Saturday, May 30, 2009

News News News!

So today I will be going to Barnes and Noble to pick up a new book! I'm really really really excited! Yet, dont expect a review until monday because today and tomorrow i will be out!
Other then the book i will be getting today next week i will be reviewing all Ellen Hopkins' books. Crank, Burned, Glass, Impulse and Identical! All the books are written in verse so im sure you will find my reviews quite interesting! Ha i hope!
On another note make sure you watch the MTV movie awards on Saturday! Check your local listing so you can be prepared to see the new trailer for The Twilgiht Saga's: New Moon! I can't wait!
Well im off to Barnes and Noble so i'll catch you guys later!
Keep Reading,
Christina!

Breaking Dawn Playlist!

Breaking Dawn
Listen to This!
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Strange and Beautiful- Agualung
Watch you Sleeping- Blue Foundation
The Scientist- Coldplay
Seize the Day- Avenged Sevenfold
Sea of Love- Cat Power
Read and Then Listen!
Christina!

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: Incredible
Difficulty: Normal
Pages: 756
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Spoilers Ahead! Please do not read this review if you haven't read the book yet!!!!
Synopsis
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the date of two tribes hangs. Now Bella has made her decision; a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life--first discovered in "Twilight," then scattered and torn in "New Moon" and "Eclipse"--seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed...forever?
Review
So i don't know what all this big up-roar about Breaking Dawn is! I think this quite possibly book is the best book of the whole series! It starts off wiht Bella freaking out about her recent engagement to her vampire fiance Edward Cullen and goes deep into her thoughts and nervousness about the whole situation. From there it talks about the recent departure of her former best friend Jacob Black who she rejected in favor of Edward. Now after the wedding and a quick encounter with depressed Jacob, Edward and her go off on their honeymoon and make love for the first time. Now this wouldnt be such a big problem if Bella hadn't gotten- duh duh duh! PREGNANT! haha this didnt come as much of a suprise to me as it did other readers because 1) where else can you go after marriage and 2) the birth of Renesmee (their baby) was essential to the bonding of Edward and Bella. The Volturi catch wind of this half vampire half human baby and set out to destroy it think it is a forbidden Immortal child. Since it is not a immortal child but a hybrid and Bella was succesfully turned into a vampire during labor the Volturi have no reason to kill the Cullen's and their many vampire friends come to help stop the Volturi. There are so many different characters in this book it just fascinates me to learn about all of them! This and Renesmee are the two best things about the book. The worst thing about the book is 1)there was no fight against the Volturi and 2) the end of the book meant the end of the saga. I love Breaking Dawn and it managed to be long, sad, funny, depressing, hopeful and whole bunch of other things at once! Theres so mcuh in the book i cant possibly tell you all of it so your only choice is to go out and READ IT yourself!

Eclipse Playlist!

Eclipse
Listen to This!
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The Lion and the Wolf- Thrice
Boats and Birds- Gregory and the Hawk
Black black heart- David Usher
Breaking my Heart- Aqualung
A Walk through Hell- Say Anything
Thank you out there,
Christina!

Eclipse

Eclipse
by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: Great
Difficulty: Normal
Pages:469
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Synopsis
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
Review
The third book in the Twilight Saga, I have to say is the worst. Throught out the whole book Bella is faced with the complicated descicion on whether or not to stay with her love Edward or Jacob the young werewolf, all the while vengeful Victoria is building an army of new born vampires (crazy, wild and blood thirsty) to seek Bella out and redeem the death of her mate James. The only reason I gave this book the rating that i did is because this is the book where Edward and Bella finally decide on a compromise- Bella will marry Edward before he changes her. This is one of the best parts of the book, that and the witty and sarcastic personality of Jacob. In New Moon I didn't find Jacob half as attractive or interesting as Edward but by Eclipse i was completely in love! Jacob really catches your sympathy in Eclipse and you can't help but want Bella to choose him over Edward. Another thing that is really great in the book is the fact that it goes more into detail about the former lives of the Cullen family members and also the history of the Quiluetes. Rosalie, Jasper and Esme all share a little piece of thmselves with Bella which is quite interesting to read! The Quiluetes on the other hand are filled with pack drama and old legends of how they became. Though this book is not the best in the saga it is certaintly important to the collection. YOU NEED TO THIS READ THIS!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Author Spotlight!

Stephenie Meyer
Author of
The Twilight Saga:
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
and
The Host!
Stephenie Meyer Pictures, Images and Photos
As Taken from her Website...
I was born in Connecticut in 1973, during a brief blip in my family's otherwise western U.S. existence. We were settled in Phoenix by the time I was four, so, considering that I have twenty-seven Arizona summers under my belt, I think of myself as a native. The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen ( + ie = me ). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to google myself now.
I filled the "Jan Brady" spot in my family—the second of three girls. Unlike the Brady's, none of my three brothers are steps, and all of them are younger than all the girls. My big sister was, however, very similar to Marcia (only instead of being self-absorbed and vain, she was sweet and shy, which made her all the more perfect—Emily, Emily, Emily!!), and we did have a dog named after a non-canine animal (Eagle, in this case). We never had a maid, so my mom is clearly superior to Florence Henderson's character, and also has a better singing voice.
I went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, the kind of place where every fall a few girls would come back to school with new noses and there were Porsches in the student lot (for the record, I have my original nose, and never had a car until after I was in my twenties). Our football team was renowned statewide—for having the highest average GPA. I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and I used it to pay my way to Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. On the list of the biggest party schools in the country, BYU consistently and proudly finishes dead last. I majored in English, but concentrated on literature rather than creative writing, mostly because I didn't consider reading books as work (as long as I was going to be doing something anyway, I might as well get course credit for it, right?). During my college years, I heard many lame jokes about English majors' future careers in the food services industries, and to all the people who made those jokes, I now say, "Ha, ha" (to be heard in the voice of Nelson Muntz).
I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan, but no one calls him that—it's not a long story, but it is a stupid one, so I'll skip it), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts. In fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can't recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words. This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first "hello" to the wedding. Of course, we were able to skip over a lot of the getting to know you parts—many of our conversations would go something like this: "This one time, when I was ten, I broke my hand at a party when—" "Yeah, I know what happened. I was there, remember?"
We've been married for ten and a half years now, and have three beautiful, brilliant, wonderful boys who often remind me of chimpanzees on crack. Gabe is eight, Seth is five, and Eli is three. When I started my writing career, they were each two years younger, and, looking back, I don't have any idea how I survived trying to do so many things at once.
Twilight is my very first novel, and it has been a crazy, rollercoaster-sans-seatbelts experience from the very beginning. (If you're interested in more about the writing of Twilight, click the "Twilight Series" tab at the top of this lame, rambling autobiography. (Sorry for being Capt. Obvious.))
My favorite authors/biggest influences are (in no particular order) Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Maeve Binchy, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne DuMaurier, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Eva Ibbotson, William Goldman, Douglas Adams, Janet Evanovich... the list goes on, but I think I hit the highlights. I can't write without music, and my biggest muse is the band Muse, ironically enough (see link below). My other favorite sources of inspiration are Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, Travis, The Strokes, Brand New, U2, Kasabian, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer, to mention a few.
So we all know of Stephenie's accomplishments but we also need to get a hold of her stunning personality and winning attitude! Thanks Steph for Twilight and everything you've done to the vampire world!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Moon Playlist!

New Moon
Listen to This!

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Dear God- Avenged Sevenfold
Near to you- A Fine Frenzy
Autumns Monolouge- Autumn to Ashes
Fix you- Coldplay
Brighter- Paramore

Just here reading and listening to music, 
Christina!

New Moon

New Moon
by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: Incredible
Difficulty: Normal
Pages: 563
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With the upcoming release of Twilight Saga's: New Moon in November 2009, I thought it would be appropriate and vital to review this just so you can get a bit of a summary from yours truly! Now I've already read the first book Twilight so it wasn't that hard to truly grasp and understand the characters in this bone chilling novel.

Synopsis

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning. . . .

Review

Okay so first of all let me warn you! This book is super depressing! When Bella's vampire love Edward left it nearly tore me apart! For some people, including me, this may be the most appealing part of the novel- the ability to touch you with it's general emotions. In this book we are more formally introduced to Jacob Black, Bella Swan's younger and mysterious friend who lives down in La Push, a Quiluete Indian reservation. Little does Bella know, Jacob is actually a werewolf which is the mortal enemy of her flighty love Edward. Even through the whole werewolf thing...Bella begins to heal from Edwards departure due to Jacob's friendship and soon his love. It is the ultimate love triangle to me! In this book Jacob may seem a little annoying but by the end your falling in love with him as well, so it's easy to see why Bella has a hard time choosing between holding on to Edward and moving on with Jacob. This, I believe, is one of the best books of the Saga...but also one of the saddest. PREPARE TO BE HEARTBROKEN THE WHOLE STORY!

Thanks for Listening,
Christina



Twilight Playlist!

Twilight
Listen to This!

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Eyes on Fire- Blue Foundation
Flightless bird, American Mouth- Iron and Wine
Undone- Kat Tingey
Awake- Secondhand Serenade
Decode- Paramore

Your Music Lady,
Christina!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: Great!
Difficult: Normal
Pages: 498

Twilight is not only a global phenomenon, it is also a great book! Since this was the first book that got me into reading, it'll be the first book I review! It took me a little less then a day to read this at first but if and when you read this you should savor it! Take your time to appreciate every sentence and every character carefully!

Synopsis

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife -- between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Review

Freshly original and shockingly romantic, Twilight has become one of my favorite books on the bookshelf! Isabella or Bella Swan's character is klutzy and naive, which is easy to relate to, while Edward Cullen's (sigh) character is hypnotic and charming! This is the ultimate story of forbidden yet true love! The characters are caught in a life or death situation that tests there love and trust, making suspenseful yet mesmerizing! Like all books there is some points that are not to great- like the over klutzy-ness of Bella or the overprotective-ness of Edward, of course these characteristics can be easily overlooked when viewing the book as a whole. When I first started to read this book I was instantly intrigued and then hooked! It IS MOST DEFINITLEY A MUST READ!

Sincerely,

Christina!




Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A little about me...

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My name's Christina and I'm blogging straight to you from San Antonio, Texas! Other then reading I have an immense passion for writing, when I graduate from highschool next year I'm going straight to college to become a teacher and get my degree in English! I'm 16 about to be 17 on July 19th and another love of mine is volleyball:) Im on the varsity team and just recently won MVP for my junior year! Cool huh? Well of course I have to talk about books... Well my favorite book is not a YA novel at all, it's actually Call of the WIld by Jack London! Haha My absolute favorite author has to be Ellen Hopkins, her books Burned and Impulse are some of the best books I've ever read! MY favorite movie has to be Bubble Boy, yeah I know I'm a loser! And my favorite band is Tegan and Sara! Oh and speaking about music... for every book I read I will be posting a personal playlist on my music page and every week I will recognize a special author that has recieved a lot of praise or recognition! And I will be posting a Books into Movies and Novel News page that follows the latest gossip and new releases! Thats all for now but expect the first review up by tomorrow!

Dont mention it!
The Reader Girl Christina :)

Hello out there in readers land!!

Once upon a time, sometime in November 2008, I came across a little book called Twilight, no this isn't just a Twilight related blog (if that's what you're thinking), but it is a blog dedicated to reading. Whether it's books like Twilight or just regular YA books, I love reading... Twilight was just the first. Well not exactly the first but it was THE book- the book that really got me into reading, the one that showed me that books weren't just really interesting, they were fun too! So ever since then I've been reading and reading and reading! Reading until my eyes almost bled (just kidding), reading until my friends called me a dork (but then I got them into reading themselves) and reading until I decided to start this blog. So here's to you books! A passion and a hobby! And here's to Flip the Page Book Reviews- a blog so dedicated to reviewing your favorite books, it's almost inhumane!

Yours truly,
The Reader Christina
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