Friday, July 30, 2010

Oh My Blog award!!


I still cannot believe it. I'm still hopping around in the house, shouting (and maybe waking up my neighbors) about it and my parents keep telling me "Congratulations". Yeah, you got it - this is my first award as a book-blogger!! Yip! This is one of the unique moments in life when nothing - even pictures - can't describe the feeling you have. I thank Twisted @ Broken Day Dreams & A Literary Odyssey thousands and thousands of time for this award. It's unbelievable. I think I'm gonna give this awesome news in the newspaper LOL =)).

So, rules (yep):

1. Get Really Excited that you got the coolest award EVER! (clearly done).
2. Choose one of the following options of accepting the OMB award:

-Get really drunk and blog for fifteen minutes straight, or for as long as you can focus.
-Write about your most embarrassing moment.
-Write a "Soundtrack Of Your Childhood" post.
-Make your next blog a "vlog" (video blog). Basically your talking to the camera about whatever.
-Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, makeup, etc) and post it.

3. Pass the award on to at least three, but preferably more, awesome bloggers. Don't forget to tell them.

So, I won't get drunk because I'm only 13 :D. I won't take a picture of myself tomorrow morning because I don't do my hair or put any makeup (I'm natural. And all say I'm cute like that :D). And I'm not really talented at filming myself so...
I'm going to choose both the soundtrack and the most embarrassing moment. As you can see, I'm now 13. My birthday was on July 3. I'm kinda still a child but also a teen (complicated..) so the soundtrack of my childhood and the embarrassing moment sound really good to me :).

First, soundtrack:

1. Walk The Dinosaur (I always loved to dance on it - you must have seen me last year. I went in a camp in England and the staff bought us tickets at Ice Age 3. I was dancing like a freak in the cinema at the end LOL)
2. Hickory Dickory Dock (I always got to sing it at kindergarten winter/summer ceremonies)
3. Rudolph, the red-nose reindeer (Always sang it at Christmas parties in the primary school)
4. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (I still kinda know it by heart)
5. Incy Wincy Spider (Another song I still know by heart)
6. A Little Mouse With Clogs On (When I've got problems, I always hear this song, I dunno how, I simply hear it)

So, I think this would be the Soundtrack Of My Childhood + the significance of each song.

Now, the most embarrassing moment ever:

I was in the 3rd grade. I've just come from the PE class. The uniform I had was a white blouse and a dress with a zap in the front. When I entered in the classroom, I saw my classmates look at me in a weird way. But I didn't much care. Until a friend told me: "Um, you have your dress unzipped..". I couldn't believe it. "It's impossible, I zipped it.." and looked down. Jeez, it really was unzipped. But the zipper was up, so the zip was broken. Crap! I tried to keep my dress closed because I so didn't want the boys to see my panties. So, while that friend went searching for the school mechanic to repair my zip, I stayed on the steps. When, OMG, the boy I liked sat beside me. "What has happened?" he asked. "Um, my zip is broken and Alexandra (the friend's name) is gone searching for the mechanic," I said, grinning in a this-is-life way. He didn't put any more questions and tried not to look at me (so nice of him (=..) so he left. Right then, another friend came to me. "I heard about your zip," she said. "Yeah, I dunno how this has happened, but..." I started but she suddenly said: "Maybe I can repair it!" And she really repaired it. I thanked her a million times. But I had 5 minutes of complete embarrassment and that can't be repaired. Eh, well, at least I'm the only one to remember now (I think - I moved from that school 2 years ago).

Now for some awesome blogs! Please notice the order doesn't matter. You're all cool!
The OMB award goes to:

14. Bites!

So, as you can see, today I decided to make 29 other people happy. Hope I succeeded!

Next week I'll announce everyone with a comment on their blog.

Happy weekend everyone!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by the awesome Kristie at The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. I won't always write the IMM as I don't have time to order books weekly.
But when I do, I'll post them here!

This week has just become happier. I bought 10 new books! Take a look at them.

Warrior Cats novels 1-6 by Erin Hunter. Published by Harper Collins Children's Books

1. Into The Wild (Warrior Cats, #1)
2. Fire And Ice (Warrior Cats, #2)
3. Forest Of Secrets (Warrior Cats, #3)
4. Rising Storm (Warrior Cats, #4)
5. A Dangerous Path (Warrior Cats, #5)
6. The Darkest Hour (Warrior Cats, #6)

Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr. Published by Harper Collins Children's Books

1. Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
2. Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
3. Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
4. Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)

So what did you find in your mailbox this week? Or what did you bought from your local bookstore?


Friday, July 23, 2010

Hey, I'm back!

On the road..

As you might have noticed, I haven't post on Addicted To Books and Twitter - @addict_books lately. I have a reason for that. I was on vacation! Well, as I'm a student, I'm still on vacation - but I left town for 9 days (supposed to be 10 but Dad had some office work to do) and I just didn't have time - and Internet connection, the endless problem at the countryside - to post. My vacation started on July 14 and ended on July 23. July 12 and July 13 were absolutely busy. I was busy, busy, bee-like busy =))
So here I'll write my "schedule" I had these days.

Prep Day 1

My house looks like a real all-stuff-from-clothes-to-food depository. A chaos. My folks start searching for clothes they haven't seen like for a year.. Departure is always hard, as I can see. Tomorrow I'm going at my hairstylist to cut my hair - it's just too scorching hot for my hair to resist the sweat that may come :)). So I'm starting packing today. First thing, listing all the stuff I wanna bring with me. Tomorrow I'm gonna be busy with ordering them... Yeah, my parents agreed I should now have my own suitcase - I'm 13, for goodness sake - and I can pack as many things as I want. Or, better said, as many things as my luggage can keep without exploding after zipping it =)). Hope I'll stick to the list..... :)

Prep Day 2

I've just come from my hairstylist. My hair is finally normal-sized (when you have hair as curly as mine, it's kinda a bless :D). Now the war begins. As I thought I wouldn't stick to my hope in the end, I've just started adding and removing stuff originally on my luggage list. For example, Sea by Heidi R. Kling finally arrived and I am in the sea-love now. I piss Mom off by asking questions like "Mom, I need an apricot T-shirt" or "Mom, do I have any turquoise shirts or skirts?!" or "Hey, Mom, look - Sea-inspired necklace!" or "Um.. Mom, can I borrow your orange T-shirt?". With my Sea craziness even before it arrived, the post office in Bucharest now knows my Sea devotion. Now I'm starting adding and removing books from my luggage over and over again - I even want to take all my Vampire Academy series! I know very well I can't read all the books in this vacation but I always want to over-stuff my luggage - I don't want to take the risk to run out of books or lipstick, etc... you know, girl stuff :). Finally, I only take Sea, Need and Captivate by Carrie Jones, and Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead. I feel nervous about tomorrow.. I always feel nervous before a trip :D. I just can't sleep..

Day 1

Yeah, "awesome" start of the day - I only slept for about 3 hours overall and I now have to spent 7 hours on the road. From Bucharest (South-East of Romania) to Hateg (Hunedoara - West of Romania). Cool, huh?! I can't read in the car - because of my eye problems, I think, I'm nauseous each time I read or search for something in my backpack, etc... I can only listen to music. Bad luck, my MP3 has to be charged and my headphones for my cellphone seem broken. I can only sleep. Bad luck again, I can't even sleep in a plane, let talking a car. So all I have to do is looking out of the window, taking photos, trying to read a bit and kinda fix the headphones. Mission done. I'm finally in Hateg, I have tons of energy and I wanna go to the swimming pool in the hotel. But, see, I'm not in a good shape, it seems. I stop swimming after half an hour :D


Day 3

I'm on our way to a national park and reservation in Retezat Mountains. There are TONS of insects, especially mosquitoes and bees, here. And seems like I smell good for them. I must give up perfuming me and stick on the soap I wash myself with.. Here we go by car for about 1000 meters, then climb by foot some other hundreds of meters to a lake. Ohmy, the path is so narrow and hard to climb. My head doesn't work anymore on the take-photos stuff. All I want to do is to stay safe. And, happily, I kinda stay. I only have a bruise or two on my legs

Day 4

A longer trip this time. Me and my parents are going to visit an old castle in Hunedoara (still Romania (=..) where kings, queens, knights, etc lived. It's great! The whole castle is built from river stones, and it has a river in the front of it. Like castles from all the fairy tales. There's sort of a fair in the castle with books, traditional stuff and.. (I'm surprised, too) British jewelry from the times King Arthur lived. I'm buying a Celtic ring with dolphins - it's so cute!

Day 5

Me and my folks don't have anything to visit anymore, so we ask the hotel staff for more sights. They tell us we can visit one of the two (only) bison park in the WHOLE WORLD ( :O ) and an Arboretum in a little town called Simeria (At first, I think the staff said Siberia LOL). So we're gonna visit both of them. We first go to the bison park because it's the first place on our way. We are surprised to see that there are no souvenirs or info books or something.. But the bison matter (and, later on, the photos I have (:..) They are really nice. They aren't aggressive (but, really, who can be aggressive on that scorching hot day!?), they seem... bored. Their boredom is funny - they wander and wander and want to walk through trees but they can't, obviously =)). It's a pity there are only 5 bison (including a baby bison). So, we've just seen the bison, now we're heading towards the Arboretum. Arriving there, we find out its size is of.. 70 hectares - totally huge! When we start wandering through the Arboretum (and hoping we're not gonna get lost), mosquitoes suddenly come after us, biting and annoying us. After an hour we decide to go (I dunno how many hectares we've seen so far) so we start going back.. But, yeah, we got lost. We start walking out of the paved road, and climbing on mud (yikes!), through trees. We hope that if we go straight uphill we'll arrive at the main entrance. And, happily, we arrived :). We go back to our hotel

Day 6

So this is the day when we stay in the hotel and pack and so on. I have some free time to surf the internet (well, well, "surprise" - the connection is really low) and read. Sea is great. Sienna and Deni are an adorable couple :). I go to the swimming pool for the last "bath" ( :(( ) and then I go search for a cute, fluffy kitten I saw wandering in the yard. She's absolutely lovely! I take some photos of her and then I'm having dinner with my parents. Finally, I take a walk with them (my folks) in the village. It's really nice. First, fresh air - I need it for my allergy (I have an allergy at dust, humidity, etc and I have to use nasal solutions every day and it's absolutely pissing. me. off!). Second, welcoming people - they all salute us when they see us, even if they don't have a clue about who we are. Third, everything's peaceful here, like there are no problems on Earth. Hope we'll come here again soon =).

Day 7

We leave this village at about 10am, ready for a looooong day on the road. It took us about 5-6 hours to arrive. I start reading, then listening to music, then taking a nap - this sort of stuff. The destination is another village, closer to Bucharest this time. Surprisingly, when we arrive, there are no tourists. Well, more silence. Excepting the fact there's a sand factory across the road. I start walking towards it and.. surprise, surprise, it's working without stopping (argh!). I feel so sleepy. I'm even too lazy to have a shower (but of course I have). And, surprisingly, I fall asleep at about 11pm. I rarely sleep at 11pm. My hours of falling asleep? 12am, 1am, 2am :D

Day 8

Because we have nothing else to do, me and my folks start visiting other villages close to ours. We also go close to another national park - Bucegi National Park. There are lots of people camping and having BBQs. We have lunch at a restaurant there. I'm having fried fish with French fries - yum, yum, yum. We have 2 extra companions at our table - 2 little, cute and fluffy kittens! Lucky them I ordered fish :)). We come back at our hotel. We watch TV, surf the internet, read. And, of course, pack again. Tomorrow we're leaving, sadly.

Day 9

I have some milk and cereals before leaving with my folks. This time we're going home. The road isn't crowded (at least, not on our direction - on the other, kilometers of cars are heading towards the mountains for another skiing weekend). We arrive after 3 hours. Imagine coming from 20 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius - jeez. We are welcomed home by my Grandma and my cousin, Alex. He came here before coming to his swimming lesson (the most popular swimming pool in Bucharest is at 1 km far from us). It's good to be home, although I want more days at the countryside...

So this is kind of my diary of this journey. I hope you enjoyed reading and.. you have a cool holiday too!

See ya,


Friday, July 9, 2010

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by the awesome Kristie at The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. I won't always write the IMM as I don't have time to order books weekly.
But when I do, I'll post them here !

This was a very good week for me. I received Vampire Academy 1-4 on Tuesday and now I'm receiving 6 more amazing books :). I'm so happy.

Night World Bind-ups 1-3 by L.J. Smith. Published by Hodder Children's Books

1. Night World Bind-up 1: Secret Vampire, Daughters Of Darkness, Enchantress
2. Night World Bind-up 2: Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate
3. Night World Bind-up 3: Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight

Need series by Carrie Jones. Published by Bloomsbury

4. Need by Carrie Jones
5. Captivate by Carrie Jones

6. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, 5) by Richelle Mead. Published by Penguin Books

So, what did you find in your mailbox this week?


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My reviews: The Fury & The Reunion (Vampire Diaries 3-4) by L.J. Smith

Full name: The Fury and The Reunion (Vampire Diaries, #3-#4 - Vampire Diaries Bind-up 2)
Author: L.J. Smith
Pages: 410 pg.
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Release date: September 3, 2009 (The Fury first published in 1991 and The Reunion first published in 2007)


The Fury: Faced with an ancient evil, Stefan and Damon must stop their feuding and join forces with Elena to confront it. But in so doing, they are unwittingly sealing her fate...

The Reunion: Elena summons the vampire trio once more to unite and challenge their fate. Together they will be called to face the most terrifying evil Fell's Church has ever known.

My review:

I started reading the second bind-up of Vampire Diaries as soon as I finished the first one. I couldn't stop reading. Especially when The Struggle ends with Elena's death - theoretically. Because she actually transforms into a vampire. She was almost drown, and she kinda died, but she had enough of Stefan's blood in her veins to help her stay... un-dead. And.. whoa! She thinks Damon is her boyfriend. I still dunno why. Well, yeah, she finally remembered after about 4 chapters, but still... Anyway, it was a great story. The Fury means Elena's life as a vampire, trying to kill Katherine but, in the end, doing the most unselfish thing anyone could do, as Bonnie describes it at the end of book 3... she risks her life and slowly dies, transforming into ashes, but not before making Stefan and Damon promise they'll take care of each other.. Awww, how cute isn't it? And, finally, The Reunion is the part where Stefan, Damon, Bonnie, Meredith and Matt ally together to confront Klaus, an Old One (like original vamp, who never dies) and bring Elena back - yay! The Reunion is maybe the most thrilling book in the Vampire Diaries series (not talking about The Vampire Diaries: The Return series). When I finished this bind-up (after another week), I couldn't wait for The Return series - And now, as an introductory part, The Return series is awesome!
And, now really, what are you waiting for? Go. Read. It. At. Once! :)

So, I give this book 5/5 stars too, because it kept me breathless for 2 good weeks. Again, congratulations to L.J. Smith for her vampire story - the original one!


My reviews: The Awakening & The Struggle (Vampire Diaries 1-2) by L.J. Smith

Full name: The Awakening and The Struggle (Vampire Diaries, #1-#2 - Vampire Diaries Bind-up 1)
Author: L.J. Smith
Pages: 389 pg.
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Release date: August 6, 2009 (first published in 1991)


The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret - a secret that will change Elena's life for ever...

The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray - and he'd rather kill Stefan than let him possess her...

My review:

I must say it. I bought this book in February 2010 because the owner of my favorite bookstore recommend it to me, understanding that I became a real fan-pire. Well, I wanted to read it too, but I first thought: "What vampire story could possibly be in a book published in 1991?!"
But when I started to read it, I was like "Whoa! This is the first modern vamp story..". And it really was. I could see it from a mile away. This is the original story between a vampire and a teen girl. I mean, it kinda started just like Twilight. Girl moves in her hometown, meets a mysterious boy in her class, etc. But then the plot goes entirely different. A lot of action. You just start to breath again when you finish The Awakening, and then you stop breathing when you start The Struggle.
Practically, The Awakening means Elena's discovery (that Stefan Salvatore, the gorgeous, new, hottie guy is a vampire!!!). The Struggle means Elena's "fight" against Damon, and finally dying - OhMyGosh...
Lucky me I had the idea to buy The Fury & The Struggle, too. Because I couldn't stop reading! I read this bind-up in about 5 days - that's because I had prep at Maths (the Olympiad was coming) and other school stuff when you start the second semester.

I give this book a definitely 5/5 stars! You should better go and get it, because it's a book love-able by every YA fan. Congratulations to L.J. Smith for an awesome vampire series.


Contests on other sites: BEA in a bag!

I found a really nice contest on Chick Lit Teens called BEA in a bag. You should join, because there is an awesome prize pack from BEA.
The contest is open internationally and the deadline is July 17.
So what are you waiting for? Fill in this form for a chance to win.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My reviews: Reviews coming soon...

First, I wanna say that I'll also review books I read before starting this blog, but I'll write 'em to for you, readers, to have a perfect view of other reads =).

Future reviews:
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

-Ana. (by the way, below is my new signature. Handmade :). Like it?

Monday, July 5, 2010

In My Maibox (1)

In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by the awesome Kristie at The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. I won't always write the IMM as I don't have time to order books weekly.
But when I do, I'll post them here !

Vampire Academy novels 1-4 by Richelle Mead. Published by Penguin Books

1. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
2. Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)
3. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
4. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5) will come soon

PS: I may include the first VA book in the first giveaway ;)