Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Last Day to Enter My Contest!

Just a teeny reminder to enter before midnight Friday!!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Publication Date: July 21, 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Pages: 238
Keywords: supernatural, government, aliens
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

Daniel has the X Factor. It's True: Daniel X is strong enough to fight anything in the world. Well, almost anything...except his problematic interest in two beautiful, fascinating girls- who know that Daniel is special.  Extraordinarily special. Not many guys you meet have had their parents brutally murdered by something literally out of this world. Not many have a host of deadly criminals hunting them to the ends of the earth.And none of them are extraterrestrials. Except Daniel. He's the only one who might be able to eliminate every last intergalactic evil on the List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma. Because the greatest power of all isn't to be part spider and part man, or to cast magic spells - the ultimate gift is the power to create.

This was another that was judged before I actually started reading it...being as I loved Maximum Ride until the fourth book. I was kind of expecting mediocre. And that's really what I got.

No, it wasn't terrible. The story line was interesting, and Patterson kept it suspenseful, but there was so much going on at times, it felt sporradic and disorganized. There wasn't much explaining in the beginning, so I was left dazed and confused for a while on my own, then was disheartened when characters were mentioned but not elaborated on. Families, which seemed important, became not important, and nothing seemed to make too much sense.

That being said, I DID like how Patterson, once again, created a different world in our own familiar one. He is talented at doing just that. However, it seems like he has lost his passion for writing and merely continues for the sake of fans. This feels like a short review, but not much else can be continued without giving some strange off-topic story line away...
And chapters trailed off as I just did...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

In My Mailbox (8/15/09)

...Originated at the Story Siren
What can I say? My In My Mailboxes have been extremely inconsistent so far, so I'm just updating with some of the ones I've gotten since the last time I posted, which was in June. So, these were ones I got back in June, and can't wait to read!

1. Viola in Reel Life ARC by Adriana Trigiani

I'm marooned.
Left to rot in boarding school . . .
Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.
There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.
Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.
But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

2. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (signed!)

"I'm a computer geek, a comic book geek, a study geek.
Even in the Fast-Track classes, I'm apart."
Fifteen-year-old Fanboy is miserable at school, where he is bullied, and at home, with his pregnant mother and her husband, the "step-fascist." His only relief is the late hours spent creating his own comic book.
Then he receives an instant message from Kyra, an enigmatic Goth who seems to be the only witness to the violence he endures, and the two form a cagey, charged friendship.

3. The Treasure Map of Boys ARC by E. Lockhart
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more: Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies.
Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill. Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.

In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love—if such a thing exists.

4. Just One Wish ARC by Jannette Rallsion
17-year-old Annika tries desperately to get TV-star Steve Raleigh, of Teen Robin Hood fame, to visit her six-year-old brother, Jeremy, before the brain-tumor surgery that may or may not save his life. Despite the circumstances, madcap adventures abound: Annika’s attempts to infiltrate the Burbank studio set during the filming of the show, disguised as an animal handler with a huge snake, are predictable but delightful. Her initial reaction to Steve is distaste and disgust—which means that soon enough they are a romantic item. However, what drives this story is not their romance, but rather Annika’s love for her little brother and the courage she displays as she tries to save him.
5. Swoon by Nina Malkin

Swoon, Connecticut, stands proudly on its heritage and the good behavior of its Lilly Pulitzer–clad inhabitants, so semi-psychic New York transplant Candice (Dice) sticks out like a sore thumb. On the autumnal equinox, Dice’s sweet and gentle cousin Penelope suddenly changes into a dangerous vixen, and only Dice is able to see that she has been possessed. Dice knows she must exorcise Sinclair, the ghost of a handsome young man from the colonial era, but she has fallen deeply in love with the appropriately nicknamed Sin. Finally, Dice follows Sin’s directions for an exorcism, which frees Penelope from his hold and releases Sin into his own physical form. The golem-like Sin finally reveals his goal: to exact revenge on the descendants of those who unjustly hung him for the murder of his fiancĂ©e.

6. Secret Society ARC by Tom Dolby

Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker.

As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

And finally, I received The Adoration of Jenna Fox SIGNED by Mary Pearson! I was the lucky winner of the 250-follower contest on facebook a few weeks back and I was jumping around the house when I realized I won!

Anyone else?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Senior Year!

Well, my first "week" is done. Am I sad?

Not one little bit.

My first official day was Thursday, though I was there on Wednesday. My school is currently going through a hefty bit of renovations (meaning the tearing down of every single wall and building it from scratch), and the choir room was just now being finished. So, as a kind person (eh) I helped set up risers and practice rooms and theory desks on Wed.

It was okay, though I'm dropping Spanish IV. I can't stand the teacher, and the very first day, she began talking and automatically my eyelids shut. Then I was yelled at for being disrespectful, though she doesn't know how to say that in English, so she sort of stammered for a bit, then gave up. I'm going to pick up interior design instead. Other classes this year include AP Biology, AP English, Constitutional Government, Honors Economics, Musical Theatre and Dance Performance, A Cappella Choir, and Calculus. (Originally I was signed up for an easy senior year, study hall included. What happened?)

Therefore, I may be reading less than I was over the summer (although the Fountainhead took up most of my life anyway...AP English read, and also Survival of the Sickest for Bio, highly recommended by the way). Reviews will probably be less constant, kind of whenever I can get them up.

Meanwhile, in all the construction, they shut off the theatre kids' back hall that we use to get to class and beat the lunch rush. Now, instead of being first to lunch and on time, we are ALL late to third period. And lunch...they built the cafe smaller than it was before. Why? Good question. So I ate an apple today... a sad apple that had a weird brown spot when I bit into it, so I pitched it.

But it's okay, Thursday, after throwing away my apple, headed back to English to take my Fountainhead test, which I utterly failed. Then, I realized it's impossible for me to go to my locker at all during the school day. So, as it's not like I took to much time eating my apple, I have to go during our tiny 25 minute lunch period. There are also no working clocks anywhere in the school, except the watches teachers wear. So they know when we're late, but we don't.


Don't forget about my contest!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan & Rachel Kohn
Publication Date: August 28, 2007
Publisher: Knopf Books
Pages: 230
Keywords: friendship, LGBT, romance
Format Read: Library book

Naomi loves Ely.
And she's also in love with him.
Ely loves Naomi.
But he prefers to be in love with boys.
Naomi and Ely have been inseperable since childhood- partially because they've grown up across the hall from each other in the same Manhattan apartment building, and also because they're best friends. Soul mates. Or are they? Just to be safe, they've created a No Kiss List- their list of people who are absolutely off-kissing-limits for both of them. The No Kiss List protects their friendship and ensures that nothing will rock the foundation of Naomi and Ely: the institution. Until Ely kisses Naomi's boyfriend. And a fateful piece of gum in the wrong place at the wrong time changes everything. Soon a rift of universal proportions threatens to destroy their friendship, and it remains to be seen whether Naomi and Ely can find their way toward new soul-mate prospects...and back to one another.

I began this book with the idea that I would love it just as much as I loved Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist.

Immediately I was drawn to how the book sucked me in. The characters, even minor ones, were left open for imagination, but in a way that made me love them. Most often, I feel like throwing rocks at undeveloped characters, but I wanted to hug these. Furthermore, I loved how absolutely laugh-my-ass-off some of these parts were while ripping out my heart at the same time. I felt as though my best friend hated me, and cried right along with Naomi.

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan did not disappoint, and expect to see Are We There Yet? in the near future...