I acquired ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND mainly because I had a copy of ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL hanging around, and since you need to read BOYFRIEND beforeI acquired ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND mainly because I had a copy of ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL hanging around, and since you need to read BOYFRIEND before SINGLE GIRL and I'm not one to skip around on series and companions, I gave this one a go first.
If I'm ever feeling down about the books I've been reading not connecting with me, I pick up a Sarah Dessen book. There is a unique feeling to sittingIf I'm ever feeling down about the books I've been reading not connecting with me, I pick up a Sarah Dessen book. There is a unique feeling to sitting down in a reading chair with a Dessen book you haven't read, knowing that at the end you will feel satisfied and happy that you were able to read such a great book.
This book has been out for awhile and I just now caught wind of some very glowing recommendations, so I picked it up on my last trip to the bookstore.This book has been out for awhile and I just now caught wind of some very glowing recommendations, so I picked it up on my last trip to the bookstore.
An asteroid is set to hit the moon, and no one thinks much of it - that is, until the moon is hit off course and closer to the Earth, changing most everything about "Life As We Knew It."
Miranda is our main character, and we are taken through the journey through her diary. We follow her as the days lead up to the moon being hit, and what happens afterwards - most notably the changes due to the gravitational pull from the now too close moon.
After reading about half of the book I took a break, and found myself wondering what I would do if I were faced with some of the things Miranda faces in this book. While I was reading, it began to rain and the tornado siren here went off (it was only a test, but still very creepy). It affected the way I think about everything.
Not only was the book thought provoking, but I felt deeply connected to the characters. They weren't just individuals written in the middle of a crisis - I cared for their well being and ached when things didn't go well. I cringed when they fought and cheered when they had a minor victory.
The new world painted by Susan Beth Pfeffer was done in a hauntingly beautiful way - I had no trouble imagining the scenes she created, even though I have not been in any situations even close to the ones described.
I am very eager to read the second and third books in this series....more
Burned is, by far, my favorite Ellen Hopkins book!
The story that we read about in Ellen's excellent, powerful verse centers around a teenager who liveBurned is, by far, my favorite Ellen Hopkins book!
The story that we read about in Ellen's excellent, powerful verse centers around a teenager who lives in an abusive household, sent away to live with an aunt she does not know. While living with her aunt, she is able to discover things about herself that she was unable to previously due to her father, mother, and religious community.
Many of Ellen's books are utterly heartbreaking throughout. Tricks was probably one of the hardest books for me to read, because each of the individuals had such a desperate lifestyle. Burned, on the other hand, shows some hope for youth as the aunt in the story allows Pattyn to grow and learn to love.
The story is not without a few tragic events - this is Ellen Hopkins we are reading, after all. Recently on Twitter Ellen mentioned she may be working on a sequel to Burned in the future - this is definitely one I want to read, and one you will too after you read Burned and experience the ending....more
A few months ago, I would not ever have considered reading another vampire series - it just wasn't a genre that I was much interested in. Recently I hA few months ago, I would not ever have considered reading another vampire series - it just wasn't a genre that I was much interested in. Recently I have found myself getting a hold of more paranormal type books, and this series started to intrigue me.
I will admit, it took me several tries (3) before I made it past the first few chapters. If I read too many books too quickly, I get invested in certain characters and it's hard for me to keep the details straight in new books that I start, which is what happened when I began reading this one. I gave myself a day or so break, tried again, and it worked!
After I got all of the characters and dhampir vs moroi vs everything else settled in my head, I found this to be an enjoyable read. It didn't completely pick up for me until the end, but I did not ever really get bored reading the rest - I really like reading about boarding school situations, and was having fun learning about how their world works.
One thing I couldn't figure out was who was depicted on the front cover. Actually, if this book (and the rest of the series) hadn't been blogged about and featured on other book websites, I would probably not have picked it up because of the cover.
Book Cover: 2/5 Book Title: 4/5 Plot: 7/10 Characters: 7/10 Writing: 8/10 Ending: 9/10
Jenn Echols is great. I was hooked right from the beginning - each of the characters had great snark and clever quips that had meI LOVED Major Crush!
Jenn Echols is great. I was hooked right from the beginning - each of the characters had great snark and clever quips that had me laughing as they bantered back and forth.
As you may be able to tell from the cover, the main topic of this romantic comedy is band - both of our main characters are drum majors, and have to learn to get along for the good of the band. As in all good romantic comedies, there is a spark between them - but they have to figure out if it was meant to be or not.
The band aspect was fun, and each group of instruments had their own quirks (the trombones especially). If you are interested in reading some Simon Pulse romantic comedies, I would suggest starting with this one!...more
I waited a long time with this one on my wishlist at Paperbackswap. I finally got a copy, and tried to let it sit on my shelf for awhile (since I hadI waited a long time with this one on my wishlist at Paperbackswap. I finally got a copy, and tried to let it sit on my shelf for awhile (since I had other books that should have had their turn next), but I ended up reading it almost right away.
I was most excited about the camp aspect, because I was a big camp person in my youth. I spent many, many years at a youth camp, and really wanted to hear a story from a camp aspect. What I found instead was a camp story with mostly narratives and monologues from Stephanie (the author) about why the certain event happened that way or how it had made her feel later. Which, normally I wouldn't mind, except I really wanted that camp aspect.
That being said, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was hoping. I wanted a lot more dialogue and camp events and stories, and it was mostly focused on her weight and the issues surrounding that. I guess I'll be on the look-out for another camp story to quench my summer camp thirst!
Book Cover: 8/10 Book Title: 9/10 Plot: 6/10 Characters: 6/10 Ending: 7/10
I dove right into WATCH ME (formerly REALITY CHICK) after reading two other Lauren Barnholdt books because I found her writing style addicting. WhileI dove right into WATCH ME (formerly REALITY CHICK) after reading two other Lauren Barnholdt books because I found her writing style addicting. While I didn't adore WATCH ME as much as her others, I still had a decent time reading it and don't regret doing so.
This was my first official Simone Elkeles read, and after hearing so much praise about her writing on other blogs I was pretty excited to read it.
WeThis was my first official Simone Elkeles read, and after hearing so much praise about her writing on other blogs I was pretty excited to read it.
We spend our time alternating chapters with Maggie and Caleb. Sometimes this can really trip me up, but I had no problem following along with the character I was supposed to be with for the chapter. In fact, it was kind of interesting to read the thoughts of those two characters because they are opposite sides of the spectrum - Caleb is the one that hit Maggie while driving, which makes their relationship a lot more intense right from the start. Caleb is trying to fit back in at home, and Maggie is desperately wanting to leave home because of what Caleb did to her.
Both characters realize how Caleb's return to their town affects them, and they start to adjust accordingly. Everything doesn't go exactly as planned throughout the book, which is one of the reasons I liked it so much.
Luckily I have the sequel to this ready to read, as it leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger (not as bad as some of the books I've been reading, but enough to make me want to read the sequel next)!
I had previously read a book by Amy Efaw and was intrigued to find Battle Dress when searching for books at my local library. The summary seemed interI had previously read a book by Amy Efaw and was intrigued to find Battle Dress when searching for books at my local library. The summary seemed interesting enough, and it definitely ended up that way, too.
The entire plot is based on a young girl's journey through West Point. This means a lot of discipline, gender roles/issues, and self reflection.
I found the plot and characters to be quite fascinating, even if I was surprised at the activities they were forced to do sometimes. The characters were well built, clearly progressing from the beginning to the end of the book/their experience.
I would love to read a sequel about their second year at West Point, but I haven't found any information hinting that that may be a possibility. Boo!...more
Let's be real - I knew I would love this book before I read even a word of it. Contemporary? Check. Has won one billion awards? Check. Illustrations?Let's be real - I knew I would love this book before I read even a word of it. Contemporary? Check. Has won one billion awards? Check. Illustrations? Check.
Tirzah from The Compulsive Reader let me borrow books 1-3 of the Gallagher Girl series, and I was so excited to have them. One of my favorite book setTirzah from The Compulsive Reader let me borrow books 1-3 of the Gallagher Girl series, and I was so excited to have them. One of my favorite book settings is boarding school, and that's exactly where these books are set (yay!).
The main premise of these books is that there is a school for girls who are training to be spies. This means plenty of cool classes and tasks (all spy related, of course). These kept my attention the most, because I found the author to be quite clever with her use of the spy techniques the girls were using.
I really enjoyed this book and am glad I have the next few in the series to read right away - I want to know what else they learn about spying and more about the creative spy school that Ally Carter has created!
After following Maureen Johnson on Twitter (@maureenjohnson) and seeing that she is the keynote speaker for the Book Blogger Convention, I was thinkinAfter following Maureen Johnson on Twitter (@maureenjohnson) and seeing that she is the keynote speaker for the Book Blogger Convention, I was thinking it is about time I try one of her books.
The Key to the Golden Firebird ended up being a lot more serious than I was expecting (Maureen has been talking a lot about glass jars on her Twitter lately, not exactly a serious topic, unless you're a glass jar). When I say it was more serious, that does not in any way mean not good. I can explain.
May, Palmer, and Brooks are trying to get over the death of their dad. They are all sisters, and obviously have different ways of dealing with losing a parent. Most of the book is told from May's perspective, but we do get glimpses from both Palmer and Brooks.
Each character is given a depth that I originally assumed would be only witty banter. Dealing with a death is not easy, and this story proves it - but not in the every day way you would expect. This is what I enjoyed most about this book. The plot can be based on someone you love passing away, but it is not necessary to keep repeating this exact fact - it is much more eloquent (and realistic) to relate to that event through the actions and words of day to day life.
I feel very satisfied after finishing this book. I spent a good amount of time with the characters, feeling their emotions, and felt okay with letting them go - I like books that can tell me a complete story and be so real.
I have a few other Maureen Johnson books to read - they are moving high on my list. If the character development in her other books is anything near this one, I am in for a treat....more