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YA Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published:  December 21st 2010 by HarperTeen
Type: Contemporary, Romance
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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This book was not what i expected, when i first saw this book, my mind was like “This seems like it would be a fun read.” well i was soon mistaken. This book is actually really sad but like bittersweet. I wanted to read a book that was less on the sad note and more on the happy note. I didn’t get that with this book but i am happy that i did read this book cause it was pretty amazing read, yeah it does have some little minor flaws but the over all story was pretty epic.

The story does show a lot of Raw emotions and i thought the author did such a amazing job portraying those emotions in the book. Maureen writes such powerful characters in the book like Ginny. You watch her struggle with her journey but you see how brave and smart she is. and How crazy she was to actually go on this emotion wild adventure around parts of the world by herself. I honest don’t think i could do that.

The romance in the book was just adorable and so realistic. Ginny Falls in love with these guy but still follows the letters. She knew she would have to go homes at some point and knew in all reality she couldn’t stay in London. Tho i honestly have to say how disappointed i was in the fact that i didn’t get more of them two together. I guess at the end i hoping for more like Him going to america and going on his little adventure to see her and just aghh the feels.

Besides that there is this epic story with such impact and it becomes more then a love story but just coming out of shell and taking risk and really discovering life i guess you can say. The ending of the book with her aunt and really knowing her was just so freaking sad, i was in tears.

I might have wanted a sweet happy-fun book but i didn’t but i did get these crazy wild ride of a book. I did get left with more question and i heard there is another book so i will defiantly be buying it. I did feel like the story was short, maybe because when the end came and i was just wanting more. I read the book pretty fast. I am far from disappointed in the book and REALLY enjoyed it but i was wanting more towards the end. Even tho i do have to add it was pretty epic, I just need questions answered and more Keith and Ginny.

Overall: The story was very realistic and packed with emotions and and powerful story line and characters. The story was very intense on most parts and definitely worth the read. I really hope i get my questions answered and the next book and get more of Ginny and Keith and find out what else was in the letter number #13 ( Minor Spoiler……) That i didn’t mention in the full review but i most know.

My Rating:

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YA Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl
Author:  Rainbow Rowell
publication:
 September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Type: contemporary, Fiction, romance
Source: Amazon
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book, The book was perfect to the tee. I been wanting to read this book for a while now, well because for one the book is called fangirl and i am a fangirl, so win, win.

Right in the beginning it already won me over, i just fell in love with ever detail in this book. I remember every time i used to switch schools and how awkward i was with meeting people and being social. I never been that social person, heck i still have that problem with being social. So i could totally relate to Cath on that part and of course her fangirl obsessions.

you follow the life of Cath she is a Twin, her Twin sister Wren is different then her. she is a more social person then she is, easily makes friends. But they where close. Cath and Wren did everything together. Until they started collage. Cath’s twin wanted to be more apart and for Cath to start making friends on her own. Which hasn’t been easy for Cath. She struggles with being alone and doing stuff on he own. And well she likes to spend her time in her fandom bubble writing fan-fiction. But with Cath’s new roommate, they start what i guess i can call a unusual bond. With a roommate also has a Perks, like Her so called “Boyfriend” Levi. I want to point out is also the coolest character in this book.

With Cath’s Struggle with everything of collage life and her Fan-fiction, you watch her battle with reality. To me Cath is pretty brave. She balanced so much in this book and we just watch in shock that she could handle it and come out strong. It was fun reading about her coming out of the safety net.

Cath and Levi start getting close later in the book and my gosh it was completely adorable and fangirl worthy. You see this amazing guy, Totally into her and she just doesn’t see it and it was so cute. To Cath the only man she cares for is Fiction Character Simon Snow, He was her world. But i can’t blame her..i have a Boyfriend and i still obsess over Fiction men…Specially threw High School….oh the wonderful memory’s. She was just so blinded to what real love was.

There was a lot of moments in the book where i was laughing, crying and just going crazy. The book was a wild ride but a fun wild ride. I bought this book one night and finished by the morning, like i stayed up all night just to finish this book. Now there is sooooo much more to this book then what i have mention..I am not gonna spoil anything major.

Do i recommend this book? WELL DUHH! yes, always a yes. This book was more then a book to me, it is my life and i am not even joking. if you are a fangirl or even a fanboy who can relate will love this book like it’s a bible. If you haven’t read this book yet…you must, like now. This book is one of those books i could re-read over and over again and not get sick of it, it’s that good.

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YA Book Review: Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas


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Author: Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas
Published: July 22nd 2013 by Do Art Publishing
Type: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?

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To be honest i liked the way the beginning was headed. The beginning had funny, and the Funny awkward. but more the story got the more “The Funny awkward” just was awkward and not funny. it got really boring. The funny doesn’t last long at all.

I did have a lot of Love/Hate moments with the character. Like i said she was funny and had me wanting to read more in the beginning but then she became the person who i wouldn’t hangout is. She become awful and just annoying. She would make me so mad. She knew what she was doing was wrong but yet she still did it…i just didn’t get it and i just couldn’t connect to it all. I am all about being Honest about how you feel about certain things but just to be hateful? No Thank you.

I had to stop reading the book after a while. I just couldn’t get pass Chapter 12 without being just totally mad with the whole thing. Maybe the book does get better to what it was like in the beginning but i highly doubt it by the way chapter 12 was heading. I wish i could have just bare threw and finished it but i just couldn’t.

I can’t say the book was a total mess, it did have it moments. Like i said the beginning was pretty awesome. And besides the main character all the other characters where really interesting to read about. specially the whole band guy group thing. I really wanted to know more about them. Maybe if the book wasn’t just in her P.O.V and we got to know all the characters then maybe i could have finished it. But also i always been more in the whole Dystopian, Science Fiction life…Then realistic romance book like this one.. This book reminded me that i don’t like these types of books that well. Yes i have read some really good books that where Contemporary, but this one i just couldn’t make myself like it.

Besides all that i can tell there is a good book hiding under all the mess. I am not trying to say the Authors didn’t good. I am sure they can write a really awesome book if they tried just a little harder. This book i feel like is set for certain readers that isn’t like me. I also can’t judge this book because me being a Science Fiction reader, i don’t think i can fully understand this world.

Overall: I wasn’t feeling this book but i hope others will.

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YA ARC Review: Find Me By Romily Bernard

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Title: Find Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Publish Date: September 24th 2013 by HarperTeen
Type: Suspense, Murder, Mystery
Source: Read Rinse Repeat

ARC Paperback,  307 pages

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.Because it just got personal.

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This is my first real murder mystery book. I’m not really much of a fan of Murder Mystery’s, i think it because that’s all you see on TV now days. So i was a little iffy about reading Find Me. What caught my Attention to the story was the Plot. I liked how she is a hacker. I am happy to say that i liked the book more then i thought i would.

It starts off with Suspense right away. Wick and her little sister live with Foster parents because her dad is on the run for being a dead beat drug dealer of a dad and her mother commits suicide. Late at night a cop name Carson starts to creep around the house. Wick finds a package at the door of a diary of a girl named Tessa with a sick-it note saying “find me”.  I loved the Twist and turns the book took. The Ending is a HUGE Twist. I had to shut the book to scream OMG about a 100x.

The Book was super easy to follow along with and easy to understand. I liked how it wasn’t too complex. I read the book in one setting. Very Fast read and it is a some what short book. What i didn’t like was the cussing it was just too much of it. I cuss all the time, don;t get me wrong but it was all the time in the book and i just could stand it.

But besides the could i loved the book and the story and i do recommend the book to anyone who loves murder mystery’s. I am happy this was my first murder mystery. I do plan on reading more book based on Murders and more book of Romily Bernard’s!

star4* I won this ARC from Read Rinse Repeat Blog. The copy was signed by the author. My review is only a honestly review. I don’t get payed or influence to-do a good review.

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YA Book Review: Crank By Ellen Hopkins

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Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Type: Realistic Fiction, Poetry
Paperback, 537 pages

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.

rbI rarely read realistic fiction…and when i say rarely i really mean RARE! The only Realistic Fiction i have read in the past few years is the Fault in our Stars and i can’t lie i freaking loved it. I wanted to read more realistic fiction to see if i would like it. When i got my Hands on crank i thought to myself “perfect”, well we all just celebrated banned book week and crank is a banned book because of the book being drug related. And since i am a total rebel, i wanted to totally risk it and read this book because that’s what rebels do, we read..remember that kids.

I did think at first that the book being written in poetry was hard to understand at first but eventually i did kinda get used to it. I didn’t get into this book as much as i would’ve liked. Maybe because i just couldn’t connect to the whole story. But that being said i did like the whole message of the book. i don’t understand why it’s banned in some places. You get to see that darkness that drugs can do to you. I feel like if every school made there kids read this book then maybe they would learn from it and just stay away from hardcore drugs like meth and heroin. That kind of drugs are dangerous and can kill you. It is truly a monster like Kristina felt when her crazy wild Ego comes out to play, Bree. The Book is a fast read and to be honest a tide waste of paper. The book is huge but with very little words. It is very simple to read, really easy to follow along with. You can easily read it in one setting. I do recommend this book. I think people will love this book. It is a good dark twist to the reality of what drugs can do to you, i just wish i could have gotten more into the book, but i did like it and did enjoy reading it, but i just didn’t fall in love with the whole story. I do plan on reading more of her books and more realistic fiction books. I like to keep a open mind once in a while.

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The Fault in Our Stars By John Green

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Synopsis

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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My Review

This Review ( if you can call it that ) is gonna be hard to write, Since i’m still not over it. After finishing TFiOS, the tears just wouldn’t stop. My Review isn’t gonna be long, for i can’t write this without crying. It took me longer to finish this book because of ALL that. Like i had to keep shutting the book and then open it again. I don’t know why it took me so long to buy this book, well i guess i do cause i usually hate reading about realistic fiction( i am more of a Dystopian person and Etc ) but i do not, Not ever regret buying this book. The Fault in Our Stars has completely changed my life and how i view it. This book has already means so much to me. It is a very sad book, but it’s still very Beautiful.

John Green you are my hero!!!

I think everyone needs to read this book. Yes you are gonna cry ( and if you don’t you have no soul ) Yes you are gonna want to throw this book or lock it with a key and lose the key in the ocean, But it is soooo worth the read. I PROMISE! 

Now i’m gonna go cry in my bed.

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( i know my review probably sucks BUT YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW FREAKING HARD IT WAS TO WRITE THIS! Sorry for caps )

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The Fault in Our Stars

What’s in my Mailbox this week?

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This week in  Books in the mail are :

11870085 The Fault in Our Stars By New York Times best Selling Author  John Green

About the Book from Goodreads:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

About the Author:

Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson , have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

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John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery.

In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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30183 Marked by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast First book of The “A House of Night” Series.
About the book from Goodreads:
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
About the Authors:

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P.C. Cast –  P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a proud member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Her mega-hit young adult series, The House of Night, co-authored with her daughter, Kristin, has transcended the genre and, with over 20 million copies in print, appeals to readers of all ages. Ms. Cast’s young adult, paranormal romance, and fantasy series can currently be found in forty-two countries. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, and one precocious burro.

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Kristin Cast – At 19-years-old, Kristin is thrilled to be coauthoring the YA series, THE HOUSE OF NIGHT, with her mother. The first book in the series will be her first published novel. She has won awards for her poetry, as well as served as journalist for her intermediate high school newspaper, Tiger Tales, and as editor for her high school magazine, Tiger Eye. Kristin attends Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and is working hard to fulfill her goal of becoming a veterinarian without bankrupting her mother.

One of the Scottinators belong to her, although we’re not telling either of the dogs that she’s going to someday be their veterinarian. Kristin would love to hear from her fans, and can also be reached through her mother’s website.

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592089  The Bar Code Tattoo By Suzanne Weyn

 

About the Book from Goodreads: 

 

“Identity vs. Access Freedom vs. Control The bar code tattoo. Everybody’s getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don’t want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There’s no option but to run…for her life.”

 

The Book Came out in 2004. and is Part one in the Series.

 

About the Author:

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 grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing the ocean, she starts feeling restless. Suzanne now lives in upper New York State with her husband, two teen daughters and Abby the cat. Her house is at the edge of the woods and is nearly 200 years old. She graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton and received her Masters degree from Pace University. She teaches part time at City College in New York.

Suzanne’s other books for Simon Pulse include South Beach Sizzle, a romantic comedy written with Diana Gonzalez. Her novels for the Simon Pulse line, “Once Upon a Time” are The Night Dance; a Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Water Song: a Retelling of the Frog Prince, and The Crimson Thread: a Retelling of Rumplestiltskin.

She very much enjoys rethinking these classic tales from an original point of view, always looking for the real psychological underpinning of the story. Suzanne is currently doing revisions on her fourth book in the line, which will be coming in ’09. Suzanne’s other recent novels are include The Bar Code Tattoo (2004) and its sequel. The Bar Code Rebellion (2006). The Bar Code Tattoo was selected by the American Library Assoc. (ALA) as a ’05 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was a ’07 Nevada Library nominee for “Best Young Adult Fiction”. It is currently translated into German and was nominated for the ’07 Jugenliteraturpreis for Young People’s Literature.

 

The Bar Code Tattoo (Bar Code, #1)

 

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