"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled 'This could change your life'."
-Helen Exley

"A novel is the chance to try on a different life for size."
-Marion C. Garretty

Friday, September 30, 2011

Follow Friday 18

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. This week's question is:

Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

I would definitely like to see Life As We Knew It by Susan B. Pfeffer to be made into a movie! That would just be one of the greatest movies ever. And who I would play as Miranda? Hmmm I'm not really sure. That's a tough question. I kind of pictured her looking a little bit like Miranda Cosgrove, but she does not act that way at all! So I could never cast her as Miranda. It would have to be someone a little bit more frail, but yet very strong and determinated.

What book would you like to be seen made into a movie??

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 9

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading. 
This week's Teaser:

Outside, the sounds of the raid grow more and more distant, the screams fewer, the voices fainter. The raiders must be passing on. I say a silent prayer that Hana managed to escape; the possibility that she didn't is too terrible to contemplate.
-Page 225 of Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Pages: 288
10/14 (Thurs.)
-Straight-leg jeans
-Nacy tunic with the little flowers
-Blister-inducing red flats
-Bring book for English
-Get Mom to sign permission slip for history
-Spanish quiz tomorrow (not on syllabus)
-Read over history homewokr in the morning... to tired...
Every night, while sixteen-year-old London Land is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. 
Luke Henry isn't someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come.
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting--before it destroys her future.

I've seem to forgotten to find the time to read this week! Hopefully you will be seeing more of me here on Magic Is In Words!

I was very intrigued by the book, and I have to say that I was pleased with it. It is definitely unique! And the whole time I could not guess what was going to happen next- which doesn't happen often. I love that this book is so unpredictable.

As for the characters. obviously only being able to see parts of the future is a pretty awesome characteristic. But besides that, London is a pretty average teenage girl: she is falling in love, she is protective of her best friend, and she has some pretty embarrassing moments in gym class!

Luke. Luke, Luke, Luke!!! He is fascinating, and I love the first date he took London on--very sweet. What I love about London and Luke's relationship the most is the fact that even though London has pictures and reads her notes, she is amazed at how gorgeous Luke is every day she "meets" him!

Overall I was pretty captivated by this book. It is a pretty fast read (as long as you have time to read!) and I love the plot. Some of the plot was a little crazy and sometimes hard to believe, especially towards the end, but I did love the last line of the book.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Cover Love: 2 Hearts (Non jacket-flap cover love: 5 Hearts)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox 17

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I bought two books:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

And I also received a book for review:

The Seed by Fola

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Pages: 259
In Deuce's world, an enclave deep underground, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed "brat" has trained to join one of three groups--Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be  a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading the ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a brooding Hunter named Fade.When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.
Fade doesn't like following orders. Deuce has never known a boy like him before, someone as likely to touch her gently as use his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat due to their sheer numbers, now show  signs of cunning and even strategy . . . but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. No matter how hard she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Enclave. I was instantly drawn into the story by the mysterious and unusual setting--underground tunnels. It was riveting and tense at times, and just shocked me.

I really admired the characters because they were all different in so many ways. They contrasted each other, yet worked perfectly (most of the time) together. Deuce seemed too strong to be a real person, but it was believable because of the environment that she grew up in.

*Slight Spoiler*
The only thing I would've done differently with the characters is finished their stories! I want to know is Duece and Fade ended up together, along with what happens to Tegan and Stalker!

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with Enclave. It's a great new adventure, and though post-apocalyptic books are very "in" right now, this one is pretty unique. I haven't read anything quite like it before. It's a great read, so don't skip it!

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Love: 2 Hearts

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler

Pages: 262Calliope (Cal to her friends) wants nothing more than to stay put, to stop traveling cross-country with her mother, sleeping in a tent, abandoning all belongings whenever they pull up stakes. Eliot misses the happy times he left behind when his father decided to make a buisness out of spreading the gospel. When Cal and Eliot meet by chance in the mountains of North Carolina, they feel an immediate connection.
Against the quirky backdrops of a Christian fat camp and a Renaissance Faire, Cal struddles with her mother's waning interest in parenting, while Eliot wrestles with his father's misplaced faith. Cal and Eliot's bond grows stronger as they ace such challenges as a missing camper, a flodd, and a self-absorbed jouster who has his eye on Cal's mom. Will Cal and eliot find a safe home in each other, or is their relationship destined to be short lived?

I swear, I've read this book more than any other book I own, well have read, I don't even own this one yet! There are just so many things about this book that draw me in: quirky characters, interesting setting, and of course, the cover/title.

Calliope first of all, is such a great name! It's unique and I just fell in love with it the first time I read it. She and Eliot are such peculiar characters. They have easy back-and-forth conversations that are full of sarcasm and hidden jokes. Their love is a rare kind of love, and I just love it(:

The setting was very inviting too. I loved the aspect of a Renaissance Faire and sleeping in a tent, I just wish they had done more with the tent aspect in the book. As for the religious fat camp... I have no words to describe it!

Overall I am just in love with this book. It is a great, sappy love story and I love reading it.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Love: 5 Hearts

Saturday, September 10, 2011

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells Winner

The winner of No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells is:

Stuck in Books! 

Enjoy & Congrats! I will be emailing you soon (:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Other People's Heroes Winner

And the winner of Other People's Heroes is:


Congrats! Grace will be contacted shortly. Thanks for all who entered(:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sweet 16!

This week I am turning 16! :D 


So, in order to celebrate my sweet 16, I am taking the next few days off of blogging. I will be up and posting again on Friday. Have a great week!


Bumped by Megan Mccafferty

Pages: 323

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

I really wanted to read Bumped. From the cover and jacket flap it looked and sounded interesting and seemed to be a new sci-fi series I would love to get into. Unfortunately, for me it wasn't what I thought.

I've been reading Bumped for quite a few days now and have not managed to get passed page 100. I am confused by Melody and Harmony and because it's written in first person, I just can't seem to remember who is who.

I also feel that Mccafferty introduces a lot of new fashion, technology, and rules about the cities, without much explanation. I couldn't quite figure out what was happening at times, so that turned me away too.

Overall this wasn't the book for me, and though it had potential, it seriously lacked. I wish I could have gotten into the book more and enjoyed it, but I just couldn't. It's not one I would recommend.

Overall Rating: 1 Star
Cover Love: 3 Stars

Saturday, September 3, 2011

In My Mailbox 16

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. This week I got one book that I'm really happy about (: I bought Delirium by Lauren Oliver (not the special edition). If anyone remembers I bought Delirium a few weeks ago, but I could only find the special edition. But, when I was at KMart, I found a regular copy, and I had to get it! Now my series will match (:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

What did you get in your mailbox this week? (:

What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Pages: 402
Mclean really doesn't mind. In fact, she welcomes the chance to try on a new persona. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, she and her father have been on the move, leaving the unhappy past behind them. And each move has brought a fresh opportunity for Mclean to reinvent herself. Perky rah-rah girl. Drama mama. All-around joiner.
But here in Lakeview, for the first time she's putting down roots, making friends, and just trying to be someone she hasn't been in a long time: herself. Dave has something to do with it. He's the most real person Mclean's ever met, and he thinks he's falling in love with the real Mclean. Mclean doesn't even know who that is anymore, but she wants to find out--before it's time to move on again.
Perceptive, touching, surprising, Sarah Dessen's eagerly awaited new novel creates a world her legions of fans will not want to leave.

I have waited soooo long to read this book! Sarah Dessen is one of my all-time favorite authors, and she pulled through again with another outstanding, marvelous book.

I've never read anything like this before. It's definitely unique and I just adored that aspect. I love the traveling Mclean has been through in the last two years and all of her other personalities. I was upset that she had such a terrible relationship with her mother, but what her mom did was just horrible--and I don't blame Mclean for feeling like she did.

Dessen writes the most amazing love stories, but this one wasn't to mushy and touchy-feely. I think that Mclean and Dave kissed once from what I remember, and it was super sweet. They took everything pretty slow, and it was a really adorable romance.

Overall I loved it. I don't have a single regret or disappointment after reading this book. For some reason, I can't put my finger on it, it wasn't my favorite by her, but it is definitely worth picking up!

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Love: 4 Hearts

Friday, September 2, 2011

5 Days Left!

As you can see on the side bar here next to me, I am giving away an ebook of Other People's Heroes to THREE lucky winners! The contest runs through September 7, so there are only 5 DAYS LEFT!! This is one of my favorite books; it's laugh-out-loud funny and the plot drew me in quickly. :D It was a fantastic read, and if you haven't read it, then you should! And the best way to do that is by entering the giveaway! 

Also, there is 9 days left in my giveaway of No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells. It's an ebook too, but even if you don't have a kindle, nook or whatever, you can read it on your PC like I did. It's a fantastic read too, and the characters were fantastic! 

Good luck, and enter the contest before it ends! (:

Mimi's 300 Follower Giveaway

Mimi Valentine (diminutivemimi.blogspot.com) who is the AH-MAZING girl behind Mimi Valentine, has now reached 300 Followers! Woot woot! :D So, because she is so ah-mazing, she is giving away one of these books to one lucky winner! There are even extra entries (: Stop by, follow if you are not, and enter to win this great contest!

Follow Friday 17

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View. This week's question is:

Q. If you could change the ending to any book (or series), which would you choose? And why?

My Answer: Let's see. I would have to say the ending to I Am the Messenger. I absolutely loved that book until I got to the end. It was just ridiculous! I'm not sure what the ending would be, but I would definitely change the fact that it is just the author telling him to do things. I didn't even understand it at first! Grr. 

Comment with a blog address and I'll stop by!
Happy Reading!


Entwined by Heather Dixon

Pages: 472
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away.
All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped too, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passsage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Riveting. Enthralling. Beautiful.

First off, I love that the twelve sisters are all named after flowers. (Even their aunt!) The girls were such fun characters. I felt really bad for the King at times, because they overpowered him! And it made me wish I had eleven sisters!

I also love the romance. The King is trying to find suitors for Azalea, but they are all terrible! The tricks those girls played on some of the men just made me burst out laughing. They were just hilarious!

The story plot, though not original to begin with, was beautiful. I love this take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses: the characters, the magic ball room, and the climax. I was just sucked into this book and I never wanted to leave that world! Except for, you know, when the evil guy was trying to kill people. (:

Overall I loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone! If you love a good romance, and are in for a good laugh, pick this one up.

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
Cover Love: 5 Hearts! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

BTT: Stormy Weather

Booking Through Thursday!

While my town dries out of record-setting, epic flooding from Hurricane Irene, let me ask you:
What’s your book with weather events? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Blizzards? Real? Fiction? Doesn’t matter … weather comes up a lot in books, so there’s got to be a favorite somewhere, huh?

I guess I would have to say Life As We Knew It. There are huge snowstorms all winter long, while Miranda and her family are trying to survive alone. The snow doesn't help! I just love that series, and if you haven't read it you should give it a try!

Happy Reading!