Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Apr 13
Review- The Hunger Games

Review- The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins Hardcover, 374 pages Published October 1st 2008 by Scholastic, Inc. Source: Bought Summary (from Goodreads) In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.  ——————————————– My Review: There are… Read more »

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Apr 13
Review- The Espressologist

Review- The Espressologist

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer Paperback, 208 pages Published January 4th 2011 by Feiwel & FriendsSource: Bought What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever… Read more »

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Apr 13
Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Wildefire  by Karsten Knight (link to Goodreads) Hardcover Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  Every flame begins with a spark. Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one… Read more »

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Apr 11
It’s Monday, What are you Reading? (2)

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? (2)

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: Mockingjay by Suzanne (hardcover) Gone by Michael Grant (e-book) Harry Potter fanfiction-I was really craving some of my favorite stories from years ago, so I went into my fanfiction vaults and was enjoying them this weekend.  Books I am reading this week: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Hardcover) Heist Society by Ally Carter (Hardcover) Switched by Amanda Hocking (e-book) 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) What are you guys reading… Read more »

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Apr 10
In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox (1)

When I first discovered book blogs, my favorite kind of post was In my Mailbox. (and the vlog’s of IMM on youtube) I love book hauls. It is where I get most of my ideas for the TBR books.  In My Mailbox was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and created by Kristi at The Story Siren. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Gemma Doyle Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Glimmerglass by Jenna Black Whirlwind by Robert Liparulo The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting And Of course I got….(drum roll please!) City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Apr 09
Review- Gone by Michael Grant

Review- Gone by Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant Hardcover, 558 pages Published July 1st 2008 by HarperTeen  Source: Bought    Summary: (from Goodreads) In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE. Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…  My thoughts: This book was really good and it definitely got me interested in reading the rest of the series.  The concept is interesting, all adults and teenagers over the… Read more »

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Apr 08

Blog design giveaway alert!

I wish I was better with blog design because I really want a clean modern and pretty design for this blog! I found this contest over at the The Owl Bookmark blogwhere you can win a complete blog design for free! This would be incredible, I have entered and you should too! Entry is super easy, just fill out the form and cross your fingers! http://siobianthebookowl.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-blog-design-giveaway.html good luck! P.S. this blog design was made by pure imagination designs and she will be doing the design for the winner! She is awesome. This was one of her free designs! 🙂

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Apr 06
Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.       Abandon by Meg Cabot  (link to Goodreads page) Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication: April 26th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.   a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld. Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay… Read more »

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Apr 06
Review- City of Glass

Review- City of Glass

My copy of City of Fallen Angels will be getting here tomorrow!! So now onto my review of the third book in the Mortal Instruments series. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare Hardcover, 541 pages Published March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Source: Bought Summary (from Goodreads) To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put… Read more »

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Apr 04
It’s Monday, What are you Reading? (1)

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? (1)

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 read last week: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (paperback) City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (paperback) City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (paperback) Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (e-book) Radiance by Alyson Noel (e-book) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (hardcover) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (hardcover) Books I am reading this week: Mockingjay by Suzanne (hardcover) Gone by Michael Grant (e-book) The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (paperback) Books I will be reading next: The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson (hardcover) Heist Society by Ally Carter (Hardcover) A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray… Read more »

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