Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In My Mailbox #9

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Week of 3/23/11
I bought:
Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Tell Me A Secret Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
Click here to get the audiobook podcast of Tell Me A Secret from iTunes!! On the site click on the iTunes button to get all the chapters.

Let me know what books you got this week and if you're getting the audiobook of Tell Me a Secret.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In My Mailbox #8

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Week of 3/16/11

Putting Makeup on Dead People Putting Makeup On Dead People byJenVioli (from netGalley)
Other Words for Love Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (Won from a giveaway) I finished it already and will try to do a review soon.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano - Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:
What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.
 I received an arc copy of this book a while back and wanted to do a review but since at the time I had received it there were many months until it came out I decided I should post it sooner to the publication date. So I'm sorry if you've already read many reviews but hey- this way you don't forget to go and buy a copy next week!
Wither is the first book in the Chemical Garden series and also the debut novel of author Lauren DeStefano. I've been on a dystopian novel kick since I read the Uglies series but don't expect something similar in this story. One thing that will certainly catch your eye and make you read this book is the beautiful cover. I just love the color and the overall design.
There were many things I enjoyed about this book one of them being Lauren's way of making you care for the characters. One character I both liked and pitied was Linden. He is the main character's husband whom she shares with two other girls. Although Linden seems to be more fond of Rhine she can't help but wish she were back home with her twin and start a new life with Gabriel a servant who works at the mansion.
Most of the book is Rhine's thoughts about escaping the beautiful mansion and finding her brother or hoping that he will know where to find her. I really loved this book. One way that Rhine describes her husbands other wives is as 'sister wives'. I thought it was weird at first but they really do form a sister-like relationship.

The book comes out next week March 22 so please go check it out and look forward to the rest of the series!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In My Mailbox #7

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Week of 3/9/11

Populazzi Populazzi by Elise Allen
The Cellar The Cellar by A.J. Whitten
The Lipstick Laws The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
In Front of God and Everybody (Confessions of April Grace) In Front of God and Everybody by KD McCrite
The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2) The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Homemade Soda: 200 Recipes for Making & Using Fruit Sodas & Fizzy Juices, Sparkling Waters, Root Beers & Cola Brews, Herbal & Healing Waters, ... & Floats, & Other Carbonated Concoctions Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss
The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun by Ken Denmead
Building the Successful Theater Company Building the Successful Theater Company by Lisa Mulcahy
I recieved all the books from netGalley.

I almost forgot to post this today but just almost ;) I also finished reading Red Riding Hood just in time for the movie, it comes out this Friday!! If you've read it I'd love to hear your thoughts about it!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

In My Mailbox #6

Week of 3/2

Blood Red RoadBlood Red Road by Moira Young - I received this from the publisher to review.

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - I bough this myself.

Let me know what books you got this week!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Beastly - Review

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I am a beast.
A beast!
Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster. You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll,stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

When I first bought a copy of Beastly, it was mainly because I had known there would be a movie. I love seeing books get transformed into a visual representation of the words. Before Beastly, I had not read any Beauty and the Beast stories other than the Disney version.
My copy's cover is the poster for the movie but I do wish I had the original cover. I just love the font used in the title and chapters. I loved that the author chose to tell the story through the eyes of the beast. You really get to see how not only does he transform physically but emotionally too. I don't think I've read many Young Adult books in which the narrator is a male so it was interesting to get that perspective. 

One thing I found interesting is that the wicked witch was not so wicked. She did not leave the beast alone, she helped him get the girl. 
So my conclusion is that I really liked this book. It was very much enjoyable. Now I can't wait to see the movie! If you've read it let me know what you thought about it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In My Mailbox #5

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Week of 2/23
Beastly Beastly by Alex Flinn (I have already finished it and a review and thoughts regarding it will be up soon.)
Red Riding Hood Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Emily and Einstein Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee - Won from first-reads on Goodreads
Matched (Matched, #1) Matched by Ally Condie - Borrowed from my sister.

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