Thursday, June 26, 2008

Reviews Coming Soon

The Fold by An Na

How far would you go for beauty?

When Joyce’s aunt strikes it rich, she decides it’s time for Joyce to have a makeover. Joyce would love to be as beautiful as her older sister Helen, but is she willing to go under the knife to make it happen? And will changing the way her eyes look really change the way others see her? Especially JFK--John Ford Kang, her seriously dreamy crush?

The Fold was a good book. The premise of the book was really good and I enjoyed that the focus of the book was self-esteem issues and the fact that everyone wants to look a certain way. An Na’s characters are like many teenager girls and they go through the same thing that teens go through everyday. I liked that in the end Joyce realizes that its not all about looks and that everyone is unique and have certain things they don’t like about themselves. The only flaw that I found in the book is that I didn’t get to learn as much about the characters as I would have liked to. Other than that I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading more books by An Na.

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bogler

Sir Fartsalot is on a quest to defeat a villain most foul!

Something stinks in the Kingdom of Armpit. King Reginald the Not Very Realistic has had it up to here with his naughty son Prince Harry. He loosens the tops on all the Royal Pepper Shakers, teases the moat monster, and wants nothing to do with rescuing fair damsels. Even Sir Bedwetter has had quite enough of the prince’s Royal Clowning Around!

Enter Sir Fartsalot--the bravest, boldest, Fartiest knight in all the land! He’s on a quest to solve the riddle of the Foul West Wind--a green, ghastly odor that turns up wherever danger’s lurking. Harry decides to play the biggest--and Boogeriest--prank of all time! He convinces Sir Fartsalot that the frightful Booger is on the prowl. Harry, Sir Fartsalot, and Sir Knotaclew set out on a hilarious quest to rid the world of the Dreaded Booger, Once and for All!

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger is a fun title but its not something that would make me pick this book up. The book was decent but it wasn’t really a book I would like. It wasn’t a bad book but I think its something that a younger kid would like, maybe around the age 8-12. Prince Harry and Sir Fartsalot had some fun adventures that made the story unique and funny at time. Kevin Bogler is a good children’s author and I’ll be sure to pass on the book to my little brother and sisters.

Talent by Zoey Dean

Mackenzie Little-Armstrong is the undisputed leader of Bel Air Middle School and the daughter of the most powerful agent in LA. Mac has it all, except for one thing: her own special talent. But when Mac spies wide-eyed Midwesterner Emily Mungler faking her way past the velvet rope at a super-exclusive premiere party, she vows to make this natural actress an overnight star. And of course, prove that she has her very own talent--discovering talent.

The Clique meets “Entourage” in this story of two twelve-year-old girls, their meteoric rise to the top, and the best friends who hang on for the wild ride.

Talent was a good story that I enjoyed. Zoey Dean’s main focus in the book seemed to be friendship and I really enjoyed that. Mac was really focused on winning social chair of her school and she started ignoring her friends, but I liked that at the end Mac began to realize that a certain position wasn’t as important as keeping her friends. Talent is a quick and fun summer read. The story line was good and I enjoyed all of the characters. This is the first book that I’ve read by Zoey Dean and I look forward to reading more of her books.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies by Lizabeth Zindel

What if the most powerful girls in school knew your deepest darkest secrets?

When Maggie starts her senior year of high school at ritzy all-girls Berkley Prep, she hopes to make a few new friends and maybe--just maybe--reinvent herself as a popular girl with a hot boyfriend. But she never imagines that she’ll be tapped to become a member of the most powerful clique at Berkley, or that she will be invited to join their secret society: the Revelers.

The Revelers know how to have a good time, but they are deadly serious when it comes to their social --cause--collecting the secrets of today’s teenagers.

At first Maggie is seduced by her new friends’ wealth and passion for truth, but when the Revelers begin using what they know about their classmates for their own benefit, she stats to have second thoughts. Especially when Maggie’s own romantic relationship is put at risk.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. One of the main focuses of the book is the need that some people feel to be popular and the fact that they give in to peer pressure to be accepted. I think that this is something all teens go through. Lizabeth Zindel did a wonderful job portraying something that many teens and young adults deal with. This story was really good and something that I was able to get into and enjoy. The only thing that I did like about the book was Maggie’s tendency to be a bit selfish and she didn’t think about how things might effect others. Other than that the overall story was really good.

Lizabeth Zindel is also the author of Girl of the Moment. For more information about her and her books check out her website and myspace.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

In her small town, dubbed “Dullsville,” sixteen-year-old Raven--a vampire-crazed goth-girl-is an outcast. But not for long…

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people-especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Ellen Schreiber’s spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

I’m personally a really big fan of vampire books. So I couldn’t wait for a chance to read this book. I know that its been out for a while but I was finally able to get it and I loved it. Raven was really cool and unique. Vampire Kisses was a quick, fun and easy read. Raven and Alexander kind of reminded me of Bella and Edward from Twilight. Anyone who enjoyed the Twilight series are sure to enjoy this series. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books to see what happens next.

Peeled by Joan Bauer

Something’s rotten in the heart of apple country!

Hildy Biddle is a high school reporter eager to stand up for the truth. The trouble is, the town’s biggest story stars…a ghost. Not a very easy interview! This ghost has everyone in a tizzy and the local paper is playing up people’s fears with shocking headlines. Hildy’s determines to stick to the facts and find out who is really threatening her town--but does the truth have a chance of being heard over all the buzz?

Joan Bauer has created a strong main character in Hildy Biddle. I really enjoyed her strength and determination throughout the novel. This was a great mystery novel as well as a great lesson in investigative journalism. I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. I’ve never read anything by Joan Bauer but I liked this book and I look forward to reading more by her.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because of a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal. In this satirical yet heartfelt novel, Tonya Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at times and the lengths we’ll go to be seen.

Tonya Hurley’s take on being a ghost was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and witty in a way even though poor Charlotte was a ghost. I loved that she was able to find a happy place in the end. Scarlett was my favorite character in the story. The only problem that I had with the book was that it took me a while to really get into the book. Once I was able to get into the book I really enjoyed it. Tonya Hurley is a great and fun author and I look forward to reading more books by her.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling

Rule # 1: Find someone new.

Abby Savage created her One True Love Plan based on two things: the soap operas she loved to watch , and the family she can’t believe she’s a part of. Living in a house of five girls, one guy, a baby of three on the way, and one bathroom has taught Abby a lot about life, love, and how not to be fancy white trash like her mother and sisters.

When Jackson, Abby’s first love (and first heartbreak) reappears in her life, he threatens to turn her plan on its head. But the only thing Abby wants more than true love is to be different form the other Savage girls, even if that means walking away from the possible Love of Her Life.

Will Abby stick to her plan, no matter the cost? Or will she discover that some rules--even good ones--are made to be broken?

Abby Savage has one crazy but that’s what makes this book so unique and such a fun read. Once I started reading Abby’s story I couldn’t stop, its kind of like the addiction Abby has to daytime soaps. I really enjoyed this Fancy White Trash it’s a perfect beach read. I like the Marjetta Geerling gave all of the characters had there own story and problems that they had to deal with. This was a great book that any fan of love stories is sure to love. I look forward to reading more books by Marjetta Geerling, be sure to check out her website.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Storm: The Infinity Code by E. L. Young

Storm is a gadget-packed, high-adrenaline adventure and also the name of a dynamic organization formed by three brainiac kids:

Will: loner, inventive genius, and creator of cutting-edge spy gear--STORM’s resident skeptic

Andrew: software whiz-kid and millionaire--STORM’s founder, financial backer, and fashion disaster

Gaia: brilliant and mysterious chemist--fluent in French, Italian, Mandarin, and blowing stuff up.

At First, Will scoffs at STORM’s grand plans to combat global strife. But when the group uncovers a plot to create a deadly, revolutionary weapon, Will is forced to swallow his doubts--and fast. The three race from London to St. Petersburg to find and dismantle the weapon, and confront the psychopathic scientist behind it all.

When I first picked up this book I wasn’t sure how much I would like it but once I started I was hooked. The story is full of action, adventure and suspense. The characters were all unique and fun to read about. Young did a great job describing each of Will’s gadgets, they were really cool and I’d love to have some of them.

Storm: The Infinity Code is the first in the series. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Anyone who enjoyed the Artemis Fowl books are sure to enjoy this new and fun series.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Audrey Cuttler is a normal Southern California girl. She has an obese cat, an awesome best friend, and two hippie-ish parents who love her. She’s funny, charming, and she likes her music loud. Then she dumps Evan--her self-involved musician boyfriend--and he writes Audrey, Wait!, a breakup song about her that he records with his band, The Do Gooders. The song rockets up the Billboard charts and slowly but surely makes Audrey famous!

All Audrey wants is to have fun, go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with James, her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper. But the paparazzi won’t leave her alone, and the tabloids are trying to make her into some kind of rock goddess! She can’t go to her favorite record store without being mobbed by fans and the Internet is documenting her every move.

Will Audrey ever again be able to go to a concert or kiss a guy in public without people taking her picture and screaming out “AUDREY, WAIT!”? Get ready to find out because it’s time for Audrey to tell her side of the story.

WOW!! I loved Audrey, Wait! Its my favorite book of the year so far. The story and characters were amazing. Audrey is a hilarious and fun character. The characters love of music is infectious and after reading the book all you want to do is listen to music and sing. Robin Benway is an amazing author and I look forward to more books from her in the future.

For more info about the author you can go to her website or myspace.