Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Heartless and Hush, Hush

Okay so both of these books don't go together, but I did just finish reading them both. I finished reading Heartless by Sara Shephard (7th Pretty Little Liars) yesterday, and went straight into reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have been wanting to read both for a while now. So I just couldn't put either down, once I started them. I just finished Hush, Hush a little while ago.


About and Thoughts on Heartless:
In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers—and it's all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can't keep their mouths shut. 
First they claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire.
Hanna's trading in her Dior trench for a straitjacket. Aria's trying to contact the dead. Emily's dumped her boyfriend and is skipping town . . . again. And Spencer thinks someone in her family has gotten away with murder.
The friends insist they're telling the truth about what they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they're simply out for attention—and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them . . . or will they be the next to disappear?
From B&N

Okay, so personally I don't like writing about books in a series. I don't know if others mind or not, but I don't because I'm afraid I'll give too much away. Especially  if people reading it have yet to read even the first book. I read the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series last year, way before I started my blog. Heartless is the 7th book in the series. So I'll try my hardest not to give anything away, because I'm sure the synopsis may have already done that. So all the books in this series are really suspenseful. They have such open endings. Like this last one I read, it makes me frustrated not to have the next book. The whole series is about four former best friends, and their old best friend, Ali, who brought them together, and who died three and half years from when the first book starts off. Hanna is the popular girl at school, now that she's shed a few pounds and has practically started acting like her old friend Ali. Aria has been in Iceland for the past three years, and just now came back. She was the weird one of the group, but now she's grown up and every guy notices how gorgeous she is. Spencer is the overachiever. She's just trying to out do her older sister and earn her parents love. Emily is the athletic one, she's a swimmer, and is also super sensitive. They all have secrets, secrets only Ali knew and no one else. Secrets they thought they could hide after Ali is gone. But then someone starts texting them, someone who only goes by A, and she knows all their secrets. They think it could be Ali, but how could that be possible. This is why I like this series, you think you know who A is but then something happens and you find out you're wrong. My sister and I both read this series, and we're always trying to come up with who it is. The suspense and mystery of the book draws you in. It's a good read, I seriously couldn't put it down.

About and Thoughts on Hush, Hush:
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
 From B&N

So this is a really, really good book. It completely drew me in when I read a preview. It's not like all these other fantasy books I read . I like how the author wrote it. I am so glad there is going to be a sequel, because who wouldn't want to read more about Patch. I kept wanting to know what he was all about, why he fell, why he wouldn't leave Nora alone. He's the ultimate bad boy, and who can resist a bad boy. I don't think I could. Cannot wait for the sequel to come out. So this was a must read.

End for this one. So many more books to read.

Alisha

Friday, March 26, 2010

More pics of my cat.

I felt this one should be shown.

It makes him seem sweeter than he actually is. He was actually wanting me to give him more canned food, but he had already had two cans. He also has dry food out all through out the day. He eats constantly. He's slowly growing in length, but rapidly growing in the stomach area. So don't let this pic fool you, he can be mean. At my mom's office he acts really sweet, but he has a motive. My mom's boss will give him another can of food as soon as he starts crying. And I mean crying! His meows literally sound like cries. At home he doesn't get canned food, and he seems perfectly fine with that. Oh and don't even dare touch him if he doesn't want you to. He lays in your lap but expects you not to touch him. How could you not pet this cat? Okay if it makes it seem like I don't like my cat, Baby, I do not mean it that way. It's just he's a very weird cat to me. He keeps acting stranger every day.

This is my second post of the day. A first for me. I'm writing more than usual that is a definite good thing in my opinion.

Alisha

Book Blogger Hop(2)

I just started doing this last Friday and I have a gotten a couple more followers. I have also found some awesome other blogs that I wouldn't of found if I didn't do the Hop. If you haven't done it it's on Crazy-For-Books. you add your link and you check out the other blogs that are on there. Every Friday there is a new Book Blogger Hop. This is just my second Hop. I think it was wonderful idea.

This one was short, I just thought I should post about this.

Alisha

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Vegetarian Ways

You know what's hard about being a vegetarian? Well I don't know the answer for other people, but I do know what it is for me. It's hard being vegetarian when everyone else in your family are not. It's also hard when they forget that you're a vegetarian. Yea my mom did that a lot when I first became one almost two summers ago. It did come out of the blue to her, but it didn't to me. I had been thinking about becoming one for a while. I hardly told anyone when I first became one. I only did when they asked why I wasn't eating meat at lunch. Now most of my friends know, but they still seem to forget a lot. I also hate the question, "Why did you decide to become a vegetarian?" I don't know why I hate this question. Maybe because my answer isn't, "I don't want to hurt poor helpless animals." I don't, but my reason is because I hardly ever ate meat before, so it's not that much of a change, and for my health. I had my gallbladder removed when I was in the eigth grade after months of problems. The doctor said it was because of what I was eating. I'm not saying meat did it to me. It did take me over two years after that to stop eating meat. It was fast food. I hardly eat fast food anymore. Oh, and just because I'm a vegetarian does not mean I'm a crazy hippie obsessed with health. I could never be a vegan. I could not live without my dairy products. Also sweets is something I eat a lot. Cheese can be very unhealthy when you eat too much. I'm trying though, maybe unsuccessfully at the moment, but still I'm making some sort of an effort. I even put my habits onto this six-year-old girl I babysitted over the summer. She started eating meats less, but I think it was just around me. I saw her the other day, my sis and I took her brother and her to the movies to see Alice in Wonderland! Yes! It was awesome! Okay back to seeing the kids I babysitted, well we went to Wendy's after wards, where basically I either get a salad w/ no meat or I get fries and a Frosty. By the way, fries are awesome dipped in Frosties. The little girl got a burger so my ways no longer affect her, she's following my sis now. lol. Not really this girl is her own person all the way. So this was once again a random post. I just felt like typing this. Maybe I will be successful in becoming a lot healthier, hopefully before the summer.

Alisha

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If You Come Softly

I have just finished reading If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. I checked it out a while ago, but have just gotten to it last night. I read till at least two in the morning.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Jeremiah is confident about who he is -- that is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But when he starts attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, he realizes that black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there. So it's a surprise when, during his first week of school, he feels an immediate connection with a white girl named Ellie. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they belong together -- despite the fact that she's Jewish and he's black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that's not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world feels differently.
From B&N


I feel I can relate to the characters in this book, at least in some aspects. I am biracial, just like Jeremiah's best friend Carlton. My mother is white and my father is black. I've grown up in a predominantly white, small town.  I don't really know the other side of me. I like to think there is no difference, but I know there is. I tend to take people as the they are as a person, like Jeremiah and Ellie want to, and not judge them by their skin tone. I've been viewed differently  for mine for years, I don't want to do the same to other people. I strayed away from the book, and I didn't mean to, I just wanted to show how I relate too it.
This book is a love story, but also so much more. It's not just about first love between a boy and girl. It's about facing fears and going against the norm for, well, love. It's also about acceptance. It's very moving. I wanted Ellie and Jeremiah to work out. I wanted others to except them, especially their families. I didn't want to cry but I did. I want give away why, I don't want to spoil it for people who have yet to read this great book. Overall, it's one of the best books I've read.

Alisha

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Such a Scandal

Just finished reading book 11 in the Private series by Kate Brian. It is called Scandal. Ever since I finished reading Suspicion in September, I could not wait till the next one came out. Which happened to be the 9th of this month. I didn't get to get it on the ninth, no money :( . Well my friend being the awesome person that she is, just bought it the other day. My sis and I have been letting her borrow all the other books in the series since we own them all, and she returned the favor. My sis and I actually finished it on the same day, and so she got it back the next day.

About and Thoughts on Book:
After her harrowing kidnapping, Reed returns to Easton to find that Billings has been torn down. Finally, after years of controversy, the school's wealthiest female has been overruled, and the historical dorm is gone. How will Reed and the rest of the Billings Girls handle it?
From Borders.com

I started reading this series over a year ago. When I started reading it, all the books that Kate Brian had written so far for the series were out. There were only about 8 books out. So the only thing keeping me from reading them all was not having money when I needed it. I read the books really fast because they're all really good, and there's no way I could put them down. So once I had caught up, I had to wait till the ninth one, Paradise Lost came out in February of 2009. I had finished reading the eighth one, Revelation, a couple months earlier. Then when I finally got Paradise Lost, I had to wait till September and so on. Now I have to wait till August for the twelfth one, Vanished comes out. This is complete torture. Most of the books end open ended like the Sweep series. This one ended with Reed, the main character, getting an awful text from someone. Unlike the Sweep series, the Private series is not about witches. It's about an elite private school, Easton Academy in Easton, Connecticut. Reed has the chance of her life when she gets an scholarship to go to Easton, but the students at Easton are not as Reed would expect. Yes, they're rich and spoiled, but they seem to know everything about everyone. Then there is Billings, the elite girls dorm that only the most worthy girls can get into. Reed happens to become friends with the four most powerful girls at the school, and gets an in at Billings. But they may not be as good of friends as they seem. One may even be insane. There's a guy of course. In Scandal, Billings has been torn down and the girls separated, but Reed won't let it end like that. Reed sees Billings as more than just a house. It's her home and it's where she has a family and a place at Easton. There is a way that she can get it back, but what price does she have to pay to do that. There's a lot of suspense in the Private series, and if you haven't read it, you should definitely especially if you like mystery books. It's somewhat like the Pretty Little Liars series, so if you like that series you'll probably like this one. It's one of my favorites.
This is the end for this one. Still more books I have to finish.

Alisha

Alisha

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ruined

Well, I was having an okay day till a few minutes ago. I was getting caught up in classes I had gotten behind in, and  I've been trying to read some more. Then when I got home, my phone got ruined. The screen is cracked. I can't see anything on it. All I see is black and some white. Nothing that I want to see. How did this happen? Well my brother's wonderfully annoying dog decides that anything that touches the ground is his to take. Well my phone fell out of my pocket as I was getting out of my car. Yea the one time I drop it is when Vador( my brother's dog, I named him, as in Darth Vador, yes I have an obsession) is around. He picks it up immediately before I have a chance to even attempt to try to grab it. I wish my mother had a video camera, it was hilarious to watch my sis and me try to grab my phone out of Vador's mouth. Ewww! I know. We chased him around the yard for a few minutes, which made it worse. He thought we were playing. I'm not really that mad actually. I know that the phone can most likely be fixed. I'm not someone who needs their phone with them every second of every day. I do need it though, so tomorrow my mom and I are going to hopefully get it fixed. So this was yet another random post about something random in my life.
 I hope I don't have to get a new phone, I just got this one, which makes it worse. I'll live. I hope lol.

Alisha

Monday, March 15, 2010

My Weird Cat

I finally have pictures of my new cat. Here some of them are:
He's very lazy. This is him laying on my mom's desk. He loves to do that and mess with her papers.
He actually looked at me for this picture. You can actually tell that he only has three legs.
In this one he thought that my book bag was the best place for him to lay since it had stolen his seat.
I like this one the best. I took all of them, but this one is the best I took out of any of them. Except it makes it look like he has four legs, and my mom is in the pic, she hated that part.

So this is my wonderfully, spoiled, weird, three legged cat. He would love to know that more people are seeing him. Right now actually he is in a fight with my sister's cat.

Monday, March 8, 2010

And the color of my hair is...

So, as of 5:30, I am no longer a brunette with blue streaks. I now have black hair. I absolutely love it! It was what I asked my mother to let me do for my birthday. The person who did my hair did a great job. I can tell you it is not easy to deal with my hair. I have thick, course hair that takes forever to straighten. It doesn't look as thick as it actually is, so hair stylists don't know what they're getting themselves into. Well this color will last for a while, so it's a good thing that I love it.

Anyways, I don't have a book to talk about because I haven't been reading as much lately. I'm actually been doing my school work instead, which is so not like me. I always read more over the summer anyways. I have way more time, even though I'm usually suppose to be babysitting kids and watching them at the pool. They can swim, I'm sure, at least I hope they can. Well anyways, I do actually watch them. If I'm not, then my sister is. So this one is short and doesn't have much to it but whatever.

Alisha

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Eighteen - A Wonderful Age?

Well today I am officially eighteen-years-old. I can vote, I can buy cigarettes(not that I'm going to), I can get into clubs, and I can get my nose pierced without having my mom's permission. I also can get a tattoo(that one I may actually do), buy lottery tickets, and drive after midnight once I change my license. Except I feel no different than I did yesterday when I was still seventeen. Yesterday all I could do besides drive, was get into rated R movies without someone who was twenty-one. The first rated R movie I saw the day of my birthday was Watchmen. I thought it was worth it. Right now I can't really use any of my privileges, and here are the reasons: 1. There is not an election going on that I want to vote on. 2. I have no money to go buy a lottery ticket, get a tattoo, or get into a club. 3. I don't have a car, as of the moment, to go out to a club or to go buy anything. I feel that today is just another regular day in my life. The only thing I want to do is go get my hair dyed, and maybe get my nose pierced. I'm thinking about getting a tattoo later like during the summer, when I may actually have money. At eighteen I'm supposedly an adult. I sure don't feel like an adult. I was independent before, I guess I get to have even more independence now. I don't think just because I'm eighteen I'm an adult. I don't think an age determines that. I think I'll feel more like an adult when I'm finally moved out and gotten a real, lasting job. That's just my opinion. I'm going to go celebrate my birthday some more, since I still have many hours of it left.

Alisha

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I have a three legged cat!

It's the truth. I do have a cat with only three legs. We actually got him a couple of months ago. I just now felt like talking about him. I wanted to name him Anakin, you know since Anakin looses his arm in Attack of the Clones. Seriously, I love Star Wars. I am not that obsessed to actually wear the costumes, though. Well my wish was not granted because my new cat's name is not Anakin. My mom calls him Baby, her boss calls him Tiny Tim, and I sometimes call him The Little One. He doesn't care, he's spoiled.
Oh, so I guess I need to tell the story of how we got this wonderfuly spoiled cat. Well my brother, being the animal activist that he is(he's not really), called my mom one day while she was at work and told her he had something for her. My mom did not see this as a good sign. I'm there at my mom's office, for some reason I forget, and my brother was off from college. He had been hanging out at one of his friend's houses, and this small, white, fluffy cat came walking up to his friend's porch. It was just crying away. It looked malnourished, like it hadn't eaten in days. My brother's friends thought they should put it out of it's misery, but my brother picked him up, and told his friends to take him to my mom's office. My mom and I were at her office, having no idea what my brother was bringing. See, we already had six cats. We had just gotten a new one a few weeks before. Well, my brother came walking in with the cat covered by his jacket. He sat it on her desk, and I absolutely fell in love with it(I had always wanted a white, fluffy cat). My mom doesn't want it, she said we had too many cats already. Well, my mom's boss sees it, and she fell for it too. Her husband won't let her have another cat, though. Anyways, the cat was walking funny. It couldn't seem to walk on it's left leg. We thought it was just broken. I ended up going with my mom's boss to the vet that day to hold the cat in the car. He was very friendly, and loved riding in the car for some odd reason. Later that day we found out that the cat's left leg was paralyzed and it had to of happened when he was born. He was just about four months old when my brother found him. He also was only two pounds. The vet said that he had to have the leg removed because it could cause problems with his balance. The problem was that he had to be at least five pounds for them to be able to do the surgery. To shorten this more let's just say the cat is an office kitty, as my mom and her boss like to say. He spends the weekdays at their office, and the weekends at my house. After two weeks he got the surgery, but his hair is growing back really slow. He looks really weird without some of his hair, not that he didn't look weird without his left leg. Oh, and we gave one of our cats to my mom's friend, so we are down to five. So, The Little One, Baby, Tiny Tim, or whatever is doing good, but I have recently made a discovery about him. He seems to have two different personalities. At the office he is sweet, and loves to be around people. He doesn't care if you pet him or not, he loves the attention. At home, he's the exact opposite. He acts like we treat awfully. He doesn't want anything to do with us, and doesn't want us to pet him. I think it's because he has other cats to play with at home, and he only has my mom and her boss to entertain him at the office. I have told my mom we need to find a pet psychologist, even though I'm not even sure they exist. So this was my rant about my weird cat. I would show pictures if I had any uploaded on my computer. Believe me, there has been many taken by me, my sis, my mom, and her boss, but just on our phones. I think he is everyone's wallpaper. He believes he is the king, since we do treat him that way. Well, my rant is now officially over.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hunted


Just finished reading Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I have been reading it for a while now, but I've also put it down to read other books. I just could not get into this one. I finally did though, and finished it in no time once I got to the good parts of the book.

About and Thoughts on Book:
In the fifth book of the House of Night series, Zoey has her friends back again, but she also has an immortal evil being to deal with. Stevie Rae and the red fledglings are no longer a secret. Zoey, her friends, and the red fledglings have been force to hide from Neferet and this new evil. But they can't stay hidden forever, and they may just have to go back to the place they are trying to stay away from.

I liked this book, but I liked the ones before it better. I wish they'd add more to the action scenes, or have more action to it. I mean it's about vampires, it has to have some kind of action. I also wish Heath would be out of the picture. If you have read the books and agree with me, then you know what I'm talking about. I actually like Stark better than Heath or Erik. Maybe it's just me, I don't know. I at least have the next book, so I can find out what happens with all this sooner than later.

I really wish I had the next book in the Sweep series. I want to read that one more than any other book.