Sunday, February 28, 2010

READING : Vampire Kisses by Ellen Shcreiber




The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.



Loved it, loved it , loved it!
Fast paced, humorous, unbelievably sweet, Vampire Kisses totally surprised me by being such a good read.Raven is a character that all teen goth-girls can connect with.What makes her so real, is her desire to find someone different, not someone from the bunch, someone like her to communicate with.Isn't that what everyone is maniacally searching? Connection and communication.
Granted, Schreiber has taken a somewhat lighter approach to these issues (the two leads "fall in love" in 24 hours -doesn't appeal to me much), but she is approaching them nonetheless, which is more than I can say about other YA vamp books.
Unfortunately, I only own the first 2 books from the series and I really hope I can find the third :(



Alexander : I want a relationship I can finally sink my teeth into.



Raven : [the moon] makes me think of werewolves. Do you think a man can change into an animal?

Alexander : If he's with the right girl...




4/5





Saturday, February 27, 2010

2010 100+ Books Challenge

My post for the 100+ Book Reading Challenge hosted by J.Kaye.

* Read 100 or more books starting January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2010.


Booklist:

I will add the books I read as the year goes on. When you click on the title, the link will take you to my review.


1.Revelations - Melissa De La Cruz
2.Betrayed - P.C. & Kristin Cast
3.Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison
4.The Good The Bad And The Undead - Kim Harrison
5.Glass Houses - Rachel Caine
6.The Dead Girls' Dance - Rachel Caine
07.Midnight Alley - Rachel Caine
08.Suspicion - Kate Brian
15.Scandal - Kate Brian
16.A Certain Slant Of Light - Laura Whitcomb
17.The Fetch - Laura Whitcomb
18.The Van Alen Legacy - Melissa De La Cruz
19.The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins 
20.Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
21.Lord Of Misrule - Rachel Caine
22.Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard
23.Flawless - Sara Shepard
24.Perfect - Sara Shepard
25.Unbelievable - Sara Shepard
26.Carpe Corpus - Rachel Caine
27.Fade Out - Rachel Caine
28.Kiss Of Death - Rachel Caine
29.Wildthorn - Jane Eagland
30.Dead In The Family - Charlaine Harris
31.A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
32.Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
33.The Insiders - J.Minter
34.Dark Lover - J.R.Ward
35.A Rush Of Wings - Adrian Phoenix
36.Evernight - Claudia Gray
37.The Vampire Diaries The Return : Shadow Souls - L.J.Smith
38.Wicked - Sara Shepard
39.Killer - Sara Shepard
40.The Forest Of Hands And Teeth - Carrie Ryan
41.Heartless - Sara Shepard
42.Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
43.The Devouring - Simon Holt
44.Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
45.Tyger,Tyger - Kersten Hamilton
46.Fallen - Lauren Kate
47.Guardian Of The Dead - Karen Healey
48.The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
49.My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters - Sydney Salter
50.The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
51.Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler
52.Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols
53.The Girl With The Glass Feet - Ali Shaw
54.Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin
55.The Absolute Value Of -1 - Steve Brezenoff
56.Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins 
57.The Duke And I - Julia Quinn
58.Linger - Maggie Stiefvater
59.Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
60.MockingJay - Suzanne Collins
61.Vanished - Kate Brian
62.Infinite Days - Rebecca Maizel
63.Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma
64.Shade - Jeri Smith-Ready
65.Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
66.The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
67.Rage - Jackie Morse Kessler
68.Leaving Paradise - Simone Elkeles
69.Deception - Lee Nichols
70.As You Wish - Jackson Pearce
71.The Cellar - A.J.Whitten
72.Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
73.Vespertine - Saundra Mitchell
74.Stargazer - Claudia Gray
75.Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
76.Ghost Town - Rachel Caine
77.The Lying Game - Sara Shepard
78.Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston
79.The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
80.The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
81.Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton
82.Nevermore - Kelly Creagh
83.Delirium - Lauren Oliver
84.Misguided Angel - Melissa De La Cruz
85.Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
86.The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting 
87.My Love Lies Bleeding(Hearts At Stake) - Alyxandra Harvey
88.Anna And The French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
89.Dash&Lily's Book Of Dares - Rachel Cohn&David Levithan
90.The Dark Divine - Bree Despain



90 / 100 words. 90% done!



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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MEGA BOOK GIVEAWAY Contest

Teens Read and Write is hosting the MEGA BOOK GIVEAWAY II contest. Follow the instructions and sign in for a chance of winning a book from an amazing series of titles.
Good luck!!





READING : City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family - and the battle for the fate of the world.


*SPOILERS AHEAD*

To be completely honest, I didn't really want to read City Of Bones.I bought it because I heard it was good, but I refused to set my mind on reading it.The story didn't sound unique or intriguing at all.When I asked a friend who has read it to tell me her thoughts she said "It was another badly written book that I completely enjoyed".I will agree with that 100%.

You can tell throughout the book that Clare was very much into this book,she was passionate about it, and maybe that's the reason she made so many mistakes, IMO.Whole chunks in the book were not necessary, for example when Simon turned into a rat and then they had to find him and brake into a derelict hotel nested with vamps blah blah and get away with a flying motorcycle.Why?There was no reason for any of that.
Valentine's character didn't work for me, I 'm afraid.I didn't see enough of him and I think what he said and his expressions and all were not at all like I was led to believe throughout the whole book.
Jace was the typical badass hottie that every supernatural Y/A book has.Narcissist but always thinking of others, strong but soft and plays piano :D Nothing I haven't read before.
Characters I did like was Lucian-the narrative chapter where he explains everything to Clary is the best part of the book-Jocelyn, Magnus Bane and Alec.And Church,the cat.
As for Clary, I can't even picture what she looks like.All I know is she has red hair. Weird. Speaking of weird : SIBLINGS????Come on!!!I suspected it was coming but I was sure I'd be proven wrong because I thought that the writer would definitely want the attraction between them to go on.But nooooo!Now it has to be gross each time they meet and talk and remember that they kissed.I don't know how Clare is getting out of that one.Maybe Jace is not Jonathan Christopher and Valentine lied?Ugh, don't know. All I know is that if she wants to turn this whole sister-brother thing around she has to be extremely careful because it could just very easily blow up in her face.
All in all, I had a really nice time reading it and I will definitely read the next 2 installments, but it's a shame thinking that it could be soooo much better.


3/5


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