Coffehouse Angel Review and technical help and giveaway!

31 January 2010


Title: Coffeehouse Angel
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Stars: 3.5
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 276

From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .

My thoughts:
This was a quick, easy read that I very much enjoyed. The plot was predictable. I mean, how many books have you read have been about drink/beverage shops closing? First there was Teashop Girls and not it's Coffeehouse Angel. I forgot the other book about a cafe closing...
Katrina had this odd, annoying character, but still good. She has an awesome name, Katrina. It has that special ring to it, it quote Tuck Everlasting the movie, "Floats of your tongue like a cloud" Yet, she had that angry, 'sassy' attitude towards Malcolm that I thought was unreasonable, but cool all the same. She has this awesome, fight-back-with-girl-power feeling about her. 3.9 stars to Katrina!
Malcom is, as I should say, adorable! But I can't really picture a cute guy wearing a kilt, or having a Scottish accent. It's odd, but I like Scotland (and Ireland!). His old fashioned way of talking adds to his cute character. Yet all of that good stuff is destroyed by his name! Malcom is just so ugly (no offense to you people named Malcolm) I keep thinking of that late night show on Nickelodeon, "Malcolm in the Middle" and Malcolm X. I mean, say it out loud, "Malcolm". See!
The other characters weren't so real or likable. All in all, it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. I love Suzanne Selfors's Saving Juliet better.

I'm still into the "Angel" topic, they're still cool. I wonder what'll happen after the "angel" craze. What supernatural being will be chosen?
Vampires- done
Werewolves- done
Angels- still in
Monsters- hmm
Half Humans like centaurs or mermaids- I don't know...
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Okay, I would really like to know how to link pages on to my blog. Like, how do I add stuff like
Home Contact Reviews Policy
and then link them to an other page?

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My blog button!

30 January 2010


Thanks to Emma Michaels for making amazing blog buttons that I could choose from! She generously made me some for Pages, and some for Dreamer! I picked my two favorites, the Dreamer one isn't working, (I think) I don't know because I don't do technology, but I'll get it up soon! It'd be great if you could attach this to your blog!




Gorgeous isn't it?

Here's the Dreamer button! I love it so much!

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Foto Friday

29 January 2010

Above is a picture by Tommy Makurat (off his facebook) and below is this really pretty scenery I really love. It's been my favorite for a long time. It reminds me of the Elves. Gosh, I love elves. I wanna be an elve. Not like Santa elves, or those short midget elves, I mean Eragon and Lord of the Rings elves.

100 Follower Contest! CLOSED

28 January 2010


Here's a picture ( above) of the swag (book not included) from Kimberly's blog.
The other cool stickers aren't on here)

I finally finished planning my biggest contest (so far!)
ever! I'm so excited! Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, has generously
offered a ginourmous swag pack to the contest! I'll be giving away a copy of Coffeehouse Angel
(I'll have a review up soon!)! Fill out THIS FORM and include your e-mail in the name slot, or comment with your e-mail!
This contest is for U.S. Residents only, and it ends February 27th 2010!

1st place winner- Coffeehouse Angel (paperback) + signed bookmark
2nd place winner- signed poster + tote bag + signed bookmark
3rd place winner- 2 stickers + 2 (different) stickers+ signed bookmark


Rules:
Comment of this post, can be about anything
Fill out the form

Can, but don't have to:
Become a follower of my blog (only if you're interested!) +10
Link this contest anywhere- extra points
Be a follower of Kimberly Derting's blog +20

IMM (1)

25 January 2010


This is my first IMM! It's a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

I bought:
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .

(I'm half-way done with this already, fast reader, I know!)
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Library (I'm a regular library visitor! :D)
After by Amy Efaw

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant...
Before that morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature.
But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made — Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers.
After that morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible — she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.
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I also recieved some awesome swag from Kimberly Derting that I'm planning to giveaway for my 100 follower giveaway, along with a couple of books :)

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P.S. My Goodreads post was a great idea, I have 37 friends now with great shelves, I now have a massive TBR pile :D Thanks for commenting on it!

Review: Shiver

24 January 2010

I wrote this on notebook paper a month ago, then I lost it. I worked so hard on writing it on a late night. See, I read Shiver, then went to sleep, and then WOOSH! A review started to form in my head, and I scrambled to write it all down, and finally finished at 11:00 (man, was I tired!) Hope you like it!Don't you love the cover?? One of the best covers ever. I didn't realize there was a blue wolf in the background until I got the book :D
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Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Stars: 5+++
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 400

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

My thoughts:
Maggie Stiefvater creates her own style of writing, a mix of beautiful poetry and paranormal romance. She made a whole new way of describing 'love'. In Twilight, Bella had an obsession (with Edward). In Night World, they were just words. In Shiver, it felt real. No book (specifically paranormal romance) has ever moved me as much as Shiver. The descriptive detail, the unwritten words, just come out and the sorrow and sadness and understanding was clear.
"The best writer can make the reader feel what they feel"
-Unknown author and quote I heard somewhere

Maggie made me feel like something I don't even know. I know this sounds like ravings of a girl completly mind-blown from a book, but hopefully you get what I'm trying to say.
The whole "imprinting" idea brought up about werewolves from Stephanie Meyer is trash compared to what Stiefvater brings up (love for who your are). I mean, imprinting is like forcing someone to be with you without caring what they have to say about it. Forced love. That's what imprinting is.
I'm still flustered and blubbering after reading this! It's like...wow! Same and Grace are like ______! (Best couple ever?) They came to life, like real people.
The ending was both amazingly happy and horribly, devastatingly, beautifully sad (not giving away anything, haha!)
My repeating saying "dialouge makes a good book" is revealed in Shiver. The romantic lines are beautiful, and the frequent silences (in dialouge) splashed in speak much more than a thousand words! I think that Shiver is the best romance I've ever read, along with Lament and a few other books that I forgot...

Conclusion: Of course I rate this 5+++ (10 stars)! It's a must read for everyone!

P.S. I really hope they DON'T make a movie out of this. When you make a movie out of a really good book, and the movie turns out bad, then the book loses it's luster (Twilight). But then again, if you make a movie out of a really good book, then the movie will always be "bad"...

Teens Read and Write Megabook Giveaway!

Win a load of amazing books at Teens Read and Write! It's an amazing contest and ends March 7, 2010!

Winner of Poison Study!

23 January 2010


I just wanted to thank everyone for entering in my first international contest! And I want to thank Maria V. Snyder for offering a copy on my blog, Thanks!!

I counted up all the entires and I'm like WOW! I felt like doing the math by hand, and then I quit after 172 entries. So know that there were a LOT of entries! So I went to random.org and picked the winner of a signed copy of Poison Study! Give it up for......



#27 Gaby of Venezuela with 14 out of 14 entries!

Now it just so happened that Gaby is an international blogger, what a coincidence! I sent Gaby an e-mail and if she doesn't respond in 48 hours, I'll pick a new winner!

I've got a 100 follower contest coming up soon, still picking out the prizes, so stay tuned for that!

Contest shortened!

22 January 2010

I think I set my ending date for the Poison Study giveaway wayyy to long! I'll announce the winner tomorrow, sorry to keep you waiting!

Goodreads anyone?

21 January 2010


Hi, I just wanted to make this quick post to ask people if they have a Goodreads! Because if you do, I'd really love to add you! I've been running short of books to gobbl--I mean, read. An easy solution was to add friends and explore their shelves for book suggestions!

Please comment with a link to your Goodreads and I'll send a friend request! Thanks for being awesome :D

Feel free to post a Goodreads post on your blog!

Review: Ballad



Title: Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Stars: 4
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 352
Thanks to Tricia O'Reilly from Llewellyn | Midnight Ink | Flux for sending me a copy to review!

In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

My thoughts:
I was pretty disappointed that Ballad was written from James's point of view. I was hoping to read more about Dee, and James (swoon). Don't get me wrong, I love James's character; He's smart, funny, and funny. I learned a few humorous comebacks from him.
James is that easy going, always cool kind of character. What I really like about him is that he always knows what to say, in any situation.
What I love about faerie books is that they have a twisty plot embedded into the story.

"Maggie Steifvater excels at writing wonderfully complex characters who face wickedly impossible obstacles. Ballad had me hooked until the pulse pounding end"
-Carrie Ryan


I agree with Carrie. The characters (reminder: characters are one of my favorite parts) were all complete and dynamic, and so richly written. Full points for characters!
The beggening of the story was okay, but again it was written in James's P.O.V. ~sigh~
I loved how the events all unfolded into one dramatic ending, which I thought was the best. The dialouge was absolutely wonderful, there was so much good dialogue, I was about to die with happiness.
I think I love Lament better than Ballad because it was an introduction and had more "romance" than "action", but Ballad was just as good.
Lament- 5 star romance
Ballad- 4 star action

Here's what my friends at school had to say about it:
Friend #1 "Bald? Does that say Bald?"
My Reply "No! It say's 'Ballad' Bah-led"
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Friend #2 "Faeries you say? Faeries?! (laugh) Have you watched Tinkerbell yet?"
My reply "It's not those type of faeries! Those are fake faeries made to look good!"
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Friend #3 "Is that a book about global warming? You would read a global warming book."
My reply "No it's not about global warming"
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Friend #4 "Ooh, pretty cover!"
My reply "Oh know!"
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Friend #3 thought the burning autumn leaf on the cover was a symbol of global warming, but it's not. Charming aren't they?
Conclusion: Wonderful book! It's not a must read, but if you read Lament and loved it, then Ballad is highly recommended.

Includes:
  • Great humor
  • Amazing dialouge
  • A little cursing, nothing severe
  • Based on Irish (Celtic) myths and legends!!! EEK! I ~heart~ Ireland!!! :)

News around the Blogosphere

20 January 2010

I just love hearing about all sorts of news around the blogosphere. As you all know, I love visiting new blogs and old, and getting to know people, so I hope to pass on the news! No, this isn't a meme, or anything, I'll just post this when the news piles up!

Borders throwing away 10,000 books and more?
Visit the Neverending Bookshelf for the post where I learned about this OR Visit

Tell BORDERS: DO NOT DUMPSTER BOOKS when Waldenbooks closes - DONATE! on facebook.

Cover Controversy
Shame on Bloomsbury! I haven't read Magic Under Glass, but there has been controversy going around that Nim was supposed to have darker skin than the model on the cover. Racism by Bloomsbury? White people on covers sell more than other skin colors??
The Liar controversy is the same. The Story Siren did a post on this along with Bloody Bookaholic, Helen's Book Blog, and Good Books and Good Wine! Go ahead and check them out!
I want to thank all the readers who notice things like this, thanks for bringing it up! And I'm shocked that readers decide not to read books because of covers! I decide to read books by covers, but I always give a chance to bad cover books! Boo Bloomsbury on your bad choice!



1/21 News Change! Bloomsbury is to change the Magic Under Glass cover with quote

"Bloomsbury is ceasing to supply copies of the US edition of Magic Under Glass. The jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake. Copies of the book with a new jacket design will be available shortly."

Popular covers!

A Blue so Dark by Holly Schindler. Release date: May 1st 2010!
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. Release date: March 2, 2010!
My personal favorite (below) is

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Release Date: March 01st 2010

Contests and Giveaways?

I noticed in the blog feed I receive that for some reason book contests and giveaways are getting really popular! Check my sidebar for a list of current giveaways and contests, and stay tuned for my 100 followers giveaway (still getting it all together :D)

Blogs Recently Discovered:
Emma Michaels
Sophie Robinson
The Remainings of Me

This is all the news I could muster for tonight (gotta go do homework too!) If there's anything I missed, please tell me :D Should I make this a weekly meme or not...? Hmm...

Policies

19 January 2010

Policies!

Review Policy:

I'm not a professional reviewer, I review books because I enjoy reading and I love to spread the word to other readers. It pains me to hear of people who don't like to read, so I try to make it my job to change their minds by reviewing a variety of good books.
I can't PROMISE that I'll review every book I read, but I certainly will review ARC's (review copies). If there are any publishers or authors who want me to review their book please e-mail me at raokiki6@gmail.com

I do not review adult books, I stick strictly to young adult books, being a young adult myself.

Rating Policy:
Stars: 5- Can rank in the "Best Books" category
Stars: 4- A great read!
Stars: 3- Good but lacking
Stars: 2- Bad, not fun to read
Stars: 1- Painful read, horrible!

Contest Policy
If you win a contest or giveaway, I'll be sending your prize as soon as possible, and it might take a while to reach you!

Genres I enjoy:
Fantasy Fiction
Science Fiction
Historical Fiction
Paranormal Fantasy and Fiction

I won't receive E-books!
If you'd like me to review your book, please e-mail me at raokiki6(at)gmail(dot)com!

This is my first "Policy" post, so if I'm lacking anything, please tell me!

The Seven Rays: Review

18 January 2010


Title: The Seven Rays
Author: Jessica Bendinger
Stars: 4
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 328
Thanks to Grace for letting me borrow this!

THAT IS THE ANONYMOUS MESSAGE that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven't had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend's face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people's pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can't stop it. Everyone thinks she's crazy and she's pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn't explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here's the thing: What if she is?

"The Seven Rays takes you on a journey of mystery, magic, adventure, and the intricacies of relationships and love. Read this book, enjoy the adventure. be inspired, but also find that part of your being where the paranormal becomes the normal"
-Deepak Chopra

My thoughts:
The Seven Rays seems extremely popular, and I was attracted to the shiny, gold cover (I judged this book) so I read it.
I thought that all the characters were...too perfect. They were all pretty and successful and awesome, a little stereotypical, but otherwise they were well written. At first, the random chapters stuck between the story made no sense at all, I had no idea why it was there, but then at the end, a few chapters before the end, it all made sense, so I like how it all comes together to a conclusion. The romance is delicious, except that the ending was sad, and disgusting (if you people who read this, then you know what Beth has to do ~wink~). I liked the beginning where Beth was discovering her powers, and when Beth was in the !SPOILER! hospital/crazy place.
The Seven Rays is definitely original, and I'm glad it didn't involve vampires, werewolves, or (fallen) angels: something new. I agree with Deepak Chopra (the quote above), the paranormal has become the normal, ha. I think maybe this book deserves a three, but there's something that makes me give it a four. Maybe it's that I haven't been reading that many good books....Anyway! I enjoyed The Seven Rays, it was a great read!
Includes:
  • no swearing
  • romantic scenes
  • adventure and excitement
I love Book-lover Carol's review on this!

100 Followers!

I left this morning to a trip to Marietta Square, and I came back and I had a 100 followers! I'm so excited! I'll be hosting a contest (giveaway, big difference!) as soon as possible to celebrate! Thank you all for following and being great supporters of my blog! :) I couldn't have appreciated you guys any more!

Reviews: Shadowland and The Glimmer Palace

16 January 2010

Title: Shadowland
Author: Alyson Noel
Stars: 3
Review by Kirthi
Summary by Goodreads
Pages: 368

At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul. Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . .

My thoughts:
I wasn't sure about reading this after the disappointment that is Blue Moon. Alyson Noel can write good, but her plot, characters, and especially the storyline are all weak. The events felt all out of order and it was kind of confusing. What I did like about this was the shocking revelations, they changed my thoughts on Damen forever. I was hoping that this would be a conclusion to the Immortal series: I didn't think I could stand not knowing how things would turns out. The ending was wonderfully satisfying and made me want to read the next book, Dark Flame, coming out in the summer of 2010.
I liked how Ever became more dynamic and mature than in the previous two books. Damen and Ever have more responsibility and trouble to worry about, and that makes Shadowland worth reading.
I also liked how I got to learn more about the mysterious Immortals and more on Damen's veiled past.
Overall this was an "okay" book and if you've read Evermore and (the ugh!) blue Moon, then I guess you "have" to read this!
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Title: The Glimmer Palace
Author: Beatrice Colin
Stars: 1.5
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 416

Big, rich, intelligent, and masterfully written, here is a page-turning story of glitter and splendor, drama and love, friendship and identity, and an illuminating account of a period of history that foreshadowed much of the twentieth century. As the clock chimes the turn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite takes her first breath. The illegitimate, orphaned daughter of a cabaret performer, she finds early refuge at a Berlin Catholic orphanage. From there follows a lifetime of reinventions, from orphan to maid, war bride, tingle-tangle nightclub girl, and script typist. Her eventual transformation into one of Germany’s leading silent-film stars, and a partner in a remarkable romance that crosses decades and continents, could ultimately cost her everything she has worked for. Gripping and seductive like few other literary novels, The Glimmer Palace showcases the glamour, spectacle, and theatrical energy of the brief heyday of the Weimar Republic, while at the same time telling the story of that other great twentieth-century illusion—cinema.

My thoughts:
This is my first World War ll book and I hated it! The summary from Goodreads (above) is a lie. I guess it's because I'm 13 and this book was directed to a higher age group, but I'm still impelled to review this book.
The Glimmer Palace was a total book train wreck! Every bit was pandemonium and blurriness. The beginning was odd and off, and the events all seemed to have no relation to each other, they were all drastically out of sync with each other. I was in a clouded smoggy dust ball while reading this. Lilly was an obscure character and thinking about it know, so was every other character!
Beatrice Colin is good with words, but bad with everything else, especially with making no sense in her writing.
The romance was a disaster! SPOLIER: How come Lilly switches between so many men??

Includes:
  • physically romantic scenes
  • real pictures
  • confusion
  • part lesbian (I have nothing against lesbians, there IS a lesbian in this book)

Interview with Laura Resau

13 January 2010


Laura Resau Interview with Kirthi

1.If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Hmm. If I HAD to choose, I'd be in trouble! Instead of having one mentor, I've had a whole bunch of people who've guided and motivated me. Fabulous books written by authors like Sharon Creech and Louise Fitzhugh and Barbara Kingsolver gave me something to strive for. My writers' group kept me on track and focused on my novels. Leaders of writing workshops and classes I've gone to over the years have taught me a lot and given my encouragement. Other authors in my community, like Lauren Myracle, gave me the inside scoop on publishing and finding an agent. So really, my "mentor" would be a mosaic of bits and pieces of talented, generous people pasted together.

2.Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Ever since I was a little kid, I've loved stories— hearing, reading, or telling them. I've always had a vivid imagination (which unfortunately includes a talent for imagining disastrous tragedies, too!) As my husband can tell you, I tend to stare into space a lot, dreaming up new stories. (He does a funny impression of me biting my bottom lip and tilting my head and completely spacing out.) My time living abroad in France and Mexico sparked lots of story ideas, and motivated me to (eventually) write novels set in these places. I began devoting hours every day writing stories and journaling while in France. Later, in Mexico, I began to envision publishing my stories, and one day books…

3.Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Every book I write teaches me new things, mostly about the craft of writing—like how to create plot tension, construct well-rounded characters, develop tender relationships, weave in themes, etc. I also learn things about myself, the world, and the process of story-telling. Many ideas in my books come not from my conscious mind, but my creative unconscious—or maybe somewhere even deeper and bigger. By writing stories, I feel that I'm tapping into this source, bringing these ideas to light, and sharing them with readers. I've learned to have deep respect for this mysterious element of writing.

4.Is there a message in Red Glass that you want readers to grasp?

I'd love it if Red Glass made readers look past the surface of people, to what's really inside… and if they dared to connect with people who might appear, on the surface, very different from themselves. I'd also love it if the book made readers reflect on their own personal journeys through life-- to look at what their own obstacles are and how they can overcome them. Most of all, I want readers to feel swept away by the story and enjoy the time they spend immersed in the world of the book.

5.What was your inspiration for the characters in Red Glass?

When I meet interesting people, I often write about them in my notebook. Sometimes years later, some piece of them might emerge in a character I'm creating. Most of the characters in Red Glass were inspired by friends of mine—immigrant friends and students, friends from Oaxaca whose villages I've spent time in, kind strangers I've met on buses in Central America, etc. By the time my character has evolved, usually only a seed of the person who inspired him or her remains… but I like to think that the real-life person gave the character that special spark that makes her or him feel alive to the reader.

6.Who is your most favorite character in Red Glass?

I really love them all! I especially loved writing Dika's character (a middle-aged Bosnian refugee), since she's so multi-layered and eccentric. She's funny and bawdy on the outside, but there's real hard-won wisdom and tenderness underneath.

7.Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Like Sophie (narrator of Red Glass), I've had to deal with anxiety issues my entire life. Overall, writing brings me lots more joy than anxiety, but I do feel like a regular part of my writing process is dealing with doubts and fears. It's as though they're pesky little monsters, creeping in and trying to interfere with the joyful part of writing. When I'm writing a novel, it's so easy to psyche myself out, and feel overwhelmed or dejected for one reason or another. It's daily work to remind myself why I LOVE the story I'm writing, to remember that there are readers out there who will love it too… and that it's my job to shoo away the monsters and make sure these readers get to enjoy the story.

8.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I've always loved writing, but one moment stands out in my mind as making a commitment to being a writer. I'd done well in a Masters program in cultural anthropology and was expected (by my teachers, family, and friends) to continue on to my PhD. But I realized that I felt most passionate about writing stories. I realized that writing is what makes me feel truly alive. I wanted to spend my life doing what I love. So I stopped at my Masters degree and patched together some part-time jobs so that I would have time to finish my first novel, What the Moon Saw. Of course, for years before that, I'd been writing and dreaming of being a writer, but it was at that moment that I felt like I really took the leap.

9. Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Just THANK YOU for reading my books. I'm honored! I hope they touch you and change you in some way. (If you haven't read my books yet, and would like to find out more about them, come visit me at http://www.lauraresau.com !)

Thanks for a fantastic interview, Kirthi!

Contests and Giveaway- much more!

There are always a load of great giveaways and contests to enter around the blogosphere!

Win a copy of Wish by Alexandra Bullen at Book Whisperer 1/27

Win a load of great books in a belated New Years Contest at Juiciliciousss Reviews 2/14

Win Hush, Hush and a journal at Dark Faerie Tales 2/3

Win a load of great goodies at Southern Princess 1/19

Win gorgeous necklaces at Read Bree!

It's Cate's Birthday (1/14)! Enter To win a copy of Cathy's Book, Cathy's Key, and Cathy's Ring 2/9

Win a copy of DupliKate at Mrs. Magoo Reads!

Win a copy of Wish by Alexandra Bullen at Book Lover Carol's!

Win a copy of Betrayals at Handle Like Hendrix! 2/9

Book Bound is hosting the Best YA of 2009 Mega Giveaway!

Win a copy of The Book Theif at Sparrow Review 2/7

Win a copy of Inside Out at Sharon Loves Books and Cats 2/1

Bloggers heart Books is hosting a 200 Follower Pick Your Poison Contest! 1/29

Win a copy of Coffeehouse Angel!
1/28

New Years Contest at Mrs. Magoo!

12 January 2010

Win 10 great books at Mrs. Magoo Reads!
The Books that all go to one winner:
-Hardcover of Ice
-Hardcover of Year of the Horse
-Hardcover of Melonhead (gently used)
-Paperback of Curse of the Shamra (used)
-ARC of Geektastic
-ARC of Captivate
-ARC of Fat Cat (gently used)
-ARC of Going Bovine (used)
-ARC of Savvy Girl (gently used)
-ARC of Give Up the Ghost (gently used)

Music Monday?

11 January 2010

This is a weeking meme I think is hosted by Reverie Book Reviews. I only listen to mainly one singer (enya) and a few classical pieces, so instead of posting a new band or song I listen to, I'll be posting various music related stuff. Today, we started a new quarter at school in Orchestra! I'm in "Chamber" Orchestra, the advanced Orchestra where advanced 7th and 8th graders play together. Philharmonic Orchestra is the lower Orchestra that plays with the Philharmonic 7th and 8th graders. Yay, I'm advanced! I'll be posting the previous songs be played last quarter!

Charlie Brown Christmas (a medley including Linus and Lucy, Christmas Time is Here, and Oh Tannenbaum meaning we only play a little of each, mostly the beginning) I couldn't find the videos of our Simpson Middle School Orchestra, so these are the "non orchestra" videos for Charlie Brown.
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Linus and Lucy (first part)


Christmas Time Is Here (20 seconds to 1 minutes and 34 seconds)- the "bad" version, the other good one was disabled by the owner


Oh Tannenbaum (stop at 1 minute 7 seconds)


James Bond Theme Song (non Orchestra Version)


Classic Rock (a medley of Mony, Mony, Born to be Wild, and something else....there are no video's so I can't post this piece)
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I'll post the songs we're playing this quarter next Monday!

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Review

10 January 2010


Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Stars: 3
Summary from back of book
Review by Kirthi

Gemma Doyle isn't like other girls. Girls with impeccable manners, who speak when spoken to, who remember their station, and who will lie back and think of England when it's required of them.
No, sixteen-year-old Gemma is an island unto herself, sent to the Spence Academy in London after tragedy strikes her family in India. Lonely, guilt ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma finds a chilly reception. But she's not completely alone...she's been followed by a mysterious young man, who warns her to close her mind against the visions.
For it's at Spence that Gemma's power to attract the supernatural unfolds; there she becomes entangled with the school's most powerful girls and discovers her mother's connection to a shadowy group called the Order. It's there that her destiny waits...if only she can believe in it.

My thoughts:
I've been forcing myself not to read this because the quote" mysterious young man" happens to share the name of my brother, so you can see how awkward it is. I really didn't like this book because of the choices Gemma made, and how the story was carried out. Gemma was a funny, daring girl that I love, but everyone else, all the other characters, were nothing, like tiny, porcelain dolls with stiff thoughts and actions. A few years ago, I tried reading this, and I remember thinking "This is so boring!" Now that I've read this, I think that it still DID feel boring, but there was something urging me to read one page more until I finally finished it. That little something made me rate this a 3 not a 2. The plot and storyline were confusing and jumbled, I had no idea what was going on. But still, that "little something" makes me want to read the sequel, The Sweet Far Thing, and Rebel Angels.

Conclusion: A goodish book, but not a must read

Movie? - Yes, there's going to be a movie. Hopefully I can finish the series before the movie comes out. I hate when books are turned into movies while still reading the series, because my image of the characters and setting will be replaced with a movie-version, directors imagination image.

Keturah and Lord Death



Title: Keturah and Lord Death
Author: Martine Leavitt
Stars: 5+
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Pages: 214

Martine Leavitt offers a spellbinding story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance. Keturah follows a legendary hart into the king's forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near. Little does she know that he is a young, handsome lord, melancholy and stern. Renowned for her storytelling, Keturah is able to charm Lord Death with a story and thereby gain a reprieve -- but only for twenty-four hours. She must find her one true love within that time, or all is lost. Keturah searches desperately while the village prepares for an unexpected visit from the king, and Keturah is thrust into a prominent role as mysterious happenings alarm her friends and neighbors. Lord Death's presence hovers over all until Keturah confronts him one last time in the harrowing climax.


"The romance is intense, the writing is startling, and the story is spellbinding--It's difficult to turn away from as the tales beautiful Keturah tells to the people of her village,... This novel gets so many things just right. The plotting moves in and out of the everyday and the supernatural, but it's so finely tuned that the worlds seem one. Readers will be carried away on the wind of Leavitt's words, and few will be able to guess how she finally ends her story."
—Booklist, Starred Review




My thoughts:
I agree with Booklist's review! This poetic, fairy-tale like story had me reading all right. Keturah's boldness and enchanting stories are admirable and lovable, and Lord Death turns out to be very, very different than I imagined. I disagree on the last part of Booklist's review, the part where it says that few will be able to guess the ending: I guessed the ending correctly, with the little foreshadowing hints scattered throughout the book, but reading the ending still gave me excitement. It was a sad, yet happy ending, that I loved. I crave poetic fiction like Keturah and Lord Death, and Shiver. The mix between literature and poetry put together in one book is another recipe for a good book! The romance was shocking and perfect, and almost everything is perfect! The bold-faced parts of the Booklist Starred Review is my favorite part that best describes Keturah and Lord Death. The odd, funny way of speaking was strange, but it gave the writing texture, I enjoyed everything about Keturah and Lord Death!

Blog Award time! 17 nominees!

I've been getting a lot of feed on my blog with blog awards, they seem to be flying around everywhere! Now it's time to spread the fun!

Sherry Salach from Flipping Pages for All Ages awarded me the Happy 101 award! The rules for this award are:

  • List 10 things that make you happy.
  • Try and do at least one of them today.
  • Tag ten bloggers that brighten your day.
  • Link back to the person that tagged you.
Ten things that make me happy!
  1. The sunshine on my face every sleepy morning
  2. Getting a book that I've been wanting for a long time
  3. Eating chocolate and reading Harry Potter
  4. Listening to my favorite music on a glum day
  5. Doing something good for someone who deserves it
  6. Vacuuming my carpet (in my bedroom) until it fluffs to it's fluffiest
  7. Getting handwritten mail (not junk-mail!)
  8. Spending quality time with my family
  9. Giving and getting
  10. Being alive!
Now to tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day! I received a similar award:
The Humane Award from Cate at Sparrow Review! Thanks so much Cate! :)
So the nominee's will be combined, two blog awards for each person! :)
The Humane Award is the award that goes to the bloggers who comment and keep up with my blog. Their kind words never fail to make my day! I've become very close to these bloggers: my blogging buddies :D I want to thank them for being so wonderfully amazing! I nominate these people:
I'm going to stop at 17, the Wizarding World's coming-of-age age! :D
-Happy Reading!

3 Idiots: A movie review

09 January 2010


Title: 3 Idiots
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: 5+ (a 10!)
Based on a book: Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat.
Summary and part review from: gomolo.in

Two friends (R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey through memory lane and the stroy of their friend - the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho (Aamir Khan), who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. It's a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho's romance with the spirited Pia (Kareena Kapoor), and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani). And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanishes.... Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave? The friends who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them three idiots. Where is the original idiot now? Finally, in misty mountains of unparalled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret. Three idiots is a comedy of ideas that is as provocative as it is funny, as wildly entering as it it insightful. A laugh-riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits; self-actualization.

My thoughts:
~Aamir Kahn is my favorite Indian actor (love his movie Taare Zameen Par)~

At first, I thought this would be another sappy romance/over-exaggerated hero/villian story like all Indian movies are, but I was very wrong!
The director created a story about 3 unforgettable, inspiring, tear-jerker college students, who become the closest of best friends. Rancho, played by my most favorite actos, Aamir Kahn, was just plain amazing. phenomenal. absolutely terrifically awe-inspiring. And what's even more incredible is that Rancho (and the entire movie) portrayed my own, favorite belief, "Be what you want to be when you grow up"
See, in (most) Indian families, your parents want you to either be a doctor or an engineer (Ironically, the setting of 3 Idiots is in an Engineering College). My parents, before watching this, always told me to be a doctor, but now, unbelievably, my mom said that I could be whatever I wanted to be! This is a MUST WATCH movie!!!

P.S. Aamir Kahn played a teacher-like character in 3 Idiots, just like he played a teacher in one of my all time favorite Indian movies Taare Zameen Par.
Taare Zameen Par was a really huge tear-jerker with the same incredibly wonderful inspiring-bess of 3 Idiots. One of the 2 best Indian movies ever!!!

Bloggiesta Time 2010!


This is my first Bloggiesta! The goal of Bloggiesta is to set your blog goals for 2010, and The Book Lady's Blog is hosting this mini-challenge.

My goals ARE:
  • To write more detailed, more "juicy" reviews
  • Update my widgets often
  • Comment and get involved with other blogs
  • Try out new books that I'd never read and review them
  • Try humorous non-related posts to lighten up readers
  • Interview various authors
  • Have more contests and giveaways
  • Review children's books (a road down memory lane!)
  • Show more appreciation to my wonderful bloggers!
I'll update my goals when I come up with more, but so far, this is it! Is there anything you think I should add? Anything that I might want to fix? I don't mind criticism, any suggestions would be helpful! :)
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ALSO! I did a Bloggiesta at my other blog, Dreamer (formally titled Fly Away) and picked a new template for it! Check it out!

James and Oliver Phelps Harry Potter Interviews!

08 January 2010


Harry Potter actors! Oliver and James are my most favorite actors in the Harry Potter movies, mainly because they're funny. An observation I've made is that British people have an insanely good humor. My cheeks hurt from smiling too much when I was reading this awesome interview :D (P.S. I did not take this interview! I got it from a website!)

Q: Can you tell us how you got the roles for Harry Potter?
James:
Our friend had seen the advert in the paper. We'd never done any acting or anything so mom came into our room and said, “You fancy it? It's there if you want to.”
[Ratha: I love how those Brits talk!]
It's like near the end of school term and she says, “Unfortunately it's a Wednesday. So that would mean you're going to have to take a day off of school.” So we were like, “Oh, Gosh no!”
Oliver: Any fourteen year old would probably say the same thing. So we go to this audition and they're auditioning for every single part in the film. There's probably three thousand people there going for different parts. And I've never seen so many people with glasses with just frames, no lenses or anything. Kids walking around with lipstick lightning bolts on their head!
James: There were loads of guys there with huge portfolios from the acting schools and everything, and we turned up with nothing. We didn't even have shirts that matched because we never ever wore the same thing, apart from our school uniform.
[Ratha: In England, all schools require a uniform. Usually it's a polo shirt/sweater, and trousers/skirts/shorts. I also had to wear a uniform when I was in grade school, and let me tell you, it cut way down on clothing expenses at the mall!]
So we quickly legged it over to the nearest department store and just grabbed two shirts off the rail. Then we waited for two and a half hours and eventually met the main casting director. Then six or seven auditions and screen tests later we got the parts. And that was nine years ago.
[Ratha: Boy does time fly.]

Twins_then Twins_now

Q: How many other sets of twins auditioning were there?
Oliver:
We saw about five [but] I'm sure there was more. And the two guys who came out as we were going in, Si and Chris, actually turned out to be our doubles on the first film and we still keep in contact to this day. It's quite nice. Being our first audition, we didn't know how it worked, so we didn't have anything to get nervous about. And we always went with this attitude, “Well if this doesn't work out I'm not going to see these people again. Why should I care?” I think that kind of carried over into the characters, how they are.

Q: In the films you guys speak in unison. Does that ever happen in real life?
James:
It kind of came across because of that. In the films that happened because Oliver said something and I just cut him up to carry on pretty much exactly what he was saying. And Alfonso [the director of Prisoner of Azkaban] said, “I like that. Let's put it in.” So he literally got the script, crossed a load out and mixed it all up and it came from there. So I guess we do. I don't know why. Probably been around each other too much.
[Ratha: Any twins reading this? Does this happen with you too? Let us know in the Comments!]

Q: Have you managed to take any of the props as souvenirs?
Oliver:
A few may have found their way into my bag. We were on tour for the Half-Blood Prince and I was going through one airport. I took my laptop out of my bag and I found a puking pastie. And the [security] dude who was working was like, “What's that?” And I was like, “. . . puking pastie?” And he says, “What does that do?” “It makes you sick.” “Why have you got that?” And I said, “You're not gonna believe me if I told you.”
[Ratha: What I wouldn't do for a pair of extendable ears. . .]

Q: In which situation is it most obvious that Oliver is thirteen minutes older?
Oliver:
I'm probably a bit more sensible than James!

Q: During the years you've both had different haircuts. Which ones did you like most?
Oliver:
It was kind of an accident, how they got longer and longer, between the third and fourth film. And when we finished filming I actually kept it even longer than that. Looking back at the photos now I think how did I think that looked good? But at the time, maybe I thought I looked cool.
[Ratha: I can relate. In 8th grade, I used to curl my bangs with a curling iron every morning, then spray them with a half can of Rave hairspray until they looked perfectly immobile and fabulous standing 2 inches above my head. NOT!]
Oliver: Our natural hair color is brown, and they had to dye it back [red] recently and it took four or five hours to get the color back to match the continuity of the film. So I think I'll be quite glad when I'm not having a load of dye put in every three weeks or so.
[Ratha: That's what Tom Felton [Draco Malfoy] said about dying HIS hair blond for the Harry Potter movies.]

Q: Can you tell us any secrets about some of the stars in the film?
Oliver:
[laughs] I think Rupert's [Rupert Grint who plays Ron Weasley] math skills are something to be desired, especially if you're playing him at a sport. We play a lot of golf and table tennis, and it's amazing when you finish playing a hole of golf. “It was six Rupe.” And he'll say, “No it was a four. It was a four!” And he'll start inventing new rules like, “Oh I'm allowed to throw off the tee on every nine holes," or something.
James: Alan Rickman [who plays Severus Snape] his deep voice and everything and the kind of character he plays, you're quite intimidated. But he's such an outgoing and funny guy!

Q: Which movie was your favorite to work on?
James:
I'd have to say Goblet of Fire. Oliver and I were always the oldest out of the junior cast, but at that time there were guys our age there. It just so happens Rob Pattinson was in it who has now gone on to do Twilight (rated PG-13).
[Ratha: From Cedric Diggory to Edward – not a bad move!]
Oliver: I didn't realize how big Rob was until we came to America and I'd say eighty percent of the magazines on there have his face on the cover.
James: It's quite surreal for us because Rob's a mate we know from here.
Oliver: We can remember going through the pub in London with him, and no one would say a word to us!
[Ratha: Wow – these talented British actors hang together – how cool! I know she's not British, but I wonder if Kristin Stewart and Emma Watson would ever hang out?]

Q: Would you like to keep acting?
Oliver:
I'd like to yeah. I'd like to definitely give it a go for a while any way. We kind of learned from a who's-who of British TV and film.
James: As Robbie Coltrane said to us on the first movie, “This is like having a Rolls Royce for your first car.” So you're never gonna get better than this.

Visit: Ink Splot 26 for the full interview!

New Template!

06 January 2010

It's a New Year (it WAS a few days ago...) so I finally changed my boring blog template to "Green Scrapbook" I couldn't find any blog templates to fit my style, but I finally did! I'm going to be updating all my widgets, and my blogroll! I'd love to hear from new and old bloggers to get to know more people, so please leave your blog URL so I can add you! And if you have a blog button, then please tell me so I can put your blog button on instead of your link! Check my current blog roll to see if your already on there before you comment for me to add you :)

How do you like my new template :D ?

Thanks, I'm so excited!

The Demon's Lexicon

05 January 2010


Title: The Demon's Lexicon
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Stars: 2
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads
Pages: 322

Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is des-perate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

"Sarah Rees Brennan crafts a twisty tale full of surprises"
-Holly Black

My thoughts:
I was hoping this would be a great book, because of all the popularity, but sadly it wasn't. The events were jumbled up and confusing and it was hard to keep track. I agree with Holly Black: The Demon's Lexicon was twisty and confusing, and, in my opinion: poorly written. The relationship between Nick and his mother was one that I didn't understand at all, not even AFTER I finished reading! I didn't like any of the characters, not one. They were hard to relate to, and sadly, they weren't described as much as I would have liked them to have been. The characters weren't written as "likable"
The whole "demon" thing didn't work for me, and neither did the "magician" thing. I had no idea what the magicians were doing at all in the story until the very end. There was one similarity that this book shared with the City series by Cassandra Clare that I'll let you figure out (if you want to read it) about the appearance of demons. I could comprehend some of the action in the book (for one: dancing for demons?), Brennan did a bad job with detail, and explaining. Like I said earlier, it was hard to relate with anything at all in this book!
I was very relieved to finish this book, it was a pain to go on. I took frequent breaks while reading this, watched T.V, ate some soothing chocolate, napped etc... I don't think I've ever given a book 2 stars before, so this is my first!

Conlusion: Don't read, but you can if you want

Includes:
  • OKAY dialouge
  • confusing and quote "twisty"
  • blood
Disappointing. You may think I'm being harsh, which I think I am right now, but I'm just disappointed :(

Night World Volume 1 Review

04 January 2010


Part of my Blogging New Years Resolution was to write more detailed reviews and include the number of pages in a book (get it, Pages? Haha)
Thanks to Erica from
The Book Cellar for providing me a copy of this book (along with Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide) which I won on her awesome blog!

Title: Night World: Secret Vampire
Author: L.J. Smith
Stars: 4.5
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads (and back of the book)
Pages: 242

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

My thoughts:
When I read this, I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be like Twilight, a total copy. The theme had the same idea: forbidden romance, and thinking of turning a human immortal. James, a vampire of the Night World, is very similar to Edward Cullen in Twilight. He's soft, yet hard at the same time, and is determined to protect Poppy, his best friend since childhood. And then of course, an evil vampire set out to kill. Yet in other ways, Secret Vampire was different from Twilight. Instead of vampires and werewolves, it's vampires and witches. And instead of having a weak, defenseless female heroine (Bella), there was Poppy, a strong, energetic and fierce fighter, ready to give up everything for the chance to live. I also like how L.J. Smith gave two points of view, one from Poppy, and the other from James; It makes the story clear. The characters were well-developed, and there was a lot of indirect characterization, which left room for me to imagine. Everything was good, except for the not-so-original story plot. The emotions were expressed with descriptive detail, so you could feel what Poppy and James were feeling, and that adds up to a great book! But. Yes, the but. BUT The ending was eating my mind, because it left me hanging. It was an ending that wasn't a really "The End" type of ending. It was an ending open for creative thoughts, and ending where you could fill in the _____. I don't like those endings, I like endings where the author has an epilogue that explains what happens to the characters after the story.
Includes:
  • no swearing (maybe once or twice)
  • good detail
  • a lot of info on terminal cancer
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Title: Night World: Daughters of Darkness
Author: L.J. Smith
Stars: 4
Review by Kirthi
Summary by Goodreads
Pages: 238

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

My thoughts:
I thought that from the ending of Secret Vampires, that the next book would go on to tell more of the story of Poppy and James, but it didn't. Instead it introduced a new set of characters, except for Ash. The first few chapters were confusing, because the P.O.V's kept switching from the three vampire sisters, Ash, and Mary-Lynette and Mark. It took me a while of flipping back and reading over to understand. Daughters of Darkness was part paranormal romance(s) and part mystery. At first, the vampire sisters seem evil, but then as the story goes on, they change, or maybe they were like that in the first place...well I know they were dynamic characters, especially Ash. What I like about THIS paranormal romance is that someone (not telling :D) changes himself/herself completely for the person he/she loves, which I think is incredibly romantic! The love relationship was still vampire-human / human-vampire. The betrayal (of course there's betrayal!) is not-so-much-okay-maybe-a-little-shocking. The style of writing is the same as Secret Vampires and so is the dialogue. The ending was just like Secret Vampires, it was a fill in the ending _____________ with your own creative imagination. A hanger ending! It was satisfying though, when (SPOILER) the vampire says goodbye (not forever) to the human. Sigh........ Conclusion: I de-starred this book because of the confusion it caused me, but it might be different for other people! I recommend this to all teens interested in paranormal romance!

Includes:
  • no swearing (that I can think of...)
  • not-very-good villain
  • great mystery!
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Title: Night World: Spellbinder
Author: L.J. Smith
Stars: 4
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads and back of book
Pages: 238

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

My thoughts:
Yay! There's finally a witch story! This, being my first Night World Witch story, was amazing. Thea is a young, magic wielding, spell chanting, potion brewing, direct descendant of Hellewise witch with an opposite-personality cousin, Blaise. There was real-feeling danger involved here and witch-human paranormal romance. Thea reminded me of Poppy, strong and determined. This is the first book I read that revealed a witch's P.O.V. and told the story of a witch. The romance is almost the same as the other books, but this time, the human is a male, not a female. And this time, the villain is not a vampire! There are a bunch of differences between Spellbinder and the other two Night World books, Secret Vampire and Daughters of Darkness, as you can see.
Includes:
  • evil
  • Black Magic
  • description (sometimes with gruesome detail)
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My thoughts about the volume in all:
I really enjoyed this collection of "short" stories, and once I finished reading one book, I could go directly to the next book instead of buying/checking it out. The romances, I noticed, were almost all alike, sharing the "forbidden romance" topic, but otherwise, LOVED it! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Happy New Years!

01 January 2010

Last night was New Years, I forgot to make a post to wish all my bloggers a happy New Year!

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