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Angus, Thongs, And Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

October 9, 2008

Title: Angus, Thongs, & Full-Frontal Snogging

Author: Louise Rennison

Rating: ★★★★★

Number of Pages: 234.

Edition: Paperback

Extra info: First book in Georgia Nicolson Series

 

Contains: Drama, Humor, Relationships, Romance.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 8

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 7

 Summary: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging follows the journal of a teenage girl named Georgia Nicolson who battles with love, life and her crazy cat named Angus.

Georgia is growing up in England with her best friend Jas (Jasmine) and the rest of the Ace Gang. Living with her family: Connie Nicolson (Mother), Bob Nicolson (Father), her little sister Libby (Liberty) and her half Scottish half Wild cat Angus is not easy. Georgia falls for a ‘gorgey’ boy named Robbie, referred to by Georgia as The Sex God or SG. After taking snogging lessons, Georgia finally wins Robbie over, although a web of affairs means that not everything goes to plan.

My Review(spoiler-free!): Hello mates. This book and/or diary thingy is the first in the series about Georgia Nicolson; it was fabbity fab fab to read. Seriously, my family looked at me weird more than five times while reading this book. This being the about third time I read Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging I didn’t expect to burst out like I did. On the contrary, I had forgotten how incredible it was. The book is about an English girl going through life. She has problems with friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and boys. Most of the book is sarcastically funny. It ties down where Georgia is almost Robbie (the sex god she’s in love with)’s girlfriend. I can relate to Georgia, she is NOT beautiful, popular, and perfect and is rather completely on a mood roller coaster. One moment she hates her life and doesn’t want to get out her bed and then the next she’s ecstatic about the most silliest things. Awarded a Printz Award, Mrs. Rennison is one truly realistic writer. The whole Brit chick thing makes it even better in my opinion, having to go into the glossary in the back of the book to understand what she is saying at times. It’s easy to read and easy to follow, yet very unpredictable. From Angus (her cat), to Jas (her best friend), to Robbie (the sex god), this is sure to be a very recommended read. Don’t forget there’s eight more books to read after this one!

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Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall

September 28, 2008

Title: Sisters of Misery

Author: Megan Kelley Hall

Rating: ★★★★★

Number of Pages: 308

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2008

 

 

 

 

Contains: Mystery/Suspense, Drama, Relationships, Romance, Coming-Of-Age

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 10

Writing: 10

Wow Factor: 10

(WOW… PERFECT 10!)

Summary: Maddie Crane has the perfect last name, making it easy for her to be socially involved with the most powerful girls in school, the Sisters of Misery. However, she doesn’t have the perfect life. Her dad walked out on her and her mom when she was just a child, leaving behind financial problems. Abigail, her mother, sticks Maddie into every social situation she can, yet barely pays attention to her. Maddie gets the change of a lifetime when her aunt, Rebecca, and cousin, Cordelia, move into Hawthorne, MA with her, Abigail, and Maddie’s grandma Tess. Cordelia is beautiful, full of life, and adventurous. Maddie and Cordelia become best friends and that strains Maddie’s friendship with Kate, the meanest of the group, and the rest of the Sisters of Misery. The Sisters of Misery do not like this intruder to their small town and they want revenge. In a turn of events, Cordelia goes missing and no one knows where she could be. Can Maddie find her in time or is it too late? Maddie will have to piece together the mystery that is her town, its past with witchcraft, and the people she thinks are her friends in the race to find her beloved cousin.

My Review(spoiler-free!): What can I say? I’m in love with this book. It literally blew me away. Completely. Utterly. It was beautiful. It was scary. It gave me this feeling of fright, amazement, and a need to keep reading… I was still up at two in the morning just finishing it because I needed to know what would happen next, flowing from beginning to end. Maddie is understandable and probably my favorite character. Cordelia’s beauty and self-assuredness make Maddie braver and make her see her “friends” with new eyes… and opened up my eyes to what Maddie has had to be involved in since she was a little girl. I was suspicious all throughout the whole novel of what happened to Cordelia and who did it. The ending was astounding. I could not believe what I was reading. It all clicked then and made it all more amazing. All the characters were well-written and in depth. The writing was beautiful, Mrs. Kelley Hall really has a way with words. I wrote down many cool words I learned by reading this book… some include: decrepit, dilapidated, siphoned, Houdini, and tourniquet. I’d never read a mystery book so good. The plot was creative and something I’ve never read about. It was interesting and I think the witchcraft involved make it all that much better. The beginning of every chapter had a little insight of what that chapter was about and the gemstone that went with it so with that and the past chapters I was predicting and always coming out wrong. You can not predict this book, but what you can (and should do) is read it! I certainly loved it and can’t wait for the sequel… The Lost Sister!

My Thoughts(contains spoilers so please don’t read it unless you’ve read the book. I don’t want to spoil it for you!): Oh lord, this book was great. I could not figure out who Cordelia was romantically involved with. I had Reed, Finn, Kate, Trevor, everyone pinned to who took Cordelia and I was aghast to learn she’d left herself because of Abigail. The ending was like “wow wow wow” I just stared at my ceiling for like five minutes thinking about everything that went on in this book. I liked Reed but at the same time I didn’t. I kind of wanted Maddie to end up with Finn because he was so helpful at the asylum with Rebecca. I did not like Abigail one bit. She was just didn’t care about Maddie really. The things Rebecca planted were very mysterious and I tried to figure them out. Megan tricked me into thinking it was all these people and never really Abigail. Kate was evil; she was just so mean. She made everyone feel bad and I just wanted her to be the one disappearing. I think Trevor is a scum for raping Cordelia, but these characters were just the way they were because of their surroundings and their past. I just really loved this book and want everyone to read it and love it too.

 

Do you want to read this book? Have you read this book? What did you think? 

Stick around… an interview with Megan Kelley Hall (the author of this book) is coming up shortly!

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Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

September 18, 2008

Title: Elsewhere

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: ★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 377

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2005

 

 

Contains: Fantasy, romance, relationships, drama, coming-of-age.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect): 

Characters: 7

Plot: 8

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 8

 

Summary: Liz is a victim of a hit-and-run driver. Unfortunately, she passes away. When she wakes up she’s in a place that she can only be dreaming about. The place is called Elsewhere and everything there is kind of like Earth but at the same time not like it at all. People on Elsewhere get younger instead of older. However, it’s still like Earth in the sense that you have friends and family and a job. Betty is Liz’s grandmother whom she never met until now. Liz meets other people who become great friends. Liz may have thought at the beginning of her arrival to Elsewhere that she’d never get used to this new “life” but as time goes on, she learns she loves it.

 

My Review (no spoilers): This was a charming tale of coming-of-age. Liz is a believable character and I think I would act just like her if what happened to her happened to me. I’d be depressed and want my old life back. I really liked Betty, she’s very alive and she just wants to help Liz get used to Elsewhere. Thandi was funny and a good friend. I liked all the characters a lot. The boy in the story was really cute to Liz. The plot is probably my favorite part, I’ve never read a book about the afterlife and this was a different way to look at it. I really liked this book although sometimes I found somethings not important that I don’t want to reveal because they contain spoilers.  Whenever I was reading I was asking myself what about this and what about that. Is there crime in Elsewhere? I didn’t feel as though I had a good sense of how it worked and the whole aura of what Elsewhere really looked like. I wish Thandi was a more developed character and Thandi’s and Liz’s friendship too. I think I expected more than I got from this book. I still recommend it though. 

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): Well, I liked this book, as you can tell. It’s just I thought I would get so much more than I received. Owen and Liz and their problems were just a little weird for me. First he likes her, then he doesn’t, then he leaves her for his wife, then he takes her back. I guess the progression is what I didn’t like? I felt as though there was no point when they would in the end get back together. Also, when Liz was a Sneaker, I was just like… you’re going to be saved by Owen and come back to Elsewhere. I didn’t understand why Liz went to Zooey’s wedding after reading the letter (it didn’t make me want to go to my friend’s wedding if she hadn’t even gone to my funeral). I liked it, its just some things were iffy.

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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

August 31, 2008

 Title: The Luxe

 Author: Anna Godbersen

 Rating: ★★★★★

 Number of Pages: 433.

 Edition: Harcover

 Extra Info: Series-Sequel: Rumors: A Luxe Novel

 

 

Contains: Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationships, Romance.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 9

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 9

 Summary (courtesy jacket flap): Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899.  Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city’s gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear… In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
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My Review (no spoilers): OMG OMG OMG. The Luxe was an exceptional book and I am glad I spent my $17 on it because I got my money’s worth and more. My favorite character is Elizabeth, hands-down. Elizabeth has the most heartbreaking dilemma in the book. What comes first? Family or true love? I felt torn and not even I could put myself in Elizabeth’s shoes to decide what to do. The characters were very different (some high-class and some low) and they were all facing different problems (love, family, and money). It made me think to myself how glad I am that I wasn’t born in their time. At first I was really surprised, the vocabulary is certainly something bigger than I’ve been challenging myself lately but then I just got used to it. I loved that it was told in third person, because then it was like I was up-above them (in a pretty little blue cloud, also) and hearing their thoughts about everything. Every chapter flowed amazingly, I was never bored. Actually, most times I kept telling myself to stop reading (when it got to really high climaxes) and was supposed to be sleeping. The plot is very unique for I have never read a historical fiction novel… there wasn’t many “true historical facts” but you can still sense you are no where near our time. The ending was magical (and such a cliffhanger!), I need Rumors ASAP. I can’t stop writing because I have so much I liked about this book to say… but I would like to speak my mind about the spoilers. So just know YOU HAVE TO GET THIS ONE! (May I add, I shed a tear or two at the end because it was so great?)

 

My Thoughts (contains SPOILERS): OMG OMG OMG (okay, I think that’s getting annoying, hehe). I’m just so blown by this book. I loved Will and Elizabeth together. I felt so bad that they just couldn’t be (well, up until the end when Elizabeth runs off to find Will. I want more Diana/Henry interaction in the next novel for they are a beautiful couple (or not really a couple since he was supposed to marry Liz). Also, I’d like more Lina/Tristan action in the next book. I really want Lina to get told off by Will that he doesn’t like her… even though I sympathize with her. It’s just she has to see Will is in love with Elizabeth and that’s all there is to it. The parents in this book are so ugh… they don’t care about their kids really, just their family fortune and staying at the top of the world. Penelope, oh how I disliked her, especially when she got together with Lina. I felt like yelling at her “can’t you see Henry is in love with SOMEONE ELSE?!”. I loved the “letters” in the beginning of every chapter because they got me predicting what would happen. I got very involved in this book and am soooo glad that Rumors is next. I love love loved it.

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When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

August 19, 2008

Title: When It Happens

Author: Susane Colasanti

Rating: ★★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 310

Edition: Paperback

Summary: Seniors Tobey and Sara have different goals. Tobey, a known slacker, wants to become famous for his music with his band. Sara, smart and pretty, wants to get into her first-choice college: NYU. Tobey and Sara both have great friends: Mike and Josh, and Laila and Maggie, respectively. But that’s definitely not all they have in common. They are both looking for “something real” in the love department. Sara wants Dave, whom she has been waiting to call her all summer. Dave, popular and gorgeous, seems very interested in her. Tobey, on the other hand, has had his eyes on Sara for a while and will do anything to make her understand they are meant to be. Over time, everything falls into place for Tobey and Sara. And it’s definitely “something real”.

 

My Review (spoiler-free): Ah, this is such an outstanding book. I love love stories like this. This is a real love story (not like Twilight, in my opinion…). I love how it’s told in alternating points of view (Sara and Tobey’s). Susane Colasanti writes very well, I totally could connect with the characters’s problems and insecurities. It’s like she’s one of us. It’s amazing. I do have some tiny complaints (I did not rate it five stars as you can see): sometimes I got lost while there was dialogue between Mike, Josh, and Tobey or Maggie, Laila, and Sara. It’s like I didn’t know who was saying what. Also, Maggie and Laila were hard to differentiate (even though it should have been easy) because they talk alike. I love Tobey for Sara. He’s cute, witty, musical, and laid-back. Sara is very much like me and I liked her as a character. I laughed a lot of times while reading. This book is not all happy-feeling. There are parts where it wasn’t all lovey-dovey and serious matters were faced. I hardly read books where the characters are 18-ish. I definitely want to read more. When I finished, I wanted more. In the end, I loved loved loved this book. You should most definitely pick this one up; I promise it won’t disappoint.

 

My Thoughts (read this if you’ve read the book, it contains spoilers): Yay, spoilers! I thought Dave was such a bleep. He was trying to sleep with Sara… it was so annoying! And he’s a virgin; it was hilarious. What he did while Tobey was playing Battle of the Bands was irritating as well. He’s just mad Sara left him for a better guy like Tobey. I feel bad for Sara and her relationship with her mom. I also feel bad about Maggie and what happened with her parents. I understand why Sara got mad about Cynthia being Tobey’s first time and it was so adorable how he got her back by doing the boom box scene! It was so wow how they had literally everything in common. They were so meant to be. I wonder what happens to them after the book, when they go to college. I want to read Susane Colasanti’s other book,Take Me There.

 

Sorry it’s a little late… I finished it before last night but couldn’t get on because Tropical Storm Fay kicked off my internet.

Have something to say about the book? Comment below :). Remember to advise if your comment contains spoilers!

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Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

August 14, 2008

Title: Perfect You

Author: Elizabeth Scott
Released: March 2008
Rating: ★★★★ out of 5.
Number of Pages: 282
Edition: Paperback
Summary: Kate Brown’s life is spiraling out of control. First, her dad quit his job to sell Perfect You vitamins and now she has to work at the mall. Her best friend Anna, became popular and now acts like Kate doesn’t exist to hang out with her new friends. Kate’s brother is 23 and his job is crashing the couch. And, even though Kate will not admit it, she can’t stop thinking about Will. Will, who is so cute, but also has hooked up with almost everyone in their school. Kate thinks Will is just messing with her mind. Kate’s life is nothing like it was the year before and she wishes she could go back in time to when everything was alright. However, she can’t. Kate keeps expecting the worse out of life, and guess what? That’s what she’s getting… unless she changes it.
My Review (spoiler-free): Heartwarming, lamentable, and a good read. The beginning was amazing. The ending was amazing… like utterly amazing. Part of the middle wasn’t 100% amazing. This book is about friendships: I felt really sad every time Kate tried to talk to Anna and she’d notice that Anna was trying not to be seen with her. It must hurt very much to be losing a friend, especially a best friend that you’ve been talking to since grade school. This book is about love: I loved Will and Kate’s way of flirting… Kate tries to act like she doesn’t care when in her mind she’s dying to kiss him. I wish they got more scenes together in the book, though. This book is about families too: Kate’s mom and dad really made everything so much more unbelievable and dramatic in Kate’s life (wow, Kate’s dad is embarrassing). I loved Todd’s character, he’s so lazy and laid-back but has good advice. Grandma seems like the most immature of all the characters but still I think she holds the fort down. I do recommend this book, despite this, I still liked Bloom better.
My Thoughts (read this if you’ve read the book, it contains spoilers): I can’t believe parts of this book. First, I was so mad at Anna most of the book. How does she like being popular when Sam is cheating on her and Diane and Tara are annoying? It made me think how great it is to not be popular. Kate is really strong. She went through a lot in the book. The ending… wow I felt aghast. I can’t believe Kate’s mom and dad separated, it was just such a shocker and made this book much less light. I really liked her dad in the beginning, but he did choose Perfect You over them… what’s up with that? The only thing that came out of good in this book is Will and Kate. I loved their chemistry and how Will was going through some of the same things Kate was. I wish there could’ve been more of them in the book. They got 20,000 make-out sessions and only one real talk. I thought it would’ve been a more love-book, instead of a family and friend-drama + the boy stuff. But it was still a good read. Can’t wait to read Stealing Heaven!
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Lost It by Kristen Tracy

August 10, 2008

Title: Lost It

Author: Kristen Tracy
Released: January 2007.
Number of Pages: 276.
Edition: Paperback.
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5.
It was: awesome!
Summary: Tess Whistle lives in boring Idaho. However, this year as she enters high school as a junior everything is spiraling out of control. Tess’s best friend Zena is building a bomb and planning on blowing up a poodle… seriously. Tess’s mom and dad are “born-again” when taking a course at a survival camp in the middle of nowhere. Also, Tess’s grandma begins being her primary caregiver, and she’s kind-of-not-normal… I mean, she bought Tess sexy underwear. Grandmas don’t normally do that, do they? The only thing that Tess is liking during this bizarre time is her time with Ben. Benjamin Easter and his great-looking butt have become necessary for Tess. With her first real boyfriend, she is getting more and more serious with physically, Tess will wonder through unknown territory. Can she handle it? Or will she lose it?
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): Tess is a super cool character, first of all. She is so out there and so free-spirited. I loved the capuchin monkey idea she uses with Ben in the book. Tess’s grandma is really cool, my grandma is most definitely not like that. I didn’t like Tess’s parents. The physical part of the book is good because seldom books go through it so well-written. No curse words, no disrespect. I truly felt that Tess and Ben’s relationship was true love. I really wish Tess wouldn’t have told that lie. Zena was very wise at the end, you can tell she grew when she was taken to her aunt’s house. I wonder what happened at the end of the book… it was such a cliffhanger. I loved the book, no doubt. I recommend it.