Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I knocked the heel of my hand against my forehead a few times.
"I thought you'd been kidnapped!" Vee went on. "I thought you'd been abducted! I thought you were murdered!"



Top 5 Books Read in 2009



What are the Top 5 Books that you read in 2009?

If you want to join in on the fun, copy the above image to your blog, and link it back to this blog. don't forget to use the Mr. Linky below. That's all there is to it. Have fun!

My top 5 are:

1. Perfect Chemistry

2. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

3. New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)

4. Thirsty: A Novel

5. Impossible



Book Review: Boys That Bite



Boys That Bite (A Blood Coven Vampire Novel) by Mari Mancusi

First sentence: "You know, being bitten by a vampire one week before prom really sucks."

From the back: "When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn't expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real -- and deadly. Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she's going to end up as one of the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she'll also be bonded to Magnus -- the bloodsucker who bit her -- forever. And forever is a really long time..."

My take: It was a quick easy read. Entertaining but so... so um, not sure how to put this, really. I don't know what to say. Part of me wants to stop at the first novel in the Blood Coven series... this one and be done with it. The other part of me wants to read the next book in the series just to, you know, see what happens next. We've all heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Well in this book, there's a vampire slayer named Bertha. Thankfully, Bertha has but a brief part in this book. I have to wonder what it takes to get a book published these days. Just write any old thing and wrap it around the most far-fetched imaginable things you can think of -- stick a vampire in the fray and poof you're a best selling author. I'm not going to dis on the book too bad, some day, I may be a published author and wouldn't want someone bashing my hard work. I'm sure many people found this book and/or series entertaining... But the Holy Grail? I mean come on. I won't give any spoilers. If you are looking for a humorous light Sunday afternoon read, then by all means, be my guest. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Reading level:
Young Adult
Paperback:
272 pages
Publisher:
Berkley Trade (April 4, 2006)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0425209423
ISBN-13:
978-0425209424


My rating: C




Book Review: House of Dark Shadows



House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Book 1) By Robert Liparulo

First sentence: "The walls of the house absorbed the woman's screams, until they felt to her as muffled and pointless as yelling underwater."

From the back: "When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films... but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into -- as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in a linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading to far-off places -- in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true... or his worst nightmare."

My take: This is a fun book that makes the imagination run wild and leads you on as many twists and turns as the house does. It reminds me of when I was a young girl how I could not wait until the next day's episode of "Dark Shadows" and Barnabas Collins. This book has nothing to do with that show, other than the name and a brief mention of the show in the beginning of the book. This is book 1 in series. Currently, there are 4 books out, 1 more due in January 2010 and I believe a final coming out in May of 2010. I don't know if you would have to read them in order, or if they are all basically free-standing, one not dependent on the one before it. I liked the book. Different from what I normally read, but come to think of it... I have a wide variety of books I read. I think that this would be a great book for teachers to read to their young students. I enjoyed the book. But don't see myself reading the rest of the series, not right now, anyway.

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595547274
ISBN-13: 978-1595547279

My rating: B



Teaser Tuesdays



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Xander resisted, sidestepped away. "What are you doing? I'm not going in there."
David let out an exasperated breath. "I was going to scare you. I went in there and closed the door."
"I told you I looked."
"Something happened. I went somewhere."
"Where?"
"Just go. Please?"
Xander looked from his brother to the closet. He shook his head. "This is some kind of trick."




The Friday 56



Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link back to: Story Time With Tonya and Friends.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

"But... doesn't it bother you?" Obviously not, since they were heading to a real estate agent to buy the place.



Book Review: Perfect Chemistry



Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

First sentence: "Everyone knows I'm perfect."

From the back: "At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren't exactly compatible elements. So when head cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in Chemistry class, the results are bound to be explosive. But neither teen is prepared for the most surprising chemical reaction of all -- love. Can they break through the stereotypes and misconceptions that threaten to keep them apart?

"Miss Ellis?" Mrs. Peterson says. "It's your turn. Introduce Alex to the class."
"This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn't hanging out on street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what I mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher, like you, Mrs. Peterson."

Brittany flashes me a triumphant smile, thinking she's won this round. Guess again, gringa.

"This is Brittany Ellis," I say, all eyes now focused on me. "This summer she went to the mall, bought new clothes so she could expand her wardrobe, and spent her daddy's money on plastic surgery to enhance her, ahem, assets. Her secret desire is to date a Mexicano before she graduates."

Game on..."

My take: Wow. Monday night, I had a $15.00 Borders Bucks reward to use and a 30% off coupon - before it expired at the end of December. I didn't really have any idea what I wanted to buy, because my TBR list is already huge. (My name is Lori and I'm a book-head.) Browsing through the YA section I saw this book. I bought it. Started reading it before I went to sleep that night. Big mistake. I could NOT put it down. I finished it last night - well technically it was about 1:00 this morning. I literally couldn't find a good stopping spot. I wanted to find out what happens next... Well written. It's so much more than good girl meets bad boy, good girl dumps perfect good boy boyfriend to live on the wild side because she's curious sort of story. It goes deeper than that and there are a lot of lessons to be learned in the pages of this book. Brittany is a strong character, gutsy - but believable. Alex is also a strong character. And there is so much more to him than the bad ass boy that he comes across on the surface as. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I loved it. It reminds me of "Crazy Beautiful" - the movie, only in a reverse sort of way. Probably just because rich white girl falls in love with poor Mexican-American boy. Run, do not walk... out and get yourself this book and be prepared to be blown away. Anyone who reads my reviews hasn't heard me gush over a book like this before, so you know it must be big. LOVED it.

Confessions of the Un-published!

Reading level:
Young Adult
Paperback:
368 pages
Publisher:
Walker Books for Young Readers (December 23, 2008)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0802798225
ISBN-13:
978-0802798220


My rating: A



Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"You call that a kiss?"
"Yep."
Okay, so I'm in shock the girl put my hand on her creamy cheek. Damn, you'd think I was on drugs by the way my body reacted.




Book Review: The Magician's Nephew



The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

First sentence: "This is a story that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child."

From the back: "Narnia... where the woods are thick and cool, where Talking Beasts are called to life... a new world where the adventure begins. Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to... somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they finally return home. Enter this enchanted world countless times in The Chronicles of Narnia. There are seven books in all."

My take: This is one of my picks from the 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge. Actually, I'm reading all 7 of them. I bought them in a boxed set at Half-Price Books. Such a bargain! I can't believe that I've waited this long to read these delightfully charming little books. They're older than I am, and I don't think I even knew they existed, except for the movies. Anyway, this is where it all begins. Before "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe." It's how Narnia came to be, and in fact it's about how the Wardrobe came to be. The characters are great, the story kept me interested and I am looking forward to the next one in the series. If you haven't read C.S. Lewis' books, I recommend you do.

Reading level:
Ages 9-12
Mass Market Paperback:
221 pages
Publisher:
HarperCollins (July 1, 1994)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0064471101
ISBN-13:
978-0064471107

My rating: A



The Friday 56



Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link back to: Story Time With Tonya and Friends.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Today's pick comes from the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. "The Magician's Nephew."

"Polly was just beginning to cry, not with fear, and not even because he had hurt her wrist quite badly, but with furious anger."



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Book Review: The Uninvited



The Uninvited by Steven LaChance

First sentence: "How did I end up in Union, Missouri, in the first place?"

From the back: "What kind of evil lives at the Union screaming house? In this true and terrifying firsthand account, Steven LaChance reveals how he and his three children wee driven from their Union, Missouri home by demonic attackers. LaChance chronicles how the house's relentless supernatural predators infest those around them. He consults paranormal investigators, psychics, and priests, but the demonic attacks - screams, growls, putrid odors, invisible shoves, bites, and other physical violations - only grow worse. The entities clearly demonstrate their wrath and power: killing family pets, sexually assaulting individuals, even causing two people to be institutionalized. The demons' next target is the current homeowner, Helen. When the entities take possession and urge Helen toward murder and madness, LaChance must engage in a hair-raising battle for her soul."

My take: I love ghost stories, and I love stories about haunted houses. Most especially true stories about these things. Even better when the house is in the state where you call home, and not too far down the road at that. :) Union is not too far from St. Louis, MO. Who wouldn't be creeped out by going down in the cellar and there's a basement shower... I mean that's not so bad in itself, but it is when it's called a "butcher shower." I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. It only took me a couple of days to finish. I've not done any research on whether or not it is in deed a true story or not. I mean, yes... the author says it's a true story and that these things really did happen to him and his family, but sometimes there are things posted elsewhere that say otherwise. I don't even think I'll take the chance and visit it anytime soon. LOL! I'm a chicken when it comes to things like haunted houses, EVP's, and ghosts/spirits/demons touching me. It would be all over but the packing if that happened to me in a house I was living in. Something that is really intriguing to me about the book is the fact that the landlord is just plain weird. I think that there are laws in some states which say that if a house is allegedly haunted, it has to be disclosed at lease signing or house purchasing. I'd be pretty mad if I moved into a house that everyone suspected was haunted and no one bothered to tell me ahead of time. If you like haunted house stories, this is a book that will hold your interest.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738713570
ISBN-13: 978-0738713571


My rating: A



Friday 56



Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link back to: Story Time With Tonya and Friends.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Mine comes from "The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House" by Steven LaChance.

"I opened the basement door and peeked around the corner. "No monster there, buddy."

5th and 6th sentence today. :)




Book Review: A Walk to Remember



A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

First sentence: "When I was seventeen, my life changed forever."

From the back: "There was a time when the world was sweeter... when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats... Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister... Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart - and the joy and pain of living."

My take: I still remember the first time I "accidentally" watched this movie. It was with my then husband. We started watching it in the hotel room while waiting for his sister and brother-in-law to arrive. The movie caught our attention, admittedly, not a movie he would have picked to watch in the first place... but it held our attention all the way to the end. I remember looking at him at the end, and we were both crying. He asked me "What was the name of that movie? So I don't accidentally ever watch it again." Yes, there he was, my macho on the outside, softy on the inside, husband at the time with tears in his eyes. The movie and the book had that very affect on me. They are different in minor ways. Like how Landon winds up doing the play in the first place, Landon's father's profession, and some other things are different. But each difference creates its own version of a story that gets the same message across. I loved the movie, I loved the book. I'm one of those people who tends to like the movie first, then read the book second. It's hard sometimes to decide which one I liked better. I can't honestly tell you which was better in this case. You know, like with Twilight... I loved them both, but the book was a ton better. I good, fast and easy read which I recommend for a rainy Sunday afternoon when you just want to be alone with a box of tissues!

Paperback:
224 pages
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing (September 1, 2004)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0446693804
ISBN-13:
978-0446693806


My rating: A



Teaser Tuesdays



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"The only murder I'd ever heard about had occurred six years earlier when a guy was stabbed outside of Maurice's Tavern, which was a hangout for people like Lew, by the way. For an hour or so it caused quite a stir, and phone lines buzzed all over town while nervous women wondered about the possibility of a crazed lunatic wandering the streets, preying on innocent victims."

Though I know how it ends... I've seen the movie several times, I had never read the book. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I found it at a second hand store for 75 cents and thought it would be good to read.


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