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Review: Spellbound (Cara Lybb Shultz)

Spellbound Cara Lybb Shultz
Product Details:
Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (June 21, 2011) ISBN-10: 0373210302 Source: ebook from NetGalley
What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?


Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.


But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away fr…

Freedom Giveaway Hop + MASSIVE Giveaways

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Simply Stacie and I Am a Reader, Not A Writer are heading up an awesome giveaway opportunity during the month of July. If you are interested in hopping through many different blogs and entering contests (all the blogs participating are hosting contests!), then you need to check this out. All of the giveaways are book related, so readers enjoy! Sign up here to participate or find other participating blogs!

International participants, fear not! Many of the participating blogs are shipping internationally! Everyone is a winner!

For my role in the festiveness, I will be giving away:

A SIGNED copy of the BEST book ever written...









PLUS a few extra "surprises."

Rules:

I'm willing to ship to the US and Canada. =) All you need to do to enter MY contest (I'm one of nearly 200 signed up so far) is fill out the form below. If you're not a follower, now is the perfect time to join up. ** Hint, Hint**


Review: Prada and Prejudice (Mandy Hubbard)

Prada and Prejudice Mandy Hubbard
Product Details: Reading Level: middle grades, (young) YA Paperback: 238 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Razorbill
ISBN:1595142606
Source: my own copy

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815!

There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.

But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up?

I am such a sucker for a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I cannot even begin to count the number of retellings that I have read. With that being said, I must admit that I was a little disappointed with this version.

In this version of Pride and Prejudice, Callie somehow manages to transport herself to 1815 Eng…

Monthly Wrap Up: June

I can't believe how quickly June has passed by. It's depressing really. That means I only have one more month of summer vacation! On a positive note, however, this is what I accomplished in June:


Books reviewed: 

The Door to Canellin(with an author interview here)
The Lipstick Laws
Flawless
Stay With Me
The Wide-Awake Princess
Hereafter
North of Sunset 
The Wild Adventures of Eli Johnson and Curly Bill

*The Scarab
*Starcrossed

* These reviews weren't "published" when I wrote this up, so the links aren't available. They are my newest reviews though. =)

I can't believe I managed to fit in 10 books in June with my crazy insane schedule this month! Awesome.

Other awesome stuff:

I didn't send out any R.A.K. books this month (even though I planned on it) because I got side tracked. I managed to spill coffee on my laptop, which killed my computer access for a week or two. I did manage to spread some book love this month though. Check it out:

TWO giveaways during June.=)

Review: The Scarab (Scott Rhine)

The Scarab Scott Rhine
Product Details:
Reading Level: adult, YA
Pages: 139
Publisher:
Source: a copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review



Hemophiliac and ace mechanic Ethan Hayes had risen to the top of the computer gaming circuit as the Scarab. When he invented a new device that made him rich over night, he and Mary Ann were able to enter SimCon, the simulated European road race, like Cinderella at the ball. After he stumbles across a cyber-criminal ring, they kidnap Mary Ann to silence him. Now, it's up to the Scarab to save her.



I have to admit that I had a hard time with this one. The writing was fine, but the techie quality just went way over my head. It took a very long time for me to find my pace because I felt like I was reading techno jargon over and over again. That would be my one complaint.

What I did like is more important. I liked the characters. They were believable. You had a man with genuine concern for the love of his life. He also had a long l…

Review: Starcrossed (Josephine Angelini)

Starcrossed Josephine Angelini

Product Details:
Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0062011995
Source: ebook from NetGalley


How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying…

Mythological Mondays (6)

Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to highlight all things myth related.


Have you heard about this new book called Starcrossed? Of course you have, because you don't live under a rock. Well, I finally got around to reading this amazing piece of mythology retelling and... Oh. My. Goodness. Romeo and Juliet need to watch out. They have serious competition for the title of fated lovers.


My FULL review will follow tomorrow. But I will give you a run down of all the Greek mythology elements in Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed.

1. This is Helen of Troy! Hello. The main character is named Helen. Fated lover. *clears throat* One of the best stories of all time. But this Helen isn't as devious as the original. Thank goodness.

2. Demigods (think Percy Jackson here) with amazing super human powers. Flying (yeah, like Edward Cullen), super hearing, super speed, and this cool thing about no weapon being able to harm them. (Well, only one in parti…

In My Mailbox (13)

I also picked up a TON of books for my classroom: