Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hex Hall

I am once again back to normal and am reading as much as before. Hopefully if I can keep this up, I will read all the books I want to before the end of the year. So this one is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

About and Thoughts on Book:
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
 From B&N

So originally I didn't really want to read this book. I had read the synopsis and a review someone else wrote, and it made me feel I had read something else like it. I don't know what brought me to actually read it. It could of been that it was the book to read for this month in the online book club I'm a part of over on B&N, but I had actually decided not to join in on the discussion for this one. I think what really got me to read it was that it was at my library, and I just felt I should give it a shot. I was actually impressed my library had a book that came out more recently. They are vastly improving.

Anyways, my thoughts about the book were proven right. It was a lot like other paranormal books I have read. Even something I read about what happens in the book between the main girl, Sophie, and her crush, Archer, felt like I had actually read it before. I thought the fact that he had a B(you know what I mean) for a girlfriend, who hated Sophie, did not seem overly original. Even with that, I did like some parts of the book. It seems like every other book out there, but some parts were actually pretty original. The fact that witches in this book were not like I expected them to be, was something I didn't expect. Also there were plot twists that I also didn't expect, which I think is to be expected. It seems to happen in every book. I liked Sophie's sense of humor, probably because I'm a lot like that. The ending of chapters were always open ended, making it where I kept reading it, which made me finish in one night. I also liked the relationship between Sophie and her new friend, Jenna. I thought the fact that Sophie managed to make enemies with the supposedly most powerful girls in school, wasn't new, but it added to the story, and they also didn't seem as bad as you might think. I still say that if you like paranormal then you will probably like this book, but don't get overly thrilled about it. I am actually going to continue to read the series because I actually do want to know what happens.

Alisha

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Krybosian Stairpath

So I signed up to be part of the Traveling ARC Tours, and if you would like to sign up as well there's a link on the left sidebar. It's says what it is, just click on the picture. So the first book I signed up to be a part of is The Krybosian Stairpath by S.R.R. Colvin.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Enter a world of wonder deep inside the earth as 11-year-old geologist Madison Terrence follows her pet gopher down a stairpath portal she discovers in her family’s cavern.
When she descends the Krybosian Stairpath, a mystery from her family’s past begins to unravel.  She soon realizes her arrival in the interior world of Krybos is no accident. Madison discovers that she’s been pulled into a sinister plot to destroy the most beautiful place she has ever seen.
Join Madison, her younger brother, Mica, and her best friend, Onyx,  as they follow the Krybosian Stairpath into the depths of the earth to explore the wonders and dangers that await them in the hidden world of Krybos.
From srrcolvin.com

I was able to email the author after reading this book, and she told me about her journey with writing this book. She has been writing and revising it for ten years. She told me how she didn't want it to have too many things like Harry Potter in it. She also told me she wanted it to be something her grandkid could read and not get bored with. I think she achieved both. It wasn't boring and didn't have too many complicated plot twists that would make a kid put it down. It reminded me a lot of the Magic Treehouse series from what I remember of reading those books. I actually didn't expect what happened. From the synopsis I read, I thought it would just be Madison who went on this adventure, but her little brother and best friend also joined her. It's a wonderful book for preteens and kids. It would be a great book to suggest to a kid who is reluctant to read. It's about an adventure, what kid doesn't love going on adventures. I know I did. My sis and I would always hang out in the woods behind our house pretending we were somewhere else.  This book took me back to that, and I think any kid would want to journey to the world of Krybos with Madison, Mica, and Onyx.

Alisha

Party

So the most recent book checked off of  my ever growing list is Party by Tom Leveen

About and Thoughts on Book:
 It's saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story, the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.
From B&N

So this is one of those books I read a preview of on B&N and just had to finish reading. Partly because they ended the preview in the middle of a chapter, and partly because it sounded like one good book. It held true to what it says. I didn't expect what happens between each character. It's told from eleven different view points, with most ending with a cliffhanger. I must say that got on my nerves, especially Beckett's chapter. Her's is the one that leaves you with the most questions. Hers only talks about herself mostly and you don't really get what happens at the party with her. It makes it where you have to read more to get all of it.

From the title you get what's it about, but it's not just about a high school party. Yes there is underage drinking, someone does end up drunk, sex, and of course a fight. Yet that is not the entire story. It's more about what's going on with the eleven teenagers that tell this story. Some of the chapters I felt were just there to explain about a more important character that may have yet to come up or like with Beckett, just didn't tell you a whole lot. I liked this story, but I felt like I had read something like it before. Even with that said, I still thought it was a really good read and anyone who wants to should definitely check it out.

Alisha

Friday, May 28, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(11)

Hola! Welcome to my blog! I'm glad you took the time to check it out. I hope you like it.

So it's Friday, and I've joined another Book Blogger Hop! It's this awesome meme hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy-for-Books. I've been participating in it for the past 11 hops. I have found some pretty amazing blogs like Elle over at Media Molly and Kirthi over at Pages. Those are just a couple of the blogs that I have found through the Hop. You should definitely check them out, if you haven't already. So I'm going to go Hop on over to some more blogs that I have yet to discover. Thanks for Hopping by mine!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

From My Bookshelf(3)

So this is a weekly post I do either on Tuesday or Wednesday. It's something I started to talk about books I own, love, and might not have reviewed if not for this little feature on my blog. I normally just review books I've recently finished, but I have a lot of books I've read before my blog that I think people should know what I think about them. So for my third installment of From My Bookshelf, it's Go Ask Alice by Anonymous


About and Thoughts on Book:

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.
From borders.com

First Paragraph:
September 16
Yesterday I remember thinking I was the happiest person in the whole earth, in the whole galaxy, in all of God's creation. Could that only have been yesterday or was it endless light-years ago? I was thinking that the grass had never smelled grassier, the sky had never seemed so high. Now it's all smashed down upon my head and I wish I could just melt into the blaaaa-ness of the universe and cease to exist. Oh, why, why, why can't I? How can I face Sharon and Debbie and the rest of the kids? How can I? By now the word has gotten around the whole school, I know it has! Yesterday I bought this diary because I thought at last I'd have something wonderful and great and worthwhile to say, something so personal that I wouldn't be able to share it with another living person, only myself. Now like everything else in my life, it has become so much nothing.

When I first read this book, I couldn't get into it. I had checked it out from my library, but was busy reading something else for school, so I returned it. I went back to check it out, and it wasn't there. When I searched it, it said that it was lost, and I had just seen it there a few days before. But this is my library I'm talking about, they seem to always manage to lose a book every so often. So I bought it, and I'm glad I did (My library surprisingly found it after I had bought it).I have no idea why I put this book down. It is simply amazing and so real. Not what I expected. I read it in April 2009, over a year ago, but I still remember it pretty well.

In the beginning, she's a just a normal girl. She just has problems at school, and with friends and her family. She's not addicted to drugs in the beginning. No that doesn't happen til later. After she gets addicted to drugs, the diary entries become different than they were in the beginning. I got the the reason for the title after she mentions how she realized how Lewis Carrol must of felt in one of her entries. My sister usually says Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, when she talks about LSD because of The Beatles song. I didn't realize how much this book would affect me. It's so powerful, and it's someone's honest words about her addiction. Even not knowing the person's name, does not change the affect it has on people. I think it being by someone anonymous drew me in more to read it. I have heard that this book is being banned in some places, and that is such a shame. If they would just let kids read it, it might change some things for them. I think it's just awful to ban a book because they don't agree with what it's about. Hello! There are shows and movies out there about he same thing. You can't stop someone from reading a book. I say go out and buy it, and see for yourself whether or not you think it should be banned because I don't think it should. People will be missing out on one amazing book, if everyone decided to ban it.

Alisha

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Unwritten Rule

So I haven't been reading a lot lately. I am really ashamed of myself. Yet, I did manage to finish this book in just one night, so I've proud of myself for that. So this one is the new one by Elizabeth Scott called The Unwritten Rule.

About and Thoughts on the Book:

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, super smart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.
Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.
Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...
  From: elizabethwrites.com

So like the book says, every girl knows the unwritten rule: don't want your best friend's boyfriend. Except, Sarah can't control how she feels. Avoiding Ryan doesn't work for her, Brianna keeps making her hang out with them. Brianna has been Sarah's best friend since kindergarten. From what I got from the book, Brianna tends to say things that are meant to be helpful, but they end up just hurting the person she tells them to. It is mostly Sarah she says these things to. I felt Sarah should of said something to Brianna, but it never seemed like she would. She felt bad for Brianna because her mother did the same thing to her, but Brianna never realized that she was acting like her mother. Brianna's parents wouldn't show Brianna love and were hardly around, and Brianna thought it was her fault and that she had to force people to love her. I couldn't believe her parents. How could they treat someone the way they did?

Now, Ryan just seemed like the perfect person for Sarah and not Brianna. Brianna got him because she seemed so sure of herself around guys. Brianna is the girl every guy wants. They are even willing to pretend to like Sarah to be around her. I can't believe Brianna would let this happen. She keeps telling Sarah that she should find a freshman that is willing to date her. Seriously! A freshman who is willing to date her? She doesn't realize how that sounds to everyone else. It doesn't really give her an excuse, though. I didn't see why she would say that at all. Ryan and Sarah have a lot more in common than Brianna and he does. They both like the same things, like art. Sarah is always making designs on her shoes, and Ryan is an amazing artist. I didn't like that he decided to go out with Brianna, even though he seemed to like Sarah from what I got from the book. I thought one of them should of told the other one how they felt before anything with Brianna and Ryan happened. I didn't expect what happens in the end, but I liked it. This is a really good book, just like Elizabeth Scott's other books like Bloom and Perfect You. If you liked those, you'd like this one as well.

Alisha

Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(10)

Hello to all the people new to my blog!!! I hope your liking it.
As you know it's Friday, and that means it's time for another fun week of Book Blogger Hop. This cool meme is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy-for -Books. It's time to find new, cool book blogs. This gives you a chance to find blogs that you might of not have if not for the Hop. This is my tenth Hop, and I have found some great blogs, and I have also gotten 40 followers most of them from the Hop. So join in on the fun!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Award!!!

So once again Elle @ Media Molly has awarded me! I can't believe she gave me another award. I thank her soooo much for this. This makes my second award and it is:



Once you get this award, you have to answer a series of questions using ONE-WORD answers. I think I can do that lol! Here we go...

1. Where is your cell phone? desk.
2. Your hair? Black
3. Your mother? Blunt
4. Your father? anonymous.
5. Your favorite food? Pasta!
6. Your dream last night? Freaky.
7. Your favorite drink? Fuze.
8. Your dream/goal? College.
9. What room are you in? Office.
10. Your hobby? Reading.
11. Your fear? Needles.
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Somewhere.
13. Where were you last night? Home.
14. Something that you aren’t? Loud.
15. Muffins? Yummy!
16. Wish list item? Scholarship.
17. Where did you grow up? Georgia.
18. Last thing you did? Wrote.
19. What are you wearing? Jeans and shirt.
20. Your TV? On.
21. Your pets? Cats!
22. Friends? Crazy.
23. Your life? Random.
24. Your mood? Excited!
25. Missing someone? Maybe.
26. Car? Nope.
27. Something you’re not wearing? Earrings.
28. Your favorite store? Hottopic.
29. Your favorite color? Green.
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today.
31. Last time you cried? today.
32. Your best friend? Twin!
33. One place that I go to over and over? Bedroom.
34. One person who emails me regularly? Mom. lol
35. Favorite place to eat? Chili's.(awesome black bean burgers!)

So I was successful with most of them with only answering with one word. It was not that easy. So now I have to pass this on, and I have no idea how many people I can pass it on to, so I'm going to do how many I want.
And they are(in no particular order):
1. Ky @ Can't Find a Bookmark
2. Andrea @ Loud Words and Sounds
3. Mevurah @ The Heart of Dreams
4. The Moody Teenager
5. fallenleaf @Owl Review a Book

So congrats to the winners, and thanks again Elle.

From My Bookshelf(2)

So this is a new weekly thing I decided to start doing on my blog. What it involves is me basically reviewing a book that I might of not done because I haven't read it recently. I tend to just talk about books I have finished this year for a goal of mine. That leaves out a lot of great books I have read over the years. So most of the books I will be talking about on either Tuesday or Wednesday, will be just like the title says, from my bookshelf.  They're books that I own, love, and tend to put down on my favorites list. I also may have read them a few years ago. I believe I have enough of these books to keep this thing going for a while. I also decided to add something more to it than what I do with my regular reviews. So for this week the book is Willow by Julia Hoban. Sorry this one is late. My Internet has been down the past few days.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen-year- old Willow's parents drank too much wine and asked her to drive them home. They never made it—Willow lost control of the car and her parents died in the accident. Now she has left behind her old home, friends, and school, and blocks the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she begins an intense, life-changing relationship that turns her world upside down.
From B&N

First Paragraph:
Maybe it's just a scratch. 
  Willow Randall stares at the girl seated opposite her. Some might notice the girl because she is pretty. Others because of the flaming red hair. If the guys in the class were looking, they would see that the outline of her bra is clearly visible beneath her shirt. But Willow's eyes are riveted by something else: an angry red welt, about three inches long, that runs from the girl's elbow to her wrist. If Willow squints hard enough she can just about make out a few flecks of dried blood.

So I've noticed that other people have been talking about this book, and so I felt I should say what I thought about it. I read it nearly a year ago during the summer, which is when I read the most. It's one of the best books I read that year, or ever. For that reason, I thought it would be the best book to talk about for my second From My Bookshelf. This is such a powerful book. I recently read Cut, and it's about the same thing, but no one knows that Willow cuts herself. Only Guy finds out. Guy is such a sweetheart. He's a great guy, and tries to help Willow out. I wanted Willow to tell her brother, I wanted her to realize what she was doing was not helping herself. It's a really well written book, and I think anybody that has been through something that was hard on them should read this book. It's a book I actually reread, and will probably read it again and again.

Sorry my thoughts weren't very long. I'm kind of busy, and I thought I wouldn't even be able to write this. I'll make sure to get next week's in on time.

Alisha

Friday, May 14, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(9)

It's Friday. So it's time for another Book Blogger Hop. It's a meme that was created by Jennifer over at Crazy-for-Books. It's a place where all book bloggers can go and find other book bloggers who love books as much as they do. You can find many blogs that you might of not without the Hop. All you have to do is go to her blog, add your link, and start checking out other book blogs. So join in on the fun, and if you're new to my blog, I hope you like it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

From my Bookshelf(1)


So I have decided to start my own little thing. I feel I'm not posting enough, so I'm starting a weekly thing. From My Bookshelf is going to be a post I do every Tuesday or Wednesday. I'll be reviewing each week a book that I own, love, and have never reviewed. So that does leave out some books that I have recently bought, read, and reviewed which include Hush, Hush and Beastly and many others. I guess this is my own little meme. I'm sure there are others out there who do posts like this, but I felt I needed something more to my blog. I wanted to write about the books I probably wouldn't of written about because I read them before I started my blog. This gives me a chance to do that, to tell you about some of my all time favorites. The pictures on each one of these posts are of my actual bookshelf. So for the first post for From My Bookshelf, it's Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.
From B&N

As I have stated in my review of Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson is my favorite author. So I thought it would be best if I talked about one of her books in the first post for From My Bookshelf. Speak was actually the book that got me into reading Laurie Halse Anderson books. I must admit, I saw the movie before I read the book. It's one of the few that I have done that with. When it was published in 1999, I was not reading books like Speak. I was seven and was still reading some books with pictures haha. So can you blame me if it took me nine years to finally read it?
To tell you the truth, the book is way better than the movie. Aren't they always? The movie stars Kristen Stewart, and she's actually really good in it. I just usually prefer the book over the movie.

Melinda is the outcast now at school. She called the cops at a party over the summer and now everyone hates her. Her best friends desert her. I don't understand why they didn't ask her why she did it. Maybe then they would of understood, but I'm not sure Melinda could of told them then. The one new friend Melinda makes in the beginning is new and doesn't know about the party to begin with. She only seems to make friends with Melinda because she's the first person she meets, and she wanted someone to boss around. She's the worst friend you could ask for. Melinda makes awkward situations funny with her sarcasm and how witty she is. Laurie Halse Anderson writes this book really well. It was her first novel and one of her best ever. In my opinion it's a book that anyone should read and one you won't forget. I know the exact date I read this book(because it was when I use to write that in the book), July 12, 2008, and I still remember it well. I had also written down how much I loved it and that it was one the best books I have ever read. Whenever I am asked what my favorite book is, I can never say just one, but this one is always one I say. It's close to the top of the list, even nearly two years later. As I wrote close to two years ago, "simply put, I love it!"

So I hope you liked my first post for my new thing or meme. I hope you look forward to more, like I look forward to writing more.

Alisha

Sunday, May 9, 2010

And the nominees are...

So I have made my decision on who I am passing The Prolific Blogger Award on to, and they are(in no certain order)...

Bella @ Obsessed!
Kirthi @ Pages
E.J. @ From the Shadows
Mevurah @ The Heart of Dreams
Chioma @ Black and Blue Ink
                    &
Dianna @ Books by Their Story

I tried to choose blogs that I read a lot and that have not recieved this award. It was a hard decision. I didn't want to choose a blog that has recieved the award already because I knew there were others out their that haven't and deserve it. Not that the people who have already won it don't deserve it, they definitely do, and so do these seven wonderful blogs that I have chosen. So once again I thank Elle, she's one awesome person and has one cool blog, and I congratulate all the blogs that have won this award.

So Unexpected! Blog Award

 So Elle at Media Molly just gave me my first blog award ever. She's great and you should definitely check out her blog.
So on to the award.
"A prolific blogger is one who is intellectually productive, keeping up an active blog with enjoyable content. After accepting this award, recipients are asked to pass it forward to seven other deserving blogs."

I haven't made my decisions yet on the seven blogs that will recieve this award from me, but I will soon. I am busy today, so in my spare time I wiil decide on the seven deserving blogs and make another post. Once again thank you to Elle this was so unexpected. (Oh and this wouldn't let me take it out of italics. Haha)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(8)

It's Friday again. So that means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop. So go over to Crazy-for-Books. She has a new way to link. So go join this fun meme

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Almost Home

This one is Almost Home by Jessica Blank.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Why would anyone choose to live on the streets?
There is Eeyore, just twelve years old when she runs away from her privileged home, harboring a secret she's too ashamed to tell anyone. Rusty is a sensitive gay teen who winds up alone when his older boyfriend ditches him in Hollywood. Squid has gone through too many foster homes to count. There's Scabius, a delusional punk from Utah who takes the "me against the world" motto to dangerous extremes. And Critter is a heroin dealer with movie star looks and a vulnerable heart. Laura should be home studying, but she can't face another one of her mom's boyfriends.
And then there's Tracy, the damaged thread that ties them all together, irrevocably changing each life she touches.
This unlikely band of characters form their own dysfunctional family, complete with love and belonging, abuse and betrayal. Each will make their way home, wherever it may be.
From B&N

So each person in this book has their own reason for living on the street. Each no less important than the next. They don't know each other, but some how they each come to know the same person at different times. Tracy is the one that is in everyone's story, except for Squid's but he still meets her later on. She takes from them and never seems to give anything back, yet somehow she changes every one of their lives. This is a powerful book that will change your perspective on the world. It shows you that the world is not perfect and not in the way that someone may have this problem with a guy or their face. No it's way more than that. It tells you what it's like for kids out on the street and how hard it is. I know most people already know that it's hard living on the streets, but you don't truely know if you haven't lived there yourself. This book gives you that insight. Even though the characters are all fictional, you know there are kids out there going through this right now. Their lives don't end when the book ends, they still have to live with maybe no happy endings.
This book reminds me a lot of books by Ellen Hopkins. It's just as powerful and thought provoking as hers. This book is amazing and a need to read. It's not like every book you would pick up off the shelf.

Alisha