Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have set up an amazon.com book store with all of the books that I have reviewed on this blog. The profits from you purchasing from the store, which is amazon, will help in future contests and goodies!
Please take a look! I hope you enjoy!
You will also be able to visit the store from the side bar that says "Books for Teens Store!"
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I thought that it was time to start my own "Waiting on Wednesday!"
"The Forest of Hands and Teeth" is coming out on March 10th! Doesn't it look neat?
And also, Carrie is hosting a contest on her blog to win a copy! It ends tonight, so hurry!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
"Wake" by Lisa McMann
I enjoyed reading "Wake" it was one of those books that you constantly are reading! However, after finishing, I was asking myself "what were the main points of the story?" However, I still really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading "Fade!"
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"To Catch a Pirate"
Analisa is on a ship with her Father and the crew when they get attacked by pirates. Analisa hides but is found by one of the pirates, and in exchange for her freedom she gives a ring and he takes a stolen kiss. Now, her Fathers in jail and she wants to get him out. Analisa buys her own ship and starts the journey to get back the treasure, probably the only way to prove that he is innocent. They capture James Sterling, whom is the only one other than Crimson that knows where the treasure is. Soon though, Analisa finds herself falling in love with James, and he surprisingly starts falling in love with her. Will they find the treasure? Will Analisa loose the love of her life?
"To Catch a Pirate" was such a wonderful story! Analisa is different than a lot of characters, she is bold, strong, and very courageous. She sets out with a ship of her own! I really enjoyed this book and suggest reading it!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So, today I went to the library and came home with some pretty exciting reads!
-"To Catch a Pirate"
-"The Truth about Forever"
-"Model a memoir", this is nonfiction
-"Nothing but the truth (and a few white lies)"
I am reading "To Catch a pirate" right now!
My favorite ride was probably Splash Mountain! It was so fun, and wet!!
Also, did you know that you can get in free for your birthday at Disneyworld? Its pretty neat.
Monday, February 16, 2009
***If you enter please mention you were referred by me!! Thanks!***
She is hosting a wonderful contest, in hopes of getting her follower amount up! It looks like its working to!
I found these two contests on "For the Love of Books!" Enjoy! 1. To win a copy of "Flygirl": http://fortheloveofbooksblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/february-giveaway-flygirl-by-sherri-l.html?showComment=1234150440000#c8180690972972746846 2. To win an ARC of "Wintergirls": http://fortheloveofbooksblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-very-first-contest.html
I loved reading "Zombie Queen of Newbury High!" it was such a fun, exciting, adventurous, and thrilling book to read! It was easy to grow attached to the characters. I even found myself wishing along with the characters that things could have gone differently. I suggest you read it, it was very enjoyable!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Also, I hope you like the new background!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I hope that everyone has a wonderful, fabulous, love filled, Valentines day today!!! Does anyone have any special plans? We are probably going to go swimming outside Then we might, MIGHT, go to a drive in Movie!!!
Valentines day makes a good day to post love story's, right? So here are a bunch that I scrounged up!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Author Shelley Adina was kind enough to answer these interview questions for this blog! Thank you very much for your time! Hope you enjoy! She writes the "All about us" novels! I have reviewed "Who Made you a Princess" on this blog, so check that out if you would like as well! Enjoy!
What inspired you to become a writer?
The sheer coolness of knowing that words on a page could create an experience in someone’s head is what made me want to be a writer when I was small. When I was learning to read, the words and the pictures blended in my mind to make this cinematic experience that got me hooked. Even today I don’t really see words when I read. I see the movie playing that the words create as I read them. But then, I see numbers and letters in color, too, so I don’t know what that says about my brain :)
Do you have a favorite spot or way to write?
Strangely enough, I don’t write in my office. My brain seems to have decided that’s for left-side things like doing e-mail and taxes. In order for the creative side of my brain to work, from 11 until 3 or so I go into the garden or on the deck and work out there . . . except in the winter, when I work on the couch. I use an AlphaSmart Neo, which is portable, light, and indestructible. Good for my style of writing, which boils down to ramble here, ramble there, sit down and write a page, ramble somewhere else, write another page . . .
What is your favorite book?
Eek—you’re going to make me pick only one? How about a three-way tie between Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book.
Why did you choose to write young adult books?
Because I remember vividly what it was like to be a teenager, with all the decisions and disappointments and joys. Technology and communication may have changed, but being dumped by your boyfriend hasn’t. Nor has the happiness of making a real friend, or the excitement of deciding who you’re going to be. Young adult books allow the writer to be honest, and to say things and create situations that might not fly in books for adults. Plus the clothes are way more fun, so I play dress-up with my characters a lot :)
Do you read young adult books?
I sure do, and have since I was ten or so. I remember being really angry at my school librarian for not letting me read the seventh-grade books when I was only in sixth. She didn’t care that I’d read everything “appropriate” to my age group. I wanted to read up and that was my first experience with censorship. Grr. Today I read everything from Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling to new voices like Kelly Parra and Tina Ferraro.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
My books begin with a “flash” of an opening scene, like a trailer for a movie. I see people and places and maybe an event, but I don’t really know the plot that leads to and from that point. For It’s All About Us, the first book in the All About Us series, I saw a blonde girl standing on the steps of a boarding school, unwilling to go in, and I thought, How come she doesn’t want to go in? Where has she come from? What’s waiting for her in there? I started writing to answer those questions for myself.
The story ideas come from places like People magazine, the newspaper, YouTube, overheard conversations, a show on the Discovery Channel, you name it. Everything goes into a pot boiling away in the back of my brain, and before long a story comes out! So far in this series I’ve dealt with the technical virgin, date abuse, a stalker, and a handsome prince. Not to mention clothes, midterms, shoes, and crème brulée. That pot in my brain is a busy place.
I finished reading Who Made You a Princess? not long ago, and really enjoyed it! Was it harder to write the prince’s character than it was for your other characters?
Actually, no, because I saw him so clearly. I based his external looks on the actor Eric Balfour, but his inner character had to be created thoughtfully in order to make him work. I mean, if you’d been brought up to put your country and its throne first, but were still a modern young man, how would you feel about your parents arranging your marriage? How would you adapt to a term at an American school, where there’s a lot more freedom than you’ve been used to? How would you reconcile new ideas about freedom and the rights of women with what your parents lived by in an old-fashioned monarchy? So Rashid was an interesting mix of old and new, of power and courtliness. And putting him up against Shani, who is outspoken, quick-tempered, and knows her own mind, was fun!
Which character do you think you relate to the most in your All About Us novels?
I relate to Lissa the most, because she has the longest journey. She makes a lot of mistakes but yet she’s vulnerable. She really depends on her friends, which I relate to, and she always tries to do the right thing even though others may not agree, which I’ve experienced as well. That said, I think Carly is the warm heart of this group of friends. She may be the one with the least in a material sense, but her love for her friends covers them all.
Do you have any tips for teens who want to become writers?
Don’t give up. This business isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re burning to tell a story, get all the training you can and tell it. Check university extensions and community colleges for writing classes. Take classes online. Focus on your craft—grammar, punctuation, pacing, motivation, point of view, conflict—until it becomes instinctive and the story flows through that net of skills. And then pull out all the stops, be true to the story in your heart, and write!
Do you have a favorite out of your All About Us novels?
Ack—another difficult question! I can’t say any one of them is my favorite because I put heart and soul into each one trying to make it unique and fun. But there are bits of them that I love … the way Lissa and Gillian always have each other’s backs. The way Carly can dream a beautiful dress out of thin air. The way Mac owns any room she walks into. The way Shani wanted the Star of the Desert so bad and yet was strong enough to say no when it came down to the choice that would define the rest of her life. And my favorite thing of all is how the powers of friendship and faith bind all the girls together in ways that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Do you plan on writing any other young adult books?
I sure do! I have ideas for three series, all completely different from one another. It’s just a matter of getting some chapters on paper and finding a publisher who loves them as much as I do.
What was the first story that you wrote?
I wrote short pieces for school, but I wrote my first complete novel at 13. It was called Six and the Silver Statue, and it was Mary Sue meets Nancy Drew, LOL! I even sent it off to a publisher. It came right back, of course, but the editor was kind enough to recognize how young I was, and he told me not to give up, that I knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep me going for the next couple of decades, until I got some life experience and a couple of degrees under my belt and could take on writing as a career.
I really appreciate your coming to my book blog for an interview! Thank you so much!
Thanks, Reyna, for the chance to sit down and talk. I hope your readers will stop by my website, www.shelleyadina.com, and also the series website at www.allaboutusbooks.net, where my characters blog daily. This month’s prize is to have the girls of
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Yes, humans may read the most, but animals do to! Right?
Winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a warm cup of cocoa, a good book, and a fuzzy friend. So in honor off all of our animals that have put up
with countless hours of our reading, and I do say so myself, they enjoy it, I have compiled a bunch of pictures for you to
enjoy! So, have fun looking at them!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Exciting February News for Books for Teens blog!
This month is my birthday, so to celebrate on my blog.....
I am going to post something exciting for this blog, such as a book review, or author visit, everyday until my birthday, which is on February 17th! So keep watch on the blog!
I just finished reading "The Season" today, and wow. Sarah MacLean did a fabulous job, especially considering that this is her first book written. If I ever got to choose to live in a different time period, this would be the one that I would pick. Sarah does a nice job tying exciting events, mystery, murder, and love all into 336 page book. "The Season" is for sure a good choice for a young adults next book read!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I found this adorable valentine layout, isn't it cute? So, until after Valentines Day, "Books For Teens" will be in this cute layout!
Also, from now until the day after Valentines day, I am going to make all of my posts in pink!
I found these super contests from book muncher, WORD for Teens, Bookshiper, and Em's Bookshelf, you should take a look!
I was looking around on a forum today and found a post saying that you can read "The Luxe" online for free! How cool is that? Its only for a small time though, I think its actually ending this month, so hurry!
Or Read it here:
In My Mailbox is a post that was started by Story Siren. Every week, you post all of the books that you got in the mail that week. Its a lot of fun and a lot of different book bloggers do it! The posts are also fun to read!
Here are the books that I received this week:
"Who Made you a Princess?"
I wrote a review below for you, it was a good book! I got this one as a free ARC to review.
"The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks.
From bookdivas.com. The cover is so pretty!
I think this one looks amazing! I won it in a contest, now I'm so excited to read it!
The other thing that I was lucky enough to get in the mail this week was "Body Dust!" I got that from bookdivas.com as well!
Happy February to everyone!