Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best I've read in 2010: Post 5

Light a Penny Candle

Why I Loved it? This was the first (of many more) Maeve Binchy book that I read. I found it in my Mom's room and read the back. It looked intriguing. So... I read it. And LOVED it. I discovered my all time favorite girls' name (Aisling, pronounced Ashlean) and some of my all time favorite characters. I also discovered my love for Irish literature. As a ridiculously proud Irish girl (Who has dreamed of living in Ireland for as long as she can remember), this book really hit home for me. Also, the plot kinda reminds me of my relationship with my best friend. The two main characters, Aisling and Elizabeth, meet when Elizabeth is sent to live with Aisling's family in Ireland during World War Two. They are both eight at the time. They become best friends. Eventually, Elizabeth has to return to England. Somehow, at the age of twenty, even though they barely see each other, they are still best friends. My best friend and I have been best friends since we were both six. Although she moved to Texas (I live in Connecticut) when I was twelve, at the age of seventeen, she is still my best friend.

Best I've Read of 2010: Post 4

To Kill a Mockingbird

Why I Loved it? This January, a kid's mom gave him a used copy of this book. He said, 'thanks mom' and all that jazz, but really had no cares and reeeeallly didn't want to read it. So, knowing the bookie that I was (am), he gave it to me. I put it on my bookshelf and my 'to read' list. When I started in Public School, this was the first book that was assigned to me. They gave me a copy and, of course, there were a few pages missing. So, I got to use my copy. I read it, and I was the only person I knew who understood it and actually liked it. I love books that write the diologue how the characters would say it. It really interests me and keeps it that way. The classic story of growing up, or coming of age, is really a must read American classic. I know it's totally cliche to say so, but it's really true.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

I haven't done this in a while, so I'm excited to do it again! =)

What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?
Ooh, that's a good one. I like this one. I think they're both important. You  need both to be a really great book. But, to keep me interested, I think you need to have really great characters. I'm a big fan of characters.


Best I've read of 2010 Post 3

Along for the Ride

Why I Loved it? This was one of the more recent books I've read by Sarah Dessen. I started reading her books, and was enamoured. I LOVE the realities of teenage life that she portrays in her book. Although her books are cliche, they're a good cliche. Sometimes you just need a book like Along for the Ride. Too much unpredictable can be a bad thing. I really liked this one by her. I thought that it was different from her other ones. The insomnia was a really nice touch, especially since every teenager probably experiences insomnia at some point. I like how the two main characters, instead of sitting up in bed, went out on adventures. Of course, the fact that no parents found out about these adventures isn't very realistic, but whatever. I still loved this book.

Best I've Read of 2010 Post 2

Suite Scarlett

Why I Loved it? When this book was released, almost every book blogger was talking about how excited they were to read this, or how awesome it was. I wanted to read it, but I wasn't SO interested that I was going to go buy it. Until... I go to my library's annual booksale during finals (don't try this at home, kiddies). I'm browsing... and lo and behold, Suite Scarlett was in the teen section for a buck. I grabbed it and RAN. I kinda postponed reading it, since I had gotten a slew of other great books, but when I finally read it, I wished that I had read it early. All I knew about the book was that it was about this chick named Scarlett who had a cute haircut (on the cover, at least) and her family owned a hotel in NYC. When I read it, I was pleasantly surprised by the plot and the theater in it. I'm a huge fan of theater, acting and watching. I was really excited by the mentions of it in the book.

Suite Scarlett was a "suite" surprise.

Sorry... couldn't help it...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best I've read of 2010 Post 1

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Why I loved it? I'd been meaning to read Beastly for a while. I'm a big fan of fairy tales retold or modernized fairytales, so reading Beastly wasn't a choice as much as it was a, well, need. I had high expectations for it, but I was very happily surprised when I read it. I must admit, the first I had heard of it was the movie, starring Vanessa Ann Hudgens (I later found out that Neil Patrick Harris was in it too, which excited me.), who, well, I'm not a big fan of. I mean, she's a cliche Disney star. Whoopie. But... all images of Vanessa Hudgens fled from my mind as I got to know her character, Lindy. I couldn't, and still can't see, Vanessa Anne Hudgens as Lindy. Maybe that's because I kinda, uh, always see myself as the heroine in books.

In other words, I loved it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


For my fellow reading, writing fans out there, you will most likely know that November is National Novel Writing Month.

AKA NaNoWriMo.

For those who don't know.... I'm kinda crazy. I don't think before I do things. If I want to do something, I kinda, well, do it.

Thus, I took the pledge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

I thought in case you were interested, I'd chronicle my word count and whatever else over here.

So. Days 1-3...

Day 1 I wrote approx 1000 words. I didn't put it on the website, so on the little calender word count thing over there on the sidebar said I didn't write anything. *sad face*

Day 2 I wrote up to 2500 words. So. Little Calender says on November 2nd, I did amazing. When really.... I didn't even make my daily word count goal (which, btw, is 1667 words, in case anybody cared or wondered).

Day 3 I'm up to 3320 words. Not bad, not bad at all.

So, I guess we'll see how Day 4 goes... Wish me luck. =)

Oh, and I'm also running for the Editor in Chief of the Literary Magazine at my school, I'm gonna write down a little outline as to why people should vote for me. Please don't mind it.

*good leadership skills (but not in a bossy way)
*passionate about writing
*teen editor for published magazine
*i am not a ditator, this is OUR magazine
*i'll go out of my way to make sure that the majority is happy
*this magazine is not about ME it's about other people and their writing.

Sorry to bug you, but if you were in my Creative Writing Class, would you vote for me?

Go NaNo!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series? Yes
Aquired From: Kindle
Summary: The final book of the critically acclaimed Hunger Games Trilogy. It's finally time for Katniss to choose between her best friend Gale and her new friend and love, Peeta. The Capital has taken over and Katniss is finally the official Mockingjay. Who will live? Who will she choose?
Review: Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. But then again,when does any book you've been waiting almost a year for? The story line was depressing and there was so much loss and death. The epilogue, which you think would add a little bit of happiness, just added more mystery and disappointment.
Cover Rating: 3/5
Comments on the Cover: Worked well with the covers for the Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
Character Comments: Peeta, who I loved in the other books, became plain annoying and I could barely stand any of them. Too much angst. Although, I did like how they developed through the trilogy.
Favorite Character: Peeta will always have a special place in my heart.
Character Rating: 3/5
Plot line rating: 2/5
Likeliness to reread it? 4/5
Overall rating: 3/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire

Monday, October 11, 2010

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Title: Prada and Prejudice

Author: Mandy Hubbard
Series? No
Aquired From: School Library 
Summary: Callie is on a school trip to London. She wants to fit in with the rest of the girls on the trip, so she decides to buy a pair of red, Prada pumps. When she's walking in her new fabulous shoes, she trips and falls, hitting her head. When she wakes up, she wakes up where she fell. Except a couple hundred years before now. She meets Emily, who mistakes her for Rebecca, her American friend. Callie plays the part of Rebecca, going to regal balls, and maybe falling in love with Emily's cousin, an arrogant duke named Alex.
Review: I'm a Jane Austen fanatic. I love Bride and Prejudice. I was really excited when I saw this. I've been meaning to read it for a while. It didn't disappoint. Callie reminded me of myself, an extreme klutz (Except, on heels, I'm really graceful. Whodda thunk?). And Alex... Don't get me started on Alex. He's basically Mr. Darcy. And who doesn't love Mr. Darcy?
Cover Rating: 4/5
Comments on the Cover: Cute and fun. Modern with a tad of regency thrown in with the tea cup.
Character Comments: The characters were all so great and lovable.
Favorite Character: Alex and Callie
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Likeliness to reread it? 5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oh. My. Goodness.

For those who don't know, I turned seventeen in August. I usually have to birthday party. A "friend" birthday party and a "family" party. I deccided to wait till Spring to have my "friend" party to have an Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Tea Party. My family party was FINALLY yesterday.

My cousins are amazing. Guess what they got me?

An Amazon Kindle.


I was screaming, because Mike, my cousin and main source of book recommendations, had also bought me MOCKINGJAY and it was on my beauteous kindle!! I'm SO excited!! He also put a buncha free books on including all the Jane Austen books, a good amount of Shakespeare, Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, and much more. I, of course, also downloaded a bunch more free books, including Edgar Allen Poe's complete works.

The Kindle is amazing. I can highlight passages, which I LOVE. I can't do this in regular books, just because I feel it is almost blasphemous to write in/highlight an actual book.

I am soo excited! SQUEE! I'll have to start saving my money so I can start getting more books!

Since Mike creeps on my blog alot,


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Series? Yes
Aquired From: School Library 
Summary:Lissa is a Moroi vampire. Rose (Short for RoseMarie) is Lissa's best friend and future guardian. Rose is also our narrator. We find out that Lissa was in danger of the Strogoi at the Vampire Academy, so Rose and she run away. When they return, they are put under a lock down. At the school, the girls meet Mia, the popular girl who 'stole' Lissa's boyfriend. Mia makes it her mission to make Rose and Lissa's lives miserable. Rose meets Dmitri, a sexy Russian guardian. When dead animals begin appearing in Lissa's room and bag, Rose knows that something's up and sets out to figure it out, all the while putting Lissa first.
Review: Not gonna lie, this is probably the best vampire book I have ever read. The romance was sultry and I could relate to Rose and Lissa's relationship. The ridiculously close best friends, who would literally do anything for each other. I loved all the characters, and the plot. I just got the sequel from the school library today, but now I'm kinda afraid that it's not the right one, and I'm SO not okay with that. I need more Dmitri, Christian, Rose and Lissa NOW!
Cover Rating: 4/5
Comments on the Cover: Mysterious and seductive, just like the book.
Character Comments: I LOVE THE CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK. I love the way how you'll love them, and then you'll hate them, and then you'll love them again, and maybe go back to hating them again. I love the characters the you can't decide if you like or not.
Favorite Character: Rose and Dmitri
Character Rating: 5/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Likeliness to reread it? 4/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Oooh, shiny...

Thanks Nikki!!!

So, here's the drill, award winners:
a) Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
b) Share 7 things about yourself
c) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
d) Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
Seven things about me... hmmm...

1) I LOVE to read
2) I apparently sweat easily and alot
3) I type really fast
4) Typing relaxes me.
5) I love to ballroom dance.
6) I want to be a midwife when I'm big.
7) My uncle teaches physics at my highschool and apparently is banned from six countries, including Russia. I didn't know this... o.O

And I now award... (DUN DUN DUNNN!!)

1) Confessions of a Bookaholic
2) A Good Addiction
3) The Book Pixie
4) Reading Angel
5) WORD for Teens
6) Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
7) Beck's Book Picks
8) Squeaky Books
9) FANTASTIC Book Review
10) The Book Muncher
11) The Allure of Books
12) Words on Paper
13) Bloody Bookaholic
14) Just Blinded Book Reviews
15) Booksnob

I'll finish up later ;)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley

 Title: Ghost Girl
Author: Tonya Hurley
Series? Yes
Aquired From: Public Library 
Summary: All that Charlotte wants is to not be invisible. To be popular, like Petula. Oh, and have Damen, only the hottest guy in school, notice her and fall madly and passionately in love with her. It seems like Charlotte's dreams are coming true on the first day of school when she tries out for the cheerleading team and snags Damen as a Physics partner. That is... until she chokes on a gummy bear and dies. After her death, Charlotte can only be seen by Petula's goth younger sister, Scarlet, who wrote Charlotte's brief obituary.
Review: This was a really fun book. It was a quick read and very entertaining.
Cover Rating: 3/5
Comments on the Cover: I love it, but it's hard to read the hardcover...
Character Comments: Funny. I laughed at all of them, probably even the ones I wasn't supposed to laugh at.
Favorite Character: Scarlet
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Likeliness to reread it? 3/5
Overall rating: 3.75/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A


Guess who FINALLY won one of the AWESOME giveaways over at Confessions of a Bookaholic?!?


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What I'm reading, just read and what I can't wait to read!

As of now, I'm reading the never ending entertaining tale of "Ghost Girl". I can't wait to finish it so I can review it for you all!!

I just finished reading Heartless, one of the books in the Pretty Little Liars Series. I hate to say I'm one of those girls, but... I'm one of those girls. PLL are SO addicting! And those cliffhangers at the end of each book?! TORTURE! But such a great way to get and keep readers. No normal person will be able to LIVE without finishing this series if they started it
I cannot wait to read Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill. In English right now, We're reading the Crucible by Arthur Miller. It's about the Salem Witch Trials, for those who don't know. I found this book in the library and thought it would be a win way to enhance my reading experience.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (3)

Okay Okay, so I was busy yesterday. I didn't get to do it. But, as the famous saying goes, better late then never, right?

Book Blogger Hop
In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, let's take time this week to honor our favorite book bloggers and why we love them!

For those who don't know me, I LOVE reading book blogs. I'm such an addict and I love knowing other people's POV on books I've read or want to read. It's also a great way to get book recs. So, here are some of my top pics:

WORD for Teens the first book blog I ever read. I heart Nicole, the blogger over yonder there. She's so funny and witty and keeps you coming back for more. As an added bonus for me, personally, she' s a big Broadway fan, especially Wicked. It was meant to be.
Words on Paper this is a litterally brand new favorite. I'm so scatterbrained that I don't remember how I found her or anything great like that, but I now find myself checking my dashboard everyday eagerly hoping for an update from Cass.
Confessions of a Bookaholic although it was the name that originally drew me to this blog, I became a fan for many more reasons, including the fact I LOVE her layout and color scheme. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: The Lonely Hearts Club

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Other Books in this series: N/A
Series Name: N/A
Aquired From: Public Library 
Summary: After being betrayed by a boy she loved, Penny Lane Bloom has sworn off boys. She makes a pact to spend the rest of her highschool years concentrating on spending time with her friends and not with boys. Thus is the birth of the Lonely Hearts Club. Or 'The Beatles Club' as her dad fondly calls it (even though Penny keeps reminding him that it is in fact, not a Beatles Club.) As more and more girls start to realize that Penny is right, the bigger the Lonely Hearts club becomes. The bigger it grows, the angrier the faculty and 'little boys' of the school become. What happens when the leader of the club becomes interested in a boy?
Review: I have a confession to make. I got this book because Stephenie Meyer liked it. *bows head shamefully* I know, I know, I am a failure. But she has REALLY good taste in books, if that's a consolation at all. Anyway. I liked this book. I liked it alot. It was very unique and funny. The plot seems old, girl doesn't believe in love, but falls in love anyway blah blah blah. But Elizabeth Eulberg does it in a way that is so different. I know, I know. How can such a cliche plot be different! I can't really explain it. It just is. Maybe it's the heroine. Penny is such a cool chick. She wants to believe in love. Plus she likes the Beatles. But that's just a bonus.
Cover Rating: 5/5
Comments on the Cover: AH-FREAKING-MAZING! Does it look familiar? Yes. It's a remake of the Abbey Road Album Cover. With Girls. LOVE.
Character Comments: Funny, well written. Relatable, likable, etc.
Favorite Character: Diane
Character Rating: 5/5

Plot line rating: 4/5
Likeliness to reread it? 4/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Other Books in this series: Glass, Fallout
Series Name: N/A
Summary: Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter. The summer before her Junior year of highschool, she decides to go to Albuquerque to visit her dad. She has the image of the perfect father in her mind, but when she gets there, she is disappointed to find out he works at a bowling alley and drinks and uses drugs. She soon meets Adam, or "Buddy". While introducing herself to him, she creates Bree, the daring side of Kristina. Adam introduces Bree to what she refers to as the Monster, Crank, or Crystal Meth. Crank chronicles how Crank changes Kristina/Bree's life.
Review: Everybody told me, "OMG, you HAVE to read this book, it's so good, blah blah blah." That's the only reason I got it. Because everyone else told me to. When I started reading it, I fell in love with the writing style. Writing a whole book in just poems? Pure genius. I kinda wish I had come up with the idea first. The story was riveting and addicting. Kristina's story was heartbreaking. I couldn't put it down. It's such a realistic look in a teenager's mind. The book was mind blowing.
Cover Rating: 4/5
Comments on the Cover: It must have been hard to create a cover to introduce this book. The cover is simple and mysterious. There's not much of a summary you can give for Crank, and I think this is perfect.
Character Comments: You kind of hated all the characters, while all the while relating to them. Kristina is annoying, you want to smack her for doing all those stupid things. You hate her dad, you hate her mom. But they were well written.
Favorite Character: Chase
Character Rating: 3/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Likeliness to reread it? 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: I have never reviewed, let alone read, a book like Crank.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Agency: A Spy in the House by YS Lee

Title: A Spy in the House 
Author: YS Lee
Other Books in this series: The Body at the Tower
Series Name: The Agency
Summary: Mary Quinn is saved from the gallows by a mysterious woman. She is taken to a school for girls and turned into a young lady. A few years after being there, she is asked to join an elite society, The Agency. The Agency is full of spies. Mary agrees and moves into the house of a rich merchant who the Agency suspects is smuggling. Along the way, she meets the handsome and intriguing James Easton, whose brother, George, is trying to woo the rich merchant's daughter, Angelica. 
Review: I got this book from the library because it was new. And when the library has new books, I kinda migrate towards them with my tongue out saying, "oooh. shiny..." I actually had no idea what this book was about until I brought it home. But it was really fun! It kind of reminded me of Nancy Drew for older teens. Mary is such an awesome heroine.
Cover Rating: 3/5
Comments on the Cover: It's pretty and mysterious. I like it.
Character Comments: The characters were really great. I don't think there was a character I didn't like. Unless you count the ones you obviously weren't supposed to like. But they don't really count.
Favorite Character: JAMES <3. And Mary. Mary is the epitome of girl power. But James... sigh. In case you don't know, I have this... thing for fictional characters. Ron Weasley, Edward Cullen, Mr. Darcy, Heathcliff, and now James.
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 4/5
Likeliness to reread it? 3/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Friday, September 10, 2010

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

Title: Scarlet Feather
Author: Maeve Binchy
Other Books in this series: None
Summary: Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather are best friends and co-owners of the catering company Scarlet Feather. This book chronicles a year. From New Years Eve to New Years Eve. Together Cathy and Tom show their friendship is strong enough to withstand heartbreak, breakups, confusion, evil mother-in-laws, a crazy pair of twins, and so much more.
Review: I LOVE Maeve Binchy, but this was not one of my favorites. It was good, but just kinda... blah. The romance in it was unsatisfactory. Like you didn't like the couples.
Cover Rating: 2/5
Comments on the Cover: It's kind of boring. It's... just a red door and a brick building. I feel like there were so many more possibilities for this book cover. And they chose a red door.
Character Comments: The characters were well-written, but they got tedious after a while. Once in a while, you really just wanted to smack them a few times.
Favorite Character: Tom and the Twins. Tom's such a great guy and the Twins... well, I really can't say much for them.
Character Rating: 3/5
Plot line rating: 3/5
Likeliness to reread it? 2/5
Overall rating: 2/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Book Blogger Hop! (2)

Book Blogger Hop

Post a link to a favorite post or book review that you have written in the past three months.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I'm lame today, and I have lots of homework. :( But hopefully a new book review will be up by tonight.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Fill ins (1)

 Hosted by Friday Fill-Ins!

1. Family is wonderful. Crazy and obviously dysfunctional, but wonderful.
2. Running back and forth.Cuz I get lost. Alot. So I end up running back and forth.

3. I love a  good book! When I have a good book,  I strongly advise you to leave me alone. Unless you're suicidal.

4. A good drink makes a good meal. I'm weird about this: I can't just have water with a meal, or coffee or anything hot. I need a nice cold drink. A soda, iced tea, lemonade, etc.

5. I've got the coolest silly bandz ever. Be jealous

6. Justin Bieber: wth!!! He sounds like a pre pubescent boy. Since when has that been attractive???

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to reading, tomorrow my plans include washing cars for the swimteam and hanging out with cool people and playing games and Sunday, I want to RELAX!!! but, i'll probably just end up doing HW.

Book Blogger Hop! (1)

Book Blogger Hop
 Hosted by Crazy for books
I do. A book cover for me has to be enticing. For me, a book cover is like a prologue or summary. It has to pull me in.


Follow Friday (1)

To new followers: Welcome! Since school just started... things have been slow. But Hopefully it'll pick up again soon!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bookish Quote

"I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time." - Libba Bray

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Title: Kiss Me Kill Me 
Author: Lauren Henderson
Other Books in this series: Kisses and Lies, Kiss in the Dark
Summary: Scarlett Wakefied is a student at the posh all girls school, St. Tabitha's in London. When she kisses Dan, her long time crush, he dies. She is immediately a suspect. She transfers to Wakefield Hall, the school her grandmother runs. She thinks she left the past in London.
She's wrong.
Review: It was a cool book. I saw the sequel in the library and almost borrowed it, but then I saw it was a sequel. Oops. I really enjoyed reading it. Scarlett's an awesome main character/heroine. And I'm a British Accent Junkie.
Cover Rating: 4/5
Comments on the Cover: I really like this cover. I like how the dude looks dead hahaha.
Character Comments: TEAM JASE FOR THE WIN!!! And Taylor... ah! Gotta love the sterotypical American PI girl ;)
Favorite Character: Taylor. She's so fun.
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 4/5
Likeliness to reread it? 2/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Title: Rules of Attraction
Author: Simone Elkeles
Other Books in this series: Perfect Chemistry
Summary: Carlos Fuentes is moving back to America from Mexico to live with his brother, Alex, in Colorado. And he is NOT happy about it. Carlos almost immediately begins to get into trouble and Alex sends him to live with his college professor and his family.
Enter Kiara, Carlos' peer guide and the professor's daughter. She's obviously not your average girl and definitely not the type that would be attracted to Carlos. But she is.
But there's more to Carlos then anyone realizes, including Carlos. Will these unknown secrets tear them apart?
Review: After I read Perfect Chemistry, I knew that I had gotten no where near enough of the Fuentes boys. I was a little disappointed when I first got this book from the library because it wasn't about Brittany and Alex's relationship. But I loved the new characters and learning more about the younger Fuentes brother. And let's be honest, I was happy that they at least included some depth in Brittany and Alex's relationship. When I started the book, I wasn't expecting anything near that.
Cover Rating: 5/5
Comments on the Cover: I LOVE these covers. So very hot and secretly telling oh so much about the contents of the book...
Character Comments: I LOVE Kiara. And Carlos. When you warm up to him. But Kiara is one of my favorite girl characters in a while.
Favorite Character: Kiara! But I still love Alex
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 4/5
Likeliness to reread it? Well, since I reread it... 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: Perfect Chemistry

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Other Books in this series:  The Hunger Games, Mockingjay
Summary: For the first time in, well, ever, there are two victors of the Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta are happy to go home to their quiet life in District 12. When Katniss discovers that there are districts rebelling, the Capitol blames it on her. Thus, they decide that specially for the 75th Hunger Games, they're going to pick two VICTORS from each district to be the tributes. The quiet, safe life that Katniss had been looking forward to is obviously not going to happen. Will Katniss be able to survive "the arena" again? And what about Peeta?
Review: I love these books. Seriously. They are SO good. Just saying. It's hard to decide if I like the Hunger Games or Catching Fire better. The character development is phenomenal in this book. It's amazing to see how Peeta and Katniss' relationship has blossomed, and how Katniss as an individual has matured as well.
Cover Rating: 3/5
Character Comments: One word... Peeta <3
Favorite Character: I still love Katniss. She is the ultimate heroine. But Peeta... well. Who can deny Peeta?
Character Rating: 5/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Likeliness to reread it? Well, since I reread it... 5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Other Books in this series: Rules of Attraction
Summary: Alejandro Fuentes is the bad boy all the good girls want.
Not Really.
Alejandro, or Alex as he is most commonly known is entering Fairfield Highschool as a senior. Not too bad.
Oh, did I mention he's in a gang and has one of the worst reputations possible? 
My bad.
Brittany Ellis is a senior just trying to finish her highschool years. Though everyone considers her the stereotypical blonde bimbo cheerleader, there is actually a lot more to Brittany. A lot more that she has no intention of letting anybody see.
When Alex and Brittany have to team up as Chemistry partners, will they fail because of their differences, or maybe, just maybe, will that Chemistry be... perfect? 
Review: My sister saw this book in Barnes and Noble and made a huge deal about how awesome it looked and how she HAD to read it.
Of course, I WAS the one who ended up getting it from the library and reading it first.
I don't think I've read any book like this before. The romance was RIDICULOUSLY amazing and everything else was basically just perfect! AH! I loved this book and am hoping that Simone will quickly write more sequels.
Cover Rating: 5/5
Character Comments: Alex and Brittany equal best modern Romeo and Juliet to this day. Just saying.
Favorite Character: ALEX <33
Character Rating: 4/5
Plot line rating: 4/5
Likeliness to reread it? 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Other Books in this series:
Summary: Every year, the Capitol hosts "The Hunger Games" to remind the citizens of Panem who's in charge.. It's like Survivor, but it's the real thing. There are twelve districts, and two "tributes" are chosen from each district. If you want to survive, you're going to have to make sure that twenty three people are killed in the process.
Meet Katniss Everdeen, young teenager. When her twelve year old sister, Prim's name is called at the reaping, Katniss volunteers to take Prim's place. Peeta is the other tribute.As they fight for their lives, Katniss and Peeta may also be starting a rebellion.
Review: I read this book a few years back. My cousin's always trying to get me to read sci-fi. He gives me the milder stuff, like Tamora Pierce and things like that. He also gave me this. I thought that it sounded like the weirdest book ever. But, I read it anyway. And as I read it, I found something out... I couldn't put it down. I read it, and fell in love. That next year, for my sixteenth birthday, said cousin got me the sequel, "Catching Fire". Once again, couldn't put it down. Fell in love. Etc, etc.
This summer, I realized something. Mockingjay was coming out and I hadn't read the books in forever! This had to be fixed. I went to Walmart and bought the Hunger Games. Fell even more in love. Reread Catching Fire. Again, more in love. And now? Well... I'm kinda really hoping someone's gonna get me Mockingjay for me.
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
Character Comments: I love the characters in this! Well, almost all of them. There are the ones who you're not supposed to like, so. Yeah.
Favorite Character: It's a tie between Katniss and Peeta. I can relate to Katniss, but Peeta is kinda my future romantic interest. So. Yeah...
Character Rating: 4.5/5
Plot line rating: 5/5
Likeliness to reread it? Well, since I reread it... 5/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Books like this that I have reviewed: N/A


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