July 30, 2010

48 Hour TBR Read-a-Thon

Wallace at Unputdownables is organizing the 48 Hour TBR Read-a-Thon!! It is a great way to start reading my To-Be-Read (TBR) list,so I'm in and I hope you come and read with me this weekend!

If You’re In:

  • Choose a few books that you will attempt to finish this weekend (Friday evening through Sunday night).
  • Post your TBR Read-a-Thon books on your blog so your readers can see what you are attempting for the weekend.
  • Challenge your readers to read along with you! (It’s OK if they don’t, but might be fun if they want to choose at least one book to participate with).
  • Join the discussion all weekend long at #bookblogchat on Twitter.
  • Post updates on your blog about what you are reading and what you have finished (full reviews can come later, but this will let your readers know what you are reading so they can either read along or look forward to your reviews!)
  • Visit other blogs that are doing the read-a-long. Post comments and follow your fellow bloggers.
  • Make sure you sign up here with Mr. Linky with a link to your first post so we can follow your progress!
  • *If you don’t have a blog but want to participate: Sign up with Mr. Linky, just don’t add a website (or you can link to your Twitter or GoodReads page).*

If You’re Not In, but Want to Support:

  • Check out the blogs that are participating below in the Mr. Linky list.
  • Visit those blogs and leave comments and encouragement
  • Add to your own TBRs as you see what others are reading!
  • I hope you’ll join in on the fun. It does not matter how many books you read (1 or 100 — actually, if you read 100 I might be so impressed that I send your name to the Guinness Book of World Records), just read! There are no tangible prizes, but hopefully being part of the community of readers and learning about great new blogs will be incentive enough.


Ok. So now that you now the rules...you can sign up here!

My reading list (what I'm going to read this weekend):

  

The Iron Queen Cover


OMG!! I can't believe it, it's pink! (I love pink xD)

What do you think? I'm a fan of this serie (The Iron Fey) and of course I'm very excited about this book, but still have to wait until February 2011. If you haven't read it, you should!

My reviews:
- Winter's Passage (The Iron Fey #1.5) by Julie Kagawa
- The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

July 29, 2010

Review: Heavenly (Heavenly #1) by Jennifer Laurens

Title: Heavenly
Author: Laurens, Jennifer. 
Release Date: August 15th, 2009
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Pages: 296
ISBN: 1933963840 (isbn13: 9781933963846)
Age: Young Adult
Summary from goodreads.com:
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

Zoe seems to be a typical teenager, but with a drinking issue. That is her way to relax and release her frustration and anger, because she has to deal everyday with her little sister, Abria, who has Autism. It is very hard to live and take care of someone with Autism, and I think this book demonstrate this in a very real way. At first I thought the book was going to focus on Abria, but there is a spin and it started to show more about Zoe. Even with her drinking issues, she is a very kind girl. I felt she was normal, made mistakes but tried to amend them.

When she met Matthias, a guardian angel, she started to change. He is absolutely lovely. He is kind and have a great heart. He is a good boy, the one you would like your daughter to date, and believe me, she will like him too.

The book was fast and light to read, and it really surprised me. It isn't the typical paranormal romance young adult book, it's deeper.

The ending left me open-mouthed. I wasn't expecting it at all, and I cried. Don't worry, it's not sad. Maybe a little, but I thought it was a great ending, one of those that left me thinking and wanting to read the next book as soon as possible.

Deep, angelic and graceful writing. Excellent for the ones who wants to read something that will linger in your thoughts.

Rating:
 

More about this book at heavenlythebook.com | Amazon | Goodreads

July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday # 11 ~ Subway Girl

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick:



Summary from Goodreads.com
From the moment he sees Amy on a Hong Kong subway, Simon wants to talk to her. But when he finally works up the courage, he finds out he can’t. Because Amy doesn’t speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English. But despite their language barrier, Amy and Simon connect, and they discover they understand each other.

In this stunning first novel about class differences, cultural arrogance, unwanted pregnancy and abortion, sexual double standards, and love and friendship, two vulnerable teens carve out a relationship even though each seems way beyond the reach of the other.

P.J. Converse
March 1st 2011 by HarperTeen
Hardcover, 256 pages

July 25, 2010

In My Mailbox # 7


In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

From NetGalley:
What did you get this week?

Got Books? Winner!



Wow!! 314 entries! Thanks to everyone who participated and commented on the post  :) Most of us started reading because of a familiar...but others because of a teacher or alone.

So, the winner of the GOT BOOKS? giveaway is...




#245 - Arizu Ynewi

Congratulations! I'll be emailing you right now, and you have 72 hours to respond or I'll choose another person.

Review: The Little Prince Graphic Novel by Antonie De Saint-Exupéry & Joann Sfar

Title: The Little Prince
Author: Antonie De Saint-Exupéry
Illustrator: Joann Sfar
Release Date: October 18th 2010
Publisher: HMH Books
Pages: 112
ISBN: 0547338023 (isbn13: 9780547338026)
Age: All.
Summary from goodreads.com:
For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince has captured the hearts and minds of its readers. The whimsical story with a fairy tale touch has sold over 80 million copies in 230 languages. This exciting graphic adaptation features beautiful, new artwork by Joann Sfar. Hand-chosen by Saint-Exupéry's French publishers for his literary style and sensitivity to the original, Sfar has endeavored to recreate this beloved story, both honoring the original and stretching it to new heights. A vibrant, visual gift for longtime fans and those experiencing the story for the first time.
The Little Prince is one of my favorite books. The first time I read it I was a kid, and since that moment every few years I re-read it, and every time I learn something more/different.

It's impossible to me to describe or review this book. There are things I still don't understand. The Little Prince is a little boy trying to understand grown ups, and all of his reflections made me stop reading and ponder about it. I guess you have to be really open minded and have a lot of imagination to relate this book to the world and the society we are living in.

I'm not used to read graphics novels, except for manga, but this one was great. The drawings are very good, but I'm not sure if little kids are going to like it. Maybe it's better for middle grade. Sometimes it was confusing which side should I read first, but because I already knew the story, it was easy for me to continue.

It is a book that children should read with their parents, for better understanding. And if you aren't comfortable with your kids reading about death, this is not your book.

Very short and easy to read, it's a classic for all ages you shouldn't miss.

Rating: 

More about this book at www.joannsfar.com | Amazon | Goodreads

July 23, 2010

Got Books? + Giveaway (CLOSED)

http://gotbooksevent.blogspot.com
Got Books? is an annual (potentially bi-annual) event for every book blogger! Is a culmination of the creative forces behind two fellow book bloggers....GMR of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers and The1stdaughter of There's A Book....

In their words: "This is a celebration about books, but more so for the bloggers that help tell the world about them. Where did you find out about your latest read? The store...a website...the publisher...how about a book blog? Chances are if you are online or have a book blog yourself, some of your future reads came from your fellow bloggers. Whether given a glowing review or something a bit more critical, the post drew your attention and made you want to find out more. This event is to celebrate book bloggers round the world by shining a light on their efforts, spreading the word about their sites for future follows on your reading rounds, and have a little contest fun along the way!"

Sounds great, right?!! Before doing the giveaway (I know, you're excited about it!) I'd like to ask you how/when/why did you start reading?

I started reading when I was a kid thanks to my mother. She is a reader, so every time she went to the library to buy some books, she bought one for me. Now I read more books than her, and sometimes we share our reading. It is one of the most special bonds I have with her, and I thank her for sharing her love for books with me.

Now, giveaway time!!! *insert vuvuzela here*

Because you love books as much as I do, I'm going to giveaway a 10$ dollars gift card from Amazon or The Book Depository for you to buy the book you want!

- FILL OUT THE FORM TO PARTICIPATE.
- International (as long as The Book Depository or Amazon ships to you)
- Ends 7/24.

July 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday # 10 ~ Angelfire

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick:



Summary from Goodreads.com
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
Courtney Writes
February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Hardcover, 384 pages
www.courtneyallisonmoulton.com

Angelfire Book 1: ANGELFIRE (2011)
Angelfire Book 2: WINGS OF THE WICKED (2012)
Angelfire Book 3: HYMN TO THE FALLEN (2013)

July 20, 2010

CSN Stores 60$ Gift Certificate Winner!


The winner of the CSN Stores 60$ Gift Certificate is.....


#10 -- celi.a

Congratulations! Soon you'll be receiving an email from me and from the CSN Stores.

Thank you all for participating!

News about me and this weekend...

Hello! How are you? I hope you are fine, or at least better than me. Yesterday I fell down (thank you rain!) and broke my right arm. I may need an operation, and really, I'm very scared. This happened in the worst moment...but anyway, the only good thing I can think about this is that I'm going to have a lot of time to read.

Besides crying about my shitty life, I also came here to let you know that this weeking I'm going to be participating on GOT BOOKS?. So be sure to come by and say hello, and of course participating on a giveaway! yay! :)


http://gotbooksevent.blogspot.com

July 19, 2010

Book-Trailer: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

At first I wasn't so sure about book trailers. But lately, they are amazing. That's why I have decided to show you every week one book trailer I think it's great. This time is the book trailer of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.
Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces. Is love a great enough power against evil?


What do you think? I have seen this book tons of times but I didn't pay it attention except for the beautiful cover. But now I really want to read it, because for the first time the angel isn't the boy, but the girl.

July 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday # 9 ~ The Poison Diaries

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick:


Summary from Goodreads.com
Jessamine Luxson lives with her father, Thomas, an apothecary, in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle. Thomas’s pride and obsession is his locked garden full of dangerous plants, which Jessamine is forbidden to enter.

When a traveler brings an orphan to their cottage, he claims the boy has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is drawn to the strange but intriguing boy, called Weed. Soon their friendship deepens into love. Finally, Weed shares his secret: He can communicate with plants. For him they have distinct personalities—and some are even murderous. From the locked garden the poisonous plants call to Weed, luring him with promises of deadly power.

When Jessamine falls inexplicably ill, only Weed’s relationship with the Poisons can save her. But Thomas is determined to exploit Weed’s abilities, even if it risks Jessamine’s life—or drives Weed to the brink of madness.…
Maryrose Wood, The Duchess Of Northumberland
July 20th 2010 by Balzer + Bray
Hardcover, 288 pages

July 13, 2010

Book Review: The Clearing by Heather Davis

The Clearing by Heather Davis
The Clearing
Author: Heather Davis
Release Date: April 12th, 2010
Publisher: Graphia
Age: Young Adult
Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever.
A clearing, time-traveling, and romance...

I really liked the protagonist, Amy. She is trying to forget her abusive ex-boyfriend, and she is sad, but still intelligent and wanted more for her life. That's why she goes to live with her great aunt Mae to the country. Everything is easy and simple at her new house, but then she finds this clearing where she feels safe, and one day over there, she met Henry.

Henry is awesome. It's not usual to find a boy so good. Of course, he is from the past. He is good looking, but more important, he respects Amy. But why is he living in the past?

There are a very cute couple, and their romance was really sweet and innocent, but I wanted more of them. I am used to more kissing, but with them everything was different. It's that kind of impossible romance, but still you want them to be together.

It's a slow book, specially the first chapters. But once their romance starts, it becomes faster. The ending is lovely, but left me wanting more. I cried happy tears, and wished it had been longer because I was confused at first. Maybe that's because I don't usually read time travel stories (I think this is my first one), but I thought it was very believable and great for everyone like me who isn't used to read about time-travel.


More about this book at www.heatherdavisbooks.comGoodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Giveaway: CSN Stores $60 gift certificate!

Hello everyone! Today is your lucky day! Why? Because I'm doing my first giveaway and one of you will be very lucky and will win a 60$ gift certificate from CSN Stores!

They have almost everything on their stores, and I'm sure you will find something you want such as bedroom furniture sets, pet furniture, toys, shoes, bags...even bookshelves!


What do you think? You want to win? I thought so! Just visit CSN Stores and leave a comment on this post telling me what you would spend your certificate on. Don't forget to add your email address.

Bonus entries: (Please leave a comment for each of your bonus entries. Don't forget your email address.)

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This contest is open to US and Canadian readers. You must be 18 years old to enter. If you choose to purchase an item that does not have free shipping, you will be responsible for shipping costs. If you are in Canada, there may be Canadian fees that you will be responsible for.

This contest begins on July 13, 2010 and will end July 20, 2010. The winner will be chosen with a random number generator.

Everlasting Book Trailer

Hey everyone! Just today I found the book trailer of Everlasting by Angie Frazier. It's awesome, check it out!


Also, she is doing a mega-international-contest on her blog, where you can win tons of signed books and more!! Go here to enter!

July 11, 2010

Facebook Page

That's right! Now, you can find Oh My Books! at Facebook! Just follow the link :)


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oh-My-Books/132068636832863

Come and say Hi, or maybe just recommend me a book?

In My Mailbox # 6


In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren




The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy Swag (Thanks Ella Press @ The Clock Monkey and Kay Cassidy)


Great week for me. And you, what did you receive this week?

July 10, 2010

Review: Manifest by Artist Arthur

Title: Manifest
Serie: Mystyx, #1
Author: Artist Arthur
Release Date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: Kimani Tru
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0-373-83196-8
Age: Young Adult
Summary from author's website:
When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.
But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good listener-and everything she'd ever want-except that he was killed a year ago. Krystal's ghost-whispering talents soon lead other "freaks" to her door-Sasha, a rich girl who can literally disappear, and Jake, who moves objects with his mind. All three share a distinctive birthmark in the shape of an M and, fittingly call themselves the Misfits. They set out to learn what really happened to Ricky, only to realize that they aren't the only ones with mysterious powers. But if Krystal succeeds in finding out the truth about Ricky's death, will she lose him for good?
Krystal is a young girl that just moved to Lincoln because her parents got divorced. Her mother re-married and she can't stand her or her new husband. Oh, and she can hear and see ghost. They have been bothering forever, but now it's more than ever.

Krystal is adjusting to her new life, but she has a bad attitude. She is rude with everyone, and when Ricky starts asking for Krystal's help, she can't take it. He is good-looking, and sweet, but he is a ghost. Krystal is freaked out because of this, she doesn't want to see or hear him, or any ghost.

As the protagonist, she was OK. I couldn't like her at first because she was so angry and unhappy with herself, and for me she was just spoiled. But she begins to change when Jake and Sasha start talking to her. They are very different, but at the same time, they are alike. All of them have some power, and soon their friendship begins while they are trying to discover more about them. Greek mythology is involved, also climate change...everything goes in this explanation!.

I felt like there was a lot of things going on at the same time. Her family, helping Ricky (and liking him), her powers. And there is some guy texting her to take some pictures of her...creepy!.

I enjoyed reading it, specially because the writing was great. It was easy to read, it felt light, and it caught me from the beginning. Maybe the end was rushed, I really wanted to know more about Krystal, Jake and Sasha's powers!.

I am glad to know it's the first book of a serie (Mystyx), because there are many questions unanswered. Like, why they have these powers? Are they the only ones?

Rating:


More about this book at www.acarthur.net

You can also read the fist chapter and watch the trailer over here.


I received this book through NetGalley.



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