Sunday, December 26, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff (signed, won from Free Book Friday)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (for review, from LibraryThing)
Willow by Julia Hoban (bought from used bookstore)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (bought from Target)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (bought from Target)
As you can see, my week was pretty light, but the books I did get were really good, so I'm okay with that. Hope everyone has a great week too!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The Awakening (Darkest Powers, Book 2) by Kelley Armstrong (bought from Target)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (borrowed from best friend)
So, that's it for this week. Hope everyone had a good one!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Firespell by Chloe Neill (bought from Amazon UK)
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (bought from Target)
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (bought from used bookstore)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (bought from Barnes and Noble)
I also bought a volume of all the Lord of the Rings for one dollar, but since I won't be reviewing that, I didn't post it on this.
That's all! Hope everyone had as good a week as me!!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel (From LibraryThing)
Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. Machale(From Lauren at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf)
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (Bought from Borders)
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (Bought from Borders)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Bought from used bookstore)
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti (Bought from used bookstore)
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (Bought from used bookstore)
Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
That's all, but a pretty good week, right?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid. In my opinion he is full of yummyness and awesome sauce and everything else. I don't know what it is about him, but I find him to be adorable. Maybe its because I tend to go for the nerdy guys, and if you've seen the show, you know it doesn't get much nerdier than Reid, but there is something there. Also, I like how he looks like a little boy. Okay, I'm done with the gushing for a little while. I just wanted to share my love for him and I swear, I'm getting back to the books soon. Bye for now!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg- Summary from Amazon-Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . .
Review- Truthfully, I loved this book, mostly because my obsession with The Beatles is unheard of, so I loved all the Beatles references and little things about them. Also, I liked Penny, and thought she was funny, and I liked that her character arced over the book, and I loved Penny's parents. though I got annoyed with some of the club members, overall I thought it was good, and I love the cover. A-
Wake by Lisa McMann- Summary from Amazon-For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.
Review- I loved this book. I thought Janie was interesting, and I thought her ability was so perfectly described. I sympathized with Janie, and I liked that this wasn't just another "girl has an ability, hates it at first, then grows to love it" book. I thought it was different, and I appreciated that. Also, I loved Cabel. Like, I now want to marry Cabel, because he was just so kind and thoughtful towards Janie. Janie's sadness over her mother's alcoholism was well written, and Janie was realistic. Though some of the language seemed to be unnecessary, I thought this book was really excellent. A
High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips- Summary from Amazon-Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father's friends at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. It was a kingdom over which her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, presided, often in absentia, as a spellbinding, visionary phantom.When Mackenzie was a teenager, Hollywood and the world took notice of the charming, talented, precocious child actor after her star-making turn in American Graffiti. As a young woman she joinedthe nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome her father created for himself and his fellow revelers, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father's trip was going, it was too late. And as an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile a wonderful, terrible past in which she succumbed to the power of addiction and the pull of her magnetic father.
Review- This book was heart-wrenching and so sad. I liked the book, but it depressed me. Reading about Mackenzie Phillips' drug problems was so incredibly sad and though there were some okay parts, most of the book was quite sad. Also, some of the things she did were so out there that it was hard for me to understand who she really was. Although I understand that children of mega rock stars tend to have dysfunctional lives, she took it to a whole new level. I thought the book was good, and it interested me, but it was just so very sad. B
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle- Summary from Amazon-Fifteen-year-old Carly has a problem—two, actually: her younger sister Anna’s new “real live Hooters-esque boobs.” While Carly was away getting self-actualized at a back-to-nature camp, Anna was busy turning into a hottie, a state that makes “granola-girl” Carly uncomfortably jealous. Now back in her privileged Atlanta suburb, Carly is struggling with feelings of insecurity as she tries to reconcile her newly acquired bohemian belief system with the incredible wealth in which she has been raised. In addition, her crush hardly notices her, she feels trapped between her rival best friends, and her parents seem to be growing more distant with each other by the day
Review- I thought this book was just okay. The story was interesting, and I loved the little details, but quite a few parts of the story were cheesy, and some of the dialogue was not believable. The book was funny most of the time, but sometimes things seemed to be stilted. Also, there was very little action until the party, which made the book seem rushed at the end. All in all, a relatively interesting book, but not great. B-
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume- Summary from Amazon-Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.
Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?
Review- Though this book was interesting, I thought it was very depressing. Also, I thought Wolf would be in the book more, and it made me sad. Also, the ending with Wolf? I so did not like it, because it didn't seem like anything was resolved with him. I did like Davey, because her emotions seemed true, and she was easy to sympathize with. I didn't really get drawn into the story as much as i would have liked. Though I enjoyed this book, I didn't like its sadness and ending. B
I swear I will try to post more. Only 23 books left to review!!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult- Summary from Amazon-Trixie Stone is an imaginative, perceptive 14 year old whose life begins to unravel when Jason Underhill breaks up with her, leaving a void that can only be filled by the blood spilled during shameful self-mutilations in the girls' bathroom. While Trixie's dad Daniel notices his daughter's recent change in demeanor, he turns a blind eye, just as he does to the obvious affair his wife Laura, a college professor, is barely trying to conceal. When Trixie gets raped at a friend's party, Daniel and Laura are forced to deal not only with the consequences of their daughter's physical and emotional trauma, but with their own transgressions as well. For Daniel, that means reflecting on a childhood spent as the only white kid in a native Alaskan village, where isolation and loneliness turned him into a recluse, only to be born again after falling in love with his wife. Laura, who blames her family's unraveling on her selfish affair, must decide how to reconcile her personal desires with her loved ones' needs.
Review- This book, though sad, lonely, and painful, was interesting and provided a glimpse into the mind of a rape victim. Jodi Picoult is an amazing storyteller, and she knows how to weave a plot so intricately that one has no hope of untangling until the book is done. The end was a bit of shock, but I liked the drawings in the book and Laura's teachings of Dante's Inferno. The book was thoughtful and emotional, and it captured me until the end. Though it was sad and heart-wrenching, The Tenth Circle left me with a feeling of hope, and I enjoyed the book. A
Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins- Summary from Amazon-Three weeks before her wedding, Grace’s fiancé calls it off to date her younger, prettier sister. Grace is a history teacher, and the only males she meets are her teenage students, elderly men at the dance class her friend teaches at the nursing home, and guys at her Civil War reenactment-society battles, where it’s hard to flirt when they have to play dead. Sick of being pitied, she tells everyone that she’s happily involved with a pediatric surgeon.
Review- I kind of loved this book. It was adorable, and interesting, and the main man, Callahan O'Shea, was gorgeous and sexy, and Grace was funny and interesting. Grace was smart and could hold her own, and her family was really entertaining, especially with her parents constant bickering and her older sister Margaret's wisecracks. The only character I really didn't like was Grace's younger sister Natalie, because she was spoiled and privileged. I enjoyed this book, and it was one of the first I read on my Nook, so I was pretty happy with it overall. A-
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth- Summary from Amazon- When a small mistake costs sixteen-year-old Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition, she leaves many things unreconciled, including her troubled relationship with her mother. From her vantage point in the afterlife, Eagan reflects back on her memories, and what she could have done differently, through her still-beating heart. When fourteen-year-old Amelia learns she will be getting a heart transplant, her fear and guilt battle with her joy at this new chance at life. And afterwards when she starts to feel different—dreaming about figure skating, craving grape candy—her need to learn about her donor leads her to discover and explore Eagan’s life, meeting her grieving loved ones and trying to bring the closure they all need to move on.
Review- This book was good, and I liked Amelia a lot, but throughout the book, Eagan annoyed me. She was stuck-up, ungrateful, and just rude. I also did not like her mom. Now I know books, especially YA books, tend to have negative parental figures. And I also understand that this book needed the mom to be a super annoyance. But sometimes it got to the point where I just did not want to read it and I had to put the book down. I did, however, love Amelia. I liked that she was shy, and that she was interesting and cool, but still nice. I also really liked Ari, because he was sweet and cute. Though I had issues with one of the main characters, I still enjoyed this book. B
Ironside by Holly Black- Summary from Amazon- In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing -- her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie. Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth -- that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks- Summary From Amazon- In 1932, two North Carolina teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. Spending one idyllic summer together in the small town of New Bern, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson do not meet again for 14 years. Noah has returned from WWII to restore the house of his dreams, having inherited a large sum of money. Allie, programmed by family and the "caste system of the South" to marry an ambitious, prosperous man, has become engaged to powerful attorney Lon Hammond. When she reads a newspaper story about Noah's restoration project, she shows up on his porch step, re-entering his life for two days. Will Allie leave Lon for Noah?
Review- I personally loved this book. The movie is in my top 5, so I had very very high hopes for this book, and it did not disappoint. I tend to enjoy books set in past eras, and I liked that this one flipped from the 1930's and 1940's to present day, and I loved the vivid descriptions. I also loved that it was set in the South, and how pure Noah and Allie's love was. I also really liked Lon, even though I didn't particularly want to. It was hard to choose one favorite character, because I loved them all so much, but I really liked Noah's dad and all of his scenes. This book captured me, and I loved it. A
The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne- Summary From Amazon- Unlike other beauty queens, the Jackson, Miss., Sweet Potato Queens are self-crowned, rule for life (there's no "former" tag for these gals) and are real women?figure flaws and all. Originally organized in 1982, the Queens are, by their own account, "fallen Southern belles" and "female drag queens"?and as such, they are all about attitude and humor. This buoyantly funny guide to life and love is a hoot from the get-go as ringleader Browne offers queenly observations on life's most pressing issues.
Review- This book captured me too, but in a different way. It was so funny, and interesting, and cute. I loved the southern phrases and the great little nuggets of wisdom. The stuff about men was so witty, and I liked the fact that the Sweet Potato Queens are a real organization. I thought the book was a cute, funny guide to life, and it made me want to visit the South even more. It also made me want to know my neighbors and eat fried chicken. It drew me in, and made me jealous of the Sweet Potato Queens, and I was interested. This book was quirky and different, but I'm glad I bought it. A-
Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Summary From Amazon- Over the course of one summer, Frankie Landau-Banks, a somewhat geeky girl with an unassuming nature, has developed into a 15-year-old with an attention-grabbing figure, a new attitude, and sights set on making changes at her elite boarding school. The teenager also has a new boyfriend, a gorgeous senior who belongs to a long-standing secret society on campus—The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, known mostly for silly pranks and a history of male-only membership. With a witty, sharp, and intelligently scheming mind, Frankie manipulates the Loyal Order to do her bidding with pranks meant to make a political statement about the male-dominated and classist nature of the school.
Review- Truthfully, I didn't like this book as much as I expected to. I thought it was going to be a cute, easy, romantic comedy, but it was instead a feminist manifesto. Don't get me wrong, I love strong female characters in books, but Frankie got annoying at times, and she just didn't seem very relatable to me. Usually, I love E. Lockhart's books, but this one I just didn't find funny. I did like the use of underused words, and I liked how smart Frankie was, but I didn't really feel a connection to any of the characters in the book. C
What Happens here by Tara Altebrando Summary From Amazon- Living in Vegas, high school juniors Chloe and Lindsay are surrounded by imitations of the world's greatest places. They've always been like sisters and they plan to travel the world when they're older. Then, while Chloe and her family are on a European vacation, Lindsay is raped and murdered. Suddenly, in addition to mourning the loss of her best friend, Chloe must deal with the guilt of being the survivor. Complicating matters is her interest in Lindsay's brother, which she knows that Lindsay did not want her to pursue. Chloe finds she is unsure of who she is in a world without her friend.
Review- I found this book really interesting. I loved the descriptions of Las Vegas, and I love love loved Lindsay's brother. However, I had some major problems with this book. First, I really didn't like how unfriendly Lindsay seemed towards Chloe. They were supposed to be best friends, but the way Chloe relates it, Lindsay wasn't much of a friend at all. Also, by the second half of the book, Chloe had gotten mean. I understand that everyone grieves in their own way, and she made up for it in the end, but I don't think Danny deserved to be treated the way he was. I did enjoy this book, and I loved the Europe part, as well as the ending, so even though some parts bugged me, I thought it was good. B+
Tithe by Holly Black Summary from Amazon- Sixteen-year-old Kaye Fierch is not human, but she doesn't know it. Sure, she knows she's interacted with faeries since she was little--but she never imagined she was one of them, her blond Asian human appearance only a magically crafted cover-up for her true, green-skinned pixie self.
Review- I loved this book. I thought it was well written, edgy, unique, quirky, and so many other adjectives. I thought the descriptions were really great, and I thought that the characters were so great, especially Roiben and Lootie. Though parts were a little too much for me, I thought it was clear, and interesting, and it gave me a new vision of the faery idea. I will definitely be getting Ironside, the sequel to this book!! A+
Heartless by Sara Shepard Summary from Amazon- In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers—and it's all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can't keep their mouths shut. First they claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire. Hanna's trading in her Dior trench for a straitjacket. Aria's trying to contact the dead. Emily's dumped her boyfriend and is skipping town. And Spencer thinks someone in her family has gotten away with murder. The friends insist they're telling the truth about what they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they're simply out for attention—and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them or will they be the next to disappear?
Review- I have been reading these books since they came out, and I have loved each one. The same holds true for this one. Sara Shepard is just so good at crafting a suspenseful and mysterious novel, and the foreshadowing is always cool. This book is full of pop-culture references, fashion, and murder. Though some of the people that have died in these books have been my favorite characters, I understand why they have to die (mafia moment!). I don't want to spoil anything, so I'm going to stop here, but I definitely suggest going out and getting the books for yourself! A+
Thats all for now, but next time I will be reviewing Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook, and a surprise book! Also, there may be a giveaway in the near future, so get excited!!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout- I had very, very, very high hopes for this book, because of excellent recommendations by people i respect and admire. I mean, its a Pulitzer Prize winner, for goodness sakes, but I just could not get into it. Don't get me wrong, i was interested in Olive and Henry's story, but the fact that it was told in short stories made it hard for me to emotionally connect to what was happening. Towards the end, I felt a little more connected, but it still wasn't great. There are some books I can just fall into, the kind of books where i can read 100 pages without realizing it, but this wasn't one of them. I don't expect every book i read to be like that, but after hearing such fabulous reviews, I expected to at least become a little bit involved. I could admire the writing and the ideas, but it just wasn't for me. C+
On to the next one...
Blacklisted by Gena Showalter- I actually really loved this book. I didn't expect to enjoy it, because its about a girl fighting aliens, but it was really creative with how Ms. Showalter designed the A.I.R agency, and the agents she created were very cool, even though they were trying to kill the main characters. Erik was awesome and gorgeous, and I liked that the author gave him some depth, as opposed to being just a pretty face. My one dislike about the book was how the main character Camille hero-worshipped Erik throughout the book. Sure, he's cool, but that doesn't mean you have to act like he's a hero before he proves it to you. He was a hero, but until a little ways through the book, she had no proof of that. Also, their constant kissing was a little too much. Its like, we know you want to make out all the time, but you're kind of about to die, so control the hormones for a second. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, and will now be getting her other books. A-
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd- This book was sososososososo good. I loved it. I have a serious love of the Beatles, and i was so excited to read this. it definitely did not disappoint. though i didnt care for the beginning, i loved all of her stories about modeling, and of course her relationships with george harrison and eric clapton. this book drew me in, and when i finished it, i felt that i belonged in the sixties. it sounds like such a party and so fun. she gave her own spin to things, and i really loved this book. A+
The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith- I have recently gotten into these books, and im so happy i have. the love story between stefan and elena is believable, though he's a vampire. they have the same problems other couples have, until the whole supernatural thing gets going. i loveee bonnie and meredith, and am so sad they took meredith out of the show. dont get me wrong, i find the show super addictive, but some of the characters they have changed dramatically or cut out altogether which is annoying. Though this book can get a little overdramatic at times, there are some great one-liners, and this book made me so happy. A
Thats all for now, but i swear i will try to post more. i swear!!!