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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review: Coffeehouse Angel

Book: Angel Coffeehouse
Author: Suzanne Selfors

Summary from Goodreads:
From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down.  Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .


Review:
I really liked this book but I didn't absolutely love it and think that it was the best book in the world. I liked the story plot a lot  but I really wish the author would have expanded upon how they fell in love. It was just like boom now Malcolm and Katrina are in love. That part bothered me but I enjoyed the small town feel and the coffee-shop idea. After reading this book I was craving a nice cup of coffee. If you like love storys, fantasy, and a small town feel then you should definitely check this book out! Happy Reading!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Music Monday!!!

This weeks song is Storm Warning by Hunter Hayes! I just recently discovered this on YouTube and I absolutely fell in love with his country soul and look at him ladies he is gorgeous! Instead of Bieber Fever I think I have been placed in a Hayes Daze! If you like Rascal Flatts you will most likely like his voice and his songs are so cute! Hope you enjoy:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Monday

Kimberly Caldwell, Desperate Girls and Stupid Boys

This is my favorite song and this artist is my hair idol! Hope you enjoy:)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Movie of the Week

Superstar!
Get ready to pee in your pants with laughter! This movie is the funniest movie I have ever seen! It has Mary Shannon and Will Ferrell in it. I saw it on Friday and couldn't believe any movie could really be that funny but I guess SNL can pull off anything! Want to watch a comedy for date night? Totally rent Superstar!

Review: Sisterhood Everlasting

Novel: Sisterhood Everlasting
Author: Ann Brashares


Summary from Goodreads:


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.



My Review:


When this book came out I was so excited because I absolutely loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and I loved the idea of The Septembers ten years later. Even though Tibby, Lena, Bee, and Carmen are older and farther apart Brashares did a very good job of keeping them true to their past mannerisms. Lena  was still quiet, artistic, and hopelessly lonely without Kostos or her friends. Bee was still free and constantly moving, always trying to find the brightest place on the Earth. And of course Carmen was still dramatic and lovely as an aspiring actress in New York. And Tibby, personally my favorite character was the reason that brought the four friends from each corner of their different lives together once again. Each character grew in a way that only Brashares can present through friendship. There were some twists that had me bawling and laughing at the same time. In a way this novel this book showed me the true meaning of friendship and the beauty of people caring about you enough to not let you stray to far away. If you fell in love with the sisters as teenagers, you will love them even more ten years later! Happy Reading!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Music Monday!

Every Monday I will put up a song I really like, an upcoming artist, or something really epic in the music world! I hope you enjoy!
This week is the song Every Breath by Boyce Avenue! I discovered this band on Youtube and absolutely fell in love with their voices and their sound! You will like them if you like David Cook or A Rocket to the Moon! I hope you enjoy! 


Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (Book 1 in The Infernal Devices)
By: Cassandra Clare


Summary from Goodreads:
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.



Review:
Cassandra Clare does it again! She dragged me away from my boring mundane life into the world of the exciting Shadowhunters. Except now the time period is in the 1800's which I thought was an interesting spin off  towards the modern Mortal Instruments Series. Everything about this book kept me so intrigued! I loved all of the characters but I think my favorite was Jem. He was kind and he absolutely adored Tessa but he also had his secret of his own that keeps you wondering throughout the whole book trying so desperately to find out what is wrong with him. I don't know if it was just me but Will reminded me a lot of Jace except he had black hair instead of blonde. All in all I was thoroughly impressed and was pretty happy that Magnus Bane was still in the story. If you loved the Mortal Instruments series than you will absolutely adore The Infernal Devices! Happy Reading! Oh, and in the comments let me know how you felt about Will, yay or nay!   

Monday, September 26, 2011

Music Monday!

From now on every Monday I will put up a song I really like, an upcoming artist, or something really epic in the music world! I hope you enjoy!
Today is a song called Unbroken on Demi Lavato's new album Unbroken. I actually just heard this song for the first time today and I am absolutely in love with it. The message is beautiful and I hope that you guys love it as much as I do! Leave a comment down below and let me know what you think about it!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

On My Wishlist (1)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. Its where I can list all of the books I can't wait to read old, new, or forthcoming. Hope you enjoy!


Lola and the Boy Next Door 

Ever since Anna and the French Kiss I have been awaiting for this book. And all of the book reviews make it sound amazing! Can't wait to get my hands on it and start reading it!

Summary from Goodreads:
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Bloodlines

I am a huge Vampire Academy and was so sad when the series ended but when I heard Richelle Mead is spinning off with another character I was relieved. I really really can't wait to devour this book.

Summary from Goodreads:

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.



Let me know whats on your wishlist, I would love to hear from all of you guys! 





Friday, September 23, 2011

Cover Crazy (1)

Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @TheBookworms to share bookcovers that we are thrilled about. This weeks book cover is Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. I love love love this cover. Its a beautiful mess of purple which is kind of ironic due to the title. I also love that it has purple( my favorite color). This book cover just makes me happy.
Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.
Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother spiraling toward suicide. For her, “perfect” means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back in order to score his perfect home run—on the field and off. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.
A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up—and grow into our own selves. Because everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review: Redeeming Love

Book:Redeeming Love
Author:Francine Rivers


Summary: 
California's gold country,1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.
Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.
Then she meets Michael Hoses. A man who seeks his Father's heart in everything, Michael obeys God's call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel's every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.
But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband's pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does...the One who will never let her go.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely fell in love with this novel! When my friend Sarah told me to read it I was a little hesitant at first due to the whole prostitution and religious elements to it but came to find that Rivers revealed the power of God's love through the darkness of the prostitution. When finished reading it I came to reflect on my own past relationships and how shallow their love for me was compared to the beautiful love Michael had for his beloved, Angel. Honestly, I wish there where more men like Michael in this world. Michael was the epitome of a gentlemen, he was kind, gentle but very hardworking, and he found beauty in everyone.

At the beginning of the novel I pitied Angel because she was so weak and because she was so trapped in the bonds of prostitution but towards the end I absolutely fell in love with her character. She became so strong and beautiful, everything a heroine should be in the end. She has to fight a lot internally a lot due to her lack of confidence in her strength and the lack of hope of ever fully being loved. I think many people can relate to her character because many  women come down on themselves everyday never feeling quite good enough to reach the world's expectations but at the end of the novel the reader comes to find that anything is possible as long as they can put their trust in God.

All in all I recommend this book to everyone. This book can teach a women how to see herself as truly free and a man how to love unconditionally. I hope you give this book a shot because I know I absolutely adored  it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In My Mailbox

So I just recently went by my local Half-Priced bookstore and picked these books up and let me say I am quite excited to start them! Let me know if you have read them if they were good!





Long Time No Posts :/

To all my followers,
I am really sorry for not posting anything for quite some time. I had a  super busy summer, believe it or not I didn't get that much reading in. I will really try to pick right back up on the posts and the book reading! I hope you guys are doing great and if you have any books, movies, or CD's that you would like me to review just let me know in the comments! Happy Reading!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Heart On A Chain

Title: Heart On A Chain
Author: Cindy C. Bennett

Summary:


17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. 

Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. 

Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? 

Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?



My Thoughts:

I literally just finished this book about an hour ago, and I can say without hesitation that it is one of the best books I have ever read. It is one of those things that make you sit back and think about life, reconsider what you know, and evaluate who you want to become. I realize that that is an incredibly loaded statement, but aside from being a book that was enjoyable, it was a book that had the ability to make me feel. I smiled, I laughed, and I teared up while reading this book.

I will give a fair warning that this story is quite a diversion from the paranormal romance/ fantasy books I usually post about. Granted this book is fiction, but it touches on some emotional topics. It has some violence and down right cruel people in it, something that made me cringe, but at the same time I couldn't turn away from because I genuinely cared about Kate and wanted to know how her story would end.

I just can't say enough good things about this book. Oh, and did I mention I finished it in less than a day between doing school work and stuff around the house? Yeah, it's that good!

Definitely add this to your reading list!

-Kelsey

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Am Number Four

I actually finished this book a week ago and had every intention of getting this post out before the movie came out, BUT life got in the way, so it's a little late. Sorry!

Title: I Am Number Four
Author:Pittacus Lore

Summary:


We may be walking past you right now.
We are watching as you read this.
We may be in your city, your town.
We are living anonymously.
We are waiting for the day when
We will find each other.
We will make our last stand together—if
We win,
We are saved, and
You are saved as well.
If we lose, all is lost.


My Thoughts:

I realize that the above summary is a bit vague (it is the one on the book jacket, I promise), so I will give you a bit more insight into the plot. There were originally nine aliens that escaped from the planet Lorien to Earth when their planet was under attack. A curse was placed over these nine in order to protect them since they continue to be hunted by the same group that attacked and destroyed their home planet; they can now only be hunted in order. The first three are dead, and Number Four (our main character) is next, and that is really where our story begins.

Personally I love love LOVED this book. I know that sound a bit extreme, but it is now one of my new favorite book, one I might add that I've recently been forcing my friends (including Katie) to read.

This book had a bit of everything; action, adventure, humor, and romance. The writing style was more simplistic in my opinion, but the story was still told in a way that constantly had glued to this book. The main character Number Four, or John Smith as he goes by was a genuinely like-able character that I never felt annoyed with.

I did read some mixed reviews on Barns & Nobel's website, but I highly recommend that you at least pick up the book and flip through a few pages!

Happy Reading!

-Kelsey

Have you read I Am Number Four? OR Do you now plan on reading it? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! (:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!!


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb @Should Be Reading
-Grab your current book
-Open to a random page
-Share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
-no spoilers!
-Share title and author

This week's teaser is from Nobody' Princess by Esther Friesner
"And I don't want to risk your life even once," Mother said, laying her fingers to my lips to hush me. "Don't anger the gods, Helen."

Review: Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Genre: YA and paranormal

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come. 

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir. 

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

My thoughts: 
Now if you haven't read any of the books in the Vampire Academy series then I seriously suggest that you do but you might want to wait to read my review of the last book. I probably won't put any spoilers in my review but hey no promises!

Once again Rose exceeded my expectations and totally kicked some butt. Not only does she have to free her name, deal with her love life(Adrian and Dimitri), but she also has to try and secure a spot on the Council for Lissa. I honestly loved her as a character so much that I am quiet disappointed and sad that the series ended although I think Richelle is continuing Vampire Academy just in another characters point of view.

I really love love love this series though! It gives Twilight a run for its money and in my opinion it won in the first book. There was never a dull moment ever in this book, in the whole series. It keeps you on your toes. Also for me I fell in love with all of the characters and the story plot. And I would love to see this series to hit the big screen. Those movies would be totally kick-ass.

So I would love to applaud Richelle Mead for a great series that fall in love with the Vampire World all over again! I Hope if you haven't read this series that you get your hands on it as soon as you can and love it as much as I did! Happy Reading!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

In my Mailbox

This meme was created by Kristi at The Story Siren. So this week is going to be for two weeks because I forgot to do it for a while. So lets get started!

Bought from Barnes and Noble:
 Intertwined by Gena Showalter


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


















            Beautiful Darkness by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl  














Bought on my Nook:

 The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson







Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

 The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick






The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 The Dark Divine by Bree Despain






The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber











Books I got from friends:


Nightshade by Andrea Cremer(I got from Alexa at Pages of Forbidden Love)





The Lying Game by Sara Shephard


















Wow that was a lot! Wooh so tell me....What did you get in your maibox?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Timeless

Title: Timeless
Author: Alexandra Monir

Summary:

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist.And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
 
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.



My Thoughts: 
 I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be an interesting take on an almost impossible love  story centered around Michele Windsor who lives in the present and Philip of 20th century New York. While I'm aware that time-travel isn't exactly a new concept, I really believe it was what made this book great. Alexandra Monir really did her homework on life in old New York, creating a convincing setting with the details she described.


The writing of this novel wasn't without flaw, but I will give that a pass because the story was still told and it was fantastic, illustrating a beautiful story of love conquering all boundaries, including time. 


-Kelsey


Have you read Timeless? OR Will you be adding Timeless to your reading list? Let us know in the comments!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This week!

Hey guys so its been a week since my last post because I have been reading The Vampire Academy series! I am on the sixth one Last Sacrifice and plan on devouring it this week so I can read something else and be able to review it. Hopefully I will put up some more posts soon. Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review of The Devouring

The Devouring
by Simon Holt
Genre:YA Horror

Summary from Goodreads:

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours, 
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."
THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.
When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.
To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?
The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?

My Review:
Wow! For such a short book it sure was action packed! It was 153 pages of awesomeness and would really like to thank Nick for telling me to read it and review it on the blog. By the way Nick you were right there was a crazy demonic clown in it but I wasn't scared of it maybe I devoured my fear like Reggie did. 

I really enjoyed this book and didn't find it as scary as a ton of people had told me it would be. I mean the Vours were totally creepy and I plan on keeping a very watchful and protective eye on my little brother who reminds me a lot of Reggie's little brother Henry.  But all in all I thought it was a very interesting and a breath of fresh air to a world of YA that now mostly consists of Paranormal Romances and I definitely plan on continuing with the series and finishing it.

I also saw kind of a theme to the story, the story revealed to me that yes, fears are something that we all have to face but it is the way we handle them that matters most. You can't let something you are a afraid of control your life because you may miss out on something really great.

So, great book but pre-warn this book/series is not for the weak at heart! Happy Reading!


The Dark Divine

Title: The Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain


Summary:

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry, glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boys' dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.


My Thoughts:

I just finished this book a couple of hours ago, and WOW it was GOOD! The beginning of this book took a few chapters to really draw me in, but after that I was thoroughly intrigued. Once I was about half way in I literally could not put this book down, and when I had to so I could go to work or do something else I found myself thinking about the characters and how everything would pan out.

This novel was very descriptive, and definitely had an element of mysteriousness about it, which I really appreciated. The characters were also well developed as was the plot, although there are still lingering questions at the end of this book, but I suppose that is just to make you all the more anxious to pick up the next book, which is on sale now.

If you have not yet read this book, I highly recommend that you do!

-Kelsey

Prom & Prejudice

Title: Prom & Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg



Summary:


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?
Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

My Thoughts:

Basically Prom & Prejudice is a loose, modern retelling of the classic novel Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, which is centered around Elizabeth Bennet, a talented pianist on scholarship at Longbourn Academy, and Will Darcy, a stuck up Pemberley student absorbed in the politics of social standing. 

Although I may be a bit biased considering I adore the original version of this book, I can easily say that I LOVED THIS BOOK!  The writing although a bit too simple at times for my taste, was enjoyable and the plot flowed smoothly, incorporating key scenes of the original novel with unexpected modern twists. That being said this was definitely a quick, rainy-day sort of read, so unless you have an e-reader device, you may want to hold off on picking up a copy until it goes to paperback. 

-Kelsey

Saturday, January 22, 2011

On my wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. 


Strange Angels
Lili St. Crow
Genre: YA





Summary from Goodreads:
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?


Slice of Cherry
Dia Reeves
Genre: YA Horrorish




Summary from Goodreads:
Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.
It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….



Forgive my Fins
Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: YA Paranormal

I love mermaids!








Summary from Goodreads:


Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finally Finished It! Review of Torment

Title: Torment
Authour: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. 

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something - something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.


My Review:
As you can see in the title it took me quiet a while to finish this book. I was off and off not really sure whether or not I wanted to continue reading the story. But knowing myself I knew I had to finish it because I never like to leave books unread especially if I bought them. I mean it wasn't that the book was not interesting or boring it was just that I kind of felt like I had already seen this storyline multiple times. It kind of reminded me of New Moon in a way....Daniel had to leave Luce like Edward had to leave Bella to protect her. Also while the male is gone from their lives they both find someone new always debating on whether or not they truly are meant to be with their love. Again this reveals to me how similar it was to me.  I loved Fallen and was hoping for some questions left at the end of the book to be answered but all I got was more questions and a ton of guessing. I hope that Passion can answer most of my questions and that it will be just as good as Fallen.


One more thing I would like to add this cover is beautiful and is kind of the reason I judge books by their covers. In my opinion the summary has to blow away on the back and the cover has to be gorgeous enough to send me into shock and awww. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Unearthly


Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand


Summary:

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My Thoughts:

Okay so I should begin by admitting that I am easily enticed by a pretty cover of a book or an interesting title. While browsing through my local book store last week I saw a display filled with pretty shiny purple books with a conflicted looking girl on the cover. Needless to say I became interested and had to further inspect. Even more exciting? On the cover there was a review from Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series! :D I was SOLD! 

Now, on to the book....

This book really surpassed my expectations, which were already pretty high to begin with(awesome cover, remember?), by taking a creative approach to the angel themed story that seems to have become very popular recently.

I will admit that this story took a few chapters in the beginning to really take off, but after that I was hooked.

Cynthia Hand's writing had me flipping page after page, trying to solve the mystery of Clara's purpose, which she as well as readers, get in pieces through visions she receives throughout the novel. The characters in this story are well rounded, and developed. And the plot blew me away! Not only was it interesting, but it also had me second guessing how it would end right up to the last few pages (something that doesn't happen too often for me).

Definitely go pick up a copy!

-Kelsey 


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hey, I'm Kelsey!

Okay, so let me start by saying that I am no good at writing about myself, so if I start to ramble, please bear with me.

My name is Kelsey ( as you can tell by the post title), I am Katie's friend, and an avid reader, which is why she asked me to contribute to the blog. Books, movies, and music are much the same to me in the way that I have so many favorites that I have a hard time keeping track or narrowing it down to what I like best, but for the sake of introducing myself, I will try.

Taylor Swift is one of my absolute favorites, but I also love Jesse Lee, Miranda Lambert and A Rocket to the Moon. My favorite song changes on a daily basis. Glee, Pretty Little Liars, Community, and Vampire Diaries take up majority of my DVR's space. I'm a firm believer that book beats movie (in most cases anyways).  I ADORE Vampire Academy ( I will probably have to make a separate post on this series).

Andddd I guess that would be it for now. (:

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Header!

Isn't my new header awesome?? Alexa created it for me and I think she did a terrific job! Thanks Alexa again it really adds something to my blog!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In my Mailbox

In my mailbox was created by Kristi at the Story Siren

This week I bought on my Nook

Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey













My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

















Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow

















Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
















Wyoming Brides by Debbie Maccomber
















This is all I got in my mailbox this week! I would really like to know what you got, so tell me what did you get in your mailbox?