I seem to be on a young adult reading kick at the moment and trying to catch up on some series I have missed. I checked Private out from my local librI seem to be on a young adult reading kick at the moment and trying to catch up on some series I have missed. I checked Private out from my local library.
This is a really interesting book. It has the usual rich in-crowd in it but there is something sinister about them. I really liked that the main character was just your average girl trying to fit in at school. I can really identify with Reed. She's a nice girl, but doesn't quite fit in. She has a home life she is trying to get away from and she just wants to fit in and do her best at her new private school.
The Billings-girls are really interesting. One moment friendly, the next, not so much. The contrast between them and Reed made the story interesting.
Much of this first book sets the stage for the series, I get the feeling that something more is going on at this school below the surface, but we never quite find out what. Which makes me dying to read the next book and I am now anxiously awaiting it.
Private is a great read if you want something a little more dark than your average YA private school novel. I'm glad I found out about this series and look forward to reading more by Kate Brian....more
First things first - I love David Baldacci. I started with an audiobook of his from the library. It was the first one in the Sean King and Michelle MaFirst things first - I love David Baldacci. I started with an audiobook of his from the library. It was the first one in the Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series, Split Second (which I did not know was part of a series) and then lucked up when the next one I listened to was Hour Game. Since then I have working my way through his backlist and when the opportunity to listen and review his first book came up - I jumped at the chance.
The first thing I loved about this audiobook is the foreward by the author that tells how the story came about. Some of Mr. Baldacci's comments had me laughing. The second thing is the reader, Scott Brick. I love Scott Brick as an audiobook reader. To me he does a wonderful job on each book he reads and I actually search him out when looking for a new audiobook.
As for the actual story - it's complex and amazing. If I had been reading it, I would have kept turning the pages. I often sat in my driveway a few more minutes to listen to more of the book. It's very entertaining and dark. The fun was just when I thought it was getting predictable, it changed a little bit. This is fast-paced suspense at it's best. The characters that are the good-guys are likeable and you find yourself cheering for them. The bad guys are sufficiently bad. And there are few in-between characters that are bad but just doing what they have to. This book is a good look at how the choices you make can affect your future and the choices you have to make then.
If you like suspense, then you are in for a treat. Note there are some graphic scenes, but the book is not loaded with sex. There is also some profanity, but I didn't find it in abundance (or else I learned to tune it out, I'm never sure which). Overall it is a wonderful book that will keep you interested until the very end....more
Another fun Gossip Girl romp. This one finds most of the crowd out in the Hamptons with Serena and Blair functioning as live-in muses for the talentedAnother fun Gossip Girl romp. This one finds most of the crowd out in the Hamptons with Serena and Blair functioning as live-in muses for the talented fashion designer, Bailey Winters. However they weren't expecting to meet their own trashy doubles. Hijinks, Blair and Serena-style, quickly follow and are quite fun.
Nate is still working for his coach trying to earn his diploma and trying to stay away from the coach's very tanned wife.
Vanessa is still chasing around her new charges as a nanny and when she gets a chance to go to the Hamptons and escape life with Dan for a little bit she jumps at it. But the Hamptons aren't really Vanessa, are they.
What follows is a fun book. It was one of the more enjoyable in this series and that is saying something since I enjoy all of them. It's just fun fiction and that's what I take from it. Just mindless entertainment and I love revisiting the characters that make up the Gossip Girl series.
A fun look at what happens when the school good girl and future valedictorian gets turned into a vampire.
I loved Elizabeth as a character. Loved her hA fun look at what happens when the school good girl and future valedictorian gets turned into a vampire.
I loved Elizabeth as a character. Loved her humor and snarkiness as she tells the story of how she became a vampire and what happens next. It's an interesting story full of the usual high school characters, but I love all of the different personalities shown. From the jocks and cheerleaders to the brainy ones, all are shown as typical high school students. Throw in some are vampires and you get an interesting tale.
Full of humor, some romance and vampires and vampire hunters, this book is just a fun enjoyable young adult read....more
The second in The Clique series focusing on 5 middle school girls, 4 who are definitely in and one that might be in. I have seen a lot of people wereThe second in The Clique series focusing on 5 middle school girls, 4 who are definitely in and one that might be in. I have seen a lot of people were put off by the name of this book, but as one who had a spat with my best friends in middle school, the name does not bother me. No I don't believe all girls will go through this - but some do.
While this wasn't as good as the first or third book, it was good. In this one Massie wants to have a boy/girl Halloween party and introducing boys into The Clique mix definitely makes things interesting. The girls begin fighting over a boy and Claire is somewhat in with The Clique since she and Massie are throwing the party together. Claire thankfully continues her friendship with Layne and her brother Todd is up to his usual antics (I love Todd). Overall this is a quick and enjoyable read. Clean for the younger teenagers, and a good book. I quickly went from the first book to this one and couldn't wait to start the third....more
A very fun and entertaining romance. I love both Delaney and Nick. Delaney is such a people pleaser (and I understand her, I am similar) and she is maA very fun and entertaining romance. I love both Delaney and Nick. Delaney is such a people pleaser (and I understand her, I am similar) and she is marrying because she can't bear to hurt her fiance or her mother. She's already postponed the wedding twice and when she meets Nick and feels the sparks fly (the whammy, I love that term), she knows she shouldn't be getting married.
Nick has been left by his wife on his honeymoon and he's currently off of his undercover detective job due to a knee injury. When his grandmother and her friend Trudie conspire to bring him together with Delaney, they had no idea the passion that would ignite. But is Nick ready for this after being jilted as he was and does he want another man to be jilted the way he was?
The characters in this book felt very real to me and I liked that they never took the completely easy way out. There is also another subplot going on that lends a light suspense to the storyline, but the romance is what shines through here. This was such a feel-good book for me. I loved Nick's family and the stories of his grandmother and grandfather being struck by "the whammy". So much goes into this book and I was actually sad when it ended (not over the ending), but I wanted more of Nick and Delaney and their families. A wonderful start to a series that centers around a "magical" wedding veil - the series is named "Wedding Veil Wishes". I am about to delve into Once Smitten, Twice Shy next and can't wait to get more of Delaney's friends. ...more