Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Book Review - The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

I, Penny Lane Bloom, do solemnly swear to never date another boy for as long as I shall live. All right, maybe I’ll reconsider it in ten years or so when I’m no longer living in Parkview, Illinois, or attending McKinley High School, but for now I’m done with guys.
They’re all lying, cheating scum of the earth.Yes, every last one of them. Pure evil.
Sure, there are some that seem nice, but the second they get what they want, they’ll dump you and move onto their next target.
So I’m done.
No more dating.
The end.

Love is all you need…or is it?

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating, so she vows: No more. She’s had one too many bad dates, and has been hurt by one too many bad boys. It’s a personal choice…and soon everybody wants to know about it. It seems that Penny’s not the only girl who’s tired of the way girls change themselves (most of the time for the worse) in order to get their guys…or the way their guys don’t really care about them.

Girls are soon thronging to The Lonely Hearts Club (named after Sgt. Pepper’s band), and Penny finds herself near legendary for her non-dating ways – which is too bad, since the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club has found a certain boy she can’t help but like…

Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work.

I received this book for review from my contact as she thought I would like it since it fit my tastes. The title threw me off for a bit, but when I picked up the book I actually liked the premise. As I proceeded to read the book knowing it was the author’s debut book I was quite surprised at how good she was.

I guess its confession time.

I have never heard the Beatles. I know that might be perceived as a sin in many of your eyes. I intend to remedy that right away.

Oh here:

Situation remedied.

I’m listening to it now! Oh wow! I actually like the song! :D

Getting back to the book! I did enjoy it quite a bit. Filled with references to The Beatles and trivia related to them, The Lonely Hearts Club, is a refreshing novel about a girl – Penny Lane (obviously named after a Beatles song), who after being dumped by the boy she thought she loved for so many years takes the initiative of getting together girls suffering through the same, and forms a club where the girls form a bond. A sisterhood of sorts. The only catch. Once you’re in it you can’t date a boy. Not for life. Only for the remainder of your high school years.

Ahh, but as they say, ‘when God closes one door, he opens another window.’

As soon as Penny is out of one relationship, Ryan, her good friend starts acting weirdly around her. She is confused by all that is going on and the Club is getting out of hand as all the girls flock to join it. Let’s face it; we have all at some point faced the same rejection that Penny and her friends have. It hurts and honestly if you don’t have your friends to help you get through that time you’re stuck. Everything looks pretty bleak.

Ms. Eulberg’s debut novel, filled with humour and quirks, is a read that every girl needs when she is in search of a pick-me-up after being let down. I love Penny’s voice and that fact that she wasn’t scared to stand up for her ideals. Ms. Eulberg provides teen girls with what they exactly need. Someone they can look upto and want to emulate when the time comes for them to take a stand.

Overall a delightful read! Congrats on a job well done Ms. Eulberg!

Read the back story here and visit here website here to learn more about the book and Ms. Eulberg herself!

Happy Release Day!

Until next time,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent


“If she were going to die, I’d already be screaming. I’m a banshee. That’s what we do.”

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld — a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk....

I loved My Soul To Take. Look out for my review coming soon!

Book 2 in the Soul Screamer Series comes out December 29th. Its called My Soul To Save.

Rachel Vincent is having a contest on her website for a signed copy of each! Enter to win!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

All Unquiet Things centers around the murder of teen heiress Carly Ribelli, who was found shot to death a mile from her house in a wealthy Northern California suburb. Carly’s uncle, a dissolute alcoholic, was convicted of the crime, but a year later his daughter still doesn’t believe her father is guilty. Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey Ribelli contacts Carly’s ex-boyfriend, Neily Monroe, the boy who found Carly’s body. She is convinced that he knows more than he thinks about the events that led up to Carly’s death. Despite Neily’s initial reluctance, he and Audrey begin their investigation at the posh private school they attend, identifying prime suspects from among their spoiled classmates and digging up secrets about Carly’s past to get to the truth behind her murder.

All Unquiet Things will be released by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House) on January 12, 2010.

Read an excerpt from All Unquiet Things here. Download the All Unquiet Things chapter sampler here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bring It On!

A few days back I got an email asking me to attend an event at the NYPL.
It was an event for Jessica Bendinger the author of The Seven Rays. (Simon & Schuster - November, 24th 2009)

This was the attachment:

After reading that I HAD to attend. There was no way I wasn't going! The chance to meet the writer of Bring It On? Stick It? Aquamarine? SEX AND THE CITY?!?!?!!
'course not!
And boy am I glad I did!
Jessica was nothing but fantastic!
Did you know she used to be a model? I didn't either!

The Seven Rays sounds absolutely fascinating! Jessica conceived of it as a movie, but it didn't seem plausible at the time so she converted it to a novel.

Jessica went on the Today Show on Thursday to talk about her book! She mentions the movie part in it! Watch the video to see which actors she mentions are interested!
Here's the link to the article: Link
Here the video: Link

At the NYPL, there was a Q&A session hosted by Nina Malkin, the author of Swoon!
Here are some pictures:

Jessica and Nina

During the Q&A.

Jessica signing a copy of her book.

I'm really excited to read the book and share my thoughts with you! Stay tuned!

Until next time,

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cover Art!

We've been waiting a long time for this cover to be revealed... and finally we get to see it!!!

*drumroll please*

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

The cover suits the book perfectly. You get that once you've read the book!

Its definitely one you should look out for and put it on your 2010 wish list!

Until next time,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger

(No cover available yet!)

About Kody:

She is a teen novelist. THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) will be released by LIttle Brown/Poppy in Fall 2010!!! Meanwhile, she's in her freshman year of college at Ithaca in upstate New York!

Read about the origin of the term DUFF here


Seventeen-year-old Bianca knows she’s the Duff (the designated ugly, fat friend). So when Wesley, a notorious womanizer, approaches her at a party she knows he wants to score with one—or both—of her hot friends. God, the man-whore’s arrogance really pisses her off! But Bianca needs to escape from some personal drama, like her mom’s abandonment and her dad’s denial, and a steamy fling with Wesley seems like the perfect distraction. Bianca makes it clear she’s only using Wesley, as if he cares. He’ll sleep with anything that moves after all. Unfortunately, the enemies-with-benefits plan totally backfires.

When her mom files for divorce and her father stumbles into a downward spiral of drinking and depression, Wesley proves to be a surprisingly good listener, and Bianca finds out that his family is pretty screwed up, too. As sickening as it sounds, she has to admit that she and Wesley are a lot alike. Soon she becomes jealous of the pretty girls he flirts with and his cocky grin begins to grow on her. Suddenly Bianca realizes—with absolute horror—that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated.

ONE reason I want to read this book?

The guy sounds like Chuck Bass (behaviorally). ;)

Until next time,

Can you say AH-MAZING?!

As if my being obsessed with reading it over and over wasn't enough, Beautiful Creatures has gone and made itself even more memorable. Rather unforgettable.

Do you remember watching P.S. I Love You with Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank and Jeffery Dean Morgan, crying buckets of tears along the way?

Well, if you do, then you're in for a treat...

Beautiful Creatures has been optioned by Warner Bros. to be made into a movie!


What could possibly be better than Ethan and Lena being eternalized on the silver screen?

...This is where P.S. I Love You comes in. The person who wrote the screenplay - writer/director Richard LaGravenese is on board! As is Erwin Stoff (The Blind Side) as producer!

Read the full length article in EW here.

If I have not done so before, here is the wonderful trailer of Beautiful Creatures made by own of our own, Vania from Reverie Book Reviews!

Congratulations Kami & Margie!

Until next time,