Thursday, July 31, 2014
Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Publication: February 12, 2013
Series: Pivot Point #1
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
I absolutely loved this book! I thought this book was amazing. I was very intrigued by both the cover and the blurb. I thought this was going to be a great book based on my friends' reviews but I was not expecting this. This was pure perfection! I loved it. I am so excited for the next book!
I loved Addie's character. I think it is amazing what she can do. I wish I had her ability, that would be awesome. I think her life with her dad went so much better than her mom's. But the ending was very smart. Addie is very intelligent, and she loves to read! She points it out a lot through the book. I really love Addie, I think she was well written.
Ah I'm in love again. Trevor is amazing. He is so sweet, hilarious and everything I want in a guy. Why does he have to be fictional? I just don't understand why my future boyfriends are in books wasting their time with the female lead when I'm right here? But I was impressed by Trevor, every chapter he got better and better.
In the beginning, I was all in for Duke. I thought it was going to be boring with Trevor and just go with Duke but I just cannot believe it. I cannot believe Duke's character. And the fact that he was the one that did all that? I am just going to stop myself right there. Do not want to spoil anything for anyone else.
Overall, I thought this was an amazing book. I cannot wait for the next book! I am just so excited to see Trevor. I was enjoying myself in both worlds. I am thrilled to see what is next in store in the next book in the series. I thought this book was so original, I am so glad I read this book. I thought everybody's power were so awesome but Addie's power tops it all.
Title: Eve & Adam
Author: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Publication: October 2, 2012
Series: Eve & Adam #1
My Rating: ♥♥
And girl created boy…
In the beginning, there was an apple—
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.
Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.
Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?
Ugh. I do not know where to begin. First off, the beginning was pretty bad. I didn't like this book a lot. If you notice, one one star and 5 star books I just write two paragraphs without evening going into detail about the characters because I don't feel that it is worth writing, I let out everything in between these paragraphs. I thought the romance was adorable, however.
This seemed like the end, knowing there is going to be another book just doesn't do it for me. I am most likely not going to continue the next book. I am not so impressed with this. The blurb and the cover were intriguing but going into it, I was very disappointed in the end.
Author: Sara Shepard
Publication: September 1, 2007
Series: Pretty Little Liars #3
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.
Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off anything that belongs to her sister.
Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say . . . or else!
This book was perfect. See what I did there? No? Oh, okay. This is a perfect teen book (Ha, I did it again) and it was amazing to me. I was a little confused since it had been awhile since I last read the second book in the series. And since I was starting the TV Show I was confused on if I read what happened in the show already or if it is coming..
Again, my favorite character and also my favorite in the show. I find her love for Ezra adorable. She was a great character. I cannot believe her dad at all. I honestly have no idea what it would feel like if I was in her place. I would never forgive my dad either if he were the one who did what he dad did.
Spencer was an alright character, she had her moments. But the ending has me questioning her..
I feel so bad for Emily. I cannot stand her parents. So she's a bisexual? Get over it! She's your daughter, not just a random cat you see on the streets.
I did not like Hannah's character at all through this book. She is just so desperate. I can't believe it. Mona? Seriously? I don't understand what is so great about her. Why does she think so little of herself thinking she has to be friends with her. She told everyone bad things about you but you still want to be her friend? But then hate Aria when she took your boyfriend? Puh-lease. Such girl drama. The ending though, I didn't realize I was holding my breath until after I finished the book and let out a breath. I need to see what happens in the next book fast!
Overall, this was a great book. I am not sure I described each character as well as I normally do but this is the kind of book where I let my inner teen out and just teen over what happened. Rather in my other reviews I try my best to sound as professional as possible, this series just brings out my inner teen.
Title: When It Happens
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publication: May 4, 2006
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?
Hilariously and movingly told through Tobey and Sara’s authentic voices, Susane Colasanti’s debut novel sizzles in its portrayal of two young people searching for The One.
I loved this book. I thought it was adorable, hilarious and just so cute. I could not believe what a douche bag Dave was. Thank god she left him in the beginning. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much if she was with him throughout most of the book. I get it though, we all have our love struck moments but sometimes we don't notice the ones under the movie stars and we could miss such a shot by looking above and beyond. I enjoyed Susane's book Something Like Fate. I am still impressed with her writing and she is one of my favorite contemporary writers along with Sarah Dessen.
I loved Sara's character. I love her intelligenceness. Is that a word? No? Then I just made it one. How come awesomeness is a word but not intelligenceness? Getting off track, back to the story. I am glad she stood her ground with Dave, she shouldn't have to be pressured to do anything that she didn't want to do. And Dave was pressuring her a whole lot. She deserved so much more, like Tobey maybe?
I loved Tobey's character as well! I thought he was amazing and hilarious. He was shy, adorable, and I just couldn't stop grinning whenever he talked. He has the effect on the ladies. I thought he was a great character.
Overall, this was a great book. I am glad I read it now. I thought this was a great summer romance read and I have been getting a lot of those! Even though they were in school...still felt like summer to me!
Title: I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend
Author: Cora Harrison
Publication: September 28, 2010
My Rating: ♥♥
When shy Jenny Cooper goes to stay with her cousin Jane Austen, she knows nothing of the world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip, and romance that Jane inhabits. At fifteen, Jane is already a sharp observer of the customs of courtship. So when Jenny falls utterly in love with Captain Thomas Williams, who better than Jane to help her win the heart of this dashing man?
But is that even possible? After all, Jenny’s been harboring a most desperate secret. Should it become known, it would bring scandal not only to her, but also to the wonderful Austen family. What’s a poor orphan girl to do?
In this delicious dance between truth and fiction, Cora Harrison has crafted Jenny’s secret diary by reading everything Jane Austen wrote as a child and an adult, and by researching biographies, critical studies, and family letters. Jenny’s diary makes the past spring vividly to life and provides insight into the entire Austen family—especially the beloved Jane.
I did not really enjoy this book. I was bored at so many times, I am even becoming dull with writing this review. I just finished a five star book review, all excited and pumped from writing it and now I coming to this one. I am recalling all the scenes and found this book rather childish. I did not enjoy it. I would have given it 1 star but it was an okay book. There were just a few scenes (maybe one or two) that I enjoyed. I liked reading Jane's writings. But the whole story being upon love at such a young age? Jenny fell in love with every man she met!
Marrying a man she had known for just 3 weeks and they both thinking they are in love with each other? Please. I just couldn't bear this book. It was rather boring and full of baloney. I thought that she was going to have another kind of love story with Captain Thomas but it was dull and as I said more than once, boring. The only thing that give this book 2 stars instead of 1 were Jane's writings. I love the way she wrote. But the book itself was not that enjoyable.
Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Publication: May 7, 2014
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up believing they were identical triplets.
Then they learned the truth...
and no one else can know.
Now, to the outside world, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one seventeen-year-old daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, pursuing extracurriculars, and even dating.
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, the one person who can help her realize she's not a carbon copy of the others - she's an individual with unique dreams and desires. Digging deeper into her background and her mother's role in her life, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
Wow this was an amazing book. I thought it was fantastic. It was a cool and interesting book at once. I was simply confused on how they all lived the life they did. Going as one person to school everyday must have been hard. As I said, I was confused. I don't know how they pulled it off for so long. I was very impressed by this book, I was interested in the blurb and the cover but I was not expecting an amazing book. There were a few scenes that I thought were boring but everything else that happened has kept my 5 stars up and not brought down by boring scenes.
Our main girl. I liked Lizzie's character far more than the other two sisters. I thought it was great that Lizzie wanted to be her own person. What triplet wouldn't? I thought she was an excellent main character, I think things what have been different if we were seeing it in Ella or Betsey's eyes. It was nice to have it from Lizzie point of view. I know I am saying that quite a lot but I am not sure how to really describe her character. She wasn't as intelligent as the other two but she had her share of smarts. She was more open to becoming her own person.
I think Ella was the most responsible one. I had a hard time picturing them as all twins. Every time they were all talking to each other, I kept seeing three different girls. It was pretty hard picturing the exact same person I pictured Lizzie as the rest of the two. Ella was the one that was most afraid of change, I guess. I think she was just so used to the triple life system it didn't come across her that she could have a life of her own. Of course, through chapters she realized it more and more.
I kept picturing Betsey as the youngest one even though they are all exactly the same age. Through them I pictures Ella the oldest, Lizzie the middle child, and Betsey the youngest. It was the way they acted that I kept picturing them this way. Betsey was the ones who was a little afraid of opening up to everyone, she hesitated a lot before admitting what she really felt. She kept all of her emotions to herself. Of course, like Ella, she became more open and started to finally admit that she wanted her own personal life as well. ]
Overall, I thought this was a great book. I am glad and upset that this isn't a series. Glad because it all ended with just this book. Upset because it all ended with just this book. Does that make sense? I am happy that there aren't any more problems with them and that it all ended perfectly, but I am being a little greedy with wanting more. Although I am perfectly fine with just this book, don't go making another add on to this book, Cat. Make a different series if you need to but leave this book as a standalone. It was really a great book.
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publication: May 8, 2012
Series: Hemlock #1
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.
Mackenzie Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.
This was an awesome book! I loved it, the ending took me awhile to get into it but once I was captivated, I couldn't put the book down. There were a lot of different clues through the book, it had me thinking everyone was a suspect. I thought this was a well written story that had me at the edge of my seat. I was considering dropping the book after the first few chapters but I am sure glad I didn't put it away. I jumped into this book thinking it was a standalone so I thought everything was going to end through this one, after finishing the book and finding out it was a series I was a little pissed but relieved that there is more to the (kind - of) cliffhanger that ended the book.
I enjoyed Mac's character. I had a feeling that there was going to be a love triangle through, thank the lords there wasn't but I have a bad feeling that there will be one in the next book. Hopefully not, but I am just a little concerned on that. Mac is very intelligent, she drew conclusions with little pieces of information. I was astonished with what she came up with.
I love Kyle. I was not so surprised that he was a werewolf but I was with how it was presented. I think that Kyle is very protective of Mac, which is a good thing in a boyfriend, but it is just romantic (and I believe ridiculously stupid) to think it would protect her if he left. Thank god he waited to the end too. I believe the thing I didn't like at all was the ex girlfriend through this book. I just thought she was a side character that shouldn't have been into the book. The book would have been perfectly fine without her, I mean sure she needed to be in it for the main thing of why she was but adding her to one of the scenes was not that enjoyable. I just found it rather annoying.
At first, I thought Lucas was so much better than Kyle. But after joining the trackers, he just annoyed me and I couldn't see him as a boyfriend to Mac. I didn't believe he was a true friend, just gave in every wolf. I didn't like him at all. Sure he became better in the end but I am not convinced. I don't want there to a be a love triangle in the next book. I hope I am right, because it would be horrible if there were.
Overall, I really loved this book. I thought most of the scenes were awesome, only just a few that I found myself bored. This book had me at the edge of my seat, I say again because it is true. I thought the ending was perfect but not the ending ending. The chapter before the ending. The ending itself was horrible, not in a way where it was terrible but horrible in a way where I am upset that it ended-in-a-kind-of-cliff-hanger horrible. I am making this way more complicated than it needs to be. Anyway, I loved the book. That sums it up.
Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Publication: May 1, 2007
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.
By morning, he's landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he's in love.
In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all...
I thought this was a great book. I saw the movie and I think this was a good book to movie adaption. It all went good. I hate animal abuse and I just couldn't bear to read August hurting Rosie. It was so sad. I think the reason I gave this 4 stars was because it took a long time before I really got into the book.
- Jacob I thought Jacob was a great character. There were so many tragic parts through this book. You can see how cruel so many people can be. I am really glad with how it ended.
Again, I know this isn't a full review but I am not sure how to fit everything into a review at the moment. I was glad with how it ended and thought that Rosie was my absolute favorite character even though she is an elephant. I loved her more than anyone in the book.
Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: September 29, 2011
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
This was an awesome book. I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss much more but this was a nice add to the series. I am especially happy that they kept Anna and Etienne in the book. It was nice to see how their life continued. Back to Lola, I am still very impressed by Stephanie's writings. I am really excited to get to Isla and the Happy Ever After.
I really liked Lola's character. It's seems pretty cool that she has so many different costumes. I want to learn how to sew to upcycle clothes. I didn't understand why she stayed with Max for such a long time, I didn't like him at all.
- Cricket I loved Cricket's character. I loved him so much. I thought he was so much better than Max. I can only keep wishing that the guy I like will be across my window like them. That was just adorable.
Overall, I know this wasn't a complete review, I am feeling a bit lazy but all I can really say was that this was a great book. I only gave this 4 stars because I just couldn't get over Max. But I am excited for the next book.
Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publication: June 1, 2009
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
"Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?"
"Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?"
According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.
TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.
This was a great book. In the beginning, you see the relationship between Anna and Matt and the tragic accident that took Matt's life. I was very upset about that. Just that part alone had me crying. I thought this would be more like the book Boy Crazy by Hailey Abbott. I thought there would be more boys but it all just landed on two boys, for some reason, I didn't really like that. It didn't feel like a Twenty Boy Summer at all.
I really liked Anna's character. I thought it would be pretty hard for her to move on after Matt but I did not expect Frankie to do what she did. Anyway, back to Anna, I was happy for her for finding someone else after awhile, even though it was just one for summer. I am glad the ending didn't end like I thought it would, it ended very cute and I thought the book was really good.
I did not like Frankie's character. I didn't think she was a great best friend and I guess I didn't like her character at all. She was a liar and she had the nerve to get all mad at Anna, I just couldn't believe how she acted. I did not like Frankie at all. Even though things worked out in the end I still didn't like her. I would have brought a star down because of her but I really liked the book so I kept it to 5 stars.
Overall, this was a great book. And this was another great contemporary summer romance read. I had a good feeling about picking this up from the library and I am glad that it wasn't a disappointment.
Title: Life As We Knew It
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publication: October 1, 2006
Series: Life As We Knew It #1
My Rating: ♥
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
I did not like this book at all. I was bored throughout the entire book. I did not find this enjoyable and thought I wasted a lot of time through this book. It took me awhile to finish this, I thought it was going to get better but I just couldn't enjoy it. I tried to see what got people to love this book but I couldn't find anything I liked. The only scene I enjoyed was the shopping market but that was in the beginning and didn't last a long time.
It is weird to know that even a little thing like the moon can change so much. I don't think I will be continuing this series anytime soon. Hopefully, if I do continue this series it gets better and does not get worse like I imagine it would. I am so interested in this series as I first was.
Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publication: December 23, 2008
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.
Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.
This was an amazing read. I really loved this book. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and now that I have, I am so glad I did. I thought this was a great book, the characters where awesome, Alex and Brittany are complete opposites but it's true what they say, opposites attract. Their romance was adorable and I am jealous that I do not have this.
Brittany's life isn't as perfect as it seems. I do not how it would feel to me if I had to act perfect for my family's reputation as she did. I thought Brittany's character was great, even though she lived a facade her real life is much better than her plastic side. And I'm pretty sure Alex agrees with me. Or I agreed with him, either way that is how we both felt about Brittany. She is smart, really pretty, and she is someone who I am seriously jealous about.
Alex broke my heart through this book. He made me cry more than once, he is courageous and takes care of those he loves. Throughout the book, you understand why he acts the way he did, why he was part of the gang. He protects his family in a way that just breaks my heart. I thought the ending was perfect for this book. I couldn't have pictured a better ending.
Overall, I loved this book. I don't understand how people could live a life like they did, it was sad and I am grateful for everything I have. You realize how lucky you can be to have siblings that love you even if you fight and lucky to have the friends you do. I thought this was a perfect book and I just couldn't see it going a different way.
Title: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publication: March 8th, 2004
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
This was a cute book. I enjoyed reading it and thought it was very adorable. As usual, this was another favorite by Sarah Dessen. I have loved her books, two I did not like at all, but the others I have enjoyed so much. This was a great summer read and I am glad of how it ended. Normally, in this situation there might be a lot of corny endings but I thought this was as good as spaghetti. Weird similie, but I absolutely love spaghetti so that is saying a lot.
I would change a few things about Remy. She was too strict with things. I did not like, however, how fast everything went. Things happened at one point and then a second later there was something entirely different. I feel as though there wasn't so much explaining on it that I wanted. I am glad she might Dexter and changed a bit. It was nice to see her let loose a little.
Dexter was a nice character. I wouldn't say he is my favorite male character that I have read so far, but he did have his perks. He knows how to live but was a little too irresponsible when it came down to living, he was just winging his life in my opinion. He knows how to fun and is pretty great at things.
Overall, things went by in a blur, which I did not like. It wasn't memorable but it was a nice summer read. The things I did not like just brought one star down because I still really enjoyed the book. It is a fast read, so I might reread this if I ever don't have anything at hand.