Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

This week:
The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones

1. pick your current book up, flip to a random page, share some sentances
2. no spoilers!

Max stared at the skull and crossbones painted beneath the sun and felt his guts shrivel. Asign above the door warned NO ENTRY and depicted a snarling black wolf. Max was stunned. What if Rose was telling the truth and the goverment really used plague wolves to attack intruders?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Check out the fabulous trailer for the Marvelous World books (The Marvelous Effect and Olivion's Favorites)  by Troy CLE


About The Books:

The Marvelous Effect - 384 pages - Science Fiction - Buy from Amazon Here
Louis Proof, an inner-city, African American teen, and his friend Brandon receive an invitation to go to a mysterious amusement park. Their trip leads to strange experiences, which become stranger after Louis slips into a coma and, upon his recovery, discovers that he has special powers. Soon, Louis finds himself battling creatures from another dimension, led by the often-funny Galonious Imperial Evil

Olivion's Favorties - 352 pages - Science Fiction  - Buy from Amazon Here
Louis Proof, a 12-year-old African American, finds himself in the magical and confusing world of Midlandia, along with Cyndi and Devon. The children get to know its residents, the often-enigmatic energy beings called Celestial Entities. Conflicts between two warring groups of CEs soon involve the children, who learn that they are to become "Favorites" of the powerful being called Olivion and that they will be divided between the groups of CEs. It becomes apparent that the war between the CEs will soon move to Earth, and that it's up to the children to protect their home planet.

To learn more about the books, Troy CLE himself, read Troys blog or contact him. Visit the offical Marvelous World website (http://www.marvelousworld.com/)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

This week:
Deerskin by Robin Mckinley

1. flip to a  random page in your current book and find a few sentances to post that are interesting to you
2. try not to have any spoilers!

The court shook itself, and decided to be impatient with the princess, impatient so that they need think no worse.
But the king- did he not speak a little wildly? was it completely...proper... for a king, to praise his daughter so extravagantly?

I'm having fun with this book! its written so well and thoughfully.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Review - Moonstone

Title - Moonstone
Author - Marilee Brothers
Pages - 236
Genre - YA/Fantasy

Description (from amazon)
MOONSTONE A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller Young Adult A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there's that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who's struggling to keep her and her mom's act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie's weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she's being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town "witch," gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted "Star Seeker" is meant to command. "Who, me?" is Allie's first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she's got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.

 What makes Moonstone diffrent from other YA novels? Well, not much. However, it is a very enjoyable read. Allie (Alfrieda) is a special 14 year old, gifted with telekinetic powers and a magical moonstone she must keep safe from some really nasty people, plus survive school!

Moonstone was read in two sittings, i kept picking it up after putting it down and wanting to see what happens next. Moonstone has a cast of interesting charactors, from Trillby the super hippie guardian spirit, Faye, Allies mom who tries to get money for an illness she does not have, to Junior an ex-gang member who all the girls want.

There is not alot I can say without giving away some good stuff but even though a fast read, Moonstone is one not to be missed, nor is the next in this series: Moon Rise.

Friday, April 2, 2010

At the start of my blog, i asked who you read with and showed a pic of my dog Panda.
Well, i got a super rare picture of all my reading buddies together!
First is Powder, the uninterested very well fed cat in the background. she likes to snuggle right up next to me and purr away.
The chihuahua that looks like shes ready for take-off with her ears pulled back is Coco my stepmoms dog, she normally isnt on my bed and i usually read with her in the living room.
Lastly, Panda. My little one is all smiles and she really is all the time, shes the goof-ball of the bunch and she goes everywhere i go, shes attached to me like glue so she is the most by my side when im reading. (and she lets me know when i need to pet her with a biiiiig drawn out sigh)

So that is my group of fuzzys who like to read with me. It would be so lonely without them!

Note - please forgive my messy room, stupid pillow and pandas food bowl on the bed.. she wont eat anywhere else.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Review - Project 17

Title - Project 17
Author - Laurie Faria Stolarz
Genre - YA/Horror
Pages - 248

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Davers State hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy.
On the eve of the hispital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about ther experiences. For Derik, it's an oppurtunity to win a filmaking contest and save himself from a furture of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or for a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might

I loved this book! i finished it in two sittings, i could not put it down! It starts off with Derik, then transitions to the point of views of the other five students. Mimi - a goth girl who isnt moody or drugged out or likes what stereotypicly is expect of goths. Chet - the clown with a dark secret. Liza - the perfect, modelesque girl whos goal is to become a doctor. Greta (AKA Ashley) and Tony - two theatre/drama performers and an item.

I enjoyed seeing everything from the others POVs, the story flowed very well when they transitioned to another POV picking right up where the other left off, it was stylized well. During the book youll really get to know the personalities of the cast. Depending on your preferences you will be siding with one more then the other, I personally liked Mimi the best and Liz the least.

The setting of the book is dark, dreary and with the occasional smarmy quip (curtosy of Chet mostly). It really sets the mood  and makes the mental hospital all the more creepy. The book has its mushy cliche themes (everyone ends up with someone..) but that can be overlooked even if it was predictable.
If you pay attention closely you can find a hidden morale to the story: Things (nor people) are what they seem on the outside or what you have heard of them.

The cover for Project 17 depicts Derik and i am guessing Liz descending into the hospital and the monotone black/blues give it a ghostly feel, which is fitting. If you find this book at your local library or bookstore i recomend you check it out, if you like ghost stories or just a light read youll like this one.