Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stalk Me - Jillian Dodd Review

Book Series:  The Keatyn Chronicles #1
Book: Stalk Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery , Suspense, High school

Book SynopsisKeatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She's popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. 

She's just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because, really, things aren't all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. 
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. 
It's exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn't sure if she has any true friends. 

To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. 
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she's crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. 
But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.

Book Review: 
Let me be honest here with you. This book was very gripping for me, I couldn't put it down. The main character represents a part of most everyone. We have all faced the problem at one point or another of being who we really are, but being caught up in another world where we have to act and be the way everyone expects us to be. That is one of the things I loved about this book. The main character faced problems that were easily relate able to. This book was a lot better than I thought it would be. It was thrilling, there was humor, and tears, one crazy high school year that I would hope never happens to me.  

The characters were fun to get to know, even the adults. Keatyn's mother and soon to be step father were a laugh riot to have around, being the cool parents I know we all wished that we had around. We also have the best friends who aren't really very good friends because they only like on side of our protagonist and put way too much time into thinking about their status in life. Then we have the friends who see that other side, and those few people who see both sides and love them both because of who they are attached to. Yup, we have them in this book. 

Then what book would be complete without some guy who is off of his rocker, a creepy little stalker (oh look I rhymed! You see what I did there, rocker, stalker, get it? No, well that's okay). Like I said before one of things I really enjoyed about the book was the ability that it had in keeping me on my toes. It didn't just stay sad for too long, way too happy. No, you had to be able to expect the unexpected and that I did.

The Bad:
Personally, I felt there was a little too much focus on sexual activity in the book. For those of who find this kind of stuff uncomfortable, don't worry there are no gory details, it's mostly just like "Hey, we had sex yum yum" (okay so the yum yum was me, bite me for it). I know it helps play important parts in the book but I just felt the main character focused a little too much on the under the sheets play, but hey you know what it didn't detract too much from the book.

Favorite Quote(s): 
"'I think it was Betsey Johnson that said women dress for other women. If we dressed for men, we'd all run around naked.'"

"Damn Disney, and all their happily-ever-after, unrealistic, bullshit stories"

All In All: 
I really found this book to be very enjoyable. There were so many elements in this book that I know a lot of people look for when judging how good a book is and I found many of my personal aspects in here. This book gets 5 stars! The best part is this book is free! So what are you waiting for? Go and grab it!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Social Suicide - Gemma Halliday Review

Book Series: Deadly Cool
Book: Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
Genre: Young Adult Mystery, Romance, Humor, Thriller

Book Synopsis: Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went . . . a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the homecoming queen–hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide.

I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos. . . 


Book Review: 
I am definitely going to be wary of being on twitter after reading this book *logs out of twitter* yup no more for me for oh, I don't know, the next week or so. Our favorite nosy reporter is back, and Hartley has landed herself into more mess, I know go figure right. Twittercide has happened (don't make me explain what that is please don't it's bad enough I will forever know what that is know) and Hart just can't stay away from finding out all the dirty electrocuting details. 

This book has definitely lived up to th expectations that were left behind by book 1. Our favorite characters return with more action, suspense and witty humor. It took me a little bit before Hartley to figure out who the killer was, and I love that! I mean who wants to know who committed the twittercide halfway through the book. This book made my stomach knot up, made me aggravated, and laugh, a perfect combination.

Favorite Quotes:
“She went in the pool," she finished for me. "Ohmigod. She was killed while tweeting. It was Twittercide!”

"While shoving someone in a pool might not take a PhD, covering your tracks afterward did. I'd venture to say that if Jenni had been the one to off Sydney, her teased DNA would have been all over the crime scene."

All In All:
This book definitely lived up to my expectations that were left behind due to the first book. This book as well as the first book in the series kept me on my toes, and made me laugh. if you have read the first book but not the second, what are you waiting for? If you have not read the first one, then why are you sitting here reading this? get to work and grab the first one! Go! Go! Go!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Prom and Prejudice - Elizabeth Eulberg Review

Book: Prom and Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Comedy, Retellings

 Book synopsis: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.
Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk - so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Book Review: 
Just as The Perks of Being A Wallflower is the modern day Catcher in the Rye, this book is the modern day Pride and Prejudice. You have your misjudgment and rudeness with love budding beneath the surface. it was kind of irritating how they fell for one another even though they really didn't spend that much time together  The characters were lovable though, with knock out senses of humor. It was refreshing to have a character that was not crazy about prom, and then ending was actually a nice surprise for me, it was definitely something I did not see coming. 

Favorite Quotes: 
“It's very easy to get a boy to leave the room.
It's much harder to get him to leave your thoughts.” 

“Talking to them was like being placed into conversational purgatory, with no hope of being released without significant damage to one's self-esteem.”

“It was flawless. It was, in fact, so flawless that it didn't call attention to its own flawlessness. It was perfect.” 

All In All:
All in All I can tell you that i found this book to be very enjoyable. It was a great retelling of the conwerful classic Pride and Prejudice. if you enjoyed that one I know you will enjoy this one as well. So what are you waiting for? Go grab a copy :D

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pre Order!

Author: Elle Casey
Book: Shine Not Burn
Shine Not Burn
Shine not burn is a new adult romance novel by the lovely Elle Casey! From June 15 - June 30th, you will be able to pre-order this book at only 99 cents! So what are you waiting for? Get ready to pre order!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Help Review

Book name: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
 Book synopsis: Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

Book Review: 
I really don't know what I should and should not say about this book. I finished reading it last night, and I was all happy to finally get to write a review about the book I had heard so much about. Yet, I couldn't formulate words to write, or even a thought and opinion as I finished the last pages. How does one formulate an opinion on this book easily is what I have to ask everyone who wrote a review. I had to sit down and think about this book, and what to write, what I should share with you all about this book. Well here it is:

This book touched me. It told the story of three characters, with one of them from a completely different world, but all three of them different people with different opinions. You will come to love them for who they are. Skeeter, in all her height and glory just trying to be who she wants to be. She doesn't want what other women want, but a dream and I admire her for that. Aibileen is as sweet as sugar, loves taking care of children and took good care of my heart as I fell in love with her character. Minny, our little spit fire with sass just dripping off of her. She cooks some amazing food, but is tough and that is one thing I love about her. 

The story defies many books I have read, taking place in a time during civil rights movements. During the time of Dr. King, where change was something no one wanted to see or be a part of in Jackson Mississippi. Yet, change did come and it was something I really loved about this book. Even when everyone and everything around them fought them tooth and nail, they did what they felt had to be done and that is to be greatly admired. 

What i really liked about this book, was well there were a lot of things. I fell in love with the main characters, who they were and what they stood for. The plot kept me on my toes, when everything seemed to be going okay it didn't take long for life to squeeze the lemon juice in their eyes. When they happened they kept pushing on, when life knocked them down seven times they got back up eight. 

The bad: 
Sometimes this book can get to be a little too emotional for me to fully grasp what is going on. There are other times that the plot twists in tad confusing ways but once the part was reread it made more sense. Some characters could use a little more development. They were just kind of there, and you wanted to know more about them but not much information was offered.

Favorite Quotes:
"'One day, a wise Martian come down to Earth to teach us people a thing or two' I say.
'Martian? How big'
'Oh, he about six-two'
'What's his name?'
'Martian Luther King"

"'Ugly live up on the inside. Ugly be a hurtful, mean person. Is you one a them peoples?'
'I don't know. I don't think so,' I sobbed. ...
'You gone have to ask yourself Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?'"

All in all:
This book is very touching, heart warming and allows you to see things in a different life. It reminds us of a time where we were not one people, where people of darker skin were looked down upon and degraded. It is reminder of what our fellow man before us fought for, and tells us not to take what we have for granted. Imagine being a maid in a time like that and losing your job forever? It may seem painful, but you have to remember that those times are gone. It has to remembered the sacrifices made in the past, to make for a better tomorrow. This book was everything I thought it would be, wanted it to be, and more. You will not be disappointed.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

One Deadly Sister Review

Book Series: Sandy Reid Mysteries
Book: One Deadly Sister
Author: Rod Hoisington
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Book Synopsis: 
She doesn't carry a gun, but then neither does a pit bull. 
An almost-too-clever young law student in Philadelphia gets a life-or-death call from her estranged brother who just moved to Florida--she tells him to go to hell. She doesn't need this. She's holding an old grudge and resents having her life interrupted.

The brother doesn't come looking for trouble, he simply wants to get passed his Philadelphia divorce and start a new life in Florida, but woman-trouble comes looking for him. 
Unfortunately, he arrives in the small Florida ocean side town just as someone murders the local gubernatorial candidate. The brother doesn't have a clue about women and gets seduced and framed.The brother hasn't bothered with his estranged sister up north for years, but now as a stranger in a hostile town she's his only hope. She reluctantly decides to at least check out her brother's predicament in Florida.This small step leads the sister into an ever-increasing entanglement of deceit, double-cross, and danger, as she can't leave well-enough alone and goes after the real killer in this exciting mystery.

Book Review:
I have always loved a good murder mystery, or a mystery in general. I had engrossed myself in Nancy Drew books in my younger years, a long with the Hardy Boys and such books in the general genre. I can honestly tell you this book has somewhat disappointed me. One Deadly Sister has kept me on my toes since beginning the book, with plot twists and turns around ever corner. At first glance at the cover and the title, you would think this follows the story of a sister who has gone wild and killed someone or more than one person. After reading the blurb, you know it's different, and once you start reading this book you definitely know how deadly this sister is. She is sharp on her toes, a real lovable character who drips sass and confidence, not allowing anyone to talk over her or take her brother from her either. 

The bad:
There were times that the book took predictable turns, and characters became too confusing for me to follow with clearly. There were other times that the plot became so unpredictable I really had no idea what was going on, even after re-reading it once or twice. I would then move on to the next part in hopes it would all piece itself together. Sometimes it did but not all the time. The only character that you really get to know is Sandy. It was hard for me to make a connection with the rest of the characters, even Sandy's brother whom we meet first in the story. I believe that this book would have been more enjoyable if there was some sort of stronger connection that was worked on between the characters and the reader. I had seen several reviews of this book where they also told that there was no real character connection, and let's be honest it is one of the most important parts of a book. Would anyone have really loved Harry Potter if we didn't get some sort of connection to him, some way to understand him and fall in love with him and feel his pain and triumph? If you are sitting there nodding your head yes please stop lying to yourself.

All In All: 
This is an okay book, not something I would tell everyone I meet to rush out and buy because I have read better. There are some good aspects to this book though so do not allow for this review to discourage you from getting it because I am pretty sure it is still free to purchase on things like your kindle, nook, iBooks, etc. This book just didn't do a lot for me like i had hoped it would.