Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I have read a few of Carolyn Mackler's other books and really liked how she wrote. When I found out that she had a new one coming out I was excited and put myself on the waiting list at the library. I was finally able to read it this weekend.
There are 4 teens that end up in Paradise together and become connected. Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. The book is broken into 4 parts, one for each teen. Jena is a bigger girl that is shy around boys, Skye is the actress and Jena's sometimes friend (Their mothers are friends). Dakota and Owen are brothers. Dakota is a playboy and Owen is a blogger that doesn't know how to be social.They all learn about themselves. They start in Paradise and then their lives continue.
I like Carolyn Mackler and her writing. This book just didn't do it for me. It was quick and easy, but I felt that I didn't get to really know the characters since they only had one part each. Sure they showed up in others but it wasn't the same. What I did get to know about the characters I loved and wished that she had taken it further. I will continue to read her books though.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I really enjoyed this book like I enjoy all his other books. I love good written love stories, love stories that could be real. Savannah and John were a great couple and I felt their pain, love, and happiness while reading this book. Nicholas Sparks can write great characters with a lot of depth and I enjoy them each time.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose? There's Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-forty PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show.
Keyes's universal themes and appealing characters have made her an international phenomenon, and are sure to conquer a wider American audience. With The Brightest Star in the Sky, she delivers another satisfying story charming in its wit and surprising in its depth.
My Take: I love Marian Keyes and her writing. She can write characters with depth and who you want to curl up with and read about. Plus she writes it as chick lit so it has the humor, but women's lit so it has the deeper issues also. I am ready for it to come out.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
B-Jennifer Brown-Hate List
D-Barbara Delinsky-Not My Daughter
E-Ellen Hopkins- Crank
J-Anna Jarzab-All Unquiet Things
K-Lauren Kate- Fallen
S-Lisa Schroeder-Chasing Brooklyn
W-Rosalind Wiseman- Boys,Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials
Y-Richard Yates- Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road-Richard Yates
Hate List-Jennifer Brown
Lament: the faerie Queen's Deception-Maggie Stiefvater
Not My Daughter-Barbara Delinsky
Chasing Brooklyn-Lisa schroeder
Also in transit:
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove-Lauren Kate
Boys, Girls, and other Hazardous Materials- Rosalind Wiseman.
Bought: (1.00 for both at Library)
Bend In the Road- Nicholas Sparks
The Choice-Nicholas Sparks
Considering I have a ton to read at home I better get a move on.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I got this book from Jessica over at Reading Is Sexy. I got it yesterday after lunch and I couldn't wait to go home and dive right in. I dove in alright. I dove in and finished it. It was that good.
Julia and Colt are from different sides of the track. She is rich and he is not. They start a secret relationship that lasts for a year. When Julia dies in an accident Colt has to deal with his grief without letting others see and with having no one to help him. Then he gets Julia's diary that she wrote for him. The journal entries show us insight to Julia and her year with Colt. While reading the diary Colt is working on understanding his feelings and moving on with life, but is that possible?
If you read and liked Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher I think you will love this. I honestly could not tell this was Ms. Hubbard's first novel. She captured Colt great and I loved his family and his sidekicks. Plus there is a nod to The Outsiders and I loved that book.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Angie over at The Adventures of a YA Novelist is giving away an ARC of her book Everlasting
Cindy over at Princess Bookie is giving away 4 books for her NewYear giveaway
Sab over at YA Bliss has a list of giveaways on her sidebar
Brittlit over at Reading Nook is giving away a 2010 release to the 1st place and a 2009 release to the 2nd place winner.
Over on Only Sexy Books Allowed she is giving away an ARC of Something Like Fate by Susanne Colasanti.
I will try to do this when I see great contests.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
My take: What is not to love about a senior project that includes a fake marriage. I can't wait to see what trouble comes of this project and the pairings.
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
If I snack it is popcorn.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of
writing in books horrify you?
No writing at all it irritates me
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?Laying the book flat open?
Bookmark that is usually a piece of paper
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?Fiction
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you
able to put a book down at any point?
I don't have to do end of chapters, but I really like to so I try to do it.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
What are you currently reading?
I'll finish The Adoration of Jenna Fox tonight and start Beautiful Creatures. Also working on my reread of Babyville for WBC.
What is the last book you bought?
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?
one at a time unless one is a reread
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I like to read on my lunch break in my car because I have no distractions. Otherwise at home after dinner.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
No preference although I am finding myself reading a lot of series now
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Jane Green, Jodi Picoult, and Sarah Dessen
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
Just by size and then by author/series if I have them.
This is a story mostly about Nora and Patch. Nora doesn't like boys at her school and her friend Vee is always trying to get her to go out. Then one fateful day in biology her teacher decides to change the seating and Patch is her new partner. From then on weird frightening things are happening to Nora and she isn't sure why.
This book is action packed. Some of the things are about out there, but if you look past all that and focus on the plot and the characters you will not be sorry. I also saw that a sequel is coming out in October and I can't wait.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
1. A book (Name ones you would like)
2. A giftcard
I hope you stay with me and that 2010 is much better than 2009.
Twenty Boy Summer is told by Anna. She goes on a 3 week summer vacation with her best friend Frankie after they were faced with a tragedy. They named their vacation the Absolute Best Summer Ever. The summer was supposed to help them forget the tragedy that Anna didn't really want to forget. They make a plan to meet 20 boys during their time at the beach.
During their time at the beach both Anna and Frankie both learn about themselves as well as the girl that they thought they had already knew everything about. The girls had been friends since they were babies and they had lived next door from each other.
The characters were not flat and they had many layers. I really felt that I got know them and their families and feelings without having so much detail that I couldn't use my imagination also which I love.
I can't wait to read her new one that will be released sometime in 2010.