Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"Cruel Summer" by Alyson Noel
Having recently discarded her dorky image-- and the best friend that went with it-- Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQs, and, hopefully, more hookups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.
Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell-phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.
Rating- *** (stars)
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the story overall but I didn't really like that the whole book had no chapters, just emails, letters and blog posts. Alyson Noel's writing style was really different in this book from the immortals series she is currently working on now. The story is the usual boy-meets-girl-and-falls-in-love type of story. She basically gets forcibly removed from her hometown to live on an isolated island with an aunt she barely knows, all because her parents are going through a messy divorce. The ending of the story is cute but not how I pictured it.
Posted by Jules94 at 9:12 PM
"Sisters in Sanity" by Gayle Forman
For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, it's hard to know who she can trust. Convinced she's out of control, her father has sentenced her to Red Rock: a center for supposedly rebellious teens, where the therapy consists of name-calling and the girls who get privileges are the the ones who rat out their peers.
But the Brit meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie-- four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together, they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood despite the bleak Red Rock reality.
Rating- **** (stars)
This book was kinda different from what I normally read but I was surprised at how much I liked it when I finished. What really shocked me was at the end I read the Author's Note and I discovered that this book was inspired by a true event. I have been oblivious to the fact that there really are schools like Red Rock and that kids can be treated this way. The bond the girls have throughout the story is amazing that they can still find fun while in such a dismal place. This can be a depressing book at times when you stop and think about how they are being treated but I'm glad that there is a little bit of romance in there too to liven it up a little.
Kudos to Gayle Forman for writing such an inspiring book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
Posted by Jules94 at 8:50 PM
Wow it's been so long since I posted but I'm going to try my hardest to catch up on all my reviews... trust me there's a lot of them :) So over the next couple days, in my free time, I'll be working overtime to update this boring blog into something worth reading (I hope).
Here's some of the books that I've read recently (in no order) :
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman
- Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
- Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
- Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
There will probably be more to add to that list by the time I finish these reviews
Posted by Jules94 at 8:37 PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Okay, so I'm really excited about this giveaway on Sarwat Chadda's blog. He is the author of Devil's Kiss and is giving away 5 signed copied of the sequel, Dark Goddess. Head over to his blog to enter the contest.
This book continues Billi's story three months after the ending of Devil's Kiss. Billi has thrown herself into the Knights Templar and is fighting off the ancient witch, Baba Yaga who has plans for the Templar's newest Oracle, Vasilisa. I guarantee if this book is anything like the first one, it will be absolutely amazing I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Dark Goddess.
Posted by Jules94 at 7:38 PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
"Angel Star" by Jennifer Murgia
Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand--the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Rating- **** (stars)
I really enjoyed this book. Just the fact that it was about guardian angels made it even more amazing. I always wondered if they really exist, now I really hope that they do. That would be so cool to meet him/her. "Angel Star" makes you feel like you are on a roller coaster with your emotions. It's happy then sad and happy again. The ending was neat because it leaves you with a sense that the war isn't over between Teagan and Hadrian. The next book Lemniscate will, no doubt, be amazing as well.
Posted by Jules94 at 8:02 PM
"Rules of Attraction" by Simone Elkeles
If you loved Alex Fuentes, wait until you meet his brother Carlos...
Carlos Fuentes idolized his older brother, Alex, when he was a member of the Latino Blood. So when Alex chose to get jumped out of the gang for a chance at a future with his gringa girlfriend, Brittany, Carlos felt shocked and betrayed. Even worse, Alex forced Carlos to come back from Mexico to join him on the straight and narrow path. Trouble is, Carlos just wants to keep living on the edge. And ties to his Mexican gang aren't easy to break, even hundreds of miles away in Colorado.
In Boulder, Carlos has to live with one of Alex's college professors-- and he feels completely out of place. He's even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor's daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he's usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.
Rating- ***** (stars)
This was a really good book. I loved the first book Perfect Chemistry even though I know a lot of people that didn't. Even if you weren't a big fan of the first book, there might still be a chance you'll like this one. Kiara is, overall, a better and stronger character than Brittany was in Perfect Chemistry. I really hope that Simone Elkeles writes a third book for the youngest Fuentes brother, Luis. This best part about both books is that there's an epilogue showing them when they are adults, it completes the story better than just ending it when they were kids. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes a good love story.
Posted by Jules94 at 7:49 PM