Tuesday, December 15, 2009


TITLE: After

AUTHOR: Francine Prose

PAGES: 330

MY RATING: (4 out of 5)

INSIDE COVER BLURB: The shootings in Pleasant Valley were fifty miles away, but at Central High a grief and crisis counselor is hired, security is increased, and privileges are being taken away.

No one knows why.

If you break the new rules the punishment is severe. And the rules keep changing every day.

School feels like a prison.

It's for their protection, yet fifteen-year-old Tom Bishop and his friends learn that things are far more sinister than they seem. Students and teachers begin disappearing.

There's no way to stop it.

Nationally best-selling and acclaimed author Francine Prose has written a haunting novel about what happens when protection goes too far and what it means to have freedom extinguished--in the name of safety.

MY REVIEW: I loved every minute of this book. The subject matter is so scary based on the fact that something like this could actually happen, and how easily it would be to accomplish something like this. The only thing that I would say I didn't like was the ending of the book. It seems as though it was left open for the possibility of a sequel, but I don't think it was. Now, if a sequel ever does come out, I'll be the first one there to buy it. Basically, this book is worth your time to read.


Just Listen

TITLE: Just Listen

AUTHOR: Sarah Dessen

PAGES: 371

MY RATING: (2.5 out of 5)

BACK COVER BLURB: Annabel Greene is the girl who has everything. At least, that's what she portrays in her modeling shoots. But Annabel's life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister's eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracized at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silen acceptance. Then she meets Owen--intense, music-obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?

MY REVIEW: This book was okay for me. I've been wanting to read a Sarah Dessen book for a long time and I finally got a hold of one. I do hope that the next book of hers that I read is a little bit better and holds my interest more. With all of that said, the book wasn't bad. It was alittle bit slow and slightly predictable, but a predictable book can be good sometimes. I've definately not lost hope for Dessen though and will be seeking out another of her books to read.

The Diary

TITLE: The Diary (Large Print Edition)

AUTHOR: Eileen Goudge

PAGES: 310

MY RATING: (3.5 out of 5)
INSIDE COVER BLURB: A bestselling author known for her storytelling prowess, "Goudge's characters leap from the page ready to engage readers" (The Denver Rocky Mountain News), and never more so than in The Diary, that begins when two sisters searching in their mother's attic are given the shock of their lives...
Elizabeth Marshall's grown daughters had no idea their mother's old diary would turn the image of their parent's happy marriage upside down. For upon reading the opening pages, they learn that the love of their mother's life was not their father! And the desperate-to-know answers to their questions reside with Elizabeth who, after a massive stroke, lies mute and near death in a nursing home. Will pages of her diary provide the truth they seek?
MY REVIEW: I had a good time reading this book. It seemed like a really fast read for me because I have never read a large print edition before, so it felt like I was flipping through the pages pretty fast, but then I guess I would have been even if it wasn't a large print book. The story line was very intriguing and kept you wondering what was going to happen next in the mother's diary and how her two daughters were going to react to it. Reading this book reminds you that everyone has a past, even your own parents. It makes me wonder about the past experiences of my parents before they met.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Wrong Mother

Title: The Wrong Mother

Author: Sophie Hannah

Pages: 416

My Rating:
(out of 5)

Goodreads.com Summary: Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears and un-expected name-Mark Bretherick. It's a name she shouldn't know, but last year Sally treated herself to a secret vacation-away from her hectic family life-and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet. But now, Mark's wife and daughter are dead-and the safety of Sally's old family is in doubt. Sophie Hannah established herself as a new master of psychological suspense with her previous novel, Little Face. Now with accomplished prose and plot guaranteed to keep readers guessing, The Wrong Mother is Hannah's most captivating work yet.

My Review: I could not get enough of this book. After I read my copy I put it somewhere and I can't seem to find it, hence the summary from Goodreads instead of the inside cover blurb today, so let me summarize the book a little bit more. Basically, Sally Thorning goes away on vacation and has an affair with a man name Mark Bretherick. Some time later, she is watching the news and it shows that Mark's wife and daughter are both dead, but the man claiming to be Mark on t.v. isn't the same man who Sally had an affair with.

The book is a murder mystery and keeps you guess at every turn. This was definately a book that I did not want to stop reading. It's very suspenseful and I kept needing to know what was going to happen next. There were many things that I didn't understand in the beginning of the book that I just had to keep reading to untangle the mystery.


Monday, November 23, 2009

The Otherworldlies

Title: The Otherworldlies

Author: Jennifer Anne Kogler

Pages: 383

My Rating: 2 out of 5

Inside Cover Blurb: Fern communicates with her dog, blisters from just moments in the sun, and has correctly predicted the daily weather for more than two years. Even so, she's always seemed to be a normal twelve-year-old girl...until one day when Fern closes her eyes in class and opens them seconds later on a sandy beach miles away from school. When Fern disappears again, this time to a place far more dangerous, she begins to realize exactly how different she is.

With the help of her twin brother, Sam, Fern struggles to gain control of her supernatural powers. The arrival of a sinister vampire in town--who seems to have an alarming interest in Fern's powers--causes Fern to question her true identity. Who is she? More importantly, who can she count on? Soon Fern finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle--one that could destroy Fern and endanger everyone she loves.

My Review: I had a hard time getting into this book. There have been a lot of vampire books gaining popularity recently, and I like many others, have found myself wanting to read them all. This book had great potential to be a wonderful read, but I believe it fell short. The story was extremely slow moving, especially in the beginning. We don't learn about Fern's powers until about halfway into the book, and then we don't even really see her getting the hang of them until even later than that. I just believe that there could have been more going on throughout the book--more action maybe.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Title: Ruined: A Novel

Author: Paula Morris

Pages: 309

My Rating:
Inside Cover Blurb: Rebecca Brown couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to live while her dad is away on business. She's staying in a creepy house with her aunt Claudia, who reads tarot cards for a living. And at the snooty prep school, a pack of filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda.
Then one night, among the oak trees in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to show Rebecca the nooks and crannies of New Orleans. There's just one catch.
Lisette is a ghost.
A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.
As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend--and as she begins to trust Anton Grey--she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
My Review:
I won this book in a giveaway contest hosted by Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag.
I enjoyed this book. It was a fun and cute read. The character moves to New Orleans while her dad is away in China. From the beginning you can see there is something odd going on with the families that live in the town. I think that's what made this book so enjoyable for me. The entire time I was reading it, I just wanted to know what the connection was between the main character (Rebecca) and the rest of the town. I wanted to know what everyone was keeping from her.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Impostor's Daughter by Laurie Sandell

Title: The Impostor's Daughter

Author: Laurie Sandell

Pages: 247

My Rating: (Out of 5)
Inside Cover Blurb: Laurie Sandell grew up in awe -- and sometimes in terror -- of her larger-than-life father. A former Green Beret with a law degree, a PhD, and fluency in several languages, he told dazzling tales of life in Buenos Aires, heroism in Vietnam, friendships with Henry Kissinger and the pope. In her childhood drawings, Laurie placed her father prominently among the faces on Mount Rushmore and herself ant-sized, gazing up at him. Beguiled and repelled by outrageous behavior, she grew into a young woman as restless as her father, roaming the globe, trying on her own outsized personalities -- Tokyo stripper, seduces of Yeshiva girls, yogi, Ambien addict. Laurie finally lucked into the perfect job: Interviewing celebrities for a top women's magazine. Growing up with her extraordinary father gave her a knack for relating to the stars -- she slipped easily into their surreal worlds, having lived in one herself. Yet even after meating so many of entertainment's most intriguing people, it was her father she still desperately watned to understand.
Her investigation uncovered a staggering secret: her father wasn't the man he claimed to be, not even close. His unbelievable stories were in fact an extravagant collection of lies, the discovery of which shook Laurie to the core.
In The Impostor's Daughter, Laurie Sandell asks: if the man whose identity is the basis of my own is a fraud, then who am I? This is a brilliantly original and dramatic graphic memior, a father-daughter story as achingly loving and heartbreakingly honest as it is visually captivating.
My Review: I won a copy of this book in a contest by Park Avenue Princess.
This book only took me 2 days to finish. I didn't want to put it down; I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I guess this book would be classified as a graphic novel, which I've never read one before. There is a lot of adult content in the book as well as a lot of nudity in the pictures, so this is not for young audiences.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and made me want to keep reading to find out the next thing that Laurie's dad was going to do.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

TITLE: Twisted
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 250
My Rating: (out of 5)
Inside Cover Blurb: Everybody told me to be a man. Nobody told me how.
My Review: Well, there wasn't much on this book that told me what it was going to be about, but I saw the cover and loved it and knew I wanted to read it. I just really love the cover of this book. I found this book at a discount bookstore for $4.99 and had to buy a copy. This book is basically about a highschooler who gets into some trouble and has to deal with the consequences. There is a major even that happens partway through the book that this character has to deal with.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was like many other YA books in the sense that it dealt with high school issues, but it was more indepth and dealt with tougher issues than normal. It only took me 2 days to read this book. I couldn't put it down; I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Entry

This is my very first blog entry. I am going to use this blog to review books that I read. Bear with me as I try and finish a book to review for everyone.