Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Ok I'd like to first say I am soooooo sorry for being so tardy in this review. I actually finished this on the 20th but I just got around to getting this review done because my laptop just came home from the shop, I had to get it fixed :'( But now you will see more of me! Whether you like it or not :P

Ruby, where is your mother?" Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future—it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Characters: I loved Ruby, I felt that with all that went on in her life and how quickly everything felt that she was very believable in how she acted. At times I did feel that she was unreasonable but she had a right to be. I liked Nate a lot too, he was just a sweet and nice boy that I really loved to read about. The side characters like Cora, Jamie, Olivia, and Gervais were great too. I loved that they each had there own personality though sometimes I felt that Olivia and Gervais were a bit plain.

Plot: The plot I really liked. I loved how Sarah Dessen wasn't afraid of going into touchy subjects. I admit in the beginning I really didn't like her writing style because I wasn't very used to it but once I did I loved it so much. The pacing wasn't too slow and not too fast. I liked especially that the book didn't drag on, I wasn't once bored and wondering when it would end. One major problem I had with this book was that sometimes I felt that it was very predictable at times. Sometimes I was very surprised but other times I wasn't very impressed. 

Overall: Overall I really liked this book, one of my favorites but I had to give it a 4 stars for the predictability. The reason it took me so long to read was not because I didn't thoroughly enjoy it, it was because I was very busy. So if you have time to read this book I would highly recommend it. But I think that 14+ would like this book more than younger teens.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Update: Changes!

Alright so I took a good look at my blog recently and saw that to me it was a bit boring. So I decided to do some adjusments to my blog to make it better. Below I will list a bunch of things that I could do and you can comment which ones you would like and which ones you wouldnt and say why so that at the end of this month I can make some changes to better my blog. I would really appreciate your feedback :D

  • Book Hauls - I get a lot of books. But I usually don't do book hauls here. I was thinking that it would be fun to start.
  • Monthly Book Recomendation - I read maybe 3 or 4 books a month. I could do a post every end of the month recommending the best book I read of that month.
  • Monthly Favorites - My favorite books, characters, writing style, and cover and you could put more categories in your comment that I could add.
  • Disscussions - They'd be basically another review of a book but with spoilers for people that read the book to know how I felt about it and maybe we could talk about the different points of the book.
  • YouTube - Now this is something I have been thinking about a lot. I have an account already but no videos up. I do think that I will end up doing this one way or another bur I still want to know what others think. Would you watch and or subscribe?
  • Author Spotlight - Just me spotlighting one author that month. Giving their story of how they became an author and their books.
  • Current Read - This segment would be just me saying what page I am on, on a certain book and telling you what I like and don't like so far.
  • More Author Interviews - I could contact more authors and put up their interviews here since my first one was so much fun
  • Memes - I've seen many bloggers do it and I think it would be a fun way for you to get to know me more. If you choose this please leave some memes that I could do.
Alright those are all my ideas. If you have more ideas that I could do please feel free to share and I'll most definately think about it. Be completely honest about your answers and I'd greatly appreciate a lot of feedback on this. I will decide by the end of the month so you have 27 more days!


Beautiful Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Annie from Leopard Kitty Girl Books. I love her so much. She's an amazing blogger and she reviews so amazingly. Her blog is so beautiful. I reccomend her blog to all of you. She's one of - if not my favorite - book blogger. Here's her link: Please check her out!

The Rules (Which is a necessity in everything) :

1. Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award. Look up to read the paragraph about her! :)

2. Share 7 things about yourself:

  • I have black hair
  • I love England
  • I plan to go to an Ivy League College one day
  • I'm very smart
  • I'm 12 years old :D
  • My personality is very weird :P
  • I want to make book friends on here :)
Alright so I don't know how many people I'm supposed to tag so I'm tagging these 3.

Sorry if you've already done it :D Anyway thank you again Annie! Check her out her blog :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons-and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
This book was incredible. 5 stars all the way. At fist I was hesitant to put my review up because there were so many others up but at last I decided to get my opinion out there!                                                                                               
Characters: The characters were amazing. They were all believable and all had pasts whether good or bad and they each had different personalities. It made them seem believable and relateable. I loved all of them. Clare has this way of making you love all her characters and even the villains, you love to hate them. The only characters that I found annoying were Simon and Clary. I felt that in a lot of times Clary was being very unreasonable and there were times that I wanted to reach into the book and just shake her, hard. But I liked that she knew she was being unreasonable. The reason I didn't like Simon wasn't because I am Team Jace (Which I am!! :D) but because I felt that he was a hindrance at times. He just brought unnecessary trouble. I understand that he did help them once or  twice but he held them back a lot.
Plot: The plot was very unique and I liked it a lot. I had never read anything like it and I liked that in the beginning you weren't loaded with a bunch of information. That you found it out as the story went along. There were a bunch of twists and turns that I never saw coming. I admit before I read this book I stumbled across a huge spoiler but when I came across it in the book I was completely shocked and my mind was blown. I knew what was going to happen but Clare made me feel as if I had no idea what was going to happen. I loved the pace of the book. There wasn't a time where nothing was happening there was so much action in this book and in the same time you could see the affection of the characters growing without being to abrupt. I really like the world of the Shadow World. Its an entirely new and interesting concept that I really loved to read about. Cassandra Clare's writing style is very good. It has a good flow. She's descriptive but not so much that you get bored.

Overall: I can not believe that it took me this long to pick up this book and read it. I loved it so much, it might be my favorite read of this year. I can't wait to read the rest of this series and the prequel. I love Jace so much! I can't wait to read the second installment of this book. City of Bones was an amazing read that I recommend to everyone. Though there is some gay characters in here, but it doesn't go into it a lot. But if you still don't like it even mentioned, I wouldn't really read this book but even then this book is too amazing to pass up.