Me Before You(#1) by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

General Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pages: 369

Date Published: January 5th, 2012

Publisher:  Penguin Books

Goodreads Summary: 

A New York Times bestseller

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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The Heir(The Selection #4) Book Review

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Title: The Heir

Author: Kiera Cass

General Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Pages: 342

Date Published: May 5th, 2015

Publisher:  Harper Teen

Summary: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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A General Book Review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series

  Title(s): The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants (The Third Summer of the Sisterhood) ,and Forever in Blue (The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood)
Author: Ann Brashares

General Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: A LOT (In General)

Date(s) Published: September 11th 2001, April 22nd 2003, January 25th 2005, and January 9th 2007

Publisher:  Delacorte Books


 Quick Thoughts: I have been very busy this summer. I have been able to read some books but not many. Here is a book review of one of my favorite series. I hope you enjoy 🙂 it.

-The Reading Girl


I decided to leave adult books alone for a while. I was getting tired of the same plot of “the guy meets girl. the guy treats her like shit. the girl suffers promising to never love him. Then for some reason they get together again.” ugh.
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I decided to get back to YA for a while. Well, I do not regret it.

I really enjoyed this series. It was great for me because I could relate to it. The writing was great, the stories were great, the plot was great, and the original idea of the pants was great.

This is a review of all four books in general.

So…(warning: this review is full of positive and negative thoughts mixed together).

Enter the world of four best friends….

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(in other of appearances from left to right)

Carmen smart and with an attitude that can annoy the hell out of you. In other words a little bitch that people seem to like. But cares a lot about her best friends.
Tibby rebellious, miserable, tough looking, and mean. Typical teenager. But behind that mask she has a heart.
Lena the BEAUTIFUL one. That’s really about it. Oh and she is an artists who seems to be everyone’s favorite. She is nice, shy, insecure, and kind of sad.
Bridget is the athletic one. Fun, wild, fast,crazy and etc. Considered beautiful by everyone because of her blonde gorgeous hair. Except, she doesn’t think she is beautiful or do her friends because Lena is the gorgeous one.
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Those were my thoughts on the characters. Well not really, that’s how they are described. My thoughts on them are mixed. Here we go…

Carmen is my least favorite character out of this whole series. She is bitchy, mean, rude, loud, and if she is not happy no one else is. I hated her parts in the book. Especially in the second book uggghhh. But, I liked her in the last book of the series. She was likable and for once calm.

Tibby was okay. Stupid sometimes but okay. I actually liked her character.

Lena was stupid too. Too fragile and I kept getting tired of her being the fucking beautiful one and the favorite one and blah blah. Yeah..we get it.

Bridget was my MOST favorite. She actually grew up throughout the four years that the this whole series talks about. She was smart, independent, strong, and beautiful to me. I looked forward to her parts in the book.

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The writing was awesome. It was easy to understand and I could understand why so many young girls could like this series. The events that happened in this book has happened to many girls, including me.
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There was just something about these books that kept me reading them all the time. I read the four books in 4 days. I really enjoyed all the books.

It did have its flaws…

-Carmen, Tibby, Lena (but then that’s how most teenage girls are).

I loved the stories the author created. These books in some way were beautiful and taught me many lessons. I do not regret reading them at all.
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OVERALL SERIES RATING: 4 stars
Why?

-I would sometimes get annoyed at the main girls (even at Bridget)
-Depending on pants was kind of stupid to me, but then again that’s the point of the book

-I also got annoyed at how the author wanted us to think Lena was this perfect gorgeous girl and wanted us to feel bad for her when she did the dumb shit that she did. Well sorry,I didn’t feel sorry for her.
That’s really about it.

I really liked these books. I didn’t want their world to end. It’s a journey of four best friends who grow and somehow become stronger.

Each book focused more on one of the girls but in general the series was about the four of them.

It really was an amazing world I entered 🙂

P.S. The movies are WAY different but I still like them

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Movie posters:

Carmen was portrayed by America Ferrera, Tibby by Amber Tamblyn, Bridget by Blake Lively, and Lena by Alexis Bledel.

First Movie Poster

Second Movie

 

 

 

 

Reached by Ally Condie (Review and being reached)

 Title: Reached

Author: Ally Condie

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 512

Date Published: November 13, 2012

Goodreads Summary: After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.


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 3.5 stars

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (review and what a wonderful book!)

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 346

Date Published: July 11, 1960

Goodreads Summary: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


 

5 beautiful stars

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Transcendence by Shay Savage: ARC Book Review (Something Different)

 Title: Transcendence

  Author: Shay Savage

 Rating: 4 stars

 Pages: 312

 Date Published: February 14th, 2014

 Goodreads Summary:  It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle. 

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time

 Quick Note: Step by Step I am reviewing books again. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) on February 8th and I really enjoyed this. My reviews are long, they usually are, but like always I added pictures and quotes. I hope you enjoy the review and read the book. It’s really good.

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One Night at the Jacaranda by Carol Cooper: Book Review!

19262387  Title: One Night at the Jacaranda

  Author: Carol Cooper

 Rating: 4 stars

 Pages: 272

 Date Published: February 20th 2012

 Goodreads Summary:  One man dying of cancer. One struggling journalist. A group of single Londoners. One night that changes everything. 

For one booze and hope-fuelled night, the lives of a motley group of 30-somethings criss-cross. As the discover, finding someone special is also about finding yourself, and that’s not always where you expect.

Quick Note: This is a review copy kindly given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I read this way back in February and today I finally got the chance to review this great book. Enjoy!

 One Night at the Jacaranda  is basically the story of  a group of 30 something year old that are each going through something.  They all have, basically, one thing in common. Finding just that bit of happiness.

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One Night they all decide to start speed dating at the Jacaranda Bar in London, for different reasons. Each one of them are looking for different things. Love, sex, fun, friendship, solace and more. The characters have 3 minutes to look at the opposite sex and ask questions to each other. One day after the speed dating they have tick their crosses online which persons they’d like to see again. As the story unfolds, you find out more and more about every character but some things are not what they seem like. It turns out not everyone was saying the truth.

 


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Book review!!!Does not deserve to mention the Title…Read on if you want but be warned….

This review will not be proper but rather a negative piece of writing. 
Book: You will find out as you read on.
Quick note: I wrote this review a while back in Goodreads and it caused a lot of discussion. Anyways there is some profanity and inappropriate words and material, since I really did not like this book at all and the book is inappropriate and disgusting. My review is pretty LONG…lol…you will see what I mean.If you are interested read on!
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I LOVEDD THIS…NOT. UGGHH…WHAT DID I JUST DO?? *hits herself on the head*Fifty Shades:
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Frodo decided to say no more because this book offended his Hobbit mind. I feel bad for him :/. But who can blame him.I am at a book store right now and I simply just decided to read this..not buy it. Just sit in one of the Barnes and Nobles little café tables with my laptop and read this “oh so glorious” book that everyone LOVES. And let me just say something:

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You will go and never come back: Papertowns by John Green: FINISHED!

Paper Towns by John Green

Papertowns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns 

Author: John Green

Rating: 5 stars

Genres: Mystery 

Pages: 305

Date Published: October 16, 2008

Publisher: Dutton Books

Goodreads Summary: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Quick note: This is the second book that I read by John Green and let me just say that it was amazing. I LOVED it. Its my second review this year and I hope you all enjoy it.  

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Delicious: A Novella by Dora Sky: First Book Review of 2014

Title: Delicious by Dora SkyDelicious

Author: Dora Sky

Rating: 3.5  stars

Pages: 45

Date Published: November 5th, 2013

Publisher: Self-Published

Goodreads Summary:   I met him at the bakery store where I work. The moment I saw him I knew he was trouble. It was written all over his gorgeous face. When I laid my eyes on his body, my heart started beating in double beats – everything about him screamed bad boy. I wanted to stay away from him but deep down I was dying to explore every inch of his muscular body. He tempted me and I fell under his spell without thinking it further. How can you not fall for someone who loves fudge cake? Ladies, a man who knows how to seduce you with sweets is not a keeper, he’s a sinner…

      Quick note: This is my first book review in the year 2014. I hope you enjoy it and like it. My reviews always include how I think the characters look like, it has gifs(sometimes), and quotes.

     A review copy kindly provided by the author, my friend, Dora Sky in exchange for an honest review.

    3.5 stars

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Short Review:

Dora asked me to review her book Delicious during the Christmas holidays and I was very happy to read it. I didn’t know what to expect but I knew I wasn’t going to regret it.

Delicious is the first short novella in the Delicious series. When you start reading it, you are brought into Jenny’s world. A 19 year old college girl who works into a bakery named Delicious. Her life changes when she finds herself wanting more from a sexy man who picked up fudge cake from the bakery. She can’t seem to forget the mysterious and rude man that walked in and left her kind of in shock.

“Now that hazel eyes is in my life, something inside me has changed. He makes me want to dress up and look sexy, he makes me want to sing and shout because he is awakening these desires that I thought will never be awaken again. I have to admit, I want him so much it hurts. I want to drive him crazy the same way he drives me crazy.” 

Surprisingly she meets with the mysterious man when she goes out with her best friend. And guess what? He also wants her. VERY MUCH. Ernest, the hero of the story, takes Jenny into a passionate journey full of excitement and leaving Jenny to want more. But there is more to this story…and it’s up to you to find out and read the book! But…there is a MAJOR cliffhanger that leaves you wondering….who really is Ernest?

My thoughts:

Delicious is one hell of a story. I really enjoyed it and it was more than I expected. It is very short and leaves you wanting more and wondering what happens next, but it is enjoyable. I am glad Dora gave me the opportunity to read it. I do recommend it for readers that enjoy short novellas. I personally enjoy cliffhanger because it makes me want to read the next book. So if you like cliffhangers, you will enjoy it.

In conclusion, I can’t wait to read more from this series and more work from Dora Sky :).

“Next time when I tell you to do something, you do it. And be careful with your dirty mouth, it can get you in deep trouble.” 

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Anne of Green Gables #1 by L.M. Montgomery: Review

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Because of You by Sam Mariano: New Author Review

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Night Moves by Andrea Smith: review

Night Moves by Andrea Smith: review

  Title: Night Moves   Author: Andrea Smith        Rating: 5 out of 5 stars    Pages: 365 pages   Published by:  Meatball Taster    Publishing  Date Published: November 21st 2013 *****5 beautiful amazing stars Full honest review posted today. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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Emma by Jane Austen: review

 

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Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M.Barrie: review

Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M.Barrie: review

Title: Peter Pan and Wendy Author: J.M. Barrie Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Pages: 267,ebook Published by: Hodder & Stoughton (UK) Charles Scribner’s Sons (USA) Date Published: 11 October 1911 (UK) & (USA)  “Dear Peter Pan, What I would give to fly away … Continue reading

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: review

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: review

Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Bronte Paperback,507 pages Published by: Penguin Date Published: February 4th, 2003 A lot of people usually don’t review classics for some reason…I don’t know why. Probably because they think its a waste of time or … Continue reading

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (book review)

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (book review)

 Title: Teeth  Author: Hannah Moskowitz  Hardcover,288 pages  Published by: Simon Pulse  Date published: January 1st, 2013   Its been a WHILE since I have written a review, so here we go… Moskowitz has a way of writing books that leave you amazed, … Continue reading

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

 Title: The Athena Effect  Author: Derrolyn Anderson  My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  Publisher: Self- Published  Release Date: August 29th 2012 A free copy given to me by the author for an honest review ***Full Review*** 5 freakishly awesome stars … Continue reading

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti: review

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti: review

 Title: Keep Holding On Author: Susane Colasanti My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Publisher:Speak Release Date:  May 31st 2012  ***Full Review*** Wow! this is not what I expected at all. I thought this would be some sad book about a … Continue reading

Penelope by Anya Wylde: Review

Penelope by Anya Wylde: Review

 Title: Penelope  Author: Anya Wylde  My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  Publisher:Smashwords  Release Date:January 17th 2013   Free copy given for an honest review.  Full Review 5 crazy Penelope stars 😛 “It is monstrously unfair that whenever a girl … Continue reading

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: Review

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: Review

  Title: Forbidden Author: Tabitha Suzuma My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Publisher:Simon Pulse Release Date:May 27th 2010 5 Beautiful Forbidden Love Stars “You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you … Continue reading

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Review

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Review

 Title: Anna and The French Kiss Author:Stephanie Perkins My Rating: 5 out 5 stars Publisher: Dutton Release Date: December 2nd, 2010 5 French Awesome Stars  Paris: There are books you will never forget. That even if they sound cheesy and … Continue reading

The Action Bible by Sergio Cariello: Review

The Action Bible by Sergio Cariello: Review

The Action Bible 5 out of 5 stars Age Group: Anybody Genre: Comic Book, Christianity Publisher: David C. Cook Release Date: September 1st 2010 Small Summary: Here’s the most complete picture Bible ever! And it features a captivating, up-to-date artwork style—making it the … Continue reading

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

  Title: Bittersweet Author: Sarah Ockler Rating System: 5 out 5 stars First copyright: January 3rd 2012 Publisher:  Simon Pulse Short Summary: Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams … Continue reading

The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Review

The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Review

 Title: The Fault in our Stars  Author: John Green  My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  First Copyright Date: January 10th 2012  Publisher:  Dutton Books  Short Summary: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle … Continue reading

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott: Review

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott: Review

Title: The Unwritten Rule Author: Elizabeth Scott My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars First Copyright Date: March 16th 2010 Publisher: Simon Pulse Short Summary:Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don’t like your best friend’s boyfriend. Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for … Continue reading

Confession of A Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor: Review

Title:Confessions of a Not It Girl

Author: Melissa Kantor

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First Copyright Date: May 1st 2006

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Short Summary: Jan Miller is a senior in high school who’s convinced she is destined to lead the world’s least fabulous life. Her college application deadlines are looming and her French homework is taunting her. And she never seems to say the right thing around guys, unlike her best It Girl friend who knows the moves and lines to catch an older, adorable, sophisticated boyfriend. But Jan’s about to learn that in life and romance, being a Not It Girl has some major rewards.

OK!

So what did I just read? It felt like I read a fifth grade book when its meant to be obviously for young adults. Confessions of a Not It Girl was a very confusing book. I mean I don’t even KNOW what the hell her confessions were. Really. And the book was a stupid twister of words and it was childish. I mean it felt like reading some little teenager story that had no sense at all. Jan was such a messed up girl who whined a lot and just didn’t know what to do. And the little romance parts do not even deserve to be called romance parts. More like elementary romance where the boy is to shy to ask the girl out and all that crap. I don’t even know why i wasted my time reading this. And don’t even get me started on the ending.

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Book Review: Women of Words: A Personal Introduction to Thirty-Five Important Writers

TitleWomen of Words: A Personal Introduction to Thirty -Five  Important Writers

Author(s): Janet Bukovinsky Teacher(Editor), Jenny Powell ( Illustrator)

My Rating:4 out of 5 stars

First Copyright Date: September 1st 1996

Publisher:Running Press Book Publishers ,Hardcover, 176 pages

Short Summary: “Women of Words” celebrates the best of women’s writing from the last two centuries. Featuring 35 extraordinary writers, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Toni Morrison, Willa Cather, and Edith Wharton, this elegant treasury presents carefully selected excerpts from each woman’s writings. A concise biography and original, full-color portrait accompany each profile.

My Thoughts:
I received Women of Words when I was young and it really didn’t interest me that much just because I don’t read these types of books that are like biographies. BUT I decided to give this book a chance and I actually liked it. Its a book about  35 amazing writers from the most known : Anais Nin, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Virginia Wolf to the less well  known: Elizabeth Gaskell, Edith Sitwell, Stevie Smith, M.F.K. Fisher, and Edna O’Brien. There isn’t much to say about the book really. You open the book to a writer and it gives you a brief story of their lives and how they came to be writers then a portrait of them, and a short expert from a book they wrote or a poem they wrote. Here is an example:
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You cant see it that well but that is a portrait of Anais Nin and to the left is the brief story of her life and the year she was born and the year she died.
However it was a very lovely book and I learned about authors I didn’t even know excited. I read this almost everyday and enjoy it very much. The portraits inside are very detailed and lovely and I was surprised at some of these women’s secret lives. If you ever get the chance to read it I assure you, you will enjoy it.
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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: Review

 

Title: Perfect Chemistry

Authors: Simone Elkeles

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Copyright Date: December 23rd 2008

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

Short Summary: When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep  Brittany  and Alex apart.

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Review of Breaking Dawn

  Title: Breaking Dawn

 Author: Stephenie Meyer

 My Rating: ?

 First Copyright Date: August 2nd, 2008 (USA) ,August 4th,2008( UK, AUS)

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Media Type: (I read) Hardcover

Short Summary: WHEN YOU LOVED THE ONE WHO WAS KILLING YOU, IT LEFT YOU NO OPTIONS. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to a werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed…forever?

The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

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Review of Between Shades of Gray

   Title:  Between Shades of Gray

Author:  Ruta Sepetys

My Rating: 5 Stars

First Copyright Date: March 22nd, 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Drama Adventure, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction

Short Summary: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

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Review of Bonjour Tristesse

Title: Bonjour Tristesse

Author:  Françoise Sagan

My Rating: 5 Stars

First Copyright Date: 1954

Genre: Adult, Romance, Drama

 Short Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cécile spends her summer in a villa on the French Riviera with her father and his mistress. Her father, Raymond, is a seductive, worldly, amoral man who has had many affairs. His latest woman friend is Elsa Mackenbourg: she and Cécile get on well. When Elsa comes to the villa to spend her summer with Raymond, it is clear that she is the latest of many women whom Cécile has seen enter the life of her father and exit fairly quickly: young, superficial, and fashionable. Raymond excuses his philandering with an Oscar Wilde quote about sin: “Sin is the only note of vivid colour that persists in the modern world.” Cécile says, “I believed that I could base my life on it,” and accepts their lifestyle as typical. Cécile, at 17, is still somewhat naïve and tries to disguise this by attempting to attract men of the same age as her father. Her love life is unsuccessful until she meets a younger man, Cyril, with whom she has a romantic but ultimately dissatisfying relationship.

Raymond, Elsa and Cécile are spending an uneventful summer together until Anne Larsen arrives by way of an earlier invitation from Raymond. A friend of Cécile’s late mother, Anne is very different from Raymond’s other girlfriends. She is cultured, educated, principled, intelligent, and is his age. Raymond eventually leaves Elsa for Anne, and the next morning Anne and Raymond announce their impending marriage. At first, Cécile admires Anne, but soon a struggle begins between Cécile and Anne for Raymond’s attentions. The plot begins to focus on the relationship between the two women. Realizing that Anne will do away with their carefree lifestyle, Cécile devises a plan to prevent the marriage.

  Cécile is jealous and desperate for Anne to recognize the life she and her father have shared, but she misjudges Anne’s sensitivity with tragic results. 

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Review of Where She Went

Where She Went

by Gayle Forman

My Rating: 3.5 to 4 stars

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult,Fiction

I am FINALLY writing this.

Short Summary:

Where She Went is the sequel to the book If I Stay. It is told from the point of view of Adam Wilde, Mia’s ex- boyfriend, in the earlier novel. It’s been three years since Adam and Mia have seen each other or talked to each other. Adam is now a famous rock star, living a life that anybody would die for. Except he isn’t happy. Adam’s life hasn’t been what it looks like it is ever since Mia left him for Julliard without an explanation. While he is in New York he has a chance to meet again with Mia that leads to a beautiful, self – changing experience.

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Review of Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Title: Stolen

Author: Lucy Christopher

Rating: 3 to 4.5 stars

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Review of The Long Earth

Title: The Long Earth

Author(s): Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Rating: 1 star or actually 0 if that is even legal

I opened the book. Read the first few pages and did not finish reading it. It didn’t capture me in the way I wanted it to. I didn’t even get to the third chapter. I just didn’t like it.

I think, in its way, this could be a form of futuristic book. A device allowing easy jumping to countless alternate worlds is invented. A small percentage can’t go and others don’t want to go.

The book doesn’t focus on a single person, showing us the experiences of a half-dozen or so, and head hops through a bunch more, but the primary character is Joshua, one of the first to hop, and also a natural hopper, able to travel without the device. He’s an orphan, and inclined to be a major loner, and in part his progression involves finding someone he might want to travel with.

This book just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Flyaway

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Title: Flyaway

Author:: Lucy Christopher

Rate: 5 stars all the way

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Review of Just Listen

Title: Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Main Characters: Annabel Greene, Owen Armstrong, Whitney Greene

Just Listen was a hard book to get from the library because of all the holds it had. When I finally got it my reaction was just being happy.I have read all the Sarah Dessen books and up until now THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER was my favorite book but now I changed my mind. This book was beyond words. Its just beautiful and of course it had a meaning like the rest of her books. I thought it meant that not everybody has the perfect life that it looks like they have. That you should just listen instead of judging or thinking: just listen.Meet Annabel Greene. Everybody thinks her life is easy and perfect because she is a model who has been in local ads, commercials and fashion shows in her local mall. She is popular at school even if its because of her best friend Sophie who demands attention everywhere she goes. Her father designed them a house made out of glass, her mother lives for her modeling, she has two older sisters Kirsten and Whitney, who are both former models too.But behind all of that Annabel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems. At the end of the school year she was the one who suffered from something so horrible that she’s lost not only her best friend, but her self-respect. Her family is mostly worried about Whitney’s eating disorder, with Kirsten’s college life so far away in New York, with keeping everything all under control that Annabel hasn’t even told them what has happened- the things that still happen to her at school. She is worried that she might add more concern to her parents mind that she starts lying to them and avoids telling them the truth.

The here comes the best part: She meets Owen Armstrong. A dark, tall guy- who always is listening to music on his IPod, that she once saw punch a guy and then just walk away calmly. Owen is a guy who is quiet and appears to not have any friends. But Annabel and Owen’s friendship starts in an unusual way when he reaches out his hand to help her while she is sick one day in school. After that moment their friendship starts blossoming between the guy that is really honest and between the girl that is scared to say the truth to protect everybody else.

“So you’re always honest,” I said.
“Aren’t you?”
“No,” I told him. “I’m not.”
“Well, that’s good to know, I guess.”
“I’m not saying I’m a liar,” I told him. He raised his eyebrows. “That’s not how I meant it, anyways.”
“How’d you mean it, then?”
“I just…I don’t always say what I feel.”
“Why not?”
“Because the truth sometimes hurts,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “So do lies, though.”

I loved Owen. I fell in love with him. He was just so amazing in every way from his view of music:

“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”

to him hating silence : “Silence is so freaking loud”.

I liked Annabel but I felt sad for her holding all of that hurt and past :

“The past did affect the present and the future, in ways you could see and a million ones you couldn’t. Time wasn’t a thing you could divide easily; there was no defined middle or beginning or end. I could pretend to leave the past behind, but it would not leave me.”

I liked her sisters and how they each reunited and forgave each other.

This book was just beautiful. I loved it and it just taught me this :

“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”

 

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Also the picture is from my friend Ari

Review of Where I Belong

When I first saw this book or rather just heard about it I didn’t expect it to be good but the book totally surprised me. I thought it was going to be some romance book but it really wasn’t about romance it was more about dealing with life crisis and learning that having money or the latest clothes itsn’t really the only thing in life. The important thing is how you get along with your family and loving them, helping and thinking about others, not being selfish and not judging people for what they have.

This story is a little bit like Cinderella except that instead of it being from rags to riches its a riches to rags tale(quote in the book). Where Corrinne a really mean, selfish, snobby rich girl learns that there is more to life than just money and price tags. I really like stories like this because the characters can change from being someone to being someone else. And that is exactly the girl Corrine is. I liked Corrinne from the start even though she was annoying and bitchy. Some of you might not like her but I did. But when something terrible happens to her family and she has to move to Texas with her grandparents Corrinne learns a lot and notices that maybe her perfect little life in New York wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. She learns the value of true friendship, family and love.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I learned the lesson to never judge a book by its cover(that’s what I did with this book). I really had a good time reading this book. And I enjoyed Corrinne a lot. She made me laugh a lot. I recommend this book to everyone.

Review of If I Stay

So I am finally writing a review.

The first time I saw this book(my reviews always start with an anecdote for some reason) was when I had to do this secret Santa thing in my school and the person that I got really liked reading. So I decided to go to a book store and I saw this book. I was captivated by the cover and the inside of this edition which is really beautiful. I was a little jealous that I had to buy this person that book but my dad surprised me by actually buying it and giving it to me for Christmas.

The Story:

Mia has the perfect life so far. She is a cellist who could be on her way to Julliard. She has a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. And she has a gorgeous boyfriend who is perfect. But as wonderful as Mia’s life is, she has hard choices to make. She never thought about her future with Adam and never really thought about what people would think if she left to Julliard. Should she go to Julliard and leave everything behind?

On a normal day in February a terrible accident occurs, Mia suddenly finds herself confused with what has happened. But when she realizes the reality and the terrible news she finds herself with only one choice left – should she stay?

The Book:

I have to say that this book was a quick read but it was really good. I loved it. I started reading it on January because I always save the best for last but then I made the mistake to let my friend borrow it and well it took me forever. But as I started reading it I just fell in love with it and thought it was wonderful. Its a really beautiful tragic story that made me cry a lot.

This book is just WOW! It has its sad moments and happy moments. i sometimes found myself cracking up or tearing up.

I liked how Gayle Forman does an excellent job writing anecdotes from Mia’s past and making the reader understand her love for the cello, her family, and Adam, her boyfriend. As I was reading, I felt like I really got to know Mia and her family and found myself grieving along with Mia.

I also liked how this whole book had to do with music. Mia played the cello, Adam was on a band, her parents loved music and her dad was on a band. Close friends were on bands or loved music. And everywhere there was the mention of music. I really liked that because I also like music and I found myself connecting with those details.

IF I STAY is a must-read. It is a beautiful,touching story that can make you cry or laugh or sometimes do both at the same time. If you read this book you will always remember it and stay with it forever. I cant wait to read WHERE SHE WENT. I know that I will enjoy it as much as IF I STAY.

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Review of A friend At Midnight

A Friend at Midnight

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I am giving this book 1 star because I feel bad for the author and I am giving it just for the effort she made at trying to write this book.

I thought this book was going to be something wonderful and awesome and was going to teach me a lesson but in fact it didn’t. I didn’t find this book preachy at all I just found it that it didn’t teach me nothing. When I started reading it I was starting to like it and then I got to the point that I was like: WHAT IS THIS? I AM BORED!

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The thing that captured me about this book was its tricky cover( which trust me it looked good but not as good as the book itself) and the title A FRIEND AT MIDNIGHT. Which I was wondering: Mmm this sounds good I wonder if its like she needs help or something.

But I started reading and what did this book teach? NOTHING!! It to was supposed to give an example of forgiving people but did Lily forgive? NOO. I know her father is terrible but HELLO!! WHAT!

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Honey it doesn’t mean you go and try to kill someone with a chair and it doesn’t mean you treat people like trash. But well that’s Lily

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I thought the characters were weak and stupid and the story didn’t stick to the plot at all (if you know what I mean). I didn’t like this book at all.

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