Sunday, October 4, 2009

Looking for alaska- John Green


Summary: from back of the book
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave "the Great Perhaps" even more (Franois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.

Review:

Unique
I have never read anything like Looking for Alaska. I really had no idea what this book was about at first and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it. The main characters Pundge, Alaska, and the Colonel were extremely interesting to read about. Not only the characters but the events that happen and things they get themselves into are amazing as well. John Green did an excellent job writing this, I was hooked the entire time. Looking for Alaska is definitely worth the read, I recommend this to just about anyone and everyone who enjoys a good book.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Slacking one month!


So yes I have been a little busy this month. Which has unfortunately stopped my posts completely! Which was very naughty of me. But I did have some good excuses...
1. a week in Florida
2. a week as a counselor for a Christian camp
3. a week of volleyball camp
4. a week of tryouts
5. and a week in Tennessee for a family reunion in the mountains :D

However I could have been posting but I didn't because I am lazy. But this laziness will end today because School will be starting again! and I will be back on a schedule shortly.

So book blogging community I am officially back! yay

Yours truly,

Kd

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Twenty Boy Summer- Sarah Ockler


My rating: 5/5
Summary: amazon
"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever 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 that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.


Review:

Perfect! This was such a perfect summer read for me. I actually read this while on my little one week vacation to Florida and this couldn't have been more perfect timing to read this book.

The mood of this book is all over the charts for me. It seems that it is Happy then sad then melancholy then blissful then aggravating then hopeful and etc. I loved how Everything almost took place on the beach or in beachy surrounding. It made me want to actually get up and drive to the beach.

I loved most of the characters in the book. Anna and Frankie were the perfect picture of best friends with Anna being more reserved and Frankie being more loud and "look at me"

Overall, the whole book was very well written and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a summer read or just a good book.

Kd

Monday, July 13, 2009

Vacation Time!!!!


As of Tuesday the 14th of July I will be going away to the Beautiful, Sunny, and incredibly hot state of Florida! woot! And what can be better than this you may ask?... well I am going alone! Some would be saddened by this but in my case I am extremely excited that I don't have to be on a flight with my very annoying brother, who luckily visited my grandmother the week before. But don't get me wrong I do of course love my darling brother. :D

Here is my dilemma: I really don't want to go through baggage and stuff, which I also heard can be expensive, so I am only taking a carry on bag. Which means that I have to be selective in my clothes. But the real problem is my toiletry bag.

What is allowed!

A disposable razor?
my eye solution?
tweezers?


I'm so confused! If anyone could help that would be great!

Thanks!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cindy Ella- Robin Palmer


My rating: 3/5
Summary: from amazon

Prom fever has infected LA—especially Cindy’s two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she’s committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes–worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy’s crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there’s still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.

Review:

Super Cute! Cindy Ella was a cute Cinderella story. If I could compare it to anything it would be the actual movie, a Cinderella story, with Hillary Duff in it. I found that the two stories were very familiar. Then again most Cinderella stories have the step sisters along with the stepmother, and then of course our prince charming.

Overall, I found that this book was a nice and light to read. The characters were done well, I especially love the attitude of Cindy. I also enjoyed the Instant Messaging conversations she would have. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and cute read.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Abc's of kissing boys- Tina Ferraro


My rating5/5

Summary: from back of the book

Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.


Review:

Loved it! This book was nothing and everything that I expected. I thought this was going to be a great book, but what I didn't expect was how this story was going to play out. I thought prior to reading this that it was going to be about Parker falling for an assistant coach or something. What actually did happen in however, was even better than I expected.

This story was too cute! The characters, Parker and Tristan were amazing. I especially love that That Tristan was younger than Parker. I think that that they over exaggerated on the horrors of freshman part, but maybe in some schools this would be a horror to date a freshman.

Overall, This book was the perfect light summer read I was looking for. I highly recommend it.

Kd

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wicked Lovely- Melissa marr


My Rating: 3.5/5

Summary: from back of the book

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. Aiislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention. But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything. Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in this 21st century faery tale.


Review:

Wicked Lovely was my first faerie book and it blew me away. I never thought I would be the faerie type until I read this one!

Overall, the story was done very well. I thought that some of the characters could have been a bit stronger...but maybe they will get stronger in the next books. I would definitely love to know more about Kennan and Dona. Very good story, and I have a feeling it will only get better with the following books.

kd

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cedar Point! woot :D


Hey everybody! I just got back from Cedar Point! woot. It was so much fun! To everybody who doesn't know where this is, it is in Ohio. The next day we went to soak city, it was a little rainy...but that just meant that we had short lines, or no lines at all :D

Has anyone else been to Cedar Point?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Strange Angels- Lili St. Crow


1st I would like to apologize if I upset or offended anyone in anyway with my latest post on Michael Jackson. I was simply stating my opinion on the issue.

My rating: 4/5
Summary:from amazon

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Review:

I was so very excited for this one! I was simply ecstatic when I learned that I was getting it. This book did live up to most of my expectations, but for some reason I wished the author made Dru, our main character, more...tough? maybe have more of a backbone? I expected Dru to be a Tomboy, which she was, but I expected her to be a little more stronger(mentally and physically) But I now realize that maybe this is what Lili wanted for Dru's first book and maybe she gets stronger in the following.

Overall, this story was very good and action packed. I was just a little disappointed in Dru, but besides this the book was amazing! I am really looking forward to the following books to come.

Kd

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jacksons Dead?


So there you have it, our once great pop star is now dead. At the very early age of 5o. Listening to the radio this morning I was suprised to hear how everyone was saying how great of a guy he was?!?! I admit that his music was very good and he was a great part in our "musical history"? But you cannot justify this when he was such a sick man! He admitted to having boys sleep with him in his bed! And tells the world that everyone should do it. This is disturbing even if he claims that it was not sexual. Among other things that all suggest that this man was a nut and a creeper.

However I did notice that nobody actually said that they miss hime or that they were sad. Everything considered, yes, he was a great singer, no, he was not a great man.

Goodbye Michael Jackson

Sunday, June 21, 2009

In My Mailbox- Vlog 6-21-09



This is kind of off... but oh well. I got tired of trying to fix it so now I am just posting it :] This was originally done by the story siren so go check her out!

I bought two books this week:

Men in Black- Mark R. Levin
Ink Exchange- Melissa Marr

Monday, June 15, 2009

Trouble always comes in 3's

This week has been too much for me. One person can only stand so much emotional stress in such a short time period! Lets just say that this week has sucked. All my issues are car related, and I am beginning to think that not only does technology hate me but automobiles do as well!
My mom told me today that trouble always comes in 3's, and after this week I cannot agree with her more.

1. My moms van is hit and we have to pay 700 dollars to pay for the bumper. (Which is not that bad...but still.)

2. Later that day around 10:30 PM I myself get pulled over in my mothers van (I am only 16) by an older than dirt cop that has nothing better to do than make my life miserable. He says to me "the license plate on the vehicle was expired two days ago." Give me a brake! The plate says June and if I am not mistaken it is still JUNE! There was no reason to pull me over! Regardless I still was upset and very emotional, even more so when I realized I forgot my license at home and could not find the registration! "Mam. I am going to have to ask you to step out of the vehicle." This brought even more tears as I am standing on Main Street at late hours in front of his sparkly-lighted car. I was given "48 hours to correct it."

3. In my own vehicle a couple days later I was going to a softball game and hit a van while trying to leave. This also brought tears (yes, I am an emotional person, which was enhanced by me being on my period.), as the dent was very significant and huge! The size of a basketball to say the least. Somehow I got out of this by "being on private property" or something.

I am now traumatized and without a car as it has been temporarily taken away by my parents due to the latest event. However, they were very understanding and I am blessed that they were more concerned for my safety.

Kd

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Awakening- Kelly Armstrong

My rating: 4/5
Summary: from the back of the book

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. I'm a living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I can raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

Review:

So I am officially in love with this series and am anxiously awaiting the third book The Reckoning! I love the whole paranormal theme of this book dealing with ghosts and such, as I have never read a book where there were people who talked to ghosts.

I was excited to read this and was not disappointed. There is a lot going on with Chloe's new found and explained power of being a necromancer, then we have Derek the werewolf, and Tori and Simon who are Sorcerers. These teenagers are faced with the Edison group who are definitely evil people who experiment and kill "troubled kids" such as themselves. We see a lot of "maybe" and "almost" relationships forming. Chloe who may have feelings for either or both of the brothers, Derek and Simon. Simon and Derek who both definitely maybe or kinda have feelings for Chloe... Then Tori who likes Simon, who doesn't return those feelings.

Overall, this story is a very good read. Once you start you can't stop.

Kd

Look alikes: Celeb version 2

Hey everybody! I have been busy of late with all of the new and wonderful excitements of SUMMER! I have been neglecting my blog and I am sad because of it. So I have decided to do another look alikes because I am too lazy to post a review right now. Here they are...





For the Season we have the blond on the left looking a whole lot like Hayden Panettiere.




For Strange Angels we have Megan Fox. Not the best pick but it was all I could find. Some of my friends thought I looked a little bit like the girl on this cover when I asked them for an actress. hehe not really but I kind of have the same hair as she does.

You Guys can judge. Its not a very good picture but... Oh well. :D Now that I am looking at it I really dont think I look like her.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summer!!!!!!!


It is officially summer for myself and others who have also started summer! woot! Very excited and well....EXCITED! I can not wait for all the amazing things that I am planning to do. I am going to Florida, going to a cabin in the mountains in Tennessee, going canoeing, camping, partying, and so so much more!


What is everyone else doing this summer?

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Summoning- Kelly Armstrong

My Rating:5/5
Summary: from amazon

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Review:

My new favorite series, Darkest Powers! This is the first of the series and I immediately fell in love with it. I mean who wouldn't love the girl who sees dead people? Chloe is the cute girl goes to Lyle house to only find out that she is not as crazy as she and the nurses are keep telling her. From the other kids in the house she learns a lot about her situation and others like hers.

The characters of course were done very well with the very talkative Liz, The mean and questionably crazy Tori, Sweet and trustworthy Simon, then big, quite, and smart Derek. Of course you have Chloe who is about 5 feet and looks like a kid ofton until she dies her hair with red streaks. She is always trying to do the right thing and is also very sweet.

Overall, a quick and very good read. Recommended to about everyone!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Season- Sarah MacLean

My rating: 5/5

Summary: from amazon

In Regency London, Alexandra is about to embark on her first season of balls and dinners, and while nothing would steer her mother from the course of marrying off her only daughter, 17-year-old Alex is put off by men's seeming lack of interest in women with any amount of intelligence (Evidently, it scares eligible gentlemen off). Her opinions about romance change when she develops feelings for her brothers' friend Gavin, who is mourning the sudden death of his father (making Gavin the new earl of Blackmoor). Mac-Lean's debut is well paced, and as readers fill up on descriptions of dresses and society's rules, another plot line develops: Alex overhears a conversation proving that Gavin's father was murdered, and she puts her relationship, reputation and life in danger to help him.

Review:

The Season is now one of my favorites! I love the whole idea of girls in gowns, Balls, London, War, Boys, plotting, and a mysterious murder. I loved that this took place in the 1800's. I just love that time frame for a book! The Season definitely didn't disappoint.

I loved the Character of Alex. She was not your typical naive quite girl in the 1800's. Alex was the complete opposite and so were her friends Ella and Vivi. They were all smart, beautiful, funny, and cunning. But I have to say that my favorite characters were Alex's older brothers. They were your typically funny and hilarious brothers. The three of them were all over 6 feet and looked out for there sister in a friendly manner without letting her think that they really cared.
here is a section from the book that describes the 3 brothers....

The sons in question-- William, Twenty-three, Nicholas, Twenty-one, and Christopher, nineteen--shared other familial qualities with their father, however: They were devilishly handsome, with dark-as-midnight hair, strong jaw, regal noses, and full lips that had made the Stafford's legendary since the early days of kingdom....

And of course we have Gavin who is equally handsome and amazing if not more.

Overall, this was a great book with amazing characters and plot. Recommended.

Kd

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shrinking Violet- Danielle Joseph

My rating: 5/5
Summary: from amazon

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....

Review:

First, Shrinking Violet was Completely amazing, great, stupendous, and other adjectives I can't think of right now. The point is that I could not put this one down. It was a great twist of a Cinderella story only our Cinderella this time is a extremely quite and awkward girl by day and an amazing DJ at night. With the typical popular and distant step sisters and a step mother who tries way too hard to make the family perfect, Both are not shy about using all of her fathers money.

I loved seeing Tere or Sweet T slowly start to talk to Gavin and other people, not to mention the whole Amazing DJ part. Probably one of my favorite parts is when Tere's step mom takes her out to get a make over and seeing a hint jealousy they are done.

The characters were of course done very well. Tere was great coming out of her shell and all, then Gavin being the wonderful guy he is, then my favorite character "Pop tart" being sweet to Tere from the beginning even though she is quite flighty thinking that Tere is actually Deaf when she clearly can talk. But she was a great character to see helping Tere with the mystery of Make up and being her coach and supporter the whole time.

Overall, it was very good and expect everyone to go buy it when it comes out!

Kd

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jessica's Guide to dating the Dark Side- Beth Fantaskey

My rating: 5/5
Summary: from Barnes and noble

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

Review:

Love, Love, Loved it! I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Jessica's Guide. Beth Fantaskey is truly amazing. I loved the way she wrote this book, it included almost all my favorite things!!! I mean vampire royalty, secret princess, old castles, a tall dark and Handsome prince, a pact, evil plot, Romania, and did I mention Vampires? This is basically your vampire Cinderella story.

First, I loved almost all the characters, however I would have loved to see more personality in some of them. I thought that Jessica and Lucius were done very well, but I would have loved to see Jessica's uncles and family have more personality and Lucius's evil uncles have more scenes and personality.

Second, I really liked the letters from Lucius to his uncle. They definitely added more character and personality to him, as he is confessing what is taking place on his mission. We also get his point of view on some events, which is very nice!

Overall, I loved almost everything about this book! The plot, characters, and basically everything was great! I definitely recommend it and would love to see more from Beth Fantaskey. For instance.... A sequel???

Kd

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Look alikes: Celeb version

So last night when i was browsing through my google reader I saw that alea had some look alike. When I saw the one cover "skinned" I think it was the girl on the cover had a crazy resemblance to caridee off of Americas next top model! So I decided to come up with Celeb look alike for covers. hehe.... If someone has already done this then please tell me so I can give you credit!
1st of course my find of caridee... That looks like the girl on the cover of "Skinned"











Then we have Demi Lavoto looking like the girl on the cover of "Shes so Money"



And Finally Meaghan Martin looking like the girl on the cover of "Audry Wait!"





Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Love you Hate you Miss you- Elizabeth Scott

My rating- 3.5/5
Summary: from amazon

Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so.
It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.
And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.
They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know it's your fault.
Amy's shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.
But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.

Review:

Love you. Hate you. Miss you. Is definitely one of my favorites of Elizabeth Scott. She writes about the realistic situations teens deal with all the time; drugs, death, drinking, sex, lying, and more unpleasant issues that most pretend are non-existent in our world today.

Elizabeth Scott writes of a troubled teenager girl, Amy. The whole story is based off of Amy trying to cope with the fact that her best friend is dead. Amy writes a journal of letters to Julia discussing memories, telling her that she is sorry, and about what is happening while she is not there.

This story was quite incredible and startling. It was definitely out of my usual range of books. I would recommend this to anyone who loved the book Cracked up to be.

Kd

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Swine Flu- My school is closed!

Yep so my school is now officially closed for Monday because a nearby school had a student who had swine flu. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. However, I will not refuse a day off if they are willing to give one. :D

Here's the website telling all about the incident and the following schools that will be canceled. H1N1 Virus closings

Does anyone else have these ridiculous closings at their schools?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tennis

Woot! I won my match today against Alganac. which really wasn't much of an accomplishment as they kind of sucked. Go Richmond! I wanted to show you guys some pictures of me playing, but...I didn't have any... so these are from LAST year. Where are uniforms were very UGLY. So I covered mine up with our Neon Bright yellow shirts :D










Myself returning... (my hair looks pretty messed up)










Myself serving... wow that is such an awful toss!
I forgot how hideous those uniforms actually were. Yeesh! (Ugliest blue ever known to man, and then the tank top that you can't see was sweat stained from the previous user. *shudder*

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My compulsive buys from Barnes and Noble

Well... I kinda sort of have this problem with buying books....every time when I am close or not close to a bookstore. I'm sure I am not the only one with this "problem" as my family and some friends call it. They all think I'm insane. But I bought two books today! woot :D ...after being restrained by my grandma who wouldn't let me buy the 5 0r 6 books that I originally wanted to buy. This was after my reducing of my pile which consisted of about 18 books. But here are the two...
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. Aiislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention. But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong
Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for 'disturbed teens'. At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems...? Chloe realizes that if she doesn't uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse...? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fade- Lisa McMann

My rating: 4.5/5

Summary: from Amazon

SOME NIGHTMARES NEVER END.
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....


My review:

I thought that Lisa Mcmann did a great job with her sequel to "Wake". I had high hopes for this one and was definitely not disappointed. In this book you really got allot of answers dealing with Janie and her dream catchers power. We also get a better look about the relationship between, my new boyfriend(and not Hopes), Cable and Janie. You also get to see other relationships forming with Janie and Sir, and other characters, Which is always very nice to see.

This whole book was just done so very well to me! I loved the whole Idea of Janie getting involved with the police work that Cable does for Sir. I enjoyed the fact that you learn so much more about Janie's powers. (lol and yes I am aware of the fact that I have already said this, but...I thought it was worth saying again.)

Overall, I really have to say that I enjoyed this one very much! I can't wait for the third book to come out "Gone"? (Is that right) This is a very good and different series and would recommend it to just about anyone!

Kd

Monday, April 20, 2009

Awards

I have been awarded! Woot! :D



I have been nominated by Black Rabbit Ink

This award is given to new blogs and blogging friends.
The rules to follow are:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 or 5 in my case other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


My Nominations... (which have been shortened due to that I have not discovered many others due to my lack of time. sorry!)

1. LiyanaLand!
2. silvia pi's ya books
3. Romance Sap
4. Bookmania
5. Michelle's Bookshelf

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In my mailbox (or what I bought from the book store)

I haven't posted one of these for a few weeks so I am just going to post the relatively new books I have bought or received.

Borrowed:

The season by Sarah Maclean:

Willow by Julia Hoban

Bought from Barnes and Noble:

Jessica's Guide to dating the dark side

What I saw and How I lied by Judy Blundell

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Bought from the Giant book sale in TN

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

The Truth about forever by Sarah Dessen

Keeping the Moon Sarah Dessen

Artichokes Heart by Suzzanne Supplee

Prom by Laurie Anderson

Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker

* I was very happy about that sale as everyone can tell by the post below. :D What did everyone else get?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Giant Book Sale!!!


This weekend I am visiting family in Tennesee! It was about 80 degrees, and I was loving it! In michigan we are happy if it is above 40 around this time of year. Anyway we went shopping and I happand to see this sign "Giant Book Sale" and of course, I had to go check it out.

Well, lets just say that this is now my favorite store ever!!! I went to the young adult section and found that all hardcovers were 4.00 to 3.00 dollars and paperbacks were only 2.00! I bought about 5 books and couldn't help but to share this with the rest of you.

I bought Artichokes heart Suzzanne Supplee, Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer, Prom by Laurie Anderson, Violet on runway by Melissa Walker, and Keeping the moon by Sarah Dessen.

Very Excited! and sorry I am done gloating. :D

Monday, April 13, 2009

Swim the fly- Don Calame

My Rating: 5/5
Summary: from Amazon
Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time — quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Review:

This book? Hilarious! I have never laughed more reading a book than I have with "Swim the Fly". I truly could not contain myself while reading this, I also received stares and weird looks because of it. Its the cutest story of these awkward teenage boys who get themselves into all kinds of trouble throughout the book.

The characters were all equally well done. All of the main characters were hilarious in their own way. You had Matt, who gets in over his head to try to impress a girl, Coop who is all too eager too achieve the boys new summer goal and will go to any extent to get it, Sean with his lame and innocent comebacks, and Matt's grandfather who is trying ask out the old lady across the street who was recently widowed.

Overall, this book was the funniest book I have ever read. It was very well done. I can't wait to read or watch more from Don Calame as he was also the screen writer of "Employee of the Month"

Kd

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wake- Lisa McMann

My Review: 5/5

Summary: from amazon

Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Review:

This book, for starters, was amazing! Never read anything like it before. Completely original to me. A person who visits other peoples dreams seemed like a pretty weird idea to me at first. However, once I kept reading I couldn't stop! Just reading about the dreams that Janie got sucked into was fascinating in itself without everything else going on in this book.

Like I said the idea for this book was simply amazing. Then you had the equally amazing characters. Janie, the girl getting sucked into others dreams, and then Cable who is the sweetest guy on the planet! I especially liked how the author made the dreams in the book so you knew what was happening at what time at night or during the day.

Overall, I loved this one, Lisa McMann is a great author, and I can't wait to read the other books in this series! I also wrote this at midnight, at thought that it was fitting for the book... after the fact that I did it. Sweet Dreams.

Kd

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!


I'm 16!!!!!!!!!!
YaY!!! Happy Birthday to me! I am very excited as it
is my sixteenth birthday starting today, March 31. I can drive woot! lol only got time to just leave this little note informing all that I will be on the roads very soon :D driving in my wonderful dads old silver ford truck. Go ME!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Deadly Little Secret- Laurie Farau Stolarz

My rating: 4/5

Summary: from amazon

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

Review:

This was one of my first mystery books. This book kept you guessing the whole time, I loved it! This was one of the very few books that I couldn't guess the ending for. I kept on assuming things in this book that should not have been assumed.

I loved the characters in this book. One of Camelia's friends, Kimmie, had me laughing the whole time. She is the typical hilarious crazy friend who loves guys and gossip. Then Wes the typical guy who only has girls for friends. Then you finaly have my favorite character... Ben! Who is so sweet, mysterious, and misunderstood.

I absolutely adored this book and can't wait to read the rest of the "Touch" series. I recommend this to people who liked "Wake" or "Evermore", or anyone who loves a good mysterious book.

Kd

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Perfect Chemistry: By simone Elkeless


My Rating: 5/5 * Loved this one*

Summary: amazon

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.

Review:

First, I totally fell in love with Alex Fuentes! And I know this is dorky but My friends and I call dibs on fictional characters like: Edward: Twilight, Ben: Deadly Little secret, Jace: City of Bones, and Cable: Wake. I could go on, but I am rambling already. Anyway I had to give up some good characters to get Alex and I do not regret it one bit! (well....mostly.)

What I'm trying to say is that the characters in this book were amazing and the storyline could not have been better! I loved Alex the bad boy, and Brittany the popular white girl. It could not have been a more perfect Romeo and Juliet story, except Alex is in a gang and Brittany is a popular girl in High school.

I was completely zoned into this story till the very end! It is a great story that is now one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, I borrowed this one and was forced to give it back, against my wishes. I highly Recommend this book for those who love the whole modern forbidden love, and the amazing bad boy Alex that will have you swept off your feet by the end of the book, if not sooner.

KD

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Evermore- Alyson Noel


My Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Review:

First this book was amazing! I really loved reading this one. This was almost the perfect book for me. I mean the cover is just gorgeous, and then you have the amazing characters and story line! Now one of my favorite flowers are red tulips after reading this book.

I liked a lot about Evermore. If I could change 3 things they would be Ever's name, more time with Damen, and the ending. First Ever's full name is Ever Bloom, which in my opinion is totally cheesy! Second Ever and Damen don't spend a lot of time together in general. And then I always hate the endings of books, they are just never good enough for me. But I guess its a series so that makes it a little better.

Overall, this book was a nice and quick read. I can't wait to read the rest of the immortal series and more from Alyson Noel! I also recommend this book!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Along for the Ride- Sarah Dessen

My Rating: 5/5

Summary:

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

Review:

This is my absolute favorite of Sarah Dessen's so far! Well I haven't read all of her books yet, but I cannot see how any of them could be as good as this one! The whole Idea of it just hit home for me. I read this while we were having a snowstorm.... lets just say that this book was my get away. I just kept wishing I was there on those sandy beaches instead of sitting on my couch in Michigan where we get excited when its not below freezing!

This book wasn't exactly the fastest read for me, but that doesn't make it any less great. In fact I am glad that It took me a while to read so that I could enjoy being in Auden's world for a while, instead of my own cold and damp one. (wow that sounded really cheesy! I need to stop watching my moms soaps with her) Anyway this book was amazing from the characters to the plot to basically EVERYTHING!

Overall, I believe that everyone should go out and buy this book right now! If it wasn't obvious earlier, I really did love this book. I can't wait to read more by Sarah Dessen!


Kd

I Heart Your Blog Award!

Yay another award!!! I received this one from {Insert Book Title Here} so here are the rules and my amazing nominations!!!

The Rules:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4)Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

The Nominees are...

Bookworm Readers
Hopes Bookshelf
Ashleys Bookshelf
Books Make Great Lovers

and that is all, I know the rules said 7 but I'm feeling a little rebellious so were just doing 4 today.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

City of Glass- Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5/5
Summary:

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Review:

This series is one of my favorite series right now! So I had High hopes for this book, and I was definitely not disappointed! This was the perfect ending for this trilogy. I was so excited about reading this one! I had to wait for my friend to read it before I did, and let me tell you that that was just torture. It got so bad, that at one point I actually stole it form her in class and was having thoughts whether or not to run for it or not! hehe

There is so much to say about this book! There are a couple betrayals, many lies, corruption, new and old love, tons of action, many secrets revealed(for example "are Clary and Jace really brother and sister?) and some people die who are bad and good...

Overall, this was a great book! Probably had the most action by far. I absolutely loved this series and can't wait for New trilogy to come out that are prequels to the mortal instruments! I recommend this series to everybody, so go out and read it now!


Kd


Monday, March 2, 2009

Gone- Michael Grant

Summary: from amazon

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
Review:

Okay for starters this book was terribly LONG. I mean it wasn't a bad book... it was just really long, almost TOO long. Besides this fact I thought this was a decent book. It was definitely original in the respect that I don't think I have read anything like it before.

I found Michael Grant's take on this very interesting. He kept me thinking the whole time about what was going to happen next. I also thought that he made his characters very well, each of them had a different story on what was happening to them during events. I absolutely loved how he used a couple characters point of view on events than just the main characters.
Overall, this was a interesting and unique book. I cannot wait for its sequel to come out called "Hunger".

KD

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Books I got this week!

Well This week I have acquired a few new books. This was originally done by the Story Siren! Well my computer is still being stupid and I can't get the description beside the picture! (very frustrating!) Oh well, So here it goes: Descriptions all from amazon

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
Not all dreams are sweet.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Well, apparently I live here now—my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here??
Um, it's a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island . . .
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?
~Any way I am very excited about all of these books! All of them I bought except City of Glass Which I borrowed from Hope's Bookshelf! Thank You!