Sunday, June 28, 2009
High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers 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 hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or 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.
Boy, did this book give me the creeps. I would definitely not have been able to do what these six teenagers did. I am a huge believer in the paranormal and would have bailed this break-in before I was ever offered the part. I loved the way the story was told in changing point of views and got the chance to feel what everyone was feeling. While this is definitely a mystery book, it also has romance and deals with family issues. This book even had me laughing out loud at times. Project 17 was a pretty easy read (read it in one day,) but was indeed a excellent book. I recommend this book to mystery and drama lovers.
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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!
Yeah, I know. Most of you have already read this book, let alone the series, but this is what I'm reading at the moment. Here you go, enjoy:
"Ouch!" Isabelle tried to pull her wrist back. "Let go of me!"
"Not until you tel me where he is."
More than two sentences? Sorry. :D
Thanks to all who entered.
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.
Oh my, did this book have me emotional. I was either smiling with Kyra or crying with Kyra. This book was amazing. The Chosen One really opened my eyes to polygamy and how people really live like this. Young girls everyday are getting married to men 3 or 4 times their age. This book is truly amazing. I couldn't put it down for hours, only then for the necessities like "eating" and "sleeping". Carol Lynch Williams' writing really makes one think. It was a very outstanding read and I definitely, without a doubt recommend The Chosen One, for teens or adults. I believe that everyone can enjoy this book.
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After receiving this book from Yan, I was informed that I won a contest and will be receiving another copy!
So what will I do with this extra copy of The Chosen One?
Give it away, of course!
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Monday, June 22, 2009
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (Look out for my review! There may be a surprise!)
The Chosen One ARC
Shrinking Violet ARC by Danielle Joseph
It Happened to Nancy by Anonymous
The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolar
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Scott Hudson is a lowly freshman trying to survive high school. His older brother was a popular troublemaker who is kinda a loser now that he's out of high school. Scott's friends are leaving him--moving, joining the wrestling team, and just drifting apart. Scott is constantly trying to get closer to Julia, the beautiful classmate who might be out of his league. But the freaky pierced girl is getting a lot of his attention, too, even though Scott is embarrassed to be seen with her. And, um, Scott's mom is pregnant. So the story is told in a journal (not a diary, he tells us) to his future sibling. Let's just say he isn't too thrilled with sharing his home with a whiny little kid! Scott is a smart, funny kid, even though he is exhausted from him freshman year.
While I did read this book two years too late, I truly did enjoy it. It was a great laugh and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie seems to be on everyone's fave list.
I must say, I really did enjoy this book. But, was it just me, or were there a little bit to many details? It was probably just me. This book had a great plot and was totally hilarious. I would sometimes find myself laughing out loud while reading in between finals and sitting alone in my living room. :D
I also believe that I learned a few very good vocabulary words that I definitely plan on using in the future. They were just too great!
Overall, this book was pretty great! I totally recommend it!
(For all the people who did read this book)
- Ema Neakf
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I am a proud member of Teaser Tuesdays, starting 5 minutes ago. :D
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
What you do is open to a random page in a book, pick two "teaser" sentences (***make sure not to give anything away!***), and write it here.
Here's mine on the book I am currently reading, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie:
I stared reding the writing on the blackboard, and started waking up a bit.
"I'd like a hot dog," Tom said frankly.
Haha, this book is hilarious so far! I love it!
Sorry about posting so much about this book forum, but you guys HAVE to check it out.
There is so much to do there! There are contests and chats. There is a list of books to read for Chelsea's future book club chats. You can talk to other readers about books, movies, anything! There's a little of everything there. It is SO awesome!
Click here for the forum.
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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.
Yeah, I know. I'm probably the last person in the world to read this!!! And boy, am I an idiot for waiting this long. This book was extremely good in every single possible way. Paper Towns was written SO freakin' beautifully. It's entertaining, funny, and, most of all, it's real.
Now Kaitlyn, what do you mean "real"?
Well, Kaitlyn, by "real" I mean that it relates to real people and real feelings. The characters talk like real people, act like real people, and think like real people. The characters really were their own people; they had their own personalities and after I closed the book, I had a hard time remembering that the weren't real, real. Just real.
Read the book (although I'm pretty sure you already have) and hopefully you get what I mean. Okay, two more things: 1. I am SO freakin' upset that I read this book on the week of finals (which I am almost done with!! :D) and couldn't read it straight through, which I always do for books that I am enjoying. But it's okay! The greatness of the book made up for it. :] 2. I LOVE THIS COVER. I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT,. I. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. IT. I would have definitely pictured Margo just like that. Oh, another thing! HOW AWESOME IS THE NAME "MARGO ROTH SPIEGELMAN"? I am surely naming my kid that.
What do you think about this name?
How about the book?
I wanna hear your thoughts and comments here!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Things weren't so peachy in Cathy's life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she's failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But now things have suddenly gone from bad to very, very, very, bad. Take Victor, for instance. Sure he looks like he's around Cathy's age, or at least young enough not to make her mother freak out, but what if he's older than he appears? Like maybe 200 years older. And what does the death of Victor's co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy's arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?
Well, let's just say that I thought this book was very interesting. And funny. And totally loveable. :] The first thing that drew me to this book, I have to say, was the drawings and little side notes. I thought that was totally creative and a great way to keep the reader entertained. I also really liked the phone numbers and websites that you could actually call and visit.
Okay, now about the story. I really liked this book because the plot was totally original. Yeah, I've read books about immortals and books written as diaries, but never a book with it all together! I really loved Cathy. She seemed so hysterical and totally artsy. She seemed like she would be such a cool friend to have.
I have to say, I was a teeny, tiny bit confused in the beginning of the book, but I caught up quick and loved the rest of the book!
This was a very different and fun read!
Thanks a bunch,
Books whose film rights have been bought, are in pre-production, or are in the process of being fimed right now (in alphabetical order by title since most of these don't have release dates--if it has 'a' or 'the' before it, look for the first letter of the second word):
Airborn (Kenneth Oppel)
Airman (Eoin Colfer)
Alchemyst, The (Michael Scott)
Amulet of Samarkand, The (Jonathan Stroud)
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Louise Rennison)
An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)
Beastly (Alex Flinn)
Boggart, The (Susan Cooper)
Book Thief, The (Marcus Zusak)
Burning Time, The (Carol Matas)
Certain Slant of Light, A (Laura Whitcomb)
Chasing Vermeer (Blue Balliett)
City of the Beasts (Isabel Allende)
Cry of the Icemark, The (Stuart Hill)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)
Dragonfire (Donita K. Paul)
Dragonriders of Pern (Anne McCaffrey)
Eclipse (Stephenie Meyer)
Eddie Dickens and the Awful End (Phillip Ardagh)
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
Everlost (Neal Shusterman)
Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, The (Rick Yancey)
Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen)
Fly Girl (Omar Tyree)
Giver, The (Lois Lowry)
Great and Terrible Beauty, A (Libba Bray)
Great Gilly Hopkins, The (Katherine Paterson)
Guardians of Ga'Hoole (Kathryn Lasky)
Here Be Monsters (Alan Snow)
Here, There Be Dragons (James A. Owen)
Highest Tide, The (Jim Lynch)
Hobbit, The (J.R.R. Tolkien)
House of the Scorpion, The (Nancy Farmer)
Hunger Games, The (Suzanne Collins)
Inkspell (Cornelia Funke)
Interworld (Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves)
If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
Killing Sea, The (Richard Lewis)
King Dork (Frank Portman)
Larklight (Philip Reeve
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Little Girl Lost (Charles de Lint)
Looking Glass Wars, The (Frank Beddor)
Looking for Alaska (John Green)
Lost Years of Merlin, The (T.A. Barron)
Lovely Bones, The (Alice Seabold)
Magyk (Angie Sage)
Marked (P.C. + Kristen Cast)
Maximum Ride (James Patterson)
Monster Blood Tattoo (D.M. Cornish)
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan)
New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
Peter and the Starcatchers (Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson)
Peter Pan in Scarlet (Geraldine McCaughrean)
Ramona and Beezus (Beverly Cleary)
Sisters Grimm, The (Michael Buckley)
Skellig (David Almond)
Spook's Apprentice, The (Joseph Delaney)
Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
Stoneheart (Charlie Fletcher)
Subtle Knife, The (Phillip Pullman)
Teen Idol (Meg Cabot)
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Holly Black)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (John Marsden)
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The (Avi)
Tunnels (Roderick Gordon)
Uglies (Scott Westerfeld)
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Holly Black)
Varjak Paw (S.F. Said)
Wee Free Men, The (Terry Prachet)
When the Wind Blows (James Patterson)
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Really. You should.
Click here to see what our books we are reading this month and the the following.
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Picking up where Airhead left off, Em is still trying to sport the life of a super-teen-model, even though she never wanted to be super pretty or popular. Modeling in crazy photo shoots in the Caribbean, wearing clothes with designer labels, and dealing with brothers she didn't know she had...duh, because she's not who everyone thinks she is...only begin the drama that ensues in Book 2 of the Airhead series. Not only must Em keep the secret of how she became Nikki (to protect her family from being sued for millions they don't have), but must also deal with a mad-crush she has on her friend Christopher, who now thinks she's selfish, super-model Nikki.
Firstly, I have never read Airhead, the first book to the Airhead series. So remember that; I have never read the first book, just was recommended to read the series. Secondly, this book was pretty great! While I was a little confused in the beginning, I soon caught up (with a little help from Zanaib! Thanks!) I really love Meg's writing and she really makes excellent books. But so far, Being Nikki is definitly my favorite book of hers. I truly cannot wait until Runway, the third and last book of the series, comes out! I am so psyched! It is definitely in my Wishlist!
Btw, I wouldn't mind waking up in a supermodel's hot body! But then again, it really depends on who you are...
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Sunday, June 7, 2009
The books that I bought were...
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
City of Bones
I now have an even BIGGER "to read" stack!
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Saturday, June 6, 2009
Brittany Ellis is a popular girl from the wealthy side of the Chicago suburbs who appears to have the perfect life. Alex Fuentes seems to be your typical bad-boy, from the wrong side of town, involved in a dangerous Latino gang. Like star-crossed lovers in modern times, Brittany and Alex are brought together despite having all of the odds stacked against them—different races, social statuses, friends, lifestyles, families, and neighborhoods—and they come to learn the raw reality that nothing in life is ever as it seems, while falling fast in love. As they fight to break the stereotypes that define them, they face tough challenges: pressure from peers to stick to their own “kind,” disapproval from their parents, and perhaps most dangerously for Alex the entanglement of gang life and his desire to break free from those perilous ties.
Okay, firstly, when I first saw this book at Barnes and Nobles (quite a while ago), I didn't think too much of it. But then the reviews started, and I began to get interested. Soon, I was going crazy and I HAD to have this book. And when I did, I couldn't believe how long I had waited to buy it! Once again, this is a book that I LOVED. I don't know if it's the Romeo-and-Juliet-like plot that makes this book so romantic and unbelievable or just the, well, perfect chemistry between Brittany and Alex, but whatever it was, was AMAZING!
Also, I really liked the cover of this book. It was so, I dunno, well, I hate to say it but, perfect. Yes, I'm sorry for being so painfully cheesy, but it's true. This book to me had no flaws whatsoever. Alex, to me, was VERY likable :]. And I also really liked the way both characters had problems going on in their life that no one knew about. This book made me very emotional. My eyes were pouring tears of happiness, sorrow, then- well, I won't ruin it for you...;]...as long as you read the book.
Thanks a bunch,