Sunday, July 31, 2011

Update(13)

Recently on Alisha's World:
I reviewed Almost Perfect, The Body Finder and The Sky is Everywhere since my last update. I also participated in another Hop and started posting for my meme, From My Bookshelf, again. Just click here to check that out.

Coming Up:
I have recently finished nearly every book I checked out from the library. They include: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I should have reviews up for those sometime this week. They'll be my first posts for August. I also plan to do another post for From My Bookshelf on Wednesday. I also should have Dramarama by E. Lockhart done soon. I just ordered Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, and hope to get it this week so I can start reading it. Ever since I read a preview, I've been dying to read this book. It's another book that goes toward edgy and relatable as part of my need to get away from paranormal and vampires for a while. It's probably only going to be for a little while that I stay away from that genre. I feel that I want to be able to relate with what's going on with the characters in the books I read, and I can't do that reading about a girl who falls in love with a vampire or is a vampire. I know people love that genre, but I feel they have all started seeming like I'm reading the same book over and over again. So for now, I'm taking a break and reading those books that tend to make you cry, even though that's not the main reason I want to read them.

Happenings for the Summer:
I have two more exams this week, and then next week is finals and I get to go home for a much needed break. During this break, I am going to try to find clothes to match the person I discovered I am but haven't been able to show to people because I haven't been able to get away from school and go shopping and get my hair fixed. If you want to read the rant about this, you can check out my other blog Who Am I... I probably don't plan on doing summer classes again, at least not here at the college I am now. Anyways, I'm hoping these last two weeks go by fast and I'm home soon.

This ends Update 13.

As always, are there any questions? Please don't hesitate to raise your hand and ask.

Alisha



Saturday, July 30, 2011

Almost Perfect

Here's another book I've managed to read even with my somewhat busy schedule, it's Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won't tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she's actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and sdisowns her. But one once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.
From B&N

Once Logan knows Sage's secret, everything changes. He doesn't know how to act, what this makes him, and sure doesn't want people to know. He thinks the best thing to do is to not be friends with Sage any longer, just cut her out of his life completely. Yet, he realizes that he misses Sage too much for this, and he tries to be her friend again, tries to understand. He doesn't know what this really could mean for them.

I didn't know if I would like reading this book or not, I just felt intrigued to know how someone in Logan's situation would handle it. He acted the way any guy would, from other stories I've heard, he lashed out at her. Tried to think of her as a he, but it didn't work for him, he kept thinking of the Sage he knew, and could never imagine her as a guy. I hated it when Logan lashed out at Sage, acted like he hated her, wanted to hurt her, but it's understandable. A huge secret was just dropped on him, and he had never had to deal with that before. The worse thing that had happened to him to before Sage was Brenda breaking up with him by cheating on him. I felt that Logan was a little naive with his relationship with Brenda. They had dated since freshman year, and he just assumed that they would go to college together. That they would be together after high school. From what he kept saying about her, Brenda never acted like she really liked him that much, but he couldn't see this. He thought he was in love. With Sage it was different, he could tell she liked him, but she couldn't date. So she wanted to be friends, but kept flirting with him. I don't know if she understood what this was doing to him. Then after he finds out, he has to decide whether he can kick Sage out of his life forever or if he wants to understand what's going with her. Why she chose this life, to live as a girl instead of a boy which she was born to be? He finds out how her father sees her, as his boy playing dress up and being a disgrace to him. He starts to understand that Sage needs a friend. Yet things don't always go as you want them to, there's not always that happily-ever-after. I couldn't put this book down once I got into it. Logan's friends added humor to the book, as well as Sage, but you still got that emotional side of when Logan didn't know what to do, how to handle things. He didn't know what would happen to him later on, he just wanted life to go the way he planned, but it hardly ever does. I liked that Logan tried to be there for Sage, tried to get to know her, tried to understand. I wish others were more like this, and didn't have such hatred for people that are different, and want to live their lives a different way than what was planned for them. I can honestly tell you I did feel sad at the end of this book, but also happy. You'll just have to check it out for yourself to understand exactly why.

Alisha

Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop(20)

It's that wonderful time of the week again. It's Friday, so that means that's it time for the Book Blogger Hop which is hosted at Crazy-for-books. Just click here to find out what to do and how to enter.

For this week's question it's:
"Highlight the book you have received this week(for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc) that you can't wait to dig into!"

I got quite a few books from the library this week just because I just kept finding more that I wanted to read. I have already read some of them, so the next one I can't wait to read is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
Here's The synopsis:

"What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.
In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

It sounds like it's going to be good, and I hope it is. I can't wait to finally get to reading it. 


Happy Hopping!

Alisha

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Sky is Everywhere

This one is The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life — and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.
From B&N


Lennie's not sure what to do now that her sister is dead. She was so use to being with her all the time, so use to being her shadow, the companion pony to the race horse. Now Lennie has to live the rest of her life in a world that Bailey will no longer be in, and that fills her with so much grief. She wants to remember Bailey, but can't help feeling sad whenever she feels happy even though Bailey is gone. Toby is feeling the same grief, and they comfort each other, and it's like they're bringing her back. Joe never met Bailey, and Lennie isn't sure if Joe would like her if he knew her before Bailey was gone. He thinks that she is an amazing clarinet player, but Lennie doesn't want to play her clarinet anymore, didn't even before Bailey was gone. Yet maybe Joe can help her see how it can help her, how they have this wonderful thing in common. Lennie spends her time writing poems about her and Bailey, and leaving them under rocks, in books, just on the ground, anywhere just so people will read them. So people will know about her Bailey, the sister she adored and loved. Yet her sister had secrets that she couldn't share with Lennie before she died, secrets that Lennie will have to face later. 


Simply put, I loved this book. From the very beginning, I got pulled in. I wanted to understand Lennie's grief. I wanted her to be able to get through it and see that she could live without her sister, but she will always be remembered. Her family, Uncle Big and Gram, are all sorts of weird, but are so hilarious. This book had me laughing and wanting to cry. The parts about her mother had me wanting Lennie to see what everyone else saw, that her mother left her and she may not come back, but Lennie just wanted to believe in the story her Gram told her, wanted to believe that her mother was an explorer, traveling the world. I didn't know what to think about what was going on with Toby, but I thought it may help them both get through it. Later on I just thought that they were wallowing in their grief too much. I loved Joe, his quirkiness, his huge, bright smile, his musical ability, and the fact that he called her John Lennon. I loved Lennie's poems that were put in chapters throughout the book. Even though Lennie doesn't think anything good should come out of her sister's death, she still meets Joe, and she doesn't know if things would be the same with them if her sister was there. Would she still be as "awake" as Joe believes her to be? She does know that she'll never be the same person she was when Bailey was around, and she also knows what it's like to lose someone so easily without warning. She knows she should also love the life she has while she has it. 


After finishing reading this book, I had the urge to pick it right back up, just like Lennie with Wuthering Heights, a book she admittedly read 23 times. 


Alisha

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Body Finder

This one's The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
From B&N


Ever since she was a little kid, Violet has been able to sense or feel "echos," what she calls the sounds, lights, or smells, that she can pick up when an animal has been killed. She didn't first get an echo off a dead body till she was 8. But since then, she has always picked up these"echos," and made sure that the animals had a proper burial this way the echos were calmer and not as easy to pick up. She has been able to handle this strange power of hers, deal with it, until she finds another body in the lake. A body of girl who's been murder. No one but her family and her best friend, Jay, know that she has this power, and they all try to keep her safe. They make it appear like she just happened upon the bodies, not letting people know that she's drawn to them and she can't help but go to the echos. After finding the girl in the lake, more girls go missing, and Violet is determined to find out who it is. Jay doesn't want her to, thinks that this will cause her too much problems, but Violet won't listen. She's head over heels for Jay, but she's not sure he feels the same way. He seems like the perfect guy for her. They've been friends since they were in the first grade. They know everything about each other, but Violet just keeps thinking that he will always treat her like a friend. It doesn't help that he got hotter over the summer, and now every girl is gaga over him, even the most popular girl in school. Yet maybe there is hope for Violet and Jay.


I enjoyed reading this book mainly for the suspense of finding out who was behind the kidnappings and murders. Little chapters that were told from the serial killer's point of view are thrown adding to the suspense. At some points I didn't like Violet. She acted somewhat immature for her age, at least in my opinion, and sometimes naive, even though she has this power that makes it where she knows their are terrible cruelties in this world. I felt like the things with Jay seemed to overpower everything. I mean I love reading YA Romance, but I felt this was suppose to be more about finding the serial killer, about Violet using her powers. I liked Jay, but I didn't understand how he all of a sudden got hot because I felt I never got a true description of him. It was hard for me to imagine what he looked like, but I still loved his personalities. Overall,  I liked this book, and want to read the next one, hoping that it focuses more on Violet's gift or power. 


Alisha

From My Bookshelf(9)

It has been probably a year since I've done one of these posts, but I felt like I needed to start it up again. If you just recently became a follower of mine or after I stopped doing these posts, then I should fill you in on what this is all about. This is my own little meme or whatever, where I review books that are literally on my bookshelf or I read way before I started my blog. A lot of those include books from the library or books I stole from my sister. It's suppose to be a weekly post that I either do Wednesday or Thursday, just depending on if I have the time. So to kick this thing off again, I decided to make this one about a book I recently just reread while I was at home for a week break and it's also a book I stole from my sister lol. It's The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Macy's summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development.
But Macy's plans don't anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or . . . Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn't fit Macy's life at all, so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So . . . happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before?


First Paragraph:
Jason was going to Brain Camp. 
It had another name, a real name, but that’s what everyone called it. 
“Okay,” he said, wedging a final pair of socks along the edge of his suitcase. “The list. One more time.”
I picked up the piece of paper beside me. “Pens,” I said. “Notebooks. Phone card. Camera battery. Vitamins.”


Like all Sarah Dessen books, they have a way of pulling you in and not letting you go till you finish it. There's always family drama thrown in with the guy. In The Truth About Forever, it's been a year since her dad died and everyone is dealing with it in their own way. Macy doesn't talk about it with her mother, and pretends to be the perfect daughter. She pretends everything is fine, just fine when all actuality they are not. She already has a boyfriend, Jason, a guy she met when she needed someone to provide a direction for her life. He may not show that he loves her, but she knows he does. That's why she's willing to take over his place at the library information desk even though the girls she'll be working with hate her. When Macy meets the Wish Catering crew, she never imagines she'll see them again. She can't see her life being as chaotic as their job, but somehow after getting an upsetting email from Jason, she runs into them again and starts a whole new chapter of her life. She starts spending her summer differently than how she expected. She still works at the information desk because that is what is expected of her. What's not expected of her is to meet a guy, a guy that doesn't seem anything like a guy she would ever spend her time with. Wes is an artist, unique, and attractive.He doesn't give Macy that look of pity, the look Macy says, is the look everyone gives her once they find out her dad died, and she was there when it happened. The "poor little girl" look. A look that mostly is anything but sincere. He wants to know about her, wants to know why she doesn't run anymore, why she is who she is. So they randomly start playing the Truth game. A game that you can only lose if you lie. Many times it seems like Macy wants to lie, but she finds herself actually talking with Wes. With Wes maybe she can finally learn how to deal with what happened to her father, maybe she can find happiness in the chaotic world of Wish Catering, maybe she can find out the truth about forever. 


This was probably the second or third book of Sarah Dessen's that I read. I loved how she would put parts from her earlier books into each one after the one before this, This Lullaby(which I read after the Truth About Forever). You may not notice them before because they could be little things, but in some of them it could be more. I like the fact that in her books you can find yourself relating to the characters in some way. Either in what they're going through or their personalities. I haven't lost a parent like Macy, but I have lost a relative I was really close to. I could understand her pain with that. I always wish I could meet a guy like the one's in Dessen's books, but I know that may not happen, but I can always hope. In this book, I really liked Wes, and he's probably one of my favorite guys from Dessen's books. I reread this book mainly because I had recently read What Happened to Goodbye, and I wanted to remember something about Jason. If you read What Happened to Goodbye, then you will understand what I'm talking about. One of my few problems with these books is that the plot can sometimes be predictable, that she over uses the family issues and finding the right guy scenario too much. Yet her books seem too much like what can really happen, so maybe that's why it seems to be a little overused, or maybe it's just me. I still love reading these books and they tend to be my go to books when  I need a quick read that will make me happy. There also some of the few books I reread. 


So this ends my first From My Bookshelf I've done in a while. I hope to keep them coming. 


So do you want to learn the truth about forever?


Alisha

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Update(12)

Recently on Alisha's World:
Joined in on the Blog Hop that's hosted by Crazy-For-Books. I have no idea how long it's been since I've done one of the Hops. Found some interesting new blogs to follow. Didn't post any new reviews but that's mainly because I have been busy studying for an exam I have tomorrow. 

Coming Up:
I have finished reading both The Body Finder by Kimberly Dertly and Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, so look for those reviews. I plan on going to the library to get some new books to read. I'm hoping that whoever has Catching Fire out right now has returned it and that I will get an email about it this week. I want to continue The Hunger Games series just because I've already read the first one, but I'm still afraid I'm going to be highly disappointed by the ending. That's all that's planned for this coming up week.

Happenings for the Summer:
Well I have a Bio. exam tomorrow. I don't feel prepared, but I've never felt prepared for Bio no matter how hard I study. I have a Chem exam Wednesday, hoping to do well on it. I'm hoping I can go to this thing on Tuesday, but other than that I'm hoping my week isn't too stressful and I may actually get to relax for a change. I'm going to be really happy when August 11th comes because that's my last day here in Clemson for the summer. Then I get to go home for a little over two weeks and be lazy, but also be preparing to come back for the fall. I'm looking into to schools to transfer to for my junior year. I'm looking at schools that have my major and aren't as expensive as my school now. I've found one, but the distance from my hometown could be an issue(for my mother, not me). So that's what's going on so far this summer for me.

This ends Update 12.

Any questions? 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Blogger Hop(19)

So I haven't done this in quite some time, so I thought I'd give it a go again, and try to find some more awesome book blogs. There have been some changes to the Hop since I last participated, but if you want to participate as well just go to Crazy-For-Books(this is a direct link to the post), read her instructions on there and get to hopping! 


My answer to this Hop's question:

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?
This is a tough one for me. I tend to read a lot of genres. I've recently gotten into the habit of going outside my normal book of choice, YA paranormal romance, and I've started reading more edgy, might bring you to tears, more relatable YA books. I guess my answer would have to be more adult fiction or the classics, more traditional literature. I've tried many times to read Jane Eyre, but have yet to accomplish reading all of it. I want to read Dracula, but have yet been able to. I somehow always loved the books that I was assigned to read in school, but outside of school they weren't usually on my "to be read" list. I'm hoping one day I can actually get back into reading those books when they aren't required of me to read for class. 

So what's that one genre you just can't seem to get into?

Now go find some awesome book blogs!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Update(11)

I haven't done one of these in a while, but  I decided I need to start giving updates just so you know what's going on.

Recently on Alisha's World:
Just reviewed quite a few books, including Stolen by Lucy Christopher, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, and a few others. You can check all those out by just going to my blog archive. I've just gotten back into blogging more regularly again and hope to keep it up.

Coming Up:
A review of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead should be up soon. I should be done reading The Body Finder by Kimberly Dertly soon, so look for a review for it in the next week. I'm also reading Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, so there may be a review up for that one up in the next couple of weeks. I'm also planning on doing some reviews for books I haven't been able to post yet, so look for those. That should include A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and a couple others.


Happenings for the Summer:
Well I'm spending my weekdays in class or at work, and my weekends just happy to have something of a break. This is one reason I've been able to read more and post more on here, I've had more time. I'm only taking two classes and they aren't that bad. If you would like to read more about this than check out my other blog:
Who Am I...

So this ends Update 11.

Any questions?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stolen

This one's about Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty—rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar—pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. STOLEN is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare—or die trying to fight it.
From B&N

To Gemma, Ty seems really familiar but she doesn't know why. When they meet in the airport, she thinks he's cute and interesting, but something keeps nagging at her about him. Before she can go back to her parents back to the life she's use to, he takes her and makes her live with him in the desert of Australia where no one can find her. Gemma's clever, and tries many times to escape, but like Ty told her she'll only die trying. She thinks it's better than getting killed by him. All she can think in the beginning is that he has some plan to kill her. Then he starts talking, starts telling her things about him, about the world he grew up in, and about how he first met her.

This book is told in the past tense, written as a letter from Gemma to Ty, making you believe that she's escaped, but even with it being like that you are never too sure what's going to happen. Gemma believes that Ty is going to kill her, so she knows there has to be some way out. There has to be somebody else who can save her. There has to be some town close by, people close by. As the days go on, Gemma starts finding the beauty in the place that Ty created, not truly knowing what to feel about him anymore. She doesn't know what to think, did he steal her or save her. This fast-paced novel keeps you on you toes, making you feel Gemma's fear and her wanting to escape. It's a book I was reluctant to put down till the end.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hate List

This is another book I managed to read over my short break. It's Hate List by Jennifer Brown.


About and Thoughts on Book:

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
From B&N

What if you created a list of people and things that you hated just to vent, never meaning for it to be used for anything? Never really wanting these people gone, just for them to stop torturing you, and they do stop but not not the way you wanted them to. Instead they die because of the list you made. This is what happens to Valerie. She created this list with the help of her boyfriend, Nick. It was just a way for her to vent because she couldn't stand being around those people. She wanted them to know how much they made her suffered, but she didn't want them to die. Nick thought she did, he wanted them to that's why he opened fire on the school on May 2nd. A few people died, a lot injured, including Valerie. She just wanted it to stop and be over. She just wanted Nick to stop shooting. Some thought she was a hero, others thought she was in on it. She made the list that was used for Nick to pick his target, why wouldn't she be in on it. Now Valerie has to deal with going back to school, with the people who are still there, the ones that blame her, and the friends that ignore her. WIth the help of therapist, Dr. Hieler, he's able to help Valerie come to terms with what happened and learn to cope with it and move on.

This book wasn't like I expected from when I first started reading it. In the beginning it kept jumping from present to past making me not know what all was going on or whether we were in the present or still talking about something that happened a few months before. Valerie is still hung up on Nick. In her mind, he's still the guy that she met freshman year, who showed her his love for Shakespeare and understood what she was going through with bullies at school and her family problems. He's still the boy who got what she was all about. Valerie thought she knew Nick that she understood him, but maybe she was wrong. I found the scenes with the parents kind of frustrating. They were going through their own problems before the shooting happened, and now after the shooting they seem to be making it be the thing that caused everything. Valerie's Dad in my opinion is a complete jerk, but maybe that's just how he had to deal with things by trying to stay away from Valerie for a while. I don't think he got that she needed someone there for her. She did have that in her therapist, who managed to get her to talk about things on her own on her own time. When she first goes back to school, she does get those stares and even one girls drops out of school because she can't stand to be around her. The girl she saved, Jessica, tries to be her friend. At first you don't know if it's genuine or not, but later on you find out that she's trying to get to know Valerie. There are newspaper articles at the beginning of the first few chapters and a few of the last ones. Letting you know what others thought of the shooting and that they thought the school was a better place now, which wasn't true at all. They wanted it to be, but you learn in this book that people don't always change even after they go through a tragedy. Some people will always be the same. Valerie definitely changes. One part of the book is a flashback to the shooting to what Valerie thought was happening, to what she thought was going on with Nick. You get to understand Valerie and feel her pain. She can't decide if she's a hero or a villain. Some days she thinks both, some days neither. She never thought she would go through something like this and now she doesn't know how to deal with the aftermath. This book will pull you in, you'll understand what Valerie's going through, you'll feel like you're there in her life, during the shootings, and during everything afterwards. A great book that teaches you not everyone changes when faced with a tragedy, but some people do grow and change for the better. Yhat this will always be there, but you can move on.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

City of Fallen Angels

This is a book I've been waiting to read for a while now. It's City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and it's book 4 of the Mortal Instrument series.


About and Thoughts on Book:



The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.


But nothing comes without a price.


Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
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They're back. The characters that you loved from the first 3 books are back again in the newest book in the Mortal Instrument series. The war is over and Clary and Jace can finally be together, but not everything is perfect. This one isn't told from Clary's point of view as much as the others. Simon has an even bigger role in this one because everyone wants him. He may just be the key to stopping this whole thing.


Something about this series pulls me in and makes me feel like I'm a part of it. The writing is wonderful, making you think you're there. Every time I pick up one the books in The Mortal Instrument series, I think I'm a Shadowhunter, fighting demons, or that I'm going through what Clary's going through with Jace. So when Jace starts acting strange, I feel like he's let me down. That he's breaking my heart. It's hard to come back from this world, but maybe it's just me. It's one of the reasons I truly love this series, but also a reason I can't stand the endings. It makes me think my life has come to a halt waiting for the rest of my life to be written. So I felt that again at the end of City of Fallen Angels. I don't want to give anything away because this book is a must to read of you are at all into the paranormal YA scene. Jace is just as arrogant and as sarcastic as ever, having great moments with Simon. Simon is still geeky, even though he's suppose to be a hot vampire. Clary still her stubborn self, never listening and always wanting to take care of things herself. But they've grown a lot since the first book, City of Bones. Even Isabelle has changed, and you get to read about a different side of her in this book besides her badass Shadowhunter side. It's a great book, that I simply couldn't put down. It's a world I didn't want to leave. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Shiver

This is another book I managed to finish in the week I had off. It's Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf -- her wolf -- watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why. Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace . . . until now. For Grace and Sam, love has always been at a distance. But once spoken, it cannot be denied.
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Grace has a connection with Sam since the moment they meet when she's dragged from her tire swing by his pack. She doesn't know anything about them then, but she knows there's something special about the yellowed-eyed wolf, Sam. The moment they meet when Sam is human, Grace knows they're meant to be together. There's just one catch, one that Same is reluctant to tell Grace. Sam can only be a human when it's warm outside and he won't stay human that long. There has to be some way to keep him human because now that Grace has him, she doesn't want to give him up.

I originally didn't want to read this book. I am not a fan of werewolves stories. So yes that would mean I'm not Team Jacob, but honestly I'm not Team Edward either. I think Taylor Lautner is hot, but it still didn't make me all that into werewolves. To me, a lot of the werewolves stories are the same. You either change during a full moon or when you're angry. You can either be born a werewolf or be bitten and become one. Stiefvater changes it up. Yes these werewolves are bitten to become a wolf, but they change because of the temperature. They're wolves when it's cold and human when it's warm during the spring and summer. But they stop changing back and forth after a few years, the rest of their lives being spent as a wolf. I had never read a book that had it happen like that. It was refreshing. I loved reading every page, not wanting to put it down. I regret not reading it sooner, but at least I don't have to wait forever to read the next ones. It's beautifully written, switching between Grace's and Sam's point of views. They each are great characters. I especially loved Sam. He always had to write a song for everything, and I loved that about him. You fall in love with him just as much as Grace does. You root for their love even though there's a chance it won't work out. Yes this sounds familiar to other books, but don't count it out just because of that factor. It's amazing I ever thought I wouldn't like this book.

I suggest that if you're like me and originally was reluctant to read this book then you should give it a chance. You never know, it could be worth it.

Alisha

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye?

Managed to read a lot over my week break from summer classes and one of the books that I managed to read is What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move - four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself - whoever that is. Perhaps her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out.
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For 2 years Mclean has been anyone but the person she was before she started moving from place to place with her dad. She doesn't even know who her true self is. She just knows that the person she was before her parent's divorce no longer exists and maybe never was her real self. In Lakeview, Mclean tries to start a new persona deciding on Liz, but it doesn't work out like she wants and she stays Mclean. Yet she doesn't know what type of persona Mclean is suppose to have. Dave is described as the nerdy guy just trying to be normal, yet I didn't really get that he was nerdy. Nothing he did made me think that he was super smart. The only thing that conveyed this was his friends talking about the way he use to be, and the way his parents treated him. So if he's going for the normal guy thing than he's accomplished it. 

Like all Sarah Dessen books, this one is a love story with family drama thrown in. In What Happened to Goodbye(which I believe should be called What Ever Happened to Goodbye, for some reason that just bugs me), the family drama is Mclean's parents' divorce. He mother cheated on her father with the head basketball coach of the fictional college, Defriese, and leaves him to marry the guy. Besides the cheating part, the fact that it's with the Defriese's basketball coach a widely known school, makes it a huge scandal. So anyone who knows of Defriese and keeps tabs on college basketball knows about what happened. Mclean and her dad love basketball, but it's not the same any more after what happened. In my opinion, Mclean's mom acts like she's trying to escape her past just as much as Mclean is trying to change herself. Mclean's wants her mom to own up for what she did. She broke up a family and doesn't seem to be acknowledging that. So instead of dealing with her mom, she takes care of her dad. She doesn't know what he would be like if she wasn't there to handle things. So Mclean is only close to her dad and never really makes those close connections with anyone she meets in any of the towns she moves to, until now. After meeting Dave, he helps her to realize that she does have friends in Lakeview and maybe she doesn't want to leave this town and have a new persona that isn't her real self. This book, like all of Sarah Dessen's books, is extremely well written with a great heroine that you can't help but like even with her flaws. With most of Sarah Dessesn's books, I want to just read the parts that include Dave, but with this one I enjoyed all of it. It's another awesome book that fans of Dessen's previous novels are sure to not be disappointed in.