Monday, November 29, 2010

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick VS Fallen by Lauren Kate

I was worried about picking up another book on Fallen angels. After I had gone through a huge book by Lauren Kate (Fallen) I was worried that maybe there is just not a good story behind angels that would entice me to read another. But as this one (hush hush)  was about half the size (of Fallen), I decided to give another angel book a shot before I had made up my mind that I am not team Angel.
       I do not regret reading this book (hush hush). It had a great dialogue, I was laughing out loud in some parts, and that is rare for me. This book had a lot of different stories going at the same time, weird things happening that the main character is trying to figure out. Lots of secrecy and death, stalking and people getting beat up. It added an extra element to the story that I think Fallen was missing. I know I should not compare these books to each other as different authors wrote them, but I cannot help myself since they have so many similarities and I have not published a post yet on Fallen, I am combining my post now.
       Both books are about a high school aged girls. A mysterious boy and secrets surrounding him. Both of the boys Daniel in Fallen and Patch in hush hush are kinda flirty with the girls, but also irritating. Both of the main characters are determined to find out more about the boys and the secrecy that surrounds them.
     Fallen by Lauren Kate - Her book has this whole feel to it that everybody at her school is in on a big secret they give off small tidbits of information throughout the book, that they know each other and she (the main character) is the only one that can't seem to remember any of them...but they all (the other kids and staff) seem to remember and know each other, they give the information out so slyly and slowly that in this long book, the story starts to drag and you just want something big to happen already, which doesn't until the end. But then the end is really great.
     Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- The girl is not surrounded by secrecy until she starts to be nosey and look into the boys past, after she thinks he's stalking her. She does not automatically like the guy and takes her time to slowly begin to like him as the secrets are revealed. There is a lot of action in this book, something new happens every chapter or couple of chapters to keep the story entertaining and full of details and dialogue that moves the story along at a fast pace. There is twist at the end, and it's a shorter read than Fallen. I think that Fallen would have been better if it were shorter and had more dynamic dialogue and events happening.

      What did you think of these books? I know that Fallen has a lot of readers and I am interested in what you thought of the "feel" of the book. I do not want to portray that I hated the book, I am interested to see where the story goes in Torment, but I just appreciated Hush Hush better. (my personal preference)
      What's Your Opinion?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver





Samantha is popular, she has a boyfriend every girl drools over and the best friends a high school girl could have. They drink, smoke, flirt and tease their classmates like most any other student out there. Until one rainy day, after a late night party and lots of drinking, they are in a car accident.
       The rest of the story is Sam living that day over 7 more times. Answering each day more questions on why this has happened. But it is not a simple story of drinking and driving. There are a lot of deeper problems happening at this school than originally described in the beginning chapters of this good-sized novel by Lauren Oliver.
       My Opinion: I think this book brought out a lot of subjects that are good for discussion with today's high schools. I do not recommend this to younger teens. There is some serious talk of Sex, Drinking, Smoking, Suicide and Bullying. This book slowly unravels through Samantha's eyes what some of the other students are going through on a daily basis, that until now she's just not paying attention to because she is so focused on herself and her circle of friends.
        I think this would be a good mother/daughter discussion book as well as a good read for older teenagers, it will get you thinking. It's not too heavy or depressing, but thought provoking and sometimes funny.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving -Thank you for these books!

My top 5 Recommendations for Young Adult/Teen Readers: (These are picked only from books I read this year 2010)  Parents: if your teen does not own these yet ----great Christmas ideas!!!

1- The Hunger Games Trilogy  By Suzanne Collins

2- The Iron Fey Series By Julie Kagawa

3-Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
4-Devouring Series by Simon Holt
5- Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce

And although I re-read some of my other favorites this year (Twilight Series and the Harry Potter Series) They were not new to me so I am not counting them on this list.

If you are reading this, I recommend any book written by any of the above authors, they are awesome story-tellers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bookcloseouts.com

Hello again my fellow book readers! As you know I am a huge fan of Bookcloseouts.com I do not work for them, I am not an associate nor do I get paid for my opinion. But I received a lovely email from them yesterday in which I have notification that their Black Friday sale has begun and will go through Nov 30th.
They already have great low prices on good books, but now they have discounted 50% off already discounted books, not all their books are on sale but tons are, it is definitely worth the look at their website. (You know I made an order) I was really exited to see some of their new stock in, some books I have been really wanting, and now I can have them for a couple of dollars.
They also are pretty cool in the fact that you can get FREE SHIPPING off orders of $35. I was able to order 16 books for my $35 and that was the best deal I have gotten all year. So be quick about it before you lose out on this great offer!
BOOK Sales are awesome!
http://www.bookcloseouts.com/

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

This book was "trippy" I felt like I had been drugged, seriously. I was listening to the Audio book. And one second the main character has just started at a new school, and the next she is being pulled uncontrollably towards the windows in her class because they are singing to her. Luckily a classmate grabs her tells her that if you touch the windows you will be brutally disfigured and maybe killed because there is some kind of monster living in the windows....I was seriously like "what?" This book is that crazy. But it was sooo GOOD! So her school has to wear earplugs all day so they cannot hear the windows, the pictures in her books talk to her, she can still talk and see her dead father, who helps her out of problems as if he is still there. She has a bird necklace that comes to life whenever she is in danger or tries to hurt herself.  Her mom is a complete Bitch and she just tried to kill her Aunt...and don't let me forget to mention, you can make wishes on her boyfriends door knocker.  While all of this crazy stuff is going on, she is not your normal main character either. She is a little on the psycho side and needs medication, wants to go fight the demons that live in her new town (which only the chosen boys do), there are magic doors that only certain people can see and use to travel around different dimensions.
        My opinion: This is one of the most Unique books I have ever picked up. It was completely crazy and wonderful and I did not put it down once. I pushed most of my work aside for the day and just enjoyed this story. I had a wonderful day and cannot stop thinking about this one. I only recommend this book to more mature teens as it has some sexual content.
      I am on pins and needles to see what comes out next with this Author Dia Reeves, I believe her next book is called A Slice of Cherry and out in 2011. I am incredibly excited to see what she comes up with next.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

 
Oh Ms Kagawa, you had me tricked on this one. I was wondering where the good adventure went as I started reading this one, but as soon as that chapter 7 hit, I knew it was on! 2 words, Grim & Puck. When these two finally made an appearance the adventure was on. During the first part of this story we see Meghan pining over Ash who repeatedly tells her not to because he's bad. Then Grim and Puck appear and we begin our journey, but this time it's not only into faery world, we move into the human world. The audiobook is also an awesome feat, the narrator does a wonderful job on the voices and intensity of the story. This series is a whirlwind of fabulous adventure and I recommend to all!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Yalsa's Teen's Top Ten Books 2010

List Taken from Website :http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/teenstopten.cfm
The Teens' Top Ten 2010 is:
  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
What I was amazed at is though I have heard of every book on this list, I have only read one of them! So, My goal for the rest of this year is read the books on this list! If you have not read most of these, you also may want to consider picking them up.

What books do you believe should have been on this list? I was surprised that Mockingjay and the Iron Daughter was not on this list. What is your opinion?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Paranormalcy By Kiersten White

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From Goodreads.com Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. 
 

My first thoughts on this book was that it sounded like Men in Black, but with a teenage girl as the "man" (and sans suit). I found myself giggling through most of it. It was a very light read with great action and even a little romance. The main character is actually somewhat superficial through most of the book. Not caring about anything much except boys, tv show and wanting to go to high school. Her background gets more interesting as the story goes on. She has a mysterious childhood and an even questionable future. I do not regret picking it up and thought it was a very interesting story. (If you can get past the main character's kind of spoiled-like way of talking). Which did take some getting used to. I think it should be aimed at a 14-16 years old range of girls. I think that anybody older may have some time really getting into this story.
        Audiobook: I did take some time to review the audio as well. But be warned with this one. The narrator kind of sounds like a valley girl. The voice tones make the main character sound a little more obnoxious that if you were just reading the book yourself. If you enjoy audiobooks, take a second to listen to the minute preview at Audible.com. 
Paranormalcy click here to view it now on Amazon

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Review: Iron King by Julie Kagawa


            Complete Awesomeness! This book was an Alice in Wonderland meets Chronicles of Narnia meets Inkheart. There were animals, magic, action and adventure. I loved every sentence. Ms Kagawa is a wonderful story-teller. This book is great for boys and girls alike. The action begins from chapter one and will have you hooked until the end. Meghan finds out that her brother has been kidnapped by the  faery World and replaced with an evil changeling. She travels with her best friend Puck into the  faery World to find him and many wonderful adventures abound.
            My Opinion: I was not disappointed at all. I have nothing bad to say about this book, I loved every minute and the audiobook is awesome as well!  The Iron King (Harlequin Teen) (Amazon Book Link)
Watch a Video for this book at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m3VWRUT7OTSRCJ/ref=ent_fb_link

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sisters Red: by Jackson Pearce





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Jackson Pearce's Youtube channel

Hurrah! for Kick Ass Ninja girls! (they are not ninja's but are very stealthy) In her Novel Sisters Red, Jackson Pearce gives us a current day re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. These sisters are attacked when young while living with their grandmother by a man/wolf, in which the older sister Scarlett is physically scarred while trying to defend herself and her sister from the big bad wolf, A fight in which they loose their grandmother. From then on they make a pact to become hunters and destroy all the disgusting, hairy, girl eaters, along with their neighbor Silas, they will fight until the death to defend other young girls from a very painful death.
          My Opinion: This book was a great take on an old story. It represents the highest form of "girl power" the spice girls would be happy. I particularly like the romance scenes. They were not written to Harlequin-like and "icky" they were subtle and perfect. I am not a huge romance fan, but can appreciate it in small doses. The wolves were disgusting and acted like perverts and you wanted to see them demolished. 
        Last Notes: If you have not checked out Ms Pearce's blog or youtube site, give it a go! I have put a link above for each. She is hilarious and smart! 
        What is your favorite "Girl Power" novel?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Blast from the Past

Hello and Happy New Month!
I have decided the first day of every month I am going to post my "Blast from the Past" book. A book that is something I read a long time ago, but still sticks with me today.


Today I am going to talk about Matilda by Roald Dahl.
If I could pick my Favorite book OF ALL TIME it would be Matilda. The wonderful story of a young girl that just does not fit in with her horrible family. She turns to books for friendship and escape.  After longing to go to school, she finally gets enrolled just to find out she has the most terrifying person of all, the principal Ms Trunchbul running it. This book is full of wacky adventures and people and powers, but ends in a very thoughtful, beautiful story. A great read for all ages, and all book lovers! oh yea, check out the movie too.

Book Review: The Devouring by Simon Holt


Happy Halloween and what an interesting month in books! I have topped off my reading with The Devouring by Simon Holt. This man is a genius when it comes to scaring the pants off you. I was very entertained. I will be having nightmares, and I definitely will be picking up the rest of this series immediately. This story left me saying OMG! It made my skin crawl and put my senses on overdrive. There was one particular page in mind, where I even read with one eye closed and the other barely open. I needed to find out what happened next, but I am sooo grossed out by spiders it made me shiver. From that page on I read with such verocity I knew that there was no way I was going to bed until it was finished.
          My opinion: Pick this one up! It's a young adult novel, it is creepy so if you are prone to nightmares, you may need to beware. I feel like writing to all major motion pictures and pimping out this book, I would love to see this one as a movie! I am speechless and all I have to say is WOW!