Monday, July 18, 2011

Cover Crazy (8)

Cover Crazy is a weekly book meme created and hosted by Tawni at The Bookworms

This week I'm crazy about...
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

What I love about this cover:

The color of the sky.

The beautiful color of the imperfect heart.

The imperfect heart is unique compared to the hearts that we try so hard to draw perfectly.

The size and font of the title.

What do you think about this cover?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop (10)

Follow Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Parajunkee and AlisonCanRead
This week's feature is Angela @ Angela's Anxious Life
Be sure to follow her!

Follow Friday's questions this week is:
Q. What do I do when I am not reading?

A. Well since it's summer right now, I'm working in a summer camp. Which is why I haven't really got time to read. But STILL, I read every chance I get. But if I'm not working and not slightly reading, I'll be sleeping, because it's EXHAUSTING dealing with little kids.


Book Blogger Hop is created and hosted by Crazy for Books.
Book Blogger Hop's question this week was:
Q. How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or do you go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?
A. Most of the time I go to the library. A LOT of libraries. Everywhere I see a library I just have to check the books out. Sometimes when I'm at the mall, I like hitting Chapters, and I usually hit the on sale books first. Haha. (I'm not sure if Chapters is in America, but if it is, I'd love to know!).

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cover Crazy (7)

Cover Crazy is a weekly book meme hosted by Tawni at The Bookworms

This week I'm crazy about...
Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

What I love about this cover:
The contrast between her red heels and her blue dress. She kind of looks like a modern day Dorothy!

All the light bursting out from the door. Makes me curious of what's behind those doors.

The darkness around the door. Gives the book that mysterious feeling.

What do you think of this cover?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox is a weekly book meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Nhien Bought:
Perfect You
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Nia Bought:
Bad Girls Don't Die
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt Review

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Not in series
Release Date: June 26th, 2007
Published by Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Source: Library
A road trip with her ex? Danger ahead.

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's go a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

***NOTE. This review might be a little silly.

Two Way Street was a cute and humorous read! At first, I wasn't exactly thrilled to read this book after reading the summary. But I'm really glad I did though. I loved the whole idea of exes going on a road trip. It has DISASTER written all over it. Unless... they still have feelings for each other. DUN DUN DUN.

Applause to Ms. Barnholdt for the way she laid out the book. It was written in Courtney and Jordan's POV before, during and after the trip. That way the reader gets to know what happened before the trip and how these two lovebirds got together, how it all fell apart, and the outcome. Before the trip, Jordan was a major player and was only using Courtney to get other girls jealous. And I knew that I would hate him. But then something happened, and Jordan had a change of heart. Then I wasn't so sure whether to like Jordan or hate him. These two were definitely meant for each other if Courtney got the best out of him.

It was hilarious watching these two attack each other with their thoughts. Courtney was always trying to make Jordan jealous because he was the one who broke up with her. And Jordan was always trying to pretend like he didn't care about Courtney anymore. Just their thoughts alone was both hilarious and tragic. I thought that out of the whole relationship, it must have been the hardest on Jordan. Pretending he doesn't love Courtney anymore, when he still does, and watching her be intimate with other guys. I was so upset that they didn't get to be more intimate during the road trip, or SOMETHING that'll get them back together.

As we all know, the ending is where the story should end with a BANG. Unfortunately, I was terribly disappointed with this story's ending. It was resolved rather quickly and I felt like the author was rushing it. Unfortunately, because of the disappointing ending, this book doesn't get a perfect 5 for me.

Rating: 4/5
Cover: 4/10
First Sentence: I'm a traitor to my generation.
What the Author's Up To: Blog

Friday, July 1, 2011

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White Review

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
First book in the Paranormalcy trilogy
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Published by Harper Teen
Format: 335 pages, hardcover
Source: Library

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

This was such a fun book to read! I loved reading this book since it was FILLED with all things paranormal! It made me love the genre of paranormal and mythical even more.
I wanted to trade lives with Evie... provided that I don't die of course. Evie was always thrilled by the idea of living a normal life. The ones we have. When Lend showed her around his school, she was so jealous.... from lockers. I have to admit, I laughed at how Evie was so excited for school. I felt apologetic, because everywhere Evie looked, everyone had a family, and she was the only one that was alone. I couldn't possibly imagine a life without love and a family. It was actually pretty interesting, to read about how someone thinks our normal regular lives is like paradise. It was really sad throughout the middle to end, where all the paranormals died, since many of them lost their lives even though they didn't do anything to deserve it.
Evie was a spunky, badass girl who was fearless with her years of tagging paranormals. Oh, and her best friend is a mermaid.... How cool is that?! Lend was the perfect supporting character. He was sweet.... and delicious. I loved the connection and romance between Lend and Evie, it was like they were meant for each other.
Although this book was captivating and humorous, it did leave me asking quite a bit of questions. I was really confused a lot of times near the end. I felt like I missed a whole chunk and I kept flipping back to the last page to see if I missed anything.
Overall, this was an interesting read, and I'm curious to see what happens next in the second book. I'm crossing my fingers that it'll answer my questions from the first book.
Rating: 3.5/5
Cover: 9/10
First sentence: "Wait- did you, you just yawned!" The vampires arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides.
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