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!