Monday, 29 June 2009

Want to win "The Demon's Lexicon"?

A signed copy of "The Demon's Lexicon" is up for grabs on Lee Verday's blog. You can comment as often as you like and I can tell you from previous experience, it's a great way to make friends, have a chat and be up for the chance to win a prize!

I won the copy of "Wondrous Strange" on Lee's blog and I'm not a lucky person, so anyone can win. Just click here.

Thanks for hosting such great contests Lee!

Edit: I just want to say that because I won the last contest and already have a copy of "The Demon's Lexicon," I shall not be entering this. So comment spam for me as well! You know you want to reach 5000 comments ;)

Saturday, 27 June 2009

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading: Guest Post

Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance are the authors of "The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading." I'm very happy to introduce their guest post as part of a tour they're doing.

First and foremost, for those of you who don't know what The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading is about, here is the blurb:

When Bethany -- self-proclaimed geek girl -- makes the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there's one thing worse than blending in with the lockers: getting noticed. She always felt comfortable as part of the nerd herd, but being a member of the most scrutinized group in her school is weighing her down like a ton of textbooks. Even her Varsity Cheerleading Guide can't answer the really tough questions, like: How do you maintain some semblance of dignity while wearing an insanely short skirt? What do you do when the head cheerleader spills her beer on you at your first in-crowd party? And how do you know if your crush likes you for your mind...or your pom-poms?

One thing's for sure: It's going to take more than brains for this girl genius to cheer her way to the top of the pyramid.

And without further ado, here is the guest post:

21st Century YA

Timeless Tales in the Twenty-first Century

Or Pride and Prejudice…and Time Travel…and…Zombies…and…Cheerleaders!

Our book, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading, was published in May of this year but it is based (very, very loosely) on a story written almost 200 years ago: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Our modern day heroine, Bethany – a self-professed Geek Girl – brushes up against the elite kids at her high school when she unexpectedly makes the varsity cheerleading squad. Just like in Jane’s day, one doesn’t mess with the social order of things without facing consequences.

But Geek Girl’s Guide isn’t the only YA book to borrow from Ms. Austen. In the first half of this year at least two other Pride and Prejudice based novels were released:

Prada and Prejudice, written by fellow Debut 2009 author Mandy Hubbard, tells the tale of a 21st century girl who falls head over heels into early 19th century England. Hilarity ensues.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith remains more faithful to the original tale, even using text that comes straight from P&P. It veers away from a straight retelling by introducing, you guessed it, a zombie apocalypse into the mix.

…but his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine tall person, handsome features, noble mien—and the report that was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance of his having slaughtered more than a thousand unmentionables since the fall of Cambridge.

Other recent or forthcoming novels that take cues from antique literature include Ash, by another fellow Deb writer, Malinda Lo. She brings back the story of Cinderella but this time with a lesbian twist. Geek Charming, by Robin Palmer is a retelling of another fairy tale -- The Frog Prince. And, in Troy High, Shanna Norris reexamines The Iliad in the form of high school rivalry.
So, why are so many authors turning old school?

We can’t speak for other writers but the Geek Girls are willing to admit to a little fan-girly indulgence. Pride and Prejudice was swoon-worthy when we first read it and remains close to our hearts all these years later. It may be cliché but we hope imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. (Erm, can you flatter an author who’s been dead for more than 100 years?)

It’s more than just paying respect to the gods of great writing though – the themes in Pride and Prejudice, and in those other long ago told tales, are still relevant, still fresh, still…timeless.

Young people today still struggle to find their place in social hierarchies (Pride and Prejudice). Like Geek Girl Bethany tells her English class:

“It’s like the preps and the losers, the jocks and the…” I didn’t need to say the word; everyone knew the way the sentence should end. “There’s always been an aristocracy. There always will be people who are, um, above other people. Like, imagine a goth kid getting together with the president of the Student Council.” Or the star basketball player hooking up with a geek extraordinaire. “Not gonna happen.”

Teens still (unfortunately) have to deal with dysfunctional families (Cinderella). Last we heard, kids still hadn’t developed an immunity to placing too much importance on appearance (The Frog Prince). And few people make it through adolescence without experiencing the frustrating tug of war between loyalty and desire (The Iliad).

*Sigh* The more things change, the more they really do stay the same. At least it makes for great reading!
-Thanks to Charity and Darcy for a superb guest post!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy is the first in a series by Richelle Mead. Here is the blurb for Vampire Academy:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi, the fiercest and most dangerous vamires - the ones who never die.

The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking Academy hearts.

Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's - inside the Academy's iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...

Now that, was a vampire story. I've only read one vampire series before this book, and it was too happy for vampires. But anyway, we're not talking about that unnamed series. Vampire Academy was a really enjoyable read and I actually cared for the characters.

The main two characters in this book are Lissa, the Moroi princess, and Rose, the Dhampir vampire. Rose is Lissa's guardian, or at least she wil be after completing her training. Rose is a kick-ass heroine which is something I liked. However, I found her to be irritating at times with the way she acted. Overall though, I liked how much she cared for Lissa.

Lissa is a caring invidual who I liked and cared for. She trusted Rose completely and didn't like to see her upset. Rose was quite sacrificing when it came to Lissa's needs. And another character I want to mention is Dimitri. He is another guardian who appears in the book. Is it wrong to have a book crush? I have always had a thing for guys with a Russian accent. But this guy can kick serious ass as well. But you shall have to read the book to find out more about him.

The plot of this book is really interesting. I wanted to know what was happening to Lissa and why. Why did they have to leave the Academy in the first place? Who is pulling pranks on Lissa? And why does the girl called Mia hate Lissa so much? It's really intriguing and was just an all-round good read. I love reading about worlds which are different to our own and I'm interested to learn about different types of vampires and how they needed one and another.

Hookability? I had to stop reading this book because I've been busy (hence the lack of posts). But I know that if I had the chance, I would have read this in a maximum of two sittings. You were just watching events unfold and it was one of those instances where you NEEDED to know what would happen.

Overall, an extremely enjoyable vampire read which everyone should sink their teeth in to. Sorry for the pun. It was just a really good read and a proper vampire book. I cared for the characters and think this is the start of a great series!

Characters - 10/10 (a Russian kick-ass guy here)
Plot - 10/10 (kept me interested)
Hookability - 9/10 (I would have been able to get in to it more had I not had to put it down)

Total - 29/30

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Here is my WoW book:

Eyes Like Stars
by Lisa Mantchev

All her world's a stage.

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.

Until now.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Open Curtain.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: July 07, 2009 (I'm hoping this is for the UK as well)

Don't you love the cover? I've heard such great things about this book.

Review: The 13 Treasures

After attending the author talk at Uxbridge library, I felt compelled to read this book, and I’m glad I did. “The 13 Treasures” is written by Michelle Harrison and is the first book I think I’ve read about fairies. Here is the blurb:

While visiting her grandmother's house, Tanya discovers an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago, a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. Can it help them to unravel the mystery? Soon they are facing terrible danger - could the manor's sinister history be about to repeat itself?

I am not entirely sure if I like this blurb. I don't think it really does the book justice but I do love the last line of it, "Could the manor's sinister history be about to repeat itself?" That line is the hooker, the one that means you have to read this book. I had originally owned this book for a while and had picked it up because of the award it received from Waterstone's. I regret not reading it before now.

I love the way that fairies are introduced in to the book. First impressions are always important and boy do these fairies make an impression. They are introduced as evil, mischievous creatures. I loved learning about the fairies as the book progressed, especially how the Seelie and Unseelie court came to be and what exactly the 13 treasures were. I'm not telling you, you'll have to read it to find out. Tanya, the main character, was a likeable character and I felt for her, especially through her confusion of what was happening and her dislike of the fairies. Fabian is going through a lot. He is the misunderstood character who you can learn to understand when certain things are revealed in the book. This is how Tanya and Fabian eventually become friends. And one character I love: the strange lady in the forest. If that isn't a cool character, I don't know what is. I also liked Tanya's dog, Oberon, but that's because I like dogs.

This book centres around Tanya's ability to see Fairies and the mysterious disappearance of the girl in the woods. Who was she? Why won't her grandmother speak of her? All of this makes for an interesting plot. This book keeps your interest with subplots until you get to the main event. The ending was amazing. I really enjoyed the fast pace at the end and thought the rest of the book was nicely paced.

Hookability? I read this book in a day - although I was already quite determined. A character is introduced later in the book called Red. I really cared for Red and wanted to know what would happen to her. The mystery of the disappearing girl and my interest in knowing more about the strange lady in the forest kept me reading. However, I can see other people being able to put this book down for a while.

Overall, "The 13 Treasures" was an enjoyable read. It is about fairies and mystery and I recommend you read it if you like a bit of fantasy. I really enjoyed this book. It is the first book I've read about fairies.

Plot - 9/10

Characters - 10/10

Hookability (ability to keep you reading) - 7/10

Total - 26/30

Want to win Wondrous Strange?

Head over to Lee Verday's blog and check out this post. All you have to do to win is leave a comment. AND!!!! You can comment as many times as you like. I'm running a one person commentary by myself. Everyone has a chance, go on, you know you want to enter. You might just be the winner.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Michelle Harrison Author Talk

Before you jump to conclusions, Michelle Harrison is not doing an author talk here. Michelle Harrison, author of "The Thirteen Treasures" which was the winner of Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2009, did an author talk at my local library in Uxbridge.

Unfortunately I was late because I finished TheatreTrain at the time that Michelle Harrison started her author talk. I then took 10 minutes to work up the courage to go sit down even though she had already started answering questions. Here is what I did find out (I didn't have a notepad so the details are a bit sketchy as they are from memory). The author talk took place at Uxbridge Library, Hillingdon on Saturday 6th June.

Who is your favourite fairie?
Michelle Harrison said she had two: the Mizhog and the drain-dweller. The Mizhog because it was something her mother used to say. My parents say it too so that answer made me happy. If you weren't very happy, you were caled a Mizhog. And the drain-dweller because it's a fairy that lives in the drain and just likes stealing shiny valuables. It reminds me of a magpie. Michelle Harrison liked the idea of a drain-dweller, something that steals your most valuable things and hoards them in its drain.

Something worth mentioning:
Michelle Harrison works for a publishing house.

Michelle Harrison was asked a question that went along the lines of would you ever get your book published by a publishing company you worked for?
Michelle Harrison said no. She did know people who had had it done but she thought it would be a bit awkward. People have had to leave the room before when they were discussing how much money should be spent on publicising a book because money can be a very delicate topic.

Would you become a full time writer?
Michelle said she could do it but she enjoyed her job. Writing is quite a lonely job because she has to sit there in silence to write. It isn't very social. When you write, you're alone. She noted that the author talk events were sociable. Michelle's overall opinion was that she could do it but wasn't sure if she wanted to.

Is "The Thirteen Treasures" going to become a trilogy?
Initially Michelle thought not because a lot of people were doing trilogies at the time. She is now working on "The Thirteen Curses" which is a follow-up to "The Thirteen Curses". It may become a trilogy, it all depends on what the publishers think.

Michelle Harrison made a point about originally wanting to have a fairie on the front of the cover but the publishers strongly said no. She claimed that she wasn't sure if that was the right decision. Some lady in the audience said that she thought it was the right decision. She said if she put "Knife" and "The Thirteen Treasures" together, she would pick "The Thirteen Treasures" everytime. Michelle said that it was interesting to hear that.

Someone in the audience asked, "When you created the book how did you put everything together? If I was writing I would just have lots of bits."
Michelle said that she just had to go over everything so much and rework parts that it eventually all came together.

Did you ever put your foot down when asked to change something you really didn't want to change?
Michelle (I think) said that there weren't really any scenes that they cut that she really had to put her foot down on. She talked about how many different times she had to edit things and how it went to this really important person at the end (they may be called a copy editor) and they spot all the little things that will need to be changed for another country's edition. She couldn't think of any examples for her book but noted one she had heard of before, post being changed to mail for the US audience. Michelle also said there came a stage when you just had to say enough was enough. She had noticed a continuity error which she said she should have told her publishers about. I think she said it isn't there in the German version. Basically, (spoiler if you haven't read "The Thirteen Treasures") Fabian is able to see fairies at one point and he sees the fairie in the kitchen which should have already disappeared. It's not much of an error and I doubt I would have really noticed if it hadn't have been pointed out.

I don't know what this question was but I remember some of the answer.
Michelle was talking about how she had often heard about the Seelie and Unseelie court in books. However, what she felt hadn't been covered that well, was how they came to be. This is explained in "The Thirteen Treasures".

Sorry for my bad and sketchy notes, this is all from memory and is nearly a week old in my head (this is a pre-scheduled post, so I'm actually writing this in the early hours of Friday).

Michelle Harrison was selling her books for £5 (quite a good price I think) and signing them. I already had my own copy but Michelle Harrison was kind enough to sign it anyway. She was a really nice lady who asked me if I had read "The Thirteen Treasures". I confessed that I hadn't but I had started it yesterday.

One more thing, I just want to say, I never realised how pretty Michelle Harrison is. Just look at the picture. I would upload a picture of the signed book but I don't know where my camera is or my phone lead. I lose things really easily!

Monday, 15 June 2009

Happy 17th Birthday

It's Sophie's Birthday!

So go on over and wish her a happy birthday.

Happy 17th Birthday Sophie!

Discussion: Book Reviews

This is my first ever discussion post. It was just something that crossed my mind the other day and I felt like asking all of you bloggers. It may have already been covered but oh well.

So the main discussion point: Book Reviews.

What I want to know is:

What book reviews do you pay attention to?
Do you read reviews in papers/magazines? If so do you place their revies higher/lower/or the same as blogger reviews if you acknowledge them at all?
Do you trust certain bloggers opinions on a book more highly than others or do you just pay attention to the majority of bloggers' opinions?
If you had heard really negative reviews from lots of bloggers on a book and one positive review from a blogger, would you give the book a chance?

The reason this started is because I don't really ever pay attention to book reviews in papers. I don't tend to look at them and those I do see are usually for adults. I place bloggers opinions higher than newspapers because I feel I connect more with them and trust their opinions. I tend to look at the overall opinions rather than putting my trust in one blogger. However, if a blogger justifies their opinion well enough, I will give a book a shot that I have heard negative reviews about. However, it will probably be from the library if I can get a copy.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

YA Book Carnival

Although I won't be participating I want to do my part in advertising it. It'll be running from June 21st to June 27th. The YA book carnival is to celebrate our love, spread the word about other blogs and books, and just have fun this summer. The official post to find out all the information is here. Go on, check it out, you know you want to!

Some additional stuff I want to talk about:

Want to help charity and love finding new music? Shooting Stars Mag has put together a compilation (with some help) which you can buy in iTunes or on Amazon. A single song is only 99 cents. If you want to know more about where the money goes or just generally want to know more about what Shooting Stars Mag is doing, check out the link here.

The USA network is debuting a new show, Royal Pains, and you can read an interview with the star of the show and enter to win a HUGE prize pack by going here.

Shooting Stars Mag is starting a new feature (first post is up) that focuses on authors’ new releases every Tuesday. If you want to know more about Entraptment by Michael Spooner (a comedy in chat) then go here and enter to win a copy.

So remember if you're interested in anything above, click on the links. And enjoy the YA Book Carnival!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Review: Severed Ties

I am a bit late posting this review. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy from Kevin Krohn so I just want to say a thank you. Severed Ties is written by Kevin Krohn and I reviewed Volume 1 in the series.

"Severed Ties" tells the story of Nyne Harper, a college freshman living with her widowed father. At the tender age of two, she lost her mother tragically in a house fire, believed to have been retaliation against her father for blowing the whistle on a large corporate cover-up. The two have been on the run since, trying to piece together some semblence of a normal life while constantly looking over their shoulders. Now an adult, Nyne is ready to quench her thirst for revenge and protect the only family she has left. The question will be, is she prepared for what her life is about to become? A hip, non-stop thrill-ride, "Severed Ties" is a story of family, friendship, and revenge.

This was a really interesting story to read. I really liked the name Nyne for the main charater. I felt it was a unique name for a unique character. One of the things I love about this book at a glance is the cover, a woman climbing out of the rubble. I just thought it was really intriguing, but on with the story.

The plot for this book was really intriguing. The main character, Nyne, was a murderer, plain and simple. I don't feel I'm giving anything away by telling you this as you would have learned it in the first few pages. The one thing that people may be surprised by is that Nyne is a female killer. It always tends to shock people more. I should point out that Nyne feels that what she does is justified, her father tells her so. Nyne murders so she can be safe and to avenge her mother's death. She feels that to protect her mother's memory she must kill the people who may have taken her away. Nyne's father exposed a company and it is believed that they retaliated by starting a fire, a tragic fire that took away Nyne's mother. Nyne is brainwashed from the age of two to hate these people. It is very unlikely she wouldn't have become a killer.

The story progressed very well and the introduction captures your attention. I was initally wondering what the story was going to be about? Would it just be about the murders? It showed glimpses of past murders but also unfolded nicely. I think the main part of the story is the twist 3/4 of the way through. It seemed to be quite a short story so it isn't as long away as you think. I loved the twist (unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked because whilst I was browsing this book trying to see if I would enjoy it, one blogger had given away the twist in their review). I don't remember who the blogger was so this is just a warning. But back to the twist, had I not read it before, it would have been really shocking.

The characters? Nyne is the main character and it is interesting to hear how she justifies the murders. She is quite a well developed character and it is interesting to hear her thoughts when she reflects on what she has done. I also like that the murders and her "normal" life are usually kept separate. She doesn't kill a guy if he annoys her. I feel that the loneliness Nyne has had since her mother's death was portrayed realistically. I really liked Nyne as a character. Nyne's father on the other hand, I felt he was a brainwasher. I didn't like him at all.

Hookability? I read this through in one sitting. The book was shorter than I expected but the twist meant I couldn't leave. It really was a great twist! The book had quite a lot of action which is something I like but there were also moments where Nyne questions herself which I loved. It was a great balance.

Overall, I recommend this book if you like action and are looking for a great twist. The book is a little short but the second in the series is available. I really enjoyed this book.

Plot - 9/10

Characters - 10/10

Hookability (ability to keep you reading) - 10/10

Total - 29/30

I couldn't really find many faults with this book other than I wanted more of it. It is the type of book I enjoy: a lot of action but with some deep moments too and an amazing twist.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Review: Triskellion

I apologise if this review isn't as detailed as it could be. I read this about two weeks ago but didn't have time to write a review. What I write will be from memory. Triskellion is written by Will Peterson. It is the first in a trilogy.

The only straight pictures of Triskellion I could get were different colours to the one I used. Here is the blurb:

Rachel and Adam are sent to stay with their grandmother, following their parents' divorce. But the quiet English village is a sinister, unsettling place. Is there a dark heart beating beneath the thatched roofs of Triskellion? It is a place protected by an ancient, three-bladed artefact; a village where crops never fail and where the war memorial is blank; a community with much to protect. With the help of the mysterious Gabriel, Rachel and Adam begin to unearth centuries-old secrets and make a shocking revelation about their family’s past – and their own future...

I thought the blurb sounded really interesting and loved this cover so I borrowed it from my library.

I really enjoyed this story. I found the main idea of it really intriguing. I felt that the pace wasn't as fast as it could be but it was still reasonably well paced. I didn't understand the entirety of this book but think that it will be explained in the sequel. It is part of a trilogy after all. The introduction to the book is really interesting e.g. wouldn't you be worried if you got a train in to an apparently deserted village?

The characters in this book were really interesting. Something special about Rachel and Adam is revealed later in the book (but I won't spoil it for you). There is also a character called Gabriel who is a mysterious character I was intrigued to learn about. I think Will Peterson (that's a pseudonym apparently) did quite a good job in building up the characters. I felt for Adam through Rachel's emotions. The story is mainly told through Rachel's point of view. However, there were some parts where it was from Adam's POV. I didn't really notice this until afterwards as it fit seamlessy in to the story. It was necessary for certain pieces of information to be known. We are also given some information about their grandmother and the Commodore which is really interesting to know.

This book kept me reading, I was able to put it down for a while though but when I started again I was always really intrigued to know what was happening. Having said that, I did read this book in a day. There was one scene 3/4 of the way through the book, where they are digging, I won't say anymore or who they are, but the updates are really suspenseful. When I got to this part I had to continue reading to the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it if you like books with a mixture of action/adventure, mystery and a little paranormal stuff. The paranormal stuff makes up quite a bit of this book but I wouldn't recommend reading Triskellion just for this purpose.

P.S. I was given a little extract of Triskellion 2 : The Burning which was really interesting and left me on a cliffhanger. My library is evil and doesn't have the second in the trilogy. Oh well, I'm hoping they'll get it sometime!

Plot - 9/10
Characters - 10/10
Hookability (ability to keep you reading) - 8/10

Total - 27/30

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Blog Awards - Yay!

I've fallen behind with these awards, and I blame blogger. I finished this post weeks ago but blogger didn't save it (argh)! So here goes:

The first awards I received were from Liyana of the amazing blog, LiyanaLand. I also received an award from bridget3420, also known as the amazing blogger from Readaholic. And last but not least, I received an award were from Jo from Ink And Paper.

And since last time, I received another award from Liyana and an award from Diane of The Book Resort, a fantastic blog that I've only recently discovered!

Some of these are from posts over a month old so I had to scroll back through older posts :)

From bridget3420:

The Lemonade Award Logo
The award winners must:
Link back to the person he/she received the award from.
Nominate 10 bloggers who are deserving of this award.
Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog.

Thank you to bridget3420! Please check out her amazing blog, Readaholic.

From Liyana:

One Lovely Blog Award

You Don't Say? Award

Splash Award

Some of the rules weren't on the post but I'm happy with the pretty awards :D

And since last time from Liyana:

Literary Blogger Award
The Literary Blogger Award acknowledges bloggers who energize & inspire reading by going the extra mile. These amazing bloggers make reading fun & enhance the delight of reading!
The Rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Thank you Liyana!

From both Liyana and Jo of Ink and Paper:

#1 Blogger Award

Me-To-You Award
1. Mention the person who nominated you:
Liyana and Jo.

2. List six unimportant things that make you happy;
Pretty colours

Other people's smiles

Let's Be Friends Awards

Blogs that received the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers.

2009 Friendly Blogger Award

Thanks to Jo and Liyana :)

Check out their wicked blogs: Ink and Paper and LiyanaLand

And last but not least, my award from the amazing Diane:

The Enchanted Blog Award:

The only requirement for this award is that you shared it with whomever you like, sharing the love is always a good thing. The blog has to show only one characteristic, caring. So, start sharing this enchanted award with five other bloggers. Let your bloggers know they have received this enchanted award. (Remember, fairies are fickle wee things, don't incur their displeasure by ignoring their gift).

A huge thank you to Diane who is an amazingly nice person :)

Check out her fantastic blog The Book Resort

Here is what is going to happen:

There are a lot of awards on this post and to find out the rules for all of them and follow them would be a lot of work. So I'm going to choose a lot of blogs who I think deserve all these awards! I'll probably just write up the blogs I follow.

A few rules:
1. If you already have any of the awards, you don't have to post them up again (that would just be time consuming).
2. If you get these awards, you rock. If you don't, you still rock.
3. If I haven't awarded a blog that I follow (if you have two blogs) I may have awarded the second blog and forgot about the first blog.
4. If I have forgotten to include any blog that I follow (comment on the bottom and I'll add you).
5. Smile :)

The nominees:

La Femme Readers
Addicted to Books
Ink and Paper Specials (quick note to Jo, I'm also awarding this to Ink and Paper so you can post it to one blog if you don't want to repeat yourself)
A Book A Day
A Flight of Minds
A Lush Budget ProductionTales of a Ravenous Reader
A Maze of Books
About Books
All The World's a Stage
At Home with Books
Bookluver-Carol's Reviews
Books By Their Cover
Books, Books and More Books
Bookworm Readers
Carrie's YA Bookshelf
Chicklita Reads
Climbing Rose of The Wild Rose Press
cupcake witch
Don't Lose My Place
Dragonfly Book Reviews
Every Thing To Do With Books
Fantastic Book Review
Frenetic Reader
Garden of Books For Teens
Hello Ello 2
Hey, Teenage of the Year
I Heart Monster
Imperial Beach Teen Blog
in BetweeN the pages
In Search of Giants
Ink and Paper
Juiciliciousss Reviews
Just Another Day...
Korianne Speaks
Laura's Review Bookshelf
Linda Kage's Blog Page
Monster of Books
Mrs. Magoo Reads
Passages to the Past
Poisoned Rationality
Pop Culture Junkie
Presenting Lenore
Reader Rabbit
Sharon Loves Books and Cats
Shooting Stars Mag
So Many Books, So Little Time
Steph Su Reads
The Art of M.S. Corley
The Book Blogger
The Book Girl Reviews
The Book Resort
The Burton Review
The Compulsive Reader
the epic rat
The LibrariYan
The Novel Bookworm
The Reading Playground
The Shady Glade
The Story Siren

The Worst Review Ever
Wolfy Chicks: The Blog with Bite
Wondrous Reads
writing it out
YA Blog News
YA Bookmark
Editorial Ass
LV Books =)
Sweet Book Delights
Think Pink

EDIT: Just to clarify a few things that have come up in the comments. Everyone in the list has received all of the awards. You can post the awards on your blog and nominate other people if you want to :)

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Just a Quick Note to Say...

I should be back to blogging tomorrow night :)

Although I may be absent for a few days before the 18th, that will be all. I have a Physics exam tomorrow morning which is only 45 minutes. My final exam is on the 18th so it's almost over. YAY! 2 more exams until freedom (apart from the day they make us return books, but that won't be long :)).

I have 7 posts planned (one is a tour so it's on a set day). I have managed to catch up on blogs every couple of days. I have missed blogging and have my post days planned :D

Thanks to everyone who wished me luck or who reads my blog,