Thursday, May 31, 2012

REVIEW: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
1st Published: June 1st 2005
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Page Count: Paperback, 377 pages
Finished Reading: May, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

REVIEW: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Title: Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous (edited by Beatrice Sparks)
1st Published: March 5th 1971
Stand Alone: Book
Page Count: Paperback, 213 pages
Finished Reading: May 2012

Goodreads Synopsis: January 24th After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs.... It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth -- and ultimately her life. Read her diary. Enter her world.

You will never forget her. For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.

Just Saying: May RE-Read Twilight! It's been awhile.

 Note:  I have never considered my self to be a Twilight fan. I like the books, the movies are okay. Robert Pattinson is hot but not to the point that I will stalk him for playing the role of Edward. I'm just not a fan girl type of person. I get obsessed with things but I am no fan girl or am I? O.o;;

 Unnecessary Information: 
The first time I read the books was when I realized  that the movie Twilight was actually "a book".  So Winter Break of 2008 or 2009 was when I first read the Twilight Saga. I don't remember. (Limited amount of people know that the only reason I watched Twilight was because of Robert Pattinson, and not because of his acting. ;) And at the time I actually thought Twilight was just a book not a saga.  I wasn't much of a reader in those days. So I asked my father for "the book" Twilight then he was like alright. Later he noticed that the box set was actually cheaper then just buying one book.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Book Haul || Purchased Books - Book Store + Walmart.

In where I show you a few books I recently purchased, because of a book I am very excited for this ONE book I bought... can't wait to get it. :) Hopefully, you enjoy it. Click continue to see the video. :P

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

REVIEW: A Great Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) Title: A Great Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
1st Published: December 9th 2003
Genre: Fiction
Trilogy: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy #1
Finished Reading: May 22, 2012
First Sentence: June 21, 1895 // Bombay, India // "Please tell me that's not going to be part of my birthday dinner this evening." (excerpt)

Goodreads Synopsis: A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

Book Haul || Library Books - The Beginning of a Series?

Monday, May 14, 2012

REVIEW: The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Title: The Kitchen God's Wife
Author: Amy Tan
1st Published: January 1st 1991
Page Count: Mass Paperback, 532 pages
Finished Reading:
First Line:  Whenever my mother talks to me; she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument. (Amy Tan, page 3)

Goodreads Synopsis: Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie's story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events tha led to Winnie's coming to America in 1949.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

REVIEW: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

Title: Mostly Good Girls
Author: Leila Sales
1st Published: October 5th 2010
Page Count: Hardcover, 347 pages
Finished Reading: May 5, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Violet is doing her best to juggle the academic, social, and extracurricular stresses of junior year at an elite prep school, in this fresh, funny debut novel.

Review: I picked this book up at the library, because of its cover. I usually don't enjoy books about friendships because in my opinion and personal experience friendships just don't last as much as one want them to. And usually the author doesn't do a good job developing the characters or with the story line, but I decided to give this book a chance. At first I really liked it, but the novel is slow paced, and that brought down my score to three stars.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Book Haul || Library Books - Random.

I've had this library book haul for a while. I just kept forgetting to put it on the blog, well here it is, and I'm just am about to finish one book in this haul.

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