Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!


Wishing everyone a fun, exciting, and of course happy new year! I can't believe that this year is already over! Although I am looking forward to all the great things that will be coming with this new and glorious year, such as my 16th birthday and the new and exciting ability to actually drive myself somewhere! I cant wait, however this is stupid to be excited for because in order to drive somewhere someone must acquire a car, which unfortunately is still being discussed. As of this point the odds are not looking good for me, but I still have a couple months to plead my case. lol!


Hoping Everyone Has a Happy New Year


Katie.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lock and Key- By Sarah Dessen



Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, shes been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return. That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future its a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?


Review:

This book is the first book I have read by Sarah Dessen and I absolutely loved it! I really cannot even say anything that was bad about it. Maybe there was 1 or 2 parts in the book that I felt were a little dull, but besides that his book was a good read. As I read this story I felt that the author really knew what she was talking about and could really connect and relate to her audience.


Overall, this book was pretty good and I can't wait to read other books she has written such as "Just Listen" which is on my list of books to read.


Katie.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

Hi everyone,

Well today I am going to Tennessee to spend Christmas. So Just in case I do not have Internet access while I'm there I would like to say Merry Christmas to everybody! I hope everyone has a nice Christmas, a Happy New Year, and an overall amazing and relaxing break! I will soon be posting all the great books that I have read on the 9 - 12 hour car ride I will be on. Cant wait! Oh well, Tennessee cant be any colder than Michigan is so I guess that is one thing to be excited about!

Merry Early Christmas!

Katie.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Beauty: A Retelling of the Sory of Beauty and the Beast- Robin McKinley


Summary: from Harpercollins.com -

A strange imprisonment

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?


Review:

I simply love retellings of fairy tales, and "Beauty" is one of my favorites. This version of Beauty and the Beast was wonderfully done. The only thing that bothered me about this book was its beginning. The beginning of the story was interesting but it seemed to take forever for the book to actually start, or when you are introduced to the Beast. After You meet the Beast the story takes off and you find it hard to put it down.


The characters in this story were also done well. Especially the Heroin of the story, Beauty. When you think of the character Beauty You probably Imagine someone well... Beautiful. However, our heroin is actually quite the opposite of her name. Beauty is not beautiful, but she is smart, clever, and interesting. The rest of her family and the Beast are also equally well done.


Overall this story was quite enjoyable with its different and surprising twists. I have to admit that I like this version of Beauty and the Beast more than the very popular Disney movie that we all grew up with.

Katie.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" - By Debbie Viguie



Summary from Amazon:

In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from -- or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.

But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom -- a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.

Review:

Being that the Disney movie "The Little Mermaid" is one of my all time favorites, I had to get this book although it was a little short for my taste. After reading the book I found that I was slightly disappointed in the detail, especially in the ending. It seemed she almost got tired of writing at the end and simply put that they all lived happily ever after.


However, I did love this different and twisted version of the story. I found the characters very interesting and different from other versions of the story. This story is filled with many surprises and twists that kept you on your toes the whole time, as Pearl is telling the story. while Pearl is telling the story we get a glimpse of what is happening at the present while she is telling what had happened to put herself in this complicated situation. As you read you will find yourself wondering what will be the ending to this story.

Overall I found this book quite enjoyable. Though it was not as good as my favorite Disney movie, it was still a good read.

Spoiler:


I was a little disappointed in who pearl ended up falling in love with. In the Beginning the author leads you to believe that Pearl and James are going to fall in love. Then she brings in two completely different characters half way through the book. Though I did find the new relationships interesting, I still wanted Pearl and James to be together.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pirates - Celia Rees


Summary from Amazon:

Nancy Kington, a wealthy merchant’s daughter living in Bristol, England in the early 1700’s, is sometimes lonely but enjoys the privileges her father’s business brings. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slave’s daughter living and working on the Kington’s Jamaican plantation. These two young women, united through a set of extraordinary circumstances including a brutal murder, an arranged marriage, and set of ruby earrings, find themselves sailing the high seas in search of love, adventure and freedom—as pirates!

Review:

This book had a slow start and was sometimes hard to follow. There were also some parts that were dull in this story.

However, I thought that this book was very good. This book has an interesting plot and characters. Throughout the book you will find yourself wondering what will happen next. This book is very similar to the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". This book, however, has a very different plot.

Overall the book was pretty good. If you love pirates, adventure, and action then this book is for you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Evernight - Claudia Grey


Summary from amazon.com:

Bianca wants to escape. She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in. Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful--even when it comes to caring about him. ""I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you,"" he tells Bianca, ""and eventually they would."" But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

Review:

At some parts of this book the story moved along fast and then abruptly slowed down. I thought that at some points she did not explain things very well.

I thought that this book was very interesting and exciting at times. I think that this was a twisted version of Twilight. I just finished Twilight and found many similarities between the two. The characters seemed to grow as the story progressed and I found that I couldn't stop reading it.

Overall, I thought that this book was pretty good. I recommend it for you to read.

Katie.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hey!

My name is Katie. I am new to blogging, one of my friends also has a blog and got me interested in starting. In my free time I play sports such as volleyball and tennis. When I am not playing sports I am doing schoolwork, reading, and hanging out with friends.

The books I read are usually fiction. I mostly read fantasy, but I do read many types of genres of young adult fiction. The book I am reading currently is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I have found that I truly enjoy reading this book because it is amazing and I love it.

So... yeah. That's about it for now. :)

Katie.