Friday, April 29, 2011

A Royal Book Blogger Hop #2!

 

Before I get started with the hop, I just want to congratulate Prince William and Kate for their amazing wedding today. It was a beautiful ceremony, beautiful everything!

 

Congratulations, Will &

Kate!

Now we may proceed with the hop.

hosted by Crazy for Booksbook blogger hop
the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!

This week’s question is…

Q. "Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"

A.  That’s easy. I’m ECSTATIC for…
AAH! I swear I had one! *checks book list*
Got it!

uncommon criminals Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) , by Ally Carter.

My friend read Heist Society  and she loved it! It’s next on my TBR pile. But since I’m familiar with the story (My friend’s the kind who rambles on and on about books she’s reading), I’m super excited to this one to come out.

Anyone agree? What are YOU looking forward to?

Enjoy! -M

Follow Friday #1!

Hosted by Parajunkee

This week’s question is…   follow friday

Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten.

A. Whoa… that is seriously a tough one. If I had to pick ten, I would pick…

  1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians (5)
  2. The Hunger Games (3)
  3. Th1teen Re3asons Why
  4. Tu, Ellos, y Los Otros (It’s a novel in Spanish I really loved)

I swear I’m going to cheat and bring my eReader. I can’t just pick 10 books! That’s like picking friends! D: I can’t!

That’s all for Follow Friday!

Make sure to check out the featured blogger of the week  here.

Enjoy! -M

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn

Review for: Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn   Distant Waves
Appropriate for: YA
Warnings: Paranormal
Buy: Borders/ Amazon
Goodreads: Click
Overall Starred Rating:
3/5

Synopsis:
Science, spiritualism, history, and romance intertwine in Suzanne Weyn's newest novel. Four sisters and their mother make their way from a spiritualist town in New York to London, becoming acquainted with journalist W. T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor. When they all find themselves on the Titanic, one of Tesla's inventions dooms them...and one could save them.

Review:
Suzanne Weyn’s Distant Waves was a read that by only looking at “a novel of the Titanic” had me hooked. As I have mentioned before, I am a HUGE Titanic fan. I’m sorry to say, though, that the book let me down.

The things I liked: I loved the setting. I loved everything about Sprit Vale; the people, its concept, everything. It was a good storyline, and it does have its good gripping twists.

The things I didn’t like: Characters. I felt like most of the characters weren’t developed enough that I could describe each and every one and tell you what they were like. For example, Thad. Way undeveloped. So was Jane, the narrator. That really pissed me off. The next thing I didn’t like was that it said “A novel of the Titanic”. Yes, that is what led me to read the book in the first place, but the actual Titanic doesn’t come in till the last chapters of the story. Everything else, much to my dismay, was just a retelling of Jane’s past. That really bothered me deeply.

Anyway, it’s a quick read, not really all that amazing, forgettable, even though I enjoyed it.

enjoy! -M

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Review for: Crash Into Me by Albert Borris  crash into me
Appropriate for: 13+ YA
Warnings: Contains strong themes
Buy: Borders/ Amazon
Goodreads: Click
Overall Starred Rating:
4.5/5

Synopsis:
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.

Review:

Crash Into Me tells the story in Owen’s point of view.  Jin-Ae, Audrey, Frank, and him all meet online and decide to make a pact: to go on a road trip, and at the last stop, they would all kill themselves.

This book is great. Amazing. I loved the characters, especially Audrey. I could relate to what they were feeling. It wasn’t just about how the characters feel about suicide, it’s just how much hardships they’re going through that makes them lovable and relatable.

The premise of the book was what first led me to read it. It’s an amazing reader hook. I fell completely in love with it. 

A wonderfully written novel about emotions, death, survival, love, adventure, living life to its fullest that will leave you clenched onto every page.

That’s it!

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Next Review: Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn


Monday, April 25, 2011

Wordpress. My thoughts.

Wordpress seems so cool. It looks so sleek and professional from the outside in. But once I set up my account and started playing with the theme, I realized something:

WORDPRESS IS SERIOUS!

I mean, just to customize a template I have to friggin pay! I don’t have to pay like that in Blogger! Maybe someday, if this blog is successful, I’ll move again to wordpress, but in the meantime, I’m sticking with Blogger.

Dear Wordpress:

If I can’t install GFC, Twitter button, or Facebook button, how the hell am I supposed to succeed? For $17 a year with you, I can get the same shit I get on Blogger for $0.

Sincerely, disappointed and ranting user.

Book Blogger Hop 4/22-4/25

 

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books and is a place just for book bloggers and book blogger hopreaders to connect and share our love of the written word.

So, this week’s question is: "If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

Hmm, maybe. I don’t always do that. It’s happened before, but it’s not something that I always make a point of doing. Examples are such as Maureen Johnson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, etc. I should do it, though. But I always forget :(

Okay, thank you, random asker, now I’ve made a point to look for more of my favorite authors’ work :)

Share your thoughts in the comments!

love, M

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Moving!

Hello, fellow blog followers. I would like to announce that i have moved blogs to wordpress. I don’t know if permanently or temporarily, but for now, we’ll stick with it.

go to: http://teennationbooks.wordpress.com if you want to check out the new site. it is very much appreciated.

I love you all,

M

Friday, April 22, 2011

Redesign

I’m a huge redesign geek.

That’s why maybe when you visit, sometimes, you’ll notice some differences. I usually don’t make major changes, but other times, WHOA. You won’t recognize the blog.

this is one of those times.

I just feel like it needs some sprucing up, a little more, say, extravagant, or, classy, etc.
I’m a geek. Kill me for it.

That’s the explanation for the redesign. Possible name change, too. I’m just such a perfectionist. :(

Oh, well, I hope you like the new and improved redesign!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Books I’ve been dying to read.

Sorry for the lack of post- I’ve been really busy with school, and I’ve been sick and busy, and I… there’s no excuse. I’m sorry :(

But meanwhile, I’ve decided to compile a list of books I’m just dying to read, besides the ones on my Wish List/ To Read tab.

I’ve already gotten a few, of the 14 currently on my To-Read nightstand. There’s no other way to describe it really. It really is a huge stack on my nightstand.

On my current OMIGOD-I’M-JUST-DYING-TO-READ pile is:

1. The Gone Series by Michael Grant.
    it looks like such an amazing dystopian! I will get Gone within the next two days.

2.  The Lying Game by Sara Shepherd.
     I fell in love with PLL—and my expectations are high about this one!

3. Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
    I found out about it today—and it seems amazing.

4. Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
    Also a great sounding supernatural. Absolutely can’t wait to read this one.

5. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
    Tell the mythology obsessed girl about this one, aka yours truly, and she’ll go crazy.

And that’s it for now!

Next Review:

Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn

Thursday, April 14, 2011

To whoever it may concern

Well, since I really don’t know, I’m just going to say, to whoever it may concern, I haven’t posted anything this week because I was sick. >.< I’m sorry! I’ll probably have a review up on Saturday or Sunday, hopefully.

buh-bye!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: The Time Traveling Fashionista

 

Review on: The Time Traveling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetskythe time traveling fashionista  
Appropriate for: YA, 11+
Overall Starred Rating:
Five Stars

 

Synopsis:

When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.
After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era. Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship -- she's on the Titanic!
Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?

Review:

I stumbled upon this great book yesterday at Borders, not really knowing what to expect. Since I don’t really read girly, cute fiction, I was skeptical. Initially, I bought it for my friend Paola, who is a fashionista, and was planning to give it to her on Monday. Little did I know that this book was going to exceed everything I expected.

The Time Traveling Fashionista tells the story of Louise Lambert, a twelve- year- old middleschooler who is enamored by vintage clothing. She only wears vintage. When looking for a sale for a dress for a dance, she receives the flyer, and everything changes.

Once she arrives to the sale, she finds the dress- the perfect one. As she tries it on, she is transported but nowhere else than the Titanic!

She takes the form of Alice Baxter, and is intrigued by the first class living. She doesn’t quite realize at the beginning she’s on the most doomed ship in history- but when she does, everything turns upside down.

In this light, historic read, you’ll find yourself wondering whether Louise will be able to save herself and Anna, her maid and friend.

The characters in this novel were simply lovely- I adored Louise and Anna! They were relatable characters that made an interesting duo. Louise has black, frizzy hair, and has glasses and wears braces. Anna is just her maid onboard the Titanic- but Louise instantly befriends her.

The setting- ohmygawd Turetsky could have not picked a better setting to please me. For every die-hard fan of a good Titanic story, aka yours truly, this was ah. may. zing. I adore everything and anything having to do with the Titanic- feel free to corroborate that with my friends. What made it even better is that I didn’t know at first she was going on the Titanic! So when I realized, I was flabbergasted! I could not put it down. Turetsky’s use of description and details really electrified the feel- I really could see myself on the Titanic with the characters!

Overall, this light, fun read will lift your spirits up; and if you’re a fan of the Titanic—this is a must read.

I hope you all pick this one up!

- Maria

Monday, April 4, 2011

Until next week!

Hey! I won’t be uploading reviews until next week. I got a huge test coming up and I gotta study.

I promise new reviews once I come back!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wherever Nina Lies

Review for: Wherever Nina Lies, by Lynn Weingarten wherever nina lies (Scholastic)
Appropriate for: YA, 12+
Overall Starred Review:
four stars

Summary:
Nina Wrigley has been gone for two years.
She was beautiful. Wild. Everybody loved her. Including her younger sister, Ellie - and Ellie is the only one who still clings onto the hope that her sister is out there. All she needs is one little clue. And one little clue is what she finds - followed quickly by a road trip, a new crush, and so much more. And along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.

Review:

Wherever Nina Lies caught my attention in the bookstore, and from first glance, it seemed like an amazing book to read. I’m proud to say that I was not disappointed.

Wherever Nina Lies tells the story of Ellie Wrigley, a sixteen year old girl whose sister, Nina, has been missing for the last two years. When they find a clue in the form of a drawing, and that sets off a pattern that leads her on the search for her sister.

Overall, the plot was very good. It was interesting, innovative, unconventional, but in a good way. When you read the book, you never expect the twists it takes. Since it was a debut novel, I’m very pleased with it.

I didn’t like the characters as much as I would’ve liked. Amanda is just pushy and weird, but Ellie listens to her anyway. I couldn’t connect with the characters, but nonetheless, a very intriguing story.

I recommend that you read it!