Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper - Readable

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper is about a girl, Kate Sanderson, who doesn't believe in love because she was "burned" by it. She goes to Verona, Italy to study Shakespeare for winning a contest her Shakespeare-scholar of a father made her apply to. She meets people and makes friends. Especially Giacomo. The two of them deceive their friends who are trying to play a prank on them and make them fall in love. Spoilers? I think not!
Here's what I have to say about this book: there are no words to describe how much I adored it! It was heart-wrenching! It had plot-twists that - even though were predictable - were done in unpredictable ways. I put it on the top of my shelf of FAVORITE books! I don't put books on my shelf unless I truly loved them, so that says something! Please read it! This book is not as well known as is should be! 
It depends on what type of books you like - I myself bought it because I love those types of storylines - but I think most people would just want to borrow it.
Go and READ READ READ! Catch ya later!
"Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and and character." - Robert Browning, Paracelsus.

Joint Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Casual Reread or Borrow



I am going to keep this book review short and sweet. Both of these books are very good! A bit depressing, but they are obviously meant to get you to feel something and to contemplate deeper and more philosophical things. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is about a girl, Samantha Kingston, who dies in a car crash but keeps reliving the same day over and over again. At the end of each day she either: dies again or just falls asleep and wakes up in the same day. She does different things each day and tried to change her fate. The end of the book is very vague; but, overall, it is a great book.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is about a boy, Clay Jensen, who one day gets a set of thirteen tapes on his doorstep. No clue as to who it is from, he discovers that the set of tapes was made by Hannah Baker, his old crush and girl who had killed herself a few weeks earlier. The tapes assure the person listening that if they received the tapes, there was one tape that addressed them and that they were a reason for her death. In one night, Clay discovers secrets beyond his wildest imagination. No spoilers!
In all, the reason I did a Joint Book Review was because they were both about that same topic. Both books really made you think about how everything leads to another thing. Anything we do - no matter how insignificant it is - creates a much bigger problem than we expect. Please read them! I enjoyed them - they are mature topics, however.
I recommend reading them, however I would only reread these books if I was outside feeling lazy and had nothing else to do. If you aren't typically lazy with nothing to do, just borrow them.
"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?" - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Higher Pantheism"

Friday, July 1, 2011

New!

I decided that instead of doing reviews on books I read a while ago and doing a lazy job at them, I am going to post a list each week of the books I read that week and if I approve or not. I will still be doing reviews, but this way, you will still see my recommendations and I won't ruin a perfectly good book. Here are a few books I read over this summer, not a lot, unfortunately:
1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Already done, but a great book!)
2.The Water Wars by Cameron Stratcher (I will not be doing a review on this, but I do recommend it. It was a bit random at times, but I did enjoy it.)
3. The Mediator: Book 1: Shadowland by Meg Cabot (I will not be doing a review but this book series is absolutely AMAZING!)
4. What's Your St@tus by Katie Finn [a Top 8 novel and a new one is coming out called Unfriended]  (I won't be doing a review on this, but you should definitely check out the series, great book!)
5. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Absolutely wonderful, amazing book! I won't be doing a review on it, but definitely check it out!)
6. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (This is part of the Heist Society series in which the first book is called Heist Society. This was just as good as the first book and had a wonderful plot line. I won't be doing a review though.)
7. Missing You by Meg Cabot (This is the last book in the 1-800 Where Are You series or also called Vanished. The books in this series are called: When Lightning Strikes, Code Name Cassandra, Safe House, Sanctuary, and of course, Missing You.  I loved the twist in the plot and I thought it was one of the most amazing and well-written books in the history of amazing and well-written books. I won't be doing a review because my words cannot even describe how much I loved it.)
8. Jinx by Meg Cabot (This is a solo book, but it is really good. I mean it. I read it in a day and I was just blown away. The plot line is classic yet put across in a very different - and appealing - way. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a simple-and-to-the-point read, but also doesn't want to have their intelligence insulted. I won't be doing a review.)
9. The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil (I am reading this now and most likely will do a review. So far, so good!)
Catch ya later! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare - Fandomly Rereadable


Hey, you guys! I finally finished City of Glass a couple days ago, but, due to my laziness, I didn't review it. PROCRASTINATION!! But, here I am, so voila! I am going to review City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass, which are the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, there is a fourth book called City of Fallen Angels and there is a prequel called Clockwork Angel and another prequel is going to come out called Clockwork Prince, and this series is called The Infernal Devices. So, in City of Bones, Clary is thrown into the world of Shadowhunters, and the other books are about the - and I don't mean to sound juvenile - adventures that she has with the other characters. So, I don't think I have any cons with these books except for the fact that it is from 3rd person point of view.. I mean, the plot was absolutely fantastic. SPOILER: when I read that Jace was Clary's brother I literally screamed and I was super upset... too bad I was at school... and my friends, teacher, and classmates stared at me like I was a strange child. Any-who, you probably didn't need to know that. Here is a list of Pros:
1. Very well-written.
2. Wonderful and well-thought out plot.
3. Lots of character-development.
4. Lots of twists!
5. Made me feel what the characters were feeling!
I am super into this book series. I follow the movie updates and everything like that. Buy the books. Just do it.
It is definitely one of favorite book series! I'm sorry for the really lame review. I finished the three books two weeks ago, so, I think you can guess why it isn't that great. I still hope you enjoyed! I will be posting reviews for The Mediator: Book 1: Shadowland by Meg Cabot, The Water Wars by Cameron Stratcher, and What's Your St@tus? by Katie Finn, very soon!!! :) Catch you later!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer!


Hey everyone! It's finally summer for me! Go ahead and get all excited for me, do your happy dance, I'll wait.
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Ready? Okay! So, since it is finally summer, I will hopefully be doing a lot more thoughts and book reviews! I promise I will post my review on the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series soon! I hope to finish the third one today and post the review tomorrow, but don't get your hopes up! See you then!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - Obsessively Rereadable

 So, yesterday, I started and finished Hex Hall. I mean, WOW! It was an amazing book! Although, I must warn you, occasionally, there is some foul language.
So, Hex Hall is about a girl names Sophie Mercer, who is a witch; but, because she misused her powers, she is sent to Hecate Hall, which, they ironically nciknames Hex Hall. Take a moment to laugh out loud.... Okay, moving on. Hex Hall, as she puts it, is like a nicer juvie for members of the Prodigium(magical people): faeries, witches, and shape-shifters and one vampire. She is invited to join a coven with the most popular girls, but declines, and she befriends the school reject, Jenna, who is also the only vampire in school! She also has a crush on Archer, who is Elodie's boyfriend. Elodie is one of the three girls who invited her to be in their coven. Sophie's relationship with Archer is so well-written. They are really great friends because they get to bond during cellar duty, but you can tell they both want to be more than friends. She starts taking magic lessons from the ghost of her dead great-great grandmother, Alice. Then, attacks starts happening around school, but only members of the 'coven'. People think it is because of L'Occhio di Dio, a group determined to exterminate all Prodigium. I won't tell you the ending; but, woah! It was shocking!
I really liked this book and I only had one con. The cussing. I understand, since they were teens that they cussed, but I don't really like a lot of cussing in literature. But her humor and wit and sarcasm made the books funny and serious at the same time! It is almost the perfect book. It is relaxed, but serious, well-written, but easy to understand, and fictional, but real enough to relate to the character. The sequel to the book is Demonglass, and I cannot wait until it comes out in paperback so I can read and review it. I give this book a 4.9 out of 5 stars, but it is definitely going on my shelf of favorite books. Probably in my top five. 
I am absolutely obsessed with this book series, now. I will always want to reread it and I am going to hold on to this book series for the rest of my life. So, of course I recommend buying it! 
By the way, I want to marry Archer Cross.
The next book I will be reviewing is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Message me and tell me any thoughts you think I should do our books I should read! Thanks! Follow me!

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - Casual Reread

Hey, you guys! So, I FINALLY had some time to review A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. 
The book is about a girl named Gemma, whose mother is killed by the 'shadows'. She is shipped of the Spence Academy in London, where she keeps having these weird 'visions'. A guy names Kartik, keeps telling her to block the visions, unless she wants to put her family in danger. She also befriends some girls at the academy, Pippa, Ann, and Felicity. They start a group called "The Order" after the real Order. Gemma begins to take her friends through a type of Gateway into, I think they were called the realms. I won't spoil the ending and all that, but I have to say that the ending was a bit random, a bit fast, and a bit confusing.
The book started off a bit wobbly, if you know what I mean. In the beginning, the main character annoyed me right off the bat, the plot was a bit shaky, and it seemed like it was a bit slow and confusing. But, as it went on, I really got to know the character and see her mature through the whole book. I really liked her friendship with Ann, Felicity, and Pippa. Normally in books when the main character has an enemy, the have an enemy but they conquer him/her/them; but, in this book, she actually become friends with the girls she thought were her enemies! I thought it was great twist. I really didn't start really reading it with interest until I was a good fifty to sixty pages in (I am sorry I had to end that sentence with a preposition). Anyways, you really just have to push through the beginning until you get through the first fifty pages; not that the first few pages weren't interesting and that there wasn't any action; but, everything is just so new and confusing, I guess, that you are sort of bored. At least, that is how it was for me. In all, I thought it was a great book. She really turned it around in the end. I give it two thumbs up, as Cassidy Tucker would say. You guys should read it!
This book is rereadable in a "I'm going to go outside and reread a book." Not really in a "I'm gonna put off reading new books just to reread this one!"
This is a trilogy so there are two more books after it: Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing.  
A Great and Terrible Beauty, the movie, is supposed to come out in 2013. Can't wait!
My next review will be on Hex Hall! Hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

39 Clues by Many, Many Authors - Rereadable or Readable (One way or the other)

Hey everyone! It's been a while and I have missed you! Anyways, I haven't done a book review in a while; although, I have been meaning to! I have been reading and buying quite a few books, but I have been having so many tests and essays, I just never find the time. So, here is a book review on the first two books from the 39 Clues series by a bunch of great authors: Book 1: The Maze of Bones + Book 2: One False Note.
So, I thought The Maze of Bones was really great, I mean, he totally introduced you to the character with GREAT foreshadowing. I loved his variety in vocabulary and it was just awesome!
So, basically, the series is about Amy (who is fourteen years old) and Dan (who is eleven years old) Cahill, who are siblings. The Cahill family is one of the most powerful family in the world, but no one really knows that because not all Cahills have the last name "Cahill". The Cahill family is split up into 4 branches (actually 5, but I am not supposed to know that yet because I am only one books 3. You can't blame a girl for looking it up on Google): Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas, and Janus who were all Cahill siblings once, but had a huge fight and made the four branches. After Grace Cahill dies, she issues out a search for the 39 clues, that, supposedly, if found, could make you the most powerful person on Earth.
I loved the way he introduced everyone: Amy, Dan, Ian, Natalie, Irina, Alistair, the Holts, Nellie, Grace, Aunt Beatrice, Jonah, the Starling family, and so on. It would take quite a while for me to tell you who all of these characters are, so, that gives you even more incentive to read the series! 
In the first book (The Maze of Bones) they have to go Paris, France in search of the first clue), but people try to kill them. Plus, what is up with that creepy man in black?!? Shudder!
In the second book (One False Note) they have to go to Vienna, Austria and then Venice, Italy in search of the second clue (which has to do with Wolfang Mozart and Nannerl [his sister]). 
I loved the first two books and there are so many more in the series!
I do think that until you get to the end of the series, you should just check them out at the library or borrow them. Sometimes I like to borrow books and then if I love them I buy them afterwards.
 I can't wait to keep on reading! If you want more information, check out Wikepedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_39_Clues
I would like to thank my friend Kathryn, for letting me borrow the first four books! Thanks Kathryn!! (check out her blog: http://kkuharsbookblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/hunger-games.html?spref=gb it is awesome)
I will be doing a review on A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray soon, so wait just a little bit longer! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Reviewer - Cassidy Tucker (Known as CassJayTuck on Youtube)

I just found this amazing book reviewer on YouTube! She is so awesome, i absolutely love her videos, (you should post more often, Cassidy). Here is the link if any of you are curious and want to check her videos out.
http://www.youtube.com/user/CassJayTuck#p/u/0/68-8qAw4_SI
She brings up a lot of good points (she also does randoms thoughts) as to why people hate Twilight, and other awesome reviews. She only has a few reviews at the moment, but they are all thorough and funny. She definitely has a sense of humor, but also gives you as much info on the book as she can! Definitely going to read the books she had reviewed!! Hope you are reading this, Cassidy!! :) I hope you do more posts more often!! See you guys later, and please check out her YouTube videos!! :)
Here is the link again, if you are too blind to notice it a few lines above:
http://www.youtube.com/user/CassJayTuck#p/u/0/68-8qAw4_SI
Hasta la vista!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vanished by Meg Cabot - Amazingly Rereadable

  
 The series "Vanished" by Meg Cabot is really awesome! It's about a girl named Jess (short for Jessica of course, 16 years old). She gets struck by lightning and gets amazing superpowers: she can now locate missing children. She goes through a bunch of adventures with her boyfriend, Rob. (18 years old). I absolutely love it! There may be a few bad words here and there, but nothing too bad, she definitely downplays it. Like she will say, and I quote, "'Get a freaking clue' I yelled. Only I didn't say freaking." You see what I mean? Anyways, I really like the series, it sort of like a mystery type book, except better with a little bit of romance. The plot is really well thought out and will definitely appeal to pretty much all teenagers. Jess is not to be messed with, in the beginning of the book she is super tomboyish and gets into lots of fights, but by the third book (each book contains too books inside) she decides to dress girly so she doesn't get into fights! Moving on, this is a really great book and I hope you read it! (:
I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot - a diehard fan. I love her books, I love her writing style, I love her ideas, and she is one of my biggest inspirations and idols (I'm an aspiring writer). I highly recommend purchasing these books and checking out other book series!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway - Readable

The Extraordinary Secret of April, May, and June is a wonderful book! Unfortunately, it had a few downsides, such as a lot of cussing. I was quite surprised at the intensity of the foul language. However, I did understand why the author included that in there. Teenagers are teenagers and high school is high school. There are three sisters in this wonderful tale: April, May and June. Here is a little bit about their personalities.
April: the older sister who can see the future, gets great grades, and is a little bit over protective but very deep. May: the middle sister who can turn invisible, shuts herself out from her family, has almost no friends, hates history, and could almost be considered goth. June: the youngest sister who can read minds, wants to have lots of friends and be popular, is really pretty, and is too eager to grow up.
This story unfolds from three points of view, these three sisters. They get their powers on a strange day and when April gets a strange vision about June, April and May try to do everything in their power to stop it from happening. No spoilers! I promised myself I would give you no spoilers to the ending! :) You will just have to read it and find out! I recommend it to ages 13 and over... but probably more like 14 and over. (:
 I really did enjoy this book, but I recommend checking it out at the library or just borrowing it from a friend. It depends on what kind of books you are into, but I think you might want to read a couple of chapters before deciding if you want to buy it or not.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Fandomly Rereadable

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7938275-the-hunger-games-trilogy-boxset
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I just finished reading the first and second books of The Hunger Games trilogy! They are absolutely amazing! I am so afraid the series will end with the last(third) one, but I am already halfway through it! The continuously unfolding plot of Katniss's relationship with Peeta and Gale and her personality-quick thoughts and strength-is absolutely breathtaking. It makes you want to cry and laugh and scream as you read and delve deeper into the wonderfully well-written novel. You will put the book down unwillingly. You need to read these books. They are wonderful! 
I know that once a book becomes popular, many people just don't want to read it, because everyone else is; but, trust me this book is so inspiring and awesome!
I am now a huge fan of this series and I have reread the books several times!  This book series is one of my favorite book series and I highly recommend buying it rather than borrowing it! 
Thanks for tuning in! Catch you later!