Friday, August 29, 2008

Film Friday

I mentioned last week that Tim Burton is remaking Alice in Wonderland and I promised to try and keep people as updated as I possibly could. For today's first Film Friday, I wanted to provide a picture of the new Alice, Mia Wasikowska.





The musical Rent is coming to a close on Broaday and to celebrate, the show was filmed and will be shown in theatres for a few days in September. To see a video and learn a bit more about this, go here!

If this sounds good to you (and it certainly does to me!) then check out this site to see if it will be shown in a theater near you!

British actor Ricky Gervais, from the show Extras and the film Night at the Museum, is coming out with a new movie Ghost Town. I think it looks hilarious and can't wait to see it. Ricky is a funny guy himself, and alongside Greg Kinnear, it should be highly enjoyable.

Watch the trailer. What do YOU think? Going to see it? Or will you pass?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday...Back to Tuesday: Hugh Laurie

Alright, so Thursdays are supposed to be Thursday Threads (clothing lines, crafts, etc.), right? Well...we don't have anything set up for this Thursday yet...so we'll go back to Tuesday's subject, TV, and talk about a current TV star Hugh Laurie. You might know him these days from the show House. I don't watch this religously and for a long time, I never watched it, but I do enjoy the odd episodes I catch a lot...House is a crazy, sarcastic guy and I love it!



But I'm not writing about Hugh Laurie to talk about House. I'm here to discuss some things about Mr. Laurie that you might not already know!

First off, Hugh Laurie isn't just a TV star. This might not surprise you...a lot of actors and actresses aren't these days, but did you know he was Stuart Little's dad?



Yep, it's true...in Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2.

Going back to TV...did you know Hugh Laurie is actually British? He used to do a comedy skit show with actor Stephen Fry called A Bit of Fry and Laurie. It's quite hilarious from the clips I've seen and Laurie does a lot of singing...here are some clips to demonstrate!

Hugh Laurie singing "Mystery"



Hugh Laurie singing a "savage, savage, angry" song called "Where is the Lid?"



Now...you know that Hugh Laurie acts in movies, on TV, can do a great American accent, sings, plays the piano, and writes his own songs...what else? Well, did you know he's also written his own book?

That's right...Hugh Laurie is a published author. His one and only book, as of yet, is called The Gun Seller.




I have read this book and would love to read it again as soon as I find the time. It's got mystery and humor all packed into one. At times, the book did become a bit confusing, but is definitely worth checking out, I believe, if the premise sounds good and/or you are a fan of Hugh Laurie.

To learn more about the book, go here!



There you go! Perhaps you already knew all this about Hugh Laurie...maybe you only knew a bit of it...and then again, you might be learning all this for the first time.
I'd love to know what you think about some of Hugh Laurie's past projects, House, or just him in general!
What did you know? What did you not?
Discuss!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Win-it-Wednesday

Alright, Wednesdays are Win-It-Wednesdays. I'll post about any contests we are having as well as some others that I have come across during the week.

At the moment, we have one contest on this blog. You can win a marked up copy of The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second by going here!

Other Contests around the blogging world:

You can win an Evenflo stroller over at Momsational!

At Bermudaonions weblog, you can win the book Tomato Girl.

Win the book Hurry Down Sunshine on Linus's Blanket.

Win the book The Front Porch Prophet at Literalily.

The book Anatomy of a Boyfriend is being given away at On My Bookshelf.

Win the book American Widow at Reading with Monie.

Presenting Lenore is giving away The Big Splash

Blood of the Muse is giving away Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

A chance to win Schooled at Posthumouser.

They are also giving away a novel titled Quintet here!

Book Giveaway over at Amberkatze's blog. Just go here!

The Optimistic Bookfool is giving away A Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer over here!

Minds Alive on the Shelves is giving away First Daughter.

To learn more about the book, check out Minds Alive on the Shelves book review!

Win Room for Two over at Not Entirely British.

Okay, so these are all book giveaways...but if I come across any other types, I will try and post about them!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TV Tuesday: One Season Shows

Okay...todays post on TV Tuesday's is about shows that only last one season. I hate when I start watching a show and loving the characters and then it just ends after only ONE SEASON! How awful is that? Yes, pretty terrible...

Two shows that I started to highly enjoy, which were cancelled after one season were The Class and Moonlight.

To honor those shows, here are a couple clips!

The Class



Moonlight




Discussion Time:
Did any of you watch these shows? What were your thoughts?
Also, what other shows that you loved only lasted one season?

Book Vault's Birthday Contest Riddle

This is the next leg of The Book Vault's Birthday book riddle contest. For more information on the contest go here: http://the-book-vault.blogspot.com/2008/08/birthday-contest.html

Each correct answer counts as an entry into the drawing on August 29th!

Riddle: This story offers the tale that the first man to fly was not recorded because the short flight was used to save a life and a country, not just for show.
A brilliant boy who was wrongly imprisoned on the smaller of two islands was inspired by his murdered mentor to be one of the masterminds behinds this fantastic flight.
What book is this?

Know the answer: Send Dominique an email at bookvault@yahoo.com with:

BDAY contest in the Subject line

and

Name:
Riddle: Posted Above!
Answer: (full book title+author)
The name of the site where you found the riddle: Shooting Stars Mag
Your site's URL (if you have one)

Please send a seperate email for each riddle you answer.

Good luck!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

I'm on AbsolutePunk.net!

Hey guys!

I'm a featured blog over on Absolutepunk.net. Not this blog...but I took book reviews from this blog and posted them on my blog there. Adrian, who handles entertainment, said he'd mention it at some point when I get it filled up a bit with some reviews, and I went on today and found he'd made it a featured blog...a complete surprise! I was thinking it would be later and not quite its own post.

Anyway, here is the link to Adrian's post, and he gives you a direct link to my blog...want to see what books are up? Check it out!

Do You Wanna Know About Me?!




Do you want to learn more about me? Sure, you do! Head on over to Carol's Blog to read the interview she did with me a little while back. It was just posted this past Saturday, I believe! Leave comments there if you read it. :)


If you want to know anything else about me or Keaton (since I know most of you don't know much about her) just leave your comments about that on THIS blog. We'll both answer unless you state you just want one of our answers...no big deal either way!

Music Monday-Take 1

Alright, for our first Music Monday I have a couple things that I would like to talk about.




First, I have the list of songs that will be on the soundtrack to the movie Choke, based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk (who wrote Fight Club):

Ben Kweller - "The Rules"
The Natural History - "Don't You Ever" (rare)
Fiery Furnaces - "Navy Nurse"
Radiohead - "Reckoner"
Alap Momin - "Sin Terror"
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Satan Said Dance"
Buzzcocks - "Orgasm Addict" (rare)
Death Cab For Cutie - "No Sunlight"
Blitzen Trapper - "Wicked" (unreleased)
Ms. Tyree Sugar Jones - "If You Feel It"
My Morning Jacket - "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1"
Shout Out Louds - "Bicycle" (rare)
Twilight Singers - "There's Been An Accident"
Nicole Atkins - "Crystal Ship" (unreleased)

*This information and more was found on Paste Magazine's Website.






Next, we have the newest video for UK band McFly which is called Lies.





Alright, that's about it for Music Monday this week...at the moment at least! Who knows? I might add something later. Again, you might find music info on other days as well...but this will be the main day.

Schedule

Alright...we've never done a schedule before but I know some other blogs try and post certain things on certain days, and I figured it would be nice to try that here...so maybe there will be more variety and people can sort of know when things will be up.

Music Mondays: Interviews, reviews, anything music related will be on Mondays.

TV Tuesdays: TV actor/actresses, random TV talks or updates.

Win-It-Wednesdays: If we are doing a contest, I'll try and post those on this day...and I'll also try and post other contest links as well.

Thursday Threads: Talk about clothing lines and other things that people make...crafts, purses, etc.

Friday Films: Dvd reviews, movie reviews of films that are in theaters, talk about upcoming films/trailers, movie actor/actress information.

Saturdays/Sundays: These are really going to be random...It could be Surprise Saturday/Sunday and something fun or different will be posted...it could be Slacker Saturday/Sunday, meaning little to no posts will go up...etc. You get the idea!


Now, you might have noticed I didn't post anything about book reviews/author interviews/author guest blogs/anything of that nature, and that's because those will be posted on random days...so if you're big on that stuff, be sure to check back at least once a day or so to see if there is anything new!

Basically, I'll try and stick to this schedule and I hope it makes things easier for everyone...but things might get posted on the wrong days depending on how much I want to post it, or if I need to get something up before the next correct date....make sense?

Let me know what you think! And if you want to see anything specific for certain days, let us know and maybe we can work something out. You never know.

Thanks,
Lauren, Keaton

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Huge Giveaway: Update!

HUGE GIVEAWAY!

Alright, the huge giveaway for 130 bucks in gift cards ended this past Friday..sorry for the delay in mentioning this.

First off, if you are a book reviewer who is giving part of the gift let me know what you are giving, if you are emailing it, mailing it yourself, or mailing it to me to send to the winner. Either way is fine, but I need to know. I'll try and get in touch with everyone later...but if you see this, drop me an email or something! Thanks!


As for the winner, I need to put all the names together and draw a random winner still. I've been a bit busy. School starts tomorrow, so posts might be random and sorry if I don't get back to you right away, but I'll still be on as much as possible.

The winner should be announced in the next day or so.

If you have yet to get I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert, then what are you waiting for? GO AND BUY IT!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blogger Appreciation Nominations

My Friend Amy is hosting the Book Blogger Appreciation Week that I talked about a few posts down. Anyway, if you click the link it will take you to her blog where it lists the categories that people can win in....check it out, submit you picks for best blogs that fit that category!

Reading Keeps You Sane

Well, I'm really bad at getting things posted to the side of my blog so I decided that I would simply post this ON my actual blog.

This is a banner I made for a book review blog out there called Reading Keeps you Sane. She hasn't seen it yet, but I hope she likes it!

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
Copy this code to your website to display this banner!

Friday, August 22, 2008

I've Been Spotlighted!

Over at J.Kaye's blog, she likes to spotlight other blogs which I find to be totally awesome of her and I just found out that she has posted about Shooting Stars Mag (aka US!) so please go over and support her blog. It really is awesome!

Thanks so much J. Kaye!

I've been Spotlighted!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
By: Gyles Brandreth
Review by: Lauren


Oscar Wilde (author/playwright), Robert Sherard (poet/journalist), and Arthur Conan Doyle (author) come together in this fictional story of murder and suspense. Told in Sherard's point of view, Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance, fully begins when Wilde comes across the dead body of a friend, Billy Wood. However, once Wilde tries to go back and prove there has been a murder, the body is missing and the room has been cleaned.

Doyle sends Wilde to his friend Aidan Fraser of the Scotland Yard, but with no body, Fraser feels he can't start an investigaion. Knowing that a friend of his has been killed, Wilde sets out on his own search to bring justice to this crime.

The story is full of mystery, murder, intellect, and Wilde's witticisms. In the fashion of Doyle's creation, Sherlock Holmes, Wilde has a keen eye for detail and becomes a skilled detective himself. Highly recommended. I can't wait for the sequel, which comes out this September.







Giveaways on Other Blogs



100th Post Contest
Reading Keeps You Sane


Win Testimony

J.Kaye's Blog

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Things To Know: August 17, 2008

Things to Know

Hey Hey everyone! This is my next installment of Things to Know. Today, I have a lot of contests that I’d like to link too…as well as to some other fun information you may or may not know about already!



•Want a shot at winning J.Scott Savage’s new book Farworld: Water Keep? Just head on over to Trish’s Reading Nook to enter.

•J. Kaye’s Book Blog is giving you all a shot to win one of Ben Tanzer’s books. Two people will win. Go here and enter away!

•Breeni Books is giving away a book of short stories called Burning in the Heat.
Enter here!


•To win a gift certificate to Amazon.com, enter over at Robyn’s Online World



•A copy of Driving Sideways by Jess Riley is being given away at Bookroomreviews this month

•Bookish Ruth is giving away a book as well called Aberrations!

Author News


Debut author Kimberly Pauley is gearing up for her online release party. To learn more, as well as which authors are joining for the fun, check out her site!



Music News



Pop/Rock band The Sophomore Attempt covered Miley Cyrus’ song “See You Again” which you can hear on their Myspace.

Movie News



Alice in Wonderland is being made into a 3-D film by direction Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). I’ve heard Johnny Depp is to be playing The Mad Hatter, but I’m not sure if it’s been confirmed yet or not. Anyone else know? I’m really excited about this regardless!

Shooting Stars News

Chelsea (The Page Flipper) and I are working on a project. Get in touch if you are an Author, Musician, other person of that nature and wish to learn more! We’d love any and all help. We posted about this in an actual post below this one (I believe…) but we’ll say it again: save your money and keep checking our blogs in the coming weeks!

The Huge Giveaway ends THIS Friday. So if you have bought I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, send in a receipt or picture of the book to me here: lauren51990@aol.com for a shot at winning 130 bucks in gift cards. Pretty sweet, huh? And go to Stephanie’s myspace to enter her contest as well (same rules, same deadline).

Click here to find out more!

If the link won’t work, go here: www.myspace.com/theblacknotebooks

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We are working on a Be Awesome Contest. If you want to help, get in touch! Details are here!


Song of the Day (August 17)

3 Doors Down-“It’s Not My Time”

I love this song and the video is very powerful. I definitely recommend watching it. Another reason I love this video, however, is because it was filmed not that far from where I live. Cool, huh?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ohhh...It's a Secret!

Alright, Chelsea from The Page Flipper and I are currently setting up a really special project. We can't give details now but I wanted to state a couple things:

1. Authors/Musicians/Other People of this Nature-Get in touch if you want more details. We'd love to include you if you wish!

2. Everyone save your money! ;-)


All will be explained soon. Don't worry.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Harry Potter 6 Pushed Back

The sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been pushed back from a November 21, 2008 release to a July 2009 release.

Details can be found on the Leaky Cauldron.

As a huge Harry Potter fan, I'm really upset about this. I was so excited for the sixth film (it's my second favorite book in the series) and the fact that it's being pushed back AT ALL, let alone until next July has me really annoyed....


I suppose I still have Twilight, but damn! This makes me mad.

:(

What's your thoughts?!

Book Blogger Appreciation Week



My Friend Amy is holding this and I thought it was a fun idea. I signed up, and you should too!


Book Blogger Appreciation Week September 15-19


Book Bloggers: You work hard. You read books, you write reviews, you maintain relationships with your readers, publicists, and authors. You are constantly running to the post office to mail your giveaways and participating in carnivals to help boost traffic. You sometimes want to faint when you see the size of your TBR pile, but faithfully you read. And you do it because you love it. Book blogging is for most a hobby. But it's a hobby that takes a lot of work and time. It's a labor of love.


I've been blogging for three years but only really got into book blogging in the last year. I have found, without a doubt, that book bloggers are the kindest, most open minded, and supportive group of bloggers on the internet. With book blogging, it's about community and a love for the written word.

The Readers: We love you! You don't have a blog, but you read our reviews and share your thoughts with us. You enter our giveaways and click on our Amazon associates link. We do this for you and appreciate your readership. We hope you'll join in the fun and festivities of BBAW! (we'll have a special contest just for you!)

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Acknowledging the hard work of book bloggers and their growing impact on book marketing and their essential contribution to book buzz in general, I am excited to announce the first Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Think of it as a retreat for book bloggers and a chance for us to totally nerd out over books together. And of course, shower each other with love and appreciation.

Register: In order to experience the maximum impact of the week, I invite you to register your participation (just like a retreat)!
To register, just send an email to bookbloggerappreciationweekATgmailDOTcom with your blog url and what you consider your niche...i.e, general book blog, classics blog, personal blog with a healthy dose of books, YA books blog, etc. Then, add one of the two buttons at the top of this post to your sidebar. If you are a reader (no blog) just send an email announcing your plans to follow along.
Why bother? If you register, you will be added to a book blog directory which will exist long after this week is over. Additionally, you will receive one raffle entry into the daily giveaways during BBAW here at My Friend Amy.

Awards: Oh yes, there will be awards. The Oscars of Book Blogging. :) Nominations start next week.

Spread the Word: If you are excited about this idea like I am and the other book bloggers who are helping, please consider writing a post on your blog announcing this event and inviting other book bloggers and readers to join.

Help Wanted: If you have a talent for designing buttons (like those below) and would like to donate some of your time and skill to me, please email me personally at mypalamyATgmailDOTcom

The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second + Contest




The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second
By: Drew Ferguson
Review by: Lauren



Charlie Stewart the Second isn’t the most popular guy in his High School. He’s a geek with a dad, whom he calls First, that is always pushing him to do better. Not to worry though, Charlie is also pretty sarcastic and plays soccer. It’s actually that sport that begins to change his life, when a new kid joins the team. When the two start a relationship, Charlie is thrown into a world of discovery, passion...and death?

The Screwed -Up Life of Charlie the Second is told entirely through Charlie’s journal entries which provided a much more personal account of his life and thoughts, which I definitely enjoyed. Charlie is an average teenage boy who is simply trying to write his own story, without being the kid on the sidelines all the time. The story is not sugar-coated, and is very realistic to teenage life. I would definitely recommend this novel, but for older teens and up. The book contains mature moments, without being explicit.


Rating: 4/5


GIVEAWAY!

Alright, we are having a giveaway with this book review.

The Prize: A Marked Up Copy of The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second

How to enter: If you comment on this review, you get TWO entries. If you comment on anything else posted on this blog until the end of the contest, you get one extra entry. Each time you post after this=another new entry, so you can get quite a few chances. Make sense?

Deadline: August 31

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My OWN Guest Blog

That's right! I have my very own guest blog over at Squeaky Books. My post is up today and a few more from other bloggers will be posted the rest of the week. So check it out and leave some comments!

To read mine, just head over here!

Things to Know





Alright, I know this isn’t being posted on the Weekend like it was last time…and it’s no longer called Weekly Roundup. It’s simply Things to Know. The premise is still the same…a collection of links or my thoughts that I would like to share with you all. It might be posted every week…might not. Might be posted on time a week…might be posted more. Might be posted on the weekend…might be posted on a weekday. Basically, there’s no set time, so just keep checking the blog if you’re interested. This is also where other contest announcements will be posted most of the time.

Miley Cyrus and Pete Wentz (bassist of Fall Out Boy) have a video out about 7 things they hate…it’s just amusing. You can find that here: Click Click

Next, author John Green posted a four minute video discussing the first half of Catcher in the Rye. Another example of John Green’s exceptionally fast talking.
John Green Video

Pop/Rock band The Cab has a new video out for their song “I’ll Run” I love this song, so check it out here!

Comedian Bernie Mac passed away this past Saturday.


If you go over to Book Room Reviews, they posted an article where Stephenie Meyer talks about the criticism of Breaking Dawn.
Breaking Dawn Criticism


Over at Afterelton.com, editor Michael Jensen and author Brent Hartinger have started a new vlog called The Wrap with Two Gay Guys. This is the newest episode titled Vampires are So Over. What do you think?


Below, you can watch a group of teens spoof the Twilight trailer. Honestly, I found this really hilarious and I think all the people acted very well. They obviously put a lot of thought into this, and the outcome was pretty awesome. Share your thoughts in the comments!



Singer Teddy Geiger can be seen in the new movie The Rocker, but more than that…he wants YOU to help choose the songs for his next album. He has 33 songs up to be listened too, rated, and even bought by you…the top picks will make his new album. To hear the songs just head on over here!

Finally, I wanted to talk about the song we have up on our Myspace profile. It’s by Crosby Loggins, son of Kenny Loggins and winner of Rock the Cradle. To listen just head on over to our Myspace page.

That’s it! Leave your thoughts on this idea in the comments…as well as what you think about the various links!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Tagged for the Very First Time

Alright, so I was tagged by Steph over at the blog Reviewer X. This is being filled out by Lauren (no surprise there, right?) but I'll try and see if Keaton wants to do this as well...and you can get to know a bit about her later on. So, without further ado, here are my answers!


WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR TODAY?

Well, the day has mostly gone...so I suppose I'll be eating some kind of dinner in the near future. Check and do some stuff online. Wait around for my friend to come over, and then we'll sit around the computer and watch some youtube stuff. Yes, we really are that awesome. ;-)

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?

Umm...a red popsicle! It was yummy!

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

I don't know. A few days ago, maybe?

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

Nope, I hate my handwriting most of the time. I love my mom's though. I wish I had hers.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

Turkey. All the way.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

Nope, sure don't.


DO YOU USE SARCASM?


All the time, though it's sometimes a hard process to really get to know me...and since that is, most people don't get my sarcasm at first.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

Yep!

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

No way! I hate heights and I'm definitely not one of those adventurous girls.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

Lucky Charms and Cap'n Crunch.

WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

Oh gosh, I have a lot...but one of them is that I'm really insecure.

WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

White skirt. Black and white shoes.

IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

Purple!

FAVORITE SMELLS?


A burning fire, cinnamon...

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

My friend and mom.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

Happy endings...for movies at least. I'm not big on scary movies, because I get freaked out easily and I hate the gore stuff.

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

In theaters? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. On TV? A bit of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I haven't seen it all the way through yet, but I want too. Big fan of Johnny Depp.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?


A few actually: The Society of S, The Elite, and Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance.

WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

I'm on a laptop.

WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?

Psych. One of my favorite shows.

FAVORITE SOUND?

Oh gosh, I have no clue! I like silence at times, and other times, I just like to hear people talking. The sound of music is amazing...if the music is good, of course. HAH!

ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?


The Beatles

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

Not very far honestly. I'd love to go to another country at some point...England or Australia are my main choices as of now.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

I don't know! You tell me! I don't think I do...








Yeah, the title is a Madonna reference. I'm quite random.

Friday, August 8, 2008

She's Got Weird Tastes...

Alright, I love doing these Songs of the Day and I will keep them up as much as I can. I know that I don't post one everyday, but I suppose that just keeps you from getting too overwhelmed. I want to know, however, who watches the videos? Do you watch all of them? How do you decide which ones to watch if you don't watch them all? What are your thoughts on the idea overall? Anything else you want to add as well is greatly appreciated. We love feedback, so please leave us your thoughts in some comments...and comment on the previous stuff too. Lots of new things have been added and we'd love more feedback!!

Now, this is a bit different from other Songs of the Day. I'm going to post more than one video...I'm actually going to post four. Feel free to comment on them all, a few, or just one. It doesn't matter. This post is showcasing some songs that I really like...but the songs aren't quite the same type of genre...but hey! Who says you have to like one type of music? One type of movie? Or book? It doesn't matter what you like. So here we go...my picks (and my meaning Lauren!)

The Fratellis: "Chelsea Dagger"





Puddle of Mudd: "Psycho"
I kept trying to find a video that I could place on here, but all the links were disabled...so just click the link!

Video!



Miley Cyrus: "7 Things"
Yeah, I like Miley Cyrus....LOL




The Spill Canvas: "All Over You"

Frenemies by Alexa Young




Frenemies by Alexa Young
Review by: Lauren

Frenemies is a Middle-Grade novel that focues on best friends, Halley and Avalon, who have grown up side by side as soon as they were born. Throughout the years they planned to start their own fashion magazine and were always there for each other. Now that the pair have turned 13 years old and spent a whole summer apart, they're starting to realize that best friends forever is harder than it sounds. Starting school, the two best friends turn into each other's two worst enemies...after all, the person who knows you the best knows how to hurt you the most.


I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book, because I'm not the most fashion oriented person, as well as the fact that it was a novel aimed towards middle schoolers. After reading the book, however, I realized that it wasn't all that bad. It was a quick read, with some funny moments and lovely characters (Halley's new friend Sofee became a favorite of mine). The designer brands that were mentioned a lot were quite tedious after awhile, but I did enjoy hearing about the outfits people were wearing...again, it might get old for some, but I was amazed at the thought that the author had to give to figuring out what a certain person was wearing at a particular time.

The girls enter a column competition in the book, but when their fighting really begins, they decide to split the column and both offer their own fashion advice. I highly enjoyed these posts, whether because they made me laugh or shake my head in wonder at what girls will do to each other (and that was another thing I wanted to mention...girls are cruel in this book, but girls are often cruel and it was interesting seeing just how bad it can get). Along with these posts, they had random comments that were very reminiscent of our own blogs.

So, to conclude, this book is an interesting and fast read that will show the types of struggles girls go through in school, even dealing with feuds between friends. It's very focused on fashion, but it's not just about a group of shallow girls that don't care about anything.

I don't normally rate reviews through a points system or star rating, but if I was going too for this book...I'd probably say 3 out of 5.
I'm quite interested to see what's in store for the sequel though!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Liv's Awesome Giveaway!






Liv is holding a really really super awesome contest over at her blog. I would normally post about this in my new feature Weekly Roundup (check that out below and comment!) but I figured since it's such a huge thing, she deserved her very own post.

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Booking Through Thursday: My First One!

Are there any particular worlds in books where you’d like to live?

Or where you certainly would NOT want to live?

What about authors? If you were a character, who would you trust to write your life?

(This came to me when reviewing a Jonathan Carroll book - I’m not sure I’d like to live in the worlds of his books.)



Okay, so I've never done this before and this is the first Meme I've ever answered on my blog, but I've seen different ones around and thought it might be fun. So here we go!

Are there any particular worlds in books where you'd like to live?

I don't read a ton of books where the author comes up with their own world, but it would be a lot of fun to be in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I just want to go to Hogwarts quite honestly and be able to experience the boarding school experience...but with magic!


Or where you'd certainly not want to live?

I've read The Hobbit and tried to read some of the first in the Lord of the Rings trilogy...never finished. But basically, I don't see myself ever ever EVER wanting to live in Middle Earth. Definitely a bit too olden days/boring for me. Sorry all you LOTR lovers!

If you were a character, who would you trust to write your life?

Hmm...I guess different authors would be good for different things. J.K. Rowling would be sure to give me tons of adventures with my friends, John Green would just be awesome, and Maureen Johnson would be full of funny experiences and if I had quite as much wit, that would be nice!



So, those are my answers. What are your thoughts? Let me know if you filled this out too and I'll try to read!

-Lauren

Question/Idea for Reviewers and Authors




Okay, if you've ever read my blog then you know about our Mark It Up contests, where the book you could win has been "marked up" by the author, which just means they write little comments in the margins and whatnot.

The idea was from something that some friends of mine and I had done. We marked up books that we were reading and sent them to each other. It was a lot of fun and one particular book I recieved was Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut. I ended up loving the book, but it was a lot of fun to see what my friend had to say through the book as she read it.

Anyway, the point is...it doesn't has to just be authors marking up their own book. That idea came to me later because I figured it would be so much fun to read a book marked up by THE author, you know?

So...moving on...my idea is to see if any Book Reviewers and/or Authors would be interested in this new idea I had. You can make a post or email a list to whoever you like (doesn't matter) on what books you have that you wouldn't mind letting someone borrow...then, a reviewer or an author can get in touch...ask to borrow a certain book, you send it, they read it, and send it back. Now, it's kind of like utilizing your library and all anyone pays for is the shipping (not to say that you shouldn't buy a book you want, it's just hard too sometimes and you might really really want to read a book!)


Now, what does this have to do with marking books up? If you let someone borrow a book...and you don't mind them writing in it (it's good to state if you want people too or not) then while they read, if they so wish, they can mark up the book so when they send it back...you have a book you've read before, but is now filled with comments from someone else.

Another form of this idea is to simply mark up a book that you love and send it to someone for them to keep (because I know some authors/reviewers, reviewers/reviewers, authors/authors, have gotten close and maybe you want to do something special for someone specific.)

It's all up to you. And you can send one book out at a time, two, three, it doesn't matter. Again, your choice!

Anyway, I wanted to know what everyone thought...so please state your opinion in the comments and if anyone wants to try the idea, we can all start posting the list of books we don't mind allowing others to borrow.

Any questions? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Song of the Day: Renee Olstead

The song of the day is Renee Olstead. She's a singer, yes, but most of you might know her from her acting. She starred as Lauren (the middle child) on the show Still Standing and you can now find her on The Secret Life of an American Teenager.

This is her song "Summertime" which I absolutely love. She has a soulful, jazz sound. Let me know what you think.

Psych: August 1 Recap




Psych Episode from Friday, August 1.
Written by: Lauren

The Mystery: Shawn and Gus have to find out who is sabotaging a famous Dare Devil before one of his dangerous tricks leaves him not just injured, but dead. While these two work their 'magic', Jules is set on a mission to find Lassie a girlfriend...yes, this can only end badly.

What I thought: I love Psych and I pretty much enjoy every episode of the show that I see. I'm not big on dare devils, such as Evil Knevil (is that even spelled right?!), so that aspect of this episode didn't grab my attention...however, the show was still amazing due to the mystery and humor we find in every single episode. The main thing that I enjoyed about this episode is that they focused on a really emotional and deep subject, which I won't go into here...you'll have to see the episode for yourself (and I know repeats are hard to find, so if you really want to know, let me know and I'll email you or something!)

I wasn't writing down quotes as I watched this time around...but if people like this idea and I'm able to keep up with it (as best as I can) I'll try to include quotes with my recap for your enjoyment...and amusement of course!



Psych is on USA Friday's 10 P.M. Eastern
Next episode: This Friday!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Tantalize Winner

And the winner of the Tantalize giveaway is Breanna!
Please send me your address and I'll get that out to you as soon as I can.
Thanks for entering the contest, everyone and congratulations Breanna.
Please check out the new posts and leave your thoughts!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Movie Review: Swing Vote




Swing Vote
Out: Now
Review by: Lauren



Before I went and enjoyed myself at the Breaking Dawn midnight party, I went and saw the movie Swing Vote. I'm not the best person to ask to describe things...especially when it comes to movies, so if you don't know what this movie is about already then please go here to learn more.

Now, what did I think? I went and saw the movie more for my sister then anything else. I'd seen previews and thought that it looked good, but I'm not the most political person and wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy the story...especially since it was about two hours long.

However, I ended up enjoying Swing Vote much more then I thought I would. It had an interesting premise, was amusing, and definitely thought-provoking. Lead Kevin Costner did an exceptional job as Bud, who must decide in only a couple weeks time who should be the next president of the United States. Bud was never intersted in politics and it took him awhile to see past the bribes and really figure out what he wanted and what the people of America wanted. He was also highly amusing throughout, adding some of the comic relief!

Starring as Bud's daugther Molly, we had fairly newcome Madeline Carrol. I have to rave about this girl. Her portrayol of Molly was funny, emotional, and highly skilled for her young age. This was definitely important in Swing Vote because Bud's daughter taked more care of him then he takes care of her, and has had to grow up much faster then a lot of her peers. Even though she hates the way Bud is sometimes, her love and care for him is clearly shown and you can't help but want to hug this girl, and shake Bud, at many points during this film. Regardless, their bond is strong and you root for a happy end...in equal measure as the election in the film.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging



Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Review by: Lauren
Summary of book: Taken from Amazon


She has a precocious 3-year-old sister who tends to leave wet nappies at the foot of her bed, an insane cat who is prone to leg-shredding "Call of the Wild" episodes, and embarrassing parents who make her want to escape to Stonehenge and dance with the Druids. No wonder 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson laments, "Honestly, what is the point?" A Bridget Jones for the younger set, Georgia records the momentous events of her life--and they are all momentous--in her diary, which serves as a truly hilarious account of what it means to be a modern girl on the cusp of womanhood. No matter that her particular story takes place in England, the account of her experiences rings true across the ocean (and besides, "Georgia's Glossary" swiftly eradicates any language barriers).



This is the first book in the Georgia Nicholson series and the first time I've actually read the book. Yes, I realize I'm quite a few years late on this, but I just never really gave the books much thought until recently. The day I picked up this book at the library, I was with a friend of mine and she saw it and went "Oh, I've read that! It's really funny." And she was right...it was really funny. I wasn't laughing out loud at every page or anything like that, but it was definitely an enjoyable read for those that aren't too fond of reading or just want a fast, humorous story.
I'm definitely ready to read the next book (must get to the library) and continue reading this awesome series that is already up to book nine!
Georgia, the main character, is relatable on a lot of levels and the diary format of the book allows you to see directly into her thoughts and truly experience many of the emotions with her. I only wish I could transport myself in the story sometimes and enjoy the many escapades Georgia and the gang get themselves into too.

Another thing that I loved is that since I am American and had that version, the book was the same as the original British version, but included a Glossary in the back for the many slang words and such...I'm just happy when I come across words that I already know or recognize!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Weekly Roundup




Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone. I was thinking about doing something like this awhile ago, but I can’t take credit for the idea…it came to me when Steph over at The Reviewer X started having a post about all things dealing with YA books at the end of each week. I figured since we at Shooting Stars don’t just focus on books, it would be fun to try something like this…hopefully posted every week sometime between Friday and Saturday when I can…and it will focus on a variety of things dealing with entertainment that I found during the week. So enjoy! Let me know what you think. And if you ever find any news you think others should know (or have you own news) feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll try and include it in the Weekly Roundup (lauren51990 at aol dot com).

**The HUGE giveaway for $130 dollars in gift cards (courtesy of us and a bunch of other online bloggers) is still going on. I decided to give people more time and it’s now extended to August 22. Definitely enter that for your shot at winning, and enter Stephanie’s own contest (with practically the same rules) for a shot at winning some sweet books!
Huge Giveway Details


Stephanie's Contest Details



**If you own a copy of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert already and wish to discuss the book with others, then check out Panic! At the Disco’s online book club…this is their latest book discussion.

**The first trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been released. You can watch that, as well as news on another Harry Potter “book” here!

**Twilight Fans: Check out this interview with Justin Chon who will be playing Eric in the film. To read more about him and his role in the movie go to Genre of the Month
Don’t forget that since July is now over, Genre of the Month switches from Vampires to Male Protagonists. If you want your book to be included in any way, go to the blog and get in touch with Chelsea (or feel free to email me or any other reviewer involved in the blog!)

**To win a copy of Project Jennifer by Jill Amy Rosenblatt, comment on a post at Writer’s Block Reviews

**All month long (August) you have many chances to enter Book_Luver Carol’s contest. To find out more, check out her blog!

**Author Carrie Jones just wrote a hilarious Guest Blog over at And Another Book Read

**Dominique over at The Book Vault is holding a special contest all month long for her birthday!

**To enter the last contest for a shot at winning Tantalize, we made everyone listen to a band and post their thoughts. I thought it was a lot of fun and I’ll most likely continuing that for future contests. However, if you didn’t listen to the band, The Remorse Code, then please check them out!

**We are in the planning stages for a contest that recognizes being awesome and giving back to others or doing something without a reward. Right now, we want any thoughts you have and we’re also looking for any donations for the prize pack(s). To read more, here are all the details.

**For those of you who live in New York, Anthony Rapp will be starring in a new play on Broadway called Some Americans Abroad. For those that don’t know that name out of the blue…he is the original Broadway actor for Mark in Rent and he also starred in the film. The play sounds amazing and I really wish I lived closer to NY so I could go. Details here!

**Alternative/funk band Danger:Radio has a new release out now titled Used and Abused. They are also currently on tour with Cute is What We Aim For. Listen and find out more on their myspace page

**The movie We’re All Angels is about music duo Jason and DeMarco who just happen to be Christian and gay. I’d heard about this a few months back and was really excited to see it…which I have yet to do, since I don’t have Showtime (though if you do, look out for it!) However, there is good news because they finally posted a release date for the DVD and it will be September 15…which still seems too long for me. To find out more and to listen to their music (link in top friends) then head over here.

**For the blog, I am currently looking into all things International (meaning not from the U.S., which is where I reside). It can be a movie, a book, music, whatever! I know about stuff…and maybe you’ll give me something I already have in mind, but maybe not, so send your ideas our way by commenting on this post or emailing me (emails above!) or writing on myspace!

**Looking for a fun podcast with awesome music to listen too? Try Man of the Hour! I haven’t listened to any new episodes in awhile, and I haven’t heard too many yet, but the ones I know were pretty awesome…and yes! Even gave me some new music to check out! Find out more on their Myspace page!

**On the music front, I think this band is pretty awesome. They are called Book Club and you can listen here
We did an interview with them a month or so back…if you like what you hear, go and find that and learn more about the band! I can post a link later too if you wish. Just let me know!

So that’s it for this week’s Weekly Roundup! As you can tell, not everything was announced or posted in this past week…I have some older news/information as well, but hopefully it’s still fun to read and enjoy! I’m sorry for the lack of photos and fun looking stuff…maybe next time…but this already took me forever because I started this first one all at once (without looking through the week and saving news, which I will start doing…hopefully!). So anyway, it’s the first….maybe not all that exciting yet, but please share your thoughts!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Sucks to be Me Winner

The winner of the ARC of Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley is Carmen T.
I emailed her and she needs to get back to me...or I'll pick a new winner.


Enter the Tantalize giveaway today...winner will be announced tomorrow or Sunday...whenever I finish Breaking Dawn. ;-)

Thanks for entering the contest. HUGE Giveaway is extended to August 22, so buy I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, send in proof, and you could win 130 bucks in Gift Cards!!!


Keep reading. Keep commenting.

Violet in Private Out Tuesday!





The third book in the Violet series by Melissa Walker is out this Tuesday. Once you're finished with Breaking Dawn, head on out and get a copy...or if you haven't read the series yet, pick up the first! :)