Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'M HERE, YOU'RE HERE, LET'S TALK BOOKS!!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Hello fellow readers!!!
A month or two ago I was at the Barnes and Noble and I was buying The Summer I Turned Pretty and the Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion, when an announcement came on. They said if you liked Twilight then you should go to the front of the store and meet the author of a new series called The Amoveo Legacy by Sara Taney Humphreys...so curious as I was I walked to the front and she spotted me. She said "Do you like Twilight?" so I said, "I loved Twilight!!!" and she said "That's great then come over here because you'll LOVE my book!!" so i walked over and introduced myself and she talked a little bit about her book...it turns out it's basically EVERYTHING I ever wanted in a book!!! The way she explained it reminds me so much of the Mortal Instruments and any other supernatural book you may like. SO she signed my book and took a picture of me, then she asked if she could take another with her camera and I said yes!! I began reading the book that night. A week or two later I finished the book (it took me a while because of school) and I.was.blown.away.
Here's an excerpt from BarnesandNoble.com:

A dream on Samantha Logan's thirtieth birthday compels her to leave her artist loft in New York City and move back to the beach with her Grandmother, Nonie. However, the instant Samantha steps foot on the salty shores of her childhood home, she realizes the landscape has changed.
The moment she encounters the mysterious, arrogant neighbor Malcolm Drew, her life is never the same. Through a seductive courtship, he introduces her to the magical mystical world of the Amoveo--the dream walking, telepathic, shape shifters that he claims are her true heritage.

Well after the book ended so soon, I wanted it to continue. I was gratified with the fact that there will be another book coming out some time in December (which is here right about now). I highly recommend this book! The characters are so dynamic, and you'll find yourself rooting for the hero and his lady. I've recommended this book to many of my friends over on Pulseit.com, and you may see their  re-recommendations (not positive if that's a word) to you guys on their blogs!
Happy reading!

Since I've read The Amoveo Legacy I must warn you, there are some mature scenes in this book. It's not a teen novel so it's not all fluff like some others on the shelf are. It's still very good and I'm still excited to talk about it. I just don't want you buying the book and realizing "oh no this is way too mature for me" because that wouldn't be cool of me :-)

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<3JJ

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'M HERE, YOU'RE HERE, LET'S TALK BOOKS!!

Hello Fello Readers!!!
The next book I decided to review is called Need by Carrie Jones. Since the book is consisting of pixies and werewolves, I was interested in reading it. Ever since Twilight I, like many others out there, have been intrigued by our fellow "dog friends" (it's okay I can say it because I’m an animal lover) and I was so excited when I picked it up. At first when I read the back and it said something about a girl "collecting phobias" I was utterly confused and I wasn't sure if it was going to be a confusing book or not. Well, I found out that it is not that confusing at all, she simply knows a lot about the different phobias (Which is great because you can learn something while I read--it's like multitasking)...anyway… I was surprised I finished the book so fast but I couldn't put the book down…no it was like physically impossible to put it down. The book was absolutely amazing. For all of you who have not heard of this book, or may have heard about it but do not know what it is about, here is a little information from Barnesandnoble.com:


"Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.
She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - no human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara."

(WARNING! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!)

Now, if you're wondering what kind of magical creatures lie within the pages of this book, let me tell you. This book consists of "pixies" and the "weres." The weres are shape shifters (people who can shape shift into different animals--hence wereWOLF). So if you're a fantasy lover, then this is a book for you. If you're into fantasy but also into the romantic aspect of a book, once again this book is for you. At first the book comes off a little "Twilight-y" (which obviously there is nothing wrong with that) yet as the book progresses the plot takes a very different route than Twilight.
Once again I found myself falling in love with a fictional character (Nick Colt)....if aything the book was more exciting to read than Twilight (do I dare say it??) because the dialogue was a little more fun and flirty and the closeness was very apparent between Nick and Zara (meaning physical closeness like touching her cheek--awww i know he's so sweet). The dialogue was SO funny at times I found myself waking my parents up because I was laughing so loud!! Anyway enough of my rambling go out and buy this book! I'm 100% positive you won't regret it!! If you have any questions or recommendations for books that are similar to this one, The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, or any of the books listed on my page please comment below!!! Thanks for reading!!!


Kiss*sealed with a kiss*
<3 JJ


I'M HERE, YOU'RE HERE, LET'S TALK BOOKS!!

Hello fellow readers!!!!
I was looking through my catalog of books that I've read when I came across a title I read last summer. It became my favorite book at the time, and since then I haven’t heard anyone talking about it. So, here it is: The Girlfriend Project by Robin Friedman. If you haven't read the book here is a description from Barnes and Noble.com:

“On the outside, Reed is the high school hottie, but on the inside, he’s still the clueless dork with braces and thick glasses who has never been kissed. Reed simply doesn’t know how to talk with girls, and it’s up to the Internet to get him up to speed and out on the market. Reed’s friend sets up a website to help him figure out how to meet girls and get in to dating circulation, but he’s confused about what he wants in a relationship. Soon, the website develops into more than just a way to get Reed a girlfriend.
The Girlfriend Project reveals the struggle of teen dating with all it’s extraordinary highs and heart breaking lows, with rare insight into the vulnerability and insecurity guys often hide. This book is for any teen who has ever felt like the odd one out when it comes to dating—or in other words, every teen."

(CAUTION: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!)

SO! I couldn't get this book out of my head for weeks on end. All I kept thinking about was how absolutely CUTE it was! Something about how innocent and adorable Reed was pulled me in from the very beginning. I couldn't get over how much I wanted him to be with the leading lady, his best friend, as more than just friends if you catch my drift....but the sudden end in their brief relationship stunned me and I was so upset. I was thinking to myself how could Robin do this to me?? Build up all my excitement and anticipation and bring me down just as fast?? Then, the whole ending came together it was for the better and it all made sense. The girl from the website answering his questions, the one who he had the most in common with was also the mysterious girl he watches at the basketball court. After reading the last few lines of the book I couldn't help but smile and giggle nonstop (ultimately looking like a fool giggling in my room by myself). This book made me realize so many different things all at once. One-Things are not always what they seem. Although Reed used to be considered un-popular and “geeky,” he turned out to be a really great guy who any girl would be lucky to be with (which is easy to see for girls like me who don't judge people based on their looks but rather on their personalities and the lens through which they view the world). The second lesson-Even though sometimes you want to settle for what's right there, because it's the easiest thing- or you just feel like that's what's supposed to be- sometimes fate has another thing coming for you. You have to be patient and wait for your turn at love, or whatever it is that you want.
This book was amazing I highly recommend it for all who haven't read it, or if you have read it spread the word!!!

Be patient grasshopper, your time is coming too!


Kiss*sealed with a kiss*
<3 JJ

Monday, November 30, 2009

GET TO KNOW YOUR AUTHORS!!!


Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer is world renowned for the Twilight Saga. Explaining that the story of Bella and Edward came to her in a dream one night in 2003, Meyer never intended for Twilight to be published, let alone grow such a huge following. In the book we hear the story of another forbidden love, between a vampire boy and a mortal girl, striving for each others affection. It is definitely a must-read for any teenage girl, or boy! Yet, the phenomena doesn't stop there, many parents are also reading Twilight, and loving it!
Excerpt from BarnesandNoble.com:

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife -- between desire and danger.

Yet even though Twilight is highly suggested by almost any teenage girl you know, many will also tell you to pick up The Host. The Host is a phenomenal story of a girl who is living in the future where an alien life form, called souls, has taken over the earth and all the humans who lived there.The minds of the humans fade after the souls are inserted into their bodys. All is well for the souls looking for a better world, until the the soul called Wanda who was inserted into Melanie Stryder realizes that her "host" hasn't faded.
Excerpt from BarnesandNoble.com:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.



Her website is located here: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/


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<3 JJ




GET TO KNOW YOUR AUTHORS!!!


Cassandra Clare
Like Westerfeld, Clare is well known for her fantasy books. She has written a bestseller series called The Mortal Instruments. As my personal favorite, it grabs the hearts of young teens, every time the book is cracked open. In this fantasy action novel, we follow the story of two teenagers faced with the challenge of forbidden love, and fighting demons.
Excerpt for the first in the series called City of Bones, from BarnesandNoble.com:

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

At this time Cassandra Clare is working on a 4th addition to the Mortal Instruments series called City of Fallen Angels, due to be released in March of 2011. In addition to City of Fallen Angels, Clare is going to be releasing a prequel series to the Mortal Instruments.
Her website is located here: http://cassandraclare.com/cms/home



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<3 JJ





Wednesday, August 26, 2009

GET TO KNOW YOUR AUTHORS!!!

Scott Westerfeld
Known for his science fiction/fantasy novels, Westerfeld won many of both sci-fi and fantasy readers over with the exceptional story of a new kind of vampire in Peeps. 
Excerpt from BarnesandNoble.com
Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . .
He has also written other notable books worth reading like the Midnighters Series. This series takes us on a ride into an unknown time called the midnight hour, or the blue time. In the first installment of the Midnighters series we learn about the secret hour which is the hour that normal human beings can not experience. It is at exactly midnight, when time stops, and only those who were born at the stroke of midnight can experience it. A group of only a few teenagers in a town called Bixby try to figure out the extra hour of the day, while also figuring out the dangerous and scary creatures that lurk the night during that special hour.
Excerpt from BarnesandNoble.com:
For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour — only they are free to move about the midnight time.
These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School.


His website is located here: http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/?page_id=1119

Kiss*sealed with a kiss*
<3 JJ

I'M HERE, YOU'RE HERE, LET'S TALK BOOKS!!

I'm here, you're here. Let's talk BOOKS!
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (AKA a world even Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight would like to live in) (THERE ARE SPOILERS BE CAREFUL). The book was so intriguing from the very first chapter. Yes, I was hooked right away. I read the books each in only a few days, trying to save time for eating and sleeping-of course these actions were forced by my parents...if it were for me I would stay up all night until the wee hours of the morning...oh wait! I did that too. Anyway, back to the book. Cassandra Clare does such a fabulous job with each of her characters making them individuals with original personalities. The chemistry between the characters is astonishing, especially when Jace and Clary start to hit it off well. Cassandra Clare has a way with words, especially the sarcastic comments from Jace. Jace has the wit to die for. In other words, Jace is the type of fictional guy girls will swoon over once they get a taste of his sarcasm. If I had to give superlatives to each of the characters I would say:
Jace-The heartthrob
Clary-The independent woman
Isabelle-The fighter
Alec-The best friend
Simon-Most likely to get accidently turned into a rat...
So. I've covered the characters. Now I'm moving on to the most important part of the book: The forbidden love story. The love between Clary and Jace catches me by the heart right off the bat. Jace is the protective type, always worrying about Clary, but not in a psycho-boyfriend-type way. As the book progresses we realize how different Jace has become and we learn that the whole reason behind his new transformation is in fact the pure existence of Clary. Other members of Jace's family explain that Jace did not get close to people or even open up, before Clary arrived into Jace's life. The best part of the undenying love that Jace had for Clary was that he needed her. He was a troubled tough-boy-wannabe and needed Clary for his own very existence. But of course love like this couldn't come that easily. Cassandra Clare incorporates forbidden love into this wonderful series. How you ask? well, Jace and Clary find out they are in fact siblings. The evil and mysterious Valentine is their father. But don't worry MI fans! There is more to the story than meets the eye! Yes Clary is siblings with Jonathan Morgenstern, and yes Jace thinks he's Jonathan, but NO they are not the same people. Only at the very last minute to we find out that Clary and Jace can ultimately be together, more than friends.
Simon, became a problem to me from the very first chapter. Of course I love Simon, and he is very needed in the book, I realized from early on in the book however that he indeed did love Clary. Once Jace started becoming interested in Clary I was way too worried about Simon the whole time (I wanted Jace and Clary to live happily ever after, but not if it meant leaving Simon in the dust). Yet of course Cassandra Clare did not fail the fans. Cassandra Clare incorporates Simon into the book without having to take away the friendship between himself and Clary. He's an amazing friend to her, yet he realizes he'd rather she be happier with someone else than forcer herself to be with him against her wishes. It is truly an unrequited love story. Yet as the books progress there are other interests in Simon's love life, other girls he might have his eye on (of course no one will ever replace Clary in his heart). His friendship to her was more important than anything, which I love to see in a book (considering it is very hard to find in real life). He shows commitment in his friendships and pure loyalty.
I can't say that I am looking forward to starting a new series, because I have new found expectations. Cassandra Clare has very big shoes to fill in my opinion, and The Mortal Instruments will always be on my favorites list!!!
Good job Cassandra Clare, you've won over my heart!!!
Kiss*sealed with a kiss*
<3 JJ

Monday, August 24, 2009

WHO AM I? I AM THE BOOK GENIE

Some call me "girl with book," others call me "obsessed book girl." Whatever you decide, just know that I am the Book Genie!! That means that I will update you on the latest and hottest titles in the teen book world, newest authors, and other fun news all you book lovers need to know! I will also review books and rate them as I go along, helping you decide what your next adventure might be. I've read many, many, books and my collection is growing more and more every week (yes, I am a frequent Barnes and Noble customer-they know me by name and the alarms go off when I walk through the door).
Here's how you know if you are a Ridiculously Over Obsessed Book Lover (ROORL) like I am...
1. Do you shop in Barnes and Noble or Borders frequently? (more than once a month)
2. Have you read more than 15 books in the past year? (be honest)
3. Do you get excited and jump up and down, maybe even clap, and let out a little squeal when you find out the sequel to your favorite book is coming out?
4. Do you read daily? possibly until the wee hours of the morning?
5. Do you know the authors of your books like you know the titles?
If you have thought yes to more than 3 of these questions, CONGRATULATIONS you are a Ridiculously Over Obsessed Book Lover...just like me. Be proud!
So this blog will be all about books, and all for you!

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<3 JJ
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11/8/2010

HELLO READERS OF THE WORLD! If you haven’t already, go pick up your copy of Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick! I’ve already read it, and give it a full 5 stars!!! It’s suspenseful and dramatic, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat....or bed...depending on where you read :) I advise everyone to go out and buy it!!

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I am the Book Genie!! I love reading with all of my heart, (I'm a little dramatic sometimes) and it's an obsession I have to live with. New titles on the teen novel shelves makes my heart beat faster. I've read many books, and I've developed a love for all different types of them. I love making websites and animations, but most of all I love making movies. I want to pursue a career in the movie making industry later on in life. I would also love to start writing novels and screenplays. My family is the most important part about me, because they have taught me everything I know. My pets are also important to me, as are all the animals we feed and save.