Thursday, January 27, 2011

Books I've Read and Meaning to Review... BUT EXAMS!!!!

Ashleigh’s latest craze is Julie’s own passion, Pride and Prejudice. But Ashleigh can’t just appreciate it as a great read; she insists on emulating the novel’s heroines, in speech, dress, and the most important element of all—finding True Love. And so Julie finds herself with Ashleigh, dressed in vintage frocks, sneaking into a dance at the local all-boys prep school, where they discover some likely candidates.
The problem with Ashleigh’s craze this time, however, is that there is only one Mr. Darcy. So when the girls get a part in the boys’ school musical, what follows is naturally equal parts comedy and romance, as a series of misinterpreted—and missed—signals, dating mishaps, and awkward incidents make Julie wonder if she has the heart for True Love.

 Retta Lee Jones is blessed with a beautiful voice and has big dreams of leaving her tiny Tennessee hometown. With a beaten down car, a pocketful of hard-earned waitressing money, and stars in her eyes, Retta sets out to make it big in Nashville. But the road to success isn’t a smooth one in a town filled with dreamers, and Retta begins to have doubts: can she make her mark while staying true to herself?
From the breakout author of Artichoke’s Heart, this bighearted novel is a must-read for anyone who has ever chased a dream (or hummed along with Taylor Swift).

Like both and I mean to review them (and I will) but it's Exam week and I've been studying. 

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Endless Summer: Jennifer Echols
Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.
Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends--including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that’s not going to happen--not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.
Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess? 

I had recently read Forget You by Jennifer Echols and hoped to read more of her's in the future.  So I picked up Endless Summer, challenged myself to read it in two days ( which I did!). I loved the beginning book, The Boys Next Door, and instantley loved Adam and hated Sean. Great characters and premise. Loved the scenes between Adam and Lori and I wanted more. But( and you knew a big BUT was coming) at the end of the first book ( if you hadn't guessed yet, there are two books wrapped into Endless Summer) there was closure that signaled the tale had ended. However, Jennifer Echols made a sequel. I was excited, but weary to read it; with good reasons.  In my opinion, the second book was pointless. It makes Adam seem worse than he is and just adds more drama and needless heartbreak. That's just me. So if you find yourself questioning if you want to read "Part Two" of the book. Don't. You'll find you liked it better.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Delirium Giveaway!
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love - the deliria - blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
Lauren Oliver is giving away 5 SIGNED copies of Delirium! All you have to is go here to Lauren's blog and see the details on the giveaway. Be sure to also check out the other Giveaway at Deliriously Falling! Both end at the end of the month. So what are you waiting for? GO ENTER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Losing Faith
A terrible secret. A terrible fate.
When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.
Losing Faith was a book that threw me for a loop. It was not at all what I had expected, but even with that I still loved it. Cute Boys named Alice-- err, I mean Alis. The thought of suicide in the air and the new surprising friend Brie finds in a girl dressed in black. It was a refreshing read that would appeal to anyone and I would recommend it. Can't really tell you a lot without spoiling it, I can only encourage you to give it a try.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cover Revealed! Passion by Lauren Kate

Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross and fought immortals at Shoreline, they lived many lives. . . .
Lauren Kate revealed the cover for Passion, the third book to the Fallen Series.  Love it and can't wait to read it!

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The Educatoin of Hailey Kendrick

Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.

Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped.
They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they? 

Another great chick flick. Just like Anna and the French Kiss, The Education of Hailey Kendrick leaves you laughing and drooling over hot boys. But Anna and the French Kiss doesn't have paparazzi making her out to be some cruel, heartless ex-girlfriend and doesn't go to school with candy corporation heiress. Or does Anna have to clean the school with a hunk for detention. Hailey is a funny character and I liked how we got to see her change from a bud to a full bloom flower, while she under goes these sudden and humorous events that will change her forever. Great book over all and can't wait to see what Eileen Cook will write up next.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Prom and Prejudice

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

I thought the Lonely Heart's Club was a great read and I can surely say this one is too. The only thing I wished the author had done was add a few extra chapters to the end. Will is darling ( some of the time),  Jane is lovely and kind, and Lizzie is talented and funny. Surprising twists in the story keep you on your toes and laughing through out this delightful read. Bravo , Elizabeth Eulberg. Bravo.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Personal Demons

If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?

Are you sure about that...?

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.

Sounds interesting, right? It is and nicely written and over all a good debut novel for Lisa Desrochers. The characters are real and vivid. BUT and my only BUT is that the book only had two perspectives instead of three: Frannie, Luc, and Gabe. Yet, there is only Frannie's and Luc's. Which saddens me because I would have liked there to be some suspense in the love triangle (a satisfying one no less). Hopefully in the next installment, she'll allow us a peak inside Gabe's head to even out the playing field.

Enough about romance! The book keeps a fast past after the first chapters are done painting the characters and the setting.  Villains from Hell come to visit after Luc falls for Frannie while Gabe's trying to convince Frannie to forgive herself and falls as well.

Interesting "things" that the author put into the story such as Luc smelling certain fragrances to mean different emotions. Who know chocolate meant love! I liked how it played into the story and made it flow nicely and didn't point blank tell you the characters emotions. Frannie practice Judo for years, so without that power, Luc would have a hell of a time reading her ( did you see my pun ;) ?).
Four out of Five stars from me

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Uncommon Criminals blurb!

Just thought I'd post this on here. Loved Heist Society. Can't wait for Uncommon Criminals.

a Heist Society Novel
in stores June 21, 2011

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief.  But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.
There are only three problems.  First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years.  Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself.  But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.
Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

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