Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bad Girls Don't Die by: Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die By: Katie Alender
Published: April 21,2009 by Hyperion

Other books in this series: From Bad to Cursed (Coming out June 2011)

Summary: Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

Review: Bad Girls Don't Die was a kick ass great read that leaves you wondering what will happen next.

Alexis has a not so normal life. Her parents hardly pay attention to her, she's sure her sister is not sane, the cheerleaders are out to get her, and she has feeling for a boy who's not even her type. When her sister starts acting weirder than she normally does, Alexis knows that something is up, that something must be controlling her sister,but what?

I was so surprised with this book. I was expecting just a creepy, suspenseful book but it was far more than that. It felt like it could happen to almost anybody, it was so realistic. Alexis had to be my favorite part of the book. She was so funny, awesome, and had that I-don't-care-about-anything attitude that wasn't overdone.

Carter was so swoon-worthy. I felt bad at some of the stuff but Alexis was only doing it for his own good. Megan I also really liked too. I really just didn't like Kasey but she didn't ruin the book for me. There was some parts that made me creeped out by her and some where I got angry at the girl.

This book was so awesome, I wonder how the next one's gonna be like.

Overall: Kickass awesome!

5 Stars

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (24)

Waiting On Wednesday (24)

All Just Glass by: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Coming out: January 11, 2011 by Delacorte

Summary: Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.
Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.
Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia's fans—old and new.

I love the sister vs sister battle. Sarah's story could be a book all on it's on both sisters. I also like the cover. It's cool to see what both sisters look like.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Give Up the Ghost by: Megan Crewe

Give Up the Ghost By: Megan Crewe
Published: September 15, 2009 by Henry Holt

Summary: Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over "breathers". Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad — and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance...

Review: Give Up the Ghost was a book I had great expectations for but it fell a bit short for me.

Cassie McKenna started seeing ghosts when a tragedy struck her family four years ago. To some people, this might come off as annoying, but Cassie uses this for her own advantage. She uses the ghosts at her school to get the the dirt on all her classmates. Everybody thinks Cassie is nuts because they see her talking to "no one" in the halls, but Tim figures out her secret. When Tim asks her if she would help him talk to his deceased mother just one more time, she surprisingly says yes. What surprises her the most though, is how much Cassie likes Tim. Maybe it's time to give humans another chance...

I thought this would be a five out of five book, but instead it was far from it for me. The writing was beautiful, but I had a hard time really getting into this. The first 100 pages were a torture for me. The only thing that kept me going was the writing. I didn't really like Cassie, actually I was surprised by her. I thought she would be quiet and somewhat nice, but she was bitchy and cold for a good amount of the book. Yes, I understand you want to get revenge on your ex-friends and I would probably do the same thing, but she did it to people she hardly knew too. And the way she was to Tim was just ridiculous! She was so cold to him and he was so nice to her!

I did like Tim, the vice president of the school and the boy Cassie is trying to help. He was so sweet,nice and surprisingly bad-ass. I also liked Norris, Cassie's ghost friend. You don't get to know how he died though. I wish we got to know more about him. Also, Bitzy, Cassie's other ghost friend only shows up like five times in the book, plus, you don't get to know much about her.

The last 100 or so pages were pretty amazing and addicting. Cassie became nicer and I wish the whole book was like that but, it was not. I still enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to supernatural fans.

Overall: Very dissapointing but not bad.

3 stars

Friday, October 8, 2010

Notes From A Totally Lame Vampire by: Tim Collins

Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by: Tim Collins

Published: August 24, 2010 by: Aladdin

More books by this author: The Little Book of Twitter: Get Tweetwise!, The Northern Monkey Survival Guide, Behind The Lost Symbol, and a lot more!

Summary: Like Edward Cullen in "Twilight", Nigel Mullet was transformed into a vampire when he was still a teenager, and will remain this age forever. Unfortunately, Nigel became a vampire at the awkward age of fifteen, and must spend eternity coping with acne, a breaking voice, and an ineptitude with girls...In this, his excruciatingly funny diary, Nigel chronicles his increasingly desperate attempts to be noticed by the love of his life, Della Sparrow, the constant mortification caused by his vampire parents (not to mention the worry that they might accidentally eat one of his friends), and the frustration one feels when you've got the whole of boring eternity stretching out in front of you and you can't even have a lie in (vampires don't sleep). Forced to hang out with the Goths and emo kids due to his pale skin and social awkwardness, and constantly battling his embarrassingly overwhelming desire to sink his fangs into Della's neck, will Nigel ever get his girl? Fantastically witty and hugely enter taining, this fun and accessible diary will appeal to any fan of "Twilight" or "Adrian Mole", teenage or otherwise...

Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire was a totally awesome, funny read that made me tear through the pages.

Nigel may look like a normal teenage boy physically but really he is an 100 year old vampire. Yeah you read me. A Vampire in England. Now Nigel is only trying to survive middle school, get the girl of his dreams, and,oh yeah, try to hide his fangs.

I ate up this book. I love books with a diary set of writing. They may look big but really they only take a day or two to read. This book was hilarious. I love Nigel's poems. Some of them took my breath away they were so amazing.

Nigel was a funny character. His illustrations were fantastic and I found the way he drew his friends to be hilarious. I sympathized with Nigel about his crush on Chloe. Sometimes, though I would be pissed off that he would just ask her out already. Day after day, he would be like "I'm going to ask her today" and then he never does. Sure, I know that it must be frightening to ask out a girl but grow a sack and just ask! The worst thing she could do is say no!

Chloe (or Della in the British version),Nigel's crush, got me so annoyed at times. She was just too grown up for her age and she knew it. She would tell Nigel that they were the most mature kids in their school. How old are you? Like 13? Live your life. Be mature when you are actually an adult. That's what I'm doing. I didn't see much chemistry between Nigel and Chloe ether. She seemed to be O.K. But I think she was bad for Nigel.

The last 100 pages were completely unsuspected. I loved it! I didn't think what happened would happen. It was amazing.

Overall: A great unexpected read.

4 stars

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by: Erin Dionne

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by: Erin Dionne

Published: February 4, 2010 by Dial

Other Books by this author: Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies and Elsie Wyatt Loves/Hates the Marching Band

Summary: To die or not to die of utter mortification . . .

Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven year-old sister will attend middle school with her— and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she—like her family—is anything but average.

In a novel every bit as funny as her debut, Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly unique—but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently suffering through middle school.

Review: The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet was a cute,quick read that I would recommend to fellow middle-schoolers.

Hamlet Kennedy has just started 8th grade and she already knows that it's going to be a bad year for her. Hamlet's genius little sister who is only seven is going to eight grade with her,she discovers an embarassing new talent, someone is leaving oragami pigs in her locker,her parents are going to be teaching an English class about Shakespeare, and on top of that she is failing pre-al!

Having read Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies I was expecting a cute,funny read which was exactly what a got but with great character flaws. TTTGNH was such a humorous read. Most of the characters I found realistic but annoying.

I liked Hamlet most of the time but geez,girl could not take a joke! Anytime a guy would make a joke towards her she would freak out. i could understand if she got angry every once in a while but like every time someone would make a joke about her name-expecting her to laugh-she would lash out on them. Saber and Mauri, the antagonists of the book, I hated of course. Dezzie I was a little confused with. I can understand her being a kid genius but how can she skip high school but have to go to eight grade and college? I hated Hamlet's parents also. They were COMPLETELY CLUELESS about Hamlet and her life. It made them seem that they were never kids before. They ruined parts of the book for me.

Overall: Sometimes, parents ruin all the fun.

4 Stars

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (23)

Waiting on Wednesday

My pick this week is:
Born at Midnight by: C.C. Hunter
Coming out: March,29 2011

Summary: Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap. Her parents are getting a divorce. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn’t put out. Her grandmother died and now Kylie’s acquired a stalker. Unfortunately, she’s the only one who seems to be able to see the stalker. And that gets her sent to a psychologist’s sofa.

The kooky psychologist gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it’s a camp for troubled teens.

They thought wrong.

It’s a camp of supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters. And if she believes the camp leader, Kylie is one of them, too.

Just because she’s seeing ghosts, just because she was born at midnight, does that really mean she’s not human? And if so, what is she? Not even the other supernaturals can tell her.

As Kylie attempts to cope with the realization that these creatures actually exist, and that she might even be one of them, the ever present stalker/ghost appears to have secrets that could unravel the mystery of Kylie’s identity and her destiny.

But getting a ghost to open up is as hard as getting a guy to talk about his feelings.

As Kylie struggles to find answers, two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vie for her attention. However, Kylie’s determined that before she lets her heart discover a new love, she needs to solve her indentify crisis and unearth the truth of her destiny

So lately I've been really into supernatural books since it's October and when I heard about this book i freaked out! This sounds amazing! I like how it mixes werewolves,vampires,shape-shifters,witches,and even fairies all together. I also like the mysteriousness of it all: what is Kylie? Is she human or not? And what about those hot guys?? D:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (13)

Teaser Tuesday (13)

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 (2) “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!
"I've got another one,"Norris said. "Caught some more loonies trying to protect themselves from your physic powers."
"Oh,yeah. What were they up to this time?"
-pg. 16 from Give up the Ghost by: Megan Crewe

Friday, October 1, 2010

Jennifer's Body By: Audrey Nixon

Jennifer's Body by: Audrey Nixon
Published: June 1 2009 by HarperTeen
Pages: 208

Summary: Someone needed to put a stop payment on Jennifer Check.

Some people find it hard to believe that a babe like Jennifer Check would associate with a dork like me, Needy Lesnicki. But we had history. We'd been the Wonder Twins since we were preverbal, and sandbox love never dies. Or at least that's what I thought.

But after that night in the woods, Jennifer was different. She looked different. And then the killings began. . . .

A lot of people ask me if I'm sorry I did it. I'm only sorry I didn't do it sooner.

Jennifer's Body was a bloody good read that leaves you flipping through the pages.

Jennifer's Body tells the story of Anita "Needy" and her best friend Jennifer. After narrowly getting out of a fire at a bar, Jennifer goes into a van with the band who just played. Anita, after repeatedly telling Jennifer not to go into the van, goes home. The next day at school, Jennifer seems not like herself plus there has been a link of gruesome killings all over her tiny town of Devil's Kettle and Anita thinks Jennifer might have something to do with it.

I really want to see this movie now that I read the book! It was so addicting,funny and gruesome all rolled into one. I read this in one sitting since it's only almost 200 pages. I found Anita funny and I liked her tough-girl personality.

Anita was annoying in the beginning though. She thought she was the shit and was very conceited at times. Jennifer was the "it-girl". She was the girl who had it all, friends, boyfriends,and most importantly, looks. I didn't like her beginning. middle, and end. Of course, I sympathized her, but bitch saw it coming. Also, the book is highly predictable, thanks to the beginning.

Jennifer's Body was a fantastic read even though it was predictable. I can't wait to see the movie!

Overall: I know what I'm getting the next time I go to blockbuster.

3.5 stars