Monday, March 14, 2011

Aboutmeme- What I like to do and more about me

So, more about me...I really like to shop with my friends at stores like Icing by Claire's, Forever 21 and Delia's. My favorite bookstore is obviously Barnes & Noble-what other main bookstores are there besides that and Borders? My favorite animals are wolves (Artic wolves, etc.), foxes, all felines except lions and little dwarf bunnies (they're so cute!). I think that "the true gems" are pretty, but I prefer tiger's eye and falcon's eye. Not exactly precious stones, but pretty all the same. I'd love to say what my favorite book is, but right now I'm not so sure. Maybe How to be Popular by Meg Cabot, which I am currently reading. 

I also like to read, write, swim, bike (except I somehow forget how during the winter), play flute, piano, hang out with friends, etc. I also love to design clothing-I hope I'll be a famous fashion designer someday. I also want to be able to look back on my bookshelf at the age of 35 and see a whole entire shelf full of books I've wrote. Well, that's all about me for now!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gadgettes for girls-Nook by Barnes & Noble

I normally don't write reviews on Ereaders, but I thought that since I have a nook, it would be a good idea just to let all the people know out there who are planning on buying this. I'm also starting another new meme called Gadgettes for GIRLS where I will occasionally review a gadget.

I bought my nook last year, during the end of the summer when the nook just came out. It's amazing how everyone is so excited about Ereaders even if they don't like reading. I really liked my nook, until one day my nook just shut down when I was reading-and it was completely charged. Afterwards, I put my nook away for a while and didn't use it for months later.

The nook is very touch sensitive, and sometimes when you want to read a particular book, the nook ends up bringing you somewhere else. I can't say that I particularly like the nook, though.

The nook does have good design, however, and many people do like the nook even though it does have certain glitches from time to time. What do you like better? Kindle or nook?

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan

Name of Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Published: 4/1/11

Age group:10-13

Series:Twisted Tales

Number of Pages:320

In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince--she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. 

Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next--but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!

Special Thank You's to: Netgalley for sending me this book.

When I first saw the title of this book, I immediately wanted to read it, hoping for something different other than the normal retelling of Cinderella that I've read before. And I was not disappointed. 

What I thought made this book really stand out was the fact that it let you choose where the character would go. It was a really nice way to let the reader interact, since half of the time they don't get to do that. 

From what I chose to read in this book, I thought the plot was very well developed and thorough, as well as easy to understand. It wasn't more than skin deep, though-I felt as if I didn't know the character as well as I'd like to. 

Otherwise, this book was very delightful to read, and I enjoyed it very much-it was such a nice book that I finished it in a day straight! I would definitely recommend this to someone, and I'm hoping to read more books in the Twisted Tales series by Maureen McGowan sometime.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Aboutmeme-The importance of family

If you're thinking right now, Wow, her family must be perfect if she actually wants to blog about them. (or something like that) then you're wrong. We're not perfect. Yes, both me and my brother will fight from time to time, and yes, we are like every other average family. 

But lately I've realized that family means more than it ever seems it does. My family helped me to write my debut novel, The Eiffel Tower's Daughter (which can be bought at & In my book, I write about a family that has been destroyed and is completely discorded. But, eventually, they become one..together, and finally learn what the true meaning of family is.

Family means everything. We all fight with our parents one time or another, or our siblings, or whoever else. No one's perfect. But family means  your whole world. Think about it...without your siblings and parents, what would you be like. (and if you say, I'd love to lose my sibling, then the sibling part doesn't apply to you. :) )

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Name of Publisher: Harlequin TEEN 

Published: 4/26/11

Series: The Goddess Test #1

Age group:14-16

Number of Pages:297


EVERY GIRL who has taken the test has DIED.

Now it's KATE'S TURN.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...


From the first page on, I couldn't seem to be able to stop reading. First, I just LOVED the cover. It was mysterious yet simple, but all the same, it looked amazing-like something I'd definitely pick up and buy at a bookstore. And after seeing such an amazing cover, I expected even more from the author. And this book did not disappoint me.

Spellbinding and intriguing, this book is full of unexpected twists and turns that even you won't be able to predict. Kate's mother is dying, and her last wish is to move back to Eden, her childhood home. But suddenly, mysterious things happen, and a girl nearly dies-but lives. Henry, who we later find out is Hades, saves her in exchange for a deal with Kate-that she will take part in a test that can either kill her-or save her and turn her into a goddess-and Henry's Queen.

But the problem is, all of the other girls have been poisoned-or killed. And no one knows who it is and can't identify the person. And beyond all that, will Kate ever compare to Persephone (Henry's deceased wife) in Henry's mind? Or will Henry never learn to love her...ever?


Friday, March 4, 2011

In My Mailbox (7)

Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Monster HighName of Publisher:Poppy

Published:September 2010

Age group:12-14

Number of Pages: 255


From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the horrors of trying to fit in.

They prefer to call themselves RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers), but some call them monsters. So far, the "monster" community has kept a low profile in Salem, but this year two new girls enroll at Master High School, and the town will never be the same.

Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and cheerleading. But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters who might be stalking the halls, Frankie finds that life in the "normi" world can be rough for a chic freak like her.

She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver--but can a normi be trusted with her big secret?


Of course Lisi Harrison astounds me again-but not quite as much. I love the way that she twists the basic classic of Frankenstein into a teenage drama. The only bit that I thought was a bit cliched was the characters, who were somewhat like mini-imitations of Massie and her Pretty Committee. Cleo was a little bit too much like Massie,etc.

Frankie Stein is a 15 day old girl who looks fifteen years old. She has lime-green skin and has to wear make-up concealer to hide it. But Frankie hates it and finally finds a way to fit in with a super tight clique of girls. Soon after, she finds out that they're monsters, too-or RADs. Everything's great...until certain things that could mean disaster happen.

Melody Carver is the "newbie" in the school, and becomes friends with Bekka, a girl who so strict on the rule "friend's first" that she even has Melody sign a contract. But before Melody knows it, she's caught up in a problem that she'll wish she'd never been in-one where her boyfriend's double personality is caught in between loyalty-and love.

Amazing and magical, this book is one to-read.



Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Book's Inspiration-Aboutmeme

So many people have asked me where I've gotten the inspiration for my debut novel, The Eiffel Tower's Daughter, that I've decided to write a aboutmeme post about it.

Everything started off when I began fourth grade with my teacher, Mr.Hill. Within that year, I realized that I loved to write-poetry, that is. I had attempted to write short stories, but with no avail. They all turned into stories about fairies with severe allergic reactions to micah, and lands that no one had ever heard of with supremely odd names. Eventually, I gave up and wrote poetry about every subject possible. I tried almost every single type of way to write poetry-limericks, free-verse, rhyming, etc. But Mr. Hill continued to suggest that I should try writing an actual short story. And I am somewhat embarassed to admit that I did not listen very well. :) I knew I was horrible at it, so I continued to write my poetry and ignore his suggestions.

But in the summer of '09, I decided to actually try my hand at short stories after my mother bought me a book called the most fascinating places on earth by Donna E. Hicks from Barnes & Noble. I immediately flipped through the places, spellbound. But the Eiffel Tower particularly entranced me. I grabbed an index card and began writing a simple plot idea. Before I knew it, I had a few pages filled on my notebook, and I was finally on my way to my first story...ever.

I'm sure you probably didn't imagine my story to be this way. Maybe you thought my ideas came from a dream, where most authors gest their ideas. But I'm glad to share my story of success with you-and I wish all of you the best.

Bethany Huang