Sunday, July 31, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)


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Envy By Anna Godbersen
Splendor By Anna Godbersen

Friday, July 29, 2011

Death Du Jour


Summary:
"Despite the cold weather, Tempe's workload quickly becomes heavy: the bones of a long-dead nun now up for sainthood have been moved and tampered with; a deadly house fire turns out to be arson; and a university teaching assistant disappears after joining a cult. Tempe must figure out where (and why) all the bodies are buried in the hard Canadian ground. Her investigations take her home to North Carolina, and to a strange colony living on an offshore island."

Plot: The plot was so much more interesting, then Reichs 1st book Deja Dead. The approach to this book is a little more Hollywood, enough techinical anthropology jargon to be realistic and different, but not SO much that you a bored and lost. 

Character: It is definitely obvious that Reichs is taking her time to build Dr. Brennan's character through out the books, which is fine. Some characters we well developed and others were left hanging.

Pros: As I said previously the book became a lot more entertaining and maybe I guess better written. 

Cons: Temperance's personality drives me insane! It is how see is written and I think it is a Hollywood way of doing it, but when something TRAGIC happens, it happens and then a few months later... it is just a thing of the past.

Final Thoughts: This book, salvaged me wanting to read the Temperance Brennan Series.I enjoyed the book and read it quicker the the 1st one, but it still took me awhile to finish reading it. This honestly isn't my best review, because I can't really think of anything great or horrible to say about the book. It was nice. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)



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Blue Bloods By Melissa De La Cruz
Tell You I'd Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You By Ally Carter
Paranormalcy By Kiersten White
Where She Went By Gayle Forman
Vixen By Jillian Larkin

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Scattered Life


Summary:
"Free-spirit Skyla Plinka has found the love and stability she always wanted in her reliable husband Thomas. Settling into her new family and roles as wife and mother, life in rural Wisconsin is satisfying, but can’t seem to quell Skyla’s growing sense of restlessness. Her only reprieve is her growing friendship with neighbor Roxanne, who has five kids (and counting) and a life in constant disarray – but also a life filled with laughter and love.

Much to the dismay of her intrusive mother-in-law, Audrey, Skyla takes a part-time job at the local bookstore and slowly begins to rediscover her voice, independence and confidence. Throughout one pivotal year in the life of Skyla, Audrey and Roxanne, all three very different women will learn what it means to love unconditionally."

Plot: Only someone who is a talented author could take a plot so simple as a normal life in general and turn it into a beautiful, interesting, story. That is it. The book is about 3 women. Skyla, Her Mother-In-Law and Skyla's next door neighbor and their lives. That is really it and Karen McQuestion did an AMAZING job!

Pros: The book is real, it is raw, it is human and relate-able. You can take any character and find something about them that is relate -able to you, or someone you know.

Cons: I honestly don't think I can say this about any book I have read (well, maybe The Harry Potter Series), but I cannot find anything about this book that I did not like. No Cons.

Final Thoughts: From the first sentence I was hooked. By the end of Pg 1. I knew I would love this book. I cannot express how excellent of a writer you have to be, to take 3 woman's lives, that are no different then any other woman's lives. Skyla, grew up traveling and found stability in her husband Thomas, has one daughter and has a comfortable life, seeking change in getting herself a job. Roxanne, is a mother of five rowdy boys, with a loving husband and carefree attitude and stills wants more boys and Audrey is a mother who raised 3 boys and now is experiencing empty nest syndrome (or something like that). This easily could have been the worlds most boring book, but it wasn't. I completely, enjoyed it! And I cried, I cried SO much.  You see, Audrey reminds me A LOT of my Grandma Thomas who passed away 3 years ago from Pancreatic cancer; which ends up to be another thing about the book that reminded me of my Grandma. All I can say is Simply Beautiful! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Deja Dead


Summary:
"It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. Something about the crime scene is familiar to Tempe: the stashing of the body parts; the meticulous dismemberment. As a pattern continues to emerge, Tempe calls upon all her forensic skills, including bone, tooth/dental, and bitemark analysis and x-ray microflourescence to convince the police that the cases are related and to try to stop the killer before he strikes again."

Plot: I liked that the plot was realistic , especially time-wise and I enjoyed that their was more going on in Brennan's life that could make the plot at times seems choppy, but I mean in real life we have more then one thing going on at a time, and although on event may take priority.. it isn't the only thing. So, you to see that in this book and you see that in the way her job is depicted.  It is indeed anthropology based, mixed with a police crime drama, and even some forensic psychology in there! I actually found the plot in general predictable, but to be fair my mother is a police office, my major is forensic psychology and I grew up being fascinated with crime drama shows.. I almost always knew who the suspect was.

Characters: Riechs spent some time building Temperance Brennan as a character, but I felt lack of connection with her and even the other characters. I don't know if this is because this was Riechs first novel and she wanted more time to really build these characters still or if it was because I was looking for the characters to be like the ones from Bones, that I didn't take time to really get to know them.

Pros: As I said before realism. That is the main Pro.

Cons: I didn't mention it before but I actually didn't find any of the characters very like-able.

Final Thought:
I knew this was going to be a tough review to write, mainly for the fact that I knew my review was going to come of more negative then positive and here is the thing. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. There weren't many pros or cons. The thing is I think I went into this book expecting Temperance Brennan to be the Temperance Brennan on Bones and to have a bunch oh lab geeks/squints and a dashing FBI Agent named Seeley Booth. (and maybe that comes later on) but from what I can tell the book is far from the TV show version. So, I think I focused too much on that and let myself down. Also, at times I would have to stop mind way through my reading because, I became too tired to read. This isn't bad, I just do not think my brain was prepared to read the more technical adult book. So I would have to rest my brain. But don't get me wrong. I really ended up enjoying the book and I am excited to read Death Du Jour and now I can go into it with the right frame of mind. 
If you are into the crime dramas and that whole process then you will enjoy Deja Dead. This Is definitely geared to an older audience, and most definitely isn't YA, So if you are souly YA or have a week stomach.. Then pass. If you are a HUGE Bones fan who loves to read, then maybe you will like the book. You just can't go into it with the frame of mind I did. Overall, not a bad book.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (17)

Want Want Want Wednesday is my own weekly meme where I talk about the books that I want to read and own!

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

After seeing this book on SO many people's Top Ten Tuesday's this week and also having it recommended to me this week, I had to see what this book was about and once I read the book summary, I was hooked and knew immediately I MUST read it. I enjoy many books and historical books have a special place in my heart, but even more special is my odd fascination with the Holocaust.

"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative."

 The Witches of East End By Melissa De La Cruz

I saw this book on it's publisher's website (Hyperion) and was instantly drawn to it, read up on it and felt like it was a book I wold more then LOVE to read.

"The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil."

Lost Voices By Sarah Porter

After SO many books about witches,wizards,vampires,and werewolves. It is nice to see a new mythical creature take center stage. Will it be the year of the Mermaids?! I am really excited to read this book, when I can get my hands on it! I have always found mermaids to be beautiful and mesmerizing, ever since Movies like The Little Mermaid, Splash and even though they were mean in the movie Peter Pan.

"Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Shoud Be Required Reading For Teens

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
where each Tuesday they pick a topic and us bloggers make a list of 10 (sometimes more,sometimes less) of said topic.

1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher - 
I Think this book, may make a lot of peoples lists. Mainly because it discusses an issue, that not all teens are aware of, it really makes the point, that even the little things you say can deeply affect a person.

2. Animal Farm By George Orwell -
1984 is already required reading, but lets switch it out with Animal Farm, almost the same premise, but more interesting.

3. My Sister's Keeper By Jodi Picoult -
I think it is a good book for kids to have discussions on and whether or not they agree with the parents decisions and Anna's.

4. The Great Gatsby  By F. Scott Fitzgerald -
Simply for the reason, that it is a timeless read.


5. To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee -
It is already considered required reading and it should stay that way!


6. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone By J.K. Rowling -
It is a book that inspires those to read.

and That Is All I have, Sorry Guys!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mad Love


Summary: Alice Amorous is The Queen of Romance's...Daughter. Alice's mom is the famous author Belinda Amourous, but when she is diagnosed as Bi-polar and whisked off to a treatment facility, awhile making Alice promise to keep the reason for her absence a secret. So while juggling her life , the last thing she needs is a greek god like teenager claiming to be Cupid and practically forcing Alice to write his story.

Plot: The Plot mildly reminded me of  a mix between Elixir by Hilary Duff and that Cupid related show  that was on ABC before it got canceled (which bums me out, since I enjoyed it). Minus those similarities, the plot is rather original and kept me interested... yet it lacked something. I can't exactly say what though. It just didn't quite hit the mark.

Characters: I liked Alice. Her personality and sense of humor, made me smile a lot and the worry that she was going to be "crazy" like her Mom was realistic. As for the other characters The Tennants such as Archibald, Realm, Mrs.Bobbit and The Reverend, they were nice and well rounded, but I felt she needed to focus more on the two Characters Errol/Cupid and Tony. I think the lack of depth on those characters is what may have been what the book was missing when it needed that extra something-something.

Pros: Well for starters I LOVE the cover. I feel the foreshadowing in the book was awesome... Although It may have been unintentional by the author... I appreciated it.

Cons: There were parts that I feel could have been left out, maybe a little to "choppy" and other parts that I would have like more elaboration on.

Final Thoughts: I was really hoping to get this awesome greek mythology, love story, feeling thing going on with this book and although at time I almost got that feeling, I mostly felt disappointed. Maybe for a younger audience in the YA genre this book would be nice. Especially as a summer read, but for me If I were to give stars it would be a 3 out of 5. Although, this does not discourage me from wanting to read Suzanne Selfors other books.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (10)

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by The Unread Reader, where we can drool,swoon, essentially brag about the men we love in literature.

This week Book Boyfriend will be a little different, because I don't have a lot of facts about my man...I just knew he was something special
His Name Is Henri Charles... From Madame Tussaud, He is a scientist and helped invent the first hydrogen balloon with his brother. He is also a sweet patient man.



Actor: Rupert Friend

Swoon Worthy Quotes 
(just sub Marie's Name with Mine)

" 'I can't wait. I'm in love with you, Marie. You don't have to say it yet,' he tells me. ' I know you like to think things through. Make Plans." He kisses my neck, and I close my eyes. It is greater bliss than anything I have known. 'But plan on this,' he whispers. 'I want to marry you.' " -Pg.164

"It is the first time I have kissed him this way, and his response is passionate. It is to his credit that he has never asked me to follow him inside, into his home, his chamber, his bed. Because, I'm not sure I would have the willpower to say no." -Pg.173

Want Want Want Wednesday (16)

Want Want Want Wednesday is my version of Waiting on Wednesday, Books to Pine For and TBR.  Except without any restrictions. Enjoy!

Hourglass By Myra McEntire

I have been aware of Hourglass for a while, but never thought much of it, besides having an intriguing cover. Then I saw Nic's Review on her blog Irresistible Reads and knew this book had to be wish listed.
"One hour to rewrite the past . . . For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.


Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?"



The Heretic Queen By Michelle Moran

Again, I had seen this book awhile ago..at Target,actually and the title had interested me, but I wasn't in awe enough to put the book on my wish list. Then I read Madame Tussaud and after I fell in love with the excellent story telling, I knew I had to read more of Michelle Moran's work. And That is how The Heretic Queen ended up here and on my wish list

"The intricacies of the ancient Egyptian court are brought to life in Moran's fascinating tale of a princess's rise to power. Nefertari, niece of the famed heretic queen Nefertiti, becomes part of the court of Pharaoh Seti I after her family is deposed, and she befriends Ramesses II, the young crown prince. When Ramesses is made co-monarch, he weds Iset, the granddaughter of a harem girl backed by Seti's conniving sister, Henuttawy, the priestess of Isis. As Nefertari's position in the court becomes tenuous, she realizes that she, too, wants to marry Ramesses and enlists the help of Seti's other sister, Woserit. But when Nefertari succeeds in wedding Ramesses, power struggles and court intrigues threaten her security, and it is questionable whether the Egyptian people will accept a heretic descendant as their ruler or if civil war will erupt. Moran (Nefertiti) brings her characters to life, especially Nefertari, who helped Ramesses II become one of the most famous of Egyptian pharaohs. Nefertari's struggles to be accepted as a ruler loved as a leader and to secure her family's position throughout eternity are sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction."

Summer & The City By Candace Bushnell

How can I not want to read this book? I mean this is really where it all begins!
After reading The Carrie Diaries and seeing where Carrie started, I am excited to find out how the rest of the clan came together. And since the title is SUMMER in the City.. it is perfect for one of many current Summer reads. The only more perfect would be if I was spending my summer in New York City.. but LA will have to suffice.
"Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream. This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday : Authors I'd "DIE" To Meet

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish 

This Is Hard, cause It's like asking to pick a favorite child... I made it quick and easy though without explanation and I am aware that most these authors are obvious picks.

1. Libba Bray

As If This Isn't Enough To Make You Want To Meet Her?


2. Meg Cabot

3. John Steinbeck

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. Jane Austen

6. J.K. Rowling

7. Shakespeare 

8. Agatha Christie

9. R.L. Stine

10.Is for All the other Authors out there whose books I LOVE to read and no matter what, would love to meet any and all of you!

Since, I already Cheated a Little.. I want to add Maureen Johnson as a runner-up... because her books evoke a feeling that reminds me of my Summer in 2008 and it makes  me happy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Favorite


Summary: Angie Favorite's mother disappeared on her 11th birthday, now 5 years later Angie is attacked by a man. After the man commits suicide, his mother invites Angie and her family over, to apologize for her sons behavior. This leads to more questions about why he attacked her, as well as a connection to her mothers disappearance.
Plot: I enjoyed the plot, from the beginning I was curious, where the book was going (in a good way) and made me continue to read on. It has a very small town, low budget horror film feel to it (does that make sense?)

Characters: I absolutely adored Angie Favorite! Her witty comments and sarcasm, made me feel like we were kindred spirits I really connected to her. I also, felt that her Dad and Mrs. Bittner were very well written and I could picture who they were, very well. Even less written characters like Laura and Mike, stood out to me.

Pros: It Was Realistic, I liked the use of my name (although briefly) and this is totally a selfish reason to like the book, but hey it is true a person favorite word is their name. And The Humor...That is what really did it for me.

Cons: It wasn't LONG Enough! I would have liked the story to have been just a tad been longer and maybe elaborated in some areas. For instance, on her mom's disappearance. I would have liked a little more in depth there, so it would pull at my heart strings more.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed this book a lot. I think Angie has been the most relate-able character to me, ever.  I have already stated that I loved the humor in the book, but I also enjoyed the suspense. McQuestion created the perfect creepy environment, that had you cringing and hoping something wouldn't pop out of now where and freak you completely out.  Also, like I said in the Pros , I really appreciated the realistic or better word for it common sense of the book. She had the characters act as rational human beings would act (or at least hope) would act when they are put in this situation. Since the book is also geared to a younger age... She did a great job at keeping that in mind. I would ultimately described this a the perfect started book for a younger age group, who is interested in Thriller,Mystery-esque type books, but don't want the nightmares. Plus, the play on words with the word Favorite and name, were a very, very, nice touch.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Madame Tussaud

For this Post I am going to try a new style of blogging, if you could be SO kind as to tell me whether you like it or not that would be much appreciated = )


Summary: Madame Tussuad is a historical fiction novel, about Madame Tussaud/Marie Grosholtz and her life being a wax sculptress during the French Revolution. We watch Marie build popularity for their Salon, by getting the Royal Family to visit the Salon and becoming The Royal Private Wax Tutor. Soon, the tides turn and they are caught between loyalities to the royal family they have grown to know and the revolutionary men who have dinner with them in their Salon. Highly influential revolutionaries such as Robespierre, Marat, and Camille.  As her Uncle says.. they have become "survivalists".

My Thoughts...

Plot: Obviously, since it is history the plot is already written, but Moran does in excellent job of taking a whole lot of historical information and breaking it down into a story, that is beautiful written and easy to follow.

Characters: The Characters we perfectly written, and humanized, yet she was vague enough to leave them to your interpretation and to stay true, to the fact that since the lived hundreds of years ago, you cannot described exactly who they are.  My other praise is how intriguing, she made even the smallest of characters. 

Pros: The research, the characters and the fact that I couldn't put the book down! It felt like I was reading non-fiction, yet I was actually reading history.

Cons: My only complaint is that is that I wish she continued on after the revolution ended, instead of ending it with the cold hard facts... I REALLY wanted to know more about her relationship with Henri.

Final Thought: AMAZING, AMAZING BOOK! I couldn't put it down! Moran describes the horror that takes place so graphically, while remaining tasteful. She had me turning page after page to see where the Grosholtz would end up, since they were close to both sides. She also, had me wondering what would happen to less important characters. She took a whole lot of history and turned it into a captivating story. I would have NEVER known any of this, had I not read this book. I also, loved seeing a different point of view of how the revolution happened and how the royal family handled the situation. If you have not read his book DO IT, if this book hasn't had the movie rights bought for it yet, then they need to do so IMMEDIATELY.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Carrie Diaries


I am going to be honest I was never a huge Sex and The City follower. I understood the main premise, the main characters and the main plot line and that was about it. Until recently, where I have begin  watching episodes OnDemand. Even though I wasn't a die hard fan, I still loved what the show was about and it introduced me to the designer clothing world.  Needless to say I was pretty excited when I heard that Candace Bushnell was writing a YA book on a young Carrie's life. I like books like that, that explain in more depth where the character came from and how she became who we know he as now. 

So, in case you didn't know Carrie Bradshaw came from a tiny town in Castlebury, Connecticut, has two younger sisters and a widowed father. Who is a scientist and wants Carrie to follow in his steps and become one as well. We start to follow Carrie at the beginning of her Senior Year. We watch Carrie evolve into her own, as she dates and has break-ups and deals with being bullied by the popular girls, friendship trials and tribulations and so forth. 

Now, to the part where I review the book... When I Got the book at the library, I was unbelievably excited to read it and then I started reading it and at the first 50 pages I was really disappointed. I felt that the Carrie that was being described was NOT the Carrie Bradshaw we all know and love and then somewhere in the early 100's something changed and the book became ever so addicting and little pieces (emphasize little) of Carrie started to appear and before I knew it I couldn't put the book down. I was entranced into this YA Chick-Lit and I wanted more when it ended.

Some of My Favorite Quotes

"...You don't want to peak in high school. If you do, the rest of your life is a disaster." - Pg. 201

"I don't like to think of myself as a 'virgin'. I prefer to think of myself as 'sexually incomplete'  You know like I haven't finished the course yet" - Pg. 212

"How is this possible? How can a three month relationship end in less than fifteen minutes? But the world can change in seconds. There are sudden car accidents. And deaths.They say you're lucky if you know someone is going to die, because that way you have time to say good-bye" - Pg. 247


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jinx


Jinx is about a teenage girl named Jean Honeychurch who's nick name is Jinx. Jean moves to New York at the end of the school year to live with her Aunt, Uncle and three cousins Tory, Teddy and Alice. It is soon discovered that Tory is not the same cousin, Jinx remembers her as. Tory is now all wrapped up in being edgy and goth like, since she is convinced she is the witch her Grandmother had been talking about in a family story. Things turn for the worse when Tory gets jealous that Jinx may not only be "stealing" the guy she is into, but may actually be the family witch.

Jinx is written by Meg Cabot and although, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Meg Cabot, I did not expect much from this book, it just looked like a fun read and it was.. but it also was intriguing enough and had me not wanting to put it down. I enjoyed this book and it is a perfect quick read, it is funny and cute and enchanting. Although it is about magic and witches, the book is not engulfed by it. My only critique is that I wish it was a little longer.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (15)

Want Want Want Wednesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted By Well Me, I Guess. It is reminiscent of Waiting on Wednesday and TBR, but with zero restrictions. Enjoy!

The Little Black Dress By Susan McBride

I saw this book talked about on Jessica Lawlor's Blog and was interested in it and then saw her In My Mailbox was this week and reminded myself, that I needed to add The Little Black Dress to my Wish List. Which I have now done = )
"Can there be magic in a Little Black Dress? Susan McBride, author of The Cougar Club and the Debutante Dropout mystery series, answers with a resounding, unequivocal, “Yes!” McBride’s mesmerizing tale of two sisters whose intertwined lives are torn apart by a remarkable dress that opens up doors to an inescapable future is an ingenious work of the imagination that recalls the novels of Claire Cook and Jill Kargman. A sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking look into two generations of women, this Little Black Dress is something every fan of quality contemporary women’s fiction will want to own."

 The Lying Game Sara Shepard

I have been very hesitant  about wanting to read this book, since I have yet to finish the Pretty Little Liars Series. However, I love Sara Shepard's style of writing and since the book is being turned into a TV Series on ABC Family. I feel I should probably begin reading the book.
"Identical twins who have never met, a mean-girl crowd with more money than morals, a stoic foster kid, and a beyond-the-grave narrator all propel readers into a roller-coaster ride of physical and emotional challenges in this first book in a new series. Foster kid Emma, two weeks shy of her eighteenth birthday, discovers she has a twin named Sutton and runs away from Las Vegas to meet her in Tucson. Sutton, however, seems to have been killed during the making of a snuff film. Narrating from the afterlife, Sutton cannot remember exactly who killed her, or much else about her life, as she watches her living twin try to solve the mystery. Shepard does a fast and thorough job of getting readers to suspend disbelief and go along for an adventure through a nasty underbelly of adolescent peer pressure and rebellion. Only toward the end does it become apparent that the platform is being prepared for the launch of a forthcoming second volume."

 The Postmistress By Sarah Blake

"Weaving together the stories of three very different women loosely tied to each other, debut novelist Blake takes readers back and forth between small town America and war-torn Europe in 1940. Single, 40-year-old postmistress Iris James and young newlywed Emma Trask are both new arrivals to Franklin, Mass., on Cape Cod. While Iris and Emma go about their daily lives, they follow American reporter Frankie Bard on the radio as she delivers powerful and personal accounts from the London Blitz and elsewhere in Europe. While Trask waits for the return of her husband—a volunteer doctor stationed in England—James comes across a letter with valuable information that she chooses to hide. Blake captures two different worlds—a na├»ve nation in denial and, across the ocean, a continent wracked with terror—with a deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime."

My Book Boyfriend (9)

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme Hosted by The Unread Reader
My Book Boyfriend is a place where we can swoon over the men we love in books and brag about how great they are.
This Weeks Book Boyfriend is Zack Rosen from Jinx.

Reasons to L-O-V-E Him...
  • He Likes Seals
  • He Gets Decently Good Grades
  • He Doesn't Drink or Do Drugs
  • He Prefers Climbing Over Walls 
  • He Listens to What The Girl Says

Actor Joshua Bowman

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!!!! 
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Happy 235th (?) Birthday America!!!!

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July, and have lots of fun, enjoy the fireworks and be safe! Also, I will be back to blogging regularly real soon, I have just been enjoying this 3 day weekend with my fiance, which we rarely get. = )