Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rawr.

I love how almost every other post from me is like "GAHH IM SORRY".
Well, GUESS WHAT.
This is one.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I have like, NO TIME to do this. School started up so homework is a witch, then I have cheerleading every day and games on weekends and dance on Wednesdays and my social life, and yea. Even when I do have time, I'm tired as HECK.

I'm reading a ton. I have a full on list of books I need to review for you guys. But like I said, I have noooooooooo time.

So yea. Hope you forgive me. ._.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm


Four sisters, four birthdays, and four unforgettable years.
Rose dreams of becoming a singer, but when her obligations as the oldest sister start to hold her back, she faces an impossible decision.
Sick of being the "good" sister, Daisy is drawn to a boy with a more dangerous edge and pulls away from the people who care about her most.
Laurel must deal with the loss of someone close, but a new love in the wake of tragedy might be just what she needs.
With her sisters all figuring out their futures, Lily feels lost, and for the first time she must figure out who she is all on her own.
With more than cupcakes and candles on their minds, each of the Walker sisters is in for a sweet sixteen that will change everything.


I actually just finished this book today but since I have a smidgen of time, I can review it. And since it's seperated into 4 different books, I'll review each one:

Rose: Rose was probably my second favorite sister. Right before she turns sixteen, her dad dies and she has to be the strong older sister and help out her mom. At first, and sometimes throughout her story, I got REALLY annoyed with her. There were situations where she totally acted out of line, but she got back on my good side in the end.

Daisy: Daisy is my third favorite sister, most likely because I couldn't really relate to her. Daisy is all into sports(which I'm not) and seems to be "perfect" and because everyone thinks she's "perfect", she starts to act out and date this "bad boy" named Peter. It mentions that his nickname is Paco, but they only call him it like, twice.

Laurel: I'm sorry, but Laurel is my least favorite sister. She's one of those nature, animal lover people. Plus, she's always scared she'll mess up when she tries something, which annoys me to DEATH. I hate when people do that! She starts dating her best friend, but then there's an issue in that too. He is WAY too clingy.

Lily: MY FAVORITE. I can relate to her the mostest, because she's the baby (like me), she's a writer (like me), and she still hasn't figured out WHO Lily Walker is (kinda like me). Trying to fit into the "Cool Crowd" is her big issue, which is something I can relate to. Honestly, I wish I was Lily Walker.

All together, this book was okay. The first three sisters, in their own books seemed annoying and bleh, but in another's books, I actually liked them. (Ex: Daisy kind of annoyed me in her book, but in Rose and Laurel's I loved her.) Another thing that bothered me is that ALL FOUR OF THEM GOT GUYS. Not every girl falls in love at sixteen, just so you know.

But honestly, it was a really good book. I picked it up because soon I'll be turning sixteen. :] There were a lot of nice details and tt was a nice read, even though long.I felt like the reader could relate to at least one of them (like me with Lily). I almost shed tears in each of the books. Overall, I really liked the book and it gets 4 Rainbows.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty


The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony and "the Joy of the Envelope." But when Cassie, Lydia, and Emily send their first letters to Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian, things don't go quite as planned. What starts out as a simple letter exchange soon leads to secret missions, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools--not to mention some really excellent kissing.

First of all, let me come out and say this. I LOVED this book. There was so much mystery and aww-ness going on here. And a bunch of "whaaaaaaaaaat?"s. It was that good.
It's written through the letters, Cassie's journal, and Lydia's "writing journal". And after reading this, I really want to convert back to writing letters to people. There's something about it that makes it feel cool. Before technology and all that.
The situation is sooo funny until it gets mean. I'm not gonna tell you who is mean, but poor Cassie :[ I <3'd style="font-style: italic;">I think I should ask my English teacher if we can do this. (I doubt we can.) I give this book 5 out of 5 smilies! (That's really good.)


Saturday, September 4, 2010

After by Amy Efaw


An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer. And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.


My goodness. This book is so harsh and emotional and gripping and just..my goodness. I don't really know how to describe what I felt after reading this book. I did cry though. But I cry at everything sad so that doesn't really help. All I know is that Devon...I feel bad for Devon. But I also hate her with a passion. The situation was just heart-breaking, and makes you think "Why would anyone do that?" But in Devon's case, you understand her situation, but still. The characters were amazingly alive, the setting was viewable, and the plot is original, since this is the first book that I've ever read that's like this. The cover is just fits the whole story too.
I could barely put it down and I totally recommend this book, but only those that can handle extreme/depressing situations (ex: rape/abuse). It was soooo good. I give it 5 out of 5 rainbows.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover


For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what she eats, giving up friends and a social life, and practicing until her feet bleed -- all for the sake of that dream. And now, with the audition for City Ballet Company right around the corner, the dream feels so close.
But what if the dream doesn't come true? The competition for the sixteen spots in the company is fierce, and many won't make it. Talent, dedication, body shape, size -- everything will influence the outcome. Clare's grandfather says she is already a great dancer, but does she really have what it takes to make it into the company? And if not, then what?
Told through passionate and affecting poems in Clare's own voice, On Pointe soars with emotion as it explores what it means to reach for a dream -- and the way that dreams can change as quickly and suddenly as do our lives.

Since I am a dancer, I saw what this book was about and I was like "Hmmm...this sounds really good." So I grabbed and here I am, reviewing it. Clare is very, very serious about dancing, unlike me. I just take it for fun and so I can see my friends that don't go to my school. Half the time, I don't even want to go. But I applaud Clare.
There were many things I liked about this book. 1) It's about dancing. and B) It's about the dark side of dancing. And 4) I like the style of writing. It was written in verse, and it's hard to write in that kind. There's only a few that I know out there that write in verse (Sonya Sones, Lisa Schroider, Ellen Hopkins). But back to the book. The setting was good, but I couldn't really picture the town and I guess that's not really important. Characters, good. All of them were easily picturable and very realistic. I liked the dude that's her friend, but I forget his name.
Now, onto the negative side.
See, the blurb makes you think the whole thing is about her trying to reach her dream. Too bad only half of the book is about it. Halfway through the book, there's the auditions. A little too fast paced I felt.
The only other bad thing I have to say is that I don't like the cover. :)
I give this book 3 Rainbows.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Unicorns Don't Exist?

They do. Don't let anyone tell you they're not.

But anyways. I've been thinking. How would you guys like a rating system on here? I was looking at the other book review blogs I follow, and they have ones too. So, should I get one?
Also, what about those picture things that are like, "Currently Reading" and they have the cover of the book I'm reading? I feel bad that I'm just like BAHH A BOOK.

I haven't been able to read over the past couple of days. I've been so busyyyy. But luckily, I got a ton of cash from babysitting the past two weeks so I might buy some booooooks. *Yaaaaaay*

Yea. I'm off to my family reunion and to meet people I've never met and people I saw when I was three. Yeaaaa...sorry, don't remember you. They all live up in Canada anyways.

Peace out, cub scout.