Book Name: Infinite Days (Vampire Queen #1)
Author/s: Rebecca Maizel
Language English
Publisher, year: St. Martin's Griffin 2010
Page total: 310
Date Read: October 24th 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Vampires
Synopsis/Description: Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?
First line of Book:Those were the last words I could remember.

Review: After my vampire spree, I thought I couldn't see another vampire book in front of me, but when I saw this one I though Oh, screw that, this one's mine so I got it anyway and read it. A few weeks ago. And this is the review...

Anyway,

Infinite Days turned out to be better than I thought. The thing I liked the most, and the reason I bought it was that Lenah WAS a vampire but IS human. Like, thats so cool right?

I think this book's vamps are some of my favorites so far. No one sparkles, AND they're vicious bloodsuckers AND Lenah was the worst of them. No humaneness, no cheesy lines (except Rhode's last ones, but that's understandable), no promises of forbidden love. I thought that was so refreshing! And the way Lenah described vampirism could easily dissuade the most enthusiastic of vampire wannabes. Even their LOVE was excruciating. At this point I think you understood I really liked these vampires.

Now, Justin. This may sound odd, but I didn't like him that much. I'm tired of guys that mock and play and, you know, have that tough you-can't-get-to-me look in the beginning and in the end are completely transformed in that I-can't-live-without-you kind of guys. It pisses me off.
I really liked Lenah. Her struggle for humanity was awesome, and her vampire past too and Evil be him who thinketh evil even more. I also liked to imagine the aura of mystery she seemed to have, and it was so much fun to image other people's faces when she did some things.

So, I recommend this book, especially if you like vampires.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Lenah?"
"Yeah?" I replied.
"Will you go to winter prom with me?"
"Of course," I whispered, sure I would fall asleep in moments. "Justin?"
"Mm-Hmm?" he said, moments from sleep himself.
"What's a prom?"

"Library? That sounded reasonable. As my thoughts revolved around my days surrounded by books, something miraculous happened. My anger subsided. It ebbed away as the thoughts of books, pages, and comfort entered my head."


Hello fellow bloggers!!

The Story Siren

In case you haven't noticed yet, Kristi, from The Story Siren has already made a post about 2011's DAC, and this is my list. I haven't finished this year's list yet, but I'm almost done and hey, there's still time right?

So, here's my list. Since this time I'll start in January, I'm sure I'll read all of those, or at least, most of them. The links go directly to the books' goodreads page.

  1. WARPED by Maurissa Guibord
  2. THE LATTE REBELLION by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
  3. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, reviewed
  4. XVI by Julia Karr, review
  5. TIMELESS by Alexandra Monir
  6. THE FALSE PRINCESS by Eilis O'Neal, review
  7. VESPER (DEVIANTS #1) by Jeff Sampson
  8. THE WATER WARS by Cameron Stracher
  9. THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON by Danette Vigilante
  10. CHOKER by Elizabeth Woods
  11. OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, review
  12. RIVAL by Sara Bennett Wealer
  13. HAVEN by Kristi Cook
  14. DARKNESS BECOMES HER by Kelly Keaton, review
  15. EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus
  16. FALLING UNDER by Gwen Hayes
  17. WAKE UNTO ME by Lisa Cach
  18. WITHER by Lauren DeStefano
  19. ENTWINED by Heather Dixon
  20. THOSE THAT WAKE by Jesse Karp
  21. TEN MILES PAST NORMAL by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  22. THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker AND Laura Roecker
  23. UNLOCKED by Ryan G. Van Cleave
  24. THE END OF THE LINE by Angela Cerrito
  25. ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre
  26. THE LIPSTICK LAWS by Amy Holder, review
  27. I'LL BE THERE by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  28. AWAKEN by Katie Kacvinsky, review
  29. MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby
  30. DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum
  31. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
  32. VICIOUS LITTLE DARLINGS by Katherine Easer
  33. POSSESSION by Elana Johnson
  34. FORGOTTEN by Cat Patrick
  35. BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris
  36. LOST VOICES (LOST VOICES#1) by Sarah Porter, review
  37. FALLING FOR HAMLET by Michelle Ray
  38. POPULAZZI by Elise Allen, review
  39. DARK PARTIES by Sara Grant
  40. THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
  41. DEARLY, DEPARTED by Lia Habel
  42. VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
  43. STARCROSSED (STARCROSSED #1) by Josephine Angelini
  44. NEVER EIGHTEEN by Megan Bostic
  45. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (FIRE AND THORNS #1) by Rae Carson
  46. HUMAN.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
  47. DEAD RULES by Randy Russell
  48. CLARITY
  49. ENTANGLED
  50. THE FAERIE RING
  51. FLAWLESS
  52. A BEAUTIFUL DARK
  53. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
  54. HALF-BLOOD
  55. THE REVENANT
  56. MAY B.
  57. WHAT CAN'T WAIT
  58. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
  59. BURN BRIGHT
  60. A LONG SLEEP


Okay...these are a lot of books! I didn't want to let any good book escape so I checked every single one of them in Kristi's list. Yeah, I'm a geek.

What are your books for the 2011 DAC?

(Bold: I own; Striked: I've read)
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Book Name:
Twenty Boy Summer
Author/s: Sarah Ockler
Language English
Publisher, year:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Page total: 290
Date Read: October 23rd 2010
Genre/s: YA, Romance, Fiction
Synopsis/Description: "Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"


According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.
First line of Book:Frankie Perino and i were lucky that day.

Review: I had wanted to read this book for AGES. Unfortunately, every time I ordered my books, I forgot this one and only remembered it later that day, which is always frustrating. So when I did get it, I was ecstatic because I had read so many great things about this book.

This book can only be described with one word. Beautiful. Ockler writes so beautifully, and the story itself is so beautiful and heart-breaking I couldn't not give it a 5-star rating.

The book is wonderfully written, and the story is said in Anna's perspective, and Ockler somehow makes Anna's sadness show, in fact, the whole writing exhales sadness and grief. That alone would have made me love this book. But adding to the fantastic writing, there's also a fantastic story.

Anna and Matt's romance, which was only shown in the beginning of the book, was very sweet and my favorite kind-they childhood sweethearts! Even I felt the magic element, and understood what Anna was feeling about her friendship, not only with Matt, but also with his sister, her best friend, Frankie. So when the accident happens I'm sad, and once again Ockler's writing only augmented my sadness. The way it's written...it's simply heart-wrenching.
When Anna and Frankie go to Zanzibar Bay... I admit, I had no idea of what would happen. Anna was so afraid to erase Matt of her head... I don't want to give anything away because it would certainly ruin your reading experience, but when Anna understands she'll always have Matt with her, I teared up a little. I just didn't start crying because I was not alone, and it was hard. Hard not to cry, hard to read, but even harder to stop. And impossible to forget.

So, all in all, I really, really, REALLY recommend this book to teens, but beware: your emotions will be felt very strongly while you're reading it.
Rating: 5/5
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Quotes from book:
"Every story is part of a whole, entire life, you know? Happy and sad and tragic and whatever, but an entire life. And books let you know them."

"Nothing ever really goes away--it just changes into something else. Something beautiful."

"He loved to read. He loved words, the way they string together into sentences and stories. He wanted to study them, to know and create them, to share them with the world. "

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Book Name: The Replacement
Author/s: Brenna Yovanoff
LanguageEnglish
Publisher, year: Razorbill 2010
Page total: 352
Date Read: November 6th-7th
Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Faeries
Synopsis/Description: Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
First line of Book:I don’t remember any of the true, important parts, but there's this dream I have.

Review:I was really excited when I started reading The Replacement, because it seemed to have a pretty original storyline, with the Changelings and all that, and Maggie Stiefvater's blurb was really making me curious and eager to start. I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint.

Mackie Doyle is, indeed, one of the sweetest, strongest, most magnetic heroes I've met, as others put it, and I couldn't agree more. His relationship with Emma was also very good and warm and sweet and one of my favorite things.
Tate was a strange girl. She totally kicks ass but sometimes she is so unreasonable it pisses me off. I didn't get Roswell either. He just seemed to be along for the ride, you know?
The character I was surprised to like though, was the Morrighan. I couldn't not like her.

The writing was pretty good too, and easy to read. I would recommend it if you like fantasy and paranormal novels and that kind of thing.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Do you really want to know where we come from?" she said. "In every century, in every country, they'll call us something different. They'll say we're ghosts, angels, demons, elemental spirits, and giving us a name doesn't help anybody. When did a name change what someone is?"

"I'm not normal, Tate."
"I know." Her hand was working its way under my shirt, then touching my skin, sliding over my chest and stomach. "Does this feel good?"
I closed my eyes and nodded.
"You're normal enough."

Book Name:
Hex Hall
Author/s: Rachel Hawkins
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Hex Hall
Publisher, year: Gailivro, 2010
Page total: 240
Date Read: October 17th 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy
Synopsis/Description: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
First line of Book:Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom.
Review: This is NOT my type of book. I don't like witches very much (read: at all) but the books I had ordered hadn't come yet and this was right in front of me, in Portuguese, in the store and my instincts took over, ie, I grabbed the book and ran to my parents to beg them for it. So, yeah, I was desperate.

So I was surprised to find out I kind of liked Hex Hall. Hawkins created a really cool place for Prodigium to be, and a really nice love interest.

Sophie is a likable character, and she is very funny, which is always a bonus so she's a good heroine. Her decision in the end surprised me, but somehow it sounded a little bit forced.
Archer is odd, from the beginning, I wasn't understanding him, but then a piece of foreshadowing made my brain work and it all fit in, which means in the end, I was not surprised. Needless to say, I thought it was quite predictable.

Overall, it was enjoyable, but I have read some other better things. It is very funny so I'd recommend it if you want to laugh. And if you like this kind of things, of course.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."
Mom gave a startled laugh. "Sophie!"
"What? You did. I hope you like hot weather, Mom, that's all I'm saying."

"Sophia Mercer," Elodie intoned, "we have come to induct you into our sisterhood. Say the five words to begin the ritual."
I blinked at her. "Are you freaking kidding me?"
Anna gave an exasperated sigh. "No, the five words are 'I accept you offer, sisters."

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Book Name: Paranormalcy
Author/s: Kiersten White
Language English
Publisher, year: Harper Teen, 2010
Page total: 335
Date Read: October 19th 2010
Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Synopsis/Description:Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.
First line of Book:"Wait - did you - you just yawned!"
Review: This was such a cute book!

After reading all those reviews that said Paranormalcy was great and beautiful and very good indeed, I was very curious. What kind of book could inspire so many awesome reviews?

Turns out, Paranorlmalcy has earned all of those reviews.

All of the characters in the book were likable and, simply put, well-written.
Evie is a likable, believable, witty heroine I couldn't help but love. Her obsession with pink was truly endearing, as is her use of tasers. Lend is completely swoon-worthy and very original too. he's not human, not vampire, not a werewolf. What is he then? Read to find out. Reth was an intriguing character I sometimes hated, but others I was just trying to figure him out. I hope there's more Reth in Supernaturally, I really do.

The writing was fantastic, easy to read, and incredibly funny at parts (read: during most of the book) so I was never bored.
The supernatural concept was very interesting too. The glamour thing really kept me interested and now I want more. More of Evie, more of Lend, more of Reth, and more of Kiersten.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Do you have a driver's license?"
He laughed. "That's important?"
"Oh yeah! I'd kill for a driver's license! Hey, maybe that's what the poem means! I'm going to go berserk and start attacking people because they won't let me drive..."
"Could be, you never know. But yes, I have a driver's license."
I leaned back against the wall, sighing. "Man, that must be so cool."
"It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my drivers license inside my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all."

"I scooted over, patting the bed next to me. "No such luck. And now you get to watch forty straight hours of Easton Heights with me!"
He turned on the first disk, shaking his head, then got onto the bed next to me. "Small price to pay for getting to hold your hand."
I wasn't cold anymore."


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Book Name:
I AM NUMBER FOUR
Author/s: Pittacus Lore (Pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes)
Language English
Publisher, year: HarperCollins 2010
Page total: 440
Date Read: October 30th-31st 2010
Genre/s: YA, Si-Fi, Aliens, Romance, Action
Synopsis/Description:
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.
First line of Book:The door starts shaking.

Review:Do you know why I read this book? Catchy title.
And...

I'm a sucker for aliens.

Really. So I couldn't resist getting this book right away when I found out about it. The premise is spectacular and it sounded freaking awesome!

But I was quite disappointed. It was pretty boring, even (read: especially) on the action-packed part, the part we're supposed to love and read without being able to avert our eyes from the pages.
But the opposite happened. I was so. Damn. Bored. That is NOT supposed to happen!

Four (aka John) is a likable character, even though he sounded too...human. He's an alien, should he think like that? And why did he fall for a human girl? I liked her, but I'm sick of half-bloods (except Riordan's), hybrids and half-somethings. Ugh.
His Legacies were awesome though. And the Chest. And anything remotely Loric.
And Henri. Gosh i liked Henri. He was so sweet and protective and fatherly.

The writing is pretty good, easy to read and - have I said the whole concept is amazing? Because it is.

Anyway, if you like aliens and don't mind some slow pacing and lack of action (in the first half of the book NOTHING happens), this is the book for you.
Rating: 3/5
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Quotes from book:
"When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope."

"I am an alien, I have extraordinary powers, with more to come, and I can do things that no human would dream of, but I still look like a fool."

"Those things that are the most obvious are the very things we've most likely to overlook."


Book Name:
The DUFF
Author/s: Kody Keplinger
Language English
Publisher, year: Poppy, 2010
Page total: 288
Date Read: October 31st 2010
Genre/s: YA, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Synopsis/Description: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
First line of Book:This was getting old.

Review:I wasn't really sure of what to expect when I started reading The DUFF.

I was disappointed when I found out there's lots of meaningless sex in the beginning, and that its just after that then feelings come. Like, WTF?

Appart fro that "minor" thing, I really liked this book.
Bianca is one of those girls you either love or hate. Personally, I wasn't very sure till more or less the middle. Then I started loving her. She is, as Toby says, "...pretty great, Bianca. You tell it like it is, you don't seem like you're afraid to be yourself, and you're a Democrat. That makes you awesome in my book." I completely agree with him. Well, except with the Democrat thing but you get the point.
Wesley was odd. He was funny too, but he was mostly odd. I wasn't sure if I'd like him or not, and I'm still not sure. Though I think I'm liking him more now.

The whole book was pretty well written, and the whole message was also good. So, I'd recommend it for teens who like realistic fiction and who - uh - don't mind some cursing, because Bianca curses a lot.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit."

"You're a disgusting, shallow, womanizing jackass, and I hope that soda stains your preppy little shirt." Just before I marched away, i looked over my shoulder and added, "And my name isn't Duffy. it's Bianca. we've been in the same homeroom since middle school, you selfabsorbed son of a bitch."

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