Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rhymes With Witches by Lauren Myracle

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Rhymes With Witches by Lauren Myracle
Pages: 272
Pub Date: March 1, 2006
Author Website/Blog: http://www.laurenmyracle.com/home_pg.html
Synopsis: Jane dreams of being chosen as the freshman member a dominant school clique made up of one girl from each class. When her wish is granted, and she is offered a place in their group, Jane discovers the terrible price of their particular kind of popularity. There is a sinister secret to their power, one that will change Jane forever. Darkly humorous and dead on, this book will leave readers shivering in recognition.

Mwhahaha, fits right in with her horror novel BLISS. Another book obsessed with cats :) One of the most memorable lines in the book for me was "looky looky whose got a cookie!" Haha I loved this story. I almost wish it had a sequel.... It also really showed extreme cliques in High School. Kinda glad High School really isnt like this and that Im a floater *nervous laughter* Lets face it, all of us are scared of something like this happening in our High School. Like stealing popularity? Or going to someones house and chanting "THE SKANK LOVES DICK THE STICK IS A DICK!" To someone while shaking around a stick. Yeah no one wants High School to be that :/ This book got really messed up at some points, meanwhile it could also be really good. Im kinda torn. So you guys choose for yourself.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Vote For The Prize!!

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So I am going to have a 100 followers contest coming up soon and I just cant decideon a prize!! So after some recomendations from twitter I set up a poll
So VOTE so I can start my 100 followers contest!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer Intern by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman

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Summer Intern by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman
Pages: 192
Pub Date: April 19, 2007
Author Website/Blog: http://web.mac.com/jillkargman/iWeb/jillkargman.com/welcome.html
Synopsis: There's nothing run-of-the-mill about working at Skirt, the preeminent fashion magazine. I'm Kira Parker, total fashion junkie. I thought I had it made when I landed this job. Ha. I mean, don't get me wrong—working at Skirt is amazing. And spending the summer in New York City without my parents? Golden. But now I'm up against Daphne Hughes, daughter of the magazine's owner. What Daphne wants, she gets—all wrapped up in a cute Coach bag. She's already got the guy of my dreams and all the right connections. Now she thinks she'll get the plum position working for the editor in chief without even lifting a diamond-adorned pinky? This catwalk is primed for battle.

Aw.. this was so cute. It really showed that working in fashion isnt as glamorous as we wish :) It had a obvious villain, a cute crush, oh and a mean girl :) This was really a great book. I also picked up a lot of things in this book that reminded me of myself :) Like the main character worked harder at her internship so she could try to get the internship with the editor in chief. She would stay after and do work she wasnt asked to do. It helped her in the long run. Of course a bitter sweet book had a great ending :) Almost like a fairytale ;) I mean granted I doubt most internships are like this but I still loved it. It reminded me of Ugly Betty :) Only teh main character isnt ugly.

Do What You Want Cuz The Prizes Are Free, You Are A WINNER

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NOTE: I ENDED THE CONTEST EARLY DUE TO A VAST TIME PERIOD OF NO MORE ENTRIES. THANK YOU FOR BEING UNDERSTANDING.

Have you ever gone to google and typed in Lol limewire then pressed Im Feeling Lucky?? Well go do it and youll understand the title of this blog post.

However, the rest of it should be easy to understand....

I HAVE WINNERS!!!!

But first I would jsut like to say that I want to give everyone something but because of expenses, I chose three  freshman to receive care packages :)



1ST PLACE!!!
KELSEY DICKSON

2ND PLACE!!!!
BIANCA DUARTE 

3RD PLACE!!!
ERICA

Freshman care packages going to....
ANGELA Z
HARMONY BEAUFORT
LANA SCHOLTZ

If you guys do NOT email me within 24 hours I WILL be forced to select new winners!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

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Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Pages: 256
Pub Date: March 17, 2009
Author Website/Blog: http://jenniferechols.livejournal.com/
Synopsis: All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over..

This is just... I honestly feel I cant write a review for this book without getting carried away and ruining the book for all of you. This book really connects with the readers. It has so many buried secrets that none of us know till the middle of the book. Its just. I honestly think its been a while since Ive read a novel that TRULY pulled  at my heart strings and made me wonder about life. Books dont try to relate to teens that much. Or if they do they base it off of the media created enviroment we supposedly live in. This book really, truly, got to you. It made you think, and it made you tick. It is an amazing novel, that truly shows us about the difficulties of life outside of what to wear to prom.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Why I Dont.

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A lot of bloggers out there decorate their blog with things like countdowns, covers, memes, and follower only contests.

A lot of you may have noticed I do not do those things. Granted I tried to participate in some memes, and I may have posted a cover once or twice. But that is it.

I try to keep this blog as easy to manage as possible. I frankly dont care about my number of followers based on the number someone else has. I may get upset about the number of people READING but thats back to my whole phobia thing. I dont cause drama here. Simple as that.

I dont try to grab attention to myself, I did when I first started blogging, but that was mostly to inform people that I am here, I am posting reviews!

A lot of people state that there are certain standards a reivew must follow. Or that there are certain things a blogger should not do. Or that there are just SOME things you dont post on your blog!

I say, go die in a hole.

Granted I basically already doing every thing they said, EVEN BEFORE THEY TOLD US TO!

Aside from that (trying to prevent a rant) I just float in the blogosphere, sometimes it can be a bad thing (i feel like no one is there) or it can be a really, really good thing. And it keeps my blog from becoming only widgets, covers, and contests.

I am sorry if I want to see an actual post on your blog, not 5 posts in one day with a cover smacked on it saying "aint it purdy"

Our job is to REVIEW! Im not going to go around telling others to do that, but I will tell you right now only expect posts like these and reviews from me.

I may not be the fastest person when it comes to reviews, and I may not write the BEST reviews, but I am honest, I tell what I think, I dont drone on and on.

I simply write a review, one that will make sure you dont get bored with me.

I dont annoy you with music, or noisy widgets.

I dont make it so my page takes forever to load. I keep it as simple as possible.

And I hope you do to.

Ari

How To Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, E Lockhart, and Sarah Mylnowski

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How To Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, E Lockhart, and Sarah Mylnowski
Pages: 336
Pub Date: May 1, 2008
Author Website/Blog:http://www.laurenmyracle.com/home_pg.html http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/
Synopsis:Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret. Each one has her own reason for wanting to get the heck out of their nowheresville town, even just for the weekend. So they climb into Jesse's mom's "borrowed" station wagon and head south. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

3 friends. One Roadtrip. Complete and utter mayhem. What else should we expect from authors Lauren Myracle, E Lockhart, and Sarah Mylnowski? A sweet love story? No with them it is a requirement to write something fun, captivating, and hilarious. Told in all three characters point of views *just so you know I was sitting there trying to figure out who wrote which* Granted there was some romance, but why in the world would it be normal! It has to have an odd twist :) It really helped me decide what NOT to do (no boys) and what TO do (go to pirate hotel) when I take my cross country road trip in 4 years! Thanks for the help guys! Haha :)

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

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Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Pages: 293
Pub Date: July 20, 2010
Author Website/Blog: http://jenniferechols.livejournal.com/
Synopsis: WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . . AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER? There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon. But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

Honestly, this was even better than Going To Far (review will be up in a few days!) This book, it honestly, made me think about other things in the world like it. Maybe thats why it took me so long! Dang thinking :P Haha but really, this was probably her best novel yet. It shows the terrors of high school while throwing in the drama of home. Granted, time seemed to move a wee bit to quickly in this novel, but oh well, we ALL have a warped sense of time! (example: my clock says 1 am. I keep thinking 4 am) It was also one of those, "Oh my F***ING GOD!! GET TOGETHER ALREADY!!" novels. Im a picky person though, so the few little details that bothered me (aside from the OMFG moments) But really. Forget You is amazing. I loved Doug. He caused a lot of issues in the book but hes human, its good if he has flaws. Really, if you cant afford to purchase this book, go yell at your library, or kidnap it from your local bookseller (joking i dont want to be responsible for someone going to jail!!!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

For All Us Freshies :P

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Okay so while running my contest at least half of you said you were entering highschool also. So Im going to share the tips I have gotten :)

""It's not as bad as you think. Don't like you own the school because that just irks the upperclassmen. Have fun and join clubs and meet new people! It's the best thing ever!"-Bianca D.

"Hmm, do your work, send things in on time, don't mouth off to upperclassmen x)"-Joanna

"Just be yourself. Don't be annoying or fake. Do your homework. Study. Keep organized. I'm sure you probably don't have a problem doing any of these things. Stay on top of things, don't procrastinate, and you should be fine."-Leslie G

""Okay, so first of all don't necessarily leave alone the upperclassmen, they aren't as mean as people make them out to be. But you also have to know your place, your younger and even if it isn't by much, they don't care.
Don't trust anyone(girls especially), they'll backstab you.  Don't talk shit, if you do then watch out. because like I said, they'll backstab you. Don't be a procrastinator. lol Other than that have fun, it isn't as bad as people make it out to be, trust me. I just finished my freshman year. I didn't die. :D"-Natalie

"Don't get involved in the drama. it's never worth it."-Bethany B.

"Pay attention in class!!!! Do your homework! DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GET IN THE HABIT OF PROCRASTINATING! And make sure you relax, and have some fun:)"-Dani S.

"Be yourself. Start your long term assignments when they are first assigned. Don't cram. Keep reading for fun (it will keep you sane). "-Sarah S.

"Just be yourself, you'll be fine!"-Erica

"I'm in 12th grade...I still don't have it all together. :S Anyway, enjoy your last few years of high school. After HS, you can bet that you won't see most of those you are forced to see everyday. Don't know if you'll be happy or sad about that. I'm pretty happy. :)"-Cass

"Try not to stress out about it too much and have a good time. This period in your life will pass way to fast. Stop and enjoy it. "-Linda H.

"Stay out of trouble"-Abishek D.

"Stick with your friends.  If you do, you won't have any problems.  =]"-Katie B.

"Make friends in all the different cliques. Have some fun and don't take life too seriously because there is plenty of time for that after you graduate."-Throughoutthehaze

"Ask teachers if you can read the text online. some have this and its great for people like me that walk home every day with pounds of books on their backs.  Enjoy it!"-Amanda B.

"Don't ask for directions from anyone other than teachers. And, if you're school's a s big as mine, KEEP a map with you at all times!"-Kisha

"1. DRESS COMFY. You may want to look stylish, but if you're pants are too tight (aka showing your butt crack), or your shirt is too long (aka we can see your boobs), ZERO cool points for you.
2. You can't go wrong with a Jansport backpack, or a messenger bag, to carry you're stuff in. Yep, that's the way to go.
3. Pack a snack, because GASP...what if you got stuck with Lunch D that's at like 12:50?! Can you say HUNGRY?
4. DO NOT BE A CHEERLEADER. Run track, play golf, be on yearbook staff, or even do gymnastics! Just no cheerleading. It's stupid.
5. I've learned that teachers get mad if you read novels during their class. Haven't figured out why yet."-Kelsey D.

Thank you all so much for helping me out so far and for helping out all the new freshman!! We really appreciate your advice, because frankly we are scared out of our little freshman minds!!!

Ari

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quack Quack Jingle Jingle

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Guess who got their ducky blanky :P Okay so its like the size for a baby doll but frankly I dont care.

It. Is. So. SOFT!

You know that scene in Despicable Me where Agnes is at the fair staring the unicorn yelling "ITS SO FLUFFY IM GONNA DIE!" That was me when I ordered this. Now Im Agnes after he blows up the booth. "ITS SO FLUFFY!"

I went outside today to get the mail and found this. Yeah pleasant surprise.
And now I have sat here for the past ten minutes STROKING it :)*stroke stroke*
OH AND IT HAS BELLS IN THE HEAD! I am such a little kid. Im sitting here going OOoo Awww and OOO IT JINGLES! OO THESE BABY SLIPPERS ARE SO SOFT! Yeah :P I mean I really want to sit here and clutch it and protect it from the EVILS of little kid snot...But thats not an option. Im sure all the little kids will love sitting there banging its poor head like its a hammer (sigh)

Love,
Ari

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Evil That Is Summer Reading

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I have been working on posting reviews and such, and then. IT came.

A package on my doorstep from amazon. It was non other than my summer reading books.
Life As We Knew It
A Seperate Peace
Great Expectations
The Old Man And The Sea

So dear blog followers, if I completely dissapear it is because i have killed myself reading these dull books!
Love
Ari

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

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Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Pages: 217
Pub Date: February 1, 2008
Author Website/Blog: http://www.sarazarr.com/archives/1858
Synopsis: As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also each other's only friend. SO when Cameron disappeared without warning, Jennifer thought she'd lost the one person who would ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she is popular, happy, and dating—everything "Jennifer" couldn't be. But she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. When Cameron suddenly reappears, they both are confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have take.

Is it wrong that all I want to say for my review is love? It is? Oh... Okay then.. Well then I guess Ill write a review.... Sweethearts was adorable, I know probably the wrong word but I couldnt help myself! Aw aw aw! Those are the three words you say when reading Sweethearts. The book has a lot of background, which for once I really liked :) It really dug into the story behind abuse in a home. It showed how one person can ruin another persons life for good. You really connect with the characters, even though many of us walk around going "Well that will never be me." You dont know, it might some day. As always this book has a great lesson we all should learn, in my opinion the lesson was "Take help while you can" But hey thats just me. Maybe youll find another lesson :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

PLEASE READ! I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

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As you know from my contest, I am entering High School this year.... HOWEVER!!! THE SCHOOL SCREWED ME OVER!!!

I tried to get into Honors English. Guess what I DIDNT GET INTO!
Yup your right. Honors English.

SO I need a HUUUGE FAVOR FROM ALL OF YOU!!!
Sign. Sign your little hearts out on here.

http://twitition.com/ndg2d

Please guys, I really need this! It would mean THE WORLD TO ME!!!! And Ive decided to bribe you guys.....

2 random signers will win some swag.

Comment below with a link to your tweet and your email. Please guys, do this for me. I have the highest comprehension level in my grade, and there are people struggling to read Junie B Jones in Honors English.

Love,
Ari

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Manifest by Artist Arthur (2010 Debut Book)

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Manifest by Artist Arthur
Pages: 256
Pub Date: August 1, 2010
Author Website/Blog: N/A
Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.
But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good listener-and everything she'd ever want-except that he was killed a year ago. Krystal's ghost-whispering talents soon lead other "freaks" to her door-Sasha, a rich girl who can literally disappear, and Jake, who moves objects with his mind. All three share a distinctive birthmark in the shape of an M and, fittingly call themselves the Misfits. They set out to learn what really happened to Ricky, only to realize that they aren't the only ones with mysterious powers. But if Krystal succeeds in finding out the truth about Ricky's death, will she lose him for good?


This was the first time I was asked to review a book, and Ill be honest I was so excited I read the first line and said "Okay!" To be honest it took me oh say a month *embarrassed* to get into the first few chapters but once you kill the first 10 chapters you really, really like the story. Its just amazing, one of those books you NEED to get your sticky little fingers on! I loved it once a real plot line occurred, to be honest I didnt really like Ricky, he was sweet but he was annoying. I also didnt like another love interest in the story, Franklin, in all honesty for a good chunk of the book I was hoping she would choose Jake, another Mystyx. But alas my wish did NOT come true *sad* But aside from those road bumps I really enjoyed the over all idea :) The mean girl wasnt the usual blonde, the villain wasnt another teen, and well I let you find out everything else :)

*I receieved an ARC of this novel for review from the Online Publicist. I do not receive any form of payment for writing this book. I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back To School Contest

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BACK TO SCHOOL CONTEST!!
In all honesty I dont want to go because its my first year of highschool *eek* Which by the way creates the PERFECT contest ;)

So heres the skinny. Im going to give away 3 swag packs. If I get to 100 followers before school starts for me *which is when Im ending this contest* Ill add a copy of Jennifer Echols new novel FORGET YOU.

Before I announce the epic contest! (and how you can enter) I would just like to thank a few special people who jumped up to help me last minute!

Lindsey Leavitt: Kindly donated some more Princess For Hire bookmarks Thank you Lindsey!!

Cyn Balog: Sent me Sleepless bookmarks

Jennifer Laurens: For sending me a bookmark everytime I bothered her with something!

Kimberly Derting: For offering me the oppurtunity to sign up for the Street Team to get the few goodies I still have left.

Adrianne Ambrose: For sending me LOADS of signed stickers!!

Kristina Springer: For sending me The Esspressologist Bookmarks

Kimberly Pauley: For sending me swag when I asked her to :)

Courtney Rae: For helping me restock on a few The Body Finder swag I needed....

So there will be THREE WINNERS!! The contest runs from now to August 9! To enter fill out the following form.

US only. Sorry international guys but Im broke *shrugs*


Enter using THIS FORM!!!


PRIZES: (YES I HAVE PICS!)

First Prize










Second Prize










Third Prize

Experiment: Dare Me Thursday

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Ive been having ideas run around in my head *aw my lovely little rats (aka brain)* about maybe doing one of those weekly things *im to lazy to find out the difference between a meme and a feature* So I decided to try something I *hope* no one has done before.

Dares. What do you guys say? Would you be interested in that?

You would submit the dares every Wednesday on a post and then on Thursday I would post how I did the dare! What do you think? This a test run. IF it works out Ill make a normal thing on here. But ONLY if I get a good response.

So shall we try it out? Comment with dares! They shall be picked at random!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A True Child At Heart

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Hey guys,

 I wanted to be the good daughter and get my parents something like this...



( Found on dining rooms direct )
But lets face it. Im a broke teenager :) 


So instead Im going to get something beyond adorable that I can A. afford and B. just HAVE to HAVE!!!

 (found inshoes got sole )

Yes, I know it is made for little kids. But lets face it, Im 14 and I am in LOVE with ducks!!! 


So.... Thanks to the lovely people at CSN Im going to get my sticky little hands on the duck blanket.

Yeah be jealous ;) 

Ill post a review of its softness later on!
Until then maybe you should cough up some cash and treat yourself to the bistro set ;)
Or send it to my parents XD

Love,
Ari

PS Who knows I  may end up with some other fun goodies, and then I will review their sparkliness also!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Thank You All

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Just to let all of you know, YES I love talking to all of you and I love seeing that occasional sweet comment on a blog post :)

HOWEVER I do get frustrated about 89% of the time running the blog.
These are just a few of the reasons
I read more then I can review
I end up talking to myself
My friends get shiny ARCs and I end up with a nasty green eyed monster saying "I must" (this one is just because Im a teenager. Cut me some slack people!)

However aside from that last reason. I DONT do this for free books, or popularity, granted being a teenager there a moments where I wish I could have that Crescendo ARC sitting in my lap like the INSANELY lucky Kelsey Dickson, but in the end I know that its one of those things that not everyone gets.

In the end I do this because I love to read, granted I feel totally out of the loop and like my blog isnt going to go ANYWHERE in life, but maybe Ill just have to get some people to help me, you know talk to people outside of my small comfort zone :)

OFF TOPIC: Really I would love some help to get out of my small circle of comfort. If anyone is willing to do this really thank you, maybe it will stop this insecurity about being alone in the blogosphere, you know like having a fear of dying alone (which is another of my many fears)

Back on topic: When I posted "Time To Call It Quits?" I was basically suffering from insecurities about my blog and my fear of dying alone (in the blogosphere!) and I was seriously considering quitting. But oh my god. Fifteen minutes into these comments you guys were leaving and I swear to god I had a river of tears streaming down my face, and I think Im going to start crying again thinking about them.

So after much talk with Kelsey Dickson and Courtney Rae and after seeing amazing comments like these.....

"I personally like it. But I'm not Ari and don't know what is going on in Ari's head. I doubt I really want to. Just kidding. Maybe. :)Point is, do it for you."-Courtney Rae


"Ari! I love you, and I love your blog. GIRL, you have more followers than I do! However, you shouldn't do it for the followers, or to see how many ARCs you can rack up, you need to do it for you."-Kelsey Dickson


"Personally, I don't think you should quit. I don't know you, but you seem like you must be awesome since you talk to yourself in the third person. And if you read for fun, you might as well put it to good use, right?"-Julie


"I actually just found your blog recently but I really like it. It's not my decision though. It's completely up to you whether or not you keep posting. If it's no longer enjoyable for you though, it probably means you should at least take a break."-Katie


"Well I do read what you post, but if you're not enjoying what you are doing anymore... you're the only one who can make the call"-Tynga


"Size of the review doesn't matter. It's how well you write them. Yeah, ours might be long, but that doesn't mean you can understand a word that is put up there.And if you feel stuck, like you're not going anywhere with it. Or you want to get in with more people. Push your way through. Talk to authors and publishing houses. I know you can talk up a storm to them. You have stayed up for HOURS talking to us about your love of books.But the big question is: Do you want to continue posting? Don't think about how many followers you have or how many people will read it. Think about how you feel about it."-Courtney Rae


(this one really made my day)"Besides, you know those blurbs on the back of books from other authors telling you how awesome they thought the book was? Yeah, one sentence TOPS"-Kelsey Dickson


"See, I now follow your blog. I would be SAD if you quit. *nod*"-Julie


"Then maybe you should keep doing it. You don't even have to post everyday, just post when you have time, or when you feel like it. And maybe you'll just keeping help that one person at a time."-Kelsey DIckson


"If you enjoy it, then keep at it, but you have to do what makes you happy."-StephTheBookworm


"OMG dont leave, I am reading!!! I love your blog, it's soo adorable, and your reviews are always so awesome, I have been WAY out of the loop lately, life has gotten kinda nuts...but I am reading..."-Book Crazy Jenn

I know thats a lot for you guys to read. Sorry. But I wanted to properly thank each and everyone of these people.

They were the ones who had me and tears and made me turn to Kelsey and Courtney and say "I dont think Im allowed to quit"

And for the record, a lot of you said things along the lines of "Do it for you."

Sadly I must tell you guys. You are wrong. I do this for YOU. And thats part of what caused my insecurities, I felt like the people I were doing it for didnt care. I felt like I was going to be reviewing books from teh 90s in 10 years.

Thank you all so much for basically giving me no choice, in all honesty you all made me feel so much better about thsi small little blog I call my baby.

Im staying.

Love,
Ari

PS I wasnt going to post till Wednesday but my twitter got a status limit like 6 hours ago and Im going insane.

Time To Call It Quits?

Written by Ari at 3:24 PM
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Is it time to call it quits? I seem so out of the loop lately. Am I one of few bloggers out there who reads for fun? No one reads this blog (Watch as this post doesnt even get any views) I buy all my books or get them all from the library except for a few select times. No one really CARES if I leave. Its almost been a year, and sadly I feel that it was a year wasted. So what does anyone (if anyone is even reading this) think.

Is it time to call it quits?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Treasure Map Of Boys by E Lockhart

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The Treasure Map Of Boys by E Lockhart
Pages: 256
Pub Date: July 28, 2009
Author Website/Blog: http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/
Synopsis: Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it's her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what's more:
Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby's already-sucky reputation is heading downhill.
Not only that, she's also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
In this companion novel to "The Boyfriend List "and "The Boy Book, "Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love--if such a thing exists.

The third and final book in the series. As always just BRILLIANT. Honestly I think it was the best of all three, but its just my opinion. I especially loved the petting zoo scene :) that is one Ill always remember. Anyway, Ruby is basically losing it, nothing is working out, of course. You got to love her for it though. She just keeps trying and failing. Which might work out in her favor, if you, ya know read the book ;) This is truly a memorable way to end a series. I think Ruby will stay in my heart forever. As always a great summer read :)

One of those love/hate moments :)

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So um yeah.. Im totally in love with Bree Despain’s THE DARK DIVINE book trailer…

Love everything about it except for ONE THING!!

The girls voice. Far to raspy. Hate it. Get rid of it. THANK YOU!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMy_TE88-0

Watch to see if you agree with me :)

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 240
Pub Date: September 1, 2003
Author Website/Blog: http://halseanderson.livejournal.com/
Synopsis: Meet Kate Malone -- straight-A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all -- or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions; first, the Malones' neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri's little brother. The days are ticking down and she's still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control -- and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart.


The same setting as SPEAK, Laurie Halse Anderson truly delivers once again with a life changing lesson that is meant to teach a lesson, a lesson some of us, like Kate, dont know until its really to late. She had plans to go to MIT. It was the only school she applied to. Im pretty sure you dont need to read the book to figure out what happens ;) But its perfect. It also shows how sometimes the person you dislike you may know nothing about. Its a terribly sad book though. But its still amazing. But what else is to be expected of Laurie Halse Anderson :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Someone who I love, but her priorities are off. Oh and shes going to do a giveaway :)

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EVERYONE! Pretty please go become a follower on my friend Courtney Rae's blog. Shes a sweet person, and writes wwaaaaayyy better reviews then me :)
http://courtney-reads.blogspot.com/

She also has decided that if she were to make a deal with the devil and her options were.
A. Her soul.
B. Her first born child.
C. Her copy of LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater (spelling?)

She would cough up the first born child. And yes when asked this question she clutched LINGER to her chest.

But yeah. Shes going to have a summer contest soon. She wants all of you to go participate, so go follow her so you can find out when :)

PS. She jstu told me she has TORMENT coming to her. Way to make me jealous Courtney.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

What I Learned From Being A Cheerleader by Adrianne Ambrose (GIVEAWAY)

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What I Learned From Being A Cheerleader by Adrianne Ambrose (GIVEAWAY)
Pages: 202
Pub Date: July 1, 2010
Author Website/Blog: http://adrianneambrose.blogspot.com/
Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Elaine Rewitzer is funny, smart and wryly observant, but totally into her new fame as a cheerleader for the Cross Creek Middle School Buccaneers.  Her best friend Bethany warns that Elaine will just become "part of the herd," and her best guy-pal, the loyal and gallant Tim, (who's struggling with nose ppolyps) feels forgetten.  Will Elaine survive the roller coaster of pre-teen cheerleader fame?  Will she win the heart of the cutest boy on the basketball team?  Will she confess her "uncool" love for comic books?  Will she lose Bethany and Tim's friendship for-evah?  AND WHEN WILL SHE GET HER POM POMS???


Is it so wrong to say, that yes 3 years ago, when I was entering 6th grade this probably would have been what my diary looked like? What I Learned From Being A Cheerleader is a fun novel based on a 11 year old girl's diary. It shows how hard the transition from Elementary school to Middle School is and how hard it is sometimes to choose being cool, or your best friends. Being a tween is the hardest years of your life, right along side being a teenager. This really relates to all tweens out there, its a great novel if your struggling in your first year of Middle School. We are all afraid, we all have no idea what we are doing, this novel is perfect to showing how to figure out who you are before you make all the mistakes in your life. This novel was witty, brilliant, and told through a clear voice that just made you think, "This was me." or "This is me"


GIVEAWAY!!!
So I was lucky enough to get a TON of signed stickers from Adrianne to give away to you guys <3
So simple :) 
1st prize winner-5 signed stickers
2nd prize winner-3 signed sitckers
3rd prize winner-2 signed stickers

Get me up to 75 followers and Ill buy a copy of WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER for a random entry :)



Leave a comment on this post saying I WANT TO WIN!. 
Extra entry for spreading the word ANYWHERE!! Yes even on the lipsmackers lounge :) Just leave me a link for every extra entry so i can verify it!
For every follower you get to say "SO and SO got me to follow your blog!" you get 2 extra entries. 
If your already a follower you get 3.
New follower you get 1.
Leave a name and a way to contact you :)


Ari
*please not I received a Galley of WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER for free. That was all I received for this review, no monetary payment from teh publisher.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Letter of Apology

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Dear Blogosphere.....
I am terribly sorry for neglecting you :( I feel terrible about it. I love you with all my heart, but as you know Im busy with Fanfiction also. I am busy running an awards for fanfiction that is sucking every minute of my free time. But for the next 2 weeks you have my sole attention. You shall be pampered with book reviews, and my contest Im starting soon :) You will be pampered with witty posts, since you guys want more Ari also.

You will be loved. Its almost been a year together blogosphere, but I dont treat you like that. Ive been terrible to you. I promise, I will try to improve, and I WILL be better in our new year together :)

Love,
Ari

The Boy Book by E Lockhart

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The Boy Book by E Lockhart
Pages: 224
Pub Date: April 22, 2008
Author Website/Blog: http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/
Synopsis: Join Ruby Oliver at the start of her junior year at Tate Prep as she confronts:
- the secret about Noel
- mysterious notes from Jackson
- the interpretation of boy-speak
- the horrors of the school trip
- new entries in The Boy Book
There are Fruit Roll-Ups.
There is upper-regioning.
There are so many boys to choose from!
And there are penguins.


Only Ruby can keep her readers on her side even as those around her wonder, What is she thinking?!
Book two in the Ruby Oliver series. Once again perfectly hilarious. This one dealt with something Ruby held close to her heart before Kim betrayed her. The boy book. A book filled with all the information needed on boys. How to get a guy, how to go to certain stages with a boy, EVERYTHING! I found this just perfect for any teenage girl that has issues in the world of dating, I mean we all do. Right? Well this book is just AMAZING, I really suggest it as a good way to kill some of that boredom that accumulates over summer break.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

One of those OH MY GOD MOMENTS!

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So today I recieved two packages in the mail, both I knew were coming. In package A. I had a audiobook of Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce…..

Package B however……

Well about a month ago an author emailed me and asked if I would review her book, I told her Id love to. So I sent her my info to be sent off to her editor and waited.

The book I was asked to review was in the package….. along with a book I had no idea about, I just simply stared at it and then went YAY My first book I had no idea about!

I just sat there astounded, to me this was a HUGE milestone for blogging, right up there with being ASKED to review something.

PS. Anyone know the difference between a Bound GALLEY and a bound MANUSCRIPT?? Or are they synonymous?

Ari *still squealing*

Monday, July 5, 2010

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

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Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist
Pages: 192
Pub Date: August 28, 2007
Author Website/Blog: http://www.davidlevithan.com/index.html http://www.rachelcohn.com/
Synopsis: It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

Just brilliant. As always the book is better then the movie. The movie made me tear off my nails and eat them it (figuratively) it was so painful. I dont think Ive ever been truly bored to tears. The book made up for it. The book always makes everything so much better. This book was slow at the beginning but the end made up for it. It really showed that things arent as they seem. Granted I gaged a bit when Norah talked about Tukan Olam which is a jewish idea that the world is broken and we need to put the pieces back together again. I really enjoyed that the story showed the true feelings of the characters. It wasnt some cheesy novel where all they wanted to do is fall in love. THis was a great well written story.

Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron

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Struts and Frets by Jon Skrovron
Pages: 304
Pub Date: November 1, 2009
Author Website/Blog: http://jonskovron.com/#c71/tumblr
Synopsis: Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.
When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?
 


This book was just amazing. Loved it! One of the best books I've read in a while. Most books are the usual teen issues. No one really focuses on anything but their school life and their core family. This book showed us how much the main character respects his grandfather, because he was a working musician. It also showed, being in a band isnt all that fabulous. Especially when you have a lead man who jsut ruins everything. Oh and the benefits of having a girl for a best friend. This book really stirred some things in me because I just sat there ticking off a list of things I can relate to. Great book.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

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Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Pages: 432
Pub Date: January 5, 2010
Author Website/Blog: http://lisa-schroeder.blogspot.com/
Synopsis: Restless souls and empty hearts Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams. Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface. As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.
 
Chasing Brooklyn is an absolutely gorgeous. Granted Im not a fan for the poetry style novels, but at least this one still sounded like a book. It hardly sounded like poetry. This was just beautiful. Granted I also didnt really like the whole, "Ghosts trying to help them thing." But still the idea was nice. Okay so I did get a bit annoyed since her name was Brooklyn. And I only skimmed the summary so I just assumed Nico was a girl until he did things that distinguished him as a boy. And 200 pages in they said he was a boy. But that annoyed. The book could have used a little more detail. But it was still a nice story.
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