Thursday, October 29, 2009
Everyone loves Taylor Swift... It's a really good song I like it.
Wanna feel safe? Safety Suit is your answer (:
More Safety Suit, I love these guys.
Look out later this week for another edition... Or not, it really depends.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Author: Robin Brande
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
"You are what you eat. . . .
Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits.
As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . . This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves."
Fat Cat was a funny, interesting, and kind of heart wrenching. I’ll give those details in a second.
Catherine, or Cat, was your average teenage girl who was a little over weight. Yes, she was overweight, but that didn’t stop her from being her. She has her flaws, and she tries desperately to fix them. We all have flaws and want to try and fix them, aren’t I right? This leads me to her being relatable. As well as that, she was also funny and strong willed. (Seriously strong willed. Living without technology and such, sheesh!) Amanda is her best friend. She witty, poetic, humorous, and the best friend any girl can ask for. I liked her character. She didn’t care what everyone thought of Cat. She was just her best friend and that’s it. Everyone should have a friend like that. Matt was loveable, stubborn, and at times, secretly in love and always hides it. There was a love hate relationship right there. And that is the heart wrenching part of this novel.
The writing was fast paced and moved along quickly. I mean the chapters at some points are only a page and a half. That probably has nothing to do with the book, it’s just my writing – let’s say thoughts – were on edge about it. The plot was there and lead up to each other smoothly. The theme of the book isn’t something I would normally read though. About science, eating healthy, etc. But it was more than that, and I saw it. It’s about not changing for someone, but changing for yourself. The was the deeper message, other than the sciencey type things I mentioned above.
Overall this was a book that’ll have you laughing and thinking seriously about what you put in your mouth, and don’t forget first loves (:
Here are the rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award":
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
This is seriously tough, and I'm not kidding. Okay, okay, I'll find just fifteen. Which isn't fair, there are so many great blogs out there! But I'll try and mix it up with some new bloggers out there. There are more than you think, and some are really cute.
Steph @ Hey! Teenager Of The Year
Kapri @ Book Fanatics
Natalie @ Mindful Musings
Mandy @ Edge Of Seventeen
Alex & Lauren @ A Flight of Minds
Katie @ Katie's Book Blog
Binca @ A Place for Wicked Good Books!
Lindsay @ Just Another Book Addict(:
Jessica @ Books Love Jessica Marie
Zoe @ Zoe's Book Reviews
Some Girl (Sorry!) @ Sunshine Edition
Danielle @ The Book Blogger
Callie @ Handle Like Hendrix
Kelsey @ The Book Scout
Erica @ The Book Cellar
As for the others, they're just blogs I like. I had nothing to really to base who I pick. But there are so many more out there that I like(:
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Author: Michelle D. Kwansey
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 304 Rating: 5/5
"Doomed loves, failed families, nixed dreams—someone else's leftovers are heaped on our plates the day we come into this world.
Big Macs and pop tunes mask the emptiness as Madeline watches her mom drink away their welfare checks. Until the day Tad, a quirky McDonald's counter boy, asks Madeline out for a date, and she gets her first taste of normal. But with a life that's anything but, how long can normal really last?
Hanging with Jeremy, avoiding Mam, sticking Do Not Disturb Post-its on her heart, Desiree's mission is simple: party hard, graduate (well, maybe), get out of town. But after Desiree accepts half a meatball grinder, a cold drink, and a ride from her mother's boyfriend one rainy afternoon, nothing is ever simple again.
Too many AP classes. Workaholic mom. Dad in prison. Still, Ariel's sultry new boyfriend, Shane, manages to make even the worst days delicious. But when an unexpected phone call forces a trip to visit a sick grandmother she's never met, revealing her family's dark past, Ariel struggles to find the courage to make the right choice for her own future.
Three girls from three different decades find out it's what they do with their leftovers that matters—because, after all, life is your own blue plate special."
Blue Plate Special is a inspiring book and three teenage girls told in different decades of time. Put together beautiful, this book will have you flipping the pages to see what happens with each girl as it slowly forms into a heartfelt novel.
There are three main characters in this book. Madeline is overweight and has been teased by it since she was a kid. She struggles to care for her mother who always drinks. She was my favorite character throughout the whole story. My other favorite comes with the next mentionable. Desiree story is told through prose. Which I find perfect for her cause. Desiree has to live with her mother who couldn’t care less about her daughter, always giving remarks about what’s she wearing and that’s all. Yet, something happens and she’s never the same. Lastly, there’s Ariel. Ariel’s taking AP classes and takes everything almost seriously. That is until she meets Shane. The boy that is showing her a different side. Completely different, yet the same with their flaws, all of these characters have some meaning in each of the stories. And I loved that fact.
The writing is hands down the best out there. There is just the right amount of description, and you can see the characters through their ups and downs. She gave her character’s such life, I believed they were actually telling you something. The plot went down smoothly, and from the amount of concentration it would have taken to write different views and keep up with the novel all together is really telling you something. Besides being confused in the beginning, it quickly subsided as I started to figure out how they all fit together. Keep in there, and it’ll be an amazing book!
Overall, I found this book seriously inspring story about mother and daughters and the reasons behind how someone acts and why. The author clearly created an amazing novel. I'm glad I read it.
What are you thoughts? A review is coming up as well.
Wanna buy these bad boys?
- Lost Summer: Alex McAuley
- Girls That Growl: Marci Mancusi
- Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater
- Swoon: Nina Malkin
- Positvely: Courtney Sheinmel
- Fat Cat: Robin Brande
- Blue Plate Special: Michelle D. Kwasney
- The Hollow: Jessica Verday
- Demon Princess: Reign or Shine: Michelle Rowen
- Intertwined: Gina Showalter
- Candor: Pam Bochorz
- Once Was Lost: Sara Zarr
- Posessions: Nancy Holder
- The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrow: Lauren Kate (arc)
- Explorer X-Alpha : L.M Preston (arc)
Can you believe I found all those new releases at the library? Yeah, tell me about it! I'm loving my libraries more and more every visit. I got three books for review, as you read above, those are nifty. So what did you get this week?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."
Shiver is heart-achingly beautiful. It will have you flipping the pages in a constant midst of trying to grab for more of Sam and Grace. It will have you wanting more.Grace, the main character, was mature and independent girl who was attacked by wolves. Only she remembers the wolf that saved her. The wolf’s golden eyes. Ever since then, she’s been sort of obsessed. She has watched her woods during the winter just watching. Watching the golden eyes that seemed so comforting, so safe. Her parents, unlike herself, I thought of were to be interested in their own lives rather than their daughter’s. That’s what irked me the most, but in comparison to the whole book…. It’s defiantly minor.
Sam is flawed and broken in ways that are made to fit perfectly. He too has been watching Grace. Making sure that she was okay. Inside he urged to actually meet her. And one day he does, and they automatically fall for each other. The relationship they had was chaste, which was used quiet a lot throughout the book, but sensual in ways Young Adult book’s can do. But it wasn't as, well, slutty. A perfect romance I’ve ever read.
Steifvater worded her novel in a way that makes you feel you’re in Grace’s and Sam’s world. What they’re feeling, what they’re thinking. All of it. It’s told in alternating point of views, from Grace’s to Sam’s. And from that you learned what it was like to be inside both of their minds. The plot flowed quickly, but fell together smoothly.
Overall this is a sweet, exciting, loveable, and amazing book that will leave you breathless. (Spoiler!)The ending was perfect because they found a cure, and Sam was human. A perfect ending that had tears in my eyes. (Spoiler over.) I can’t wait for the sequel, Linger, coming out next year.
I was just dancing to this, it's very dance worthy. You'll find me listening to this type of music more than often. Okay, not that often, but still :D
I'm starting to like this guy... (:
I know you've heard of these guys. They are AMAZING.
.....Maybe I'm just weird :P
Well, I'mma scatter... Catcha later!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Author: Natalie Strandiford
Publisher: Scholastic Press
High school senior Beatric Szabo has never really been normal. Her family has moved around so often that she’s never had actual friends, and her own mother often calls her a “Robot Girl.” Then, in Baltimore, she strikes up an odd friendship with Jonah Tate, a quiet, friendless guy in her class who has the unfortunate nickname of “Ghost Boy.” Bea and Jonah strike up an intense friendship, to everyone’s shock. Bea learns about learns about Jonah’s past, and certain events that made him who he is today, but even she cannot comprehend him sometimes, or predict what he had been planning to do for a long time…
How To Say Goodbye In Robot is a heartbreaking, cute, honest, and quirky all rolled into one. It very well may be my favorite book.
We're met with Bea. The girl who's family moves constantly, never settling somewhere. The girl who has parent issues. The girl who thinks herself as a robot, unable to feel any emotion. She often dreams of death, the way it'll feel being separated from the rest of the world. The calm of it all. That is until she meets Jonah. Jonah is the loner throughout the book. He hates communicating with other kids at his school, and lingers like, well, a ghost. But there's a reason behind all of it. Then they meet and the world stops as if it's only them and slowly, they start a friendship that will leave us all breathless.
Basically, this book is about real friendship and the love that can accompany it. No matter how bad you try to deny it. But it isn't a love story, but I often found myself urging that they did get together. Throughout the middle of the book, my eyes started to basically want to cry. Overall, this is seriously heart breaking and a great read. You'll have to read it to find out for yourself.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
So excited I found them! They're SO good!
One word: yummy. That's not a reason, but it's the truth ;D This song is well, cute.
Ah, I love this song too! It's really good, and I love the band as well. I should listen to more of there songs(:
Stay tuned for more later this week!
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Curious as he was, he couldn't allow himself to give up. Rather than push, however, he decided to ask something innocent, something easy."
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Author: L.J. Smith
"A deadly love triangle
Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.
Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?"
I'm not going to compare this to Twilight, at all. So you're getting a full review, NOT based on another book. Those are annoying, aren't I right?
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening is a book filled with suspense and great characters. It'll have you sitting at the edge of your seat just wanting more.
Elena is the girl who can get any guy that she wants and the queen of the highschool, but deep down she is vulnerable and confused. Stefan is your brooding, dark, and mysterious guy that comes out of nowhere, and Elena wants him more than any other guy. Let's not forget Damon. He's the dark, evil, twice as mysterious older brother. He's not shown much in this book, but I know he's going to bring more into the book. I found all the characters normal, in a book sense. The writing is fantastic, it gives you descriptions that are perfect but not over bearing. Overall, I loved this book and I can't wait to read the other books to come in the series.
This week I borrowed three books from the library, which were well worth the wait.
"Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls inside him: One can time-travel. One can raise the dead. One can tell the future. And one can possess another human.
With no family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how she's going to die. He's so over it. All he wants is peace.
And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. For her sake, he should stay away. But it's too late....
Somehow, they share an inexplicable friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf who wants Mary Ann, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist.
Two romances, both forbidden. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger--but not everyone will come out alive...."
"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."
Friday, October 16, 2009
Pure goodness, I love it!
Are you noticing a trend yet?
This is so beautiful. I love me some piano melodies.
I know you noticed the trend. Two words: New Moon. I heard the soundtrack on Myspace and HAD to listen to it. I've got to say, there are some good songs on there! If you're a fan, click here to listen to it!
My thoughts: Creepy enough that's for sure, but a tad too cartoony for me. Did I mention I distaste cartoon covers? I prefer objects and people opposed to drawings. But I do love the encryption of gold around the cover? Yeah, it's pretty. But I'm not liking this one.
My thoughts: Definitely shows the them throughout the book. We got some black with what looks like stars? It's also kind of old fashioned. I'm loving the lights in the title too. This is our winner book lovers! (:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
That's the plan. Then the phone rings.
Vanessa has the next year of her life pretty much figured out. Sure, there's some parental convincing to do but she and her celebrity-obsessed gal pal Taylor pretty much think their plan is airtight.
Then Vanessa's parents get a mysterious phone call and drop a bombshell on her that she never could have imagined. She has a half brother. And he's coming to live with them.If that wasn't bad enough, this half brother is none other than Hollywood bad boy Reed Vaughn. He's famous. He's going to be a senior, too. And he's going to ruin Vanessa's life for sure...."
Teaser Page 52:
"Sunday at two o' clock my parents and I were standing at the baggage claim area of United Airlines. The scuffed linoleum floor and fluorescent lights weren't exactly the red carpet Reed was used to."
That's it (:
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's about charging on every arc you receive. Sending it back after reviewing? Showing proof that you reviewed it? What in the world, I can't understand it at all! I'm really glad I stumbled on this post. Grrr, this sucks beyond belief. Is there anything we can do?
Anyways, with comments could you tell me what exactly that linked post means? Seriously, I've only been blogging since the end of May. I don't understand any of.
Thanks so much my lovely followers!
This week is some Irish/British band called Twisted Wheel. I just found them like five minutes ago! And I likey. Did I mention I swoon with Irish accents? xD
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Author: Carolyn MacCallough
Publisher: Clarion Books
"Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant."
Once A Witch was a fast paced novel, full of magic and supernatural tendencies. I reccomend it to anyone who likes reading supernatural novels.
Tasmin is the 'misfit' of her family, she has no Talent. She has to live up to her family's name, without actually having a family Talent. She feels out of place, and in the shadow of her perfect sister Rowena. Someone could easily be in the same positon, well, except the powers thing, but you understand. Gabriel was a lovable character and often added humor into the whole story. He was my favorite character.
The theme in this novel is one that I really like. Modern stories of witches without the green skin, and melting with the touch of water. The author did that perfectly, and I loved it either way. The plot seemed really good as well.
Overall, if you're looking for a novel to read during the Halloween season...This is the book to go with (:
Saturday, October 10, 2009
"With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart, how will fate manage to bring them together? It certainly won't be easy if they're fighting it every step of the way. But theirs is a love that was meant to be, despite all the odds against them.
One of the most captivating love stories of all time, Jane Austen's enduring masterpiece is beloved by generation after generation. Beautifully presented for a modern teen audience, this is the must-have edition of a timeless classic."
Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking about two of the books. 'Those books are ruining the classics with Twilight' blah, blah, blah but I've been wanting to read the classics, and quite honestly, I like how it's directed to teens. Even if it's Twilight themed. I'm reading it, not you (; And I've been waiting to read the Vampire Diaries for SOO long. Now I have the first one! :D
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Author: Paula Morris
"When Rebecca Brown goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind: near a graveyard one night, amid the Spanish moss and beneath the moonlight, she meets a ghost girl named Lisette, who has been dead for 150 years. Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery in her aunts house, along with some troubling historical truths. Meanwhile, Rebecca must juggle adjusting to her snooty new prep school, developing a serious crush on a handsome boy, and dealing with an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the ghostly mystery themselves."
This is a wonderfully written book filled with history and the wonders of New Orleans. It really displays how the state was in the past and present. You get to see how it's changed, and sometimes, how it's just the same.
This is a story about a ghost, Listette, that Rebecca can only see. But that's only what she thinks. As the story and plot continue, it starts getting a tad creepier. And prophecys and such start following. I found that the way Morris wrote captured me in the old and current New Orleans. The only thing I have to say negative would be the whole Roman society mix. I got confused so many times, but then again, it adds to the story.
I loved the characters and thought they were displayed very well. Rebecca is your typical girl from New York. Then she's taken to her Aunt and she's already hating everything about her surroundings. I really liked her character. And Anton! He was sort of mysterious and creepy and just there. I liked how he was incorporated in the story line and plot.
Overall, this is a spooky, mysterious book that will keep you wanting more.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Up first, the UK:My thoughts: This is a like-dislike kind of cover. It's simple, and has the black background with color thing I love. But it's something too cartoonish about it.
My thoughts: Mm, I really like this one much, much better. Note the golden eyes, the blood on the lips, and the pale face. Yummy.
Overall: I like our copy better. The theme is represented perfectly on the cover. While on the UK's what the hell does that apple have to do with vampires? Yeah, you guessed who the winner is. It's our cover [;
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Mm, have you ever read the Cirque du Freak series? I've heard of them from my best friend before, but never read them. After seeing the trailer, I HAVE to read them [; Anyway, win the first three and a super cool locker mirror at The Story Siren. Check this to enter and find the rules.
In the meantime, I'm going to post the trailer along with this so you all can have a little look into what the book really is about!