At Hamilton High, the soccer and football teams have always been in an intense rivalry. Most of the boys now, don't even know what it was started overAt Hamilton High, the soccer and football teams have always been in an intense rivalry. Most of the boys now, don't even know what it was started over, they just carry on the tradition of torture. The boys love it, their girlfriends though, don't. The girls are fed up with the rivalry always getting in the way of their relationships, and they want it to stop once and for all. Lissa decides she will lead the girls to victory, all they need to do is go on a sex strike. As long as they can hold out longer than the boys, they figure they will win without a problem. What they and Lissa don't count on though, it the boys fighting back. Can Lissa and the girls keep their hormones in check to put an end to the rivalry, or will the boys triumph?
Kody Keplinger's Sophomore novel does not disappoint. A lot less tame in some ways than The DUFF, it still was pretty intense at points. Keplinger knows how to write a steamy scene. It did seem a bit odd to me that Lissa had two boys fighting over her. I mean she seemed okay, but she wasn't really extraordinary. Then again, Randy was a jerk, so he probably only went back to her to have a constant. Cash, oh Cash...he does seem the easy to swoon for type. There was just something about him that did make him seem irresistible. It could be the fact that he is sort of a bookish type, even though he plays soccer too. I loved that Lissa worked at the library, I love the library and it is a great high school job for someone who is a bit of an OCD headcase. Lissa was quite clueless at times, but I think she was just so caught up in everything she missed the little details—it's a good thing she had friends to help her out. I loved Chloe, she was a loud and fabulous character and I could see myself getting along with her just fine. If you haven't read this one, make sure you pick it up soon. It is awesome.
First Line: "There is nothing more humiliating than being topless in the backseat of your boyfriend's car when someone decides to throw an egg at the windshield."
Favorite Line: "A few girls made excuses not to come because, well, they couldn't stand Kelsey and didn't want to be anywhere near he 'fortress of evil.'"
While walking one night Alexandra comes upon a bookmobile. In it are shelves and shelves of books. While browsing, she realizes that she has read everWhile walking one night Alexandra comes upon a bookmobile. In it are shelves and shelves of books. While browsing, she realizes that she has read every single item on the shelves. She asks if she can check something out, but the librarian refuses her. She looks and looks for this magic night bookmobile which causes her relationship to fail. She stumbles upon it only when she's not searching for it. She breaks engagements when she does come across it and delves into the reading material. All she wants is to stay there forever, but the price might be too high.
This was a great concept, I would love a library of everything ever I had read. It's always amazing to go into a used bookstore or a library and stumble across something that you remember reading ages ago. One thing odd about this book though is the format. For the longest time before I actually received this I thought this was a picture book. It's the right shape and size for a picture book. After reading it though, I can not recommend this as a read for children, as it is clearly not. The publisher categorizes it as a graphic novel, and based on subject matter I agree. One thing I did not care for, was the ending. (view spoiler)[I didn't love how this story sort of glorifies suicide. If you kill yourself you get to go to the magic library in the sky. Why couldn't she have just died of old age? (hide spoiler)] I guess it is fitting for Alexandra though, since she seems to be completely terrible at having any sort of relationship. An interesting read for book lovers to check out.
First Line: "The first time I saw the bookmobile, I was walking down Ravenswood Avenue at four o'clock in the morning."
Favorite Line: "I stood in front of my bookshelves and there were all my books, haphazardly crowded together as always, needing dusting, as always."
Mara isn't sure what's going on. She thought he was dead...they told her he was dead. She's certain it was him in that police station though. It was JMara isn't sure what's going on. She thought he was dead...they told her he was dead. She's certain it was him in that police station though. It was Jude, not a hallucination. There is no way to convince any one else that it's true though. There is one person who doesn't need convincing though. Noah is trying to get to the bottom of things. Where could Jude have been this whole time and what does he want? Noah and Mara are on somewhat rocky ground since all has been revealed, but neither of them are giving up yet. Unfortunately things are going to get a lot worse before they will get the answers they need.
This book was super steamy. If you thought that the connection between Noah and Mara was intense in the first book, wait until you read this one. Also, JUDE!!! What a cliffhanger from the first novel. I was so glad I was able to dive right into this one and find out what is going on. Unfortunately, it's not all completely clear yet. I'm so excited for the last book so that I can see how the story ends up with Mara writing that letter in the beginning.
So many things have happend in these first two novels and all of it just keeps building up. Now Mara is starting to have really strange dreams. I really enjoyed having this introduced, it is an aspect that is keeping me on my toes. As soon as I think I'm starting to figure out and understand what is going on, everything changes. I can't even imagine how crazy it must be for Mara.
This novel really amps up compared to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. This one is totally more intense and driven. I doubt you'll even be able to put this one down. Things just keep happening and half-explanations are made, but nothing finite yet. I seriously can not wait to read the conclusion to this series. It will either be TOTALLY AMAZING or terrible. I'm guessing the first though, since this book is even better than the first one.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer does not end on a cliff hanger, which is nice, but it ends with a billion unresolved questions. I still don't even believe Kells, there is no way that what she says is true. It CAN'T be true. The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the perfect title for the last novel. Evolution ended on a sort of badass note, so it's going to be awesome.
First Line: "You will love him to ruins."
Favorite Lines: "I knew one hundred little things about Noah Shaw but when he kissed me I couldn't remember my own name. I was starved for him, for this."...more
Dennis Ouyang became obsessed with video games after his father's death. This obsession followed him to college, where it reflected in his bad grades.Dennis Ouyang became obsessed with video games after his father's death. This obsession followed him to college, where it reflected in his bad grades. He's about to lose everything when four little angels appear to him and tell him that medical school is his destiny. Whether he likes it or not he has to at least try to reach his destiny, even if that means giving up gaming.
I really love Gene Luen Yang's stories. They are also a little odd, but tons of fun. Dennis was a pretty typical kid, except for the angels. He was struggling with where his life was supposed to go, especially when he had no father to guide him. I really enjoyed the illustrations, particularly the use of color. I loved how certain scenes were monochromatic. His friends were all great; I really liked Takeem, he was fun. If you're a fan o f graphic novels, I would suggest that you pick up a copy of this, it also has one of the greatest covers ever! I look forward to Gene Luen Yang's next endeavor.
First Line: "I saw my first arcade video game when I was six."
The Bettys are back and they are in love. After five months of dating Ben, Geena finds that he wants things to get a bit more...physical. She's not quThe Bettys are back and they are in love. After five months of dating Ben, Geena finds that he wants things to get a bit more...physical. She's not quite sure if she's ready for all that though. On top of that, she has Amber to worry about. See, they got this new substitute English teacher who is way hot (think Ezra Fitz from PPL) and Amber wants to trick him into loving her. So Geena is helping Amber out but accidentally pushing Ben away and sort of, kinda falling for Mr. Sands herself. Oh young love, how will it all turn out?
I didn't know how this second novel was going to be, I mean sequels are sometimes a flop. I loved this book even more than the first though. Romantic rivalry was top on the lists of things I loved about this novel. We get introduced to Sophie and she wants Ben (Benedict) in a bad way. Ben doesn't see the nasty fire that she spits in Geena's direction, which has Geena paranoid. To top it off, Sophie is super glamourous and always dresses to the nines; whereas Geena is Skater Chic. The second thing I loved was the hilarious misadventures with the English sub. I mean, Geena following Amber on a date to text her lines. I loved when she texted Amber "Brontë" and Amber pronounces it "Bront". Fantastic! I would certainly consider this novel a companion to Confessions instead of a sequel, because while this does follow chronologically, it is not a continuation of the first story and you don't have to have read Confessions in order to read this one. I was a little disappointed that Hero wasn't more of a character in this one, although it's understandable (her being at boarding school in CT and all). I really start to like how she contrasted with Amber and Geena in the first novel and wished there was that dynamic again here. Again, Jody Gehrman created very 3D characters that you could feel like you actually knew, even if sometimes you wanted to shake them. There was still some slimy guys in this one, but nothing the Bettys couldn't handle. I would make sure you check this one out if you like escapades and caffeine and boys and love and trouble and life.
First Line: "Hey Hero, I know you come home for winter break tomorrow, which render this e-mail kind of unnecessary if not pathetic, but I just have to give you the heads-upon the latest Sonoma Valley High gossip, such as it is."
Favorite Lines: "Isn't this supposed to be my time to horrify them with my burgeoning sexuality."
"There were stars poking through the navy blue sky, piercing its smooth surface like pegs in a Lite-Brite."
"Amber and I were rolling our eyes so often we saw more of the ceiling than anything else."...more
Rory's parents give her the choice of staying in Louisiana for her senior year, or accompanying them to England. Not a hard choice. So she arrives inRory's parents give her the choice of staying in Louisiana for her senior year, or accompanying them to England. Not a hard choice. So she arrives in England just as the police have found a murder victim. There were no witnesses, the cameras that are everywhere caught nothing and there are no traces of evidence in the crime scene. Some are saying it's Jack the Ripper, or at least a copycat. When these murders start to follow the Ripper's pattern though, the police are still at a loss. They do have a witness now. Rory. Rory saw a man who is now the main suspect. What's weird though it that Rory's roommate was standing right next ot her and didn't seen the man at all. Rory doesn't know what to believe and what she can trust. Rippermania grips London and won't let go and Rory can only go along for the ride.
If you follow Maureen Johnson on Twitter, you might think she's crazy. After reading this novel I have confirmed that her insanity is due(at least in part) to the fact that she is a genius. Seriously. This book was insanely well-written in every aspect. I never knew what was going to happen next. Maureen added so many elements that I would have never expected. The tale of Jack the Ripper is one that has fascinated many people for decades and it is a fascinating tale. There is so much unknown in the case(s) that it really leaves it open to speculation and people love to speculate. Maureen really did an amazing job with this novel and the characters. Each person was so vivid and alive(well, you know what I mean), that I never messed up who was who. Rory was completely fascinating with all her southern charm. She went from drinking sweet tea to Earl Grey and brought a slew of bizarre family stories. I loved all the extra elements of the story and how vibrant the setting was. I felt cold and miserable throughout the English drizzle, but exhilarated at the very though of London's cobblestone streets. Maureen wove a creepy tale full of spooks and old haunts. You have to pick this one up soon, it's a perfect creepy story that will leave you craving more of Rory's haunting adventures.
First Line: "The eyes of London were watching Claire Jenkins."
Favorite Lines: "Somewhere on the school grounds, there was a Big Rock Candy Mountain of alcohol—a magical closet filled to the ceiling."
"I looked at the stained-glass image of the lamb in the window above me, but that only reminded me that lambs are famous for being led to the slaughter, or sometimes hanging out with lions in ill-advised relationships."
Keek and her boyfriend had an epic fight, and soon there after Keek gets the chicken pox. Her parents are fighting too, since her dad got caught cheatKeek and her boyfriend had an epic fight, and soon there after Keek gets the chicken pox. Her parents are fighting too, since her dad got caught cheating and moved in with his mother. Keek's mother is cross country helping care for a preemie cousin. So now Keek is stuck at her grandmother's house, which has practically nothing made after 1960. So Keek's grandmother brings her an old typewriter so that in between fits of fever and readings of The Bell Jar, Keek might write down some of her thoughts and emotions instead of just bottling them up.
I really loved Keek's grandmother. She was frank and bold and fascinating. I loved it when she tells Keek to "Class it up, kid." Fantastic. She was probably my favorite character. Keek was completely delirious throughout most of the book and we slowly were let in on her family's secrets and her failing love-life. It was interesting jumping around the past few months with Keek narrating them as they came to her. I was anxiously waiting to figure out what was going on with her boyfriends and her parents. This is a great novel about dealing with divorcing parents. This story was also about friendships and relationships, about how sometimes you are so close to someone that you can end up trusting them too much, or not seeing things about them that you don't want to. I loved all the reference to The Bell Jar. It made me want to pick up and re-read my copy, which I will probably have to do soon. What a great piece of literature for Keek's mind to play with while she is feverish and isolated. I agree the Keek is sofa king(read the book) not a name and rather sounds like something that you might do when you see something gross. I really enjoyed this book and it was exactly what I felt like reading this summer. It was a nice summer read. Enough stimuli without being a too much for my sun-addled brain. If you get a chance to check this one out I would recommend you do so.
First Line: "I once watched a collector kill a monarch butterfly on a nature show by putting it under a glass dome with a piece of cotton soaked in gasoline."
Favorite Lines: "Cute as a fucking button. Esther/Sylvia was as serious as a nuclear bomb."
Chloe and Ruby are sisters, but Ruby has always taken care of Chloe like a daughter. Ruby is five and a half years older, and everyone in the town adoChloe and Ruby are sisters, but Ruby has always taken care of Chloe like a daughter. Ruby is five and a half years older, and everyone in the town adores her. Anything Ruby says goes, and people are willing to do anything for her, including Chloe. That was before London showed up dead in a boat on the Reservoir. Chloe leaves to go live her father, rather than face the town where this girl dies. Soon enough though, Ruby decides she wants Chloe back, so of course Chloe comes back. Her sister is still telling stories about the underwater town of Olive and how Chloe can stay underwater forever. Chloe's back, and everything is the same as before she left, exactly the same. Chloe isn't quite sure what is wrong with the town and her sister, but she knows that something is up. If her sister is keeping secrets, Chloe will just have to dig deeper and let go of the ties that hold her to Ruby.
So this book has so many secrets here, there and everywhere. Writing about the book is difficult, because each of these secrets need to be kept until you unravel them yourself. I wish that I had a sister, or even an older sibling. It was tricky relating to Chloe, because I don't have that sibling that I look up to. I have a younger brother, and we get on okay, but brother/sister relationship are quite different from a relationship between two sisters. Regardless, Chloe was a believable and somewhat likable sister. It was a little upsetting that she hung off of Ruby's every word, but everyone else did too. Ruby was a highly interesting character, and even after finishing the novel, I'm not sure where she stands. She does some good deeds, but she did some pretty bad ones too. I loved hearing the stories that Ruby told, they were imaginative and playful. I loved the story of Olive, the town that wouldn't leave even when they faced being flooded. There was an interesting cast of characters, some you can love and some you dislike. I think Nova Ren Suma did a fantastic job with this, her sophomore novel, and I am going to get my hands on a copy of Dani Noir as soon as possible. When I started this novel, I thought it would be a story about Chloe drowning and becoming a ghost. I thought this would be a story about two sisters and their relationship through terrible things. That's not what this story is about at all though. This is a story that has old, deep stories interwoven throughout. Lots of twists and turns that tangle you in their web and refuse to let go until you've read the last page. I can't stop thinking about this book, even now nearly a week later. I will reread this one and recommend it to everyone I come across. This story was creepy and weird, something that will give you shivers and keep you reading into the morning.
First Line: "Ruby said I'd never drown – not in the deep ocean, not by shipwreck, not even by falling drunk into someone's bottomless backyard pool."
Favorite Lines: "'But,' she continued, cutting around a slow car, ' if I was going to lie, I figured I might as well make it fun. So I'd say, What do you mean where's her mother? I'm her mother. I'd tell them different things, depending on who asked. Like I married young and now I'm a widow. Or I got knocked up in Girl Scouts, when I was out selling cookies.'"
"...I sat there in the boat under her stars and her moon, gated on all sides by the mountains, watching the last bits of her breath float up and away."
So Evie got herself a lovely normal life and a sexy new boyfriend with not a drop of Faerie blood in him. Evie finds that a normSequel to Paranormalcy
So Evie got herself a lovely normal life and a sexy new boyfriend with not a drop of Faerie blood in him. Evie finds that a normal life may not be as exciting as she thought. She's given a chance to work for IPCA again and jumps at the opportunity to have a little action back, especially since she won't have to use Faeries for transport anymore. Although, the guy that leads her through the paths now might not be any easier to put up with. Though once Evie's back into the thick of things, nothing seems to go right. Then Reth shows up, and all his taunting about knowing who she really is turns into hard fact. She's been trying to keep things under control, but her boyfriend and the faeries aren't really helping make things normal. Evie may have to work a lot harder to get things back to something closer to normal for her.
So this one was even better than Paranormalcy. I thought Evie was even more fun and I love Lend. I found Jack charming when we were first introduced, but he was like a cat that keeps climbing back into your lap every time you throw it on the ground. He just started to be too much, but then he would be comforting, and then I wanted to slap him. It was really up and down with Jack for me. I really liked the new developments and never wanted to put this down. Everything was pretty chaotic with the agency and the faeries and even Evie's new town. Everything was just crazy. I wish a bit more had been resolved in this one, but I am super excited to find out what happens in Endlessly! Lend is still a really great guy, and I wish he was in this one a little more. Supernaturally was really about Evie finding herself and trying to figure out where she fits in the world. Of course, she has to do all this while paranormals attempt to kidnap, kill and eat her, but that's life. I don't think fans of Paranormacly will be one bit disappointed in this sequel. First Lines: "Oh, bleep. I was going to die."
Favorite Lines: "'Girls are mean. At least faeries simply kill you if they don't want you around."
"'He said he was here to inspect the beds. I figured he was one of your old friends."
Whitley Johnson has finally graduated high school. Though she is glad to be rid of that place she can't help but attend the big bash at some guy's houWhitley Johnson has finally graduated high school. Though she is glad to be rid of that place she can't help but attend the big bash at some guy's house. She graduated with at least a thousand kids so it's not like she knows everyone. She ends the night in a boy's bed, the host apparently. He wants them to keep in touch, but Whitley wants to be rid of this one night stand and get on with her new life. This summer was supposed to be like all the other ones with her father. They were supposed to chill buy the condo's pool and talk about college, since Whitley is attending her father's alma mater. Unfortunately, Whitley's dad has other plans. In the car her dad tells her that he doesn't have the condo anymore but a house. He doesn't have some flimsy girlfriend, but a fiancée and she has two kids. Whitley doesn't think this summer could get any worse, and then she meets her soon-to-be stepbrother. She's trying to make the best out of the situation at hand, but she ends up getting out of hand. Whitley just wanted things to be like they always were, but maybe it's time things change.
Awesome. This is Kody Keplinger's third book and she has not lost any steam. This book was just so fantastic. A few weeks ago I reviewed Jackson Pearce's Purity and mentioned that I had a hard time relating to that father/daughter relationship; I had no problem relating to this one. Whitley's father is more of a buddy than a father, and has a hard time making time for her. Whitley is drunk so often that she doesn't even seem to realize how much this is true. She puts him up on a pedestal which puts a strain on her relationship with her mother. It was a bit depressing watching her father ignore her and then her finding out some unfavorable things about him. He sort of is a giant jerk though at least his wife-to-be is a good person.
It was interesting reading about a character with zero friends. Whitley didn't seem to even have casual acquaintances, though she went to all the parties. It was good to see Whitley's character change throughout the course of this novel, while still remaining the same girl at the core. She grew a lot having a real family around and that means something. There was a cameo in here of a couple of other Kody characters you might recognize. It was a nice surprise.Whitley does end up finding a friend in Harrison, though she fights it every bit of the way. She also has a friend in Nathan, whether she likes it or not. I loved both of these characters. Harrison was just completely fabulous, forcing Whitley to befriend him despite her desire for friendship. Then Nathan was just great because he kept calling her Whit, even though she despised it.
If you have not read a Kody Keplinger book it is because either a.) you don't like good books or b.) you're crazy (can't be that you don't like realistic fiction). Check this book out this summer, it is a definite hit!
First Line: "Hangovers are a bitch."
Favorite Lines: "I spent the next several days avoiding Nathan as much as was humanly possible. This involved lots of the silent treatment and cold-shouldering, mixed with a little bit of immature 'Did you hear something? Must have been the wind,' whenever he tried to get my attention in the presence of others."
Anna's father decides that she need to go to Paris for her senior year of high school. Anna is very upset about this arrangement. She doesn't speak FrAnna's father decides that she need to go to Paris for her senior year of high school. Anna is very upset about this arrangement. She doesn't speak French, she doesn't know any one there and she will have to leave behind all of her friends. Once she gets there, she fortunately makes friends with her dorm neighbor, Meredith, and is quickly engulfed into Mer's circle of friends. Unfortunetaly this is when Anna is introduced to Étienne. Étienne is a dreamboat, French style, British accent and a major flirt. The only downside to Étienne is that he is taken by the elusive Ellie, and they have been together forever. Anna tries not to dwell on her crush too much, I mean she has Toph waiting for her at home. At least she thinks he's waiting for her. Though, Étienne was drunk one night and mentioned that he liked Anna as more than a friend. But he was drunk so that doesn't count right? Now Anna has to not only navigate a foreign country, but the foreign land of love.
This was a fantastic, fun read. I have never read a book that took place in Paris, and this was a great one to start with. It was hilarious, I was laughing so much while reading this. Anna is a really funny person. I did have a problem with her near the end though, because she was so foolish. She just couldn't believe that somebody could love her even though he let her know in so many subtle ways. Anna acted like she needed him to raise a billboard declaring his love for her, or else she wouldn't really believe it. So that really bugged me how easily she jumped from one conclusion to the next and they were conflicting conclusions. Granted she is young and in love and therefore can not be held accountable for her actions, but come on. Anyways, this book had all the making of a perfect romance read. There was plenty of humor, a few steamy kisses, a few not-so-steamy kisses, FRANCE, pastries and holiday breaks. Étienne was completely dreamy and conflicted. Having a long time girlfriend in France is a tricky thing, especially when the thing between you has sort of fizzled and you are both just too lazy and comfortable to do anything about it. I loved how Stephanie Perkins conveyed love in this novel, it was sweet, but difficult, delicious and dirty. Love is never perfect, it's all about yelling and making up, misinterpretations and those few perfect kisses. The other characters were fantastic supports, they weaved in and out of this story in perfect harmony with the rise and fall of emotions. They also had their own problems that at first were overlooked, but that made Anna realize that everyone has sucky points in their lives. I recommend this to all girls who are looking for a nice light romance read, but something with a nice depth to it. I really can't wait to read more by Stephanie Perkins, because this was such a fantastic read.
First Line: "Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amélie and Moulin Rouge."
Favorite Line: "'Wow, Anna. You are such a mean drunk.'" "I take a hesitant sniff. Dank. It smells dank." ...more
When Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital she has trouble remembering how she got there. Slowly details are filled in though. She was with her friends aWhen Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital she has trouble remembering how she got there. Slowly details are filled in though. She was with her friends and boyfriend in an abandoned asylum when it collapsed. She's the only one who survived. Mara has a hard time dealing with this and is suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) so her family decide it's time for a fresh start and they move to Florida. Things in Florida are okay. Mara makes a friend, Jaime so school isn't so terrible...then there is that cute boy, Noah. English accent, disheveled clothes and tousled hair make him hard to resist. The only problem Mara has, are her hallucinations. She's trying to play it cool so her family doesn't have to worry, but Mara is having a hard time telling between what's real and what's not. When a few people start dropping dead, Mara knows that something has to be going on. She can't figure everything out on her own though.
So while I was not like OH MY GOD THIS BOOK! I do see what people reacted that way. This was a pretty awesome start to a trilogy. Mara is a very fascinating narrator, since her brain isn't completely 100%. She has hallucinations and delusions and it makes it interesting trying to figure out what is really going on.
I wish there was more Jaime in this book. I think it just adds in Mara's dysfunctionality though that she doesn't have a good solid friend. Jaime seemed interesting though and I really wish him and Mara hung out more.
Then there is Noah. He is a dream. I sort of picture him as Nicholas Hoult, especially as Tony in Skins. The cocky air to him as well as being English and cute. Regardless though, he was a very interesting character and he counteracted Mara perfectly.
I am deadly excited to see what happens next with Mara. This story is very ensnaring and the whole concept is just...wow. The only flaw in this novel are more of a preference flaw; the whole girl in new town dates mysterious and attractive boy who only wants her like he's never wanted anyone before. Some people find this unrealistic, I find it perfect for a novel. That's how love in a novel should often be. It's a much nicer reality than the truth. ;)
Michelle Hodkin's writing is amazing. She creates sentences that lure you in and chapters that keep you turning pages. You think you can put the book down, only to realize that you have to read one more chapter to be satisfied.
If you haven't read this novel yet, it's probably time you do. I really enjoyed it and will be biting my nails until all the secrets have been uncovered.
First Line: "The ornate script on the board twisted in the candlelight, making the letters and numbers dance in my head."
Favorite Lines: "'I mean asscrown. The crown on the top of the asshat that covers the asshole of assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,' I said, as though reading from a dictionary of modern profanity."
"Lightning flashed in distant purple clouds that spread over the sky like a dark quilt."
"'Because I am European, therefore more cultured than you,'..."