Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Released: October 18,2007

Publisher: Razorbill

Summary: Clay Jensen's first love records her last words.

Clay Jensen returns home form school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker-his classmate and crush-who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah's voice tells him that they are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens,he'll find out how.

Clay spend the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain,and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why is a unique,emotional story about one girl's decision to commit suicide and why she did it.

Thirteen Reasons Why is probably one of the best books I read. Hannah Baker has decided that she's had it with life and commits suicide. Two weeks later,Clay Jensen receives a mysterious package filled with tapes. As Clay listens to the tapes,he becomes horrified to learn that the voice he hears is his crush,Hannah Baker and the tapes are telling him that he is one of the thirteen reasons why she killed herself.

All the characters were believable. I liked Clay. He seemed like a nice kid. Unlike a lot of the boys I read about who are just hungry for sex. He wasn't like that. Hannah I liked also and I really felt bad for her. She was messed up.

Overall: A very emotional book. A MUST READ!

5 stars

Friday, November 27, 2009

Cliquetionary: The Wit and Wisdom of the Clique by: Lisi Harrison

Cliquetionary: The Wit and Wisdom of the Clique by: Lisi Harrison

Released: November 1,2009

Publisher: Poppy

Summary: Dying to know the Pretty Commitee`s juiciest gossip? Curious what people mean when they call you an LBR? (Hint: it's nawt a compliment.) Want tips on how to go from a six-point-ew to a ten?

Ah-bviously! This cute-times-a-million gift book contains the Clique`s best comebacks,favorite expressions,and silliest expressions. One hundred Gossip Points if you can guess Massie's first Lip-kiss....

Review: This is a pretty cute book. It`s perfect for any Clique fans. It has cool stuff like Massie's comebacks and the girls' interviews. And if you are confused about their talk like C-Minus,there`s a dictionary in the back!

I loves how you could play with the cover,but, I didn't like how it was hardcover. It was 80 pages! It`s too thin to be a hardcover! Same for the Prequel! That was 120 pages and it was hardcover too! I also expected more. Don't get me wrong. The book was really interesting,but I just thought maybe it could give us more,like maybe what could have been plots to the books,for example.

Overall: Perfect for Clique lovers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

The Unwritten Rule by:Elizabeth Scott
Coming out April 6,2010
Summary:Another sweet and funny coming-of-age novel by the author of bloom; Perfect You; Something, Maybe; and Living Dead Girl.

*Sorry summary sucks.
Reaction: I never read an Elizabeth Scott book YET,but this looks cute.

Monday, November 23, 2009

America`s Next Top Model Book 1 Face Value

America`s Next Top Model Book 1: Face Value

Published:August 1,2009

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

3 Stars

Summary: Get ready for a world of high-fashion and high drama with a fabulous fiction series inspired by the hit TV show America`s Next Top Model!

Alexis: With my red hair and blue eyes, I may seem just like another shy small town girl. But I have some serious secrets up my sleeve.

Chloe:I`ve inherited my supermodel mom`s looks,and everyone expects me to flow in her Jimmy Choos. The catch? My wildest dreams has nothing to do with a runway.

Lindsay: Just call me the comeback kid. I used to be a celeb,but my star power dimmed. Now,I`m hoping that my beauty,brains,and a little bit of backstabbing will make me famous again.

Shiva-Rose:As the exotic-international girl,I`ve got my mystery working in my favor. But will a crush on the wrong guy threaten my chance of winning?

Review: I never watched America`s Next Top Model,so I don't know much about it. For me,The book started a little slow. And Sometimes it had the dumbest lines like:

"She`s serious like a scientist."

I get it now,but it really annoyed me. It was just really stupid and random.

I liked most of the characters.but there was one character that I HATED. Lindsay. She used to be a celebrity bu then she got fat and her parents wanted her to get a better education. She was a flat-out bitch. Excuse my French. But,I really didn`t want to read about her. Alexis and Chloe I liked. Shiva-Rose was ok.

The book was ok. I was expecting more. The ending I liked. I also liked some of the jokes. It wasn`t that bad but it could have been a lot more better.

Overall: An ok start to a new series.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday (7)

Made by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

The Body Finder by:Kimberly Derting

Coming out: March 16,2010

Summary:Violet Ambrose is dealing with two major issues:Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen year old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood,she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies-or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl,she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world...and the imprints they leave in the world...and the imprints they leave attached to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift;it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer begun terrorizing her small town,and the echoes of the local girls he claimed haunt her daily,she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her,Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer-and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay`s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she`s falling intensely in love,Violet is getting closer and closer to finding the killer...and becoming his prey herself.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Teaser Tuesday (6)

Hosted by Miz B over at Should be Reading.
Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher
Maybe I`ll be lucky. Maybe there will be a sign posted on his front yard.Peeping tom-come inside.
Pg. 106
Great book so far. Love the plot

Monday, November 16, 2009

Movie Blog

After my last movie review,I realized that I liked movies. I`ll review movies new and old.
Hope you like it!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Paranormal Activity

Trailer Here.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Summary: When couple Micah (played by Micah Sloat) and Katie (played by Katie Featherson) move into a new house and experience noises during the night,they investigate using a Micah`s camera. What they thought was peeping toms turned out to be much more worse.

Review: This movie scared the living crap out of me. Right off the bat they tell you that there is some strange stuff going on. This movie made me not want to stay home by myself.

For Katie,the ghosts are usual,everyday life for her and they never really did anything to harm her. Then Micah comes in and they really start hurting her. Like really HURTING her. If I was Micah I would`ve left her. There is no way I`m sleeping in a haunted house. Not even if Taylor Lautner is in there. (OK. If he is on there I would!)

I LOVED this movie! It really scared me,but there were two things I didn`t like. Like Micah and Katie got very annoying after a while. There were basically the only 2 people in the movie. Then,there was some needless dialogue in there too. Like,there is a pool scene and there is NOTHING going on. I hate when movies do that. The scene was like only a few minutes long but still.

Overall: A VERY good scary movie but sometimes the most ANNOYING characters! Just don`t see it alone.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill from Breaking the Spine.
My pick this week is:
The Sky is Everywhere by: Jandy Nelson
Coming out March 9,2010
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.
Reaction: This book looks really interesting and I love the cover! Can`t wait to buy it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Teaser Tuesday (5)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

-Grab your current read.

-Open to a random page.

-Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

America`s Next Top Model:Face Value Book 1 by: Taryn Bell
One of the girls from 14A,Faye,did an interpretation of a sunflower that Mack was not happy with,"You`re obviously a smart cookie,Faye,but this interpretation-you look like a soldier,marching off to war. It`s way off base and does you no justice.
Faye tried to explain that sunflowers were strong,independent,thriving plants and that`s what she was trying to show.
"Yes,but they`re are not robots. A model needs to bring out the essence of a sunflower,not pantomime a report. You overthought it. Go back and try again."
Pg. 72
I know this is long but since I missed last weeks I wanted to make mine longer.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Life as We Knew It by:Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life as We Knew It by: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Released: May 1,2008

Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks

4.5 stars

Summary:It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

Review: This book was so realistic it scared me. It has a lot of detail and the characters are so realistic. Miranda was my favorite character along with Mrs. Nesbitt.

I like Miranda`s voice when she wrote in her diary. I could relate to her and got a better look on how the world would end. It made me more thankful for my life. (corny. I know.)

I had 2 problems with the book is What happened to her dad,Sammi,and Dan and What happened to Becki. I mean I already knew but I want more details.

Overall: Needed to be a little bit more longer but other than that was really good.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Something Like Fate by: Susane Colasanti
Coming out May 18,2010
Summary: Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connect then is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence it. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever,how much can we really control?
From the minute Lani meets Jason,she can`t deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she`s known him forever. She`s not sure he feels it,too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin`s boyfriend. Lari is determined to ignore her feeling for Jason,no matter how powerful they are,rather than risk hurting her best friend.
How long can Lani keep running from the boy who might be her destiny?
Reaction: The cover is so cute!! The book looks really good. Cant wait to read it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Alphas by: Lisi Harrison

Alphas by: Lisi Harrison
Published: August 25,2009
Publisher: Poppy

3.5 stars

Summary: Thousands applied. One hundred got in. Only one will win.

Eccentric billionaire Shira Brazille founded the super-exclusive Alpha Academy on exotic Alpha Island to nurture the next generation of exceptional dancers,writers,musicians,and inventors. It`s a dream come true for one hundred lucky girls,but those not measuring up will be sent home at any time,for any reason. The one left standing will win worldwide fame? Who will it be?

Skye Hamilton

Known for dance moves and ability to make super fast connections with boys,Skye plans on taking the alphas by storm-and lip-kissing all of Shira`s superhot sons.

Allie A. Abbot

Is one little initial away from superstardom. So when Allie J.Abbot`s invitation to Alpha Academy arrives on her doorstep,she does what any crafty girl would:commit identity theft. Can she keep up the charade?

Charlie Deery

Beta-for-life Charlie is offered a last minute place at the Academy,but there`s an admission condition:dumping her boyfriend-Shira`s son. It`s hard to claw her way up when ninety-nine girls are waiting to sink their claws into her superhawt ex.

Review: The book was a little bit hard to believe. I mean an island for the academy and holograms? Seriously?

The characters were believable. Out of the three main characters I liked Charlie the most because she is the only one who is not snobby or rich in the book. Skye was ok but Allie J got very annoying at times. Most of the characters were annoying like Triple and Renee.

I was overall very surprised with this book. Spin offs usually aren`t very successful. But it almost lived up to The Clique. The clique is still my fav.

Overall: Very surprising but hard to believe.