Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Challenge---- I LOST



So I was recently challeneged by Margie Stohl the amazing-one-half-of-the-amazing-Beautiful Creatures-duo, (or rather it was the other way around) but the point was we were supposed to read
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headly ...



...and post a review by Friday, June 26th midnight which Margie managed to do.

And so....

I lost.

No what Margie asks of me in payment is ..

mstohl@MitaliandMe okay here is one: DRAW a picture of someone from your top 5 YA boys list put it up on your blog for a WEEK...





If I dont comply to her wishes I would be a loser...
BUT I AM SAVED BECASUE GOD LOVES ME! :P
Or rather I am awesome! :)

TADA!




Monday, June 29, 2009

On The Menu Monday #6 The Key To The Golden Firebird --> Maureen Johnson

ON THE MENU MONDAY - The Key To The Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson





Mayzie is the middle sister, sent to private school because of her brains. Brooks, the oldest, is a beautiful athlete who's conflicted about her two loves: softball and Dave. Palmer is the youngest, tentative in all but her blistering pitches as the only freshman on varsity softball. Though very different, the Golds are sisters through and through.

When the unthinkable happens‹the death of their father‹a year passes in shattered silence. Brooks begins drinking, Palm withdraws, and May is left to fend for herself. She gets a job at a coffee spot, and hits the books. But the one thing she can't do alone is learn to drive. That's when Peter, her lifelong nemesis and all around thorn-in-side, assumes a surprising new role in May's life: he teaches her to drive, and the connection between them changes from childhood animosity to one that May can't understand, or doesn't yet want to.

As May slowly starts to pick up the pieces of her life, her sisters struggle with their own demons. The Gold sisters have been changed irrevocably, and they are all but lost to one another, until the key is found. The key to their father's Pontiac Firebird.

The Key to the Golden Firebird is a story about growing up, letting go, following your heart and discovering the true meaning of sisterhood.


Take the quiz! Which Sister Are You?: Quiz

Link to Chapter 1: Read here


I've read this book before but when I did my YA Boys: The Good and Bad Eggs, I wanted to read it again.
So Im going to do just that.
(Also it might not be fair to say this but it is my fav book by MJ!)

OTMM Reviews are posted on Thursday!

Take care,
M


Alternate cover:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

YA Boys: The Good and Bad Eggs...


Trish started it. Khy followed her. Jordyn followed them.
I am following all of them after some deep-thought.
I know everyone expects me to put up 5 of my favorite YA boys.
I'm sorry, tonight Im not a stickler for rules.
Tonight I make my own.
Although I dont have all the last names I am going to post this and then update it tomorrow!
And the reasons I like them will be here tomorrow too.

FOR NOW:

Technically he should be #1 on the likes list, but then, my rules, and I say that HE CANT BE ON A LIST. Because in my book he's above 'em all.

The One: Harry Potter


Reason: He's Harry Potter. 'Nuff said.

And now the list begins...

LIKES:
  1. Eli Stock- Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
  2. Will Wagner- Avalon High by Meg Cabot
  3. Nash- Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
  4. Peter Camp- The Key To The Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
  5. Michael Moscowitz- Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
  6. Cameroon Quick - Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
  7. Tobey Beller - When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
  8. Dexter Jones- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  9. Jordan Richman - Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  10. Adam - If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  11. Christopher Maloney - Airhead series by Meg Cabot
  12. James Worther - Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
  13. James - Audrey,Wait! by Robin Benway
  14. Sam - Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  15. Gavin Sewell, Earl of Blackmoor -The Season by Sarah MacLean
UPDATE: I forgot to add Spencer Martin- Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.

I will post the explanations later..
Now the dislikes...this was quite easy..

DISLIKES:
  1. Edward Cullen- Twilight by Stephanie Myers.
  2. Jacob Black- Twilight by Stephanie Myers
  3. Jackson Clarke- The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver series) by E. Lockhart.
  4. Eric - Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
  5. John Paul Abernathy Reynolds III - Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

And this concludes my list weird as it may be,..
Let it be known that I labored over this post for many hours..
Here is photographic evidence to prove it.

Proof#1
My post-its hard at work.

Proof#2


My stack of books to cross-reference.


Well I hope you enjoyed this post.
Let me know what you think and make your own and link back to it here!

Take care,
M

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fancy Friday--> Audrey,Wait! by Robin Benway


Fancy Friday--> Audrey,Wait! by Robin Benway

Synopsis
Breaking Up Can Make You Famous!


California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, "Audrey, Wait!," a break-up song that's so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!

Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can't hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.

Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is.


You can read an excerpt here : Chapter 1

I just realised I absolutely forgot to mention her best friend Victoria! She is awesome! :)

When you read the book you'll find out why!

You can watch the VLOG here

Let me know what you think!

Robin is on Twitter: http://twitter.com/robinbenway

Take care,
M

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday#1 The Dark Divine- Bree Despain


Hey guys!

I've decided that WoW is an amazing way to know what everyone is waiting for and what I myself am waiting for!
And I guess Ill do a special VLOG on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to commemorate VLOG WEDNESDAY!

Waiting on Wednesday#1

The Dark Divine- Bree Despain


Synopsis

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

In Bree's words:

"In THE DARK DIVINE, the main character, Grace, has had a crush on her brother's best friend, Daniel, ever since she was nine years old. She's been tagging behind her brother and Daniel ever since she was old enough to walk, and even though Daniel loved to tease her, she couldn't help totally crushing on him. But then, one night when she was fourteen years old, something terrible happened between Daniel and Jude, and Daniel suddenly disappeared. Grace thinks she's moved on, she thinks she's buried her feelings for Daniel in the past . . .That is, until three years later when Daniel mysteriously returns to town, enrolls in Grace's small Christian high school, and Grace realizes that maybe what she'd always felt for Daniel wasn't just a crush after all."

Here's a sneak peak : Link

Bree is having a contest to giveaway 2 ARC's of her book! HERE


Its very simple. To enter all you have to do is enter the story of your "First Crush" .

Haha It sounds simple but Im trying to remember mine.. and Im coming up with 5 different answers... ;-)

I shall update here to let you know what I enter!

Hurry up and enter contest ends June 27th!

Follow Bree on Twitter!

Monday, June 22, 2009

On The Menu Monday #5 What Would Emma Do? by Elieen Cook


On The Menu Monday #5! What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook



Synopsis

While juggling friendship issues (her best friend isn’t speaking to her), a love triangle-turned-square (okay, maybe she shouldn’t have kissed her best friend’s boyfriend…but it was totally an accident!…sort of), and escalating mayhem in her small religious town (uh-oh…what would Jesus do?), Emma realizes she has to stop trying to please everyone around her and figure out what she wants for herself. It’s time to start asking, “What would Emma do?”

What the School Library Journal has to say: Emma Proctor is the only person in her small town with big dreams of leaving. Even worse, she slipped up and kissed her best friend’s boyfriend, who was also her good friend. And when members of the popular clique begin fabricating stories of drug poisonings and place the blame on the school outcasts, Emma is one of the few people with proof that they are lying. Now she must make some tough decisions: Will she risk her track scholarship and ticket out of town to do the right thing? And will her friendships survive this drama? Cook keeps this book fresh with her smart and sassy protagonist. While some of the plotlines are predictable, Emma’s moral struggles and subsequent questioning of her born-again faith are touching and sincere. Fans of chick lit will appreciate this book



Chapter One here on her website.


OTMM reviews are posted on Thursdays usually.

Take care,
M

Friday, June 19, 2009

Guest Blog!

Hey guys!
I know its Fancy Friday, but I did a guest blog for Lee Verday's blog and you can find it here

There will be an update to this post in an hour to tie in to that post!

Check out Jessica Verday's website and enter Get The Goods to win some really cool swag! =)

Until later!

xx
M

Thursday, June 18, 2009

To Be Reviewed Thursday!

Hey guys!

So here's how we're rolling.
I have not yet finished Bran Hambric and I dont want to post any other review.

But here is a book that Im impatiently waiting for... The Hollow by Jessica Verday!

The Hollow







When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

I can't wait to read this book!
You can read Chapter#1 of this book here! LINK

Its in PDF format so if its not compatible with your computer let me know, I'll put the text version up!

I think Jessica is awesome for gicing us a sneek preview of her book!
Go say thank you to her! Jessica's Blog
She welcomes all our comments!



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

VLOG WEDNESDAY! Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

Hey guys!
Its VLOG Wednesday!
Today's book is Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter



Synopsis

When Cammie "the Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept a nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnapper's dangerous plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can they keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raise, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth...



Here's the link for teh Review : LINK

Enter the contest!
Let me know the name of Cammie's Aunt and the name of the Special Ops teacher and win some swag!

Email me the answers by June 21st!

Monday, June 15, 2009

On The Menu Monday#4! Bran Hambric -Kaleb Nation

I got to meet Kaleb at BEA and forunately Devyn, Kori and I were the first ones in the line when they gave the ARC's out. Within 10 minutes they were all gone!


Synopsis

Bran Hambric was found locked in a bank vault at six years old, with no memory of his past. For years, he has lived with one of the bankers, wondering why he was left behind -- until one night, when he is fourteen, he is suddenly confronted by a maddened creature, speaking of Bran’s true past and trying to kidnap him.

 Bran finds that he is at the center of a plot which started years before he was even born: the plot of a deadly curse his mother created…and one that her former masters are hunting for him to complete.

Haunted by the spirit of his mother’s master and living in a city where magic is illegal, Bran must undo the crimes of his past...before it is too late.

YouTube link: Here

OTMM reviews are posted on Thursday!

Also I will have more details about the book and a surprise, only if Devyn is ready to talk about it yet~!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fancy Friday#4 Two Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt

Synopsis

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.



I love love love love this book.

Watch the video and you'll know why!
YouTube video: Here

Monday, June 8, 2009

On The Menu Monday#3! Wherever Nina Lies- Lynn Weingarten

I'd heard a lot about this book! Finally when I started talking to Lynn on Twitter, she offered to send me a copy!
It arrived in the mail today!

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

Description
Nina was beautiful, wild & adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. 2 years later, everyone has given up hope that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance - her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.

I am currently reading the book...
OTMM reviews are posted on Thursdays!
Looking forward to it!


Monday, June 1, 2009

On The Menu Monday #2!- Twenty Boy Summer -Sarah Ockler

Hey guys its Monday again!
And this week's feature is Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler!


Link --> Sarah talk's about her book and other important things!

Synopsis from Sarah's website :


“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?”

For Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, the ingredients for the Absolute Best Summer Ever are simple: Two girls. Two bikinis. And twenty days in Zanzibar Bay, California. The best part? According to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there’s a good chance Anna will find her first summer romance.

Anna lightheartedly agrees to the fun, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie… she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death last year.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

Read the first chapter here: Chapter 1

I shall post a review with a special VLOG on Thursday!

In the meantime here's a special surprise for Sarah from Khy! 

Here 

I'm loving this book at the moment!

Can't wait for the review!