Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine.

(Amazon , Goodreads)

After reading the first book, I cannot wait for this!

"After losing her sister and finding out who- or what- she really is, Vanessa returns home for her senior year. Everyone at Hawthorne Prep has questions about her tragic summer, but knowing who to open up to is impossible. As she walks the halls without Justine for the very first time, Vanessa has more to worry about than just making a new life for herself.

Because the sirens are out for revenge. To protect herself and the ones she loves, Vanessa must call on powers she believes she has but does not know how to use. To learn, she'll have to seek help from the only person who truly knows her. But first, she must admit the truth about her real identity."

Skittles and Lemonade,

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Epic Contest By Jennifer Armentrout!

 EVERYBODY: JLArmentrout is hosting a super epic contest that is a total must-enter. It would be unbelievably amazing to win this! So, here's a link:

 And is this not an amazing trailer for her book Half-Blood?

Review: Beastly

Beastly- Alex Finn

 5/5 Stars

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; Revised edition (February 8, 2011)

 I am a beast.
A beast!
Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly...beastly.

 I read this book in a day, and had to do my homework at 5 that morning. But, let me tell you, it was worth it! At first I was kind of iffy about reading a book from a stuck-up guys point of view, but once I opened it, Kyle wasn't that brand of stuck-up I though he would be. I guess a...... likable stuck up, if you knew him really well.
 It really grabs you, I think. I couldn't put it down, no matter how much I attempted to talk myself into it. Kyle really believes that ugly people are a nuisance- and his dad is much worse.
 His dad is vile. He never pays attention to Kyle, and likes to think that ugly people should just go die, even if they can't help it. I was honestly not surprised when he gave up on Kyle. A jerk like that isn't capable of love- except for himself.  Also, I love the tie ins of the fairytales! Absolutely brilliant and creative. The chats Kyle does with the other 'monsters' are great. I love Kyle's rose garden, I love Will, heck, I even love Pilot (Will's seeing-eye dog).
 And I almost forgot, Kendra, the witch. Her character is wonderful-  the foreshadowing from her in the beginning is part of what makes this book so alluring. After her character really starts to develop you start to admire her, even after what she did to Kyle.
 So, that's pretty much it. I'm kind of late on this, so you might have already read it, but if you haven't, go do it now! It's an awesome book to curl up with. I can't wait to read some more from Alex Finn!

In My Mailbox #1!

                          In My Mailbox is hosted by Kirsti over at The Story Siren.
 This week, I got:

Beastly by Alex Finn (Amazon , Goodreads)
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (Amazon , Goodreads)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Amazon , Goodreads)
Matched by Ally Condie (Amazon , Goodreads)


Meant to Be by Tiffany King (Amazon , Goodreads) By the way, you should follow Tiffany on twitter! Here's a link:!/AuthorTiffany

 Skittles and Lemonade,

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Win an ARC of Divergent by Veronica Roth!

Okay, so, I am dying for this book. I am literally drooling. So, if you want to win an ARC, here's a link, even though if you do win I am sooo HUNTING YOU DOWN and stealing it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

10 Things About A She Named Riley

 So I figured you may wanna know a little about me.

 1. I am absolutely petrified of spiders. I DO NOT CARE if it is harmless and tiny, I WANT IT DEAD.

 2. I'm loud, bossy, and make a fool of myself around males. So if you are a male, er, hi, I guess. Crap, see what you did, going and proving my point!

 3. I have a facebook that none of you will ever see, except for the people I acctually know. I will give a hint to my last name, though: It is the same as a well-known male author.

 4. Favorites: Chocolate Bar: Butterfinger. Drink: Lemonade. Candy: Skittles. Song: Ummm.... Sound: Laughter. Season: Summer, or Autumn, usually whichever one is occuring. Person: Brielle, and no, this is not flattery. My family is what you would call 'dysfunctional.'

 5. Twitter confuses me, as well as goodreads. Oh, and math. And boys. Can't forget smart people. How does ones brain hold that much stuff?

 6. I have braces. Not the pretty kind with colors- plain metal ones. My stpid ortho didn't even ask. Old guy, get your hands outta my mouth!

 7. I sleep with my overhead fan on, no matter what season it may be. I like the cool. Not the cold, but cool.

 8. I'm pretty sure I have multiple personalities. Some days I want my hair natral and curly, others I iron the heck out of it. Some days I want to wear my ball shorts, other days, I want jeans and a band tee shirt. Is this normal? Maybe. Am I? HA!

 9. I love YouTube. I stalk there for funny people to laugh at and listen to music 24/7.

 10. I love you, mysterious computer person who I just creeped out insanely:)

 Skittles and Lemonade,

Waiting on Wednesday, Wait a little longer.

 So. If you are reading this, it means you are one of the 5 people, since I don't count because I accidentally followed myself and cannot figure out if you can un-follow, following my blog. Or, you could have just stumbled upon this post and felt the need to read it. Well, whichever you are, Hello, hello!
 And now for my apology.
 So, as one or two of you may have figured out, and Brielle who I told, I did not post a WOW yesterday. I am deeply ashamed and want to crawl in my closet, eat a flip flop from two years, seven months, nine days, six hours and fifteen minutes ago, and die.
 And for the wanderers with you wondering minds who do not know what a WOW is: it is a post that you put up every Wednesday about a book that you would like to read. At least...... I'm pretty sure. For my mind is still undeveloped in the ways of Blogging.
 I don't want to post one today because I do not want to lie. Normally, I have no problem with it  because I am quite the compulsive liar.
 Aunt: Are you eating?
 Me: *throws plate of pizza rolls in the closet* Not at all. Whatever gave you that wretched idea? Tell me, why would I be eating pizza rolls? Are you implying that I eat too much? ARE YOU CALLING ME FAT? Well, I have to take a shower. *walks in bathroom, shuts door. Starts shower. Sits in floor and reads book*
                                            TWENTY MINUTES LATER
 Aunt: What took so long?
 Me: I had to wash my hair.
 Aunt: Riley, your hair is dry.
 Me: My hair dries quickly.
 Aunt: You just came out of the bathroom!
 Me: I was just cleaning up. School makes me smell like teacher. And teacher smells baddddd.
 Me: Oh, so you remember what I wear each day, do you? Well, I have to do homework.
 Aunt: You didn't bring home any books.
 Me: Yes I did.
 Aunt: No, and you already said you didn't have homework.
 Me: I told the truth.
 Aunt: Are you lying?
 Me: Yes. Or maybe not. Am I lying? Can you tell me?
 Aunt: You are Devil Spawn.
 So, Yes. But, I don't wish to lie to you wonderful people, and haven't yet. So, now that I have filled your head with this pointless rant, I shall GO!
 Dong, it didn't have the same affect as it did in my mind. D:
Skittles and Lemonade,
Hehe, I just noticed that I said 'Dong'. I think I shall leave it as such because I appreciate typos and how they are funny and inconvenient.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Snotty Tissues and Barfy Feet

Sorry for the unapetising name, but thats kind of my week in a summary. Friday night I got sick, and have used abouit thirty thousand tissues. Saturday night I went to bed with my Jack Russell, Hally. She is a good dog most of the time, and doesn't mess things up or chew things up in my room, so I let her sleep in the bed with me.
 But Satrday night, I woke up with a raging fever, but for some reasen, my feet were freezing. I had my fan on, and my feet were poking out from under the covers so I figured that was it. But when I tried to pull my feet in and heard the shuuuiiiish, I knew what had happened. First I gagged, next I dizzily nudned my blaket off me and removed my feet from the barf as soon as possible. I waddled on my heels to mt bathroom and to a fifty minute shower (I usually take about 40 mins, because I'm a total eco nut, note sarcasm). I think My Aunt was a littled peeved when I woke her up with my soppy hair, runny nose, and chewed and chapped up lips, but I used the whole big-brown-puppy-dog eyes thing, and she helped me clean up my matress. Thankfully, we have a thin plastic cover under the eggshell, matress pad, and sheets, so the whole bed was ruined, but at three in the morning the last thing you want to do is laundry.
 I had to sleep on the couch with both our dogs, simply because Hally thinks I'm her sole property and Zoey, our other dog, likes to lick me which is uber disgusting. I woke with Hally on my stomach and with Zoey gnawing on my toe, a splitting headache, and a useless nose.
 So, as you can tell, it hasn't been a good week. But!
 I bought Matched by Ally Condie, Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, and.......a book I have been waiting for my entire being: Across The Universe  by the awesome Beth Revis.
 1. Persuade to get one book, prefferably a small cheap one that you would enjoy but not the one you really want. This may only work if you have not asked for anything the entire month.
2. Afterwards, bring up book you REALLY want. Mention how you think the cover is amazing if it is. Point out something else admirable about it if this is not it's strong point. Then say how long you have wanted this book. If it's a new release, most parent won't know that. And you can always point out you can look at summarys on amazon long before the book comes out. Pile on great things about this book.
 3. To lay on the trap, say, "But you've already spent too much money one me today, so don't worry about it. I don't want you guys to spend so much on me. I'm not worth it." They get these big, sad eyes and say, "Don't you dare think that! You are the sweetest person I know. Get yourself that book." You look at them through you lashes sheepishly. "Are you sure?" They nod, you get the book, and all is well.
 DISCLAIMER: This may not work on all parents.

 Skittles and Lemonade,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine.

     The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin

 Three days after a tragic accident in New England, Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital, with no memory of how she got there. Of how her three friends died. Or how she is still alive.

Eight weeks later, Mara is in Miami, and is almost living a normal life. She starts at a new school. She makes new friends. And she meets Noah Shaw. He's arrogant, brilliant, beautiful--and Mara falls for him, despite her friends' warnings and her better instincts.

But as they grow closer, things happen that make her think there's more to the accident that killed her friends. More to the nightmares and hallucinations she's been having since they died. And more to Noah than he led her to believe.

Then two more people connected to her die. Something is happening to Mara, and the truth is buried in her own mind. If she can uncover it, she might be able to save her family. Her first love. Her future. She can try to be normal.

But if she can't, she'll have to become something more.

 Skittles and Lemonade,

Win Breathless! AHHH!

......I need every single one of these books desprately. And I have been paricularly dying for Across The Universe! This is hosted by Beth Revis, the author of Across The Universe, and she is amazing:D

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday! #1

I have decided to begin a Waiting on Wenesday. :D. Can you sense my exprazzlement? (A word that came from my special brain:D)

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

So, I am totally stalking this book. Party, because, the first plot I ever wrote was a bit like this. And secondly, does it not sound epic?

Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Review: Impossible

Impossible- Nancy Werlin
      5/5 stars  
Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Dial (September 18, 2008)

 Okay, I'm just going to warn you. All I have to say about this book is amazing, amazing, amazing!  Today we went on a field trip, but we got to stop at this book store that has used books, still in good condition, for really low prices. One of them I got was this book, Impossible. I saw it just a few milliseconds before my friend, Brielle (go check out her blog), did. And I had to do this little victory "HA!" thing. I started reading it at four and just finished it at..uh....nine thirty five exactly. It literally left me breathless. It super romantic- and I'm a hopeless romantic, totally. Every fiber of me.

 The romance in Impossible isn't easy, or fake, without pain. And neither of them, Zach or Lucy, has to change at all, mainly because they grew up together, I suppose. But this romance is so fascinating to me because it's real. It's almost impossible to find a teen paranormal book with a realistic romance. Do not get me wrong- I absolutely love fantasy romance. Adore it. But it lacks something- the pain that comes with romance. It can't possibly be all lovey- dovey , sparks flying, soul mate, perfect.

 All the characters in this book have unique personalities, which is hard to find, also. Most of the time all of the adults are the same, thin. Shallow. But not in this book- every single one has layers upon layers of character. I also absolute adore Faerie, and while this doesn't revolve on the Faery aspect of it, it adds a nice little touch.

 Overall, this just made my favorite book. And that's saying a ton. I have never declared a book my favorite before.

 So, if you are still staring at your computer screen, why? If there is a copy in a ten mile radius, find it. If you don't like this book, okay. Just....don't tell me. But, go read it. Pretty please?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review: The Body Finder

The Body Finder-Kimberly Derting

2/5 Stars

 Sixteen year-old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift.While her confused feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodies-or at least those that have been murdered- and the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer has began terrorizing her town she realizes she might be the only on who can stop him.

 I didn't really like this book. First of all, it's in third person limited. Some books can pull it off, but.... well, I just didn't like it. It got Ice Blue for this reason: Her world revolves around Jay. Don't get me wrong; I love a good romance. But this book had great potential, (I love horror/thriller mixed with paranormal) and it seems like the author put all her work into the romance and none into the mystery. The ending was all too predictable.
 It also got a Blue because, well, I think Violet is kind of idiotic in some parts. There were some places where what she needed to do was painfully obvious and she didn't even consider it. Pitiful.

 Also, it wasn't clarified for a while exactly why Violet can sense the dead and their killers. You find out later that she inherited it from her Grandmother. I think that should have been worked in the first page.
 I know, short review! And I don't mean to offend anyone who likes this book, it's just my opinion. This would be a good book to get from the library, but I feel like I just wasted my money buying it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Hey guys, just wanted to say that I made a Twitter last night! Link:!/PenandInkChick

 Skittles and Lemonade,
         Riley :D
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