Sunday, July 31, 2011

Flawless by Lara Chapman


Flawless by Lara Chapman is about a girl named Sarah. Sarah is perfect. She's conventionally beautiful and the number 2 student in her class. There is one thing that isn't perfect, which is her nose. She's in her senior year, and despite her mother's constant nagging about going through a rhinoplasty (I learned by reading this book that it means a nose job lol), she has come to (mostly) accept her flaw. Her best friend Kristen has always been there to support her and defend her. They're best friends forever, and you just can't mess with their friendship! Then, the new guy Rock comes into the picture. He's perfect for Sarah, he's smart, talented, and actually cares about literature, not to mention he’s really hot! But then, Kristen falls in love with him too. She asks Sarah to help her win Rock over because Sarah shares his love for literature. Of course, Sarah agrees and ends up writing to Rock as Kristen over Facebook and emails.

Reading this story, I realized it was all too familiar. I can COMPLETELY relate with Sarah. I have fallen for a guy who one of my close friends liked. I never told her how I felt about him (just like Sarah) because I didn’t want to ruin our friendship or get in-between them, and I figured if he liked me, THEN I would do something about it. Let’s just say that ending to my story is bittersweet. The guy broke her heart, and then a month later he asked me out. I said yes, and my friend had said some unnecessarily mean things to me about it. Now, we aren’t friends anymore, but hey! I got the guy didn’t I? And now he’s my boyfriend of almost 8 months, so I guess there is a silver lining in the clouds. :) So I was entirely able to relate to the main character.

I really enjoyed this story from the beginning. It was very predictable, but cute and fun just the same. The ending was a little quick and a tad unrealistic (I mean, look at my story) but a good read all the same!

I loved how Flawless made me think of her nose and what it looked like. Something I must disagree on is how much of a big deal it is portrayed as. I’m guessing her nose must be TERRIFYING, and downright hideous, because people stare and point and whisper when she walks by. I honestly can’t imagine this happening in real life, because come on, people are so self-absorbed they don’t notice things like that about other people, or even care. Maybe if Sarah was the class president and she was giving a speech you would whisper something to your friend, but not if you were in a hallway passing by her. But then again, maybe I’m wrong and her nose is just that ugly :P haha

I found the cover a little odd, but I liked how her nose wasn’t there so you could see her perfection, without that one flaw.

**SPOILER HERE** Something that really made me angry was when Sarah's mom was accused of being a lesbian. Being a gay rights activist, I don't understand why it was necessary to put this part in. It is portrayed as a bad thing, something that would end Ms. Burkes career if this huge "secret" got out. Like really? It's not something to be ashamed of, and a true fan of hers wouldn't feel "lied to" if they found out she was. Just had to get that off my chest! haha

One thing I would like to comment on is how Sarah says that “It’s [loyalty] considered the core foundation of all successful relationships, both personal and professional.” I disagree, because I think love is the foundation of successful relationships. I’m big on love, maybe that’s why haha. But considering the characters were doing a whole unit on love in their English class, I think she should have wrote about love. Because in my opinion, love is everything.

At the top of each chapter, there were quotes about beauty. One that caught my eye was on page 12: “The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.” – Havelock Ellis

I like the moral of this story, and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a quick story about being true to yourself and your friends. :) Even with her one flaw, Sarah learns that an imperfection can be flawless in its own way.  4 out of 5 solid gold stars for me!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Well, some of my plans were cancelled, so I've had enough time to read Forgotten and review it :)
At 4:33am, London Lane forgets the day that she just lived. All she can "remember" is the future's events. She relies on the notes she's written the night before to tell her what happened during her day, such as what she wore, her school work, and any other important events.
She meets a boy named Luke (and re-meets him every day after that) but doesn't see him in her future. After meeting him, she begins to get a very disturbing memory. She discovers secrets her family has kept from her and is determined to find out what's going on. This leads me to a question we've always wondered about. Can you change your fate?
I love the plot, and the idea of forgetting your past. It actually kind of scares me, and I'm glad that I don't have to live with the condition she does! :P
I really liked the characters, from London to her love interest Luke (ohmagawd he's so sweet!!!) to the mostly-absent stubborn Jamie. I could relate to them all, as they were all well-portrayed.
It was actually a bit of a mystery that I didn't expect. I dont' know what I expected, but that definitely wasn't it! haha :) There were also some unexpected twists that I didn't see coming at ALL. I've read enough books and seen enough movies to be able to predict what's going to happen, but I was unprepared for quite a few things that happened, which was surprising and a nice change.
The only thing I found confusing was how London somehow remembers some things, and not others. This was slightly touched upon in a chapter, but I would have liked to know more about which memories she forgets and which ones she remembers.
The ending was a little bit unresolved for me, I felt like I was missing something, and wanted to know more.
Also, let me note that this plot is somewhat similar to the movie 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. That's what this reminded me of when I read the summaries :) I liked that movie as well haha.
Overall, I did enjoy this story. It was interesting, thought-provoking, and complicated. Slightly confusing at times, and heartbreaking and sweet at others. I would recommend it to anyone, because it basically fits all the genres. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Oh, and P.S. there's also talks about Forgotten being made into a movie :)
Happy reading!!

Monday, July 25, 2011


Hello everyone!

I would just like to make an announcement about what's going on.

I'm most likely not going to be able to post anything for the next few days, at least until Friday. I'm going to be really busy over the next few days, spending basically ALL day with my boyfriend and friends.

I'm currently reading Forgotten by Cat Patrick, and I'm about halfway done with it. I will be writing a review for it on Friday, if I've finished it by then that is!

So expect a new post then :)

Until then, have a good week!


The Ghoul Next Door (Monster High #2) by Lisi Harrison

**If you haven’t read the first book in the series, I would recommend you do so before reading this review, because it contains spoilers**
The Ghoul Next Door (Monster High, #2)
In Monster High, we were left with a terrible cliffhanger with Melody trying to protect Jackson, while trying to save Frankie too. In The Ghoul Next Door, they create a plan and put it into action. It doesn’t work out quite the way they want it to, and before they know it, with the help of Brett they are making a documentary about teenage monsters to try to convince the public that they aren’t dangerous. It’s going to air on Channel 2, but of course they are going to blur out everyone’s faces, so they can’t be identified.
This part I disagree with, because wouldn’t they be able to recognize the monster’s voices or clothes with someone they sat next to in school? They could probably still be identified, but nice idea Frankie!
In the first book, the story shifts between Melody’s story and Frankie’s story. In the sequel, Melody and Frankie’s part is still told, but there is also Cleo’s side.
Cleo is spoiled, stuck up, arrogant, and selfish. But what else could you expect from a queen? Her dad returns from a trip to Egypt and brings home ancient jewels from Aunt Nefertiti. Before they know it, Cleo is going to be in a Teen Vogue photo shoot with the jewels. She’s so excited about it, and wants to share it with her friends. But her friends aren’t really interested in her at the moment, because they’re caught up with the documentary (it airs on the same day as the photo shoot, what a coincidence!). So she has to plot what to do so that her friends will stop focusing on the documentary, and more on HER!
That part reminds me of Mean Girls, because the queen is being dethroned and tries to get back on top. Classic chick-lit plot basically :)
One part I personally enjoyed was on page 23:
Just as Melody lifted her index finger over the touch screen, her phone was lifted from her hand.
“What are you doing?” she squealed at Candace.
“Trying to have a little family fun,” her sister teased, taunt-waving the phone. “You’ve been a total text maniac all night, and I want to know what’s going on.”
“Melody!” Beau said sternly. “Have you been sexting?”
That part actually made me laugh, like a parent would just automatically assume that!!!
I love how this book also has text message conversations, a poster, and a “missing” chapter. It makes for a unique read :)
I enjoyed chapter 14, which was written in Billy’s point of view. Billy is a ghost (which btw, they just kinda threw in the story! Lol) and so his picture doesn’t appear on the top of the page. And the writing fades at the end of the chapter. Nice effect!
I enjoyed all the pop culture references and how the book “explained” itself. I love books where sometimes you get the feel that it’s real, and there was a reason the book was written. At one part in the story, the characters get excited and say that someday maybe an author will write a teen series about them, and that Jackson drew doll versions of them. I like books that do this, and you feel like its real, even when you know its not.
Of course, there was another cliffhanger, which means that I’ll be reading the third book lol.
I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the first, or someone who wants a quick, light, fun read. It’s a guilty pleasure, and can be a bit dramatic, but if you aren’t bothered by the cheerleader-esque cattiness of it, you’ll enjoy it! 4 out of 5 stars for me :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Alright so before I get into the review, let me note that the font in this book is green!!! It's kinda a strange concept, because you're so used to seeing black font. But the ink is green!! o_O Like the color I'm using now, or a shade darker. And then I went back to Shiver, and guess what?! The font is blue! And now I'm trying to remember if I had noticed that before... Lol. So does this mean that the font in Forever is red? I can't wait because that would be epic :) So anyway, it was fun reading a book in a different colored font. More publishers should do this right? And use other fonts besides our typical, everyday ones. I think that Maggie Stiefvater should write another book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and have it be purple, so I can read a book with purple print (It’s my favorite color)!! Haha but anyway, on to the review…

**If you haven’t read Shiver, you might want to read that book first, because this review contains a few spoilers about the first book**

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Shiver is about Grace fighting for Sam to be with her. The book ends with Sam mysteriously turning human, and then Grace and Sam get to be together. The “cure” isn’t foolproof (someone died trying it), and I was left wondering more about it. Grace and Sam don’t really think about it at all, for them it’s basically “How did it work?” “I don’t know” “Oh well, we’re together now. Let’s not get into the specifics”.

Linger is about their relationship now, but there are a few complications. Something is wrong with Grace, she’s coming down with a mysterious sickness. Okay, it’s not that hard to guess, she’s turning into a wolf. But why? Well I don’t know! This whole “science” thing is making no sense to me! Haha. Sam knows there’s something wrong, but he doesn’t really do anything about it because he doesn’t want to ruin the perfect moments they have together. Argh you Sam! You should have figured out what was wrong with her earlier!

And then there’s Cole, the mental one (I say that with love). He wants to be a wolf, but for some reason, he can’t stay a wolf. He has a complicated background, and he’s just trying to figure out who he is and what he wants.

Something I did like was how the author put in two different character’s point of view, so we got more of the story instead of just Sam and Grace. Plus, I like Cole and Isabel, so it’s just another good thing :)

I love Sam, he reminds me of my boyfriend so much. Like, so much it’s insane. Well not really like the music and the books, because my bf likes neither, but his personality and how he’s sensitive and caring and wants her... and yes. I’ll just stop now. xD

I think that I was more “into” Shiver, because it was more exciting and this one is just…. well, lingering. Lol. And now there’s Forever, which I will be reading soon!

But the cliffhanger! It’s really not that bad for me, mostly because I know the book is already out and I don’t have to wait a year to read it, but also because it was pretty predictable what was going to happen.

The one thing that bugs me about this series is just not knowing about the whole technical transformation of werewolves. The characters have stated that “it’s not magical, it’s science”. And there has to be some science behind it, we’re just given bits and pieces of it, some of which is misleading. I know it’s to make it suspenseful, and the author is probably saving it for Forever, but I don’t like surprises :( lol. So I hope that everything will be explained in book number 3.

I did like this book, even if it took me about 50 pages to really get into it. I wouldn’t say it was disappointing or anything, just exciting. Read Shiver first, and if you like it, read this one. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars , just like Shiver :)

Happy reading!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Monster High (Monster High #1) by Lisi Harrison

I read this book a few weeks ago, but I wanted to review it before I had to return it to the library so here it goes! This will be a quick review because I've got caught up in a whole bunch of different stories since I read it, so you know how that goes.... :)

Monster High (Monster High #1)

I honestly have no idea why I wanted to read this book lol. I knew that it was based off of dolls, TV show, etc, the whole thing! :P But the cover was pretty cute, and I had read books by Harrison, so I decided to give it a try.

I really liked the idea of this book,  having monsters living in Salem and attending secret meetings, trying to fit in, etc. It's quite cute, and some parts are easy to relate to, being a teenager myself.

Something about the plot I must disagree on is the romance between the Melody, Frankie, DJ, and Jackson. DJ and Jackson are the same person, but different personas because he's related to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. LOL! Bipolar much? So when it gets too hot, Jackson changes to DJ. Melody and Jackson have a thing, and then Frankie and DJ have a thing. So basically, the guy is with both the girls. But he's not the same person! This just bugs me so much. And also, Frankie was in love with Brett like 10 seconds ago, so what's with the sudden interest in DJ? Goshh such fickle characters!!

It's a really fun, quick, light read, nothing too serious about it. Doesn't involve too much concentration, which is something I lack occasionally lol.

Another complaint is how the story ended. You know there's going to be a second book, but that doesn't mean that the author can just stop right in the middle of the action! >:( But she does, so we'll all just forced to wait for the sequel, The Ghoul Next Door , to figure out what happens.

Overall, it's a cute, creative story that's worth reading if you're in the mood. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Possession (Possession #1) by Elana Johnson

"Vi knows the rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the rules more than Zenn... and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself."

Possession (Possession, #1)

Interesting enough right? This novel is about a futuristic society where there are the Goodies and the Baddies. But are the Goodies really good and the Baddies really bad? Or is that just what the Thinkers (the people in charge) want you to think? And then the Thinkers are also called the Greenies (which I failed to realize why after reading all 400 pages) and Freedom, which isn't really freedom at all. Confusing right?? I agree! This is definitely one of those books you find yourself scratching your head, but if you were to read it a second time a year later, you would probably like it a lot more because you finally understand it.

Vi has broken rules her whole life, and finally gets in REAL trouble for walking in the park late at night with a boy. After that she's thrown in jail and meets Jag, where they escape and then go on their little adventure. Or at least I think that's how it happened, because I was there scratching my head lol.

I disliked the romance between Vi and Zenn and Jag. Vi is torn between Zenn, the guy she was matched with and was supposed to marry and has always loved, or Jag, the "bad boy" she has met and also loves instantly. I personally dislike romances with characters who are torn between two people because I don't understand them. How can you love two people? Just when you think she's made up her mind to be with Jag, Zenn comes back and then she realizes she loves Zenn. Whaaat? Someone needs to tell this girl to make up her mind! Lol :) Also, half the story she spends saying "I love Jag" and the other half she's saying "I hate Jag. He needs to die." How's that for romance? I didn't really find myself relating with the romance or with any of the characters, except for the fact that Vi is indecisive.

There were also too many twists for me. Some of them were predictable, but I like stories that aren't too over-the-top and you're not like "Come on, again?". They always seem to get captured, and brainwashed, and thrown into new situations and battles, and then discovering old family members (this happened like a million times). "Oh, hi Dad! I thought you were dead. But now you're the bad guy, so I'm going to run away from you." And then of course there's Ty, the sister, but she's not called Ty anymore. Now she's called Gavin, and so all the characters call her Gavin, except Vi still calls her Ty.

The ending however, was a somewhat annoying one. You know there's a sequel planned but it was just frustrating that after all 400 pages, what you don't want to happen happens. Arghh! haha

I think this story could have used more details on the past so that it sets up the present better because I found myself confused by a lot of the story haha.

On the bright side, I did like the cover. It's a pretty butterfly stuck in an ice cube. It's intriguing, simple, and very interesting.

I might read the sequel, if I get the chance.

Also, Possession reminded me a lot of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. There's brainwashing, escape, adventure, betrayal, futuristic-technology, and two boys! One's a good boy, and one's a bad boy. Kinda similar if you ask me!

I wouldn't recommend this book. If someone had read the cover flap and asked me "Should I read this?", I would say "No, but if you found it interesting, read the Uglies instead." I think that you would get the same story out of it, but the Uglies is much more exciting, better written, and easier to relate to.

**Side note, although I haven't read it yet, Possession also seems to have a similar story to Matched by Ally Condie.**

I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars because it was just an okay book for me. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

To Answer Any Future Questions...

Hello readers!

I know at some point I'm going to get asked this question, so I'm just going to answer it ahead of time.

I read so many books about LGBTQs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning), why is that? Am I gay?

Actually no, I have a boyfriend of 7 months who I love very very very much!

So why am I so involved with the LGBT community? Well I'm not actually sure!! Haha except one summer day in 2009 my friend told me to look up a guy on YouTube. And yeah! That's where it started :) He's gay, and he's my idol because he's taught me to be optimistic and changed me in a million ways to be a better person. And a lot of my favorite singers are gay (Adam Lambert) and music is an extremely important part of my life. After reading Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (I think I spelled her name right), I want to be a lawyer for gay rights when I grow up (at this moment, because anything could change!).

Even though I'm straight, I support the LGBT community 110%. I don't like to have requirements for guys that I like, but the one thing I do have is that they can't have homophobia. If they are, we're bound to break up at some point because I wouldn't be able to stand that with a guy I like. Hate isn't attractive.

Here's one of my favorite quotes by Jodi Picoult from Sing You Home (page 95). When I read it, it was so powerful I re-read it and took the time to write it down.

"I remember my mother telling me that, when she was a little girl in Catholic school, the nuns used to hit her left hand every time she wrote with it. Nowadays, if a teacher did that, she'd probably be arrested for child abuse. The optimist in me wants to believe sexuality will eventually be like handwriting: there's no right or wrong way to do it. We're all just wired differently. It's also worth noting that, when you meet someone, you never bother to ask if he's right or left handed. After all, does it really matter to anyone other than the person holding the pen?"

So I hope that answers any future questions :)

Any other ones, feel free to contact me!


Monday, July 18, 2011


I have recently come across a website callled Goodreads ( which is basically like a social network for book-lovers!!! You can reveiw, rate, and discover tons of new books. You can also join groups, have chats with the other members, and keep track of the books you've read, want to read, and are currently reading. Basically everything I've ever wanted! Haha gosh I should have found this website like 2 years ago!

I have made an account which I can be found at .

I will be posting the reveiws I have done on that website, as well as continue to post them on here.

I would advise you to check out this website and ask to be my friend!! :)

I'm currently reading Possession by Elena Johnson and I'm almost done with it, so I will be reviewing it once I'm finished with it! <3

Sunday, July 17, 2011

How I Rate My Books

In this post I am going to explain what I go off of when I choose a rating for the books I read. Ratings are done out of 5 stars.

0 stars- I very strongly dislike this book (Not hate because I don't like that word. I would never recommend it to anyone ever and never read it again.

1 star- I didn't like this book. I wouldn't recommend it and definitely wouldn't read it again.

2 stars- This book was okay. I might recommend it, but there would be a specific reason. I might read it again if I was in the right mood for it.

3 stars- I liked this book. I would recommend it, but maybe not to everyone. It is possible that I would read it again.

4 stars- I REALLY liked this book. I would definitely recommend it and read it again.

5 stars- I loved this book a lot. I would recommend it to everyone and make a point to buy it so I can read it any time I want to.

6 stars- I don't even know if this is allowed!! Haha but if I give a book 6 stars, it means it was just unbelievable and one of the most amazing books I've ever read.

If there is ever a rating that is an in between rating (like a 2.5), it means that I'm in between my opinions. For example, a 2.5 rating would mean that half of the book was okay, and half of the book I liked. So I'm in between thinking it was okay, and liking it.

I try to follow this pretty closely so I hope it helps! :)

The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

I recently finished reading The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel the other day.

This novel is about Nick Brandt, a high school junior, who is faced with a family secret that has been kept from him his whole life. He feels betrayed and angry that his parents kept this secret from him. Enter Eden Reiss. Eden is the girl he's always lusted after, and eventually works up the nerve to talk to. Basically, they fall in love and he tries to balance his relationship, his friendship with Stevie (his BFF who he's known forever), and his family problems. These different things all intersect and I found myself wrapped up in Nick's problems. I felt I could relate a LOT with Eden and Nick, because their relationship reminded me a little bit of me and my boyfriend. I liked this book, because it had quite a few very tender, touching moments.

As I was about halfway through this, I found myself almost angry with Nick, because he was just being a little too dramatic. He had always been pretty close with his parents, and after this one incident, he closes them out for months. Now come on, the secret really isn't even THAT bad. I think he just needed less time to just get over it because he was being a little close minded about his parents reasoning and such.

He is also a really big a-hole to Eden at one part in the story. She's pretty much perfect to him (as far as we know) and he just ruins everything with her. It just makes you angry with him for messing things up with "the girl of his dreams" when he was confusing the fact that he didn't love her anymore with confusion about his family problems. Eden doesn't deserve that, and Nick's quick thinking doesn't do them any good.

Sam (who I won't spoil and say who he is) is probably my favorite character besides Eden. Even though he only appears for a few chapters, I really liked him. He's smart, funny, a nice guy, and just someone I can relate to.

Something I did like about this novel was the title. It is called The Lucky Kind and though I can't find the quote right now, Eden says something about her and Nick being "the lucky kind" when it came to love. I loved how that was the title because I thought it fit the book perfectly. There's also another mentioning of "the lucky kind" at the end of the story (I think by Sam and Nick when they were talking). Also, the cover is just TOO cute!

I did like most of this book, but there were also some of Nick's choices that I disagreed with. But we must also realize that he was going through a difficult time in his life. It was really just an okay story, not something I would find myself reading again anytime soon. I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Love Is The Higher Law by David Levithan

 Hello readers!

This is a book by my favorite author that I never got around to reading! Love Is The Higher Law by David Levithan isn't my favorite book by him, but I did enjoy it.

It's about three teenagers (one of them is out of high school) who are living in New York when the tragedies of 9/11 occur. The story goes through the year and how it affects the characters and how they change the way that they think and live their lives.

Claire, Jasper, and Peter are all very different. Claire was probably the character who you could say was most affected by 9/11. Throughout the story, she realizes a lot of things about her life and how she thought before, and how she thinks now. She is in the same class as Peter. Peter is personally my favorite character of the three, mostly because he has a passion for music. After 9/11 he realizes how true some of the lyrics of the songs he listens to are, which I can really relate to. He and Jasper met at a party and were had planned to go out on 9/11. Then after the incident, they decide to change the date to another time. On their date, it’s terribly awkward and just a bit sad to read. Claire becomes closer friends with Peter after that, and she meets Jasper one night when she is too tired to sleep. After this, she becomes friends with both Peter and Jasper, separately. At one point, Peter and Jasper meet up again and in Jasper’s part of the story, he says something about how they both love Claire, and it only seems right for them to be together because they can’t be with her. I like how the three characters are all so different in the way that they act and think, yet the ways that they become friends and the complications between their friendships. Jasper and Peter are also gay, and I love gay characters (as bad as that sounds for stereotyping them). So they definitely had a soft spot for me while reading this book.

In the author's note, Levithan says that he was working in New York at the time of 9/11 and for many months afterwards. He also says that some of the phrases in the book are taken directly from emails sent to his friends after 9/11.

I found this very interesting how he was able to incorporate his own words from the time into his story of the past. I also liked how this book was written by someone who had experienced it in the same place it had happened, as opposed to an author who lived in California and heard only heard the news on TV or in the newspaper. This author was actually there at the time, and it gives the book more credibility and authenticity.

This really isn’t my type of book, because it goes more into history, and I am not really a history-type of girl. Despite that, I did like how reading this book made me more aware of 9/11 and more information about it and how it has affected my country. I was only 5 or 6 at the time, and nowhere near New York. Being so young, my parents didn’t tell me anything about it. I am glad that after reading this, I was able to learn some facts about the event and become more educated about the past.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Whether you know a lot about 9/11, know a little bit, or don’t know anything at all, it’s definitely a good book to read. And even if you don’t live in the United States and this particular day doesn’t mean anything to you, it’s still a good book to read! There’s still a little bit of romance and friendship and optimism. I did like this book, even though its not one of my favorites. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Happy reading! <3

Friday, July 8, 2011

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Soo first review!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls: Book #1) actually came out in 2009 and there is a sequel (Linger) and a new book coming out soon (Forever) and it's going to be made in to a movie! I remember hearing about Shiver two years ago, but I could never get my hands on it (or I never really made the effort to lol). I did, and I am so glad that I finally got the chance to read it :)

Let me just say that I am pretty much over vampires (I was pretty over any other mystical creature-teen novel- of the sort too :P). For some reason, I really did enjoy this book though. It was intriguing and interesting, and definitely hard to put down. I probably wouldn't read it again, but I would read the other books in the series. And I am definitely team-werewolves now! None of these silly undead vampires for me! Haha ;)

Something that I did find a little strange was how she and Sam have supposedly loved each other even when he was in his wolf form. Which means that she was in love with a wolf? And a wolf was in love with a human? I just didn't really understand that part of the story lol.

I also had some unanswered questions, such as the ENDING! The ending was way too mysterious for me, but at the same time I liked it because it gave me something to think about. I was left wondering what had happened and how it happened. But I was happy that the characters got their happy ending after all :) Even though I would like to know how exactly it had happened because the author was pretty cryptic haha. I would also like to find out more about the "cure" and the wolves and their stories, and what made Olivia so different, and Grace's human-with-a-little-wolf-in-her. Maybe the other books will go into more of the details about those topics and answer my questions.

Now, the characters. I didn't really find myself relating myself to anyone in this story, except for the romantic bits with Grace and Sam (and this is only because I have a boyfriend and all these little moments make me be like "awwww!" and then sad because I wasn't with my boyfriend lol). Grace and Sam's backgrounds should have been explained more and all the other characters' parts really aren't that big so it's almost like they aren't even there. In the beginning of the story, it talks about Grace's friends, but after talking to Sam, she gets lost in Sam-world and her friends basically are absent from the story.

Also, for a story with werewolves, it was pretty action-less. Like there wasn't any huge fighting scene or anything that was a little disappointing :/ But it was a little suspenseful when they were always fighting to keep Sam out of the cold.

I did like the overall story though, and the interesting take on werewolves and how they change due to temperatures and such. I also must say that I am a bit in love with Sam, possibly because he seems so sweet and tormented (and he writes songs!) and he reminds me of my boyfriend. <3 hehe **sigh**

I really did like this book, and I look forward to seeing what will happen to Grace and Sam in Linger and Forever. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a non-human romance and to Twilight fans (who aren't totally love struck for vampires so that they'll have some love for werewolves too!!)  I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars :)

Introduction! :)

Hello readers! This is my first post :)

Well, about me. I'm 14 years old and I'll be a sophomore this year. I've loved to read ever since I was able to, and trips to bookstores and libraries are like trips to candy stores for kids lol. As much as I love to read, over the years I've gotten a lot busier and had less and less time :( Luckily, it's summer now and I'll have some time to catch up on the reading I've missed this year. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music (I love music), hanging out with my friends and boyfriend (7 months in a few days <3), and of course, reading.

My favorite author is David Levithan. He's written a number of books for teens such as Boy Meets Boy, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (this one is co-written with Rachel Cohn), Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, and the Lover's Dictionary (this one is actually written for adults, but it's one of my favorites by him).

This blog will be discussing the latest books that I've read and my opinions on them, and which ones I would recommend and which ones I wouldn't.

To any of my readers (if I ever end up having any), feel free to leave me comments or get in touch with me via email ( You can tell me what you think of my reviews, or your comments on the books that I've read, what you agree/disagree with, books you recommend, or even books you want me to review.

For now, I'm choosing to remain anonymous, but based how things go we'll see about revealing some more personal things.

Thanks for reading my first post, I hope it won't be the first :)