Thursday, April 30, 2009

Books I need and last day of BEDA!

Here is my wish list of books that is going to be at The Book Expo America:
The Amanda Project: Book 1: invisible i
 by Stella Lennon (HarperTeen). Four students try to locate their missing friend in this novel with an Internet component.

Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin (Egmont) introduces a hero with a mysterious legacy, set in a world with steampunk elements.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Disney-Hyperion) kicks off a trilogy starring a reformed thief and a princess heir.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Keith Thompson (Simon Pulse). The author of the Uglies series sets his new novel in 1914 at the brink of WWI, in an alternate world with fantastic machines.

Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle (Abrams/Amulet) launches a middle-grade series about four fifth-grade friends, who are all named after flowers. (It is a MG novel, but it is written by Lauren Myracle, it is bound to be amazing!)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press). Grace meets Sam, who is a wolf during certain times of the year.

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Houghton). Girl meets boy (who has hooks for hands) in this Beauty and the Beast reimagining.

The Doom Machine by Mark Teague (Scholastic/Blue Sky). In this illustrated novel, clueless aliens descend on a quiet town.

The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire, edited by Tricia Telep (Running Press), collects vampire stories by Holly Black, Melissa de la Cruz, Cassandra Clare and others.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Little, Brown), collects short stories from more than two dozen top YA authors, including M.T. Anderson, Cassandra Clare and David Levithan.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Delacorte). A teen with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease sets out on a road trip with a dwarf.

Liar by Justine Larbelestier (Bloomsbury) is a thriller with an unreliable teenager narrator—a compulsive liar.

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr (Little, Brown). For a 15-year-old girl, personal and local tragedies run parallel. (Never read anythin by Sara Zarr but this one looks good!)

Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey (Egmont). In this fantasy, Kipp, a young farmer, challenges Death to save the life of a princess.

Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme (Running Press). A girl discovers her ability to communicate with the dead.

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen (Walker). Nikki discovers her father is a demon king; from the author of the adult series Immortality Bites.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani (HarperTeen) is the bestselling author's first YA novel, about an aspiring filmmaker stuck at boarding school.

bff: a girlfriend book you write together by Lauren Myracle (Abrams/Amulet) is an interactive companion book to ttylttfn and l8r, g8r.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press) is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

Fire by Kristin Cashore (Dial). Human-shaped monster Fire stars in this companion to Graceling.

Forest Born by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury) is the fourth title in the Books of Bayern series.

Ash by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown). A re-imagining of the Cinderella tale, in which Prince Charming is a girl.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown) is a paranormal romance set in a gothic southern town.

I am not able to go to The Book Expo America in New York but all of these books are going on my wish list!

-Senfaye :)
P.S. This is the LAST day of BEDA! I am so proud of myself!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday #5

The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay.  Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time.  While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.

Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends.  Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for 
her.  Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave.  Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

Why I want Kiss Of Life:
*I finished Generation Dead this morning and LOVED it!
*The cover is really nice!
*The summary makes me want it even more...
Kiss Of Life Will be released on May 12th 2009!

-Senfaye :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Teaser Tuesday #6

Teaser Tuesday was created by Jenn at Should Be Reading. Link:
Rules: *Grab your current read.
*Let the book fall to a random page.
* Share with us two "teaser" sentences, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book you are getting the "teaser" from...that way people can have a great book recommendations if they like the " teaser" you have given.
*Please avoid SPOILERS!

From Darkwood By: M.E. Breen: “’I do not know.’ Annie said. ‘But I fear…he look hard now for Page. And I think Gibbet man hide with soldiers. How say—spy?” p. 206

From Generation Dead By: Daniel Waters:”’This is where she died,’ she said, her voice barely audible over the leaves rustling in the wind. ‘Not here, but over on the other side, where we used to hide out. The Weird Sisters, we were so spooky. Spooooooky! We had our own secret grotto deep in the woods. That was where she went under, right outside of the grotto.’”p.216

Sorry that I haven’t finished books as fast as I used..I am REALLY busy with school right now so I only have time to read at night and occasionally in the morning. If I keep working this hard though I will have more time for reading and reviewing!

-Senfaye :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sea Change Contest!

Okay, I finally will tell you the details of my first contest EVER! I am really hard trying to get to 100 followers and since I have 1 EXTRA copy of Sea Change By: Aimee Friedman I thought this was the perfect chance! 

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling why you NEED to have Sea Change! And you also HAVE to have commented with your email address!

For extra entries:
3+ If you already are a follower
2+ If you become a follower!
3+ If you blog or write about it on your blog/twitter/or anywhere else!
2+ If you put the a link to it in your sidebar! 

Sorry, I am only giving away to people in U.S. Maybe in another contest it will be open to Canada! The contest ends on  May 20th!

-Senfaye :)

Radiant Darkness

Title: Radiant Darkness Author: Emily Whitman Publisher: Harper Teen Number Of Pages: 270 Publication Date: April 28th 2009

Summary: He smiles. "Hello."

It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

Review: Radiant Darkness is such a great debut novel! Emily Whitman takes you into another world, and I found myself having a hard time putting it down. It only took me one night to read Radiant Darkness and I thought it was amazing! Although I thought that the relationship between Persephone and Hades wasn’t developed enough. But if you over look that minor problem I would recommend you read this. Persephone is such a strong, kind heroine and I really think if she was a real person we would be good friends. I have always loved Greek Mythology and Radiant Darkness was a great Greek Mythology novel! I really hope Emily Whitman writes another Greek myth novel.

I recommend this book if you like Greek mythology, romance, and YA novels.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

In My Mailbox #3

From Harper Collins:

I bought myself:

From Deva Fagan:

From Jody Gehrman:


From Mandy Hubbard:

From Jennifer Banash:

From Sydney Salter:

From Kristi aka The Story Siren:

Books I got a few weeks ago that I forgot to include:

Okay here are all the books I got in list form:

Once Dead, Twice Shy By: Kim Harrison

Radiant Darkness By: Emily Whitman

The Stolen One By: Suzanne Crowley

Silver Phoenix By: Cindy Pon

The Summoning By: Kelley Armstrong

Rampant By: Diana Peterfreund

Evernight By: Claudia Gray

Fragile Eternity By: Melissa Marr (I haven't read Wicked Lovely yet but I will!)

Switch By: Carol Snow

Faery Rebels By: R.J. Anderson (Emmyreader gets this one!)

Fairest Of Them All By: Jan Blazanin

The Diamonds By: Ted Michael

Fortune's Folly By: Deva Fagan (Came with a note from Deva and a bookmark!!)

Confessions Of A Triple Shot Betty By: Jody Gehrman (Signed!!!)

Triple Shot Betty In Love By: Jody Gehrman (Signed!!!)

Prada & Prejudice By: Mandy Hubbard (Signed!!!)

The Elite By: Jennifer Banash

In Too Deep By: Jennifer Banash

My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters By: Sydney Salter (Signed!!!)

Nothing But Ghosts By: Beth Kephart

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth By: Carrie Jones

Breathing By: Cheryl Renee Herbsman

Warrior Princess By: Frewin Jones

Sloane Sisters By: Anna Carey

Sea Change By: Aimee Friedman (For my contest!!!)

A Map Of The Known World By: Lisa Ann Sandell

Something, Maybe By: Elizabeth Scott (For Emmyreader!)

Coffeehouse Angel By: Suzanne Selfors 

Flygirl By: Sherri L. Smith

Wings By: Aprilynne Pike

Wintergirls By: Laurie Halse Anderson

So thank you everyone who sent me books!!!! I really appreicate it!

-Senfaye :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Contest! Info later!

Hi everyone! I am going to have my first contest EVER! I will post the info either tomorrow or Monday! Have a great Saturday!!!!

-Senfaye :)

Prada & Prejudice

Title: Prada & Prejudice      Author: Mandy Hubbard     Publisher: Razor Bill        Number Of Pages: 214   Publication Date: June 11th 2009



Summary From Back Of book: Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, and conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815.

She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin Alex, the maddeningly handsome—though totally arrogant-Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…

From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind a claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble. But the grandfather clock is ticking on Callie’s 19th century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just loud-mouth klutz before her time is up?


Review: WOW! I found Prada & Prejudice to be super amazing! It was beautifully written and very funny! One thing I will say is that I might re-read it, which is rare for me. I am pretty sure that says a lot! The characters were awesome and interesting. One thing I really want to know if there will be a sequel..Mandy can you tell me? Anyway I would give Prada & Prejudice 5/5 stars! (If I did grade books!)

I recommend this book if you like regency novels, romance, Prada, and YA novels!



Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Favorites #2

* Pick a pretty cover that happens to be your favorite for the week and tell why it is your favorite.
* Then you pick an author and you showcase why they are your favorite for this week.
* You also pick your favorite book that you read this week and why.
* After that you pick your favorite character from that book.
So those are the rules for Friday Favorites. Now let me share my favorites for this week!
Once Dead, Twice Shy By: Kim Harrison is my favorite cover for this week! I like it because it is very pretty!

My favorite author this week is Lisa Mantchev because she is awesome both as a writer and a person!
My favorite book this week is Prada & Prejudice because I thought it was beautifully written!

My favorite characters this week are Callie from Prada & Prejudice and Miranda from Sea Change!

-Senfaye :)


Thanks Iryna! You are amazing!!!!

She nominated me for both the Splash award and the Lovely Blog award!

Splash award; Rules:

    Put the logo on your blog/post.

2)    Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.

3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4) Let them know they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.

5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash award.

6) Have F~U~N!


One Lovely Blog Award; Rules:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the blogger to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


My amazing nominees:

1) Emmyreader at Don’t Lose My Place—She is one of my best friends ever, and she is very new to the blogosphere but she is doing amazing!

2) Laura at Laura’s Review Bookshelf—She is amazing; not only does she give honest reviews, she also gives away tons of ARCs. (By the way she is having one right now!)

3) Khy at The Frenetic Reader—She is just awesome; Her author interviews are amazing and her reviews rock!

4) Zoealea at Zoe’s Book Reviews—She deserves more attention because her reviews are marvelous!

5) Catt at The Dreamer Reader—I think her blog is fantastic! Not only do her reviews rock, she happens to be one of my closest friends!

6) The Compulsive Reader at the Compulsive Reader—She gives VERY honest reviews and gives away tons of amazing books! (F.Y.I. She is giving away a few books right now!)

7) Korianne at Korianne Speaks—Her blog is very creative and fun! Plus she is very funny!

8) Emily Ruth at AyeCaptain Reviews—She gives great reviews!!!!

9) Iryna at A Garden Of Books—There is only one thing to say; HER BLOG IS AMAZING

10)       Bookworm at Bookworm Readers—She is just very awesome!!!

11)       Carrie at Carrie’s YA Bookshelf—Her blog is very awesome and amazing!

12)       Cupcakewitch at Cupcake Witch—I am very new to reading her blog but it is really cool!

13)       Em at Em’s Bookshelf—Her blog is fantastic!

14)       Katie at Katie’s Bookshelf—I am also very new at reading her blog but it is really great!

15)       Liv at Liv’s Book Reviews—Her blog is super amazing, and she is a very cool person!

Thanks again Iryna!

-Senfaye J

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sea Change

Title: Sea Change       Author: Aimee Friedman       Publisher: Point   Number Of Pages: 292   Publication Date: June 1st 2009


Summary From Back Of Book: Many are drawn to Selkie Island. Few know why.

When Miranda Merchant, sixteen and levelheaded, escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps of the ferry onto an island rife with legend, lore, and a past her logical mind can’t make sense of it. She isn’t expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place, so filled with languorous charm and strange history.

And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality…and love.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she never could have imagined?


 Review: Sea Change was a fantastic novel! I really liked the main character Miranda, because she is a lot like me. It was a fun interesting novel that at times I really couldn’t put down. The legend and lore of Selkie Island was a lot of fun to read about since I love things like that. One thing that did bother me about Sea Change is that not a lot of questions were resolved at the end of the book. I am also wondering if there will be a sequel because it seems like the story isn’t quite finished. All in all I really enjoyed this novel!


I recommend this book if you like YA novels, romance, and legend and lore.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday #4

In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

Why I Want Ballad:
*Lament is one of my favorite books!
*The cover is very pretty!
*Again I love Faerie books!

-Senfaye :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Teaser Tuesday # 5

Teaser Tuesday was created by Jenn at Should Be Reading. Link: 
Rules: *Grab your current read.  
*Let the book fall to a random page.
* Share with us two "teaser" sentences, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book you are getting the "teaser" from...that way people can have a great book recommendations if they like the " teaser" you have given. 
*Please avoid SPOILERS! 

From Sea Change By: Aimee Friedman: "I montioned to my bare legs, which were spattered with drops of water and streaks of mud and sand. There were also long gashes in m calves--where I'd been bitten, no doubt. Oh, my God. How was I even alive? " p. 256

-Senfaye :)


Title: NEED               Author: Carrie Jones          Publisher: Bloomsbury          Number Of Pages: 306


Summary From back of book: Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what’s about to happen.

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-not human-in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you had to fear.


Review: Carrie truly wrote a fantastic book! I have read so many reviews saying how terrible this book is, but I don’t see it, I really loved it! The characters are complex and interesting, which I like complex characters. I usually love pixies and fairies and all little winged people but this book made me think of pixies in a new way. (In a creepy, terrifying way!) All in all this is a fantastic novel and I can’t wait for the sequel!


I recommend this book if you like fantasy/paranormal novels, Carrie Jones, romance, and YA novels. 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Love You Hate You Miss You

Title: Love You Hate You Miss You       Author: Elizabeth Scott      Publisher: Harper Teen           Number Of Pages: 278


Summary From Back Of Book: It’s been seventy-five days, and Amy still doesn’t know how she can possibly exist without her best friend, Julia—especially since it’s her fault that Julia’s dead.

When her shrink tells her it would be a good idea to start a diary, Amy starts writing letters to Julia instead. As she writes letter after letter she soon discovers that the past wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.

With sarcastic humor, cutting insight, and beautiful prose, Elizabeth Scott delivers a searing story of a teenage girl struggling to put the pieces of her life back together.


Review: Love You Hate You Miss you totally took my breath away, it was amazing. I really loved it, the writing was amazing. The book is very depressing and sad though. But I managed to not cry until the last four sentences (in my opinion the last four sentences meant the most!) and I found it hard not to cry while reading this amazing novel. It actually turned out to have a touch of romance which surprised me but the romance made the story ten times better. I can’t praise this book enough!!!!!



I recommend this book if you like romance, YA novels, Elizabeth Scott, and tragedy novels.  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In My Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox was created by the Story Siren but Alea inspired her to create it so, thank you Alea and Kristi!

I got Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter from Rebecca Anderson. Thanks Rebecca!

Forget everything you think you know about faeries. . . .

Creatures full of magic and whimsy?

Not in the Oakenwyld. Not anymore.

Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets instead of magic. Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic. Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dull-witted. Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stake.

Only one young faery—Knife—is determined to find out where her people's magic has gone and try to get it back. Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent. She's not afraid of anything—not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby. But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes more dangerous than she realizes. Can Knife trust Paul to help, or has she brought the faeries even closer to the brink of destruction?

Talented newcomer R. J. Anderson creates an extraordinary new fantasy world and weaves a gripping tale of lost magic, high adventure, and surprising friendship in which the fate of an entire realm rests on the shoulders of one brave faery rebel.


This week I bought one book called Generation Dead By: Daniel Waters.

Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He's strong and silent...and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn't want them.

The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the "differently biotic." But the students don't want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the "living impaired" from the people who want them to disappear--for good.

When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

I also got Sea Change from Aimee Friedman! Thanks Aimee!!!

16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, grandmother's estate.

There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

The I got Gert Garibaldi’s Rants And Raves: One Butt Cheek At A Time and the author Amber Kizer sent it to me and signed it. So thank you Amber!

Everyone knows that high school is the best part if life. (You’re kidding, right? Here’s the deal High School sucks.)

But poor Gert Garibaldi is struggling to fit in. (If I’m struggling, it’s to survive , not fit in. Who wants to be a “pops” or a “giggle”?) Her best friend, Adam, has made a new close friend (Holy Mother Of Homos, they’re gay, not Hallmark cards) , and Gert can’t seem to understand “guy talk.” (It’s not the talking I have a problem with, it’s the leaving me out.) Gert has a huge crush on the gorgeous (don’t forget perfect!) Lucas but can’t seem to express her feelings to him. And meanwhile, Stephen—a fellow “brain” (Caps, people. Caps-it Brain, as in we use them) in Gert’s history class—asks Gert out but makes a horribly inappropriate gesture on the dance floor (are we talking the speed-of-light kiss or the other thing? You know , when we slow dance?).

Who knows what could happen next? (I turn sixteen, get my license, learn to pluck my brows correctly, and pretty much decide I can survive. Maybe. I’m not sure about the last part.)


So that is all I got this week. What did you get?