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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Me, In Between


Me, In Between by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Rating: 5 stars

Lacey Underhill is a 12-year-old girl who has what her Dutch grandmother refers to as luxe problemen: luxury problems. These problems being her breasts. At just age 12 (and in 8th grade because she skipped a grade) she's already at a size 36C. Girls (including her best friend) are jealous and boys never stop teasing her about them so of course she's self conscious. Whenever she's out in public she wears more than necessary just to try to cover up her breasts.

Then one day while playing in the arcade at the mall she meets Chad Wilcox, a 16-year-old boy that is just taken with her right away and not even because of her breasts! She is of course entirely thrilled about this and doesn't even really care that he's 4 years older than her. Though her best friend Margot thinks that she's making a big mistake just thinking about getting involved with the guy.

Just a few days later Lacey's old best friend Sam Samuels moves back in to town. Sam and Lacey have known each other since they were babies so Lacey is super excited to have him back, except for one little problem: her breasts. Sam wasn't around during the years when she developed the monstrosities so she feels she has to cover them up or Sam will think differently of her.

Then Lacey's grandmother, Nana Anna, gets sick and ends up in the hospital. Lacey feels guilty for always lying to her grandma about seeing an older guy and soon everything that's happening starts to catch up with her. Luckily Sam and Margot are there for her. And maybe, just maybe, Sam could be there for her in a different way if only Lacey would realize it.

This was such a cute book! From the first page I was hooked and finished it within a day. Lacey is just such a neat girl and you can't help but feel bad for her and her over sized chest. The way she's constantly teased by the boys in her school is just awful. When Chad showed up for the first time I just couldn't help but be happy that she was finally realized for more than just her chest! I really liked the way Lauren wrote from Lacey's point of view. The thoughts were perfect for a 12-year-old girl. The ending was also really cute. If you're looking for a quick cute read then this is the book for you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?


Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (an anthology)
Edited by Marissa Walsh

Rating: 5 stars :)

With fourteen stories and personal essays written by popular authors such as Sara Zarr, Carolyn Mackler, Ellen Hopkins, etc. this book is quite amazing. The stories all focus on the weight and body image issues that most everyone has at one point in their life. Whether it's feeling overweight or thinking you're too skinny, how you feel that your breasts are either way too small or way too big, everyone has issues with their bodies.

Not much else I can really say about this book. I actually loved each and every one of the stories, and that really surprised me. I thought at least one or two of them I probably wouldn't end up liking. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has issues with their body and even to people who don't. Every single story is just written so well. I didn't want to finish the last one when I got to it. The only thing wrong with this book: it should have been longer!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dream Girl


Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Claire Voyante (yes, that is her real name) has had strange visions ever since she was little. She's never been able to do anything with her visions but that all changes on her fifteenth birthday when her grandmother, Kiki, gives her a beautiful cameo made out of onyx and ivory on a gold chain. Pretty soon she starts having these strange black and white dreams.

While all this is happening Claire is in a new school and has made a fabulous new friend, Becca. Becca happens to be part of a very rich family and she has a very attractive brother named Andy. Although he happens to have a beautiful stuck up girlfriend. When Claire starts having her black and white dreams she's afraid that they might have something to do with a family that has always had it out for Becca's family and she's afraid that they might be in danger.

With her powerful cameo Claire might actually be able to solve this mystery! At least that's what she hopes.

This was a really cute book. It was even a great sort of mystery. I actually wasn't even sure how the book was going to end. But I did like the ending. Lauren gives her characters such strong and humorous voices. Claire and Kiki were my favorite characters. I love how they acted together. Basically this is just a really fun and light read. And isn't the cover adorable? I fell in love with it instantly. =)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

DRAMA! Entrances and Exits



DRAMA! Entrances and Exits by Paul Ruditis (Book 4 in the DRAMA! series)
Rating: 5 stars

It's time for the Fall One-Act Festival at Orion high school. This year it's pretty special what with one of the three plays being written by Hope and also being directed by Bryan! And to top it all of Sam and Jason will be the two leads. Surprisingly Belinda (one of Sam's step sisters) is also cast as the minor character in the play.

Of course after Belinda is cast all the usual drama starts happening. Hope has a fit and then Belinda's twin sister tries to get involved in the play too. Plus all of the rehearsals always have an audience what with Eric being there for Sam and of course the usual Drew tagging along behind Eric as usual. Then of course there's Belinda's sister, Alexis, and then their friend and basically leader, Holly. All poor Bryan wants to do is help his cast rehearse for the one and only night of the play.

Soon things start heating up between Sam and Jason and Eric starts getting really jealous. Then Drew offers to paint a painting for the play and actually starts talking to Bryan after their long spell of basically not even being friends anymore. And then of course there's Gary who has taken an interest in Bryan ever since he's let him become the stage manager for his play.

Will all the drama settle before the one and only night of the play? And most importantly will the actors even be ready?

I've only read the first book in this series (The Four Dorothy's) but that really didn't matter. Paul made the fourth book stand alone pretty well. I'm sure he probably did the same for the second and third as well. But anyway this was definitely a great read. Paul is such a witty writer. I love Bryan's voice and all of his sarcasm. Paul just knows how to write a good book. His characters are great and the story just flows off the pages making this book a really fast and great read. If you like to laugh this is the book for you. I swear I was laughing during like every other page. I highly recommend checking out the DRAMA! series. It's really acting related and of course full of drama and that's what makes it so great. At least I like to think that's why.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Debs

The Debs by Susan McBride
Rating: 5 stars

The Debs is told through the eyes of four girls in Houston, Texas. These four girls being... Laura Delacroix Bell, Michelle "Mac" Mackenzie, Ginger Fore, and Jo-Lynn Bidwill. Laura, Mac, and Ginger have been best friends for ages. Jo-Lynn is basically their enemy. The one thing these four girls all have in common is the desire to be a Debutante Rosebud in the illustrious Glass Slipper Club.

Laura is a size 14 girl who's mother is friends with the head of the GSC committee. She is totally psyched to be a Rosebud and her mother and herself both think she's a shoe in. But Jo-Lynn has had it out for her ever since she dated Avery who is one of the most popular guys in school. After Laura gets back from fat camp Avery happens to show up at the airport. Will this end up causing Laura even more trouble with Jo-Lynn?

Mac would definitely rather be reading than become a deb. It's never really been a dream of hers. But it was her late mothers dream for Mac to become a deb so of course Mac wants to do it. Also, it doesn't help that her new step mom, Honey Potts, is obsessed with Mac becoming a deb. With her two best friends also in the running she doesn't think it would be such a bad idea to become a deb at least.

Ginger is really excited at the thought of becoming a Rosebud and she'd really love to be able to wear her grandmother's vintage ball gown on the big presentation day. But when a really cute college guy, Javier, gets her into a bit of trouble involving a protest over a tree that is supposed to be torn down to make more room for more parking for her school she could end up in a lot of trouble. Hopefully it won't cost her chance to become a Rosebud though.

Jo-Lynn is a former beauty queen who makes it her mission in life to take out the so called "debu-trash". Her main target being Laura Bell. What she has in store for Laura is not in the least ladylike. But she has no idea that payback could be finding a way straight to her door. What's a stuck up and spoiled beauty queen to do?

This was such a great book. I loved how each chapter was told through each different girls' experience. And I liked how great of friends Laura, Mac, and Ginger are. They would do anything for each other (including finding a way to take down Jo-Lynn) and I think that was the greatest thing about this book. Susan has a great writing style and I loved each and every one of her characters. I even liked Jo-Lynn despite her witchiness. All in all this was just a fabulous book about the lives of four different girls who all want the same thing. Definitely check it out. I'm sure you'll love it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I Know It's Over


I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

Released on September 23rd.

Rating: 5 stars

Nick plans on having a long carefree Summer with no distractions and no problems. With his parent's divorce and his father's new girlfriend Nick needs all the down time he can get. Even the girl he's seeing (Dani) is starting to get to him. The girl is up for anything but for some reason Nick just doesn't seem that in to it anymore.

But Nick's Summer plans of carefree go out the window when Sasha shows up. She's been going to school with him for as long as he can remember. They've just never really talked to each other. One day they do and suddenly something starts. Sasha is totally different than Dani and isn't about to do anything sexual so fast. But Nick and Sasha start getting hot and heavy by the time Fall rolls around. And then Sasha breaks it off saying that she wants to be able to concentrate on school and getting in to the best colleges. Nick is crushed but there's not much he can do.

Then on Christmas Eve Sasha shows up out of nowhere and tells Nick that she's pregnant. Sure they were always careful and used protection but one time something happened. Neither one of them thought much about it at the time. But now they're over analyzing the night. Sasha is hesitant about her decision about the baby. After she tells her parents she decides on an abortion and doesn't really let Nick have much say. Nick being so mixed up about the whole situation really wishes Sasha would talk to him more and let him be more involved. But the truth is that they could never really have a relationship again, even with the baby.

With the help of his gay best friend Nathan and his other best friend Keelor Nick manages to make it through this whole fiasco. But will he ever have another chance with Sasha? And what will Sasha's final choice be?

First off, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under the age of 17 due to the sexual scenes and the topic of pregnancy and all. This was such a great read. I loved how it was told from the guy's point of view. We hardly ever get to see it from the guy's point of view. I felt so bad for Nick from the very beginning. Of course my heart went out to Sasha as well. Kelly is such a strong writer and this was an amazing book for her first one. Her words just jumped off the page to me. I loved Nick's attitude and actions along with Sasha's. And Nick's younger 14-year-old going on 30 sister was great. Basically I loved everything about this book but the ending. It was okay. I just kind of wanted it to end differently. But anyway, definitely pick up a copy of this book when it's released on September 23rd. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. And I really hope Kelly writes another book soon! =)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Seeing Redd (Finally)


Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Seeing Redd (the second book in the Looking Glass Series) continues off from where the last book ended. 20-year-old Alyss is now queen of Wonderland. Her aunt Redd has disappeared in to the Heart Crystal along with her sidekick The Cat and everything is starting to calm down.

But soon glass eyes start appearing out of nowhere and causing mayhem. Everyone believes that Redd has somehow come back and that they're all doomed. Little do they know that these aren't Redd's glass eyes. Someone else is having them made. And that someone else is the King of Boarderland, Arch. King Arch has some plans to take down Wonderland and all of the surrounding cities. And he is determined to do so. He has Molly (the Queen's bodyguard) captured and intends to have her father (Hatter Madigan) come rescue her.

Meanwhile, Redd and The Cat find their way to Earth and Redd gets a whole new group of followers. She is determined to get back to Wonderland and finally kill Alyss so she will finally be Queen.

Alyss and Dodge finally come to terms with the fact that they are meant to be together. But Dodge is still set on killing the beast that killed his parents. Nothing will get in his way besides Alyss that is.

Wonderland is in a world of trouble with King Arch and Redd doing all they can do to finally get Alyss out of the picture once and for all.

Full of violence and mayhem Seeing Redd is a pretty intense read. It's a pretty good second book to the Looking Glass Wars series. Parts were a bit slow but overall it was a good read. I definitely liked The Looking Glass Wars much better. For some reason it didn't seem as wordy as Seeing Redd or something. But this was still a great book. I especially liked the way it ended. This is definitely a book you should read if you liked The Looking Glass Wars. It's a pretty good second book to the series. =)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Contest information


So there are some great contests going on right now. First off the ladies over at On My Bookshelf... are giving away a copy of Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky. Now I've heard many great things about this book. I haven't had a chance to read it yet myself but I totally plan to. It sounds great. So anyway, this contest ends on September 7th. so get your butts over there pronto and enter. You have three different ways! Woohoo!

Second off Kelsey from Reading Keeps You Sane is having a belated 100 posts contest. Yay for Kelsey! The prize is two books of your choice out of a pile of 6 books that you can pick from. How awesome is that? The deadline for this contest is September 5th, Midnight Eastern time. So you have about two days left to enter. So go do it now, hurry! There are various different ways to earn entries. So head on over and check out all the contest details.

Yay for contests!

Linda Gerber's Release Party!



Starting on September 18th, Linda will be having her online release party for DEATH BY LATTE on her blog, yay! I have yet to read DEATH BY BIKINI but I've heard many great things about it and read many awesome reviews.

So of course I'm also excited for the release of DEATH BY LATTE. Anyway, stop by Linda's blog starting on September 18th for yet another fabulous week long release party. Linda's blog parties are the best! At least I think so, lol.

Also, if you post about the release party by tomorrow (yeah, I'm posting this late. Sorry!) and leave a comment on Linda's blog on her most recent Freebie Friday post you'll be entered to win a copy of DEATH BY LATTE and a Starbucks gift card! How awesome is that? So quick, post now and leave a comment to win. And don't forget about the release party everybody! September 18th, remember that date =)

Oh and also if you head over there and enter the contest that ends tomorrow be sure to mention that I (Breanna) sent you. I'll get an extra entry if you do. Thanks!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'm not dead, I promise

I know I've had a lack of reviews since the 18th. Sorry people! The reason was I finally could not wait a minute longer to read New Moon. And I didn't feel like reviewing it because well so many people have read it already and whatnot. I'll just say right now that I LOVED it and need to run out and by Eclipse fast so I can read it and and then Breaking Dawn. *squeals*

Anyway, right now I'm reading Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor. It's the second book in The Looking Glass Wars series. The main reason that I'm only on like page 100 of this book is my new boyfriend who I have been spending a lot of time with. It's so strange how it all happened so fast. It's a long story that I'll spare you all from.

Anyway that is the reasoning for my lack of reviews. Don't worry, hopefully I'll finish Seeing Redd soon. And then I have some more amazing (or what seem to be amazing) books to read and review. So look forward to that. =)

-Breanna

Monday, August 18, 2008

Whale Song

Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Rating: 5 plus stars, amazing read =)

11-year-old Sarah and her parents Daniella (an artist) and Jack (a marine biologist) move to Canada from the states. Sarah is not happy about the move but she starts warming up when she sees their beautiful new house located right along the beach that has an amazing view. She's even more happy when she meets Goldie. The two quickly become best friends. Sarah loves Goldie's family, especially her grandmother who they call Nana most of the time. Goldie is of Indian descent (along with most of the other people in the town where Sarah is living) so Sarah learns all these new traditions
and tales from the past.

Sarah develops a crush on a boy in her class, Adam. She also gets majorly bullied by a girl in her class named Annie. But for the most part she likes her new home. She especially loves going out on the schooner with her parents and listening to the whales which are Sarah's and her mother's new love.

Not long after being in their new home Sarah's mom starts having fainting spells. And it turns out she has a rare condition that is slowly wasting her away. When Sarah finds this out she's devastated. But unfortunately there's nothing anyone can do for her mother. Her doctors only give her about two to three more years of life, max.

When Daniella ends up in a coma something happens and she dies. Jack (Sarah's father) is arrested for pulling the plug on the machines that were keeping his wife alive. Sadly after his long awaited court date the jury finds him guilty and he's sentenced to ten years in prison.

Sarah has to go back to the states with her grandparents and leave everything behind once again. She tries to block everything out that has happened to her back in Canada, even all the good things. But when she's older (in her 20's) someone comes along and opens her floodgates (so to speak) and she once again remembers everything, even how her mother died.

Okay so this was an incredibly hard book to write a summary of. So there's my crappy one, So much happens in this book it's hard to cover the basic things in a short summary. Just go read the book and you'll find out how amazing it is! It's completely heart wrenching because you know all along that Daniella is dying. But the whole book is just amazing. I seriously never wanted to put it down. Cheryl's use of words is amazing, like when she's talking about the killer whales or describing scenery. They just flow so easily across every page. My heart strings were being pulled the entire time and I absolutely loved it. If you like these type of books I seriously recommend getting yourself a copy. You seriously won't be disappointed. And yes I know I just overused the word seriously, sorry. =)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl


Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl by Meg Cabot
Rating: 5 stars

After having moved with her family to a new neighborhood in a slightly creepy old house Allie is the New Girl at her new school, Pine Heights Elementary. But being the New Girl isn't all that easy. Sure she's made some great new friends and she loves her new teacher. She even gets to go home for lunch because her new house is only two blocks away from school. But there is a girl in her class, Rosemary, who isn't so fond of Allie and even threatens to beat her up. Allie keeps getting advice from everyone about what do about the whole Rosemary situation but she has no idea which thing is the right thing to do.

During all of this school drama Allie is worrying about her future kitten, Mewsette. Because the mother of her future kitten gave birth to her litter early so all the little kitties are premature.

Poor Allie, what's a New Girl to do?

Aww this was a really cute second book to the series. I loved it! I'm happy Meg started writing for younger kids. My cousin is going to love this when I give it to her for her birthday next month. Definitely have your little sisters (or even little brothers) check it out. Hopefully they'll like it. Allie is such a fun little girl. =)

You can check out my review for
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day here

Also reviewed for Teens Read Too

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I've finally been tagged

I was tagged by Bookluver-Carol (thanks Carol!)

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I was 10 years old so I was probably just running around outside enjoying my Summer probably with my now ex best friend Jenae. Wow that seems like ages ago. Crazy.

What are five things on my to-do list today?
1. Start reading Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: The New Girl
2. Finish Slipping. (done)
3. Write a review for Slipping. (done)
4. Do some sit-ups
5. Watch one of the movies we have from Blockbuster.

Snacks I enjoy:
Hmm...the puffy Cheetos
Dark chocolate Snickers or anything Dark chocolate really
Sun Chips
Peanut Butter M&M's
(no wonder I'm still kind of chubby)

Places I've lived:
Washington (Tacoma)
Nevada (Sparks)

Things I would do if I was a billionaire:

I would buy a large house with an awesome backyard so my girls could run around outside a lot, donate a lot of money to charity (not sure which charity ATM), stock up on diapers and clothes and whatnot for my girlies, buy as many shoes as I want including lots of Chucks and Vans, hire a personal trainer, and after I got in shape again I'd go on a major shopping spree for awesome new clothes!

Who's being tagged:
I have no idea who to tag. So if you haven't done this one yet and want to do it then go ahead! lol

Slipping

Slipping by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Rating: 4 stars

Michael is an average ordinary boy. But when his grandfather that he barely even knew dies something happens to him. Somehow Michael is seeing his grandpa. All of a sudden he'll get really cold and he'll open his eyes and he won't be where he was a minute ago. He'll be in a dark place with his grandfather standing in front of him. His grandpa tells him that he can pull Michael in somehow and show him all of his memories. Because of this Michael is finding out things he never knew before. Like how him and his grandfather always fought and never got along. And that that's why his father is the way he is today.

Of course Michael is freaked out about all of this and has no idea if what's happening is real or just an elaborate dream. A boy at school, Ewan, who is obsessed with the dead because his father is dead tells Michael that what's happening to him is called Slipping and that it's very rare. Michael's art teacher even gives him the number of a very famous psychic and tells him to go see her because even she doesn't believe what Michael is telling her.

He ends up going to see the psychic with his ex best friend Gus, his older sister Julia, Ewan, and Trip (Gus's new best friend). The psychic tells him that what's happening to him is much more serious and dangerous than Slipping and that he should try to stop it immediately before something happens to him. But can Michael really control what's happening or will he end up dead just like his grandfather?

This was a pretty intense story. It was short but very intense. From the very first page I was hooked. What was happening to Michael was totally freaky but cool at the same time. Being able to his grandfather's memories and everything was so awesome. The whole book was very touching along with all of the crazy intense moments. The ending was pretty good. I feel like it could have been a bit longer and the ending gone in to detail a little bit more. But all in all this was a very good book. I hope Cathleen writes another great one soon. =)

Also reviewed for Teens Read Too

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bleed


Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Rating: 4.5 stars

So much can happen in just one day. On this one day the lives of 10 teenagers will be forever changed.

Nicole has a secret crush on her best friend Kelly's boyfriend, Sean. But it's not so secret. And something just might happen involving that crush.

Maria is a friend of Nicole and Kelly who just loves having people cut her for some strange reason. She just wants to know who her true friends are.

Kelly has two boyfriends. She has Sean of course and then she has Robby. Although she's never even met Robby because he's a murderer and they've only been talking through letters for the past 5 years. Now that Robby is out of jail Kelly finally has a chance to meet him. But when she does will her nerves get the best of her?

Derik has a chance with a mystery girl who he's seen around town lately but has never had the courage to go up and talk to. Now when she walks into the family restaurant Derik might finally get up the nerve. But is this girl really worth it?

Sadie is a young chubby girl who just wants to fit in. And of course she wants to be able to eat what she wants to eat when she wants to eat it without her mother harassing her about it and telling her she's fat. When she gets her hands on the snack key of the house will she finally be satisfied?

Robby is so excited to meet Kelly but when she runs out on him he has no idea what to do with himself. Then he ends up spending the day with the waiter girl trying to resist his urges when they come upon the spot where he killed his first girlfriend.

Mearl (pearl with an M) just wants to find her roots. She spends a lovely afternoon with Derik but of course that isn't enough for her. She just wants to find someone who's related to her whether they're dead or alive. Is that too much to ask?

Ginger has the opportunity to get back at Kelly for making her life a living hell. But if she actually goes through it will she feel any better or just feel like a jerk.

Joy hates boys and today is the day she's going to get back at them. Enough said.

Sean has always noticed Nicole around but has never really thought of her in that way. But after he spends time with her in her mother's garden he realizes that Nicole is great. What the heck is he doing with Kelly when Nicole is right there just waiting for him?

Over the course of one day all ten of these teens have something significant happen to them. What surprises does the future hold?

This book was great. I liked how all ten of them were connected in one way or another. Each different storyline was well developed and most had an interesting ending to them. The flow of the book was also great. It was a pretty quick and I really liked it. I highly suggest checking it out. You probably won't be disappointed.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Get Well Soon


Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
Rating: 4 stars

Anna Bloom is a depressed girl. And she's even more depressed on the day that her parents admit her in to a mental hospital with a bunch of other screwed up teens. Once there she immediately starts focusing on a really cute boy named Justin. She also gets a roommate who has a sort of secret.

Soon Anna starts actually enjoying be there. She's made some new friends and she's not acting like her usual self at all. Is she even really depressed anymore?

Everything is going great for Anna and then her doctor tells her that she's being released after only having been there for three weeks. Anna is crushed. For once she actually has friends and is feeling alright about herself. Also there's the whole Justin situation. But going home and starting over is the best thing for her, right?

Aww this was a cute book. I felt so bad for Anna at the beginning of the book. It would be so horrible to just be thrown in a mental hospital one day without any warning or anything. But I loved how she just soldiered on and actually started making friends with the other teens there. All of the other kids had some big problems but they weren't so bad. Most of them even seemed pretty normal, especially Justin. It was hard not to feel bad for her once again when she was told that she was going home. But the ending was pretty good. It's weird to think that the author Julie actually based her book off of her own experience. But that makes the book so much better. =)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pretty Is


Pretty Is by Elizabeth Holmes
Rating: 4 stars

Erin is a fifth grader who will be entering middle school the next year. But there's one problem. Her older sister Monica is already in middle school and is a main target for a lot of teasing. Monica is really dorky. She wears baggy clothes and never shaves her legs. Plus she never really even talks to anyone. Erin is dreading the fact that everyone is going to know that the dorky girl is her older sister. And it doesn't help that her friend Kayla is an extremely rude girl who's older sister Claire teases Monica the most. And deep down Erin feels that a part of her is just like Monica and that of course terrifies her.

Shortly before the school year ends Kayla starts ignoring Erin. Erin automatically thinks it's because of Monica. But she makes a new friend in Hannah. Hannah is a wildly outgoing girl who is always thinking of crazy things to do. And soon she has a way for Erin to get back at Kayla, which involves scissors and Kayla's long beautiful blonde hair. Well Erin does it and gets away with it until Monica says something about Erin sneaking out right in front of their mother. Erin is caught and has to go apologize to Kayla and give up practically all the money she has to her parents to pay to get Kayla's hair fixed up.

During all this madness Monica finds an interest in something that's actually not dorky. She starts shooting hoops at the house next door almost everyday. Erin sits and watches her day after day. She has nothing better to do because Hannah is off with her family on vacation. Plus Erin is grounded anyway. She still thinks that Monica is really dorky and is still embarrassed to be seen with her.

During the final month of Summer Erin and Monica are sent off to the week long church camp that they attend most every year. While there Erin tries to make sure that no one realizes that Monica is her sister. But she ends up failing when they have to stay for another week because her mom is going into a surgery that got pushed back a few days that they didn't even know about. Monica then ends up staying in Erin's cabin. And over the next few days Erin realizes that yes her sister is dorky but there really isn't much she can do about it. Plus some of the girls in the camp even think that Monica's knitting is pretty cool.

When they get back from camp will Erin still be friends with Hannah and stop hating her sister because she's such a dork or will everything just be the same as it was before they left for camp?

This was a pretty good read. I finished it in one day so it was a pretty fast read. The story itself was good. I could totally see a younger sister thinking this about her older sister. I've never really thought of sisters disliking their older sisters before. But it definitely makes sense. The ending was a bit predictable but it didn't make the book any less good. It had your typical characters; the social outcast, the popular girls, the girl that's new to the school. Overall I'd recommend this book to someone that's looking for a light summery read.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched


Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot
5 stars (of course, lol)

Lizzie Nichols has just spent the night with her ex's best friend, (and a close friend of hers) Chaz. In the morning though her ex Luke shows up and proposes to her. Being Lizzie she of course says yes and then has to run upstairs and tell Chaz to get the heck out before Luke sees him. A crushed Chaz, after telling Lizzie she's crazy for saying yes to Luke, leaves the apartment.

But soon Chaz's words start getting to Lizzie and they end up being all she can think about. She also realizes that whenever she thinks about her and Luke getting married she breaks out in to hives. Which is obviously not a good sign. Chaz is on her mind constantly and she has no idea what to do. And it doesn't help that her friends and even clients are telling her she needs to just dump Luke once and for all and to get with Chaz. Even her grandma is telling her to get with Chaz already.

Lizzie has to make a choice very quickly but what in the heck will her choice finally be?

This was such a great ending to the Queen of Babble series. I absolutely loved it. It was also great because I had no idea what was going to happen and of course I love that in books. The ending surprised me and I totally loved it. Meg Cabot has done it yet again =).

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ghostgirl


Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
I'm giving it 5 stars!

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.

This is the year for Charlotte Usher. The year that she's finally going to be noticed. She's finally going to have what she's always wanted: to be a popular girl and fit in with the head cheerleader in the school, Petula Kensington. She feels that the first day of school will be the start of her new life. She'll finally have the attention of the most popular guy in school, Damen. Who is of course Petula's boyfriend.

In a way she does start a new life. Although it's actually her after life. Poor Charlotte chokes on a red gummy bear just before she leaves her first period physics class and dies. Her hopes of starting over fresh and finally being noticed for once are all crushed in an instant. Especially when she finds out that she still has to graduate even though she's dead! There's a whole class of students from her school who have died and are still attending classes there.

Charlotte isn't giving up though. She's still determined to win over Damen. And with the help of Scarlet Kensington (Petula's younger sister) she's sure she'll be able to do it. Scarlet can actually see Charlotte and Charlotte isn't about to let that fact go to waste. She figures she can hang out in Scarlet's body and get through to Damen that way. But her new dead classmates aren't liking Charlotte's plans too much and are making it incredibly hard for her to get anything done. Plus the more time Scarlet spends time with Damen (when Charlotte isn't in her body that is) the more Scarlet is starting to like Damen herself.

Charlotte is determined to be noticed though. She thinks that if she can just get noticed and be popular that she'll finally move on. But is popularity really what Charlotte needs to move on? Or is it just finally realizing that you don't have to be the center of attention to matter.

This book was great. I couldn't really guess what would happen throughout the book which I always like. Poor Charlotte has such a rough time! Especially in the beginning of her after life. But she pulls through and even learns a valuable lesson along the way. I loved Scarlet's character. The way she acts towards her sister is hilarious. They are total opposites in every way. I loved all the nick names the other dead students have too. And I thought the ending was cute. It might not have been totally realistic. But then again this book wasn't really all that realistic in the first place. So I thought the ending fit pretty perfectly. I highly suggest checking this book out.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Dead and the Gone


The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
I'm giving it 5 stars out of 5

Alex Morales is a 17-year-old Puerto Rican boy living with his family in New York. He has two younger sisters, Briana and Julie and he his parents who he calls Mami and Papi. Everything is going pretty normal for Alex. He's the vice president of his school and he's looking forward to getting in to a great college.

But in one moment everything changes. Something huge hit the moon and knocked it out of place. It's now closer to Earth causing a lot of horrible changes including tidal waves, flooding, blackouts, and overall panic. According to many people the Earth is coming to an end. Alex's father was in Puerto Rico when it happened and they haven't heard from him since. And his mother was called in to the hospital where she works and Alex is afraid that since she hasn't contacted them that she died when there was a flood in the subway.

All of a sudden Alex realizes that he is the sole caregiver to his two sisters. He has no idea when his parents will be back (if ever) and he's terrified. People all around New York are dropping like flies. Bodies line the streets. People are going crazy trying to get their hands on food. Nothing that seemed important before is important now. All that matters is staying alive. And Alex is determined to care for his sisters and keep them alive no matter what. But is that really possible with what has happened to the Earth?

Wow this book was intense. It's scary in all ways possible. Reading about the bodies lining the streets of New York brought shivers to my spine. It's hard to explain in words how basically crazy this book is. If you like really intense books then this is definitely a book for you. Also be sure to read Susan's other book, Life As We Knew It. It deals with the same issue that's discussed in this book. I haven't read it but I'm sure it's just as good and frightening as this book.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

CRANK


Crank by Ellen Hopkins
I'm giving this one 5 stars

Kristina Snow discovers Crank while visiting her father in Arizona. While there she meets this guy that introduces her to it and she's hooked right away. She even comes up with a new name for her other self. The person that she is when she's on Crank. And that name is Bree.

When she gets back home after the three weeks with her father her bad ass Bree self takes over. She ends up meeting two guys Brendan and Chase. She knew of Chase beforehand as a troublemaker around her school so she never dared to talk to him until now. She met Brendan at a water park.

As time goes on Kristina keeps getting her hands on more and more Crank and gets in to all sorts of trouble. Brendan ends up raping her and she feels like she let it happen because she needed more Crank. After the Brendan fiasco Chase comes to her rescue. And she ends up falling in love with him.

All the while Kristina's grades are steadily dropping and her mother doesn't trust her anymore. And her mom's boyfriend Scott is really getting on her nerves. Will Kristina ever be able to break her addiction, especially after she finds something out that will change her life forever?

This book looks long when you first pick it up but it's really not. I started reading it last night and finished it this morning. It's written as a bunch of small poems put together as a story. I love books like this. The whole book was just great. It moved at such a fast pace and was really easy to read. It was crazy to see Kristina change from her normal almost perfect self in to Bree. This girl who is totally addicted to the monster and will do basically anything to get her hands on more. It really opens your eyes to the drug world and how caught up you can get so quickly. Basically in the blink of an eye your life can change. Needless to say I can't wait to read the sequel, GLASS.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Switch (ARC)


Switch by Carol Snow
(released September 9th.)
I give it 5 plus stars! Great read =)

Claire Martin is your average 15 year old girl. She has her loving mom (Dr. Martin) and her best friend Beanie. She also has a big crush on her fellow swimming buddy, Nate. And of course the ghost of her deceased grandmother (Evelyn) who has been around since Claire was a baby, even long before that. She probably doesn't sound that average anymore, right? Here's the real kicker: Claire is what she and her grandmother call a "Switcher". Whenever a bad storm kicks up in Claire's little beach town she'll be pushed out of her own body in to another girl's body But only a girl who was born close to the same time Claire was and that lives only around a mile or so away. So most of the time Claire switches in to a visiting girl's body. Just someone who is vacationing with her family. Overnight Claire ends up back in her own body and wakes up back to her old self.

But at one point (during the day even) a little bit of static electricity sends Claire in to the body of a girl that her and her friend Beanie saw just the other day on the beach. She was obviously not a local from the looks of her and she was watching two little boys. She was a skinny little thing in a bikini that barely covered her at all. She also seemed like a complete B word to both Claire and Beanie just by looking at her. Of course she had all the attention from the guys though, especially Nate. So when Claire is zapped into this girl's body (her name is Larissa) she is of course shocked but at the same time a bit excited. She finally has a body that she loves and is actually able to show it off without looking ridiculous.

But when Claire wakes up the next morning she's still in Larissa's body. And now she's stuck watching these two little attention starved boys from basically dusk till dawn. But she has the attention of Nate and she's not about to lose it. What could a few days in Larissa's body hurt? Except for the fact that Larissa's soul is just floating around while Evelyn is hanging out in Claire's body for the time being. Will Claire ever switch back in to her own body? And the most important part: will she actually want to?

This book was amazing! I pretty much couldn't put it down. I got so engrossed in it every time I picked it up. I could totally understand why Claire was debating whether or not she wanted her old body back. I mean she finally had the attention of the guy she's liked for so long. Who would want to give that up? And I loved Evelyn's character. She was hilarious. Always walking around as her ghosty self (when she wasn't in Claire's body that is) smoking the same cigarette day after day. The ending was also really touching. It was just overall a fantastic book. I highly suggest picking up a copy when it's released. =)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Undone Contests!


So there are two great Undone contests going on right now.

The first is from Reviewer X and all you have to do is leave a comment on the "Pretty Damn Cool Undone Contest" entry to enter. You can also get extra entries. The details are on the same entry obviously, lol. The contest ends on July 27th, so go enter now! She also has an author interview with Brooke Taylor herself up as well. So go read that too.

The second is a kick butt contest from Brooke Taylor herself to win a copy of Undone of course and 6 other signed books of your choice from the authors listed! How incredibly awesome is that?! All you have to do to enter is post the trailer for Undone on your website and send Brooke the link on any of her blogs. The contest ends tomorrow the 25th. at noon CST. So go enter quickly!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Blonde of the Joke (ARC)


The Blonde of the Joke by Bennett Madison
(out on September 2nd.)
I give it 5 out of 5 stars =)

Valentina has had friends throughout the years. But they all just seem to fade out and then she's left by herself again. She spends her time at the mall hoping that one day something there will change her life. And what do you know it actually happens. While she's browsing the racks at the Wet Seal Francie Knight taps on her shoulder. Francie is a very provocative girl in Val's class who has been seen around campus wearing the "whore's rain coat". Apparently Francie is a major shoplifter and soon Val is too. All the girls ever do is hang out at the mall shoplifting basically whatever they can get their hands on in search of the "Holy Grail". The one most amazing thing that they have ever seen in their life.

When Val isn't with Francie she's worrying about her older brother Jesse who is mysteriously dying. Val has never really understood why he is but apparently he is and it's going to happen someday soon. She's also starting to mess around a bit (behind Francie's back) with the very attractive boy that met her and Francie at the mall one day.

Francie also deals with her own problems involving her basically psychotic mother who randomly disappears and when Francie finds her she'll end up staying with her grandmother for a week or so when her mom checks herself in to the hospital.

Soon Val gets a little tired of Francie's ways and decides she needs to do something. But how drastic will that something be?

Alright so that wasn't my best summary but this one of those books that's kind of hard to summarize. But I definitely loved this book. It was great. Francie's character was so out there and soon Val's character was too. The whole part about Val's brother dying and everything was a little weird but I'm sure it will make sense to other people. I loved the ending of this book too. It wasn't too abrupt and it was just a nice ending. All in all a pretty great book. I definitely want to read something else by Bennett now. =)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Audrey, Wait!


Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!!!!! (amazing book, seriously)

16-year-old Audrey Cuttler breaks up with her boyfriend Evan who is the lead singer in a local band called the Do-Gooders. She breaks up with him before a major show where an agent is coming to listen to their music to see if their music is any good. Evan is crushed and ends up writing a new song right before the show titled none other than "Audrey, Wait!". Now this obviously screws with Audrey. The song makes her sound like a horrible person who broke Evan's heart. And guess what, it's terrible catchy and everyone at the show loves it. Audrey just stands there totally frozen and speechless. She goes home that night telling herself that it's not a big deal and that after tonight it'll just be another one of the Do-Gooder's songs. Not such a huge deal. Little does Audrey know that on the same night of the concert the band is told that their songs are great and are immediately signed on for a record deal.

None of the boys return to school in September and no one really thinks it's that big of a deal. Until one day when Audrey is working at her definition of hell, The Scooper Dooper with the other main employee James who is totally obsessed with doing everything perfectly at work. While listening to the radio all of a sudden "Audrey, Wait!" starts playing and Audrey just freezes. It turns out the song is turning in to be a huge hit and suddenly Audrey is famous.

Audrey's whole life changes. People at school are looking at her differently and whispering about her. People are coming into her work having driven an hour or more just to have a picture taken with her. All of this attention is driving Audrey crazy. All she wants to do is hang out with her friend Veronica and go to all the amazing concerts that they can. She also wouldn't mind going out with James after she finally realizes that she likes him and that he likes her despite the way he acts around her.

Pretty soon Audrey's life is in total chaos. Reporters from newspapers and magazines from all over the world want to talk to Audrey and get her side of the story. But she really couldn't give a crap! Her best friend Veronica is sucking up all the publicity and trying to get Audrey to use everything to her advantage and it's starting to really annoy Audrey. Really, who's side is Veronica on anyway? James and Audrey can't even go out in public without being attacked by the paparazzi. Will this madness in Audrey's life ever end?

Ahh! This book was completely amazing! I couldn't put it down. I stayed up until 2 in the morning finishing it. It was just so good. I loved Robin's writing style and the way she had Audrey and Veronica talk. And Audrey's and James' relationship was just too adorable. I seriously loved everything about this book and I already know I'll read it many many more times. So I definitely suggest you go read this if you haven't already, especially if you love music. It's definitely a book for music lovers. =)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Contests!

There are some great contests going on right now. You should go check them out.

Hope of Hope's Bookshelf is giving away a copy of The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie. The contest ends on July 9th, Wednesday at Midnight eastern time. So go hurry up and enter! She also has a review posted of the book. So go check that out too.

Lenore of Presenting Lenore is giving away 3 (yes 3!) ARC's of The Joy of Spooking by P.J. Bracegirdle. There are 5 ways to enter and the contest ends on July 20th. at 9pm CST. So go enter that one too!

Reviwer X is giving away a copy of The Elite by Jennifer Banash. The contest is open until July 11th. So go enter now! And if you do enter tell them that Breanna sent you and be sure to make sure that your entry is not Anonymous as Anonymous entries do not count.

Harmony of Harmony Book Reviews is giving away 2 copies of The Elite by Jennifer Banash plus a mixed CD of songs that inspired Jennifer while writing it. How cool is that? Just be sure to enter by July 31st. It's as simple as that. There are also ways to get extra entries, which is always nice. =)

Oh and also of course The Story Siren is having her monthly contest. Which I have to say is pretty freaking awesome. Head on over for her blog for details. The winner gets to choose one of 7 books this month. The books being Band Geek Love by Josie Bloss, Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab, Braless in Wonderland by Debbie Reed Fisher, Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall, Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design or Violet in Private by Melissa Walker. So head on over to her blog and check out the details!

And of course be sure to check out Carol from Bookluver-Carol's Reviews monthly contest. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on her reviews and you get two entries for leaving a comment on her author interviews. The prize is a book that you get to pick from the available books she has to give away. The last day to enter is July 31st. So go ahead and enter, it's easy!

Megan of From the Corner of Megan's Mind is currently holding the second Mystery contest. It's only open to U.S. residents (but don't worry, the next one will be open to everyone) and the ending date is undetermined. So head on over to her blog for details. What are you waiting for? Go enter!

Friday, July 4, 2008

WAKE


WAKE by Lisa McMann
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

17-year-old Janie Hannagan is sick and tired of seeing other people's dreams. Ever since she was 8 whenever someone around her starts having an intense dream Janie will be sucked it in to it. She blacks out and practically has seizures when a really intense dream will hit her. She works at a nursing home and doesn't have too much trouble there because the older people have trouble sleeping so they rarely ever dream. But once in a while an intense dream will hit her and she has to try to keep it together, which can be extremely difficult at times.

Lately she's been being sucked in to Cabel Strumheller's dreams. A guy that is in her class but has been held back a year so he's 19 now. Cabel's dreams are the worst she's ever seen and they have the most horrible effect her. At one point she ends up telling Cabel about her problem and they start to get pretty close until Cabel starts hanging out with the popular girl (Shay) from her class and doing drug business with her dad. When Janie finds all this out she's extremely pissed off and has no idea what to even think of Cabel anymore.

In the meantime Janie has been able to start controlling the dreams that she's pulled in to. She can even stop herself from being pulled into a dream if she concentrates hard enough. Cabel keeps trying to make up with her and talk to Janie but she never lets him. Until one day when Cabel asks her to come see his boss because she wants to have a talk with Janie. At this point Janie is completely baffled but ends up going along anyway. What will she find out when she gets there?

Wow, this book was intense! It was a really quick read but so amazing. I can't wait until FADE comes out next year. I loved Janie and Cabel's characters. They were both so intense and just out there. Lisa has an amazing writing style, and I completely loved it. I was so caught up in this book the whole time I was reading it. I never wanted to put it down. Seriously, go read this book. You won't regret it, I promise! =)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Stephanie's Release Party!


Check out Stephanie's release party starting next week on July 7th on her blog. There'll be some great giveaways and I'm sure it'll be a great release week! So go check it out next week and party with Stephanie =)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Brothers Torres


The Brotheres Torres by Coert Voorhees
I give it 5 stars out of 5.

Frankie and Steve Towers are brothers. Frankie is a freshman and Steve is a Senior. Frankie has always looked up to his older brother who has gotten a soccer scholarship, is one of the most popular guys in school, and is very popular with the ladies. Frankie spends most of his time with his friend Zach shooting off fireworks in his back yard while Zach's mom makes them Kool-Aid flavored popsicles. The remainder of his time is put in to Rebecca, the girl he has had a major crush on since grade school and working at his parent's restaurant.

Recently Steve has been hanging out with the local "cholos" (aka bad boys) and Frankie hasn't really thought anything of it until he gets in to a fist fight with John Dalton who has always been on Steve's bad side and is one of the richest, preppiest kids at their high school. After Frankie gets beaten to a pulp by John and two of his sidekicks Steve stops ignoring his brother and tries to help him out.

Soon with Steve's help Frankie finally has the attention of Rebecca in the form of a Homecoming date and life is going pretty well until another incident with Dalton happens. This time Steve really wants pay back and will stop at nothing to get it. And Frankie has to decide whether he wants to help Steve retaliate or stand on the sidelines and watch.

This book was great. I loved Frankie's character and how he acted around Rebecca. I could totally see the events in this book actually happening in real life which indeed made the book a bit scary at times. But it also made it even more great. I love real life situations. Coert is a really strong writer and I loved his style. This book had me laughing at times and on the verge of tears at others. Overall it was really a great book and I can't wait to read more by this great author.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day


Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Allie Finkle is a happy fourth grader who lives with her parents and her two younger brothers. She has a best friend named Mary Kay who cries a lot. Sometimes Allie doesn't even know why she's friends with Mary Kay.

The day before Mary Kay's birthday Allie's parents tell Allie that they will be moving. And that once they move Allie will have to go to a different school because they'll be in a different school district. A few days later Allie's family goes to see the house and Allie immediately doesn't like it. It's big, dirty, creepy, and old. All the stairs creak and there are spiders everywhere. But then Allie sees a girl next door and ends up going over to talk with her. The girl's name is Erica and she's in the same grade as Allie. While over at Erica's house her brother comes over to talk to them and tells Allie that there is a zombie hand living in the attic. At this point Allie has had enough and flat out refuses to move into this house with her family. She just knows something awful will happen to all of them. So she comes up with a plan to get her parents to stay in their old house. But will her plan work, or just backfire?

This was such a cute book. I bought it to give to my cousin's daughter for her birthday this year but I wanted to read it before I gave it to her. I loved it. It was so funny and just plain cute. I think pretty much every young girl would love to get their hands on a copy of this book.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Stephanie Kuehnert week on Shooting Stars Mag, plus a contest!


Alright so this whole week over at Shooting Stars Magazine is Stephanie Kuehnert week. In honor of her first release, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone that's being released on July 8th. of next week! Aren't you excited? I know I am! I've been wanting to read this ever since I first saw the cover back in like December I believe. Anyway I'm getting off track here. Shooting Stars Magazine already has four posts up to kick off Stephanie's week. Including an author guest blog with Melissa Walker (author of the Violet series) so be sure to check that out!

Now for the big news. A huge contest is also being held. The prize being around 10 gift cards of $10 each to some of your favorite places. The people donating these gift cards are us book reviewers, myself included. Here's a list of what's put together so far:


And Another Book Read: Tasha (Barnes N Noble)

Shooting Stars Mag: Lauren

Reading Mania (ElainaReads): Elaina

The Compulsive Reader

Bookluverreviews: Chelsie

The Story Siren: Kristi

B is for Books: Breanna (me!)

Teen Troves: Mollie and Ariel


Lauren (from Shooting Stars Magazine) might be adding one or two more reviewers to this list later on this week. So keep an eye out for what you could win in this contest! All you have to do to enter is buy Stephanie's book. Amazon is already shipping copies out, isn't that crazy? So go and order one now! Once you have your book take a picture of you with the book or of your receipt and be sure to send it in to Lauren at Lauren51990@aol.com The contest is open until July 30th. so you have plenty of time to get your copy. The winner will be announced sometime during the first week of August! So go pre-order your copy now to enter! Also be sure to check out Stephanie Kuehnert on her website at www.stephaniekuehnert.com or on her Myspace at www.myspace.com/theblacknotebooks.




Sunday, June 29, 2008

Fake Boyfriend


Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Lane, Vivi, and Curtis have had it with Isabelle's boyfriend, Shawn Littig (aka Sluttig). Over the past four years they have broken up numerous times. The beginning of each break up happening in a more nasty way. Like on her sixteenth birthday when he crashed her new car on the way to her party. This time Shawn has hooked up with some girl that Isabelle knows right across the street from her for her to see. Of course they break up again but this time Lane and Vivi have had it. They hate seeing Isabelle crushed once again by "Sluttig".

While hanging out in Vivi's room on Myspace she has a brilliant idea (or at least Vivi thinks so). They should make up a fake boy and put him on Myspace. Lane doesn't think it's such a great idea but lets Vivi do it anyway. They name him Brandon and put most all of the things that Isabelle likes in a guy on his page. Then they have Vivi's younger brother (who is a junior at their school) Marshall send her a message as Brandon because neither of them are guys and can't think of anything to say that a guy would actually say. Isabelle instantly takes to "Brandon".

As time goes on they realize that they need to find a guy to play Brandon in real life if they have any shot of keeping Isabelle away from Shawn seeing as she's desperate for a prom date and has always thought she'd go with Shawn anyway. And she doesn't think that Brandon would want to take the time to drive up to see her just to go to prom with her. So Vivi and Lane go on the search for a Brandon. They finally find him in the form of Jonathan, a somewhat preppy guy that Isabelle wouldn't really go for. In the next two weeks before prom they have turn him into a believable Brandon that Isabelle will just fall head over heels for. But in the process Vivi develops a crush that screw up their whole plan. Can they really pull this off without hurting Isabelle once again?

This book was great. I really wasn't expecting the book to end the way it did either. Which was nice. I was more happy with the ending that actually happened then the ending that was in my head. Isabelle was such a dramatic character at times but it was great. I could totally sense the crush coming on with Vivi and Jonathan too. I knew that would make an interesting ending to the book. This was a great light read, and I really liked it. I need to read something else by Kate Brian now.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Leftovers


Leftovers by Laura Wiess
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Blair and Ardith are best friends who come from two different families. Blair's parents are never around and her mother is fighting her way to the top to become a judge, and nothing will stand in her way. At one point she even forbids Ardith to ever come to the house again.

Ardith has had to spend her whole life with a mother who always pushes things aside and never faces what's happening in her families' lives, a drunken father who will jump at the chance to feel up basically any teenage girl, and a brother who pretty much takes after his father and will go for pretty much any girl he lays his eyes on, including Blair the one time she comes to Ardith's house. Ardith has to lock herself in her room most of the time to escape the rowdiness of her house with all the parties that are always going on.

Blair and Ardith have committed an unforgiveable act in the name of love and justice when a dear friend is hurt in a horrible car wreck. They think that committing this horrible act will finally set them free of their crappy lives and will bring justice to the situation at hand. But will it?

This book was so good. I literally couldn't put it down. I walked around the house with it all day today whenever I had a chance to read it. It was so easy to dive in to Blair and Ardith's lives and see how crappy they felt from day to day. I cried twice during this book. It usually takes a lot for me to cry from a book so doing it twice for one is big for me, lol. It's such a deep read and it really makes you think. I just really liked it. If I keep going now I'll just repeat myself in one way or another so I'm done. Definitely read this book if you're into deep emotional stuff.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Beautiful Disaster


Beautiful Disaster by Kylie Adams
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Beautiful Disaster is the third and final book in the Fast Girls Hot Boys series. It picks up from where the second book in the series Bling Addiction has left off. It follows the lives of the "fabulous" 5 students at Miami Academy for Creative and Performing Arts in the last few months of their high school career. The fabulous 5 being Vanity St. John, Max Biaggi Jr., Pippa Keith, Dante Medina, and Christina Perez. But only four out of the five of them will make it to graduation day alive. The question is who?

Max has a hard time when his sister Sho ends up in a coma after taking some drugs that somebody made at one of Max's infamous parties. Pippa blackmails Max's father for almost raping her on his private jet and decides to take off to New York without finishing high school. Christina jumps off of a roof hoping to kill herself to escape the fact that her mother is sending her to some camp that is supposed to specialize in "degayification" only to get caught up in some Christmas lights and saved by a random guy who happened to be nearby. Dante ends up leading the police to a room where Vanity is tied up and about to be killed by some druggie who made a sex tape of her a while back. And after Dante saves Vanity they start a relationship together.

Right before their graduation day one of them is killed. And their lives are all changed forever.

I haven't read the first two books in this series but this one was great. I finished it in a day it was that good. It was also a short book as well, so that helped too. But it was amazing. It moved at such a fast pace and it was a real page turner. I loved the 5 main characters, especially Max. They were all great and each of the story lines involving them were strong. This book is definitely intended for older readers ages 16 and up. It's a great Summer read so if you're without something to read during Summer I would highly suggest this series. The first two books are probably just as great as this one is.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Midnight Twins (ARC)


The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Meredith and Mallory are Identical twins born on either side of midnight on New Year's Eve. One born at 11:59 and the other at 12:01 am. It's now 13 years later and the girls are best friends but they have completely different interests. Also, like many Identical twins they can read each others minds. But they also have the exact same dreams. Up until one New Year's Eve when a fire breaks out at the house that they are babysitting their cousins in. Someone purposely started the fire and the twins have a pretty good idea who that someone is.

After the fire Mallory starts seeing strange images and scenes in her head involving David, the guy that they believe started the fire that the twins almost died in. These scenes are so strange but Mallory believes that they are actually going to happen. But Meredith isn't seeing the same things or even having the same dreams anymore. Instead she is seeing scenes involving David that are less creepy.

Over the next few months Mallory keeps seeing the strange scenes in her head that are getting more disturbing, like what seems to be David almost raping a girl. She even starts having blackouts after seeing the frightening images. She tells Meredith that they need to confront David but Meredith isn't too sure about the idea. Will confronting David help the disturbing scenes to finally stop or will they continue on forever?

I was lucky enough to win this ARC in a contest. I read it in like 2 days, it was great. Having Identical twins myself it was fun to read about Identical twins. The characters in this book were strong and Mallory and Meredith were easy to love. A bit of the book was confusing towards the middle. Mallory and Meredith had nick names that I found to be confusing at times. But the storyline was great and I loved the ending. I really hope Jacquelyn writes a sequel to this one.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Kissing Snowflakes


Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Samantha Levy (or as she calls herself, Levy) is being dragged on her dad's honeymoon with his new young wife Kathy and her brother Jeremy. They're all going up the Bishop Inn in the mountains to ski. Sam is none to thrilled about the idea to bring along herself and her brother on her dad's honeymoon during her Winter Break of all times. She is also not so fond of young cherry Kathy who keeps trying to be all "buddy buddy" with her.

But before Sam left home her best friend Phoebe and herself decided that while she was gone she would find a boy to kiss and just have fun with. Seeing as how the only kiss that Sam has ever had was in a school play and after that play she found the boy that she kissed in the corner with a new sexy exchange student.

While taking a beginners skiing class Sam meets Drew. Drew is a very attractive ski teacher who claims to have been at the Olympic try outs. All the girls are giggling and flirting with him. And when he starts focusing on Sam she is utterly shocked. But it turns out all Drew wants is to get into Sam's pants and she is definitely not ready for that. Meanwhile, back at the Bishop Inn there is an incredibly annoying guy named Eric that helps run the place with his father. At first he drives Sam crazy with him butting into her life all the time, like when she's being a brat to Kathy. And telling her that she's not acting the way that she should be. But in the long run, is Eric all that bad? After Sam has a minor ski accident she's about to find out what Eric is really like. And she just might like it.

I bought this book a while ago because I'd heard about it. This book was pretty good, it didn't disappoint me. I liked Sam's character and I how Drew was such an ass. Well I didn't like how he was an ass to Sam, hopefully you know what I mean. I especially liked Eric though, I could tell from the beginning that he was a nice guy. Sam just wasn't about to realize that any time soon because she was so caught up with Drew. This was a really fast read for me, but good just the same. It's definitely a good Summer read even though it's set during the Winter. It's light and quick and overall a sweet book. The only thing I didn't like about it was some of the things Sam said when she was talking to Drew. I don't know, some it was just strange. But it was still a good book.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Temptress Four (contest!)


Theres this new book out called The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana. I haven't read it yet but I've heard many great things about it. Its about these four girls who have been friends since they were young that have just graduated from high school. To celebrate they are going on a Caribbean Cruise ship called The Temptress. But the night before the trip they see a fortune teller who not only knows the girls are about to go own a trip but also that one of them will not be making it back alive.

This book sounds amazing to me! I can't wait to read it. And right now Gaby herself is having a contest to win a copy of The Temptress Four, a cute totebag, and a $25 gift certificate to itunes! The contest ends on June 30th. So go enter now! And get yourself a copy of The Temptress Four. =)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Kiss Me Kill Me


Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
(I really don't love every book that I read, it just seems like I do)

Scarlett Wakefield is like most every other 16 year old teenage girl, with a few exceptions. She has two best friends (Alison and Luce) that aren't really popular just like she is. She is heavily involved in gymnastics and is feeling alright about her life for the most part. As alright as she can feel without having her parents that is. For the new year Scarlett has three resolutions, one being to finally get her first kiss. And hopefully from a guy that she has had a crush on for a while, Dan McAndrew.

Out of nowhere the popular girls in her school call her over to their little group one day and end up inviting her to a party that's coming up soon. Scarlett of course jumps at the chance knowing that Dan is going to be there. Well Scarlett finally gets her wish along with something terrible. Right in the middle of kissing Dan he drops dead, he pretty much suffocates in Scarlett's arms.

Scarlett is pretty much chased out of her school and sent to attend school at her Grandmother's school. While there and obsessing about Dan's death, thinking it's her fault like everyone else thinks she discovers something: A letter in her desk addressed to her containing only four words. But four words that have a strong impact on Scarlett. Then, with the help of a new friend (Taylor) Scarlett sets out to find out what really caused Dan McAndrew's death.

Wow, I have to say that I loved this book. I always love a good mystery. And this one was really a page turner. I finished it in about a day, granted it is Summer and I do have more time to read. But still, I don't usually read one book in a day. I love Scarlett's character, she was so great. I couldn't help but to feel bad for her after Dan's death. Thinking that you killed a guy just from your kiss? Thats some pretty heavy stuff for a 16 year old to be going through. Not to mention all the harassment she got from her former classmates after Dan's death. I loved this whole book, seriously. There wasn't one part that was dull to me. The whole thing was a page turner. I'd recommend this book to any teenage girl that loves a good mystery and hot guys, lol. Seriously though, this was hands down an amazing book. And I can't wait to read more by Lauren Henderson. =)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Looking Glass Wars


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Alyss Heart lives in Wonderland in a place called Wondertropolis with her parents King Nolan and Queen Genevieve. But her Aunt Redd who was practically thrown out of the family when she was young is determined to take over Wonderland. On Alyss' seventh birthday Redd does just that. Both of Alyss' parents are killed in Redd's wrath and Alyss and Hatter (Genevieve's loyal assistant) barely escape through an emergency looking glass portal. Once out of the portal Alyss realizes that Hatter isn't with her. They were somehow separated while in the portal.

For years Hatter searches for Alyss while Alyss ends up being adopted by a family with two other children that make fun of her for talking about Wonderland all the time. Meanwhile back in Wonderland Redd is wrecking havoc sending anyone who believes in white magic to torturous camps to work until they die. Some of the Wonderlanders have formed an army called the Alyssians and Hatter is still on the search for princess Alyss.

Many years later Alyss is 20 years old, has pretty much blocked everything about Wonderland out of her mind, and is about to be married to a wealthy Prince named Leopold when Hatter finally finds her. All of a sudden she finds herself back in Wonderland about to fight the biggest battle she has ever seen. With the fate of Wonderland resting in her hands.

When I first heard about this book it sounded interesting. Frank Beddor got the idea to write it from the old fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. While this book heads in a different direction than the original fairy tale it is even more amazing. It was full of action and all the other elements that any great book has. The characters are all incredibly strong, especially Alyss. Redd was especially easy to hate which was awesome. I always love to hate the evil characters in books like this. This book is the first in a trilogy and the second book Seeing Redd is out now as well. So go go get your hands on them and read them! You won't be disappointed. Granted I haven't read the second book yet but I'm sure it's just as great as the first.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Francey


Francey by Martin Dubow
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

"At its heart, a love story or three, Francey is moreover a tale of mystery, betrayal, murder, and sorrow."

Francey is a mature beyond her years sixth grader who has an incredibly close bond to her father Rick. Rick is a fabulously known architect who has recently been asked to build a manor for Lord Crimson who is a rich and sorrowful member of English royalty. But Rick is not to build just any manor. He has been asked to build a manor that imitates a seventeenth century manor that keeps showing up in Lord Crimson's dreams that practically haunt him every day. Meanwhile, Francey is having these horrible nightmares that somehow turn out to be memories.

It turns out that Francey has taken on the persona of Susan Sebastian, a seventeenth century noblewoman. And Francey's nightmares are about her lover, Edward Delaney who was murdered because of their love. Francey also takes on one of Susan Sebastian's amazing attributes; her ability to draw amazingly well. But if Francey's nightmares continue at the force with which they are coming on something terrible is bound to happen. With the help of Lizzie (Francey's teacher) and Alex (Lizzie's younger brother) will Rick be able to save Francey in time?

Oh my goodness, this book was amazing! It was a pretty quick read but great just the same. It covered everything readers love; mystery, love, betrayal, murder. Not to mention the fact that the characters themselves were amazing. Rick and Francey's relationship was just perfect for this book along with Lizzie and Alex's relationship as well. Francey was such a strong and loveable character from the beginning. I absolutely adored her. I loved all the suspense and mystery in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about the seventeenth century and artistry. And of course anyone who loves a great love story. I can't wait for Martin's next book!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Contest!

Enter to win a copy of Undone by Brooke Taylor at Midnight Twilight. All you have to do is leave a comment. So hurry up and go enter already! The contest ends on June 29th. =)

Lullaby


Lullaby by Jane Orcutt
I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Merrilee Hunter is 15 years old and pregnant. Nora Rey is happily married to Steven. Their marriage is only missing one thing, a baby. For years they have tried everything to conceive but nothing has worked. Even adoption hasn't seemed to work for them seeing as they're an older couple. Everything changes for them when they get a call from the adoption agency saying that they have been chosen to be parents.

After meeting Merrilee for the first time Nora becomes attached to her, and not just because she is carrying her and Steven's baby. While Merrilee doesn't offer to say much about her life before she met Nora and Steven Nora just knows that Merrilee is a wonderful girl who deserves to be loved for always. The more time that Merrilee spends with Nora and Steven the closer they get until one day something awful happens...

I randomly checked out this book from the library a while back. I'm definitely glad that I did. This book was good, not to mention heart-wrenching. Merrilee was such a sweet girl, you just couldn't help but to love her. The ending definitely surprised me. I didn't really ever see it coming. This book was relatively short, I finished it within one day. But that didn't make it any less good. I was expecting a bit more out of this book once I started reading it, but it was still a great read.