Water Shaper Voting Round 1

30 September 2010

It's time for voting!
4 will go onto the next round! Open Until Monday morning
-Make sure you choose the right box when voting!

Choose your favorite, not which one the person asked you to vote on please

-If you put up a post you can show people your cover but you can not hold a contest if they vote for you!
-Please do not ask them to vote for you just because you want to win, please ask them to vote for their favorite!
-Be careful when voting, make sure you are choosing the right box under/below the image for the cover you like best.

My Top 5 , voting, exciting news and more!

28 September 2010

This is my Top 5 for 2011:

City of Fallen Angels- Cassandra Clare (JACE FOREVER!! HOT GUY OF THE YEAR!)
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Falling Under- Gwen HayesThe Iron Witch

It's for Princess Bookie's Mini-Challenge #1 ^_^

Also, you guys know I've entered another re-create a cover contest at Princess Bookie, right?

I was so close to winning last time, but lost to a really amazing cover! (Freefall) I really hope to win this one. There's my cover up there ^_^ Vote for the one you really like most, it doesn't have to be mine. Love you all!


Also, I've gotten a lot of review copies and the reviews are piling up. Schoolwork and PSAT Prep and sports and instruments and all that stuff are cramming up my blogging time. Right now, I just finished a ton of science homework and escaped to blog. My gosh, I might not even have time to read!
Some books I need to review soon ARE:

Low Red Moon- Ivy DevlinEmpty- Suzanne WeynHush by Eishes Chayil
Oh, and want to know some exciting news? A sequel to Low Red Moon will be coming in early 2012 (thanks Kate) Isn't that awesome?

Oh yeah, and don't forget to enter my giveaway for Low Red Moon! Did you know that Ivy Devlin is a pseudonym for Elizabeth Scott? It was kind of......__________ Wait for my review ^_^

Hope you enjoyed this post, I try to make it as fun as possible.

Have a great rest-of-the-week!

Interview and Giveaway with Ivy Devlin!

27 September 2010

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I'm Ivy, and I write young adult novels, which is the best job EVER!
2. What is your favourite place to think?
I think of stuff all the time--driving, cleaning, in the shower, sleeping--you name it, I've gotten an idea from it!
3. What type of book smell are you fond of, if you are at all. Musty and dusty, new..?
I love the smell of new books, and I love deckle pages too!

4. Where did your inspiration for Low Red Moon come from? From Little Red Riding Hood, of course--Avery Hood, anyone? :-)
5. The cover looks very beautiful, did you have a say in how you wanted it to look like?
The cover is amazing and the designer--WOW! The inside of the book is even better--it's two-colored! I'm so awed by Bloomsbury.
6. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read what you think you don't want to--don't just read one genre--try everything!

ME: I had so much fun, thank you Kate Lied for getting this interview and giveaway together, she was a great help.


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Banned Book Week! And Inspiring Pictures!

25 September 2010

Exercise your freedom to read, post and fight against banned books! Yeah!
10 Surprisingly Banned Books

Can you believe Lord of the Rings was banned "outside of a church in Alamogordo, N.M., in 2001 because it was viewed as "Satanic." ?

James and the Giant Peach???? It's one of my most favourite books and it was banned just because the main character, James, was disobedient and violent. What, our kids can't be perfectly obedient and mindless robots enslaved by the wills of others! This book is FREEDOM!

And then. The Bomb. The global phenomenon that is Harry Potter: All the books are banned?!
"One of the most surprising banned books sits at the No. 1 spot on the ALA list. It's not even a book. It's the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series is to teens what "Star Wars" was to an entire generation of now-40-somethings. The series has been challenged for occultism, Satanism, violence, being anti-family and having religious viewpoint. The series is No. 1 on the ALA's most challenged book list for 2000 to 2009. "

You people are mental! Barking! Read more at this yahoo article

So yeah ~smiles~ That's my angry-rant.
And to celebrate the beauty of reading, enjoy the pictures ^_^

For more inspirational photos that I enjoy, visit my profile (library of pics) I know, Shameless self-promotion. ^_^

So celebrate Banned Book Week! Read a book from the Top 100 Banned Books list, hehe. Rebellion!

Why Aren't Good Guys Chosen? And other stuff!

24 September 2010

Male Protagonists can often seem way too perfect. Is it because that a female writes it, that the main guy characters are like dream-guys that the author likes?
Flaws are beautiful, it's what makes us human.
I mean, sure the guys these days have flaws like, oh I don't know, being a vampire (which involes hotness and super strength) or being a fallen angel or being a werewolf, or being a supernatural creature of some sort. Where are the nice flaws? Maybe I'm being blind or something, but I see none.
There is one book, where the male protagonist has flaws, nice flaws. He doesn't forgive easily. Joe from The Sky is Everywhere!
He's cold near the end, almost cruel and harsh towards to female. Yeah, that's what other male protagonists may seem, but he's verrry cold.
But anyways, help? Can you argue with me, because perfect male characters bother me and I really want to be wrong in this "argument"

What Aren't Good Guys Attractive?
I always ask that question when I read. Maybe it's because "good" guys are light and playful and are never serious, when "bad" guys are serious and never play around and are all tough. Do girls find that attractive? I mean, when I read books like that, I pick the bad guy, because more is said on the "bad guy" than the good guy. Then again, there is no good and evil. Mostly, it's a mix of faults Anyhoo, that's only in paranormal, I think. Only when there's two guys and one girl. I'm just curious, what do you think?

Best Friend or Hot Guy?
This kind of ties in with the last one. Which do you think would win? More often, it's the hot guy. Is this sending some sort of bad signal to teenagers?

"If one starts in a B-Minor, then one ends in a B-Minor" Artemis Fowl

That doesn't apply to books. In narrative essays, a nice conclusion is to restate the thesis statement, to tie back to the beginning.
To my thrill, there's almost always a kiss at the end of YA novels (sequels more often I think), but rare are the books that tie back to the beginning, that bring the readers home.
Tie back= single novels
Kiss=series books

This is a weird, rather long post. Sorry. But my main question is:
What do you look for in a good book? (preferrably YA)

Review: Intrinsical

23 September 2010

Title: Intrinsical
Author: Lani Woodland
Stars: 3
Review by ME
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 320

Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly.

My thoughts:
First of all, thanks to Madelyn from Pendrell Publishing for the review copy, it's greatly appreciated and I totally enjoyed it!
Second of all, isn't the cover gorgeous? A girl in a pretty blue dress submerged underwater reaching for the surface? It fits perfectly with several scenes in the book! If I had been in the store and saw this, I would have bought it without a second thought!
Lani Woodland did an amazing job with her writing and vocabulary, but in my opinion, it had no style. It's too much like all the other YA novels on the shelf. Some authors have this natural, smooth beautiful and unique writing, whereas others have this somewhat generic writing from typical YA novels. Lani writes halfway in between, leaning towards generic YA.
The plot, however, and storyline was completely unexpected and original, and takes readers in on a new angel of ghosts!

Beginning: A little confusing, but otherwise understandable. I thought the Prologue was too long and had too much to be just a Prologue . Count it as a chapter. Anyhoo, I love how Intrinsical starts off with the love interest: very nice and tactful.

Middle: What just happened? That did not just freakin' happen! Oh my gosh! The danger and action is intense, but a little chunky. You could bookmark it, leave, and come back later. But it was still yummy, kind of like a half-frosted chocolate cupcake.

End: Complete and finishing and "long overdue" Hey, it involves a kiss! ~swoon~

Characters: Brent seemed way too perfect, sweet and flirtatious throughout Intrinsical, until it neared the end, when his emotions and thoughts were more real and believable (vulnerable). Yara, to me, didn't have a character, which is odd because Intrinsical is told in the first person by Yara herself, and she is the main character! You'd think something would stick, but sadly: no.

Overall: Enjoyable and well-written Intrinsical is a murder mystery romance that is sure to be loved by readers everywhere.

Conclusion: Somewhere between can-read and must-read.

Re-Create A Cover Contest! Water Shaper!

This is my first re-create a cover contest and it's for one of my favourite books, Water Shaper by Laura Williams McCaffrey, who donated the prizes for this contest!

Original Cover:
My Cover (it isn't entered, just some inspiration for you guys)
An autographed copy of Water Shaper

About the book from Goodreads:

Margot is the daughter of a king, but she is beloved by neither his court nor his kingdom. She has "water in her blood," a trait associated with magic and looked upon with distaste and suspicion. When she meets Orrin, a foreign king who is respectful, not scornful, of her affinity for water, she flees with him to his castle by the sea, though she soon realizes he is not as benevolent as she first thought. Intertwined with Margot's story is that of Bird, a storyteller who must tell stories for Orrin, though he can barely stand him. When Orrin steals the Book of the Sea, a magical gift given to Margot by her mother, Margot knows she must run away once again, and the threads of the two stories begin to intertwine. A convincing and beautifully realized world, a strong-minded female protagonist, and elements of Celtic folklore mark this rich, multilayered fantasy


Open To U.S and Canadian residents
One Entry Per Person
Open Until we hit 50 entries!
First 50 participates In Mr Linky
We will be voting in rounds!
Your Image Must be savable, meaning I can right click on it and save it.

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Anyone From Spain (or have been to Spain?)

20 September 2010

I know this isn't anything book related, but I have a Spanish project that requires me to research a Spanish-speaking country, and my first thought was España (Spain). So I signed up to do España, and I've got all the basics, but I'd thought it'd be cool to interview someone from Spain, and write all the questions and answers in Español, and an English translation on the back.

Anyways! I really am curious about Spanish life in Spain, and it's one of the most diverse Spanish-speaking countries in the world, and it has a rich history and culture. If you are from Spain, or have been to Spain, please e-mail me at raokiki6@gmail.com

And I'm sorry for using my blog as an outlet for personal needs that relies on my personal school grade, it won't happen often, promise!

My cover!

19 September 2010

Here's my cover for Princess Bookie's "Anna and the French Kiss" re-make a cover contest! Go on and enter here

Voting Round 4 and winners!

17 September 2010

Time to start voting again at Princess Bookie's Freefall Recreate a Cover Contest!
There's my cover! Can you believe I actually made it to the top three? I'm so scared! Please vote for your favourite HERE

The Winners for my Birthday Celebration Giveaways:
Giveaway #1- tropixgirl
Giveaway #2- The YA Book Queen
Giveaway #3- Cass
Giveaway #4- Bookish in a Box
Giveaway #5- Autumn (has not responded)
Giveaway #6- Rose Cunningham (has not responded)

The winners were all picked by random.org, and all extra entries were counted in. Some people were 1 entry off from being chosen, but hey, they'll be more contests in the future, so don't worry if you didn't win!

Thanks for making my birthday week so fun, I really appreciate it! And thanks to all the authors and publishers and designer (Awel) for donating the prizes, it's because of them that everything happened.

Wow! Please Vote!

14 September 2010

Oh wow, I'm really surprised that my cover has gotten a load of votes! At Princess Bookie's "Freefall" re-create a cover contest, of course. Vote Here!
You don't have to vote for mine, just your favourite. ^_^

Have you entered?

09 September 2010

Win a copy of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and Leaving Paradise!

And the best giveaway of them all?

Win a $50 Gift Card to Awel Prince's Blog Design Boutique (My Designer Girl) Her designs are amazingly beautiful and I'm getting both of my blogs re-done by her! She's friendly and creative, and you MUST ENTER!!!

Win a Language Of Flowers book and Forget Her Not's Swag donated by Amy White! Ends on 9/14

Win one of two Catherine Ryan Hyde books!

So if you haven't entered any of them, go on!

Review: Cate of the Lost Colony

07 September 2010

Title: Cate of the Lost Colony
Author: Lisa Klein
Pages: 336
Ages: 14 and up
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Stars: 3

The greatest unsolved mystery of American history--what happened to all the colonists who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587? This novel traces the fortunes and misfortunes of one Cate Archer, banished to Virginia by a jealous Queen Elizabeth because of her dalliance with Sir Walter Ralegh. What will be her fate in this dangerous New World?

My thoughts:
Ohmygosh, it's Lisa Klien! She once again "seamlessly weaved together fact and fiction" in her new book!
The cover is beautiful, with Cate smiling and thankfully, looking just as described in the book. Sadly, the finished copy cover isn't pretty. I like the ARC version

ARC version Other version

Which do you like?
I like the first once because it shows Cate's beautiful dress and the mysterious ship in the background, this deserves a lot of praise. One of the best covers on 2010!!! The second one's font looks a lot like Bree Despain's "The Dark Divine".

I was sure what to expect of this, I'm not really into American history (ha, and in class we happen to be learning about American history like the Civil War and Revolutionary War AND COLONIAL PERIOD)

Beginning: It could have been better. Cate reminded me of the typical "weak" female characters back in the 1500's. I kept screaming silently at Cate to not make bad choices, but she did. ^_^

Middle: Whoa. Whoa. WHOA! What just happened? Who are all these new people that just popped up out of nowhere? What's going on?
But as the storyline progressed, I understood (a little) of what was happening.

End: What?! I was shocked, but proud of Cate for making the right and best desicion that strongly supports feminism! Girl power! Good choice, ~applause~

Characters: Cate isn't my most favourite character. She gradually got better over the story. Walter Ralegh was romantic at first, but I didn't like him. Sure, he was sweet and all, but his eyes were always set on money and success. Manteo came in out of nowhere, but he was okay......

Overall: Not a must read, a nice lazy-afternoon read, more like it.

Conclusion: Colonial and well-written, Lisa Klein's new novel is another one to add to the library of great books she's written. Bravo!

Me- Smiling

I KNOW that I HAVE to post a review! I've got several I need to do, and I will later today! BUT, I've gotten a lot of feedback on how I looked in my picture. Do you really think I would look better with a smile?
That's me! It's now my new profile picture!

Birthday Celebration Giveaways #5 and #6

06 September 2010

Anyways! Thanks to Catherine Ryan Hyde for donating 2 of her books to giveaway! Chasing Windmills and Love in the Present Tense (both hardcovers)

There will be 2 winners for this!
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