Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

May 25
Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop!

Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop!

It’s time for my second giveaway hop, and I hope you are all as excited for it as I am! The Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Page Turners. So thank you to two of my favorite blogs for hosting such a great giveaway! This giveaway will run from Wednesday, May 25th to Tuesday May 31st.  And the winner will be  announced on Wednesday June 1st! Ok, and now for what I will be giving away! I have a brand new copy of Possessions by Nancy Holder for one lucky reader.  Summary (from Goodreads) The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn’t help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California… Read more »

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May 24
Review- Fade

Review- Fade

Fade by Robert Cormier Paperback, 320 pages Published September 14th 2004 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Source: Borrowed Summary (from Goodreads) IT IS THE summer of 1938 when young Paul Moreaux discovers he can “fade.” First bewildered, then thrilled with the power of invisibility, Paul experiments. But his “gift” soon shows him shocking secrets and drives him toward a chilling act. ———————————————————————– My Review:  I have to say this first…some parts of this book were very weird. But, after reading the whole thing, I think it was weird in a very good way. I loved this book. I had read another one of Robert Cormier’s books in middle school, I am the Cheese, and I remember thinking that book was strange too. I also remember enjoying it. It is a very interesting mix of crazy and innovative, and strange and brilliant. They way everything comes together is just so nice! The main character, Paul, does remind me a lot of Holden Caulfield from the Catcher in the Rye. And… Read more »

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May 23
It’s Monday, What are you Reading? (4)

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? (4)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This meme is where people talk about the books they have read last week, the books they are currently reading this week, and what they hope to read next up. I decided it would be fun to participate in this meme because I thought it would be a fun way to keep my TBR pile in order.  Books I finished last week: The Good Ghoul’s Guide to Getting Even by Julie Kenner Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (read my review here) Fade by Robert Cormier Books I am reading this week: Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene Fixing Cupid by Cristian YoungMiller Hereafter by Tara Hudson  Books I will be reading next: The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson (hardcover)  A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (paperback) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (Hardcover)

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May 23
In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and created by Kristi at The Story Siren.    I am studying abroad in July and August, so in order to save some money I have put myself on a book buying ban. So in the upcoming weeks you will be seeing some more library books in my mailbox’s and hopefully not many “bought” books. Fingers crossed that I can stay strong. Books have always been my weakness.  For Review:   Cameo and the Highwayman by Dawn McCullough-White   Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene   Won:   The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski   RAK:    Nightshade by Andrea Cremer  Thank you so much to Cassay @ Vamps, Weres and Cassay for sending me this book! Check out her awesome blog!   Borrowed:    Fade by Robert Cormier    This is everything I got in my mailbox this week. Tell me what you got in the comments below!    -Michelle 

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May 20
Review- Dreamland

Review- Dreamland

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen Paperback, 250 pages Published May 11th 2004 by Puffin  Source: Bought Summary (from Goodreads) Wake up, Caitlin Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else-her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him? ——————————————————————————— My Review: Well, the summary is right- I did want to scream at Caitlin to wake up for just about the entire book. This book was not for me. It got better towards the very end but for most of the book I was annoyed with the characters. To start off, I read to page 90 and I was still not sure where the story was going to go. This is too long of a slow build up… Read more »

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May 18
Review- The Girl in the Steel Corset

Review- The Girl in the Steel Corset

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication: May 24th 2011 by Harlequin Teen  Source: NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads) In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch…. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret. Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants… Read more »

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May 18
Review- The Goddess Test

Review- The Goddess Test

 Blogger has had some issues this past week and took down some of my posts. I am going to be putting them up along with a new review. Thank you for being patient during these issues. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter Paperback, 304 pages Published April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen  Source: NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads) It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a… Read more »

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May 11
Review- Wicked Lovely

Review- Wicked Lovely

Book 3 of my Review-A-Thon Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr Paperback, 352 pages Published May 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Source: Bought Summary (from Goodreads): Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention. But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her… Read more »

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May 10
Review- Across Eternity

Review- Across Eternity

Book 2 of my Review-A-Thon Across Eternity by Aris Whittier Pages: 298 pages Published March 11th 2011 Age Group: Adult, YA/Adult Crossover Source: From Author for review Summary (from Goodreads):  Born a genius; education, wealth, and prestige came easy to Logan Richards. Actually, there wasn’t much that Logan couldn’t learn or acquire. However, he knew there was more to life than money and power. Logan was determined to find the woman who he’d dreamed of his entire life and know what it was like to love her before he died.Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in, Dana Point, California, was overworked, stressed, and wary of life since her sister, Heather, had passed away. Then, one evening while working she fell hopelessly in love with Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who felt deeply familiar. For Amber, it was the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and renewal. For Logan, it was the completion of life. For each of them it was the deepest sort of love. ————————————————————–  My Review:… Read more »

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May 09
Review- Cameo the Assassin

Review- Cameo the Assassin

Welcome to my Review-A-Thon! You can check out my post, and find out what my summer review-a-thon is all about here. Kicking off the review-a-thon is my review for Cameo the Assassin! Enjoy and let me know what you think. Cameo the Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White Kindle Edition, 200 pages Published July 16th 2009 by iUniverse  Source: From Author for review Summary (from Goodreads): The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order. The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night… and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes…Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving… Read more »

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