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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Made the Grade: Perfect Chemistry Novel, Book 1

Format: Paperback | Pages: 357 | Release Date: 2009 | Publisher: Walker & Company

"Perfect Chemistry" [Perfect Chemistry Novel, Book 1] by Simone Elkeles

My Book Summary : To those who don't know her Brittany is her high school's golden girl. She has blond hair, high class clothes, rich parents, a hot ride, she's dating the football star, and she seems just about perfect. However, her home life is completely different. Yes, her parents are still rich, but with an older sister with a disability her parents (especially her mother) put more pressure on her to make sure she acts/looks perfect so that nobody has the ability to start talking bad about them. Because of this facade she has been putting on for others outside her house, it has made it so she doesn't let many people (if any) get close to her.

Alejandro (Alex) lives for the day since he is never sure if he'll live to see the next. When he was six-years-old his father died in front of him, and he swore he wasn't going to be anything like his father, but now 12 years later he's in the same gang (Latino Blood) as his father was. He doesn't want to be a part of Latino Blood, but to make sure he protects his family he is and he know that the only way out would to be beaten to death by the members or killed by someone outside of his gang, and neither look like interesting options. Plus, nothing is more important to him then his family.

Now it's their senior year in high school and they get paired up together as Chemistry partners, despite their objections to their teacher. Working together at first is hard since they both have their own opinions of each other. However, as time passes they find that despite their lifestyles they have more in common then they originally thought.

Soon they start to find being together comes with a price of friends, family, and the loyalty to those they originally believed were there for them. Thankfully their best friend still have their backs up until the end, but how will they be able to deal with a town that is set out against them? And when Alex finds out more about his father murder all those years ago, will he be able to avenge his father or will his fate be the same as his father's?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This story is kinda like "West Side Story" since you have the gangs (even though Brittany or her family isn't involved in one themselves) and the romance where everything is set up against them. I like that the book is written from both view points of the main characters! I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, mostly because I saw the author video for it (which is below) and the Brittany character was portrayed as a really flighty person, however once I started reading the book I feel in love with the main characters! They had more depth then I expected (because of the video) and I started routing for them immediately! =0)

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Book Teaser(s) :
"So you understand why I'd freak out if my parents find out we're . . . friends."
"You'd get in trouble? Shit, you're eighteen. Don't you think you can be friends with who you want to by now? The umbilical cord's been cut, you know."
"You don't understand."
"Try me."
"Why do you want to know so much?"
"Aren't chem partners supposed to know a lot about each other?"
She gives a short laugh. "I hope not."
Truth is, this girl isn't what I thought she'd be. From the moment I told her about my dad, it was as if her entire body sighed in relief. As if someone else's misery comforted her, made her feel as if she wasn't alone. I still can't understand why she cares so much, why she chooses the I-am-flawless facade to show the world. ~ within Chapter 24

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Feasted On: The Iron Fey Series, Book 2

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 369 KB | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin Teen

"The Iron Daughter" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 2] by Julie Kagawa

My Book Summary : Meghan is at it again ... now after traveling from her home to the Winter Court (in "Winter's Passage") with Prince Ash, he seems to be no where in site leaving her to fend for herself amongst a court where everyone hates her (it seems). Including Ash himself, as she finds out while she is fending off an attack from his older brother, Rowan, Ash states that he wants nothing to do with her. With despair around her heart, she awaits for the exchange of the Scepter of the Seasons from the Seelie Court to the Unseelie Court. Once the exchange comes she finds herself in a whole lot of trouble, with the Iron fey sneaking into the Winter Court to steal in Scepter right from under their noses. However, since she was there when the thievery took place Queen Mab believes she had something to do with it and plans to go to war with the Summer Court because of it.

After this announcement from Queen Mab, Ash seems to do a 180° and tries to help Meghan escape from the Winter Court, which consequently makes him a traitor to his people. So, now they're both on the run in search of the Scepter of Seasons to get it back from the Iron fey and to return it to Queen Mab.

However, whom will help them? Will they get it in time before the war starts and the Iron fey can do more harm to Nevernever? Will Ash's feelings for Meghan return?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! ♥ Okay ... it had a slow start but I really enjoyed it in the end. All-in-all Ash threw me for a loop with everything he did in this book. And with all the new things happening to Meghan I cannot wait to see what will happen in book 3!!! Poor Puck -- that guy seems to always get the short end of the stick. =0( BTW -- I love Ethan he's soo sweet!

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Novella 1

Book Teaser(s) :
"We can't worry about that now." I shook off his hand. "The scepter is more important. Besides, that's what I have you for." I smiled at him, and turned to Ironhorse. "All right, Ironhorse. We have a deal. Take us to the scepter."
"Finally." Grimalkin stood and stretched, bottlebrush tail curling over his back. "You make decisions as slowly as you answer Summonings, human. I do hope this will not become a habit."
"Wait. You're coming, too? Why?"
"I am bored." Grimalkin waved his tail languidly. "And you are always entertaining...except when I am waiting for you to arrive, of course. Besides, the lieutenant and I have business, as well." ~ within Chapter 10

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

What was I thinking?: Perfectly Dateless: A Universally Misunderstood Novel by Kristin Billerbeck

Format: Paperback | Pages: 257 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Revell

"Perfectly Dateless: A Universally Misunderstood Novel" by Kristin Billerbeck ( I read this as a part of Smitten With Books ARC Tours)

What was I thinking? : Well, the cover was cute and the product description that Smitten With Books ARC Tours gave was cute too. I truthfully thought it was going to be a sweet/cute YA novel that I would breeze right through. Instead it was like I was beating my head up against a wall, just trying to finish the book at my normal reading pace, when all I wanted to do was stop. =0P

My Book Summary : Daisy's life is based around her family and her beliefs, with that being said she has a lot of rules that her parents want her to live by. For the most part, she understands their fears, but after seventeen years being the "perfect daughter", she wants to spread her wings a bit more. So, her goal for her last year of high school is to get a date and go to Prom!! It's more so she will be able to say that she went more then anything, but to help her find the right guy she has a 'Prom Journal' to help her out. Her biggest problem is that her parents won't allow her to date, so she not only has to find a guy, but she has to convince her parents that this will be for the best.

Before her senior year, she chooses five guys who she has set her sights on being her prom date. And once the school year beings some of them start getting crossed off her list quickly. But her main person that she wants to go to prom with is Chase. She has been in love with him since kindergarten and he has always been sweet to her. However, she doesn't really know how he feels about her and soon the most popular (and meanest to Daisy) is falling all over Chase looking like Daisy might not have a chance. To top it off a new guy (in her grade) Max has set his sights on her.

In addition, Daisy and her best friend make plans on becoming more noticeable, but in doing so some of the decisions that are made have some consequences that they didn't expect. Will Daisy finally get to have more control over her life, and be able to attend prom with a date? Or will her parents succeed in keeping choosing her life and future for her?

My Book Review : 1 out of 5 stars. I must be a part of the group of people who have misunderstood this book since I just didn't like it at all. I dunno, I mean the message of the book was good. And don't get me wrong I have read some Christian fiction books before and there were a few that I did like. But this one rubbed me the wrong way I guess. I really can't stand "preachy" books and Daisy's parents were very "preachy". However, I will admit that I liked how Daisy dealt with her parents, and she was a good main character. I'm not to sure about her best friend Claire. I really think Daisy should have found a new best friend, since while I thought Daisy's parents were "preachy", Claire pushed her views onto Daisy too and I have never liked that about people.

Side note -- I just have to say ... where can I order myself a Max?! ALSO -- she has a great "fairy godmother" of a boss, which after you read the explanation of him is kind of surprising. =0)

On the other hand, when going to Amazon.com there were quite a few positive reviews on the book -- so those of you who are fans of Christian books might like and appreciate this book more so then I did.

Book Teaser(s) :
Things are not looking from a male perspective. Gil had a girlfriend in high school, which makes me think I need a boyfriend, otherwise how is a guy going to know he has to ask me to the prom? I mean, without a boyfriend, I'm throwing caution to the wind, leaving it all to chance. And that is just not me. I don't take chances.
All I know is the closer prom gets, the more pathetic my life becomes and the tighter my parents' grip seems to be. I am desperately close to losing all sense of sanity. Maybe that's too dramatic for four days of effort, but the results? Ugh, the results!
~ within Chapter 6

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Disappointmentville: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 486 KB | Release Date: September 2009 | Publisher: Simon Pulse

"The Ex Games" by Jennifer Echols

My Book Summary : Four years ago, Hayden and her family moved from Tennessee to Colorado. During that time, she was in seventh grade, just recovered from a broken leg, and was swept up in being Nick's girl -- who was the hottest & richest boy at her new school -- even though they've only been on a few dates. But while on a date at the local movie theatre she found out that the only reason Nick was dating her was because of a bet with his friends, and once she found out instead of crying she bitched him out in front of everyone at the theatre (including a lot of kids from their grade).

Now they’re exes and over the years they have gotten into a habit of flirting, Nick playing tricks on her, and arguing/fighting with each other. However, during the day before their high school’s winter break they both find themselves in the hallway talking to each other and sitting mighty close together. Something’s in the air but Hayden isn’t quite sure what. She has wanted to be with Nick again ever since they had their fight four years ago but things always got in the way. Plus, it doesn’t help that she’s not sure she can trust him. Also, even though they both happen to be single right now, ever since they broke up, Nick’s longest relationship lasts only about two to three dates, and Hayden doesn’t want to just end up like all of his other girls.

During winter break Hayden wins a snowboarding competition, afterwards she celebrates with her friends, their boyfriends, and Nick. While they are all talking about her competition Nick says that she only won because she was against girls, but if she went up against a boy of her age bracket she would loose. This, of course, starts an argument between the girls and the guys, and ending with Nick and Hayden going against each other that following Saturday (Valentine’s Day) in a comp to see who’s the better boarder.

While the pressure for who will win the comp builds and it seems that the whole town is taking a side, Hayden and Nick go back and forth on getting together again or just arguing with each other and staying sort-of friends. On top of that, Nick is having family issues and Hayden is trying to conquer her fear of heights ... will they be able to fight the odds and realize what is happening between them? Or will they not make up and keep playing the game they’ve been playing since they broke up in seventh grade?

My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars, because I liked the concept but Nick and Hayden bickered way to much for me to enjoy it. It was like the first time someone said something wrong the other person would chop off the other's head by any means necessary. However, I did like the relationship between Hayden and her younger brother ... their back-and-forth was very entertaining. =0)

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Forget You

Book Teaser(s) :
Hayden, she's a red-haired lass
Doing nose-grabs by the score
Gonna kick some Krieger ass
Maybe she needs one day more
Wants to snowboard off the jump
Not today, she's filled with sorrow
Scared she'll lose her steeze and biff
Gonna kick some ass tomorrow. ~ within the Chapter titled 'lemon grab'
"Dish, Hayden," exclaimed a gossip-seeking girl who skied directly into my path. "It would be soooo cute if you and Nick got together after he sealed your backpack inside that plaster of Paris volcano last year."
Liz giggled and elbowed me. "I'd forgotten all about that one!"
"But my friends say no way," the girl went on. "Nick hates you. Which is it?"
I shrugged. "I guess you'll have to ask Nick." And if she found out, I hoped she'd pass that info along to me. ~ within the Chapter titled 'jib'

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Made the Grade: Change of Heart by Shari Maurer

Format: Paperback | Pages: 286 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: WestSide Books

"Change of Heart" by Shari Maurer (Read this as a part of 1 ARC Tours)

My Book Summary : At sixteen Emmi has her life all mapped out. She plans on staying the star athlete on her high school varsity soccer team, play college soccer, and then help kids in other countries. She has had these plans for so long she doesn't think anything can get in her way to stop her from reaching her dreams, until she gets a cold during her team's tournament game she passes out on the field. When she gets back home, her parents take her to a doctor and he says it's just a cold and she should be getting better soon. But when she doesn't get better her parents have her get a second opinion and find out that she has 'viral myocarditis' and is going to need a new heart.

Thankfully her friends are there for her, keeping her in the loop with what was going on at school, and just being there for her. Also, it doesn't hurt that the guy, Sam, who she had just been starting to talk to right before all this started hasn't turned tail away from her, and is sticking around to see where their relationship could end up.

But as the months pass, waiting around for someone to die so she can live, she's starting to feel like she needs to claw up the walls from the boredom. To top that off she has already had to go in to the hospital thinking they have a heart for her, to find it wasn't a good match and to be sent back home to wait some more. The only thing that is helping her move forward is her dream/goals/plans of playing soccer again and everything she planned to do once high school was over .... and no one is going to take those dreams away.

While waiting and going to the hospital she meets Abe, a guy her age who has gotten a new heart two years ago and is now just making sure everything stays A-OK for him. He helps her know what to expect and is a great source to vent to. Even though she has a boyfriend and friends to vent to also, she likes having someone whom she can relate to what she's talking about.

Will she get a new heart before her time runs out? Will Emmi decide to stay with her boyfriend or will she turn to Abe instead? And if she gets a heart .... what happens if her body decides to reject it?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. The book began with a slow start and at first I didn't know if I could get into it, but about a third of the way into it the book started to get better. As a main character Emmi was okay, even though she had all right to be she was a bit over-dramatic about the situation. In truth until Abe came into the story line I really didn't like the book, and it turned out that he was my favorite character. I will say this book stuck to the truth about how a situation like this would effect a teenager, with the emotions that run along with it for the main character and those closest around her. Also ... if you read it and happen to make it to the end ... grab some tissues because it has a good but very sad ending.

Book Teaser(s) :
"I didn't sleep much the past two nights," he confessed.
"Yeah, me either."
"I was such an idiot. I'm sorry." He lowered his voice to a whisper. "The sex shouldn't matter to me, but it did. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I like you, and how the things I like about you are way more than the physical stuff---not that I'm not attracted to you because I am---you're beautiful. You've got a great body, and a fabulous smile." He traced my dimple with his finger. "And I love your hair."
"Now I know your lying," I said, touching my baseball cap. ~ within Chapter 27

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Made the Grade: A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Format: Paperback | Pages: 278 | Release Date: February 2010 | Publisher: Razorbill

"A Match Made in High School" by Kristin Walker

My Book Summary : In a everyday high school things for Fiona just went from thinking she was going to have a great first day of her senior year to the worst day she could ever have expected .... and all before first period. You see her high school just implemented a new course graduation requirement called "Trying the Knot", meaning all of the senior class is going to be randomly paired up with each other ... and now they have to manage a monthly budget, go to counseling, and more ... if not they won't graduate! For one brief second Fiona thought this would be wonderful ... she could be paired up with long-time crush! But that thought was quickly put out when she found she was "getting married" to Todd, who just happens to be a popular jock and is dating her biggest enemy!

But along with dealing with this "marriage", she manages to pull a couple of hilarious pranks, finds out that her best friend is keeping things from her, finds that their might be more to the people she's spent years thinking badly of, and maybe she'll find out that someone really does care about her too ....

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, only because I mean I liked the book and the ending, but I really was hoping for something like that "She's All That" movie. *shrug* But for what it's worth this book was based more towards what would really have happened (possibly) in a high school situation. I really liked the characters! Fiona was a strong character, and throughout the book she stay true to herself, which I really respected. Todd had more of a personality then I expected, and I enjoyed the back-and-forth between Fiona and him. All in all I would recommend it to those who like practical teen romance stories. =0)

Book Teaser(s) :
"Why should I?" I asked, totally milking my pouty state.
"Because, Princess," he said. "Because I'm asking you to."
And that was it. Here was Senor Shitslacks, the No-necked Neanderthal, standing in front of me asking me for a favor on no greater basis than the fact that we were united in a fake marriage.
And here I was saying yes. ~ within Chapter 16

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Made the Grade: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Format: Paperback | Pages: 292 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: MTV Books

"Forget You" by Jennifer Echols

My Book Summary : Zoey's life is coming apart at the seams, and for a girl who tries to always portray herself as having it all together, that can change a person.

Basically her a couple of months ago her father informed her mother and her that his new girlfriend was going to have a baby. Then her mother fell into a depression and committed suicide, leaving Zoey to be the find her mother and make sure she got help. After dealing with that, her father threatening her not to tell anyone about what happened to her mother -- so no rumors would be spread, she goes to a party and hooks up with one of her guy friends (called Brandon). Even though she knows he usually is a player, she feels like their friendship before hooking up will make their relationship even better. A week goes by and her world is holding together for the most part. However, on Friday she decides to go to the Football game to support Brandon and her world takes another unexpected turn ....

While at the game she talks to her friends about an after party that Brandon said was just for the Football team, but they convince her that the Swim team should crash it. Then the next thing she knows is she is getting into a argument with Doug. Who just happens to be the bad boy at school, they haven't liked each other for a while now but he also just happens to be the only person who knows what happened to her mom and she hopes he'll keep it to himself. During that night however the argument is the last thing she remembers, as she finds out later that she happened to be in a car wreck loosing her memory.

Now while trying to piece her night back together, and trying to keep her secrets from everyone still, what she assumed she would have done seems to not have happened. Also, Brandon is no where to be seen but Doug just happens to be every where she is. Will she ever find out the truth and make sure no one finds out her biggest secret of all?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!! A cute novel. Highly recommended. I wish I had a Doug of my own!! Zoey and Doug's relationship is so sweet especially since she knows there is an attraction but still is never sure exactly why.

Book Teaser(s) :
"What are you driving after that?"
I explained the conundrum of having a loaded father who bought expensive cars for himself and his mistress but not his daughter and disallowed his daughter from buying a cheap car either.
"He's as crazy as my dad," Doug marveled. "If he's so concerned about your safety, why won't he just buy you a car?"
"He says he doesn't want me to be a spoiled brat."
A few seconds passed, cars whispering beside us in the other lane of the main beach road, before I realized what I'd given away. ~ within Chapter 8

For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.



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