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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Email virus

Hey guys

I'm really really really sorry, but my email got infected last night with spyware. I was using a new server at my new school, and there was apparently some malicious activity and my computer was one of the ones that got infected. I've since scanned and cleaned my computer and the spyware should be gone.
I'm really sorry if any of you got weird emails from me--I know several computers got hit here and apparently all of our contacts in our email lists got spammed with goodness knows what. If you got an email with no subject from my email, just delete it please! I generally send emails with subjects in them and I actually haven't sent any messages lately, so please just delete whatever message you got from my account.


on a happier note, I have a review coming up soon :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

Release Date: July 21, 2009
Publisher: MTV
Pages: 368

Drugs, boys, music and booze were the staples of Kara's summer after a messed up year. Her best friend moved away and was hardly in contact, her parents' marriage was falling apart, and she and her brother were drifting apart.

Losing herself and her pain in the drugs and alcohol, Kara felt like they could be her true escape. She met new friends and even a hot boy, Adrian. Before long, the two are together, and Kara's sure she's in love with him. But her misery is far from over--Adrian has a reputation of being a playboy and guy who wants no attachments. Can their relationship work out? For the time being, Kara doesn't care--all the parties server as temporary distractions and when that doesn't work, Kara can still get away with Adrian through drugs.

But when Kara's life takes a nose dive and her life is falling apart, Kara's inhibitions are lowered, and her drug use and partying increase even more. Before long, she's progressed past pot and booze onto heroine. Drugs and addiction quickly become deadly for Kara and when she overdoses on heroine, will there be anyone there to save her? And if there is, what kind of life will Kara live afterwards?

As dark and (sometimes) depressing this novel was, I really enjoyed Ballads of Suburbia! Stephanie Kuehnert writes with a raw, intense honesty that hooks you in immediately! All the main characters are well developed and realistic, so readers are drawn in and don't want to stop until they've finished! It's a gritty novel and you really feel for Kara (as well as some of the other characters) for what they're going through. Stephanie Kuehnert's novel is blunt, well-written, and definitely worth reading!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A quick apology

Hey all,

I'm really sorry for the lack of updates; I just started a new school, so things might be a bit slow until I get situated! But thanks for your patience!

A new review should be up either tomorrow or Friday, and I'm reading some other great books I'll be reviewing as soon as I get a chance! Thanks for sticking w/ me!

Don't forget to enter my MAX Promotion for a chance to win 1 of 2 huge prize packs!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

HUGE MAX Promotion!



Read “MAX” - the newest book in the bestselling Maximum Ride series.
On sale in paperback

Still reeling from their most recent adventure, Maximum Ride and the rest of the flock must head out to sea to uncover the secret behind a brand new series of disasters—fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii, hundreds of ships are being destroyed. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also being tracked by a criminal mastermind with, oh yeah, an army of mercenaries. Can the flock save themselves and the ocean, and the world, from utter destruction?

The Fine Print:

The Maximum Ride: Max Promotion is open to legal US residents who are at least 13 years of age as of August 24, 2009. There will be two prizes for each Promotion. Each prize consists of the following eight (8) books: Maximum Ride: Max (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (paperback); Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever (paperback); Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (paperback); Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (paperback); Maximum Ride: Manga (paperback); The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (paperback); and Daniel X: Watch the Skies (hardcover). The approximate retail value of each prize is $72.00. Winners will be confirmed on or about September 28, 2009 by email. Prizes will only be shipped to confirmed winners with addresses in the US. Prizes will be shipped within 30 days after a selected entrant is confirmed as a winner.

How to Enter:

Comment on THIS post with your:
  • name
  • email address
  • and tell me your favorite adventure novel and why
Want extra entries?
  1. +1 if you are a follower of The Book Vault
  2. +1 if you post about this promotion elsewhere--please include the link!
  3. +1 comment on Bettina's review of MAX on The Three Musketeers Reviews
  4. +1 if you are or become a follower of The Three Musketeer Reviews
  • if you chose to do #1 and/or #2 from the list above you must comment SEPARATELY on THIS post for each one, or you will not receive the extra entries!

  • if you chose to do #3 and/or #4 from the list above you must comment SEPARATELY for EACH entry on the review of MAX on The Three Musketeers Reviews or again, your extra entries will not count!

All in all, you can earn up to 5 entries in this promotion if you do everything (inital entry here, then #1 & #2 on this post and #3 & #4 on the review of MAX at The Three Musketeers Reviews)

Sorry if this is confusing, but it will make tallying the entries much easier.

Please enter by September 25, 2009, midnight (EST)
Sorry, open to US residents only. No PO boxes please!

Best of luck!

Series I Like

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Divergent by Veronica Roth Firelight by Sophie Jordon Halo by Alexandra Adornetto Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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