Not a bad teenage vampire romance novel. Seems like everyone is comparing it to the twilight series, but this was written a decade or more before twilNot a bad teenage vampire romance novel. Seems like everyone is comparing it to the twilight series, but this was written a decade or more before twilight. Other than a young pretty girl loving the forbidden tall dark and handsome vampire the comparison really stops there for me. Where Bella was awkward and new to the school Elena was queen of the school and had been for as long as anyone could remember. There is not one tall dark mysterious vampires, but two. Elena is drawn to both of them. There are no warewolves in this story. No odd pregnancies. I'm not really sure why there is such a heavy comparison between the 2 stories. Vampire romance novels have been around for longer than the last couple if decades after all.....
I enjoyed the mystery of the story, although a few plot twists were easily predictable. Characters were occasionally written unbelievably, but no so much so that it detracted from the story as a whole. I would like to have seen Bonnie developed more than just a party trick character and I'm hoping that her powers are going to be stronger and more controllable in the future books.
**spoiler alert** Won this book in goodreads giveaway 12/31/15 received 01/09/2015. Spoilers below the main paragraph so please read with caution. ...**spoiler alert** Won this book in goodreads giveaway 12/31/15 received 01/09/2015. Spoilers below the main paragraph so please read with caution. ............................. Giving your all to the corporation? Everything you do in life is to advance yourself up the career matrices, to get more money, to buy more stuff, to fill your residence with useless things that will earn you status & prestige and make your peers jealous? Have a family, but barely spend time with them; the children spend their time engrossed in electronics; you're engrossed in your electronics as well, bombarded by ads, videos, stories; plus working all day and going home and still plugging away.....Sound familiar? We are not as far from this story line as I would like to believe. ....................................
Possible spoilers below ....................... Aaron, with the patient help of an outsider, realizes that he strives for more than just acquiring more stuff. Family is more important, and he struggles to break away from the brainwashing of the corporate world and convince his family to do the same. That same outsider was once a part of the corporate "live only for the corporation" attitude and broke free. She wasn't able to convince her family to go with her, so she pushed Aaron to never give up. Ending is beautifully worked out.
A few things that bothered me that kept me from giving this a 5* review... Aaron's pod "malfunctioned" twice in the same day. The first time being the video and audio all quiet, then the second when it crashed. This is never explained. In a world of NO mistakes allowed, this second malfunction would never happen as the first one would have been detected and fixed immediately. Is this a more common occurrence than what Aaron thinks it is?? Has it happened before, possibly to those no longer deemed fit to be productive in the corporation? Also, the coincidence of it being Aarons pod crashing down, out of hundreds of thousands of other pods, is a little unlikely. Also, it is never explained how the 3 "wise men" happened upon the same location that Mary lived (or vice versa). Where did the Wilson's come from? It was said that they were born there, and if that's the case, how did the parents get there? Where are the parents now? What about the other "residents" of that area of the forest that Aaron glimpsed? Where did they come from? Were these more "pod crashes/malfunctions"?
All I all I really enjoyed this story, read it in one sitting, stayed awake all night to finish it. Thanks for choosing me as a winner!!...more
Won a copy of Style Yourself in a goodreads giveaway.
This was a surprisingly informative book on style. The book is a collection of fashion ideas froWon a copy of Style Yourself in a goodreads giveaway.
This was a surprisingly informative book on style. The book is a collection of fashion ideas from various different fashionistas bloggers.
The book is broken down into basic garment styles, from different types of shirts and skirts to simple dresses and formal ones. There are even topics on shoes, accessories and bras.
This book can help you become more fashionable with the clothes you already have. Clothes you only wear once (e.g. brides maids gowns, prom dresses, etc) can be completely transformed into other styles by layering other garments over them, under them, or pinning the fabric in different ways. Other, more heavily worn items can be implemented into your style in different ways, for example pairing a pair of great fitting shorts up with different tops and accessories will produce completely different looks. You can revamp your look without having to spend a fortune, just by wearing things already in your closet in a different way.
The pictures are gorgeous. While some of the styles shown seem extremely awkward to me, some of them are really unique ways to wear clothes. I never thought to wear a scarf as a skirt for example.
This is a must read for anyone that is stuck in a fashion slump, or anyone that is just looking for new and fresh ideas. I really enjoyed reading this. I have listed my copy on the goodreads bookswap to pass along to anyone interested....more
Very short book with some home remedies for everything from dandruff and chapped lips to back pain and hiccups. Interesting read, and it seems like moVery short book with some home remedies for everything from dandruff and chapped lips to back pain and hiccups. Interesting read, and it seems like most of these would work. They are worth a shot at least....more
I won this in one of the Firstreads Giveaways on Goodreads.
I debated between giving this 2 stars and 3, and had the little sketches not been includedI won this in one of the Firstreads Giveaways on Goodreads.
I debated between giving this 2 stars and 3, and had the little sketches not been included, it would have been a 2. The little sketches are mildly entertaining and included in about 1 in 5 of the quote summaries.
I thought this was going to be an interesting read, however it fell a bit flat. The books consists of some quotes from various different movies and books, and a couple of video games, some of these quotes are very obscure, and some are pretty well known. Each quote is followed by a paragraph or 2 summary of what the quote is from.
The layout of the book seems a bit strange to me also. It is broken up into sub-parts such as wisdom about the self, wisdom about conflict, and a few others. The intention seems good, but the quotes included in each section have little to do with the title of that section.
I do however, commend the author for taking the time to include the obscure video games such as Zero Wing. I'm not sure how popular that is to geeks, none of my friends from childhood played the game, and I'm not sure I can count on one hand the number of people I know that have even heard of it. It was nice taking a trip down memory lane, but I think there were a lot more deserving quotes that could have made it into this book.
I also like the compact size of the book, and the feel of the dust jacket. I found myself running my fingers over the textures of the words and pictures on the cover as I was reading. [tangent - Feels kind of like the apple on the back of an ipod. ]
Having read it once, I doubt I would read it again. Maybe I'm just not the geek I thought I was. Maybe I was just expecting it to be at least partly what the introduction lead me to believe, that it was like a bible for geeks. (Yes, the author does, in so many words, compare this books to the Bible, the Qur'an, the Upanishads, or other sacred texts.) ...more
Pretty quick read. About a teenage boy in prison for killing his father, and his struggle to keep his secrets and his girlfriend. As the 2 of them groPretty quick read. About a teenage boy in prison for killing his father, and his struggle to keep his secrets and his girlfriend. As the 2 of them grow up and grow apart, they continue to write letters back and forth. Natasha seems destined for great things, while Antonio has to live his life in prison. The secret he keeps for so many years shows his true courage....more
won this in goodreads giveaway, it's an interesting story, however it's poorly edited, repeating sentences, repeating paragraphs, sometimes things hapwon this in goodreads giveaway, it's an interesting story, however it's poorly edited, repeating sentences, repeating paragraphs, sometimes things happen that aren't explained, and characters are placed once and never heard from again...more
Every once in awhile I am shocked at the amount of crappy books that have been printed. This is surely one of them. This is a book of 888 A-Z reasonsEvery once in awhile I am shocked at the amount of crappy books that have been printed. This is surely one of them. This is a book of 888 A-Z reasons to hate democrats. And the reasons are mostly stupid one word quips, like #468. Macrame. Seriously? who would hate a person because of an artful tying of knots? and how is marcrame even democratic? or what about #875. Workers. What the heck does that even mean? you hate democrats because they work? or because they promote working? #821. Victims. huh?? #543, 1960 #544. the 1960s #545. 1964 yeah, that's creative. Couldn't come up with any more unique ideas?
This book was stupid, and a big waste of time. If there were negative stars to rate it it would get a -5 ...more