Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Question for my readers

Okay, so I know I'm not the greatest blogger. I've been slacking recently because I'm moving soon and of course that's a hassle. But I have a question for you guys. What would you like to see on my blog? Any specific things like Waiting on Wednesday or Teaser Tuesdays? I never really know what to post. I want to draw readers in but I'm not creative enough! Haha. So if any of you have any opinions of what you want to see on my blog leave me a comment and let me know! I'd really appreciate anything you have to say, seriously.

And also, is there anything that you don't like about my reviews? I'm still trying to make my review better. So if there's anything you like or don't like let me know about that too! Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Every Little Thing in the World

Review of: Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont
Release date: March 2010
Pages: 282
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Grade: A

Sydney Biggs is 16 years old and somewhat of a rebel. After her and her best friend Natalia sneak out to a party one night her mother ships her off to her father for the Summer so he can deal with her. Her father tells Sydney that he is sending her off to a wilderness camp for a month. The only problem is that Sydney is pregnant, and she needs to decide whether she wants an abortion or not within a very short period of time.

She plans to not think about her pregnancy at all during the month that she is away but then Natalia shows up on the trip with her and is a constant reminder of Sydney's situation. In the end what will Sydney choose to do?

This was a fantastic read. As soon as I read about it I wanted to get a copy right away and when I got my hands on one it definitely did not disappoint. I felt so bad for Sydney during the whole book. She was constantly trying to figure out what the right thing to do was and it didn't help that her best friend was always pushing her opinion on Sydney. All of the characters were great and I liked the ending. It was a great story about a huge decision that a young girl has to make.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Torn to Pieces

Review of: Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell
Release date: September 9th 2008
Pages: 258
Publisher: Delacorte Books for young readers
Grade: A

Anne is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her quirky mother. Ever since Anne was little her mother and her (and her grandparents) would move around every once in a while. Anne's mom is a writer so she does a lot of traveling and Anne stays by herself in their house but often stays with her grandparents just down the street because it's creepy being alone in that big house.

Anne has always found her mother to be a bit strange by the furniture that she buys and the long business trips that she takes. But her mother has always been a stable mother figure for Anne and Anne hasn't minded her mother's long trips because she always comes back and is always there for Anne. But when her mother misses Anne's birthday she knows that something is up. Not once has her mother ever missed her birthday, no matter what. Immediately Anne starts to investigate, starting off with asking her grandparents questions. When that doesn't work so well she starts to dig further. Who knows what she may find out..

This book was so addicting. I read it in like two days. It really was a page turner. It seemed kind of like a mystery to me. I had to keep guessing what was going to happen. Anne was such a determined character. She would stop at nothing to find out what was going on with her mother and I loved that about her. The secondary characters were pretty awesome as well. All in all this was just a really good book to me. The writing was really great and the suspense was awesome. I'd check this one out if you're in for some mystery and suspense.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Defying the Diva

Review of: Defying the Diva by D. Anne Love
Release date: March 2008
Pages: 257
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Grade: B

Haley Patterson is a 14-year-old freshman in high school. She has two great best friends and is planning on making a name for herself by writing in the school paper. But when one of her articles gets the queen bee (Camilla Quinn) of the school in trouble Haley's life takes a turn for the worse. All of a sudden her two best friends have turned on her thanks to Camilla and the whole school basically thinks she is a slut from what Camilla has spread around. Of course absolutely none of this is true but now Haley is stuck being a total outcast.

For the Summer she has to go stay with her Aunt in some small town far away from her home because her parents are going on a trip and her brother is exploring the world. While there her Aunt makes her get a job at a nearby hotel. Haley is so messed up from her horrible experience back home that she isn't sure she can really trust anybody that she works with. But maybe, just maybe, someone there will get her to open up and be the amazing girl that she really is.

This book shows the classic doings of a terrible high school girl. It really upsets me how girls can be so mean, especially in high school. Throughout the whole book you can't help but to feel bad for Haley. She was basically an innocent victim who got stomped on for one little thing that she didn't even think was that big of a deal! This book was pretty emotional at times and at other times it just made me want to scream because of how badly Haley was being treated. But I really enjoyed the middle and the ending of the book. It's a pretty good Summer read too because it basically takes place during the Summer. :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tell Me Who

Review of: Tell Me Who by Jessica Wollman
Release date: February 2009
Pages: 261
Publisher: Dutton Books
Grade: B

Molly's dad is engaged to Phyllis. Molly refers to Phyllis as "the claw" because of her nails. Molly's mom died when she was young and after her mother's death her and her dad became the best of friends. They spent so much time together but now Phyllis is ruining everything and Molly hates her.

One day Molly and her best friend Tanna find a weird antique machine in the basement that belongs to "the claw". When they turn it on they discover that machine tells you who you are going to marry. After several tests they decide that it indeed does tell the truth. Molly is determined to change the outcome of the Who-Meter when it comes to her father. All Tanna wants to do is tell people and charge them money to find out who they will end up marrying. But when an interesting thing happens Molly and Tanna might start thinking differently about the machine.

This book was really cute and also funny. Phyllis "the claw" seemed like such an awful person that it made sense that Molly wanted to find her dad somebody else to be with! There were a few parts of the book that were unexpected to me which was a nice surprise. The ending was pretty good as well. I'd recommend this book to younger readers around age 12 or so. It seems like a book they might enjoy a lot.