Sunday, July 31, 2011

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Released: June 16, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: L.A. Candy, Book 1
Followed By: Sweet Little Lies
Page Amount: 326, US Paperback
POV: 3rd Person
Buy it here: BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon

=89/100  B


In L.A. CANDY, nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality T.V. show. With fame comes wealth, hot clothes and even hotter love interests -- and Jane′s lapping it all up with her eclectic entourage of pals who are always up for a wild night out and the chance to get a piece of her spotlight. But soon Jane realizes everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.
L.A. CANDY is a fast-paced, honest and entertaining fictional account of what it′s like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad.

The plot of L.A. Candy was pretty good. It was interesting but didn't have that wow factor. I haven't read a book based on L.A. life so it was a new experience. This book had a really fast pace, but had a few slow moments. Overall the plot and pace was very good but the writing wasn't the best.

The characters were pretty well done. There were a lot of different personalities and seemed to portray L.A. perfectly. I really did not connect to any of the characters and didn't really understand some motives in the story. The one thing I really didn't like was how Jane kept moving from one guy to another. It didn't really make sense to me.    

The ending was a major cliffhanger. I did not see this coming. I wish it ended on a prettier note, but all in all the ending was pretty good.

My Favorite Part: I guess the setting. I've always wanted to go to L.A. and this gave me a nice taste of it. 

Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a fast summer read.
Will I be reading the sequel? Yes because of the MAJOR cliffhanger! 

Thanks for reading! I love comment, so comment please! I really enjoy hearing what people think and love getting some recommendations!

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Released: September 14, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Series: Caster Chronicles, Book 1
Followed By: Beautiful Darkness
Page Amount: 563, US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (Ethan)
Buy it here: BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon

=98/100  A+


Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

The plot of Beautiful Creatures was breathtaking. I cannot explain how much I loved this book! For as long as this book was, there was never a dull moment. I enjoyed every minute of it. This is a long book though, it took me a long time to get through it, not because it was boring but rather because it's LONG. It's so good that you never want to put it down. I thought that I wouldn't like reading from a male perspective, but it was so easy to read. I loved how deeply he cared for Lena and really thought his point of view was interesting.

Wow, the characters were AMAZING! Lena and Ethan were relatable and completely fascinating. Some of these characters were a little strange, but I loved them just the same. The romance between Lena and Ethan really entranced me. It was real yet unreal at the same time. It was really extraordinary.   

The ending did not disappoint me at all. This amazing journey ended with an unexpected BANG! I loved it. I can't wait to read the next book.

My Favorite Part: I loved everything, but I would have to say I enjoyed the romance the most. Ethan and Lena had a lot to deal with, and they seemed real to me. 

Do I recommend this book? Yes, ohmigosh I absolutely loved it!
Will I be reading the sequel? Yes, ordering it right now :)

Thank you for reading! I would like to send out a special thanks to all of my followers. Every time I see that a new person is following my blog, it makes my day. Thank you. I would love to hear your comments on this book.

Monday, July 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)

 I bought a few books this week. I haven't got much reading done but I plan to have some more reviews up soon.

I grew up with Hilary Duff as my idol so I have to read her book. It sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read it. BUY 

 I just started this book and I love it so far. Expect a review of this in the near future. BUY

This is part of my fairy reads. I heard many good things about this series and can't wait to read it! BUY
 I'm loving summer romances so I had to get this book. I watched the movie and fell in love with this beautiful story. I can't wait to read it! BUY

What did you get in your mailbox this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Faves of 2011 (So Far): The Books

I know I'm a little late, but I just had to participate after I saw this post at Ink Crush. Check out her blog to join in on all of the fun! The books can be published any year but have to read in 2011.

1.  Favorite book read so far in 2011

Sorry I just couldn't pick just one! Here are my reviews: MatchedTwistedIf I Stay

2.  Most powerful book

They were both powerful and emotional  <3

3.  Most brilliantly funny
I haven't read many funny books but this book had some funny parts.

4.  Most ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
If I Stay
I seriously love this book. I actually cried at the end. 

5.  Most beautiful story

I can't help it, I love this book!

6.  Fave rainy day comfort read

Sweep is an easy book to read and enjoy and Sarah Dessen just makes me so happy :) That Summer review here!

7.  Best tense, adrenalin-fueled, unputdownable award
This was sooo thrilling, I couldn't put it down!

8.  The beautiful prose award
I love the lyrical poetry and way this book is written. HERE is my review

9.  Most atmospheric and vivid setting
This book was very descriptive. I could feel the ocean and see the Forest.

10.  I-so-want-to-go-there award
Vampire Academy because who wouldn't want to be surrounded by vampires!

11.  Most original and imaginative

It was very unique and different.

12.  Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
I just loved this book. I will post a review of it very soon. I promise.

13.  I-had-no-idea-I-would-love-this-so award
After the first book I never would've thought I would love the sequel. I will review it soon.

14.  Most haunting story
This book has a creepy feel to it and makes this book even more perfect.

15.  Outside my comfort zone but gosh how I loved it
I never thought I would like this book but I REALLY love this series now!

16.  Series I am loving

I seriously love all of these series. I can't stop reading them and can't wait until the next book comes out. 

17.  Most memorable voice award
Mia... she was so lifelike.

18.  Completely awesome premise award

I love dystopian and this book is truly beautiful. I'm so glad we don't have a Society ruling our lives.

19.  Would make the best movie
I'd love to see this book as a movie. It really read like one and I would just love to see how it would come together at the end.

20.  Want to re-read already
I loved the thrill!

You've seen my favorites so now share with me your favorite reads of 2011 so far!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Released: February 9, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 1
Followed By: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Page Amount: 308, US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (Mary)
Buy it here: BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon

=88/100 B

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

The plot of The Forest of Hands and Teeth was pretty good. It was definitely unique and original. I never read a zombie book before so this was a new experience. To be honest the book was actually kind of depressing. I never truly felt happy while reading this book. It had a lot of action that was well executed and had a darker tone to it. This book was also very slow to me and was hoping that it would get more exciting, which it did not. 

The characters were disappointing. I thought I would be able to relate to them in some way, but I couldn't. I didn't get attached to any of the characters (well maybe Argos, the dog). I did admire Mary's strength throughout this book, but didn't really connect with her love of the ocean.  

The ending was pretty good. I was disappointed because of some of the deaths that occurred throughout the book but overall the ending was well done. I still had a lot of questions about the Sisterhood and the Forest that were left unanswered. 

My Favorite Part: The emotional roller-coaster Ms. Ryan puts you on. She really made me feel a lot of different emotions throughout her book.  

Do I recommend this book? Yes. It was unique, but it had some slow parts.
Will I be reading the sequel? I think I will because Ms. Ryan's book was very creative and I would love to see what happens next.

Thank you all for reading! Did you like the Forest of Hands and Teeth? Is the rest of the series better? Let me know! I would love to hear your comments.

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥ 
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