that much. Most of my books come from contests, review copies, and about every six months my mom takes me to the local book store to buy about 15 books (yeah, I know, she’s awesome like that), and sometimes I do pitch in my own money. That’s enough for me to survive, haha.

7. What’s one interesting thing about you that not many people know? I’ve been wanting to start a collab channel on Youtube like fiveawesomegirls or vlogbrothers to get to know other book lovers better for a really long time! This all however, came into place when Sarah from Sarah’s Random Musings contacted me about starting one. We started today (March 9th)! We talk about our lives, books, and other random things. We’d love it if you checked us out and subscribed athttp://youtube.com/user/Sevenbookbabes . There’s many book bloggers taking part in this. 🙂

Note from Lisa: How exciting!

8. If you were going to order a dozen cupcakes, what flavor would you get and who would you share them with? Vanilla. Yes, just plain old vanilla. I’m classic like that… haha. I would share them with my mom, dad, stepmom, 12-year-old brother Robert, 22-month-old brother Junior, my friends who always put up with me: Danny, Hayley, Pablo, Connor, Ryan, Paul, and Fatima. ❤

9. What books are you especially looking forward to in the coming months? Willow by Julia Hoban, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, You’ve Got Blackmail by Rachel Wright, One Lonely Degree by C.K Kelley Martin, Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott… among others.

10. If someone wants to send you a book to review, how can he/she contact you? I’d love to review your book! You can contact me through e-mail at whatvanessareads (at) gmail.com. I normally reply within a day or less.

I enjoyed thinking up answers for this interview since the questions weren’t easy and typical. Thanks so much Lisa!

 

Thank you for being here! It was fun getting to know you better!

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New Vlog Project!

March 8, 2009

I think you guys know how much I enjoy making videos from the vlogs I’ve made on my personal Youtube channel http://youtube.com/user/vanessathebutterfly. So when Sarah asked me if I was interested of course I said yes! (After a squeal, though.) Now the day is near…. tomorrow, March 9th, is the day we start. I’m Sunday, so my video will be up March 15th. 
We are book bloggers, YA Book Bloggers to be exact. Our love of books is what has brought our friendship together from all over the US. One day, we thought it would be fun to do a Five Awesome Girl Channel mixed in with books and our lives. We hope you enjoy our antactics, rants, and pure randomness.


The schedule looks like this:
Monday- Sarah from http://sarahbear9789.blogspot.com/
Tuesday- Sharon from http://sharonlovesbooksandcats.blogspot.com/
Wednesday- James from http://Myspace.com/bookchicclub
Thursday- Shalonda from http://shalondasblog.blogspot.com/
Friday- Hope from http://princess2293.blogspot.com/
Saturday- Zoe from http://booksaregolden.blogspot.com/
Sunday- Vanessa from https://whatvanessareads.wordpress.com/

The vlog channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/Sevenbookbabes!

But you can subscribe now! We’d appreciate your support!

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Willow Contest! This is HUGE!

March 2, 2009

Hi everyone!

There’s a huge contest I thought you should have a heads up on.

It’s for Willow by Julia Hoban…. which looks superb, by the way.

Here’s a little something about the bookSeven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
You Can Buy It Here: http://www.amazon.com/Willow-Julia-Hoban/dp/0803733569

This Contest Starts: March 1 (Pre-orders count of course!)
And Ends: April 30 (The book is released April 2)

To enter: You must buy the book (ARCs do not count of course) and send proof (receipt, picture of book, etc.) to Lauren at: Lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Who can enter?: Everyone! This is an international contest.

Winner: There is one winner, and they will recieve the following if their name is drawn (Oh, and if you donated a prize…remember, you can enter. Lauren is the only one who won’t!)

Here are the prizes:

Khy is giving away Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?

http://www.freneticreader.blogspot.com/

Kelsey is giving away B&N ten dollar gift card in a cute felt penguin “bag” and some bookmarks.

http://justblindedbookreviews.blogspot.com

Carrie will give Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby.

http://carriesyabookshelf.blogspot.com

Kelsey is giving an ARC version of Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway.

http://readingkeepsyousane.blogspot.com/

Alea is giving away Sherlock Holmes Volume 1.

http://aleapopculture.blogspot.com/

Kristi is giving a 10 dollar Amazon gift card.

www.thestorysiren.com

Harmony is making a soundtrack with songs she feels fit the book.

http://harmonybookreviews.wordpress.com/

Lenore is giving 10 dollars to Amazon.

www.presentinglenore.blogspot.com

Gabbi is giving Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips.

http://fivestarreading.blogspot.com

Lauren will give the winner a book of their choice (has to be paperback!).

www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

Chelsea is giving a $10 card to Amazon.

www.thepageflipper.blogspot.com

My Favorite Author is giving Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson.

www.myfavoriteauthor.blogspot.com 

Vanessa is giving Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. (That’s me!)

https://whatvanessareads.wordpress.com/

Shalonda is giving away Sherlock Holmes Volume 2.

http://www.shalondasblog.blogspot.com/

Carol is giving an ARC of Because I Am Furniture.

http://www.bookluver-carol.blogspot.com/

Tirzah is giving Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

www.thecompulsivereader.blogspot.com

Lauren is giving a 15 dollar gift card to B&N.

www.laurenscrammedbookshelf.blogspot.com

Laura is giving a 10 dollar Borders gift card and the book Flygirls.

http://laurasreviewbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Sarah is giving The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

http://sarahbear9789.blogspot.com/

Alyssa is giving Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston.

http://theshadyglade.blogspot.com

 

That’s a total of 21 prizes! Just for buying a $16 (awesome) book! What are you waiting for? Go pre-order Willow now, or buy it when it releases in a month!

 

PS: Happy birthday to Dr. Seuss!

PPS: I will post something soon, 🙂

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Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

January 20, 2009

Title: Skeleton Creek

Author: Patrick Carman

Release Date: Feb. 10, 2009.

Edition: Paperback

Number of Pages: 186.

Grade: B

Contains: Coming-of-age, Relationships, Drama, Suspense, Mystery.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Writing: 8

Plot: 9

Characters: 8

Wow Factor: 8

Summary (scholastic.com): Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek … and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out … and then emails the clips for Ryan to see. 

In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts — Ryan’s text in the book, and Sarah’s videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.

Review: This book is the first of its kind. Targeted to reluctant readers, it asks that you read twenty pages of Ryan’s thoughts and adventures and your “reward” is to watch a video made by Sarah that relates to it. It’s a ghost story. I bet you’re wondering if it’s good enough to make your knees shake? I truthfully was scared throughout the book. I think the videos had a great impact in my whole perception of the book because I could view what Ryan was talking about in his journal. The videos just make it that much more like you’re really there, witnessing whatever this ghost is.

While I was reading it I had the sense that it was kind of like National Treasure meets lonelygirl15. It was short, quick, and effective. 

But I did have some problems with it. What if you’re not by a computer when you’re reading? This happened to me more than once. So I tried watching the video through my iPhone, but it didn’t work. Another thing is that I wished the supporting characters had been more developed. I felt as though I didn’t truly know them as much as I knew Ryan and Sarah and hope that in the next book there will be more explanation about them.

The ending was a total cliffhanger. But I do think it’s one more step to getting reluctant readers to pick up the second book in the series. And perhaps the piece that makes it that much more interactive is that this book is being speculated to be real over at skeletoncreekisreal.com

I recommend this book to boys 9-13 who don’t really enjoy reading. But if you’re like me– a total ghost stories and suspense fan– you’ll really get a kick out of this.

Want to watch a book trailer? Here ya go:


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What’s on your Holiday Wishlist?

December 19, 2008

Hi booklovers,

Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Three Kings Day, and any other winter holiday I am forgetting is right around the corner. So I have an easy question for you guys… what books are on your wishlist?

I know a large part of my wishlist is just books. (Including a bookshelf to fit them all!) 

What books are on your wishlist for the holidays?

Leave your answers in the comments! 

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Books on my wishlist:


1. I Know It’s Over by CK Kelley Martin: the plot just looks incredible and the reviews coming back for this book are phenomenal. What did you expect?


2. The whole Harry Potter series: Need I say more than the title?


3. The whole Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: I’ve watched both movies but incredibly haven’t read the books. I need this!


4. Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber: I have Death By Latte (contest win) and don’t have the first one. Plus, I love mysteries!


5. Before I Die by Jenny Downham: Aside from the great reviews this one has been getting, I just want a book that makes me see what other people go through. 


6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: It looks stupendous. Did you know it’s being made into a movie in 2009? Link here

 


7. In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg: It looks so cute and light, I want to read some real romance!

 

8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: I see a girl carrying the last book in the series, The Sweet Far Thing, for like 2 weeks now (it’s an 800-page book). Wondering where I see her reading it? In the bathroom after 2nd period! It must be good… and the covers are beautiful. 

 

 

 

 

What books are on your wishlist for the holidays? Any suggestions on what else I should put on my wishlist?

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Booking Through Thursday (12.18.08): Treat and Generosity

December 18, 2008

 

 

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday comes in two parts. Why? Because two have been posted! 🙂

 

First post:

What is the best book you ever bought for yourself? And, why? What made it the best? What made it so special?

The best book I have ever bought for myself is probably Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen (the second one). I love the series and the second book was uh, the best one so far. I just love the way Godbersen writes. I love how the characters are… the plot, everything. I can’t wait for the next one which I will also buy with my own money, if that’s what it takes.

 

Second post:

 

Do you give books as gifts? To everyone? Or only to select people? How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

Yes, I give books as gifts. Not to everyone because not everyone I know loves to read as much as I do to want books for gifts. 

My friends don’t really read much, except once in a while… so I can only give them a book I KNOW they will positively love. I LOVE to receive books as gifts. They make me so friggen happy. Especially if it’s a book I’ve been waiting around for (uh-hmm, that’s why I have a Wishlist on Shelfari!). I hope I get books for the holidays!