Monday, January 31, 2011

The Gift - James Patterson and Ned Rust

When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.
But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is "The One Who Has the Gift." While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty's suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one... The Execution of the Allgoods. -- 
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Here's the thing about this book, or about how I read it. It was actually a Christmas present given to my grandma, but knowing that it looked like something I would read, she allowed me to read it before she even touched it. So I read the back which turned into the first few chapters, and the first few chapters became half the book, half the book became three-quarters, three-quarters became "What it's done already?"

But here's the thing, although there are some points in the book where it's hard to tell what's going on exactly, it's a really good read. And if you haven't read the first one, you can easily dive into this one. It works as well as a stand-alone as it does in a series, which is why I'm posting this review before I post, the first books review. Again, the only problem I had with this book, is the fact that sometimes when you're reading it, it's hard to tell what's going on. You're not sure if you're in one area or if you're in the next,and you can tell if something is really happening or if it's just their imagination. It gets a little confusing, if you can't keep track. But the end of the book is sure to make you want to read the next one. I know it's made me want to read it, but unfortunately we have to wait for it. Patience is not my virtue...

James Patterson's website:

Guess what, there is also a witch and wizard comic, and news from James Patterson says that there is also going to be a witch and wizard movie coming!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shiver- Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human -- until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

This book was shocked into my hands by a friend while we were out looking for books her. She gave to me and said "You'll like it more". I read the back… Read it again. I wanted it. I hadn't planned on buying anything but I ended up leaving with this book, of course I can go to a bookstore and not get least one book.

And so once I got home I sat down and read, my boyfriend must be lonely sometimes for when I find a really good book I read until I'm done usually ignoring him what I'm doing this, and this was a really good book.

The first few chapters had me confused, I had no clue what was happening, but even then it was so well written I couldn't stop reading. As I continued a "didn't what happened before what was going on. I was hooked. It is a perfect balance of emotions for me and not only did I find myself feeling as if I were Grace, parts me felt as if I could take the places Sam as well.

And so with all this being said I rate this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, a 8, only because the first quarter of the book I had no clue what was going on. When I pick up a book I want to know what's happening and not have to guess which is what I was doing for the beginning parts, but close of the and there's able to really enjoy the book.

Dragon naturally speaking


Today, I parents and myself went out shopping and somehow managed to end up at Staples. Remembering that I had been asking about voice recognition software, my dad asked if they had any in stock. They did, and it turns out that it was on sale, instead of $100 I was able to purchase this device for only $70. Not only did I buy one for myself, but also the one for Ashley. So, the review below this entitled "Halo" was written using Dragon voice software.


And even though, this is fairly new to us. I would seriously recommend Dragon software. If you have wrist problems at all or wrist pain like Rebecca or me. oh, and this is Ashley now by the way. I have had carpal tunnel syndrome for five years and I'm only now just getting Dragon and it's amazing. So, if you're in need of voice recognition software. This is one thing that I could. They recommend. Also Dragon is a great tool is you are a writer and have trouble typing for long periods of time, or can not get all of your thoughts onto the page.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Halo- Alexandra Adornetto

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces.

Is love a great enough power against evil?

After reading reviews I was hesitant to buy this book, many said it wasn't what they were expecting or that is was very cliche and like any other angel book they had read. I got it anyways and three days later the package showed up in the mail with all the other books I had ordered (I love chapters they even mail you books you buy online). I read this one first because if I didn't like it I would have something else to read after. So with that thought in mind I began reading.

The beginning of Halo was… Interesting enough to get me reading but the promise of romance to come is what kept me reading. By the middle of the book I was hooked, love interest, secrets, and evil lurking ready to attack. It was exciting, but yet I could put the book down and not think about it for days of which is what I did a few times honestly. I believe that the ending was left open for more books to follow and make this a series. I am interested in buying it to see what would happen next with Beth, as this was a interesting but which I did enjoy evening if dull in areas.

This is a book I would recommend it to readers looking for a interesting read about angels, true love, forbidden love, and how Beth and her sweetheart ignored all odds and love no matter what the risk. Although I wouldn't recommend this book if you are looking for something that you could read over and over as I found it was not one that I would've been able to reread.

And so with all this being said I rate this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, a 7.

Mr. Perfect- Linda Howard

"Jaine Bright and three close friends share dinner one night and during casual conversation, create a list of qualifications for the perfect man--some logical, some hilariously funny, some racy. Within days, their tongue-in-cheek wish list of attributes for Mr. Perfect has been leaked to the press and the resultant publicity is overwhelming. Coworkers, TV crews, and reporters barrage the quartet with comments and criticism.

As if Jaine doesn't have enough to cope with, she has a new neighbor who she suspects is a criminal. She's relieved to learn that her neighbor is really an undercover cop, but she's still wary--because smart, sexy Sam Donovan handles her sharp witticisms with easy humor, and Jaine suspects that he may threaten her heart. What Jaine doesn't know is that she's about to need Sam desperately for something other than romance because her circle of friends is in big trouble. Unfortunately, that list of qualifications for Mr. Perfect has touched off a madman's rage. All of their lives are threatened and some of them are going to die, maybe all of them, if Sam can't stop the unknown killer...."

I picked this book out of a pile of books my friend wouldn't read and had given to me to see if I would find anything I liked. Interested to see why my friend who is like me and never throws away books would throw this one away I began reading it. I read the first chapter and put it down not sure what to think and then got ready for work. While at work that night my mind kept drifting back to the book and I really began to wish I hadn't left it at home. I kept trying to figure out what would happen next. I couldn't wait to go home and read and when I picked it up again later that night after I got off of work I don't remember sleeping much that night.

It was like I was watching it play out before me. Just the right amount of detail that made it feel like I was there and not over descriptive. Perfect emotions that made me feel like I was the main character. This was by far one of the best books I have seen for just the right enough of suspense, romance, adult themes and detail. This a book I would recommend to anybody who is looking for a good murder, suspense book.

So with all this being said I rate this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, a 9 1/2. For it was an amazing book but it wasn't enough to grab me right from the start and keep me til the beginning. It took me a while to get into it. And it turns out my friend didn't want to throw it out but she had run out of room on her bookcase and was getting ride of books she didn't read anymore to make room for more.