Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Playing with the Boys- Liz Tigelaar

Summary: from amazon
New girl Lucy is desperate for friends. She tries out for Beachwood High soccer, but despite her amazingly accurate kick, fails to make the team. When the Coach points out that varsity football is looking for a new kicker, Lucy is skeptical. Football? Isn’t that a boys’ game?

But on the gridiron Lucy discovers that she feels strong—in control for the first time since her mother died. She loves football. She actually wants to play! (She also wants to hang out with super-cute quarterback Ryan Conner. But that’s just icing on the cake.)

Too bad no one else wants her on the team. Not the boys’ coach, not her teammates, and especially not her overprotective dad. Will Lucy cave in to the pressure? Or will she prove she’s pretty tough after all?

Review:

This book was so cute! I really enjoyed reading it. When reading it I found myself laughing out loud and getting funny looks from the people around me. (this happens a lot whenever I'm reading) I thought that the characters were done well and that the story flowed nicely. I surprised myself by finishing it in one day. I also enjoyed the unique names for some of the characters such as the girl names charlie, max, and pickle. The only thing that bothered me in this book was that sometimes the characters were immature and laughed at things such as "go grab the balls" I think this was funny when I was in 8th or 7th grade not high school.

Overall, this was a good book. I can't say that it was the best I have ever read, but it was still a great read. I recommend it to anyone who wants a cute, funny, short read.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

In My Mailbox

Okay so I have seen like a million bloggers do this and I kinda feel left out so I decided to do it too! I think this was originally done by the Story Siren... So This week I got a ton of books this week!(well for me) Some I bought, some I received, and some I stole or borrowed from a friend(whichever way you look at it) :D side note: my computer was a little screwy today so I could not put anything next to the pictures.


Already read this one and it was really good!

I can't wait to read this one!

Bought this weekend! looks wonderful doesn't it?

Borrowed or stolen from Hope :D

Looks pretty good

Reading this right now and its really good!

looks interesting
sounds kinda creepy but who knows

Looks Cute!

HAPPY TAG!


Hey everyone I was tagged by Bookworm Readers. :)
Rules of the tag:
- Link to the person who tagged you
- List 6 things that make you happy
- Post the rules, tag six others and let them know you did so
- Then tell the person who tagged you your entry is finished!

My List!

1. Being around my crazy extended family and friends all the time!
2. Reading a good book
3. Bookstores! (you can't beat going into a bookstore and staying for hours)
4. Summer!!! ( especially summer rains)
5. My Hometown Hillsdale (Basically catching up with all my old friends)
6. Camping! (Gotta love the outdoors!)


Following People who are offically tagged!


Hope from Hopes Bookshelf
Stargirlreads from Books Make Great Lovers
Ashley from Ashley's Bookshelf
Kaylee from Kaylee's Bookshelf
Lizzie from The Book Obsession

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Elite by Jennifer Banash


Summary: From Amazon

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she’s overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she’s moved to New York’s Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She’s not just Casey’s new classmate and neighbor; she’s an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people—including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.
Review:

I thought that The Elite was a great read! This story was so cute. It kind of reminded me of the two movies: Devil Wears Prada and Mean Girls, but mixed and twisted together. When reading I found myself not wanting to put it down! The characters in this story could have been real teenagers. Their thoughts, feelings, and actions all seemed like probable things that teenagers think, feel, and do today.

Overall, this book was a great read. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a funny, cute, and quick read. Jennifer Banash did a great job. I can't wait to get started on her sequel "In Too Deep"!
Katie

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen


Summary: Barnes and Noble

When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend-the popular and exciting Sophie-she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. but then she meets Owen-a loner, passionate about music and his weekly radio show, and always determined to tell the truth. And when they develop a friendship, Annabel is not only introduced to new music but is encouraged to listen to her own inner voice. with Owen's help, can Annabel find the courage to speak out about what exactly happened the night her friendship with Sophie came to a screeching halt?


Review:

This book was amazing! Words truly cannot describe how I feel about this book. (Even thou I am trying to right now) At first in the beginning I will admit that I just thought it was okay and nothing special. My friend told me it was wonderful so I gave it a shot. I really couldn't see what was so special at first. However, as I kept reading I couldn't stop. I felt that I could really relate to this girl somehow. This wasn't just your typical book for me. I felt that I could really understand what Annabel was going through.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to just about everyone! Sarah Dessen is amazing I can't wait to read some of her other books!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bite Me- Parker Blue

Summary: from Belle Books

My kid sister shrugged, trying to act nonchalant. "Dad might not like it if you get vampire blood in his trunk." I slammed the trunk shut. "He's used to it. Besides, the blood will disintegrate along with the rest of the body when sunlight hits it."

Barely eighteen-year-old heroine Valentine Shapiro got a raw deal in the parent lottery. Her father was part incubus demon, and her mother's never forgiven her for that. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Thrown out of the house by her mother, Val puts one foot in front of the other and does the only thing that seems to make any sense--she takes aim at the town vampires. A stake a day, keeps the demon at bay. (But don't call her Buffy. That makes Lola, her demon, very cranky.) Her dark side makes everyday life a roller coaster, but means she's perfect for her night job as a bounty hunter. San Antonio's vampires are out of control, and it's up to Val, her faithful hellhound Fang, and her new partner, a handsome San Antonio police detective, to get the deadly fangbangers off the city streets. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

Review:

This book was just okay, in lack of a better word. I can honestly say that I thought that it was interesting. I thought it wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. However I thought the story could have been executed differently in some parts. There were some scenes that I would have liked to go more in depth and others not so much.

Overall, I definitely loved some of the ideas for this story. A part-demon vampire slaying girl, a hell hound, a cute cop, and some evil and nice vampires. Sounds pretty interesting to me. "Bite Me" was a cute and quick story of a vampire slaying girl. I will definitely have to read the next book in this series when it comes out.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

City of Ashes- By Cassandra Clare

Summary: From Barnes & Noble

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Review:

I thought that City of Ashes was a good sequel to City of Bones. It was everything I thought it would be and more! When I read the ending of City of Bones I was devastated at the outcome. But when reading City of Ashes you learn a lot more about the conflicts and situations and you understand why she did what she did.

This book was a little predictable, but not as much as the previous book, City of Bones. There were still some things that I didn't see coming and surprised me. What I liked most about this book was getting to know more about the characters and their backgrounds.

Overall I loved this sequel to City of Bones and I can't wait for the next book, City of Glass! I recommend this book to anyone who has already read City of Bones. I absolutely encourage anyone to read this series if they like fantasy- fiction books!

Katie


Friday, January 9, 2009

Butterfly Award

Hey everybody! I got this from Laina at Laina Has Too Much Spare Time, Ashley from Books are My Love, and Hope from Hope's Bookshelf So here it goes!

1. Hope. For being the nicest, friendliest, and sweetest blogger ever! ( and never failing me in recommendations)
2. Laina for having an amazing blog and always having interesting posts.
3. Lizzie for having great taste in books
4. Chelsie for incredible and marvelous reviews.
5. Lauren for having an overall great blog and honest reviews.


Rules for passing this award along:

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Award up to ten other blogs.4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Bear - Anton Chekhov



Popova is still in deep mourning seven months after her husband's death. She stays alone at her country house, refusing to go out or to see anybody. Suddenly, Smirnov arrives and rudely insists on seeing her. Popova's late husband owed him 1200 roubles and he demands the debt be paid at once because his creditors are after him.

Popova delays. Smirnov insists, makes light of Popova's mourning, and refuses to leave. They angrily vie with one another: "Men are rude and inconstant!" "Women are fickle and manipulative!" (It turns out that Popova's husband was actually a liar and cheat, but she remains true to his memory just to show him how faithful a woman can be.)

Smirnov challenges her to a duel for insulting him and Popova brings out her husband's pistols. At this point Smirnov realizes that he has fallen in love with this tough, spunky woman. Popova vacillates for a moment, but they end up in each other's arms. (All this in 12 pages.)

Review:

This piece of literature is a short play write written by Anton Chekhov in 1900. I had to read this for my English class and immediately fell in love with it. I was surprised at how much I liked this story! It is really just your typical love story, however, it probably wasn't so typical in that time.

I truly loved this story, even thou I still can't figure out why. Maybe I'm just a sucker for older stories, classics, and play-writes. lol :)

Has anyone else read this story?

Katie

Saturday, January 3, 2009

City of Bones- Cassandra Clare


Summary: From borders.com

Their hidden world is about to be revealed....

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Review:

I got this book because one of my friends recommended it for me and it looked like an interesting book. At first I put off reading it for other books that I thought would be better reads. After a couple of other books read I decided that I should maybe look at this new book. I had no intention of actually reading it right then I was just curious as to why my friend liked it so much. After reading the first couple of pages I was hooked, and I couldn't stop reading it!

This book was great, but I found it sometimes a little predictable in some parts. There were only a few parts that surprised me, but that really doesn't make the book any less great. I might just be a really good guesser, however unlikely that may be. The other part that bothered me was the ending. But now that I have already read the second book (which I will review later :] ) I now see why she had to do what she did to keep things interesting.

Overall, I really did love this book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little science fiction- fantasy-romance-comedy.

P.S.- This is really saying something about how much I liked this book since I just finished the Twilight series a week ago and totally fell in love with it! I found it hard to think about anything but Twilight for a while, but I slowly got over it. ( Fellow readers will know when I say that it is hard to find a good book after reading a good series.) lol :)

Katie

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stealing Heaven- Elizabeth Scott


Summary: Amazon

My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Dani has been trained as a thief by the best—her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends—a real life.

In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani—because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's always wanted.


Review:

Stealing Heaven was amazing! I loved basically everything about it. The only parts I disliked about it was the ending and how she didn't get the chance to make up with Allison. But under the circumstances I guess this was somewhat unrealistic. Besides this I loved the characters of this story, especially Greg who sounds like the greatest guy ever! I also loved how Dani handles herself and how she wants more from life than just stealing other peoples possessions.

Overall, Stealing Heaven is a good book to read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed reading Lock and Key. Somehow I found these two books similar in their stories of girls finding their way who came from terrible homes.


Kaite.