Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones's Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it's "Fabbity fab fab!"
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?
in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .
From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I know I am not the only one dying to see this!!! I just listened to the audiobook and that has me even more excited! This is going to be amazing no matter what and I cannot believe there is still almost 3 months. I cannot wait!!!! I love New Moon and am super excited to be a nerd and see it at midnight!!!!!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I am soooooo sorry I haven't been keeping up on my blogging. I have been so intent on reading that I just could not tear myself away! But I did take part in the challenge today so I have a review for ya! I was able to finally finish the 7th Harry potter book which has been taking up most of my time recently, so here is the review:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Publisher Scholastic Inc.
$27.99 U.S. (Hardcover)
Synopsis by barnes and Noble:
It all comes down to this - a final faceoff between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve. Do you stay the course you started, despite your lack of progress? Do you detour and follow a new lead that may not help? Do youlisten to your instincts, or your friends?Lord Voldemort is preparing for battle and so must Harry. With Ron and Hermione at his side, he's trying to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes, escape danger at every turn, and find a way to defeat evil once and for all. How does it all end?
I am so ashamed of myself for not reading this book sooner. I waited and bought it the day it came out but did not take the time to read it until now. This book was pure amazement. I absolutely loved it. When I finished reading it I was overwhelmed with relief. There was no better way for the book to end. Every loose end was tied up and everything seemed perfect. I was lucky enough not to have had any secrets spilled to me in the two years I postponed reading it, so I was surprised, shocked, and dismayed at many points in the book. Reviewing a book like Harry Potter is very difficult. It is a book that almost everyone has read. We all know and love the characters and tories, so how do I show how I felt about it in a new way. I am not sure how, so I will say I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I think I actually appreciated it more since I took the time to read it. I don't think I was ready before, so it all felt even more real now. After reading all the books I feel like I know the characters, and many of them grew even closer to my heart in this book. They all grew in ways that I thought unimaginable. I was so proud of them all. The story line was amazing. I believe that J.K. Rowling wrote the best story possible. She knows these chracters inside and it out and was able to form a journey that would try and teach them all. This book was amazing. Perfect ending. Best book I have read in a long time.
Do I have to make one, everyone should read this.
Age: A lot of scary things happen in this book but I set the age low knowing that so many kids have read this book, and that Harry Potter is like a right of passage. 12 and up
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .
This book was alright. I stuck it out until the end hoping for a happy ending and was given an okay one. While I found Wicked Lovely to be dark, Ink Exchange was even darker. There seemed to be no happiness in this book, and that is what I longed for. I think that I was confused by many elements of this book, and that did not help. The story was told from the perspective of different characters in this sequel, and I think many things were left up for reader discretion. The plot moved well, and I did find myself wanting to know what would happen next, but then was disappointed. I enjoyed the times when Leslie was with Niall, but was throughly depressed when they did not end up together. I think my favorite character in this book was Aislinn even though she was less prevalent in this book. I believe she stepped up and took her responsibility. I enjoyed seeing how she chose to rule her people. My favorite idea of the book was the tattoo. Melissa Marr made the description so vivid I could not help but be intrigued, and the entire idea was very interesting.
Someone in the mood for a dark fantasy book.
Age: 15 and up
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
$ 16.99 U.S.
Release Date: January 19, 2010
After reading Killer I nearly had a heartattack. So much happened within the last few chapters that I couldn't belive I had to wait for more. I am dying for Heartless to come out. There is so much I need to know, and so much I am suspicious about. These girls are in over their pretty little heads. I cannot wait for this book.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
$16.99 U.S. (Hardcover)
Synopsis by Barnes and Noble:
In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing—from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.
The killer was right in front of them the entire time... Oh my goodness this book was intense!!!!! All my suspicions were proved correct. Then there were more problems dumped on me. The most intense event in all the books unfolds at the end of this novel. I am literally dying a little inside each day waiting for the new one. I felt like the girls finally alligned forces in this novel. It was a miracle. New "A" is causing more problems than the first, and the girls begin to get in over their head. They finally work as a team and unearth the biggest secret any of them could ever know. I was enthralled with this book. I sat down and read it in only 2 days. I had to know what would happen next. The plot was intriguing.
Must I say it...
Age: 14 and up
Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer's digging up her family's secrets. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men. Now that Ali's killer is finally behind bars, the girls think they're safe. But those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And they should know by now that I'm always watching. . . .
Synopsis by Barnes and Noble:
Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.
Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her überconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.
If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.
Unbelieveable... who thought these four girls could get into any more trouble. Whoever said high school was boring has never met Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily. I loved the girls stories in this book. I think a new side is revealed in each of them. I felt horrible for Emily as she was shipped away to Iowa. I think this is the major turning point for Emily. We finally get to see into her character, and she finally begins to have fun. Hanna, recently maimed, spends her time in the hosital trying to remember what she had just figured out. And it is crucial. Spencer's life seems to be going downhill, and fast. She can barely keep up, and "A" knows it. Finally Aria is having to deal with Ezra's recent departur -- to prison. The girls are in for more than they thought in the fourth book of this series. A big secret is revealed in the end, one that shows a positive outlook for the girls. But we all know that the girls couldn't get off the hook that easy. I read this book thinking it was the last in the series, so boy was I surprised when I found out there were more. The girls are in for more mischief and mayhem than they thought possible.
Any PLL fan. And if you haven't read PLL read it now!
Age: 14 and up