Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Oracle Rebounds Review

The Oracle Rebounds (The Oracle of Dating #2) by Allison van Diepen

As the “oracle of dating,” Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She’s supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is “taking a step back,” Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she’s showing around town. But when controversy erupts about the Oracle’s advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her trueblue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again…

First off, I've got to thank Harlequin for letting me review this book via NetGalley and all of the other books I will soon be reviewing from them via NetGalley. I've also got to say that I was a bad book reader when I asked to review this book. I didn't check to see if this book was part of a series, OOPSIE.
However, from what I read, you don't have to read the first book, The Oracle of Dating, in order to understand this one.
The book starts out with a dramatic break-up scene that had me laughing yet empathizing at the same time, because after all, I am a teenage girl and being a teenager is my specialty.
Throughout the book Kayla tries to decide if she should "rebound" or not, which gets to be very snicker inducing due to her many failed attempts, all of which are not entirely her fault.
There is one issue that I relate VERY closely to and that is blogging. I have just started my blog, but I know how it feels to want to expand, fail at it, then succeed, and getting bad publicity is always a worry, along with a reader taking something out of context. Howevever I feel that Kayla handled her blogging crisis very maturely.
There were some issues I had with this book though, and one was the amount of understanding. It seemed to me that the characters all agreed all of the time and that irked me because no teenagers can agree that often. Also, I know that I haven't read the first book so that may be the reason why I don't completely comprehend Kayla, who has apparently only had limited dating experience, is creating a dating blog.
But all in all, this book gave me giggles, out right laughter, and at one point almost made me cry. It's definately a good relationship novel.
3/5 stars
*All opinions are my own and as I said in this post, I received this book via Netgalley

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm so excited!
This is amazing!
It was awarded to me from the best blog ever: Book Noise.
The Versatile Blogger award has some rules which are:

1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this on to 12 other great bloggers you recently discovered
4. Contact the selected bloggers and tell them about their awards
Seven Things About Me:
1. I have a dog named Oreo.
2. I am in a Book Club at my high school.
3. I'm obsessed with the book Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (even though I haven't read it yet...).
4. I have a 4.0 G.P.A.
5. I'm thinking about going to Mizzou for college.
6. My money counting ability under pressure is extremely bad. (I've been known to give people the wrong amount of change.)
7. I love Sonic!
Twelve Great Blogs (from the Spooktacular Giveaway):

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spooktacular Book Blog Giveaway

I have decided to participate in the Spooktacular Book Blog Giveaway Hop. I'm so excited to do this because this will be my second giveaway! YAY!

So here's the info:
The prize is The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (Hardback)

The Rules:

You have to fill out this form.

Comments are appreciated but they will not count.

Extra entries are provided in the form for following me on twitter as @WulfLuva93 and posting this giveaway on twitter, your blog, FB etc.

Sorry, but it's US only because I'm broke.

It ends October 31st at 11:59 P.M.
If you need to contact me about anything e-mail me at oreo_93(at)hotmail(dot)com

Have fun and good luck!

Here are the other participating blogs:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

This is the beautiful cover for Rachel Hawkins' second installment in the Hex Hall series, Demonglass.
I CANNOT wait until March 1st! I need this book now!

Tell me what you think about this gorgeous cover.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Abandon by Meg Cabot

I've been anxiously awaiting this book for about 2 years now and here is the AMAZING book jacket.

And the description is on Meg's site. This is so awesome!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TEN Follower Giveaway!!!

Since I have reached the impossible (10 followers!) I am going to have a giveaway in hopes of getting ten more followers. So I'm going to give away my slightly used ARC copy of Beautiful Darkness. My very first GIVEAWAY!!! If I get more than twenty followers in one month, I'll add another book.

Rules to Enter:

You must be a follower so please provide your follower name in your comment along with your e-mail address so that I can contact you.

For extra entries:

Tweet/Facebook about this giveaway (leave a seperate comment with link + e-mail address)

Post this giveaway anywhere on your blog (leave a seperate comment with link + e-mail address)

Contest ends October 30th at 11:59 P.M.

Winners will be announced when I reach twenty followers or by October 31st!

Good luck!

*I forgot to add that it's not international which means US only, but the people who entered so far will still be counted.*

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Torment Review

Torment by Lauren Kate (the sequel to Fallen)

*Unfortunately my desktop isn't working and my laptop does not let me copy and paste texts into my posts, so if you would like to read the blurb you can just click here.*

*Also note that even though the trailer for this book has been out for awhile, I decided to put it on my blog yesterday in order to get things pumped up.*

My Review

Torment was significantly better in my opinion than the first book, Fallen.
Luce to me grew up a little, she realized that people were telling her what to do, but yet they would never give her answers as to why they were. To some readers it may seem that she's being stubborn but unlike her, we know that something is happening that requires Luce to lay low.

This novel had more adventure, answers, questions, romance and just a better air than the last one. I loved that Kate introduced Luce to a new, semi-normal love interest, and I adore all of the new characters she added along with the old ones she brought back. The shadows Luce kept seeing, a.k.a. the Announcers and their purpose was also really cool.

My only miff was the fact that Demon Boy was only in the book for maybe ten total pages! I love CAM! Daniel is nothing compared to that sexy, dark boy. When I was reading and I realized that there was very little Cam, I quickly grew disappointed.

So all in all I'd have to give this novel 4/5 stars just because Cam did a disappearing act.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Courtney Allison Moulton is giving away Angelfire plus more!

My favorite YA 2011 debut author Courtney Allison Moulton is giving away an ARC of Angelfire!

She's also giving away 3 other Prize Packs that include The Duff, Vampire Academy and Vampire Diaries and some fun Halloween toys.

I'm so excited! I want to win Angelfire more than anything else in the whole world (and no, I am not overexaggerating)!

The contest is over at Courtney's blog.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Review- Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me

Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

When KJ Carson is assigned to write a column for her school newspaper about the wolves in nearby Yellowstone National Park, she’s more interested in impressing Virgil Whitman, the new kid in school and the photographer assigned as her partner, than in investigative journalism. But before long, KJ has a face-to-face encounter with a wolf that changes her and the way she thinks about wolves. With her new found passion for protecting these controversial animals, KJ inadvertently ignites the fuse of the anti-wolf sentiment in the community. First Virgil is injured during a town parade, and then her father’s store is set on fire in retribution. To stop the escalating violence, KJ follows Virgil to the cattle ranch of the most outspoken anti-wolf activists in town, against her father’s will. What she discovers there threatens everything and everyone she cares about.
In KJ’s fierce and funny attempt to make peace between the wolves and the people that despise them, she must first face her own long-held fears. It’s terrifying, but then, finding yourself always is.

Taken from Kristen Chandler's site.

To me this story was unexpected. I won it through a contest on Bree Despain's (the author of The Dark Divine and the sequel, to be released this December, The Lost Saint) blog. I just thought "Oh this will be a fun, young love story." Boy was I WRONG!

This novel goes deep into the heart of every animal-lover out there. The town that K.J. lives in seems so selfish at first, but throughtout the novel you begin to see the reasons behind the controversy, and although you may not agree with their methods, the people do have good reasons.

K.J. was and is that awkward, silent, wall-blending girl that most teenage girls can relate to. But by the middle of the novel you realize that her heart and drive is more dedicated than any hard-core environmentalist. She made me laugh, she nearly brought me to tears, and I adored her.
K.J.'s love interest with Virgil however was a little shakier to me. He was the person who introduced her to the "rebelling" lifestyle, but yet by the end of the novel he seems like he's trying to cover every point he's made, up. Don't get me wrong, it was a cute teen love story, but I didn't find it as riveting as others. And some people probably hated the ending to the book asking, "What? How could she do that?" but I thought it was a depiction of the real world and not some made up "Cinderella" story.

Overall this novel opened my eyes a little more and left me with a heartwarming feeling.

3.5/5 stars