**spoiler alert** Samantha Kingston is popular and well-liked at Thomas Jefferson High School. She has the cutest boy in school as her boyfriend, the**spoiler alert** Samantha Kingston is popular and well-liked at Thomas Jefferson High School. She has the cutest boy in school as her boyfriend, the best of friends that anyone can ask for and lives life at at the top of the social hierarchy in school. Everyone wants to be her but when a tragic accident occurs one fatal night she is forced to live that last day of her life seven times. She's given seven times to figure it out. What would you do if you had seven times to re-live the last day of your life? What would you remember? Who would you kiss? And if you could save someone, who would you save?
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. You first start off reading about Sam Kingston and her glorious lifestyle as a rebellious but popular teen. Her and her friends drink, smoke, and have sex. You're pretty much thrown into a typical lifestyle of a teenager and there is no sugar coating around it. It's raw and real. And you start to realize that Sam is a bitch and that her friends are bitches too. They torment and make fun of the lower class of high school. They start rumors and treat people horribly.
I wanted to throw this book against the wall because I was so pissed off at the cruel way they treated people. You have no sympathy for her at all. But as she starts to live the last day of her life over again in a cycle, she starts to see things differently. She starts to find out how her and her friend's actions caused a viscous cycle in school. Everything ends up being tied together to the last day of her life and as each day passes Sam has to figure out what to do to try to save her own life and that of another person.
Either way, in the end, someone has to die. While there are some cute parts in the story, such as Sam realizing that she likes a good geeky guy rather than her uber popular boyfriend, you start to hope that she lives and that she can save herself.
I was slightly surprised by the ending of the book because I truly thought Sam would live but in the end, she dies. It's sad but I think she redeems herself in a way and you start to sympathize for her and what she's going through. And right in the end, when you think she has it all figured out and she truly does the right thing, it ends and that's it.
So I liked it and hated it at the same time. Probably because it's more real than anything in terms of how high school really is and how horrible people can be.
Katarina Bishop, a fifteen year old girl, who comes from a family of thieves is trying to live a "normal" life as a teenager when she's abruptly brougKatarina Bishop, a fifteen year old girl, who comes from a family of thieves is trying to live a "normal" life as a teenager when she's abruptly brought back into the world of stealing to save her dad from being framed.
Heist Society follows Kat and her worldly adventures to try and prove her dad's innocence regarding a set of stolen paintings. The book follows Kat as she assembles her team of experts in trying to locate the original paintings and return them back to the big bad boss who is seeking them.
I mainly enjoyed reading this story because of the world travel involved. Ally Carter does a great job in describing various European cities. It's a cute and fun story to read about a young girl and her skills in the art of thievery. This book seemed to be more of an introduction to the characters as it seems like Carter is planning a longer series to develop more of the relationships between the characters. My only wish was for a little more romance between the two main characters but it seems to leave a little bit of an unknown to it for possibly more in future stories.
Sophie Mercer gets sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, fairies, and shapeshifters, after a spell gone wrong. Being a crappy witch sucks, esSophie Mercer gets sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, fairies, and shapeshifters, after a spell gone wrong. Being a crappy witch sucks, especially in a place where dark witches have lots of power and cute warlocks annoy you on a daily basis. But there has been a murder at Hex Hall and Sophie's new roommate, Jenna, the only vampire student at the school is the prime suspect. As more students start to get attacked, all fingers point at Jenna. Can Sophie save her roommate and one and only friend at Hex Hall? And what happens when Sophie starts falling for the cute warlock who just so happens to be dating her biggest enemy?
I throughly enjoyed reading this book mainly because of the snark and humor that Rachel Hawkins has interlaced throughout the book. Sophie is pretty much a clueless witch that has no idea about the history of witches or the history of her parents. You follow her on her journey of learning about the world of witches, fairies, ghosts, vampires and shapeshifters as well as finding out the secrets of her family history.
Of course, there is the typical high school drama thrown in with witch bullies and teen angst that I love. But I loved the suspense and the twists and turns in this story. Pretty much, any book that has witches, vampires, fairies, and all fantasy related things thrown into a mystery is game for me. And this book has it all.
There is one big huge shocker that I did not see coming at all. And at the end, there are still some questions that you're left with and that is why I'm moving on to the second book in the series.
I would've given this book five stars had I not been disappointed in Sophie's behavior regarding one spell which she should've felt some remorse for but the author sort of glosses over it fairly quickly. It made me question Sophie's regards for ethics but then again, that might be one of the challenges she faces in the remaining books because Sophie is not at all what she seems ... ...more
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
Penny Lane Bloom, a sixteen year old girl named after a Beatles song, has had her heart broken repeatedly. She turns to The Beatles to help her with hPenny Lane Bloom, a sixteen year old girl named after a Beatles song, has had her heart broken repeatedly. She turns to The Beatles to help her with her coping and then decides to give up on boys and creates the Lonely Hearts Club with her friends. It becomes a safe haven for girls to come together and focus on friendship and more. The club decides to give up on dating until they graduate high school but what happens when Penny starts to grow feelings for someone. A good guy and not someone like all the other guys at her school. Will she abide by the Club's rules? Will she disappoint her friends?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Lonely Hearts Club. I'm also a Beatles fan so I liked the references and the ties with one of the greatest bands of all time.
You can't but help feel for Penny and the struggles she goes through with trying to be loyal to the club she created but also for her feelings toward a certain someone. I also liked that the girls in the club really focused on trying to change themselves and be who they wanted and not succumbed to the pressures of high school. The focus on friendship being first was great and I liked that the girls stuck to each other throughout the book without all the drama that comes with too many girls being in one place at one time. The book is empowering and I had only wished I had a club like this while I was attending high school.
Lizzie Bennet, a scholarship student studying at Longbourn Academy, has suffered judgment and ridicule from her fellow classmates because she doesn'tLizzie Bennet, a scholarship student studying at Longbourn Academy, has suffered judgment and ridicule from her fellow classmates because she doesn't come from a rich family. She becomes good friends with Jane and Charlotte and decides to overlook the terrible treatment she endures from her fellow students and to embrace her passion for the piano, which is the main reason why she is at Longbourn. Her biggest annoyance that she is constantly reminded about is Prom, the biggest event of the year.
She soon meets Will Darcy and can't stand his arrogance and conceit. Why does he always show up at her work, the Java Junction? And what is going on between him and her new crush, Wick?
And the biggest question of all is who is she going to go to Prom with?
My friend, Kat, recently read this book and gave it five stars so I decided to give it a try. After reading the sample, I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a very easy read and it's light and fun. The story resembles the original Pride and Prejudice in some ways but is set in modern times. You'll find the same set of characters though their relations to Lizzie are different. And the biggest difference is that instead of getting married, it's going to Prom.
There are some surprises in the story which make it vastly different from the original story so that made it more intriguing. I was hoping that the story would have had their language adapted to modern day slang but it was still very traditional and I could hardly picture teens talking like they do in this world.
Regardless of that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book! ...more
**spoiler alert** The third book in Amanda Hocking's Trylle trilogy was definitely a huge disappointment. After reading the first two books, I thought**spoiler alert** The third book in Amanda Hocking's Trylle trilogy was definitely a huge disappointment. After reading the first two books, I thought the story was interesting and had an intriguing storyline but overall, the entire trilogy went downhill fast.
In this third book, Wendy is stuck having to make decisions for the good of the kingdom or for what she really wants in life. You go through her struggles of marrying someone that she doesn't love and falling in love with the enemy. She also struggles with the growing conflict she has with her mother and the warring tensions she has with her father.
Overall, I thought the romance in this story was definitely ridiculous. She falls in love with Loki, a Vittra royal, from the enemy kingdom who she doesn't really have feelings for in the first place. If anything, it seemed like he was a stalker and she ended up magically falling in love with him with no real development of their feelings for each other.
Then, the entire time, I'm thinking that Wendy is in love with Finn, her tracker and that something would happen in the end with him because he is a different class and I thought Wendy would make changes to that once she is Queen but nothing happens between them. Nothing. Apparently, because Finn never fought for Wendy, she gives up on her love for him. However, in the first two books, that is all Wendy can think about is Finn and in comes Loki ... Seriously?
And the cheating was terrible too. I couldn't get over that in the story.
I feel like the author wrote this book about a girl who everyone falls in love with and she apparently gets everyone's cake and eats it too. Pretty much inhales it at this point.
I did not like this book or the series. Definitely not worth anyone's time. Seriously a big fail and huge disappointment. I don't know why there are good reviews for this series because it was just terrible!! ...more
**spoiler alert** After running away from the Trylle Kingdom, Wendy Everly, decides that she is not going back. She wants to go back to a human life a**spoiler alert** After running away from the Trylle Kingdom, Wendy Everly, decides that she is not going back. She wants to go back to a human life and to see her brother. Not her real brother, her host brother, Matt. And she brings along Rhys, a manks, otherwise known as a human living in Trylle, who was switched out in her place in the human world.
Going back to the human world isn't as easy as it sounds. Matt, Wendy and Rhys end up getting kidnapped by the Vittra, a rival Kingdom. Why are they after Wendy and why will they stop at nothing to get her?
As the story unfolds, you find out why everyone wants Wendy and why she can't return to the human world as a normal person. She's special and there is only one of her kind. She may be the key to peace between the two waring factions but will she have to sacrifice her own happiness for the good of the Kingdom?
I'm torn (no pun intended) between giving this book two stars or three stars. There are a lot of grammatical errors which is really annoying. But overall, I think the storyline is interesting which is why I would've given it three stars. I like the basis of the story which is about a Princess being caught with a decision and having to ultimately sacrifice her own needs and wants for the good of something else. It makes you want to read more because you're curious to see what will happen and if Wendy will make the right decisions.
However, the real reason why I gave this story two stars is because is seems as if every male character in the book is in love with Wendy and everyone in the story is beautiful and handsome. I get that they are trolls and supposed to be mythical creatures but do the humans all have to be beautiful too? It just gets on my nerves.
There are a large amount of male characters in the series and it becomes so much for Wendy to juggle. There is Finn Holmes, her ex-tracker and love of her life. There was Rhys, who was a manks that she got close to and felt something for him in the first book but eventually in this book he is pretty much written out of the story. And then, you're introduced to Loki, a Vittra royal, who is also in love with her though he barely even knows her. And not to mention, Tove, a Trylle royal, who ends up becoming her fiance.
I don't know how many times I rolled my eyes to the part where this guy kisses her and she feels something and that guy kisses her and she feels something too. I wanted to slap Wendy! Seriously, make up your damn mind because there is just way too many! I get that there should be a love triangle but really this was just too much.
I think most of that turned me off to the story. While I still like the storyline and I want to see what happens, I'm not that excited about this series anymore. I thought Amanda Hocking did a good job with creating the world of the Trylle but the multiple amount of guys who love Wendy just becomes annoying. Add to the fact that Wendy doesn't even handle the situations well amongst the multiple suitors it just really fell flat.
Always on the outside, Jess Parker, a sixteen year old girl starts a new school being the new kid and new cheerleader. Her arch nemesis, Lexy Steele,Always on the outside, Jess Parker, a sixteen year old girl starts a new school being the new kid and new cheerleader. Her arch nemesis, Lexy Steele, won't let up on bullying her. When Jess receives a special invitation to join a secret society known as The Cinderella Society, her world turns upside down. With a new makeover and new friends, Jess starts to learn more about the world of Cindys, Wickeds, Reggies, Charmings and Villians.
Soon, she becomes immersed in a new world and with the constant changes in her life, she starts to wonder if she's made the right decision to join. Throw that in with her complex relationship with Prince Charming and you have a teen drama.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story between Jess Parker and her romantic love interest, Ryan Steele. I thought Kay Cassidy did a great job with portraying teens going through life and making mistakes along the way. No one is perfect and I love how she tied that into the story especially with Jess going through some difficult decisions of her own. There were some times when I wanted to strangle Jess because of her poor decisions but you are reminded that she's still growing and in the end she redeems herself of her mistakes.
I felt slightly frustrated that the friendships that Jess makes isn't really developed as much as I would like. I felt like Jess's character sort of took her new friendships for granted and wasn't all that thankful or appreciative of where she is today within the story.
The one thing that I was a little annoyed about in the book is the overall arching theme of Cindys versus Wickeds. There seems to be a lot of drama built up between these two groups and yet I think it failed in the end resulting in an anti-climatic ending. It almost seems like the theme is too complex in that there are two warring groups and it's good vs. evil. But what is the true result of warring with each other and going on missions? What do the missions solve?
I was left scratching my head on that one since I felt like the missions themselves really had no point behind it to be a mission.
If you can get over the complicated storyline of Wickeds vs. Cindys, I think it would've been a much better book. Overall, the book was decent. Not one of my favorites but it wasn't something I despised. In a way, I would've given it a 2.5 star rating but since I liked the love story, I tipped it to a 3 star rating instead. ...more
Meeting someone through their words written in a red notebook stashed around New York City is hardly a dream come true for teenagers growing up in ManMeeting someone through their words written in a red notebook stashed around New York City is hardly a dream come true for teenagers growing up in Manhattan. There is intrigue and mystery surrounding two individuals, Dash and Lily, who share their thoughts and memories in a red notebook passed around in locations throughout Manhattan but never having actually me each other in person.
Until the fateful day where they actually do meet. And once you've got that person pictured in your head, do you become disappointed in having met this person face to face and they aren't what you pictured? Will life give you a second chance because knowing that you have spilled your inner most thoughts with this person, there has to be connection some way or another right?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares as you follow two teens on an adventure throughout Manhattan while trying to decipher the clues written within the red notebook. Dash, is a snarly fella, who enjoys his privacy and gets thrown into the mystery of Lily. A girl who can keep up with his wit and wordy conversation. Lily, is an eccentric girl, who enjoys life and lives as a carefree spirit until the day she starts to wonder if there is truly someone out there for her in this world.
The internal monologues by each of these characters is funny and witty. I laughed out loud several times at the sarcasm and humor in the story. The adventures that they both experience is funny and you end really liking all the characters in the book.
There were times where I felt it was short and not as detailed as I would've liked but overall, I thought the book was cute and an easy read. ...more
Wendy Everly, a seventeen year old girl, knows she is different. She's always been an outcast and hasn't felt that she fits into the world we know. AsWendy Everly, a seventeen year old girl, knows she is different. She's always been an outcast and hasn't felt that she fits into the world we know. Aside from the fact that her mother tried to kill her when she was six years old, she wonders if she truly is a monster.
As she transfers into a new school, she knows someone is watching her. Finn Holmes, another new student, won't stop staring at her. Is he the one giving her that chill down her spine? Or is his presence welcome?
After being attacked, Wendy starts to wonder if Finn is telling her the truth about her life. And she follows him to a new world finding out about who she really is. A member of the Trylle tribe, a tribe of trolls. Not the mythical type of trolls that live under a bridge but actual beautiful trolls that look like humans but have special abilities.
As Wendy starts to learn her new powers and meet new friends, she starts to wonder if her new life is where she wants to be. Does she fit in? And is she falling for Finn?
I found this book off Amazon as a recommendation. I decided to purchase it on my Kindle because it was only $.99! But as I read on, I was pretty intrigued with the story line that Amanda Hocking created. I was slightly frustrated with Wendy at times because she's still learning her powers and doesn't really know how to use them but you end up really liking some of the other characters such as Finn, Rhys and Tove.
I was pleasantly surprised that I was hooked on the story, mainly because there is suspense and you wonder what will happen to Wendy in this strange new world. Plus, there are so many of her questions that are unanswered that you want to know what is going on.
I'm definitely continuing on with the series because from the reviews that I've read it seems as if the books get even better! ...more