Thursday, April 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

 

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?

I love novels based in the South especially if they have some debutantes!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Short and Sweet Review of Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi














Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Blurb
Set initially in a future shanty town in America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being dissembled for parts by a rag tag group of workers, we meet Nailer, a teenage boy working the light crew, searching for copper wiring to make quota and live another day. The harsh realities of this life, from his abusive father, to his hand to mouth existence, echo the worst poverty in the present day third world. When an accident leads Nailer to discover an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and the lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl, Nailer finds himself at a crossroads. Should he strip the ship and live a life of relative wealth, or rescue the girl, Nita, at great risk to himself and hope she'll lead him to a better life. This is a novel that illuminates a world where oil has been replaced by necessity, and where the gap between the haves and have-nots is now an abyss. Yet amidst the shadows of degradation, hope lies ahead.  
3 out of 5
Review
I read Ship Breaker because it won the Printz award this year.  I just never wanted to pick it back up, when I did read it I enjoyed it but I wasn’t ignoring my family, food, TV, the internet to read it(you get my point).  I found the idea of ship breaking interesting but the characters seemed lifeless to me except the half-man.  I didn’t care what happened to Nailer or Lucky Girl.  I wanted to know more about the society that made the current conditions and they mysterious beast.  So I don’t get what the fuss is about but I am glad that I read it. 

What Printz runner up book should I read next?



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Life

Don't you hate it when life seems to change all at once?   I have taken a mini break due to 3 deaths in the last month or so.  I will be back with reviews starting next week.   But I have good news.... baby Taylir #2 is on the way. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Short and Sweet Review of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins



Blurb
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

Rating
5 out of 5 stars

Review
This book got the best review I can give a book.  Snuggling, I wanted to cuddle this book.  It was just the right amount of fun. There was self doubt, close calls, and all of the things a will they or won’t they love story needs.  So go quickly to your local library, bookstore etc and grab this book. 
Oh and there is a great song that was going through my head the whole time I was reading this.  Are you gonna kiss me or not by Thompson Square!!  Check it out.


Reviewed from my public library copy.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver













Blurb
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
Rating
5 out of 5 stars
Review
Love as a disease, something fixable was probably the reason I picked up the book.  I love, love!!    I could not imagine a world without, so I was fascinated to read how Miss Oliver made it was possible.  I  also really enjoy books about disturbing future societies ( Ok let’s be honest I love them).   This book did not disappoint me.  Lena’s story is interesting without be one girl saves the world (at least not yet)!!  This felt real to me.  I found the future society very plausible it made me think that we teeter on the edge of something like this all the time. So with the combination of intriguing premise, unsettling future societies and LOVE I was hooked.  I am going to patiently wait for the next chapter in Lena’s life. 
Songs I think complement the book
Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
Love Bites by Def Leppard
And most any other love song you can think of….

Read Alikes
Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Matched by Ally Condie

Reviewed from Digital Copy at Net Galley

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. What books are you waiting for?
 I have heard such good things about Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I am waiting patiently until it comes into my library.  Could March get here any faster?  (added 2/11/11) Oh My Gosh I thought It was March but it's really MAY!!  Why!?!

One choice
One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.
Or, one choice can transform you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Short and Sweet Review of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Book Blurb:
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.


Rating
5 out of 5

My Thoughts
It’s really hard explain how I felt about this book without it being full of spoilers.  So..  I will say that I completely fell for Sam.  She was so real I felt like I knew her or I was her in some ways, she made my heart ache.  Sam’s story was so interesting, I loved the changes that came from her alternate actions and layering of the story. It was a great book I will be recommending to everyone I know.   I just have to say **Spoiler Alert**  my reaction to the last day went something like this.  But Why?? No!!  sob sob over and over.