Saturday, April 30, 2011

HARRY POTTER PART 2!!!!!!!!!

I think this says it all:


Sunday, April 24, 2011

New Look

What do you think of this new look? I like it a lot!

I saw another book blog with my old layout and I decided to change mine. I can never keep the same look for too long!

What do you think?

Edit: Jenn of let me know that the layout I had before this was already being used by another blog! :(

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)—Simone Elkeles

Title: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Release Date: December 23, 2008
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist. At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive. So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense. Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.
Review:I was introduced to Simone Elkeles when I read a raving review of this book on Eleni’s blog La Femme Readers (check out her blog, IT’S AMAZING) and I thought “okay, maybe later.” I told this to Eleni and she convinced me to read it NOW! And I did. I LOVED this book!


The one reason I didn’t want to read this book right away was because of the cliché plot line: rich white girl who has a horrible home life falls in love with a poor Mexican boy. But I was oh so wrong. Elkeles has such a great way of telling a story. She begins by introducing the characters and gives us a glimpse of their lives. From the very beginning, it’s obvious that there’s more going on than meets the eye. As the book progresses, the plot gets thicker and the story line gets steamier. It was all just perfect! I think the one thing that got me was the epilogue. No, just having an epilogue. See, the second book, Rules of Attraction, begins a few years after Perfect Chemistry. Now the epilogue in this book takes place quite a few years in the future. I got over it, though, and enjoyed every bit of this book!

Elkeles has this way of writing that makes her characters come to life and seem 3D. She writes in a realistic way that’s not forced or way to over the top “teen talk.” The thing is, many authors who try to capture the essence of “teen talk” make it sound horrible and all wrong. The thing was Elkeles is, I could imagine myself having the same conversations with my friends as Brittany and Alex do. And can I just say that Elkeles has awesome writing skills when it comes to writing from the POV of a boy.

Brittany and Alex seem so stereotypical at first: Brittany, the captain of the cheerleaders with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Alex, the ultimate bad boy with tattoos and the tough outlook on everything. They’re so much more than that. Alex and Brittany have a lot of heart and care more than they let on. Alex has such a hard life but he’s got to keep it together for his family. Brittany must take care of her mentally disabled sister and has to be perfect since she isn’t. As the two of them interact with the other, they grow and get out of their shells to something bigger. Their snarky conversations were so much fun to read. Their down to earth, serious conversations showed how mature they were and how much they had grown.

Simone Elkeles has become one of my favorite authors. She writes realistic stories with sensible characters about realistic situation. You have to read Perfect Chemistry because it really is perfect.


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Review: Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love--the deliria--blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold.


Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.


But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love.
Review: I love Lauren Oliver’s writing. Her debut, Before I Fall, was one of the best books I’ve ever read. When I heard that she was going to have another book coming out, I was ecstatic. Then I heard it was going to be dystopian and I was even more excited. When I got an ARC for review, I began reading it that day and I finished it that day too. It blew me away!


Love is a disease. It’s forbidden in Lena’s world and everyone gets an operation to remove any chance of them falling in love. I was intrigued by this dystopian topic. Love is always around in most books so making love against the rules and dangerous made me want to read the book even more. The story had a slow beginning overall and I had some trouble getting into but it didn’t last for that long. As soon as Alex was introduced, the story moved right along. I loved the world that Oliver created. It was vivid and descriptive. The ending was crazy and I hated it only for the fact that it was such a HUGE CLIFFHANGER!

Love is a disease; I get that. WHY? Why was it so bad to fall in love? My only problem with this book would be the fact that we never find out why it’s such a bad thing. I understand that it’s the first book in a trilogy but background information should be included in the first book as the introduction. I felt that a lot was missing because I couldn’t figure out why love was such a bad thing!

I think Oliver has a very poetic writing style. She has a way with words that make them sound so great. The way she portrays her characters and writes about them make them so believable. She writes a lot of descriptions to bring her world to life. I do think that sometimes that there were some unnecessary details that could have been left out but that’s just my opinion. Overall, Oliver’s wonderful writing style brought out this story in a wonderful way.

I love Oliver’s characters because they’re so realistic and have so much depth. Lena, our protagonist, has grown up hearing about how bad love is. Her past with her mother haunts her and her family. Lena has one thing on her mind: What if I become like my mother? Lena doesn’t want to fall in love. She wants nothing to do with it. Everything is fine until she meets Alex. Alex begins to make her feel things she shouldn’t feel. She wants to go against the rules but she doesn’t. Lena was a great character and the conflict that was raging inside of her was real, true, and raw. I felt bad for her a lot of times but other times, she got really annoying. Alex was an awesome love interest and I loved reading about him and his life. Lena’s best friend Hanna was also an interesting character and though I liked her personality, she got on my nerves quite a bit. The other secondary characters such as Lena’s other friends and family were a great addition to this book.

Delirium was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. If you read Oliver’s debut, then you HAVE to read this one. If you’re out for a good read, check it out too!

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The Hunger Games Cast: We Have a Prim and More Rumors

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willow Shields will play Prim in The Hunger Games movie. She's a newcomer and I'm glad we've got yet another unseen face in the movie. Willow was in the movie In Plain Sight.

I really like her as Prim and I can't wait to see her in the movie.


It's been rumored that Elizabeth Banks will play Effie Trinket in the movie. Honestly, I liked Kristin Chenoweth for the part of Effie. I guess we'll have to wait and see!

What do you think of Prim?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (41)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Legacy
Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Release Date: June 21, 2011

The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.


Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies.


Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian's shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.
 This sounds like a great read! I saw this book on another blog and after reading the synopsis, I just had to check it out!
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Title: Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 4,2011

A summer job is exactly the distraction that Chelsea needs in order to finally get over Ezra, the boy who dumped her on her a** and broke her heart to pieces just a few weeks before. So when Chelsea's best friend, Fiona, signs them up for roles at Essex Historical Colonial Village, Chelsea doesn't protest too hard, even though it means spending the summer surrounded by drama geeks and history nerds. Chelsea will do anything to forget Ezra.
But when Chelsea and Fiona show up for their new jobs, they find out Ezra's working there too. Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. ...or will this turn out to be exactly the summer that Chelsea needed, after all?
 This sounds like a super fun read! I love the cover with the frizzled rain!
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Title: Enshadowed
Author: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum
Release Date: January 17, 2012
While Varen remains a prisoner in the dream-world, Isobel is haunted by his memory. He appears to her in her dreams and soon, even in her waking life. But is she just imagining it? Isobel knows she must find a way back to Varen. She makes plans to go to Baltimore. There, she confronts the figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster—the same dark man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams, calling himself “Reynolds.” Isobel succeeds in interrupting the Toaster’s ritual and, in doing so, discovers a way to return to the dream-world. Soon, she finds herself swept up in a realm which not only holds remnants of Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world comprised of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. With his mind poisoned by the dream world, he becomes a malevolent force, bent on destroying all—even himself. Now Isobel must face a new adversary, one who also happens to be her greatest love.
I fell in love with Nevermore when I read it last year and I was super excited to see that there was going to be a second book! I love the synopsis and I LOVE the cover! I'm glad they stuck with that same dark look and the purple font!


WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (25)


Won:
None

From the Library:
The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb

For Review:
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
**Thanks Victoria and DPW Publicity**
** I'm reading this now and I think its simply epic!**

  
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadful by Steve Hockensmith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
**Thanks Eric for the entire trilogy!**

Purchased:
None

It's been a very slow week this week. I've got Spring Break next week so I can catch up on my reviewing and reading. I'm going to be posting a lot tonight and commenting as well. It's good to be back!

Hosted by The Story Siren

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but atleast she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.


Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.


Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Review: I loved Hush, Hush and I couldn’t wait to read the second book. At first, when I saw the title, I wasn’t sure what the significance was. Then I learned about how in music, crescendo is to gradually get louder. Now how does this fit in with the story? I wondered. After reading it, though, the title fits perfectly. Even more enthralling and enchanting than Hush, Hush, Crescendo was the perfect second book.


Holy cow did this book surprise me. The plot and story line, I thought, was going to be similar to Hush, Hush. The only common parts? It had some of the same characters and there was an unnamed danger. That’s all. Becca Fitzpatrick came up with an even more suspenseful story line than I had imagined. There were loads of twists and turns and dangers around every corner, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next! Fitzpatrick came up with a darker, scarier, and more mysterious plot than Hush, Hush and I loved every minute of it. It really did fit in well with the title; let’s just put it at that.

Fitzpatrick’s writing style came back even better than it was in Hush, Hush. There were many snarky comments, lots of romantic scenes and then there were the flashbacks gave more background information. She was able to write fear in a perfect way and she incorporated it into her story line very well. She kept a steady pace to the story which made it easier to understand. I did get confused on who was who and that irked me a little. I like to know who is who if I wanted to know what I’m reading. After a while, it wasn’t that bad, but still. Might I just add that some of the revelations had jaw dropping, WTF just happened? Reactions.

Patch and Nora were back to their full fledged romance but with some complications. Patch begins to hang out with Marcie Millar, Nora’s arch nemesis and that’s never good. The Scott, Nora’s childhood friend moves back to town and this boy has more secrets than Nora ever imagined! If you thought Patch was the bad boy, then guess again because I think Scott might give Patch a run for his money!

I’m eagerly awaiting Silence, the third book in the series. I really want to know what’s going to happen with Patch and Nora and Marcie and Vee and everyone else. I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good read who loves Urban Fantasy. Of course, if you’ve read Hush, Hush then you need to go out and read Crescendo if you haven’t already!


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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: Sean Griswold's Head
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee I loved it!!!!
According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object—an item to concentrate her emotions on. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold's head. They've been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas—it's an alphabetical order thing), but she's never really known him.


The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father's newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it's working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He's cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.
Review: I’ve heard nothing but good things about Lindsey Leavitt’s writing. First it was Princess for Hire and now Sean Griswold’s Head. I’m happy to say that I’ve joined this group of people. Leavitt’s writing is fresh, witty, fun, and just her own and I loved Sean Griswold’s Head.

Multiple sclerosis is no joking matter and I wondered how Leavitt would handle this subject. I’ve noticed that when books have focuses like such diseases, they have these two distinguished ways of going: 1) either it’s very fluffy and not very focused on the disease itself or 2) its very serious, very informative about the disease. Sean’s Head wasn’t like either, but rather a mix. While there were funny parts, there were serious parts as well. I think Leavitt managed to tell the story of a girl and her acceptance of her father’s disease while she was in high school.

I think Lindsey Leavitt has a very interesting writing style. She has characters with funny, realistic voices but sometimes, these voices become more mature and serious. She works these stylistic voice changes very well into the plot line. I really loved all of the random notes and entries from Payton’s journal. Payton has a very quirky personiality and it was shown through Leavitt’s writing. Sure there were some cliché moments but they didn’t come off too clichéd or too forced, if you know what I mean. All in all, I really liked Leavitt’s writing style.

From the first page of the book, I knew I was going to like Payton. She had such a quirky, sarcastic voice and she was so likable. I could relate to her too, especially when I was a freshman in high school. Jac, her best friend was over the top sometimes and she irked me so much! But the thing is, she’s so like a teenager in high school. She reminded me of me and my friends. Sean was such an adorable guy. He really was a great friend and one of those book boyfriends that you just can’t help but love! Her relationship with Sean is one of my most favorite parts of the books. It’s like how any girl would feel when she begins to fall for a guy, who was well, always there.

Not only that, but I loved the other characters too! Grady the Goth added in so much humor, as did Payton’s brother Trent and many of the other characters. Honestly, my main complain is what her parents did. They should have told her about her father’s disease and it irked me so much throughout the book. Sure parents mess up and Payton’s parents are trying to make up for it, but still…

Overall, it was a great book! It was mainly a romance and coming of age story, but the seriousness was a good bit. It really showed what could happen in life and it was all a perfect mix! You have to read this book!



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Conrad or Jeremiah? Take the quiz!

Jenny Han's Summer Trilogy is coming to an end this summer!

Review: Pink by Lili Wilkinson

Title: Pink
Author: Lili Wilkinson
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee I loved it!!!!
Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She's ready to try something new—she's even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.


Transferring to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence is the perfect chance to try on a new identity. But just in case things don't work out, Ava is hiding her new interests from her parents, and especially from her old girlfriend.


Secrets have a way of being hard to keep, though, and Ava finds that changing herself is more complicated than changing her wardrobe. Even getting involved in the school musical raises issues she never imagined. As she faces surprising choices and unforeseen consequences, Ava wonders if she will ever figure out who she really wants to be.


Humor, heart, and the joys of drama—on- and offstage—combine in Ava's delight-fully colorful journey of self-discovery.
Review: I was a little hesitant to pick up this book when I first got asked if I wanted to review it. I liked the cover, the summary got to me, and it was blurbed by John Green. I took a leap of faith and read this book. I’m very sorry to say that I had any doubts about this book. Lili Wilkinson wrote a heartwarming tale of a girl’s quest to figure out who she is and who she wants to be.


All Ava wants is to be normal. This is the very broad plot of this story. Delving deeply into this story, though, we find so much more. She changes schools and gets a wardrobe makeover. She wants to be a normal girl who wears pink and likes guys. Along the way, Ava realizes that some things aren’t all they seem and people aren’t as amazing as we first realize. A lot of the plot for this story is accepting who you are and not trying to change that.

I loved Wilkinson’s quick dialogue, the “would you rather” and just her writing. She wrote quick sentences that carried a lot of meaning and changed the way we saw things. Each of her characters had a different way of speaking and Wilkinson really did a great job in the writing of their story and who they were.

Ava was such a great protagonist. She wasn’t perfect, but rather far from it and she accepted that. Through her journey to change herself, she hurt the people she loved and made many mistakes. She owned up to each and every one of them and made them write. Not many people would do that so I loved that she did. Wilkinson’s other characters were just as much fun to read about as Ava. I especially loved the Screws and I loved how each of them had their own story and personality. All of them helped change Ava and helped her find who she was.

I loved this book. I read it in about a day and I wanted to re-read it! I had anticipated a chick lit book, full of bubbly girls who had boy problems but this book turned out to be so much more. It was a heartwarming, funny journey of friendship and romance, and exactly how hard is it to figure out who we are. I loved the ending especially because of what happens. I won’t say what it is but let’s just say that it is very accurate!

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Gale and Peeta Cast for The Hunger Games

Gale and Peeta have been cast! Here's the cast for far:

Katniss-- Jennifer Lawrence

Peeta- Josh Hutcherson

Gale- Liam Hemswoth
I'm not sure how I like Liam and Josh as Gale and Peeta...I'm going to have to think about this!
 
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