Hush, Hush

About The Book:
Written by Becca Fitzpatrick Published Year 2009
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and 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 Nora 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 her life.


I believe I have a short attention span but it looks like I've also developed selective amnesia. I've finished Hush, Hush just a week ago but when I try to remember the story for this review I keep mixing it up with Alyson Noel's Evermore. Let's see if I have this right; mysterious and possibly dangerous sexy boy/man/supernatural being; avengeful ex-lover of the said boy/man/supernatural being; somewhat absentee guardians/parents; kind of a loner/outcast heroine; uncontained attraction between the two main characters. It's like a tested formula for 'young adult' urban fantasy which is fine I guess because it obiously works for some. For me though when a story loses it's novelty I lose interest, ofcourse there's more to this book than those I've mentioned. I'm just generalising because those little details are lost on me.

Parnassus on Wheels

About The Book:
Written by Christopher Morley Published Year 1917
Helen McGill is contended on keeping house for her brother in their England farm. But the arriveal of quirky 'professor' Mr. Roger Mifflin gave her a chance to travel with a book mobile in tow.


"When you sell a man abook you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glu— you sell him a whole new life. Life and friendship and humour and sheeps at sea night— there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by— just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation—yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stunted minds—and it's hard to make 'em see it. That's what makes it worth while— I'm doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It's a new field, but by the bones of Whitman it's worth while. That's what this country needs— more books!"
I've read because it a prequel to The Haunted Bookshop which I'll be reading one of these days. As a book lover I love reading about other people's obsession over books. I like that I can relate to alot of their sentiments and romantic notions. I love to read about the characters favorite books and use them as reference. Parnassus on Wheels is a very short lovely read.

Shrinking Violet + Giveaway

About The Book:About The Book:
Written by Danielle Joseph Published Year 2009
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare.


Tagged it as books I should have read when I was in highschool, this is a very familiar setting as it is realistic. Tere's character is easily relatable being the too shy girl who practically avoids any social interaction and calling attention on herself. She thinks nothing could be more horrifying when they were assigned a project in which public speaking is involved but it has served it's part well as she had gained a friend through it. I also think it served it's purpose on promoting a love for reading and highlighting Helen Keller's life. Life at home is not as cookie-cutter, having a step father whom she does not feel close to and dealing with her overcritical mother. Though her relationship with her mother is often laced with humor there is underlying of tension between them. Slowly with the help of her alter-ego Sweet T she'll get to shed her 'mask', realize her true capabilities and eventually have an understanding with her mother.
It can be a bit predictable but with Daniel's pseudo music scene and characterization of radio station personalities it can be a very fun and entertaining read, as a bonus she'll get to be at the dance with a probable prince charming. No one loves a happy ending more than me so if you guys want to read Tere's story, you can sign up HERE.

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Wild Roses

About The Book:
Written by Deb Caletti Published Year 2005
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully. And he's getting worse: He no longer sleeps, and he grows increasingly paranoid. Before Cassie was angry. Now she is afraid.
Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino's first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows she's doomed. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain, but this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.
In the end, only one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred.


Maybe we consider a piece of work to be genius in part because it goes places we cannot go. Maybe it is not so much that the genius are nuts, but that there is something in the nuts that is genius. That ability to get to not just the seed of emotion, but to the place that exists even before the seed is there. Maybe they live amid the raw materials of feeling before feeling becomes organized; maybe they work with the base elements, like the cosmos in formation. There seems, anyway, an ability to get to truth, the purest emotion, if you can see through the barbed wire of chaos that surrounds it. Maybe that's what we respond to in those works of genius -- our own inability to be that emotionally unbound. An envy for the letting go the tether and seeing what is beyond the frontier, the barrier of self protection. Maybe the genius is only a letting go, in a way that most of us would be too frightened to. But maybe, too, the genius is just some wacky consolation prize for the pain of living out of this world.
I picked this one up without even reading the synopsis because I rarely see any Deb Caletti's book in paperback and this would be the first of her books I'll be reading. At first I thought the plot was abit odd but after a few chapters I started getting into it; I love those little facts about world renowed artists/writers and the twist about Dino's life. Cassie's narration was witty and honest but too jaded for a teenager in my opinion. Maybe because this is not a typical young adult book about boys, highshool or teen insecurities, even the romance was just a fraction on the joys of falling in love for the first time. I'm okay with that I just find the synopsis a little misleading because if Ian played a big part on the changes that happened to Cassie, his character should have been more defined especially in the matter of choosing between his responsibility to his family and what he wants in life. Much of the story is really about Dino and how his antics affects Cassie's life and on top of it Cassie has to deal with her parent's divorce. Cassie's voice is very mature and quite unlikely for a teen.

The Lost Symbol

About The Book:
Written by Dan Brown Series Robert Langdon Published Year 2009
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist--is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.


For someone who loves conspiracy theories which I do, this will be a hit. I don't care much for the writing or quite understand some readers contempt for Brown's writing style, I think it is shared by most of writers in the genre -- ie James Rollins and Steve Berry. It might also be true that I would not have read it with a sense of urgency if not for the author's popularity but I did enjoy reading it. I would have liked it better without the CIA in the backdrop like with the first two books. Mal'akh's character was as delusional but maybe a more sinister villain than the Camerlengo and the Albino. I love reading about the Freemasonry Conspiracies and Noetic Science in the book and I really liked reading the series, Robert Langdon's character is somewhat familiar now that almost everyone I know watched the movie franchise (not me though!) so atleast it gives us something to talk about.

Love You Hate You Miss You

About The Book:
Written by Elizabeth Scott Published Year 2009
Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so.
It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.
And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.
They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know it's your fault.
Amy's shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.
But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was - and the present deserves a chance too. Wherever I go, I'll always see you. You'll always be with me. And there's no happy ending coming here, no way a story that started on a night that's burned into my heart will end the way I wish it could. You're really gone, no last words, and no matter how many letters I write to you, you're never going to reply. You're never going to say goodbye. So I will. Goodbye Julia. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for being you.
I'm a fan of Elizabeth Scott, I think it's ingenious of her being able to write books in different tones. I've read Perfect You and Stealing Heaven, both on her lighter side of her writing. I've been stalling in reading Living Dead Girl because I think it would be depressing?... scary to read? which is the same with books like Before I Die and The Lovely Bones. Generally I stay away from books with darker themes that of grief, loss, anger and guilt.
Everyone knows how hard it is to lose someone but you can never truly understand unless you're the one that's left behind, that's how Amy feels she doesn't need people to symphatize or console her. She's very angry and it's a gradual process for her to let go and learn to leave with the choices she's made. Although I'm not a fan of the theme I'm glad I've read this, I wouldn't want to miss out on Scotts books.

Undercover

About The Book:
Written by Beth Kephart Published Year 2007
Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the boys in her school. But when Elisa falls for Theo Moses, things change fast. Theo asks for verses to court the lovely Lila—a girl known for her beauty, her popularity, and a cutting ability to remind Elisa that she has none of these. At home, Elisa's father, the one person she feels understands her, has left on an extended business trip. As the days grow shorter, Elisa worries that the increasingly urgent letters she sends her father won't bring him home. Like the undercover agent she feels she has become, Elisa retreats to a pond in the woods, where her talent for ice-skating gives her the confidence to come out from under cover and take center stage. But when Lila becomes jealous of Theo's friendship with Elisa, her revenge nearly destroys Elisa's ice-skating dreams and her plan to reunite her family.
Fox-Trot
By the stream the fox and she-fox stood Nose to nose beneath the stars Dancing the music of the woods.
The deer rapped a beat with their hooves, The ravens sang from raven hearts As by the stream the fox and she-fox stood.
The great owl called as a great owl would, The squirrels all shimmeid in the dark, Dancing the music of the woods.
Then from a north a fierce wind blew And broke the starry dance apart By the stream where the fox and the she-fox
stood. The ravens flew as the ravens would, Deer ran off, squirrels scuttled far away from the music of the woods.
The stars blinked out, also the moon. The air went silent, cold, and hard By the stream where the fox and the
she-fox stood Dancing the music of the woods.

I don't usually re-read books but I'm making Undercover an exception. There are books that you read simply because of the story and some like this one you just fell in love with because of the beautiful writing and the author's mastery of words. It's best not to over think when reading Undercover just because it's an National Book Award Nominee, take it as it is and enjoy it. I love how personal it felt, being privy to Elisa's thoughts and her reflections to changes around her is truly wonderful. Putting together the Cyrano angle, her knack for poetry, family issues and her newly discovered love for ice skating seemed tedious but it worked, I guess it happens? The ending leaves alot of possibilities, I liked it that Kephart didn't try hard to tie the loose ends it's mush better this way, leaving something for the readers to ponder on. I just noticed I tend to love books with simple realistic stories which usually are books for children, EL Konigsburg's The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place comes into mind.

Mermaid Park

Mermaid ParkAbout The Book:
Written by Beth Mayall Published Year 2007
Nothing in sixteen year old Any's world holds the promise of anything but dissappointment... until a nightmare weekend at the New Jersey shore with her mother, sister and Tom leads to a discovery that will change her life. When Amy first lays eyes on Mermaid Park, she feels like she stepped into a living, breathing fantasy. Girls dressed in fabulous costumes put on uderwater shows, dliding throught the water as a captivaded audience falls under their spell. In that moment, Amy becomes convinced that if she could be one of the "mermaids," the rest of her life would be just as beautiful. But over the course of the summer full of real life magic and ordinary miracles, she discovers that the difference between reality and fantasy is murkier than it seems.

I think I'm on a slump I'm stuck with books that I can't decide on if I really like or not. I chose to read Mermaid Park thinking it will one of those simple charming coming of age book. I'm just not so into Amy's charcter, she's very contradictive and always down playing her self, how many times have read her refering to herself as 'not pretty' and 'stupid'. If she's really all that how coume she snagged Dylan who suppose to be a hottie, or not, again I'm confused. Is it because the author is making a point that nobody is perfect, but what does that suppose to mean really? The Mermaid Park though seemed like a really great place and maybe it is magical afterall it did serve as a luckycharm for Amy, she had friends, she's doing something she loves, she had confidence that supposedly she doesn't have before, she finally understood Mel, she had an understanding with her mother and she learned a family secret or her mother's secret rather. There's certainly alot of things happening in here, that secret was abit of stretch Amy being actually related to Bruce. Another point taken from the book was that everyone creates their own fantasy, to that I agree I think that's one reason for my love of reading.

Something Blue

About The Book:
Written by Emily Giffin Published Year 2005
Thirty years old, successful and stunning, Darcy Rhone used to think that 'being down and out' meant not finding a size four at the Barney's Warehouse Sale. Now she is pregnant, unmarried and recovering from a broken engagement to Dex and the betrayal of her ex-best friend Rachel who stole Dex's affections. Marcus, Darcy's new man and father of her baby, helps her paper over the cracks in her seemingly charmed life, but reality quickly catches up. A few months into her pregnancy, she loses the second boyfriend in a row. For the first time in her life, she is completely alone. Frantically casting around for help, she calls upon Ethan, an old high school friend, and convinces him to let her stay with him in London for a few weeks to get her act together. Little does she know what she's in for when she boards to plane to cross the Atlantic, but as weeks turn into months, Darcy makes a surprising discovery. Preparing for motherhood and settling into a new career, she builds herself a new life from scratch, finally finding romance - in the most unexpected place.

We all know that this will be Darcy's redemption of somekind but to me all it proves was how shallow and self centered Darcy is. Darcy is a reminiscent of Becky Blomwood's character albeit less appealing and more resolute. Maybe it's the new thing to develop higly unlikable characters and work on them halfway through the book so the readers will end up liking them. Ethan was the only all out admirable character here, he seemed really sweet but still he's able to put Darcy in her place. I don't find the prospect of motherhood much exciting to read though the prospect of motherhood served as a catalyst for her Darcy to change eventually. If you'd like to venture on non-generic chicklit than you might enjoy this.

Soul Enchilada

About The Book:
Written by David Macinnis Gill Published Year 2009
Girl meets boy at a car wash.
"Dog," she says.
"Dude," he says.
And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance. . . .
If Beals hadn't been sitting next to her in the car.
If Beals hadn't been a supernatural repo man looking to repossess her car.
And to possess her.


An interesting storyline, very creative. Bug found out that his Papa C sold his soul for the Cadillar but her grandfather skipped so the demon, Mr. Beels is after her soul now. The twists in the story are pretty good too esp with the mixture of horror and humor, I was just a little put off by the language and the dialogues, it could be better. Bug's really a feisty character if not a bit stereotypical for her ethnicity. It has it's moments though I can't say I really loved it.

Raven

About The Book:
Written by Allison Van Diepen Published Year 2009
Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole's friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It's no wonder she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers. Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.

Paranormal themed books are everywhere, I cant avoid them even if I wanted too. I don't know how may times I've used the phrase -- "suprisingly, I liked it." It happens alot this days might be because I'm reading mostly YA books. I love how Van Diepen was able to create a paranormal realm of her own, immortals who take souls. She made it look more appealing, more with purpose even. Unlike vampires who drink their victim's blood Jiang-shi's take damaged souls inside them and struggles with all of those souls inside them, isn't more dramatic? Although I don't care much for breakdancing I think it's very appropiate for the setting, being in the club scene. Even the use of slang fits and doesn't seemed force or makes the reader feel stupid (unlike House of Night Series). It was fast-paced, I like the flow of the story esp how Zin's feeling was build up gradually. Though Zin and Nic's relationship plays close enough to any other YA books theirs are more subtle and I like it that Nic is able to decide for herself. There was one thing I found confusing though, how Nic always calls her brother a 'Ghost', I thought there's a catch in there somewhere. This was very entertaining and quite possibly gearing for a sequel.

Prom

About The Book:
Written by Laurie Halse Anderson Published Year 2005
Ashley couldn't care less about the prom - but when disaster strikes and she finds herself drawn in to organising it, she discovers a little about getting things done and as well as rather a lot about herself. Everyone's excited about the prom except Ashley, who couldn't care less. She's too busy worrying about her crazy family and TJ, her flaky boyfriend, who wants them to move in together after graduation but just doesn't seem to around when she needs him. But when disaster strikes the prom committee, somehow Ashley gets roped into helping save the evening. And she finds herself learning quite a lot about organising a prom - as well as learning little more about herself.

I find it really funny which is weird because I don't think it was suppose to be. It might be because I'm in a good mood today and I got away on reading this at work. I've read alot of reviews from people disappointed with this book 'cause it's not on par of Anderson's other books personally though I loved Prom because of it's simplicity, it's not overly dramatic, well maybe it was but they played it funny and silly. The narrator Ashley is a self proclaimed normal (lower middle class) kid. In the book the environment/school was portrayed abit rough or violent even. Nothing really bad happens though Ashley always get into trouble at school for being such a slacker. Even it is abit shallow it was still written very well and I loved Grandma Shulmensky's character because of her spontaneity, it would not have worked out well if not for her.

Oh. My. Gods.

About The Book:
Written by Tera Lynn Childs Oh. My. Gods. Published Year 2008
A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods. When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes - supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

I loved this, can't wait to read the sequel. It's pure fun and silly, reminds me alot of the Gallagher Girls Series, main character are both child prodigies and the storylines are so implausible, it's hilarious.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

About The Book:
Written by Carrie Ryan Published Year 2009
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

The only motivation for me to read this book is that it's newly released and quite popular. I dont like reading apocalyptical themed books and definitely don't like zombies suprisingly enough I liked this one and even took me until 2 in the morning to finish. A well written book, it was very haunting and leaves the reader thinking of the story after finishing the book. Each characters emotions--love, rage and loss are intensified because there are always on the brink of death. Though the characters emotions are raw and transparent they still seemed detached, the characters should have been more explored, given more dimension even if in the end they'll going to be slaughtered anyway. I don't really like Mary I think she's selfish, indecisive and just really weak I wonder if she'll grow maybe in the next installment if there is, it certainly feels like there ought to be one. Ryan should do a second book because alot of things are left unanswered and there is no background to the decease? or the village? I did enjoy reading the book though, that's just really the important thing for me -- to be entertained. It reads alot like a movie (maybe it will be made one too), the Unconsecrated are convincingly scary, you could almost hear the moans and scraping of their hands. This will probabaly the only zombie book I'll read.

If I Stay

About The Book:
Written by Gayle Forman Published Year 2009
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love— music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

"It's okay," he tells me. "If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I've ever wanted anything in my life." His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. "But that's what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It's okay if you have to leave us. It's okay if you want to stop fighting."
This book have been receiving good reviews based on the 5 stars I saw, I didn't actually read the whole reviews in case there are spoilers. Reading the first part was good for me, I love reading about happy things and I love how Mia's family are all loving quite a change from reading about dysfunctional families. But then I get to the gruesome part -- the accident and thought oh no, not another melodrama, pitty engulfing story of a teenage girl. I usually stay away from books with themes such as because I find them depressing. If I Stay though is quite different, it is sad still and it made me cry a ton but there are also parts where it made me smile and laugh and feel the Mia's conflict. Gayle Forman is a very good writer, she makes the characters and scenes so real. Not to mention the style off writing, it worked really well, unlike in some that you get confused switching between scenes. I could go on and on, but you just have toread it for yourself. It's a shame to pass on something this beautiful.

Becoming Chloe

About The Book:
Written by Catherine Ryan Hyde Published Year 2006
Meet Jordy. He's on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it's been working fine.
Until this girl comes along. She's 18 and blond and pretty - her world should be perfect. But she's seen things no one should ever see in their whole life - the kind of things that break a person. She doesn't seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn't know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.
The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth - and there's no going back from what they find out.
My conclusion is this: It's a beautiful world, but also a scary one. I used to think something couldn't be both. But then I remembered the point of no return on the Niagara River, and how much it fascinated me as a kid. Because it was just that: beautiful and scary. It's like once you get that sense that there's no real security, that anything at all can happen to you, then every minute you're okay is a joy. Part of the joy is feeling like you can make your way in a world that isn't always easy.
I finally found a copy of the book, after a year of scurying for it, lol. I absolutely love this book, it's like taking a refresher course. I dont think I'm a cynic but I do believe that life is indeed unfair and sometimes shit just happens. But reading this book gives you a whole new perspective in life, you're rediscovering it together with Jordy and Chloe. It's impressive the way the book portrayed the simplicity of beauty with nature and with what is physical and the complexity of it through kindness of strangers, there was a part where Chloe asked Jordy if being happy is beautiful and yes it is. Life though is not all beauty there is it's tainted by cruelty and violence of some, but these makes you appreciate life even more as what Jordy had said. It's a very engrossing read, you'll be sucked in this beautiful and sometimes ghastly story of discovering life.

Airhead

About The Book:
Written by Meg Cabot Published Year 2008
Emerson Watts, 16 and female, loves playing video games, hanging out with her best friend, Christopher, and has made peace with her less-than-supermodel-esque looks. But when she's involved in a mysterious accident, she wakes up to find she's now in the body of...a supermodel. Who was behind this switch? What was the motive? And how can she get Christopher to realize she's still the same person inside?

How apt the tittle is. I didn't really like it as much as I wanted too maybe it's just for a different audience. It's feels like Cabot is doing it halfway, It just doesn't feels right for me, fluffy and scifi doesn't really go together or it might be because she didn't really did a good job on it. The plot seemed loose -- a little background would help instead of taking an easy way out. The plot consists of the girl meeting an accident but survives because of brain transplant. Presto she gets a whole new image in a supermodel's body while conquering teenage insecurities, boy craziness and being a role model to all -- no drinking in bars, definitely no drugs and no illicit love affairs with bestfriends boyfriends. There's a promise of an intresting twist on the second book but please stop with the cliffhangers it sucks enough already.

This Lullaby

About The Book:
Written by Sarah Dessen Published Year 2002
Remy always knows the perfect time to give a boyfriend "The Speech" telling him it's over-after the initial romantic whirl, but before the reality of an actual relationship hits. Her friends tease that her boyfriend tally is nearing the triple digit mark, but she's a girl who knows just how to avoid any messy emotional entanglement. After all, she's had the example of her five-times-married mother to show her what not to do.
So what, then, is it about Dexter that makes it so hard for her to follow her own rules? He's everything she hates: messy, disorganized, much too vulnerable, impulsive, and worst of all, a musician like her father: the father Remy never knew, the father who wrote a famous song for her, the father who disappeared from her life.

There's something about Sarah Dessen's books that keep me coming back for more. This one I finished while standing in a bus on my way to work, now that counts for something. Remy is kind of hard to like as a character, she seems mean and selfish sometimes but I love the idea that somehow love can change everything and that you can overlook a persons negative side because of it. I think Dexter is adorable and don't you just wish the song -- This Lullaby, does exist?

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

About The Book:
Written by Ally Carter Series Gallagher Girls Published Year 2006
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls schoolthat is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniusesbut its really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year shes already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasnt prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks shes an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, shes beginning her most dangerous missionshes falling in love.

I like it's sillines, books for me serves as an entertainment as much as other people watch trash in the television... this is my trash-- in paper. That might not come out very well, anyway consider it as a metaphor. The plot is highly unlikely and downright ridiculous at times, I mean the adults in the story doesn't really come off as clever if a teenager can get past them. It would be popular for tweens (and for the young of heart)-- they'll get romance, adventure, mystery and to wrap it up there's even a moral lesson in it like how you should not deceive others on thinking differently of who you really are.

Wake

About The Book:
Written by Lisa McMann Series Dream Catcher Published Year 2008
Not all dreams are sweet.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.

Supernatural themed books are all over the place now, atleast this one does not have vampires, fairies or zombies. At first it wasn't doing anything for me maybe because I was expecting too much from it but it started to pick-up at the later parts. I mostly like it because of the mystery part, where Janie starts to discover how her 'gift' works. It has a feel of being unpolished, I don't know if that's poor writing but the plot was surely creative and I loved the ending. I like to finish a book on a pleasant note.

The Principles of Love

About The Book:
Written by Emily Franklin Series Principles of Love Published Year 2005
The "movie version" of Love Bukowski's life is picture perfect. She can roll out of bed and be at class in her new prep school within minutes because she lives in an amazing house on Hadley Hall Campus, where her Dad just happens to be the principal. And though she's just joined the ranks of the nation's future leaders and lushes of America, they've all become her best friends. Gorgeous upperclassmen crowd around her doorstep just to catch a glimpse of her performing her original songs. Life is sweet!
Unfortunately, the not-so-glamorous reality of her life is that her Dad is the principal of the this prototypical New England prep school. Friends are hard to come by, and the only guys who come near her front door are the ones she wants to swat away. Not that there's a shortage of Hadley hotties; it's just that the one Love's singled out is an utterly incredible and totally unattainable senior. Now, Love will have to figure out the true meaning of her name to make her reality as awesome as her fantasies.

It's been on my wish list for a while now, sadly though I doubt I'll be reading the rest as I cannot find them. It's quite a typical story, girl find the love of her love, that one guy, whom she imagined all along and then find out that he wasn't that perfect afterall and the guy on the sidelines is the one for her. It's sweet and I like it when she thinks about the movie version of her life...
PS. I love her aunt's coffee shop!

The Clique

About The Book:
Written by Lisi Harrison Series Clique Published Year 2004
Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls’ school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you’d give anything to be just like her.
Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.
Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might do it.
Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"
Enter Claire Lyons, the new girl from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately, for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19.
The Clique... the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.

This is on the best sellers list, this is what kids of today reads. Haha did I just said that? Not about this being on the best seller list though, I saw alot of comments about how they don't like the book because the lead charcters are mean, but their kids, there aren't anyone who isn't like that and it's pretty harmless anyway. When I was in secondary school I love to read this kinds of books too, one book that comes into mind is The Queen of The Sixth Grade by Ilene Cooper, I've read it alot of time back then.

A Rather Lovely Inheritance

About The Book:
Written by CA Belmond Series Penny Nichols Published Year 2006
Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the South of France when she get an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will.
With only a slim recollection of her eccentryc aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she a bona fie heiress--but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work. This time, the history she's researching happens to be her very own.
What she discovers about Aunt Penelope, a pair of wills, double lives, secret histories ans a family tree of "vultures" is about to swepp Penny and A long lost relative across France over the hills of Italy, and through half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes. This her life, her past, her chance at love--and Penny's going to live it with the kind of passion she's always dreamed of.

It's one of those charming little books that you could read on one seating and didn't even noticed until you're on the last few pages. It's a light comedy with mystery on the side and gives a picturesque description of provincial Europe.

The Jinx

About The Book:
Written by Jennifer Sturman Series Rachel Benjamin Published Year 2005
Rachel Benjamin's life might look glamorous but she has worked into the early morning on more nights, canceled more weekend plans and slept in more Holiday Inns in small industrial towns than she cares to count. (Standard practice in the business of mergers and acquisitions.) And that picture of her on the recent cover of Fortune? It inspired a reprise of her grandmother's favorite lecture, the one titled "You don't want to be one of those career gals, do you?" (Other popular hits include "Have you met anyone nice?" and "I just want to go to a wedding before I die.")
But this week Rachel's job is taking her to Boston, where in between work obligations she plans to squeeze in quality time with her promising new boyfriend. They've just hit the six-month mark and things are going so well, Rachel's not even worried anymore that she'll jinx it.
There are just a few little problems: Her friend's been attacked and a serial killer is on the loose -- and the two might actually be related. Oh, and her promising new boyfriend? He seems to be squeezing in quality time with his new gazelle-like, model-material colleague . . . Now Rachel's making like Miss Marple again, trying to track down her friend's assailant -- not to mention get a clue about her relationship. When she stopped worrying about jinxing things, did she jinx everything?

I know I better not take my frustrations on this book by comparing it to another but I don't think anyone will tell me to do otherwise. I was bummed out after finishing Heather Wells Series (it's my guilty pleasure), so I set out to look for similar books and Rachel Benjamin came into mind. They are in many ways similar; being chiclits, mysteries, university setting and a sort of love triangle going on too. But alas not a good enough subtitute. The characters are abit impersonal; it's a given that heroine do stupid things like say confront the murderer by themselves but Rachel characters doesn't really jive with it. Anyway, I still think it's written pretty well like the first book, The Pact, atleast it has that.

That Summer

About The Book:
Written by Sarah Dessen Published Year 1996
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister, the always perfect Ashley is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

I'm very biased, I love Sarah Dessen, for me she'll always be writing great books. The ending was very well put. The start of the story is a typical family drama; parents getting divorced and having a much popular/universally liked/cheerleader/pretty older sister. I think what makes it better is that Haven is like a real person, a teen who doesn't really feel comfortable with herself alot of times and someone who's not very good in dealing with changes. She thinks about boys too or rather a particular boy whom she looks up to alot. I love how it ends when she finally discovers what the boy really meant to her and finally seeing things for what they really are.

Big Boned

About The Book:
Written by Meg Cabot Also titled as Size Doesn't Matter Series Heather Wells Published Year 2007
Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects—along with the rabble-rousing boyfriend of her high-strung student assistant and an indecently handsome young campus minister who's been accused of taking liberties with certain girls' choir members.
With fame beckoning her back into show business (as the star of a new kids' show!) it's a really bad time to get wrapped up in another homicide. Plus Tad's been working himself up to ask her a Big Question, which Heather's not sure she has an answer for.

I love Heather Wells! The last time I was this crazy about a series was with the Queen of Babble. I love the characters and the anticipation of Copper and Heather being together. I like how fun the charcters are and the way they seemed very real, you can almost relate to them and it's not because I'm fat because really Im just the opposite. What made it a winner for me is the whodunnit part because I really love mysteries, this one though fell short on that category. The murderer was pretty obious to me and Heather was really stupid to go talk to her, now that storyline was pretty bad still it's a good read for me.

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.

Devilish

About The Book:
Written by Maureen Johnson Published Year 2006
The only thing that makes St. Teresa's Preparatory School for Girls bearable for Jane is her best friend Ally. But when Ally changes into a whole different person literally overnight the fall of their senior year, Jane's suddenly alone--and very confused.
Turns out, Ally has sold her soul in exchange for popularity--to a devil masquerading as a sophomore at St. Teresa's! Now it's up to Jane to put it all on the line to save her friend from this ponytail-wearing, cupcakenibbling demon . . . without losing her own soul in the process.

Feels like a start of a series, I think it will make a good series, hope Johnson makes a sequel. It was pretty weird err different, I think alot of her novels are somewhat unique but this more than the others.

The Uncommon Reader

About The Book:
Written by Alan Bennett Published Year 2007
A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.

This little book is a witty and enjoyable read. A story somehow I can relate to; I always thought I started late in my reading If I had been this intrested in reading when I was in highschool I could have read thousands by now and my mom does say my reading is a selfish pursuit; it's all I do really; when I get home from work and during my dayoffs. Unlike with story though Queen Elizabeth's foundness of reading comes with grave consequences; with her duty and all. It's a pity though that it was so short a read, It would have been nice if the author provided other posibilities. The abruptness of the ending though was very fitting.

Stealing Heaven

About The Book:
Written by Elizabeth Scott Published Year 2008
My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.
Dani has been trained as a thief by the best - her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends - a real life.
In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani - because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known - or the one she's always wanted.

I really enjoyed reading it, the story was interesting; seems different from other YA books but not really; self-destructive parents; Ive seen in other books and the way the story finishes in it self without the protagonist doing much of anything but brooding and then everything sets in right definitely a YA formula. It fell short; how about her friendship with Allison and her mothers condition; being sick and I don't mean in the physical sense. But regardless of it it is still one of the most enjoyable books I've read.

Something Borrowed

About The Book:
Written by Emily Giffin Published Year 2004
Rachel White and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since childhood. They've shared birthdays, the horrors of high school and even boyfriends, but while Darcy is the sort of woman who breezes through life getting what she wants when she wants it, Rachel has always played by the rules and watched her stunning best friend steal all the limelight. The one thing Rachel's always had over Darcy is the four-month age gap which meant she was first to being a teenager, first to drive, first to everything ...but now she's about to be first to thirty. And Darcy still has a charmed life. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Rachel is shocked to find herself questioning the status quo. How come Darcy gets a glamorous job at a PR firm and the perfect boyfriend, while Rachel grinds away at her despised job as an attorney and remains painfully single. Is it just luck? Or, looking back at their friendship and their lives together, is it a bit more complicated than that? Then an accidental fling complicates everything, and it's time for Rachel to make a few hard choices. And she's suddenly forced to learn that sometimes true love comes at a price.

This is a novelty for me because Rachel is a very unlikely protagonist, she's very passive, indecisive, whinny and dishonest. I don't even think morality should even be in question here -- its fiction. Proven by the fact of how unlikely this would happen in real life, if Rachel really likes Dex why didn't she do something about it and why would she stay friends with Darcy after all those time if she had qualms about the said friendship. How about Dex, how can he stay in a relationship for seven years, proposed marriage and cheat over her fiance, is Darcy so enthralling that they can't let her down? I don't hate it because frankly I've read worst in this genre and will also read Something Blue just to find out how Giffin will go about Darcy's character.