Uncovered Covers  

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So, do you remember when I found the cover image of The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard and I was really happy? Well, I thought it would be fun to go and uncover more covers, hence the name "Uncovered Covers". Personally I like to see the picture used to create a book cover. Hopefully each week I will have a featured uncovered cover that had a big change like this week. This week I Uncovered Three Covers.

Waiting on Wednesday.  

Posted by: Karla

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

May 4th, 2010

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.-Amazon

This book sounds and looks amazing. I can't wait to read it!


In My Mailbox (II)  

Posted by: Karla

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren. It’s where I post all the books I got, whether I bought/borrowed/received, that week.

From Public Library:
Devoured by Amanda Marrone
Possesions by Nancy Holder
Skinned by Robin Wasserman
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

From Contest:
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott(Signed!)-Fantastic Book:)
(won from readergrlz)

From School Library:
Impossible by Nancy Werlin

What did you get?


Ridiculously Awesome Contest  

Posted by: Karla

Okay, so there is a fantastically amazingly ridiculously awesome contest going on right know over at Bloody Bookaholic. I don't know why I didn't enter it until now, I've been a follower for a while I think :) hmm So I am here to tell you about their amazing contest.

There is going to be 7 Winners, and more books are being added. The most recent add was Splendor, the final book in The Luxe series.

I don't know what else to say but go enter the contest! Also congratulate her because now she has more than 1,000 followers!

GO! :0)


Evergreen Young Adult Book Award 2011 Nominees  

Posted by: Karla

So, recently, Tuesday to be exact, our school book club had our last and final meeting of the year. The meeting was about Chris Crucher's Deadline, which was amazing. Our book club reads books nominated for the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award. When the club has read all 10 nominees each member voted for their favorite and the find the winner. At the meeting we found out that the majority of the people who voted at our school, voted for 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and that the majority of Washington Students voted for.dun dun dun. Unwind by Neal Shusterman. So our school wasn't on the same page as the state, but we were close. Unwind came in second at our school by ONE vote. I did not vote for either, I voted for City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, but to be fair I was being a bit biased since I read the whole series and it was amazing. If I hadn't voted for City of Bones I would have voted for Unwind because it was simply AMAZING too.

At the meeting Mrs. Simpson, the librarian, told us that the new Evergreen Young Adult Book Award 2011 Nominees were already decided but she couldn't tell us because she didn't know them off the top of her head and she didn't have the paper with here. Me, being the reader that I am, really wanted to know the nominees so I looked them up and I found them. So without further ado the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award 2011 Nominees...

In Order:

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka featuring Jon Scieszka

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

I've read only one of those books, The Hunger Games, and I'll probably reread it. I've heard/seen five of those books. I can't wait 'till next school year and vote for the vote. At this moment I'm going to say that I'm cheering for The Hunger Games. :)

Voting Has Begun  

Posted by: Karla

Hey guys the voting for the Before I Fall Recreate Cover has started! I would really appreciate it if you voted for mine. All the covers are amazing. I didn't feel right voting for myself so I voted for someone else's. My cover felt so boring compared to everyone else's :(. Oh well :)


Here is my cover again :)
I still think your pretty o' cover of mine :0)


We The Kings - We'll Be A Dream  

Posted by: Karla

Okay, so I don't know if any of you follow me on twitter, but yesterday I tweeted about the new music video from We the Kings. Today it premiered and I really like it. They all look great and Demi looks really pretty. I don't understand why people have to hate on the fact that they did a duet together. The song is amazing! Take a look and Take a listen.

This kinda has to do with this because I told my brother that this would be a good senior song but he never told anyone. I would like this as my senior song, but I still need two years :). Now they have a song about being trees mountain and something else.


The Unwritten Rule Review  

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The Unwritten Rule
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Hardback: 224pgs.
Publisher: March 16th 2010 by Simon Pulse
Source: Won from Contest at Readergrlz

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more.

Review: Okay so let me tell you this book got me going' and goin' and goin'. Once I got into the book I could not get out of it. I had to go to the library the day I was planning to finish it, so I read it in the car so I wouldn't have to stop. Let me tell you this is not the best way to read a book, but I don't care. By the way I wasn't driving just in case any of you were wondering. :)
So I loved the characters, well mostly. Going into this book I thought I was going to like Sarah, but at the same time not like her for what she was doing. I mean come on right? Yeah I was wrong. Sarah is a great person who I can relate to a lot for the fact that I am a bit of a push over like she was at times but she really did care about the people around her that pushed her. Like any great character Sarah has flaws. To me her flaw was being to naive, I guess. She wasn't able to truly see the kind of girl Brianna was until the end. That leads me to Brianna. Elizabeth did such a great job with the character. She made me think Brianna was okay, then I sympathized for her, and then I wanted to yell at her, then I would sympathize with her again. This reminded me of Lena from The Luxe series. Then there is Ryan. He is such a great guy, but still realistic with the fears and reasons he had for doing what he did.
This book overall was great. This was a dramatic book and not what I was expecting to read when I first heard about it. I think this scenario is different than the ones I thought would be portrayed in this book, but I think it made it better since it wasn't as predictable. The only drawback for me was that I felt like Sarah need to yell at Brianna to make her understand, other than just allow Brianna to keep talking. I was sitting there frustrated that Sarah couldn't put Brianna in her place (w/out violence) and wanting to put her in her place myself but not being able to. This book got me really riled up at the end. I give this book 4.5 Stars and I totally recommend it. ( Look at me I used totally :) )

4.5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday.  

Posted by: Karla in

July 13th 2010 by Delacorte Press
Eron De Marchelle isn't supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to--after all, getting too involved in one human's life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.

But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't seem to reach her . . .

Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?

I loved Fairy Tale. I can not wait to read this and whatever is to come from Cyn :)

Music Monday  

Posted by: Karla

Hey guys, its kind of late. It's 8:12 right now here in the small town of Othello. I wanted to do a Music Monday because I like finding new amazing people and music. This following person is amazing. His covers are astounding. Give it up for Tyler Ward!! Wooohooo! Go Tyler, Go Tyler, Go Tyler! Just pause the music player at the bottom right and click play below to hear awesomeness. You can find more of his cover here.

Hope you liked it. If you did make sure to subscribe to Tyler!


Tangled by Carolyn Mackler Review  

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Author: Carolyn Mackler
Hardback: 320pgs.
Publisher: December 29th 2009 by HarperTeen
Source: Borrowed from MidColumbia Library
Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all at Paradise—the resort in the Caribbean, that is—for different reasons, but in Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Over the course of four months, through four voices and four stories, what happened in Paradise will change them all.

In this extraordinary novel, the Printz Honor–winning author brings us her most accomplished work yet. Tangled is a story of the secrets we keep, the risks we take, and the things we do for love.

Review:Jena is a girl who doesn't have much of a life so she lives her life through the lives of others waiting for the day the perfect man/guy comes along. Dakota is a boy who's girlfriend died and he can't seem to get over the day of her death and can't stop being the jerk people make him to be. Skye is an actress who can't seem to ever be happy. She goes day after day smiling as if everything is okay when its not. Owen is guy who spends most of his time online than socializing with real people.
This was a great book. At the beginning I was kind of confused because for some odd reason I thought it was going to be four points of view on one event, but it's not. The book is split up into four section. Each one a different person. Each one a different month. I think this was a great job of writing a book. I always like to see the other person point of view and the way they think. The only downer to this is that once you read a section on a person you want it to keep going or find out the reason for something someone did but it switches off to the next month, the next person wondering what actually happened after that. Luckily it does answer those questions in the other sections, but you have to wait a little longer to find out and to me it didn't feel right.
The characters, for me, were really well written. Each one having their own flaws and each one having a good thing about them, whether it showed in their section or not, making them more real. I wish I would have gone on a little longer for Jena's section and Owen's section. Those two were my favorite out of the bunch. Especially Jena, she grew so much through the book.
So overall this was a great read but it wasn't the best for me because I felt that at times the sections where cut off a little short and it made me angry :). Ooh One more thing I wanted to say that is really random is that I thought it was really weird how Dakota kept saying "Tits". I haven't read that very often, I thought it was funny. Not the fact the they talked about that because I was fine when Owen thought "breasts" but "tits" seams weird to me, but it made Dakota, Dakota. hmm. I give Tangled 4.5 Stars or an A-.

4.5 Stars OR A-


Book Related Graphics.  

Posted by: Karla


I like making those types of graphics. I thought it would be really cool if I could make more book related graphics like that one so people can put on their sites. I need help though because I don’t know what other saying or other things I can make into graphics, so I need your help. If you could comment with suggestions that would be fantastic. If you want a personal one or a request that may not be book related I could try to make one too :) Oh, if you want to use this one the code is down there V







Top 100 Young Adult Reads  

Posted by: Karla

I saw a couple people doing this so I thought I'd join in on the fun. I got the list from here.
I highlighted all the ones of read in blue. The wake series is in grean because Ive only read Wake
100. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
99. Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
98. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
97. Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
96. Bllood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Claus
95. Forever by Judy Blume I think it's read that I read this and I'm going to be 16 :/ Do you think thats wierd?
94. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
93. Tithe by Holly Black Good read!
92. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
91. Wings by Aprillynne Pike

90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
89. Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
88. Marked by PC And Kristin Cast
87. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
86. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
85. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
84. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
83. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
82. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
81. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
79. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
78. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
77. Evernight by Claudia Gray
76. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
75. Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
74. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
73. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
72. Alana: The First Adventure series by Tamora Pierce
71. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
70. Unwind by Neil Shusterman
69. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
68. Paper Towns by John Green
67. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
66. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
65. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
64. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
63. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
62. Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz
61. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
60. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
59. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
58. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
57. Eragon by Christopher Paoloni
56. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
55. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
54. Fallen by Lauren Kate
53. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
51. Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
50. Number The Stars by Lois Lowry
49. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
47. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
45. The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong
44. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
43. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
42. Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
41. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
40. Wake series by Lisa McMann
39. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
38. Are You There Good? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
37. Looking For Alaska by John Green
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
35. A Great And Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray
34. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
32. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
30. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
29. Forest of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan
28. Holes by Louis Sacher
27. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
26. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
23. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
22.Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
21. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

20. Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder
19. Book Thief by Markus Zusak
18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine
17. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
14. Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
12. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
10. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
9. A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L'engle
8. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore
7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan
6. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

This is a great list. I've read so few :( Hopefully I read more along the way :). Go get this list and say what top YA books EVER you've read!


I Entered Another-er Recreate a Cover Contest  

Posted by: Karla

Hey guys, I haven't posted in a while, though I don't think anyone noticed ;), but I want to post my entry to Book Crazy Jenn’s re-create a cover contest. This will be my third recreate entry. The last one I entered wasn't too great :/. I think this one is my favorite so far :0).

Here we go...

I am entering to win a copy of Before I Fall. I haven't read it but I really want to. So if you get the chance go and enter the contest here. I'll post again when the voting starts :).


picture from: weheartit.com

In My Mailbox (ONE)  

Posted by: Karla

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren. It’s where I post all the books I got, whether I bought/borrowed/received, that week.

This is my first IMM so,lets get started!

Borrowed From Library:

FarFromYouLisaSchroeder index m chasingbrooklyn 48309772 44629906cover

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

Jerk California by Jonathan Friesen

Street Pharm by Allison Van Diepen

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

(500) Days of Summer(DVD)

Whatever Works(DVD)

All About Steve(DVD)

Borrowed From Friend:


The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I by LJ Smith (Borrowed from Kylie :))

That all I got this week. What did you get in you mailbox?


Crescendo Cover Revealed!!  

Posted by: Karla

You'll probably be seeing a lot of post about this but this is a big thing. Finally the cover of the sequel to Hush,Hush is finally revealed and here it


Okay guys when I saw this I had the weirdest feeling ever! I have never gotten goosebumps from a book cover.EVER! This is so amazingly gorgeous. I can not wait till this comes out and I'm finally of the working age and can have money so I can by this amazingly beautiful book and the amazingly beautiful Hush,Hush. Woohoo!


Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog Review  

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Fairy Tale
Author: Cyn Balog
Hardback : 256 pages
Publisher: June 23rd 2009 by Delacorte
Source: Borrowed from Library

Sypnosis:"Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah- they're totally hot for each other.

But a week before their joint Sweet Sixteen bash, everything changes. Cam's awkward cousin Pip comes to stay, and Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to be drifting away.

When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the source of Cam's distance isn't another girl- it's another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. No, seriously. A fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies. But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he really is her destiny, and if their “perfect” love can weather an uncertain future.

Witty, original and unexpectedly touching, FAIRY TALE will captivate fans of TWILIGHT and WICKED LOVELY.

Review:The first thing that made me want to read this story was the cover. I mean, is it not beautiful? When I got his book I kept putting it off because it is so small. I really enjoyed this book.
I think the whole concept of having this stranger come and find out that you boyfriend was a fairy and is going to have to leave and be a fairy king is very, well, interesting.
For me it was really easy to like the characters. I thought Cam and Morgan where the cutest couple ever. The whole 1-2-3 thing is adorable:). One of things that I thought was real original is that as time went on Cam started to shrink and become more fairy like. I had never read that before.
My favorite character honestly is Pip. Ah Pip. He is so sincere and completely nice and so willing to help and give himself up for true love. I love him so much. My favorite part in the book is when they’re clipping stories and Pip has a kind of spasm attack from reading a joke about fish hitting a wall and saying “Dam”.
I really felt myself going through the roller coaster that Morgan was going through. Pip or Cam? Unlike Morgan though I didn’t make excuses for the feelings towards Pip, which is one of the things that made me angry. She couldn’t accept that maybe by chance Cam wasn’t the one.
In conclusion this is a very cute quick read that I absolutely loved. The characters are likeable and the author does a great job with the writing. If you’re looking for a real adventure book this is not the one for you though. I give it a four.point.eight because the ending wasn’t the best. I think the outcome is good but it felt like it needed more.

****.8 Four.Eight.Stars

Review: My Soul To Save  

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My Soul To Save
Author: Rachel Vincent
Paperback: 279 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen , December 29th, 2009
Source: Borrowed from Library

Sypnosis:“If she were going to die, I’d already be screaming. I’m a banshee. That’s what we do.”

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld — a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk....

Review: I was really looking forward to reading this book.I love the whole premise of the books and I really really loved the first one, but this one was just...ehh.

For me if I enjoy a book I will occasionally take breaks from reading, if I love a book I love a book I won't stop reading unless its necessary, if I am not enjoying myself with a book I find myself making reasons to stop reading. This book never really hooked me enough to the point of no wanting to stop. I kept waiting for it to happen and when it kind of happened it didn't last long. I didn't love the characters as much this time around, I do love Kaylee, Nash, and Todd but not as much. They all seemed...ehh just like the book. The romance in this book wasn't great either. The closest they got to anything like that is when every they where making out hardcore and would be interrupted by Tod. I loved Tod for that.

Something else that probably threw me off is the whole Dekker Media which I think was referring to Disney. I don't know. Whitney Lance (Brittney Spears) and Something Cohan. I think that threw me off a bit.

Overall, I had really high expectations for this book and maybe it's unfair but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. I will still read the third in the series when it comes out and I'm excited :). I don't like saying a book is bad because I know that the authors worked really hard but I just didn't enjoy it very much. I give it two.point.five stars. It's hurting me to be honest. I know that a lot of people did enjoy this book.
**.5 Two.Point.Five.Stars