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Archive for March 7, 2009

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fair Godmother After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

My Fair Godmother is currently my favourite book. =) It is filled with laughter, magic and fairy tales. Janette created Cinderella and Snow White different from the fairytales. Her writing is wonderful, I can picture everything in my head clearly. Such vivid writing. Honestly, I have nothing but praises for the book. My favourite scenes would be those with Tristan in it. *MINOR SPOILER*

I laughed really loud when Savannah said a lie and a reptile came out from her mouth. *SPOILER ENDS*

Sometimes I feel frustrated with Chrissy. Why couldn’t she just help Savannah and her friends? I found myself wishing she could be more responsible and not point out Savannah’s wrongdoings all the time. I guess this is why she’s called a Fair Godmother. Overall it is one of the best books I have ever read. I am very eager to read Just One Wish also by Janette Rallison. I hope it will be as good as this!

Great story + awesome characters + stunning cover = SUPERB BOOK!

Awesome authors you might like: Melissa Walker, Stephanie Hale, Tera Lynn Childs

Gold star!

The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

The ABC's of kissing boys Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.

I am quite fond of the cover, it’s simplicity and beauty. What I love about the book was the different kissing techniques. Especially the Steam Kiss which should be done behind closed doors. ;] The book has a predictable plot but I guess that is inevitable since the plot if pretty straightforward. I was confused in the beginning, I did not understand what a JV player was. But after few more pages, I understood what it was and instantly understood the story. The ABC’s of Kissing Boys is a short and sweet read. I would recommend for pre-teens or teens aged 13-15.

Awesome authors you might like: Melissa Walker, Stephanie Hale, Tera Lynn Childs

The Story Siren’s 10 pack ARC contest

You would be pleased to know that The Story Siren is having a big contest. She is giving away 10 ARCs to ONE lucky winner.

Here is what’s up for grabs:

    Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart (June 23, 2009)
    Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones (January 27, 2009)
    Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (January 22, 2009)
    Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman (April 16, 2009)
    Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors (July 21, 2009)
    Sloane Sisters by Anna Carey (April 28, 2009)
    A Map of the Known World by Lisa Anne Sandell (April 15, 2009)
    Sea Change by Aimee Friedman (June 1, 2009)
    Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott (March 24, 2009)
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (March 10, 2009)

You can enter by simply leaving a comment (at The Story Siren) about your dream ARC (it doesn’t have to be one listed above).

It is also opened to everyone in the world! =)
Contest ends: April 7, 2009

Go and visit The Story Siren for more details!

Don’t forget to scroll down and enter MY Shadowed Summer & surprise bookmark contest!

Cool authors you might like: Tera Lynn Childs, Melissa Walker, Stephanie Hale

Shadowed Summer and surprise bookmarks contest

Hi everyone, I am having a contest and the lovely Saundra is donating bookmarks to four lucky winners. In addition, these four winners will get a super secret surprise bookmark. You are going to love them!

Answer this question correctly and get a free Shadowed Summer bookmark and a super secret surprise bookmark! There will be only four winners to this contest.

Question: What is Elijah’s last name?
Contest ends: Friday 13 March

How to enter: Post in the comments your answer and the four winners will be drawn randomly from a bag.

To get ‘extra’ entries:
Blog about this contest on your site (+1)
Comment on my review of Shadowed Summer (+1)
Post a bulletin on MySpace about it (+1)
Link to this contest on your sidebar (+2)

If you did any of the above three, be sure to include it when you comment! 🙂 Then I will double or triple your entry! Higher chances of winning!

Good luck everyone.

Visit Saundra at her website saundramitchell.com.

Contest ended. Thanks everyone.

Other cool authors: Tera Lynn Childs, Melissa Walker, Stephanie Hale