Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
rating 10/10

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

Jellicoe Road was heartbreakingly amazing and amazingly heartbreaking. I loved how real the mystery and everything else was in it. I loved the 5 characters that it would switch to. The main character, Taylor, was a very strong character. Some parts were a little hard to keep up with, especially with the territory wars and going in between Taylor and the other 5 people. Like I said, this book was heartbreaking and I was sobbing by the time I got to the epilogue.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bad Girls Don't Die


Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
rating: 10/10


Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?


This book was amazing. I couldn't stop reading it, I just had to know what happens next. There aren't many horror books that are actually scary. At least not that I've read. But this was almost as good as watching some horror movie. Also, the mystery and the suspense killed me the entire time I was reading it, which is a sign of a good book.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nothing but Ghosts

Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart
rating: 5/10


Behind the varnish of the painting Katie's father is restoring lies one man's vision of regret; alone, working late into the night, her father finds the figments of the painting, reading them through the shadows. In a beautiful garden, another man has hired a crew of diggers to chip through the rock hard earth, excavating a long ago story that Katie, one of the group working in the hot summer sun to make the hole deeper, doesn't yet know. And Katie is looking to the past herself, to the days when she had a mother who made each day a more beautiful thing.


This book was one of those books that are hard to get into. It moved really fast in some parts. Over all it was OK. It was a really slow mystery story. I also felt that some of the things didn't quite get concluded up in the end. I also found while I was reading this I kept getting distracted. It was an easy read, though.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Waiting for You

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
rating: 8/10

Derek-Friendly and popular Style: Cali surfer boyAwesome at flirting Future career: landscape architect Boyfriend potential: high


Nash-Shy but sweet Style: totally geeked out Only talks to girls when absolutely necessary Future career: robotics engineer Boyfriend potential: none


Derek is clearly the boy Marisa's been waiting for, but there's just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash is wrong for Marisa, but he wants to take care of her. As if life wasn't complicated enough, Marisa's also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that's falling apart, and a best friend who won't stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school's ear with his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa's going through. But she has no idea who he is - or does she?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Waiting for Catching Fire

Can I just say that I am so excited for Catching Fire. It is the sequel to Hunger Games, by Suzane Collins. It comes out September 1st.



Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
rating: 9/10
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
My Review: I really liked reading this book. One thing I like about this book is the main character, Katsa. I love how strong and powerful she is. I was really excited to read this book because I've heard so many good things about it, and now I see why.

Prism


Prism by Faye Kellereman and Aliza Kellerman
Rating: 7/10
Prism takes us to a slightly alternate universe in which medicine and health care do not exist, and in which sick people are allowed to die without any care. Set in New Mexico and California, the novel features three teens who fall through a cave at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico while on a field trip. They are plunged into a frightening parallel universe—seven weeks in the past, in which their "normal" worlds of family and high school remain the same…except for the fact that no medicine exists and when people die in the street they are picked up and disposed of.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Novels I Love

Here are my top 5 fav novels:

5. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.


Liz is killed in a hit a run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last), new relationships are formed and old ones sadly interrupted on earth are renewed. Full of the most ingenious detail and woven around the most touching and charming relationships, this is a novel of hope, of redemption and (literally) of re-birth. It is a novel that tells of sadness with heart-breaking honesty and of love and happiness with uplifting brilliance




4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce-or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she's been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend. In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.








2. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott


Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl wants. So why is she so unhappy?
It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: she's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect guy?
But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in-- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce--Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.



1. Willow by Julia Hoban
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Academy 7


Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
Rating: 7/10
With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . .

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Immortals Series



Another good series is the Immortals Series by Alyson Noel. Blue Moon, the second book in the series, just came out. The first book is Evermore. right now I am reading Blue Moon and I think it is addictive, but that's just me. It ended in a cliff hanger and the third book, Shadowland, doesn't come out until Janurary.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wake Trilogy

you might have noticed earlier that I said that the Wake Trilogy is my favorite right now. Well, I love it cuz it is so good. I keep going back and reading the two that are out right now. Those two are Wake and the sequel is Fade. The final book, Gone, comes out next February, and I am soooo excited. I've been waiting for this since Fade came out, which was back in February.



The Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann is about a girl, Janie, who gets sucked into other people's dreams. I really didn't think it would be as good as it was. I just picked it up at hte libraby for a short read. But as it turns out, it is more thatn just a short read. It is very addictive and, like I've said before, I've read it many times since than. The trilogy only gets better and more addictive in the sequel.
I was very upset when I found out it was only a trilogy. I thought it would be more and it made me sad that there was gonna only be one more book to read. Anyway, Gone comes out February.

Other Series

Some other good series that i've read are the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, and Maximum Ride by James Patterson.

All of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy is out. The first one is A Great and Terrible Beauty, followed by Rebel Angels. The last book is The Sweet Far Thing. I love this series but I hate the way it ended. Also, this is going to be a movie coming out in 2010.

The Wicked Lovely series has the first three out. The first one is Wicked Lovely, and its sequel is Ink Exchange. The third one, Fragile Eternity just came out in April.

The Maximum Ride series is all out. This was a very entertaining series to read, especially during the third, fourth and fifth.

Great Series


I have just finished reading Once Dead Twice Shy. It was really good and the first in the Maddison Avery series. The author of this is Kim Harrison.

Some other series I absolutly love and are must reads are the Wake Trilogy Lisa McMann. I have to say that these books are a probably my favorties right now.

I also love The Summoning and The Awakening, with the last in the trilog coming out next year called The Reckoning. The Author is Kelly Armstong

The Hunger Games is also an amazing book with the sequel, Catching Fire, coming out September 1. These books are by Suzanne Collins.

I also love the Luxe series by Anna Godberson. This is an amazing series. The fourth and final book, Splendor, is coming out October 27.

Another great series is the Evernight series. The first two are out and are called Evernight and stargazer. The third one, Hourglass comes out in March of next year.

All of these series are must-reads

Intro

Hi!
This is for all you book fanatics out there! I will be telling you about all the books that i have read that i absolutely love, and the some of the must read series. I hope you find my blog helpful for finding good books!

If you would like me to give a description of any book that I post, please just say so in the comments, please.

Also, if there is a great book that you've read, post it in the comments cuz i want to check it out.