Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday, Dear Rich Girl Happy Birthday to ... Oh, wait, Nevermind.
On the day of Ariel's 16th birthday pHappy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday, Dear Rich Girl Happy Birthday to ... Oh, wait, Nevermind.
On the day of Ariel's 16th birthday party weekend starts, she is buzzing with excitement. She has managed a private concert from a heartthrob rock star, her father has made all the arrangements to have the entire weekend be all expense paid, all about Ariel.
Sera does not want to go to Ariel's party, her ex-best-friend's party weekend. She's been a social pariah for the past 9 and a half months. She is not looking forward to the pranks that her fellow classmates are sure to pull on her, but her family is making her go.
...and then all hell breaks loose. The body guards that were hired to protect Ariel, her classmates, and the rock star, turn on Ariel. The armed guards turn on Ariel and her very very rich father.
I found myself surprisingly enjoying this book. I found myself actually caring that Ariel and Sera mended bridges. I wanted to know why they burned those bridges in the first place. I wanted to know who lived and who died. I wanted to see the kids grow into themselves and fight back. I wanted to read this book. Basically - I couldn't put it down.
Where it really lost stars were the love interests. Everytime one of the girls got all ...girly ... over one of the guys, I got taken out of the story. It wasn't a "we're scared, hold us, fuck us," that I would have believed. It was sappy chick-lit crap.
Overall, a pretty damn good entertaining read....more
Dear modern guilty pleasure YA books, why does the third book always suck? Seriously. What the fuck is up with that?
Okay, so first of all a brief summDear modern guilty pleasure YA books, why does the third book always suck? Seriously. What the fuck is up with that?
Okay, so first of all a brief summary. Chloe is a "typical" (we'll come back to this) teenager who finds out her biological mother and she herself is a cat person known as the Mai. Tada! Told you it would be brief.
So, while book 1 and 2 were full of entertainment value. I had to regularly pretend that Chloe was 18 or 20. There was just waaaaay too much sex for me to be comfortable reading it in a "she's 16," sort of way. It was sort of pedophiliac in a few scenes, the one outside a club still makes me cringe just thinking about it. I know 16 year olds have a lot of hormones and most of them (so it seems) are not virgins, but goddamn, I don't need to read about it in graphic detail. I'm 27 - it made me uncomfortable and I'm regularly a horny fuck. I'm no prude, I swear. Sex is part of life, and therefore should be a part of literature, but goddamn, this just made me squirm and not in a fun way.
And the third book. Can we just say anti-climactic? It built and built and built and built until it broke ... and then it just ended....more
Vampires Don't Need to Sparkle, People For the past ... some number of years I've been avoiding the vampire young adult novels and movies. I figure thVampires Don't Need to Sparkle, People For the past ... some number of years I've been avoiding the vampire young adult novels and movies. I figure the reason for this can go pretty much unspoken. I blame the book-series-that-shall-not-be-named. Twilight. cough. hack. Even saying the name after reading the first two books in the series makes me cringe. Vampires have been completely tamed, turned into creatures that can be domesticated as long as you love them enough. What nonsense is that? Part of what makes them romantic is that they are monstrous. Dracula was romantic, but damn, he didn't sparkle. Gavriel was romantic in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, he didn't sparkle either, he bled. Thank you, Holly Black, for restoring my faith in vampires.
Tana is an average human teenage girl. She likes to party, has a douchebag ex-boyfriend who she can't seem to shake, a best friend away at drama camp, and a tag-along little sister. One night while she's at a sundown party, all of that changes. She wakes up, after passing out in a shower, to carnage beyond what she can believe. The description of the dried blood in the carpet crunching between her bare toes - definitely a winner and when I knew that this had some real potential. Someone had cracked a window to let a breeze into the locked down farm house and everyone had died for it. She finds herself on a roadtrip to Coldtown, with her vampire bitten ex-boyfriend and a slightly crazy vampire, Gavriel.
Coldtown is basically a quarantine for vampires. I adored the way that Holly Black approached vampirism. She approaches it with a combination of a disease, an addiction, and an unlocking of the inner self. In this world, when you've been bitten by a vamp, you are considered Cold. This is when the craving for human blood kicks in. Once someone who is Cold drinks human blood, they die and wake up a full fledged vampire. However, there is a catch. If a person manages to go eighty eight days Cold, without drinking human blood, they beat the disease. Of course, these 88 days are basically like detoxing from drugs, except you have superhuman strength and senses. Usually, once someone goes Cold, they bring themselves to Coldtown, or their families turn them in, because beating being Cold is so rare and difficult that it is basically considered impossible. Once you're in Coldtown, you never never ever get back out.
Truly, the only reason that this wasn't a five star book was something I couldn't quite put my finger on. The gore was delicious, the people were real, the background was fascinating, the vampires were tackled beautifully. However, for some reason that I can't put my finger on it felt like the writing lacked passion. It lacked some sort of spark that I kept hoping to find. It just wasn't there.
Overall, an amazing book that speaks volumes for the classically gory blood-soaked vampires, even in young adult. Vampires don't need to sparkle, people....more
Forget this Game A few years ago when this book came out, it created quite a buzz for itself. I think it was a best seller of some sort (national? intForget this Game A few years ago when this book came out, it created quite a buzz for itself. I think it was a best seller of some sort (national? international? who cares). It was a book that everyone I spoke to adored; though I really had absolutely no idea what it was about, the mass outcrying that it was brilliant made me want to read it. So when it showed up in the Kindle Daily Deals for $1.99 (or something else ridiculously cheap), I jumped on it.
It took me something stupid like two and a half months to finish this book. Now, I know that this is a new blog and you all don't know me very well, but I read way faster than that! It was horribly boring. I don't know if there was something lost in translation, but it kept feeling like every time something interesting was about to happen they had to take a time out to discuss town politics. Every time the hangman was about to start the torture of the midwife who was suspected of witch craft and murder of children, they'd have to go ahead and talk about the leper house and all the families that disagreed with having it built, or the fucking wagon people. I couldn't have cared any less about the transportation business and yet I found myself reading about it and it ended up having really almost nothing to do with the plot line. And the town rivalries? Also had very little to do with the actual plot or how it was resolved.
Things finally seemed to get less boring around the 75% mark, and they finally were interesting around 80%. Unfortunately, by that time I didn't care any more. The Devil character was someone I had been really intrigued with during the first month that I read this book. By the time I found out who he was, I didn't give a shit. By the time the "big reveals" came around in the last 20% of the book, I didn't care and was simply relieved to be having the book come to an end. For a while there, I thought that this book was going to end up on a Did Not Finish shelf. Luckily, that last 25 percent of the novel pulled it out of the depths of hell and only landed it in purgatory. Therefore, two stars.
Now I'm going to move onto a book that I'm really excited to read....more
What do you do when you see someone with a deformity, a missing limb, a physical disorder, or really, anything that's considered "not normal"? Do youWhat do you do when you see someone with a deformity, a missing limb, a physical disorder, or really, anything that's considered "not normal"? Do you stare? Do you look away? Do you glance away and then look back, pretending that everything is "normal" and you're not bothered? Do you tease and mock? Do you cringe? Do you feel badly that you're looking at that person differently? We all do it. When we're confronted with a person's appearance that is less-than-average, we panic. We don't know what to do. We don't know how to approach that person because we can only assume that their less-than-average appearance makes them a less-than-average kind of person that needs to be treated differently. It's a twisted part of our human nature.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity, though that's an understatement of grand proportions. He's looked at differently every day. People treat him like a porcelain doll. People even scream, when startled by his appearance. He says he's used to it, but can anyone ever really be used to that sort of treatment?
Up until the fifth grade he's been kept out of school. His mother has homeschooled him because of the multitude of surgeries that he goes through to make his face more functional, firstly, and slightly more average, secondly. For the fifth grade, he gets sent to Beecher Prep, a private school in the city.
Remember what it's like being the new kid in a new school? Remember how you looked at the new kid in your school? Remember how they were treated? Now imagine going through that every single day for a year, because every time you meet someone new, you are always considered the freak: always.
Wonder is a remarkable story of growth. The perspective switches between Auggie, his sister, and various other friends of the kids. The growth can be seen in all the perspectives, by all the kids. This is not only the story of how one deformed kid is grown to be accepted by his peers, but the story of how a group of kids grows to accept the strange and different in their worlds.
I'm having a really hard time putting into words what I thought of this book. On one hand it was incredibly easy to read, I've read reviews that saidI'm having a really hard time putting into words what I thought of this book. On one hand it was incredibly easy to read, I've read reviews that said it was slow moving - I disagree - I thought it ebbed and flowed in such a way to make it compulsively readable. On the other hand, however, all the characters were horrible and evil; I read characters more than I read plots and having such horrible characters just made me crazy. Anyway, I'll just start writing and see where it leads.
Amy and Nick have been married for 5 years on the day that Amy goes missing. Their house looks like there has been a struggle: furniture is flipped, their door is left open, etc. One by one, as the clues come out, the investigation closes in on Nick.
Amy had a charmed life growing up, she was the inspiration for the wildly successful series of children's books, written by her parents, called Amazing Amy. Nick and Amy met and lived in NYC, writing for various magazines, until they were both laid off. When Nick's mother was diagnosed with cancer and his father's Alzheimers became much much worse, they move back to Missouri to take care of them.
The problem. The people in the novel are horrible. They're all evil. Even though the books were called Amazing Amy, I was mentally combining Horrible Harry and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Day to make up Horrible Harry Doing Awful Things on the Terrible Horrible No Good Day
Nick is terrible, Amy is terrible, the lawyer is terrible, the cops are terrible. I hated them all. I wanted them all to turn up murdered.
And just to make things even worse for me, I didn't have to "figure out" any of the twists of the novel. They were so obvious to me that I just knew them before they happened. All right, there was one or two that I didn't see coming, but in a novel of that many twists and turns, they should have at least made me think, right?
I did enjoy the readability factor, I wanted to see how it would wrap up (though the actual ending made me want to kill things), so I read it quickly. It flowed well, even though it was just unwrapping one terrible thing after another.