I have expected too much from this book. My friends have seemed to like it, and I was looking for a light, fluffy read, but I do not get Brit humor an...moreI have expected too much from this book. My friends have seemed to like it, and I was looking for a light, fluffy read, but I do not get Brit humor and I did not like the main protagonist at all. She's too young and too immature, with so many issues that I found her irritating. I wasn't able to relate to her at all. Give her a few years, and she'll probably laugh at how shallow she is. Well at least I hope she does, because there are more pressing matters than her lack of boobs or her unibrow.(less)
Ludania, a country divided by classes. Each class has a specific langage that they should speak and Englaise is the universal langu...moreKnowledge is power.
Ludania, a country divided by classes. Each class has a specific langage that they should speak and Englaise is the universal language used to communicate between classes. Any person who dares to look up or attempt to listen to another class as they speak their language can result to execution. A very interesting world where knowledge could lead to death.
Charlaina can understand all languages, even if it's the first time she has heard it. It has remained their familly's secret. If anyone else would know, Charlaina would have been punished by death. Charlaina's family is in the merchant class, and they own a restaurant. A boy named Max catches her eye, which she later meets at an underground club. They talk, and she hears him talk in a language she had never heard before.
This is honestly a very challenging book to listen to. Don't get me wrong, the narrator, Casey Calloway is actually good. Her voice is not irritating when she shifts voices, and it's hard to get confused as she shifts characters. It's easy to follow along, but the storyline was just too hard to get into.
The Pledge is full of conspiracies and would have been interesting if I had only connected with the characters. This book had potential, but fell flat of my expectations.(less)
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for...moreWhat would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.
Emerson is obsessed with lip gloss. She was shallow and I had a hard time getting in the story. I honestly had to put the book down a couple of times. I also had the the compulsion to rant, therefore one status update for this book. I seldom put up status updates, but this book has frustrated me so much, I just had to.
But despite me wanting to throw my kindle against the wall (which I didn't do because I love my kindle), I still ended up giving this book 4 stars. Why? Emerson met a boy she cared about and she gradually salvaged herself by actually studying with Edwin McNeely. She has turned herself around, and made me change my opinion about this book too.
Also, here's a nice quote I got from the book which I like to share: "There was a time when I was so focused on achieving great things that I lost sight of who I was. I was concentrating so hard on the goal that I forgot to appreciate the climb." (less)
"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive D...more"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive Death Penalty". He was described in the book as: large, but not fat, sloppy-not grundy. His clothes seem worn, but not stylishly so. They were actually worn, and the legs were short enough to prove they'd been around for at least two inches of growth. And although most boys look pretentious in a distressed leather bomber jacket, it seemed natural on him"; "Always a little too big to be picked on, a little too mad-creepy to be in anyone's clique. He was always just there, through elementary school and middle school lingering in the background. He's quiet and inscrutable.
And all for good reason.
Bruiser has a strange ability. He can steal anyone's pain, physically and emotionally. As long as he cares about someone, he can steal away any hurt. There's a catch though. He absorbs it all into himself. That's why he's distant. Imagine if he had plenty of true friends, their pain would literally be the death of him.
Tennyson and Bronte Sternberger are twins. Born from literary teachers, they are named after literary idols. Bronte initally takes interest in Bruiser, thinking he is a stray and someone has to take him in. Tennyson is acting like a brother should and keeps his eyes on Bruiser, to a point where he follows him home to give him fair warning. We are then introduced to Bruiser's little brother, Cody. Cody's pet bull, Tri-tip dies. Tennyson gets to know Bruiser as they bond over the discarding of Tri-tip's remains. Tennyson actually thinks Bronte is good for Bruiser.
Bruiser is slowly let into the family, but Tennyson's family is falling apart. Bronte also gets Bruiser to have plenty of friends, but Bruiser gets to care for all of them, absorbing all the tiny little pains for himself. But a little of everything is too much.
Neal Shusterman does not fail to deliver. This is my second book from him, first is Unwind, which I absolutely loved. Bruiser is told in four POVs. Bruiser's was my favorite. His POV is smart and in prose. It is wonderfully written and morally challenging. And it delivers. It shows how susceptible humans are to turning the other way and ignoring what we do not want to see. Bruiser is definitely one of my favorites for 2013.
And I leave you with this: "In horse raicng they put these slats on either side of the horse's head, blocking creature's peripheral vision. They are called blinders. They don't actually blind the horse, but they allow the horse to see only what's right in front of it; otherwise it might freak out and lose the race. People live with blinders too, but ours are invisible, and much more sophisticated. Most of the time, we don't even know they're there. Maybe we need them though, because if we took everything all at once, we'd lose our minds. Or worse, our souls. We'd see, we'd hear, we'd feel so deeply that we might never resurface. So we make decisions, never realizing we're only seeing one-tenthof the whole. Then we cling to our narrow conclusion like our life depends on it."(less)
One Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my ki...moreOne Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my kindle, so I am figuratively speaking. Or typing. But you get my point. But what I want to say is, "IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER CAUGHT THE IMAGINARY COBWEBS."
This book is so raw and real and poignant and all kinds of touching and I could go on an on but I know you get what I am saying.
This book has two POVS.
1. Sydney Shepard. Sydney Shepard is in high school when she met Ethan Reynolds, who was already in college. They met at her best friend's party. They shared a few classes together, but Sydney never knew Ethan. It was because of a fateful drunken game of spin the bottle that they came together. Sydney went to college, and they made a long distance relationship work, until the last couple month's of Sydney's stay at Purdue. She slept with her friend Kevin on a senior frat dance, and ended pregnant. She made wrong choices that somehow ended up right.
2. Grace. She's a kid, and she's having sexual ed class. She thought she knew how she came to be, but then the teacher was all science-y and how was it possible that she came first, before her dad came in the picture?
This book shows how vulnerable the characters are. Teenage pregnancy and single mothers are there. It happens. But this book gave me insight on how hard it could be. But how it could also work.(less)
this book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in m...morethis book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in my head, the ending was how it should be. and if it ended different, how corny the book would be.
but holy cow!
when it came, i feel so devastated. i take it back. there has to be some other way!
this book has affected me. i love it, but i hate it.
There's no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There's no such thing as happily ever after. She looked up at Park. Into his golden green...moreThere's no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There's no such thing as happily ever after. She looked up at Park. Into his golden green eyes. You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I am yours. The me that's right now is yours. Always. -Eleanor in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Ahh, first love. Something to behold and something to reminisce about. It's something so beautiful that someone has come up with the expression "First love never dies".
The saying, whether true or not, this book is beautiful. It's as real as far as fiction books can go, touching that I could not help but smile as I flip the pages of my book (or in my case, my kindle).
The oddest couple, in terms of looks, Eleanor is a wild red haired non-anorexic girl, and Park being a green eyed Asian (specifically Korean); however their oddness may stand out, they make odd work.
"I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too... That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I'm trying to say is, you're it. This is it for me."
First love. It could seem so sure. It inspires. It could sometimes work. But first love is definitely magical. Just like Eleanor & Park's.(less)
This is all out of ten, of course. And that's being generous.
So how is Andrew a sidekick material? He has super senses. But smelling what the villain had for breakfast wouldn't really save the world. So Andrew is basically paired with a superhero that doesn't really need a sidekick. He is paired with Titan, one of the greatest supers ever, but is out of the grid. The Titan has stopped saving the world and is drinking himself away into oblivion.
There aren't any big crimes happening, but Dealer and the Jacks are back. Titan had once defeated them with the league but they are back and on the prowl. They are taking the supers down one by one, using their sidekicks as bait. All the sidekick's identities have been compromised. There are only two supers left, the Fox and the Titan, but Titan still refuses to save the day.
Things get complicated and people are not what they seem. There's no one left but the sidekicks to save the day.
But it doesn't take much to be a real hero. Sometimes all you need is bravery and a leap of faith.
Sidekicked is off to a slow start, but picks up after fifty percent of the book. It actually reminds me of the movie SKY HIGH, which I absolutely loved. The book needs more proofreading, but the idea is remarkably good. If made into a movie, this would definitely be a blockbuster.(less)
it took me five days to finish this book. if you know me, you would know that is very bad, because I got into a book slump. I'm usually a voracious re...moreit took me five days to finish this book. if you know me, you would know that is very bad, because I got into a book slump. I'm usually a voracious reader, but this was just meh for me.
I did not like Charlie. where would you find sixteen year olds that cry awfully a lot and not get bullied? I'm talking bullied where you get a slurpee shower? he just gets called names sometimes but he is one weird kid. he cries and cries and cries. initial impression was he is mentally challenged. but it seems like he's a very smart kid. sometimes he strikes me as autistic, since he is the densest person ever. he is also very passive. you could have your way with him. he just goes with whatever. he's also a druggie. and his family seems under the impression that Charlie is an angel. not in any way did I relate to this kid.
the perks of being a wallflower. I did not love it. I did not hate it. I just finished it just for the sake of finishing. must I also inform you that I did not get any entertainment while doing so.(less)
Never did I imagine that a fourteen year old would teach me how to kiss.
The third time is definitely lucky for Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi The...moreNever did I imagine that a fourteen year old would teach me how to kiss.
The third time is definitely lucky for Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Crown Princess of Genovia. Well, of course, not at first, since Mia is stuck with a boyfriend she likes but not loves. She's in love with her best friend's older brother, Michael. And she's still struggling with her Algebra.
Meg Cabot's writing is definitely full of life and humor. It actually makes me nostalgic of my high school life.
The Princess Diaries is one of my guilty pleasures, since even at the age of 22, I definitely enjoy them more than I should. But you wouldn't see me reading this in public. Aside from the fact that this book is intended for someone younger than me, there are tons of laugh out loud moments that would catch attention of others and make them think that the reader is demented.
Thing is, Mia's definitely falling in love and saving the world, one step at a time. After vegetarianism, the dolphins definitely go next.(less)