Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Where I Belong

8430916Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . . When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.

I really loved this book. I picked it up at a thrift store for 25 cents while on vacation and burned through it in a little over 2 days. I loved it with a passion, this book had that good summery feel I have been craving like crazy and enough romance to make it interesting. I laughed at moments and got mad at moments but that's what makes a good book. One that you can feel something on the inside while reading it. I felt like the ending could have used another chapter or two. Loose ends and hanging people, I don't like that. I need good endings okay? Anyway's a good summer read about a girl who has to learn to adapt to a totally different lifestyle. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beach Blondes

2135550Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer.

Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy: Adam, the senator's son, has looks, power, and all the money in the world. Diver, the mystery man, is mellow, intriguing, and definitely unique. And Seth, the perfect guy...only he has a girlfriend. But with new friends, cute guys, and miles of hot white sand, Summer's in for more trouble than she thinks....

 I loved this book, I had bought this several summers ago when the used bookstore in my town went out of business and had a sale. I bought it primarily because of the cover,( I love this cover... ) and just haven't gotten around to read it until this summer. This book is very thick at 721 pages but not a one is boring! I was very surprised when i started this book and was instantly drawn into the whole beachy summer romance theme of this novel. I read this while on vacation at the lake so it was pretty perfect. I have been in a cutesy romance novel kick with some deeper themes mixed into the background. I got my fix with this book, it was just what I needed to  read. I would defiantly recommend it . 


7912401Some vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are faking it to get girls.
Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldly go where no sane guy has gone before-he becomes a vampire, minus the whole blood sucking part. 
With his brooding nature and weirdly pale skin, it's surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be paranormal. But, when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. 
This hilarious debut novel is for anyone who believes that sometimes even nice guys-without sharp teeth or sparkly skin-- can get the girl.

I must say, i was very surprised this was written by a girl... Its sounds so much like a guys voice you have to assume it was written by a guy. Anyway's this book was awesome. Funny, witty and full of crazy high school life. It had me laughing out loud over parts and in general, having a great time reading it. Short, funny "fake vampire" book. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Homeless Bird

243229Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old-Koly is getting married. Full of hope and courage, she leaves home forever. But in a grim turn of events Koly finds herself cast out into a current of cruel tradition. Her future, it would seem, is lost. Yet this rare young woman, bewildered and brave, sets out to forge her own exceptional future.

I really loved this book. I am a avid reader of historical fiction normally, but the last couple months I have been on a contemporary, cutesy romance kind of kick. So I was unsure when I picked this up how I was going to like it. I found it was a contemporary read, and ever though its kind of a sad book, it has a happy ending which I wasn't expecting, at all. So I was decently surprised. I really loved it though and I would defiantly recommend it. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

In a Heartbeat

6696420When a small mistake costs sixteen-year-old Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition, she leaves many things unreconciled, including her troubled relationship with her mother. From her vantage point in the afterlife, Eagan reflects back on her memories, and what she could have done differently, through her still-beating heart.
When fourteen-year-old Amelia learns she will be getting a heart transplant, her fear and guilt battle with her joy at this new chance at life. And afterwards when she starts to feel different—dreaming about figure skating, craving grape candy—her need to learn about her donor leads her to discover and explore Eagan’s life, meeting her grieving loved ones and trying to bring the closure they all need to move on.
Told in alternating viewpoints, In a Heartbeat tells the emotional and compelling story of two girls sharing one heart.

I loved reading this book.I love the whole aspect of two girls who are connected in a very deep way. It was amazing how she tangled the two stories together and showed a couple different aspects of the story. I really enjoyed reading it and I would defiantly recommend it to younger readers, probably tween aged. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014


5152478“Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Wow. I started being a fan of Laurie's after I read speak a couple months ago. I have come to think of her and her books as the books I go to when I want to read something deep and real. I loved this book. I love how she showed the way that Lia thought, and how different our thoughts are from hers. How different everything is. I love that about her books. All I have to say is go and read it, go read it now. 

Tiger Lily *Audio Book*

7514925Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

I thought I would love this book a little more then I did. IT'S PETER PAN. IT'S A RETELLING. What's not to like? I don't know what I didn't like the most. I had a hard time imagining what kind of "thing" Tiger Lily was, was she human? Or some kind of mythical neverland creature? i didn't really know. But the ending was okay, it wasn't quite what I wanted but it was okay. I was expecting more, much more but was let down. I only half enjoyed it in the end and I dont think i would want to read it again. Maybe if i read it in book form i would have understood it better? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Virals *AudioBook*

7800188Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They're a pack. They are Virals.

I wasn't sure what to think of this book. I liked it and all but sometimes felt like at the "medical stuff" she talked way over my head. I am a huge fan of bones and wanted to try out one of Kathy's books. I have a couple of her adult books but decided to check out her YA book first. I wasn't in love with this, in the end I can only say I liked it. I thought it would have been better then it was but maybe that was just me...

Eleanor and Park *Audio book*

18463614Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

I loved this book. I laughed, smiled and cried my way through this. I need to own this book now. I listened to it as an audio book from my libraries website and am glad I did. I loved the whole story, I am so much like Eleanor it scared me at first, I felt like she wrote about me, as a person. Its crazy. I felt what she felt like it was my own feelings and I couldn't help but feel something. I can't believe how perfect this book was and I am defiantly counting it as one of my #1 favorite books of all time. This book broke my heart into a million little pieces.  One of my favorite quotes:
 “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” 

Sunday, July 13, 2014


11235712Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I was so excited about this book. I have heard so many good things about them I had to check out what the hype about these where . I didn't LOVE this book, I really liked it though. It was good, but for a retelling it didn't really stick to the story of Cinderella much. Don't get me wrong, it had some, just not very many. In the end, I will probably continue reading through the rest of the series as I have heard it does get better. But I didn't love this book. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist *Audio book*

15701647It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City - and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be - and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you'll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.
 Okay I own this movie, but wanted to read the book first. (bookworm problems) So I went onto my libraries website and downloaded to their app, the audio book version of this. I normally don't listen to the audio book version of any book. I normally just have a hard time with it. This one was actually pretty good. I didn't have as hard of time with it with the two different voices reading it. I really liked how a guy read Nick's and a girl read Norah's. It just made sense to me. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, or the F word that is constantly being uttered throughout the story. Less of that would be great. All in all a decent read and a good audio book. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Love Letters to the Dead

18140047It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

I wanted to love this book, I really did. I loved the concept, a girl writing letters to dead people and all. But I didn't like that she was so clueless so much of the book. I mean somethings don't take a genius to figure out, like coming clean about your sisters death would be a good place to start. It eats her for some much of the book and prevents her from letting go, over a year past her sisters death she still can't just come clean and let it go. When she finally does she changes so much and isn't  so weird about stuff. I also at first didn't enjoy the fact that the whole book was her writing letters to different dead people, all who mostly died at a young age. I just, I don't know, there was just several things that kept me away from loving it, but I did really enjoy it over all.  I don't know if i would recommend it over all, but it is a good, more serious read, just not really my style. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Distant Waves

From the author of REINCARNATION, another historical, supernatural romance, this time focusing on five sisters whose lives are intertwined with the sinking of the Titanic.

Science, spiritualism, history, and romance intertwine in Suzanne Weyn's newest novel. Four sisters and their mother make their way from a spiritualist town in New York to London, becoming acquainted with journalist W. T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor. When they all find themselves on the Titanic, one of Tesla's inventions dooms them...and one could save them.

I loved this book.  I saw that it was about the titanic and I was instantly intrigued. I am a fan of the titanic and  I was very excited about the book. I loved the story, the characters and everything was  amazing. I really loved it, so much.  And the ending.... The feels of happiness were overflowing. Anyways, just go and read it. AS long as the whole spiritualist thing doesn't bother you. I don't believe any of it, so I kind of just skipped over it. Either way, if you are a fan of titanic stories, this one is for you.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fangirl *200th post*

16068905From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

"Touching and utterly real." —  Publisher's Weekly 

OH MY GOSH! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH THAT WORDS DON'T BEGIN TO EXPLAIN MY LOVE FOR IT. RAINBOW ROWELL, YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOUR WRITING IS AMAZING. I AM GOING TO BE ON THE HUNT TO BUY ALL OF HER BOOKS. Anyway's, seriously go buy this book. Tell everyone you will see them when you see them and just go and read this book then have a feels attack a couple times and then try to re-join the world. Good luck!