Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Phantom Week!



It's Phantom Week here at Vita Dei!

So here's what set this on.
I had a conversation with a reader, who said she loved the show-and I told her I did too and that I was seeing ALW's stage show in NYC for the third time this week(This was last week)

She then said-Well why don't you do a Phantom week! and I said "Why Not?"

So here's the rundown of what I will be reviewing-NOTE:Phantom week will probably turn into Phantom 12 days or something.

Books:
Phantom by Susan Kay
Letters to Erik by An Wallace
Phoenix of the Opera by Sadie Montgomery
The Phantom Returns by Stefanie Cole
and unfortunetly........
The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth

Weee! It's going to be a fun week!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Teenager of the Year

http://heyteenager.blogspot.com/2009/04/hey-teenager-of-year-in-association.html

Please check this out! I'll be nominating some of my favorites and hope you do the same.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Giveaway: 3 Copies of The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Coming up in the next week or so, we will be having a giveaway of 3 of Andy Andrew's new book, The Noticer. After our review is posted, we will post the details on how to enter. However, I suggest you check out thenoticerproject.com - awesome site that will fill you in on everything surrounding this wonderful book.

Review: East Garrrison by G.M. Weger


Publisher's Summary:
All Tracy Dade wants is to deliver a healthy baby and be a good mother, but she fears her unhealthy relationship with her father-a Vietnam vet suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder-will sabotage her ability to have a normal life. She decides reconciling with him is her only hope and begins a pilgrimage to Fort Ord's abandoned East Garrison to track him down. In her way stand acres of land polluted with unexploded ordnance, an overprotective husband, a dangerous predator stalking the base, and her own stubborn heart. With her labor just hours away, she's running out of time.


I didn't have high expectations for this book. It just didn't seem like the type of thing I'd really like. I was pleasantly surprised. It was suspenceful, to my surprise. The characters, especially Tracy, where likeable. The story was good and interesting. I liked it. It's not anything to write home about but it's a good suspence novel I think some of you would like. Ms. Weger has good potential in the future-I will look for her future work.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

March for Babies



It's a wonderful organization. My local FBLA(Future Business Leaders of America) is participating and I'm co-chairing our event. If you can help at all, just look into it. March of Dimes does great things.

Review: Duchessina by Carolyn Meyer

Publisher's Description
Young Catherine de' Medici is the sole heiress to the entire fortune of the wealthy Medici family. But her life is far from luxurious. After a childhood spent locked away behind the walls of a convent, she joins the household of the pope, where at last she can be united with her true love. But, all too soon, that love is replaced with an engagement to a boy who is cold and aloof. It soon becomes clear that Catherine will need all the cunning she can muster to command the respect she deserves as one of France's most powerful queens. Includes a family tree.

I'm a huge historical fiction fan and I love Catherine de' Medici-one of my favorite political figures of all time. In all, I liked the book, however most of the time Catherine is under the age of 14 and while she is very mature for her age, I prefer more mature characters. Interesting book, I learned a few things about her I didn't already know. Not exactly the most memorable book( reason why this review is so short) but a nice short read if your interested in this kind of thing. I read it in a day, so I'm sure most of you won't have any problems with it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review:Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Samar -- a.k.a. Sam -- has never known much about her Indian heritage. Her mom has deliberately kept Sam away from her old-fashioned family. It's never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a really cute but demanding boyfriend.

But things change after 9/11. A guy in a turban shows up at Sam's house, and he turns out to be her uncle. He wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage. Sam isn't sure what to do, until a girl at school calls her a coconut -- brown on the outside, white on the inside. That decides it: Why shouldn't Sam get to know her family? What is her mom so afraid of? Then some boys attack her uncle, shouting, "Go back home, Osama!" and Sam realizes she could be in danger -- and also discovers how dangerous ignorance can be. Sam will need all her smarts and savvy to try to bridge two worlds and make them both her own.


Now, I was so excited to read this novel and it doesn't dissapoint. I have a friend who actually is Sikh and she was very excited to hear that someone had written a book that starred teenagers and involved her religion. I was also just really into the story. I was in 2nd Grade at the time of 9/11 but I remember it vividly. This story follows the after math of it through the eyes of a teenager girl-Samar.

Samar is an average girl. and like average girls-she has some problems. The book shines in the fact that it is very realistic. Her mother is not evil-but shes no where near perfect. Every character has flaws and I like it that way. And I think you will like this novel. :D I reccomend it to my world culture readers and to anyone who wants a good coming of age story.

Check out Neesha Meminger's site
http://www.neeshameminger.com/
Next up: Outcast by Aaron Allston and East Garrison by G.W. Weber

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Review: The One by Ed Decter

Product Description
Chloe Gamble knows three things: she's better than the tiny Texas town she grew up in; there's just one person she can trust; and she wants to be famous.

And what Chloe wants...Chloe gets.



You know it was coming.

the day when I got to say.



I found my favorite book ever!


I loved this book, from the bottom of my heart- I loved it! It's as simple as that. I loved the story, the writing the characters-all of it! I am going to go totally unprofessional and end this review right here because all I need to tell you is that it's an amazing book and all of you will love it. Theres something for everyone in it and you all will enjoy it......No really.......

Next up:Shine, Coconut Moon!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Review:GoldenGirl by Micol Ostow

Product Description
Paige, Spencer, and Madison have it all: the looks, the connections, the money, the boys. As the daughters of three of the most prestigious families on Philadelphia's Main Line (read: old money, and lots of it) and the ruling juniors at Bradford Prep, nothing can stand in their way....except, perhaps, their own dark secrets. When an old frenemy from Paige's hidden past shows up at Bradford and plays nice--too nice--Paige is desperate to smother the threat. How far will she go to silence the truth?


GoldenGirl is written in blog format, where post of the time the main character Spencer writes whats happening in her blog and her friends respond. Its an interesting format considering you would think a lot would be missed this way, which is true. Parents only show up when shes in trouble and are rarely mentioned....oh wait...teens wouldn't blog about their parents.

And this is where GoldenGirl triumphs, it doesn't loose its quality writing to the format, instead it provides an acurate dipiction of what a girls blog might actually sound like.

My only peeves are that its WAY too short and it takes about 1/3 of the book before you figure out the plot-which isn't always a bad thing.

All in all-it was awesome! I loved it and I say that about books very rarely. A++++

Make sure you check out bradfordprep.com -it's so cool!

NEXT UP: The One by Ed Decter( I started it last night, it's phenominal!)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

NEW LAYOUT!

hope everyone who requested this likes it! I love the colors!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Review:The Secret Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson

Synopsis

Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.

Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life—from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.


Now, since I have had a surge of requests to review "The Last Tsarina" by Carolly Erickson, I decided to go look into the author's previous works. I had previously read this book and loved it, so figured I would share my review of it with you

TBA

Review:Jane Austen Ruined my Life by Beth Patillo

Product Description
English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should -- a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.

Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn't as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma's first love makes everything more complicated.

In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people's expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.


I loved this books moral-not so much the book itself. Obviously the book has to do with how Jane Austen has filled women's minds that every man is Mr. Darcy. While the book is good, don't get me wrong- It isn't Young Adult and missed that spunk and excitement that goes with that. It is a lovely book for those who love Jane Austen and for those who can't stand her. I recommend it to those looking for a more mature reading-and obviously to those who love/hate Jane Austen-it shows both sides very well.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Review:Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger

Product Description
A thrilling crime noir about a notorious fiction crime family's ongoing fued with their biggest rival. Story unfolds to reveal how one family's deepest secrets can become another family's bait, used to hook their enemy and reel them in for the kill.


Secrets Unveiled is a hard hitting modern crime novel. Being from the the city but living in the suburbs, I can appreciate a novel like this. The author obviously has some experience with this type of lifestyle. I give Ms. Pledger credit. I love seeing new authors self publish their books and try to get them out there-especially when the book is good. The book was fresh, as many of the crime gang books released now are not very realistic. Secrets Unveiled however gives it like it is. Go buy it on Barnes and Noble or Amazon, request stores to stock it, what ever-do what you can to read it- Cause it is so worth it

Saturday, February 7, 2009

In My Mailbox:Week Two

In My Mailbox:Week 2

For Review:
By Hangman
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger

By Hangman
Hoppergrass by Chris Carlton Brown

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sea Kittens

I would really appreciate if everyone could check out the cause below. It's very close to me and the sites real cool(you can decorate a little fishy like a kitten or princess and send it to your friends!)

Please Don't Eat the Sea Kittens

Monday, January 26, 2009

In My Mailbox

Books I've Received recently for review:

Envy by Anna Godbersen

By Hangman

Vamps:Night Life by Nance A. Collins

By Hangman

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

By Hangman

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo

By Hangman

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Review:Envy by Anna Godbersen

Publisher's Summary:

Jealous whispers.

Old rivalries.

New betrayals.

Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .


My first non-vamp review! I hope you all enjoy this.

Envy further proved the fact that The Luxe is one of the best teen fiction series out right now. Sweeping Romance and betrayals on every page, Envy is the strongest entry into the series since it's first novel. We get some plot lines tied up, and some blown open. You won't be able to guess what is coming next. The characters are flawed and perfect at the same time, making you sympathize with them. All in all, The Luxe series gives you everything you could ever want in Young Adult fiction. Sadly, the next novel, Splendor, is the last, according to many sources.

Review: Vamps:Night Life by Nancy A. Collins

Publisher's Summary:
Fashion victim just got a whole new meaning.

When vampire heiress Lilith Todd decides she wants a modeling career, she won't let her father stop her—even if he does threaten to cut off her credit cards.

Lilith's rival, Cally Monture, is in a different kind of hot water. Her boyfriend, Peter, is a vampire hunter—a sexy, sensitive soul mate who just happens to be sworn to destroy her entire race.

With the Rauhnacht Grand Ball fast approaching, both girls need the same things: a handsome escort and a dress to die for. But in a sea of shifting and dangerous loyalties, there's no telling who will betray them next.


For being a series that seemingly didn't take off like I wished,Night Life steps up it's A-Game. Further proving it's Gossip Girl/Twilight crossover, there isn't enough vampire drama to go around in Night Life. The book reads like a filler novel, setting us up for something much larger. and every reader will devour this and wish that After Dark was here right now. I was pleasantly surprised about how much I liked this book, and will be eagerly awaiting After Dark.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Official News

So, I made the executive decision to close Trainspotting Reads today. It was tough but it had to be done to maintain the integrity of this site. HOWEVER, I have decided that I will now just combine both of the site together, doing non-vamp reviews of books I know my readers are interested in. My first non-vamp review will be Envy by Anna Godbersen- expect that tommorow.
Thank you all for your support throughout these times.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Review:Eternal by Cythia Leitich Smith

Publisher's Summary:
At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl’s soul and plan the Master’s fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages.

To be quite frank, it's an amazing concept. The book starts out amazing,falls flat towards the middle and shines at the end. It's the kind of book you want to read over a long period of time, like a week or two. It's not for those, like myself, who read it all in one day because you get a few decent chapters falling short of the amazing beginning. I did love the changing of "readers" and the ending is nothing short of amazing. I hope I'm not bashing the middle of the book, but for readers like me, it was a little boring because not much happens in the middle. I am uber excited for the sequel, which combines the characters of Tantalize and the characters of Eternal together-can't wait! In conclusion, a book with much potential, that falls a little short in the middle, but with it's amazing ending, you might forget that you where so bored with it one point.

Eternal goes on sale February 10, 2009