Sunday, January 31, 2010

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Hey, just wanted to pass on that Behind the Cover of Hand Me Down Books is giving away some goodies for Beautiful Creatures. Check it out by clicking on the pic. :)


Soundstrack Saturday (4)... A Day Late

Soundtrack Saturday is a new meme hosted at Rating Reads

•Take your current read or recently finished book.
•Find at least one song that fits the story, characters, whatever.
•Post the book title and song(s) on your blog with a brief explanation of your picks. Don't forget to mention who started it.
•Head over to Rating Reads and add your post to the Mr. Linky.

Book: Lord Loss- Darran Shan
Song: Werewolves of London by  Warren Zevon
Why: Because, the book is set in England and lycanthropy runs in Grubs family. But mainly just because I wanted to use this song. :)



Saturday, January 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (31)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Borrowed:
Author: Marlene Perez
Title: Dead Is So Last Year1
Series: Dead Is (book 3)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he's grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux's boyfriend's neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more."

Library:
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Title: Dragonsinger2
Series: Harper Hall (book 2)
Publication Date: 1977
Synopsis: "In the world of Pern, Harpers are regarded to be more powerful than kings, for the music they play can literally control the minds of others. For young Menolly, her dreams of becoming a Harper have nothing to do with power, but rather her love of music. Now she is finally living out her musical dreams as an apprentice Harper, but it's turning out to be more challenging than she thought. Formerly forbidden to study music because of her gender, Menolly quickly encounters hostility from a number of her male peers and masters. But she is not alone in her struggles. With the help of new friends, teachers, and her nine fire lizards, Menolly finds that her musical talents may prove more powerful than anyone could imagine."

Author: Anne McCaffrey
Title: Dragondrums3
Series: Harper Hall (book 3)
Publication Date: 1979
Synopsis: "In the world of Pern, Harpers with great musical ability are held in extreme regard. This is why the young, mischievous Piemur carries himself with so much pride, for he sings like an angel. But when his voice begins to change, Piemur loses all confidence and questions his role within Harper Hall. Incapable of singing, Piemur is sent on various errands by Masterharper Robinton, including the task of learning the complicated beats of the messenger drums. Piemur has no clue of the grand adventures that await him, and he'll need to find the courage within himself to survive."


Author: Alyson Noel
Title: Blue Moon4
Series: The Immortals (book 2)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Alyson’s Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive” “beautiful” “haunting” and “mesmerizing.” In the second installment, Ever can bring her family back from the dead—but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself. Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life."


Author: Neal Shusterman
Title: The Dark Side of Nowhere5
Publication Date: 1997
Synopsis: "Jason Miller feels trapped in the small town of Billington — where nothing ever happens. But when his friend Ethan dies of what the doctor calls a burst appendix, Jason's life changes forever. First he is given a mysterious
glove that can shoot pellets with deadly force. Then he learns that the monthly shots he gets from the friendly town doctor are not for his health but for a far more sinister purpose. As he peels away layer after layer of the lies he's been told, Jason comes to learn of his own true nature."

I'd like to thank Dahlia for lending me her copy of Dead Is So Last Year. Thanks Dahlia.
As for the rest of the books I borrowed them all from the library. This weeks library books are as follows: Dragonsinger and Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey both of which I have read before, just not in quite awhile. Sadly though the second and third books came in before the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy; Blue Moon by Alyson Noel Which I've been meaning to read since I read Evermore; Along with the Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman which I have already read once before.
Well that's all the books that I got this week, can't wait to see what everyone else got. :)

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1. Dead Is So Last Year was borrowed from Dahlia.
2. Dragonsinger was borrowed from the library.
3. Dragondrums was borrowed from the library
4. Blue Moon was also borrowed from the library.
5. The Dark Side of Nowhere was also borrowed from the library.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Lord Loss

Author: Darran Shan
Title: Lord Loss1
Series: Demonata (book 1)
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2005
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: "Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life."


I know I have said this about a lot of the books that I have reviewed on my blog, but Lord Loss was an amazing read. It was so good that I read it in, like, three hours.
I like how Darran Shan didn't shy away from writing some pretty gruesome scenes for a YA book.
For the first part of the book I was curious on why there seemed to be so much emphasis placed on playing chess, and playing it good, but luckily it was cleared up pretty fast.
Character wise, Grubs was one of the more interesting characters that I have read about in awhile.
The funniest part of the book would have to be what happened in like the last couple of pages in the book. It totally cracked me up because I guessed what had actually happened.
For my part, I enjoy a book the most, when the main villain is truly disturbed and Lord Loss had one that was more than perfect for that roll.
My favorite part of the book would have to be the final showdown between Grubs and his Uncle against Lord Loss and his minions. It was one of the most interesting fights I've read in awhile. Why? Because it was just as much a psychological battle as a test of strength and fighting skill.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book would have to be how there a couple parts of the book that were just a little too easy to figure out. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what they were because it would definitely give something away.
In the end Lord Loss was great read, but maybe a little too violent for younger teens. As soon as I get through my library books I plan on reading the second Demonata book.

Lord Loss earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid 
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1. Lord Loss is part of my personnal book collection and was received via a trade from Kelsey.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

For the Love of Venice


Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Title: For the Love of Venice1
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 1998
Genre: YA/Fiction & Romance
Synopsis: "Romance and political action set against the mystery and beauty of modern-day Venice, Italy.

Percy is reluctant to accompany his family to Venice for the summer until he meets Graziella, a beautiful and passionate girl who leads him into another Venice, one that tourists never see.
Venice was once a great power. Today,
much of it belongs to foreigners. Through Graziella, Percy is drawn into a world where young Venetians make desperate, dangerous plans to save their city from being taken over by foreigners and tourists—outsiders, like Percy."
While I'm not generally into books that have a big emphasis on romance, I have yet again found myself enjoying reading For the Love of Venice.

My absolute favorite part of the book would have to be how the author Donna Jo Napoli describes Venice with all its flaws; along with Percy's attempt to woo the Venetian Graziella.
It was quite funny watching Percy make a fool of himself while trying to impress Graziella and fit into life in Venice, while also trying not to come across as a tourist himself. Besides how many times to you get to read a book with a big emphasis on falling love were the MC is a guy... Not many.
The best part of the book would have to be when Venice starts to flood and Percy and Graziella have to try and locate Percy's brother and another boy (whose name escapes me at the moment).
I also enjoyed how the book was about more than Percy's love life; it had a group of young Venetians trying to prevent EXPO from coming to Venice and bringing more tourist. And the extremes in which they are willing to go through to stop it.
For the Love of Venice is a fairly lighthearted read, with a few serious moments. I’m definitely glad that I was able to find and re-read For the Love of Venice.

For the Love of Venice earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. For the Love of Venice was borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nightmare

Author: Joan Lowry Nixon
Title: Nightmare1
Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2003
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Synopsis: "Emily has never fit in her overachieving family. Instead of getting straight As, she sits in the back row and hides behind her hair. As a result, her parents have enrolled her at Camp Excel—an academic camp for underachievers—for the summer. Emily doesn’t want to go, and not just because she feels it isn’t necessary. She’s been plagued by a recurring nightmare since she was a child. And there’s something about this camp that feels familiar—has she been there before? Why can’t she remember?"


Nightmare is another excellent book written by one of my favorite authors, that author being Joan Lowery Nixon.

The first time I read this book was a few years ago. I had been thinking of re-reading it for the past year or so, but I couldn't recall the name of the book. Until I was looking at a list of her books after I checked out The Dark and Deadly Pool and let me just say that it was just as good as the first time that I read it.
One of my favorite things about this book would have to be how real the main character Emily comes across. With the nightmare that has been haunting her sleep since she was a little girl; along with her unexplained fear of Camp Excel and the nagging feeling that she's been there before.
My favorite part of Nightmare would have to be when Emily decided that she was no longer going to live her life being afraid of something that she saw and try’s to figure out just what exactly happened all those years ago.
My least favorite part of the book would have to be how her parents seemed to expect her act just like her older sisters and get follow in their footsteps.
Another thing I liked about Nightmare would have to be the friends that Emily made while she was there; they were all kind of odd with their own issues and reasons for being there.
All in all, Nightmare is a terrific, yet very short read.

Nightmare earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Nightmare was borrowed from the library.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feeling Sorry for Celia


Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: Feeling Sorry for Celia
Series: The Ashbury/Brookfield (book 1)
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Fiction
Synopsis: "refrigerator notes from a madcap mother, and darkly comic epistles from the heroine's internal voice of self-doubt. The Association of Teenagers" is coming down pretty hard on Elizabeth Clarry. What is she to do when her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the refrigerator? And now, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope" in the "Age of the Internet," a complete and utter stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else."

So I accidentally read this series out of order. Last year I started with the second book and then read the third, but now I have read all three books in the Ashbury/Brookfield series.
I always find it a bit weird reading a book that's formatted with letters and notes, because it makes the book feel so much shorter then it actually is. It also makes it harder to put down because there are no actual chapters.
Feeling Sorry for Celia was a pretty funny read. The funniest scene in the whole book would have to be when Elizabeth and her new friend went in search of Celia and they acted like they were covert spies on a dangerous mission.
My favorite part of the book would have to be the notes that Elizabeth’s mother would leave for her all over the house. Along with the letters that were exchanged between Elizabeth and her pen pal Christina.
Personally I don't think I could have put up with a friend like Celia; one who was always going missing and just generally acting crazy2.
My least favorite part of the book would have to be the snarky notes that came from the different societies that usually had something negative to say about Elizabeth or how she was handling something.
While the conclusion of the book was slightly predictable, I would definitely recommend giving the whole Ashbury/Brookfield series a shot. Because they're all very funny, with a cast of slightly odd characters.
Feeling Sorry for Celia earns 3 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
Other books in the The Ashbury/Brookfield series:
Feeling Sorry for Celia
The Year of Secret Assignments
The Murder of Bindi Mackinzie
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1. Feeling Sorry for Celia was borrowed from the library.
2. Click here to see what song I picked for Feeling Sorry for Celia on Soundtrack Saturday.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Crystal Cave


Author: Mary Stewart
Title: The Crystal Cave1
Series: Merlin trilogy (book 1)
Number of Pages: 494
Publication Date: 1970
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always."

The Crystal Cave is the first book by Mary Stewart that I have ever read and it was by far one of the best books based on the Arthurian legend that I have ever read2.
Out of all of the books based on the legend of King Arthur that I have read, I have never read one that was about Merlin and his beginning. Which I think is what made this book so enjoyable to read because you got a glimpse of how the story actually started way before Arthur was ever born.
It also gave me a different view on Merlin, where as before in previous books I’ve read I didn’t really like him at all. Now he doesn’t seem like such a bad character.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about The Crystal Cave was Mary Stewart's writing; it completely drew me in from the very first page and left me reading deep into the night.
It's hard to say what my favorite part of the book was, because there is just so much going on. But there's not so much that it’s hard to follow the storyline. though one of my favorite things in the book would have be when Merlin is trying prevent himself from being sacrificed; along with how he became both feared and respected for his power as a seerer.
There's just too much content in the book to truly peg what made it so good.
It also reminded me of The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley, which I absolutely loved when I read it a couple of years ago. In that they were both long page wise, yet written in an easily readable style.
I actually don't have a least favorite part of this book. Shocking isn't it?
I would definitely recommend The Crystal Cave to those who enjoy reading about the legends of King Arthur and Merlin.

The Crystal Cave earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. The Crystal Cave was borroweed from the library.
2. I have actually read quite a few different books based on King Arthur.  

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ruined: A Ghost Story


Author: Paula Morris
Title: Ruined: A Ghost Story1
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2009
Genre: YA/Mystery & Thriller
Synopsis: "Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend -- and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey -- she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?"

So I finally got around to reading Ruined: A Ghost Story. Which has been sitting on my shelf for a few months.
The first two chapters after the epilogue were kind of slow which had me a bit worried about the pace of the book, but it quickly picked up by the third chapter and became hard to put down.
At first I didn't much care for the main character Rebecca because she complained way to much about being forced to spend six months in New Orleans, but as the story got going she became less irritating to me.
I think my favorite part of the book would have to be Lisette and her story; it was her and her story that really drew me in and caught me up in the story.
My least favorite part of the book would have to be how all the rich students at the private school shut out Rebecca just because she was an outsider and the emphasis that was placed on family names and the krewe that their fathers were a part of.
I think the thing that shocked me the most about the book would have to be the end. I was quite surprised by the ending of the book; I would say more, but it would completely give away too much.
Even though I really enjoyed reading this book, once Lisette started her story it was easy to guess why she died and who killed her. It was also easy for me to figure out Rebbeca's story and what her father was hiding from her. Even though I found it easy to figure out, it was still a fantastic read and I look forward to trying another Paula Morris book in the future.

Ruined: A Ghost Story earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Ruined: A Ghost Story is part of my personnal book collection.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (30)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Bought:
Author: Agatha Christie
Title: 4:50 from Paddington1
Series: Miss Marple
Publication Date: 1957
Synopsis: "After boarding a train at Paddington Station, Elspeth is certain she saw a man strangling a woman in an adjoining train. No one else believes it ever really happened--except her friend Miss Jane Marple. And the indomitable sleuth is returning to the scene of the crime to discover just exactly what Elspeth saw."

Used Book Store:
Author: K.A. Applegate
Title: Gateway to the Gods2
Series: Everworld (book 7)
Publication Date: 2000
Synopsis: "April and her friends are starting to get used to the bizarre. Which is why they weren't surprised when they found themselves on Mount Olympus, fighting with Zeus against an alien army. But that's nothing compared to what they're about to experience. April and the others know that the main reason they're still alive is because of their survival instincts and real-world knowledge. But in Everworld, even the things that you trust to keep you safe can be the very things to take your life..."

Author: K.A. Applegate
Title: Brave the Betrayal3
Series: Everworld (book 8)
Publication Date: 2000
Synopsis: "Jalil, David, Christopher and April have definitely made some mistakes since they've been trapped in Everworld. You have to admit, it's got to be pretty tough not to screw up when you find yourself in a place that makes absolutely no sense. So, it's pretty understandable that Jalil and the others wouldn't think twice about trading a chemistry book for an unbelievably sharp knife. For protection. After all, the Coo-Hatch seemed harmless enough. Just another group of transplanted aliens who managed to end up in Everworld. Now it seems those same aliens are combining the textbook information with their own technology to create horrific new weapons. And guess who they plan to use them on...?"
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Title: And Both Were Young4
Publication Date: 1949
Synopsis: "Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains. But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future?"

Author: Lois Lowry
Title: Messenger5
Series: The Giver (book 3)
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself."
Author: Mary Jane Auch
Title: Ashes of Roses6
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "When she arrives on Ellis Island as a seventeen-year-old Irish immigrant, Rose Nolan is looking for a land of opportunities; what she finds is far from all she'd dreamed. Stubborn and tenacious, she refuses to give up. Left alone to fend for herself and her younger sister, Rose is thrust into a hard-knock life of tenements and factory work."
Library:
Author: Nancy Farmer
Title: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm7
Publication Date: 1994
Synopsis: "Tendai, his little sister and their younger brother escape from their splendid home to explore their dangerous city. Tendai is motivated by wanting to earn a scouting badge, and he desperately wants to prove himself, as their overprotective father has always placed tight restrictions on what the siblings can and can't do."
Author: Mary Stewart
Title: The Hollow Hills8
Series: Merlin (book 2)
Publication Date:1973
Synopsis: "Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain."
Author: Maureen Johnson
Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes9
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: "Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes."
Author: Lois Duncan
Title: Don't Look Behind You10
Publication Date: 1989
Synopsis: "How can April give up her name, her friends, her boyfriend Steve, and everything she's ever known? April Corrigan feels like her life is over when she learns that her father has been working undercover for the FBI and the family must relocate under the Federal Witness Security Program."

Last week it completely slipped my mind that I had bought 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie, so here it is in this weeks IMM.
This week I am so excited because I found Gateway to the Gods and Brave the Betrayal (the seventh and eighth Everworld books) at the used bookstore. Which means I am only missing the lastr four books in the series.
I was also lucky enough to find And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle, which surprising enough I have never read before. I also picked up Messenger which is the last book in the Giver series. Ashes of Roses is another book on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Plus it sounded really good.
As you can see I also made a run to the library and checked out four books.
Well that is all for me this week. Cannot wait to see what everyone else got this week. :)

Orchid
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1. 4:50 from Paddington- Agatha Christie was purchased at B&N. 
2. Gateway to the Gods- K.A. Applegate was bought from the used bookstore.
3. Brave the Betrayal- K.A. Applegate was also purchased from the used bookstore.
4. And Both Were Young- Madelein L'Engle was also bought at the used bookstore.
5. Messenger- Lois Lowry was bought at the used bookstore.
6. Ashes of Roses- Mary Jane Auch was also bought at the used bookstore.
7. The Ear, the Eye and the Arm- Nancy Farmer was borrowed from the library.
8. The Hollow Hills- Mary Stewart was also borrowed from the library.
9. 13 Little Blue Envelopes- Maureen Johnson was also borrowed from the library.
10. Don't Look Behind You- Lois Duncan was also borrowed from the library.

Soundtrack Saturday (3)

Soundtrack Saturday is a new meme hosted at Rating Reads
•Take your current read or recently finished book.
•Find at least one song that fits the story, characters, whatever.
•Post the book title and song(s) on your blog with a brief explanation of your picks. Don't forget to mention who started it.
•Head over to Rating Reads and add your post to the Mr. Linky.

Book: Ruined: A Ghost Story- Paula Morris
Song: City of New Orleans- Willie Nelson
Why: Other than the name of the song, it doesn't  really have anything to do with the book, but I just happened to be thinking of this song when I was reading the book.


Orchid

Friday, January 22, 2010

Watch the Skies

Author: James Patterson
Title: Watch the Skies1
Series: Daniel X (book 2)
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2009
Genre: YA/Action/Sci-Fi
Synopsis: "In the second episode in James Patterson's bestselling series, Alien Hunter Daniel X thought he'd seen it all. But there's no business like show business, and Number Five on his list of deadly targets is the most appalling criminal yet. An intergalactic television producer, he's orchestrated—literally—a reality show featuring the extermination of the human race...and Daniel finds himself cast in the lead role of the terrifying season premiere. Full of action and twists, America's favorite storyteller is back with a chilling adventure for all ages!"

Even though I absolutely loved the first Daniel X book. I thought Watch the Skies was even better than the first one.

Watch the Skies completely grabbed me from the very first page and didn't let go till the very end.
The thing I liked most about the second Daniel X book was that the newest villain Number Five was totally messed up villains that I have ever read about.
Number Five's plan to destroy human kind was awful and really, really gross. The worst part would have to be that not only was he a piece of work, disgusting looking, and extremely EVIL, he really gave Daniel a run for his money. I'm finding it hard to put into words what I though about the villain exactly, but the main one might just be disgust, mainly for the fact the he's a television producer... can you say seriously creepy.
I would tell you the funniest line of the book, but it would definitely give something away.
My favorite part of the book might just have to be how the world was saved... and it wasn't done by just Daniel and his straight from his head friends and family.
Watch the Skies was definitely a great follow up to The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and I cannot wait to read the third book in the series.

Watch the Skies earns 5 out of pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Watch the Skies is part of my Personnal book collection.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Medina Hill

Author: Trilby Kent
Title: Medina Hill1
Number of Pages: 170
Publication Date: 2009
Genre: Childrens Fiction and Literature
Synopsis: "In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice."

Medina Hill has been one of the shortest books I have read this year, standing at only 170 pages. Despite being so very short I found it to be an extremely fascinating read even though the main character was only eleven years old.
I also found the cast to be slightly quirky, yet they added to my enjoyment of the book.
My favorite thing about the book was Dominic's narration and his struggle to find his voice and learn to speak in front of those outside his family again.
One of my favorite things about Medina Hill was the author's description of the places and the characters.
I especially enjoyed reading about Dominic and his little sister and their different troubles; they made the story that much better for that neither of them or any of the other cast of characters were perfect. They all had their own flaws.
I honestly can't think of a single thing that I didn't like about this book. While it is aimed at a younger audience, Medina Hill would be an interesting read for all age groups.
I enjoyed reading Medina Hill so much that I'll probably end up re-reading it at some point.

Medina Hill earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Medina Hill is part of my personnal book collection.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Airhead

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Airhead
Series: Airhead (book 1)
Number of Pages: 340
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: YA/Sci-fi
Synopsis: "EM WATTS IS GONE.

Emerson Watts didn't even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there-along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard."

Airhead is definitely one of the best books that Meg Cabot has ever written. I would say that Airhead is my third favorite Meg Cabot book/series, after Princess Diaries and The Mediator series'.
I liked Em for the first part of the book, until her accident that is. Then she kind of grated on my nerves with her complaining, but it's understandable why she would be upset.
My least favorite character in the book would have to be a tie between Em's sister Frida and Jr. Stark. I just didn't like either of them at all, especially Stark.
Favorite thing about the book might have to be when Em finds out that being a model isn't as easy as she thought it would be. And also her trying to juggle being Nikki the model and Stark slave while trying maintaining a semi-normal life of going to school and living on her own.
My other favorite part of the book would have to be Nikki's dog and her friend Lulu. Lulu totally cracked me up with her odd sense of humor and the things that she believed.
I loved Airhead and am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

Airhead earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Airhead is part of my personnal book collection. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sleeping Murder

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: Sleeping Murder1
Series: A Miss Marple Mystery (book 12)
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 1976
Genre: Mystery
Synopsis: "When pretty, young newlywed Gwenda Reed travels from New Zealand to England ahead of her new husband, she encounters a series of strange déjà vu’s. First there’s the Victorian coastal house that feels disturbingly familiar. Then a line of dialogue heard at a London play triggers a terrifying vision of a dead woman's body with the killer poised over her, sending Gwenda running in terror into the streets. Fortunately, Miss Marple is also at the theater and, curious, she pursues Gwenda. What follows is one of the intrepid investigator’s most engaging cases as she ignores her own advice to Gwenda to “let sleeping murder lie.”

Would you believe me if I said, that I am currently writing this review a full year after I read it? It has taken me that long to put into words what I wanted to say about it.

I absolutely loved reading Sleeping Murder. It was one of my all time favorite Miss Marple Mysteries that had me on the edge of my seat wondering if Gwenda was truly remembering something that actually happened or not.
Other than offering a great mystery, Sleeping Murder features one of my favorite amateur detectives.
I think my favorite part of the book would be how Gwenda memories of the past were set off by a line in a play2 that she saw shortly after moving to her new home in England.
I loved how near the end of the book you thought that you had managed to guess who the murder was, but only to find out that you were entirely wrong.
Even though the character Miss Marple is quite old she has a funny sense of humor and is not easily fooled. Plus, she can get away with asking weird questions and people just think some crazy old lady and tell her what she wants to know.
Sleeping Murder is a finely written murder/mystery novel and I would recommend any book of Agatha Christie's.
Sleeping Murder earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
For more Agatha Christie check out the following titles:
Curtain
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Death On the Nile
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1. Sleeping Murder is part of my personnal book collection.
2. The play that the character Gwenda was watching was John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, with the line, "Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle; she died young."  

Monday, January 18, 2010

Frogs and French Kisses

Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Title: Frogs and Frech Kisses1
Series: Magic In Manhattan (book 2)
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2006
Genre: YA
Synopsis: "Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri’s on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong.
Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel’s hands.
Her family.
The world.
Senior prom."

While I really enjoyed read Frogs and French Kisses, the main character Rachel got on my nerves more times then not.

Although it was pretty funny when she accidentally made Raf's older brother fall in love with her instead of Raf, especially since she couldn't seem to get rid of him without reversing the spell.
Actually I was slightly annoyed with most of the characters in this book: Rachel, Miri, and their mom. The mom because she became hooked on using magic for everything; Miri with her save the world scheme that went wrong; and Rachel and her boy issues.
Even with irksome character traits the book still managed to be quite funny without any dull, slow points.
Best part of the book was when Rachel was invited to dinner with Raf's family as Will's date, it was so funny. Along with the relationship between Miri and Rachel, love how they'd help each other and still bicker over the small stuff.
Worst part of the book would have to be how the mom acted when she started dating.
Frogs and French Kisses was a good read and I can't wait to read the next book in the Magic and Manhattan series.

Frogs and French Kisses earns 3 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
Magic in Manhattan series:
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1. Frogs and French Kisses was borrowed from Dahlia and read sometime last year.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dead Is A State of Mind

Author: Marlene Perez
Title: Dead Is A State of Mind1
Series: Dead Is (book 2)
Number of Pages: 175
Publication Date: 2009
Genre: YA/Mystery-Thriller
Synopsis: "Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case! There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all. Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!"

Wow! Dead Is A State of Mind was so good that I could hardly put it down. I started reading it on New Year's Eve and finished it a couple of hours later.
I liked this one even more than the first Dead Is book that I read.
Although Dead Is A State of Mind was good I figured out what was going on by, like, the second chapter.
It's hard to say what my favorite part of the book was because it was just so good and the characters were all so funny. Even when Daisy thought that Ryan was cheating on her was funny. When usually I don't find it funny when the MC jumps to that kind of conclusions.
But there was one part that was totally sad and I'm not going to tell you what part that was.
Out of the whole book there wasn't a single thing about it that I didn't enjoy.
Dead Is A State of Mind was definitely a great read to close out the year with and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
Dead Is A State of Mind earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
Dead Is series:
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1. Dead Is A State of Mind was borrowed from Dahlia.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Trailer: The Body Finder

I love the book trailer for The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Which I have seen on a few different blogs and thought I'd share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
You can also enter for a chance to win an ARC of The Body Finder on Kimberly Derting's blog by clicking here.

Orchid

In My Mailbox (29)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Title: For the Love of Venice1
Publication Date: 1998
Synopsis: "Romance and political action set against the mystery and beauty of modern-day Venice, Italy. Percy is reluctant to accompany his family to Venice for the summer until he meets Graziella, a beautiful and passionate girl who leads him into another Venice, one that tourists never see."
Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Title: Nightmare2
Publication Date: 2003
Synopsis: "Emily has never fit in her overachieving family. Instead of getting straight As, she sits in the back row and hides behind her hair. As a result, her parents have enrolled her at Camp Excel—an academic camp for underachievers—for the summer. Emily doesn’t want to go, and not just because she feels it isn’t necessary. She’s been plagued by a recurring nightmare since she was a child. And there’s something about this camp that feels familiar—has she been there before? Why can’t she remember?"

Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: Feeling Sorry for Celia3
Publication Date: 2000
Synopsis: "A first novel of refreshingly original letters exchanged between teenage friends, refrigerator notes from a madcap mother, and darkly comic epistles from the heroine's internal voice of self-doubt. The Association of Teenagers" is coming down pretty hard on Elizabeth Clarry. What is she to do when her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the refrigerator? And now, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope" in the "Age of the Internet," a complete and utter stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else."

Author: Mary Stewart
Title: The Crystal Cave4
Series: The Merlin Trilogy (book 1)
Publication Date: 1970
Synopsis: "Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always."

The only books I got this week were ones that I checked out from the library. Two of which I have already read before (Nightmare and For the Love of Venice). I also got Feeling Sorry for Celia, which is the first book written by Jaclyn Moriarty. At the prompting of my friend Holland I decided to give a Mary Stewart book a try and came away with the first book in the Merlin series.
Non book wise: I would like to thank Katie of Katie's Book Blog who I won a pair of reading glasses5 from. I also got my Minion Bling6 in the mail from Heather Brewer
I believe that is all for me this week in books. Cannot wait to see what everyone else got. :)

Orchid
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1. For the Love of Venice was borrowed from the library
2. Nightmare was also borrowed from thre library.
3. Feeling Sorry for Celia was borrowed from the library.
4. along with The Crystal Cave.
5. The reading glasses were won in a contest hosted by Katie.
6. For more information about Minion Bling click here.

Soundtrack Saturday (2)

Soundtrack Saturday is a new meme hosted at Rating Reads
•Take your current read or recently finished book.
•Find at least one song that fits the story, characters, whatever.
•Post the book title and song(s) on your blog with a brief explanation of your picks. Don't forget to mention who started it.
•Head over to Rating Reads and add your post to the Mr. Linky.

Book: The Other Side of Dawn- John Marsden
Song: Bitter End- Dixie Chicks and The Change- Garth Brooks
Why: Because the chorus of the song made me think of the end of the book. And how the lives of the characters were changed.

Bitter End:
Farewell to old friends
Let's raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
Will you be the same when we see you again?



Orchid

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

Author: James Patterson with Maichael Lidwige
Title: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X1
Series: Daniel X (book 1)
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: YA/Thriller/Sci-Fi
Synopsis: "The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells — the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel has that power. Daniel's secret abilities — like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses — have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond what anyone could imagine.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered in front of his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he has located the killer.
Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission—and to have vengeance in the process."

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X was a fast paced read, as are all of James Patterson's books.
I think the thing that I most liked about Daniel as a character was his witty barbs and his sarcasm. But my absolute favorite thing about him would have to his power to create. It was so very cool.
While it’s understandable how he would want to seek revenge on the one who killed his parents, it's just going to cloud his judgment and put any friends of his in trouble.
My favorite part of the book might just have to be when he went home and met his grandmother and saw where his parents were from and learned more about his duty and past.
Funniest thing about the book would have to be Daniel's obsession with elephants and how he knows so much about them.
At the moment I'm having a hard time thinking about what I didn't like about the book; so I guess that means there wasn't a thing a didn't like about it.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is a fast, action filled read with an awesome leading character.

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is part of my personnal book collection.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Other Side of Dawn

Author: John Marsden
Title: The Other Side of Dawn1
Series: Tomorrow (book 7)
Number of Pages: 329
Publication Date: 1999
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "Since their home was invaded by enemy soldiers and transformed into a war zone, Ellie and her friends have been fighting for their lives. Now a resolution may finally be in sight. But as enemy forces close in on her hideout, Ellie discovers that the final conflict just may be the most dangerous yet. And not everyone will survive. Nobody is safe in this exhilarating conclusion to Ellie's courageous struggle for freedom."


I must admit that I am kind of sad to see the Tomorrow series draw to a close, but at least the ending wasn't a total let down after all the time I invested in reading the series.

I think that The Other Side of Dawn is by far one of my all time favorite books in the whole series. I liked how when the end of the war came it wasn't tied up all neatly like a Hollywood ending were everyone lived happily ever after.
Of all the books I have read with a female that was the main protagonist, Ellie would definitely have to be one of my favorite MC's. Maybe it was because she faced her fear time and again to try and help her friends and her country.
The only odd thing about The Other Side of Dawn is that for the majority of the book Ellie is on her own; because she had been separated from her friends after their last act of defiance against the enemy.
The only thing I'm not going to tell you is who lives to see the end and who dies. So with that said I can't tell you about one of my favorite parts of the book. All I'll say is that the end was kind of bittersweet for Ellie and that those who survived were drastically changed. Ellie included.
On a whole the Tomorrow series is a high action, gut wrenching, emotional rollercoaster that I would totally re-read any day.

The Other Side of Dawn earns a full 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
The Tomorrow series:
Tomorrow, When the War Began
The Dead of Night
A Killing Frost
Darkness Be My Friend
Burning for Revenge
The Night is For Hunting
The Other Side of Dawn
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1. The Other Side of Dawn was borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Night Is For Hunting

Author: John Marsden
Title: The Night Is For Hunting1
Series: Tomorrow (book 6)
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 1998
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "Hell’s a big place, but it gets crowded when Ellie and her friends take an uncooperative crew of orphans under their wing and into their hidden refuge. It’s not easy to keep four young children busy and happy in the bush, and things only get worse when Ellie and Homer find evidence that mysterious visitors have discovered their sanctuary. Could it be a patrol of enemy soldiers sent on a search and destroy mission? They find out all too soon. In a time and place where war robs your identity, makes you forget your past and fear your future, it seems impossible for Ellie to make sense of a world that is quickly falling apart. And after a peaceful food raid turns into a nightmarish fight for survival, escape back to Hell seems hopeless.
Ellie, Fi, Homer, Lee, and Kevin brave the worst in this electrifying continuation of their battle to stay alive and sane in a war zone that was once their home.
The Night Is for Hunting is the sixth book in the Tomorrow When the War Began series."

OMZ! As if things weren't complicated enough for Ellie and her friends, they have now find themselves stuck with a bunch of little kids that they saved from being taken by the soldiers.
The Night Is for Hunting was so good, I mean like I could hardly put it down especially when after they rescued the ferals from impending doom.
At one point in the book I was torn from being mad at the ferals and then at two other points I was so sad, especially when they ran off because they didn't trust anyone any more.
I must say that the farther the series goes along the story gets more violent and the Ellie loses a little more of her sense of humor and her sanity, although it makes the story more interesting and harder to put down. Especially since she's vaguely aware that she is turning into a cold blooded adrenalin junkie.
Favorite part of the book would have to be in the beginning when Ellie's driving the truck she stole in a mad dash to save herself, her friends, and the ferals. Mainly because the end of the trip was kind of funny in a sad way with all the unhappy campers.
Least favorite part of the book would give too much away; let's just say it has to do with the kids that they rescued.
The Night Is for Hunting was definitely a good read and I cannot wait to read the last book in the Tomorrow series.

The Night Is for Hunting earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. The Night Is for Hunting was borrowed from the library.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Other Side of Dark


Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Title: The Side of Dark
Number of Pages: 185
Publication Date: 1986
Genre: YA/Mystery-Thriller
Synopsis: "Stacy wakes up in a room that's not hers, in a body she doesn't recognize, to discover she's been in a coma for four years. Her mother is dead--murdered--and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is the only eyewitness to her mother's murder. She can recall only a shadowy face, so far. But the killer is not about to let her reveal his identity..."

The Other Side of Dark was so good that I could barely put it down. It also doesn't hurt that it's by one of my favorite authors. I picked it up at the library on a whim, and boy am I glad that I did. Plus I couldn't recall if I had ever read it.
The Other Side of Dark was amazing. I could barely put it down because I wanted to know who shot her and killed her just as badly as Stacy did.I will say that I never suspected her new "friend" of being a bad guy or having anything to do with her accident. Which made me happy when I find out that I had judged him right as a good person.
The thing I liked about The Other Side of Dark was how you could literally feel how much Stacy hated the guy who ruined her life and how she wanted to bring him to justice no matter what the cost.
The only thing that really makes it obvious that the book was written in the 80's is the description of the hair and they way they wear their jeans, but other than those two minor points it's still a well written story.
The end of the book was most satisfactory, without being corny and bringing down the book.

The Other Side of Dark earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. The Other Side of Dark was borrowed from the library.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fear the Fantastic

Author: K.A. Applegate
Title: Fear the Fantastic
Series: Everworld (book 6)
Number of Pages: 186
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Teen Fiction/Fantasy
Synopsis: "No one knows what it's like to be Christopher, David, April, Jalil, or even Senna. One minute they're off to Fairy Land to recover a dragon's stolen treasure. The next they find themselves sitting in the middle of history class. All it takes to move between the worlds is to fall asleep. And they just can't seem to find a way to make it stop. Now Christopher and the others find themselves at the single most powerful area in Everworld. Olympus. As in Greek gods. As in mythology. It seems that the evil alien god, Ka Anor, plans to take Olympus for himself — and Zeus isn't having any of it. Christopher and the others know it's not their fight. But they know ultimately they're going to have to choose a side. And it probably won't be Ka Anor's..."

Sadly this is the last book that I own in the Everworld series. So last review on the Everworld series till I find the last six books. Fear the Fantastic is told from Christopher's point of view.
I'd have to rank Fear the Fantastic as my second favorite book in the series. After Realm of the Reaper that is.
After escaping from "Fairy Land" they find themselves near Ka Anor's realm. Which just so happens to filled with his minions the Hetwan.
They also ended up helping Dionysus and Ganymede who were caught and are on their way to sacrificed to Ka Anor. The former who is more of a hindrance then help.
The thing I liked most about Fear the Fantastic was when Christopher was in the real world and you found out that he wasn't such a bad person by a tough choice that he made.
Least favorite part would have to be Dionysus. I just didn't like him and he was pretty useless. I also didn't like the female Hetwan, they sounded like they looked really gross.
With this being the last of my posts about Everworld till I find the remaining six books I'll leave you with links to the reviews of the first six books and the names of the last six in the series. Hope y'all have enjoyed hearing about the books as much as I enjoyed reading them. :)

Fear the Fantastic earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Everworld:
Search for Senna
Land of Loss
Enter the Enchanted
Realm of the Reaper
Discover the Destroyer
Fear the Fantastic
Gateway to the Gods
Brave the Betrayal
Inside the Illusion
Understand the Unknown
Mystify the Magician
Entertain the End
Orchid
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1. Fear the Fantastic is part of my personnal book collection.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Discover the Destroyer

Author: K.A. Applegate
Title: Discover the Destroyer1
Series: Everworld (book 5)
Number of Pages: 171
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Teen Fiction/Fantasy
Synopsis: "Senna. The one and only reason David, Christopher, April, and Jalil are in Everworld. Senna is also the reason they can't get back to their own world. It seems she only shows up when she wants to be found. And she always disappears. At the moment, Senna is the least of their problems. Now they have to make a choice: Outsmart the dragon that killed Galahad - or die. And the odds of David and the others surviving by themselves aren't very good. But they've met some Everworld residents that might be willing to help for a price: Senna."

Discover the Destroyer is the fifth book in the Everworld series and brings us back to David as the lead narrator. Back to David; who just so happens to be completely under Senna's control. David who would die to protect her. Stupid, stupid boy.
At least he realizes that she doesn't care for him and that he's just a pawn to her. Moving on.
So they had barely escaped their last encounter with a goddess and her minions. But now they have to deal with a huge dragon. A dragon that has been robbed and quite angry about it.
My favorite part about Discover the Destroyer would have to be when they found out that they were going to have to make a visit to... Fairy Land. It's funny because Christopher kept joking around in the early books about Leprechauns and Elves.
Next part of the book to me would have to be when David knocked Senna out. Which she definitely deserved.
To me it seemed that they had an easier time doing what needed to be done in this book. Almost like a mild reprieve before the next big problem arises. But still, it was highly enjoyable.
Discover the Destroyer was good, but definitely had less action then the previous books. But it also had more flashbacks to David's pass and more insight to his internal struggle with Senna.

Discover the Destroyer earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Discover the Destroyer is part of my personnal book collection.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry
Title: The Giver1
Series; The Giver (book 1)
Number of Pages: 190
Publication Date: 1993
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Synopsis: "Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community."

OMZ! If there ever was a book that everyone should read at least once in their life it would have to be The Giver.This was by far one of my favorite books that I read last year. So if you haven't already read it I highly recommend giving it a try.
Right now I am at a loss of how to explain what I liked about this book without giving away the whole story.
The uniformity of the world in which Jonas lived would have driven me crazy. It was very weird how each child’s birthday was celebrated on the same day and that they didn't get certain things (like wearing button on their jackets and having pockets and the big one getting a bike minus training wheels) until they were a certain age. Along with the naming.
I would definitely rank this as one of the weirdest books I have ever read, but I still enjoyed it a lot and cannot wait to read Gathering Blue (which I own). I'm keeping this review short in an attempt to not give something away to those who have yet to read The Giver. Hope those who haven’t had a chance to read it will give this wonderful book a shot. I also hope that this review made some kind of sense.

The Giver earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. The Giver was borrowed from the library.

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