Sunday, July 31, 2011

IMM #7

My first video IMM!  Leave me a comment!

Check out The Dolphin Bookshop to purchase some of these books!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Hello Friends and Followers!  This week I'm hopping on the Blogger Hop bandwagon (sorry, bad pun :))! Each week I have to answer a question from Crazy-for-books and do a post about it, so here goes!!

I missed last time and I really liked the question so I'm doing two this week!

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

I really can't read Historical Fiction!  I don't know why, but I just can't!  I really wish I could get into it because I feel like I'm missing out on a ton of good books.  I tried so hard to read The Luxe, but I just couldn't and I feel bad because I barely gave it a chance, but I guess thats just the way I am... 

And this weeks:

“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”
Since this week I didn't get anything yet (I'm probably going to Borders this week though) , I'm going to highlight one from last week.  Actually two!  The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder and Hades by Alexandra Adornetto!  I'm really excited to read both.  I read the predecessor to Hades, Halo and it was amazing!  I actually read it with my friend and we were both awaiting the sequel's release until I received an ARC offering from Fiewel & Friends!!  The Probability of Miracles sounds like an amazing Contemp. and I'm so excited to dig into both!!!

July Wrap-Up Post

Hey Blog Readers!  I'll be doing my first ever monthly wrap-up post just like Chloe over at YA Booklover Blog.

Books Read in July:
* = for review

I didn't read as much as I would've liked to this month, but what I did read was definitely good (reviews to come) !

Reviews posted in July:

This Month was the first time I started to receive ARCs!  I also did a guest post here, which was a lot of fun :)  I've also got a signature now, you can see it below :)  Let me know what you think about what I've done this month!  Share some love, Leave a Comment <3

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesdays and WWW Wednesdays

                                                                  WWW Wednesdays
Currently Reading: The Time-Traveling Fashionista
Recently Finished: Imaginary Girls
Next Read: Dark Parties by Sara Grant

The Time-Traveling FashionistaDark PartiesImaginary Girls

Waiting on Wednesday

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 2nd 2012 by Poppy

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ask me about books, or anything really!

Misfit by Jon Skovron

 Misfit by Jon Skovron
MisfitRelease Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books, Imprint of Abrams
Age: Young Adult
Source: ARC from friend
Pre-order your own: Barnes and Noble

Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been super strict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose.

     One thing I have to say about Misfit by Jon Skovron is that it was completely different than many things I’ve read in the past. Skovron gave it a dark feeling, but throughout the entire book, he still managed to make you realize that Jael, while trying to get in touch with her Demon side, was still trying to do the right thing.  The format of the story was also interesting, as rather than changing from narrator to narrator, it alternates between past and present.  One chapter you hear whats happening to Jael currently and the next chapter, your listening to the Demon hunting adventures of

Sunday, July 24, 2011

IMM #6

Hey Blog Readers, Roamers of the Blogosphere!  Its time for another In My Mailbox!  I'm pretty excited to show you what I got this week because there was a book in my mailbox almost every day this week!

From Publisher:

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto (ARC)
Paradise by Jill S. Alexander (ARC) (Has been Released)
The Midnight Gate by Helen Stringer (ARC) (Has been Released)

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (ARC)
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody (ARC) (Has been Released)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

No WWW Wednesday update this week because it is exactly the same as last weeks.

Waiting on Wednesday

Illuminated by Erica Orloff


An epic romance full of mysteries that transcend time—fans of Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife will rejoice! 

Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?
I cannot wait to read this!   I can't believe that I have to wait till December for this book!

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (December 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142413760

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I read this book a few months ago.  I found it to be pretty interesting.  I really liked that Beth Revis' characters seemed so real, even in the presence of equipment and situations that probably won't be present for years.  Amy was always thinking of her family even when Eldest wanted her to get over the fact that she'd never see her family again, which sounds exactly like what a real girl would do.  I also liked that Elder often stood up against Eldest.  I hate when characters don't act human in other books.  Some authors tend to forget to make there characters the slightest bit rebellious and the reader is left reading about some inhumane goody two shoes person who they can't relate to, but not in Across the Universe!  The book was also very Sci-Fi , maybe a little too Sci-Fi for me to really LOVE it, but if you're into Sci-Fi a lot, then definitely read Across the Universe by Beth Revis!

Overall Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 out of5) 

Teaser Tuesdays

This weeks Teaser Tuesday: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma 

Imaginary Girls

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

Page 274:  Now he was tilting his head, a hand over his eyes, squinting.  People did that when they were making an effort to see a hint of her in me.  Boys did.  Boys did it all the time.

Monday, July 18, 2011

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I Am Number Four is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

I am Number Four is definitely one of my favorite books of all time.  If you don't like alien books, please give it a try anyway!  I'm not a big fan of aliens in a book myself because descriptions can just get sort of painstakingly wordy when you are trying to picture a foreign creature, but I am Number Four is nothing like that.  I just loved how it was just a good, clean, beautiful read.  The romance between John Smith and Sarah Hart was just so…light?  I can't think of a word to describe it, but I liked that it was sort of shy and they were a perfect fit for each other.  They weren't desperate for each other.  There was also a very surprising twist at the end, too.  The characters were all described perfectly and given a personality to match.  I really liked how Sarah was into photography, I guess I just liked that you felt like you knew so much about the characters; like how you were taken into John's memories of Lorien.  I read this book back in February on a ski trip and I remember rushing to read it so that we could see the movie (which did not match the book at all :(, but was still good) while we were on vacation.  It wasn't a story that you needed to dwell on, either; I just blew right through it and Loved it!  I cannot wait to read the sequel, coming out in August and I just really hope I can get my hands on an ARC so I can review it on Remarkable Reads! :)

Overall: ★★★★★

Saturday, July 16, 2011

IMM #5

Its time for another IMM!  Here's what I got this week! :

Purchased, Traded, or Received for Review:

DevilishDark PartiesKissed by an Angel: Kissed by an Angel; The Power of Love; Soulmates

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday and WWW Wednesday

Its Wednesday again!

WWW Wednesday

Currently reading:   Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma  
Recently finished:   Misfit by Jon Skovron *Review to come*      
Reading next:          But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Imaginary GirlsBut I Love HimMisfit

Next up: Waiting on Wednesday!

If you check out my previous review of Matched by Ally Condie, you'll see that I really enjoyed it!  It happens to be one of my favorites and what you may not know is that it is a trilogy!
Crossed by Ally Condie
Crossed (Matched (Hardcover - Trilogy))The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
0525423656 (ISBN13: 9780525423652)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.- Goodreads
I am writing this approximately 2 minutes after reading the last page of 13 Little blue envelopes.  The book was great!  I liked Ginny's character, although she seemed to contradict yourself once and a while.  The end of the book tied things up very well, so I really look forward to seeing how Maureen Johnson began the sequel (The Last Little Blue Envelope) because the story seemed like it was definitely over.  I also really enjoyed the Adventure feel of the book.  I think the only thing I didn't like about 13 Little Blue Envelopes was the rushed feeling towards the beginning, but eventually it went away as she began to stay places longer.  I'm also a big fan of scavenger hunts, so this was a good book for me :) .  I also liked the sense of really not knowing what was coming next ; I guess you'd call it uncertainty.  Maureen Johnson has a very humorous sense of writing which made 13 Little Blue Envelopes a refreshing summer read!  

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

Monday, July 11, 2011

UO Readathon

A copy of my Once Upon a Readathon Reading list from an earlier introduction post ( Titled: I'm a Participant) is below, along with updates on what I have read.

Misfit by Jon Skovron    I Just finished this one and it was so good!  Review to come.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma  I'm on page 22 of this.  I started about 5 minutes ago.
The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
But I Love Him

Once Upon a Readathon Mini Challenge

As you know, I am participating in the Readathon hosted by Reading Angel !  I have just finished Book Number One: Misfit by Jon Skovron, which will be released in August 2011 (Review to come) .  I am now going to complete a mini-challenge, take a break, and get back to reading.  Check my twitter for updates: @RemarkableReads.  Here is the challenge:

" There will be two winners today. The winners will each get to choose from four mythology books that I have in my giveaway pile. They include an ARC of Die for Me by Amy Plum, an ARC of Wildefire by Karsten Knight, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. That sounds awesome, right?? You can post your response to the questions on your blog, twitter, or facebook. Winners will be selected at random from each linky after the read-a-thon ends on July 13th at 11:59 p.m. Make sure to answer both questions and put your link to the answers in the linky below Question 2.

Mini Challenge Question 1:
What is your favorite type of myth (Greek, Roman, Egyptian etc)?

Mini Challenge Question 2:
What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it? "                                   -IB Book Blogging 

 My answers:

1.  I've loved greek mythology ever since I learned about it back in seventh grade!
2.  My favorite book with some kind of mythology in it would have to be Misfit by Jon Skovron.  Its not actual mythology ( I haven't gotten to my stack of Mythology books yet) , but it features a lot about demons and magic, etc. !  I finished it just this morning for the Once Upon a Readathon! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I'm a Participant!


 I am participating in the July RAK hosted by !  The basic idea is that you send books to others or others send them to you out of kindness.  Its really a nice idea and I'm excited to paticipate.  Here is a link to my wishlist:

I also have a few others on my list (In no particular order):

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Any Sarah Dessen or Maureen Johnson books
Jenny Han's summer series
Beach Blondes by Katherine AppleGate
An Abundance of Catherines by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Any Books by Ellen Hopkins
Clarity by Kim Harrison
Wither by Lauren Destefano
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Matched by Ally Condie
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars Series
I am Number Four 
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
13 Little Blue Envelopes
Heist Society
Uncommon Criminals

I also like suprises :)

Remarkable Reads is also participating in the Once Upon a Read A thon, which kicks off tommorow!  I am going to work on reading:

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
But I Love Him
Misfit by Jon Skovron
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

I will be posting updates right here and on twitter!