Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)

Wicked Lovely, by Melissa, is definitely on my Top Ten Best Books list! (btw sorry I forgot to do a sneak peak! whoops)

Wicked Lovely is about faeries, invisible creatures to the human eye. But not to Aislinn (aka Ash).
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
These are the rules Ash has lived by her entire life. has the Sight, inherited from her mother and her grandmother. She sees the faeries, as well as the awful things they do; trip, shove, pull, hit, bit, kick, kill, and torture.

One thing I didn't like was the fact that it took me about 80 pages to get interested. For a while I was just really confused, but once I caught on I understood and it was REALLY good!

Ash meets countless faeries, and becomes entangled with their world, their friends, and their fate. She must make very difficult decisions, many of them involving Seth, her closest friend (as well as my favorite characters),and Keenan, her biggest annoyance. Hearts are broken, rules are forgotten, and true love is felt as summer and winter clash in this enticing novel. Look for a sneak peek (hopefully) and a review of her next book, Ink Exchange!

Writing: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Cover: 4

~Lily Benan

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover (Ally Carter)

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover, by Ally Carter, is the third book of the Gallagher Girl series, and for now, the last. (I don't know if Ally is going to write a fourth book... I hope she does).

This book is more centered around Macey McHenry, daughter of U.S. vice-president candidate Senator McHenry. When Cammie visits her at the end of summer vacation, they are attacked, Cammie, Macey, and Preston Winters, the presidential candidate's son. On the roof of their hotel, Macey and Cammie, being the Gallagher Girls that they are, fought off the attackers (aka got lucky), but ended up with some injuries (broken arm, concussion). When Macey comes back to school, a member of the Secret Service comes with her. To class, to lunch, EVERYWHERE! She won't let her leave school grounds, even for a run!

While Macey is continuously taken out of school to attend rallies and parties for the campaign, Bex, Liz, and Cammie decide to follow and investigate. Many questions are asked, not all of them Cammie wants to know the answers to. Spies lie, thats what they do, but all Cammie wants is to find out whats going on!In this thrilling spy story, anything is possible.

Ally Carter really knows how to write to get your attention. Since these books are summaries of Cammie's spy-work (written from Cammie's point of view), Ally made sure to write how a girl in her junior year would probably talk and think.

The only problem I had with this book is that the majority of the many questions asked throughout the story remain unanswered. But, I'm almost sure she'll be writing a fourth, because there are many things left to uncover in Cammie Morgan's junior year at Gallagher Academy. I can't wait to read it (if IT exists, but thats classified :-) I definitely suggest this book!

Writing: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Cover: 4


Friday, June 19, 2009

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy (Ally Carter)

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy, by Ally Carter, is the phenomenal sequel to I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You. Its the second semester in Cammie's sophomore year at Gallagher Academy. Many things happen this year that Cammie never expected.

This book has a much better plot line than the first, you have more unanswered questions (they are answered at the end). One of my favorite characters was Zach. Although he can be a bit cocky at times... (a bit? Try a ton!) he is really sincere and funny.

I'm starting the 3rd book, Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover, tomorrow. Sorry this review was short but, like all sequels, its hard to do a summary with out giving any thing away.

Writing: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Cover: 4

Five Stars!!!


P.S. Sorry, no sneak peak for this book or the next one.

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You (Ally Carter)

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You, by Ally Carter, is a book thats really fun to read. While I read it in a day (I would of had the review out sooner but I haven't been on the blogs for long enough), and it was really easy, it had good writing and I didn't want to put the book down.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is about Cammie Morgan (aka the Chameleon). Her mom is the headmistress at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, an all girls school for geniuses. But what normal civilians don't know, its really a school for spies, but they can't know that! They think the Gallagher Girls are just snooty, rich girls. The students take really cool classes, like Countries of the World (COW), Covert Operations (CoveOp), Culture and Assimilation (C&A), and many others. Each girl can speak fourteen different languages, and at meals they have assigned languages. A big sign tells them what language with what accent. For example; they first day of school, they may have ENGLISH:AMERICAN, which would bee English with an American accent. Or one night for dinner, CHINESE:MANDARIN, which, as you (probably) guesses, Chinese with a Mandarin accent. Anyways, the plot starts when their CoveOp's hot teacher Mr. Solomon takes his sophomore class out to a carnival. But its not to play games and win prizes, they've been assigned a mission. Cammie, not having been caught, is about to head home when someone sees her. And when I told you her nickname was Chameleon, NO ONE ever sees her if she doesn't want to be. No one. Even the most paranoid spy she's met (Mr. Smith, COW teacher) But Josh, the boy at the carnival did. She begins to like him, and learns the hard way that a spy girl should never like a normal, unsuspecting boy. None the less vice-versa.

Her roommates and best friends Bex, Liz, and Macey help Cammie through everything, from sneaking out of the mansion (you can't blame town people for thinking their rich little brats), to understanding his messages. Also, they have super cool spy gear, but you'll have to read the book to find out what they are!

Its a really great book, and if your looking for a quick and easy book, read it! I'm almost done with the second one. Review will probably be out later today. I if have time on the computer.

Writing: 5
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Cover: 4

Overall Four Stars.


Sneak Peek #3

Okay, so I'm putting in two excerpts from this book. One of them will just be the 'normal' writing, and the other will be one of their 'Summaries of Surveillance'. She's a spy, remember?
Here's the normal context, page 224.

The projector clicked, the image changed, and we had two seconds to study the photo that flashed before our eyes.
"Ms. Baxter?" Mr. Solomon asked. "What's wrong here?"
"The umbrella," Bex said. "There's rain on the window and the coat on the hook is damp, but the umbrella is bundled up. Most people leave them open to dry."
"Very good."

That's crazy! She saw the picture for two seconds, but she identified whats wrong. Smartie. hah. So now the next excerpt is part of their 'Summary of Surveillance'. Its, well, you'll get the point.

Summary of Communication
On October 18, during a routine Driver's Ed assignment, The Operatives noticed that the "fill sign" was marked (in other words, the stone was turned) at the designated letter drop, so Agent Morgan faked a stomachache when everyone else was engaged in a Gilmore Girls marathon and went to retrieve the following:

Okay, so if you dad's not Aquaman, is he The Flash?

Translation: Please think I'm funny, because my self esteem is fairly low, and humor may be all I have got going for me. (Translation done by Macey McHenry.)

Okay, so, the Operatives are: Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey, the friends. The letter is from Josh, the boy from the carnival, and the stone turned means that he has put a letter there, and turned the stone so she knows. Its hard to explain though....


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Sweet Far Thing (Libba Bray)

The Sweet Far Thing, by Libba Bray, was just as enthralling and amazing as the first two (A Great and Terrible Beauty as well as Rebel Angels). It was a long book (819 pages) but I loved every minute of it. Once again I can't give you a very good summary if you haven't read the first two because I don't want to give anything away. But I'll say somethings about it...

Some authors have a really good series, but then when they get to the last book, they end it, well, not the best way. Libba Bray did NOT do this!! She had a phenomenal ending to the great trilogy.

I loved the constant controversy of Felicity and Gemma, and their disagreements are hilarious, and if you haven't read the book and just flipped to a random page, you'd think they were mad! ;-) A few characters I really enjoyed were; Wendy, Kartik, and Fowlson (especially Fowlson in the climax). Parts of it were like a mystery, and the History of Secret Societies, by Wilhelmina Wyatt are found to have some possible clues.
Mrs. Nightwing, the current headmistress at Spence Academy, becomes a lot kinder to Gemma, and I loved her during The Sweet Far Thing.
Other than the climax, my favorite scene is when Gemma finds the Tree of All Souls. Libba Bray is such a talented writer, she describes it all so well! I wish I could say more, but then I would reveal the secrets that make this novel so great. Life and death, truth and lies, or good and evil, all of it is mixed together in Libba Bray's third book, A Sweet Far Thing. One of the best book series I've ever read!

Writing: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Cover: 5

Sneak Peek #2

Sneak peak for my book The Sweet Far Thing, sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. The Sweet Far Thing, page 509.

"You look like your mother. I'm sure she would have wanted to be here for this," Grandmama says, and the moment is ruined utterly. Whatever was struggling from the marble of me is gone.
You'll not mention my mother again, I think, closing my eyes. Tell me how beautiful I look. Tell me how happy we are. Tell me I shall be someone, and there's nothing but blue-sky days ahead.
When I open my eyes, Grandmama smiles at my reflection. "Dear me, aren't you a vision in that dress?"
"The picture of loveliness," the seamstress chimes in.
There. That's so much better.

I should be done with it soon. It taking me a long time to finish because I haven't had much time to read. It'll be out soon! (even though no one will read the review) :(


The Book Blogger Contests

The Book Blogger is two great contests!

The first one: is for Revelations, a Blue Bloods Novel, by Melissa de la Cruz. Check it out here.

Post a comment below the post to win a signed copy. for extra entries:
+1 if you comment on the post
+2 for following her blog
+3 for blogging/twittering/etc. about the contest, you must post a link.

Its only for the US and ends July 3rd. Enter now!

The second one is for a SIGNED copy of Kiss of Life! Yay! Here's what you have to do for this one; click here to find the post. Comment something like "enter me!" and you'll be entered. Leave some way to contact you! then...
+1 if you comment on her Waiting on Wednesday post: click here to find that post
+2 if you follow Danielle's blog
+2 post something on your blog or sidebar (like I did right here)

This one ends on June 18th! Hurry and enter!


P.S. I'm hoping to add some contests soon!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rebel Angels (Libba Bray)

Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray, was an amazing sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty!
Gemma, Ann, and Felicity must find the Temple before Circe does, and it proves a great struggle!
Although I usually give summaries of the books, and I would with Rebel Angels, but it would give too much away! So I'll just tell you about some of my favorite characters and scenes.

I loved many of the characters, most especially Simon. He's so... I can't even think of a fitting word. But he is so witty, and the things he says are so funny. (like the sneak peak). I also love the sirens. Not the evil part of them, but they're so interesting. Azreal is awesome, I loved reading with him in the scene. I love Hester Asa Moore so much, she is so helpful and listens to the girls!

Nell Hawkins, though often disturbing, is very... cool. Even though she is mentally ill, she serves very useful to Gemma.

One part of the book I really like is when Gemma finds the Temple and goes through the waterfall. Its so descriptive and amazing to picture in your head.
I wish Simon was in the book more though, but I still loved it! I'm sorry I couldn't write more, but I want you all to read it and be surprised! I'll start reading The Sweet Far Thing (the third one) straight-away!

Story: 5
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Cover: 5


Monday, June 1, 2009

Sneak Peek #1

I am publishing a 'Sneak Peek' from my current book Rebel Angels, the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty. Its on page 408... hope you enjoy. I will have the review out sometime soon. I'm on page 75. 

"There you are," he says, smiling. "Have you saved me another dance?"
I can't help myself. "I thought perhaps you might be dancing with Miss Worthington."
He frowns. "A dance with the carnivorous Felicity? Why? Has she eaten all the other available gentlemen?"
I'm so relieved by this that I laugh in spite of my friendship with Felicity, "I shouldn't laugh. You're being horrible."
"Yes," Simon says, raising an eyebrow. "I'm very good at being horrible."

Ahhh Simon.