Sunday, March 29, 2009

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott


Synopsis:
I wonder what it would be like to do high school things. To go out on the weekends. To kiss a guy. To have a normal life. A real one.
Everyone thinks their parents are embarrasing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar...and that's just how she likes it.
Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants--only what she wants may not be what she needs...
Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you'll love being from the unexpected start to triumphant finish.

Review:

Two words. Loved it.

Four Syllables. Hi-la-ri-ous. That's four syllables, right? Omg, my gut heart sooo bad. One of my favorite lines: "Having a seizure. I didn't know the human neck could move like that." Man, you don't even have to know what the book is talking about at that specific moment and you still burst out laughing. I especially love the main-character's sense of humor, no doubt the irritating Finn--whose name I cannot, under any circumstances, comprehend--he's just the right type of annoying, that whenever he says something it looks like your having an aneurism because your trying not to laugh, lol turning all purple and shit. But, seriously I've got to give props to Scott, although I've only read one other of her books (Perfect You) I have no doubt that her romantic-comedies will sell out one day. Even if they're not intended to be in that specific genre.
One word. Sad. And so realistic that I couldn't get through a specific sad sentence without a tear forming in my eye. But that's just me, I tend to cry very is easily, yet haven't cried in a long time--not counting the times I read books of course. Anyway, I personally felt that this book was written especifally for me--and I know that sounds chiched, and quite shallow, but still doesn't mean its not true. I've had my own fair share of dad problems--still do--but there was one special sentence, I guess you can say, that really caught me. And yes, I actually did underline it in the book. (Do not mock me, it was very touching) Anyways, here it is: "Jose showed me love isn't about getting what you want, but about being there--really being there--for your family." Okay, so you probably don't know who Jose is but that's not the point. I can relate to the main character so much its heartbreaking, but of course my father does not have half- or fully-naked women in his house--or at least I hope not, because if he does....Ewww.

Before I start giving away too much about the book, I just want to say that I have to give Scott major props for this one; it will always be one of my all time favorites. (Next to The Host, of course) :P

Grade: A

LiLi

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Addicted

Halo by Beyonce, beyond words of description, so pretty much indescrible. So addicted to this song that I'm singing it right now, again.

One recommendation, if you haven't read it already...The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series. Check it out if you want to read about a bad-ass animator, who slays vampires when she gets the chance--secretly if she doesn't have an okay from the law for some executing. Because apparently vampires--and most preternatural creature--can live "safely" in St. Louis, Missouri. Of course only if the didn't do anything that would call Anita in from her zombie-raisings--law-execution or not--she will get the job done if she sees fit. Hard-face Anita has her own--little--silver-lining--and from what I've read so far, mind you I'm only on the fourth book, going to fifth--and that would be Jean-Claude, master vampire, soon-to-be Master of the City, and has the ability to turn Anita's insides pouring out.

If you've read this series or in the middle of reading it please comment and tell me your thoughts and feelings about the characters and the books in general.

P.S if you are going to check out this series, it starts with Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover

Synopsis:
Dear Reader,
Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day.
As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and into the world. She taught me to love again.
But I was not born to know love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. AS a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace-- the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?
~Julian of Macedon

Review:
Just because I'm doing my monologue on this book is not the only reason I'm reviewing. It's also because it is extremely funny, and I'm a sucker for one those anytime, day, season, etc. Julian, I guess you would say, is a soldier with a bad, tormenting history; one that I couldn't fathom without there being some sort of moisture coming out of my tear ducts. For two thousand years, Julian has been nothing but a full moon to full moon, pleasure trip for anyone who conjures him from his book.

Grace is a sultry maiden, who has her own, tormenting background. When a friend recommends that she try something different to "satisfy her aching loins", well...what harm could there be...

About halfway through you just about figure out that there's more to this couple than meets the eye; and I'm not just talking about Julian's mother, literally being the Goddess of Love--that just happens to get in the way, but is very well appreciated towards the end. Sure, these two kids fall in love--in the most sexual meaning of the word--but there's the underlying time-limit thats arising. And with everything she has, Grace will fight her way to keep her God by her side.

Grade: A

LiLi

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fade by Lisa McMann


Published: February 10th 2009 by Simon Pulse

Hardcover, 256 pages

ISBN: 1416953582

ISBN13: 9781416953586

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open--but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd even feared...

Review:

Fade isn't what you would normally call a fun, funny, good-time book. But hey, half of the books in this nation aren't like that so why should this one be any different? Much like its debut novel--Wake--Fade has it secrets and mysteries, only this time its future--or should I say her future--is a whole lot more gloomier. The fate that awaits Janie, is nothing like what she expected--except she's not that surprised, especially with the way things are going on now with the dreams.

Yes, Janie is a dream-catcher, yes she thinks that her boyfriend Cabe is the most understanding person in her life right now, and yes she likes working undercover for the police because it gives her "ability" a purpose....But will her next assignment be too much for her and Cabe to handle, or will her upcoming future tear them apart? I recommend this novel (as well as its former, Wake, if you haven't read it already) to anyone interested in the tragedies in risking your well-being to save others.

Grade: B+

LiLi

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Read My Lips by Teri Brown

Synopsis: Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well--even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.
From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique.

With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantc snoop....


Review: I couldn't believe how addicting this book was. And to think that the first time I saw it, it wasn't going to be a good read, but that completely changed as soon as I read the very first chapter! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, understandingly half-claustrophobic loving read. I say claustrophobic because not having one of your most important senses can make you feel that way, no matter how tough your facial mask may be to break through.

No matter how much gossip she may spread, there may be only one thing she's looking for: she just doesn't know it yet. Though author Teri Brown implicates that Serena just wants to get through her new school "under the radar", she [skillfully] goes above the radar and beyond; without even trying. Not so typical for a skater chick I would think, but hey what do I know, right? Anyways, all I'm saying is that we all have our transformations, sometimes in more ways than one.