Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jenna and Jonahs Fauxmance

Jenna and Jonah's fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Published by Walker and Company
genera- Romance
(amazon) (goodreads) (shelfari)

Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers have a two jobs the first being  the world famous actors from Jenna and Jonah: How To Be A Rock Star! The second is pretending that they are head over heels in love with each other, when in reality they can barely stand to look at each other. Until one fateful day when their careers seem to be falling apart they are forced to take refuge at one of Fielding's many houses. where they discover that maybe they don't hate each other after all... :)

Jenna and Jonah was definitely cute. It reminded me a bit of Suit Scarlet, Audry Wait and Nick and Norah's infinite play list. It was light chicklit with and the story was fine. I gave it a low rating because its not really the type of book I normally read. It was predictable from the first page, and their wasn't much to the plot. but still it was sweet and i respect it. but honestly I wouldn't read it again. I don't regret reading it, or think it was a waste of time, but honestly theirs not much to review on. I haven't read any thing else by theses two authors (one for Charlies POV, one for Fielding's) but their righting style wasn't horrible, but some connections between the two characters were not as smooth as they could be. especially in the first few chapters. One thing I did like is the witty insult wars charlie and fielding have, its cute, and their romance, or, ahem fauxmance, is what boosted this book a little in the rankings.

so yea, recap: Cute, but little substance.


Teaser tuesday: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

"you could be friends with David, The two of you really have a lot in common, and we're all in this together."

He shook his head "it wouldn't work"

"Why not?..."

"I Just dont want to cozy up to the guy whos girl i have every intention of stealing." he said.

ooohhh! intence! love the series, so you should love it too.

(Wings) (Spells) (illusions) (Aprilynne Pike)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trailer Thursday: Chasing Brooklyn

looks intense! if you've read it and recommend, leave a comment, or link a review!

also sorry I haven't been on a lot, school just started, so its a little hectic... no worries though

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaster Tuesday: The Sixteenth Summer By Michelle Dalton

"Oh no," I shook my head, "I tried to Meditate yesterday and almost asphyxiated from all the bleach"

..."Okay im not even going to ask about that one."

-The sixteenth summer by Michelle Dalton

and blah. Its the last moments of summer, for school starts today! aww i miss it so much! (summer that is, definatly not school!) Wish me luck on my first day! Wee-ohhh!

-Dana, (who is now an offical Junior!)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

sunday- the day i dont feel like writing a review on.

So its only going to be Sunday for a little while so I better hurry lol. I've been saying lol way to much lately so Kelly and I were trying to figure out something else to say (other then Haha, rofl, and lamo) we came up with LSIC (laughing so hard I'm crying) Use it. If you don't feel like saying that you could use Cilsh (crying I'm laughing so hard) its basically the same thing.Mark my words, this will be the new lol.

I was supposed to go the the airshow today. Kelly, Christina and I were supposed to take the train up this morning but Kelly stayed up till an ungodly hour last night and overslept and Christina left really early to go on a boat with her mom and her moms BF. so the plans pretty much fell apart.

My dad took a shower and our entire basement flooded so i helped him with that for a while, then I dropped my sister off at a friends house. Dad and i were bored so i just drove around till we saw something interesting. found a festival of corn. they gave us free corn and played free heavy metal music. I am not a heavy metal fan.

we didn't stay that long.

we ended up driving around for a few hours, my sister called to sleep over at her friends, and then I saw the movie "friends with benefits" with Kelly and my dad. My dad sat somewhere else, not cause I'm embarrassed to be with him, but because it was slightly inappropriate (but not as bad as I thought it would be) think in between no strings attached and Love and other drugs on the awkward level
. It was good though.

so yea that was basically a rundown of my day, sorry if it bored you. Oh and also i saw like 20 deer today, most of them were chilling in a meadow, but a few were crossing the road, and on the other side and stuff. When i told Kelly about this she got really scared and asked me if i cried then said she was going to paint a scene of how she imagined the deer, the second painting would be this cloud she saw yesterday that looked like a lobster eating a hamburger or something.

shes really strange sometimes. cilsh.

also I only have one day left before school starts! really sad+sort of excited.

have a nice one,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
Published by Simon Pulse
304 pages
genera- Romantic Realistic
(amazon) (shelfari) (goodreads)
Rating- 3

It's Anna's sixteenth summer and she is ready for a change! out with the lazy summers of working at her parents ice cream shop and swimming in the ocean with her two best friends Caroline and Sam. or now more appropriately CarolineandSam, because since they started dating they seem to be joined at the hip, a change that Anna's not so sure how she feels about. Anna's ready for something new and different. When Anna meets Will, a tourist from New york, she falls for him fast. Hes perfect, and wonderful, and they spend the summer in a blissful romance. Anna cant stop the lurking thought in her mind that in just a  few months will will be leaving her, back to new york and the busy world that Anna has only seen in her dreams. And she cant stop wondering whether one summer is worth the heart break.

Sixteenth Summer was super cute. Sweet as the ice cream that Anna is constantly around, and the perfect book to read directly after I read the bloodbath that was the last chapter of The Tower of Parlen Min. I read this on my laptop during the 2 day drive from Marco Island to Chicago and with sixteenth summer, the time went by fast. I smiled from ear to ear the whole time. It was great beach read and I'm glad that i read it. :)

You know that feeling where you need a cheesy romance novel, this one is perfect. It's simple and happy and supper girly. It's everything you'd think a book called Sixteenth Summer would be like, but with witty dialogue, great characters, and a cute little tourist town setting. I only gave it a three because this book probably isn't for everyone. I was in the mood for a sappy romance and this one was perfect for it. but this isn't the type of book I read a lot of the time, still great though! :)

Happy day!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: The summer I learned to fly by Dana Reinhardt

The Summer I learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
Published by Wendy lamb Books
216 pages
genera- Realistic Fiction
(shelfari) (goodreads)  (amazon)
Rating- 4

It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew Robin Solo has been filling her days with work at her mothers cheese shop, playing with her pet rat, Humboldt fog, and analysing a book of lists that her father wrote before he died. Other then that, and talking to nick, the beautiful 19 year old surfer boy who works at the shop with drew, there's not much to do. That is until she meets a strange boy named Emmett Crane, one night in the ally behind the cheese shop. Hes mysterious and different and loves rats, and strangely He likes her too. It begins to be the first real friendship Drew's ever had. perfect timing too, for while Drew's life is beginning to spiral into strange and different directions, Emmet is the one person she feels comfortable with, if only he would be honest to her in return and tell her the truth about himself.

The summer I learned to fly was so sweet and innocent I fell in love with it right away! Reinhardt's voice was light and cute, but there were still the undertones of deep subjects. Humboldt fog reminded me a lot of my late rat Oliver. I thought he went perfectly with the story, of course the irony of her owning a rat and a cheese shop, but also Drew just seems like a rat person you know? lol. Emmett was awesome, I think I'll name one of my future children Emmett in honor of him. (and all the other awesome Emmett's out there!)

There were many parts where I laughed. One part where I cried. I felt incredibly happy on one page, and morose on the next. Reinhardt is superior at bringing things all over the board then having them hit their exact mark. I'm not sure how classics are made, but I would not be surprised if some day my kid has to read this for school. The summer I learned to fly seems somehow ageless, and young at the same time. It reminds me a bit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, both personal favorites of mine, and although I usually find "coming of age" stories annoying. This is one that I would read again

Recommended?: Hell yes.

Happy day, (Enjoy your last weekend school free!)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trailer Thursday: Miss Pengrines Home For Peculiar Children

A Good Book and an even better trailer! so cool! to see my review, go here.

Happy reading,

Review: Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor by Pam Bachorez
published by EgmontUSA
256 pages
genra- Realistic Fiction/ Science Fiction
(amazon) (goodreads) (shelfari)
Rating- 4

Oscar Banks lives in the perfect world. Everyone is nice to each other, every one goes to school on time, eats healthy, does all their home work. no one ever fights, or talks back, or stays out late. Only Oscar knows why they feel compelled to be perfect, and Oscar is the only one who is really him self. Being the bosses kid has its perks, like the fact that Oscar knows about the subliminal messages that ate transmitted to every person in the town through the towns music. Oscar fights being perfect, and when new kids come to the town, he gets them out fast before the messages ruin them. Its not until the beautiful, artistic, interesting Nia Silva comes to Candor that Oscar thinks that maybe not every one has to leave, maybe he can teach her to fight the messages and stay herself. If only he can do it without his father suspecting and sending them both to the listening room, a place where the brainwashing is turned up to the extreme, and no one comes out the same.

We'll I can tell you one thing, Candors a place I'd never want to be. Other then the fact that every one doing everything 'right' is super creepy, and I'd loose all originality, I just really wouldn't like that southern Florida heat, lol. But reading it was enough for me, Pam Bachorz did an excellent job with this "Stepford Wives" -like story. There was pain and sorrow, along with the pressure (literally!) to be perfect, and the struggle one feels to stay an individual. even though most of us (hopefully!) don't have whispers in our ears telling us what to do, Candor is more identifiable then one would think.

Possibly the biggest theme in the book was loneliness and the fact that everyone Oscars ever known has left him from his brothers death, and mother leaving, to his friends turning into polo wearing clones. It makes Oscars immediate feelings for Nia, seem less rushed, because he realises that maybe he can have one person maybe not everyone has to leave. That was the strongest aspect of the book, along with the love of course.

 It was love that drove Oscar to his decision at the end of the book. Even though I wish Candor Ended differently, It was logical and ill let it slide this time. But Bachorz better not disappoint in Drought, her newest novel. Which I picked up but haven't gotten around to it yet. worry no longer though, its on my list!

Hmmm anything else to say?... Oh I loved Mandi, Oscars ex girlfriend, even though she was possessive and mean, the constant confliction between her nature and the messages kept me majorly amused. [even though I feel sort of bad at the same time, lol] and there are no words for how I despised Sherman. 'nough said.

go read it. {I actually got my sister and my friend to start reading it, if I can convince them, I think your a good bet also ;) }


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tidbit tuesday: Awaken by katie Kacvinsky

"Whats the fun of always knowing where things will take you?"

"Whats the fun in getting lost?"

- Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: The running dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream By Wendelin Van Draanen
Published by Knopf
352 pages
genra- realistic fiction
(amazon) (goodreads) (shelfari)
challenge 350+
rating 4.5

Jessica Carlisle is a runner, always has been. but when she looses her leg in the car accident that claimed the life of a classmate, Jessica's running future seems bleak. but all hope is not lost, as Jessica tries to recover and learn to walk using a prosthetic leg she learns of athletes that have overcome obstacles and have preformed even with their disability. The thought seems too good to be true. even so she is determined to run again, no matter what.

The running Dream was fantastic. It was sort of... poetic, and really beautifully written. Jessica was honest and her situation was real. you can tell that Van Draanen did her research when writing this book. obviously I haven't lost a limb, but the struggles seemed very realistic. Jessica's drive inspired me, even though Jessica is a fictional character, there are so many people who have suffered from the absence of a limb and have overcome obstacles. The running dream doesn't skip over the hard stuff like the phantom pains or hours of physical therapy and just skip to the inspirational "I can run again moment." 

The running dream made me think that there is always hope and that if you keep trying you can accomplish literally anything. because not only did Jessica run again she pushed Rosa, a friend with cerebral palsy in her wheelchair through an entire 10K. fla, that is extreme perseverance. Their was so much love, hope and friendship, paired with the sadness throughout this book. and by the end you just felt good.

Strongly recommended :)


Wendelin Van Draanen has also written Flipped, a personal favorite of mine

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review, Giveaway and Interview: The Tower of Parlen Min By Matt Xell

The Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell
published on ebook form only (amazon)
345 pages
Genra- adventure/ fantasy
Amazon- (part one) (part two) (part three)
challenges- DAC
Rating- 3.5

Ves Asirin is not your normal 11 year old boy. He was born with a rare short term memory disorder which strikes every 10-15 hours, making him forget almost everything. and once the famous billionaire inventor, Jacobus Trent, offered Ves a stay at the world famous tower of Parlen Min, Ves jumps at the chance to prove his peers wrong, that he can function normally, even with his memory loss. Ves, along with 19 other children are brought to the tower and introduced to the Sword challenge, a complicated and dangerous quest leading to a prize of 12 million dollars. as the challenge progresses Ves realises that the tower, and the people in it, are not all that they seem, and Ves is.... changing, strange things keep happening to him. and through it all there is a supernatural serial killer on the loose, one who always leaves his mark, the tarot card of death.

The Tower of Parlen Min is a wonderful novel. filled with adventure and mysteries, with fantasy and paranormal around every corner, and just enough romance. I unexpectedly loved it, and was instantly sucked in. unlike some other readers i loved the super detailed account of the incredible things the ves did in the novel. it was a wild roller coaster, but in a good way. I felt like i was really there with the characters, and enjoyed the fact that although the pov is a narrator focused on ves, there were scenes from other points of view also.  The sword challenge, and the novel itself reminded me of the harry potter series, particularly The Sorcers Stone, and the Goblet of Fire.

Characterisation was good, as was plot line. actually the plot line was better then good, all loose ends were tied, and there were elements that progresssed the story flawlessly. However i didnt like the ending which the rating down a bit. in the last 5 chapers of the book there was an unnessary ammount of violence and a large amount of innocent deaths that largely dissapointed me. also some of the fokelore confused me twards the end. I also didnt like that it is only available in ebook format, I much prefer a physical book, as to an ebook. but hey if ebooks are your thing I'm giving 5 ebook copy's away below!

Recomended? oui, (i gots my french on today! lolz)

Enter the Giveaway Here

so is that all? NO! we've also got an exclusive interview with matt Xell all about the book, Just for you!

1. Right away we find out that Ves has a memory disorder, other then it being a huge part of the plot, is there any other reasons for Ves to have such a strange disability?

When designing Ves' character I decided early on that I didn't want him to be like the previous 'boy-heroes' in the YA fantasy-adventure genre. In fact I wanted him to be more of an anti-hero in the first three books and I didn't want readers to like him right away. I went bit further and gave him the memory loss disorder to make his 'hero's journey' a bit harder and somewhat more realistic.

From the plot's point of view, Ves was not born with the disorder. I can't say to much about it yet, but someone or something supernatural is the cause of the disorder.

2. Your book, Tower of Parlen Min, takes place in a world different from our own, was there any reasoning behind creating your own world?

Orignally, the story was set to take place in this world earth, when it was supposed to be a miniseries of mystery/suspense graphic novels.

But sometime after I read Phillip Pullman's Golden Compass I started playing with the idea of creating an alternate earth or something entirely new. When I finished reading the His Dark Materials trilogy and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, watching the first half of the Naruto animated series and played though half of Disney's Kingdom Hearts video game, I decided Ves's story would be an action-adventure series of books instead ( and much more). And suddenly the world of Everlon appeared and was almost fully formed and waiting to be inhabited.

I decided that it would be world much like Earth but where some of things like myths, fables, folk stories, urban legends, religious and occult beliefs are a reality. And it became something like a magical canvas where I could paint and play around with all the crazy and fantastic ideas I'd always wanted to write about could be very real. A world where nobody would be telling me things like 'that shouldn't be possible, that's unrealistic', a world with no limits on my imaginations.

Of course there would be limits and other realistc things like laws of nature; like gravity, there must always be gravity. But it would be a world where, like in The Matrix , the laws and rules could be bent ... and even broken.

3. What inspired you to write the Tower of Parlen Min?

The initial idea came from a nightmare I had back in 2006 that was a bizarre mash-up of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the House on Haunted Hill movies. I called this initial concept The Tower of the Great Few.

Around the same time, I was working on some scripts for a series of graphic novels called The Narrow Escapes of Ben Benns. After I created Ves' character and that of The Dark Teenage Girl shortly afterwards, I decided to merge the two stories and came up with The Narrow Escapes of Ves Asirin. I changed the the title The Tower of the Great Few to Tower of Parlen Min and it would be the first in the series of books.

4. How did you do research (if any) in preparation of writing certain scenes?

Well after I'd established the plot and the climatic ending, it came down to figuring out how and why that had come about.

I created a template for the chapters, titled them and then created a something of storyboard of post-it notes spread across my wall.

After deciding that The Sword Challenge would be the main element or plot device of the book, I went about gathering what were bits and pieces of info on puzzles, folk stories, myths and historical events the would be included in the story.

I didn't have an internet connection at the time so I had to rely on a copy of Microsoft's Encarta 2006 whose articles gave me less than enough of the information that I needed. So then with what little money I'd have on me from time to time, I'd go to an internet cafe and download loads of articles on wikipedia as well as refference videos, pictures and artwork.

By the time I was writing the chapter Festival at Wendsil, I panicked realising that I didn't have enough info for the folklore and stopped writing. Then  a week later a light-bulb went off in my head and I was like 'If you don't have enough reasearch and factual information on any topic -- twist it! This is Everlon - Duh!' And the result was much more fascinating and fantastic than I initially thought.

5. In the book you go through an in depth description of games like Fencing, and paint ball, are you a fan of these sports as well?

Yes. I love sword fighting, and I've always been interested in the sport of fencing. The same goes for paintball. And though I've never had proper hands-on training in either sport, they're events I would  love to take a part in on an epic holiday like the one Ves and the other children were invited to. And so I thought I'd write about that.

6. When writing characters, do you often write characters based off people that you know, or entirely new characters?

I don't write about characters based on real people, though I do borrow certain elements from other fictional characters I've read about in books, novels and comics or watched in movies or TV shows. I try my best to create original and authentic characters that tell  a new story of their own, and its amazing because what happens is that they start writing themselves, developing the rest of the story and so it's almost effortless.

7. Have you always wanted to become a writer?

I've always loved fantasy literature and the visual arts, and back Junior High School I used to do a lot of penciling (I was terrible at it) and what little writing I did were comic book plots. What I wanted to be when I grew up was an IT specialist; a software programmer or a web developer.

So, no, novel writing or any serious kind of writing was never on my life-time-to-do-list.

8. What is your favorite book?

A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

9. How do you come up with the names for your characters/places in the book?

There's no set formula for the way I come up with the names of characters, places or things in Everlon -- most of them are just made up, really. Some of them just come to me and then I try to attach a meaning to them. Some of them are twists or mash-ups of actual names and some are just the same old names you'd find here in our world, Earth.

10. How has writing (if in any way) changed your life?

Well for one, reading through all the information and research I included or discarded from the book has certainly made me a lot smarter than I was before I started writing it, lol.

well that was awesome right? so download it, or enter the giveaway!

see y'all, and make those last days of summer count!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
published by The Penguin Group
215 pages
genra- Realistic Fiction
(Goodreads) (shelfari) (Amazon)
rating- 4

All his life Collin Singleton has fallen only for Katherine's. Nineteen times, and each and every time Collin is dumped. After K-19 Collins feeling down, like face in the carpet for 3 hours down. that is until Hassin his chubby fun-loving friend convinces him to swallow the heart break with a road trip! Hopefully to find Collins Eureka moment and stop the unending string of Katherines. They end up in Gutshot Texas, miles away from everything else, where they end up trying things that they would never dream of.

ahh wonderful, an abundance of Katherine's was fresh, funny, and the ultimate read for anyone anywhere, especially if your enbarking on your own road trip at the time. Its what got me through the 2 day voyage from Detroit MI, to Marc Island FL. I was laughing the whole time, folding over multiple pages to write in my quotes book, and wondering why this book was on my shelf for so long before i started it. silly me!

Its the lightest book Ive read of green's (looking for Alaska being more serious, and paper towns being more soul searching)  and i have to say that it was my favorite.  Collins a genius with his anagraming and eleven languages (well if the genius thing doesn't work out he can always join the CIA. lol) Hassin was deliciously funny and made me wish that he was my best friend too. without a doubt Collin and Hassin are two people i would love to meet.

I liked the footnotes in the book, thetas something I love in fiction novels, and is often found in only the awesome ones. :) It was also cute how Collin was learning how to tell stories and told his through the book. and an Abundance of Katherine's ended on a high note, which is something that is crucial to every story, the whole thing can be ruined without a proper ending.

so that's it. Its my last day of vacation so I'm heading out to the beach. :)


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Trailer Thursday: Jace and Clary (mortal instruments)

So this isn't really a trailer. But its still supper cute! This was made back when Alex Pettyfer back when he was rumored he was going to play Jace. This was the letter that he wrote Clary in the city of glass. If you want to read the letter go here.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quick buzz- Go BZRK

Hi guys, I'm on Vacation in beautiful Marco Island Fl, but that doesn't stop me from getting wind of incredible new projects! I just herd that this winter  the best selling author Micheal Grant is coming out with a new series, called "Go BZRK" one that is completely interactive.

Its called a "transmedia experience" a transmedia story is an interactive narrative told through the written word, video, puzzles, and more. But most importantly, it encourages fans to become part of the action. sounds cool right? It seems sort of like what Patrick Carmen did with Skeleton Creek, or the all of the Max Ride blogs that you can reach of JP's website. from what I've seen though this is going to be like those projects on steroids. call me gullible, but both the sites that they have started are incredibly legit looking. almost makes me forget that its a story.... lol suppose that's what is supposed to happen. anyway so far there are 2 sites up, the first called Society twins which is a blog from the POV of what I assume are the two main characters, Sylvie and Sophie.  There is also a site called Nexus Humans which seems intriguing, be sure to make an account there and friend me. (username= danadoesread)

Here's a quick Q&A with author Micheal Grant

What is “Go BZRK”? Is this a book or some kind of interactive story? 
Both. The book comes out this winter, but the interactive part starts now.  One leads up to the other, but they're part of a complete package. 

What can you tell us about the story? What is “BZRK”? 
It's a battle for the soul and freedom of the human race carried out simultaneously in the world we know, and in a world that you're not going to expect. It's a world where if you make a false move, you're going to lose your mind. 
Insanity… is this something you have a personal familiarity with? 
The line between writer and crazy person is very thin.  Both go around holding long, involved conversations with people who aren't there. 

What’s this other world thing all about? 
Do you really want spoilers? I'll tell you this. We'll be going "down in the meat." It's going to be vast, bloody, and beautiful.  
 Wait… isn’t this supposed to be for kids? 
Adults like to flatter themselves that kids won't get, won't understand, won't be able to handle, more intense, more complex stories. That's nonsense.  It's the adults who are easy to creep out or scare.  Say the word "biopsy" in a room full of adults. Or "audit."  See?  Easy to scare.  Kids are a tougher audience because kids think they're immortal.

sounds wonderful. go try out the links, add me on nexuz, and have a wonderful day!