Monday, August 31, 2009

Shout Out...Another Contest

The Eclectic Reader is giving away some awesome books so go and pick the one you want and post a comment on her is international (click on picture to get to it).
The Book Resort is giving away a copy of Hollow and this is also international...(click on picture to get to site)

Author Spotlight: Ann Brashares

It is the end of August and the end of my first ever Author Spotlight.

Just a little bio...
Ann Brashares grew up in the Washington D.C. area and went to New York City to attend Barnard College (a part of Columbia University). After college she took up some editorial jobs until 2000. At this time she started her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Currently she has six novels published.
***information taken from her website***

A.B.'s Books...
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001)
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (2003)
Girls in Pants (2005)
Forever in Blue (2007)
The Last Summer (of You &Me) (2007)
3 Willows-The Sisterhood Grows (2009)
My Name is Memory (will be published in 2010)

Books adapted into movies...
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

Her favorite authors...
Judy Blume
George Eliot
Jane Austen
Philip Pullman
Larry McMurtry
Paula Danziger
Alistair Horne
Charles Dickens
Katherine Applegate
Katherine Paterson
William Manchester
Marcel Proust

Where to find Ann Brashares...

Overall Rating

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Review: On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God

Title: On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God
Author: Louise Rennison
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult
ISBN/Publisher: 978-0-06-4472265/Harper Tempest
My Rating: 4/5

This is the second series of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series and was published in the UK as It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers. This time around, Georgia's mom tells her that the family is moving to New Zealand (aka Kiwi-a-gogo Land) because Georgia's Vati has a new job. Of course, Georgia comes up with "good" reasons on why she can't leave, but ultimately she doesn't want to leave Robbie, the Sex God. The thing is Robbie thinks Georgia is too young for him and he tells her about Dave the Laugh. Now, Georgia decides to use Dave the Laugh as a red herring to get back at the SG.

Will Georgia's shenanigans win back the attention of the Sex God???

Georgia and the Ace Gang are still annoying the faculty at Stalig 14 and making fun of Wet Lindsay. And of course, Georgia is still ever sarcastic to her family members and even to her friends. But I love reading about her little adventures and the names she gives places, like...Kiwi-a-gogo Land. You'll def. laugh out loud in this book again. I even read certain passages out loud to my family and they were cracking up!!!

My favorite part of the book was when she kept talking to God, but when he didn't respond back to her wishes, she would start talking to Buddha. And in this book, Georgia gets "religious."
Here are some of the lines...
So much for Our Vati in Heaven. What on earth is the point of asking God for something if you don't get it? Decided to buy a Buddha tomorrow. page 19

Thank you, God. I will always believe in you. I was only pretending to become a Buddhist.
page 42

Buddhism is the only way. I didn't try hard enough. I must meditate and be calm. page 50

Seriously, go pick up this series because this book will make you laugh your arse go pick up your favorite cup of tea (or whatever you prefer) and read it!!!

HAPPY readings!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Time for some awards...

A few more awards from some wonderful bloggers...and now my turn to give some away...

The Humane Award
(Thanks a bunch Misty at Book Rat)

This award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. This award is to thank them for their growing friendships through the blog world.

This award will go to...
***Nikola at Nikola's Book Blog
***Jenny at TakeMeAway
***Allison at Read Into This!

The Let's Be Friends Award
(Thank you Nikola at Nikola's Book Blog)

Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.

***Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century
***Faye at Ramblings Of A Teenage Bookworm
***April at Good Books & Good Wine

HAPPY readings and be sure to check out these blogs!!!

Review: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Title: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Author: Louise Rennison
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult
My Rating: 4/5

This is the diary of a teenage girl, Georgia Nicolson. Georgia is growing up in England with her BFF, Jas, and the rest of their group. These girls call themselves the Ace Gang. Fourteen year-old Georgia lives with her mom (aka Mutti), dad (aka Vati), little sister (Libby), and Angus (the part Scottish wildcat they found while on vacation in Scotland). Georgia writes about her hilarious life and her goal to get the attention of the Sex God, also known as Robbie. Oh, and she's never kissed before so she goes and gets snogging lessons...LOL!!!

Do you want to read a book and just laugh, laugh, and laugh???

Then, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is the one you need to read. Seriously, this book is freaking hilarious, like laugh out loud funny. I read this book after golf, so I was sitting at Starbucks or at the clubhouse and people would look at me because I would just start laughing.

Sometimes, Georgia and her friends would be so immature and do such ridiculous things, but honestly who cares because they are sooooo really doesn't matter. Then there are times when her and her friends do "walk bys" when they knew cute boys would be in certain places. This totally reminded me of my high school days when my girls and I would do our "drive bys." LOL!!!

Rennison does such an awesome job writing about girls and putting humor into these awkward situations. I love it, love it, and love it!!! Everyone should read this book because it is just that funny!!!

I can't wait to finish the series!!!
BTW...I absolutely enjoyed the scenes with Libby...for a little girl...she had some pretty funny lines

Some lines I enjoyed...
I wonder how old he is? I must become more mature quickly. I'll start tomorrow. Georgia, page 50

Yes, I am the Queen and Georgia did a big poo this morning. Libby, page 64 (she said this in front of Georgia's crush)

HAPPY readings!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Finds (08/28/09)

Hmmm...more books this week. I can't help myself, especially when most of these were 80% off...From the back cover of PS, I Love You, by Cecelia Ahern
Holly and Gerry are the kind of married couple that others envy. Then, at the age of 30, Gerry is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Holly doesn't know how she'll go on without him, and in truth, she doesn't want to. But Gerry has other plans for Holly. Months after Gerry's death, Holly receives a package of letters that he's left for her, instructing her to perform a series of unexpected tasks. With the help of the letters---and her fun, quick-witted girlfriends and a raucously endearing family that smothers, loves, and drives her crazy---Holly wobbles, weaves, and jokes her way toward a new life, even larger than the one that she'd been forced to leave behind.
From the back cover of Seek by Paul Fleischman
Assigned to write his autobiography, high school senior Rob Radkovitz decides to "listen" back on his life. As he remembers the voices of his younger self, his quirky family, and his closest friends, one stands apart-the haunting voice of his long-absent father, left behind on a single tape from one of his radio shows.
From the back cover of You Know You Love Me a Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I all live in huge fabulous apartments and go to exclusive single-sex private schools. We aren't always the nicest people in the world, but we make up for it in looks and taste.

It's time to fill out our college applications...Not applying to the Ivy Leagues is not an option, and not getting into them would be a total embarrassment....But I know a few girls who aren't going to let the pressure get them down. After all, no one really wants to to to college a virgin.

You know you love me,
gossip girl

I hope you had some great finds...HAPPY readings!!!

Review: Forever in Blue

Title: Forever in Blue The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN/Publisher: 978-0-385-73401-1/Delacorte Press (part of Random House)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult

***WARNING...This may contain spoilers because it is part of a series (and it is kind of hard to discuss this book without referring to the previous novels in the series)***

This is the fourth and final book of The Traveling Pants series. This is the fourth summer with the pants and the first summer after a year in college. After a whole year not together (although the pants have been traveling through the school year), the girls still struggle to meet for their summer rituals.

Bridget decides to go out to Turkey for a school project. She spends her summer digging the grounds of an ancient city and meets a Professor that she likes. And I mean likes, likes but she has her BF, Eric, back home. Does Bridget go back to her old ways of highs and lows or will the pants remind of her of those days???

Tibby really grows up in this book. Her and Brian take their relationship to a whole other level and Tibby basically freaks out. Will she make sense of what happened and is she mature enough to accept what love really is???

Lena the artist is still thinking of her ex, Kostos. But in a summer art class, she meets a boy and he is definitely not Kostos. Will Lena have a fling with him and can she really forget about her first love???

Carmen had the hardest time adjusting to life in college. She hated being away from home and her best friends in the whole world. She attached herself to a theater/actress girl and this "friend" doesn't really understand Carmen and the jeans. Now, can Carma take herself out of this rut and find her true self again???

This book was wonderful just like the rest of the series. I think this book was more mature since the girls were in college. It definitely dealt with more after high school/college situations including sex and family issues.

I love how the girls are still relatable. And I think this time I still related to Carmen and her whole college situation. I thought I would find myself as soon as I was away from my family, but I felt lost without them...just like Carma!!!

Bee was my favorite character though throughout the whole series, but in this book, I really loved reading about her. I felt like Bridget grew up the most in this series and in Forever in Blue, we really see it.

I absolutely love love love the book and series and recommend it to most girls....especially those in their junior/senior year in high school.

Lines I enjoyed...
There are some people who fall in love over and over. And there are others who can only seem to do it once. Lena, page 312

It was that old idea-better to put your heart out there and have it abused once in a while than to keep it hidden away.
My Rating

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shout out...there's a contest!!!

Do you want to win an ARC of Hush Hush??? Duh...of course you do!!! So click on the picture above and it will link you over to Steph Su Reads and enter!!!

HAPPY readings and enjoy her blog!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

Title: The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Age Group/Genre: Adult
My Rating: 5/5

Henry, the time traveler, has had a condition known as chrono-displaced person since he was a child and cannot control when he time travels. He just disappears from one time, leaving his clothes behind, and shows up in another time naked.

One day, as a grown man, he shows up in young Clare's secret meadow and they develop a secret friendship throughout her childhood. Eventually, as an adult, Clare meets Henry in his present (as a young adult) and he has no idea who she is, but Clare knows exactly who he is and what he can do.

Will their love for each other make it through the test of time...time traveling???

Let me just say, the time traveling was confusing in the beginning, but I was able to adjust to it all. And then it was a novel that I seriously did not want to put down. There were so many awwww moments and a few, "I can't believe he/she did that." But honestly, these are characters that I fell in love with (minus the Gomez guy).

I really enjoyed that we were able to read from both main character's points of views. The author did an awesome job making us fall under the spell of Henry and Clare's love. I was always on the verge of tears, but they didn't come out until the end. Once again I really wanted to shelter the character's in this book and not want them to hurt in any way.

I recommend this book to everyone. If you watched the movie, but didn't read the book...DEFINITELY pick up the book. It's soooo worth it!!!

Grab your fave drink & HAPPY readings!!!

Some quotes I enjoyed...
"But don't you think," I persist, "that it's better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?" Clare, page 231

***I absolutely loved the letter Henry writes to Clare at the end of the novel, but it's too long to put now you have to read the book***


I really enjoyed Alba's character. I want to know what her life becomes of and if her and Henry really do meet up and what there meetings are like. I guess it's something I've always wanted to be able to do with my dad since he passed away.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Review: The Last Summer (of You & Me)

Title: The Last Summer (of You & Me)
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN/Publisher: 978-159-448917-4/Riverhead (part of Penguin)
Age Group/Genre: General Fiction

Riley is three years older than her sister, Alice and they are pretty much opposites. Riley loves to spend her time outdoors, is pretty much a tomboy, and she doesn't want to grow up. Alice on the other hand, is the beautiful tag-a-long little sister that graduated from college and is applying for NYU Law School. But besides the sisterly love for each other, they have Paul in common.

Paul was their rich neighbor at their summer beach house in Fire Island, where they always spend their summer. As children, Paul basically lived with Alice and Riley during the summertime, but three years have passed and things just might be different this summer.

The thing is, Alice has always had a thing for Paul, but never said anything because she has always been like the little sister. And Paul, well he kind of has his issues with his own past life that he can't quite get over. Then there's always Riley, Alice's sister and Paul's BFF, and she just doesn't like change.

Who falls in love with who and will Riley be okay with everything going on???

I'll admit, this book was really frustrating in the beginning. There were multiple times when I yelled at my book because I was soooooo incredibly mad at the characters. But I kept with it and boy am I happy that I did. As soon as the story started to focus on the friendship between Paul and Riley and the relationship of Alice and Riley, things did get better.

I found myself on the verge of tears and eventually the tears did come out. I may have been angry with the characters in the beginning, but in the end I wanted to protect them. I seriously wanted to warn them and hug them when the unexpected happened. This book was a total roller coaster for me, but I'm so glad I battled through the beginning because the ending was worth it.

Now, if you read The Traveling Pants series by Brashares, don't expect the same type of storyline. This one leaves you feeling the joys and pains of love for friends and family.

My Rating:

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Time for some Awards...

Some lovely bloggers have left me some awards and now it's my turn to give some here they are...
Me-To-You Award
(Gracias to April at Good Books & Good Wine )
Now, I give this one to...
***Jenny at TakeMeAway
***Nikola at Nikola's Book Blog
***Taschima at Bloody Bookaholic

The Lemonade Award
(Thanks to Jenny at TakeMeAway)
  • Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
  • Nominate blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
  • Link your nominees within your post.
  • Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award
This award will go to...
***Misty at Book Rat
***April at Good Books & Good Wine
***Allison at Read Into This!

HAPPY readings & be sure to check out all these blogs!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Review: Go Ask Alice

Title: Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult
My Rating: 3/5

Alice is your average teenage girl with parents and siblings. She is terrified that she is too fat and that boys won't like her. She's so excited to move to a different town when her dad is offered a new job, but is totally scared that she won't fit in. And she writes all her feelings down in her diary so we can understand her.

When they do move, she has a hard time making friends...even her younger siblings have friends and she's all alone. So, she spends the following summer back in her home town with her grandparents. She becomes slightly popular at a party where there is a game involving drugs in the drinks. Alice being a newbie to the drug scene gets hooked to the drugs and the friends that come with it.

She returns back home and finds the drug scene there as well. Alice spends the next year and a half addicted to them. As a result she runs away and returns home, but struggles to stay off the drugs. After being clean for awhile, she had a horrible incident with some hard core drug and ends up in a mental hospital. She has some amazing parents and siblings that stick with her, but can she really overcome the power of the drugs???

I read this book in eighth grade for the very fist time and thought it was great. But almost ten years later, I'm not so sure. The book is def. outdated, it took place in the 70s. And as I read it, some of the scenes just didn't seem all too realistic for me (maybe it's b/c I've never been involved with drugs).

This book is probably good to give to the younger high school students so they can read about some of the experiences. Alice really does a good job describing what happens during her drug days and the weird trips that she goes on.

HAPPY readings...but this book won't give you the happy feeling

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Finds (08/21/09)

Here are the books I bought this week...& the pile of books in my room continue to grow...
From the back cover of Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Love is never easy. Especially if you're Paul. He's a sophomore at a high school like no other---and these are his friends: Infinite Darlene, the homecoming queen and star quarterback. Joni, Paul's best friend who may not be his best friend anymore. Tony, his other best friend, who can't leave the house unless his parents think he's going on a date...with a girl. Kyle, the ex-boyfriend who won't go away. Rip, the school bookie, who sets the odds...And Noah, The Boy. The one who changes everything. LOVE MEETS LOVE. CONFUSION MEETS CLARITY. BOY MEETS BOY.

From the back cover of Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Steve Harmon's black. He's in jail, maybe forever. He's on trial for murder. And he's sixteen years old.

Fade in: Interior: Early morning in cell block D, Manhattan Detention Center.

Steve (voice-over) Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me...MONSTER.

From the back cover of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Review: Girls in Pants The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Title: Girls in Pants The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN/Publisher: 0-553-37593-8/Delacorte Press
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult

***WARNING...This may contain spoilers because it is part of a series (and it is kind of hard to discuss this book without referring to the previous novels in the series)***

This is the third book of The Sisterhood in the Traveling Pants series. The four girls: Tibby, Bee, Lena, and Carmen. They have been best friends forever and now they are spending their last summer together, well kind of together, before they head off to life after high school.

Carmen is so scared of change, she decided to stick closer to home and not go away for college. She doesn't like the idea of her mom moving on in life and her not being there. Carmen's mom is expecting a new baby and also moving out of the apartment where Carmen grew up. Now, we need to see if the Pants give Carma the strength to allow change and also strength to be a little bit less selfish.

Lena can't stand being around her home because her grandma is living with them and driving everyone nuts. So, she picks up a summer job and attends an art class, but her dad pulls her out since he thinks its not appropriate. Lena has to fund her own way through art school by drawing her family. And it's through her art that she might learn a little about her own family.

Bridget loves soccer again and goes off to coach at a camp in Pennsylvania, but she goes there not knowing who exactly will be there. The pants help Bee learn from her mistakes and to remind her that she can't always be up or down.

Oh and lastly, there's Tibby. Tibs, this summer tries to hide from everyone because she's scared of taking chances. She's scared of a boy loving her and scared that she didn't love her sister enough. Then, she gets stuck in the labor room with Carmen's mom. Will she find the strength in herself/in the pants to help or will she go away & hide???

I really do love the Sisterhood. This book was more of the coming-of-age since it's time to leave home and go to college. And this one was more of the girls and their family, except for Bridget.

The Sisterhood is a book most girls will relate to in one way or definitely pick this book up!!!

My Rating:
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Review: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Age group/Genre: Classic...this one in particular is complete & unabridged from the kids section
My Rating: 4/5

Huck Finn starts out in this book living with the widow Douglas, but can't stand that he has to be civilized in her home. Then, his drunken father shows up and takes him back to live out in the woods...the not so civilized way. Eventually, Huck has enough with his dad and takes off.

Huck runs into Jim, a runaway slave and the two of them embark on their runaway adventure down the Mississippi River. The two runaways deal with a King and Duke, armed robbers, and other interesting people. Huck has to choose if he can live with himself by helping Jim runaway or choose to be an actual friend to Jim.

This book was kind of a re-read for me. And I say kind of because this was required in 11th grade American Lit, but the book was a bit of challenge for me back then. Now...I really enjoyed it. All the little adventures were fun to read about...I was laughing out loud throughout the story.

FYI...if you find this book hard to read, just read it in a southern accent. It totally helped me. And it made the book more interesting. The way Twain wrote was hard on the eyes, so if you have it out loud as well (especially Jim's part).

So...if you haven't read this book, I think you should. Def. encourage the kids to read it before they're in high school because at least the first time will be for fun. Then, in high school they can start concentrating on the actual literary part of the story...even though there is a notice in the book...
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By order of the author per G.G., Chief of Ordanance

Monday, August 17, 2009

Shout out... A Contest!!!

There's a contest...and it's a pretty awesome contest open to everyone over at Book Junkie...You can win the Sookie Stackhouse boxset books 1-7

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Giveaway, Giveaway, Give-a-WAAAYYYY...The Last Summer (of You and Me)

Okie Day, this is going to be my first ever giveaway (are you excited???). I see all these awesome blogs and contests and well...I want to have one of my own. So, in honor of my Author Spotlight this month I will giveaway a copy of The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares.

From the back cover...
The long, hot summers spent on Fire Island have always been the highlight of the year for sisters Riley and Alice. Not least because it is there that they always see Paul: their next-door neighbour, Riley's best friend in all the world, and the only boy Alice has ever loved. Then Paul goes to university, and he leaves them both behind him.

Three years later, as Alice in turn prepares to start college, Paul returns. The trick, he tells himself, is to have what he had without destroying it. But their world will change irresistibly, wonderfully and tragically, with every breath they take.

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Review: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

Title: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN/Publisher: 0-385-73105-1/Delacorte Press (part of Random House)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult

***WARNING...This may contain spoilers because it is part of a series (and it is kind of hard to discuss this book without referring to the previous novels in the series)***

This is the second book of The Sisterhood in the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. Again, the four girls do their thing for the summer and a couple of them leave their home town to do it.

Lena spends her summer working at a retail job that she does not like and is also missing her Greek boy Kostos. But Kostos shows up for a while and their love continues, then tragedy strikes. Now Lena doesn't know what to do...will the traveling pants help her???

Carmen, oh Carma. She is also at home, with a babysitting gig to make some dinero. The jeans hardly help her, but her mom thinks it will help. Carmen despises her mother for making a fool out of herself over a man. And not only that...but her mom actually wore the jeans out...oh no! Are the jeans magic for moms, too?

Lena goes off to NYU for film school and has to discover who she is when she's not around her friends. Being that she's at film school, she needs to make a documentary. And she chooses her mom of all people. Will Tibby be a fake and fit in with the other film kids or will she see through people's facade like her old friend Bailey???

Bridget leaves town last minute in hopes to discover who she is (she lost herself after the incident from the previous summer). Off to Alabama she goes to "re-meet" her grandma and possibly her favorite thing in the world (besides her BFF's). Will the pants work for her, even after all the weight she gained over the year???

Oh goodness, book two still kept me interested in the series. I love these girls and I do wish I can secretly be a part of their sisterhood. But I will have to say, this book was more based on the mother/daughter relationship...and I love that.

All girls go through rocky relationships with their moms and this book definitely demonstrated that. Once again, this book was relatable and that is something A.B. does so well. I can see a little of my mom and me, or my mom and my sister, or a mom-daughter pair that I know of in the mother-daughter duo in this book. (My specific situation is the one was with Carmen and her mom...OMG how can her mom act so ridiculous, right??? Well, Carmen I do wish I had read your story when my mom started to date after my dad died. Maybe I would have handled things a little better. But I guess I can be a brat like you sometimes...LOL).

If you enjoyed the first book, def. read this one too...I love this series and I am glad to know about it. So girls grab it and read it!!!

Favorite quotes...
It was such a dorky thing to do, but at least Tibby was being the kind of dork she could feel good about. page 214

Any place at any time. If you are thinking of me, you can be sure that I am thinking of you. Kostos, page 256

[...] I mean putting myself out there in the way of overwhelming happiness and knowing you're also putting yourself in the way of terrible harm. I'm scared to be this happy. I'm scared to be this extreme. Lena, page 283

My Rating:
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Shout out.. A Contest!!!

Kristen over at Bookworming in the 21st Century is having a contest. She's giving away an ARC copy of Hush Hush and a pink angel necklace. So go check it out her out at

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Friday Finds (08/14/09)

Here are the books I bought this week...and the TBR gets even longer...

From the inside cover of You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn

First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one---smart, beautiful, rich, and popular---while Miles considered herself the unwanted one---an unattractive, underachieving outcast. Laura's suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral. But in the strength Miles finds in herself and in those she didn't believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in unexpected ways.
From the back cover of This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Remy always knows when to give a guy "the speech"-right after the initial romantic rush, but before anything gets too serious. She's had her fair share of boyfriends, and she's learned all there is to learn from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. So why is it that Remy can't seem to dump Dexter? It can't be his name. It can't be that he's messy and disorganized. And it certainly isn't that he's a musician-just like Remy's father, a man she never knew because he left before she was born. Could it be that Remy's romantic rules to live by don't apply anymore?

From the back cover of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Georgia Nicolson's life is far from simple. Her cat, Angus, is the size of a small Labrador. Her three-year-old sister may have peed somewhere in her room. And her best friend, Jas, thinks she looks like an alien just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Enter the Sex God. This just might turn out to be the most fabbity fab year ever!
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Review: Body Surfing

Title: Body Surfing
Author: Anita Shreve
Age Group/Genre: Adult
My Rating: 2/5

Sydney is twenty-nine years old, a divorcee, a widow, and really no major career. She took a live-in summer tutoring job at a beach house. The high school girl she is tutoring is a little slow, the dad is a nice guy, and the mom doesn't like Sydney for some reason. Sydney wants to figure out the rest of her life now. But the family's two grown sons show up at the beach house and both take a liking to her. Can Sydney let another guy come into her life after all her tragedy and which one does she choose?

The book was really slow for such a short novel. It took me a long time to get into it, but once the romance part happened it got better. And then all the drama that follows the romance, made the book bearable. This isn't a book I would recommend. So don't go hauling-ass out to the store to pick it up...okay? And I think I'll probably hold off on this author since it was my first read by her. But if you want to recommend any of her other books, give me a good reason and maybe I'll try.

Review: Emma

Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Age Group/Genre: Classic
My Rating: 3/5

Emma Woodhouse is a beautiful, smart, and rich young lady living in England with her hypochondriac father. Emma takes credit for the marriage of her dear friend/ex-governess, Miss Taylor, and Mr. Weston. Now, Emma thinks she can play matchmaker, especially for her single friend, Harriet Smith. But Mr. Knightley tells her otherwise. As the novel progresses, Emma finds herself falling in love and others falling in love with her. However, she refuses to allow herself to even think of marriage. So what's the whole point of letting love come her way? Will she give in and will she succeed in her matchmaking???

This was my second Jane Austen book and I did enjoy this one more. I found the beginning a little slow for me, but then again it takes me a little bit to get into the classics (but once I'm into it, I'm into it). My favorite parts of the book were the conversations between Mr. Knightley and Emma. I'll probably put off another Austen book for a little bit, but I'll get to her other ones...I promise!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Shout out!!!

This is a shout out to Teddyree at The Eclectic Reader. She is giving away three books so make sure you check her out!!!

Now go drink your yummy beverage of choice & check out Teddyree's blog!!!

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Shout Out!!!

I just want to thank April over at Good Books & Good Wine for recognizing me for the Me-to-You award. Thanks a bunch!!!

Me-to-You Award

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Review: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN/Publisher: 0-385-73058-6/Delacorte Press (part of Random House)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult

This is the story of four best friends and their magical jeans. Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen have been BFF's since they were babies. They have spent every single summer together until this one. This time Lena goes off to Greece to visit her grandparents, Bridget heads to Baja for soccer, Carmen flies out to South Carolina to see her dad, and Tibby is left behind at home.

But before they leave the D.C. area, they discovered a pair of jeans that fits each one of them. Impossible...right? Nope these are magic jeans that will bring them together even in distance. These jeans will fly all around the world and bring a little bit of home to the girls.

In Greece, Lena tries to ignore a Greek boy falling in love with her. Bridget gets into a little trouble in Baja. Tibby friends a younger, sick girl. And Carmen faces her Dad and his surprise. Can these girls get through the summer without each other and can the jeans really bring some magic to their lives???

This book is all about friendship and the sisterhood (thus the title). And I heart this book, I really do. Each girl has their own story and their own personality, but I think any girl in this world can relate to them.

I love how I was able to relate to the girls. Lena...we are both shy. Bridget...I know what it's like to only have one parent left in this world. Carmen...I definitely know what it's like to have a parent all of a sudden get married. (And Tibby...we didn't relate that much in this book, but I still love her).

So, I think every girl should read this book. Especially if you want to read about beautiful, true friends. I will even give this book to girls entering high school to read together with their friends. I really wish my friends and I from high school were like this. I do miss them, but this book made me think of all our great times.

Favorite quotes...
I'm afraid of time. I mean, I'm afraid of not having enough time. Not enough time to understand people, how they really are, or to be understood myself. I'm afraid of the quick judgments and mistakes that everybody makes. you can't fix them without time. I'm afraid of seeing snapshots instead of movies. Bailey Graffman, page 174
Maybe happiness didn't have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures. Wearing slippers and watching the Miss Universe contest. Eating a brownie with vanilla ice cream. Getting to level seven in Dragon master and knowing there were twenty levels to go. [...] Maybe everybody had the same allotted measure of happiness within each day. Maybe it didn't matter if you were a world-famous heartthrob or a painful geek. Maybe it didn't matter if your friend was possibly dying. Maybe you just got through it. Maybe that was all you could ask for. Tibby Tomko-Rollins, page 282

My Rating

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Review: Speak

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN/Publisher: 0-14-240732-1/Speak (part of Penguin)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult

Melinda Sordino is entering high school. Exciting times, right? Not for Melinda because in her high school she's the outcast. No one, I mean no one wants to be her friend. She gets pushed around when they find out who she is. And why? Well because Melinda called the cops at a summer party and everyone at school is pissed at her.

Except, there is a reason why she called the cops, but she doesn't tell anyone. The one person she wants to tell the most is her best friend from childhood, but she plain out tells Melinda that she hates her. Melinda can't even turn to her parents because they have their own issues. So she goes the whole year in isolation and without a voice...can she find her voice to tell others what happened?

I picked this book up because so many people on kept mentioning it. I had no idea what this book was about and I'm glad that the story revealed itself on its own. So I'm not going to say much here because I want you to read it on your own and find out why Melinda isn't speaking.

I say this book is a definite recommendation for everyone (so long as they're old enough). I will tell you that this book is a young adult book. So do not give this book to a kid that isn't mature because it involves a topic that they might not understand. So if you're an it...if you're a young should talk to your parental units/guardians about it...and if you're an adult giving it to a kid...definitely talk to the kid about the topic in this book.

I love this book & I will read LHA's other books!

One favorite quote...
My parents didn't raise me to be religious. The closest we come to worship is the Trinity of Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Melinda, page 29
My Rating

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Finds (08/07/09)

These are the books I bought this week...oh boy my TBR is getting quite long...

From the back cover of About a Boy, by Nick Hornby

Too cool! At thirty-six, he's as hip as a teenager. He's single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He's also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents' groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy. Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of trainers. But Marcus latches on to Will - and won't let go. Can Will teach Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?

From the back cover of A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass

Mia appears to be the most normal kid in her family. Her younger brother keeps a chart of all the hamburgers he's eaten. Her older sister dyes her hair a different color every week. But Mia knows she is far from ordinary. She is keeping something from everyone: sounds, numbers, and letters have color for her. When school trouble finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she feels like a freak. She embarks on an intense journey of self-discovery, and by the time she realizes she has isolated herself from everyone who cares about her, it's almost too late. She has to lose something very special in order to find herself.
From the back cover of Peeps, by Scott Westerfeld

After a chance encounter with a mysterious woman one night, Cal Thompson's life is changed forever. He's been infected with an insidious parasite. The good news: he's only a carrier-still sane, without the worst of the symptoms. The bad news: he's infected all his former girlfriends-and now they've turned into what Cal calls peeps. The rest of us call them vampires. And it's Cal's job to hunt them down before they create even more of their kind...