Thursday, January 8, 2009

In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash

Step back into the super privileged world of The Elite. The infamous girls living in one of New York’s classiest apartment building, the Bramford, are back. While they may look absolutely perfect and dazzling, dark secrets are hiding behind their all too perfect appearance.

Casey McCloy is finally starting to fit in. Her hair’s not as unruly as it used to be, she’s learning the ins and outs of a good fashion sense and she’s dating Drew, one of the hottest guys in all of Manhattan. As she becomes the “New York Casey” though she feels like she’s losing herself.

Then there is Madison Macallister, the reigning queen of the Upper East Side, who just so happens to believe that Casey stole Drew from her. Even though Madison and Drew weren’t officially dating, Madison was majorly crushing on him, and still can’t believe that a Midwestern freak like Casey could steal him away from her. Determined to get Drew back, Madison all but wages a silent war on Casey in order to exact her revenge.

Will the queen bee get what she wants or will the new girl find herself all of a sudden a lot more powerful then she ever thought possible?

These books are splendid! In Too Deep picks up right where The Elite left off, not missing a beat. All the gossip and drama that occurs in Gossip Girl is present in these books, except these girls actually have moral standards.

All of the characters in the book were excellently developed. Each had their own unique story and personality. I really love how Jennifer Banash had two supporting characters who each had their own thing going on. They were separate from Madison and Casey and really had their own lives, dealing with their own problems. What’s also really great about the characters is that even though they are spoiled socialites, any girl could easily relate to them. Even Madison, who appears to be untouchable, has many insecurities that are present in your everyday teenage girl.

The pages were definitely drama filled and I found it hard to tear myself away from the book, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. There were many twists and turns that I would never been able to predict and I found many of the plot aspects to be really creative.

Jennifer Banash has definitely created a great sequel to The Elite, and while she answered many questions from the first book, she has created even more in this one. All the better though as it promises a great third book in the series, Simply Irrestible, which hits shelves in Summer 2009. In the mean time though go out and enjoy yourself as you read this deliciously guilty book!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Let's Ring in the New Year!

Happy 2009 everyone!!

Not only is it a new year, but it is also the one year anniversary of my blog!! I first of all want to thank everyone whose visited, commented, and supported my blog, without you I'm not sure I would still be blogging! Also a big thanks to all those publishers, authors, and Jen Wardrip for sending me some awesome books and such.

Hopefully there will be much more this year as I already have many plans and a few changes in mind and of course many, many more reviews. My main goals for the year are to stay caught up with my blog and get some more author's in to visit. Like I said I have many new ideas and I'm hoping they will all work out.

Now in celebration of my anniversary and the New Year I'm throwing a contest!! I've included a couple of books that I really enjoyed in 2008 and a couple of books to look forward to in 2009. They are:

Peeled by Joan Bauer
Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash
Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill

To enter just comment or email (andanotherbookread AT gmail DOT com) and let me know what you would like to see on my blog this year. Let me know what you think of it and changes you think need to be made.

The rules of the contest are as following:

1. Two entries for letting me know your thoughts about my blog.
2. Three additional entries for advertising about the contest. Whether it be blogging about it, mentioning it on MySpace/Facebook, or any other means you can think of. Just let me know what you do!
3. Any kind of follower whether you are old or new will get an additional two entries.
4. I want to thank all my readers, no matter where they live, so the contest is open internationally!
5. All entries must be submitted by 12 p.m. E.S.T. by Saturday January 10th.

Good luck and thanks in advance for all your tips!

O and the winner of last weeks And Another Simple Question is......Lauren from Shooting Stars!!Please send me your address and I'll get the book in the mail to you ASAP.


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