Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown 
Source: NetGalley via Publisher 
Some say the seaside town of Echo Bay is cursed. They may be right. When a game of truth or dare spins out of control, three beautiful teen girls start receiving mysterious dares containing hints to dark secrets long buried. For artsy outcast Sydney Morgan; perfect, popular Caitlin "Angel" Thomas; and queen bee Tenley Reed, the truth is not an option.

This is no party game-it's do or die.

And it's their turn to play.
When I first heard about this book, I thought of Pretty Little Liars. Echo Bay sounds like Rosewoods and the girls like Spencer, Emily, Hanna, and Aria (obviously, sans one). Obviously, there are differences but for me, Truth or Dare seemed too much like Pretty Little Liars to take it seriously. Furthermore, I couldn't help but compare the two books when it came down to it. So in turn, I didn't like Truth or Dare as much as I had hoped to like it.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Source: NetGalley via Publisher  
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.
If we're going to be honest (which we are), you don't expect much from a book when it's title is Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. It might sound harsh or mean but it's the truth. Sadly, I wasn't as enthralled by this book as I had hoped to be. The characters were boring, annoying, and underdeveloped and the plot was all over the place. This is not Katie Alender's debut novel (she wrote the Bad Girls Don't Die series) so I won't hide the fact that I expected a lot more from this book.

Monday, October 07, 2013

A Call for Books, A Call for Help

Hello everyone! How's it going?

I'm going to begin this post by stating a disclaimer: I don't usually have posts like this on my blog. No one paid me to make this post. This is all done by me.

Now that it's all said and done, I'd like to ask you (yes, you!), dear reader, to do me a favor. Look around your bedroom or study or any room in your house and tell me how many books you find there. You might have one book around or maybe five or maybe even ten! Now when I look around my dorm room, I have seven books from home and various other textbooks scattered here and there.

Well, children here (where I go to school; for privacy reasons, the name will not be stated on this post) in South Carolina have less than one book per household. Actually, I have a statistic for you: 1 in 300 kids here have at least one book in their house.

1 in 300 kids have at least one book in their house. 

Now I ask you to think back to when you were in elementary school. Did you have books in your house? I bet if you're reading this post, you either had books in your house or ways to get books to read. 

The children here don't have that privilege. It's a very poor school district where my university is located. For one of my classes, we have to donate books as a class and one day, we go and read these books to elementary school kids. But I wanted to do more for them. I HATED the fact that so many children didn't have books of their own when I am so fortunate to have so many.  

Which is where you lovely, amazing people come in. We're all part of a community that loves books and we all want to promote literacy and reading. I need your help. These kids need your help. 

All I am asking is for you to donate any gently used books you might have lying around that you no longer need. 


*No board books 
*All books must be age appropriate (6-10 years old) 
*No religious books any kind!
*Gently used or new! They should be in good condition! 
The last day for me to receive books is OCTOBER 28! Please send books so they can arrive by October 28!