Is it obvious that this isn't my blog?

It should be!

Anyway, since I do comment some people and they have LJs, I'll just re-direct y'all to...

MY NEW BLOG!!!

Which really isn't all that new. It's been 4 months since the move. :P

If you do find your way to my "new" blog through this post, please do comment and tell me.
It'll give me some larfs. Because by God, do I need larfs...

2010 Debut Authors Book Challenge

Okay, so basically this is a book challenge, that originated from The Story Siren! The idea is to read as many debut novels for YA/Middle Grade that you can, and there are monthly giveaways. After you read a debut novel for 2010, you must post a review and "Mr. Linky"-it, as far as I know. Hmm...more details here.

My List:
  1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver [review]
  2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson [currently reading]
  3. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  5. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
  6. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  8. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  9. Forget-her-nots by Amy Brecount White
  10. Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
  11. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
  12. Sea by Heidi R.Kling
  13. A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
  14. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  15. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  16. Spin by Katherine McKenzie
  17. Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
  18. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  19. Della Says OMG by Keris Stainton
  20. The Secret Year by Jennifer R.Hubbard
  21. The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
  22. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
  23. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
  24. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  25. A Love Story Starring My Best Friend by Emily Horner
  26. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
  27. Faithful by Janet Fox
  28. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  29. Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson 
Phew. Well, after October, I'll have a lot more time just to read read READ! :) Also, hopefully by that time I'll be able to pick up a lot of these over at the library...maybe?

[Giveaways] June 12 2010

First off, contests!

There's a great giveaway @ Fantastic Book Review. 1 lucky reader will win "Forgive My Fins"! You have to live in the US, or have a shipping address, someone who can accept the prize. The link is here.

Summary:
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.


Another lovely book giveaway @ Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf. 1 lucky reader will win a copy of "Deception" by Lee Nichols! You have to live in the US, or have a shipping address, someone who can accept the prize. The link is here.

Summary:
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

At YA Highway, there is a BEA giveaway!! 4 lucky winners will receive 2 books! Includes titles like MATCHED by Ally Condie, VIRALS by Kathy Reisch, BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, THE SAGA OF LARTEN CREPSLEYby Darren Shan, FORGE by Laurie Halse Anderson, THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger, MURDER AFLOAT by Jane Lesley Conley and THE MAGNIFICENT 12: THE CALLby Michael Grant!!! Read more and enter here!


Giveaway: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy Ends this Tuesday

Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker survives by staying invisible. After nine schools in ten years, she's come to terms with life as a perpetual new girl, neither popular nor outcast. At Mt. Sterling High, Jess gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret club of the most popular girls in school, where makeovers are the first order of official business. But there's more to being a Cindy than just reinventing yourself from the outside, a concept lost on Jess as she dives tiara-first into creating a hot new look.

With a date with her popular crush and a chance to finally fit in, Jess's life seems to be a perfect fairy tale. That is until the Wickeds--led by Jess's archenemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers her new sisterhood is about much more than who rules Mt. Sterling High School. It's a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys need Jess on special assignment. But when the mission threatens to destroy her new dream life, Jess is forced to choose between this dream realized and honoring the Sisterhood. What's a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?


This is probably the last giveaway I'm posting here, and boy is it a big one! There will be 3 winners, the first picked gets a choice of 4 books, second gets 3, and the 3rd gets to choose 2. This is a really good collection-- so get in quickly before June 14!! I think it's US Only.

The link to the contest: here!

I'd particularly love to have "Before I Fall", "The Unwritten Rule", "Some Girls Are", "Wake", "Fade" and "Catching Fire". I'm not so into the various vampire stuff that this contest features, but the list caters to all YA lovers. :)

[Review] Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Rating: 4.5/5
Blurb: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a package with no return address lying on his porch. Inside he discovers seven cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker — his classmate and crush — who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

With Hannah’s voice as his guide, Clay spends the rest of the night wandering through town, visiting places mentioned on the tapes, unearthing the thirteen reasons why Hannah chose to end her life.

And one reason belongs to him.


Review: I was really looking forward to reading this book. I loved the cover, the idea of the storyline sounded interesting, and I was not disappointed. I liked the two narrators who alternate between each other- one of them a dormant figure, unable to 'feel' anything outside her little bubble. Clay- we see him develop and emote as he discovers  the truth, and why he is on this "list" of reasons why she committed suicide. I was curious all the way through, and I'm satisfied how everything tied together. There were some moments during the middle where I couldn't quite get into it, but that part passed eventually. Jay Asher is a wonderful author. He has written a lovely debut novel which explores a touchy subject, and it feels believeable. The main message is that even the tiniest of actions could have an effect on someone-- and even though what happens to her, individually, they may not seem bad. BUT, piled on top of each other, and not having anyone to talk to...it must have been hard.
While love may not be a main theme, there are several hints here and there. Perhaps it is in the quasi-tragedy (Clay Jensen + Hannah Baker) that makes this novel doubly awesome. I thoroughly recommend this! Give it a shot. There's a lot to like about this book!
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Good Golly, Miss Holly!

:P I feel so overwhelmed right now. I know that probably not many people know of this blog yet, but if you're here right now, GO TO http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogspot.com/ right now! I think I shall have this site added to my links on the sidebar, because it just has so much going for it.
  • Reviews of books that are perhaps not as popular as other YA books. Not too many just yet, but it's a great start!
  • A great selection of giveaways, catering to people worldwide, also categorising by countries accepted.
  • DAILY DOSE! Still also quite new, or perhaps just infrequent, daily dose includes lovely photos. I haven't seen photographs this gorgeous in quite some time, so it's definitely worth a good look at. Hopefully sometime in the future, many more of these will have been posted. :)
It seems it's been around for a little while now, so check it out! I've bookmarked it. :D
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Best places to shop online

I'm sure lots of you out there don't have the time to go out and physically shop, and therefore turn to online shops. Or, perhaps everything in the local shops is just way too expensive, and it's taking too long for a sale to be pitched up. So...where's the best place to shop online? There's the highly acclaimed eBay- which my mum uses extensively, but most of the time it just doesn't cut it for me. Below is a list of places I think are worth taking a look, of course, dependent on what you are looking for. If you're just browsing, look through market-ish sites.
  • Book Depository- Advertises free postage to most places in the world, and while they "add those fees onto the book price", it is still SO MUCH CHEAPER than most any other book shops around. In Australia, where it costs $20 for a paperback, Book Depository is selling the hardback edition for the same price! They deliver each book separately, so that you can receive the books when they become available in storage. There is a .com and .co.uk. Arguably, .com is the generally better choice, but comparatively check if you plan to buy from here-- remember it's free shipping anyway so you can individually buy from both shops!
  • Amazon- Ah, yes. Amazon is a gem, isn't it? I have not purchased anything from Amazon yet, but they have extremely cheap books, from many different sellers-- kind of like eBay, only it is books-based. There is not an Australian Amazon (yet), and most sellers are from US (expensive shipping!). Still, amazing selection of books with unbeatable prices.
  • Booktopia (AU)
  • Barnes & Noble (US)
  • Angus & Robertson
  • Dymocks
  • Borders
  • Independent book shops & Second-hand stores
  • Library- Free!!! :)

[Review] Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

Swapped by a Kiss
by Luisa Plaja

Rating
: 4 / 5
Blurb: When Rachel's on/off boyfriend David goes to a music festival in England, she jumps on a plane to surprise him - but she gets a shock of her own. Not only does she find David kissing someone else, but it's their friend Jo! Super-lovely, super-loved, all-round-perfect Jo.

Rachel runs away, wishing she could leave her life behind - and she suddenly finds herself in Jo's body! Can she keep this swap a secret? Can she unravel what's really going on? Can she get to grips with Jo's out-of-control curly hair?

And if she discovers that being in someone else's shoes isn't all it's cracked up to be, can she ever be herself again?

These are just my thoughts, which will be typed when I think of them.

Review: I won this book as part of the goodreads first reads program. When I found out I'd won, I was ecstatic. I was intrigued by this book not by the prequel to which this one is a sequel, but by the clever story plot and premise. The whole "switching bodies" and finding out something you thought you already understood. I loved "Freaky Friday", and I like how this book played up on that whole idea. The characters were interesting, well developed for a 300~ page book, and I generally liked them. I wish I'd just finished reading this book yesterday, since my memory of it is a bit hazy (very bad memory). I read it at least half a week ago. The book is easy to read- a younger child could definitely read this, as well as adults.

I just want to stress that I really enjoyed the ending. I was tearing up for a while, and then just when I thought that that would be the end, everything is neatly tied up, and I was left with a smile on my face. It was exactly the kind of scene that I would have loved to be played out on a movie screen or something when I was a bit younger. Jo's friends were charming- they're the kinds of friends who are a bit ditzy (at least that), but they're also loyal to Jo (who was actually Rachel). The revelations that follow the switch between the two, I thought, was played out well. Plaja has written a nice rendition of the long-played out idea of "walking a mile in another's shoes".
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[Giveaways] June 6 2010

Giveaways

  • All are international unless mentioned otherwise. I am from Australia, so for you other internationals, hopefully my lists will be helpful.
  • In return, I'd appreciate it if you know other contests/giveaways AND can leave me comments so I can add them to the list.
  • Not a requirement, obviously, but if my list helps you then please feel free to comment. :) It will make my day...really.
  • I have no intentions of holding a giveaway, since I don't have the money to have something to offer others. Perhaps if I gain books that I don't wish to read/have read but wish to give up to save space. If things ever come to that, then I'll try my best to make the giveaway international. :)

Books

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson  Win one of three copies (Ends today!)

3 lovely YA Books Titles: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and MATCHED by Ally Condie and THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger (Ends June 9)

Massive Book Giveaway! Incl. titles such as "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver and "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins (Ends June 10)


Seven Years Switch + The Wildwater Working Club by Claire Cook (Ends June 11)

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (Ends June 12) // This site has giveaways each Friday!

Seers of Light by Jennifer Delucy (Ends June 13)

Random ARC Giveaway (Ends June 14) US ONLY

Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis (hardcover) + swag! (Ends June 22nd)


Jewellery / Accessories

Custom Jewellery (Ends June 7)
Turquoise bracelet (Ends June 8)
“Cowgirl’s Cabin” skeleton key necklace (Ends June 15)
Fantasy Jewelry Box Giveaway (Ends June 16)
Scones and Sensibility Jewellery (Ends June 22)
Steampunk Jewelry (Ends June 27)
Flora Bond Brooch (Ends June 29)


Other

UGLee Pen (Ends June 9)
EcoLips Giveaway (Ends June 9)
Random Giveaway (Ends June 16)
Makeup Giveaway (Ends June 16)
BIG Giveaway (Ends June 19)
Makeup Giveaway (Ends June 20)
Floral Delight Lip Gloss (Ends July 14)
Teen Vogue Handbook (Ends ?)

Please comment if you've gone through this list. Thank you!

[Review] Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - slight spoilers

Note: This is my first review for "Words on Paper", so bare with me if it's a bit rocky. Hopefully after a few, I'll be a bit more "with it".

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Rating: 4.5/5
Blurb:

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Review:

Bluntly, Sam is a *female dog* at the beginning of the novel. Sam Kingston lives through 7 days of the day she died, and after each one, Sam gains some information on this person, or found out the truth about a mystery that she never dared ask about. With each new day and with that new information she learns from the days prior, she undergoes incredible character development. At the end of the book, she is jumping at the thought of someone who she so quickly dismissed during Day 1, which goes to show how far she's come since then.

There are various drug references-- I remember during one time when Sam sits with Anna Cartullo in the bathroom during lunchtime, just smoking pot. While I was reading it, I felt like I had been on pot too, such is the effect of brilliant, vivid storytelling. I hated most of the characters, however, when they met their fates I felt concerned for their safety even so. I loved Kent (he's such a sweetheart, and it's so heartbreaking)
I'm not very good at being vague without giving spoilers, so I'll just leave it with this: Before I Fall follows Sam Kingston as she replays the last day of her life over the course of a week; it is a heartbreaking, thrilling and you will not be disappointed. I thoroughly recommend it. :)

Here's the official book trailer:


I haven't seen the UK book trailer, but I'd really like to. If someone has a link, please comment!

Welcome to "Words on Paper"

Temporary name. I thought it was time to at least get rid of the "Welcome to Livejournal" thing, so this is why this entry is here.

Anyway, I'll be writing reviews on books that I read over the years. Founded in 2010. I will be regularly advertising great giveaways and contests, because I'm a total sucker for those kinds of things. I still have high school, last year, so I may not be able to write regularly, so bare with me. I have only been reading "seriously" this year. Most other years I just read whatever book my school's English class teacher threw my way. However, now I have grown a great interest.

Most of the books I will be reading will be YA. However, I will have a few chick lits, and will quite possibly try to get some book discussions on my English texts. Hahaha...very sneaky, eh? My teacher will never know. :) *ahem* Anyway, please bookmark me and I swear this blog will have good stuff very VERY soon.

'Til next time,

cherii

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