Monday, January 31, 2011

Giveaway: $25 CSN Stores Gift Card

Art-A-Peel - Wall Wisdom Live As If You Only Have TodaySo, just yesterday my parents went out to the  furniture store and decided to get us a new sofa and me a new bed and matching furniture. I am SUPER excited, because new stuff just always makes me happy. :) The only issue is, my room walls are super empty. I don't know about you, but I would love some new wall art and decor. Here's an opportunity to get some. 

CSN has a huge selection to choose from- and it's not just decorations; they have a lot of other things in their over 200 stores! 

One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to buy any room decorations you want, or anything else they have to offer! 

To enter, simply:
The rules: 
  • Only form entries will be accepted.
  • Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
  • Following NOT required, but appreciated. Followers will get extra entries. :)
  • Contest only open to US residents. Sorry. :(
  • Ends: February 27, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (4)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. There's also a contest involved! Just go to the host blog, Book Journey, to get the details.

by Stephanie Perkins

by Malinda Lo
Review coming soon!

Matched (Matched #1)

Matched, #1
by Ally Condie
Review coming soon!

Currently Reading:
by Linda Joy Singleton

by Charles Dickens

Planning to Read:
Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
by Tera Lynn Childs

by Malinda Lo

by Jason Henderson

by Lauren Kate

Please comment and share what you read/are reading/plan to read! I would love to check out your blog! :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

Reading Level and Genre: YA Romance
Published: December 2, 2010

Rating: 5/5

This book has definitely been one of my favorite reads of the year so far. It's the cutest book ever, and I loved it. It made me want to move to Paris and find a hot British-American-French guy of my own.

I loved the plot and the developments that happened in it. I can't tell too much without giving stuff away, but the book does have some rather depressing moments. But for romance books. they always end happy. Right? You never know with another girl in the picture. ;) 

Anna is a typical, all-American (or so she thought) girl that crushes and dreams on hot guys and has a best friend. A totally normal life. Until she moves to Paris unwillingly. There she meets a tight-knit group at SOAP that she instantly becomes a part of. There's Meredith, Rashmi, Josh, and St. Clair. Plus Ellie, who's kind of there, and kind of not there. She's St. Clair's girlfriend of one year. And Anna totally starts crushing on him. Who can't resist boys with British accents? AND great hair? But that's not all. (Dundundun...) Meredith also has a crush on St. Clair! (DUNDUNDUN...) Actually, that's not all either. Because pretty much every girl with a heart and eyes and ears for British accents has her eyes on Etienne St. Clair. So then comes the roller coaster St. Clair+Anna: St. Clair flirts with Anna (or seems to), St. Clair is the best friend of Anna, St. Clair doesn't speak to Anna, St. Clair throws up on Anna... etc. Along with the Anna/St. Clair thing there's also the Anna/Toph thing. (Toph is a really cool name, by the way. Chris is so overrated.) So on top of the fact that Anna feels St. Clair is off-limits because of a girl, SHE feels off-limits because she has a guy there, too. Which is sad, because St. Clair and Anna really do seem perfect. They both such real characters. Anna loves movies, and food, and she's a really funny person. St. Clair is just the perfect guy. And by perfect, I mean he has faults. He's not an ice-cold marble statue that sparkles in the sun. He's scared of heights, and I just think that's the cutest thing. Even if he wasn't your boyfriend, he'd be a great friend. He's a sincere person and thinks of everybody. And a guy that loves "me mum" is pretty attractive, too. 

Opposite the moms (or mums) of this story, we have the fathers. And I say fathers, because "dad" just isn't really the proper term. Anna has a jerk of a father that writes Asian drama-like stories (Two people fall in love. The girl gets diagnosed with cancer. They live their last moments together, dreading the end. The girl dies. The end.) that sends her to the other side of the world without asking for her consent. And Etienne's father... well. Let's just say you do NOT want to be Etienne when it comes to that aspect.  

Overall, this was a sweet story about love and friendship that will get you laughing and crying with the characters and make you want more Etienne and British accents and French pastries! 

This book left me with a British accent in my head and plenty of "bloody hell"s to boot.

P.S. Heard that Stephanie Perkins is writing "companion sequels" to Anna. Can you say THROW YOUR BERETS IN THE AIR LIKE YOU JUST DON'T CARE!!? 

Goodreads Synopsis:  

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

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On My Wishlist/In My Mailbox Mash-up (2)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too.

In My Mailbox is a meme designed by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie to promote blogger interaction and put new books on the radar.

From the library this week I checked out:

Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing, #1)
Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing, #1) by Jason Henderson

Fallen (Fallen, #1)
Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Ash by Malinda Lo

Last Dance (The Seer, #2)
Last Dance (The Seer, #2) by Linda Joy Singleton

Other books I got this week:

Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #9)
Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #9) by Kim Harrison (from NetGalley)

The Cellar
The Cellar by A.J. Whitten (from NetGalley)

The Vespertine
The Vespertine (Vespertine, #1) by Saundra Mitchell (from NetGalley)

Other bookish things I've received:

Signed Last Sacrifice Bookplate from Stephanie at Stephanie, A History

Books that I'm wishing for (This week's wishlist consists of books that I feel like everybody has read except for me.):

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)
Nightshade (Nightshade, #1) by Andrea Cremer

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead

Darkfever (Fever, #1)
Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

... Seriously, I can't believe I haven't read these books yet when they're so much hype about them all over the blogosphere. Fail. Asian fail.

In truth, I actually want every single book that I want to read, but I can't exactly list 100 books on this. Here's my full list on Goodreads.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop (4)

It's Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Parajunkee and Crazy for Books (respectively)! Please comment and link your blog! I'd love to check it out!

This week's question is:

What is/was your favorite subject in school?

Um... that's a hard one. I really liked Language Arts in elementary school, although at the time I didn't really. But now that I look back, I appreciate all the free reading time we had then, and I wish we still have it. But nooooo, in high school we have to read BIG PEOPLE books. :( I liked language in sixth and seventh grade because I had great teachers. Seventh and eighth I also liked band. Band geek all the way! And this year, my favorite subject would have to be either AP Human Geography (teacher-as-a-person-wise-and-fun-class-wise), Geometry (teacher-as-a-teacher-and-a-person-wise), or Chinese (fun-class-wise). It really depends... because I like all my classes in different ways.

This week's question is: 

"What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011?  Why are you anticipating that book?"

Oh, geez. You're kidding. There are waaaaay too many books I want to read! I actually made a post a while ago about books that I'm anticipating in 2011. It's definitely changed, by now though... There are many more additions. Just off the top of my head (this is not necessarily the MOST anticipated) would by City of Fallen Angels. Why? What can I say? I love the series. Who doesn't? Cassandra Clare is an amazing author, and I LOVE JACE. hahaha.

This week in review:
-Review: Portal by Imogen Rose
-Reviews coming up: Anna and the French Kiss and Huntress
-Teaser Tuesday: Matched by Ally Condie
-Waiting on Wednesday: Delirium and The Demon Trapper's Daughter
-First Giveaway WINNER

Have a great weekend!! Happy reading!

Remember to...

P.S. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Goodreads

News, news, and more news!

Ok, so there's been a ton of news circulating around, and there's so much there's no way I can cover it all, but here are a couple important ones that I'm putting here. 

First off, for those that have read the lovely HUSH, HUSH series by Becca Fitzpatrick....

It has been announced on the Official Website that the title of Book 3 (originally titled Tempest), will be called...

"...a haunting word, quietly powerful, filled with mystery and beauty. A word that means to put doubt, fear and anxiety to rest. A word that is synonymous with stillness, secrecy and all that is forgotten." 

In other words (or word),

Silence (Hush Hush, #3)

I can't wait for this book! Loved the first, loved the second... Also hated the second. TERRIBLE cliffhanger! To see the rest of Becca Fitzpatrick's announcement, go to Fallen Archangel.

The next bit of news is also related to another one of my favorite reads of last year: CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare. Now, I know we've all been anxiously awaiting for TMI movie news, and Cassie has given us this little treat to make us happy. For a while.

Here is the teaser cover:

"Placeholder and cover release date for the Clockwork Prince cover; the background shows Temple Bar, on Fleet Street, near the Institute."

Along with this lovely cover, here is an excerpt that Cassie also provided: 

"What desperation drove you to me, in the middle of the night, in a rainstorm? What has changed at the Institute? I can only think of one thing..."

I can barely wait for this one. This probably just made it worse. 

And now, onto Cassandra Clare book movie news. We all know that Lily Collins (from The Blind Side, loved that movie!) has been cast as Clary Fray... 

But will ALEX PETTYFER (caught your eye, huh?) accept the offer to be our beloved JACE?

Ah, the suspense is killing me. 

Moving on to other movie news...

Who loves the HUNGER GAMES? Raise your hand! I do, too. This awesome series written by Suzanne Collins is going to be made into a movie! Not only that, WE HAVE THE RELEASE DATE. 

MARCH 23, 2012

Mark it on your calendars, people! But then again, who cares when it's going to be released when WE DON'T KNOW THE CAST? Yeah... we'll just have to wait and find out. Since we're waiting, take the time to watch a short that shows a big scene from The Hunger Games. Fan-made, but amazingly well-done!

And... that's all I got for you folks, except for the fact that I recently heard Liam Hemsworth is interested in being Peeta. Oh, my Lordy. Discuss.

10 minutes later... 

I JUST NOTICED SOME HUGE NEWS. Maybe even bigger than The Hunger Games movie! Ok, maybe not. BUT. I've reached 100 followers! SQUEE. Ok, I just had a giveaway so Mom might not be so happy with me, but I'LL WORK ON IT. Bear with me. :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Ok, so there are a TON of releases this year, and a lot of them them come out February 1st. (Which, by the way, is the day before Chinese New Year's Eve!!!) Yay! Here are two that come out that day...

Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Delirium, #1
By Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love - the deliria - blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

The Demon Trapper's Daughter
The Demon Trappers' Daughter
Demon Trappers, #1
By Jana Oliver
Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

What are you waiting for this week? Be sure to comment and/or link back to your blog. I'd love to check it out!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

Matched (Matched #1)

"A line from that other poem, the Tennyson one, comes to mind suddenly: The flood may bear me far.

If I had kept the poems form Grandfather, I'd be riding on a flood that I couldn't stop. I did what I had to do; I did the right thing. But it is as though the rain outside pours on me, too, eroding my relief and leaving only regret: The poems are gone, and I can never get them back."

~From Page 132 of Matched by Ally Condie

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your two ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!


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