Thursday, May 26, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

This is the other book I got from the library. I'm really excited for this one because it contains everything I love: Paranormal romance with angels and a conflict within the plot as well as the romance.
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published January 4th 2011
 HarperTeen
Paranormal Romance

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
I saw this and really thought it looked good. Then I saw the cover and immediately thought, WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS YET?!
Letting the Pages of the Story "Take me Away"

*Review*
May 30, 2011- This book was sooo good. It had everything I wanted in  a paranormal romance. What made me love it more, it wasn't cheesily written and the fact that it was written about a good angel rather than a fallen one. It was nice to see a story from this point of view rather than with the usual. As far as the characters, I loved them all. Hand was able to make the story believeable (as much as it could be anyways lol) and I really enjoyed it. Her writing kept me entertained and I did not want to put the book down. Angels and conflict just SCREAM great paranormal romance to me and this was one that I'm glad I chose :)

I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Paperback, 259 pages
Published January 1st 2009
Speak
Fantasy Fiction
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

I've heard so much about it and it seems good, let's hope I'm not disappointed. :)
Letting the Pages of the Story, "Take me Away"

*Review*

May 25, 2011- Ok I can't even begin to explain how much I loved this story. This book is nothing less than amazing. I read this story in one day and with my busy schedule and all the things I do while reading, that's normally impossible. I didn't even want to put it down. I literally went through every emotion in this story, from crying to happiness to feeling the love that Mia and Adam shared. I loved absolutely everything about this story. The characters were especially amazing. This story was beautifully written and I am very much looking forward to the sequel. What I loved most about this story, was the fact that I was able to escape from a difficult situation in MY life and get lost in the pages of the book. Mia's heartwrenching story made me realize how trivial my own problems were. Forman did an EXCELLENT job with this story.
Overall I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Well I couldn't find anything to do last night and was beginning to get impatient, so I decided to make another trip to the library... But rite before I was able to go, I realized I had another book that I left here last time I visited home... I had this book but never had time to read it, even though I loved how it was written.
Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 1st 2009
Scholastic, Inc
Paranormal Romance
the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
the heat.

 Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
the shiver.
 For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

But don't expect a review just yet, since this is MY book, I'm just reading it until I get the others I want from the library. I just needed something to read for now.

*Review* (warning: this contains a few spoilers)
The best two things about this book to me was the romance between Sam and Grace, and the poetic like language Stiefvater used. Both of these things seemed magical to me. Another thing I liked about the book was the fact that there were not that many Twilight references. I expected there to be so many more, but there were only about three that I caught. The fact that there aren't that many made me appreciate the differences even more. Another good thing about this book was the sex scene. This is a young adult book and I was going back and forth about how I felt about it. When I got to it though, I was very happy with how she wrote it. It did not go into detail, but the reader still had enough clues to draw conclusions and realize what happened. As far as the thing I did not like, its just that it did not have the adventure that I was looking for. I know this was put into the paranormal romance genre and that's it, but I did expect the conflict to go more in depth and make the story a little more exciting. Especially when I could pretty much guess everything that was coming up; like when I found out that Shelby was in love with Sam, Grace ended up possessing some of the wolf like powers, that the reason she never turned might have been because her dad left her in the car when she should've died, that at least one of her friends would become one of the wolves, and that Sam would come back human in the end. Although I did like the story, it went slow to me, which is why it took me a little minute to read through it. And for this reason, I will not be reading the rest of the series.
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

Monday, May 23, 2011

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Ok I have been looking everywhere for this book for cheap or to rent and I finally found it. I almost don't want to read it for fear that it will not be as good as I imagined it would be. But I'm putting those fears aside.


Paperback, 352 pages
January 5th 2009
The Chicken House
futuristic sci-fi

Whenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she
looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die.
Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. But while they’re waiting to ride the Eye Ferris
wheel, Jem notices that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!

With that being said, you can probably see why I'm so excited to read this. I tend to like grisly stuff like this. The sprinkle of weird romance and the fact that's a series was enough to catch my attention.
Letting the Pages of the Story "Take me Away"

*Review*

May 23, 2011-Ok so I FLEW through this and I can't help but admit I was a litle disappointed. I was so hyped up on just the description of the story and had been wanting to read it for MONTHS and I just did not like it as much I thought I would. (It's been strange, those I didn't expect to like, I did and those I really thought I would, I didn't.) Jem is a weird character that sees the date of people's death and when she sees everyone has the same date at a ferris wheel she gets suspicious. This scene alone disappointed me and it was what the book was mainly centered around. The actaul description of the scene could've been so much bigger. I think that was my problem in the book. There wasn't enough detail. My overactive mind and imagination like details. It makes it easier to give myself a picture, or "take me away." Just saying. 
Overall, I give it ** (2 out of 5)  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Ok this time you're sure to have a "real" review. I've been thinking about this book since I finished the last one in the series. Soooo, naturally, I went to the library again
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published April 1st 2006
 Miramax
Fantasy, Adventure
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don't stay quiet for long.
Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.
Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke

The last book was so good. I'm hoping this one is the same. I like it so far because it has the same witty lines as last time. Let's hope I'm not disappointed.
Letting the Pages of Your Story "Take me Away" 

*Review*
May 22, 2011- I"ll admit, it wasn't as good as the last one, but I still loved it all the same. All the twists and turns introduced me to the many new characters and I learned about them just as I had in the first book. I think I did not like this one as much because the "quest" they went on was less scary, but I was still impressed with the different monsters they encountered. The thing I really like about these books is the language that author Riordan uses. While reading I always go to goodreads.com and add the quotes I find funny and after looking over all of them that I added, I laugh when I think about the scene it stemmed from. Overall, I really liked the book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on #3.   
Overall I give this **** (4 out of 5) 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Hyperion Books For Children
published June 28th 2005
Fantasy, Adventure

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

This too has been made into a movie as well, but I didn't watch this one either. I heard it was a really good one though. I like it so far because its one that I can just read to enjoy, I had to read and analyze during the school year. This is something just to last me through the last few days at home. As you know, I'll give the review when I finish.
Letting the Pages of the Story "Take me Away"

*Review*
May 19, 2011- Ok, so I know this review was supposed to be about Beastly, but I really got stuck in this story.The only thing that has troubled me about writing this review was whether I should write it from the point of view as an adult or a big kid. So I guess I'll do both. The one as an adult will be fairly short.... I like this one because it can serve as teacher for many children that are learning about Greek mythology. As he goes on the adventures throughout the story, he is introduced to many of the mythical creatures and gods. Even me who had to read the Illiad in college and could not stand it, loved those same gods and goddess in this book. As for the big kid in me, this book was AMAZING! It is mostly geared to those 11/12 years old, but it was filled with so many twists and turns. If you loved Harry Potter, you should read this too. Also there is the movie. I watched it too before writing this review. All I will say about the movie.... Its good if you have not read the book. Alot of things in the book did not appear in the movie which let me down because I wanted to see how they played out on the big screen as well as my mind's eye. It is not like the book at all, but had I not read it or not read it first, I might have liked it more.
Overall I give it ***** (5 out of 5)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Now although I finished a book about 10 minutes ago and it is indeed 2:15am as I'm writing this, its summer and I don't have anything to do tomorrow so I think I'm gonna read my next book until I get tired.
The next book I've chosen is:

ebook, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2009 
HarperCollins Publishers
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fairy tale re-telling

I am a beast.
A beast!
Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly...beastly.
                                                             
Yes I know I'm a little late, it's already been made into a movie and all, but I still haven't seen it. In fact, me finding out about the movie caused me to find out about the book. And of course I had to read the book before I watched the movie as well. So... here goes.

Letting the Pages of the Story, "Take Me Away"
*Review*

May 20, 2011- Even though the world is "ending tomorrow" (lol I laugh at that every time I hear that nonsense) I'm still here reading and surfing the web. And now, I've finally finshed this. I really liked this, but I'm not sure if it was because I'm a DIE HARD Beauty and the Beast fan already or because I genuinely loved the book.What further makes me love the book is the movie is just as good to me. It matched it more than alot of others I've read that have been made into movies. (Don't get me wrong, it does not match exactly,but its still close enough.) The book is like a perfect modern day rendition of my favorite fairy tale without being cheesy or using cheesy teenage dialouge. Everything from the roses, to the time limit he had, to the witch, to the castle he had, to him almost dying at the end is just as the fairy tale was. The only thning I did not like about the book was the randomness of the chat group. Although it was mentioned in the book that he had joined an online goup, I really think Flinn could've done without it. But still it was good. Lindy and Kyle (aka Adrian) have become another one of my favorite story couples.
Overall I give it **** (4 out of 5)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Introducing the Blog/ Before I Fall by Lauren Olvier

So this is my first time doing something like this so don't be quick to judge.... lol

This blog started out as I was sitting in my "Literary Genres" class last semester and we had to keep a review on every book we read in and outside the class from genres of the professor's choice. I chose to do mine through a blog... Until the teacher (an old foogie) told me she wouldn't know how to work the computer to even grade it.

So now, without the fear of getting a big faton my assignment, I can now do the review (or book report if you will) here.

So, here's
ebook, 282 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 
HarperCollins Publishers
Young Adult Genre
 "What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing."

Until I finish reading it, I will not give any of my thoughts on the book, so until then

HAPPY READING!!!

*Review*
May 18, 2011-This book was different for me. Reading the last day of her life over and over got tiring, but not until the very end did I realize why I kept reading it. The way she captured the feelings of the teens was amazing. With me not being too far away from my teen years, I could kind of relate to the things happening around her. As I was reading it I kept thinking of how this book seemed like it was just another one of those books with a predictible ending, but it kept me guessing and I admit I did not ndiscover her fate until Samantha realized it herself. This book is hard to review because I really did have a love/hate relationsip with it.
Overall, I give it *** (3 out of 5)