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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Book Review: The Super Spud Trilogy


Title: The super spud trilogy
Author: Michael Diack
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You'll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original.


Review: I really cannot remember the last time that I read a book that was so quirky and silly, there wasn't a point in this book where I wasn't smiling- even during the serious parts.

Even if you aren't looking for something that is silly and a tad bit childish, I can say that people of all ages will enjoy this book- whether you are 6-95.

One of the reasons for that is because the world that this story is set up in so well made and thought out, it's unbelievable! The writing is also spectacular, I found myself hanging onto every word...

The characters personalities were also very well built up, I loved some of the things that the characters would say and how perfectly it fit with their personalities!

The idea behind the book didn't fully grab me at first, and I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it wasn't for getting an email from Stormi asking me to review it for the book tour, but I am so glad that I did read it! I think I'll keep going back to read it again and again.

All in all, I would definitely recommend reading this book as soon as you can! You won't regret it...

Friday, 7 September 2012

Absence Explained

Hello there!

So, just a quick explanation for my absence. As I mentioned before, I'm starting school. That was Wednesday that we started, so right now I'm currently getting used to my new schedule.. Leaving little time for this blog. But don't worry! I have new books ready to be read and reviewed. So stay tuned! Much love,

Amy xx

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Teaser Tuesday 28/08/12 (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current readOpen to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Title: Swoon
Author: Nina Malkin
Teaser Page: 190
"'How about a lap dance?'
Sin had to process that. Then he made a face that said: Come on. I gazed at him impassively. So he began to swivel his hips..."
 

 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick




Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Personal Copy (Paperback)
Rating: Four Exciting Lipsticks

Summary

 
"A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life"
 
Review
Patch.
Just that one word has girls hearts skipping a beat. That's how well Becca developed his character. Enough to make every girl (Or guy) that reads this book fall in love with him the minute that he first opens his mouth.
That can be said for all the characters, really. They have certain quirks or chracteristics that makes them relatable to everyone, no matter what age, shape or size.
Although, occasionally you do find that there are things characters say that don't exactly line up with their personality or age. It's a common mistake that you find in many YA books, sometimes the authors forget that their writing about teenagers. Which can be annoying if you're a teenager reading it & also very easy to notice.
 
The Setting Was Very Realistic.
I loved how Nora lived in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. I have a pet peeve when I read paranormal books. I hate in when they live in a crowded neighbourhood, but no one can hear them scream. Or hear some of the conversations that they have outside. It just irks me.
So I guess that's why I loved the setting of this book. Out where no one could hear some of the crazy stuff they talked about, or the yelling that was coming from inside.
It was very realistic.
 
Although, good things a side, I found it rushed.
I don't know if this is just me, but I like it when the story is developed a little bit before the major plot comes into action. And in this story it dove right into the drama and the love, right from the second page.
But, unlike other stories, it was well developed and well written. So I didn't throw the book aside like I would have, instead I stuck with it.
And I have to say, I'm glad that I did.
 
Overall.
I loved this book, it had the right mixture of humour and drama. The writing was spectacular. I would've given it five stars if I hadn't had felt that it was rushed.
 
So go on and get the book!
 
Recomended For Those Who Like Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Teaser Tuesday: 8/21/12 (1)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current readOpen to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
 Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Teaser Page: 140
"She moaned and clutched my hand.
I lowered myself down on her, holding her tightly. Tears burned behind my eyes. "What happened? Was it the person who followed you? Did they do this to you? What did they do?"

I haven't started this book yet, but after reading that paragraph... Darn, I really want to! It took everything I had not to keep reading on.



Book Release: Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto


Title: Heaven
Author: Alexandra Adornetto

"Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?"


      Ahhh! I've been waiting for this book to come out and now it's finally here! Yay! I'll have to snatch it up as soon as I can! What about you? What book release has got you jumping around in your seat?

Sunday, 19 August 2012

What To Expect- New Reviews, New Name, What Else!?



1.) What books will be reviewed this week?


~City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
~I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk
~Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Yay! I'm super excited for these books! I found Hush, Hush today at the local superstore for only 4.99 & I Heart London was 15% off. So I couldn't resist getting them!

Have you guys ever read any of the three? What did you think?

2.) There's a new name!

Oh yeah... You noticed? Yes, there is a new name. We have gone from 'The Girl That Reads' to 'Amy's Book Blog'.

Some important details that come along with this name change:

The email, thegirlthatreads@gmail.com WILL stay the same. I figured that it still goes along with the theme of the blog, so why change it?

Well, apparently there was only one important detail... Never mind then, moving on!

3.) Will there be more memes?

Of course! I'm still getting into the whole routine of reading and posting reviews, but once I'm settled, there will for sure be more memes! (One or two at the max)

This is where you come in, what kind of memes would you like to see? Comment/tweet me/send me an email!

4.) School.

Ugh, school. On September 5th I'll be starting school again. So just when a bunch of posts come flowing in (Which they will!), they will probably slow down a little bit until I can balance both school and this blog(And all my other priorities)!

My priorities when school starts:

1. School
2. Babysitting
3. Writing
4. The Blog

...
Hope that gave you a quick look on what will be going on around here for the next month or so :) Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 1st, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Personal Copy (E-book)
Rating: Five Smoking Hot Stars

Summary

"Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her."                                                                                      R

 Review


     Okay, another five star book. Honestly, these past few books I've read have all been amazing! Like, really. And I'm a tough judge. Now that that's out of the way, and you know that I'm not just giving all these books five stars for fun, let's move onto the book talk.
     So this book starts off with Sophie messing up big time on her prom night. She casts a spell on this mortal girl, causing the popular mortal boy to madly fall in love with her (The mortal girl that she had cast a spell on). Like, in need of a restraining order against him in love. This causes Sophie to get sent to a school with other paranormal creatures (Prodigium), who had also messed up in some way or another.
     Here she meets Archer, this super cute boy who also happens to be going out with the one girl who absolutely hates Sophie- Elodie.
     Oh, and what makes going to this school really hard for Sophie? The fact that she knows nothing about being a witch and her background.
     This book has become a new personal favourite of mine. I finished it in nearly two hours and I couldn't put it down!
     The characters are very realistic and easy to feel connected to. Take Sophie for example. In the first chapter we learn that she's never been popular and that she constantly screws up. What does that sound like to you? A normal, down to earth, teenage girl right? Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!
     Archer is pretty cool too. And by cool I mean totally amazing and gorgeous. He's the boy in school that every girl wants but of course, only the popular and gorgeous girls get. But, we learn that he has a sweet heart and is sorta kinda funny. And we always knew that he was cute though.
     Oh, and Cal. The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that Cal was barely featured, I think he was in two scenes. I really hope that we get to see more of him in Demon Glass.
     Moving on, the plot. You can tell that the plot was well thought out and planned for days upon days. If it wasn't, then we should all bow down to Rachel Hawkins.
     There were definitely a lot of twist and turns. Like, a lot. I wish I could talk more about them, but unfortunately I can't- because I don't want to be a spoiler if you haven't read it yet.
     Okay, the writing. Sometimes I felt that the scenes were a little stiff and awkward, the dialogue between the characters that is, but then there would be one sentence or phrase that would break the stiffness. 
     But other than that, the writing was very smooth and easy to follow along. You rarely find yourself confused on what's going on, or what someone had meant by what they had just said. It's a great book with some great writing.
     If you haven't read the book already, I suggest you do so now.
Recommended for those who like Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Follow Friday (2)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read :)
Be sure to comment with a link to your FF post so that I can follow you as well <3

Gain New Blog Followers
Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.

A: Okay, well, there are quite a few. I have to say Kiersten White, even though she's an author, I follow her blog a lot. I love her humour and the fact that she actually connects to her fans. So both her blogger side and author side inspire me.
Then there would be Words Like Silver & The Teen Bookworm, they were two of the first teen book blogs that I found.

 What blogger inspires you?

My Fictional Love of The Day

Name: Jack Force
Love Interest: Schuyler Van Allen
Book: Blue Bloods Series
Review: N/A
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Favourite Moment:
“She nodded... and was about to turn away. Then, as if she thought better of it, she reached out and grabbed his arm. "Jack."
"Yes?"
"I. . ." she faltered. She knew what she wanted to tell him, but she couldn't bring herself to say the words.
It turned out she didn't have to. Jack put a hand to his heart and nodded. "I feel the same way about you.”
-Jack Force and Schuyler Van Allen (Blue Bloods) 
Favourite Qualities: Strong, Quiet, Loyal, Romantic, Protective...



Monday, 13 August 2012

Book Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and The Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Books
Source: Personal Copy (E-book)
Rating: Five Wonderful Lipsticks

Summary


"Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door."

Review

This book is amazing. And that's all I have to say about that.

But, there is a catch. It's a companion novel. Which means that I went into it with high expectations- hoping that it would be like Anna and The French Kiss. And boy, were my expectations met.

This book was spectacular. I loved it, every part of it. This books is the very definition of five stars.

Lola's neighbours, two twins, are back in town. And she so happens to be in love with Cricket (The boy twin). Or used to be in love. Well, that's what she says.
Now Lola's dating Max and Cricket finally tells Lola that he's in love with her. Well then, horrible timing there buddy.

Cricket is this mysterious boy that has every girl swooning. Honestly Stephanie, how do you come up with these characters? Is there any way that they actually exist? But really, he's that cute little boy with the skill to invent. And he's also really sweet. And he has an amazing name.

And then there's Max. Le idiot Max. He's rude, weird and old. Well, not old. But he is older than Lola. By like, five years. But really, he's the perfect character in so many ways. He gets you at first- making you feel those 'Oh You Are Just So Perfect' feelings- then his real personality comes out and you see that he's kinda a jerk.

Oh, Anna and St. Clair are back! Yay! Even though their appearances in this book are short (shorter than I would like them to be), you still see that a few years later they are alive, happy and together. And stronger than ever of course.
Also, Lola has two Dads. It's not approached awkwardly like it is in some books. No, it was slipped in with ease. It was like it made no difference that she has two Dad's instead of one. Which it doesn't. So props to you Stephanie.
Now the overall story line, it's really the story that every girl dreams about. I don't know if Stephanie Perkins has a magical power where she can go into teenage girls minds and take out they're secret fantasies and then writing a book about them.
It's a magical power that I deeply respect. And wish that I had.
Now, she does have an amazing power that we all know about. Her writing. It's like a lazy river. It's smooth, makes you laugh, has ups and downs, you don't have to do much work and you always leave with good memories.

It's something special.
I don't think that there are any bad points in this book, hell I know that there are no bad points in this book. There were no pointless scenes, no cheesy moments, no nothing that should be under the 'no' category.
I would recommend this book for everyone. So if you are a person, go buy this book. ASAP. Okay? Okay. So go. Stop reading this review and go buy it. It doesn't matter anyways, since this review is done. Finished. Now go.
Recommended For Those Who Like sweet/cute love stories
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Friday, 10 August 2012

Book Review: Size 12 and Ready To Rock by Meg Cabot

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers from previous books*



           
Title: Size 12 and Ready To Rock

Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Personal Copy (E-book)
Rating: 5 Rocking Lipsticks!

Summary




"Summer break ... and the livin' ain't easy!

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead ... and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.





Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancĂ©. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated."

Review

In each of the Heather Well's book, we see a death. When I started reading this one, I thought that Size 12 and Ready To Rock would be an exception to this.
Boy, was I wrong.
Yes my friends, there was another death- and a lot of drama. We have to make sure that Fisher Hall keeps it's nickname of Death Dorm, right? Now, who dies? Well, you'll just have to read to find out for yourself.
But moving on. This book was fabulous, just like all the other Heather Wells's books. Heather's ex's wife (Confusing, I know) is pregnant, and hosting a singing summer camp. But when her bodyguard gets gunned down, she almost calls it off. But instead- It ends up being hosted at "Death Dorm"- aka, Fisher Hall. Which is a residence hall, also where Heather works as a residence hall assistance director.
We learn more about Tania (Jordan Cartwright's wife) in this book- and she no longer is the cold heartless meanie that stole Jordan away from Heather (Although, let's face it, Copper is way better anyways), and you come out realising that she actually has feelings.
Of course, our favourite characters- Pete, Madge, Heather, Copper, Gavin (Any many others of course!)- are back again, for this fourth book in the Heather Wells series.
There's also Sarah, a RA who has made a constant appearance through the series. She's going through her own problems in the book, which just adds more stress on Heather's shoulders, because Sarah won't tell anyone about what's going on. Although we do know that it has something to do with her boyfriend Sebastian.
But while our favourite characters are there, this book is still different than the other ones. How? Well to start, there is way more fourteen year old girls than before. Way more. And Heather has a new boss- one that I'm sure we all hope will stick around for the next little while (But let's face it, her bosses always either die or get promoted).
And Copper... Ah, Copper. He's so amazing, and wonderful, and perfect. And, well you get the point. But yes, Copper is back and better than ever in this book. He's around much more, because he gets a job as Tania's bodyguard while she's filming (Did I forget to mention? Oh yes, there may or may not be a reality show being filmed about Jordan and Tania) her singing camp at Fisher Hall.
Compared to the other books though, this one has a way more serious tone than the others. Between Tania's story (Which will- all in all- explain the reason that someone died) and Heather's struggle to accept some tough news from her doctor's, there's touchy subjects touched upon in this book- but I think Meg Cabot handled them perfectly. Causing you to feel comfortable when reading about them. Unlike other books, where you get squirmy and feel slightly embarrassed. Even though there is no reason too.
I do have to through this out there, the writing in this book is marvellous. Like, marvellous. So marvellous it needs italics. Anywho, it's really easy to follow along- and almost feel like you are Heather, not just a outsider looking into her head.
I have to say, I love this series. Because it shows that the main characters in books can be size 12. But even if they are size 12, they still save lives and save the day. Plus, they can get the really hot boyfriend! It makes me smile every time that I read Heather defending herself when people make fun over her weight in the book, because Heather's confident in the way she looks. (Even though she says that she wants to lose weight, but who doesn't? We all want to be that size 0)
This book reminds me of why Meg Cabot is one of my favourite authors. Go get it. Preferably yesterday, but I can make a exception for you.
 Recommended for those who like: N/A
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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Follow Friday (1)

Hey guys! It's not exactly Friday yet, but my blog says it is, so this post is going up! (Plus there's only like ten minutes to Friday, so we can let it slide this time.)

Be sure to comment and link me to your FF post, so that I can follow you as well, but also be sure to follow me!


 Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

A: Okay, for me this is a toughy, because this blog is fairly new- ten days old to be exact. But I guess, now that I'm here, there are a few things that I would change coming into this.

To start, I would have done more research about memes. Then I would have gathered up the ones I wanted to do and started posting them immediately.

Also, I would have done more reading preparation. And by that I mean, have several books read and reviewed- ready to be posted straight away- therefore attracting more viewers.
And to finish, I would have gone into this with a much more focused mind. Instead of mine that sounded like- and still sounds like- this: Pretty flowers, pretty theme, pretty reviews. Pretty book blog. Let's make a pretty book blog.

Don't judge ;)




Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Book Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers from the first two books in the series*
Title: Endlessly
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Personal Copy (E-book)
Rating: 5 Bleeping Lipsticks!

Summary

"Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal."

Review


I did not want to read this book. I cleaned my house, to avoid reading it. I went for a jog, I cleaned out my cats litter box, I looked around for old school workbooks to work on. But Endlessly was still there waiting for me when I was done.

So I sat down-Kobo in one hand, coke in the other- and began (Reluctantly) to read this book. Now, why did I do everything in my power to not read Endlessly? Is it because I hated the first two books? No- I loved them!. Is it because the author has a horrible writing style? Gosh no- Quite the opposite in fact! Is it because I hated the characters? Never! Who could hate Lend and Evie? Then why didn't I want to read this book? Because I didn't want this story to end.

The title gives it all away, this is the last book. This is the end for Evie. This. Is. It. And I dreaded reading the last sentence that would be told in Evie's point of view, the last time that we would ever be able to get inside of Evie's head.

It's a weird way to look at it- I know. Who wouldn't want to read another book in a series that they love? Well, me. But that just shows what an amazing author Kiersten White is! She gets you so attached to the characters, so involved with them, that you never want to leave them!

But alas, all good things come to an end. So I read the last book in the Supernaturally series, and when I closed the book- I found myself with tears streaming down my face, and an empty coke can beside me.


Were these happy tears? Yes and no. Since this is the last book, you say goodbye to a lot of characters. A lot of characters. And not a goodbye like "Goodbye, I'm done with the book so I'll never read about you again", a goodbye like "Goodbye, you're leaving both me and all the other characters lives forever.". It's an intense goodbye.

But at the same time, you're crying because you're happy. Happy that some of the characters got the happy (To much usage of the word happy... Note to self: Find synonym's for the word happy) ending that they had been dreaming about since we had first entered their lives.

Before I get into the actual aspects of the plot of this book and the writing style- Let's judge this book by the cover. How bleeping gorgeous is that cover? I have to say, I think that purple looks great on our little 'Evie' up there. And she is just gorgeous, but definitely not how I imagined her. But that's okay, since I'm sure that I'm not the only one.

Now, onto the book! In this book, there is a lot of twist and turns a.k.a sub-plots. The main plot: The paranormals want Evie to open up a gate, just like she did in the last book. Only this time, all of the paranormals want to go through the gate and leave the mortal realm behind- going back to their home (Where they came from before they were banished to Earth). And the only one who can open it? You guessed it. Evie.

Then there's that Anne lady, who is the new director at IPCA. And this Anne lady keeps trying to bag and tag Evie, saying that she breached tons of IPCA laws- what's with that? To be honest, I find this Anne lady rather annoying- like a giant fly that keeps getting in your way.

Finally we finish our book-reliving-tour at the Dark Queen. She's trying to make more Empty Ones like Evie, which is bothering Evie to the extreme. Watching those poor mortal girls (Who are also pregnant) suffer in the faerie realms? Of course that would bother Evie- Especially since she knows that her mother must have gone through exactly what those girls are going through.

A lot happens in this book. A. Lot. And I loved every moment of it. Kiersten White seems to fit all these different sub-plots into the story with out making it seem crammed and rushed. She did it quite perfectly actually.

This book takes on a much more serious tone than the others. It still has that lighthearted and humorous writing style that we have all grown to love and treasure through the past two books. You'll still find yourself laughing- but just not as much. Instead there's way more scenes where you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat and biting your nails. And I'll leave it at that.
My favourite aspect of this book had to be being able to watch Evie grow up and become the adult Evie that we've all been waiting for. But she still has those hormonal teenager moments- don't worry.
Let's not forget about the boys of the book. Lend, Jack and Reth. What amazing boys they are. I've even grown to love Jack! As much as I hated him in the last book, I'm glad that he came back for this one, it gives you a chance to see the good side of Jack that was hiding deep, deep, deep down.
Then there's Reth. Reth, the emotionless faerie that's always telling Evie that he loves her. Reth got into my good books as well when we saw his perfect composure falter slightly towards the end of the book, showing that he is capable of emotion.
And Lend. Oh my Lend. My little water boy. I love you! He's the perfect boyfriend to Evie through the whole book, who am I kidding- through the whole series. Oh, and he's super duper cute! As soon as Evie's done with him, I call dibs!
This is the definition of "The book I wish I wrote". If you haven't read the series yet, go do it! Run over the granny that's taking to long to cross the street, leave your laundry in the washing machine, don't change out of your pyjamas! I don't care what you have to do, just go and get this book!

Recommended For Those Who Like: Paranormal Romance etc.
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Monday, 6 August 2012

My Fictional Love Of The Day


So if you've seen my 'About Me' page, you may have noticed that I wrote something about the amount of fictional boyfriends that I have. Yes, well it's true- I do have 132 fictional boyfriends.
No, I'm not ashamed about it.
And now I've decided to shine a spotlight on each of my fictional loves every now and then. (Sometimes I will focus on the girls, because you have to talk about your fictional best friends often, right? Right.)

What is the point of this? Well, it will be little posts to let you know that I'm alive in between my larger posts. And also, it's kinda like a review in itself- Except, instead of the whole book, it only focuses on the one character.
When will these posts start coming? Maybe later tonight, maybe tomorrow. It depends on how I'm feeling.
Will they be posted regularly? Well, no. This is not a meme, so it does not have a specific day of when it will be posted. It will just come out whenever I find them time, or whenever I find a character that I really want to focus on!

Thank you Amy. You're welcome Amy, it was nice to answer your questions that will help people understand the finer details of this. /End of Creepy Conversation With Myself


2012 Sophmore Summer Reading Challenge

Hey y'all! So I've decided to participate in the sophmore summer reading challenge!
This is hosted by Chick Loves Lit over at her blog, go check it out! Here are the details that I stole from her blog post:




What books count towards the SRC?
Any second YA or MG book published by an author in 2012 counts – it can be the second in a series, a new series, or a standalone. The only requirement is that it is the SECOND book the author has published in the YA or MG realm (and it must publish in 2012 in your home country)! I have started a Goodreads list HERE

– As you can see, there are probably many many books on that list you are planning on reading already :)



When does the challenge run?
Books read before January 2013 count for this challenge.
Why should I join this challenge?
Reading debut novels is AWESOME. It is by far my favourite challenge – it allows me to find many new authors that I love. What better way to support these authors than to read their next published book?
What are the guidelines of the challenge?

Your challenge is to read 10 sophomore YA/MG novels in 2012. To officially participate, you need a Goodreads account or blog where you post reviews in English.

What should I do if I’m an author coming out with a sophomore novel?
I would love to feature you on my blog! Please contact me via THIS FORM or by e-mail (shanynlee at gmail.com).How do I join?
Link your blog or Goodreads account below, and make a list of the sophomore novels you’re looking forward to :)
 So yes, that's the challenge :) I'll be keeping track of the books that I read in a page above, I'll be setting that up later so stay tuned!


The original post (posted by Chick Loves Lit) can be found HERE!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Book Review: Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot

Title: Boy Meets Girl
Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: January 8 2004
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Personal Copy (E-Book)
Rating: 3 Pretty Lipsticks

Summary

"Meet Kate Mackenzie. She:
  • works for the T.O.D. (short for Tyrannical Office Despot, also known as Amy Jenkins, Director of the Human Resources Division at the New York Journal)
  • is sleeping on the couch because her boyfriend of ten years refuses to commit
  • can't find an affordable studio apartment anywhere in New York City
  • thinks things can't get any worse.
They can. Because:
  • the T.O.D. is making her fire the most popular employee in the paper's senior staff dining room
  • that employee is now suing Kate for wrongful termination, and
  • now Kate has to give a deposition in front of Mitch Hertzog, the scion of one of Manhattan's wealthiest law families, who embraces everything Kate most despises ... but also happens to have a nice smile and a killer bod.
The last thing anybody—least of all Kate Mackenzie—expects to find in a legal arbitration is love. But that's the kind of thing that can happen when ... Boy Meets Girl."

Review

The novel had an awesome plot, Kate fires the cookie lady (Or was it pies? Or cakes? It was something like that, I just remember it sounding realllly delicious!) and the cookie/pie/cake lady sues her. Blah, blah, blah- cue boring lawyer talk. Then the cute lawyer that the company hires comes to defend Kate- and his name happens to be Mitch Hertzog. Come on, someone with a name like that is definitely been swoon worthy.

But alas, this book and me were not meant for each other. That's all that I can say. We didn't have that connection or that bond that I get with other Meg Cabot books.

I think that the main source for this lack of bondage was the writing style. The entire book was written in Emails, IMs, Texts, etc. That means that you never got into the characters head. Not once throughout the whole book did I find out what Kate was feeling, which is one of my favourite aspects of a book! The plot was there, but the writing was not.

It was like the entire novel was one big conversation. You found out what went on, who was there, what was said. But you didn't mind out what was felt, or what was thought. Unless they actually said it aloud.

That being said, I did find some parts of this book enjoyable! There were some hilarious moments- I'm sorry, but any scene with Dale in it made a grin appear on my face. I mean, anything that came out of his mouth was just so idiotic and not right that even someone with no sense of humour will find themselves laughing. And then quickly stopping because it is not right for someone with no sense of humour to laugh.


I also liked the conversations that happened between Jen and Kate. It was in these conversations that you learned a lot about the characters- not just Kate and Jen, but also other characters in the book. Because these two girls just loved to gossip! It kind of reminds me of how teenage girls are- Yes, you know what I mean. Jen and Kate are just over payed gossipping-teenage girls.

Moving on. Now, I love my love stories in novels that I read- even just a little crush has me swooning. But while reading Boy Meets Girl I really noticed my lack of *Squee*'s, Swoons and tingles. It's just another downside in the writing style. You really don't even notice that there is a love story going on, because you don't get a good grasp of the emotion that the characters are showing through their texts and emails.

But there was still a love story going on. Which be came incredibly obvious towards the end of the book. In the beginning though, we learn about a different love interest of Kate's- her crazy ex, Dale. Which just adds more and more drama to the story line. Which makes it more and more funny and enjoyable.

Mitch was definitely swoon worthy, because somehow Meg Cabot found the perfect way to describe him and his gorgeousness through the journal entries and the writing on the back of receipts. Helping you to understand exactly why Kate finds him so attractive and wants to pursue and relationship with him.

Overall, this book had it's fair share of goods and bads (AKA things Amy approves of and things Amy doesn't). Which is why I found myself closing down the book, happy with the ending.

Recommended for those who like: Chick lits, etc.
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