Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Signed Copy of The Liar Society GIVEAWAY! :D *CLOSED*

Lately I have been one lucky duck and have been getting AWESOME signed books from left to right. I entered two contests and I won both! Both of the prizes was a signed copy of The Liar Society. I reviewed this a while back so if you want to see my review you can find it here! So, I decided that since I had two why not share my prize with one of you?

The prizes are:
(Excuse the cruddy photos!)

Signed Copy of The Liar Society

Signed Liar Society bookmark


I decided to add in my own little thing so I am making a "Liar Society friendship bracelet"
(I can make one to your wrist or ankle measurement. This one was pre-made.)

Doesn't my wrist look lovely? I really think I should be a wrist model ;)
(By the way this friendship bracelet design is called the Chinese staircase. Just in case you wanted to know! ;D)

So, there ya have it! Now are you ready to hear how you can win? Well, to enter you MUST follow me on my blog but there are other ways to earn more points:

*Old follower: +2
*New follower: +1
*Comment what color you would die your hair(because of course in the book Kate has her hair dyed pink!): +1
*Share on twitter or on your blog (make sure to leave the link in your comment):+2
Then add them all up in the comments!

Also, make sure to leave your email address so I know how to contact ya!

The deadline is a week from today: Tuesday, June 7th at 12 pm, Central. I will not be posting the winner the day of OR the next day because I'll be in NEW YORK for my end-of-the-8th grade trip! So make sure to come back to see who the winner is on Thursday, June 9th!

*This giveaway IS international!*

Good luck and Enjoy!

-Jewelz <3

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Switch by Carol Snow (Review)

Genre: Contemporary

Number of Pages: 224

For ages 13+ for some mature scenes

"Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck in the fabulous body—and life—of Larissa, the icy blonde beauty who has caught the eye of Nate, Claire's longtime crush.

Will Claire ever figure out how to get her old life back? And, more importantly, will she even want to?" -Goodreads

Switch by Carol Snow was a fairly good book! I wanted SOME type of paranormal aspect but.. this was more of a contemporary the further you got into it. My school had a buy one get one free book fair last week and I was definitely going. My friend Shelby (Which I promised I would mention. HI SHELBY!) found this book for me because I told her that I wanted a somewhat paranormal book with... Can you guess it? That's right. Romance. She finally found me Switch.

Claire is a somewhat normal teenage girl.. except that she somehow can switch bodies during storms. I thought I was scared of storms.. but she actually has an important reason. ;D I have to say.. I would NOT be a happy camper if I woke up in someone else's bed, in a different body. I am a real homebody. It's hard for me to fall asleep at a friends house and she HAS to fall asleep to become herself again. I could definitely feel her pain.

Romance.... Ehh. I would have to say that department was lacking. Also, the boy Nate, not a swoon worthy character either. He was like any average boy that all the girls had a crush on. He had no other unique qualities. I wish he could have been a little bit more unique. The good thing was there WAS some romance in this book,somewhat so I wasn't completely left "hanging." ;)

This was a good quick read so if you are looking for a good summer quick read this would be great! It was a nice simple book. Not heavy on the romance, not heavy on the "paranormal" aspect.

Carol did a great job of having you hate Larissa in the beginning and then somehow in the end feel her pain. You would never imagine that you could feel sorry for her. Larissa had problems that you never even learned until Claire was actually in Larissa's body figuring her life out.

If you are into the contemporary with a little bit of weirdness you would probably like this book. Unfortunately, for me, I'm not a humongous fan of just plain contemporary. It was a great book. Just not the type of book for me!

I give this book 3 out 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, it was a fantastic book. I just prefer full paranormal than contemporary and a little bit of paranormal.


P.S. My mom went to BEA and she got me some ARCS! :D

She got me Crossed by Ally Condie signed:

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey:

And then she got me Angelfire signed by Courtney Allison Moutlon!

My mom got more but she shipped the rest to our house! :D YAY! More reviews to come!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman (Review)

Genre: Contemporary

Number of Pages: 264

For ages 14+ for some strong language

"It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future–and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance." -Goodreads

Is it possible that you could love a sequel book better than the first? Because... I think that just happened in Where She Went by Gayle Forman. This book is the sequel to If I Stay, which I just did a review on last week. You can find it here!I bought this book on Friday because my friend Jamie (HI JAMIE!) asked me if I wanted to go to Barnes and Noble, have coffee, and read. Yeah.. we spent our Friday night at Barnes and Noble... we're cool. I was definitely in because I knew that I had to get Where She Went! I got it and by the next morning... I WAS FINISHED! ;D That's how good it was!

I have to say I did NOT cry in this one.. but there were some close calls. That also would have been embarrassing since I was at Barnes and Noble. Then again.. the lady reading next to me was laughing every 5 minutes. I had meant to see what she was reading.

I also liked this book because it was in the eyes of Adam. I still do love him. He was a little more "edgy" in this book,and I'm not really into "edgy" boys. Gayle somehow made it work in this book because I still love him.

I know you all are wondering.. was there romance?! WELL DUH! There wasn't a WHOLE lot of romance in this book, but by the end I was one happy camper... or book reader.

This was one of those books that you just want the two characters to GET TOGETHER ALREADY! It was frustrating, but in a way that you couldn't put the stinking book down with out finding out if they do get together. Of course I wouldn't tell you if they did or not because that just wouldn't be right to the people who haven't read this book yet. Hopefully, they will after they read this review.

This was a great sequel because you got to find out what happens after Mia gets out of her coma. You got to find out that if what Mia when she was unconscious was really true. It definitely tied in some of the things from the first book that you questioned.

Once again I give this book 5 out of 5 diva crowns. I have been pretty lucky to find such awesome books two weeks in a row! ;D There was romance (WOO!) and complexity that not all contemporary books can accomplish. I loved it.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

ANOTHER giveaway from Carolina Valdez Miller!

So, Carolina has been pretty darn awesome and has been doing giveaway after giveaway on her blog! You should go check it out here. You could win a personalized signed copy of Moonglass. This giveaway ends Thursday, May 26th. :)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Lisa Desrochers giveaway!

Lisa has been AWESOME and has been having multiple giveaways. Sadly, she had to redo this one over because blogger had to be stupid and shut down. SO if you want a chance to win clickety click heeerrrreee! She is giving away the ARC of her new book Original Sin and the sequel to the book If I Stay, which I just reviewed yesterday, Where She Went. Awesome right?! Go check it out!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Review)

Genre: Contemporary
Number of Pages (Paperback): 259
For ages 13+ for some strong language

"In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands." -Goodreads

If I stay by Gayle Forman....Wow. All I can say is, "Wow." This book was amazingly good, I can't even describe it. Normally I can't be entertained or "hooked" by just plain contemporary, unless of course it's contemporary romance, but I was surprisingly turning pages for more.

Mia, is the main character in this book. Usually when you think about whether or not you would want to live or die you would choose the choice of living. But in this book, if you were Mia, there are so many pros and cons for both. Gayle, the author, does a fantastic job with your idea of what Mia should do. At the beginning of the book I had my mind set. Mia should live. But when she faces all of these obstacles, my mind was running in circles. I would go from one decision to the other in seconds.

For everyone who plans on reading this book. I'm going to tell you upfront that I suggest you read this book in a not-so-public place. You'll be bawling. I'm not one to cry when watching movies or while reading a book, so if the case does come to me crying, it's pretty stinking good from my perspective. My mom was very surprised when I was discussing the book with her friend to find out that YES, I did cry, multiple times. See, Mother? My heart is not made of stone. I was so involved in this book, I couldn't help but cry through all of the struggles and decisions's Mia had to make.

I was so FLIPPING glad that there was romance in this book. That was probably why I gave this book the extra star. Because, this book had every single thing I love in a book. Don't get me wrong, the book would still have been pretty fantabulous (Sorry, stereotypical teenager coming out) without the romance, but the romance added even more amazing-ness to the book. I just have to say, Adam will be added to my "Swoon Worthy Boy Character" list. If you haven't seen it it's on the sidebar of my blog. Told ya I would make a list. ;D

This book is definitely a must read. I am hoping to get the sequel maybe, possibly, tonight. (I'm hoping my brother can take me after he gets off from work. He's usually the one to take me.) :D
This book had everything I would ever want in a book and more. I also have to say, my Glee songs went perfectly with this book. Even though it had nothing to do with this book what so ever, it set the mood. :D

I give this book 5 out of 5 diva crowns, and not a crown less. This book was perfectly sad, and heartwarming at the same time. This book really makes you think about life in a different perspective. What if your loved one could hear you when they were unconscious? What if what you said to them could determine whether or not they chose to live or die?

Friday, 13 May 2011

Divergent Giveaway!

Carolina Valdez Miller has an AWESOME Giveaway where you have the chance to win a SIGNED copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth! YAY! So you better be clicking this link right hereto participate! WOO! Thanks for reading! :D

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Review)

Genre: Contemporary
Number of Pages: 313
For ages 15+ for strong language

"When funny, charming, absolutely-normal Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that becomes a number-one hit—and rockets Audrey to stardom!

Suddenly, tabloid paparazzi are on her tail and Audrey can barely hang with her friends at concerts or the movies without getting mobbed—let alone score a date with James, her adorable coworker at the Scooper Dooper. Her life will never be the same—at least, not until Audrey confronts Evan live on MTV and lets the world know exactly who she is!" -Goodreads

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway,was a surprisingly good book! I didn't really know much about it except for the reviews because there wasn't a summary for the book. Once again, my mother gave me this book. By now you should all know, that my mom recommends most of the books I read. ;D

Audrey was a pretty darn funny main character. There were definitely some laugh-out-loud parts in this book. She was a down to earth kind of character that's world was turned upside down. So, it was easy to relate to her.

I have to say, I am a girl who has a very innocent vocabulary, if ya catch my drift. This book was a little over the top with the curse words. Especially the F word. I tried to "filter" my mind of those words. I know that there WILL be cuss words in pretty much every single YA book out there, that's just life. I just didn't like the ginormous (yeah that's a word now!) amount of cuss words. If you got past them though it was a really good book that was very enjoyable.

This is yet another book I read in one day. On a SCHOOL DAY, I might add. It was nice to take a small break from the angels, and vampires, and paranormal creatures, and read a nice contemporary book. I did miss the angels and paranormal creatures, though. I am a little hard to please when it comes to contemporary, so saying that I fully enjoyed this book is an amazing thing. (I am so modest, aren't I?!)

FINALLY!! YES, YES, YES! I had read this book after Wither and if you had read my other review on Wither you could see that at the end I was a little down with the lack of swoon worthy boy character-ness. This book brought my spirit RIGHT back up! Oh. My. GOOODDDDNNNESSSS!!!!! I HEART JAMES! I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM!.....Sorry, I freaked out a tad there. But seriously, I love him. He was that weird kind of geeky guy that if you looked past the geekiness he was actually kind of cute (from what I imagined, at least.) He was so darn sweet. I love him, like I said before.

I read this book about three weeks ago so my mind wasn't completely fresh with all of the facts on the books.

I can just say that if you look past the cussing, there is ROMANCE (OH YEAH!), Strong character personalities, and a great contemporary plot. I give this book 4 out of 5 diva crowns!


Also check out this AWESOME giveaway where you can win a free ARC of the book Possession by Elana Johnson from Carolina Valdez Miller!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Lisa Desrochers' giveaway!

Lisa Desrochers has an AWESOME giveaway that you should go check out! She is giving away IF I FALL and a signed copy of ORIGINAL SIN.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Wither by Lauren Destefano (Review)

Genre: Dystopian
Number of Pages: 358
For ages 13+ for EXTREMELY limited sexual content

"What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left." -Goodreads

So I read this book about a day after it was published.. yet I am just now reviewing it ;) Yeah. I haven't reviewed in a while and it makes me SAD! But anyways I AM BACK! WOOO!!!! Now, onto the review.

Wither by Lauren Destefano was a book with gorgeous writing. You can't really explain the writing but it was sort of rhythmic. It was like an un-rhyming poem. If you catch my drift, because right now I'm just rambling.

I have started to read more dystopian novels because they have become pretty popular. I wasn't sure I would actually like this book, but my mom told me it was good and usually she's right. (I SAID USUALLY!) But yes, this time my mother was right. That was kind of hard to type.. it took me a while.

I thought that once you got into the book it was REALLY good. I mean I couldn't even put that thing down. I read it in a day. No joke, and that was a school day. So as you can see in my point of view it was pretty amazing.

Rhine, the main character, was a character that you really did connect to in the book. It was pretty hard to think that at 16 she would get married and then by about 20 she would die. I loved going through the whole process with her in this book. Through out the book Rhine had to fight with herself. (Which in seventh grade we learned was self vs. self conflict. Yes, education has helped me in some way shape or form.)

I have to say Gabriel was NOT a swoon worthy boy character. *sniff, sniff* I didn't get the romance I necessarily wanted. I wish he could have been a little more charming. Then again, I have been pampered from books like, Anna and The French Kiss, The Liar's Society, etc. ;D Even though there wasn't a whole lot of romance going on it still was good. I JUST WANTED A SWOON WORTHY CHARACTER!

Some people may not agree with me on this one, and this is only for the people who have actually read the book, but I actually liked Rhine's husband Linden. I'm not going to go into anymore detail in risk of giving away spoilers.

The writing was AMAZING, the characters were great, and it was an all the way good story line. I just wish I could have gotten a little more romance. But you know me, I am a little demanding in that area of books. ;)

I give this book 4 out of 5 diva crowns. I would have given it 5 if Gabriel was a little more charming but, as in the wise words of Yo Gabba Gabba, "You can't always get what you want."