Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ladies and gents, we have ourselves a WINNER!


I have contacted our winner and will be sending her info to Michelle Zink ASAP!

Congrats to my winner! And expect more to come soon, folks!

(P.S. Have I mentioned I just started college? If I'm a little late on posting reviews, forgive me. My schedule is C-R-A-Z-Y!)


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Review: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen--terrified, but intrigued--is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

This is one of my all time favorite books. Ever. I actually read A Certain Slant of Light a while back and can say honestly -- it completely blows Twilight out of the water. In my eyes, this should be a HUGE bestseller, as well as it's author -- the delightful and talented Laura Whitcomb.

In A Certain Slant of Light, you see through the eyes of a ghost that cannot move on -- Helen. You see the life of the dead in a beautifully written masterpiece. And life as a ghost is an unseen life, until, after 130 years of being invisible, human eyes finally see Helen as she drifts around in an English class. Though this frightens Helen a bit, she still feels drawn to the young man that sees her.

This haunting novel will make you feel like it's all real. And with such a powerful ending... well, you'll just have to see.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Review: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
Until now.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Let me tell you something right now -- if you have yet to read this book, or haven't even heard of it -- you're missing out on something spectacular. And by the end of this review, you'll be dying to get your hands on a copy. Like, for instance, I was supposed to post this review before I left for my trip to Boston and Salem. But I took my sweet time reading this book because I didn't want to rush it. I savored each and every page, just as I hope everyone that reads it will.
Bertie, the lead role in Eyes Like Stars, is quite the character. I always love a book with strong main characters that you just have to fall in love with, and Bertie is just such a character. She's different, and flawed. Most everything she does seems to backfire somehow. Teamed with her ever present (and mischievous) comrades -- the fairies Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed -- she usually gets into trouble.
There are others that add to the delightfully diverse cast. One of my favorites was Nate, a pirate from The Little Mermaid. Or Ariel, an airy spirit from The Tempest. You admire Nate and how he treats Bertie. And Ariel -- well, he is just one of the most memorable characters ever.
The Théâtre Illuminata, Book One: Eyes Like Stars is a book for everyone -- young or old; actors or readers; lovers or fighters. I highly reccomend you purchase Eyes Like Stars now. You'll be begging for the sequel, just as I am now.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

CONTEST! Design-Your-Own Mark

In honor of the gorgeous book, Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, I'm holding a contest! And Michelle Zink is providing the prizes! Trust me, you're going to want these, because I want them!

Here's what you've got to do:
Design a mark using markers on the inside of your wrists and take a picture. Then email it to me (with subject line as CONTEST) at or upload it somewhere and link it to me. Once I get all the pictures in, I'll pick a winner. Simple, right?!

Now, here's what you could win:
Prophecy playlist CD, Girl with a Pearl Earring DVD, craft store gift card (Joann Fabric, AC Moore, or Michaels), Prophecy bookmark, Prophecy magnet, signed Prophecy poster, lip gloss, candy.

Let's put a Due Date on this of... Friday, August 28th. I'll annouce the winner on August 29th.

So, get to it! I want to see your marks!


Monday, August 10, 2009

In My Mailbox (2)

I have returned, my lovelies! And so, I shall share with you what I've recieved in my mailbox!

- "Eyes Like Stars" by Lisa Mantchev (ARC) -- A FANTASTIC book! Expect my review later this week.

- "Shrinking Violet" by Danielle Joseph

- "Prophecy of the Sisters" Michelle Zink (ARC)

And I'm thinking about posting about recent books I've purchased, but it's still up in the air for me.