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Sunday, October 28, 2012

In My Mailbox #56

In My Mailbox
Hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Changeling by Philippa Gregory

From store
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick ( :D ! )

For review:
Brachman's Underworld by Vlad Vaslyn
V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #47

Teaser Tuesday
Hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading

This week I'm giving you guys a teaser from the story I'm working on. This is from the middle of chapter six, but I liked this part a lot. Let me know how you feel!

"You can come in, Ally," he said in the softest tone I've ever heard him speak in. He sighed as I continued to stand there. Grabbing his McKinley High Letterman jacket off the coat stand next to the door, Michael joined me outside.

"What are you doing?" I asked, but the only response I got was him handing the jacket to me. "I'm not cold."

"Your sweater doesn't look like it's very thick and you're cold-natured." He gave me a 'just take it' look and pushed it into my hands.

I sighed. "Fine, Michael. I'll do this your way since you have to be so demanding." I gave in, pulling the jacket on. His face softened again when I said this; he looked as if he wanted to ask me something, but he kept his mouth closed.

"So . . . did you want to take another walk or something?" he queried. I scrunched my eyebrows in confusion. He quickly explained. "Well, when I said you could come in, you kept standing there like you didn't want to go inside."

"Well, I definitely don't want to go anywhere with you. You'd probably just leave me by myself again anyway."

Michael looked away from me, and the mood became awkward between us. "I didn't leave you, baby girl. You were acting like you didn't want to talk to me, so I told you to just call me when you wanted me to let you in."

"Oh. Well, you should have made sure you had my attention." I did feel bad, though, as he explained what happened. I honestly hadn't heard him at all earlier because I was so caught up in reminiscing. "Can we go in now? I really need some sleep." I looked up at him hesitantly and wrapped his jacket tighter around me. "Oh, and you're not getting this jacket back any time soon," I said with a genuine smile.

He chuckled and opened the door, gesturing for me to go through. "Same old Allison."

Be sure to let me know what you think! Something to remember, though, is that I haven't finished editing and adding descriptions, etc.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

In My Mailbox #55

In My Mailbox
Hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

Bought from the store
D.Gray-man Volume 6: Delete by Katsura Hoshino

Sunday, October 7, 2012

In My Mailbox #54

In My Mailbox
Hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

Bought from store
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Sailor Moon Vol 3 by Naoko Takeuchi
Sailor Moon Vol 4 by Naoko Takeuchi

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
Paper Towns by John Green

Borrowed from teacher
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelopes, #2) by Maureen Johnson
282 pages, Kindle Edition
Finished in Sept. 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Adventure, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack--and the last little blue envelope inside--she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure--one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.
Motivation to Read It: My school started a new program this year called Reading Scholars, so that influenced me a little bit. Plus I've been wanting to read this one since I finished 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Review: It took me two whole months to find time to finish this book, but school didn't keep it from being an awesome sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I'm glad that I got a chance to read this series! It's like travelling to Europe with Ginny instead of just reading about her and her friends going. I also learned some things from Ginny's experiences.

Ginny left us in teh last novel with her backpack being stolen and all the letters, including the unread 13th letter, being in the bag as well. Now Oliver, an Englander, contacts her saying that they should meet so he can give her the letter. She goes and discovers that the last letter requires her to travel across Europe once again. This time, however, she brings along Oliver, Keith (remember him?), and Keith's new girlfriend Ellis. Talk about some good reading!

The characters were even better this time around than they were in the first book. Ginny isn't paranoid anymore, and Keith's mixed feelings are enough to keep anyone interested. Oliver had his moments where he seemed as if he actually cared, but at other times he was just being a smart-alick. Even though, at first, I wanted Ginny and Keith to further their "kind-of-something," Ellis was such a sweetheart. She admired Ginny from the stories Keith had told about her and always tried to be as helpful as she could be the entire time they traveled.

The plot was, to me, more fast-paced than the first book. They went to the European countries so fast, and the trips were pretty much a paragraph long, then they explained what happened while they were there. Not that this was a bad thing of course. I'm not too fond of books that move super slow, so it was nice to travel at top speed. Maureen describes the settings, actions, and characters very well. The way they all interacted with each other and their surroundings was definitely entertaining.

Hopefully -- just maybe -- Johnson will decide to write a third book following Ginny. I'm not sure how she could continue the series with the same concept, but I'm sure she'd come up with something truly spectacular!

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Monday, October 1, 2012

This Month's Reads: October 2012

Hey guys!

If you're still hanging in there with me, thanks so much. It's going to take me a while to get back in the groove of managing everything.

This month I'm putting some of last month's books back on the list because eventually I will get sick of them being on the list and read them. Until then, they're stuck.

Nevermore: A Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson
Torment by Lauren Kate
Sailor Moon Vol 3 by Naoko Takeuchi
Sailor Moon Vol 4 by Naoko Takeuchi
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore