This was a compelling, enticing read: the plot line is that two beautiful sisters/enemies/best friends compete for the love of King Henry the VIII. OnThis was a compelling, enticing read: the plot line is that two beautiful sisters/enemies/best friends compete for the love of King Henry the VIII. One, Mary, is pretty, "milk-and-honey", and starts out as a naiive 14-year-old girl. Her relationship with Henry is simple, she expects nothing but his love. The other, Anne, is witty, ambitious,fiery, enigmatic and strikingly beautiful, with pale skin and onyx hair. She is jaded by how her betrothal with Henry Percy was cancelled, and instead of pining for him gives in to her lust for power: she will stop at nothing to be queen, and entrances Henry to the challenging chase of attaining her But before and after the crown falls on her head, intrigue, mystery, and betrayal surround her. Mary watches with jealousy, deep concern, and heartbreak at Anne's rise and fall....more
The tagline is: “What is the soundtrack of your life?” I was hooked immediately. From the title to the last line, this book is authentic and truly beaThe tagline is: “What is the soundtrack of your life?” I was hooked immediately. From the title to the last line, this book is authentic and truly beautiful.
True to the title, 14-year-old Calle Smith is a teen that loves music and drifts from town to town with her mother. She’s not used to putting down her roots anywhere, so she resists. It’s hard, though, when her sound track bounces her between her new crowd of quirky thespians, a mysterious loner, and a boy that at first glance has a perfect life. Harder still when she learns the truth about her wayward father. Each chapter is a song title and the memories it brings Calle. Here’s an example, the very first chapter:
“Get Out The Map” “…the air smelling like honeysuckle, I dangle my arm from the passenger window, aware only of the honeysuckle air, Indigo Girls on a scratchy radio, and a white sun. And that everything we own has been packed in to the back of a battered orange moving van….again…”
Here’s some praise on the back of the book:
“Culbertson has crafted a world true and honest to the teenage experience, with characters you love immediately. Her storytelling reminds me of the classic teen book and movie titles of the ‘80s, like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’, and I’m thrilled to be working with her on the film adaptation.” -Loretta Ramos, MFA Producers Program, 2008 School of Theater, Film, and Television
“Beautifully written.” -Literature Alive
"As if being a freshman in high school isn’t hard enough, Calle Smith has to endure a rootless life with a mother who can’t seem to settle down in one town or with one guy. Told through a blend of prose, song lyrics, and musical references, Songs tells the story of a girl whose life resembles and random-shuffle playlist struggling to become comfortable in her own skin." -- AzTeen Magazine, a “Book Club” selection for Jan/Feb ’08 issue ...more
Until three months ago, Camelia’s life has been pretty ordinary: two best friends, an okay relationship with her parents, a cool job at the pottery stUntil three months ago, Camelia’s life has been pretty ordinary: two best friends, an okay relationship with her parents, a cool job at the pottery store downtown. But when she’s saved by a mysterious boy who leaves without a name or explanation, all she wants is to see him again for some closure, to say “thanks”.
She actually does see him again- Ben Carter, who, rumor has it, murdered his ex-girlfriend. He becomes the scapegoat to everyone but Camelia, even when her friends tell her to be careful. When she starts receiving weird phone calls and stalker-ish photos in the mail, they start to insist it’s him. Ben tells her she’s in danger, but won’t explain how he knows. Obviously he’s hiding something…but he’s not the only one with a secret.
I LOVED this book. I could not, for the life of me, figure out who the stalker was. I loved the characters as well. Highly recommended. ...more
Like Catcher in the Rye, this is a story of many revelations over a very short period of time. It has an interesting religious angle as well, sort ofLike Catcher in the Rye, this is a story of many revelations over a very short period of time. It has an interesting religious angle as well, sort of like a 50s' version of Siddhartha.
The intro somehow sums up the spirit of this extraordinary author:
"As nearly possible in the spirit of Matthew Salinger, age one, urging a luncheon companion to accept a cool lima bean, I urge my editor, mentor, and (heaven help him) closest friend, William Shawn, genius domus of the New Yorker, lover of the long shot, protector of the unprolific, defend of the hopelessly flamboyant, most unreasonably modest of born great artist-editors, to accept this pretty skimpy-looking book."...more
This is a story of love that transcends definition and time. The unnamed narrator is a burn patient. In his past life he was beautiful and immoral. NowThis is a story of love that transcends definition and time. The unnamed narrator is a burn patient. In his past life he was beautiful and immoral. Now he is a monster in appearance. In his ward, a striking young woman named Marianne Engel insists that he and she were once lovers in medieval Germany. It becomes clear that she is a psychiatric patient at the hospital, and schizophrenic. In a Scheherazade fashion, she tells stories of love from Iceland, Japan, Italy, and England, and also, of course, their supposed story. When he is released, he comes to live with her in her "fortress". Marianne insists she has 27 gargoyles left to carve before she is finished.
I was completely blown away by this book. It had an unanswerable ending and a rhythm to it that was just- simply- breathtaking. ...more
Anyone who looks at this cover would think it's a romance. Two teens by the swimming pool. Someone's lonely, obviously. The tagline is "Anything is poAnyone who looks at this cover would think it's a romance. Two teens by the swimming pool. Someone's lonely, obviously. The tagline is "Anything is possible..." Their hands are touching just barely atthe fingertips.
But I didn't put this in the romance shelf because it's really not just a romance. It's more about a girl, and romance sort of just happens to be there. And if you read the book, you know the tagline isn't really romantic. Here's an excerpt, a mini-spoiler of the first page about the tagline:
"Audrey says they could just be going through a bad patch and that things could start changing back when I least expect it. 'Anything is possible'. That's almost the truth, but it doesn't fill me with any hope. 'Anything is possible" makes me feel like someon's scraping at the edge of my rib cage with dull scissors. If you kept that idea in your head, you'd never leave the house for fear you'd be crushed by a runaway bus or gunned down in a mall parking lot."
I couldn't help but be reminded of the narrative of "Speak": darkly sarcastic and funny. This book would be great for fans of Anderson's masterpiece. Like Melinda, she has problems that rupture and accumulate at a rate faster than she can repair them. Unlike Melinda, she actually has someone to talk to about it. But sometimes that's not enough.
What would you think about a girl that has a thing for her best friend's boyfriend? She's a slut, she's immoral, she puts guys above friendship. You hate her. She's either beautiful enough to attract a taken guy easily or he's enough of a jerk not to care that he has a girlfriend, to not care about who that girlfriend is. You hate him (By the way, I don't consider this a spoiler, because you read it in the jacket. And if you're one of the rare people that never read a book jacket, you probably don't read reviews either).
But you don't hate Finn. You feel more than sympathy for her, you end up feeling empathy. You end up loving her anyway.
Any book that can inspire you to love or hate the main character blindly deserves five stars.
Really cool book based on the ancient, mystical science of Aryuveda: is your body/personality type air, water, or earth?
Mine was Earth. After you takReally cool book based on the ancient, mystical science of Aryuveda: is your body/personality type air, water, or earth?
Mine was Earth. After you take the quiz it has a lot of info on what's the best for this type. What's the best diet, exercise, relationship, way to de-stress, wardrobe/make-up, along with a detailed personality profile.
Here are some random suggestions that might be interesting
Most dairy foods are good.
Excels most at yoga, Tai Chi, and swimming.
Keep lip balm handy, since lips likely to dry out.
Especially susceptible to stimulants such as alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine.
Exciting, hopeful, acute intellect.
Restlessness, poor body image, insecurity
Clove and jasmine oil balances Air energy.
Watermelon good for Fire diet.
Reccomended Yoga Pose:Corpse
Blues, greens, and whites are great for flushed skin tone
Ylang-ylang balances Fire energy.
Passionate, noble, playful, glamorous.
Arrogant, perfectionist, proud, competitive.
More astringent fruits and energizing ginger.
Yoga Poses: Thunderbolt and Cobra
Large, sleepy eyes with thick lashes.
Thick, wavy hair.
Pale for her race.
Bring out the eyes.
Don't cover up shape with baggy clothes.
Kind, compassionate, serene, devoted, dreamy, reliable, easygoing, good sense of humor, inclusive, stable, artistic
I read this aloud to my younger sister since most of the reviews said it was a good, clean fantasy. She actually ended up loving it and begging me toI read this aloud to my younger sister since most of the reviews said it was a good, clean fantasy. She actually ended up loving it and begging me to read more. What I didn't expect was for ME to love this enchanting story.
In a culture where it is the duty of a mother to name children, not having a name is either pure negligence or spite. In this case it is both, as Frida, a bitter peasant woman, is so dissapointed that she has another girl that she refuses to name her. She is simply referred to as "lass".
One night, an isbjorn(literally meaning "ice bear", or polar bear)comes into her cottage and demands that he comes with her to a palace of ice. So begins a Northen beauty & the beast.
I loved this like I love gelato. It's total braincandy, I admit, but...it's the most GLORIOUS BRAINCANDY EVER.
I really think almost any girl4.5 stars
I loved this like I love gelato. It's total braincandy, I admit, but...it's the most GLORIOUS BRAINCANDY EVER.
I really think almost any girl could relate to it- anyone who's had money problems, even.
I love the main character, Rebecca Bloomwood, the way she's smart yet stupid. I love her voice(it's in 1st person. I love the situations she gets herself in, and how she gets herself out(or...not). Perfect, type-A girls who rock at their job, their love life,their family life, their financial life, blah blah blah, but feel like there's something MISSING...yeah, I can't relate to those. They don't feel REAL to me. Rebecca Bloomwood is a REAL person that fibs to make one feel better(or herself),is a little selfish, a little self-indulgent, yet really CARES about people.
This was one of those books where I TRIED savoring it a little, to make the treat last, but like gelato, it just disappeared. Before I knew it, I had ten pages left of the book and I was terribly disappointed.
Well, the next one is "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan". Here's hoping it's just as good!...more