Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Hunger Games First Thought(s)

I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy, and all I have to say is, thank you Suzanne Collins for existing and writing these incredibly awesome books.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Contest

There's a contest going on at Tales of a Ravenous Reader for Beautiful Darkness and some swag!!!!!!!! Everyone go enter!!!!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hey

Hi ya'll just thought I should let you know that school is keeping me very busy so I probably won't be posting very much. sooooo sorry:((((((

Sunday, August 22, 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

Sorry this is coming so late, but I was at Lake Isabella last week, so I couldn't post In My Mailbox. This is from the last two weeks. In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren. All links go to Goodreads.



Won
Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff (signed, won from Free Book Friday)

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (for review, from LibraryThing)

Bought
Willow by Julia Hoban (bought from used bookstore)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Huzzah!

I just got Nightshade by Andrea Cremer!!!! I am soo excited and happy. Thank you LibraryThing, I am forever indebted to you!!!!

I'm gonna go read it!!!!! Yay!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

In My Mailbox Note

Okay, so I only got one book for In My Mailbox this week, so I'm going to save it for next week. I hope everyone had a better book week than I did, and maybe I'll have a better week this time.

Friday, August 6, 2010

I'm So Excited!!

I just found out I won a copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer!! I have wanted to read this book for months, so I'm ecstatic about getting it. Just thought I'd share that, and I hope everyone has a great day!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi at The Story Siren. I am so excited about both of these books. I've read them both already and am dying for the next one. The series is so good, and Rose is super awesome. Also, I do not have one main character that I hate or really dislike, which is extremely rare for me in a series. I just love these books so much and want to tell everyone I know about them. All links go to Goodreads.

Bought


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

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. This week I only got two books, but they are both books i really want to read, so I'm pretty excited. All links go to Goodreads.

Bought/Borrowed


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

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I had an okay week this time. I got some books I am incredibly excited to read. All links go to Goodreads.

BOUGHT


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

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a meme started by Kristi at The Story Siren. This is my first week doing it, but I plan to make it a permanent thing. All links go to Goodreads.

Received


Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel (From LibraryThing)

Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. Machale(From Lauren at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf)

Bought


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)

From Library


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

Crush

Okay, so recently I have been really into criminal minds. I am pretty much obsessed with it, and one of the main reasons I love it so much is...



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!

Kelsy

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Woohoo!!! Summer!!

I am officially a sophomore!!!!!! I finished my last finals today, and I am looking forward to a summer full of reading and reviewing on this blog. I'm soooo excited!!!

Kelsy

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gone

Hey people sorry I've been gone so long. I had STAR testing, rat dissection, and now I'm in the throes of finals, but I get out of school on thursday(!) so I swear I will be posting more(famous last words). Sorry, sorry, sorry, and, finally, sorry!!!!!

Kelsy

Sunday, April 25, 2010

So. Many. Books.

Okay, so I've sort of fallen behind on reviewing. As of now, I have 28 books to review, so I'm going to try to review as many of them as possible on this post. There will be 5 books on this post.

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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-


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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


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

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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-


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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

Spotlight

This is a post I've decided to do when a book grabs me and doesn't let go. All of these books get an A+. The object of this spotlight post is... Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Summary from Amazon-Tough guy Alex is primarily known by his classmates as a dangerous member of the Latino Bloods gang. He’s not exactly thrilled when Brittany Ellis, the school’s seemingly perfect beauty queen, is assigned as his lab partner—and the feeling is more than mutual. But Alex’s bravado works against him when he impulsively accepts a bet that he can get Brittany in the sack.

I know that everyone has pretty much loved this book. So, when I read it, I wasn't expecting a lot because I tend to not like books that everyone else loves. However, I was wrong. There was just some thing about this book that caught me and made me incredibly happy and joyous. I don't know if it was the way anyone could relate to it, or if it was how Simone Elkeles wrote Alex's character, but I loved this book and thought it was fantastic and amazing. The only thing I did not like about this book was the epilogue, only because it seemed to be a little too perfect, but other than that, I thought it was an interesting, heartfelt, and awesome book, and I am so excited for the next one featuring Carlos, Alex's brother, called Rules of Attraction

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry

I'm sooooooo sorry I've been gone so long. I'm on spring break, and in the weeks before this one, all of my teachers decided to overload on projects, tests, and other evil things, so I have been so very very busy. But, since I am now on spring break, I will (hopefully) be posting all this week, including the very special spotlight post that I was talking about!!!!! I swear I will be posting.



Kelsyyyyyy (sorry again)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Yay! Books!

Oh lordy have i had a busy week. I have read quite a few books, but there is one in particular that i loved. However, I think I'm going to save that one for a special spotlight post, but here are 4 books that i read that I'm reviewing.

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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


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Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins- Summary from Amazon-Three weeks before her wedding, Grace’s fiancĂ© 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-

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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


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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.

Review- I personally did not enjoy this book as much as Tithe. I did, however, like the addition of Luis and Dave, and I enjoyed the last half of the book far more than the first half. Throughout the book, it seemed like Kaye's only goal was to pity herself. I didn't like that side of her, and that was nearly all there was. I also wished Roiben had been in the book more, though I understand why he wasn't. The entire book was full of crossed signals and misunderstandings, and that annoyed me quite a bit. However, I did enjoy the ending, and i liked Corny and Luis's relationship and Corny's quirkiness throughout the book. Corny became one of my favorite characters, as did Lutie-loo, so this book was not all bad. I really wanted to like it more than I did. C+

Next time, I will be reviewing a couple more books and hopefully I will have my surprise spotlight post up later in the week. Thats all for now!

Kelsy






Saturday, March 6, 2010

Happy March!

March is probably one of my least favorite months, just because its soo long and hard to get through, but I am trying desperately to get through it. I can already tell its going to be okay though, because I saw alice in wonderland, and I loved it so much, so how can the month not be good? Okay, now on to the reviews...

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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


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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

Sorry Its Been So Long...

but I've been busy. I have a ton of books to review, so i'll get started.

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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


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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+


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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+


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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

Reviews

two reviews today...

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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...


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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

The Great Home of the Soul is the Open Road

Only one review today...

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Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven- I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was descriptive and interesting, and throughout the whole book, i felt involved in Velva Jean's story. My favorite character by far was Johnny Clay. He was an excellently written character, and he was easy to relate to. I thought that Ms. Niven excelled at drawing the reader into the story, and she really showed Velva Jean's development as a character. She showed Velva Jean's growth and maturity, and helped me sympathize with her feelings of loss, abandonment, and entrapment in Alluvial and Devil's Kitchen. The high point for me was her marriage to Harley, but the beginning bored me at first. All in all, a very creative, interesting, and unique book.




Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wonderful Tonight

ha. there went that promise.

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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+


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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


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