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12 October 2009 @ 11:34 pm
I've done it! I moved all my reviews & thoughts to my new blog? Want to know it? Ready? Reeeeeeady? Okay, fine.

A Bookful of Thoughts

From now on, I'll be posting all my reviews/ thoughts there. So....it's time! So long! Farewell! TATA FOR NOW!

I'm moving too soon! *cry* I'll miss all of you who have bothered to read my reviews & thoughts! Follow me if you want, okay? Keep in touch! I love you all too much!

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12 October 2009 @ 08:48 pm

The Boyfriend Game
By Stephie Davis

Pages:

157

Book Description:

I would be completely freaking out over varsity soccer tryouts if it weren’t for the new student, Graham, who’s helping me practice. He has the most amazing green eyes, curly brown hair, and perfect legs. Plus, we have lots of common since all we both care about is soccer! Well, that’s all he cares about. But my heart beats so fast when we’re on the field together. . .and I don’t think it’s just from all the running around.

A quote:

“Girls have to stick together. It’s the only way to survive boys.”

Any thoughts:

This is similar to Elizabeth’s Chandler novel Love at First click - fun, light and short (since I read it in a couple of hours!). It was impossible for me to stop reading because I enjoyed it too much. At times, I didn’t know whether to cry or squeal or jump for joy. The plot also takes a twist that I didn’t expect, but it was all good because I love unexpected twists, especially when it gets you wondering what Trisha (our heroine) would do next. And soccer is mostly what the book is about, but when you add romance and a pinch of friends who are obsessed with looking great to impress their crushes, well, what you get is a novel full of squeal-worthy moments.

 
 
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12 October 2009 @ 02:02 pm
Hi there! So. I'm thinking of moving this blog to Blogspot just because I realize Livejournal doesn't accept a lot of things, such as javascript and so on. I already have a name and so I'm going to move there mid-October or maybe, if I could, I might be able to move there by next week. I would need to transfer all my reviews and thoughts over to that blog and that's going to take up some time. I'm quite excited! :D

Anywho, my thoughts on The Boyfriend Game by Stephie Davis is coming later tonight.

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11 October 2009 @ 02:52 pm


How to Be Bad

By E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

Pages:

325

Book Description:

Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret. Each one has her own reason for wanting to get the heck out of their nowheresville town, even just for the weekend. So they climb into Jesse’s mom’s “borrowed” station wagon and head south.

Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

A quote:

“Not everything’s ‘okay’...People cheat, people lie, people die. And sometimes people treat their friends like crap. But that doesn’t mean you sit back and take it.”

Any thoughts:

Enough to say that I finished this book in one day, one thing is for sure - I loved it! These are my kind of books - the fun, adventurous, funny ones with a little bit of romance on the side. It’s perfect for me, I tell you. I enjoyed every word of it!

Before the road trip, these three girls weren’t exactly the best of friends. Actually, two of them were - Vicks and Jesse, but Mel’s the new one, who’s only trying to fit in. The road trip changes everything, though and they encounter so much in a weekend that it doesn’t even feel like a weekend has passed by.

Here’s a little brief description on the characters: Jesse is the Christian girl who’s holding back on that “life-altering secret”, the girl who is described as cranky (by Vicks) ever since she’s planned the whole road trip. Vicks is the girl with older brothers, the fierce girl who knows how to handle dirt from other people, and she even offers to be punched by one of the two! And Mel (who I was most like according to the Bad Girl Quiz I took at the end) is the middle child in the family, the girl who offered to pay for the entire road trip because she had the money and wished to fit in, the girl who mostly got stuck to deal with the arguments between Vicks and Jesse (which happened more than often), the girl who’s afraid to stand up for herself. These three are so believable, it’s crazy. I can relate to each one of them and it’s just so easy.

The plot interested me, that’s for sure. I like the idea of a road trip. It sounds daring, especially where the three characters plan to go to. It feels like you’re on the road trip as well. And the fact that the story is told in their own point of view makes it a whole lot realistic so that you understand the explanations of their choices and where their decisions are coming from.

So yes, I would recommend this to everyone. It’s one heck of a fun book.

 
 
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07 October 2009 @ 11:42 pm

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
By Deb Caletti

Pages:

298

Book Description:

Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye feels like she has it all - a waitress job she loves, an adorable refrigerator-delivery-guy boyfriend, and a home life that’s slightly crazed but rich in love. Until a mysterious man at the restaurant leaves her a 2.5-million-dollar tip, and her life as she knows it is transformed.

At first it’s amazing: a hot new car, an enormous flat-screen TV, and presents for everyone she cares about. Indigo laughs off the warnings that money changes people, because she knows it won’t happen to her. Until the day she looks around and realizes everything important is slipping away and no amount of money can buy it all back. . . .

A quote:

“Love is about balance, and even doing the right thing is balance...”

Any thoughts:

  • Deb Caletti can certainly tell a story magically. I love how the words flow with such meaning and power. This is one of the books that you can say as a response to the question: “What book may have changed your life?” It makes you look around you and change your views on the things you take for granted.
  • This is the very first line of the story, “You can tell a lot about people from what they order for breakfast.” Simple and very intriguing, right? But right after that, it threw a bombshell on me with these examples. There were suddenly lots of characters whose actions were described in detail. It made it difficult to picture and made me kind of overwhelmed.
  • To me, it seems that Indigo Skye’s family and her boyfriend are enjoyable to have around. They get along well, they have fun, and they have this deep connection. But when it comes to her friend, Melanie, it feels like their friendship is based on something on the surface. They don’t connect, they don’t have this bond.
  • Throughout the novel, I noticed a lot of observations and even though the words sounded powerful, it bored me. So I skimmed and got to the real part, because once I’m given enough observations/examples, I get it. I understand it. So let’s move on to the story.
  • Therefore, I can’t say that this novel wasn’t enjoyable, because it was. For a bit. The plot interested me, though I also can’t say that it made it hard to turn the page, because it didn’t. Anyway, if you’re looking for a book that sends out a meaningful message, this one is definitely for you.
 
 
 
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07 October 2009 @ 04:20 pm
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.





Sing me to Sleep

by Angela Morrison

Release Date:
March 4, 2010

Description:

BETH HAS ALWAYS BEEN “THE BEAST”--That’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glases. Who could love a beast? Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist and receives the makeover of a lifetime. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of Beth.

Things only get better when her choir travels to Switzerland and Beth meets the mysterious Derek. They have an incredible whirlwind romance that makes Beth realize, for the first time, she too can find love. She’s no longer The Beast. In Derek’s eyes, she’s a beauty. But then Scott makes a heartbreaking confession to Beth that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous passionate feelings she has for Derek?

And there’s an even bigger problem: Derek’s got a secret .  .  . one that could shatter everything.

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Now this sounds like a true novel! I better get my hands on this ;)
 
 
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06 October 2009 @ 05:59 pm

Plan B
By Jenny O’Connell

Pages:

275

Book Description:

Vanessa has the next year of her life pretty much figured out. Sure there’s some parental convincing to do but she and her celebrity-obsessed gal pal Taylor pretty much think their plan is airtight.

Then Vanessa’s parents get a mysterious phone call and drop a bombshell on her that she never could have imagined. She has a half brother. And he’s coming to live with them.

If that wasn’t bad enough, this half brother is none other than Hollywood bad boy Reed Vaughn. He’s famous. He’s going to be a senior, too. And he’s going to ruin Vanessa’s life for sure. . . .

A quote:

“Just because you rehearse something doesn’t mean that when the time comes it will turn out perfect. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong.”
“That’s true, but you can’t prepare for ever possible contingency. Just go out there and do the best you can.”

Any thoughts:

  • Plan B, in my opinion, is one of Jenny O’Connell’s best works. I truly loved it. I could tell how organized the plot was, which I thought was very interesting and unique. You don’t read something like that everyday.
  • Vanessa Carlisle is our heroine. She’s hilarious, smart and has everything planned out. Sure, she makes stupid choices, but her half brother Reed Vaughn is there to guide her, even though he needs guiding himself. So they help each other, which, to me, just makes me so happy.
  • When Vanessa found out about her half brother, I couldn’t help but laugh at her reactions. They were just so realistic that if I were in her situation, I would find myself reacting the same way. She’s that relatable.
  • The novel has everything you can look for, some in bits and pieces, but enough to get (and possible learn) the message. I would definitely recommend this book to everrryone out there.  
 
 
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30 September 2009 @ 04:42 pm
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.



After

by Kristin Harmel

Release Date:
February 9, 2010

Description (from Kristin Harmel's website):

What if you didn't get a chance to say good-bye?

Lacey's world shatters when her dad is killed in a car accident. And secretly? She feels like it's her fault. If she hadn't taken her own sweet time getting ready that morning . . . well, it never would have happened. Her mom wouldn't be a basket case. Her brother Logan wouldn't drink. And her little brother would still have two parents. But life goes on even if you don't want it to. And when Lacey gets the chance to make a difference in the lives of some people at school, she jumps at it. Making lemonade out of lemons is her specialty. Except she didn't count on meeting a guy like Sam. Or that sometimes? Lemonade can be a pretty bitter drink to swallow.
 
 
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30 September 2009 @ 04:38 pm

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
By Deb Caletti

Pages:

308

Book Description:

It is summer in the Northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, and sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. But Ruby is in over her head, and finds she is risking more and more when she’s with him.

In an effort to keep Ruby occupied, Ruby’s mother Ann drags Ruby to the weekly book club she runs. When it is discovered that one of the group’s own members is the subject of the tragic love story they are reading, Ann and Ruby spearhead a reunion between the long-ago lovers. But for Ruby, this mission turns out to be much more than just a road trip. . .

A quote:

“Love can come when you’re already who you are, when you are filled with you. Not when you look to someone else to fill the empty space.” Miz June said. “Not when it’s your definition.”

Any thoughts:

Wow, this book really does deserve to be A National Book Award Finalist. It’s got so much possible quotes that it was so hard to pick just one (especially in the end - the imagery!). I went with the quote above, though, because...well, I just like quotes on love in general.

It seems to me that there are two main plots in the story (as you can already tell from the description). First, there’s Ruby and Travis. She falls for him, but it’s not like her to do that kind of thing. As she mentioned, she felt that it was like a whole other person was talking and doing everything and she was also the one to make the first move. The reason? You’ll have to read it yourself to find out. Second, the Casserole Queens (a name given to the book club members). I have to say, I really, really, really loved them. Their conversations were so enjoyable and realistic! I loved their sense of humour and adventure, especially when they decide to do something exciting. It actually makes me want to join a book club.

In the beginning, it wasn’t difficult to relate to Ruby McQueen. She’s The Quiet Girl, but when she reads out loud, it sounds like there’s something more to her and people look at you with the softest concentration. But throughout the novel, she makes choices, foolish ones, and in the end, she sets herself to repair what she’s done.

The relationship between Ruby and her brother, Chip Jr. is amazing. At one point, they were fighting, like all siblings do, and then before you know it, they’re playing Things I Hate. I found myself laughing at the things Chip Jr. did. For example:

“Mooshie mooshie.” Chip Jr. made kissy noises my way. I whacked him. (p. 283)

You’ll find out what mooshie mooshie means, but that’s what made me laugh.

The end, oh my. It was absolutely perfect, but man, oh man, it was sad. Everything was resolved and complete, though, and I think that’s a good thing. The book also left me to ponder about a lot of things, especially love (the quote above made me really think). The whole time I was reading the book, I felt a sense of meaning and understanding, as if the novel was meant to do just that. Deb Caletti is one heck of a writer, that’s for sure.

 
 
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29 September 2009 @ 05:01 pm

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS.
My teaser:

"A carriage appears, pulled by four gray horses. Have I woken up in some kind of fairy tale?"

~pg. 18, "Pride & Prejudice"
by Mandy Hubbard
 

 
 
 
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28 September 2009 @ 06:18 pm
Summerland Books

A contest nearing its deadline (September 30th)...with FABULOUS PRIZES!

I'll just list a few things you can win:

  • A hardcover copy of Mismatch by Lensey Namioka
  • A paperback copy of Swimming with the Sharks by Debbie Reed Fisher
  • A paperback cope of How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
  • An ARC of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • An ARC of The Blonde of the Joke by Bennett Madison
  • An ARC of Ash by Malinda Lo
  • An ARC of Immortal by Gillian Shields
  • A Mortal Instruments poster
And that's only (a few of the prizes) for the bloggers!  There are tons more!

Now that you've read a glimpse of this contest, do you feel like entering? If so, just click the banner to the left and read the instructions. They're as simple as pie. :D

Hurry though, the contest is ending September 30th. And that's only a few days away!

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27 September 2009 @ 12:05 pm

Love at First Click
By Elizabeth Chandler

Pages:

185

Book Description:

I could no longer deny what the heat in my cheeks meant when I was around Flynn. I was falling for my sister’s boyfriend.

There’s just something about Flynn. Yes, he’s a tall, unbelievably gorgeous, dark-haired football player, but...he’s also sweet and nice and super easy to talk to. It’s lucky I’m the photographer for the school paper, because my camera likes Flynn almost as much as I do. Unfortunately for me, so does my sister, and there’s no way I can nab Flynn with her in the picture.

But could this be the real thing?

A quote:

“Well, sometimes love is just a game.”
“Then how are you supposed to believe someone when it isn’t?”

Any thoughts:

  • This book is one of those light, quick, fun reads. Though it was predictable, I enjoyed it a lot, especially in the end.
  • I liked Hayley as the heroine of this book. Her character was energetic, happy and fun to know. She would be a person I would wish to be friends with.
    The way she feels about Flynn is undeniable yet she considers it as a picture crush (or something like that). Obviously, they’re meant to be with each other.
  • It felt like this book had a childish vibe and I don’t mean this in a bad way. It’s just that when I was reading the book, it seemed more suitable for younger ages. It was written softly so that it was easy enough to understand what’s happening. And the plot is entertaining, which will keep you smiling from time to time.
 
 
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23 September 2009 @ 04:02 pm
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.



All Unquiet Things

by Anna Jarzab

Release Date:
January 12, 2010

Description (from Anna Jarzab's site):

All Unquiet Things centers around the murder of teen heiress Carly Ribelli, who was found shot to death a mile from her house in a wealthy Northern California suburb. Carly’s uncle, a dissolute alcoholic, was convicted of the crime, but a year later his daughter still doesn’t believe her father is guilty. Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey Ribelli contacts Carly’s ex-boyfriend, Neily Monroe, the boy who found Carly’s body. She is convinced that he knows more than he thinks about the events that led up to Carly’s death. Despite Neily’s initial reluctance, he and Audrey begin their investigation at the posh private school they attend, identifying prime suspects from among their spoiled classmates and digging up secrets about Carly’s past to get to the truth behind her murder.

Read an excerpt here!!!
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Don't you just love Waiting on Wednesdays? :)

 
 
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22 September 2009 @ 11:06 pm

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS.
My teaser (this time it's a passage instead of just 2 sentences!):

"I guess forgiveness, like happiness, isn't a final destination. You don't one day end up there and get to stay. It's there, it's not there. It's in and out, like the surf I could hear outside my window as I lay in that bed. Sometimes forgiveness is so far away you can barely imagine its possiblity, and other times, surprising times, like when a tiki man is looking at you who stays briefly before moving on."

~pg. 138, "Fortunes of Indigo Skye"
by Deb Caletti
 
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It feels like I've been reading this book for forever! I can never find the time in my busy schedule to read it. It frustrates me. I just want to finish it so bad so I can move on.

 
 
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21 September 2009 @ 09:01 pm

Rich Boys
By Jenny O’Connell

Pages:

261

Book Description:

For seventeen-year-old Winnie, summer can’t arrive fast enough -- anything to get out of the house and escape the cold war brewing between her parents. With her older sister, Shelby, spending the summer in Boston, Winnie’s left to deal with the situation all by herself. Which is why she’s happy to spend all day away from home at a cushy job -- camp counsellor at the prestigious Oceanview Inn.

And when the Barclays, a wealthy summer family, offer Winnie an additional babysitting job in the evenings after work, she jumps at the opportunity. Little Cassie Barclay is fun to take care of, and hanging out in the gorgeous Barclay summer house overlooking the harbour is far more pleasant than being on the front lines of the battle between her parents.

Then Cassie’s older and devastatingly attractive stepbrother Jay arrives on the island after a disastrous first year at college, and he seems to want nothing more than to wreak havoc for his stepmother and the rest of his family. Winnie soon discovers that life in the Barclay summer house isn’t so perfect after all, and what was supposed to be a carefree summer escapade is quickly becoming more complicated than she ever thought possible.

A quote:

“I thought absence was supposed to make the heart grow fonder.”

Any thoughts:

  • For one thing, I love the inside jokes between Winnie and Jay! They call each other “Fred” and “Herb” - so cute! - you’ll see why. They’re such a great couple.
  • What I learned from this book is that in big situations, you’ve got to really think through a decision you eventually have to make. Winnie is a perfect example of this. I loved her as our heroine. Her thoughts were realistic and she supported her choices with reasons that made sense. We could certainly learn a thing or two from her.
  • The end was sad...but it felt right and I thought it was wonderfully written. I hope to read more books by Jenny O’Connell.