Monday, December 27, 2010

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah

Front and Back Flap: Joy Candellaro used to love Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she finds herself at loose ends. Recently divorced and estranged from her sister, she can't summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the rural Northwest. Yet Joy's best-laid plans go terribly awry. The plane crashes deep in the darkness of a forest. Miraculously, Joy and her fellow passengers walk away from the wreckage as the plane explodes. There, amid the towering trees, Joy makes a bold and desperate decision to leave her ordinary life behind and embark on an adventure... just for the holidays. Following the death of his ex-wife, Daniel O'Shea has returned to the small town of Rain Valley. Now he is a single father facing his son's first Christmas without a mother. Eight-year-old boy Bobby isn't making it easy- the boy has closed himself off from the world, surrounding himself with imaginery friends. When Joy and Bobby meet, they form an instant bond. Thrown together by fate, these wounded souls will be touched by the true spirit of Cristmas and remember what it means to be a family. Then a dramatic turn of events shows Joy the price of starting over. On a magical Christmas Eve she will come face-to-face with a startling truth. Now she must decide: In a time of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, can she find he faith to reach for the love she has found... and the new life only she believes in?

I know this is a really long summay, but right now I don't really feel like writing much. But it was a great book, super surprising that she was ended up being Bobby's imaginery friend since Daniel acted so cold toward her! Weird in some moments and made others make sense. But def shocking when she woke up and they said it didn't happen, I thought it really didn't but guess the magic of Christmas and of Joy made it happen and she found where they were at. But anyways, might have one more book on here before 2010 ends!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Let Them Eat Fruitcake by Melody Carlson

Back Cover: It's the holiday season, and each of the roommates at 86 Bloomberg Place is a little blue. Megan has a difficult boss, and now her mom is going on vacation to Mexico, leaving Megan alone for Christmas for the first time ever. Lelani can't afford fly home to Hawaii and isn't sure she'd be welcomed anyways, not that she can admit that to anyone. Anna's old boyfriend- the one who cheated on her- has sailed back into her life, just when she's met a for-real "nice guy" she's been keeping secret from her largem crazy Latino family. And Kendall's met a famous actor, who might be the answer to her money woes- if she could only convince him she's the love of his life. Thank goodness God's around to listen when the girls need help! Let's face it, relationships are hard work- whether they're with family and friends, coworkers and customers, or boyfriends and girlfriends. And when you've got your first house, a real job, and grown-up responsibilities, too, relationships are loaded with confusion, emotion, and secrets you can't tell to anyone but God, let them eat fruitcake captures al the uncertainty and joy of being twentysomething in pitch-perfect detail- and the stories of these four girl just might sound like someone you know.

Melody Carlson writes some awesome books. I didn't even know I was going to get this book I just went to the library and then it was in the Christmas section and I said I wanted to read a few Christmas books, so I got this one and another one! And it was good. Not amazing like some others, but I still enjoyed reading it, but I must say that Anna and Kendall are the crazy ones. When Kendall all lied to her parents about marrying this guy she met and lieing about getting a house in the neighborhood that famous guy was at and he didnt even like say anything about wanting her there, like wth! And then Anna being all pissed off at Lelani even though she knew that Jake was a snake! Arg haha but it was a good book and nice for them because they all had troubles and for all of them to let it out and be there for each other makes you so much closer and have awesome friendship that's for sure. But it was fun to read and I enjoyed it.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar

Back Cover: It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we've coveted, what we scored on our SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We've changed. Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break- especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups.

This book was good, but not one of my favorites. It was confusing at first because it kept being Christmas like what? but then I was like oh this is the next year, so it was kinda cool to see and compare the differences that each person had with relationships and everything like Blair dating Pete, then dropping it for Nate, then Pete again, then Pete thinks she's with Nate cuz he crawls into bed with her then the next year she's with Chuck! Which I wonder has anything to do with because in the tv show she's with Chuck? Interesting. and it's like all these relationships when they're with the one they love it doesn't work ou and they go with someone else but then always thinking about the other one they were with. So there were a lot of hook ups let's see if I can name them all. Blair and Pete. Serena and Dan. Vanessa and Dan. Vanessa and Hollis. Jenny and Nate. Blair and Chuck. Blair and Nate. Serena and Nate. Who knows! haha but anyways, it was alright. Not as intesne for me, maybe because it was just same time of year for three parts of the book, but still work me buying, have to complete the collection! and waited one year just for the paperback!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

Back Cover: In the rugged Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest- nearly a million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. From deep within this old growth forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she offers no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past. Having retreated to her western Washington hometown after a scandal left her career in ruins, child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates is determined to free the extraordinary little girl she calls Alice from a prison of unimaginable fear and isolation. To reach her, Julia must discover the truth about Alice's past- although doing so requires help from Julia's estranged sister, a local police officer. The shocking facts of Alice's life test the limits of Julia's faith and strength, even as she struggles to make a home for Alice- and for herself. In Magic Hour, Kristin Hannah creates one of her most beloved characters and delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the meaning of home.

AMAZING! Omg I absolutely loved this book. This is only the second book I've read by her but they are so diversely different and both so well written. It was heartbreaking that little girl them finding all those marks on her. And how she didn't understand anyone else. And especially at first, when they went in her head the first ime I'm like wth does this have to do with anything? but then I knew after that, and it was so sad how she could talk but made herself not do it, when that's what Julia wanted. The time she said the first word was like yes she finally talked! Cuz she knew it would make Julia happy. And it's crazy how at one moment you want something but over time you want the opposite. At first they wanted to find the parents, but then after Julia got through to Alice she didn't want anyone to step through and say Alice is my girl, but that's what happened! and it was so intense. Learning about that guy and then them finding that place in the forest where she was tied up. Scary, and things like that do happen to people, which is sickening really. How could someone do that? But that moment when her real dad was coming to pick her up, and Julia had to leave Alice, was so heart wrenching. I was like omg this is so sad! But then I knew when someone knocked at the door at the end it had to be Alice, I had a feeling. At first I thought she like escaped and somehow made it back on her own, but it was very courageous for George to give her daughter to Julia like that. But yeah so this book was great. It did take me a while to read, but yes I'm done with finals now!!! So on to the next one. Sadly I won't be able to make 100 books this year but still read quite a bit, can't believe it's been another year passed by! But reading will always be my fav.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

Front Flap: After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods. Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming esire to destroy Jack, she must focus all her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online... for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again. As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler's mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart.

Awesome book like always. Haven't read the one before it in a while, but of course you get back into things and remember what was going on. I think the stuff going on with Mimi was alot more deadly and intense though! But I loved it. And the cover too is nice. I am not sure what big secret they're talking about? I guess that's bad since I just finished it a few days ago, but with so much stuff on my mind with school, it makes sense right? Anyways, Schuyler and Jack are in love. Aw, yet they get separated at the end. What's going on there? And Mimi wants revenge, uh oh Jack is in trouble. Then Mimi has all this stress when she misses Kinglsey, and wow she's going to Hell to get him?? BRAVE! Plus they didn't even find any of the 5 gates which goes to show you there's still a long way for this series to go, which is good! Cuz I don't want it to go away anytime soon that's for sure. Deming was a good character to add into the mix since she was from Shanghai, that's awesome. And now her and those other two brothers are going out to find others like that half demon half human guy, forgot his name already, sad I know. But so adventorous. I was tired of reading about vampires for a while since last semester I had that class but now every now and then this book is great, esp I feel it's different than others for some reason. Maybe because the focus more on like the demons and the gates of Hell. Now that is something you don't want to mess with! Well it was a good read and so I'm hoping to maybe get 100 books by the end of this year but I'm doubting it, not even at 80 yet I don't think, but oh well, it's still a lot of books I read! :]

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pure Sin by Kate Brian

Back Cover: After getting rid of her best-friend-turned-enemy, Ariana Osgood should be on top of the world. She's in love with a hot guy. She's a member of Atherton-Pryce's best secret society. And she's one of the most popular girls on campus. But now that Lexa Greene knows a terrible secret about her, everything Ariana has worked so hard for hangs in the baance. Can she keep up the facade... or is her house of cards about to tumble around her?

DANG. Ariana has always been crazy, at least in this one she don't kill nobody but jeez. Def insane. And poor Lexa, carrying this burden on her while Ariana just goes through life with no worry since she's killed other people before too. She is always going form boy to boy too. I mean once she has Palmer, then Jasper comes into play and she is falling in love with him. But of course her psycho personality at the party ball thing when he says he knows what she did she goes psycho and tries to kill him with some shears, and it really was something else. And Lexa is losing her mind, how could she not? To the point where she jumps out of the greenhouse glass! And then she sees Reed a the hospital, oh boy what's going to happen next. I wonder though since in the Private series Reed isn't sure what to do next, and there's still another book coming out so she has to be deciding or something. I don't exactly remember what happened I just know Reed was at her house and learns that Noelle is her sister, but anyways, As always, can't wait for the next murderous book to come out jeez!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad

Front Flap: Fresh from being betrayed by one of her closest friends, new reality-television celebrit Jane Roberts has learned a few lessons. Most important: know who to trust. And in Hollywood, that list is short. Although the press is intent on creating a tabloid war between her and ex-friend/current costar Madison Parker, Jane just wants to take control of her life. She's started by swearing off guys and the drama that comes with them. But when her high school sweetheart Caleb and her unrequited L.A. crush Braden show up, both acting sweeter than ever, Jane has a hard time remembering her no-boys rule... Her best friend, Scarlett, has only one guy on her mind: her boyfriend, Liam. The girl who once thought love a four-letter word is now head over heels. The problem is, being on a hit reality show means hanging out with other guys on-camera, and Liam isn't too happy with pretending to play a bit part in her love life. Just when everything feels out of control, Jane makes a shocking discovery- one that changes everyone's definition of "reality" forever. In her deicioulsy entertaining novel, television star Lauren Conrad pulls back the curtain on young Hollywood and shows that sometimes the real drama is behind the scenes.
Lauren is so great, love her! And also this book. It's really simplistic, but I don't think I've ever read many other books where it's taking about the stars being in a reality show, which makes total sense for her since she was, and I'm sure some of the stuff in the book had to do with her and what happened in the long time she was in a reaity show. And I also like the characters because they're all different. Dumb thing is Jane always thinking about all those guys dang! That's enough of them. ha. But love the theme and the covers, I wonder is this the last one? since it says something about what happened to them and how in Season 3 itll be Gaby and Sophie or whatever her name is, it probably is, but sad! It was good while it lasted.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vanished by Kate Brian

Back Cover: Against all odds, Reed Brennan re-established Billings as an underground library soceity. She and the new initiates created a glamorous secret headquarters and were ready to show Easton Academy that even though Billings House is gone, the Billings Girls are stronger than ever. But before Reed had a chance to revel in her success, something horrible happened. Noelle disappeared. Now Reed has no idea who wants to hurt Noelle or why, but it's up to Reed to save her. As the clues build up, the clock ticks down, and Reed fears that unless she finds Noelle soon, she'll lose her friend forever.
Man I read that one super fast! Well the private books I do tend to read really fast, just because they're so intense and I wanna keep reading. I mean this one my heart was pounding along with her in fear! And I can't believe that nothing was wrong with Noelle, and Reed did ALL that stuff for her! For what reason? I guess for at the end when they find that book of secrets, which is the next Private book. And it sounds awesome since they're supposed to be witches I guess when they start the Billings society, but it kinda sux since there already is a prequel, and now there's a prequel to the prequel, it's kinda weird! but oh well I'ma still buy it, but why do the prequels have to be in hardback? I'm just gonna buy it in hardback, then when it comes out in paperback I'll get it! Just like I did with the other prequel! But yeah I'm sad cuz I think I remember reading somewhere this series is almost gonna be done!!! But at least there's still privilege, and plus she'll probably come out with more books too or maybe another series? But anyways, loved it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Back Cover: Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses osme ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished. How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.

Wow. This was def intense! It kinda reminded me of Gossip Girl how no one knows who it is, yet she knows everything. But this one is a lot more scary, cuz it's like the only girl who knew everything about all these other girls is dead! And then at the end when they find her, it makes them all realize that someone knows all their secrets besides Allison. At first of course had to get oriented on whose who, but I think I've read the second one before, but I'm reading it again. I think it tells of stuff before, which is good since of course it keeps refeerring to the Jenna thing and it makes you like wth happened! Maybe Jenna is the one who is "A", but who knows. This is only the first book too! I do wanna see the tv series too, but I think I'll just wait until it's on DVD to buy and after I've read more of these amazing books! I know I'm getting older, 21 in Jan, but I think lots of stuff in teen books can apply to older people, plus they're some pretty crazy stuff in there, I mean wth is with our culture here? To have books like this where everyone is drinking, and yeah it's reality, but no wonder it keeps going on! Well I've never drank yet, so I'm glad of it too. But onto the next one! I read all these such a slow pace now that I have a few bought and by the time I'll be done, more come out! haha

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Back Cover: In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want- husband, country home, successful career- but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldy enjoyment and divine transendence.

AWESOME book. Now this stuff is deep, the way she has with words. How she describes the feelings she gets, especially when she's in India. It's amazing. And also makes me realize look at how my education helps me when I'm even reading for pleasure, because she was talking about some things I understood from my ethics and diversity class last year. I love it! But it was just so great to hear about someone whose life actually isn't fulfilled even with the typical or normal American dream, because not everyone is like that or wants that. It's especially hard to decide what you want with so much pressure, but she went to reinvent herself and it worked. Italy sounded gorgeous just eating all that food all day, although some dishes sounds kinda weird, lol. And India was for focus and that's intense, to think of just sitting there and trying not to think of anything, and how long that would take for you to achieve it. And finally in Indonesia she finds a new little family and also her lover, who is now her husband, Felipe. And that shows how your soulmate can be anywhere, but that doesn't mean you'll find him/her, but they found each other, and in a place she didn't even think she would find anyone. Stuff happens. And when it does you have to be strong and to cope with things and to be positive. this book shows that, and how sometimes loneliness and depression can be a part of everyone's life, but don't let it bring you all the way down. Super good book. And I love how each word in the title is made. It's pretty, especially the love.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wolves in Chic Clothing by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman

Front Flap: Julia, a hip downtown salesgirl at Pelham's jewelry store, finds her social life turned on its head when she is asked to deliver a necklace to the store's young heiress, Lell Pelham, on Lell's wedding day. Beguiled by Julia's earnest cluelessness and her vintage-chic vibe, Lell and her gang adopt Julia, and "Eliza Doolittle" her into passing as the heiress to a family fortune, just for a laugh. Dazed by the whirlwind of trust funds, pedigrees, Cosmopolitans, and penthouses in her new world, Julia is unprepared for the ardent advances of Lell's husband- or the vicious claws her new "friends" develop when they decide Julia is an ingrate, and demote her from society goddess to penniless cling-on with one well-timed editorial. Suddenly, she must return the borrowed couture clothes and try to remember who she was before the body snatching took place.

Wow, haven't been here for a while, I think I been renewed this book like 3 times it took me so long! But it was pretty good, it just seemed like it went by too fast, not like me reading it, but like the story. Like I thought more stuff would be happening, but I guess it just maybe seemed fast if I only read some everytime and didn't remember exactly everything that happened! I dunno, but it was a good read and nice to read after all this school! It's crazy, but I can't just not read, gotta keep myself sane somehow! And love to read, but it's def harder and harder to do every night like I used to! Well, books are awesome is just it!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dark Secrets 2 by Elizabeth Chandler

Back Cover: Secrets taken to the grave don't always stay buried. In Not Time to Die, Jenny is devastated by the recent death of her sister, Liza. Looking for a sense of closure, she secretly signs up for the drama camp where Liza died. Jenny knows that someone here holds the key to what really happened to Liza that night, but if she doesn't find out the truth soon, she may become the next victim. In The Deep End of Fear, Kate has tried to bury the horrible memories associated with the Westbrook estate. After her best friend, Ashley, drowned there. Kate vowed enver to return. But now, twelve years later, she is drawn back to the house and that fatal icy pond. There, Kate still feels Ashley's presence, and the past seems to be pulling her back toward Ashley's life-threatening dares.

Wow, I took a while to read that book, but it's pretty long and I got school! AHHHH My stupid internet and I wrote everything and it went away I do not feel like resaying it!! haha I'll just say that I loved these two books that the first one was really interesting and I would def not wanna go back to where my sibling was murdered, so she was super brave and was hard to figure out who to tust, same as in the second book. And the person she trusted the most was the one who killed Ashley, but Adrian hired him to. Sickening. That was one def more creepy because the way Ashley was living through Patrick and everything. But yeah so hopefully it won't take me as long for the next book, don't know how I read those 300 books in one year, but that was freshman year and I didn't have a full load like I do now with way more stuff, so hopefully will come back sooner! Until then! :]

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sweet Life by Mia King

Back Cover: When her husband, Paul, gets a new job, Marissa Price leaves the island of Manhattan for the island of Hawaii. Paradise seems like the perfect place to find herself, save her marriage, and reconnect with her eight-year-old daughter. But once there, Marissa discovers her new life is less about beaches and beautiful sun sets and more about cows and lava flows. Their new "home" is a fixer-upper at best. But what most needs fixing- her marriage- is the first to crumble when her husband annoounces he wants some time apart to find himself. As New York beckons her back and Marissa suspects Paul of having an affair, she begins to seriously question the wisdom of having made the move to Hawaii. Yet the women she takes in as tenants to make ends meet and her daughter's blossoming love of the island begin to hint at a new definition of ohana, or family. Pulled in opposite directions, Marissa is faced with the most important decision of her life- a choice that will define who she is, what she wants, and where her happiness lies.
This was an excellent book. I liked it alot because it's so realistic, and even though I can't really relate because I'm not married and with a kid, I'll eventually be able to relate. And it goes to show how assumptions are not good, even though all the facts and observations seemed to line up for Paul cheating on Marissa, he didn't! and the one girl at the beginning she hated because she was pretty, ended up becoming one of her good friends because her boyfriend got her pregnant and left her. The irony of that one. What we think and assume of people isn't always true, probably most of the time isn't true, but we're such a judgemental country, it's sad really. and it's also sad how Pansy's parent never saw her!! Only for a few minutes. Marissa was actually scared to spend time with her own daughter, now that's def a weird thing. Def something common though, especially in families where the parents are like big time people. But I think it'd be great to visit Hawaii and this time is very good compliment to that.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weird Washington by Jeff Davis and Al Eufrasio

Front Flap: Ah, Washington: evergreens, coffee, rock, and rain. That's pretty much it, right? Well, no. There is a whole lot of weird going on in our state. Washington is home to some of the weirdest travel destinations, scariest legends, and most colorful folk tales in the United States. Because there are so many odd and unusual tales, cemeteries, beasts, and people here, it took two authors to traverse the state to document it all. With cameras and notepads, Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio boldly ventured the highways and byways, back roads, and forests, shorelines and mountaintops to investigate all the state has to offer. For starters, there are lots of unexplained events here- in fact, we're ranked number two in the whole country for mysterious phenomena: America's only unsolved hijacking happened here; look up, but watch out for raining rocks, mysterious flying men , and UFOs; ook down, and you might uncover a body turned to soap in Crescent lake or deadly monsters in Lake Washington. Where else can you find a tribute to a giant squirting razor clam? Discover Ozette, our own Pompeii of the Pacific Northwest, cruise by Gospodor's monumental controversy on your way to Gravity Hill, but is that's Bigfoot you see, no worries because here in Washington, Bigfoot saves lives! Investigate the elusive Northwest tree octopus, feed a hungry ghost at Starvations Heights, and see what's not going on in Aberdeen. Yes, Washington is a whole lot weirder than you ever imagined, and Weird Washington is here to show and tell you all about it.

Haha, me and my boyfriend saw this in a like souvenir store for Washington and thought we'd look it up at the library and they actually had it! And I actually did read all the stories and everything. Some were def more interesting than others, but they were all cool since they come from my state Washington! Some stuff is def weird too, and it was entertaining. That's all I gotta say, oh and alsl of course alot of ghost stories and things that really don't sound true, but ya def gotta be there and experience something before you really know!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

Front Flap: Ever is trying to help Haven make the transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat- exposing their secret world to the outside. But Ever's struggle to keep the Immortals hidden only propels Haven closer to the enemy: Roman and his evil companions. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman' power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who's hell-bent on her destruction. Now there's a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does she can't stop thinking about Roman- and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state... and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender. Franctic to break the spell before it's too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything he knows and loves to save herself- and her future with Damen...

Man, that ending was crucial! I read super fast, and I hate when I get all excited and read super fast and then like glance over a few paragraphs or something then it ruins what happens, cuz I can feel like oh no something really bad or good is about to happen! But this was def a more darker book than the others because of the dark flame she held within her for Roman, which she should have just told Damen about it because he loves her unconditionally, no matter what happens! And she knows that! And I can't believe that Haven is acting that way, and now she's her worst enemy because she thinks Ever killed Roman, uh oh next book here we go! and then about Miles seeing that painting, he's def freaked out and Sabine seeing that Ever was the fortune teller! Now she's in trouble! No wonder she had all her focus on bad things, but now she's really going to have to step it up and against her ex best friend, how devastating! I really liked this one and I actually read it super fast, in like a day and a half because I realized it's due from the library and I can't renew it! haha so yes a fast read but def a good one I was all at school reading it for an hour in between my classes :] hopefully I can still be on here about the same but we'll see with school so much is going on! Happy readings to everyone though

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Front Flap: Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's ever known, and all she needs for happiness. But life after the Return is never save, and ther eare threats even the Barrier can't hold back. Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling. One night beyond the Barrier... One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery... One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

One of the best books I've ever read. Not even lieing. I don't remember the first as much, but I remember it also being super good, my bestie told me about it, but this one is soooo freaking amazing. Wow, it's like Gossip Girl the show or Friday Night Lights, where all this stuff happens and you're like omg this is only one episode! I'm like omg this is only one book!!! So many intense things happen. Where life is so scary and unknown. It's a lot to process, but just the story she wrote. It's so real ,I can see why it says 14 and up because it has some really hard things in it! I mean I can't imagine a world like that! Like wow. Where you can't go anywhere else because these monsters are there and they'll infect you and then you'll become one of them wow. And just so many great moments, insightful and I don't even remember them but you just HAVE to read this book! You don't even have to have read the first one because the second one is about the daughter of the girl in the first one which is a cool idea and I like because you can still see the first girl's life but also a new girl's story. From her kiss with Catcher, the others getting caught, her mom leaving and her finding out she's not even really her mom!, her trying to kill Daniel, escaping, finding out about the cult, following the path of the forest, Cira turning into a Mudo, Catcher being immune, her loving Catcher then Elias, finding her mom and her old village, finding out her story and life, then the end where they have to go over all those Mudo in the valley. I could picture that in my head it made me shiver ewww. And I love the ending because it's happy, but you don't get the ending because they're still going on the path and it gives you hope. But I was just reading this book and did not want to stop! So I really loved this book and I'm about to buy both of em cuz this is the library's, but yeah it was an amazing brutal real book. LOVE IT!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Demon Princess Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen

Back Cover: Nikki didn't think her life could get any more complicated after she moved to the dreary town of Erin Heights- fitting in at a new school while navigating the social scene was stressful enough. But when her sixteenth birthday rolls around, she's visited by a mysterious stranger, Michael, who tells her that her long-lost father is actually the demon king of the Shadowlands- the dimension that protects our world from the Underworld and Hell. Maybe it's because she's in shock, or maybe it's because Michael is seriously cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the SHadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne- forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden... Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew- what's a teenage demon princess to do?
This was def something different! I like it though because of that reason. It's funny and has a good story line, although the Shadowlands does remind me of that other series which I'm about to read the latest book that came out, totally forgot the name but anyways. This book I wouldn't mind reading the next one because it's interesting and it's still current and of course everyone loves the forbidden love right? always want what ya can't have! Also the cover is great with the little horns and everything. Def a cool idea though to be a demon princess. You wouldn't normally put those two together! I like Michael and Nikki together though, like father like daughter since he was the one who married and had a kid with a human and broke the laws! not like no one ever breaks the laws jeez. But yup I liked it and will try to read the next one if I remember to get it at the library! if not a nice read, fast but good. :]

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

Front Flap: How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. REcovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of deja vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living id not her own. During the day the has vivid memories of things she's never seen- such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited- and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met. Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind... until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs. Someone's life could be depending on you right now... That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood- the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. REstless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When hre receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery- a quest that will change his life forever.
Gosh I just love to read, especially books like these when I know nothing about it and it's super good! I've never read a book like this before. How Justin donated blood and it ended up going to Joyce and she is now seeing his memories. I guessed it pretty early on, at first I was a little confused though. But then it hit me! And it's def a unique ideas, I wonder if that's ever happened to someone before? ya never know, but anyways the book is super good. Because it has a woman who has struggled a lot, especially not being able to have a baby and then losing it, that's super hard. But she still has her dad, even though her mom is gone, and Justin had the opposite, until his mom died carrying the secret with her, him being the only one left! That's so sad too, that he killed himself! The dad did. And he's the only one who knows, but not anymore because now Joyce does. And she's the one who gives him those presents, but is too scared to meet him. I mean it's so crazy! That you can be connected to someone that way by giving blood. But it was def an interesting book and I'd def like to read more books from her :]

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Tiara Club by Beverly Brandt

Back Cover: Georgia Elliot grew up in a small Gulf town full of Southern charm- and a superefficient grapevine- so the few secrets she's managed to keep are precious. A second-generation beauty queen, Georgia has one secret in particular she'd like to keep from her controlling society mama, and so turns to women she knows she can trust: the Tiara Club. All the members are pageant veterans, but they've just admitted one woman who doesn't fit in- a Yankee who's never taped her breasts or smeared glue on her butt. And the Tiara Club is determined to help this outsider win the coveted Shrimp Queen crown. Add in an impending wedding and the club's attempts to keep Georgia's secret, and the women of the Tiara Club have all they can do to hold on to their pose, their friendships, and their sense of humor.
This was a really great book that I just randomly picked out from the library because of the cover! haha love it. It was funny, sexy, emotional, and kinda foreign with all that southern type stuff, but it's funny to learn about all that and I really like the story line. I haven't read a book like it before. But there def were a lot of secrets between Georgia and her mom! Ones that they held for a long time, which is crazy. I don't think I even have any secrets and if I do, none that big!! But I really liked this book, it was diff and it great! haha

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory

Back Cover: Bristol in 1787 is booming, a city where power beckons those who dare to take risks. Josiah Cole, a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs capital and a well-connected wife. Marriage to Frances Scott is a mutually convenient solution. Trading her social contacts for Josiah's protection, Frances finds her life and fortune dependent on the respectable trade of sugar, rum, and slaves. Into her new world comes Mehuru, once a priest in the ancient African kingdom of Yoruba, now a slave in England. from opposite ends of the earth, despite the difference in status, Mehuru and Frances confront each other and their need for love and liberty.
Man I just love reading books like this and getting continious really aweesome books! I have read a few of her books before, but this one was diff than the others like the other boleyn girl about queens and all that, but this was so real. It was also very sad and reminded me alot of Roots. How the slaves were just snatched out of their homes and on these horrible ships connected to each other by chains and left down to just sit there in their own filth and eat hardly anything and then get shipped off and expected to work! It was sad, esp very sickening when that one guy raped one of the slave woman :[ It's so horrible how poeple treated Africans. They thought they weren't people and were stupid, but then they want to rape the woman and make babies? It's very disturbing and scary. And then it shows that anything can happen no matter how society and rules and laws are because Mehuru, which is an awesome name by the way, and Frances fall in love with each other, but it can't work out. What is it with the forbidden love thing right? You want what you can't have huh. But besides that everything was realistic, I wasn't sure sometimes what they were talking about with the trade and everything, but it seemed like all of that could and probably did happen. With the slaves and how Josiah like bet and loaned and all that stuff. It really is sad how marriages worked out then and some places still are, but I guess that's because I grew up learning marriage is your own choice and because you love someone and that's it! Not your status or position or skin color or none of that! But this book was just very interesting and super sad at parts, esp when Frances dies at the end because her baby is born! But I still liked how it ended because the slaves got free and even though Frances died, her baby survived and is living on within the baby. So yes excellent book, very sad, very realistic and very amazing!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Back Cover: "Dear John", the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever. When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets Savannah, the girl if his dreams. The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finishes his tour of duty. But neither can foresee that 9/11 is about to change the world. Like so many proud men and women, John must choose between love and country. Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover how love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined.
This book was sooo much like the movie! And I loved it. I didn't remember too much from the movie, but reading the book made me remember parts from it. But I can tell a lot of the stuff stayed true throughout the movie. One weird thing is how in the book she's a brunette, but I think that the actress, don't remember her name, plays the part really well with the way she acts and her general character. It def was very sad in the book and in the movie when John's dad was sick and then passed away. It's just so amazing how someone can write things down that you feel but not like specific things, just things that you go through and can't explain but somehow he does. And I really just like the story line of what happens and how it does. I think they should have kept the ending from the book where he donates the money from the coin collection and Tim is with Savannah still but at the end of the movie John like meets Savannah somewhere and they hug I think. Anyways, enough comparisons between book and movie. This book was super good. I just like the rawness and realness of it. The feelings and how it's laid out. I def got into the book. And I def should read more of his books!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Runaway by Meg Cabot

Front Flap: Em Watts is on the run. She's on the run from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself. With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel Fashion show on New YEar's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope... what's the point of even going on? But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to. Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved- since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed- this time, permanently?
I did like this one, but it kinda did remind me too much of princess diaries, like the way Em was thinking stuff to herself about Christopher and everything else, but I felt that in the other books too, I guess it's kinda good but kinda bad. Good because you can tell it's by Meg Cabot, but bad cuz it's like always a negative type of personal dialogue. Anyways the beginning there was kinda confusing cuz I didn't remember who knew that Nikki Howard was really Em, but then I realized oh everyone in that house does! And that is def a crazy concept to think about, having brains put in someone else's body! WTH! I wonder if technology will ever get that good and if it does it wouldn't surprise me but it'd def be scary! Overall a pretty good book that went by fast. And I'm guessing it's the last book in the series since they caught the bad guy and all that happy ending type stuff! That dress she's wearing on the cover does remind me of a sequin black top I have that looks like that but is a tnak top! So yes, pretty good book, but not the best.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Classic by Cecily von Ziegesar

Back Cover: It's almost Valentine's Day at Waverly Academy, and love is in the air... and in everyone's inboxes. Each year, the Waverly Computer Society runs Perfect Match, an online personality survey that airs up Waverly Owls with their supposed soul mates. Now the campus is overrun with peculair pairings, odd couples, and mischief-makers hoping to play Cupid for a day. Jenny Humphrey is convinced she'll be paired with her adorable new boyfriend, Isaac Dresden. But when he starts acting skittish, she begins to wonder if he's her Perfect Match after all. Brett Messerschmidt and Tinsley Caarmichael definitely aren't feeling the love this Valentine's Day: When Isla Dresde, Isaac's siter, steals Tinsley's thunder- and Brett's boyfriend- the two girls vow to plot their revenge. But in Isla, they might have just met their match. Callie Vernon is starting to wonder if a girl can have two soul mates. She's in love with both Easy Walsh and Brandon Buchana, but on February 14, she can give only one of them her heart. In this final dramatic it girl novel, the WAverly Owls once again prove that all's fair in love and war...
I'm so sad that the series is over! One less book in a series to look forward to coming out in the stores, but oh well. I think this book was a good ending book. There was def a lot of stuff going on at once for all the girls. I think the most was with Callie, but I knew she'd pick Easy! since when she saw those hearts being collected by him she just was imagining him and that's it, not worrying about Brandon! It was also very understandable the characters and their feelings. I feel like these things could all happen in life, it's not fake. And I also really liked the ending part, because Jenny didn't go home with a boy. Not that I didn't want her too, but it shows at the ending you don't have to have a guy to be happy! and Tinsley is just happy flirting with Heath! Btw, I wonder how she came up with these names like Tinsley? That's def weird, it reminds me of Christmas, haha. But a good ending book, can't believe all those books were only one school year their should be that many for every school year! haha But I wonder what else shes going to come out with next! Can't wait to see but in the meanwhile I def need to get that latest gossip girl when it comes out in paperback soon, finally!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sweet Deceit by Kate Brian

Back Cover: Ariana Osgood has been tapped for Stone and GRave, Atherton-Pryce Hall's most exclusive secret society. But so has her arch-nemesis, Kaitlynn. they go head-to-head during Hell Week, but Ariana has worked too hard for her luxe life at APH to give it up without a fight. When the competition turns deadly, only one girl will walk away from it alive...
WOWWW!! Arianna just keeps killing people omg! She's so crazy, she like doesn't even care no heisitation or nothing jeez! So I just started this book and it's already done! Because it's so riveting and I wanna know what's coming next. She just keeps coming up with these crazy plans, but they work. And that means Kate Brian comes up with them and they're def clever but she def keeps the books coming in this series and the private one! But anyways, this book was def crazy because she killed Kaitlyn and then Kiran! Who was one of her really good friends, not her enemy. And there was Noelle on the phone. But I wonder if Kiran's death will be in the other private book! Cuz I don't know the time line comapred for both of em and I don't remember if she was in Paradise Lost or not? But that's crazy. Who knows what's gonna happen next! I did sort of forgot what was going on in the beginning but then man another death of Brigit! All these killings jeez, is there like an age minimum for these books? haha But I def gotta go look at the website cuz I guess there's some like mini series or something for the private books but not sure for the privilege ones but def can't wait for the next book in the series!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Front Flap: Four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier. But only three of the friends make it safely to Jahn's restaurant, the headquarters of a secret resistance movement, where they discover the astonishing power that one voice can have in the fight for freedom. As the battle rages, the three friends are in a race against time to save their companion, who has been forced to participate in a deadly, ancient game for the amusement of his captors. Will this new generation prevail, or are they destined to meet the same grisly fate as their parents?
I borrowed this book from my best friend and she def has good taste. This was a great book! Gosh sometimes I get tired of myself because I alwayas love all the books I read, which is good, but still haha. Anyways, these types were a group is revolting against the government they're so exciting and thrilling. It was very interesting and of course there were parts where you were like omg! Because one point of view in the story then crossed with another when they were traveling but the others didn't know! and it was sooo sad at the end that Milos died :[ But I have to wonder whose the kid? Was it a kid from him or what? That part def confused me in the epilogue. But besides that it was very intense and action packed. I think it'd make a great movie too.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Back Cover: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who has avoided invasion and lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie- reluctant allies- set off to search for the man they both love. Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

This book was excellent. I have been wanting to read it for a while, and I finally bought it! It was really interesting how this love triangle worked since Melanie was there but so was Wanda or the Wanderer, controlling her body and everything and how at first she was just treated so crapply and confused since she didn't know much about our world and has hardly been living here. I really liked that though since it's different and unique. While I was reading it I did kind of got tired of being in the caves so long and then when they went out and had to get the medicine for Jaime I was glad they finally went outside the cave and did stuff cuz I didn't want everything to happen in there! Then they went on raids with Wanda and found the Seeker and it was so sad at the end how she wanted to sacrifice herself for Melanie but thank goodness they found her another body. I knew there had to be a happy ending haha! A weird thing too was like the other planets like the spiders and dolphins and bears, but it was creative that's for sure. And I saw in the back from the questionaire how there's gonna be a movie? The book was published in 2008 so I have no idea when the movie would come out but I'd def want to go see that! And I also loved that I got the copy with the bonus chapter in it to see what happened to Melanie after Wanda left her body since the whole book is from Wanda's point of view, she couldn't put that in the book. But overall I liked the book a lot and it actually I think took me longer to read than Roots! But hey loved it, but only have a few more books that are mine left then I gotta get going to the library! :]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Back Cover: This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down's syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Dauighter is a brillantly crafted story of parallele lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love.
This was a very good book. I think from this book and a few others I really like reading books that tell a whole life story from when they were a baby or really young til like they're older at least 20 years later. It's amazing how that one decision shaped everyone's lives. It affected more than like 20 people because of DAvid's whole family, Caroline and the people she met and the people that Phoebe met and it goes on! But it's also fascinating to read how you may think you know someone or know your family but you never will completely because there are so many sides to someone and so much to know about someone, you'll always learn something about them and that's also the beauty of relationships to learn someone and accept them for everything they are. And its so sad how Norah and David just became so separated because of that one thing, and Paul too. How the were still married but didn't know each other at all and became completely different people. It makes me feel def blessed for how my family is, but it still makes you think! The wonders of reading ya know, of how wow my parents had a whole other life before me and my brothers came but you always think of your parents as just your mom and dad when they were someone else before, it's hard to believe. But things like that in this book just make you think and I like that. Teen books are good and everything especially the series ones I read but they only take place in such a constricted area and in such a short amount of time like senior year and that's it, you don't get to know the person as much as books like this. But I really liked it and def glad I bought it for only like $2 I think at Half Price hehe :] Onto the next!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler

Back Cover: Two girls haunted by the past... and destined to relive it in Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes. In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother drowning wasn't an accident after all... and maybe Lauren is next.
These two were really awesome. Spooky, myserious, thrilling, and suspenseful! But I woner if or how they're connected. I know though that it's in the same town cuz they mention the Scaraborough Road in both, and then in Don't Tell, it says seven years earlier... so what does that mean?! Is it just letting you know or they're connected? I was trying to find stuff but I couldn't. so the first one was about Megan and her grandma and how she's coming to visit her but some weird things are happening. Like she's having weird dreams and moving things and sleep walking, because she's a reincarnation og her grandma's sister, Avril. But she isn't sure of that until things start clicking into place, and I never would have guessed either of the killers. I liked these alot also because I haven't really read much mystery so I wouldn't mind reading more of those like that! Especially when you don't know what's going to happen next, which is good. Like the second one I had no idea that Holly was the killer! Of course they made it seem like Nora, which I guess is a good cover up cuz Holly is all like a friend and isn't crazy. But yeah I def gotta go buy the second one though! I also love that key on the cover. It's so cool looking.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Roots by Alex Haley

Front and Back Flaps: When he was a boy in Henning, Tennessee, Alex Haley's grandmother used to tell him stories about their family- stories that went back to her grandparents, and their grandparents, down through the generations all the way to a man she called "the African." She said he had lived across the ocean near what he called the "Kamby Bolongo" and had been out in the forest chopping wood to make a drum when he was set upon by four men, beaten, chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. Still vividly remembering the stories after he grew up and became a writer, Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative. It took ten years and a half of a million miles of travel across three countries to find it, but finally, in an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered not only the name of "the African"- Kunta Kinte- but the precise location of Juffure, the very village in The Gambia, West Africa, from which he was abducted in 1767 at the age of sixteen and taken on the Lord Ligonier to Maryland and sold to a Virginia planter. Haley has talked in Juffure with his own African sixth cousins. On September 29, 1967, he stood on the dock in Annapolis where his great-great-great-great-grandfather was taken ashore on September 29, 1767. Now he has written the monumental twp-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him- slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lumber mill workers and Pullman porters, lawyers and architects- and one author. But Haley has done more than recapture the history of his own family. As the first black American writer to trace his origins back to their roots, he has told the story of 25,000,000 American of African descent. He has rediscovered for an entire people a rich cultural heritage that slavery took away from them, along with their names and their identities. But ROOTS soeaks, finally, not just to blacks, or to whites, but to all peoples and all races everywhere, for the story it tells is one of the most eloquent testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spirit.

AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. WOW, this was an AMAZING book!!! I read it because my grandma wanted me to, and at first it was alright and I had to get used to the language and all that but after that it was just soooo real and so like wow. Esepcailly the part where Kunta is in the ship going to America and what they describe is so horrible. How they're all chained together and just sit down there under in like the dark and cold and just fester and rot and there's rat and they have to go to the bathroom and throw up just all over the place then live in it! Imagine how that would be omg. And then Kunta getting whipped and his foot cut off. I just really liked how the story just progressed down the family. At first it was Kunda telling the story, then it went to his daughter Kizzy after she got sold to someone else and after that is the last you know of Kunta and then Kizzy never gets married because her "massa" rapes her!! It was horrible that part. And then she only had one son, George, who was named after the master's first nigger. And they say that a lot obviously. And then George gets married to Matilda and they have 8 children!! And then the story is in George's point of view and he fights chickens with the massa and another guy and then after that the story kinda just goes through Tom, one of the sons who marries Irene. After that it's not really in anyone's point of view. But it was also crazy to read about all the history going on during that time and then they finally became free and just started their own village and everything. It was such an amazing book, I don't even know what else to say, but I can't believe they traced it all the way back to him! Just goes to show you how if you keep telling your children something and they pass it on it goes on for a long time and lots of generations! It would be so awesome to be able to somehow trace back my ancestry took because I know my dad is black and so is his dad and my grandma and my great-grandpa but I don't really know much else, but yes everyone should read that book. It is relaly long basicaly 700 pages but I read it in 8 days! go me haha but it was hard to put down and super good! I def wanna watch the movie now. But yes amazing I know I said it lots of times but it really was!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thank you to Ashley!

Thanks Ashley for awarding me woohoo! :]

The Rules
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share seven things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (in no particular order...)

4. Contact the bloggers

Well, here are seven things about me!
1. I love to read! I think that's pretty obvious but I had to include it in there.

2. I love to scrapbook. I love being creative and using different papers, stickers, frames, beads, ribbons, glitter, postcards, and pictures to make awesome scrapbooks which is way more fun than just printing out pics and putting them in an album!

3. I am in love with my boyfriend Joel, who I've been dating since March 14, 2005! He means the whole world to me.

4. Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I have a strawberry necklace from Puerto Rico which is one of my favorite necklaces and just recently bought some strawberry earrings to match :]

5. I go to PLU and I'm going to major in social work. I want to help people, that is my goal for my job and I think my area is people in poverty.

6. I am Filipino, Black, Cherokee, and Irish and I love to be unique.

7. My favorite color is pink.

Bloggers I'm Awarding
1. Scrap That
2. Collegiate Bookworm
3. Angela
4. Johnathan
5. Laura

I dunno who else!!! Sorry!!!

You Just Can't Get Enough by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Back Cover: It's September- time to put away your white eyelet sundresses and platform espadrilles and say goodbye to the East End. But say hello to Manhattan's newest residents, the scene-stealing, heart-stealing Carlyle triplets. Lock up your boyfriends and throw away the key because B and A are hotter than NYC during a sultry Indian summer. I love this series already! It's so interesting to be reading about triplets and of course all the interconnections everyone has with each other. Like when they're at the part and the couples but only momentarily are Owen and Jack, Baby and J.P., Avery and Tristan, and Rhys and Kelsey. But the thing is, Jack is J.P.'s ex, and she's only with Owen because she knows Owen's secret that he likes Kelsey who he lost his virginity to over the summer and so it's all tense and by the end of the night nothing is the same! It's def a crazy world that's for sure haha. But now the couples have changed so we'll see how long that lasts, nothing really does last in these books. But I like the triplets. It's fun.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Carlyles by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Back Cover: Get out your Montblanc pens, Chloe satchels, and cashmere cardigans: it's a brand-new season on the Upper East Side, and the irresistible Carlyle triplets are taking Manhattan by storm. You now it's going to be another wild and wicked year, and I'll be here to whisper all the juicy secrets... you know you love me, Gossip Girl. So I liked this new series, but I'm still missing the other characters, especially since the show has them and I'm used to hearing about them and everything, but this bunch is interesting. At first I just had to get used to the new names, but it didn't take too long to do. I like the idea of the triplets though, I think that was different. And funny that one of their names is Baby. Hmm. But besides that of course there's gotta be the bitchy one, but she ends up losing her credit cards, her boy, and the position on the board or whatever it's called, so we'll see what's gonna happen next because I'm about to be reading that now. The only thing about the Gossip Girl books is I read them so fast!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella

Back Cover: What's a round-the-world honeymoon if you can't buy the odd souvenir to ship back home? Like the twenty silk dressing gowns Becky found in Hong Kong... the hand-carved dining table (and ten chairs) from Sri Lanka... the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband Luke expressly forbade her to buy)... Only now Becky and Luke have returned home to London and Luke is furious. Two truckloads of those souvenirs have cluttered up their loft, and the bills for them are outrageous. Luke insists Becky go on a budget. And worse; her beloved best friend Suze has found a new best friend while Becky was away. Becky's feeling rather blue- when her parents deliver some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is thrilled! She's convinced her sister will be a true soulmate. They'll go shopping together, have manicures together... Until she meets Jessica for the first time and gets the shock of her life. Surely Becky Bloomwood's sister can't... hate shopping? First off I just have to say it's really annoying because my book's cove background is like light lime green and all the ones I found have this yellow? WHAT! haha, but anyways I loved it! These books are so funny and Becky is so crazy! All that shopping she does and the thinking of why she needs to buy it is interesting and most likely true for other people, like I just was watching True Life I'm obsessed with shopping or something like that. But yeah this is the kind of situation where you feel two different ways because Becky did all that shopping and wanted that angle purse so told that guy Luke would do whatever and then made Luke super mad so you're like wth why did she do that just for that stupid bag??? But then when she's all alone at moments in the book and really sad you're like SAD! And wish everything would be better. I mean I feel like that for lots of things or see it in shows or other books so that's def a realistic thing happening, but this book is just so fun and funny and energetic. Becky is def a crazy character who def does need to do less shopping, but I still love the style of the book, especially the funny bank notices or letters from bank or organization to Becky, love that!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad

Front Flap: Jane Roberts was the average girl next door until she and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, landed their own reality show, L.A. Candy. Now the girls have an all-access pass to Hollywood's hottest everything. But there's more to life on camera than just parties and shopping... When racy photos of Jane are leaked to the press, she finds herself at the center of a tabloid scandal. She turns to her co-star Madison Parker for help, unaware that Madison is scheming behind the scenes. She might be Jane's shoulder to cry on, but does Madison really have Jane's back? Scarlett's working on a scandal of her own. She's fallen for someone who's strictly off-limits- which means Scarlett has a big secret to keep... from the L.A. Candy cameras, the paparazzi staking out her apartment, even from her best friend. Of course, nothing stays secret for long for the stars of the newest TV series, and all this drama couldn't be better for ratings. But can Jane survive another season in the spotlight? In television star Lauren Conrad's dishy, entertaining novel about young Hollywood, the lies are only as sweet as the people telling them. I loved this book, the only annoying thing is that I'm always comparing it to The Hills and I am seeing some similarities. Like at the end when Caleb came back is that like Jason or something? Haha, but besides that it was good! Of course there had to be this evil character Madison! And she just reels Jane in man that's such a hard world! I also see how reality shows aren't too reality, they like set up stuff so that it seem real but it really wouldn't happen if the cameras weren't there ya know? I also love the covers, very cute! But def will be excited when the next one comes out.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Back Cover: Ever since the day her classmate Jenny-May Butler vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something- or someone- disappears. Finding has become her goal. Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother Donal who vanished into thin air a year ago. So when spots an ad for Sandy's missing persons agency, he's certain that she will answer his prayers and find his missing brother. But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home. This was an amazing, captivating, like nothing else book. When I got this book, I didn't even realize it was by an author of a book I already have called Rosie Dunne which is also incredible btw written all in IMs, notes, letters, and e-mails! Of a girl and boy who are soul mates but go through lots of diff things, anyways, back to this book! It was like nothing I've ever read before, because thinking of something like that, is crazy! About a girl who cares so much about finding things once they're lost, like socks and things that aren't too meaningful so ya know. But to think of a place where all the things that are lost, including memories is pretty weird!! But I loved this book because it was different and not about things you normally think about in a novel or really at all, because it's true how people go missing and after time some people forget or give up and it's really sad! That part isn't new, but the Sandy Shortt character was def different. I def would like to read more of her books though that's for sure! It's a diff scene from the teen ones, which I like to put in between so I won't get too tired of em haha not that I ever do, but ya know just in case!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Front Flap: Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives- and fought off the world's darkest enemies- so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen... one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death- plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick- and gets help from an unexpected source- a surfer named Jude. Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She's always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger- and tests her love for Damen like never before... This one was really good too! And I see the next one is coming out soon! :] There is something kinda annoying, I dunno why but how Ever keeps talking about Damen's past and I dunno somthing she keeps saying, I don't remember what it is, but a definite twist at the end where Ever makes Haven an immortal, now what about Miles? And how is she gonna tell Haven this! And Roman is just pure evil, while Ever is so dumb to go and visit him wth! She's crazy haha. And definitely weird thing about Jude being the guy Ever always tries to pursue or likes until Damen comes along, that changes things too. I just like the book because it's different, instead of vampires jeez! Haha. And there's so many interesting things going on like wth! Like the twins! We do learn more about them though so that's nice. But once again Ever is dumb and doesn't look at what she's doing, trying to use magic, in dark way and Roman knows! So the next book will def be intense too!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Scandal by Kate Brian

Back Cover: After her terrifying Caribbean vacation, Reed can't wait to get back to campus and resume her normal life of classes, shopping trips with the Billings Girl, and late-night gossip sessions. But when she arrives at Easton, she gets the shock of a lifetime. Billings House is gone. The administration has razed the scandal-rocked dorm and separated the Billings Girls. Outraged, Reed takes immediate action, turning Billings into a secret literary society- with a whole new set of rules. Eleven spots are open to any girl strong enough to endure initiation. Every girl on campus wants in, and it's up to Reed to pick the best and brightest. And only the strongest will survive... This book I felt was one of the better ones, but also not for the same reason. Because it wasn't as fast paced, or like not as many deadly things happened as others like Reed always being targeted and someone getting killed. There were def some intense moments though. And another new headmaster! This new secret society sounds cool and all, but of course it brings trouble. I really liked the ending because it leaves you hanging, just like all the other ones. Who in the world took Noelle? And so you just know the next book is gonna be really good cuz they're gonna have to find her and figure out wth is going on! I hope the series doesn't end soon!! I feel like it won't though because Reed isn't a senior but we'll see. Def can't wait for the next even though I know I did read this super fast!!! Sadly haha.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunset Boulevard by Zoey Dean

Back Cover: Starlet Amelie Adam's new movie is being shot on location- at Beverly Hills High. But the drama on-screen is nothing compared to what's happening off-screen. Lights, camera, deception! So this was really good too! It's like reminding me of a good episode of like Gossip Girl or Friday Night Lights where like so much happens in one like book or episode. Like Jake started dating Kady and by the end she's going to Prague to shoot a movie. And with JoJo and Myla being buddies to now like enemies kinda, even though they're sisters. And then with Amelie finally realizing her crush on Jake, Jake still liking her too, but so does JoJo I think! ARG! haha, but it was really good, I still find myself liking it better than the first one because of the diversity I guess and also Myla isn't as bitchy as Cammie, plus Myla actually realizes it at the end, so we'll see what happens because now Amelie is about to be going to their school!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hollywood Royalty by Zoey Dean

Back Cover: Some people are born with it. Meet the new Hollywood Royalty: Amelie, the not-so-innocent starlet; Myla and Ash, the golden couple; Jacob, the geek turned hottie; and JoJo, the outsider who'll do anything to get on the A-List. I thought that this book was better than the first A-List! Don't get me wrong, I liked the characters in the first series, but these ones just seemed a lot more diverse and interesting and covered more types of people. The first one, all of them were rich and wore nice clothes and were already integrated in the business, besides Anna but it didn't take her long and she was rich too. This was alot different, plus being updated a little bit, like with the technology and what they do in the book. I think it's cool that JoJo has two dads. And she's trying to be in the A-List but of course she finds out her parents are actually this rich couple who has a daughter Myla who is jealous and then breaks up with Ash, who JoJo starts to like but he just wanted Myla to be jealous. Then there's Amelie, the fairy princess, which is kinda weird, but I'm thinking she's the one on the cover cuz the pink dress and red hair? But she's all innocent but then really likes Hunter, but her tutor Jacob who was a geek and is now hotter likes her. I felt so bad for him! He likes her and she just wants Hunter. And yeah ha but I'm about to read the next one now! I also really like the dresses on the front and back covers!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

California Dreaming by Zoey Dean

Back Cover: With college just a week away, the private jets are booked, the vintage Gucci steamer trunks packed, and it's time for the A-list crew to say good-bye. Or is it? Sam's headed to USC film school, but when Eduardo offers her a different ending- moving to Paris as newlyweds- will she go completely off-script? Cammie's already living her California dream as the owner of Hollywood's hottest new venue. But will her relationship with Ben, Tinseltown's reigning nightlife prince, last? Anna's lifelong dream of Yale no longer feels like a fantasy, and with a one-way ticket to Bali from new love Logan in her pocket, her future is wide open. There are only a few precious days left in L.A, and it's time for everyone to choose what their futures will hold. Only one thing is certain: Wherever they go, they'll always be on the A-list. I def would say that I like reading these books, but not as much as I used to! Also kinda annoying is always saying what they;re wearing like the brands and stuff I'm like I have no idea what all this means! Haha, but it's still fun to read, just not as entertaining as before, ya know? But I'm about to read the first two of her other series so we'll see how those characters are cuz I still really like Sam and Anna in these books, but def not Cammie who is a big bitch! So yeah! haha

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Back Cover: In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place as the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all- beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever, by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable. So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives. For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship- jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart... and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test. This was AMAZING!!! I LOVED IT! Wow. . . haha. I don't think I've ever read a book like it. Going through the whole lives of two best friends. I was reading it and felt what they felt, especially Kate. And it did give me fear of when I have kids and what they'll be like because I never had a rebellious stage like Marah did so I hope my kids won't either! But it was so emotional and realistic and there. How Kate and Tully met and how they went through sooo much together and were always there for each other, even in the end. I felt that jealousy and anger and fear. It was soo sad when Kate got cancer. I almost started crying because of how young she was and having your mom die before you especially how young they were is just so sad. I read in the back how she made it pretty personal to her life and you can tell while you're reading because going through something and writing about it is much before raw than making it up, even though that can be emotional too. I really love this book and want to read more from her.