Sunday, August 23, 2009

Zombie Blondes (Brian James)

Zombie Blondes, by Brian James, was a book I really enjoyed. While other reviews have said it sucked them in right away, it took me until about halfway through the book to get into it. But once I got into it, I was sucked in like my book was a vacuum and I was.. was... something a vacuum sucks up. :)

From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
A lot of houses were on sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah's first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders - the most popular girls in school.
The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
But Hannah wants desperately to fit in - regardless of what her friend lukas is telling her: if she doesn't watch her back, she's going to be blonde and popular and dead - just like all the other zombies in this town...

As some of you know, I usually just give ya a summary myself, but I thought you'd be better off with the author's summary this time. Okay, so remember how I said it took a while to get into it? Well, once I did, I couldn't wait to find out the ending! I was in uber-reading mode!! Now, I know that i said there wasn't one, but thats not true. The ending, I will admit, was not my taste. I like knowing what happens. And when Brian James, the author of this book, commented on my post, I was shocked, and very embarassed. Now, when I wrote this post, I had just finished the book, and was kinda mad because I wanted to know what happened soooo badly, and I think I may have been a little bit to harsh on the review. Please, Brian, don't think I'm changing this to something I don't think is true. Because I'm not. I pinky promise. :) But just to let you know, I am SOOO EXCITED that somehow, you found my blog. And btw, you should totally write a sequel! :D And.... If ya want... you could check out my other blog. Its about zombies. :) I'm writing a story that is pretty much the blog, but... book form. :D

Hope to hear from you again,

Ending: 3
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Writing: 5
Cover: 3

~Lily Benan

Oh yeh, i think my favorite character was either Maggie or Lukas. :D

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sneak Peek #4 and 5#

Zombie Blondes, by Brian James, is one of my two current reads. I usually don't read two books at once, but I forgot my book at school today, and my friend let me borrow hers, and it's really good! So, yup! Up first is a Sneak Peek from Zombie Blondes!

"There aren't any rules to running away from your problems. No checklist of things to cross off. No instructions. Eeny, meeny, pick a path and go." ~Hannah.

I chose this quote because, well, you'll see. I just started the book a few hours ago, and since I'm reading two at once, it might be a little while, but... since only one person reads this, i think she can wait. ;)

AND NOW... for my quote from a much much much different book, It's Kind of a Funny Story (by Ned Vizzini). And for this quote, I'm not gonna start at the beginning of the sentence because its... POINTLESS! And just so you understand why this person is saying this, they are in a mental hospital.

"....and just because I went to my doctor and told him, 'I'm not afraid of dying; I'm only afraid of living, and I want to put a bayonet through my stomach,' that doesn't mean I'm afraid of any of you." ~page 197... and I'm not really sure who said this. But i liked it. I flipped to a random page and... TAA DAAA! :D

Hope you enjoyed, I'll be out with these two reviews... eventually :D Adios!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, was a brilliantly written book, the idea was so creative! This book was about a girl named Hannah. She has already committed suicide already when the book begins. Clay, the main character (and whose perspective the story is in) finds a set of tapes on his doorstep. 7 tapes. 13 sides. 13 reasons why Hannah killed herself. And not just ANYONE gets these tapes. Only people that are on them get the grand honor of listening to a dead girl talk to them, and explain why they made her kill herself. Superfun! :P Anyway, Clay is confused as hell. Although he was barely friends with Hannah, he had had a big crush on her, and when I say big, I mean HUGE! Not obsessive and stalkerish, but a sweet and innocent crush. he had no clue why HE, the innocent bystander, was part of the 13 stories to why she killed herself. SUSPENSEFULL! Am I right or what?!

The book, instead of being divided in chapters, is divided into tapes. For example, instead of chapter 3, it would say 'Cassette Tape 2, Side A'. Creative, right? AND to make it even funner (not being sarcastic btw, i am a dork and I really think this is cool :P) whenever Clay pauses the cassette tape, it had a little | |> Pause sign. But its real. Not a bad attempt like mine. XD There is also play |> and stop, which I can't do on here. XD Yeh, but Jay Asher is an amazing author, and he has a fantabulous blog! Find it here! It has pictures of the covers from all around the world! They are amazing! Become a follower! Anyway, I definitely recommend this book! It may sound depressing, but I laughed out loud. It IS sad, I'll admit it, but its a great book. A must read! :D

Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing: 5
Cover: 5
A 5 star book! *****

~Lily Benan!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Looking For Alaska (John Green)

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT! I usually never spoil, but I can't do the review without spoiling. I'll write spoiler alert before I spoil, so if you don't want to have this awful book spoiled, you don't have too.

Looking For Alaska, by John Greene.... sucked. No offense to all you lovers of this book, but in my opinion, it was awful. His writing was... uncensored. Now, I don't have a problem with that at all. ZERO problems. BUT this was a book i chose to read for school... my literature teacher does have problems. :P We had to find a quote, and all of the good ones had 'words that were inappropriate for school'. >:( But before I get way into the review, here's my quote. "Sometimes you lose a battle, but mischeif always wins the war." Its a great quote, I know. If only the book was that stunning...

okay, So the setting of this book is at a boarding school, Culver Creek, to be exact. The main character, Miles Halter, nick named and hereafter refered to as Pudge, goes to Culver Creek, the school where his father went. Hoping to start fresh, and have some friends for once, he moves from Florida, to Alabama. He meets his roommate, the Colonel. No clue why that's his nickname, but for some odd reason, it is! Then he meets Alaska Young, a funny, rebellious, self destructive chick. She was my favorite character.
Now, before I continue, I must explain. This book is separated into before and after. for example, instead of chapters, it says '184 days before', then maybe '178 days before' and so on. Then, after the AFTER, it says, '1 day after' and then '4 days after'. So yeh...

Pudge falls in love with Alaska. His friend Takumi (or something) and the Colonel are both friends with her too... bla bla bla.

SPOILER ALERT: do not go on if u don't want the what happened to know about.
Alaska dies. Yep. She does! the "135 days before" yeh well it was 135 days before Alaska died. John Green never even tells you if it was suicide or not. Yes, there were suspicions, but no one even knew for sure.

Now, if I had liked this book and wanted you to read it, I wouldn't of spoiled. But I really disliked this book. i haven't disliked a book so much in a long time. So... I definitely don't recommend it.

Plot: 1
Writing: 2
Characters: 4