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Archive for April, 2010

Tension of Opposites trailer & contest

Silly me posted the trailer on Wednesday but forgot to post about the contest. My sincere apologies!

But if you haven’t seen it, here is the chilling and suspenseful trailer for The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride (out May 25):

Prizes: 3 lucky people will win a journal (including handwritten message from Kristina herself), and some Tension of Opposites postcards, bookmarks and a namecard!


This contest is opened worldwide and ends 30th May. Contest opened only to followers (google reader/friend connect or email subscribers). Shipping is really pricey!

Come back next month for the launch week of Tension of Opposites and there will be another contest then, with some awesome things to be won!

The Tension of Opposites trailer is live!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re week is good so far. Today is the release of the book trailer for Kristina McBride’s The Tension of Opposites (coming May 25). Enjoy!

Waiting on Wednesday (37)

I have not done Waiting on Wednesday in a while. Sorry!

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Release date: July 20th 2010 by MTV

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

I am very impatiently waiting for this book! It looks so good! And Adele said that she might even like it more than Going Too Far.

Island Sting by Bonnie Doerr

Island Sting by Bonnie Doerr
Publisher: Leap Books
Publication Date: January 6th 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Bronze star (2.5/5 stars)

Synopsis: Kenzie Ryan’s New York know-how and private girls’ academy education prove useless in the middle of an island wildlife refuge.

Upon arrival in the exotic Florida Keys, she is thrown into the midst of an ecological mystery involving the endangered Florida Key deer. How can she navigate this upside down world? A world deftly maneuvered by Angelo–island native and nerve-wracking hunk. The two team up to accomplish what perplexes law enforcement, but Angelo exposes Kenzie’s insecurities, as well as her inexperience with nature and the opposite sex.

Danger and disagreement follow the pair wherever they go. Enamored with Angelo and his local savvy, Kenzie hopes to secure his loyal friendship. But how can she win Angelo’s trust when what she must tell him will crush his ego?

Island Sting includes notes on the endangered Florida Key Deer and the National Key Deer Refuge.

Review: After reading the synopsis for Island Sting, I was very excited for this book. However, it didn’t knock my socks off like I expected it to. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Island Sting, but it definitely could have been better. Let’s start off with what I liked about the book. Doerr has written an insightful novel and with some funny scenes and touches on environmental issues.

While Kenzie was likable character at the start, after a while I was bored with her voice. Her character never seemed fully immersed in the scene. There was a lot going on throughout the book, moving to a new country, meeting Angelo, solving the mystery…. For example, when Kenzie moved from New York City to Florida, I didn’t feel that the homesickness was portrayed. To me, Kenzie did not seem to miss Florida, at all. She mentions it a few times throughout the book but it was telling me that she was homesick and not showing me that she was homesick. She was not an unlikable protagonist, perhaps just a little boring because some of the dialogue seemed forced.

Even with a few problems with it, I still found Island Sting an engaging read and Kenzie’s character passionate, strong-willed. Both qualities are admirable and if this book was targeted towards middle graders, it would be a good message to bring about.

The lack of action in the first half of the book made me put down the book a few times but I still picked it up because curiosity got the better of me. I can tell that Doerr attempted to develop the supporting characters but in the end, I felt that they were not fully fleshed-out and did not have distinct voices. Maybe it’s just me but I felt that the writing was too disconnected and the sentence structure was always the same. Again, middle graders will still probably enjoy it.

Island Sting is a work of fiction but there are many references to environmental concerns that are actually happening. That is something I really liked about the book. Also, Island Sting was a refreshing change from all the paranormal out there.

I would recommend this book for middle graders, however, adults may not enjoy it as much.

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella cover & synopsis

I have been meaning to post this last week but didn’t get the chance to till today. One of my favorite authors for Adult books would be Sophie Kinsella so when I heard about Mini Shopaholic, I was undoubtedly excited to read it! 🙂 And now, the cover and synopsis has been released! What an adorable cover!

“Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze – but it’s trickier than she thought. Two-year-old Minnie is a little tearaway who has created havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is ‘Mine’, and she already has a penchant for Balenciaga bags. Becky is at her wits’ end.

On top of this, she and Luke are still living with her Mum and Dad, there’s a big financial crisis so everyone’s having to Cut Back – including all her personal shopping clients – and her husband Luke is feeling low after the death of his beloved stepmother. To cheer Luke up, Becky decides to throw him a surprise birthday party – on a budget – and that’s when things become really complicated. As Becky tries to keep the arrangements secret, misunderstandings and excuses sprout everywhere, and soon she’s told so many fibs she can’t keep track of them. Will Becky pull off the surprise? Will Minnie give everything away? Will Minnie’s godparents ever stop arguing? Who will end up on the naughty step and who will get a gold star? And what will happen when Becky discovers Luke is keeping a big secret too?”

I will be doing more cover posts next week so be sure to look out for them. A lot of covers sent me squeeing because they were GORGEOUS!

In My Mailbox (49)

Just one book this week but I am SO excited to read it. *stares at cover*

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

Book trailers- The Karma Club, Sea and more!

Have you seen these awesome book trailers? 😀 I simple love them! Watching them make me want to make my own book trailer, I would, if I actually knew how to use a video editing program!

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

The ones below are not new trailers but I really really like them.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

What are your thoughts about the trailers? Let me know!