Friday, February 6, 2009

The Elite (Elite #1) by Jennifer Banash

Title: The Elite (Elite #1)
Author: Jennifer Banash
Rating: 4 Stars

From the top, you can see everything . . . except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she’s overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she’s moved to New York’s Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She’s not just Casey’s new classmate and neighbor; she’s an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people-including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.

So overall I thought this book was a really good read. I loved how Jennifer Banash managed to incorporate real teenage problems into this book all about rich girls and the high life. So Casey McCloy is the new girl in town and on her first day she meets the three most popular girls in her new school, Madison, Phoebe, and Sophie. All she really wants to do is to fit in with them and Sophie and Phoebe seem like they have no problem with that, but Madison does. Madison is the mean girl of her school. She has to have what she wants, when she wants it. Casey seems to get in her way when Madison’s sometimes boyfriend starts paying a little too much attention to Casey, and not enough to Madison.

Phoebe and Sophie are Madison’s two best friends. They are gorgeous and rich, just like Madison but unlike Madison they seem to be truly nice people, even when they aren’t exactly having very nice home lives. Phoebe is worried about her parents fighting all the time and the possibility that they might get divorced. Sophie feels like the outcast in her family, like she will never truly fit in with her tan, dark haired parents and brother, when she herself is pale and blonde. She takes out her frustration on herself in the form of self-mutilation.

Jennifer Banash has managed to create a great story about misfits, love, and high school drama. She has also managed to include some very real problems that are evident in today’s teens. I loved this book and would recommend it for any fans of series such as Private or Gossip Girl.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wishmakers by Dorothy Garlock

Book: Wishmakers: 2 Stories in 1 by Dorothy Garlock
Rating: 3 Stars for the first story
4 Stars for the second story

Hidden Dreams
Margaret Anthony was beautiful and independently wealthy, her social position assured. She could have bought a yacht or a palace with the stroke of her pen. To her free-spirited business partner Chip Thorn, she wasn’t much more than a spoiled brat. Ironically, Margaret and Chip are forced to pretend an engagement in public, while in private, they’re worlds apart. In the rugged and often dangerous world of Chip’s logging camp, Margaret begins to yield to his way of life — and the ecstasy she’s dreamed of. Chip’s soul-spinning kisses evoked in her a greater wealth of passion than she had ever known. But can kisses alone pave the path to love.

She Wanted Red Velvet
Fleeing a terrible marriage, Gloria Masterson encounters danger on a deserted Montana road..and a savior in Jack Evans. Out of nowhere, the green-eyed biker fneds off her attackers and sweeps her away on his motorcycle. But Gloria is suspicious of all men, even this one, with his strong arms that make her feel so safe. Can she learn to love a stranger whose fiery passion touches her wounded heart?

Well both these stories definitely fit in the category of cheesy romance novels. And they were both written in the eighties so they are actually a little older than me. Even so, I really liked both of them. My favorite was the second story, ‘She Wanted Red Velvet’, but I think that was because I liked the characters a little more. Their story seemed a little more believable than the story of the characters in, ‘Hidden Dreams’.

Hidden Dreams is the story of Margaret Anthony and Duncan ‘Chip’ Thorn. Margaret grew up with everything she could possibly wish for: money, clothes, and a loving dad. She thought that was all she would need until her dad died. After that she was forced to take a clear look at her life and she realized that it wasn’t all she wanted. She decided to break off her engagement to the man her father picked for her and fly all the way to Montana for a man she never actually met, only saw in passing. Once she gets there, though, she is in for a big surprise. Not only is he one of her dad’s former business partners, he has told everyone in town that she is his fiancee from Chicago. Chip and ‘Maggie’ are then forced to put on a show of a happy couple for the town and Margaret realizes that that is all she really wants. Chip, on the other hand, thinks that she is completely wrong for him because he is afraid that she will get bored and leave him just like his mom left his dad. So, I’m not gonna give away the ending, you will just have to read it to find out if all their problems are solved.

She Wanted Red Velvet was my favorite out of the two stories. This is the story of Gloria Masterson and Jack Evans, along with Gloria’s son. Gloria is fleeing a mentally abusive husband who only used her and their adopted son as publicity. On the way to her aunt’s motel, Gloria and her son are harassed by two big bikers until another biker, Jack Evans, shows up to save the day. Gloria is terrified that Jack will try to harass them too and his appearance doesn’t help matters. Jack is a very big man with long hair and a long beard. Gloria decides that she has no choice but to trust him so she and her son climb on his motorcycle and he drives them to her aunt’s. Once there her aunt explains that she knows Jack and that he is a good man but Gloria can’t trust herself with him because she knows he is all wrong for her, yet she is still attracted to him. Things get worse for Gloria when her son starts to become attached to Jack and begins to spend more and more time with him. As if things weren’t bad enough, Gloria’s aunt has a stroke and is unable to return to the motel, leaving Gloria in charge, with a little help from Jack. While Jack and Gloria are left in charge, Jack gets closer and closer to Gloria’s heart, yet he is still keeping his past a secret from her. Right when things seem to be getting better, Gloria’s ex-husband returns claiming that he has a court order that gives him their son for 6 months every year and that the only way she can stop him is if she remarries him. And that is all I will say. You will just have to read the book to find out how it ends.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday: Peace, Love, And Baby Ducks

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat. .

So this book is one I cannot wait for. I love Lauren Myracle’s writing and I am so glad that she is continuing to write books that look so amazing. It is a little hard to wait until May for it to come out, though.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

So…Not Much New

So I don’t really have anything new to report except that I might branch out and post some Adult Fiction reviews. I will read pretty much anything so I figure why not review pretty much anything. I have a feeling my blog is still gonna be mostly YA books but maybe a few romance and mystery novels thrown in every now and then. Also, I just got the two books in the Elite series today and can’t wait to read those. Those are definitely next on my list of books to read. So, those reviews should be posted sometime this week depending on how much schoolwork I have. Well, not really anything else to say right now but check back soon and I should have some new reviews.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Envy (The Luxe #3) by Anna Godbersen

Title: Envy (The Luxe #3)
Author: Anna Godbersen
Rating: 5 Stars

Jealous whispers.
Old rivalries.
New betrayals.

Two months after Elizabeth Holland’s dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana’s side, however, those watching New York’s favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city’s most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope’s finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope’s social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society’s darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen’s bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan’s most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

Okay so I finally finished Envy. And it was AMAZING. I love how Anna Godbersen manages to incorporate history with such a great story. The only thing bad I have to say about this book is that it is kind of depressing. Most stories, you expect a happy ending. So far in this series the first book was the only one with a happy ending. Well, sort of happy.

So, the book starts off about two months after Will is killed at the train station and Penelope and Henry are married. Elizabeth is still hiding what really happened in the months that she was gone and she is still not back in society. Diana is heartbroken over Henry’s betrayal with Penelope and is still unable to even see him. Penelope is still a backstabbing, lying, conniving girl but even more so now that she has married into the Schoonmaker family. Henry is always trying to get drunk and forget about all the mistakes that he made but he can’t seem to get away from Penelope. And last but not least, Carolina Broad, formerly Lina Broud. She gets off to a great start in society and is still living in the New Netherland hotel. She also seems to be developing a bit of a crush on another member of high society, Leland Bouchard.

The story starts off in New York but quickly changes locations to Florida. The Schoonmakers invite Teddy Cutting, Leland Bouchard, Carolina Broad, Elizabeth and Diana Holland, and also Penelope’s brother Grayson Hayes. While everyone is off in Florida some new romances seem to bloom but don’t seem to work out in the end. Once back in New York one of those romances goes a little too far and could end up being the ruin of one member of high society but we won’t know until the next book is released.

Okay well I’m not going to say everything that happens in this book. If you truly want to know you will read it. Now that I’m finished with the book, I am so anxious for the next one and I have no clue when that will be coming out. So I definitely recommend reading this series and tell me what you think about it, even if you don’t necessarily agree with my opinion.

Friday, January 30, 2009

A couple of things…

So first, I have no new reviews for today. I know, sad. I am reading Envy by Anna Godbersen right now and it’s taking me a little longer than planned to get through it. I’m not saying that it’s bad, though, I’ve just had more going on than usual. Actually, so far it’s really great. This series was one that my friend told me that I needed to read and as soon as I read the first book, I was hooked so I’m really glad that this one is finally out and I get to read it. Okay so onto the next thing. I am going to try to hold a contest soon but I don’t quite know what books yet. I also don’t really know how to hold a contest but I’m going to steal a few ideas from some other blogs and go from there. So if anybody has any tips, I am completely up for any thing you might say. Okay well nothing else really new going on. I am going to be getting a few new books to read, hopefully, soon and will post my reviews as soon as I finish.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: The Season

The Season

By Sarah MacLean
Coming out March 1, 2009

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had learned to hold her own. Not the best making for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will her heart be stolen in the process?

Okay this book definitely sounds like one I will have to read and I absolutely love the cover. I can’t wait for this one to come out.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Do-Over by Niki Burnham

Do-Over by Niki BurnhamDo-Over by Niki Burnham
Series: Royally Jacked #3
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 26, 2006
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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3 Stars

When it comes to love, how many chances do you get?

Girl meets prince. Girl looses prince. Girl gets prince back -- right? Well, that's what Valerie is hoping. She's back in Schwerinborg after spending some time with her mother in the good ol' US of A, and hopes that sparks are still flying between her and Georg. At first it looks like things are going great, until a ski trip to the Alps has Val and Georg's romance hitting some moguls. Could Val's love life be heading for a face-plant?


In my opinion, this was one of the better books in the Simon Pulse romantic comedy collection. I think that Niki Burnham is one of the best authors in this series. I felt like maybe I could relate to these characters more than some of the others. I really liked Valerie and her friends. They seemed really funny and more like actual people than some other characters in books. The one thing that I didn’t really like, though, was how perfect Georg seemed. It was like Valerie was the only one in the relationship with flaws. It may make the book more like a fairytale but it isn’t realistic that he would be that fine with anything that Valerie may have done to mess up their relationship. There wasn’t a whole lot of plot to this book but it was still a really cute, easy read.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann

Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMannWake by Lisa McMann
Series: Dream Catcher #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 4, 2008
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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5 Stars

Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....


I read this book in about three hours. I started it and could not put it down until the absolute last page. Janie is definitely not your average girl but I have to say that I wouldn’t necessarily mind trading places with her if it meant that I got to meet Cabel. He is probably my favorite character in the book, even though there are parts where I want to slap him.

At first, I admit to being a little confused about what was going on in all the flashbacks but everything cleared up for me once we got to the present. It all begins when Janie is eight years old and falls into her first dream. After that she doesn’t seem to be able to stop herself from being sucked into dreams and is barely able to pull herself out once she is in. Normally the dreams that she is pulled into are just embarrassing or very revealing but everything starts to get really crazy when she is pulled into a violent dream that makes her very scared. What she doesn’t find out until later is that the dream that she is so afraid of is Cabel’s and she doesn’t find this out until she is already fully entangled with Cabel. There are so many parts of this book where Cabel seems like the nicest guy a girl could want and then there are the times that you want to rage at him. While Janie and Cabel are definitely the main characters there are other smaller characters that play important roles such as Carrie, Stu, Shay, the Captain, and a couple others. They all seem to have special roles in the book but they aren’t very developed yet and I am hoping that they will be enhanced a little bit in the next book, Fade. I’m not going to give away the whole plot here so if you want to know what happens then you will have to read the book and I would definitely recommend it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

When It Happens by Susane ColasantiWhen It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Published by Penguin Teen on May 4, 2006
Pages: 287
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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5 Stars

At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

Hilariously and movingly told through Tobey and Sara’s authentic voices, Susane Colasanti’s debut novel sizzles in its portrayal of two young people searching for The One.

picadillyblueWhen It Happens is such a great book. It tells such a true story of love in high school. I loved the two main characters Tobey and Sara. They are both seniors in high school and the total opposite of each other. Sara is an overachiever and Tobey a slacker musician. The cool thing about this book that really separates it from other teen romance books is that each chapter is told in either Tobey’s or Sara’s perspectives so you get inside both characters hearts and minds. This is Susane Colasanti’s debut novel and I cannot wait to read her next two books “Take Me There” and “Waiting For You.” I recommend these books for anybody who is a fan of Sarah Dessen and really just anybody.