Saturday, December 4, 2010

Again

Christmas is coming up and that means new books and a lot more down time for me. I want to get back into writing and reviewing books again. I haven't given up on reading. I've actually have been reading more often then normal. So here goes again!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Review: Working For the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow

(Blurb)
Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot-tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody’s business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to Hell.
The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a renegade demon: Vardimal Santino. In return, he will let her live. It’s an offer she can’t refuse.
There’s just one catch. How do you kill something that can’t die?

(Review)
I had read Strange Angels by Lilith Saintcrow, and I wasn't impressed. But this book, the first in the Dante Valentine series was a much and needed improvement for my views on the author.

Plot: Danny is brought to hell by Jaf, the Devil's right hand man, to assassinate the demon Santino, and return Lucifer the 'Egg'. But Danny had her own score to settle on Santino, five years ago Santino had killed one of Danny's best friends Doreen. But Danny also nearly died trying to save Doreen.
The first part of the book consists of Danny trying to get contacts and her friends to assist with finding Santino. And dealing with a Demon Familiar. One that see neither wants or thinks she needs for that matter. Japhrimel a demon with bright green eyes and flat toned voice, was stuck with Danny, bond to her by the demon mark burning bright on her shoulder blade.

Characters: Are defined and different, each one with their own talents and moods. Danny is rather hard to like at first but her reason are fair. Most of her attitude is sarcastic and rude, which i like first fine in my female heroins. Her love is torn in a way between Jaf and Jace, her ex-lover that left without a word years ago. Gabe and Eddie, Gabe another Necromance, although not as powerful as Danny has her skills as a police detective, and her boyfriend Eddie, a Skinlin or Dirtwitch with an over protective-ness over Gabe. All assist, even after Danny's ranting and complaining saying that she 'works alone', they stick to their friends side as she tries so kill the demon that came so close to killing her in the past.

Setting: The setting throughout the book was confusing. Set in Saint City, although it never says what state it is in. It is set in the distant future, with hovercars and magical creatures out and about. At first this makes the story hard to follow and most of the time You wonder what they are talking about because of the futurist language and the language the unhumans use. Although some of the back story can come close to real life. Such as the Choyne Towers Disaster, something that could be compared to the Twin Towers terrorist attack.

Cover: Good, but the woman on the cover doesn't really look like the woman that is described in the book. The red, black, and white work well though. -A
Ages: 14 and up for language, sexual content and graphic fighting.
Rating: 4/5 Rocking skulls.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Over a year

I had this blog for alittle over a year now. And to say I'm commited is an understatement. I'm not at ALL. But thats okay, Highschool has taken so much time out of me, and I've hardly read anything other then Of Mice and Men for the past 3 months. I didn't even finish the Morganville Vamp books. It takes so much to catch my interest now-a-days. Oh, well. I'm hoping to get some books for Christmas to add to my still over-flown reading pile. But for now I'm reading Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow, author for Strange Angels. And this book really out does her YA books. Well maybe a review up soon? We shall see.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hola Amigo (a).

So I thought that I may come back to the blogging world again. I know, I do this alot and most likely will do this again in the future. But for now I think I am staying for a while longer. I finally start Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine. So hopefully a review will be up on that one soon. Also I just got a new laptop. So, I can type in the go!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (May 23, 2006)

(Blurb)
Two best friends spend their first summer apart blogging to each other about their separate but equally exciting romantic and sexual adventures. Chuck, the talented one, goes off to summer theatre camp where he proceeds to fall for the sexy female lead of his show. Hal, the less talented one, stays at home in exciting Wheaton, MD learning how to drive and getting busy with a hot French dude he meets at the mall. With a frank and shocking candor, these two 15 year-olds going on 20 debate their differences, consider their similarities, and push their decade long friendship to the breaking point during a summer that neither of them will soon forget.



(Review)
So I only really enjoyed half of this book. The Hal parts to be honest. I mean Chuck was just so boring and Hal was just so funny and wrote tons of gay sex stuff ;0. Hehe. But lets get this thing started

Plot: Over all good. I enjoyed reading the plots for both Hal and Chuck even if Chuck was boring! The romance and the problems happening were good. The 'New Years' event kept me guessing until it was revealed. And honestly I think Chuck wished...Well you will have to read it ;)

Characters: Hal, I liked him alot, and could totally relate. And not just on the gay thing either. Personality and even our boyfriends, even if Henri doesn't like that word, are alike. Chuck is a drama 'fag' as they call him. (Which irked me alot) But he was boring and totally blind to the love. And they both use homophobic language, which irked me. The characters were different for sure, all having different opinions and conflicts.

By the way, Brett (girl name this time) is such a dumbass always giving poor Hal love advice. I wanted to smack-a-bitch.

Cover: It tis okay. Chuck isn't as handsome as he is described. Hal is okay, but HEY PEOPLE IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT LOOKS. Kay? I really don't see why the title is mirrored. It tis odd. C- cover

Ages: 14 and up. Major drug use and sex. And language.

Rating: 2.5=Cause I only liked half of the story line.



Thursday, August 6, 2009

T.O.T.S.

Tots? LOL, it's the Initials for the book Tale Of Two Summers. Which I finished about 30minutes ago. This review should be up shortly. See? I can say that with confidence cause it's already been read. So HA

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Getting It by Alex Sanchez

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 9, 2007)


(Blurb)
Fifteen-year-old Carlos Amoroso is a virgin, and he isn't happy about it. He'd love to hook up with gorgeous Roxy, but she has no idea he's alive. Watching a TV show one night gives Carlos an idea: What if he got a makeover from Sal, a senior at his school who's gay? Sal agrees-but only if Carlos helps him start a Gay-Straight Alliance. Carlos doesn't expect the catch. What are his friends going to think. And is he ever going to get what he wants?


(Review)
When Carlos see's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy he gets this idea that Sal can give him a makeover that will help get him the girl of his dreams. But when the girl of his dreams comes between Carlos and Sal's deal and friendship, Carlos's world gets even more complicated.
Getting it is about not only love but becoming more understanding to people that are different then you are.
Plot: Not the most original when it comes to the whole makeover thing, but because it has to deal with GSA, it makes it an interesting twist to the story. It was overall a good book and although the message is a good one, I don't feel it really made much of a difference.
Characters: Carlos who is the main character doesn't do through any changes intill the end of the book. He becomes less homophobic and helps with the GSA. But blows off the first meeting to hook up with a girl. This is already half-way into the story and i felt he should have come farther then this. Sal is pretty cool, major polite and sweet. And kinda what you would expect from a gay guy. Carlos's friends are pretty much asses, untill the end when 2/3 actually change for the better and the other stays ignorant and assy. Roxy is shallow. Nuff' said
They are well written but i feel they were lacking. And these teens are always getting online hook-ups? That wasn't very believable to me. But in all okay on the character front.
Cover: Cute, Half Naked Guy, I really can't complain. And the colthing has to do with the story line so it's a nice tie-in.
Ages: 13 and up, sexual stuff and some language. Nothing that bad. Although breasteses are seen. Beware of the bresteses.

Rating: 3



Waiting On Wednesday (1)


For my first W.O.W. post will be on: Soulstice by Simon Holt
Six months...
Since Reggie first discovered the existence of the Vours in a tattered journal. Since her little brother Henry began to mutilate animals and turn against her. Since she learned to overcome her fear and destroyed a Vour to save Henry.
Months later, the Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams—until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality.
Terrifying, nail-biting, and grossly intriguing, readers will devour this thrilling sequel.
Looks so amazing, just like the first :P

Sunday, August 2, 2009

M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou & Chris Tebbetts

(Blurb)
When Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, her fabolous (and gay) best friend Marcus suggests that Frannie chat with him online. Too ad Frannie's terrified. She won't type a word without Marcus's help.
In the cat room, Marcus and Jeffrey hit it off. But the more Marcus writes, the more he's convinced that Jeffrey is falling for HIM, not Frannie.
Whose romance is this anyway? Read this heartwarming comedy of errors to find out.




(Review)
First off, I totally relate to Frannie and Marcus. Not the whole chat room thing. But the brain twin thing, yea me and my bestie totally have that. (Love you Lushious!) So crazy idea to have your gay bet friend pretend to be you online to try to hook the man of your dream huh? Yea it tis, but it's original.


So I really liked this book, it was cute and funny and well written. The characters are awhsum, but the supporting characters are hard to read. Like Jeffrey and Glen and Astrid??? They will keep you guessing throughout the entire book. And the humor is just...Funny, it works. I enjoy that Marcus isn't angsty and hating life cause he's gay. He's out at school and that doesn't matter, no one really cares beside a stray homophobes. So that made it realistic for the most part.


Frannie and Marcus have a great friendship but struggle through it in the middle of the book. The plot was good and pretty well paced. And the two alternate point of views from chapter to chapter. Altogether good book.


Complaints: Why are all gay men described as fabulous on the back blurbs. Honestly just cause he's gay doesn't make him fabulous. Regardless if it's true or not. Glen, just wish he was...well you'll find out if you read it. Each chapter has an icon for ether male or female to show who is talking. Well on one chapter Marcus had the female icon. It might just be my book but it's a defect.

Cover: The hardback cover is alil' to cluttered. I like the paperback version, which I have.

Age: 12 and up, mild language, and nothing more then kissing.

3.5 Rocking out skulls

Friday, July 17, 2009

News: The Devouring #2

Great news!!!! Simon Holt is releasing the sequel to his thriller The Devouring. This book still follows Reggie and her awesome-ness. But yeah, I had to post about this because I'm like so excited about it! It will be released on September 1, 2009.

To see the review for the first book in this series go Here.
And I can add this to my 2009 First Book in a Series challenge

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

(Blurb)
Dade just graduated from high school and his entire life has reached a breaking point. He has a horrible job at Food World, his parents should be divorced but are hanging on until he leaves for college, and his “boyfriend” Pablo is so far in the closet that he has a girlfriend and won’t acknowledge Dade in public. Dade drifts through his summer in a haze of marijuana and booze, living in that strange world between high school and college. On the way he finds both a first true friend, a real boyfriend, and his own voice.



(Review)
Oh my fucking goodness. Very few books make me think that. And this one did. Dade as a character is just so amazing. Read it in two days during work and I just couldn't put it down. Dade decides that Pablo is no longer worth his time and love. And he soon finds his first real friend in Lucy a rebel lesbian that was sent by her parents in LA to live with her Aunt down the street from Dade. And then a boyfriend in Alex, a drug dealer that is nothing like the stereotypes that come with it. All of this going on while Jenny Moore; a little girl goes missing.

This book, filled with love, heartache, friendship and discovering ones true self. All through having of a broken family and living in a homophobic world. The book will keep you guessing and worrying about the characters.

The message is so great and it really is greatly stated in the last paragraph of the book and I love it. Also I wanted to thank my buddy Nat for this recommendation, it was as great as you said it was. :)

Cover: The cover is good, Dade is seen on the front laying in the grass, in a very awesome shirt. On the back on the dust cover is Alex laying next him in the other direction. The title art is also great. And the authors name printed neatly on the bottom in white letters.

Ages: I would say 14 and up. The sexual content is mild but drug use and under aged drinking is seen throughout. Also major assy-ness from some of the characters. So beware. This book also holds the place of my second favorite book. The first place being held my Speak.
6/5 Rocking-Out Skulls

Monday, July 13, 2009

Natalie Portman has been cast in Thor

Marvel.com revealed that Natalie Partman will being playing Jane Foster, a nurse who was Thor's first love interest in the comics. Natalie has has been in such productions as; Star Wars and V for Vendetta will star along side Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. While Kenneth Branagh is set to direct the film.
The principal photography is set to start in the early part of 1210, with a Spring 2011 release. Portman will soon be starring in 'Brothers' along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man). She has also recently wrapped production on 'Hesher,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Portman had better be ready to act along side the Mighty Thor in this upcoming comic adaptation.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Green Lantern Has been Cast

Variety reported this last Friday that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Hal Jordan in the live action Green Lantern movie based on the DC Comics of the same name. Martin Campbell is set to direct the picture and even though the budget is not yet set production should begin sometime in January.

Ryan beat out Justin Timberlake and Bradly Cooper for the role. And with such success from film like The Proposal and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In Wolverine, also a comic based movie Reynolds played wise-cracking Deadpool who is set to play in his own spin-off film. Lets hope that when Reynolds takes that green costum and ring, he doesn't let us comic fans down.

Books in my Plastic Bag (6)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yxbjlbnH5E

I can't get my video to post on Blogger. Embed won't work. So to see what I got just follow the link.

ALSO THIS IS MY 100th BLOG POST!!!!! YEAYA!!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Doing It by Melvin Burgess

(Blurb)
The Controversial book on which the cult favorite ABC television series Life As We Know It was based, Doing it introduces us to Dino, Jon, and Ben, three teenage best friends who can't stop thinking about, and talking about, well, doing it!


(Review)
I was very, not sure, when I bought this book. The name itself is very out there. But I bought it and was very surprised with it. Dino is such a prick and womanizer. (yes I just started singing that song :-)) Ben is stuck in a sucky relationship with a woman but old then him. and Jon is just weird, but really sweet. Jackie is a little too much in love with Dino. Miss is alittle to needy for Ben's liking. Deborah really likes Jon but will he be man enough to over look her weight?

And under all the sex and nastey-ness is an honest to goodness love story. Everyone in this book is in love in some way or another. And that's the ultimate goal I think of the book. Love is such a taboo for some of these characters. Some straight out saying it, others no believing it, and others just not feeling it.

But the set up of the book might be confusing. Some of the chapters are in third person and then some of the chapters are in first-person but the person talking changes. So although it seems confusing it wasn't for me. But if you like to have a solid point of view for the whole story this isn't for you.

Ages: 15 and up, this book has very adult situations and language throughout.

4/5 Rocking Out Skulls


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pay Respect.

I'm not sure the family wants that information online. And considering I'm not 'family' i don't feel comfortable doing that. And the drama that has been going on...I'm sure that information will be in the newspaper if the family decides that. If that doesn't happen, on the corner of Bell Ave. where Jamal (R.I.P) was found many people have paid there respect there with posters and candles. I'm sorry that i can't be for more help. But if you know the family or perhaps your daughter has them friended on Myspace you can get info straight from the mouth of the people closest to him.

Young Avengers #1-12

(Review)
This volume, which I shall link, is awesome. I'm like for reals in love with the Young Avengers. This contains the first 12 issues, plus Annual #1. The first four YA are, Iron Lad, Asgardian, Hulkling, and Patriot. And we follow their wacky adventures up until like page 20 at which time they crash a wedding that is being held hostage. Kate Bishop is there and basically saves their asses. Then Kate meets Cassie Lang (Scott Lang's daughter) and they both join the YA! After much arguing and what-not. Kang is also involved in a very confusing time-traveling and annoying way. So yea.

I just love the promo work for this new series. Because it is just so misleading. Anywho, characters I love are Wiccan (Billy), yea you can't have a gay hero with the name 'Asgardian', far too many jokes to be made. But I love his relationship with Teddy (Hulkling)!! And he was a twin brother Thomas (Speed). Now all you comic nerds, who are the parents of these twins? And I thought that when Billy tried to come out as a superhero his parents thought he was coming out as gay. HAHA good times.

Also the love/hate relationship with Kate and Patriot is great and the Young Vision is just so great because him and Cassie have this really awkward thing. (Read to find out, yea?) So, me love this series, it's funny and sometimes sad, with great writing and artwork!!! And the back and forth between the adults and the young avengers is hilarious.

And this comic is the winner of two great awards: 2006 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book, and The 2006 Harvey Award for Best New Series.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

R.I.P. Jamal Holyfield

I would like to just take a little bit of time honor the life of Jamal Holyfield.

Yea, this was my best friends brother! And man I'm feeling her pain. I never thought she could go through any more heartache and then this shit happens. I can't imagine how the family is feeling. Actually I can hear what's going on at there house right now. Well I just had to put this up. Baby Girl if you see this you know that I love you and hope the best for the rest of your family!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Me? Bubbly?

Someone called me bubbly...WTF!?!? I didn't believe the lil' hoe (love her tho). So I went and watched some of my Videos. Holy shit! Is that how I really sound? Bloody hell it's horrid. I was having like a break down to my bestie friend not to long ago and she goes "How do you act so bubbly on the outside and then feel all that?"

Granted, I'm an emotional little queer apparently I'm really good at hiding that. The emotional part anyways. So like I never thought of myself as bubbly cause then that would mean Prep. Lets not go there. Cause that would irk the hell out of me. So do I really act bubbly? Cause if I do then that's so not me and that's not the image I want to give people of myself. Whatever, I'm off. I've blogged too much about none book things today. But seriously me not bubbly. Maybe if my step-father wasn't such a douche, I could have an outward image.

I WAS TAGGED

I want to that Daphne for tagging me. As you know I haven't been keeping updated with blogs and stuff so Daphne I apologize.
1. Who are you ?
The guy that no one uderstands. And true friends think i'm crazy
2. Are we friends?
um, oh toughy. i wouldn't say friends.

3. When and how did we meet?
quite a few months ago, i just dicided to link you on my blog cause you tough me who Nico Medina was!!

4. Did you like me at all?
I honestly dont know you

5. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
RealGirl. you just seem like your real with people

6. Describe me in one word.
Interesting-blogger

7. What was your first impression?
REALLY LIKES NICO

8. Do you still think that way about me now?
suh

9. What reminds you of me
hearing Lili St. Crows name. cause i know you lush her

10. If you could give me anything what would it be?
a really good book

11. How well do you know me?
barely not at all

12. When's the last time you saw me?
never have

13. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
No

14. Are you going to post this in your notes and see what I say about you?
Prolly not

15. What is my best attribute?
your funny. i think.
So I guess I must tag someone. Okay
1. Natalie over at natalie bookreviews
2. no one. yea i'm a loser. if you wanna take this please do....

America's Got Talent???

Okay, I'm gonna rant just a lil' bit. I'm sitting around, cleaning my glasses, calling up your mum. What?
Nothing.
So I turn on my TV, (Kinda like I do your mum.) Okay, to the point of this post. America's Got Talent, why the hell are two of the judges NOT American? Not that I'm against this, but come on. On Britains got all of the judges are from Britain. I just don't know. I think that if you're going to be a judge on a show that has America in the title you should be American. Just like the people on Australia's Got Talent. One of the judges is from Canada and another is from England. And only one is from Australia. So yea, that's my little rant. Pointless but you know you enjoy it.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

(Blurb)
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

(Review)
Okay, finished this lovely book many weeks ago. And I liked it, it was a good beginning of a series. There are a few flash back, I think, I honestly don't remember. Yea, I'm that good of a blogger. Anywho, if there are flash backs then they confused me. So Dru has the touch and after her father is turned into a zombie, things go down hill. And when he friend Graves turns into a 'kinda' werewolve. (Which isn't spelt like that in the book. Whatever.) So okay book.

The characters are okay and the humor is for sure worth the read if not for anything else. God, this is an attractive post. Damn, so buy the book if you have extra money to spend or are a fan of the author. Or you know library.

Age Group: Mid Teens. Swearing and although not sexual content...Suggested content. Yes isn't it lovely that I remember the dirty stuff. Yea so. This is so Crap. Bye.

Nothing by Robin Friedman

(Blurb)

Parker Rabinowitz isn’t your typical Jewish teen.
Well, he’s a smart rich kid from the Jersey ’burbs, on his way to med school, overscheduled, overloaded, and living in a pressure-cooker, like everyone else.
But Parker looks different, feels different, and, lately, his behavior has been very different.





(Review)
Wow, just wow. I've never read a book like this. Parker (not gonna spell that out) has an eating disorder. He is bulimic and has very low self-esteem. The book is told by Parker and his little sister Danielle. Switching on and off. Each chapter is a new day in a count down. Ex: Chapter 1 is entitled "88 days before" and it goes down each chapter. Which is interesting cause you must wonder...Days before what? And by the end this is revealed...Yeaya.


Okay no 'Yeaya' it's quite a sad book. But this book is really good. It's an interesting look in Jewish families and the expectations that come with it. And you get the best of both words reading this book. You get the struggle of the person with the disorder and with Danielle being able to write, you get to see how someone on the outside is handling there brothers problem.


Also there is a quote I would like to point out. "Sometimes trees can look healthy on the outside, but actually be dying inside. These trees fall unexpectedly during a storm." I just love this metaphor for Parker.

Although Parker is kinda annoying. And I honestly don't see how someone as hot as he is would have such low self esteem. He also gets thinner and thinner and the only thing people say about it is "Did you lose weight?" No that believable. Also perhaps if Parker was over weight his story would be more believable.

Cover: Parker is known as a god when it comes to his looks. The boy on the cover although cute is not a god.

Age Group: Teens 13 and up for sure. This book has very little swearing and other then some heavy make-outs, it pretty timid. But the fact that Parker has an eating disorder he does do things that in itself is very...Heavy material. So that's it. Remember don't copy what you read in books, cause if you do, you may actually be a jack-ass.


ALSO-EDIT- If you are looking for info on eating disorders. Please visit the following.
National Eating Disorders Association
Academy for Eating Disorders
www.anred.com/
Eating Disorders Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous

HOLY SHIZZ

Holy Shiz, I'm back after another unexpected leave!! I know, I'm just crazy like that. I've finish a few books, but not many...and soon I hope to get a new Vlog up. But since I don't have a Web Cam, I'll have to use my Digital Camera, which needs batteries.

So, two reviews coming soon.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

1st in Series Challenge 2009

Saw this over at J Kaye Book Blog. So I thought I would participate. Head on over to sign up.

Guidelines for 1st in Series Challenge 2009
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 books that are the first in any series. You may read & list your chosen books any time during the year.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
Not sure how all this works, but I suppose I'll put in a widget and start listing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What's To Come

Okay, so I wanted to blog but...I have nothing to blog about :P. So, how about a 'what's to come' blog. In the next few weeks-

Review:
Night Rising-Hopefully soon.
Feast of Fools-Getting it on Friday.
Lord of Misrule-Also on Friday.
Strange Angels-Friday is a busy day.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

(Blurb)
Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games… but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself.
A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault.



(Review)
So this was a nice a fast read, finishing it in one afternoon, which is a major accomplishment for me. But that is also cause this book is so very engaging. Parker is a blast, but you have to love sarcastic, bitchy, cynical, pains in the asses. If you like those kind of people then I'm sure you'll like Parker right off the bat. I like those kind of people, being one of them myself. *_* Now, Parker is also holding a secret, just like most people in novels do. And this secret is what drives us to read the story and find out why Parker is so messed up. I'm not going to ruin anything and give away the big ending, but lets go over some things.


Jake is falling for Parker, and to be honest I can't tell if she is okay with this or not. Sometimes she is and sometimes she's the meanest person. Such an annoyance. Chris is Parker's ex, but still a very close friend and in the beginning still in love with her! And the other main character; Becky, the person that basically took over for Parker after her fall from grace. and the new girlfriend of Chris.


To be honest, Parker is the bad guy of the story, sure people are rude to her but most of the time they are just trying to be nice and she throws back bitchiness. She is her own downfall, but I suppose that is usually the point in these kind of novels. If you're like me, then I'm sure you think this is about a girl that had a bad first time, or was even raped. And that is what sent her into the spiral. Happy to say, that is not the case, and it's nice to see that change. A lot of books are like that, and it's getting old to me. But this worked, and I believe that in the end you will be shocked to find out what exactly is bothering Parker.


Time for the warnings. *Sigh* Why do I do these? Regardless, as always swearing is throughout. As well as underage drinking. Sex and sensuality, drug use and suicide tendencies are all present.

What's your book personality?

Found this over at Addicted to Books.

Your Personality: All-Rounder!

Your responses showed you fitting equally into all four reading personalities:

Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others.
Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose.
Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin.
Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.


I would have to agree that I am all of the above. But I'm most proud to be an Eclectic Reader. :D Wait, don't some of them contradict each other? :P Whatever LMAO.

To take the quiz yourself go HERE.

A Secret Edge by Robin Reardon

(Blurb)
In many ways, Jason Peele is like any other teenager. He hits the books, hangs with his friends, flirts with girls, and omits the full truth of his life from his Aunt Audrey and Uncle Steve, who've raised him since his parents died. But there's one way that Jason is very different: when he dreams at night, it isn't about girls; it's about David Bowie. At sixteen years old, Jason is just beginning to understand that he might be gay.
The one place Jason feels comfortable is on the track where he can run fast and hard. He loves the feel of the wind at his back, of his legs propelling him foreward, the roar of the crowd in his ears. But now, even his sanctuary feels threatening. It isn't just the jerks who call him "faggot" in the locker room. A new guy has joined the team, and everything about him will challenge the way Jason sees life. From late-night showings of "La Cage Aux Folles" to reading Gandhi, he's running a new race on an uncertain course, and only one thing's for sure — his senior year is going to be unforgettable.




(Review)
This is the second Robin Reardon book that I have read. Thinking Straight being the first. And in comparison, this one didn't live up to my expectation. Jason is coming to terms with being gay, and falling in love. Not to mention the being on the track team, and dealing with homophobia. Enter Nagaraju Burugapalli (call him Raj) he is also on the track team, in the high jump Category. Jason starts to fall for Raj, but Raj hold a secret from Jason that could destory their relationship.


Now, I'm sure most have read the review about Thinking Straight, and saw how much I enjoyed it. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this one as well. It was a fast, intelligent read that got me thinking. But it seemed so unbelievable. Jason lives with his Aunt and Uncle, and he tells his Aunt Aud almost everything. I just don't see this happening. Jason come out very fast, not to many people. But still in a short time period, fist to his Aunt who he is so open with. I don't know...I just can't relate to that personally. As well to the point that there are three gay guys on the track team alone. I don't see that either. And finally, Jason is very open to his coach. It's not a weird thing, just unexpected. I think these points irked me so much is because I don't really live in that kind of environment.


Whatever, lets not let my own bitterness get in the way. All in all, nice heart-warming read of a boys first love. Of course the David Bowie thing is weird. But hey, I don't judge.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fat, Hoochie, Prom Queen by Nico Medina

(Blurb)
What does it take to be the queen?
Margarita "Madge" Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous. She loves herself, and is adored by almost everyone else...except queen bee/student-body president Bridget Benson. These two girls have a history that's uglier than a drag queen after last call. During a heated argument, they decide there's only one way to end their rivalry: be named prom queen and the other backs off -- for good.
Of course, everything looks different in the sober light of morning, but pride is at stake and the race is on. Madge is committed to doing whatever it takes to secure the title, but so is Bridget. And everyone's got something to hide.
Welcome to Winter Park High School, where the dirt's not just gonna fly...it's gonna go into freakin' orbit.



(Review)
First let me say: I FUCKING LOVE NICO MEDINA! *Ahem* Fanboy moment aside. I did truly love this book. And just like in Nico's first book 'Straight Road To Kylie' he keeps up the crazy antics and drama. But this story is told by a spicy, Puerto Rican, Bootyilicious Margarita Diaz. And is set in the same Winter Park High School one year later. Sorry Kiddies, Jonathan is gone, but he makes a surprise visit, so don't worry. Along for the ride is Madge's best friend the Flamey Lucas. Gay right down to the bone, and dealing with love and Madge's crazy ideas.


Now Madge is pissed, Bridget and Madge used to be besties, but after Bridget Betrayed her 10 years ago, and humiliated her two years ago. Now is the time to return the favor. But it's gonna be hard running against a famous, popular, most beautiful girl in school and on TV. But at least she is gonna do it in sexy as can be clothes. Not only is Madge running for Prom Queen, she is helping Lucas with his man trouble and working on getting herself her own. All while trying to dig up dirt on Bridget.


And baby, we got all of the old cast making an appearance. Jonathan is in college, along with Laura. You see, Madge is tryin to set Lucas up with Jonathan, and get Prom Queen advice from Laura. Smart girl, but Jonathan has a boyfriend, (<_< Damn) And I'm sure you all know Kenny, well he ain't in college. He failed and is know in the 12th grade again. This Druggy is trying to get to Lucas and his money. *Shakes head.* Horrible I know, but great drama.

All in all, this book is one of the funniest I've read and although not the most realistic, i can defiantly see this happening. The only thing I wanna bitch about is the ending of Nico's books. They are just so Wrapped up, all nice with a bow. Everyone is friends and no hard feelings. Sure that happens in real life, but they aren't really friends. They just act fake to each other, at least that is how it is in my school. But whatever, the book was great. Funny as fuck, and made you really love the characters, even if they party a bit to hard and drink so much that they end up passing out on a football field with doughnuts. @_@ Yeah crazy shit in Nico's world.

Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

(Blurb)
Claire Danvers's college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it's giving night school a whole new meaning.



(Review)
Finally, this one didn't start straight out of the last book. Well it did, but it wasn't from a cliff hanger. Holy mofo, though. Claire is crazy, I said it deal with it. Not only has she sold her mother effing soul, but she is working with a crazy bloodsucker with a messed up brain. Fact, she doesn't have choice, but still. The Vamps are dieing off and she must work with a cracked up Vamp Myrnin, to find a cure!! Shane is being bitchy to Micheal, Eve is scared cause her brother Jason is on the loose, and oh someone is trying to kill the newest Vampire in fifty years. So Micheal is F***ed. Amelie is nice only when it suits her, and to be honest that's starting to piss people off. And to add to the drama of Morganville. Monica is being real buddy-buddy with Claire, I mean the bitch got a group of guys to try to rape her not too long ago. Bitch needs to back up. But since Claire has Amelie's protection, what is is supposed to do, gots to be civil I guess.


The warning thingy I did on the other two are the same for this one, almost to the 'T'. Psycho people are out to play in the town of Morganville, and no one is safe. And the bitch of it all is, (no not Monica) Claire's parents are moving to the lovely Vamp-ville. Just when things were looking up. Oh wait...Morganville, nothing is ever looking up.

The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine

(Blurb)
Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains; homicidal girls in her dorm, and finding out that her college town is overrun with the living dead. On the up side, she has a new boyfriend with a vampire-hunting dad. But when a local fraternity throws the Dead Girls' Dance, hell is really going to break loose



(Review)
So this crazy novel picks up right where Glass Houses ends. When Shane's crazy-ass dad and biker friends come and-(Spoiler for anyone that hasn't read Glass Houses)-Kill Micheal!!!! Because he is half vampire!!! Yes, three exclamation points.-(Spoiler over)-So Eve and Claire are dealing, Shane is getting brain washed, and Micheal is elsewhere. ;) So after these brain washing bikers leave, thanks to the awesome-ness of cops. Things begin to get back to normal...HAHAHA yeah right.


The Vamps are back and badder then ever, Amelie. (If that is missed spelled. I apologize) Oliver, oh this is a crazy mofo. Some assy Vamp cops, and a partridge in a pear tree. The vamps is pissed that Shane's is here to kill vamps and they are taking it out of Shane, and might even kill him. Since Amelie, had given Eve, Claire, Shane and Micheal protection, she is pissed that Shane would betray her. It's all very complicated, and I'm afraid you have have to read to understand it all the way.


This review is so very scattered, but whatever. The book was great and had a lot of shizz to deliver, lots of info, and by the end someone signs their soul to the devil. Well a vamp really. Eve's crazy mofo brother is back and out for revenge after Eve put him away. And Micheal-(Spoiler again) Gets turned into a Vamp, so that he can leave the house, and save Shane.-(Spoiler over) Whoa, some deep stuff I know. But how does this all end? Well pick up the book don't be lazing.


Again, some swearing, violence, the works for a Vamp teen novel. Claire is getting those oh sooo spacial hormones and are making her go crazy for Shane, who is now her boyfriend. So a bit sexuality. And fair warning, date rape situations occurs later in the book. Enjoy!

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

(Blurb)
Just don't stay out after dark.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.
When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood


(Review)
This is the first in the Morganville Vampires Series. Claire is in trouble, and not because of vampires, well not yet anyways. She's in trouble because the bitchiest girls in the school hate her, and I do believe pushing someone down a flight of stairs qualifies. So, our young Claire, goes off to find a place off campus. Which leads us to the Glass House, owned by Micheal Glass. Upon arriving at the house, she meets Eve; a goth spunky girl, with a little too much heart. And of course Shane; the slacker and house hunk, that Claire can't help but notice.

Oh did I mention Claire is only 16, (almost seventeen) and any romance with Shane, who is 18, would probably end badly. But hey, it's a town filled with vamps, its gonna end badly anyways.
Written in third person point of view, Glass Houses is a fast pace, drama filled, action filled book. The characters are vivid and realistic, as realistic as you can get in a vamp book. Witty banter and sarcasm fill most of the dialogue, which is awesome. Even in bad situations, Shane or Eve have smart-ass comment. Although our main girl Claire is rather shy, timid and to herself, doesn't stand up for herself and basically a door-mat. Now I know we all love a strong leading woman in our stories, but with Claire you get to see this shy book worm grow in to a fierce book worm. And quite a flirty one as well. The Vamps are scary as...Well Vamps, and will have you wondering who's side are they playing on. Cause in Morganville, you never know, until they bite ya.

Swearing is the same in this book as in most teen books, its real. Although the 'F-Bomb' is only used once. Underaged drinking, but who the hell really cares, it's fiction, but FYI Claire doesn't drink only 18 year old and older. Oh, and the cliffhanger of an ending...If you get this book, buy the whole series. Cause the ending picks right off in the next book. And let me tell you the ending and beginnings are killer.
Note: The belt the girl is wearing on the cover...Yeah I own one just like it.

I'm Back Baby!!

That's right, I'm back after like a month. And in that month I've done like...Nothing. Basically just living life as best a 16 year old can. I haven't read much in that month, but in that past week I've read 4 books. So 'Yay Me'. What am I waiting for? Lets get started. ^_^