Louise loves fashion, especially vintage fashion. She imagines the lives of the women who wore the clothes that she admires. One day she receives an i...moreLouise loves fashion, especially vintage fashion. She imagines the lives of the women who wore the clothes that she admires. One day she receives an invitation in the mail to a Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale. She cannot wait to find the perfect vintage dress for the upcoming dance. The dress she chooses takes her back in time and she finds herself a passenger on the Titanic.
Light and fluffy does it. There's a lot of information that most casual history buffs already know but I suspect many younger readers will actually learn something here. There are far too many people in this world that think Titanic was a fictional movie and not a real event. Louise actually Googles the Titanic at the end and we're filled in with the official confirmation of everything she just experienced. (less)
This was a bit of escapism for me. A tiny bit. The other bit of me appreciates the fact I was never a typical teen with all the drama that goes along...moreThis was a bit of escapism for me. A tiny bit. The other bit of me appreciates the fact I was never a typical teen with all the drama that goes along with it. This is why I don’t read much teen chick lit. I don’t relate with it much at all.
Kelly has a controlling jerk of a boyfriend named Mike. When he pressures her to go on holiday with him and his mates, Kelly feels overwhelmed by his overbearing, controlling nature and for once sticks up for herself and says no. Mike goes off with a huff to ride around Europe in a van with a gaggle of blokes. Kelly serendipitously falls into a dream vacation; a casual friend, Jade, has had a couple of people drop out of her holiday plans and invites Kelly to summer in Greece with her and her friend Sarah.
I don’t know if this is a cultural difference but as an American of nearly 40 years, I have never known anyone to be able to afford going off for an entire summer. That’s where the above mentioned escapism comes in: what a dream!
Jade is the wild, outgoing, bloke chasing friend. Sarah is the dowdy, moody, spiritual, cooking-mama friend (the only one I like and relate with). And Kelly is the happy-to-be-there, good-natured, zero personality of her own, anti-heroine of our story.
The descriptions of Greece and the wonderful farmhouse they stay in are what kept me interested in the book. The relationship with the three and the growth of the characters (especially Sarah) is also interesting. But the constant details of beach going and club hopping and partying left me bored. Three things I have no interest in doing on vacation or any other time of the year.
This is more of a 2.5 star book for me. I’d have considered a 3 if it weren’t for the incredibly disappointing choices Kelly makes regarding her manipulating, control freak boyfriend. (less)
I have no interest in ordinary humans. If there are any aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers here, come join me. That is all.
I wish I had the go...moreI have no interest in ordinary humans. If there are any aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers here, come join me. That is all.
I wish I had the good sense to introduce myself this way on the first day of high school. I may have ended up with cooler friends...
Kyon gave up his dreams of finding anything supernatural or out of the ordinary long ago. Until his first day of high school where he meets the oddest girl he's ever known. Haruhi Suzumiya may be cute, but she's totally out of her mind. Or is she? This seemingly normal high school student may very well have the fate of the world in her hands.
Kyon inadvertently plants the idea in Haruhi's head to start a new school club dedicated to seeking out the extraordinary. The SOS Brigade is born. But the extraordinary can be found right in the club itself. (less)
Daniel was orphaned at age 3 when his Alien Hunter parents were murdered by The Prayer who is looking for The List. The List is a Most Wanted list of...moreDaniel was orphaned at age 3 when his Alien Hunter parents were murdered by The Prayer who is looking for The List. The List is a Most Wanted list of aliens and Daniel carries on where his parents left off, hunting aliens. Daniel is, of course, alien himself and has several powers including being able to create his parents, a sister, and a group of best buddies. Even though it's evident Daniel is no normal 15 year old, I would have liked a little back story on how he managed to survive between the ages of 3 and 10 on his own, I find it hard to swallow that a 3-year old, even a super smart 3-year old with super powers, would survive in the world with no adult supervision. Like, where did he get all this money to be buying houses all over the place? Hey, this is James Patterson after all. Short simple chapters with bare bones descriptions. I've said it before, it's like James Patterson writes an outline of a story and then goes back and fills in a few paragraphs per subject heading. Anyway, I decided to listen to Daniel X in audio book format rather than suffer through what I consider an annoying writing style. And, at least in this case, it helped bring the story to life. But Daniel X deserves to be so much better. Part Men in Black, part Harry Potter, part Darren Shan's Demonata, Daniel X has plenty of action. But in the end the lackluster writing and too simple even for a kids' book plot make Daniel X a dull boy. This will be a series (of course!) but the only way I'll read (or listen to) more is if I get free copies at work.(less)
An insufferable 5 year old brat who acts in inappropriate ways. He has an NC-17 vocabulary and a scary interest in sex for a 5 year old. He's always m...moreAn insufferable 5 year old brat who acts in inappropriate ways. He has an NC-17 vocabulary and a scary interest in sex for a 5 year old. He's always making rude comments to women, wiggling his ding-dong around, obsessing over bodily functions, and generally embarrassing his mother. His parents have no control over him and he's constantly wandering around on his own. Then they wonder where he learned such nasty behavior from. His mother is always hitting him. He's an inappropriate 5 year old with deplorable behavior. But his parents are just as inappropriate and indirectly encourage him by giving him the reaction he craves. The humor gets old real quick and although some moments were amusing, I found myself thinking "how dumb" more often than not. This begs for a 2 1/2 star rating from me, but I'm not feeling generous enough to bump it up to 3 stars...so 2 it is.(less)
**spoiler alert** WARNING> This review *sparkles* in sunlight.
Banal. Horribly written. Trite.
Yeah, I know many of you are rolling your eyes. You’v...more**spoiler alert** WARNING> This review *sparkles* in sunlight.
Banal. Horribly written. Trite.
Yeah, I know many of you are rolling your eyes. You’ve heard it all before and you either 1)disagree with the criticism OR 2) agree with the criticism but love the story anyway. You’re about to enlighten me with the following wisdom: GET OVER IT! OK, so Twilight is not exactly great literature BUT the story is amazing, Edward is every girl’s dream, this is a sweet and romantic, albeit light and fluffy, vampiric romp, RELAX and enjoy! Also, Edward is sooo hot!!
To you I say: Bite Me.
I have a lot of issues with this book besides the fact that it is horribly written. Boring characters, weak character development, characters I just don’t give a damn about. Bella: Boring. Clumsy and beautiful, but she doesn’t know she’s attractive even though every boy in the school is in love with her. Edward: Perfect. Brooding, angst-ridden, and perfect. He’s remained chaste for nearly 100 years? And is attracted to Bella because he can’t read her mind and she smells good. Boring. Jacob: Eh. Kinda boring. Bella’s friends: Filler. The Cullens: My favorite characters, the only ones I want to know more about. Especially enjoyed Alice.
So about 90% of the book consists of Bella obsessively swooning over Edward. Lots of painful dialogue. And Angsty stalker Edward struggling with his danger to Bella and his love for Bella. Yes, I say stalker because the fact that he follows her everywhere and watches her while she sleeps even though they barely know each other is creepy. Finally towards the end of the book Stephenie Meyer decides to throw in some sort of plot and we’re treated to about 10 minutes of action. Enter the antagonists.
Oh yeah, at some point they fall in love. Randomly and for no apparent reason, there’s no suspense or build up at all. Just OMG He’s so hot! OMG I’m dangerous, stay away from me! OMG. “And so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb.” The end. (less)
Chewing Gum in Holy water is a fascinating coming-of-age story that is laced with humorous, heart-warming life lessons of an adventurous boy growing u...moreChewing Gum in Holy water is a fascinating coming-of-age story that is laced with humorous, heart-warming life lessons of an adventurous boy growing up Catholic in post WWII Italy. His struggling mother sends four year old Mario to live with his uncle, a traveling priest, and his spinster aunt. The book covers Mario's life from 4 years old until his teen years. Each chapter is a scene from his life; the tales center around Mario's experiences with religion and his wild times with friends. From switching toys during Epiphany to hiding cigarettes and gum behind church statues and touching a bull for love; Mario's childhood was certainly unique. Every few years he moved to a new village and had to make new friends. Along the way his life was shaped by an elderly painter, the bickering Friar and Jesuit, the priest-eating Communist, two very different girls, equally adventurous friends and his beloved uncle. I would love it if a movie was made based on this book, it's a really sweet story.(less)
I should start by saying that Romance is my least favorite genre. Upon first glance I was certain I would hate this book with its pukingly girly pink...moreI should start by saying that Romance is my least favorite genre. Upon first glance I was certain I would hate this book with its pukingly girly pink cover and horrible title. The only reason I decided to give this book a shot was because it seemed to have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-supernatural-fantastical feel to it.
Justine Bennet is the guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth who lives with her pretzel-loving and sex-crazed friend Theresa Nichols who has been trapped in a dragon's body for 200 years. All males in Derek LaValle’s family have been cursed. He’s set to end the curse by finding the Goblet and killing Justine before she kills him first. No points for guessing how romance enters into this story.
It took awhile for the story to take off but once it did I begrudgingly admitted to myself that I kinda liked this eclectic mix of paranormal, romance, adventure and comedy. Theresa the dragon is hilarious but I hated the character of Satan, also meant as comic relief. Satan was just done all wrong. Otherwise an enjoyable read. Looking forward to the sequel, Must Love Dragons. (less)
This is one of my all-time favorites from my younger years. My budding fascination with ancient Egypt turned into a full blown love affair after readi...moreThis is one of my all-time favorites from my younger years. My budding fascination with ancient Egypt turned into a full blown love affair after reading this book about two girls separated by 3,000 years.(less)