Monday, February 27, 2012

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back


There are so many negative reviews of this book. I don't know why some people read it without reading the back story that yes it was a child of four telling his parents that he went to heaven. If you knew that I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't have bothered to read it and there wouldn't be so much negative reviews. I guess I don't think ill of people as much as others because I found this boy's story true if at least plausible. I'm pretty sketchy when it comes between God and me so that's why I wanted to read 15 spiritual books this year. The main problem people see with it is that the father is a preacher and I guess I can get that. But seriously what would the point be? People need to learn to trust. I'm sure no one told him about his mother having a miscarriage at age four. Come on.

Okay. Let's talk about the story first before I go ranting again. I believed it. Throughout I did not doubt the story. And no I don't think I'm gullible. Sorry the reviews got to me. This little boy got terribly sick one day at the age of three. His parents I believe really should have done something sooner. They were ridiculous. Your child is throwing up nonstop for one in a half days? Yeah. The third time he would have been in the hospital. The things this kid was crazy. I really think he wouldn't have been able to say what he saw so vividly unless the whole story was made up. Some things he said really resonated with me. The miscarriage for one. How they girl was in Heaven waiting for them. That killed me. I was crying throughout this book. There was also his father's grandfather being young and in Heaven. It was like wow. How he was young and didn't have glasses. We are in Heaven in our prime? That was awesome to read. Now of course I am a little skeptical especially hearing others reviews because it's inevitable that when I hear other people's opinions that I look at mine more closely but I also have a little skepticism anyways but not as much as you may think. Honestly I really liked reading it and the boy's point of view. I think you should read it even if you are skeptical and form your own opinion of it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Eep! by Joke van Leeuwen

Release Date: March 1st 2012

Warren is a birdwatcher. One day he found something in the bushes. It was a bird! Sort of... it had wings like a bird. But had feet like a person. It didn't look like an angel because it didn't have arms like an angel was supposed to have. He looked around, yelled if it was anyone's, yelled that he was taking it, and the proceeded to do just that. And left. He's wife Tina and him took to their "Beedy" who could actually talk. But what Beedy really wanted to do was be free. So goes the tale of Warren, Tina, a girl named Lottie, and a rescuer trying to see Beady again to say goodbye.

This was such a crazy good book. Just pure fun. I have no idea why but it reminded me of a book Roald Dahl would write. It was that good. Beedy was able to change every life she encountered without knowing it. She was just a bird/girl who wanted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and to fly. What more could you want in life? Warren and Tina became her parents and they loved her so much and wanted to protect her. I had mixed feelings with Lottie on account of she kind of forcibly made her into her friend. Well her and Warren and Tina kind of also did but not as much as Lottie. They did it without knowing really what they were getting themselves into. I mean who would have thought they would be meeting someone like Beedy? Poor rescuer. The whole thing kind of ruined his life and he needed closure.

This book was just silly and sweet and wonderful. It was cute and funny and just fantastic. I loved every minute of it. I loved the illustrations as well. They were a perfect mix to the story. Very entertaining seeing them with how the story was playing out. I'm so happy I was able to read this lovely little adventure book.

Bittersweet Summer by Anne Warren Smith

Release Date: March 1st 2012

So you would think the last day of school would be celebratory but not for Katie Jordan because her former fourth grade teacher was the best teacher ever. Everybody's crying all over the place hugging Ms. Morgan. She's telling them everything special that she will miss about them. Katie's worried that she won't say anything nice about her. After all she's always messing things up. But Ms. Morgan is not like that and after reassuring everyone that they'll still be able to see her they all head off towards home which is also a teary procession for Katie because her best friend Sierra is going away this summer to her grandmother's house in Seattle. That means she's stuck with Claire. A forced friendship by their dad's since they live across the street from one another. Claire has a big summer project coming up--she's going to get Ms. Morgan to marry her dad. Katie doesn't know how to feel. She does have a mother but she's never home and is always singing in concerts but she still loves her and always talks likes she's there at night. But then again Ms. Morgan would be the best mother. Not only does she have to deal with Clair's summer project, not being able to see Sierra, but also she might have to move to Portland two hours away!

Well Katie Jordan was a well likable character. I felt really bad for her and her younger brother that their mother was never there for them. And then the brother, Tyler, got books from the library about animals looking for their mother. He would suck his thumb and say that baby is looking for his mother. Such a heart breaker! I thought Katie was selfish at times. I knew it was probably accurate how a kid would act at that age but sheesh. With the dog? So selfish. All the other times I felt sorry for her and genuinely liked her.

Claire... Claire, Claire, Claire, Claire, Claire.... I tried to forgive you some because you are smart enough to realize that blue is the best color out there. But boy you are sooo mean. You would want to roll your eyes at her too if you knew about her. She's a neat freak when it comes to anything basically. A rude neat freak and I hated the way she looked down at people. You're 10! You can't be acting like that at that age. Can you? I thought that Katie and her had an up and down relationship but I maybe saw one up so I don't really know anymore. They were both acting their age I know with the jealously and selfishness but still.... Anyways it did prove to be a really great book. Very realistic and it touched down on serious issues like her mother never being there. As you can tell I really got into it. It was better than I expected. It's worth reading.

Oh yeah. There is two other books before this but I didn't feel I had to read them before this. I'll probably get them since I liked this book so much. Here they are:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Library Saturday #5




So another Library Saturday. Another bunch of books. Well it seems that I need to read more. I kind of had an off week so this week I've challenged myself to read 10 books from now until the next Library Saturday. Wish me luck!

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

Release Date: April 1st 2012
"So why don't you tell Fiorella about it?"
"I don't want to tell her till she knows me better."
"How long have you been seeing each other?"
"Three months."
"Not long."
"Long enough"
"Long enough for what?"
"For me to know I want to hang on to her."
Karl is just an eighteen year old boy trying not to lose his girl. She sets him to the task of writing down answers to approximately like fifty questions about himself so she can no more about him because he can't really express himself. He's very shy and is sort of a meticulous type of person who sometimes acts beyond his years. He has this pain lost boy type of feel when you get to know him. He has a hard time talking about himself because he's very modest and he's just that sort of person. It comes with the pain of losing his father when he was just twelve years old. And you ache for him once you get to know him because he is this lost boy/ old soul type of person. He idolized his father and was "too" attached so when he died he was devastated. He kind of became his father in the things he likes, likes to do, and acts. He's also dyslexic and his father was the only one that he felt accepted him. 

Being dyslectic has brought him to the door of Fiorella's (his girlfriend) favorite author an old man of about 70 who is pretty lonely right now.  He sort of sees himself in him so surprising himself he agrees. Unknowingly to him he just started something that would change the course of his life and him himself.

First of all I thought this book was brilliant. The author and Karl as I got to know them seemed to me like they were kindred spirits. They had this sort of invisible bond/link right from the beginning. The author in the book well let's say narrator from now on was not so much wise but had his experience to share on with Karl but i think he learned things from him as well. He needed Karl as much as Karl needed him but more than they thought they would because it was all about the writing in the beginning but then it grew to be something more profound. There was at times this underlining weirdness coming out of this book. It was just how the book presented itself and how the characters were. Distant. Kind of weird the narrator just accepted. It just felt weird... the way they were. Such strange creatures. Karl was very mysterious. He was different then what I expected. He's so introverted and as I found later controlling. He needs to do one thing at a time. He was just again (sorry for repeating myself so much) weird. But interesting weird like you want to know more.

The river felt very symbolic. Isolation/happiness/remembering/pain/loss all wrapped into just one area. It was again a brilliant book. It gave you this calming effect after you finished like some books are able to do. It makes you think and it had characters in it that you see in you. You learn to care for them pretty easily. It gives you perspective and just leaves you silent. It's the sort of book that makes you into a better person and makes you reflect on life.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Brave

Epic new movie coming from Disney. I've seen a small trailer before but didn't really think much of it until I saw this video. Showing up her mom at the end. Yeah! Girl power!!!

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

"Let us live so that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry"-Mark Twain
It all started when Christopher McDougall got one too many injuries. He visited specialist and they all told him the same thing: stop running. He was a big guy and the way he ran and the impact he was putting on his legs and feet were just too much. But how can he just give up on running when he loved it tremendously? He needed to find a way to become injury free or at least have less injuries and he found it in the Tarahumara. The greatest runners in the world who lived secluded with canyons and treacherous places that just made them who they are. They are the ultrarunners fall ultrarunners. And if you don't know what an ultrarunner is it's a person who can run at least 100 miles in the roughest terrain out there even in Death Valley. Yeah that Death Valley where the sun bares down on you and you can be fine one minute and sprawled on the floor the next in you aren't careful.

So those are the Tarahumara. The best runners out there. Christopher needed to find out there secrets and he was going to do it with the Caballo Blanco. An American who went Indian and are friends with the Tarahamura. He lives in the same terrain as them anyways so he must know something. And when he does the mysterious suspicious Caballo is actually okay with him. He caught him in a moment in his life where before he would have just run off but he was perfect. Because he just so happened needed someone to spread the word about a race he was setting up. One where the Tarahamura and the best American runners would go head to head. In the greatest race in the world.

Wow. This book just blew me out of the water. It was so awe inspiring, insightful, and just fantastic. McDougall treats his writing like its an art form. It must have taken him years to write this. Every chapter written so perfectly to follow the next. I was learning a new things while joining him on his crazy adventure. I would never barefoot run but cushioned shoes do make less sense to me. Us being made into runners millions of years ago and tribes actually using the technique to outrun animals for food was so... I don't know.... Cool! This shows us how we can be. The ultrarunners and even regular runners are inspiring.

I've felt the happiness and exhilaration that is running once before but now I don't think so. I mean it was just me on the treadmill and it's not like I was going that long either. But it was still wonderful. Me caked in sweat but it felt so good. I guess it accomplishment that I felt? It was just a fantastic feeling and I'm rambling on like this because this book made me want to run again. But actually run outside. It's because I'm self conscience. That's why I never run outside. It's actually harder to run outside. It's such a big difference. But I'm trying to exercise and run again. And right now my calves are burning at this very moment! And it's exciting because running is just that: exciting. It's fantastic and thrilling and what everybody should be doing. This book should be read by everyone. Not just runners and wannabe runners (me). The story connects so well and shows you so much. I loved it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where have you been all my life? (The Whisper)


How did I not know the second book of The Roar was being sold already? February 1st 2012 was when it first was sold and I should have been there. I am sorry The Whisper. After reading The Roar last month and it instantly being one of my favorites I need to get it  sooo bad. Started today with my infiltration of the parent's mind. Will get you soon. Don't worry.

"Suddenly alert to the microchips implanted in their brains, the army of stolen children revolts! But the response of the tyrant Mal Gorman is swift and brutal: He quickly quells the mutiny, sweeping up the fleeing children in spiked nets like so many trapped fish and dragging them back to their training camp.


Juiced by potent Everlife pills, the once cadaver-like Gorman has chemically reversed the aging process; his diabolical mind is now powered by the body of a teenager. But psychic twins Ellie and Mika can read his every evil thought, and they refuse to let him wage his battles. Using their mutant powers, they abduct Gorman and take him beyond the Wall, to the wildlife he so fears. Before all-out war erupts, the brother and sister are determined to reconcile humankind with nature -- and to free the captive children."

Gorman as a teenager is going to make this book oh so much more interesting. Can't wait. Thank you so much Emma Clayton for these books!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Poison Most Vial: A Mystery by Benedict Carey

Release Date: April 1st 2012

Ruby Rose's father is going to jail. That is if she doesn't solve the mystery of Dr. Ramachandran's death, a forensic scientist who works at the DeWitt Lab. Her father is a janitor there and with him being the one giving him tea that day plus the vials found in his locker he is the prime suspect. Ruby knows her father didn't do it... well mostly didn't think he did it.

Rose moved about a year ago but still hasn't settled in. She still thinks of Lillian often, her best friend, and is sad that she hasn't called at her anymore. She goes to the DeWitt school. There the "little gods" are treated superior to the regular kids. You can get demoted there if you have anger issues, hack online databases... you know things like that. She has one friend there: Rex who actually looks like a T-Rex. Small arms, big head, wickedly evil smile. So there in it together throughout. Some other characters get added to the mix later. Mrs. Whitmore a.k.a. the Window Lady. She never leaves her house and she just happens to be a forensic scientist so she knows a little bit about poison. The three of them will help solve the case and save Ruby's dad.

There are a couple of suspects. Roman the day janitor who's angry in a quiet way and Dean Touhy or Dean Tubby like everybody calls him who's job depends on Ramachandran. There are four grad students too: Lydia who is a mess and was the one who was supposed to bring tea to Ramachandran, Victor who wants to take over the Lab, Grace who maybe has a drug problem, and Wade who despised Ramachandran's rules. Who's the killer?

I felt it was rushed in the beginning. Instantly she was trying to solve the case. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get to know Ruby but as soon as Mrs. Whitmore came in the scene I felt better. Her perspective of the kids helped me get into the story more. Then I grew fond of Ruby and Rex. Ruby who took charge when her father needed her and Rex her loyal companion who even went to the Davenport Towers with her as well as Mrs. Whitmore who was supposed to have a glass eye that could fall out in any moment. It was actually a very good mystery. I didn't really know what to expect going into it so it was interesting to see how it all unfolded. It was pretty good. I did like it. It just didn't blow me out of the water. I actually expected it to be sillier but it was actually very intricate. It was all in all a good kid's mystery that made you wonder.

Safe & Sound

I know I already mentioned this song but now I saw they put a music video with it and thought I should put it on again. Anyways I can't get enough of it. I recommend closing your eyes while listening to it. It's so beautiful that way. Favorite lines:

Don't you dare look out your window darling;
Everything's on fire



I didn't know who The Civil Wars were till I heard this song which I LOVE and I have heard before. Got to listen to them more. I know I'm going crazy with the music thing so I'll stop now (:


This Is a Song About Dave

From A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

I like the little shadows
You got sitting in your smile
I could watch them for a while
Quite a long while, actually

I like how I never had the call before
To use the word "adore" before
But now I do

I got a little piece of what I want with you

I like how you don't score
At football, or with girls
Except for me
I think we should keep it that way

I like how you say
I'm fucking gorgeous and shake
Off years of ordinary
Cover me with extraordinary
Ways of seeing I never saw before
But now I do

I got a little piece of what I want with you

I consider this Charlie's song even though it's about Dave it's about how he makes her feel. It's the same thing with the End of Her. I think Miranda Lambert is in there because her voice makes the song sound sweeter.

The End of Her

From A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley


She's sitting on the hill
Hoping for a day
When her dreams don't hit the road
She's throwing rocks and yelling
At the sky and at the weather
She's yelling at forever
That's been breathing on her neck

She can't start with him again
He's got the end of her ocean
And he can't give her her

He's staring where she sat
It's the plastic that reminds him
Of something that they had
He says, "I'd give up sex forever
If she'd say we're back together"
But he's making promises he knows
It'd kill him them both to keep

She can't start with him again
He's got the end of her
He can't give her ocean
And he can't giver her her

I consider this Rose's song. I know Charlie sings the blues but her this as a country song and I've got in the back of my head You and I by Lady Gaga. I think  it's the beat. But then it also randomly sounds like Miranda Lambert singing too. And Billy Joel's Lyrics She Got Away About Her. It's a crazy mess I have going on in my head.

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley


Charlie is the quiet type of girl who is awesome at singing the blues but can never get up on stage to show it. She can't even sing in front of her dad. She was nine when her mom died. Her father has never gotten over it. He went from cool quiet everything under control to just quiet and never around. Whenever she tries to talk to him about something important he looks at his hands and gives her money so she'll go away. She used this so she can get some recording equipment and she hauls it all with her to her Grandfather's for the summer. She works at a music store and sometimes gets singing lessons from one off the owners as well as guitar lessons from the other. The book has songs in the pages so you get sort of the feel of what she is like and what she sounds like even if it's only in your head.

Rose is always with her boyfriend Luke and friend Dave. Luke is always getting in trouble and Dave and her always get dragged down with him. Dave more than anyone because his dad has always given him a hard time... Well Rose wants more than anything to get away to the city. She got this scholarship to go to this science school but she never can tell her parents. Her parents who are going nowhere fast. Who gave up in life. She wants so bad to leave even if it means leaving Luke and Dave. She gives Charlie a hard time because all she does is stare at the group. But this "summer" which is during Christmas time??? It's Australia but I still don't understand. Well this summer she's figured out a way to get out of this miserable old town. She's going to make friends with Charlie. She'll be doing her a favor. She's going with her when she leaves.

Charlie is beyond likable. I was always angry at Rose because IF SHE DARED HURT HER! She would be in some real trouble with me. I mean she has like no friends and is just dangerously shy. Her two "ghosts" that follow her are her Grandma and Mom. She talks to them and it's so sad because those are the only two she could ever really talk to and now they're gone. Her father was killing me. NOTICE YOUR CHILD. I would be suffering too though. Seven years and I know I would be like him but seriously if I had a kid I hope I wouldn't act so stupid all the time.

God Rose. Finally I started liking you because you actually saw her. You were very irritating you know. Dave was cool. He was so sweet. I LOVE him. And then he's hurting too and you want to give him and Charlie a big old hug. I absolutely loved this book. It was beautiful. I think it's going to be in my favorites pile. It's that good. Read this book. You will fall in love too.
"Who's this?" Dad asks when a catchy tune comes on the CD mix I made for the trip. We pass the skeleton tree that never has leaves, no matter what the time of year. Bare gray branches wave us on. "No one you know Dad," I say. It's me. 
I looked up from that other place and saw Dave staring through the glass. I thought: That guy is a little gratitude, world peace, a new acoustic guitar, a bass guitar and hands that play like Flea, and the single "Break Your Heart" all at once. He smiled and waved. I'm sick of staring at what I want, I thought. I'd do anything to hold it in my hands. 
"Tell me about the sharks, Rosie," Dave said, trying to cheer me up. "Well, you can't tell how dangerous they are from their size. That's all wrong. The big ones don't always feed on meat." "How do you tell a dangerous one?" he asked. "Their teeth." "So what, you ask them to smile?" "If you're stupid enough to come close and see them smile," I said, thinking of Luke, "then you deserve everything you get." 
She looks at me and at Dave. She looks out the curtain and strums her guitar. "Yeah," she says. "Oh yeah. This I can do."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Release Date: March 1st 2012

I don't really know how to describe this book. It's very vulgar and everybody's cursing all the time. Good thing it has my sense of humor otherwise I don't know how I'd be able to read it. Please don't think ill of me.

Me is Greg Gaines who is described as rat looking, chubby, and friends with everyone. This is his last year of High School which he has been hating throughout his time there at Benson. He essentially has no friends except Earl but I'll get to him later. To survive High School he stays at an arm's length distance with all the other groups and subdivisions so he doesn't suffer from evil stares, beatings, or other things synonymous with the average High School description. Well in books because my school has never been like that. We have our groups but it's just our friends. We don't care if you're a nerd or whatever... So! Um... yeah.

You get introduced to Earl like 50 pages in which was very confusing because he mentions him like two times before you know who he is. Me and Earl.... wait who's  Earl? Earl is apparently super smart but takes the stupid classes that you can get A's in easily. He's also very foul mouthed and vulgar like Greg but way way worse. He lives with brothers and stepbrothers. They fight all the time. The youngest who is thirteen already has a tattoo and a baby.... yeah. A BABY. He's short and looks really young so he's super sensitive about it and will windmill kick you in the head. Or some other part of your body that you won't like. I can't remember. So you know that you don't mess with Earl. He's actually kind of a good person because with the whole Rachel thing he's actually nice to her and cares more about her then what Earl does.

Before I get into Rachel I probably should tell you that they are filmmakers... well not really. Everything they do pretty much sucks even the good ones. Rachel, the dying girl, loves them. She is this girl he knew in Hebrew School that he avoided hanging out with. She's like okay and she laughs a lot. She's pretty nice. His mother makes him become friends with her which is really awkward seeing that he was mean to her. His mother ends up ruining his life twice during the course of this book. One time she doesn't think she did. But she did. Believe me.

He said in the beginning that he learned nothing through the whole experience but I think that is a bold faced lie. He did learn something. Earl actually gives him this whole speech that I'm definitely sure he learned from. I liked him even more because of it. This book was really good. I'm surprised how much I liked it. The summary on Goodreads could not prepare me at all with what this book was going to be like. I think it was sort of a trick so when parents read the summary they'd be okay with you getting it but really if they only read like the first chapter or two they would have thrown it out a window before letting you read it. Good thing my parents don't care what I read. And that I'm pretty much old enough to read it because it was really a really good book. Greg was pretty funny and Earl himself was just amazing. The I read that the author graduated Harvard and I just couldn't believe it. That was funny too because of how the book was. But seriously it was good. Looking forward to more by Andrews.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Library Saturday #4


Just two this time. I'm trying to cut back because I have a overwhelming about of books to read and they keep piling up so now I'm finally minus three books. So proud of myself. Was going to post this earlier but I wanted to finish Me and Eal and the Dying Girl first but I might not finish before twelve which mean it'll be Sunday... and not Library Saturday so... here they are:


Love You Hate You Miss You now reminds me of Chasing Brooklyn but I'll try not to give it a hard time. Meanwhile Bruiser I'm kind of skeptical with but it's Shusterman so it has to be good.

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin


Jason Blake is autistic. He doesn't really express his feelings in the right way. He's supposed to act a certain way so everyone else doesn't look at him weird. He sometimes flaps his arms and when he is really angry starts almost like ripping his hair out. He's working on his temper. He fears disappointing his mother who just wants to find out why he is like he is without really accepting him for who he is. She wants to fix him. But he still loves her like he loves his father who is quiet but deeply cares for him and might understand him more than his mother. Then there is Jeremy who absolutely loves him. Who knows just the right amount of space he needs between them. Who treats him like any other younger brother treats his older brother.

See when someone does touch him or hug him or whatever he feels this weight and he doesn't like it. When he isn't moving he can't concentrate as well. And if he looks at you in the eye it's the same thing. He can write though. He wants to be a writer. He writes short stories on a website called Storyboard and there he meets Rebecca who he calls his girlfriend but then everything goes wrong when he is going to actually meet her. He finds out that maybe Rebecca has a reason not to meet him too. And it's not because of his autism.

This book reminds me so much of another book that  I have to read already called Stuck in Neutral where a boy with I think cerebral palsy? which the author's own son has is telling his point of view. He can't communicate like everyone else and I guess that's why I often get confused with the two. It was really interesting to get into someone who's autistic's head. I don't really know much about autism so it was a new book experience for me. I have heard about the no eye contact thing so it was interesting to know or maybe it's just the author's take on why people who are autistic do that.

If you know me you know what I' going to say about the mother which it sounds very stereotypical the way they talked about her needing him to show affection but I'm sure it could happen. I just wish the author didn't make her so weak or predictable. Anyway she cried a lot and I understand kind of where she is coming from because I am pretty emotional but I really hope I wouldn't act the way she did. I would hope I would be able to accept my son right away but reality can be different so maybe not. So because of that I won't rank on her anymore than this.

His father was cool headed which was great but I also found annoying because that is what would be typical of the guy right? But other than that it was nice to have someone there like him. His brother was a sweet kid and I was worried that like his father said that he will worship him basically as younger brothers do. But I found out happily that that wasn't the case and that he truly understood his brother. I liked Rebecca. I didn't expect what happened at her reveal. But there was a problem with that. There should have been more to the end. It didn't resolve anything on how she felt.

Jason's stories were great. He basically created a character like him. It was a dwarf who could get an operation to become like everyone else-tall. I liked what his kind of friend said:
He says, "But, hey, wouldn't it be weird-if Bennu wakes up from the operation, and he's all tall and stuff, and then he doesn't recognize himself in the mirror?"
Wow right!? Great moment there. There is also that that's troubling me. The friends he should have or at least they should talk about it more... maybe it's not that. I like how Aaron is nice to him but he's not really his friend. He hasn't gotten invited to his birthday since the second grade. That annoyed me. If you're going to be friends with him be friends with but I know it isn't that simple. This was a nice light read that can teach you some things about life and I'd recommend it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr


Jennifer Harris now Jenna Vaughn and Cameron Quick used to be best friends as children. They were the outcasts. Jenna used to be bullied for her lisp and because he was chubby. She would cry a lot which inevitably gave the bullies more fuel to their fire calling her Cry Baby. She like Cameron had a tough home life. Well maybe not as much as Cameron... Jenna's mom is never home. She spent hours without her and when she really needed her she couldn't go to her. She has no father and no one else. She is alone.

Cameron has a similar situation in which he is also alone. His home life is tougher. You get a piece of it when Jenna slowly starts to tell you the story of her ninth birthday at his house with his father. And then soon afterwards he disappeared. Just. Like. That. But now he has suddenly reappeared. That boy who loved her. That boy who cared for her. That boy who made her feel safe. But now Jennifer is Jenna. She has a stepdad and she lives in a nice house, has friends, and even has a boyfriend. She's also skinny and will always watch her weight, what she wants to say (mainly that she's not always happy like her boyfriend wants her to be), and that she'll always smile even when she wants to cry. She is shocked when discovering that Cameron's back. He's supposed to be dead. And with him comes a whole set of feelings that she thought was left behind with her nine year old self. And now he wants to relive it.

This was a great book. When you finish it you start to contemplate life. But there is also this wanting more at the end. It had some "unfinished business" that needed to be addressed. First Jenna herself. She completely changed her name and at the end it was like she was okay with it. Maybe now that I think about it it did address it a little. It did say that maybe this was her now. But it was very vague. Also the food. She did start to eat more when Cameron came and let herself indulge in some things but it also was not really addressed. Those things could have added more to this otherwise great book. But I have to complain about the end before I continue. Well.. I have to be more specific now. The relationship at the end. It was so ridiculous how it ended. Can't say more without giving anything away.

So other than that it was quite good. There was the mystery of what happened on her birthday, her mother frustrating the hell out of me, and Cameron himself. Cameron was so weird. But I think he was always quiet like that. It was just weird seeing him in Jenna's world. The ring was odd too. It sent mix signals for the obvious reasons as well as it was kind of stalkerish creepy... Now Jenna and her boyfriend.... she spoke her mind once. Everything she said I was totally agreeing with her on. It was a pretty memorable moment that would make all women out there go "yeah!" So even though I've complained a bunch about the book know that all around it was really great.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan


Bill is an average guy. He's more logical than most. He's pretty quiet and has a reserved type of personality. He would love to settle down and meet his true match. But there is also something special about Bill. His dreams well more like nightmares of a plane crashing down. It's the same nightmare he's had for years and in the beginning acts like it's no big deal that he has had many therapists in his life. He's had the nightmare most of his life. In eighth grade? he went on a trip to amazingly Europe. *pouts* This is where it all started. It "triggered" his nightmares... his memories.

Maggie is a sweet life of the party type of girl. She's always been kind of different in the way she believes. Consulting the stars and psychics. She believes that we all have past lives and when she sees Bill in the a section that is just right her alley but clearly by the way he looks is not his she's instantly interested in him. He doesn't believe in past lives but he is curious. Could these nightmares be memories? And as he and Maggie come together he soon realizes that life is not just black and white. And even more unexpectedly he finds that he and Maggie have a connection. Once ago they had been together. In love. And here they go again brought together by the strangest of ways. What happened on that airplane? What does Bill need to let go?

Okay. Bill and Maggie instantly drew me in. I mean. Past loves. Their like soul mates. So romantic. Past lives have also always interested me. I do happen to think that we might live in a cycle and this life might not be our last. The psychic thing was weird because that is harder to believe but eventually I was cool with it. So again what drew me in was those two. The beginning was perfect. I loved the dialogue between the two but in the middle it just lost me. I really think the whole nonfiction/fiction thing threw me so I blame it on that. It was hard to get into after that but then it drew me in again and the mystery of it all was just awesome.

The whole thing is in Bill's past life he has some haunting thing that happens to him that he can't let go. I kind of enjoyed reading about the bodies of the people recovered. Not because I'm morbid like that but the mystery of it all. Why was was swollen randomly? He wasn't even a big guy. And then at the end all is revealed and I didn't expect any of it at all. It kind of fades away after that. I was hoping they'd just reveal to someone important but I know they would just sound crazy. Also, it wasn't for anyone else. It was to help Bill... also for Catalina a Floridian researcher who was putting it behind her when Bill and Maggie threw her into it all again. It was a little bit too essay-y and I think it's because I'm a fiction girl plus teen reader that I didn't like this as much as others. But it was still good and I enjoyed reading it.

Thanks to the author for letting me read this book. (:

Chime by Franny Billingsley


Briony Larkin is wicked. She must always remember what she did. She sent a wind to knock her twin, Rose, down and she lost her wits because of it. She sent a wave to hit her stepmother which broke her spine which would have killed her if the arsenic didn't kill her first. She didn't kill herself though. Her stepmother loved life. She always protected her. Protected her from what she was. Warned her never to go to the swamp because her and the swamp are dangerous. They cause fire, water, and wind to come up and hurt everything and everyone she loves.. well she can't really say loves because she doesn't love anyone. She hates herself so how could she love anyone? It all comes down to jealousy. Jealousy of her stepmother spending more time with Rose. And for what? She ended up killing her. It ended up killing a part of her.

Now comes in the knight in shining armor right? Well sort of. Eldric the man-boy comes in with his golden mane of hair and his bad boy attitude. He becomes a friend. He actually makes her smile. He is there for her. But she's a witch. Unable to even cry much less feel that way. But why is it that he makes her want to cry?

As I got into this book I couldn't help comparing it to Plain Kate which I reviewed before. The difference was originally while I was reading that it was Plain Katey but easier to swallow. But it's more than that. The language was a bit hard to get into in the beginning especially with the self deprivation she had against herself. But I got into the story easily after that because it was unlike Plain Kate. It was about a girl who hated herself. A girl who was in pain. I just loved the story after that. I loved the tales of Wolfgirl and Lionboy. When he actually saw her it was truly magical. When she let a part of her let loose it was just fantastic. I never really thought about this till I got to the end. And oh how I loved how it just twisted into a direction completely opposite of where it said it was going. I had an inkling towards the end about what would happen but still. It unfolded beautifully.

I don't know what else I can say. Something cliched like it cast a spell on me perhaps? I guess I should go into the swamp. That's the most terrifying swamp I've ever heard of. It can just eat you up! The creatures that only she could see well.. also the Chime Girl who was no girl at all but an old woman. She had one foot in the shadow? world. The spiritual world I guess you'd say better. I just couldn't fathom from first reading this book how fantastic it was going to be. It was just that. Fantastic. I praise Billingsley with all my might! This was truly fantastic!

Update #5

Ugh. Haven't been feeling so great so sorry for no posts. I never got to say Happy Valentine's Day to you guys so here is a belated Happy Valentine's Day! I've been pretty off this week. So that's why the book I'm going to read now is one that I should have posted on for the 14th. Oh well... I got into the University I wanted so yay! It's too bad that my teacher won't be there to shake my hand. I keep on thinking how I saw him with my brother on his Graduation but he's going to miss mine. Even though he could be a pain he still was a nice guy. He was really hurting in the end.

Well enough sadness... I'm just posting to let you guys know I'm back and should have two reviews today plus a little extra thing. So here's hoping you've had a great week!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins


When Sophie Mercer was sent to monster school she had no idea what she would get into. She never thought she'd be best friends with a vampire who may or may not be killing off the school's mean girls, be haunted by a ghost who is actually her dead grandmother, or fall in love with the "pretty" boy of the school. But she did. Then a bomb was dropped on Sophie. She's a demon. And then she drops a bomb on everybody else. She wants to go through the Removal where she can get all her powers and demoness removed but the cost could be her life.

Now I'm sure you're wondering what happened with all of that. Well 6 months later she's still at Hex Hall after declaring she wanted to go through the removal. Her mom is there with Cal which sounds strange writing it now but didn't sound strange reading it so there must have been some sort of arrangement where he moved.... whatever. Her father comes to get her and she spends the summer at Thorne Abbey with...... Jenna and Cal! Yes, my friends Jenna is there. And Cal you know is just there to add to the whole love triangle thing. Hawkins sends you another of one those *gasp* moments with those two.

There are another two people thrown into the mix and they happen to be demons. "Wait. What?" you ask. "Demons are being raised?" *knowing smile*. Bwahahaha!!! Well Nick and Daisy are a strange bunch. Daisy is quiet until it's just them. The adults are just way too happy in Thorne Abbey. Creepily so. Nick is a bit wilder and you know it just by looking at him. And then of course there is the thing about Archer being in London....

So much better than the first! The other one wasn't bad at all but it even got better! The second book usually is eh compared to the first or an utter disappointed making you cry out and rant maniacally how horrible the author is and why? Why would they do this to you!? But Demonglass exceeded my expectations. My mind was blown more than once. The secrecy underneath... and then the Cal and Archer situation. I still can't decide! So many exclamation points....

Sophie again was her same sarcastic self which I am very happy about. She was what made me love Hex Hall from the beginning so I'm happy she didn't change much. She kind of grew up from the last book. She has more confidence. As you can tell from the difference in the two lovely book covers. The end is so evil! Like that's it and then I sob from wanting more. Nevertheless it was a great ending that has kept my mind occupied with different scenarios and hopefully there won't be any betrayals but I have a bad feeling that there will be which will make me rant and curse Hawkins! You know. The old standby. So you know I'm expecting Spell bound to be just as great if not better than Demonglass.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Library Saturday #3

A new week a new set of books. I seriously have to stop getting so many books but what can you do...?

I know. Demonglass!!!!! I WILL DEVOUR YOU! There are a lot of potential Cover Loves here.

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana

Release Date: March 20th 2012

Immediate reaction to this book *gasp* samurais! But it's not that at all. It's actually more profound than that. Ichiro is a half American half Japanese. He idealizes his father who fought in Iraq. He carries around a solider book that once belonged to him and generally thinks he knows it all. His perspective about war changes when he goes from his home in New York to Japan as a result of his mother gaining a job opportunity. He is to live with his grandfather who shows him what war really is about.

The book interweaves the legends and past with Ichiro's story. And then it gets even better when he actually goes into a different world and sees the world of the Gods he's been hearing so much about. All of a sudden these bird creatures and all around freaky looking things are there and he soon realizes that all is not right in their world either. But before all that you might be wondering "What's up with the raccoon behind him?" Well that raccoon starts the story off. it is actually a tanuki - a shapeshifter and he'll become very important in Ichiro's story.

Wow. Not at all what I expected to be. I guess I just looked at the cover assumed and then asked for it. I loved the legends described in the book. It brought more to the story. As well as the descriptions of modern day war especially the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. The way Ichiro reacts to it was in a way that you would think someone who just had changed their mind. And for a kid it's a big deal especially the way he acted in the beginning. Again like he knew everything. He acts like he's cool and nothing affects him with his sunglasses on but the truth is he's hurting. This was a great beginning to this story and I REALLY want to know what happens next! The end just left you with a hole wide open to the plot. Ugh. Darn you authors... so cruel.

Loved the artwork. Sorry I can't find any from the book but I put the picture below because it seemed appropriate. You guys should check out his website: http://ryaninzana.com/illustration.html to get a feel of what he can do.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sleepless by Cyn Balog

One word. Sandman. I was hooked when I saw that word. But I'll let you know a little more about it so you can be crazy hooked. Eron DeMarchelle died almost one hundred years ago in a milling accident. He is exactly as he was when he was human. A shy, sweet, dashing gentleman. He is finally able to turn back human to finish his "unfinished business" which he has no idea what it is. The deal was that he would spend a hundred years as a Sleepbringer and then get back to his life. He was able to have one of his charges his "beloved." Julia took her place after she died. He cares for her and would do anything to protect her.

Julia has always had people walking on egg shells when they were around her. At seven she had something happen to her. Something that left three marks on her cheek that she has always been self conscience of so when Griffin albeit not the nicest boyfriend ever accepts her she is happy. But then he dies. She doesn't show anything like he taught her. She doesn't even really know what she feels. And then there's Bret his best friend and he's like Griffin's twin. He starts acting weird as soon as Griffin dies. And so does her dreams.

I read this one slow on account of it was a group read that I suggested may I add. So the drama felt was even more because I had to wait. And I don't know how but the pages I had to read would always end perfectly with a cliffhanger. Duh duh duh! moments. Griffin was such a mystery to me. I had no idea if he cared about Julia or anything really. I still don't know if he cares about her. It was really weird but in a good way.

I HEART Eron. He's the type of guy that holds your door out for you and you just stare at in class dreamily. He basically made the book. I tried to picture him and the way he talked with the way he was described and my brain was all in a jumble. He's supposed to be this handsome Italian born guy who talks ridiculously proper. I just can't fathom it. Bret, Griffin's best friend, was an interesting mix to the plot. He kept me on my toes. Chimere, an Original, also provided me with questions to her character. Mostly who she liked and what was her deal? I seriously liked this book. It was well worth all that waiting.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa. How do you know they're not going to get it on?
"Get it...?" I begin but shake my head. -LOLOL!

Don't forget me, he seemed to say. You belong to me.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Release Date:  February 28th 2012

Maggie McKay is NOT nervous for her first day of high school. Well that's what she would like you to believe. She's actually freaking out at the prospect of not being home schooled anymore. Why wouldn't she be? After all she has just spent her whole life surrounded just by her family. She like her family are just a cast of characters. She has three brothers two of which are twins. They are mostly loud and dramatic. Her father is a cool hippie sort of cop with his long hair. But her mother isn't there and the subject is cast off usually as a mystery.

She is able to make some friends in the form of a brother and sister with matching Mohawks. Lucy is sooo dramatic like all the characters are making you laugh at all her antics. Her brother Alistair on the other hand seems to be an enigma with some students including her older brother Daniel. But even with all the weird stares she is still able to befriend them. So all seems to be going right with her world... sort of. She kind of has tinsey tiny problem. Well more like human sized because she has a ghost haunting her.

I don't really read graphic novels. Not that I don't like them. I LOVE them especially considering my brother loves comics and has given that passion back to me. I've just have never found a graphic novel worth reading because I hardly know any and after the all girl teen MINX was cancelled I thought there was no hope left. Getting a little dramatic there myself. I just am saying all this because I am so glad I was able to find this book! So funny throughout. I love all the characters especially the Mohawk siblings. And even more especially Alistair! I also love that the protagonist was a girl. Maggie even talked about how she loved a movie that had a kick ass girl in it. That's how I felt about her. I know I'm not in deep with the world of comics but I know they mostly have boys as the main character. So I was happy for the change. Not saying this book wouldn't be good for boys. Quite the opposite. I think boys will also love this book.

I didn't see where this book was going to take me but honestly it could have taken me anywhere and I still would have loved it. The ghost was what really attracted me to the book (well that and the cover of course!). Maggie made me stay. There's a whole bunch of humor in this book but there is also some seriousness to it i.e. her mom leaving and her brothers fighting. Not too much but just the right amount that you feel for the characters. The ending is so ominous it's like "Hey! Why'd you stop?" But a satisfying one. I can't wait to read some more Maggie!

You can view more info on the website: http://www.friendswithboys.com/
Most of the comic is online so check out the website!

Now Pictures!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Tobin McCauley arrives at his first day of seventh grade with a bang. His grandmother has just driven him to school but must have forgotten that the sidewalk is not a parking spot. But I seriously doubted she forgot. I think she knew what she did. The rest of his family is also pretty familiar with the law as well. His two brothers and sister have just been caught for misdemeanors like petty theft but still. The word McCauley is always treated with expectancy of some trouble. So when he is caught in a fight even without knowing that he was defending his teacher's honor after only the second week of school everyone instantly blames him. And he gets suspended but out of that he gains a friend who is a talker. He's loud, friendly, and generally a good guy. Another thing about him, Henry, is that he has some chickens and those chickens according to him have a soul. Everything starts looking up at school with him finally having a friend but of course it turns for the worse. Now he's just trying to figure out where he stands in all of it.

It looks like I have a thing for eggs and I need to find more books with eggs in them because they all turn out wonderful. Tobin is this quiet nice kid. He acts tough and when he actually does something good he feels this buzzing/ tingling whatever you want to call it sense when he fought for his English teacher. And then he starts to feel good about himself which made me love him to death. I even got used to him saying son all the time. It didn't matter anymore when I got deeper into his story.

His family is a bit crazy. Well the crazy part is his grandmother but she means well. She blames his father for not doing enough for her daughter who died of cancer. He was really close to his mom (like Eggs by Jerry Spinelli) and he took it hard. His siblings aren't really there for him and neither is his dad. He can only really talk to his grandmother. I would cringe whenever she brought up how no good his father was and basically just bringing up his mother's death in front of him. I cringed for him because seriously why would you talk about it freely? I'm sure it hurt him. His father never got over her. His house is a mess and they never have food. I'll feed you! He really got to me. I loved his demeanor. He was the prefect protagonist.

His new friend Henry was probably the complete opposite of him but he wasn't at all bad. He had good morals and was what he really needed. His little brother Harrison reminded me so much of school because he was so into entrepreneurship. There was running in this book as well and I love runners so no wonder I loved this book but of course it was more than that. I had a pretty bad book before this and then a eh book. I guess I was just building up for a really great one and didn't even know it. And for that I am grateful.

And now for quotes! I'll be definitely adding to them to Goodreads which I've never done before but will most likely be doing from now on. I won't put the spoiler type ones on here.
"4. If you do not give your chickens enough space, light, air, and walking-around room, they will eat one another."
"Quit it already. I'm pretty enough as it is."
"I'm not done arguing with you, Mrs.Fletcher. I'm going to convince you yet." "Well I reckon I got ten or twenty more years in me before I pass on," Granny told him. "So feel free to take your time."
"I have to say, it felt good to be wanted, son. Felt real good."

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Sisters Grimm: The 9th book

I'm literally crying sooo badly right now! Seriously. First I saw this and was disappointed that it was just the guide but then I saw.....















this!!!!

AHHHHH!!!!!!!!! It's just been 2 years but it's seems like it's been 5. I'm crying sobbing laughing manically!! JOY! I'm so happy and I promise I'll do all the reviews for the other books. It's LIGHT BLUE IT WAS MADE FOR ME!!!!My Life! How I love it. I'll stop now. You can already pre-order it. It's out May 8th 2012.

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

"Train. 
Car. 
Plane. 
Boat. 
Feet. 
He'll get there. 
Won't he?"
(Jacket Flap)

Remember this? This ominous description of this book? Well here I am again to fill in the gaps. Ry has gotten himself into a little bit of trouble. Well let's be honest a lot of trouble. He's gotten himself stuck out in the middle of nowhere after he left his train to get a signal. Why on earth would he do that you say? He just maybe forgot to read an important memo that the camp he's going to is no longer running. So what does he do? Leave his stuff on a train and goes climbing up a hill to get reception on an almost out of commission cellphone. So he heads his way to a town where he meets Del. Del loves fixing problems. And he just happens to be the one to find Ry disheveled with cuts all over his arms, a black eye, and only one shoe. But the big problem with Dell is he's stubborn. And he'll stop at nothing to get him home. 

As he's adventure takes place he's parents, grandfather, and even his dogs are having their own little adventure. The parents can't communicate with him because monkeys have their cellphone, his grandfather fell down in a ditch, and his dogs trying to do something or get help (God knows what was going on in their head) decide to go home. Well something like that....

Ry was so very dramatic it was ridiculous. He was the comic relief. With all the things he got himself into it was nice having him there so I can see thing through the eyes of a normal human being. You know who's not normal? Dell. Dell just pissed me off throughout the book. Sure he was helping this guy out but no wonder you have no one with you... And I know that was just supposed to be his character and everything would turn out right in the end but you know what? I don't care. I still didn't like him. Half way through in fact I was tired of him. Which leads up to what I have to say next: This book was too long. Now I know you are going to think really? That's your problem with the book? Well to that I say yes. The book was too long. I have read books that are plenty long but this one just dragged on. Half of the book I liked and without Ry I would have stopped reading a long time ago. So for that I still say I liked it. I think others might have a better perspective of it so if you are shaking your head at me go ahead and read it. It might be just me.

Before I end the review I have to say that I really like this cover. It reminds me so much of Spirited away. (:

Right?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Capitol Couture

Just discovered this on Chick Lit Teens. Thought I'd share the link. Happiness!!!! :D
I WILL find a way to go midnight!



Saturday, February 4, 2012

Library Saturday #2

Second edition of Library Saturday coming your way! This time I'll put more info into them.

Not my cover but I like this one better. They both have their eyes closed. I wonder why.

"Marley has lived in Heaven since she was two years old, when her mother found a postcard postmarked HEAVEN, OH on a park bench and decided that was where she wanted to raise her family.
And for twelve years, Marley's hometown has lived up to it's name. She lives in a house by the river, has loving parents, a funny younger brother, good friends, and receives frequent letters from her mysterious Uncle Jack. Then one day a letter arrives from Alabama, and Marley's life is turned upside down. Marley doesn't even know who she is anymore -- but where can she go for answers, when she's been deceived by the very people she should be able to trust the most?" (Goodreads)

It's a pretty short book so it should be easy to read. I already think I know what's going to happen.
Yes I know. Weird title. But I like to read a lot of different children's books which seems to be the theme of this Saturday. Well mostly.

"Tobin Mccauley's got a near-certifiable grandmother, a pack of juvenile-delinquent siblings, and a dad who's not going to win father of the year anytime soon. To top it off, Tobin's only friend truly believes that the study of chickens will reveal...the meaning of life? Getting through seventh grade isn't easy for anyone, son, but when the first day of school starts out with your granny's arrest, you know you've got real problems. Throw on five-day suspension (for defending your English teacher's honor), a chicken that lays green eggs, and a family feud that's tearing everyone to pieces, and you're in for one hack of a ride" (Goodreads)


It sounds like a cute read. We'll enjoy this one.
Loved this book in elementary but I can't even remember it! So I must read it again I do remeber loving it so it should be good.

"When little Oliver Smith inherits the gloomy mansion Helton Hall, his scheming cousins, the Snodde-Brittles, are determined to rid themselves of the orphan heir. They have a perfect plan. They will hire some terrifying ghosts from the Dial-a-Ghost Agency to scare the boy to death. But, as in any Eva Ibbotson novel, the fantastic creatures do not necessarily behave as expected-they are a little too human for that. Soon the ghosts, led by a mysterious girl spirit named Adopta, have joined with Oliver against his cousins. But they may have underestimated the depths of the Snodde-Brittles' evil..." (Goodreads)

Wow I don't remember this book. It's like a new read all together.
Yes I did get another Ibbotson book. Haven't read this one before. I kind of went crazy one day and got a bunch of her books. So there should be more to come so be warned.

"Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North, has decided to marry. But his wife must be a witch of the darkest powers...

A sorcery competition is held to discover which witch is the most potent and fiendish, and glamorous Madame Olympia conjures up a thousand plague-bearing Belladonna, the white witch, desperately wants to be a wicked enchantress, but her magic produces flowers instead of snakes. How can she become more devilish than all the other witches." (Goodreads)

Hmm... did not read the summary before. As a girl I have to say girls that boy or man better be chasing you not the other way around. That aside it's a kids book and I'll have fun with it.
Saw this on Goodreads the other day and wanted to read it. Like the plot. And I actually like reading sports books. And thought I should read more of them. There are like no other ones so when it was available at my library I needed to get it.

"Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped." (Goodreads)

I think last year was my first time reading a LGBT book so it's about time I read another one.  Random title name.
Now on to my last one. I can't remember why I wanted it. The summary is really minimal and tells you little too. So there goes that sneak peek but I'll put it here anyways.

"Train.
Car. 
Plane.
Boat.
Feet.
He'll Get There.
Won't He?
(Jacket flap)

Yeah. All I got was there will be a journey. But I still really want to read it. Love the cover!