Saturday, September 26, 2009

Silver Phoenix Cover, Synopsis, & Trailer!

Synopsis/blurb for Silver Phoenix:
On the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her. She can reach into other people's spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams...and that's just the beginning.

Ai Ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor's palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. And then she meets Chen Yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. Here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance--of anything with the making of legend.

The amazing trailer for the Silver Phoenix:

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Friday, September 25, 2009

The Cupcake Queen

Title: The Cupcake Queen Author: Heather Hepler Publisher: Dutton (Penguin) Number Of Pages: 242 Publication Date: September 17th, 2009
Synopsis from back of book: When her mom moves them from the City to Hog’s Hollow, Penny’s life isn’t at all what she expected. Instead of running an art gallery, Penny’s mother is now running a bakery that only sells cupcakes—and guess who has to help. Actually, that part isn’t bad. The bad parts are leaving her father and friends behind in the City. Penny’s parents have separated, but neither one will tell her what the future holds for them. And then there’s Charity, the girl at her new school who’s out to get Penny for some unknown reason.

Penny finds some bright spots in the small seaside town that is obsessed with its annual Hog’s Hollow pageant and parade. There’s Tally, and expert in playing Rock Paper Scissors, and Tally’s friend Blake, who can make even tomato picking fun. Best of all, there’s Marcus, the boy who runs on the beach with his dog every night—and has a knack for running into Penny.

Just when it looks as though Penny is settling into her role as Cupcake Queen, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again. Will her life ever be the way it should be?

This confection of a novel has enough city sophistication and small town charm to appeal to anyone who has ever wished for a sweet and happy life.

Review: The Cupcake Queen was simply cute. I read it in a day, and everything about this book is completely adorable. One of the cutest books I have read this year!
The characters were all quirky, and different. You really get to know them all by the end of the book, especially Penny! Penny is relatable, and fun to read about. Tally is a Rock Paper Scissors extraordinaire and someone I would like to be friends with in real life. But, I could go on and on about the characters.

The writing was superb, and the way Heather describes the small town of Hogs Hollow made me feel like I WAS there. The plot may not seem super original but the execution made it original, if that made sense. Also, Heather’s descriptions of the cupcakes were amazing, I totally craved cupcakes while reading it.

Overall, The Cupcake Queen is not to be missed if you like cute, sweet novels, and romance. And of course CUPCAKES!!!

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

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Vote for me!


So, Lisa Mantchev author of Eyes Like Stars & Michelle Zink author of Prophecy Of The Sisters had this contest a few months ago called Fairies vs. Demons. And.. I had an entry. Yesterday, Lisa posted all the entries and the entry with the most votes wins. SO, I would love if you all went here
and vote for me! ;)



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

To Be Reviewed...

Hi everyone,

I am so sorry that I haven't posted much! School started yesterday, and I am just too tired to write a review tonight. BUT, I want to write some reviews this weekend, and I would like your help! (I have over 30-40 reviews to write, so this list will not have all the books I need to review on here.)

Here are the choices:
  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  • Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
  • DupliKate by Cherry Cheva
  • Bedeviled: Daddy's Little Angel by Shani Petroff
  • Once A Witch by Carolyn McCullough
  • The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
  • Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe
  • Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
  • Fade To Blue by Sean Beaudoin
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Switch by Carol Snow
  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
  • Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
So, please pick 1 or 2 and the books with the most votes will be reviewed first!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Catching Fire

Title: Catching Fire Author: Suzanne Collins Publisher: Scholastic Number Of Pages: 391 Publication: September 1st, 2009


Synopsis from back of book: SPARKS ARE IGNITING.



Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol—a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Review: Catching Fire was one of the best books I have read this year. It was so fantastically amazing and unputdownable.

The book starts off a few months after the Hunger Games are over, and let’s just say Katniss’s life isn’t going as expected. The Capitol is keeping a very close eye on her, Gale won’t tell her how he really feels about her, and Peeta is barely talking to her. As the book goes on it gets better and better and soon I never wanted it to end. Ever.

If I had to describe Catching Fire in three words I would say: Suspenseful, AMAZING, and riveting. So, you know when you are reading a really exciting book are you are saying in your head, “I will just finish this chapter then I will go do something productive”? Well, I kept saying that and I would finish a chapter and then… the end of the chapter would take my breath away and I had to continue reading. The night I started reading it I read until 2AM then when I saw the clock I sadly went to bed.

There were so many twists and turns in Catching Fire, and I never once knew what to expect to happen next. And, the ending well.. the ending made me gasp. It was so completely unexpected. Oh, and I wasn’t sure if I would like this one as much as The Hunger Games and I thought it was as good or better than The Hunger Games.

Overall, I absolutely loved Catching Fire. And, I need the third one. Right. NOW!

I recommend this book if you like The Hunger Games, romance, drama, suspense, and young adult novels.

Books Read In August!

104. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
105. Immortal by Gillian Shields
106. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
107. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
108. Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe
109. Kiss Of Life by Daniel Waters
110. My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
111. Evermore by Alyson Noel
112. Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri
113. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
114. The Realm Of Possibility by David Levithan
115. The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
116. The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart
117. The Eternal Kiss by Various Authors
118. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
119. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
120. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
121. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

18 books read in August! :D