Friday, February 27, 2009

Violet In Private (Violet #3) by Melissa Walker


Book: Violet In Private
Rating: 5 Stars
Summary:

The return of Violet, the not-so- confident model . . .

Violet Greenfield knows she’s supposed to be a super-confident nineteen-year-old because she’s done runway shows in New York and internationally. But now that she’s finally headed to college, she’s afraid she’ll turn back into that girl who blended into the walls in high school. Vassar is just two hours away from New York City–her friends in fashion think she’s crazy to stop modeling now. And her old friend Roger is there…but things have been weird ever since they kissed. The real question is if she’s not going to be “Violet on the Runway” anymore…who is she?

Overall:

Violet is back and she is not modeling full-time this time. Violet has finally decided that maybe modeling isn’t what she wants to be doing. She finally starts at Vassar and she actually feels like maybe this is where she belongs but then things get crazy again.

Once her Mirabella Prince ad campaign comes out Violet is back in the spotlight, even at Vassar. Nobody believes that she can possibly have weight issues because she is so tiny but nobody else knows what it is like in the modeling world. To offset the publicity she is getting from the campaign, Violet decides to do a story for Teen Fashionista about the real Violet Greenfield.

The only problem is, that means spending more time with Chloe, Roger’s girlfriend. Violet still doesn’t know what to think about Roger after the kiss they shared in Barcelona and finding out that he was in love with her for basically their whole lives.

Will Violet be able to find her true self off the runway? Will she finally be able to settle things once and for all with Roger?

Violet In Private is the followup book to both Violet On The Runway and Violet By Design. I truly loved this book because Melissa Walker did a great job incorporating real feelings of every teenage girl into Violet. This is the last book in the Violet series that is out now but I don’t know if Melissa Walker plans to write anymore. I would love to see a fourth Violet book sometime in the future, though.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Violet By Design (Violet #2) by Melissa Walker


Book: Violet By Design by Melissa Walker
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:

I was going to get out of the modeling business for good.

But now I’m having trouble sticking with my decision. After all, if it wasn’t for modeling, I might still be the invisible wallflower. Hot guys like Paulo wouldn’t be interested in me. And I’d never have seen Brazil or Spain-and now France! On the other hand…

I also wouldn’t have to choose between my best friend from home and my agent’s shrill demands. Or anguish over my body the way only runway models do. Not to mention all this trouble I’m getting into for speaking out in the press about eating disorders.

Maybe the life of an international model isn’t for me. But if I quit for good, I might always wonder…What if?

Overall:

Violet Greenfield has gone from a nobody to an international runway model. After returning home to get away from the modeling business for a while, Angela approaches Violet about modeling in Brazil and Violet jumps at the chance to travel internationally.

Things start out brilliantly until Violet’s insecurities once again get the better of her. Violet manages to get all the shows, all the clothes, and all the guys but once again the designers and her agent have to have her perfect and Violet can’t handle it.

Weight becomes a greater issue in this book and Violet is unable to keep her weight exactly where the designers and her agent want it. The only way she can think of to vent is to post on her blog. Little does she know that her friends and teenagers are not the only people reading. Her dilemma becomes fodder for the press and Violet gets in deeper than she can handle.

When she is asked to do a campaign promoting better health for teen girls, Violet thinks that it may be the beginning of a new type of modeling world. That is, until she is told that she needs to lose five pounds and keep the weight off for the shoots. It’s too late for Violet to back out but she begins to feel like she is betraying herself and all the teenagers that look up to her when she poses for the shoot. And all the while she is losing herself, she finds herself losing her best friend and possibly the love of her life, Roger.

Will Violet’s career be able to last through her insecurities and weight issues or will it and she break under the pressure? Will she be able to fix things between her and Roger or did she blow her only chance?

Violet By Design is the followup to Violet On The Runway and is followed by Violet In Private. This second installment in the series is by far the best so far but I have high hopes for Violet In Private.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Violet on the Runway (Violet #1) by Melissa Walker


Book: Violet On The Runway by Melissa Walker
Rating: 3 Stars
Summary:

A wallflower in the spotlight can do one of two things: wilt, or blossom…

Violet Greenfield’s life changes forever when a lady in giant Chanel shades tells her she could be IT, the next Kate Moss-but taller, and without the PR problems. That’s how Violet winds up with a business card in the front pocket of her jeans on her first day as a senior in high school. Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City wants to put Violet on a plane and whisk her into the world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Tall, skinny Violet, who’s been P-L-A-I-N practically forever.

And guess what? She’s going.

Overall:
Violet Greenfield is a nobody. That is, until she is noticed by Angela Blythe of Tryst models. As soon as Angela sees Violet she knows that she could be the next big thing for Tryst.
Violet is offered the chance of a lifetime: to go to New York and walk in fashion week. Once that is done she figures that she will just go back to Carolina and continue with her life but then she gets an even bigger shock. Angela wants her to graduate early and move to New York to become a model full-time.
Violet easily gets swept up into all the glamor and glitz of modeling but it doesn’t last long. She starts to see the side effects of modeling in her roommate Veronica Trask who has more than one bad habit just to keep herself going in the day-to-day world of modeling.
Will Violet be able to stay true to herself in the fake world of modeling or will she become the next Veronica Trask? Will Violet be able to keep her true friends or will she lose them to all the gold diggers who just want her fame?
Definitely a good book but it started out a little slow. Once you get past her first modeling trip the book seems to move at a faster pace. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: The Reluctant Heiress

Summary from Amazon.com:
Being an heiress in 1920s Austria with nothing but a broken-down castle to your name and nary a penny in your purse could be frustrating for anyone but the Princess Theresa-Maria of Pfaffenstein. “Tessa,” however, is thrilled with her situation, as it allows her to concentrate on her love of the arts—and no one in the Viennese opera company need know that their delightful and charming under-wardrobe mistress is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera in search of suitable entertainment for his high society guests, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life—and love—than just music. But while the attraction between them in undeniable, Guy’s insufferable snob of a fiancée only solidifies Tessa’s determination to keep her true identity a secret. Yet, after a chance meeting with the handsome Englishman, Tessa’s reserve begins to melt, and she starts to wonder if it’s not too late for a fairytale ending…

So, this cover just caught my eye so I read the summary and this looks like a really good book. I love anything that is historical and romantic so I think this book will really appeal to me. I can’t wait for it to release on April 30.=]

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall to a random page.
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* Share the title of the book that you’re getting your teaser from… That way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
* Please avoid spoilers!

From page 141 of Violet On The Runway

I rush around the living room looking for a pen and paper, repeating the address in my head so I won’t forget it. So much for my buzz being dead, Veronica, I think to myself. It’s just starting to build.

I’m liking this series so far and I should have a review posted pretty soon.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols | Review

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols | ReviewGoing Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books on March 17, 2009
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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5 Stars

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

Going Too Far is an amazing book. I could not put this book down. I was hooked at the first page. Meg and 3 of her friends are caught on a railroad bridge, under the influence, right before their spring break. As punishment the cop who found them decided that instead of going to Miami for a school trip, they should be forced to ride around with either the police, firefighters, or ambulance personnel.

Meg unluckily gets stuck with the police officer that arrested them. Officer After seems like somebody Meg knows but she can’t quite place him until her friend tells her that they went to school with him and that he is only a year older then them. As the week progresses Meg is unnerved to find herself beginning to fall for Officer After even though she knows that it can never go anywhere.

Through the week Meg and Officer After begin to connect in different ways and some shocking things are revealed about both of their pasts.

Will Meg and John be able to get past their differences and finally be in a good relationship or will they ruin everything with their hostile natures toward each other?

Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read. It has just the right mix of romance, comedy, and rebelliousness. I could safely say that this is book for just about any teenage girl.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

In My Mailbox 4

In my mailbox was started by The Story Siren and is a list of what you received in books over the past week.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

I got this book earlier this week but I have already read it and posted a review so if you want to know what this book is about you can just scroll down to the review.

A wallflower in the spotlight can do one of two things: wilt, or blossom…

Violet Greenfield’s life changes forever when a lady in giant Chanel shades tells her she could be IT, the next Kate Moss-but taller, and without the PR problems. That’s how Violet winds up with a business card in the front pocket of her jeans on her first day as a senior in high school. Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City wants to put Violet on a plane and whisk her into the world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Tall, skinny Violet, who’s been P-L-A-I-N practically forever.

And guess what? She’s going.

I was going to get out of the modeling business for good.

But now I’m having trouble sticking with my decision. After all, if it wasn’t for modeling, I might still be the invisible wallflower. Hot guys like Paulo wouldn’t be interested in me. And I’d never have seen Brazil or Spain-and now France! On the other hand…

I also wouldn’t have to choose between my best friend from home and my agent’s shrill demands. Or anguish over my body the way only runway models do. Not to mention all this trouble I’m getting into for speaking out in the press about eating disorders.

Maybe the life of an international model isn’t for me. But if I quit for good, I might always wonder…What if?

The return of Violet, the not-so- confident model . . .

Violet Greenfield knows she’s supposed to be a super-confident nineteen-year-old because she’s done runway shows in New York and internationally. But now that she’s finally headed to college, she’s afraid she’ll turn back into that girl who blended into the walls in high school. Vassar is just two hours away from New York City–her friends in fashion think she’s crazy to stop modeling now. And her old friend Roger is there…but things have been weird ever since they kissed. The real question is if she’s not going to be “Violet on the Runway” anymore…who is she?

So this is what I got this week, what about you?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Rule Of Won by Stefan Petrucha


Book: The Rule Of Won by Stefan Petrucha
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:

The secret of The Rule of Won is simple, yet its power has been suppressed for generations. The universe is one of infinite abundance—ask, and you shall receive.

Umm, yeah right. Meet Caleb Dunne, slacker extraordinaire. Caleb prefers to glide through life with the minimal amount of effort, so he isn’t too jazzed when his overachieving girlfriend, Vicky, convinces him to join a new school club based on a controversial book, The Rule of Won. Slackers don’t join school clubs, do they? As The Rule gains popularity, though, the club members start to gain power within the school. From dark posts on the club’s online message board to all-out threats in the hallways, it becomes apparent that the group is getting out of control. For slacker Caleb, though, the only thing worse than doing something is not doing something.

Darkly funny and exceptionally thought-provoking, The Rule of Won, inspired by the ideas behind books like the runaway hit The Secret, shines a light on the dangers of group thinking and the inner desires that can sometimes get the best of us all.

Overall:
The Rule of Won was a very interesting story about a cult that is obsessed with The Rule of Won. The Rule of Won is a book that was written by Jasper Trelawney and basically is about how if you just wish for something hard enough, you will get it and how anything that happens to you is what you secretly wished for.
Caleb Dunne is a slacker with horrible bad luck. Ever since the old gym of the school collapsed and he was the only person there at the time, he has been on the brink of expulsion and on the outs with his politically ambitious girlfriend, Vicky. When Vicky asks him to join the after school club for The Rule he figures that it will be a way to win her back. Once he gets into the club, though, bad things start to happen.
Caleb realizes that maybe the leader of The Rule, Ethan might be behind a lot of the accidents that are causing The Rule’s dreams to come true but as he begins to investigate he realizes that it is impossible to stop them. The whole school has become obsessed, including the principal.
Caleb finally decides that he has to take matters into his own hands and faces off with Ethan to end the reign of the cult but not everything goes as expected.
I really enjoyed reading this book even though it wasn’t one that I would normally pick up off the shelf. The story is kind of left hanging at the end though. It’s almost like the author could write a sequel and I think that would make another great story.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

After The Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr | Review

After The Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr | ReviewAfter the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Published by Houghton Mifflin on May 18, 2009
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 328
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars

A new novel by the Printz Honor author Garret Freymann-Weyr, about a boy who discovers what happens when love fails us—or we fail love.

Maia Morland is pretty, only not pretty-pretty. She’s smart. She’s brave. She’s also a self-proclaimed train wreck. Leigh Hunter is smart, popular, and extremely polite. He’s also completely and forever in love with Maia Morland. Their young love starts off like a romance novel—full of hope, strength, and passion. But life is not a romance novel and theirs will never become a true romance. For when Maia needs him the most, Leigh betrays both her trust and her love.

Told with compassion and true understanding, After the Moment is about what happens when a young man discovers that sometimes love fails us, and that, quite often, we fail love.

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After The Moment is a story of love–love that is true but cannot hold strong through tough times. This book was a little more serious than I expected touching on subjects such as self-mutilation, death of a loved one, bullying, and many others. Even though it was a bit more serious it was truly an amazing story.

Leigh Hunter is the golden boy: soccer star, straight-A student, and boyfriend to Astra Grein. At least, he is until his stepsister’s father dies and he is asked to move to Washington to be there for her. Leigh and Astra decide that they would rather have a long distance relationship than break up but Leigh never expected to fall for Maia Morland, the train wreck.

Maia has many different problems. Her stepfather that actually cares about her is in jail, her mother doesn’t notice her, and she has her own issues such as self-mutilation, anorexia, and she had a tendency to act out sexually until her psychiatrist made her sign a contract.

When Leigh meets Maia he never once thinks that he could love her. She is the exact opposite of Astra and yet he can’t get her off his mind. Leigh begins to drive Maia to her prison visits and in the process, gets to know her. He doesn’t realize that he loves her until being away from her to visit his mom in Maine. When he returns home he goes straight to Maia’s and is surprised to find out that she feels the same way. They begin dating, even though Leigh still hasn’t broken up with Astra.

Finally, Leigh decides that he needs to end things once and for all with Astra and decides to go to New York and tell her in person. He never knew that his decision to stay in New York for one extra night would have such drastic consequences. When he returns to Washington nothing is the same and when he finds out why, he wishes he could change things but he can’t.

Unknowingly Leigh breaks Maia’s trust and loses their relationship. He will always love her but they can never be together.

And if you want to know why, you will just have to read the book. I wouldn’t just give away the ending.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday: The Awakening

Summary:
Book II in the Darkest Powers trilogy takes us deeper into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the everyday with riveting effect.If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl – someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment – not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a group of people who call themselves The Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I’m a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control: I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. 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 gain our freedom back before The Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

So I figured since I just read The Summoning I would have The Awakening as my Waiting on Wednesday and I cannot wait for this book to come out. I loved The Summoning and this one looks even better. Also, I really love the cover. The blue is so pretty. I haven’t read any other books by Kelley Armstrong yet but I think I might try some of her adult novels since this book was so good.