Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott


Book: Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Rating: 5 Stars
Summary:

You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything.

Overall:

Amy is full of guilt. She can barely look at herself after what she did. It has been 75 days since she walked away from the car accident that took the life of her best friend, Julia. She never should have gone to that party, never should have said what she said, never should have drank what she drank.

After grueling weeks of therapy at Pinewood, a rehabilitation center, Amy is starting school again with a whole new look. She is now the outsider, the girl with no friends because she killed her only one. The only way Amy knows to vent is through drinking and ever since the night of the accident she can’t even look at a bottle without getting sick.

The new Amy, the one that doesn’t drink or drive or party, finds that the only way she can get her feelings out are through writing in a journal to Julia, a journal filled with things that she could never get the nerve to actually tell Julia when she was still alive.

Elizabeth Scott takes you into the mind of a teenager who can barely live with herself after what she did but who finally manages to face reality and realize that the only way to move on is by letting go of the past. Love You Hate You Miss You is a story of healing and of learning to cope with the things you can’t change. Through journal entries, Amy’s memories of past times, and weekly therapy sessions, the reader can really see what Amy is going through.

Having read more than one Elizabeth Scott novel in the past, I had high expectations for this book and once again, Elizabeth Scott did not disappoint. The concepts of guilt, friendship, and love are beautifully put together in this story about the importance of friendship and family.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

22 Days to Something, Maybe!!!


So, seeing as Something, Maybe comes out in 22 days Elizabeth Scott is holding a 22-Countdown Celebration on her blog which means there may be a chance for prizes. If you would like to learn more about the celebration you can go to her blog and read more about it and the book that it is celebrating.

Also, I just finished reading Elizabeth Scott’s book Love You Hate You Miss You and will have a review posted tomorrow.

Here is the link to the actual post:
http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2009/03/something-maybe-mini-tourand-more.php

Here is the link to Elizabeth’s blog:
http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Armstrong | Review

The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Armstrong | ReviewThe Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Published by Harper Teen on April 28, 2009
Pages: 360
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars

Chloe Saunders is on the run
and raising hell. Literally.
 


Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the team that created her has decided it's time to end the experiment. Permanently.

Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends?

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Chloe Saunders is back in the second book of the Darkest Powers series. If you haven’t read The Summoning yet read it before reading this review. SPOILERS.

At the end of the first book Chloe and Rae go to Chloe’s Aunt Lauren for help, not knowing that she is working for the very group that they are trying to escape from. As a result, Chloe and Rae end up locked in a high security warehouse that houses the Edison Groups many experiments. Luckily, Derek and Simon are still on the run and on the lookout for Chloe and Rae.

After encountering ghosts of some of the former Lyle House occupants Chloe decides to take matters into her own hands and figure out a way to escape, this time for good. With the help of Liz’s ghost and a trapped demi-demon Chloe manages to find more information about the Edison group and how she can possibly escape from them.

Once away from the Edison group Chloe is forced to face the reality of living on the run with nowhere and nobody to turn to other than Tori, Derek, and Simon. Her father has posted a $500,000 reward for her safe return and the Edison group is no longer worried about keeping any of them alive.

Will Chloe and the others be able to outrun the Edison group or will their luck finally run out? Will Chloe ever figure out what her true feelings are for Derek and Simon?

The Darkest Powers series is full of paranormal happenings, betrayal, and budding romance. I highly recommend this series for any fans of the Twilight series. Definitely not the same story line but just as good.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

In My Mailbox 5

In my mailbox was started by The Story Siren and is a list of what you received in books over the past week either through the mail, library, or a bookstore.


Summary from Amazon:
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.


Summary from Amazon:
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.


Summary from Amazon:
If life were a fairy tale, Oribella Bettencourt would have a “happily ever after” kind of future ahead of her. A Hollywood producer has come to Des Moines in search of a perfectly modern Princess Rapunzel, and Ori — a model, dancer, and star of the beauty pageant circuit — lands the part. And why shouldn’t she? With her hardworking, self-sacrifi cing mother guiding her career, Ori is stunning, dedicated, poised…and then there’s her hair. Breathtakingly lustrous blond hair that sets her apart from all the other girls at school. So what if she doesn’t have any friends her age, or anyone to talk to other than her mother? She’s on the verge of having everything she’s ever dreamed of.

But in this fairy tale, the beautiful princess wakes up to her worst nightmare — when almost overnight, Ori begins to lose her hair….

I can’t find a summary of this but the back says that it is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.


Summary from Amazon:
The phenomenon that’s been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they’re calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.

Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie — her Homecoming date Tommy Williams — her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can’t seem to live without.

I can’t find a summary for this one either and what it says on the back is too much for me to type but it looks good.

Summary from MTV Books blog:
High school senior, Tere Adams, has one dream—to be a dj. By day she is paralyzed when she has to talk to people, but at night, she rocks, doing mock broadcasts in her bedroom. Her confidence is further eroded by her mom, who still sees Tere as the chubby, pale kid, the other children called Snowball. Mom thinks that Tere’s dreams are just silly fantasies, but her new husband, Rob, offers Tere an internship as his top-forty radio station. Her best friend, Audrey, the only person truly aware of Tere’s vast music knowledge, encourages her to take the job. From there Tere must learn to come out from behind her mask. In doing so she confronts the bullies in her life, stands up for herself and falls in love.


Summary from Amazon:
Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new “it” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status— comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh’s help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

I’m not going to post the summary for this because I already reviewed it and if you want to know what it is about you can read that.


Summary from Amazon:
The circle’s power has lured her home

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that’s controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she’s drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that’s both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.


Summary from Amazon:
Caught in the struggle between good and evil . . .

Cassie has joined the most alluring—and deadly—in-crowd imaginable. But power comes with a price, and it’s more dangerous than she knows. Torn between the dueling desires of the two leaders of the Secret Grcle, she must ultimately choose between saving all of New Salem, and her own dangerous love for the bewitching Adam, which threatens to tear the circle apart. In the ultimate battle between good and evil, will Cassie’s supernatural powers be strong enough to lead the coven out of danger? Or will she foil prey to the dark forces within?

. . . will she sacrifice her love for the circle to survive?


Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Sixteen-year-old Katniss is smart, athletic, and fast. She can take down a rabbit with a bow and arrow, hitting it straight through the eye. Will these skills be enough to survive the Hunger Games?

Suzanne Collins, the author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Underland Chronicles begins anew, exploring a future landscape that will be familiar to devotees of science fiction’s dystopic strain. In a nation called Panem, which occupies the landmass that is the present United States, a parasitical fascist Capitol dominates 12 conquered districts. There was a thirteenth district but it was obliterated during a rebellion. The totalitarian government keeps the subjected populations in line by threatened devastation, starvation, and brutality.


A love beyond life…a danger beyond doubt.

When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she’d lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she’s discovered that he’s her guardian angel — his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she’s in terrible danger. Only Ivy’s guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.

But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he’s finally reached her again?

So all the ARC’s I got from either Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, and Disney Hyperion. The rest I bought from Target or Barnes and Noble. So this week was definitely a very good week and hopefully there will be more weeks like this in the future.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paradise Lost (Private #9) by Kate Brian


Book: Paradise Lost (Private #9) by Kate Brian
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary:

Paradise awaits….

Now that Cheyenne’s murderer has been revealed and Reed knows the truth about who’s been stalking her, she’s ready to leave the heartache and turmoil of last semester behind. And what better way to recover than a five-star Caribbean vacation?

Reed is reunited with former Billings Girls Kiran and Taylor, and she and her friends take over the exclusive island. They spend their days tanning on white-sand beaches and their nights partying on sixty-foot yachts.

It’s heaven on earth.

But as they raise their champagne flutes to toast their friendship, Reed worries that it’s all too good to be true. Because even in paradise, the Billings Girls are never far from trouble — and nothing’s more dangerous than the calm before the storm….

Overall:

Reed Brennan is a magnet for trouble. It seems that everywhere she goes murder and mayhem follow. After the revelation at Kiran’s pre-birthday bash, the Billings girls decide that maybe they should leave Easton a little early for their holiday plans.

The Billings girls, along with Gage, Dash, and a few others head to St.Barth’s for Christmas break. Reed is the only newcomer to the islands so the girls decide to introduce her to their favorite pastime,the Upton Game. Upton Giles is labeled the hottest man on the islands and the object of the game is to be the first girl to hook up with him. Reed decides that she is going to change her ways and forget about her past. She vows that she will stay out of the Upton Game and make her own fun, at least until she actually meets Upton.

Little does she know, Upton is somebody else’s boyfriend or at least she thinks he is. Poppy Simon is not happy about Reed interfering with her plans and she makes it known. Loyalties are tested and friendships are broken all over one guy.

Also, Reed starts feeling a little paranoid. Everywhere she goes she seems to have some near death experience. And she doesn’t think they are accidents. Reed can’t help but feel like someone is following her and that whoever it is plans on taking Reed out of the Upton Game…for good.

I was actually a little bit disappointed at the end of this book. I love all the Privates books but it seems like Kate Brian is running out of ideas. The ending is definitely another cliff-hanger, though. I may have been disappointed but I still can’t wait for September 8 to see what happens in the next book.

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.