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!