Kaitlin Burke, a famous actress on a hit television soap opera, wants a normal teenage life. She wants to go to school and have friends and potentiallKaitlin Burke, a famous actress on a hit television soap opera, wants a normal teenage life. She wants to go to school and have friends and potentially date a normal guy who doesn't like her just to get publicity.
Her best friend, Liz, is the daughter of a famous entertainment lawyer and goes to a normal high school. When they concoct a plan to get Kaitlin to attend the school as Rachel, a student from London with the ultimate disguise, Kaitlin is ready to experience life as a normal teen.
But is life always greener on the other side? And what happens when her archenemy, Skye, her twin on her hit television show finds out about her big secret? Will Hollywood treat Kaitlin the same after a scandal hits?
I thought the first book in this series was okay. I did like the secrets that Jen Calonita has Kaitlin come up with in terms of her Hollywood lifestyle. It also fit perfectly in how things really are in Hollywood. I also enjoyed that the setting was in Los Angeles, since that is also my hometown and the locations that Calonita includes are spot on.
My biggest disappointment in the story is that there really was no development with Kaitlin and her attachment to the school and making new friends. You don't really even get to follow her at school until halfway through the book when she finally gets there and gets her disguise up and ready.
You don't really grow much of an attachment to the characters and in the end you get a predictable ending. I'm fine with predictable endings but not if I don't have an attachment to the characters because now I don't even really want to continue on with the series.
I decided to give this book three stars because I did like the aspect of the Hollywood Secrets which are interlaced throughout the story. But I was wavering with potentially giving it two stars because the book didn't exactly capture my attention. ...more
After catching an episode of Game of Thrones on HBO, I decided to pick up the book and find out what all the buzz was about. I was pleasantly surpriseAfter catching an episode of Game of Thrones on HBO, I decided to pick up the book and find out what all the buzz was about. I was pleasantly surprised at how close the TV show was to the book.
The story of Game of Thrones is a complicated story with multiple characters. The chapters in the book follow different characters within the story. The frustrating aspect of the book and storyline is that there are way too many characters to follow. I practically had to keep Wiki open the entire time I was reading the book to reference all the different characters because you tend to get them all mixed up.
The series, A Song of Fire and Ice, is about Seven Kingdoms. Game of Thrones is the first book of the series and it starts out following the Stark Family, a family that governs the North but fall under the reign of King Robert Baratheon in King's Landing.
As the King's Hand (the second in command after the King) dies, King Baratheon travels North to ask Eddark Stark to be his new Hand. While the King is visiting the Stark Family, a tragic accident happens to Bran Stark, the second to youngest son in the family. That accident sets off a series of events that eventually lead to a kingdom of chaos. Thus, the title's name of A Game of Thrones.
The story truly is a game as you read on to find out each family's move (there are several powerful families that are introduced and cover across the vast array within the realm of the Seven Kingdoms) in an intricate game of lies, deception, betrayal, honor and loyalty.
There are twists and surprises that throw you off because George R.R. Martin is definitely not afraid to kill off characters. I was pretty shocked as to what happens in this first book but it definitely leaves you wanting to read more.
After following the TV show and reading the book, I have to say that both are great to read and to watch! I can't wait to read the next book in this series! And I definitely can't wait until the next season premieres on HBO! ...more
I first watched this movie and loved it. Then I decided to get the book thinking that I would love the book that much more. Well, after the first fiveI first watched this movie and loved it. Then I decided to get the book thinking that I would love the book that much more. Well, after the first five chapters, I actually fell asleep. The book was so boring that it put me to bed. I couldn't finish the book at all. It was slow and didn't really mirror the film that much which makes me applaud the screenwriter for the film because they did a good job without making the movie boring.
Overall, I think I got through the first ten chapters and then stopped. I ended up donating the book back to the local bookstore and got rid of it. ...more
I'm trying to get through it but mainly keeping this as my book to read on the plane when I travel. It's a little hard to get through but the storylinI'm trying to get through it but mainly keeping this as my book to read on the plane when I travel. It's a little hard to get through but the storyline is interesting.
It's been a few months since I touched this book ... I just couldn't finish it. Since I moved back from Paris, I ended up donating it to a bookstore there and ended it about 75% of the way. I think I prefer the Cliff Notes version to reading the actual story. It's just too depressing and extremely slow. Not my cup of tea ... ...more
**spoiler alert** After finishing up City of Bones and having a dilemma about continuing the series, I decided to continue and finish the series. The**spoiler alert** After finishing up City of Bones and having a dilemma about continuing the series, I decided to continue and finish the series. The second story in this series does get more suspenseful and there seems to be additional drama added into it. Clarissa Fray is now immersed in the world filled with Shadowhunters and Downworlders.
Valentine, her father and the evil villain of the story, is still loose and trying to steal the Mortal Sword. The second of three Mortal Instruments which he can use to eliminate the world of impure species. Clary and her friends must race to stop Valentine from completing his task of gathering all the Mortal Instruments to unleash his commanding power among their world.
In this book, you're introduced to more of the Downworlder species, in particular, the fairies as well as the werewolves and vampires.
Clary, the protagonist, can get annoying at times where you just want to smack her on the side of the head because she makes rash decisions and doesn't really think about how it affects others. It can be frustrating at times. Though, you follow her along her journey of finding out her special powers which was intriguing. There is still the disturbing thought of Clary being in love with Jace, who is her long lost brother. There is a lot of angst in their relationship as they have strong feelings for each other but can never be together.
There is also Simon, Clary's best friend, who is her boyfriend in this book and yet, he's sort of cast aside and is more of a second afterthought after Jace. He eventually becomes a vampire and he has to live with his new life and adjusting to being a Downworlder.
There is a big battle at the end of the story which leaves you wanting to read more. Especially now that there is a possibility of waking Clary's mom up from a coma. After reading this book, it made me want to continue further to finish up reading the next book, City of Glass.
Overall, I liked it. I wouldn't say it was my favorite of the series but it was better than the first book. ...more
I recently downloaded a sample of this story on my Kindle. I was curious to read some of Mr. Darcy's POV's from Pride and Prejudice. Upon reading theI recently downloaded a sample of this story on my Kindle. I was curious to read some of Mr. Darcy's POV's from Pride and Prejudice. Upon reading the sample, I ended up purchasing the rest of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mary Street's interpretation of Mr. Darcy and his side of the story. It gives great insight into his character and demeanor as well as his struggling internal conflict of giving up his pride to marry the one that he loves.
The story starts off with Mr. Darcy at the ball where he first sees Elizabeth Bennett. The story further develops into his character explaining his arrogance and conceit. Eventually, it goes through his struggle of his affection toward Elizabeth and how he has to control his feelings around her. His feelings for her start to grow and eventually he ends up proposing to Elizabeth but is shocked to find that she hates him. He takes all of her allegations to heart and slowly starts to change in order to become a better person even if he can't win her heart.
**spoiler alert** I was intrigued to check out this book because of all the talk surrounding it and the fact that it might be made into a Hollywood mo**spoiler alert** I was intrigued to check out this book because of all the talk surrounding it and the fact that it might be made into a Hollywood movie. I had heard that the Swedish movie was graphic and violent so that peaked my curiosity even more, especially with the entire murder mystery concept surrounding the story.
The beginning of the book is slow. You are introduced to the big mystery though there are a few other conflicts thrown into the story as well. Because of so many different conflicts going on it can be confusing and it drags out toward the end of the book.
It starts to get more suspenseful in the middle of the book but as a warning, the story is tied very closely to disturbing sexual violence/abuse and material.
After finishing the story, the crime is resolved but the overall story is just so disturbing that you don't feel satisfied finishing it in the end. Overall, I was disappointed in the story line. I think there is a lot of mystery and suspense surrounding the story and the author does a great job building it up. However, once you figure out what really happens it makes you feel uncomfortable. In addition, there is a love story mixed in with an older man and younger woman that seems completely wrong. There was no build up of the romance and it throws you off because you think the relationship is more of a mentor/father figure than a romantic relationship.
I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series as I have heard that the remaining two stories in the series also ties in more sexual violence. This was enough for me. ...more
**spoiler alert** I decided to test out reading some of Meg Cabot's books. She has a long list of books and different series. I decided to try out the**spoiler alert** I decided to test out reading some of Meg Cabot's books. She has a long list of books and different series. I decided to try out the Mediator Series because it sounded interesting enough for me. And I really enjoyed it.
The story is about Suze Simon, a sixteen year old girl, who can see and talk to ghosts. She moves to Carmel with her mom, new stepdad and three stepbrothers.
At a new house and new school, she of course, encounters ghosts. Interesting enough is that you follow her along her journey with trying to discover the mystery of the ghost that haunts her home as well as the ghost that haunts her school.
I enjoyed the fact that she's a typical high school girl but with a chip on her shoulder. She's stubborn but also has a sharp tongue and doesn't let anyone push her around. She's a strong protagonist and does some serious butt kicking.
I also enjoyed her relationship with her new stepbrothers especially the budding relationship she has with her youngest stepbrother. The story also builds her relationship with new friends as well as another mediator at her school.
The story was an easy, fun read and definitely has the mystery and suspense thrown in along with the drama that comes with the everyday life of a teenage girl.
**spoiler alert** Clarissa Fray, a fifteen year old girl is thrown into the Shadow World after witnessing a death by Shadowhunters. The first book in**spoiler alert** Clarissa Fray, a fifteen year old girl is thrown into the Shadow World after witnessing a death by Shadowhunters. The first book in the Mortal Instruments series sets up a story of a world hidden to mundanes (humans) that is filled with vampires, werewolves, demon hunters known as Shadowhunters and magic.
You follow Clary through her journey of exploring the new world to her eyes and tries to figure out what happened to her mother who was kidnapped. She meets a trio of Shadowhunters, Alec, Isabelle and Jace. She also brings her best friend Simon along for the adventure.
While reading this book, I kept finding similarities to Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series. Clary doesn't know who her father is (similar to Percy Jackson) and there are mundanes versus muggles. There is also magic but it's used by witches and warlocks. There is also flying motorcycles and transfigurations and rats and cats and a group of Shadowhunters led by Valentine that turned against the Clave which in a way was like Voldemort and his Deatheaters.
Similar themes as I pointed out but in a way this book was still interesting. It did move slowly at one point and I felt that it was dragging on but toward the end it was better with the revealing of the mystery of Clary's childhood, who her father is and she finds out another startling surprise.
Now, there is somewhat of a love story tied into this on top of all the adventure and mystery. This was really why I actually enjoyed reading the book because you want to see Jace and Clary get together but in the end, it leaves you not wanting to read more of this story because it's disturbing. The author clearly implies that there are romantic feelings between Jace and Clary but then you find out that he is her brother.
Yep, that's right her blood freaking brother. Talk about disgusting. It made me weary to want to keep reading the remaining books in the series. I even had to go online to read some spoilers of the other books to see what would happen. Needless to say, I guess there is some intrigue to want to read more. Though I am slightly hesitant. I'll still move on with the series but it's on my back burner list and I will get to it later.
**spoiler alert** After reading the first two books, it was apparent that I had to read this book. I actually read it on my entire flight back to Pari**spoiler alert** After reading the first two books, it was apparent that I had to read this book. I actually read it on my entire flight back to Paris. I finished it in 12 hours, not stopping to put it down at all. I think I was literally going to go blind at this point.
Overall, I was debating about giving this a three star rating or four star rating. Though I'm leaning more toward the four star because there is action in this and I think that part of it was portrayed well in the book.
What upset me most in this book was that Bella "all of a sudden" realizes that she has feelings for Jacob. She ends up having more than friendly feelings toward Jacob which completely threw me off because from the first two books she only thinks of Jacob as a friend. Her best friend.
I was completely disappointed in Stephenie Meyer with the fact that she wrote an amazing story about the power of love between two people but yet she had to throw in a third wheel to spice up the mix. The thing that got me was the way she did it. It didn't seem like she had planned it out at all nor did it seem as if she anticipated this happening from what I've read. It was practically a chapter in the book where Jacob forces himself to kiss Bella (which made me pissed off). And then Poof! Bella realizes she is in love with Jacob. Though her love for Jacob isn't as strong as her love for Edward.
WTF? Honestly, that made me want to throw the book across the airplane and chuck it out the window! I can understand her need to create drama but really, she should thought it out more clearly when she wrote the first two books rather than spring this on us last minute.
I do like the suspense in building up toward the newborn army and the match against Victoria but other than that, the romance part in this book really got me down. It just made Bella Swan seem even more of a pushover as she willing kisses Jacob when she is dating Edward and then realizes she loves Jacob but then really truly loves Edward. HUH?! ...more
**spoiler alert** This was an easy, light and fun read. I laughed out loud a couple of times because I thought it was silly and Sophie Kinsella has a**spoiler alert** This was an easy, light and fun read. I laughed out loud a couple of times because I thought it was silly and Sophie Kinsella has a great sense of humor.
I did end up comparing this a lot to Confessions of a Shopaholic. The protagonist, Emma Corrigan, is extremely similar to Rebecca Bloomwood. The only difference was that she wasn't addicted to shopping. The characters have the same fickleness in their thoughts, the same silliness, the same problem with lying and getting themselves into trouble. Overall, it's very similar in terms of the POV's.
The storylines are completely different and I enjoyed reading this storyline. It was mortifying in some parts for all the embarrassment that Emma Corrigan goes through.
My only problem is that Sophie Kinsella rarely ever describes her protagonists physically. There is never a very clear description. I'm not sure if that's intentional but I don't particularly like that aspect of her writing. I always like more details when possible so you can picture it in your head while you read.
I didn't think that Jack Harper was as swoon worthy as Luke Brandon. His character didn't appeal to me that much and again, with less of a description, it's hard to picture him. I felt there was a lot left out about his character so you don't get a real grasp of him until the end and it's not in detail.
Overall, I thought the book was an amusing story to read through. Not that much depth but it's fun and light hearted. ...more
I read this book because I read the Devil Wears Prada and thought it would be similar.
Overall, I thought the book was mediocre. It wasn't the greatesI read this book because I read the Devil Wears Prada and thought it would be similar.
Overall, I thought the book was mediocre. It wasn't the greatest in terms stories because one of the three main female characters ends up cheating on her fiance and the book almost makes her seem like a hero for doing it.
I was pretty disappointed in that storyline even though I knew that that specific character was better off with the person she cheated with but I still think it was wrong to have her cheat and to have it written in a way where she doesn't get caught and almost glamorizes it.
There was also another female character that decides to whore herself around the world and that part I didn't like as well. Again, the author glamorizes it and makes it seem like it should be something that every girl is doing but I don't agree with it.
While it's a fast and easy read, I didn't find the story to be compelling. There wasn't much to it besides fluff and discussing the love lives of three female characters. ...more
**spoiler alert** Moving on to the last book of the series, I was anxiously trying to figure out who Bella chooses. Edward or Jacob?
What I didn't exp**spoiler alert** Moving on to the last book of the series, I was anxiously trying to figure out who Bella chooses. Edward or Jacob?
What I didn't expect was all the craziness that came with it. At first you start off reading the book in Bella's POV and then it switches to Jacob's POV which I nearly wanted to skip because I can't stand Jacob. I had to endure it though to figure out what was going on and what was happening even if I wasn't happy about it.
I did have mixed feelings about this book because I liked that Edward and Bella finally get together and that they get married but the whole pregnancy thing with Renesmee was definitely weird. First of all to have a half human, half vampire child? ... yeah, not sure that made sense at all. I think Stephenie Meyer wanted to figure out a way to make Bella become a vampire and the only way to do it was to have Bella's life threatened by the birth of their half human, half vampire child. Oh dear ...
Now with Jacob imprinting on Renesmee that part was strange. Of course, I was sure that Stephenie Meyer had to fix her problem with what was going to happen to Jacob and created the suspense of if Jacob could imprint on Bella once she turned into a vampire. So instead, she throws everyone for a loop by having Jacob imprint on Bella and Edward's baby. WHAT?! I can understand her wanting Jacob to have a happy ending but I don't think this was the way to go.
And of course, the whole book is building up to a huge fight in the end which I was highly anticipating. I was pretty nervous that some characters would get killed off. But in the end, nothing happened. No fight, no nothing. It was all just talk with the mighty powerful Volturi. A dismal ending to say the least.
Of course, I wouldn't have wanted her to kill off any of the Cullens for that matter but I was hoping someone would've died or that there would've been some hand to hand combat. But there was none, no one laid a finger on anyone! It was ridiculous.
I think I'm torn with book because I do like the happy ending but the way Stephenie Meyer went about getting to that happy ending was just wrong. I expected more from this book and it fell flat.
**spoiler alert** I really liked this book because it was the end of the series but I wasn't too happy about the deaths in the end. It was definitely**spoiler alert** I really liked this book because it was the end of the series but I wasn't too happy about the deaths in the end. It was definitely a blood bath and it was sad reading about all the characters that had to die. The story was a little confusing regarding the wands but overall, I loved it. ...more