October 17, 2010 - After reading Mockingjay, I wanted to read The Hunger Games series again but I knew I wouldn't sit down and read it. So I listened...moreOctober 17, 2010 - After reading Mockingjay, I wanted to read The Hunger Games series again but I knew I wouldn't sit down and read it. So I listened to it. At first, the narrator's voice wasn't what I had originally heard in my head but as the action got going I was into the book again. The action in the arena doesn't seem to move as fast in the audiobook as it does on the page. When Rue died, I was in tears, the whole scene was absolutely heart-wrenching in the audiobook.
2009-I've been hearing about this book all summer and wondered when I would break down and read it. It came in for me at the library and another book If I Stay distracted me from The Hunger Games for about two days.
At first the book didn't interest me, it just didn't sound like my style of book. Boy was I wrong. It was so engaging that it was hard to put down. It's probably not one I would have read without all of the hubbub swirling around this and the second book Catching Fire. There was almost non-stop action and every chapter was a cliff-hanger that was so intense it was hard to put the book down just to use the bathroom.
I started this book and read about a chapter at a time in between doctor's appointments and before I went to bed at night for about three days. It took me a while to get through the first 85 pages and then I literally couldn't put the book down for the next 289 pages. My first day back to work from being ill, all I could think about was getting home and reading another 100 pages of The Hunger Games.
Bianca is friends with Casey and Jessica. She considers them more beautiful, outgoing and less cynical than she herself is but they are all the best o...moreBianca is friends with Casey and Jessica. She considers them more beautiful, outgoing and less cynical than she herself is but they are all the best of friends. One evening while they are at a the high school nightclub, Wesley, the very attractive man-slut around school starts talking to her at the bar. He tells her she's a DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) because her friends are beautiful. This irritates her but he wants one of her friends to notice him and he tells her that if her friends see him talking to her then one of them will go out with him. She kindly throws a Cherry Coke in his face and walks away.
So begins Bianca's strange enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley. A relationship that she keeps secret from her friends, while trying to deal with the bad situation at home.
The Duff is written by 19-year-old debut author Kody Keplinger. I wasn't sure what to expect from such a young author, but I was impressed. This is a book that I'll recommend to the Sarah Dessen fans at my library.(less)
Nastasya, known as "Nasty" to her friends, is greatly disturbed when one of her close friends nearly kills a cab driver on one of their nights out par...moreNastasya, known as "Nasty" to her friends, is greatly disturbed when one of her close friends nearly kills a cab driver on one of their nights out partying. She's spent the last four hundred years being a party girl and not caring about anyone. Now she's on the run from her friends and trying to find a safe place. She finds a "safe house" for immortals and begins to actually care about people.
At this safe house is Reyn, who looks like a Viking god, and who she is sort of attracted to but her past won't let her.
Parts of the book seemed to ramble and small things that Nastasya was doing to put her life back on track seemed reasonable, such as getting a job at the local drugstore, but for some reason I couldn't become totally invested in her story. The plot kept me reading as did large chunks of time to read since I was home sick, but I kept waiting for more.
This is the first part of a trilogy but the book wrapped up so well that I don't feel like I need to read the second book. It will be interesting to see how it does amongst teens.(less)
Audrey is catapulted into stardom by no fault other than her breaking up with a boyfriend. A boyfriend who then turns around and writes a super-catchy...moreAudrey is catapulted into stardom by no fault other than her breaking up with a boyfriend. A boyfriend who then turns around and writes a super-catchy song that gets recorded and everyone can't stop listening to. It was definitely a fun book to read and kept my interest. It fits in really well with our celebrity obsessed culture and how some of us can't get enough of our favorite celebrity gossip.
A book that I think suffered from my being in a hurry to read it for class. I enjoyed the music references and loved the storyline. Each time I came to a chapter I would go to iTunes to get a sample of a song, even if I knew the song just to get a feel for the "mood" of the chapter. (less)
I listened to this book and read it when I wasn't listening to it. The characters were fascinating and the world of Incarceron was interesting, which...moreI listened to this book and read it when I wasn't listening to it. The characters were fascinating and the world of Incarceron was interesting, which kept me listening. At times, I was completely confused and I stuck with it because I was so intrigued by the concept of a living prison. Definitely reading out of my comfort zone here but a really good book that made me want to finish. Better review later after I've absorbed what I've read.(less)
3.5 stars. I listened to this book, which I really enjoyed. I'm not sure how I would feel about the book if I'd just read it. My one complaint about t...more3.5 stars. I listened to this book, which I really enjoyed. I'm not sure how I would feel about the book if I'd just read it. My one complaint about the audiobook was the bits of background music that seemed to appear during particularly intense scenes like I was supposed to take note of them for later.
Cassia lives in what appears to be the near perfect Society. Each girl is matched up with a boy from another province so there is no need to worry about dating. Meals are prepared for each person to their specific nutritional needs. When you're having a stressful day take the green tablet to calm your nerves and if something bad happens to the Society, take the blue tablet as it will keep you alive for several days.
Everything appears to be perfect even on the day of Cassia's matching party. Then the next day something seems to be wrong with the microcard that contains her match's information. So begins Cassia's realization of the Society and what it's all about.
This book has been compared to The Hunger Games and I see some definite similarities. I tried not to think about them but it was inevitable. When I described the book to someone else who has read The Hunger Games, I said that it could be about a girl who lives in the Capital.
The sequel comes out later this year but I felt like the book was wrapped up well enough for me at the end that I probably won't pick up the second book.(less)
Spent the first day of our vacation trying to track down this book but didn't find it until Wednesday (day after it came out) at a Target. Once I got...moreSpent the first day of our vacation trying to track down this book but didn't find it until Wednesday (day after it came out) at a Target. Once I got it in my hands, I couldn't read it in the car because I had to navigate. Savoring every page.(less)
3 1/2 stars. A totally guilty pleasure book for me. Fans of Sex & the City will enjoy this book.
The Carrie Diaries follows Carrie Bradshaw during...more3 1/2 stars. A totally guilty pleasure book for me. Fans of Sex & the City will enjoy this book.
The Carrie Diaries follows Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school. She's exploring her path as a writer and a column in the high school paper helps her land her ultimate dream summer.
There is, of course, a boyfriend who gives her fits and causes her to constantly question herself as so many girls that age do. And there are her friends. The friends that have been friends for a long time until one of them does something completely unforgivable.
It was nice to find out where Carrie came from and learn about her family but I wanted more about her relationship with her father and her sisters. One of her sisters does get herself into some trouble.
I'm sure someone will object to the drinking and smoking in this book. It takes place in 1982 and 1983 when drinking was still legal for 18 year olds.
Candace Bushnell definitely left this open for a sequel and I'll definitely read one if it comes out.(less)
I think I actually liked Linger better than Shiver. It held my attention better and it seemed to flow better. The chapters are laid out a bit differe...moreI think I actually liked Linger better than Shiver. It held my attention better and it seemed to flow better. The chapters are laid out a bit differently with all of one scene and chapter being told from different perspectives. Each perspective flows one right into the next, it was really interesting and also so natural to read.
Linger picks up right where Shiver leaves off. Sam is still human, Isabel is dealing with the death of her brother Jack and the new wolves are living in the woods. The book is told from Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole's, one of the new wolves, perspectives.
Now Sam must deal with living a human existence. He's working at the bookstore and staying in Grace's room at night. When Grace's parents find them in bed together (with nothing except sleeping happening), Grace is grounded from seeing Sam.
Cole, one of the new wolves and a former rock star, is struggling to stay wolf. He rather kill himself than stay human. Unlike the other wolves, Cole can't stay wolf, he's constantly changing back and forth which is how he meets Isabel. He shows up in Isabel's house one night naked as a jaybird.
One scene with Cole and his morphing between wolf and human involves his killing a deer that I found so difficult to read. The images in that scene were so strong that I had to try to distract myself from thinking about it later on.
February 2010- I have this in my possession and have to read it soon!!(less)
Meghan is an obese girl who is nearly invisible to everyone in school. Aimee is becoming invisible with her own eating disorder, she's convinced herse...moreMeghan is an obese girl who is nearly invisible to everyone in school. Aimee is becoming invisible with her own eating disorder, she's convinced herself that she's allergic to everything and is becoming anorexic because she won't eat anything.
Meghan notices Aimee when they both are in the nurse's office together. Aimee is completely put off by Meghan's obesity and goes so far as to write a poem about how hideous she thinks Meghan is.
When Aimee is befriended by the literary magazine's editor, who then steals Aimee's poem, Aimee and Meghan become unlikely friends.
This was not a heavy teen issue book but it's an honest of how we are all perceived by our looks, the social circles of high school, and how quickly those circles can change.(less)
Holly and Lizzie are sisters. Only a year separates them and they have always been best friends. They take care of each other.
One morning Hope finds...moreHolly and Lizzie are sisters. Only a year separates them and they have always been best friends. They take care of each other.
One morning Hope finds Lizzie with a gun pointed at her head. Lizzie is taken to the hospital. Hope must deal with her sister's attempted suicide and uncover the secrets that made her sister wanted to take her own life. Set in the rural South makes the girls bond stronger and the story more powerful.
A gripping and heart-wrenching book written in verse. Carol Lynch Williams amazed me with The Chosen One and her fans will be equally amazed with this book. I've passed this book on to a teen in my library who I knew would appreciate it.(less)
On a layover at the Bangkok Airport, Gemma meets someone she thinks she's seen before while she's getting coffee. Soon Gemma is drugged and convinced...moreOn a layover at the Bangkok Airport, Gemma meets someone she thinks she's seen before while she's getting coffee. Soon Gemma is drugged and convinced to leave with this man, Ty. Ty takes her to the Australia desert where Gemma wakes up and realizes what has happened. She's been stolen from her parents on their trip to Vietnam. With no one around for miles, Gemma has to learn to deal with her captor and the harsh surroundings where they live. The book is written as a letter to Ty from Gemma.
I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. The letter format was awkward and just didn't work for me. At first, I really cared about what happens to Gemma but as the story goes on I really started to care less. It was a struggle to finish. Parts of the book dragged for me. I realize it was written as a letter to her captor but some of the suspense just didn't hold up for me. I'm curious how this will go over with some of the teens at my library.(less)
I took my time reading this book to savor it, I was also suffering from severe cleaning mode in preparation for a friends' visit and just plain readin...moreI took my time reading this book to savor it, I was also suffering from severe cleaning mode in preparation for a friends' visit and just plain reading fatigue. While the action in Catching Fire didn't grip me quite as much as The Hunger Games, I still loved the story. The Capitol and it's characters struck me as just as evil as in The Hunger Games. They play a larger role in this book. I honestly don't feel that I can say anything more about this book than has already been said. (less)
There are characters that I identify with in books but rarely do I encounter a book that reflected me as a teenager so well. Mia isn't rebellious, she...moreThere are characters that I identify with in books but rarely do I encounter a book that reflected me as a teenager so well. Mia isn't rebellious, she's a good student and she gets along with her family. This was an excellent audiobook with an authentic narrator.
On a snow day from school, she and her family go out for a drive and her whole world changes. Later she sees her body lying in a hospital bed in an ICU. Mia watches as her family and friends deal with the loss of her parents and brother while staying strong for her.
Caitlin is coping with the recent suicide of her best friend Ingrid. Caitlin is devastated. Then she finds Ingrid's journal that Ingrid left in Caitli...moreCaitlin is coping with the recent suicide of her best friend Ingrid. Caitlin is devastated. Then she finds Ingrid's journal that Ingrid left in Caitlin's room. Slowly through the journal and learning about why Ingrid felt the need to take her own life, Caitlin is able to put her own life back together. She even begins to make friends and encounters her first love.
A heart-wrenching story of life after a friend's death.(less)