Sunday, May 24, 2009

Being Nikki: An Airhead Novel

Being Nikki: An Airhead Novel
by Meg Cabot

Emerson Watts' life has sure changed since she became the face of Stark Enterprises: Nikki Howard. As if life wasn't hard enough already! Christopher, the boy of her dreams, hardly notices her existence. It seems as though her real family will never get used to her new body.

Now, her mother has gone mysteriously missing. Her brother, Steven, has shown up at her apartment wanting to know where she is. As if Em knows! Her (ex) best friend is planning on ruining Stark. A pop star wrote a song about loving her, too!

But what is it with Stark? They know a little too much about Em. Where did those holes in the loft ceiling come from? How did they know she was at Christopher's? What are they hiding...?

Grade: A

Another amazing Meg Cabot novel. Will I ever be disappointed by her? I think not. I totally love the idea of the Airhead novels. I mean, just imagine that really happening...a brain transplant, and all this shady stuff behind the scenes with a company bigger than Walmart! Phew! Anyways! Well, I adore Em's character. She is a lot of fun, and I love the way she thinks. And I love Christopher! He seems so cute. :) I look forward to Runaway, whenever it will be realeased. I'm interested to see what happens to Em, especially after that crazy ending to this book!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Know It's Over

I Know It's Over
by C.K. Kelly Martin

from cover flap:

Pure. Unplanned. Perfect.

Those were Nick's summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents' divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs.

All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he's neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn't mind in the least. But Nick's world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, while Nick's still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she's pregnant, and with his emotions and hopes crashing around him, Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can't stop caring for, the girl who insists that it's still over.

Grade: B+

So, I had no idea how to write my own synopsis, so I just copied the flap one. I have wanted to read this one for a long time, but I just waited until it was available at the library. I'm not quite sure how to describe how I feel about this novel...It was nice to read from a guy's point of view on the topic of pregnancy. I've heard only great things about this one, but I can't say I was completely impressed--probably because of the ending. But, it was a good storyline, and I look forward to reading One Lonely Degree when it comes out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday 17

L.A. Candy: A Novel
by Lauren Conrad

June 16, 2009

Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer . . . everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.

When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!

Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara -- free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres -- and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight.

In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.

I think...
Whoa! When I first heard LC was writing novels, I was shocked! And I couldn't wait. I loved Laguna Beach, and I love The Hills...yeah, I'm one of those girls. :) It sounds really good too. I'm wondering how much of it is in connection to her own experiences in reality television. I guess I will find out in June!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday 16

The Lost Summer
by Kathryn Williams

July 14, 2009

"I died one summer, or I almost did. Part of me did. I don't say that to be dramatic, only because it's true."

For the past nine years, Helena Waite has been returning to summer camp at Southpoint. Every year the camp and its familiar routines, landmarks, and people have welcomed her back like a long-lost family member. But this year she is returning not as a camper, but as a counselor, while her best friend, Katie Bell remains behind. All too quickly, Helena discovers that the innocent world of campfires, singalongs, and field days have been pushed aside for late night pranks on the boys' camp, skinny dipping in the lake, and stolen kisses in the hayloft. As she struggles to define herself in this new world, Helena begins to lose sight of what made camp special and the friendships that have sustained her for so many years. And when Ransome, her longtime crush, becomes a romantic reality, life gets even more confusing.

Told with honesty and heart, Kathryn Williams' second novel tackles the timeless theme of growing up, set at a camp where innocence is created and lost.

I think...
Here is yet another camp book. It sounds really good too! And look at that cover! It is so cute! And I have experience too: going to camp and then coming back as a counselor. It sounds really interesting, so I will definitely be looking out for this one.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

In Your Room

In Your Room
by Jordanna Fraiberg

LA-native Molly gets to go on a trip to Boulder, Colorado. The catch? Her mother just married Ron, and she gets to go on the honeymoon with them. Surprise!

Boulder-native Charlie gets to join his two moms and twin sisters on a trip to LA. Too bad he has to leave all his beloved mountain tails behind. Darn!

These families are doing a house-swap. Molly and Charlie are staying in each others room. They begin talking through Facebook and IM, really getting to know each other, aside from sleeping in each others bed.

All the reasons to fall in love are right there...

Grade: B+

I was excited when this book finally came to my library! I've been wanting to read it for a really long time. I was only slightly disappointed. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Charlie. Molly got on my nerves a lot, like when she found out something she didn't like about Charlie, and she would just not talk to him for a few days. That's kinda immature, but hey, we all are sometimes. It was a quick, fun read, with drama and romance.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

oh em gee

Man. I am on a roll or something. I absolutely cannot believe all these awards people are giving me! Thank you so much!

I received the Lemonade Stand Award from Robyn.

1)Post the Logo on my blog.
2)Nominate 10 blogs with gratitude/attitude.
3)List and link my nominees.
4)Alert them of their nomination on their blog.

And next is The Lovely Blog Award from Fantastic Book Review.

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

And lastly is the Your Blog Rocks Award from Amelia.

1) Rockin' bloggers who are awarded should pass it on to up to 5 blogs that rock your world either for content, writing, layout, or whatever!
2) Be sure to display the badge on your blog and leave a link to the person who gave it to you.
3) Write a post about it, and don't forget to thank the one who gave you the gig!
4) Oh yeah, and be sure to inform your nominees about their award by leaving them a comment. It's just good manners.

Thanks again, girls! Now...I have no idea who to nominate. So, I think I will accept these awards. Every blogger I have "met" is amazing in their own way, and I don't want to leave anyone out!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Living Dead Girl

Living Dead Girl
by Elizabeth Scott

Once upon a time...

"Alice" was taken by Ray when she was 10 years old. She was on a field trip at the zoo. He took her from all she knew: friends, family, life.

She is now 15, still with Ray, living at Shady Pines Apartments. People think she is Ray's daughter. She has learned to endure the pain, but all she really wants is to die. To be away from Ray and the pain. But she can't run away.

Grade: A

Fantastic. I read this in just a few hours. I've heard only good thoughts on this book, and I cannot think of anything I disliked about it. Though, I was a little disappointed with the abrupt ending. The story was so...raw. I really enjoyed it, even if it was hard to read in some ways. I just...can't imagine that being me. It is so terrible. :( But, of course, Elizabeth Scott has amazed me yet again.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Stolen One

The Stolen One
by Suzanne Crowley

Katherine Bab takes her one chance to get out of her country village to go to London when her adoptive mother passes away. She wants, no, needs, to find out who she really is. Soon, Kat becomes a favorite of Queen Elizabeth herself. Rumors are everywhere, since they have matching hair--could she be the Virgin Queen's secret daughter?

She stitches for hours, creating a masterpiece of a dress for the Queen. Two men at court, Rafael and Nicholas, are trying to win her heart, but Kat can't help but think of Christian, her childhood best friend, and the man at her village that wants to marry her. Who will she choose? And will she find out who her mother is?

Grade: A

It is kind of hard to describe how much I loved this book. I didn't really know what to expect from it, and I was not disappointed. It was pretty amazing. I loved Kat's character. And I really loved Christian. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and this was just the kind I love the most, since it was during Elizabeth's ruling time. It was mysterious, and kept me guessing who Kat's mother was. I really had no idea until the end. I didn't dislike any part of this book, aside from the way Kat treated Christian, and the end, only because I didn't want the story to be over! When this book hits bookshelves, you should pick it up, especially if you enjoy historical fiction!

*reviewed for
**released July 6, 2009