Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm back...

Hey fellow bookies! First and foremost, I know I have a lot of apologizing to do... I have not been very good with doing posts. I just started high school (!?) and it is very very different. Today I though it would be fun to share my list of how high school in real life compares to high schools in books....

HARRY POTTER- Although I've seen a lot of kids dressing up in cloaks and even fairy wings, I have yet to see any magic.

THE CLIQUE- I do wish our cafeteria had a Batista and sushi options, but I will just have to stick with a packed lunch.

TWILIGHT- As crazy as my school is, I don't think anyone wants to suck my blood... yet.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS- The only "scary" note i have received is from a school gang.

So, there is my ( short) list of books compared to my life. If you are still in the mood for a good dose of high school drama, I suggest Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson or of course the Clique series by Lisi Harrison. Yes, these are all chick-lit books, but it is well worth your time. Well, I am off now to my "real" high school life... safe reading!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Post about writing ( from an author wannabe)

I know I haven't posted nor has Autumn in a while. But that is what happens when you go to Grandma's house in the woods with no internet connection or cell service... yet Grandpa needed a flat screen TV. Not that I'm complaining; I brought many books with me. But let's just say it was an interesting Thanksgiving. But while I was reading and having fewer and fewer books to read, I came across one not so very popular and a popular book that had writing styles that irked me.... very much.

I think it's just me, but as I read on with each of these books I became more aggravated. Since I have begun to review and write a novel myself, I've become picky on writing styles. And a have a very big problem with the writing style, if it is one, TELL NOT SHOW . I thought an author's goal was to show you if some one is panicking or nervous not blatantly stating that they are. Anyway, besides that fact I had no problem with about the story lines. Both interesting and unique. if you look beyond, like most readers would do, the writing style they were a refreshing read. Yet, for me at least, I worry about where the good writing has gone... next teens will be thinking " There was a dog named Spot. He was a black and white dog. He liked noodles..."" was good literature.

Maybe I'm being too harsh, but yeah, that's how I see it.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Matched Winner/ Sorry for the lack of reviews!

Hey guys!
Before I announce the winner, I'd like to thank everyone who entered and a big hello to our new followers! 
As usual,  the winner was picked by Drumroll please....

The Winner is...... 
 Congrats and hope to receive you e-mail! But for everyone else, stick around because if you liked Incarceron, then you'll love Sapphique and I so happen to have an ARC sitting on my dresser....

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush
By Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages: 391

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen -- and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life. 

Don't you just love the cover! To be honest the cover was what caught my eye and then I began to read. I did not have high expectations for this book in the beginning.  Fallen, Halo, and Shy Dead Girl had been published when I began reading hush, hush so falling for an angel was not new to me. But boy, and yes I just said boy, this has to be my favorate out of all those books. Becca Fitzpatrick knows how to paint and scene and leave you wanting more.  She also creates lovable characters that in some cases do stupid, but funny things. Hush, hush was simular to Twilight in how the two characters met, but the simularties end there. Patch literally pulls Nora towards him while Edwards pushes Belle back.

Can I say I liked this book better because....
A)  Bella didn't have the awesome Vee with her color "diet" for a best friend.
B) Nora's got spunk and will try things that Bella wouldn't do in big heels and a blonde wig.
C) Patch is one hard sexy, dark, mysteroius love interest to beat ( sorry Edward or Jacob or Daniel or.....)

The list goes on.... Read it. Your life wil be complete unil tomorrow when I find another awesome book to review.

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Why did I compare it to Twilight???? The things I wonder...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel
By Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

As some of us may know of Cassandra Clare's other works ( TMI!!!!!!) and that they are brilliant. So is Clockwork Angel. But.... I agree with the people that state it's more a repetition of the story line from TMI only with different, names, faces, and powers and also CA is 200 years earlier.  Some of the characters were also duplicates of each other. Especially with Will and Jace. However, Tessa had more spunk in her than Clary and Jem certainly isn't another Simon ( not that I don't love Simon). 
With that all said, Clockwork Angel was a delightful read and I will be looking forward to Clockwork Prince next fall and hopefully will learn more about Will and his mysterious past.... and maybe Jem's.  People who have not read TMI could read Clockwork Angel and not spoil the other series. I recommend that you start with TMI first so that you're used to the world of the Shadow Hunters. But it's your choice. Besides, you might like getting lost in the billowing skirts and the fancy top hats of the 1800's. 

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Matched Giveaway! 

I decided I was in a giving mood today. So here it it is: The Matched Giveaway! Yay, you may all scream now, it is not against the law. Anyway,  rules are the same as last time. For those of you that may have forgotten are not seem them. Here they are:

( This my get confusing, but don't worry I'll explain!
  1. You must leave a comment, giving me your e-mail, twitter name ( If you have one) and extra entries
  2. Each entry ( including the one you get for just entering) must have a number.
  3. The number you will start with will be determined by the number LAST posted.  ( e.g Last posted 120, you start at 121...)
  4. This is only for U.S ( sorry, I'm poor at the moment)

Tweet: +2 ( must have @bookpyscho* or will not count) *I know it's spelled wrong. You can tweet every 24 hours. 
Blog post: +5 (Leave link please)
Sidebar: +3 ( Leave link please)
Follower: New +2 ,  Old +5 ( Before Matched Giveaway)
So.... here's an example
The person before had posted the number 69 last so....
Email: blah ( at)  g-mail ( dot) com
Twitter: @blahtwitter
#70, 71 Tweeted: +2 
#73,74,75,76,77 Blog: +5 Link
#78 & 79: New Follower: +2
#80:Just to enter: 1!
P.S you can also leave the numbers at the bottom like so: # 70,71,72.. etc
The next person that comments will began at 81! FYI, if you tweet the next day start a new comment and number them accordingly ( if the person before you put 40... you put 41). 
Hope that makes sense, if not, e-mail me at with any questions. Let the contest begin! 
(Copied off Nightshade Giveaway)
Have fun! Contest ends Nov. 18th or maybe sooner depending on the number of entries. 
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Demonglass Cover Love!

Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)

 Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Terrier: Beka Cooper

By Tamora Pierce 
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 536 

Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

The tale of Beka Cooper is not only one of the best Tamora books ( to me), but the most prosmising.  To be fair I haven't read Protector of the Small yet.... And I mean yet. Anyway, characters and places I could see, hear, and touch. I also liked that the "quest" she set out to do was realistic ( not that I don't like the other kinds too). Kidnapping, murdars, handsome coves; The Lower City is a fine place to be in 240.
I  recommend reading Alanna's series first and then her daughters ( Trickster's) before reading about Beka. But Terrier can stand on its own. Either way readers will enjoy Beka's story.  The characters are all vivid and lively with thier past and presents just as myestrious furtures. 

        " The Lower City is mine, it's people are mine.
            If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering,
they best pray for mercy
because once I get my teeth in 'em
I will never let them go."
                    ~ Beka Cooper

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Love You, Hate You, Miss You

Love You,  Hate You,  Miss You (LHMY)
By Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304

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. But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance, too.

When I first starting to read Elizabeth Scott's books, they were witty, charming, and basically a nice light read to have while wasting a weekend on the couch ( WHICH is not really wasting) .  Love You,  Hate You, Miss You is a nice, yet sad break from her usual writing.  Although I didn't agree with some of the characters choices, I could relate. What would you do if you you best friend died and everyone blames you, your parents finally started paying attention to your life, and if you were and wanted to be utterly alone? I wish Scott had elaborated a little more on how Julia was a good friend, made her more lovable, but it's not the first time someones best friend wasn't the "best" friend for them. But I also liked how Scott used letters to convey and move the story forward. All in all, pretty good read and will probably read Living Dead Girl.
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