Thursday, January 31, 2008

Peeled by Joan Bauer

Hildy Biddle is a sixteen year old journalist following her dead father's footsteps. She is determined to find the truth. Hildy lives in Banesville, New York which has an abundance of apple orchards and a haunted house that has come back to life. There have been weird events occurring at the old Ludlow house now for a while, including a mysterious break-in and then a death. The town becomes a bundle of nerves with the price of mace skyrocketing while property prices are dwindling. No one is sure of the truth and the editor at the local newspaper, the Bee, is of no help. Hildy, along with the help of the members of the school newspaper, the Core, set off on a journey of clues and lies to solve the mystery of the Ludlow house. Hildy won't settle for anything less than the truth and is quite perturbed when there are many lies floating around town. Soon there is a clash of the newspapers and a desperate fury to solve the mystery. Who could be behind the haunted house? Could it really be ghosts or is it just greedy people?

This was a really cute book and great for all ages. I'm so glad I got the chance to read it, as it is now one of my favorite books. It mixes mystery, high school, and even a little romance into one great heap of a book! Hildy is a lovable character who I couldn't get enough of. Everything starts to unfold at the end of the book and just made me keep turning the pages. Joan Bauer has once again created an unforgettable book which will be loved for many years to come. The writing is excellent, the characters are great, and the storyline is fantastic. For anyone looking for a little mystery and a novel as sweet as an apple in their lives, look no further than Peeled by Joan Bauer.

*Also reviewed for Flamingnet

The REAL Final Challenge!!

I know on my last post I said the A~Z Challenge was my last, but I changed my mind!! The Young Adult challenge will really be my last because I have so much else going on that there just isn't enough time in the day to read as much as I want to! So here is a brief overview of the Young Adult challenge. It's really not that hard, just read 12 young adult books during 2008. So really it isn't that hard and since I read so much anyway it won't be to much pressure! I will try and put books on the list though that I'm not reading for other challenges (except maybe for the A~Z challenge). If you want to join the challenge or just want more information visit the Thoughts of Joy blog. I'll put my list in the sidebar because I'm still thinking of the books I want to put on it!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Final Challenge

I decided to do just one more challenge, because they are so much fun! I'm going to do the A-Z Titles and Authors challenge. For this challenge you must read a book with a title from every letter of the alphabet, and then a book by an author who's last name starts a letter of the alphabet. I hope that doesn't sound to confunsing, but if it does check out Thoughts of Joy's blog because she is hosting it!! The list would be to long for the post so just check out my sidebar!

Zora & Nicky by Claudia Mair Burney

Zora Hampton is very aware of her African heritage. How can you not be when your father is breathing it down your neck 24/7? But her father treats her with the utmost respect and gives her anything she wants. He makes sure she has the perfect car, apartment, and even boyfriend. Her father doesn't seem to take in her considerations though because he has ignored Zora's love of painting. Zora's not sure if she's happy with her current lifestyle and even though her dad's the preacher of one of the biggest churches in the city, she seems to have lost her way to God. Nicky Parker is the All American rebel. He's hot, can't stand his racist, preacher-father, and he got a girl pregnant. He decided to California to get away from his father and get rid of his player reputation. When he returns he seems to have left God in California. This unlikely pair is brought together at a Bible Study far from each of their home churches. There is instantly a spark of love and neither one of them can get the other off their mind. These two have nothing in common except that they are both preacher's kids or PK's as they like to refer to themselves. Within a week of meeting each other circumstances throw them together at every opportunity, creating a love so deep that nothing can tear them apart. Could it be the hand of God?

At first I was anxious to read this book, but when I started it I was really bored. There was still something there though that wouldn't let me put the book down. Whatever you do, read at least 100 pages into the book and you'll be hooked. I am so glad I continued reading because this is one of the most memorable books I have read in a while. It made me feel so many different emotions and really contemplate my life. Usually when I think of a love story I think about those cutesy little Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies. Well let me tell you, Zora & Nicky is not a book like that. It is one of the most powerful love stories I've ever read. It is not only love between Zora and Nicky, but their love and relationship with God. These characters go through thick and thin to be with each other, defeating all odds. If you are looking for a love story that will open your eyes to the world, then Zora & Nicky is the book for you. Even if you are not looking for a love story, still pick it up and read it. There are so many lessons to be learned whether you are white, black, yellow, or red. The characters in this book are so well developed that the reader can actually feel the character's emotions. I know if I was in Zora's position I wold never give Nicky away either. I think a round of applause is definitely in order for Claudia Mair Burney for a stunning, heartfelt novel.

I'm sorry that this is such a lengthy post, but I truly felt so different after reading this book that I had to gush about it! Even if Christian literature is not your thing, you should still read the book because there are so many more themes in the book besides the whole God thing. Trust me, this is the first Christian fiction book that I have ever read, and as you can see, I loved it! Keep an eye out for it because it comes out in April.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Perfect by Sara Shepard

Perfect is the third installment in the Pretty Little Liars Series. I am anxiously anticipating the release of the fourth so I can find out what happens next!! I advise you not to read my review if you haven't read the first two books, because while I will not spoil this book, the review may spoil the other two.

It has been a month since Toby Cavanaugh's funeral and a month since the girls have gotten any messages from A. Could A have been Toby?? Most certainly not because A is soon back, and Toby is definitely not. Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily still aren't to fond of each other, but keep getting brought back together to try and crack the case of who A is. As for their day-to-day lives, they are just as busy and bad as ever. Aria, her mom kicked her dad out of the house and Aria too, she has no choice but to go live with her boyfriend Sean. When Sean catches her with Ezra, on a tip from A, Sean kicks her out and gets Ezra arrested leaving Aria without a place to go. Hanna and her best friend Mona have been on the rocks ever since Foxy, but with Mona's seventeenth birthday rolling around, will they be able to kiss and make up? Hanna's also befriended Lucas, a boy that has always liked Hanna, even when she was chubby. Emily has no doubt about who she wants to be with, but her parents do. After A distributes pictures at a swim meet of Emily and Maya kissing, Em's parents offer her the choice of moving to her Aunt Helene's farm or joining Tree Tops, a group that helps gay people realize they're not gay. Spencer has become a celebrity. Her teacher nominated her essays for the prestigious Golden Orchid awards, but Spencer doesn't think this is such as good as it's supposed to be. See she didn't write those essays, and once the person who did finds out, Spencer knows she's done. Spencer also comes to find out that she has a natural gift of blacking out when something horrific happens. For example, pushing a girl down with all her might...When one of the girls cracks the A case, A's not to happy and gets rid of them. Which girl is it? Do the other girls know to? Is Ali's killer one of the four other best friends?

These books just keep getting better and better. Perfect is my favorite book out of all three because the characters become so much more interesting. New drama is created and new characters are introduced. Sara Shepard has made me feel that I am actually standing on one of many perfectly manicured curbs in Rosewood. The new book, Unbelievable, comes out at the end of May/beginning of June and the identity of A is supposedly going to be revealed!! I am beyond excited and eager to read the fates of Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer. I recommend this whole series to all girls and urge you to go get them from your library or the book store!

Who do you think the killer is? Who is A? I would love to know what you think and be able to talk about who is who! Email me at or leave a comment.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Flawless by Sara Shepard

Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series. It starts out right where Pretty Little Liars left off, except for a preface that includes a couple juicy secrets! Note: Don't read if you have not read Pretty Little Liars, unless of course you don't mind spoiling a little bit of the book!
Rosewood, Pennsylvania is mourning the loss of Ali DiLaurentis after her body was recovered in her old backyard. Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily all meet up at the memorial for Ali and discover that all four of them have been receiving messages from A. No one knows who A is and they are desperate to find out. At the memorial service they are all shocked to see Toby the brother of Jenna, the girl who had the terrible accident. They all wonder what he could be doing back in town, and could he be A? As for the rest of the girls lives they are as scandalous as ever. For Spencer she's starting to slip from the stress of life. Her parents are still unbelievably mad at her for making out with her sister's boyfriend (whom she's still seeing), her grades are starting to slip and the notes from A are threatening to unleash secrets that could ruin her life. Aria is just as bad off. Her steamy affair with her teacher has been called off, but now she's into Hanna's ex-boyfriend Sean. While her relationship is heating up, her parent's relationship cools off and A is anxious to slip the secret. Emily is still questioning her sexuality and her swimming career. Hoping to get her old life back she takes a certain someone to the big Foxy dance, but he could be more danger than good. Last but not least, Hanna is trying to get her ex back, but she has a little competition. Also, her dad comes back into the picture and with him comes his evil soon to be step-daughter. All this drama can't be good for a small town, but these four girls don't care. They'll do whatever it takes to keep their secrets safe.

This book was a thrilling follow-up to Pretty Little Liars. It answers many of the questions that the reader is asking at the end of the first book. We find out about Jenna and more about the lives of Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily before Ali disappeared. This book is the perfect mix of murder, rivalry, romance, and mystery. Perfect for any girl who's ever wondered what those "it" girls have to hide! The series becomes even more enthralling because as soon as one question is answered another appears. Especially the question of who is A! Sara Shepard has definitely got me hooked on the series and eager for more.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Rosewood, Pennsylvania is the ideal suburban neighborhood. The houses are all old and beautiful, oh and cost mega dollars! In this perfect neighborhood live five best friends. Ali, Spencer, Emily, Aria, and Hanna. They've been friends since the seventh grade and have been through it all. They have all the classic inside jokes as any normal circle of friends would have, but these girls have a nasty secret that they all share. It involves a terrible accident that happened to the girls' neighbor. All changed the last day of seventh grade when Ali went missing. Rosewood was sent into a whirlwind panic and police were everywhere. Ali is never found and the girls continue on with their lives and eventually drift apart. Now all the girls are juniors in high school and the gap between them has never been as big. Spencer is your typical over-achiever. She is always volunteering for something or catching up on her SAT vocab. Aria has just returned from Iceland and is determined to show everyone that she isn't the girl who's best friend dissapeared, especially her new English teacher who is just absolutely yummy. Emily is an all-star swimmer with a hot swimmer boyfriend, but when new girl Maya moves into town Emily questions her swimming future and her dating future. Hanna is the "it girl." She has the body (through much hard work), boyfriend, and style, but things start looking down when Hanna can't help but be a bad girl. The girls continue on without each other but little do they know they will all be reunited again. Coincidentally all of them are being contacted by someone by the name of A. A knows all their secrets, whether they are new or from many years ago. Who could A be? Could it be Ali who disappeared so long ago?

Pretty Little Liars is the book for any girl who loves drama. It is filled with juicy scandalous secrets, and more drama than could ever go on in anyone's life. With every page turn new questions popped into my head. Who could A be? What was the terrible accident that plagues the girls? None of these questions are answered, but don't fear there are two sequels already published - the fourth arrives in April and there are said to be a total of eight. I was sucked in from the get go and couldn't put this book down until I was finished. Any girl looking for a light read will enjoy this book!

This is the second book for my 1st in a series challenge. I going to have to put the challenge on hold though so I can read the other two books - Flawless and Perfect - because I am definitely hooked!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Second Challenge

I just joined my second challenge!! The 1st in a series challenge is hosted by Joy from Thought of Joy. The rules are simple, just read twelve books from now until December that are first in a series!! Im very excited and encourage everyone to join. I know this challenge will give me incentive to read all the first books in the series that I have been dying to read! Here's my list for now, maybe I'll end up changing it but I don't really plan on it.
  1. The Luxe - Anna Godberson
  2. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
  3. Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shephard
  4. Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
  5. Sloppy First - Megan McCaferty
  6. Eragon - Christopher Paolini
  7. Tunnels - Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
  8. Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst
  9. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
  10. Queen of Babble - Meg Cabot
  11. Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  12. Tithe - Holly Black

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Imagine the juiciness of Gossip Girl, but 100 years ago in Manhattan. It may have been a long time ago, but the gossip and scandals are just as good if not better!

Elizabeth is the perfect 1800's upper society Manhattan girl. She's elegant and poised and could have any man she wants. Henry Schoonmaker is the man everyone wants but he is always into trouble and just can't seem to stay with a girl for any length of time. When Elizabeth and Henry are thrust into a relationship together in order to save one's family finances and the other's reputation. They soon become the most prestigious couple in Manhattan, but are either of them truly happy? Some people aren't so impressed by this star couple, especially Elizabeth's best friend Penelope who thought that she was going to marry Henry. Penelope is a girl used to getting what she wants, and she will not let Henry get away from her. It's just not Penelope that is making life difficult for Elizabeth, it is also the fact that Elizabeth can't seem to decide on whether or not to save her family or follow her heart. So many secrets are hidden throughout upper class Manhattan and are just waiting to be heard. The Luxe is a truly seductive and classy novel, with plenty of gossip to fulfill any girls desires!

I absolutely love this book! I have heard many different things about the book from it not being well written to it being awesome. Well I definitely side with the people that say it is awesome. However hard I tried I couldn't put the book down. After the first page it was all I could do not to turn to the end of the book and find out what happens! I was able to contain myself, and I was so glad I waited because there are so many different parts that play a role in the book that you wouldn't understand if you hadn't read the entire book. This is a great first novel from Ana Godbersen and like I said irresistible to put down. I know there is a sequel coming out in the future which is stupendous because there are so many questions left unanswered! I'm looking forward to reading more books in the Luxe series and maybe even re-reading Luxe!

This is the first book for the 1st in a series challenge. I can't wait to start more series, but hopefully I don't get too hooked that I forget to start new ones!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, also known as Ani, is the Crown Princess of Kildenree. She was born with a word on her tongue. She always knew that she had the gift to converse with birds, but always wondered if she possessed another gift. Maybe she even had the fabled gift of wind or fire speaking. Before she can find the answer to this question her father dies after falling off a horse. She thinks she will secede her father, but is shocked to hear that her mother has pushed her aside and made her brother the new king. If that is not bad enough, Ani finds that her mother has arranged her marriage to the Prince of Bayern (the neighboring kingdom). Ani has no choice but to go, so she packs her bags and sets off with a group of soldiers for protection and her lady-in-waiting Selia. With only weeks left to their journey one of the soldiers Ungolad, along with Selia stage a mutiny. The reason being that Selia feels that she is much better suited to be a princess than Ani. With all the fighting and mayhem occurring, Ani is able to escape. She heads to Bayern on her own, always in constant fear of being found. She goes to the king of Bayern, originally in hopes of telling him her true identity, but finds out Selia has taken her identity. Ani thinks better of it and asks for a job. She is assigned the job of tending to the king's geese, hence the name the Goose Girl. She loves her job, and is quickly able to figure out the geese's language and comes to understand the geese. Ani also befriends many of the other workers who maintain the king's animals. The whole time she works, Ani plots a way to regain her identity as a princess. Meanwhile, she befriends a castle guard, develops amazing friendships, and discovers the answer to a life-long question.

Wow! This book was absolutely amazing. It is now one of my favorite books. It has just the right amount of adventure, and romance in it for me. I would recommend this to any type of reader, whether they are an avid reader, or someone who cringes at the sight of books! It has a delightful plot line, and was a stunning first novel of Shannon Hale's. Now I know I am a tad late on reading this, and obviously Shannon Hale now has many other books out, but I think this one is my favorite. At first I didn't realize what all the hype was about Shannon Hale, but then I read Princess Academy and I loved it. After reading the Goose Girl, I think I have a new favorite author. I cannot wait to read more of her books, and anxiously await new books to be written!

The Royalty Rules Reading Challenge

I'm very excited to announce that I to have joined the Royalty Rules Reading Challenge. This is my first challenge, and I think it is on an awsome topic. The rules are simple. Read two, three, or four books that have some link to royalty between February 1st, 2008 and April 30, 2008. They can be fiction or non-fiction, and the main characters don't have to actually be royalty they just have to play a supporting role in the book. For more info click here.

I plan on reading at least four, and maybe even more, depending on my schedule. Here are the books that I plan on reading for the challenge.

1. Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
2. The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
3. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
4. The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What I'm Looking Forward to Most in 2008

While I decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a post of what I am most anticipating in the new year! I will try to limit my list, even though there seem to be SO many books that sound awsome that are coming out. If anyone has a copy and would like to pass it on for me to review feel free, just drop me a line at

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

I have read so many great things about this book! I actually just ordered it today from Barnes & Noble and cannot wait for the package to arrive!

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
Absolutly love Sara Dessen. This has been on my must read list since the first time I heard about it.

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I think this book might just be on everyone's to read list, but it sounds amazing. Catherine Gilbert Murdock is an excellent author and I loved Dairy Queen and The Off Season. I'm sure this one will be just as good if not better!

Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
Who doesn't like a good love story? I know I do and this book sounds super cute!

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, one of my favorite fairy tails. Looks great and is by a first time author!

Airhead by Meg Cabot
I have never been a huge fan of the Princess Mia books, but I do love Meg Cabot's stand alone books. This one looks promising.

Legacy by Kate Brian
The sixth book in the Private series. Can't wait for this one. I love Reed Brennan's character, and in this book she is the new Noelle. Will she live up to Noelle's reputation? I can't wait to find out!

There are so many other books that I want to read, but there just isn't enough room! Happy reading everyone!

The Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillon

Don Schmidt lives on a chicken farm in Horse Island, Louisiana. He is unpopular at school (he has absolutely no friends and everyone refers to him as "new kid," even though he has lived on Horse Island since kindergarten) and at home (where his mother constantly refers to his dead sister Dawn, and thinks the world revolves around herself). Out of loneliness he befriends the chickens living in his backyard and they become his best friends. Don's luck soon changes when he becomes the youngest person ever to win the chicken-judging contest at the local dairy fair. Everyone wants to be his friend and his mother seems to care about him a little more, but not enough to stop ordering him around. Don is content with his life until he finds a metal box with a birth certificate in it. The birth certificate belongs to a boy named Stanley. Don wonders who Stanley could be and when he asks his father who he is his Father simply tells him that it is his birth certificate and that they changed his name to Don, because the uncle who he was named after was a bad man. Don doesn't believe his father and begins to believe that Stanley is actually his twin that got kidnapped when they were younger. Stanley isn't real, but Don believes he is and talks to him like he was a normal person. Don soon learns that the hidden birth certificate isn't the only secret his parents have been keeping from him. Once he learns one secret he is hungry for more, and then they all unravel into a shocking, unforeseeable truth.
For the most part I enjoyed the book. It was full of unexpected twists and turns and made me laugh. There were parts of the book though that made me very mad. Especially when Don's mother forgot Don's birthday - twice, and when she wouldn't even congratulate him on his winning the chicken-judging contest. I would get very frustrated with the book and put it down and walk away at these points, because I feel that no mother should ever forget a child's birthday and should never treat their child the way his mother treated him. Besides this, the book was suspenseful and ends with a bang you would never see coming. Jacques Couvillon created a good first novel and I look forward to reading what he has coming next!

Where People Like Us Live by Patricia Cumbie

Libby is used to moving every time her headstrong father gets laid off from his job. This time her father moves the family to Rubberville. Here she meets Angie, a girl who is the complete opposite of Libby, and almost gets her killed the first day they meet. Angie and Libby soon develop a strong friendship and Angie becomes Libby's first real best friend. A friend is certainly what Libby needs her first summer in Rubberville, because not even a week after her father starts his job, his fellow employees encourage him to join the strike and he is out of a paycheck. This creates much hardship for Libby as well as for her family. Libby is quick to realize that Angie is hiding a secret, one involving her step father Kevin. She is faced with the choice of letting her friend get hurt or to hurt her friendship. The choice she makes empowers her to be the girl that she wants to be and helps her face her own greatest fear.

This was a very moving book and I absolutely loved it. Patricia Cumbie has a way with words and Where People Like Us Live is a stunning first novel. It really grasps the idea of a true friendship and makes us realize how lucky we are to have friends. I really liked how Libby was the character telling the story, it really gave the book a voice. This book is a must read for any girl, regardless of if you have one friend or fifty. I was unable to put the book down, anxious to hear what was going to happen to Libby, Angie, and their families next!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Interns: Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh

Four very different girls, Callie, Ava, Nadine, and Aynsley, have all landed a dream summer internship at Couture Magazine. All four are drastically different, but that is what makes the story click. Aynsley is the rich socialite who only got into the program because her mother is best friends with the editor. Nadine is a no mess Philly girl full of attitude and always up for a good party. Ava is the sweet quiet girl who's never had a boyfriend, and Callie is a designer in the making from Ohio, who is not too familiar with the city. The girls are thrown many a task, but nothing is too big for them. All summer long they compete with each other for the best assignment, summer love, and the glory.

For any fan of the Gossip Girl books this is a must read. Only one of the girls, Aynsley, is uber rich like the Gossip Girls, but the book has the same type of story line. The book was really cute and was a great read. If anyone has read A Girl Like Moi by Lisa Barham the interns are a lot like Imogene. The story ended with many questions left unanswered, the perfect set-up for the sequel which comes out mid-summer.
Interns Fashionistas doesn't come out until May, but keep your eyes posted here because I may have a contest soon and give it away!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Specialists: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland

The moment Kelly James agrees to hack into the government's files she knows she will regret it . At least she knows it will be easy for a computer genius like herself. Just mere hours after hacking into the system she is arrested. She is a lucky girl though because the agents offer her an alternative, the opportunity to go to a top secret government spy school and change her identity. She agrees, because who wouldn't want to not have to go to jail?? She quickly adjusts to the spy environment, even getting a new name - Gigi, all the while developing a crush on David, the person that persuaded her to hack the system in the first place -also part of the spy program known as the Specialists. After only a month she is sent on her first mission. Her mission: pretend to be a model while searching for a microchip that will lead to the discovery of a missing man.
For a thin book (205 pages) this book was packed with suspense and adventure. It definitely kept me turning the pages and eager to learn more of the fate of all the characters. Gigi is a very likable girl because she is smart, but not full of herself, and very realistic. What girl can't relate to getting tongue-tied around a hot guy?? There is a second book already published in the series and a third is due out in April of this year. The book definitely leaves the reader on the edge, with lots of unanswered questions. All in all this book is a light fun read and would be great for the beach or a lazy, rainy afternoon!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Spell Book of Listen Tyler by Jaclyn Moriarty

Listen Taylor is a quiet girl starting the seventh grade. At the beginning of the school year her group of friends dumps her and for the rest of the year she has trouble finding a truly fitting group of friends. One day she comes upon a spell book with crazy spells in it such as "spell to make a person catch a taxi" or "spell to make someone get stung by a bee." Although it may seem fantasy-like the book is actually very realistic. As mentioned before Listen faces friend problems, just like the rest of us. Also the other main characters face many a realistic problem. Marbie Zing, Listen's father's girlfriend, makes a terrible mistake, Fancy Zing, Marbie's sister, is confused with her life, and Cath Murphy, the teacher of Fancy's second grader, has fallen in love with a married man. Along with the stories about the troubles all the main characters are facing there is the Zing family secret, which all characters will go to earth's end to protect. There are many clues within the book that lead to the eventual telling of the secret -- prepare yourself for a major shocker.

I thought that book was o.k. It wasn't my favorite, but it was definitely good. There were elements of suspense, romance, and at points it was easy to relate to.The book was also like a puzzle. Trying to put everything together so that the reader could figure out the Zing family secret before it was told in the book. At points it did become confusing because there are many sub-stories told within the book that don't really have anything to do with the book, until the final chapters.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Uglies was sent to me by a review group and at first I was a little iffy on whether or not I would enjoy it, but since it was for a program I had to read it. Wow! Was I ever glad that I did. It was a phenomenal book. So I'll try a brief synopsis first (as to not give much of the book away) and then more of my opinion!

Tally Youngblood lives in a world where at the age of 16 everyone undergoes an operation and turns super-model gorgeous, and if your not gorgeous your ugly. When Tally meets Shay her whole perspective changes. Shay is not the average kind of girl. She dosn't want to be pretty. Headstrong in her ways Shay runs away a few days before the pretty operation and cannot be found anywhere. The thing is, Tally knows where she is, and she herself cannot turn pretty until Shay is found. Tally will make a treacherous trek to go and find Shay, but when she finds her will she herself still want to go back and become pretty? To what ends will she go to preserve herself? Why doesn't Shay want the operation??

If I answered any of these questions it would spoil the book, so I will refrain myself! This book was amazing, and was definitely a page turner. There is even an essence of romance in the book, that many girls, including myself, just adore. The book also portrays a wonderful message about not having to be absolutely gorgeous to be smart, and even pretty in certain people's eyes. All around it was a great book and won't dissappoint the reader.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

No reviews this time!

I have finally taken the plunge and decided to start my own book blog! It is definitely my New Years resolution to take on this project. I hope to read many a book and add my review to it. A couple days ago I cleaned out my bookshelf and wrote a list of all the books that I own that havn't read. The list had 63 books on it. I felt that I really needed to get reading and therefore have many books to review. So keep checking periodically and look for a review tommorow!!


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