Friday, May 21, 2010

Take Me There by Susane Colasanti

Synopsis: Rhiannon is completely devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend. She wants him back.
    Nicole's ex still wants to be with her, but she's obsessed with someone else.

    James is hopelessly in love with Rhiannon, who doesn't see that their friendship can be so much more.

    Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?
    This is my first Colasanti book, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. But what I wasn't expecting was such a unique plot with such believable dialogue. The words that come out of the teenagers' mouths are so realistic, you think they're stolen straight from the hallways of high school... kind of.
    When I read the synopsis on the back, I was hooked. But it was vague. The summary, I mean. That's why I didn't see any events coming. It had twists and turns that I would've never thought of.
    Each character has a somewhat unique 'voice'. Rhiannon is devastated and incredibly hurt when she gets dumped by her boyfriend, Steve. I think she's a character a lot of teens out there can relate to. Nicole is such a cute character, I think. Sometimes, she's confused because her mind and her heart are saying two different things. But everyone's like that once in their life. James is one of those characters that are so... different. I mean, he's so many things at once. But I think that's what makes him so lovable.
    But I also hated this book so much! Why? Because I got so, so, so sick of reading, "He was like..." or, "She was all..." or, "I go..."! And, yeah, I know that everyone talks like that in actuality, but that doesn't make it less annoying. Now that I'm typing this and all, I realize that it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. But it was! It made the book so much harder to read for me.
    So having that big "thumb's down" up there^, I guess I have to give this book 4 keys.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Review: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Synopsis: 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.
    When I heard about this book, I was like, "I HAVE to read this!" And I'm so thankful to the GreenBeanTeenQueen for letting me win it! And, just because I want to put this out there, I absolutely adore the cover (though it had almost nothing to do with the book's content).
    Jess started as a weak person. She let Lexy (the mean girl) just push her around. But Jess still had strength inside of her. She just needed to project it in some way. This is why it was so interesting to see Jess transform into such a confident young lady.
    I don't really like the name "The Cinderella Society" because I don't like Cinderella. Cinderella is a "princess" that was passive and whiney, which is the exact opposite of what The Cinderella Society was rooting for, ironically enough!
    The plot is kind of slow and I had to put this book down several times because of the detailed descriptions of the Society. I mean, I get that the Society is really official and important, but the rules and everything take away from the book.
    What didn't take away from the book were the characters! I totally want a best friend like Sarah Jane or Audrey. They seem so real, yet like famous celebrities. All the Society members are all so independent and supportive, it's insane! If only the Society was real....
    But the Society isn't real. Sometimes, I found the idea of the Cinderella Society/ISIS so laughable. I mean, the technology is like things from a spy movie, the members are like perfect angels, and the Wickeds are just so... fantastical.
    The book was well-written, it really was. I might be interested in reading the second book, as long as there are not more parts of the Society itself. But the concept is so pure and good-hearted that this book is a great read. That touch of romance makes it all the more better! I give this book 3.5 keys.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Review: The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

Synopsis:  As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility!
    Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

    When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

    The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

    I had the pleasure of reading this book because I won it from The Eager Readers and it was signed! Thanks so much! The first time I saw it, I wanted to read it so, so, so bad! I mean, the cover is sweet and teasing and the summary was the most enticing ever. So I was really, really glad that I had the opportunity to read it. But it was kind of uncomfortable when my friends saw the cover and their eyes widened. I had to tell everyone what the book was about to keep them away from thinking it was something way dirtier and worse....
    I think I had my expectations to high, though, since the book disappointed me. Don't get me wrong, though! The book was really good, just not as good as I thought it'd be. Tessa's a sweet character and ALWAYS polite. Sometimes, it got irritating but it was actually a really nice fresh breath of air from all the other YA books nowadays filled with curse words and snobby cheerleaders.
    Speaking of cheerleaders, Tessa is one and so are all the Smitten Kittens (cute name!). They are all so enthusiastic and nice. I wish I had a big group of friends like that!
    The book is perfectly paced and the characters are SO unique. Honestly, where are you going to find a girl so nice as Tessa? Or I perfect, handsome guy that likes to paint toes like Aiden (though the painting toes was kind of pushing the limit for me)? Some people may say that the plot was predictable but I can't say that for myself. There were twists and turns that I never saw coming. And I hated when things just came crashing down (I'm purposely being vague).
    Tessa's non-cuss words were so absurd, it was funny. Honestly, the phrases were so silly, you couldn't help but roll your eyes and smile. Here are some examples: Oh, sweet vanilla sky!; Peanut butter sandwiches!; Apple dippers!; Butterscotch!; Crab cakes!; Mashed potatoes and gravy! I've noticed that a lot of them are food related. But I love Young's creativity with these saying and how she never repeated one twice. Except for my favorite: Strawberry smoothie.

Tessa: She's completely lovable and she's so upbeat! Always positive and smiling, I wonder if anyone is actually like that in real life. But she's interesting and she tries so hard to please everyone. I think Tessa needs more love from the characters because she does more things for others than she does herself. She's gets under a lot of pressure. No matter how much I enjoyed Tessa's character, I have to be perfectly honest and say sometimes she got a little annoying.

Aiden: He's so weird! I mean, he's hot and everything, but he's so weird! What guy loved painting toes and giving foot rubs? Seriously, if I meet a guy like Aiden who loves those things AND isn't gay, it'd be a miracle. But I love his character and his loyalty. He's really nice and sometimes neglects Tessa but that's partially her fault, her with the SOS and all.

This book was so strawberry smoothie and I give it 4 keys.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Reviews: The Hunger Games + Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis of The Hunger Games: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
    Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I'm not telling the description for Catching Fire because for those who haven't read The Hunger Games yet would have their book spoiled for them.
    Yes, this time I'm hitting y'all with a double whammy! After I finished The Hunger Games I just had to have the sequel! So here it is!
    The Hunger Games was a brilliant and complex story filled with mystery, action, sci-fi, and (my favorite) romance. The many layers in this tale with keep you entertained and begging for more. My friend had said that this book was really good so I checked it out. I had huge doubts, though. I mean, even the title was weird for me. The Hunger Games. Strange, right? But now, I'm so glad I took the chance.
    Collins is a pure genius for writing such an exciting and unexpected book! Though, I wanted to vomit with all the times Katniss kissed Peeta. (I'm strongly and immovably Team Gale, 100%.) If you haven't read this book, you have to. It's that good. Each page turn will keep you captured in the futuristic and dangerous world. I couldn't put it down.
    I recommended it to my friend and she loved it (and is Team Gale)! She is currently reading my copy of Catching Fire.
    I can't reveal too much about Catching Fire, since I'm probably going to spoil everything if I spill things now. All I'm going to say is that this sequel certainly does The Hunger Games justice. It passed my expectations, though this one took me longer to read than The Hunger Games. I actually had to put it down once or twice. But either way, I would've finished, since it's so good. I'm really worried that Katniss is really and truly falling in love with... You-Know-Who (yes, because Katniss loves Lord Voldemort).

Katniss: She's feisty and strong and knows her way to survive. I loved her the second I read about her character. I love her relationship with Gale and I love how she can take care of her and her family. She's confused most of the time, but that doesn't mean she's weak. Oh, no! She's a fighter, never giving up. Katniss is a wonderful character.

Peeta: He's nice and sweet and there's absolutely nothing wrong with him... except for the fact that he's not Gale (my bias is very strong). Peeta isn't used to being in the wild and doesn't have the experience Katniss has. But I guess his tiny vulnerability is what draws the readers into him. He truly loves Katniss.

Despite the fact that Katniss kissing Peeta is repulsive to me, I give this awesome and amazing series 5 keys!


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