Monday, March 29, 2010

Broadway Lights

by Jen Calonita

Broadway Lights is the fifth book in the Secrets of my Hollywood Life series, and it's just as good as the others. In addition to providing a good look at Broadway actors and actresses as well as life in NYC, this book was really fun and cute. I sped through the whole thing in a little over an hour and was very satisfied with the way the story ended. This book is a must-read, especially for those who love acting and theater!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

City of Glass

I just finished reading City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare last night. I don't want to give anything away, but I just wanted to say that it was AMAZING. (In fact, the whole series is amazing.) The plot was so fast-paced and dramatic, and there were so many suspenseful cliffhangers.

One thing I really liked was all the quotes and allusions to the Bible throughout the book; I felt that they definitely added to the story and made it more interesting. I also liked learning more about the characters' pasts and all the unanticipated twists that happened because of some character's obscure past. :-)

I think most people have already read these books (I would have gotten my hands on them earlier if there hadn't been so many holds at the library!), but if you haven't, I would strongly recommend it. Cassandra Clare skillfully weaves together fantasy, paranormal fiction, adventure, and more in this highly popular series.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Inspired by Eyes Like Stars this week:

(Cropped from the Eyes Like Stars cover.)

little bursts of light
flicker with energy and
the prospect of cake.

(Poetry Friday roundup here.)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Readergirlz chat TONIGHT!

First of all, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

And second of all, don't miss the LIVE readergirlz chat tonight! We'll be joined by Scott Westerfeld, the author of Leviathan (which we've been discussing all month at readergirlz). The chat starts at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST.

I'm hoping to make it tonight - we'll see how the homework goes!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

National Poetry Month - April 2010

I've finally decided to do National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) for the first time. I'm really excited - the poster is so pretty and I'm looking forward to see what other people come up with too.

I will try to post most of my poems up, but I'm sure that some of them will be too horrible to put up :)

Friday, March 12, 2010


Winter is almost over, but it has been freezing lately. I found this poem that I wrote a couple years ago - it fits in nicely with the weather we've been experiencing here.

of winter skies where
crimson stars release their golden heat
against the cold indigo night-

upon the ground lies crisp snow like the
smell of cinnamon on Sunday morning,

turned to ice between the mountains.

the place where arrows point towards a chasm
on a spiraling pathway
is where I find my home.

Anyone know what happened to Poetry Friday?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thanks, Milli!

The rules are to thank the person who gave you the award and write seven random facts about you that someone may not know. Then tag seven people that you think should receive this award! I tag anyone who wants to do this!

1. White is one of my least favorite colors.

2. Whenever I read an interesting or unusual name in a book, I always read it backwards to check if it spells out anything that way. I think the only times I was rewarded were during Holes by Louis Sachar (the main character's name is Stanley Yelnats) and in Harry Potter (The Mirror of Erised).

3. I greatly prefer animated movies (Disney, Pixar, etc.) to movies with actual actors/actresses. Harry Potter is one of the only exceptions.

4. (in my opinion) Two movies that were just as good as the book: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

5. I don't like dark chocolate.

6. I love going to the dentist.

7. On a similar note, I love the taste of the fluoride at the dentist's.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Books I've Been Reading

After reading so many raving reviews about this book, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, I decided to pick it up. I was really glad I did so because this book is awesome and I think that most people would enjoy it.

One of the main selling points for this book was the originality - I've never heard of a book before that focused around the idea of a food taster who tested for poison. I also liked the characters with their wide range of personalities and I felt that they really added to the story.

If you liked Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series or Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, you'll enjoy this one as well. Heist Society is about a girl named Kat who is a professional thief. She gets into the middle of a huge art robbery mystery and, with the help of her relatives and friends (all thieves), is forced to solve the mystery and restore the paintings.

The pacing and action in this was great, and I really liked how Kat managed to put together all the random facts together in the end. The book ends with some new questions, so I'm hoping there's a sequel!

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld was pretty interesting too. I'm never read steampunk before, and I found it very engaging. My interest was also piqued by the fact that it was a retelling of World War I - I had almost no idea what WWI was about before I read this book, so I learned a lot too.

This book is the readergirlz pick of the month, so come on over to the blog and join in the discussions!