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!