Monday, April 22, 2013

Tell Me Who Review

Disclaimer: I checked this book out from the library to read to give it an honest opinion!

Tell Me Who

Author: Jessica Wollman
Pages: 224
Published January 22, 2009
Dutton Juvenille

Want to know the name of your future spouse? Try tarot cards, Ouija boards, or . . . the Who-Meter! When Molly and her best friend, Tanna, discover an antique machine that reveals their future husbands, news spreads fast! Now every kid in their class is lining up for an appointment. Knowing the future is fun at fi rst, but when things get sticky, Molly wonders if the unknown is preferable to discovering too much too soon. This fast and fun novel is perfect for Valentine's Day and everyone who has ever wished for a glimpse into the future?

My Take
I saw this book at the library and figured to give it a go. It's geared towards tweens! The cover caught my attention while browsing about at the library.

Anyways, a girl named Molly is a 6th grader and her life isn't so great. Her father is remarrying to someone who she is not fond of at all. Molly tells her friend Tanna and they try to come up with a plan to stop her from marrying Molly's dad.

Somehow Molly and Tanna ends up finding a antique machine that reveals future partners in marriage! Tanna sees it as a way to make some money and let others know who they'd marry. Molly on the other hand does not really agree with Tanna's ideas but goes along with it for a bit. Then drama breaks loose. People change and think a bit differently. Molly seems to stay true to who she is!

This book was cute, fun and quick to read. There were some unexpected surprises in the book as well. I think this book was geared mostly towards friendship, drama, family and that communication is important! If this book was around when I was a tween I'd be reading it! So go to your local library or bookstore to see if this book is around!

Story: B



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sarah Dessen Book Signing Event

Last night was a book signing event at Anderson's Bookstore in Naperville, IL for the author Sarah Dessen. I'm such a fan of her books! She writes so beautifully and tells such amazing stories! I got into my car and set up the GPS to go there. Well the lovely GPS took me the back roads which was fine and I did not come across any flooding! While I was on my drive, I saw some beautiful gorgeous huge houses on my way.

Once I hit the town Naperville, IL - downtown area - they had some amazing historic homes there! I just drooled at that. So I went down the street and found the bookstore. My next thing was to get a parking spot. I kept my eyes out and did not find anything close of yet. I circled liked a hawk twice and presto!! I found a spot. Of course I had to walk about half a block which was fine with me. People were out and about anyways. I spied a Starbucks and an Mac Apple Store as well. I took photos of those and sent them to my husband since he's a fan of those.

I entered the store and took my bearings for a moment. I then went up to the counter to get my books that I pre ordered and got my ticket number. There was a line and also had to wait a bit which was not bad. When I arrived it was around 7:15 pm or so. I could not get there in time although I did my best! They were on number #40 when I arrived and my number was #51. So after waiting for about 15-20 or so, I was next in line to go. A lovely mom there with her daughter told me the number since I could not hear it. Thanks to that mom! There were tons of people there..some were teens and some were not! It was a great experience!

Once in line, the person up there asked what name I would like in the book. Well I had two books! One is for me and the other is for my blog for a giveaway! So my book has my name in as the giveaway book just has Sarah Dessen's signature in it! So when it was my turn, I got there and had her sign the books, got a photo take with my iPhone and then thanked the author. I also gave Sarah Dessen some pendants that I made for her and her daughter. I hope she liked them!

After I got my books signed, I used the restrooms and took note of all the people that were there! It was awesome to see. Then I browsed around in the bookshop! I did not buy anything else but was very very tempted to!

Then I headed back to the car and thought I need to get gas. I checked with the lovely GPS and got gas and then headed back out. Well I took the expressway home and it began to snow! What the heck? Snow in April??? So I drove thinking if it was that bad I could stop at my mom's! So I drove and then all the sudden it stopped snowing. So I headed home. While driving I had to go onto ramp to get to another expressway, well luckily I saw this stupid truck driver who was on my left hand side cutting me off to get on the ramp! If I did not see him, I think there would have been an accident. I was pissed at the truck driver. After that I headed home nicely!

Here is a photograph of me with Sarah Dessen and then the book that I'm giving away! Thanks again to Sarah Dessen for coming out to Illinois battling the strange weather we had! I am also looking forward to her new book coming out June 2013 "The Moon and More!"

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boyfriend App Countdown

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A New Want

I want to read this! Isn't the cover stunning??

1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Name of the Star Review

Disclaimer: I bought this book to read to give it an honest opinion!

The Name of the Star
Shades of London #1

Author: Maureen Johnson
Published: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Speak

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

My Take:
I finally got around to this book! The entire book was quite an interesting read. The way the images just flew off the page was very vivid and great. I could see and feel what was going on. The story kept on going at a great pace. It was interesting to get to know the characters a bit here! A few reasons I grabbed this book was it was a young adult paranormal, takes place in England, Jack the Ripper, and ghosts! Who could not resist those reasons?

The main character is Rory who goes off to school to London. It takes her a while to adjust to the school and roommate. Once all settled in, the The Ripper mania continues to explode. The Cops are on the lookout of what is going to happen next? Can they solve this mystery?

Rory thinks she saw something related to the "Ripper" mania and reports it to the cops. Somehow the cops who get involved with Rory are rather unique cops and the next you know Rory is thrown into the world of ghosts! This was a lot for her to take in. Will Rory be the next victim? Will Rory figure out who it is? What will happen?

There were a few lines in the book that I enjoyed such as: "You told him I had period fever" I replied. "There's no such thing as period fever." This made me laugh. I loved it!

Another line is: "Fear can't hurt you," she said. "When it washes over you, give it no power. It's a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you." This made me think of power. Knowledge is power!

Go ahead and pick up this read today! I will be getting book two soon! I need to see what happens to Rory!

Story: B
Cover: A

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