Monday, September 28, 2009

Review: City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments: Book Three


Title: City of Glass The Mortal Instrument: Book Three
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date:
March 24, 2009

Summary: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in the mysterious Shadowhinter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhinters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?
Review:
Finally finished with City of Glass. It felt good to finish off the series and I am very happy with where Ms. Clare left the story…but we all want to know what happens next, don’t we?
Anyways, this was just as terrific as the other two books in the Trilogy. The plot was a very good one and I liked how (like with her other two book) she wrote the story from the different characters and their perspective.
I’m very happy about the ending…though I do wonder very much what happens to Simon. It was no surprise about Clary and Jace. I was happy for Luke. Many surprises are in store for all of you who have not yet read this book.
Ms. Clare has ended her breathtaking Trilogy just wonderfully!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen



Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything"—at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf ’s Department Store.This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling.With Owen’s help,maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

I read this book for the first time in the 7th grade. Since then I have read this book more than 5 times. Every time I have read this book, I always have the same effect with it. This book is simply amazing and fabulous. The plot and character and dialogue of this book are just plain wonderful.
Annabel’s voice is carried out just so wonderfully, we can fell her pain and sadness and love. Annabel character takes us on an unforgettable ride. In this book, Annabel faces two issues that are so common these days: rape and anorexia. These things can happen to anyone and that is one of Dessen’s main points of this book. I think she is also trying to show how a girl who was raped tries to figure out what to do and how to tell someone about her story. To me, I thought Dessen was trying to tell us that we can get help is we find ourselves in a situation as these. That we’re not alone and that there are people who will do the biggest thing to help us : listen to our story.
When I read this book for the first time I couldn’t put it down! I just had to read on and see what happened to Annabel and her sisters and to see how things turned out (we can all predict that things turn out okay). After that I re-read the book, and loved it all over again!
Dessen is a very popular YA author and I highly recommend her books to everyone. She is very captivating and her books will keep you close to heart and will leave an impact on you, a good one! Though there are people who think her writing is sappy or stupid or worthless, I think otherwise. And I know there are many others who will agree with me when I say that Dessen is a wonderful author. She writes about important subjects that other authors’ do not write about: Teen Pregnancy; Obesity; Abusive Boyfriends; Teen Rape; Not Fitting in; and Acceptance, plus so many more topics. These topics are very common these days and should be addressed and Dessen does a wonderful job with that!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen


Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return. That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future-it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Well I've finally read Lock and Key. I actually read Along for the Ride before I read this one.


I thought this novel was just as brilliant and genuine as Mrs. Sarah Dessen herself. I have to say, after her other 7 excellent novels, I did have a high expectation.Lock and Key met this expectation plus 100% more.
Ruby is probably one of her most real characters and one of the characters to which we can all relate to her.Ruby has beauty and is smart in her own wonderful way. Her thinking, too, is all hers and perfects all on its own. Ruby, Cora and Jamie were some characters that I just wanted to know more and more about throughout the book.I know I did. Nate was such an original character, but I didn't like him as much as I liked her other male characters like Wes or Owen. It was nice though, having something so original in her book, which made this more different then her others. Nate also had the problem (which I won't give away) that Ruby used to have but didn't anymore so she was the one trying to help someone else, in this case, Nate, then someone trying to help her, which I remember, Mrs. Dessen has a lot of that in her other works. This was just another wonderful, original book by Mrs. Dessen.

I loved this book.Lock and Key is close behind to my other favortie of hers, to name one Just Listen. Everyone should read Mrs. Sarah Dessen's book, they are to put it it one word: Amazing. Kudos to you Mrs. Dessne!

Review: The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian


Title: The Princess and the Pauper
Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 22, 2008


Summary:Carina, a real European princess, is dying to hook up with the sexy America rock star she met online. Too bad about all those bodyguards watching her every move. Then Carina spots her down-and-out near-twin, Julia. For a fast ten grand, Julia grabs the gown and the crown, and the girls swap identities for a day. Before long Princess Carina is trapped on a skeevy bus full of roadies, and pauper Julia is jetting off to…some small foreign country…
Only a storybook ending can get these two poseurs back where they belong.Review:
I’ve read Kate Brian before and I’ve heard of The Prince and the Pauper but this story was a tale all of its own.
Even though it was a lot like The Prince and the Pauper, it was a good story and a nice twist of changing the gender and of course the time period. The plot was very fast and to me it seemed a bit too fast. I mean I wanted a little more to the story but as the two girls were only changing their identities for one day, it was perfect.
The characters were quite believable but I just didn’t get how Julia could go to such a good school and live in shambles. But then again, this is a book and anything can happen.
I was a little disappointed with Carina. I thought it was a good idea about the concert and the aftermath, but a little more detail or maybe extending those parts would have been a good idea.
I recommend this book to those who want a little change (and twist) from the original story.

Review: City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments: Book Two by Cassandra Clare


Title: City of Ashes The Mortal Instruments :Book Two
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry
Publication Date: March 24, 2009

Summary: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend.But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to her mother is to track down rouge Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.To complicate matters, someone in new York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine is Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
Review:
The second book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy is finished. And it was just as amazing as the first book.
The cover and title are just as mystifying as the summery is. And I think all of that put together can pull anyone into reading this book. But of course you have to read the first book to understand what happens in book.
The plot was wonderful and the pace of the book was good too. The chapters kept me entwined in the book and in that world and it was a joy ride. For the plot, as always, I loved the surprises and twists and turns that Ms. Clare presented. I think one thing that changes the book were the new characters and the new information we were given. The new stream of events kept the plot moving fast but the speed fit the dialogue and story.
I liked that fact that Clary has mastered the new information she has learned about herself (trying not to spoil the book) and how she uses it. The changes in Simon were quiet unexpected but in a very good way. I’m personally glad Simon came back into the story and Ms. Clare just didn’t throw him out completely.
This book was wonderful and I recommend this book to everyone!

Review: City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments: Book One by Cassanddra Clare


Title: City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments: Book One
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry
Publication Date: February 19,2008

Summary: 
Their hidden world is about to be revealed....When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.
But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
Review:
My friend actually was the one who recommended this book to me and am I ever glad she did. This book is simply amazing! I loved it from the beginning to the end. At the end I had to get the second book and read it as well.
This book caught my attention from the beginning of the story, even from the first chapter. And all the chapters were page turners. The amount of suspense in the book was also a big reason I kept on reading it.
The plot was just amazing, as was just about everything else in this book. The numbers of surprises in the book also helped the plot move forward and continue with the story. The plot was a little fast paced, I’ll admit, but I think it went well with the story. The characters were good but a little edgy in the beginning but it was all fixed up.
All in all I think Cassandra Clare did an amazing job of bringing readers into the world of the Shadowhunters and the Mortal Instruments. Kudos Ms. Clare.
I defiantly recommend this book to everyone!

Review: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter



Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls Book : Two)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: December 23, 2009


Summary: After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give up her first boyfriend, Josh, all Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester. But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world…for spies. Cammie may have a genius I.Q., but there are still a lot of things she doesn’t know. Like, will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble is she really in after what happened last semester? And most of all, why is her mother acting so strangely?Despite Cammie’s best intensions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her. She and her friends learn that their school is going to play host to some mysterious guests—code name : Blackthorne. Then she’s blamed for a security breach that leaves the school’s top secret status at risk. Soon, Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Balckthorne and clear Cammie’s name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and Hotter), and the stakes for Cammie’s heart—and her beloved school—are higher than ever.

Review:
I read the first book in the series and I loved it. I was very excited to read this book and I just couldn’t wait. So when I started this book, I had expectations. But now that I’ve read the book…I’m a little disappointed.
This book was not what I had expected it to be. I read and re-read the summary and I even read an excerpt...but it just wasn’t the same. It just wasn’t what I had imagined the next book in the series to be like. It just fell short on my expectations. I mean, the title and the cover are just as interesting as the first book but somehow it just wasn’t the same.
It started out just great. The speed of the novel was great but then it began to get a little too fast. I mean one second I’m in D.C., then next I’m back at the Academy and all of a sudden the girls are snooping around the place. But then it got better. I personally thought that “Blackthorne” was an interesting twist. I also loved the other male characters of the story such as Zach.
This book was very original, even compared to the first book. And I think Ally did a very good job with it. Now I can’t wait for the third book in the series. I recommend this book to everyone who liked the first one. And if you haven’t read the first book, I suggest you read it!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: April 2, 2009



Summary: Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love— music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

Review:
If I Stay is the first book I've read by Gayle Forman and it was just outstanding! This was one book I didn't want to put down until I knew what happened to Mia.

Its beautifully written and we can really connect with Mia, the main character in this story. Ms. Forman did a very good job in brining Mia and her life alive in this book.

The pace for the book is good and every turn of the page makes us want to read more.

I still can't believe how well Ms. Forman was able to bring the past and present together in such a way. She did a good job describing Mia's feeling of how she met and fell in love with Adam and how she had problems with her family but was able to figure them out.

Then came to part that made me cry: when Mia realizes she and her family have been in a car accident and now she must fight for her life.

Choices, is the theme of this novel, and the choices Mia has to make are some choices I hope I never have to make. She can choose either to go with her family or stay on earth without her mom, dad, and brother Teddy. And when Mia realizes that she still has a family, a family hoping she'll wake up soon and get better, she makes her choice.

Personally, I think Ms. Forman ended the book at the right place. Throughout the book, Mia's "Ghost" goes around the hospital watching her family and friends, and seeing how many people actually loved her and what she meant to them. I just about broke down when Mia says I head Adam for the first time today. It symbolized that Mia had indeed made her choice and was not a "ghost" but actually Mia, in her own body, alive.

If I Stay, is an amazing novel and everyone should read it!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Hello

I love to read and I mean it! So as I love to read, I also love to review the books I read. There might be books I'd like to read that are not out yet. So in this blog I'm going to read and review books.

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