Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blogoversary? Giveaway Time! Cinderella Society and Rumor Has It

   I didn't realize that this was my Blogoversary month. Although, I don't think it really counts since I was gone for like half of it, haha. Anyway, I thought that this was a perfect time for a giveaway! Sound good? Good!
   Great. So I'll be giving away 2 books, which means 2 winners! :)
   The first winner will receive the book of their choice. Then second winner will get the one left over. So the first option is: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy.
   What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore? Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider.  So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it’s like something out of a fairy tale.  Swept up by the Cindys’ magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she’s finally found her chance to fit in. Then the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch-enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there’s more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside.  She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything. Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her.  Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn’t want to be seen with her in public?  And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?

   I did review this book a while back, and I'm happy to give it to someone else! You'll love it, I assure you.
   The next option is Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell.

    When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men. Tilly has no intention of joining in – she's just happy with her new Girl Friday job.    Then she meets Jack Lucas.    Jack is irresistible… and he's got his eye on Tilly. But there are shocking rumours about his wicked reputation. Tilly doesn’t want to be just another notch on anyone's bedpost. But is she being mature and sensible – or is she running away from the love of her life?

Both of these books are great! Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

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Love,
Sophia

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan


Synopsis: Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. 

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

   When I was in the fourth or fifth grade, I went through an OBSESSION with Rick Riordan. Well, actually, it was more of an obsession with the Percy Jackson series. I was so excited when I found this book in my library. I immediately checked it out and started reading. But then... I stopped.
   Unlike the Percy Jackson series, this book hadn't captivated me. It hadn't intrigued me in the least bit. I had always had a thing for Greek mythology, but Egyptian? Definitely not my type. Eventually, I forced myself to continue reading.
   This book wasn't great. Maybe it was because I had too high of expectations (which seems to happen often). It was a good book, but it wasn't amazing. I was disappointed, to say the least. I found this book way too long and dragging. It got boring in some parts and I didn't find the humor in this book, very, well... humorous. Maybe it's because this book was really different from the previous books I've read lately, but still.
   The plot was nice as well as the content. It was mysterious and interesting once you got into it. The characters were very good narrators and although I wouldn't reread this book, it was good.
   3 keys.

Love,
Sophia

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

   Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
   My friend and my librarian recommended this book to me a while ago and so I picked up and read... and read and read and read! The book just got more and more interesting the more words I read. It was incredible. I honestly don't know what it is about this book. The writing isn't spectacular, the characters aren't the best I've ever read, the plot isn't as interesting as others, but somehow, this book had it all. It's amazing.
   Belly is a very interesting girl. She was a great character to read about. Somethings she did, somethings she thought, they were... pretty stupid, but that just makes her a teenage girl! I did not relate to Belly, however, because I just couldn't understand her thoughts. I mean, why in the world would she fall for Conrad? That just... disgusts me. I am so picky on my fictional male leads. :D
   I cried in some parts (most having to do with Susannah and Belly's mother), I laughed in some parts, and basically, this book kept me entertained throughout. The beginning was a bit too slow for my liking, but I would definitely reread this book!
   4 keys.

Love,
Sophia


Heist Society by Ally Carter

   When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
   Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
   For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

    I am a huge, huge, huge fan of the Gallagher Girl series and when I heard of Heist Society, I knew I had to read it. I don't know what it is about this book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the Gallagher Girl series. This book was a bit confusing in my opinion.
   Kat was a great character, although a big vague. Of course, Miss Carter kept you guessing and whatnot, which made this book a very fun one. Hale, oh my goodness, Hale. Swoon. I love, love, loved his character. Hot? Yes! Anyway, this book was great. The plot was very intriguing, especially because I love spy books. It was thrilling and entertaining and the Kat/Hale relationship was just too adorable.
   Despite my frequent confusion and my want for it to be a bit more straightforward, this book was a good read! Check it out!
   4 keys.


Love,
Sophia



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