Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book Review: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May,& June by Robin Benway

Published August 3rd, 2010 by Razorbill

Description (from Goodreads):
Three sisters, three extraordinary, life-changing powers! I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself. Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose? April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.
Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

My thoughts: Since April, May and June were little, they have possessed unique and special talents. April, May and June have forgotten these skills until they re-emerge after their parents' divorce and problems at a new high school. April, the eldest, can see the future. May, the middle child, can disappear, literally. June, the youngest, can read thoughts. At first these talents seem cool since what is better than disappear during a boring lesson or listen to what someone thinks about your outfit? But after a while these talents start to become a burden which almost brakes the sisterhood of these three girls. When April sees a future disaster which would change everything, these three girls have to unite so the disaster won't occur and change their lives for good.

I loved Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway so I had a lot of expectations towards this book. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May,& June was a lot different than Audrey, Wait!. But I must say that my expectations were filled since I really enjoyed this book. This book is about sisterhood and the magical powers are just thrown in there to add some twist. The story is told through the three sisters, so every of them tells their own view of situations etc.

April, May and June were really funny as characters. They all were really different but still the same. I was able to identify some way with all of them, but mostly with April. Like Audrey, Wait! this book also includes romance and high school drama, which made it througly enjoyable.

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June will charm the fans of Audrey, Wait! with its wit, funny characters and magic. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June hits the bookstores at August 2010!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Repost: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I POST THIS! THE ONE I POSTED AT SATURDAY GOT ALL THE WAY DOWN ON THE PAGE BECAUSE OF THE READ A THON POSTS!

Description (from Goodreads): Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.
Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

My thoughts: First of all, I want to thank Lenore from Presenting Lenore for sending me a copy of this amazing book. Check out her blog to read some awesome reviews. She also writes about blogging and I at least have found those posts very useful for a new blogger like me.

I was so happy when this book arrived to my mailbox. I'd read so many reviews of it, all of them praising this book. At goodreads its average is something like 4.4 out of 5 and the description just sounds amazing. Now after reading it I can say that it was all I expected and even more. I feel I want to read it again right now! I haven't felt like this about a book since I read Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen.

Regina has been a member of Fearsome Fivesome for years. Being best friend of Anna Morrison has provided her status. She is someone at her school, she is someone others are afraid of. But one night at a party and a scheming jealous girl can chance everything.

After a one night at party Regina becomes the most hated person at Hallowell High. Even people she do not know, people she has never talked to, hate her. Anna, her ex-best friend and Kara, a girl who has always been on Regina's shadow, want to make Regina's life a living hell. Rumors about Regina and Anna's boyfriend Donnie move around the school . Regina and Kara are the only ones who really know what happened. But like someone is going to believe Regina. And why would Kara tell the truth now when she has taken the place next to Anna, the place that before belonged to Regina?

Michael. Regina made his life a living hell by spreading rumors about him. Psycho, killer, wants to kill everyone at Hallowell High. Now as member of outcast, Regina has to find someone to lean on to. But is Michael ready to be that person? Everything starts from the lunch room where Regina has to sit with Michael at the garbage table. After a couple of days they actually start to talk to each other and they find out that they have something they share together. But is Michael ready to forgive Regina after everything she did to him? And is Regina ready to apologize?

This book was so amazing, as I already said before. I love the writing style of Courtney Summers and I seriously need to get 'Cracked up to Be' to my hands ASAP. Someway Summers' writing style reminded me of Laurie Halse Andersen. Maybe it is the mix of short and long sentences and the vivid language. I loved the honesty and I could say even violence of this book. It describes the characters honestly and at the end of the book you really love some characters and really feel hatred towards others. This also put me to think about the social hierarchy of high school. I could say that I am a member of the "popular" people at my high school. I am a member of group of six girls and I started to think that maybe for someone we are "fearsome sixsome" or something like that. I can say that we would not be ready for such an extremities like the girls in this book. And I can honestly say that I think that we are not mean, but there can be people who think that we are, I know there are. It is just something I am so used to, being part of the group and gossiping about others. It is always great to live in the belief that they won't never know. But that hardly never happens. This book in that sense opened my eyes that I got to know how it feels to be the outsider, how it feels to be kicked out of a group you have belonged for a long time and one day your old friends just ignore you. But I don't want everyone to think that I am a same kind of "bitch" that the girls in this book, because I am not.

I really was able to identify with Michael. He had lost his mother a couple of years ago and that caused Regina and others to spread rumors about him. I lost my father when I was at 5th grade and even then there were some "mean girls" who spread all these rumors about me and my father even though they did not know the reality of the situation. I was able to identify with Michael also because I was able to feel what he must be going on.

I really suggest this book to everyone! There are so many things I could say about this book but I want to leave something to you to figure out!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Description (from Goodreads): Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.
Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

My thoughts: First of all, I want to thank Lenore from Presenting Lenore for sending me a copy of this amazing book. Check out her blog to read some awesome reviews. She also writes about blogging and I at least have found those posts very useful for a new blogger like me.

I was so happy when this book arrived to my mailbox. I'd read so many reviews of it, all of them praising this book. At goodreads its average is something like 4.4 out of 5 and the description just sounds amazing. Now after reading it I can say that it was all I expected and even more. I feel I want to read it again right now! I haven't felt like this about a book since I read Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen.

Regina has been a member of Fearsome Fivesome for years. Being best friend of Anna Morrison has provided her status. She is someone at her school, she is someone others are afraid of. But one night at a party and a scheming jealous girl can chance everything.

After a one night at party Regina becomes the most hated person at Hallowell High. Even people she do not know, people she has never talked to, hate her. Anna, her ex-best friend and Kara, a girl who has always been on Regina's shadow, want to make Regina's life a living hell. Rumors about Regina and Anna's boyfriend Donnie move around the school . Regina and Kara are the only ones who really know what happened. But like someone is going to believe Regina. And why would Kara tell the truth now when she has taken the place next to Anna, the place that before belonged to Regina?

Michael. Regina made his life a living hell by spreading rumors about him. Psycho, killer, wants to kill everyone at Hallowell High. Now as member of outcast, Regina has to find someone to lean on to. But is Michael ready to be that person? Everything starts from the lunch room where Regina has to sit with Michael at the garbage table. After a couple of days they actually start to talk to each other and they find out that they have something they share together. But is Michael ready to forgive Regina after everything she did to him? And is Regina ready to apologize?

This book was so amazing, as I already said before. I love the writing style of Courtney Summers and I seriously need to get 'Cracked up to Be' to my hands ASAP. Someway Summers' writing style reminded me of Laurie Halse Andersen. Maybe it is the mix of short and long sentences and the vivid language. I loved the honesty and I could say even violence of this book. It describes the characters honestly and at the end of the book you really love some characters and really feel hatred towards others. This also put me to think about the social hierarchy of high school. I could say that I am a member of the "popular" people at my high school. I am a member of group of six girls and I started to think that maybe for someone we are "fearsome sixsome" or something like that. I can say that we would not be ready for such an extremities like the girls in this book. And I can honestly say that I think that we are not mean, but there can be people who think that we are, I know there are. It is just something I am so used to, being part of the group and gossiping about others. It is always great to live in the belief that they won't never know. But that hardly never happens. This book in that sense opened my eyes that I got to know how it feels to be the outsider, how it feels to be kicked out of a group you have belonged for a long time and one day your old friends just ignore you. But I don't want everyone to think that I am a same kind of "bitch" that the girls in this book, because I am not.

I really was able to identify with Michael. He had lost his mother a couple of years ago and that caused Regina and others to spread rumors about him. I lost my father when I was at 5th grade and even then there were some "mean girls" who spread all these rumors about me and my father even though they did not know the reality of the situation. I was able to identify with Michael also because I was able to feel what he must be going on.

I really suggest this book to everyone! There are so many things I could say about this book but I want to leave something to you to figure out!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review: An Honest Love by Kathleen Fuller

Description (from BookSneeze): Anna must find the courage to tell Lukas the truth. Will he find the courage to forgive her? Anna was one betrayed by someone she loved deeply. In an attempt to never be hurt again, she and her mother relocated to Middlefield, Ohio. It was the ideal place for Anna's broken heart to mend. In Middlefield, Anna withdrew from risk, placing all her attention on managing the new gift shop she and her mom bought. When Lukas introuces himself, Anna can't resist her attraction to him. Though she finds herself falling in love, she's hiding a piece of her past in fear that their future will be destroyed if she tells him the truth. But love can't be built on lies and the past comes rushing back to Anna in an irreversible way. Now Lukas must decide how he will react to Anna's betrayal. As they cling to their belief in an honest love, they realize it's a path they must walk together even as it leads to unexpected places.

My thoughts: This book was something really different I've read before. I got the book through BookSneeze which mostly offers religious books for review. As I have mentioned before, I myself am not religious but since I am new for open experiences, I wanted to give this book a change.

This is a second book for Fuller's series called Hearts of Middlefield. I haven't read the first book so it is hard to compare this one to it. An Honest Love tells a story of two couples and how their friendships grow into something more. Elizabeth is at the age where she should get more serious and think about family and finding a husband. She spends a lot of time with Aaron who feels like he is not good enough for a amish woman. Anna is new to the area and trying to survive from her heart ache which was left from the last relationship. She is not open to new men until she meets Lukas. Slowly Anna starts to warm up for Lukas but is not ready to tell him all her secrets. Will Anna's secrets destroy their relationship or will it survive and come back to what it was at the beginning?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Book Review: The Blue Castle by L.M.Montgomery

Description (from Goodreads): 'It was Barney Snaith's car and Barney himself was just scrambling up from under it, in overalls plastered with mud. Valancy gave him a swift, furtive look as she hurried by. This was only the second time she had ever seen the notorious Barney Snaith, though she had heard enough about him in the five years that he had been living 'up back' in Muskoka...every one knew that he was an escaped convict and a defaulting bank clerk and a murderer in hiding and an infidel and an illegitimate son of old Roaring Abel Gay and the father of Roaring Abel's illegitimate grandchild and a counterfeiter and a forger and a few other awful things. But still Valancy didn't believe he was bad. Nobody with a smile like that could be bad, no matter what he'd done.'

My thoughts: Valancy is 29 years old. She is unhappy to her life as unmarried woman living with her mother and cousin. Valancy has spend her life living in fear of her family and relatives. When Valancy starts to suffer from heart pains she decides to visit a doctor and hears something she never though she would hear; she has only a couple of months to live. With the new time limit, Valancy decides she wants to live her life before she dies. She leaves her family and moves away and eventually meets Barney Snaith, a man who is despised by everyone she knows, and asks him to marry her. Valancy believes Barney is with her only because he pities her but Barney has a secret he hasn't revealed. As well as Valancy does.

My mom bought me this book from the library because it was one of her favorite books when she was at my age. I had really high expectations towards this book because my mother was the one who introduced me to Pride and Prejudice years ago and it became my favorite book. So in that light this book was a little disapointment. This book has very vivid and beautiful descriptions of places, especially nature and I must say that was my favorite thing about it.

Somehow I feel that I just did not get into this book. The characters, especially Valancy,annoyed me and Barney was not the "hero" I expected to get. I am happy I read this book but I must say that it will not become one of my favorites.