26 June 2010

Ha. Ha. Not permanently of course, I'm going on vacation to Ormond Beach in Florida to visit my cousins. I'll be gone for a week, and I might try to sneak on the computer, but the chances are VERY slim.

Hehehehehehehe, I'm so excited to take a bunch of pictures with my Dad's new Canon camera, it has the focus-turny-things and all. I'll also be taking my Song of the Lost rough draft to work on, and my trusty I-pod.

Lately, I've been expanding my musical interest and I've found a bazillion awesome songs, but all of them added up together would equal a bunch of $$$, so is there like, a site, where I can get free songs on I-tunes. Nothing illegal of course, just...something??

Doesn't Rhapsody have a bunch of songs that are free, but you have to pay for them

Black Book Weekend: Review of Perfect Chemistry

As you can see, many great YA books all have black covers, especially vampire books (which I have chosen to not add) and paranormal books. Funny how that happens! But, there are some black books that are a long way from being counted as paranormal and vampire-ish, likkkeee Simone Elkeles books. Like: Perfect Chemistry!
____________________________________________Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Stars: 5+
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 357

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

My thoughts:
I love it! Love, love, love, love, love to the very last page, this book! The Hispanic culture is fascinating and reading teen books on it is a gift, really, and Perfect Chemistry is like, the best gift! It fit all my highest standards:
Good Plot? Check
Detailed Characters? Check
Romance? Heck yeah, Check!

My friend, Rose Cunningham, generously let me borrow her copy, and I'm so glad she did! Don't you love how nice book-loving friends are? And no, I did not damage it. I hate how people damage my books when they borrow them. I'm just gonna say "no" or make up some excuse, as selfish as that sounds, but I love my books. Love. My. Books.

Beginning: Grabbing and enticing. I'm fond of when the narration switches between the two main characters, that way one can know what's going on on both sides, you know?

Middle: I know this sounds cliche, as I have used it many times, but I couldn't put Perfect Chemistry down! The storyline was intense and never stopped for boring breaks!

End: WHOPEE! What I call a "perfect" ending!

Characters: Dun Dun Dun! Brittany is a good character, but I personally find her prissy girly-girl personality degrading, she needs to toughen up her weak spots and stop relying on Alex.
Alex, on the other hand, is perfect with all his imperfections (that does not make any sense if you haven't read Perfect Chemistry) He's sensitive, yet strong and dangerous and he has this thick "don't mess with me" vibe going on. Bad boy so suites him!

Overall: Phenomenal! One of my favorite books read this year!
Conclusion: Must read! You have no choice, for with the power invested in me, I command you to read this!

Affiliate Contest!

23 June 2010

As promised, here's another contest!
My affiliate Liz and I planned an Affiliation Contest for our affiliates, and the following of my affiliates are participating, be sure to check out their blogs for their own affiliation contest!

Cleverly Inked (who will post around this Sunday)
Naughty Book Kitties (who will post the contest later this month)
Sparrow Review (is giving away a copy of Never Cry Wolf)

The prizes:
  • A manga of Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales
  • Pretty Little Liars magnets
  • Forgive my Fins bookmark and tattoo (sticker? It's not shown but it's there)
  • Body Finder stickers
  • Everlasting button
  • U.S./Canadian residents only
  • Ends July 8th 2010
  • You must be a follower
  • You must fill out THIS FORM

Thank You!

To Andrea:
Today I'd like to thank Andrea from Loud Words & Sounds for helping me tweak up this blog:

I asked so much of her and she was so incredibly nice to oblige to my wants. Isn't that amazing? She's having a 100 Followers Contest where she's giving away designs, so you should head over there! Andrea is AMAZING at designs!

To My Followers:

I'm so happy to know that I have wonderfully loyal followers who constantly comment and you always participate in my blog, contests & giveaways, and surveys. Really, you have no idea how proud I am!
I go on other blogs that have over 500 followers, and the comments are SCARCE! Like, 1-3 comments per post, whereas I get more than 5 per post. HEHE! I know I have to thank you all, I'm having a nice big contest tomorrow with my affiliates. You're gonna love it!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: My $40 Gift Card Giveaway ends tomorrow, so go on and enter here!

Oh yeah, I'm bound to have my review of my CSN products (I am so friggin' excited about it!) by tomorrow too, on Dreaming in the Rain. Or should I put it on Pages?.....interesting!

I wish I had Kiera Knightly's jawline, and long neck and slim body, because she is AWESOME!

Team Unicorn!

22 June 2010

(button I made)

Good Books & Good Wine is hosting Zombie vs. Unicorns over at her blog. Pick a team, post about it, and enter the cool contests going on over there!

We all know that UNICORNS, the essence of perfection and beauty, and innocence, will win. Yeah. That's right.

I love unicorns. I like to hide some in my drawings, and yesterday, my friend came over and looked at my latest masterpiece and saw a purple-brown unicorn on it and said, "Wow. Kirthi, really? A unicorn?"

Why I love unicorns:
  • They're pretty
  • They have that awesome horn
  • They're pretty
  • They are the image of "mythical creatures"
  • They're magical!
  • They can FLY! no not really.
  • They're just plain amazing!
Sharon at Sharon Loves Books and Zombies is hosting the Zombie side or Unicorn vs. zombie. Declare yourself, go Team Unicorn!

Weekly Wrap Up (8) + Cutting Back+ Survey??

19 June 2010

This week on my blog:
I reviewed Siren by Tricia Rayburn
I posted a bunch of Flair and LOTR videos (and a giveaway reminders)
I participated in the Book Blog Hop!
I reviewed Forget You

Precious participated in Angelic Friday with Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia!

Liz is headed north and needs info on several places!

Lee Bantle talking about Gay Characters and coming out!

Cate is hosting a Blogversary and 200 Followers Contest! You could win 4 books, including Brightly Woven!

I posted about my obsession with Irish music!
Cutting Back!

Today my mom explained to me about financial stuff and all, half of which I had no clue about, but I got the main message "We need to spend less and pay off our mortgage bill" I think a mortgage bill is like, paying off a loan? Yeah, well we need to pay of a loan.
So how does this affect you??

I'm going to be a help to my parents, and I'm going to cut down on shipping by not shipping. Which means less giveaways and contests, unless you guys are willing to ship!

To hear your opinions on this (DRAMATIC not really) change, could you fill out the from below? If you can't read the one below (if it's cut off) fill it out HERE

Review: Forget You (ARC Tour)

18 June 2010

Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Stars: 4.5
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 293

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

My thoughts:
This is my first Jennifer Echols book and I have to say: it was awesome!

Beginning: Simple and sweet, a short slow beginning that leaps off into action. It created a nice image of what to expect later on.

Middle: Omfg. I couldn't stop reading. It wasn't the "I'm-stuck-in-the-super-thrilling-action" it was the "I'm-stuck-in-an-awesome-storyline-with-amazing-romance-and-mystery".

End: A great happy-car-involved ending!

Brandon, to me, is a total, girl-using, sicko jerk who doesn't deserve Zoey. Doug is an abrupt, rude, funny, totall hot and gorgeous character that reminds me of:

  • Valek from Poison Study- demanding; in control; hot
  • Edward from Twilight- demanding; in control; mean
  • Daniel from The Dark Divine- mysterious; emotional; truly cares-person

Can you get a great combination than that?
Overall: A delicious, romantic read that is, haha, unforgettable!
Conclusion: Must read!

(Cover: I don't like the original cover, it's too face-kissy and all, and too faded, so I made my own)

Book Blog Hop (5) + FIFA update + More Flair

FIFA Update: Slovenia vs. United States: Last point: How the crud can you call that last U.S. goal off? It's not even your job, referee, to call it valid or not. Not even the U.S. players know why the goal was disallowed! U.S. should've WON, not TIE with Slovenia!! ~anger~
Plus, GERMANY LOST TO SERBIA?!?!? What happened, Germany, to all your wicked awesome skills? Germany killed Australia, but got beaten my Serbia, a country with one of the lowest populations in the entire world?

It's another Friday, you know what that means.....

Hello bloggers!!! :D :D :D Hope you canto say you stopped by!

Giveaway Reminder + Flair + LOTR

16 June 2010

Did you enjoy the awesome flair? I still haven't found a way to copy my entire flair-board, so I've been hunting down these to share with you. I love flair: short words that make all the difference.

Anyways! I have two contest/giveaways ending tonight! A load of you have entered already, I just wanted to remind those you haven't:

300 Follower + Teen Ink Contest
Michelle Moran: Cleopatra's Daughter + Authentic Roman Coin Giveaway

Yeah, so there!

Oh wait, I need to express my love for the LOTR movies! Have you seen the movies, and the bloopers??
Here's a funny outtake:

Don't you love Viggo? Oh yeah, here's a Behind the Scenes video about Viggo and the Orlando with the "Head Butt" incident. I remember a few summers ago I used to sit in front of the T.V. and watch ALL the Behind the Scenes video clips from the DVD over and over again, eating chocolate ice-cream and laughing at every clip. Good times!

Have a great Wednesday!

Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn and MY cover for it!

14 June 2010

Title: Siren
Author: Tricia RayburnStars: 1.9
Summary from: Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 344

Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.
Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.

My thoughts:
What a ghostly, haunting, scary cover! The font is kind of weird and I know that this cover is not so good (cough, awful, cough)I had no idea what to expect, but when I finished, the results weren't so pretty. Wanna know why?

Beginning: Too fast, confusing, and jumbled. I wasn't taking off to a good start.

Middle: Same as the beginning: fast, confusing and chunky. Tricia Rayburn introduced too many characters at such a quick rate that I had no idea who was who.
The plot wasn't interesting at all! The mystery and suspense: I just couldn't feel it. The idea was good, but the way it was written was ick. Also, the important events occurred to quickly, and the non-essential parts dragged on and on!

End: What the crap just happened? TOO FAST! Unsatisfying and mind-irritating!

Characters: I didn't know the characters, there was scarcely any characterization. Justine, Nessa, Simon, Caleb...they meant nothing to me. And the romance? It wasn't there! I felt that the love-interest didn't love Nessa for who she was but for how she looked like and for what she could give him (like help and all) Romance: No
Drama: Yeah.Suspense: NoEmpty characters?: Of course!
Uh...breeze-by read?: Yup.

Overall: Terrible, and boring: practically skimmed through the entire book!
Conclusion: I don't suggest this to anyone, and that's saying a LOT, this 1.9 rating is the lowest I have given any book!

Hardback cover:Other cover:Mine:

photo credit: Meditate, originally uploaded by AbiCorpus.

Personally, my cover and the Other (Roman?) cover is awesome, I hate the Hardback cover, too scary and review!

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