I feel incredibly awkward rating someone's personal experience.
Alexis takes us on the journey of what it's like to be seduced by an online predator....moreI feel incredibly awkward rating someone's personal experience.
Alexis takes us on the journey of what it's like to be seduced by an online predator. I had a few mixed feelings about this book... I've been on the internet for years, and maybe it's just me, but I've never given out my real name to someone I don't know. The only time I've given out my name online was on a forum my real life friends were on, but even then, I gave out only my nickname. To me, the funny thing about the internet is, you can be whoever you want to be. And when I was younger, I wanted to be someone else. So I always was (to be completely honest right now, Marie isn't my real name, but it is half of my real name so I guess I'm not exactly lying). I wondered through out the book why she would give out her real name or real life information, but I guess (after discussing this with my husband) it's common for people to not really think about it.
The signs that Alexis' predator gave were obvious ones and she even admits that she eventually knew where this would lead, but yet she still came back for more. She still craved his attention, even though he knew her requests were wrong. What he was doing was wrong. And I can't help but think, she could had easily logged off, or easily turned off the laptop. I know that her addiction to him was hard and unexplainable, but somewhere in there you have to realize that he's married and this is wrong. And just let it go. I hate how that statement made me sound like a jerk, I don't want it to sound like I'm saying "oh well it's just that easy" because I can imagine it's not. I was happy with the outcome and that she eventually did release herself from that situation. I was curious to know what happened to the predator after.
Internet experiences are... crazy. I guess I was lucky enough that my first online "relationship" (which was with a guy, across the country) wasn't anything crazy, but we're now Facebook friends and we still do talk a lot from time to time. And another online "relationship" which ended up much more awkward (and I have to admit, I did form an addiction to this guy at several points, but we're around the same age) is that he completely lied about who he was. His name, his race, his age, and what he looked like. It wasn't until 6 years after I knew him (and keep in mind, we kept in touch all those years!) that I tracked down his real MySpace and confronted him about it. Which resulted in him not speaking to me for a few days because he didn't know what to say. But in the end, I'm glad to know who he really is. At least all other events in his life weren't false. At least, I'm hoping they weren't...
I do recommend this book for younger teens, especially in these times where they're spending more time online and on social networking sites (I mean come on, my husband's 5 year old sister's TV shows talk about MySpace and she goes online!) which can be so much more dangerous than forums and chat rooms! I recommend it to parents with teens who spend a lot of time on the internet as well, just to be informed of a real life experience of something that can really happen.(less)
It's hard to review a memoir since it's about someone's life.
It's been awhile since I've been in high school, but just because I'm out of high school...moreIt's hard to review a memoir since it's about someone's life.
It's been awhile since I've been in high school, but just because I'm out of high school doesn't really mean the teasing stops. Reading Rae's story brought me back to middle school, a memory I think I had forgotten where people who I thought were my friends one day, spent the rest of the year talking about me within earshot distance and throwing spit balls at the back of my head. I was brought back to the days when I'd call in sick to school because I couldn't face it. And the whole time I was reading her story, I couldn't help but feel bad for her. Like I wanted to somehow end up in that room and tell her it's okay.
Reading about her panic attacks also hit close to me. I constantly think about death, or well, I did. Sometimes I still do. And it's horrible. For a few years I had a fear of leaving the house on Halloween. I avoid road trips or long drives. I don't usually get panic attacks on airplane rides, just where there's a lot of turbulence. But all these feelings and all these thoughts are horrible and they make some days far worse than the rest.
The part that surprised me the most about reading this was that Chelsea is a fellow book blogger! She mentioned a road trip with her and Kristi at the end of the book which I remember reading on my news feed on Twitter not too long ago!
I love the idea behind the "Louder Than Words" series and I can't wait to read the rest of them!(less)
Aphrodite is sick of the attention from all the godboys and worries about her good friend Athena. So, she decides to give Athena a make...moreAh, Aphrodite!
Aphrodite is sick of the attention from all the godboys and worries about her good friend Athena. So, she decides to give Athena a make over! It all works out until Aphrodite's crush Ares starts paying more attention to Athena than to Aphrodite.
I squealed when I found out that Ares was in this book, I'm a fan of Ares and I'm an Aries... probably why lol. But I wasn't too happy with his character! He was such a big meanie! Aphrodite was such a girly girl, which probably is obvious since she is the goddess of love... why wouldn't she be a girly girl? But she was a bit too girly girl for my taste. She didn't want the attention of the godboys anymore and yet she gets jealous when Athena gets it. Wasn't that what she wanted? I really liked Hephaestus and I wished she'd give him a bit of a chance.
I enjoyed this book, it was a cute fluffy read and a nice spin on the goddess of love! Also, the cover is gorgeous! I absolutely love how Aphrodite has pink ribbons in her hair that flow together with her curls!(less)
First of all, thank you to everyone who suggested that I read The Hunger Games. I should had listened earlier, this bo...moreOH.MY.GOSH. OHMYGOSH. OHMYGOSH.
First of all, thank you to everyone who suggested that I read The Hunger Games. I should had listened earlier, this book was am-a-zing! Can I just assume that everyone has read this already? That being said, there may be a few minor spoilers in my review.
I didn't think I would like this book... like at all. Kids stuck in an area to fight to the death? Doesn't sound interesting. Kinda reminded me of that sick twisted movie where they did the same thing to the criminals. Wasn't my thing.
But, it was nothing like that movie. This book was captivating. From the moment Katniss was signed up to enter The Hunger Games until the moment she left The Hunger Games, I was stuck in a world where it felt like I was watching her along with the rest of Panem. The cool thing about Suzanne's writing is that she includes a lot of background story to the characters. She draws out their lives for you and even though it may be a page or two before there's any dialog, I wasn't impatient, I wanted to know more. I loved being in Katniss' head, most of the time.
I like Katniss, I do. I think she's a great protagonist. She's smart, she's crafty, she's strong, she cares about the people in her life (even someone she didn't have much contact with like... oh I don't know... the boy with the bread maybe?), and she has this sort of innocence that makes YOU the reader, care about her too. I admire her ability to use a bow and arrow and I absolutely admired how much she cared about Rue (who happens to be one of my favorite characters in The Hunger Games). The thing I didn't like about Katniss? I wanted to shake her and just scream "GET A GRIP! PEETA IS NOT PRETENDING!" Silly, silly girl! You can survive with little to nothing but you can't clearly see the boy actually likes you? I mean, it's not that hard to figure out! He wasn't exactly keeping it a secret!
Okay, I admit. I have a slight crush on Peeta. If my slight you mean completely utterly obsessed with. Then yes, I have a slight crush on Peeta :). Peeta, Peeta, Peeta... where do I begin? I loved the way he had his own way of showing Katniss he cared, how open he was about his feelings about her in the arena and after. I love the fact that he bakes (former pastry chef here!) and I think the fact his name is "Peeta" is ironic. I wonder if she did that on purpose... I wish I had asked Suzanne instead of freezing up when I met her. I admire the stunt he pulled with The Careers (my husband reminded me to the term, we're both obsessed lol). Just wish Katniss would had seen his motive behind it.
I hated Haymitch in the beginning, then again, there wasn't much to like about Haymitch. But towards the end, especially when he warned Katniss, I began to really really like him. He's not so bad, when he's not drunk. Which is pretty much... never. I LOVE Cinna. And I wanted to know more about that Avox girl.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this and I recommend it to everyone who hasn't read it yet. And even to those who have! It's full of adventure and action and a girl who can't understand that a boy like Peeta could like her. It's more adorable than it sounds, kinda lol.(less)
I thought I knew what I was getting into prior to reading this book. But I was wrong!
This isn't your typical Siren/Mermaid novel, it's much more than...moreI thought I knew what I was getting into prior to reading this book. But I was wrong!
This isn't your typical Siren/Mermaid novel, it's much more than that. Aside from it being a story about a tight knit family (you don't see too much of that in YA these days), it's also a story about two sisters who care very much about each other and like they say show don't tell, that's exactly what Tricia did, she showed us just how much Justine cared about Vanessa.
The relationship between Justine and Caleb certainly implied more than what Vanessa knew, and it made you feel for Caleb after Justine was gone. The relationship between Simon and Vanessa was adorable and you often wondered if he meant more than what he said. The secrets that Vanessa discovers leaves you just as shocked and confused as she was and left you itching to find the facts right along with her. The journey that Vanessa goes on with not only finding the answers to the secrets left behind by Justine but also facing the fears that she must overcome to find these answers was suspenseful. The journey that we see Simon go through to find Caleb was also suspenseful, and personally was my favorite part of the novel. I will admit, I was not expecting the secrets that Winter Harbor had to reveal.
Through out the book you make assumptions; why Justine did what she did, why all of these tragic events are happening, but there are also other things in the novel that you question. And I think this is what makes a great novel, when you finish a book and you're still putting the pieces together days after you've finished it (I had a great epiphany in the shower a day after I finished this book, and things like that are just awesome. When you randomly think ohmygosh I GET IT NOW)!
It's hard to write a review that would express just how much I enjoyed and loved this novel without adding spoilers, but I can say that this was a refreshing read compared to all the other sea related novels I've read so far. And I'm thrilled to recently find that there's going to be a sequel!(less)
So, what's weird about this is that I was one of the people who got my hands on this copy a week before the release date (thanks to Borders!) and I'm...moreSo, what's weird about this is that I was one of the people who got my hands on this copy a week before the release date (thanks to Borders!) and I'm just now reviewing it. With that said, my memory is a little hazy since I did finish this in August. I know, talk about slacker right?
If I thought I couldn't love a book more than I loved The Iron King, I was wrong. The Iron Daughter was ten times better! From the very beginning you pick up where you left off in Winter's Passage and you're introduced to a new character that's hard not to like. In the beginning, I was a bit annoyed with Meghan because she clearly did not listen to Ash or take him seriously with his warning and I thought her little thoughts of heartbreak were totally uncalled for. The boy warned you! What more do you want? A flashing neon sign behind his head?! Though out the journey though the Winter Court, I grew very fond of Ash's brother Sage and I wish that we knew more about him. As for Meghan's out burst in trying to set things right with Mab? I think she had that coming. Did you really think the Winter Queen would believe you? She never liked you! Another thing that annoyed me about Meghan was that she didn't seem like she put much thought into her actions. Ever.
Though out our new journey through the Nevernever, we're introduced to more characters that I grew very fond of and even old characters you never thought you would grow fond of. Also, we're joined by my two favorites somewhere in there and I think I actually squeaked out loud when we were. Causing weird stares from my husband lol. The Iron Daughter was filled with much much more action than The Iron King was and much more emotion from the love triangle. Which by the way, Meghan and Ash... they really need to start talking things out. This whole guess-what-I'm-thinking thing causes trouble for the both of you! Teenagers!
I absolutely love this book and it's so far my favorite of the series (I'm half way through The Iron Queen right now and I still stand by saying that The Iron Daughter is still my favorite)! One thing I absolutely love about Julie's writing is that every character has their own distinct voice. Their individual personalities really show through their actions and their words. It's so easy to fall into these characters and know what's out of character for them. Which makes you think, if you can see it, WHY CAN'T MEGHAN?!(less)