Friday, December 31, 2010

Some Girls Are- Courtney Summers

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

This book was lent to me by a friend who described it like this: "it's a book about a girl who gets kicked out of her clique and becomes friends with a guy who she use to make life terrible for." To me it sounded very cliche but I took it from her anyways planning on maybe reading the first page if that before giving it back to her and saying I hadn't liked it.

She got the book back two days later. not because I hadn't liked it but because I had finished reading it already and had loved it! before I continue I will tell you a secret about my reviewing. I never write a review the day I finish reading the book, I put it down and I just think about what I read. I do this because I want to get the full impact of the book not what my last impression had been, now back to the review When I had finished the book I was in love, if anybody had asked what book they should go out and buy right then and there I sound have told them to get this one, but after a few days of thinking about it I decided that there were a few flaw. The first being how cliche it was in some parts but I was able to get over that because of the amazing characters and how easy it was for me to understand their pain, now that I look back they were also rather dull in parts compared to when I had finished the book, just like the book as a whole (this is again why I wait a few days before reviewing, other wise I would have said they were the best ever).

My biggest negative about this book would have to be the ending. It was short and seemed really rushed. Not only that but it also left me with even more questions then the feeling of closer I like to feel at the end of a book or series. It was a good book over all, and I would recommend it to those looking for a short book to read but I warn this is not one that can be read and re read, at least I couldn't re red it again, not anytime soon (within the next five years or more).

So with all this being said I rate this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, only a 4 1/2. :( It makes me sad to see such a low rating but it just wasn't a book I would eagerly recommend or read again.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Infinite days- Rebecca Maizel

“Once the most feared vampire in the world, Lenah Beaudonte wants what all vampires eventually want: to be human and feel, love and even cry again. After an elaborate ritual that involves the death of her soul mate for the last 592 years and a 100-year secret hibernation at her English countryside estate, Lenah awakens at an elite New England boarding school, returned to her former 16-year-old human self. As she adjusts to the new century (almost too quickly, “chatting up” friends in mere days), tries to fit in with her peers and experiences her first human love with gorgeous and intelligent Justin and guilt for her past ruthless killings, flashbacks across the centuries reveal Lenah’s former life as a vampire, how she formed the coven she rules and why she must prepare to battle its members once they discover her disappearance. In this new series starter, strong, brave, powerful Lenah sheds the wannabe image, capturing readers instead with her complex yet fascinating history and visceral, at times sensual, narration.” - Kirkus

I was hesitant to buy this book when a friend shoved it in my hand when we were out book shopping (that's right I go out shopping, just for books!) I mean after all right now all you see on the shelf is books about vampires and to be quite frank, I'm getting sick of them, they are good in moderation but not when thats all you see (I'm big on not doing whats in style at the time). So I wrinkled my nose in dismay as I cracked open the book while I was laying in bed a few weeks later after have bought the book and having it sit on my shelf until there was nothing left for me to read.

The first page, to me was like every other vampire book that had been written, so back it went on my bookshelf, I could do without a book for a few days until I could get out book hopping again. The next day I was reading it again, I just can't go a day without reading, and I will admit I was wrong about it being like any other vampire novel, in parts it was a tad dry and could have use something extra to spice it up but there were also many things in there that are different from other books about vampire books (no they don't sparkle) and I'm not going to list them all (a love worth dying for, a second chance at love, first love never dying) you are going to have to go out a buy it yourself, which I now highly recommend doing.

Over all I give this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, I rank this book an 8, for it didn't grab me right away and I did want to put it down in the middle, yet it was also an amazing read I couldn't help but not put i down for the promise of what to come was so sweet and appealing.

Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink

I remember seeing this book when it had the original cover of the two statues side by side and saying to myself "hey I should pick that up next time," and of course I did not. But seeing Prophecy again on the shelves earlier this year (? maybe last year) I had to pick it up. And that was just what I did on one of my book binges. I picked up the book, followed Michelle on her blog, friended her on facebook after a little while, and follow her and her daughter's twitter accounts. No I am not stalking her, even if that is what it sounds like. Michelle is a really great person, and the soundtrack her son Kenneth composed for the books is just amazing.

This book is amazing.

I wasn't sure how I would like it at first because I do not usually read anything set back in time, but this had the fantasy element to it that kept me hooked. That element is the twin sisters, one is destined to be the Guardian, the other the Gate and how because of the way of their birth, their destinies were mixed. Alice is by far one of the best villains I have ever had the opportunity to read, she is just...evil to say it right. The gothic time the novel is set in reflects the guardian and the gate part of the novel, at least it does to me. Beautiful and haunting.

Prophecy of the Sisters is book one in a trilogy. Guardian Gate is out now.

I strongly recommend getting this book, and following Michelle which ever way is easiest. Like I said before she is a great person, and is great to talk to.

Michelle's blog and website:

Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klaus

Here is just a note first off, if you have seen the movie and not already read the book you will find that the book is extremely different from the movie. About the only things that the movie and the book have in common are the names of the characters, and the fact that they are lupe garu.

At first I saw the movie first and I had no idea that there was a book, fortunately for me searching it up on googlee brought me to the amazon page for the book. That Christmas I got it as a Christmas present, started reading it that day. And since then I have reread the book probably a total of four times, so the rereadable quality of the book is definitely there. It is a smaller book, easy to read, and has extremely different views on the transformation of the wolves, and what they look like which is refreshing.

I absolutely adore this book, and compared to the movie it blows it out of the water, then again books are always better than their movies correct? The relationship between Vivian and Gabriel, and Aiden are written in amazingly well. And just going to say if you liked the movie ending, you probably wont like the ending of the book (even though it is a totally better ending and makes a heck of a lot more sense than the movie). I digress, but this is definitely a reread and a quick easy read, the book is small enough that it can slip into a coat pocket or inside a purse to take with you on the go.

It is definitely one of my all time favourite werewolf books. By the time you finish you are going to want their to be a sequel to this book it is so good.

How To Be Bad- E.Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, Sara Mlynowski

Two best friends and the new girl take off on a road trip, only they each have their own reasons for the road trip. Jesse to hide from the fact that her mother has breast cancer, Vicks' to see her boyfriend, and Melony to have a chance at being normal and actually making friends. The three girls really have only one thing in common in the beginning and that is the fact that they all work at the Waffle hut, Vicks a cook, Mel, and Jesse waitresses. Along the way the three run into trouble, trouble in the form of a hurricane, fighting with each other, boy problems, and secrets that causes secrets between the three.

I don't even remember why I picked this book up, but I had been meaning to pick it up for a while and when I did, I definitely did not regret it. Don't let my horrible summary of the book deter you because I assure you it is much better than my ramdolings on it. This book is emotional, and extremely humourous. The co-authors of this book definitely fit together very well, and you can tell in the way the book is written that they had a lot of fun writing it. One of my favourite scenes is when they visit old Joe, and I'll let you read the rest :)

But yes pick up this book it is definitely a good and quick read.

Blog Note: We apologize about the lack of reviews coming out right now, it is almost Christmas and things are hectic. And I am dealing with my parents splitting up right now. So please forgive us for sure late and short reviews during this time.