Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Forgive My Fins

Book: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Release date:
June 1, 2010

Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books

Summary:

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on Forgive My Fins:
1. Mermaids
2. Romance/Chick-Lit
3. Author
4. Lovely Cover

^^ What are you Waiting for? ^^

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

US Vs. UK (3)

US Vs. UK is a meme to compare the covers of a certain book and decide which looks best. It is currently hosted by Wondrous Reads and Bloody Bookaholic.

Today's Contestants:



Numbers by Rachel Ward

Summary: Whenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die.

Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. But while they’re waiting to ride the Eye Ferris
wheel, Jem notices that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!

US: This is such an elaborate cover, suits the book wonderfully. I personally love how the numbers are around the eye. Looks like a magnificent job done. Enough said, It's awesome.

UK: Love the effect of a photograph on the font. Runs a little too, simple for me, but I like that it's clean of clutter. Would think twice before buying.

US
WINS FOR ME


It looks, so professional. At first look, I'd pick it up and buy it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Hearts at Stake by Alexandra Harvey
Willow by Julia Hoban

Currently Reading:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Upcoming:
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

To catch the spirit of this meme I took, a picture of the books. ^^


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Win The Dark Divine & Nail Polish Giveaway



Here's a chance to win some nail polish inspired by the book The Dark Divine, along with a copy of the book! To enter all you have to do is fill out the form below and you'll be entered. You must also answer this question "What do you think is the best privilege of being an author?"

Special Thanks to:
Nisa from Good Media (nail polish)
My Parents (hardcover copy)

2 Winners

1st Prize Winner receives:
- Hardcover of The Dark Divine
-1 Bottle of Nail Polish

2nd Prize Winner receives:
- 2 Bottles of Nail Polish

Few Rules:
- Must Follow this Blog
- Open to US only.
- Must answer the question to be entered.
- Must be over 13.
- 1st Winner at random.
- 2nd Winner by best answer.
- Will end April 5TH

Enter Away!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Best of the Best in Books

Since last September, I've been committed to reading, along with blogging about books. I've laughed, cried, and had a rocking time reading. In my journey of books there's been "eh" books, most worth reading, great, but I hear they don't live up to the bestsellers out there.

My hopes when I decided to pick up reading after about 1-2 years was to devour books and stay up all night because I just couldn't stop reading a book. For the most part, I've read a couple books that I rated 5 stars. But, they don't come often.

My true feeling towards this are "I'm reading, but I feel like I'm not reading". In other words, yes I'm reading books, but because there's a vast variety of good books I haven't read, I feel like I'm not reading the Best of the Best. (Like I'm missing out of better books.)

The following are without a doubt current bestsellers:



House Of the Night Series



The Vampire Diaries Series



Twilight Series



Harry Potter Series




The Hunger Games Series



Before I Fall, Hush, Hush, and Shiver



Beautiful Creatures, Fallen

According to Barnes & Noble the above, books are some the bestsellers, right now. The majority of these books have caused major buzz for earning 5 star ratings. This must make them The Best of The Best?

I'm not going to let other people's judgment decide the books I read/buy. But, I will be influenced by it. Going back to my reading madness, I feel that I haven't yet read the best of the best in books. I haven't called so-so book my favorite. Making the conclusion that the books above have gained huge popularity and favoritism, I'm being driven to devour them.

Out of all of the books, above I'm sure a YA avid reader could point out their favorite. This isn't the case for me, I've yet to read any of them.

Conclusion: My best bet is that some of the above books have become people's favorites. I don't exactly want to read all the bestsellers out there, but I'm willing to try them.

I'm not saying the books above are "The Best of the Best", but some are for some people. The majority have earned 5 Star Ratings. Which, tempts me to try them.

With all that said, I'm going to wisely choose some of the above books. Yes, the books above could potentially be some of "The Best of the Best".

Waiting On Wednesday: The Karma Club

Book: The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Release date:
April 27, 2010

Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux

Summary:

"Personally, I’m tired of waiting for the universe to get off its butt and start fixing stuff. I don’t want to wait around for Mason to get what’s coming to him. Or Heather Campbell, for that matter . . . I want to be there to see it happen."

Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. It’s that mysterious, powerful force that brings harmony to the universe. You know—do good things and you will be rewarded, do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what’s coming to you. A sort of cosmic balancing act.

But when Mason Brooks, Maddy’s boyfriend of two years, gets caught tongue-wrestling with Miss Perfect Body Heather Campbell, and absolutely nothing happens to either of them—except that they wind up the hot new couple of Colonial High School, it seems like Karma has officially left Maddy in the lurch. That’s why Maddy and her best friends, Angie and Jade, decide to start the Karma Club—a secret, members-only organization whose sole purpose is to clean up the messes that the universe has been leaving behind. Whether they’re modifying Heather Campbell’s acne cream as part of “Operation Butterface,” or righting a few wrongs when it comes to Angie and Jade’s own slimy exes, they know they’re just doing what Karma should have done in the first place. They’re taking care of one another.

Sometimes, though, it isn’t wise to meddle with the universe. Because it turns out, when you mess with Karma, Karma messes back. Now Maddy must find a way to balance her life for good, even as everything around her seems to be toppling to the ground.

Here's Why I'm Waiting on The Karma Club:
1. Chick-lit
2. Karma
3. Theme

Book Trailer:


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Willow by Julia Hoban

Title: Willow
Author:
Julia Hoban

Pages: 329, paperback
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: April 2009

Overall Rating:


Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl’s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy’s refusal to give up on her.



Unbelievably emotional! Willow is powerful, unforgettable, story that broke my heart. Hoban impresses readers in Willow, giving a clear picture of the painful, grievous reality of a cutter's life.

After the death of her parents, Willow can only find comfort, and consolation under the razor. The razor is the only thing that can ease the pain and block her bitter reality. To the rescue comes, Guy, one of Willow's classmates. Upon him stumbling on the truth about Willow, he refuses to give up on her....

In not so many words, Willow was extraordinary! Hoban reaches high levels of deepness in Willow.
Upon beginning to read this heartfelt tale, there is an instant connection with reader. Willow is dramatically well-developed character. Her journey was one I wanted to follow closely. I was in astonishment, about how anybody would want to bring so much pain upon themselves. So, I was intrigued to find out more. This was more than a sad story, it was a thought-provoking story.

I do have minor complaints. First off, the writing was in 3rd person, which is not so much seen in YA, very distracting at first. Secondly, the writing was a sometimes too simple and cheesy, instead of being more exciting. Thirdly, I didn't relate to Willow, much.

Although, Willow had a couple of letdowns for me. I focused on the story. Even learned a thing or 2 about a cutter's life. Plus, a sprinkle of romance.
The story drew me into a reality with pain that I wasn't aware of. I'll say it reminded me to appreciate my parents every second of the day, because unfortunate things do happen.

Overall, the plot was well-thought-out, the characters were courageous, and the overall book is full of hope. Brought tears to my eyes....... ;

Rating:
Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 45/50 = 90% = A-

Cover:
Fits the mood of the book perfectly.

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Info or to Buy Willow:

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Hearts at Stake by Alexandra Harvey

Currently Reading:

Willow by Julia Hoban

Upcoming:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

To catch the spirit of this meme I took, a picture of the books. ^^



Saturday, March 20, 2010

In My Mailbox (18)

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie! It is a list of the books that I've received over the previous week, either in the mail, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Here's what I got this week:



Bought at B & N:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Received:
The Dark Divine Nail Polish for Giveaway

Better than nothing =) I'm to the point where I don't have to beg for books. My parents know that when I got to a bookstore its because I seriously want to buy a book/s. Great progress, it took 7 months!

^^^ Now I want to see what you got .... ^^^

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hearts At Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Hearts At Stake
Author:
Alyxandra Harvey

Pages: 256, paperback
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: December 2009

Overall Rating:

A Romance You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into!

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.




I'm out of words! Hearts at Stake was fascinating, funny, fun and fast read. While having snail-like plot at first, it turns around and gives the reader more than they ask for in vampire fiction!

Solange is a vampire princess born to a powerful vampire family with ancient vampire history. She is at the mist of turning 16 when she will have a bloodchange (officially become a vampire queen). Along with this comes danger and excitement to Solange as she is being threatened, making her want to stay 15....

It's a mystery, I had to start reading it over again and again for about 8 times midway through the book. The unclear writing, sub-plots, and events made it surprisingly confusing to me, making it a difficult read for me.

While the beginning was extremely slow-moving and dragging, it does pickup the pace. Although, the confusion doesn't end. More subplots are thrown in making it harder to focus on the story. Plus, it's told in 2 perspectives of Solange and Lucy.

Somehow, I manged to get through with it after interest is brought to the reader. Action and humorous remarks made the book, so much better. Certainly, Hearts at Stake comes with uniqueness. Harvey gives vampires a history, which normally, the history isn't told, and left for the reader to figure out.

Although, I struggled to read this it becomes engaging. I loved the family dynamics and vampire drama. I could relate most to Solange, I loved her. Harvey brings twist and turns and makes reader fully enjoy and love this new kick-butt vampire romance novel. It made up for everything!

All in all, Unique plot, hot romance, likable, well-developed characters, and fresh vampire read. A pretty decent debut for both non-vampire fans, and vampire fans. "A smart mix of darkness and humor"

Rating:
Plot: (8/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (7/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 40/50 = 80% = B

Cover:
Sold me the book!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Good Friends Let Friends Borrow Books?

As book lovers we enjoy the company of good books, right. Sometimes book prices run up to $20 for just one book. But, the fun times spent with books is priceless, agree? So, as good friends that we might be, should we let friends borrow our books, share the fun?

Do I have library written on my forehead?, I told my friend after persuading me to let her borrow one of my most precious books? I admit that I'm easy to be convinced. But, this left me with an annoyed look on my face. Upon a moment of weakness and as the nice friend that I am, I said yes. While, this left me quite upset that I had to.... (I didn't know what else to say)


Let's explore the risks of trusting friends with your valuable books:

Pros:
  1. Joy of sharing the love of books.
  2. The friend has the opportunity to read something they otherwise wouldn't be able to read. (for money reasons etc.)
Cons:
  1. Risk of losing the book.
  2. Risk of damage on the book.
  3. Risk of unsatisfied friends. (they didn't like the book!, now they are complaining)
  4. Risk of friend's letting other people borrow them.
  5. Risk of friend not wanting to pay for the book in case of damage on book.
Now, I know I don't reread books. Why not give it a good use by letting friends borrow them? What's the price to pay? Not getting it back losing your book. I know that I work hard to earn money for books, so how annoying and heart-breaking would it be for someone to destroy your book. Damage it, or even worse the risk of never seeing it again !
Definition of the word borrow: "to take or obtain with the promise to return the same or an equivalent"
The definition says to return same or equivalent. In other words it's like permitting the other person to do what they will with it! Luckily, I got my book back. But, it made me almost have a heart attack had I not gotten it back. I'm extremely OCD about how my books are treated. For instance, I don't write in them, dog-hear pages, or eat around them. I sure don't want other people mistreating my books!

Where's the etiquette in people who borrow books and don't give them back? That just make me burst in anger. It is very impolite, rude, and disrespectful. I am irritated of this happening to innocent people. With all this said, is it worth it?

Exceptions:
  1. There are some exceptions to this, if the person is an avid reader with your same feelings towards books, you can make an exception.
  2. If the person is practically hesitated to read the book.
  3. If its a trustworthy friend.
  4. If you don't want the book back =)

My verdict: It isn't worth letting unmannerly people borrow your beloved books. On the other hand, not everyone is the same. It's hard to know what your in for! The risks outweigh the pros.

Q: Can you let me borrow this book?
A: Not going to happen!

Simple Solutions:
  1. Suggest they get it from the library.
  2. Offer to gift the person the book they book they want. For a special occasion like their birthday or Christmas?
  3. Strongly express your true feelings for books, and say you simply can't. They should understand! Then they know not to ask.
I digress, I'm not in the position to lend out books, they are special to me, they are my pride and my joy. I will not take "book abuse" on my books!

ABC's On Lending/ Borrowing:

If you loan something out, don't expect to get it back
at all. If you cannot live with that thought,don't
make the loan. If you borrow something, treat it as
the most precious and valuable item on the planet. Return the item
promptly and heaven forbid, if you lose it or damage it,
tell the truth. Then move heaven and earth to repair or
replace it while apologizing profusely.

(Doesn't exist in our world today)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

US Vs. UK (2)

US Vs. UK is a meme to compare the covers of a certain book and decide which looks best. It is currently hosted by Wondrous Reads and Bloody Bookaholic.

Today's Contestants:



US Vs. UK

US: Bright colors, haunting, it's to lust for. This cover grabbed my attention, it apparently contrasting the 2 lifestyles of the main character. The effects look sharp very well done, with a professional look to it. The cat is a perfect touch. This beautifully stands out at the bookstore.

UK: As for the UK cover, it looks like a DVD cover of a clique of teens. For what I understand the theme of witches is a big part of the book, so to me this cover doesn't do it. The shadows of the girls of bats don't make great emphasis on the theme. However, it does look stunning just not for this book.

US kicks-butt it perfectly fits the story and it looks eye-catching at the bookstore!

Winner: US

Monday, March 15, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Need by Carrie Jones

Currently Reading:

Hearts at Stake by Alexandra Harvey

Upcoming:
Willow by Julia Hoban

To catch the spirit of this meme I took, a picture of the books. ^^



I set my goals to high last week, so this week I plan to read at least 2. I'm anxious to read more than that, though. I'm getting no homework, and having extra class time to read. What bliss!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekly Analysis (2)

This weekly post is a round-up of the week's accomplishments.

Reviews/ Books Read:
Need by Carrie Jones


Other Posts:

Total Number of Books Read:
1

Favorite Read of the Week:
Need

Highest Rating: 5 Stars

Lowest Rating: 5 Stars


Overall Analysis:
I had spring break this week. Yet, I didn't accomplish as much I would have hoped to. Nonetheless, I had a wonderful time. I loved the book I read, Need. As for blogging, I slacked a little. No IMM. I went to Target, but I couldn't get any of my parents to give me money. They prefer online shopping when it comes to books, it's much cheaper. Overall, lets hope I have better luck this upcoming week.

Currently Reading:
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Trailer I Found for The Body Finder:

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Finds

This post showcases the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. The idea is to share, every Friday, books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!




Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand



Forget Her Nots by Amy B. White
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green



The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Any Recommendations from the books above?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need
Author:
Carrie Jones

Pages: 306, paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: December 2008

Overall Rating:

Pain shoots in my head.

Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain.

The white world goes dark and I know what's about to happen.

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.




From the very moment, I picked it up. Need was simply everything I could ever want from a YA novel. At the beginning, I fell in love with it, and it throughout the the whole book it just kept surprising me. Page turner, mesmerizing, amazing, and heart racing, I loved it!

We meet Zara (pronounced the same way as Sara), a typical teenager, still in mourning after her father's death. Since then Zara has been collecting phobias. To remedy Zara's life, her mom sends her away to live with her grandmother in Maine. But, Zara is still upset in Maine. Shockingly, Zara discovers that some mysterious guy is following her everywhere, leaving gold dust behind. To Zara's surprise it doesn't end there, there are still more surprises......

It hard to explain how good it is, it's the closest to perfection. I enjoyed it all the way through. It had be at the edge of my seat. Strong characters, perfect setting, fantastic writing, and don't get me started on the plot. It was so deliciously entertaining.

It's easy to be immediately drawn into this book. Zara is so likable that readers instantly relate. She's strong, but at the same time full of fear. Nick is sexy and full of it. Issie was funny and quirky. Maine is the perfect setting for this book snowy and isolated, it fits great with the plot.

Jones' writing was amazing. She developed a story that even people who dislike pixies can enjoy. To top it off, it even has romance and lots of action. It has some of the most amazing insights of phobias. My favorite was autophobia: the fear of oneself.

To sum up, everything in Need compliments it to make absolute perfection (in my opinion). Long story, short I will be reading Need more than once, it captivated me. I recommend this for fans of fantasy, mystery, supernatural, and pixies!

Rating:
Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (10/10)
Ending: (10/10)
Enjoyment: (10/10)
Cover: (10/10)
Overall: 50/50 = 100% = A+

Cover:
Perfect fit for the book.

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Info or to Buy Need:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Harcover Vs. Paperback

I recently discovered after walking around my B & N that there is more emphasis on hardcovers than on paperbacks. I myself rarely purchase hardcovers. Reason being I can only get them online, because they are cheaper.

Today I'm going to be analyzing this topic to arrive at the conclusion. "Which is more convenient hardcover or paperback?"

Hardcovers:

Pros:

  1. Luxurious to hold.
  2. They look good on a bookshelf.
  3. The paper is smoother.
Cons:
  1. They are more expensive.
  2. They put more weight on a bookshelf.
  3. Heavy to take around.
  4. Dust-jackets get lost or missing.
Paperbacks:

Pros:
  1. Lighter than hardcover. Easy to carry.
  2. Cheaper than hardcover.
Cons:
  1. They get more damage than hardcovers.
  2. I can't think of any more! Other than the fact that they don't look as good as hardcovers.
The way I see this, there is greater emphasis on hardcovers because they cost at least $5 more than paperbacks.

What's more important the luxury, prize, or the size of a book?

Conclusion: You buy what fits your needs. If you travel by train or subway and you like saving some cash, paperback is for you. If hardcovers doesn't way you down, if money is no inconvenience, and you enjoy the luxury of hardcovers over paperbacks, then hardcovers are for you.

Hardcover wins for me, but to save money for more books I will buy lots more in paperback!

"In addition, what matters most is what is inside than the outside appearance of a book!"

Which do you prefer, hardcover or paperback? And why?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Body Finder

Book: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Release date:
March 16, 2010

Publisher:
Harper Teen

Summary:

"A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him."

Here's Why I'm Waiting on The Body Finder:
1. Has 5 stars from 68 + people on Good Reads and it has't even been released yet.
2. Thriller, mystery, murder, dead, and killers + some romance
3. Debut Author.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

US Vs. UK (1)

US Vs. UK is a meme to compare the covers of a certain book and decide which looks best. It is currently hosted by Wondrous Reads and Bloody Bookaholic.

Lets proceed....


US Vs. UK

The first cover is too simple not enough to sell me the book. It doesn't make me want to know more from Willow. Very stereotyped. I do like how the photo is cut into pieces. But it's not enough for me. The second cover is beautiful. We see a girl grieving and the eye liner running down the girl's face. It absolutely attracts me to learn more about the girl and buy it. However, I don't like the new title, so much. In a sense it does describe the book. But, it's not as good as Willow.

This one is tough: UK Wins

Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad

Currently Reading:
Need by Carrie Jones


Upcoming:
Hearts at Stake by Alexandra Harvey
Willow by Julia Hoban
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler


To catch the spirit of this meme I took, a picture of the books. ^^


Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad

Title: Sweet Little Lies
Author:
Lauren Conrad

Pages: 309, hardcover
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: February 2010

Overall Rating:

How Sweet it is?

Jane Roberts was the average girl next door until she and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, landed their own reality show, L.A. Candy. Now the girls have an all-access pass to Hollywood's hottest everything. But there's more to life on camera than just parties and shopping. . . .

When racy photos of Jane are leaked to the press, she finds herself at the center of a tabloid scandal. She turns to her co-star Madison Parker for help, unaware that Madison is scheming behind the scenes. She might be Jane's shoulder to cry on, but does Madison really have Jane's back?

Scarlett's working on a scandal of her own. She's fallen for someone who's strictly off-limits—which means Scarlett has a big secret to keep . . . from the L.A. Candy cameras, the paparazzi staking out her apartment, even from her best friend.

Of course, nothing stays secret for long for the stars of the newest hit TV series, and all this drama couldn't be better for ratings. But can Jane survive another season in the spotlight?




Surprisingly, Sweet Little Lies was fun, charming, scandalous, and light read. Had all the elements of reality show, which is what intrigued me to read this.

Nothing has changed since the start of L.A. Candy, the reality show. Everything is the same, except rumors, scandal, and bitchy-ness is swirling in the L.A. life of Jane, Scarlett, and Madison.

KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid, that would describe the writing in this book. While I was reading, I could imagine how better it could be. With out a doubt, I could top Lauren's writing. There's reasons why it has made no hype in the literary world. Unprofessional writing, book with not much to tell, un-developed characters = NOTHING.

From the beginning, I wasn't hooked I only kept reading because I was intrigued. Other than insights some insights to the celeb-world, Sweet Little Lies has nothing to offer. It's perfectly like watching a reality TV. At first its good you love the drama then at the end gives you a sour taste, like you wasted your time. Clearly the overuse of (parenthesis) will turn you off from reading a book. It's like Lauren had obvious difficultly expressing herself!

The only highlights are it can be a guilty pleasure to watch or read reality TV, so there are some people that were smitten with this book. On the other hand, I wasn't, along with 75% of the other people who have read it. I want to say that this negative review isn't because I don't like Lauren. I do like her style, as a celeb. But, she has shown little to almost none potential as a literary author.

To conclude, I liked little about the book it was too fluffy. Although, we did spend an entertaining, and interesting time for a short period of time. Still, if you like reality TV you might find some enjoyment in it. = >

Rating:
Plot: (7/10)
Characters: (6/10)
Ending: (7/10)
Enjoyment: (8/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 37/50 = 74% = C-

Cover:
To much like the cover of the first book. Still, sells the book.

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