Saturday, August 30, 2014

Heist Society

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)Heist Society by Ally Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This should be three stars, but I had a ton of fun reading it. Hence the four stars.
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.
Can I just point out the writing style? It's so dang BEAUTIFUL. While that may have made it difficult to connect to Kat, it kept me glued to the story. Ally Carter's got talent, y'all. And is she a former FBI agent? Because the details in the Henley's protection system were amazing.
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Kat has the potential to be relatable (except for, you know, being the thief. I can't relate to that, I swear), but she was lacking. I understand she isn't a normal teenager, but doesn't she have normal teenage feelings? Is she, or is she not, falling for Hale?

Would I read other books by Ally Carter? I just pulled a copy of Uncommon Criminals from the library shelf, so...yes.

Grading:
Language: A
Violence: A or B
Adult Content: A

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth GoldfishThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I babysit this five year old boy who can read. One of his favorite books have a main character named Melvin, and for some reason, Phillip pronounces it as "Moovin". Thus, if you see me refer to Melvin as Moovin, well...just go with it.
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Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Children's, for this free book to review!
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
Things I liked:

1. The characters; namely Ellie, Ben, and Melvin. They were funny and enjoyable to read about.

2. Ellie's realization that science can go too far. Not enough people care about the consequences of science. Go Ellie!
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Things that were meh:

1. Why did Moovin even need the T. Melvinus after he de-aged? If he thought he wouldn't be able to convince the other scientists at the lab that he had become a kid, then why did he think he could convince the Nobel prize judges (?) about what happened?

2. I expected this book to delve deeper into the ethics part. That's probably just me though, because other reviewers say it's TOO deep.

Would I read other books by Jennifer L. Holm? Maybe. I do love her sharp writing style.

Grading:
Language: A
Violence: A
Adult Content: A

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kinda Like Brothers

Kinda Like BrothersKinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Apparently I relate to eleven year old guys.

Thank you, NetGalley and Scholastic, for this free book to review!
Jarrett doesn't trust Kevon.

But he's got to share a room with him anyway.

It was one thing when Jarrett's mom took care of foster babies who needed help. But this time it's different. This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon. Everyone thinks Jarrett and Kevon should be friends -- but that's not gonna happen. Not when Kevon's acting like he's better than Jarrett -- and not when Jarrett finds out Kevon's keeping some major secrets. Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. He's gotta do something about it -- but what? From award-winning author Coe Booth, KINDA LIKE BROTHERS is the story of two boys who really don't get along -- but have to find a way to figure it out.
For some reason, I really relate to characters who are religiously or culturally different than me and struggle in school (this also happened in Playing With Matches). I just do.

That really says something on Coe Booth's part. She managed to make an eleven year old boy relatable. Man. I've got a ton of respect for this author; she writes emotion so well.
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I kept waiting for something drastic to happen, but it never came. There was excitement, yeah, but some unmet potential with Kevon's dad. Then again, this book is geared toward a younger audience, so maybe it was perfect.

Also, why was Qasim stopped by the police? Everyone said it was for no good reason, the police just did that because, being black, he looked suspicious. Writing about racial prejudice can be a good thing, but this didn't advance the plot.

Would I read other books by this author? Most likely. Maybe one for a slightly older audience though.

Grading:
Language: A
Violence: A or B. I'm writing the grade section a while after I read the book, so I don't remember everything.
Adult Content: A

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Finding Ruby Starling

Finding Ruby StarlingFinding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goosebumps, goosebumps everywhere!

Thank you, NetGalley and Scholastic, for this free book to review!
When Ruth Quayle used a special app to search for pictures of herself online, she found dozens of images of "Ruth Quayle" -- and one of "Ruby Starling."

When Ruby Starling gets a message from a Ruth Quayle proclaiming them to be long-lost twin sisters, she doesn't know what to do with it -- until another message arrives the day after, and another one. It could be a crazy stalker ... but she and this Ruth do share a birthday, and a very distinctive ear....

Ruth is an extroverted American girl. Ruby is a shy English one. As they investigate the truth of their birth and the circumstances of their separation, they also share lives full of friends, family, and possible romances -- and they realize they each may be the sister the other never knew she needed.
Wow.... I'm impressed. Karen Rivers turned a cliche into a fun and sometimes chilling read. How could someone keep one twin but abandon the other?

What I liked:

1. The girls' voices. They each has a distinct personality. Ruby is a shy, lonely British girl and Ruth is a loud, excitable (also lonely) American girl who uses a ton of slang. Who actually says "Totes obvi"? For those of you who don't speak twelve year old girl, that means "Totally obvious". Karen Rivers did such a good job with the characters that Ruth turned out to be funny, not obnoxious.
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2. Finding Ruby Starling is narrated by emails, which I loved. Despite so many correspondents, it managed to flow well.

Things that were meh:

1. As much as I loved the emails, sometimes they were unrealistic. Why would a dad have to email his daughter telling her it's time for dinner? Do they live in a mansion?

2. Ruby's love-life got a little crazy at the end. PICK A GUY, ALREADY. They had the same personalities, as far as I could tell.
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3. What's up with Chlophie? Are they--Chloe and Sophie--twins too? Then why was there a birthday party only for Sophie?

No matter, though. The twins's personalities were so thick yet full of fun that I didn't even mind Ruth's ridiculous slang. Would I read other books by Karen Rivers? Absolutely! Writing a story with emails was a brilliant idea. The Encyclopedia of Me is written as--you guessed it!--an encyclopedia. I have GOT to get that book.

Grading:
Language: A
Violence: A
Adult Content: A
Notes: The reason Ruth's mom gave her away is quite tragic. More sensitive middle graders might not want to read it. (I'm writing this grade section nearly a month after I read the book though, so my memory is fuzzy.)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Beautiful People Link-Up!

Cait and Sky are yet again hosting a Beautiful People link-up! This time I'm interrogating Josie Eyre, of which I shall give out no other information. She is definitely one of my better ideas though.
1) What does your character regret the most in their life?
Leaving Ethan. She found out something bad about his past and ran away from her foster home in a fit of anger. He can't change the past though.

2) What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?
Happiest: Well, the ending of the novel, of course. ;)

Sorrowful:
Living with her aunt and cousins. They were jerks. One time Jack (a cousin) locked her in the tool shed and everyone forgot about her until the next day.

3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves?
When people don't live up to her moral code. **CoughEthanCough**

4) Do they act differently when they're around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how?
Because of her aunt's abuse, Josie is pretty wary about people.
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5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Examples: their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.)
Oh. I haven't really thought about that, but Josie at least has a very high moral code.

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?
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I'll think of this later.
7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
As seen in the Ethan scenario, she prefers to run.

8) Do they have a good self image?
Moderate or low.
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9) Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves?
Josie is the queen of isolation.

10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?
Probably neither because I'm a Vulcan, but I'd be more inclined to cry than laugh. Eventually, however, I'll send her happiness. ;)

When I Stay (a tentative title), page 17. Aria is Ethan's little sister.

Ethan wiggles his eyebrows at us through the rearview mirror. "Guess what happened to me last night, Aria."
"What?" Aria holds her breath. She probably relieved that Ethan's forgiven her for trespassing on us.
"A fairy visited me while I was reading in the living room."
Her huge brown eyes widen to an alarming size. Even so, they're beautiful. Ethan has those eyes too. "What did she say?"
"She said she loved me. Isn't she better than turtle Hera? That turtle didn't like you very much. This fairy sure does though."
I can see my red face through the rearview mirror. I said a lot of things to him after I agreed to go to that dance. "Ethan!" I slap the back of his chair. "Haven't you ever heard that fairies don't like it when you talk about them?"
Aria turns those gorgeous eyes on me. "They don't? Then stop talking, Ethan!”
We laugh and Ethan rolls down all of the windows. The sky is just beginning to turn pink. Purple clouds cover the trees on the Kentucky mountains to the right.
We're quiet for a while, sucking in the night. For some reason, this joy is painful. It's screaming inside me, yearning to break free, to tell all the world that Ethan loves me and I have a home. I have an uncle. Maybe he can come visit me, and I can stay with Ethan.
           For now, however, I don't care what happens. The universe is balanced. Everything is safe and warm and the pain inside me is the pleasant kind that tells me I am truly, truly in love.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dash

DashDash by Kirby Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley and Scholastic, for this free book to review!
Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home -- or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they've lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?
What I loved:

1. Misti. She really is a likable protagonist. Often in animal-driven novels, the main character is over dramatic and lame, but not Mitsi. She's a sweet child who's separated from her dog/only friend.
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2. The story begins after the bombing, when Mitsi comes back to school after Christmas break. In the other books I've read about the Japanese incarceration the characters just skipped school. Dash shows what happened to those who kept going.

3. The writing style. I could feel Mitsi's emotions despite having zero relatablity to her.

Things that were meh:

1. Why did Mitsi feel like her family was falling apart? It's not the end of the world if your brother and grandma make new friends. When your brother begins stealing things, sure, but before that? It shouldn't have been a big deal.

2. The time transitions were confusing. I couldn't tell if a scene was happening a minute, a day, or weeks after the previous one.

3. What happened to the Japanese men who were separated from their families? Was it so horrible that it can't be explained in a children's book?
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Would I read other books by Kirby Larson? Possibly. I'd buy this book for a tween girl who loves dogs, although for myself, I'd probably order other Kirby Larson books from the library.

Grading:
Language: A
Violence: A
Adult Content: A

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Liebster Award and My Guest Post!

Katy has nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thanks Katy! (She's also having a giveaway on her blog, so be sure to check that out.)

  1.  I guest posted at Uniquely You and Forever Changed yesterday! (Same post, posted twice). It's a comparison of Christian novels and what keeps them from getting too preachy.
  2. I'm considering opening an Etsy shop. I'll keep you posted about how well that goes.
  3. I'm currently writing this in a library. I'm the only person on the top floor.... I think I'll push my spinney chair out and twirl. ;)
  4. I THOUGHT Every Breath was about a modern teenage Mycroft Holmes, but it turns out the guy's LAST name is Mycroft. The book is still a play on the Holmes, but I might not finish it. Ugh.
  5. I love purple and green and I'm so glad they pair together.
  6. I spun my chair around just now.
  7. Studio C is an awesome Youtube channel with clean comedians. Love em.ha ha love studio c, even mentions Harry Potter. (Tom Riddle is Voldemort's real name.) <
  8. I just got a free print book to review! It's called the Little Book of Book Making. I wish the website I got it from did YA novels.
  9. That's all for today. ;) 
1.) Have you ever watched Blimey Cow?
You better believe it!

2.) What made you want to start a blog?
Some of the girls in my older sister's class had them and thus, I wanted one as well.

3.) Use three words to describe yourself.
Old, young, and quick. Some times I don't know if I'm eighteen or eight, and then I remember that I'm neither.
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4.) Use a gif to describe yourself
#sherlock
5.) What book character are you most like?
Either Ellie from The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet or Fraser from I'm Not Your Other Half. We're all introverts who do well in school.

6.) How do you feel about octopuses?
I like to call them OctoPIE so that they sound more tasty, okay?
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I wouldn't eat them either way though.
7.) What is the weirdest food you’ve ever tasted?
Hm.... I have no idea. I thought walking tacos wouldn't be good but then I had one and loved it (Christie is always making me go on wild adventures).

8.) Frozen or Tangled?
Frozen, because it's so much more relatable--for me, at least.

9.) What do you think of Lady Gaga?
I don't know enough about her, so I don't have an opinion.

10.) Who is your role model?
A lot of people in all sorts of different ways.

11.) What is the first item on your bucket list?
Eat more pizza.

Just kidding, it's getting published. ;)
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I nominate whoever wants to do this, but specifically Bernie and Sarah, for having me over to guest post. Thanks girls!

Here are you questions:
  1. What GIF describes you?
  2. Is there anyone in your life that you would blindly follow?
  3. Would you rather live in Antarctica or the Sahara desert?
  4. What song lyric describes your life?
  5. What's the most beautiful verse you've ever heard from a song?
  6. What's the best Christian novel you've ever read?
  7. What made you want to start a blog?
  8. Do you like to use GIFs in your blog posts?
  9. What would your autobiography be called?
I simply cannot think of anymore questions now. Thanks again to Katy for nominating me!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Seed Savers (Wall-E!)

Seed Savers (Treasure, #1)Seed Savers by S. Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I don't know whether this is a terrifyingly potential future or just plain ridiculous.
Clare, Dante, and Lily live in a future where growing vegetables is against the law. Some, however, encourage the children to change the future, and instruct them in the old ways.

Can the children learn enough before being stopped by GRIM, the government agency controlling the nation's food?

And can children really change the future?

Seed Savers:Treasure is book 1 in the Seed Savers Series.
Thank you, NetGalley and Sandra L. Smith, for this free book to review!

The general idea is plausible. What if Americans no longer ate fresh food? What if they didn't even know what seeds are?
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Except they do know what seeds are, because trees are still around and Clare's mom once tried to grow flowers.

This is one of the reasons why I didn't enjoy this book. How can the kids not understand basic farming techniques? There were so many more plot holes like this. Why the heck would the other Seed Savers let a twelve year old and a seven year old journey four hundred miles to Canada by themselves?! How did Ana and Clare become friends? Why is Dante's voice so advanced for a seven year old? What kids say they're "Exuberant" instead of "Happy"?

I think Clare is the main character, but every so often we'd "head-hop" and get a paragraph of someone else's thoughts. Some authors do this on purpose and do it well. Was the head hopping in Seed Savers particularity good? I wouldn't know because popping into random character's thoughts drive me crazy.
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I'd like to read other books in the series to find out what happens to Lily and Ana, not enough to buy the other books.

Grading:
Language: A
Violence: A
Adult Content: A

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Beautiful Blog Award!

Isn't Sarah sweet? She keeps nominating me for stuff. Go Sarah!!

So, all I have to do is answer questions and ask y'all questions. Here we go!

Sarah's questions:

1. Who is your favorite Avenger, or do you prefer Loki?
I'm not a huge fan of The Avengers in general, but I'd have to say Thor for the way he talks or Loki for...everything.
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2. Who is your least favorite singer/band?
I haven't heard everything single band in the world so I don't feel qualified to answer that.

3. What is your favorite book you've read this year?
Oh gosh.... By Darkness Hid or The Fault in Our Stars. I love books that make me cry.

4. What fictional character do you want to smack upside the face most?
Spencer from The New Recruit. I love him, but he can be so dumb.

5. Your main writing inspiration?
Probably Jill Williamson (author of everything) or Emily Rachelle (of whose books I have only read Sixteen). Jill because she writes so much and feels so real, Emily because we both write novellas and she has been published as a teenager, which, as you may be able to tell, is my dream.
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6. Who was your role model as a child (fictional characters count)?
I didn't really have one. Plus, I hardly read when I was little.

7. If you could ask you favorite character one question, what would you ask?
Achan, how are you so strong?

8. What annoys you the most? A series with a bad ending or a movie based on books it didn't follow at all?
WHY DO YOU TORTURE ME SO?

9. What musical artist would you like to see in concert?
Celtic Thunder!

10. What thing are you most looking forward to this year?
My birthday, of course.
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I may have said that just because I had the perfect GIF.
Also the TFIOS DVD.

So here're my questions:

1. Do you think it is morally correct to love Loki, even though he's the bad guy?
2. What are three of your talents?
3. What's your favorite girl's name?
4. Boy's name?
5. What books have made you cry?
6. What's your favorite Bible verse?
7. Favorite prayer?

I nominate everyone who wants to do this. :) Thanks again, Sarah!

Monday, August 11, 2014

To Darkness Fled

To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings, #2)To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who is on the cover?
Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard Knights have fled into Darkness to escape the wrath of the former prince. They head for Ice Island to rescue two of Sir Gavin's colleagues who were falsely imprisoned years ago. Darkness is growing and only one man can push it back. Achan wanted freedom, not a crown. His true identity has bound him more than ever. He must learn decorum, wear fancy clothes, and marry a stranger. Achan knows one thing for certain. He will not be a puppet prince. Either he will accept his role and take charge or he will flee. But which will he choose?
I got to admit, the cover is main thing I have against this book. The person on the cover is blonde. Achan has brown hair. Vrell, apparently, has black. I didn't know that till half way through the book though. Has it always been black? Have my eyes just assumed it said blonde? My eyes do stuff like that so often it's not even funny.

Some reviewers thought the spiritual aspect of the book was too forced, but I didn't find it that way at all. In fact, it brought be closer to Christ.

But....

Sir Caleb's talk about guys and girls drove me crazy. It was Mr. S and Spencer all over again. By now I am thoroughly aware that Jill Williamson does not believe in kissing before marriage.
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But oh, Achan is such an awesome main character. Even though he grows up in the end, he's still our adorable Achan. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jill Williamson is the master at dialogue. Achan's and Vrell's banter is hilarious.

I liked Vrell for a while too. Her sarcasm was fabulous, but I wasn't thrilled with how she concluded in the book. The romance between Achan and Vrell was rushed. He was best friends with her when he thought she was a boy, then he finds out she's a girl, and then he's in love.
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Vrell talks so much about serving her king and Arman but really does neither. I shouldn't complain though: I have a feeling that's the theme in the next book.

All in all, however, I'm eagerly saving up my money for the third book.

Language: A
Adult Content: A
Violence: lol.
There are battles and sword fights and fist fights and poisons and all sorts of stuff. It's fantasy though, so...yeah. Whatever.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Swoons: Characters and Pie

Skylar Finn and Bianna are hosting a Sunday Swoons link-up! The theme this week is if couples were food. I'm using pie.
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1. ABC pie: Apples, blueberries, and cherries. Guess what? This pie is the love triangle. Very much Suddenly You most YA romances, actually.
Suddenly You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #4)

2. Apple pie with cheese on the side. This pie is for the people who should never be together but are anyway. They might be able to work out their differences, but it'll be tough. THIS IS VERY MUCH TO DARKNESS FLED, which I just finished. I love Achan, I love Vrell, but their romance felt rushed. Their banter is awesome, though. I totally ship them.
To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings, #2)

3. Meat pie (that's a  thing, right?). They're together and it has the potential to be good but it's so weird for them. This reminds me of Replication, because Jason is a clone. A very cute clone.
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3. Apple pie (again) with ice cream. A favorite. "They are meant to be!" But what happens if the apple stops getting along with the ice cream?
I'm Not Your Other Half: A Cooney Classic Romance

4. Dark chocolate pie. Not for everyone, and it might leave a bad aftertaste. As long as you're eating it though, it can be worth it. Two (okay, three) words: Ellie and Chase. Together, they're awesome. But for how long?
The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet (Ellie Sweet, #2)

And there you have it! Be sure to join the link-up yourselves. I'd love to see more food comparisons.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm Not Your Other Half

I'm Not Your Other Half: A Cooney Classic RomanceI'm Not Your Other Half: A Cooney Classic Romance by Caroline B. Cooney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Often the romances themes in YA novels are about making sacrifices so you can be with the one you love. But how much is too much?

Thank you, NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media, for this free book to review!
A high school junior finds the perfect boyfriend . . . but is he too good to be true?
Chapman High juniors Fraser and Annie have been best friends forever. They're each missing only one critical thing: the right boyfriend. Then Annie meets Price. And Fraser meets the guy of "her "dreams.
Gorgeous, sensitive, and considerate, Michael is the perfect boyfriend. Before long, he and Fraser are spending every free minute together. But that's the trouble--Fraser has no time for herself. She's starting to give things up for him, like the Madrigal choir she loves. Worst of all, she's drifting away from her friends. She feels smothered, as if she can't make a move without Michael--as if she's losing her "life." And the same thing is happening to Annie . . . "I'm Not Your Other Half" tells a story of friendship and romance, first dates and first love. It's also a novel about the choices and compromises we make, asking the question, Can anyone ever "really "be perfect?
Fraser is a fantastic heroine who I find very relatable. She loves beginning things, not ending them, and enjoys the spotlight, if only in a few short doses. And she cannot give herself completely to a guy.
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I may or may not have cheered when she released how demanding the relationship was. My only drawback about this book was how quickly Michael was resolved in the end. It felt too abrupt.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who feels their relationship is suffocating. I, for one, would love to read more books by Caroline Cooney.

Grading (yes, I do that now. ;) See the guidelines here.

Language: B
Violence: A
Adult content: A
Other warnings: none.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets (Timber Ridge Riders, #1)Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Despite saying in my review of Turning on a Dime that I probably wouldn't read more books by Maggie Dana, the premise in this one lured me in anyway.

Thank you, NetGalley and Pageworks Press, for this free book to review!
A valuable show jumper is dead, and it’s all her fault, which is why 14-year-old Kate McGregor has put horses and riding out of her life. Forever! 

But her new summer job as a companion to Holly Chapman, a former riding star who’s now confined to a wheelchair, takes Kate back to the barn — the last place she wants to be. 

Can Kate keep her terrible secret from Holly, who is fast becoming her best friend? More important, can she keep it from Angela Dean who lives for only two things — winning ribbons and causing trouble? 

Kate manages to hide her secret until a riding accident forces it into the open . . . and it’s just the moment Angela has been waiting for.
What I liked:

1. It was an easy read. On the verge of being too easy.

2. Liz, Holly's mom. Poor thing, she has to put up with so much.
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So very, very much.
What I didn't like:

1. Aren't horses supposed to have some kind of personalities? These ones sure didn't.

2. For the matter, the girls didn't either. We hear Kate's dad has practically abandoned her, but it doesn't seem to have much of an effect.

3. The plot twists felt so dang convenient. Something bad would happen and then be resolved on the next page.
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I would recommend this book to horse lovers, but especially younger ones. I know one who I might buy it for, actually. ;)

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Liebster Award!

Elisabeth has nominated me for the Liebster award! Thanks so much. :)
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Facts about yours truly:

1. I have been reading a lot of books, I promise. I'm just waiting to post the reviews here till the release dates.

2. That horribly awkward moment when I said in a review that I probably wouldn't read other books by a certain author.... And then I happen to request another book by that author on NetGalley and get approved again.

3. A few days ago I saw taking a walk with my little brother when I saw this guy who was smoking. I think I gave him a look of deep distrust, simply because I didn't know him and I currently had no means of protection should anything happen. As I passed him, however, he stopped smoking. He said, "I'm sorry, I put it away. I'm really sorry." Awww.
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4. I an currently knitting a pair of mittens, and it's going well.

5. The sight of yarn makes my heart beat faster.

6. Notebooks do too.

7. Pens as well, for that matter.

8. And books.

9. eShakti is the greatest place to buy dresses, as long as you've got giftcards and sales. Their customization is terrific.

10. All thanks to Christie for introducing me to the band Celtic Thunder. "Voices" is the best!
11. Remember that post about Adapting to the circumstances so I can keep writing? Yeah...no. I think I'll just have my brother drive me to the library every day. AS LONG AS WE STILL HAVE A LIBRARY. It's at risk of being shut down. :(
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The questions:

What mythical beast would you be (unicorn, hydra, honest politician (I think I'd have to be honest politician), etc.)?
Lol. xD I'd probably be a unicorn because I could look pretty and stab people with my head.

Would you rather text a really embarrassing secret to the wrong PERSONor realize that you put all the right answers on the wrong test?
Putting the right answers on the wrong test, absolutely. My teachers would probably let me retake it, especially if all of the answers WERE right, just not in that particular class.

Paper and pen or MICROSOFT WORD?
I'm more of a Google Doc person, myself.

Music settings (quiet, moderate, EXTREMELY LOUD, etc.)
On the loud side. Sometimes my hearing is mega-awesome, other times I wonder if I need a hearing aid. I love blasting Celtic Thunder on Spotify. "Hail the Hero" is a great one to blare as loudly as possible.

Do you like selfies? Why or why not?
A few are okay, but when someone keeps posting them, they drive me crazy. It's like they're looking for compliments. Is physical beauty the most important thing to post about on social media?

Do you like to wear skirts or not?
Skirts themselves are okay, but I hate blouses. They're the worst invention ever. Thus, I wear jeans and tee shirts around the house and dresses to school. I usually wear skirts to church though.

Favorite author?
JILL WILLIAMSON.

Favorite book?
Hm.... Probably By Darkness Hid.

Favorite movie?
I haven't seen a ton of movies, to I'm going to cheat on this question: The Fault in Our Stars. I haven't seen it yet, but I have a feeling I'll love it. Otherwise, I'd say the first Hobbit movie.
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NO IT"S NOT OKAY. Oh gosh, I can't wait to see it.
Favorite number?
Three. It's nice and round.

Would you rather have to write a 500 page paper on the history of France's sewer system, or would you rather have to sharpen 10,000 pencils on a manual sharpener and be unable to move until you've done them all?
The 500 pages. I'd get bored after two paragraphs, but at least it wouldn't be so monotonous, right?

Now for my questions:
  1. What do you think about selfies?
  2. What are some of your hobbies?
  3. Do you like to wear skirts?
  4. Do you think it was moral of the trolls to "Leave the fun" in Anna's memory, and thus tormenting her when her parents locked Eliza away?frozen animated GIF
  5. What's your least favorite part about Frozen?
  6. What else could libraries be for instead of books?
  7. What six words describe yourself?
  8. What's your favorite thing about your personality?
  9. Answer this:
  10. Do you repost things on social media that tell you to repost them (For example, "Facebook will donate a dollar for every like this picture of suffering children gets")?
  11. What's your favorite writing website (For example, visuwords.com or a blog with great tips)?
This time I'm going to try to actually nominate people. First off, Christie. Second of all, Sarah. Third of all...everyone who wants to. ;)

Thanks again, Elisabeth! I appreciate it. :)