Size 14 is Not Fat Either

About The Book:
Written by Meg Cabot Series Heather Wells Published Year 2006
Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College - a career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchen - where a cheerleader has lost her head on the first day of the semester. (Actually, her head is accounted for - it's her torso that's AWOL.) Surrounded by hysterical students - with her ex-con father on her doorstep and her ex-love bombarding her with unwanted phone calls - Heather welcomes the opportunity to play detective . . . again. If it gets her mind off her personal problems - and teams her up again with the gorgeous P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives - it's all good. But the murder trail is leading the average-sized amateur investigator into a shadowy world. And if she doesn't watch her step, Heather will soon be singing her swan song!

I admit I have been pretty engrosed with this series so much as I had been with Queen of Babbles but alot of it has to do with Cooper. When will Cooper and Heather be together apparently not in this installment. I have my hopes up that's why after finishing this I already started with Book 3 and it is now 3 in the moring.

Flowers in the Attic

About The Book:
Written by VC Andrews Series Dollanganger Published Year 1979
The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives--a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.
Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in their grandparents' fancy mansion. The children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there are a few things that Momma hasn't told them.
She hasn't told them that their grandmother considers them "devil's spawn" who should never have been born. She hasn't told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn't told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it's only for a few days....
Then the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother, and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only strength--a love that is almost stronger than death.

This has got to be the most afoul book I have ever read. It was so messed up, the only thing that got me going on reading was to find out if they will be let out of the attic. I hate unpleasant endings, it was truly sad with Cory dying and they fiding out how truly rotten their mother was. I was going to read the 2nd installment; Petals on the Wind but to be safe I checked out the reviews first and decided not to read it afterall; to spare of all the heartaches and possible nausea.

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

About The Book:
Written by EL Konigsburg Published Year 2004
Twelve year old Margaret Rose Kane is incorrigible. Not only does she refuse to bend to the will of her manipulative cabin mates at Camp Talequa, she stands up to and inadvertently insults the camp director and Queen-in-residence, Mrs. Kaplan. The intimidating and cruel confrontations that threaten to break Margaret's spririt only serve to strengthen her resolve, and everyone is happy when Margaret is finally banished/rescued from Camp Talequa. Luckily for her, with her parents in Peru, this means she can spend the rest of the summer with her delightfully eccentric Hungarian great-uncles, Alexander and Morris Rose. Margaret adores her great-uncles, and loves the house at 19 Schuyler Place--especially the three peculiar clock towers (tall painted structures covered in pendants made from broken china, crystal, bottles, jars, and clock parts) that the Rose brothers have been building for as long as she can remember. For Margaret and the Rose brothers, the towers represent beauty for beauty's sake--they sparkle in the sun and sing in the wind--they exist only to spread joy. Not everyone loves the towers however, and forty-five years after the birth of the project, the city council declares the towers "unsafe," and demands that they be dismantled and destroyed. Filled with the same fiery resolve that helped her survive Camp Talequa, Margaret (with the help of a handyman named Jake, a loyal dog named Tartufo, and few other unexpected allies) launches a plan to save the towers in the name of art, history, and beauty.

I was suprised that I really liked the book, it was more suited for younger readers but I think adults will enjoy it as well. Even though the style is simple and realistic it will still capture you're interest especially with concept of art. I love the style of writing, very descriptive I too had fell in love with the tower. The move from present to past is not at all confusing, Konigsburg really made it work. I love the characters; Margaret Rose Kane is very smart and funny, the two eccentric unvles are hilarious aswell and Jake ofcourse is a sweetheart no wonder Margaret Rose had a little crush on him. It also leaves the reader a very good moral lesson about individuality, respect, cooperation and appreciation of art, definitely recommended for children to read.

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

About The Book:
Written by Tim Borton Illustrated by Tim Borton Published Year 1997
For all its simple humor, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a peculiarly disturbing book about the violence that children suffer. It is illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon.

I love this little book, its beautiful; a small harbound book in black and the title in silver writing. The stories are freaky and sad which is to be expected; it is Tim Burton's work afterall.

Size 12 is Not Fat

About The Book:
Written by Meg Cabot Series Heather Wells Published Year 2006
Heather Wells Rocks!
Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two -- and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen -- not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives -- even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective! But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong.

I would have never thought what this book will be like, I thought it will be more of a chicklit; self-realization and relationship kind of stuff but what it was more like a fluffy mystery. It was good for me though since I love mystery/crime fictions, this book was similar to Charlaine Harris' other series wherein the culprits are just really very sick people who do gruesome acts of murder, ewww. Cooper and Heather's situation is a bit unbearable, I hope they do end up together, I love the other characters as well. Heather though can somewhat be a whiner maybe because of the people/celebrity bashing, less of that would be good.

Uglies

About The Book:
Written by Scott Westerfeld Series Uglies Published Year 2005
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

I though it being YA will overshadow my indifference with Scifi books. I just really can't stand Scifi maybe because I don't really want to know anything of what the future holds, I'm more of the here and now girl. Anyway it was a fine read, It took me 3mos to finish because I always put it down in favor of other books which really does not have anything to do with the book itself but just because I'm a procrastinator. But as I said it is a pretty good book and ended up liking it even, I think Scott Westerfeld is a very good writer definitely creative.

Death by Bikini

About The Book:
Written by Linda Gerber Series Aphra Behn Connolly Published Year 2008
Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends - much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo arrives with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable. Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach - strangled by her own bikini top - and alarm bells sound. Is it too great a coincidence that Seth's family turned up just one day before a murder? As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces.

It was unexpectedly a very good mystery. I totally enjoyed reading it, it was exciting, fast faced, very interesting plot with interesting twists. I absolutely want to read the second book, I'm sure there will be more exciting mysteries to for Aphra to uncover esp with her mother.

Garden Spells

About The Book:
Written by Sarah Addison Allen Published Year 2007
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire's rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.
When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire's quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.
Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own.

The sypnosis kind of gave away everything there is in the book. I loved this book, its very charming and surreal, kind of reminds me of Chocolat though I like this one better. I'm still trying to find a hardbound copy of the book, all I'm seeing at out local bookstores is the paperback print with the picture of a dress in it. I like this book cover better, it really fits the book. I'm a fan of the style of writing, I know some people find it silly but it works just fine for me.

The Lollipop Shoes

About The Book:
Written by Joanne Harris Also titled as The Girl with No Shadow Published Year 2007
Since she was a little girl, the wind has dictated every move Vianne Rocher has made, buffeting her from place to place, from the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and the baby, Rosette, safe.
Her new home above the chocolate shop offers calm and quiet: no red sachets hang by the door; no sparks of magic fill the air; no Indian skirts with bells hang in her closet. Conformity brings with it anonymity and peace. There is even Thierry, the stolid businessman who wants to take care of Yanne and the children. On the cusp of adolescence, an increasingly rebellious and restless Anouk does not understand. But soon the weathervane turns . . . and into their lives blows the charming and enigmatic Zozie de l'Alba. And everything begins to change.
Zozie offers the brightness Yanne's life needs. Anouk, too, is dazzled by this vivacious woman with the lollipop-red shoes who seems to understand her better than anyone—especially her mother. Yet this friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious, and seductive, Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces. And with everything she loves at stake, Yanne must face a difficult choice: Run, as she has done so many times before, or stand and confront this most dangerous enemy.
In stories we find the truth, and though no one outside of the fairytale ever died of a broken heart, the Queen of Heart is very real, though she does not always go by that name. But We've faced her before Anouk and I. She's the wind that blows at the turn of the year. She's the sound of one hand clapping. She's the lump in your mother's breast. She's the absent look in your daugther's eyes. She's the cry of the cat. She's in the confessional. She's hiding inside the black pinata. But most of all she is simple Death, greedy old Mictecacihuatl herself, Santa Muerte, the Eater of Hearsts, most terrible of the Kindly Ones...

It was darker and more deliberate that its prequel, almost as if it's an entirely different story. I thought Chocolat ended on a good note well I guess I'm wrong, I was looking for any hint of waht might happen to them while reading the book I almost give up, thinking there's really no happy ending for them. It took me a while to finish it too but in the end it was worthit, the ending was a little more sappy than I expected still it was a pretty good read. It was also beautifully written, lyrical in a way; as you can see a quote from the book.