This book is all kinds of wonderful. I can not wait until I can read the next installment. The worlds that Libba Bray concocts are extraordinary and s...moreThis book is all kinds of wonderful. I can not wait until I can read the next installment. The worlds that Libba Bray concocts are extraordinary and scary. (less)
Scarlett get invited to the Queen Bee's party. The guest list includes only the poshest kids in the area. Dan McAndrew is there to, and Scarlett is cr...moreScarlett get invited to the Queen Bee's party. The guest list includes only the poshest kids in the area. Dan McAndrew is there to, and Scarlett is crushing on him something fierce. When he asks her out onto the terrace, there is no way she could refuse. Then there was this kiss. The kiss was magical, beautiful and Scarlett's first. Then something went horribly wrong, and she held Dan while he died. Now, harassed by her peers and the newspaper about delivering the kiss of death, Scarlett transfers to the school her grandmother runs. Scarlett is relieved knowing that people at Wakefield Hall won't know about her past. She's trying to forget what happened when she gets an anonymous note that proclaims her innocence and causes Scarlett to set of to find the truth of what really happened that night.
So when I picked this up this time and many others, I had no idea it was set in England. Had I known this I would have devoured it much earlier on. I have a weakness for British and Asian books. I just love those cultures and reading about them is rarely disappointing. Now onto the book itself which was amazing. Lauren Henderson crafted a story with the perfect blend of mystery and everyday life. The mystery doesn't seem to fantastical, and I really appreciate that. Scarlett is a good character with her share of faults, but she openly recognizes her faults and tries to improve. The mysterious death is really perfect, no one could discover what caused Dan to die, so this starts of the series quite nicely. I am so eager to read the next two books that are already out, and I can't believe I didn't grab them for the weekend too. I love all the espionage in this first book and am glad that it doesn't always go smoothly for Scarlett, despite her preparations. This is a wholly realistic murder mystery and is just really amazing. I also love that they are in a private school, it give it that extra little suspense, because they can't just go off whenever they feel like it. If you get a chance, make sure you pick up this book it is so good.
First Line: "On January 1, I made two wishes."
Favorite Line: "In the mirror, I see Sophia Von und Zu Unpronounceable, perching on the arm of a sofa, throwing back her head, letting her long blond hair dangle down her back, and braying with laughter at some boy's joke."
This was a great sequel to A Great and Terribly Beauty, the end kind of went on a bit to long, but maybe it's just because I listened to it. *shrugs*...moreThis was a great sequel to A Great and Terribly Beauty, the end kind of went on a bit to long, but maybe it's just because I listened to it. *shrugs* Anyways, lots of tasty adventure as Gemma finds out that smashing the crystals wasn't such a goo idea as now the magic is loose in the realms for anyone to use. It's fun that through this book you wonder is Piper or isn't Piper bad (oh that's right Piper is in this book too). Facing evil spirits and trying to figure out who you can trust is all in a days work for Gemma as she tries to find the temple and bind the magic. I'm ready for the Finale!(less)
This was a good read, much better than I had expected. I'm actually looking forward to reading the next one. This was a good read, much better than I...moreThis was a good read, much better than I had expected. I'm actually looking forward to reading the next one. This was a good read, much better than I had expected. I'm actually looking forward to reading the next one. Vampyres are a different race in this books, like African Americans, or Native Americans, or Indians. One day Zoey gets "marked" a Vampyre comes and marks her with the crescent moon symbol, this means Zoey must go live at the House of Night. One thing I must say is Zoey reminds me of Bella from the Twilight series, because although what she discovers is a BIG deal she just keeps on acting like a normal teen and things that most people would be freaking out about don't seem to really phase her that much. Zoey sneaks out of her house because her parents think she should stay there and they can get the church to come and pray for her. She goes to her grandmother's house because her Gram is the only person who really listen and accepts Zoey. While she is looking for her Gram Zoey falls and hits her head. She has a sort of a "spirit walk" where she meets Nyx the Goddess of the moon/night. When she wakes up he is in the House of Night infirmary and her crescent moon is filed in (which is unheard of in a fledgling). Zoey meets her roommate and makes some friends(and some enemies) and gets an invite to the Daughters of Darkness ritual(which is the "in" crowd pretty much)so she goes. She starts to notice that she can sense other things, she sees a ghost and can feel different elements when the circle is cast. Eventually she and her friends decide they need to overthrow the current Daughter of Darkness leader because it becomes clear that Zoey is meant for something great. (less)
I present you Frankie Landau-Banks, named Frankie because her father wanted a son. Although, regardless of the name, her father does not think much of...moreI present you Frankie Landau-Banks, named Frankie because her father wanted a son. Although, regardless of the name, her father does not think much of her. Neither does anyone else for that matter. Over the summer she blossoms into a young woman, but still no one thinks of her as more than "bunny rabbit". When she learns of a secret society, and just perhaps stumbles on some society secrets, she thinks she could run the society much better than "Alpha". When her pranks go too far though, Frankie knows she has to own up and admit it was her at the front of the pack, even if it means losing the boy of her dreams.
This was a ridculously entertaing read. You will instanly either love or hate Frankie, there is no inbetween. I loved her, I loved her word obsession where she decided that some words (those which aren't really words, but should be) are neglected, mostly neglected positives (I guess you'll have to read to find out). While Frankie's sister and mother claim to be feminist, Frankie takes it to a new level and completely dominates the secret society(all male) at her school. This is a fantastic girl power book akin to Fried Green Tomatoes (girl power wise, no crying and murder here). TOWANDA!!!! So, yes read this book. It has girl power, romance, secret societies, secrets, pranks and basset hounds. E. Lockhart is a really great funny, fun writer and this book is certainly no dissappointment. So throw this on top of your TBR pile because you deserve it.
First Line: "I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind between the mal-doings of the Loyal order of the Basset Hounds."
Favorite Line: "Of course, anything named after a floppy-eared dog with short legs isn't deadly serious." (less)
It kind of sucks that I watched the movie when it came out and had not read the books yet. Knowing what happens in the movie and knowing what they loo...moreIt kind of sucks that I watched the movie when it came out and had not read the books yet. Knowing what happens in the movie and knowing what they looked like took away a little of the magic of this book. However, I still loved it. Harry Potter comes from a magical past, but he doesn't know it. Left on the doorstep of his Aunt Petunia's when he was just a baby. Harry grew up thinking his parents died in a car crash and that the lightning scar on his forehead was a result of that. Harry is very mistreated but his Aunt and Uncle and there son Dursley. Sometimes when they are especially mean to him weird things seem to happen. One day a letter comes for Harry, but his Uncle Vernon refuses to give it to him. Everyday more and more letters come until finally, a large man named Hagrid comes to deliver it himself. The letter invites Harry to Hogwart's School of Magic. Harry finds out that his parents were really a witch and a wizard and Hagrid takes him off to buy school supplies and catch a train. On the train he befriends a boy named Ron Weasley. At the school they are sorted into houses. Harry gets caught in a web of mystery trying to find out who is behind setting a troll loose in the school as a distraction to get at the Sorcerer's Stone. The stone which was created by Dumbledore and Nicholas Flamel and whoever has it holds the key to eternal life and riches. (less)
Harry is back at Hogwart's again, despite Dobby's (a house elf) desperate warnings and his sealing of platform 9 3/4. Harry gets attacked during a Qui...moreHarry is back at Hogwart's again, despite Dobby's (a house elf) desperate warnings and his sealing of platform 9 3/4. Harry gets attacked during a Quidditch game by a bewitched bludger (Dobby again trying to rescue Potter). Eventually, students start turning up petrified, in a strange way. Hermione figures out how all these students are being attack but then she herself becomes petrified. Tight in her fist however, is a piece of paper which is the key to the happenings. Harry Potter faces Voldemort for the third time in this exciting second novel of the Harry Potter Series. (less)
Taylor was abandoned on Jellicoe Road by her mother. All she has in Hannah, a woman who has been taking care of her while she stays at a school there....moreTaylor was abandoned on Jellicoe Road by her mother. All she has in Hannah, a woman who has been taking care of her while she stays at a school there. Taylor wants to know where her mother is though and what made her give up on her daughter.
This book is super confusing at first. You dive right into it and there are changing story lines and hostilities and lots of other things that are just a bit much for your brain to work out at first. I wasn't even positive that Taylor was a girl for the first third of the book. Once you sort things out though you can't stop reading.
This was a beautiful and lovely book. There is just so much feeling and meaning behind everything that happens. My heart sat like a rock in my chest just waiting for something to happen. I didn't think anything bad could happen if a book started with so much death, but I knew better.
Melina Marchetta wrote a heartbreaking novel. It's just written in a way that allows you to really get to know the characters and fall in love with them. I loved the little bits from Hannah's story woven in. We get to see little bits and pieces of these characters while trying to push Taylor forward in life. This book was fun and shocking and just all the good bits.
I can't believe it has taken me so long to read this. So many people told me about how amazing it was and I didn't want to read it and have it be less than that. I was not disappointed. If you are one of those people who have been meaning to read this but haven't yet, set some time aside and devour this one. You may want to read it again right after you finish so you can see things again with all your new information. This is 100% worth the read.
First Lines: "My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted."
Favorite Lines: "And then he told me to close my eyes. And I think I've been frightened to do just that ever since."
Phe's sister was drawn to Shadow Hills. When a flier for Devenish Prep shows up in their mail for Phe's dead sister Phe knows she has to go. She finds...morePhe's sister was drawn to Shadow Hills. When a flier for Devenish Prep shows up in their mail for Phe's dead sister Phe knows she has to go. She finds a journal her sister kept her dreams in and realizes soon that she too is starting to have very odd, vivid dreams. When she arrives in Shadow Hills Phe can feel that there is something a little different here. When she starts seeing real things that she thought were only in her dreams, she knows she needs to find out more. With the help of a few people that she meets, maybe Phe can find out what happened to her sister and what is so special about the people of Shadow Hills.
I loved this book. I loved Phe. I loved Graham. I loved Zach. I loved that our heroine Phe (though not perfect) did not fall for a bad boy. *breathes* Okay so this story was so awesome. Witchcraft + mythology + romance + supernatural happenings + teen angst = this story. I loved how all the elements fit together. It was a little weird how easy Phe starts to accept the things she finds out. Although, she is pretty odd herself, but she seems to come to terms with everything maybe a little too quickly. At one point in this book I actually got chills, which hasn't happened to me while reading in quite awhile. I really think this is a great step in the right direction with paranormal romance. It wasn't super romance-y but there was still just enough that you didn't think Phe odd. Also, if I might add the fact that I love Gogol Bordello and all the other bands in this story. It was so amazing to have such a great soundtrack to associate with the different characters. I think Phe and I could definitely be chums(even though she's from California). This was a great debut novel and I am most certainly looking forward to more from Anastasia. If you like paranormal stories with a dash of romance that doesn't quite leave you gagging be sure to check out this book. Heck pre-order here.
First Line: "I had thought nothing could be worse than what they had already done to me, but I was wrong."
Favorite Line: "It was no longer my sister's sanctuary; it had become a cavernous wound." (less)
Miles is interested in the last words of dead people. He wants to seek the "Great Perhaps" that Francois Rabelais spoke of and thinks the best place t...moreMiles is interested in the last words of dead people. He wants to seek the "Great Perhaps" that Francois Rabelais spoke of and thinks the best place to start is at a boarding school. So he packs up and moves South to Culver Creek. Here he meets the Colonel and Alaska Young. The Colonel is Miles' roommate and Alaska is everything Miles never knew he wanted. Even through her ups and downs, Miles is obsessed with her. At first he thinks that maybe boarding school isn't as exciting as it could be, but soon enough things start to change. Miles finds that a lot will happen to him at boarding school, more than he cares for. He might even find a glimpse into that "Great Perhaps".
Alaska is the very first quirky girl we get introduced to by John Green. She has her ups and downs, and plenty of flaws but she just has something about her that draws people into her. She is definitely a Mood Swing Queen though. One minute she's super high and the next super low, maybe it's the drinking, but it's probably just how she is. She was an interesting character, when she was on the page you knew something would transpire; good or bad you didn't know, but something. Then you have Miles, sort of geeky, but mostly just plain. He was a cool kid though. I would like to hang out with him. I would know a lot of famous people's dying words. It is a fascinating subject. It amuses me that he only reads their biographies though, without reading anything they wrote. The Colonel was a good guy too. I didn't really expect him to be so smart, but the boarding school was a bit more school than hang-out place. Their three personalities melded together really well. It was nice how easily Miles slid into place with Alaska and the Colonel. There were other characters, and they were pretty good, but these are the ones I grew to love because I saw them more often.
The only thing that sort of bugged me was the countdown. I knew in my gut what it was counting down to, and I was just waiting for it. Then about halfway there I began thinking that it had to be something else, it couldn't possibly be what I thought. It was just a bit predictable, but it made you hope you were wrong, which made it a bit better.
I enjoyed the consistency in narration. Miles was a list kind of guy, so he often told things in lists. I really enjoy this. Miles was a bit self-centered but that's how life as a teenager goes. You care about yourself and the things that directly affect you. Sometimes Miles was a bit pervy, but that was okay too, because he was such a like-able guy anyways.
If you haven't read John Green, I don't know what you're waiting for, but you should be. If you read any realistic fiction at all make sure you check this one out. This was John's first, and it's just as good as his other novels. Maybe even better.
First Line: "one hundred thirty-six days before The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party."
Favorite Lines: "I believe now that we are greater than the sum of our parts."
"Wings flapping furiously as it came, and then it was on the shore in front of us, making a noise that sounded like nothing else in this world, like all the worst parts of a dying rabbit plus all the worst parts of a crying baby, and there was no other way, so we just ran."
"'Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox.'"
"She said that it was sexist to leave the cooking to the women, but better to have good sexist food than crappy boy-prepared food."
"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
Sophie Mercer is a witch raised by a human. She has little to no contact with her father who is the one to pass the trait on to her. After many, many...moreSophie Mercer is a witch raised by a human. She has little to no contact with her father who is the one to pass the trait on to her. After many, many mishaps with magic, her father has her sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, faeries, shape-shifters and the like. She doesn't do too well there from day one, between boarding with a vamp, pissing off the three head witches and semester-long detention Sophie has her hands full. She enlists the help of a ghost/witch(who really has sought her out) and begins training to be a better witch. When a murderer is named among the students Sophie knows she has to get to the bottom of what's really going on and who her father really is. Sophie doesn't know who to trust when so many new discoveries lead her to believe that everyone could be guilty.
First things first, I could never be friends with Sophie. She has such an attitude, I can't even believe it. I did enjoy the book though. it had enough twists an turns to keep me guessing but not too many so that I got lost. This was a really fun read and perfect for the approaching summer(as long as you don't mind reading about school). I loved the magic that was portrayed in this novel and all the little clicks between the different prodigum. I'm glad with the way things turned out, although there are plenty of cliffhangers that leave me craving the next installment. I do wish Sophie was less obnoxious, but some people are just that way and can't help it. The romance in this was quite entertaining as well as steamy. This is certainly a book for the beach, so make sure you pick up a copy.
First Lines: "Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom. Again."
Favorite Lines: "I stared at them. Had that been their sales pitch? look! we're really scay. Come be scary too!"(less)