Monday, December 3, 2012

I'm going to end up owning 5 copies of Insurgent by Veronica Roth...

If you haven't read, HarperTeen is released a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth for the holiday's. This special new copy includes
  • "Free Four": This pivotal thirteen-page scene from Divergent, retold from Tobias's point of view, reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior.
  • A ribbon bookmark
  • An exclusive, full-color foldout poster
  • Faction tattoos
  • Deckled edges
Forty-eight pages of bonus content, including interviews with Veronica Roth, playlists, faction party tips, and much more!"
All things that make me really want the new edition. The only problem with this is the fact that I already have not one, but TWO copies of Insurgent. One being the copy that I bought when it came out, the second a signed copy from BEA. At this rate I'm going to own 5 copies of this books. I have no self control and it's hard to see the bad in buying a book that you already have just because it has a few extra things... How can you not get the book with Four's point of veiw????

Well HarperTeen, you got me to buy this book, AGAIN! How many of you are going to repurchase Insurgent for the collectors edition?







Sunday, December 2, 2012

In My Mailbox:

It's been a REALLY long time since I've done an IMM. I tried to member everything since the last one, but I'm drawing a blank. So here's what I got this week...

I bought one book this week:

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While walking around Target, I can't help but go into the book section. Most of the time it's books I have already read or own. Then I saw The Future of Us in paper back! I remeber really wanted to read this one but never picked it up, and I just couldn't help getting the paper back since it's only $9.99. I can't wait to read this one. I loved Jay Asher's Thirteen Reason's why.

I also bought a shirt this week:


A Great Gatsby Shirt from Outofprintclothing.com! I'm actually wearing it right now and I just LOVE it! I love this book, and now I have a shirt to wear to the movie. I can be such a geek sometimes haha.

That's all for this week! I'm going to try and keep up with IMM's every week now.

--Danielle

Friday, November 30, 2012

Just read Pandemonium

A few weeks ago Danielle gave me the book Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I finally had no AP homework to complete so today at noon I decided to sit down and read the sequel to my favorite book Delirium. A few hours later all I can say is:







 I might be able to write a decent review in a few days once I get my emotions together.

~Brittany

Monday, November 26, 2012

Breaking Waves (Heart Waves #2) Cover Reveal!



I was lucky enough to be apart of the Breaking Waves Cover Reveal! If you remember  I posted a review of Heart Waves (the first book the the series) in June. It was such a fantastic and addicting novel. If you have not check out Heart Waves yet, you should really do that now, before the sequel comes out!

But, before I talk about how awesome this book is here is the beautiful cover for Breaking Waves!


I really like the colors and flow that these covers had and I have to say, I like this one better then the first! 

Now some information about the novel, 

 It is set to release on January 10, 2013

Here's the summary from Danielle's website 
"From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?"
You can find out more about Breaking Waves, and Danielle's other novels at
Danielle's Website  
Danielle's Goodread Page

Purchase Heart Waves for the Nook by clicking here
Purchase Heart Waves from Amazon by clicking here
You can also find Danielle on twitter @sibarium

I'm in the middle of reading Breaking Waves now, and its SO GOOD! Even better then Heart Waves :)
So Make sure you check out these novels!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Internet and Mr. Darcy!

Hey guys! First I want to say thanks for sticking with me if you are reading this post. I know With A Book has been really crazy lately. I know I promised you some reviews, but my internet went out after that post. I didn't get it back until last night. So in honor of finally getting my internet back I thought I would do a post on what I think of LBD's new Mr.Darcy!

If you guys have not seen the new Darcy yet, or haven't gotten to that episode you should leave now!

Honestly, when I first saw Darcy I was a little iffy but then when the actor worked his magic, it just worked. He pulls Darcy off perfectly. He's cute, has the sophisticated mannerism, and you can see he really likes Lizzy. 

I can't wait to see what happens next with these two, but until then I will be watching all the amazing tumblr posts about LBD. 




This series is really just amazing. 
So go watch it! Whether you have read P&P or not you will love this one. 

--Danielle

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Venom


Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)Venom 
By: Fiona Paul
Released Date: October 30th, 2012
Published by Philomel Books

Venom is a novel that will have everyone, no matter what age or gender, hooked. Everything from the suspenseful writing to the beautiful descriptions makes this a very hard novel to put down. Venom takes place in the renaissance period of Venice, following the main character Cassandra. She is lucky enough to be a part of the elite society in Venice, with everything that includes, from elegant gowns, her own maid, and a wealthy fiancé.
                However, Cassandra finds herself is a strange situation as she discovers a murdered women were the body of her recently deceased friend should be. Cass, as she starts looking for answers, gets caught up in the mysteries of Venice. With the help of Falco, a starving artist, she roams the city of Venice to try and find the murder who took her friends body.
                Venom was so different then other young adult novels. For instance it doesn’t take place in America, as most YA books usually do. It was something new and fresh to read. The novel was also a fantastic mystery. As more bodies are turning up dead, the reader is not sure what characters they can trust. Fiona Paul put so many secrets and lies hidden in the canals of Venice that just added to the suspense.
                Paul had a distinctive way of writing that made it so easy for the reader to visualize the city of Venice. Which was sometimes beautiful but sometimes grotesque as the reader gets to experience the high class life as well as the life of a starving artist in historical Venice. Venom is a novel that is perfect for someone who is looking for something different to read. It’s also the first in the series, which will have readers dying for the sequel by the end.   
And I just have to add that I ADORE the romance in this novel. Both guys Falco, and her fiance were so great! I would be happy with either one of them. But what I really enjoyed about the romace was the fact that it was practical. Yes, she is involved with two guys, but one was an arrange marriage to a guy she hasn't seen in years. I'm really curious as to what will happen in the next novel.

--Danielle

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane News

Hey guys :)

As you know I live in New Jersey and I'm sure you've seen pictures of what the hurricane did to the state. I also got a few emails and tweets asking if I was okay. Well, I'm about 30 minutes from the shore so I didn't get hit to bad. Basically the whole town lost power on Monday and there's still a huge chunk without it. But besides all the trees down that's the worst of the damage here.

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)
One good thing\that happen due to the storm was all the books I finished. Since Sunday night I have so many review novels. Which is a huge accomplishment for me, I've been so busy with my AP classes and marching band that I just havn't had time. When the power went out I was so hooked in Vemon by Fiona Paul I lost feeling in my arms just holding the flashlight up so I could see it.

I'm going to try and do a post tomorrow on all the books I read and what I thought. Later I'll have full review of the novels up. But I've been neglecting my school work since I haven't been able to put down any non school related books. I need to get some done for AP English by Monday...

Thanks for all the support through emails and twitter. You guys are really great.

--Danielle

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Requiem (Delirium, #3)
AHHHHH THE LAST BOOK IN THE DELIRIUM TRILOGY! Nothing NOTHING can explain my excitement for this book. The first two were amazing and both have the worst cliff hangers ever. I thought I was going to go mad waiting for Pandemonium  but then I realized the cliff hanger at the end of that one was even worse. I can't wait to see what happens in Requiem. 

Summary: 
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


And of course the summary gives nothing to get rid of the ache left by the cliff hanger...

This comes out on March 5th, 2013


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

News! City of Bones, Kaleb Nation, and Shatter Me Novella

While I've been MIA so much as happened around here. So while I fill myself back in, I'm going to fill you guys in too. Just in case you have been MIA recently too. Also some of this is really new, news. So here we go...

First off, and the most exciting... CITY OF BONES! MTV released some interviews that has footage in it! Anyone else scream like a fan girl when they saw this? If you don't know what I'm talking about or haven't seen it yet, I'll post it here.





Next Kaleb Nation FINALLY released some news about his secret book. For those who don't know Kaleb Nation is the author if two middle grade novels in the Bran Hambric series. His #SecretKalebBook (as is has been called on twitter) is going to be his debut in the YA world. Recently Kaleb has said the novel is about conspiracy theories, and the main character knowing something that he shouldn't and of course that makes certain people want him dead. I'm not just excited for this  novel because I'm a fan of Kaleb and his youtube videos but also because the idea seems so new and different. I'm really excited to see where this book goes and as I learn new information, I'll try and keep you guys updated.


Another thing that happened recently that I'm very excited for is the Shatter Me novella that just came out earlier this month. I'm downloading it on my kindle as I type this. It takes place between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner's point of view. Weirdly, I;m a big fan of complicated villains. I think they make a book work, and Warner is a complicated villain. I'm excited to read this from his point of view.

That's all I have for now. Leave a comment below if you're excited for any of the things above!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Stuff

I thought it was time to update you guys. Where have I been? It's a really long story but it started out as just so much AP homework, which Brittany also has, and a ton of band stuff, which is my thing. However, last week two members of my band were killed in a car crash and it's been so sad and crazy around here. I've barley even had time to pick up a book that wasn't for school. Till the end of the band season I don't know how much new stuff will be up here. We'll be trying out best, but I just wanted to let you guys know where I've been.

I promise to try and get things up and running smoothly really soon. I'm actually going to write a post up for tomorrow right now. 

Also, if you're a Giants fan, my marching band is preforming at the half time show on Sunday! I know you can't really watch that on TV but it's another cool, non depressing news that I thought I should share with you. 


Finally, if anyone has sent me and email in the past week...or month...I'm going through them now. I just got an iphone and I'm still trying to figure out how to use it. THIS THING IS COMPLICATED and the email is not as easy as my blackberries was. I miss my blackberry emails. Anyway, I will respond soon!


--Danielle





Saturday, October 6, 2012

Discussions of Hot YA Guys


Now that there are two of us blogging on With A Book we thought it would be so much fun to do a post together! What better way to do that then discussion guys in YA? If you guys like this we can maybe turn this into a weekly thing. Soo here we go!

Discussions of Hot YA Guys

Where Danielle and Brittany discuss their love of guys in literature .

Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
 Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
 And small appearances from Dimitri and Adrian from The Vampire Academy.

Danielle:  What do I love about Jace? Well what first got me was the sarcasm. I personally love to laugh and having a book character do that just made me swoon. Then as we got to know him, he has a caring heart. He would do anything for Clary and I can't help but love that.

Brittany:  I think thats fine! What is my favorite thing about Jace? The cover of City of Bones where he is shirtless. I really liked his personality everything from his sarcasm to sense of humor. Who wouldn't want a guy who is both hot and can make people laugh?

Danielle:  I forgot about that cover. I have to agree that was one of my favorite things about him too! Actually it was one of the main reasons that I picked up City of Bones.

Brittany:  I really like that Jace isn't just a body but he has an amazing soul and truly loved Clary.

Danielle:  I completely agree! I mean how could you argue with that when he says things like “There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.” (City of Glass)

Danielle:  So I think we can agree that Jace is one of the best literary guys out there right now?

Brittany:  YES! He really is! And so is Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Danielle:  Mr.Darcy! Now he is the best literary character of all time past and present. I just can't get enough of him.

 Brittany:  Who wouldn't love a guy who proposes by saying, '“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Danielle:  I have no idea, maybe someone who is a rock with no emotions. Like Kristen Stewart. When I read that line I knew I was hooked to Mr. Darcy. I especially love that the first time I read the novel, I started off hating Darcy as Lizzy did. I didn't know all of the good that he did how how much he actually loved her. I did fall a little bit before Lizzy did but that was part of the fun. Now it's much different every time I reread it. I just love him from the very start.

Brittany:  The very first time I read the book I also hated Mr. Darcy  when I first read the book until I did some reflecting and realized his true personality. Mr. Darcy is everything I ever want in a man

Danielle Me too. I would take the movie Mr. Darcy any day too. Really who could hate this guy, or this couple, 


Brittany:  I love when couples have a love hate relationship. It really shows that even when they get on each other’s nerves underneath it all they still love each other. Kinda like how Annabelle was afraid of and misunderstood Owen at first.

 Danielle:  And I really see the resemblance between Lizzy and Darcy and Annabelle and Owen. How they really didn't understand each other in the beginning and are from two different worlds. Owen himself, is such a great guy. He was there for Annabelle when she needed him, and in the end he didn't question her he just helped her. Such a great guy.

Brittany:  Owen has this dark twisted and misunderstood feeling just like Mr. Darcy does but both men were always waiting in the shadows waiting to help and cherish their loves. Owen was a total rebel and who wouldn't want the "bad boy" with a such diverse taste in music. I might even classify Owen as the cute hipster.

Danielle Well I didn't really care for Owen's music tastes to much but I did really like "bad boy" thing he had going on. I'm always a sucker for the bad boys in almost every novel. I could start naming a bunch right now *like Adrian from The Vampire Academy ) but I think we would get a little side tracked haha.

 Brittany:  You know I don't like Adrian, Team Dimitri all the way. Owen is definitely the bad boy you can still bring home to meet mom and dad.

 Danielle:  nooo Adrian was so much better. He had so much more to him. Dimitri was just so one emotion the whole time. Gosh getting so side tracked. We were talking about Owen right? haha :) Well If he was real I would not hesitate to bring him home to meet my parents. I want an Owen <3 He's sweet personality is something anyone can fall for. I also love how he had to overcome his rage. He became a better person with Annabelle. I love guys that change like that. The ones that stay the sameCoughDimitriCough are just too boring.

Brittany:  Owen did adorably change into a better person. I still disagree with your opinion on Dimitri but I guess we will just have to leave it at that.

Danielle:  I guess so. We'll have to debate that another time. 


So what did you guys think? Who's your favorite guy? Leave a comment to let us know! And let us know if you liked the discussion post because we would love to continue doing them if you enjoy them. :)


--Danielle and Brittany <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Jewlery and other Bookish Things


My first week blogging has really amplified my love of books to the extreme. Here are some bookish finds I am currently in love with.


Tiny Book Necklace - Journal Necklace - Book Jewelry - Miniature - Shabby Chic Jewelry - Little ThoughtsThis is too cute! Most of the time, with the books I am really passionate about, I have a love-hate relationship with the novel. I really love how this necklace does not specifically say the title of the book because on the days I hate a character I can still happily still wear the necklace.  It can be bought HERE.


Vintage  Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility 3D Paper Mobile
Danielle has once again made me obsessed with Pride and Prejudice because of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (seriously go watch them now). My ceiling fan hangs right over my bed and this would look so adorable hanging down off of it. You can buy it HERE






And In That Moment, I Swear We Were Infinite - Silver Infinity Bracelet - inspired by The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
This bracelet is so stylist, only a true reader would catch on to the Perks of Being a Wallflower reference. You can purchase it HERE






And Halloween costumes! Should I be my favorite princess Belle?

~Brittany


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Let the Sky Fall

Honestly, the cover is the number one reason why I want to read this book. It's just perfect. The colors are catching. The font and title placement are easy to see, and read. It looks good! 

Then I read the summary...

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them."
 How could you not want to read this book? Forbidden romance, mystery, mythology (or at least it seems like it has that kind of feel), and action. Really I just can't wait to get my hands on this one.

This one comes out March 5th, 2013 from Simon Pulse and is Shannon's YA debut. She has a middle grade novel that I here is pretty amazing too. I might just have to check that one out while I'm waiting for March.




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Video and Book Birthday for Breathe by Sarah Crossan!

Do you know what today is? The release date for Sarah Crossan's debut novel Breathe!

Brittany reviewed Breathe just a few days ago here on our blog. Make sure you go here to check that out. She loved it!

Here's a video from the author about her inspiration for the novel.



If you're a fan of dystopian novels, this is one that you really don't want to miss.

Monday, October 1, 2012

In My Mailbox

It's been awhile since I've been able to do a IMM so I don't think you'll guys will mind if I do one a day late.

Last week I FINALLY bought The Selection by Keira Cass. I actually met her a BEA a couple of years ago and I have been watching her youtube videos since she started making them. I don't know what took my so long to actually pick this one up. I'm really excited to read it and I've heard such great things about it.













Library: I don't know what made me get a library book when I have a million and two other books to read and things to do but when I saw this on the shelf, I just couldn't resist. I'm so excited about this sequel, and this is another book that I'm very behind on, but I loved the first novel and can't wait to see what happens next.










I'm sure there are plenty of more new books on my shelves since I've done by last IMM but these are the most recent ones.

--Danielle

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: Breathe


Breathe
By Sarah Crossan

Source: ARC from BEA
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Summary: In a world without air, what would you do to breathe? In a barren land, a shimmering glass pod houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea—an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears—walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the pod—and everything they know—behind. What will happen on the third day?

Review: First, I’d like to point out how amazingly beautiful the cover of this book is. It’s indescribably mesmerizing. Now onto the review! Before reading this book, I was getting sick of dystopian novels. I previously thought dystopian novels were unique with an interesting setting and a cool feisty female main character. Lately, I realized many dystopian novels have the same plot focused on a female character overthrowing an oppressive government and well were sort of all the same. Breathe was different.  Unlike many dystopian novels, you can tell right away Sarah Crossan has a real talent for writing. The words flow off the page and the dialogue seems realistic.

 I absolutely hate it when novels have a flawless boy who is smart, athletic, hot, and basically everything a girl could ever want because in the real world that boy does not exist in the real world (trust me I’ve been looking). Sarah Crossan captured the essence of a true teenage boy perfectly.  When Quinn checked out Alina’s butt I laughed at how that insignificant everyday moment in high school hallways was captured so perfectly in a war-zone fantasy world. Quinn was by far my favorite character because of how real he appeared. The main idea of the book was breathtaking; a world without oxygen is an extremely clever concept I never really imagined before. If you like Across the Universe you will love this book as it captures the same adventurous mood. Breathe comes out on October 2, 2012 and I cannot wait for the sequel!

~Brittany

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lizzie Bennet Diaries

For some reason I thought today was Thursday, so when I woke up I went straight to my computer to watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. When I realized it was on Wednesday I got so disappointing. Watching my favorite book and movie in a vlog form has been so fun. Since I've started watching these vlogs, I've been hooked.

Why am I telling you this AGAIN? Well I just found all the characters on TWITTER! (which is another thing I"m addicted to but that's a whole different story). I just think it's amazing what they have been doing with this story. Not only can fan's watch Lizzie's vlogs but they can go to so many other outlets to see what other characters are up too. You can follow Jane's fashion tumblr here, see what Lydia is up to on twitter @TheLydiaBennet, AND the best part, you can follow people that haven't showed up in the show yet like MR.DARCY on twitter. I just found this out yesterday. Now I'm obsessed. I've been stalking these character to see everything they've done on twitter. I've been patiently waiting to see Mr.Darcy on the show since it started, this has held me over for a little while. To bad this profile picture isn't actually of him. 

Here's all the characters that you can find on twitter: 
@thelizziebennet
@thelydiabennet
@looksbyjane
@TheGWickham
@thecharlottelu
@MrRickCollins
@bingliest
@wmdarcy
@that_caroliine

If you haven't started watching the Lizzie Bennet Dairies yet I really suggest that you do. Even if you haven't read the books this is just so much fun to watch. And if I haven't convinced you yet, I bet this gif below will.... 

 
:)

Here's a list of everything social network and video of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries so you can see everything in order, http://www.lizziebennet.com/story/

Here's the first episode, 



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Giveaway! Altered by Jennifer Rush!

I just felt it was time for a giveaway so I have an ARC of Altered by Jennifer Rush! This one comes out January 2013 and for some reason I have two copies of this one. That's good for you though :)

Here's a little about the book

Altered (Altered, #1)(the cover I have is a little different but there's still a hot guy without a shirt, and I actually like the ARC cover more.)

Summary: A story that starts with a girl and a boy. A girl who loves a boy so much , she'll risk anything for him. And a boy who knows only one thing--- kill anyone who stands in his way.

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. 

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
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--Danielle



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Looking for Alaska

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska
By John Green

Summary: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Review: Since I started reading Young Adult novel's one the most common names I would always hear was John Green. Of course I had to look into all the hype. I've  since started watching the Vlog brothers videos (which are one of my favorite Youtube channels now), I've even met John Green in person (at BEA) and I also own all of his novels (most of them signed). When one of my close friends finished Looking for Alaska she FINALLY convinced me to picked it up to read. Now I know what all the hype is about. This is one of those books that deserves every single raving review it has gotten so far. 

My favorite part of Looking for Alaska was the characters. Each one is so distinct and different. The main character Miles was so relatable. He felt so lonely and dislocated from his first school in the beginning of the novel. As he transfers to the boarding school and meets Alaska and her friends, you can feel the changes in Miles as he fits in. The reader also starts to care about Alaska and the Colonel as Miles does. Everything in this book makes you emotional. 

Looking for Alaska is one of those books that is so truthful and real. The characters acted like real teenagers, they weren't fluffed over to make them sound better and more careful. This is a novel that everyone can relate to and feel. John Green just has a way of words that gets to you. This is a novel that you can't put down. 

Also John Green has to be the coolest author ever. Not only does he sign so many books. (he really seems to like signing his name everywhere), he also has one of the best youtube channels, and he had one of the best notes at the end of a book. I have a really bad habit of reading the back of the book before I start the novel. I don't know why, I know it's bad. Yet I can't stop. When I flipped to the back of Looking For Alaska I found an interview with John Green. Before the interview he basically said, I know you're here without reading the book first and not to do it. I laughed but kept reading, but then he purposely kept out all spoilers, commenting on how he knew readers were going to keep reading. I loved how he did that and because of it, I went back to the front with no idea what the 'big change' was going to be.

Everyone has to read this book. That's all I have to say. 

p.s. This is a tissue book. You will need tissues, and probably a whole box of them. 

--Danielle


Friday, September 14, 2012

Review by Brittany

Jessica's Guide to Dating On The Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey

Summary: The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction 

Review: I was a little skeptical to begin reading this book. Then I decided what the heck and tried it. I easily became addicted and stayed up till three o'clock in the morning to finish it. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side  captivated me with witty characters. I particularly enjoyed Jessica's personality and demeanor. The flow and progression of the main characters falling in love seemed very realistic and not rushed at all. The ending left me squealing! This book practically oozes out charm and is highly enjoyable. If you like vampires, romance, and the tall dark handsome type you must read this book. I look forward to finally purchasing and reading the sequel Jessica Rules the Dark Side.
 
--Brittany

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

News: New Blogger and New Jersey Book Signing Tonight!

Senior year is a crazy, crazy time. I don't want to stop blogging or reading but I just felt so bad when I leave the blog blank or don't get a review out in time. So I went out in search for another blogger for With A Book. My cousin Kelli, writes reviews here everyone in awhile too, but I wanted one more person. I didn't have to look to hard since one of my best friends, and the first person I asked said yes. 

Me and Brittany!
I want you guys to meet Brittany! I've known her since 7th grade, where we bonded over books. I remember sharing everything that we read, even library books. (Since Brittany didn't have a card, I let her read them after I did). I'm really excited to have her on With A Book. Hopefully now with the two of us, With A Book will always be active. 

Now here's a small intro about herself that Brittany wrote for you guys!

How far away could I go if I traveled by foot, car, train, or plane? How much will it cost for me to visit the tombs in Egypt, to walk the hills of San Francisco, to breathe in the ocean air in the Philippines? May I please eat a croissant on the streets of Paris or smell the meadows of a faraway fairytale? In real life, I cannot slay a Medieval dragon or kiss a cute Italian boy by the Trevi Fountain but through books I can. A book transports you to any destination or time period through the power of words. Words provide you with the opportunity to forget about real life and to live as a character, someone completely different. I love books that make me forget about the present and books that I can never forget. A good book lets you travel the world without ever leaving the couch. This is why I read. My name is Brittany and I have an incurable case of wanderlust. Danielle, my best friend who turned me into a reading addict years ago, has asked me to write some reviews for this wonderful blog. I look forward to reviewing hopefully once a week for you all!

- Both of us are super excited! We are already planning so much stuff! Brittany's first review will be up on tomorrow! :) 

--Also Brittany at the moment is slightly anti-social media sites. I'm going to try and change that. Twitter is very essential for a blogger, don't you guys agree?

 In other news, this is kind of last minute, but I'm off to a book signing at Barnes and Nobles tonight in Freehold NJ! I just thought I would put the word out there to see if any other bloggers are going. 

The book signing is for a local authors. I'm going to see Danielle Sibarium, the author of Heart Waves and For Always!  


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review: Beta


Review by Kelli!
Beta (Annex, #1)
Beta
By: Rachel Cohn

Release Date: October 16th 2012

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: ARC from BEA

Summary - In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide. Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created. Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island's workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.At first, Elysia's new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn. And, she comes to realize that beneath its flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent amongst Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind?If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When Elysia's one chance at happiness is ripped away from her with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

Review – Yeah, it’s a long summary. I really enjoyed this novel, and I love the cover. In the first couple pages, I was distracted by all the big words and complicated vocabulary… but I got the hang of it. I stayed on the couch all day reading because I couldn’t put it down. There was constant action and suspense, front to back. The characters were all so believable and real and modern. And, of course, there was the complicated love triangle. This one was… different, though. Confusing.

Elysia isn’t the same as the other clones, and she tries to hide that, until she realizes she isn’t the only one who is different, which leads to one of her loves. Rachel Cohn did an exceptionally good job surprising me, several times. I believed one thing throughout half the story, and then realized that it was a complete lie. And on the last page, I was stunned! The final sentence left me rethinking the entire book. I wanted the sequel immediately, which sadly wasn’t an option… Anyway, Beta comes out in October, and I definitely recommend reading it!It’s a book that stays with you.

~~Kelli~~

Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Spotlight: Dark Promise!

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Dark Promise (Between Worlds, #1)

Dark Promise by Julia Crane & Talia Jager
Published by: Valknut Press, LLC
Page Count: 176

Rylie has it all - great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying truth: some promises cannot be broken.

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know about a book tour going on right now that I'm a part of! Dark Promise by Julie Crane and Talia Jagar. What really drew me to the book was the summary. It sounds to dark and interesting. Faery books have always been on of my favorites so I'm really excited about this one. My review will be up on the 11th :)

Also so far it has 4 and 5 star reviews on goodreads. That's really good for an indie book!

Till then you can check out the rest of the tour. Here's the dates -->

4-SepSophiayabetweenthelines.blogspot.comReview
5-SepKirthithe1bookblog.blogspot.comExcerpt Reveal + Giveaway
6-SepDaniellewithabook.blogspot.comReview
7-SepAnawhatyareading.blogspot.comCharacter Interview
7-SepAlexistheliteraturelion.blogspot.comAuthor Top Five
8-SepLindafictionfervor.wordpress.comExcerpt Reveal + Giveaway
9-SepNaichethebookgirlreads.blogspot.comReview
10-SepStephaniereviewingwhatimreading.blogspot.comReview





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Coolest T-Shirts EVER

As I w was going research for my homework I found these T-Shirts. I thought you guys would enjoy this. :)

Great Gatsby T-Shirt

Jo March T-Shirt

Mr Darcy T-Shirt

Here's a little about them from the website

"Novel-T offers an opportunity to express your support for the all-stars of literature. For those who feel a connection to certain writers or characters–be it Walt Whitman's expansive exultations, Huck Finn's mischievous morality, Kurt Vonnegut's humorous humanism, or Bartleby's seemingly inscrutable insubordination–these super-soft, slim-fit jersey-style tees are a winning way to "wear your read.""


"To help ensure that there will always be new names to add to the Novel-T line-up, Novel-T donates $1 of every shirt sold to either 
  • 826nyc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, or
  • Doctors Without Borders, the international medical humanitarian organization assisting people threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe."

The website to buy the shirts can be found here --- > http://www.novel-t.com/

I personally really want a Darcy shirt :)

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