Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not Suitable for Family Viewing - Vicki Grant


If your life were a TV show, would you even get a speaking part?

Robin has everything a girl could want.  Thanks to her mother--the internationally beloved talk show host Mimi Schwartz--Robin's got the money, the means and the connections to make even her wildest dreams come true.

Why, then, does she chose to sit alone in a dark room watching endless reruns of You, You and Mimi?

Don't ask Robin.  She doesn't know--at least, not until a bizarre discover propels her to ditch her pampered new York Life for a deserted nova Soctian fishing village.  There, she stumbles upon love, the truth of her own background--and the shocking secret that helped make her mother a star.


ohmigod.  Please read this book.  Please? 

I started it on a whim on my lunch break (the book I brought with me really wasn't doing anything for me, so I ditched it, and picked this one at random from the stack I have stashed on my desk for reading emergencies (yes, I am that nerotic about reading.  This habit came about after a couple instances during which I realized I'd left home with nothing to read, and had a mini panic attack while having to pretend to be normal).

I couldn't put it down.

Wait...let me put that another way.


It was amazing.  I fell completely in love with Robin (the main character--a teenage girl who has everything a girl could possibly need, except for any kind of family affection) as she discovers one tiny flaw in her mother's otherwise flawless life.  It's a shock for her to find that her mother (a world-famous talk-show host--think Oprah) is hiding something when she has made her career out of putting her entire life on display, so Robin decided to start digging.

For her, it's an effort to become close to her mother whom she isn't close to at all.

It's exciting, the writing is amazing.  It's funny, it's frightening, and it's sweet and romantic.

Amazing read.

Please read it.


Wait...this is a Canadian title.  Is this even sold outside of Canada?  I have to look into this.

If it isn't, I'll do a contest for a copy.  I promise.

5 (absolutely amazing) stars!



P.S. The cover really doesn't capture what this book's about.  I don't know what the cover should be, but this isn't it.  It makes you think it's going to be completely about a teen romance, and while there is some of that (and it's adorable), that's not what the heart of the story's about.  (please read it)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

Rampant - Diana Peterfreund (Library)
Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough (Library)
Night Runner - Max Turner (Bought)
Meridian - Amber Kizer (Library)
The Line - Teri Hall (Library)
End of Days (Night Runner #2) - Max Turner (Library)

I actually have a few more, but my computer is kicking my butt right now, so I'll have to save them for next week. 

So what did everyone else get in their mailbox?

Avalon High - Meg Cabot

I'm having a giveaway for this book HERE
contest is open until Midnight EST tonight (Sunday November 14)


Avalon High, I was starting to think, might not be so bad after all.
Maybe it's not where Ellie wants to be, but if you have to start at a new school, Avalon High is typical enough: There's Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy.
But not everyone at Avalon High is who they appear to be . . . not even, as Ellie is about to discover, herself. As a bizarre drama begins to unfold, Ellie has to wonder, what part does she play in all this? Do the coincidences she's piecing together really mean—as in King Arthur's court—that tragedy is fast approaching for her new friends?
Ellie doesn't know if she can do anything to stop the coming trouble. But somehow, she knows she has to try.


This was a really cute read.  I loved the integration of the King Arthur mythology within the story.  I've always been a fan of the King Arthur/Sword in the Stone myth, so it was really fun to see it set in the modern day.  I also really liked that it wasn't just a modern story of the King Arthur myth, but a story of fate.  It was the destiny of King Arthur to rise again, and Ellie has to stop Will (the new Arthur) from being killed before he comes to power.

Ellie's a really cool character too.  She's a sweet girl, but she also stands up for herself and for her friends.  I liked that she really didn't believe in the myth, and wasn't willing to play her part in it as instructed.

As always, Meg Cabot's writing is fun and fresh. 

Really fun read.  Can't wait to see the new movie.


On Avalon High
On Avalon High

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

clearly I have issues with restraint....

...AKA an In My Mailbox sneak-peak.


Does anyone else have this problem when they go to the library?

Speak up.  I can't be the only one.


I'm not dead! I promise!

I've just been a little MIA recently.

I somehow managed to pinch something in my neck (I choose to blame a combination of my boyfriend, and a badly-placed pillow during sleep) which makes typing on my computer uber-painful.  And since I have to sit in front of a computer all day at work, the desire to do so once I've returned home has dwindled drastically.

So...apologies for being absent as of late.  I promise it's not permenant.

I'm not dead.  I promise.



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Library Addicts Anonymous... [confessions of a book addict]

...I feel like there should be a club.

I'd join.

I've got a gazillion and one things in my to-be-read pile, not to mention I just had to take a couple books back only half-read because they were due and I couldn't renew them.

That being said...I pretty much had to physically restrain myself from going to the library today.  And yesterday.  I'm only half kidding.

It's a problem.  I check my library account page probably at least half a dozen times a day to see what's on it's way to me, and what has already arrived.  Today I found out that I have five (5!!!!!) glorious new YA books waiting for me at my local branch, and I nearly drove straight there.  They'll be waiting on the hold shelf for me for a week, but I almost couldn't wait.

I think I have issues with prioritizing.  I see the new and the pretty, and I forget about my sad, sweet pile of to-be-reads, and leave them hanging.

It's a problem.

I need a support group.  Not so much to deal with the actual problem, but to meet others like myself who share it.  I need to know I'm not the only one.

I'm not...right?

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