Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Author: Amber Kizer
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Quote: "Do you think they're doing it?" she asks.
"Either that. or Doug's a very religious guy," I say, referring to the guy screaming Oh, God! every two seconds.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Recommend to read- 8/10
Release Date- August 25, 2009
Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching...for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons. Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story -- a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins has become one of my favorite of her books so far. I love her style of writing. Hopkins has a way of writing so little but saying so much. All of her books hold a special meaning to me and Tricks is no different. I was able to connect and sympathize with every character. Each one was so different, but had to deal with their problems in the same way. I teared up several times while reading because I could feel the pain and betrayal that some of the characters felt. Tricks also made me realize why a teen would even get into prostitution. I am the same age as a couple of the characters so I could relate to some of their frustrations. Hopkins has an amazing skill of writing for teens. My heart went out to each and every character.
The writing was amazing, and so were the characters and the plot. As usual I have no complaints of this Hopkins book. Overall I would say that Tricks was a book that showed a new side of prostitution and can be read by any teen who has read Hopkins or just wants to read something REAL.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Recommend to read- 9/10
In the blink of an eye.
Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.
This book had everything that I look for in an original read. This is the kind of story that makes me think and wonder about all kinds of things. The characters were very well crafted and mysterious. I would have loved to get more of a background story on some but I could understand why I didn't. You're reading in the moment. If you aren't trying to figure out what's going on then you're at the edge of your seat quickly reading through action packed pages.
The action wasn't very gory or cringe worthy. We got enough details to worry about the characters but not so much to feel disgusted. I very much enjoyed the entire novel. At the end you are left on a happy note but still wondering what will happen next. I am so thankful that the second book in the saga titled Hunger is already released and I will buy it tomorrow.
Overall I would say that Gone was a fast paced read that keeps you guessing. Your reading about a place that is so much like your own but with so many unexpected twists. Gone is great for boys and girls alike. I encourage you to read this book if you're into out of the norm experiences.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Recommend to read- 8/10
Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner was fantastic. I read the whole book in one afternoon. It wasn't as if I was kept on my toes wondering what would happen next, or that the book was just really short. What kept me reading it was the fact that it was so funny. Almost every page had me cracking up. This is the kind of book you should read alone or else people will stare and laugh at you while you're grabbing at your sides trying to stay in control.
Not only was the book funny but I also like how it alternated from real life to the play. I was able to keep up easily with both stories. Castration Celebration was truly a refreshing read. YA books usually tip toe around the topic of sex, but this read just put it out there. It wasn't vulgar or out of the age group.
I related to a lot of the characters in different ways. Olivia was an amazing character that we got to see grow throughout the entire novel, her voice was witty and true. I agreed with most everything she said. Overall I would say that Castration Celebration was a fantastic novel that will open your eyes to the way teens really feel.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she’s actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. But once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Recommend to read- 10/10
Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.Amazing. Hands down. I think that The Awakening was even better then the Summoning. The characters continued to amaze me. Chloe is still trying to figure everything out and Simon is still adorably sweet. I'm very curious about Derek, he's probably my favorite character though.
The story moved very fast and was full of action. Details continued to come at me but thankfully these things were presented in a way that made me understand. I was able to easily keep up with the story. The Awakening was not only a fun read it also kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't tell you how many times my heart started to pound or when I felt fearful or worry for the characters. Armstrong sucks you into the story and makes you feel it. Overall I would say that The Awakening was an amazing sequel that will keep you interested. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the 3rd book in the Darkest Powers trilogy.