Thursday, May 24, 2012

100 Follower Giveaway! (Barnes & Noble Gift Card.)

Have you guys noticed?! We've reached 100 followers! Well ... now its 105; we love the last five of you guys, though! Okay so, would you care to know what we have in store for you 105  beautiful people? Do NOT peak at the post's title, but yes ... a giveaway. One of the amazing people following us, will have a chance at winning a $50 Barnes and Noble Card! 
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: The Selection - Kiera Cass

Author: Kiera Cass
Series: Selection (#1)
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 327
Read in: 2 days


Overview:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

A Teen's Perspective:

So, let us start off this review by stating that we didn't see any of the ... not-so-good reviews, and comments about The Selection until we were half way through with the book. But even then, some of the reviews were good, while others were, again, not-so-good. Not because we want to "bash" the author, or take sides with the other bloggers, but you do NOT need to finish a whole book to be able to write a review on it. Opinions are opinions, and while other people may not agree with them, there is no reason for reviewers to be afraid to state their opinions about a book they clearly disliked. Any who ... now that our rant is over, we're just going to jump straight to our review.

The Selection was supposed to be a dystopia, kind-of remake of a Cinderella/ The Prince & The Pauper fairytale. Many of these elements were visible while we were reading and others ... not so much. America Singer is a Five, one of the lower castes in the country of IlleĆ”. She is completely in love, with her secret boyfriend, Aspen. In fact, as soon as he's satisfied, and confident he can support her with his income, he plans on proposing to her. The only thing stopping their relationship from being open, is the fact that Aspen is a Six, and if America marries him, her caste status will be demoted. Not that she cares, but do you know what the worst way to die is? Your mother's disappointment. (Really, it's too much.) Life seems perfect, until The Selection. This competition gives 35 beautiful girls the opportunity to compete for their beloved Prince Maxon's heart.

Clearly, America doesn't try out, right? Wrong. Her parents (Mom) and her boyfriend pressure her, and guess what?! She tries out! To her surprise ... *Gasp* She’s chosen. Throughout the book America struggles between choosing a guy who can clearly relate to her, and a guy who she can spending the rest of her life with.

Good or Bad? You know what? We'll dish the bad out first. Nothing to fear, but fear itself, right? We apologize for the excessive use of exclamation, and question marks, in advance.

Okay well we have a lot to say, so get comfortable. Ready? Good. America Singer ... sings, and can play instruments. *Laughs* Would've never guessed. Okay, so we have this Selection process, which starts this whole thing. Everything's going swell, until BAM! The Selection, 35 girls, blah, blah, blah. America didn't want to do it, and doesn't she say at the end "I'm not choosing any of you. I'm choosing me."? So this is an easy problem to solve! Problem: You don't want to be in the Selection, and you like two guys, right? Solution: Screw both them, and leave the freaking castle. Pretty easy solution, no Critical Thinking required. We're definitely Team Maxon, by the way. (We do NOT like Aspen!) His pride is what got him into this situation, anyway! And then he has the nerve to ask America if she's in love with Prince Maxon? And if she is, so what? We don't care if this a spoiler, because Aspen screwed everything up, and honestly we were praying for a cruel scene where Aspen watches Prince Maxon kiss America, and Aspen either leaves, or kills himself. A little extreme, but she wanted one guy, right? Problem solved!

Finally, we're up to the good part. Good thoughts. Right. The Selection was a new type of novel, its originality, and characters definitely had us wondering how the novel would end. It's supposed to be a series, right? The most strong-willed female character we've seen in a while is a title we would give to America Singer. We were cheering for her throughout the whole novel, and to our surprise, not once did her character let us down. From the beginning we knew she wouldn't be the type of girl, to cower behind her boyfriend's back, but her personality just — it made us want to cry, clap, and laugh, at the same time. Anyway, we like how Kiera really gives us a behind-the-scene peak at Prince Maxon. It allows us (and other readers) to see him for his true self, which if we must say, IS HOT.

The ridiculous cliffhanger... Whoa.

Okay, so before we express any of our thoughts, let's just define what a cliffhanger is. Cliffhanger: adjective; a word used to describe something that leaves you wanting more. Usually used to describe a book's ending. Seems like a valid definition, huh? UNFORTUNATELY, the ending did anything, but. Not only was that the most annoying way to end the novel, but we're not even sure we're going to read the sequel! Its cover better be more alluring than our pillow pets, and newly ordered snuggies.

Honestly, guys, if you’re really bored, and can’t find anything better to do – read this book. Overall, The Selection was an original, cute, but extremely confusing novel. A lot was going on at once, and there wasn’t really a Princessy-vibe going on here. The question still remains, “Who will read the sequel?” We don’t know if we will, but right now the only thing The Selection REALLY has going for it, is its cover; everything else was OK – and just OK. The sequel’s cover, better have a magnetic attraction for readers, if any of the many disappointed readers, are to even consider opening it.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Diary Entry: R.I.P - 3 Tired, Overworked, Sleepy Teenagers

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts, during the last month. We've been really busy with school, homework, tests, and all that good stuff! Don't believe us? Check out this pile of fun; anyone want to take a nip at it?

Didn't think so.

Any who ... we haven't neglected our duties, as your fellow bloggers. We don't know if you've guys have noticed, but we've recently just reached 100 followers! Yay! Woot Woot! Yippee Yi Yo! A giveaway will be posted this weekend, with a chance for all our beautiful Followers, to win a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift card! 

We'd also like to mention some of the books we've read recently, and/or reading currently, or will be reading. 

Finished

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis - Goodreads
The Selection by Kiera Cass - Goodreads
Taken at Dusk by C.C Hunter - Goodreads

Currently Reading

So Pretty it Hurts by Kate White -  Goodreads
Graceling by Kristin Cashore -  Goodreads
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins -  Goodreads
Envy by Gregg Olsen -  Goodreads

Coming Soon

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks - Goodreads
Envy by Gregg Olsen - Goodreads
Divergent by Veronica Roth - Goodreads
My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend - Goodreads

Anticipated Reads! - Envy by Gregg Olsen


Overview:
Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

Murder is such a dirty word… 

OMGGGGGG! We are not waiting 21 days for this book! You must be out of your mind. Pre-ordering, pronto! if we're not mistaken, the book has already been released, but paperback isn't available for 21 days. This novel looks more than creepy, it looks like Paranormal Activity spat all over a book, and NOTHING is going to stop us from reading this! Sorry, Divergent, you've just been bumped down one... 

Okay so the cover?! Look at that! Lord help us now, we are so tackling the UPS man. And the twins being featured in this book, we can't wait to see how alike, and different they are. they're obviously both courageous if they can go solving mysteries, all Nancy-drew, an what not, right? Yes, Nancy-drew, is now an adjective, by the way.

But besides the cover, we have an especially amazing treat. oh yeah, Envy's trailer! Woot Woot! Look at this trailer, and tell me you're still reading this post, after its finished, because we wouldn't be! We'd be logging on our Barnes Noble , Amazon, or Book Depository account, trying to buy this.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Pages: 272
Read in: 2 days


Overview:
Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

A Teenager's Perspective:

Ever have that feeling that somewhere, something went wrong? You can't really pick up on what it is exactly, but you KNOW something is wrong somewhere. Well, that's the same feeling Josephine Taylor (Jo) is having. Jo lives in LA with her father. Yes, you heard me right, LA! Home of the many stars, and A-list celebrities, that we drool over —we, as in everyone of course, not just us... Like any ordinary girl living in LA, she has hopes, and dreams, that will guide her along the way to her ultimate goal. But there's one thing different about Jo - she's a paparazzi.

Her dad, the King of paparazzi, has his reputation for knowing where, when, how every star living in LA, or once living in LA, has fallen out. Living up to the huge reputation, is a big deal. However, Jo has no problem passing any star, or photographer who gets in her way. Her wit, sharp thinking, and of course, short height allows her to sneak into V.I.P venues, without anyone noticing her. Nothing gets in her way, except —except Ned, of course.

Who's Ned? Only the most A-listed celebrity in LA. Singer, song-writer, HOT, is all he needs to have every girl that looks his way, tripping over themselves. Jo is partially immune to this charm, but even Jo can't deny his good-looks. Out of all the stars who've shoved her, kicked her, spit on her, or scratched her, Ned was the one who helped her up. Not that she "needed" the help, but him caring, was what grounded her. She can't deny the connection she feels when she's around him. But, she'll have to. Her next job, is to get some, no doubt, incriminating photos of her BELOVED Ned. The catch? A large some of money, that could help pay for the photography classes she's been hoping to take after school.

As Jo gets dirtier, and sneakier, she begins to have this feeling. A feeling of disgust, each time she snaps a picture of a star without them knowing. But, she has no choice right? Besides, it's just for awhile, until she makes enough cash to pay for a photography classes. Then she can really drop the whole paparazzi act, and become what she really wants to be — a portrait photographer. However, as Jo goes deeper, and deeper into the game, she begins to realize she needs to get out soon. Now Jo has to make a decision on whether she will keep taking these photos, or drop the whole act, and take the higher road. Ned obviously helps in leaning her decision to the right side, but the money she's being offered might just drive her off the edge.

We really like Shooting Stars. It was a really quick read, that we finished in 1 day. The storyline was cute, and to-the-point. We loved her strong-willed character, and that just added on to the long list of reasons why we like Shooting Stars. We felt like there should have been a scene, where Jo met Ned's controlling dad. THAT would have had us on our toes, but it didn't make the novel bad, it just would've made it ... better. So, what did you guys think? Stop, drop, and read?

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