Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Evermore-Alyson Noel

I went into this book with no expectations. I didn't really know what it was fully about, but it seemed like it could be interesting. I was right. This books was great. Alyson Noel had a good idea when she came up with this story. She made Ever a great rootable character.

Ever is 16 and the rest of her family died in a car accident. She is now living with her aunt who is a big time lawyer and is not used to having kids. She is visited everyday by her 12 year old sister Riley. She has 2 friends, Haven and Miles. She also sees people's auras and read their minds, until Damen.

The book follows Ever and Damen and their relationship. It also shows Ever and her grief and guilt over losing her family. She grew in this book although she never really took crap from people. Her relationship with Damen was refreshing in that respect.

All in all a good book that I would recommend to those who enjoy YA books or a love story.

`June Reads`

June was a little bit of a slower month. There was 2 books that I started, but due to time and having to return them to the library I didn't finish.

1. Twelve Sharp-Janet Evanovich
2.Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
3. Grave Sight-Charlaine Harris
4.Such A Pretty Fat- Jen Lancaster
5.Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson
6.Another Mother's Life-Rowan Coleman
7.Evermore-Alyson Noel

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Mind Games

I picked this up on a book blog forum. The question is from Sheila DeChantal.....

What is your indulgent book? You know the book that you just love... that you could read again and again.....

Mine now would have to be a tie between The Pact by Jodi Picoult and all the Harry Potter books (I can't pick just one).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another Mother's Life-Rowan Coleman

This was my first by Rowan Coleman so I wasn't sure what to expect. I saw the cover and it grabbed me so I read the back and decided to try it out.
It is about Alison and Catherine who were best friends from grade school until Alison ran off with Catherine's boyfriend. 15 years later Alison and said boyfriend are married and are moving back to the town that they left.
The characters in this book were pretty good. I think they could have been developed more. The kids were adorable. The plot was ok, but it was pretty predictable. The ending was rushed and left some things unanswered.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

I really liked Wintergirls by Ms. Anderson so I thought I would really like this book. It was just ok. I didn't fall in love with the character and really felt that she wasn't developed at all. I know that something happened to her and that her home life isn't the greatest, but it just didn't work for me. It reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen's Just Listen and after reading that book this one just didn't live up.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dreamland-Sarah Dessen

Dreamland was a sad book. It pulled me right in though. I loved Caitlin's character and felt for her. Rogerson is the first male Sarah Dessen character that I didn't like from the beginning. There was something about him that was just off.

Dreamland is about Caitlin's life after her sister Cass leaves in the middle of the night. She mets Rogerson and things go south after that. We get to see Caitlin at her worst and how she grows a little during a tough time.

Again I think every teen girl should read this book.

Such A Pretty Fat-Jen Lancaster

This book is typical Jen Lancaster, Hilarious, sarcastic, witty, and inspirational. She made me want to lose weight while I read this. I realized that I make losing weight and dieting harder than it needs to be.
The stories in this book of Jen losing weight, being at the gym, going swimming were so funny. Her Jenny Craig stories had me laughing out loud. I will probably go buy this book to keep.
I am a little sad that I have finished her books, but I do know she is working on another on hopefully to be out next year.

Grave Sight-Charlaine Harris

This was my first non Sookie Stackhouse book by Charlaine Harris. It was an ok book I still love the Sookie series more. Harper is a good character, but she reminded me of a not a not independent Sookie. Harper and her step brother have an almost uncomfortably close relationship.
Harper can find dead people and see their last minute. She goes to a small town to find a missing girl and ends up in a mystery.
The book is darker than the Sookie books. I will check out the rest of the series.

Thirteen Reason's Why-Jay Asher

This book was hauntingly good. It is about a young girl who had committed suicide. She made tapes as sort of a suicide note. There were 7 tapes. Each side a different person who had an impact on her. The book follows the one boy listening to all the tapes. He was the boy with a crush on her.

I felt so bad for Clay through out the whole book. I wanted to take him in my arms and hug him and tell him not to worry that he did all he could. Hannah bothered me a little bit. I know that she wanted people to know that their actions have more impact than a lot of kids realize, but I am not sure the tapes were the way to do it.

I would recommend this book to all teens though and if I was a school counselor it would be an assignment to any child I was working with.

My poor neglected blog

I have missed you. I have a few updates to do. I have been busy becoming a healthy adult.

But most of my updates are for YA books :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Twelve Sharp-Janet Evanovich

Oh Stephanie Plum how much trouble can you get into? LOTS. Stephanie has another stalker, but he is after someone else also. The usual characters are back and we meet some new ones along the way.
This book is my favorite of the series so far. It cracked me up all the way through and I loved the plot. We get both Morelli and Ranger. We get to learn some about Ranger's past. Stephanie has an Epiphany at the end that I have been waiting for her to have and can't wait to see where it leads.

May's Reads

1. Perfect Fifths-Megan McCafferty
2.Friends-A collection of YA authors
3.Dead and Gone- Charlaine Harris
4.Pretty and Plaid- Jen Lancaster
5. Just Listen-Sarah Dessen
6. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist-David Levithan and Rachel Cohen
7. Saving Zoe-Alyson Noel
8. Something Happened- Greg Logsted
9. Here Come the Bridesmaids (BSC)
10. Winter Vacation (BSC)

Something Happened- Greg Logsted

Where do I even start with this book. First off the cover made me think that the boy in the story was going to be in high school, but I was wrong he was just starting 8th grade. I should have stopped right there.

Billy had lost his father in a tragic accident about 5 months before this book starts. He is dealing with that loss, helping his mom with his twin sisters, and his mom ignoring him because she is always working. Some of his friends have lost interest in him and now 8th grade is starting.

There is a new teacher at the school and she takes an interest in Billy and well I am sure you can figure out the rest. An inappropriate relationship starts and it isn't Billy's fault. Billy is an innocent kid I honestly believe.

The ending was rushed and the whole book just made me uncomfortable.