THE LIPSTICK LAWS by debut author Amy Holder is a hilarious book! While reading it I became giddy with laughter. I loved the charming and contagious vTHE LIPSTICK LAWS by debut author Amy Holder is a hilarious book! While reading it I became giddy with laughter. I loved the charming and contagious voice of April Bowers, a tissue bra-stuffing high school student who is lonely at school since her best friend, Haley, has moved away. April wants so badly to be liked and be popular that she becomes friends with Queen Bee mean girl, Britney.
At first, April likes how Britney and her snobby friends bask in the glow of high school superiority and welcome her into their elite circle. But soon they become annoying and grating. April even starts rolling her eyes at their antics and cruelness. However, April still hangs on to their every word. When she tells Haley how she is now friends with them, Haley becomes concerned. She also warns her about red lipstick.
April soon discovers the meaning behind the red lipstick, along with a long list of rules Britney has laid out for her small group of friends. If April wants to continue being popular, she must follow the Lipstick Laws of Britney-land, or she must carve her own true path not be a follower, but a leader.
Though I wish there had been more romance in THE LIPSTICK LAWS, I was satisfied with the story and characters — especially when the tables turn on Britney and April seeks revenge with former Lipstick Laws members after April is humiliated. Like April, I got to the point where I could no longer tolerate Britney.
However, sometimes April’s revenge-seeking ideas are a little childish. I often wanted to yell at April and say,” Forget about Britney! She’s so not important!” But when we are in high school, we think everything is very important. And it really isn’t. April, who is so concerned with Britney, often seemed like she was in middle school rather than in high school. Despite this, I couldn’t help but like her and cheer her on.
The one thing I really like about the book is toward the end where there is a subtle role-reversal of April and Britney. From this experience, April learns what it means to have true friends and how being popular is not the end-all. I love the super cute and simple cover!
If you are looking for a fun and a cute read, then definitely check out THE LIPSTICK LAWS. Amy Holder adds is a fresh, humorous voice to the contemporary YA scene.
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Holy smokes, Batman! ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD has it all and more. I love, love, love this book. Did I mention I love it? Since I started reviewing booksHoly smokes, Batman! ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD has it all and more. I love, love, love this book. Did I mention I love it? Since I started reviewing books in May of 2010, I’ve read several that I’ve enjoyed, some not so much, but others have gone on my shelf of books to covet and cherish. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD goes directly on that shelf.
Why do I love ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD so much? First of all, it’s from a guy’s POV. Hooray! Thank you, Ms. Blake for giving us Cas Lowood. He’s a rockin’ protagonist and definitely makes it onto my list for a future “My Book Boyfriend” meme. Second, I’ve been yearning to read something unusual and fresh in YA fiction, especially YA Paranormal Romance. It seems like a lot of YA Paranormal Romance has been dressed up (no pun intended) in pretty covers, but with no substance within the pages. I’ve lately gotten the YA fiction doldrums, but ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is the cure I was searching for.
Cas is cool, calm and collected because he has a job to do…save the world from the evil ghosts which haunt every corner of the globe…at least North America. Many of the ghosts Cas has encountered have been murdered or taken their own lives. Cas is soon notified of one scary ghost in particular — Anna Dressed in Blood. She’s a legend and myth in her hometown of Thunder Bay in Canada. Cas is summoned to take Anna and her frightening baggage out. She’s killed everyone who has stepped foot inside her abandoned family home where she has resided since her brutal murder in 1958, which local authorities have covered up.
Cas quickly moves to Thunder Bay with his mother, a white witch and their witch cat, Tybalt. They’ve traveled across the country like gypsies so Cas can search for and kill local ghosts. Previous to the novel’s opening, Cas’s father died at the hands of a powerful ghost and Cas has been working on his own power with his father’s athame (knife) to avenge his beloved father’s death.
All Cas wants to do now is get Anna. It’s on his mind since day one. But first he needs to learn more about her…and what better way than through the halls of high school? Cas enrolls in one of the schools in Thunder Bay and soon learns about the legendary “Anna Dressed in Blood” from a group of students. But his digging results in something worse than he could ever imagine…tragedy and Anna also spares his own life. Cas discovers Anna is no ordinary ghost. She’s definitely evil personified — in her white dress dripping in blood — but she’s also a lonely girl wrapped in curses and the local lore surrounding her and her family home. But when Cas starts to talk to Anna in order to understand her horrible death and inhuman strength, he begins to have feelings for her. He can’t believe what’s happening to him, nor in control of it. He can’t be friends with Anna…he has to kill her before she kills again…or does he?
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is a thrilling novel with heart and ups the definite scare factor. This is definitely a book you want to read with the lights on. The novel is not the typical been-there-done-that or boy-meets-girl (or vice versa) YA Paranormal Romance. There is never a dull moment in ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD.
Blake creates a world so dark and imaginative, I felt like I stepped into the novel. It’s fast-paced and kept me on my toes till the very end. I rooted for Cas from the beginning. He’s not only a funny, sexy and powerful ghost slayer but he also has his weaknesses. Blake certainly made Anna scary and creepy, yet behind Anna’s darkness and anger is a sad and fragile girl who’s trapped inside the events of her murder. Blake makes readers root for Anna, too. The side characters help but also hinder Cas’s goal to rid Anna from this earth.
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is filled with violent scenes and a smattering of strong language (it doesn’t go overboard) which makes it best suited for older readers. I’m really looking forward to reading the second novel, Girl of Nightmares, which comes out sometime next year. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is on my must-read list, not just for 2011, but for all time.
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