Sunday, May 22, 2011

Steampunk Challenge for 2011


Guess what?!?



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I added another challenge. This is the Steampunk Challenge hosted from booksoulmates and it is to read 10 Steampunk books for 2011. I know that I have a lot of books to catch up on, however this summer will be chock-filled with reading, I promise. I pretty new to the blogosphere and I feel that I have been slacking due to my hectic schedule. Sorry, I'm rambling (what else is new?) Anyways, it's never to late to read, and my goal this year was to read 100 books. Steampunk has been very popular as a genre, and I have been seeing more and more releases of Steampunk, plus more coming out in Fall 2011. I like how it's a branch of both paranormal, historical, and sci-fi giving me more entertainment pleasure, and if you haven't read any Steampunk novels go ahead and try it! 

While Steampunk is relatively been coming out into the YA hemisphere, I know many people will have trouble finding some good Steampunk books. There are some goodreads lists which compiled some of the books I am willing to try in the Steampunk genre. 

Lists (click to go):

Here's the list of 10 books I want to read for Steampunk 2011:
1. Soulless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Proctorate #1)
2. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Incarceron #1)
3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan #1)
4. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan #2)
5. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (The Clockwork Century #1)
6. Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances (Anthology)
7. Perdido Street Station by Trisha Telep
8. The Time Machine by H.G Wells
9. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
10. Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

I'll probably read The Time Machine and The Map of Time first, because I recieved both as a promotion for Felix J. Palma's The Map of Time coming out on June 28th. 

So, look out for that quite soon. 

There you have 3 lists containing some of the best works for the YA Steampunk genre and the books I will be reading through the rest of the year. There is a ton on there and I can't wait to read my ten books or more when I get the chance! ;D

Plus, how cool are Steampunk goggles?!? 

Ahhhhhhh awesomeness!

UPDATE: My Bookish Ways recently did a post of the top 5 reasons to read Steampunk books. To read more about Steampunk and what it entirely is (and for why I'm doing the challenge mainly) go read her post and all credits go to My Bookish Ways again!
Linky-link: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/05/mft-guest-post-5-reasons-to-read.html





Giveaway of The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski


Hey bookwormies!
Just wanted to keep you posted that BooksObsession is giving away The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski! The book is Mandelski's debut and it's sounds well....SWEET! 

Here is the synopsis taken from Amazon © 2011:
In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she’s decorating a cake. Unfortunately, everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable.
But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems—only her dad’s about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed.

Using just the right amount of romance, family drama, and cute boys, The Sweetest Thing will entice fans with its perfect mixture of girl-friendly ingredients.

I love the whole concept of the story and I'm always looking foward to good contemporary YA novels that I can relate to, and Sheridan Wells sounds like someone I can relate my life to (from the family drama aspect) and I am so happy for Mandelski's debut novel! Congrats!

For the giveaway, go to:
for a chance to win Mandelski's debut novel!

Also, check out Mandelski's blog post she did too! (plus, you get an extra entry!)

To Buy The Sweetest Thing:




Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jane in June Read-Along of Pride and Prejudice!

It's.... JANE IN JUNE time!!!!!!!!

It is time for Misty at The Book Rat to do her annual Jane in June read-along of Pride and Prejudice! We will be having discussions over the course of one month and we will share our opinions of the book to each other. It's a great chance for us, as book bloggers, to come together and talk amongst ourselves. I also think that it's the perfect time, because personally I have been slack-tastic on my blog posts (btw, I promise for a review of A Great and Terrible Beauty soon!) I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say!
FYI: Check over to http://www.thebookrat.com/2011/05/jane-in-june-read-along-info-and-sign.html to see how the Read-Along is structured and any comments/concerns you might have.
Again, it's open to EVERYONE and feel free to join everyone who's doing the Pride and Prejudice Read-Along!

Thanks again to Misty for hosting the annual Jane in June event over at her blog!

JOIN...NAO! ;D
http://www.thebookrat.com/2011/05/jane-in-june-read-along-info-and-sign.html

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Review: Sweep No.1: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan


"Something is happening to me that I don't understand."
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"I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can't do. Powerful things. Magickal things. It scares me."
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"I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I'm starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me."
Copyright © Speak- Penguin Group, 2001

Book #1 for my Witch Challenge for 2011!


This book was really different than any other witch book I have read. 
Synopsis: 
Sweep by Cate Tiernan centers around a girl named Morgan. There is a new boy named Cal at Widow's Vale High and he is completely stunning and drop-dead gorgeous who grabs the school at storm from the first minute. He catches all the girl's attentions especially Morgan's, Bree's, and Raven's attentions. We find out later that Cal practices Wicca (a form of witchcraft) and is descended from a huge ancenstry of witches henceforth, he is a blood witch. Wicca captures Morgan's attention the most out of all the characters in the book and she figures out that she has a knack for witchcraft. Although Morgan is interested putting her random musings and spells in the Book of Shadows or being a part of Cal's coven (which is all she thinks about) her parents disagree with her practicing Wicca due to their strong Catholic ties. As the book rolls on, drama ensue between all three girls and Morgan finds a deeper connection in her powers and her connection with Cal. 
Characters: 
Morgan: Morgan is pretty much the plain jane of the whole group. However her looks may be a little bland, she notices that whats on the inside really counts. She takes a step and delves into her spirituality. She is an awesome character, who really becomes a stronger person and shines in the spotlight. She knows her morals and family means most to her--there is a sort of connection girls feel with Morgan in this book. She is quite shy and reserved, but then anger is shown at the end of the book with her. 
Cal: Cal is certaintly the "it" boy and three girls try to get Cal to notice them, especially Bree. He is quite of a hard person to read..he hangs out with multiple people and he fits in with every person in the book. At first, I thought he was going to be a villain or something, but he definitely earns some brownie points for me by thinking of what is on the inside that counts. 
Bree: Bree is that girl that Morgan aspires to be. She's pretty and not flat-chested and she is the type of girl who can get any boy she wants. Because of Cal's hotness, she dumps her existing boyfriend knowlingly that she will go out with Cal. This is the main reason Bree joins the coven and thinks that Cal and her have a special connection when the do not. She ultimately throws a temper tantrum at Morgan, because she is jealous of Morgan's connection to Cal and wicca. 
Raven: Raven is the goth punk stoner in the book. She is quite forceful and mean, but when practicing wicca she becomes more light and free. She is hard-hitting, menacing, and ultra non-sensitive; the total opposite of Morgan. She also joins the Cirrus coven. 

Other characters were simply just background and added to the story in their own way. 

I love Tiernan's vivid imagery of nature from the gorgeous shades and sounds she added to get a closer look into Morgan's transition into a witch. This book was great, I loved how funny some lines were and her use of setting to really create imagery into my mind. However, this book was a little bit predictable. You know that Morgan was a blood witch, before Cal says it to her in the end and the whole use of the Seven Great Clans of Wicca and that Rowanwands was one of the Seven Clans. Why is it predictable? Because Morgan's last name is Rowlands so, we automatically figure out she's a part of the clan. Also, the fact that the book is named "Book of Shadows" and the BOS is only mentioned three times in the book. That's why I bumped one star off of my review. Other than that I loved how everyone in the school knew about Cal's wicca and how everyone else practiced it and didn't keep it a total secret like vampires or werewolves. 


P.S. I also appreciate Tiernan's use of LGBT in the novel. Her aunt and another boy are gay, which I appreciate alot that she is supporting the LGBT community in teen literature. It is also that her aunt's girlfriend really connects with Morgan to really truly be who you are and this makes Morgan accept Wicca even more as a part of her....Good job Tiernan.
There are 14 books in the Sweep series, so I am interested in where the story goes. 


My rating: A (or 41/2 stars out of five).



Vanish ARC over at GoodChoiceReading.com!

Hey guys jut a friendly reminder that you can win a Advanced Readers Copy of Vanish by Sophie Jordan over at GoodChoiceReading! I'm a huge fan of Sophie Jordan's writing and Firelight!

Vanish in all it splendor!


Also, Amazon has Firelight in their Bargain Books Deal section in Amazon! You can get the book for $6.63 and it's a Hardcover! A great chance to pick it up! :D

Happy readings my bookwormies!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sorry I Have Been Sort of Lacking on Posts & My Challenge!

Hey bookworms!
I'm terribly sorry that I have been lacking in blog posts, but school has been mental (I'm actually supposed to be doing homework right now). Anyway, you have noticed something in the sidebar that looks like this:
My Book Challenge 2011:
My goal this year was supposed to be to read 100 for 2011. I have been slacking, due to school and such, so  hopefully in late June through September I will be reading more and more to reach my goal. The challenge I'm doing features to read various fairy, werewolf, witch, and vampire for some variety, because I tend to stick with vampires and werewolfs. I'm going to try to read 10 books for each category (totaling 40 books) and also my debut author challenge which will also be, 10 books. So, this means that I have a TON of reading to catch up on...ERG. 

If you guys can recommend any books that I can put on any of these challenges it would be much appreciated!

I am also saving up for a Flip UltraHD camera and tripod, because my webcam isn't doing any justice whatsoever. I will use the camera to do reviews, In My Mailboxes/Hauls, and discussing some topics going around in YA literature-- possibly some random wierd going to the bookstore with me vids as well :D

I love you guys! Recommend books to me!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Giveaway: Dead Rules to Support Teen Reading!

This giveaway is much better than an ARC guys. There are $2,500 worth of prizes up for grabs and anyone is eligible to enter; from teens to librarians--GO SUPPORT TEEN LITERATURE!
The Contest Ends June 21, 2011

Check the giveaway out here:  http://bit.ly/gP9Ue5


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