Thursday, March 31, 2011
Old Vs New
Ah I cant pick! they are both SO good! I dont normally have this issue! I think the new one has a little The Mortal Instruments complex, but hey it works, and the old one is very dark and questionable.
Yet Because I am picky I pick books by the cover, all the time. and I still would not pick up this book
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Page Count: 211
Discloser: North Bay Public Library
Oh wow, I don't know. This was really good. It was short and sweet. I wish there was more too it. I really like it though. I can't really say much in review, because its all in dictionary entries. I love it. So for the most part it was great. It was a little hard to keep track of, because it was all out of order. It is really stream of consistence, the epilogue is in the middle of the book. It really good, at some times its hard to follow.
autonomy, n. ‘I want my books to have their own shelves,’ you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.
A nameless couple meet,
fall in love,
move in together,
and then the hard work of loving each other begins.
Told as a series of dictionary entries, The Lover’s Dictionary is an intimate portrait of a relationship ...moreautonomy, n. ‘I want my books to have their own shelves,’ you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.
A nameless couple meet,
fall in love,
move in together,
and then the hard work of loving each other begins.
Told as a series of dictionary entries, The Lover’s Dictionary is an intimate portrait of a relationship in all its guises; a compelling, deeply romantic story of two people loving each other: passionately, imperfectly.
Through these short entries, Levithan opens an intimate window into the couple’s space, giving a name to their everyday struggles, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Title: Born at Midnight
Author: C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martins
Page Count: 400
Series: Shadow Falls
Discloser: St. Martins
Publication Date: March 29th 2011 (Debut Author Challange)
Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
Thoughts Before Reading:
This book is either going to be hit or miss, remarkable idea. Kylie is sent to camp for trouble teens. Also, Seeing the cover on line, really doesn’t do it justice, the font for Born At Midnight is nice, the placing of the series and authors name is off, same for the font, but the cover is actually pretty, seeing it on line, I thought it was bad but behind the main tree is a forest & fog, and the girl in the middle is pretty. It works really well.
So I’m not sure how to start this, it was a good read. I love the idea, and when I was 80-odd-pages into it, I was thinking “Gee this is a rip-off of Kelley Armstrong’s The Darkest Power’s.” and I wasn’t wrong, but I wasn’t right, there were a lot of similarities, but there were enough differences too.
Kylie sent to a camp for troubled teens or so she thinks, it turns out the camp is for supernatural teens. She is going through a lot of things in her personal life, and she’s being stocked. . . But nobody seems to be able to see this stalker but her.
The plot was very flat I found it had it points where the book was hard to put down, but it was somewhat perceptible, not that it was bad. There were points where I was somewhat shocked at the out come it wasn’t totally flat, but in grade six when we were mapping the stories we read in class we were always asked to find the climax of the book, and there wasn’t really one. And I think that is because it was setting up for the second novel. And this is almost a back to back release dates, Born at Midnight is out in April and Awake at Dawn is out in October of this year.)
I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, I though that of all the people in this book why is it told in Kylie’s point of view, Kylie seemed somewhat flat of a character. And I would really like for a Y.A book where more then one guy (or girl) is after the main character for there to be a reason for it! PLEASE tell me why everyone is in love with Kylie, so what shes different, since when does that mean anything? This is one of those books where I want to punch the main character, and read the books for the other character.
I found the writing somewhat flat as well, it was very plain. I would say this would be a good summer read, something that you can pick up and drop off. The book has it moments, and its a very simple read. I am not a huge fan of complex reads, so this was perfect.
I do have to say that I can not wait for Awake At Dawn, its a world that I can not wait to get back to, I’ll even stand Kylie’s point of view, because I want to find more out about the world.
Go Pick up your copy on Tuesday!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I really don't see a difference. Placement, font type, I don't have an opinion. I just think it was a waste of money to re-due.
What do you think?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Title: Desires of the Dead
Author: Kimberly Derting
Page Count: NA
Series: Book 2.
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
OH Wow, intense book! I’m uttley speechless, I didn’t think Kimberly could out due herself, The Body Finder was amazing, all the twists and turns for this book with really make you think. And its erie by god its erie.
Where THE BODY FINDER was clearly a stand alone with strings left behind to produce thought, Desires of the Dead where the story is wrapped up, there as dozens of stands left open. Which I think is great, Derting makes you think, and I think more authors need to make the reader second guess what they just read.
Vi, is still the character that goes head first into the pool not knowing where the shallow end is, or how deep the deep end is. But she’s more carful now, okay not fully, but she does let people know she’s off doing things in this book. Which I though was a smart move, but when she doesn’t its totally true to the character.
Vi wouldn’t be Vi if she didn’t drive Jay crazy by not thinking through a situation. And I don’t think Jay would love her as much as he does, if she didn’t.
Chelsea is still the ever annoying best friends. And there are some new characters that are really fun to think about Rafe, I think I have a new book crush there. As I am acutally starting to like Jay! (took me long enough).
If you haven’t read The Body Finder you should, I was unable to put that book down, and Desires of the Dead was no different.
My Review of the Body Finder
Friday, March 18, 2011
Author: Ally Condie
Page Count: 366
Series: Book one.
Discloser: Catie from Book Bound
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
Now I am not a huge fan of Dystopian, or should I say I am a huge fan of Dystopian, and I am highly critical of it, Spending the last year of high-school studying them, Animal Farm, 1984, Handmaids Tale, WE, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, So I am fairly critical of the new dystopians that have seemed to flood the YA section. I tend to shy away from them.
I was shocked at how well this tale was. It seemed like a fairly original story. I love main character, Cassia such a strong character, at first like in most Dystopian’s and she’s slowly turned into someone who is starting to change her mind on the society.
The main idea behind the story is that everyone has there match, and the Officials chose them for you. There’s no falling in love, there’s no what ifs, you have no choices, your mate, your job, when you get married, when you have kids, when you die, what you study in school, there are only 100 poems, stories, songs, for you to know. Cassia charities words, and 100 poems aren’t enough for her, other then the 100 the poems are outlawed.
For Cassia’s Match banquet (the day she finds out who she gets matched with) only to find she’s matched with her best friend, Xander, When she gets home, and looks at the memory card with Xander’s info, she is shocked to find that she’s not only matched with Xander, but a boy she’s never had a second though about. Ky.
From here Cassia’s world is tilted, She doesn’t know what to feel, she is finding that her lack of free will (something she’s never had) and she is beginning to long for it, after the death of her grandfather, which was totally expected. When Cassia gets closer to Ky, there’s noting stable in Cassia’s world that she can hold onto.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I like the old cover. The long braid, amazing silk the new cover is dark and I really don't like the dark.
SO what do you think?
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count: 235
Series: I'm Hoping
Why have I not read this book before now? Why have you not read this book? What are you doing reading this review, go get this book! Right now, I mean it.
What? You need more convincing then that? Really? Okay.
Music... There’s SO much music in this book, there are Eleven Playlists! Every Chapter has lyrics as a chapter title. Every good road trip needs music, and this book is a good road trip.
Really you need more? Okay.
Characters. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE you meet in this book has a story, not that you get to see them all, but there are no flat characters. From the In & Out employing breaking up with there boyfriend in the parking lot in the begging of the book, to the guy playing video games on the sofa, who falls asleep with the controller in his hands. To people you hear more of, like Amy’s twin brother, or her mother. And Amy and Roger are such real characters! They could really be the boy and girl next door, they have real problems, real issues, and real reaction.
One thing Amy does over and over in the novel, is call people out on there truth’s, even if its just in her head, when some one says “I’m sorry.” She always has the inner thoughts of weather or not they mean it. And Roger, has issues with an Ex-girlfriend, doesn’t know what happened between them, and is trying to find out, but she isn’t returning his phone calls. There’s so much more, but you need to go pick up the book.
Morgan Matson’s Voice through out the novel is so strong, I can not wait for her next book. The minor character’s are so strong in this book, I have no doubt that the next character won’t be a carbon copy of Amy. Where I have this fear for Stephanie Perkins, I hope Lola and Isla arn’t the same, I could see it happing here as with Matson.
YOU STILL NEED MORE!
Well here read the synopsis GOODREADS
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Title: Prom & Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulbrg
Publisher: Point (Scholatic)
Page Count: 227
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.
Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?
Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.
If your looking for a cute summer read that you don’t have to think about, and can pick up and start whenever there’s a moment, and something that isn’t going to weigh down your bag. This is the book for you.
Quick Review: Prom and Prejudice was a cute read. A Dumb-down rehashed version of Pride and Prejudice, I have no intentions of re-reading it, or even thinking much about it, But I DID enjoy it. 3 out of 5 stars.
I had really high hopes about this book, and I found the writing was too middle grade for my likings. I like middle grade books, but this was way to plain for me. Maybe it was because it was a re-telling on one of my favorite love stories, and Pride and Prejudice is a tough read.
I liked that Jane was her best friend, and though Elizabeth was a Bennet yet the bennet family wasn’t as they were in the book. I liked how I knew who was who in this book, but that ment that someone who hasn’t read and or watched Pride and Prejudice may have trouble seeing who is who, I am tainted by a 4000 word essay on P&P and the Keri Knightly version being one of my fav movies, (I know your judging me, don’t bother, I judge myself)
This story was well told, I enjoyed it, I am glad I borrowed it from the library, its noting I need to go out and buy so I have it on my shelf, but it was a well told story.
Eulbrg, took the classic story and turned it into a modern-day story. I couldn’t help but chuckle at how obessed people in this book were with the Prom, (I didn’t go to my own I spent the night in coffee shop).
The characters didn’t have much demitions to them sadly, The characters were almost carbon copies of Austin character. Which I was honestly hoping for something more.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
What the hell is the old new cover, it looks so fake it looks so choopy. I don't like the old one, but still, its better then a the horrible graphics on the new one.
I LOVE the Paperback that they went with...