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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!

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The Demon’s Lexicon paperback cover!

I normally don’t do posts on book covers but I must show my dear readers the brilliant cover for the paperback* version of Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON (read my review). I love the cover, Nick finally looks like a guy who can kill demons.

View a large high res of the cover on Sarah’s blog!

*The Demon’s Lexicon is already out in USA in hardcover and UK in paperback. This paperback cover is for the USA version as usually paperbacks are released one year after the book’s hardcover release.

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

I totally love this book. I finished it in four hours, nonstop reading. It was so engrossing. I liked how Katie spent the first few chapters explaining why Alexis was anti social and life before she became an outcast. It gave me a better understanding of Alexis. Katie Alender’s writing is wonderful. Her descriptions are so vivid, I could picture everything in my mind so clearly. Oh boy, there’s a mystery too! Which was very well crafted. I like the chemistry between Carter and Alexis. They are a cute pair! I was also very supportive of Megan and Alexis teaming up from the start and throughout the book I was like “get together and defeat that ghost already!”. Readers would be surprised at how Megan is actually involved in the whole thing.

It is important for everything to fit perfectly in a story like this, we don’t want anything left unanswered. Katie Alender has accomplished that. Marvelous job Katie! Did you know that Bad Girls Don’t Die is Katie’s debut book? Wow!

Bad Girls Don’t Die is a mixture of a little of everything. Romance, ghosts, crazy sisters, dolls and cheerleaders. I recommend BGDD to everyone who likes ghost stories. So grab your copy of Bad Girls Don’t Die and snuggle up in your bed with your flashlight and a teddy bear. It will keep you up all night!

You can find Katie Alender on her website. Get your copy on Amazon today.

Bad Girls Don’t Die falls midway between a Silver star and a Gold star. But because the in between star doesn’t exist, I shall give a Gold star!

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

Things aren’t pretty for Emerson Watts.
Em was sure there couldn’t be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who’s gone mysteriously missing, a brother who’s shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who’s intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who’s written a song about her that’s topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns – especially when she’s got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side…

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren’t really airheads after all…especially one model in particular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

What can I say? This is Meg Cabot after all. Last year when I read Airhead, I loved it. This year, Meg Cabot blew me away again. Being Nikki was fantastic. The novel was fast paced and filled with wonderful characters and a great plot! I love everything about it. Being Nikki was absolutely BRILLIANT. There are some new characters introduced in this book as wells as a mystery! The mystery was very well planned and it all fit perfectly at the end. I had a hunch in the beginning and I was right. Being Nikki is a roller coaster ride in Em’s new life together with scheming people and a crazy plan to bring down Stark Enterprises as well as finding a missing person! Get ready for a heart-pounding ride with Meg Cabot’s new book.

I have nothing but praises for this book so I shall end the review by saying this: if you loved Airhead, then I suggest you immediately run to the bookstore and buy Being Nikki! You will love it and when you’re done, you will groan when you realize the next book won’t be out till 2010.

Lights, camera, Nikki! Get Being Nikki today on Amazon.

Gold star!

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. Locals have long believed the place to be haunted. They tell stories about the unmarked graves in the back, of the cold spots felt throughout the underground tunnels, and of the treasures found inside: patients’ personal items like journals, hair combs, and bars of soap, or even their old medical records, left behind by the state for trespassers to view.

On the eve of the hospital’s demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, it’s an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents’ diner. For the others, it’s a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

I was really excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! I loved it! I gave Deadly Little Secrets an average score when I read it last year but Project 17 gets 9/10! Unlike Deadly Little Secrets, Project 17 is not predictable at all. You have no idea what to expect. And there’s a mystery too. The book is set in Danvers State Hospital, a real place located in Danvers, MA. That is something I love about this book. It’s set in a real place! The book started slowly and it wasn’t till page 65 when they enter the asylum. But once they are in, it’s I think I am going to talk about my feelings of each character individually. Here we go..

Derik: I like reading about him the most. I like his character and since the story is mainly focusing on him, I like him the most.

Liza: She’s the studious girl with good grades and all but can’t get into the school she wants. I like her but she started creeping me out whenever she said “we shouldn’t be here.”

Mimi: Mimi is a very interesting person. I always looked forward to reading her chapters.

Chet: Not much to comment about. His a typical prankster/joker.

Greta and Tony: Greta reminds me of Sharpay Evans. The spoiled and snobbish drama queen. And Tony is just like her sidekick/boyfriend. Found them both very annoying. Greta totally freaked me out when she tried to get into character and find the doll. I was wondering if she got possessed or something. Freaky!

Each chapter is told by different people but it was not confusing. I read Project 17 at night and it totally spooked me. I didn’t dare to go to the bathroom because I am a scaredy cat. In my mind, I could totally see Project 17 as a movie. It would be AWESOME if there was a movie of the book. Back to the review, the deeper you get into the story, the scarier things become. Everyone starts to lose their mind at one point or another.

There are unanswered questions too, like the talking doll, the bathroom message, etc. My own conclusion would be that they just belong to the ghosts who live there. If anyone else has read this book, I’d love to discuss it with you!

Overall Project 17 is a fantastic suspenseful horror novel that sends chills down your spine. I highly recommend it. Fans of horror books, you have to READ THIS BOOK! If you can’t stand psychological books, I don’t suggest you reading this because this book is very intense. Imagine if you were reading this book and suddenly the door slammed. Guaranteed that you will jump out of your seat. Laurie Stolarz writes exceptional horror stories and I look forward to her future horror books.

Ghost Huntress: The Awakening

The first in a trilogy. Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries— you’re about to go where our world meets the spirit world.

In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She’s hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They’ve got all the latest technology. They’ve got Kendall for their psychic. Now they’re going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.
The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality.

I was so excited when I heard that I will be getting a ARC of this. I did a little happy dance when I got my book. =) I went to the bookstore two weeks and asked them if they will be ordering the Ghost Huntress. They said it was not released yet but some publishers already had them. Anyway the staff said it depends on the reviews and asked if I’d like to order it. I told them “No need for that!” and then pulled out my shiny copy.

Yesterday, I finished my book and went back to the bookstore and there I saw a stack of Ghost Huntress! I was so pleased.

Here is my review:

The beginning was kind of slow but it got more interesting after Kendall met Celia. From then on, I was hooked! Couldn’t put it down. The story was quite good and I loved how the mystery with Charles was wrapped up nicely. I found the sleepover scene really good as it shows that the girls have fun while ghost hunting! And I wanted to eat chocolate chip cookies badly while reading that. I love the characters, Loreen, Celia, Taylor, Jason.. and Becca was just so funny at times. Celia was like a walking encylopedia! Everyone else had different personalities which made them special. But I felt that Taylor’s character wasn’t developed well enough.

I’m not sure if this was explained in the book and I missed it but why did Jason keep appearing in Kendall’s dream when she has never met him before? I don’t think it was ever explain. I think they have some sort of bond. I shall ask Marley and get back to you guys. Hmm or maybe it will be explained in the second/third book. Edit: Marley replied and she said it was a psychic dream. This happens with certain types of psychics. Theyhave psychic dreams about things that may happen in the future. That’s so cool! I wonder if I am psychic because sometime I dream about something and it really happens. So totally déjà vu!

Next, I noticed how the characters weren’t freaked out by the ghosts. At first, Kendall was so scared of the ghost in her room that she wouldn’t sleep in her room. But she got over it so quickly. The other huntresses weren’t the least bit afraid at all. But I find it a bit unrealisitic because I think if you encountered a ghost you would be a little scared. Well perhaps the characters are all thick skinned. xD Oh and don’t be afraid of the book being too scary, it’s not! =]

Ghost Huntress was certainly very detailed when describing the equipments that ghost hunters use. There is going to be two more books to the series hence the thing between Kendall and Emily was not solved. I recommend Ghost Huntress to everyone who loves a good ghost story. 4.5/5 ghost. 😉

Get Ghost Huntress: The Awakening on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

GHOST HUNTRESS: THE GUIDANCE (Coming October 2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
GHOST HUNTRESS: The REASON (Coming May 2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she’s got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad’s girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar…and that’s just how she likes it.

Of course, that doesn’t help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah’s sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can’t stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she’s going crazy. Yet she’s determined to make things work out the way she wants — only what she wants may not be what she needs….

I’m so sorry for taking so long to review this book. On with my review. Embarrassing parents, Hannah I feel you! My parents, sigh, are pretty embarrassing too. I guess most teenagers can relate to that. I must say, Hannah’s mom surprised me. I’ve read another book about the character’s mom was those type of irresponsible parents who use the child’s money but Hannah’s mom was different! She didn’t accept Hannah’s money and that’s good. =)

The fast-food place where they worked at was really cute. I’ve never read a book where the characters worked at a drive in. It’s pretty cool. Finn was like how I expected, sweet and nice. In my opinion, Josh seemed like a two timer, how could he put his hand on Hannah’s face when he had a girlfriend! Well, the plot was cliche but I still bought the book. xD I must *ahem* emphasize that the book cost as much as a Benefit lip gloss. But it was worth the money. =) Oh and after reading the book, I understand why Elizabeth had the Out of This World contest to win a star! 😉

So in conclusion, yay for Elizabeth Scott! Something, Maybe did not disappoint. And it looks really pretty on my bookshelf.

Get your copy today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I know I already missed two Spotted on Saturdays, I will try to do this week’s one. Visit The Epic Rat today for chapter 5 of the Gallagher Girl book discussions!