How to Build a House Thursday, Nov 27 2008 

how-to-build-a-houseBook Title: How to Build a House
Author: Dana Reinhardt
# of pages: 227
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; hardcover (2008)

Building a house takes time and hard work. But a home can be destroyed in one terrible moment–as Harper discovers when her dad and her beloved stepmother get a divorce. Even worse, the divorce separates Harper from her stepsister, Tess.
It’s time to escape. Harper joins a volunteer program to build a house for a family in Tennessee who have lost their home in a tornado–not that she knows the first thing about construction. Soon Harper is living in a funky motel and working long days with kids from all over the country. She works alongside Teddy, the son of the family for whom the house is being built. Their partnership promises to turn into a summer romance, complete with power tools. For Harper, learning to trust and love Teddy isn’t easy, but it could be the first step toward finding her way back home.
Award-winning author Dana Reinhardt has written a rich and irresistible story; Harper’s honest, sometimes sardonic voice makes this a novel that readers will take to heart.

I really liked the way Mrs.Reinhardt switched from Here to Home and vice versa, even though I sometimes wanted to know more about one part before it switched.. But I really thought it was
a great story. I mean Harper actually kinds of changes the thoughts about the world’s environment for me, somehow. Harper and Teddy are really quite a couple. Even with a sweet guy unlike most of today’s guys, sometimes you wish they were more Teddy’s out there in this world. Will that give something away in the book, hmmm I’m not so sure but I would definitely recommond you read this book. I wonder if this book will turn into a movie because I think it may be worth-watching after reading it. Tell me if you do know.

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Giveaways! Thursday, Nov 27 2008 

Harmony giving away a book! [ends December 1st]

Shooting Stars Mag<b win a copy of “Life After Genius!” [ends November 30]

My Fav Author giving away an arc of “The Season.” [ends Nov. 30]

Bookluver-Carol’s is giving away a special gift for the book/s you chose that are under $30! (:

Brooke Taylor Books is giving away Special Edition of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. [Giveaway ends on December 2.]

Lenoroe has a contest for Penguin “Publicists Choice.” [ends December 5]

Stuff as Dreams is having a giveaway! [ends December 5th; winner drawn on Dec 6]

The Rise and Fall of a 10th grade social climber Wednesday, Nov 26 2008 

rise-and-fall-of-10th-grade-social-climberBook Title: The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber
Author: Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser
# of pages: 290
Publisher: Graphia; paperback (2005)

After the collapse of her parents’ marriage, Mimi Schulman leaves her mother in Houston to look after her befuddled photographer father in New York. Too preoccupied with family problems to think much about her new life, Mimi’s first hour at the Baldwin School–an institution where teachers off psychoanalysis in lieu of graders and students hold cocktail parties in the bathroom between classes–leaves her spinning.
When Sam, her childhood best friend, bets her she can’t befriend the “cool girls,” Mimi accepts the challenge, only to discover that social climbing in New York is no easy task. Fitting in with the blond, all-American popular girls back in Texas was nothing compared to joining Baldwin’s clique of raccoon-eyed waifs.
Rubbing shoulders with the offspring of diplomats and celebrities, all with secrets and dysfunctions that put her own domestic worries to shame, Mimi finds herself in one bizarre situation to the next–a fake-ID deli, a topless bar, a Jacuzzi in Trump Tower–and in position of winning a bet that threatens to make her lose sight of herself.
A coming-of-age story about friendship and betrayal, and about brutal honesty and it’s consequences.

Hmmm,.. I was thinking this book was going to be completely different than what I thought. But it was still a good read, not exactly a fast read took me awhile to really get it. It’s surprising that the “Coolies” all have different things about them that makes them so unlike, yet they are really close. It was quite interesting to read, I guess so. It was kinda boring to me, but loved the ending since to me it wasn’t predictable. Another book marked off of my TBR list,! (:

Book Promotions Wednesday, Nov 26 2008 

Are you an author or publisher whose wanting to promote a soon to be published or an already published book? Well you can contact me and I can help with your promotion.

I could do a review of the book because I love to read, but most importantly reviews spark vistors interest to purchase your book. However, most of the books I do review are Young Adult novels and some Adult titles. I would be grateful if you could send me a copy of the book you want me to review, but that’s not always possible. I will try my hardest to track down a copy of my own, but I do live in a small town that doesn’t even have a B&N. My library tends not to get newly published books unless there quite popular for instance Harry Potter series or Twilight saga, but I could try to special order it through my library. I could even publish my review on Amazon, if you want, but I would also post it on my blog.

If you have a countdown clock image or a banner for your upcoming publishes that you would like me to put on my blog, I would be glad to do so.

I would also love to start doing chats with authors or interview, so if your interested in doing that let me know.

Have other ideas? Let me know.
contact me at: rimasbookjournal@yahoo.com

Waiting on Wednesday-1 Wednesday, Nov 26 2008 

I’m going to start doing this weekly waiting on Wednesday; I have seen it on many blogs. I’m going to start doing this.

Book: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Release Date: June 2009 (too long,!)
twenty-boy-summer

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

It sounds like a really good book to me. I can’t wait til June 2009, but it’ll probably take longer than that to get my hands on it though.

Blue Bloods Monday, Nov 24 2008 

blue-bloodsBook Title: Blue Bloods
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
# of pages: 302
Publisher: Hyperion; paperback (2007)

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearl worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan’s most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and–as Schuyler soon discovers–the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they’ve been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?

I didn’t know I was going to like this book as much as I did. Definitely a good read. Now I’ve added the next two books in these series to my TBR list. The first some number of pages I didn’t quite get into the book, but then after awhile I did. So don’t stop reading this if you think the same thing because it’ll just get better.

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