Monday, August 31, 2009


Hola everyone,

I have thankfully recovered. So.. I found out I wasn't sick with a nasty virus.. I was sick with swine flu. And so is my little sister (and possibly my older sister.) Anyway, I am feeling great so expect reviews of...
  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Bedeviled: Daddy's Little Angel by Shani Petroff
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
  • And TONS more.
very soon.

Hopefully everyone is doing well!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't posted anything since Friday, but I am sick. I have a nasty virus and I am too tired to try and write reviews. I will hopefully be better by the end of the week. So, see you then. :)


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Harmony's Awesomeness...

Happy Sunday! This post is going to be about Harmony from Harmony Book Reviews‘ awesomeness!

The reason for this post is because we have a little competition to see who could write the most reviews in a 2 week period. And, she won. So, the loser, had to write a post about the other one’s awesomeness.

Harmony is awesome for many reasons.

· Reason #1: She writes amazing reviews, and she writes them FAST!

· Reason #2: Harmony is nice, and as we all know niceness = supreme awesomeness!!

· Reason #3: She tweets a LOT, as do I, so tweeting is awesome.

· Reason #4: She has read Hush, Hush, Beautiful Creatures, and Prophecy Of The Sisters, and just by that, you KNOW she is awesome.

So, as you can tell, Harmony is very awesome. Go read her awesome blog!!


P.S. I use the word awesome or awesomeness a lot in this post. :D

Friday, August 21, 2009

Traveling To Teens: Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce is twenty-five years old and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist. In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.
My As You Wish review is here.

As You Wish

Title: As You Wish Author: Jackson Pearce Publisher: Harper Teen Number Of Pages: 300 Publication Date: August 25th, 2009


Ever since Viola’s boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—for someone to love her again and most importantly, to belong again—until her wishes inadvertently summon a genie out of his world and into her own. But it’s only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she is in love with Jinn. . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Review: As You Wish was such a fast paced, romantic, witty, and all around incredible story! I loved every minute of it.

The story starts out with Viola, who’s ex-boyfriend is also her best friend. Their relationship, is sort of awkward at first, but as the story progresses you see how much Lawrence and Viola care for each other. Viola and Jinn’s relationship, was something you would see in a movie, they slowly fall for each other, and then something or someone is trying to keep them apart.

As You Wish for my was un-putdownable! I had to keep reading to find out what happened next!! Another thing I enjoyed, was how Viola liked to paint, since I love painting, so by adding that in Jackson made Viola more relatable.

Near the end of the book I got anxious to see what would happen to Jinn and Viola, and I almost cried, (for two reasons, that if I shared would spoil the ending!) and it had one of the best endings.

Overall, Jackson wrote a story with characters that seem real and relatable. As You Wish is truly unforgettable.

I recommend this book if you like romance, magic, and young adult novels.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Nomination!

Wow, just wow. I was notified yesterday that I have been nominated for not one, but two BBAW awards!! Thank you! The awards are 'Best New Blog' & 'Best YA Blog'! So, crazy that I was nominated! Again, thanks so much!! Now to figure out which posts to send in.

Good luck and congrats to all the nominees!


Saturday, August 15, 2009


Title: Crank Author: Ellen Hopkins Publisher: Simon Pulse Number Of Pages: 537 Publication Date: October 5th, 2004

Synopsis from back of book: Life was good

before I


the monster



was great



for a little while.

Kristina is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. Then she meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ride turns into a struggle for her mind, her soul—her life.

Review: Crank was one of the most horrifying, heartbreaking books I have ever read. But, it was totally and completely amazing. It took me only a few hours to finish it, and even though I wanted to put it down because it was so terribly true (which scared me.) but, it captured my attention and I just couldn’t put it down. Ellen takes you on a ride you will never forget, and shows you the reasons why you never want to do drugs.

Kristina/Bree, is captured in Crank’s clutches and becomes an addict, and I so badly wanted to tell her through the whole book, that she is being an idiot for doing Crank. (Hehehe.) Ellen, states at the beginning of the book how this story is based on her daughter Kristina’s experience with Crank, and she was able to depict her daughter so well.

Overall, Ellen has true talent and I look forward to reading the rest of her books.

I recommend this book if you like prose novels, Ellen Hopkin’s other books, and young adult novels.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Yesterday, Carrie Jones posted the cover for Captivate the sequel to NEED.

Isn't it just gorgeous?! It has totally captivated me. :P

I love it, and cannot wait to read it! :D

P.S. What are your thoughts on the cover?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tenner Tuesday with Dia Reeves!

1. Where did you get the inspiration for Bleeding Violet?
What is this inspiration? I was just thinking about insane asylums one day and decided it would be neat to write a novel about a crazy girl--one who hallucinates, cuz I dig hallucinations--who moves to a town with lots of monsters. Monsters are
also digable.

2. What was the writing process like for you?
Dreadful. It took two and a half years to write BV. Of course, I was goofing around half the time so that might have made a difference. I wrote over thirty different drafts trying to get the thing to make sense. I finally whipped it into shape though--I'm nothing if not persistent.

3. When did you start writing Bleeding Violet?
I started it during National Novel Writing Month in 2005. Can't wait until November so I can sign up again!

4. How did you pick your main characters' names?
Hanna Järvinen is the main character. She's Finnish, on her dad's side, which is why her name looks like that. I can't remember why I named her mother Rosalee--I think Rosalee named herself--but Hanna's love interest is named Wyatt Ortiga. Ortiga is Spanish for stinging nettle, which I thought was cool as Wyatt is not to be handled lightly.

5. Is there going to be a sequel or prequel?

Nah. I'm not into sequels, but the book I'm working on now takes place in the same world as BV. It's a disturbing world--lots of scope for the imagination.

6. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing when I was nine or ten. I used to write stories about Fantastica from The Neverending Story--loved that book! But when I was thirteen, I read It by Stephen King. It's about a million pages long, and I cried at the end of it because it ended too soon. Even after that millionth page, I wanted to know what happened next. I felt so attached to those characters that I didn't want to leave them, and I remember thinking how cool it would be to make someone feel that way about something *I'd* written.

7. What song best fits Bleeding Violet?
It's a tie between "Gloomy Sunday" by Billie Holiday and "I'll Stay"
by Funkadelic. "Gloomy Sunday" is this old jazz song about a woman who dreams about killing herself after her man dies. Hanna feels like the woman in the song, only about her mother Rosalee because, except for her mother, Hanna is all alone in the world.
I also like "I'll Stay" though, because of these lyrics: "I'll stay, for she'll be coming back. You know her head went out to play--she'll get over that." Sometimes Hanna's not all there in the head, but she always snaps out of it. Eventually.

8. Which writer influenced you the most?
Stephen King, for sure. With a little Anne Rice and Laura Kinsale thrown in for good measure.

9. Are you writing anything right now?
Yep. This book called Strange Fruit (I stole the title from another Billie Holiday song.) Here's the logline if you're curious: two outcast sisters--daughters of a notorious serial killer--decide to put their murderous genes, and latent powers, to good use by only killing people who deserve it. I'm hoping to be finished with it before the next nanowrimo. *fingers crossed*

10. Any advice for future writers?
Unless you're slightly insane, unafraid of rejection, and love finding new ways to describe people's smiles, I would suggest that all you future writers go to medical school.
Thanks so much Dia!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Destroy All Cars

Title: Destroy All Cars Author: Blake Nelson Publisher: Scholastic Number Of Pages: 218 Publication Date: May 1st, 2009

Synopsis from back of book: IT’S TIME.

It’s time to destroy all cars.

It’s time to own up to the fact that we’re completely screwing over the planet.

It’s time to yell at the world.

And it’s time to deal with the ex that won’t go away.

James Hoff likes to rail against America’s consumerist culture. He also likes to rail against his ex-girlfriend, Sadie, who he feels isn’t doing enough to change the world. She wants to build bike paths. He wants to overthrow the oil companies.

But just like James can’t avoid buying things, he also can’t avoid Sadie for long. They’re in for another crash – and whether you see them coming or not, crashes always hurt.

This is a fantastic, funny, sexy, cool masterpiece from Blake Nelson, acclaimed author of Girl and Paranoid Park.

Review: Destroy All Cars was HILARIOUS. One of the funniest books I have read. James, was a humorous main character who wrote essays about Destroying All Cars, and the Lameness of People. I read Destroy All Cars in a day, because it made me laugh and I couldn’t help but turn to the next page.

While, Destroy All Cars is incredibly funny, it also shows that we do need to take better care of our planet. Blake Nelson is able to tell a story so short, with a lot of meaning and uproariously funny. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to see what Blake Nelson writes next.

I recommend this book if you like hilarious novels, Blake Nelson’s previous books, and young adult novels.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Naughty List Widget!

I made a The Naughty List by Suzanne Young widget. Suzanne needed a widget, so I volunteered. It is a little too big though, but still feel free to take it. :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tenner Tuesday with Heidi R. Kling!

Tenner Tuesday is a new feature, where almost every week there will be a new interview (10 questions) with a Tenner.

To start off Tenner Tuesday, I am going to interview Heidi R. Kling author of Sea.

1. Where did you get the inspiration for Sea?
My husband was a young psychiatrist straight out of residency and volunteered for two separate two-weeks trips to Indonesia after the tsunami. He came back totally altered by the experience. Went into solely non-profit work and is now an expert in cross-cultural trauma mental health and works with anti-torture organizations. So I thought, if this 30-something year old man was this inspired by an experience, what would happen to a 15 year old girl? So I imagined the characters and built the story around that first inspiration.

2. What was the writing process like for you? I'm a pretty fast first-drafter--getting the story down, --then I go back and fix my many, many mistakes. I also build story AS I write as opposed to thinking of everything before hand. I get some of my best AHA moments while I'm out walking or doing yoga, or lying in bed trying to fall asleep, then I go add them into the manuscript. I also smooth out the writing in later drafts. Getting story down is my first, main goal. I've never had writers block. Wood: knock, knock, knock. ;)

3. When did you start writing Sea? Three years before I sold it. I wrote three mornings a week while my son was in preschool. If I had eight hours a day to write it would have taken about a year me thinks.

4. How did you pick the main characters' names? Oh they picked me! Spider came out of nowhere. I was writing dialog and suddenly he was Spider. His real name is Jesse and I don't think that ever appears in the version of SEA now. There was this big back story about Spider and his twin sister Bev, which I had to cut, about how he got his nickname. Vera and Bev also came out of nowhere. Vera fits Vera perfectly (IMHO). Deni was from a list of Acehnese names my Acehnese friend Usul sent me. It was my favorite one and is pronounced like Denny (rhymes with Lenny). While I was writing the book, Denny was a beloved character on Grey's Anatomy, so that worked well. SEA is short for Sienna, which my main character's name.

5. Is there going to be a sequel or prequel? OOOH! I just got chills when I read that. I would love to do either or both! Knock on Putnam's door and say WANT! and see what happens. =) If there is demand, I would for sure write. SEA is a complete book in itself but I have fantasized about the futures of my characters and I would love to meet up with them again. (I really miss them when I'm not working on revision. Seriously.)

6. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I used to write songs when I was a little girl. And then plays. And finally screenplays and my first novel in high school. I would entertain my sisters with my chapters. I think I've always been writing in one way or another.

7. What is the most difficult thing about writing? Now, honestly, it's finding the time. I have two little kids and I stay home with them, which I love--but sometimes it's tough to balance everything. I guess the hardest part of writing is making my editor happy while staying true to my original vision of the story. Does that make sense?

8. What is your favorite thing about writing? Everything! I love it when I feel like my characters are speaking through my fingers as I type. I love writing something that makes me misty eyed. I love the idea that people want to read my words and hear my stories. I love it all!

9. Thinking ahead, if a movie studio was going to make a movie about Sea who would you want them to cast as the characters? Dude! You keep elevating my heart rate! Okay, oh boy. So, I really really like the cast of Friday Night Light's. I adore Tim Riggins in a major big way. I would love for him to play any
one, but he would be particularly cute as Spider. I would love Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to get on board as Sienna's parents (Angie would have to play a ghost, but that's cool.) I would like a real Indonesian boy to play Deni. I went to an Indonesian film festival and there was the hottest boy in one of the films. I want him. Sienna is pretty, but in a very natural way. Julie from Friday Night Lights would do a nice job portraying her. (Great question!)

10. Are you writing anything right now? Yes and no. I WAS writing. But now I'm finished! I wrote a whole manuscript called JADE this past year. It's in with my editor now. JADE is the first novel in a proposed contemporary fantasy series about teenaged witchez and warlox. It features swordfighting and surfing. Good combinations. I had so much fun writing it. Hope to hear good news soon!

Thanks for participating in Tenner Tuesday Heidi!
Thanks for having me! You're awesome. =))

-Senfaye :)

*Photo by Anne Knudsen.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Title: Immortal Author: Gillian Shields Publisher: Harper Teen Number Of Pages: 360 Publication Date: August 4th, 2009

Synopsis from back of book: The electrifying debut in a paranormal-romance series about a mystical teen.

As the elite Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies’ newest student, Evie Johnson is lonelier than she could have dreamed. Evie’s only lifeline is Sebastian, a dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. But as Evie’s feelings for Sebastian grow, she suspects he has a secret. And there’s something sinister about Wyldcliffe and its strict, unfriendly teachers. Then there’s a ghostly girl so eerily like Evie she could be a sister. In an extraordinary battle between past and present, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian and her own incredible fate.

Immortal will dazzle readers with suspense, mysticism, and the power of friendship and first love.

Review: Immortal was a satisfactory read. I had problems reading the first 100+ pages; I wanted to put it down at times because it had no action, suspense, or anything interesting. But, it was worth reading past the first 100+ pages, because then it quickly became a page turner.

Evie and Sebastian relationship, was nothing very different from most books, but it was a beautiful relationship nonetheless. The plot was complex, and had a few predictable moments, and a few very unpredictable moments. The characters were also really complex and striking. Another pleasurable thing about Immortal was Lady Agnes’ journal entries, they explained many things that wouldn’t have been explained very well if it hadn’t been in the book.

Overall, Immortal had a good story line and characters but took a little too long to get into the story, but worth reading!

I recommend this book if you like paranormal/fantasy novels, romance, and young adult novels.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

What is happening today...

Okay, so today many special things are happening.

1. Today is my older sister's 20th birthday! Happy birthday Meilani! I love you!

2. Prophecy Of The Sisters by Michelle Zink officially comes out! Yay, congrats Michelle. Review here.

3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater comes out! Congrats Maggie! Review here.

4. The Comeback by Marlene Perez comes out, review to come.

5. Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris comes out, review to come also.

-Senfaye :)

Books Read in July!

85. Undead Much? by Stacey Jay
86. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
87. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
88. Once A Witch by Carolyn McCullough
89. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
90. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
91. I Can't Keep My Own Secrets:Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure
92. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
93. Boyology by Sarah O'Leary Burningham
94. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
95. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
96. Behind Every Illusion by Christina Harner
97. The Comeback by Marlene Perez
98. Fashionista by Micol Ostow
99. Jennifer's Body by Diablo Cody
100. Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
101. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
102. Sloane Sisters by Annabelle Vestry
103. Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

YAY!! I passed 100 books!! :D Now, I am going to try and read up to 150-200 books by the end of the year!!

-Senfaye :)