16 December 2008

Review-Lost It by Kristen Tracy *****

"What would you do...
....If your best friend was plotting the annihilation of a small, furry, neighborhood poodle? Or if you parents up and moved to an Outward Bound-type survival camp in the middle of the desert? How about if you grandmother bought you new bras and underware-and you actuallu though they were a teensy bit, umm, sexy?
Most people would not react well.
Tess Whistle's junioryear of high school is off to a fairly bizarre start. One might even say her life is spiraling out of control. But with her sense of humor and her first real boyfriend on her arm, Tess is dealing with the ridiculous twists quite well, thankyouverymuch.
Just wait until her shoes explode"

This book was unusal. I don't really know how to explain what was unusal about it. Maybe the wiritng style or what it was about. In any case, it was a very good read.
I have to admit sometimes Tess pissed me off. I wanted to jump in the book and smack her, but Zena (her best friend) beat me to it. Just her attitude about and outlook on somethings made me mad. Ignorance, naivety, or whatever you want to call it annyed me. Not her fault butI still wanted to smack some sense into her. I mean 16 years olds should know what a hymen is and that having sex would break it. Especially before they have sex. The thing is, I couldn't really be that annoyed at her because I can't tell you how many of my friends that wouldn't and didn't know about stuff like that if it weren't for me. That's when I realized, I didn't want to smack Tess, I wanted to smack her parents. They are what I like to call "freaky Christians". (I have absolutely nothing against Christians so don't take offense to what I'm about to say) Freaky Christians are, by my definition: The Christians who won't get their kids the medical help they need because they think praying will help them. The people who think "No I won't teach my kid about sex because then they'll know about it and then *GASP* have it"! I can't tell you how many pregnacy scares my friends have had and I was the one to go buy a pregnancy test and take them to the doctor for birth control and so forth because they couldn't talk to their parents, because their parents still thought their kids thought babies came from the stork!
With stuff like sex, drugs, and alcohol ignorance is NOT bliss. And the Freaky Christian parents in the world need to realize that. Anyways back to the book...
I enjoyed it, I really did. One of the more "real" books I've read in awhile. By "real" I mean at some point I thought, "Wow, it's like this could be (Enter someone's name I know)." Sometimes Ben annoyed me, sometimes Zena annoyed me, or when she blew up the poodle, made me downright mad. I mean there are far better uses of fireworks than that, but I think I loved that aspect of the book. Sometimes you get tired of the perfect guys who falls for the perfect girls, or the perfect guys who fall for the normal/average/imperfect girl and vice versa. Sometimes you want to read a book that, like I said, seems more "real". Lost it is definitely that book. I haven't doen this in awhile but I'm going to give it FIVE Stars! Congrats to Kristen Tracy, you're among many great authors.

15 December 2008

Review-Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

"Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend everyone lusts after. So why is she unhappy?
It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Luaren to figure out the answer: She's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyrfriend, Dave, is the "fight" thing to do. After al, who would give up the perfect guy?
But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in-and as Lauren's craving forEvan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more feirce-Lauren realizez she needs to makes a choice... beofre one is made for her. "

Lauren's mother left her and her dad when Lauren was six. When Lauren was eight, her dad started getting girlfriends. One after the other they moved in and moved out. He'd cheat on one and by the the time they found out and left he had another primed and ready to moved in. Four in all, the last one was Robin, when Lauren was thirteen, she moved in two days after T'eanna moved out. Lauren was eleven when T'eanna moved in, three days after Sally left. And before Sally was Mary, who her dad met when Lauren was eight. Mary had a son named Evan. It took awhile but Evan and Lauren did become friends. Unfortunately when Mary found out about Sally she took Evan and left, moved to Flordia. Lauren doesn't hear from them again until they move back and Evan is in her World History class. She starts falling for Evan and keeps falling and she has to choose betwen Evan and Dave. The guy who's perfect but you don't really love or the perfect guy for you you're head over heels in love with. Seems simple right, go with love. But she can't do that.
See the thing is, Lauren doesn't want to become her mother. Her mother didn't flal for her father until after she was pregnant but she did fall for him. Her mother was so in love with her father, but she still left. Lauren fears that whatever made her mother leave will make her leave Evan is she chooses him. Being with Dave is safe. They're perfect together, his family loves her and thinks they're perfect together. Dave's best friend, Marcus, is Lauren's best friend, Katie's, boyfriend. She woud be crazy to risk for a relationship that might not work out, right?

07 December 2008

Interview- Elizabeth Scott and an apology and short rant

Okay you guys I know I promised to update and I have some reviews to post but at the moment I'm unable to. See in case you didn't know this is how it works with my life. When one thing goes wrong everything goes wrong. After I had a fight with my best friend, I got sick, my internet doesn't work for about a week, I get sick again, I lose the book I'm supposed to reading so I can review it and I just pretty much got kicked out and many other wonderful things (Sarcasm). I don't know where I'll be so I don't know if I'll have internet access. But I just got this interview back today so I'm going to post it as an apology and I hope I'll be able to figure this out and at least post some reviews. Also, I've entered some contests so if you see my name Book Junkie or Amelia as a winner could you send me an email or comment here or something so I can at least try to claim the prize. Maybe I'll be lucky that day, not likely but you never know. Thanks in advance!

How long ago did you start writing your first novel?

I started writing Bloom in April 2004

What made you come to the decision to become an author?

I got an agent, and sold a book!

How did you get the ideas for your books?

I get ideas from all over the place--things I read, thing I see, things I hear. I've even gotten ideas from dreams!

Are there any characters or places in your novels that were inspired by real people or places?

Some of the places in my books--like Stealing Heaven--are inspired by real places, but most are made up.

I've never based a character on a real person.

Do think you’ll ever write a series?

I've learned to never say never...

Who was your favorite character to write?

I've loved--and hated--writing all my books, and have loved--and hated!--all the people in them.

When you write…
Are you inside or out?


Are you using pen and paper, typewriter, or computer?


Is it quiet or are you playing music?


What helps you get over writer’s block?

Going out and seeing the world, taking the time to look around and enjoy it. Or planting my butt in a chair and just getting through the hard part. Or parts.

What’s the first book you remember reading?

The J.C. Whitney auto parts catalog. For whatever reason, I was obsessed with it, and was so excited every time it came to the house.

Granted, I was three. But still. My parents tease me about it to this day!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thanks for wanting to interview me :-)

Once again sorry. Hope to to be back soon. Until then read and enjoy your life while you can.

Peace <3 and Books,

05 December 2008

In My Mailbox

Yes I decided to do this, too. The reason I'm doing it though is since you'll know what books I have you can let me know what reviews you'll want.
Every time I get new books I'll let you know and if there are any you want me to review comment and let me know.

Today I got these:
2 copies of Sleepless by Terri Clark (I won a copy in a contest the day after I ordered it lol)
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Undone by Brooke Taylor
Braless in Wonderland by Debbie Reed Fischer
Breaking is Hard to do by Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins and Lynda Sandoval
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

If you want me to review Love, Stargirl it might be awhile because I want to reread Stargirl before I read that. I haven't read Stargirl since middle school.

02 December 2008

Review- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

OK here is a brief intro that might help you understand my review a little bit better. Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway is a Dhampir, half-human/half-vampire. Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir is a Moroi, which is a mortal vampire, and she's the Moroi Princess. Moroi must always be protected from the Strigio: the evil vampires, fast, strong, deadly, and immortal. Strigio are Moroi who drank Moroi blood, which turns them into Strigio. Sometimes Strigio will take Moroi and force them drink from other Moroi. Dhampirs train to be Guardians for the Moroi at St. Vladimir's, which is a school for the Moroi and Dhampirs. The school is hidden from humans deep in the woods of Montana and protected from Strigio by magical wards.

We don't know why, but Lissa and Rose ran away from the Academy. No easy feat. They managed to stay away and avoid threats for 2 years before a dozen Guardians find them and take them back to the school. With the help of one of the Guardians, Dimitri Belikov, Rose is able to stay at the school and resume her training. Before and after school, and every free moment she has to train with Belikov so she'll be ready for the senior field experience. How you do on that test decides who a Guardian will be assigned to. If Rose wants Lissa, a Morio Princess, she has to be on her best behavior and train as much as she can to be ready. The headmistress has made sure Rose and Lissa won't have a lot of time together so they won't leave again, which makes Rose's mission to protect Lissa that much harder. Not to mention they aren't sure who was behind the events that made them leave, but whoever it is has started again. And he/she's closer than they think.

I absolutely loved this book. I love vampires (as some of you have noticed by now). I love them even more when an author comes up with a new kind and Richelle has done it. I can't really explain them in detail without it being confusing so go read the book cause Richelle does better that I could. Makes sense, I mean she did create them.