Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Cry Baby - Jill Atkins

Wanting an edgy novel about Teen Pregnancies ?

Cry, Baby: Shades Series
Review: Cry Baby - Shades Series - Jill Atkins - November 2004
Teen Pregnancies are such a huge issue that as each day passes by , it's becoming more and more common in today's society.Cry Baby is a book that is targeted at those with the low reading abilities as its a teen book that is easy to read , big print and not too many words per page. Cry Baby tells the story of Charlie aka Charlotte whose fifteen years old , it follows as a diary format from the day she went to a party with her best friends, to sleeping with a guy and as you read it - you can see that it wasn't consensual as Charlie was drunk and wasted . To the result of ending up pregnant with his baby. Charlie scared and alone visits an abortion clinic with the premise of having an abortion. We read as she toys with the idea and then eventually tells her parents what has happened, scared out of her mind - her parents eventually come round to the idea and we see Charlie and her parents making the way to prepare for the baby. However , tragedy will strike Charlie as the baby is born a still birth - will this push her over the edge or was it meant to be ?
Find out in this heart-wrenching book that is a quick read but packs alot of heartbreak , pain and raw emotions into the few pages. In a way I found this novel similar to Go Ask Alice and Dear Nobody. I highly recommend this novel for anyone wanting to read about Teen pregnancies and what can/may happen.

Review: Call Me Duchess - Maggie Dove

Wanting a historical romance to keep you warm ?
Call Me Duchess
Review: Call Me Duchess- Maggie Dove - January 2011
All her life Marguerite has wanted one thing, to become the next Duchess of Wallingford, but after her mother died - her father gambled away everything leaving Marguerite and her two sisters Penny and Winifred penniless and homeless. After losing their cottage , Marguerite and her family are sent to live with their Aunts in London. Coming up , in London is the biggest event of the year - it's The Season. Where the girls parade in their pretty dresses , on the lookout for husbands and wealthy ones too. Marguerite has her eye on the Duke of Wallingford and if she get's her way by the end of the season . she shall be a Duchess . However, things don't always go to plan as her father has a list of suitable suitors for his daughters as his goal this season is to get them married off to someone wealthy as if the three aren't married by the end of the season , it's bye bye life and hello the world of work as a Governess. As they arrive in London, it seems that Marguerite has captured the eyes of not one but two suitors and one of those suitors is up to no good , as he has a reputation as a serial rapist. As the novel turns the pages, we read as Marguerite struggles with what's right and wrong and with the following of her heart or her head as she discovers that her lifelong goal may be just a dream . Can Marguerite get on track or will her decision and love be swayed by a mysterious gentleman with evil intentions. Will Marguerite find herself a love of her life and the dream of becoming a Duchess , just not with the suitor she thought or will she have her whole life dashed of dreams as she falls victim to a rapist and finds herself ruined and tarnished forever?
Find out all this and more in Maggie Dove's "Call Me Duchess".

Review: The Undertaker - Bill Brown

Wanting a new mystery novel to sink your teeth in ?

The Undertaker
Review: The Undertaker - William Brown- January 2011
From the front cover , I could tell that this was going to be an excellent serial killer novel with a hint of politics - the cover also gives off a Dexter feel to it - think the serial killer series by Jeff Lindsey which was also made into a hit TV show . As I opened the book , I was amazed at the likeness of the serial killer's mo to Dexter and unfortunately for the first few chapters I couldn't get Dexter out of my head as like Dexter - The Undertaker is a clean killer , he lies them on a steel bed that kind of reminded me of a hospital gurney, straps them to the gurney and uses a surgical scapel to kill them , Using a surgical scapel can always result in two ways - a sharp , quick death or a slow and painful torture depending which arteries or veins you slice. As a mystery fan , I found The Undertaker to be a great read as the novel was fast-paced and kept the reader thrilled as I'm not one of those readers who like too many details in my murder mysteries - The Undertaker was more James Patterson and Jeff Lindsey rather than Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwall in writing style.  The Undertaker begins with a computer technician reading in the paper one day - a death notice for him and his wife , however he doesn't mind his name used though he is eager to find out why, but using his wife's as she died a few months ago by Cancer and Paul Talbot is still grieving . As the novel reads on we see Paul team up with Sandy , who becomes Paul's girlfriend of sorts to try and get to the bottom of this and clear up his and his wife's name. The odyssey takes Paul and Sandy into a whirlwind world of corruption, politics , danger and finally murder. As the two get deeper in , can they find themselves a way out or will Paul and Sandy fall victims to the serial killer known as "The Undertaker".

Top 100 Most Popular YA Books - How many Have you Read ?

I saw this list on Rather Barefoot than Bookless and Proud Book Nerd and decided to play along. I’m not sure if I’ll even attempt to read all of them, but I thought it would be fun to see just how many I’ve read. The One's Ive read are in Red :)
How Many out of the 100 have you read ?

1.Alex Finn – Beastly
2.Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3.Ally Carter – Callagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4.Ally Condie – Matched
5.Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6.Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7.Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8.Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9.Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10.Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11.Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12.Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13.Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14.Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15.Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16.Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17.Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
18.Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19.Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20.Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21.Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22.Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23.Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24.Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25.Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26.Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27.Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28.Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29.J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30.James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31.James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32.Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33.Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34.Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35.John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36.John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37.John Green – Looking for Alaska
38.John Green – Paper Towns
39.Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40.Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41.Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42.Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43.Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44.Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45.Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46.Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47.Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48.M.T. Anderson – Feed
49.Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50.Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51.Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52.Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53.Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54.Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55.Mary Ting – Crossroads
56.Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57.Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58.Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59.Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60.Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61.Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62.Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63.Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64.Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65.Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66.Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67.Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68.Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69.Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70.Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71.Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72.P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 73.Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74.Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75.Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76.Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77.Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78.Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79.S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80.Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81.Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride82.Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83.Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84.Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85.Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
86.Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
87.Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88.Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89.Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90.Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91.Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92.Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93.Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94.Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95.Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96.Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97.Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98.Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99.Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100.Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Review: Out with the In Crowd - Stephanie Morrill

Wanting a good Christian Teen Fiction novel to read ? Did you read The Re-invention of Skylar Holt - Book #1 by Stephanie Morrill ? Get ready for Book #2 - Out with the In Crowd.
Out with the In Crowd (The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt)
Review: Out with the In Crowd - The Re-Invention of Skylar Holt Book #2 - Stephanie Morrill - January 2011.
As we read in Book #1 after an incident at a party that nearly left Skylar raped and then when she woke up , she was so hung over and couldn't remember it the next day. She decided that she was going to change her life for the best, she was going to re-invent herself . Get a closer relationship with God , stop partying . As we read in Book #1 it took it's toll and Skylar ended up losing everything she had. In Book #2 Out with the In-Crowd , we read as Skylar is dating Connor - a good christian guy , her sister Abbie's pregnancy is going well and she is dating Chris - Connor's little brother. Though it seems that this is all about to fall apart , as Skylar's ex-best friend Jodie who also happens to be Connor's ex wants him back and will do everything in her power to make that happen. Will the jealously bug get the better of Skylar and tear the only good thing on her life apart ? Her parents are arguing and now her mother is moving out and to Hawaii . Abbie is stuck trying to decide what the right thing for the baby is , should she keep it or adopt it ? It seems that Skylar's life is not only falling apart at school but also in the home. Who knew Changing was going to be this hard ? When the going gets tough , will Skylar take the easy route and revert back to her old ways when she is offered an invite to a kegger or will she turn her problems to God and ask him for his help ? Find out what path Skylar Holt will take in Out with the In-Crowd, Book #2 of Th re-invention of Skylar Holt.

Review; Round the Corner -Nancy Moser and Vonette Bright

'Round the Corner (The Sister Circle Series #2)
Review: Round the Corner - Book #2 The Sister Circle Series - Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser - May 2008
As Book #2 Starts in the Sister Circle Series , we discover that Evelyn Peerbaugh's house is empty once again as her previous tenants whom they formed a sisterly bond with each other have moved on to greener pastures. Tessa is enjoying a Cruise filled with History , Mae Fitzpatrick is now Mrs. Mae Ames as she married Collier Ames - the neighbour across the street and Audra Taylor has become Mrs. Peerbaugh as she married Evelyn's son Russell. Evelyn , not sure exactly how to run a boardinghouse decides to leave it up to God once more, though it seems this round he may be testing her. The first tenant arrives is Heddy , she works at Ruby's Diner as a waitress but it seems she is hiding a dark secret - will the bond of sisterhood get her to open up and become her true self once again, the second tenant is Gail Saunders - she too has a dark secret - a month ago she was fired from her job as a Marketing director and has been working at a fast food joint , she also claims to be divorced but we discover that too is a lie. Who is Gail really and what is she hiding from? The last tenant is the lovely Piper from Book #1 - her parents have moved into her apartment during her mother's surgery - so Piper has moved into Evelyn's house. As the novel gets on we read as Evelyn is sued by a tenant she turned down - the reason the tenant is stating : Apparently discriminated because she was FAT. Russell wants to adopt Summer , but trouble lies ahead when Audra tries to get Summer's biological dad Luke to sign the papers and Piper is having relationship issues as she meets a hunky Jewish Doctor , but the problem is he doesn't believe in God. Can Piper date a non-christian or will she follow her heart and say no even if it means breaking her own in the process ? I quite admired Piper as a character in Round the Corner , as she is so strong and though it pains her - she always puts God first in her life. Will the new tenants despite their beginnings and secrets , together with Evelyn become the second generation Sister Circle ? Find out in you never know what may lay just "Round the Corner" at Peerbaugh Place Boardinghouse by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser.

Review: Geektastic - Stories from the Nerd Herd - Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Have you ever been called a Geek ? Do you love reading anthologies ?
Check out the newest one on the market written by a collection of your favourite authors.
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
Review: Geektastic - Stories from the Nerd Herd - Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci - June 2010
Have you ever once in your life been called a Geek or Freak ? Ever thought you were different ? Enjoy hanging out in the library or in the media room ? Reading books, playing video games , watching movies ?
Geektastic is the perfect anthology for anyone who has ever been called or considered themselves a geek and fear not readers as you are not alone as the anthology is written by a list of all our favourite authors and surpisingly they all share a tale in the land of geekdom from Holly Black who met her husband when they were rival Dungeon Masters and has a secret library hidden behind a bookshelf ( I told my bf that I want one of these in my house when I eventually buy one).Cecil Castellucci who waited in line for six weeks when Star Wars Episode One came out in Hollywood , Tracy Lynn who I discovered is also the author of The Nine Lives of Chloe King published under a psuedonym. Her claim to fame includes knowing Pi up to 12 digits and can recite The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy off by heart , Uglies Series author Scott Westerfield was a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons , Author Cassandra Clare is the author of a geeky online parody of Lord of the Rings - The Very Secret Diary , Husband and Wife writer team Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith had adorning their wedding cake - The Starship Enterprise.
Geektastic is a collection of 29 Short Stories from all your favourite and popular Teen/YA Authors and showing the world that us Geeks are not alone :)
A really fun read and an anthology that I recommend every Teenager whether they admit they are a geek or not should read.

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