Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Published June 6th 2011 by Listening Library
this book had all the things I like:

Romance: the romance in this book is to die for!, kinda like in the movie 50 first dates that Adam Sandler makes Drew Barrimore fall in love with him all over again every day, Luke does the same with
She doesn't remember him after 4:33 in the morning, so he must use all his charms to make her fall for him again.
I loved how Luke never give up on her, I mean can you imagine the herculean task of making someone fall for you every day? but he looved her so much, so he did that and MORE even when she literally forgot all about him.

PS. Their first date is to die for! I was all sighs and 'awww's while reading it.

Mystery: Just when you think you've figured everything out, new information is revealed and your jaw hits the floor and then you have to get a chin implant.
I loved that the story got unraveled precisely and at the end all the pices clicked, 'cause there was so much story behind London's "condition" than what you imagine from the first pages.

Awesome characters: First there's London, who forgets everything that happened to her that day when she goes to sleep, at exactly 4:33 in the morning, her memory is whiped clean, and not only that; she also remembers everything that's gonna happen to her, that's right: the future!
So when she can't seem to remember Luke, the hot new guy in school, she figures there's no point in getting to know him if he's not gonna be in her future,
but ohhh London how wrong you were! *wink* *wink

And then there's Luke, who is one of the most amazing YA guys on my list. He's incredible and I'm not gonna try to put into words how awesome he is
so I'll stop here.

If you're still wondering if you should go out and
buy this book, I'll tell you my personal experience with it

So, My family and I decided to go

shopping and I have the book sitting on my bedside table,
it's 8:00 in the morning and I decide to give it a try while everyone gets ready, but oh surprise the book is so good I can't stop reading,

I read until they're ready, I read in the 1-hour trip to the outlet, I read while inside the shops, I read while walking and almost got run over by an SUV, driver doesn't get mad but my mom almost lost it and sends me to wait in the car (without the car keys so I can't turn on the a/c) so I wait 2 hours in the
Texas heat inside a car, I'm sweating like a pig but I'm happy 'cause this book is awesomeness.
And yeah I finished the book that day.
And of course I didn't buy anything, but it doesn't matter, this book is so good I've forgotten all about shopping :D


PS. This becoming a movie! With Hailee Steinfeld as London!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Amplified by Tara Kelly

Waiting ON Wednesday.

weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

AMPLIFIED by Tara Kelly

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . . In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.

I looove how this sounds! ;)
Rocker chiks are the best, and looks like Jasmine used to be rich and now she's poor and she doesn't care, so that makes me like her already :D

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Expected publication: November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin Teen

All while reading Saving June I felt like I was reading another generic grief book. It didn't really have an original, interesting factor.
It was just like any other "suicide" book I've read with the grieving person searching for meaning after a tragedy,
the same generic friends, one gorgeous and bubbly but secretly troubled and the other an extremely handsome young man with a tragic past.

I'm sorry if I'm being harsh but I really want to be honest here, I had high hopes and I'm dissapointed this didn't turn out to be what I wanted it to.

The road trip was 'meh' and the characters were boring and I eventualy got sick of Harper constantly complaining about people comparing her with her dead sister June, because she herself did it ALL the time! she was like "Oh I'm so this, June was so that" and "June was so perfect I couldn't compete".
The other thing that got in my nerves was that she was all the time like "my sister just killed herself and I don't feel like crying, I must be a heartless person" she constantly talked/thought about that and I just wanted to shake her and tell her we all have different reactions to critic times, there's not a rule of what you should do or feel, that's just society trying to make us all its sheep, so screw society!

There was also a lot of love for June in the book, and June didn't leave a good impression of me from what is described of her, so her being the whole center point of the story was just meaningless to me, she might as well hadn't been mentioned and it would've been the same.

I also didn't like many pointless characters, my impression of them was nonexistent, it felt like they were there to add pages to the book instead of adding something to the story.
Like this random character that was in the first pages, he was June's exboyfriend and he and Harper get into a fight because neither wanted to keep June's promise ring. I mean! what's the point?! :/
Neither he or the ring are mentioned after that.

But I guess if you like books like, Amy and Roger's epic detour or The sky is everywhere, then you would like this book. It's the same cat but dirty (that's a weird saying of mine that means that is the same on the inside but disguised on the outside).

Not for me,
but who knows, it might turn out to be your favorite book ever, so give it a try! ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Five Flavors Of Dumb by Antony John

Title: Five Flavors of Dumb
Author: Antony John
Published November 11th 2010 by Dial

Read in March 17th, 2011 (and quite a few times after that)


I'm struggling to find words right now,
this book is...
oh my God, seriously WOOOOOOOW.

I've been meaning to read this book for a while now, I was excited when I first read the description about 6 months ago, and back in the day I remember thinking 'I'm probably gonna like this'
Waaaaaaaaaaaaa, words cannot describe how much I loved this book, I still can't believe I'm gonna rate it 5 hearts, it deserves 17393 hearts!

This book is like a piece of a moon's
stone combined with some serious lightning, mixed with fenix's tears and wraped with a rainbow plus an iTunes card worth $1,000,000.

I felt like a new person after reading it, like if, much as the characters, I have suddenly grown for better.

This is a story about a girl, Piper, with moderately severed deafness, but she's not a disabled person,
you just go on and read her and you'd realize, like me and her, that she can conquer the world.

It stars out with this amateur band in her high school, wisely called 'DUMB', Piper thinks they won't make it, but then she feels them this one time (she can't hear so she feels) and it's surprised
to find out they might lack a bit of talent but they have all the heart. And she's even more surprised when hottie and front man, Josh, asks her to manage the band, she thinks it's dumb ( a deaf girl managing a band when she can't even tell if they're good) but she accepts,  she can handle some money, now that her parents had spent her collegue fund in her little's sister cochlear transplant that now makes her able to hear and breaks the bond they had, being both deaf.

There's then this journey where Piper realizes she was wrong in a lot of things, and starts proving people she was right in a lot more others.
I loooove her, I can count with my fingers (of just one hand) the number of leading ladies (or more accurately, girls) in books that I actually like, let alone loooove, but Piper was AWESOME, she's my hero, she's kick-ass but not flawless; she's cynical but kind; she's fights but she's afraid; she wants to fit in but she stands out and man! she's soooo real, she's is a teenager, not a book character,
she's every teenager but bolder and stronger, and I wanna be like her!

Every one in this story is real, every character was written with such thought and precition it's hard to believe otherwise, I've never read a book where every secondary character was written to perfection, where you could understand them all, see them for real, who they are; not just as faceless people with little roles in the main's character's story. And I can tell this because I can name them all  right now (Finn, Ed, Lynn, Marissa, Josh, Will, Tash, Kellie, Baz, etc) and picture them exactly, and tell their story by heart.
Especially the parents! I loooved that they were portrayed like people with feeling unlike must books were parents seem to be there only to annoy their children, Piper's parents weren't perfect, they struggle with the difficult choices that came with having a deaf daughter and another one with recently cured deafness, and a perfectly healthy son.

This story is way deeper than just music, or just romance, or just one person. And that's why it just made its way to my 'favorites' list.

You have no idea how much I enjoyed this book, so I won't try to put it in words, it's easier with pictures:

me, with my mullet swept by the wind while I master the air guitar
me, with my mullet swept by the wind while I master the air guitar
and yeah that pretty much sumps up my feelings after reading, five flavors of dumb,
now I'm wishing Antony John will hurry up and write another book, 'cause I'm a fan and I'll read whatever he puts outhere!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday : Thou Shalt Not Road Trip

weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

This week's pick is from an author whose first book I completely and utterly LOVED and enjoyed.
A little book called Five Flavours Of Dumb (I have reviewed it in the past, but I haven't post it here I promise to do it soon!)

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

When sixteen-year-old Luke's book, Hallelujah, becomes a national best seller, his publisher sends him on a cross-country tour with his unpredictable older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when Matt offers to drive Luke's ex-crush, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. Luke thinks he's enlightened, but he really needs to loosen up if he's going to discover what it truly means to have faith, and do what it takes to get the girl he loves.

I'm gonna make a list of the things I love about this short summary:
  1. Dude's POV
  2. Sixteen year old writer getting published
  3. Brother's relationship (I feel like there are sisters in every YA book, it's not often you see brothers)
  4. An ex-crush adding awkwardness
  5. Amazing cover! -aren't those pics of the brothers like, the cutest part of it?-.
  6. ROAD friggin' TRIP!

What I don't understand is why, WHYYYY do I have to wait until April 12th, 2012!?!?!?!?!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: Clean by Amy Reed.

Title: Clean
Author: Amy Reed
Published July 19th 2011 by Simon Pulse

I liked this book, but I kinda didn't care much about it.
I mean it is such an unique concept, something you don't normally read in YA, so you understand why I felt like it had so much potential! well at least I expected more than this :(

This book centers in the life of 5 teenager drug addicts, but not only that, they all have really MESSED UP lives, and when I say messed up I really mean it.
They all either come from abusive or alcoholic parents or bad influence friends that have got them into serious trouble or they have been abused physically by random men. It really bugged me that instead of reaching out to the roots of each teen's problems, the book focused in unraveling more and more problems in each page.

Like just when you thought you knew everything about that guy, he will reveal some new completely unforgivable thing he did or was done to him, or when you thought you knew all there was to know about the obssessive anorexic she will come out with scars all over her body.

It made me feel overwhelmed, like the author was piling all the awful things she could find to make the book deeper. But I've read other books that focused in just one problem and have way more depth than this one.

It was also annoying the fact that there were five main characters. Despite having all this options I couldn't connect with either of them, I mean I feel depressed for all of them but after finishing the book I don't find myself thinking about the hope or possibilities for them in life. It is kind of like when you hear that story about a distant cousin of your neighbor that is in jail and you feel for your neighbor but you didn't really care for that stranger, well at least not more than you would care about another stranger/human being.

But don't get me wrong this was not a total waste, there were funny moments thrown here and there. And the each character's personality was well-developed, I just wish it wasn't this many information about them thrown in such a short period of time, because it felt rushed. But the prose was excellent and the one thing I loved about it was the way the book was written, each chapter was either told from someone's point of view or by everyone's in some kind of weird-but-entretaining way, from questionaires to pieces of the essays the guys wrote. I loved that!

So I didn't love it but didn't hate it and I don't even know how to express my thoughts on it. This book just was, it didn't left me wondering or wanting more, but I don't completely regret reading it.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Follow Friday [8]

This week's featured bloggers: Jenni Elyse & Caught in the pages.

Q. Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one??

Once upon a time, I used to be really in love with this little series called WINGS,

I loved the premise of book 1 and the faeries were kinda weird but original nevertheless.
But in books 2 & 3 the series went downfall, seriously, I sometimes don't even remember why I'm even reading this, the main character got so annoying!

I just wish the "bad guys" win this time.
Especially because "the bad guys" are the HUMANS.
And I'm starting to resent the fact that everyone wants to screw the humans just because they are not "special"


PS. I'm noticing that I seem to be upset in all my FF posts, haha oops. :$

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: The Catastrophic History of You & Me

The Catastrophic History of You & Me

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Title: Love Story <3
Author: Jennifer Echols
Paperback, 243 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by MTV Books

Love Story is my new love.
Seriously, I loved this story so much that my head and heart can't comprehend how someone can NOT love this.

This book is about Erin, an ex-rich girl who lost everything because she refused to study bussines in college and take over her multi-millionaire grandmother's huge horse farm in Kentucky. And her grandmother in turn, decide she was not gonna pay her to study anything else, and instead pay Hunter's (her stable boy) education.
The whole situation surrunding Erin and Hunter's life seemed kind of ridiculously blown out of proportion and a bit unrealistic at first, but then, arround page number I can't remember, there was a story about writing a story based 100% in real life that still sounded unrealistic to outsiders, and I learned that I should open my prespective and everything went smoothly after that.
Actually, everything was going smoothly before that, because this was the kind of book where you can only focus in the main character's relationship, everything else faded in the background. Jennifer Echols is the queen of relationships for something, you guys; and this story proved that to me (again!).

Erin & Hunter's relationship had so much depth and so much history that you couldn't help but to root for them right away, and all the things keeping them apart were seriously a pain in the butt for me. I don't know how I could handle all of that, I swear my heart break a little everytime they did something that hurted the other.
Because I loved both of them A LOT.
First page read and I had fallen in love with Erin. Erin is stubborn, determined and brave, she fights for what she wants and is struggling with her new state of poverty but she never complains, she has two jobs and the only food she can afford is peanut butter crackers (how can you not love her already?). She also has a big, BIG heart and a huge love for romance novels (just like me), in fact she wants to be a romance novel writer someday (fellow writer <3) and trying hard to achieve that. Although the first day, when she presents her romance story based on her life and that includes a hot stable boy, who do you think walks right through the door and joins the class?...

Exactly! Hunter, the very hot, very real stable boy that worked for her in the past and is now enjoying a tuition payed by her grandmother. Can you imagine how mortifying that was? After that (and the class VERY harsh critiques to Erin's story) I couldn't help but sympatize with her. Hunter on the other hand, seemed a bit obnoxious at first. I could tell right away that Erin was in love with him and wonder if maybe that was the reason she thought he was a good guy (He was getting her education money after all, I thought that was low). But it wasn't long before I realized he was a kind, lonely soul, besides he turned out to be [minor spoiler: a pre-med major!] in the first story he wrote for class he was describing some body parts and giving them the correct medical term and I was cracking up as I read because I knew he had to me a fellow med student and that in my eyes meant he COULD NOT, ABSOLUTELY NOT, be a bad guy.

Besides I could tell right away that he was as in love with Erin as she was with him (it's incredible they didn't notice this). Yet the more I learned about both of their painful and sad childhood, the more I could understand why they were so guarded and headstrong.
Even though the waiting for them to realize they loved eachother almost killed me, there was not a page I found boring. So much emotional stuff was going on at all times that I just found myself completely absorbed by the plot. And the subplot! OMG I absolutely loved that Erin and Hunter were brave enough to share their past and their feelings through stories written for their class. That was awesome and I loved reading every single story, it felt strange, though, like reading from someone's journal, but that was what made me fall even deeper for this characters.
Sad thing was that the end is not as happy as I wish it could have been, and it's a little dissapointing that the book is not wrapped up more tighty around a concrete end, it's left way too open for my taste.
But I don't care, after everything Erin, Hunter and I went through I now this love story only begins there ;) <3
Romance Writer + Med Student = My soul mates. (I'm SO marrying them both)
Okay, this photo does not look like us AT ALL, but whatevs, it's the best thing I could find.
This is an emotional ride, I felt like a menopausic woman that had taken way too many estrogens. (There's some sexy stuff going on too, I recommend you do not read this in a public place if you don't want to embarrass yourself)


Ultimate perfectation and forever favorite!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Follow Friday [7]

A weekly meme hosted @ both Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q. If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?

I don't even need a quarter of a second to think of an answer.
Of course I would change the end to the Hunger Games series!

I just hated HATED the way it ended. Book 1 and 2 were so fabulous! book 3 had so much potential, it could have been EPIC!

It totally wasn't. And I was soooooooooo sad! because that is/was/could have been my favorite series EVER.
But in Mockingjay everything's so changed and different, and all the things that made me love that series (like everyone's courage and braveness) were GONE.
And  it felt like all the character's I had grown to love were replaced with strangers and I just felt cheated.
But let's not talk about that anymore, it depresses me way too much.