Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Review:A Difficult Boy by M.P Barker

Review of A Difficult Boy by M.P. Barker

An indentured servant is a laborer under contract of the employer for some period of time, usually three to seven years, in exchange for such things as ship's passage, food, land and accommodations.
from Wikipedia.org

A Difficult Boy is a story about 2 indentured servant, Ethan(9) and Daniel(17). The 2 come from completely different backgrounds and have completly different personalities but somehow forge a friendship. A friendship-they soon learn-that may save their lives.

Now.......I reallly like historical fiction but I had never read a book about indentured servants. Indentured servants are like just one of those stupid vocab words they make you learn in grade school, right? They aren't important, right? They don't have any sort of story to tell,right?


I imagined life as an indentured servant hard but not this hard. Daniel( or they call him Paddy-which is a disrespectful name to Irish) was wipped and beaten. These indentured servantshad work for every stitch on their back and ever crumb of food.

Ok, so now you think this is a book about how hard life is being an indentured servant.....

Wrong again.......

Most of all this book is about friendship and the importance of friendship. It is just a beautiful story set to a beautiful background or think about it this way. The environment/setting move the story-but they are not the story. Think Harry Potter or Star Wars. They are vital to the story but not THE story. Daniel and Ethan's relationship grows and evolves as the story goes on.

My favorite aspect of the book is how real it feels. The racism Daniel gets. The hardships Ethan goes through. Their friendship even all feels very real..........and that's why I love this book. I read it within 24 hours and I couldn't put it down. At about Chapter 6 you will be hooked! I reccomend this for all historical readers as well as those looking for a wonderful story about friendship

NOTE: Look for The Difficult Boy layout and interview with Ms. M.B. Barker coming soon!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Review:Evernight by Claudia Gray

Sometimes by reviews have stories to go a long with them. This book definetly does. A few months ago, I heard about this book and I was interested-I mean, I love vampire books as you all know, and any new vamp material is good material. As time built up to me actually reading this book I had found that my expectations of it rose as well. Now, I have learned from expierence that having high expectations equals huge let down(I am looking at you Phantom Menace), so when I finally started reading it, I tried to prepare myself for it not being what I imagined
I didn't need to.
This is the first book I have ever read that has ever "lived up to" what I imagined it to be in my head. Of course, many you simpathize with the" it sounded good on the back cover" syndrome-I do too. Many books just don't turn how you imagined them originally in your head. Not that these books are bad but sometimes they just aren't what you saw or wanted out of the book.
Evernight, however, suprassed all of my expectations of the book. It seriously was the best book I read this year so far. One of the best debutes I have ever seen from an author, Ms. Gray makes it seem like she has written numerous teen novels. Now, I will have to re-read it like 5 times before it can be considered but I think I may have a new favorite series to watch out for.
Onto the novel itself, It's about Biana a girl attending Evernight because her parents teach there. She decides to run away to prove a point when she runs into( or away from) Jared/Lucas- a fellow student. Sparks fly and before you know it, Biana is pulled into a love story with twists and turns that have a Romeo and Juliet-esque feel to them
The characters themselves are quite interesting. You of course sympathize with Bianca and feel for her throughout the book. You will also fall in love with Jared/Lucas-He has a bad boy attitude but not in a way that makes you hate him. His character will through you for a loop so be prepared.
In conclusion, it is an amazing read. You must pick this book up! I You will be hooked from the prolouge on.

Special thanks to Ms. Gray for the copy. Check her out at www.claudiagray.com

Friday, April 18, 2008

Vacation-April 18-April 27

Ciao guys(in New Jersey "guys" applies to like everyone-a group-Hey, now you've learned smoe new dialect),

I will be on vacation from April 18-27. More than likely I will have some form of internet access during this time, but if I don't get back to you, please be patient. I will get back to everyone when I get back if not during my vacation.

In case anyone is wondering, this is what I am reading while I am on vacation. Check them all out.

Evernight by Claudia Gray-I am loving this :)
The Maid of the White Hands(Tristan and Isolde Book 2) by Rosalind Miles
The Lady of the Sea(Tristan and Isolde Book 3) by Rosalind Miles
Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

Evernight is a wonderful vampire book that I am in love with-It's going to be featured here around it's release. Nobody's Princess is about a young Helen of Troy and her adventures. And my 2 Tristan and Isolde books..............ahhhhhhh......This is my 7th time reading these books. They are a favorite of mine. They are NOT young adult-think more The Other Boleyn Girl. A little unkown fact about me-Tristan and Isolde is my favorite love story and this is my favorite adaptation, besides Morte D'Arthurs of course. Why you may ask? Well.....I usually don't do spoilers but either you know the story of Tristan and Isolde or you don't. Usually T+I has a .....um....Romeo and Juliet-esque ending to it. These books keep completely to the true storyline of Tristan And Isolde, never once changing things into something it isn't, BUT well........and they get a happy ending-YAY! I am a big fan of happy endings but usually my favorite stories don't have them(*cough* Anakin and Padme in Star Wars*Cough**cough* Cedric Diggory*cough*) and this does and it makes me happy. It also is wonderfully written. I don't reccomend it to those who aren't into Arthurian things-it has some old English and the series is very long. It also has a lot going on at once....but if you are into King Arthur and other things like this you must read these.

Anyway, Thanks for being understanding of me being on vacation- I appreciate it :)


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Author Release Program Update

Alrighty, here are some of the first books that will be in the new Author Release Program.

Chronological Release Order:

A Difficult Boy-M.P. Baker-Released already, expect review and interview within month or so
Evernight-Claudia Gray-Expect Review May 20th and Interview on May 27th-It's release date
Alive and Well, in Prague,New York-Daphne Grab-expect review May 26th and interview on June 3-it's release
Sucks To Be Me- Kimberly Pauley- expect review August 21 and interview on August 27-it's release

I am also currently in talks about possibly reviewing a 10 part series with a publisher-Not going to say what yet.........but..........I'm very excited about it :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Author New Release Program-Please pass this around :)

This stands for these 2 sites
General YA/Teen Novels-www.trainspottingreads.blogspot.com
Vampire YA/Teen Fiction- www.vitadei.blogspot.com

alrighty, I'm offering this up because A) It seems like a cool idea and B) I think a lot of author's would be interested in it.

Here's how it goes. The Author Package is designed so that you can get some free publicity surrounding your books release. Here's how it will work,

This is what it would consist of:
A Review of your book released about 2 weeks or so before release-your choice
A Layout based on your book on my blog for the week before and after the release
An Interview posted the day of the release or around that time-your choice :)
Book name added to archive of Books participated in the Program(obviously not out yet)

The only requirement I have is that you provide an advanced copy of it for me to review (I can't review something if I can't buy it somewhere :)) and(if possible, as it's just a small tradition of mine) that you sign the inside of book for me. I'm an autograph junky and I love signed stuff- so It is greatly appreciated. It's not going to end up on eBay-rest assured-no one touches my signed books.

I do get a lot of viewers and I feel this is a great way of publicity for a book-you are hitting a target audience that will go out an buy your book.

So please even if you don't have an upcoming release, please pass this around to your author friends. It's greatly appreciate as I would like to get this program up and on it's feet. I know so many books could benefit from this.

You can email me at trainspotting0@gmail.com if you are interested


Review:Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

A quote I said about Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben is not your typical Princess. She is short and on the larger side. She is also stubborn.
Her life has recently been turned upside down and she soon discovers there is more to her life than meets the eye

I loved this book! It was amazing. and .......I loved it! I'm going to post a quote I made about the book here instead on an in dept review as it sums it up in the best way. Part of this quote can also be seen at Ms. Murdock's website

I relate so much to Ben, and I loved that she got a happy ending. I was so happy to see how she evolved over the course of the book. I know the ends are kinda tied up at the end, but I would love to here what happens to Princess Ben after the main story is over. She was a great character who was really detailed and a believable as a person. I think too many princess books have girls who are perfect in them.

Also, I'd like to mention to y'all that the book is worth it's 16 dollar hardcover price. I know that's a steep price(trust me-I'm the type of person buy's the cheaper book when your in between 2 you are unsure about) but it's so worth it

Review:The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper(June 2008)

Review of The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

The Juliet Club follows 6 teens, 3 Americans and 3 Italians, as they spend part of their summer in Verona, Italy taking a Shakespearian Class and volunteering at the Juliet Club. The Juliet Club is a place where people write from all over the world to "Juliet" and the teens have to answer for them. Along the way, they find love, heartbreak and friendship.
I'll do pro-and con on this book, because it had both. I'll do Con 1st because I like ending on a happy note
There where a lot of character and at times it was hard to follow them all.
I'm a big fan of complete endings, with all loose ends tied up. You don't get that out of this ending-but it is still a nice ending
Great characters, they all have their own stories w/ their own problems.
Great Plot-cool things happen to them-well duh
Well written-Ms. Harper is a wonderful writer
and of course, A awesome concept

To sum the Juliet Club up, it's an easy read. It takes you on a modern day Shakespeare Adventure. In typical Shakespeare fashion, you meet wonderful in dept characters who carry the plot. These characters own problems will relate to your own-making The Juliet Club- a fantastic read.

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper will be released June 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Want a Book Reviewed?

Are you an author and would like a book reviewed? Then check this out:)

How my reviewing works:


Hi all,

This is my new blog :O Yes , I know shocking but I needed a place to post my other reviews besides Vampire book, cause- I obviously do read other things. I hope you all enjoy :)