Friday, November 30, 2012

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Released: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Confesions, Book 1
Followed By: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend
Page Amount: 272, US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (Rose)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=88/100 B

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)

The plot of Confessions of an Angry Girl was fairly good. It was super unique to me because it held a lot of issues that haven't been shown in my previous reads. Some things seemed to be a little inappropriate for these 14 year old girls to be thinking, but I still thought it brought up some good points. I really enjoyed reading about Rose's grief over losing her father. That really touched me and seemed really realistic. I also really enjoyed the party scene. Granted I do think it was too not practical for 14 year olds, but I liked how Rose reacted. I would have done the same. This is a pretty fast read. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It is a very realistic book about high school and all the screwed up stuff you encounter there.

Okay so my big complaint about the characters is that Rose to me was not that angry. I expected flipping tables and screaming, but nothing! Rose did get a little irritated sometimes, but it was nothing beyond what a normal tennager would do. That was my big complaint. Also, I did relate to Rose, but at times she just annoyed me. See seems to be reasonable and smart, but sometimes I did not see that, which really threw me off. Through most of the book though, I enjoyed Rose and really connected with her and felt like I would make similar choices in some of her situations. Tracy, on the other hand, was totally crazy. I get her character, I mean she's a typical wannabe, but I feel like Ms. Rozett took her to an extreme. I'm sorry, but having sex at age 14 is definitely not okay, she should be painting her nails, not dating some loser. Regina also irked me. She was the crazy cheerleader bad girl. I feel like this book would be so much more realistic if her character wasn't taken to such an extent.  Jamie though... him I like. Probably just because he's male haha. He seems like an okay guy, though I don't understand him at all. I kind of hate him for being with Regina, but I feel like in future installments he will have more depth.

The ending was kind of anti-climatic for me. Mainly because there was the main craziness a little bit earlier. I loved all the stuff that happened before the very end. I just felt like the book's last few paragraphs could be more suspenseful and intriguing. It didn't really make me feel like "ohmigosh now I have to go buy the next book right now."

My Favorite Part: The little events and plot twists that were unique.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, it was surprisingly unique and a totally teen book.
Will I be reading the sequel? Yes, because I dont know, I guess I just have a thing for angsty teens.

Thank you for reading! November was such an amazing reading month!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Top Ten: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2013

1. Crushed (June): PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!!!! I love this series so much it isn't even funny! It's kind of stupid at points, but all the while the suspence and crazy A mystery keeps me reading.

2. Just One Day (January): I love Gayle Forman. I loved If I Stay and Where She Went. They were so heartachingly beautiful, so I expect Just One Day to be the same. I'm so excited.

3. Paper Valentine (January): I am so excited for this book. It sounds so creepy and just plain amazing! AHHH I can't take it! I think this book will definitely keep me up at night.

4. Golden (May): This new book by Jessi Kirby sounds fantastic. I feel like I can already relate to the main character. It even has a mystery in it, which is right up my alley.

5. Sever (February): The Wither series is a super fantasticful, unique dystopian trilogy. I cannot wait to read the last book, I'm so excited.

6. Invisibility (May): This book sounds so EPIC! I love the idea of invisibilty mixed with paranormal.

7. The Moon and More (June) by Sarah Dessen... 'nuff said.  

8. The Book of Broken Hearts (May): This book sounds so good! I like me some bad boys on motorcycles... omnomnom...

9. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (June): I had some problems with Confessions of an Angry Girl, but I think this book will be much better. Hehe the title so describes my life right now it's not even funny...

10. Right of Way (July): Lies, a road trip, and heartbreak, what could be better?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Released: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Series: Caster Chronicles, Book 2
Preceded By: Beautiful Creatures
Followed By: Beautiful Chaos
Page Amount: 503, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Ethan)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=93/100 A

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen. Sometimes life-ending. Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The plot of Beautiful Darkness was very good. I was entertained for all of the 500+ pages. Because of its length though, this is a very long book. Just make sure you have a lot of time to read this book, because even though it is very interesting, it is very, very long. Nothing seemed to be prolonged, which I liked. The whole journey and background of Casters was very intriguing and unique. I feel like this will be an amazing series and will be epic in the movie theater.I definitely think you should give this dark, action-packed book a try. It's a new concept to our vampire and werewolf packed shelves.

The characters were pretty great, don't get me wrong, but I did have a few complaints. First off, Lena got on my nerves. I mean she was so perfect in Beautiful Creatures, but in this installment, she wasn't Lena. I get that she was half dark, but still, I wish she didn't completely ditch Ethan. I think I mainly wish that I could've seen more of her in this book. Oh Liv... I really enjoyed her character because she made up for Lena not being there, but I felt like she was just used by Ethan and was just put in there as a stand-in Lena. I did really enjoy getting to better know Ethan, Link and Ridley. I loved all three of them. I really felt bad for Ethan when Lena just abandoned him. Link really showed his personality, which was very entertaining. I absolutely loved how Ridley changed. She was a very believable character that  I can't wait to hear more from.

The ending was intense. So much happened in what felt like a blink of an eye. Wow... An ending like this is worth the 450 page wait. It's like the entire book builds up to this moment then BAM! It really made me excited to start the next book. Definitely over Christmas break I'll have to read it.

My Favorite Part: All the suspense and action towards the end.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, this is a pretty great series and will be an amazing movie!
Will I be reading the sequel? Yes, when I have enough time to read such a big, awesome book.

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

In My Mailbox: Black Friday '12 Edition


Yep... I know, I'm such a disappointment. I've been busy with my 10 tests I had to take last week (yeah, thanks a lot teachers...) and enjoying me break by reading and mock trial practice. At least I was able to escape a day from practice to go Black Friday shopping! It was my first Black Friday experience and it was AWESOME! I left at 11pm Thursday night and did not get home til 8 am Friday. Talk about an all nighter. I managed to buy 9 books though for just $20! How awesome is that? And they're super awesome books too!
Along for the Ride: I am a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan. So imagine my excitement when I find 4 Dessen books that I did not own and was able to get all of them for $8. I am sad though that I had to get the new cover of this book and The Truth About Forever, but for $2, who could say no?
The Truth About Forever: Hehe the main character's name is Macy.. 'nuff said.
Someone Like You: This book intrigues me greatly.
Dreamland: This book looks like a rough, emotional one to get through. I can't wait. Although I know this is a deep book, I keep singing Dreamland to the tone of "Toyland".
The Vampire Academy and Frostbite Graphic Novels: I read both of these in one sitting. They were pretty great! They are pretty much the Spark Notes version of the real books. They really reviewed those two books for me, which was pretty great. The artwork was beautiful and I would definitely reccomend them for all Vampire Academy fans.
Looking for Alaska: Hehe I would marry John Green if I could. He is so freakin hilarious! I have heard so many amazing things about this book. My lit teacher even reccomended it. I'm very excited to start this book because I read The Fault in Our Stars and absolutely loved it.  
An Abundance of Katherines: Hehe I'm reading this now. It really has me laughing out loud already.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson: Ah, a book by two of my favorite men. I adore John Green and I read David Levithan's Dash and Lily's book of Dares, which I definitely reccomend! I really cannot wait to read this one!

So yeah, I'll be busy reading all these amazing books. What's in your mailbox this week? Did you read any of these books? Please comment and let me know!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Released: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Summer Series, Book 3
Preceded By: It's Not Summer Without You
Page Amount: 291, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Belly)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=92/100 A

It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart

I am so sorry I was a lazy bum and did not write this review in the summer. I know it's fall and you all probably don't want to be reminded of the Heaven that is summer vacation. I just really wanted to write this review! If you read my reviews for the other two books in the Summer series, you'll know that although I know these books aren't perfect, they are still amazing books to read. I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty and then really liked It's Not Summer WIthout You. This book was my ultimate favorite of the series though. I can't decide exactly why, because I did have some problems with this book. First off the plot surrounding Belly and Jeremy wanting to get married was really intriguing. I loved all the different reactions from Belly's mom and from Jeremy's family. They made this book feel really realistic. It made the book really go fast for me. I really liked the romance and the drama surrounding the love triangle. Ms. Han really did a great job at portraying young love in this book.

The characters were a little bit irritating at times. Well not all of them, just Belly. I think she was a reckless, blinded by love girl. I think she made some rash decisions to get married at such a young age. I also really hated how through it all I knew who she truly loved, even when she didn't. I don't understand why Belly didn't just think about her choice at the very beginning, but I guess that wouldn't make for a good book. On a happier note, I once again loved the guys in this novel. I did get frustrated with Jeremy at some points, but overally I think his character was consistent thorughout all of this series. Same with Conrad. I understood why he did some of the things he did and felt for him. I just wish he would have showed Belly that he actually loved her sooner. Minor characters like Belly's mom were fantastic. I loved how Belly was a typical teenager thinking her mom would be cool with Jeremy and her getting married, when in reality her mom was furious. I loved the honest portrayal of this situation.

The ending was a perfect conclusion to a even more wonderful series. I really thought Belly ended up with what she really needed and I loved how much she grew up in the ending. It was really great. I definitely feel like this ending really fulfilled all my hopes for Belly's life. It made me happy.

My Favorite Part: I don't know why, but what is coming to mind is how Belly was conflicted between the two brothers.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, I really enjoyed it! This is an amazing series!

Thanks for reading! I know it's not summer anymore, but I really wanted to review this book before I forgot all about it. Expect some more reviews throughout the week.

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Thankfulness


I know, I know. I fail at blogging. It's official. Blame my crazy-hard school. I literally have so many tests each week as well as essays and homework. It's definitely going to be a rough year. This month I will try to post more because I plan to read so many books this month. Why? Because I'm so behind in reading and know that I'm going to be getting a couple dozen books for Christmas ;) This month I'm going to officially start my YouTube videos as well as start posting some bookish related rants, so be prepared! It shall be a fun month, ya know when I'm not doing work...

Books I Plan to Read:
1. Deadly Little Lies

2. Deadly Cool
3. Wuthering Heights
4. The Awakening
5. Impulse
6. Just For Fins

Reviews I Plan to Post:
1. Beautiful Darkness
2. We'll Always Have Summer
3. Hide and Seek
4. Confessions of an Angry Girl
5. Deadly Little Lies
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