Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
This said supermodel just happens to have a missing mother, a brother who has just shown up to look for said mother, a former best friend who is determined to bring down the company that she works for (and who she happens to have a major crush on), and a chart-topping song that has been written about her.
With all these things on her mind, Em is not sure quite what she is going to do, especially when she has to manage her time between school and shooting ads in St. John’s – where nasty creatures called ex-boyfriends seem to be abundant. O what is a girl to do, who seems to have it all? Em is not sure she is up for the adventure of Being Nikki…
I have to say that I was quite anxious for the release of this book, as I loved its proceedor (AIRHEAD). I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and be enchanted with yet another great story, but you know what? That didn’t happen this time. I mean the story was good and suspenseful and all that jazz, but BEING NIKKI just didn’t have the same spark as AIRHEAD and I felt myself enjoying it much less.
The plot for me was quite suspenseful for much of the story and was an absolute hoot. It was also quite original and really left me wanting more and more as the book started to come to a close. It was quite slow though at the beginning and really didn’t get going until the second half of the book. I also found the plot to be very redundant at time and we would hear Nikki complaining of the same things or doing the same things and there was absolutely no progression for like fifty some odd pages.
As for the characters, they were eh. I really enjoyed Stephen, Nikki’s brother, as he was really interesting and mysterious, but every time the reader was really getting to know him, Nikki would jump back in and starting whining and the book would revolve around her again. As for Nikki/Em besides the whininess, she was a decent character who had quite the sense of humor and became quite relatable as the story progressed.
Overall I liked this book and am still anxious to know how the brilliant Meg Cabot will tie up this thrilling trilogy. If you haven’t given this series of Mrs. Cabot’s a try I highly suggest reading them as you will be quite shocked with all the twists and turns that occur.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
All things come with a price though. To get this coveted thread, Charlotte must strike a deal with Jack Spinner. The Miller family doesn’t have a good rep though with deals as they are the reason it is in so much trouble now. Charlotte has now found herself and all the ones she loves in a heap of trouble and is desperate to find a way out. Will she figure out her life in time and save the mill or will Jack Spinner get the best of her?
Oh my goodness was this book good. I literally could not put it down after I got started and was desperate for more with each page turn. Elizabeth C. Bunce definteiy made a stunning step into the world of YA with her debut novel. What I loved the most though about A CURSE DARK AS GOLD was how it was a retelling of Rumplestitsken, one of my favorite fairy tales, but was still completely original.
The characters definitely made the book outstanding. Charlotte was strong yet stubborn and the reader really got to know her as the story progressed. I found myself many a time cheering for her in times of trouble and sympathizing with her in times of sorrow. I also loved her relationship with Randall, it was sweet and strong and just oh so wonderful. Charlotte’s sister Rosie was also a handful. I could tell she was bursting with energy and she was so much fun. Even though she didn’t get a lot of face time, the reader still got to know her, and in my case came to love her. As for Jack, well I thought he was great as well. He was funny and tricky, the perfect bad guy.
The plot, as I mentioned before, was great. It was so unique that even if you know Rumplestilten by heart, you will still be surprised by many events and not really know what’s going to happen. There was so much adventure and romance and so many twists and turns that I was fascinated throughout the whole thing. The writing was also something spectacular. The imagey was so vivid that I could feel the dampness of the winter and the sun in the summer. The author also used a great vocabulary. The words were absolutely beautiful and they just completely floated off of the pages.
Overall I absolutely loved this book and it has definitely become one of my new favorite books. It was so new and wonderful that I strongly recommend it to absolutely everyone, especially those who enjoy fairy-tale retellings. I myself cannot wait for more from Elizabeth C. Bunce as I am convinced it will be just as good.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
First of all I want to apologize to all readers about my absence. Life has been insane these past few months, with applying to 10 different colleges, taking an extremelly large workload, and just life in general. But, three of the ten apps are done and in and all others are going through edits, so I am finally able to return to the lovely blogging community.
The winner of the End of Summer contest will be announced tomorrow, as I have to figure out entries still!
All emails that have been sent within the last month will get answered ASAP and again sorry for so MIA.
I hope you all are enjoying the lovely fall weather and many good books!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....
Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
What’s worse than being fat your freshman year?
Being fat your sophomore year. Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky–hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He’s used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants. But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the heartthrob quarterback and high-school legend, saves him from getting beaten up by the school bully, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad. Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he’s going to have to make some changes. Fast. Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the Girl of his Dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together? How far should you go to be the person you really want to be? Andrew is about to find out.
I also got a big box from Harper, but I'm not sure what is in it as I am at school and the box is at home!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The Navel of the World by PJ Hoover
Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin
Sophie Blue started wearing a black skirt and Midnight Noir lipstick on her last birthday. It was also the day her father disappeared. Or spontaneously combusted. Which is sort of bad timing, since a Popsicle truck with tinted windows has started circling the house.
Kenny Fade is a basketball god. His sneakers cost more than his Jeep. He's the guy all the ladies (and their mommas) want. Bad.
Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade don't have a thing in common. Aside from being reasonably sure they're losing their minds.
Acclaimed author Sean Beaudoin's wildly innovative novel combines uproarious humor with enough plot twists to fill a tube sock. Part thriller, part darkly comic philosophical discussion, and accompanied by a comic book interstitial, Fade to Blue is a whip-smart romp that keeps readers guessing until the last paragraph.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Nick and Marta are two of the lucky eighth grade students in Mrs. Starch’s (who just happens to be the most feared teacher in the history of the world!) biology class. Every day they sit in and pass notes back and forth to each other discussing their fear of being called on.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend - and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey-she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Positively by Courtney Sheinmel
Emerson Price cannot remember a time when life was ordinary. She was four-years-old when she and her mom were diagnosed as HIV-positive – infected with the virus that causes AIDS, and eight when her parents divorced. Now she is thirteen and her mother is dead. Emmy moves in with her father and stepmother, but she feels completely alone. Even though everyone has always accepted her, no one – not her father, or stepmother, or even her best friend – understands what it’s like to have to take medicine every single day, to be so afraid of getting sick, and to miss her mom more than she ever thought she would.
How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman
Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being a bitch to other girls.
Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.
In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time.
The Comeback by Marlene Perez
Sophie Donnelly is one half of the most popular and powerful couple in school, until new girl Angie Vogel shows up and compromises everything. Angie steals Sophie's starring role in the school play, and, worse, her super-popular boyfriend. Sophie has been quickly dispatched to social Siberia, but not for long--she'll do anything it takes to make a triumphant comeback.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The 160 Acre Woods, A Christian Worldview of Fiction, A Patchwork of Books, Abby the Librarian, All About Children’s Books, And Another Book Read, Becky’s Book Reviews, Dolce Bellezza, Fireside Musings, The Friendly Book Nook, Homeschool Book Buzz, Homespun Light, Hyperbole, KidzBookBuzz.com, Never Jam Today, Reading is My Superpower, Through a Child’s Eyes
Also for more information on the author visit her blog. If you would like to buy a copy of this fabulous book click here...come on I dare you!
Monday, June 22, 2009
When she was just five years old, Lucinda Chapdelaine’s parents left her home while they attended a ball and never returned. Ever since that fateful day she has been stuck in servitude in her evil Aunt’s jewelry shop.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Once I saw that cartoon, I was hooked. I found my local comic shop and waved goodbye to all my money.
As I am your latest fangirl, I am eager to know what you have in the works? Will Avery and the gang return again?
I hope they will!! I definitely have plans for them. It all depends on reader demand, though, so if you want my publisher to know you want more Dull Boy, tell your friends about it, ask your library to order it, etc. It's totally your reader/blogger superpower. ;)
Wildcat is a boxer turned crimefighter. He doesn't have any special powers, and honestly, I have no idea why he dresses in a cat costume. BUT: He dresses in a shoddily constructed cat costume! It has whiskers! And he once fought a kangaroo. No, really, look:
He's also trained heroes like Batman and Black Canary to fight. Pretty badass for an old dude wearing a whiskered cat mask.
Last, but not least, is there anything else you wish to share/ask/comment about?