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?