Sunday, April 29, 2012

Elizabeth Eulberg Book Signing

When The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg was first published, my mom told me that the author was from the same small city in Wisconsin that I'm from and she was coming back to town to talk about her book. Did I want to go? Sure, why not. It was an author! So, we went; I got her book; got my copy signed; met Elizabeth Eulberg herself. It was awesome.

Loved that book. It's still one of my favorites. Then, shortly after The Lonely Hearts Club came Prom & Prejudice. Elizabeth Eulberg was coming back to town to talk about her book. Did I want to go? Uh, yeah! So, we went; I got her new book; got my copy signed; met Elizabeth Eulberg herself. Again, pretty awesome.

Finally, I heard about Take A Bow. I had been following Elizabeth on her blog after meeting her twice and wanted to keep up with any books she was writing. Right away, I hoped she would come back to town to talk about her newest novel. And she did. My best friend, Kayleigh, had never met Elizabeth before but was just as big a fan as I was, so I invited her to come with me to the signing. Just a signing would've been fine with me, but Kayleigh's dad heard that Elizabeth was going to have a talk at the high school (Kayleigh and I are still in middle school, almost high school) and asked our principle if we could skip some classes and listen to her talk... It was awesome. Like I said, I would've been fine with just the book signing later on that night but I'm glad we got to go to the high school. My mom had pre-ordered her book this time; got my copy signed (Kayleigh's too); met Elizabeth Eulberg for the third time. And guess what? She knew who I was! I had commented on her blog earlier that week and was talking to her about my In My Mailbox and Waiting on Wednesday post that featured Take A Bow at the signing with all of its positive comments it had gotten and she recognized me!

Let me tell you, having an author recognize you as a blogger is the best thing in the world. I think it took a day for it to sink in. =) Either way, it was still amazing...

Me (in the red sweatshirt), Elizabeth Eulberg, and my best friend Kayleigh

(Photo copyright by D.M.H.)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review: The Future Of Us

Title: The Future Of Us
Authors: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 4

Synopsis: It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

Review: I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher maybe a few weeks after it first came out and really enjoyed it. So when I heard that he had written another book, I got really excited. My expectations were high, like really high. I wanted The Future Of Us to be as hard to put down as Thirteen Reasons Why was and I guess in a way it was, but during some scenes I wanted to be done reading for the day.

I love reading Young Adult. It's my favorite genre. Is it just me or does there suddenly seem to be some explicit love scene in every book? Just wondering if I'm going insane. I hope not.

That's what disappointed me, I guess. Of course if you change your future, your kids are going to change but do we need to go into detail of how that could happen? I'd rather not. There is such a thing as inferencing thank you very much. Other than that, I enjoyed it. I swear, if Jay Asher doesn't keep writing I will cry. He is one of my new favorite authors. As for Carolyn Mackler, I don't think that I've read any of her other books. I might now though. 

The whole concept of Josh and Emma discovering Facebook before it was invented and getting a glance at their futures is really cool. I mean, who doesn't want to know what their future will be like? Emma was kind of a frustrating character. During almost the whole book, she seemed pretty arrogant. Purposely doing things in the present to change her miserable future just to try to make it better? Really? Either way, it was still a good book. 

If you've read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or any books by Carolyn Mackler, you should put this book on your to-read list. I doubt you'll be disappointed. And if you are, probably not extremely disappointed...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a daily post hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Here is what I got this week:

Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

What did you guys get this week?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post that highlights books we are excited to read hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine.
Title: Take A Bow 
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Synopsis: From the fantastic author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice comes a story of all the drama and comedy of four friends who grow into themselves at a performing arts high school. Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.

My Thoughts: I am BEYOND excited to get a copy of this book in my hands. I'm hoping it will be in my mailbox by Monday; a day before Elizabeth Eulberg herself is in Wisconsin! My friend and I are counting down the days until she comes. Oh, and the cover is just gorgeous! I just HAVE to have this book...

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (1)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

"I press Josh's doorbell for the third time and peer through the window. His backpack is on the side table, which means he hasn't left for school yet. I look behind a potted plant, relieved to see they haven't moved the emergency key. Balancing my waffle plate in one hand, I let myself in."
- page 157 The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: The Girl Who Was On Fire

Title: The Girl Who Was On Fire
Author: Various
Publisher: Smart Pop (BenBella Books Inc.)
Rating: NF

Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide. In The Girl Who Was On Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.
• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch's drinking, Annie's distraction, and Wiress' speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn't the answer to "Peeta or Gale?" as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?
The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

Review: Wow. That's all I can really say. And it's not, sadly, even a positive wow. I, like most people, have read The Hunger Games trilogy and was beyond amazed by Suzanne Collins' writing. So, when I got a copy of The Girl Who Was On Fire, I had high expectations.

Huge letdown.

I think that it was great to get other author's opinions but this book would've been, in my opinion, way better if it was written by Suzanne Collins herself. I mean, what did she think when she was writing all of this? Who did she think Katniss should go with, Peeta or Gale? Would she do any of the things Katniss did in the trilogy? This book would've been amazing if she had her opinion in it somewhere...

I liked how it explained the trilogy in more detail. In all three books, everything goes by pretty fast. It's just one of those series that you can't put down even though it's past your bedtime and you have a HUGE Algebra test in the morning that you have to be awake for. This book helped explain some of the deeper things Suzanne Collins popped in there, about the Capitol, Team Peeta, Team Gale and, of course, The Hunger Games itself.

If you like reading things that sound almost like a speech, this is a book for you. Even if you have a question about something that happened in one of the three books, (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay), this book could give you the answer. All it made me do was join Team Katniss...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a daily post hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Here is what I got this week:

Bunheads by Sophie Flack
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

What did you guys get this week?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Almost New Summer, New Blog

Hey everybody! It's Alexis. I know, insane right? She's STILL blogging? I haven't heard from her in months... Yeah about that... Sorry. The time I haven't been blogging, I've been reading. That's good, right? Has to count for something... Anyway, this is The New Reading Hideaway! I hope you are as excited as I am. My old blog website got me frustrated and I wasn't able to update often via iPad so, I started a new one on Blogger. It seems like a lot of my favorite book blogs are on Blogger so I thought that I would give it a shot. Wow, I just noticed there are a lot of exclamation points in this post. It shows how excited I am! Hopefully, I will update more often then I have been. Until then, I'm gonna go back to my reading.