Sunday, August 29, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award!

    Sorry I've been away for so long! I'll post a review soon, I promise!

    Guess what?! I received a blog award from Maddie M.'s blog, Confessions of a Teen Bookaholic! It's my first every blog award and I am totally thrilled! So big shout out and tons of love for Maddie!
    Anyway, this is how the award works:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pay it forward to fifteen other blogs you have newly discovered.

3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.

    So, now I have to pass this award onto 15 blogs I've newly discovered? Well, I better go blog-searching................
    Okay, I'm back from blog-searching and here are my 15 blogs in random order:

1. Chapter Chicks
2. I Was A Teenage Book Geek
3. Oh My Books!
4. YA Bookie Monster
5. YA Librarian Tales
6. Library Lounge Lizard
7. Reading Vacation
8. Book Infinity
9. The Bookscape Report
10. One Book At a Time
11. The Paperback Princess
12. The Book Speaker
13. Down The Rabbit Hole
14. Reading Nook
15. That Bookish Girl

Whoo, that's a great list! Have fun with the awards!


Monday, August 23, 2010

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

Synopsis: Elena is a high school golden girl who's used to getting what she wants. When she meets handsome, haunted Stefan, he struggles to resist her for fear that his dark secret is too much for her to handle. He's torn by guilt over his past, and mindful of the threat that his vengeful brother, Damon, poses to anyone Stefan gets close to. Soon Elena finds herself torn between two brothers, and in terrible danger.

    Even though I am horrible at finishing series, I couldn't resist reading this. I've never watched the TV show, but I heard it was good. But I know, secondhand and from experience, that the books are always better than the TV show or movie. Always.
    This book went by super fast. After reading Twilight, the Vampire Diaries was so different, yet similar. I have to admit, I like Twilight better, but L. J. Smith's vampires and Stephenie Meyer's are so different. It was a bit hard for me to get into Smith's vampires since I kept assuming things about them, like, "How can he bite her? Shouldn't he be going into a blood craze?" or, "Why isn't he sparkling?" or, "What the heck are Powers?"
    But in the end, I finished the book. It was good. Not really good. I don't think I'm a real fan, but it was worth the read.
    The plot was fast and exciting, like a scary, dark, intense roller coaster. The characters were not the best. They seemed... unreal (ignoring the fact that some characters are vamps), especially after reading Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. I also thought it was a little predictable. Now, I know it seems like all I'm doing is trashing the book, but believe me, I'm not trying to.
    I was pleasantly surprised at the thrilling sensation it sent through me while reading this book. It was like I was excited and anxious, terribly eager to find out what would happen next. L. J. Smith creates this book in a unique way, made perfect for it to be appear on the television screen.
    3.5 keys.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Synopsis: When you're on a road trip, life is all about the detours....
    Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There's just one small problem: Since her dad died this past spring, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of and old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute... and dealing with some baggage of his own.
    Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father's death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most--and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.
    I won this book from the wonderful blog of in which a girl reads! It came with a digital keychain which I will be filling up with cool pics. But I'm not here to talk about me. I'm here to talk about this book, which I thought was fantastic!
    First off, I love the cover. I think it's awesome and cute and... awesome. The colors, the font, the holding hands thing, I love it all!
    I loved the book more. Amy was a great narrator and she lets you into her mind and only her mind. The flashbacks were great and made everything seem so real. Morgan Matson does an incredible job with the characters. Amy and Roger were just so realistic!
    The little scrapbook and "Where I've Been" pages that are scattered throughout the book made it so cute and enjoyable! This book was a really cute and light read with deep and moving messages. Like the tragedy with Amy and her father. Charlie's, Amy's brother, story isn't that great of a background either.
    Morgan Matson's debut novel is mind blowing and one of my favorite reads of 2010 so far. Can't wait for her next book!
    4.5 keys!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

   Synopsis: Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.    
    Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

    Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.
    Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...

    I received this book for review, because I asked for it. I was so lucky that the nice people of Simon and Schuster sent it to me!
    This is my first Scott book and I read tons of reviews for it among my fellow bloggers. Most of them were... not good. So I was kind of scared to read it.
    But I'm so glad that I did! Elizabeth Scott has a real and pure way of writing and her description of wanting and yearning (for Ryan) is so realistic. I feel like I'm wanting Ryan, also. Scott's voice is raw and true, exactly the way a teenager would speak or think. I think that Scott's and Colasanti's writing styles are a little similar.
    True, Brianna was one of the worst best friends ever, and I have no idea why Sarah put up with her so long. I mean, some things that Brianna tells Sarah are so mean. Example:

"But Greg won't ever really like you because the guys who like me--you and I are just really--well, we're different looking, you know?"
    Which is basically Brianna saying that she's much prettier than Sarah. But that's not it. Brianna says a lot of other not-nice stuff and I don't know how Sarah stands it. She's just too passive. Like when Brianna said this stuff: 
"Remind me that I have some conditioner that's supposed to be great for limp hair, okay? I totally bought it for you and remembered it just now."

"I have the cutest dress, and we'll go out and get you something fantastic to make you look way different. Sexy..."

    I mean, if my so-called best friend said things like that to me, I'd totally slap her. Well, not really. But you catch my drift.
    I think, like a lot of YA books out there nowadays, that the romance in this novel isn't much of a romance. More like physical attraction. Sure, Sarah and Ryan have those moments of connection, but they don't really know each other that well.
    But, overall, I still enjoyed this book. Scott captures the realistic voices of teen characters, creates a dramatic and suspenseful plot that makes you need to see how it ends. Which by the way I didn't like. The ending, I mean.
    I definitely plan on reading another Elizabeth Scott book soon! 4 keys!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

I'm Back!!

I came back from Korea today!!! And I'm super tired.

BUT... Now I can read books!

And I'm so, so, so, SO sorry, but I had to cancel the giveaway. While I was gone, I forgot where I left the book. I'm so, so, SO sorry!!!!!!!!

SORRY! Please forgive me!
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