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Back Home-Finally!!

Well, I'm finally back home after what ended up being a very long week! I was away for the weekend for my intro to grad school (yay for starting my Master's in Library Science!) but on the way back home my car slid out on the ice and I crashed into a guardrail on the highway. It was a pretty scary experience, but the car is driveable, so there's still good news. I then got stranded in Oklahoma for two days and finally made my way back home yesterday, after many delays, windshield wiper, and snow problems. I am so happy to be sleeping in my own bed again. I hope you all had better luck in this icky weather than I did. I'll be posting the contest winners later today-once I get a chance to finish catching up on everything. Stay warm everyone!!!

Quick Update

My posts might be a little sparse over the next few days. I started grad school this week and am on my way to my Master's in Library Science! I'll try to post the contest winners on Friday, but they might get posted late. -Sarah

Want It Wednesday #6

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis About the Book: This story takes place about eight weeks after Emma- Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Emma-Jean has developed a crush on Will Keeler and is hoping she can dance with up at the seventh grade dance. Her friend Colleen is worried that no one will ask her to the dance, but when a note shows up in Colleen's locker, Emma-Jean decides to help Colleen find her secret admirer. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I just fell in love with Emma-Jean when I read Lauren Tarshis' first book, so I was thrilled when I saw on her site a sequel is due out in May! Emma-Jean is a grea character and one you will remember, so if you haven't read Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree , get your hands on it now-trust me, you'll be glad you did! The Amarant Enchantment by Julie Berry About the Book: (From Amazon) When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucin

Start the New Year With Books Week 3

It's a new week, so here's the newest batch of books! I Lorelei by Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson!) (ARC Copy) The Fold by An Na (Arc Copy) Shug by Jenny Han (Signed by the author!!) For contest rules, click here . Winners will be posted on Jan. 23 Comments, Following and Sharing this contest all get you entries. Good Luck!

Week 2 Winners!

Thanks for all the entries! I used Random.org , here's week 2 contest winners: Sovay: ddurance Sabriel: Bookworm Looks: Becflies Winners, please contact me with your mailing address and I'll get your books out soon! Congrats to all! A new round of books will be up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Audiobook Friday Guest Blog

Today is my wonderful fiance's birthday, so I am letting him guest blog about his favorite audiobooks. He also has a sports and politics blog, so if you (or anyone you know) are interested in either one of those, check him out at The Cognitive Cacophony . In honor of it being Audio book Friday, I have chosen to review the Audio books for Harry Potter series. (I love the British adult covers for the Harry Potter books, so that is why I have used them as the picture rather than the American covers. Although I have to say that Mary GrandPre does a wonderful job on the cover art on the American covers as well.) Now I know that this series is old news by now and most of us have found out Harry’s ultimate fate already, but what most people do not know is that the Audio books performed by Jim Dale are some of the best ever made. About the books: This series chronicles the story of Harry Potter , a orphaned British boy with a lightning shaped scar on his forehead who discovers that

Welcome to the World Elise!

Today, I became a proud Aunt for the first time to my little niece Elise. So in honor of my new niece, I decided to review one of my all time favorite children's books. Someday I'll be reading this one to you, Elise!:) Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff About the Book: When Danny visits the museum, he discovers that there's a dinosaur there that's still alive! Danny and his new friend the dinosaur end up spending a fun filled day together, playing hid and seek, helping people cross the street, and giving rides to Danny's friends. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says : Danny and the Dinosaur was one of the books I had my parents read to me over and over again. I would take it bed with me and read it every day. I even heard the story so much, I could recite the story and knew when to turn the pages to make it look like I was really reading it. I'm not sure if it was the idea of having a fun dinosaur as a pet or the pictures or the simple story, but something about this b

Want It Wednesday-Not Books

More Want It Wednesday, only this time it's not books! Sometimes in my blog travels, I come across items that aren't books, but I still love and wish I had. These are various things that I've found while reading blogs that I now want for myself. Ok, seriously, how cute are these shoes??? I saw them on Meg Cabot's website last week and I have been lusting after them ever since! If only I had a good place to wear them. As cute as they would look at my school visits for summer reading, I'm afraid I'd end up tripping over myself. (Which surely would entertain the teens!) I just had to share with everyone, because they deserve to be shared. This Twilight thing has gotten so out of control, there's now Twilight perfume! I guess that's what happens when you can't think of anything else to market the movie. Yes, Harry Potter has Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, but at least those were in the books. The perfume-not so much. But

Want It Wednesday #5

Suddenly Supernatural: Scardey Kat by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I couldn't find a summary online anywhere, but the story revolves around Kat, who is a psychic, and in middle school. The first book in the series, School Spirit was one of the first books I reviewed for TeensReadToo.com, so this series holds a special place in my heart. Geek Charmin g by Robin Palmer About the Book: (From Amazon ) Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new “it” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pre

The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo

Rating: 5/5 Stars Genre: Mystery Release Date: 9/1/2008 About the Book: “The Frank” may seem like a typical middle school, but it’s actually run by Vinny Biggs and his gang. Need a stolen exam? Or want a sugar high? You’ll have to go through Vinny. Cross Vinny, and you’ll be facing one of his “hired assassins.” Vinny’s “hired assassins” hold your social life fate in their hands. These assassins hide water guns, and with one quick shot you’ll look like you peed your pants, face social humiliation, and immediately are put in “the outs.” Nikki Fingers used to be the fastest and most feared shooter at “The Frank,” but at the beginning of seventh grade decides for a fresh start. But when Nikki is taken out, seventh grade detective Matt Stevens is hired. Could it have been her former boss, Vinny? The boy who had a crush on her? Or one of the many students at "The Frank" with a reason to hate Nikki? Matt only has a week to find out or he might find himself in “the outs”

The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas

Rating: 5/5 Stars Genre: Contemporary/Some Romance Release Date: 8/5/2008 About the Book: Antonia Lucia Labella wants to be a saint. An official one and the first living saint in Catholic history. To Antonia, the saints are like royalty. She knows just which saint to pray to in every situation and keeps a saint diary. She even writes petitions to the Vatican every month with her newest saint idea (and suggestion that she could become that saint!) The other thing Antonia is dreaming of is her first kiss. She’s hoping it will be from the very cute love of her life Andy Rotellini. There’s also Michael McGinnis, who Antonia was friends with a couple of summers ago. Her friend Maria seems to think there’s something between them, but Antonia doesn’t want to agree. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: When I first read about this book, I thought "hmm, sounds cute, but how interesting can a story about a girl obsessed with saints be?" But I was wonderfully surprised! This story has heart an

Start the New Year With Books: Week 2

Thanks for all the entries into week one's contest! There's a new batch of books up for grabs this week. You can still get more entries for following my blog, all blog comments, and sharing about this contest. Winners posted on the 16th. If you're looking for the contest rules, click here This week I have three books up for grabs: Sovay by Celia Rees (ARC Copy) Sabriel by Garth Nix Looks by Madeleine George (ARC Copy) Good Luck!!!

Book Contest Winners

Thanks for all the entries and comments into week one of Start the New Year With Books! This weeks winners are: Stealing Heaven - Wendy More Than Friends - Mom2anutball Carpe Diem - Book Spot Winners, let me know where you'd like your books sent and I'll get them out right away. Stay tuned because tomorrow I'm posting a new batch of books!

Audiobook Friday: Found (The Missing, Book 1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: 3/5 Stars About the Book: Thirteen years ago, a plane mysteriously landed, and the only people on board were babies. Now, thirteen-year-old Jonah and his friend Chip are beginning to receive anonymous letters in the mail that say "You are one of the missing" and "Beware! They're coming back to get you." Who is after Jonah and Chip? And how can they find the answers to who they really are? GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: One thing I love about this book is that it's such a great sell to my tweens and teens. They love anything written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, so they were thrilled when this book came out. Add in a short suspenseful booktalk and they're off reading which makes this librarian smile. The audiobook for this book wasn't wonderful, but it wasn't terrible either. The narrator had a soothing tone that actually added to the suspense of the story. There were several times I didn't want to turn it off because I wanted to kno

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Rating: 5/5 Stars About the Book: Since the accident that killed her family, Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story just by touch. She also has regular conversations with her dead sister. She didn’t ask for these new talents and her efforts to hide her gifts have left her a freak at her high school. But when Damen Auguste enters the picture, everything changes. Damen is movie-star gorgeous, mysterious, and the one person who can block all the psychic energy Ever keeps trying to avoid. Damen and Ever are drawn to each other, but Ever can’t shake the feeling that there is something that he’s hiding. He’s the only person that Ever can’t read anything about. Damen has no aura, Ever can’t hear his thoughts, and she has know idea who - or what - he really is. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, how can you resist that cover? It's so beautiful and mysterious and it captures the story perfectly! Every once in awhile, a book comes along that I end up

New Rating System

To make my reviews better, I'm going to start inlcuding a rating system of books. (I'm also going to go back and rate all my past reviews) Here's my star ratings: 5 star =Go out and read this book now-you will love it! 4 star =It's a great read-you're sure to like it. 3 star =A good read-give this one a shot. 2 star =An okay book-some readers will like it. 1 star =Sorry, I didn't like it.

Butterfly Award

Aww..thanks so much!:) Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag awarded me with this beautiful butterfly. She has an awesome blog (actually she has several awesome blogs, all of which I love reading!) So check her out! Rules of this award: The rules for passing it on are: 1. Put the logo on your blog. 2. Add a link to the person who awarded the blog to you. 3. Award up to ten other blogs. 4. Add links to the blogs you award onto your blog. 5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs. I am passing this award on to Bookworm who always has awesome reviews and the wonderfully funny author Jenny B Jones

Want It Wednesday #4

I've decided to change up my Want It Wednesday posts just a little and only feature two or three books so I can include a little bit about the book as well as the pretty cover! Evermore by Alyson Noel. About the Book: (from the cover): Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste… Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchante

The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot

In honor of today being the release of Princess Diaries X: Forever Princess, I decided to review The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot. About the Books: Ok, so I'm sure most readers or movie viewers have heard of The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. The first one was made into a movie starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. The books tell the story of Mia Thermopolis who finds out that she is the heir to Genovia, and therefore a Princess. Not only does she have to take princess lessons from Grandmere, who is not a fun or entertaining teacher, but she still has to finish high school! Plus, there's this crush she has on Michael, her best friend's brother. Each book is told in diary format and tells about Mia's life in high school. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says : I love this series and I love reading books written by Meg Cabot. She is the queen of teen chick lit!! One of the things I love so much about this series is that even though Mia is a princess, she

Audiobook Friday: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: 5/5 Stars From the Book: If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn't have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn't have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn't have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She'd know about her mom's new family. She'd know about her dad's fiancĂ©e. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn't have wanted to kiss him back. But Naomi picked heads. After her remarkable debut, Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative second novel all about love and second chances. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked this book up on audio recently because it's on next year

This Week's Contest Book Picks

Today marks the first day of my Start The New Year With Book Contest. Check out the rules here . This week's books are: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her by Sara E. Holbrook and Allan Wolf Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell (signed by the author!!) Don't forget all entries will go in the grand prize drawing to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card and prize pack of books! Drawing will be held Jan. 9.

Start the New Year With Books Contest

Happy 2009 everyone! I hope it's the start to a wonderful year for all. Since I love to read and I love books, there's nothing that makes me happier than getting books. So I'm going to help you out and start your New Year with books! Each week in January, I will be giving away books. Some books will even been signed copies! At the end of the month, all entries will be put into a drawing for a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a prize pack of books! Drawings will be held on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. So how do you enter? There's three ways you can enter: 1) Get one entry for following my blog 2) Get one entry for each comment you make on blog posts in January 3) Get two entries for posting about this contest in your blog and sending me an e-mail with the link (greenbeanteenqueen (at) gmail (dot) com Good luck and Happy New Year!