Monday, December 27, 2010

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness

Hardcover, 479 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Walker Children's

Recommended: 14 and up

Goodreads Summary:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Or are there?

Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.

Which is impossible.

Prentisstown has been lying to him.

And now he's going to have to run...

My Thoughts:

Prentisstown is not your typical happy-go-lucky town.  Everyone can hear everyone's thoughts, in the Noise.  There is no escaping.  Todd Hewitt is the last boy in town, and he has one month until he is thirteen and officially a man.  The Noise germ has killed all the women in their town, and Todd has accepted everything Prentisstown has told him.  Until the day he hears the quiet.  And he meets a girl.  And now he must run, because Prentisstown has been lying to him all his life.  

This has definitely been one of my favorite books.  Ever.  I spent an evening reading when I should have been studying.  But it was worth it.  The Knife of Never Letting Go is a Dystopian that has romance, suspense, action, and the frightening thrills of growing up in a world where everyone hears your thoughts.  In the world of Dystopian it is refreshing to read about a world where there is no censorship enforced by others, but censorship that you must force on yourself.

Todd and Violet were an uber cute couple.  (Please ignore the fact that I used uber cute in an actual sentence.)  Even though they're twelve, I really loved the romance/non romance.  It wasn't like all out kissing/hand holding/hugging, but it was really cute :)  I think I've completely girl-ified this review and book, but this really is a "boy book."  No staring into each other's eyes and murmurings of "I love you" in the moonlight.  

The book in general was just awesome.  Had a total twisty, loopy plot and it definitely didn't end the way I thought it would.  Just as I thought it would have a happily ever after, it stabs me in the back with the ending.  You'll just have to read it to know what happens ;)

As a side note, I love love love Manchee!  He is adorable!  And I love how loyal he is to Todd, even when Todd is mean to him.  I don't want to spoil, but many tears were shed over Manchee.  As well as many laughs and smiles. 

Overall: 5/5 stars.  I'm completely obsessed with this book.  I need book 2 now!!! Fortunately, the entire trilogy is out already, so if you decide to read it, you won't have to wait :)  I would recommend this to all "boy book" fans and dystopian fans :) 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!/Happy Holidays!/ Holiday Comments Post

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, a very happy Hannukah, a very merry Kwanza, or whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it was wonderful.
If you get gifts during your holiday, let us know what you got! If not, tell us a bit about your holiday! We love interatction, and a holiday post is just the place to do it! So think of this as your Holiday Post for Comments lol.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Weekend Brain Parties!

This week's question:
How do you say Merry Christmas in Spanish?

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We did have a winner last week!

Last Week's Question:
When is Christmas?

Last Week's Answer:
December 25

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! lol

Congratulations to the winners of our Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Contest and our 100 Follower Giveaway Contest!!!!!!! Both were a very sucessful event and we plan to have many more in the future!!

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway:

The Prize: Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Winner:
CHI KITTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

100 Follower Giveaway:

The Prize(s): A Snowflake Necklace, a YooHoo and Friends, and Princess SillyBandz

The Winner(s):
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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The Prize for this wonderful giveaway is...
 Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix!

Summary (from Inside Cover):
"Somewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box. It is not safe for me to wear it. . . . It is  not safe for me even to tell anyone who I really am. But I know- I have always known"
Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess, in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanquished. A commoner named Desmia is on the throne as a decoy.
As she gets older, Cecilia finds it harder to study statesmanship and palace protocol secretly at night and then pretend that she has nothing on her mind other than scrubbing the gruel stains out of her best apron by day.
Cecilia knows that it is time to take charge. Along with her best friend, Harper, she flees to the capital city, determind to reclaim her throne and face the danger head on.
When Harper and Cecilia reach the gamed Palace of Mirrors, they discover complications: Princess Desmia believes an entirely different version of the story.
Acclaimed author Maragaret Peterson Haddix returns to the charmed world of Just Ella, where a princess-in-hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appears.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Break Goals

I know my school's winter break doesn't start for another week, but here are my goals I plan to try to achive this winter break. In the comments section, leave me some of your goals!

My goals:
  1. Read, read, read! So I have books to review on here!
  2. Try to interview some authors for here
  3. Create a stats binder for PrincessReviews for 2011.
  4. Come up with things to do on PrincessReviews in 2011.
  6. Do any extra credit I can for school
  7. Play in the snow
  8. Enjoy the break
  9. Sleep in
  10. Work on writing the book I want to write
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Weekend Brain Parties

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What day is Christmas day?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Great Expectarions - Charles Dickens Review

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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens

Page Length:

Published Date:

Recommended for:
High Schoolers/College Students

Summary (from Goodreads):
No other novel in the English language so epitomizes upward mobility, the rise from poverty to wealth, as Great Expectations. Often considered to be one of Dickens's best novels, it tells the story of young Pip who is mysteriously helped by two people: escaped convict Magwitch and the eccentric dowager Miss Havisham. Here is storytelling at its best, alive with bigger-than-life characters, plot twists that turn on a dime, and scenes that burst off the page with color.
What I Think:
This story is not as hard as everyone says it is, it is just very wordy. I would not have read it on my own, but other people might, and that is good.
It is not a bad book at all, it wasn't even that boring. It just explains stuff a lot, and I think that's what some people don't like about it.

My Rating:
3.5/5 stars

Sunday, December 12, 2010

3-in-1 Review: Shade, Personal Demons, and Nightshade

So, I have this issue of reading too many books.  In fact, I read so many books, I end up running out of time to review them all.  So today, I'm just going to do quick reviews of 3 books and put it in one post.  I'm just weird like that.
Title: Shade
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse

Goodreads Summary:

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

My thoughts:
I generally do not like ghost stories.  They all tend to be similar, and characters that linger in the past can make the book a little boring for me.  But Shade was definitely not like any ghost story I've ever read before.  I was even a bit lost in the beginning, wondering, what kind of book is this supposed to be?  Once I actually started getting into the story, I could see that it was completely original and I was in love.  And this book had a real "I have no idea who she is going to end up with" love triangle, which is rare for me to find.  The ending had me spazzing out, and I am extremely excited for the next book! :D

Overall: 4.7/5 stars :D (If you don't like decimals, might as well just round).  I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some fresh, original paranormal YA. 

Title: Personal Demons
Author: Lisa Desrochers

Paperback, 364 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary: 
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them

My thoughts: 
I've been dying to read this one forever, and finally just decided to buy it since I couldn't find it at the library.  Although from reading the summary, it sounds cheesy and cliche, it really is not.  Luc was not the demon I thought he'd be, Gabe was not the angel I thought he'd be, and Frannie was not the Catholic girl I thought she'd be.  (Wow, that was a slightly repetitive sentence lol).  Towards the end, Luc got... dare I say it, nice?  And Gabe was starting to look less of a goody-two shoes.  So I am conflicted Team wise.  A great new creative twist on a classic concept.    

Overall:  4.5/5 stars :D (If you don't like decimals, might as well just round).  
Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer

Hardcover, 454 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Philomel(first published 2010)

Goodreads Summary: 
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

My thoughts:
So, I read this in one sitting.  May possibly be my favorite werewolf book I've ever read.  I LOVED Calla, and all the characters in general.  They were all full of life, and had so much personality.  And Ren... oh Ren.  I loved both Ren and Shay, but I think Ren won out for me in the end :) What I was pleasantly surprised about was all the little bits of philosophy, censorship, oppression, and all that lovely stuff we talk about in English class.  I guess you could say it has more depth than your stereotypical YA novel.  Ends in a cliffhanger, so I am eagerly anticipating for Wolfsbane (the next book).  

Overall: 5/5 stars :D I have no idea how I'm supposed to wait 6 months for the next book.  

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Hop Winner!

Sorry this is late, I've been sick.

Congratulations to
The Freebie Junkie
the winner of the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop
held on PrincessReviews!!!!!!!!!!

You have been emailed. Please reply with your Jasamere username ASAP!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Merry Kinzmas Giveaways!!!!

Frequently Asked Questions directly from the Webkinz website

if it is in italics, it is straight from the Webkinz site

What are Webkinz pets?
Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code that lets you enter Webkinz World and play with a virtual version of your pet.

What are all the cool things I can do in Webkinz World?
Where do we start? First, you adopt your pet and name it. Then you can custom design a room for it. You can play games in the Arcade, or compete against other players in tournaments. You can answer quizzes in Quizzy's Question Corner and enter contests, too. All of these things earn you KinzCash, which you can use to go shopping for your pet in our W Shop. The W shop is the section of the website where you can buy toys, furniture and clothes. There are stories to read and fun daily activities. The best part is that we add things to Webkinz World frequently, so it's always getting bigger and better.

How do I find out more about Webkinz World?
There are lots of ways. For a sneak peek, click on “Take a Tour” on the home page. Inside the site, you can click on the yellow help button at the bottom right of the dock to open a Help File for more information on the area you are in. You also get a Webkinz Guide when you first sign up which explains everything about the website.

Webkinz World sounds awesome - how do I sign up?
Access to Webkinz World comes with the purchase of Webkinz plush. Our Store Locator on the main page can help you find the nearest retailer.

Can I join Webkinz World for free?
No, unfortunately, you must first buy a Webkinz pet, which gives you one year of access to our site. To find the nearest store where you can buy Webkinz pets, go to the main Webkinz page and click on the Store Locator button in the lower right.

I just bought a Webkinz pet - how do I register?
On the welcome page, click on "New Member." Ms. Birdy will guide you through the rest of the registration. You will need your Secret Code in order to register. Your Secret Code is around the ankle of your Webkinz pet.

OK, I'm registered. How do I get back on the site later?
The next time you visit us, just click on "Log In" and enter the username and password you picked when you first registered.

How many Webkinz pets are there?
There's a link to our collection on the main page - just click on the COLLECTIONS CATALOG after closing this window. Once you're logged in, you can also check out the MEET THE WEBKINZ PETS section in the newspaper. The Webkinz family is always growing, so check back often!

Why do some Webkinz pets have a W on their paws?
The pets without a 'W' on them are part of the first generation of Webkinz pets! We now put the letter 'W' on every Webkinz pet's paw, so if you see a pet without a W, you know it is a first generation Webkinz pet!

Where do I buy new Webkinz/Lil'Kinz pets? Can I buy them online?
To find a store, go to the main Webkinz page and click on the STORE LOCATOR button. Newly released Webkinz or Lil'Kinz pets may take a week or so to arrive at your local store, but you can always go in and pre-order them. If you find a store does not have the Webkinz pets you are looking for, ask them to order it. They will be more than happy to do this for you. There are also some online stores where you can buy Webkinz pets. Just Google the word WEBKINZ.

How much are the Webkinz plush pets? Can you make them cheaper?
Sorry to say, but the prices of the Webkinz Plush Toys are not in our control. Ganz provides each retailer with a suggested retail price. However, it is up to the retailers to price them. You may have to shop around to find the best priced Webkinz pets.
If you want to know where you can get a Webkinz pet, be sure to check out the Store Locator on the main Webkinz World page:

Can I machine wash my pet?
No, your Webkinz Plush pet should not be washed in a washing machine. If they are looking a little scruffy, and a bit of a wash seems like a good idea, please wipe it with a damp cloth with a little, teensy-tiny bit of baby shampoo. Next, wipe it again with a damp cloth, this time with no soap.

What's the catalog for?
You can view the Webkinz Catalogue from the home page. The catalog is just another way to look at all the wonderful Webkinz pets. You can even check off the Webkinz pets you want to adopt next and add them to your wish list!

How do I make a Wishlist?
To create a Wishlist, simply click on the "Collections Catalog" button and check the box next to any pet you are interested in collecting. When you have checked all of the boxes you want, click on the "Wishlist" button and you'll be able to print a copy of your new Wishlist!

How did you come up with Webkinz World?
GANZ Inc. has loved stuffed animals for a very long time. So we thought, wouldn't it be great to have a place where your stuffed animal came to life so that you could care for it like a real pet? To make the pet more real, we decided it could be happy or sad, healthy or sick, hungry or full. Taking care of your pet matters!
Of course we wanted it to be as fun as possible so we added games and trivia and lots of fun items that we thought Webkinz owners would enjoy working for to purchase for their pet!
Webkinz World will continue to grow and expand so that fans like you can enjoy your pet to the fullest.

How do you come up with your ideas?
We have a whole team of people here always working on new ideas to make Webkinz World better for everyone. We also get ideas from the surveys and emails we get from all of you.

How often is Webkinz World updated?
We generally update Webkinz World every two weeks or so. But not everything on the site can be updated every two weeks, so keep watching the Newz section to check what's new!

When did Webkinz World begin?
Webkinz World began on April 28, 2005. It is getting bigger and better every single day! We've got a huge team of technical wizards, creative writers, awesome artists, and terrific support people who work hard to make Webkinz World wonderful! We hope you're enjoying your time in Webkinz never know what might happen next!

For more Webkinz Q&A, click here.

Hopefully that gave you a little better understanding on what Webkinz, so that you now have knowledge of the Webkinz giveaways we are about to have!!!!!!!

As a Christmas Present to all of my wonderful followers,
we are having 2 Christmas Giveaways!!!
Both have to do with Webkinz, which is why it's a Kinzmas giveaway.

The 1st giveaway:
A Webkinz Account!!!!!

The Prize:
A Webkinz Account!

Who can enter?
This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!!!

What is in this account?
56 pets
68 rooms
10,314 KinzCash
73 items when you open the page
20 new messages (as of 12/4/10)
TONS of rare items, gems, collectables, and more!

How much is this account worth?
This account is worth OVER $600!!!!!!

Why are you giving it away?
I simply don't play on Webkinz anymore, and I do not want it to go to waste, after I've put so much time, energy, and money into it. So, I decided that I'd give it to someone who will take care of it for a while.

If I don't like the username, can I change it?
I would let you change it, but unfortunatly, Ganz doesn't, so no.

You MUST follow PrincessReviews
You (or whoever you are winning it for) MUST be active online
You (or whoever you are winning it for) MUST play on Webkinz AT LEAST 3 times a week
Put the word Monkey in the spot on the form where it says Webkinz so I know you read the rules
I need a GOOD REASON (preferably an essay) on WHY you want to win!
You CANNOT change the password!
You MUST take care of ALL of the pets, not just one or two.

How to Enter:
Still want to win after reading all those rules, huh? GOOD! That means you will most likely take care of the account, and I praise you for that.
To enter, simply fill out the form here.

How do I start to play if I win?
I will email you a contract which you must read and reply back with an I Do, letting me know that you will use the account.
After you have confirmed that, I will email you the username and Password.
As stated in the rules, you cannot change the password.
Then, just log onto Webkinz and start playing.

December 23rd at Midnight

Giveaway #2:
Zumbuddy Prize Pack!

The Prize:
an orange Zumbuddy AND an orange Zumbuddy Klip

Who can enter?
Sorry, this one is for people in the United States of America only.

How much is it worth?
About $20

The Rules:
You MUST be a PrincessReviews follower
You MUST have a Webkinz account, or give it to someone who does have a webkinz account!

How to enter:
Fill out the form by clicking here.
I will email the winner and they have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

December 27th
(If you are giving them to someone as a gift, tell them it just hasn't arrived yet) 

Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Angelfire by Coutney Allison Moulton

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC :) Made me very very very happy :) 

Title: Angelfire

Author: Coutney Allison Moulton

Published February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads summary:
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action. 

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul. 

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once. 

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

My thoughts: 

Ellie seems to be your typical high schooler.  Well, that is until some of her nightmares start becoming reality.   She meets Will, the boy who seems to randomly pop up into her life, and yet she feels like she knows him from somewhere.  As it turns out, Will reveals Ellie's true past to her, and she learns that she is the Preliator, has been reincarnated for the past one thousand-something years, and her main job is to kill demonic reapers.  She must now learn to fill her role as the Preliator, and defeat "Enshi" before it destroys her soul. 

I ended up loving this book a lot more than I thought I would.  I really adored the writing and the characters.  Ellie was snarky, and read more like, well,  a real teenager would.  Will was... hot.  And I love him for his root beer float obsessions.  I love YA couples that can kick-butt together instead of someone just hiding in a corner.  All of the characters in general were all well developed and well written.  

This books is the perfect combination of humor, romance, action, and general awesomeness.  My only complaint I think is maybe some questionable plot points, but I think more will be revealed in the next book :) I also wouldn't have minded if Cadan was in it more ;)  For those who don't know who Cadan is, I we're probably in the same club.  He isn't in Angelfire too much, (maybe around 10 pages), but I can't help loving the mysterious guy.  He's coming in more in the next book, and I shall DEFINITELY add that to my TBR list :D 

Psstt you can also read the first 100 pages now! So go check it out here!

Overall: 4.5/5 stars :D  If you want to read some fresh original YA debuts, look no further than Angelfire! I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in this trilogy! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop!

Jasmere is willing to donate $25 credit to the winner!  

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop! This event has been months in planning and I am super excited that the day is finally here! I have up for grabs $25 in Gift Certificates to be won!

Please check out the wonderful prizes donated by my very generous sponsors. I invite you to check out their sites or bookmark them to visit after the hop ends. Have fun everyone!

Unfortunatly, this is a United States of American ONLY contest. :(

Once a winner is chosen, I will ask them to create and account, or tell me the username, then email me the username of the account and I will email it to Jasmere and they will credit it with $25!!!

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Main Entry:
Visit and leave a comment telling me which item you like best.
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Giveaway ends on December 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected by and notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. Good luck!